Fundamentals of Gamma Spectroscopy

2 Day Training

This seminar covers the complete range of gamma spectroscopy principles from a review of radiation detection principles to evaluation of results and everything in between. This is a concentrated, concise, fast-paced seminar that includes a practical approach to all aspects of gamma-ray spectrometry. This seminar is not a hardware or software operations seminar but does include an introduction to Canberra™ gamma spectroscopy software. The seminar is entirely in lecture format and includes mathematical exercises for many of the calculations germane to gamma spectroscopy.

Who should attend

New technologists or supervisory personnel who need to gain a thorough understanding of the process by which gamma spectrometric measurements are made. This seminar is also suitable for experienced technologists desiring a gamma spectroscopy fundamentals refresher.

How you will benefit

Attendees who complete this seminar will gain a thorough understanding of all of the fundamental processes which contribute to the collection and analysis of gamma-ray spectral data. This knowledge will allow the attendee to understand the operation of gamma spectroscopy systems and accurately interpret basic gamma-ray spectral analysis results. Managers and supervisors benefit from the assurance that the technologist has a thorough working understanding of the fundamental principles that guide successful gamma spectroscopy analyses.


Canberra Course GP-101 or equivalent knowledge and experience. A complimentary screening through a placement exam is strongly recommended if seminar GP-101 has not been completed in the previous 12 months.

Seminar content

  • Review of Gamma Radiation Detection Principles
  • Gamma Spectroscopy Signal Chain Components
  • Energy and Peak Shape Calibrations
  • Peak Search and Peak Area Calculations
  • Efficiency Calibrations
  • Nuclide Identification and Activity Calculations
  • Detection Limit and MDA Calculations
  • Quality Assurance and Quality Control Considerations
  • Evaluation of Gamma Spectroscopy Analysis Results
  • Introduction to Gamma Spectroscopy Software

Date: Monday – Tuesday, July 29 – 30, 2019
Cost: $1500
CECs Awarded: 16

2 Day Training