National Technical University of Athens
School of Mechanical Engineering
Nuclear Engineering Department

Nuclear Technology & Radiation Protection: Year 2014, Vol. 29, Suppl., pp. S8-S13

Determination of True Coincidence Correction factors using Monte-Carlo simulation techniques

D.A. Chionis, M.I. Savva, K.L. Karfopoulos, and M.J. Anagnostakis
Nuclear Engineering Department, School of Mechanical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens

Aim of this work is the numerical calculation of the true coincidence correction factors by means of Monte-Carlo simulation techniques. For this purpose, the Monte Carlo computer code PENELOPE was used and the main program PENMAIN was properly modified in order to include the effect of the true coincidence phenomenon. The modified main program that takes into consideration the true coincidence phenomenon was used for the full energy peak efficiency determination of an XtRa Ge detector with relative efficiency 104% and the results obtained for the 1173 keV and 1332 keV photons of 60Co were found consistent with respective experimental ones. The true coincidence correction factors were calculated as the ratio of the full energy peak efficiencies was determined from the original main program PENMAIN and the modified main program PENMAIN. The developed technique was applied for 57Co, 88Y, and 134Cs and for two source-to-detector geometries. The results obtained were compared with true coincidence correction factors calculated from the "TrueCoinc" program and the relative bias was found to be less than 2%, 4%, and 8% for 57Co, 88Y, and 134Cs, respectively.

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