Project: Radionuclide beta spectra metrology

Metrology for the accurate measurement of radionuclide beta spectra Radionuclides are unstable atoms that decay, releasing radiation. Radionuclides that release beta radiation (electrons) are used in a range of applications, but techniques to measure the precise energy levels (spectra) of beta radiation are not sufficiently accurate. For example, radionuclides are used in medical diagnosis, and a precise knowledge of the energy of beta emissions is important to ensure correct dosage. Yet the spectra of these nuclides often have large uncertainties. This project will develop theoretical and experimental approaches to measure the spectra of beta radiation to an unprecedented level of accuracy, including modelling the shape of spectra for the first time, and the development of novel beta radiation detection techniques. These methods will allow the energy of beta radiation to be measured with greater precision, supporting the more effective use of radionuclides in a broad range of applications, including medical diagnosis, nuclear power management, environmental protection and even the detection of neutrinos in astrophysics.

Acronym 15SIB10 MetroBeta (Reference Number: 15SIB10)
Duration 01/06/2016 - 01/06/2019
Project Topic Metrology
Project Results
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Network EMPIR
Call EMPIR CALL 2015

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives Coordinator France
2 Cesky Metrologicky Institut Partner Czech Republic
3 Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt Partner Germany
4 Gonitec B.V. Partner Netherlands
5 Ruprecht-Karls-Universitaet Heidelberg Partner Germany
6 Uniwersytet Marii Curie-Skłodowskiej Partner Poland
7 Centre hospitalier universitaire vaudois Observer Switzerland