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Characterisation of mixed neutron-photon workplace fileds at nuclear facilities by spectrometry (energy and direction) within the Evidos project


Journal title : Radiation Protection Dosimetry
Volume : 124
Issue : 3
Pagination : 219-229 
Publication date : 01/04/2007

Summary

Within the EC project EVIDOS, 17 different mixed neutron-photon workplace fields at nuclear facilities (boiling water reactor, pressurised water reactor, research reactor, fuel processing, storage of spent fuel) were characterised using conventional Bonner sphere spectrometry and newly developed direction spectrometers. The results of the analysis, using Bayesian parameter estimation methods and different unfolding codes, some of them especially adapted to simultaneously unfold energy and direction distributions of the neutron fluence, showed that neutron spectra differed strongly at the different places, both in energy and direction distribution. The implication of the results for the determination of reference values for radiation protection quantities (ambient dose equivalent, personal dose equivalent and effective dose) and the related uncertainties are discussed

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