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  1. Atomic 'After Effects' Following 181Hfβ--Decay

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    Strong evidence of atomic 'after effects' following β--decay of 181Hf was observed from perturbed angular correlation (PAC) studies in different viscous and non-viscous molecular solutions and in ionic as well as non-ionic solutions. In non-viscous acetone and H2O solutions, the PAC spectra have been found to be completely different to what was expected considering molecular motions in these media. Similarly, in the glycerol-H2O system, PAC spectra remain significantly unchanged with the change of viscosity indicating that molecular motions are not reflected in these media. Rather, perturbations from the interaction of the nucleus-excited atomic state, which was so far considered to be absent for 181Hf β--decay, have been found to be dominant. The atomic shell recovery times inmolecular liquids have been found to be in the range 50-150 nsec. In insulating solid HfCl4 medium, however, the PAC spectrum indicates that the atomic shell following 181Hf β--decay remains unchanged within the lifetime of the intermediate state. The lifetime for the 615 keV level has been remeasured and a value of T1/2=12.1±0.1 nsec only has been obtained. This value, although in strong disagreement with the earlier reported value (17.83 μsec), helps explain atomic 'after effects' in 181Hf β--decay.

  2. The 233Pa fission cross-section measurement and evaluation

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    233Pa is a conspicuous example of strongly discrepant data in the accepted nuclear data evaluations. The precise knowledge of the neutron-induced reaction cross-section of this highly β-active nuclide (T1/2 = 27.0 d) is essential for the successful implementation of the thorium-based fuel cycle in advanced nuclear applications. The reactions involving 233Pa are responsible for the balance of nuclei as well as the average number of prompt fission neutrons in a contemplated reactor scenario. In an IAEA report, it is stated that there is a need to know the 233Pa(n, f) cross-section with an accuracy of 20%. The different evaluated neutron data libraries show, however, a difference of a factor of two for this cross-section. It has previously been deemed not feasible to measure this reaction directly due to its short half-life, high radioactivity and the in-growth of the daughter product 233U. Hence, the entries in the neutron libraries are based on theoretical predictions, which explains the large discrepancies. As reported recently the neutron-induced fission cross-section of 233Pa has been measured for the first time directly with mono-energetic neutrons from 1.0 to 3.0 MeV at the Van-de-Graaff facility of the IRMM. In the meantime, during two further measurement campaigns, the energy range has been extended up to 8.5 MeV. The experimental results will be presented together with recent model calculations of the fission cross-section applying the statistical model code STATIS, which improve the cross-section evaluation up to the second chance fission threshold. (authors)

  3. Study on the adsorption of 233Pa in glass

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    It is intended to examine the adsorption of protactinium on glass in relation to pH, presence of complexing agents concentration and type of electrolytes. The study was made by using carrier-free 233Pa solution and Pyrex glass tube was selected as adsorbent glass material surface. The adsorption curve of protactinium on glass surface as a function of the pH of the tracer solution showed the existence of two pronounced adsorption regions. It was found that this adsorption can be reduced by using electrolytes or complexing agents. Desorption of protactinium previously adsorbed on the Pyrex glass tube was also studied. Hidrochloric, oxalic and hydrofluoric acid solutions were used for the desorption experiments. (Author)

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

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    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

  5. Calculation of the neutron induced fission cross-section of 233Pa up to 20 MeV

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    Since very recently, direct measurements of the 233Pa(n,f) cross-section are available in the energy range from 1.0 to 8.5 MeV. This has stimulated a new, self-consistent, neutron cross-section evaluation for the n+233Pa system, in the incident neutron energy range 0.01-20 MeV. Since higher fission chances are involved also the lighter Pa-isotopes had to be re-evaluated in a consistent manner. The results are quite different compared to earlier evaluation attempts. Since 233Pa is a key isotope in the thorium based fuel cycle the quality of its reaction cross-sections is important for the modeling of future advanced fuel and reactor concepts. The present status of the evaluated libraries is that they differ by a factor of two in the absolute fission cross-section and also in the threshold energy value

  6. Electric-quadrupole interaction at 181Hf/181Ta in Hf doped MgB2 and HfB2: a perturbed angular correlation study

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    Hyperfine interaction of the 181Hf/181Ta is studied in HfB2 and Hf doped MgB2 by perturbed angular correlation spectroscopy. Nuclear quadrupole constants and attenuation factors were extracted from the data. Quadrupole coupling constant shows that Hf goes to three inequivalent sites in MgB2. There is sign of HfB2 formation at high temperature. (author)

  7. Correlation of ibuprofen bioavailability with gastrointestinal transit by scintigraphic monitoring of /sup 171/Er-labeled sustained-release tablets

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    Parr, A.F.; Beihn, R.M.; Franz, R.M.; Szpunar, G.J.; Jay, M.

    1987-12-01

    External gamma scintigraphy was used to monitor the gastrointestinal (GI) transit of radiolabeled sustained-release tablets containing 800 mg ibuprofen in eight fasted healthy volunteers. Ibuprofen serum concentrations were determined from blood samples drawn sequentially over a 24-hr period. Serum concentrations and related parameters were correlated to the position of the dosage form in the GI tract from the scintiphotos. The sustained-release tablets were radiolabeled intact utilizing a neutron activation procedure, by incorporating 0.18% of /sup 170/Er2O3 (enriched to greater than 96% /sup 170/Er) into the bulk formulation. After manufacture of the final dosage forms, the tablets were irradiated in a neutron flux (4.4 x 10(13) n/cm2.sec) for 2 min, converting the stable /sup 170/Er to radioactive /sup 171/Er (t1/2 = 7.5 hr). Each tablet contained 50 microCi of /sup 171/Er at the time of administration. The scintigraphy studies suggested that the greatest proportion of ibuprofen was absorbed from this dosage form while the tablet was in the large bowel. The dosage forms eroded slowly in the small bowel and appeared to lose their integrity in the large bowel. In vitro studies showed only minimal effects of the neutron irradiation procedure on the dosage form performance.

  8. TDPAC studies of the metal-binding sites in serum transferrin: comparison between /sup 181/Hf-labeled human- and rat-serum transferrin

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    Appel, H.; Duffield, J.; Taylor, D.M.; Then, G.M.; Thies, W.G.

    1987-12-01

    The binding of hafnium to human serum transferrin was studied using the time differential perturbed angular correlation (TDPAC-) technique. The samples were prepared in vitro by adding /sup 181/Hf-NTA solution to human serum. Two specific electric quadrupole interactions were observed, which correspond to two well-defined binding configurations. Their relative intensities depend on the pH, salt- and hafnium-concentrations, and on the incubation time. The present data may be compared with the results of a previous rat serum study, where the hafnium binding to transferrin behaved rather similarly. Small but significant differences, however, can be deduced from the TDPAC-parameters for these human and rat transferrin species. For either binding configuration, the electric field gradient (EFG) is slightly higher in the case of rat transferrin. The most characteristic difference, however, concerns the asymmetry parameter eta 2 of the second binding configuration, which is about 10% smaller for rat serum transferrin. The TDPAC-technique might be used as a sensitive and reliable analytical method to study the metal-binding sites of different transferrin species.

  9. Molecular level characterization of diatom-associated biopolymers that bind 234Th, 233Pa, 210Pb, and 7Be in seawater: A case study with Phaeodactylum tricornutum

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    Chuang, Chia-Ying; Santschi, Peter H.; Xu, Chen; Jiang, Yuelu; Ho, Yi-Fang; Quigg, Antonietta; Guo, Laodong; Hatcher, Patrick G.; Ayranov, Marin; Schumann, Dorothea

    2015-09-01

    In order to investigate the importance of biogenic silica associated biopolymers on the scavenging of radionuclides, the diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum was incubated together with the radionuclides 234Th, 233Pa, 210Pb, and 7Be during their growth phase. Normalized affinity coefficients were determined for the radionuclides bound with different organic compound classes (i.e., proteins, total carbohydrates, uronic acids) in extracellular (nonattached and attached exopolymeric substances), intracellular (ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid and sodium dodecyl sulfate extractable), and frustule embedded biopolymeric fractions (BF). Results indicated that radionuclides were mostly concentrated in frustule BF. Among three measured organic components, Uronic acids showed the strongest affinities to all tested radionuclides. Confirmed by spectrophotometry and two-dimensional heteronuclear single quantum coherence-nuclear magnetic resonance analyses, the frustule BF were mainly composed of carboxyl-rich, aliphatic-phosphoproteins, which were likely responsible for the strong binding of many of the radionuclides. Results from this study provide evidence for selective absorption of radionuclides with different kinds of diatom-associated biopolymers acting in concert rather than as a single compound. This clearly indicates the importance of these diatom-related biopolymers, especially frustule biopolymers, in the scavenging and fractionation of radionuclides used as particle tracers in the ocean.

  10. The applicability of MGA method for depleted and natural uranium isotopic analysis in the presence of actinides (232Th, 237Np, 233Pa and 241Am).

