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  1. Photo fission cross-section of 232Th, 238U and 237Np

    In the present work, photo fission cross-section of 232Th, 238U and 237Np evaluated with the help of fission fragment angular distribution measurements by using Bremsstrahlung radiation from 7.4 MeV to 9.0 MeV have been carried out by employing high efficiency SSNTD technique

  2. Calculation of fusion time scales in 11B + 237Np, 12C + 232Th and 16O + 232Th reactions in a dynamical trajectory model

    There are several theoretical models which treat the fusion process and energy dissipation in heavy ion collision in terms of a fluctuating force represented by the coupling between macroscopic and intrinsic degrees of freedom. One such dynamical model has been developed by Feldmeier (1987), where the properties of the dissipative force are determined from a microscopic picture of particle exchange between two nuclei. The macroscopic shapes of the nuclear system are represented by axially symmetric configuration with sharp surfaces. We have used the above model to calculate the fusion time scales for the systems 11B + 237Np, 12C +232Th and 16O + 232Th at 77, 86 and 104 MeV bombarding energies to examine the effect of mass asymmetry in fusion dynamics. (author). 2 figs

  3. Study of (n,p) and (n,α) cross-sections for 232Th, 231Pa, 233U isotopes

    The study of neutron induced reaction cross-sections in the charged particle emission in this energy region will help us to understand the energy dependence of activation cross-sections in detail, thereby providing a complete database that will lead to better understanding of mechanisms of the nuclear reactions. The present study describes nuclear model calculations of (n,p) and (n,α) reaction cross-sections for 232Th, 231Pa and 233U isotopes

  4. Fission Cross Sections of {209}Bi, {232}Th, {235}U, {238}U and {237}Np for Intermediate Energy Protons and Deuterons

    Yurevich, V I; Yakovlev, R M; Sosnin, A N

    2001-01-01

    Fission cross sections of {209}Bi, {232}Th, {235}U, {238}U and {237}Np have been measured with 1.0-3.7 GeV protons and 1.0 GeV deuterons. The results are compared with other experimental data, available evaluations and predictions of the theoretical model.

  5. Delayed neutron and delayed photon characteristics from photofission of 232Th, 235,238U, and 237Np with endpoint Bremsstrahlung photons in the giant dipole resonance region

    A renewed interest in photonuclear reactions was stimulated by applications as radioactive ion beam production, irradiation stations by high energy photons, shielding of electron accelerators, etc. Today, a particular attention is paid to the non-destructive characterization of waste barrels and the detection of nuclear materials, both based on photofission process and the associated delayed neutron (DN) and delayed photon (DP) emissions. The need of accurate and complete data for DN and DP yields and time characteristics of actinides was the motivation for an experimental campaign, started in 2004. In this paper, the experimental setup and the data analysis method will be presented and the modeling work will be described. Experimental results for DN and DP characteristics will be compared to calculations in the case of photofission of 232Th, 235,238U, and 237Np. (authors)

  6. Mass asymmetry dependence of fusion time-scales in 11B+237Np and 12C, 16O, 19F+232Th reactions in a dynamical trajectory model

    Dynamical trajectory calculations were carried out for the reactions of 11B+237Np and 12C, 16O and 19F+232Th, having mass asymmetries on either side of the Businaro-Gallone critical mass asymmetry αBG, in order to examine the mass asymmetry dependence of fusion reactions in these systems. The compound nucleus formation times were calculated as a function of the partial wave of the reaction for all the systems. This study brings out that for systems with αBG, the formation times are significantly larger than for α>αBG, which is caused by the dynamical effects involved in the large scale shape changes taking place in the fusion process as well as due to the interplay between the thermal and the collective motion during the collision process. The calculated time scales are comparable to the experimental values derived from the pre-fission neutron multiplicity measurements. (author). 16 refs., 4 figs., 1 tab

  7. Neutron induced fission cross section ratios for 232Th, /sup 235,238/U, 237Np, and 239Pu from 1 to 400 MeV

    Time-of-flight measurements of neutron induced fission cross section ratios for 232Th, /sup 235,238/U, 237Np, and 239Pu, were performed using the WNR high intensity spallation neutron source located at Los Alamos National Laboratory. A multiple-plate gas ionization chamber located at a 20-m flight path was used to simultaneously measure the fission rate for all samples over the energy range from 1 to 400 MeV. Because the measurements were made with nearly identical neutron fluxes, we were able to cancel many systematic uncertainties present in previous measurements. This allows us to resolve discrepancies among different data sets. In addition, these are the first neutron-induced fission cross section values for most of the nuclei at energies above 30 MeV. 8 refs., 3 figs

  8. Delayed neutron and delayed photon characteristics from photofission of 232Th, 235,238U, and 237Np with endpoint Bremsstrahlung photons in the giant dipole resonance region

    Doré, D.; Dighe, P. M.; Berthoumieux, E.; Laborie, J.-M.; Ledoux, X.; Macary, V.; Panebianco, S.; Ridikas, D.

    2009-10-01

    A renewed interest in photonuclear reactions was stimulated by applications as radioactive ion beam production, irradiation stations by high energy photons, shielding of electron accelerators, etc. Today, a particular attention is paid to the non-destructive characterization of waste barrels and the detection of nuclear materials, both based on photofission process and the associated delayed neutron (DN) and delayed photon (DP) emissions. The need of accurate and complete data for DN and DP yields and time characteristics of actinides was the motivation for an experimental campaign, started in 2004. In this paper, the experimental setup and the data analysis method will be presented and the modeling work will be described. Experimental results for DN and DP characteristics will be compared to calculations in the case of photofission of 232Th, 235,238U, and 237Np.

  9. Capture and Fission rate of 232-Th, 238-U, 237-Np and 239-Pu from spallation neutrons in a huge block of lead.

    Vlachoudis, Vasilis

    2000-01-01

    The study is centered on the research of the incineration possibility of nuclear waste, by the association of a particle accelerator with a multiplying medium of neutrons, in the project "Energy Amplifier" of C. Rubbia. It consists of the experimental determination of the rates of capture and fission of certain elements (232-Th, 238-U, 237-Np and 239-Pu) subjected to a fluence of fast spallation neutrons. These neutrons are produced by the interaction of high kinetic energy protons (several GeV) provided by the CERN-PS accelerator, on a large lead solid volume. The measurement techniques used in this work, are based on the activation of elements in the lead volume and the subsequent gamma spectroscopy of the activated elements, and also by the detection of fission fragment traces. The development, of a Monte Carlo code makes it possible, on one hand, to better understand the relevant processes, and on the other hand, to validate the code, by comparison with measurements, for the design and the construction of...

  10. Standard practice for the determination of 237Np, 232Th, 235U and 238U in urine by inductively coupled plasma-Mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and gamma ray spectrometry.

    American Society for Testing and Materials. Philadelphia

    2005-01-01

    1.1 This practice covers the separation and preconcentration of neptunium-237 (237Np), thorium-232 (232Th), uranium-235 (235U) and uranium-238 (238U) from urine followed by quantitation using ICP-MS. 1.2 This practice can be used to support routine bioassay programs. The minimum detectable concentrations (MDC) for this method, taking the preconcentration factor into account, are approximately 1E-2Bq for 237Np (0.38ng), 2E-6Bq for 232Th (0.50ng), 4E-5Bq for 235U (0.50ng) and 6E-6Bq for 238U (0.48ng). 1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety problems, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

  11. The fission cross sections of 230Th, 232Th, 233U, 234U, 236U, 238U, 237Np, 239Pu and 242Pu relative 235U at 14.74 MeV neutron energy

    The measurement of the fission cross section ratios of nine isotopes relative to 235U at an average neutron energy of 14.74 MeV is described with particular attention to the determination of corrections and to sources of error. The results are compared to ENDF/B-V and to other measurements of the past decade. The ratio of the neutron induced fission cross section for these isotopes to the fission cross section for 235U are: 230Th - 0.290 +- 1.9%; 232Th - 0.191 +- 1.9%; 233U - 1.132 +- 0.7%; 234U - 0.998 +- 1.0%; 236U - 0.791 +- 1.1%; 238U - 0.587 +- 1.1%; 237Np - 1.060 +- 1.4%; 239Pu - 1.152 +- 1.1%; 242Pu - 0.967 +- 1.0%. 40 refs., 11 tabs., 9 figs

  12. Fission Fragment Folding Angle Distributions for the Systems 11B+237Np, 12C+236U, and 16O+232Th in the Energy Range 1.1B<2.1

    Fission fragment folding angle distributions have been measured for the systems 11B+237Np, 12C+236U, and 16O+232Th, populating the same compound nucleus (248Cf) and at similar excitation energies (Ex 45-100 MeV). The full momentum transfer and incomplete momentum transfer fusion-fission components have been separated over the bombarding energy range 1.1c.m/VB 2.1. It is observed that the largest value of the ratio of the transfer fission to the total fission is around 10 to 15% at the highest energy investigated. Over the energy range mentioned above, it is found that the transfer fission corrected fission fragment anisotropies are not significantly different from the values already obtained from the analysis of the total fission data reported earlier and hence the conclusions reached from the inclusive data remain unchanged. The anisotropy data were analyzed for the two cases corresponding to fission events with sizable fission barriers (Bf>T) and with smaller fission barriers (Bf>T). It was interesting to find that the effective moment of inertia (Jeff) values deduced from the latter component were consistent with the values from Sierk prescription used in the former case

  13. In-beam spectroscopy of 231Pa

    Information on energy levels and on E2 and M1 matrix elements in 231Pa has been obtained using conversion-electron and gamma-ray spectroscopy following the 232Th(p, 2p)231Pa reaction and Coulomb excitation of the radioactive target 231Pa by 4He and 32S ions. The results are analyzed in the framework of the rotational model, applied to the rotational band built on the 1/2-[530] Nilsson state whose 3/2- member forms the ground state of this nucleus. The deviations of the level energies from the rigidrotor values can be described by Coriolis couplings. The analysis of the Coulomb-excitation process shows that a constant set of rotational parameters Q0, gR, gK, and b can fairly well account for the measured line intensities. (orig.)

  14. Chemical aspects of 237 Np Moessbauer spectroscopy

    The 237Np Moessbauer effect has been especially useful in studies of neptunium chemistry, by virtue of its excellent resolution and straightforward experimental techniques. Neptunium can have valences from +3 to +7, and a broad range of compounds can be prepared that are analogous to those of other actinide elements. Studies on neptunium compounds, for example, have a ready application to the analogous compounds of uranium and plutonium. The emphasis in this paper will be on the application of the 237Np Moessbauer effect to problems in neptunium chemistry

  15. Neutron-induced fission cross-section of 231 Pa

    Beside the importance of 231 Pa for basic fission studies it is also of interest in the field of future reactor design based on the thorium-uranium fuel cycle. The 232 Th/233 U breeder cycle, where the natural resources of the main fuel thorium are estimated to last for hundred thousands of years, is contemplated to provide 'clean' and almost inexhaustible nuclear energy. Among the first priority isotopes the IAEA had pointed out 231 Pa and 233 Pa. Both are of special interest being intermediate nuclei in the formation of the fissile 233 U from the fertile 232 Th. The latter has been investigated in the recent past in great detail. In particular, 231 Pa carry a similar risk as 239 Pu does in the standard uranium-plutonium cycle due to its comparable half-life and radio-toxicity. Despite the wealth of existing experimental data important discrepancies exist, a scenario, which holds for the existing evaluated data files ENDF/B-VI and JENDL-3.3, too. Presently, the neutron-induced fission cross-section of 231 Pa is under investigation at the VdG neutron source at IRMM for incident neutron energies up to 20 MeV. The obtained cross-sections, representing the 3rd and higher chance fission in 233 Pa(n,f) will serve as precise input for the validation of the reaction cross-section calculations performed on 233 Pa up to 20 MeV and the envisaged extension up to 50 MeV. (authors)

  16. Prospection for natural 231Pa in India

    Protactinium-231 (231Pa) occurs in nature as a member of the decay chain of naturally occuring 235U of the 4n+ 3 radioactive series. The expected protactinium concentration in the Jaduguda ore body (with uranium concentration of 0.03-0.06 %) is around 0.2 parts per billion (ppb) and that in monazite ore (uranium concentration 0.3%) is 0.9 ppb. The process at uranium ore processing plant at Jaduguda was studied. 231Pa content in samples from the process streams of the plant was determined. The gamma ray spectrometry method was chosen and standardised in our laboratory to detect and measure 231Pa in parts per billion levels in these samples. A concentrated source of protactinium could not be found among the assessed streams of Jaduguda uranium plant. The Monazite processing plant at IRE, Aluva was then studied. From the known chemistry of protactinium, the possible distribution of the 231Pa was guessed at. Accordingly, the process streams of IRE process plant were selected to prospect for 231Pa and determine the fractionation of protactinium. For analysis of 231Pa, the thorium bearing samples were chemically treated to remove the thorium daughter products, which interfere in gamma spectrometry. This report describes the planning for prospecting, sample selection, the standardisation of the analysis procedure for determination of 231Pa content, and the analysis results. The 231Pa content in various streams of Indian Rare Earths plant was found in the range 0.2 -6.5 ppb. Some of the streams did not carry any protactinium. The fractionation of 231Pa in the various streams of the plant and the selection of source for recovery of protactinium are discussed in detail. (author)

  17. Irradiation studies of 231Pa in DHRUVA reactor for preparation of 232U

    In this paper, identification of the potential source of 231Pa, various stages of its recovery and the sample of 231Pa supplied for trial irradiation are described. For producing 232U, irradiation work is proposed in different stages of irradiation. Various trial irradiations and its results are discussed in this paper along with their specific objectives. A computational estimation of conversion efficiency of 231Pa (∼ 10μg) to 232U in DHRUVA reactor, was carried out. The computational result predicted the conversion efficiency and the results of γ-spectroscopy based analysis of the second trial sample matched well. A first level calculation was also carried out to estimate the tolerable quantity of 232Th to keep the concentration of 233U below 5% in the 232U sample. The radioactivity due to the presence of various impurities present in the sample, during the high fluence irradiation, is being estimated. The feasibility of production of the 232U isotope in DHRUVA reactor has thus been established. (author)

  18. The radiological significance of 237Np in the environment

    Measurements have been made of the concentration of 237Np in tissues taken from sheep, which have grazed on sea-washed marshland on the west Cumbrian coast. The concentrations of 239Pu + 240Pu and 241Am were also determined in the same samples, to enable a comparison to be made of relative uptake of these radionuclides to livestock. Consequently, an assessment has been made of the relative radiological significance of these radionuclides, in terms of the dose received by the public from consuming sheep meat products. The concentrations of the same radionuclides were also measured in soil samples taken from the marsh on which the sheep grazed, to estimate the 237Np available to the sheep, via plant uptake and soil ingestion. (Author)

  19. Pilot measurements of 237Np in forest litter from Poland

    Described are results and the procedure for a pilot study on 237Np content in forest litter samples from Poland in relation to their plutonium activity. Neptunium was determined by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and Pu by alpha spectrometry. Two samples originated from a location with pure global fallout and two others from a place with about 65% of the plutonium from Chernobyl. Plutonium activities were determined twice: at Krakow and in Monaco. The two results were consistent and 239+240Pu activities ranged from about 1 to about 7 Bq/kg dry weight (dw). The chemical recovery for Np was between 27 and 89%. Results for 237Np activity concentrations were between 0.099 ± 0.005 and 2.21 ± 0.076 mBq/kg dw. Observed activity ratios were lower than expected and could be explained by fractionation of Np against Pu in forest litter. (author)

  20. 232Th, a rigid rotor

    We undertake the present work to treat 232Th with a soft rotor formula used recently by C. Bihari et. al for γ-band and modified by J.B. Gupta et. al. It describes energy in terms of moment of inertia and softness parameter

  1. Determination of 237Np in sediments and sea water

    Compared to other transuranic elements such as Pu and Am present environmental levels of Np are very low. Neptunium nuclides are therefore of little radiological significance in the concentrations found in the environment. In the longer term, however, 237Np will become one of the most important radionuclides remaining in high-level radioactive waste. We have further developed a new method for analysis of neptunium in large samples of soil, sediment and seawater. The samples are measured on alpha detectors and by ICPMS (Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry)

  2. Study on adsorption of 237Np on bentonite

    The performance of adsorbing 237Np for bentonite as buffer/backfill material was investigated. The adsorption coefficients of 237Np were determined for three kinds of bentonite under atmosphere and anoxic atmosphere. Further, it was studied that Kd values were affected by pH and CO32-. The results are shown as follows: (1) Distribution coefficients Kd under atmosphere: for mixed-bentonite is 47.3 mL/g, for Mg-bentonite 52.0 mL/g and for Ca-bentonite 42.4 mL/g; and the corresponding Kd under anoxic atmosphere: 89.3 mL/g, 38.8 mL/g and 29.0 mL/g, respectively. (2) When pH was lower than 9.2, Kd of the mixed-bentonite increased with the increase of pH and the maxi-mumt Kd value appeared at pH 9.2. (3) Kd of the mixed-bentonite got lower in high carbonate concentration when the total neptunium concentration was smaller than the solubility of NaNpO2CO3. (author)

  3. 237Np: Oxidation state in vivo and chelation by multidentate catecholat and hydroxypyridinonate ligands

    Chemically, 237Np(V) is as toxic as U(VI), and radiologically, about as toxic as 239Pu. Depending on redox conditions in vivo, 237Np exists as weakly complexing Np(V) (NpO2+) or as Np(IV), which forms complexes as stable as those of Pu(IV). Ten multidentate catecholate (CAM) and hydroxypyridinonate (HOPO) ligands with great affinity for Pu(IV) were compared with CaNa3-DTPA for in vivo chelation of 237Np. Mice were injected intravenously with 237NpO2Cl: those in a kinetic study were killed 1 to 2,880 min; in ligand studies, fed mice were injected intraperitoneally with a ligand 5, 60, or 1,440 min after 237Np(V), mice fasted for 16 h were gastrically intubated with a ligand 3 min after 237Np(V), and all were killed 24 h after ligand administration; tissues and excreta were radioanalyzed. Rapid plasma clearance and urinary excretion of 237Np(V) resemble U(VI); deposition and early retention in skeleton and liver resemble Pu(IV). The x-ray absorption near edge structure spectroscopy (XANES) spectra of femora of 237Np(V)-injected mice, compared with spectra of Np(V) and Np(IV) from reference solids, showed predominantly Np(IV). Significant in vivo 237Np chelation was obtained with all of the HOPO and CAM ligands injected at molar ratio 22; the HOPO ligands reduced 237Np in skeleton, liver, and other soft tissue, on average, to 72, 25, and 25% of control, respectively, while CaNa3-DTPA was ineffective

  4. 231Pa systematics in postglacial volcanic rocks from Iceland

    Turner, Simon; Kokfelt, Thomas; Hoernle, Kaj; Lundstrom, Craig; Hauff, Folkmar

    2016-07-01

    Several recent studies have highlighted the potential of combined 238U-230Th and 235U-231Pa systematics to constrain upwelling rates and the role of recycled mafic lithologies in mantle plume-derived basalts. Accordingly, we present measurements of the 231Pa concentrations from 26 mafic volcanic rocks from Iceland, including off-axis basalts from the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, to complement previously published 238U-230Th-226Ra data. 231Pa concentrations vary from 27 to 624 fg/g and (231Pa/235U) ratios from 1.12 to 2.11 with the exception of one anomalous sample from the Southeast Rift which has a 231Pa deficit with (231Pa/235U) = 0.86. An important new result is that basalts from the Southeast Rift and the Snaefellsnes Peninsula define a trend at relatively low (231Pa/235U) for a given (230Th/238U) ratio. Many of the remaining samples fall in or around the global field for ocean island basalts but those from the Mid-Iceland Belt and the Southwest Rift/Reykjanes Peninsula extend to higher (231Pa/235U) ratios at a given (230Th/238U), similar to mid-ocean ridge basalts. In principle, these lavas could result from melting of peridotite at lower pressures. However, there is no reason to suspect that the Mid-Iceland Belt and the Southwest Rift lavas reflect shallower melting than elsewhere in Iceland. In our preferred model, these lavas reflect melting of garnet peridotite whereas those from the Southeast Rift and the Snaefellsnes Peninsula contain a significant contribution (up to 20%) of melt from garnet pyroxenite. This is consistent with incompatible trace element and radiogenic isotope evidence for recycled oceanic crust in these lavas. There is increasing agreement that the displacement of ocean island basalts to lower (231Pa/235U) ratios at a given (230Th/238U), compared to mid-ocean ridge basalts, reflects the role of recycled mafic lithologies such as garnet pyroxenite as well as higher average pressures of melting. It now seems likely that this interpretation may

  5. Measurements of {sup 237}Np secondary neutron spectra

    Kornilov, N.V.

    1997-03-01

    The activities carried out during the first year of the project are summarized. The main problems for Np spectra measurements arise from high intrinsic gamma-ray activity of the sample and admixture of the oxygen and iron nuclei. The inelastically scattered neutrons and the fission neutrons spectra for {sup 237}Np were measured by time-of-flight spectrometer of the IPPE at incident neutron energies {approx_equal}1.5 MeV, and {approx_equal}0.5 MeV. A solid tritium target and a Li-metallic target were used as neutron sources. The neutron scattering on C sample (C(n,n) standard reaction) was measured to normalize the Np data. The experimental data should be simulated by Monte Carlo method to correct the experimental data for oxygen and iron admixture as well as for multiple scattering of the neutrons in the sample. Therefore the response function of the spectrometer, and the neutron energy distribution from the source were investigated in detail. (author)

  6. Pre-concentration studies of 237Np using sulphonic acid based actinide™ resin

    The absorption studies of the standard 237Np have been performed using actinide™ resin to standardise the selective separation. The supernatant solution was checked for alpha activity of 237Np using scintillation counting technique. It was found that more than 95 % of 237Np was absorbed in the actinide™ resin. The absorbed 237Np from the actinide™ resin was leached out using isopropyl alcohol. The leached out activity of 237Np in the isopropyl alcohol was estimated using same alpha scintillation counting technique and was found to be greater than 95 %. The selective absorption of 237Np resin from the other impurities in actinide™ is helpful in the analytical solution during recycle of fuels as well as in the waste management process. This is very much important because 237Np is one of the long-lived minor actinides produced from the 238U(n, 2n) reaction followed by beta decay. Thus it is useful for the conventional reactor based on natU and fast reactor based on U-Pu fuel. (author)

  7. Status of the Neutron Capture Measurement on 237Np with the DANCE Array at LANSCE

    Neptunium-237 is a major constituent of spent nuclear fuel. Estimates place the amount of 237Np bound for the Yucca Mountain high-level waste repository at 40 metric tons. The Department of Energy's Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative program is evaluating methods for transmuting the actinide waste that will be generated by future operation of commercial nuclear power plants. The critical parameter that defines the transmutation efficiency of actinide isotopes is the neutron fission-to-capture ratio for the particular isotope in a given neutron spectrum. The calculation of transmutation efficiency therefore requires accurate fission and capture cross sections. Current 237Np evaluations available for transmuter system studies show significant discrepancies in both the fission and capture cross sections in the energy regions of interest. Herein we report on 237Np (n,γ) measurements using the recently commissioned DANCE array

  8. High resolution measurement of the 231Pa(n,f) cross section from 0.4 eV to 12 MeV

    231Pa neutron induced fission is one of the reactions contributing to stop the generation of unwanted quantities of 232U produced along with 233U in a liquid-metal fast breeder reactor using the 232Th/233U breeding cycle. 232U production is troublesome because of its short lifetime and because its decay chain yields to many α particles and γ rays including a 2.61 MeV penetrating γ radiation causing extra shielding problems. Since 231Pa is not listed in ENDF/B-IV and only scarce data of the 231Pa(n,f) cross section, sigmasub(f), are available from ENDF/B-V, a high resolution measurement of sigmasub(f) is mostly desirable to estimate properly the production rate of 232U. In addition to this reactor physics preoccupation, the opportunity was taken to study some fundamental aspects of the fission process, mainly to shed a light on the existence of a shallow third minimum in the fission barrier of 232Pa as calculated by Moeller and Nix

  9. A study of the multipolar composition of the electrofission cross section of 237Np

    The electrofission cross section for 237Np was measured over the energy range from 0,6 to 60,0 MeV. The multipolar composition of this cross section was investigated using the virtual photons formalism with three different techniques of analysis: unfolding and two versions of multiple parameter regression. (A.C.A.S.)

  10. Reliable determination of 237Np in environmental solid samples using 242Pu as a potential tracer

    Qiao, Jixin; Hou, Xiaolin; Roos, Per;

    2011-01-01

    , thereby demonstrating the usefulness of 242Pu as a non-isotopic tracer for 237Np chemical yield monitoring. The on-column separation procedure fosters rapid analysis as required in emergency situations since each individual sample can be handled within 2.5h, and leads to a significant decrease in labor...

  11. Radiochemical determination of 237NP in soil samples contaminated with weapon grade plutonium

    Antón, M. P.; Espinosa, A.; Aragón, A.

    2006-01-01

    The Palomares terrestrial ecosystem (Spain) constitutes a natural laboratory to study transuranics. This scenario is partially contaminated with weapon-grade plutonium since the burnout and fragmentation of two thermonuclear bombs accidentally dropped in 1966. While performing radiometric measurements in the field, the possible presence of 237Np was observed through its 29 keV gamma emission. To accomplish a detailed characterization of the source term in the contaminated area using the isotopic ratios Pu-Am-Np, the radiochemical isolation and quantification by alpha spectrometry of 237Np was initiated. The selected radiochemical procedure involves separation of Np from Am, U and Pu with ionic resins, given that in soil samples from Palomares 239+240Pu levels are several orders of magnitude higher than 237Np. Then neptunium is isolated using TEVA organic resins. After electrodeposition, quantification is performed by alpha spectrometry. Different tests were done with blank solutions spiked with 236Pu and 237Np, solutions resulting from the total dissolution of radioactive particles and soil samples. Results indicate that the optimal sequential radionuclide separation order is Pu-Np, with decontamination percentages obtained with the ionic resins ranging from 98% to 100%. Also, the addition of NaNO2 has proved to be necessary, acting as a stabilizer of Pu-Np valences.

  12. Determination of the 233Pa(n, f) reaction cross section from 0.5 to 10 MeV neutron energy using the transfer reaction 232Th(3He, p)234Pa

    The fission probability distributions of 232,233,234Pa and 231Th have been measured up to an excitation energy of 15 MeV, using the transfer reactions 232Th(3He, t)232Pa, 232Th(3He, d)233Pa, 232Th(3He, p)234Pa and 232Th(3He, 4He)231Th. From these measurements, the neutron induced fission cross sections of 231Pa, 233Pa and 230Th have been determined from the product of the fission probabilities of 232Pa, 233Pa and 231Th respectively with the calculated compound nucleus formation cross sections in the 231Pa+n, 233Pa+n and 230Th+n reactions. The validity of the applied method has been successfully tested with the existing neutron induced fission cross sections of 230Th and 231Pa. Special emphasis is put on the 233Pa(n, f) reaction which is of importance for thorium fueled nuclear reactors. Based on a statistical model analysis of the neutron induced fission cross section as a function of neutron energy, it has been possible to determine the barrier parameters of the 234Pa fissioning nucleus. Cross sections for the compound nucleus inelastic scattering 233Pa(n, n') and radiative capture 233Pa(n, γ) reactions have also been calculated and compared with recent evaluations

  13. Benchmark testing calculations for 232Th

    The cross sections of 232Th from CNDC and JENDL-3.3 were processed with NJOY97.45 code in the ACE format for the continuous-energy Monte Carlo Code MCNP4C. The Keff values and central reaction rates based on CENDL-3.0, JENDL-3.3 and ENDF/B-6.2 were calculated using MCNP4C code for benchmark assembly, and the comparisons with experimental results are given. (author)

  14. Effect of DTPA on concentration ratios of 237Np and 244Cm in vegetative parts of bush bean and barley

    Bush beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) and barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) were grown in two different soils (noncalcareous and calcareous) in containers in a glasshouse with 530 pCi/g 237Np or 15040 pCi/g 244Cm mixed into separate containers of the soil. The chelating agent DTPA at 100 μg/g soil was added to one half of the containers. The concentration ratio (C.R.) without DTPA was two orders of magnitude higher for 237Np than for 244Cm by two and three orders of magnitude but had little influence on 237Np. For the calcareous soil with DTPA, 244Cm C.R.'s were greater than those for 237Np. In bush beans both 237Np and 244Cm C.R.'s were higher in primary leaves than in trifoliate leaves which were higher than for stems

  15. Measurement of Delayed Neutron Yields from Thermal Neutron Induced Fission of $^{237}$Np

    Gundorin, N A; Pikelner, L B; Revrova, N V; Salamatin, I M; Smirnov, V I; Zhdanova, K V; Zhuchko, V E

    2005-01-01

    This paper reports about the measurement of delayed neutron yields from a thermal neutron induced fission of $^{237}$Np. The method based on periodic irradiation of the sample in pulsed neutron beam with the subsequent registration of neutrons in intervals between pulses is used in the experiment. The method is realized on the "Isomer-M" installation, located on the channel of the IBR-2 pulsed reactor. A description of the installation and a technique of the experiment are presented, a thorough analysis of background processes is performed, results of measurements are shown in this paper. The value of delayed neutron yields from thermal neutron induced fission of $^{237}$Np obtained in the present investigation is $\

  16. Covalency of Neptunium(IV) organometallics from 237Np Moessbauer spectra

    The isomer shifts in 237Np Moessbauer spectra arise from the shielding of neptunium's 6s orbitals by the inner 5f orbitals. In covalent bonding, ligand contributions to the 5f electron density increase the shielding, and the 237Np isomer shift reflects differences in bond character among covalently bonded ligands. The large difference in isomer shift (3.8 cm/sec) between ionic Np(IV) and Np(III) compounds permits a good determination of ligand bonding differences in Np(IV) organometallic compounds. The Moessbauer spectra for about 20 Np(IV) organometallic compounds, principally cyclopentadienyl (Cp) compounds of the general composition Cp/sub x/Np chi/sub 4-x/ (x = 1,2,3; chi = Cl, BH4, /sup n/Bu, Ph, OR, acac), show both the differences in sigma bonding among the chi ligands, as well as the covalent effect of the Cp ligands

  17. Evaluation of 237Np reaction amount by chemical analysis of neptunium sample irradiated at experiment fast reactor 'JOYO'

    The chemical analysis technique was established to determine the nuclide generated in Neptunium (Np) sample with a high accuracy, to contribute to evaluation of transmutation characteristics of 237Np in the fast reactor. (1) Establishment of Chemical Analysis Technique. The chemical analysis technique containing determination technique of fission amount of 237Np, which was consist of Vanadium (V) of capsule material removal and Neodymium (Nd) recovery at high efficiency, was established with optimization of experimental conditions. Four Np samples irradiated in 'JOYO' were analyzed using this technique. Results were as follows. 237Np were determined with high accuracy (relative error was 2.2% at maximum). Errors of fission amount monitoring nuclides 148Nd were half less than that of 137Cs. Small amount of 236Pu was able to determined. (2) Evaluation of 237Np Reaction Amount. The reaction amount of capture, fission and (n, 2n) reactions were evaluated using analyzed values. Transmutation characteristics of 237Np were evaluated using reaction amount. Evaluated results were as follows. The ratio of capture or fission amount to unirradiated 237Np amount were 6.1 - 25.5 at%, 0.7 - 3.6 at%, respectively. The 237Np (n, 2n) 236mNp reaction amount was 7.0 x 10-6 times of 237Np amount at maximum. The dependences of 237Np reaction amount to neutron energy spectrum were revealed from the fact such as linearity of fission to capture reaction amount ratio against fast neutron ratio in same fuel assembly. (author)

  18. Measurement of the Thermal Neutron Capture Cross section of 237Np for the Study of Nuclear Transmutation

    Full text of publication follows: Accurate nuclear data of minor actinides are required for the study of nuclear transmutation of radioactive wastes. The 237Np is one of the most important minor actinides for this study because of its relatively large abundance in irradiated fuels. However, there are apparent discrepancies between the reported neutron capture cross sections of the 237Np for thermal neutrons. History on the measurements of the neutron capture cross section of 237Np for thermal neutrons is briefly presented first. Recent three data measured by a γ ray spectroscopic method are much smaller than those measured by other methods. To deduce the neutron capture cross section by an activation method with γ ray spectroscopy, the relevant γ-ray emission probabilities are used. These decay data could be an origin of the discrepancies on the neutron capture cross section of 237Np. To examine the hypothesis, we measured the relevant γ-ray emission probabilities of 233Pa and 238Np from the ratio of the emission rate to the activity. The obtained emission probabilities are used to correct the thermal neutron capture cross section of 237Np reported previously. The cross section is also independently determined by irradiating 237Np sample in the research reactor of Kyoto University and counting α rays emitted from 237Np and 238Pu with a Si detector. The measured emission probabilities of 233Pa and 238Np, and the neutron capture cross section of 237Np are compared with others from references. The results of the precise decay data explain the discrepancy on the neutron capture cross section of 237Np. Details of the experiments and results will be presented. (authors)

  19. Electronic and structural properties of some ternary neptunium(VII) oxides from 237Np Moessbauer spectroscopy

    The 60 kev Moessbauer resonance of 237Np has been measured in some complex oxides of heptavalent neptunium. The nature of bonding and the molecular symmetry are discussed on the basis of the isomer shift and quadrupole coupling constant data. The molecular character of the compounds is evidenced by the low Debye temperatures and the strong bond covalency. The quadrupole coupling constant is temperature independent; this reveals the absence of any non-bonding states of f electrons. (authors)

  20. (237)Np(n,f) Cross Section: New Data and Present Status

    Paradela, C; Carrapico, C; Eleftheriadis, C; Leeb, H; Calvino, F; Herrera-Martinez, A; Savvidis, I; Vlachoudis, V; Haas, B; Vannini, G; Le Naour, C; Gramegna, F; Wiescher, M; Pigni, M T; Audouin, L; Mengoni, A; Quesada, J; Becvar, F; Plag, R; Cennini, P; Mosconi, M; Duran, I; Rauscher, T; Couture, A; Capote, R; Sarchiapone, L; Vlastou, R; Domingo-Pardo, C; Dillmann, I; Pavlopoulos, P; Karamanis, D; Krticka, M; Jericha, E; Ferrari, A; Martinez, T; Trubert, D; Oberhummer, H; Karadimos, D; Plompen, A; Isaev, S; Terlizzi, R; Kaeppeler, F; Cortes, G; Cox, J; Voss, F; Pretel, C; Colonna, N; Berthoumieux, E; Vaz, P; Heil, M; Lopes, I; Lampoudis, C; Walter, S; Calviani, M; Gonzalez-Romero, E; Embid-Segura, M; Stephan, C; Igashira, M; Papachristodoulou, C; Aerts, G; Tavora, L; Berthier, B; Rudolf, G; Andrzejewski, J; Villamarin, D; Ferreira-Marques, R; Tain, J L; O'Brien, S; Gunsing, F; Reifarth, R; Perrot, L; Lindote, A; Neves, F; Poch, A; Kerveno, M; Rubbia, C; Koehler, P; Dahlfors, M; Wisshak, K; Salgado, J; Dridi, W; Ventura, A; Andriamonje, S; Assimakopoulos, P; Santos, C; Ferrant, L; Lozano, M; Patronis, N; Chiaveri, E; Guerrero, C; Kadi, Y; Vicente, M C; Praena, J; Baumann, P; Oshima, M; Rullhusen, P; Furman, W; David, S; Marrone, S; Tassan-Got, L; Cano-Ott, D; Pavlix, A; Alvarez-Velarde, F; Massimi, C; Mastinu, P; Pancin, J; Papadopoulos, C; Tagliente, G; Haight, R; Chepel, V; Kossionides, E; Badurek, G; Marganiec, J; Lukic, S; Tarrio, D; Alvarez, H

    2011-01-01

    In this document, we present the final result obtained at the n_TOF experiment; for the neutron-induced fission cross section of the (237)Np, from the fission threshold up to 1 GeV. The method applied to get tins result is briefly discussed. n_TOF data are compared to the last experimental measurements using other TOF facilities or the surrogate method, reported experiments performed with monoenergetic sources and the FISCAL systematic, including a discussion about the existing discrepancies.

  1. Proton-induced fission on 241Am, 238U and 237Np at intermediate energies

    Deppman, A.; Andrade-II, E.; Guimaraes, V; Karapetyan, G. S.; Balabekyan, A. R.; Demekhina, N. A.

    2013-01-01

    Intermediate energy data of proton-induced fission on 241Am, 238U and 237Np targets were analysed and investigated using the computational simulation code CRISP. Inelastic interactions of protons on heavy nuclei and both symmetric and asymmetric fission are regarded. The fission probabilities are obtained from the CRISP code calculations by means of the Bohr-Wheeler model. The fission cross sections, the fissility and the number of nucleons evaporated by the nuclei, before and after fission, ...

  2. Measurements of neutron capture cross section of 237Np for fast neutrons

    The neutron capture cross section of 237Np has been measured for fast neutrons supplied at the center of the core in the Yayoi reactor. The activation method was used for the measurement, in which the amount of the product 238Np was determined by γ-ray spectroscopy using a Ge detector. The neutron flux at the center of the core calculated by the Monte Carlo simulation code MCNP was renormalized by using the activity of a gold activation foil irradiated simultaneously. The new convention is proposed in this paper to make possible a definite comparison of the integral measurement by the activation method using fast reactor neutrons with differential measurements using accelerator-based neutrons. 'Representative neutron energy' is defined in the convention at which the cross section deduced by the activation measurement has a high sensitivity. The capture cross section of 237Np corresponding to the representative neutron energy was deduced as 0.80±0.04 b at 214±9 keV from the measured reaction rate and the energy dependence of the cross section in the nuclear data library ENDF/B-VII.0. The deduced cross section of 237Np at the representative neutron energy agrees with the evaluated data of ENDF/B-VII.0, but is 15% higher than that of JENDL-3.3 and 13% higher than that of JENDL/AC-2008. (author)

  3. New experimental determination of the neutronic resonance parameters of 237Np below 500 eV

    For studies of future nuclear reactors dedicated to nuclear waste transmutation, an improvement of the accuracy of the neutron radiative capture cross section of 237Np appears necessary. In the framework of a collaboration between the Commissariat a l'Energie atomique (CEA) and Institute for Reference Materials and Measurement (IRMM, Geel, Bergium), a new determination of the resonance parameters of 237Np has been performed. Two types of experiments are carried out at GELINA, the IRMM pulsed neutron source, using the time of flight method: a transmission experiment which is related to the neutron total cross section and a capture experiment which gives the neutron radiative capture cross section. The resonance parameters presented in this work are extracted from the transmission data between 0 and 500 eV with the least square code REFIT, using the Reich-Moore formalism. In parallel, the Doppler effect is investigated. The commonly used free gas model appears inadequate below 20 eV for neptunium dioxide at room temperature. By the use of the program DOPUSH, which calculates the Doppler broadening with a harmonic crystal model according to Lamb's theory, we are able to produce abetter fit of the experimental data for the resonances of 237Np in NpO2 at low energy or temperatures. In addition to the resonance parameters, a study of their mean value and distribution is included in this work. (authors)

  4. Neutron data evaluation of 232Th

    Consistent evaluation of 232Th measured data base is performed. Hauser-Feshbach- Moldauer theory, coupled channel model and double-humped fission barrier model are employed. Total, differential scattering, fission, capture and (n,xn) data are consistently reproduced as a major constraint for inelastic scattering cross section estimate. The direct excitation of ground state and higher band levels is calculated within rigid rotator and soft (deformable) rotator model, respectively. Structures evident in measured neutron emission spectra are correlated with excitation of levels of Kπ=0- and Kπ=0+, 2+ bands. Prompt fission neutron spectra data are described. Average resonance parameters are provided, which reproduce evaluated cross sections in the range of 10-150 kev. (author)

  5. New radiochemical methods for determination of 237Np a 241Pu using extraction chromatography (Presentation)

    Thesis was focused on the development of a new methodology for the separation of anthropogenic transuranium radionuclides 237Np a 241Pu from different kinds of matrices. The analytical methods used in this study were based on extraction chromatography and were optimized according to the sample type. The proposed radiochemical procedure is a combination of two algorithms, which represent the separation of radionuclides by using extraction chromatographic sorbents TEVA resin and TRU resin supplied by Eichrom Technologies LLC. 239Np a 237Np were selectively captured on sorbent TEVA resin in oxidation state 4+. TRU resin was used for purification of plutonium fraction from interfering americium radionuclide. 242Pu and 239Np radionuclides as tracers have been used to monitor the radiochemical yields of separation. Before every radiochemical separation tracer radionuclide 239Np was obtained by separation from the parent radionuclide 243Am, which is in radioactive equilibrium to 239Np. The average yield of chemical separation was 69,3% for 239Np at 277 keV energy line and 65,9% at 228 keV energy line. The NPL AH-B08069 (2008) samples which consist of the mixture of alpha-radionuclides were used for the modification and optimization of separation method used for separation of Np and Pu in model samples. This method provided high radiochemical yields of 239,240Pu (95,0 ± 3,5)% and 237Np (87,9 ± 3,0)%.. Reliability of the method was verified by applying our modified separation procedures on reference materials IAEA-375 and IAEA-414 supplied by International Atomic Energy Agency. A good agreement between the results is obtained by this procedure and the certified values were found. Samples of contaminated soils from the area of Nuclear power plant A-1 Jaslovske Bohunice which is stored temporarily before disposal were analyzed using developed separation procedure. Specific activity of investigated radionuclides was determined in these samples. (author)

  6. New radiochemical methods for determination of 237Np a 241Pu using extraction chromatography

    Thesis was focused on the development of a new methodology for the separation of anthropogenic transuranium radionuclides 237Np a 241Pu from different kinds of matrices. The analytical methods used in this study were based on extraction chromatography and were optimized according to the sample type. The proposed radiochemical procedure is a combination of two algorithms, which represent the separation of radionuclides by using extraction chromatographic sorbents TEVA resin and TRU resin supplied by Eichrom Technologies LLC. 239Np a 237Np were selectively captured on sorbent TEVA resin in oxidation state 4+. TRU resin was used for purification of plutonium fraction from interfering americium radionuclide. 242Pu and 239Np radionuclides as tracers have been used to monitor the radiochemical yields of separation. Before every radiochemical separation tracer radionuclide 239Np was obtained by separation from the parent radionuclide 243Am, which is in radioactive equilibrium to 239Np. The average yield of chemical separation was 69,3% for 239Np at 277 keV energy line and 65,9% at 228 keV energy line. The NPL AH-B08069 (2008) samples which consist of the mixture of alpha-radionuclides were used for the modification and optimization of separation method used for separation of Np and Pu in model samples. This method provided high radiochemical yields of 239,240Pu (95,0 ± 3,5)% and 237Np (87,9 ± 3,0)%.. Reliability of the method was verified by applying our modified separation procedures on reference materials IAEA-375 and IAEA-414 supplied by International Atomic Energy Agency. A good agreement between the results is obtained by this procedure and the certified values were found. Samples of contaminated soils from the area of Nuclear power plant A-1 Jaslovske Bohunice which is stored temporarily before disposal were analyzed using developed separation procedure. Specific activity of investigated radionuclides was determined in these samples. (author)

  7. RAPID SEPARATION METHOD FOR 237NP AND PU ISOTOPES IN LARGE SOIL SAMPLES

    Maxwell, S.; Culligan, B.; Noyes, G.

    2010-07-26

    A new rapid method for the determination of {sup 237}Np and Pu isotopes in soil and sediment samples has been developed at the Savannah River Site Environmental Lab (Aiken, SC, USA) that can be used for large soil samples. The new soil method utilizes an acid leaching method, iron/titanium hydroxide precipitation, a lanthanum fluoride soil matrix removal step, and a rapid column separation process with TEVA Resin. The large soil matrix is removed easily and rapidly using this two simple precipitations with high chemical recoveries and effective removal of interferences. Vacuum box technology and rapid flow rates are used to reduce analytical time.

  8. Study of 237Np photonuclear reactions near threshold, induced by gamma rays from thermal neutron capture

    The photodisintegration of 237Np has been studied using monochromatic photons produced by thermal neutron capture in several materials. The partial cross sections σ gamma, sub(f) and σ gamma, sub(n) were measured in the energy interval from 5.43 MeV to 10.83 MeV. Analysing the photofission data according to the liquid drop model, the height (E sub(f)) and the curvature ((h/2π)ω) of the simple fission barrier were determined: E sub(f) = (5.9 +- 0.2) MeV and (h/2π)ω = (0.8 +- 0.4) MeV. For the competition between photoneutron emission and fission (GAMMA sub(n) / GAMMA sub(f) a constant value was found (1.28+- 0.15) in the energy range 6.73 - 10.83 MeV. From this result the following nuclear temperatures for 237Np were extracted on bases of some models of levels density: T = 0.84 +- 0.06 MeV (Fujimoto-Yamaguchi model) and T = 0.60 +- 0.04 MeV (Constant Nuclear temperature model). (Author)

  9. Isomeric ratio and cross section of the 237Np(n, 2n) reaction

    It has been shown that on the basis of the Hauser-Feshbach theory, and taking into account the law of the conservation of moment, the isomer ratio for the reaction 237Np (n, 2n) can be calculated. The indeterminateness of the modeling of the 236Np level scheme, to all appearances, has little effect on the energy dependence of the isomeric ratio. The error in the calculated cross section for the (n, 2n) reaction is determined chiefly by the error in the experimental data on the isomeric ratio and on the cross section for the formation of the short-lived state. Obtaining a correct estimate of the error is made difficult by the scarcity of experimental data on the isomeric ratio. The results of this work can be useful in practical activity when combined with an estimate of the cross sections and the creation of a complete system of neutron cross sections for 237Np. Theoretical estimates of the cross sections can to a significant extent compensate for the scarcity and indeterminateness of the experimental data

  10. Study of the excited levels of 233Pa by the 237Np alpha decay

    The excited levels in 233Pa following the 237Np alpha decay have been studied, by performing different experiences to complete available data and supply new information. Thus, two direct alpha spectrum measurement, one alpha-gamma bidimensional coincidence experiment, three gamma-gamma and gamma-X ray coincidences and some other measurements of the gamma spectrum, direct and coincident with alpha-particles have been made. These last experiences have allowed to obviate usual radiochemical separation methods, the 233Pa radioactive descendent interferences being eliminated by means of the coincidence technic. As a result, a primary decay scheme has been elaborated, including 15 new gamma transitions and two new levels, not observed in the most recent works. (Author) 60 refs

  11. Improvement of evaluated neutron nuclear data for 237Np and 241Am

    The nuclear data of 237Np and 241Am that are particularly important among the minor actinides were investigated by comparing JENDL-3.2 with the recent evaluated data and available experimental data. As a result of the study, several defects of JENDL-3.2 data were revealed. They were improved on the basis of experimental data or recent evaluated data. For the both nuclides, main quantities revised in the present work were the resonance parameters, cross sections, angular and energy distributions of secondary neutrons, number of neutrons per fission. The data were given in the neutron energy range from 10-5 eV to 20 MeV, and compiled in the ENDF-6 format. (author)

  12. 232Th(d,4n)230Pa cross-section measurements at ARRONAX facility

    Full text of publication follows. The ARRONAX cyclotron [Ref.1], acronym for 'Accelerator for Research in Radiochemistry and Oncology at Nantes Atlantique' is a new facility installed in Nantes, France. A dedicated program has been launched on production of innovative radionuclides for PET imaging and for β- and α- targeted radiotherapy using proton or α particle. Since the accelerator is also able to deliver deuteron beams up to 35 MeV, we have reconsidered the possibility to use them to produce medical isotopes. In this study, we have focused on cross section measurements using the stacked-foil technique [Ref. 2] of one isotope dedicated to alpha radio-immunotherapy (α RIT) [Ref.3], 226Th which can be produced through different routes. It's of great interest since it has been found to be a more potent alpha particle emitter for leukemia therapies than Bi213 [Ref.4]. Indeed, the 226Th decay produced a cascade of four α particles with a cumulated energy of 27.7 MeV. An additional interest is the possible use of a radionuclide generator system 230U/226Th. 230U could be produced directly via 231Pa(p, 2n)230U, and indirectly via 230Pa using proton or deuteron beams through 232Th(p, 3n)230Pa → 230U, 232Th(d, 4n)230Pa → 230U. Twelve data sets are published concerning the 230Pa cross section induced by proton [Ref 5], only one by deuteron [Ref.6]. As sometimes deuteron induced reaction gives higher cross section values, it seems interesting to focus our study on their use as projectile on 232Th target to produce 230Pa. Contaminants created during irradiation are also measured since a good optimization of the process is supposed to find the best compromise between production yield and purity of the final product. Our new sets of data are compared with the existing data [Refs.5,6] on other existing production routes and with results given by TALYS code calculations [Ref.7]. References: 1] F. Haddad and al., Eur. J. Med. Mol. Imaging (2008) 35

  13. A comparative study of the carcinogenetic effects of 241Am, 239Pu and 237Np

    In this experiment, 420 wistar rats were used to study the comparative carcinogenetic effects of 241Am, 239Pu and 237Np. These nuclides were injected to animals intravenously, subcutaneously or directly into the lung (Stansen's lung puncture method) in doses of 1.0, 5.0 and 8.5 μCi/kg, respectively. As soluble nitrate, the nuclides were rapidly transfered from the site of injection into the bone and the liver. Osteosarcomas were found in some animals 8 months to one year after intoxication. Diagnosis of osteosarcoma is based on the histopatological examination and X-ray photography. In the Am-poisoned rats the incidence of osteosarcoma is about 31-74%, varied with different doses and different routes of intoxication; in Pu-poisoned rats, the incidence of osteosarcoma is about 55-66%. while in Np-poisoned rats, it is about 36-53%. Primary lung cancers were also found in those animals poisoned by means of Stansen's lung puncture method with the above three nuclides. The incidence of primary lung cancers is about 6% in Am-and Pu-poisoned rats and 13% in Np-poisoned rats. The incidence of metastasis of osteosarcoma in lung is about 25-65% for Am-poisoned rats, 45-55% for Pu-poisoned rats and 41-80% for Np-poisoned rats. The life-span of above poisoned rats was significantly shorter than that of the normal control animals. The chemical weight for 241Am, 239Pu and 237Np in same unit of radioactivity (1.0 μCi) equals to 0.308 μg, 15.9 μg and 1418.7 μg, respectively. For this reason, we have to pay more attention to the chemical mass effect in carcinogenesis of the above three nuclides

  14. Measurement of the fission cross-section ratio for 237Np/235U around 14 MeV neutron energies

    Fission cross-section ratio was determined for 237Np/235U around 14 MeV neutron energies with a back-to-back ionization chamber. Neutrons were produced by a 180 KV accelerator using T(d,n)4He reaction. No significant energy dependence was found in the cross section ratio

  15. DETERMINATION OF 237NP AND PU ISOTOPES IN LARGE SOIL SAMPLES BY INDUCTIVELY COUPLED PLASMA MASS SPECTROMETRY

    Maxwell, S.

    2010-07-26

    A new method for the determination of {sup 237}Np and Pu isotopes in large soil samples has been developed that provides enhanced uranium removal to facilitate assay by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). This method allows rapid preconcentration and separation of plutonium and neptunium in large soil samples for the measurement of {sup 237}Np and Pu isotopes by ICP-MS. {sup 238}U can interfere with {sup 239}Pu measurement by ICP-MS as {sup 238}UH{sup +} mass overlap and {sup 237}Np via {sup 238}U peak tailing. The method provides enhanced removal of uranium by separating Pu and Np initially on TEVA Resin, then transferring Pu to DGA resin for additional purification. The decontamination factor for removal of uranium from plutonium for this method is greater than 1 x 10{sup 6}. Alpha spectrometry can also be applied so that the shorter-lived {sup 238}Pu isotope can be measured successfully. {sup 239}Pu, {sup 242}Pu and {sup 237}Np were measured by ICP-MS, while {sup 236}Pu and {sup 238}Pu were measured by alpha spectrometry.

  16. Development of ionization technique for measurement of fast neutron induced fission products yields of {sup 237}Np

    Goverdovski, A.A.; Khryachkov, V.A.; Ketlerov, V.V.; Mitrofanov, V.F.; Ostapenko, Yu.B.; Semenova, N.N.; Fomichev, A.N.; Rodina, L.F. [Institute of Physics and Power Engineering, Obninsk (Russian Federation)

    1997-03-01

    Twin gridded ionization chamber and corresponding software was designed for measurements of masses, kinetic energies and nuclear charges of fission fragments from fast neutron induced fission of {sup 237}Np. The ionization detector design, electronics, data acquisition and processing system and the test results are presented in this paper. (J.P.N.)

  17. 231Pa and 233Pa neutron-induced fission up to 20 MeV

    Consistency of neutron-induced fission cross section data of 231Pa and 233Pa and data extracted from transfer reactions is investigated. Present estimate of 233Pa(n,f) fission cross section is supported by smooth level density parameter systematic, validated in case of 231Pa(n,f) data description up to En=20 MeV. The fission probabilities of Pa, fissioning in 231,233Pa(n,nf) reactions, are defined by fitting (3He,d) or (3He,t) transfer reaction data

  18. Fission mode analysis of the reaction {sup 237}Np(n,f) - possibilities and perspectives

    Siegler, P. [Joint Research Centre, Geel (Belgium). Geel Establishment

    1996-03-01

    Fission fragment properties for the reaction {sup 237}Np(n,f) have been measured at the Van de Graaff Laboratory of the IRMM. Using a double gridded ionization chamber the mass, kinetic energy and the angular distribution for both fission fragments could be determined simultaneously for an incident neutron energy range from E{sub n}=0.3 MeV upto E{sub n}=5.5 MeV. Complete datasets have been acquired for 13 different neutron energies covering sub barrier fission as well as fission in the plateau region. A detailed analysis of the fragment distributions and the respective momenta has been carried out, checking the coherence against the excitation energy of the compound nucleus. The consideration of multi-modal fission offers an improved possibility for the description of the fragment distributions backed up by theoretical calculations on the basis of the multi-model random-neck rupture model of Brosa, Grossmann and Mueller. The changes of the fission fragment properties under investigation are completely described and an interpretation of the findings is presented. (author)

  19. Removal of 230Th and 231Pa from the open ocean

    Concentrations of 230Th and 231Pa were measured in particulate matter collected by sediment traps deployed in the Sargasso Sea (Site S2), the north equatorial Atlantic (site E), and the north equatorial Pacific (Site P) as well as in particles collected by in situ filtration at Site E. Concentrations of dissolved Th and Pa were determined by extraction onto manganese dioxide adsorbers at Site P and at a second site in the Sargasso Sea (site D). Dissolved 230Th/231Pa activity ratios were 3-6 at Sites P and D. In contrast, for all sediment trap samples from greater than 2000 m, unsupported 230Th/231Pa ratios were 22-35 (average 29.7). Ratios were lower in particulate matter sampled at shallower depths. Particles filtered at 3600 m and 5000 m at Site E had ratios of 50 and 40. Results show that suspended particulate matter in the open ocean preferentially scavenges Th relative to Pa. Most of the 230Th produced by decay of 234U in the open ocean is removed by adsorption to settling particulate matter. In contrast, less than 50% of the 231Pa produced by decay of 235U is removed from the water column by this mechanism. Mixing processes transport the remainder to other sinks. (orig.)

  20. Update of 233U, 229-232Th and 230-233Pa Fission Data

    transfer reactions. These are pick-up, stripping or inelastic scattering reactions of charged- particle beams with stable actinide targets, which tremendously enhance the scarce neutron- induced fission cross section data base for the Th-Pa chain of nuclei. Consistent description of non-fissile 230,232Th(n,f) neutron-induced and surrogate fission data allows to quantify the consistency of surrogate, ratio surrogate and neutron-induced fission data. That, in turn, would allow to predict the fission cross sections in keV-energy range of fissile 229,231Th target nuclides. A similar approach in case of 231,233Pa(n,f) reactions with a less diverse data base, allows prediction of fissile targets cross sections of 230,232Pa. Unfortunately, even in the newest data library of JENDL-4.0 the consistency of the fissilities for chain of nuclides is not observed, adverse effect on (n, γ) and (n, xn) prediction is unavoidable. In clear-cut cases like 232Th(n,f) and 230Th(n,f), the fission chances partitioning was done in a simplified manner, the relative contributions of (n,f) and (n,xnf) reactions are defined as a phenomenological, non-Hauser-Feshbach, fit to the observed fission cross sections. In the less clear-cut cases of 231Pa(n,f) and 233Pa(n,f), the fission chances contribution prediction is not correlated with the fissilities of A+1-xPa nuclides, emerging in (n,xnf) reactions

  1. Flux of 238U and 232Th in Changjiang estuary

    The study of fluxes of the U, Th of Changjiang River into the East China Sea and its adjacent waters is basic work to understanding of U, Th tracer theirselves and their corresponding biogeochemical cycles process in estuaries, coastal. By sampling in the Xuliujing (i.e. the interface between fresh water and sea water) every month, 200 L water was filtered through 0.45μm fabric cartridge to collect particle nuclides. The dissolved nuclides were co-precipitated using Fe(OH)3 and MnO2. The range of 238U activity in water is 2.30-10.32 Bq·m-3, with an average of 5.48±1.19 Bq·m-3; the activity of 232Th is 1.08-2.32 Bq·m-3, with an average of 1.75±0.29 Bq·m-3. Changjiang River conveyed 238U 4.06 x 1012Bq, 232Th 1.54 x 1012 Bq into the estuary every year. Further study of the seasonal variations 238U, 232Th input to the sea, indicating that: the activity of 238U and Changjiang River estuary water flux have a certain degree of negative correlation (R2=0.65, n=12); the main source of 232Th is the weathering of the river. The activity of 232Th is large on the spring and autumn because of strong weathering in Changjiang Basin comparison with other seasons. Compared with the other estuaries in the world, the flux of 238U and 232Th of the Changjiang River estuary is large because of its large fluxes of sediments and runoff in the world. (authors)

  2. New experimental determination of the neutronic resonance parameters of {sup 237}Np below 500 eV; Nouvelle determination experimentale des parametres de resonances neutroniques de {sup 237}Np en dessous de 500 eV

    Gressier, V

    1999-10-01

    For studies of future nuclear reactors dedicated to nuclear waste transmutation, an improvement of the accuracy of the neutron radiative capture cross section of {sup 237}Np appears necessary. In the framework of a collaboration between the Commissariat a l'Energie atomique (CEA) and Institute for Reference Materials and Measurement (IRMM, Geel, Bergium), a new determination of the resonance parameters of {sup 237}Np has been performed. Two types of experiments are carried out at GELINA, the IRMM pulsed neutron source, using the time of flight method: a transmission experiment which is related to the neutron total cross section and a capture experiment which gives the neutron radiative capture cross section. The resonance parameters presented in this work are extracted from the transmission data between 0 and 500 eV with the least square code REFIT, using the Reich-Moore formalism. In parallel, the Doppler effect is investigated. The commonly used free gas model appears inadequate below 20 eV for neptunium dioxide at room temperature. By the use of the program DOPUSH, which calculates the Doppler broadening with a harmonic crystal model according to Lamb's theory, we are able to produce abetter fit of the experimental data for the resonances of {sup 237}Np in NpO{sub 2} at low energy or temperatures. In addition to the resonance parameters, a study of their mean value and distribution is included in this work. (authors)

  3. RAPID DETERMINATION OF 237 NP AND PU ISOTOPES IN WATER BY INDUCTIVELY COUPLED PLASMA MASS SPECTROMETRY AND ALPHA SPECTROMETRY

    Maxwell, S.; Jones, V.; Culligan, B.; Nichols, S.; Noyes, G.

    2010-06-23

    A new method that allows rapid preconcentration and separation of plutonium and neptunium in water samples was developed for the measurement of {sup 237}Np and Pu isotopes by inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and alpha spectrometry; a hybrid approach. {sup 238}U can interfere with {sup 239}Pu measurement by ICP-MS as {sup 238}UH{sup +} mass overlap and {sup 237}Np via peak tailing. The method provide enhanced removal of uranium by separating Pu and Np initially on TEVA Resin, then moving Pu to DGA resin for additional removal of uranium. The decontamination factor for uranium from Pu is almost 100,000 and the decontamination factor for U from Np is greater than 10,000. This method uses stacked extraction chromatography cartridges and vacuum box technology to facilitate rapid separations. Preconcentration is performed using a streamlined calcium phosphate precipitation method. Purified solutions are split between ICP-MS and alpha spectrometry so that long and short-lived Pu isotopes can be measured successfully. The method allows for simultaneous extraction of 20 samples (including QC samples) in 4 to 6 hours, and can also be used for emergency response. {sup 239}Pu, {sup 242}Pu and {sup 237}Np were measured by ICP-MS, while {sup 236}Pu, {sup 238}Pu, and {sup 239}Pu were measured by alpha spectrometry.

  4. Benchmarking ~(232)Th Evaluations With KBR and Thor Experiments

    2011-01-01

    The n+232Th evaluations from CENDL-3.1, ENDF/B-Ⅶ.0, JENDL-3.3 and JENDL-4.0 were tested with KBR series and THOR benchmark from ICSBEP Handbook. THOR is Plutonium-Metal-Fast (PMF) criticality benchmark reflected with metal thorium.

  5. Evaluation of 232Th for ENDF/B-V

    The evaluation of neutron and gamma ray production cross sections of 232Th from 10-5 eV to 20 MeV is described, and the parts contributed by the author to the evaluation are discussed. All available new data have been included and the procedures used to assess the experimental data and adopt recommended values are described

  6. 231Pa and 233Pa Neutron-Induced Fission Data Analysis

    The 231Pa and 233Pa neutron-induced fission cross-section database is analyzed within the Hauser-Feshbach approach. The consistency of neutron-induced fission cross-section data and data extracted from transfer reactions is investigated. The fission probabilities of Pa, fissioning in 231,233Pa(n,nf) reactions, are defined by fitting (3He,d) or (3He,t) transfer-reaction data. The present estimate of the 233Pa(n,f) fission cross section above the emissive fission threshold is supported by smooth level-density parameter systematics, validated in the case of the 231Pa(n,f) data description up to En =20 MeV

  7. Some spectroscopic properties of fine structures observed near the 231Pa(n,f) fission threshold

    The 231Pa neutron-induced fission cross section from 140 to 400 keV was resolved into finer structures. For some of the fractionated vibrational resonances in this energy region, the assignment of spectroscopic parameters may support evidence for an asymmetrically deformed third minimum in the 232Pa fission barrier. Also, for the first time, narrow fission resonances are observed above 1.3 eV exhibiting an average fission width /sub obs/ = 8meV

  8. Fission of 232Th in a spallation neutron field

    Yurevich, V. I.; Nikolaev, V. A.; Yakovlev, R. M.

    2016-03-01

    The spatial distributions of thorium fission reaction rate in a spallation neutron field of thick lead target bombarded by protons or deuterons with energy between 1.0 and 3.7 GeV were measured. Approximately a linear dependence of the thorium fission rate on the beam energy is observed. The mean fission cross section of 232Th ≈ 123 mb and it does not depend on energy and type of the beam particles.

