Application of the new Monte Carlo code AlfaMC to the calibration of alpha-particle sources


Measurements of -particle sources require corrections to the counting rate due to scattering and self–absorption in the source and the backing material. In this study, we describe a simple procedure to estimate these corrections using the new Monte Carlo code AlfaMC to consider the effects of scattering and self-absorption conjointly, and so to determine the activity of  emitters. The procedure proposed was applied to 235UO2 sources deposited on highly polished platinum backings. In general, the dependence of the effi ciency with source thick-ness was in good agreement with a simple model considering a linear and a hyperbolic behavior for thin and thick sources, respectively, although signifi cant deviations from this model were found for very thin sources. For these very thin sources, the Monte Carlo simulation revealed to be as a required method in the primary calibration of -particle sources. The effi ciency results obtained by simulation with AlfaMC were in agreement with available effi ciency data.

Alfonso Fernandez Timon
Alfonso Fernandez Timon
Associate Professor

Alfonso Fernández Timón is Associate Professor and one of the senior researchers of the Optimization Algorithms Research Group GRAFO at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos. Previously he was a fellow of the Metrological Stations Network and of the Radiological Surveillance Plan of the CSN at the University of Extremadura. His research interests range from the application of metaheuristics to solve combinatorial optimization problems to nuclear radiation metrology.