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  • 1 DSM Research B.V. Radioisotope Applications & Support P.O. Box 18 6160 MD Geleen The Netherlands
  • | 2 University of Ghent Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry, Institute for Nuclear Sciences Proeftuinstraat 86 B-9000 Ghent Belgium
  • | 3 KFKI-Atomic Energy Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences P.O. Box 49 H-1525 Budapest Hungary
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Abstract  

To account for varying dead time (frequently occurring when the measuring time is comparable with the half lives of the radionuclides in question) the use of Westphal's Loss-Free Counting technique (LFC) is preferable. However, standard gamma-ray spectrum deconvolution programs can not be applied in connection with LFC spectrometers, since this technique strongly influences the counting statistics of measured spectra. As consequence, erroneous results are likely to arise when applying peak search routines or when calculating the standard deviation of fitted peak areas or detection limits. To overcome these shortcomings, an LFC module equipped with Dual LFC Mode option should be used: this accumulates an LFC-corrected spectrum simultaneously with an uncorrected spectrum. The KAYZERO evaluation software has been modified to handle such tandem spectra.