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    Yücel, Haluk

    2007-11-01

    The multi-group analysis (MGA) method for the determination of uranium isotopic abundances in depleted uranium (DU) and natural uranium (NU) samples is applied in this study. A set of non-destructive gamma-ray measurements of DU and NU samples were performed using a planar Ge detector. The relative abundances of 235U and 238U isotopes were compared with the declared values of the standards. The relative abundance for 235U obtained by MGA for a "clean" DU or NU sample with a content of uranium>1wt% is determined with an accuracy of about +/-5%. However, when several actinides such as 232Th, 237Np, 233Pa and 241Am are present along with uranium isotopes simulating "dirty" DU or NU, it has been observed that MGA method gives erroneous results. The 235U abundance results for the samples were 6-25 times higher than the declared values in the presence of above-mentioned actinides, since MGA is utilized the X-ray and gamma-ray peaks in the 80-130 keV energy region, covering XKalpha and XKbeta regions. After the least-squares fitting of the spectra, it is found that the increases in the intensities of the X-ray and gamma-ray peaks of uranium are remarkably larger in the complex 80-130 keV region. On the other hand, it is observed that the interferences of the actinide peaks are relatively less dominant in the higher gamma-ray region of 130-300 keV. The results imply the need for dirty DU and NU samples that the MGA method should utilize the higher energy gamma-rays (up to 1001 keV of (234m)Pa) combined with lower energies of the spectra, which may be collected in a two detector mode (a planar Ge and a high efficient coaxial Ge). PMID:17606378

  11. The applicability of MGA method for depleted and natural uranium isotopic analysis in the presence of actinides ({sup 232}Th, {sup 237}Np, {sup 233}Pa and {sup 241}Am)

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    Yuecel, Haluk [TAEK-Saraykoey Nuclear Research and Training Center, Atom Cad. No.27, Saray Mah, 06983 Ankara (Turkey)], E-mail: haluk.yucel@taek.gov.tr

    2007-11-15

    The multi-group analysis (MGA) method for the determination of uranium isotopic abundances in depleted uranium (DU) and natural uranium (NU) samples is applied in this study. A set of non-destructive {gamma}-ray measurements of DU and NU samples were performed using a planar Ge detector. The relative abundances of {sup 235}U and {sup 238}U isotopes were compared with the declared values of the standards. The relative abundance for {sup 235}U obtained by MGA for a 'clean' DU or NU sample with a content of uranium >1 wt% is determined with an accuracy of about {+-}5%. However, when several actinides such as {sup 232}Th, {sup 237}Np, {sup 233}Pa and {sup 241}Am are present along with uranium isotopes simulating 'dirty' DU or NU, it has been observed that MGA method gives erroneous results. The {sup 235}U abundance results for the samples were 6-25 times higher than the declared values in the presence of above-mentioned actinides, since MGA is utilized the X-ray and {gamma}-ray peaks in the 80-130 keV energy region, covering XK{sub {alpha}} and XK{sub {beta}} regions. After the least-squares fitting of the spectra, it is found that the increases in the intensities of the X-ray and {gamma}-ray peaks of uranium are remarkably larger in the complex 80-130 keV region. On the other hand, it is observed that the interferences of the actinide peaks are relatively less dominant in the higher {gamma}-ray region of 130-300 keV. The results imply the need for dirty DU and NU samples that the MGA method should utilize the higher energy {gamma}-rays (up to 1001 keV of {sup 234m}Pa) combined with lower energies of the spectra, which may be collected in a two detector mode (a planar Ge and a high efficient coaxial Ge)

  12. Study of cation-localisation in apatite and orthophosphate structures using 181Hf/181Ta probe

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    Nuclear quadrupole interaction study using Time Differential Perturbed Angular Correlation technique has been carried out to identify the sites where hafnium can reside in hydroxyapatite in order to mimic the behavior of plutonium adsorption on hydroxyapatite. Hf(IV) has been found to occupy three sites with the quadrupole interaction frequency (ωQ) and its asymmetry (η): (i) ωQ = 136.7(5) Mrad/s, η = 0.54(1); (ii) ωQ 300.1(9) Mrad/s, η = 0.35(2); (iii) ωQ = 124.6(5), η = 0.0(1). Narrow frequency distributions indicate the sites are well-defined. This study has been extended to barium orthophosphate to confirm our inference for the apatite structure. (author)

  13. Within the framework of the new fuel cycle {sup 232}Th/{sup 233}U, determination of the {sup 233}Pa(n.{gamma}) radiative capture cross section for neutron energies ranging between 0 and 1 MeV; Dans le cadre du nouveau cycle de combustible {sup 232}Th/{sup 233}U, determination de la section efficace de capture radiative {sup 233}Pa(n,{gamma}) pour des energies de neutrons comprises entre 0 et 1 MeV

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    Boyer, S

    2004-10-15

    The Thorium cycle Th{sup 232}/U{sup 233} may face brilliant perspectives through advanced concepts like molten salt reactors or accelerator driven systems but it lacks accurate nuclear data concerning some nuclei. Pa{sup 233} 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 Th{sup 232}(He{sup 3},p)Pa{sup 234}* in which the Pa{sup 234} 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 (C{sub 6}D{sub 6}) 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 Pa{sup 231} for a 110 keV neutron: {sigma}(n,{gamma}) 2.00 {+-} 0.14 barn. (A.C.)

  14. Feasibility of the instrumental neutron activation analysis of entire archaeological pottery. Part 1: Precision of the results and radiological safety of the process

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    The feasibility of the instrumental neutron activation analysis of entire pieces of archaeological pottery, using low thermal neutron fluxes, is examined. The study takes into account the chemical elements relevant for archaeological investigations, as well as the degree of accuracy required for such kind of research. It is shown that after irradiation of a typical pottery sample of about 1 kg during 45 minutes, at a thermal flux of about 109 n.cm-2.s-1, analytical signals are obtained, by gamma spectrometry, with counting statistics better than 1%, for 76As, 131Ba, 141Ce, 60Co, 134Cs, 181Hf, 140La, 24Na, 122Sb, 46Sc, 153Sm and 233Pa, whereas 51Cr, 152Eu, 42K, 86Rb, 175Yb and 65Zn can be detected with counting statistics within 1% and 2%. On the other hand, the statistics of measurement are relatively poor (orders of 3% - 10%) for 177Lu, 147Nd, 239Np, 160Tb and 181Ta. The feasibility of accomplishment reliable quantitative determinations, taking into account the complexity of the analysis of entire pieces of archaeological pottery is discussed, which involves factors such as high masses, as well as asymmetric and variable shapes. (orig.)

  15. Hafnium binding to rat serum transferrin

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    Then, G.; Appel, H.; Thies, W.G.; Duffield, J.; Taylor, D.M. (Kernforschungszentrum Karlsruhe G.m.b.H. (Germany, F.R.). Inst. fuer Genetik und Toxikologie von Spaltstoffen); Zell, I. (Karlsruhe Univ. (T.H.) (Germany, F.R.). Inst. fuer Experimentelle Kernphysik)

    1983-12-01

    Using the TDPAC-technique binding parameters for Hf were determined after in vivo uptake of /sup 181/Hf in rat plasma. As much as 98.5% of the metal ions proved to be bound to protein, essentially to transferrin. The main fraction of the /sup 181/Hf ions experiences a well defined electric quadrupole perturbation frequency (..gamma..sub(Q1) = (1516 +- 15)MHz, deltasub(1) = (5.3 +- 0.8)%) connected with a marked relaxation damping (lambda = (46 +- 8)MHz). The remaining Hf nuclei are subject to a fairly broad distribution of electric field gradients (..gamma..sub(Q2) = (1014 +- 37)MHz, deltasub(2) = (16 +- 3)%). The results are compared with data obtained with in vitro /sup 181/Hf-labeled human transferrin.

  16. Perturbed angular correlation study of a nanostructured HfO2 film

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    Pasquevich, A. F.; Cavalcante, F. H. M.; Soares, J. C.

    The hyperfine field at 181Ta lattice sites in a nanostructured Hf02 thin film was studied by the perturbed angular correlation (PAC) technique. The thin oxide film was deposited by pulsed laser ablation on a silicon substrate kept at 673 K. The thickness was about 25 nm. The radioactive 181Hf ions were produced by neutron activation of the very thin film in the Portuguese research reactor by the reaction 180Hf(n,γ)181Hf. PAC measurements were carried out at room temperature after annealing at different temperatures up to 1,473 K in air. The PAC technique allows determining the electric field gradient at the 181Ta probe sites. The 181Ta isotopes appear in the sample as disintegration product of 181 Hf.

  17. Magnetic dipole and electric quadrupole interactions of {sup 181}Ta probe in Ni-Hf alloy

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    Umicevic, A. [Institute of Nuclear Sciences Vinca, P.O. Box 522, 11001 Belgrade (Serbia)], E-mail: umicev@vin.bg.ac.yu; Cekic, B.; Ivanovski, V.; Koteski, V.; Belosevic-Cavor, J.; Siljegovic, M.; Pavlovic, S. [Institute of Nuclear Sciences Vinca, P.O. Box 522, 11001 Belgrade (Serbia)

    2009-05-05

    The hyperfine interactions of {sup 181}Ta probe in the nickel-2 at.% hafnium alloy have been studied by the perturbed angular correlation method in the temperature range 78-1131 K. The magnitude of the magnetic dipole interaction of {sup 181}Hf/{sup 181}Ta substituting in ferromagnetic Ni(Hf) solid solution decreases with increasing temperature. As a result of the restricted solid solubility of Hf in Ni, a second phase (HfNi{sub 5}) in the Ni-Hf sample was detected. {sup 181}Hf/{sup 181}Ta which resides in HfNi{sub 5} senses weak electric quadrupole interaction. The observed anomalous temperature behavior was ascribed to distortions in the HfNi{sub 5} cubic phase. The third measured hyperfine interaction corresponds to the quadrupole interaction of {sup 181}Hf/{sup 181}Ta positioned in HfO{sub 2} contamination originating from an annealing procedure above 900 K.

  18. A chromatographic separation of neptunium and protactinium using 1-octanol impregnated onto a solid phase support

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    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)

  19. Selective population of high-j orbitals in Er nuclei by heavy-ion--induced transfer

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    Selective population of high-j and high-K states in /sup 167,169,171/Er nuclei has been observed in heavy-ion--induced single-neutron-transfer reactions. Gamma rays in coincidence with outgoing particles have been used to aid in level assignments and several previously unobserved high-j states have been identified

  20. Temperature dependence of the electric field gradient at 181Ta in nanostructured HfO2 film

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    Cavalcante, F. H. C.; Carbonari, A. W.; Soares, J. C.

    2010-11-01

    The hyperfine field at metal lattice sites in a nanostructured HfO2 thin film was studied by the Perturbed Angular Correlation (PAC) technique using 181Ta as probe nuclei. The thin oxide film was deposited by pulsed laser ablation on a silicon substrate kept at 673 K. The resulting film thickness was about 25 nm. The 181Ta isotopes are formed in Hf sites of the sample as disintegration product of radioactive 181Hf, which were produced by neutron activation of the very thin film by the reaction 180Hf(n,γ)181Hf.. PAC measurements of the electric field gradient at the 181Ta probe sites .were performed with the thin film in the temperature range 295 - 1273 K in vacuum. Results showed that the film has a single crystalline structure and two different quadrupole frequencies could be observed corresponding to 181Ta at monoclinic structure and with oxygen vacancy in its neighborhood.

