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# Development of a High Sensitivity Radon Emanation Detector Open Access

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Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Hanchurak, Stephen R
Supervisor and department
Krauss, Carsten (Physics)
Examining committee member and department
Krauss, Carsten (Physics)
Hallin, Aksel (Physics)
Rankin, Robert (Physics)
Potter, David (Physics)
Department
Department of Physics
Specialization

Date accepted
2014-05-08T11:35:22Z
2014-11
Degree
Master of Science
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
Within the last few decades, experiments in particle physics have developed a need to produce radio-pure experiments. These experiments are designed to search for new physics that involves low event rates. Due to the event rates as low as 1 event/kt/year, these experiment must take precautions that reduce background radiation in the detector. A significant source of background radiation comes from radon-222 produced from the uranium decay chain. Radon-222 is gaseous and can be emanated from the surface of materials and propagate throughout a detector contaminating the experiment. Measuring the emanation rate of radon from materials has become an important area of study to enable the construction of low background environments. This thesis will present the ongoing development and analysis of a high sensitivity radon detector at the University of Alberta with a sensitivity of $4 \pm 2$ radons/hr at 68\% confidence.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3TD9NH1X
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Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of these terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis and, except as herein before provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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