A prototype radonmeter for seismic surveillance

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F. Quattrocchi
M. Calcara
B. Porfidia


A new 222Rn monitoring prototype has been designed, assembled and tested at the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica (ING) specifically addressed to seismic surveillance tasks, exploiting environmental monitoring, etc. It operates with an a scintillation technique (photomultiplier + Lucas Cell) coupled with a water input system, that lets continuous dehumidified gas flow, stripped from groundwater under monitoring. Several laboratory tests have been carried out to check the stability and versatility of the system; moreover statistical tests have been accomplished on several data sets obtained with an 241Am radioactive standard source, to check stability of the photomultiplier. A customised water flow system has been developed to perform both the highest efficiency and lowest influence of external noise parameters. This new prototype is very cheap and will be integrated within the new multiparametric geochemical monitoring system GMS II, that is currently being developed at ING, specifically designed for geochemical surveillance of seismic events.

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Quattrocchi F, Calcara M, Porfidia B. A prototype radonmeter for seismic surveillance. Ann. Geophys. [Internet]. 1997Nov.25 [cited 2024Feb.21];40(6). Available from: https://www.annalsofgeophysics.eu/index.php/annals/article/view/3835

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