  1. In vivo and in vitro studies of hafnium-binding to rat serum transferrin

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    Then, G.M.; Appel, H.; Duffield, J.; Taylor, D.M.; Thies, W.G.

    1986-08-01

    The binding of hafnium to rat serum transferrin was studied using the time differential perturbed angular correlation (TDPAC) technique. Hafnium is interesting as a toxic metal binding to transferrin because it behaves metabolically similarly to plutonium. The isotope 181Hf offers favorable access to the TDPAC-method. Samples were prepared in vivo by intravenous injection of Hf-NTA, Hf-citrate, and Hf-oxalate solutions, respectively, into Sprague-Dawley rats and in vitro by adding Hf-NTA solution to fresh rat serum. In both cases two specific electric quadrupole interactions were observed, which correspond to two well-defined binding configurations. They may be attributed to the N-terminal and the C-terminal binding site in the transferrin molecule. The 181Hf-distribution between these two binding states depends on pH, salt and hafnium concentrations, temperature, and incubation time. With a fast TDPAC-setup of four BaF2-detectors a time resolution of about 600 ps could be achieved. The specific binding configurations of 181Hf and the comparatively slow relaxation times lead to spectra of considerable accuracy.

  2. Comparative evaluation of two methods for 172Tm production in nuclear reactors

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    A comparative evaluation of two methods for the production of 172Tm in nuclear reactors is carried out. They are respectively based on two chains of double neutron capture reactions, 170Er(n,γ)171Er(n,γ)172Er(β-)172Tm and 170Er(n,γ)171Er(β-)171Tm(n,γ)172Tm, and a chain of triple neutron capture: 169Tm(n,γ)170Tm(n,γ)71Tm(n,γ)172Tm. Theoretical considerations with respect to both ways of production are formulated and the mathematical equation are solved. Experiments of irradiation of Er2O3 and Tm2O3 were performed. Advantages and drawbacks of both methods are discussed. (author)

  3. Rare earths in GaN and ZnO studied with the PAC method; Seltene Erden in GaN und ZnO untersucht mit der PAC-Methode

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    Nedelec, R.

    2007-07-01

    The present thesis deals with the implantation and annealing behaviour of two examples of large-band-gap semiconductors GaN and ZnO. The studies begin with the annealing behaviour of GaN after the implantation of {sup 172}Lu. For GaN the annealing process begins at low temperatures with the decreasing of the damping of the lattice frequency. At essentially higher temperatures finally the substitunial contribution increases. This behaviour is also observed for other probe nuclei in GaN. For ZnO the behaviour at low temperature is different. Both for {sup 172}Lu and for {sup 181}Hf the damping is already after the implantation very low. The increasement of the substitutional contribution occurs like in GaN at higher temperatures. Thereafter for GaN and ZnO PAC spectra were token up at different measurement temperatures between 25 and 873 K. For {sup 172}Lu in GaN and in ZnO a strong temperature dependence of the lattice field gradient was observed. Also for {sup 181}Hf in ZnO a strong temperature dependence is observed. For {sup 172}Lu by means of a model for the interaction of quadrupole moments of electronic shells with the nucleus a lattice field gradient of {+-}5.9.10{sup 15} Vcm{sup -2} could be determined. For {sup 172}Lu in ZnO the model yields at 293 K a lattice field gradient of +14.10{sup 15} Vcm{sup -2} respectively -13.10{sup 15} Vcm{sup -2}. The corrsponding measurement with {sup 181}Hf yields a lattice field gradient of {+-}5.7.10{sup 15} Vcm{sup -2}.

  4. Recoil induced room temperature stable Frenkel pairs in α-hafnium upon thermal neutron capture

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    Ultrapure hafnium metal (110 ppm zirconium) was neutron activated with a thermal neutron flux of 6.6 . 1012cm-2s-1 in order to obtain 181Hf for subsequent time differential perturbed angular correlation (TDPAC) experiments using the nuclear probe 181Hf(β-)181Ta. Apart from the expected nuclear quadrupole interaction (NQI) signal for a hexagonal close-packed (hcp) metal, three further discrete NQIs were observed with a few percent fraction each. The TDPAC spectra were recorded for up to 11 half lives with extreme statistical accuracy. The fitted parameters vary slightly within the temperature range between 248 K and 373 K. The signals corresponding to the three additional sites completely disappear after 'annealing' at 453 K for one minute. Based on the symmetry of the additional NQIs and their temperature dependencies, they are tentatively attributed to Frenkel pairs produced by recoil due to the emission of a prompt 5.694 MeV γ-ray following thermal neutron capture and reported by the nuclear probe in three different positions. These Frenkel pairs are stable up to at least 373 K. (orig.)

  5. Medical and Health Sciences Division research report 1975--1976

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    Progress is reported on studies on the effects of irradiation and carcinogenic chemical environmental pollutants on the immune system of mammals; fundamental studies of membrane properties and lipid metabolism in neoplasms and respiratory diseases induced by chemical irritants, carcinogens, and mutagens; the development and testing of radiopharmaceuticals labeled with 11C, 67Ga, 157Dy, or 171Er as tumor-localizing agents; and the completion of a radiation emergency assistance center and training program. A list is included of 60 publications during the period covered by this report that give details of the studies

  6. Comparison of the (p,xn) cross sections from /sup 238/U, /sup 235/U, and /sup 232/Th targets irradiated with 200-MeV protons

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    Chu, Y.Y.; Zhou, M.L.

    1982-01-01

    We have measured absolute cross sections for (p,xn) reactions (x ranges from 0 to 8) from /sup 238/U, /sup 235/U, and /sup 232/Th targets irradiated with 200-MeV protons at the Brookhaven AGS Linac injector. Chemical yields were determined by using /sup 239/Np and /sup 233/Pa as tracers. Yield patterns obtained in this work can be compared to the experimental results and theoretical calculations from earlier work, and they are consistent within the framework of intranuclear cascade followed by neutron evaporation and fission competition.

  7. The effect of food on gastrointestinal (GI) transit of sustained-release ibuprofen tablets as evaluated by gamma scintigraphy

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    The GI transit of radiolabeled sustained-release ibuprofen 800-mg tablets in eight healthy, fed volunteers was monitored using external gamma scintigraphy. Ibuprofen serum concentrations were determined from blood samples drawn over 36 hr following dosing. Sustained-release ibuprofen tablets containing 0.18% of 170Er2O3 (greater than 96% 170Er) in the bulk formulation were manufactured under pilot-scale conditions and were radiolabeled utilizing a neutron activation procedure which converted stable 170Er to radioactive 171Er (t1/2 = 7.5 hr). At the time of dosing, each tablet contained 50 mu Ci of 171Er. Dosage form position were reported at various time intervals. In five subjects the sustained-release tablet remained in the stomach and eroded slowly over 7-12 hr, resulting in gradual increases in small bowel radioactivity. In the remaining three subjects, the intact tablet was ejected from the stomach and a gastric residence time of approximately 4 hr was measured. This is in marked contrast to a previous study conducted in fasted volunteers in which gastric retention time ranged from 10 to 60 min. Differences in GI transit between fed and fasted volunteers had little effect on ibuprofen bioavailability. AUC and Tmax were unaltered and Cmax was increased by 24%, which is in agreement with results from a previous, crossover-design food effect study

  8. The effect of food on gastrointestinal (GI) transit of sustained-release ibuprofen tablets as evaluated by gamma scintigraphy

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    Borin, M.T.; Khare, S.; Beihn, R.M.; Jay, M. (Upjohn Company, Kalamazoo, MI (USA))

    1990-03-01

    The GI transit of radiolabeled sustained-release ibuprofen 800-mg tablets in eight healthy, fed volunteers was monitored using external gamma scintigraphy. Ibuprofen serum concentrations were determined from blood samples drawn over 36 hr following dosing. Sustained-release ibuprofen tablets containing 0.18% of 170Er2O3 (greater than 96% 170Er) in the bulk formulation were manufactured under pilot-scale conditions and were radiolabeled utilizing a neutron activation procedure which converted stable 170Er to radioactive 171Er (t1/2 = 7.5 hr). At the time of dosing, each tablet contained 50 mu Ci of 171Er. Dosage form position were reported at various time intervals. In five subjects the sustained-release tablet remained in the stomach and eroded slowly over 7-12 hr, resulting in gradual increases in small bowel radioactivity. In the remaining three subjects, the intact tablet was ejected from the stomach and a gastric residence time of approximately 4 hr was measured. This is in marked contrast to a previous study conducted in fasted volunteers in which gastric retention time ranged from 10 to 60 min. Differences in GI transit between fed and fasted volunteers had little effect on ibuprofen bioavailability. AUC and Tmax were unaltered and Cmax was increased by 24%, which is in agreement with results from a previous, crossover-design food effect study.

  9. Complexos de hidrogénio com oxigénio (ou azoto) em metais, estudados por correlações angulares perturbadas

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    1987-01-01

    Utilizando o método das correlações angulares perturbadas usando como sonda radioactiva o 181 Hf, realizaram-se estudos da interação de hidrogénio e deutério como as impurezas intersticiais oxigénio e azoto nos metais tântalo e nióbio. Foram identificadas as interacções devidas ao oxigénio e azoto nestes metais a caracterizada a sua evolução com a temperatura. Para as baixas concentrações estudadas não se observou a formação de complexos de mais do que um atómo de oxigénio quer no ...

