This is a real working radioactivity counter. You only need a BLACK TAPE to cover the lenses !!
Disclaimer: The type of radiation picked up by the camera can be dangerous/detrimental to the user's health as well as cause damage to the device.
Its NOT a JOKE! The App is using the camera sensor to detect radiation, like a geiger mueller counter, of course with a smaller area. We tested several mobile phones at the Helmholtz research facility in Munich, using a professional radiation device in the range of 2-10 µGy/h till 1-10 Gy/h (CS137 and CO60). The CMOS sensors can detect primary gamma radiation and some higher beta radiation (depends on the shieldings in the mobile phone). Typically not going into saturation as most GM tubes. See FAQ on our homepage for what you can measure and how.
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Attention: the tape must shield the light completely. Please check with a light source !
On our homepage you find several measurement result for different devices we tested so far. Some are excellent, some not that sensitive.
Feel free to use our table to assign radiation values to our counter measurements when you have the same device.
The real values might differ as sensors can change. There we need your help and the help of the manufactures for a future calibration service.
You can use the contact button in the help menu to provide us with feedback and please use it.
If you need any help, PLEASE send us an email. We have cannot answer the comment section below, so please ask us first on measurment problems. We help as fast as possible. Please contact us on any problems you have with this application! Look at our videos, more are comming soon. Attention: The counts per minute (CPM) for the background noise should be low (increase the noise setting if not). This is camera noise not radiation noise basically. If the radiation increases then also counts from the radiation adds to the CPM values (see our tables for the sensitivity). If you have a phone with 200 CPM for 100 uGy/h then the background noise produces for 100 nGy/h only 0.1 CPM. That means in 10 minutes ONE counts in 100 minute TEN counts adding to the CPM0 (noise of sensor). So you need a LONG time to measure for low radiation values on this device. Attention: AM241 (smoke detectors) only emit ALPHA rays, they get stuck in the plastic of the phones. H3 (tritium - watches etc) are beta emitters with 45 keV. They also get stuck quickly, mainly already in the watches. K40 (KCL for example contains 16 Bq/g) are beta emitters with small amount of gamma (due to positron collisions)- you need also a long integration time to measure them. Same for TH rods (2% Thorium) mainly alpha rays, then beta and some gamma. Very small diameter ! You need a large area to detect them (best GM with mica windows). The CMOS sensor of the camera only has 2mmx2mm.
Good objects are TH lenses (up to 30% TH232), pitchblend (gamma of decay products) and CS137 for checking food which might be contaminated (if larger 1 uSv/h). Don't experiment with radiation sources !!!
* saving raw counter values in 3 different noise levels
* saving temperature data
* saving location (optional)
* saving settings data
* export by email (CSV) or file, CSV / HTML
* export of mean values in Counts + standarddeviation
* unit converter (Sievert, Gray, Rem...)
We just released a comprehensive help on our homepage --
Important you NOISE value should be similar as in our tables, if it is too high check the tape to cover the lense - use multiple tapes if necessary and start calibration again !!! Please before writting a bad one star comment write us we will help you very quickly PLEASE !!!
more videos on our homepage -
instruction and help:
Worried about accidental exposure to radioactive material or acts of terrorism? The GammaPix App can provide timely warning of the presence of radioactivity using nothing more than your phone's camera. While it is NOT meant to be a substitute for dedicated ionizing radiation detectors, it is a rapid and convenient way of making preliminary threat estimates.
Unlike the Lite version, this app does not require a network connection to operate. We recommend you run GammaPix while connected from time to time to check for new calibrations.
This is a tool. Various circumstances may compromise the measurement or make the results inaccurate.
o Real-time mode. Watch the results as a reading is being taken.
o Three-stage mode. Quick warning of danger. A full-length reading to look for lower doses.
o Automatic monitoring for radiation when you're not using the app.
o Use either camera.
o Choice of radiation dose units.
o Faster results
We hope you enjoy using GammaPix!
Automatic monitoring will use ~1% of your battery, but could warn you of radiation even when not using the app.
A 10 to 20-minute initialization is required before you use the application for the first time. We know this step slows you down, but it really is necessary to get the best results. Please perform this step in a place you know is likely to be free of excessive radioactivity, with your device cool and unplugged.
For best results make sure no light is getting into the camera when you run the GammaPix app. Putting the phone in your pocket or covering it with a book works well.
A reading takes about 3 to 5 minutes if there's no danger. Dangerous levels will be reported sooner.
The GammaPix App will not work on some phone models because the camera optimization at low light levels gives "bright" pictures.
Not all phone models have been calibrated. We'll use your readings to provide a calibration for your model. The more you take, the sooner we'll have a calibration.
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