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  1. Fission Cross-section Measurements of (233)U, (245)Cm and (241,243)Am at CERN n_TOF Facility

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

    2011-01-01

    Neutron-induced fission cross-sections of minor actinides have been measured using the n_TOF white neutron source at CERN, Geneva, as part of a large experimental program aiming at collecting new data relevant for nuclear astrophysics and for the design of advanced reactor systems. The measurements at n_TOF take advantage of the innovative features of the n_TOF facility, namely the wide energy range, high instantaneous neutron flux and good energy resolution. Final results on the fission cross-section of 233U, 245Cm and 243Am from thermal to 20 MeV are here reported, together with preliminary results for 241Am. The measurement have been performed with a dedicated Fast Ionization Chamber (FIC), a fission fragment detector with a very high efficiency, relative to the very well known cross-section of 235U, measured simultaneously with the same detector.

  2. Neutron capture cross section measurements of $^{238}$U, $^{241}$Am and $^{243}$Am at n_TOF

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    Koehler, P E; Plag, R

    The increase of the world energy demand and the need of low carbon energy sources have triggered the renaissance and/or enhancement of nuclear energy in many countries. Fundamental nuclear physics can contribute in a practical way to the sustainability and safety of the nuclear energy production and the management of the nuclear waste. There exists a series of recent studies which address the most relevant isotopes, decay data, nuclear reaction channels and energy ranges which have to be investigated in more detail for improving the design of different advanced nuclear systems [1] and nuclear fuel cycles [2]. In this proposal, we aim at the measurement of the neutron capture cross sections of $^{238}$U, $^{241}$Am and $^{243}$Am. All three isotopes are listed in the NEA High Priority Request List [37], are recommended for measurements [1] and play an important role in the nuclear energy production and fuel cycle scenarios. The measurements will provide as well valuable nuclear structure data necessary for the...

  3. The use of isotopic correlation technique for determination of sup(241)Am and sup(243)Am concentration in nuclear irradiated fuels

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    In the last years the isotopic correlation technique is emerging as a powerful tool for the determination of concentration and isotopic composition of heavy nuclides in the nuclear fuel cycle. Accordingly, this technique has gained significant importance for the safeguard of the nuclear materials as well as for the accounting and build up of actinides elements in the irradiated nuclear fuels. In this work 42 isotopic correlations between the nuclides sup(241)Am and sup(243)Am and post irradiation isotopic data of 7 samples from fuel element BE-124 and 1 sample from fuel element BE-120 from the Obrigheim pressurized water nuclear power reactor, Federal Republic of Germany, were proposed. These isotopic correlations allowed to estimate the isotopic concentrations of sup(241)Am and sup(243)Am with an average deviation, relative to the experimental data obtained from isotopic dilution mass spectrometry technique, of 10%. These results are more precise than those found using the computer code ORIGEN 2 demonstrating the great potential of this technique for the determination of isotopic concentration and build up of those nuclides in irradiated nuclear fuels. The analytical and other experimental aspects of the post irradiation isotopic analysis of nuclear fuels are also discussed. (author)

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

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

    2002-01-01

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

  5. The influence of impurities for cross section measurement of {sup 241,243}Am(n,f) reactions

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    Kai, Tetsuya; Kobayashi, Katsuhei; Yamamoto, Shuji; Fujita, Yoshiaki; Kimura, Itsuro; Miyoshi, Mitsuharu; Yamamoto, Hideki [Kyoto Univ. (Japan); Shinohara, Nobuo

    1997-03-01

    The influence of the impurities on the fission cross section measurements for {sup 241}Am and {sup 243}Am has been investigated with the practical results. Following cases have been considered as the influence of impurities; (a) experiments with the {sup 241}Am sample that contains impurities originally, and (b) experiments with the {sup 243}Am sample that contains impurities produced by {alpha}, {beta} decays after the chemical purification. The present study has demonstrated the usefulness of pure samples by the comparison of the experiments using the sample on the market with those using the pure sample processed by the authors. Particularly on the case (b), the correction of the impurity through the periodical measurements was experimentally performed (about 18% around 0.3 eV in 4 weeks after the chemical purification). (author)

  6. Beneficial uses of /sup 241/Am

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    Mangeng, C.A.; Thayer, G.R.

    1984-05-01

    This report assesses the uses of /sup 241/Am and the associated costs and supply. The study shows that /sup 241/Am-fueled radioisotope thermoelectric generators in the range of 1 to 5 W electrical provide the most promising use of kilogram amounts of this isotope. For medical uses, where purity is essential, irradiation of /sup 241/Am can produce 97% pure /sup 238/Pu at $21,000/g. Using a pyro-metallurgical process, /sup 241/Am could be recovered from molten salt extraction (MSE) residues at an estimated incremental cost of $83/g adjusted to reflect the disposal costs of waste products. This cost of recovery is less than the $300/g cost for disposal of the /sup 241/Am contained in the MSE residues.

  7. Biosorption of 241Am by R. arrihizus

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    The Biosorption of radionuclide 241Am on R.arrihizus from aqueous solution and the effects of the experimental conditions on the biosorption are investigated by the batch technique. The experimental results show that the R.arrihizus is a very efficient sorbent. The biosorption reaches equilibration in 1 h, the optimum pH range is 1-3. No significant temperature effect on 241Am biosorption is observed in the range of 10-45 degree C. No significant differences of biosorption in the presence and absence of Au3+ or Ag+ are observed. The relationship between concentrations of 241Am in aqueous solutions and adsorption capacities of 241Am can be described by the Freundlich adsorption equation

  8. Biosorption of 241Am by microorganism

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    The biosorption of 241Am on A. niger, R. arrihizus and Candida albicans from aqueous solution, and the effects of the experimental conditions on the biosorption are investigated by the batch technique. The experimental results show that all the microorganism above are very efficient as the sorbent. The biosorption equilibrium time is 2 h and the optimum pH ranges 1-3. No significant differences on 241Am biosorption are observed at the temperature of 15-45 degree C, or in the presence and absence of Au3+ or Ag+. The relationship between concentrations of 241Am in aqueous solutions and adsorption capacities of 241Am can be described by the Freundlich adsorption equation on A. niger and R. arrihizus, while as it can be done by the Langmuir adsorption equation on Candida albicans

  9. Photodisintegration Cross Section of 241Am

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    Tonchev, A. P.; Hammond, S.; Howell, C. R.; Huibregtse, C.; Hutcheson, A.; Karwowski, H. J.; Kelley, J. H.; Kwan, E.; Rusev, G.; Tornow, W.; Vieira, D. J.; Wilhelmy, J. B.

    2009-03-01

    The photodisintegration cross section of radioactive 241Am has been obtained for the first time using monoenergetic γ-ray beams from the HIγS facility. The induced activity of 240Am produced via the 241Am(γ,n) reaction in the γ-ray energy range from 9.5 to 16 MeV was measured by the activation technique utilizing high resolution HPGe detectors. The 241Am(γ,n) cross section was determined both by measuring the absolute γ-ray flux and by comparison to the 197Au(γ,n) and 58Ni(γ,n) cross section standards. The experimental data for the 241Am(γ,n) reaction in the giant dipole resonance energy region is compared with statistical nuclear-model calculations.

  10. Biosorption of 241Am by Candida sp

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    The biosorption of radionuclide 241Am from solutions by Candida sp., and the influences of experimental conditions on the adsorption were studied. The results showed that the adsorption equilibrium was achieved within 4h and the optimum pH=2. No significant differences on 241Am biosorption were observed at 10-45 degree C, or challenged with Au3+ or Ag+, even 1500 times or 4500 times over 241Am, respectively. The adsorption rate could reach 97.8% by dry Candida sp. of 0.82 g/L in 241Am solutions (pH=2) of 5.6-111 MBq/L (44.04-873.0 μg/L) (C0), with maximum adsorption capacity (W) of 63.5 MBq/g (501.8 μg/g), implying that the removal of 241Am by Candida sp. from solutions was feasible. The relationship between activities (C0) and adsorption capacities (W) of 241Am indicated that the biosorption process could be described by Langmuir adsorption isotherm

  11. Neutron transmission and capture of 241Am

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    A set of neutron transmission and capture experiments based on the Time Of Flight (TOF) technique, were performed in order to determine the 241Am capture cross section in the energy range from 0.01 eV to 1 keV. The GELINA facility of the Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) served as the neutron source. A pair of C6D6 liquid scintillators was used to register the prompt gamma rays emerging from the americium sample, while a Li-glass detector was used in the transmission setup. Results from the capture and transmission data acquired are consistent with each other, but appear to be inconsistent with the evaluated data files. Resonance parameters have been derived for the data up to the energy of 100 eV. (authors)

  12. Photon interaction studies using 241Am -rays

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    N Ramachandran; K Karunakaran Nair; K K Abdullah; K M Varier

    2006-09-01

    We have carried out some photon interaction measurements using 59.54 keV -rays from a 241Am source. These include attenuation studies as well as photoelectric absorption studies in various samples. The attenuation studies have been made using leaf and wood samples, samples like sand, sugar etc., which contain particles of varying sizes as well as pellets and aqueous solutions of rare earth compounds. In the case of the leaf and wood samples, we have used the -ray attenuation technique for the determination of the water content in fresh and dried samples. The variation of the attenuation coefficient with particle size has been investigated for sand and sugar samples. The attenuation studies as well as the photoelectric studies in the case of rare earth elements have been carried out on samples containing such elements whose K-absorption edge energies lie below and close to the -energy used. Suitable compounds of the rare earth elements have been chosen as mixture absorbers in these investigations. A narrow beam good geometry set-up was used for the attenuation measurements. A well-shielded scattering geometry was used for the photoelectric measurements. The mixture rule was invoked to extract the values of the mass attenuation coefficients for the elements from those of the corresponding compounds. The results are consistent with theoretical values derived from the XCOM package.

  13. Biosorption of 241Am by immobilized Saccharomyces cerevisiae

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    Americium-241 is one of the most serious radioactive contaminating nuclides due to its high toxicity and long half-life. The encouraging biosorption of 241Am from aqueous solutions by free Saccharomyces cerevisiae (S. cerevisiae) has been observed in our previous experiments. 241Am biosorption by immobilized S. cerevisiae and the effect of the various experimental conditions on the adsorption were investigated. The results indicated that the 241Am biosorption by immobilized S. cerevisiae is still very efficient, and immobilized S. cerevisiae can be used repeatedly or continuously. The biosorption equilibrium was achieved within 2 hours, and more than 92% of 241Am was removed by immobilized S. cerevisiae in the pH 1-4 range. No significant differences in 241Am biosorption were observed at 15-45 deg C. The immobilized S. cerevisiae, even after used repeatedly for 6 times, still could adsorb more than 90% of 241Am in solutions of 1.08 MBq/l (8.5 μg/l). At this moment, the total adsorption capacity for 241Am was more than 63.3 KBq/g globe (0.5 μg/g), but has not reached saturation yet. The 241Am left in solutions with initial concentration of 1.08 MBq/l (8.5 μg/l) was noted as low as ∼10 Bq/l (∼8.0 x 10-5 μg/l) after adsorption by the immobilized S. cerevisiae for 3 times. (author)

  14. Motivation for New Measurements on 241, 242, 243Am Isotopes

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    The initial objective of this work was an updated review on the Am isotopes data since the next official release (3.1) of the JEFF3 evaluated data file is foreseen around June 2005. Alternatively, this work searches for the possible reasons of the observed discrepancies between differential and integral measurement results. In particular, strong differences are encountered on σγth values and epithermal branching ratio values for the 241Am. Although the JEF2.2 validation is used as guide in parallel with a systematic study of all differential and integral results available, the need for new measurements clearly shows up. This paper finally draws up a list of desired and feasible new differential and integral measurements on the Am isotopes

  15. 241Am (n,gamma) isomer ratio measurement

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    Bond, Evelyn M [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Vieira, David J [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Moody, Walter A [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Slemmons, Alice K [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2011-01-05

    The objective of this project is to improve the accuracy of the {sup 242}Cm/{sup 241}Am radiochemistry ratio. We have performed an activation experiment to measure the {sup 241}Am(n,{gamma}) cross section leading to either the ground state of {sup 242g}Am (t{sub 1/2} = 16 hr) which decays to {sup 242}Cm (t{sub 1/2} = 163 d) or the long-lived isomer {sup 242m}Am (t{sub 1/2} = 141 yr). This experiment will develop a new set of americium cross section evaluations that can be used with a measured {sup 242}Cm/{sup 241}Am radiochemical measurement for nuclear forensic purposes. This measurement is necessary to interpret the {sup 242}Cm/{sup 241}Am ratio because a good measurement of this neutron capture isomer ratio for {sup 241}Am does not exist. The targets were prepared in 2007 from {sup 241}Am purified from LANL stocks. Gold was added to the purified {sup 241}Am as an internal neutron fluence monitor. These targets were placed into a holder, packaged, and shipped to Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, where they were irradiated at their Van de Graff facility in February 2008. One target was irradiated with {approx}25 keV quasimonoenergetic neutrons produced by the {sup 7}Li(p,n) reaction for 3 days and a second target was also irradiated for 3 days with {approx}500 keV neutrons. Because it will be necessary to separate the {sup 242}Cm from the {sup 241}Am in order to measure the amount of {sup 242}Cm by alpha spectrometry, research into methods for americium/curium separations were conducted concurrently. We found that anion exchange chromatography in methanol/nitric acid solutions produced good separations that could be completed in one day resulting in a sample with no residue. The samples were returned from Germany in July 2009 and were counted by gamma spectrometry. Chemical separations have commenced on the blank sample. Each sample will be spiked with {sup 244}Cm, dissolved and digested in nitric acid solutions. One third of each sample will be processed at a time

  16. Tagging fast neutrons from an (241)Am/(9)Be source.

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    Scherzinger, J; Annand, J R M; Davatz, G; Fissum, K G; Gendotti, U; Hall-Wilton, R; Håkansson, E; Jebali, R; Kanaki, K; Lundin, M; Nilsson, B; Rosborge, A; Svensson, H

    2015-04-01

    Shielding, coincidence, and time-of-flight measurement techniques are employed to tag fast neutrons emitted from an (241)Am/(9)Be source resulting in a continuous polychromatic energy-tagged beam of neutrons with energies up to 7MeV. The measured energy structure of the beam agrees qualitatively with both previous measurements and theoretical calculations. PMID:25644080

  17. Solubilization of 241AmO2 in siderophore solutions

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    The solubilization of 241AmO2 in tissue culture medium was measured. Variables included serum concentration, chelon type, and time. Serum was found to affect the soluble (0.1 μm filterable) fraction more than any other variable

  18. Separation and determination of 241Am in urine samples from radiation workers using PC88-A and alpha spectrometry

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    Bioassay technique is used for the estimation of actinides present in the body based on their excretion rate through body fluids. For occupational radiation workers urine assay is the preferred method for monitoring of chronic internal exposure. Determination of low concentrations of actinides such as plutonium, americium and uranium at low level of mBq in urine by alpha spectrometry requires pre-concentration of large volumes of urine. This article deals with standardization of analytical method for the determination of 241Am isotope in urine samples using Extraction Chromatography (EC) and 243Am tracer for radiochemical recovery. The method involves oxidation of urine followed by co-precipitation of americium along with calcium phosphate. This precipitate after treatment is further subjected to calcium oxalate co-precipitation. Separation of Am was carried out by EC column prepared by PC88-A (2-ethyl hexyl phosphonic acid 2-ethyl hexyl monoester) adsorbed on microporous resin XAD-7 (PC88A-XAD7). Am-fraction was electro-deposited and activity estimated using tracer recovery by alpha spectrometer. Ten routine urine samples of radiation workers were analyzed and consistent radiochemical recovery was obtained in the range 44-60% with a mean and standard deviation of 51 and 4.7% respectively. (author)

  19. Preparation and high intensity heavy ion irradiation tests of intermetallic 243Am/Pd targets

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    Previously reported preparation method for Pd-based intermetallic targets (Usoltsev, et al., 2012) [1] has been successfully applied for producing two stationary 243Am/Pd targets. Both targets have been irradiated at the U-400 cyclotron at Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions Dubna (Russian Federation) using high intensity beams (up to 0.83 μApart) of 48Ca18+. Alpha-particle spectroscopy and light microscopy allowed for a comprehensive characterization of the intermetallic targets before and after irradiation. A natNd/Pd intermetallic target and a solely electroplated 243Am/Ti target were similarly investigated for comparison

  20. Electronic structure of polycrystalline Cd metal using 241Am radioisotope

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    Dhaka, M. S.; Sharma, G.; Mishra, M. C.; Sharma, B. K.

    2014-04-01

    Electronic structure study of the polycrystalline cadmium metal is reported. The experimental measurement is undertaken on a polycrystalline sheet sample using 59.54 keV radioisotope of 241Am. These results are compared with the ab initio calculations. The theoretical calculations are performed using linear combination of atomic orbitals (LCAO) method employing the density functional theories (DFT) and Hartree-Fock (HF) and augmented plane wave (APW) methods. The spherically averaged APW and LCAO based theoretical Compton profiles are in good agreement with the experimental measurement however the APW based theoretical calculations show best agreement.

  1. Neutron capture and (n,2n) measurements on 241Am

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    Vieira, D; Jandel, M; Bredeweg, T; Bond, E; Clement, R; Couture, A; Haight, R; O' Donnell, J; Reifarth, R; Ullmann, J; Wilhelmy, J; Wouters, J; Tonchev, A; Hutcheson, A; Angell, C; Crowell, A; Fallin, B; Hammond, S; Howell, C; Karowowski, H; Kelley, J; Pedroni, R; Tornow, W; Macri, R; Agvaanluvsan, U; Becker, J; Dashdorj, D; Stoyer, M; Wu, C

    2007-07-18

    We report on a set of neutron-induced reaction measurements on {sup 241}Am which are important for nuclear forensics and advanced nuclear reactor design. Neutron capture measurements have been performed on the DANCE detector array at the Los Alamos Neutron Scattering CEnter (LANSCE). In general, good agreement is found with the most recent data evaluations up to an incident neutron energy of {approx} 300 keV where background limits the measurement. Using mono-energetic neutrons produced in the {sup 2}H(d,n){sup 3}He reaction at Triangle University Nuclear Laboratory (TUNL), we have measured the {sup 241}Am(n,2n) excitation function from threshold (6.7 MeV) to 14.5 MeV using the activation method. Good agreement is found with previous measurements, with the exception of the three data points reported by Perdikakis et al. around 11 MeV, where we obtain a much lower cross section that is more consistent with theoretical estimates.

  2. Preliminary investigation on biosorption mechanism of 241Am by Rhizopus arrhizus

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    As an important radioisotope in nuclear industry and other fields, 241Am is one of the most serious contamination concerns due to its high radiation toxicity and long half-life. Encouraging biosorption of 241Am from aqueous solutions by free or immobilized Rhizopus arrhizus (R. arrhizus) has been observed in our experiments. In this study, the preliminary evaluation on the mechanism was further explored via chemical or biological modification of R. arrhizus using europium as a substitute for americium. The results indicated that in approximately 48 hours R. arrhizus was able for efficient adsorption of 241Am. The pH value of solutions decreased gradually with the uptake of 241Am by R. arrhizus, implying that H+ was released from R. arrhizus via ion-exchange. The biosorption of 241Am by the decomposed cell wall of R. arrhizus was as efficient as by the intact fungus. The adsorption ratio for 241Am by deacylated R. arrhizus dropped, implying that carboxyl functional groups of R. arrhizus play an important role in the biosorption of 241Am. Most of the investigated acidic ions have no significant influence on the adsorption of 241Am, while saturated EDTA can strongly inhibit the biosorption of 241Am by R. arrhizus. When the concentrations of coexistent Eu3+, Nd3+ were 300 times more than that of 241Am, the adsorption ratios would decrease to about 86% from more than 99%. It could be noted by transmission electron microscope (TEM) analysis that the adsorbed Eu is scattered almost in the whole fungus, while Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS) indicated that Ca in R. arrhizus have been replaced by Eu via ion-exchange. The change of the absorption peak structure in the IR spectra implied that there was complexation between metals and microorganism. The results implied that the adsorption mechanism of 241Am by R. arrhizus is very complicated involved ion-exchange, complexation process as well as nonspecific adsorption in the cell wall by static electricity. (author)

  3. A Method for Specific Activity Measurement of 241Am Solution

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    According to the principle of coincidence theory, the specific activity of 241Am solution was determined on 4πα+4πγ counting standard device by γ efficiency extrapolation, and the problems of constant correction coefficients of self-absorption and scattering in α ionization chamber method were solved. The method was based on the alteration of detection efficiency when the height of elevator was altered, and the activity was obtained by γ fitting extrapolation according to detection efficiency. The results of more than 20 alpha radioactive sources by this method in our work are accordant with those of 2πα ionization chamber, and their uncertainties are improved to 0.4%. (authors)

  4. Biosorption of 241Am by Rhizopus arrihizus: preliminary investigation and evaluation

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    The biosorption of 241Am from solution by a fungus--Rhizopus Arrihizus (R. arrihizus), and the effect of experimental conditions on the adsorption were investigated. The preliminary results showed that the biosorption of 241Am by R. arrihizus is very efficient. An average of more than 99% of the total 241Am was removed by R. arrihizus of 1.3 g/l (dry weight) from 241Am solutions of 5.6-111 MBq/l (44.3-877.2 μg/l) (C0), with adsorption capacities (W) of 4.2-79.4 MBq/g biomass (dry weight) (33.2-627.5 μg/g). The biosorption equilibrium was achieved within 1 h and the optimum pH ranged from 1 to 3. No significant differences in 241Am biosorption were observed at 10-45 deg. C, or in solutions containing Au3+ or Ag+, even 2000 times above 241Am concentration. The relationship between concentrations and adsorption capacities of 241Am indicated that the 241Am biosorption by R. arrihizus obeys the Freundlich adsorption equation

  5. Distribution of 241Am in the human body as determined by external counting

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    Methods for determining the distribution of 241Am within the body of a contaminated subject and their application to several cases under study at the Center for Human Radiobiology are described. In general, 241Am is found in the lungs even at long times after inhalation, and systemic 241Am is observed to deposit in the liver and to label the skeleton in a fairly uniform manner; similar findings have been reported in animal studies (L172). Further analysis of the skeletal distribution of 241Am indicates deposition on bone surfaces. In contrast, the distribution of injected 239Pu in an (abnormal) skeleton is rather non-uniform when compared to that of 241Am

  6. Measurements of neutron cross section of the {sup 243}Am(n,{gamma}){sup 244}Am reaction

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    Hatsukawa, Yuichi; Shinohara, Nobuo; Hata, Kentaro [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Tokai, Ibaraki (Japan). Tokai Research Establishment

    1998-03-01

    The effective thermal neutron cross section of {sup 243}Am(n,{gamma}){sup 244}Am reaction was measured by the activation method. Highly-purified {sup 243}Am target was irradiated in an aluminum capsule by using a research reactor JRR-3M. The tentative effective thermal neutron cross sections are 3.92 b, and 84.44 b for the production of {sup 244g}Am and {sup 244m}Am, respectively. (author)

  7. Biosorption of 241Am by Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Preliminary investigation on mechanism

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    As an important radioisotope in nuclear industry and other fields, 241Am is one of the most serious contamination concerns due to its high radiation toxicity and long half-life. The encouraging biosorption of 241Am from aqueous solutions by free or immobilized Saccharomyces cerevisiae (S. cerevisiae) has been observed in our previous experiments. In this study, the preliminary evaluation on mechanism was further explored via chemical or biological modification of S. cerevisiae, and using europium as a substitute for americium. The results indicated that the culture times of more than 16 hours for S. cerevisiae was suitable and the efficient adsorption of 241Am by the S. cerevisiae was able to achieve. The pH value in solutions decreased gradually with the uptake of 241Am in the S. cerevisiae, implying that H+ released from S. cerevisiae via ion-exchange. The biosorption of 241Am by the decomposed cell wall, protoplasm or cell membrane of S. cerevisiae was same efficient as by the intact fungus. However, the adsorption ratio for 241Am by the deproteinized or deacylated S. cerevisiae dropped obviously, implying that protein or carboxyl functional groups of S. cerevisiaece play an important role in the biosorption of 241Am. Most of the investigated acidic ions have no significant influence on the 241Am adsorption, while the saturated EDTA can strong inhibit the biosorption of 241Am on S. cerevisiae. When the concentrations of coexistent Eu3+, Nd3+ were 100 times more than that of 241Am, the adsorption ratios would decrease to 65% from more than 95%. It could be noted by transmission electron microscope (TEM) analysis that the adsorbed Eu is almost scattered in the whole fungus, while Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS) analysis indicated that Ca in S. cerevisiae have been replaced by Eu via ion-exchange. All the results implied that the adsorption mechanism of 241Am on S. cerevisiae is very complicated and at least involved in ion exchange, complexation

  8. Study of safety performance of the 241Am fire alarm source

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    2000-01-01

    The safety performance of 241Am fire alarm sources made by using powder metallurgical technology has been preliminarily studied, so as to determine an allowable maximum energy limit value of the alpha particles outgoing from this kind of sources in light of radiation safety and the present technology. The yielded results show that 241Am leak has not been found when the peak energy of the alpha energy spectrum of this kind of sources is less than 4.96 MeV.

  9. ^241Am(n,γ) absolute cross sections measured with DANCE

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    Jandel, M.; Bredeweg, T. A.; Fowler, M. M.; Bond, E. M.; Chadwick, M. B.; Clement, R. R.; Couture, A.; O'Donnell, J. M.; Reifarth, R.; Rundberg, R. S.; Ullmann, J. L.; Vieira, D. J.; Wilhelmy, J. B.; Wouters, J. M.; Agvaanluvsan, U.; Macri, R. A.; Sheets, S. A.; Wu, C. Y.; Becker, J. A.

    2007-10-01

    ^241Am is present in plutonium due to the beta decay of ^241Pu (t1/2=14.38 years). As such ^241Am can be used as a detector for nuclear forensics. A precise measurement of ^241Am(n,γ) cross section is thus needed for this application. The measurement is also of interest for advanced reactor design as part of the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP). The Detector for Advanced Neutron Capture Experiments (DANCE) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) was used for neutron capture cross section measurement on ^241Am. The high granularity of DANCE (160 BaF2 detectors in a 4π geometry) enables the efficient detection of prompt gamma-rays following a neutron capture. DANCE is located on the 20.26 m neutron flight path 14(FP14) at the Manuel Lujan Jr. Neutron Scattering Center at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE). The absolute ^241Am(n,γ) cross sections were obtained in the range of neutron energies from 0.02 eV to 320 keV. The results will be compared to existing evaluations in detail.

  10. Influence of organic fertilization on the sorption mechanisms of 241 Am in tropical soils

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    In this work the mechanisms involved in the sorption of 241Am were investigated depending on the physicochemical properties of some Brazilian soils and on alterations promoted by organic amendment. This experimental study was conducted in a controlled area, where pots containing different kinds of soils (histisol, ferralsol and nitisol), with different organic amendment doses (without amendment; 2 kg m-2 and 4 kg m-2) were artificially contaminated by radioactive solution water, which contained 241Am. Migration studies, distribution (or partition) coefficient (KJ), bioavailability and organic matter were carried out in these soils, with ar without organic amendment. In order to evaluate the effective bioavailability of radionuclides, radish (Raphanus sativus L.) was cultivated in these pots, and later the concentration of 241Am in radish's roots was measured. The main results show that 241Am tends to be strongly attached to organic matter and that organic amendment in tropical soils minimizes the radionuclide studied desorption. Also, distribution (or partition) coefficient values for 241Am were generated and these values are smaller than those ones determined for soils from temperate zones. Physical and chemical fractioning of organic matter were carried out. (author)

  11. Fast Neutron Imaging Using 241Am-Be Neutron Source%241Am-Be中子源快中子成像研究

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    蒋诗平; 陈亮; 万里飚; 杜淮江; 范扬眉; 韩荣典

    2007-01-01

    中子成像是一种与X射线成像互补的无损探测技术.为探索同位素中子源用于发展可移动的无损检测系统,利用241Am-Be作为中子源,使用自制的中子发光转换屏和X射线胶片作为探测系统开展了快中子成像研究,并获得了较高质量的图像.研究结果表明,利用241Am-Be中子源发展小型探测系统是有潜力的.

  12. A feasibility study for transportable 241Am-in-lung and 241Am-in-nose-blow monitoring systems for use following a weapons accident

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    In a nuclear weapon accident involving fire or conventional explosion, most of the radiation dose received by people in the immediate vicinity would result from inhalation of 239Pu. This is accompanied by the nuclide 241Am, which is much easier to determine by external counting because of the 60 keV gamma ray emission. In the event of an accident, a priority would be to identify any people who have had intakes of 239Pu which were so large that decorporation therapy should be considered. Direct measurement of lung content provides the most rapid and convenient method for assessing intakes by inhalation. A transportable system has been considered as this could be deployed close to the site of the accident and would allow rapid measurements to be made. The feasibility of a transportable 241Am-in-nose-blow and nasal swab measurement system has also been considered. This would be used to help select people for 241Am-in-lung measurements. (author)

  13. Uncertainty of the estimation of 241Am content of the human body

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    The aim of the study was to make a realistic estimation of 241Am activity in the body of the people with old internal contamination. A whole-body counter equipped with HPGe and LEGe detectors was used as a major tool. Calibration was performed using phantoms of the human head, knee, arm and leg of different origin. Using it for the evaluation of 241Am in the body of an internally contaminated case, body activity was estimated to be 5.6 kBq and its uncertainty was in the range given by factor 1.5 ± 1. (author)

  14. Transport parameters of 241 Am from low and intermediate level radioactive waste in disposal surroundings

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    A programme on the safety analysis linked to the geological disposal of radioactive wastes is under study at the Institute for Nuclear Research Pitesti. In relation to the migration of radionuclides in the terrestrial environment following a possible release from the repository, specific experimental studies have been developed in order to provide the necessary input data for the risk assessment models. The paper reports the results of studies performed with 241 Am. Laboratory experiments were conducted to determine the transport parameters of 241 Am in the geological formations of Saligny site - the potential near-surface repository for low and intermediate radioactive wastes in Romania. (authors)

  15. Evolution of late blood damage from decreasing doses of 241Am following injection in the rat

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    Rats were given intravenous or intramuscular injections of 241Am at decreasing doses ranging from 7.5 μCi to 0.075 μCi per kg of body weight. Blood examinations showed that higher doses exerted an irreversible destructive effect on all blood cells. As the administered doses decreased, the destructive effect of 241Am dropped and even became reversible for white cells. Proliferative disorders such as leukocytosis with myelemias, leukemias -chiefly acute or chronic granulocytic leukemias- were then demonstrated. Red cells only dropped but more and more slowly. At the lowest doses, life-span shortening was the most evident effect

  16. Measurement and analysis of the $^{243}$Am neutron capture cross section at the n_TOF facility at CERN

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

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    Background:The design of new nuclear reactors and transmutation devices requires to reduce the present neutron cross section uncertainties of minor actinides. Purpose: Reduce the $^{243}$Am(n,$\\gamma$) cross section uncertainty. Method: The $^{243}$Am(n,$\\gamma$) cross section has been measured at the n_TOF facility at CERN with a BaF$_{2}$ Total Absorption Calorimeter, in the energy range between 0.7 eV and 2.5 keV. Results: The $^{243}$Am(n,$\\gamma$) cross section has been successfully measured in the mentioned energy range. The resolved resonance region has been extended from 250 eV up to 400 eV. In the unresolved resonance region our results are compatible with one of the two incompatible capture data sets available below 2.5 keV. The data available in EXFOR and in the literature has been used to perform a simple analysis above 2.5 keV. Conclusions: The results of this measurement contribute to reduce the $^{243}$Am(n,$\\gamma$) cross section uncertainty and suggest that this cross section is underestimate...

  17. Effects of the herbicide glyphosate on the uptake of 239Pu and 241Am to vegetation

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    Glyphosate (n-phosphonomethyl glycine) is a broad spectrum herbicide widely used in lowland agriculture, forestry and improved upland pastures. Although its metal chelating properties are well established, its interaction with radionuclides remains unknown. A pot experiment was conducted to determine the effect of soil applications of glyphosate on the uptake of 239Pu and 241Am to peas and carrots grown in loam, peat and sand soils. Soil-to-plant transfer factors were calculated for treated and untreated soils at harvest. The most marked effect was an increase in 241Am uptake to crops grown in loam soil. Supplementary laboratory batch experiments were conducted by shaking radiolabelled soil and its associated soil solution with glyphosate. The activity concentration of 241Am increased ten fold in the liquid phase of loam soils treated with glyphosate. It is postulated that this 241Am desorption could have been mediated by the formation of a stable Am-glyphosate complex which was subsequently more available for crop uptake than Am alone. (author)

  18. Concentrations of sup(239,240)Pu and 241Am in drinking water and organic fertilizer

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    As part of an investigation of the chemistry and aquatic distribution of fallout-derived sup(239,240)Pu and 241Am in the aquatic environment a study has been made of the concentration of these nuclides in the drinking water and organic fertilizer, distributed to the populace of the Chicago area. The results clearly indicate that the concentration of sup(239,240)Pu is always lower in the water which has been treated at the Chicago Central Water Filtration Plant than in the raw water before treatment. Raw water levels are consistent with normal levels of sup(239,240)PU found in Lake Michigan waters which are approx 6 orders of magnitude below the maximum permissible concentration standard for drinking water. An additional possible source of sup(239,240)Pu and 241Am to humans can be through the distribution of the organic fertilizer, 'Nu Earth', by the Metropolitan Sanitary District, free of charge, for the use in home gardens. 'Nu Earth' consists primarily of sediment from an Imhoff Process which has been air-dried and aged in large, open-air piles. Samples of this organic fertilizer were analysed for sup(239,240)Pu and 241Am. The results indicate that there is little evidence to indicate that sup(239,240)Pu in drinking water or sup(239,240)Pu and 241Am from organic sludge will be health hazards in the Chicago area under current conditions. (U.K.)

  19. Disposition of 241AmO2 following inhalation by beagle dogs

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    Translocation of 241Am from the lungs of beagles following inhalation of AmO2 was fairly rapid, roughly equal quantities being found in the liver and skeleton at all postexposure times to 810 days. Less than 16 percent of the initial body burden was excreted, more than two-thirds of this in the feces

  20. Influence of some factors on alpha energy spectrum of 241Am fire alarm source

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    1999-01-01

    Several primary factors influencing the alpha energy spectrum of 241Am fire alarm source have been studied in order to get betteralpha energy spectrum.The results show that the homogeneity andthe thickness of metal surface coat and the size of active area of thesource have considerable influence on the alpha energy spectrum of thesource.

  1. Spatial statistical analysis of contamination level of 241Am and 239Pu, Thule, North-West Greenland

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    Strodl Andersen, J. (JSA EnviroStat (Denmark))

    2011-10-15

    A spatial analysis of data on radioactive pollution on land at Thule, North-West Greenland is presented. The data comprises levels of 241Am and 239,240Pu on land. Maximum observed level of 241Am is 2.8x105 Bq m-2. Highest levels were observed near Narsaarsuk. This area was also sampled most intensively. In Groennedal the maximum observed level of 241Am is 1.9-104 Bq m-2. Prediction of the overall amount of 241Am and 239,240Pu is based on grid points within the range from the nearest measurement location. The overall amount is therefore highly dependent on the model. Under the optimal spatial model for Narsaarsuk, within the area of prediction, the predicted total amount of 241Am is 45 GBq and the predicted total amount of 239,240Pu is 270 GBq. (Author)

  2. Spatial statistical analysis of contamination level of 241Am and 239Pu, Thule, North-West Greenland

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    Strodl Andersen, Jens

    A spatial analysis of data on radioactive pollution on land at Thule, North-West Greenland is presented. The data comprises levels of 241Am and 239,240Pu on land. Maximum observed level of 241Am is 2.8×105 Bq m-2. Highest levels were observed near Narsaarsuk. This area was also sampled most...... intensively. In Grønnedal the maximum observed level of 241Am is 1.9×104 Bq m-2. Prediction of the overall amount of 241Am and 239,240Pu is based on grid points within the range from the nearest measurement location. The overall amount is therefore highly dependent on the model. Under the optimal spatial...... model for Narsaarsuk, within the area of prediction, the predicted total amount of 241Am is 45 GBq and the predicted total amount of 239,240Pu is 270 GBq....

  3. Development of an 241Am applicator for intracavitary irradiation of gynecologic cancers.

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    Nath, R; Peschel, R E; Park, C H; Fischer, J J

    1988-05-01

    Sealed sources of 241Am that emit primarily 60 keV photons produce relative dose distributions in water comparable to those from 137Cs or 226Ra sources and can produce dose rates of up to 100 cGy/hr at 1 cm in water. Also, 241Am gamma rays can be effectively shielded by thin layers of high atomic number materials (HVL is 1/8th mm of lead) placed on the applicator or inside some body cavities (for example, hypaque in bladder, barium sulphate in rectum). These properties of 241Am sources open a new approach to optimizing intracavitary irradiation of various cancers by allowing a reduction in dose and volume of irradiated critical organs or by increasing tumor doses. The relative ease with which highly effective shielding is achievable with 241Am sources would allow the design and fabrication of partially shielded applicators which can produce asymmetric dose distributions to allow unidirectional irradiation of localized lesions. Design and dosimetry characteristics of a gynecological applicator containing 241Am sources are presented. The applicator consists of a 2, 3, or 4 segment vaginal plaque (loaded with 2 and 5 Ci 241Am sources) and a tandem made up of a single 8 Ci 241Am source. Dose rates at 2 cm from the plaques are 42.0, 47.4, 58.3 and 56.7 cGy/hr for 5-5, 5-4-5, 5-5-5, and 5-4-4-5 Ci plaques, respectively. The 5-4-5 Ci plaque in combination with the 8 Ci tandem produces dose rates of 60.0 and 22.8 cGy/hr to points A and B, respectively. Surface dose rates on the plaque applicators are 143, 124, 142 and 132 cGy/hr for 5-5, 5-4-5, 5-5-5 and 5-4-4-5 Ci applicators, respectively. The shielding effect of a 0.5 mm thick lead foil on one side of the 5-4-5 Ci applicator is found to be a factor of 16.8; for example, the dose rate at 2 cm from the unshielded side is 42.0 cGy/hr compared to a dose rate of 2.5 cGy/hr at 2 cm from the shielded side. Initial clinical experience with this applicator in the treatment of recurrent gynecological lesions is also presented

  4. Proposed retention model for human inhalation exposure to 241AmO2

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    A dosimetry model based on a four-year study in Beagle dogs was developed to predict patterns of absorbed radiation doses for people exposed by inhalation to 241AmO2. Following a single inhalation exposure to one of three sizes of monodisperse or a polydisperse aerosol of 241AmO2, pairs of dogs were sacrificed at 8, 32, 64 and 256 days, and 2 and 4 years. For about 80% of the initial lung burden, the retention halftimes were 11, 18, 26 and 27 days for the 0.75, 1.5 and 3.0 μm aerodynamic diameter and the 1.8 μm activity median aerodynamic diameter aerosols, respectively. For the remaining 20% of the initial lung burden, the retention halftimes were between 200 to 300 days with no apparent particle size influence. Additional 241Am metabolic studies reported in the literature using inhalation exposure or injection of the citrate complex were synthesized in the model as were eleven reported cases of human inhalation exposure. This model is compared to the ICRP II and TGLD lung models, both developed by analogy to Pu metabolism. The proposed model differs from these latter models in two important areas: (a) lung retention of 241AmO2 could not be adapted to the classifications used in these models, and (b) the fractional translocation from lung to other organs is 2 to 8 times larger. These factors considerably alter the predicted radiation dose distribution among organs and lead to the conclusion that derived radiation protection standards for 241AmO2 inhalation exposure should be modified. (author)

  5. Radiochemical determination of the neutron capture cross sections of {sup 241}Am irradiated in the JMTR reactor

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    Shinohara, N.; Hatsukawa, Y.; Hata, K.; Kohno, N. [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Tokai, Ibaraki (Japan). Tokai Research Establishment

    1997-03-01

    The thermal neutron capture cross section {sigma}{sub 0} and Resonance integral I{sub 0} of {sup 241}Am leading to the production of {sup 242m}Am and {sup 242g}Am were measured by radiochemical method. The cross sections obtained in this study are {sigma}{sub 0}=60.9 {+-} 2.6 barn, I{sub 0}=213 {+-} 13 barn for {sup 241}Am(n,{gamma}){sup 242m}Am and {sigma}{sub 0}=736 {+-} 31 barn, I{sub 0}=1684 {+-} 92 barn for {sup 241}Am(n,{gamma}){sup 242g}Am. (author)

  6. Precision Cross Section Measurement for the ^241Am(γ,n) Reaction at HIγS

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    Tonchev, A.; Hutcheson, A.; Howell, C. R.; Kwan, E.; Rusev, G.; Tornow, W.; Hammond, S.; Karwowski, H. J.; Huibregtse, C.; Kelley, J. H.; Vieira, D. L.; Wilhelmy, J. B.; Stoyer, M. A.

    2008-10-01

    The photodisintegration cross section on radioactive ^241Am target has been measured for the first time using monoenergetic γ-ray beams from the HIγS facility. Induced activity from ^240Am produced via the (γ,n) reaction was measured by the activation technique using high resolution HPGe detectors. The (γ,n) cross section was determined both by measuring the absolute γ-flux and by comparison to the ^197Au(γ,n) cross section used as a standard. In the following, we report new data for the excitation function of the ^241Am(γ,n ) reaction from near threshold to 16 MeV incident γ-ray energy and we compare the data with statistical nuclear-model calculations performed with the GNASH, EMPIRE, and TALYS codes.

  7. Measurement of the ^241Am(n,2n) Reaction Cross Section with the Activation Technique

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    Tonchev, A.; Crowell, A.; Fallin, B.; Howell, C.; Hutcheson, A.; Tornow, W.; Kelley, J.; Angell, C.; Karwowski, H.; Pedroni, R.; Becker, J.; Dashdorj, D.; Macri, R.; Wilhelmy, J.; Bond, E.; Fitzpatrick, J.; Slemmons, A.; Vieira, D.

    2006-10-01

    High-precision measurements of the ^241Am(n,2n)^240Am reaction have been performed with neutron energies from 8.8 to 14.0 MeV. The monoenergetic neutron beams were produced via the ^2H(d,n)^3He reaction using the 10 MV Tandem accelerator at TUNL. The radioactive targets consisted of 1mg highly-enriched ^241Am sandwiched between four different thin monitor foils. They were irradiated with a neutron flux of 3x10^7 n cm-2 s-1. After each irradiation the induced activity in the targets and monitors was measured off-line with 60% HPGe detectors. Our preliminary neutron induced cross sections will be compared with recent literature results and statistical model calculations using the GNASH and EMPIRE codes.

  8. Carcinogenic effects of the combined action of /sup 241/Am and. gamma. -radiation

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    Filippova, L.G.; Buldakov, L.A.; Nifatov, A.P. (Institut Biofiziki, Moscow (USSR))

    In experiments on Wistar rats a study was made of the carcinogenic effects of the combined exposure to /sup 241/Am administered intrapertioneally (6.7 to 229.4 kBq/kg body weight) and external ..gamma..-radiation (/sup 137/Cs, 175 cGy). The occurrence of osteosarcoma, leucosis, skin and mammary tumors increased in the exposed animals. The combined irradiation produced an additive carcinogenic effect.

  9. On a low intensity 241Am Compton spectrometer for measurement of electron momentum density

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    B L Ahuja; N L Heda

    2007-05-01

    In this paper, a new design and construction of a low intensity (100 mCi) 241Am -ray Compton spectrometer is presented. The planar spectrometer is based on a small disc source with the shortest geometry. Measurement of the momentum density of polycrystalline Al is used to evaluate the performance of the new design. The measured profile is in good agreement with the existing theoretical data and our density functional calculations.

  10. Isolating 241Am from waste solutions containing Al, Ca, Fe, and Cr

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    About 2.4 kg of 241Am contaminated with calcium and aluminum had been recovered from low-activity waste during recycle of 11% 240Pu. A process was developed and demonstrated to purify the americium before shipment as 241AmO2. The americium and some of the calcium were batch extracted into 50% TBP-n-paraffin from 2.2M Al(NO3)3 - 0.3M HNO3 solution in a canyon tank. Pregnant solvent was scrubbed first with 2.1M Al3+-0.3M Li+-6.7M NO3- and then with 7M LiNO3 to reduce the calcium content and to displace the aluminum. Americium was then stripped from the solvent with water and concentrated by evaporation. Before precipitating the americium with oxalic acid, the nitric acid was adjusted with NH4OH to yield a 1M NH4NO3 solution. Recovery across the batch extraction step was 97.8%, while 93% of the calcium and >99% of the aluminum was rejected. Recovery across precipitation averaged >96% while producing a product which was >99.3% pure 241AmO2. The major impurities were water, carbon, calcium, iron, and zinc

  11. Plutonium, 90Sr and 241Am in human bones from southern and northeastern parts of Poland

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    The paper presents the results of our study on 238Pu, 239Pu, 240Pu, 241Am and 90Sr concentration in human bones carried out on a set of 88 individual samples of central Europe origin. Bone tissue samples were retrieved under surgery while introducing hip joint implants. The conducted surgeries tend to cover either southern or northeastern parts of Poland. While for the southern samples only global fallout was expected to be seen, a mixed global and Chernobyl fallout were to be reflected in the others. Alpha spectrometry was applied to obtain activity concentration for 238Pu, 239+240Pu, 241Am, while liquid scintillation spectrometry for 90Sr and mass spectrometry to receive 240Pu/239Pu mass ratio. Surprisingly enough, and to the contrary to our expectations we could not see any significant differences in either Pu activity or Pu mass ratio between the studied populations. In both populations Chernobyl fraction proved marginal. The results on 90Sr and 241Am confirm similarities between the two examined groups. (author)

  12. Investigations of the chemical forms of 239Pu and 241Am in estuarine sediments and a salt marsh soil

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    Estuarine sediments and a salt marsh soil have been fractionated by non-destructive procedures. The distribution of 239Pu and 241Am in these fractions has been determined by gel permeation chromatography and extraction with complexing agents. (author)

  13. Dose distributions around cylindrical 241Am sources for a clinical intracavitary applicator

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    Encapsulated, cylindrical sources containing 2, 5, and 8 Ci of 241Am have been designed and fabricated for intracavitary irradiation of uterine cancers. Exposure rates in air and dose rates in water around these sources have been measured using an ionization chamber and a lithium fluoride thermoluminescent dosimetry system. Dose rates in water at a distance of 2.5 cm from the source center along a direction transverse to the source axis were found to be 10.4, 24.3, and 23.3 cGy/h for the 2-, 5-, and 8-Ci sources, respectively, using an ionization chamber. Under the same conditions, the thermoluminescent dosimetry system yielded the values of 10.3, 23.1, and 22.3 cGy/h. It was observed that the ratio of dose-to-water and exposure in air is sensitive to the scattering geometry and source geometry in the case of 241Am photons. This ratio was found to increase substantially as conditions of full scattering were approached. A three-dimensional integration model was employed for the determination of dose distributions around these sources. Results of this dose computation model have been compared against the measured data and were found to be in good agreement with each other. Average deviations of calculated data from measured data were in the range of 0.2 to 0.5 cGy/h and larger deviations were observed in the paraxial region, where the effects of oblique filtration are more severe. Computed dose rate tables were employed as reference source data in a modified version of a commercial treatment planning system in order to develop a facility for clinical dosimetry of 241Am intracavitary applications

  14. Scattering correction for {sup 241}Am-Be calibration of an individual albedo neutron dosemeter

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    Freitas, Bruno M.; Martins, Marcelo M.; Patrao, Karla C.S.; Fonseca, Evaldo S.; Pereira, Walsan W.; Mauricio, Claudia L.P., E-mail: brunofreitas@ird.gov.br, E-mail: marcelo@ird.gov.br, E-mail: karla@ird.gov.br, E-mail: evaldo@ird.gov.br, E-mail: walsan@ird.gov.br, E-mail: claudia@ird.gov.br [Instituto de Radioprotecao e Dosimetria (IRD/CNEN-RJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2013-07-01

    The Instituto de Radioprotecao e Dosimetria (IRD), RJ, Brazil, runs an individual albedo neutron dosemeter service. The albedo dosemeter response varies strongly with neutron energy, falling down very steeply in the energy range of radionuclide neutron source. Moreover the largest number of workers exposed to neutrons in Brazil is exposed to scattered and moderated {sup 241}Am-Be fields. Therefore a study of the response of albedo dosemeter due to neutron scattering from {sup 241}Am-Be source is very important for IRD albedo dosemeter calibration. In this work, it has been evaluated the scattering neutron correction in the calibration of the albedo dosemeter from a {sup 241}Am-Be source in the Low Scattering Laboratory of the Neutron Laboratory of the Brazilian National Metrology Laboratory of Ionizing Radiations, where IRD albedo neutron dosemeter is calibrated. It was used the shadow cone technique and Bonner sphere spectrometer with the BUMS (Bonner sphere Unfolding Made Simple) unfolding software. Using the results obtained for the values of H{sub p}(10) and the reading of IRD albedo neutron dosemeter, new calibration factors, considering the scattering in the laboratory, were calculated. These calculated factors for irradiation without the shadow cone are approximately the same for both studied distances and similar with the one calculated without taking in account the scattering contribution for a source-detector distance of 1.00 m (7% difference), but about 20% higher at 2.25 m. For the neutron scattered beam (with shadow cone), the calibration factor values are about 30% and 25% lower, respectively, for 1.00 and 2.25 m. (author)

  15. Concordant 241Pu-241Am Dating of Environmental Samples: Results from Forest Fire Ash

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    Goldstein, S. J.; Oldham, W. J.; Murrell, M. T.; Katzman, D.

    2010-12-01

    We have measured the Pu, 237Np, 241Am, and 151Sm isotopic systematics for a set of forest fire ash samples from various locations in the western U.S. including Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, and New Mexico. The goal of this study is to develop a concordant 241Pu (t1/2 = 14.4 y)-241Am dating method for environmental collections. Environmental samples often contain mixtures of components including global fallout. There are a number of approaches for subtracting the global fallout component for such samples. One approach is to use 242Pu/239Pu as a normalizing isotope ratio in a three-isotope plot, where this ratio for the non-global fallout component can be estimated or assumed to be small. This study investigates a new, complementary method of normalization using the long-lived fission product, 151Sm (t1/2 = 90 y). We find that forest fire ash concentrates actinides and fission products with ~1E10 atoms 239Pu/g and ~1E8 atoms 151Sm/g, allowing us to measure these nuclides by mass spectrometric (MIC-TIMS) and radiometric (liquid scintillation counting) methods. The forest fire ash samples are characterized by a western U.S. regional isotopic signature representing varying mixtures of global fallout with a local component from atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons at the Nevada Test Site (NTS). Our results also show that 151Sm is well correlated with the Pu nuclides in the forest fire ash, suggesting that these nuclides have similar geochemical behavior in the environment. Results of this correlation indicate that the 151Sm/239Pu atom ratio for global fallout is ~0.164, in agreement with an independent estimate of 0.165 based on 137Cs fission yields for atmospheric weapons tests at the NTS. 241Pu-241Am dating of the non-global fallout component in the forest fire ash samples yield ages in the late 1950’s-early 1960’s, consistent with a peak in NTS weapons testing at that time. The age results for this component are in agreement using both 242Pu and 151Sm normalizations

  16. Electronic structure of polycrystalline Cd metal using {sup 241}Am radioisotope

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    Dhaka, M. S., E-mail: msdhaka75@yahoo.co.in [Department of Physics, University College of Science, M. L. S. University, Udaipur-313001 (India); Sharma, G. [Department of Pure and Applied Physics, University of Kota, Kota-324005 (India); Mishra, M. C. [Department of Physics, R. R. M. Government College, Jhunjhunu-333001 (India); Sharma, B. K. [Department of Physics, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur-302004 (India)

    2014-04-24

    Electronic structure study of the polycrystalline cadmium metal is reported. The experimental measurement is undertaken on a polycrystalline sheet sample using 59.54 keV radioisotope of {sup 241}Am. These results are compared with the ab initio calculations. The theoretical calculations are performed using linear combination of atomic orbitals (LCAO) method employing the density functional theories (DFT) and Hartree-Fock (HF) and augmented plane wave (APW) methods. The spherically averaged APW and LCAO based theoretical Compton profiles are in good agreement with the experimental measurement however the APW based theoretical calculations show best agreement.

