Single-aliquot EPR dosimetry of wallboard (drywall)
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Electron paramagnetic resonance spectra and dose-response curves are presented for a variety of wallboard samples obtained from different manufacturing facilities, as well as for source gypsum and anhydrite. The intensity of the CO(3)(-) paramagnetic centre (G2) is enhanced with gamma radiation. Isothermal decay curves are used to propose annealing methods for the removal of the radiosensitive CO(3)(-) radical without affecting the unirradiated baseline. Post-irradiation annealing of wallboard prevents recuperation of the radiosensitive CO(3)(-) radical with additional irradiation. A single-aliquot additive dose procedure is developed that successfully measures test doses as low as 0.76 Gy.
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