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Status of BetaCage: an Ultra-sensitive Screener for Surface Contamination

Ahmed, Z. and Golwala, S. R. and Grant, D. R. and Kos, M. and Nelson, R. H. and Schnee, R. W. and Wang, B. (2011) Status of BetaCage: an Ultra-sensitive Screener for Surface Contamination. In: Topical Workshop on Low Radioactivity Techniques (LRT 2010). AIP Conference Proceedings . No.1338. American Institute of Physics , pp. 88-92. ISBN 978-0-7354-0892-0.

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BetaCage, a gaseous neon time-projection chamber, has been proposed as a viable screener for emitters of low-energy alphas and electrons to which commercial radioactivity counting techniques are insensitive. Using radiopure materials for construction, active and passive shielding from extrinsic backgrounds, large counting area and minimal detector mass, BetaCage will be able to achieve sensitivities of 10^(−5) counts keV^(−1) kg^(−1) day^(−1) in a few days of running time. We report on progress in prototype development work since the last meeting of this workshop.

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Additional Information:© 2011 American Institute of Physics. Issue Date: 27 April 2011. This work is supported in part by the National Science Foundation (Grant No. PHY-0834453), the Department of Energy (Contracts DE-FG02-92ER40701 and DE-FG02-07ER41481) and by the University of Alberta.
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Department of Energy (DOE)DE-FG02-92ER40701
Department of Energy (DOE)DE-FG02-07ER41481
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Subject Keywords:alpha decay, beta decay, low radioactive background screening, time projection chamber
Series Name:AIP Conference Proceedings
Issue or Number:1338
Classification Code:PACS: 29.40.Cs, 29.40.Gx, 91.80.Hj, 92.20.Td, 23.40.-s, 23.60.+e, 95.35.+d
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