  17. Influence of organic fertilization on the sorption mechanisms of {sup 241} Am in tropical soils; A influencia da adubacao organica nos mecanismos de sorcao do {sup 241} Am em solos tropicais

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    Pereira, Tatiane Rocha

    2009-07-01

    In this work the mechanisms involved in the sorption of {sup 241}Am were investigated depending on the physicochemical properties of some Brazilian soils and on alterations promoted by organic amendment. This experimental study was conducted in a controlled area, where pots containing different kinds of soils (histisol, ferralsol and nitisol), with different organic amendment doses (without amendment; 2 kg m{sup -2} and 4 kg m{sup -2}) were artificially contaminated by radioactive solution water, which contained {sup 241}Am. Migration studies, distribution (or partition) coefficient (KJ), bioavailability and organic matter were carried out in these soils, with ar without organic amendment. In order to evaluate the effective bioavailability of radionuclides, radish (Raphanus sativus L.) was cultivated in these pots, and later the concentration of {sup 241}Am in radish's roots was measured. The main results show that {sup 241}Am tends to be strongly attached to organic matter and that organic amendment in tropical soils minimizes the radionuclide studied desorption. Also, distribution (or partition) coefficient values for {sup 241}Am were generated and these values are smaller than those ones determined for soils from temperate zones. Physical and chemical fractioning of organic matter were carried out. (author)

  18. Performance comparison of an 241Am-Be neutron source-based PGNAA setup with the KFUPM PGNAA setup

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    Monte Carlo calculations have been carried out to compare the performance of an 241Am-Be neutron source-based prompt gamma neutron activation analysis (PGNAA) setup with that of the 2.8 MeV neutron-based PGNAA setup at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) to analyze Portland cement samples. This work is a part of a wide Monte Carlo studies being conducted at KFUPM in search of a more efficient neutron source for its 2.8 MeV neutrons, from the D(d,n) reaction, based PGNAA facility. In this study an 241Am-Be neutron source-based PGNAA setup was simulated. For comparison, the diameter of a cylindrical external moderator of the 241Am-Be neutron source, based PGNAA setup, was assumed to be similar to that used in the KFUPM PGNAA setup. It was revealed that although the optimum geometry of the 241Am-Be neutron source-based setup is similar to that of the KFUPM PGNAA facility, the performance of the 241Am-Be neutron source-based setup is slightly poorer than that of the 2.8 MeV neutron-based setup. (author)

  19. Measurement of thermal neutron cross section for {sup 241}Am(n,f) reaction

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    Kobayashi, Katsuhei; Yamamoto, Shuji; Fujita, Yoshiaki [Kyoto Univ., Kumatori, Osaka (Japan). Research Reactor Inst.; Miyoshi, Mitsuharu; Kimura, Itsuro; Kanno, Ikuo; Shinohara, Nobuo

    1997-03-01

    Making use of a standard neutron spectrum field with a pure Maxwellian distribution, the thermal neutron cross section for the {sup 241}Am(n,f) reaction has been measured relative to the reference value of 586.2b for the {sup 235U}(n,f) reaction. For the present measurement, electrodeposited layers of {sup 241}Am and {sup 235}U have been employed as back-to-back type double fission chambers. The present result at neutron energy of 0.0253 eV is 3.15 {+-} 0.097b. The ENDF/B-VI data is in good agreement with the present value, while the JENDL-3.2 data is lower by 4.2%. The evaluated data in JEF-2.2 and by Mughabghab are higher by 0.9% and 1.6%, respectively than the present result. The ratios of the earlier experimental data to the present value are distributed between 0.89 and 1.02. (author)

  20. Neutron capture and (n,2n) measurements on {sup 241}Am

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    Vieira, D.J.; Jandel, M.; Bredeweg, T.A.; Bond, E.M.; Clement, R.R.; Couture, A.; Haight, R.C.; O' Donnell, J.M.; Reifarth, R.; Rundberg, R.S.; Ullmann, J.L.; Wilhelmy, J.B.; Wouters, J.M. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, NM (United States); Tonchev, A.P.; Hutcheson, A.; Angell, C.T.; Crowell, A.S.; Fallin, B.; Hammond, S.; Howell, C.R.; Karowowski, H.J.; Kelley, J.H.; Pedroni, R.; Tornow, W. [Triangle Univ. Nuclear Laboratory, Durham, NC (United States); Macri, R.A.; Agvaanluvsan, U.; Becker, J.A.; Dashdorj, D.; Stoyer, M.A.; Wu, C.Y. [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA (United States)

    2008-07-01

    We report on a set of neutron-induced reaction measurements on {sup 241}Am which are important for nuclear forensics and advanced nuclear reactor design. Neutron capture measurements have been performed on the DANCE detector array at the Los Alamos Neutron Scattering Center (LANSCE). In general, good agreement is found with the most recent data evaluations up to an incident neutron energy of about 300 keV where background limits the measurement. Using mono-energetic neutrons produced in the {sup 2}H(d,n){sup 3}He reaction at the Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory (TUNL), we have measured the {sup 241}Am(n,2n) excitation function from 7.6 to 14.5 MeV using the activation method. Good agreement is found with previous measurements, with the exception of the three data points reported by Perdikakis et al. around 11 MeV, where we obtain a much lower cross section that is more consistent with theoretical estimates. (authors)

  1. Incidence of liver tumors in beagles with body burdens of 239Pu or 241Am

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    Tetravalent 239Pu or trivalent 241Am in a citrate buffer, given via a single intravenous injection to beagles, induced very pronounced liver changes, usually at relatively long postinjection times. The lesions consisted of cell injury or cell necrosis which was followed by nodular hyperplasia and a significant incidence of primary liver tumors. The most frequent neoplasm was the bile duct adenoma, followed by the bile duct carcinoma. A lesser number of sarcomas were also induced, especially fibrosarcomas. The number of hepatic cell tumors was low. An abnormally high incidence of both hyperplastic nodules and primary liver tumors occurred at long postinjection times and at average doses extending down to ∼10 rads. The various nodular lesions and liver tumors frequently occurred as incidental findings in dogs dying from other causes, especially bone cancer. In comparison to bone neoplasia, the liver was a much less important target organ in the high-dose level groups, but in some of the low-dose groups, especially in the 241Am groups, the risk of radiation-induced liver cancer was approximately equal to or exceeded the risk of skeletal tumors. However, in any projection of the risks observed in this animal model to man, one should be mindful that the beagle skeleton is approximately 25 times more sensitive to radiation-induced bone neoplasia than is the human skeleton (Mays et al., 1976) and that the radiosensitivity difference for the beagle and human liver is unknown. 41 refs., 8 figs., 5 tabs

  2. Study of the {sup 241}Am in fresh water. Application to Rh e ecosystem; Etude des transferts de L'{sup 241}Am en eau douce. Application a l'ecosysteme rhodanien

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    Veran, M.P.; Garnier-Laplace, J.; Baudin, J.P. [CEA Cadarache, Inst. de Protection et de Surete Nucleaire (IPSN), 13 - Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (France)

    1999-07-01

    The {sup 241}Am transfers are quantified in the heart of a model ecosystem, representative of the aquatic medium downstream the site of Marcoule. The dominating phenomenon of adsorption governs the distribution of Am in the ecosystem. The capacities of bioaccumulation are more important for the primary producers, the zooplankton and the filter molluscs. The results show the key role of the benthic fauna able to mobilize {sup 241}Am fixed on the sediment and the importance of the feeding to explain the contamination of the omnivorous fishes. The dreissensia can be used as bio indicator of radio contamination by transuranium elements. (N.C.)

  3. The potential of coconut fibers in raw and treated forms to remove {sup 241}Am from aqueous solutions

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    Fonseca, Heverton C.O.; Jesus, Nella N.M. de; Nobre, Vanessa B.; Potiens Junior, Ademar; Sakata, Solange K., E-mail: sksakata@ipen.br [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2013-07-01

    In the Radioactive Waste Management (GRR) at the Nuclear and Energy Research Institute (IPEN/CNEN-SP) vegetal biomass has been studied as adsorbent to remove radioisotopes from radioactive liquid wastes as part of the radioactive waste treatment program. In this work coconuts fiber was evaluate as biosorbent to remove {sup 241}Am from aqueous solutions and many different parameters were studied such as particle size (35 and 80 mesh) and contact time (between 5 and 60 minutes). In order to evaluate if the treated biomass could remove more {sup 241}Am the experiments were also performed using raw biomass and treated with H{sub 2}O{sub 2} in basic conditions. When the experiment was carried out using raw coconuts fiber with 80 mesh, neutral conditions after 5 minutes of contact time 99% of the radionuclide was removed from the aqueous solution. This result shows the potential of this biomass to remove {sup 241}Am from radioactive liquid wastes. (author)

  4. Development of the MICROMEGAS Detector for Measuring the Energy Spectrum of Alpha Particles by using a 241-Am Source

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    Kim, Do Yoon; Shin, Jae Won; Park, Tae-Sun; Hong, Seung-Woo; Andriamonje, Samuel; Kadi, Yacine; Tenreiro, Claudio

    2016-01-01

    We have developed MICROMEGAS (MICRO MEsh GASeous) detectors for detecting {\\alpha} particles emitted from an 241-Am standard source. The voltage applied to the ionization region of the detector is optimized for stable operation at room temperature and atmospheric pressure. The energy of {\\alpha} particles from the 241-Am source can be varied by changing the flight path of the {\\alpha} particle from the 241 Am source. The channel numbers of the experimentally-measured pulse peak positions for different energies of the {\\alpha} particles are associated with the energies deposited by the alpha particles in the ionization region of the detector as calculated by using GEANT4 simulations; thus, the energy calibration of the MICROMEGAS detector for {\\alpha} particles is done. For the energy calibration, the thickness of the ionization region is adjusted so that {\\alpha} particles may completely stop in the ionization region and their kinetic energies are fully deposited in the region. The efficiency of our MICROMEGA...

  5. Characterization of the neutron field of the 241AmBe in a calibration room

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    The field of neutrons produced by an isotopic source of neutrons of 241 Am Be had been characterized. The characterization was carried out modeling those relevant details of the calibration room and simulating the neutron transport at different distances of the source. The calculated spectra were used to determine the equivalent environmental dose rate. A series of experiments were carried out with the Bonner sphere spectrometric system to measure the spectra in the same points where the calculations were carried out and with these spectra the rates of environmental dose were calculated. By means of a one sphere dosemeter type Berthold the rates of environmental dose were measured. To the one to compare the calculated spectra and measured its were found small differences in the group of the thermal neutrons due to the elementary composition used during the simulation. When comparing the derived rates starting from the calculated spectra with those measured it was found a maxim difference smaller to 13%. (Author)

  6. In situ determination of 241Am on Enewetak Atoll. Date of survey: July 1977-December 1979

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    An in situ gamma ray spectrometer system was operated at Enewetak Atoll from July 1977 to December 1979 in support of the Enewetak Cleanup Project. The system employed a high purity germanium planar detector suspended at a height of 7.4 m above ground. Conversion factors were established to relate measured photopeak count rate data to source concentration in the soil. Data obtained for 241Am, together with plutonium-to-americium ratios obtained from soil sample analyses, were used to establish area-averaged surface (0 to 3 cm) transuranic concentration values. In areas which exceeded cleanup criteria, measurements were made in an iterative fashion to guide soil removal until levels were reduced below the cleanup criteria. Final measurements made after soil removal had been completed were used to document remaining surface transuranic concentration values and to establish external exposure rate levels due to 137Cs and 60Co

  7. Attenuation studies near K-absorption edges using Compton scattered 241Am gamma rays

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    K K Abdullah; N Ramachandran; K Karunakaran Nair; B R S Babu; Antony Josephm; Rajive Thomas; K M Varier

    2008-04-01

    We have carried out photon attenuation measurements at several energies in the range from 49.38 keV to 57.96 keV around the K-absorption edges of the rare earth elements Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy and Er using 59.54 keV gamma rays from 241Am source after Compton scattering from an aluminium target. Pellets of oxides of the rare earth elements were chosen as mixture absorbers in these investigations. A narrow beam good geometry set-up was used for the attenuation measurements. The scattered gamma rays were detected by an HPGe detector. The results are consistent with theoretical values derived from the XCOM package.

  8. Synthesis of the isotopes of elements 118 and 116 in the 249Cf and 245Cm+48Ca fusion reactions

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    Oganessian, Y T; Utyonkov, V K; Lobanov, Y V; Abdullin, F S; Polyakov, A N; Sagaidak, R N; Shirokovsky, I V; Tsyganov, Y S; Voinov, A A; Gulbekian, G G; Bogomolov, S L; Gikal, B N; Mezentsev, A N; Iliev, S; Subbotin, V G; Sukhov, A M; Subotic, K; Zagrebaev, V I; Vostokin, G K; Itkis, M G; Moody, K J; . Patin, J B; Shaughnessy, D A; Stoyer, M A; Stoyer, N J; Wilk, P A; Kenneally, J M; Landrum, J H; Wild, J F; Lougheed, R W

    2006-01-31

    The decay properties of {sup 290}116 and {sup 291}116, and the dependence of their production cross sections on the excitation energies of the compound nucleus, {sup 293}116, have been measured in the {sup 245}Cm({sup 48}Ca,xn){sup 293-x}116 reaction. These isotopes of element 116 are the decay daughters of element 118 isotopes, which are produced via the {sup 249}Cf+{sup 48}Ca reaction. They performed the element 118 experiment at two projectile energies, corresponding to {sup 297}118 compound nucleus excitation energies of E* = 29.2 {+-} 2.5 and 34.4 {+-} 2.3 MeV. During an irradiation with a total beam dose of 4.1 x 10{sup 19} {sup 48}Ca projectiles, three similar decay chains consisting of two or three consecutive {alpha} decays and terminated by a spontaneous fission (SF) with high total kinetic energy of about 230 MeV were observed. The three decay chains originated from the even-even isotope {sup 294}118 (E{sub {alpha}} = 11.65 {+-} 0.06 MeV, T{sub {alpha}} = 0.89{sub -0.31}{sup +1.07} ms) produced in the 3n-evaporation channel of the {sup 249}Cf+{sup 48}Ca reaction with a maximum cross section of 0.5{sub -0.3}{sup +1.6} pb.

  9. Characterization of 241Am and 134Cs bioaccumulation in the king scallop Pecten maximus: investigation via three exposure pathways

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    In order to understand the bioaccumulation of 241Am and 134Cs in scallops living in sediments, the uptake and depuration kinetics of these two elements were investigated in the king scallop Pecten maximus exposed via seawater, food, or sediment under laboratory conditions. Generally, 241Am accumulation was higher and its retention was stronger than 134Cs. This was especially obvious when considering whole animals exposed through seawater with whole-body concentration factors (CF7d) of 62 vs. 1, absorption efficiencies (A0l) of 78 vs. 45 for seawater and biological half-lives (Tb1/2l) of 892 d vs. 22 d for 241Am and 134Cs, respectively. In contrast, following a single feeding with radiolabelled phytoplankton, the assimilation efficiency (AE) and Tb1/2l of 134Cs were higher than those of 241Am (AE: 28% vs. 20%; Tb1/2l: 14 d vs. 9 d). Among scallop tissues, the shells always contained the higher proportion of the total body burden of 241Am whatever the exposure pathway. In contrast, the whole soft parts presented the major fraction of whole-body burden of 134Cs, which was generally associated with muscular tissues. Our results showed that the two radionuclides have contrasting behaviors in scallops, in relation to their physico-chemical properties. - Highlights: → We determined Am and Cs uptake and depuration kinetics following seawater, food and sediment exposures. → We determined radionuclide tissue distribution after exposure and after depuration periods. → Am was mainly associated to the shell whatever the exposure pathway was. → Transfer processes occurred between soft and hard tissues for Am.

  10. Preliminary results on ^241,243Am and ^235U (n,γ) cross sections measured at DANCE

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    Jandel, M.; Bredeweg, T. A.; Fowler, M. M.; Bond, E. M.; O'Donnell, J. M.; Reifarth, R.; Rundberg, R. S.; Ullmann, J. L.; Vieira, D. J.; Wilhelmy, J. B.; Wouters, J. M.; Macri, R. A.; Wu, C.-Y.; Becker, J. A.

    2006-10-01

    The Detector for Advanced Neutron Capture Experiments (DANCE) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) was used for neutron capture cross sections measurements. Its high granularity of 160 BaF2 detectors allows for highly efficient detection of prompt gamma-rays following a neutron capture. DANCE is located on the 20.26 m neutron flight path 14 at the Manuel Lujan Jr. Neutron Scattering Center at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE). The moderated production target provides neutrons in the 0.02 eV - 500 keV energy range. An analysis of neutron capture measurements on ^241,243Am and ^235U targets will be presented. The experiments were carried out using a customized Parallel-Plate Avalanche Counter (PPAC) detector installed in the center of the DANCE array. The PPAC was used as a fission-tagging detector to separate (n,γ) from (n,fission) events. Preliminary results of (n,γ) cross sections will be presented and compared with the available evaluated data for neutron energies from 0.02 eV to 1 keV. Additional neutron capture measurements with DANCE will be briefly discussed.

  11. 241Am distribution and retention in pregnant mice, in their offspring and in non-pregnant mice: comparison between continuous Am administration and single injection

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    Pregnant BALB/c mice and age and sex matched nulliparous controls were contaminated with 241Am (13 kBq per mouse). Five days after the termination of contamination, 241Am incorporation was measured in the tissues of adults and in the liver an the femur of newborn and one-month-old mice. Pregnancy resulted in higher 241Am concentrations in bone but lower concentrations in the liver of the mothers. Protracted administration of 241Am compared to a single injection resulted in a lower concentration of 241Am in the livers of pregnant mice, their nulliparous controls and from newborn mice. The higher 241Am concentration in the femur at birth after protected exposure before 14 days of gestation compared to protracted exposure after 14 days of gestation could reflect the increased placental transfer of 241Am with advancing gestational age. Radiation doses to the femur were estimated between 4 and 20 mGy. Haemopoietic changes were noticed at these dose levels in all groups until at least 6 months after birth. (author)

  12. Neutron transmission and capture cross section measurements for 241Am at the GELINA facility

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    Resonance parameters for neutron-induced reactions on 241Am below 110 eV have been determined. The parameters result from a resonance shape analysis of transmission and capture data measured at the time-of-flight facility GELINA, with the accelerator operating at a 50 Hz repetition rate. The transmission experiments were carried out at a 25 m station using a Li glass scintillator. The capture experiments were performed at a 12.5 m station by applying the total energy detection principle in combination with the pulse height weighting technique using a pair of C6D6 detectors. The normalization of the capture data was determined by a combined least squares adjustment of the transmission and capture data. From the adjusted resonance parameters a capture cross section of 749 ± 35 b for a neutron energy of 0.0253 eV and an average radiation width of Γγ = 42.0 meV for s-wave resonances were obtained. A missing-level analysis for s-wave neutron resonances within the statistical model results in compatible values with previous estimates. The neutron widths obtained in this work are approximately 22% larger compared to other experimental data and evaluated data libraries. Also the thermal capture cross section is larger than most of the recommended values. However, the resonance parameter file presented in this work is consistent with results of both integral experiments and of the experimentally determined resonance integrals. (authors)

  13. Features of the {sup 241}AmBe-based UPM neutron facility

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    Gallego, E.; Lorente, A. [Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Laboratorio de Ingenieria Nuclear, Jose Gutierrez Abascal No. 2, 28006 Madrid (Spain); Mendez, R. [CIEMAT, Ionizing Radiation Standard Laboratory, Av. Complutense 40, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Bedogni, R.; Esposito, A. [Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati, Istituto Nazionali di Fisica Nucleare, U.F. Fisica Sanitaria, Via E. Fermi 40, 00040 Frascati, Roma (Italy); Amgarou, K.; Domingo, C. [Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Grup de Fisica de les Radiacions, Campus de Bellaterra, 08193 Barcelona (Spain); Vega C, H. R., E-mail: eduardo.gallego@upm.es [Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Unidad Academica de Estudios Nucleares, Apdo. Postal 336, 98000 Zacatecas (Mexico)

    2012-10-15

    A new automated bench for irradiation, using a {sup 241}AmBe neutron source, has been installed in the neutronics hall at the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM). In order to determine the neutron field features on the bench a neutron spectrometry, using the Bonner sphere spectrometer, campaign was carried out with the participation of four research teams. Each team used their own spectrometer with different unfolding codes. The UPM-UAZ spectrometer has seven spheres with a {sup 6}Lil(Eu) scintillator, for unfolding this team used the BUNKIUT code. The INFN-LNF spectrometer has 10 spheres with a {sup 6}Lil(Eu) scintillator and the Fruit code was used for unfolding. The UAB team spectrometer has 11 with a {sup 3}He proportional counter, for unfolding this team used the Fruit code. The CIEMAT team spectrometer is 12 spheres with a {sup 3}He Sp 9 counter, for unfolding this team used the UMG code. The paper shows the main results obtained in terms of neutron spectra at fixed distances from the source as well as the total neutron fluence rate and ambient dose equivalent rate H(10) determined from the spectra. The H(10) are compared with the readings of a neutron area monitor Lb 6411. (Author)

  14. Distribution of 239Pu and 241Am in the human skeleton

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    The 241Am and 239Pu distribution in the skeletons of two former nuclear workers has been measured. The skeletons of both individuals appear to be within normal limits for Caucasian men about 50 y old. Both had lower limb bones that were heavier than the age controls and Case I had upper-body bones that were lighter than the age control group. The distribution of americium in the skeleton of Case I, 25 years post exposure, indicated that a more rapid turnover of initially deposited americium on the bone surfaces of cancellous bone, as compared to that deposited on the bone surfaces of compact bone, had occurred. This resulted in a larger proportion of americium located in the compact bone of the extremities and a lesser quantity in the more cancellous bones of the vertebral column, pelvis and rib cage. A similar shift in the distribution of plutonium occurred in Case II in the 35 y since initial deposition, but at a slower rate than that for americium. The ratio of each actinide in the liver to that in the systemic system (liver content/systemic system content) was 0.065 and 0.436, for americium and plutonium, respectively, suggesting that a much more rapid turnover of americium in the liver, compared to plutonium, provided a much larger fraction of that nuclide for circulatory feedback to the remodeling skeletal system. 8 references, 3 tables

  15. Solubilization of 241AmO2 in alveolar macrophage cultures

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    Cultured rabbit alveolar macrophages were used to study the effect of phagocytosis on the solubilization of 241AmO2. A comparison was made of the solubility of phagocytized AmO2 and AmO2 in cell-free media, in the presence and absence of 0.1 mM DTPA. A time-dependent increase of 26% in the soluble (0.1-μm filtrate) intracellular americium fraction was seen in macrophages cultured for 3 days. The addition of 0.1mM DTPA to culture medium resulted in an increase of 36% over the same time period. In contrast, cell-free media without DTPA resulted in less than a 2% increase in solubility after 4 days of incubation, while addition of 0.1mM DTPA resulted in a 5% increase over the same time period. These results indicate cell-mediated solbuilization of phagocytized AmO2 by macrophages

  16. Preparation and measurement of 241Am solutions to establish traceability of counting equipment to the National Physical Laboratory

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    Measurement of the 241Am activity in ampoules prepared from a stock solution has established direct traceability of the Harwell low geometry counters numbers 12 and 13 to the 4π alpha/gamma coincidence counting equipment at the National Physical Laboratory. The mean values obtained from measurements on three ampoules at each establishment agree to within 0.2%; the difference lies within the respective experimental errors. (author)

  17. Influence of self-absorption corrections in the quantification of 210Pb and 241Am for sediment dating

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    González, J. Carrazana; Vargas, M. Jurado; Castillo, R. Gil

    2016-10-01

    The nuclides 210Pb and 241Am are used in geochronological studies. In this work, we examine the influence of the sediment chemical composition on the self-attenuation corrections needed for the accurate determination of specific activities for 210Pb and 241Am used for sediment dating. A theoretical exercise was carried out evaluating the relative bias obtained by four different analytical laboratories in the quantification of the 210Pb and 241Am activity concentration by gamma-ray spectrometry. The laboratories considered the same density for the sediment sample, but each one used a different chemical composition in the Monte Carlo calculations, and six different HPGe detectors (including n and p-types). An estimate of the impact that would have the relative biases found in the estimation of the 210Pb sediment ages, applying the Constant Rate of Supply (CRS) dating model, is also given. In addition, the performance scores that the laboratories would have obtained in a hypothetical IAEA proficiency test are also presented.

  18. New source moderator geometry to improve performance of 252Cf and 241Am Be source-based PGNAA setups

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    Naqvi, A. A.; Abdelmonem, M. S.; Al-Misned, Ghada; Al-Ghamdi, Hanan

    2006-06-01

    The gamma ray yield from a 252Cf and a 241Am-Be source-based Prompt Gamma Ray Activation Analysis (PGNAA) setup has been observed to increase with enclosing their neutrons sources in a high-density polyethylene moderator. The prompt gamma rays yield from both setups depends upon the moderator length and the source position in it. For both setups, the optimum moderator length is found to be 7 cm. The optimum position of the neutron source inside moderator of the 252Cf and the 241Am-Be source-based PGNAA setups was found to be at a distance of 0.5 and 0.75 cm from the moderator-end facing the sample, respectively. Due to enclosure of the source in the moderator, about three-fold increase has been observed in the yield of prompt gamma rays from a Portland cement sample of a 252Cf and a 241Am-Be source-based PGNAA setups.

  19. Measurement of neutron induced fission of {sup 235}U, {sup 233}U and {sup 245}Cm with the FIC detector at the CERN n-TOF facility

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

    2008-07-01

    A series of measurements of neutron induced fission cross section of various transuranic isotopes have been performed at the CERN n-TOF spallation neutron facility, in the energy range from thermal to nearly 250 MeV. The experimental apparatus consists in a fast ionization chamber (FIC), used as a fission fragment detector with a high efficiency. Good discrimination between alphas and fission fragments can be obtained with a simple amplitude threshold. In order to allow the monitoring of the neutron beam and to extract the n-TOF neutron flux, the well known cross section of the {sup 235}U(n,f) reaction, considered as a fission standard, has been used. Preliminary results for the cross section are shown for some selected isotopes such as {sup 235}U, {sup 233}U and {sup 245}Cm in the energy range from 0.050 eV to about 2 MeV. These results for {sup 235}U, {sup 233}U and {sup 245}Cm show results consistent with databases in the resonance region, with no normalization required for {sup 233}U. In the case of {sup 245}Cm, for the energy range between thermal and 20 eV, we obtained the first experimental data ever published, while showing a good agreement with previous data in the region above that value.

  20. Measurement of the neutron-induced fission cross-section of {sup 243}Am relative to {sup 235}U from 0.5 to 20 MeV

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    Belloni, F.; Milazzo, P.M.; Abbondanno, U.; Fujii, K.; Moreau, C. [Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Trieste (Italy); Calviani, M. [Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Legnaro (Italy); CERN, Geneva (Switzerland); Colonna, N.; Barbagallo, M.; Marrone, S.; Meaze, M.H.; Tagliente, G.; Terlizzi, R. [Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Bari (Italy); Mastinu, P.; Gramegna, F. [Lab. Nazionali di Legnaro, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Legnaro (Italy); Aerts, G.; Andriamonje, S.; Berthoumieux, E.; Dridi, W.; Gunsing, F.; Pancin, J.; Perrot, L.; Plukis, A. [Irfu, CEA, Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Alvarez, H.; Cano-Ott, D.; Duran, I.; Embid-Segura, M.; Gonzalez-Romero, E.; Paradela, C.; Tarrio, D. [Univ. de Santiago de Compostela, Galicia (Spain); Alvarez-Velarde, F.; Guerrero, C.; Martinez, T.; Villamarin, D.; Vincente, M.C. [Centro de Investigaciones Energeticas Medioambientales y Technologicas, Madrid (Spain); Andrzejewski, J.; Marganiec, J. [Univ. of Lodz (Poland); Audouin, L.; Dillmann, I.; Heil, M.; Kaeppeler, F.; Mosconi, M.; Plag, R.; Voss, F.; Walter, S.; Wisshak, K. [Karlsruhe Inst. of Technology, Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany). Inst. fuer Kernphysik; Badurek, G.; Jericha, E.; Leeb, H.; Oberhummer, H. [Technische Univ. Wien, Atominstitut der Oesterreichischen Universitaeten, Wien (Austria); Baumann, P.; David, S.; Kerveno, M.; Lukic, S.; Rudolf, G. [IReS, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique/IN2P3, Strasbourg (France); Becvar, F.; Krticka, M. [Charles Univ., Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Prague (Czech Republic); Calvino, F.; Cortes, G.; Poch, A.; Pretel, C. [Univ. Politecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona (Spain); Capote, R. [NAPC/Nuclear Data Section, International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna (Austria); Univ. de Sevilla (Spain); Carrapico, C.; Goncalves, I.; Salgado, J.; Santos, C.; Tavora, L.; Vaz, P. [Inst. Tecnologico e Nuclear, Lisbon (Portugal)] [and others

    2011-12-15

    The ratio of the neutron-induced fission cross-sections of {sup 243}Am and {sup 235}U was measured in the energy range from 0.5 to 20 MeV with uncertainties of {approx} 4%. The experiment was performed at the CERN n{sub T}OF facility using a fast ionization chamber. With the good counting statistics that could be achieved thanks to the high instantaneous flux and the low backgrounds, the present results are useful for resolving discrepancies in previous data sets and are important for future reactors with improved fuel burn-up. (orig.)

  1. Neutron-induced fission cross sections of 233U and 243Am in the energy range 0.5 Mev En 20 MeV @ n_TOF

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

    2011-01-01

    Neutron-induced fission cross-sections of actinides have been recently measured at the neutron time of flight facility n_TOF at CERN in the frame of a research project involving isotopes relevant for nuclear astrophysics and nuclear technologies. Fission fragments are detected by a gas counter with good discrimination between nuclear fission products and background events. Neutron-induced fission cross-sections of 233U and 243Am were determined relative to 235U. The present paper reports the results obtained at neutron energies between 0.5 and 20 MeV.

  2. New search for correlated e{sup +}e{sup -} pairs in the {alpha} decay of {sup 241}Am

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    Bernabei, R.; Belli, P.; Di Marco, A. [INFN, Sezione Roma ' ' Tor Vergata' ' , Rome (Italy); Universita di Roma ' ' Tor Vergata' ' , Dipartimento di Fisica, Rome (Italy); Cappella, F.; D' Angelo, A.; Incicchitti, A. [INFN, Sezione Roma, Rome (Italy); Universita di Roma ' ' La Sapienza' ' , Dipartimento di Fisica, Rome (Italy); Caracciolo, V.; Castellano, S.; Cerulli, R.; Laubenstein, M. [Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso, INFN, Assergi (Italy); Dai, C.J.; He, H.L.; Ma, X.H.; Sheng, X.D.; Wang, R.G. [Chinese Academy, IHEP, Beijing (China); Montecchia, F. [INFN, Sezione Roma ' ' Tor Vergata' ' , Rome (Italy); Universita di Roma ' ' Tor Vergata' ' , Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile e Ingegneria Informatica, Rome (Italy); Tretyak, V.I. [Institute for Nuclear Research, Kyiv (Ukraine); Ye, Z.P. [Chinese Academy, IHEP, Beijing (China); University of Jing Gangshan, Jiangxi (China)

    2013-05-15

    A new search for production of correlated e{sup +}e{sup -} pairs in the {alpha} decay of {sup 241}Am has been carried out deep underground at the Gran Sasso National Laboratory of the INFN by using pairs of NaI(Tl) detectors of the DAMA/LIBRA set-up. The experimental data show an excess of double coincidences of events with energy around 511keV in faced pairs of detectors, which are not explained by known side reactions. This measured excess gives a relative activity {lambda} = (4.70{+-}0.63) x 10{sup -9} for the Internal Pair Production (IPP) with respect to the alpha decay of {sup 241}Am; this value is of the same order of magnitude as previous determinations. In a conservative approach the upper limit {lambda} < 5.5 x 10{sup -9} (90% C.L.) can be derived. It is worth noting that this is the first result on IPP obtained in an underground experiment, and that the {lambda} value obtained in the present work is independent of the live-time estimate. (orig.)

  3. Measurement of mass yields from the 241Am(2nth,f reaction at the Lohengrin Spectrometer

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    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available The study of fission yields has a major impact on the characterization and understanding of the fission process and is mandatory for reactor applications. While the yields are known for the major actinides (235U, 239Pu in the thermal neutron-induced fission, only few measurements have been performed on 242Am. The interest of 242Am concerns the reduction of radiotoxicity of 241Am in nuclear wastes using transmutation reactions. This paper presents the measurement of the fission mass yields from the reaction 241Am(2nth,f performed at the Lohengrin mass spectrometer (ILL, France for both the light and the heavy peaks: a total of 41 mass yields have been measured. The experiment was also meant to determine whether there is a difference in mass yields between the isomeric state and the ground state as it exists in fission and capture cross sections. The method used to address this question is based on a repeated measurement of a set of fission mass yields as a function of the ratio between the 242gAm and the 242mAm fission rates. The presented experiment is also a first step towards the measurement of the isotopic fission yields of 242Am.

  4. Measurement and analysis of the $^{241}$Am(n,$\\gamma$) cross section at the CERN n_TOF facility.

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    Fraval, Kevin

    In the context of the current nuclear technology, the radiotoxicity of the spent fuel of a typical PWR reactor is dominated by minor actinides for times greater than 104 years. In particular, 241Am and its 432 years half-life is responsible for about half of the minor actinide content of a PWR spent fuel. This thesis work consisted in measuring and analysing the 241Am(n, ) cross section at the CERN n TOF facility. After selecting exclusively the events obtained with lead shielding in front of the C6D6 detectors, the amplitude-energy calibration has to be adjusted with time, by using a photon coming from the 27Al(,,p)30Si reaction. Histogram extraction included applying a weighting function (obtained by MCNP simulation), a dead time correction, and a normalization to the compound nucleus excitation energy. The background corrected spectra were normalized relatively to the 4.9 eV resonance on 197Au. Finally, the resonance analysis was performed using the SAMMY code. The extracted thermal value is 678±68 barns,...

  5. Transport of (137)Cs, (241)Am and Pu isotopes in the Curonian Lagoon and the Baltic Sea.

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    Lujanienė, G; Remeikaitė-Nikienė, N; Garnaga, G; Jokšas, K; Šilobritienė, B; Stankevičius, A; Šemčuk, S; Kulakauskaitė, I

    2014-01-01

    Activities of (137)Cs, (241)Am and (239,240)Pu were analyzed with special emphasis on better understanding of radionuclide transport from land via the Neman River estuaries to the Baltic Sea and behavior in the marine environment. Although activity concentrations of (137)Cs in water samples collected the Baltic Sea were almost 100 times higher as compared to the Curonian Lagoon, its activities in the bottom sediments were found to be comparable. Activity (238)Pu/(239,240)Pu and atom (240)Pu/(239)Pu ratios indicated a different contribution of the Chernobyl-originated Pu to the suspended particulate matter (SPM) and bottom sediments. The largest amount of the Chernobyl-derived Pu was found in the smallest suspended matter particles of 0.2-1 μm in size collected in the Klaipeda Strait in 2011-2012. The decrease of characteristic activity (238)Pu/(239,240)Pu and atom (240)Pu/(239)Pu ratios towards the global fallout ones in surface soil and the corresponding increase of plutonium (Pu) ratios in the suspended particulate matter and bottom sediments have indicated that the Chernobyl-derived Pu, primarily deposited on the soil surface, was washed out and transported to the Baltic Sea. Behavior of (241)Am was found to be similar to that of Pu isotopes.

  6. Alpha and conversion electron spectroscopy of 238,239Pu and 241Am and alpha-conversion electron coincidence measurements

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    Dion, Michael P.; Miller, Brian W.; Warren, Glen A.

    2016-09-01

    A technique to determine the isotopic constituents of a mixed actinide sample has been proposed by a coincident alpha-conversion electron measurement. This presents a unique signature to allow the unfolding of isotopes that possess overlapping alpha particle energy and reduce backgrounds of an unseparated sample. The work presented here are results of conversion electron spectroscopy of 241Am, 238Pu and 239Pu using a dual-stage peltier-cooled 25 mm2 silicon drift detector and alpha spectroscopy with a passivated ion implanted planar silicon detector. The conversion electron spectra were evaluated from 20-55 keV based on fits to the dominant conversion electron emissions, which allowed the relative conversion electron emission intensities to be determined. These measurements provide crucial singles spectral information and calibration to aid in the coincident measurement approach. Furthermore, an alpha-conversion electron spectrometer was assembled using the silicon based detectors described and results of a coincident spectrum analysis is reported for 241Am.

  7. Obtaining the mass attenuation coefficient of the wood to a beam of gamma-ray of 241Am

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    Full text: The quality of wood produced in Brazil reforestation has been the subject of many discussions in the Forestry Sector. SeEKXing to produce a rapid growth and wood quality, the Forestry Sector, found in Applied Nuclear Physics, a precise method of determining the density of wood known as ad hoc technique of attenuation of gamma-ray. The radioisotope used in this technique is that it has a picture 241Am peak of 59.6 keV gamma-ray. This work has the objective of determining the mass attenuation coefficient of wood of the genus Eucalyptus for 241Am radioisotope. We used 324 samples of wood from six different treatments: a seminal of Eucalyptus grandis; two clones of E. grandis; three clones of the hybrid E. grandis x E. urophylla. The same assay was used for the six treatments. It was determined the basic density of the samples by the method of immersion in water and then the basic density was converted into apparent density in the moisture equilibrium and it was determined the attenuation coefficient of mass. Preliminary results showed that the attenuation coefficient of mass did not vary between treatments, and its average value 0.1822 ± 0.0015. It was to here that the attenuation coefficient of mass in the wood of the genus Eucalyptus in moisture equilibrium can be constant. (author)

  8. Production of monodisperse respirable aerosols of 241AmO2 and evaluation of in vitro dissolution

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    A method is described for production of monodisperse (sigma//sub g/ less than 1.2) particles of 241AmO2 for use in inhalation experiments with dogs and rodents. The effects of physical and chemical factors on the production of polydisperse aerosols of 241AmO2 were studied and evaluated. The best aerosol was achieved when a suspension of americium hydroxide with 2.5 mg Am/ml at pH = 7.3 was aerosolized and passed through two heating columns in succession, the first at 3000C and the second at 10500C. The particles were roughly spherical and had densities near 8 gm/cm3; the aerosol AMAD and sigma/sub g/ were about 1.5 μm and 1.7, respectively. Monodisperse particles were separated and collected with the Lovelace Aerosol Particle Separator (LAPS) and subsequently suspended in deionized water with pH adjusted to 10.2 with NH3 for nebulization to produce monodisperse aerosols for inhalation exposures. Particles collected on filters during inhalation experiments were used for evaluation of in vitro dissolution rates with two systems and various forms of a lung fluid simulant. The important role of phosphate ions in such dissolution systems was demonstrated, suggesting the potential for the equally important role of free phosphate in retarding dissolution of AmO2 particles in the lung. (U.S.)

  9. Thermal neutron capture cross-section measurements of 243Am and 242Pu using the new mini-INCA α- and γ-spectroscopy station

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    In the framework of the Mini-INCA project, dedicated to the study of Minor Actinide transmutation process in high neutron fluxes, an α- and γ-spectroscopy station has been developed and installed at the High Flux Reactor of the Laue-Langevin Institut. This set-up allows short irradiations as well as long irradiations in a high quasi-thermal neutron flux and post-irradiation spectroscopy analysis. It is well suited to measure precisely, in reference to 59Co cross-section, neutron capture cross-sections, for all the actinides, in the thermal energy region. The first measurements using this set-up were done on 243Am and 242Pu isotopes. Cross-section values, at En=0.025eV, were found to be (81.8+/-3.6)b for 243Am and (22.5+/-1.1)b for 242Pu. These values differ from evaluated data libraries by a factor of 9% and 17%, respectively, but are compatible with the most recent measurements, validating by the way the experimental apparatus

  10. Studying of distribution of 137Cs, 90Sr, 239+240Pu, 241Am and 244Cm according to the organic acids fractions of the alienation zone soils

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    The paper deals with data of research on the distribution of the radionuclides 137Cs, 90Sr, 239+240Pu, 241Am and 244Cm of ''the Chornobyl rains'' by the fractions of the organic matters of derno-podzolic sandy, derno-meadow and peat soils sampled in the alienation zone of the Chornobyl NPP. Functioning of organic matters was carried according to Tyurin's method. It is stressed that, independently on soil type, 137Cs is connected with the mineral contituent by 80-95%. It is found out that, independently on the soil type, 50-70% 137Sr and 15-45% 241Am are associated with fulvic acid fractions. The 241Am and 244Cm distribution according to organic acids taking into account deviations while carrying out determinations is unambiguous. It is found out that in all the soils tested the main quality of 239+24Pu is connected with humic acids

  11. Characterization of the neutron field of the {sup 241}AmBe in a calibration room; Caracterizacion del campo de neutrones del {sup 241} AmBe en una sala para calibracion

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    Vega C, H.R. [UAZ, A.P. 336, 98000 Zacatecas (Mexico); Gallego, E.; Lorente, A. [Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, C. Jose Gutierrez Abascal 2, 28006 Madrid (Spain)] e-mail: rvega@cantera.reduaz.mx

    2003-07-01

    The field of neutrons produced by an isotopic source of neutrons of {sup 241} Am Be had been characterized. The characterization was carried out modeling those relevant details of the calibration room and simulating the neutron transport at different distances of the source. The calculated spectra were used to determine the equivalent environmental dose rate. A series of experiments were carried out with the Bonner sphere spectrometric system to measure the spectra in the same points where the calculations were carried out and with these spectra the rates of environmental dose were calculated. By means of a one sphere dosemeter type Berthold the rates of environmental dose were measured. To the one to compare the calculated spectra and measured its were found small differences in the group of the thermal neutrons due to the elementary composition used during the simulation. When comparing the derived rates starting from the calculated spectra with those measured it was found a maxim difference smaller to 13%. (Author)

  12. Alpha and Conversion Electron Spectroscopy of 238, 239Pu and 241Am and Alpha-Conversion Electron Coincidence Measurements

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    Dion, Michael P.; Miller, Brian W.; Warren, Glen A.

    2016-05-17

    A technique to determine the isotopics of a mixed actinide sample has been proposed by measuring the coincidence of the alpha particle during radioactive decay with the conversion electron (or Auger) emitted during the relaxation of the daughter isotope. This presents a unique signature to allow the deconvolution of isotopes that possess overlapping alpha particle energy. The work presented here are results of conversion electron spectroscopy of 241Am, 238Pu and 239Pu using a dual-stage peltier-cooled 25 mm2 silicon drift detector. A passivated ion implanted planar silicon detector provided measurements of alpha spectroscopy. The conversion electron spectra were evaluated from 20–55 keV based on fits to the dominant conversion electron emissions, which allowed the relative conversion electron emission intensities to be determined. These measurements provide crucial singles spectral information to aid in the coincident measurement approach.

  13. Determination of boron in water solution by an indirect neutron activation technique from a 241Am/Be source

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    Boron content in water solutions has been analysed by Indirect Activation Technique a twin 241Am/Be neutron source with a source strength of 9x106 n/seg. The boron concentration was inferred from the measurement of the activity induced in a vanadium flux monitor. The vanadium rod was located inside the boron solution in a standart geometrical set up with respect to the neutron source. Boron concentrations in the range of 100 to 1000 ppm were determined with an overall accuracy of about 2% during a total analysis time of about 20 minutes. Eventhough the analysis is not selective for boron yet due the rapid, simple and precise nature, it is proposed for the analysis of boron in the primary coolant circuit of Nuclear Power Plants of PWR type. (Author)

  14. Monte Carlo optimization of sample dimensions of an 241Am Be source-based PGNAA setup for water rejects analysis

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    Idiri, Z.; Mazrou, H.; Beddek, S.; Amokrane, A.; Azbouche, A.

    2007-07-01

    The present paper describes the optimization of sample dimensions of a 241Am-Be neutron source-based Prompt gamma neutron activation analysis (PGNAA) setup devoted for in situ environmental water rejects analysis. The optimal dimensions have been achieved following extensive Monte Carlo neutron flux calculations using MCNP5 computer code. A validation process has been performed for the proposed preliminary setup with measurements of thermal neutron flux by activation technique of indium foils, bare and with cadmium covered sheet. Sensitive calculations were subsequently performed to simulate real conditions of in situ analysis by determining thermal neutron flux perturbations in samples according to chlorine and organic matter concentrations changes. The desired optimal sample dimensions were finally achieved once established constraints regarding neutron damage to semi-conductor gamma detector, pulse pile-up, dead time and radiation hazards were fully met.

  15. Statistical activities during 1976 and the design and initial analysis of nuclear site studies. [/sup 241/Am, /sup 137/Cs, /sup 239/Pu, /sup 240/Pu

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    Gilbert, R O; Essington, E H; Brady, D N; Doctor, P G; Eberhardt, L L

    1977-05-01

    Statistical design and analysis activities for the Nevada Applied Ecology Group (NAEG) during 1976 are briefly outlined. This is followed by a description of soil data collected thus far at nuclear study sites. Radionuclide concentrations in surface soil collected along a transect from ground zero (GZ) along the main fallout pattern are given for Nuclear Site (NS) 201. Concentrations in soil collected at 315 locations on a grid system at 200 foot spacings are also given for this site. The /sup 241/Am to /sup 137/Cs ratios change over NS 201 depending on location relative to GZ. They range from less than one where /sup 241/Am is at low levels, to more than fifty where /sup 241/Am levels are high (near GZ). The estimated median /sup 239/ /sup 240/Pu to /sup 241/Am ratio is 11 and appears to be relatively constant over the area (the 95 percent lower and upper limits on the true median ratio are about 8 and 14).

  16. 137Cs, 239,240Pu and 241Am in boreal forest soil and their transfer into wild mushrooms and berries

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    Profiles of podzolic soil from boreal forests were sampled from eight sites in Finland and the distribution of 137Cs in the soil layers was determined. In addition, 239,240Pu and 241Am were determined from two soil profiles taken at one sampling site. Inventories of 137Cs in the soil profiles varied between 1.7 kBq/m2 and 42 kBq/m2, reflecting known variation in 137Cs fallout from the Chernobyl accident. The highest proportions of the radionuclides were found in the organic layer at a depth of less than 5 cm, which on average contained 47% of 137Cs, 76% of 239,240Pu and 79% of 241Am. In the litter, clearly higher proportions of 137Cs were found compared to 239,240Pu and 241Am, probably indicating its more effective recycling from the organic layer back to the surface. Only very minor proportions of 137Cs were recorded below 20 cm. The concentration of 137Cs in the soil profiles could be approximated with a declining logarithmic trend. The activity concentrations of 137Cs were determined for six wild mushroom species and three wild berry species at two sites, as well as the aggregated transfer factors and the distribution of 137Cs between their various parts. In addition, 239,240Pu and 241Am were determined in one mushroom and three berry species at one site. Very high concentrations of 137Cs, up to 20 kBq/kg (d.w.), were found in mushrooms, and their transfer factors were between 0.1 m2/kg and 1.0 m2/kg. In berries, the transfer factors were an order of magnitude lower. 137Cs accumulated more in the caps of mushrooms and in the fruits of berries than in other parts. Transfer factors for 239,240Pu and 241Am were two to three orders of magnitude lower than those of 137Cs. - Highlights: ► 137Cs, 239,240Pu and 241Am mainly concentrated in organic layer in podzolic soil. ► Distribution of 137Cs in the upper 20 cm soil follows exponential declining trend. ► 137Cs concentrates into mushrooms but varies considerably between species. ► 137Cs concentrates in mushroom

  17. Implementation of a anti-coincidence system of 4{pi}NaI(Tl)-Cl and primary standardization of {sup 57}Co, {sup 124}Sb and {sup 241}Am; Implementacao de um sistema de anti-coincidencia 4{pi}NaI(Tl)-Cl e padronizacao primaria do {sup 57}Co, {sup 124}Sb e {sup 241}Am

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    Silva, Carlos Jose da; Iwahara, Akira; Poledna, Roberto; Oliveira, Estela Maria de; Prinzio, Maria Antonieta de, E-mail: carlos@ird.gov.b [Instituto de Radioprotecao e Dosimetria (IRD/CNEN-RJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Lopes, Ricardo Tadeu [Coordenacao dos Programas de Pos-Graduacao de Engenharia (LIN/COPPE/UFRJ), RJ (Brazil). Lab. de Instrumentacao Nuclear

    2009-07-01

    The Radionuclide Metrology Laboratory of the IRD-Brazil, implemented a primary standardization system which utilizes the anti-coincidence technique with live time keeping. For testing the performance of these system it was made the standardization of the {sup 57}Co, {sup 124}Sb and {sup 241}Am. Encourages results were obtained not only the standardization of {sup 241}Am but also of the {sup 124}Sb whose reference value obtained by the LNMRI was utilized for the key comparison organized by the IAEA and EURAMET. The standard uncertainties were of 0.28%, 0.22% and 0.13% for the {sup 57}Co, {sup 124}Sb and {sup 241}Am, respectively

  18. Parameter uncertainty analysis in the task of internal dose reconstruction based on 241Am organ activity measurements

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    Retrospective individual dose assessment of workers chronically exposed to plutonium is an important task in investigation of possible health effects from internal plutonium depositions. In most cases inhalation is the primary mode of the plutonium exposures, though an additional route of plutonium intake through wounds (pinpricks) also occurs in some cases. Estimating of systemic and total body deposition of plutonium from urinalysis is usually used to carry out the task of individual dose assessment. But this technique used alone gives no information about the routes of intake and solubility of aerosol particles, which could result in wrong lung dose calculations. Direct in vivo measurements of 241Am content in lungs, skeleton and liver by whole-body counting technique allow one to improve the estimation of the organ deposition of plutonium and the estimation of the individual lung doses. Our method of plutonium dose calculating uses the fact that plutonium of reactor origin is accompanied by 241Am that is grown in from decay of the 241Pu parent. The algorithm applies the new ICRP Publication 66/67 models and takes into account such parameters as 241Pu/239Pu ratio, the activity ratio of 239Pu to the sum of alpha emitting plutonium isotopes, effective aging time of mixed fission products and actinides, particle size distribution of plutonium aerosols (AMAD) and a rate of intake within the period of employment. The purpose of this paper is to quantify the reliability of the model's prediction and retrospective dose calculations by the parameter uncertainty analysis. It takes into account the uncertainty of all parameters describing the components of the plutonium aerosol, AMAD and the rate of intake. The parameter uncertainty analysis involved assigning probability distributions to each parameter and the use of Monte Carlo simulation technique to produce a quantitative statement of confidence in the model's prediction. It is shown that cumulative distribution

  19. Prompt gamma-ray neutron activation analysis (PGNAA) system by using a 740 GBq 241Am-Be neutron source

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    A PGNAA system consisting of a 740 GBq 241Am-Be neutron source and a gamma spectrometer with a n-type Ge (REGe) detector was installed at Ankara Nuclear Training and Research Center to measure the prompt gamma-rays produced by the interactions of thermal neutrons in the samples for the analysis of light elements such as B, P, S and Cl, and some trace elements with large cross sections (Cd, Hg, Sm, Gd, etc.). In the irradiation system, a 55 cm diameter cylinder tank filled with the water moderator comprises the neutron source placed in a polypropylene tube that was positioned in lead rings (internal diameter - 9 cm and outer diameter - 21 cm) in order to reduce the gamma rays emitted from the source such as 0.0596 MeV (241Am) and 4.43 MeV (0.6 gamma per neutron) from the 9Be(α, n) reaction in the source. The moderator tank was shielded with paraffin in all sides against fast neutrons. The thickness of paraffin at the front side of the tank is 28 cm and 18 cm at other sides. The neutron irradiation system was also shielded by using chevron lead bricks of 18 cm thickness. The background-prominent gamma-rays which is especially the 2.223 MeV gamma ray from the 1H(n, γ) reaction formed in hydrogenous materials used for neutron moderation was reduced remarkably in view of the permissible gamma dose for overall irradiation room. The neutrons thermalized in moderator travel through the hole with 6 cm diameter for the sample irradiation. The detector was shielded with Li2CO3 powder against thermal neutrons to avoid radiation damage and surrounded by additional lead bricks to reduce gamma-background. The measurements are carried out for efficiency calibration of the detector by using the standard source. The characteristics of PGNAA system with the isotopic neutron source and its analysis capability are discussed

  20. Application of the technique of attenuation of the gamma radiation of the {sup 241}Am in vegetable substratum; Aplicacao da tecnica de atenuacao da radiacao gama do {sup 241}Am em substratos vegetais

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    Oliveira, Helder de; Mortatti, Jefferson; Bortoletto Junior, Milton J.; Lopes, Renato A. [Centro de Energia Nuclear na Agricultura (CENA), Piracicaba, SP (Brazil). Lab. de Isotopos Estaveis]. E-mail: helder@cena.usp.br; Camargo, Fabiana T. de [Sao Paulo Univ., Piracicaba, SP (Brazil). Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz]. E-mail: fabianatcamargo@yahoo.com.br

    2005-07-01

    The substratum animal, vegetable, mineral or artificial exercises the function of the soil, supplying to the plant sustain, nutritious, water and oxygen. The constant extraction of the fern-acu (xaxim), it has been taking to the presence in the official list of the threatened Brazilian species of extinction in reason of this intense destined commercial exploration the floriculture and gardening. For this reason the cut is being prohibited in several law of the Brazilian. As attempt of substitution of the exploration of the plant fiber fiber, a new substratum is being marketed at the market, it is the coxim, industrialized product of the coconut fiber (Cocus nucifera). Produced in the Northeast, where the culture of the coconut tree is extensive, the coconut fiber is a natural vegetable material abundant, renewable and very light resulting from the industrial processing of the peels of the coconut. Therefore, considering the substratum as important variable of the productive cycle of plants free from the soil, and for this responsible for the development and growth of the plants, it was had as objective in the present study, to determine density gradients in vegetable substratum of xaxim and coconut fiber in different humidity conditions, for the method of radiation gamma of the {sup 241}Am, seeking your application in the production of roses. (author)

  1. Recoil-range studies of heavy products of multinucleon transfer from /sup 18/O to /sup 245/Cm and /sup 249/Cf

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    McFarland, R.M.

