The calculation of the statistical counting error for 222Rn scintillation counting

J. L. Sarmiento, D. E. Hammond, W. S. Broecker

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Abstract

The calculation of the statistical counting error for alpha-scintillation counting of 222Rn is complicated by the fact that two of the short-lived daughter products of 222Rn are alpha emitters. All observed daughter-product counts attributable to parent decays that have already been detected must be excluded in the calculation of this error. An equation is derived which takes this into consideration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)351-356
Number of pages6
JournalEarth and Planetary Science Letters
Volume32
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1976

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geophysics
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science

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