  9. Neutron capture of 232Th in the unresolved resonance region

    The thorium cycle was mentioned in the potential needs of nuclear data for Accelerator Driven Systems (Massimo Salvatores, CEA-DEN/DDIN Cadarache, ND2001, Tsukuba, Japan, J.Nucl.Sci.Tech., S.2, p.4, 2002). A 10% uncertainty on the Th(n,γ) data can produce a 30% uncertainty on the proton current requirement to operate an ADS at the sub-critical level of eff keff ∼0.97. The strong impact of the 232Th(n,γ) data on the performance and safe operation of such systems is also discussed. An analysis of the existing experimental data reveals that the status of the 232Th capture data is far from the requested 2% uncertainty level. Recently 232Th average capture measurements, between 5-200 keV neutron energy, were performed at the FzK Karlsruhe (DE) using a total absorption detector consisting of a BaF crystal ball with 97% efficiency installed at the 3.75 MeV Van de Graaff. The experiments were carried out with two metallic discs of 232Th 0.5 and 1.0 mm thick respectively. The FzK average capture cross-section was measured between 5 - 200 keV neutron energy and the cross-section uncertainties estimated as 2% above 20 keV and 4% at 5 keV. A comparison of these measurements with the ENDF/BVI data files shows a reasonable agreement in the neutron energy range above 15 keV. However, discrepancies of up to 40% at lower neutron energies are observed. The same order of discrepancies is observed when comparing the FzK results with the results obtained by Macklin et al. at ORELA. To clarify these discrepancies we measured at IRMM the average capture cross-section at the GEel LINear Accelerator (GELINA)

  10. Uranium age determination: Separation and analysis of 230Th and 231Pa

    In this work we focused on the age determination of uranium materials of different uranium enrichment. The radioactive decay of the uranium isotopes provides a chronometer that is inherent to the material, in particular the mother/daughter pairs 234U/230Th and 235U/231Pa can be advantageously used. Due to the relatively long half-lives of 234U (2.46 · 105 years) and 235U (7.04 · 108 years) only minute amounts of daughter nuclides are growing in, therefore both separation of Th and Pa from uranium must be of high chemical recovery and must afford large decontamination factors. Analytical methods for the age determination of uranium samples using the parent/daughter relations 234U/230Th and 235U/231Pa is demonstrated. Thorium is separated from bulk uranium using extraction chromatography and subsequently quantified using square-spectrometry, thermal ionisation mass spectrometry (TIMS) and inductively coupled mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Protactinium is separated by highly selective sorption of protactinium to silica gel followed by square-spectrometric quantification. The methods were tested and validated using uranium reference materials of different uranium enrichment and of known ages. The experimental results obtained with both methods were found to agree with the assumed ages of the reference materials within the combined uncertainty of the measurement. The analysis exploiting the parent/daughter pair 235U/231Pa exhibits a slightly larger combined uncertainty and bias than the thorium method but is found valuable in validating the experimental results by means of a second, independent analysis

  11. Procedures for determination of 239,240Pu, 241Am, 237Np, 234,238U, 228,230,232Th, 99Tc and 210Pb-210Po in environmental material

    Since 1987, the Department of Nuclear Safety Research, Risoe National Laboratory has developed procedures for analysis of low-level amounts of radioactivity in large samples of 200 liters seawater, 10 gram sediment, soil and other environmental materials. These analytical procedures provide high chemical yields, good resolution and excellent decontamination factors for large environmental samples analysed by alpha spectrometry and mass spectrometry (ICPMS). The procedures have been checked through practical analysis work and are used in Norway, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, France and Denmark. (au)

  12. The rotational bands in the nuclei 229Pa and 231Pa

    Experimental evidence is presented for the similarity between the rotational spectra built on the 1/2-[530] state in 231Pa, where the 3/2- member of the band forms the ground state, and in 229Pa, where this state lies within 20 keV of the ground state. Our findings are in contrast with earlier work invoking octupole deformations in the ground state to account for the different positions of low-lying Nilsson states in the two isotopes. (author)

  13. NKS-Norcmass reference material for analysis of Pu-isotopes and 237Np by mass spectrometry

    The aim of the reference material in the Norcmass-project was to produce a low-level (239Pu) sample of sufficient amount to allow individual laboratories to perform several tests without risk of using up the material. Although there are several reference materials available (eg IAEA) few have 239Pu/240Pu data and almost none have 237Np/239Pu-data. Those who have (eg IAEA-384) have very high concentrations and are not useful for testing analytical methods designed for low-level measurements where a large sample mass may be required. The reference material consist of the top 10cm of 2mm sieved soil pooled together from 12 different Danish locations collected during 2003. The Soil was blended and sieved through 0.6 and finally through a 0.4 mm sieve. A total amount of 17 kg soil was produced. Several aliquots of the material was subject to analysis by alpha spectrometry and ICP-MS. The material contain 239+240Pu at a concentration of 0.24 ± 0.01 mBq/g and a 240Pu/239Pu atom ratio of 0.19 ± 0.006. The ratio 237Np/239Pu was determined to 0.32 ± 0.01. (au)

  14. Emission probabilities of the KX-rays following the decay of 237 Np in equilibrium with 233 Pa

    Following participation in the international EUROMET project No. 416 and after our recent paper, concerning the measurement of the emission probability values of the main gamma-rays of 237 Np in equilibrium with 233 Pa, a complementary work has been done in the frame of the collaboration LNHB-VNIIM-KRI-IFIN (with the support of 'Ministere des Affaires Etrangeres' of France). The purpose was to determine the photon emission probabilities for the KX-rays following the decay of these two nuclides. Two different analysis methods have been used. At first, the KX-rays region was analyzed by fitting Voigt functions according to a least squares procedure, included in 'COLEGRAM' deconvolution code. In the second case, the analysis was performed by using full response functions. Thus, the work allowed the determination of the photon emission probabilities with a relative uncertainty of about 2%. This accurate set of data is useful in calculations related to the atomic level scheme of 237 Np/233 Pa and in X-ray spectrometry based applications. (authors)

  15. Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry For The Determination Of 237Np In Spent Nuclear Fuel Samples By Isotope Dilution Method Using 239Np As A Spike

    A determination method for 237Np in spent nuclear fuel samples was developed using an isotope dilution method with 239Np as a spike. In this method, inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) was taken for the 237Np instead of the previously used alpha spectrometry. 237Np and 239Np were measured by ICP-MS and gamma spectrometry, respectively. The recovery yield of 237Np in synthetic samples was 95.9±9.7% (1S, n=4). The 237Np contents in the spent fuel samples were 0.15, 0.25, and 1.06 μg/mgU and these values were compared with those from ORIGEN-2 code. A fairly good agreement between the measurements (m) and calculations (c) was obtained, giving ratios (m/c) of 0.93, 1.12 and 1.25 for the three PWR spent fuel samples with burnups of 16.7, 19.0, and 55.9 GWd/MtU, respectively

  16. Validation of 232Th evaluated nuclear data through benchmark experiments

    Evaluated nuclear data files for nuclides of the thorium-uranium cycle were released as a result of a coordinated research project of the International Atomic Energy Agency. To validate the data a series of benchmark test cases were analysed, with emphasis on the most important nuclides 232Th and 233U. Remaining nuclides appearing in the benchmarks were taken from the ENDF/B-VII beta-2 library, except for a few sensitivity studies where the data were taken from other sources. The results show marked improvement in the agreement with measurements, much of it coming from the new evaluations. (author)

  17. 232 Th - 233 Pa separation by extraction chromatography

    Thorium and protactinium behavior in extraction chromatography systems is presented, aiming its separation by selective retention of the micro constituent on the column. TBP/alumina, TBP/voltalef UF 300, TOA/alumina and TOA/voltalef UF 300 systems were verified. Column preparation as well the 233 Pa removal conditions were settled. The best 232 Th separation from its irradiation product, 233 Pa, has been achieved by using TBP/voltalef UF 300 system. 233 Pa was selectively retained on column from 10 M HCl solutions and eluted with 3 M HCl. (author)

  18. Fusion hybrids for generation of advanced (231Pa+232U+233U+234U)-fuel in closed (U-Pu-Th)-fuel cycle

    Technology of controlled thermonuclear fusion (CTF) is traditionally regarded as a practically inexhaustible energy source. However, development, mastering, broad deployment of fast breeder reactors and closure of nuclear fuel cycle (NFC) can also extend fuel base of nuclear power industry (NPI) up to practically unlimited scales. Under these conditions, it seems reasonable to introduce into a circle of the CTF-related studies the works directed towards solving some principal problems which can appear in a large-scale NPI in closed NFC. The first challenge is a large scale of operations in NFC back-end that should be reduced by achieving substantially higher fuel burn-up in power nuclear reactors. The use of 231Pa-232Th-232U-233U fuel in light-water reactor (LWR) opens a possibility of principle to reach very high (about 30% HM) or even ultra-high fuel burn-up. The second challenge is a potential unauthorized proliferation of fissionable materials. As is known, a certain remarkable quantity of 232U being introduced into uranium fraction of nuclear fuel can produce a serious barrier against switching the fuel over to non-energy purposes. Involvement of hybrid thermonuclear reactors (HTR) into NPI structure can substantially facilitate resolving these problems. If HTR will be involved into NPI structure, then main HTR mission consists not in energy generation but in production of nuclear fuel with a certain isotope composition. The present paper analyzes some neutron-physical features in production of advanced nuclear fuels in thorium HTR blankets. The obtained results demonstrated that such a nuclear fuel may be characterized by very stable neutron-multiplying properties during full LWR operation cycle and by enhanced proliferation resistance too. The paper evaluates potential benefits from involvement of HTR with thorium blanket into the international closed NFC. (author)

  19. Rapid determination of 237Np in soil samples by multi-collector inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry and gamma spectrometry

    A radiochemical procedure is developed for the determination of 237Np in soil with multi-collector inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry (MC-ICP-MS) and gamma-spectrometry. 239Np (milked from 243Am) was used as an isotopic tracer for chemical yield determination. The neptunium in the soil is separated by thenoyl-trifluoracetone extraction from 1 M HNO3 solution after reducing Np to Np(IV) with ferrous sulfamate, and then purified with Dowex 1 x 2 anion exchange resin. 239Np in the resulting solution is measured with gamma-spectrometry for chemical yield determination while the 237Np is measured with MC-ICP-MS. Measurement results for soil samples are presented together with those for two reference samples. By comparing the determined value with the reference value of the 237Np activity concentration, the feasibility of the procedure was validated. (author)

  20. Mass distribution in 19F induced fission of 232Th

    Formation cross sections of several fission products have been determined using the recoil catcher technique followed by γ-ray spectrometry in 19F induced fission of 232Th at Elab=95 and 112 MeV. The data show significant admixture of fission from compound nuclei formed by complete fusion as well as targetlike nuclei formed by transfer reactions. Mass distributions for both the fissioning systems have been obtained using the systematics of charge distribution in low and medium energy fission. Mass distribution for complete fusion fission is broad Gaussian whereas it is asymmetric for transfer induced fission. At 95 MeV the transfer fission constitutes about 28% of total fission cross section while at 112 MeV it is about 14%, showing that the transfer fission fraction decreases with increasing projectile energy across the barrier. The evaporation residue cross sections of the targetlike nucleus formed in the 232Th (19F, 18O) 233Pa reaction were also measured. The evaporation residue cross sections and the calculated decay probabilities of the targetlike nucleus 233Pa by PACE2 have been used to estimate the fraction of proton and α transfer fission in the total transfer fission cross section. copyright 1996 The American Physical Society

  1. Testing the 231Pa/230Th paleo-circulation proxy: A data versus 2D model comparison

    Variations of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) are believed to have crucially influenced Earth's climate due to its key role in the inter-hemispheric redistribution of heat and carbon. To assess its past strength, the sedimentary 231Pa/230Th proxy has been developed and improved but also contested due to its sensitivity to other factors beyond ocean circulation. In order to provide a better basis for the understanding of the Atlantic 231Pa/230Th system, and therefore to shed light on the controversy, we compare new measurements of Holocene sediments from the north Brazilian margin to water column data and the output of a two-dimensional scavenging-circulation model, based on modern circulation patterns and reversible scavenging parameters. We show that sedimentary 231Pa/230Th data from one specific area of the Atlantic are in very good agreement with model results suggesting that sedimentary 231Pa/230Th is predominantly driven by the AMOC. Therefore, 231Pa/230Th represents an appropriate method to reconstruct past AMOC at least qualitatively along the western margin. (authors)

  2. Calculation of optical model potential for n+232Th reaction

    Background: Accurate nuclear data are needed for the development of molten salt reactors which use thorium as nuclear fuel. Purpose: We attempt to get an optimum set of optical potential parameters for 232Th with the incident neutron energy from 0.1 MeV to 20 MeV Methods: APMN code which based on optical theory and Hauser-Feshbach theory with width fluctuation correction was used. Steepest descent method was adopted when the code seeks the optimum optical parameters automatically. Results: The comparison between the experimental data and the calculation results before and after adjusting the optical parameters shows that the calculation results after adjusting are in better agreement with the experimental data. This set of parameters could be used for nuclear data calculation. Conclusions: Based on the results it could provide a believable set of optical parameters for the neutron data evaluation. (authors)

  3. Precise measurement and analysis of neutron transmission through 232Th

    Three sets of transmission time spectra through up to eight samples of 232Th have been measured for neutron energies from 6.0 MeV to 0.1 MeV by use of a flight-time technique over 22- and 40-m path lengths, the ORELA pulsed neutron source, and a 1-mm-thick lithium glass detector. The resulting total cross section from 0.1 to 20.0 eV seems to be smaller than that contained in the ENDF/B-V evaluation. Least-squares analysis of the transmissions from 9 to 440 eV using a multilevel Breit-Wigner formalism results in neutron widths consistent with those previously reported. An average radiation width of 25.2 MeV is obtained for 19 low-energy s-wave resonances. 3 figures, 5 tables

  4. 240Pu(n,f), 242Pu(n,f), 237Np(n,f), neutron fission cross sections, Esub(n) = 2.5 MeV

    Measurements of the absolute neutron fission cross section of 240Pu, 242Pu and 237Np have been made at 2.5 MeV using a hybrid detector. The fission events were detected in an ionization chamber (2π) and the neutron flux was determined by a proton recoil telescope and a directional long counter. Our values are compared to previous data

  5. Uranium age determination - Separation and analysis of 230Th and 231Pa

    Full text: In recent years several incidents involving illicit trafficking and smuggling of nuclear material, radioactive sources and radioactively contaminated materials have raised growing public concern about criminal acts involving nuclear materials. Consequently, research efforts in nuclear forensic science have been intensified in order to develop and improve methods for the identification of the nature and origin of seized materials. Information obtained from the analysis of unknown nuclear materials is of key importance in order to aide authorities that are in charge of developing fast and appropriate response action. For the identification of nuclear materials various sample characteristics are of relevance, including isotopic composition, the content of chemical impurities, material properties and the date of production. Information on the production date, respectively the 'age' of nuclear materials, will also be of key importance in other fields of nuclear science, i.e. for the verification of a Fissile Materials Cut-Off Treaty (FMCT) in order to distinguish freshly produced materials from 'old' excess weapons materials. The age of nuclear materials may also be of relevance under a strengthened safeguards regime to reveal clandestine production of weapons usable materials, i.e. the separation of plutonium or production of highly enriched uranium (HEU). The age dating of plutonium samples has been described in detail for bulk samples as well as for particles. In this work we focused on the age determination of uranium materials of different uranium enrichment. The radioactive decay of the uranium isotopes provides a chronometer that is inherent to the material, in particular the mother/daughter pairs 234U/230Th and 235U/231Pa can be advantageously used. Due to the relatively long half-lives of 234U (2.46·105 years) and 235U (7.04·108 years) only minute amounts of daughter nuclides are growing in, therefore both separation of Th and Pa from uranium must

  6. Exposure to radioactive aerosols in mining and milling operations: the importance of 227Ac and 231Pa

    'Full-Text:' 227Ac (half-life of 21.8 y) is the daughter or 231Pa; a beta emitter and parent of a subseries with five short-lived alpha-emitters. 231Pa (half-life of 3.27x104 y) is an alpha-emitter of the actinium series, the decay chain of 235U. As daughters of this uranium isotope they are thought to be unimportant as a radiological hazard, despite the fact that their ALI values for ingestion and inhalation are the lowest of any other radionuclide. Both nuclides can be considered as being in secular equilibrium with uranium in most geological media and so the mass concentration of 231Pa is the same of the 226Ra and that of 227Ac is the same of the 210Pa, to mention only two radionuclides of radiological concern. It is shown in this paper that if 231Pa and 227Ac are considered in the evaluations of dose commitments incurred by inhalation of aerosols in mining and milling operations, the results can be 70% higher than those calculated by the methodology of ICRP Publication 47. (author)

  7. [Uptake of radionuclides from soil to plant and the discovery of 226Ra, 232Th hyperaccumulator].

    Zhang, Zhi-Qiang; Chen, Di-Yun; Song, Gang; Yue, Yu-Mei

    2011-04-01

    11 sorts of plant samples and corresponding soil samples were collected in Conghua and Taishan, Pearl River Delta. The specific activity of 238U, 226Ra, 232Th and 40K of samples were investigated by using HPGe-gamma-ray spectra analysis. The results showed that the average specific activity of 238U, 226Ra, 232Th and 40K in soil samples were 151.8, 146.3, 226.6, 665.5 Bq/kg, which were higher than the average values of China and the world. The concentration of 238U in all sort of plants are very low and most of them are lower than detection limit, while the values of 226Ra, 232Th and 40K were high. The contents of 226Ra and 232Th in Dicranopteris dichotoma were the highest, whose average specific activity is 285.9, 986.2 Bq/kg respectively. The average bioconcentration factors (BFs)of 26Ra, 232Th of Dicranopteris dichotoma were 2.20, 4.23, respectively, the other 10 sort of plants have BFs of 2266Ra, 232Th were in the range of 10(-1)-10(-2). The bioconcentration factors and the translocation factors of 226Ra, 232Th of Dicranopteris dichotoma. were all bigger than 1, so Dicranopteris dichotoma can be defined as hyperaccumulator of 226Ra and 232Th. PMID:21717763

  8. Mass and nuclear charge yields for sup 237 Np(2n sub th ,f) at different fission fragment kinetic energies

    Martinez, G.; Barreau, G.; Sicre, A.; Doan, T.P.; Audouard, P.; Leroux, B. (CEA Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires de Bordeaux-Gradignan, 33 - Gradignan (France)); Arafa, W.; Brissot, R.; Bocquet, J.P. (Grenoble-1 Univ., 38 (France). Inst. des Sciences Nucleaires); Faust, H. (Institut Max von Laue - Paul Langevin, 38 - Grenoble (France)); Koczon, P.; Mutterer, M. (Technische Hochschule Darmstadt (Germany, F.R.). Inst. fuer Kernphysik); Goennenwein, F. (Tuebingen Univ. (Germany, F.R.). Physikalisches Inst.); Asghar, M. (Universite des Sciences et de la Technologie Houari Boumediene, Algiers (Algeria). Inst. de Physique); Quade, U.; Rudolph, K. (Muenchen Univ. (Germany, F.R.)); Engelhardt, D. (Karlsruhe Univ. (T.H.) (Germany, F.R.)); Piasecki, E. (Warsaw Univ. (Poland))

    1990-09-03

    The recoil mass separator LOHENGRIN of the Laue-Langevin Institute Grenoble has been used to measure for the first time, the yields of light fission fragments from the fissioning system: {sub 93}{sup 239}Np; this odd-Z nucleus is formed after double thermal neutron capture in a {sub 93}{sup 237}Np target. The mass distributions were measured for different kinetic energies between 92 and 115.5 MeV, but the nuclear charge distributions were determined only up to 112 MeV. These distributions are compared to the distributions obtained for the even-even system {sub 94}{sup 240}Pu. At high kinetic energy, the mass distribution shows a prominent peak around mass number A{sub L}=106. These cold fragmentations are discussed in terms of a calculation based on a scission point model extrapolated to the cold fission case. As expected for an odd-Z fissioning nucleus, the nuclear charge distributions do not reveal any odd-even effect. The global neutron odd-even effect is found to be (8.1{plus minus}1.5)%. A simple model has been used to show that most of the neutron odd-even effect results from prompt neutron evaporation from the fragments. (orig.).

  9. Neutron-induced transmutation reactions in 237Np, 238Pu, and 239Pu at the massive natural uranium spallation target

    Transmutation reactions in the 237Np, 238Pu, and 239Pu samples were investigated in the neutron field generated inside a massive (m = 512 kg) natural uranium spallation target. The uranium target assembly QUINTA was irradiated with the deuteron beams of kinetic energy 2, 4, and 8 GeV provided by the Nuclotron accelerator at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) in Dubna. The neutron-induced transmutation of the actinide samples was measured off-line by implementing methods of gamma-ray spectrometry with HPGe detectors. Results of measurement are expressed in the form of both the individual reaction rates and average fission transmutation rates. For the purpose of validation of radiation transport programs, the experimental results were compared with simulations of neutron production and distribution performed by the MCNPX 2.7 and MARS15 codes employing the INCL4-ABLA physics models and LAQGSM event generator, respectively. In general, a good agreement between the experimental and calculated reaction rates was found in the whole interval of provided beam energies

  10. Measurement of transuranic elements, chiefly 237Np (by neutron activation analysis), in the physical and biological compartments of the French shore of the English Channel

    The behaviour of transuranic elements in the marine environment has been studied via both in situ sampling and laboratory tracer experiments. In particular, the radionuclide 237Np was investigated and techniques for its quantitative determination are described. In the field investigations, a preliminary separation of Np from samples was performed prior to neutron activation analysis, with subsequent γ-ray spectrometry of 238Np. In the laboratory studies, 237Np was determined by a radiochemical method followed by α-spectrometry. The results obtained from the in situ study in the English Channel (sea water, seaweed, molluscs) and from laboratory-uptake experiments (water and mussels) are described. Levels of Pu, Am and Np are compared and the characteristics of neptunium transfer to molluscs are discussed. (author)

  11. Emission probabilities of gamma rays from the decay of 233Pa and 238Np, and the thermal neutron capture cross section of 237Np

    In order to determine the thermal neutron capture cross section of 237Np, the relevant γ emission probabilities of the 312-keV γ-ray from the decay of 233Pa and the 984-keV γ-ray from the decay of 238Np are deduced from the ratio of the emission rate to the activity. The emission rate and activity are measured with a Ge detector and a Si detector, respectively. The measured emission probability for 312-keV γ-ray is 41.6±0.9% and that for 984-keV γ-ray is 25.2±0.5%. The emission probabilities are used to correct the thermal neutron capture cross section of 237Np reported previously, and gives 168±6b. The neutron capture cross section is also determined as 169±6b by α-ray spectroscopic method. The measured emission probabilities and capture cross section are compared with others from references. By averaging these values deduced by different methods, the value of 169±4b is recommended as the thermal neutron capture cross section of 237Np for 2,200 m/s neutrons. (author)

  12. Coulex fission of 234U, 235U, 237Np, and 238Np studied within the SOFIA experimental program

    SOFIA (Studies On FIssion with Aladin) is an experimental project which aims at systematically measuring the fission fragments' isotopic yields as well as their total kinetic energy, for a wide variety of fissioning nuclei. The PhD work presented in this dissertation takes part in the SOFIA project, and covers the fission of nuclei in the region of the actinides: 234U, 235U, 237Np and 238Np. The experiment is led at the heavy-ion accelerator GSI in Darmstadt, Germany. This facility provides intense relativistic primary beam of 238U. A fragmentation reaction of the primary beam permits to create a secondary beam of radioactive ions, some of which the fission is studied. The ions of the secondary beam are sorted and identified through the FR-S (Fragment Separator), a high resolution recoil spectrometer which is tuned to select the ions of interest.The selected - fissile - ions then fly further to Cave-C, an experimental area where the fission experiment itself takes place. At the entrance of the cave, the secondary beam is excited by Coulomb interaction when flying through an target; the de-excitation process involves low-energy fission. Both fission fragments fly forward in the laboratory frame, due to the relativistic boost inferred from the fissioning nucleus.A complete recoil spectrometer has been designed and built by the SOFIA collaboration in the path of the fission fragments, around the existing ALADIN magnet. The identification of the fragments is performed by means of energy loss, time of flight and deviation in the magnet measurements. Both fission fragments are fully (in mass and charge) and simultaneously identified.This document reports on the analysis performed for (1) the identification of the fissioning system, (2) the identification of both fission fragments, on an event-by-event basis, and (3) the extraction of fission observables: yields, TKE, total prompt neutron multiplicity. These results, concerning the actinides, are discussed, and the

  13. Sediment 231Pa/230Th as a recorder of the rate of the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation: insights from a 2-D model

    S. E. Allen

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available A two dimensional scavenging-circulation model is used to investigate the patterns of sediment 231Pa/230Th generated by the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC and further advance the application of this proxy for ocean paleocirculation studies. The scavenging parameters and the geometry of the overturning circulation cell have been chosen so that the model generates meridional sections of dissolved 230Th and 231Pa consistent with published water column profiles and an additional 12 previously unpublished profiles measured in the North and Equatorial Atlantic. The processes that generate the meridional sections of dissolved and particulate 230Th, dissolved and particulate 231Pa, dissolved and particulate 231Pa/230Th, and sediment 231Pa/230Th are discussed in detail. The results indicate that the relationship between sediment 231Pa/230Th at any given site and the overturning circulation is very complex. They clearly show that constraining past changes in the strength and geometry of the AMOC requires an extensive data set and they suggest strategies to maximize information from a limited number of samples.

  14. Sediment 231Pa/230Th as a recorder of the rate of the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation: insights from a 2-D model

    S. E. Allen

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available A two dimensional scavenging model is used to investigate the patterns of sediment 231Pa/230Th generated by the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC and further advance the application of this proxy for ocean paleocirculation studies. The scavenging parameters and the geometry of the overturning circulation cell have been chosen so that the model generates meridional sections of dissolved 230Th and 231Pa consistent with published water column profiles and an additional 12 previously unpublished profiles measured in the North and Equatorial Atlantic. The processes that generate the meridional sections of dissolved and particulate 230Th, dissolved and particulate 231Pa, dissolved and particulate 231Pa/230Th, and sediment 231Pa/230Th are discussed in detail. The results indicate that the relationship between sediment 231Pa/230Th at any given site and the overturning circulation is very complex. They clearly show that constraining past changes in the strength and geometry of the AMOC requires an extensive data set and they suggest strategies to maximize information from a limited number of samples.

  15. Measurement at n-TOF of the 237Np(n, γ) and 240Pu(n, γ) cross sections for the transmutation of nuclear waste

    The final design, safety assessment and precise performance analysis of transmutation devices such as Accelerator Driven Systems (ADS) or Fast Critical Reactors, need accurate and reliable nuclear data. The cross sections of 237Np and 240Pu have been measured in 2004 at n-TOF with good accuracy due to a combination of features unique in the world: high instantaneous neutron fluence and excellent energy resolution of the n-TOF facility [1], innovative Data Acquisition System based on flash ADCs and the use of a high performance BaF2 Total Absorption Calorimeter as a detection device. (authors)

  16. Rapid determination of 237Np in soil samples by multi-collector inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry and gamma spectrometry

    Yi, Xiaowei; Shi, Yanmei; Xu, Jiang; He, Xiaobing; ZHANG, HAITAO; Lin, Jianfeng

    2013-01-01

    A radiochemical procedure is developed for the determination of 237Np in soil with multi-collector inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry (MC-ICP-MS) and gamma-spectrometry. 239Np (milked from 243Am) was used as an isotopic tracer for chemical yield determination. The neptunium in the soil is separated by thenoyl-trifluoracetone extraction from 1 M HNO3 solution after reducing Np to Np(IV) with ferrous sulfamate, and then purified with Dowex 1 × 2 anion exchange resin. 239Np in the resu...

  17. The neutron capture cross sections of 237Np(n,γ) and 240Pu(n,γ) and its relevance in the transmutation of nuclear waste

    Neutron capture cross sections of actinides are of great relevance for the Transmutation of Nuclear Waste in Accelerator Driven Systems (ADS) and Generation-IV reactors. The neutron capture cross sections of 237Np and 240Pu in the range of 1 eV to 2 keV were measured at the n-TOF facility with a Total Absorption Calorimeter. The data have been analyzed with the SAMMY code. The corresponding covariance matrices have been generated. The final cross sections are presented and compared to the previously existing ones.The n-TOF 237Np σ(n,γ) is in agreement with the evaluated data files below 300 eV and its is lower by 10 to 15% up to 2 keV. This discrepancy with the evaluated data files is also observed in the capture cross section derived from the transmission measurements of Gressier et al. In the case of the 240Pu σ(n,γ), the n-TOF σ(n,γ) agrees within uncertainties with JENDL-3.3 and JEFF-3.1, except for a group of resonances around 800 eV. Endf/B-VII data are lower than n-TOF and the mentioned evaluations, with differences that increase with neutron energy up to 15-20 per cent

  18. The neutron capture cross sections of {sup 237}Np(n,{gamma}) and {sup 240}Pu(n,{gamma}) and its relevance in the transmutation of nuclear waste

    Guerrero, C.; Abbondanno, U.; Aerts, G.; Alvarez, H.; Alvarez-Velarde, F.; Andriamonje, S.; Andrzejewski, J.; Assimakopoulos, P.; Audouin, L.; Badurek, G.; Baumann, P.; Becvar, F.; Berthoumieux, E.; Calvino, F.; Calviani, M.; Cano-Ott, D.; Capote, R.; Carrapico, C.; Cennini, P.; Chepel, V.; Chiaveri, E.; Colonna, N.; Cortes, G.; Couture, A.; Cox, J.; Dahlfors, M.; David, S.; Dillmann, I.; Domingo-Pardo, C.; Dridi, W.; Duran, I.; Eleftheriadis, C.; Embid-Segura, M.; Ferrant, L.; Ferrari, A.; Ferreira-Marques, R.; Fujii, K.; Furman, W.; Goncalves, I.; Gonzalez-Romero, E.; Gramegna, F.; Gunsing, F.; Haas, B.; Haight, R.; Heil, M.; Herrera-Martinez, A.; Igashira, M.; Jericha, E.; Kappeler, F.; Kadi, Y.; Karadimos, D.; Karamanis, D.; Kerveno, M.; Koehler, P.; Kossionides, E.; Krticka, M.; Lampoudis, C.; Leeb, H.; Lindote, A.; Lopes, I.; Lozano, M.; Lukic, S.; Marganiec, J.; Marrone, S.; Martinez, T.; Massimi, C.; Mastinu, P.; Mengoni, A.; Milazzo, P.M.; Moreau, C.; Mosconi, M.; Neves, F.; Oberhummer, H.; O' Brien, S.; Pancin, J.; Papachristodoulou, C.; Papadopoulos, C.; Paradela, C.; Patronis, N.; Pavlik, A.; Pavlopoulos, P.; Perrot, L.; Pigni, M.T.; Plag, R.; Plompen, A.; Plukis, A.; Poch, A.; Praena, J.; Pretel, C.; Quesada, J.; Rauscher, T.; Reifarth, R.; Rubbia, C.; Rudolf, G.; Rullhusen, P.; Salgado, J.; Santos, C.; Sarchiapone, L.; Savvidis, I.; Stephan, C.; Tagliente, G.; Tain, J.L.; Tassan-Got, L.; Tavora, L.; Terlizzi, R.; Vannini, G.; Vaz, P.; Ventura, A.; Villamarin, D.; Vincente, M.C.; Vlachoudis, V.; Vlastou, R.; Voss, F.; Walter, S.; Wiescher, M.; Wisshak, K

    2008-07-01

    Neutron capture cross sections of actinides are of great relevance for the Transmutation of Nuclear Waste in Accelerator Driven Systems (ADS) and Generation-IV reactors. The neutron capture cross sections of {sup 237}Np and {sup 240}Pu in the range of 1 eV to 2 keV were measured at the n-TOF facility with a Total Absorption Calorimeter. The data have been analyzed with the SAMMY code. The corresponding covariance matrices have been generated. The final cross sections are presented and compared to the previously existing ones.The n-TOF {sup 237}Np {sigma}(n,{gamma}) is in agreement with the evaluated data files below 300 eV and its is lower by 10 to 15% up to 2 keV. This discrepancy with the evaluated data files is also observed in the capture cross section derived from the transmission measurements of Gressier et al. In the case of the {sup 240}Pu {sigma}(n,{gamma}), the n-TOF {sigma}(n,{gamma}) agrees within uncertainties with JENDL-3.3 and JEFF-3.1, except for a group of resonances around 800 eV. Endf/B-VII data are lower than n-TOF and the mentioned evaluations, with differences that increase with neutron energy up to 15-20 per cent.

  19. anti νsub(p) neutron fission of 232Th near threshold

    The average number of prompt neutrons emitted per fission, anti νsub(p), for 232Th(n,f) has been measured between 1.35 and 2.1 MeV. No large maximum in anti νsub(p) at about 1.4 MeV has been seen. The behaviour of anti νsub(p) and of anti Esub(K), the average total fragment kinetic energy, have been calculated using both a double-humped and triple-humped fission potential barrier. Significant disagreement with existing anti Esub(K) data for 232Th(n,f) is observed

  20. Measurement of the 232Th(n,f) subthreshold and near-subthreshold cross section

    A measurement of the 232Th(n,f) cross section for incident neutron energies between 100 eV and 1.6 MeV has been performed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory electron linear accelerator. The weak subthreshold fission cross section found in this measurement confirms the model of a low first barrier in the triple-humped fission barrier which has been theoretically predicted for the (232Th+n) system. However, the appearance of a series of plateaus in the near-threshold fission cross section region presents a challenge to current barrier calculations in the 233Th compound nucleus

  1. Variation of natural 232Th excretion in non-exposed persons

    Urinary excretion of 232Th was assessed in occupationally non-exposed persons by means of inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Measurements were performed in 55 healthy subjects. Mean daily 232Th excretion was 47±26 μBq x d-1 (range 17-121 μBq x d-1). Results obtained showed no statistically significant correlation with age and no differences were found between males and females. The impact on the assessment of intakes by workers is discussed. (author)

  2. Fission product yields measurement of 232Th induced by 14.8 MeV neutron

    The relative cumulative yields of 62 fission products were determined using γ-spectrum method for 232Th induced by 14.8 MeV neutron. Using chain yields summation 200% normalization method, 47 chain yields were given, and the data precision is better than 10%. (authors)

  3. 230,232Th in milk, meat, and grain in Korea

    The concentrations of natural radioisotopes 230Th and 232Th in Korean foods were measured by the method of calcium oxalate co-precipitation in addition to the conventional anion-exchange method and alpha spectroscopic measurement. The 230Th concentrations (mBq/kg-fresh) in Korean foods were found to be as follows: milk 0.14-2.45, pork 2.98-8.97, beef 1.94-9.80, chicken 1.22-13.0, rice 0.43-2.35, wheat 0.53-14.4, and soybeans, 8.44-91.6. The 232Th concentrations (mBq/kg-fresh) in Korean foods were found to be as follows: milk 0.01-2.46, pork 0.28-9.32, beef 1.02-5.34, chicken 0.56-4.98, rice 0.32-2.54, wheat 0.53-20.0, and soybeans, 2.30-42.2. The annual internal dose of Th was also estimated. The annual internal dose of 230Th and 232Th in milk was about 0.006 μSv/yr and much lower than that of other countries because of the low intake of milk in Korea compared to other countries. The annual internal dose of 230Th and 232Th in the rice was about 0.043 μSv/yr and highest because rice is the staple food of Koreans. (author)

  4. 232Th and 238U neutron emission cross section calculations and analysis of experimental data

    In this study, pre-equilibrium neutron-emission spectra produced by (n,xn) reactions on nuclei 232Th and 238U have been calculated. Angle-integrated cross sections in neutron induced reactions on targets 232Th and 238U have been calculated at the bombarding energies up to 18 MeV. We have investigated multiple pre-equilibrium matrix element constant from internal transition for 232Th (n,xn) neutron emission spectra. In the calculations, the geometry dependent hybrid model and the cascade exciton model including the effects of pre-equilibrium have been used. In addition, we have described how multiple pre-equilibrium emissions can be included in the Feshbach-Kerman-Koonin (FKK) fully quantum-mechanical theory. By analyzing (n,xn) reaction on 232Th and 238U, with the incident energy from 2 Me V to 18 Me V, the importance of multiple pre-equilibrium emission can be seen cleady. All calculated results have been compared with experimental data. The obtained results have been discussed and compared with the available experimental data and found agreement with each other

  5. Investigation of the (232)Th Nucleus Excitations at the FEL {gamma} - Nucleus Colliders

    Koru, H; Sultansoy, S F; Sarer, B

    2001-01-01

    The physics search potential of the FEL {gamma} - Nucleus colliders is analysed using excitations of the (232)Th nucleus. It is shown that, due to the monochromacity of FEL {gamma} beam and high statistics, proposed colliders will play an important role in the field of "traditional" nuclear physics.

  6. Transmutation of 129I and 237Np using spallation neutrons produced by 1.5, 3.7 and 7.4 GeV protons

    Small samples of approximately 1 g of 129I and 237Np, two long-lived radioactive waste nuclides, were exposed to spallation neutron fluences from relatively small metal targets of lead or uranium, surrounded with a paraffin moderator 6 cm thick irradiated with 1.5, 3.7 and 7.4 GeV protons. The (n, γ) transmutation rates have been determined for the two radioactive waste nuclides. Conventional radiochemical La and U sensors and a variety of solid-state nuclear track detectors were irradiated simultaneously with secondary neutrons. The observed secondary neutron fluences appear to be systematically larger, as compared to the calculations with the well-known cascade codes (LAHET from Los Alamos and DCM-CEM from Dubna)

  7. Study of the mass, nuclear charge and kinetic energy distribution of the fission fragments produced in the reaction 237 Np (2n th, f)

    In this work, we report fission fragment mass, energy and charge distributions measured for the fissioning nucleus: 239 Np 146, This odd Z nucleus is formed after double thermal neutron capture on to the 237 Np 144 target nucleus. These measurements were performed at the I.L.L. recoil mass spectrometer ''Lohengrin'' in Grenoble. The fission fragments were registered by an ionisation chamber placed at the focal plane of the spectrometer. The obtained distributions are compared to the 240 Pu 146 fragment mass, energy and charge distributions. They are discussed within the Wilkins' scission-point model. Cold fission has been studied while selecting fragmentations with final kinetic energies close to the maximum energy released in the reaction. These cold fission events are discussed according to a calculation based on the Wilkins' scission-point model extrapolated to the cold fragmentation case. 51 refs

  8. Neutron-induced fission cross section of 237Np in the keV to MeV range at the CERN n_TOF facility

    Diakaki, M.; Karadimos, D.; Vlastou, R.; Kokkoris, M.; Demetriou, P.; Skordis, E.; Tsinganis, A.; Abbondanno, U.; Aerts, G.; Álvarez, H.; Alvarez-Velarde, F.; Andriamonje, S.; Andrzejewski, J.; Assimakopoulos, P.; Audouin, L.; Badurek, G.; Baumann, P.; Bečvář, F.; Berthoumieux, E.; Calviani, M.; Calviño, F.; Cano-Ott, D.; Capote, R.; Carrillo de Albornoz, A.; Cennini, P.; Chepel, V.; Chiaveri, E.; Colonna, N.; Cortes, G.; Couture, A.; Cox, J.; David, S.; Dolfini, R.; Domingo-Pardo, C.; Dorochenko, A.; Dridi, W.; Duran, I.; Eleftheriadis, Ch.; Embid-Segura, M.; Ferrant, L.; Ferrari, A.; Ferreira-Marques, R.; Fitzpatrick, L.; Frais-Koelbl, H.; Fuji, K.; Furman, W.; Goncalves, I.; Gallino, R.; Gonzalez-Romero, E.; Goverdovski, A.; Gramegna, F.; Griesmayer, E.; Guerrero, C.; Gunsing, F.; Haas, B.; Haight, R.; Heil, M.; Herrera-Martinez, A.; Igashira, M.; Ioannidis, K.; Isaev, S.; Jericha, E.; Kadi, Y.; Käppeler, F.; Karamanis, D.; Kerveno, M.; Ketlerov, V.; Koehler, P.; Kolokolov, D.; Konovalov, V.; Krtička, M.; Lamboudis, C.; Leeb, H.; Lindote, A.; Lopes, I.; Lozano, M.; Lukic, S.; Marganiec, J.; Marques, L.; Marrone, S.; Massimi, C.; Mastinu, P.; Mengoni, A.; Milazzo, P. M.; Moreau, C.; Mosconi, M.; Neves, F.; Oberhummer, H.; O'Brien, S.; Oshima, M.; Pancin, J.; Papadopoulos, C.; Paradela, C.; Patronis, N.; Pavlik, A.; Pavlopoulos, P.; Perrot, L.; Plag, R.; Plompen, A.; Plukis, A.; Poch, A.; Pretel, C.; Quesada, J.; Rauscher, T.; Reifarth, R.; Rosetti, M.; Rubbia, C.; Rudolf, G.; Rullhusen, P.; Salgado, J.; Sarchiapone, L.; Savvidis, I.; Sedysheva, M.; Stamoulis, K.; Stephan, C.; Tagliente, G.; Tain, J. L.; Tassan-Got, L.; Tavora, L.; Terlizzi, R.; Vannini, G.; Vaz, P.; Ventura, A.; Villamarin, D.; Vincente, M. C.; Vlachoudis, V.; Voss, F.; Wendler, H.; Wiescher, M.; Wisshak, K.; n TOF Collaboration

    2016-03-01

    The neutron-induced fission cross section of 237Np was experimentally determined at the high-resolution and high-intensity facility n_TOF, at CERN, in the energy range 100 keV to 9 MeV, using the 235U(n ,f ) and 238U(n ,f ) cross section standards below and above 2 MeV, respectively. A fast ionization chamber was used in order to detect the fission fragments from the reactions and the targets were characterized as far as their mass and homogeneity are concerned by means of α spectroscopy and Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy respectively. Theoretical calculations within the Hauser-Feshbach formalism have been performed, employing the empire code, and the model parameters were tuned in order to successfully reproduce the experimental fission cross-sectional data and simultaneously all the competing reaction channels.

  9. Transmutation of 129I, 237Np, 238Pu, 239Pu, and 241Am using neutrons produced in target-blanket system `Energy plus Transmutation' by relativistic protons

    J Adam; K Katovsky; A Balabekyan; V G Kalinnikov; M I Krivopustov; H Kumawat; A A Solnyshkin; V I Stegailov; S G Stetsenko; V M Tsoupko-Sitnikov; W Westmeier

    2007-02-01

    Target-blanket facility `Energy + Transmutation' was irradiated by proton beam extracted from the Nuclotron Accelerator in Laboratory of High Energies of Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia. Neutrons generated by the spallation reactions of 0.7, 1.0, 1.5 and 2 GeV protons and lead target interact with subcritical uranium blanket. In the neutron field outside the blanket, radioactive iodine, neptunium, plutonium and americium samples were irradiated and transmutation reaction yields (residual nuclei production yields) have been determined using -spectroscopy. Neutron field's energy distribution has also been studied using a set of threshold detectors. Results of transmutation studies of 129I, 237Np, 238Pu, 239Pu and 241Am are presented.

  10. Measurement of 232Th(, ) and 232Th(, 2) cross-sections at neutron energies of 13.5, 15.5 and 17.28 MeV using neutron activation techniques

    Sadhana Mukerji; H Naik; S V Suryanarayana; S Chachara; B S Shivashankar; V Mulik; Rita Crasta; Sudipta Samanta; B K Nayak; A Saxena; S C Sharma; P V Bhagwat; K K Rasheed; R N Jindal; S Ganesan; A K Mohanty; A Goswami; P D Krishnani

    2012-08-01

    The 232Th(, ) reaction cross-section at average neutron energies of 13.5, 15.5 and 17.28 MeV from the 7Li(, ) reaction has been determined for the first time using activation and off-line -ray spectrometric technique. The 232Th(, 2) cross-section at 17.28 MeV neutron energy has also been determined using the same technique. The experimentally determined 232Th(, ) and 232Th(, 2) reaction cross-sections from the present work were compared with the evaluated data of ENDF/BVII and JENDL-4.0 and were found to be in good agreement. The present data, along with literature data in a wide range of neutron energies, were interpreted in terms of competition between 232Th(, ), (, ), (, ) and (, ) reaction channels. The 232Th(, ) and 232Th(, 2) reaction cross-sections were also calculated theoretically using the TALYS 1.2 computer code and were found to be in good agreement with the experimental data from the present work but were slightly higher than the literature data at lower neutron energies.

  11. Measurement of the generation ratio of 233U and the average radiation capture cross section of 232Th with 232ThO2 irradiated by fast neutrons

    Background: Thorium-Uranium cycle plays an important role in the future's power production technology. Nuclear data involved are urgently needed for engineering design and other purposes since there are obvious differences between the existing evaluated data. Macroscopic neutron integral experiment can be used as a good tool to survey the confusion. Purpose: Macroscopic neutron integral experiment based on radioactive method was carried out to measure the generation ratio of 233U nuclide and the average radiation capture cross section of 232Th while a ThO2 sample was irradiated by fast neutrons leakage from a fast critical facility. We expect that these data can be used as a reference for the research of Th-U cycle. Methods: Radiation capture reactions of 232Th nuclides occur when the nuclides are irradiated by neutrons. 233U nuclides will be generated after two cascade decays by emitting beta rays from the activation products, which are 233Th nuclides. The ThO2 sample was prepared as a slice of 20 mm×10 mm from 0.743 36-g ThO2 powders of 99.9% enriched. The neutron flux was measured by activation method which was 4.07x109 cm-2·s-1 at the sample's irradiation position while the facility worked at the power level of 180 watts. The leakage neutrons' energy distribution was calculated by MC method and it is very close to the fission spectrum with the averaged energy of 1.42 MeV. After irradiation and then a period of cooling time the gamma rays emitted from the sample were measured by an HPGe spectrometer which had been pre-calibrated. From these data the activity of 233Pa was calculated and then the generation ratio of 233U and the average radiation capture cross section of 232Th were calculated. The measured average radiation capture cross section was compared with the cross sections calculated based on the ENDFB-VH.1, CENDL-3.1, JENDL-4.0, BROND2.2 databases. Results: The measured generation ratio of 233U was 4.01×10-12 with an uncertainty of 6

  12. 226Ra, 232Th and 40K analysis in water samples from Assiut, Egypt

    The activity concentrations of 226Ra, 232Th and 40K were determined in water samples, using 2”x 2” NaI(Tl) scintillation detector. Water activity ranges from 0.07 to 0.59 Bq L−1 for 226Ra, 0.05 to 0.37 Bq L−1 for 232Th and 3.25 to 8.72 Bq L−1 for 40K with mean values of 2.64, 2.22 and 119.50 Bq L−1, respectively. As far as the measured gamma radionuclides is concerned, the mean annual effective doses for all analyzed samples of water are in the range of 0.02–0.08, 0.03-0.17 and 0.03-0.10 mSv yr-1 for infants, children and adults, respectively, all being lower than the reference level of the committed effective dose recommended by the WHO.

  13. Fractional absorption in gastrointestinal tract of 232Th by ingestion for Chinese man

    Objective: To estimate fractional absorption in gastrointestinal tract (f1) of 232Th by ingestion for the Chinese male adults. Methods: According to f1 calculation method in literature and results of Th concentrations in dietary foods and organ or tissues for the Chinese male adults, obtained in recent years, f1 values were estimated from the median and mean Th concentrations and compared each other. Results: the f1 value from the median and mean Th concentrations was 0.00048 and 0.00028 respectively. Conclusion: The f1 of 232Th by ingestion for the Chinese male adults should be adopted as 0.00048, being lower than estimated result from the world reference concentrations in UNSCEAR 2000 Report, but quite near to the relevant reported value from Asian countries, such as India or Japan, and supporting the latest recommended value 0.0005 by ICRP too

  14. Mass distribution in the quasi-mono-energetic neutron-induced fission of 232Th

    The cumulative yields of various fission products in 232Th(n, f) with average neutron energies of 6.35, 8.53 and 10.09 MeV have been determined using an off-line γ -ray spectrometric technique. The neutron beam was produced from the 7Li(p, n) reaction. From the cumulative fission yields, the mass chain yields were obtained by using charge distribution correction of medium energy. The peak-to-valley (P/V) ratio, the average value of light mass (left angle AL right angle), heavy mass (left angle AH right angle) and the average number of neutrons (left angle ν right angle) at the three different neutron energies of the present work and at other energies from the literature in the 232Th(n, f) reaction were obtained from the mass yield data. The present and the existing literature data in the 232Th(n, f) reaction at various excitation energies were compared with similar data in the 238U(n, f) reaction. The fine structure in the mass yield distribution was interpreted from the point of nuclear structure effect such as shell closure proximity and even-odd effect. The role of standard I and standard II asymmetric mode of fission was discussed. The different types of mass-yield distributions between 232Th(n, f) and 238U(n, f) reactions were explained from different types of the potential energy between the two fissioning systems. The role of excitation energy was also investigated. (orig.)

  15. Fission Product Decay Heat Calculations for Neutron Fission of 232Th

    Son, P. N.; Hai, N. X.

    2016-06-01

    Precise information on the decay heat from fission products following times after a fission reaction is necessary for safety designs and operations of nuclear-power reactors, fuel storage, transport flasks, and for spent fuel management and processing. In this study, the timing distributions of fission products' concentrations and their integrated decay heat as function of time following a fast neutron fission reaction of 232Th were exactly calculated by the numerical method with using the DHP code.

  16. Radiationless transition probabilities in muonic 208Pb, 232Th, and 238U

    The probabilities for non-radiative (n.r.) excitations Pn.r. in the muonic nuclides 208Pb, 232Th, and 238U have been determined for (μ-, γγ)-measurements by comparing the intensities of muonic X-ray transitions in single and coincidence spectra. The value of Pn.r. (3p→1s), measured for the first time, is about 90% for the actinides 232Th and 238U, but only about 8% for 208Pb. The value of Pn.r. (3d→1s) is found to be 10% for 233Th, 13% for 238U, and about 4% for 208Pb. For 208Pb a vanishing strength of the n.r. decay of the 2p-level is found, while for 232Th and for 238U n.r. strengths of about 20% and 26%, respectively, are observed. By regarding two subcomplexes of the 2p→1s transitions leading to different mean excitation energies the n.r. transition probabilities were found to be different for 238U only, 21.6% and 31.1%, respectively. (orig.)

  17. Distribution of 137Cs, 40K, 238U and 232Th in soils from Northern Venezuela

    More than one hundred undisturbed soil samples form Northern Venezuela and the islands of Margarita and Los Roques have been analyzed for 137Cs, 40K, 238U and 232Th by γ-ray spectroscopy. The specimens were taken from between 5-10 cm below the earth's surface. Thus, they are valid not only for the 137Cs deposition studies but also for the estimation of the natural γ-ray dose from primordial radionuclides that form the terrestrial component. The concentrations of 40K was directly determined from its 1461 keV γ-ray, while those of 137Cs, 238U and 232Th were performed using a γ-ray from one of their daughter radionuclides: the 661 keV γ-ray of 137mBa for 137Cs, the 1760 keV γ-ray of 214Bi for 238U and the 2620 keV γ-ray of 208Tl for 232Th. Finally, the concentration values were compared with those of global estimates. (author) 15 refs.; 4 figs.; 2 tabs

  18. 232Th, 233Pa, and 234U capture cross-section measurements in moderated neutron flux

    The Th-U cycle was studied through the evolution of a 100 μg 232Th sample irradiated in a moderated neutron flux of 8.01014 n/cm2/s, intensity close to that of a thermal molten salt reactor. After 43 days of irradiation and 6 months of cooling, a precise mass spectrometric analysis, using both TIMS and MC-ICP-MS techniques, was performed, according to a rigorous methodology. The measured thorium and uranium isotopic ratios in the final irradiated sample were then compared with integral simulations based on evaluated data; an overall good agreement was seen. Four important thermal neutron-capture cross-sections were also extracted from the measurements, 232Th (7.34±0.21 b), 233Pa (38.34±1.78 b), 234U (106.12±3.34 b), and 235U (98.15±11.24 b). Our 232Th and 235U results confirmed existing values whereas the cross-sections of 233Pa and 234U (both key parameters) have been redefined

  19. Neutron inelastic-scattering cross sections of 232Th, 233U, 235U, 238U, 239Pu and 240Pu

    Differential-neutron-emission cross sections of 232Th, 233U, 235U, 238U, 239Pu and 240Pu are measured between approx. = 1.0 and 3.5 MeV with the angle and magnitude detail needed to provide angle-integrated emission cross sections to approx. 232Th, 233U, 235U and 238U inelastic-scattering values, poor agreement is observed for 240Pu, and a serious discrepancy exists in the case of 239Pu

  20. Application of digital signal-processing technique to delayed-neutron yield measurements on thermal-neutron induced fission of 237Np

    The measurement procedure based on the continuous thermal-neutron beam modulation with a mechanical chopper was developed for delayed-neutron yield measurement of the thermal-neutron induced fission of 237Np. The idea of the procedure is similar to that which is widely used in modern communications for the nonauthorized data access prevention. The data is modulated with predefined pattern before transmission to the public network and only the recipient that has the modulation pattern is able to demodulate it upon reception. For the thermal-neutron induced reaction applications, the thermal-neutron beam modulation pattern was used to demodulate the measured delayed-neutron intensity signals on the detector output resulting in nonzero output only for the detector signals correlated with the beam modulation pattern. A comparison of the method with the conventional measurement procedure was provided, and it was demonstrated that the cross-correlation procedure has special features making it superior over the conventional one when the measured value difference from the background is extremely small. Due to strong sensitivity of measurement procedure on the modulation pattern of the neutron beam, one can implement the modulation pattern of specific shape to separate the effect of the thermal part of the beam from the higher energy one in the most confident way in a particular experiment

  1. Experimental study of the neutron induced fission cross-section of 234U, 237Np and 243Am with time-of-flight spectrometry technics

    The current work concentrates on the measurements of the nuclear data needed for solving the problem of transmutation of radiotoxic waste. It includes fission cross-section of 234U in the energy range from thermal to 1 MeV, 237Np and 243Am in the resonance region and average group capture cross-section of 234U and 236U. Almost all of these data are recommended by IAEA as a first priority needs for transmutation problem. Another objective is to obtain the high resolution data of the fission cross-section of the 234U on the fission barrier to confirm the existence of the fine structure, attributed to the vibrational resonances in the third well of the fission barrier. The Dissertation summarizes more, than 10 years of the experiments, performed on the pulsed neutron sources IBR-2 and IBR-30 of Frank Laboratory of Neutron Physics of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (FLNP JINR) in Dubna, Russia; 'Fakel' of Russian Scientific Center 'Kurchatov's Institute' and n-TOF of CERN. The TOF technique was used for neutron energy spectrometry and various kinds of detectors to mark the fission events. The independent measurements of the same isotopes done on different neutron sources and sometimes with different techniques gives strong, self-consistent set of data. (author)

  2. Sequential leaching extraction of 239,240Pu, 238Pu, 241Pu, 237Np and 241Am from a mud sample: An intercomparison study

    The transuranics content of a mud sample taken from a nuclear waste storage container was analysed employing two different sequential extraction methods. The following fractions were isolated: (1)Water soluble (2) Readily available (3) Carbonate bound and specifically adsorbed (4) Organically bound (5) Oxide and hydroxides bound and (6) residual. Both methods differ in the reagents employed, the extraction sequence applied as well as the temperature and means of extraction. The 239,240Pu, 238Pu, 237Np and 241Am extracted in each phase were determined using standard radiochemical procedures. 241Pu was analysed through the 241Am in-growth on just one old disk of the residual fraction containing plutonium. Plutonium was mainly associated to organic-oxides fractions (89-92 %). The percentage extracted in each fraction depended on the method and the extraction sequence used. The soluble fraction of plutonium was less than 13%. Neptunium seemed to be the more soluble than the other transuranics (27%) and the americium showed a tendency to be associated to carbonates (30%). (author)

  3. Excited levels of 238Np from spectroscopic measurements of the 237Np(n,γ)238Np reaction and /sup 242m/Am alpha decay

    The gamma rays and conversion electrons emitted following neutron capture in a 237Np target have been measured by use of the GAMS and BILL spectrometers at Grenoble. Gamma ray and alpha particle measurements of /sup 242m/Am alpha decay (Ge(Li)γ singles, γ-γ coincidences, α singles) have been made at Livermore. The data from these measurements have been combined with earlier measurements (Ionescu 1979, Asaro 1964) to produce a more detailed level scheme for 238Np. Approximately 36 levels have been identified from all of the experimental evidence. The experimentally-observed bandhead energies can be compared with predicted values derived from a simple linear addition of excitation energies observed in neighboring odd-mass nuclei. Values for the Gallagher-Moszkowski splitting of each configurational pair were obtained from theoretical calculations (Piepenbring 1978). We have assigned configurations to ten rotational bands whose bandhead energies range from 0 to 342 keV and which represent all but one of the configurations predicted to occur below 385 keV

  4. Studies on 232Th and 238U levels in marine algae collected from the coast of Niigata Prefecture

    To evaluate the properties of algae to concentrate radioactive elements, 14 species of algae like Sargassum were collected in the Prefecture and analyzed for their 232Th and 238U levels with Yokogawa HP4500 ICP-MS apparatus. The places of collection included those near the water discharge of an atomic power station. Mean 232Th and 238U levels were found to be 120 and 260 ng/g dry wt, respectively, and Phaeophyta showed more than several times higher 238U level than Chlorophyta and Rhodophyta. There was no clear difference in 232Th levels. No difference between places of collection was observed in Sargassum 232Th or 238U level. Adsorption of 232Th particle to and incorporation of soluble 238U into algae body were suggested. Mean 232Th and 238U radioactivities were found 73 and 510 μBq/g wet wt, respectively, and the respective annual committed effective doses, 0.2 and 0.3 μSv, calculated from those values were confirmed to be enough lower than the annual public dose limit, 1 mSv. (K.H.)

  5. Exploring quasifission characteristics for +232Th34S forming 266Sg

    Prasad, E.; Wakhle, A.; Hinde, D. J.; Williams, E.; Dasgupta, M.; Evers, M.; Luong, D. H.; Mohanto, G.; Simenel, C.; Vo-Phuoc, K.

    2016-02-01

    Background: Fission fragments from heavy ion collisions with actinide nuclei show mass-asymmetric and mass-symmetric components. The relative probabilities of these two components vary rapidly with beam energy with respect to the capture barrier, indicating a strong dependence on the alignment of the deformed nucleus with the partner in the collisions. Purpose: To study the characteristics of the mass-asymmetric quasifission component by reproducing the experimental mass-angle distributions to investigate mass evolution and sticking times. Methods: Fission fragment mass-angle distributions were measured for the +232Th34S reaction. Simulations to match the measurements were made by using a classical phenomenological approach. Mass ratio distributions and angular distributions of the mass-asymmetric quasifission component were simultaneously fit to constrain the free parameters used in the simulation. Results: The mass-asymmetric quasifission component—predominantly originating from tip (axial) collisions with the prolate deformed 232Th —is found to be peaked near A =200 at all energies and center-of-mass angles. A Monte Carlo model using the standard mass equilibration time constant of 5.2 ×10-21 s predicts more symmetric mass splits. Three different hypotheses assuming (i) a mass halt at A =200 , (ii) a slower mass equilibration time, or (iii) a Fermi-type mass drift function reproduced the main experimental features. Conclusions: In tip collisions for the +232Th34S reaction, mass-asymmetric fission with A ˜200 is the dominant outcome. The average sticking time is found to be ˜7 ×10-21 s, independent of the scenario used for mass evolution.

  6. Photo-fission of 232Th and 238U at intermediate energies

    Deppman, A.(Universidade de São Paulo (USP), São Paulo, Brazil); Andrade-II, E.; Guimaraes, V.; Demekhina, N. A.; Karapetyan, G. S.

    2013-01-01

    In this work we present an analysis of the yields of fission fragments induced by bremsstrahlung photons with endpoint energies of 50 and 3500 MeV on 232Th and 238U targets using the simulation code CRISP. A multimodal fission option was added to this code and an extension of the calculation to the properties of the fission products is presented. By dividing the fissioning nuclei according to their fissionability, an approach is introduced which accounts for the contribution of symmetric and ...

  7. Preparation of radionuclide 212Pb by emanation technique of 232Th

    The paper is focused on preparation of radionuclide 212Pb for its further application. 212Pb radioisotope has radiogenic origin of a series of 232Th. The given radionuclide 212Pb (10.6 h) was captured from Th-source on niobium emmanator shims by influence of electric field at a voltage of 310 V. 212Pb was then eluted from the shims to dilute solution of HNO3. 212Pb thus prepared in this way was then applied at radioindicator study of adsorption processes of clay rocks - bentonites.

  8. Nuclear data evaluation for 237Np, 241Am, 242gAm and 242mAm irradiated by neutrons and protons at energies up to 250 MeV

    Evaluation of nuclear data has been performed for 237Np, 241Am, 242gAm and 242mAm. Neutron data were obtained at energies from 20 to 250 MeV and combined with JENDL-3.3 data at 20 MeV. Evaluation of the proton data has been done from 1 to 250 MeV. The coupled channel optical model was used to obtain angular distributions for elastic and inelastic scattering and transmission coefficients. Pre-equilibrium exciton model and Hauser-Feshbach statistical model were used to describe neutron and charged particles emission from excited nuclei. These evaluation is the first work for producing full sets of evaluated file up to 250 MeV for 237Np and Americium isotopes. (author)

  9. Studies of positron electron pair production in {sup 238}U + {sup 232}Th

    Ahmad, I.; Back, B.B.; Betts, R.R. [and others

    1995-08-01

    Following the non-observation of sharp sum-energy lines in our earlier {sup 238}U + {sup 181}Ta measurements, it was decided to pursue measurements of the {sup 238}U + {sup 232}Th system which, in the previously published work, showed the most striking evidence for near-equal-energy back-to-back pairs leading to sharp sum-energy lines. Following the refurbishing of the APEX silicon arrays and extensive tests of the rotating target wheel assembly, a major positron run took place in November 1994. Rolled 1-mg/cm{sub 2} {sup 232}Th targets were bombarded with 5.95-MeV/u {sup 238}U. The target rotation allowed up to 2 pnA of beam to be used without serious deterioration of the targets. Over 300,000 pairs were accumulated, representing an order-of-magnitude improvement in statistics over the previously published results. Preliminary analysis shows no evidence for the sharp lines at a cross section level orders of magnitude below those previously reported. The analysis of these data is currently being completed in preparation for publication.

  10. Natural activities of 238U, 232Th and 40K in building materials

    Seven kinds of building materials were analysed for 238U, 232Th and 40K using a direct γ-counting method. The activity concentrations measured for 238U (30-448 Bq kg-1) and 40K (328-7541 Bq kg-1) were greater than the world average activity for soil (25 and 370 Bq kg-1, respectively) for all building materials analysed, while the activity concentrations of 232Th were found to exceed the average of 25 Bq kg-1 (soil) for red-clay brick (51 Bq kg-1) and ceiling asbestos sheet materials (162 Bq kg-1). The calculated Ra equivalent activities (Raeq) for all materials are higher than the world average value for soil (89 Bq kg-1). For red-clay brick and ceiling asbestos, the Raeq values are found to exceed the limit of 370 Bq kg-1, equivalent to a γ-dose of 1.5 mSv yr-1. (Copyright (c) 1999 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam. All rights reserved.)

  11. Radioactive secular equilibrium in 238U and 232Th series in granitoids from Greece

    Granitoid rocks belonging to plutons of Greece, covering a wide range of compositions and rock-types, have been studied for their specific activity (Bq/kg) of 238U and 226Ra from 238U radioactive series and 228Ra and 228Th from 232Th radioactive series by using gamma-ray spectroscopy. Results on the radioactive secular equilibrium of both 238U and 232Th radioactive series are presented by studying the 226Ra/238U and 228Ra/228Th ratios. The majority of the samples are in radioactive secular equilibrium for 226Ra/238U±1σ. However, several samples exhibit 226Ra/238U ratios significantly different from 1. The distortion of the secular equilibrium in the 226Ra–238U isotopic system of those samples has occurred over the last 1 Ma, and can be associated with post-magmatic processes, mainly rock–water interactions. All studied samples have 228Ra/228Th ratios equal to unity ±1σ. Consequently, they can be considered to be in secular equilibrium for the last 40 a. - Highlights: ► Generally, a strong correlation between 238U and 226Ra is obvious. ► Post-magmatic processes caused radioactive disequilibrium in the 238U isotopic system. ► All samples are in radioactive secular equilibrium in the 232Τh isotopic system. ► There is no correlation between mineralogy, texture, colour, age and the isotopic ratios studied

  12. High resolution photofission measurements in 238U and 232Th. Final report

    A novel technique for measuring the photofission cross section with very high photon energy resolution has been developed. The photons are obtained from selected resonances in the (p,γ) reaction on various light nuclei. The photon energy resolution approaches 200 eV in favorable cases. The photon energy spread at each (p,γ) resonance is approx.20 keV on the average. Measurements of the photo-fission cross sections of 232Th and 238U have been carried out in the energy range from 5.8 to 12 MeV. Intermediate structure has been found in both nuclei at excitation energies around 6 MeV. Various properties of this structure, such as average areas of resonances, their spacing, width, and the underlying bakground, as well as the experimental fission probability averaged over the intermediate structure have been found to agree with theoretical predictions based on a double-humped fission barrier. In the case of 232Th, the feature of this barrier, a rather high first hump and a deep secondary well, are quite different from those predicted by current theoretial barrier calculations. 13 refs., 4 figs., 3 tabs

  13. Determination of specific concentrations of 40K, 238U and 232Th in mineral fertilizer samples

    The use of fertilizer is an established practice worldwide to promote agricultural productivity increased without increasing the planted area, resulting in native forests protection and increase of the food availability. Some kinds of fertilizer have in their chemical composition some radionuclides due the origin of its feedstock, such as 238U, the 232Th, and their descendants, beyond 40K. Knowledge of the radioactivity levels in the environment is great importance to know the gamma radiation dose that the human being is exposed. For identification and quantitation of radionuclides, it was used gamma spectrometry where HPGe detector was used to obtain the spectra, and LabSOCS software for calculating the detection efficiency for each energy. The values of 232Th specific concentrations ranged from 4.1 to 368.1 Bq.Kg-1, the values of 238U specific concentrations ranged from 16.0 to 647.7 Bq.Kg-1 and 40K specific concentrations ranged from 19.1 to 12713 Bq.Kg-1. Concentrations of values are consistent with those found in literature. (author)

  14. Evaluation and improvement of cross section accuracy for most important dosimetry reactions 27Al(n,p), 56Fe(n,p) and 237Np(n,f) including covariance data

    New evaluations of cross sections and their uncertainties for dosimetry reactions 27Al(n,p) , 56Fe(n,p) and 237Np(n,f) have been carried out in the frame work of IAEA Research Contract No. 11372/RB. Data files prepared for this reactions in the ENDF-6 format may be consider as candidates for the new International Reactor Dosimetry File: IRDF-2002. (author)

  15. Redundant 230Th/ 234U/ 238U, 231Pa/ 235U and 14C dating of fossil corals for accurate radiocarbon age calibration

    Chiu, Tzu-Chien; Fairbanks, Richard G.; Mortlock, Richard A.; Cao, Li; Fairbanks, Todd W.; Bloom, Arthur L.

    2006-09-01

    230Th/ 234U/ 238U dating of fossil corals by mass spectrometry is remarkably precise, but some samples exposed to freshwater over thousands of years may gain and/or lose uranium and/or thorium and consequently yield inaccurate ages. Although a δ 234U initial value equivalent to modern seawater and modern corals has been an effective quality control criterion, for samples exposed to freshwater but having δ 234U initial values indistinguishable from modern seawater and modern corals, there remains a need for additional age validation in the most demanding applications such as the 14C calibration (Fairbanks et al., 2005. Radiocarbon calibration curve spanning 0 to 50,000 years BP based on paired 230Th/ 234U/ 238U and 14C dates on pristine corals. Quaternary Science Reviews 24(16-17), 1781-1796). In this paper we enhance screening criteria for fossil corals older than 30,000 years BP in the Fairbanks0805 radiocarbon calibration data set (Fairbanks et al., 2005) by measuring redundant 230Th/ 234U/ 238U and 231Pa/ 235U dates via multi-collector magnetic sector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (MC-MS-ICPMS) using techniques described in Mortlock et al. (2005. 230Th/ 234U/ 238U and 231Pa/ 235U ages from a single fossil coral fragment by multi-collector magnetic-sector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 69(3), 649-657.). In our present study, we regard paired 231Pa/ 235U and 230Th/ 234U/ 238U ages concordant when the 231Pa/ 235U age (±2 σ) overlaps with the associated 230Th/ 234U/ 238U age (±2 σ). Out of a representative set of 11 Fairbanks0805 (Fairbanks et al., 2005) radiocarbon calibration coral samples re-measured in this study, nine passed this rigorous check on the accuracy of their 230Th/ 234U/ 238U ages. The concordancy observed between 230Th/ 234U/ 238U and 231Pa/ 235U dates provides convincing evidence to support closed system behavior of these fossil corals and validation of their 230Th/ 234U/ 238U

  16. Spatial variability of initial 230Th/ 232Th in modern Porites from the inshore region of the Great Barrier Reef

    Clark, Tara R.; Zhao, Jian-xin; Feng, Yue-xing; Done, Terry J.; Jupiter, Stacy; Lough, Janice; Pandolfi, John M.

    2012-02-01

    The main limiting factor in obtaining precise and accurate uranium-series (U-series) ages of corals that lived during the last few hundred years is the ability to constrain and correct for initial thorium-230 ( 230Th 0), which is proportionally much higher in younger samples. This is becoming particularly important in palaeoecological research where accurate chronologies, based on the 230Th chronometer, are required to pinpoint changes in coral community structure and the timing of mortality events in recent time (e.g. since European settlement of northern Australia in the 1850s). In this study, thermal ionisation mass spectrometry (TIMS) U-series dating of 43 samples of known ages collected from living Porites spp. from the far northern, central and southern inshore regions of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) was performed to spatially constrain initial 230Th/ 232Th ( 230Th/ 232Th 0) variability. In these living Porites corals, the majority of 230Th/ 232Th 0 values fell within error of the conservative bulk Earth 230Th/ 232Th atomic value of 4.3 ± 4.3 × 10 -6 (2 σ) generally assumed for 230Th 0 corrections where the primary source is terrestrially derived. However, the results of this study demonstrate that the accuracy of 230Th ages can be further improved by using locally determined 230Th/ 232Th 0 values for correction, supporting the conclusion made by Shen et al. (2008) for the Western Pacific. Despite samples being taken from regions adjacent to contrasting levels of land modification, no significant differences were found in 230Th/ 232Th 0 between regions exposed to varying levels of sediment during river runoff events. Overall, 39 of the total 43 230Th/ 232Th 0 atomic values measured in samples from inshore reefs across the entire region show a normal distribution ranging from 3.5 ± 1.1 to 8.1 ± 1.1 × 10 -6, with a weighted mean of 5.76 ± 0.34 × 10 -6 (2 σ, MSWD = 8.1). Considering the scatter of the data, the weighted mean value with a more

  17. Computational investigation of 99Mo production yield via proton irradiation of natU and 232Th targets

    Accelerators have some advantages such as safety and cheaper operating and decommissioning costs for 99Mo production. Yield theoretical calculation using computational codes can powerfully estimate usefulness of a proposed nuclear reaction for a routine manufacturing. In this work, Monte Carlo-based code was used to compute 99Mo yield in 232Th and natU proton-irradiated targets, as well as maximum applicable beam current. Results showed that the code well agrees with published experimental data. The targets can bear maximum beam current of 30 µA. Targets from 232Th provides higher 99Mo yield. - Highlights: • Accelerators have a number of advantages over nuclear reactors for 99Mo radioisotope production. • Computational yield calculation can powerfully estimate a proposed nuclear reaction usefulness. • Proton-fission induced reactions on 232Th and natU thick targets result in desirable yield of 99Mo. • Deposited heat calculations determines maximum bearable proton current by the targets

  18. Fission fragment angular momentum in the neutron induced fission of 232Th and 232U

    High spin fractions (HSF) of 130,132Sb and 131,133Te have been determined in the neutron induced fission of 232Th and 232U using off-line gamma ray spectrometric technique. From the HSF, fragment angular momenta (Jrms) were deduced using statistical model analysis. From the Jrms values, deformation parameter (β) were deduced and compared with the same in the even-even and odd-even fissioning systems to examine the effect of nuclear structure and the role of odd neutron spin. In all the fissioning systems the effect of shell closure proximity and odd-even effect on Jrms was clearly observed. However, the role of odd neutron spin was not seen in even-odd fissioning systems like the odd-proton spin effect in odd-odd fissioning systems. (author)

  19. Charge and mass distribution in 7Li induced fission of 232Th

    Formation cross sections of about forty fission products have been determined using recoil catcher technique followed by off line gamma-ray spectrometry in 7Li induced fission of 232Th at Elab=41.9, 36.6 and 31.4 MeV. The measured data have been used to deduce charge and mass distributions. Mass distribution is found to be asymmetric at all the three energies. Cross sections of evaporation residues formed in both transfer reactions (232,233,234Pa) as well as in complete fusion (234Np), have also been measured. The measured evaporation residue cross sections and the decay probabilities of target like nuclei (233,234,235Pa) formed in the various transfer reactions, as calculated by PACE2, have been used to estimate the transfer induced fission cross sections. The data indicated that the magnitude of transfer induced fission is very small

  20. Evaluation of the 232Th neutron capture cross section above 3 keV

    This memo describes an evaluation of the 232Th neutron capture cross section in the neutron energy range from 3 keV to 20 MeV. Most existing differential measurements are reviewed, and some data are renormalized to current values of the standards. Several experimentally determined sets of average resonance parameters are also discussed. From 3 to 50 keV the evaluated cross section is described by a set of average statistical resonance parameters. Above 50 keV the evaluated capture cross section is a smooth curve which follows the trend of the most recent measurements. The evaluated capture cross section is compared with many measurements and uncertainty estimates are given

  1. Study on the formation of fission isomer via 232Th + α reaction

    The formation of fission isomer through 232Th+α reaction is studied using the distance-recoil method, employing policarbonate MAKROFOL detector. The total isomeric half-life measured has the value T1/2 = 0.23 ± 0.03 ns and an ratio of formation of isomeric fission relative to prompt fission(σi/σp =0.75x10-5). According to the energy of incident particle (Eα = 28 MeV), the cross-sections presented in the literature and the low value found for the total isomeric half-life, we attribute these half-life value to the 234U isomer (even-even nucleus). The results were compared with those existent in the literature (La69, E170, Re70, Wo70, Po70, Br71) for this isomer. (author)

  2. Measurement of the probability of 232Th ternary fission induced by fast neutrons

    Results obtained by measuring the energy dependence of the probability of 232Th ternary fission in the region of vibrational resonances are presented. The measurements were performed by using a double ionization chamber with Frisch grids and a CsI(Tl) scintillation detector. The use of digital methods for pulse processing made it possible to obtain highly reliable results. The data analysis reveals that our value of the ternary-fission probability is compatible with existing systematics, which nevertheless need some correction. The results of our measurements unambiguously indicate that local variations in the total kinetic energy of fission fragments in the region of the individual vibrational resonances cannot be explained by corresponding variations in the ternary-fission probability

  3. Radioactivity of Natural Nuclides (40K, 238U, 232Th, 226Ra) in Coals from Eastern Yunnan, China

    Xin Wang; Qiyan Feng; Ruoyu Sun; Guijian Liu

    2015-01-01

    The naturally occurring primordial radionuclides in coals might exhibit high radioactivity, and can be exported to the surrounding environment during coal combustion. In this study, nine coal samples were collected from eastern Yunnan coal deposits, China, aiming at characterizing the overall radioactivity of some typical nuclides (i.e., 40K, 238U, 232Th, 226Ra) and assessing their ecological impact. The mean activity concentrations of 238U, 232Th, 40K and 226Ra are 63.86 (17.70–92.30 Bq· kg-...

