InSiCal – A tool for calculating calibration factors and activity concentrations in in situ gamma spectrometry

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  • Alexander Mauring
  • Tim Vidmar
  • Torbjörn Gäfvert
  • Jon Drefvelin
  • Aldo Fazio

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  • IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency
  • NPRA - Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority
  • ENEA - Italian National Agency for New Technologies

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soil. Compared to traditional laboratory analysis of soil samples, in situ techniques offer a quick and low-cost way of obtaining accurate results from on-site measurements. However, although the technique is well-known, the dependence of in situ gamma spectrometry on complex and time-consuming calibration procedures as well as indepth knowledge of the geometric distribution of the source in the ground deters many potential users from employing it in their routine work. Aiming to alleviate this issue, a software tool named InSiCal (In Situ gamma spectrometry Calculator) has been developed to make in situ gamma spectrometry more accessible to both experts and non-experts in the field. This is done by simplifying and streamlining both calibration and activity calculation through a simple and intuitive graphical user interface. Testing in real field conditions show that InSiCal is capable of yielding results which are in very good agreement with soil sample analyses, and that the results may be obtained using different detector types (HPGe, NaI, LaBr and CZT). Overall, InSiCal, provides results which are comparable in accuracy to laboratory measurements, indicating that it fulfills its purpose successfully.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-66
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of environmental radioactivity
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2018
Event7th International Symposium on IN SItu NUclear MEtrology as a tool for radioecology - Ohrid, Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of
Duration: 24 Apr 201728 Apr 2017


  • In-situ gamma spectrometry, Detector calibration, Software tool, Measurement uncertainty, Environmental radioactivity

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