In the framework of rare event searches, the identification of radioactive contaminants in ultra-pure samples is a challenging task, because the signal is often at the same level of the instrumental background. This is a rather common situation for α-spectrometers and other detectors used for low-activity measurements. In order to obtain the target sensitivity without extending the data taking live-time, analysis strategies that highlight the presence of the signal sought should be developed. In this paper, we show how to improve the contaminant tagging capability relying on the time-correlation of radioactive decay sequences. We validate the proposed technique by measuring the impurity level of both contaminated and ultra-pure copper samples, demonstrating the potential of this analysis tool in disentangling different background sources and providing an effective way to mitigate their impact in rare event searches.

Baccolo, G., Barresi, A., Beretta, M., Chiesa, D., Nastasi, M., Pagnanini, L., et al. (2021). Improving radioactive contaminant identification through the analysis of delayed coincidences with an α -spectrometer. THE EUROPEAN PHYSICAL JOURNAL. C, PARTICLES AND FIELDS, 81(11) [10.1140/epjc/s10052-021-09759-5].

Improving radioactive contaminant identification through the analysis of delayed coincidences with an α -spectrometer

Baccolo G.;Barresi A.;Beretta M.;Chiesa D.;Nastasi M.
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Pagnanini L.;Pozzi S.;Previtali E.;Sisti M.;
2021

Abstract

In the framework of rare event searches, the identification of radioactive contaminants in ultra-pure samples is a challenging task, because the signal is often at the same level of the instrumental background. This is a rather common situation for α-spectrometers and other detectors used for low-activity measurements. In order to obtain the target sensitivity without extending the data taking live-time, analysis strategies that highlight the presence of the signal sought should be developed. In this paper, we show how to improve the contaminant tagging capability relying on the time-correlation of radioactive decay sequences. We validate the proposed technique by measuring the impurity level of both contaminated and ultra-pure copper samples, demonstrating the potential of this analysis tool in disentangling different background sources and providing an effective way to mitigate their impact in rare event searches.
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Alpha radioactivity
English
2021
81
11
971
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Baccolo, G., Barresi, A., Beretta, M., Chiesa, D., Nastasi, M., Pagnanini, L., et al. (2021). Improving radioactive contaminant identification through the analysis of delayed coincidences with an α -spectrometer. THE EUROPEAN PHYSICAL JOURNAL. C, PARTICLES AND FIELDS, 81(11) [10.1140/epjc/s10052-021-09759-5].
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