Measurement of background radiation in Jhapa, Ilam, Panchthar, and Taplejung districts of Nepal

Authors

  • Arun Kumar Shrestha Damak Multiple Campus, Jhapa, Nepal
  • Roshan Nepal Damak Multiple Campus, Jhapa, Nepal
  • Kamala Shrestha Damak Multiple Campus, Jhapa, Nepal
  • Dijan Regmi Damak Multiple Campus, Jhapa, Nepal
  • Ganesh Kumar Shrestha Pulchowk Engineering Campus, Tribhuvan University, Nepal
  • Buddha Ram Shah Nepal Academy of Science and Technology, Lalitpur, Nepal
  • Ram Prasad Koirala Mahendra Morang Adarsh Multiple Campus, Tribhuvan University, Biratnagar, Nepal

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/bibechana.v20i3.57882

Keywords:

Ionizing radiation, Cosmic radiation, Absorbed dose, G.M. Counter, Background radiation

Abstract

In this study, we investigated the levels of background radiation in different locations across the Eastern part of Koshi province, specifically in Taplejung, Panchthar, Ilam, and Jhapa. We used a portable Geiger Muller counter to collect data from twenty different locations, with five sites taken from each district. The average absorbed dose rate was found to be 0.243±0.035 mSv/y. The highest measured value of absorbed dose was 0.335±0.041 mSv/y at Pathivara temple in Taplejung, and the lowest was found to be 0.197±0.039 mSv/y at Kakarvita, Jhapa. The results suggest that these four districts do not pose any radiation risk because it was below the threshold of risk (1mSv/y). We also measured the variation of absorption dose with altitude which is positively correlated with altitude with a correlation coefficient of +0.57. This might be because of the surge in cosmic radiation with an increase in altitude.

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Published

2023-11-30

How to Cite

Shrestha, A. K., Nepal, R., Shrestha, K., Regmi, D., Shrestha, G. K., Shah, B. R., & Koirala, R. P. (2023). Measurement of background radiation in Jhapa, Ilam, Panchthar, and Taplejung districts of Nepal. BIBECHANA, 20(3), 285–289. https://doi.org/10.3126/bibechana.v20i3.57882

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