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The identification of a source, especially if environmental, can be a long and tedious task. The quickest procedure is shown here.
  • Always select a high intensity gamma peak at the high energy end of the spectrum. At this energy there is less ambiguity and so peaks can be identified easier than from lower energies.
  • Consult a table of isotopes so that identification can be performed.
  • The isotope associated with an energy can be confirmed by checking the associated gamma energies with that isotope and seeing if that peak is found in the spectrum.
  • Now repeat the above by selecting the next intense unidentified gamma ray and continue until all possible peaks are identified.

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