  10. Investigation of electric quadrupole interaction in TiO{sub 2} by means of perturbed gamma-gamma angular correlation spectroscopy

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    Martucci, Thiago; Ramos, Juliana Marques; Carbonari, Artur Wilson; Silva, Andreia S.; Saxena, Rajendra Narain [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2011-07-01

    TiO{sub 2} has called attention in both basic research and technological applications as an energy converter in solar cells, photo catalyst for water purification, sunscreen material, drug detection, and other applications. In addition TiO{sub 2} is a candidate for use in medical devices, food preparation surfaces, air conditioning filters and sanitary ware surfaces.TiO{sub 2} has two crystalline phases: anatase and rutile. The structural properties and hyperfine interactions in TiO{sub 2} were investigated by perturbed gamma-gamma angular correlation (PAC) spectroscopy using 111 In and 181 Hf as probe nuclei. The PAC spectroscopy provides information on crystalline and electronic structure at an atomic scale. In the present work, PAC measurements on TiO{sub 2} were focused on the development of a methodology to prepare bulk samples, which have been characterized by conventional techniques such as x-ray diffraction, (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS). The samples were prepared by the sol gel Pechini method. The resulting powders were annealed at different temperatures in a tubular furnace under nitrogen atmosphere. The PAC measurements were carried out at room temperature in air. The occupation fraction of the probe nuclei reached 50% when the sample was annealed at 1373K and after measured at room temperature.In this case the frequency measured in site 1 is in agreement with that found in literature for substitutional titanium site in rutile structure when {sup 111}In were used as probe nuclei. It was measured a frequency more closely to that was found in literature[7] for the case in which {sup 181}Hf were used as probe nuclei when the sample annealed at 1373 K and measured at 973 K. (author)

  11. Investigation of electric quadrupole interaction in TiO2 by means of perturbed gamma-gamma angular correlation spectroscopy

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    TiO2 has called attention in both basic research and technological applications as an energy converter in solar cells, photo catalyst for water purification, sunscreen material, drug detection, and other applications. In addition TiO2 is a candidate for use in medical devices, food preparation surfaces, air conditioning filters and sanitary ware surfaces.TiO2 has two crystalline phases: anatase and rutile. The structural properties and hyperfine interactions in TiO2 were investigated by perturbed gamma-gamma angular correlation (PAC) spectroscopy using 111 In and 181 Hf as probe nuclei. The PAC spectroscopy provides information on crystalline and electronic structure at an atomic scale. In the present work, PAC measurements on TiO2 were focused on the development of a methodology to prepare bulk samples, which have been characterized by conventional techniques such as x-ray diffraction, (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS). The samples were prepared by the sol gel Pechini method. The resulting powders were annealed at different temperatures in a tubular furnace under nitrogen atmosphere. The PAC measurements were carried out at room temperature in air. The occupation fraction of the probe nuclei reached 50% when the sample was annealed at 1373K and after measured at room temperature.In this case the frequency measured in site 1 is in agreement with that found in literature for substitutional titanium site in rutile structure when 111In were used as probe nuclei. It was measured a frequency more closely to that was found in literature[7] for the case in which 181Hf were used as probe nuclei when the sample annealed at 1373 K and measured at 973 K. (author)

  12. Fission investigations and evaluation activities at IRMM

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    The IRMM has a longstanding tradition in the field of neutron induced fission physics studies. It is especially well equipped with world-class facilities as the high resolution neutron time-of-flight spectrometer GELINA and the 7 MV Van de Graaff accelerator for the quasi-monoenergetic neutron production. During the past decade several neutron induced fission reactions have been studied in the energy range from eV up to 6 MeV and spontaneous fission. The isotopes under investigation were 235,238 U(n,f), 239 Pu(n,f), 237 Np(n,f), 252 Cf(SF) and 233 Pa(n,f). For all isotopes but 233 Pa, the fission fragment mass-yield and total kinetic energy distributions were measured. 233 Pa was only investigated for the fission cross-section. The results have been described within the multi-modal fission model. The three most dominant fission modes, the two asymmetric standard I (S1) and standard II (S2) as well as the the symmetric superlong mode were used for all the isotopes but 252 Cf. For this isotope at least one other fission mode had to be taken into account, the so--called standard III (S3) mode. Since the theoretical interpretation of experimental results was rather successful also an attempt was made to improve the evaluation of the respective fission cross-section as well as their neutron multiplicities and spectra. Here, the statistical model for fission cross-section evaluation was extended by including the multi-modality concept for fission. Based on the underlying model, separate outer fission barriers have been considered for each mode, while the inner barriers and isomeric wells are assumed to be the same. The self-consistent calculations of the fission cross-section as well as total, capture, elastic and inelastic cross-sections were in good agreement with the experimental data and evaluated nuclear data libraries. As a side product, also fission fragment mass yield distributions have been deduced at incident neutron energies hitherto unaccessible. Very

  13. Specific processes in solvent extractiotn of radionuclide complexes

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    The doctoral thesis discusses the consequences of the radioactive beta transformation in systems liquid-liquid and liquid-ion exchanger, and the effect of the chemical composition of liquid-liquid systems on the distribution of radionuclide traces. A model is derived of radiolysis in two-phase liquid-liquid systems used in nuclear chemical technology. The obtained results are used to suggest the processing of radioactive wastes using the Purex process. For solvent extraction the following radionuclides were used: 59Fe, 95Zr-95Nb, 99Mo, sup(99m)Tc, 99Tc, 103Pd, 137Cs, 141Ce, 144Ce-144Pr, 234Th, and 233Pa. Extraction was carried out at laboratory temperature. 60Co was used as the radiation source. Mainly scintillation spectrometry equipment was used for radiometric analysis. (E.S.)

  14. Studying Nuclear Level Densities of 238U in the Nuclear Reactions within the Macroscopic Nuclear Models

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    Razavi, Rohallah; Rahmatinejad, Azam; Kakavand, Tayeb; Taheri, Fariba; Aghajani, Maghsood; Khooy, Asghar

    2016-02-01

    In this work the nuclear level density parameters of 238U have been extracted in the back-shifted Fermi gas model (BSFGM), as well as the constant temperature model (CTM), through fitting with the recent experimental data on nuclear level densities measured by the Oslo group. The excitation functions for 238U(p,2nα)233Pa, and 238U(p,4n)235Np reactions and the fragment yields for the fragments of the 238U(p,f) reaction have been calculated using obtained level density parameters. The results are compared to their corresponding experimental values. It was found that the extracted excitation functions and the fragment yields in the CTM coincide well with the experimental values in the low-energy region. This finding is according to the claim made by the Oslo group that the extracted level densities of 238U show a constant temperature behaviour.

  15. Studying nuclear level densities of {sup 238}U in the nuclear reactions within the macroscopic nuclear models

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    Razavi, Rohallah; Aghajani, Maghsood; Khooy, Asghar [Imam Hossein Comprehensive Univ., Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of). Dept. of Physics; Rahmatinejad, Azam; Taheri, Fariba [Univ. of Zanjan (Iran, Islamic Republic of). Dept. of Physics; Kakavand, Tayeb [Imam Khomeini International Univ., Qazvin (Iran, Islamic Republic of). Dept. of Physics

    2016-05-01

    In this work the nuclear level density parameters of {sup 238}U have been extracted in the back-shifted Fermi gas model (BSFGM), as well as the constant temperature model (CTM), through fitting with the recent experimental data on nuclear level densities measured by the Oslo group. The excitation functions for {sup 238}U(p,2nα){sup 233}Pa, and {sup 238}U(p,4n){sup 235}Np reactions and the fragment yields for the fragments of the {sup 238}U(p,f) reaction have been calculated using obtained level density parameters. The results are compared to their corresponding experimental values. It was found that the extracted excitation functions and the fragment yields in the CTM coincide well with the experimental values in the low-energy region. This finding is according to the claim made by the Oslo group that the extracted level densities of {sup 238}U show a constant temperature behaviour.

  16. Scissors resonance in the quasi-continuum of Th, Pa and U isotopes

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    Guttormsen, M; Görgen, A; Jurado, B; Siem, S; Aiche, M; Ducasse, Q; Giacoppo, F; Gunsing, F; Hagen, T W; Larsen, A C; Lebois, M; Leniau, B; Renstrøm, T; Rose, S J; Tornyi, T G; Tveten, G M; Wiedeking, M; Wilson, J N

    2013-01-01

    The gamma-ray strength function in the quasi-continuum has been measured for 231-233Th, 232,233Pa and 237-239U using the Oslo method. All eight nuclei show a pronounced increase in gamma strength at omega_SR approx 2.4 MeV, which is interpreted as the low-energy M1 scissors resonance (SR). The total strength is found to be B_SR = 9-11 mu_N^2 when integrated over the 1 - 4 MeV gamma-energy region. The SR displays a double-hump structure that is theoretically not understood. Our results are compared with data from (gamma, gamma') experiments and theoretical sum-rule estimates for a nuclear rigid-body moment of inertia.

  17. The Separation and Measurement of Np( Ⅴ, Ⅵ) and Its Daughter 237Pa

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    2001-01-01

    By means of liquid scintillation measurement of the Np sample solution which reaches 237Np-233Pa equilibrium with its daughter Pa, the detection efficiency of low energy y spectrum at 28.54, 86.59 and 311.98 keV are obtained. Using these data, the separation of different valence of Np from its daughter Pa is studied. The initial valence of Np is Np(Ⅴ) in solution. In order to compare the separation results, H2O2 is used to prepare Np( Ⅴ). Np(Ⅵ) is prepared by K2Cr2O7 and concentrated HNO3, respectively. TTA and/or TOPO and the back-extraction of them are used to separate Np and Pa. It indicates that initial Np( Ⅴ ) can be separated by TTA or TOPO, and the Np

  18. Neutron-induced capture cross sections of short-lived actinides with the surrogate reaction method

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    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Determination of neutron-capture cross sections of short-lived nuclei is opening the way to understand and clarify the properties of many nuclei of interest for nuclear structure physics, nuclear astrophysics and particularly for transmutation of nuclear wastes. The surrogate approach is well-recognized as a potentially very useful method to extract neutron cross sections for low-energy compound-nuclear reactions and to overcome the difficulties related to the target radioactivity. In this work we will assess where we stand on these neutron-capture cross section measurements and how we can achieve the short-lived Minor Actinides nuclei involved in the nuclear fuel cycle. The CENBG collaboration applied the surrogate method to determine the neutron-capture cross section of 233Pa (T1/2 = 27 d. The 233Pa (n,γ cross section is then deduced from the measured gamma decay probability of 234Pa compound nucleus formed via the surrogate 232Th(3He,p reaction channel. The obtained cross section data, covering the neutron energy range 0.1 to 1 MeV, have been compared with the predictions of the Hauser-Feshbach statistical model. The importance of establishing benchmarks is stressed for the minor actinides region. However, the lack of desired targets led us to propose recently the 174Yb (3He,pγ reaction as a surrogate reaction for the (n,γ predetermined benchmark cross section of 175Lu. An overview of the experimental setup combining gamma ray detectors such as Ge and C6D6 in coincidence with light charged particles ΔE-E Telescopes will be presented and preliminary results will be discussed.

