Concentrations of 222Rn and 220Rn in Indoor Air

Janja Vaupotič,a* Igor Čeliković,b Nataša Smrekar,a Zora S. Žunićb and Ivan Kobala

a Jožef Stefan Institute, Jamova 39, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia.
b Vinča Institute of Nuclear Sciences, Mike Alasa 12-14, 11000 Beograd, Serbia.
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Radon (222Rn) and thoron (220Rn) were surveyed in indoor air of 15 public buildings and 10 homes in Slovenia in November 2004 by exposing Rn–Tn discriminative etched track detectors. The following ranges of the activity concentration were obtained for public buildings: 98–2680 Bq m–3 for CRn, 19–1330 Bq m–3 for CTn and 0.11–0.72 for the CTn/CRn ratio. In homes, the CRn range was 12–374 Bq m–3 and all CTn values, except one of 29 Bq m–3, were below the detection limit of 10 Bq m–3. Monthly effective doses in public buildings due to Rn (ERn) and Tn (ETn) were in the ranges 0.05–1.45 mSv and 0.01–0.47 mSv, respectively, and in homes, 0.018–0.548 and 0.009–0.095 mSv, respectively. The ETn/ERn ratio in public buildings was in the range 0.07–0.47.

Keywords: Radon (222Rn), thoron (220Rn), indoor air, effective dose estimate, radon-prone area