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  • 1 Department of Applied Physics, Z. H. College of Engineering and Technology, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, 202002 Uttar Pradesh, India
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Abstract  

Radon has been recognized to be one of the major contributors to the natural radiation causing even lung cancer if it is present at enhanced levels. Its monitoring at highly confined locations such as underground caves, mines and tube-wells is very essential for finding the health related hazards among the workers. This paper reports the investigations of the levels of radon, thoron and their progeny monitored in the tube-wells of the Halls of residence at A.M.U., Aligarh, which lies in the subtropical region of Indo-Gangetic plains situated in North India. The twin cup dosimeters were fixed for exposure at a depth of 5–35 feet with a difference of 5 feet from the ground surface. The values of radon and thoron concentrations were found to vary from 6.58 to 1218.57 and 7.41–3226.61 Bq m−3, respectively. The preliminary results of this study for ‘bare mode’ detectors have been separately published and compared with the recent data.