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Radiation Protection Dosimetry
Year: 2010  |  Volume: 141  |  Issue: 4  |  Page No.: 379 - 382

Preliminary indoor thoron measurements in high radiation background area of southeastern coastal Orissa, India

R. C Ramola, G Prasad, G. S Gusain, B. S Rautela, V. M Choubey, D. V Sagar, S Tokonami, A Sorimachi, S. K Sahoo, M Janik and T. Ishikawa    

Abstract:

This paper presents the preliminary results of radon and thoron measurements in the houses of Chhatrapur area of southeastern coast of Orissa, India. This area is one of the high radiation background radiation areas in India, which consists of monazite sand as the source of thoron. Both active and passive methods were employed for the measurements. Radon and thoron concentrations were measured in the houses of Chhatrapur area using twin cup radon dosemeters, RAD7 and radon–thoron discriminative detector (Raduet). Thoron progeny concentration was also measured in the houses using deposition rate measurements. Radon and thoron concentrations in the houses of study area were found to vary from 8 to 47 Bq m–3 and the below detection level to 77 Bq m–3, respectively. While thoron progeny concentration in these houses ranges between 0.17 and 4.24 Bq m–3, preliminary investigation shows that the thoron concentration is higher than radon concentration in the houses of the study area. The thoron progeny concentration was found to be comparatively higher, which forms a base for further study in the area. The comparison between the results of various techniques is presented in this paper.

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