  4. Prompt γ-rays from the Fast Neutron Induced Fission on 235,238U and 232Th

    Lebois, M.; Wilson, J. N.; Halipré, P.; Leniau, B.; Matea, I.; Oberstedt, A.; Oberstedt, S.; Verney, D.

    Preliminary results from the first experiment using the LICORNE neutron source at the IPN Orsay are presented. Prompt fission gamma rays from fast-neutron induced fission of 238U, 232Th and 235U were detected. Thick samples of around 50 g of 238U and 232Th are used for the first part of the experiment. An ionisation chamber containing ∼ 10 mg samples of 238U and 235U to provide a fission trigger is used for the second part of the experiment. Gamma rays have been detected using 17 high efficiency BaF2 detectors and 6 LaBr3 scintillator detectors.

  5. Assessment of environmental radioactivity (238U, 232Th and 40K) and radiological mapping of Tata Nagar city (Jharkhand), India

    Study on the natural radioactivity concentration levels (238U, 232Th and 40K) in soil samples of Tata Nagar city obtained from seven locations at Tata Nagar city, India was undertaken and the results of the same are reported. In addition, radiological mapping of natural background gamma radiation levels was carried out throughout Tata Nagar city using vehicle based Mobile monitoring technique and the same is presented here. The activity concentrations were assayed and estimated for 238U, 232Th and 40K isotopes in Bq/Kg, using gamma ray spectrometry and the radiation dose rates were estimated. (author)

  6. 238 U, 232 Th and 40 K in wheat flour samples of Iraq markets

    Ali Abid Abojassim

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Wheat flour is a nutritious type of food that is widely consumed by various age groups in Iraq. This study investigates the presence of long-lived gamma emitters in different type of wheat flour in Iraqi market. Materials and methods. Uranium (238 U, Thorium (232 Th and Potassium (40 K specific activity in (Bq/kg were measured in (12 different types of wheat flours that are available in Iraqi markets. The gamma spectrometry method with a NaI(Tl detector has been used for radiometric measurements. Also in this study we have calculated the internal hazard index, radium equivalent and absorbed dose rate in all samples. Results and discussion. It is found that the specific activity in wheat flour samples were varied from (1.086±0.0866 Bq/kg to (12.532±2.026 Bq/kg with an average (6.6025 Bq/kg for 238 U, For 232 Th From (0.126±0.066 Bq/kg to (4.298±0.388 Bq/kg with an average (1.9465Bq/kg and for 40 K from (41.842±5.875 Bq/kg to (264.729±3.843 Bq/kg with an average (133.097 Bq/kg. Also, it is found that the radium equivalent and the internal hazard index in wheat flour samples ranged from (3.4031 Bq/kg to (35.1523 Bq/kg with an average (19.6346 Bq/kg and from (0.0091 to (0.1219 with an average (0.0708 respectively. Conclusion. This study prove that the natural radioactivity and radiation hazard indices were lower than the safe.

  7. 238 U, 232 Th and 40 K in wheat flour samples of Iraq markets

    A. A.

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Wheat flour is a nutritious type of food that is widely consumed by various age groups in Iraq. This study investigates the presence of long-lived gamma emitters in different type of wheat flour in Iraqi market. Materials and methods. Uranium ( 238 U, Thorium ( 232 Th and Potassium ( 40 K specific activity in (Bq/kg were measured in (12 different types of wheat flours that are available in Iraqi markets. The gamma spectrometry method with a NaI(Tl detector has been used for radiometric measurements. Also in this study we have calculated the internal hazard index, radium equivalent and absorbed dose rate in all samples. Results and discussion. It is found that the specific activity in wheat flour samples were varied from (1.086±0.0866 Bq/kg to (12.532±2.026 Bq/kg with an average (6.6025 Bq/kg for 238 U, For 232 Th From (0.126±0.066 Bq/kg to (4.298±0.388 Bq/kg with an average (1.9465Bq/kg and for 40 K from (41.842±5.875 Bq/kg to (264.729±3.843 Bq/kg with an average (133.097 Bq/kg. Also, it is found that the radium equivalent and the internal hazard index in wheat flour samples ranged from (3.4031 Bq/kg to (35.1523 Bq/kg with an average (19.6346 Bq/kg and from (0.0091 to (0.1219 with an average (0.0708 respectively. Conclusion. This study prove that the natural radioactivity and radiation hazard indices were lower than the safe.

  8. Measurement of fission products yields in the quasi-mono-energetic neutron-induced fission of 232Th

    Naik, H.; Mukherji, Sadhana; Suryanarayana, S. V.; Jagadeesan, K. C.; Thakare, S. V.; Sharma, S. C.

    2016-08-01

    The cumulative yields of various fission products in the 232Th(n, f) reaction at average neutron energies of 5.42, 7.75, 9.35 and 12.53 MeV have been determined by using an off-line γ-ray spectrometric technique. The neutron beam was produced from the 7Li(p, n) reaction by using the proton energies of 7.8, 12, 16 and 20 MeV. The mass chain yields were obtained from the cumulative fission yields by using the charge distribution correction of medium energy fission. The fine structure in the mass yield distribution was interpreted from the point of nuclear structure effect. On the other hand, the higher yield around mass number 133-134 and 143-144 as well as their complementary products were explained based on the standard I and standard II asymmetric mode of fission. From the mass yield data, the average value of light mass (), heavy mass (), the average number of neutrons () and the peak-to-valley (P / V) ratios at different neutron energies of present work and literature data were obtained in the 232Th(n, f) reaction. The different parameters of the mass yield distribution in the 232Th(n, f) reaction were compared with the similar data in the 232Th(γ, f) reaction at comparable excitation energy and a surprising difference was observed.

  9. Concentration of 238U and 232Th among constituent minerals of two igneous plutonic rocks exhibiting elevated natural radioactivity levels

    The concentrations of 238U and 232Th of the constituent minerals in two plutonic rock samples, from N. Greece, exhibiting elevated levels of bulk rock natural radioactivity were determined by using LA-ICP-MS. The available data of whole rock 238U and 232Th concentrations were also used. The minerals were separated using a combination of heavy liquids of various densities, shaking table and magnetic separation techniques. The great variation in the concentrations of 238U and 232Th is probably indicative of the different distribution of U and Th within the same rock, as well as to secondary post-magmatic processes that were responsible for the redistribution of U and Th. An estimation of the contribution of each mineral constituent to the natural radioactivity levels of the bulk rock is attempted. Thorite and zircon contribute the most to the whole rock 238U and 232Th content, while the contribution of apatite is moderate. The contribution of the rest of the minerals examined (fluorite, quartz, plagioclase, K-feldspar, amphibole, pyroxene, magnetite and biotite) is not important. (author)

  10. Measurement of Fragment Mass Distributions in Neutron-induced Fission of 238U and 232Th at Intermediate Energies

    Conceptual analysis of accelerator-driven systems assumes extensive use of nuclear data on neutron-induced reactions at intermediate energies. In particular, information about the fission fragment yields from the 238U(n,f) and 232Th(n,f) reactions is of particular interest at neutron energies from 10 to 200 MeV. However, there is a lack of such data for both 238U and 232Th. Up to now, the intermediate energy measurements have been performed for 238U only, and there are no data for the 232Th(n,f) reaction. The aim of the work is to provide such data. Fission fragment mass distributions for the 232Th(n,f) and 238U(n,f) reactions have been measured for the incident neutron energies 32.8 MeV, 45.3 MeV and 59.9 MeV. The experiments have been performed at the neutron beam facility of the Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium. A multi-section Frisch-gridded ionization chamber has been used as a fission fragment detector. The data obtained have been interpreted in terms of the multimodal random neck-rupture model (MMRNRM). (authors)

  11. Study of the violent collisions between 63Cu+232Th at 35 MeV/nucleon

    Cibor, J.; Majka, Z.; Kozik, T.; Staszel, P.; Sosin, Z.; Hagel, K.; Li, J.; Lou, L.; Tezkratt, R.; Utley, D.; Wada, R.; Xiao, B.; Natowitz, J. B.

    1997-01-01

    A study of the decay of hot and heavy composite nuclei produced in the violent collisions between 63Cu and 232Th at 35A MeV is presented. The measurement of fission fragment correlations indicates that ~ 70% of the projectile linear momentum can be transferred to the fissioning system. Heavy reaction products were observed at a laboratory angle of θ=6° in coincidence with neutrons, light charged particles, and intermediate mass fragments. The dynamical aspects of the collisions between the projectile and target nuclei were investigated using the computer code CHIMERA which is based upon the molecular dynamics concept. Asymptotic characteristics of the reaction products were confronted with results of calculations of the tandem CHIMERA plus GEMINI codes. The data and model comparisons show that a composite system of mass as high as 275 amu and with an excitation energy ~ 1 GeV is formed in the most violent collisions. Some of the heavy reaction remnants are located on the fragment mass versus velocity plane inside the area where the evaporation residues resulting from the decay of the hot composite system are expected. A high neutron multiplicity associated with these events indicates their origin in the most dissipative events. However, a low cross section for the production of these remnants and the close similarity of their characteristics to the fission fragments do not allow more conclusive statements.

  12. Transfer reaction cross sections from the interactions of 20Ne and 22Ne with 232Th

    A target of 232Th has been bombarded with 114 MeV 22Ne and with 114 MeV and 129 MeV 20Ne beams. Recoiling reaction products were chemically isolated and the cross sections for protactinium, uranium, and neptunium isotopes were determined. The width of the cross section distributions for a given Z and their neutron-richness are the same as those for similar transfers in Ne+ 248Cm reactions. Population of low spin isomeric states is favored in these reactions over population of high spin states. As was seen in reactions with heavier targets, an increase in reaction energy does little to shift the evaporation residues toward neutron deficiency. The implications are that only primary products with little or no excitation energy and angular momentum survive the fission process to become evaporation residues in these systems, and that the production of these nuclides is more controlled by the change in the identity of the projectile than by the corresponding change in the target

  13. Two-photon laser excitation of trapped 232Th+ ions via the 402 nm resonance line

    Herrera-Sancho, O A; Zimmermann, K; Tamm, Chr; Peik, E; Taichenachev, A V; Yudin, V I; Glowacki, P

    2012-01-01

    Experiments on one- and two-photon laser excitation of 232Th+ ions in a radiofrequency ion trap are reported. As the first excitation step, the strongest resonance line at 402 nm from the 6d^2 7s J=3/2 ground state to the 6d7s7p J=5/2 state at 24874 cm^{-1} is driven by radiation from an extended cavity diode laser. Spontaneous decay of the intermediate state populates a number of low-lying metastable states, thus limiting the excited state population and fluorescence signal obtainable with continuous laser excitation. We study the collisional quenching efficiency of helium, argon, and nitrogen buffer gases, and the effect of repumping laser excitation from the three lowest-lying metastable levels. The experimental results are compared with a four-level rate equation model, that allows us to deduce quenching rates for these buffer gases. Using laser radiation at 399 nm for the second step, we demonstrate two-photon excitation to the state at 49960 cm^{-1}, among the highest-lying classified levels of Th+. Thi...

  14. Measurement of the Neutron Capture Cross Sections of $^{233}$U, $^{237}$Np, $^{240,242}$Pu, $^{241,243}$Am and $^{245}$Cm with a Total Absorption Calorimeter at n_TOF

    Beer, H; Wiescher, M; Cox, J; Rapp, W; Embid, M; Dababneh, S

    2002-01-01

    Accurate and reliable neutron capture cross section data for actinides are necessary for the poper design, safety regulation and precise performance assessment of transmutation devices such as Fast Critical Reactors or Accelerator Driven Systems (ADS). The goal of this proposal is the measurement of the neutron capture cross sections of $^{233}$U, $^{237}$Np, $^{240,242}$Pu, $^{241,243}$Am and $^{245}$Cm at n_TOF with an accuracy of 5~\\%. $^{233}$U plays an essential role in the Th fuel cycle, which has been proposed as a safer and cleaner alternative to the U fuel cycle. The capture cross sections of $^{237}$Np,$^{240,242}$Pu, $^{241,243}$Am and $^{245}$Cm play a key role in the design and optimization of a strategy for the Nuclear Waste Transmutation. A high accuracy can be achieved at n_TOF in such measurements due to a combination of features unique in the world: high instantaneous neutron fluence and excellent energy resolution of the facility, innovative Data Acquisition System based on flash ADCs and t...

  15. The nuclear structure of 229Pa from the 231Pa(p,t)229Pa and 230Th(p,2nγ)229Pa reactions

    The level structure of the 229Pa nucleus has been investigated by means of the 231Pa(p,t)229Pa and 230Th(p,2nγ)229Pa reactions. Triton angular-distribution measurements were subjected to a CCBA analysis and combined with the results of in-beam conversion electron and γ-ray spectroscopy to establish a level scheme. Two low-lying bands of opposite parity were observed up to spins (23/2)- and (17/2)+, respectively. Rotational bands built on some 0+ excitations of the even-even core can be assigned. The lowest states of three further low-lying bands are observed. The level scheme is interpreted in terms of an octupole-deformed core with an unpaired proton. From the E1/E2 branching ratio the electric dipole moment can be deduced vertical stroke D0vertical stroke =(0.09 ±0.04) e .fm. ((orig.))

  16. Natural activities of 40K, 238U and 232Th in elephant grass (Pennisetum purpureum) in Ibadan metropolis, Nigeria

    Samples of elephant grass collected at some pasturing farmlands across different locations in Ibadan metropolis were analyzed for their natural radioactivity concentrations due to 40K, 238U and 232Th radionuclides. Radioactivity measurements were carried out using γ-ray spectroscopy. The average radioactivity concentration of 40K was found to be 64.5±8.1 Bq kg-1, 25.7±5.5 Bq kg-1 for 238U and 33.4±3.9 Bq kg-1 for 232Th. The radiological health implication to the population that may result from these values is found to be very low and almost insignificant. No artificial radionuclide, however, was detected in any of the samples, hence, measurements have been taken as representing baseline values of these radionuclides in the grass in the metropolis

  17. Measurement of 238U, 232Th and 40K in boreholes at Gosa and Lugbe, Abuja, north central Nigeria

    The purpose of this project is to evaluate the suitability of different sites as locations for obtaining underground water for consumption. The analysis of 238U, 232Th and 40K from rock samples from each layer of borehole at a depth of ∼50 m at Site A borehole, S3L1-S3L6 in Gosa and 40 m at Site B borehole, S4L1-S4L5 in Lugbe, Abuja, north central Nigeria is presented. The gamma-ray spectrometry was carried out using a high-purity germanium detector coupled to a computer-based high-resolution multichannel analyzer. The activity concentrations at Site A borehole for 238U have a mean value of 26±3, ranging from 23±2 to 30±3 Bq kg-1, 232Th a mean value of 63±5, ranging from 48±4 to 76±6 Bq kg-1 and 40K a mean value of 573±72, ranging from 437±56 to 821±60 Bq kg-1. The activity concentrations at Site B borehole for 238U have a mean value of 20±2, ranging from 16±2 to 23±2 Bq kg-1, 232Th a mean value of 46±4, ranging from 43±4 to 49±4 Bq kg-1, 40K a mean value of 915±116 and ranging from 817±103 Bq kg-1 to 1011±128 Bq kg-1. It is noted that the higher activity concentrations of 232Th and 238U are found in Site A at Gosa. Site B has lower radioactivity, and it is recommended that both sites are suitable for underground water consumption. (authors)

  18. Determination of Photofission Fragment Characteristics of 234,238U and 232Th in the Barrier Region

    GÖÖK Alf

    2012-01-01

    The photofission of 232Th, 234U and 238U at excitation energies in the barrier region has been studied. The goal has been to extract information on the mass, total kinetic energy (TKE) and angular distributions of the fission fragments. The experiments were performed using bremsstrahlung, produced by an electron beam in a copper radiator at the injector of the Superconducting Darmstadt linear accelerator (S-DALINAC). Mass and TKE distributions were determined by means of the double kinet...

  19. Soil-to-root vegetable transfer factors for 226Ra, 232Th, 40K, and 88Y in Malaysia

    Soil-to-plant transfer factors (TFs) are of fundamental importance in assessing the environmental impact due to the presence of radioactivity in soil and agricultural crops. Tapioca and sweet potato, both root crops, are popular foodstuffs for a significant fraction of the Malaysian population, and result in intake of radionuclides. For the natural field conditions experienced in production of these foodstuffs, TFs and the annual effective dose were evaluated for the natural radionuclides 226Ra, 232Th, 40K, and for the anthropogenic radionuclide 88Y, the latter being a component of fallout. An experimental tapioca field was developed for study of the time dependence of plant uptake. For soil samples from all study locations other than the experimental field, it has been shown that these contain the artificial radionuclide 88Y, although the uptake of 88Y has only been observed in the roots of the plant Manihot esculenta (from which tapioca is derived) grown in mining soil. The estimated TFs for 226Ra and 232Th for tapioca and sweet potato are very much higher than that reported by the IAEA. For all study areas, the annual effective dose from ingestion of tapioca and sweet potato are estimated to be lower than the world average (290 μSv y−1). - Highlights: • Transfer factors of 226Ra, 232Th, 40K, and 88Y radionuclides were estimated for widely consumed root vegetables in Malaysia. • An experimental tapioca field was developed for study of the time dependence of plant uptakes. • The estimated TF values of 226Ra and 232Th for tapioca and sweet potato are higher than the IAEA reported values. • These site-specific TFs are of importance for model derivations for tropical regions

  20. Inelastic scattering and nucleon transfer in the system 232Th+206Pb at the Coulomb barrier

    By the experiment performed in the present thesis on the example of the system 232Th+206Pb the onset of the nuclear interaction in the region of the Coulomb barrier was studied at an incident energy of 6.3 MeV/nucleon. In the range of distances of closest approximation 15.5 fm ≤ D ≤ 38.7 fm respectively 28deg ≤ ΘCM ≤ 150deg the Coulomb excitation of the target isotope was observed. The strong absorption for 'small' distances from the reaction channel of the Coulomb excitation is confirmed by the occurrence of transfer reactions. In the studied thorium-lead system the transfer of one and two neutrons could be detected by means of the characteristic γ radiation of the isotopes 230Th and 207,208Pb with a cross section of 500 mb summed over the measurement range. The possibilities of an evaporation of neutrons from highly excited target nuclei, which could also lead to the isotope 230Th and by this influence the measurement of the 2n transfer, was also studied. The contribution of these processes to the transfer could be estimated to less than 5%. For the determination of the excitation energy, at which the transfer takes place, the transfer probabilities experimentally determined as functions of the distance of closest approximation were compared with the barrier-penetration model originally developed for sub-Coulomb transfer. Small effective neutron-binding energies of 0.6-0.8 MeV and by this high excitation energies resulted in contradiction to our model-independent measurement by means of the mean γ multiplicity and mean γ energies. (orig./HSI)

  1. Determination of 228Th, 232Th, and228Ra in wild mushroom from a naturally high radioactive region in Brazil

    Mushrooms are fungi which efficiently accumulate radionuclides, as verified by radiochemistry analyses of specimens collected in contaminated areas, specifically after the Chernobyl nuclear accident. Many studies have demonstrated that mushrooms can be used in monitoring of ecosystem contamination and quality. The present paper is part of a broader study conducted in the Pocos de Caldas plateau region in Minas Gerais, Brazil, investigating assimilation of natural Uranium and Thorium radionuclide series by mushrooms. This region has elevated natural radioactivity due to the presence of radiological anomalies of volcanic origin. These anomalies are ore bodies containing Uranium and Thorium, the later being highly predominant. Many researchers have been conducted concerning radionuclide incorporation by agricultural products on the plateau. The present paper aims to determine 232Th, 228Th, and 228Ra radionuclides in wild mushrooms collected at different locations in the plateau region. 228Ra was determined by radiochemical separation using sulphate coprecipitation followed by beta radiometry. 232Th and 228Th were determined using anion exchange resin purification followed by alpha spectrometry. Higher values were obtained to 228Th than to 232Th. This is due to higher 228Ra mobility, which decays to 228Th. The accuracy of the analytical methods employed was evaluated using the reference sample IAEA Soil 327. These methods had high chemical recovery and high sensitivity. It was possible to confirm that mushrooms accumulate radionuclide and so can be used in environmental contamination and quality assessment. (author)

  2. Determination of fission product yields in the 14 MeV photon (Bremsstrahlung) induced fission of 232Th

    The cumulative yields of various fission products in the 232Th(γ,f) with end-point Bremsstrahlung energy of 14 MeV having have been determined using off-line γ-ray spectrometric technique. The end-point Bremsstrahlung energy of 14 MeV was generated by impinging the electron beam on a solid graphite beam dump of the 20 electron LINAC (ELBE) at Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR), Dresden, Germany. From the cumulative fission yields, the mass chain yields were obtained by using charge distribution correction of medium energy. The fine structure in the mass yield distribution was interpreted from the point of nuclear structure effect such as shell closure proximity and even-odd effect. The mass yield distribution in 232Th(γ,f) is triple humped unlike 238U(γ,f), where it is double humped. This different behaviour in between 232Th* and 238U* was explained from the point of different potential energy surfaces between two systems. (author)

  3. Fission product yield distribution in the 12, 14, and 16 MeV bremsstrahlung-induced fission of 232Th

    The absolute cumulative yields of various fission products in the 12, 14, and 16 MeV bremsstrahlung-induced fission of 232Th were determined using a recoil catcher and an off-line γ -ray spectrometric technique using the ELBE electron linac of Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf in Dresden, Germany. The mass chain yields were obtained from the absolute cumulative yields by correcting the charge distribution. The peak-to-valley ratio, average light mass (left angle AL right angle) and heavy mass (left angle AH right angle) values, and average number of neutrons (left angle n right angle exp) in the bremsstrahlung-induced fission of 232Th at different excitation energies were obtained from the mass chain yield data. The present study and existing literature data for the 232Th(γ, f) reaction are compared with similar data for the 238U(γ, f) reaction at various excitation energies, and surprisingly different behavior was found in the two fissioning systems. (orig.)

  4. Activity concentrations of 226Ra, 232Th and 40K in brands of fertilisers used in Nigeria

    The activity concentration of naturally occurring radionuclides 40K, 226Ra and 232Th have been measured in different brands of fertiliser samples sold to farmers in retail markets in six commercial cities in southwestern Nigeria. Gamma ray spectroscopy was employed in the measurements of these radionuclides. The results of measurements showed that the average activity concentration of 40K in the nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium fertilisers across the cities varied from 3972.0 ±416.9 to 5089.3 ±111.3 Bq kg-1, 9.9 ±7.3 to 450.6 ±14.3 Bq kg-1 for 226Ra, while for 232Th it varied from less than lower limit of detection to 15.1 ±2.8 Bq kg-1. The activity concentrations of 40K, 226Ra and 232Th in single super phosphate (SSP) fertilisers and phosphate rocks were also determined. However, high activity concentrations of 226Ra were obtained in the SSP fertiliser and phosphate rocks and in particular, two brands of fertilisers from ITL/TAK and F and C companies. The values of the activity concentration of the radionuclides in the brands of fertilisers used in Nigeria are within the range of values reported in several other countries except 40K. (authors)

  5. Evaluation of statistical resonance parameters for 232Th in 4 to 41 keV energy region

    An exhaustive compilation of mean resonance parameters for 232Th isotope reported by different experimental groups, evaluators and users is presented. A set of mean resonance parameters is obtained for 232Th for use in reactor calculations by adjusting the p wave strength function as a function of energy region for a broad group structure corresponding to the already evaluated total and partial cross sections recommended in the ENDF/B-IV library in 4 to 41 keV energy region. The difficulties associated with the evaluation of mean resonance parameters for given evaluated cross sections in the unresolved resonance region are highlighted. A brief comparison of the American ENDF/B procedure and the German KEDAK procedure for the processing of the unresolved resonance data is also given. A possibility exists to explain part of the discrepancies between the calculated and the experimentally determined integral parameters to be due to the non-uniqueness of the mean resonance parameters in the unresolved resonance region for the main fissile and fertile nuclides. It appears more satisfying to evaluate the mean resonance data (and hence the self-shielded cross sections) for a given multigroup structure used in reactor calculations unlike the ENDF/B convention. It is further recommended that the thick sample transmission and self-indication measurements be performed for 232Th in order to determine experimentally the self-shielded cross sections in the unresolved resonance region and to support the above mentioned evaluation of mean resonance parameters. (auth.)

  6. Investigation of Neutron Spectra and Transmutation of ^{129}I, ^{237}Np and Other Nuclides with 1.5 GeV Protons from the Dubna Nuclotron Using the Electronuclear Setup "Energy plus Transmutation"

    Krivopustov, M I; Balabekyan, A R; Batusov, Yu A; Bielewicz, M; Brandt, R; Chaloun, P; Chultem, D; Dwivedi, K K; Elishev, A F; Fragopoulou, M; Henzl, V; Henzlová, D; Kalinnikov, V G; Kievets, M K; Krása, A; Krizek, F; Kugler, A; Manolopoulou, Metaxia; Mariin, I I; Nourreddine, A; Odoj, R; Pavliouk, A V; Pronskikh, V S; Robotham, H; Siemon, K; Szuta, M; Stegailov, V I; Solnyshkin, A A; Sosnin, A N; Stoulos, S; Tsoupko-Sitnikov, V M; Tumendelger, T; Wojecehowski, A; Wagner, V; Wan, J S; Westmeier, W; Zamani-Valasiadou, M; Kumawat, H; Kumar, V; Zaverioukha, O S; Zhuk, I V

    2004-01-01

    Experiments which are part of the scientific program "Investigations of physical aspects of electronuclear method of energy production and transmutation for radioactive waste of atomic energetics using relativistic beams from the JINR Synchrophasotron/Nuclotron" (project "Energy plus Transmutation") are described. A large lead target surrounded by a four-section uranium blanket with total weight of 206.4 kg natural uranium was irradiated with 1.5 GeV protons from the new cryogenic accelerator Nuclotron. Radiochemical sensors were exposed to the secondary particle fluences inside and on top of the target assembly. Two long-lived radioactive waste of atomic energetics sensors ^{129}I and ^{237}Np (approximately 1 g weight each) and stable nuclides ^{27}Al, ^{59}Co, ^{127}I, ^{139}La, ^{197}Au and ^{209}Bi as well as natural and enriched uranium were used. In addition, various solid state nuclear track detectors and nuclear emulsions were exposed simultaneously. The experimental results confirm the theoretical e...

  7. Determination of photofission fragment characteristics of {sup 234,238}U and {sup 232}Th in the barrier region

    Goeoek, Alf

    2012-11-05

    The photofission of {sup 232}Th, {sup 234}U and {sup 238}U at excitation energies in the barrier region has been studied. The goal has been to extract information on the mass, total kinetic energy (TKE) and angular distributions of the fission fragments. The experiments were performed using bremsstrahlung, produced by an electron beam in a copper radiator at the injector of the Superconducting Darmstadt linear accelerator (S-DALINAC). Mass and TKE distributions were determined by means of the double kinetic energy technique using a twin Frisch grid ionization chamber. The angular distributions were derived simultaneously by measuring the drift time of ionization electrons. Results show that this drift-time method is comparable in accuracy to other more commonly used methods, but with a simplified procedure for setting up the experiment. Mass, TKE and angular distributions have been obtained from bremsstrahlung-induced fission of {sup 232}Th at average excitation energies left angle E{sub x} right angle =6.68 MeV and 7.26 MeV, for {sup 234}U at left angle E{sub x} right angle =5.80 MeV, 6.49 MeV and 7.23 MeV, and for {sup 238}U at left angle E{sub x} right angle =5.90 MeV, 6.11 MeV and 6.93 MeV. Results on fission fragment characteristics from {sup 238}U({gamma},f) show good agreement with literature data, which verifies the experimental procedure. The correlated mass and TKE data have been analyzed in terms of fission modes within the multi-modal random-neck-rupture model. The result exhibits a dominant yield of the mass asymmetric standard-2 mode in all the investigated fissioning nuclei, with a relative yield of {proportional_to}77 % in {sup 232}Th, {proportional_to}75 % in {sup 234}U and {proportional_to}67 % in {sup 238}U. No strong fluctuation of the mode yields were found as a function of the excitation energy. Correlations between mass, TKE and angular distributions have been investigated in {sup 232}Th and {sup 234}U. The correlation takes the form of an

  8. Measurement of the fission fragment angular distribution for 232Th(n,f) at the CERN n-TOF facility

    Tarrío, D; Audouin, L; Duran, I; Leong, L S; Paradela, C; Altstadt, S; Andrzejewski, J; Barbagallo, M; Bécares, V; Bečvář, F; Belloni, F; Berthoumieux, E; Billowes, J; Boccone, V; Bosnar, D; Brugger, M; Calviani, M; Calviño, F; Cano-Ott, D; Carrapiço, C; Cerutti, F; Chiaveri, E; Chin, M; Colonna, N; Cortés, G; Cortés-Giraldo, M A; Diakaki, M; Domingo-Pardo, C; Dzysiuk, N; Eleftheriadis, C; Ferrari, A; Fraval, K; Ganesan, S; Garcìa, A R; Giubrone, G; Gómez-Hornillos, M B; Gonçalves, I F; González-Romero, E; Griesmayer, E; Guerrero, C; Gunsing, F; Gurusamy, P; Jenkins, D G; Jericha, E; Kadi, Y; Käppeler, F; Karadimos, D; Koehler, P; Kokkoris, M; Krtička, M; Kroll, J; Langer, C; Lederer, C; Leeb, H; Losito, R; Manousos, A; Marganiec, J; Martìnez, T; Massimi, C; Mastinu, P F; Mastromarco, M; Meaze, M; Mendoza, E; Mengoni, A; Milazzo, P M; Mingrone, F; Mirea, M; Mondalaers, W; Pavlik, A; Perkowski, J; Plompen, A; Praena, J; Quesada, J M; Rauscher, T; Reifarth, R; Riego, A; Roman, F; Rubbia, C; Sarmento, R; Schillebeeckx, P; Schmidt, S; Tagliente, G; Tain, J L; Tsinganis, A; Valenta, S; Vannini, G; Variale, V; Vaz, P; Ventura, A; Versaci, R; Vermeulen, M J; Vlachoudis, V; Vlastou, R; Wallner, A; Ware, T; Weigand, M; Weiß, C; Wright, T J; Žugec, P

    2012-01-01

    A fission reaction chamber was designed to measure the angular distribution of the fragments emitted in neutron-induced fission reactions at n_TOF. Up to ten Parallel Plate Avalanche Counters can be included and kept at controlled low-pressure gas. Counters are tilted 45º with respect to the neutron beam direction and up to nine targets can be interleaved in between. A first measurement of the 232Th(n,f) was recently done and preliminary experimental results demonstrating the suitability of the setup are presented here.

  9. 238U, 232TH, AND 222RN concentration measured in various traditional medicinal plant preparation using nuclear track detectors

    Full text: 238U, 232Th, 222Rn concentrations were measured inside traditional medicinal plants preparations widely used by patients in classic and modern phyto therapy by using a technique based on the use of solid state nuclear track detectors. The intakes of these radionuclides have been determined for adult patients from the ingestion of the studied medical preparations. The influence of mass intake as well as pollution on the contents of the considered radionuclides was investigated. The resulting radiation doses to adult patients from the ingestion of the traditional medical preparations were evaluated.

  10. An integral experiment on thorium oxide/depleted uranium cylinders with D-T neutrons for 232Th(n, 2n) reaction

    Highlights: • An integral experiment for 232Th(n, 2n) reaction was carried out on the newly-established ThO2/depleted uranium cylinders. • 232Th(n, 2n) reaction rate distribution was obtained in the assemblies with an uncertainty of about 7%. • Experiments were analyzed by MCNP code with ENDF/B-VI.8, ENDF/B-VII.0, JENDL-4.0 and CENDL-3.1 libraries. • Experimental results could be used to re-evaluate the cross sections of 232Th(n, 2n) reaction. - Abstract: In order to verify the evaluated cross sections of 232Th(n, 2n) reaction for the conceptual design of the thorium based subcritical blanket in the fusion–fission hybrid reactor, an integral experiment on thorium oxide/depleted uranium cylinders was carried out with D-T neutrons using the activation technique. 232Th(n, 2n) reaction rate distribution was obtained at the central axis direction in the assemblies with an uncertainty of about 7%. Experiments were analyzed by using MCNP code with ENDF/B-VI.8, ENDF/B-VII.0, JENDL-4.0 and CENDL-3.1 libraries to validate the nuclear data libraries of 232Th(n, 2n) reaction, the calculated results with JENDL-4.0 agree with the measurements the best with discrepancies within the experimental uncertainty. The average values of C/E for the three benchmark assemblies are 1.058, 1.044 and 0.980. Calculations with different evaluated libraries in the benchmark assemblies show a large discrepancy. The experimental results can be used to re-evaluate the cross sections of the 232Th(n, 2n) reaction

  11. Distribution of 226Ra, 232Th, and 40K in soils of Rio Grande do Norte (Brazil)

    A survey programme aimed at studying the environmental radioactivity in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Norte was undertaken. Fifty-two soil samples, together with two rock and two uraniferrous ore samples were collected from the eastern and central regions of this state. Concentrations of radioelements in samples were determined by γ-ray spectrometry. The average concentrations of 226Ra, 232Th, and 40K in the surveyed soils were 29.2 ± 19.5 (SD), 47.8 ± 37.3, and 704 ± 437 Bq kg-1, respectively. Higher values were found in the rock samples. The distributions of 226Ra and 232Th were fitted by log-normal curves. Radiological measurements carried out with a portable scintillometer at the sampled sites revealed an average absorbed dose rate of 55 ± 27 (SD) nGy h-1. Computed dose rates obtained through the Beck formula ranged from 15-179 nGy h-1, with a mean value of 72.6 ± 38.7 (SD) nGy h-1, and their distribution fitted a log-normal curve. An annual average effective dose equivalent of 552 μSν (range: 117-1361 μSν) was estimated for 51 sites in Rio Grande do Norte. (author)

  12. Primordial radioactivity ((238)U, (232)Th and (40)K) measurements for soils of Ludhiana district of Punjab, India.

    Badhan, K; Mehra, R

    2012-11-01

    The aim of the present work was to study the activity concentration and absorbed gamma dose rates due to primordial radionuclides ((238)U, (232)Th and (40)K) for the soil of different villages of Ludhiana district of Punjab, India using a high-purity germanium detector based on high resolution gamma-ray spectrometry. The average activity concentrations of (238)U, (232)Th and (40)K in the soil samples have been found to be 28.58, 50.95 and 569.59 Bq kg(-1), respectively, which gives the total gamma dose rate contribution of 68.50 nGy h(-1). To evaluate the radiological hazard of the natural radioactivity, the radium equivalent activity, the external hazard index, the absorbed dose rate and the effective dose rate have been calculated. The calculated radium equivalent activity values are on the lower side of the recommended safe limit value of 370 Bq kg(-1) by Organization of Economic and Control Department. The calculated value of external health hazard index is lower than unity. PMID:22899219

  13. Soil-to-root vegetable transfer factors for (226)Ra, (232)Th, (40)K, and (88)Y in Malaysia.

    Asaduzzaman, Kh; Khandaker, Mayeen Uddin; Amin, Y M; Bradley, D A; Mahat, R H; Nor, R M

    2014-09-01

    Soil-to-plant transfer factors (TFs) are of fundamental importance in assessing the environmental impact due to the presence of radioactivity in soil and agricultural crops. Tapioca and sweet potato, both root crops, are popular foodstuffs for a significant fraction of the Malaysian population, and result in intake of radionuclides. For the natural field conditions experienced in production of these foodstuffs, TFs and the annual effective dose were evaluated for the natural radionuclides (226)Ra, (232)Th, (40)K, and for the anthropogenic radionuclide (88)Y, the latter being a component of fallout. An experimental tapioca field was developed for study of the time dependence of plant uptake. For soil samples from all study locations other than the experimental field, it has been shown that these contain the artificial radionuclide (88)Y, although the uptake of (88)Y has only been observed in the roots of the plant Manihot esculenta (from which tapioca is derived) grown in mining soil. The estimated TFs for (226)Ra and (232)Th for tapioca and sweet potato are very much higher than that reported by the IAEA. For all study areas, the annual effective dose from ingestion of tapioca and sweet potato are estimated to be lower than the world average (290 μSv y(-1)). PMID:24814722

  14. Primordial radioactivity (238U, 232Th and 40K) measurements for soils of Ludhiana district of Punjab, India

    The aim of the present work was to study the activity concentration and absorbed gamma dose rates due to primordial radionuclides (238U, 232Th and 40K) for the soil of different villages of Ludhiana district of Punjab (India)) using a high-purity germanium detector based on high resolution gamma-ray spectrometry. The average activity concentrations of 238U, 232Th and 40K in the soil samples have been found to be 28.58, 50.95 and 569.59 Bq kg-1, respectively, which gives the total gamma dose rate contribution of 68.50 nGy h-1. To evaluate the radiological hazard of the natural radioactivity, the radium equivalent activity, the external hazard index, the absorbed dose rate and the effective dose rate have been calculated. The calculated radium equivalent activity values are on the lower side of the recommended safe limit value of 370 Bq kg-1 by Organization of Economic and Control Dept.. The calculated value of external health hazard index is lower than unity. (authors)

  15. Investigation of resonance structure and Doppler-effect of cross sections for 232 Th, 235 U and 239 Pu

    The results of measuring the neutron transmissions for 232 Th, 235 U and 239 Pu metal samples carried out at the 60 m, 123 m and 1006 m flight paths of the Dubna IBR-30 booster in the neutron energy range of 2 eV - 200 keV are given and discussed. The measurements were made at the room and liquid nitrogen temperatures. The batteries of 3 boron and 26 helium counters were used as detectors. The results of the calculations of analogous transmissions realized on the base of the evaluated data libraries BROND-2, ENDF/B-6 and JENDL-3 by means of the GRUCON computer program package are also given. It is concluded that the 235 U Doppler coefficients and effective total cross sections taken from measured transmissions are in a good agreement with calculation results based on the ENDF/B-6 library at energies of 2.15 eV - 200 keV. The BROND-2 and JENDL-3 parameters give the Doppler coefficients and effective cross sections which are 10-30% higher than the experimental and ENDF/B-6 ones at the resonance energies of 46.5 - 465 eV. For 239 Pu there is agreement of the experimental and calculational results within the experimental error limits. For 232 Th experimental values for the Doppler coefficients and effective cross sections are 10-15% higher than the calculated ones with all libraries in resonance energy region. 9 refs., 2 tabs., 1 fig

  16. Determination of specific activity of 226Ra, 232Th and 40K for assessment of environmental hazards

    Studies have been carried out using gamma-spectrometric techniques to determine the natural radioactivity in some rocks that are used as building materials in Yemen. The concentrations of the natural radionuclides namely 226Ra, 232Th and 40K in the rock samples collected from different rock markets in Yemen have been determined using an NaI(Tl) detector. The concentrations of 226Ra, 232Th and 40K in the studied rock samples range from 22.2 to 88.8 Bq kg-1, 8.12 to 113.68 Bq kg-1 and 31.3 to 2222.3 Bq kg-1, respectively. The concentrations of these radionuclides are compared with the typical world values. To evaluate the radiological hazard of the natural radioactivity, the radium equivalent activity, the air absorbed dose rate, the annual effective dose rate, the representative level index and the values of both external and internal hazard indices were evaluated and compared with the internationally approved values. The radium equivalent activity values of all rock samples are lower than the limit of 370 Bq kg-1 except for one sample which is about 413.386. The values of external hazard index (Hex) and internal hazard index (Hin), absorbed doses in indoor air and the corresponding effective dose equivalents in a typical dwelling are presented. The need for further studies is also discussed. (authors)

  17. Determination of specific concentrations of {sup 40}K, {sup 238}U and {sup 232}Th in mineral fertilizer samples

    Garcez, Ricardo W.D.; Lopes, Jose M.; Silva, Ademir X., E-mail: r.w.o.g@fisica.if.uff.br, E-mail: ademir@nuclear.ufrj.br [Coordenacao dos Programas de Pos-Graduacao em Engenharia (COPPE/UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Programa de Engenharia Nuclear; Domingues, Alessandro M.; Lima, Marco F. [Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF), Niteroi, RJ (Brazil)

    2015-07-01

    The use of fertilizer is an established practice worldwide to promote agricultural productivity increased without increasing the planted area, resulting in native forests protection and increase of the food availability. Some kinds of fertilizer have in their chemical composition some radionuclides due the origin of its feedstock, such as {sup 238}U, the {sup 232}Th, and their descendants, beyond {sup 40}K. Knowledge of the radioactivity levels in the environment is great importance to know the gamma radiation dose that the human being is exposed. For identification and quantitation of radionuclides, it was used gamma spectrometry where HPGe detector was used to obtain the spectra, and LabSOCS software for calculating the detection efficiency for each energy. The values of {sup 232}Th specific concentrations ranged from 4.1 to 368.1 Bq.Kg{sup -1}, the values of {sup 238}U specific concentrations ranged from 16.0 to 647.7 Bq.Kg{sup -1} and {sup 40}K specific concentrations ranged from 19.1 to 12713 Bq.Kg{sup -1}. Concentrations of values are consistent with those found in literature. (author)

  18. Natural radioactivity (226Ra, 232Th and 40K) and assessment of radiological hazards in the Kestanbol granitoid, Turkey.

    Canbaz, Buket; Cam, N Füsun; Yaprak, Günseli; Candan, Osman

    2010-09-01

    The surveys of natural gamma-emitting radionuclides in rocks and soils from the Ezine plutonic area were conducted during 2007. Direct dose measurement using a survey meter was carried out simultaneously. The present study, which is part of the survey, analysed the activity concentrations of (238)U, (232)Th and (40)K in granitoid samples from all over the region by HPGe gamma spectrometry. The activity concentrations of (226)Ra ranged from 94 to 637 Bq kg(-1), those of (232)Th ranged from 120 to 601 Bq kg(-1)and those of (40)K ranged from 1074 to 1527 Bq kg(-1) in the analysed rock samples from different parts of the pluton. To evaluate the radiological hazard of the natural radioactivity in the samples, the absorbed dose rate (D), the annual effective dose rate, the radium equivalent activity (Ra(eq)) and the external (H(ex)) hazard index were calculated according to the UNSCEAR 2000 report. The thorium-to-uranium concentration ratios were also estimated. PMID:20529959

  19. A dispersive optical model potential for nucleon induced reactions on 238U and 232Th nuclei with full coupling

    Chiba Satoshi

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available A dispersive coupled-channel optical model potential (DCCOMP that couples the ground-state rotational and low-lying vibrational bands of 238U and 232Th nuclei is studied. The derived DCCOMP couples almost all excited levels below 1 MeV of excitation energy of the corresponding even-even actinides. The ground state, octupole, beta, gamma, and non-axial bands are coupled. The first two isobar analogue states (IAS populated in the quasi-elastic (p,n reaction are also coupled in the proton induced calculation, making the potential approximately Lane consistent. The coupled-channel potential is based on a soft-rotor description of the target nucleus structure, where dynamic vibrations are considered as perturbations of the rigid rotor underlying structure. Matrix elements required to use the proposed structure model in Tamura coupled-channel scheme are derived. Calculated ratio R(U238/Th232 of the total cross-section difference to the averaged σT for 238U and 232Th nuclei is shown to be in excellent agreement with measured data.

  20. 238U, 232Th and 40K radioactivity level of soil and concrete floor in Zhuhai, Guangdong province, China

    In-situ gamma-ray spectrometer survey is carried out in Zhuhai, Guangdong province from 2002 to 2003 in order to estimate the radiation level of natural radionuclides. Measured area is more than 100 km2 and 970 sites with NaI(Tl) (φ75 mm x 75 mm) gamma-ray spectrometer. The specific activity of 40K, 238U and 232Th are 654.2 ± 338.0, 85.7 ± 31.6, and 159.9 ± 49.0 Bq·kg-1 in weathered granite, and 632.3 ± 75.1, 35.2 ± 14.6 and 70.2 ± 18.6 Bq·kg-1 in the sediments, respectively. Biotite Granite is the source of 40K, 238U and 232Th in the medium on ground in Zhuhai. The specific activity of natural radionuclides have significant dependence relation with geological background, such as lithology. (authors)

  1. 8Dim calculations of the third barrier in $^{232}$Th and a conflict between theory and experiment on uranium nuclei

    Jachimowicz, P; Skalski, J

    2013-01-01

    We find the height of the third fission barrier $B_{III}$ and energy of the third minimum $E_{III}$ in $^{232}$Th using the macroscopic - microscopic model, very well tested in this region of nuclei. For the first time it is done on an 8-dimensional deformation hypercube. The dipole distortion is included among the shape variables to assure that no important shapes are missed. The saddle point is found on a lattice containing more than 50 million points by the immersion water flow (IWF) method. The shallow third minimum, $B_{III}-E_{III}\\approx 0.36$ MeV, agrees with experimetal data of Blons et al. This is in a sharp contrast with the status of the IIIrd minima in $^{232-236}$U: their experimental depth of $\\geq3$ MeV contradicts all realistic theoretical predictions. We emphasize the importance of repeating the experiment on $^{232}$Th, by a technique similar to that used in the uranium nuclei, for settling the puzzle of the third minima in actinides.

  2. 230Th/ 234U/ 238U and 231Pa/ 235U ages from a single fossil coral fragment by multi-collector magnetic-sector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry

    Mortlock, Richard A.; Fairbanks, Richard G.; Chiu, Tzu-chien; Rubenstone, James

    2005-02-01

    The 230Th/ 234U/ 238U age dating of corals via alpha counting or mass spectrometry has significantly contributed to our understanding of sea level, radiocarbon calibration, rates of ocean and climate change, and timing of El Nino, among many applications. Age dating of corals by mass spectrometry is remarkably precise, but many samples exposed to freshwater yield inaccurate ages. The first indication of open-system 230Th/ 234U/ 238U ages is elevated 234U/ 238U initial values, very common in samples older than 100,000 yr. For samples younger than 100,000 yr that have 234U/ 238U initial values close to seawater, there is a need for age validation. Redundant 230Th/ 234U/ 238U and 231Pa/ 235U ages in a single fossil coral fragment are possible by Multi-Collector Magnetic Sector Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (MC-MS-ICPMS) and standard anion exchange column chemistry, modified to permit the separation of uranium, thorium, and protactinium isotopes from a single solution. A high-efficiency nebulizer employed for sample introduction permits the determination of both 230Th/ 234U/ 238U and 231Pa/ 235U ages in fragments as small as 500 mg. We have obtained excellent agreement between 230Th/ 234U/ 238U and 231Pa/ 235U ages in Barbados corals (30 ka) and suggest that the methods described in this paper can be used to test the 230Th/ 234U/ 238U age accuracy. Separate fractions of U, Th, and Pa are measured by employing a multi-dynamic procedure, whereby 238U is measured on a Faraday cup simultaneously with all minor isotopes measured with a Daly ion counting detector. The multi-dynamic procedure also permits correcting for both the Daly to Faraday gain and for mass discrimination during sample analyses. The analytical precision of 230Th/ 234U/ 238U and 231Pa/ 235U dates is generally better than ±0.3% and ±1.5%, respectively (2 Relative Standard deviation [RSD]). Additional errors resulting from uncertainties in the decay constant for 231Pa and from undetermined

  3. Measurement of fission cross sections and fragment angular distributions using solid state track detectors

    Fission cross sections and angular distributions of fission fragments from fissions induced by 14.1 and 15.8 MeV neutrons, respectively, in 232Th, 231Pa, 233U, 235U, 238U, 237Np, 239Pu and 241Am have been studied using Lexan plastic track detectors. A novel experimental set-up evolved from considerations of neutron economy allows simultaneous measurement of angular distribution of fission fragments from five independently fissioning nuclides at a time. The data on angular anistropy were analysed in the perspective of different chances of fissions taking place simultaneously in this energy region. Third-chance fission thresholds for 231Pa and 241Am were estimated from the measured anisotropy values to be 13.2 and 11.1 MeV, respectively. (author)

  4. 226Ra, 232Th and 40K analysis in sand samples from some beaches of Great Vitoria, Espirito Santo, Brazil: preliminary results

    The natural radioactivity in superficial beach sand samples of 7 beaches of Great Vitoria, metropolitan region of the State of Espirito Santo, southeast Brazil, was determined from the 226Ra, 232Th and 40K contents. The assessed beaches were Manguinhos, Camburi, Praia do Canto, Curva da Jurema, Itapua, Setibao and Areia Preta. Three samples of each beach were sealed in standard 100 mL polyethylene flasks and stored in order to obtain secular equilibrium in the 238U and 232Th series. All samples were measured by high resolution gamma spectrometry and the spectra were analyzed with the WinnerGamma software. The 232Th concentration was determined from the average concentrations of 228Ac, 212Pb and 212Bi and the 226Ra concentration was determined from the average concentrations of 214Pb and 214Bi. Preliminary results show concentrations varying from 9 Bq.kg-1 to 6035 Bq.kg-1 for 232Th, from 4 Bq.kg-1 to 575 Bq.kg-1 for 226Ra and from 13 Bq.kg-1 to 142 Bq.kg-1 for 40K. Areia Preta beach shows the highest values for 232Th, while the highest value for 226Ra was observed for Camburi beach. High values of 40K were observed for Curva da Jurema beach. (author)

  5. 237Np在破碎凝灰岩和凝灰质砂上的吸附研究%STUDY OF 237Np ADSORPTION ON CRUSHED TUFF AND TUFFACEOUS SAND

    王旭东; 田中忠夫; 武部慎一

    2001-01-01

    The adsorption characteristics of 237Np on crushed tuff andtuffaceous sand from northeast Japan have been studied using sequential extraction analysis technique. With a large difference in cation exchange capacity (CEC), both materials show nearly same sorptivity for 237Np. Together with dominance of ion exchange processes in sorption indicated by sequential extraction analysis, it suggests an absence of specific sorption at sites of this kind. It's interesting to find that sorption on Fe-Mn oxyhydroxide-oxides, defined by our sequential extraction procedure, almost keep constant for both cases, without time dependency. A potential mechanism of surface chemical reaction is deduced. Kinetics with respect to exchangeable and residual portions in tuff and fuffaceous sand confirms that some slow processes are controlling radionuclide sorption.%用连续提取法研究了237Np在破碎凝灰岩和凝灰质砂上的吸附。研究结果表明,48h以后,2种介质对237Np的吸附百分数相近,而且吸附的237Np在各相间的分布均以离子交换态为主。凝灰岩和凝灰质砂的阳离子交换容量差异显著,说明离子交换作用仅发生在粘土矿物的表面,凝灰岩中蒙脱石的层间没有发生阳离子交换。在28d的实验时间内,237Np在介质中的Fe-Mn氧化物-氢氧化物上的吸附百分数几乎不随时间变化。这可能是因为该吸附过程为瞬时即可完成的表面化学反应。介质内离子交换相和残余相上的吸附则显示为缓慢的吸附过程。

  6. About the first experiment on investigation of 129I, 237Np, 238Pu and 239Pu transmutation at the nuclotron 2.52 GeV deuteron beam in neutron field generated in U/Pb-assembly 'Energy plus transmutation'

    Preliminary results of the first experiment with energy 2.52 GeV at the electronuclear setup which consists of Pb-target (diameter 8.4 cm, length 45.6 cm) and natU-blanket (206.4 kg), transmutation samples of 129I, 237Np, 238Pu and 239Pu (radioecological aspect) are described. Hermetically sealed samples in notable amounts are gathered in atomic reactors and setups of industries which use nuclear materials and nuclear technologies were irradiated in the field of neutrons produced in the Pb-target and propagated in the natU-blanket. Estimates of transmutations were obtained as a result of measurements of gamma activities of the samples. The information about the space and energy distribution of neutrons in the volume of the lead target and the uranium blanket was obtained with the help of sets of activation threshold detectors (Al, Co, Y, I, Au, Bi and others), solid-state nuclear track detectors, 3He neutron detectors and nuclear emulsion. Comparison of the experimental data with the results of simulation with the MCNPX program was performed

  7. Most probable charge of fission products in proton-induced fission of 238U and 232Th

    The charge distributions of fission products in proton-induced fission of 238U and 232Th were measured in a wide mass range. The most probable charges lay on the proton-rich side in the light fragment region and on the proton-deficient side in the heavy one compared with the unchanged charge distribution hypothesis. This result implies that the charge polarization occurs in the fission process. The charge polarization was examined with respect to the ground-state Q values. The estimations by the Q values fairly well reproduced the experimental most probable charges. These results suggest that the fission path to the most favorable charge division may go through the most energetically favorable path at scission point. (author)

  8. Challenges and solutions for random sampling of parameters with extremely large uncertainties and analysis of the 232Th resonance covariances

    Covariance data in the existing evaluated nuclear data libraries often include large relative uncertainties and mathematical inconsistencies, which arise especially in combination with random sampling. The 232Th evaluation from the ENDF/B-VII.1 library has been taken as an example. Possible solutions for mathematically impossible correlation matrices with negative eigenvalues and too low correlation coefficients between inherently positive parameters with large relative uncertainties are proposed. Convergence of the random sampling for lognormal distribution with extremely high relative standard deviations is slow by nature. Using weighted sampling, single parameters or a limited number of correlated parameters with large uncertainties can be sampled. Efficient sampling of a large number of correlated parameters with extremely large relative uncertainties remains unsolved

  9. Environmental geochemistry of 238U, 232Th, 40K and some heavy metals in River Nile sediments

    Environmental geochemistry is concerned with the abundance, distribution, and mobility of chemical elements in surface materials at the surface of earth crust. This study aimed at better understanding of geochemical behavior of 238U,23'2Th and 40K in river sediments and some heavy elements with emphasis on Mg, Ca, Mn, Fe, Ni, Cu, Zn and Pb. The analysis was conducted for a total of 33 bulk sediment samples from White Nile, Blue Nile and River Nile within Khartoum, the samples were fractionated into seven grain sizes each (2000-1000, 1000-500, 500-250, 250-200, 200-125, 125-100 and > 100 μm), using high resolution gamma spectrometer for radionuclides measurements, whereas Particle Induced X-ray Emission (PIXE) was used for heavy metals analysis. On the average, the activity concentration of 238U, 232Th and 40K were 17.90±5.23, 16.38±5.34 and 379.82±107.76 Bq -1Kg in White Nile, 19.56±5.04, 17.72±4.69, and 494.36±105.79 Bq -1Kg in Blue Nile and 19.27±2.88, 17.48±2.78, 359.50±83.15 Bq -1Kg in the River Nile sediments. Results revealed inverse relationship between activity concentration and grain size in White and Blue Nile, while the trend is not clear in the River Nile. In general, the variation of the measured values within single grain size was smaller in White Nile compare to Blue and River Nile sediments, and it was observed that the data are highly scattered in grain size (200-125μm). The ratio between 238U/232Th is grater than unity in the three rivers indicating that there is relative enrichment of 238U in the surface sediments. The activity concentration of the fallout radionuclide 137Cs is one order of magnitude lower in the White Nile sediments (0.89±0.96) Bq -1Kg compared to values in the Blue Nile sediments (3.60±1.55) Bq -1Kg. Comparison of the values obtained for natural radionuclides and the fallout radionuclide (137Cs in the three sites with the global data reflect low and /or insignificant difference. For heavy metal concentrations

  10. Measurement of the 232Th capture cross section in the energy region 5 keV-150 keV

    The 232Th(n,γ) neutron capture cross-section is of great importance for accelerator driven reactor (ADS) systems based on the Thorium-Uranium fuel cycle. An analysis of the required nuclear data, reveals that the status of the 232Th capture data is far from the requested 2 % uncertainty level. Recently 232Th average capture measurements, between 5-200 keV neutron energy, were performed at the FzK Karlsruhe (DE). A comparison of the measured averaged capture cross section with the evaluated data files shows a reasonable agreement in the neutron energy range above 15 keV. However, discrepancies of up to 40 % at lower neutron energies are observed. The same order of discrepancies is observed when comparing their results with the results obtained by Macklin et al. at ORELA. To clarify these discrepancies we measured at IRMM the average capture cross-section at the GEel LINear Accelerator (GELINA). The measurements were performed at a 14.37 m flight-path using the Time-Of-Flight (TOF) method. The gamma rays, originating from the 232Th(n,γ) reaction, were detected by a pair of C6D6-based liquid scintillators applying a pulse-height weighting method. The neutron flux was measured with an ionisation chamber placed at 80 cm before the Thorium sample. This chamber has a cathode loaded with two back-to-back layers of about 40 μg/cm210B. The sample consisted of a metallic natural thorium disc of 8 cm diameter and 0.5 mm thick, corresponding to a thickness of 1.588 10-3 at/b. The background for the capture measurements consists of a time independent and time dependent component. The former, mainly produced by the radioactive decay of the sample, was deduced from measurements with a closed beam. The latter was measured by replacing the thorium sample with a 0.5 mm thick 208Pb sample of the same size. Such a Pb sample has practically the same scattering probability as the thorium sample and has a negligible capture yield. Therefore, the 208Pb run provides a good estimate of

  11. Measurement of neutron-transmission spectra through 232Th from 8 MeV to 4 keV

    Neutron transmission spectra through room-temperature 232Th samples have been measured by use of the time-of-flight technique, the ORELA pulsed neutron source, and a 1-mm-thick Li-glass detector. The measurement and data reduction are described in detail. The 40-m transmission spectra through eight samples are directly compared from 15 to 4000 eV with resolution-broadened transmission spectra calculated from the ENDF/B-V total cross section. Two sets of 22-m transmission spectra through five samples are combined into one total cross section from 0.008 to 15.0 eV and compared with the ENDF/B-V evaluation. 13 figures, 12 tables

  12. Radioactivity of 238U, 232Th, 40K, and 137Cs and assessment of depleted uranium in soil of the Musandam Peninsula, Sultanate of Oman

    SALEH, Ibrahim Hindawy

    2012-01-01

    238U, 232Th, 40K, and 137Cs radioactivities were determined in soil samples collected from the Musandam Peninsula, Sultanate of Oman, using a high resolution gamma-ray spectroscopy system. In addition, total uranium was measured in selected soil samples by inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES). The averages of radioactivity levels in the soil for 238U, 232Th, and 40K were 14.42 Bq kg-1, 9.95 Bq kg-1, 158.21 Bq kg-1, and 2770 Bq m-2 for 137Cs, respectively...

  13. Dose rate due to 226Ra, 232Th and indoor 222Rn/220Rn in Bangalore city

    Human beings have always been exposed to ionizing radiation from various natural sources of radiation and one of the major routes of internal exposures is through inhalation of radioactivity present in the atmosphere. External exposure is caused by the gamma radiation from 40K and the daughter products of 238U and 232Th. It is known that as a result of inhalation of 222Rn a daughter product of decay chain of 238U and its daughter products, the equivalent dose to the entire lung is 20% and 45% higher than the equivalent dose in other tissues. The present study is carried out in Bangalore Metropolitan, India during 2007 to till date. Activity concentrations were measured by hyper pure germanium detectors and 222Rn, 220Rn concentrations were measured by solid state nuclear track detectors. The dose conversion factors reported by UNSCEAR have been used to estimate the indoor inhalation dose rates. The absorbed dose rates due to 226Ra and 232Th ranged between 0.59 and 1.44 mSvy-1 with an AM as 0.93 mSvy-1. Whereas the dose rates during winter and summer ranged between 0.20 and 4.14 mSvy-1 with an arithmetic value 1.8 and 0.7 mSvy-1 respectively. The dose rates in lower volume rooms were ranged from 2.38 to 3.47 mSvy-1 and from 0.75 and 3.28 mSvy-1 for the rooms of higher volume. The arithmetic mean values of dose rates in lower and higher volume rooms were 2.94 ± 0.14 mSvy-1 and 1.35 ± 0.03 mSvy-1 respectively. Higher concentrations were observed in lower volume rooms than higher volume room of all the monitored locations. The detailed experimental methodology and results are discussed. (author)

  14. The activity concentrations of 40K, 226Ra, 232Th, 238U and 7Be in moss from spas in eastern Serbia in the period 2000-2012

    Čučulović Ana

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In this work we present the activity concentrations of natural radionuclides 40K, 226Ra, 232Th, 238U and 7Be in mosses. One hundred and sixty-seven moss samples were collected between 2001 and 2012 from the territory of the Sokobanja, Banja Jošanica and Gamzigradska Banja spas. They were classified into 23 species. The activity concentrations (Bq/kg in moss from Sokobanja spa were: 40K 25-427; 226Ra 0.3-36; 232Th 1.0-37; 238U 0.4-28 and 7Be 29-210; from Banja Jošanica spa they were: 40K 90-242; 226Ra 2.4-11.7; 232Th 2.0-12.7; 238U 1.6-11.3 and 7Be 142-212; Gamzigradska Banja spa: 40K 95-351; 226Ra 8.0-21; 232Th 5.1-19; 238U 6.7-18 and 7Be 20-144. The activity concentrations of dominant natural radionuclides (potassium, radium, thorium and uranium in the moss samples were within the usual ranges for the territory of Serbia. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. III 43009

  15. Comment on `Update of 40K and 226Ra and 232Th series $\\gamma$-to-dose conversion factors for soil'

    Malins, Alex; Saito, Kimiaki

    2015-01-01

    A letter to the editor of the Journal of Environmental Radioactivity on the article: E. Gasser, A. Nachab, A. Nourreddine, Ch. Roy, and A. Sellam, `Update of 40K and 226Ra and 232Th series $\\gamma$-to-dose conversion factors for soil', J. Environ. Radioactiv. 138, 68-71 (2014), DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvrad.2014.08.002.

  16. Measurement of Fragment Mass Distributions in Neutron-induced Fission of {sup 238}U and {sup 232}Th at Intermediate Energies

    Simutkin, V.D. [Uppsala University, P.O Box 525, SE-751 20 Uppsala (Sweden)

    2008-07-01

    Conceptual analysis of accelerator-driven systems assumes extensive use of nuclear data on neutron-induced reactions at intermediate energies. In particular, information about the fission fragment yields from the {sup 238}U(n,f) and {sup 232}Th(n,f) reactions is of particular interest at neutron energies from 10 to 200 MeV. However, there is a lack of such data for both {sup 238}U and {sup 232}Th. Up to now, the intermediate energy measurements have been performed for {sup 238}U only, and there are no data for the {sup 232}Th(n,f) reaction. The aim of the work is to provide such data. Fission fragment mass distributions for the {sup 232}Th(n,f) and {sup 238}U(n,f) reactions have been measured for the incident neutron energies 32.8 MeV, 45.3 MeV and 59.9 MeV. The experiments have been performed at the neutron beam facility of the Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium. A multi-section Frisch-gridded ionization chamber has been used as a fission fragment detector. The data obtained have been interpreted in terms of the multimodal random neck-rupture model (MMRNRM). (authors)

  17. Target residues from the reaction of 3.65A GeV 12C with 232Th and 238U

    The cross sections for the production of about a hundred different radionuclides of 24Na - 237U range from the reaction of 3.65A GeV 12C with 232Th and 238U were measured by off-line gamma-ray spectroscopy. 5 refs.; 1 tab

  18. Comparative study of fusion barrier distribution in 16O and 18O induced reactions on 232Th and 209Bi targets

    In order to investigate the influence of projectile excitations and transfer channels, quasi-elastic excitation function measurements with 16,18O projectile on two targets, one heavy (232Th) and the other a lighter target (209Bi) at energies around their Coulomb barrier are investigated. The results are compared with a new CC code CCFULL

  19. Distribution of 226Ra, 232Th and 40K in soils and sugar cane crops at Corumbatai river basin, Sao Paulo State, Brazil

    The common use of phosphate fertilizers NPK and amendments in sugar cane crops in Brazilian agriculture may increase the 226Ra, 232Th and 40K activity concentrations in soils and their availability for plants and human food chain. Thus, the main aim of this study was to evaluate the distribution of 226Ra, 232Th and 40K in soils and sugar cane crops in the Corumbatai river basin, Sao Paulo State, Brazil. The gamma spectrometry was utilized to measure the 226Ra, 232Th and 40K activity concentration in all samples. The soil-to-sugar cane transfer factors (TF) were quantified using the ratio between the radionuclide activity concentration in sugar cane and its activity concentration in soil. The results show that, although radionuclides incorporated in phosphate fertilizers and amendments are annually added in the sugar cane crops, if utilized in accordance with the recommended rates, their use does not lead to hazards levels in soils. The soil-to-sugar cane transfer of radionuclides occurred in the following order 40K>226Ra>232Th. Therefore, under these conditions, radionuclides intake through consumption of sugar is not hazardous to human health.

  20. Intake of 238U and 232Th through the consumption of foodstuffs by tribal populations practicing slash and burn agriculture in an extremely high rainfall area

    The concentration of naturally occurring radionuclides 232Th, 238U was determined using Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) in different food groups namely cereals, vegetables, leafy vegetables, roots and tubers cultivated and consumed by tribal population residing around the proposed uranium mine. The study area is a part of rural area K. P. Mawthabah (Domiasiat) in the west Khasi Hills District of Meghalaya, India located in the tropical region of high rainfall that remains steeped in tribal tradition without much outside influence. Agriculture by Jhum (slash and burn) cultivation and animal husbandry are the main occupation of the tribal populations. A total of 89 samples from locally grown food products were analyzed. The concentration of 238U and 232Th in the soil of the study area was found to vary 1.6–15.5 and 2.0–5.0 times respectively to the average mean value observed in India. The estimated daily dietary intake of 238U and 232Th were 2.0 μg d−1 (25 mBq d−1) and 3.4 μg d−1 (14 mBq d−1) is comparable with reported range 0.5–5.0 μg d−1 and 0.15–3.5 μg d−1 respectively for the Asian population. - Highlights: ► 232Th, 238U were determined using Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA). ► Study area located in the tropical region of high rainfall that remains steeped in tribal tradition. ► Agriculture by Jhum (slash and burn) cultivation and animal husbandry are the main occupation of the tribal populations. ► The estimated daily intake of 232Th and 238U in high rainfall area was found to be 3.4 and 2.0 μg respectively.