    1982-09-01

    Recoil range distributions were measured for alpha and spontaneous fission activities made in the bombardment of /sup 245/Cm and /sup 249/Cf with /sup 18/O from 6.20 MeV/nucleon down to the interaction barrier. The shape of the distributions indicates tht transfers of up to four protons take place via a combination of quasi-elastic (QET) and deep inelastic (DIT) mechanisms, rather than complete fusion-de-excitation (CF) or massive transfer (MT). Angular distributions constructed from recoil range distributions, assuming QET/DIT, indicate that the QET component contributes more significantly to the heavy product residue cross section than the DIT, even though primary cross sections are expected to be higher for DIT than for QET. This may be explained qualitatively as a result of the high excitation energies associated with DIT; the very negative Q/sub gg/ of projectile stripping for these systems combined with the lower expected optimal Q/sub rxn/ of QET compared to DIT can give QET products comparatively low excitation.

  2. Detection and dosimetry studies on the response of silicon diodes to an 241Am-Be source

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    Lotfi, Y.; Zaki Dizaji, H.; Abbasi Davani, F.

    2014-06-01

    Silicon diode detectors show potential for the development of an active personal dosimeter for neutron and photon radiation. Photons interact with the constituents of the diode detector and produce electrons. Fast neutrons interact with the constituents of the diode detector and converter, producing recoil nuclei and causing (n,α) and (n,p) reactions. These photon- and neutron-induced charged particles contribute to the response of diode detectors. In this work, a silicon pin diode was used as a detector to produce pulses created by photon and neutron. A polyethylene fast neutron converter was used as a recoil proton source in front of the detector. The total registered photon and neutron efficiency and the partial contributions of the efficiency, due to interactions with the diode and converter, were calculated. The results show that the efficiency of the converter-diode is a function of the incident photon and neutron energy. The optimized thicknesses of the converter for neutron detection and neutron dosimetry were found to be 1 mm and 0.1 mm respectively. The neutron records caused by the (n,α) and (n,p) reactions were negligible. The photon records were strongly dependent upon the energy and the depletion layer of the diode. The photons and neutrons efficiency of the diode-based dosimeter was calculated by the MCNPX code, and the results were in good agreement with experimental results for photons and neutrons from an 241Am-Be source.

  3. Measurement of fission yields from the 241Am(2nth,f reaction at the Lohengrin Spectrometer

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    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The study of fission yields has a major impact on the characterization and understanding of the fission process and is mandatory for reactor applications. While the yields are known for the major actinides (235U, 239Pu in the thermal neutron-induced fission, only few measurements have been performed on 242Am. This paper presents the results of a measurement at the Lohengrin mass spectrometer (ILL, France on the reaction 241Am(2nth,f: a total of 41 mass yields in the light and the heavy peaks have been measured and compared with the fission process simulation code GEF. Modus operandi and first results of a second experiment performed in May 2013 on the same reaction but with the goal of extracting the isotopic yields are presented as well: 8 mass yields were re-measured and 18 isotopic yields have been investigated and are being analyzed. Results concerning the kinetic energy and its comparison with the GEF Code are also presented in this paper.

  4. Determining the neutron spectrum of 241Am-Be and 252Cf sources using bonner sphere spectrometer

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    M.A Varshabi

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Bonner spheres system is one of the ways of measuring neutron energy distribution which is often applied in spectrometry and neutron dosimetry. This system includes a thermal neutron detector, being located in the center of several polyethylene spheres, and it is still workable due to the isotropic response of the system which in turn is derived from the spherical symmetry of moderators and the broad measurable range of the energy. In order to practically use this spectrometer, it is necessary to calibrate this system using standard neutron sources. This research aimed to determine the calibration factor of Bonner spheres spectrometry system and energy spectrum of two standard 241Am-Be and 252Cf sources in the atomic energy organization. Calibration and experimental measurement were done via the two standard sources. The response vector of each detector was derived by using MCNPX simulation code, based on the Monte Carlo method. The spectra unfolding of this system was performed through iterative method using the SPUNIT code done in software NSDUAZ6LiI and BUMS. 

  5. Spatial distribution of (241)Am, (137)Cs, (238)Pu, (239,240)Pu and (241)Pu over 17 year periods in the Ravenglass saltmarsh, Cumbria, UK.

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    Oh, J-S; Warwick, P E; Croudace, I W

    2009-01-01

    Ninety five surface scrape samples were collected at the Ravenglass saltmarsh and analysed for radionuclides by alpha spectrometry ((238)Pu and (239,240)Pu), gamma spectrometry ((241)Am and (137)Cs) and liquid scintillation counting ((241)Pu). Both (241)Am and (137)Cs activities are compared with those reported by Horrill [1983. Concentrations and spatial distribution of radioactivity in an ungrazed saltmarsh. In: Coughtrey, P.J. (Ed.), Ecological Aspects of Radionuclide Release. British Ecological Society Special Publication No. 3. Blackwell, Oxford, pp. 119-215.] Significant decreases in activities for both radionuclides were observed which is caused by the declining levels of discharges from the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant since the 1980s. It has been concluded that the spatial distribution of these radionuclides are controlled by the tidal currents and the clay contents in the sediments. There is evidence of surface erosion of the saltmarsh and redistribution of radionuclides in the saltmarsh using isotopic ratios of measured Pu.

  6. Measurement of the ^241Am(n,2n) reaction cross section from 7.6 to 14.5 MeV

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    Tonchev, A.; Angell, C.; Becker, J.; Bond, E.; Dashdorj, D.; Fallin, B.; Fitzpatrick, J.; Howell, C.; Hutcheson, A.; Karwowski, H.; Kelley, J.; Macri, R.; Pedroni, R.; Slemmons, A.; Stoyer, M.; Tornow, W.; Vieira, D.; Wilhelmy, J.; Wu, C.

    2007-10-01

    High-precision measurements of the ^241Am(n,2n)^240Am reaction have been performed with neutron energies from 7.6 to 14.5 MeV. The monoenergetic neutron beams were produced via the ^2H(d,n)^3He reaction using the 10 MV Tandem accelerator at TUNL. The radioactive targets consisted of 1mg highly-enriched ^241Am, sandwiched between three different thin monitor foils. They were irradiated with a neutron flux of 3x10^7 n cm-2s-1. After each irradiation the induced activity in the targets and monitors was measured off-line with 60% HPGe detectors. Our neutron induced cross sections will be compared with recent literature results and statistical model calculations.

  7. The influence of the primary solutes in the study of the yield of alpha/beta discrimination in 241 Am and 210 Po

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    We have studied the yields in efficiency and alpha/beta discrimination for two commercial cocktails, Ultima-Gold''TM AB and Insta-Gel and three laboratory-made mixtures made of Insta-Gel and naphthalene, pyrene or 9,10-diphenylanthracene. Also, we have tested the samples made of radioactive solutions of ''241 Am and ''210 Po in HNO3 of different concentrations in all scintillator solutions. (Author)

  8. The subcellular distribution of 239Pu, 241Am and 59Fe in the liver of rat and Chinese hamster as dependent on time

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    The subcellular distribution of monomeric 239Pu, 241Am and iron in rat and Chinese hamster liver has been investigated by sucrose-, metrizamide- and Percoll-density gradients. In rat liver, the transuranium elements become and remain bound to typical lysosomes primary storage organelle in Chinese hamster liver. However, their apparent density in sucrose decreases with time, which possible indicates transition into telolysomes. The transuranium nuclides show a subcellular distribution which is quite different from that of iron. (orig.)

  9. Estimates of /sup 239-240/Pu + 241Am inventory, spatial pattern, and soil tonnage for removal at nuclear site-201, NTS

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    Estimates of /sup 239-240/Pu + 241Am inventory and spatial pattern in surface soil are given for Nuclear Site (NS)-201 in Area 18 on the Nevada Test Site (NTS). These estimates were obtained using Kriging techniques and the estimated average /sup 239-240/Pu to 241Am ratio of 7.5. (Henceforth, Pu and Am refer to /sup 239-240/Pu and 241Am.) Estimated concentration contours, 68% confidence bands on contours, and estimated average concentrations in 100- x 100-foot blocks are given. The total Pu + Am inventory estimated to be in the top 5 cm of soil over the defined area is approximately 9.4 curies. Lower and upper limits on this inventory estimate are 4 and 30 curies. It is estimated that about 33 acres (approx. = 13 hectares) of land are contaminated at levels greater than 160 pCi/g and about 51 acres (approx. = 21 hectares) to levels greater than 40 pCi/g. Approximately 23,000 tons of soil would need to be removed (to 15-cm depth) to clean up all areas with estimated concentrations greater than or equal to 160 pCi/g. About 36,000 tons would require removal at the 40- pCi/g level. The above estimates will be updated when additional data become available early in Calender Year 1980. 10 references, 7 figures, 1 table

  10. New source-moderator geometry to improve performance of 252Cf and 241Am-Be source-based PGNAA setups

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    The gamma ray yield from a 252Cf and a 241Am-Be source-based Prompt Gamma Ray Activation Analysis (PGNAA) setup has been observed to increase with enclosing their neutrons sources in a high-density polyethylene moderator. The prompt gamma rays yield from both setups depends upon the moderator length and the source position in it. For both setups, the optimum moderator length is found to be 7 cm. The optimum position of the neutron source inside moderator of the 252Cf and the 241Am-Be source-based PGNAA setups was found to be at a distance of 0.5 and 0.75 cm from the moderator-end facing the sample, respectively. Due to enclosure of the source in the moderator, about three-fold increase has been observed in the yield of prompt gamma rays from a Portland cement sample of a 252Cf and a 241Am-Be source-based PGNAA setups

  11. New source-moderator geometry to improve performance of {sup 252}Cf and {sup 241}Am-Be source-based PGNAA setups

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    Naqvi, A.A. [Department of Physics, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran 31261 (Saudi Arabia)]. E-mail: aanaqvi@kfupm.edu.sa; Abdelmonem, M.S. [Department of Physics, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran 31261 (Saudi Arabia); Al-Misned, Ghada [Girls Education College, Riyadh Girls Colleges, Riyadh (Saudi Arabia); Al-Ghamdi, Hanan [Girls Education College, Riyadh Girls Colleges, Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)

    2006-06-15

    The gamma ray yield from a {sup 252}Cf and a {sup 241}Am-Be source-based Prompt Gamma Ray Activation Analysis (PGNAA) setup has been observed to increase with enclosing their neutrons sources in a high-density polyethylene moderator. The prompt gamma rays yield from both setups depends upon the moderator length and the source position in it. For both setups, the optimum moderator length is found to be 7 cm. The optimum position of the neutron source inside moderator of the {sup 252}Cf and the {sup 241}Am-Be source-based PGNAA setups was found to be at a distance of 0.5 and 0.75 cm from the moderator-end facing the sample, respectively. Due to enclosure of the source in the moderator, about three-fold increase has been observed in the yield of prompt gamma rays from a Portland cement sample of a {sup 252}Cf and a {sup 241}Am-Be source-based PGNAA setups.

  12. Characterization of neutron flux spectra in the irradiation sites of a 37 GBq {sup 241}Am-Be isotopic source

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    Yücel, Haluk [Ankara University, Institute of Nuclear Sciences, 06100 Tandogan, Ankara (Turkey); Budak, Mustafa Guray, E-mail: mbudak@gazi.edu.tr [Gazi University, Gazi Education Faculty, 06500 Teknikokullar, Ankara (Turkey); Karadag, Mustafa [Gazi University, Gazi Education Faculty, 06500 Teknikokullar, Ankara (Turkey); Yüksel, Alptuğ Özer [Ankara University, Institute of Nuclear Sciences, 06100 Tandogan, Ankara (Turkey)

    2014-11-01

    Highlights: • An irradiation unit was installed using a 37 GBq {sup 241}Am-Be neutron source. • The source neutrons moderated by using both water and paraffin. • Irradiation unit was shielded by boron oxide and lead against neutrons and gammas. • There are two sites for irradiations, one of them has a pneumatic transfer system. • Cadmium ratio method was used for irradiation site characterization. - Abstract: For the applicability of instrumental neutron activation analysis (NAA) technique, an irradiation unit with a 37 GBq {sup 241}Am-Be neutron source was installed at Institute of Nuclear Sciences of Ankara University. Design and configuration properties of the irradiation unit are described. It has two different sample irradiation positions, one is called site #1 having a pneumatic sample transfer system and the other is site #2 having a location for manual use. In order to characterize neutron flux spectra in the irradiation sites, the measurement results were obtained for thermal (φ{sub th}) and epithermal neutron fluxes (φ{sub epi}), thermal to epithermal flux ratio (f) and epithermal spectrum shaping factors (α) by employing cadmium ratios of gold (Au) and molybdenum (Mo) monitors. The activities produced in these foils were measured by using a p-type, 44.8% relative efficiency HPGe well detector. For the measured γ-rays, self-absorption and true coincidence summing effects were taken into account. Additionally, thermal neutron self-shielding and resonance neutron self-shielding effects were taken into account in the measured results. For characterization of site #1, the required parameters were found to be φ{sub th} = (2.11 ± 0.05) × 10{sup 3} n cm{sup −2} s{sup −1}, φ{sub epi} = (3.32 ± 0.17) × 10{sup 1} n cm{sup −2} s{sup −1}, f = 63.6 ± 1.5, α = 0.045 ± 0.009, respectively. Similarly, those parameters were measured in site #2 as φ{sub th} = (1.49 ± 0.04) × 10{sup 3} n cm{sup −2} s{sup −1}, φ{sub epi} = (2.93 ± 0

  13. The total cross section and the fission cross section of 241Am in the resonance region. Resonance parameters

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    The 241Am total and fission cross sections have been measured in the resonance region, using the 60MeV Saclay linac as a pulsed neutron source. The resonance parameters obtained by a single level shape analysis of the transmission data are given for 189 levels up to 150eV neutron energy. The mean level spacing, corrected for 18% of missed resonances in the 0 to 50eV energy range, is (0.55+-0.05)eV. The s-wave neutron strength function value, in the 0 to 150eV energy range, is equal to (0.94+-0.09)10-4. The average radiation width obtained from 43 resonances is (43.77+-0.72)MeV. Only preliminary results of the fission experiment are available now; 38 fission widths are given up to 32eV neutron energy, with the average value GAMMA(f) approximately equal to 0.23MeV; the statistical distribution of these fission widths corresponds to a X2 law with 4 degrees of freedom. An area analysis of the Los Alamos fission data has also been done, from which we obtain 36 GAMMA(f) values in the 20eV to 50eV energy range; the corresponding average value is: GAMMA(f) approximately equal to 0.52MeV; the statistical distribution obeys to a X2 law with 15 degrees of freedom, in desagreement with the Saclay results

  14. Determination of 106Ru, 134/137Cs, and 241Am concentrations and Action Level in the Foodstuffs Consumed by Inhabitants of Iraq

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    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available The specific activity concentrations of (106Ru, 134/137Cs, and 241Am nuclides in 40 imported foodstuffs which collected randomly in January 2012 from all Iraqi cities markets were studied. The rang of specific activity concentrations of 106Ru varies from (37.930±6.16 Bq kg-1 (S No. :17: Turkey Kidney bean to 99.735±9.99 Bq kg-1 (S No.:32: Egypt Broad bean, with average value 71.667±8.47 Bq kg-1. For 134Cs varies from 0.200±0.45 Bq kg-1 (S No. :19 : Ukraine Chick-pea to 2.365±1.54 Bq kg-1 (S No. :33 : Peru Broad bean with average value (0.988±0.99 Bq kg-1.The activity concentrations of 137Cs varies from 0.164±0.40 Bq kg-1 (S No.:19 : Ukraine Chick-pea to 5.291±2.30 Bq kg-1 ( S No.: 39: Uzbekistan Mung bean with average value 1.460±1.21, then for 241Am the activity concentrations varies from 0.029±0.17 Bq kg-1 (S No.:23 : Iran Chick-pea to 1.248±1.12 Bq kg-1 (S No.:40: Canada Green peas with average value 0.399±0.63. All the values were less than the World average concentrations [15,17]. The high contributor for 106Ru, 134/137Cs, and 241Am radionuclides were in Broad bean and other foodstuffs (which contained Brown grit, White grit, Mung bean and Green peas as a 12%, Broad bean as 14%, corn as a 19% and other foodstuffs with 15% respectively The lowest contributor of 106Ru, 134/137Cs, and 241Am radionuclides in the studied foodstuffs were 6% in cowpea, 7% in semolina, 5% in lentil and 4% in lentil respectively. The action level of the 106Ru, 134/137Cs, and 241Am radionuclide’s for three age groups have been calculated and the foodstuffs were within the range permitted and free of any radiation and thus there was no seriousness in dealing with.

  15. Pu isotopes and {sup 241}Am activities determination in the evaluation of radiochemical sequential analyzes methodology for evaporator concentrate samples using alpha spectrometry

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    Reis Junior, Aluisio S.; Temba, Eliane S.C.; Kastner, Geraldo F.; Monteiro, Roberto P.G., E-mail: reisas@cdtn.br [Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear (SERTA/CDTN/CNEN-MG), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil). Servico do Reator e Tecnicas Analiticas

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    Alpha spectrometry analyzes were used for activity determinations of Pu and Am isotopes in evaporator concentrate samples from nuclear power plants. In this work it was used tracers for isotopes determination and quantification. The radiometric yields ranged from 60% to 100% and the Lower Limit of Detection was estimated as being 2.05 mBqKg{sup -1}. The relative standard deviations for replicate analysis were calculated for {sup 241}Am, 15.13% (sample J) and 9.38% (sample N), and for {sup 239+240}Pu, 8.16% (sample J) and 7.95% (sample N). (author)

  16. MCNP simulation of the incident and Albedo neutron response of the IRD Albedo Neutron Dosemeter for {sup 241}Am-Be moderated sources

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    Freitas, Bruno M.; Martins, Marcelo M.; Mauricio, Claudia L.P.; Mauricio, Claudia L.P. da, E-mail: claudia@ird.gov.br [Instituto de Radioprotecao e Dosimetria (IRD/CNEN-RJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Silva, Ademir X. [Coordenacao dos Programas de Pos-Graduacao em Engenharia (COPPE/UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Programa de Engenharia Nuclear

    2015-07-01

    The IRD TLD Albedo dosemeter measures both incident and albedo neutron component. The incident to Albedo ratio is used to take into account the energy dependence of its response. In this paper, the behavior of the IRD Albedo dosemeter response as a function of the incident to Albedo ratio for {sup 241}Am-Be sources was simulated to improve its algorithm. The simulation was performed in MCNPX transport code and presents a good agreement with experimental measurements. The results obtained in this work are very useful to improve the accuracy of the IRD Albedo dosemeter at real neutron workplace. (author)

  17. MCNP simulation of the incident and Albedo neutron response of the IRD Albedo Neutron Dosemeter for 241Am-Be moderated sources

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    The IRD TLD Albedo dosemeter measures both incident and albedo neutron component. The incident to Albedo ratio is used to take into account the energy dependence of its response. In this paper, the behavior of the IRD Albedo dosemeter response as a function of the incident to Albedo ratio for 241Am-Be sources was simulated to improve its algorithm. The simulation was performed in MCNPX transport code and presents a good agreement with experimental measurements. The results obtained in this work are very useful to improve the accuracy of the IRD Albedo dosemeter at real neutron workplace. (author)

  18. The bioavailability of the transuranic elements 237Pu and 241Am for the pond snail, Lymnaea stagnalis L., and their behaviour in selected natural surface waters

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    An attempt was made to characterise the bioavailability of 237Pu and 241Am for the pond snail Lymnaea stagnalis L. in selected surface waters. The uptake, distribution and retention patterns were studied through the contamination route water-snail. The effects of a number of parameters, such as seasonal variation, water type (pH, conductivity, ionic composition) and presence of food, on the bioavailability of the transuranics were evaluated. Finally, an assessment was made concerning the chemical speciation of plutonium and americium in the selected freshwaters

  19. Improving the performance of 241Am-Be for PGNAA applications using a proper shielding for neutron source and the NaI detector

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    Panjeh Hamed; Hakimabad Hashem M.; Motavalli Lalle R.

    2010-01-01

    The gamma ray spectrum resolution from a 241Am-Be source-based prompt gamma ray activation analysis set-up has been observed to increase in the energy region of interest with enclosing the NaI detector in a proper neutron and gamma ray shield. We have investigated the tact that the peak resolution of prompt gamma rays in the region of interest from the set-up depends on the source activity to the great extent, size and kind of the detector and the geometry of the detector shield. In ord...

  20. The subcellular distribution of 239Pu, 241Am and 59Fe in the liver of rat and Chinese hamster as dependent on time

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    The subcellular distribution of monomeric 239Pu, 241Am and iron in rat and Chinese hamster liver has been investigated by sucrose-, metrizamide- and Percoll-density gradients. In rat liver, the transuranium elements become and remain bound to typical lysosomes up to several months after incorporation. Lysosomes are also the primary storage organelle in Chinese hamster liver. However, their apparent density in sucrose decreases with time, which possibly indicates transition into telolysomes. The transuranium nuclides show a subcellular distribution which is quite different from that of iron. (orig.)

  1. Deposition of [sup 210]Pb, [sup 137]Cs, [sup 239+240]Pu, [sup 238]Pu, and [sup 241]Am in the Antarctic peninsula area

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    Roos, P.; Holm, E.; Persson, R.B.R. (Lund Univ. (Sweden). Dept. of Radiation Physics); Aarkrog, A.; Nielsen, S.P. (Risoe National Lab., Roskilde (Denmark))

    1994-01-01

    [sup 210]Pb, [sup 137]Cs, [sup 239+240]Pu, [sup 238]Pu, and [sup 241]Am were analysed in lichen, moss, grass and soil samples, as well as in lake sediments, from the South Shetland Islands, the Antarctic, in order to evaluate the flux and deposition of these elements. Average inventories of the analysed radionuclides in 1988 are given. The ratios [sup 238]Pu/[sup 239+240]Pu and [sup 241]Am/[sup 239+240]Pu of 0.21 [+-] 0.04 and 0.35 [+-] 0.08 respectively agree well with expected values in this area. A significant difference in [sup 137]Cs/[sup 239+240]Pu ratios between lichens and moss/grass/soil is observed which may be an effect of submerging and melt water altering radionuclide ratios. From one of three lakes studied it is possible to perform [sup 210]Pb dating with reasonable accuracy showing an average annual sediment accumulation in this lake of about 45 g m[sup -2]. (author).

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

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    Full text: The determination of the association percentages of transuranics to different sediment phases could define their fate once they have been deposited onto the marine floor and their possible reactivity at the sediment/sea water interphase. Nowadays, there is a wide variety of leaching methods to extract transuranics from the different geochemical compounds conforming the sediments. Nevertheless, a general controversy is extended in the scientific world due to the extreme difficulty in testing their reliability, since the standards of transuranics linked to a certain sedimentary phase are not commercially available. Two mud subsamples taken from a storage container were analysed employing the same sequential extraction method, but with small handling differences.The following fractions were isolated: (1) Readily available (2) Carbonate bound and specifically adsorbed (3) Organically bound (4) Oxide and hydroxides bound and (5) residual. The 239,240Pu, 238Pu and 241Am extracted in each phase were analysed using standard radiochemical procedures. 241Pu was determined by both direct scintillation counting and through the 241Am in-growth up on the old disks containing Plutonium. The procedure for uncertainty calculations has been also included. (author)

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

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

  4. 241 Am ( n ,γ) cross section in the neutron energy region between 0.02 eV and 300 keV

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    Jandel, M.; Bredeweg, T. A.; Bond, E. M.; Chadwick, M. B.; Clement, R. R.; Couture, A.; O'Donnell, J. M.; Haight, R. C.; Reifarth, R.; Rundberg, R. S.; Ullmann, J. L.; Vieira, D. J.; Wilhelmy, J. B.; Wouters, J. M.; Macri, R. A.; Wu, C. Y.; Becker, J. A.

    2008-04-01

    The Detector for Advanced Neutron Capture Experiments (DANCE) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) was used for a neutron capture cross section measurement on 241 Am . The high granularity of the DANCE array (160 BaF2 detectors in a 4π geometry) enables an efficient detection of prompt gamma rays following neutron capture. The preliminary results on the 241 Am ( n ,γ) cross section are presented from 0.02 eV to 300 keV. The cross section at thermal energy E n = 0.0253 eV was determined to be 665±33 barns. Resonance parameters were obtained using the SAMMY7 fit to the measured cross section in the resonance region. Significant discrepancies were found between our results and data evaluations for the first three lowest lying resonances. The cross section for neutrons with E n >l keV agrees well with the ENDF/B-VII.0 and JENDL-3.3 evaluations.

  5. Updated estimates of /sup 239-240/Pu + 241Am inventory, spatial pattern, and soil tonnage for removal at nuclear site-201, NTS

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    These new estimates are based on 712 241Am soil concentrations including 185 data values not previously available. Estimates were obtained using essentially the same kriging techniques and the estimated average /sup 239-240/Pu to 241Am ratio of 7.5 used to obtain previous results. The total Pu + Am inventory estimated to be in the top 5 cm of soil over the 109 hectare study is approximately 16.3 curies. Lower and upper limits on this inventory estimate are about 6.7 and 45.6 curies, respectively. It is estimated that about 58 acres (approx. = 23 hectares) of land in the study are contaminated at levels greater than 40 pCi/g which includes about 40 acres (approx. = 16 hectares) at levels greater than 160 pCi/g. Approximately 28,000 tons of soil would need to be removed (to 15-cm depth) to clean up all areas with estimated concentrates greater than or equal to 160 pCi/g. About 41,000 tons would require removal at the 40 pCi/g level. 5 references, 6 figures, 2 tables

  6. 241Am(n,γ) cross section in the neutron energy region between 0.02 eV and 300 keV

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    The Detector for Advanced Neutron Capture Experiments (DANCE) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) was used for a neutron capture cross section measurement on 241Am. The high granularity of the DANCE array (160 BaF2 detectors in a 4π geometry) enables an efficient detection of prompt gamma rays following neutron capture. The preliminary results on the 241Am(n,γ) cross section are presented from 0.02 eV to 300 keV. The cross section at thermal energy En = 0.0253 eV was determined to be 665±33 barns. Resonance parameters were obtained using the SAMMY7 fit to the measured cross section in the resonance region. Significant discrepancies were found between our results and data evaluations for the first three lowest lying resonances. The cross section for neutrons with En>l keV agrees well with the ENDF/B-VII.0 and JENDL-3.3 evaluations

  7. Effects of arctic temperatures on distribution and retention of the nuclear waste radionuclides 241Am, 57Co, and 137Cs in the bioindicator bivalve Macoma balthica

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    Hutchins, D.A.; Stupakoff, I.; Hook, S.; Luoma, S.N.; Fisher, N.S.

    1998-01-01

    The disposal of radioactive wastes in Arctic seas has made it important to understand the processes affecting the accumulation of radionuclides in food webs in coldwater ecosystems. We examined the effects of temperature on radionuclide assimilation and retention by the bioindicator bivalve Macoma balthica using three representative nuclear waste components, 241Am, 57Co, and 137Cs. Experiments were designed to determine the kinetics of processes that control uptake from food and water, as well as kinetic constants of loss. 137Cs was not accumulated in soft tissue from water during short exposures, and was rapidly lost from shell with no thermal dependence. No effects of temperature on 57Co assimilation or retention from food were observed. The only substantial effect of polar temperatures was that on the assimilation efficiency of 241Am from food, where 10% was assimilated at 2??C and 26% at 12??C. For all three radionuclides, body distributions were correlated with source, with most radioactivity obtained from water found in the shell and food in the soft tissues. These results suggest that in general Arctic conditions had relatively small effects on the biological processes which influence the bioaccumulation of radioactive wastes, and bivalve concentration factors may not be appreciably different between polar and temperate waters.

  8. {sup 238}Pu, {sup 239+240}Pu and {sup 241}Am levels in the terrestrial and aquatic environment of the Loire and Garonne rivers basins (France)

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    Rousseau, G.; Mokili, M.B.; Le Roy, C.; Pagano, V. [SUBATECH/IN2P3 (France); Gontier, G.; Boyer, C. [EDF-DPI-DIN-CIDEN (France); Chardon, P. [CNRS/IN2P3 (France); Hemidy, P.Y. [EDF-DPN-UNIE-GPRE-IEV (France)

    2014-07-01

    Plutonium and americium long-lived alpha emitter isotopes can be found in the environment because of atmospheric global fallout due to thermonuclear tests performed between 1945 and 1980, to the American SNAP 9A satellite explosion in 1964, to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident,... In France, the nuclear safety authority does not allow the release of artificial alpha emitters from nuclear power plants. Thus, monitoring is performed to verify the absence of these alpha emitters in liquid discharges to respect the limits set by the regulations. These thresholds ensure a very low dosimetric impact to the population compared to other radionuclides. With the objective of environmental monitoring around nuclear facilities, activity measurements of long-lived alpha emitters are carried out to detect the traces of these radionuclides. Analysis of low activity by alpha spectrometry after chemical steps were performed and used to determine the {sup 238}Pu, {sup 239+240}Pu and {sup 241}Am activities on a large set of environmental solid samples likely to be encountered in environmental monitoring as soils, sediments, terrestrial and aquatic bio-indicators. The samples collected in the terrestrial and aquatic environment of the Loire and Garonne rivers basins (France) was investigated for the 2009-2014 period. It was found that the mean activity concentration of the most frequently detected was for the radionuclide {sup 238}Pu: from <0.00031 to 0.0061 Bq/kg dry in terrestrial samples and from <0.00086 to 0.011 Bq/kg dry in aquatic samples; for the radionuclide {sup 239+240}Pu: from 0.00041 to 0.150 Bq/kg dry in terrestrial samples and from 0.0023 to 0.240 Bq/kg dry in aquatic samples and for the radionuclide {sup 241}Am: from <0.00086 to 0.087 Bq/kg dry in terrestrial samples and from 0.0022 to 0.120 Bq/kg dry in aquatic samples. {sup 238}Pu/{sup 239+240}Pu and {sup 241}Am/{sup 239+240}Pu ratios determined are in accordance with an environmental contamination due to

  9. X-ray attenuation around -edge of Zr, Nb, Mo and Pd: A comparative study using proton-induced X-ray emission and 241Am gamma rays

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    K K Abdullah; K Karunakaran Nair; N Ramachandran; K M Varier; B R S Babu; Antony Joseph; Rajive Thomas; P Magudapathy; K G M Nair

    2010-09-01

    Mass attenuation coefficients (/ρ) for Zr, Nb, Mo and Pd elements around their -edges are measured at 14 energies in the range 15.744–28.564 keV using secondary excitation from thin Zr, Nb, Mo, Rh, Pd, Cd and Sn foils. The measurements were carried out at the and energy values of the target elements by two techniques: (1) Proton-induced X-ray emission (PIXE) and (2) 241Am (300 mCi) source. In PIXE, 2 MeV proton-excited X-rays were detected by a Si(Li) detector. In the second case, X-rays excited by 59.54 keV photons from the targets were counted by an HPGe detector under a narrow beam good geometry set-up with sufficient shielding. The results are consistent with theoretical values derived from the XCOM package and indicate that the PIXE data have better statistical accuracy.

  10. Measurement and Analysis of $^{241}$Am(n,γ) Cross Sections with C$_6$D$_6$ Detectors at the n_TOF Facility at CERN

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    Fraval, K; Mastromarco, M; Meaze, M; Mendoza, E; Mengoni, A; Milazzo, P M; Mingrone, F; Mirea, M; Mondalaers, W; Paradela, C; Pavlik, A; Perkowski, J; Plompen, A; Praena, J; Quesada, J M; Rauscher, T; Reifarth, R; Riego, A; Roman, F; Rubbia, C; Sarmento, R; Schillebeeckx, P; Schmidt, S; Tagliente, G; Tain, J L; Tarrío, D; Tassan-Got, L; Tsinganis, A; Valenta, S; Vannini, G; Variale, V; Vaz, P; Ventura, A; Versaci, R; Vermeulen, M J; Vlachoudis, V; Vlastou, R; Wallner, A; Ware, T; Weigand, M; Weiß, C; Wright, T; Žugec, P

    The 241Am(n,γ) cross sections have been measured at the n_TOF facility at CERN using C6D6 liquid scintillators and time of flight spectrometry. The results in the resolved resonance range bring new constraints to evaluations below 150 eV, and the energy upper limit can be extended from 150 eV to 320 eV. The analysis goes from thermal energy to 150 keV, and the unresolved resonance range cross section turns out to be larger than expected by evaluations or otherwise measured by previous works. The thermal cross section is found to be σthσth = 740 ± 74 barns, which is larger than expected by evaluations and most previous measurements.

  11. Measurement of the neutron-induced fission cross-section of {sup 241}Am at the time-of-flight facility n{sub T}OF

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    Belloni, F.; Milazzo, P.M.; Abbondanno, U.; Fujii, K.; Moreau, C. [Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), Trieste (Italy); Calviani, M. [Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), Trieste (Italy); CERN, Geneva (Switzerland); Colonna, N.; Barbagallo, M.; Marrone, S.; Meaze, M.H.; Tagliente, G.; Terlizzi, R. [Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), Bari (Italy); Mastinu, P.; Gramegna, F. [Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), Trieste (Italy); Aerts, G.; Andriamonje, S.; Berthoumieux, E.; Dridi, W.; Gunsing, F.; Perrot, L.; Plukis, A. [Irfu, CEA, Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Alvarez, H.; Cano-Ott, D.; Duran, I.; Embid-Segura, M.; Gonzalez-Romero, E.; Paradela, C.; Tarrio, D. [Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela (Spain); Alvarez-Velarde, F.; Guerrero, C.; Martinez, T.; Villamarin, D.; Vincente, M.C. [Centro de Investigaciones Energeticas Medioambientales y Technologicas, Madrid (Spain); Andrzejewski, J.; Marganiec, J. [University of Lodz, Lodz (Poland); Audouin, L.; Dillmann, I.; Heil, M.; Kaeppeler, F.; Mosconi, M.; Plag, R.; Voss, F.; Walter, S.; Wisshak, K. [Institut fuer Kernphysik, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Campus Nord, Nord (Germany); Badurek, G.; Jericha, E.; Leeb, H.; Oberhummer, H. [Technische Universitaet Wien, Atominstitut der Oesterreichischen Universitaeten, Wien (Austria); Baumann, P.; David, S.; Kerveno, M.; Lukic, S.; Rudolf, G. [Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique/IN2P3 - IReS, Strasbourg (France); Becvar, F.; Krticka, M. [Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Prague (Czech Republic); Calvino, F.; Cortes, G.; Poch, A.; Pretel, C. [Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona (Spain); Capote, R. [NAPC/Nuclear Data Section, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna (Austria); Universidad de Sevilla, Sevilla (Spain)] [and others

    2013-01-15

    The neutron-induced fission cross-section of {sup 241}Am has been measured relative to the standard fission cross-section of {sup 235}U between 0.5 and 20 MeV. The experiment was performed at the CERN n{sub T}OF facility. Fission fragments were detected by a fast ionization chamber by discriminating against the {alpha} -particles from the high radioactivity of the samples. The high instantaneous neutron flux and the low background of the n{sub T}OF facility enabled us to obtain uncertainties of {approx} 5%. With the present results it was possible to resolve discrepancies between previous data sets and to confirm current evaluations, thus providing important information for design studies of future reactors with improved fuel burn-up. (orig.)

  12. A radiochemical procedure for a low-level measurement of ''241 Am in environmental samples using a supported functional organo phosphorus extractant

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    The transuranides analysis in environmental samples is carried out by CIEMAT using standardized methods based on sequential separation with ionic-exchange resins. The americium fraction is purified through a two-layer ion exchange column and lately in an anion-exchange column in nitric acid methanol medium. The technique is time-consuming and the results are not completely satisfactory (low recovery and loss of alpha-resolution) for some samples. The chemical compound CMPO (octyl(phenyl).N,N-diisobutyl carbomoylmethyiphosphine oxide) dissolved in TPB (tributyl phosphate) and supported on an inert substrate has been tested directly for ''241 Am analysis by a large number of laboratories. A new method that combines both procedures has been developed. The details of the improved procedure are described in this paper. The advantages of its application to environmental samples (urine, faeces and sediments) are discussed. The utilization of standard, with americium certified concentrations confirms the reliability of our measurements

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

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

    2007-02-01

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

  14. Monte Carlo optimization of sample dimensions of an {sup 241}Am-Be source-based PGNAA setup for water rejects analysis

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    Idiri, Z. [Centre de Recherche Nucleaire d' Alger (CRNA), 02 Boulevard Frantz-Fanon, B.P. 399, 16000 Alger (Algeria)]. E-mail: zmidiri@yahoo.fr; Mazrou, H. [Centre de Recherche Nucleaire d' Alger (CRNA), 02 Boulevard Frantz-Fanon, B.P. 399, 16000 Alger (Algeria); Beddek, S. [Centre de Recherche Nucleaire d' Alger (CRNA), 02 Boulevard Frantz-Fanon, B.P. 399, 16000 Alger (Algeria); Amokrane, A. [Faculte de Physique, Universite des Sciences et de la Technologie Houari-Boumediene (USTHB), Alger (Algeria); Azbouche, A. [Centre de Recherche Nucleaire d' Alger (CRNA), 02 Boulevard Frantz-Fanon, B.P. 399, 16000 Alger (Algeria)

    2007-07-21

    The present paper describes the optimization of sample dimensions of a {sup 241}Am-Be neutron source-based Prompt gamma neutron activation analysis (PGNAA) setup devoted for in situ environmental water rejects analysis. The optimal dimensions have been achieved following extensive Monte Carlo neutron flux calculations using MCNP5 computer code. A validation process has been performed for the proposed preliminary setup with measurements of thermal neutron flux by activation technique of indium foils, bare and with cadmium covered sheet. Sensitive calculations were subsequently performed to simulate real conditions of in situ analysis by determining thermal neutron flux perturbations in samples according to chlorine and organic matter concentrations changes. The desired optimal sample dimensions were finally achieved once established constraints regarding neutron damage to semi-conductor gamma detector, pulse pile-up, dead time and radiation hazards were fully met.

  15. Calibration Human Voxel Phantoms for In Vivo Measurement of ''241 Am in Bone at the Whole Body Counter Facility of CIEMAT

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    The Whole Body Counting facility of CIEMAT is capable of carrying out In-Vivo measurements of radionuclides emitting X-rays and low energy gamma radiation internally deposited in the body. The system to use for this purpose consists of flour Low energy Germanium (LeGe) Camberra detectors working in the energy range from 10 to 1000 keV. Physical phantoms with a known contamination in the organ of interest are normally used for the calibration of the LEGe detection system. In this document we present a calibration method using the Monte Carlo technique (MCNP4C) over a voxel phantom obtained from a computerized tomography of a real human head. The phantom consists of 104017 (43x59x41) cubic voxels, 4 mn on each side, os specific tissues, but for this simulation only two types are taken into account: adipose tissue and hard bone. The skull is supposed to be contaminated with ''241 Am and the trajectories of the photons are simulated till they reach the germanium detectors. The detectors were also simulated in detail to obtain a good agreement with the reality. In order to verify the accuracy of this procedure to reproduce the experiments, the MCNP results are compared with laboratory measurements of a head phantom simulating an internal contamination of 1000 Bq of ''241 Am deposited in bone. Different relative positions source-detector were tried to look for the best counting geometry for measurement of a contaminated skull. Efficiency values are obtained and compared, resulting in the validation of the mathematical method for the assessment of internal contamination of American deposited in skeleton. (Author) 16 refs

  16. Calibration Human Voxel Phantoms for In Vivo Measurement of ''241 Am in Bone at the Whole Body Counter Facility of CIEMAT

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    Moraleda, M.; Lopez, M. A.; Gomez Ros, J. M.; Navarro, T.; Navarro, J. F.

    2002-07-01

    The Whole Body Counting facility of CIEMAT is capable of carrying out In-Vivo measurements of radionuclides emitting X-rays and low energy gamma radiation internally deposited in the body. The system to use for this purpose consists of flour Low energy Germanium (LeGe) Camberra detectors working in the energy range from 10 to 1000 keV. Physical phantoms with a known contamination in the organ of interest are normally used for the calibration of the LEGe detection system. In this document we present a calibration method using the Monte Carlo technique (MCNP4C) over a voxel phantom obtained from a computerized tomography of a real human head. The phantom consists of 104017 (43x59x41) cubic voxels, 4 mn on each side, os specific tissues, but for this simulation only two types are taken into account: adipose tissue and hard bone. The skull is supposed to be contaminated with ''241 Am and the trajectories of the photons are simulated till they reach the germanium detectors. The detectors were also simulated in detail to obtain a good agreement with the reality. In order to verify the accuracy of this procedure to reproduce the experiments, the MCNP results are compared with laboratory measurements of a head phantom simulating an internal contamination of 1000 Bq of ''241 Am deposited in bone. Different relative positions source-detector were tried to look for the best countring geometry for measurement of a contaminated skull. Efficiency values are obtained and compared, resulting in the validation of the mathematical method for the assessment of internal contamination of American deposited in skeleton. (Author) 16 refs.

  17. Analysis by Monte Carlo simulation of the extent of {sup 2}41Am in-vivo using dummy skull; Analisis mediante simulacion Monte Carlo de la medida in.vivo de {sup 2}41Am utilizando maniquies de craneo

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    Moraleda, M.; Gomez-Ros, J. M.; Lopez, M. A.; Navarro, J. F.; Perez, B.

    2013-07-01

    The goal is to build a series of numerical mannequins of skull from computerized tomography of various physical mannequins used in the detection of 241 Am deposited into bone to simulate radiation transport and calculate the efficiency of detection in various geometries of measurement. The comparison with experimental results of measured in the laboratory will allow to analyze the adequacy of the use of the techniques of numerical simulation as well as the differences observed between different Dummies when it comes to calibrating detection equipment. (Author)

  18. Radionuclides 137Cs, 90Sr, 241Am and 239+240Pu in vegetation cover of the former Semipalatinsk test site

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    The Semipalatinsk Test Site (STS) is one of the largest testing grounds for nuclear weapons. Diverse nuclear explosions were carried out on its territory: 340 underground tests (sites 'Degelen', 'Balapan' and 'Sary-Uzen'), 30 surface and 86 nuclear air explosions (site for radioactive warfare agent (RWA) and 'Experimental Field'). Since the STS was shutdown a large amount of information about current radiological situation in its territory has been collected. In recent years, one of the main problems is gradual transfer of its lands for national economy. Under these conditions, an essential element for prediction of radioactive contamination levels of food products is radionuclides redistribution parameters in soil-plant system used in calculation of doses to the population living within STS territory. Until recently, matter of radionuclides migration from soil to plants has been poorly studied. Individual researches, more or less devoted to this issue occurred in the past, but have virtually no information about accumulation of transuranic radionuclides in plants. More regular studies in this direction have been initiated recently. Between 2007 and 2013 features of artificial radionuclides accumulation in certain plant species under radioactive tunnel watercourses at 'Degelen' site were studied. We've obtained statistically reliable data characterizing accumulation of radionuclides, including 239+240Pu and 241Am, in steppe plants at 'Experimental field' site. The content of radionuclides in plants was researched at the RWA site. Comprehensive ecological survey in order to release the lands to the national economic turnover investigated parameters of radionuclides accumulation in steppe grasses at conditionally 'background' areas of STS and some parts of radioactive trace plume caused by the explosion in 1953. To date, all the findings have been generalized. We present an integrated picture about accumulation of artificial radionuclides 137Cs, 90Sr, 239+240Pu and

  19. 241Am-photonabsorptiometry in patients with chronic renal failure, with particular reference to the effect of 1-alpha-hydroxyvitamin D3

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    The study was undertaken in patients with chronic renal failure (CRF patients) in order to evaluate 1) the degree and course of skeletal demineralization and 2) the effect on the bone mineral content (BMC) of long-term treatment with 1α-hydroxyvitamin D3 (1α(OH)D3). BMC was measured on the radius by 241Am-photonabsorptiometry and the results were corrected for age, sex and bone width. In a cross-sectional study BMC was measured in 191 normal subjects and in 88 renal patients. In a controlled longitudinal trial 22 CRF patients were treated for 25.6 months with 1α(OH)D3, while 22 CRF patients did not receive vitamin D supplements. In non-treated CRF-patients an accelerated bone loss (approx. equal to 3%/year) and a significantly reduced BMC (mean 87.2% of normal) was found. In the 1α(OH)D3 treated patients BMC increased on an average 0.9%/year, significantly different from the continued bone loss recorded in the nontreated control patients. The data indicate that 1) CRF patients via accelerated bone loss develop reduced bone mass, and 2) cessation of this bone loss may be achieved by long-term treatment with 1α(OH)D3. (orig.)

  20. Effective atomic number of some sugars and amino acids for scattering of (241)Am and (137)Cs gamma rays at low momentum transfer.

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    Vinaykumar, L; Umesh, T K

    2015-09-01

    In this paper, we report the effective atomic number of some H, C, N and O based sugars and amino acids. These have been determined by using a handy expression which is based on the theoretical angle integrated small angle (coherent+incoherent) scattering cross sections of seven elements of Z≤13 in four angular ranges of (0-4°), (0-6°), (0-8°) and (0-10°)for (241)Am (59.54 keV) and (137)Cs (661.6 keV) gamma rays. The theoretical scattering cross sections were computed by a suitable numerical integration of the atomic form factor and incoherent scattering function compilations of Hubbell et al. (1975) which make use of the non-relativistic Hartree-Fock (NRHF) model for the atomic charge distribution of the elements in the angular ranges of interest. The angle integrated small angle scattering cross sections of the H, C, N and O based sugars and amino acids measured by a new method reported recently by the authors were used in the handy expression to derive their effective atomic number. The results are compared with the other available data and discussed. Possible conclusions are drawn based on the present study.

  1. A comparison of untagged gamma-ray and tagged-neutron yields from 241AmBe and 238PuBe sources

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    Scherzinger, Julius; Annand, John; Fissum, Kevin; Hall-Wilton, Richard; Koufigar, Sharareh; Mauritzson, Nicholai; Messi, Francesco; Perrey, Hanno; Rofors, Emil

    2016-01-01

    Untagged gamma-ray and tagged-neutron yields from 241AmBe and 238PuBe mixed-field sources have been measured. Gamma-ray spectroscopy measurements from 1 - 5 MeV were performed in an open environment using a CeBr3 detector and the same experimental conditions for both sources. The shapes of the distributions are very similar and agree well with previous data. Tagged-neutron measurements from 2 - 6 MeV were performed in a shielded environment using a NE-213 liquid-scintillator detector for the neutrons and a YAP(Ce) detector to tag the 4.44 MeV gamma-rays associated with the de-excitation of the first excited state of 12C. Again, the same experimental conditions were used for both sources. The shapes of these distributions are also very similar and agree well with previous data, each other, and the ISO recommendation. Our $^{238}$PuBe source provides approximately 2.4 times more tagged neutrons over the tagged-neutron energy range, in reasonable agreement with the original full-spectrum source-calibration measu...

