A calibration setting with uncertainty measurements for passive/active radon monitors using flow-through source type

Appl Radiat Isot. 2013 Mar;73:49-51. doi: 10.1016/j.apradiso.2012.12.003. Epub 2012 Dec 12.


Based upon the steady flow method, a setting has been introduced for fast calibration of almost all types of active and passive radon detectors. In this method, a traceable radon reference flow-through sources is connected to a portable rectangular cubic transparent chamber (volume of 50 L) which is completely sealed and has 6 valves on its sides. The initializing calibration times are less than 150 min by this chamber. The radon concentration in the chamber is in consistent with the source activity. The Best Measurement Capability (BMC) of the method has been calculated less than 5% at 68% confidence level. As well by using grab-sampling method, the difference of radon concentration of different points in the chamber was measured less than 1.2%. So the flow-through sources can be developed for a fast calibration of almost all types of the radon monitors with an acceptable uncertainty using this calibration setting.

MeSH terms

  • Air Pollutants, Radioactive / chemistry*
  • Calibration
  • Humans
  • Radiation Monitoring / instrumentation
  • Radiation Monitoring / methods*
  • Radon / analysis*


  • Air Pollutants, Radioactive
  • Radon