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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2013, Article ID 269168, 6 pages
Research Article

Efficiency Analysis and Comparison of Different Radon Progeny Measurement Methods

1State Key Laboratory of Nuclear Physics and Technology, School of Physics, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
2Solid Dosimetric Detector and Method Laboratory, Beijing 102205, China
3Ionizing Radiation and Medical Science, National Institute of Metrology, Beijing 100013, China

Received 1 September 2013; Accepted 19 November 2013

Academic Editors: S. S. Cindoruk and M. J. La Guardia

Copyright © 2013 Abdumomin Kadir et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Radon exposure to the public contributes more than half of all the radiation doses caused by natural radiation; accurate measurement of radon progeny is quite essential for the dose evaluation of radon exposure in environment. For the purpose of establishing a radon progeny standard and controlling measurement quality of commercial devices, it is quite important to analyze the efficiency of different measurement methods and determine which would be the most appropriate for radon progeny measurements. Through theoretical analysis and experimental measurement, some commonly used measurement methods were compared in this study and the development trends of those methods were reviewed. Results show that for radon progeny measurement, the spectroscopic analysis method is better than the gross count method, while least-square calculation methods is better than traditional three-count or five-count method. Multiperiod counting of plus spectrum as well as using weighted least-square calculation method might be the best choice for accurate measurement on radon progeny in standard radon chamber when calibrating commercial radon progeny monitors.