  1. Investigation of neutron spectra and transmutation of 129I, 237Np and other nuclides with 1.5 GeV protons from the Dubna Nuclotron using the electronuclear setup 'Energy plus Transmutation'

    Experiments which are part of the scientific program 'Investigations of physical aspects of electronuclear method of energy production and transmutation for radioactive waste of atomic energetics using relativistic beams from the JINR Synchrophasotron/Nuclotron' (project 'Energy plus Transmutation') are described. A large lead target surrounded by a four-section uranium blanket with a total weight of 206.4 kg natural uranium was irradiated with 1.5 GeV protons from the new cryogenic accelerator Nuclotron. Radiochemical sensors were exposed to the secondary particle fluences inside and on top of the target assembly. Two long-lived radioactive waste of atomic energetics sensors 129I and 237Np (approximately 1 g weight each) and stable nuclides 27Al, 59Co, 127I, 139La, 197Au and 209Bi as well as natural and enriched uranium were used. In addition, various solid state nuclear track detectors and nuclear emulsions were exposed simultaneously. The experimental results confirm the theoretical estimations that the neutron spectra around the U/Pb-assembly are dominated by medium- and high-energy neutrons as shown by the observation of (n, xn)-reaction products in Co, Au and Bi sensors. The yield of thermal neutrons on the surface of the U-blanket is strongly reduced as compared to the surface of a smaller Pb target surrounded with paraffin. The latter data were determined with (n, γ) reactions in stable La sensors. In this experiment the technique of nuclear emulsions has been applied for the first time to measurements of neutron spectra in an accelerator driven system

  2. 230Th, 232Th and 238U determinations in phosphoric acid fertilizer and process products by ICP-MS

    Through processing of Santa Quiteria-CE mine phosphate rock, Brazil has established a project for production of phosphoric acid fertilizer and uranium as a by-product. Under leaching conditions of phosphate rock with sulfuric acid, which is the common route for preparing phosphoric acid fertilizer, a large part of uranium, thorium and their decay products naturally present in the rock are solubilized. In order to assess the contamination potential in phosphoric acid and others process products, this paper describes a previous precipitation and direct methods for routine analysis of thorium and uranium isotopes by ICP-MS. In all samples, 230Th, 232Th and 238U were directly determined after dilution, except 230Th in phosphoric acid loaded with uranium sample, which to overcome equipment contamination effect, was determined after its separation by oxalate precipitation using lanthanum as a carrier. The results obtained by the proposed method by ICP-MS, were in good agreement when compared to alpha spectrometry for 230Th, and ICP-OES and spectrophotometry with arsenazo III for elementary uranium and thorium determinations. (author)

  3. Distribution of radioactive pollution of 238U, 232Th, 40K and 137Cs in northwestern coasts of Persian Gulf, Iran

    A reconnaissance study has been made of the distribution of 238U, 232Th, 40K and 137Cs and geochemical features in soils and sediments samples at various locations in the northwestern coast of Persian Gulf. Activity concentration levels due to radionuclides were measured in 30 soil and sediment samples collected from this region. From the measured spectra, activity concentrations were determined for 40K (range from 146 to 500 Bq kg-1), 137Cs (from 5 to 20 Bq kg-1), 238U (from 21 to 65 Bq kg-1) and 232Th (from 15 to 45 Bq kg-1) with lowest limit detection (LLD) of 68, 3.2, 4.3 and 4.3 Bq kg-1, respectively. The dose rate from ambient air at the soil ranges was between 19 and 58 nGy h-1 with an average of 37.41 ± 9.66 nGy h-1

  4. Assessment of 226Ra, 232Th and 40K activity in soil around the Uranium Mining and Processing Facility at Tummalapalle

    By using high purity germanium detector with high resolution gamma spectroscopy, various radionuclides were estimated quantitatively in different soil samples collected around Tummalapalle mining and milling facility. The activity concentration of 226Ra, 232Th and 40K as well as other radiological parameters were determined in the soil. The mean activity concentration of 226Ra, 232Th and 40K in soil were 53.22, 52.14 and 859.95 Bqkg-1, respectively, which are comparable with reported values elsewhere. The mean outdoor annual effective dose to the general public from the radionuclides present in the soil was estimated to be 0.11±0.02 mSvy-1, which is about 4.6 % of worldwide average annual exposure to natural radiation sources of 2.4 mSv as reported by UNSCEAR (2000). (author)

  5. Dietary 232Th and 238U intakes for Japanese as obtained in a market basket study and contributions of imported foods to internal doses

    Thorium-232 and 238U contents in four food groups were measured by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Daily intakes of 232Th and 238U for Japanese were estimated to 2.22 mBq and 15.5 mBq per person, respectively. Furthermore, preliminary estimations were made for the effects of imported foods on internal exposures for Japanese. (author). 16 refs., 1 fig., 3 tabs

  6. 232Th(d,4n)230Pa cross-section measurements at ARRONAX facility for the production of 230U

    Introduction: 226Th (T1/2 = 31 min) is a promising therapeutic radionuclide since results, published in 2009, showed that it induces leukemia cells death and activates apoptosis pathways with higher efficiencies than 213Bi. 226Th can be obtained via the 230U α decay. This study focuses on the 230U production using the 232Th(d,4n)230Pa(β−)230U reaction. Methods: Experimental cross sections for deuteron-induced reactions on 232Th were measured from 30 down to 19 MeV using the stacked-foil technique with beams provided by the ARRONAX cyclotron. After irradiation, all foils (targets as well as monitors) were measured using a high-purity germanium detector. Results: Our new 230Pa cross-section values, as well as those of 232Pa and 233Pa contaminants created during the irradiation, were compared with previous measurements and with results given by the TALYS code. Experimentally, same trends were observed with slight differences in orders of magnitude mainly due to the nuclear data change. Improvements are ongoing about the TALYS code to better reproduce the data for deuteron-induced reactions on 232Th. Conclusions: Using our cross-section data points from the 232Th(d,4n)230Pa reaction, we have calculated the thick-target yield of 230U, in Bq/μA·h. This value allows now to a full comparison between the different production routes, showing that the proton routes must be preferred

  7. Distribution of 226 Ra, 232 Th, 40 K and 137 Cs in soils of Province of Camaguey, Cuba

    A survey programme aimed at studying the environmental radioactivity in the Province of Camaguey in the eastern region of Cuba was undertaken. The average concentrations of 226 Ra, 232 Th, and 40 K in the surveyed soils were 26.4, 11.5 and 210 Bq.kg-1, respectively. The man-made radionuclide found was 137 Cs and its concentration was similar to those reported in regions affected only by global radioactive fallout, (7.9 Bq.kg-1). Radiological measurements carried out with a portable ionization chamber RSS-112 at the sampled sites revealed an average outdoor absorbed dose rate of 59.0 nGy.h-1 due to cosmic rays and terrestrial gamma radiation. Computed dose rates obtained through the UNSCEAR(1993) dose coefficients range from 4-182 nGy.h-1, with a mean value of 27.8 nGy.h-1, due to natural terrestrial gamma radiation. Ratio of Indoor to Outdoor absorbed dose rates in air was 1.75. The average value of absorbed dose rate in air for the ionizing component of cosmic rays was 31.8 nGy.h-1 at sea level. Because of the 95% of the Camaguey population lives at altitudes close to sea level (10-100 m), the absorbed dose rate in outdoor air from ionizing component of cosmic rays was estimated to be 32.3 nGy.h-1. An annual average effective dose equivalent of 510 μSv was estimated for Camaguey population due to the ionizing component of cosmic and gamma terrestrial radiation. This value is lower than the 760 μSv.year-1 estimated as a world average by UNSCEAR (1993). (author)

  8. Distribution of 226Ra, 232Th, and 40K in rice plant components and physico-chemical effects of soil on their transportation to grains

    Mohammed Saad Alsaffar

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Radioactivity distribution and transfer factor (TF in plants are crucial parameters used to assess radioactive contamination in the environment and its risks to humans. In this study, the activities of 226Ra, 232Th, and 40K were successfully measured via gamma-ray spectrometry on rice plant components (root, straw, husk, and grain and on corresponding soil samples collected from paddy fields in Penang, Malaysia. Soil physico-chemical characteristics (pH, cation exchange capacity, electrical conductivity, organic matter, and soil texture were also analyzed for their estimated effects on soil–grain TF. A major fraction of the total 226Ra and 232Th activities measured as 47% and 57%, respectively, were concentrated in the roots, whereas only about 9% and 8% were distributed in the grains, correspondingly. 40K activity accumulation was about 59% in the straw and 7% in the grains. Rice soil–grain TFs were observed in the ranges of (0.06–0.36 × 10−1 for 226Ra, (0.04–0.14 × 10−1 for 232Th, and (0.74–4.72 × 10−1 for 40K. Results showed that the selected radionuclide distributions in rice are dependent on component type, and their grain concentrations are not linearly related to their soil concentrations. These findings indicated that uptake predominantly depends on soil physico-chemical characteristics.

  9. Determination of 238U, 232Th and 40K activity concentrations in riverbank soil along the Chao Phraya river basin in Thailand

    The activity concentrations of 238U, 232Th and 40K in riverbank soil along the Chao Phraya river basin was determined through gamma-ray spectrometry measurements made using a hyper-pure germanium detector in a low background configuration. The ranges of activity concentrations of 238U, 232Th and 40K were found to be 13.9 ↔ 76.8, 12.9 ↔ 142.9 and 178.4 ↔ 810.7 Bq kg−1, respectively. The anthropogenic radionuclide, 137Cs, was not observed in statistically significant amounts above the background level in the current study. The absorbed gamma dose rate in air at 1 m above the ground surface, the outdoor annual effective dose equivalent, the values of the radium equivalent activity and the external hazard index associated with all the soil samples in the present work were evaluated. The results indicate that the radiation hazard from primordial radionuclides in all soil samples from the area studied in this current work is not significant. - Highlights: • Radioactivity in surface soils from the Chao Phraya river basin in Thailand is evaluated. • Gamma-ray spectrometric analysis is to identify decays associated with 226Ra, 232Th and 40K. • The results provide baseline measurements for any changes in future radioactivity levels

  10. A preliminary study on 226Ra, 232Th, 40K and 137Cs activity concentrations in vegetables and fruits frequently consumed by inhabitants of Elazig Region, Turkey

    Determining radioactivity levels in foodstuffs is of great importance for the protection of human health. In addition, the literature includes few studies related to this subject in Turkey. In this study, gamma spectroscopic system was used in order to measure 226Ra, 232Th, 40K and 137Cs activity concentrations in vegetables and fruits produced in Elazig( Region. The average activity concentrations in vegetables was calculated as 0.64 ± 0.26 Bq kg-1 for 226Ra, 0.65 ± 0.14 Bq kg-1 for 232Th, 13.98 ± 1.22 Bq kg-1 for 40K, and 0.54 ± 0.04 Bq kg-1 for 137Cs. The average activity concentrations in fruits were 1.52 ± 0.34, 0.98 ± 0.23, 18.66 ± 1.13 and 0.59 ± 0.16 Bq kg-1, respectively for 226Ra, 232Th, 40K and 137Cs. Total committed effective dose value was determined as 20 and 30.55 μSv y-1, respectively for vegetables and fruits. The findings were compared with previous data reported for Turkey and other regions of the world. (author)

  11. Determination of {sup 228}Th, {sup 232}Th, and{sup 228}Ra in wild mushroom from a naturally high radioactive region in Brazil

    Rosa, Mychelle M.L.; Taddei, Maria Helena T.; Silva, Marco A.; Ferreira, Marcelo T., E-mail: mychelle@cnen.gov.b, E-mail: mhtaddei@cnen.gov.b, E-mail: masilva@cnen.gov.b, E-mail: ferreira@cnen.gov.b [Brazilian Nuclear Energy Commission (LAPOC/CNEN-MG), Pocos de Caldas, MG (Brazil). Lab. of Pocos de Caldas; Maihara, Vera A., E-mail: vmaihara@ipen.gov.b [Nuclear and Energy Research Institute (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2011-07-01

    Mushrooms are fungi which efficiently accumulate radionuclides, as verified by radiochemistry analyses of specimens collected in contaminated areas, specifically after the Chernobyl nuclear accident. Many studies have demonstrated that mushrooms can be used in monitoring of ecosystem contamination and quality. The present paper is part of a broader study conducted in the Pocos de Caldas plateau region in Minas Gerais, Brazil, investigating assimilation of natural Uranium and Thorium radionuclide series by mushrooms. This region has elevated natural radioactivity due to the presence of radiological anomalies of volcanic origin. These anomalies are ore bodies containing Uranium and Thorium, the later being highly predominant. Many researchers have been conducted concerning radionuclide incorporation by agricultural products on the plateau. The present paper aims to determine {sup 232}Th, {sup 228}Th, and {sup 228}Ra radionuclides in wild mushrooms collected at different locations in the plateau region. {sup 228}Ra was determined by radiochemical separation using sulphate coprecipitation followed by beta radiometry. {sup 232}Th and {sup 228}Th were determined using anion exchange resin purification followed by alpha spectrometry. Higher values were obtained to {sup 228}Th than to {sup 232}Th. This is due to higher {sup 228}Ra mobility, which decays to {sup 228}Th. The accuracy of the analytical methods employed was evaluated using the reference sample IAEA Soil 327. These methods had high chemical recovery and high sensitivity. It was possible to confirm that mushrooms accumulate radionuclide and so can be used in environmental contamination and quality assessment. (author)

  12. {sup 238}U and {sup 232}Th concentrations in various foodstuffs in Morocco and resulting radiation doses to the members of the public; Concentrations en {sup 238}U et {sup 232}Th dans differents aliments au Maroc et doses de radiations en resultant pour les membres du public

    Misdaq, M.A.; Elamyn, H.; Erramli, H. [Cadi Ayyad Univ., Nuclear Physics and Techniques Lab., Faculty of Sciences Semlalia, Marrakech (Morocco)

    2008-04-15

    Uranium ({sup 238}U) and thorium ({sup 232}Th) concentrations were measured in different foods widely consumed in Morocco by using C.R.-39 and L.R.-115 type II solid state nuclear track detectors (S.S.N.T.D.). Data obtained were compared to those obtained by using isotope dilution mass spectrometry (I.D.M.S.). Total daily intakes of {sup 238}U and {sup 232}Th for a typical food basket were estimated to be 1.3 {+-} 0.1 mBq d{sup -1} and 0.98 {+-} 0.08 mBq d{sup -1}, 1.4 {+-} 0.1 mBq d{sup -1} and 1.06 {+-} 0.08 mBq d{sup -1}, 1.7 {+-} 0.1 mBq d{sup -1} and 1.26 {+-} 0.08 mBq d{sup -1} and 2.0 {+-} 0.1 mBq d{sup -1} and 1.5 {+-} 0.1 Bq d{sup -1} for the 2-7 years, 7-12 years, 12-17 years and adult's age groups, respectively. Alpha-activities due to annual {sup 238}U and {sup 232}Th intakes from the ingestion of the studied foodstuffs were determined in different organs and tissues of the human body of members of the public by using the ICRP gastrointestinal tract and systemic part models for these radionuclides. Committed equivalent doses due to annual intakes of {sup 238}U and {sup 232}Th were evaluated in the human body organs and tissues for different age groups of the Moroccan population by exploiting data obtained for alpha-doses deposited by 1 Bq of {sup 238}U and 1 Bq of {sup 232}Th in the considered human organs and tissues. The influence of the mass of the target tissue and activities due to {sup 238}U and {sup 232}Th on the committed equivalent doses due to annual intakes of these radionuclides in the organs and tissues of the human body was studied. (authors)

  13. Assessment of environmental 226Ra, 232Th and 40K concentrations in the region of elevated radiation background in Segamat District, Johor, Malaysia

    Extensive environmental survey and measurements of gamma radioactivity in the soil samples collected from Segamat District were conducted. Two gamma detectors were used for the measurements of background radiation in the area and the results were used in the computation of the mean external radiation dose rate and mean weighted dose rate, which are 276 nGy h−1 and 1.169 mSv y−1, respectively. A high purity germanium (HPGe) detector was used in the assessment of activity concentrations of 232Th, 226Ra and 40K. The results of the gamma spectrometry range from 11 ± 1 to 1210 ± 41 Bq kg−1 for 232Th, 12 ± 1 to 968 ± 27 Bq kg−1 for 226Ra, and 12 ± 2 to 2450 ± 86 Bq kg−1 for 40K. Gross alpha and gross beta activity concentrations range from 170 ± 50 to 4360 ± 170 Bq kg−1 and 70 ± 20 to 4690 ± 90 Bq kg−1, respectively. These results were used in the plotting of digital maps (using ARCGIS 9.3) for isodose. The results are compared with values giving in UNSCEAR 2000. -- Highlights: • Assessment of the activities in region of elevated radiation in Segamat District. • The average dose rate found to be six times higher than the world average. • The activity of 232Th is six times world average. • The activity of 226Ra is four times and 40K is lower than world average. • A digital map plotted for isodose

  14. Determination of radioactivity level of 238U, 232Th and 40K in surface medium in Zhuhai city by in-situ gamma-ray spectrometry

    A gamma-ray spectrometry survey with NaI(Tl) (φ75mm x 75mm) has been performed on a large scale to determine the distribution of 40K, 238U and 232Th in soil and rocks in Zhuhai, a southern Chinese city located in Guangdong Province. The survey sampled 970 sites which covered an area of more than 100 km2. The average activities of 40K. 238U and 222Th were found 655±338, 85.8±31.6, and 159.8±49.0 Bq·kg-1 in soil or cement of pavement in the urban area; 832±455, 87.3±41.6, and 179.3±40.7 Bq·kg-1 in weathered granite; 634±76.8, 35.2±14.6 and 70.2±18.6Bq·kg-1 in the Quaternary sediments in Doumen District. The average 232Th activity (159.8±49.0 Bq·kg-1) is above the average in both China (49 Bq·kg-1) and the world (30 Bq·kg-1). Terrestrial air-absorbed dose rates calculated from the above activities are 85.08±15.63, 183.33±40.80 nGy·h-1 respectively over the Quaternary sediments and weathered granite, and 163.49±30.15 nGy·h-1 in the urban area. The average calculated air-absorbed dose rate is about 12.63% larger than the value measured by a portable plastic scintillator dosemeter. The 40K, 238U and 232Th activities in surface medium are mainly originated from biotite granites, as indicated by a strong correlation between the radioactivity level and geological lithology in the surveyed area. (author)

  15. Experimental Neutron-Induced Fission Fragment Mass Yields of 232Th and 238U at Energies from 10 to 33 MeV

    Simutkin, V. D.; Pomp, S.; Blomgren, J.; Österlund, M.; R. Bevilacqua; Ryzhov, I. V.; Tutin, G. A.; Yavshits, S. G.; Vaishnene, L. A.; Onegin, M S; Meulders, J.P.; Prieels, R.

    2013-01-01

    Development of nuclear energy applications requires data for neutron-induced reactions for actinides in a wide neutron energy range. Here we describe measurements of pre-neutron emission fission fragment mass yields of 232Th and 238U at incident neutron energies from 10 to 33 MeV. The measurements were done at the quasi-monoenergetic neutron beam of the Louvain-la-Neuve cyclotron facility CYCLONE; a multi-section twin Frisch-gridded ionization chamber was used to detect fission fragments. For...

  16. Daily intake of /sup 234,235,238/U, /sup 228,230,232/Th and /sup 226,228/Ra by New York City residents

    The daily intake of long-lived alpha-emitting members of the U, Th and Ac series by New York City residents has been estimated from measurements of diet, water and air samples. The total daily intakes from inhalation, food and water consumption in mBq are 18 (234U), 0.7 (235U), 16 (238U), 6 (230Th), 4 (232Th) and 52 (226Ra). From this, we infer that the total daily intakes of 228Th and 228Ra are 4 and 35 mBq, respectively

  17. Analysis of 226Ra, 232Th 40К and 137Cs in samples of soil from some areas of Republic of Macedonia by using gamma spectrometry

    Todorovik Aleksandra

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Taking into consideration the importance of the distribution and transfer of radio nuclides in soil, an attempt was made in this work to determine the concentration of 226Ra, 232Th 40К and 137Cs in the same. The concentrations of activity in the gamma-absorbed dose rates of the terrestrial naturally occurring radio nuclides, as follows, 226Ra, 232Th and 40K were determined in samples of soil collected from some parts of Republic of Macedonia, i.e. from three major cities in the Republic of Macedonia. The samples are taken by means of a special dosage dispenser which enables sampling of samples at a depth of 0-5 cm, 5-10cm and 10-15cm, thus disabling the sampling above these layers of soil. An identification of radio nuclides and assessment of their activity has been performed by applying gamma spectrometry. The time of counting for each sample was 65000 s. in order to obtain statistically small mistake. The spectrums were analyzed by a commercially available software GENIE-2000 received from Canberra, Austria. The activity of soil had wide range of values: 20.3 to 82.9 Bq kg-1for 226Ra, 16.1 to 82.5 Bq kg-1 for 232Th, 325 to 799.0 Bq kg-1for 40К and 9.1 to 24.3 Bq kg-1for 137Cs, respectively. The concentrations of these radio nuclides have been compared with the available data from the other countries. Natural environmental radioactivity and the associated external exposure due to gamma radiation depend primarily on the geological and geographical conditions. Namely, the specific levels of terrestrial environmental radiation are related to the type of rocks from which the soils originate. The obtained data indicate that the average value of activity of 232Th is about higher than the one of 226Ra The concentration of activity of 40К in the soil has greater value than 32Th and 226Ra in all soils. The causes for the existence of 137Cs in these soils are the nuclear explosions, waste radioactive materials and other incidents. It reaches the

  18. Cost-based optimizations of power density and target-blanket modularity for {sup 232}Th/{sup 233}U-based ADEP

    Krakowski, R.A.

    1995-07-01

    A cost-based parametric systems model is developed for an Accelerator-Driven Energy Production (ADEP) system based on a {sup 232}Th/{sup 233}U fuel cycle and a molten-salt (LiF/BeF{sub 2}/ThF{sub 3}) fluid-fuel primary system. Simplified neutron-balance, accelerator, reactor-core, chemical-processing, and balance-of-plant models are combined parametrically with a simplified costing model. The main focus of this model is to examine trade offs related to fission power density, reactor-core modularity, {sup 233}U breeding rate, and fission product transmutation capacity.

  19. Quantification of transfer of {sup 238}U, {sup 226}Ra, {sup 232}Th, {sup 40}K and {sup 137}Cs in mosses of a semi-natural ecosystem

    Dragovic, S., E-mail: sdragovic@inep.co.r [Institute for the Application of Nuclear Energy - INEP, University of Belgrade, Banatska 31b, 11080 Belgrade (Serbia); Mihailovic, N. [Institute for the Application of Nuclear Energy - INEP, University of Belgrade, Banatska 31b, 11080 Belgrade (Serbia); Gajic, B. [Faculty of Agriculture, Institute of Land Management, Laboratory of Soil Physics, University of Belgrade, Nemanjina 6, 11081 Belgrade (Serbia)

    2010-02-15

    There is a lack of appropriate data on transfer of some radionuclides on many terrestrial biota groups. To expand the available data concentration ratios of {sup 238}U, {sup 226}Ra, {sup 232}Th, {sup 40}K and {sup 137}Cs in mosses are presented in this paper. The relationship between concentration ratios of radionuclides and physicochemical characteristics of the underlying soil was also investigated. The data on concentration ratios obtained here will provide a useful addition to the currently used database of transfer parameters, particularly for natural radionuclides.

  20. Use of LabSOCS for determination of specific concentrations of 40K, 238U and 232Th in fertilizer samples

    Use of fertilizer is an established practice worldwide to promote agricultural productivity increased without increasing the planted area, resulting in native forests protection and increase of the food availability. Some kinds of fertilizer have in their chemical composition some radionuclides due the origin of its feedstock, such as 238U, the 232Th, and their descendants, beyond 40K. Knowledge of the radioactivity levels in the environment is great importance to know the gamma radiation dose that the human being is exposed. For identification and quantitation of radionuclides, it was used gamma spectrometry where HPGe detector was used to obtain the spectra, and LabSOCS software for calculating the detection efficiency for each energy. The values of 232Th specific concentrations ranged from 4.1 to 368.1 Bq.Kg-1 , the values of 238U specific concentrations ranged from 16.0 to 647.7 Bq.Kg-1 and 40K specific concentrations ranged from 19.1 to 12713 Bq.Kg-1 . Concentrations of values are consistent with those found in literature. (author)

  1. Estimation of dose contribution from 226Ra, 232Th and 40K radon exhalation rates in soil samples from Shivalik foot hills in India.

    Chauhan, R P; Chauhan, Pooja; Pundir, Anil; Kamboj, Sunil; Bansal, Vakul; Saini, R S

    2014-01-01

    The concentration of radium, thorium and potassium and radon exhalation rates in soil samples collected from Shivalik foot hills in the states of Haryana and Himachal Pradesh (India) were experimentally measured. A high-resolution gamma-ray spectroscopic system was used for the measurement of natural radioactivity ((226)Ra, (232)Th and (40)K) at Inter-University Accelerator Center, New Delhi, using a coaxial n-type high-purity germanium detector (EG&G, ORTEC, Oak Ridge, USA). The mass exhalation rates (EM) of radon in soil samples from the study area measured by 'sealed canister technique' using LR-115 type II track detectors varied from 50±1 to 143±6 mBqkg(-1) h(-1). The activity concentrations of (226)Ra, (232)Th and (40)K in various soil samples of the study area varied from 31±1.3 to 63±4.6, 53±1.8 to 78±2.6 and 472±4.8 to 630±7.0 Bq kg(-1) respectively. The results indicated some higher levels of radioactivity in Lal Dhang peak area of the hills compared with other locations under study. PMID:23893776

  2. Distribution of 238U, 232Th, 40K, and 137Cs concentrations in soil samples nearby a nuclear laboratory, Capao Island, Brazil

    Oliveira Luciano S.R.

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Absolute soil concentrations of 238U, 232Th, 40K, and 137Cs samples were measured using high-resolution gamma spectrometry. The area of interest encompasses an embankment in a mangrove swamp in Guaratiba, Rio de Janeiro, called Capao Island, where nuclear, chemical and biological defense laboratories of the Brazilian Army Technology Center are in operation for more than 30 years. In order to ensure that no significant environmental impact has resulted from neutron physics experiments performed in a graphite exponential pile in addition to the operation of two cesium-driven irradiating facilities, radiation monitoring of the isotopes was carried out. A total of eight 250 ml soil samples were extracted within an area of 300 m x 300 m. No trace of 137Cs was detected and the measured levels of 238U were found to be close to the global mean. However, some data that slightly exceeded the expected normal range for 232Th (60 % of samples and 40K (20 % of samples should be attributed to the construction debris (cement, rocks, and sand used in the embankment at the site. Since there is no handling of those isotopes at that site or adjacent facilities that could affect their presence, it was concluded that no detectable contamination has occurred.

  3. Measurement of double-differential neutron emission cross sections of 238U, 232Th and 12C for 18 MeV neutrons

    Double-differential neutron emission cross sections of 238U, 232Th and 12C have been measured for 18-MeV incident neutrons using the neutron time-of-flight technique and Tohoku University 4.5MV Dynamitron accelerator as a pulsed neutron generator. In the experiment, energy resolution of the spectrometer was improved by employing a newly developed post-acceleration beam-chopper and by adjustment of timing property of the neutron detector. Measurements were made at laboratory angles between 30- and 145- deg., and data were obtained for secondary neutrons between 0.8 and 18 MeV. In the data processing, a care was taken for the data correction for the effects of parasitic neutrons associated with primary neutrons; the correction proved to be of special importance in the present measurement. We compared the data obtained in the present experiment with the evaluated data, JENDL-3 and ENDF/B-IV (B-V for 12C), and discussed the origin of the discrepancies. The anisotropy observed for secondary neutrons from 238U and 232Th was found to be reproduced by Kalbach-Mann systematics on the assumption of isotropy of fission neutrons. The experimental results for 12C showed marked discrepancies concerning the scattering cross sections and neutron spectrum in the continuum region. (author)

  4. Daily ingestion of 232Th, 238U, 226Ra, 228Ra and 210Pb in vegetables by inhabitants of Rio de Janeiro City

    The concentrations of the naturally occurring radionuclides 232Th, 238U, 210Pb, 226Ra and 228Ra were determined in the vegetables (leafy vegetables, fruit, root, bean and rice) and derived products (sugar, coffee, manioc flour, wheat flour, corn flour and pasta) consumed most by the adult inhabitants of Rio de Janeiro City. A total of 88 samples from 26 different vegetables and derived products were analyzed. The highest contribution to radionuclide intake arises from bean, wheat flour, manioc flour, carrot, rice, tomato and potato consumption. The estimated daily intakes due to the consumption of vegetables and derived products are 1.9 mBq of 232Th (0.47 μg), 2.0 mBq of 238U (0.17 μg), 19 mBq of 226Ra, 26 mBq of 210Pb and 47 mBq of 228Ra. The estimated annual effective dose due to the ingestion of vegetables and their derived products with the long-lived natural radionuclides is 14.5 μSv. Taking into account literature data for water and milk from Rio de Janeiro the dose value increases to 29 μSv, with vegetables and derived products responsible for 50% of the dose and water for 48%. 210Pb (62%) and 228Ra (24%) were found to be the main sources for internal irradiation

  5. Measurement of the intrinsic radiopurity of {sup 137}Cs/{sup 235}U/{sup 238}U/{sup 232}Th in CsI(Tl) crystal scintillators

    Zhu, Y.F. [Department of Engineering Physics, Tsing Hua University, Beijing (China); Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan (China); Lin, S.T. [Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan (China); Department of Physics, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan (China); Singh, V. [Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan (China); Department of Physics, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi (India); Chang, W.C. [Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan (China); Deniz, M. [Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan (China); Department of Physics, Middle East Technical University, Ankara (Turkey); Lai, W.P. [Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan (China); Li, H.B. [Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan (China); Li, J. [Department of Engineering Physics, Tsing Hua University, Beijing (China); Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan (China); Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing (China); Li, Y.L. [Department of Engineering Physics, Tsing Hua University, Beijing (China); Liao, H.Y. [Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan (China); Department of Physics, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan (China); Lee, F.S. [Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan (China); Wong, H.T. [Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan (China)]. E-mail: htwong@phys.sinica.edu.tw; Wu, S.C. [Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan (China); Yue, Q. [Department of Engineering Physics, Tsing Hua University, Beijing (China); Zhou, Z.Y. [Department of Nuclear Physics, Institute of Atomic Energy, Beijing (China)

    2006-02-15

    The inorganic crystal scintillator CsI(Tl) has been used for low energy neutrino and Dark Matter experiments, where the intrinsic radiopurity is an issue of major importance. Low-background data were taken with a CsI(Tl) crystal array at the Kuo-Sheng Reactor Neutrino Laboratory. The pulse shape discrimination capabilities of the crystal, as well as the temporal and spatial correlations of the events, provide powerful means of measuring the intrinsic radiopurity of {sup 137}Cs as well as the {sup 235}U, {sup 238}U and {sup 232}Th series. The event selection algorithms are described, with which the decay half-lives of {sup 218}Po, {sup 214}Po, {sup 22}Rn, {sup 216}Po and {sup 212}Po were derived. The measurements of the contamination levels, their concentration gradients with the crystal growth axis, and the uniformity among different crystal samples, are reported. The radiopurity in the {sup 238}U and {sup 232}Th series are comparable to those of the best reported in other crystal scintillators. Significant improvements in measurement sensitivities were achieved, similar to those from dedicated massive liquid scintillator detector. This analysis also provides in situ measurements of the detector performance parameters, such as spatial resolution, quenching factors, and data acquisition dead time.

  6. High-temperature X-ray diffraction studies on La1-2xCaxThxPO4(s) (x = 0, 0.25, 0.5) solid-solution

    Advanced Heavy Water Reactor (AHWR), Compact High Temperature Reactor (CHTR) and Accelerator Driven System (ADS) are being developed in India to use 232Th-233U fuel cycle. Unlike natural uranium, natural thorium contains only trace amounts of fissile material (231Th), which are insufficient to initiate a nuclear chain reaction. It can be used with 233U, 235U and 239Pu as fissile fuel. Because of it, the back end of thorium fuel cycle contains long-lived 231Pa, 229Th, 230Th and low level of minor actinides (237Np, 241Am, 243Am, 244Cm) for final disposal in geological repositories. From a geochemical point of view, monazite (LnPO4 with Ln: rare earths) is the most abundant lanthanide phosphate observed in natural samples). Such minerals appear as the major thorium source on earth, especially in several ores which contain up to 29 wt% of ThO2, 16wt% of UO2, respectively

  7. Simulation smuggling study for shielded sources of 235U, 238U, 232Th, 137Cs and 60Co by using gamma detection

    In the present time, smuggling and illicit trafficking of nuclear and radioactive materials are targeted by international groups and networks. Hundreds of smuggled nuclear and radioactive materials have been seized and currently recorded in the Illicit Trafficking Database (ITDB) of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). As a matter of fact, these materials can be used for manufacturing of dirty or Radiological Dispersal Device (RDD) or for sabotage and malicious purposes. This work deals with gamma detection of shielded sources containing natural 235U , 238U , standard 232Th and mixed 137Cs and 60Co sources by using HpGe and NaI detectors. The detection was carried out through the main characteristic γ- energies ; 185.7 KeV for 235U ,(63.3 ,1001 KeV) for 238U , (583 and 911.2 KeV) for 232Th, 661.6 KeV for 137Cs and (1173.2 and 1332.5 keV) for 60Co. The radioactive sources used are 30nCi of 232Th , 1.99 μCi of mixed 137Cs and 60Co source and uranyl nitrate crystals. These radioactive sources were separately hid (placed) in containers of different materials; aluminum (Al) , cupper (Cu) and iron (Fe) of different wall thickness; 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18 mm. The sources were also measured together by NaI and HpGe detector. Overlapping of different gamma transitions leads to some difficulties to identify and discriminate between the investigated γ-energies particularly with using the low resolution NaI detector. The attenuation factors (I/Io), ratio of radiation intensity with and without shield (containers), were calculated for all the investigated energies. The relationship between the attenuation factor of γ-energies and the studied thickness was depicted and discussed. It was observed, as expected, that the studied gamma transitions were attenuated by the used different thickness of Fe, Cu and Al and hardly detected especially for low energy and at 18mm thickness. Generally, it can concluded that radioactive materials of small activity can easily be smuggled

  8. Determination of committed effective doses from annual intakes of 238U and 232Th from the ingestion of cereals, fruits and vegetables by using CR-39 and LR-115 II SSNTD

    Uranium (238U) and thorium (232Th) concentrations were evaluated in different cereal, fruit and vegetable samples by using a method based on the calculation of the detection efficiencies of the emitted α-particles by CR-39 and LR-115 type II solid state nuclear track detectors (SSNTD) and measuring the resulting track densities. The influence of the soils on which the plants grow, and the fertilizers used was investigated. Total daily intakes of 238U and 232Th for a typical food basket were estimated to be 1.16 Bq x d-1 and 0.94 Bq x d-1, respectively, corresponding to a total committed effective dose of 0.27 x 10-7 Sv x d-1. Annual committed effective doses due to 238U and 232Th originated from the ingestion of different foodstuffs were evaluated for the adult members of the population by using the ICRP ingestion dose coefficients. (author)

  9. Non-destructive determination of 235U, 238U, 232Th and 40K concentrations in various consumed nuts and their implication on radiation dose levels to the human body

    The naturally occurring radionuclides of 238,235,234U,232Th and 40K and their daughter products are a potential source of radiation found in food. We have determined these five radiation sources in five popular consumed nuts. We used the following neutron activation analysis reactions of 238U(n,γ)239U, 232Th(n,γ)233Th and 41K(n,γ)42K to determine 238U and 232Th and 40K, respectively. Using known activity ratios of uranium stable isotopes we determined the activity of 234,235U, while 40K was found by the determined concentrations of 41K in the nuts. While the radiation doses are small we have established a reliable methodology to determine these radionuclides in typical edible nuts. (author)

  10. The dietary intake of 238U, 234U, 230Th, 232Th, 228Th and 226Ra from food and drinking water by inhabitants of the Walbrzych region

    Intake with food and water of the natural radionuclides of the uranium and thorium series was determined for adult population of the south-western region in Poland, where in the 1950-ies an exploration of uranium ore was conducted. Concentration of the radionuclides was determined in food products and drinking water and their annual intake was estimated on the basis of the average annual consumption. The intake of 238U, 234U and 230Th occurred mainly with water (33% to 68%), whereas the intake of 232Th, 228Th and 226Ra was mainly with vegetables, potatoes, milk and flour. From the intake and dose coefficients the annual effective doses from the ingested radionuclides were calculated. The total dose was 5.6μSv, of which 74% originated from 226Ra. (author)

  11. Daily intakes of 238U, 234U, 232Th, 230Th, 228Th and 226Ra in the adult population of central Poland

    Activity concentration of the uranium and thorium series radionuclides was determined in foodstuffs and drinking water in central Poland. Annual and daily intake for the adult population was estimated from the concentrations determined and average annual consumption of food and water. The daily intakes (in mBq) were 22.1 (238U), 26.5 (234U), 2.38 (232Th), 4.06 (230Th), 11.2 (228Th) and 42.2 (226Ra). The intake of uranium isotopes occurred mainly with water; the main intake of thorium isotopes was with animal products, vegetables, cereals and potatoes, whereas 226Ra entered mainly with animal products, cereals and vegetables. From the intake and dose coefficients, the annual effective doses for the ingested radionuclides were calculated. The annual effective dose was 5.95 μSv, of which 72.4% originated from 226Ra

  12. Determination of environmental radioactivity (238U, 232Th and 40K) and indoor natural background radiation level in Chennai city (Tamilnadu State), India.

    Babai, K S; Poongothai, S; Punniyakotti, J

    2013-01-01

    An extensive study on the determination of the natural radioactivity ((238)U, (232)Th and (40)K) levels in soil samples of Chennai city, India has been undertaken and the results of the same are compared with the levels reported in other Indian cities as well as other parts of the world. The radioactivity content in the soil samples, the absorbed dose rate, annual effective dose equivalent, radium equivalent activity, internal and external hazard indices were calculated and compared with UNSCEAR 2000 recommended values. In addition to the above, mapping of indoor natural background gamma radiation levels has been made using thermo luminescent dosemeters throughout Chennai city and the same are reported. PMID:22847868

  13. Measurement of Fragment Mass Yields in Neutron-Induced Fission of 232TH and 238U at 33, 45 and 60 Mev

    Simutkin, V. D.; Pomp, S.; Blomgren, J.; Österlund, M.; Andersson, P.; Bevilacqua, R.; Ryzhov, I. V.; Tutin, G. A.; Khlopin, V. G.; Onegin, M. S.; Vaishnene, L. A.; Meulders, J. P.; Prieels, R.

    2011-10-01

    Over the past years, a significant effort has been devoted to measurements of neutron-induced fission cross-sections at intermediate energies but there is a lack of experimental data on fission yields. Here we describe recent measurements of pre-neutron emission fragment mass distributions from intermediate energy neutron-induced fission of 232Th and 238U. The measurements have been done at the quasi-monoenergetic neutron beam of the Louvain-la-Neuve cyclotron facility CYCLONE and neutron peak energies at 32.8, 45.3 and 59.9 MeV. A multi-section Frisch-gridded ionization chamber was used as a fission fragment detector. The measurement results are compared with available experimental data. Some TALYS code modifications done to describe the experimental results are discussed.

  14. Experimental Neutron-Induced Fission Fragment Mass Yields of 232Th and 238U at Energies from 10 to 33 MeV

    Simutkin, V D; Blomgren, J; Österlund, M; Bevilacqua, R; Ryzhov, I V; Tutin, G A; Yavshits, S G; Vaishnene, L A; Onegin, M S; Meulders, J P; Prieels, R

    2013-01-01

    Development of nuclear energy applications requires data for neutron-induced reactions for actinides in a wide neutron energy range. Here we describe measurements of pre-neutron emission fission fragment mass yields of 232Th and 238U at incident neutron energies from 10 to 33 MeV. The measurements were done at the quasi-monoenergetic neutron beam of the Louvain-la-Neuve cyclotron facility CYCLONE; a multi-section twin Frisch-gridded ionization chamber was used to detect fission fragments. For the peak neutron energies at 33, 45 and 60 MeV, the details of the data analysis and the experimental results have been published before and in this work we present data analysis in the low-energy tail of the neutron energy spectra. The preliminary measurement results are compared with available experimental data and theoretical predictions.

  15. Daily intakes of 238U, 234U, 232Th, 230Th, 228Th and 226Ra in the adult population of central Poland

    Pietrzak-Flis, Z.; Rosiak, L.; Suplinska, M.M.; Chrzanowski, E.; Dembinska, S. [Central Laboratory for Radiological Protection, Konwaliowa 7, 03-194 Warsaw (Poland)

    2001-06-12

    Activity concentration of the uranium and thorium series radionuclides was determined in foodstuffs and drinking water in central Poland. Annual and daily intake for the adult population was estimated from the concentrations determined and average annual consumption of food and water. The daily intakes (in mBq) were 22.1 (238U), 26.5 (234U), 2.38 (232Th), 4.06 (230Th), 11.2 (228Th) and 42.2 (226Ra). The intake of uranium isotopes occurred mainly with water; the main intake of thorium isotopes was with animal products, vegetables, cereals and potatoes, whereas 226Ra entered mainly with animal products, cereals and vegetables. From the intake and dose coefficients, the annual effective doses for the ingested radionuclides were calculated. The annual effective dose was 5.95 {mu}Sv, of which 72.4% originated from 226Ra.

  16. A four phases model to simulate the dispersion of 226Ra, 238U and 232Th in an estuary affected by phosphate rock processing

    A numerical model to simulate the dispersion of non conservative radionuclides in tidal waters has been developed. The model includes four phases: water, suspended matter and two grain size sediment fractions. Ionic exchanges between water and the solid phases have been formulated in terms of kinetic transfer coefficients instead of distribution coefficients, because the model was developed for nonequilibrium conditions. The model simultaneously solves the shallow water hydrodynamic equations, the suspended matter dispersion equation and the four equations which give the time evolution of specific activity in each phase. The model has been applied to the Odiel river (southwest Spain), where a phosphate complex releases its wastes. It gives good results in predicting concentrations of 226Ra, 238U and 232Th in water, suspended matter, distribution coefficients and Th/U mass rations. (author)

  17. {sup 226}Ra, {sup 232}Th and {sup 40}K concentrations in igneous rocks from eastern desert, Egypt and its radiological implications

    El-Arabi, A.M. [Physics Department, Faculty of Science Qena, South Valley University (Egypt)]. E-mail: elarabi21@yahoo.com

    2007-01-15

    By applying high-resolution {gamma}-ray spectroscopic system, the various radionuclides of the granite samples have been identified quantitatively based on the characteristic spectral peaks. The radionuclides {sup 226}Ra, {sup 232}Th and {sup 40}K concentrations measured as well as radiological parameters, for 49 granite samples were calculated. This subject is important in environmental radiological protection, since granites are widely used as building and ornamental stones. The variation in concentration of radionuclides for the Um Taghir area can be classified into two regions of low and high natural radioactivity. In old granite, the measured {gamma}-ray spectra, activity concentrations were determined for {sup 226}Ra (from 2.9+/-1 to 31.8+/-6Bqkg{sup -1}), {sup 232}Th (range from 1.4+/-1 to 14.9+/-4Bqkg{sup -1}) and {sup 40}K (from 132+/-11 to 2080+/-46Bqkg{sup -1}), in younger granite {sup 226}Ra (from 8.9+/-3 to 9087+/-95Bqkg{sup -1}), {sup 232}Th (range from 9.8+/-3 to 3834+/-62Bqkg{sup -1}) and {sup 40}K (from 471+/-22 to 10230+/-101Bqkg{sup -1}). In Wadi Karim area these values were (14.0+/-4-227.0+/-15, 10.5+/-3-183.0+/-14 and 2299+/-48-7356+/-86Bqkg{sup -1}). The highest values of {sup 226}Ra, {sup 232}Th and {sup 40}K concentration (9087+/-95, 3834+/-62 and 10230+/-101Bqkg{sup -1},respectively) were observed in anomalies samples at Um Taghir region. Radium-equivalent activities (Ra{sub eq}) in addition to the internal hazard index (H{sub in}) have also been determined. In Um Taghir samples Ra{sub eq} varies between 15 and 625Bqkg{sup -1} (old granite), 144-13982Bqkg{sup -1} (younger granite) which exceeds the permitted value (370Bqkg{sup -1}) and hazard index (H{sub in}) (0.05-1.74), (0.65-62.34) which is higher than 1, the corresponding values in Wadi Karim samples were 206-685Bqkg{sup -1} and from 0.59 to 2.46, respectively. The total absorbed dose rates in air calculated from the concentrations of the three radionuclides ranged from 8 to 6187n

  18. Rare-gas yields in 238U and 232Th fission by 14MeV neutrons, measured by an emanating method

    A direct method, using emanation of rare gases by uranyle stearate and thorium stearate, has been applied to the measurement of cumulative fractional yields of certain isotopes of krypton and xenon, in the fissions of 238U and 232Th by 14MeV-neutrons. The independent yields of the same isotopes were measured previously by means of isotopic on-line separation. From these results, the widths of the mass and charge distributions, the relative chain yields, the fractional cumulative yields of certain bromine and iodine isotopes, the values of Zsub(p) the most probable charge, in the isobaric chains 87-93 and 137-142, and the elemental yields of krypton and xenon were calculated

  19. Spectroscopy study after quasi-elastic collision in the system 208Pb+232Th at an incident energy of 17 MeV per nucleon

    In the present thesis by means of a particle-particle-γ and particle-particle-neutron coincidence experiment γ and neutron spectroscopic studies after quasi-elastic collisions at incident energies far above the Coulomb barrier were performed. For the study of the γ decay by the necessary correction of the Doppler shift the possibility results to study excitations in the projectile and in the target. So in the case of 232Th beside the observation of the ground state band up to the spin 14 ℎ also a very large number of transitions from vibrational side bands. From the spectra the γ emission probabilities in dependence on the distance of closest approximation were extracted. (orig./HSI)

  20. The learning of the evolution and temporary characteristics of the decay nuclei 14C, 238U, 232Th, 40K, 87Rb

    Quantum-mechanical method, which was proposing earlier for the theoretical description of the resonance scattering of the γ-quantum, was generalizing with Doppler effect using. New algorithm for the definition of the characteristic functions for the energy distribution, decay probability and decay functions elaborated. It gives possibility more precise estimate temporary characteristics of the nuclei chronometers and to define a number of the steps of the γ-absorption γ-emission in the decay process. It is give the quantum- mechanical ground of the necessity of revision of the temporary characteristics of the nuclei-chronometers. The calculations have been doing for the concrete case decay of exited nuclei 14C, 238U, 232Th, 40K, 87Rb under room temperature taking into account Doppler effect and without it. 4 refs., 1 tab., 6 figs

  1. Search for quasifission in 12C + 238U and 18O + 232Th reactions at near and sub-barrier energies

    The main motivation of this present work is to study the onset of quasifission process in the fissility region > 0.8. It was observed that angular distribution of fission fragments produced in reaction in this fissility region showed anomalously large anisotropies at subbarrier energies as compared to SSPM, implying presence of pre-equilibrium fission. Here, mass-angle correlation studies of 12C + 238U and 18O + 232Th reactions has been reported, forming same compound nucleus 250Cf (Fissility = 0.86), at similar excitation energy and angular momentum. The measurements were carried out in the energy range Ecm /Vb ∼ 0.88 - 1.1, where Ecm is the energy in centre of mass frame and Vb is the Coulomb barrier

  2. Study of secondary neutron interactions with 232 Th, 129 I, and 127 I nuclei with the uranium assembly " QUINTA " at 2, 4, and 8 GeV deuteron beams of the JINR Nuclotron accelerator

    Adam, J. [ASCR, Prague; Chilap, V. V. [IPTP, Dubna; Furman, M. G. [Dubna, JINR; Khushvaktov, J. [Dubna, JINR; Pronskikh, V. S. [Fermilab; Solnyshkin, A. A.. [Dubna, JINR; Stegailov, V. I. [Dubna, JINR; Suchopar, M. [ASCR, Prague; Tsoupko-Sitnikov, V. M. [Dubna, JINR; Tyutyunnikov, S. I. [Dubna, JINR; Vrzalova, J.. [Dubna, JINR; Wagner, V. [ASCR, Prague; Zavorka, L. [Dubna, JINR

    2016-06-01

    The natural uranium assembly, "QUINTA", was irradiated with 2, 4, and 8 GeV deuterons. The 232 Th, 127 I, and 129 I samples have been exposed to secondary neutrons produced in the assembly at a 20-cm radial distance from the deuteron beam axis. The spectra of gamma rays emitted by the activated 232 Th, 127 I, and 129 I samples have been analyzed and several tens of product nuclei have been identified. For each of those products, neutron-induced reaction rates have been determined. The transmutation power for the 129 I samples is estimated. Experimental results were compared to those calculated with well-known stochastic and deterministic codes.

  3. The influence of the nature of soil and plant and pollution on the 238U, 232Th, 222Rn and 220Rn concentrations in various natural honey samples using nuclear track detectors: Impact on the adult consumers

    M A Misdaq; A Mortassim

    2009-11-01

    238U and 232Th concentrations as well as 222Rn and 220Rn -activities per unit volume were measured in various natural honey samples collected from different regions in Morocco using CR-39 and LR-115 type II solid state nuclear track detectors (SSNTDs). These radionuclides were also measured in soils, plant flowers and nectar solutions corresponding to the honey samples studied. In addition, these radionuclides were measured in different imported honey samples. The measured 238U, 232Th, 222Rn and 220Rn concentrations ranged from (1.5 ± 0.1) mBq kg-1 to (10.6 ± 0.6) mBq kg-1, (1.1 ± 0.1) mBq kg-1 to (4.2 ± 0.2) mBq kg-1 , (1.5 ± 0.1) Bq kg-1 to (10.6 ± 0.6) Bq kg-1 and (1.1 ± 0.1) Bq kg-1 to (4.2 ± 0.2) Bq kg-1 for the honey samples studied, respectively. Annual 238U, 232Th and 222Rn intakes by Moroccan adults from the consumption of honey were assessed. The influence of the nature of soil and plant on the 238U and 232Th contents of the studied honey samples was investigated. These measurements were completed by an investigation of the 238U and 232 Th transfer between soils and plant flowers and that between plant flowers and honey, and also by the investigation of the influence of pollution due to different material dusts on 238U, 232Th and 222Rn in the honey samples studied. Committed equivalent doses due to the annual intake of 238U, 232Th and 222Rn were evaluated in the organs of adult members of the Moroccan rural population from the ingestion of the honey samples. The maximum total committed effective dose due to 238U, 232Th and 222Rn from the ingestion of natural honey by the Moroccan rural population was found to be equal to 0.64 Sv y-1 .

  4. Separation and quantification of 238U, 232Th and rare earths in monazite samples by ion chromatography coupled with on-line flow scintillation detector

    An alternative procedure has been described for efficient separation and quantitative determination of uranium (U), thorium (Th) and rare earth elements (REEs) in monazite mineral by high performance ion chromatographic system (IC). Different variables affecting the distribution coefficient, the retention and hence separation efficiency such as eluent flow rate and concentrations of HCl and ammonium sulfate (NH4)2SO4 containing the mobile phase were studied. The developed separation protocol of U, Th and REEs was optimized using an Ion Pac CS5 separation column followed by post-column derivatization reaction with Arsenaso III and UV-VIS spectrophotometeric detection. Comparative evaluation of U, Th and REEs concentration in monazite mineral was demonstrated using two different on-line detection modes including flow through cell scintillation detector (FSD) and UV-VIS spectrophotometer. Response of the FSD was found to be linear over the full range of activities investigated (4-100 Bq). The lower limits of detection (LLD) for the investigated radionuclides were 3.0±0.1 Bq for 238U and 6.0±0.1 Bq for 232Th. The detection of 238U and 232Th by FSD shows good agreement with the corresponding determination by UV-VIS spectrophotometer. The content of ThO2 and U3O8 in monazite sample were found to be 4.7±0.1% and 0.42±0.04% using UV-VIS detector and 4.3±0.1% and 0.45±0.1% using FSD, respectively

  5. The use of fission foils for plasma neutron diagnostics

    Commonly used fission foil materials have been examined for their application to plasma diagnostics as activation foils. Such foils have been used extensively in the past for fission reactor dosiemetry. They have very well known fission cross sections, and in most cases the fission yields are reasonably well known. The materials included in this study are 226Ra, 228Th, 232Th, 231Pa, 233U, 235U, 238U, 237Np, 238Pu, and 239Pu. Of these materials 232Th, 235U, and 238U are considered to be very good candidates for this application. The others have been eliminated because of high background radioactivity, impurities which present high backgrounds, or lack of knowledge about yield distribution of fission products. Production cross sections for fission products in the vicinity of the yield maxima (A = 85 - 101, 133 143) have been calculated from known fission cross sections and independent or cumulative yields at thermal energies (where applicable) and 14 MeV. Recent measurements at 2.5 MeV are also included. For one foil (232Th) results for 3 MeV and 11 MeV are also available. The decay schemes of the more prominent fission products have been thoroughly studied and good measurement precision should result from their use

  6. Transfer Rates of 238U and 232Th for E. globulus, A. mearnsii, H. filipendula and Hazardous Effects of the Usage of Medicinal Plants From Around Gold Mine Dump Environs

    Victor M. Tshivhase

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Medicinal plant consumption can be a source of human exposure to radioactive elements such as 238U and 232Th, which can lead to internal radiation doses. The uptake of 238U and 232Th from soils to the leaf samples of three different medicinal plant species (Eucalyptus globulus, Acacia mearnsii and Hyparrhenia filipendula from the purlieu of the Princess gold mine dump, an abandoned contaminated tailings storage site (TSS, located at longitude 27°55′00″E and latitude 26°09′30″S in Davidsonville (Roodepoort, west of Johannesburg, South Africa was measured. This was done using ICP-MS spectrometry and substantial differences were observed in the soil-plant transfer factor (TF values between these radionuclides. The plant species E. globulus exhibited the highest uptake of 238U, with an average TF of 3.97, while that of H. filipendula was 0.01 and the lowest TF of 0.15 × 10−2 was measured for A. mearnsii. However, in the case of 232Th, the highest average TF was observed for A. mearnsii (0.29, followed by E. globulus (0.10 and lowest was measured for H. filipendula (0.27 × 10−2. The ratio of TF average value i.e., 238U to 232Th in the soil-plant leaves was 38.05 for E. globulus, 0.01 for A. mearnsii and 4.38 for H. filipendula.

  7. Use of LabSOCS for determination of specific concentrations of {sup 40}K, {sup 238}U and {sup 232}Th in fertilizer samples; Uso de LabSOCS no calculo da eficiencia de detecao para determinacao da concentracao especifica de {sup 40}K, {sup 238}U e {sup 232}Th em amostras de fertilizantes

    Garcez, Ricardo Washington Dutra; Lopes, Jose Marques; Silva, Ademir Xavier da, E-mail: rgarcez@con.ufrj.br, E-mail: marqueslopez@yahoo.com.br [Coordenacao dos Programas de Pos-Graduacao em Engenharia (COPPE/UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Programa de Engenharia Nuclear; Domingues, Alessandro Mariano; Lima, Marco Frota, E-mail: slessandrodomingues@fisica.if.uff.br, E-mail: marcofrotalima@yahoo.com.br [Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF), Niteroi, RJ (Brazil). Instituto de Biologia

    2015-07-01

    Use of fertilizer is an established practice worldwide to promote agricultural productivity increased without increasing the planted area, resulting in native forests protection and increase of the food availability. Some kinds of fertilizer have in their chemical composition some radionuclides due the origin of its feedstock, such as {sup 238}U, the {sup 232}Th, and their descendants, beyond {sup 40}K. Knowledge of the radioactivity levels in the environment is great importance to know the gamma radiation dose that the human being is exposed. For identification and quantitation of radionuclides, it was used gamma spectrometry where HPGe detector was used to obtain the spectra, and LabSOCS software for calculating the detection efficiency for each energy. The values of {sup 232}Th specific concentrations ranged from 4.1 to 368.1 Bq.Kg{sup -1} , the values of {sup 238}U specific concentrations ranged from 16.0 to 647.7 Bq.Kg{sup -1} and {sup 40}K specific concentrations ranged from 19.1 to 12713 Bq.Kg{sup -1} . Concentrations of values are consistent with those found in literature. (author)

  8. Assessment of sedimentation rate based on disequilibrium in the {sup 232}Th decay series in an artificial pond downstream a former uranium mine

    Reyss, J.L. [Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l' Environnement - LSCE/IPSL, Unite Mixte de Recherche 8212 CEA, CNRS, UVSQ, F-91198 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex (France); Mangeret, A.; Courbet, C.; Saadi, Z.; Guillevic, J. [Institut de Radioprotection et de Surete Nucleaire (IRSN), BP 17, 92262 Fontenay aux Roses (France); Thouvenot, A. [LMGE, UMR CNRS 6023, Lab Microorganismes Genome et Environnement, 63 177 Aubiere (France)

    2014-07-01

    In rivers and lakes, sediment dynamics are very difficult to quantify by field measurements as well as by modeling studies (Olley et al. 1997 WRR 33, 1319-1326). The well-known {sup 210}Pb excess method (Appleby 2000 Limnology 59-S.1, 1-14; Perga et al. 2010 Limnol. and Ocean. 55, 803-816) cannot be used for quantifying sedimentation rates over granitic catchments as large amounts of {sup 210}Pb produced by granite weathering tend to dilute the atmospheric {sup 210}Pb. The knowledge of sedimentation rates in lakes is however very important for understanding the geochemical mechanisms involved in contaminant scavenging and remobilization at the sediment-water interface (SWI). Moreover, these measurements are crucial for developing solute transport models, especially for radionuclides and metals in pore waters and through the SWI. In order to overcome these issues, this study focuses on an artificial pound located in a granitic catchment, down-gradient from a former uranium mining site that ceased operations at the beginning of the 80's (Guillevic and Reyss 2011 ICRER 2011). Sediment sampling was carried out in this artificial lake with an UWITEC{sup R} hand corer. All the samples were dried and the activities of artificial and natural radionuclides were measured by gamma spectrometry, at the Underground Laboratory of Modane and alpha spectrometry after radiochemical purification. The profile of {sup 210}Pb activities in the sediment increased with depth in the core and did not allow to distinguish the atmospheric {sup 210}Pb from the {sup 210}Pb produced by watering processes in this uranium enriched environment. Another method for quantifying sediment accumulation rates is therefore proposed here using the disequilibrium between {sup 228}Ra (half-life of 5.75 years) and {sup 232}Th, the parent isotope. The excess of {sup 228}Ra over its respective parent {sup 232}Th has already been demonstrated by (Olley et al. 1997 WRR 33, 1319-1326) in river and lake

  9. 238U series isotopes and 232Th in carbonates and black shales from the Lesser Himalaya: implications to dissolved uranium abundances in Ganga-Indus source waters

    238U and 232Th concentrations and the extent of 238U-234U-230Th radioactive equilibrium have been measured in a suite of Precambrian carbonates and black shales from the Lesser Himalaya. These measurements were made to determine their abundances in these deposits, their contributions to dissolved uranium budget of the headwaters of the Ganga and the Indus in the Himalaya and to assess the impact of weathering on 238U-234U-230Th radioactive equilibrium in them. 238U concentrations in Precambrian carbonates range from 0.06 to 2.07 μg g-1. The 'mean' U/Ca in these carbonates is 2.9 ng U mg-1 Ca. This ratio, coupled with the assumption that all Ca in the Ganga-Indus headwaters is of carbonate origin and that U and Ca behave conservatively in rivers after their release from carbonates, provides an upper limit on the U contribution from these carbonates, to be a few percent of dissolved uranium in rivers. There are, however, a few streams with low uranium concentrations, for which the carbonate contribution could be much higher. These results suggest that Precambrian carbonates make only minor contributions to the uranium budget of the Ganga-Indus headwaters in the Himalaya on a basin wide scale, however, they could be important for particular streams. Similar estimates of silicate contribution to uranium budget of these rivers using U/Na in silicates and Na* (Na corrected for cyclic and halite contributions) in river waters show that silicates can contribute significantly (∼40% on average) to their U balance. If, however, much of the uranium in these silicates is associated with weathering resistant minerals, then the estimated silicate uranium component would be upper limits. Uranium concentration in black shales averages about 37 μg g-1. Based on this concentration, supply of U from at least ∼50 mg of black shales per liter of river water is needed to balance the average river water U concentration, 1.7 μg L-1 in the Ganga-Indus headwaters. Data on the

  10. Determination of natural radionuclides from 238U and 232Th series, trace and major elements in sediment cores from baixada Santista and evaluation of impacted areas

    Baixada Santista is the region of higher population of the coast of Sao Paulo State, where it is located the largest port in Latin America, in the city of Santos, and the most important industrial complex of Latin America, in the city of Cubatao. This region has received in recent years a considerable load of industrial and domestic effluents in its water bodies, as a direct result of the industrial and port activities and the large population growth in recent decades, and is considered nowadays highly impacted. In the present study sediment cores were collected in the estuary of Santos-Cubatao, in the estuary of Sao Vicente, in the channel of Bertioga and Santos Bay, in order to determine the concentration of trace and major elements and natural radionuclides from the 238U and 232Th series. The techniques used were neutron activation analysis, X-ray fluorescence and gamma spectrometry, respectively. The obtained values for the elements Cr, Sb, Ta and Zn in some cores, are higher than data from literature, and can indicate a possible anthropic contribution. Comparing the obtained values of Cr and Zn elements determined in the sediment cores with the values of TEL and PEL index for sediment quality, it was verified that the studied region presents Cr levels higher than TEL in Santos-Cubatao estuary and Bertioga channel and Zn element presented values higher than TEL for some core slices of Santos-Cubatao estuary, for one core of Sao Vicente estuary, one core in Bertioga channel and Santos Bay. For the other elements, the values obtained in this study can be considered as reference values for the region. Although the element As presented higher values than the TEL in all the studied environments, the concentrations obtained are of the same order of magnitude as literature data and, therefore, can be considered also as reference values for the region. No enrichment was found for the major elements in all the ecosystems studied, with the exception for the element P

  11. Assessment of natural radionuclides concentration from 238U and 232Th series in Virginia and Burley varieties of Nicotiana tabacum L

    Brazil is the largest exporter and second largest producer of tobacco worldwide, according to the crop production of 2013/2014. The tobacco plant (Nicotiana tabacum L.) is used to manufacture all derivatives and the chemical composition of the resulting tobacco products varies with the type of tobacco leaves, how they are grown, the region where they are cultivated, the characteristics of preparation (compression, filter and paper) and the temperature variations resulting from the incomplete combustion of tobacco. Tobacco products are extensively used throughout the world, and the most consumed are cigarettes, cigars and narghile. The damaging effects that these products cause to human health are discussed globally, and many surveys are performed with the aim of relating the use of these products with various illnesses. There is a lack of information about the radiological characterization of the tobacco plant both in international and Brazilian literature. The objective of this study was to determine the concentration of radionuclides 238U, 234U, 230Th, 22'6Ra, 210Pb and 210Po, members from the 238U decay series, and the radionuclides 232Th and 228Ra members of the 232Th decay series in the varieties Burley and Virginia, which are the most cultivated in Brazil. Plants from these varieties were cultivated in pots with organic substrate and fertilizer and also acquired from the producers and analyzed by alpha spectrometry for U and Th isotopes and 210Po determination, and gross alpha and beta counting, 228Ra, 226Ra and 210Pb determination. The whole plant, from both places, was analyzed; root, stem, leaves, as well as the organic substrate, the fertilizers, and the soil. The results for U and Th isotopes presented values below the detection limits of the methods to the leaves and stems of all plants analyzed, with measurable results only in roots, soil, and substrate. The radionuclides 226Ra, 228Ra, 210Pb, and 210Po, were determined in most parts of the plants

  12. Experimental Neutron-induced Fission Fragment Mass Yields of 232Th and 238U at Energies from 10 to 33 Me

    Simutkin, V. D.; Pomp, S.; Blomgren, J.; Österlund, M.; Bevilacqua, R.; Andersson, P.; Ryzhov, I. V.; Tutin, G. A.; Yavshits, S. G.; Vaishnene, L. A.; Onegin, M. S.; Meulders, J. P.; Prieels, R.

    2014-05-01

    Development of nuclear energy applications requires data for neutron-induced reactions for actinides in a wide neutron energy range. Here we describe measurements of pre-neutron emission fission fragment mass yields of 232Th and 238U at incident neutron energies from 10 to 33 MeV. The measurements were done at the quasi-monoenergetic neutron beam of the Louvain-la-Neuve cyclotron facility CYCLONE; a multi-section twin Frisch-gridded ionization chamber was used to detect fission fragments. For the peak neutron energies at 33, 45 and 60 MeV, the details of the data analysis and the experimental results were published in Ref. [I.V. Ryzhov, S.G. Yavshits, G.A. Tutin et al., Phys. Rev. C 83, 054603 (2011)]. In this work we present data analysis in the low-energy tail of the neutron energy spectra. The preliminary measurement results are compared with available experimental data and theoretical predictions.

  13. Speciation analysis of 129I, 137Cs, 232Th, 238U, 239Pu and 240Pu in environmental soil and sediment

    The environmental mobility and bioavailability of radionuclides are related to their physicochemical forms, namely species. We here present a speciation analysis of important radionuclides including 129I (also 127I), 137Cs, 232Th, 238U and plutonium isotopes (239Pu and 240Pu) in soil (IAEA-375) and sediment (NIST-4354) standard reference materials and two fresh sediment samples from Øvre Heimdalsvatnet Lake, Norway. A modified sequential extraction protocol was used for the speciation analysis of these samples to obtain fractionation information of target radionuclides. Analytical results reveal that the partitioning behaviour, and thus the potential mobility and bioavailability, are exclusively featured for the individual radionuclide. Iodine is relatively mobile and readily binds to organic matter, while plutonium is mainly bound to both organic matter and nitric acid leachable fractions. Thorium is predominated in nitric acid leachable fraction and caesium is primarily observed in nitric acid and aqua regia leachable fractions and residue. Our analytical results reveal that around 50% of uranium might still remain in the residue which could not be extracted with aggressive acid, namely, aqua regia.

  14. Options for the deduction of target and intervention values for radon precursors of the 238U- and 232Th-series in soils

    Radiation protection policy in the Netherlands applies to human activities in which ionizing radiation presents a hazard, not to naturally occurring sources of radiation. The risk levels (maximum permissible risk and negligible risk) apply to sources of radiation that cause an additional risk. Translation of these levels into practical environmental quality objectives therefore implies that both the extent and the origin of the risk are determined. The distinction between the natural and the additional radiation dose is of particular interest. In this report various possibilities are described for measuring, explaining and predicting the naturally occurring concentrations of the precursors of the element radon in the two radioactive decay series starting with 238U and 232Th. Several methods are given that may be used to derive environmental quality objectives for the soil with respect to these radionuclides. These environmental quality objectives are an important basis for among other things the soil sanitation policy. The nature of the radionuclides considered may have consequences for the choice of sanitation techniques. Because possible sources and cases of soil pollution may have important consequences for the Dutch policy on soil sanitation, a short overview is given of data published on these subjects. The foundation and the control of intervention levels requires insight in the relative importance of pollution pathways. As a result, pathways have been given ample attention. 9 figs., 17 tabs., 66 refs

  15. Vertical and horizontal distribution of radionuclides (232Th, 238U and 40K) in sediment from Manjung coastal water area Perak, Malaysia

    Distribution of radionuclides from anthropogenic activities has been widely studied in marine coastal area. Due to rapid population growth and socio-economic development in Manjung area such as coal fired power plant, iron foundries, port development, waste discharged from factories and agriculture runoff may contribute to increase in pollution rate. The radioactive materials from anthropogenic activities could deteriorate the quality of the marine ecosystem and thus lead to possible radiological health risk to the population. Radionuclides (232Th, 238U and 40K) content in surface and profile sediment from Manjung coastal area was determined in this study. Radionuclides in sediment from seven locations were collected using sediment core sampling and measurements were carried out using Energy Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence (EDXRF) spectroscopy. The results show that the concentration of radionuclides in surface sediment and distribution trend of depth vertical profile sediment generally varies depending on locations. Enrichment factors (EF), geo-accumulation index (Igeo) and pollution index (PI) were applied to determine level of pollution of this study area. The radiological risks related to human exposure were evaluated based on external hazard index (Hex)

  16. Neutronic simulation of a research reactor core of (232Th, 235U)O2 fuel using MCNPX2.6 code

    Seyed Amir Hossein Feghhi; Marzieh Rezazadeh; Yachine Kadi; Claudio Tenreiro; Morteza Aref; Zohreh Gholamzadeh

    2013-01-01

    The small reactor design for the remote and less developed areas of the user countries should have simple features in view of the lack of infra-structure and resources. Many researchers consider long core life with no on-site refuelling activity as a primary feature for the small reactor design. Long core life can be achieved by enhancing internal conversion rate of fertile to fissile materials. For that purpose, thorium cycle can be adopted because a high fissile production rate of 233U converted from 232Th can be expected in the thermal energy region. A simple nuclear reactor core arranged 19 assemblies in hexagonal structure, using thorium-based fuel and heavy water as coolant and moderator was simulated using MCNPX2.6 code, aiming an optimized critical assembly. Optimized reflector thickness and gap between assemblies were determined to achieve minimum neutron leakage and void reactivity. The result was a more compact core, where assemblies were designed having 19-fuel pins in 1.25 pitch-to-diameter ratio. Optimum reflector thickness of 15 cm resulted in minimal neutron leakage in view of economic limitations. A 0.5 cm gap between assembles achieved more safety and 2.2% enrichment requirements. The present feasibility study suggests a thermal core of acceptable neutronic parameters to achieve a simple and safe core.

