Measurement limits to 134Cs concentration in soil

J. K. Ahn, J. S. Kim, H. M. Lee, H. Kim, T. H. Kim, J. N. Park, Y. S. Kang, H. S. Lee, S. J. Kim, J. Y. Park, S. Y. Ryu, H. Ch Kim, W. G. Kang, S. K. Kim

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We investigate the caesium concentrations in soils in mountain areas near Gori nuclear power plant in Korea, focusing on the measurement limits to the 134Cs. In order to lower the minimum detectable amount (MDA) of activity for the 134Cs, we have used the ammonium molybdophosphate (AMP) precipitation method to get rid of the 40K existing in natural radioactivity, which reduces the MDA activity about 10 times smaller than those without the AMP precipitation method. The MDA results for the 134Cs were found to be in the range between 0.015 and 0.044Bq/kg-dry weight. In order to diminish the background, we also have measured a part of the soil samples in Yangyang, a small town in the east coast of Korea. However, it turns out that in order to detect the 134Cs in the samples the MDA should be reduced to the level of mBq/kg-dry weight.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1294-1298
Number of pages5
JournalApplied Radiation and Isotopes
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Sept
Externally publishedYes


  • 134Cs
  • 137Cs
  • Ammonium molybdophosphate (AMP) precipitation method
  • Minimum detectable amount (MDA)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation


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