Determining the probability of locating peaks using computerized peak-location methods in gamma-ray spectra as a function of the relative peak-area uncertainty

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  • M.C. Ali Santoro
  • M. Anagnostakis
  • T. Boshkova
  • A. Camacho
  • M.C. Fornaciair Iljadica
  • S M Collins
  • R. Diaz Perez
  • J.U. Delgado
  • M. Durasavic
  • Maria Amor Duch
  • V.H. Elvira
  • R.S. Gomes
  • Arunas Gudelis
  • Daniela Gurau
  • Santiago Hurtado
  • R. Idoeta
  • A. Jevremovic
  • A. Kandić
  • Leen Verheyen

Institutes & Expert groups

  • CAC- Centro Atómico Constituyentes/ CNEA - Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica - Depto. de Materiales
  • Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski .,
  • UPC - Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
  • US - University of Seville
  • Instituto de Radioproteção e Dosimetria - Laboratório Nacional de Metrologia das Radiações Ionizantes
  • University of Belgrade - Vinča Institute of Nuclear Sciences
  • CIEMAT - Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas
  • Center for Physical Sciences End Technology
  • Universidad del Pais Vasco - Faculty of Engineering
  • NTUA - National Technical University of Athens
  • NPL - National Physical Laboratory
  • IFIN-HH - Horia Hulubei National Institute of Physics and Nuclear Engineering

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The probabilities of locating peaks with a high relative peak-area uncertainty were determined empirically with nine types of peak-location software used in laboratories engaged in gamma-ray spectrometry measurements. It was found that it is not possible to locate peaks with a probability of 0.95, when they have a relative peak-area uncertainty in excess of 50%. Locating peaks at these relatively high peak-area uncertainties with a probability greater than 0.95 is only possible in the library-driven mode, where the peak positions are supposed a-priori. The
deficiencies of the library-driven mode and the possibilities to improve the probabilities of locating peaks are briefly discussed.


Original languageEnglish
Article number1089820
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalApplied Radiation and Isotopes
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2020


  • Gamma-ray spectrometry, Relative peak-area uncertainty, Peak location, Decision threshold

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