The Isotope Laboratory is functioning as the local radiation protection authority at NMBU and at Campus Ås, in accordance with agreement with Norwegian Radiation Authority (NRPA).
Professor Brit Salbu, head of the Isotope laboratory, is also the head of the local radiation protection organization, while Dr. Lindis Skipperud is the assistant radiation protection officer, and Dr Ole Christian Lind is responsible for the control monitoring.
Radiation protection at Campus Ås
The Isotope laboratory will provide:
- Licence for users of open ionising radiation sources, based on formal competence (courses, training). The licences are given to individuals (scientists, students)
- Approval of C - laboratories where radioactivity can be utilized experimentally
- Approval of experimental work using radioactivity
- Approval for purchasing radioactive tracers or sources
- Approval of radioactive waste handling
- Individual dosimeter control, frequent users will have access to individual health control
- Preparedness and clean up - in case of contamination at C-labs
- Inspections of C-labs, without warning
Campus Ås has 14 approved C-laboratories.
The Isotope Laboratory is the only B classified laboratory at Campus Ås, and we can assist users with advanced experiments, use of alpha emitters and advanced instruments for sample measurements.
The Isotope laboratory is involved in a range of national and international projects.
The key research areas includes:
Source term and characterization of releases, Ecosystem transfer, Biological responses as well as the Assessment of impacts and risk and the Evaluation of countermeasures associated with radionuclides and relevant trace elements in the environment.
We have advanced equipment for detection of radionuclides in the lab and can provide access to advanced equipment in other countries such as accelerator mass spectroscopy (AMS) in Australia and synchrotron radiation facilities in Germany or France. We also have the unique low level gamma radiation facility where dose effects studies induced by external gamma radiation can be studied. The research produced by the Environmental Chemistry section has been internationally evaluated in 1997 and in 2009, initiated by the RCN.
User license: All students attending the course KJM 350 Radioactivity and Radiation Protection and passing the exam, will obtain user license. Hospitants attending a reduced version of the KJM350 will obtain user license. KJM 350 is run 3 weeks in August.
MSc and PhD education: The Isotope laboratory provides MSc in Radiochemistry and MSc in Radioecology. MSc in Radioecology at NMBU is unique in Europe, and a joint degree process between NMBU and the University Aix-Marseilles, France is ongoing. At present, a “Joint MSc Degree” in Radioecology between NMBU and Moscow State University, Russia, is also initiated. The MSc courses include radiation and radiation protection (KJM 350), radiochemistry and radioecology (KJM 351/353) along with ecotoxicology (FMI310) and environmental risk assessment (KJM 360).