# Se170063 Activity And Half Life

The window used during this investigation was [110,118]. I used the script on daq1 /data/IAC/Se/May2017/5_25_17/Eff.C which fits lines of interest to a Gaussian function plus a constant. Once this function is found, the constant is integrated across the window of interested, then subtracted out of the original equation. After that the Gaussian is integrated across the window which gives the total number of counts for the peak of interest (in this case it is the 93 keV line of Se-81). To find the error in the counts, I increased the value for the standard deviation by a factor of 3 and integrated that function across the region of interest and subtracted that value from the original number of counts. Below is an example of a spectrum seen when using Eff.C

Note that the amplitude of the Gaussian fit is slightly higher than the actual maximum number of counts. To fix this, I simply used ROOT to find the maximum in the given window with

Int_t max=0; hist1->GetXaxis()->SetRange(RangeMin,RangeMax); max = hist1 -> GetMaximum(); cout << "Maximum is " << max << endl;

After that I forced the amplitude term in the Gaussian to be that maximum via

p0Gauss -> SetParameter(0,max);

Once the raw number of counts and the error has been obtained, before entering the value into a .dat file a few modifications were made to that number. The first and simplest modification is to convert the number of counts into activity simply by dividing by the time duration of the measurement. In other words

Since the radioactive decay equation is given by

So to get a linear equation, simply take the natural log of both sides, which gives

(1)

So we take the natural log of the activity and input that value into the .dat file. To propagate the error we take the error in the number of counts and divide by the time to put the error in units of Hertz. After that, since we are taking the natural log, we must use the standard error propagation formula, which is given by

(2)

Once the activity and its associated error have been computed, put the values into a .dat file with 3 columns. The first column is the time elapsed for the measurement, the second column is the natural log of the activity, and finally the third column is the associated error found as outlined above.

Once the .dat file has been created, simply change the script /data/IAC/Se/May2017/5_25_17/LB_WeightedFit.C to read in the new .dat file and run the script on ROOT. Doing so will give a plot such as the one below

This plot gives parameters of the linear equation (1). The next step in the process is to find the half life of the sample. To do so recall that

Now we must propagate the error in the half life. Even though the error in the decay constant says that it is zero in the plot, by looking at the root output, it can be seen that the error is actually

(See if this can be fixed)

To propagate the error, use the standard propagation of error formula

which gives us a half life of

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The accepted value of the half life of Se-81 is

Note that these two values do not overlap. This means that there could be some systematic error within the measurement systems.

Now, to find the activity of the sample when it was measured, we use the other parameter given by ROOT. Note that the value given is

This means we must exponentiate to get the initial activity parameter to continue

The associated error to the activity at the time of measurement can be found as well. Since we are exponentiating and the exponential function is its own derivative, the error can be written as

which means that the activity of the Pure Selenium sample at the beginning of the measurement was

Now note that the pure sample was measured second in the split run file. This means that the activity at the beginning of the measurement must be backtracked to when the mixture of ash and selenium was measured, which was 400 seconds prior. To do this, solve the radioactive decay equation for the initial activity.

Now to propagate the error using the standard error propagation formula using 0.5 seconds for the uncertainty in the time.

Which means that the activity of the Pure selenium sample, corrected to be the activity at the same time that the mixture was measure is

Now moving on to the Se-Torch Ash mixture, we can apply a similar analysis to find the initial activity.

Below is the plot for the half life of the mixture

Now to find the half life use

Propagating the error in the half life gives

Even though the error in the decay constant cannot be seen on the plot, it is given in to ROOT window to be

which mmeans that the half life of the mixed sample is

Now moving on to the activity of the sample. Doing a similar analysis as above we can find the activity of the sample at the beginning of the measurement

and the error is given by

So the activity at the beginning of the measurement is

Now taking the ratio of the activities we get