  19. Chromatographic purification of neutron capture molybdenum-99 from cross-contaminant radionuclides

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    Technetium-99m is called the work horse, for many reasons, in nuclear medicine diagnostic purposes. It is produced as the β-decay of 99Mo radionuclide. Molybdenum-99 gel type generators are considered as a suitable alternative of the conventional chromatographic alumina columns loaded with fission molybdenum-99. 99Mo neutron-capture is cross-contaminated with radionuclides originated from activation of chemical impurities in the Mo target such 60C0, 65Zn, 95Zr, 175Hf, 181Hf, 86Rb, 134Cs, 141Ce, 152Eu, 140La,51Cr, 124Sb,46Sc, 54Mn, 59Fe and / or fast neutrons interactions with the stable isotopes of molybdenum such as 92mNb, 95Nb and 95Zr. To prevent contamination of the eluted 99mTc, successive purification methods were made. After complete dissolution of the irradiated target wrapped with thin Al foil in 5 M NaOH solution, hydrogen peroxide was added to start precipitation of Fe(OH)3. The formed Fe (III) minerals allow complete elimination of some radio contaminants from the molybdate solute such as 152Eu, 140La,141Ce, 45Mn and 92mNb in addition to partial elimination of 46Sc, 60Co and 59Fe radionuclides. The remaining supernatant was acidified by concentrated nitric acid to ph 9.5 for precipitation of Al(OH)3 with complete elimination of radio contaminants such as 95Zr 175Hf, 181Hf, 65Zn, 124Sb, 51Cr, 46Sc, 60Co and 59Fe. 134Cs and 86Rb radionuclides were not affected by precipitation of Fe(OH)3 or Al(OH)3. Chromatographic column of potassium nickel hexacyanoferrate (II) (KNHCF) has high affinity towards elimination of 134Cs and 86Rb radionuclides. Highly pure molybdate-99Mo solution was processed for preparation of zirconium molybdate gel generator with 99mTc eluate of high radionuclidic, radiochemical and chemical purity suitable for use in medical purposes.

  20. Investigação de parâmetros hiperfinos dos óxidos semicondutores $SnO_{2}$ e $TiO_{2}$ puros e dopados com metais de transição 3d pela espectroscopia de correlação angular gama-gama perturbada

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    Schell, Juliana

    This study aimed the use of nuclear technique Perturbed γ-γ Angular Correlation Spectroccopy (PAC) to measure the hyperfine interactions in thin films and powder samples of SnO2 and TiO2 pure and doped with transition metals to obtain a systematic investigation of defects and magnetism from an atomic point of view with the main motivation the application in spintronics. The work also focused on the preparation and characterization of samples by conventional techniques such as X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy and magnetization measurements. Pure samples of the films were measured by the systematic variation of thermal treatment and applied magnetic field. These measurements were performed in HISKP at the University of Bonn (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn) using 111In(111Cd) or 181Hf (181Ta); at IPEN, in turn, these measurements were performed after the diffusion of the same probe nuclei. Another part of PAC measurements were carried out using 11...

  1. Perturbed angular correlation investigation of the electric field gradient at 181Ta probe in the Hf2Ni7 compound

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    Cekić Božidar Đ.

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The perturbed angular correlation method was employed to study the temperature dependence of electric field gradients at the 181Ta probe in the polycrystalline Hf2Ni7 compound. The temperature evolution of the sample content was measured using high-temperature X-ray diffraction. To check the magnetic order of the sample, magnetization measurements and additional perturbed angular correlation measurements with externally applied magnetic field were performed. All obtained spectra showed no evidence of magnetic order of the Hf2Ni7 phase. Within the experimental resolution of the apparatus, the measured electric field gradients at 181Ta probe for the two inequivalent 181Hf/181Ta sites in the Hf2Ni7 compound appeared as one in the range of 78-944 K. A single quadrupole interaction implies that the electric field gradients at the two Hf sites must be quite similar. At 293 K, the measured quadrupole interaction parameters are νQ = 433(1 MHz and η = 0.300(4. An increase of the quadrupole frequency and a gradual rising of the asymmetry parameter were observed with increasing temperature. The high-temperature X-ray diffraction indicated a build up of HfO2 above 693 K.

  2. Metabolism of radiohafnium in rats and hamsters: a possible analog of plutonium for metabolic studies

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    The metabolism of radiohafnium (175Hf + 181Hf) was studied in male Sprague-Dawley rats and Chinese hamsters for periods of up to 168 days. The results were compared with similar data for 239Pu in the same rat strain. In rats and hamsters the radiohafnium organ distribution was skeleton > skin > muscle > liver at about 7 days postinjection. Retention of radiohafnium and plutonium was similar in plasma and liver, as were the retention time observed for other organs: Absorption of radiohafnium from the gastrointestinal tract of rats was <0.05%. Biochemical studies showed that the radiohafnium was bound mainly to the iron-transport protein, transferrin, in blood plasma and in the liver cytosol of both the rat and the hamster, as has been observed also for plutonium. The metabolic behavior of radiohafnium mimics, to a large extent, that of plutonium, and it is suggested that radiohafnium can serve as a non-α-particle-emitting analog of plutonium for metabolic, biochemical, and selected human investigations

  3. The metabolism of radiohafnium in rats and hamsters: a possible analog of plutonium for metabolic studies

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    The metabolism of radiohafnium (175Hf + 181Hf) was studied in male Sprague-Dawley rats and Chinese hamsters for periods of up to 168 days. The results were compared with similar data for 239Pu in the same rat strain. In rats and hamsters the radiohafnium organ distribution was skeleton greater than skin greater than muscle greater than liver at about 7 days postinjection. Retention of radiohafnium and plutonium was similar in plasma and liver, as were the retention times observed for other organs: Absorption of radiohafnium from the gastrointestinal tract of rats was less than 0.05%. Biochemical studies showed that the radiohafnium was bound mainly to the iron-transport protein, transferrin, in blood plasma and in the liver cytosol of both the rat and the hamster, as has been observed also for plutonium. The metabolic behavior of radiohafnium mimics, to a large extent, that of plutonium, and it is suggested that radiohafnium can serve as a non-alpha-particle-emitting analog of plutonium for metabolic, biochemical, and selected human investigations

  4. Low-level gamma-ray spectrometry for analysing fusion plasma conditions

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    Wieslander, J.S. Elisabeth [EU Commission - JRC - IRMM, Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, Retieseweg 111, B-2440 Geel (Belgium); Department of Physics, P.O. Box 35 (YFL), FIN-40014 University of Jyvaeskylae (Finland)], E-mail: elisabeth.wieslander@gmail.com; Hult, Mikael [EU Commission - JRC - IRMM, Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, Retieseweg 111, B-2440 Geel (Belgium)], E-mail: mikael.hult@ec.europa.eu; Bonheure, Georges [Laboratory for Plasma Physics, Association ' Euratom-Belgian State' , Royal Military Academy, Avenue de la Renaissance, 30 Kunstherlevinglaan, B-1000 Brussels (Belgium); Arnold, Dirk; Dombrowski, Harald [Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Bundesallee 100, D-38116 Braunschweig (Germany); Gasparro, Joel [EU Commission - JRC - IRMM, Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, Retieseweg 111, B-2440 Geel (Belgium); Laubenstein, Matthias [Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso, S.S. 17/bis, km 18-910, I-67010 Assergi (AQ) (Italy); Marissens, Gerd [EU Commission - JRC - IRMM, Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, Retieseweg 111, B-2440 Geel (Belgium); Vermaercke, Peter [SCK-CEN, Boeretang, B-2400 Mol (Belgium)

    2008-06-21

    A new method, combining activation by neutrons and charged particles with ultra low-level gamma-ray spectrometry, aimed at obtaining a better understanding and more adequate measurements of MeV particle leaks in magnetic fusion devices was studied here. A total of 36 samples containing Ti, LiF, B{sub 4}C and W were placed in a boron-nitride holder mounted on the ceiling of the JET Tokamak. The samples were activated by 63 pulses from a D-{sup 3}He plasma and were later measured using underground gamma-ray spectrometry. The radionuclides {sup 7}Be, {sup 46}Sc, {sup 54}Mn, {sup 56}Co, {sup 57}Co, {sup 58}Co, {sup 124}Sb, {sup 181}Hf, {sup 182}Ta, {sup 181}W and {sup 185}W were detected in several of the samples, with very low levels of activity of {sup 47}Sc and {sup 48}V found in a few of the samples. The various production channels for the radionuclides in question are discussed.

  5. Investigation of hyperfine interactions in RMO{sub 3} (R = La, Nd; M = Cr, Fe) antiferromagnetic perovskite oxides using PAC spectroscopy

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    Carbonari, A. W., E-mail: carbonar@ipen.br; Cavalcante, F. H. M.; Junqueira, A. C.; Leite, D. M. T.; Saxena, R. N.; Mestnik-Filho, J. [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares, IPEN-CNEN/SP (Brazil)

    2007-07-15

    The local magnetic interaction at the transition metal sites in RMO{sub 3} (R = La, Nd; M = Cr, Fe) compounds has been investigated by perturbed angular correlation (PAC) technique using {sup 181}Hf{yields}{sup 181}Ta probe nuclei. The present measurements cover a temperature range from 10 K to 1000 K. Above the respective Neel temperature, each compound shows a unique quadrupolar frequency that decreases linearly with temperature. These interactions were assigned to the radioactive probe substituting Cr or Fe sites. Below T{sub N}, a combined electric plus magnetic hyperfine interaction was observed. The magnetic interaction revealed that the super transferred hyperfine fields on {sup 181}Ta at the Cr sites in (La,Nd)CrO{sub 3} extrapolated to 0 K, are much smaller than the corresponding values at Fe sites in (La,Nd)FeO{sub 3}. This difference was attributed to different distribution of d electrons in Cr{sup 3+} (3d{sup 3}) and Fe{sup 3+} (3d{sup 5}) ions in each compound. As the fields for Nd compounds are smaller than those for La compounds, the role of rare-earth ions in the magnetism of these oxides is also discussed.

