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Gamma Spectroscopy

Continuing education course on techniques for analyzing gamma-emitting radioactive material

Introduction

The use of radioactive materials in industry and government has created a need for persons trained in the current techniques of analyzing gamma-emitting radionuclides. To meet this need, ORAU conducts a five-day training course—Gamma Spectroscopy. The American Academy of Health Physics will grant 40 Continuing Education Credits for completion of this course.

Training dates

Register now for December 3-7, 2018

June 3-7, 2019 (registration coming soon)
August 9-13, 2019 (registration coming soon)

Course description

This five-day, laboratory-oriented course covers the basics of radionuclide identification and quantification by gamma spectroscopy. Approximately 50% of the time will be spent in the laboratory.

Who should attend

Any person whose responsibilities involve the analysis of samples by gamma spectroscopy but who needs more background knowledge of the topic.

Cost

$1,995 - The tuition includes the full cost of training, books, and instructional materials. Attendees will also receive a free copy of the ORAU Professional Training Programs Electronic Library DVD.

Registration Information

 

  • The decision deadline for running a course is 30 days prior to the course start date. If there are not enough registrants at that time, the course will be cancelled, so please REGISTER EARLY. If you are unable to register prior to the deadline, please contact the Registrar for assistance.

    You have several options on registration and payment for an ORAU PTP course:

    • Register and pay online (see course listings for registration links) with a credit card (VISA, MasterCard, AMEX or Discover)
    • Download the registration form to fill out and submit to the Registrar. Payment arrangements will follow.
    • Contact the Registrar by email or phone for complete assistance in registration and payment.

    Be sure to read the following information prior to registering.

    Non-citizens (U.S.)

    Since this training takes place in a Department of Energy facility, certain security requirements must be met. Foreign nationals must be cleared before attending, a process that may take several weeks. If you are a foreign national, contact the Registrar for additional information.

    Confirmation

    One month prior to the course starting date, if that much advance time is available, you will receive written confirmation of your registration, as well as additional information regarding time, local lodging, and local transportation. You are responsible for your own lodging arrangements.

  • You may cancel your registration 30 days prior to the course start date with no penalty. Individuals who cancel within 30 days of the course start date will be assessed a 10% cancellation fee based on the cost of the course. Individuals who do not notify ORAU of cancellation and do not attend the course will be assessed a 20% cancellation fee.

    Cancellations must be communicated directly to the ORAU Professional Training Programs Registrar and a confirmation will be provided. Cancellation fees will be invoiced to participants after the completion of the course. If a course was paid in full at the time of registration, reimbursement (minus any applicable cancellation fee) will be processed after course completion.

    ORAU’s Professional Training Programs reserves the right to cancel or reschedule a course due to insufficient participants, or for other reasons beyond our control. If a course is canceled, you will be notified by phone or email one month prior to the start date of the course. No cancellation fee will be assessed for courses canceled by ORAU. If ORAU cancels the course, any payments received prior to the cancellation of the course will be refunded in full.

    ORAU does not recommend that participants make non-refundable travel arrangements prior to the one month cancellation window. ORAU is not liable for such costs if the course is canceled.

    Time Action Cancellation Fee
    ≥ 30 days before start date of the course ORAU cancels course or participant cancels registration None
    < 30 days before start date of the course Participant cancels registration 10% of course cost
    Week of course Participant does not attend and/or provide notification before start date of the course 20% of course cost
  • The ORAU-ANL Decommissioning Certificate Program is a formal curriculum that documents that an individual has achieved a baseline level of training in the subject of facility/site decommissioning.

    To complete the certificate program, participants must attend two requisite core courses and one additional elective course. They do not need to be taken in any specific order. After the training requirements have been met, it is the responsibility of the participant to contact the ORAU Registrar and request the Decommissioning Certificate. When it has been confirmed by the ORAU Registrar that the requirements have been completed, the individual will be awarded the Decommissioning Certificate.

    At this time, no administrative fees are being imposed for the certificate. The sole expense to the participant is the cost of attending the courses.

    Requisite Courses

    Participants must attend the following two core courses:

    Elective Courses

    Participants must attend one elective course from the following:

    Issuance of Decommissioning Certificate

    For the Decommissioning Certificate to be issued, the participant must provide the ORAU Registrar with documentation that the training requirements have been met. This documentation could consist of copies of the certificates of completion from the core and elective courses. If a certificate of completion for one of the ANL courses is unavailable, it would be acceptable to provide the ORAU Registrar with a letter or email from Argonne National Laboratory confirming that the individual attended the course(s). Without a certificate of completion for one of the ORAU courses, the participant must be able to provide the Registrar with the specific dates that the course(s) was attended and the attendance must be confirmed by the Registrar.

    Continuing Education Credits

    All of the requisite and elective courses have been assigned at least 16 Continuing Education Credits (CECs) by the American Academy of Health Physics.

    1. From the airport, take US 129 N (Alcoa Highway) toward Knoxville for approximately 2.3 miles.
    2. Use the right lane to merge onto I-140 W via the ramp to Oak Ridge.
    3. Continue on I-140 W for approximately 11.4 miles. You will cross interstate I-40/I-75. As you cross the interstate continue onto TN-162 N (Pellissippi Parkway).
    4. In 5.9 miles, TN-162 N will merge with TN-62 W. You will travel through the small Solway community that primarily consists of gas stations and small stores. Continue over the Clinch River/Solway Bridge, and past a local cemetery that will be on the right.
    5. Stay in one of the left two lanes and continue another 6.3 miles to Oak Ridge.

