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https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-16-2655-2023
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-16-2655-2023
Research article
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31 May 2023
Research article |  | 31 May 2023

Characterizing the automatic radon flux transfer standard system Autoflux: laboratory calibration and field experiments

Claudia Grossi, Daniel Rabago, Scott Chambers, Carlos Sáinz, Roger Curcoll, Peter P. S. Otáhal, Eliška Fialová, Luis Quindos, and Arturo Vargas

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The automatic and low-maintenance radon flux system Autoflux, completed with environmental soil and atmosphere sensors, has been theoretically and experimentally characterized and calibrated under laboratory conditions to be used as transfer standard for in situ measurements. It will offer for the first time long-term measurements to validate radon flux maps used by the climate and the radiation protection communities for assessing the radon gas emissions in the atmosphere.