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Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)



First Advisor

William H. Wadman


One of the essential duties of the State of California Department of Civil Defense in times of nuclear weapon attack will be radiological monitoring. The workers in this field will operate from a mobile laboratory truck, equipped with radiation counters and meters, but containing only the simplest of chemical equipment. One of their main problems will be the determination of the total amount of radioactive material, especially fallout of fission products, in a water sample. As yet no method of analysis both simple and rapid enough for application to mobile operation has been developed.

It was the purpose of this research to develop and refine a simple, rapid, quantitative procedure for the detection and estimation of the total amount of radioactive material contained in a water sample, using only readily available and preferably inexpensive apparatus. However, no attempt has been made to either qualitatively or quantitatively determine any of the possible individual constituents.