  2. Improving the performance of 241Am-Be for PGNAA applications using a proper shielding for neutron source and the NaI detector

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The gamma ray spectrum resolution from a 241Am-Be source-based prompt gamma ray activation analysis set-up has been observed to increase in the energy region of interest with enclosing the NaI detector in a proper neutron and gamma ray shield. We have investigated the tact that the peak resolution of prompt gamma rays in the region of interest from the set-up depends on the source activity to the great extent, size and kind of the detector and the geometry of the detector shield. In order to see the role of a detector shield, five kinds of the detector shield were used and finally the proper kind was introduced. Since the detector shield has an important contribution in the reduction of the undesirable and high rate gamma rays coming to the gamma ray detector, a good design of a proper shield enables the elimination of the unwanted events, such as a pulse pile-up. By improving the shielding design, discrete and distinguishable photoelectric peaks in the energy region of interest have been observed in the spectrum of prompt gamma rays.

  3. Investigation on biokinetics of 134Cs and 241Am radionuclides in three different organisms and a new evaluation by using discrete time model

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    In this study, 134Cs and 241Am biokinetic experiments have been observed originally for Black Sea condition with using the gastropod Patella coerulea and the macro algae Enteremorpha linza and the common mussel Mytilus galloprovlncialis as bio indicator organisms. The experiments that have at least three originality, have been carried out very carefully and biokinetic parameters have been calculated by using classical model. The results are compared with the proportionally similar experiments in the literature globally. In this thesis, a new model application has proposed for the biokinetic evaluation for loss experiments of organisms. That is discrete time model. Loss experiments can be evaluated proportionally in a quick and easy way by using this model. Then, it can be observed that the calculated decreasing factor (r) by discrete time model, shows the loss process quality. Moreover, the loss experiments can be stopped when the decreasing factor goes to 1. So, the loss experiment can be evaluated rapidly and quickly with the adequate reliability by using discrete time model. Furthermore, the loss process in the organisms becomes slower and biologic half-lives becomes longer, when the decreasing factor (r) goes to 1. On the other hand, the biological depuration rate (k) goes to nearly zero. So, the proposed discrete time model that is applied in this thesis originally for biokinetic, can be evident that it has an adequate reliability for the biokinetic evaluation

  4. Retention and translocation of foliar applied {sup 239,240}Pu and {sup 241}Am, as compared to {sup 137}Cs and {sup 85}Sr, into bean plants (Phaseolus vulgaris)

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    Henner, P. [Institute for Radioprotection and Nuclear Safety, Environment and Emergency Operations Division, Department for the Study of Radionuclides Behaviour in Ecosystems, Laboratory of Radioecology and Ecotoxicology, IRSN/DPRE/SECRE/LRE, Cadarache Centre, Building 186, BP 3, 13115 Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (France)]. E-mail: pascale.henner@irsn.fr; Colle, C. [Institute for Radioprotection and Nuclear Safety, Environment and Emergency Operations Division, Department for the Study of Radionuclides Behaviour in Ecosystems, Laboratory of Radioecology and Ecotoxicology, IRSN/DPRE/SECRE/LRE, Cadarache Centre, Building 186, BP 3, 13115 Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (France); Morello, M. [Institute for Radioprotection and Nuclear Safety, Environment and Emergency Operations Division, Department for the Study of Radionuclides Behaviour in Ecosystems, Laboratory of Radioecology and Ecotoxicology, IRSN/DPRE/SECRE/LRE, Cadarache Centre, Building 186, BP 3, 13115 Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (France)

    2005-07-01

    Foliar transfer of {sup 241}Am, {sup 239,240}Pu, {sup 137}Cs and {sup 85}Sr was evaluated after contamination of bean plants (Phaseolus vulgaris) at the flowering development stage, by soaking their first two trifoliate leaves into contaminated solutions. Initial retentions of {sup 241}Am (27%) and {sup 239,240}Pu (37%) were higher than those of {sup 137}Cs and {sup 85}Sr (10-15%). Mean fraction of retained activity redistributed among bean organs was higher for {sup 137}Cs (20.3%) than for {sup 239,240}Pu (2.2%), {sup 241}Am (1%) or {sup 85}Sr (0.1%). Mean leaf-to-pod translocation factors (Bq kg{sup -1}dry weight pod/Bq kg{sup -1}dry weight contaminated leaves) were 5.0 x 10{sup -4} for {sup 241}Am, 2.7 x 10{sup -6} for {sup 239,240}Pu, 5.4 x 10{sup -2} for {sup 137}Cs and 3.6 x 10{sup -4} for {sup 85}Sr. Caesium was mainly recovered in pods (12.8%). Americium and strontium were uniformly redistributed among leaves, stems and pods. Plutonium showed preferential redistribution in oldest bean organs, leaves and stems, and very little redistribution in forming pods. Results for americium and plutonium were compared to those of strontium and caesium to evaluate the consistency of the attribution of behaviour of strontium to transuranium elements towards foliar transfer, based on translocation factors, as stated in two radioecological models, ECOSYS-87 and ASTRAL.

  5. 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

  6. Transfer and translocation of {sup 241}Am, {sup 239}Pu, {sup 137}Cs and {sup 85}Sr after partial foliar contamination of bean plants

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    Henner, P.; Colle, C.; Morello, M. [CEA Cadarache (DEI/SECRE/LRE), Laboratory of Radioecology and Ecotoxicology, Institute for Radioprotection and Nuclear Safety, 13 - Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (France)

    2004-07-01

    Bean plants at the flowering development stage were contaminated by soaking their two first leaves for 3 hours in a solution containing one of the actinides {sup 241}Am or {sup 239}Pu, or both {sup 137}Cs and {sup 85}Sr. The aim of the study was to assess the adequacy of using the values of Cs/Sr for the foliar transfer parameters of transuranic actinides, as used for example in the ASTRAL code to calculate the contamination of agricultural products after a nuclear accident. Secondly, these experiments were launched to tentatively determine specific values for the foliar transfer parameters for Am and Pu, despite technical limitations due to high radiotoxicity of these isotopes which prevented the contamination of the whole foliage of bean plants. Cs and Sr were used to compare the results with those obtained with other modes of contamination, by dry deposition of aerosols for example. Results showed that the soaking protocol was adequate to compare the foliar transfer of various radionuclides, although it should be difficult to provide specific values because of partial contamination of the foliage. Foliar transfer factors, expressed as Bq.kg{sup -1}{sub dw} {sub pods}/Bq.L{sup -1}{sub solution} (2.5x10{sup -2}) and translocation factors, dimensionless, (2.3x10{sup -3}) for Am and for Pu (1.5x10{sup -3} and 7.5x10{sup -5} respectively), compared to those for Sr (respectively 3.6x10{sup -3} and 5.9x10{sup -4}) and for Cs (respectively 2.9x10{sup -1} and 1.3x10{sup -1}), were studied using this procedure. Transfer and translocation factors for Am were significantly higher than those for Sr, but were smaller than those for Cs. Therefore, Am can be classified as a medium mobile radionuclide in plant. Transfer and translocation of Pu were significantly lower than these for Sr and for Am. Besides, the transfer and translocation factors of Am and Pu only differed from one order of magnitude or less from the one of Sr, which could be in the usual range of variation

  7. A radiochemical procedure for a low-level measurement of ''241Am in environmental samples using a supported functional organo phosphorus extractant; Metodo analitico para la determinacion de ''241Am en muestras biologicas y sedimentos marinos mediante uso de una columna con extractante organico

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    Gasco, C.; Anton, M. P.; Alvarez, A.; Navarro, N.; Salvador, S.

    1994-07-01

    The transuranides analysis in environmental samples is carried out by CIEMAT using standardized methods based on sequential separation with ionic-exchange resins. The americium fraction is purified through a two-layer ion exchange column and lately in an anion-exchange column in nitric acid methanol medium. The technique is time consuming and the results are not completely satisfactory (low recovery and loss of a-resolution) for some samples. The chemical compound CMPO (octyl(phenyl)-N,N-diisobutyl carbomoylmethyiphosphine oxide) dissolved in TPB (tributyl phosphate) and supported on an inert substrate has been tested directly for ''241Am analysis by a large number of laboratories. A new method that combines both procedures has been developed. The details of the improved procedure are described in this paper. The advantages of its application to environmental samples (urine, faeces and sediments) are discussed. The utilization of standard samples, with americium certified concentrations confirms the reliability of our measurements. (Author) 8 refs.

  8. Spatial distribution of {sup 241}Am, {sup 137}Cs, {sup 238}Pu, {sup 239,240}Pu and {sup 241}Pu over 17 year periods in the Ravenglass saltmarsh, Cumbria, UK

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    Oh, J.-S. [GAU-Radioanalytical, School of Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton SO14 3ZH (United Kingdom)], E-mail: jsoh@noc.soton.ac.uk; Warwick, P.E. [GAU-Radioanalytical, School of Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton SO14 3ZH (United Kingdom)], E-mail: pew@noc.soton.ac.uk; Croudace, I.W. [GAU-Radioanalytical, School of Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton SO14 3ZH (United Kingdom)], E-mail: iwc@noc.soton.ac.uk

    2009-07-15

    Ninety five surface scrape samples were collected at the Ravenglass saltmarsh and analysed for radionuclides by alpha spectrometry ({sup 238}Pu and {sup 239,240}Pu), gamma spectrometry ({sup 241}Am and {sup 137}Cs) and liquid scintillation counting ({sup 241}Pu). Both {sup 241}Am and {sup 137}Cs activities are compared with those reported by Horrill [1983. Concentrations and spatial distribution of radioactivity in an ungrazed saltmarsh. In: Coughtrey, P.J. (Ed.), Ecological Aspects of Radionuclide Release. British Ecological Society Special Publication No. 3. Blackwell, Oxford, pp. 119-215.] Significant decreases in activities for both radionuclides were observed which is caused by the declining levels of discharges from the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant since the 1980s. It has been concluded that the spatial distribution of these radionuclides are controlled by the tidal currents and the clay contents in the sediments. There is evidence of surface erosion of the saltmarsh and redistribution of radionuclides in the saltmarsh using isotopic ratios of measured Pu.

  9. An experimental investigation of M-subshell fluorescence yields and of the L1-L3 radiative transition in neptunium and curium from the radioactive decays of 241Am and 249Cf

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    The construction and performance of a wall-less multiwire proportional counter (MWPC) is described. The absolute emission rate of M x rays from a 241Am source was measured with the MWPC and with a single-wire proportional counter and a value of (6.35 +- 0.60) x 10-2 M x rays per decay, or (0.470 +- 0.045) M x rays per L/sub α/ x ray is obtained. High resolution Ge(Li) and Si(Li) x-ray spectrometers and the multiwire proportional counter (MWPC) were used for measuring coincidences, respectively, between various L x rays and the M x rays of neptunium (Z = 93) from a 241Am source. In addition, M x rays of curium from a 249Cf source were measured with a Si(Li) detector in coincidence with various K and L x rays detected with a Ge(Li) spectrometer. 81 refs., 24 figs., 23 tabs

  10. Neutron monitor calibration with 241AmBe(α, n), 252Cf , 252Cf+D2O and 238PuBe(α, n) used in dose evaluation near Linac

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    The use of linear accelerators in Radiotherapy is becoming increasingly more common. From the Radiation Protection point of view, these instruments represent an advance relative to cobalt and caesium irradiators, mainly due to the absence of radioactive material. On the other hand, accelerators with energies over 10 MeV contaminate with neutrons the therapeutic beam. These neutrons are generated when high-energy photons interact with high-atomic-number materials such as tungsten and lead present in the accelerator itself. Photo-neutrons can also interact with other materials, present in the treatment room, consequently modifying the initial spectrum and causing other types of interactions which privilege the gamma capture. In this way, the measurement of the photo-neutron spectrum can be necessary in a radiometric survey. The present work carries through measurements in a linear accelerator of 15 MeV using three neutron area monitors calibrated using four radioactive sources: three ISO reference sources, 241AmBe (α, n), 252Cf (f, n) and 252Cf+D2O, and a 238PuBe(α, n) source. As the three first sources, this last one was standardized in the LMNRI/IRD manganese bath system. Comparison and evaluation of the response of these instruments were thereby made, analyzing whether the reading of the detectors using standard sources is adequate. In conclusion, the analysis of the response of neutron area calibrated detectors enable the use of them in an environment containing medical linear accelerator. (author)

  11. Variability in the edible fraction content of 60Co, 99Tc, 110mAg, 137Cs and 241Am between individual crabs and lobsters from Sellafield (north eastern Irish Sea).

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    Swift, D J; Nicholson, M D

    2001-01-01

    We investigated the variability of anthropogenic radionuclide content of the edible fractions of individual edible crabs (Cancer pagurus L.) and European lobsters (Homarus gammarus L.) caught commercially in the Sellafield offshore area. Sixteen female and 18 male crabs and 20 female and 17 male lobsters were selected from commercial catches made between 25 May and 5 June 1997. Each gender group was selected to be within the known weight range for commercially caught crustacea from the area. Four artificial radionuclides (60Co, 110mAg, 137Cs or 241Am) were detected by gamma-spectrometry. The edible fraction content of these radionuclides between males and females for either species were not statistically significantly different. 99Tc was analysed by chemical separation and beta-counting. 99Tc concentrations in female crabs tended to be higher (172 +/- 205 (16) Bq kg-1(wet); mean +/- standard deviation (n samples)) than those in males (85 +/- 58 (18) Bq kg-1 (wet)), although this was not a statistically significant difference. For both male and female crabs, 99Tc concentrations tended to decrease with increasing whole live weights. For 99Tc in lobsters the picture is less clear. Female lobsters contained more activity (14800 +/- 7400 (20) Bq kg-1 (wet)) than males (7100 +/- 3900 (17) Bq kg-1 (wet)). The results were used to discuss the implications for sampling and monitoring. PMID:11381940

  12. Extension and validation of the TRANSURANUS burn-up model for helium production in high burn-up LWR fuels

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    Botazzoli, Pietro; Luzzi, Lelio; Brémier, Stephane; Schubert, Arndt; Van Uffelen, Paul; Walker, Clive T.; Haeck, Wim; Goll, Wolfgang

    2011-12-01

    The TRANSURANUS burn-up model (TUBRNP) calculates the local concentration of the actinides, the main fission products, and 4He as a function of the radial position across a fuel rod. In this paper, the improvements in the helium production model as well as the extensions in the simulation of 238-242Pu, 241Am, 243Am and 242-245Cm isotopes are described. Experimental data used for the extended validation include new EPMA measurements of the local concentrations of Nd and Pu and recent SIMS measurements of the radial distributions of Pu, Am and Cm isotopes, both in a 3.5% enriched commercial PWR UO 2 fuel with a burn-up of 80 and 65 MWd/kgHM, respectively. Good agreement has been found between TUBRNP and the experimental data. The analysis has been complemented by detailed neutron transport calculations (VESTA code), and also revealed the need to update the branching ratio for the 241Am(n,γ) 242mAm reaction in typical PWR conditions.

  13. 基于137Cs、241Am和210Pb计年的上级湖沉积速率研究%Determination of Sedimentation Rates in Higher-up Lake Using 137Cs, 241Am and 210Pb Dating Techniques

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    丁兆运; 杨浩; 王小雷; 张明礼; 杨本俊

    2012-01-01

    利用放射性核素210pb、137Cs及241Am测年方法,确定上级湖表层沉积物的年龄、沉积速率及其变化,分析湖泊沉积速率变化与自然环境演化、人类活动(尤其是修筑堤坝等水利工程)之间的关系,为合理开发利用湖泊资源、保护生态环境提供理论依据.137Cs测年结果表明,沉积柱芯中137 Cs 1964年时标不明显,不存在1975年、1986年时标;利用241Am及210Pbex辅助计年,确定质量深度6.37 g· cm2处为1964年,至表层的平均沉积速率为0.135 g·cm-2·a-1.利用210Pbex CRS模式计算出每个样品深度所对应的年代,与历史资料较吻合.210Pbex CRS计年结果显示,自1859年以来上级湖的沉积速率不稳定,以二级坝建成使用的1960年为界,划分为建坝前平均沉积速率低及建坝后沉积速率上升两个大的时段.上级湖沉积速率的变化与流域旱、涝变化及人类活动有关.%Using radioactive nuclides 210Pb,137Cs and 241 Am dating methods, to make sure that the age and sedimentation rate change of surface sediment of higher-up lake,analyze the connection between lake sedimentation rate changes and natural environment evolution,human activities (especially the construction of dams and other water conservancy projects) ,offering the theory basis to utilize lake resources and protect the ecological environment reasonably. The result of 137 Cs dating shows that137 Cs time mark of 1964 was not obvious and time marks of 1975 and 1986 did not exist in DS sediment core. With the assist of 241 Am and 210Pbex dating,it was made sure that the age at mass depth of 6. 37 g·cm-2 was 1964 and the average sedimentation rate from the mass depth to surface of DS core was 0. 135 g·cm-2 o a-1. The ages of the samples calculated by 210 Pbex modal were a-greed with historical information. The result of 210PbexCRS dating showed that sedimentation rate of higher-up lake had changed since 1859. The deposition process of higher-up lake can be divided

  14. Manufacture Quasi-monochromatic X-ray Machine to Replace 241 Am Low Energy Photon Source%替代241Am低能光子源的准单色X射线机的研制

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    林辉; 肖雪夫; 赵靖; 简利民

    2014-01-01

    研究了用滤光片法产生50~60 keV的准单色X射线的条件,对输出的X射线进行了数种金属滤光片实验研究,选出合适的滤光片,通过实验对准直器的机械结构进行了确定。采用自行设计委托加工的X射线管、准直器和购买的高压电源,组装成符合实验要求的X射机。该装置输出了50~60 keV能量段的准单色光谱,在料位计上能替代241 Am低能光子源。%A practical approach to produce 50-60 keV quasi-monochromatic X-ray by selection metal filter was studied .The appropriate metal filter was selected after various types of filters were tested . The mechanical structure of the collimator was also determined . According to the experimental requirement , a X-ray machine was assembled with a X-ray tube ,a collimator and an ultrahigh voltage power source .This device generates standard spectrum of quasi-monochromatic X-ray in the energy range of 50-60 keV ,and the X-ray machine can present an appropriate substitution to 241 Am low energy photon source in the traditional level indicator .

  15. 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)

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

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

  17. Measurement of fission cross-section of actinides at n_TOF for advanced nuclear reactors

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    Calviani, Marco; Montagnoli, G; Mastinu, P

    2009-01-01

    The subject of this thesis is the determination of high accuracy neutron-induced fission cross-sections of various isotopes - all of which radioactive - of interest for emerging nuclear technologies. The measurements had been performed at the CERN neutron time-of-flight facility n TOF. In particular, in this work, fission cross-sections on 233U, the main fissile isotope of the Th/U fuel cycle, and on the minor actinides 241Am, 243Am and 245Cm have been analyzed. Data on these isotopes are requested for the feasibility study of innovative nuclear systems (ADS and Generation IV reactors) currently being considered for energy production and radioactive waste transmutation. The measurements have been performed with a high performance Fast Ionization Chamber (FIC), in conjunction with an innovative data acquisition system based on Flash-ADCs. The first step in the analysis has been the reconstruction of the digitized signals, in order to extract the information required for the discrimination between fission fragm...

  18. ANSI/ANS-8.15-1981(R87): Nuclear criticality control of special actinide elements

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    The American National Standard, open-quotes Nuclear Criticality Safety in Operations with Fissionable Materials Outside Reactotorsclose quotes American National Standards Institute/American Nuclear Society (ANSI/ANS)-8.1-1983(R88) provides guidance for the nuclides 233U, 235U, and 239Pu. These three nuclides are of primary interest in out-of-reactor criticality safety since they are the most commonly encountered in the vast majority of operations. However, some operations can involve nuclides other than 233U, 235U, and 239Pu in sufficient quantities that their effect on criticality safety could be of concern. ANSI/ANS-8.15-1981(R87) open-quotes Nuclear Criticality Control of Special Actinide Elements,close quotes provides guidance for 15 such nuclides. The standard was approved for use on November 9, 1981. When it received its first 5-yr review, no changes were made, and it was reaffirmed effective October 30, 1987. The standard was again reviewed and reaffirmed without changes in December 1995. The next 5-yr review of the standard is due in December 2000. The affected nuclides are 237Np, 238Pu, 240Pu, 242Pu, 241Am, 243Am, 244Cm, 239Pu, 241Pu, 242mAm, 243Cm, 245Cm, 247Cm, 249Cf, and 251Cf

  19. 232Th、233U、238Pu、240Pu、242Pu、241Am、242Cm、243Cm和244Cm的裂变释放热能研究%Thermal Energy Released in Fission of 232 Th,233 U,238 Pu, 240 Pu,242 Pu,241 Am,242 Cm,243 Cm and 244 Cm

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    赵艳飞; 马续波; 陈义学

    2013-01-01

    In the nuclear reactor design ,the precise calculation of thermal fission energy is of great significance .In the pressurized water reactor ,high energy neutron-induced fission rarely occurs ,the isotopes including 233 U ,241 Am and 243 Cm are mostly induced by thermal neutrons ,while the other isotopes such as 232Th ,238Pu ,240Pu ,242Pu ,242Cm and 244 Cm are by fast neutron . In order to carry out this work , the nuclear data extracted from the latest evaluated nuclear data file (ENDF/B-Ⅶ ) were adopted ,and the energy-conservation law for the calculation of total fission energy were used , meanw hile ,with the consideration of capture energy and the correction of βand γ ,the thermal fission energy of nine isotopes was obtained .Compared with the data excerpted from IAEA issued WIMS-D database ,the results are reasonable .The thermal fission energy and its uncertainties of the nine isotopes are :(193.939 ± 0.176) MeV for 232 Th , (200.063 ± 0.084) MeV for 233 U ,(208.786 ± 1.133 ) MeV for 238 Pu ,(211.266 ± 0.220 ) MeV for 240 Pu ,(213.862 ± 0.299 ) MeV for 242 Pu ,(215.077 ± 0.210 ) MeV for 241 Am ,(218.821 ± 0.159) MeV for 242Cm ,(218.525 ± 0.388) MeV for 243Cm ,and (220.067 ± 0.131) MeV for 244 Cm ,respectively .%在核反应堆设计中,对每次裂变释放热能进行精确计算具有重要意义。在压水堆内,高能中子诱发核裂变份额很小,233 U、241 Am、243 Cm主要由热中子诱发裂变,232 T h、238 Pu、240 Pu、242 Pu、242 Cm、244 Cm主要由快中子诱发裂变。本文采用最新的核评价数据库 ENDF/B-Ⅶ,利用质量守恒法计算裂变释放总能,同时研究了中微子带走的能量,中子俘获能及β、γ修正项,最终给出了9种核素裂变释放热能。与IAEA颁布的WIMS-D格式数据库中的裂变释放热能数据的对比表明,本文所用方法计算结果合理。9种核素每次裂变释放热能分别为:232 Th ,(193.939±0.176) MeV ;233 U ,(200.063

  20. Medical grade 238Pu from 241Am: progress report

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    Shielding requirements for fabrication of americium targets were evaluated, a preliminary flowsheet for processing the irradiated Am targets was developed, and the AMRAD computer program, which models the irradiation cycle, was improved

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

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

    2004-07-01

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

  2. Analysis of americium-beryllium neutron source composition using the FRAM code

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    Hypes, P. A. (Philip A.); Bracken, D. S. (David S.); Sampson, Thomas E.; Taylor, W. A. (Wayne A.)

    2002-01-01

    The FRAM code was originally developed to analyze high-resolution gamma spectra from plutonium items. Its capabilities have since been expanded to include analysis of uranium spectra. The flexibility of the software also enables a capable spectroscopist to use FRAM to analyze spectra in which neither plutonium nor uranium is present in significant amounts. This paper documents the use of FRAM to determine the {sup 239}Pu/{sup 241}Am, {sup 243}Am/{sup 241}Am, {sup 237}Np/{sup 241}Am, and {sup 239}Np/{sup 241}Am ratios in americium-beryllium neutron sources. The effective specific power of each neutron source was calculated from the ratios determined by FRAM in order to determine the americium mass of each of these neutron sources using calorimetric assay. We will also discuss the use of FRAM for the general case of isotopic analysis of nonplutonium, nonuranium items.

  3. OSMOSE program : statistical review of oscillation measurements in the MINERVE reactor R1-UO2 configuration.

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    Stoven, G.; Klann, R.; Zhong, Z.; Nuclear Engineering Division

    2007-08-28

    The OSMOSE program is a collaboration on reactor physics experiments between the United States Department of Energy and the France Commissariat Energie Atomique. At the working level, it is a collaborative effort between the Argonne National Laboratory and the CEA Cadarache Research Center. The objective of this program is to measure very accurate integral reaction rates in representative spectra for the actinides important to future nuclear system designs, and to provide the experimental data for improving the basic nuclear data files. The main outcome of the OSMOSE measurement program will be an experimental database of reactivity-worth measurements in different neutron spectra for the heavy nuclides. This database can then be used as a benchmark to verify and validate reactor analysis codes. The OSMOSE program (Oscillation in Minerve of isotopes in Eupraxic Spectra) aims at improving neutronic predictions of advanced nuclear fuels through oscillation measurements in the MINERVE facility on samples containing the following separated actinides: {sup 232}Th, {sup 233}U, {sup 234}U, {sup 235}U, {sup 236}U, {sup 238}U, {sup 237}Np, {sup 238}Pu, {sup 239}Pu, {sup 240}Pu, {sup 241}Pu, {sup 242}Pu, {sup 241}Am, {sup 243}Am, {sup 244}Cm, and {sup 245}Cm. The first part of this report provides an overview of the experimental protocol and the typical processing of a series of experimental results which is currently performed at CEA-Cadarache. In the second part of the report, improvements to this technique are presented, as well as the program that was created to process oscillation measurement results from the MINERVE facility in the future.

  4. Highly enriched isotope samples of uranium and transuranium elements for scientific investigation

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    Vesnovskii, Stanislav P.; Polynov, Vladimir N.; Danilin, Lev. D.

    1992-02-01

    The paper describes the production of highly enriched isotopes of uranium, plutonium, americium and curium by electromagnetic separation for scientific and applied researches in physics, chemistry, geology, medicine, biology and other fields. Using the equipment described, the isotopes are produced in quantities sufficient to set up nuclear physical experiments, to produce nuclear reference materials and standard sources for calibration of radiometrical and mass spectrometrical equipment, in radionuclide metrology, etc. For the following isotopes the indicated degrees of isotopic enrichment were achieved: 233U - 99.97%; 235U - 99.97%; 236U - 98.0%; 238U - 99.997%; 238Pu - 99.6%; 239Pu - 99.9977%; 240Pu - 99.9-100%; 241Pu - 96.998%; 242Pu - 97.8-99.96%; 244Pu - 96.7%; 241Am - 99.6%; 242Am - 73.6%; 243Am - 99.2-99.94%; 243Cm - 99.99%; 245Cm - 99.998%; 246Cm - 99.8%; 247Cm - 90%; 248Cm - 97%. Methods for preparing layers of highly enriched isotopes on various substances are presented: - electrochemical deposition of transuranic elements from aqueous-organic and organic media and vacuum spraying: - the method of foil and coating formation via compounds in the vapour phase; - the method of fabrication of layers of transuranic elements on superthin (1-2 μm) metal substrates with additional isolating polymer-metal coatings (0.2-0.4 μm), that substantially decrease material transfer from the active layer and increase safety of product handling.

  5. Preparation of targets for nuclear chemistry experiments at DANCE

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    In this paper, we describe the separation chemistry and electrodepositions conducted for the preparation of 241Am, 243Am and 233U targets used for cross-section measurements at DANCE. Thick, adherent deposits were prepared using molecular plating from isopropyl alcohol solutions. Improved yields and thicknesses were observed for 241Am electrodeposition after the material was purified using TRU resin from Eichrom. Similarly, 233U deposits were improved after purification with an anion exchange column in 9 M HBr followed by purification using UTEVA resin from Eichrom. (author)

  6. Research of vertical migration of radionuclides in the soil at testing 'Red forest' area

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    Researches of vertical migration of Chernobyl origin radionuclides at testing 'Red forest' rea in 5-km ChNPP-zone were carried out. The γ- and β- spectrometer measurements of soil samples were carried out using the anticompton spectrometer and a beta spectrometer. Presence of 60Co, 134, 137Cs, 154,155Eu, 241Am to depth of 30 cm in all soil cuts was fixed. The sites with sod-low-podzol sandy soils on alluvial sands contain 137Cs, 90Sr and 241Am to depth of 60 cm. The presence 243Am and 243Cm was found in the top layers of soils at territory of testing area.

  7. Electrochemical oxidation of 243Am(III) in nitric acid by a terpyridyl-derivatized electrode

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    Dares, C. J.; Lapides, A. M.; Mincher, B. J.; Meyer, T. J.

    2015-11-05

    A high surface area, tin-doped indium oxide electrode surface-derivatized with a terpyridine ligand has been applied to the oxidation of trivalent americium to Am(V) and Am(VI) in nitric acid. Potentials as low as 1.8 V vs. the saturated calomel electrode are used, 0.7 V lower than the 2.6 V potential for one-electron oxidation of Am(III) to Am(IV) in 1 M acid. This simple electrochemical procedure provides, for the first time, a method for accessing the higher oxidation states of Am in non-complexing media for developing the coordination chemistries of Am(V) and Am(VI) and, more importantly, for separation of americium from nuclear waste streams.

  8. Analysis of the evaluated data discrepancies for minor actinides and development of improved evaluation

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    Ignatyuk, A. [Institute of Physics and Power Engineering, Obninsk (Russian Federation)

    1997-03-01

    The work is directed on a compilation of experimental and evaluated data available for neutron induced reaction cross sections on {sup 237}Np, {sup 241}Am, {sup 242m}Am and {sup 243}Am isotopes, on the analysis of the old data and renormalizations connected with changes of standards and on the comparison of experimental data with theoretical calculation. Main results of the analysis performed by now are presented in this report. (J.P.N.)

  9. Measurements of Fission Cross Sections of Actinides

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    Wiescher, M; Cox, J; Dahlfors, M

    2002-01-01

    A measurement of the neutron induced fission cross sections of $^{237}$Np, $^{241},{243}$Am and of $^{245}$Cm is proposed for the n_TOF neutron beam. Two sets of fission detectors will be used: one based on PPAC counters and another based on a fast ionization chamber (FIC). A total of 5x10$^{18}$ protons are requested for the entire fission measurement campaign.

  10. Evaluation of the contamination risk by 241AM from lightning rods disposed at uncontrolled garbage dump

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    Radioactive lightning rods were manufactured in Brazil until 1989, when the licenses for using radioactive sources in these products were lifted by the national nuclear authority. Since then, radioactive devices have been replaced by Franklin type one and collected as radioactive waste. However, only 23 percent of the estimated total number of installed rods was delivered to Brazilian Nuclear Commission (Comissao Nacional de Energia Nuclear - CNEN). This situation is of concern as there is a possibility of the rods being discarded as domestic waste, considering that in Brazil, 63.6 percent of the municipal solid waste is disposed at uncontrolled garbage dump, according to Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatistica (IBGE) in 2000. In addition, americium, the most common employed radionuclide, is classified as a high toxicity element, when ingested or inhaled. In the present study, it was performed migration experiments of Am-241 by lysimeter system in order to evaluate the risk of contamination caused by radioactive lightning rods disposed as a common solid waste. Sources removed from lightning rods were placed inside lysimeters filled with organic waste, collected at the restaurant of Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares, IPEN-CNEN/SP, and the generated leachate was periodically analyzed to determine its characteristics such as pH, redox potential, solid content and concentration of the radioactive material. Microbial growth was also evaluated by counting the number of colony forming units. The equivalent dose to members of the public has been calculated considering the ingestion of drinking water, the most probable mode of exposure. The final result was about 145 times below the effective dose limit of 1 mSv.year-1 for members of the public, established by the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP), demonstrating that the risk caused by lightning rods disposed at uncontrolled garbage dump is low. (author)

  11. Kilogram-scale purification of americium by ion exchange

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    Wheelwright, E. J.

    1979-01-01

    Sequential anion and cation exchange processes have been used for the final purification of /sup 241/Am recovered during the reprocessing of aged plutonium metallurgical scrap. Plutonium was removed by absorption of Dowex 1, X-3.5 (30 to 50 mesh) anion exchange resin from 6.5 to 7.5 M HNO/sub 3/ feed solution. Following a water dilution to 0.75 to 1.0 M HNO/sub 3/, americium was absorbed on Dowex 50W, X-8 (50 to 100 mesh) cation exchange resion. Final purification was accomplished by elution of the absorbed band down 3 to 4 successive beds of the same resin, preloaded with Zn/sup 2 +/, with an NH/sub 4/OH buffered chelating agent. The recovery of mixed /sup 241/Am-/sup 243/Am from power reactor reprocessing waste has been demonstrated. Solvent extraction was used to recover a HNO/sub 3/ solution of mixed lanthanides and actinides from waste generated by the reprocessng of 13.5 tons of Shippingport Power Reactor blanket fuel. Sequential cation exchange band-displacement processes were then used to separate americium and curium from the lanthanides and then to separate approx. 60 g of /sup 244/Cm from 1000 g of mixed /sup 241/Am-/sup 243/Am.

  12. Average resonance parameters evaluation for actinides

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    Porodzinskij, Yu.V.; Sukhovitskij, E.Sh. [Radiation Physics and Chemistry Problems Inst., Minsk-Sosny (Belarus)

    1997-03-01

    New evaluated <{Gamma}{sub n}{sup 0}> and values for {sup 238}U, {sup 237}Np, {sup 243}Cm, {sup 245}Cm, {sup 246}Cm and {sup 241}Am nuclei in the resolved resonance region are presented. The applied method based on the idea that experimental resonance missing results in correlated changes of reduced neutron widths and level spacings distributions is discussed. (author)

  13. Preparation of americium targets for nuclear chemistry experiments at DANCE

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    Using 1 gram of 241Am from LANL stocks, the purification steps required to obtain a solution of 241Am from the original material are described. Part of the purified solution was submitted for purity analysis by mass spectrometry, radiochemistry and trace metals analysis. The impurities were expected to be 239Pu and 237Np. A second fraction of this material was used for electroplating three samples onto titanium disks that were suitable for insertion into an instrument package to be placed into the DANCE detector. The purification methods used, the electroplating setup and the solutions to various problems that were encountered in making these targets are discussed. The analytical results are discussed as well as the yields from the electrodeposition process. Comparison of these yields with those from similar experiments utilizing 235U and 243Am are also discussed. (author)

  14. Procedures for determination of 239,240Pu, 241Am, 237Np, 234,238U, 2

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    Chen, Q.J.; Aarkrog, Asker; Nielsen, Sven Poul;

    2001-01-01

    Since 1987, the Department of Nuclear Safety Research, Risø National Laboratory has developed procedures for analysis of low-level amounts of radioactivity in large samples of 200 liters seawater, 10 gram sediment, soil and other environmental materials.These analytical procedures provide high ch...

  15. Plutonium, 241Am and 137Cs ratios, inventories and vertical profiles in Washington and Oregon continental shelf sediments

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    Beasley, T. M.; Carpenter, R.; Jennings, C. D.

    1982-10-01

    Continental shelf sediments from nine locations off Washington and Oregon have 239,240Pu inventories which average 8.0 ± 2.6 mCi/km 2. The Columbia River and seawaters advecting over the shelf supply Pu which is removed to underlying sediments, principally through scavenging by inorganic paniculate matter. Mass balance calculations argue that less than 20 percent of the advected Pu need be scavenged from the water column to balance river input and total shelf sediment inventories. The percentage of the Pu removed through scavenging is consistent with observed participate concentrations in shelf waters and published sediment/water distribution coefficients. No marked separation of Pu from 137Cs is observed with depth in Pacific shelf sediments as has been reported in Atlantic coastal sediments. This interocean distinctness can be explained by differences in particle mixing and downward diffusion of Cs in sediments of varying porosities. The transuranic inventories and Pu/Cs ratios in the Pacific sediments do not support the hypothesis of Livingston and Bowen that Pu is remobilized within the sediment column by 'complexone' formation with (principally) organic substances. Excess 210Pb/ 239,240Pu inventory ratios in eight representative cores from the Washington shelf average 100 ± 19, even though absolute values of both inventories vary by much larger factors. This reasonably constant ratio, for a given water depth, permits estimation of total Pu inventories and prediction of sites of unusual Pu accumulation from data on the more easily measured natural radionuclide.

  16. VERTICAL MIGRATION OF RADIONUCLIDES IN THE VICINITY OF THE CHERNOBYL CONFINEMENT SHELTER

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    Farfan, E.; Jannik, T.; Marra, J.

    2011-10-01

    Studies on vertical migration of Chernobyl-origin radionuclides in the 5-km zone of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant (ChNPP) in the area of the Red Forest experimental site were completed. Measurements were made by gamma spectrometric methods using high purity germanium (HPGe) detectors with beryllium windows. Alpha-emitting isotopes of plutonium were determined by the measurement of the x-rays from their uranium progeny. The presence of {sup 60}Co, {sup 134,137}Cs, {sup 154,155}Eu, and {sup 241}Am in all soil layers down to a depth of 30 cm was observed. The presence of {sup 137}Cs and {sup 241}Am were noted in the area containing automorphous soils to a depth of 60 cm. In addition, the upper soil layers at the test site were found to contain {sup 243}Am and {sup 243}Cm. Over the past ten years, the {sup 241}Am/{sup 137}Cs ratio in soil at the experimental site has increased by a factor of 3.4, nearly twice as much as would be predicted based solely on radioactive decay. This may be due to 'fresh' fallout emanating from the ChNPP Confinement Shelter.

  17. Results of the Excreta Bioassay Quality Control Program for April 1, 2009 through March 31, 2010

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    Antonio, Cheryl L.

    2012-07-19

    A total of 58 urine samples and 10 fecal samples were submitted during the report period (April 1, 2009 through March 31, 2010) to General Engineering Laboratories, South Carolina by the Hanford Internal Dosimetry Program (IDP) to check the accuracy, precision, and detection levels of their analyses. Urine analyses for Sr, 238Pu, 239Pu, 241Am, 243Am 235U, 238U, elemental uranium and fecal analyses for 241Am, 238Pu and 239Pu were tested this year as well as four tissue samples for 238Pu, 239Pu, 241Am and 241Pu. The number of QC urine samples submitted during the report period represented 1.3% of the total samples submitted. In addition to the samples provided by IDP, GEL was also required to conduct their own QC program, and submit the results of analyses to IDP. About 33% of the analyses processed by GEL during the third year of this contract were quality control samples. GEL tested the performance of 21 radioisotopes, all of which met or exceeded the specifications in the Statement of Work within statistical uncertainty (Table 4).

  18. Prompt neutron multiplicities for the transplutonium nuclides

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    The direct determination of the average prompt neutron emission values is reviewed, and a method of comparing different sites of neutron emission multiplicity distribution values is described. Measured and recommended values are tabulated for these nuclides: 241Am, 242Am, 242Cm, 243Cm, 244Cm, 246Cm, 247Cm, 248Cm, 250Cm, 245Cm, 249Bk, 246Cf, 249Cf, 250Cf, 252Cf, 254Cf, 251Cf, 253Es, 254Es, 244Fm, 246Fm, 255Fm, 252No, 254Fm, 256Fm, 257Fm. 59 refs., 24 tabs

  19. Combined procedure using radiochemical separation of plutonium, americium and uranium radionuclides for alpha-spectrometry

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    Radiochemical separation of Pu, Am and U was tested from synthetic solutions and evaporator concentrate samples from nuclear power plants for isolation of each of them for alpha-spectrometry analysis. The separation was performed by anion-exchange chromatography, extraction chromatography, using TRU resin, and precipitation techniques. The aim of the study was to develop a sensitive analytical procedure for the sequential determination of 242Pu, 238Pu, 239+240Pu, 241Am and 235,238U in radioactive wastes. 238Pu, 242Pu, 243Am and 232U were used as tracers. The measurements of α emitting radionuclides were performed by semiconductor detector that is used especially when spectrometric information is needed. For synthetic solutions the chemical recovery was based on associated iron concentration and was about 93%. (author)

  20. Neutron resonance transmission analysis of reactor spent fuel assemblies

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    A method called Neutron Resonance Transmission Analysis (NRTA) is under study which would use a pulsed neutron beam for nondestructive isotopic assay of a complete spent fuel assembly. Neutrons removed from the collimated beam by absorption or scattering in the resonances of the various isotopes in the spent fuel appear as dips in the neutron transmission. The method is completely insensitive to matrix materials such as oxide, fuel cladding, and other structural members. Measurements on spent fuel buttons using the NBS linac as a pulsed neutron source demonstrate a high accuracy capability for the isotopes 234235236238U, 239240241242Pu, 241Am, 243Am, and several fission products. The NRTA method offers high speed and modest operational cost, and it can be implemented with commercially available medical or radiographic γ-ray generators adapted for neutron production. (Auth.)

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

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

  2. Fast neutron capture in actinide isotopes: recent results from Karlsruhe

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    Capture gamma-ray spectra of 241Am, 240Pu, 242Pu 238U and 197Au were calculated in the framework of the spherical optical model and the statistical model. These spectra were used to correct experimental data for the capture cross sections of 240242Pu and 241Am from relative measurements using a Moxon Rae-detector with graphite converter and 197Au as well as 238U as standards. This correction is required to take into account that the detector efficiency is not exactly proportional to gamma-ray energy. The resulting correction factors proved to be negligible for measurements relative to 238U, whereas they are approx. 3% if gold is used as a standard. The capture cross section of 243Am has been measured in the energy range 10 to 250 keV using kinematically collimated neutrons from the 7Li(p,n) and T(p,n) reaction. The samples are positioned at flight paths of 5 to 7 cm and gold was used as a standard. Capture events were detected by two Moxon-Rae detectors with graphite and bismuth-graphite converters shielded by 0.5 to 2 cm of lead. Fission events were detected by a NE213 liquid scintillator. The present status of the experiment and some preliminary results will be presented

  3. Results of The Excreta Bioassay Quality Control Program For April 1, 2010 Through March 31, 2011

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    Antonio, Cheryl L.

    2012-07-19

    A total of 76 urine samples and 10 spiked fecal samples were submitted during the report period (April 1, 2010 through March 31, 2011) to GEL Laboratories, LLC in South Carolina by the Hanford Internal Dosimetry Program (IDP) to check the accuracy, precision, and detection levels of their analyses. Urine analyses for 14C, Sr, for 238Pu, 239Pu, 241Am, 243Am, 235U, 238U, 238U-mass and fecal analyses for 241Am, 238Pu and 239Pu were tested this year. The number of QC urine samples submitted during the report period represented 1.1% of the total samples submitted. In addition to the samples provided by IDP, GEL was also required to conduct their own QC program, and submit the results of analyses to IDP. About 31% of the analyses processed by GEL during the first year of contract 112512 were quality control samples. GEL tested the performance of 23 radioisotopes, all of which met or exceeded the specifications in the Statement of Work within statistical uncertainty except the slightly elevated relative bias for 243,244Cm (Table 4).

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

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

  5. Results of The Excreta Bioassay Quality Control Program For April 1, 2008 through March 31, 2009

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    Antonio, Cheryl L.

    2010-06-01

    A total of 62 urine samples and 6 spiked fecal samples were submitted during the report period (April 1, 2008 through March 31, 2009) to General Engineering Laboratories, South Carolina by the Hanford Internal Dosimetry Program (IDP) to check the accuracy, precision, and detection levels of their analyses. Urine analyses for Sr, 238Pu, 239Pu, 241Am, 243Am 235U, 238U, elemental uranium and fecal analyses for 241Am, 238Pu and 239Pu were tested this year. The number of QC urine samples submitted during the report period represented 1.3% of the total samples submitted. In addition to the samples provided by IDP, GEL was also required to conduct their own QC program, and submit the results of analyses to IDP. About 34% of the analyses processed by GEL during the third year of this contract were quality control samples. GEL tested the performance of 21 radioisotopes, all of which met or exceeded the specifications in the Statement of Work within statistical uncertainty. IDP concluded that GEL was performing well for all analyses tested, and concerns identified earlier were satisfactorily resolved (see section on Follow-up on Concerns During the Fourth Contract Year).

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

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

  7. Safe handling of kilogram amounts of fuel-grade plutonium and of gram amounts of plutonium-238, americium-241 and curium-244

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    During the past 10 years about 600 glove-boxes have been installed at the Institute for Transuranium Elements at Karlsruhe. About 80% of these glove-boxes have been designed and equipped for handling 100-g to 1-kg amounts of 239Pu containing 8-12% 240Pu (low-exposure plutonium). A small proportion of the glove-boxes is equipped with additional shielding in the form of lead sheet or lead glass for work with recycled plutonium. In these glove-boxes gram-amounts of 241Am have also been handled for preparation of Al-Am targets using tongs and additional shielding inside the glove-boxes themselves. Water- and lead-shielded glove-boxes equipped with telemanipulators have been installed for routine work with gram-amounts of 241Am, 243Am and 244Cm. A prediction of the expected radiation dose for the personnel is difficult and only valid for a preparation procedure with well-defined preparation steps, owing to the fact that gamma dose-rates depend strongly upon proximity and source seize. Gamma radiation dose measurements during non-routine work for 241Am target preparation showed that handling of gram amounts leads to a rather high irradiation dose for the personnel, despite lead or steel glove-box shielding and shielding within the glove-boxes. A direct glove-hand to americium contact must be avoided. For all glove-handling of materials with gamma radiation an irradiation control of the forearms of the personnel by, for example, thermoluminescence dosimeters is necessary. Routine handling of americium and curium should be executed with master-slave equipment behind neutron and gamma shielding. (author)

  8. Determination of {sup 238}Pu, {sup 239+240}Pu, {sup 241}Pu and {sup 241}Am in radioactive waste from IPEN reactor

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    Geraldo, Bianca; Taddei, Maria Helena T.; Cheberle, Sandra M.; Ferreira, Marcelo T., E-mail: bgeraldo@cnen.gov.b, E-mail: mhtaddei@cnen.gov.b, E-mail: scsantos@cnen.gov.b, E-mail: ferreira@cnen.gov.b [Brazilian Nuclear Energy Commission (LAPOC/CNEN-MG), Pocos de Caldas, MG (Brazil). Lab. of Pocos de Caldas; Marumo, Julio T., E-mail: jtmarumo@ipen.b [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2011-07-01

    Ion exchange resin is a common type of radioactive waste arising from treatment of coolant water of the main circuit of research and nuclear power reactors. This waste contains high concentrations of fission and activation products. The management of this waste includes its characterization in order to determine and quantify specific radionuclides including those known as difficult-to-measure radionuclides (RDM). The analysis of RDMs generally involves expensive and time-consuming complex radiochemical analysis for purification and separation of the radionuclides. The objective of this work is to show an easy methodology for quantifying plutonium and americium isotopes in spent ion exchange resin, used for purification of the cooling water of the IEA-R1 reactor located at the Nuclear and Energy Research Institute, IPEN-CNEN/SP. The resins were destroyed by acid digestion, followed by purification and separation of the Pu and Am isotopes with anionic and chromatographic resins. {sup 238}Pu, {sup 239}+{sup 24}'0Pu, and {sup 24}'1Am isotopes were analyzed in an alpha spectrometer equipped with surface barrier detectors. {sup 241}Pu isotope was analyzed by liquid scintillation counting. Chemical recovery yield ranged from 73 to 98% for Pu and 77 to 98% for Am, demonstrating that the methodology is suitable for identification and quantification of the isotopes studied in spent resins. (author)

  9. Distribution of sup 137 Cs, sup 90 Sr, sup 238 Pu, sup 239 Pu, sup 241 Am and sup 244 Cm in Pond B, Savannah River Site

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    Whicker, F.W. (Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins, CO (USA)); Pinder, J.E. III; Bowling, J.W. (Savannah River Ecology Lab., Aiken, SC (USA)); Alberts, J.J. (Georgia Univ., Sapelo Island, GA (USA). Marine Inst.); Brisbin, I.L. Jr. (Savannah River Ecology Lab., Aiken, SC (USA))

    1989-05-01

    The gradual senescence of present-day operating nuclear facilities, and resultant contamination of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, emphasize the importance of understanding the behavior of radionuclides in the environment. Observations and deductions concerning mechanisms of radionuclide transport can contribute significantly to knowledge of fundamental ecological processes. This study emphasized the ecosystem-level distribution of several long-lived radionuclides in an abandoned reactor cooling impoundment after a twenty year period of chemical and biological equilibration. 90 refs., 14 figs., 5 tabs.

  10. Comparison among the rice bark in the raw and active forms in the removal of 241Am and 137Cs from liquid radioactive wastes

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    New techniques involving treatment of radioactive wastes which associate simplicity and low cost have been directed the attention for the bio sorption, which is a process were solid vegetable or micro-organism for the retention, removing, or recovering of heavy metals from a liquid environment. This study evaluated the capacity of a bio sorbent to remove Am-241 and Cs-137 from liquid radioactive waste. The chosen material was the rice bark employed in the raw or activated forms. The obtained results suggest that the bio sorption, with the activated rice bark, can be a viable technique for the treatment of liquid radioactive wastes containing Am-241 and Cs-137 present in liquid radioactive wastes

  11. Artificial radioactivity and marine environment. Study of 238Pu, 239Pu+240Pu, 241Pu and 241Am in the Mediterranean sea

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    This paper is in two parts. Part one is about the methods for analyzing transuranium elements particularly the development of an analytical process for plutonium and for perfecting an Americium analyzing method, capable of treating samples of 200 litres of sea water, 100 grams of sediment and 100 grams of biological matter. Part two concerns the in situ determinations carried out within the scope of the study on the distribution and behaviour of transuranium elements in the Mediterranean sea. The high sea studies concerned the effects of atmospheric fall out and the vertical distribution of Pu and Am. Studies along the coasts enabled a quantitative study to be made of the contribution of rivers to the Mediterranean and to study the distribution of Pu along the French Mediterranean coast line

  12. Determination of 236U and transuranium elements in depleted uranium ammunition by α-spectrometry and ICP-MS

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    It is well known that ammunition containing depleted uranium (DU) was used by NATO during the Balkan conflict. To evaluate the origin of DU (the enrichment of natural uranium or the reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel) it is necessary to directly detect the presence of activation products (236U, 239Pu, 240Pu, 241Am, and 237Np) in the ammunition. In this work the analysis of actinides by α-spectrometry was compared with that by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) after selective separation of ultratraces of transuranium elements from the uranium matrix. 242Pu and 243Am were added to calculate the chemical yield. Plutonium was separated from uranium by extraction chromatography, using tri-n-octylamine (TNOA), with a decontamination factor higher than 106; after elution plutonium was determined by ICP-MS (239Pu and 240Pu) and α-spectrometry (239+240Pu) after electroplating. The concentration of Pu in two DU penetrator samples was 7 x 10-12 g g-1 and 2 x 10-11 g g-1. The 240Pu/239Pu isotope ratio in one penetrator sample (0.12±0.04) was significantly lower than the 240Pu/239Pu ratios found in two soil samples from Kosovo (0.35±0.10 and 0.27±0.07). 241Am was separated by extraction chromatography, using di(2-ethylhexyl)phosphoric acid (HDEHP), with a decontamination factor as high as 107. The concentration of 241Am in the penetrator samples was 2.7 x 10-14 g g-1 and -15 g g-1. In addition 237Np was detected at ultratrace levels. In general, ICP-MS and α-spectrometry results were in good agreement.The presence of anthropogenic radionuclides (236U, 239Pu,240Pu, 241Am, and 237Np) in the penetrators indicates that at least part of the uranium originated from the reprocessing of nuclear fuel. Because the concentrations of radionuclides are very low, their radiotoxicological effect is negligible. (orig.)