  17. Calibration factors for determination of relativistic particle induced fission rates in natU, 235U, 232Th, natPb and 197Au foils

    Calibration factors w, for determination of fission rate in metallic foils of natU, 235U, 232Th, natPb and 197Au were determined for foils in contact with synthetic mica track detectors. Proton-induced fission at proton energies of 0.7 GeV and 1.5 GeV were used. Using our experimental results as well as those of the other authors, w for different foil-mica systems were determined. Two methods were used to calculate w, relative to the calibration factor for uranium-mica system, which has been obtained in a standard neutron field of energy 14.7 MeV. One of these methods requires the knowledge of the mean range of the fission fragments in the foils of interest and other method needs information on the values of the fission cross-sections at the required energies as well as the density of the tracks recorded in the track detectors in contact with the foil surfaces. The obtained w-values were compared with Monte Carlo calculations and good agreements were found. It is shown that a calibration factor obtained at low energy neutron induced fissions in uranium isotopes deviates only by less than 10% from those obtained at relativistic proton induced fissions.

  18. Simulation smuggling study for shielded sources of 235U, 238U, 232Th, 137Cs and 60Co by using γ-detection

    This work deals with gamma detection of shielded sources of 235U, 238U, 232Th, 137Cs and 60Co by using HpGe and NaI detectors through their main characteristic energies; 185.7 keV, (63, 1001), (583 and 911), 661.6 and (1173 and 1332) KeV respectively. These radioactive sources were individually hidden in containers of aluminum (Al), iron (Fe) and cupper (Cu) of different thicknesses; 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18 mm. Thin containers of lead (Pb) were also used with the same sources. The attenuation factor (I/I0), the ratio of radiation intensity with and without container or shield, was calculated for all the investigated γ-energies. The relationship between the attenuation factor and the studied thicknesses of the containers was given, depicted and discussed. Detection of the mixed sources shielded by different materials of different thicknesses was also carried out by using PDR-77 survey meter. The radiation levels were found to be within the natural background at 65cm distance from the shielded sources. Telescopic arm carrying 2x2 NaI and radiometer was also used. Generally, It can be concluded that smuggling of radioactive materials of low radioactivity can be done without detection by hiding them in containers or within scrap of Cu, Fe or even Al rather than using the conventional heavy lead shield. (author)

  19. {sup 230}Th, {sup 232}Th and {sup 238}U determinations in phosphoric acid fertilizer and process products by ICP-MS

    Nascimento, Marcos R.L. do; Guerreiro, Luisa M.R.; Bonifacio, Rodrigo L.; Taddei, Maria H.T., E-mail: pmarcos@cnen.gov.br [Comissao Nacional de Energia Nuclear (LAPOC/CNEN-MG), Pocos de Caldas, MG (Brazil). Laboratorio de Pocos de Caldas

    2015-07-01

    Through processing of Santa Quiteria-CE mine phosphate rock, Brazil has established a project for production of phosphoric acid fertilizer and uranium as a by-product. Under leaching conditions of phosphate rock with sulfuric acid, which is the common route for preparing phosphoric acid fertilizer, a large part of uranium, thorium and their decay products naturally present in the rock are solubilized. In order to assess the contamination potential in phosphoric acid and others process products, this paper describes a previous precipitation and direct methods for routine analysis of thorium and uranium isotopes by ICP-MS. In all samples, {sup 230}Th, {sup 232}Th and {sup 238}U were directly determined after dilution, except {sup 230}Th in phosphoric acid loaded with uranium sample, which to overcome equipment contamination effect, was determined after its separation by oxalate precipitation using lanthanum as a carrier. The results obtained by the proposed method by ICP-MS, were in good agreement when compared to alpha spectrometry for {sup 230}Th, and ICP-OES and spectrophotometry with arsenazo III for elementary uranium and thorium determinations. (author)

  20. Concentration in activity of 137 Cs, 40 K, 232 Th, 226 Ra in waste deposits of the benefits of minerals in the State of Zacatecas

    The necessity to report the changes in the contained radionuclides in the terrestrial crust, or those deposited by the atomic tests around the world, becomes clear when observing the use of material of waste of those mines. With the purpose of quantifying the concentration in activity its were meet a series of waste samples in mines of the municipalities of Zacatecas, Fresnillo, Guadalupe and Veta Grande of the state of Zacatecas, Mexico. The analysis was carried out by gamma spectrometry with a HPGe detector with a resolution of 1.9 keV corresponding to an energy of 1.33 MeV calibrated in efficiency and energy by means of a certified standard multi nuclide in activity with identical geometry to that of the samples. The times of count are of 80000 seconds, with the purpose of to reduce the relative uncertainties and to define well the interest regions. The activity of 226 Ra and 232 Th is obtained through the one 214 Bi and 228 Ac respectively, the concentration was also measured in activity of the one 40 K and the 137 Cs in units of Bq kg-1. (Author)

  1. Neutron Radiative Capture Cross Section of 232Th in the Energy Range from 0.06 to 2 MeV

    The neutron capture cross section of 232Th has been measured relative to σ(n, γ) for 197Au and σ(n,f) for 235U in the energy range from 60 keV to 2 MeV. Neutrons were produced by the 7Li(p,n) and T(p,n) reactions at the 4-MV Van de Graaff Accelerator of CEN Bordeaux-Gradignan. The activation technique was used, and the cross section was measured relative to the 197Au(n,γ) standard cross section up to 1 MeV. The characteristic gamma lines of the product nuclei 233Pa and 198Au were measured with a 40% high-purity germanium detector. Above this energy, the reaction 235U(n,f) was also used as a second standard, and the fission fragments were detected with a photovoltaic cell. The results, after applying the appropriate corrections, indicate that the cross sections are close to the JENDL-3 database values up to 800 keV and over 1.4 MeV. For energies in the intermediate range, our values are slightly lower than those from all the libraries

  2. Neutron radiative capture cross-section of 232Th in the energy range from 0.06 to 2 MeV

    Neutron capture cross-section of 232Th have been measured relative to σ(n,γ) for 197Au and σ(n,f) for 235U in the energy range from 60 keV to 2 MeV. Neutrons were produced by the 7Li(p,n) and T(p,n) reactions at the 4 MV Van de Graaff Accelerator of CEN/Bordeaux. The activation technique was used and the cross-section was measured relative to the 197Au(n,γ) standard cross-section up to 1 MeV. Above this energy, the reaction 235U(n,f) was also used as a second standard and the fission fragments were detected with a photovoltaic cell. The results after applying the appropriate corrections indicate that the cross-sections are close to the JENDL-3 database values up to 800 keV and over 1.4 MeV. For energies in the intermediate range, values are slightly lower to the ones from all the libraries. (author)

  3. Vertical and horizontal distribution of radionuclides (232Th, 238U and 40K) in sediment from Manjung coastal water area Perak, Malaysia

    Abdullah, Anisa; Hamzah, Zaini; Saat, Ahmad; Wood, Ab. Khalik

    2016-01-01

    Distribution of radionuclides from anthropogenic activities has been widely studied in marine coastal area. Due to rapid population growth and socio-economic development in Manjung area such as coal fired power plant, iron foundries, port development, waste discharged from factories and agriculture runoff may contribute to increase in pollution rate. The radioactive materials from anthropogenic activities could deteriorate the quality of the marine ecosystem and thus lead to possible radiological health risk to the population. Radionuclides (232Th, 238U and 40K) content in surface and profile sediment from Manjung coastal area was determined in this study. Radionuclides in sediment from seven locations were collected using sediment core sampling and measurements were carried out using Energy Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence (EDXRF) spectroscopy. The results show that the concentration of radionuclides in surface sediment and distribution trend of depth vertical profile sediment generally varies depending on locations. Enrichment factors (EF), geo-accumulation index (Igeo) and pollution index (PI) were applied to determine level of pollution of this study area. The radiological risks related to human exposure were evaluated based on external hazard index (Hex).

  4. Vertical and horizontal distribution of radionuclides ({sup 232}Th, {sup 238}U and {sup 40}K) in sediment from Manjung coastal water area Perak, Malaysia

    Abdullah, Anisa, E-mail: coppering@ymail.com; Hamzah, Zaini; Wood, Ab. Khalik [Faculty of Applied Sciences, Universiti Teknologi MARA, 40450, Shah Alam, Selangor (Malaysia); Saat, Ahmad [Faculty of Applied Sciences, Universiti Teknologi MARA, 40450, Shah Alam, Selangor (Malaysia); Institute of Science, Universiti Teknologi MARA, 40450 Shah Alam, Selangor (Malaysia)

    2016-01-22

    Distribution of radionuclides from anthropogenic activities has been widely studied in marine coastal area. Due to rapid population growth and socio-economic development in Manjung area such as coal fired power plant, iron foundries, port development, waste discharged from factories and agriculture runoff may contribute to increase in pollution rate. The radioactive materials from anthropogenic activities could deteriorate the quality of the marine ecosystem and thus lead to possible radiological health risk to the population. Radionuclides ({sup 232}Th, {sup 238}U and {sup 40}K) content in surface and profile sediment from Manjung coastal area was determined in this study. Radionuclides in sediment from seven locations were collected using sediment core sampling and measurements were carried out using Energy Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence (EDXRF) spectroscopy. The results show that the concentration of radionuclides in surface sediment and distribution trend of depth vertical profile sediment generally varies depending on locations. Enrichment factors (EF), geo-accumulation index (I{sub geo}) and pollution index (PI) were applied to determine level of pollution of this study area. The radiological risks related to human exposure were evaluated based on external hazard index (H{sub ex})

  5. Determination of the neutron capture cross sections of 232Th at 14.1 MeV and 14.8 MeV using the neutron activation method

    Lan, Chang-Lin; Peng, Meng; Lv, Tao; Yao, Ze-en; Chen, Jin-Gen; Kong, Xiang-Zhong

    2016-01-01

    The 232Th(n,{\\gamma})233Th neutron capture reaction cross sections were measured at average neutron energies of 14.1 MeV and 14.8 MeV using the activation method. The neutron flux was determined using the monitor reaction 27Al(n,{\\alpha})24Na. The induced gamma-ray activities were measured using a low background gamma ray spectrometer equipped with a high resolution HPGe detector. The experimentally determined cross sections were compared with the literatures data, evaluated data of ENDF/B-VII, JENDL-4.0, and CENDL-3.1. The Excitation functions of 232Th(n,{\\gamma}) reaction were also calculated theoretically using the TALYS 1.6 computer code.

  6. Measurement of 238U and 232Th in Petrol, Gas-oil and Lubricant Samples by Using Nuclear Track Detectors and Resulting Radiation Doses to the Skin of Mechanic Workers.

    Misdaq, M A; Chaouqi, A; Ouguidi, J; Touti, R; Mortassim, A

    2015-10-01

    Workers in repair shops of vehicles (cars, buses, truck, etc.) clean carburetors, check fuel distribution, and perform oil changes and greasing. To explore the exposure pathway of (238)U and (232)Th and its decay products to the skin of mechanic workers, these radionuclides were measured inside petrol, gas-oil, and lubricant material samples by means of CR-39 and LR-115 type II solid state nuclear track detectors (SSNTDs), and corresponding annual committed equivalent doses to skin were determined. The maximum total equivalent effective dose to skin due to the (238)U and (232)Th series from the application of different petrol, gas-oil, and lubricant samples by mechanic workers was found equal to 1.2 mSv y(-1) cm(-2). PMID:26313584

  7. 放射性核素土壤-植物吸收与钍、镭富集植物的发现%Uptake of Radionuclides from Soil to Plant and the Discovery of 226Ra, 232Th Hyperaccumulator

    张志强; 陈迪云; 宋刚; 岳玉美

    2011-01-01

    11 sorts of plant samples and corresponding soil samples were collected in Conghua and Taishan, Pearl River Delta. The specific activity of 238U、226Ra、232Th and 40K of samples were investigated by using HPGe-γ-ray spectra analysis. The results showed that the average specific activity of 238U, 226Ra, 232Th and 40K in soil samples were 151.8, 146. 3, 226. 6, 665.5 Bq/kg, which were higher than the average values of China and the world. The concentration of 238U in all sort of plants are very low and most of them are lower than detection limit, while the values of 226Ra, 232Th and 4OK were high. The contents of 226Ra and 232Th in Dicranopteris dichotoma were the highest, whose average specific activity is 285.9, 986. 2 Bq/kg respectively. The average bioconcentration factors (BFs)of 226Ra,232Th of Dicranopteris dichotoma were 2. 20, 4.23, respectively, the other 10 sort of plants have BFs of 226Ra, 232Th were in the range of 10 -1 -10-2. The bioconcentration factors and the translocation factors of 226Ra, 232Th of Dicranopteris dichotoma were all bigger than 1, so Dicranopteris dichotoma can be defined as hyperaccumulator of 226Ra and 232Th.%对采集珠江三角洲从化、台山等地的11种植物以及对应的土壤样品,采用HPGe-y能谱分析了其中的天然放射性核素U、Ra、Th和K的比活度,结果表明,土壤样品中U、Ra、Th和K的平均含量为151.8、146.3、226.6和665.5Bq/kg,高于我国和世界的平均值,植物样品中的U含量较低,大多数样品低于检出限,而Ra、Th和K的平均含量相对较高.铁芒萁(Dicranopteris dichotoma)样品中Ra、Th含量最高,平均值分别为285.9 Bq/kg、968.5 Bq/kg,对应的生物富集系数(bioconcentration factor)的平均值为2.20、4.23,而其它10种植物Ra、Th的生物富集系数均在10~10的范围.铁芒萁Ra和Th的富集系数和转移系数(translocation factor)都大于1,可以认为是Ra和Th的超富集植物.

  8. Distribution of 137Cs, 90Sr, 239+240Pu, 241Am and 230,232Th on the fractions of natural organic species soils of ChNPP alienation zone

    The experimental data determination of distribution 137Cs, 90Sr, 239+240Pu, 241Am 'Chernobyl' releases and 230,232Th on the fraction of humic and fulvic acids sandy- podsolic, meadow and peaty soils taken in the exclusive zone ChNPP are presents. Soils organic matter was isolated by conventional alkali extraction (Turin's method). It was shown that, with depending of soils types 15-45 % 241Am associate with fulvic acids. In all investigated types of soils 30 - 40 % 239+240Pu connects with humic acids, as strong complexes. The distribution of environmental 230,232Th and artificial 239+240Pu on the fraction natural organic species is the same

  9. Development of sequential analytical method for the determination of U-238, U-234, Th-232, Th-230, Th-228, Ra-226 and Ra-228 and its application in mineral waters

    A sequential analytical method for the determination of U-238, U-234, Th-232, Th-230, Th-228, Ra-226 and Ra-228 in environmental samples and applied to the analysis of mineral waters is studied. Thorium isotopes are coprecipitated with lanthanium fluoride before counting in alpha spectrometer, the uranium isotopes are determined by alpha spectrometry following extraction with TOPO onto a polymenic membrane. Radium-226 is determined with the radom emanation technique. (M.J.C.)

  10. Use of electrodeposition for sample preparation and rejection rate prediction for assay of electroformed ultra high purity copper for 232Th and 238U prior to inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP/MS)

    The search for neutrinoless double beta decay in 76Ge has driven the need for ultra-low background Ge detectors shielded by electroformed copper of ultra-high radiopurity (232Th and 238U into the plating bath simulates low purity copper and allows for the calculation of the electrochemical rejection rate of thorium and uranium in the electroplating system. This rejection value will help to model plating bath chemistry. (author)

  11. Recent capture cross-sections validation on 232Th from 0,1 eV to 40 keV and self-shielding effect evaluation

    Research on ADS, related new fuels and their ability for nuclear waste incineration leads to a revival of interest in nuclear cross-sections of many nuclides in a large energy range. Discrepancies observed between nuclear databases require new measurements in several cases. A complete measurement of such cross-sections including resonance resolution consists in an extensive beam time experiment associated to a long analysis. With a slowing down spectrometer associated to a pulsed neutron source, it is possible to determine a good cross-section profile in an energy range from 0.1 eV to 40 keV by making use of a slowing-down time lead spectrometer associated to a pulsed neutron source. These measurements performed at ISN (Grenoble) with the neutron source GENEPI requires only small quantities of matter (as small as 0.1 g) and about one day of beam by target. We present cross-section profile measurements and an experimental study of the self-shielding effect. A CeF3 scintillator coupled with a photomultiplier detects gamma rays from neutronic capture in the studied target. The neutron flux is also measured with a 233U fission detector and a 3He detector at symmetrical position to the PM in relation to the neutron source. Absolute flux values are given by activation of Au and W foils. The cross-section profiles can then be deduced from the target capture rate and are compared with very detailed MCNP simulations, which reproduce the experimental set-up and provide also capture rates and flux. The method is then applied to 232Th, of main interest for new fuel cycle studies, and is complementary to higher energy measurements made by D. Karamanis et al. (CENBG). Results obtained for three target thicknesses will be compared with simulations based on different data bases. Special attention will be paid to the region of unresolved resonances (>100 eV). (author)

  12. Allanite from the El Muerto Pegmatite, Oaxaca, Mexico: A Potential New Standard for 232Th-208Pb Dating by LA-ICP-MS

    Price, J.; Crowley, J. L.; Solari, L.; Prol-Ledesma, R.

    2012-12-01

    Allanite dating may be important to studies addressing tectonomagmatic evolution, provenance of monocyclic sediment, and mineral weathering. Obtaining accurate allanite ages by SIMS has been challenging and time-consuming due to the mineral's extreme chemical variability which often prevents finding adequately matrix-matched standards. Isotopic measurements by LA-ICP-MS minimize the need for standards of nearly identical composition to the unknown allanite being analyzed, and it is done relatively rapidly. Dating by LA-ICP-MS requires high quality standards for isotopic fractionation corrections. However, readily accessible and well characterized allanite standards are scarce. We investigated gemstone allanite from the El Muerto pegmatite, Oaxaca, Mexico, as a potential new geochronology standard for 232Th-208Pb allanite dating by LA-ICP-MS. Compositional homogeneity was thoroughly investigated by scanning and backscatter electron microscopy, cathodoluminescence, quantitative and qualitative energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, electron microprobe, and LA-ICP-MS. The possibility of metamictization was investigated by extensive X-ray diffraction analyses. The El Muerto allanite was U-Pb dated by ID-TIMS, with common Pb ratios determined from cogenetic K-feldspar by ID-TIMS and LA-MC-ICP-MS. Future work includes Th-Pb dating by ID-TIMS. The samples investigated are homogeneous with respect to major and trace elements. Major element compositional results are generally in agreement with published values, and no metamictization was identified despite the allanite being nearly 1 Ga. The only limitation of the El Muerto allanite is that it contains small, generally <100 μm, scarce inclusions of quartz, calciothorite, albite, calcite, and biotite. However, these grains are easily recognized and avoided during LA-ICP-MS analyses. Based on these results, the El Muerto allanite has the potential to serve as a standard for LA-ICP-MS dating.

  13. Distribution of {sup 226} Ra, {sup 232} Th, {sup 40} K and {sup 137} Cs in soils of Province of Camaguey, Cuba

    Flores, Osvaldo Brigido; Barreras Caballero, Aldo A.; Montalvan Estrada, Adelmo; Queipo Garcia, Maite [Ministerio da Ciencia, Tecnologia y Medio Ambiente, Camaguey (Cuba). Centro de Atencion a la Actividad Nuclear. Lab. de Vigilancia Radiologica Ambiental]. E-mail: sean@caonao.cmw.inf.cu; Zerquera, Juan Tomas [Centro de Proteccion y Higiene de las Radiaciones, La Habana (Cuba)

    2001-07-01

    A survey programme aimed at studying the environmental radioactivity in the Province of Camaguey in the eastern region of Cuba was undertaken. The average concentrations of {sup 226} Ra, {sup 232} Th, and {sup 40} K in the surveyed soils were 26.4, 11.5 and 210 Bq.kg{sup -1}, respectively. The man-made radionuclide found was {sup 137} Cs and its concentration was similar to those reported in regions affected only by global radioactive fallout, (7.9 Bq.kg{sup -1}). Radiological measurements carried out with a portable ionization chamber RSS-112 at the sampled sites revealed an average outdoor absorbed dose rate of 59.0 nGy.h{sup -1} due to cosmic rays and terrestrial gamma radiation. Computed dose rates obtained through the UNSCEAR(1993) dose coefficients range from 4-182 nGy.h{sup -1}, with a mean value of 27.8 nGy.h{sup -1}, due to natural terrestrial gamma radiation. Ratio of Indoor to Outdoor absorbed dose rates in air was 1.75. The average value of absorbed dose rate in air for the ionizing component of cosmic rays was 31.8 nGy.h{sup -1} at sea level. Because of the 95% of the Camaguey population lives at altitudes close to sea level (10-100 m), the absorbed dose rate in outdoor air from ionizing component of cosmic rays was estimated to be 32.3 nGy.h{sup -1}. An annual average effective dose equivalent of 510 {mu}Sv was estimated for Camaguey population due to the ionizing component of cosmic and gamma terrestrial radiation. This value is lower than the 760 {mu}Sv.year{sup -1} estimated as a world average by UNSCEAR (1993). (author)

  14. Determination of 40K, 232Th and 238U activity concentrations in ambient PM2.5 aerosols and the associated inhalation effective dose to the public in Jeddah City, Saudi Arabia

    Natural radioactivity of soil samples has been studied in many countries of the Arabian Peninsula, including Saudi Arabia. Radiological indices based on soil radioactivity have been widely used in these studies. However, there are no available data about natural radioactivity of fine aerosol particles in such countries. The objective of this study is to determine the activity concentrations of 40K, 232Th and 238U in airborne PM2.5 and the associated internal inhalation radiation dose to the public in Jeddah City, Saudi Arabia. Twenty-four air samples in four locations throughout Jeddah were collected and analyzed for PM2.5 and the associated K, Th and U. The activity concentrations of the isotopes 40K, 232Th and 238U were calculated. High atmospheric PM2.5 concentrations (mean: 50.81 ± 34.02 μg/m3) were found. The natural radioactivity associated with PM2.5 due to the isotopes 40K, 232Th and 238U were 301.8 ± 76.1, 11.8 ± 4.2 and 10.8 ± 3.4 Bq/kg, respectively, and the Raeq was calculated as 44.9 ± 14.0 Bq/kg. The inhalation annual effective radiation dose to the public due to natural isotopes of the airborne PM2.5 was in the range 15.03–58.87 nSv/year, depending on the age group. Although these dose values were associated with the PM2.5 fraction only, they were higher than the world references values in air reported in the UNSCEAR, 2000 report. - Highlights: • High airborne PM2.5 concentrations over 4 months (24 samples) were found in Jeddah. • The mean activity concentrations of 40K, 232Th and 238U were assessed in PM2.5. • Effective inhalation dose due to 40K, 232Th and 238U was 59 nSv/year for adults. • Effective inhalation dose was higher than the world reference values in air. • Studying the inhalation dose due to other radioisotopes in PM2.5 is recommended

  15. Assessment of natural radionuclides concentration from {sup 238}U and {sup 232}Th series in Virginia and Burley varieties of Nicotiana tabacum L; Avaliacao da concentracao dos radionuclideos naturais das series do {sup 238}U e {sup 232}Th nas variedades Burley e Virginia da Nicotiana tabacum L.

    Silva, Carolina Fernanda da

    2015-07-01

    Brazil is the largest exporter and second largest producer of tobacco worldwide, according to the crop production of 2013/2014. The tobacco plant (Nicotiana tabacum L.) is used to manufacture all derivatives and the chemical composition of the resulting tobacco products varies with the type of tobacco leaves, how they are grown, the region where they are cultivated, the characteristics of preparation (compression, filter and paper) and the temperature variations resulting from the incomplete combustion of tobacco. Tobacco products are extensively used throughout the world, and the most consumed are cigarettes, cigars and narghile. The damaging effects that these products cause to human health are discussed globally, and many surveys are performed with the aim of relating the use of these products with various illnesses. There is a lack of information about the radiological characterization of the tobacco plant both in international and Brazilian literature. The objective of this study was to determine the concentration of radionuclides {sup 238}U, {sup 234}U, {sup 230}Th, {sup 22}'6Ra, {sup 210}Pb and {sup 210}Po, members from the {sup 238}U decay series, and the radionuclides {sup 232}Th and {sup 228}Ra members of the {sup 232}Th decay series in the varieties Burley and Virginia, which are the most cultivated in Brazil. Plants from these varieties were cultivated in pots with organic substrate and fertilizer and also acquired from the producers and analyzed by alpha spectrometry for U and Th isotopes and {sup 210}Po determination, and gross alpha and beta counting, {sup 228}Ra, {sup 226}Ra and {sup 210}Pb determination. The whole plant, from both places, was analyzed; root, stem, leaves, as well as the organic substrate, the fertilizers, and the soil. The results for U and Th isotopes presented values below the detection limits of the methods to the leaves and stems of all plants analyzed, with measurable results only in roots, soil, and substrate. The

  16. Fission barrier determinations and fragment angular correlations for the 244Pu, 242Pu, 240U, 238U, 234Th, and 232Th compound nuclei from (t, pf) reactions

    Fission probabilities and the angular distribution of the fission fragments have been measured for six even-even compound nuclear systems using the (t, pf) reaction. Angular correlations of fission fragments obtained in these experiments provide information about the low-lying collective excitations or transition states at the fission barrier. The (t, p) reaction in particular leads to neutron-rich residual nuclei unobtainable by other methods. The absence of spin coupling for (t, p) reactions on even-even targets provides angular distributions with well defined structure in the region of the fission barrier. The experimental data were obtained using an 18-MeV triton beam on targets of 242Pu, 240Pu, 238U, 236U, 232Th and 230Th at Los Alamos Van-de-Graaff accelerator facility. Outgoing protons were detected at 140 deg relative to the incident triton beam. Excitation energies ranging from 3.0 to 9.0 MeV were obtained in these experiments. Fission fragment angular distributions were measured at 24 angles from 0 deg to 140 deg relative to the kinematic recoil angle. The data were fitted to a series of even Legendre polynomials W(θ) = A0 [1 + ΣL gL PL (cos θ)] and the coefficients g2 through g12 and A0 were determined as a function of excitation energy. The fission probability Pf was obtained from the ratio of A0 to the (t, p) cross-section for the target nucleus. The results exhibit well defined structure in the angular coefficients which correlates with structure in the fission probability for most of the nuclei studied. In an attempt to interpret this observed structure the experimentally determined fitting parameters Pf and g are compared with calculated results of a microscopic model. This model takes into consideration the penetrability and angular dependence of fission through each member of the various transition bands at the saddle point and appropriately sums the results for comparison with the data. The effects of barrier penetration through a two

  17. Concentration in activity of {sup 137} Cs, {sup 40} K, {sup 232} Th, {sup 226} Ra in waste deposits of the benefits of minerals in the State of Zacatecas; Concentracion en actividad de {sup 137} Cs, {sup 40} K, {sup 232} Th, {sup 226} Ra en depositos de desecho del beneficio de minerales en el Estado de Zacatecas

    Leal, B.; Mireles, F.; Quirino, L.; Davila, I.; Ramirez, F. [UAZ, A.P. 579C, 98068 Zacatecas (Mexico)

    2003-07-01

    The necessity to report the changes in the contained radionuclides in the terrestrial crust, or those deposited by the atomic tests around the world, becomes clear when observing the use of material of waste of those mines. With the purpose of quantifying the concentration in activity its were meet a series of waste samples in mines of the municipalities of Zacatecas, Fresnillo, Guadalupe and Veta Grande of the state of Zacatecas, Mexico. The analysis was carried out by gamma spectrometry with a HPGe detector with a resolution of 1.9 keV corresponding to an energy of 1.33 MeV calibrated in efficiency and energy by means of a certified standard multi nuclide in activity with identical geometry to that of the samples. The times of count are of 80000 seconds, with the purpose of to reduce the relative uncertainties and to define well the interest regions. The activity of {sup 226} Ra and {sup 232} Th is obtained through the one {sup 214} Bi and {sup 228} Ac respectively, the concentration was also measured in activity of the one {sup 40} K and the {sup 137} Cs in units of Bq kg{sup -1}. (Author)

  18. Measurement and Analysis of Specific Activities of 238U, 232Th,226Ra, 40K and 137Cs in Soil Samples from Phatthalung Province (Thailand) using Gamma Ray Spectrometry

    Full text: Specific activity of natural (238U, 232Th, 226Ra and 40K ) and anthropogenic radionuclide (137Cs) in 109 soil samples collected from 11 districts in Phathalung province have been measured and analyzed. Experimental results were obtained by using a high purity germanium (HPGe) detector and gamma spectrometry analysis system at Nuclear and Material Physics laboratory in Department of Physics Faculty of Science Thaksin University Songkhla Campus. Gamma ray radioactive standard sources 60Co, 137Cs and 133Ba were used to calibrate the measurement system. The KCl and two reference materials (RGU-1 and RGTh-1) obtained from the International Atomic Energy Agency were also used to analyze and compute the 40K, 238U (or 226Ra) and 232Th specific activity in all soil samples. The IAEA/SL-2 was also used to evaluate the specific activity of 137Cs in all soil samples. The measuring time of each sample was 10,800 seconds. It was found that specific activity ranged from 148.17 to 11276.78 Bq/kg for 40K, 58.29 to 518.45 Bq/kg for 226Ra, 8.40 to 236.19 Bq/kg for 232Th and 0.00 tp 12.39 Bq/kg for 137Cs with mean values of 3573.35 ± 203.89 Bq/kg, 135.89 ± 6.71 Bq/kg, 76.34 ± 5.32 Bq/kg and 1.05 ± 0.70 Bq/kg respectively. Furthermore, absorbed dose rate in air (D), radium equivalent activity (Raeq), external hazard index (Hex), and annual effective dose rate (AEDout) of this area were also evaluated by using the mean values of specific activities of the 40K, 226Ra and 232Th. Moreover, the experimental results were also compared with Office of Atoms for Peace (OAP) research data, Thailand and global radioactivity measurement and evaluations. The radioactive contour maps of specific activities of natural and anthropogenic radionuclides from this study were created by using the program ArcGis Version 9.2

  19. Determination of the neutron fission cross-section for 233Pa from 0.5 to 10 MeV using the transfer reaction 232Th(3He,pf)234Pa

    Neutron induced fission cross-section of 233Pa in the fast neutron energy range from 0.5 to 10 MeV was determined for the first time as a two term product of the fission probability of 234Pa nucleus and the same compound nucleus formation cross-section. The first term was measured with the transfer reaction 232Th(3He,p) 234Pa while the second one was calculated. The tendency of the resulting data to agree with the existing evaluated one, is a proof for the validity of the utilised method. (author)

  20. Investigation of (235)U, (226)Ra, (232)Th, (40)K, (137)Cs, and heavy metal concentrations in Anzali international wetland using high-resolution gamma-ray spectrometry and atomic absorption spectroscopy.

    Zare, Mohammad Reza; Kamali, Mahdi; Fallahi Kapourchali, Maryam; Bagheri, Hashem; Khoram Bagheri, Mahdi; Abedini, Ali; Pakzad, Hamid Reza

    2016-02-01

    Measurements of natural radioactivity levels and heavy metals in sediment and soil samples of the Anzali international wetland were carried out by two HPGe-gamma ray spectrometry and atomic absorption spectroscopy techniques. The concentrations of (235)U, (226)Ra, (232)Th, (40)K, and (137)Cs in sediment samples ranged between 1.05 ± 0.51-5.81 ± 0.61, 18.06 ± 0.63-33.36 ± .0.34, 17.57 ± 0.38-45.84 ± 6.23, 371.88 ± 6.36-652.28 ± 11.60, and 0.43 ± 0.06-63.35 ± 0.94 Bq/kg, while in the soil samples they vary between 2.36-5.97, 22.71-38.37, 29.27-42.89, 472.66-533, and 1.05-9.60 Bq/kg for (235)U, (226)Ra, (232)Th, (40)K, and (137)Cs, respectively. Present results are compared with the available literature data and also with the world average values. The radium equivalent activity was well below the defined limit of 370 Bq/kg. The external hazard indices were found to be less than 1, indicating a low dose. Heavy metal concentrations were found to decrease in order as Fe > Mn > Sr > Zn > Cu > Cr > Ni > Pb > Co > Cd. These measurements will serve as background reference levels for the Anzali wetland. PMID:26490904

  1. Development of an analytical method for the determination of U-238, U-234, Th-232, Th-230, Th-228, Ra-228, Ra-226, Pb-210 and Po-210 and its application on environmental samples

    A comparison between the environmental impact by nuclear facilities with the burden suffered from natural radioactivity calls for studying the long-lived radionuclides of the U-238 and Th-232 decay series U-238, U-234, Th-232, Th-230, Th-228, Ra-228, Ra-226, Pb-210 and Po-210. This work describes the development of a fast isotope dilution analysis method allowing to separate with one sample solution U, Th, Ra, Pb and Po both from each other and, at the same time, from the matrix. To test its applicability, the method was used with samples consisting of soil, sediments, plants, water, carbon and air dust filter. The detection limit for the chemical yield attained of approx. 70% was 0.27 mBq per sample for Th-232, Th-230, Th-228, U-238, U-234 and Po-210. The detection limit for Pb-210 was 10 mBq per sample. On account of the influence by Ra-226 in the Ra-228 measurement and vice versa the detection limit is a function of the Ra-226 and Ra-228 concentrations, respectively, in the sample. The detection limits for the pure nuclides are 0.9 mBq per sample and 10 mBq per sample, respectively, for Ra-226 and Ra-228. (orig./HP)

  2. Determination of the concentration of {sup 238}U, {sup 234}U, {sup 232}Th, {sup 228}Th, {sup 228}Ra, {sup 226}Ra and {sup 210}Pb in the feces of workers from a mining company of niobium and their families; Determinacao da concentracao de {sup 238}U, {sup 234}U, {sup 232}Th, {sup 228}Th, {sup 228}Ra, {sup 226}Ra e {sup 210}Pb na excrecao fecal de trabalhadores de uma mineradora de niobio e de seus familiares

    Oliveira, Roges de; Lopes, Ricardo T. [Coordenacao dos Programas de Pos-Graduacao de Engenharia (LIN/COPPE/UFRJ), RJ (Brazil). Programa de Engenharia Nuclear. Lab. de Intrumentacao Nuclear; Melo, Dunstana R.; Juliao, Ligia M.Q.C. [Instituto de Radioprotecao e Dosimetria (SEMINIRD/CNEN-RJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Servico de Monitoracao Individual Interna

    2005-07-01

    The object of this study consists of an open mine from which Niobium ore (pyrochlore) is extracted and a metallurgy company, where Fe-Nb alloys are produced for export. For geological reasons, the main ore is associated to natural radionuclides U and Th, and its decay products. The concentration of {sup 234}U, {sup 238}U, {sup 232}Th, {sup 226}Ra and {sup 228}Ra, {sup 228}Th, including {sup 210}Pb in fecal excretion of 12:0 am, 29 workers and 13 family members were determined. The technique employed for the determination of the elements was the sequential method of radiochemical separation, followed by alpha spectrometry and counting {alpha} and {beta} in proportional detector. Statistically significant difference was observed in the concentration of {sup 234}U and {sup 238}U, in feces samples, among the group of mining workers and family members; as well as for {sup 232}Th in the feces of workers of crushing and metallurgy groups when compared with the Family Group. No statistically significant difference was detected at a concentration of {sup 226}Ra, {sup 228}Ra and {sup 210}Pb, in feces of any group of workers of the installation in relation to the family group.

  3. Fission products yield in the neutron-induced fission of 232Th using neutrons source from 7Li( p, n)7Be reaction at incident proton energy of 20 MeV

    This paper presents the measurement of fission product yields from the neutron induced fission of 232Th. These measurements were carried out using the neutron source from 7Li (p,n) reaction at TIFR-BARC Pelletron facility. The yields were obtained using activation and off-line gamma ray spectroscopic technique. The fission yields values are reported for twelve fission products. Activated targets were counted in highly shielded HPGe detectors over a period of several weeks to identify decaying fission products. The results obtained from the present work were compared with the similar data of mono-energetic neutrons of comparable energy from literature and are found to be in good agreement

  4. Calculation of fission fragment angular anisotropy in heavy-ion induced fission

    Fission fragment angular anisotropies from 16O + 232Th, 12C + 236U, 11B + 237Np, 14N + 232Th, 11B + 235U and 12C + 232Th systems were calculated by means of the standard saddle point statistical model (SSPSM). The results were obtained with and without neutron emission correction in the reactions, and comparisons were made with the corresponding experimental data. The normal and anomalous behaviors of fission fragment anisotropies are extensively discussed. (author)

  5. Specific Activities and Radioactive Contour Maps of Natural (238U, 232Th, 226Ra and 40K ) and Anthropogenic (137Cs) Radionuclides in Beach Sand Samples Collected from Nai Yang Beach of Phuket Province After Tsunai Disaster

    Full text: Specific activities of natural (238U, 232Th, 226Ra and 40K) and artificial anthropogenic (137Cs) radionuclides in 50 beach sand samples collected from Nai Yang beach in Phuket province which was effected from 2004 tsunami disaster, have been studied and measured. Experimental results were obtained by using a high-purity germanium (HPGe) detector and gamma spectrometry analysis system and also evaluated by using the standard reference materials IAEA/RGU-1, IAEA/RGTh-1, KCL and SL-2 which were obtained from Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Prince of Songkhla University Hat Yai Campus. Experimental set-up and measurements were operated and carried out at Nuclear and Material Physics Laboratory in Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Thaksin University Songkhla Campus. It was found that, the beach sand specific activity ranges from 862.50 to 3,356.35 Bq/kg for 40K, 3.51- 28.58 Bq/kg for 226Ra, 10.15 to 30.22 Bq/kg for 232Th and 0.00 to 2.39 Bq/kg for 137Cs with mean values of 1,843.03 ± 152.49 Bq/kg, 14.88 ± 3.30 Bq/kg, 19.19 ± 2.80 Bq/kg and 0.14 ± 0.11 Bq/kg, respectively. Furthermore, the results were also used to evaluate the absorbed dose rates in air (D), the radium equivalent (Raeq), the external hazard index (Hex) and the annual effective dose rate (AED) in all beach area. Moreover, experimental results were also compared to the Office of Atoms for Peace (OAP) research data, Thailand and global radioactivity measurements and evaluation, the recommended values which were proposed by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD, 1979) and United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR, 1988, 1993, 2000). Specific activities of natural and artificial anthropogenic radionuclides in all of Nai Yang beach sand samples could be also used to create the radioactive contour maps

  6. Neutron-induced fission cross-section of 231Pa

    A first series of fission cross-section measurements for incident neutron energies between 0.6 and 3.4 MeV has confirmed a first chance threshold value around 1b. In contrast to our findings for the fission cross-section in 233Pa, both the direct and the surrogate cross-section data lead to the same result. This seems to support the assumption, that only in cases, where ingoing and outgoing particle are similar, particle-transfer reactions give results that are in agreement with those obtained from direct compound nuclear reactions

  7. Angular correlations of fission fragments from the reactions 232Th(p,p'f) and 236U(p,p'f) at a projectile energy of 26.5 MeV

    Angular correlations of fission fragments from the reactions 232Th(p,p'f) and 236U(p,p'f) have been measured at a projectile energy of Ep=26.5 MeV and excitation energies up to the second chance fission. The scattered protons have been detected by a semiconductor telescope positioned at two different angles (vTel=90 and vTel=60 ). The fission fragments have been measured by a parallel plate avalanche detector, which was position sensitive in two dimensions. The data continuously cover the angular ranges of about -15 up to +95 for vTel=90 and about -5 up to +50 for vTel=60 with respect to the kinematical recoil axis. It succeeded to describe the changes of the angular distribution with increasing excitation energy in terms of the Transition State Model by a uniform increase of the contributions with K≠0 for both compound systems and both excitation reactions. (orig./DG)

  8. Determination of the 233Pa(n, γ) capture cross section up to neutron energies of 1 MeV using the transfer reaction 232Th(3He, p)234Pa*

    The γ-ray emission probability distribution of 234Pa* has been measured between 5.2 and 6.2 MeV excitation energy using the transfer reaction 232Th(3He, p)234Pa* at an incident 3He energy of 24 MeV. The experimental set-up is made of four liquid scintillator C6D6 detectors and four Si telescopes arranged to detect γ rays and charged particles in coincidence. In order to determine the total number of γ-ray cascades in a given nucleus, the raw experimental detected gamma-ray events have to be corrected by the weighting function technique. This weighting requires complete knowledge of the efficiency and response functions for the C6D6 detector set-up and surroundings. These have been determined experimentally using gamma-ray sources, inelastic scattering reactions and transfer reactions on light nuclei. Simulations which reproduce successfully the detector response and efficiency are presented. From these measurements, the (n, γ) capture cross section of 233Pa, in the neutron energy range 0 to 1 MeV, has been deduced via the product of the measured γ emission probability of 234Pa* with the calculated compound nucleus formation cross section of the reaction 233Pa + n. A comparison between existing data bases or recent predictions and the present results is also made

  9. Measurement of the {sup 232}thorium capture cross section at n-TOF-CERN; Mesure de la section efficace de capture neutronique du {sup 232}Th a n-TOF au CERN

    Aerts, G

    2005-09-01

    Within the context of nuclear power as a sustainable energy resource, a program of research is concentrated on a new nuclear fuel cycle based on thorium. The main advantage, as compared to the uranium cycle, is a lower production of minor actinides, of which the radiological impact on the long term constitutes a problem. At present, nuclear data libraries don't provide cross sections of a good enough quality, allowing more realistic calculations from simulations related to these reactors. The {sup 232}Th neutron capture cross section is an example. With the n-TOF collaboration, the measurement of this reaction was achieved in 2002 using two C{sub 6}D{sub 6} detectors. The experimental area located at CERN, is characterized by an outstanding neutron energy resolution coupled to a high instantaneous neutron flux. The determination of the gamma-ray cascade detection efficiency, with a random behaviour, has been obtained by the use of weighting functions. These were deduced from Monte Carlo simulations with the code MCNP. Data extraction, reduction, and the description of the neutron flux have lead to the capture yield. In the resolved resonance region, the resonance parameters describing the cross section were deduced with the code SAMMY, using the R-matrix theory. In the unresolved resonance region, an uncertainty of 3,5% is found, and a comparison with recent measurements shows a good agreement. (author)

  10. Characterization of actinide physics specimens for the US/UK joint experiment in the Dounreay Prototype Fast Reactor

    The United States and the United Kingdom are engaged in a joint research program in which samples of the higher actinides are irradiated in the Dounreay Prototype Fast Reactor in Scotland. The purpose of the porogram is (1) to study the materials behavior of selected higher actinide fuels and (2) to determine the integral cross sections of a wide variety of the higher actinide isotopes. Samples of the actinides are incorporated in fuel pins inserted in the core. For the fuel study, the actinides selected are 241Am and 244Cm in the form of Am2O3, Cm2O3, and Am6Cm(RE)7O21, where (RE) represents a mixture of lanthanides. For the cross-section determinations, the samples are milligram quantities of actinide oxides of 248Cm, 246Cm, 244Cm, 243Cm, 243Am, 241Am, 244Pu, 242Pu, 241Pu, 240Pu, 239Pu, 238Pu, 237Np, 238U, 236U, 235U, 234U, 233U, 232Th, 230Th, and 231Pa encapsulated in vanadium. Coincident with the irradiations, neutron flux and energy spectral measurements are made with vanadium-encapsulated dosimeter materials located within the same fuel pins

  11. Preparation of actinide specimens for the US/UK joint experiment in the Dounreay Prototype Fast Reactor

    A joint research program involving the United States and the United Kingdom was initiated about four years ago for the purpose of studying the fuel behavior of higher actinides using in-core irradiation in the fast reactor at Dounreay, Scotland. Simultaneously, determination of integral cross sections of a wide variety of higher actinide isotopes (physics specimens) was proposed. Coincidental neutron flux and energy spectral measurements were to be made using vanadium encapsulated dosimetry materials in the immediate region of the fuel pellets and physics samples. The higher actinide samples chosen for the fuel study were 241Am and 244Cm in the forms of Am2O3, Cm2O3, and Am6Cm(RE)7O21, where (RE) represents a mixture of lanthanides. Milligram quantities of actinide oxides of 248Cm, 246Cm, 244Cm, 243Cm, 243Am, 241Am, 244Pu, 242Pu, 241Pu, 240Pu, 239Pu, 238Pu, 237Np, 238U, 236U, 235U, 234U, 233U, 232Th, 230Th, and 231Pa were encapsulated to obtain nuclear cross section and reaction rate data for these materials

  12. Determination of (226)Ra, (232)Th, (40)K, (235)U and (238)U activity concentration and public dose assessment in soil samples from bauxite core deposits in Western Cameroon.

    Mekongtso Nguelem, Eric Jilbert; Moyo Ndontchueng, Maurice; Motapon, Ousmanou

    2016-01-01

    Determination of activity concentrations in twenty five (25) soil samples collected from various points in bauxite ore deposit in Menoua Division in Western of Cameroon was done using gamma spectrometry based Broad Energy Germanium (BEGe6530) detector. The average terrestrial radionuclides of (40)K, (226)Ra, (232)Th, (235)U and (238)U were measured as 671 ± 272, 125 ± 58, 157 ± 67, 6 ± 3 and 99 ± 69 Bq kg(-1), respectively. The observed activity concentrations of radionuclides were compared with other published values in the world. The outdoor absorbed dose rate in air varied from 96.1 to 321.2 nGy h(-1) with an average of 188.2 ± 59.4 nGy h(-1). The external annual effective dose rate and external hazard index were estimated as 0.23 ± 0.07 mSv year(-1) for outdoor, 0.92 ± 0.29 mSv year(-1) for indoor and 1.13 for the external hazard index, respectively. These radiological safe parameters were relatively higher than the recommended safe limits of UNSCEAR. Consequently, using of soil as building material might lead to an increase the external exposure to natural radioactivity and future applications research need to be conducted to have a global view of radioactivity level in the area before any undergoing bauxite ore exploitation. PMID:27536536

  13. A study of reaction rates of (n,f), (n,γ) and (n,2n) reactions in natU and 232Th by the neutron fluence produced in the graphite set-up (GAMMA-3) irradiated by 2.33 GeV deuteron beam

    Spallation neutrons produced in the collision of a 2.33GeV deuteron beam with a large lead target are moderated by a thick graphite block surrounding the target and used to activate the radioactive samples of natU and Th put at three different positions, identified as holes ''a'', ''b'' and ''c'' in the graphite block. Rates of the (n,f), (n,γ) and (n,2n) reactions in the two samples are determined using the gamma spectrometry. The ratios of the experimental reaction rates, R (n,2n)/R (n,f), for 232Th and natU are estimated in order to understand the role of the (n,x n) kind of reactions in Accelerator-Driven Sub-critical Systems. For the Th-sample, the ratio is ∝ 54 (10)% in the case of hole ''a'' and ∝ 95 (57)% in the case of hole ''b'' compared to 1.73(20)% for hole ''a'' and 0.710(9)% for hole ''b'' in the case of the natU sample. Also the ratio of fission rates in uranium to thorium, natU (n,f)/ 232Th (n,f), is ∝ 11.2 (17) in the case of hole ''a'' and 26.8(85) in hole ''b''. Similarly, the ratio 238U (n,2n)/ 232Th (n,2n) is 0.36(4) for hole ''a'' and 0.20(10) for hole ''b'' showing that 232Th is more prone to the (n,x n) reaction than 238U. All the experimental reaction rates are compared with the simulated ones by generating neutron fluxes at the three holes from MCNPX 2.6c and making use of the LA150 library of cross-sections. The experimental and calculated reaction rates of all the three reactions are in reasonably good agreement. The transmutation power, Pnorm as well as Pnorm/Pbeam of the set-up is estimated using the reaction rates of the (n, γ) and (n,2n) reactions for both the samples in the three holes and compared with some of the results of the ''Energy plus Transmutation'' set-up and TARC experiment. (orig.)

  14. Speciation of 241Am molecular compounds through 237Np Moessbauer and 241Am XPS spectroscopy

    Light actinides (U to Am) can be found in several oxidation states from (II) to (VII) in the molecular form or in the condensed matter state. The large variety of oxidation states is usually attributed to the contribution of the 5f states to the valence orbitals. For the heavier actinides, for which the 5f electrons are non bonding, the actinides become rare-earth like with a smaller number of oxidation states (II and III). However it is still not understood what really decides on the stability of a given oxidation state, and how it is depending on the chemical environment (coordination sphere, nature of the counter-anion, etc). This work shows how Moessbauer spectroscopy and 4f photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) can contribute to progress in the understanding of the electronic structure of the actinide, especially for Am compounds Moessbauer reverse experiments were undertaken to show in what manner the electronic structure of the Am is preserved during the decay process (oxidation state stability). The result of XPS measurements shows that it is possible to correlate the 4f binding energy of the Am to the charge at the actinide core. The obtained results are somewhat surprising. The formal oxidation state (V) is 'less oxidised' than expected. Some Am(III) have less electron density (that means are more ionic) than americyl (V) hydroxide or carbonate. The reason for these surprisingly results comes from the 'Am=O' multiple bond system which reduces dramatically the charge at the actinide by a pi-donation mechanism. The evolution of the 4f binding energy of the Am species does not follow the oxidation state order. Theoretical DFT calculation were done on Am(V) compounds for qualitative electronic modeling. (authors)

  15. Post-Irradiation Examination of 237Np Targets for 238Pu Production

    Morris, Robert Noel [ORNL; Baldwin, Charles A [ORNL; Hobbs, Randy W [ORNL; Schmidlin, Joshua E [ORNL

    2015-01-01

    Oak Ridge National Laboratory is recovering the US 238Pu production capability and the first step in the process has been to evaluate the performance of a 237Np target cermet pellet encased in an aluminum clad. The process proceeded in 3 steps; the first step was to irradiate capsules of single pellets composed of NpO2 and aluminum power to examine their shrinkage and gas release. These pellets were formed by compressing sintered NpO2 and aluminum powder in a die at high pressure followed by sintering in a vacuum furnace. Three temperatures were chosen for sintering the solution precipitated NpO2 power used for pellet fabrication. The second step was to irradiate partial targets composed of 8 pellets in a semi-prototypical arrangement at the two best performing sintering temperatures to determine which temperature gave a pellet that performed the best under the actual planned irradiation conditions. The third step was to irradiate ~50 pellets in an actual target configuration at design irradiation conditions to assess pellet shrinkage and gas release, target heat transfer, and dimensional stability. The higher sintering temperature appeared to offer the best performance after one cycle of irradiation by having the least shrinkage, thus keeping the heat transfer gap between the pellets and clad small minimizing the pellet operating temperature. The final result of the testing was a target that can meet the initial production goals, satisfy the reactor safety requirements, and can be fabricated in production quantities. The current focus of the program is to verify that the target can be remotely dissembled, the pellets dissolved, and the 238Pu recovered. Tests are being conducted to examine these concerns and to compare results to code predictions. Once the performance of the full length targets has been quantified, the pellet 237Np loading will be revisited to determine if it can be increased to increase 238Pu production.

  16. Fission fragment angular distribution in heavy ion induced fission

    S. Soheyli

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available   We have calculated the fission fragment angular anisotropy for 16O + 232Th,12C + 236U , 11B + 237 Np , 14 N + 232 Th , 11B + 235U , 12C + 232Th systems with the saddle point statistical model and compared the fission fragment angular anisotropy for these systems. This comparison was done with two methods a without neutron correction and b with neutron correction. Also we studied normal and anomalous behavior of the fission fragment angular anisotropy. Finally, we have predicted the average emitted neutron from compound nuclei considering the best fit for each system.

  17. Fission fragment angular distribution in heavy ion induced fission

    S. Soheyli; I. Ziaeian

    2006-01-01

      We have calculated the fission fragment angular anisotropy for 16O + 232Th,12C + 236U , 11B + 237 Np , 14 N + 232 Th , 11B + 235U , 12C + 232Th systems with the saddle point statistical model and compared the fission fragment angular anisotropy for these systems. This comparison was done with two methods a) without neutron correction and b) with neutron correction. Also we studied normal and anomalous behavior of the fission fragment angular anisotropy. Finally, we have predicted the averag...

  18. 一维贫铀/聚乙烯交替系统中D-T中子诱发的232Th(n,γ)反应率的测定与分析%Determination of 232Th(n, γ) reaction rate induced by D-T neutrons in one-dimensional alternate depleted uranium/p olyethylene shells

    羊奕伟; 刘荣; 蒋励; 鹿心鑫; 王玫; 严小松

    2014-01-01

    A series of neutron integral fundamental researches of thorium nuclear data in set-ups containing thorium samples is carried out. One-dimensional alternate depleted uranium/polyethylene shells containing thorium samples are constructed by referring to the conceptual design of fusion-fission hybrid reactor, where a D-T neutron source driven by accelerator is used to simulate the fusion core of the reactor. 232Th (n,γ) reaction rates in samples located at different positions in the shells are measured in 5% uncertainty by using activated thorium sample decay γ-ray off-line measurement technique. The results show that the moderation of polyethylene to 14.1 MeV neutron will efficiently increase the capture rate of thorium, and the depleted uranium is also conducible to this increase obviously. The comparison between our measured data and the results available from mainstream nuclear data bank shows that the calculation results from ENDF/B-VI.6 and JENDL-3.3 are around 6% higher than the experimental results, while the newer ENDF/B-VII.0 will achieve better results, around 4% higher than the experimental results. We recommend the ENDF/B-VII.0 to be used in one-dimensional alternate depleted uranium/polyethylene shells related conceptual design when calculating the 232Th (n,γ) reaction rate.%开展了钍样品装置内钍核参数的积分中子学基础研究.参考混合堆概念设计搭建了内部放置了钍样品的一维贫铀/聚乙烯交替系统装置,采用加速器D-T中子源模拟聚变堆芯,利用前期开发的离线伽马测量方法测定了不同位置、不同中子谱情况下的232Th (n,γ)反应率,不确定度约为5%.结果显示,聚乙烯对14.1 MeV中子的慢化作用可有效提升钍俘获率,且贫铀对钍俘获率也有显著提升作用.实验结果与主流核数据库计算结果的对比显示, ENDF/B-VI.6和JENDL-3.3数据库的计算值比实验值平均约大6%,而较新的ENDF/B-VII.0数据库的计

  19. Determination of 232Th(n, γ) reaction rate induced by D-T neutrons in one-dimensional alternate depleted uranium/p olyethylene shells%一维贫铀/聚乙烯交替系统中D-T中子诱发的232Th(n,γ)反应率的测定与分析

    羊奕伟; 刘荣; 蒋励; 鹿心鑫; 王玫; 严小松

    2014-01-01

    A series of neutron integral fundamental researches of thorium nuclear data in set-ups containing thorium samples is carried out. One-dimensional alternate depleted uranium/polyethylene shells containing thorium samples are constructed by referring to the conceptual design of fusion-fission hybrid reactor, where a D-T neutron source driven by accelerator is used to simulate the fusion core of the reactor. 232Th (n,γ) reaction rates in samples located at different positions in the shells are measured in 5% uncertainty by using activated thorium sample decay γ-ray off-line measurement technique. The results show that the moderation of polyethylene to 14.1 MeV neutron will efficiently increase the capture rate of thorium, and the depleted uranium is also conducible to this increase obviously. The comparison between our measured data and the results available from mainstream nuclear data bank shows that the calculation results from ENDF/B-VI.6 and JENDL-3.3 are around 6% higher than the experimental results, while the newer ENDF/B-VII.0 will achieve better results, around 4% higher than the experimental results. We recommend the ENDF/B-VII.0 to be used in one-dimensional alternate depleted uranium/polyethylene shells related conceptual design when calculating the 232Th (n,γ) reaction rate.%开展了钍样品装置内钍核参数的积分中子学基础研究.参考混合堆概念设计搭建了内部放置了钍样品的一维贫铀/聚乙烯交替系统装置,采用加速器D-T中子源模拟聚变堆芯,利用前期开发的离线伽马测量方法测定了不同位置、不同中子谱情况下的232Th (n,γ)反应率,不确定度约为5%.结果显示,聚乙烯对14.1 MeV中子的慢化作用可有效提升钍俘获率,且贫铀对钍俘获率也有显著提升作用.实验结果与主流核数据库计算结果的对比显示, ENDF/B-VI.6和JENDL-3.3数据库的计算值比实验值平均约大6%,而较新的ENDF/B-VII.0数据库的计

  20. Preliminary Neutronics Analysis Of Fuel Pebble With Thorium Fuel Cycle

    A new fuel pebble was designed based on Thorium fuel cycle. 231Pa has been added into fuel pebble for obtaining the minimum reactivity swing. The results show that the new designed pebble fuel with 7.0 % 233U enrichment adding 3.2% 231Pa, the keff is to be controlled up to 65 GWd/t; the other design with 8.0 % 233U enrichment requires 3.9% 231Pa, the keff therefore is remain up to 80 GWd/t. About 95% of loaded 231Pa in fuel pebble is depleted after 120 GWd/t. The results imply that it is optimistic to design the fuel pebble with 233U, 231Pa and 232Th; but some effects such as fuel temperature effect, distribution of TRISO particle in pebble fuel, etc. are required to investigate. (author)

  1. Systematic study of anomalous fragment anisotropies in near- and sub-barrier fusion-fission reactions

    The fusion cross sections and fragment angular distributions for the complete fusion-fission reactions of 11B+238U, 237Np, 12C+237Np, 16O+232Th, 238U, and 19F+23Th at near- and sub-barrier energies have been measured by the fragment folding angle technique. It is revealed that the anomalous anisotropies of fission fragments in latter three systems are existence. Based on the experimental observations and Dressing and Randrup's theory, a new version model of preequilibrium fission is put forward to explain the anomaly. (author)

  2. Sorption of 231Pa on silica and the effect of humic acid

    Sorption of protactinium on silica colloids was studied in the pH range of 1 to 12 in NaClO4 medium using radiotracer technique. Silica was characterized using X-ray diffraction, light scattering and surface area measurements. The point of zero charge for silica colloids was about pH 2. The sorption of protactinium was about 98% in the pH range of 3 to 9 and was lower (70-80 %) below pH 3 and above pH 9. The quantitative sorption in the pH range 3 to 9 could be explained by surface complexation model. The reduction in sorption was attributed to electrostatic repulsion as the fraction of protactinium exists as cationic species at pH ≤ 2 and anionic species above pH 9. There was reduction in the sorption of protactinium in the presence of humic acid below pH 2 and above pH 10. Sorption of protactinium on silica in presence of 0.05M HF was about 99% between pH 3 to 8 and below 30% in the low and high pH region. Isotherm study revealed an exponential decrease in protactinium activity in solution with increase in silica. (author)

  3. Physical concept on the nuclear reactor with constellation type fissile fuels

    Under a prolong time neutron irradiation of 232Th by a strong constant neutron flux, a part of 232Th atoms will be converted into a series other nuclides as a result of successive neutron interaction. These neutron born daughter nuclides of 232Th consist of fissile nuclides such as 233U, 235U, 239Pu, 241Pu, ... and fertile nuclides, such as 233Pa, 2'34U, 236U, 237Np, 238Pu etc. As a rule the concentration of each daughter nuclide starts from zero and then increases gradually as the irradiation proceeds until reaching a saturated value and then decreases at a similar rate as the decreasing rate of 232Th. A reactor fueled with thorium and its whole family of neutron born daughter nuclides, with each daughter nuclide at its own saturated concentration, may possess some interesting properties. A preliminary study of the feasibility of such constellation type fissile fuels reactor is presented

  4. Solid state track recorder measurements in the poolside critical assembly

    Fission rate measurements using solid state track recorders (SSTR) have been performed at the PCA. A schematic representation of a cross-section of the PCA is shown. Fission rates were measured in the pressure vessel simulator at the T/4, T/2 and 3T/4 positions and in the void box (VB). SSTR measurements were carried out with 232Th, 235U (bare and cadmium covered), 238U and 237Np fissionable deposits. Midplane only measurements were carried out for 235U and 237Np, while 5 axial locations at 1/4T and 1/2T and 3 axial locations at 3/4T and in the VB were sampled for 232Th and 238U. The HEDL SSTR fission rate measurements reported herein for both configurations together with NBS and CEN/SCK fission chamber measurements will be used to establish absolute and relative fission reaction rates, and ratios for the PCA pressure vessel Benchmark Facility

  5. Speciation of {sup 241}Am molecular compounds through {sup 237}Np Moessbauer and {sup 241}Am XPS spectroscopy

    Fouchard, S.; Gouder, T.; Colineau, E.; Wastin, F.; Rebizant, J.; Simoni, E.; Guillaumont, D.; Meyer, D

    2004-07-01

    Light actinides (U to Am) can be found in several oxidation states from (II) to (VII) in the molecular form or in the condensed matter state. The large variety of oxidation states is usually attributed to the contribution of the 5f states to the valence orbitals. For the heavier actinides, for which the 5f electrons are non bonding, the actinides become rare-earth like with a smaller number of oxidation states (II and III). However it is still not understood what really decides on the stability of a given oxidation state, and how it is depending on the chemical environment (coordination sphere, nature of the counter-anion, etc). This work shows how Moessbauer spectroscopy and 4f photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) can contribute to progress in the understanding of the electronic structure of the actinide, especially for Am compounds Moessbauer reverse experiments were undertaken to show in what manner the electronic structure of the Am is preserved during the decay process (oxidation state stability). The result of XPS measurements shows that it is possible to correlate the 4f binding energy of the Am to the charge at the actinide core. The obtained results are somewhat surprising. The formal oxidation state (V) is 'less oxidised' than expected. Some Am(III) have less electron density (that means are more ionic) than americyl (V) hydroxide or carbonate. The reason for these surprisingly results comes from the 'Am=O' multiple bond system which reduces dramatically the charge at the actinide by a pi-donation mechanism. The evolution of the 4f binding energy of the Am species does not follow the oxidation state order. Theoretical DFT calculation were done on Am(V) compounds for qualitative electronic modeling. (authors)

  6. Migration of the radionuclides 99Tc, 237Np, 238Pu and 241Am in the caprock of the Gorleben repository

    31 different combinations of sediments with groundwaters (sediment-groundwater-systems) formed the basis of the experiments to determine sorption data and sorption mechanisms of radionuclides in selected acquifer systems with loose rock samples taken from shafts 1 and 2. The waters were selected on the basis of pore water analyses. For cohesive materials from which no pore water could be extracted, groundwaters from the horizon below and above were chosen. (orig.)

  7. Transmutation study of 237Np in energy + transmutation setup using 1.6 GeV deuteron-beam

    In this paper, the results of the measurement of cross sections of (n, γ) and (n, f) reactions of long lived fission fragment, Np237 have been presented in the mixed neutron environment of the E + T set up

  8. Measurements of periods, relative abundances and absolute yields of delayed neutrons from fast neutron induced fission of {sup 237}Np

    Piksaikine, V. [Institute of Physics and Power Engineering, Obninsk (Russian Federation)

    1997-03-01

    The experimental method for measurements of the delayed neutron yields and period is presented. The preliminary results of the total yield, relative abundances and periods are shown comparing with the previously reported values. (J.P.N.)

  9. Translation of selected papers published in Nuclear Constants, No. 3(57), Moscow 1984

    The document contains the English translation of 6 papers selected for the nuclear data interest, (mainly the determination and the evaluation of the fast fission cross sections of 232Th, 235U, 238U, 237Np, 243Am) which were published in ''Topics in Atomic Science and Technology'', Series Nuclear Constants, No. 3(57), Moscow (1984). The original report was distributed as INDC(CCP)-240/G. Refs, figs and tabs

  10. Isoscaling and fission modes in the yields of the Kr and Xe isotopes from photofission of actinides

    Drnoyan, J.; Zhemenik, V. I.; Mishinsky, G. V.

    2016-05-01

    Yields of Kr and Xe isotopes in photofission of 232Th, 238U, 237Np, 244Pu, 243Am, and 248Cm were tested for isoscaling dependence. Isoscaling for Kr is revealed. For Xe, isoscaling is found to be affected by the STI and STII fission modes governed by the N = 82 and N = 88 neutron shells. The work was performed at the Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions, Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR).

  11. The fission fragment yields at the photofission of actinide nuclei

    The fission fragment yields of isotopes 101Mo, 135I, 135mCs were measured at the photo-fission of actinide nuclei 232Th, 238U, 237Np. These fission fragments have some peculiarities in nuclear structure or in practical using. The measurements were performed on the microtron bremsstrahlung at the Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions, JINR, at the electron energy 22 MeV. The activation method with an HPGe detector was used in these measurements of the yields

  12. FFTF (FAST FLUX TEST FACILITY) REACTOR CHARACTERIZATION PROGRAM ABSOLUTE FISSION RATE MEASUREMENTS

    FULLER JL; GILLIAM DM; GRUNDL JA; RAWLINS JA; DAUGHTRY JW

    1981-05-01

    Absolute fission rate measurements using modified National Bureau of Standards fission chambers were performed in the Fast Flux Test Facility at two core locations for isotopic deposits of {sup 232}Th, {sup 233}U, {sup 235}U, {sup 238}U, {sup 237}Np, {sup 239}Pu, {sup 240}Pu, and {sup 241}Pu. Monitor chamber results at a third location were analyzed to support other experiments involving passive dosimeter fission rate determinations.

  13. FFTF (Fast Flux Test Facility) Reactor Characterization Program: Absolute Fission-rate Measurements

    Fuller, J.L.; Gilliam, D.M.; Grundl, J.A.; Rawlins, J.A.; Daughtry, J.W.

    1981-05-01

    Absolute fission rate measurements using modified National Bureau of Standards fission chambers were performed in the Fast Flux Test Facility at two core locations for isotopic deposits of {sup 232}Th, {sup 233}U, {sup 235}U, {sup 238}U, {sup 237}Np, {sup 239}Pu, {sup 240}Pu, and {sup 241}Pu. Monitor chamber results at a third location were analyzed to support other experiments involving passive dosimeter fission rate determinations.

  14. Investigation of the nuclear data on the neutron beam of the IBR-30 and IBR-2 reactors

    Methodical aspects and results of the measurements, conducted on reactors IBR-30 and IBR-2 are presented. Measurements of the multiplicity spectra of gamma-quanta from the neutron capture reaction on the isotopes 48Ti, 113,115In, 117Sn, 127J, 149Sm, 165Ho, 175Lu, 177Hf, 178Hf, 185Re, 187Re, and 232Th have been done. These spectra were used for determination of the capture cross-section and according resonance parameters in the fission of 235U, 239Pu. The measurements were performed of resonance spins of isotopes 113,115In, 117Sn, 185,187Re, and 235U by the low-lying level population method in the thermal neutron energy area. The transmission and self-indication functions of filter samples 232Th, 237Np, and 238U were measured with different temperatures for determination the neutron cross-sections in the neutron energy range from 1 eV to 100 keV. The fission cross-section measurements of the minor actinides 234U, 237Np, and 243Am by the neutrons with energy below the fission barrier were carried out. The measurements of total yields and decay curve of the delayed neutrons from fission of 233,235U, 237Np by thermal and cold neutrons were performed

  15. Reanalysis of the Gas-cooled fast reactor experiments at the zero power facility Proteus - Spectral indices

    Perret, G.; Pattupara, R. M.; Girardin, G.; Chawla, R.

    2013-03-01

    PROTEUS is a zero power reactor at the Paul Scherrer Institute which has been employed during the 1970's to study experimentally the physics of the gas-cooled fast reactor. Reaction rate distributions, flux spectrum and reactivity effects have been measured in several configurations featuring PuO2/UO2 fuel, absorbers, large iron shields, and thorium oxide and thorium metal fuel either distributed quasihomogeneously in the reference PuO2/UO2 lattice or introduced in the form of radial and axial blanket zones. This papers focus on the spectral indices - including fission and capture in 232Th and 237Np - measured in the reference PuO2/UO2 lattices and their predictions with an MCNPX model specially developed for the PROTEUS-GCFR core. Predictions were obtained with JEFF-3.1 and -3.11, ENDF/B-VII.0 and VII.1, and JENDL-3.3 and -4.0. A general good agreement was demonstrated. The ratio of 232Th fission to 239Pu fission, however, was under-predicted by 8.7±2.1% and 6.5±2.1% using ENDF/B-VII.0 and VII.1, respectively. Finally, the capture rates in 237Np tended to be underpredicted by the JEFF and JENDL libraries, although the new cross section in JEFF-3.1.1 slightly improved the 237Np capture to 239Pu fission results (3.4±2.4%).

