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The Spectrum page displays the collected spectra in real-time, along with the radionuclide concentrations that result from the onboard spectral processing. The plotted lines and data present in this view are explained in this section. Both the raw and the stabilized spectrum can be shown in the plot. The raw spectrum represents the actually measured spectrum and is plotted on an x-axis that represents channels. The onboard microprocessor stabilizes (converts to an energy scale) and analyzes (extracts radionuclide concentrations) this spectrum resulting in a energy spectrum and radionuclide concentrations.


When the detector is switched on the detector first needs to collect 10k counts in the analysis windows before it can calculate the energy stabilized spectrum. During this time no radionuclide concentrations will be visible and only the raw spectrum is shown.

Gamma Spectrum

The live spectrum is shown to check the spectral shape, energy stabilisation and the derived radionuclide concentrations (40K, 238U, 232Th and optionally 137Cs). When this page is opened the incoming as well as the accumulated spectra are shown in the figure. The accumulated spectrum (blue dots) is fitted using the calibration curves (the coloured lines, extracted from the calibration file) yielding (a) the blue "fitted spectrum" and (b) the concentrations of K, U, Th and Cs listed in the Spectrum block. The principles of the fitting procedure can for instance be found in the Gamman Software manual. Check the method of translating the measured spectrum to an energy scale and the method of extracting the nuclide concentrations by using standard spectra.

LineDescriptionStored in your project?
Grey dots

Spectrum collected by the spectrometer stabilised to an energy scale

Blue dotsThis is the accumulated spectrum by summing the grey dotsno

Red line*The standard spectrum for 40K multiplied with the concentration shown in the Spectrum block

Individually for each measured spectrum

Green line*The standard spectrum for 238U multiplied with the concentration shown in the Spectrum blockIndividually for each measured spectrum
Blue line*The standard spectrum for 232Th multiplied with the concentration shown in the Spectrum blockIndividually for each measured spectrum
Yellow line*The standard spectrum for 137Cs multiplied with the concentration shown in the Spectrum blockIndividually for each measured spectrum
Blue surfaceThe sum of the 40K, 238U, 232Th and 137Cs lines.No

* The calibration spectra for these nuclides are extracted from the active Medusa Calibration File (MCF) that is present on the device. Calibration spectra are unique for each detector and cannot be interchanged between sensors.

Spectrum block


Counts per secondCount rate from the last measured spectrum (grey dots)counts per second
Plot everyAn input value that accumulates spectra before plottingseconds
MeasurementThe time the detector actually measured during the last recording. In brackets is the dead time (in percentage) of the measurementseconds
StabilizationA parameter that describes the stabilization shift-
Accumulated live time:The live time of the stacked spectrum (blue dots)seconds
Potassium (K)The concentration 40K found (red line)Becquerel/kilogram or %
Uranium (U)The concentration 238U found (green line)Becquerel/kilogram or ppm
Thorium (Th)The concentration 232Th found (blue line)Becquerel/kilogram or ppm
Cesium (Cs)The concentration 137Cs found (blue line)Becquerel/kilogram

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