  13. Comparison among the rice bark in the raw and active forms in the removal of {sup 241}Am and {sup 137}Cs from liquid radioactive wastes; Comparacao entre a casca de arroz nas formas brutas e ativada na remocao de {sup 241}Am e {sup 137}Cs de rejeitos radioativos liquidos

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    Ferreira, Rafael V.P.; Lima, Josenilson B. de; Bellini, Maria Helena; Sakata, Solange Kazumi; Marumo, Julio Takehiro, E-mail: rpadua@ipen.b, E-mail: sksakata@ipen.b, E-mail: jblima@ipen.b, E-mail: mbmarumo@ipen.b, E-mail: jtmarumo@ipen.b [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2011-10-26

    New techniques involving treatment of radioactive wastes which associate simplicity and low cost have been directed the attention for the bio sorption, which is a process were solid vegetable or micro-organism for the retention, removing, or recovering of heavy metals from a liquid environment. This study evaluated the capacity of a bio sorbent to remove Am-241 and Cs-137 from liquid radioactive waste. The chosen material was the rice bark employed in the raw or activated forms. The obtained results suggest that the bio sorption, with the activated rice bark, can be a viable technique for the treatment of liquid radioactive wastes containing Am-241 and Cs-137 present in liquid radioactive wastes

  14. Investigation of neutronic behavior in a CANDU reactor with different (Am, Th, 235U)O2 fuel matrixes

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    Recently thorium-based fuel matrixes are taken into consideration for nuclear waste incineration because of thorium proliferation resistance feature moreover its breeding or convertor ability in both thermal and fast reactors. In this work, neutronic influences of adding Am to (Th-235U)O2 on effective delayed neutron fraction, reactivity coefficients and burn up of a fed CANDU core has been studied using MCNPX 2.6.0 computational code. Different atom fractions of Am have been introduced in the fuel matrix to evaluate its effects on neutronic parameters of the modeled core. The computational data show that adding 2% atom fraction of Am to thorium-based fuel matrix won't noticeably change reactivity coefficients in comparison with the fuel matrix containing 1% atom fraction of Am. The use of 2% atom fraction of Am resulted in a higher delayed neutron fraction. According to the obtained data, 32.85 GWd burn up of the higher Americium-containing fuel matrix resulted in 55.2%, 26.5%, 41.9% and 2.14% depletion of 241Am, 243Am, 235U and 232Th respectively. 132.8 kg of 233U fissile element is produced after the burn up time and the nuclear core multiplication factor increases in rate of 2390 pcm. The less americium-containing fuel matrix resulted in higher depletion of 241/243Am, 235U and 232Th while the nuclear core effective multiplication factor increases in rate of 5630 pcm after the burn up time with 9.8 kg additional 233U production.

  15. ZZ MATXSLIBJ33, JENDL-3.3 based, 175 N-42 photon groups (VITAMIN-J) MATXS library for discrete ordinates multi-group

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    -156, Gd-152, Gd-154, Gd-155, Gd-156, Gd-157, Gd-158, Gd-160, Tb-159, Er-162, Er-164, Er-166, Er-167, Er-168, Er-170, Hf-174, Hf-176, Hf-177, Hf-178, Hf-179, Hf-180, Ta-181, W-182, W-183, W-184, W-186, Hg-196, Hg-198, Hg-199, Hg-200, Hg-201, Hg-202, Hg-204, Pb-204, Pb-206, Pb-207, Pb-208, Bi-209, Ra-223, Ra-224, Ra-225, Ra-226, Ac-225, Ac-226, Ac-227, Th-227, Th-228, Th-229, Th-230, Th-232, Th-233, Th-234, Pa-231, Pa-232, Pa-233, U-232, U-233, U-234, U-235, U-236, U-237, U-238, Np-235, Np-236, Np-237, Np-238, Np-239, Pu-236, Pu-237, Pu-238, Pu-239, Pu-240, Pu-241, Pu-242, Pu-244, Pu-246, Am-241, Am-242, Am-242m, Am-243, Am-244, Am-244m, Cm-240, Cm-241, Cm-242, Cm-243, Cm-244, Cm-245, Cm-246, Cm-247, Cm-248, Cm-249, Cm-250, Bk-247, Bk-249, Bk-250, Cf-249, Cf-250, Cf-251, Cf-252, Cf-254, Es-254, Es-255, Fm-255 Temperatures: 300 K. Origin: JENDL-3.3. Weighting spectrum: -- iwt=11 for NJOY-99. Legendre expansion: P6. Thermal scattering: free gas model. Self shielding: sigma-0, infinity, 10000, 1000, 300, 100, 30, 10, 1, 0.1, 1. E-5. Kerma factors are provided. NEA-1707/03: Corrections were made to the continuous inelastic scattering matrices (MT=91), for all nuclides for which this channel is open. This replaces the previous version. 2 - Methods: The nuclear data processing system NJOY-99.67 was used to produce MATXSLIBJ33. It can be further processed using TRANSX-2.15. 3 - Restrictions on the complexity of the problem: Accuracy of pointwise cross-section reconstruction: 0.1%; Upper limit of thermal region: 4.6 eV

  16. Neutron capture and neutron-induced fission experiments on americium isotopes with DANCE

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    Jandel, M.; Bredeweg, T. A.; Stoyer, M. A.; Wu, C. Y.; Fowler, M. M.; Becker, J. A.; Bond, E. M.; Couture, A.; Haight, R. C.; Haslett, R. J.; Henderson, R. A.; Keksis, A. L.; O'Donnell, J. M.; Rundberg, R. S.; Ullmann, J. L.; Vieira, D. J.; Wilhelmy, J. B.; Wouters, J. M.

    2009-01-01

    Neutron capture cross section data on Am isotopes were measured using the Detector for Advanced Neutron Capture Experiments (DANCE) at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The neutron capture cross section was determined for 241Am for neutron energies between thermal and 320 keV. Preliminary results were also obtained for 243Am for neutron energies between 10 eV and 250 keV. The results on concurrent neutron-induced fission and neutron-capture measurements on 242mAm will be presented where the fission events were actively triggered during the experiments. In these experiments, a Parallel-Plate Avalanche Counter (PPAC) detector that surrounds the target located in the center of the DANCE array was used as a fission-tagging detector to separate (n,γ) events from (n,f) events. The first direct observation of neutron capture on 242mAm in the resonance region in between 2 and 9 eV of the neutron energy was obtained.

  17. Radiation instrumentation: radiological chemistry

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    Program efforts were concentrated in the following areas: development of low-level radiochemical laboratory techniques, in situ monitoring techniques, and activation analysis technology. Four different techniques were evaluated for borehole analysis of uranium and thorium ores. These involved the detection of fission product photons after 252Cf activation, the detection of low-energy gamma rays, the direct measurement of the 1001 keV photon from /sup 242m/Pa, a 238U daughter, and isotopic excitation x-ray fluorescence spectroscopy. X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy and detection of uranium daughter photons allowed 0.01% uranium to be detected. X-ray spectrometry of rare earth elements following activation analysis also allowed better elemental detection sensitivities to be obtained than did the detection of high-energy photons identified with a Ge(Li) detector in typical instrumental neutron activation analysis. An activation analysis facility is under development utilizing 252Cf in a 235U-fueled subcritical assembly. This assembly will be used to develop cyclic activation analysis techniques for some 65 elements in environmental matrices with sensitivities varying from parts per million to parts per billion. A study was initiated to identify instrumentation required for the measurement of transuranium elements associated with power reactor fuels. Transuranium isotopes, 237Pu, 238Pu, 239Pu, 241Am, 243Am, and 244Cm can be identified through low energy photons or x-rays emitted following alpha emission with planar intrinsic Ge detectors

  18. Neutron capture and neutron-induced fission experiments on americium isotopes with DANCE

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    Jandel, Marian [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2008-01-01

    Neutron capture cross section data on Am isotopes were measured using the Detector for Advanced Neutron Capture Experiments (DANCE) at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The neutron capture cross section was determined for {sup 241}Am for neutron energies between thermal and 320 keV. Preliminary results were also obtained for {sup 243}Am for neutron energies between 35 eV and 200 keV. The results on concurrent neutron-induced fission and neutron-capture measurements on {sup 242m}Am will be presented, where the fission events were actively triggered during the experiments. In these experiments, the Parallel-Plate Avalanche Counter (PPAC) detector that surrounds the target located in the center of the DANCE array was used as a fission-tagging detector to separate (n,{gamma}) from (n,f) events. The first evidence of neutron capture on {sup 242m}Am in the resonance region in between 2 and 9 eV of the neutron energy was obtained.

  19. Maximization of burning and/or transmutation (B/T) capacity in coupled spectrum reactor (CSR) by fuel and core adjustment

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    A conceptual design of burning and/or transmutation (B/T) reactor, based on a modified conventional 1150 MWe-PWR system, consisted of two core regions for thermal and fast neutrons, respectively, was proposed herein for the treatments of minor actinides (MA). In the outer region 237Np, 241Am, and 243Am burned by thermal neutrons, while in the inner region 244Cm was burned mainly by fast neutrons. The geometry of B/T fuel in the outer region was left the same with that of PWR, while in the inner region the B/T fuel was arranged in a tight-lattice geometry that allowed a higher fuel to coolant volume ratio. The maximization of B/T capacity in CSR were done by, first, increasing the radius of the inner region. Second, reducing the coolant to fuel volume ratio, and third, choosing a suitable B/T fuel type. The result of the calculations showed that the equilibrium of main isotopes in CSR can be achieved after about 5 recycle stages. This study also showed that the CSR can burn and transmute up to 808 kg of MA in a single reactor core effectively and safely. (author)

  20. EMP Attachment 1 DOE-SC PNNL Site Sampling and Analysis Plan

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    Meier, Kirsten M.

    2011-11-10

    This Sampling and Analysis Plan (SAP) is written for the radiological environmental air surveillance program for the DOE-SC PNNL Site, Richland Washington. It provides the requirements for planning sampling events, and the requirements imposed on the analytical laboratory analyzing the air samples. The actual air sampling process is in procedure EPRP-AIR-029. The rationale for analyte selection, media, and sampling site location has been vetted through the data quality objectives (DQO) process (Barnett et al. 2010). The results from the DQO process have been reviewed and approved by the Washington State Department of Health. The DQO process (Barnett et al. 2010) identified seven specific radionuclides for analysis along with the need for gross alpha and gross beta radiological analyses. The analytes are {sup 241}Am, {sup 243}Am, {sup 244}Cm, {sup 60}Co, {sup 238}Pu, {sup 239}Pu, and {sup 233}U. The report also determined that air samples for particulates are the only sample matrix required for the monitoring program. These samples are collected on 47-mm glass-fiber filters.

  1. Neutron capture and neutron-induced fission experiments on americium isotopes with DANCE

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    Neutron capture cross section data on Am isotopes were measured using the Detector for Advanced Neutron Capture Experiments (DANCE) at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The neutron capture cross section was determined for 241Am for neutron energies between thermal and 320 keV. Preliminary results were also obtained for 243Am for neutron energies between 35 eV and 200 keV. The results on concurrent neutron-induced fission and neutron-capture measurements on 242mAm will be presented, where the fission events were actively triggered during the experiments. In these experiments, the Parallel-Plate Avalanche Counter (PPAC) detector that surrounds the target located in the center of the DANCE array was used as a fission-tagging detector to separate (n,γ) from (n,f) events. The first evidence of neutron capture on 242mAm in the resonance region in between 2 and 9 eV of the neutron energy was obtained.

  2. Behavior of actinides in the Integral Fast Reactor fuel cycle

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    Courtney, J.C. [Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge, LA (United States). Nuclear Science Center; Lineberry, M.J. [Argonne National Lab., Idaho Falls, ID (United States). Technology Development Div.

    1994-06-01

    The Integral Fast Reactor (IFR) under development by Argonne National Laboratory uses metallic fuels instead of ceramics. This allows electrorefining of spent fuels and presents opportunities for recycling minor actinide elements. Four minor actinides ({sup 237}Np, {sup 240}Pu, {sup 241}Am, and {sup 243}Am) determine the waste storage requirements of spent fuel from all types of fission reactors. These nuclides behave the same as uranium and other plutonium isotopes in electrorefining, so they can be recycled back to the reactor without elaborate chemical processing. An experiment has been designed to demonstrate the effectiveness of the high-energy neutron spectra of the IFR in consuming these four nuclides and plutonium. Eighteen sets of seven actinide and five light metal targets have been selected for ten day exposure in the Experimental Breeder Reactor-2 which serves as a prototype of the IFR. Post-irradiation analyses of the exposed targets by gamma, alpha, and mass spectroscopy are used to determine nuclear reaction-rates and neutron spectra. These experimental data increase the authors` confidence in their ability to predict reaction rates in candidate IFR designs using a variety of neutron transport and diffusion programs.

  3. Fission Rate Ratios of FCA-IX Assemblies as Integral Experiment for Assessment of TRU's Fission Cross Sections

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    Fukushima, Masahiro; Tsujimoto, Kazufumi; Okajima, Shigeaki

    2016-03-01

    At the fast critical assembly (FCA) of JAEA, central fission rate ratios for TRU such as 237Np, 238Pu, 239Pu, 242Pu, 241Am, 243Am, and 244Cm were measured in the seven uraniumfueled assemblies (FCA-IX assemblies) with systematically changed neutron spectra. The FCA-IX assemblies were constructed with simplicity both in geometry and composition. By virtue of these FCA-IX assemblies where the simple combinations of uranium fuel and diluent (graphite and stainless steel) in their core regions were systematically varied, the neutron spectra of them cover from the intermediate to fast one. Taking their advantages, benchmark models with respect to the central fission rate ratios had been recently developed for the evaluation of the TRU's fission cross sections. As an application of these benchmark models, the Japanese Evaluated Nuclear Data Library JENDL-4.0 was utilized by a Monte Carlo calculation code. Several results show large discrepancies between the calculation and experimental values. The benchmark models would be well suited for the evaluation and modification of the nuclear data for the TRU's fission cross sections.

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

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

  5. Evaluation of the contamination risk by {sup 241}AM from lightning rods disposed at uncontrolled garbage dump; Avaliacao da contaminacao provocada por para-raios radioativos de americio-241 descartados em lixoes

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    Marumo, Julio Takehiro

    2006-07-01

    Radioactive lightning rods were manufactured in Brazil until 1989, when the licenses for using radioactive sources in these products were lifted by the national nuclear authority. Since then, radioactive devices have been replaced by Franklin type one and collected as radioactive waste. However, only 23 percent of the estimated total number of installed rods was delivered to Brazilian Nuclear Commission (Comissao Nacional de Energia Nuclear - CNEN). This situation is of concern as there is a possibility of the rods being discarded as domestic waste, considering that in Brazil, 63.6 percent of the municipal solid waste is disposed at uncontrolled garbage dump, according to Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatistica (IBGE) in 2000. In addition, americium, the most common employed radionuclide, is classified as a high toxicity element, when ingested or inhaled. In the present study, it was performed migration experiments of Am-241 by lysimeter system in order to evaluate the risk of contamination caused by radioactive lightning rods disposed as a common solid waste. Sources removed from lightning rods were placed inside lysimeters filled with organic waste, collected at the restaurant of Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares, IPEN-CNEN/SP, and the generated leachate was periodically analyzed to determine its characteristics such as pH, redox potential, solid content and concentration of the radioactive material. Microbial growth was also evaluated by counting the number of colony forming units. The equivalent dose to members of the public has been calculated considering the ingestion of drinking water, the most probable mode of exposure. The final result was about 145 times below the effective dose limit of 1 mSv.year-1 for members of the public, established by the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP), demonstrating that the risk caused by lightning rods disposed at uncontrolled garbage dump is low. (author)

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

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

  7. Use of MCNP to compare the response of dose deposited in the TLD 100, TLD 600 and TLD 700 in radiation fields due to {sup 60}Co and {sup 241}AmBe source; Uso do MCNP para comparacao das respostas de dose depositada nos TLD 100, TLD 600 e TLD 700 em campos de irradiacao devido a fontes de {sup 60}Co e {sup 241}AmBe

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    Cavalieri, Tassio A.; Castro, Vinicius A.; Siqueira, Paulo T.D., E-mail: tassio.cavalieri@usp.br [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2012-08-15

    The successes of Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT) depend on the ability to deliver an adequate irradiation field to the target cells. Neutron beams used in BNCT are mostly driven from reactors and therefore, not only have a neutron energy range which far exceeds the thermal region but also do have a great gamma component. Beam characterization and dosimetry are consequently one of the essential procedures to be overcome to properly apply this technique. One of the methods currently used in mixed field (field containing both neutron and gamma) characterization, lies on the use of a pair of detectors with distinct responses to each beam component. But this technique needs to be better understood of how each thermoluminescent dosimeter (TLD) behaves in a mixed field or in a pure field. This work presents the results of a set of simulations performed in order to analyze the response of three ordinary types of TLDs - TLD 100, TLD 600 and TLD 700 - submitted to different irradiation fields from a Cobalt source and an Americium-Beryllium source inside a paraffin disk. And is also a possible method for performing the selection and calibration of theses TLDs. (author)

  8. ZZ FSXJ32, MCNP nuclear data library based on JENDL-3.2. ZZ FSXLIBJ33, MCNP nuclear data library based on JENDL-3.3

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    -103, Rh-105, Pd-102, Pd-104, Pd-105, Pd-106, Pd-107, Pd-108, Pd-110, Ag-107, Ag-109, Ag-110m,Cd-106, Cd-108, Cd-110, Cd-111, Cd-112, Cd-113, Cd-114, Cd-116, In-113, In-115, Sn-112, Sn-114, Sn-115, Sn-116, Sn-117, Sn-118, Sn-119, Sn-120, Sn-122, Sn-123, Sn-124, Sn-126, Sb-121, Sb-123, Sb-124, Sb-125, Te-120, Te-122, Te-123, Te-124, Te-125, Te-126, Te-127m,Te-128, Te-129m,Te-130, I -127, I -129, I -131, Xe-124, Xe-126, Xe-128, Xe-129, Xe-130, Xe-131, Xe-132, Xe-133, Xe-134, Xe-135, Xe-136, Cs-133, Cs-134, Cs-135, Cs-136, Cs-137, Ba-130, Ba-132, Ba-134, Ba-135, Ba-136, Ba-137, Ba-138, Ba-140, La-138, La-139, Ce-140, Ce-141, Ce-142, Ce-144, Pr-141, Pr-143, Nd-142, Nd-143, Nd-144, Nd-145, Nd-146, Nd-147, Nd-148, Nd-150, Pm-147, Pm-148, Pm-148m,Pm-149, Sm-144, Sm-147, Sm-148, Sm-149, Sm-150, Sm-151, Sm-152, Sm-153, Sm-154, Eu-151, Eu-152, Eu-153, Eu-154, Eu-155, Eu-156, Gd-152, Gd-154, Gd-155, Gd-156, Gd-157, Gd-158, Gd-160, Tb-159, Er-162, Er-164, Er-166, Er-167, Er-168, Er-170, Hf-174, Hf-176, Hf-177, Hf-178, Hf-179, Hf-180, Ta-181, W-182, W-183, W-184, W-186, Hg-196, Hg-198, Hg-199, Hg-200, Hg-201, Hg-202, Hg-204, Pb-204, Pb-206, Pb-207, Pb-208, Bi-209, Ra-223, Ra-224, Ra-225, Ra-226, Ac-225, Ac-226, Ac-227, Th-227, Th-228, Th-229, Th-230, Th-232, Th-233, Th-234, Pa-231, Pa-232, Pa-233, U-232, U-233, U-234, U-235, U-236, U-237, U-238, Np-235, Np-236, Np-237, Np-238, Np-239, Pu-236, Pu-237, Pu-238, Pu-239, Pu-240, Pu-241, Pu-242, Pu-244, Pu-246, Am-241, Am-242, Am-242m, Am-243, Am-244, Am-244m, Cm-240, Cm-241, Cm-242, Cm-243, Cm-244, Cm-245, Cm-246, Cm-247, Cm-248, Cm-249, Cm-250, Bk-247, Bk-249, Bk-250, Cf-249, Cf-250, Cf-251, Cf-252, Cf-254, Es-254, Es-255, Fm-255 Temperatures: 300 K. Origin: JENDL-3.3. Thermal scattering: Free gas model Kerma factors are provided. The original JENDL-3.3 has two problems in Am-241 data. One is the missing of MF/MT=4/18, and the other is the incorrect neutron spectra for MT=18 below 500 keV. The updated data have been produced as JENDL-3

  9. Review and Assessment of Neutron Cross Section and Nubar Covariances for Advanced Reactor Systems

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    Maslov,V.M.; Oblozinsky, P.; Herman, M.

    2008-12-01

    In January 2007, the National Nuclear Data Center (NNDC) produced a set of preliminary neutron covariance data for the international project 'Nuclear Data Needs for Advanced Reactor Systems'. The project was sponsored by the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), Paris, under the Subgroup 26 of the International Working Party on Evaluation Cooperation (WPEC). These preliminary covariances are described in two recent BNL reports. The NNDC used a simplified version of the method developed by BNL and LANL that combines the recent Atlas of Neutron Resonances, the nuclear reaction model code EMPIRE and the Bayesian code KALMAN with the experimental data used as guidance. There are numerous issues involved in these estimates of covariances and it was decided to perform an independent review and assessment of these results so that better covariances can be produced for the revised version in future. Reviewed and assessed are uncertainties for fission, capture, elastic scattering, inelastic scattering and (n,2n) cross sections as well as prompt nubars for 15 minor actinides ({sup 233,234,236}U, {sup 237}Np, {sup 238,240,241,242}Pu, {sup 241,242m,243}Am and {sup 242,243,244,245}Cm) and 4 major actinides ({sup 232}Th, {sup 235,238}U and {sup 239}Pu). We examined available evaluations, performed comparison with experimental data, taken into account uncertainties in model parameterization and made use state-of-the-art nuclear reaction theory to produce the uncertainty assessment.

  10. RAPID DETERMINATION OF ACTINIDES IN URINE BY INDUCTIVELY-COUPLED PLASMA MASS SPECTROMETRY AND ALPHA SPECTROMETRY: A HYBRID APPROACH

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    Maxwell, S.; Jones, V.

    2009-05-27

    A new rapid separation method that allows separation and preconcentration of actinides in urine samples was developed for the measurement of longer lived actinides by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and short-lived actinides by alpha spectrometry; a hybrid approach. This method uses stacked extraction chromatography cartridges and vacuum box technology to facilitate rapid separations. Preconcentration, if required, is performed using a streamlined calcium phosphate precipitation. Similar technology has been applied to separate actinides prior to measurement by alpha spectrometry, but this new method has been developed with elution reagents now compatible with ICP-MS as well. Purified solutions are split between ICP-MS and alpha spectrometry so that long- and short-lived actinide isotopes can be measured successfully. The method allows for simultaneous extraction of 24 samples (including QC samples) in less than 3 h. Simultaneous sample preparation can offer significant time savings over sequential sample preparation. For example, sequential sample preparation of 24 samples taking just 15 min each requires 6 h to complete. The simplicity and speed of this new method makes it attractive for radiological emergency response. If preconcentration is applied, the method is applicable to larger sample aliquots for occupational exposures as well. The chemical recoveries are typically greater than 90%, in contrast to other reported methods using flow injection separation techniques for urine samples where plutonium yields were 70-80%. This method allows measurement of both long-lived and short-lived actinide isotopes. 239Pu, 242Pu, 237Np, 243Am, 234U, 235U and 238U were measured by ICP-MS, while 236Pu, 238Pu, 239Pu, 241Am, 243Am and 244Cm were measured by alpha spectrometry. The method can also be adapted so that the separation of uranium isotopes for assay is not required, if uranium assay by direct dilution of the urine sample is preferred instead

  11. Rapid analytical technique to identify alpha emitting isotopes in water, air-filters, urine, and solid matrices using a Frisch Grid detector.

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    Scarpitta, Salvatore C; Miltenberger, Robert P; Gaschott, Robert; Carte, Nina

    2003-04-01

    A 5-inch-diameter Frisch Grid gas-proportional ionization chamber was utilized at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) to rapidly characterize and quantify alpha-emitting actinides in unprocessed water, soil, air-filter, urine, and solid matrices. Instrument calibrations for the various matrices were performed by spiking representative samples with National Institute of Standards and Technology traceable isotopes of 230Th, 232U, 236Pu, and 243Am. Detection efficiencies were typically 15-20% for solid matrices (soil, concrete, filters, dry urine) and 45% for mass-less water samples. Instrument background over a 512-channel alpha-energy range of 3-8 MeV is very low at 0.01 cps. At optimum efficiency, minimum detectable levels of 0.56 mBq Kg(-1), 74 mBq L(-1) and 14.8 mBq filter(-1) were achievable for 40 x 10(-6) Kg soil, 1 x 10(-3) L tap water (or urine), and 4.5 cm diameter air-filter samples, respectively, each counted for 60 min. Data and spectra are presented showing the quality of results obtained using untreated samples obtained from the BNL Graphite Research Reactor Decommissioning Project. These samples contained Bq to MBq per gram amounts of (239,240)Pu, 241Am, and/or (234,235/238)U (as well as other beta/gamma emitters). Data and spectra are also presented for a very finely pulverized and homogeneous U.S. DOE/RESL soil reference standard (spiked with 239Pu, 241Am, and 233U) that was used to assess precision, accuracy, and reproducibility. Although this technique has its limitations, the advantages are (1) minimal sample preparation, (2) no separation chemistry required, (3) no chemical or hazardous waste generated, and (4) ability to immediately characterize and quantify alpha-emitting nuclides in most matrices. The benefits of this technique to the BNL/DOE Project Managers were rapid (1-2 d) turn-around times coupled with significant cost savings, as compared to commercial off-site analyses. PMID:12705448

  12. Transmutation of minor actinides discharged from LMFBR spent fuel in a high power density fusion reactor

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    2004-12-01

    Significant amounts of nuclear wastes consisting of plutonium, minor actinides and long lived fission products are produced during the operation of commercial nuclear power plants. Therefore, the destruction of these wastes is very important with respect to public health, environment and also the future of nuclear energy. In this study, transmutation of minor actinides (MAs) discharged from LMFBR spent fuel in a high power density fusion reactor has been investigated under a neutron wall load of 10 MW/m{sup 2} for an operation period of 10 years. Also, the effect of MA percentage on the transmutation has been examined. The fuel zone, containing MAs as spheres cladded with W-5Re, has been located behind the first wall to utilize the high neutron flux for transmutation effectively. Helium at 40 atm has been used as an energy carrier. At the end of the operation period, the total burning and transmutation are greater than the total buildups in all investigated cases, and very high burnups (420-470 GWd/tHM) are reached, depending on the MA content. The total transmutation rate values are 906 and 979 kg/GW{sub th} year at startup and decrease to 140 and 178 kg/GW{sub th} year at the end of the operation for fuel with 10% and 20% MA, respectively. Over an operation period of 10 years, the effective half lives decrease from 2.38, 2.21 and 3.08 years to 1.95, 1.80 and 2.59 years for {sup 237}Np, {sup 241}Am and {sup 243}Am, respectively. Total atomic densities decrease exponentially during the operation period. The reductions in the total atomic densities with respect to the initial ones are 79%, 81%, 82%, 83%, 85% and 86% for 10%, 12%, 14%, 16%, 18% and 20% MAs, respectively.

  13. PRELIMINARY CROSS SECTION AND NU-BAR COVARIANCES FOR WPEC SUBGROUP 26

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    ROCHMAN,D.

    2007-01-31

    We report preliminary cross section covariances developed for the WPEC Subgroup 26 for 45 out of 52 requested materials. The covariances were produced in 15- and 187-group representations as follows: (1) 36 isotopes ({sup 16}O, {sup 19}F, {sup 23}Na, {sup 27}Al, {sup 28}Si, {sup 52}Cr, {sup 56,56}Fe, {sup 58}Ni, {sup 90,91,92,94}Zr, {sup 166,167,168,170}Er, {sup 206,207,208}Pb, {sup 209}Bi, {sup 233,234,236}U, {sup 237}Np, {sup 238,240,241,242}Pu, {sup 241,242m,243}Am, {sup 242,243,244,245}Cm) were evaluated using the BNL-LANL methodology. For the thermal region and the resolved and unresolved resonance regions, the methodology has been based on the Atlas-Kalman approach, in the fast neutron region the Empire-Kalman method has been used; (2) 6 isotopes ({sup 155,156,157,158,160}Gd and {sup 232}Th) were taken from ENDF/B-VII.0; and (3) 3 isotopes ({sup 1}H, {sup 238}U and {sup 239}Pu) were taken from JENDL-3.3. For 6 light nuclei ({sup 4}He, {sup 6,7}Li, {sup 9}Be, {sup 10}B, {sup 12}C), only partial cross section covariance results were obtained, additional work is needed and they do not report the results here. Likewise, the cross section covariances for {sup 235}U, which they recommend to take from JENDL-3.3, will be included once the multigroup processing is successfully completed. Covariances for the average number of neutrons per fission, total {nu}-bar, are provided for 10 actinides identified as priority by SG26. Further work is needed to resolve some of the issues and to produce covariances for the full set of 52 materials.

  14. Study of calculated and measured time dependent delayed neutron yields. [TX, for calculating delayed neutron yields; MATINV, for matrix inversion; in FORTRAN for LSI-II minicomputer

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    Waldo, R.W.

    1980-05-01

    Time-dependent delayed neutron emission is of interest in reactor design, reactor dynamics, and nuclear physics studies. The delayed neutrons from neutron-induced fission of /sup 232/U, /sup 237/Np, /sup 238/Pu, /sup 241/Am, /sup 242m/Am, /sup 245/Cm, and /sup 249/Cf were studied for the first time. The delayed neutron emission from /sup 232/Th, /sup 233/U, /sup 235/U, /sup 238/U, /sup 239/Pu, /sup 241/Pu, and /sup 242/Pu were measured as well. The data were used to develop an empirical expression for the total delayed neutron yield. The expression gives accurate results for a large variety of nuclides from /sup 232/Th to /sup 252/Cf. The data measuring the decay of delayed neutrons with time were used to derive another empirical expression predicting the delayed neutron emission with time. It was found that nuclides with similar mass-to-charge ratios have similar decay patterns. Thus the relative decay pattern of one nuclide can be established by any measured nuclide with a similar mass-to-charge ratio. A simple fission product yield model was developed and applied to delayed neutron precursors. It accurately predicts observed yield and decay characteristics. In conclusion, it is possible to not only estimate the total delayed neutron yield for a given nuclide but the time-dependent nature of the delayed neutrons as well. Reactors utilizing recycled fuel or burning actinides are likely to have inventories of fissioning nuclides that have not been studied until now. The delayed neutrons from these nuclides can now be incorporated so that their influence on the stability and control of reactors can be delineated. 8 figures, 39 tables.

  15. Speciation of plutonium and americium in the soils affected by Kraton-3 accidental underground nuclear explosion in Yakutia (Russia)

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    In calcareous soils from Yakutia only 0.1 % or less 239Pu and 241Am exist in water-soluble form, i.e., the mobility of these radionuclides is relatively low. In the top humus-containing layer (0-4 cm) 239Pu and 241Am are distributed uniformly between organic and inorganic soil components. In the bottom soil layer (20-30 cm) the radionuclides are present mainly in inorganic soil components. The estimation of the radionuclide mobility demonstrates that 241Am is potentially a more mobile element than 239Pu. In the considered calcareous soils collected from the top layer 239Pu and 241Am exist both in humic and fulvic acids (FA). 241Am is much stronger bound to the group of mobile FA than 239Pu. In the bottom soil layer 239Pu and 241Am have been found mainly in FA. (author)

  16. Distribution of the Pu and Am isotopes in the BOMARC missile site soil

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    Full text: The activity concentrations as well as the activity and atomic ratios of the Pu and Am isotopes in different sizes of the soil sampled around BOMARC Missile Site were obtained by radiochemical analysis. The association pattern between the actinides and soil particles was investigated using a spherical model of a particle size with a variable radius. From the activity and atomic ratios of Pu and Am, the origin of the Pu and Am isotopes was identified in the BOMARC Missile Site soil. Plutonium is one of the transuranic elements which is primarily present in the environment as a result of human activity, namely as the fallout from nuclear weapon testings during the late 1940s through to the early 1960s, and accidental releases due to military mishaps. One particular mishap occurred in 1960 at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey, when a Boeing Michigan Aeronautical Research Center (BOMARC) missile caught fire and the warhead was partially melted by the fire. Although the missile did not explode, subsequent fire fighting activities contributed to the dispersion of weapons grade plutonium into the local environment. Soil samples around BOMARC site were taken to a depth of 2 inches by the U.S. Air Force Institute for Environment. The soil samples were blended and homogenized in a soil tumbler, and subdivided into approximately 20-gram samples. Grain size fractions were determined with sieves. Determination of 239,240Pu, 238Pu, 241Pu, 241Am and 239U was performed using a radiochemical method. After adding 242Pu, 243Am and 232U tracers, a total of a 2 g ashed soil sample was dissolved with concentrated HNO3 and HF and evaporated to dryness. Dissolution in HNO3/HF was repeated and again evaporated to dryness. The residue was dissolved in 9 M HCl. After filtration, the solution was passed over an anion exchange column (chloride form) to which the Pu was sorbed. The columns were washed with 9 M HCl followed by 8 M HNO3. This effluent was evaporated to dryness and

  17. Distribution of Pu and Am isotopes in BOMARC missile site soil

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    Full text: The activity concentrations as well as the activity and atomic ratios of the Pu and Am isotopes in different sizes of the soil sampled around BOMARC Missile Site were obtained by radiochemical analysis. The association pattern between the actinides and soil particles was investigated using a spherical model of a particle size with a variable radius. From the activity and atomic ratios of Pu and Am, the origin of the Pu and Am isotopes was identified in the BOMARC Missile Site soil. Plutonium is one of the transuranic elements which is primarily present in the environment as a result of human activity, namely as the fallout from nuclear weapon testings during the late 1940s through to the early 1960s, and accidental releases due to military mishaps. One particular mishap occurred in 1960 at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey, when a Boeing Michigan Aeronautical Research Center (BOMARC) missile caught fire and the warhead was partially melted by the fire. Although the missile did not explode, subsequent fire fighting activities contributed to the dispersion of weapons grade plutonium into the local environment. Soil samples around BOMARC site were taken to a depth of 2 inches by the U.S. Air Force Institute for Environment. The soil samples were blended and homogenized in a soil tumbler, and subdivided into approximately 20-gram samples. Grain size fractions were determined with sieves. Determination of 239,240Pu, 238Pu, 241Pu, 241Am and 238U was performed using a radiochemical method. After adding 242Pu, 243Am and 232U tracers, a total of a 2 g ashed soil sample was dissolved with concentrated HNO3 and HF and evaporated to dryness. Dissolution in HNO3/HF was repeated and again evaporated to dryness. The residue was dissolved in 9 M HCl. After filtration, the solution was passed over an anion exchange column (chloride form) to which the Pu was sorbed. The columns were washed with 9 M HCl followed by 8 M HNO3. This effluent was evaporated to dryness and

  18. Speciation and bioavailability of Americium-241 in the fresh water environment

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    Due to its anthropogenic origin, the transuranic americium 241 confronts physiologists with the intriguing question, which mechanisms are involved in the incorporation or elimination of such artificial elements in biological cycles. The investigations on the speciation and bioavailability of 241Am in the freshwater environment aim to establish a relation between the behavior of 241Am in freshwater ecosystems and its availability for biota. In the limnic environment, most often characterized by a high organic load and a low conductivity, the effect of complexation of 241Am with humic acids and competition with trivalent cations such as A1 and Fe, were proven to be significant on the speciation of 241Am. Based on the registration of the 241Am uptake by a large number of freshwater organisms, the crayfish Astacus leptodactylus Eschscholtz was chosen to study the whole-body uptake of 241Am, its corresponding organ distribution and its retention in the animal. The share of external fixation and ingestion in the global uptake, and the effect of speciation on it, were studied more carefully. Other aspects in this physiological part were: the kinetics of 241Am in the hemolymph and the hepatopancreas, and its subcellular distribution in the digestive gland. Finally, by comparing the physiology of 241Am with some other metals (240Pu, 64Cu, 198Au) with analogous or contradictional properties, we tried to find out whether the behavior of 241Am in organisms can be explained from its chemical characteristics

  19. Phytoremediation: role of terrestrial plants and aquatic macrophytes in the remediation of radionuclides and heavy metal contaminated soil and water.

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    Sharma, Sunita; Singh, Bikram; Manchanda, V K

    2015-01-01

    Nuclear power reactors are operating in 31 countries around the world. Along with reactor operations, activities like mining, fuel fabrication, fuel reprocessing and military operations are the major contributors to the nuclear waste. The presence of a large number of fission products along with multiple oxidation state long-lived radionuclides such as neptunium ((237)Np), plutonium ((239)Pu), americium ((241/243)Am) and curium ((245)Cm) make the waste streams a potential radiological threat to the environment. Commonly high concentrations of cesium ((137)Cs) and strontium ((90)Sr) are found in a nuclear waste. These radionuclides are capable enough to produce potential health threat due to their long half-lives and effortless translocation into the human body. Besides the radionuclides, heavy metal contamination is also a serious issue. Heavy metals occur naturally in the earth crust and in low concentration, are also essential for the metabolism of living beings. Bioaccumulation of these heavy metals causes hazardous effects. These pollutants enter the human body directly via contaminated drinking water or through the food chain. This issue has drawn the attention of scientists throughout the world to device eco-friendly treatments to remediate the soil and water resources. Various physical and chemical treatments are being applied to clean the waste, but these techniques are quite expensive, complicated and comprise various side effects. One of the promising techniques, which has been pursued vigorously to overcome these demerits, is phytoremediation. The process is very effective, eco-friendly, easy and affordable. This technique utilizes the plants and its associated microbes to decontaminate the low and moderately contaminated sites efficiently. Many plant species are successfully used for remediation of contaminated soil and water systems. Remediation of these systems turns into a serious problem due to various anthropogenic activities that have

  20. Phytoremediation: role of terrestrial plants and aquatic macrophytes in the remediation of radionuclides and heavy metal contaminated soil and water.

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    Sharma, Sunita; Singh, Bikram; Manchanda, V K

    2015-01-01

    Nuclear power reactors are operating in 31 countries around the world. Along with reactor operations, activities like mining, fuel fabrication, fuel reprocessing and military operations are the major contributors to the nuclear waste. The presence of a large number of fission products along with multiple oxidation state long-lived radionuclides such as neptunium ((237)Np), plutonium ((239)Pu), americium ((241/243)Am) and curium ((245)Cm) make the waste streams a potential radiological threat to the environment. Commonly high concentrations of cesium ((137)Cs) and strontium ((90)Sr) are found in a nuclear waste. These radionuclides are capable enough to produce potential health threat due to their long half-lives and effortless translocation into the human body. Besides the radionuclides, heavy metal contamination is also a serious issue. Heavy metals occur naturally in the earth crust and in low concentration, are also essential for the metabolism of living beings. Bioaccumulation of these heavy metals causes hazardous effects. These pollutants enter the human body directly via contaminated drinking water or through the food chain. This issue has drawn the attention of scientists throughout the world to device eco-friendly treatments to remediate the soil and water resources. Various physical and chemical treatments are being applied to clean the waste, but these techniques are quite expensive, complicated and comprise various side effects. One of the promising techniques, which has been pursued vigorously to overcome these demerits, is phytoremediation. The process is very effective, eco-friendly, easy and affordable. This technique utilizes the plants and its associated microbes to decontaminate the low and moderately contaminated sites efficiently. Many plant species are successfully used for remediation of contaminated soil and water systems. Remediation of these systems turns into a serious problem due to various anthropogenic activities that have

  1. 1976 Hanford americium-exposure incident: accident description

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    An accident is described, involving the explosion of an ion-exchange column containing about 100 g of 241Am. A chemical operator was injured in this accident, receiving acid burns and superficial cuts on the upper part of his body. From 1 to 5 curies of 241Am is estimated to have been deposited on the injured worker and on his clothing

  2. Investigation of the retention and distribution of americium-241 in the baboon and the enhanced removal of americium-241 from the body by diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid (DTPA)

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    Experiments were performed to study the metabolism and distribution of intravenously administered 241Am in the adult and juvenile baboon; in addition, decorporation therapy using Na3-CaDTPA was performed on selected baboons to assess the efficacy of this drug in removing systemic burdens of 241Am from this primate species. Determination of the kinetics of 241Am was accomplished principally by in vivo methodologies and by radiochemical analysis of 241Am activity of biological material. The use of Na3-CaDTPA as a therapeutic agent for the removal of 241Am from the body proved to be an effective form of treatment in the case of early administration. (U.S.)

  3. Inhaled americium dioxide

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    This project includes experiments to determine the effects of Zn-DTPA therapy on the retention, translocation and biological effects of inhaled 241AmO2. Beagle dogs that received inhalation exposure to 241AmO2 developed leukopenia, clincial chemistry changes associated with hepatocellular damage, and were euthanized due to respiratory insufficiency caused by radiation pneumonitis 120 to 131 days after pulmonary deposition of 22 to 65 μCi 241Am. Another group of dogs that received inhalation exposure to 241AmO2 and were treated daily with Zn-DTPA had initial pulmonary deposition of 19 to 26 μCi 241Am. These dogs did not develop respiratory insufficiency, and hematologic and clinical chemistry changes were less severe than in the non-DTPA-treated dogs

  4. ZZ MCB63NEA.BOLIB, MCNP Cross Section Library Based on ENDF/B-VI Release 3

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    1 - Description of program or function: Continuous energy cross-section data library for the Monte Carlo program MCNP based on the ENDF/B-VI Release 3 evaluated nuclear data library (ACE Format). Format: ACE; Number of groups: Continuous energy; Nuclides (107): H-1, H-2, He-4, Li-6, Li-7, Be-9, B-10, B-11, C-nat, N-14, N-15, O-16, O-17, Na-23, Mg-nat, Al-27, Si-nat, Cl-nat, Ti-nat, Cr-50, Cr-52, Cr-53, Cr-54, Mn-55, Fe-54, Fe-56, Fe-57, Fe-58, Co-59, Ni-58, Ni-60, Ni-61, Ni-62, Ni-64, Zr-90, Zr-91, Zr-92, Zr-94, Zr-96, Zr-nat, Nb-93, Mo-94, Mo-95, Mo-96, Mo-97, Mo-nat, Tc-99, Ru-101, Ru-102, Ru-104, Rh-103, Pd-105, Pd-107, Ag-109, I-129, Xe-131, Cs-133, Pr-141, Nd-143, Nd-145, Pm-147, Sm-147, Sm-149, Sm-150, Sm-151, Sm-152, Eu-153, Gd-154, Gd-155, Gd-156, Gd-157, Gd-158, Gd-160, Hf-174, Hf-176, Hf-177, Hf-178, Hf-179, Hf-180, Hf-nat, Pb-206, Pb-207, Pb-208, Bi-209, Th-232,U-233, U-234, U-235, U-236, U-238, Np-237, Pu-238, Pu-239, Pu-240, Pu-241, Pu-242, Am-241, Am-242, Am-242m, Am-243, Cm-242, Cm-243, Cm-244, Cm-245, Cm-246, Cm-247, Cm-248. Temperatures: 300 deg. K, 500 deg. K, 560 deg. K, 760 deg. K, 800 deg. K, 1000 deg. K, 1500 deg. K and 2200 deg. K. Thermal scattering (for diverse Temperatures): H in CH2 (polyethylene), H in H2O (light water), D in D2O (heavy water), C (graphite), Be (beryllium metal). Dosimetry cross-section: 16-S-32, 48-Cd-0, 79-Au-197. Origin: ENDF/B-VI Release 3, IRDF-90 Version 2. 2 - Methods: This library was generated with the NJOY-94.66 nuclear data processing system

  5. Biosorption of radionuclide Americium-241 by A. niger spore and hyphae

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    The biosorption of radionuclide 241Am from solution was studied by a. niger spore and hyphae, and the effects of the operational conditions on the treatment were investigated. The results showed the treatment by A. niger spore and hyphae were very efficient. An average of 96% of the total 241Am was removed from 241Am solutions of 5.6-111 MBq/L (C0), with adsorption capacities (W) of 7.2-142.4 MBq/g biomass, 5.2-106.5 MBq/g, respectively. The biosorption equilibrium was achieved within 1 h and the optimum pH value ranged 3-0.1 mol/L HNO3 and 3-2 for spore and hyphae of A. niger, respectively. No significant effects on 241Am biosorption were observed at 15 degree C-45 degree C, or challenged with containing Au3+ or Ag+, even 2000 times above 241Am amount. the index relationship between concentrations and adsorption capacities of 241Am indicated that the 241Am biosorption by A. niger spore and hyphae obey to Freundlich adsorption equation. The adsorption behavior of A. niger spore and hyphae were basically coincident

  6. Americium-241 and plutonium-237 turnover in mussels ( Mytilus galloprovincialis) living in field enclosures

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    Guary, J. C.; Fowler, S. W.

    1981-02-01

    Loss of 241Am and 237Pu from contaminated mussels ( Mytilus galloprovincialis) living in situ in the Mediterranean Sea is described as the sum of three exponential functions. In the case of 241Am, two short-lived compartments representing a total of 80% of the incorporated radionuclide turned over rapidly with biological half-lives of 2 and 3 weeks. The remaining fraction of 241Am, associated with a long-lived compartment, was lost at an extremely slow rate ( Tb1/2=1·3 years). Plutonium-237 turnover in the two short-lived compartments (containing 70% of the Pu) was more rapid ( Tb1/2=1-2 days and 2 weeks) than that of 241Am; however, there was some indication that subsequent loss rates of the two radionuclides in long-lived compartments may be similar if determined over comparable periods of time. Loss rates of 241Am differed for the various tissues, with the most rapid rates occurring in gill, viscera and shell. Abrupt changes in loss observed in muscle and mantle suggested a translocation of 241Am to muscle and mantle during depuration. Whole shell contained by far the largest fraction (˜90%) of both 241Am and 237Pu taken up; in addition, these radionuclides are not irreversibly bound to mussel shell but readily leach into the water. These observations suggest that mollusc shell may influence the biogeochemistry of transuranic elements in littoral zones.

  7. Americium behaviour in plastic vessels

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    Legarda, F.; Herranz, M. [Departamento de Ingenieria Nuclear y Mecanica de Fluidos, Escuela Tecnica Superior de Ingenieria de Bilbao, Universidad del Pais Vasco (UPV/EHU), Alameda de Urquijo s/n, 48013 Bilbao (Spain); Idoeta, R., E-mail: raquel.idoeta@ehu.e [Departamento de Ingenieria Nuclear y Mecanica de Fluidos, Escuela Tecnica Superior de Ingenieria de Bilbao, Universidad del Pais Vasco (UPV/EHU), Alameda de Urquijo s/n, 48013 Bilbao (Spain); Abelairas, A. [Departamento de Ingenieria Nuclear y Mecanica de Fluidos, Escuela Tecnica Superior de Ingenieria de Bilbao, Universidad del Pais Vasco (UPV/EHU), Alameda de Urquijo s/n, 48013 Bilbao (Spain)

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    The adsorption of {sup 241}Am dissolved in water in different plastic storage vessels was determined. Three different plastics were investigated with natural and distilled waters and the retention of {sup 241}Am by these plastics was studied. The same was done by varying vessel agitation time, vessel agitation speed, surface/volume ratio of water in the vessels and water pH. Adsorptions were measured to be between 0% and 70%. The adsorption of {sup 241}Am is minimized with no water agitation, with PET or PVC plastics, and by water acidification.

  8. 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

  9. Recovery of Americium-241 from lightning rod by the method of chemical treatment; Recuperacion del Americio-241 provenientes de los pararrayos por el metodo de tratamiento quimico

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    Cruz, W.H., E-mail: wcruz@ipen.gob.pe [Instituto Peruano de Energia Nuclear (GRRA/IPEN), Lima (Peru). Division de Gestion de Residuos Radiactivos

    2013-07-01

    About 95% of the lightning rods installed in the Peruvian territory have set in their structures, pose small amounts of radioactive sources such as Americium-241 ({sup 241}Am), fewer and Radium 226 ({sup 226}Ra) these are alpha emitters and have a half life of 432 years and 1600 years respectively. In this paper describes the recovery of radioactive sources of {sup 241}Am radioactive lightning rods using the conventional chemical treatment method using agents and acids to break down the slides. The {sup 241}Am recovered was as excitation source and alpha particle generator for analysing samples by X Ray Fluorescence, for fixing the stainless steel {sup 241}Am technique was used electrodeposition. (author)

  10. Estimation of the solubility of radioactive aerosol particles in biological liquids

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    Solubility of aerosol 'hot' particles sampled in 1987 in the town of Pripyat in the simulated lung fluid (SLF) (Gamble or Ringer solution) and in 0.1 M HCl was studied under static conditions. Leaching of radionuclides from the 'hot' particles in SFL decreases in the order 137Cs > 90Sr >> 239+240Pu > 241Am, and in 0.1 M HCl in the order 90Sr > 241Am >> 137Cs > 239+240Pu. The degree of passing into 0.1 M HCl solution for 90Sr and 241Am was estimated at 3.3-21 and 2.7-17%, respectively. Depending on the particle size, 0.06-2.2% of 241Am and 0.2-1.8% of 239+240Pu passes into SLF within 28 days

  11. The study of solubility Chernobyl 'hot' particles in simulated lung fluid

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    The solubility of the aerosol 'hot' particles selected at Pripyat region in 1987 in simulated lung fluid (SLF - Gamble's or Pinger's solutions) and 0,1 M HCl was studied statistically. The result showed that leaching of the radionuclides in SLF decrease in line 137Cs > 90Sr >> 239+240Pu ≥ 241Am and in 0,1 M HCl 90Sr >241Am>> 137Cs ≥ 239+240Pu. In dissolution experiments with 0,1 M HCl estimated the soluble portion of the 90Sr and 241Am as 1,4 - 21,0 and 0,9 - 17,0 % correspondingly. In accordance with the size of the 'hot' particles 0,01 - 0,4 % 241Am and 0,02 - 0,3 % 239+240Pu were dissolve in the SLF during seven days

  12. Distribution characteristics of ¹³⁷Cs, Pu isotopes and ²⁴¹Am in soil in Korea.

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    Lee, S H; Oh, J S; Lee, J M; Lee, K B; Park, T S; Lujaniene, G; Valiulis, D; Sakalys, J

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    Cesium-137, Plutonium isotopes and (241)Am were studied in soil samples collected from Korea between 2006 and 2008 to provide information on the distribution and origin of Pu isotopes and (241)Am. The vertical profiles of radionuclides showed higher activity concentrations at the surface layer and then gradually decreased with depth. A good correlation between (137)Cs and (239,240)Pu was observed, whereas a poor relationship between (137)Cs and (241)Am was found. The (238)Pu/(239,240)Pu, (241)Am/(239,240)Pu and (239,240)Pu/(137)Cs activity ratios were concordant to those of the global fallout ratios. Furthermore, the atomic ratios of (240)Pu/(239)Pu in the samples provided the information of Pu depositional history and the origin of Pu isotopes in Korea.