  16. Analysis for the radionuclides of the natural uranium and thorium decay chains with special reference to uranium mine tailings

    A detailed review is made of the experimental techniques that are available, or are in the process of development, for the determination of 238U, 235U, 234U, 231Pa, 232Th, 230Th, 228Th, 228Ra, 226Ra, 223Ra, 210Po and 210Pb. These products of the uranium and thorium decay chains are found in uranium mine tailings. Reference is also made to a procedure for the selective phase extraction of mineral phases from uranium mine tailings

  17. Protactinium and isotopes of thorium in metalliferous sediments from the Bauer depression

    Results are presented of a study of the vertical distribution of 238U, 234U, 232Th, 230Th, and 231Pa isotopes in a column of metalliferous sediments from the Bauer depression (southeastern part of the Pacific Ocean). On the basis of the obtained data a hypothesis is formulated concerning the authigenic production of 230Th and 231Pa in these deposits, i.e, the similarity of the physicochemical behavior of 230Th and 231Pa found in pelagic sediments is found in these specific sediments also. We present arguments in favor of the identical behavior of these radionuclides in the marine environment. With the help of the ionium method of dating marine sediments, the average rate of sedimentation of the investigated column of metalliferous sediments from the Bauer depression was calculated

  18. Protactinium and thorium isotopes in metal-containing precipitates from Bauer depression

    The results studying vertical distribution of 238U, 234U, 232Th, 230Th and 231Pa isotopes in the colomn of metalliferous sediments from Bauer depression (South-East part of the Pacific ocean) are presented. On the basis of the data obtained the supposition about the authigenic origin of 230Th and 231Pa in these ocean sedimentations, is stated, i.e. even in such specific ocean sediments closeness of physical chemical behaviour of 230Th and 231Pa is fixed. Arguments for identical behaviour of these radionuclides in sea water are presented. Average rate of sedimentation of the column investigated of metalliferous sediments from Bauer depression is calculated using the ionic method of ocean deposition dating

  19. Angular distributions in the neutron-induced fission of actinides

    In 2003 the n_TOF Collaboration performed the fission cross section measurement of several actinides ($^{232}$Th, $^{233}$U, $^{234}$U, $^{237}$Np) at the n_TOF facility using an experImental setup made of Parallel Plate Avalanche Counters (PPAC). The method based on the detection of the 2 fragments in coincidence allowed to clearly disentangle the fission reactions among other types of reactions occurring in the spallation domain. We have been therefore able to cover the very broad neutron energy range 1eV-1GeV, taking full benefit of the unique characteristics of the n_TOF facility. Figure 1 shows an example obtained in the case of $^{237}$Np where the n_ TOF measurement showed that the cross section was underestimated by a large factor in the resonance region.

  20. Radiochemical method for the simultaneous determination of 233U, 236U, 237Np, 236Pu, 238Pu, and 239Pu in biological materials

    A radiochemical method has been developed for the determination of multiple isotopes of uranium, neptunium, and plutonium in biological materials. The elements are separated from the other sample constituents and from each other by anion exchange in halide media. Their recoveries are monitored by isotopic diluents. The amounts of the analyte and diluent isotopes of each element are measured alpha spectrometrically. The interelemental separation factors are generally greater than 102, and the recovery of each element ranges from 60% to 90%. 4 references, 1 table

  1. Transmutation of 129I,237 Np, 239Pu, and 241Am using neutrons produced in target-blanket system "Energy plus Transmutation" by relativistic protons

    Adam, Jindřich

    2007-01-01

    Roč. 68, č. 2 (2007), s. 201-212. ISSN 0304-4289 R&D Projects: GA MŠk 1P04LA213 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10480505 Keywords : neutro production Subject RIV: BG - Nuclear, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Colliders Impact factor: 0.383, year: 2007

  2. Photonuclear measurements on fissionable isotopes using monoenergetic photons

    The LLL linac monochromatic photon facility is used for measurements, which to date have included at least some data on the eight isotopes: 232Th, 233U, 234U, 235U, 236U, 237Np, 238U, and 239Pu. Photofission events are determined from an analysis of the emitted neutron multiplicity distributions as determined with the LLL 4π neutron detector. A sampling of data taken to date is included and is organized as follows: low-energy photofission cross sections, neutrino and fission neutron multiplicity distribution width parameter data, ring-ratio multiplicity coincidence data, delayed-neutron fraction data, and photonuclear and photofission cross sections. 2 refs., 32 figs

  3. On the role of energy separated in fission process, excitation energy and reaction channels effects in the isomeric ratios of fission product 135Xe in photofission of actinide elements

    Thiep, Tran Duc; An, Truong Thi; Cuong, Phan Viet; Vinh, Nguyen The; Mishinski, G. V.; Zhemenik, V. I.

    2016-07-01

    In this work we present the isomeric ratio of fission product 135Xe in the photo-fission of actinide elements 232Th, 233U and 237Np induced by end-point bremsstrahlung energies of 13.5, 23.5 and 25.0 MeV which were determined by the method of inert gaseous flow. The data were analyzed, discussed and compared with the similar data from literature to examine the role of energy separated in fission process, excitation energy and reaction channels effects.

  4. A certified reference material for radionuclides in the water sample from Irish Sea (IAEA-443)

    Pham, M.K.; Betti, M.; Povinec, P.P.;

    2011-01-01

    A new certified reference material (CRM) for radionuclides in sea water from the Irish sea (IAEA-443) is described and the results of the certification process are presented. Ten radionuclides (3H, 40K, 90Sr, 137Cs, 234U, 235U, 238U, 238Pu, 239+240Pu and 241Am) have been certified, and information...... values on massic activities with 95% confidence intervals are given for four radionuclides (230Th, 232Th, 239Pu and 240Pu). Results for less frequently reported radionuclides (99Tc, 228Th, 237Np and 241Pu) are also reported. The CRM can be used for quality assurance/quality control of the analysis of...

  5. Activation Spectrometry of Fast Neutrons by IAEA Threshold Detectors at Neutron Generators

    The suitability of the IAEA set of threshold detectors for neutron accident purposes was investigated. A generator producing 14.3-MeV neutrons by the T(d, n)4He reaction was employed for this purpose. 237Np, 232Th, 58Ni and 27Al threshold detectors were used. The induced activity was determined by gamma spectrometry using a multichannel analyser. Fast neutron spectra have been estimated from the experimental results. Measurements at the surface and at the depth of a phantom were provided. Some difficulties from low induced and fission activities (caused by the small neutron flux density and the light weight of the detectors) are pointed out. (author)

  6. Application of inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry to the measurement of long-lived radionuclides in environmental samples

    This review describes applications of inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) to the determination of long-lived radionuclides in environmental samples. Simultaneous determination of 232Th and 238U in biological samples is described in detail; in this procedure an internal standard, Tl or Bi, is adopted for correction of the matrix effect. Determination of 237Np in soil samples by ICP-MS is also described. It is chemically separated to ensure no interference from matrix elements. The detection limits are several mBq (several pg) for the case of radionuclides having a half life of thirty or forty thousand years. (author)

  7. Systematics of fission cross sections at the intermediate energy region

    Fukahori, Tokio; Chiba, Satoshi [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Tokai, Ibaraki (Japan). Tokai Research Establishment

    1997-03-01

    The systematics was obtained with fitting experimental data for proton induced fission cross sections of Ag, {sup 181}Ta, {sup 197}Au, {sup 206,207,208}Pb, {sup 209}Bi, {sup 232}Th, {sup 233,235,238}U, {sup 237}Np and {sup 239}Pu above 20 MeV. The low energy cross section of actinoid nuclei is omitted from systematics study, since the cross section has a complicated shape and strongly depends on characteristic of nucleus. The fission cross sections calculated by the systematics are in good agreement with experimental data. (author)

  8. Fission fragment angular distributions and fission cross section validation

    The present knowledge of angular distributions of neutron-induced fission is limited to a maximal energy of 15 MeV, with large discrepancies around 14 MeV. Only 238U and 232Th have been investigated up to 100 MeV in a single experiment. The n-TOF Collaboration performed the fission cross section measurement of several actinides (232Th, 235U, 238U, 234U, 237Np) at the n-TOF facility using an experimental set-up made of Parallel Plate Avalanche Counters (PPAC), extending the energy domain of the incident neutron above hundreds of MeV. The method based on the detection of the 2 fragments in coincidence allowed to clearly disentangle the fission reactions among other types of reactions occurring in the spallation domain. I will show the methods we used to reconstruct the full angular resolution by the tracking of fission fragments. Below 10 MeV our results are consistent with existing data. For example in the case of 232Th, below 10 MeV the results show clearly the variation occurring at the first (1 MeV) and second (7 MeV) chance fission, corresponding to transition states of given J and K (total spin and its projection on the fission axis), and a much more accurate energy dependence at the 3. chance threshold (14 MeV) has been obtained. In the spallation domain, above 30 MeV we confirm the high anisotropy revealed in 232Th by the single existing data set. I'll discuss the implications of this finding, related to the low anisotropy exhibited in proton-induced fission. I also explore the critical experiments which is valuable checks of nuclear data. The 237Np neutron-induced fission cross section has recently been measured in a large energy range (from eV to GeV) at the n-TOF facility at CERN. When compared to previous measurements, the n-TOF fission cross section appears to be higher by 5-7 % beyond the fission threshold. To check the relevance of n-TOF data, we simulate a criticality experiment performed at Los Alamos with a 6 kg sphere of 237Np. This sphere was

  9. Структура резонансной области поглощения ядер 238U и 232Th и зависимости ее параметров от температуры

    Шаманин, И.; Годовых, А.

    2006-01-01

    Анализируются структуры резонансных областей в зависимостях сечений поглощения нейтронов от их энергии для четно"четных ядер 238U и 232Th. Теоретически обоснованы преимущества использования 232Th в качестве сырьевого нуклида при изготовлении ядерного топлива перспективных реакторов. В результате анализа установлены причины возрастания значений отрицательного температурного эффекта реактивности и оптимального водно"топливного отношения в тепловых реакторах в случае использо" вания торий содерж...

  10. 238U And 232Th Concentration In Rock Samples using Alpha Autoradiography and Gamma Spectroscopy Techniques

    The activity concentrations of uranium and thorium were measured for some rock samples selected from Dahab region in the south tip of Sinai. In order to detect any harmful radiation that would affect on the tourists and is becoming economic resource because Dahab have open fields of tourism in Egypt. The activity concentration of uranium and thorium in rocks samples was measured using two techniques. The first is .-autoradiography technique with LR-115 and CR-39 detectors and the second is gamma spectroscopic technique with NaI(Tl) detector. It was found that the average activity concentrations of uranium and thorium using .-autoradiography technique ranged from 6.41-49.31 Bqkg-1, 4.86- 40.87 Bqkg-1 respectively and by gamma detector are ranged from 6.70- 49.50 Bqkg-1, 4.47- 42.33 Bqkg-1 respectively. From the obtained data we can conclude that there is no radioactive healthy hazard for human and living beings in the area under investigation. It was found that there are no big differences between the calculated thorium to uranium ratios in both techniques

  11. Determination of 232Th, 230Th and 228Th in liquid effluents from uranium mining

    A liquid scintillator αlpha spectrometer was built for the determination of Th-228, Th-230 and Th-232 in liquid effluents from Uranium mines and mills. The resolution of the αlpha spectrometer was found to be 200-300 KeV, when the scintillator was 8% T0P0, 0,77% scintimix-4 (91% PP0 and 9% Dimetil-P0P0P) and 10% of naphthalene in toluene. Aliquat-336 in xylene (30% v/v) was used to separate the thorium isotopes from other interfering radionuclides (U-238, U-234, Ra-226, Po-210). Under the extraction experimental conditions, the detection limits were 1,2 pCi/1 for Th-232, 1,2 pCi/1 for Th-230 and 0,9 pCi/1 for Th-228, for 1000 minutes of counting time. (author)

  12. Suspended-Bed Reactor preliminary design, 233U--232Th cycle. Final report (revised)

    The preliminary design Suspended-Bed Reactor is described. Coated particles about 2 mm in diameter are used as the fuel. The coatings consist of three layers: (1) low density pyrolytic graphite, 70 μ thick, (2) silicon carbide pressure vessel, 30 μ thick, and (3) ZrC layer, 50 μ thick, to protect the pressure vessel from moisture and oxygen. The fuel kernel can be either uranium-thorium dicarbide or metal. The coated particles are suspended by helium gas (coolant) in a cluster of pressurized tubes. The upward flow of helium fluidizes the coated particles. As the flow rate increases, the bed of particles is lifted upward to the core section. The particles are restrained at the upper end of the core by a suitable screen. The overall particle density in the core is just enough for criticality condition. Should the helium flow cease, the bed in the core section will collapse, and the particles will flow downward into the section where the increased physical spacings among the tubes brings about a safe shutdown. By immersing this section of the tubes in a large graphite block to serve as a heat sink, dissipation of decay heat becomes manageable. This eliminates the need for emergency core cooling systems

  13. Resonance integral calculations for isolated rods containing oxides of 238U and 232Th

    Results of resonance integral calculations for UO2 and ThO2 isolated rods are discussed. The calculations were performed with ENDF/B-IV cross-section data and the multigroup transport code ANISN. The findings reported demonstrate by comparison with semiempirical relationships (based on experimentally derived results) the suitability of the method used for determining resonance integrals. The calculations were based on a cylindrical rod in an H2O moderator of large radius. Multigroup cross sections were obtained by a MINX-SPHINX-AMMPX sequence, and ANISN was used to account for the neutron flux and capture rates. A special approach was used to determine a neutron source distribution such that the flux in the moderator region was forced to behave in an asymptotic way; thus, the ideal resonance integral experiment could be calculated. The UO2 resonance integrals calculated were in exceptionally good agreement with experimental values based on isolated rods. The ThO2 results were approximately 6% lower than experimental values, and efforts to understand the discrepancy are discussed. 8 figures, 7 tables

  14. Measurement of neutron capture cross section of 232Th by activation method

    Measurement of the neutron-capture cross section by activation method of Esub(n)=350, 460 and 680 keV has been described. The measured values are 143 +- 12, 119 +- 9 and 128 +- 11 mb respectively. Neutrons were produced with the Trombay Van-de-Graaff accelerator using a liquid nitrogen cooled lithium metal target. A high-resolution Ge(Li) was employed for counting the 233Th activity. (auth.)

  15. Collective band properties in actinide nuclei well deformed

    In actinides, proton i13/2 orbitals and neutron j15/2 orbitals are both near Fermi surface. At a great rotation speed, driving and Coriolis forces change the surface forces, in particular, they lower pairing forces inside the nucleus. The use of Coulomb excitation with the help of heavy and very heavy projectiles such as 32S, 84Kr, 142Nd, 208Pb at 232Th together with the most recent techniques of spectroscopy allowed to populate yrast bands of 230Th, 232Th, 235U and 237Np nuclei up to high spin states and together the even-even nuclei states in different collective bands. Experimental results have been analyzed in the frame of the different current models. The low spin states of rotational bands have been reproduced in a previous calculation using the nucleon-nucleon effective interaction of Skyrme III

  16. Burnup analysis of the VVER-1000 reactor using thorium-based fuel

    Korkmaz, Mehmet E.; Agar, Osman; Bueyueker, Eylem [Karamanoglu Mehmetbey Univ., Karaman (Turkey). Faculty of Kamil Ozdag Science

    2014-12-15

    This paper aims to investigate {sup 232}Th/{sup 233}U fuel cycles in a VVER-1000 reactor through calculation by computer. The 3D core geometry of VVER-1000 system was designed using the Serpent Monte Carlo 1.1.19 Code. The Serpent Code using parallel programming interface (Message Passing Interface-MPI), was run on a workstation with 12-core and 48 GB RAM. {sup 232}Th/{sup 235}U/{sup 238}U oxide mixture was considered as fuel in the core, when the mass fraction of {sup 232}Th was increased as 0.05-0.1-0.2-0.3-0.4 respectively, the mass fraction of {sup 238}U equally was decreased. In the system, the calculations were made for 3 000 MW thermal power. For the burnup analyses, the core is assumed to deplete from initial fresh core up to a burnup of 16 MWd/kgU without refuelling considerations. In the burnup calculations, a burnup interval of 360 effective full power days (EFPDs) was defined. According to burnup, the mass changes of the {sup 232}Th, {sup 233}U, {sup 238}U, {sup 237}Np, {sup 239}Pu, {sup 241}Am and {sup 244}Cm were evaluated, and also flux and criticality of the system were calculated in dependence of the burnup rate.

  17. Burnup analysis of the VVER-1000 reactor using thorium-based fuel

    This paper aims to investigate 232Th/233U fuel cycles in a VVER-1000 reactor through calculation by computer. The 3D core geometry of VVER-1000 system was designed using the Serpent Monte Carlo 1.1.19 Code. The Serpent Code using parallel programming interface (Message Passing Interface-MPI), was run on a workstation with 12-core and 48 GB RAM. 232Th/235U/238U oxide mixture was considered as fuel in the core, when the mass fraction of 232Th was increased as 0.05-0.1-0.2-0.3-0.4 respectively, the mass fraction of 238U equally was decreased. In the system, the calculations were made for 3 000 MW thermal power. For the burnup analyses, the core is assumed to deplete from initial fresh core up to a burnup of 16 MWd/kgU without refuelling considerations. In the burnup calculations, a burnup interval of 360 effective full power days (EFPDs) was defined. According to burnup, the mass changes of the 232Th, 233U, 238U, 237Np, 239Pu, 241Am and 244Cm were evaluated, and also flux and criticality of the system were calculated in dependence of the burnup rate.

  18. Calculations of neutron and proton induced reaction cross sections for actinides in the energy region from 10MeV to 1GeV

    Several nuclear model codes were applied to calculations of nuclear data in the energy region from 10MeV to 1GeV. At energies up to 100MeV the nuclear theory code GNASH was used for nuclear data calculation for neutrons incident for on 238U, 233-236U, 238-242Pu, 237Np, 232Th, 241-243Am and 242-247Cm. At energies from 100MeV to 1GeV the intranuclear cascade exciton model including the fission process was applied to calculations of protons and neutrons with 233U, 235U, 238U, 232Th, 232Pa, 237Np, 238Np, 239Pu, 241Am, 242Am and 242-248Cm. Determination of parameter systematics was a major effort in the present work that was aimed at improving the predictive capability of the models used. An emphasis was placed upon a simultaneous analysis of data for a variety of reaction channels for the nuclei considered, as well as of data that are available for nearby nuclei or for other incident particles. Comparisons with experimental data available on multiple reaction cross sections, isotope yields, fission cross sections, particle multiplicities, secondary particle spectra, and double differential cross sections indicate that the calculations reproduce the trends, and often the details, of the measurements data. (author) 82 refs

  19. Reanalysis of the Gas-cooled fast reactor experiments at the zero power facility Proteus – Spectral indices

    Girardin G.

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available PROTEUS is a zero power reactor at the Paul Scherrer Institute which has been employed during the 1970’s to study experimentally the physics of the gas-cooled fast reactor. Reaction rate distributions, flux spectrum and reactivity effects have been measured in several configurations featuring PuO2/UO2 fuel, absorbers, large iron shields, and thorium oxide and thorium metal fuel either distributed quasihomogeneously in the reference PuO2/UO2 lattice or introduced in the form of radial and axial blanket zones. This papers focus on the spectral indices – including fission and capture in 232Th and 237Np - measured in the reference PuO2/UO2 lattices and their predictions with an MCNPX model specially developed for the PROTEUS-GCFR core. Predictions were obtained with JEFF-3.1 and -3.11, ENDF/B-VII.0 and VII.1, and JENDL-3.3 and -4.0. A general good agreement was demonstrated. The ratio of 232Th fission to 239Pu fission, however, was under-predicted by 8.7±2.1% and 6.5±2.1% using ENDF/B-VII.0 and VII.1, respectively. Finally, the capture rates in 237Np tended to be underpredicted by the JEFF and JENDL libraries, although the new cross section in JEFF-3.1.1 slightly improved the 237Np capture to 239Pu fission results (3.4±2.4%.

  20. Reanalysis of the gas-cooled fast reactor experiments at the zero power facility Proteus - Spectral indices

    PROTEUS is a zero power reactor at the Paul Scherrer Institute which has been employed during the 1970's to study experimentally the physics of the gas-cooled fast reactor. Reaction rate distributions, flux spectrum and reactivity effects have been measured in several configurations featuring PuO2/UO2 fuel, absorbers, large iron shields, and thorium oxide and thorium metal fuel either distributed quasi-homogeneously in the reference PuO2/UO2 lattice or introduced in the form of radial and axial blanket zones. This papers focuses on the spectral indices - including fission and capture in 232Th and 237Np - measured in the reference PuO2/UO2 lattices and their predictions with an MCNPX model specially developed for the PROTEUS-GCFR core. Predictions were obtained with JEFF-3.1 and -3.11, ENDF/B-VII.0 and VII.1, and JENDL-3.3 and -4.0. A general good agreement was demonstrated. The ratio of 232Th fission to 239Pu fission, however, was under-predicted by (8.7±2.1)% and (6.5±2.1)% using ENDF/B-VII.0 and VII.1, respectively. Finally, the capture rates in 237Np tended to be under-predicted by the JEFF and JENDL libraries, although the new cross section in JEFF-3.1.1 slightly improved the 237Np capture to 239Pu fission results (3.4±2.4)%. (authors)

  1. Total half-lives for selected nuclides

    Measurements of the half-lives of 3H, 10Be, 14C, 26Al, 40K, 39Ar, 53Mn, 87Rb, 92Nb, 129I, 138La, 147Sm, 176Lu, 174Hf, 180Ta, 187Re, 186Os, 190Pt, 204Pb, 210Pb, 210Po, 222Rn, 224Th, 226Ra, 227Ac, 228Ra, 228Th, 230Th, 232Th, 231Pa have been compiled and evaluated. The effect of the 14C half-life value on carbon dating ages is discussed as well as the stability of 204Pb. 237 refs., 30 tabs

  2. Level Densities in the actinide region and indirect n,y cross section measurements using the surrogate method

    Wiedeking M.

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Results from a program of measurements of level densities and gamma ray strength functions in the actinide region are presented. Experiments at the Oslo cyclotron involving the Cactus/Siri detectors and 232Th(d,x and 232Th(3He,x reactions were carried out to help answer the question of which level density model is the most appropriate for actinide nuclei, since it will have an impact on cross section calculations important for reactor physics simulations. A new technique for extracting level densities and gamma ray strength functions from particle-gamma coincidence data is proposed and results from the development of this technique are presented. In addition, simultaneous measurements of compound nuclear gamma decay probabilities have been performed for the key thorium cycle nuclei 233Th, 231Th and 232Pa up to around 1MeV above the neutron binding energy and have enabled extraction of indirect neutron induced capture cross sections for the 232Th, 231Pa and 230Th nuclei using the surrogate reaction method. Since the neutron capture cross section for 232Th is already well known from direct measurements a comparison provides a stringent test of the applicability of the surrogate technique in the actinide region.

  3. Level Densities in the actinide region and indirect n,y cross section measurements using the surrogate method

    Wilson, J. N.; Gunsing, F.; Bernstein, L.; Bürger, A.; Görgen, A.; Thompson, I. J.; Guttormssen, M.; Larsen, A.-C.; Mansouri, P.; Renstrøm, T.; Rose, S. J.; Siem, S.; Wiedeking, M.; Wiborg, T.

    2012-02-01

    Results from a program of measurements of level densities and gamma ray strength functions in the actinide region are presented. Experiments at the Oslo cyclotron involving the Cactus/Siri detectors and 232Th(d,x) and 232Th(3He,x) reactions were carried out to help answer the question of which level density model is the most appropriate for actinide nuclei, since it will have an impact on cross section calculations important for reactor physics simulations. A new technique for extracting level densities and gamma ray strength functions from particle-gamma coincidence data is proposed and results from the development of this technique are presented. In addition, simultaneous measurements of compound nuclear gamma decay probabilities have been performed for the key thorium cycle nuclei 233Th, 231Th and 232Pa up to around 1MeV above the neutron binding energy and have enabled extraction of indirect neutron induced capture cross sections for the 232Th, 231Pa and 230Th nuclei using the surrogate reaction method. Since the neutron capture cross section for 232Th is already well known from direct measurements a comparison provides a stringent test of the applicability of the surrogate technique in the actinide region.

  4. ORELA contribution to thorium cycle nuclear data

    The measurements of direct importance to the 232Th/233U fuel cycle using neutrons from the Oak Ridge Linear Accelerator facility are gathered together and discussed. These measurements were done in response to specific data discrepancies, as part of generic programs, and for basic fission physics studies. In particular, completed transmission and capture work on 232Th has yielded the most accurate parameters for the first four s-wave resonances; the largest average capture width, 25.2 meV; and the largest s-wave strength function of recent measurements. These results allow improved agreement between differential and integral capture rates. Moreover, the ORNL 252Cf ν-bar measurement of unprecedented accuracy and 233U ν-bar ratio measurement give a 233U prompt ν-bar (thermal) of 2.490 +- 0.009 neutron/fission. This result allows a much more satisfactory understanding of the 233U 2200 m/s constants. In addition, a 232Th γ-ray production measurement provides needed cross sections for shielding, and important data for both application and fission physics were obtained from 232Th fission and both 231Pa and 234U fission and total cross section measurements. Data requirements and discrepancies suggested from this work are discussed. (author)

  5. ORELA contribution to thorium-cycle nuclear data

    The measurements of direct importance to the 232Th/233U fuel cycle using neutrons from the Oak Ridge Linear Accelerator Facility are gathered together and discussed. These measurements were done in response to specific data discrepancies, as part of generic programs, and for basic fission physics studies. In particular, completed transmission and capture work on 232Th has yielded the most accurate parameters for the first four s-wave resonances; the largest average capture width, 25.2 MeV; and the largest s-wave strength function of recent measurements. These results allow improved agreement between differential and integral capture rates. Moreover, the ORNL 252Cf anti nu measurement of unprecedented accuracy and 233U anti nu ratio measurement give a 233U prompt anti nu (thermal) of 2.490 +- 0.009 neutron/fission. This result allows a much more satisfactory understanding of the 233U 2200 m/s constants. In addition, a 232Th γ-ray production measurement provides needed cross sections for shielding, and important data for both application and fission physics were obtained from 232Th fission and both 231Pa and 234U fission and total cross section measurements. Data requirements and discrepancies suggested from this work are discussed

  6. Angular distribution and inertia parameters i Alpha-induced fission of 232Th, 233U, and 238U

    Rahimi Farhad M.

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available The analysis of the selected fission fragment angular distribution from alpha induced fission is made by using an exact theoretical expression. Theoretical anisotropics obtained with transition state modes are compared with their corresponding experimental values. The agreement between the calculated and experimental values is very good. The values of the statistical parameter K02 are used for calculation of the inertia parameters. The results indicate an increase in the moment of inertia.

  7. Alpha Spectrometry for Determination of 238U, 235U, 234U, 232Th and 230Th in Soil Sample

    Monitoring of radioactivity in soil around the nuclear power plant is important. In this study, the radioactivity of uranium and thorium isotopes in soil (NIST SRM 2709a) is analyzed by alpha spectrometry. Alpha spectrometry is a powerful analytical tool for the identification and assay of the alpha-emitting sources primarily due to its high counting efficiency, high sensitivity and low price. Another aim of this study is to present the extent of disequilibrium of 238U/234U and 238U/230Th. The soil sample was decomposed by a fusion technique, and the source for the alpha spectrometry was prepared by electrodeposition of an alpha-emitting nuclides onto a metallic substrate. In this work, uranium and thorium isotopes were chemically separated from a soil sample (NIST SRM 2709a) using chromatographic columns, and electrodeposited on a stainless steel disc to measure the radioactivity concentration of the isotopes with an alpha spectrometer. The ratio of 238U/234U for the soil sample was ca. 1 which is considered to be in secular equilibrium

  8. Yield distribution of fission fragments in the reaction 7Li+232Th and step towards spectroscopy of 134Xe

    Recently, several experiments have been carried out to probe the doubly magic nucleus 132Sn, having N=82 and Z=50 shell closure. In the present work, 134Xe having N=80 and Z=54 has been populated, which is in the vicinity of the N=82, Z=50 shell closure. So, the spectroscopy of such nucleus is of considerable interest to see the validity of shell model calculation in this region. In the present experiment, 7 new transitions were added to 134Xe. Prompt-delay coincidence technique was used to identify the prompt γ-rays above the isomer in 134Xe

  9. Fission Fragment Angular Distribution of 232Th(n,f) at the CERN n_TOF Facility

    Tarrío, D; Audouin, L; Duran, I.; Paradela, C.; Tassan-Got, L; Altstadt, S; Andrzejewski, J; Barbagallo, M; Bécares, V; Bečvář, F; Belloni, F; Berthoumieux, E; Billowes, J; Boccone, V; Bosnar, D; Brugger, M; Calviani, M; Calviño, F; Cano-Ott, D; Carrapiço, C; Cerutti, F; Chiaveri, E; Chin, M; Colonna, N; Cortés, G; Cortés-Giraldo, M A; Diakaki, M; Domingo-Pardo, C; Dzysiuk, N; Eleftheriadis, C; Ferrari, A; Fraval, K; Ganesan, S; García, A R; Giubrone, G; Gómez-Hornillos, M B; Gonçalves, I F; González-Romero, E; Griesmayer, E; Guerrero, C; Gunsing, F; Gurusamy, P; Jenkins, D G; Jericha, E; Kadi, Y; Käppeler, F; Karadimos, D; Koehler, P; Kokkoris, M; Krtička, M; Kroll, J; Langer, C; Lederer, C; Leeb, H; Losito, R; Manousos, A; Marganiec, J; Martínez, T; Massimi, C; Mastinu, P F; Mastromarco, M; Meaze, M; Mendoza, E; Mengoni, A; Milazzo, P M; Mingrone, F; Mirea, M; Mondalaers, W; Pavlik, A; Perkowski, J; Plompen, A; Praena, J; Quesada, J M; Rauscher, T; Reifarth, R; Riego, A; Roman, F; Rubbia, C; Sarmento, R; Schillebeeckx, P; Schmidt, S; Tagliente, G; Tain, J L; Tsinganis, A; Valenta, S; Vannini, G; Variale, V; Vaz, P; Ventura, A; Versaci, R; Vermeulen, M J; Vlachoudis, V; Vlastou, R; Wallner, A; Ware, T; Weigand, M; Weiß, C; Wright, T J; Žugec, P

    2014-01-01

    The angular distribution of fragments emitted in neutron-induced fission of Th-232 was measured in the white spectrum neutron beam at the n\\_TOF facility at CERN. A reaction chamber based on Parallel Plate Avalanche Counters (PPAC) was used, where the detectors and the targets have been tilted 45 degrees with respect to the neutron beam direction in order to cover the full angular range of the fission fragments. A GEANT4 simulation has been developed to study the setup efficiency. The data analysis and the preliminary results obtained for the Th-232(n,f) between fission threshold and 100 MeV are presented here.

  10. First results studying the transmutation of 129I, 237Np, 238Pu, and 239Pu in the irradiation of an extended natU/Pb-assembly with 2.52 GeV deuterons

    Krivopustov, M. I.; Pavljuk, A. V.; Kovalenko, A.D.; Mariin, I.I.; Elishev, A.F.; Adam, Jindřich; Kovalík, Alojz; Batusov, Yu, A.; Kalinnikov, V. G.; Brudanin, V. B.; Čaloun, Pavel; Tsoupko-Sitnikov, V. M.; Solnyshkin, A. A.; Stegailov, V. I.; Gerbish, Sh.; Svoboda, Ondřej; Dubnická, Z.; Kala, M.; Kloc, M.; Krása, Antonín; Kugler, Andrej; Majerle, Mitja; Wagner, Vladimír; Brandt, R.; Westmeier, W.; Robotham, H.; Siemon, K.; Bielewicz, M.; Kilim, S.; Szuta, M.; Strugalska-Gola, E.; Wojeciechowski, A.; Hashemi-Nezhad, R. S.; Manolopoulou, M.; Fragopolou, M.; Stoulos, S.; Zamani-Valasiadou, M.; Jokic, S.; Katovsky, K.; Schastny, O.; Zhuk, I. V.; Potapenko, A.S.; Safronova, A.A.; Lukashevich, Zh.A.; Voronko, V.A.; Sotnikov, V.V.; Sidorenko, V.V.; Ensinger, W.; Severin, H.D.; Batsev, S.; Kostov, L.; Protokhristov, Kh.; Stoyanov, Ch,.; Yordanov, O.; Zhivkov, P.K.; Kumar, A.V.; Sharma, M.; Khilmanovich, A.M.; Marcinkevich, B.A.; Korneev, S.V.; Damdinsuren, Ts.; Togoo, Ts.; Kumawat, H.

    2009-01-01

    Roč. 279, č. 2 (2009), s. 567-584. ISSN 0236-5731 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA100480803; GA MŠk LC07050 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10480505 Keywords : MCNPX. * GeV Subject RIV: BG - Nuclear, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Colliders Impact factor: 0.631, year: 2009

  11. Design study of long-life PWR using thorium cycle

    Subkhi, Moh. Nurul; Su'ud, Zaki; Waris, Abdul

    2012-06-01

    Design study of long-life Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) using thorium cycle has been performed. Thorium cycle in general has higher conversion ratio in the thermal spectrum domain than uranium cycle. Cell calculation, Burn-up and multigroup diffusion calculation was performed by PIJ-CITATION-SRAC code using libraries based on JENDL 3.2. The neutronic analysis result of infinite cell calculation shows that 231Pa better than 237Np as burnable poisons in thorium fuel system. Thorium oxide system with 8% 233U enrichment and 7.6˜ 8% 231Pa is the most suitable fuel for small-long life PWR core because it gives reactivity swing less than 1% Δk/k and longer burn up period (more than 20 year). By using this result, small long-life PWR core can be designed for long time operation with reduced excess reactivity as low as 0.53% Δk/k and reduced power peaking during its operation.

  12. Fission rates of nuclides in the neutron field formed on the surface of a massive lead target irradiated with protons at energy of 5.0 Gev

    Fission rates of the nuclides Th-232, U-235 (with and without cadmium filter), U-234, U-236, Np-237 and U-238 were measured on the side surface of a massive lead target irradiated at the Syncrophasotron accelerator (JINR, Dubna) with protons at kinetic energy of 5.0 GeV. These measurements were carried out using the technique of solid-state nuclear track detectors. Comparison of the measured values was made with the results obtained by means of Monte-Carlo simulation using the computer code DCM/CEM. - Highlights: • The spallation neutron source based on a massive lead target irradiated with 5.0 GeV protons. • The technique of solid-state nuclear track detectors was used for the measurements. • Fission rates of 232Th, 237Np and uranium isotopes were measured for a spallation neutron source. • The measured values are compared with the results of Monte-Carlo simulation

  13. Improved radioanalytical method for the simultaneous determination of Th, U, Np, Pu and Am(Cm) on a single TRU column by alpha spectrometry and ICP-MS

    Macsik, Z.; Groska, J.; Vajda, N. [RadAnal Ltd., Budapest (Hungary); Vogt, S.; Kim, C.S.; Maddison, A.; Donohye, D. [IAEA, Seibersdorf (Austria). Environmental Sample Lab.; Kis-Benedek, G. [IAEA, Seibersdorf (Austria). Terrestrial Environment Lab.

    2013-05-01

    A radioanalytical method based on the use of a single TRU extraction chromatographic column and selective, on-column oxidation state adjustment of actinides was developed for the determination of Th, U, Np, Pu and Am(Cm) in environmental samples (such as sediment and swipe samples). The procedure of Vajda et al. was further investigated and optimized focusing on the separation of Th, U and Np. The improved method combines two measurement techniques - alpha spectrometry and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) - which allows to obtain more reliable information on a wider range of isotopes: {sup 228}Th, {sup 230}Th, {sup 232}Th, {sup 234}U, {sup 235}U, ({sup 236}U), {sup 238}U, {sup 237}Np, {sup 238}Pu, {sup 239}Pu, {sup 240}Pu, {sup 241}Pu, {sup 241}Am, {sup 242}Cm, {sup 243}Cm and {sup 244}Cm from one sample. (orig.)

  14. Evaluation of chelation concentration and cation separation of actinides at ultra-trace levels in urine matrix

    The feasibility of measuring picogram levels of actinides in a urine matrix using ion chromatography coupled on-line to an inductively coupled plasma quadrupole mass spectrometer (IC-Q-ICPMS) was investigated. A chelation column for separation of matrix ions and preconcentration of the actinides was combined with a cation-exchange column for separation of the actinides. Sample preparation required simple addition of ammonium acetate to adjust the pH of the urine matrix. Spike solutions containing 232Th, 237Np, 238U, 239Pu, and 241Am were added to undiluted urine, diluted urine (1 : 9) and water. This approach enhanced the signal sensitivities of all the tested actinides over two orders of magnitude in the water matrix, while certain elements (especially Am) can still be effectively concentrated in undiluted urine. (author)

  15. Photon and proton induced fission on heavy nuclei at intermediate energies

    Andrade-II, E.; Karapetyan, G.S.; Deppman, A.; Guimaraes, V. [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Instituto de Fisica; Balabekyan, A.R. [Yerevan State University, Alex Manoogian 1, Yerevan (Armenia); Demekhina, N.A. [Yerevan Physics Institute, Alikhanyan Brothers 2, Yerevan (Armenia); Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR), Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions (LNR), Moscow (Russian Federation)

    2014-07-01

    We present an analysis of fission induced by intermediate energy protons or photons on actinides. The 660 MeV proton induced reactions are on {sup 241}Am, {sup 238}U, and {sup 237}Np targets and the Bremsstrahlung-photons with end-point energies at 50 MeV and 3500 MeV are on {sup 232}Th and {sup 238}U targets. The study was performed by means of the Monte Carlo simulation code CRISP. A multimodal fission extension was added to the code within an approach which accounts for the contribution of symmetric and asymmetric fission. This procedure allowed the investigation of fission cross sections, fissility, number of evaporated nucleons and fission-fragment charge distributions. The comparison with experimental data show a good agreement between calculations and experiments. (author)

  16. Photon and proton induced fission on heavy nuclei at intermediate energies

    Andrade-II E.

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available We present an analysis of fission induced by intermediate energy protons or photons on actinides. The 660 MeV proton induced reactions are on 241Am, 238U, and 237Np targets and the Bremmstrahlung-photons with end-point energies at 50 MeV and 3500 MeV are on 232Th and 238U targets. The study was performed by means of the Monte Carlo simulation code CRISP. A multimodal fission extension was added to the code within an approach which accounts for the contribution of symmetric and asymmetric fission. This procedure allowed the investigation of fission cross sections, fissility, number of evaporated nucleons and fission-fragment charge distributions. The comparison with experimental data show a good agreement between calculations and experiments.

  17. Method of measurement of cross sections of heavy nuclei fission induced by intermediate energy protons

    The purpose of this work is experimental studies of the energy dependence of the fission cross sections of heavy nuclei, natPb, 209Bi, 232Th, 233U, 235U, 238U, 237Np and 239Pu, by protons at the energies from 200 to 1000 MeV. At present experiment the method based on use of the gas parallel plate avalanche counters (PPACs) for registration of complementary fission fragments in coincidence and the telescope of scintillation counters for direct counting of the incident protons on the target has been used. First preliminary results of the energy dependences of proton induced fission cross sections for natPb, 209Bi, 235U and 238U are reported. (author)

  18. MANTRA: An Integral Reactor Physics Experiment to Infer Actinide Capture Cross-sections from Thorium to Californium with Accelerator Mass Spectrometry

    G. Youinou; C. McGrath; G. Imel; M. Paul; R. Pardo; F. Kondev; M. Salvatores; G. Palmiotti

    2011-08-01

    The principle of the proposed experiment is to irradiate very pure actinide samples in the Advanced Test Reactor at INL and, after a given time, determine the amount of the different transmutation products. The determination of the nuclide densities before and after neutron irradiation will allow inference of effective neutron capture cross-sections. This approach has been used in the past and the novelty of this experiment is that the atom densities of the different transmutation products will be determined using the Accelerator Mass Spectrometry technique at the ATLAS facility located at ANL. It is currently planned to irradiate the following isotopes: 232Th, 235U, 236U, 238U, 237Np, 238Pu, 239Pu, 240Pu, 241Pu, 242Pu, 241Am, 243Am, 244Cm and 248Cm.

  19. Effect of the impurity on the results of the fission rate measurements and elimination method

    The nuclear fission method is an important method for neutron measurement. The 235U and 239Pu fission chamber can be used to measure the thermal neutron, and 238U, 232Th and 237Np fission chamber are often used to measure fast neutron. Because the materials for the fission chambers are got by the isotope separation or artificial method, they can contain a few other impurity atoms. The experimental measurements show that the measurement results for the fast neutron can be obviously affected by the few impurities which can be fissioned by the thermal neutron. The thermal fission can be corrected by the method of the thermal fission correction. It also can be eliminated by using the fast fission chamber with Cd

  20. Energetic identification of ions of very low fluence; Identificacion energetica de iones de muy baja fluencia

    Mut C, D.A.; Balcazar, M. [ININ, 52045 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)

    2005-07-01

    The calibration of 2 types of plastics is presented (cellulose nitrate and polycarbonate) that detect and identify the energy of helium slight ions (1.5 to 10 MeV) and protons (0.3 to 6 MeV) in flows so low of a single particle /cm{sup 2}. This methodology is of importance in radiological protection to identify the actinides {sup 232} Th, {sup 241} Am, {sup 238} U, {sup 235} U, {sup 237} Np by means of its alpha emissions, or to carry out neutron spectroscopy in an ignored energy field by protons retrocession. The ion identification is adjusted for all the cases to a simple expression of the exponential type. The comparison is achieved among detection efficiencies for the detectors. (Author)

  1. Certified reference material for radionuclides in fish flesh sample IAEA-414 (mixed fish from the Irish Sea and North Sea).

    Pham, M K; Sanchez-Cabeza, J A; Povinec, P P; Arnold, D; Benmansour, M; Bojanowski, R; Carvalho, F P; Kim, C K; Esposito, M; Gastaud, J; Gascó, C L; Ham, G J; Hegde, A G; Holm, E; Jaskierowicz, D; Kanisch, G; Llaurado, M; La Rosa, J; Lee, S-H; Liong Wee Kwong, L; Le Petit, G; Maruo, Y; Nielsen, S P; Oh, J-S; Oregioni, B; Palomares, J; Pettersson, H B L; Rulik, P; Ryan, T P; Sato, K; Schikowski, J; Skwarzec, B; Smedley, P A; Tarján, S; Vajda, N; Wyse, E

    2006-01-01

    A certified reference material (CRM) for radionuclides in fish sample IAEA-414 (mixed fish from the Irish Sea and North Seas) is described and the results of the certification process are presented. Nine radionuclides (40K, 137Cs, 232Th, 234U, 235U, 238U, 238Pu, 239+240Pu and 241Am) were certified for this material. Information on massic activities with 95% confidence intervals is given for six other radionuclides (90Sr, 210Pb(210Po), 226Ra, 239Pu, 240Pu 241Pu). Less frequently reported radionuclides (99Tc, 129I, 228Th, 230Th and 237Np) and information on some activity and mass ratios are also included. The CRM can be used for quality assurance/quality control of the analysis of radionuclides in fish sample, for the development and validation of analytical methods and for training purposes. The material is available from IAEA, Vienna, in 100 g units. PMID:16549351

  2. A certified reference material for radionuclides in the water sample from Irish Sea (IAEA-443)

    A new certified reference material (CRM) for radionuclides in sea water from the Irish sea (IAEA-443) is described and the results of the certification process are presented. Ten radionuclides (3H, 40K, 90Sr, 137Cs, 234U, 235U, 238U, 238Pu, 239+240Pu and 241Am) have been certified, and information values on massic activities with 95% confidence intervals are given for four radionuclides (230Th, 232Th, 239Pu and 240Pu). Results for less frequently reported radionuclides (99Tc, 228Th, 237Np and 241Pu) are also reported. The CRM can be used for quality assurance/quality control of the analysis of radionuclides in water samples, for the development and validation of analytical methods and for training purposes. The material is available in 5 L units from IAEA (http://nucleus.iaea.org/rpst/index.htm). (author)

  3. Improved radioanalytical method for the simultaneous determination of Th, U, Np, Pu and Am(Cm) on a single TRU column by alpha spectrometry and ICP-MS

    A radioanalytical method based on the use of a single TRU extraction chromatographic column and selective, on-column oxidation state adjustment of actinides was developed for the determination of Th, U, Np, Pu and Am(Cm) in environmental samples (such as sediment and swipe samples). The procedure of Vajda et al. was further investigated and optimized focusing on the separation of Th, U and Np. The improved method combines two measurement techniques - alpha spectrometry and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) - which allows to obtain more reliable information on a wider range of isotopes: 228Th, 230Th, 232Th, 234U, 235U, (236U), 238U, 237Np, 238Pu, 239Pu, 240Pu, 241Pu, 241Am, 242Cm, 243Cm and 244Cm from one sample. (orig.)

  4. Application of high resolution inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry to the measurement of long-lived radionuclides

    The radioactivity determination of long-lived radionuclides in environmental samples is difficult due to their low concentration and low specific activity. Limits of detection (DL) for long-lived radionuclides (99Tc, 226Ra, 232Th, 237Np, 238U, 243Am) in standard solutions using Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry with a double focusing mass analyzer (HR-ICP-MS) with ultrasonic nebulizer were calculated. DL of most nuclides were under the fg g-1 level. It seems that the analysis by using HR-ICP-MS has the advantage of detection for low level radio nuclides whole half life is more than 1000 y. This method was applied to 226Ra analysis in hot spring waters and 230Th in lake sediments analysis after a simple chemical separation. (author)

  5. AN INTEGRAL REACTOR PHYSICS EXPERIMENT TO INFER ACTINIDE CAPTURE CROSS-SECTIONS FROM THORIUM TO CALIFORNIUM WITH ACCELERATOR MASS SPECTROMETRY

    The principle of the proposed experiment is to irradiate very pure actinide samples in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) at INL and, after a given time, determine the amount of the different transmutation products. The determination of the nuclide densities before and after neutron irradiation will allow inference of effective neutron capture cross-sections. This approach has been used in the past and the novelty of this experiment is that the atom densities of the different transmutation products will be determined using the Accelerator Mass Spectroscopy (AMS) technique at the ATLAS facility located at ANL. It is currently planned to irradiate the following isotopes: 232Th, 235U, 236U, 238U, 237Np, 238Pu, 239Pu, 240Pu, 241Pu, 242Pu, 241Am, 243Am and 248Cm.

  6. MANTRA: An Integral Reactor Physics Experiment to Infer Actinide Capture Cross-sections from Thorium to Californium with Accelerator Mass Spectrometry

    The principle of the proposed experiment is to irradiate very pure actinide samples in the Advanced Test Reactor at INL and, after a given time, determine the amount of the different transmutation products. The determination of the nuclide densities before and after neutron irradiation will allow inference of effective neutron capture cross-sections. This approach has been used in the past and the novelty of this experiment is that the atom densities of the different transmutation products will be determined using the Accelerator Mass Spectrometry technique at the ATLAS facility located at ANL. It is currently planned to irradiate the following isotopes: 232Th, 235U, 236U, 238U, 237Np, 238Pu, 239Pu, 240Pu, 241Pu, 242Pu, 241Am, 243Am, 244Cm and 248Cm.

  7. Certified reference material for radionuclides in fish flesh sample IAEA-414 (mixed fish from the Irish Sea and North Sea)

    A certified reference material (CRM) for radionuclides in fish sample IAEA-414 (mixed fish from the Irish Sea and North Seas) is described and the results of the certification process are presented. Nine radionuclides (4K, 137Cs, 232Th, 234U, 235U, 238U, 238Pu, 239+24Pu and 241Am) were certified for this material. Information on massic activities with 95% confidence intervals is given for six other radionuclides (9Sr, 21Pb(21Po), 226Ra, 239Pu, 24Pu 241Pu). Less frequently reported radionuclides (99Tc, 129I, 228Th, 23Th and 237Np) and information on some activity and mass ratios are also included. The CRM can be used for quality assurance/quality control of the analysis of radionuclides in fish sample, for the development and validation of analytical methods and for training purposes. The material is available from IAEA, Vienna, in 100 g units

  8. Photon and proton induced fission on heavy nuclei at intermediate energies

    We present an analysis of fission induced by intermediate energy protons or photons on actinides. The 660 MeV proton induced reactions are on 241Am, 238U, and 237Np targets and the Bremsstrahlung-photons with end-point energies at 50 MeV and 3500 MeV are on 232Th and 238U targets. The study was performed by means of the Monte Carlo simulation code CRISP. A multimodal fission extension was added to the code within an approach which accounts for the contribution of symmetric and asymmetric fission. This procedure allowed the investigation of fission cross sections, fissility, number of evaporated nucleons and fission-fragment charge distributions. The comparison with experimental data show a good agreement between calculations and experiments. (author)

  9. Moessbauer spectroscopy in neptunium compounds

    Nakamoto, Tadahiro; Nakada, Masami; Masaki, Nobuyuki; Saeki, Masakatsu [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Tokyo (Japan)

    1997-03-01

    Moessbauer effects are observable in seven elements of actinides from {sup 232}Th to {sup 247}Cm and Moesbauer spectra have been investigated mainly with {sup 237}Np and {sup 238}U for the reasons of availability and cost of materials. This report describes the fundamental characteristics of Moessbauer spectra of {sup 237}Np and the correlation between the isomer shift and the coordination number of Np(V) compounds. The isomer shifts of Np(V) compounds had a tendency to increase as an increase of coordination number and the isomer shifts of Np(V) compounds showed broad distribution as well as those of Np(VI) but {delta} values of the compounds with the same coordination number were distributed in a narrow range. The {delta} values of Np(VI) complexes with O{sub x} donor set suggest that the Np atom in its hydroxide (NpO{sub 2}(OH){center_dot}4H{sub 2}O)might have pentagonal bipyramidal structure and at least, pentagonal and hexagonal bipyramidal structures might coexist in its acetate and benzoate. Really, such coexistence has been demonstrated in its nitrate, (NpO{sub 2}){sub 2}(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}{center_dot}5H{sub 2}O. (M.N.)

  10. Study of extraction chromatography methods of separation of neptunium and its radiometric determination

    In presented dissertation thesis the separation procedure for determination of neptunium in model solutions and also in soil samples was designed. 1. The sorbent was prepared on basis of hydrophobised silica gel with silica oil for hydrophobisation - Lukooil H. Extraction agent was anchored on this modified surface -quarternary ammonium salt Aliquat 336. In experiments was proved, that sorbent prepared like this is resist enough to the elution solutions using in separation procedures. It was found out that maximal concentration of deposited Aliquat 336 in benzene on hydrophobised silica gel selected granulate size is 40%. Sorbent prepared with silica gel lower granulate size and also with higher concentration of Aliquat 336 in benzene became sticky and unsuitable for using in separation columns. 2. The prepared sorbent is similar to commercial produced TEVA resin made by company Eichrom and for purpose of this project it was cheaper but the same effective alternative in comparing to mentioned commercial resin. 3. The separation procedure for isolation of 237Np from radionuclides interfering during its radiometric determination with alpha spectrometry was designed -in scientific publications hasn't been described yet. The procedure consists of using formic acid for reduction of radionuclides interfering by alpha spectrometric determination of 237Np and subsequent purification of neptunium on the next column by using ferrous sulphamate as reduction agent. This procedure was applied to the model solutions and also to the soil samples. The model solutions and soil samples for these experiments were contaminated with known amounts of 237Np, 238pU, 232Th and mixture of 234U/238U. The effective separation of neptunium from described radionuclides was achieved with application of the described separation procedure. 4. The separation procedure for separation of 239Np from its mother radionuclide 241Am was designed with prepared sorbent. Different washing and elution

  11. Radionuclide desorption kinetics on synthetic Zn/Ni-labeled montmorillonite nanoparticles

    Huber, F. M.; Heck, S.; Truche, L.; Bouby, M.; Brendlé, J.; Hoess, P.; Schäfer, T.

    2015-01-01

    Sorption/desorption kinetics for selected radionuclides (99Tc(VII), 232Th(IV), 233U(VI), 237Np(V), 242Pu and 243Am(III)) under Grimsel (Switzerland) ground water conditions (pH 9.7 and ionic strength of ∼1 mM) in the presence of synthetic Zn or Ni containing montmorillonite nanoparticles and granodiorite fracture filling material (FFM) from Grimsel were examined in batch studies. The structurally bound Zn or Ni in the octahedral sheet of the synthetic colloids rendered them suitable as colloid markers. Only a weak interaction of the montmorillonite colloids with the fracture filling material occurs over the experimental duration of 10,000 h (∼13 months). The tri- and tetravalent radionuclides are initially strongly associated with nanoparticles in contrast to 99Tc(VII), 233U(VI) and 237Np(V) which showed no sorption to the montmorillonite colloids. Radionuclide desorption of the nanoparticles followed by sorption to the fracture filling material is observed for 232Th(IV), 242Pu and 243Am(III). Based on the conceptual model that the driving force for the kinetically controlled radionuclide desorption from nanoparticles and subsequent association to the FFM is the excess in surface area offered by the FFM, the observed desorption kinetics are related to the colloid/FFM surface area ratio. The observed decrease in concentration of the redox sensitive elements 99Tc(VII), 233U(VI) and 237Np(V) may be explained by reduction to lower oxidation states in line with Eh-pH conditions prevailing in the experiments and thermodynamic considerations leading to (i) precipitation of a sparingly soluble phase, (ii) sorption to the fracture filling material, (iii) possible formation of eigencolloids and/or (iv) sorption to the montmorillonite colloids. Subsequent to the sorption/desorption kinetics study, an additional experiment was conducted investigating the potential remobilization of radionuclides/colloids attached to the FFM used in the sorption/desorption kinetic

  12. Systematic study of actinide and pre-actinide fission modes

    Andrade-II, E; Deppman, A; Bernal-Castillo, J L; Balabekyan, A R; Demekhina, N A; Adam, J; Garcia, F; Guzmán, F

    2016-01-01

    In this work, we present new experimental data on mass distribution of fission fragments from $^{241}$Am proton-induced fission at $660$ MeV measured at the LNR Phasotron (JINR). The systematic analysis of several measured fragment mass distributions from different fission reactions available in the literature is also presented. The proton-induced fission of $^{241}$Am, $^{237}$Np and $^{238}$U at 26.5, 62.9 and 660 MeV was studied. The proton-induced fission of $^{232}$Th was studied at 26.5, 62.9 and 190 MeV. The fission of $^{208}$Pb also by a proton was investigated at 190, 500 and 1000 MeV. The fission of $^{197}$Au was studied for 190 and 800 MeV protons. Bremsstrahlung reactions with maximum photon energies of 50 and 3500 MeV were studied for $^{232}$Th and $^{238}$U. The framework of the Random Neck Rupture Model was applied in the analysis. The roles of the neutron excess and of the so called fissility parameter were also investigated.

  13. Experiments to produce odd-mass neutron-deficient isotopes of superheavy elements by 48Ca ion-induced reactions

    Experimentals to produce neutron-deficient isotopes of superhevy elements in the reactions 233U (48Ca, 2n)279112, sup(231)Pa(48Ca, 3n)sup(276)111 and sup(232)Th(48Ca,2-3n)sup(277-276)110 have been carried out using a heavy ion beam of the U-300 accelerator. In these reactions, the upper limits of production cross sections and spontaneous-fission half-lives been determined to be 7x10-35 cm2, 5x10-35 cm2 and 2x10-35 cm2, and 0.05 s, 0.003 s and 0.003 s, respectively

  14. Neutron measurements for innovative fuel cycle and transmutation performed at the CEN Bordeaux-Gradignan : transfer techniques applied to the protactinium case

    Transfer reaction techniques have been used to determine neutron induced fission cross section (σn,f) of the short lived 233Pa nucleus, which is of importance for the Th-U fuel cycle for innovative reactors. The σn,f of 233Pa has been determined from the product of the fission probability of 234Pa measured in transfer reaction 232Th(3He,p) with the calculated compound nucleus formation cross section in the 233Pa+n reaction. The validity of this method has been tested with the existing data for direct neutron experiments on long-lived target nuclei 231Pa and 230Th. Transfer reaction techniques have been used too for the determination of capture cross section (σn,y) of 233Pa. This method will be extended to other highly radioactive actinides (such as 242-245Cm isotopes). (author)

  15. ZZ MATXSLIBJ33, JENDL-3.3 based, 175 N-42 photon groups (VITAMIN-J) MATXS library for discrete ordinates multi-group

    -156, Gd-152, Gd-154, Gd-155, Gd-156, Gd-157, Gd-158, Gd-160, Tb-159, Er-162, Er-164, Er-166, Er-167, Er-168, Er-170, Hf-174, Hf-176, Hf-177, Hf-178, Hf-179, Hf-180, Ta-181, W-182, W-183, W-184, W-186, Hg-196, Hg-198, Hg-199, Hg-200, Hg-201, Hg-202, Hg-204, Pb-204, Pb-206, Pb-207, Pb-208, Bi-209, Ra-223, Ra-224, Ra-225, Ra-226, Ac-225, Ac-226, Ac-227, Th-227, Th-228, Th-229, Th-230, Th-232, Th-233, Th-234, Pa-231, Pa-232, Pa-233, U-232, U-233, U-234, U-235, U-236, U-237, U-238, Np-235, Np-236, Np-237, Np-238, Np-239, Pu-236, Pu-237, Pu-238, Pu-239, Pu-240, Pu-241, Pu-242, Pu-244, Pu-246, Am-241, Am-242, Am-242m, Am-243, Am-244, Am-244m, Cm-240, Cm-241, Cm-242, Cm-243, Cm-244, Cm-245, Cm-246, Cm-247, Cm-248, Cm-249, Cm-250, Bk-247, Bk-249, Bk-250, Cf-249, Cf-250, Cf-251, Cf-252, Cf-254, Es-254, Es-255, Fm-255 Temperatures: 300 K. Origin: JENDL-3.3. Weighting spectrum: -- iwt=11 for NJOY-99. Legendre expansion: P6. Thermal scattering: free gas model. Self shielding: sigma-0, infinity, 10000, 1000, 300, 100, 30, 10, 1, 0.1, 1. E-5. Kerma factors are provided. NEA-1707/03: Corrections were made to the continuous inelastic scattering matrices (MT=91), for all nuclides for which this channel is open. This replaces the previous version. 2 - Methods: The nuclear data processing system NJOY-99.67 was used to produce MATXSLIBJ33. It can be further processed using TRANSX-2.15. 3 - Restrictions on the complexity of the problem: Accuracy of pointwise cross-section reconstruction: 0.1%; Upper limit of thermal region: 4.6 eV

  16. Fragment Mass Distributions in Neutron-Induced Fission of 232Th and 238U from 10 to 60 MeV

    Simutkin, Vasily

    2010-01-01

    Since its discovery, the phenomenon of nuclear fission is the object of extensive theoretical and experimental studies. However, we are still far from a complete understanding of the fission process. Nuclear theory can satisfactorily explain the process of neutron-induced fission at thermal neutron energies, but it meets problems at high neutron energies. However, new applications are nowadays developed involving neutron-induced fission in this energy domain. An example of such an application...

  17. Comment on "Fission Mass Widths in $^{19}$F + $^{232}$Th, $^{16}$O + $^{235,238}$ U reactions at near barrier energies

    Ghosh, T.K.; Bhattacharya, P

    2005-01-01

    A critical re-analysis of the experimental data to reject transfer fission component did not change the fragment mass widths and hence the conclusion regarding abrupt rise in mass widths with decreasing energy around Coulomb barrier remains unchanged

  18. Fission-fragment mass distribution and estimation of the cluster emission probability in the gamma+.SUP.232 Th and .SUP.181 Ta reactions

    Karamian, S. A.; Adam, Jindřich; Belov, A. G.; Čaloun, Pavel; Norseev, Yu. V.; Stegailov, V. I.

    Singapore: World scientific, 1997 - (von Egidy, T.; Hartmann, H.; Habs, D.; Lobner, K.; Nifenecker, H.), s. 199-204 [International Workshop on Research with Fission Fragment s. Benediktbeurn (DE), 28.10.1996-30.10.1996

  19. Ternary fission with 4He emission in 16O(144 Mev) + 232Th and 12C(108 Mev) + 197Au reactions

    Results of coincidence study of 4He emission with fission fragments in 12C (108 MeV) ions with sup(197)Au target and 16O (144 MeV) ions with sup(223)Th target reactions are presented. On the basis of Monte Carlo kinematic simulation of nuclear reactions analysis of energy and velocity spectra of α-particles has been performed. The conclusion has been performed. The conclusion has been drawn that the main source of 4He emission was the evaporation from a fissioning compound nucleus. Substantial part of α-particles was emitted from fully accelerated fission fragments. Some of 4He nuclei with mean energy of about 16 MeV emitted mainly perpendicular to the fission axis were identified as similar to long range α-particles in ternary fission of heavy nuclei with low excitation energy. Multiplicities of emission of these particles are considerably higher than those at low excitation energy. Comparison of experimental results with statistical model calculations has been made

  20. Evaluation of 226Ra, 232Th, 137Cs and 40K “Agaricus Bisporus” Activity in Cultivated Edible Mushroom formed in Tehran Province- Iran

    Vahid Changizi

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Introduction Natural and man made radioactive sources exist in our environment they can enter into our food chains. One of these is the soil-mushroom-human chain. High level doses of natural radiation can cause hazards to humans. Materials and Methods Samples of Agaricus bisporus cultivated edible mushroom in Tehran province- Iran were collected from 7 farms. Specific activity of 226Ra, 228Ra, 137Cs, 40K and 235U of the samples were measured by two HPGe detectors. Results Specific activity of 226Ra, 228Ra, 137Cs and 40K in the edible mushroom samples were equal to 0.06 ± 0.03 - 0.7 ± 0.2 Bq kg-1 dry, 1.4 ± 0.7 Bq kg-1 dry, 0.1 ± 0.03- 0.3 ± 0.1 Bq kg-1dry and 920 ± 400 - 1370 ± 900 Bq kg-1dry , respectively. Conclusion As the measured concentrations of the radionuclides of interest are close or lower than MDA (Minimum Detectable Activity. Consumption of the mushrooms would impose no health consequences to the consumers.

  1. Determination of the mass distribution of fission products of 232Th in a neutron spectrum with average energy of 5.0 MeV

    In this study, the aim is to determine the distribution percentages of fission products which occur with Th (n,f) reaction by the average spectrum method in a neutron cell which consist of three 241Am-Be neutron sources of 592 GBq each. The average spectrum energy of Am-Be neutron source for neutron energies above 1.4 MeV was calculated as 5.02 MeV by numerical integration. In the experiments, powder ThO: compound with 99.5 % purity was used and powder UO2 compound with again 99.5 % purity was used as reference material. In determining detector efficiency, gamma ray with well-known energies and intensities which are emitted by 234Th and 34mPa radioactive nuclides which form as a result of natural decay of U, were used. Because of the difference in densities of UO? and TI1O2 matrixes, in determining detector efficiency for ThO: matrix gamma self absorbtion correction was applied. 14 of the fission products formed as a result of Th (n,f) reaction with masses between 87 and 143 were observed and the mass distribution of 13 of them were measured. The obtained values were compared with the values in the literature and it was seen that they generally agreed

  2. Sequential determination of natural (232Th, 238U) and anthropogenic (137Cs, 90Sr, 241Am, 239+240Pu) radionuclides in environmental matrix

    A new sequential method for the determination of both natural (U, Th) and anthropogenic (Sr, Cs, Pu, Am) radionuclides has been developed for application to soil and sediment samples. The procedure was optimised using a reference sediment (IAEA-368) and reference soils (IAEA-375 and IAEA-326). Reference materials were first digested using acids (leaching), 'total' acids on hot plate, and acids in microwave in order to compare the different digestion technique. Then, the separation and purification were made by anion exchange resin and selective extraction chromatography: Transuranic (TRU) and Strontium (SR) resins. Natural and anthropogenic alpha radionuclides were separated by Uranium and Tetravalent Actinide (UTEVA) resin, considering different acid elution medium. Finally, alpha and gamma semiconductor spectrometer and liquid scintillation spectrometer were used to measure radionuclide activities. The results obtained for strontium-90, cesium-137, thorium-232, uranium- 238, plutonium-239+240 and americium-241 isotopes by the proposed method for the reference materials provided excellent agreement with the recommended values and good chemical recoveries. (authors)

  3. Seasonality in the flux of natural radionuclides and plutonium in the deep Sargasso Sea

    A record of radionuclide fluxes at a deep-ocean station near Bermuda was obtained from analysis of a 3-year collection of sediment-trap samples. The trap was placed at a depth of 3200 m, 1000 m above the sea floor, and the samples were recovered at 2-month intervals. Concentrations of 238U, 234U, 232Th, 230Th, 228Th, 231Pa, 210Pb, 210Po, and sup(239,240)Pu were measured in the trapped material. Most of the radionuclide activity was found in the 230Th and 231Pa, considering that most of their production occurs in the water column below the euphotic zone. Evidently the seasonal influence is transmitted downward by the varying particle flux so that radionuclide scavenging rates at depth, as well as at the surface, are affected. It is suggested that this could be brought about by seasonal variations in the flux of marine snow or in the rate of fecal-matter production in the deep-water column. (author)

  4. Be and Th isotopes in manganese nodules and adjacent sediments: nodule growth histories and nuclide behavior

    The concentration profiles of 9Be, 10Be, 230Th, 232Th, 231Pa (via 227Th) and 238U have been measured in three manganese nodules, one each from the North Pacific (A47-16(4)), the South Pacific (TF-5) and the Indian Ocean (R/V Vitiaz). In addition the 10Be concentration in deep water from the GEOSECS reoccupation station 500 of the North Pacific, and in box cores raised from the manganese nodule field in the North Pacific have been measured. The 10Be concentration in nodule and seawater samples was measured by the accelerator mass spectrometric technique employing the Yale Tandem Van de Graaff accelerator. The concentrations of 10Be, 230Thsub(exc) and 231Pasub(exc) and ratios of 10Be/9Be and 230Thsub(exc)/232Th all decrease with depth in the nodules. This decrease, interpreted in terms of nodule growth, yields 'average' growth rates of a few millimeters per million years for the nodules. The growth rates of the nodules exhibit temporal variations, both on short time (approx. equal to 50,000 years) and long time (several million years) scales. (orig./ME)

  5. A study of the generation of 232U in UO2 and MOX fuels

    To clarify the generation pathway of 232U, an important nuclide for dose evaluation at various stages in the reuse of uranium, concentrations of 232U generated through various pathways were evaluated for UO2 and mixed oxide (MOX) fuels. Burnup calculation was conducted with ORIGEN2.2 code adopting ORLIBJ40 library, a set of cross-section libraries based on JENDL-4.0. It was found that differences in 232U concentrations in UO2 and MOX fuels mainly arise from differences in the initial compositions of 234U, 235U, and 236U. It was also found that the contribution of plutonium and americium isotopes in MOX fuels is small compared with that of uranium isotopes. The results clarified that the capture cross sections of 230Th, 231Pa, 235U, and 236U, as well as the (n,2n) cross sections of 237Np and 238U, have a large effect on the generation of 232U. Additional investigation showed that 232U concentration is strongly affected not only by time after irradiation but also by time before irradiation. (author)

  6. Measurement of the fission cross section induced by fast neutrons of the {sup 232}Th/{sup 233}U nuclei within the innovating fuel cycles framework; Mesure de la section efficace de fission induite par neutrons rapides des noyaux {sup 232}Th/{sup 233}U dans le cadre des cycles de combustible innovants

    Grosjean, C

    2005-03-15

    The thorium-U{sup 233} fuel cycle might provided safer and cleaner nuclear energy than the present Uranium/Pu fuelled reactors. Over the last 10 years, a vast campaign of measurements has been initiated to bring the precision of neutron data for the key nuclei (Th{sup 232}, Pa{sup 233} and U{sup 233}) at the level of those for the U-Pu cycle. This is the framework of these measurements, the energy dependent neutron induced fission cross section of Th{sup 232} and U{sup 233} has been measured from 1 to 7 MeV with a target accuracy lesser than 5 per cent. These measurements imply the accurate determination of the fission rate, the number of the target nuclei as well as the incident neutron flux impinging on the target, the latter has been obtained using the elastic scattering (n,p). The cross section of which is very well known in a large neutron energy domain ({approx} 0,5 % from 1 eV to 50 MeV) compared to the U{sup 235}(n,f) reaction. This technique has been applied for the first time to the Th{sup 232}(n,f) and U{sup 233}(n,f) cases. A Hauser-Feshbach statistical model has been developed. It consists of describing the different decay channels of the compound nucleus U{sup 234} from 0,01 to 10 MeV neutron energy. The parameters of this model were adjusted in order to reproduce the measured fission cross section of U{sup 233}. From these parameters, the cross sections from the following reactions could be extracted: inelastic scattering U{sup 233}(n,n'), radiative capture U{sup 233}(n,{gamma}) and U{sup 233}(n,2n). These cross sections are still difficult to measure by direct neutron reactions. The calculated values have allowed us to fill the lack of experimental data for the major fissile nucleus of the thorium cycle. (author)

  7. A review of the current status of nuclear data for major and minor isotopes of thorium fuel cycle

    In this paper, we present a critical overview of the status of the available nuclear data of isotopes of thorium fuel cycle, viz., 230Th, 232Th, 231Pa, 233Pa, 232U, 233U and 234U. Induced in the main body of the paper is a critical analysis of information contained in the two basic evaluated nuclear data files JENDL-3.2 and ENDF/B-VI (Rev.5) recently released by the IAEA/NDS as a result of truly international efforts. In some of the cases, the information and data given in EXFOR is examined to get an idea of the status of measured nuclear data of these isotopes. Some comments regarding gaps in experimental data as of 1999 are included in the discussion. Most of these experimental data were those generated two decades ago. In addition, generally, these experimental data are very limited in comparison to the voluminous nuclear data generated for the uranium-plutonium cycle. Experimental data is absent in most of the cases and, in such cases, evaluated cross sections in the two basic evaluated nuclear data files JENDL-3.2 and ENDF/B-VI(Rev.5) are based upon theoretical models and nuclear systematics. Some of these differences between JEF-2.2 and its source ENDF/B-V that were carried over to ENDF/B-VI(Rev.5) are explained. The role and the importance of 231Pa and 233Pa in the thorium fuel cycle in advanced concepts such as the Energy Amplifier are mentioned. New calculations of criticality property of 231Pa and 233Pa are presented using the neutron reaction data of JENDL-3.2 and ENDF/B-VI(Rev.5). The possible influence of 230Th is examined with respect to its cross sections and production of 231Pa in a typical Indian PHWR environment. The quality assurance in design and safety studies in nuclear energy in the next few decades and centuries require new and improved data with high accuracy and energy resolution. As a starter, the nuclear data of the set of isotopes of thorium fuel cycle discussed in this paper is a challenging sample for consideration as a trial project

  8. Study of calculated and measured time dependent delayed neutron yields. [TX, for calculating delayed neutron yields; MATINV, for matrix inversion; in FORTRAN for LSI-II minicomputer

    Waldo, R.W.

