A complete low cost radon detection system

Bayrak A., BARLAS E., EMIRHAN E., KUTLU C., Ozben C. Ş.

APPLIED RADIATION AND ISOTOPES, vol.78, pp.1-9, 2013 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier


Monitoring the Rn-222 activity through the 1200 km long Northern Anatolian fault line, for the purpose of earthquake precursory, requires large number of cost effective radon detectors. We have designed, produced and successfully tested a low cost radon detection system (a radon monitor). In the detector circuit of this monitor, First Sensor PS100-7-CER-2 windowless PIN photodiode and a custom made transempedence/shaping amplifier were used. In order to collect the naturally ionized radon progeny to the surface of the PIN photodiode, a potential of 3500 V was applied between the conductive hemispherical shell and the PIN photodiode. In addition to the count rate of the radon progeny, absolute pressure, humidity and temperature were logged during the measurements. A GSM modem was integrated to the system for transferring the measurements from the remote locations to the data process center. (c) 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.