Quantification and uncertainty analysis of low-resolution gamma-ray spectrometry using Bayesian inference

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Analyses of gamma spectra to identify and quantify radioactive materials are increasingly important for many practical radiation detection applications. However, two problems commonly emerge during these quantitative analyses: (1) existing methods that are based on frequentist inference ignore the concept of uncertainty invariably associated with statistical fluctuations in physical processes, and (2) the performance of such an analysis is poor, especially when evaluating complex low-resolution spectra composed of a greater variety of isotopes. In this manuscript, we propose a Bayesian approach in which the estimate of uncertainty in the activity ratio of isotopes is described in terms of the probability distribution for isotope identification and a quantitative analysis. To evaluate the proposed method, we acquired several complex spectra with mixture configurations of up to eight isotopes based on a two-inch thallium-doped sodium iodide (NaI(Tl)) detector via a simulation and experimentally. From the results, we show that incorporating the uncertainty in the activity ratio by means of Bayesian inference can provide both accurate and reliable estimates and that the level of these results can be preserved even for the highly fluctuating spectra. Furthermore, we demonstrate that the uncertainty estimates allow us to identify isotopes that do not contribute to the gamma spectrum when the isotopes are not included in the isotope library, thus leading to a reduction in the number of false alarms.
Publisher
ELSEVIER
Issue Date
2020-02
Language
English
Article Type
Article
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NUCLEAR INSTRUMENTS & METHODS IN PHYSICS RESEARCH SECTION A-ACCELERATORS SPECTROMETERS DETECTORS AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT, v.953

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0168-9002
DOI
10.1016/j.nima.2019.163144
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http://hdl.handle.net/10203/271791
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