    1980-05-01

    Time-dependent delayed neutron emission is of interest in reactor design, reactor dynamics, and nuclear physics studies. The delayed neutrons from neutron-induced fission of /sup 232/U, /sup 237/Np, /sup 238/Pu, /sup 241/Am, /sup 242m/Am, /sup 245/Cm, and /sup 249/Cf were studied for the first time. The delayed neutron emission from /sup 232/Th, /sup 233/U, /sup 235/U, /sup 238/U, /sup 239/Pu, /sup 241/Pu, and /sup 242/Pu were measured as well. The data were used to develop an empirical expression for the total delayed neutron yield. The expression gives accurate results for a large variety of nuclides from /sup 232/Th to /sup 252/Cf. The data measuring the decay of delayed neutrons with time were used to derive another empirical expression predicting the delayed neutron emission with time. It was found that nuclides with similar mass-to-charge ratios have similar decay patterns. Thus the relative decay pattern of one nuclide can be established by any measured nuclide with a similar mass-to-charge ratio. A simple fission product yield model was developed and applied to delayed neutron precursors. It accurately predicts observed yield and decay characteristics. In conclusion, it is possible to not only estimate the total delayed neutron yield for a given nuclide but the time-dependent nature of the delayed neutrons as well. Reactors utilizing recycled fuel or burning actinides are likely to have inventories of fissioning nuclides that have not been studied until now. The delayed neutrons from these nuclides can now be incorporated so that their influence on the stability and control of reactors can be delineated. 8 figures, 39 tables.

  9. Study of calculated and measured time dependent delayed neutron yields

    Time-dependent delayed neutron emission is of interest in reactor design, reactor dynamics, and nuclear physics studies. The delayed neutrons from neutron-induced fission of 232U, 237Np, 238Pu, 241Am, /sup 242m/Am, 245Cm, and 249Cf were studied for the first time. The delayed neutron emission from 232Th, 233U, 235U, 238U, 239Pu, 241Pu, and 242Pu were measured as well. The data were used to develop an empirical expression for the total delayed neutron yield. The expression gives accurate results for a large variety of nuclides from 232Th to 252Cf. The data measuring the decay of delayed neutrons with time were used to derive another empirical expression predicting the delayed neutron emission with time. It was found that nuclides with similar mass-to-charge ratios have similar decay patterns. Thus the relative decay pattern of one nuclide can be established by any measured nuclide with a similar mass-to-charge ratio. A simple fission product yield model was developed and applied to delayed neutron precursors. It accurately predicts observed yield and decay characteristics. In conclusion, it is possible to not only estimate the total delayed neutron yield for a given nuclide but the time-dependent nature of the delayed neutrons as well. Reactors utilizing recycled fuel or burning actinides are likely to have inventories of fissioning nuclides that have not been studied until now. The delayed neutrons from these nuclides can now be incorporated so that their influence on the stability and control of reactors can be delineated. 8 figures, 39 tables

  10. Fusion blanket benchmark experiments on a 60 cm-thick lithium-oxide cylindrical assembly

    Integral experiments on a Li2O cylindrical assembly have been carried out, using the FNS facility to provide benchmark data for verification of methods and data used in fusion neutronics research. The size of assembly was 63 cm (diameter) by 61 cm (length). Measurements included 6Li and 7Li tritium production rates ; 235U, 238U, 237Np and 232Th fission rates ; 27Al(n,α)24Na, 58Ni(n,2n)57Ni, 115In(n,n1)115mIn and 115In(n,γ)116In reaction rates. Neutron energy spectra in the assembly, as well as response rates of TLDs and PIN diodes, were also measured. Measured data are presented in tabular form together with estimated errors. A sample calculation using the DOT3.5 code is provided to facilitate the reader understanding of the experiments. Although several different measuring techniques are used in the experiment, the data are mutually consistent. This fact supports that present experimental data can be applied to the benchmark verification of methods and data. (author)

  11. Enumeration of Microbial Populations in Radioactive Environments by Epifluorescence Microscopy

    Epifluorescence microscopy was utilized to enumerate halophilic bacterial populations in two studies involving inoculated, actual radioactive waste/brine mixtures and pure brine solutions. The studies include an initial set of experiments designed to elucidate potential transformations of actinide-containing wastes under salt-repository conditions, including microbially mediated changes. The first study included periodic enumeration of bacterial populations of a mixed inoculum initially added to a collection of test containers. The contents of the test containers are the different types of actual radioactive waste that could potentially be stored in nuclear waste repositories in a salt environment. The transuranic waste was generated from materials used in actinide laboratory research. The results show that cell numbers decreased with time. Sorption of the bacteria to solid surfaces in the test system is discussed as a possible mechanism for the decrease in cell numbers. The second study was designed to determine radiological and/or chemical effects of 239Pu, 243Am, 237Np, 232Th and 238U on the growth of pure and mixed anaerobic, denitrifying bacterial cultures in brine media. Pu, Am, and Np isotopes at concentrations of -5M, -6M and -4M respectively, and Th and U isotopes -3M were tested in these media. The results indicate that high actinide concentration affected both the bacterial growth rate and morphology. However, relatively minor effects from Am were observed at all tested concentrations with the pure culture

  12. Review and Assessment of Neutron Cross Section and Nubar Covariances for Advanced Reactor Systems

    Maslov,V.M.; Oblozinsky, P.; Herman, M.

    2008-12-01

    In January 2007, the National Nuclear Data Center (NNDC) produced a set of preliminary neutron covariance data for the international project 'Nuclear Data Needs for Advanced Reactor Systems'. The project was sponsored by the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), Paris, under the Subgroup 26 of the International Working Party on Evaluation Cooperation (WPEC). These preliminary covariances are described in two recent BNL reports. The NNDC used a simplified version of the method developed by BNL and LANL that combines the recent Atlas of Neutron Resonances, the nuclear reaction model code EMPIRE and the Bayesian code KALMAN with the experimental data used as guidance. There are numerous issues involved in these estimates of covariances and it was decided to perform an independent review and assessment of these results so that better covariances can be produced for the revised version in future. Reviewed and assessed are uncertainties for fission, capture, elastic scattering, inelastic scattering and (n,2n) cross sections as well as prompt nubars for 15 minor actinides ({sup 233,234,236}U, {sup 237}Np, {sup 238,240,241,242}Pu, {sup 241,242m,243}Am and {sup 242,243,244,245}Cm) and 4 major actinides ({sup 232}Th, {sup 235,238}U and {sup 239}Pu). We examined available evaluations, performed comparison with experimental data, taken into account uncertainties in model parameterization and made use state-of-the-art nuclear reaction theory to produce the uncertainty assessment.

  13. Safety procedures for the electron spectroscopy of actinides at the ALS

    This is an addendum to the ALS Experimental Safety Form Renewal for the continuation of actinide microspot experiments on beamlines 7.0. There are several modifications to the previously approved. procedures. There is an increase in the amount of allowable material of the low activity isotopes 238U, 237Np, 242Pu, and 248Cm. There is also the addition of 99Tc and the activity isotopes 232Th and 243Am to the list of permissible sample materials. All of the materials are alpha-emitters with negligible gamma fields with the exception of 99Tc which is a beta-emitter. There is a series of new experiments that requires the use of a crystal cleaver in the preparation chamber of the ultraESCA end station. The beamline 7.0 ultraESCA endstation has been suitably modified to permit the safe cleave of YUPd alloy rectangular ingots. AR of the sample materials are solids. The exact nature and composition of the samples are delineated in the sample preparation section that follows. A corresponding Radiological Work Authorization (RWA) must be issued for this work at ALS since the material amounts exceed those in the Low Activity Source (LAS) guidelines in Table I and those in the Values for Exemption of Sealed Source Inventory in Table II. The preliminary date for the next run of these sample materials has been tentatively scheduled in early February 1996 and this will be with the uranium cleave alloys, not the transuranic materials

  14. Th and U fuel photofission study by NTD for AD-MSR subcritical assembly

    Sajo-Bohus, Laszlo; Greaves, Eduardo D.; Barros, Haydn; Pino, Felix; Barrera, Maria T.; Farina, Fulvio [Universidad Simón Bolívar, Nuclear Physics Laboratory, Apdo 89000, Caracas 1080A (Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of); Davila, Jesus [Física Médica C. A. and Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas (Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of)

    2015-07-23

    During the last decade a considerable effort has been devoted for developing energy generating systems based on advanced nuclear technology within the design concepts of GEN-IV. Thorium base fuel systems such as accelerator driven nuclear reactors are one of the often mentioned attractive and affordable options. Several radiotherapy linear accelerators are on the market and due to their reliability, they could be employed as drivers for subcritical liquid fuel assemblies. Bremsstrahlung photons with energies above 5.5MeV, induce (γ,n) and (e,e’n) reactions in the W-target. Resulting gamma radiation and photo or fission neutrons may be absorbed in target materials such as thorium and uranium isotopes to induce sustained fission or nuclear transmutation in waste radioactive materials. Relevant photo driven and photo-fission reaction cross sections are important for actinides {sup 232}Th, {sup 238}U and {sup 237}Np in the radiotherapy machines energy range of 10-20 MV. In this study we employ passive nuclear track detectors (NTD) to determine fission rates and neutron production rates with the aim to establish the feasibility for gamma and photo-neutron driven subcritical assemblies. To cope with these objectives a 20 MV radiotherapy machine has been employed with a mixed fuel target. Results will support further development for a subcritical assembly employing a thorium containing liquid fuel. It is expected that acquired technological knowledge will contribute to the Venezuelan nuclear energy program.

  15. Measurement of cross-sections of fission reactions induced by neutrons on actinides from the thorium cycle at n-TOF facility

    In the frame of innovating energy source system studies, thorium fuel cycle reactors are considered. Neutron induced fission cross section on such cycle involved actinides play a role in scenario studies. To feed them, data bases are built with experimental results and nuclear models. For some nuclei, they are not complete or in disagreement. In order to complete these data bases, we have built an original set up, consisting in an alternation of PPACs (Parallel Plate Avalanche Chamber) and ultra - thin targets, which we installed on n-TOF facility. We describe detectors, set up, and the particular care brought to target making and characterization. Fission products in coincidence are detected with precise time measurement and localization with delay line read out method. We contributed, within the n-TOF collaboration, to the CERN brand new intense spallation neutron source characterization, based on time of flight measurement, and we describe its characteristics and performances. We were able to measure such actinide fission cross sections as 232Th, 234U, 233U, 237Np, 209Bi, and natPb relative to 235U et 238U standards, using an innovative acquisition system. We took advantage of the lame accessible energy field, from 0.7 eV to 1 GeV, combined with the excellent energy resolution in this field. Data treatment and analysis advancement are described to enlighten performance and limits of the obtained results. (author)

  16. Rapid determination of actinides and {sup 90}Sr in river water

    Habibi, A., E-mail: azza.habibi@irsn.fr [IRSN/PRP-ENV/STEME/LMRE, Rue du belvédère, Bâtiment 501, Bois des rames, 91400 Orsay (France); Boulet, B. [IRSN/PRP-ENV/STEME/LMRE, Rue du belvédère, Bâtiment 501, Bois des rames, 91400 Orsay (France); Gleizes, M. [IRSN/PRP-ENV/STEME, 31 rue de l' écluse, 78116 Le Vésinet (France); Larivière, D. [Laboratoire de radioécologie, Département de chimie, Université Laval, 1045 Avenue de la médecine, G1V 0A6 Québec (Canada); Cote, G. [PSL Research University, Chimie ParisTech CNRS, Institut de Recherche de Chimie Paris, 11 rue Pierre et Marie Curie, 75005 Paris (France)

    2015-07-09

    Highlights: • A new method to separate six actinides and {sup 90}Sr was developed. • The method was applied successfully to river water samples. • The separation and the measure take about seven hours. • The method permits to reach high yields. - Abstract: Nuclear accidents occurred in latest years highlighted the difficulty to achieve, in a short time, the quantification of alpha and beta emitters. Indeed, most of the existing methods, though displaying excellent performances, can be very long, taking up to several weeks for some radioisotopes, such as {sup 90}Sr. This study focuses on alpha and beta radioisotopes which could be accidentally released from nuclear installations and which could be measured by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (ICP-MS). Indeed, a new and rapid separation method was developed for {sup 234,235,236,238}U, {sup 230,232}Th, {sup 239,240}Pu, {sup 237}Np, {sup 241}Am and {sup 90}Sr. The main objective was to minimize the duration of the separation protocol by the development of a unique radiochemical procedure with elution media compatible with ICP-MS measurements. Excellent performances were obtained with spiked river water samples. These performances are characterized by total yields exceeding 80% for all monitored radionuclides, as well as good reproducibility (RSD ≤ 10%, n = 12). The proposed radiochemical separation (including counting time) required less than 7 h for a batch of 8 samples.

  17. Certified reference material for radionuclides in fish flesh sample IAEA-414 (mixed fish from the Irish Sea and North Sea)

    Pham, M.K. [International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Marine Environment Laboratory (MEL), MC 98000 (Monaco)]. E-mail: m.pham@iaea.org; Sanchez-Cabeza, J.A.; Povinec, P.P.; Gastaud, J.; La Rosa, J.; Lee, S.-H.; Liong Wee Kwong, L.; Oregioni, B.; Wyse, E. [International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Marine Environment Laboratory (MEL), MC 98000 (Monaco); Arnold, D. [Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Braunschweig, 38116 Germany (Germany); Benmansour, M. [Centre National de l' Energie, des Sciences et des Techniques Nucleaires (CNESTEN), B.P. 1382, R.P.10001, Rabat (Morocco); Bojanowski, R. [Institute of Oceanology, Polish Academy of Sciences, PL-81-712 Sopot (Poland); Carvalho, F.P. [Instituto Tecnologico e Nuclear, Departamento de Proteccao Radiologica e Seguranca Nuclear, P-2685-953 Sacavem (Portugal); Kim, C.K. [Department of Radiological Environmental Assessment, Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety, Yo-song, Taejon 305-600, Korea (Korea); Esposito, M. [Laboratorio di Ingegneria Nucleare, Universita di Bologna, 40136 Bologna (Italy); Gasco, C.L. [CIEMAT-DIAE, Radioecologia del Medio Acuatico, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Ham, G.J. [National Radiological Protection Board, Chilton, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 0RA (United Kingdom); Hegde, A.G. [Environmental Survey Laboratory, Bhabha Atomic Research Center, Tarapur Atomic Power Station, Maharashtra 401 504 (India); Holm, E. [Department of Medical Radiation Physics, Lund University Hospital, 22185 Lund (Sweden); Jaskierowicz, D. [Lab. d' Analyses de Surveillance et d' Expertise de la Marine, Base Navale de Cherbourg, 50115 Cherbourg (France); Kanisch, G. [Federal Research Centre for Fisheries, Institute of Fisheries Ecology, 20539 Hamburg (Germany); Llaurado, M. [Lab. de Radiologia Ambiental, Dept. de Quimica Analitica, Facultat de Quimica, Universitat de Barcelona, 08028 Barcelona (Spain); Le Petit, G. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, DASE/SRCE, 91680 Bruyeres-le-Chatel (France); Maruo, Y. [and others

    2006-10-15

    A certified reference material (CRM) for radionuclides in fish sample IAEA-414 (mixed fish from the Irish Sea and North Seas) is described and the results of the certification process are presented. Nine radionuclides ({sup 4}K, {sup 137}Cs, {sup 232}Th, {sup 234}U, {sup 235}U, {sup 238}U, {sup 238}Pu, {sup 239+24}Pu and {sup 241}Am) were certified for this material. Information on massic activities with 95% confidence intervals is given for six other radionuclides ({sup 9}Sr, {sup 21}Pb({sup 21}Po), {sup 226}Ra, {sup 239}Pu, {sup 24}Pu {sup 241}Pu). Less frequently reported radionuclides ({sup 99}Tc, {sup 129}I, {sup 228}Th, {sup 23}Th and {sup 237}Np) and information on some activity and mass ratios are also included. The CRM can be used for quality assurance/quality control of the analysis of radionuclides in fish sample, for the development and validation of analytical methods and for training purposes. The material is available from IAEA, Vienna, in 100 g units.

  18. Trace, ultratrace and isotope analysis of long-lived radionuclides by laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry

    Laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) has become established as a very efficient and sensitive technique for the analysis of solids. For the determination of long-lived radionuclides in solid nuclear waste or contaminated environmental samples LA-ICP-MS is the method of choice. The capability of LA-ICP-MS for measurements on long-lived radionuclides in non-conducting concrete matrix, which is a very common matrix in waste packages will be investigated. Of special interest are the limits of detection of long-lived radionuclides, which are compared for two different types of mass spectrometer coupled to a commercial laser ablation system. The limits of detection of long-lived radionuclides investigated in concrete matrix are determined in the low pg g-1 range in quadrupole LA-ICP-MS and in double-focusing sector field LA-ICP-MS. The main problem in the quantification of analytical results is that no suitable standard reference materials are available. Therefore synthetic laboratory standards (concrete matrix doped with long-lived radionuclides, such as 99Tc, 232Th, 233U, 235U, 237Np, 238U) were investigated by LA-ICP-MS. Different calibration procedures - the correction of analytical results with experimentally determined relative sensitivity coefficients (RSCs), the use of calibration curves and solution calibration by coupling LA-ICP-MS with an ultrasonic nebulizer - were applied for the determination of long-lived radionuclides, especially for Th and U in different solid samples. (orig.)

  19. Reanalysis of the gas-cooled fast reactor experiments at the zero power facility proteus - Spectral indices

    The gas-cooled fast reactor (GCFR) concept was investigated experimentally in the PROTEUS zero power facility at the Paul Scherrer Inst. during the 1970's. The experimental program was aimed at neutronics studies specific to the GCFR and at the validation of nuclear data in fast spectra. A significant part of the program used thorium oxide and thorium metal fuel either distributed quasi-homogeneously in the reference PuO2/UO2 lattice or introduced in the form of radial and axial blanket zones. Experimental results obtained at the time are still of high relevance in view of the current consideration of the Gas-cooled Fast Reactor (GFR) as a Generation-IV nuclear system, as also of the renewed interest in the thorium cycle. In this context, some of the experiments have been modeled with modern Monte Carlo codes to better account for the complex PROTEUS whole-reactor geometry and to allow validating recent continuous neutron cross-section libraries. As a first step, the MCNPX model was used to test the JEFF-3.1, JEFF-3.1.1, ENDF/B-VII.0 and JENDL-3.3 libraries against spectral indices, notably involving fission and capture of 232Th and 237Np, measured in GFR-like lattices. (authors)

  20. Th and U fuel photofission study by NTD for AD-MSR subcritical assembly

    During the last decade a considerable effort has been devoted for developing energy generating systems based on advanced nuclear technology within the design concepts of GEN-IV. Thorium base fuel systems such as accelerator driven nuclear reactors are one of the often mentioned attractive and affordable options. Several radiotherapy linear accelerators are on the market and due to their reliability, they could be employed as drivers for subcritical liquid fuel assemblies. Bremsstrahlung photons with energies above 5.5MeV, induce (γ,n) and (e,e’n) reactions in the W-target. Resulting gamma radiation and photo or fission neutrons may be absorbed in target materials such as thorium and uranium isotopes to induce sustained fission or nuclear transmutation in waste radioactive materials. Relevant photo driven and photo-fission reaction cross sections are important for actinides 232Th, 238U and 237Np in the radiotherapy machines energy range of 10-20 MV. In this study we employ passive nuclear track detectors (NTD) to determine fission rates and neutron production rates with the aim to establish the feasibility for gamma and photo-neutron driven subcritical assemblies. To cope with these objectives a 20 MV radiotherapy machine has been employed with a mixed fuel target. Results will support further development for a subcritical assembly employing a thorium containing liquid fuel. It is expected that acquired technological knowledge will contribute to the Venezuelan nuclear energy program

  1. Measurement of cross-sections of fission reactions induced by neutrons on actinides from the thorium cycle at n-TOF facility; Mesures de sections efficaces de fission induite par neutrons sur des actinides du cycle du thorium a n-TOF

    Ferrant, L

    2005-09-01

    In the frame of innovating energy source system studies, thorium fuel cycle reactors are considered. Neutron induced fission cross section on such cycle involved actinides play a role in scenario studies. To feed them, data bases are built with experimental results and nuclear models. For some nuclei, they are not complete or in disagreement. In order to complete these data bases, we have built an original set up, consisting in an alternation of PPACs (Parallel Plate Avalanche Chamber) and ultra - thin targets, which we installed on n-TOF facility. We describe detectors, set up, and the particular care brought to target making and characterization. Fission products in coincidence are detected with precise time measurement and localization with delay line read out method. We contributed, within the n-TOF collaboration, to the CERN brand new intense spallation neutron source characterization, based on time of flight measurement, and we describe its characteristics and performances. We were able to measure such actinide fission cross sections as {sup 232}Th, {sup 234}U, {sup 233}U, {sup 237}Np, {sup 209}Bi, and {sup nat}Pb relative to {sup 235}U et {sup 238}U standards, using an innovative acquisition system. We took advantage of the lame accessible energy field, from 0.7 eV to 1 GeV, combined with the excellent energy resolution in this field. Data treatment and analysis advancement are described to enlighten performance and limits of the obtained results. (author)

  2. Th and U fuel photofission study by NTD for AD-MSR subcritical assembly

    Sajo-Bohus, Laszlo; Greaves, Eduardo D.; Davila, Jesus; Barros, Haydn; Pino, Felix; Barrera, Maria T.; Farina, Fulvio

    2015-07-01

    During the last decade a considerable effort has been devoted for developing energy generating systems based on advanced nuclear technology within the design concepts of GEN-IV. Thorium base fuel systems such as accelerator driven nuclear reactors are one of the often mentioned attractive and affordable options. Several radiotherapy linear accelerators are on the market and due to their reliability, they could be employed as drivers for subcritical liquid fuel assemblies. Bremsstrahlung photons with energies above 5.5MeV, induce (γ,n) and (e,e'n) reactions in the W-target. Resulting gamma radiation and photo or fission neutrons may be absorbed in target materials such as thorium and uranium isotopes to induce sustained fission or nuclear transmutation in waste radioactive materials. Relevant photo driven and photo-fission reaction cross sections are important for actinides 232Th, 238U and 237Np in the radiotherapy machines energy range of 10-20 MV. In this study we employ passive nuclear track detectors (NTD) to determine fission rates and neutron production rates with the aim to establish the feasibility for gamma and photo-neutron driven subcritical assemblies. To cope with these objectives a 20 MV radiotherapy machine has been employed with a mixed fuel target. Results will support further development for a subcritical assembly employing a thorium containing liquid fuel. It is expected that acquired technological knowledge will contribute to the Venezuelan nuclear energy program.

  3. ZZ FSXJ32, MCNP nuclear data library based on JENDL-3.2. ZZ FSXLIBJ33, MCNP nuclear data library based on JENDL-3.3

    -103, Rh-105, Pd-102, Pd-104, Pd-105, Pd-106, Pd-107, Pd-108, Pd-110, Ag-107, Ag-109, Ag-110m,Cd-106, Cd-108, Cd-110, Cd-111, Cd-112, Cd-113, Cd-114, Cd-116, In-113, In-115, Sn-112, Sn-114, Sn-115, Sn-116, Sn-117, Sn-118, Sn-119, Sn-120, Sn-122, Sn-123, Sn-124, Sn-126, Sb-121, Sb-123, Sb-124, Sb-125, Te-120, Te-122, Te-123, Te-124, Te-125, Te-126, Te-127m,Te-128, Te-129m,Te-130, I -127, I -129, I -131, Xe-124, Xe-126, Xe-128, Xe-129, Xe-130, Xe-131, Xe-132, Xe-133, Xe-134, Xe-135, Xe-136, Cs-133, Cs-134, Cs-135, Cs-136, Cs-137, Ba-130, Ba-132, Ba-134, Ba-135, Ba-136, Ba-137, Ba-138, Ba-140, La-138, La-139, Ce-140, Ce-141, Ce-142, Ce-144, Pr-141, Pr-143, Nd-142, Nd-143, Nd-144, Nd-145, Nd-146, Nd-147, Nd-148, Nd-150, Pm-147, Pm-148, Pm-148m,Pm-149, Sm-144, Sm-147, Sm-148, Sm-149, Sm-150, Sm-151, Sm-152, Sm-153, Sm-154, Eu-151, Eu-152, Eu-153, Eu-154, Eu-155, Eu-156, Gd-152, Gd-154, Gd-155, Gd-156, Gd-157, Gd-158, Gd-160, Tb-159, Er-162, Er-164, Er-166, Er-167, Er-168, Er-170, Hf-174, Hf-176, Hf-177, Hf-178, Hf-179, Hf-180, Ta-181, W-182, W-183, W-184, W-186, Hg-196, Hg-198, Hg-199, Hg-200, Hg-201, Hg-202, Hg-204, Pb-204, Pb-206, Pb-207, Pb-208, Bi-209, Ra-223, Ra-224, Ra-225, Ra-226, Ac-225, Ac-226, Ac-227, Th-227, Th-228, Th-229, Th-230, Th-232, Th-233, Th-234, Pa-231, Pa-232, Pa-233, U-232, U-233, U-234, U-235, U-236, U-237, U-238, Np-235, Np-236, Np-237, Np-238, Np-239, Pu-236, Pu-237, Pu-238, Pu-239, Pu-240, Pu-241, Pu-242, Pu-244, Pu-246, Am-241, Am-242, Am-242m, Am-243, Am-244, Am-244m, Cm-240, Cm-241, Cm-242, Cm-243, Cm-244, Cm-245, Cm-246, Cm-247, Cm-248, Cm-249, Cm-250, Bk-247, Bk-249, Bk-250, Cf-249, Cf-250, Cf-251, Cf-252, Cf-254, Es-254, Es-255, Fm-255 Temperatures: 300 K. Origin: JENDL-3.3. Thermal scattering: Free gas model Kerma factors are provided. The original JENDL-3.3 has two problems in Am-241 data. One is the missing of MF/MT=4/18, and the other is the incorrect neutron spectra for MT=18 below 500 keV. The updated data have been produced as JENDL-3

  4. U-Th-Ra-Pa Disequilibria in the Kasuga Seamounts: recent "sediment" flux melting in the Mariana rear arc

    Gill, J.; Holden, P.

    2002-12-01

    Mariana volcanic front lavas define a U-Th isotope mixing line with an apparent age of 30 Ka between U-enriched "basalt fluid"-dominated Guguan and "sediment melt"-dominated Uracas in 238U-230Th equilibrium (Elliott et al., 1997). However, new results for basalts collected by dredging and diving on the shoshonitic Kasuga Seamounts, 10-20 km behind the VF, require re-interpretation of both Mariana components. Kasuga basalts are the local "sediment" extreme, reaching La/Sm = 5, Th/Nb=0.75, and eNd=3 in the most K-rich samples. Despite this extremity, their U-Th disequilibria lie along the same mixing line as for the VF, but extend to 20 percent 230Th-enrichment and (230Th)/(232Th) lower than at the intersection with the equiline. This indicates deeper melting than at the VF, and that the source's Th/U ratio was higher than the intersection. (226Ra)/(230Th) ratios extend to 3.5 even though samples have unknown eruption ages and Ba/Th is only 100, much lower than at the VF. (231Pa)/(235U) is mostly 1.7, higher than at the VF. (231Pa)/(230Th) correlates positively with excess U, consistent with recent flux melting. However, the mantle being melted is more fertile than at the VF, and the flux is more "sedimentary" apart from its disequilibria. Disequilibria in the highest-K Kasuga are most like Kick-em-Jenny, the most sediment-rich part of the Antilles.

  5. Measurements of neutron-induced fission cross section of protactinium-231 from 0.1 eV to 10 keV with lead slowing-down spectrometer and at 0.0253 eV with thermal neutron facility

    Protactinium(Pa)-231 is one of the most interesting nuclei which are related to the production of 232U in the 232Th-233U fuel cycle. The fission phenomena, fission energy and mass distributions for the neutron-induced fission of 231Pa have been investigated. Although several measurements of the 231Pa(n, f) cross section have been reported at higher energies, the fission cross section has rarely been measured in the lower/resonance energy region. One of the reasons may be due to sub-barrier fission which results in a low fission cross section. In addition, 231Pa is a radioactive actinide element. Then, a pure sample and an intense neutron source are required to overcome the severe experimental conditions for the fission cross section measurement. The thermal neutron-induced fission cross section of 231Pa was measured by Ghiorso and Van Winkle using a fission chamber and by Wagemans et al. with a surface barrier detector to detect the fission fragments at a neutron guide of the ILL. Mughabghab shows the thermal neutron cross section in the literature. Leonard and Odegaarden made the cross section measurement at 20 energy points between 0.37 eV and 0.52 eV by use of a crystal spectrometer. No experimental datum has been obtained at energies between 0.0253 eV and 100 keV except for those measured by Leonard and Odegaarden. The evaluated fission cross section data appear in ENDF/B-VI, JENDL-3.2 and JEF-2.2 (which is essentially same as ENDF/B-VI). The ENDF/B-VI data are markedly discrepant from the JENDL-3.2 data in the relevant energy region, especially above about 10 eV. In the present study, the neutron-induced fission cross section of 231Pa has been measured in the range of 0.1 eV to 10 keV relative to that of the 235U(n, f) reaction by making use of a back-to-back (BTB) type double fission chamber and a lead slowing-down spectrometer driven by a 46 MeV electron linear accelerator (linac) of the Research Reactor Institute, Kyoto University (KURRI). Below 1 keV, the

  6. Application of the Spanish methodological approach for biosphere assessment to a generic high-level waste disposal site.

    Agüero, A; Pinedo, P; Simón, I; Cancio, D; Moraleda, M; Trueba, C; Pérez-Sánchez, D

    2008-09-15

    A methodological approach which includes conceptual developments, methodological aspects and software tools have been developed in the Spanish context, based on the BIOMASS "Reference Biospheres Methodology". The biosphere assessments have to be undertaken with the aim of demonstrating compliance with principles and regulations established to limit the possible radiological impact of radioactive waste disposals on human health and on the environment, and to ensure that future generations will not be exposed to higher radiation levels than those that would be acceptable today. The biosphere in the context of high-level waste disposal is defined as the collection of various radionuclide transfer pathways that may result in releases into the surface environment, transport within and between the biosphere receptors, exposure of humans and biota, and the doses/risks associated with such exposures. The assessments need to take into account the complexity of the biosphere, the nature of the radionuclides released and the long timescales considered. It is also necessary to make assumptions related to the habits and lifestyle of the exposed population, human activities in the long term and possible modifications of the biosphere. A summary on the Spanish methodological approach for biosphere assessment are presented here as well as its application in a Spanish generic case study. A reference scenario has been developed based on current conditions at a site located in Central-West Spain, to indicate the potential impact to the actual population. In addition, environmental change has been considered qualitatively through the use of interaction matrices and transition diagrams. Unit source terms of (36)Cl, (79)Se, (99)Tc, (129)I, (135)Cs, (226)Ra, (231)Pa, (238)U, (237)Np and (239)Pu have been taken. Two exposure groups of infants and adults have been chosen for dose calculations. Results are presented and their robustness is evaluated through the use of uncertainty and

  7. Preliminary results of calculations for heavy-water nuclear-power-plant reactors employing 235U, 233U, and 232Th as a fuel and meeting requirements of a nonproliferation of nuclear weapons

    Ioffe, B. L.; Kochurov, B. P.

    2012-02-01

    A physical design is developed for a gas-cooled heavy-water nuclear reactor intended for a project of a nuclear power plant. As a fuel, the reactor would employ thorium with a small admixture of enriched uranium that contains not more than 20% of 235U. It operates in the open-cycle mode involving 233U production from thorium and its subsequent burnup. The reactor meets the conditions of a nonproliferation of nuclear weapons: the content of fissionable isotopes in uranium at all stages of the process, including the final one, is below the threshold for constructing an atomic bomb, the amount of product plutonium being extremely small.

  8. Analysis and evaluation of activity level of 134Cs, 137Cs, 232Th, 238U, 40K in aquatic products (fish, shrimp, cuttle-fish,...) of the south of Vietnam

    In recent decades, applications of improved techniques for increasing the quantity and the quality of aquatic products have shown good results but we also have experienced some unwilling influences which are decreased the quality of these products. Furthermore, impacts of using of nuclear energy in the world for peaceful purposes, nuclear accidents and nuclear weapon testings have increasing radioactive background level in the environment and in food - foodstuff, etc. So, we need to know about radioactivity level in environment to protect our health. The main goal of this study was to monitor and evaluate the activity levels of Cs-134, Cs-137, K-40, Th-232, U-238 in aquatic products of the south of Vietnam. (author)

  9. Within the framework of the new fuel cycle 232Th/233U, determination of the 233Pa(n.γ) radiative capture cross section for neutron energies ranging between 0 and 1 MeV

    The Thorium cycle Th232/U233 may face brilliant perspectives through advanced concepts like molten salt reactors or accelerator driven systems but it lacks accurate nuclear data concerning some nuclei. Pa233 is one of these nuclei, its high activity makes the direct measurement of its radiative neutron capture cross-section almost impossible. This difficulty has been evaded by considering the transfer reaction Th232(He3,p)Pa234* in which the Pa234 nucleus is produced in various excited states according to the amount of energy available in the reaction. The first chapter deals with the thorium cycle and its assets to contribute to the quenching of the fast growing world energy demand. The second chapter gives a detailed description of the experimental setting. A scintillation detector based on deuterated benzene (C6D6) has been used to counter gamma ray cascades. The third chapter is dedicated to data analysis. In the last chapter we compare our experimental results with ENDF and JENDL data and with computed values from 2 statistical models in the 0-1 MeV neutron energy range. Our results disagree clearly with evaluated data: our values are always above ENDF and JENDL data but tend to near computed values. We have also perform the measurement of the radiative neutron cross-section of Pa231 for a 110 keV neutron: σ(n,γ) 2.00 ± 0.14 barn. (A.C.)

  10. U-series dating using thermal ionisation mass spectrometry (TIMS)

    U-series dating is based on the decay of the two long-lived isotopes238U(τ1/2=4.47 x 109 years) and 235U (τ1/2 0.7 x 109 years). 238U and its intermediate daughter isotopes 234U (τ1/2 = 245.4 ka) and 230Th (τ1/2 = 75.4 ka) have been the main focus of recently developed mass spectrometric techniques (Edwards et al., 1987) while the other less frequently used decay chain is based on the decay 235U to 231Pa (τ1/2 = 32.8 ka). Both the 238U and 235U decay chains terminate at the stable isotopes 206Pb and 207Pb respectively. Thermal ionization mass spectrometry (TIMS) has a number of inherent advantages, mainly the ability to measure isotopic ratios at high precision on relatively small samples. In spite of these now obvious advantages, it is only since the mid-1980's when Chen et al., (1986) made the first precise measurements of 234U and 232Th in seawater followed by Edwards et al., (1987) who made combined 234U-230Th measurements, was the full potential of mass spectrometric methods first realised. Several examples are given to illustrate various aspects of TIMS U-series

  11. In-beam spectroscopy of the Kπ = 0- bands in 230-236U

    The Kπ = 0- bands in even uranium nuclei were studied in the compound reactions 231Pa(p,2n)230U, 230,232Th(α,2n)232,234U and 236U(d,pn)236U. In-beam γ-rays were measured in coincidence with conversion-electrons, which were detected with an iron-free orange spectrometer. The negative-parity levels are observed up to intermediate spins (I-). In addition, the 1- and 3- levels in 230U were confirmed by a decay study with an isotope separated 230Pa source. For the heavier isotopes (A > or approx. 232) the properties of the Kπ = 0- bands (energies and γ-branchings) are consistent with a vibrational character of these bands. For 230U the Kπ = 0- band lies at rather low energy (E(1-) = 367 keV), and the level spacings within this band are very similar to those of the isotones 228Th and 226Ra, which might indicate the onset of a stable octupole deformation. (orig.)

  12. Analysis of trace neptunium in the vicinity of underground nuclear tests at the Nevada National Security Site

    A high sensitivity analytical method for 237Np analysis was developed and applied to groundwater samples from the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) using short-lived 239Np as a yield tracer and HR magnetic sector ICP-MS. The 237Np concentrations in the vicinity of the Almendro, Cambric, Dalhart, Cheshire, and Chancellor underground nuclear test locations range from <4 × 10−4 to 2.6 mBq/L (6 × 10−17–4.2 × 10−13 mol/L). All measured 237Np concentrations are well below the drinking water maximum contaminant level for alpha emitters identified by the U.S. EPA (560 mBq/L). Nevertheless, 237Np remains an important indicator for radionuclide transport rates at the NNSS. Retardation factor ratios were used to compare the mobility of 237Np to that of other radionuclides. The results suggest that 237Np is less mobile than tritium and other non-sorbing radionuclides (14C, 36Cl, 99Tc and 129I) as expected. Surprisingly, 237Np and plutonium (239,240Pu) retardation factors are very similar. It is possible that Np(IV) exists under mildly reducing groundwater conditions and exhibits a retardation behavior that is comparable to Pu(IV). Independent of the underlying process, 237Np is migrating downgradient from NNSS underground nuclear tests at very low but measureable concentrations. - Highlights: • A high sensitivity analytical method for 237Np analysis in groundwater was developed. • Groundwater samples from the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) were analyzed. • 237Np concentrations were well below the EPA maximum contaminant level in drinking water. • 237Np is less mobile than 3H and other non-sorbing radionuclides. • 237Np and Pu apparent retardation factors are similar

  13. Enumeration of microbial populations in radioactive environments by epifluorescence microscopy

    Epifluorescence microscopy was utilized to enumerate halophilic bacterial populations in two studies involving inoculated, actual waste/brine mixtures and pure brine solutions. The studies include an initial set of experiments designed to elucidate potential transformations of actinide-containing wastes under salt-repository conditions, including microbially mediated changes. The first study included periodic enumeration of bacterial populations of a mixed inoculum initially added to a collection of test containers. The contents of the test containers are the different types of actual radioactive waste that could potentially be stored in nuclear waste repositories in a salt environment. The transuranic waste was generated from materials used in actinide laboratory research. The results show that cell numbers decreased with time. Sorption of the bacteria to solid surfaces in the test system is discussed as a possible mechanism for the decrease in cell numbers. The second study was designed to determine radiological and/or chemical effects of 239Pu, 243Am, 237Np, 232Th and 238U on the growth of pure and mixed anaerobic, denitrifying bacterial cultures in brine media. Pu, Am, and Np isotopes at concentrations of ≤1x10-6 M , ≤5x10-6 M and ≤5x10-4M respectively, and Th and U isotopes ≤4x10-3M were tested in these media. The results indicate that high concentrations of certain actinides affected both the bacterial growth rate and morphology. However, relatively minor effects from Am were observed at all tested concentrations with the pure culture

  14. OSMOSE program : statistical review of oscillation measurements in the MINERVE reactor R1-UO2 configuration.

    Stoven, G.; Klann, R.; Zhong, Z.; Nuclear Engineering Division

    2007-08-28

    The OSMOSE program is a collaboration on reactor physics experiments between the United States Department of Energy and the France Commissariat Energie Atomique. At the working level, it is a collaborative effort between the Argonne National Laboratory and the CEA Cadarache Research Center. The objective of this program is to measure very accurate integral reaction rates in representative spectra for the actinides important to future nuclear system designs, and to provide the experimental data for improving the basic nuclear data files. The main outcome of the OSMOSE measurement program will be an experimental database of reactivity-worth measurements in different neutron spectra for the heavy nuclides. This database can then be used as a benchmark to verify and validate reactor analysis codes. The OSMOSE program (Oscillation in Minerve of isotopes in Eupraxic Spectra) aims at improving neutronic predictions of advanced nuclear fuels through oscillation measurements in the MINERVE facility on samples containing the following separated actinides: {sup 232}Th, {sup 233}U, {sup 234}U, {sup 235}U, {sup 236}U, {sup 238}U, {sup 237}Np, {sup 238}Pu, {sup 239}Pu, {sup 240}Pu, {sup 241}Pu, {sup 242}Pu, {sup 241}Am, {sup 243}Am, {sup 244}Cm, and {sup 245}Cm. The first part of this report provides an overview of the experimental protocol and the typical processing of a series of experimental results which is currently performed at CEA-Cadarache. In the second part of the report, improvements to this technique are presented, as well as the program that was created to process oscillation measurement results from the MINERVE facility in the future.

  15. Solar r-process-constrained actinide production in neutrino-driven winds of supernovae

    Goriely, S.; Janka, H.-Th.

    2016-04-01

    Long-lived radioactive nuclei play an important role as nucleo-cosmochronometers and as cosmic tracers of nucleosynthetic source activity. In particular nuclei in the actinide region like thorium, uranium, and plutonium can testify to the enrichment of an environment by the still enigmatic astrophysical sources that are responsible for the production of neutron-rich nuclei by the rapid neutron-capture process (r-process). Supernovae and merging neutron-star (NS) or NS-black hole binaries are considered as most likely sources of the r-nuclei. But arguments in favour of one or the other or both are indirect and make use of assumptions; they are based on theoretical models with remaining simplifications and shortcomings. An unambiguous observational determination of a production event is still missing. In order to facilitate searches in this direction, e.g. by looking for radioactive tracers in stellar envelopes, the interstellar medium or terrestrial reservoirs, we provide improved theoretical estimates and corresponding uncertainty ranges for the actinide production (232Th, 235, 236, 238U, 237Np, 244Pu, and 247Cm) in neutrino-driven winds of core-collapse supernovae. Since state-of-the-art supernova models do not yield r-process viable conditions -but still lack, for example, the effects of strong magnetic fields- we base our investigation on a simple analytical, Newtonian, adiabatic and steady-state wind model and consider the superposition of a large number of contributing components, whose nucleosynthesis-relevant parameters (mass weight, entropy, expansion time scale, and neutron excess) are constrained by the assumption that the integrated wind nucleosynthesis closely reproduces the solar system distribution of r-process elements. We also test the influence of uncertain nuclear physics.

  16. Production of photofission fragments and study of their nuclear structure

    The fission fragments of heavy nuclei (Z > 90) are neutron-rich isotopes of the elements from Zn (Z = 30) to Nd (Z = 60) with a neutron number of 45 - 90. The large neutron excess in the fission fragments under study could lead to the essential change in their structure and radioactive decay characteristics. This change will manifest itself in the appearance of new magic numbers of protons or neutrons, new regions of deformation, of new islands of isomerism. The high energy of β-decay can result in the new, much rarer, modes of radioactive decay (for example, β2n or βα). Study of the nuclear structure of fission fragments is one of the main directions of the DRIBs project, being developed in the Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions, JINR. The aim of this project is the production of the intense beams of accelerated radioactive nuclei in a wide range of Z and A and the study of their properties. The neutron-rich nuclei of medium mass numbers will be produced in the photofission reactions on the electron accelerator microtron MT-25. The parameters of this microtron allow to produce the high yield of photofission fragments (up to 1011s-1 at the irradiation of thick uranium target by Bremsstrahlung. The first experiments using photofission fragments were performed. The independent yields of Kr (A = 87 - 93) and Xe (A = 137 - 143) fragments at the photofission of different heavy nuclei 232 Th, 238 U, 237 Np, 244 Pu were measured. These data allows to refer about yields of the most neutron-rich isotopes. The rare mode decay, emission of delayed neutron pair (β2n), was observed at the photofission of 238 U. It is, probably, 136 Sb, the intensity of β 2n branch is about 10-3. Other experiments using neutron, gamma and laser spectroscopy methods are planned. (authors)

  17. Solar r-process-constrained actinide production in neutrino-driven winds of supernovae

    Goriely, S.; Janka, H.-Th.

    2016-07-01

    Long-lived radioactive nuclei play an important role as nucleo-cosmochronometers and as cosmic tracers of nucleosynthetic source activity. In particular, nuclei in the actinide region like thorium, uranium, and plutonium can testify to the enrichment of an environment by the still enigmatic astrophysical sources that are responsible for the production of neutron-rich nuclei by the rapid neutron-capture process (r-process). Supernovae and merging neutron-star (NS) or NS-black hole binaries are considered as most likely sources of the r-nuclei. But arguments in favour of one or the other or both are indirect and make use of assumptions; they are based on theoretical models with remaining simplifications and shortcomings. An unambiguous observational determination of a production event is still missing. In order to facilitate searches in this direction, e.g. by looking for radioactive tracers in stellar envelopes, the interstellar medium or terrestrial reservoirs, we provide improved theoretical estimates and corresponding uncertainty ranges for the actinide production (232Th, 235, 236, 238U, 237Np, 244Pu, and 247Cm) in neutrino-driven winds of core-collapse supernovae. Since state-of-the-art supernova models do not yield r-process viable conditions - but still lack, for example, the effects of strong magnetic fields - we base our investigation on a simple analytical, Newtonian, adiabatic and steady-state wind model and consider the superposition of a large number of contributing components, whose nucleosynthesis-relevant parameters (mass weight, entropy, expansion time-scale, and neutron excess) are constrained by the assumption that the integrated wind nucleosynthesis closely reproduces the Solar system distribution of r-process elements. We also test the influence of uncertain nuclear physics.

  18. Neutron reaction cross section data for advanced nuclear applications

    Full text of publication follows: Worldwide major research efforts are currently being carried out in order to develop a new concept of nuclear power generation, so-called accelerator driven systems (ADS) for energy production and transmutation of radioactive nuclear waste. A suggested approach is the energy amplifier (EA), which is a sub-critical reactor using a powerful proton accelerator and a spallation reaction as neutron source. Since the EA is based on the thorium-uranium fuel cycle, where the natural resources of the main fuel thorium are estimated to last for hundred thousands of years, it is considered to provide clean and almost inexhaustible nuclear energy. Apart from necessary new technical developments, the realization of these concepts depends strongly on the availability of accurate nuclear reaction data. In particular, precise knowledge about cross sections for fission, neutron capture and scattering is required for the nuclides involved in the Th-U fuel cycle. Among the first priority isotopes the IAEA had pointed out 231Pa and 233Pa. The latter one, 233Pa, is of specific interest, since it plays an important role as an intermediate nucleus in the formation of the fissile 233U from the fertile 232Th. With its half life of 27.0 days for β-decay, 233Pa is not a 'long-lived' nucleus, but it still requires careful attention in the design and operation of thorium-fueled reactors. When a thorium-fueled reactor is stopped, the present amount of 233Pa will continue to decay into 233U, leading to an increase in reactivity, which may even cause criticality. This mechanism is known as 'protactinium effect' and is proportional to the power level of the reactor. Also the precise knowledge of the fission cross section of 231Pa (above 1 b for fast neutrons) is essential for simulations of the balance of nuclei in and, thus, the reactivity behavior of the reactor. We present recent cross section data from direct, energy resolved measurements of the neutron

  19. Np-237 in peat and lichen in Finland

    Salminen, S.; Paatero, J.; Roos, Per;

    2009-01-01

    Activity concentrations of 237Np in peat and lichen samples in Finland were determined and contributions from nuclear weapons testing in 1950–1960s and the Chernobyl accident were estimated. 237Np was determined with ICP-MS using 235Np as a tracer. Activity concentrations of 237Np in peat samples...... varied between 1.98 ± 0.05 and 14.1 ± 0.3 mBq/m2. The contribution from the Chernobyl accident to the total 237Np deposition in peat was 0.1–13%, the Chernobyl-derived fraction of total 237Np in peat being much lower than the previously determined corresponding Chernobyl-derived fractions of 239+240Pu...

  20. Inorganic, radioisotopic and organic analysis of 241-AP-101 tank waste

    Battelle received five samples from Hanford waste tank 241-AP-101, taken at five different depths within the tank. No visible solids or organic layer were observed in the individual samples. Individual sample densities were measured, then the five samples were mixed together to provide a single composite. The composite was homogenized and representative sub-samples taken for inorganic, radioisotopic, and organic analysis. All analyses were performed on triplicate sub-samples of the composite material. The sample composite did not contain visible solids or an organic layer. A subsample held at 10 C for seven days formed no visible solids. The characterization of the 241-AP-101 composite samples included: (1) Inductively-coupled plasma spectrometry for Ag, Al, Ba, Bi, Ca, Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, K, La, Mg, Mn, Na, Nd, Ni, P, Pb, Pd, Ru, Rh, Si, Sr, Ti, U, Zn, and Zr (Note: Although not specified in the test plan, As, B, Be, Co, Li, Mo, Sb, Se, Sn, Tl, V, W, and Y were also measured and reported for information only) (2) Radioisotopic analyses for total alpha and total beta activities, 3H, 14C, 60Co, 79Se, 90Sr, 99Tc as pertechnetate, 106Ru/Rh, 125Sb, 134Cs, 137Cs, 152Eu, 154Eu, 155Eu, 238Pu, 239+240Pu, 241Am, 242Cm, and 243+244Cm; (3) Inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry for 237Np, 239Pu, 240Pu, 99Tc, 126Sn, 129I, 231Pa, 233U, 234U, 235U, 236U, 238U, 241AMU, 242AMU, 243AMU, As, B, Be, Ce, Co, Cs, Eu, I, Li, Mo, Pr, Rb, Sb, Se, Ta, Te, Th, Tl, V, and W; (4) total U by kinetic phosphorescence analysis; (5) Ion chromatography for Cl, F, NO2, NO3, PO4, SO4, acetate, formate, oxalate, and citrate; (6) Density, inorganic carbon and organic carbon by two different methods, mercury, free hydroxide, ammonia, and cyanide. The 241-AP-101 composite met all contract limits (molar ratio of analyte to sodium or ratio of becquerels of analyte to moles of sodium) defined in Specification 7 for Envelope A. Except for a few cases, the characterization results met or surpassed the

  1. Inorganic, radioisotopic and organic analysis of 241-AP-101 tank waste

    SK Fiskum; PR Bredt; JA Campbell; LR Greenwood; OT Farmer; GJ Lumetta; GM Mong; RT Ratner; CZ Soderquist; RG Swoboda; MW Urie; JJ Wagner

    2000-06-28

    Battelle received five samples from Hanford waste tank 241-AP-101, taken at five different depths within the tank. No visible solids or organic layer were observed in the individual samples. Individual sample densities were measured, then the five samples were mixed together to provide a single composite. The composite was homogenized and representative sub-samples taken for inorganic, radioisotopic, and organic analysis. All analyses were performed on triplicate sub-samples of the composite material. The sample composite did not contain visible solids or an organic layer. A subsample held at 10 C for seven days formed no visible solids. The characterization of the 241-AP-101 composite samples included: (1) Inductively-coupled plasma spectrometry for Ag, Al, Ba, Bi, Ca, Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, K, La, Mg, Mn, Na, Nd, Ni, P, Pb, Pd, Ru, Rh, Si, Sr, Ti, U, Zn, and Zr (Note: Although not specified in the test plan, As, B, Be, Co, Li, Mo, Sb, Se, Sn, Tl, V, W, and Y were also measured and reported for information only) (2) Radioisotopic analyses for total alpha and total beta activities, {sup 3}H, {sup 14}C, {sup 60}Co, {sup 79}Se, {sup 90}Sr, {sup 99}Tc as pertechnetate, {sup 106}Ru/Rh, {sup 125}Sb, {sup 134}Cs, {sup 137}Cs, {sup 152}Eu, {sup 154}Eu, {sup 155}Eu, {sup 238}Pu, {sup 239+240}Pu, {sup 241}Am, {sup 242}Cm, and {sup 243+244}Cm; (3) Inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry for {sup 237}Np, {sup 239}Pu, {sup 240}Pu, {sup 99}Tc, {sup 126}Sn, {sup 129}I, {sup 231}Pa, {sup 233}U, {sup 234}U, {sup 235}U, {sup 236}U, {sup 238}U, {sup 241}AMU, {sup 242}AMU, {sup 243}AMU, As, B, Be, Ce, Co, Cs, Eu, I, Li, Mo, Pr, Rb, Sb, Se, Ta, Te, Th, Tl, V, and W; (4) total U by kinetic phosphorescence analysis; (5) Ion chromatography for Cl, F, NO{sub 2}, NO{sub 3}, PO{sub 4}, SO{sub 4}, acetate, formate, oxalate, and citrate; (6) Density, inorganic carbon and organic carbon by two different methods, mercury, free hydroxide, ammonia, and cyanide. The 241-AP-101 composite met all

  2. Field experiment determinations of distribution coefficients of actinide elements in alkaline lake environments

    Measurements of the radioisotope concentrations of a number of elements (Am, Pu, U, Pa, Th, Ac, Ra, Po, Pb, Cs, and Sr) in the water and sediments of a group of alkaline (pH = 9-10), saline lakes demonstrate greatly enhanced soluble-phase concentrations of elements with oxidation states of (III)-(VI) as the result of complexing by carbonate ion. Ratios of soluble radionuclide concentrations in Mono Lake to those in seawater ([CO32-] in Mono Lake = 200 times that of seawater) were: Pu(approx. =10), 238U(approx. =150), 231Pa, 228Th, 230Th(approx. =103), and 232Th(approx. =105). Effective distribution coefficients of these radionuclides in high CO32- environments are several orders of magnitude lower (i.e., less particle reactive) than in most other natural waters. The importance of CO32- ion on effective K/sub d/ values was also strongly suggested by laboratory experiments in which most of the dissolved actinide elements became adsorbed to particles after a water sample normally at a pH of 10 was acidified, stripped of all CO2, and then returned to pH 10 by adding NH4OH. Furthermore, the effect of complexation by organic ligands is of secondary importance in the presence of appreciable carbonate ion concentration. Neither pure phase solubility calculations nor laboratory scale K/sub d/ determinations accurately predicted the measured natural system concentrations. Therefore, measurements of the distribution of radionuclides in natural systems are essential for assessment of the likely fate of potential releases from high level waste repositories to groundwater. 50 references, 31 figures, 43 tables

  3. The OSMOSE Experimental Program for the qualification of integral cross sections of actinides

    The need of better nuclear data on minor actinides has been stressed by various organizations throughout the world. It especially deals with the studies on plutonium management and waste incineration in existing systems and transmutation of waste or Pu burning in future nuclear concepts. To address this issue, a Working Party of the OECD has been concerned with identifying these needs and has produced a detailed High Priority Request List for Nuclear Data. The first step in obtaining better nuclear data consists in measuring accurate integral data and comparing them to integrated energy dependent data: this comparison provides a direct assessment of the effect of deficiencies in the differential data. Several international programs have indicated a strong desire to obtain accurate integral reaction rate data for improving the major and minor actinides cross sections. Data on major actinides (i.e. 235U, 236U, 238U, 239Pu, 240Pu, 241Pu, 242Pu and 241Am) are reasonably well-known and available in the Evaluated Nuclear Data Files (JEFF, JENDL, ENDF-B). However information on the minor actinides (i.e. 232Th, 233U, 237Np, 238Pu, 242Am, 243Am, 242Cm, 243Cm, 244Cm, 245Cm, 246Cm and 247Cm) is less well-known and considered to be relatively poor in some cases, having to rely on model and extrapolation of few data points. In this framework, the ambitious OSMOSE program between the Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique (CEA), Electricite de France (EDF) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has been undertaken with the aim of measuring the integral absorption rate parameters of actinides in the MINERVE experimental facility located at the CEA Cadarache Research Center. The OSMOSE Program (Oscillation in Minerve of isOtopes in 'Eupraxic' Spectra) includes a complete analytical program associated with the experimental measurement program and aims at understanding and resolving potential discrepancies between calculated and measured values. The OSMOSE program began in 2005 and will

  4. Uptake from water and tissue distribution of neptunium-237 in crabs, shrimp and mussels

    The uptake of 237Np has been followed in the tissues of mussels, shrimp and crabs exposed to the actinide in sea-water under controlled conditions. Bioaccumulation was observed in all tissues examined with the highest concentration factors noted in the external shells of the three species. Despite some incorporation of 237Np into internal tissues, it is noteworthy that after prolonged exposure 92-98% of the organisms' total 237Np content was associated with the non-edible shells. The general behaviour of this toxic transuranic element in invertebrate tissues appears to be very similar to that of plutonium. (author)

  5. The OSMOSE program for the qualification of integral cross sections of actinides: Preliminary results in a PWR-UOx spectrum

    The need for improved nuclear data for minor actinides has been stressed by various organizations throughout the world - especially for studies relating to plutonium management, waste incineration, transmutation of waste, and Pu burning in future nuclear concepts. Several international programs have indicated a strong desire to obtain accurate integral reaction rate data for improving the major and minor actinides cross sections. Data on major actinides (i.e. 235U, 236U, 238U, 239Pu, 240Pu, 241Pu, 242Pu and 241Am) are reasonably well-known and available in the Evaluated Nuclear Data Files (JEFF, JENDL, ENDF-BX However information on the minor actinides (i.e. 232Th, 233U, 237Np, 238Pu, 242Am, 243Am, 243Cm, 235Cm, 244Cm, 245Cm, 246Cm and 247Cm) is less well-known and considered to be relatively poor in some cases, having to rely on model and extrapolation of few data points. In this framework, the ambitious OSMOSE program between the Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique (CEA), Electricite de France (EDF) and the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) has been undertaken with the aim of measuring the integral absorption rate parameters of actinides in the MINERVE experimental facility located at the CEA Cadarache Research Center. The OSMOSE Program (Oscillation in Minerve of isotopes in 'Eupraxic' Spectra) includes a complete analytical program associated with the experimental measurement program and aims at understanding and resolving potential discrepancies between calculated and measured values. In the OSMOSE program, the reactivity worth of samples containing separated actinides are measured in different neutron spectra using an oscillation technique with an overall expected accuracy better than 3%. Reactivity effects of less than 10 pcm (0.0001 or approximately 1.5 cents) are measured and compared with calibrations to determine the differential reactivity-worth of the individual samples. The first experimental results were obtained with a very good reproducibility in 2005 and

  6. The NIST natural-matrix radionuclide standard reference material program for ocean studies

    In 1997, the Low-level Working Group of the International Committee on Radionuclide Metrology met in Boston, MA (USA) to define the characteristics of a new set of environmental radioactivity reference materials. These reference materials were to provide the radiochemist with the same analytical challenges faced when assaying environmental samples. It was decided that radionuclide bearing natural materials should be collected from sites where there had been sufficient time for natural processes to redistribute the various chemically different species of the radionuclides. Over the succeeding years, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in cooperation with other highly experienced laboratories, certified and issued a number of these as low-level radioactivity Standard Reference Materials (SRMs) for fission and activation product and actinide concentrations. The experience of certifying these SRMs has given NIST the opportunity to compare radioanalytical methods and learn of their limitations. NIST convened an international workshop in 1994 to define the natural-matrix radionuclide SRM needs for ocean studies. The highest priorities proposed at the workshop were for sediment, shellfish, seaweed, fish flesh and water matrix SRMs certified for mBq per sample concentrations of 90Sr, 137Cs and 239Pu + 240Pu. The most recent low-level environmental radionuclide SRM issued by NIST, Ocean Sediment (SRM 4357) has certified and uncertified values for the following 22 radionuclides: 40K, 90Sr, 129I, 137Cs, 155Eu, 210Pb, 210Po, 212Pb, 214Bi, 226Ra, 228Ra, 228Th, 230Th, 232Th, 234U, 235U, 237Np, 238U, 238Pu, 239Pu + 240Pu, and 241Am. The uncertainties for a number of the certified radionuclides are non-symmetrical and relatively large because of the non-normal distribution of reported values. NIST is continuing its efforts to provide the ocean studies community with additional natural matrix radionuclide SRMs. The freeze-dried shellfish flesh matrix has been

  7. The absolute total delayed neutron yields, relative abundances and half-lives of delayed neutron groups in 6- and 8-group model format from neutron induced fission of 232Th, 233U, 236U, 239Pu, and 241Am in the energy range from 0.35 MeV (or threshold energy) to 5 MeV

    The latest evaluation of delayed neutron constants was made for main fuel nuclides (235U, 238U, 239Pu) within an working group under the auspices of the Nuclear Energy Agency’s (NEA) Working Party on International Evaluation Cooperation (WPEC), Subgroup 6 (SG6) in 1999 [1]. As a result of this work the total delayed yields for the above nuclides were essentially corrected as compared with Tuttle’s recommended data set [2]. For the total delayed yields from 238U correction is +5.6%, for thermal induced fission of 239Pu - +3.4% and for fast neutron induced fission of 239Pu - +3.2%. This is a direct indication that there is a need for a continuing effort on delayed neutron data improving. From now, this will be mainly directed at satisfying new requirements emerging from the current trends in reactor technology, such as: the use of high burn-up fuel, the burning of plutonium stocks, the general growing interest in fuel recycling strategies, and new concept of actinide burners

  8. Nuclear Criticality Safety of the DOT 9975 Container for237NpO2Storage, Handling, and Transport

    Reed, D.A.

    2003-08-29

    Nuclear criticality safety considerations are presented to address use of the DOT 9975 shipping container for {sup 237}NpO{sub 2}. The DOT 9975 container will be used by multiple DOE sites and contractors. Various of site- and activity-specific NCS and facility safety documents are yet to be developed. For these reasons, an overall assessment of criticality safety of {sup 237}NpO{sub 2}-loaded DOT 9975 containers is considered useful to personnel involved in generating, reviewing, or approving these various documents. It is concluded that inherent container features, the loading per container (maximum of 6 kg {sup 237}Np), and the nuclear physics properties of {sup 237}NpO{sub 2} combine to preclude the potential for a nuclear criticality accident. This conclusion applies to storage, handling, and transport operations involving closed DOT 9975 packages, including credible off-normal conditions that may result in damage to packages during those operations.

  9. Investigation on migration behavior of TRU-nuclides

    The migration behavior of TRU nuclides in geological formation has been studied by a batch and a column method, considering the influence of humic complexation and colloid formation. The migration test of 237Np and 238Pu is carrying out in natural field, to verify the data and the conventional migration model for the safety evaluation of TRU waste disposal. It was found that the migration of 237Np and 238Pu in the natural field is largely retarded sorption onto soil. (author)

  10. ZZ JFS-1, Cross-Sections Library 25-Groups ABBN and 70-Group JFS for Fast Reactor Calculation. ZZ JFS-2, 25 Group (ABBN) and 70 Group JFS Cross Sections Library for Fast Reactors. ZZ JFS-3/J2, 70 Group 30 Isotopes Cross Section Library for Fast Reactors

    1 - Description of problem or function: - JFS-V2-1: Format: ABBN energy structure; Number of groups: 25 group constants; Nuclides: Be, B-10, B-11, C, O, Na, Al, Si, Cr, Mn, Fe, Ni, Cu, Mo, Th-232, U-233, U-234, U-235, U-236, U-238, Pu-239, Pu-240, Pu-241, Pu-242, Am-241, fission products of U-235, and fission products of Pu-239. Origin: ENDF/B-IV; Weighting spectrum: The cross-section adjustment has been made by using an auxiliary equation for simultaneous evaluations for U-235, U-238, and Pu-239. - JFS-V2-2: Format: JFS energy structure; Number of groups: 70 group constants; Nuclides: Be, B-10, B-11, C, O, Na, Al, Si, Cr, Mn, Fe, Ni, Cu, Mo, Th-232, U-233, U-234, U-235, U-236, U-238, Pu-239, Pu-240, Pu-241, Pu-242, Am-241, fission products of U-235, and fission products of Pu-239. Origin: ENDF/B-IV; Weighting spectrum: The cross-section adjustment has been made by using an auxiliary equation for simultaneous evaluations for U-235, U-238, and Pu-239. - JFS-3/J2: Number of groups: 70 group constants with quarter-lethargy width; Nuclides: H-1, He-4, Be-9, B-10, B-11, C-12, N-14, O-16, Na-23, Al-27, Si, Ar, Ti, V, Cr, Mn-55, Fe, Ni, Cu, Zr, Nb-93, Mo, Eu-151, Eu-153, Gd, Gd-155, Gd-156, Gd-157, Gd-158, Gd-160, Ta-181, W, Th-228, Th-230, Th-232, Th-233, Th-234, Pa-233, U-233, U-234, U-235, U-236, U-238, Np-237, Np-239, Pu-236, Pu-238, Pu-239, Pu-240, Pu-241, Pu-242, Am-241, Am-242m, Am-242g, Am-243, Cm-242, Cm-243, Cm-244, Cm-245 and 12 LFPs for 4 mother nuclides (U-235, U-238, Pu-239 and Pu-241) and 3 burnup days (180, 1080 and 1800). Origin: JENDL-2 and ENDF/B-V; Weighting spectrum: the collision density spectrum for a typical large LMFBR core spectrum is used as the weighting function. ZZ-JFS-3/J2: To improve fast reactor group constant set JFS-3-J2 to be applicable for high burnup reactor calculation, burnup depending lumped FP group cross sections for mother fission isotopes of U-235, U-238, Pu-239 and Pu-241 have been generated by using 155 FP nuclides of JENDL-2

  11. Fission cross section calculations for Pa isotopes

    Based on the recently measured cross-section values for the neutron-induced fission of 231Pa and our experience gained with other isotopes, new self consistent neutron cross section calculations for n+231Pa have been performed up to 30 MeV. The results are quite different to the existing evaluations, especially above the first chance fission threshold. (authors)

  12. No iron fertilization in the equatorial Pacific Ocean during the last ice age

    Costa, K. M.; McManus, J. F.; Anderson, R. F.; Ren, H.; Sigman, D. M.; Winckler, G.; Fleisher, M. Q.; Marcantonio, F.; Ravelo, A. C.

