Critical remarks on gross alpha/beta activity analysis in drinking waters: Conclusions from a European interlaboratory comparison

Viktor Jobbágy, Jana Merešová, Uwe Wätjen

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The most common gross alpha/beta standard methods used for drinking water analysis are discussed, and sources of interferences are reviewed from a metrological point of view. Our study reveals serious drawbacks of gross methods on the basis of an interlaboratory comparison analyzing commercial mineral water samples with the participation of 71 laboratories. A proposal is made to obtain comparable measurement results using true standardized methods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)429-434
Number of pages6
JournalApplied Radiation and Isotopes
StatePublished - May 2014

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  • Radiation

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