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System and method for assaying radiation

United States Patent

November 12, 2013
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A system for assaying radiation includes a sample holder configured to hold a liquid scintillation solution. A photomultiplier receives light from the liquid scintillation solution and generates a signal reflective of the light. A control circuit biases the photomultiplier and receives the signal from the photomultiplier reflective of the light. A light impermeable casing surrounds the sample holder, photomultiplier, and control circuit. A method for assaying radiation includes placing a sample in a liquid scintillation solution, placing the liquid scintillation solution in a sample holder, and placing the sample holder inside a light impermeable casing. The method further includes positioning a photomultiplier inside the light impermeable casing and supplying power to a control circuit inside the light impermeable casing.
DiPrete; David P. (Evans, GA), Whiteside; Tad (Aiken, SC), Pak; Donald J. (Martinez, GA), DiPrete; Cecilia C. (Evans, GA)
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC (Aiken, SC)
13/ 301,328
November 21, 2011
FEDERAL RESEARCH STATEMENT This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-AC09-085R22470, awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.