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High-resolution real-time optical studies of radiological air sample filtration processes in an environmental continuous air monitor
Author(s): John C. Rodgers; Piotr T. Wasiolek; Stephen D. Schery; Raul E. Alcantara
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Paper Abstract

The need for a continuous air monitor capable of quick and accurate measurements of airborne radioactivity in close proximity to the work environment during waste management, site restoration, and D&D operations led to the Los Alamos National Laboratory development of an environmental continuous air monitor (ECAM). Monitoring the hostile work environment of waste recovery, for example, presents unique challenges for detector design for detectors previously used for the clean room conditions of the typical plutonium laboratory. The environmental and atmospheric conditions (dust, high wind, etc.) influence aerosol particle penetration into the ECAM sampling head as well as the build-up of deposits on the ECAM filter.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 January 1999
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3536, Nuclear Waste Instrumentation Engineering, (29 January 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.339066
Show Author Affiliations
John C. Rodgers, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Piotr T. Wasiolek, Los Alamos National Lab. and New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (United States)
Stephen D. Schery, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (United States)
Raul E. Alcantara, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3536:
Nuclear Waste Instrumentation Engineering
David E. Robertson, Editor(s)

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