This correction formula in the text below is wrong. This text of mine represents my initial research; the final version is omitted simply because the copyright of the advanced paper belongs to the Journal of Nuclear Technology. The paper with correct equations was published in Nuclear Technology (an international journal of the American Nuclear Society) in January 2007, vol. 157, Number 1.
        The formula (9) was corrected by Ph.D. Soab Usman, reviewer of Journal of Nuclear Technology, who noticed an error in sign in an equation in the line of many, so I suggested him that he should be coauthor due to his correction, and he accepted. The correct equation is:

        This formula is now known as Radović–Usman formula. The formula itself in its basic form does not bring any notable advantage over classical formula in ordinary usage, but it has tremendous aftermaths to the properly rearranged algorithm of the automatic control of the nuclear reactors, preventing flipping of the negative feedback into positive one in the critical moments.
        The basic idea of this article was to be a precursor for a subsequent paper dealing with this particular flaw in the algorithm of the fission reactor’s automatic control, which seems to be main cause of the most of major nuclear accidents in the world, from the Chernobyl to the Fukushima disasters, and few submarines malfunction too. There is a strange behavior of the algorithm for the automatic control of the fission reactors exposing only in the critical accidental situations where the flux of gamma radiation suddenly raises excessively causing the algorithm somehow to stop with emergency procedures and to start with reestablishing of normal state, which is utterly wrong directly causing disasters. This flaw in the particular algorithm has never occured in the coal thermal plants therefore I located it in the sensors’ side of the automatic control process, particularly in the sensors related to the measurement of gamma radiation flux. Our misunderstanding of these sensors operation causes them to lead the system of reactor’s automatic control into the blunder of the false efficiency of the executed emergency procedures aimed to decrease gamma radiation flux simply by sudden flipping of negative feedback into positive one. The solution for this catastrophic flaw is relatively simple and yet quite effective, but it requires profound understanding of the dynamics of the nuclear reactors. Many people will be saved and many real estates will retain their initial values if there would be people ready to listen about aforementioned subject. These nuclear accidents that seem to be triggered by aforesaid flaw are going to appear again and again repeatedly, irreversibly damaging environment on two ways: directly by nuclear pollution and indirectly by fossil fuels green gases pollution by further deprivation of anaerobic nuclear energy usage. Nuclear vessels’ reactors are especially vulnerable to this flaw which may have tremendous aftermaths to nations with nutrition based mainly on the seafood. It is quite amazing but strang too that there had been absolute no interest on the subject in most of the major global companies dealing with the nuclear reactors construction and designing – they are either arrogant or simply they don’t care… or both…



        The article intents to show that correction formula for gas-filled detectors has to contain the half-life constant of specimen, i.e. that characteristic of specimen may have influence on measurement in some rear situations. There is given a more accurate formula for correction of dead-time interval for gas-filled detectors and its deriving procedure:


        Above formula is theoretically more acceptable than classic one.



In the following text the next symbol's definitions are adopted:

- detector's time of paralyzing, i.e. dead time interval,
- constant of radioactive decay for nucleus, λ = Ln(2) / T1/2,
- the initial number of non decayed nucleuses,
- the number of decayed nucleuses,
- the number of detected decays,
- paralyzing factor.

        The estimation of non detected particle's decays is based on the simple relation of radioactive decay that compute the number of decayed nucleuses for the dead time of detector paralysis tp:


        The value of paralyzing coefficient k is obtained by dividing the left and the right side of the above equation with the number of non decayed nucleuses for the time of paralysis:


        Now it is possible to derive the difference equation of non paralyzing detector:


        This equation has to have the next initial condition:


N(0) = 0

        The variable M in difference equation is the number of M-th detected decay. On the left side of difference equation is the number of really decayed nucleuses. On the right side is the number of really decayed nucleus before M-th decay, plus a just detected one, plus the estimation of non detected nucleuses that have come on the just detected decay. It is necessary to be known the number of non decayed nucleuses after detection of M-th decay while the esteem of non detected decays is obtained via multiplication of coefficient k with the number of non decayed nucleuses because the paralysis begins after detection of that decay after that there is certainly a non decayed nucleus less.
        The solution of that difference equation is:


        After substituting the value for k in previous equation, it is obtained:


        Suppose that the speeds of counting and decay are known (dN/dt and dM/dt respectively , then the next formula is valid:


        There is also a valid formula:


        dN/dt is directly derived by combining the last three formulas:


        If we assume that are n = dN/dt and m = dM/dt, than is obtained:


        The relation between λ and T1/2 is given by next formula:


        The classic correction formula for non paralyzing detectors could be simply derived from this formula by introduction of the linear approximation of the exponential function (ex ≈ 1 + x).
Absolute value of relative error of classic formula (13) related on the formula (9) is given by the next expression:


        The formula (9) shows that half-life constant of specimen may have influence on measurement performed with the gas-filled detector especially when the decay's chain of specimen contains extremely short-living isotopes with the similar order of magnitude as the dead-time constant of detector.
The classic formula


does not include the specimen half-life constant at all. If we assume that is:


        Then the fist part of equation (10) that involves influence of decay constant of specimen to counting result will be transformed to:


        The following table contains correction values for some characteristic ratios between tp and T1/2:












  1. G. F. Knoll, Radiation Detection And Measurement, (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2nd edition 1989).

  2. N. Tsoulfanidis, Measurement And Detection Of Radiation, (McGraw Hill Book Company, 1983).

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