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Radiation monitor for liquids

United States Patent

5,877,502
March 2, 1999
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A radiation monitor for use with liquids that utilizes air ions created by alpha radiation emitted by the liquids as its detectable element. A signal plane, held at an electrical potential with respect to ground, collects these air ions. A guard plane or guard rings is used to limit leakage currents. In one embodiment, the monitor is used for monitoring liquids retained in a tank. Other embodiments monitor liquids flowing through a tank, and bodies of liquids, such as ponds, lakes, rivers and oceans.
Koster; James E. (Los Alamos, NM), Bolton; Richard D. (Los Alamos, NM)
The Regents of the University of California (Los Alamos, NM)
08/ 843,768
April 21, 1997
This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. W-7405-ENG-36 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.