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The composite technologies required to provide data on environmental radioactivity encompass the following specialties: Â¿ Radiochemistry Â¿ Radiation Physics Â¿ Radiation detectors Â¿ Computer systems and programming Â¿ Quality Control/Quality Assurance Â¿ Regulations Â¿ A black-box understanding of electronics sufficient to package the technologies into a useful system. This paper concentrates on "Laboratory Instrumental Methods" and touches on other subjects only insofar as they are applied directly to this subject. As a treatise on instrumental methods the emphasis is on a practical application of available technologies in a modern analytical laboratory. Radiation physics is mentioned from the reference frame of a laboratory analyst as a prelude to the specific topics of instrumentation, calibration, sensitivity, quality control and data processing.
Date of Publication: June 1982