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A Publication of the Department of Physics, Kaduna State University, Nigeria.
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Assessment of Radiological Risks in Sections of Niger Delta University campus, Bayelsa State, Nigeri

Peter E Biere, Lateef Bamidele, Abayomi E Ajetunmobi and Kugbere Emumejaye
2024-02-14 748 views 2 downloads

 

This paper presents an assessment of background radiation levels within the Niger Delta University campus, Bayelsa State Nigeria. A portable Geiger-Muller tube (Radiation Alert) was used to detect the background ionizing radiation within a temperature range of -100 ? to 500 ?. Results of absorbed dose rate in air in the main campus, open field and new campus vary from 104.4 nGy/h to 278.4 nGy/h with an average of 156.6 nGy/h, 34.8 nGy/h to 174.0 nGy/h with an average of 95.7 nGy/h and 69.6 nGy/h to 174.0 nGy/h with an average of 113.1 nGy/h respectively. The annual effective dose estimates ranged from 0.160 mSv/y to 0.427 mSv/y with an average of 0.024 mSv/y, 0.053 to 0.267 mSv/y with an average of 0.147 mSv/y and 0.107 to 0.267 mSv/y with a mean of 0.173 mSv/y in the main campus, open field and new campus respectively. The excess lifetime cancer risks ranged from 0.442 to 01.174 x 10-3 with a mean of 0.663 x 10-3, 0.146 to 0.736 x 10-3 with an average of 0.405 x 10-3 and 0.295 to 0.736 x 10-3 with average 0.479 x 10-3 in main campus, open field and new campus respectively. The estimated averages of absorbed dose rates in the air within Niger Delta University were above the world average of 57 nGy/h. Annual Effective Dose Equivalent (AEDE) are below the safe limit of 1 mSv/y for humans. The results of this study provide baseline information on the background ionizing radiation and can be referenced for future works in the area.

 

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