  6. Hyperfine interaction studies of the perovskite oxides of the type RCrO3 (R = Gd, Tb e Dy)

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    ABO3 perovskite oxides have ideal cubic structure, however, some distortions in this type of structure may induce changes from cubic to orthorhombic or rhombroedric symmetry. The larger atoms A are located at the center of a cube, the B atoms are on 8 vertices and oxygen atoms occupy 12 positions in the middle of each side of the cube. Distortions in this structure may lead to new magnetic and electrical properties, with great scientific and technological interest. In this work RCrO3 (R = Gd, Tb, Dγ) compounds (also known as orthocromites) were studied. The samples were produced by means of sol-gel chemical procedure and analyzed by X-Ray Diffraction. The results showed a single phase with Pbnm space group. The perturbed gamma-gamma angular correlation (PAC) measurements were carried out using 181Hf(181Ta) and 111In(111Cd) nuclear probes, which substitute 'A' and 'B' positions respectively. The probe nuclei were introduced in the samples during the chemical procedures for preparation. One of the objectives of this work's was to study the hyperfine magnetic field and its variation as a function of temperature, crystallographic structure as well as the antiferromagnetic transition temperature (TN). The PAC Measurements were carried out in the temperature range of 20 to 300 K for R = Gd, Tb and 20 to 800 K in the case of R = Dγ from. Electric field gradient was also measured as a function of temperature. It was possible to observe the expected transition as well as the alignment of Cr spins, as found in literature. The Neel temperatures (TN) for investigated samples are ∼170 K, ∼164 K and ∼148 K for GdCrO3, TbCrO3 and DyCrO3 respectively. (author)

  7. Investigation of hyperfine parameters of semiconductor oxides SnO2 and TiO2 pure and doped with 3d transition methods using spectroscopy of perturbed gamma-gamma angular correlation

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    This study aimed the use of nuclear technique Perturbed γ-γ Angular Correlation Spectroscopy (PAC) to measure the hyperfine interactions in thin films and powder samples of SnO2 and TiO2 pure and doped with transition metals to obtain a systematic investigation of defects and magnetism from an atomic point of view with the main motivation the application in spintronics. The work also focused on the preparation and characterization of samples by conventional techniques such as X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy and magnetization measurements. Pure samples of the films were measured by the systematic variation of thermal treatment and applied magnetic field. These measurements were performed in HISKP at the University of Bonn (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn) using 111In(111Cd) or 181Hf (181Ta); at IPEN, in turn, these measurements were performed after the diffusion of the same probe nuclei. Another part of PAC measurements were carried out using 111mCd(111Cd) and 117Cd (117In) in Isotope Mass Separator On-Line (ISOLDE) at Centre Européen Recherche Nucléaire (CERN). The measurements were performed from 8 K to 1173 K. After comparing results from macroscopic techniques with those from PAC, it was concluded that there is a correlation between the defects, magnetism and the mobility of charge carriers in semiconductors studied here. A step forward in the search for semiconductors, whose magnetic ordering allows its use in electronics based on spin. Some results have been published, including results obtained at the University of Bonn for the sandwich doctorate period [1-7]. (author)

  8. Investigation of hyperfine parameters of semiconductor oxides SnO{sub 2} and TiO{sub 2} pure and doped with 3d transition methods using spectroscopy of perturbed gamma-gamma angular correlation; Investigacao de parametros hiperfinos dos oxidos semicondutores SnO{sub 2} and TiO{sub 2} puros e dopados com metais de transicao 3d pela espectroscopia de correlacao angular gama-gama perturbada

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    Schell, Juliana

    2015-09-01

    This study aimed the use of nuclear technique Perturbed γ-γ Angular Correlation Spectroscopy (PAC) to measure the hyperfine interactions in thin films and powder samples of SnO{sub 2} and TiO{sub 2} pure and doped with transition metals to obtain a systematic investigation of defects and magnetism from an atomic point of view with the main motivation the application in spintronics. The work also focused on the preparation and characterization of samples by conventional techniques such as X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy and magnetization measurements. Pure samples of the films were measured by the systematic variation of thermal treatment and applied magnetic field. These measurements were performed in HISKP at the University of Bonn (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn) using {sup 111}In({sup 111}Cd) or {sup 181}Hf ({sup 181}Ta); at IPEN, in turn, these measurements were performed after the diffusion of the same probe nuclei. Another part of PAC measurements were carried out using {sup 111}mCd({sup 111}Cd) and {sup 117}Cd ({sup 117}In) in Isotope Mass Separator On-Line (ISOLDE) at Centre Européen Recherche Nucléaire (CERN). The measurements were performed from 8 K to 1173 K. After comparing results from macroscopic techniques with those from PAC, it was concluded that there is a correlation between the defects, magnetism and the mobility of charge carriers in semiconductors studied here. A step forward in the search for semiconductors, whose magnetic ordering allows its use in electronics based on spin. Some results have been published, including results obtained at the University of Bonn for the sandwich doctorate period [1-7]. (author)

  9. Investigation of hyperfine interactions in DNA and antibody of different lineages of mice infected by T. cruzi by perturbed gamma-gamma angular correlation spectroscopy; Investigacao de interacoes hiperfinas em DNA e anticorpos de diferentes linhagens de camundongos frente a infeccao por T. cruzi pela epectroscopia de correlacao angular gama-gama perturbada

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    Silva, Andreia dos Santos

    2012-07-01

    In the present work perturbed angular correlation (PAC) spectroscopy was used to measured electric quadrupole interactions in DNA biomolecules of different mice lineages (A/J, C57BL/6, B6AF1, BXA1 e BXA2), samples of different isotypes of immunoglobulin G (IgG1, IgG2a e IgG2b) and active portions of complete and fragmented immunoglobulin responsible by the immune response. Electric quadrupole interactions were also measured in DNA nitrogenous bases (adenine, cytosine, guanine, thymine). PAC measurements were performed using {sup 111}In {yields} {sup 111C}d; {sup 111mC}d {yields} {sup 111}Cd; {sup 111}Ag {yields} {sup 111}Cd; e {sup 181}Hf {yields} {sup 181}Ta as probe nuclei, and carried out at room temperature and liquid nitrogen temperature, in order to investigate dynamic and static hyperfine interactions, respectively. The biomolecule samples were directly marked with the radioactive parent nuclei, whose atom link to a certain site in the biomolecules. The biological materials as well as the probe nuclei were chosen to investigate the possibility to use PAC spectroscopy to measure hyperfine parameters at nuclei from metallic elements bound to biomolecules (including the use of different probe nuclei produced in the decay of parent nuclei of four different metals) and also to study the behavior of different biomolecules by means of the measured hyperfine parameters. Results show differences in the hyperfine interactions of probe nuclei bound to the studied biomolecules. Such differences were observed by variations in the hyperfine parameters, which depend on the type of biomolecule and the results also show that the probe nuclei atom bound to the molecule in some cases and in others do not. (author)

  10. Effects of Zr impurity on microscopic behavior of Hf metal

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    Dey, S. K.; Dey, C. C.; Saha, S.

    2016-08-01

    Hf metal with ∼ 3 wt% Zr impurity has been reinvestigated by perturbed angular correlation (PAC) spectroscopy using a LaBr3(Ce)-BaF2 detector set up to understand the microscopic behavior of this metal with temperature. From present measurements, five quadrupole interaction frequencies have been found at room temperature where both pure hcp fraction (∼33%) with 12 nearest neighbor Hf surrounding the probe 181Hf atom and the probe-impurity fraction (∼33%) corresponding to 11 nearest neighbor Hf plus one dissimilar Zr atom are clearly distinguished. At room temperature, the results for quadrupole frequency and asymmetry parameter are found to be ωQ=51.6(4) Mrad/s, η=0.20(4) for the impurity fraction and ωQ=46.8(2) Mrad/s, η=0 for the pure fraction with values of frequency distribution width δ=0 for both components. At 77 K, only 1 NN Zr impurity (∼93%) and pure hcp (∼7%) components have been found with a value of δ ∼ 10% for the impurity fraction. A drastic change in microstructural configuration of Hf metal is observed at 473 K where the impurity fraction increases to ∼ 50% and the pure hcp fraction reduces to ∼ 15% with abrupt changes in quadrupole frequencies for both components. The pure fraction then increases with temperature and enhances to ∼50% at 973 K. In the temperature range 473-973 K, quadrupole frequencies for both components are found to decrease slowly with temperature. Using the Arrhenius relation, binding energy (B) for the probe-impurity pair and the entropy of formation are measured from temperature dependent fractions of probe-impurity and pure hcp in the temperature range 473-773 K. The three other minor components found at different temperatures are attributed to crystalline defects.