  13. Biosorption of Americium-242 by saccharomyces cerevisiae: preliminary evaluation and mechanism

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    As an important radioisotope in nuclear industry and other fields, americium-241 is one of the most serious contamination concerns duo to its high radiation toxicity and long half-life. In this experiment, the biosorption of 241Am from solution by a fungus, Saccharomyces cerevisiae (S. cerevisiae), and the effects of various experimental conditions on the biosorption and the mechanism were explored. The preliminary results showed that S. cerevisiae is a very efficient biosorbent. An average of more than 99% of the total 241Am could be removed by S. cerevisiae of 2.1g/L (dry weight) from 241Am solutions of 2.22MBq/L -555 MBq/L (Co). The adsorption equilibrium was achieved within 1 hour and the optimum pH ranged 1-3. The culture times of more than 16 hours were suitable and the efficient adsorption of 241Am by the S. cerevisiae could be noted. The biosorption of 241Am by the decomposed cell wall, protoplasm or cell membrane of S. cerevisiae was same efficient as by the intact fungus, but the some components of S. cerevisiae, such as protein and acylation group had obvious effect on adsorption. When the concentrations of coexistent Eu3+, Nd3+ were 100 times more than that of 241Am, the adsorption rates would drop to 65%. However, most of the investigated acidic ions have no significant influence on the 241Am adsorption but minute change of pH value, while the saturated EDTA can strong inhibit the biosorption of 241Am.. (authors)

  14. Determination of mass attenuation coefficients of some boron ores at 59.54 keV by using scintillation detector

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    The mass attenuation coefficients of the 59.54 keV radiation of 241Am point source in boron ores such as tincal, ulexite and colemanite were determined experimentally by a scintillation detector and theoretically. Since boron ores contain boron, hydrogen, and a lot of elements, they may be used as shielding against neutrons and gammas simultaneously, e.g. for shielding 241Am/Be neutron sources, as they emit both gammas and neutrons.

  15. Artificial radionuclides in the atmosphere over Lithuania

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    Systematic observations of radionuclide composition and concentration in the atmosphere have been carried out at the Institute of Physics in Vilnius since 1963. An increase in activity concentration of radionuclides in the atmosphere was observed after nuclear weapon tests and the Chernobyl NPP accident. At present the radiation situation in Lithuania is determined by two main sources of radionuclides, forest fire and resuspension products transferred from highly polluted region of the Ukraine and Belarus. During forest fires the increase in activity concentration of 137Cs in the atmosphere was registered in many countries and in Lithuania as well. This work summarizes the experimental data on transport of cesium, plutonium, americium from the highly contaminated territories after the Chernobyl accident. The activity concentrations of 137Cs were measured in two - three days samples while plutonium and americium in monthly samples. In addition, the analyses of the events of the increase activity concentration, meteorological situation, speciation of radionuclides and mechanisms of formation and transformation of aerosol carriers of radionuclides are presented. Aerosols were sampled on perchlorvinyl filters and the large volume air samplers with a flow rate from 2400 m3/h to about 6000 m3/h were used. The radiochemical analyses of monthly samples of aerosol ashes (about 30 g) were performed. For separation of Pu isotopes the TOPO/cyclohexane extraction and radiochemical purification using UTEVA resin were performed, Am was separated after TOPO/cyclohexane extraction using TRU and TEVA resins (100-150 μm). 242Pu and 243Am were used as tracers in the separation procedure. The alpha spectrometry measurements of Pu and Am isotopes deposited on a stainless steel disc were carried out with the Alphaquattro (Silena) spectrometer. 137Cs was determined by gamma-ray spectrometry using the high purity HPGe detector (resolution - 1.9 keV/1.33 Mev, efficiency - 42%). Accuracy

  16. Effect of americium-241 on luminous bacteria. Role of peroxides

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    Alexandrova, M., E-mail: maka-alexandrova@rambler.r [Siberian Federal University, Svobodny 79, 660041 Krasnoyarsk (Russian Federation); Rozhko, T. [Siberian Federal University, Svobodny 79, 660041 Krasnoyarsk (Russian Federation); Vydryakova, G. [Institute of Biophysics SB RAS, Akademgorodok 50, 660036 Krasnoyarsk (Russian Federation); Kudryasheva, N. [Siberian Federal University, Svobodny 79, 660041 Krasnoyarsk (Russian Federation); Institute of Biophysics SB RAS, Akademgorodok 50, 660036 Krasnoyarsk (Russian Federation)

    2011-04-15

    The effect of americium-241 ({sup 241}Am), an alpha-emitting radionuclide of high specific activity, on luminous bacteria Photobacterium phosphoreum was studied. Traces of {sup 241}Am in nutrient media (0.16-6.67 kBq/L) suppressed the growth of bacteria, but enhanced luminescence intensity and quantum yield at room temperature. Lower temperature (4 {sup o}C) increased the time of bacterial luminescence and revealed a stage of bioluminescence inhibition after 150 h of bioluminescence registration start. The role of conditions of exposure the bacterial cells to the {sup 241}Am is discussed. The effect of {sup 241}Am on luminous bacteria was attributed to peroxide compounds generated in water solutions as secondary products of radioactive decay. Increase of peroxide concentration in {sup 241}Am solutions was demonstrated; and the similarity of {sup 241}Am and hydrogen peroxide effects on bacterial luminescence was revealed. The study provides a scientific basis for elaboration of bioluminescence-based assay to monitor radiotoxicity of alpha-emitting radionuclides in aquatic solutions. - Highlights: {yields} Am-241 in water solutions (A = 0.16-6.7 kBq/L) suppresses bacterial growth.{yields} Am-241 (A = 0.16-6.7 kBq/L) stimulate bacterial luminescence. {yields} Peroxides, secondary radiolysis products, cause increase of bacterial luminescence.

  17. Twenty-four years of follow-up for a Hanford plutonium wound case.

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    Carbaugh, Eugene H; Lynch, Timothy P; Antonio, Cheryl L; Medina-Del Valle, Fernando

    2010-10-01

    A 1985 plutonium puncture wound resulted in the initial deposition of 48 kBq of transuranic alpha activity, primarily 239+240Pu and 241Am, in a worker's right index finger. Surgical excisions in the week following reduced the long-term residual wound activity to 5.4 kBq, and 164 DTPA chelation therapy administrations over 17 mo resulted in urinary excretion of about 7 kBq. The case was published in 1988, but now 24 y of follow-up data are available. Annual bioassays have included in-vivo measurements of 241Am in the wound, skeleton, liver, lung, and axillary lymph nodes, and urinalyses for plutonium and 241Am. These measurements have shown relatively stable levels of 241Am at the wound site, with gradually increasing amounts of 241Am detected in the skeleton. Liver measurements have shown erratic detection of 241Am, and the lung measurements indicate Am but as interference from activity in the axillary lymph nodes and skeleton rather than activity in the lung. Urine excretion of Pu since termination of chelation therapy has typically ranged from 10 to 20 mBq d, with Am excretion about 10% of that for 239+240Pu. Annual routine medical exams have not identified any adverse health effects associated with the intake.

  18. Effects of americium-241 and humic substances on Photobacterium phosphoreum: Bioluminescence and diffuse reflectance FTIR spectroscopic studies

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    Kamnev, Alexander A.; Tugarova, Anna V.; Selivanova, Maria A.; Tarantilis, Petros A.; Polissiou, Moschos G.; Kudryasheva, Nadezhda S.

    The integral bioluminescence (BL) intensity of live Photobacterium phosphoreum cells (strain 1883 IBSO), sampled at the stationary growth stage (20 h), was monitored for further 300 h in the absence (control) and presence of 241Am (an α-emitting radionuclide of a high specific activity) in the growth medium. The activity concentration of 241Am was 2 kBq l-1; [241Am] = 6.5 × 10-11 M. Parallel experiments were also performed with water-soluble humic substances (HS, 2.5 mg l-1; containing over 70% potassium humate) added to the culture medium as a possible detoxifying agent. The BL spectra of all the bacterial samples were very similar (λmax = 481 ± 3 nm; FWHM = 83 ± 3 nm) showing that 241Am (also with HS) influenced the bacterial BL system at stages prior to the formation of electronically excited states. The HS added per se virtually did not influence the integral BL intensity. In the presence of 241Am, BL was initially activated but inhibited after 180 h, while the system 241Am + HS showed an effective activation of BL up to 300 h which slowly decreased with time. Diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform (DRIFT) spectroscopy, applied to dry cell biomass sampled at the stationary growth phase, was used to control possible metabolic responses of the bacteria to the α-radioactivity stress (observed earlier for other bacteria under other stresses). The DRIFT spectra were all very similar showing a low content of intracellular poly-3-hydroxybutyrate (at the level of a few percent of dry biomass) and no or negligible spectroscopic changes in the presence of 241Am and/or HS. This assumes the α-radioactivity effect to be transmitted by live cells mainly to the bacterial BL enzyme system, with negligible structural or compositional changes in cellular macrocomponents at the stationary growth phase.

  19. ZZ KAFAX-F31, 150 and 12 Groups Cross Section Library in MATXS Format based on JEFF-3.1 for Fast Reactors

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    1 - Description: Format: MATXS, 142 nuclides processed with NJOY99.245. Number of groups: 150 neutron-, 12 photon-groups. 142 nuclides: H-1, H-2, He-3, He-4, Li-6, Li-7, Be-9, B-10, B-11, C-nat, N-14, N-15, O-16, F-19, Na-23, Mg-24, Mg-25, Mg-26, Al-27, Si-28, Si-29, Si-30, P-31, Cl-35, Cl-37, Ar-40, K-39, K-40, K-41, Ca-40, Ca-42, Ca-43, Ca-44, Ca-46, Ca-48, Ti-46, Ti-47, Ti-48, Ti-49, Ti-50, V-nat, Cr-50, Cr-52, Cr-53, Cr-54, Mn-55, Fe-54, Fe-56, Fe-57, Fe-58, Co-59, Ni-58, Ni-60, Ni-61, Ni-62, Ni-64, Cu-63, Cu-65, Ga-nat, Y-89, Zr-90, Zr-91, Zr-92, Zr-93, Zr-94, Zr-95, Zr-96, Nb-93, Mo-92, Mo-94, Mo-95, Mo-96, Mo-97, Mo-98, Mo-99, Mo-100, Ag-107, Ag-109, Cd-106, Cd-108, Cd-110, Cd-111, Cd-112, Cd-113, Cd-114, Cd-115m, Cd-116, Sn-112, Sn-114, Sn-115, Sn-116, Sn-117, Sn-118, Sn-119, Sn-120, Sn-122, Sn-123, Sn-124, Sn-125, Sn-126, Eu-151, Eu-153, Gd-152, Gd-154, Gd-155, Gd-156, Gd-157, Gd-158, Gd-160, W-182, W-183, W-184, W-186, Re-185, Re-187, Au-197, Pb-206, Pb-207, Pb-208, Bi-209, Th-232, Pa-233, U-233, U-234, U-235, U-236, U-238, Np-237, Pu-238, Pu-239, Pu-240, Pu-241, Pu-242, Am-241, Am-242, Am-242m, Am-243, Cm-242, Cm-243, Cm-244, Cm-245, Cm-246. Origin: JEFF-3.1. Weighting spectrum: 300, 600, 900, 1200 K. The KAFAX-F31 is a MATXS-format, 150-group neutron and 12-group photon cross section library for fast reactors based on JEFF-3.1. This library was originally generated for the KALIMER (Korea Advanced LIquid Metal Reactor) core analyses. It includes 142 nuclide data (Table 1) processed by the NJOY99.245 code patched with NEA020. The library can be utilized to generate the problem-dependent group constants for neutron and/or photon transport calculations through the DANTSYS, DOORS, or PARTISN code systems. 2 - Methods: The KAFAX-F31 was generated at 300, 600, 900, and 1200 K. It contains the self-shielded cross sections for 5 to 10 background cross sections depending on the nuclides. The neutron group structure consists of one-eighth lethargy widths in almost

  20. ZZ KAFAX-E70, 150 and 12 Groups Cross Section Library in MATXS Format based on ENDF/B-VII.0 for Fast Reactors

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    1 - Description: Format: MATXS, 144 nuclides processed with NJOY99.245. Number of groups: 150 neutron-, 12 photon-groups. 144 nuclides: H-1, H-2, He-3, He-4, Li-6, Li-7, Be-9, B-10, B-11, C-nat, N-14, N-15, O-16, F-19, Na-23, Mg-24, Mg-25, Mg-26, Al-27, Si-28, Si-29, Si-30, P-31, Cl-35, Cl-37, Ar-40, K-39, K-40, K-41, Ca-40, Ca-42, Ca-43, Ca-44, Ca-46, Ca-48, Ti-46, Ti-47, Ti-48, Ti-49, Ti-50, V-nat, Cr-50, Cr-52, Cr-53, Cr-54, Mn-55, Fe-54, Fe-56, Fe-57, Fe-58, Co-59, Ni-58, Ni-60, Ni-61, Ni-62, Ni-64, Cu-63, Cu-65, Ga-69, Ga-71, Y-89, Zr-90, Zr-91, Zr-92, Zr-93, Zr-94, Zr-95, Zr-96, Nb-93, Mo-92, Mo-94, Mo-95, Mo-96, Mo-97, Mo-98, Mo-99, Mo-100, Ag-107, Ag-109, Cd-106, Cd-108, Cd-110, Cd-111, Cd-112, Cd-113, Cd-114, Cd-115m, Cd-116, Sn-112, Sn-113, Sn-114, Sn-115, Sn-116, Sn-117, Sn-118, Sn-119, Sn-120, Sn-122, Sn-123, Sn-124, Sn-125, Sn-126, Eu-151, Eu-153, Gd-152, Gd-154, Gd-155, Gd-156, Gd-157, Gd-158, Gd-160, W-182, W-183, W-184, W-186, Re-185, Re-187, Au-197, Pb-206, Pb-207, Pb-208, Bi-209, Th-232, Pa-233, U-233, U-234, U-235, U-236, U-238, Np-237, Pu-238, Pu-239, Pu-240, Pu-241, Pu-242, Am-241, Am-242, Am-242m, Am-243, Cm-242, Cm-243, Cm-244, Cm-245, Cm-246. Origin: ENDF/B-VII.0. Weighting spectrum: 300, 600, 900, 1200 k. The ZZ-KAFAX-E70 is a MATXS-format, 150-group neutron and 12-group photon cross section library for fast reactors based on ENDF/B-VII.0. This library was originally generated for the KALIMER (Korea Advanced Liquid Metal Reactor) core analyses. It includes 144 nuclide data processed with the NJOY99.245 code patched with NEA020. The library can be used to generate the problem-dependent group constants for neutron and/or photon transport calculations through the DANTSYS, DOORS, or PARTISN code systems. 2 - Methods: The KAFAX-E70 was generated at 300, 600, 900, and 1200 K. It contains the self-shielded cross sections for 5 to 10 background cross sections depending on the nuclides. The neutron group structure consists of one-eighth lethargy

  1. ZZ KAFAX-J33, 150 and 12 Groups Cross Section Library in MATXS Format based on JENDL-3.3 for Fast Reactors

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    1 - Description: Format: MATXS, 136 nuclides processed with NJOY99.245. Number of groups: 150 neutron-, 12 photon-groups. 136 Nuclides: H-1, H-2, He-3, He-4, Li-6, Li-7, Be-9, B-10, B-11, C-nat, N-14, N-15, O-16, F-19, Na-23, Mg-24, Mg-25, Mg-26, Al-27, Si-28, Si-29, Si-30, P-31, Cl-35, Cl-37, Ar-40, K-39, K-40, K-41, Ca-40, Ca-42, Ca-43, Ca-44, Ca-46, Ca-48, Ti-46, Ti-47, Ti-48, Ti-49, Ti-50, V-nat, Cr-50, Cr-52, Cr-53, Cr-54, Mn-55, Fe-54, Fe-56, Fe-57, Fe-58, Co-59, Ni-58, Ni-60, Ni-61, Ni-62, Ni-64, Cu-63, Cu-65, Ga-69, Ga-71, Y-89, Zr-90, Zr-91, Zr-92, Zr-93, Zr-94, Zr-95, Zr-96, Mo-92, Mo-94, Mo-95, Mo-96, Mo-97, Mo-98, Mo-99, Mo-100, Ag-107, Ag-109, Cd-106, Cd-108, Cd-110, Cd-111, Cd-112, Cd-113, Cd-114, Cd-116, Sn-112, Sn-114, Sn-115, Sn-116, Sn-117, Sn-118, Sn-119, Sn-120, Sn-122, Sn-123, Sn-124, Sn-126, Eu-151, Eu-153, Gd-152, Gd-154, Gd-155, Gd-156, Gd-157, Gd-158, Gd-160, W-182, W-183, W-184, W-186, Pb-206, Pb-208, Bi-209, Th-232, Pa-233, U-233, U-234, U-235, U-236, U-238, Np-237, Pu-238, Pu-239, Pu-240, Pu-241, Pu-242, Am-241, Am-242, Am-242m, Am-243, Cm-242, Cm-243, Cm-244, Cm-245, Cm-246. Origin: JENDL-3.3. Weighting spectrum: 300, 600, 900, 1200 K. The KAFAX-J33 is a MATXS-format, 150-group neutron and 12-group photon cross section library for fast reactors based on JENDL-3.3. This library was originally generated for the KALIMER (Korea Advanced LIquid Metal Reactor) core analyses. It includes 136 nuclide data processed by the NJOY99.245 code patched with NEA020. The library can be utilized to generate the problem-dependent group constants for neutron and/or photon transport calculations through the DANTSYS, DOORS, or PARTISN code systems. 2 - Methods: The KAFAX-J33 was generated at 300, 600, 900, and 1200 K. It contains the self-shielded cross sections for 5 to 10 background cross sections depending on the nuclides. The neutron group structure consists of one-eighth lethargy widths in almost all the energy ranges, except between 1 and 10 keV in

  2. Radionuclide concentrations in bivalves collected along the coastal United States

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    In 1990, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Status and Trends Program initiated a study of artificial radionuclides (241Am, 239+240Pu, 238Pu, 137Cs, 110Ag, 90Sr, 65Zn, 60Co, and 58Co) in oysters and mussels collected along the coastal US. The results of this study show that activation products 110Ag, 65Zn, 60Co and 58Co are sometimes present close to nuclear facilities. In addition, based on a nonparametric Kruskal-Wallis statistical test, it appears that 241Am and 137Cs concentrations as well as 241Am/239+240Pu and 137Cs/40K activity ratios are highest along the West Coast of the US. For 238Pu, 239+240Pu, and 90Sr activities and the other ratios, the differences observed in the distribution of the radionuclides between the various coasts are not statistically significant. There is also a statistical difference between the values of the 239+240Pu/90Sr ratio in oysters vs mussels collected along the East Coast and of the 241Am/239+240Pu ratio between two species of mussels collected along the West Coast. Finally, when the NOAA results for 241Am, 239+240Pu, and 137Cs are compared with those of an earlier (1976-1978) Mussel Watch Program sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency, the statistical Sign Test generally shows a significant decrease in the concentrations between the mid-1970s and the early 1990s. (author)

  3. Unfolding the fast neutron spectra of a BC501A liquid scintillation detector using GRAVEL method

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    Chen, YongHao; Chen, XiMeng; Lei, JiaRong; An, Li; Zhang, XiaoDong; Shao, JianXiong; Zheng, Pu; Wang, XinHua

    2014-10-01

    Accurate knowledge of the neutron energy spectra is useful in basic research and applications. The overall procedure of measuring and unfolding the fast neutron energy spectra with BC501A liquid scintillation detector is described. The recoil proton spectrum of 241Am-Be neutrons was obtained experimentally. With the NRESP7 code, the response matrix of detector was simulated. Combining the recoil proton spectrum and response matrix, the unfolding of neutron spectra was performed by GRAVEL iterative algorithm. A MatLab program based on the GRAVEL method was developed. The continuous neutron spectrum of 241Am-Be source and monoenergetic neutron spectrum of D-T source have been unfolded successfully and are in good agreement with their standard reference spectra. The unfolded 241Am-Be spectrum are more accurate than the spectra unfolded by artificial neural networks in recent years.

  4. Transuranium element transport in agricultural systems (soil to food chain transfer of nuclear fuel cycle radionuclides). Annual progress report

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    Progress is reported on the following research projects: preparation of bibliography covering literature on plant uptake of transuranium elements; development of techniques for growth of agricultural crops in large containers that simulate field conditions; equipment for counting of alpha-emitting transuranium elements; studies on variability in concentration ratio of 241Am under different environmental conditions; alpha radiation burn in bush beans exposed to 241Am in solution; constancy of concentration ratio as a measure of plant uptake of 241Am; growth of radishes in soil with and without DTPA, and radish peel as source of radionuclides; effects of varying levels of DTPA in loam soil on concentration ratio values; and a plant species (Atriplex hymenelytra--desert holly) with high C.R. values and search for other plants with high C.R. values

  5. Standard practice for The separation of americium from plutonium by ion exchange

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    2001-01-01

    1.1 This practice describes the use of an ion exchange technique to separate plutonium from solutions containing low concentrations of americium prior to measurement of the 241Am by gamma counting. 1.2 This practice covers the removal of plutonium, but not all the other radioactive isotopes that may interfere in the determination of 241Am. 1.3 This practice can be used when 241Am is to be determined in samples in which the plutonium is in the form of metal, oxide, or other solid provided that the solid is appropriately sampled and dissolved (See Test Methods C758, C759, and C1168). 1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

  6. Study for correction of neutron scattering in the calibration of the albedo individual monitor from the Neutron Laboratory (LN), IRD/CNEN-RJ, Brazil; Estudo da correcao do espalhamento de neutrons na calibracao do monitor individual de albedo no LN

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    Freitas, B.M.; Silva, A.X. da, E-mail: bfreitas@nuclear.ufrj.br [Coordenacao dos Programas de Pos-Graduacao em Engenharia (COPPE/UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Programa de Engenharia Nuclear; Mauricio, C.L.P.; Martins, M.M. [Instituto de Radioprotecao e Dosimetria, (IRD/CNEN-RJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2014-07-01

    The Instituto de Radioprotecao e Dosimetria (IRD) runs a neutron individual monitoring service with albedo type monitor and thermoluminescent detectors (TLD). Moreover the largest number of workers exposed to neutrons in Brazil is exposed to {sup 241}Am-Be fields. Therefore a study of the response of albedo dosemeter due to neutron scattering from {sup 241}Am-Be source is important for a proper calibration. In this work, it has been evaluated the influence of the scattering correction in two distances at the Low Scattering Laboratory of the Neutron Laboratory of the Brazilian National Laboratory (Lab. Nacional de Metrologia Brasileira de Radiacoes Ionizantes) in the calibration of that albedo dosemeter for a {sup 241}Am-Be source. (author)

  7. Transportability Class of Americium in K Basin Sludge under Ambient and Hydrothermal Processing Conditions

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    Delegard, Calvin H.; Schmitt, Bruce E.; Schmidt, Andrew J.

    2006-08-01

    This report establishes the technical bases for using a ''slow uptake'' instead of a ''moderate uptake'' transportability class for americium-241 (241Am) for the K Basin Sludge Treatment Project (STP) dose consequence analysis. Slow uptake classes are used for most uranium and plutonium oxides. A moderate uptake class has been used in prior STP analyses for 241Am based on the properties of separated 241Am and its associated oxide. However, when 241Am exists as an ingrown progeny (and as a small mass fraction) within plutonium mixtures, it is appropriate to assign transportability factors of the predominant plutonium mixtures (typically slow) to the Am241. It is argued that the transportability factor for 241Am in sludge likewise should be slow because it exists as a small mass fraction as the ingrown progeny within the uranium oxide in sludge. In this report, the transportability class assignment for 241Am is underpinned with radiochemical characterization data on K Basin sludge and with studies conducted with other irradiated fuel exposed to elevated temperatures and conditions similar to the STP. Key findings and conclusions from evaluation of the characterization data and published literature are summarized here. Plutonium and 241Am make up very small fractions of the uranium within the K Basin sludge matrix. Plutonium is present at about 1 atom per 500 atoms of uranium and 241Am at about 1 atom per 19000 of uranium. Plutonium and americium are found to remain with uranium in the solid phase in all of the {approx}60 samples taken and analyzed from various sources of K Basin sludge. The uranium-specific concentrations of plutonium and americium also remain approximately constant over a uranium concentration range (in the dry sludge solids) from 0.2 to 94 wt%, a factor of {approx}460. This invariability demonstrates that 241Am does not partition from the uranium or plutonium fraction for any characterized sludge matrix. Most

  8. Analysis of a liquid sample residue using in situ alpha spectrometry

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    Three in situ alpha spectrometry methods were demonstrated to rapidly detect alpha-particle emitting radionuclides from a liquid sample. The liquid containing natU and 241Am was evaporated under an infrared lamp and the residue was analyzed in a vacuum and at ambient air pressure. The residue was too thick to determine activities of individual nuclides, but their identification and activity ratio calculations were possible. U and 241Am behaved differently during the liquid dry off, which led to alpha peaks of different shape. This finding should be taken into account for preparing future spectrum unfolding programs. (author)

  9. Radiometric dating of the United Kingdom SWAP sites

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    Measurements of 210Pb by direct gamma assay have been used to date sediment cores from Surface Water Acidification Project (SWAP) study sites in the U.K. The results were checked against additional dating evidence from the artificial fallout isotopes 137Cs and 241Am. At one of the sites, Devoke Water in Cumbria, the 137Cs and 241Am data were crucial in identifying a recent sediment hiatus. At sites with recently afforested catchments the sediment record indicated substantial increases in accumulation rates. (author)

  10. Soluble and particle-associated fallout radionuclides in Mediterranean water and sediments

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    From measurements in Mediterranean seawater and sediments, fallout 137Cs, 90Sr, and 239240Pu behaved mostly as soluble nuclides tracing Mediterranean water movement, whereas 55Fe and 241Am behaved more as particle-associated nuclides and were relatively rapidly removed to the sediments. Patterns of nuclide distribution within sediments showed depths of penetration in the order 55Fe > (239240Pu, 137Cs) > 241Am and were thought to result from biological mixing on nuclides whose arrival rates varied in the same order

  11. Experimental optimization of a landmine detection facility using PGNAA method

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    The optimum moderator geometry increases the performance of prompt gamma neutron activation analysis (PGNAA) method considerably. In this work an 241Am-Be source was used in the moderator geometry for detecting buried landmines by PGNAA method. Experiments were done to find the best moderator geometry for the moderated 241Am-Be source, by replacing the mine with a neutron detector and counting the thermal neutron flux. The flux of thermal neutrons at the place of mine was used as a determining factor to introduce the best moderator geometry. (authors)

  12. An in situ survey of Clean Slate 1, 2, and 3, Tonopah Test Range, Central Nevada. Date of survey: September--November 1993

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    A ground-based in situ radiological survey was conducted downwind of the Clean Slate 1, 2, and 3 nuclear safety test sites at the Tonopah Test Range in central Nevada from September through November 1993. The purpose of the study was to corroborate the americium-241 ({sup 241}Am) soil concentrations that were derived from the aerial radiological survey of the Clean Slate areas, which was conducted from August through October 1993. The presence of {sup 241}Am was detected at 140 of the 190 locations, with unrecoverable or lost data accounting for fifteen (15) of the sampling points. Good agreement was obtained between the aerial and in situ results.

  13. Feasibility of photoelectron sources for testing the energy scale stablity of the KATRIN beta-ray spectrometer

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    Dragoun, O; Kaspar, J; Bonn, J; Kovalik, A; Otten, E W; Venos, D; Weinheimer, Ch

    2010-01-01

    Photoabsorption of nuclear gamma-rays in thin metallic convertors was examined with the aim to produce monoenergetic photoelectrons of kinetic energy around 18.6 keV and natural width of about 1 eV. Calculations were carried out for commercial photon sources of 241Am (1.1 GBq) and 119mSn (0.5 GBq) irradiating Co and Ti convertors. Photoelectrons ejected by 241Am gamma- and X-rays from Co convertors of various thickness were measured with two electrostatic spectrometers.

  14. Experimental optimization of a landmine detection facility using PGNAA method

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    Hashem MIRI-HAKIMABAD; Hamed PANJEH; Alireza VEJDANI-NOGHREIYAN

    2008-01-01

    The optimum moderator geometry increases the performance of prompt gamma neutron activation analysis (PGNAA) method considerably. In this work an 241Am-Be source was used in the moderator geometry for detecting buried landmines by PGNAA method. Experiments were done to find the best moderator geometry for the moderated 241 Am-Be source, by replacing the mine with a neutron detector and counting the thermal neutron flux. The flux of thermal neutrons at the place of mine was used as a determining factor to introduce the best moderator geometry.

  15. A Proposed Reaction Channel for the Synthesis of the Superheavy Nucleus Z=109

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    WANG Kun; MA Yu-Gang; MA Guo-Liang; WEI Yi-Bin; CAI Xiang-Zhou; CHEN Jin-Gen; GUO Wei; ZHONG Chen; SHEN Wen-Qing

    2004-01-01

    @@ We apply a statistical-evaporation model (HIVAP) to calculate the cross sections of superheavy elements, mainly about actinide targets and compare with some available experimental data. A reaction channel 30Si + 243Am is proposed for the synthesis of the element Z = 109 and the cross section is estimated.

  16. Above-threshold structure in {sup 244}Cm neutron-induced fission cross section

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    Maslov, V.M. [Radiation Physics and Chemistry Problems Inst., Minsk-Sosny (Belarus)

    1997-03-01

    The quasi-resonance structure appearing above the fission threshold in neutron-induced fission cross section of {sup 244}Cm(n,f) is interpreted. It is shown to be due to excitation of few-quasiparticle states in fissioning {sup 245}Cm and residual {sup 244}Cm nuclides. The estimate of quasiparticle excitation thresholds in fissioning nuclide {sup 245}Cm is consistent with pairing gap and fission barrier parameters. (author)

  17. Determination of mass attenuation coefficient in wood and leaves of typical trees by gamma-ray attenuation technique

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    Using an 241 Am source the mass attenuation coefficient of different woods and leaves of typical species of the Atlantic Forest were measured. The results for natural wood, dry wood and dry leaves indicate that the variation is very small among different species. However, woods present a higher attenuation than leaves, both depending on their water content. (author). 10 refs., 3 figs., 1 tab

  18. Characterization and use of shadow cone in a calibration laboratory for neutron; Caracterizacion y empleo de conos de sombra en un laboratorio para calibracion neutronica

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    Gallego Diaz, E.; Valle Diez, A. del; Lorente Fillol, A.; Vega Carrillo, H. R.

    2011-07-01

    We present the design, characterization and use of shadow cones neutron measurements of the Laboratory of Nuclear Engineering Department of the ETSII-UPM (LMN-UPM), with an irradiation room size 9 mx 16 mx 8 m in that used an {sup 2}41Am-Be source of 11 GBq (3 Ci).

  19. Options for clean-up of the Maralinga test site

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    This report examines the limit of contamination of the soil and ground cover by 239Pu, 235U and 241Am which may be considered as permitting the unrestricted land use of the former nuclear weapon test sites at Emu and Maralinga by Aboriginal groups. It reports on the options available to achieve this objective and their cost

  20. MEASUREMENT OF WHEAT DENSITY

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    冯跟胜; 党金春; 等

    1995-01-01

    A method used for on line determining the change of wheat density with a automatic watering machine in a lqarge flour mill has been studied.The results show that the higher distinguishing ability is obtained when using 241Am as a γ-ray source for measuring the wheat density than using 137Cs.

  1. Neutron spectra and dosimetric features of isotopic neutron sources: a review

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    Vega C, H. R. [Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Unidad Academica de Estudios Nucleares, Cipres No. 10, Fracc. La Penuela, 98060 Zacatecas, Zac. (Mexico); Martinez O, S. A., E-mail: fermineutron@yahoo.com [Universidad Pedagogica y Tecnologica de Colombia, Grupo de Fisica Nuclear Aplicada y Simulacion, Av. Central del Norte 39-115, 150003 Tunja, Boyaca (Colombia)

    2015-10-15

    A convenient way to produce neutrons is the isotopic neutron source, where the production is through (α, n), (γ, n), and spontaneous fission reactions. Isotopic neutron sources are small, easy to handle, and have a relative low cost. On the other hand the neutron yield is small and mostly of them produces neutrons with a wide energy distribution. In this work, a review is carried out about the the main features of {sup 24}NaBe, {sup 24}NaD{sub 2}O, {sup 116}InBe, {sup 140}LaBe, {sup 238}PuLi, {sup 239}PuBe, {sup 241}AmB, {sup 241}AmBe, {sup 241}AmF, {sup 241}AmLi, {sup 242}CmBe, {sup 210}PoBe, {sup 226}RaBe, {sup 252}Cf and {sup 252}Cf/D{sub 2}O isotopic neutron source. Also, using Monte Carlo methods, the neutron spectra in 31 energy groups, the neutron mean energy; the Ambient dose equivalent, the Personal dose equivalent and the Effective dose were calculated for these isotopic neutron sources. (Author)

  2. Neutron spectra and dosimetric features of isotopic neutron sources: a review

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    A convenient way to produce neutrons is the isotopic neutron source, where the production is through (α, n), (γ, n), and spontaneous fission reactions. Isotopic neutron sources are small, easy to handle, and have a relative low cost. On the other hand the neutron yield is small and mostly of them produces neutrons with a wide energy distribution. In this work, a review is carried out about the the main features of 24NaBe, 24NaD2O, 116InBe, 140LaBe, 238PuLi, 239PuBe, 241AmB, 241AmBe, 241AmF, 241AmLi, 242CmBe, 210PoBe, 226RaBe, 252Cf and 252Cf/D2O isotopic neutron source. Also, using Monte Carlo methods, the neutron spectra in 31 energy groups, the neutron mean energy; the Ambient dose equivalent, the Personal dose equivalent and the Effective dose were calculated for these isotopic neutron sources. (Author)

  3. Investigating the Inverse Square Law with the Timepix Hybrid Silicon Pixel Detector: A CERN [at] School Demonstration Experiment

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    Whyntie, T.; Parker, B.

    2013-01-01

    The Timepix hybrid silicon pixel detector has been used to investigate the inverse square law of radiation from a point source as a demonstration of the CERN [at] school detector kit capabilities. The experiment described uses a Timepix detector to detect the gamma rays emitted by an [superscript 241]Am radioactive source at a number of different…

  4. Use of Hauser-V code for nuclear data evaluation

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    This Statistical (HAUSER-FESHBACH Theory) optical model based code was used for calculating the fission cross sections for 239Pu and 241Am as a part of International Code Intercomparison exercise. The results submitted are compared with other eight different contributions

  5. Study of the functional characteristics of a NaI(Tl) scintillator gamma spectrometer

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    Functional characteristics (resolution, stability, linearity, counting efficiency) of a NaI(Tl) scintillator gamma spectrometer were studied. Diagrams were plotted and several standard sources (241Am, 109Cd, 57Co, 137Cs, 54Mn, 22Na) with gamma energies ranging from 60 to 1275 KeV were used. (C.L.B.)

  6. The role of natural organic matter in the migration behaviour of americium in the Boom clay - Part II: analysis of migration experiments

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    Full text of publication follows: In demonstrating the suitability of Boom Clay as a potential site for the disposal of radioactive waste in Belgium, the role of the relatively high amount of Natural Organic Matter (NOM) present in the Boom Clay on the mobility of critical radionuclides needs investigation. Trivalent actinides and lanthanides form strong complexes with humic substances. Complexation of these trivalent radionuclides with NOM present in the Boom Clay may have opposing effects. If complexed by the aqueous phase (mobile) NOM, radionuclide transport will be governed by the mobility of these dissolved radionuclide-NOM species. If complexed by the solid phase (immobile) NOM, migration will be retarded. One of the aims of the EC projects TRANCOM-Clay and TRANCOM-II was to investigate the role of mobile NOM as radionuclide carrier with the objective of deriving conceptual models that can be implemented in repository performance assessment (PA) models. A separate paper describes the results of column migration experiments involving the transport of 241Am-14C-NOM complexes through Boom Clay cores. This paper describes the transport model, POPCORN, that was developed to describe and evaluate the influence of NOM on radionuclide transport in clay, taking into account attachment/detachment rates of NOM to clay surfaces and the kinetics of RN complexation to, and destabilization from, NOM. The POPCORN model was used to evaluate diffusion experiments involving injection of 14C-labelled NOM in Boom Clay cores. Model fits were obtained by varying the rates of filtration of NOM by attachment to the surface of the clay matrix. POPCORN was then used to analyse the 241Am-14C-NOM migration experiments. The stability properties of the 241Am-NOM were characterised by kinetic constants, and good matches to the migration data were achieved for the experiments. The findings suggest that a small sub-population of the original 241Am-OM is the most stable, and that this sub

  7. Accumulation of transuranic elements in the aquatic biota of the Belarusian sector of contaminated area near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant - Accumulation of transuranic elements in aquatic biota of Belarusian sector of contaminated area of Chernobyl nuclear power plant

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    Golubev, Alexander; Mironov, Vladislav [International Sakharov Environmental University. Box 220070, 23 Dolgobrodskaya Street, Minsk, 220070 (Belarus)

    2014-07-01

    The evolution of nuclear contamination of Belarus territory after Chernobyl accident includes the four stages: 1. Iodine-neptunium stage, caused mainly by short-lived radionuclides {sup 131}I, {sup 239}Np and others with a half-life period of several weeks; II. Intermediate stage, caused by radionuclides with a half-life period of a year ({sup 144}Ce, {sup 106}Ru, {sup 134}Cs, etc.); III. Strontium-cesium stage, caused by {sup 90}Sr and {sup 137}Cs with a half-life period of about 30 years; IV. Plutonium-americium, caused by long-lived α-emitting radionuclides {sup 241}Am (period of half-life of 432 years) and {sup 239+240}Pu, having high radio and chemo-toxicity. According to forecasts, activity of {sup 241}Am to 2050 year will increase by 2.5 times and it will be the most important dose-related factor for the aquatic biota within the Chernobyl accident zone. In 2002 - 2008 years we have studied the accumulation of trans-uranic elements (TUE, {sup 241}Am, {sup 239+240}Pu) in basic components of water body ecosystems within the Chernobyl zone - non-flowing Perstok Lake, weak-flowing Borschevka flooding and small Braginka River. Among investigated components are water, bottom sediments, submerged macrophytes (Ceratophyllum submersum, Hydrocharis morsus-ranae, Lemna minor, Nuphar lutea, Stratiotes aloides), emergent macrophytes (Typha spp.), shellfish and fish. In the soil cover in the vicinity of the Perstok Lake activity of {sup 241}Am at present is equivalent to 300 - 600 Bq.kg{sup -1}, that is the basic source of its income to the lake. Radionuclides mobility in the water environment is higher than in the soil, that facilitates the rapid incorporation of {sup 241}Am to the trophic nets of water bodies and its removal by near-water animals in the terrestrial biotopes, including outside Chernobyl zone. Thus, the activity of {sup 241}Am in bottom sediments in the Perstok Lake and Borschevka flooding in 2008 year reach respectively 324 and 131 Bq.kg{sup -1}, and the

  8. Uptake of natural and anthropogenic actinides in vegetable crops grown on a contaminated lake bed

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    Activity concentrations and plant/soil concentration ratios (CRs) of 239,240Pu, 241Am, 244Cm, 232Th, and 238U were determined for three vegetable crops grown on an exposed, contaminated lake bed of a former reactor cooling reservoir in South Carolina, USA. The crops included greens and tubers of turnips (Brassica rapa var. white-globe), bush beans (Phaseolus vulgaris), and husks and kernels of sweet corn (Zea mays var. silver queen). Although all plots were fertilized, some received K2SO4, while others received no K2SO4. The K2SO4 fertilizer treatment generally lowered activity concentrations for 241Am, 244Cm, 232Th and 238U, but differences were statistically significant for 241Am and 244Cm only. Highly significant differences occurred in activity concentrations among actinides and among crops. In general, turnip greens exhibited the highest uptake for each of the actinides measured, while corn kernels had the least. For turnip greens, geometric mean CRs ranged from 2.3×10-3 for 239,240Pu to 5.3×10-2 for 241Am (no K2SO4 fertilizer). For corn kernels, geometric mean CRs ranged from 2.1×10-5 for 239,240Pu and 232Th to 1.5×10-3 for 244Cm (no K fertilizer). In general, CRs across all crops for the actinides were in the order: 244Cm>241Am>238U>232Th >239,240Pu. Lifetime health risks from consuming crops contaminated with anthropogenic actinides were similar to the risks from naturally occurring actinides in the same crops (total ∼2×10-6); however, these risks were only ∼0.3% of the risk from consuming the same crops contaminated with 137Cs. (author)

  9. [Influence of the Experiment Energy Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence Measurement of Uranium by Different Excitation Source].

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    Xiong, Chao; Ge, Liang-quan; Liu, Duan; Zhang, Qing-xian; Gu, Yi; Luo, Yao-yao; Zhao, Jian-kun

    2016-03-01

    Aiming at the self-excitation effect on the interference of measurements which exist in the process of Energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence method for uranium measurement. To solve the problem of radioactive isotopes only used as excitation source in determination of uranium. Utilizing the micro X-ray tube to test Self-excitation effect to get a comparison of the results obtained by three different uranium ore samples--109 Cd, 241 Am and Mirco X-ray tube. The results showed that self-excitation effect produced the area measure of characteristic X-ray peak is less than 1% of active condition, also the interference of measurements can be negligible. Photoelectric effect cross-section excited by 109 Cd is higher, corresponding fluorescence yield is higher than excited by 241 Am as well due to characteristics X-ray energy of 109 Cd, 22.11 & 24.95 KeV adjacent to absorption edge energy of L(α), 21.75 KeV, based on the above, excitation efficiency by 109 Cd is higher than 241 Am; The fact that measurement error excited by 241 Am is significantly greater than by 109 Cd is mainly due to peak region overlap between L energy peaks of uranium and Scattering peak of 241 Am, 26.35 keV, These factors above caused the background of measured Spectrum higher; The error between the uranium content in ore samples which the X-ray tube as the excitation source and the chemical analysis results is within 10%. Conclusion: This paper come to the conclusion that the technical quality of uranium measurement used X-ray tube as excitation source is superior to that in radioactive source excitation mode. PMID:27400534

  10. Theoretical and experimental study of the bio-geochemical behaviour of americium 241 in simplified rhizosphere conditions. Application to a calcareous agricultural soil

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    Americium 241, is one of the most radio-toxic contaminant produced during the nuclear fuel cycle. It can be found in all environmental compartments, in particular the soils. The main goals of this study are to identify, quantify and model the effect of the main factors controlling the mobility of 241Am in the rhizosphere and the agricultural soils. The physico-chemical parameters of the soil and of the soil solution, the potential role of microorganisms on the sorption-desorption processes, and the speciation of americium in solution have been more particularly studied. 241Am remobilization has been studied at the laboratory using leaching experiments performed in controlled conditions on reworked calcareous soils artificially contaminated with 241Am. The soil samples have been washed out in different hydrodynamic conditions by solutions with various compositions. The eluted solution has been analyzed (pH, conductivity, ionic composition, Fetot, organic acids, 241Am) and its bacterial biomass content too. The overall results indicate that 241Am remobilization is contrasted and strongly linked with the condition under study (pH, ionic strength, glucose and/or citrate concentration). Therefore, a solution in equilibrium with the soil or containing small exudate concentrations (10-4 M) re-mobilizes only a very small part of the americium fixed on the solid phase. The desorption of 241Am corresponds to a solid/liquid coefficient of partition (Kd) of about 105 L.kg-1. A significant addition of glucose induces an important dissolution of soil carbonates by the indirect action of microorganisms, but does not significantly favor the 241Am remobilization. On the other hand, the presence of strong citrate concentrations (≥ 10-2 M) allows 300 to 10000 time greater re-mobilizations by the complexing of 241Am released after the dissolution of the carrying phases. Finally, the colloidal transport of 241Am has been systematically observed in a limited but significant extend and

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

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

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

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

    2016-05-01

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

  13. ZZ KASHIL-E70, 199 N, 42 Photon Groups Cross Sections in MATXS Format Based on ENDF/B-VII.0 for Shielding Applications

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    1 - Description: Format: MATXS, 204 nuclides processed with NJOY99.245. Number of groups: 199 neutron-, 42 photon-groups. 204 Nuclides including 8 thermal scattering law data: H-1, H-2, H-3, He-3, He-4, Li-6, Li-7, Be-9, Be-9, Be-9, B-10, B-11, C-nat, C-nat, N-14, N-15, O-16, O-17, F-19, Na-23, Mg-24, Mg-25, Mg-26, Al-27, Si-28, Si-29, Si-30, P-31, S-32, S-33, S-34, S-36, Cl-35, Cl-37, K-39, K-40, K-41, Ca-40, Ca-42, Ca-43, Ca-44, Ca-46, Ca-48, Sc-45, Ti-46, Ti-47, Ti-48, Ti-49, Ti-50, V-nat, Cr-50, Cr-52, Cr-53, Cr-54, Mn-55, Fe-54, Fe-56, Fe-57, Fe-58, Co-59, Ni-58, Ni-60, Ni-61, Ni-62, Ni-64, Cu-63, Cu-65, Ga-69, Ga-71, Y-89, Zr-90, Zr-91, Zr-92, Zr-94, Zr-96, Nb-93, Mo-92, Mo-94, Mo-95, Mo-96, Mo-97, Mo-98, Mo-100, Pd-102, Pd-104, Pd-105, Pd-106, Pd-108, Pd-110, Ag-107, Ag-109, Cd-106, Cd-108, Cd-110, Cd-112, Cd-113, Cd-114, Cd-116, In-113, In-115, I-127, Xe-124, Xe-126, Xe-128, Xe-129, Xe-130, Xe-131, Xe-132, Xe-134, Xe-136, Cs-133, Ba-138, Pr-141, Nd-143, Nd-145, Nd-146, Nd-148, Nd-150, Pm-147, Sm-147, Sm-151, Sm-152, Eu-151, Eu-152, Eu-153, Eu-154, Eu-155, Gd-152, Gd-154, Gd-155, Gd-156, Gd-157, Gd-158, Gd-160, Dy-164, Ho-165, Lu-175, Lu-176, Hf-174, Hf-176, Hf-177, Hf-178, Hf-179, Hf-180, Ta-181, Ta-182, W-182, W-183, W-184, W-186, Re-185, Re-187, Ir-191, Ir-193, Au-197, Pb-206, Pb-207, Pb-208, Bi-209, Th-230, Th-232, Pa-231, Pa-233, U-232, U-233, U-234, U-235, U-236, U-237, U-238, Np-237, Np-238, Np-239, Pu-236, Pu-237, Pu-238, Pu-239, Pu-240, Pu-241, Pu-242, Pu-243, Pu-244, Am-241, Am-242, Am-242m, Am-243, Cm-241, Cm-242, Cm-243, Cm-244, Cm-245, Cm-246, Cm-247, Cm-248, Bk-249, Cf-249, Cf-250, Cf-251, Cf-252, Cf-253, Es-253. Origin: ENDF/B-VII.0. Weighting spectrum: 300, 600, 1000, 2100 K. The KASHIL-E70 is a MATXS-format, 199-group neutron and 42-group photon cross section library for shielding applications based on ENDF/B-VII.0. The library contains 204 nuclide data including 8 thermal scattering law data processed by the NJOY99.259 code patched with NEA

  14. Dosimetry Methods of Fast Neutron Using the Semiconductor Diodes

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    H. Zaki, Dizaji; Kakavand, T.; F. Abbasi, Davani

    2014-01-01

    Semiconductor detectors based on a silicon pin diode are frequently used in the detection of different nuclear radiations. For the detection and dosimetry of fast neutrons, these silicon detectors are coupled with a fast neutron converter. Incident neutrons interact with the converter and produce charged particles that can deposit their energy in the detectors and produce a signal. In this study, three methods are introduced for fast neutron dosimetry by using the silicon detectors, which are: recoil proton spectroscopy, similarity of detector response function with conversion function, and a discriminator layer. Monte Carlo simulation is used to calculate the response of dosimetry systems based on these methods. In the different doses of an 241Am-Be neutron source, dosimetry responses are evaluated. The error values of measured data for dosimetry by these methods are in the range of 15-25%. We find fairly good agreement in the 241Am-Be neutron sources.

  15. Preparation of isotopes and sources of actinide elements

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    As the C.E.A. possesses no isotopic separation facility, the productions of isotopes of actinide elements are performed: a) by neutron irradiation and chemical treatment of special targets, b) by milking decay products from stocks of aged actinide elements, c) by chemical treatment of alpha active wastes. These productions concern the following isotopes: 233U, 238Pu, 242Pu, 243Cm, 242Cm, 244Cm (a); 228Th, 229Th, 234U, 237U, 239Np, 240Pu, 241Am, 248Cm (b); 237Np, 241Am (c). These isotopes are produced to satisfy French and international needs and are sent to users in various forms: solutions, metals, oxides, fluorides, or in different sources forms. The preparation of the sources represents an important field of activities divided into two parts: 1/Industrial sources: production of large series of different sources, 2/ Scientific sources: production of sources suitable for a specific scientific problem. A large overview of these activities is given

  16. Minior Actinide Doppler Coefficient Measurement Assessment

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    Nolan E. Hertel; Dwayne Blaylock

    2008-04-10

    The "Minor Actinide Doppler Coefficient Measurement Assessment" was a Department of Energy (DOE) U-NERI funded project intended to assess the viability of using either the FLATTOP or the COMET critical assembly to measure high temperature Doppler coefficients. The goal of the project was to calculate using the MCNP5 code the gram amounts of Np-237, Pu-238, Pu-239, Pu-241, AM-241, AM-242m, Am-243, and CM-244 needed to produce a 1E-5 in reactivity for a change in operating temperature 800C to 1000C. After determining the viability of using the assemblies and calculating the amounts of each actinide an experiment will be designed to verify the calculated results. The calculations and any doncuted experiments are designed to support the Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative in conducting safety analysis of advanced fast reactor or acceoerator-driven transmutation systems with fuel containing high minor actinide content.

  17. Separation and determination of americium in low-level alkaline waste of NPP origin

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    Todorov, B.; Djingova, R.; Nikiforova, A.

    2006-01-01

    The aim of this work is to develop a short and cost-saving procedure for the determination of 241Am in sludge sample of the alkaline low-level radioactive waste (LL LRAW) collected from Nuclear Power Plant “Kozloduy”. The determination of americium was a part of a complex analytical approach, where group actinide separation was achieved. An anion exchange was used for separation of americium from uranium, plutonium and iron. For the separation of americium extraction with diethylhexyl phosphoric acid (DEHPA) was studied. The final radioactive samples were prepared by micro co-precipitation with NdF3, counted by alpha and gamma spectrometry. The procedure takes 2 hours. The recovery yield of the procedure amounts to (95 ± 1.5)% and the detection limit is 53 mBq/kg 241Am (t=150 000 s). The analytical procedure was applied for actual liquid wastes and results were compared to standard procedure.

