On soil activation by cosmic rays at different altitudes

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Posted: Monday, October 16, 2017

Yuri V. Stenkin, Oleg B. Shchegolev
(Submitted on 25 Sep 2017)

Measuring radon-due neutron flux at various altitude (100, 1000, 1700, 4300 m above sea level) we found an evidence of significant increase of radon concentration with altitude. It was also conirmed by direct radon measurements at high altitude. This allowed us to assume cosmic rays could take part in process of soil activation: they transform long-lived nuclei of uranium and thorium to nuclei with shorter life-time through specific nuclear reactions. If the resulting nuclei belong to the U-238 radioactive chain they can lead to producion of Ra-226 and then to Rn-222, thus significantly increasing its production at high altitudes where cosmic ray flux is high.
Subjects:    Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics (astro-ph.IM); High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena (astro-ph.HE); Instrumentation and Detectors (physics.ins-det)

Cite as:    arXiv:1709.09661 [astro-ph.IM] (or arXiv:1709.09661v1 [astro-ph.IM] for this version)
Submission history
From: Oleg Shchegolev 
[v1] Mon, 25 Sep 2017 22:29:45 GMT (5kb)

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