The RN53-STK Starter Kit has everything you need to kick-start your project and is a great tool
· for developers:
Proof of concept prototypes as well as final commercial solutions.
· for educational use:
Natural science courses and practical lab experiments.
The RN53-STK Starter Kit includes
· one RN53 Radon Detector (preinstalled in the measuring chamber)
· one RN53 connecting cable
· one 165cm3 measuring chamber
· one RN53 Tester
RN53 Radon Detector
At the heart of the RN53-STK Starter Kit is the RN53 Radon Detector. For a detailed overview of the features and characteristics of the RN53 Radon Detector, please refer to the RN53 Datasheet
The RN53 Radon Detector generates approx. 90 pulse counts per hour ±10% at 1000Bq/m3 (installed in the 165cm3 measuring chamber with +400V voltage applied).
With the RN53 Tester a radon environment can be established for testing the functionality of the RN53 Radon Detector. The RN53 Tester consists of a sealed aluminum capsule which contains parts of a luminous watch hand. The main radioactive decay product of luminous paint is radon, a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas.
The RN53 Tester will establish in a closed 7 liter container a radon concentration between 700 and 1000 Bq/m3, after reaching its equilibrium in three days. The concentration and the quantity of radon are at such a low level, that it does not have an adverse effect on human health or the environment. When radon is released in free air, it will volatilize and decay in a short period of time.
The RN53 Tester provides the ideal environment to perform functional tests on prototypes of radon measuring instruments built around the RN53 detector. The RN53 Tester however, is not suitable for calibration of radon monitors.
Technical Details on the RN53 Tester
· Outer dimensions: 40mm diameter, 15mm high
· Internal shielding: 1mm of lead
· Radon source: Luminous watch hand (1 piece max.) in a sealed capsule
· Half-life: 1500 years
· A radon concentration of 700 to 1000 Bq/m3 will establish In a closed 7 liter container
Quick Functional Test
1. Perform the test in a shady, gloomy environment without excessive lighting
2. Remove the sticker on the bottom of the measuring chamber
3. Connect VCC of the RN53 Radon Detector to 4.5V
4. Connect OUT of the RN53 to a pulse counter or to an oscilloscope
5. Take an LED flashlight and swivel the light beam through the hole on the bottom of the measuring chamber
6. You should detect now a number of pulses on the counter or on the oscilloscope
7. In case no pulses are detected, check for proper wiring and the adapter connections to the sensor
8. Put the sticker back to the bottom of the measuring chamber when the test is finished