SYNTH: A spectrum synthesizer

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A computer code has been written at the Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNL) to synthesize the results of typical gamma ray spectroscopy experiments. The code, dubbed SYNTH, allows a user to specify physical characteristics of a gamma ray source, the quantity of the nuclides producing the radiation, the source-to-detector distance and the presence of absorbers, the type and size of the detector, and the electronic set up used to gather the data. In the process of specifying the parameters needed to synthesize a spectrum, several interesting intermediate results are produced, including a photopeak transmission function versus energy, a detector efficiency curve, ... continued below

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Hensley, W.K.; McKinnon, A.D.; Miley, H.S.; Panisko, M.E. & Savard, R.M. October 1, 1993.

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A computer code has been written at the Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNL) to synthesize the results of typical gamma ray spectroscopy experiments. The code, dubbed SYNTH, allows a user to specify physical characteristics of a gamma ray source, the quantity of the nuclides producing the radiation, the source-to-detector distance and the presence of absorbers, the type and size of the detector, and the electronic set up used to gather the data. In the process of specifying the parameters needed to synthesize a spectrum, several interesting intermediate results are produced, including a photopeak transmission function versus energy, a detector efficiency curve, and a weighted list of gamma and x rays produced from a set of nuclides. All of these intermediate results are available for graphical inspection and for printing. SYNTH runs on personal computers. It is menu driven and can be customized to user specifications. SYNTH contains robust support for coaxial germanium detectors and some support for sodium iodide detectors. SYNTH is not a finished product. A number of additional developments are planned. However, the existing code has been compared carefully to spectra obtained from National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) certified standards with very favorable results. Examples of the use of SYNTH and several spectral results are presented.

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  • 1993 IEEE nuclear science symposium and medical imaging conference, San Francisco, CA (United States), 2-5 Nov 1993

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  • Other: DE94004719
  • Report No.: PNL-SA--22412
  • Report No.: CONF-931107--26
  • Grant Number: AC06-76RL01830
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 140369
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc625708

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Hensley, W.K.; McKinnon, A.D.; Miley, H.S.; Panisko, M.E. & Savard, R.M. SYNTH: A spectrum synthesizer, article, October 1, 1993; Richland, Washington. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc625708/: accessed December 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.