    2016-01-01

    The equatorial Pacific Ocean is one of the major high-nutrient, low-chlorophyll regions in the global ocean. In such regions, the consumption of the available macro-nutrients such as nitrate and phosphate is thought to be limited in part by the low abundance of the critical micro-nutrient iron. Greater atmospheric dust deposition could have fertilized the equatorial Pacific with iron during the last ice age—the Last Glacial Period (LGP)—but the effect of increased ice-age dust fluxes on primary productivity in the equatorial Pacific remains uncertain. Here we present meridional transects of dust (derived from the 232Th proxy), phytoplankton productivity (using opal, 231Pa/230Th and excess Ba), and the degree of nitrate consumption (using foraminifera-bound δ15N) from six cores in the central equatorial Pacific for the Holocene (0–10,000 years ago) and the LGP (17,000–27,000 years ago). We find that, although dust deposition in the central equatorial Pacific was two to three times greater in the LGP than in the Holocene, productivity was the same or lower, and the degree of nitrate consumption was the same. These biogeochemical findings suggest that the relatively greater ice-age dust fluxes were not large enough to provide substantial iron fertilization to the central equatorial Pacific. This may have been because the absolute rate of dust deposition in the LGP (although greater than the Holocene rate) was very low. The lower productivity coupled with unchanged nitrate consumption suggests that the subsurface major nutrient concentrations were lower in the central equatorial Pacific during the LGP. As these nutrients are today dominantly sourced from the Subantarctic Zone of the Southern Ocean, we propose that the central equatorial Pacific data are consistent with more nutrient consumption in the Subantarctic Zone, possibly owing to iron fertilization as a result of higher absolute dust fluxes in this region. Thus, ice-age iron fertilization in the

  13. No iron fertilization in the equatorial Pacific Ocean during the last ice age.

    Costa, K M; McManus, J F; Anderson, R F; Ren, H; Sigman, D M; Winckler, G; Fleisher, M Q; Marcantonio, F; Ravelo, A C

    2016-01-28

    The equatorial Pacific Ocean is one of the major high-nutrient, low-chlorophyll regions in the global ocean. In such regions, the consumption of the available macro-nutrients such as nitrate and phosphate is thought to be limited in part by the low abundance of the critical micro-nutrient iron. Greater atmospheric dust deposition could have fertilized the equatorial Pacific with iron during the last ice age--the Last Glacial Period (LGP)--but the effect of increased ice-age dust fluxes on primary productivity in the equatorial Pacific remains uncertain. Here we present meridional transects of dust (derived from the (232)Th proxy), phytoplankton productivity (using opal, (231)Pa/(230)Th and excess Ba), and the degree of nitrate consumption (using foraminifera-bound δ(15)N) from six cores in the central equatorial Pacific for the Holocene (0-10,000 years ago) and the LGP (17,000-27,000 years ago). We find that, although dust deposition in the central equatorial Pacific was two to three times greater in the LGP than in the Holocene, productivity was the same or lower, and the degree of nitrate consumption was the same. These biogeochemical findings suggest that the relatively greater ice-age dust fluxes were not large enough to provide substantial iron fertilization to the central equatorial Pacific. This may have been because the absolute rate of dust deposition in the LGP (although greater than the Holocene rate) was very low. The lower productivity coupled with unchanged nitrate consumption suggests that the subsurface major nutrient concentrations were lower in the central equatorial Pacific during the LGP. As these nutrients are today dominantly sourced from the Subantarctic Zone of the Southern Ocean, we propose that the central equatorial Pacific data are consistent with more nutrient consumption in the Subantarctic Zone, possibly owing to iron fertilization as a result of higher absolute dust fluxes in this region. Thus, ice-age iron fertilization in the

  14. Neptunium Transport Behavior in the Vicinity of Underground Nuclear Tests at the Nevada Test Site

    Zhao, P; Tinnacher, R M; Zavarin, M; Williams, R W; Kersting, A B

    2010-12-03

    We used short lived {sup 239}Np as a yield tracer and state of the art magnetic sector ICP-MS to measure ultra low levels of {sup 237}Np in a number of 'hot wells' at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS), formerly known as the Nevada Test Site (NTS). The results indicate that {sup 237}Np concentrations at the Almendro, Cambric, Dalhart, Cheshire and Chancellor sites, are in the range of 3 x 10{sup -5} to 7 x 10{sup -2} pCi/L and well below the MCL for alpha emitting radionuclides (15 pCi/L) (EPA, 2009). Thus, while Np transport is believed to occur at the NNSS, activities are expected to be well below the regulatory limits for alpha-emitting radionuclides. We also compared {sup 237}Np concentration data to other radionuclides, including tritium, {sup 14}C, {sup 36}Cl, {sup 99}Tc, {sup 129}I, and plutonium, to evaluate the relative {sup 237}Np transport behavior. Based on isotope ratios relative to published unclassified Radiologic Source Terms (Bowen et al., 1999) and taking into consideration radionuclide distribution between melt glass, rubble and groundwater (IAEA, 1998), {sup 237}Np appears to be substantially less mobile than tritium and other non-sorbing radionuclides, as expected. However, this analysis also suggests that {sup 237}Np mobility is surprisingly similar to that of plutonium. The similar transport behavior of Np and Pu can be explained by one of two possibilities: (1) Np(IV) and Pu(IV) oxidation states dominate under mildly reducing NNSS groundwater conditions resulting in similar transport behavior or (2) apparent Np transport is the result of transport of its parent {sup 241}Pu and {sup 241}Am isotopes and subsequent decay to {sup 237}Np. Finally, measured {sup 237}Np concentrations were compared to recent Hydrologic Source Term (HST) models. The 237Np data collected from three wells in Frenchman Flat (RNM-1, RNM-2S, and UE-5n) are in good agreement with recent HST transport model predictions (Carle et al., 2005). The agreement

  15. Determination of specific activity of 230Th in uranium ore samples

    2000-01-01

    A new method suitable for determining specific activity of 230Th in uranium ore samples is built. The method is characterized by adding the 230Th/ 232Th standard dilution agent with lower activity ratio (Its 230Th/ 232Th activity ratio and 230Th have been known) to the samples and using isotopic dilution analysis. The method can be applied to analyses of 230Th specific activity in various 230Th/ 232Th activity ratio samples. The precision can also be improved.

  16. Subcellular localization of neptunium-237 in lung and kidney after intratracheal administration in the rat: An ultrastructural and microanalytical study

    Chronic intratacheal administration of 237Np to rats was performed during 6 weeks. The total dose administered was 45.8 kBq. Two methods, electron microscopy and electron probe X-ray microanalysis, were used to determined the intracellular sites of localization of 237Np. Clusters of dense granules were observed in nuclei of pneumocytes and proximal tubular cells of the kidneys. These clusters have been shown to contain neptunium associated with phosphorus, sulfur and calcium. Alternations of nuclei and ultrastructural cytoplasmic lesions were observed. The absorbed doses in lungs and kidneys were very low. These results suggest that the chemical toxicity of 237Np is more important than its radiological toxicity. 30 refs., 2 figs

  17. Method for Determination of Neptunium in Large-Sized Urine Samples Using Manganese Dioxide Coprecipitation and 242Pu as Yield Tracer

    Qiao, Jixin; Hou, Xiaolin; Roos, Per

    2013-01-01

    A novel method for bioassay of large volumes of human urine samples using manganese dioxide coprecipitation for preconcentration was developed for rapid determination of 237Np. 242Pu was utilized as a nonisotopic tracer to monitor the chemical yield of 237Np. A sequential injection extraction...... 100% and high separation capacity of processing up to 5 L of human urine samples. The MnO2 coprecipitation process is simple and straightforward in which a batch (8–12) of samples can be pretreated within 4 h (i.e., <0.5 h/sample). In connection with the automated column separation and ICPMS...... quantification, which takes less than 1.5 h in total, the overall analytical time was on average less than 2 h for each sample. The high effectiveness and sample throughput make the developed method well suited for urine bioassay of 237Np in routine monitoring of occupationally internal radiation exposure and...

  18. Study on the radionuclide elution from quartz sand source and their speciation

    The study of the elution of the radionuclide from quartz sand source and their speciation is carried out by column method. The colloid form of nuclides in the eluted solution is studied by ultra-filtration method. The existing form of the nuclides on the sand after elution is studied with sequential extraction method. When the volume of eluted solution is up to 110 times of the column volume, the nuclide 237Np of more than 90% is eluted, and in the exchangeable form. The nuclide 237Np remained in the sand is mainly in the form of being coincident with the matrix of carbonate (5.5%) and the transition metals, iron and manganese (1.3%). The elution of 238Pu from sand is more difficult than that of 237Np. 238Pu may exist in colloid form in eluted solution

  19. Prompt Fission Neutron Spectra of Actinides

    Capote, R; Chen, Y J; Hambsch, F J; Kornilov, N V; Lestone, J P; Litaize, O; Morillon, B; Neudecker, D; Oberstedt, S; Ohsawa, T; Smith, D. L.

    2016-01-01

    The energy spectrum of prompt neutrons emitted in fission (PFNS) plays a very important role in nuclear science and technology. A Coordinated Research Project (CRP) “Evaluation of Prompt Fission Neutron Spectra of Actinides”was established by the IAEA Nuclear Data Section in 2009, with the major goal to produce new PFNS evaluations with uncertainties for actinide nuclei. The following technical areas were addressed: (i) experiments and uncertainty quantification (UQ): New data for neutron-induced fission of 233U, 235U, 238U, and 239Pu have been measured, and older data have been compiled and reassessed. There is evidence from the experimental work of this CRP that a very small percentage of neutrons emitted in fission are actually scission neutrons; (ii) modeling: The Los Alamos model (LAM) continues to be the workhorse for PFNS evaluations. Monte Carlo models have been developed that describe the fission phenomena microscopically, but further development is needed to produce PFNS evaluations meeting the uncertainty targets; (iii) evaluation methodologies: PFNS evaluations rely on the use of the least-squares techniques for merging experimental and model data. Considerable insight was achieved on how to deal with the problem of too small uncertainties in PFNS evaluations. The importance of considering that all experimental PFNS data are “shape” data was stressed; (iv) PFNS evaluations: New evaluations, including covariance data, were generated for major actinides including 1) non-model GMA evaluations of the 235U(nth,f), 239Pu(nth,f), and 233U(nth,f) PFNS based exclusively on experimental data (0.02 ≤ E ≤ 10 MeV), which resulted in PFNS average energies E of 2.00±0.01, 2.073±0.010, and 2.030±0.013 MeV, respectively; 2) LAM evaluations of neutron-induced fission spectra on uranium and plutonium targets with improved UQ for incident energies from thermal up to 30 MeV; and 3) Point-by-Point calculations for 232Th, 234U and 237Np targets; and (v) data

  20. Development and optimization of measurements techniques by gamma spectrometries - control and reduction of associated uncertainties

    - scaling factor on power distributions (about 0.6%) and axial buckling (about 0.7%) - and a 2 times better uncertainty on the measurement of the uranium 238 conversion ratio (about 1.5%). These progresses have been applied to the conception of experiments in support to the qualification of cross sections, for actinides (232Th, 236U, 237Np, 242Pu) and neutron absorbers (151Eu, 153Eu, 164Dy, 170Er, 180Hf). The comparison of capture cadmium ratio and capture index measurements, with APOLLO2 deterministic calculations or MCNP4C2 probabilistic calculations, with the JEF2.2, ENDF/B-VI.8 ore JEFF3.1 libraries, shows systematic biases on the integral capture cross sections up to 50% for certain isotopes, with an experimental uncertainty better than 2%. Lastly, experiments dedicated to the qualification of decay data have been carried out for the first time in the Experimental Program Laboratory (LPE) of CEA Cadarache. A systematic error of about 5% has been identified on the JEFF3.1 evaluation of the half-life of strontium 92. This nuclear data has been reevaluated with specific measurements, with a 2 times better uncertainty compared with the past. Fission yield fluctuations on the 235U(n,f) reaction have also been identified between a thermal and an epithermal neutronics spectra, from -0.8% to +2%. The study gives some recommendations on the calculation method to estimate the average fission yield, for under-moderated reactor concepts. (author)

  1. Non-conventional measurement techniques for the determination of some long-lived radionuclides produced in nuclear fuel

    The results of a literature survey on non-radiometric analytical techniques for the determination of long-lived radionuclides are described. The methods which have been considered are accelerator mass spectrometry, inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, thermal ionization mass spectrometry, resonance ionization spectrometry, resonance ionization mass spectrometry and neutron activation analysis. Neutron activation analysis has been commonly used for the determination of 129I and 237Np in environmental samples. Inductively coupled mass spectrometry seems likely to become the method of choice for the determination of 99Tc, 237Np and Pu-isotopes. The methods are discussed and the chemical separation methods described. (orig.)

  2. Distribution of neptunium and plutonium in New Mexico lichen samples (Usnea arizonica) contaminated by atmospheric fallout

    The concentrations of 237Np, 239Pu and 240Pu were determined in lichen samples (Usnea arizonica) that were collected from ten locations in New Mexico between 2011 and 2013 using isotope dilution inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ID-ICP-MS). The observed isotopic ratios for 237Np/239Pu and 240Pu/239Pu indicate trace contamination from global and regional fallout (e.g. Trinity test and atmospheric testing at the Nevada Test Site). The fact that actinide contamination is detected in recent lichen collections suggests continuous re-suspension of fallout radionuclides even 50 years after ratification of the Limited Test Ban Treaty. (author)

  3. Non-conventional measurement techniques for the determination of some long-lived radionuclides produced in nuclear fuel

    The results of a literature survey on non-radiometric analytical techniques for the determination of long-lived radionuclides are described. The methods which have been considered are accelerator mass spectrometry, inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, thermal ionization mass spectrometry, resonance ionization spectrometry, resonance ionization mass spectrometry and neutron neutron activation analysis. Neutron activation analysis has been commonly used for the determination of 129I and 237Np in environmental samples. Inductively coupled mass spectrometry seems likely to become the method of choice for the determination of 99Tc, 237Np and Pu-isotopes. The methods are discussed and the chemical separation methods described. (author) 88 refs.; 8 tabs

  4. Neptunium determination by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS)

    The determination of neptunium-237 (237Np) traditionally has been performed by alpha spectrometry or neutron activation analysis. These methods are labor intensive and require several days for completion. Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) is a possible alternative for 237Np determinations. This paper describes the analytical method developed for samples that have significant levels of uranium present. The lower reporting limits achievable by ICP-MS are competitive with the counting methods, but the real advantage for this laboratory lies in the lower cost and faster turnaround time provided by ICP-MS. (author)

  5. Neutron capture cross section measurement of Np-237 below 10 keV by linac time-of-flight method

    Lee, Samyol; Yamamoto, Shuji; Cho, Hyun-Je; Yoshimoto, Takaaki; Kobayashi, Katsuhei; Fujita, Yoshiaki [Kyoto Univ., Kumatori, Osaka (Japan). Research Reactor Inst; Ohkawachi, Yasushi [Japan Nuclear Cycle Development Inst., Oarai, Ibaraki (Japan). Oarai Engineering Center

    2001-03-01

    The neutron capture cross section of {sup 237}Np has been measured in the energy region from 0.01 eV to 10 keV by using the neutron time-of-flight (TOF) method with a 46 MeV electron linear accelerator (linac) at the Research Reactor Institute, Kyoto University (KURRI). A pair of C{sub 6}D{sub 6} scintillation detectors, which was placed at a distance of 12.0 {+-} 0.02 m from the pulsed neutron source, was employed for the prompt capture gamma-ray measurement from the {sup 237}Np sample. The measured result has been normalized to the reference value of the {sup 237}Np(n,{gamma}){sup 238}Np reaction in ENDF/B-VI at 0.0253 eV. The existing experimental and the evaluated capture cross sections in ENDF/B-VI and JENDL-3.2 have been compared with the present measurement. For the neutron capture cross section of {sup 237}Np, the data by Weston et al. and the evaluated data are in good agreement with the present measurement. However, the data by Hoffman et al. are obviously lower in the relevant energy region. The data, which were measured before using a lead slowing-down spectrometer at KURRI, have been in good agreement with the data obtained by energy-broadening the present TOF measurement. (author)

  6. Ionic speciation of Np in frozen solutions

    Light actinides exhibit many oxidation states (II) that are stable in salts and are relatively stable in solution. Np IV to Np VII solutions were prepared and quickly frozen. We report the preliminary results of the 237Np Mossbauer study. These results are discussed and compared to those available for Np compounds in the crystalline state or Np ions in solution. 3 refs

  7. Hanford intercontractor support

    Distribution coefficients (Kd values) were determined on subsoils from Washington and South Carolina for 241Am, 237Np, and 99Tc as a function of equilibrium solution concentration of calcium (Ca2+) and of sodium (Na+). Kd values decreased in all cases with increasing solution concentrations of Ca2+ and Na+. For the South Carolina subsoil Kd values ranged from 1.0 to 67 for 241Am as a function of Ca2+, from 0.2 to 0.002 M, respectively, 1.6 to 280 for 241Am as a function of Na+, 0.43 to 0.66 for 237Np as a function of Ca2+, and 0.16 to 0.25 for 237Np as a function of Na+ from 3.0 less than 0.015 M, respectively. For the Washington soil, Kd values were greater than 1200 for 241Am and ranged from 0.36 to 2.37 as a function of Ca2+ and from 3.19 to 3.90 for 237Np as a function of Na+ over the above concentration ranges, respectively. Kd values for 99Tc were essentially 0 at all NaHCO3 concentrations on the South Carolina subsoil

  8. Preparation of tracer 239Np from 243Am

    The aim of this work is the preparation of tracer 239Np from 243Am by extraction chromatography as a separation method that can be used as a tracer to determine the radiochemical yield of 237Np in the analysis of environmental samples. (authors)

  9. Protected Plutonium Production by Transmutation of Minor Actinides for Peace and Sustainable Prosperity - Irradiation Tests of Np and Np-U Samples in Experimental Fast Reactor Joyo (JAEA) and Advanced Thermal Reactor ATR (INL)

    A project of Produce Protected Plutonium (P3) was proposed by Tokyo-Tech as a part of non-proliferation research for Plutonium (Pu) utilization to nuclear reactor. The project is to reach the production of inherently protected Pu by addition 237Np to Uranium (U) fuel. In order to validate this P3 concept, two irradiation tests were performed. Experimental determination of Pu isotopes in 237Np samples irradiated in the experimental fast reactor Joyo was done to evaluate 238Pu production from 237Np under the fast neutron spectra. The amount of 238Pu in the irradiated 237Np samples was determined by a radiochemical analysis in Alpha-gamma Facility of JAEA. The produced 238Pu in the samples was found to depend on the neutron spectrum, ranging from that of a typical fast reactor to a nearly epi-thermal spectrum. The fast reactor can potentially control the 238Pu production from 237Np by the spectrum shift in the different irradiation position. Within the framework of the P3, the fast reactor can make roles of protected Pu production which can be better performed in the reflector region, the ratio of 238Pu is achieved up to around 90% produced from 237Np. On the other hand, 2, 5 and 10% 237Np containing U samples were also irradiated in Advanced Thermal Reactor of INL to evaluate the 238Pu production under thermal neutron region. The irradiation condition and its loading position of samples were fixed based on a calculation with MCWO (MCNP Coupled with ORIGEN2) code. The fuel specimens were removed from the core at 100, 200 and 300 effective full power days (EFPD), and then post irradiation examination was completed at Chemical lab. in MFC of INL. For the samples after 300 EFPD irradiation, Np depletion were about 60 % for 2% Np-U samples, about 50% for 5 and 10 % Np-U samples. The 238Pu to Pu ratio was about 20%, 30% and 45% for 2%, 5%, and 10% Np-U samples, respectively. The neutronics calculation results were coincident with the experimental ones. Acknowledgments: The

  10. Impact of fission product partitioning and transmutation of Np-237, I-127 and Tc-99 on waste disposal strategies

    From the point of view of waste management, three isotopes 237Np, 129I and 99Tc deserve particular attention since they cannot be confined within any presently known geological barrier. The safety assessment studies showed that 129I diffuses through 50 m of clay after 5000 years and creates a radiological burden which is superior to the other nuclides. 99Tc and 237Np emerge much later (million years) but cannot be confined in the repository. Separation of 237Np is already envisaged by the reprocessing plants and small modifications to the PUREX process permit to separate this nuclide quantitatively. However, the overall Np reduction factor cannot be higher than 3 to 4 because 237Np is formed by alpha-decay of 241Am which is immobilized in the glass. The irradiation technology to transmute 237Np into 238Pu is available. Iodine is separated from the dissolver off-gases in the reference fuel cycle and could be transformed into a stable Ba(IO3)2 matrix which can serve as irradiation 1291 matrix to destroy. Technetium is produced as insoluble residue and occurs in the waste streams together with Ru, Rh and Pd. Its recovery is still questionable and needs further developments. Irradiation of small targets in HFRs can lead to a 90% transmutation of these long-lived isotopes but the irradiation periods (particularly for 129I) are very long. The present HFR generation is not designed to handle large amounts of long-lived radionuclides and new more powerful units ought to be designed for that purpose. (author)

  11. Impact of fission product partitioning and transmutation of Np-237, I-127 and Tc-99 on waste disposal strategies

    Beatsle, L.H. [Studiecentrum voor Kernenergie - Centre d' Etude de l' Energie Nucleaire (SCK-CEN), Mol (Belgium)

    1991-07-01

    From the point of view of waste management, three isotopes {sup 237}Np, {sup 129}I and {sup 99}Tc deserve particular attention since they cannot be confined within any presently known geological barrier. The safety assessment studies showed that {sup 129}I diffuses through 50 m of clay after 5000 years and creates a radiological burden which is superior to the other nuclides. {sup 99}Tc and {sup 237}Np emerge much later (million years) but cannot be confined in the repository. Separation of {sup 237}Np is already envisaged by the reprocessing plants and small modifications to the PUREX process permit to separate this nuclide quantitatively. However, the overall Np reduction factor cannot be higher than 3 to 4 because {sup 237}Np is formed by alpha-decay of {sup 241}Am which is immobilized in the glass. The irradiation technology to transmute {sup 237}Np into {sup 238}Pu is available. Iodine is separated from the dissolver off-gases in the reference fuel cycle and could be transformed into a stable Ba(IO{sub 3}){sub 2} matrix which can serve as irradiation 1291 matrix to destroy. Technetium is produced as insoluble residue and occurs in the waste streams together with Ru, Rh and Pd. Its recovery is still questionable and needs further developments. Irradiation of small targets in HFRs can lead to a 90% transmutation of these long-lived isotopes but the irradiation periods (particularly for {sup 129}I) are very long. The present HFR generation is not designed to handle large amounts of long-lived radionuclides and new more powerful units ought to be designed for that purpose. (author)

  12. Thorium isotopes in human tissues

    Stehney, A.F.; Lucas, H.F.

    1991-12-31

    Concentrations of {sup 232}Th and activity ratios of {sup 228}Th to {sup 232}Th and {sup 230}Th to {sup 232}Th were determined in autopsy samples from five former employees of a thorium refinery. The ranges of {sup 232}Th activity concentrations (mBq g{sup {minus}1}) were 0.17--94 in lungs, 3.9--1210 in pulmonary lymph nodes, 0.14--1.19 in bones, 0.015--0.68 in liver, 0.97--5.8 in spleen, and 0.009--0.068 in kidneys. These concentrations are 10 to 1000 times greater than have been reported for persons not occupationally exposed to Th. In most of the samples, the ratios of {sup 230}Th to {sup 232}Th and {sup 228}Th to {sup 232}Th activity at death of the subject were 0.1--0.2 and 0.2--0.4, respectively. Thorium-228 to {sup 228}Ra activity ratios ({plus_minus} standard errors) of 0.86 {plus_minus} 0.11 in lungs and 1.18 {plus_minus} 0.13 in lymph nodes of one subject were obtained by calculation from ratios of {sup 228}Th to {sup 232}Th.

  13. ZZ KASHIL-E70, 199 N, 42 Photon Groups Cross Sections in MATXS Format Based on ENDF/B-VII.0 for Shielding Applications

    1 - Description: Format: MATXS, 204 nuclides processed with NJOY99.245. Number of groups: 199 neutron-, 42 photon-groups. 204 Nuclides including 8 thermal scattering law data: H-1, H-2, H-3, He-3, He-4, Li-6, Li-7, Be-9, Be-9, Be-9, B-10, B-11, C-nat, C-nat, N-14, N-15, O-16, O-17, F-19, Na-23, Mg-24, Mg-25, Mg-26, Al-27, Si-28, Si-29, Si-30, P-31, S-32, S-33, S-34, S-36, Cl-35, Cl-37, K-39, K-40, K-41, Ca-40, Ca-42, Ca-43, Ca-44, Ca-46, Ca-48, Sc-45, Ti-46, Ti-47, Ti-48, Ti-49, Ti-50, V-nat, Cr-50, Cr-52, Cr-53, Cr-54, Mn-55, Fe-54, Fe-56, Fe-57, Fe-58, Co-59, Ni-58, Ni-60, Ni-61, Ni-62, Ni-64, Cu-63, Cu-65, Ga-69, Ga-71, Y-89, Zr-90, Zr-91, Zr-92, Zr-94, Zr-96, Nb-93, Mo-92, Mo-94, Mo-95, Mo-96, Mo-97, Mo-98, Mo-100, Pd-102, Pd-104, Pd-105, Pd-106, Pd-108, Pd-110, Ag-107, Ag-109, Cd-106, Cd-108, Cd-110, Cd-112, Cd-113, Cd-114, Cd-116, In-113, In-115, I-127, Xe-124, Xe-126, Xe-128, Xe-129, Xe-130, Xe-131, Xe-132, Xe-134, Xe-136, Cs-133, Ba-138, Pr-141, Nd-143, Nd-145, Nd-146, Nd-148, Nd-150, Pm-147, Sm-147, Sm-151, Sm-152, Eu-151, Eu-152, Eu-153, Eu-154, Eu-155, Gd-152, Gd-154, Gd-155, Gd-156, Gd-157, Gd-158, Gd-160, Dy-164, Ho-165, Lu-175, Lu-176, Hf-174, Hf-176, Hf-177, Hf-178, Hf-179, Hf-180, Ta-181, Ta-182, W-182, W-183, W-184, W-186, Re-185, Re-187, Ir-191, Ir-193, Au-197, Pb-206, Pb-207, Pb-208, Bi-209, Th-230, Th-232, Pa-231, Pa-233, U-232, U-233, U-234, U-235, U-236, U-237, U-238, Np-237, Np-238, Np-239, Pu-236, Pu-237, Pu-238, Pu-239, Pu-240, Pu-241, Pu-242, Pu-243, Pu-244, Am-241, Am-242, Am-242m, Am-243, Cm-241, Cm-242, Cm-243, Cm-244, Cm-245, Cm-246, Cm-247, Cm-248, Bk-249, Cf-249, Cf-250, Cf-251, Cf-252, Cf-253, Es-253. Origin: ENDF/B-VII.0. Weighting spectrum: 300, 600, 1000, 2100 K. The KASHIL-E70 is a MATXS-format, 199-group neutron and 42-group photon cross section library for shielding applications based on ENDF/B-VII.0. The library contains 204 nuclide data including 8 thermal scattering law data processed by the NJOY99.259 code patched with NEA

  14. ZZ MCB-JEF2.2, MCB Continuous-Energy Neutron Cross Section Libraries for Temperatures from 300 to 1800 K

    -154, Eu-155, Eu-156, Eu-157, Gd-154, Gd-155, Gd-156, Gd-157, Gd-158, Gd-160, Tb-159, Tb-160, Dy-160, Dy-161, Dy-162, Dy-163, Dy-164, Ho-165, Er-166, Er-167, Lu-175, Lu-176, Hf-174, Hf-176, Hf-177, Hf-178, Hf-179, Hf-180, Ta-181, Ta-182, W-182, W-183, W-184, W-186, Re-185, Re-187, Au-197, Pb-nat., Bi-209, Th-230, Th-232, Pa-231, Pa-233, U-232, U-233, U-234, U-235, U-236, U-237, U-238, Np-237, Np-238, Np-239, Pu-236, Pu-237, Pu-238, Pu-239, Pu-240, Pu-241, Pu-242, Pu-243, Pu-244, Am-241, Am-242, Am-242m, Am-243, Cm-241, Cm-242, Cm-243, Cm-244, Cm-245, Cm-246, Cm-247, Cm-248, Bk-249, Cf-249, Cf-250, Cf-251, Cf-252, Cf-253, Es-253. Temperatures: 300 K, 600 K, 900 K, 1200 K, 1500 K, and 1800 K. Origin: JEF-2.2. 2 - Methods: The library was generated using the NJOY processing code. An example of the input data is provided

  15. Radionuclide concentrations in mussels collected from the southern coast of Bangladesh

    Concentrations of 226Ra, 232Th, 238U, 40K and 137Cs were determined in whole soft tissues (WST) and shells of groups of different size of marine mussel Perna viridis L. and estuarine mussel Modiolus striatulus H. and water samples which were collected from the southern coast of Bangladesh. Correlation analysis showed that the concentrations of radionuclides vary with mussel size. A positive correlation existed for 238U and 40K and a negative one for 232Th between the radionuclide concentration and mussel size; 232Th concentrations in WST and shells of the mussels showed an inverse relationship with those of 238U and 40K, while 238U showed positive correlation with 40K. The concentration factors (CF) for 226Ra, 232Th and 238U in both P. viridis and M. striatulus were higher than those for 40K. The contents of 137Cs in both mussels were below the detection limit

  16. Studies of natural radioactivity of some Egyptian rock phosphates

    226Ra, 235U, 232Th and 40K activity concentrations (Bq/kg) in some Egyptian phosphate samples have been measured using HPGe gamma spectrometer. Also their radium equivalent activities were calculated and discussed. (author)

  17. Assessing the need for countermeasures for rehabilitation of farmlands, contaminated by heavy natural radionuclides

    Mentioned research is about the intake of heavy natural radionuclides (210Pb, 210Po, 226Ra, 232Th, 238U) in human body with food and water. The methodology is proposed for evaluating the need for rehabilitation in affected areas.

  18. U/Th-dating living and young fossil corals from the central tropical Pacific

    Cobb, Kim M.; Charles, Christopher D.; Cheng, Hai; Kastner, Miriam; Edwards, R. Lawrence

    2003-05-01

    This study evaluates the accuracy of U/Th dates for young (reef corals, both living and fossil, and explores strategies for refining those dates. The high precision of the U/Th method (±1-2%) for dating young corals is well-established. Earlier studies have demonstrated the method's accuracy for select samples of known age. However, these studies have focused on typical samples that have extremely low 232Th concentrations (tens of pg/g). Here we study the dating systematics of young corals that have low but significant amounts of 232Th (up to 1000 pg/g), indicating the presence of small fractions of non-radiogenic 230Th (i.e. 230Th not generated by in situ U decay). We report U/Th ages for living and subaerially exposed fossil corals from Palmyra Island, located in the central tropical Pacific, that range from 50 to 700 yr old. The Palmyra corals contain varying amounts of 232Th and small fractions of associated non-radiogenic 230Th. Uncertainty associated with the correction for non-radiogenic 230Th can lead to significant errors in U/Th dates. We have characterized non-radiogenic 230Th/ 232Th values, ( 230Th/ 232Th) nr, as a means of minimizing this source of error. We calculate ( 230Th/ 232Th) nr values ranging from 0 to 2×10 -5 for the Palmyra living corals by comparing measured U/Th dates to absolute dates for the living coral, whose chronology is well-established. For the fossil corals, we employ three different approaches to arrive at ( 230Th/ 232Th) nr estimates. First, we compare measured U/Th dates to absolute dates in samples from a young fossil coral that overlaps the living coral. Next, we use the firm relative dating constraints imposed by five overlapping fossil corals from the 14th-15th centuries to calculate ( 230Th/ 232Th) nr values. Finally, we attempt to anchor the 14th-15th century floating coral chronology to an absolute chronology by correlating the climate signals in the coral records to those in absolutely dated climate proxy records. All

  19. Optimization of small long-life PWR based on thorium fuel

    Subkhi, Moh Nurul; Suud, Zaki; Waris, Abdul; Permana, Sidik

    2015-09-01

    A conceptual design of small long-life Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) using thorium fuel has been investigated in neutronic aspect. The cell-burn up calculations were performed by PIJ SRAC code using nuclear data library based on JENDL 3.2, while the multi-energy-group diffusion calculations were optimized in three-dimension X-Y-Z geometry of core by COREBN. The excess reactivity of thorium nitride with ZIRLO cladding is considered during 5 years of burnup without refueling. Optimization of 350 MWe long life PWR based on 5% 233U & 2.8% 231Pa, 6% 233U & 2.8% 231Pa and 7% 233U & 6% 231Pa give low excess reactivity.

  20. Optimization of small long-life PWR based on thorium fuel

    Subkhi, Moh Nurul, E-mail: nsubkhi@students.itb.ac.id [Nuclear Physics and Biophysics Research Group, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science, Bandung Institute of Technology. Jalan Ganesha 10, Bandung (Indonesia); Physics Dept., Faculty of Science and Technology, State Islamic University of Sunan Gunung Djati Bandung Jalan A.H Nasution 105 Bandung (Indonesia); Suud, Zaki, E-mail: szaki@fi.itb.ac.id; Waris, Abdul; Permana, Sidik [Nuclear Physics and Biophysics Research Group, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science, Bandung Institute of Technology. Jalan Ganesha 10, Bandung (Indonesia)

    2015-09-30

    A conceptual design of small long-life Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) using thorium fuel has been investigated in neutronic aspect. The cell-burn up calculations were performed by PIJ SRAC code using nuclear data library based on JENDL 3.2, while the multi-energy-group diffusion calculations were optimized in three-dimension X-Y-Z geometry of core by COREBN. The excess reactivity of thorium nitride with ZIRLO cladding is considered during 5 years of burnup without refueling. Optimization of 350 MWe long life PWR based on 5% {sup 233}U & 2.8% {sup 231}Pa, 6% {sup 233}U & 2.8% {sup 231}Pa and 7% {sup 233}U & 6% {sup 231}Pa give low excess reactivity.

  1. Optimization of small long-life PWR based on thorium fuel

    A conceptual design of small long-life Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) using thorium fuel has been investigated in neutronic aspect. The cell-burn up calculations were performed by PIJ SRAC code using nuclear data library based on JENDL 3.2, while the multi-energy-group diffusion calculations were optimized in three-dimension X-Y-Z geometry of core by COREBN. The excess reactivity of thorium nitride with ZIRLO cladding is considered during 5 years of burnup without refueling. Optimization of 350 MWe long life PWR based on 5% 233U & 2.8% 231Pa, 6% 233U & 2.8% 231Pa and 7% 233U & 6% 231Pa give low excess reactivity

  2. Natural Radioactivity in Tanzania Cements and their Raw Materials

    Aloyce Isaya Amasi; Kelvin Mark Mtei; Ijumba Jasper Nathan; Pawel Jodłowski; Chau Nguyen Dinh

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents the study of natural radioactivity in Tanzania Portland cements and their raw materials. Samples collected as raw materials were pozzolan, sandstone, limestone, clay, gypsum and cement as finished products. The natural radioactivity due to the presence of radium 226Ra, thorium 232Th and potassium 40K were measured by means of gamma spectrometer coupled with HPGe detector. The mean measured activity concentrations of 226Ra, thorium 232Th and potassium 40K in the raw materia...

  3. The assessment of natural radioactivity and its associated radiological hazards and dose parameters in granite samples from South Sinai, Egypt

    D.A.E. Darwish; K.T.M. Abul-Nasr; A.M. El-Khayatt

    2015-01-01

    Gamma ray spectra of natural radioactivity from 238U- and 232Th series and from 40K of eight (representing 40 collected samples) granite samples collected from Saint Katherine region, South Sinai, Egypt, had been measured using a gamma-ray spectrometer with an HPGe detector. The results reported in the present article include: Specific activities (A) of 226Ra, 232Th and 40K radionuclides, Radium equivalent activities (Raeq), external and internal hazard indices (Hext, Hint), external and inte...

  4. Neutron scattering studies in the actinide region

    During the report period we have investigated the following areas: Neutron elastic and inelastic scattering measurements on 14N, 181Ta, 232Th, 238U and 239Pu; Prompt fission spectra for 232Th, 235U, 238U and 239Pu; Theoretical studies of neutron scattering; Neutron filters; New detector systems; and Upgrading of neutron target assembly, data acquisition system, and accelerator/beam-line apparatus

  5. Determination of the 233Pa(n, f) reaction cross-section from 10.5 to 16.5 MeV neutron energy by surrogate ratio method

    In the present work, we have employed surrogate ratio method to derive 233Pa(n,f) cross sections from the measurement of the ratio of the fission decay probabilities of 234Pa and 236U compound systems at same excitation energy over the excitation energy range of 16.0 MeV to 22.0 MeV, that are formed in 232Th(6Li, α)-234Pa and 232Th(6Li, d)-236U transfer reactions

  6. Application of off/on line sequential injection system with high resolution ICP-MS to measurement radionuclides in environmental samples

    Chang-Kyu Kim (IAEA, Physics, Chemistry and Instrumentation Lab., Agency' s Laboratories, Seibersdorf (Austria))

    2010-03-15

    A sequential injection system was developed, which can be widely used for the separation and preconcentration of analytes from diverse environmental samples. The system enables the separation time to be shortened by maintaining a constant flow rate of solution and by avoiding clogging or bubbling in a chromatographic column. The SI system was successfully applied to the separation of 237Np and Pu isotopes in IAEA reference materials and environmental samples, and to the sequential separation of 210Po and 210Pb in a phosphogypsum candidate reference material. The replicate analysis results of 237Np, 239+240Pu 210Po and 210Pb in some IAEA reference materials using the SI system associated with HR-ICP-MS, alpha-spectrometry and LSC are in good agreement with the recommended value within 5% of standard deviation. The SI system enabled a halving of the separation time required for radionuclides. (author)

  7. A chromatographic separation of neptunium and protactinium using 1-octanol impregnated onto a solid phase support

    We have developed a new chromatographic method to efficiently separate and isolate neptunium (Np) and protactinium (Pa), based on the selective extraction of protactinium by primary alcohols. The effectiveness of the new technology is demonstrated by efficient separation of 233Pa from parent radionuclide 237Np, using a hydrochloric acid mobile-phase medium. Our new approach reproducibly isolated 233Pa tracer with a yield of 99 ± 1 % (n = 3; radiochemical purity 100 %) and enabled chemical recovery of 237Np parent material of 92 ± 3 % (radiochemical [99 %) for future 233Pa tracer preparations. Compared to previous methods, the new approach reduces radioactive inorganic and organic waste; simplifies the separation process by eliminating cumbersome liquid-liquid extractions; and allows isolation of radiochemically-pure fractions in less than 1 h. (author)

  8. The Geochemical Behavior of Tc, Np, and Pu in Spent Nuclear Fuel in an Oxidizing Environment

    Studies at the Nopal and Shinkolowbwe uranium deposits show that the primary uraninite (UO2) altered to a suite of secondary uranyl minerals similar to those observed in corrosion tests with uranium oxide . Although the Nopal I deposit tells us something about the possible fate of uranium, it tells us little about the likely fate of the important long-lived radionuclides; iodine (129I), cesium (135Cs), technetium (99Tc), neptunium (237Np), and plutonium (239Pu). Most performance assessment (PA) models, assume conservatively, that as the UO2 matrix corrodes, the key radionuclides (129I, 99Tc, 237Np, and 239Pu) will be released congruently. In so doing, these PA models force increased reliance on human engineered barriers

  9. The Geochemical Behaviour of Tc, Np, and Pu in Spent Nuclear Fuel in an Oxidizing Environment

    Buck, Edgar C.; Hanson, Brady D.; McNamara, Bruce K.; R. Giere and P. Stille

    2004-10-01

    Studies at the Nopal and Shinkolowbwe uranium deposits show that the primary uraninite (UO2) altered to a suite of secondary uranyl minerals similar to those observed in corrosion tests with uranium oxide . Although the Nopal I deposit tells us something about the possible fate of uranium, it tells us little about the likely fate of the important long-lived radionuclides; iodine (129I), cesium (135Cs), technetium (99Tc), neptunium (237Np), and plutonium (239Pu). Most performance assessment (PA) models, assume conservatively, that as the UO2 matrix corrodes, the key radionuclides (129I, 99Tc, 237Np, and 239Pu) will be released congruently. In so doing, these PA models force increased reliance on human engineered barriers.

  10. Standardization of 241Am by digital coincidence counting, liquid scintillation counting and defined solid angle counting

    Balpardo, C; Rodrigues, D; Arenillas, P

    2010-01-01

    The nuclide 241Am decays by alpha emission to 237Np. Most of the decays (84.6 %) populate the excited level of 237Np with energy of 59.54 keV. Digital Coincidence Counting was applied to standardize a solution of 241Am by alpha-gamma coincidence counting with efficiency extrapolation. Electronic discrimination was implemented with a pressurized proportional counter and the results were compared with two other independent techniques: Liquid Scintillation Counting using the logical sum of double coincidences in a TDCR array and Defined Solid Angle Counting taking into account activity inhomogeneity in the active deposit. The results show consistency between the three methods within a limit of a 0.3%. An ampoule of this solution will be sent to the International Reference System (SIR) during 2009. Uncertainties were analysed and compared in detail for the three applied methods.

  11. Neptunium distribution in PUREX process streams

    237Np is one of the most important minor actinides present in spent fuel both from environmental and application point of view. The routing of neptunium to the particular waste stream of PUREX process is required for its separation and purification as 237Np is the target nuclide for production of 238Pu. In addition, the routing of neptunium to a particular PUREX stream will help in better waste management, which in turn will reduce its bearing on the environment considering its long half life, alpha emitting properties and mobile nature. In order to route Neptunium to a particular waste stream of PUREX process, it is imperative to understand the distribution of neptunium in various process streams. Although, there are reports on Np distribution under simulated conditions of PUREX streams, the present study deals with neptunium determination in actual PUREX streams samples. (author)

  12. Refinement of Pu parent-daughter isotopic and concentration analysis for forensic (dating) purposes

    Plutonium (Pu) metal samples from an interlaboratory exchange exercise and simulated swipe samples were dated using plutonium-uranium (Pu-U) and plutonium-americium (Pu-Am). Metal data were evaluated for consistency and the swipe data against its source material. Metal ages based on 239Pu versus 235U and 240Pu versus 236U agreed to within a few percent, while the 238Pu-234U and 241Pu-241Am measurements had larger uncertainties. Swipe ages compared favorably with the material's known history. Neptunium (237Np) analyses were examined in the context of the 241Pu-241Am-237Np system to estimate whether Np can provide insights on material from which Am, Np, and U were removed. (author)

  13. Measurements of Fission Cross Sections of Actinides

    Wiescher, M; Cox, J; Dahlfors, M

    2002-01-01

    A measurement of the neutron induced fission cross sections of $^{237}$Np, $^{241},{243}$Am and of $^{245}$Cm is proposed for the n_TOF neutron beam. Two sets of fission detectors will be used: one based on PPAC counters and another based on a fast ionization chamber (FIC). A total of 5x10$^{18}$ protons are requested for the entire fission measurement campaign.

  14. Selected articles translated from Jadernye Konstanty (Nuclear Constants) volumes 1-2, 1995

    This report contains selected articles translated from Russian language which are dealing with nuclear constants. The MENDL-2 cross section library, universal library of fission products, evaluation of fission cross section for 237Np, evaluation of the photoneutron reaction cross sections, analysis of reaction rate measurements for determination of neutron energy spectra are specially dealt with. It contains five articles and each one is separately indexed. Refs, figs, tabs

  15. Analysis of the evaluated data discrepancies for minor actinides and development of improved evaluation

    Ignatyuk, A. [Institute of Physics and Power Engineering, Obninsk (Russian Federation)

    1997-03-01

    The work is directed on a compilation of experimental and evaluated data available for neutron induced reaction cross sections on {sup 237}Np, {sup 241}Am, {sup 242m}Am and {sup 243}Am isotopes, on the analysis of the old data and renormalizations connected with changes of standards and on the comparison of experimental data with theoretical calculation. Main results of the analysis performed by now are presented in this report. (J.P.N.)

  16. Average resonance parameters evaluation for actinides

    Porodzinskij, Yu.V.; Sukhovitskij, E.Sh. [Radiation Physics and Chemistry Problems Inst., Minsk-Sosny (Belarus)

    1997-03-01

    New evaluated <{Gamma}{sub n}{sup 0}> and values for {sup 238}U, {sup 237}Np, {sup 243}Cm, {sup 245}Cm, {sup 246}Cm and {sup 241}Am nuclei in the resolved resonance region are presented. The applied method based on the idea that experimental resonance missing results in correlated changes of reduced neutron widths and level spacings distributions is discussed. (author)

  17. Actinides separation and long-lived fission products from the high activity effluent

    The aim of this document is to study the decontamination of a high activity effluent in minor actinides-α transmitters (241Am, 243Am, 243Cm, 245Cm, 237Np, 238Pu, 242Pu, 235U, 238U) and long-life fissions products (133Cs, 137Cs) and then the separation of Am, Cm, Np, Cs and Pu, U traces. (TEC). 16 figs., 1 tab

  18. Modelling of reaction cross sections and prompt neutron emission

    Oberstedt S.; Tudora A.; Hambsch F.-J.

    2010-01-01

    Accurate nuclear data concerning reaction cross sections and the emission of prompt fission neutrons (i.e. multiplicity and spectra) as well as other fission fragment data are of great importance for reactor physics design, especially for the new Generation IV nuclear energy systems. During the past years for several actinides (238U(n, f) and 237Np(n, f)) both the reaction cross sections and prompt neutron multiplicities and spectra have been calculated within the frame of the EFNUDAT project.

  19. Nordic collaboration on the use of mass-spectrometers for the analysis of radioisotopes. NKS-project NORCMASS. Final report

    This report cover an overview of the work performed during a three year (2003-2005) project initialized with the purpose of identifying and work on problems in isotope ratio and ultra trace measurements of primarily plutonium and uranium isotopes and 237Np using ICPMS. The project also included an educational part aiming to describe fundamental aspects and practical steps for radioisotope measurements using ICP-MS. (au)

  20. Electron paramagnetic resonance and electron nuclear double resonance of 237-neptunium hexafluoride in uranium hexafluoride single crystals

    Butler, James E.; Hutchison, Clyde A., Jr.

    1981-03-01

    The EPR and ENDOR spectra of 237NpF6 molecules dilutely substituted for host molecules in single crystals of UF6 at temperatures between 1.2 and 2.1 °K have been obtained at microwave frequencies, ˜9.4 and ˜9.7 GHz. Approximate values are given for the parameters in a spin Hamiltonian formalism that describes the measurements. The results are discussed.

  1. Optimization of solvent extraction cycles to separate plutonium and neptunium

    This paper describes the steps taken to assess the potential of a solvent extraction process for separating plutonium from neptunium. The plutonium, namely 238Pu, is of importance because it is the isotope used in making radioisotope thermoelectric generators and radioisotope heaters and is obtained by irradiating 237Np targets in a high neutron flux environment. After the neptunium targets have been irradiated, the targets could then be processed by solvent extraction methods

  2. High-sensitivity fast neutron detector KNK-2-7M

    The construction of the fast neutron detector KNK-2-7M is briefly described. The results of the study of the detector in the pulse-counting mode are given for the fissions of 237Np nuclei in the radiator of the neutron-sensitive section and in the current mode with the separation of sectional currents of functional sections. The possibilities of determining the effective number of 237Np nuclei in the radiator of the neutronsensitive section are considered. The diagnostic possibilities of the detector in the counting mode are shown by example of the analysis of the reference data from the neutron-field characteristics in the working hall of the BR-K1 reactor. The diagnostic possibilities of the detector in the current operating mode are shown by example of the results of measuring the 237Np-fission intensity in the BR-K1 reactor power start-ups implemented in the mode of fission-pulse generation on delayed neutrons at the detector arrangement inside the reactor core cavity under conditions of a wide variation of the reactor radiation field

  3. The (3He, tf) as a surrogate reaction to determine (n, f) cross sections in the 10-20 MeV energy range

    The surrogate reaction 238U(3He, tf) is used to determine the 237Np(n, f) cross section indirectly over an equivalent neutron energy range from 10 to 20 MeV. A self-supporting ∼761 μg/cm2 metallic 238U foil was bombarded with a 42 MeV 3He2+ beam from the 88-Inch Cyclotron at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). Outgoing charged particles and fission fragments were identified using the Silicon Telescope Array for Reaction Studies (STARS) consisted of two 140 μm and one 1000 μm Micron S2 type silicon detectors. The 237Np(n, f) cross sections, determined indirectly, were compared with the 237Np(n, f) cross section data from direct measurements, the Evaluated Nuclear Data File (ENDF/B-VII.0), and the Japanese Evaluated Nuclear Data Library (JENDL 3.3) and found to closely follow those datasets. Use of the (3He, tf) reaction as a surrogate to extract (n, f) cross sections in the 10-20 MeV equivalent neutron energy range is found to be suitable.

  4. Protactinium neutron-induced fission up to 200 MeV

    The theoretical evaluation of 230-233Pa(n,F) cross sections is based on direct data, 230-234Pa fission probabilities and ratios of fission probabilities in first-chance and emissive fission domains, surrogate for neutron-induced fission. First chance fission cross sections trends of Pa are based on consistent description of 232Th(n,F), 232Th(n,2n) and 238U(n,F), 238U(n,xn) data, supported by the ratio surrogate data by Burke et al., 2006, for the 237U(n,F) reaction. Ratio surrogate data on fission probabilities of 232Th(6Li,4He)234Pa and 232Th(6Li,d)236U by Nayak et al., 2008, support the predicted 233Pa(n,F) cross section at En=11.5-16.5 MeV. The predicted trends of 230-232Pa(n,F) cross section up to En=20 MeV, are consistent with fissile properties of Pa nuclides, extracted by 232Th(p,F) (Isaev et al., 2008) and 232Th(p,3n) (Morgenstern et al., 2008) data analysis. The excitation energy and nucleon composition dependence of the transition from asymmetric to symmetric scission for fission observables of Pa nuclei is defined by analysis of p-induced fission of 232Th at Ep=1-200 MeV. Predominantly symmetric fission in 232Th(p,F) at En(p)=200 MeV as revealed by experimental branching ratios (Dujvestijn et al., 1999) is reproduced. Steep transition from asymmetric to symmetric fission with increase of nucleon incident energy is due to fission of neutron-deficient Pa (A≤229) nuclei. A structure of the potential energy surface (a drop of symmetric and asymmetric fission barriers difference (Ef(SYM) - Ef(ASYM)) from about 3.5 MeV to 1 MeV) of N-deficient Pa nuclides (A≤226) and available phase space at outer fission saddles, are shown to be responsible for the sharp increase with En(p) of the symmetric fission component contribution for 232Th(p,F) and 230-233Pa(n,F) reactions. That is a strong evidence of emissive fission nature of moderately excited Pa nuclides, reliably quantified only up to En(p) about 20(30) MeV. Predicted fission cross section of 232Pa

  5. Protactinium neutron-induced fission up to 200 MeV

    Maslov V.

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available The theoretical evaluation of 230-233Pa(n,F cross sections is based on direct data, 230-234Pa fission probabilities and ratios of fission probabilities in first-chance and emissive fission domains, surrogate for neutroninduced fission. First chance fission cross sections trends of Pa are based on consistent description of 232Th(n,F, 232Th(n,2n and 238U(n,F, 238U(n,xn data, supported by the ratio surrogate data by Burke et al., 2006, for the 237U(n,F reaction. Ratio surrogate data on fission probabilities of 232Th(6 Li,4 He234Pa and 232 Th(6 Li,d236U by Nayak et al., 2008, support the predicted 233Pa(n, F cross section at En=11.5-16.5 MeV. The predicted trends of 230-232Pa(n, F cross section up to En=20 MeV, are consistent with fissilities of Pa nuclides, extracted by 232Th(p,F (Isaev et al., 2008 and 232Th(p,3n (Morgenstern et al., 2008 data analysis. The excitation energy and nucleon composition dependence of the transition from asymmetric to symmetric scission for fission observables of Pa nuclei is defined by analysis of p-induced fission of 232Th at Ep=1-200 MeV. Predominantly symmetric fission in 232Th(p,F at En( p=200 MeV as revealed by experimental branching ratios (Dujvestijn et al., 1999 is reproduced. Steep transition from asymmetric to symmetric fission with increase of nucleon incident energy is due to fission of neutron-deficient Pa (A≤229 nuclei. A structure of the potential energy surface (a drop of f f symmetric and asymmetric fission barriers difierence (EfSYM - EfASYM from ~3.5 MeV to ~1 MeV of N-deficient Pa nuclides (A≤226 and available phase space at outer fission saddles, are shown to be responsible for the sharp increase with En( p of the symmetric fission component contribution for 232Th(p,F and 230-233 Pa(n, F reactions. That is a strong evidence of emissive fission nature of moderately excited Pa nuclides, reliably quantified only up to En( p~20(30 MeV. Predicted fission cross section of 232Pa(n,F coincides with

  6. Radiochemical determination of Np-237 in soil samples contaminated with weapon grade plutonium

    The Palomares terrestrial ecosystem (Andalusia, southwestern Spain) is known to constitute a natural laboratory to study the distribution, behaviour and migration of certain actinides, such as plutonium, americium and neptunium. This scenario is partially contaminated with weapon grade plutonium since the burn-out and fragmentation of two of the four thermonuclear bombs accidentally dropped by a B-52 from the USA Air Force back in 1966. While performing radiometric measurements on the field, with the goal of gathering information about the surface contamination levels, the possible presence of 237Np was observed through its 29 keV gamma emission. To accomplish a more detailed characterization of the source term in the contaminated area using the isotopic ratios Pu-Am-Np, the radiochemical isolation and later quantification by alpha spectrometry of 237Np was initiated. As a first approach, a bibliographic study was undertaken, considering different radiochemical methods applied to a variety of samples such as soils, sediments, sea water, lichens, etc. The radiochemical procedure selected in our laboratory involves separation of neptunium from americium, uranium and plutonium with ionic resin (AG 1x2), given that in soil samples from Palomares 239+240Pu levels are several orders of magnitude higher than 237Np. Then neptunium is isolated using TEVA organic resin. After electro-deposition, quantification is performed by high resolution alpha spectrometry. Different analyses have been performed with blank solutions spiked with 236Pu, 237Np and 244Cm, solutions resulting from the total dissolution of isolated radioactive particles and soil samples. The lack of an appropriate tracer in our lab led to the determination of an average percentage of Np recovery using a certified solution of 237Np. Decontamination percentages obtained during the Pu-Np separation ranged from 98 % to 100 %. Some tests to investigate the effect of the addition or absence of NaNO2 (responsible for

  7. Toxicty of thorium cycle nuclides

    The purpose of this project is to investigate the biological hazards associated with uranium-thorium breeder fuels and fuel recycle process solutions. Initial studies emphasize the metabolism and long-term biological effects of inhaled 233U-232U nitrate and oxide fuel materials andof 231Pa, a major, long-lived, radioactive waste product

  8. The Tautavel cave and dating methods

    Main age estimation methods are described, datable materials and limits of application are given in each case. Methods studied are: carbon 14, 230Th/234U, 231Pa/235U, potassium-argon, thermoluminescence, electron spin resonance, fission tracks. Indirect methods like paleomagnetism and paleoclimates are briefly described

  9. Partial neutron capture cross sections of actinides using cold neutron prompt gamma activation analysis

    Nuclear waste needs to be characterized for its safe handling and storage. In particular long-lived actinides render the waste characterization challenging. The results described in this thesis demonstrate that Prompt Gamma Neutron Activation Analysis (PGAA) with cold neutrons is a reliable tool for the non-destructive analysis of actinides. Nuclear data required for an accurate identification and quantification of actinides was acquired. Therefore, a sample design suitable for accurate and precise measurements of prompt γ-ray energies and partial cross sections of long-lived actinides at existing PGAA facilities was presented. Using the developed sample design the fundamental prompt γ-ray data on 237Np, 241Am and 242Pu were measured. The data were validated by repetitive analysis of different samples at two individual irradiation and counting facilities - the BRR in Budapest and the FRM II in Garching near Munich. Employing cold neutrons, resonance neutron capture by low energetic resonances was avoided during the experiments. This is an improvement over older neutron activation based works at thermal reactor neutron energies. 152 prompt γ-rays of 237Np were identified, as well as 19 of 241Am, and 127 prompt γ-rays of 242Pu. In all cases, both high and lower energetic prompt γ-rays were identified. The most intense line of 237Np was observed at an energy of Eγ=182.82(10) keV associated with a partial capture cross section of σγ=22.06(39) b. The most intense prompt γ-ray lines of 241Am and of 242Pu were observed at Eγ=154.72(7) keV with σγ=72.80(252) b and Eγ=287.69(8) keV with σγ=7.07(12) b, respectively. The measurements described in this thesis provide the first reported quantifications on partial radiative capture cross sections for 237Np, 241Am and 242Pu measured simultaneously over the large energy range from 45 keV to 12 MeV. Detailed uncertainty assessments were performed and the validity of the given uncertainties was demonstrated. Compared

  10. Importance of organic compounds on the mobilization and bioassimilation of thorium in the Morro Do Ferro environment

    Data are presented on the role of naturally occurring and synthetic organic compounds in the mobilization and bioassimilation of 232Th. The study is taking place in the state of Minas Gerals, Brazil, in and around an exposed and deeply weathered ore body (the Morro do Ferro) estimated to contain 30,000 tons of Th and >100,000 of the light rate earth elements. Indigenous plants collected from the ore body surface are shown to contain high concentrations in the range of 20 to 1,000 μg/g ash of 232Th. Preliminary estimates of 232Th concentration factors range between 10-5 and 10-3 and are comparable with those reported for plutonium. Leaching studies using different chelating agents indicate that the release of 232Th from weathered soil and ore as well as plant uptake are directly related to complex stability. Preliminary results of speciation studies using ultrafiltration techniques indicate that for water which has percolated through the ore body, most of the dissolved 232Th is associated with colloidal humic acids of molecular weight >300,000. 15 refs., 1 fig., 4 tabs

  11. Study of Thorium Utilization in a Large Scale Sodium Cooled Fast Reactor

    The breeding performance of 232Th in fast reactor is better than 238U, since the capture cross section of 232Th is slightly higher than 238U under the fast neutron spectrum. There are much less fission neutrons in the blanket, so the proportion of neutron with energy above 6MeV (the threshold energy of (n,2n) reaction of 232Th) is very small. Therefore, the 233U produced in fast reactor blanket would have high purity. In this paper, an large scale fast reactor core was taken as the reference core for 232Th utilization study. In the calculation results, the whole capability of 233U production is about 443kg/(GWe•a) in the blanket; at the end of the first cycle (160EFPD), the 233U production per unit mass of 232Th is about 10.71g/(kgTh), and the weight fraction of 232U in actinium is less than 0.019%. It is an attractive technology option to produce 233U in the blanket. (author)

  12. Assessment of natural radioactivity in silt samples from Moticher lake near Kakrapar Atomic Power Station, India

    The naturally occurring radioisotopes such as 238U, 232Th and 40K in the silt samples collected from Moticher lake, Gujarat were evaluated. The activity of 238U, 232Th and 40K was found to be 4.4-9.7 Bq kg-1 with a mean 6.4 ± 1.3 Bq kg-1, 10.5-21.2 Bq kg-1 with a mean 15.6 ± 2.5 Bq kg-1 and 102-231 Bq kg-1 with a mean 160 ± 40 Bq kg-1, respectively. The depth profile study could not reveal any significant vertical correlation on radioactivity levels of 238U, 232Th and 40K. Radium equivalent activity (Raeq), external hazard index (Hex) and internal hazard index (Hint) were calculated by using the activity of 238U or 226Ra, 232Th and 40K in silt samples. Annual Effective Dose Equivalent (AEDE) level in Moticher silt was found to be 24.8 ± 5.0 μSv year-1, which is much lower than the worldwide average value. The relative contribution to dose due to 238U and 232Th series were found to be 14% and 53%, followed by the contribution of 33% due to 40K. (author)

  13. Non-destructive determination of uranium, thorium and 40K in tobacco and their implication on radiation dose levels to the human body.

    Landsberger, S; Lara, R; Landsberger, S G

    2015-11-01

    The naturally occurring radionuclides of (235)U, (238)U and (232)Th and their daughter products are a potential major source of anthropogenic radiation to tobacco smokers. Often overlooked is the presence of (40)K in tobacco and its implication to radiation dose accumulation in the human body. In this study, these three radiation sources have been determined in four typical US cigarettes using neutron activation analysis (NAA). The NAA reactions of (238)U(n,γ)(239)U, (232)Th(n,γ)(233)Th and (41)K(n,γ)(42)K were used to determine (235)U, (238)U and (232)Th and (40)K, respectively. The activity of (238)U can easily be determined by epithermal NAA of the (238)U(n,γ)(239)U reaction, and the activity of (235, 234)U can easily be deduced. Using isotopic ratios, the activity due to (40)K was found by the determined concentrations of (41)K (also by epithermal neutrons) in the bulk material. Each gram of total potassium yields 30 Bq of (40)K. The annual effective dose for smokers using 20 cigarettes per day was calculate to be 14.6, 137 and 9 μSv y(-1) for (238,235,) (234)U, (232)Th and (40)K, respectively. These values are significantly lower that the dose received from (210)Po except for (232)Th. PMID:25944955

  14. Non-destructive determination of uranium, thorium and 40K in tobacco and their implication on radiation dose levels to the human body

    The naturally occurring radionuclides of 235U, 238U and 232Th and their daughter products are a potential major source of anthropogenic radiation to tobacco smokers. Often overlooked is the presence of 40K in tobacco and its implication to radiation dose accumulation in the human body. In this study, these three radiation sources have been determined in four typical US cigarettes using neutron activation analysis (NAA). The NAA reactions of 238U(n,γ)239U, 232Th(n,γ)233Th and 41K(n,γ)42K were used to determine 235U, 238U and 232Th and 40K, respectively. The activity of 238U can easily be determined by epithermal NAA of the 238U(n,γ)239U reaction, and the activity of 235,234U can easily be deduced. Using isotopic ratios, the activity due to 40K was found by the determined concentrations of 41K (also by epithermal neutrons) in the bulk material. Each gram of total potassium yields 30 Bq of 40K. The annual effective dose for smokers using 20 cigarettes per day was calculated to be 14.6, 137 and 9 μSv y-1 for 238,235,234U, 232Th and 40K, respectively. These values are significantly lower that the dose received from 210Po except for 232Th. (authors)

  15. Vertical distribution of natural radionuclides in soil: Assessment of external exposure of population in cultivated and undisturbed areas

    In the present work, naturally occurring radionuclides 238U, 232Th and 40K were measured in soil samples from the cultivated and undisturbed areas in Rudovci, municipality of Lazarevac, Serbia. There were three profiles, each profile divided into four horizons, giving the twelve soil samples. The specific activity of 238U, 232Th and 40K in soil and sediment samples was determined by gamma spectrometry using the HPGe semiconductor detector. Obtained activity concentrations ranged from 28.0 to 44.0 Bq/kg for 238U, from 59.4 to 71.4 Bq/kg for 232Th and from 335.0 to 517.0 Bq/kg for 40K. The evaluation of the radiological hazards originated from 238U, 232Th and 40K in the samples, the absorbed dose rate (D) and the annual effective dose rate (E), calculated in accordance with the UNSCEAR 2000 report, are presented in this paper. - Highlights: ► Radionuclides 238U, 232Th and 40K in different profile of soil are measured. ► Gamma spectrometry specific activity of radionuclides was determined. ► Correlation between the physical–chemical parameters of soil and natural radionuclides is important. ► Concentrations of radionuclides are not extremely changed at the profiles.

  16. ZZ VITJEF22.BOLIB, JEF-2.2 Multigroup Coupled (199 n + 42 gamma) X-Section Library in AMPX Format for Nuclear Fission Applications

    1 - Description or function: VITJEF22.BOLIB /1/ is a multigroup coupled (199 neutron groups + 42 photon groups) pseudo-problem-independent cross section library in AMPX /2/ format for nuclear fission applications. VITJEF22.BOLIB is based on the JEF-2.2 /3/ European nuclear data file and it was processed, through the NJOY /4/ and SCAMPI /5/ systems, in the VITAMIN-B6 /6/ group structure using the same parameters and calculation procedures. Original nuclear data file: JEF-2.2. Data processing systems: NJOY-94.66 and SCAMPI. Format: AMPX. Number of groups: 199 neutron groups and 42 photon groups. Thermal neutron groups: 36 groups below 5.043 eV with up-scattering cross sections. Neutron energy range: 1.0 E-5 eV - 19.64 MeV. Photon energy range: 1.0 keV - 30.0 MeV. Temperatures [K]: 300, 600, 1000, and 2100 (same values as in VITAMIN-B6). Background cross sections (SIGMA-Zeros) [barns]: 1, 10, 50, 100, 300, 1.0 E+3, 1.0 E+4, 1.0 E+5, 1.0 E+6, 1.0 E+10 (infinite dilution) (same values as in VITAMIN-B6). Legendre order: P7 for materials with Z ≤ 29 (copper); P5 for the remainders. Number of materials: 138. Materials included: one file per material (nat=natural): H-H2O, H-CH2, H2-D2O, H-3, He-3, He-4, Li-6, Li-7, Be-9, Be-TH, B-10, B-11, C-nat, C-GPH, N-14, N-15, O-16, O-17, F-19, Na-23, Mg-nat, Al-27, Si-nat, P-31, S-32, S-33, S-34, S-36, Cl-nat, K-nat, Ca-nat, Ti-nat, V-nat, Cr-50, Cr-52, Cr-53, Cr-54, Mn-55, Fe-54, Fe-56, Fe-57, Fe-58, Co-59, Ni-58, Ni-60, Ni-61, Ni-62, Ni-64, Cu-nat, Ga-nat, Y-89, Zr-nat, Nb-93, Mo-nat, Ag-107, Ag-109, Cd-nat, Cd-106, Cd-110, Cd-111, Cd-112, Cd-113, Cd-114, Cd-115m, Cd-116, In-113, In-115, Sn-112, Sn-114, Sn-115, Sn-116, Sn-117, Sn-118, Sn-119, Sn-120, Sn-122, Sn-123, Sn-124, Sn-125, Sn-126, Ba-138, Eu-151, Eu-152, Eu-153, Eu-154, Eu-155, Hf-174, Hf-176, Hf-177, Hf-178, Hf-179, Hf-180, Ta-181, Ta-182, W-182, W-183, W-184, W-186, Re-185, Re-187, Au-197, Pb-nat, Bi-209, Th-230, Th-232, Pa-231, Pa-233, U-232, U-233, U-234, U-235, U-236

  17. Light-particle emission from the fissioning nuclei sup 1 sup 2 sup 6 Ba, sup 1 sup 8 sup 8 Pt and sup 2 sup 6 sup 6 sup , sup 2 sup 7 sup 2 sup , sup 2 sup 7 sup 8 110: theoretical predictions and experimental results 24.75.+i; 25.85.-w; 25.60.Pj; 25.70.-z; Nuclear reactions 98Mo(28Si ,X) , E=166,187,204 MeV; 107Ag(19F ,X) , E=128,148 MeV; 154Sm(34S ,X) , E=160,203 MeV; 172Yb(16O ,X) , E=138 MeV; 208Pb(58Ni ,X) , (64Ni ,X) , 232Th(40Ca ,X) , 238U(40Ar ,X) , E=66 -186 MeV; Calculated fusion, fission sigma(L) , prefission particle multiplicities; Deduced entrance channel effects; Comparisons with data

    Pomorski, K; Surowiec, A; Kowal, M; Bartel, J; Dietrich, K G; Richert, J; Schmitt, C; Benoit, B; De Goes-Brennard, E; Donadille, L; Badimon, C

    2000-01-01

    We present a comparison of our model treating fission dynamics in conjunction with light-particle ( n,p,alpha ) evaporation with the available experimental data for the nuclei sup 1 sup 2 sup 6 Ba, sup 1 sup 8 sup 8 Pt and three isotopes of the element Z=110 . The dynamics of the symmetric fission process is described through the solution of a classical Langevin equation for a single collective variable characterizing the nuclear deformation along the fission path. A microscopic approach is used to evaluate the emission rates for prefission light particles. Entrance-channel effects are taken into account by generating an initial spin distribution of the compound nucleus formed by the fusion of two deformed nuclei with different relative orientations.

  18. A Lane consistent optical model potential for nucleon scattering on actinide nuclei with extended coupling

    Quesada, José Manuel; Capote, Roberto; Soukhovitski, Efrem S.; Chiba, Satoshi

    2016-03-01

    An extension for odd-A actinides of a previously derived dispersive coupledchannel optical model potential (OMP) for 238U and 232Th nuclei is presented. It is used to fit simultaneously all the available experimental databases including neutron strength functions for nucleon scattering on 232Th, 233,235,238U and 239Pu nuclei. Quasi-elastic (p,n) scattering data on 232Th and 238U to the isobaric analogue states of the target nucleus are also used to constrain the isovector part of the optical potential. For even-even (odd) actinides almost all low-lying collective levels below 1 MeV (0.5 MeV) of excitation energy are coupled. OMP parameters show a smooth energy dependence and energy independent geometry.

  19. Studies of fragment spin as a function of fragment mass in heavy ion induced fission reactions

    Measurement on fragment spin as a function of its mass has been carried out over a wide range of bombarding energy in 12C, 16O + 209Bi and 12C, 16O + 232Th reactions. The mass dependence of fragment spin for 12C, 16O + 232Th reactions is observed to be in marked contrast to that for the 12C, 16O + 209Bi reactions. The present results have been analysed within the statistical model by taking into account the finite relaxation time for the equilibration of the collective spin modes. It is found that the observed feature in 12C, 16O + 232Th reactions are characteristic of incomplete equilibration of the collective spin modes where the mass relaxation process at extreme mass asymmetry terminates before full statistical equilibration of the collective spin modes are reached

  20. A Lane consistent optical model potential for nucleon scattering on actinide nuclei with extended coupling

    Quesada José Manuel

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available An extension for odd-A actinides of a previously derived dispersive coupledchannel optical model potential (OMP for 238U and 232Th nuclei is presented. It is used to fit simultaneously all the available experimental databases including neutron strength functions for nucleon scattering on 232Th, 233,235,238U and 239Pu nuclei. Quasi-elastic (p,n scattering data on 232Th and 238U to the isobaric analogue states of the target nucleus are also used to constrain the isovector part of the optical potential. For even-even (odd actinides almost all low-lying collective levels below 1 MeV (0.5 MeV of excitation energy are coupled. OMP parameters show a smooth energy dependence and energy independent geometry.