  18. Experimental investigation of mass efficiency curve for alpha radioactivity counting using a gas-proportional detector

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    Gross α counting of evaporated water residues offers a simple method for screening α radioactivity in water for both public health and emergency purposes. The evaporation process for water has been improved by using a combination of roughening of the surface of counting planchettes, two-stage evaporation, and temperature-controlled block heating. The efficiency of the gas-proportional detector for α-particle detection in water residues was studied as a function of sample mass-thickness in the range between 0.1 and 13 mg cm-2. The effect of α energy on the efficiency, as well as moisture absorption on the samples, were studied using 230Th, 238U, 239Pu, 241Am, and 244Cm radionuclides. Also, α-to-β crosstalk was investigated as a function of sample mass for 230Th, 239Pu, 210Po, 241Am, and 244Cm. The improved method can also be applied for gross α detection in biological fluids

  19. Precision photo-induced cross-section measurements using the monoenergetic and polarized photon beams at HIγS

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    Tonchev, A. P.; Howell, C. R.; Kwan, E.; Rusev, G.; Tornow, W.; Kelley, J. H.; Huibregtse, C.; Hammond, S. L.; Vieira, D.; Wilhelmy, J. B.

    2009-10-01

    A research program has been initiated at TUNL to perform precision (γ,γ') and (γ,xn) cross-section measurements on actinide nuclei using the novel source of radiation at the High Intensity Gamma-ray Source (HIγS) facility. This facility provides nearly mono-energetic (E/E ± 2%) and intense (10^8 s-1) photon beams after the recent upgrade. A precision knowledge of photoinduced processes is of practical importance for new reactor technologies, nuclear transmutation, and nuclear forensics. Our recent photodisintegration cross section measurements on radioactive ^241Am targets in the energy range from 9 < Eγ < 16 MeV will be presented. The experimental data for the ^241Am(γ,n) reaction in the giant dipole resonance energy region will be compared with statistical nuclear-model calculations.

  20. Brazilian two-component TLD albedo neutron individual monitoring system

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    Since 1983, Instituto de Radioprotecao e Dosimetria, Brazil, uses a TLD one-component albedo neutron monitor, which has a single different calibration factor specifically for each installation type. In order to improve its energy response, a two-component albedo monitor was developed, which measure the thermal neutron component besides the albedo one. The two-component monitor has been calibrated in reference neutron fields: thermal, five accelerator-produced monoenergetic beams (70, 144, 565, 1200 and 5000 keV) and five radionuclide sources (252Cf, 252Cf(D2O), 241Am-Be, 241Am-B and 238Pu-Be) at several distances. Since January 2008, mainly Brazilian workers who handle neutron sources at different distances and moderation, such as in well logging and calibration facilities are using it routinely.

  1. Determination of Energy and Angular Response of an Albedo Neutron Personal Dosemeter

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    The result of the determination of energy and angular response for the albedo neutron personal dosemeter used by CPHR, is described. The dosemeters consist of two pairs of LiF detectors (6LiF+7LiF) separated by a piece of boron-loaded plastic. For the study, the dosemeters were irradiated in three mixed neutron-gamma fields (thermal neutrons, moderated 241Am-Be and 241Am-Be) and at two incidence angles of radiation (0 deg. and 60 deg. ). The variation of the sensibility at different neutron spectra and incidence angles of radiation was determined. The methodology of dose evaluation, applying the obtained coefficients, was established. (author)

  2. Refinement of Pu parent-daughter isotopic and concentration analysis for forensic (dating) purposes

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    Plutonium (Pu) metal samples from an interlaboratory exchange exercise and simulated swipe samples were dated using plutonium-uranium (Pu-U) and plutonium-americium (Pu-Am). Metal data were evaluated for consistency and the swipe data against its source material. Metal ages based on 239Pu versus 235U and 240Pu versus 236U agreed to within a few percent, while the 238Pu-234U and 241Pu-241Am measurements had larger uncertainties. Swipe ages compared favorably with the material's known history. Neptunium (237Np) analyses were examined in the context of the 241Pu-241Am-237Np system to estimate whether Np can provide insights on material from which Am, Np, and U were removed. (author)

  3. High resolution alpha particle detectors based on 4H-SiC epitaxial layer

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    We fabricated and characterized 4H-SiC Schottky diodes as a spectrometric detector of alpha particles. A thin blocking contact of Ni/Au (15 nm) was used to minimize the influence on alpha particles energy. Current-voltage characteristics of the detector were measured and a low current density below 0.3 nAcm−2 was observed at room temperature. 239Pu241Am244Cm was used as a source of alpha particles within the energy range between 5.1 MeV and 5.8 MeV for detector testing. The charge collection efficiency close to 100 % at reverse bias exceeding 50 V was determined. The best spectrometric performance shows a pulse height spectrum at a reverse bias of 200 V giving an energy resolution of 0.25 % in the full width and half maximum for 5.486 MeV of 241Am

  4. Sorption of americium in tuff and pure minerals using synthetic and natural groundwaters

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    The distribution of Am between selected solid and liquid phases has been studied using initial 241Am solutions with a molarity smaller than 1 x 10-11. The synthetic and natural groundwaters used have pH values in the 7--8 range and a total alkalinity of approximately 1 mN which is mainly due to bicarbonate. Mass spectrometric isotope dilution was utilized to determine the amount of Am in the solution phase initially and after equilibrium was attained. Using this sensitive technique, 7 x 108 atoms of 241Am were accurately measured. Our results indicate that the percent of Am lost to the walls of the container in the absence of geologic material varies from 35 to 84. The Am sorption coefficient determined is on the order of 103 ml/g for clinoptilolite, 104 ml/g for tuff consisting mainly of alkali feldspar and cristobalite, and 105 ml/g for romanechite. 12 refs

  5. Measurements of the neutron capture cross sections and incineration potentials of minor-actinides in high thermal neutron fluxes: Impact on the transmutation of nuclear wastes

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    This thesis comes within the framework of minor-actinide nuclear transmutation studies. First of all, we have evaluated the impact of minor actinide nuclear data uncertainties within the cases of 241Am and 237Np incineration in three different reactor spectra: EFR (fast), GT-MHR (epithermal) and HI-HWR (thermal). The nuclear parameters which give the highest uncertainties were thus highlighted. As a result of fact, we have tried to reduce data uncertainties, in the thermal energy region, for one part of them through experimental campaigns in the moderated high intensity neutron fluxes of ILL reactor (Grenoble). These measurements were focused onto the incineration and transmutation of the americium-241, the curium-244 and the californium-249 isotopes. Finally, the values of 12 different cross sections and the 241Am isomeric branching ratio were precisely measured at thermal energy point. (author)

  6. The comparison of four neutron sources for Prompt Gamma Neutron Activation Analysis (PGNAA) in vivo detections of boron

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    A Prompt Gamma Ray Neutron Activation Analysis (PGNAA) system, incorporating an isotopic neutron source has been simulated using the MCNPX Monte Carlo code. In order to improve the signal to noise ratio different collimators and a filter were placed between the neutron source and the object. The effect of the positioning of the neutron beam and the detector relative to the object has been studied. In this work the optimisation procedure is demonstrated for boron. Monte Carlo calculations were carried out to compare the performance of the proposed PGNAA system using four different neutron sources (241Am/Be, 252Cf, 241Am/B, and DT neutron generator). Among the different systems the 252Cf neutron based PGNAA system has the best performance. (author)

  7. Study of commercial Si-PIN photodiode as an x-ray detector

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    Two commercial Si-PIN photodiode were evaluated as a low cost X-ray detector in conjunction with forward biased FET preamplifiers. Evaluation was done at room temperature and at a temperature of about -10degC using X-ray spectroscopy amplifier with 241Am radio active source. The results shows 700 eV full width at half maximum for 241Am γ-ray (59.5 keV) with S5821-02 from Hamamatsu Photonics at low temperature and 800 eV with S1722-02 at the same conditions. The S1722-02 photodiode showed almost flat response up to 20 keV X-ray energy. The improvement of photodiode and FET cooling system and proper selection of FET will be expected to show better resolution. (author)

  8. Measurements of the neutron capture cross sections and incineration potentials of minor-actinides in high thermal neutron fluxes: Impact on the transmutation of nuclear wastes; Mesures des sections efficaces de capture et potentiels d'incineration des actinides mineurs dans les hauts flux de neutrons: Impact sur la transmutation des dechets

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    Bringer, O

    2007-10-15

    This thesis comes within the framework of minor-actinide nuclear transmutation studies. First of all, we have evaluated the impact of minor actinide nuclear data uncertainties within the cases of {sup 241}Am and {sup 237}Np incineration in three different reactor spectra: EFR (fast), GT-MHR (epithermal) and HI-HWR (thermal). The nuclear parameters which give the highest uncertainties were thus highlighted. As a result of fact, we have tried to reduce data uncertainties, in the thermal energy region, for one part of them through experimental campaigns in the moderated high intensity neutron fluxes of ILL reactor (Grenoble). These measurements were focused onto the incineration and transmutation of the americium-241, the curium-244 and the californium-249 isotopes. Finally, the values of 12 different cross sections and the {sup 241}Am isomeric branching ratio were precisely measured at thermal energy point. (author)

  9. Coincidence system for the absolute measurement of radionuclides activity using a liquid scintillator

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    A system for the standartization of radioisotopes activity using liquid scintillator detector was developed. The system was set up at Nuclear Metrology Laboratory - L.M.N. (Nuclear Physics Division - IEA). The system performance was checked by absolute activity measurements for two radioisotopes, 60Co and 241Am. The activities were determined by the 4π(α, β-γ) coincidence method. An accuracy of the order of 99,8% was obtained. The results for 60Co were compared with those obtained by 4πβ-γ coincidence method using a proportional counter at L.M.N., while the results for 241Am were compared with those obtained through the linear extrapolation method using the same liquid scintillator. Compared to other systems, the advantages of this one are the simplicity and the short time spent in the sample preparation, and the negligible self-absorption. (Author)

  10. Gamma densitometry for the measurement of skeletal density

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    Chalker, B. E.; Barnes, D. J.

    1990-03-01

    A method is described for the measurement of the density of calcium carbonate materials from the attenuation of a narrow, collimated beam of gamma photons. For the measurement of density for slices, approximately 0.5 to 1.0 cm thick, from the skeletons of reef building corals, the optimum beam energy is 30 34 keV; and measurement is practical from approximately 22 to 100 keV. The potential utilities of five commercially available isotopic sources (109Cd,125I,253Gd,210Pb and241Am) are evaluated. Methods and results are presented for gamma densitometry using210Pb and241Am. The210Pb point source had its principal gamma emission at 46.5 keV. Bremsstrahlung and high energy (800 keV) gamma emissions associated with the210Pb decay grand-daughter were detected, and procedures were developed to accommodate the contribution of these emissions to the overall count rate. The attenuation of count rate by aluminium and aragonite absorbers closely followed simple theoretical considerations provided that narrow energy window settings were used at the radiation monitor. These theoretical considerations take account of the density of the material absorbing the radiation, and hence the density could be determined from the attenuation of the gamma beam. Increased accuracy was achieved by the use of241Am and high speed counting equipment.241Am has its principal gamma emission at 59.6 keV. The attenuation of this gamma beam follows simple theoretical considerations for targets with mass thicknesses from 0 to 6 g cm-2. Aragonite from the shell of a giant clam was found to have slightly different properties in the absorption of gamma photons to aragonite from a coral skeleton. The differences were small but statistically significant.

  11. Screening of natural adsorbents for removal of radio-contaminants from aqueous effluents

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    The present paper is a summary of studies carried out to examine the uptake potential of some of the bio/natural adsorbents for removal of radiocontaminants from aqueous effluents. Three different bio/natural materials namely coconut coir pith, sugarcane bagasse and saw dust were selected as adsorbents. Preliminary characterisations of the above adsorbents were carried out and percentage of removal of 239Pu and 241Am from aqueous solutions were checked using batch equilibration method. (author)

  12. Gamma-sources on the basis of metallic americium-241

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    A batch of gamma-radiation sources has been manufactured from metallic americium-241 of isotopic purity, its activity varying from 0.08 to 0.93 GBq. The cores of the sources are high-purity americium metal condensate on a tantalum or stainless steel substrate prepared by thermal decomposition of 241Pu-241Am alloy in a high vacuum. 7 refs., 1 tab

  13. Development of the in vivo measurement system of bone mineral content using monoenergetic gamma rays

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    A system, developed for in vivo measurement of bone mineral content (BMC) using monoenergetic gamma-rays of 241 Am, is described. It presents a discussion of the theoretical and practical aspects of the technique, with details of acquisition and data processing and also discusses the calibration procedure used. The results obtained with in vivo measurements are presented and BMC values of clinically normal subjects and chronic renal patients are compared. (author)

  14. Ascophyllum nodosum (L.) Le Jolis as a bioindicator of radioactivity in the Irish Sea

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    Bourne, G S; Assinder, D J

    1991-01-01

    The response of Ascophyllum nodosum to a sudden increase in radioactivity analogous to a nuclear incident is examined in the field. super(137)Cs, super(241)Am and super(239+240)Pu showed net accumulation with exposure time, unlike natural super(228)Th, which was used as a control. Caesium had the highest accumulation rate followed by americium and finally plutonium. Younger plant sections were found to accumulate all the radionuclides significantly faster than older plant sections. Americium ...

  15. Performance of VUV-sensitive MPPC for liquid argon scintillation light

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    Igarashi, T.; Tanaka, M.; Washimi, T.; Yorita, K.

    2016-10-01

    A new multi-pixel photon counter (MPPC) sensitive to vacuum ultra-violet (VUV) light (wavelength λ dark count rate of the MPPCs are also evaluated. Using an 241Am α-ray source, the absolute photon detection efficiency (PDE) of the liquid argon (LAr) scintillation light (λ=128 nm) for the latest MPPC model is estimated to be 13%. Based on these basic measurements a possible application of the new MPPC to LAr detectors in dark matter search is suggested.

  16. A purity monitoring system for liquid argon calorimeters

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    For liquid argon calorimeters electronegative impurities dissolved in the medium degrade the detector response and deteriorate the energy resolution, especially at high energies. A concept for a purity monitoring system for liquid argon calorimeters has been developed and is presented here. Special combined monitors of 241Am- and 207Bi-cells are used to monitor the concentration of impurities. The working principle as well as results from test measurements are discussed

  17. Neutron field characteristics of Ciemat's Neutron Standards Laboratory Hector Rene Vega-Carrillo

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    Guzmán-García, Karen Arlete; Méndez Villafañe, Roberto; Vega-Carrillo, Héctor René

    2015-01-01

    Monte Carlo calculations were carried out to characterize the neutron field produced by the calibration neutron sources of the Neutron Standards Laboratory at the Research Center for Energy, Environment and Technology (CIEMAT) in Spain. For 241AmBe and 252Cf neutron sources, the neutron spectra, the ambient dose equivalent rates and the total neutron fluence rates were estimated. In the calibration hall, there are several items that modify the neutron field. To evaluate their effects differen...

  18. Determination of rare-earth elements in rocks by isotope-excited X-ray fluorescence spectrometry

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    Kunzendorf, Helmar; Wollenberg, H.A.

    1970-01-01

    Isotope-excited X-ray fluorescence spectrometry furnishes a rapid determination of rare-earth elements in unprepared rock samples. The samples are excited by 241Am γ-rays, generating X-ray spectra on a multichannel pulse-height analyser. Gaussian peaks of the Kα and Kβ X-ray energies are treated......-ray spectrometric scan of a longitudinally sliced drill core showed a close correlation between rare-earth abundances and appropriate minerals....

  19. Energy dispersive x-ray fluorescence (EDXRF) determination of lanthanides after preconcentration on 1-(2-pyridylazo)-2-naphthol modified naphthalene

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    A method is described for the simultaneous multielement determination of yttrium and lanthanides at microgram level. This is based on the preconcentration of these lanthanides on to 1-(2-pyridylazo)-2-naphthol modified naphthalene. The quantitation of lanthanides was carried out by energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence analyzer, employing 241Am annular source, via their characteristic K x-rays. The developed procedure gave reliable results in the analysis of xenotime samples. (author) 11 refs.; 2 figs.; 2 tabs

  20. Signal processing in cryogenic particle detection

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    Yuryev, Y.N. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Seoul National University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS), Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Jang, Y.S. [Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS), Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Kim, S.K. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Seoul National University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Lee, K.B.; Lee, M.K. [Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS), Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Lee, S.J. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Seoul National University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS), Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Yoon, W.S. [Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS), Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Y.H., E-mail: yhkim@kriss.re.k [Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS), Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2011-04-11

    We describe a signal-processing program for a data acquisition system for cryogenic particle detectors. The program is based on an optimal-filtering method for high-resolution measurement of calorimetric signals with a significant amount of noise of unknown origin and non-stationary behavior. The program was applied to improve the energy resolution of the alpha particle spectrum of an {sup 241}Am source.

  1. Determination voltage applied to an X-ray tube using the spectrum; Determinacao da tensao aplicada em um tubo de raios-X usando o espectro

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    Albuquerque, M.A.G.; David, M.G.; Almeida, Carlos Eduardo de; Magalhaes, Luis Alexandre Goncalves, E-mail: malbuqueque@hotmail.com [Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Lab. de Ciencias Radiologicas; Peixoto, Guilherme [Instituto de Radioprotecao e Dosimetria (IRD/CNEN-RJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2015-07-01

    This work shows the methodology used to determine the voltage applied in an X-ray tube using their spectra. The measurements were made using a detector Cadmium telluride . Before the measurements are carried out detector was calibrated with a source of {sup 241}Am. After obtaining the spectra , the mean energies were calculated , the electron accelerating potential (k Vp ) of each spectrum is constructed a calibration straight for the kVp this tube. (author)

  2. Neutron spectra and dosimetric assessment around a neutron Howitzer container

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    Barros, Silvia; Gallego Díaz, Eduardo F.; Lorente Fillol, Alfredo; Gonçalves, Isabel F.; Vaz, Pedro; Vega-Carrillo, Héctor René; Zankl, María

    2014-01-01

    The neutron Howitzer container at the Neutron Measurements Laboratory of the Nuclear Engineering Department of the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM), is equipped with a 241Am-Be neutron source of 74 GBq in its center. The container allows the source to be in either the irradiation or the storage position. To measure the neutron fluence rate spectra around the Howitzer container, measurements were performed using a Bonner spheres spectrometer and the spectra were unfolded using the NSDann...

  3. Methodology for the Inventory and Assessment of Americium Contamination Level in 1987 in an Area of Palomares Contaminated with Plutonium Weapon Grade

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    This paper presents a methodology applied for the assessment of the ''241 Am coming from the decay of ''241 Pu isotope content in a contaminated area of Palomares, where the clean-up work done in 1966, given the negligible agricultural importance of such area at the time and its geographical characteristics, was not of the same magnitude as for the rest of the region. (Author) 4 refs

  4. The study on determination of trace α-nuclide contents in aqueous solution with TRPO solvent extraction-liquid scintillation count method

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    The solvent extraction-liquid scintillation count method has been studied, TRPO has been used as the extractant, dimethylbenzol as the diluent, 2,5-diphenyloxazole as the scintillator. The quenching effects caused by TRPO or other impurity elements have been studied. The results appear that this method can determine trace α-nuclide contents (233U, 239Pu, 241Am) with a large quantity of impurity elements and amino-polycarboxylic acid. The determination can be done simply, quickly and sensitively

  5. Radiometric dating

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    The paper on radiometric dating is a chapter in a handbook of Holocene Palaeoecology and Palaeohydrology. This chapter is part of a section on dating methods. Radiocarbon dating is discussed with respect to the apparent ages of lake sediments, seawater, sea creatures and plants. Isotope dating methods for the late Holocene deposits involving 210Pb, 137Cs, sup(239, 240)Pu, 241Am, 32Si and 39Ar are also described. (U.K.)

  6. Aims and results of the bore-hole development project of the Mecsek Coal Mines (Hungary)

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    A project for the joint development of methodology and instrumentation was launched by the Mecsek Coal Mines in order to increase the efficiency of geophysical prospecting. Actual field examples are presented showing the detection of tectonic disturbances by radioactive logging methods from exploratory holes. Results of comparative measurements by means of scintillation and GM-tube detectors using various radiation sources (60Co, 241Am, 90Sr and 137Cs) are given in detail. (Sz.J.)

  7. Characterisation of contaminaiton in Maralinga and Emu soils

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    A range of Maralinga and Emu soils have been characterised by means of sieving and microparticle classification, yielding mass and activity distribution of plutonium and americium with respect to size. The activity distribution is quite different from the mass distribution and much more variable from sample to sample. While the 241Am activities >0.1 Bq, extends at least 100 km from the firing sites at Taranaki. 19 refs., 17 tabs., 4 figs

  8. Manche centre. Environment surveillance. Measurement results; Centre de la Manche. La surveillance de l`environnement. Resultats des mesures

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    1998-11-01

    This booklet reports on the environmental radioactivity measurements performed around the Manche plant (France) during the third quarter of 1998 in rainwater, surface and underground waters, air and grass. Measurements concern the alpha and beta activity, tritium, {sup 137}Cs, {sup 241}Am, {sup 7}Be and {sup 40}K. Other pollutant (metals) measurements on rainwater, rivers surface water and sediments are given. (J.S.)

  9. Environmental radioactivity in Greenland in 1979

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    Measurements of fallout radioactivity in Greenland in 1979 are reported. Strontium-90 (and Cesium-137 in most cases) was determined in samples of precipitation, sea water, vegetation, animals, and drinking water. Estimates are given of the mean contents of 90Sr and 137Cs in the human diet in Greenland in 1979. Provisional results of the 239,240Pu and 241Am measurements on samples from the expedition to Thule in August 1979 are presented. (author)

  10. Effect of humic acid on absorption-release processes in the system bottom sediments - Yenisei river water as studied by dual-column ion chromatography and γ-ray spectrometry

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    The effect of humic acid on absorption-release processes in the system bottom sediments - Yenisei river water was studied by dual-column ion chromatography and γ-ray spectrometry. With the use of ion chromatography, it was found that processes related to the absorption of SO42- and Cl- anions by a solid phase with the release of NO3-, PO43- , and F- to a liquid phase competed in the test systems as the concentration of water-soluble organic carbon (WSOC) was increased. Only the test anions were released in the systems without the introduction of an additional amount of WSOC as humic acid. With the use of γ-ray spectrometry, it was found that the release of 60Co, 152Eu, and 241Am radionuclides to the liquid phase in the systems with added humic acid began much earlier than in the system without the addition of humic acid. In this case, the amount of released radionuclides was greater than the amount of radioisotopes released in the system without the addition of humic acid: ∼25% 241Am, ∼3% 152Eu, and ∼0.8% 60Co in the system with added humic acid or 0.8% 152Eu and 60Co in the system without the addition of humic acid. The 241Am radionuclide was not determined in the system without the addition of humic acid. An increase in the concentration of WSOC in the experimental system bottom sediments - Yenisei river water initiated the release of 60Co, 152Eu, and 241Am anthropogenic radionuclides from bottom sediments because of the formation of soluble complexes capable of migration. An increase in the concentration of WSOC had almost no effect on the release of 40K and 137Cs radionuclides

  11. Determination of energy respond of dose monitor for environment round nuclear reactor

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    K-fluorescence reference radiations, low air kerma rate X-ray reference radiators, 241Am, 137Cs and 60Co γ-ray reference radiations established by China Institute of Atomic Energy are recommended. Instrument and method for exposure rate determination is described. Energy responds of BH3103A dosimeter are measured, the relative compound uncertainties of the energy responds are 3.5%. (authors)

  12. Radionuclide concentrations in honey bees from Area G at TA-54 during 1997. Progress report

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    Honey bees were collected from two colonies located at Los Alamos National Laboratory's Area G, Technical Area 54, and from one control (background) colony located near Jamez Springs, NM. Samples were analyzed for the following: cesium (137Cs), americium (241Am), plutonium (238Pu and 239,240Pu), tritium (3H), total uranium, and gross gamma activity. Area G sample results from both colonies were higher than the upper (95%) level background concentration for 238Pu and 3H

  13. Uncertainty analysis of doses from ingestion of plutonium and americium.

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    Puncher, M; Harrison, J D

    2012-02-01

    Uncertainty analyses have been performed on the biokinetic model for americium currently used by the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP), and the model for plutonium recently derived by Leggett, considering acute intakes by ingestion by adult members of the public. The analyses calculated distributions of doses per unit intake. Those parameters having the greatest impact on prospective doses were identified by sensitivity analysis; the most important were the fraction absorbed from the alimentary tract, f(1), and rates of uptake from blood to bone surfaces. Probability distributions were selected based on the observed distribution of plutonium and americium in human subjects where possible; the distributions for f(1) reflected uncertainty on the average value of this parameter for non-specified plutonium and americium compounds ingested by adult members of the public. The calculated distributions of effective doses for ingested (239)Pu and (241)Am were well described by log-normal distributions, with doses varying by around a factor of 3 above and below the central values; the distributions contain the current ICRP Publication 67 dose coefficients for ingestion of (239)Pu and (241)Am by adult members of the public. Uncertainty on f(1) values had the greatest impact on doses, particularly effective dose. It is concluded that: (1) more precise data on f(1) values would have a greater effect in reducing uncertainties on doses from ingested (239)Pu and (241)Am, than reducing uncertainty on other model parameter values and (2) the results support the dose coefficients (Sv Bq(-1) intake) derived by ICRP for ingestion of (239)Pu and (241)Am by adult members of the public.

  14. Calibration of a large hyperpure germanium array for in-vivo detection of the actinides with a tissue-equivalent torso phantom

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    For calibration of the array for internally deposited 238Pu, 239Pu, and 241Am, a tissue-equivalent anthropomorphic phantom, was used for efficiency determinations at the ORNL facility. This phantom consists of a tissue-equivalent torso into which is imbedded an adult male skeleton, interchangeable organs containing a homogeneous distribution of various radionuclides, and two sets of chest overlay plates for simulation of progressively thicker tissue over the chest, as well as differing thoracic fat contents

  15. Evaluation of neutron data for americium-241

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    Maslov, V.M.; Sukhovitskij, E.Sh.; Porodzinskij, Yu.V.; Klepatskij, A.B.; Morogovskij, G.B. [Radiation Physics and Chemistry Problems Inst., Minsk-Sosny (Belarus)

    1997-03-01

    The evaluation of neutron data for {sup 241}Am is made in the energy region from 10{sup -5} eV up to 20 MeV. The results of the evaluation are compiled in the ENDF/B-VI format. This work is performed under the Project Agreement CIS-03-95 with the International Science and Technology Center (Moscow). The Financing Party for the Project is Japan. The evaluation was requested by Y. Kikuchi (JAERI). (author). 60 refs.

  16. Methodology for the Inventory and Assessment of Americium Contamination Level in 1987 in an Area of Palomares Contaminated with Plutonium Weapon Grade; Estimacion del Contenido de Americio Existente en el Ano 1987 en una Zona de Palomares Contaminada en 1966 por Material de Plutonio Grado Bomba

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    Espinosa, A.; Aragon, A.; Cruz de la, B.

    2001-07-01

    This paper presents a methodology applied for the assessment of the ''241 Am coming from the decay of ''241 Pu isotope content in a contaminated area of Palomares, where the clean-up work done in 1966, given the negligible agricultural importance of such area at the time and its geographical characteristics, was not of the same magnitude as for the rest of the region. (Author) 4 refs.

  17. Statistical analysis of characteristics of radioactive aerosol in the ventilation system 'Bypass' of object 'Ukryttya'

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    Results of the statistical analysis of dynamics of parameters of a radioactive aerosol in ventilating Bypass system during 2003 - 2012 have been presented. For volume concentration of aerosol carriers of activity 137Cs, 241Am and sums of β-emitting nuclide the distinct exponential global trends were established. Quantitative estimates of seasonal trend component of characteristics of radioactive aerosol in the Bypass were received

  18. Passive neutron area monitor with pairs of TLDs as neutron detector

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    Vega-Carrillo, Héctor René; Guzmán-García, Karen Arlete; Gallego Díaz, Eduardo F.; Lorente Fillol, Alfredo

    2014-01-01

    A passive neutron area monitor has been designed using Monte Carlo methods; the monitor is a polyethylene cylinder with pairs of thermoluminescent dosimeters (TLD600 and TLD700) as thermal neutron detector. The monitor was calibrated with a bare and a thermalzed 241AmBe neutron sources and its performance was evaluated measuring the ambient dose equivalent due to photoneutrons produced by a 15 MV linear accelerator for radiotherapy and the neutrons in the output of a TRIGA Mark III radial bea...

  19. Calibration of the IRD two-component TLD albedo neutron dosemeter in some moderated neutron fields

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    Freitas, Bruno M.; Silva, Ademir X. da, E-mail: bfreitas@nuclear.ufrj.br, E-mail: ademir@nuclear.ufrj.br [Coordenacao dos Programas de Pos-Graduacao em Engenharia (PEN/COPPE/UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Programa de Engenharia Nuclear; Martins, Marcelo M.; Pereira, Walsan W.; Mauricio, Claudia L.P., E-mail: marcelo@ird.gov.br, E-mail: walsan@ird.gov.br, E-mail: claudia@ird.gov.br [Instituto de Radioprotecao e Dosimetria (IRD/CNEN-RJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

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    In some stray neutron fields, like those found in practices involving the handling of radionuclide sources, the neutron calibration factor for albedo neutron dosemeter can vary widely compared to the factor for bare sources. This is the case for well logging, which is the area with the largest number of workers exposed to neutrons in Brazil. The companies employ routinely {sup 241}Am-Be neutron sources. The albedo response variation is mainly due to the presence of scattered and moderated neutrons. This paper studies the response variation of the two-component TLD albedo neutron dosemeter used in the neutron individual monitoring service of Instituto de Radioprotecao e Dosimetria, in different radionuclide neutron source beams. The neutron spectra were evaluated applying a Bonner sphere spectrometer with a {sup 6}LiI(Eu) detector in the Brazilian National Metrology Neutron Laboratory. Standard neutron sources of {sup 241}Am-Be and {sup 252}Cf were employed, besides {sup 238}Pu-Be. Measurements were also made with scattered and moderated neutron beams, including {sup 252}Cf(D{sub 2}O) reference spectrum, {sup 241}Am-Be moderated with paraffin and silicone and a thermal neutron flux facility. New neutron calibration factors, as a function of the incident to albedo neutron ratio, were proposed for use in the albedo algorithm for occupational fields where the primary neutron beam is one of those studied sources. (author)

  20. Development of a new pressure dependent threshold superheated drop detector for neutrons

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    Rezaeian, Peiman; Raisali, Gholamreza; Akhavan, Azam; Ghods, Hossein; Hajizadeh, Bardia

    2015-03-01

    In this paper, a set of superheated drop detectors operated at different pressures is developed and fabricated by adding an appropriate amount of Freon-12 liquid on the free surface of the detector. The fabricated detectors have been used for determination of the threshold pressure for 2.89 MeV neutrons of a neutron generator in order to estimate the thermodynamic efficiency. Finally, knowing the thermodynamic efficiency of the detector and in a similar manner, the threshold pressure for 241Am-Be neutrons is determined and accordingly, the maximum neutron energy of the source spectrum is estimated. The maximum neutron energy of the 241Am-Be is estimated as 10.97±2.11 MeV. The agreement between this measured maximum energy and the reported value of the 241Am-Be neutron source shows that the method developed to apply pressure on the superheated drop detectors can be used to control the energy threshold of these detectors.

  1. Discharge patterns of radionuclides and the influence of early diagenesis in a salt-marsh of the Ribble Estuary, NW England

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    Routine discharges of low level liquid radioactive waste from British Nuclear Fuels plc (BNFL) at Sellafield and Springfield have resulted in enhanced levels of radionuclides in sediments of the Ribble Estuary, NW England, UK. The variations in radionuclide concentrations (137Cs, 230Th, 232Th, 238U, 239,240Pu and 241Am) with depth were analysed in order to investigate historical discharge trends. The influence of early diagenesis in terms of radionuclide mobility was established by considering geochemical associations of radionuclides through the depth profile. A core from Longton Marsh was analysed by gamma-spectrometry and alpha-spectrometry. Major/trace metal and total organic carbon determinations were also made. Sequential extractions were employed in order to specify radionuclide phase associations. Distinct subsurface maxima were present for 137Cs, 241Am and 239,240Pu with activities as high as 4500 Bq kg-1 for 137Cs and 800 Bq kg-1 for 241Am. Thorium-230 and 238U exhibited complex activity profiles with depth. 137Cs was found associated predominantly with the residual phase at all depths. Thorium-230 and 239,240Pu were mainly associated with the organic and sesquioxide phases with some evidence to suggest that plutonium had undergone a phase redistribution below the sediment surface. Caesium-137, 230Th and 239,240Pu were deemed useful in terms of establishing core chronologies. (author)

  2. Electromigration of carrier-free radionuclides. 13

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    Using a special type of on line electromigration measurements of γ-emitting radionuclides in homogeneous aqueous electrolytes free of supporting materials the electromigration behaviour of the carrier-free 241Am-Am(III) in inert electrolytes, μ = 0.1 (ClO4-), T = 298.1(1) K, was studied. Basing on experimental dependencies of the overall ion mobilities of 241Am-Am(III) on pH between pH 5.5 and 12.9 the stoichiometric hydrolysis constants pβ3 = 28.8(9) and pK1 = 6.9(2) were obtained. For K4 a limitation of pK4 > 13.9(3) was possible, because no formation of anionic hydrolysis products in solutions pH 241Am-Am(III) degrees in the range pH 5.5 - 3 from +6.85(15) up to +5.50(15) · 10-4 cm2s-1V-1. Dependencies of this effect on overall ionic strength, inert electrolyte anion, and temperature of the electrolytes were studied in detail both in acidic and neutral solutions. (author)

  3. Source and long-term behavior of transuranic aerosols in the WIPP environment.

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    Thakur, P; Lemons, B G

    2016-10-01

    Source and long-term behavior transuranic aerosols ((239+240)Pu, (238)Pu, and (241)Am) in the ambient air samples collected at and near the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) deep geologic repository site were investigated using historical data from an independent monitoring program conducted by the Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center and an oversight monitoring program conducted by the management and operating contractor for WIPP at and near the facility. An analysis of historical data indicates frequent detections of (239+240)Pu and (241)Am, whereas (238)Pu is detected infrequently. Peaks in (239+240)Pu and (241)Am concentrations in ambient air generally occur from March to June timeframe, which is when strong and gusty winds in the area frequently give rise to blowing dust. Long-term measurements of plutonium isotopes (1985-2015) in the WIPP environment suggest that the resuspension of previously contaminated soils is likely the primary source of plutonium in the ambient air samples from WIPP and its vicinity. There is no evidence that WIPP is a source of environmental contamination that can be considered significant by any health-based standard. PMID:27394421

  4. Evaluation study on silica/polymer-based CA-BTP adsorbent for the separation of minor actinides from simulated high-level liquid wastes

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    A silica/polymer-based CA-BTP/SiO2-P adsorbent was prepared to separate minor actinides and some key radionuclides from HLLW. The adsorption properties of CA-BTP/SiO2-P toward 238U(VI), 239Pu(IV), 241Am(III), 99Tc(VII), 152Eu(III), and some typical fission products were studied. CA-BTP/SiO2-P stability against c-radiation was also evaluated. It found CA-BTP/SiO2-P showed very poor adsorption abilities toward U(VI) and most experimental FPs, while CA-BTP/SiO2-P exhibited higher adsorption abilities toward 241Am(III), 239Pu(IV), and 99Tc(VII) in 0.5-1 M HNO3 solution. Moreover, dry CA-BTP/SiO2-P demonstrated no instability when the radiation dose was up to 161 kGy. CA-BTP/SiO2-P adsorbent is a potential candidate for separating 241Am(III), 239Pu(IV), and 99Tc(VII) from HLLW. (author)

  5. Detection of internally deposited actinides. Part II. Statistical techniques and risk analysis

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    Since a considerable number of workers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory work with compounds of the transuranic elements, computer techniques have been developed to evaluate phoswich spectra in order to determine lung burdens following accidental inhalation of 239Pu, 241Am, 244Cm or other isotopes. Two unfolding methods which have been found useful in the analysis of such cases are presented and discussed. These techniques have been used successfully to detect low levels of 239Pu, 241Am, 244Cm, 233U, 90Sr, and 153Gd in contaminated workers; but because of the current importance of 239Pu, emphasis is placed on detection of that isotope in the presence of 241Am and natural human background. In the health physics tradition of emphasizing benefit vs. risk, we also analyze uncertainties inherent in external counting of the actinides from the viewpoint of statistical risk analysis and derive decision criteria which are useful in determining whether various radioactive species have, in fact, been detected. These criteria are somewhat different from those encountered using traditional counting statistics and derive from the realization that some errors will always be made in scanning large numbers of radiation workers. The optimum decision strategy for the determination of lung burden is, therefore, one which minimizes the long-term risk of error. The usefulness of this approach to whole body counting will be discussed and analyzed

  6. Analysis of core physics test data and sodium void reactivity worth calculation for MONJU core with ARCADIAN-FBR computer code system

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    In order to evaluate core characteristics of fast reactors, a computer code system ARCADIAN-FBR has been developed by utilizing the existing analysis codes and the latest nuclear data library JENDL-3.3. The validity of ARCADIAN-FBR was verified by using the experimental data obtained in the MONJU core physics tests. The results of analyses are in good agreement with the experimental data and the applicability of ARCADIAN-FBR for fast reactor core analysis is confirmed. Using ARCADIAN-FBR, the sodium void reactivity worth, which is an important parameter in the safety analysis of fast reactors, was analyzed for MONJU core. 241Pu in the core fuel is transmuted to 241Am due to disintegrations. Therefore, the effect of 241Am accumulation on the sodium void reactivity worth was evaluated for MONJU core. As a result of calculation, it was confirmed that the accumulation of 241Am significantly influences on the sodium void reactivity worth and hence on the safety analysis of sodium-cooled fast reactors. (author)

  7. Influence of the environmental conditions on the transfer factors of Am-241, Co-60 and Cs-137 in fluvisol soil

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    Full text: Transfer factors (TFs) of the radionuclides are used to evaluate the biological uptake and the distribution of radioactive contaminants from soil to vegetation. They are defined as the ratio of the specific activity (Bq/g) of the radionuclide in a given plant species and its specific activity in the soil. TFs depend on the geochemical properties of the radionuclides and on the soil characteristics. The sharp variations of the environmental temperature and precipitations may alter the soil properties and influence the geochemical fractionation of the radionuclides, thus changing their TFs. This paper presents the changes of the geochemical fractionation of 241Am, 60Co and 137Cs in Fluvisol soil as a result of temperature increase, freezing and water deficiency. The fractionation of 241Am and 60Co under different conditions was studied using two sequential extraction procedures. The exchangeable 137Cs was determined after extraction with 1 M NH4NO3. The influence of the environmental temperature and soil drought on the TFs of the radionuclides from the Fluvisol soil to grass was evaluated. The radioactivity of the leachants was measured by gamma-spectrometry. The results showed that the conditioning at higher temperature or soil drought increased the mobility of 241Am and 137Cs. The temperature raise caused decrease of the mobile and bioavailable forms of 60Co. The conditioning at sharp temperature increase led to higher values of the TFs of the studied radionuclides. This effect was highest for 137Cs. key words: transfer factors, radionuclides, Fluvisol soil

  8. Response of semi-insulating 100{mu}m thick GaAs detector for {alpha}-particles, {gamma}-rays and X-rays

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    Kordyasz, A.J. [Heavy Ion Laboratory, Warsaw University, ul. Pasteura 5a, 02-093 Warsaw (Poland)]. E-mail: kord@slcj.uw.edu.pl; Strzelecka, S.G. [Institute of Electronic Materials Technology, Warsaw (Poland); Kownacki, J. [Heavy Ion Laboratory, Warsaw University, ul. Pasteura 5a, 02-093 Warsaw (Poland); Dobrzanski, L. [Institute of Electronic Materials Technology, Warsaw (Poland); Hruban, A. [Institute of Electronic Materials Technology, Warsaw (Poland); OrIowski, W. [Institute of Electronic Materials Technology, Warsaw (Poland); Wegner, E. [Institute of Electronic Materials Technology, Warsaw (Poland); Reissig, L. [Center for Inter-Faculty Individual Studies in Mathematical and Natural Sciences, University of Warsaw, Warsaw (Poland)]. E-mail: louisa@slcj.uw.edu.pl

    2005-06-21

    The 100{mu}m thick, transmission, fully depleted GaAs Schottky barrier detector fabricated from LEC bulk GaAs crystals has been tested. The basic structure of the detector consists of a Cr/Au Schottky contact and an Au/Ge/Ni/Au alloyed ohmic contact. Pulse height spectra for {alpha}-particles resulting from irradiation with triple source {sup 239}Pu, {sup 241}Am, {sup 244}Cm, with energies 5.155, 5.486, 5.805MeV were acquired. The energy resolution for these energies was better than 10keV (1.8%). Using {sup 241}Am 5.486MeV {alpha}-particles a charge collection efficiency (CCE) of about 94% was obtained at 570V bias potential. The spectra of low-energy {gamma}-rays 59.5keV and X-rays with average energy 16.2keV from {sup 241}Am source measured at room temperature are presented. An energy resolution of about 6.1keV (10.3%) FWHM at 59.5keV was obtained.

  9. Response of semi-insulating 100μm thick GaAs detector for α-particles, γ-rays and X-rays

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    The 100μm thick, transmission, fully depleted GaAs Schottky barrier detector fabricated from LEC bulk GaAs crystals has been tested. The basic structure of the detector consists of a Cr/Au Schottky contact and an Au/Ge/Ni/Au alloyed ohmic contact. Pulse height spectra for α-particles resulting from irradiation with triple source 239Pu, 241Am, 244Cm, with energies 5.155, 5.486, 5.805MeV were acquired. The energy resolution for these energies was better than 10keV (1.8%). Using 241Am 5.486MeV α-particles a charge collection efficiency (CCE) of about 94% was obtained at 570V bias potential. The spectra of low-energy γ-rays 59.5keV and X-rays with average energy 16.2keV from 241Am source measured at room temperature are presented. An energy resolution of about 6.1keV (10.3%) FWHM at 59.5keV was obtained

  10. Soil mass attenuation coefficient: Analysis and evaluation

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    Highlights: • Experimental mass attenuation coefficient is affected by sample size. • Sample thickness larger than 9 cm presents the best results for 137Cs. • Sample thickness smaller than 5 cm presents the best results for 241Am. - Abstract: The mass attenuation coefficient (μ) is an important parameter to characterize the penetration and interaction of gamma-rays in the soil. Accurate determinations of μ are important to obtain representative values of soil physical properties by gamma-ray attenuation technique. In this study, the effect of collimator size (2–4 mm diameters) and absorber thickness (2–15 cm) on the experimental μ values of water and soils with different textures were investigated for 59.54 keV (241Am) and 661.1 keV (137Cs) gamma-ray sources. Theoretical results were calculated using the program XCOM. Experimental results were compared with theoretical ones showing a good correlation between methods. It was observed that for the 137Cs the best agreements between theoretical and experimental μ were obtained for sample thickness ⩾10 cm while for the 241Am were those obtained for thickness <5 cm for small collimators

  11. Development and characterization of the lead iodide semiconductor detector; Desenvolvimento e caracterizacao do detector semicondutor de iodeto de chumbo

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    Oliveira, Icimone Braga de

    2001-07-01

    A methodology for purification and growth of PbI{sub 2} crystal as well as for its characterization as a room temperature radiation detector was developed in this work. Commercial salts were purified using the zone refining method and, for the purified material growth, the Bridgman method was used. To calculate the purification efficiency, studies of the decrease impurities concentrations were made in the salts and in three sections of the materials purified, using the neutron activation analysis technique. The results showed that the impurities segregate preferentially in the ingot final section. A significant decrease of the impurities concentration in function of the purification pass number was observed. The grown crystals presented good crystalline quality according to the results of the X-ray diffraction analysis. To evaluate the crystal as a semiconductor detector, measurements of dark leakage current, resistivity and the response of ({sup 241}Am) alpha particle and ({sup 241}Am, {sup 57}Co, {sup 133}Ba and {sup 137}Cs) gamma rays were carried out. The radiation response is strongly dependent on the crystals purity. The crystals purified with 500 passes exhibited energy resolution of 10% for {sup 241} Am alpha particle and the gamma rays resolution was compatible with the literature. The photosensibility of the PbI{sub 2} crystal found in the wavelength from 400 to 600 nm range suggests an another application at this crystal as a photodetector to be coupled to scintillators. (author)

  12. Determination of (241)Pu by the method of disturbed radioactive equilibrium using 2πα-counting and precision gamma-spectrometry.

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    Alekseev, I; Kuzmina, T

    2016-04-01

    A simple technique is proposed for the determination of the content of (241)Pu, which is based on disturbance of radioactive equilibrium in the genetically related (237)U←(241)Pu→(241)Am decay chain of radionuclides, with the subsequent use of 2πα-counting and precision gamma-spectroscopy for monitoring the process of restoration of that equilibrium. It has been shown that the data on dynamics of accumulation of the daughter (241)Am, which were obtained from the results of measurements of α- and γ-spectra of the samples, correspond to the estimates calculated for the chain of two genetically related radionuclides, the differences in the estimates of (241)Pu radioactivity not exceeding 2%. Combining the different methods of registration (2πα-counting, semiconductor alpha- and gamma-spectrometry) enables the proposed method to be efficiently applied both for calibration of (241)Pu-sources (from several hundreds of kBq and higher) and for radioisotopic analysis of plutonium mixtures. In doing so, there is a deep purification of (241)Pu from its daughter decay products required due to unavailability of commercial detectors that could make it possible, based only on analysis of alpha-spectra, to conduct quantitative analysis of the content of (238)Pu and (241)Am.

  13. MCNP SIMULATION OF THE HP(10) ENERGY RESPONSE OF A BRAZILIAN TLD ALBEDO NEUTRON INDIVIDUAL DOSEMETER, FROM THERMAL TO 20 MeV.

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    Freitas, B M; Martins, M M; Pereira, W W; da Silva, A X; Mauricio, C L P

    2016-09-01

    The Brazilian Instituto de Radioproteção e Dosimetria (IRD) runs a neutron individual monitoring system with a home-made TLD albedo dosemeter. It has already been characterised and calibrated in some reference fields. However, the complete energy response of this dosemeter is not known, and the calibration factors for all monitored workplace neutron fields are difficult to be obtained experimentally. Therefore, to overcome such difficulties, Monte Carlo simulations have been used. This paper describes the simulation of the HP(10) neutron response of the IRD TLD albedo dosemeter using the MCNPX transport code, for energies from thermal to 20 MeV. The validation of the MCNPX modelling is done comparing the simulated results with the experimental measurements for ISO standard neutron fields of (241)Am-Be, (252)Cf, (241)Am-B and (252)Cf(D2O) and also for (241)Am-Be source moderated with paraffin and silicone. Bare (252)Cf are used for normalisation. PMID:26276807

  14. Uncertainty induced by chest wall thickness assessment methods on lung activity estimation for plutonium and americium: a large population-based study

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    In vivo lung counting aims at assessing the retained activity in the lungs. The calibration factor relating the measured counts to the worker’s specific retained lung activity can be obtained by several means and strongly depends on the chest wall thickness. Here we compare, for 374 male nuclear workers, the activity assessed with a reference protocol, where the material equivalent chest wall thickness is known from ultrasound measurements, with two other protocols. The counting system is an array of four germanium detectors. It is found that non site-specific equations for the assessment of the chest wall thickness induce large biases in the assessment of activity. For plutonium isotopes or 241Am the proportion of workers for whom the retained activity is within ± 10% of the reference one is smaller than 10%. The use of site-specific equations raises this proportion to 20% and 58% for plutonium and 241Am, respectively. Finally, for the studied population, when site-specific equations are used for the chest wall thickness, the standard uncertainties for the lung activity are 42% and 12.5%, for plutonium and 241Am, respectively. Due to the relatively large size of the studied population, these values are a relatively robust estimate of the uncertainties due to the assessment of the chest wall thickness for the current practice at this site. (paper)

  15. Sediment studies at Bikini Atoll part 2. inventories of transuranium elements in surface sediments

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    Noshkin, V.E.; Eagle, R.J.; Wong, K.M.; Robison, W.L.

    1997-10-01

    This is the second of three reports on Bikini sediment studies, which discusses the concentrations and inventories of {sup 241}Am and {sup 239+240}Pu in sediments from the lagoon. Surface sediment samples were collected from 87 locations over the entire lagoon at Bikini Atoll during 1979. The collections were made to map the distribution of long-lived radionuclides associated with the bottom material and to show what modifications occurred in the composition of the sediment as a result of the testing program. Present inventories for {sup 241}Am and {sup 239+240}Pu in the surface 2 cm of sediment are estimated to be 14 and 17 TBq, respectively. These values are estimated to represent only 14% of the total inventory in the sediment column. Sediment inventories of {sup 239+240}Pu and {sup 241}Am are changing only slowly with time through chemical- physical processes that continuously mobilize small amounts of the transuranics to the water column. The lowest concentrations and inventories are associated with deposits logoonward of the eastern reef.

