|author(s)||M. Loidl, E. Leblanc, T. Branger, H. Rotzinger, T. Daniyarov, M. Linck, A. Fleischmann, C. Enss|
|title||Feasibility study of absolute activity measurement with metallic magnetic microcalorimeters|
|Keywords||Absolute activity measurement; Metallic magnetic microcalorimeters|
|source||Nucl. Inst. Meth. A, 520, 73-75 (2004)|
We report on a feasibility study on precise determination of mass-specific activity of low-energy emitting radioisotopes. Conventional methods of activity measurement suffer from source self-absorption and a strong decrease in detection efficiency for low-energy electrons and photons. We propose a new method based on metallic magnetic microcalorimeters with the source embedded in the detector target in a 4π geometry. First results with a 55Fe source show that electrons and photons are detected with a detection efficiency close to unity and with little loss of energy for electrons. The aim of this study is to provide standards of activity with very low uncertainties in the framework of radiation metrology.