    Directions to the training center:

    1. After you have crossed over the Clinch River/Solway Bridge and are next to the cemetery, you will see a sign that says “Bethel Valley Road ORNL Y12 Complex, CLOSED TO THROUGH TRAFFIC.” Our facility is located prior to the closure. Take the exit right onto Bethel Valley Road.
    2. In approximately 0.8 miles, the training center will be on the left at the intersection of Bethel Valley Road and Pumphouse Road (to the left) and Scarboro Road (to the right). Turn left onto Pumphouse Road. There will be two entrances immediately on the left into the parking lot.
    3. To enter the facility, walk around to the front of the building. The training center entrance faces Bethel Valley Road closest to the intersection.

    Google Earth coordinates of training facility: 35.983667 -84.222

  • Hotel Address Phone Distance
    Candlewood Suites* 10206 Parkside Drive, Knoxville 865.777.0400
    1.877.226.3539
    10 miles
    Comfort Inn 433 S. Rutgers Ave., Oak Ridge 865.481.8200
    1.800.228.5150
    2.5 miles
    Courtyard by Marriott 216 Langley Place, Knoxville 865.539.0600 9 miles
    Days Inn 206 S. Illinois Ave., Oak Ridge 865.483.5615
    1.800.329.7466
    3 miles
    Doubletree 215 S. Illinois Ave., Oak Ridge 865.481.2468
    1.800.222.TREE
    3 miles
    Hampton Inn 208 S. Illinois Ave., Oak Ridge 865.482.7889
    1.800.HAMPTON
    3 miles
    Holiday Inn Express* 114 Tulsa Road, Oak Ridge 1.888.465.4329 3.5 miles
    Homewood Suites by Hilton 10935 Turkey Drive, Knoxville 865.777.0375 10 miles
    Quality Inn 216 S. Rutgers Ave., Oak Ridge 865.483.6809 3 miles
    Residence Inn by Marriott* 215 Langley Place, Knoxville 865.539.5339 9 miles
    SpringHill Suites by Marriott 10955 Turkey Drive, Knoxville 865.966.8888 10 miles
    Staybridge Suites (Extended Stay)* 420 S. Illinois Ave., Oak Ridge 865.298.0050
    1.800.238.8000
    2.5 miles
    TownePlace Suites by Marriott* 205 Langley Place, Knoxville 865.693.5216 9 miles
    Westgate Apartments 101-O Gates Drive 865.481.0603 8 miles

    *Ask for the ORAU special rate.

    Airline Phone Number
    Allegiant Air 702.505.8888
    American Airlines 1.800.433.7300
    Delta Airlines 702.505.8888
    Frontier Airlines 801.401.9000
    United Airlines 1.800.864.8331
    McGhee Tyson Airport 865.342.3000
    Rental Car Agency Phone Number Reservations
    Alamo 865.342.3210 1.800.327.9633
    AVIS 865.342.3220 1.800.331.1212
    Budget Car Rental 865.342.3220 1.800.527.0700
    Dollar Car Rental 865.342.3250 1.800.366.2277
    Enterprise Rent-a-Car 865.342.1650 1.800.Rent.A.Car
    Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Oak Ridge 865.483.8494 1.800.325.8007
    Hertz 865.342.3232 1.800.654.3131
    National Car Rental 865.342.3240 1.800.227.7368

Tentative Course Schedule

 

    • Monday

       

      8:00 AM Welcome, Registration, Orientation and Photo 
      9:30 AM Gamma Ray Review 
      11:00 AM Interaction of Photons with Matter
      1:00 PM Gamma Spectroscopy Overview
      2:00 PM Lab: Equipment - LaBr 
      Energy Calibration - LaBr
      Identification of Unknowns - LaBr
      Tuesday

       

      8:00 AM Solid Scintillation Detectors
      9:00 AM Semiconductor Detectors
      10:30 AM Lab: Equipment
      Energy Calibration - HPGe
      Identification of Unknowns- HPGe
      12:30 PM Gamma Spectrum Features
      1:00 PM Lab: Low Energy Spectral Features
      Demo: Well Counters
      Wednesday

       

      8:00 AM Preamplifiers and Amplifiers - Analog to Digital Converters (ADCs)
      10:00 AM Detector Resolution
      11:00 AM Lab: Pole Zero Adjustment
      1:00 PM Gamma Spectrometry - Quantitative Analysis
      3:00 PM Lab: High Energy Spectral Features
      4:00 PM Lab: Efficiency Calibration
      Thursday

       

      8:00 AM Standard Operating Procedures and Quality Assurance for Gamma Spectroscopy
      9:30 AM Lab: Efficiency at Two Different Energies
      10:30 AM Lab: Errors at High and Low Count Rate Demo: Ground Loops
      1:00 PM Lab: Efficiency Calibration Measurement of Unknown Activity
      2:30 PM Lab: Geometry Factors
      3:30 PM Lab: Corrections for True Coincidence
      Friday

       

      8:00 AM Lab: Measurement of Resolution
      9:00 AM Lab: Review of Gamma Spectrometry Reports
      10:00 AM Lab: Portable Detectors - Identifications of Unknowns
      11:30 AM Course Critique and Adjourn
    Gamma Spectroscopy Course instructor and students in classroom

    What our students are saying

    “The lab work was fun and related well to the discussion topics. I would highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to know the details of gamma spec.”

    “This program has enhanced my knowledge of gamma spec by 100%. I would and will refer people to this course.”

    “Overall good course to expose the student to the theory behind gamma spec with some of the pro/cons of the various analysis techniques.”

    “I really liked the instructors, they were very helpful. Also their knowledge base really helped me understand the logic behind some of the gamma spec lab processes.”

    Contact us

    For more information about ORAU's Professsional Training Programs, contact:

    Registrar
    ORAU Professional Training Programs 
    P.O. Box 117, MS-11
    Oak Ridge, TN 37831-0117
    Phone: 865.576.3576
    Fax: 865.241.9152
    registrar@orau.org