  11. A simplified burnup calculation strategy with refueling in static molten salt reactor

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    Molten Salt Reactors, by nature can be refuelled and reprocessed online. Thus, a simulation methodology has to be developed which can consider online refueling and reprocessing aspect of the reactor. To cater such needs a simplified burnup calculation strategy to account for refueling and removal of molten salt fuel at any desired burnup has been identified in static molten salt reactor in batch mode as a first step of way forward. The features of in-house code ITRAN has been explored for such calculations. The code also enables us to estimate the reactivity introduced in the system due to removal of any number of considered nuclides at any burnup. The effect of refueling fresh fuel and removal of burned fuel has been studied in batch mode with in-house code ITRAN. The effect of refueling and burnup on change in reactivity per day has been analyzed. The analysis of removal of 233Pa at a particular burnup has been carried out. The similar analysis has been performed for some other nuclides also. (author)

  12. Investigations on production of 233U using few pin thoria in existing PHWRs

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    Thorium is not a fissile material and cannot be used to either start or sustain the chain reaction. Therefore, a reactor using thorium would also need either enriched uranium or plutonium to sustain the chain reaction until enough of the thorium has converted to fissile 233U. In order to retrieve and reprocess the irradiated fuel, the bundle is designed with few thoria pins and rest SEU pins. In the present study, different pin configurations of thoria in 19 and 37 element fuel clusters of Indian PHWRs have been considered. The lattice calculations have been done using the multi-group transport theory code CLUB. The variations of k∞ versus burn up are depicted in the paper. The production of 233U (considering also the decay of 233Pa into 233U) is also shown. Average discharge burn ups of the order 20 and 17 GWd/Te can be achieved with the use of thoria pins in 19 and 37 element fuel clusters respectively with appropriate bundle shift scheme. Derating of power is required during operation because of bundle power restrictions. It is found that 1 pin thoria configuration is preferable from the point of view of fuel requirements and power reduction consideration. Since 37 element fuel cluster used in 540 MWe PHWR fuel has large margins in bundle power, the restriction in power operation is much less than 19 element fuel cluster used in 220 MWe PHWR

  13. Thorium conversion optimization in two-fluid molten-salt reactor

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    Molten-Salt Reactors (MSR) are an attractive reactor system for various purposes. They can be designed to be operated in a fast neutron spectrum for spent fuel transmutation or in a thermal spectrum. Thermal MSRs provide an ideal platform for conversion of thorium to 233U. Flowing salt can be continuously reprocessed to minimize neutron losses due to neutron absorption in fission products. This study deals with a static neutronic optimization of a Two-Fluid MSR concept. Such a reactor features two separated molten-salt streams in the reactor core. One salt contains fissile material 233U, the other thorium. Separation of these streams improves the conversion capabilities of MSRs. Such a design was analysed for Molten-Salt Breeder Reactor (MSBR) development. This reactor was not realized, but it is used as a reference for this study. Monte-Carlo code MCNP5 was used to model a simplified MSBR core and for calculation of the breeding capabilities of this design. Several basic geometric parameters were selected for evaluation of their effect on characteristics of the reactor. Based on this analysis, an improved designed was prepared with shorter fissile material doubling time. The whole analysis was carried out for fresh fuel composition. It is possible to expect that on-line fuel reprocessing will limit fuel composition changes during reactor operation. Only effect of 233Pa accumulation on the thorium conversion was studied for several fuel reprocessing rates. (author)

  14. Amster: a molten-salt reactor concept generating its own 233U and incinerating transuranium elements

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    In the coming century, sustainable development of atomic energy will require the development of new types of reactors able to exceed the limits of the existing reactor types, be it in terms of optimum use of natural fuel resources, reduction in the production of long-lived radioactive waste, or economic competitiveness. Of the various candidates with the potential to meet these needs, molten-salt reactors are particularly attractive, in the light of the benefits they offer, arising from two fundamental features: - A liquid fuel does away with the constraints inherent in solid fuel, leading to a drastic simplification of the fuel cycle, in particular making in possible to carry out on-line pyrochemical reprocessing; - Thorium cycle and thermal spectrum breeding. The MSBR concept proposed by ORNL in the 1970's thus gave a breeding factor of 1.06, with a doubling time of about 25 years. However, given the tight neutron balance of the thorium cycle (the η of 233U is about 2.3), MSBR performance is only possible if there are strict constraints set on the in-line reprocessing unit: all the 233Pa must be removed from the core so that it can decay on the 233U in no more than about ten days (or at least 15 tonnes of salt to be extracted from the core daily), and the absorbing fission products, in particular the rare earths, must be extracted in about fifty days. With the AMSTER MSR concept, which we initially developed for incinerating transuranium elements, we looked to reduce the mass of salt to be reprocessed in order to minimise the size and complexity of the reprocessing unit coupled to the reactor, and the quantity of transuranium elements sent for disposal, as this is directly proportional to the mass of salt reprocessed for extraction of the fission products. Given that breeding was not an absolute necessity, because the reactor can be started by incinerating the transuranium elements from the spent fuel assemblies of current reactors, or if necessary by loading

  15. Hyperfine interaction studies by nuclear orientation and NMR/on on-line to an electromagnetic isotope separator-experiences with the the system FOLBIS

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    /sup 82/Br was implanted into iron at T < 0.2 K and at room temperature with different doses. Low-dose samples were prepared by use of a specially developed negative surface-ionization source. In all cases nuclear magnetic resonance of oriented /sup 82/Br was observed. For low-dose room-temperature implantation, the resonance signal consists of a main line with a width of only 0.59(6) MHz at center frequency ν/sub 1/ = 201.95(3) MHz for B/sub ext/ = 81.1 mT, and a satellite of smaller amplitude and similar width at ν/sub 2/ = 201.09(6) MHz. For low-dose implantation at T < 0.2 K, a line with normal width of 1.6(2) MHz at ν/sub 1/ = 202.07(6) MHz for B/sub ext/ = 80.7 mT, and a background line of width 6.6(1.2) MHz and center ν/sub 2/ = 199.4(6) MHz were observed. Nuclear orientation data interpreted in a two-fields model indicate that the fraction of nuclei in NMR field sites is larger after implantation at T < 0.2 K than after implantation at room temperature. From nuclear orientation data of /sup 233/Pa in zinc after implantation at T < 0.2 K, an effective electric interaction frequency ν/sub Q/ = + 99(20) MHz is derived. The frequency gets smaller through annealing at 290 K

  16. Testing of ENDF71x: A new ACE-formatted neutron data library based on ENDF/B-VII.1

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    Gardiner, S. J.; Conlin, J. L.; Kiedrowski, B. C.; Lee, M. B.; Parsons, D. K.; White, M. C. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87544 (United States)

    2013-07-01

    The ENDF71x library [1] is the most thoroughly tested set of ACE-format data tables ever released by the Nuclear Data Team at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). It is based on ENDF/B-VII. 1, the most recently released set of evaluated nuclear data files produced by the US Cross Section Evaluation Working Group (CSEWG). A variety of techniques were used to test and verify the ENDF7 1x library before its public release. These include the use of automated checking codes written by members of the Nuclear Data Team, visual inspections of key neutron data, MCNP6 calculations designed to test data for every included combination of isotope and temperature as comprehensively as possible, and direct comparisons between ENDF71x and previous ACE library releases. Visual inspection of some of the most important neutron data revealed energy balance problems and unphysical discontinuities in the cross sections for some nuclides. Doppler broadening of the total cross sections with increasing temperature was found to be qualitatively correct. Test calculations performed using MCNP prompted two modifications to the MCNP6 source code and also exposed bad secondary neutron yields for {sup 231,233}Pa that are present in both ENDF/B-VII.1 and ENDF/B-VII.0. A comparison of ENDF71x with its predecessor ACE library, ENDF70, showed that dramatic changes have been made in the neutron cross section data for a number of isotopes between ENDF/B-VII.0 and ENDF/B-VII.1. Based on the results of these verification tests and the validation tests performed by Kahler, et al. [2], the ENDF71x library is recommended for use in all Monte Carlo applications. (authors)

  17. The effect of sample stability on the determination of radioactivity for various radionuclides by liquid scintillation counting

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    For measuring a sample stored for a long period of time using liquid scintillation counting (LSC), it is necessary to study the long-term stability of the sample. The effect of sample stability on the determination of radioactivity for 241Am, 90Sr/90Y, 137Cs, 147Pm, 237Np/233Pa, and 3H by LSC has been investigated. The variation of quench level over time can be an indication of sample stability. If the variation in a sample is little, the effect of sample stability on the determination of the above radionuclides can be neglected. Otherwise, the sample stability will have impact not only on the counting efficiency (especially for low energy β emitters), but also on the results of α/β discrimination. For studying the stability of a sample, special attention should be paid to the radionuclides with chemical form apt to be adsorbed, because the quench level of a sample cannot be reflected by the quench index SQP(E) alone when significant physical quench exists. Shaking a sample stored for a long period of time and checking the LSC spectra can give the information on physical quench in the sample. In the range of this study, OptiPhase Hisafe 3 has much better quench resistance than Ultima Gold AB. - Highlights: • The variation of quench level over time can be an indication of sample stability. • The sample stability has impact on α/β discrimination as well as on the counting efficiency. • Special attention should be paid to the radionuclides with chemical form apt to be adsorbed. • Shaking a sample and checking the LSC spectra can give the information on physical quench. • Significant physical quench usually leads to a new peak in the LSC spectrum of an α emitter

  18. Potential advantages and drawbacks of the thorium fuel cycle in relation to current practice: A BNFL view

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    Thorium could extend the availability of nuclear fuel beyond the necessarily finite reserves of uranium ore, particularly if used in a thermal breeder system with the uranium-233 formed by transmutation serving as fissile content. The cycle produces virtually no plutonium, nor the other transuranic elements that contribute substantially to anxieties about the disposal of nuclear waste. Thorium-based fuels have therefore been proposed as a substitute for uranium, both in existing power reactors and in advanced systems such as the 'energy amplified,' with a sub-critical assembly of fissile and fertile material driven by an independent neutron source. The benefits and drawbacks of thorium need careful evaluation. A self-sustaining, breeding cycle should be possible with good neutron economy, but whether existing modern reactor types meet that condition is questionable, particularly at high fuel ratings where parasitic absorption by 233Pa tends to pre-empt decay to 233U. Radiation from thallium-208, formed in the decay of by-product 232U and 228Th, complicates storage and refabrication. Public perception would favour the cycles producing no transuranic elements and its particular capacity for consuming those already stocked; however, although they contribute largely to the long-lived content of nuclear waste, fission products also do likewise, and since the amounts of these are not greatly changed, any resulting improvement to long-term safety would by no means be decisive. BNFL has recently assessed the outstanding development requirements of the Thorex process. Commercial realisation would require a huge investment with no certainty of success. So far, the potential advantages do not seem likely to justify the risk, but the position is being kept under review in case the balance should be seen to shift. (author)

  19. Deuteron Induced ( d,p) and ( d,2p) Nuclear Reactions up to 50 MeV

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    Yiğit, M.; Tel, E.; Kara, A.

