Radioactivity measurements for the ERMES project at the STELLA facility
M. Laubenstein1, W. Plastino2,3, P. Aprili1, M. Balata1, F. Bella2, B. Gallese1, L. Ioannucci1 and S. Nisi1
1 INFN, Gran Sasso National Laboratory - I-67100 Assergi, Italy
2 Department of Physics, University of Roma Tre - I-00146 Rome, Italy
3 INFN, Section of Roma Tre - I-00146 Rome, Italy
Published online: 04 April 2012
STELLA (SubTErranean Low Level Assay) is the ultra low background facility of the Gran Sasso National Laboratories (L.N.G.S.) in Italy. It is mainly devoted to material screening and rare events physics due to its very low radioactive background. Nevertheless, also environmental samples are measured within the collaboration with the ERMES (Environmental Radioactivity Monitoring for Earth Sciences) project. After a short description of the facility some on-going applications within the ERMES project will be briefly presented. The usefulness of doing environmental radioactivity measurements in a deep underground laboratory will be shortly discussed.
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