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Appl Radiat Isot. 2019 Jun;148:60-63. doi: 10.1016/j.apradiso.2019.03.025. Epub 2019 Mar 20.

63Ni activity measurements a bilateral intercomparison.

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1
Radiation Safety Systems Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, 400 085, India. Electronic address: devak@barc.gov.in.
2
National Metrology Institute of Japan, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Umezono 1-1-1, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305-8568, Japan.
3
Radiation Safety Systems Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, 400 085, India.

Abstract

To assess the accuracy and capabilities of BARC, for standardization of 63Ni before participating in larger scale trial exercise to implement and test the methods for the extension of the SIR to β emitters, a bilateral intercomparison was organised with National Metrology Institute of Japan (NMIJ), Japan. Standardization of 63Ni was carried out and the results were compared with those obtained from NMIJ to assess the accuracy and capabilities of the laboratories. The CIEMAT/NIST efficiency tracing technique based on 3H standard was used for measurement of 63Ni activity concentration at BARC, India whereas Triple to Double Coincidence Ratio (TDCR) method was used at NMIJ, Japan. The procedures adopted for the standardization of 63Ni by CIEMAT/NIST method at BARC and TDCR method at NMIJ are presented. The percentage deviation in activity concentration of 63Ni between BARC, India and NMIJ, Japan is 0.27%. To evaluate the performance of techniques used at both the laboratories, En score (k = 2) and degrees of equivalence was calculated. The En score of -0.12 and degrees of equivalence -0.06 kBq g-1 clearly indicates that the activity concentration of 63Ni measured at BARC, India and NMIJ, Japan are in excellent agreement and comparable within uncertainty limits and demonstrates the degrees of equivalence of the standards maintained at BARC, India and NMIJ Japan.

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