    2013-06-01

    Many studies have shown that the nuclear reactions of charged particles with nuclei are very important in many fields of nuclear physics. The interactions of deuterons with nuclei have been especially the subject of common research in the history of nuclear physics. Moreover, the knowledge of cross section for deuteron-nucleus interactions are required for various application such as space applications, accelerator driven sub-critical systems, nuclear medicine, nuclear fission reactors and controlled thermonuclear fusion reactors. Particularly, the future of controlled thermonuclear fusion reactors is largely dependent on the nuclear reaction cross section data and the selection of structural fusion materials. Finally, the reaction cross section data of deuteron induced reactions on fusion structural materials are of great importance for development and design of both experimental and commercial fusion devices. In this work, reaction model calculations of the cross sections of deuteron induced reactions on structural fusion materials such as Al ( Aluminium), Ti ( Titanium), Cu ( Copper), Ni ( Nickel), Co ( Cobalt), Fe ( Iron), Zr ( Zirconium), Hf ( Hafnium) and Ta ( Tantalum) have been investigated. The new calculations on the excitation functions of 27 Al( d,2p) 27 Mg, 47 Ti( d,2p) 47 Sc, 65 Cu( d,2p) 65 Ni, 58 Ni( d,2p) 58 Co, 59 Co( d,2p) 59 Fe, 58 Fe( d,p) 59 Fe, 96 Zr( d,p) 97 Zr, 180 Hf ( d,p) 181 Hf and 181 Ta( d,p) 182 Ta have been carried out for incident deuteron energies up to 50 MeV. In these calculations, the equilibrium and pre-equilibrium effects for ( d,p) and ( d,2p) reactions have been investigated. The equilibrium effects are calculated according to the Weisskopf-Ewing ( WE) Model. The pre-equilibrium calculations involve the new evaluated the Geometry Dependent Hybrid Model ( GDH) and Hybrid Model. In the calculations the program code ALICE/ASH was used. The calculated results are discussed and compared with the experimental data taken from the

  20. Thermodynamic and structural properties in complexing media; Comportement chimique du protactinium (V) en presence d'ions sulfate

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    Di Giandomenico, M.V

    2007-10-15

    Protactinium is experiencing a renewal of interest in the frame of long-term energy production. Modelling the behaviour of this element in the geosphere requires thermodynamic and structural data relevant to environmental conditions. Now deep clayey formation are considered for the disposal of radioactive waste and high values of natural sulphate contents have been determined in pore water in equilibrium with clay surface. Because of its tendency to polymerisation, hydrolysis and sorption on all solid supports, the equilibria constants relative to monomer species were determined at tracer scale (ca. 10 - 12 M) with {sup 233}Pa. The complexation constants of Pa(V) and sulphate ions were calculated starting from a systematic study of the apparent distribution coefficient D in the system TTA/Toluene/H{sub 2}O/Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4}/HClO{sub 4}/NaClO{sub 4} and as a function of ionic strength, temperature, free sulphate, protons and chelatant concentration. First of all, the interaction between free species H{sup +}, SO{sub 4}{sup -}, Na{sup +} leads to the formation of HSO{sub 4}{sup -} and NaSO{sub 4}{sup -}, for which concentrations depend upon the related thermodynamic constants. For this purpose a computer code was developed in order to determine all free species concentration. This iterative code takes into account the influence of temperature and ionic strength (SIT modelling) on thermodynamic constants. The direct measure of Pa(V) in the organic and aqueous phase by g-spectrometry had conducted to estimate the apparent distribution coefficient D as function of free sulphate ions. Complexation constants have been determined after a mathematical treatment of D. The extrapolation of these constants at zero ionic strength have been realized by SIT modelling at different temperatures. Besides, enthalpy and entropy values were calculated. Parallelly, the structural study of Pa(V) was performed using 231 Pa. XANES and EXAFS spectra show unambiguously the absence of the

  1. 钍俘获反应率离线伽马测量方法%Thorium capture ratio determination throughγ-ray off-line method∗

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    羊奕伟; 刘荣; 严小松

    2013-01-01

      为了测定聚变-裂变反应堆模型钍包层中的钍俘获率以及钍–铀转化率,探索了一种新的钍活化离线γ测量法.利用测量232Th俘获反应产物233Th衰变链中233Pa衰变放出的311.98 keV特征γ射线,来反推计算并最终确定232Th(n,γ)233Th的反应率,测试实验中不确定度约6%(233Th/232Th量级为10−17情况下).详细介绍了此方法的背景和原理方法,并进行简单的校验实验,证明其能够较好地得到模拟装置中的俘获率.与瞬发γ测量法以及质谱分析法进行对比,本方法更适合用于聚变-裂变反应堆模型钍包层中的钍俘获率以及钍-铀转化率测量,并有望进一步测量其他相关参数.%To determine the thorium capture ratio and thorium-uranium conversion ratio in the thorium cladding of the fusion-fission reactor model, a new approach, activated thorium sample decay γ-ray off-line measurement, is introduced in this paper. This method is based on the measurement of the 311.98 keV characteristic decayγ-ray emitted by 233Pa which is produced through decay of 233Th, the capture product of 232Th. Then some reverse mathematic approach is brought in and finally the 232Th (n,γ) 233Th reaction ratio is determined, with an uncertainty of 6%in the test experiment (233Th/232Th under the order of magnitude 10−17). In the paper, we introduce the detail of the approach including the background, principle and the result of a simple test experiment which shows that this approach can work well in thorium capture ratio determination. Compared with promptγ-ray method and mass spectrometer method, this decayγ-ray off-line method has many advantages in determining the thorium capture ratio and thorium-uranium conversion ratio in the thorium cladding. It is also promising in the measurement of other relevant parameters.

  2. Indian advanced heavy water reactor for thorium utilisation and nuclear data requirements and status

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    BARC is embarking on thorium utilisation program in a concerted and consistent manner to achieve all round capabilities in the entire Thorium cycle under the Advanced Heavy Water Reactor (AHWR) development program. Upgrading our nuclear data capability for thorium cycle is one of the main tasks of this program. This paper gives a brief overview of the physics design features of the AHWR. The basic starting point of the analysis has been the lattice simulation of the fuel cluster employing the WIMS-D4 code package with 1986 version of 69 group library. For the analysis of thorium cycle, the present multi group version contains the three major isotopes viz., 232Th, 233U and 233Pa. To correctly evaluate the fuel cycle we require many more isotopes of the Th burnup chain. With the help of NDS, IAEA, many other isotopes of interest in AHWR, actinides in the thorium burnup chain, burnable absorbers, etc., were generated. Some of them were added to the WIMS-D4 library and the results are discussed. The WIMS-D4 library is also being updated as part of the IAEA coordinated research project on Final Stage of WLUP with international cooperation. India is also taking part in CRP. The evaluation of AHWR lattice with this new library is presented. Some comments regarding the fission product data being used in WIMS libraries are given, which are tuned to U-Pu cycles. The measurements for 233U are rather old. Measurements in high energies are also very sparse. More attention by nuclear data community is required in this regard as well. India has also begun a modest program to assess the ADS concepts, with the aim of employing thermal reactor systems, such as AHWR. A one way coupled booster reactor concept is being analysed with available code systems and nuclear data. A brief summary of this concept is also being discussed in this paper. A general survey on the quality of the evaluated nuclear data of the major and minor isotopes of thorium cycle is also given. A major

  3. Table of radionuclides (Vol. 5 - A = 22 to 244)

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    Be, M.M.; Chiste, V.; Dulieu, C.; Mougeot, X.; Browne, E.; Chechev, V.; Kuzmenko, N.; Kondev, F.; Luca, A.; Galan, M.; Arinc, A.; Huang, X.

    2010-07-01

    have agreed on the methodologies to be used and the CD-ROM included with this monograph contains the evaluators' comments for each radionuclide in addition to the data tables included in the monograph. This volume includes the evaluation of the following radionuclides: {sup 22}Na, {sup 40}K, {sup 75}Se, {sup 124}Sb, {sup 207}Bi, {sup 211}Bi, {sup 217}At, {sup 222}Ra, {sup 225}Ac, {sup 228}Ra, {sup 231}Th, {sup 232}Th, {sup 233}Th, {sup 233}Pa, {sup 234}Th, {sup 235}U, {sup 237}U, {sup 238}Pu, {sup 240}Pu, {sup 241}Am, {sup 242}Pu, {sup 242}Am, {sup 243}Am, {sup 244}Am, {sup 244}Am{sup m}. Primary recommended data comprise half-lives, decay modes, X-rays, gamma-rays, electron emissions, alpha -and beta- particle transitions and emissions, and their uncertainties

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

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    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

  5. Trace contamination in pure high-tech materials

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    analysis (INAA) and RNAA proved to be the methods of choice for this delicate analytical challenge. Using optimized irradiation, decay and counting conditions, and owing to the fact that Si and N produce only short lived radioisotopes, up to 55 elements in several high purity Si3N4 materials could be determined quantitatively by INAA. NAA has proved to be a very suitable method for the determination of ultra-traces of Th and U via their daughter nuclides 233Pa and 239Np. Aluminium oxide and aluminium nitride, the most important raw materials for advanced ceramics used in microelectronics and bioceramic endoprotheses, must be of the highest possible purity to ensure their mechanical and insulating properties. Oxides of Cr, Fe, Mg, Na and Ti affect the electrical resistivity of ultra-pure Al2O3, whereas the oxides of Ca, Fe, Mg, Na, Si and Zr reduce the thermal stability and shock resistance. Because of the refractory character of the two materials, direct determination methods using solid samples are of great interest for their analysis. A combination of INAA and RNAA was developed for the characterization of 56 elements in raw and high purity aluminium oxide and nitride powders