  16. The migration and accumulation of radionuclides in the Ravenglass saltmarsh, Cumbria, UK

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    Oh, J

    1999-12-01

    Profiles of {sup 241}Am, {sup 137}Cs, {sup 238}Pu, {sup 239240}Pu and {sup 241}Pu have been studied in four cores collected from the Ravenglass saltmarsh, Cumbria and one core collected from theIrish Sea, near the effluent pipeline of the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant. Major and trace elements have also been measured to look at the effects of sediment composition and any redox controls on element redistribution. In addition, almost one hundred surface scrape samples were collected from the Ravenglass saltmarsh and the same radionuclides were measured to study the lateral distribution of radionuclides. Three of the Ravenglass cores have well preserved the history of Sellafield discharge since the plant became operational in 1952. There are no significant post depositional processes and redox changes for all the cores studied. However, one of the saltmarsh cores collected from the front of the marsh shows that surface erosion has occurred. Surface scrape sample results also show that erosion is a significant process which results in the redistribution of sediments within the marsh. The core collected from the Irish Sea adjacent to the effluent pipeline shows sediment mixing has operated and these mixed sediments are the main source of material to the saltmarsh. Using the Sellafield discharge records from 1952 onwards, sediment mixing rates have been estimated using a simple mathematical model and they are inferred to be between 80% and 90%. Isotopic ratios of Pu isotopes have been compared to those estimated ratios corresponding to particular sediment mixing rates and show good agreement up to 30 cm below the surface. There is less correlation between Sellafield discharge ratios and measured ratios in cores below 30 cm and this may be due to unreliable discharge data or more likely the advective redistribution of material in the saltmarsh. A contribution of {sup 241}Am originating from the decay of {sup 241}Pu in cores was determined. The ingrown {sup 241}Am

  17. Feasibility Study for the Development of Plutonium Reference Materials for Age Dating in Nuclear Forensics

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    Isotopic reference materials certified for the age of nuclear material (uranium, plutonium) are needed in the fields of nuclear forensics and environmental measurements. Therefore a feasibility study for the development of plutonium reference materials for age dating has been started recently at the Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (EC-JRC-IRMM). The ''age'' of the material is defined as the time that has passed since the last chemical separation of the mother and daughter isotopes (e.g. 241Pu and 241Am). Assuming that the separation has been complete and all the daughter isotopes have been removed from the original material during this last separation, the age of the material can be determined by measuring the ratio of daughter and mother radio-nuclides, e.g. 241Am/241Pu. At a given time after the last separation and depending on the half lives of the radio-nuclides involved, a certain amount of the daughter radionuclide(s) will be present. For the determination of the unknown age of a material different ''clocks'' can be used; ''clocks'' are pairs of mother and daughter radio-nuclides, such as 241Am/241Pu, 238Pu/234U, 239Pu/235U, 240Pu/236U, and possibly 242Pu/238U. For the age estimation of a real sample, such as material seized in nuclear forensics investigations or dust samples in environmental measurements, it is advisable to use more than one clock in order to ensure the reliability of the results and to exclude the possibility that the sample under question is a mixture of two or more materials. Consequently, a future reference material certified for separation date should ideally be certified for more than one ''clock'' or several reference materials for different ''clocks'' should be developed. The first step of this study is to verify the known separation dates of different plutonium materials of different ages and isotopic compositions by measuring the mother (238Pu, 239Pu, 240Pu, 241Pu, 242Pu) and daughter (234U, 235U, 236U, 238U and

  18. Uptake, depuration, and radiation dose estimation in zebrafish exposed to radionuclides via aqueous or dietary routes

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    Reinardy, Helena C., E-mail: helena.reinardy@plymouth.ac.uk [Ecotoxicology Research and Innovation Centre, School of Biomedical and Biological Sciences, The University of Plymouth (United Kingdom); Teyssie, Jean-Louis, E-mail: J.Teyssie@iaea.org [IAEA Marine Environment Laboratories, 4, Quai Antoine 1er, MC 98000 (Monaco); Jeffree, Ross A., E-mail: R.Jeffree@iaea.org [IAEA Marine Environment Laboratories, 4, Quai Antoine 1er, MC 98000 (Monaco); Faculty of Science, University of Technology, Sydney, PO Box 123, Broadway, NSW 2007 (Australia); Copplestone, David, E-mail: David.copplestone@stir.ac.uk [School of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Stirling (United Kingdom); Henry, Theodore B., E-mail: ted.henry@plymouth.ac.uk [Ecotoxicology Research and Innovation Centre, School of Biomedical and Biological Sciences, University of Plymouth (United Kingdom); Center for Environmental Biotechnology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996 (United States); Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996 (United States); Jha, Awadhesh N., E-mail: A.Jha@plymouth.ac.uk [Ecotoxicology Research and Innovation Centre, School of Biomedical and Biological Sciences, The University of Plymouth (United Kingdom)

    2011-09-01

    Understanding uptake and depuration of radionuclides in organisms is necessary to relate exposure to radiation dose and ultimately to biological effects. We investigated uptake and depuration of a mixture of radionuclides to link bioaccumulation with radiation dose in zebrafish, Danio rerio. Adult zebrafish were exposed to radionuclides ({sup 54}Mn, {sup 60}Co, {sup 65}Zn, {sup 75}Se, {sup 109}Cd, {sup 110m}Ag, {sup 134}Cs and {sup 241}Am) at tracer levels (< 200 Bq g{sup -1}) for 14 d, either via water or diet. Radioactivity concentrations were measured in whole body and excised gonads of exposed fish during uptake (14 d) and depuration phases (47 d and 42 d for aqueous and dietary exposures respectively), and dose rates were modelled from activity concentrations in whole body and exposure medium (water or diet). After 14-day aqueous exposure, radionuclides were detected in decreasing activity concentrations: {sup 75}Se > {sup 65}Zn > {sup 109}Cd > {sup 110m}Ag > {sup 54}Mn > {sup 60}Co > {sup 241}Am > {sup 134}Cs (range: 175-8 Bq g{sup 1}). After dietary exposure the order of radionuclide activity concentration in tissues (Bq g{sup -1}) was: {sup 65}Zn > {sup 60}Co > {sup 75}Se > {sup 109}Cd > {sup 110m}Ag > {sup 241}Am > {sup 54}Mn > {sup 134}Cs (range: 91-1 Bq g{sup -1}). Aqueous exposure resulted in higher whole body activity concentrations for all radionuclides except {sup 60}Co. Route of exposure did not appear to influence activity concentrations in gonads, except for {sup 54}Mn, {sup 65}Zn, and {sup 75}Se, which had higher activity concentrations in gonads following aqueous exposure. Highest gonad activity concentrations (Bq g{sup -1}) were for {sup 75}Se (211), {sup 109}Cd (142), and {sup 65}Zn (117), and highest dose rates ({mu}Gy h{sup -1}) were from {sup 241}Am (aqueous, 1050; diet 242). This study links radionuclide bioaccumulation data obtained in laboratory experiments with radiation dose determined by application of a dosimetry modelling tool, an

  19. Interaction and diffusion transport of americium in soils

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    Ramirez-Guinart, Oriol; Rigol, Anna; Vidal, Miquel [Analytical Chemistry department, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Barcelona, Marti i Franques 1-11, 08028, Barcelona (Spain)

    2014-07-01

    The final disposal of High Level Radioactive Wastes (HLRW) is based on its long-term storage in underground facilities located in geological stable sites with a multi-barrier system, the so called Deep Geological Repositories (DGR), that will keep HLRW confined for >10.000 years. After this period of time, leachates rich in long-live radioisotopes might escape from DGR and start to transport towards the biosphere. There is still a lack of information concerning the interaction and transport in soils of some radionuclides present in HLRW, especially for radionuclides that present a high sorption, such as americium (Am). Having reliable information about the mobility of radionuclides in soils is crucial in order to develop risk assessment models and to take proper decisions in case of soil contamination. The aim of the present work was, by means of laboratory scale experiments, to study the interaction and, for first time, to evaluate the diffusion transport of {sup 241}Am in soils. The {sup 241}Am interaction in soils was assessed by applying sorption batch assays to 20 soil samples with contrasted edaphic properties which allowed us to quantify the solid-liquid distribution coefficient (K{sub d}) and desorption percentage. K{sub d} (Am) values ranged from 10{sup 3} to 10{sup 5} L kg{sup -1} and desorption percentages were always less than 2% which denoted a high capacity of the soil to incorporate the Am and a low reversibility of the sorption process. The influence of soil properties in {sup 241}Am interaction was studied by means of multiple linear and multivariate regressions. Although a single correlation between K{sub d} (Am) values and a soil property was not found, the main properties affecting {sup 241}Am interaction in soils were soil pH, carbonate and organic matter contents in the soil. Finally, additional batch assays at different controlled pH were done to study Am sorption as a function of the contact solution pH. A variation of the Am sorption

  20. Partial neutron capture cross sections of actinides using cold neutron prompt gamma activation analysis

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    Nuclear waste needs to be characterized for its safe handling and storage. In particular long-lived actinides render the waste characterization challenging. The results described in this thesis demonstrate that Prompt Gamma Neutron Activation Analysis (PGAA) with cold neutrons is a reliable tool for the non-destructive analysis of actinides. Nuclear data required for an accurate identification and quantification of actinides was acquired. Therefore, a sample design suitable for accurate and precise measurements of prompt γ-ray energies and partial cross sections of long-lived actinides at existing PGAA facilities was presented. Using the developed sample design the fundamental prompt γ-ray data on 237Np, 241Am and 242Pu were measured. The data were validated by repetitive analysis of different samples at two individual irradiation and counting facilities - the BRR in Budapest and the FRM II in Garching near Munich. Employing cold neutrons, resonance neutron capture by low energetic resonances was avoided during the experiments. This is an improvement over older neutron activation based works at thermal reactor neutron energies. 152 prompt γ-rays of 237Np were identified, as well as 19 of 241Am, and 127 prompt γ-rays of 242Pu. In all cases, both high and lower energetic prompt γ-rays were identified. The most intense line of 237Np was observed at an energy of Eγ=182.82(10) keV associated with a partial capture cross section of σγ=22.06(39) b. The most intense prompt γ-ray lines of 241Am and of 242Pu were observed at Eγ=154.72(7) keV with σγ=72.80(252) b and Eγ=287.69(8) keV with σγ=7.07(12) b, respectively. The measurements described in this thesis provide the first reported quantifications on partial radiative capture cross sections for 237Np, 241Am and 242Pu measured simultaneously over the large energy range from 45 keV to 12 MeV. Detailed uncertainty assessments were performed and the validity of the given uncertainties was demonstrated. Compared

  1. Atlas of giant dipole resonances. Parameters and graphs of photonuclear reaction cross sections

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    Parameters of giant dipole resonances (GDR) observed in photonuclear reaction cross sections using various beams of incident photons are presented. Data, given for 200 stable isotopes from 2H to 243Am including their natural compositions, were collected from papers published over the years 1951-1996. GDR parameters, such as energy positions, amplitudes and widths, are included into the table and organized by element, isotope and reaction. Graphs of the majority of the photonuclear reaction cross sections, included in the international nuclear data library EXFOR by the end of 1998, are presented. The graphs are provided for 182 stable isotopes and natural compositions. (author)

  2. Pulse pile-up and dead time corrections for digitized signals from a BaF{sub 2} calorimeter

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    Mendoza, E., E-mail: emilio.mendoza@ciemat.es [CIEMAT, Avda. Complutense 40, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Cano-Ott, D., E-mail: daniel.cano@ciemat.es [CIEMAT, Avda. Complutense 40, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Guerrero, C., E-mail: carlos.guerrero@cern.ch [CERN, Physics Department, Geneva (Switzerland); CIEMAT, Avda. Complutense 40, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Berthoumieux, E., E-mail: Eric.Berthoumieux@cea.fr [CEA/Saclay - IRFU, Gif-sur-Yvette (France); CERN, Physics Department, Geneva (Switzerland)

    2014-12-21

    The pulse pile-up and associated dead time effects in an {sup 243}Am(n,γ) cross section measurement with a BaF{sub 2} Total Absorption Calorimeter at the CERN n{sub T}OF facility have been characterized. In this case, reliable corrections of these effects are crucial because of the complex detector configuration and of the high count rate induced by the sample activity of 50 MBq. The techniques, which have been developed for offline processing of the present data, may be of general interest for the analysis of other experiments using digital acquisition systems.

  3. Pulse pile-up and dead time corrections for digitized signals from a BaF2 calorimeter

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    Mendoza, E.; Cano-Ott, D.; Guerrero, C.; Berthoumieux, E.

    2014-12-01

    The pulse pile-up and associated dead time effects in an 243Am(n,γ) cross section measurement with a BaF2 Total Absorption Calorimeter at the CERN n_TOF facility have been characterized. In this case, reliable corrections of these effects are crucial because of the complex detector configuration and of the high count rate induced by the sample activity of 50 MBq. The techniques, which have been developed for offline processing of the present data, may be of general interest for the analysis of other experiments using digital acquisition systems.

  4. Sequential determination of Pu and Am radioisotopes in environmental samples; a comparison of two separation procedures

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    Two separation methods for the sequential determination of Am and Pu radionuclides are presented and the results obtained are compared. Analysis involves leaching the sample with concentrated nitric acid (HNO3), followed by radiochemical separation using extraction chromatographic resins (UTEVA, TRU) and anion exchange. Sources for alpha spectrometry were prepared by micro-precipitation on neodymium fluoride (NdF3). The chemical recoveries were determined using 242Pu and 243Am tracers. The methods were tested on reference materials and on two sediments. All the results were in good agreement with the reference values. The evaluation of uncertainty is also included

  5. Spectroscopic Tools Applied to Element Z = 115 Decay Chains

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    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Nuclides that are considered to be isotopes of element Z = 115 were produced in the reaction 48Ca + 243Am at the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung Darmstadt. The detector setup TASISpec was used. It was mounted behind the gas-filled separator TASCA. Thirty correlated α-decay chains were found, and the energies of the particles were determined with high precision. Two important spectroscopic aspects of the offline data analysis are discussed in detail: the handling of digitized preamplified signals from the silicon strip detectors, and the energy reconstruction of particles escaping to upstream detectors relying on pixel-by-pixel dead-layer thicknesses.

  6. Spectroscopy of element 115 decay chains

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    Rudolph, Dirk [Lund University, Sweden; Forsberg, U. [Lund University, Sweden; Golubev, P. [Lund University, Sweden; Sarmiento, L. G. [Lund University, Sweden; Yakushev, A. [Gesellschaft fur Schwerionenforschung (GSI), Germany; Andersson, L.-L. [Johannes Gutenberg-Universitaet Mainz, Mainz, Germany; Di Nitto, A. [Johannes Gutenberg-Universitaet Mainz, Mainz, Germany; Duehllmann, Ch. E. [Gesellschaft fur Schwerionenforschung (GSI), Germany; Gates, J. M. [Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL); Gregorich, K. E. [Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL); Gross, Carl J [ORNL; Hessberger, F. P. [Gesellschaft fur Schwerionenforschung (GSI), Germany; Herzberg, R.-D [University of Liverpool; Khuyagbaatar, J. [Johannes Gutenberg-Universitaet Mainz, Mainz, Germany; Kratz, J. V. [Johannes Gutenberg-Universitaet Mainz, Mainz, Germany; Rykaczewski, Krzysztof Piotr [ORNL; Schaedel, M. [Gesellschaft fur Schwerionenforschung (GSI), Germany; Aberg, S. [Lund University, Sweden; Ackermann, D. [GSI-Hemholtzzentrum fur Schwerionenforschung, Darmstadt, Germany; Block, M. [Gesellschaft fur Schwerionenforschung (GSI), Germany; Brand, H. [Gesellschaft fur Schwerionenforschung (GSI), Germany; Carlsson, B. G. [Lund University, Sweden; Cox, D. [University of Liverpool; Derkx, X. [Johannes Gutenberg-Universitaet Mainz, Mainz, Germany; Eberhardt, K. [Johannes Gutenberg-Universitaet Mainz, Mainz, Germany; Even, J. [Johannes Gutenberg-Universitaet Mainz, Mainz, Germany; Fahlander, C. [Lund University, Sweden; Gerl, J. [Gesellschaft fur Schwerionenforschung (GSI), Germany; Jaeger, E. [Gesellschaft fur Schwerionenforschung (GSI), Germany; Kindler, B. [Gesellschaft fur Schwerionenforschung (GSI), Germany; Krier, J. [Gesellschaft fur Schwerionenforschung (GSI), Germany; Kojouharov, I. [Gesellschaft fur Schwerionenforschung (GSI), Germany; Kurz, N. [Gesellschaft fur Schwerionenforschung (GSI), Germany; Lommel, B. [Gesellschaft fur Schwerionenforschung (GSI), Germany; Mistry, A. [University of Liverpool; Mokry, C. [Johannes Gutenberg-Universitaet Mainz, Mainz, Germany; Nitsche, H. [Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL); Omtvedt, J. P. [Paul Scherrer Institut, Villigen, Switzerland; Papadakis, P. [University of Liverpool; Ragnarsson, I. [Lund University, Sweden; Runke, J. [Gesellschaft fur Schwerionenforschung (GSI), Germany; Schaffner, H. [Gesellschaft fur Schwerionenforschung (GSI), Germany; Schausten, B. [Gesellschaft fur Schwerionenforschung (GSI), Germany; Thoerle-Pospiech, P. [Johannes Gutenberg-Universitaet Mainz, Mainz, Germany; Torres, T. [Gesellschaft fur Schwerionenforschung (GSI), Germany; Traut, T. [Johannes Gutenberg-Universitaet Mainz, Mainz, Germany; Trautmann, N. [Johannes Gutenberg-Universitaet Mainz, Mainz, Germany; Tuerler, A. [Paul Scherrer Institut, Villigen, Switzerland; Ward, A. [University of Liverpool; Ward, D. E. [Lund University, Sweden; Wiehl, N. [Johannes Gutenberg-Universitaet Mainz, Mainz, Germany

    2013-01-01

    A high-resolution a, X-ray and -ray coincidence spectroscopy experiment was conducted at the GSI Helmholtzzentrum fu r Schwerionenforschung. Thirty correlated a-decay chains were detected following the fusion-evaporation reaction 48Ca + 243Am. The observations are consistent with previous assignments of similar decay chains to originate from element Z = 115. The data includes first candidates of fingerprinting the decay step Mt --> Bh with characteristic X rays. For the first time, precise spectroscopy allows the derivation of excitation schemes of isotopes along the decay chains starting with elements Z > 112. Comprehensive Monte-Carlo simulations accompany the data analysis. Nuclear structure models provide a first level interpretation.

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

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

    2013-01-01

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

  8. Comparison of the bioaccumulation from seawater and depuration of heavy metals and radionuclides in the spotted dogfish Scyliorhinus canicula (Chondrichthys) and the turbot Psetta maxima (Actinopterygii: Teleostei)

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    Jeffree, Ross A.; Warnau, Michel; Teyssie, Jean-Louis [IAEA Marine Environment Laboratory, 4 Quai Antoine 1er, MC 98000 (Monaco); Markich, Scott J. [Aquatic Solutions International, Level 1, 467 Miller St, Cammeray, NSW 2062 (Australia)

    2006-09-15

    The bioaccumulation of selected heavy metals and radionuclides ({sup 241}Am, {sup 109}Cd, {sup 57}Co, {sup 51}Cr, {sup 134}Cs, {sup 54}Mn and {sup 65}Zn) from seawater was experimentally compared in the Chondrichthyan Scyliorhinus canicula (spotted dogfish) and the Actinopterygian Teleost Psetta maxima (turbot), of comparable size, age and benthic feeding habits. The speciation of these elements in seawater (salinity 38%%, pH 8.1, temperature 16.5 {sup o}C) was also calculated to determine their potential bioavailability. The uptake rates, measured over 14 days, varied greatly among isotopes and between species. Concentration factors (CFs) in P. maxima varied 5-fold between ca. 0.2 for {sup 51}Cr and 2.5 for {sup 65}Zn and {sup 134}Cs, whereas in S. canicula they varied by a much greater factor of 350, with CFs for {sup 51}Cr and {sup 241}Am ranging from ca. 0.4 to 140, respectively. With the exception of {sup 134}Cs, all radiotracers were accumulated at a faster rate in S. canicula than in P. maxima, particularly for {sup 241}Am and {sup 65}Zn where the CFs attained during the uptake phase were, two and one order of magnitude greater in S. canicula, respectively. In contrast, {sup 134}Cs reached a CF of about 2.5 in P. maxima, which was 5-fold greater than in S. canicula. Patterns of loss from the experimental depuration phase over 29 days showed greater similarities between species, compared to the uptake phase that highlighted the greater differences between elements. The distributions of these seven radioisotopes among six body components indicated that between the two species the skin of the dogfish displayed a greater bioaccumulation potential, particularly for {sup 241}Am, {sup 57}Co and {sup 65}Zn. However {sup 65}Zn was also distinctive from {sup 241}Am and {sup 57}Co in its pattern of bioaccumulation in dogfish, with its other body components attaining concentrations of {sup 65}Zn that were comparable to the levels found in its skin. The heightened uptake

  9. Microbial effects on sorption and transport of actinides in tuff samples from the Nevada Test Site and soils from McGuire AFB, NJ

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    Fisher, J. C.; Gostic, R.; Gostic, J.; Czerwinski, K.; Moser, D. P.

    2009-12-01

    The sorption and behavior of various actinides were examined for two sets of environmental samples. The Nevada Test Site (NTS) harbors a variety of radionuclides resulting from atomic weapons testing from the 1950s-1990s. Modeling the transport of radionuclides at the NTS is difficult because each detonation cavity is a unique environment with distinct hydrologic characteristics, chemical composition, and microbial community structure. McGuire AFB was the site of an explosion that resulted in the burning of a BOMARC nuclear missile and deposition of particles containing high-fired oxides of Am, Pu, and U in soils on the base. Analysis of the NTS samples focused on sorption/desorption of 233-U and 241-Am in the presence/absence of bacteria, and work on the BOMARC cores addressed the potential role of microorganisms in mediating particle degradation and movement. Batch experiments with various NTS tuff samples and strains of bacteria showed that sorption of actinides may be enhanced by >25% under certain conditions by bacteria. Sorption of 233-U was highly dependent on carbonate concentrations in the liquid matrix, while 241-Am was unaffected. Different bacterial species also affected sorption differently. Sorption kinetics for both actinides were rapid, with maximum sorption usually occurring within 4 hours. Actinides bound tightly to tuff and little desorption occurred in carbonate-free batch experiments. Column experiments showed that bacterial cultures in minimal salts buffer desorbed significantly more 233-U from tuff than low carbonate NTS water, but less than 30 mM bicarbonate buffer. Hot particles in the BOMARC cores were located using CT mapping and were extracted from the soil prior to analysis of core sections by gamma spectroscopy. Subcores for DNA extraction and culturing were collected from soil in direct contact with hot particles. The extracted particles consisted of a mixture of weapons-grade Pu, 241-Am and 235-U and ranged in activity from 5-66 k

  10. Experimental evaluation of admission and disposition of artificial radionuclides including transuranium elements in agricultural plants

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    Kozhakhanov, T.; Lukashenko, S. [Institute of radiation safety and ecology (Kazakhstan)

    2014-07-01

    Processes of radionuclides migration and transfer to agricultural plants are quite well developed worldwide, but the information on character of accumulation of {sup 241}Am and {sup 239+240}Pu transuranium radionuclides in agricultural plants is still fragmentary. Even in generalized materials of worldwide studies, IAEA guide, accumulation coefficient (AC) can have wide range of values (5-6 orders), no data exists on radionuclides' distribution in different organs of plants and they are given for joined groups of plants and types of soils. That is why the main aim of this work was to obtain basic quantitative parameters of radionuclides' migration in 'soil-plant' system, and firs of all- for transuranium elements.. In 2010 a series of experiments with agricultural plants was started at the territory of the former Semipalatinsk Test Site aimed to investigate entry of artificial radionuclides by crop products in natural climatic conditions. To conduct the experiment for study of coefficient of radionuclides' accumulation by agricultural corps, there was chosen a land spot at the STS territory, characterized by high concentration of radionuclides: {sup 241}Am - n*10{sup 4} Bq/kg, {sup 137}Cs - n*10{sup 3} Bq/kg, {sup 90}Sr - n*10{sup 3} Bq/kg and {sup 239+240}Pu- n*10{sup 5} Bq/kg. As objects of investigation, cultures, cultivated in Kazakhstan have been selected: wheat (Triticum vulgare), barley (Hordeum vulgare), oat (Avena sativa L.), water melon (Citrullus vulgaris), melon (Cucumis melo), potato (Solanum tuberosum), eggplant (Solanum melongena), pepper (Capsicum annuum), tomato (Solanum lycopersicum), sunflower (Helianthus cultus), onion (Allium cepa), carrot (Daucus carota), parsley(Petroselinum vulgare)and cabbage (Brassica oleracea). Investigated plants have been planted within the time limits, recommended for selected types of agricultural plants. Cropping system included simple agronomic and amelioration measures. Fertilizers were not

  11. Experimental evaluation of admission and disposition of artificial radionuclides including transuranium elements in agricultural plants

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    Processes of radionuclides migration and transfer to agricultural plants are quite well developed worldwide, but the information on character of accumulation of 241Am and 239+240Pu transuranium radionuclides in agricultural plants is still fragmentary. Even in generalized materials of worldwide studies, IAEA guide, accumulation coefficient (AC) can have wide range of values (5-6 orders), no data exists on radionuclides' distribution in different organs of plants and they are given for joined groups of plants and types of soils. That is why the main aim of this work was to obtain basic quantitative parameters of radionuclides' migration in 'soil-plant' system, and firs of all- for transuranium elements.. In 2010 a series of experiments with agricultural plants was started at the territory of the former Semipalatinsk Test Site aimed to investigate entry of artificial radionuclides by crop products in natural climatic conditions. To conduct the experiment for study of coefficient of radionuclides' accumulation by agricultural corps, there was chosen a land spot at the STS territory, characterized by high concentration of radionuclides: 241Am - n*104 Bq/kg, 137Cs - n*103 Bq/kg, 90Sr - n*103 Bq/kg and 239+240Pu- n*105 Bq/kg. As objects of investigation, cultures, cultivated in Kazakhstan have been selected: wheat (Triticum vulgare), barley (Hordeum vulgare), oat (Avena sativa L.), water melon (Citrullus vulgaris), melon (Cucumis melo), potato (Solanum tuberosum), eggplant (Solanum melongena), pepper (Capsicum annuum), tomato (Solanum lycopersicum), sunflower (Helianthus cultus), onion (Allium cepa), carrot (Daucus carota), parsley(Petroselinum vulgare)and cabbage (Brassica oleracea). Investigated plants have been planted within the time limits, recommended for selected types of agricultural plants. Cropping system included simple agronomic and amelioration measures. Fertilizers were not used, because the aim of investigation was to obtain basic data on radionuclides

  12. Concentration and depuration of some radionuclides present in a chronically exposed population of mussels (Mytilus edulis)

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    Clifton, R.J.; Stevens, H.E.; Hamilton, E.I.

    1983-03-01

    Factors are described which affect the concentration (p Ci g/sup -1/ dry wt) and loss of /sup 241/ Am, /sup 239 +240/Pu, /sup 238/Pu, /sup 144/Ce, /sup 137/Cs, /sup 134/Cs, /sup 106/Ru, /sup 95/Zr and /sup 95/Nb in an exposed population of mussels Mytilus edulis L. from Ravenglass on the Esk estuary, Cumbria, UK which receives radioeffluents from the British Nuclear Fuels Ltd. (BNFL) plant at Sellafield, some 10 km to the north. Tidal position and mussel body size have a negligible influence on the concentration of /sup 241/Am, /sup 137/Cs and /sup 106/Ru in the total soft tissue, but variation in soft tissue weight throughout the year has a considerable influence on the apparent concentration and depuration times of these radionuclides. Apart from the clearance (tsub(1/2) biol, 1 to 3 h) of sediment-associated activity from the digestive tract, the depuration rate profiles follow a single component clearance curve with a biological half-life in excess of 200 d for /sup 241/ Am, /sup 239 +240/Pu, /sup 238/Pu and /sup 144/Ce, and of 40 d for /sup 137/Cs. The clearance of /sup 106/Ru is more complex and consists of a 3 component depuration profile with biological half-lives of 6 h, 12 d and 260 d. The depuration profiles presented in this work are for chronically ingested isotopes under natural conditions; acute exposure will most likely result in different profiles, especially those derived from laboratory spiking experiments. Isotope ratio data support the hypothesis that the main route of entry into the mussel for the majority of the radionuclides studied is from the water.

  13. Environmental Assessment Radioactive Source Recovery Program

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    In a response to potential risks to public health and safety, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is evaluating the recovery of sealed neutron sources under the Radioactive Source Recovery Program (RSRP). This proposed program would enhance the DOE's and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC's) joint capabilities in the safe management of commercially held radioactive source materials. Currently there are no federal or commercial options for the recovery, storage, or disposal of sealed neutron sources. This Environmental Assessment (EA) analyzes the potential environmental impacts that would be expected to occur if the DOE were to implement a program for the receipt and recovery at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Los Alamos, New Mexico, of unwanted and excess plutonium-beryllium (238Pu-Be) and americium-beryllium (241Am-Be) sealed neutron sources. About 1 kg (2.2 lb) plutonium and 3 kg (6.6 lb) americium would be recovered over a 15-year project. Personnel at LANL would receive neutron sources from companies, universities, source brokers, and government agencies across the country. These neutron sources would be temporarily stored in floor holes at the CMR Hot Cell Facility. Recovery reduces the neutron emissions from the source material and refers to a process by which: (1) the stainless steel cladding is removed from the neutron source material, (2) the mixture of the radioactive material (Pu-238 or Am-241) and beryllium that constitutes the neutron source material is chemically separated (recovered), and (3) the recovered Pu-238 or Am-241 is converted to an oxide form (238PuO2 or 241AmO2). The proposed action would include placing the 238PuO2 or 241AmO2 in interim storage in a special nuclear material vault at the LANL Plutonium Facility

  14. Radionuclide Concentrations in soils an Vegetation at Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Area G During 2004

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    P.R. Fresquez; E.A. Lopez

    2004-11-01

    Soil samples were collected at 15 locations and unwashed overstory and understory vegetation samples were collected at nine locations within and around the perimeter of Area G, the primary disposal facility for low-level radioactive solid waste at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). These samples were analyzed for {sup 3}H, {sup 238}Pu, {sup 239,240}Pu, {sup 90}Sr, {sup 241}Am, {sup 137}Cs, {sup 234}U, {sup 235}U, and {sup 238}U. Soil samples collected at Area G contained detectable concentrations of 3H (27%), {sup 239,240}Pu (60%), {sup 238}Pu (40%), and {sup 241}Am (47%) above regional statistical reference levels (RSRLs). In contrast, the levels of {sup 137}Cs, {sup 90}Sr, and U in all of the soil samples at Area G were either nondetectable or within RSRLs. The highest levels of {sup 3}H in soils were detected in the southwestern portion of Area G near the {sup 3}H shafts, whereas the highest concentrations of the Pu isotopes were detected in the northern and northeastern portions. All concentrations of {sup 3}H and Pu in soils, however, were far below LANL screening action levels. As for vegetation, most radionuclides in/on plants were either nondetectable or within RSRLs. The exceptions were {sup 3}H in overstory and some understory vegetation, particularly in the southwestern portion of Area G, which correlated very well with the soils data in that area. Also, there was some foliar contamination from {sup 241}Am and Pu isotopes in/on a few plant samples--the highest concentrations occurring in the northern section of Area G.

  15. Improving the safety of a body composition analyser based on the PGNAA method.

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    Miri-Hakimabad, Hashem; Izadi-Najafabadi, Reza; Vejdani-Noghreiyan, Alireza; Panjeh, Hamed

    2007-12-01

    The 252Cf radioisotope and 241Am-Be are intense neutron emitters that are readily encapsulated in compact, portable and sealed sources. Some features such as high flux of neutron emission and reliable neutron spectrum of these sources make them suitable for the prompt gamma neutron activation analysis (PGNAA) method. The PGNAA method can be used in medicine for neutron radiography and body chemical composition analysis. 252Cf and 241Am-Be sources generate not only neutrons but also are intense gamma emitters. Furthermore, the sample in medical treatments is a human body, so it may be exposed to the bombardments of these gamma-rays. Moreover, accumulations of these high-rate gamma-rays in the detector volume cause simultaneous pulses that can be piled up and distort the spectra in the region of interest (ROI). In order to remove these disadvantages in a practical way without being concerned about losing the thermal neutron flux, a gamma-ray filter made of Pb must be employed. The paper suggests a relatively safe body chemical composition analyser (BCCA) machine that uses a spherical Pb shield, enclosing the neutron source. Gamma-ray shielding effects and the optimum radius of the spherical Pb shield have been investigated, using the MCNP-4C code, and compared with the unfiltered case, the bare source. Finally, experimental results demonstrate that an optimised gamma-ray shield for the neutron source in a BCCA can reduce effectively the risk of exposure to the 252Cf and 241Am-Be sources. PMID:18268376

  16. Improving the safety of a body composition analyser based on the PGNAA method

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    The 252Cf radioisotope and 241Am-Be are intense neutron emitters that are readily encapsulated in compact, portable and sealed sources. Some features such as high flux of neutron emission and reliable neutron spectrum of these sources make them suitable for the prompt gamma neutron activation analysis (PGNAA) method. The PGNAA method can be used in medicine for neutron radiography and body chemical composition analysis. 252Cf and 241Am-Be sources generate not only neutrons but also are intense gamma emitters. Furthermore, the sample in medical treatments is a human body, so it may be exposed to the bombardments of these gamma-rays. Moreover, accumulations of these high-rate gamma-rays in the detector volume cause simultaneous pulses that can be piled up and distort the spectra in the region of interest (ROI). In order to remove these disadvantages in a practical way without being concerned about losing the thermal neutron flux, a gamma-ray filter made of Pb must be employed. The paper suggests a relatively safe body chemical composition analyser (BCCA) machine that uses a spherical Pb shield, enclosing the neutron source. Gamma-ray shielding effects and the optimum radius of the spherical Pb shield have been investigated, using the MCNP-4C code, and compared with the unfiltered case, the bare source. Finally, experimental results demonstrate that an optimised gamma-ray shield for the neutron source in a BCCA can reduce effectively the risk of exposure to the 252Cf and 241Am-Be sources

  17. Improving the safety of a body composition analyser based on the PGNAA method

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    Miri-Hakimabad, Hashem; Izadi-Najafabadi, Reza; Vejdani-Noghreiyan, Alireza; Panjeh, Hamed [FUM Radiation Detection And Measurement Laboratory, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2007-12-15

    The {sup 252}Cf radioisotope and {sup 241}Am-Be are intense neutron emitters that are readily encapsulated in compact, portable and sealed sources. Some features such as high flux of neutron emission and reliable neutron spectrum of these sources make them suitable for the prompt gamma neutron activation analysis (PGNAA) method. The PGNAA method can be used in medicine for neutron radiography and body chemical composition analysis. {sup 252}Cf and {sup 241}Am-Be sources generate not only neutrons but also are intense gamma emitters. Furthermore, the sample in medical treatments is a human body, so it may be exposed to the bombardments of these gamma-rays. Moreover, accumulations of these high-rate gamma-rays in the detector volume cause simultaneous pulses that can be piled up and distort the spectra in the region of interest (ROI). In order to remove these disadvantages in a practical way without being concerned about losing the thermal neutron flux, a gamma-ray filter made of Pb must be employed. The paper suggests a relatively safe body chemical composition analyser (BCCA) machine that uses a spherical Pb shield, enclosing the neutron source. Gamma-ray shielding effects and the optimum radius of the spherical Pb shield have been investigated, using the MCNP-4C code, and compared with the unfiltered case, the bare source. Finally, experimental results demonstrate that an optimised gamma-ray shield for the neutron source in a BCCA can reduce effectively the risk of exposure to the {sup 252}Cf and {sup 241}Am-Be sources.

  18. Geochemical association of Pu and Am in selected host-phases of contaminated soils from the UK and their susceptibility to chemical and microbiological leaching.

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    Kimber, Richard L; Corkhill, Claire L; Amos, Sean; Livens, Francis R; Lloyd, Jonathan R

    2015-04-01

    Understanding the biogeochemical behaviour and potential mobility of actinides in soils and groundwater is vital for developing remediation and management strategies for radionuclide-contaminated land. Pu is known to have a high Kd in soils and sediments, however remobilization of low concentrations of Pu remains a concern. Here, some of the physicochemical properties of Pu and the co-contaminant, Am, are investigated in contaminated soils from Aldermaston, Berkshire, UK, and the Esk Estuary, Cumbria, UK, to determine their potential mobility. Sequential extraction techniques were used to examine the host-phases of the actinides in these soils and their susceptibility to microbiological leaching was investigated using acidophilic sulphur-oxidising bacteria. Sequential extractions found the majority of (239,240)Pu associated with the highly refractory residual phase in both the Aldermaston (63.8-85.5 %) and Esk Estuary (91.9-94.5%) soils. The (241)Am was distributed across multiple phases including the reducible oxide (26.1-40.0%), organic (45.6-63.6%) and residual fractions (1.9-11.1%). Plutonium proved largely resistant to leaching from microbially-produced sulphuric acid, with a maximum 0.18% leached into solution, although up to 12.5% of the (241)Am was leached under the same conditions. If Pu was present as distinct oxide particles in the soil, then (241)Am, a decay product of Pu, would be expected to be physically retained in the particle. The differences in geochemical association and bioleachability of the two actinides suggest that this is not the case and hence, that significant Pu is not present as distinct particles. These data suggest the majority of Pu in the contaminated soils studied is highly recalcitrant to geochemical changes and is likely to remain immobile over significant time periods, even when challenged with aggressive "bioleaching" bacteria.

  19. The effect of carbonate soil on transport and dose estimates for long-lived radionuclides at a U.S. Pacific test site

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    Conrado, C L; Hamilton, T F; Robison, W L; Stoker, A C

    1999-01-01

    The US conducted a series of nuclear tests from 1946 to 1958 at Bikini, a coral atoll, in the Marshall Islands (MI). The aquatic and terrestrial environments of the atoll are still contaminated with several long-lived radionuclides that were generated during testing. The four major radionuclides found in terrestrial plants and soils are Cesium-137 ({sup 137}Cs), Strontium-90 ({sup 90}Sr), Plutonium-239+240 ({sup 239+240}Pu) and Americium-241 ({sup 241}Am). {sup 137}Cs in the coral soils is more available for uptake by plants than {sup 137}Cs associated with continental soils of North America or Europe. Soil-to-plant {sup 137}Cs median concentration ratios (CR) (kBq kg{sup {minus}1} dry weight plant/kBq kg{sup {minus}1} dry weight soil) for tropical fruits and vegetables range between 0.8 and 36, much larger than the range of 0.005 to 0.5 reported for vegetation in temperate zones. Conversely, {sup 90}Sr median CRs range from 0.006 to 1.0 at the atoll versus a range from 0.02 to 3.0 for continental silica-based soils. Thus, the relative uptake of {sup 137}Cs and {sup 90}Sr by plants in carbonate soils is reversed from that observed in silica-based soils. The CRs for {sup 239+240}Pu and {sup 241}Am are very similar to those observed in continental soils. Values range from 10{sup {minus}6} to 10{sup {minus}4} for both {sup 239+240}Pu and {sup 241}Am. No significant difference is observed between the two in coral soil.

  20. Response of a superconducting transition-edge sensor microcalorimeter with a mushroom-shaped absorber to L X-rays emitted by transuranium elements

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    A four-pixel-array superconducting transition-edge sensor (TES) microcalorimeter with a mushroom-shaped absorber was fabricated for the energy dispersive spectroscopy performed on a transmission electron microscope. The TES consists of a bilayer of Au/Ti with either a 50-nm or 120-nm thickness. The absorber of 5.0 µm thick is made from a Au layer and its stem is deposited in the center of the TES surface. A Ta2O5 insulating layer of 100-nm thickness is inserted between the overhang region of the absorber and the TES surface. A selected pixel of the TES microcalorimeter was operated for the detection of Np L X-rays emitted from an 241Am source. A response of the TES microcalorimeter to L X-rays was obtained by analyzing detection signal pulses with using the optimal filter method. An energy resolution was obtained to be 33 eV of the full width at half maximum value at 17.751 keV of Np Lβ1 considering its natural width of 13.4 eV. Response to L X-rays emitted from a mixture source of 238Pu, 239Pu and 241Am was obtained by operating the selected pixel of the TES microcalorimeter. Major L X-ray peaks of progeny elements of α-decay of Pu and Am isotopes were clearly identified in the obtained energy spectrum. The experimental results demonstrated the separation of 241Am and plutonium isotopes by L X-ray spectroscopy. (author)

  1. New thermal neutron calibration channel at LNMRI/IRD

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    Astuto, A.; Lopes, R.T., E-mail: achillesbr@gmail.com [Coordenacao dos Programas de Pos-Graduacao em Engenharia (COPPE/UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Patrao, K.C.S.; Fonseca, E.S.; Pereira, W.W. [Instituto de Radioprotecao e Dosimetria (IRD/CNEN-RJ/LNMRI), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Lab. Nacional de Metrologia das Radiacoes Ionizantes

    2015-07-01

    A new standard thermal neutron flux unit was designed in the National Ionizing Radiation Metrology Laboratory (LNMRI) for calibration of neutron detectors. Fluence is achieved by moderation of four {sup 241}Am-Be sources with 596 GBq each, in a facility built with graphite and paraffin blocks. The study was divided into two stages. First, simulations were performed using MCNPX code in different geometric arrangements, seeking the best performance in terms of fluence and their uncertainties. Last, the system was assembled based on the results obtained on the simulations. The simulation results indicate quasi-homogeneous fluence (less than 1%) in the central chamber. (author)

  2. Challenge in determination of long-lived radionuclides by ICP-MS

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    The ultra-trace and isotope analysis of long-lived radionuclides in environmental materials (in biological or geological samples and waters) is relevant of increasing importance [1-5].E.g., the determination of long-lived radionuclides is for the detection of radionuclide contamination in environmental materials in which several radioactive nuclides (e.g.99Tc, 129I , 237Np, 239Pu, 240Pu, 241Am) are present from fallout due to nuclear weapons testing, nuclear power plants or nuclear accidents. Especially, isotope ratios of uranium and plutonium [6] can indicate the origin of contamination in the environmental samples

  3. Measurement of vacancy transfer probability from K to L shell using K-shell fluorescence yields

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    Ö Söğüt; E Büyükkasap; A Küçükönder; T Tarakçioğlu

    2009-10-01

    The vacancy transfer probabilities from K to L shell through radiative decay, KL , have been deduced for the elements in the range 19 ≤ ≤ 58 using K-shell fluorescence yields. The targets were irradiated with photons at 59.5 keV from a 75mCi 241Am annular source. The K X-rays from different targets were detected with a high resolution Si(Li) detector. The measurement of vacancy transfer probabilities are least-squared fitted to second-order polynomials to obtain analytical relations that represent these probabilities as a function of atomic number. The obtained results agree with theoretical and fitted values.

  4. Chemical effect on the K shell fluorescence yield of Fe, Mn, Co, Cr and Cu compounds

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    U Turgut

    2004-11-01

    Chemical effects on the K shell fluorescence yields of Fe, Mn, Co, Cr and Cu compounds were investigated. Samples were excited using 59.5 keV energy photons from a 241Am radioisotope source. K X-rays emitted by samples were counted by a Si(Li) detector with a resolution 160 eV at 5.9 keV. Chemical effects on the K shell fluorescence yields (K) for Fe, Mn, Co, Cr and Cu compounds were observed. The values are compared with theoretical, semiempirical fit and experimental ones for the pure elements.

  5. Natural background radiation and 137Cs inventories in southern Nevada. Preliminary report on fallout, December 1980

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    External radiation measurements and soil sampling were performed at 28 sites in southern Nevada as part of an extensive radiological survey to determine residual levels of fission products and transuranic nuclides in Utah and Nevada as a result of nuclear weapons tests at the Nevada Test Site (NTS) during 1951 to 1958. The natural background exposure rate was found to vary by about a factor of two. The 137Cs inventories tended to be lower than expected indicating the effects of wind erosion. Cobalt-60 and 241Am were detected at several sites which were reported to be hotspots in post-shot radiological surveys

  6. Radiocaesium, plutonium and americium partitioning and solid speciation in sized, inter-tidal sediments from Strangford Lough

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    Fine-grained surface (0-2 cm) sediment was collected at an inter-tidal site (Mahee Island) in Strangford Lough, on the NE coast of Ireland in September 1997. The sediment was wet-sieved into standard sized fractions using Endecott test sieves and the fractions assayed for 137Cs, 239,240Pu and 241Am content. Sub-samples of each fraction were measured with a Malvern 2600 laser diffraction analyser, which confirmed that >90% of the particles in each fraction was in the defined size range

  7. Particle detectors based on InP Schottky diodes

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    A study of electrical properties and detection performance of Indium Phosphide detector structures with Schottky contacts prepared on high purity p-type InP was performed. Schottky barrier detectors were prepared by vacuum evaporation of Pd on p-type epitaxial layers grown on Zn-doped p-type substrates. The detection performance of the detectors was characterized by the measurement of pulse-height spectra with alpha particles emitted from 241Am source at room temperature. The influence of the quality of p-type epitaxial layers on the charge-collection efficiency and energy resolution in the full-width half-maximum is discussed.

  8. Temperature effects on radiation damage to silicon detectors

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    Barberis, E.; Cartiglia, N.; Leslie, J.; Pitzl, D.; Rowe, W.A.; Sadrozinski, H.F.W. (SCIPP, Univ. California, Santa Cruz, CA (United States)); Boissevain, J.G.; Ferguson, P.; Holzscheiter, K.; Kapustinsky, J.S.; Palounek, A.P.T.; Sommer, W.F.; Sondheim, W.E.; Ziock, H.J. (Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States)); Ellison, J.A.; Fleming, J.K.; Jerger, S.; Joyce, D.; Lietzke, C.; Wimpenny, S.J. (Univ. California, Riverside, CA (United States)); Matthews, J.A.J.; Skinner, D. (Univ. New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM (United States))

    1993-03-01

    Motivated by the large particle fluences anticipated for the SSC and LHC, we are performing a systematic study of radiation damage to silicon microstrip detectors. Here we report radiation effects on detectors cooled to 0deg C (the proposed operating point for a large SSC silicon tracker) including leakage currents and change in depletion voltage. We also present results on the annealing behavior of the radiation damage. Finally, we report results of charge collection measurements of the damaged detectors made with an [sup 241]Am [alpha] source. (orig.).

  9. Low energy recoil detection with a spherical proportional counter

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    I. Savvidis; Katsioulas, I.; Eleftheriadis, C.; Giomataris, I.; Papaevangellou, T.

    2016-01-01

    We present low energy recoil detection results in the keV energy region, from measurements performed with the Spherical Proportional Counter (SPC). An ${}^{241}Am-{}^{9}{Be}$ fast neutron source is used in order to obtain neutron-nucleus elastic scattering events inside the gaseous volume of the detector. The detector performance in the $keV$ energy region was resolved by observing the $5.9\\ keV$ line of a ${}^{55}Fe$ X-ray source, with energy resolution of $9\\%$ ($\\sigma$). The toolkit GEANT...

  10. Radionuclides in the Great Lakes basin.

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    Ahier, B A; Tracy, B L

    1995-01-01

    The Great Lakes basin is of radiologic interest due to the large population within its boundaries that may be exposed to various sources of ionizing radiation. Specific radionuclides of interest in the basin arising from natural and artificial sources include 3H, 14C, 90Sr, 129I, 131I, 137Cs, 222Rn, 226Ra, 235U, 238U, 239Pu, and 241Am. The greatest contribution to total radiation exposure is the natural background radiation that provides an average dose of about 2.6 mSv/year to all basin resi...

  11. Statistics of dose received by occupational personnel from neutron sources - 10 year study

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    Personnel Monitoring Section, BARC conducts countrywide fast neutron personnel monitoring using CR-39 solid state nuclear track detector. About 1350 personnel working in a wide range of situations are being monitored presently for fast neutrons. Nearly 50% of the personnel monitored are working with isotopic neutron sources e.g. 241Am-Be (up to 740 GBq source strength) in industry and the remaining are connected with nuclear fuel cycle. This paper describes our experience with this personnel neutron monitor and presents the analysis of the neutron equivalent doses received by personnel working in industry during last 10 years and its contribution as compared to total equivalent dose. (author)

  12. Graphs of neutron cross sections in JSD1000 for radiation shielding safety analysis

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    Graphs of neutron cross sections and self-shielding factors in the JSD1000 library are presented for radiation shielding safety analysis. The compilation contains various reaction cross sections for 42 nuclides from 1H to 241Am in the energy range from 3.51 x 10-4 eV to 16.5 MeV. The Bondarenko-type self-shielding factors of each reaction are given by the background cross sections from σ0 = 0 to σ0 = 10000. (author)

  13. Assessing sample attenuation parameters for use in low-energy efficiency transfer in gamma-ray spectrometry.

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    Bruggeman, M; Verheyen, L; Vidmar, T; Liu, B

    2016-03-01

    We present a numerical fitting method for transmission data that outputs an equivalent sample composition. This output is used as input to a generalised efficiency transfer model based on the EFFTRAN software integrated in a LIMS. The procedural concept allows choosing between efficiency transfer with a predefined sample composition or with an experimentally determined composition based on a transmission measurement. The method can be used for simultaneous quantification of low-energy gamma emitters like (210)Pb, (241)Am, (234)Th in typical environmental samples. PMID:26688363

  14. Biological stress responses induced by alpha radiation exposure in Lemna minor

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    Van Hoeck, A.; Horemans, N.; Van Hees, M.; Nauts, R. [Belgian Nuclear Research Centre SCK-CEN (Belgium); Knapen, D.; Blust, R. [University of Antwerp (Belgium)

    2014-07-01

    To enhance the robustness of radiation protection criteria for biota, additional information on the biological impact of radionuclides on non-human biota is needed. In particular the effects of alpha emitting isotopes have been poorly studied within a radioecological contextual though they exhibit a high linear energy transfer which can cause significant biological damage when taken up by organisms. Therefore, it is not only essential to measure alpha radiation toxicity, but also try to understand the underlying mechanisms of this stressor. The current study aimed to contribute to a better knowledge of the fundamental processes regulating alpha radiation stress response mechanisms in higher plants. {sup 241}Am was primarily selected as it is an almost pure alpha emitter and, as a daughter nuclide of {sup 241}Pu, it will become one of the dominant pollutants in plutonium affected areas. The aquatic macrophyte Lemna minor has proven its value in eco-toxicological research as representative of higher aquatic plants (OECD guideline nr. 221) and will be used to analyze alpha radiation stress in plant systems. An individual growth inhibition test was set up by means of single dose-response curve in order to identify the Effective Dose Rates (EDR-values) for frond size and biomass. As the mean path length is small for alpha particles, the accumulation of the radionuclide inside species represents almost exclusively the dosimetry. Therefore, quantification of {sup 241}Am uptake and {sup 241}Am distribution were evaluated separately for roots and fronds taking the activity concentrations of growth medium into account. Taken together with the respective dose conversion coefficients from the ERICA tool, this allowed to construct an accurate dosimetric model to determine internal and external dose rates. Different standard media were tested on growth rate and biomass to analyse the amount of {sup 241}Am taken up by the plants exposed from 2.5 to 100 kBq/L. From these

  15. Chelating agents in pharmacology, toxicology and therapeutics

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    The proceedings contain 71 abstracts of papers. Fourteen abstracts were inputted in INIS. The topics covered include: the effects of chelating agents on the retention of 63Ni, 109Cd, 203Hg, 144Ce, 95Nb and the excretion of 210Po, 63Ni, 48V, 239Pu, 241Am, 54Mn; the applications of tracer techniques for studies of the efficacy of chelation therapy in patients with heart and brain disorders; and the treatment of metal poisoning with chelating agents. (J.P.)

  16. Radionuclide concentrations in bed sediment and fish tissue within the Rio Grande drainage basin

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    Booher, J.L.; Fresquez, P.R.; Carter, L.F.; Gallaher, B.M.; Mullen, M.A.

    1998-02-01

    In 1992-93, Los Alamos National Laboratory collaborated with the U.S. Geological Survey in an effort to characterize radionuclide concentrations in bed sediment and fish tissue within the Rio Grande drainage basin from Colorado to Texas. Bed sediment was sampled from 18 locations for cesium ({sup 137}Cs), tritium ({sup 3}H), strontium ({sup 90}Sr), plutonium ({sup 238}Pu and {sup 239}Pu), americium ({sup 241}Am), total uranium ({sup tot}U) and alpha, beta, and gamma activity. Fish tissue was sampled from 12 locations for {sup 137}Cs, {sup 90}Sr, {sup 238}Pu, {sup 239}Pu and {sup tot}U.

  17. Further results in search for transuranium elements in effluents discharged to air from nuclear power plants

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    Hölgye, Z.; Schlesingerová, E.

    2010-01-01

    In this work we present data on transuranium nuclides 238Pu, 239,240Pu, 241Am, 242Cm and 244Cm in effluents discharged to air (activity concentrations and annually discharged activities of individual radionuclides) from 7 stacks in 2004–2009. In the effluents discharged to air from one stack low activities of transuranium nuclides were observed throughout the studied period. Transuranium nuclides had been discharged to air from this stack also in previous years since 1996 when defect in the c...

  18. Optical imaging of alpha emitters: simulations, phantom, and in vivo results

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    Boschi, Federico; Meo, Sergio Lo; Rossi, Pier Luca; Calandrino, Riccardo; Sbarbati, Andrea; Spinelli, Antonello E.

    2011-12-01

    There has been growing interest in investigating both the in vitro and in vivo detection of optical photons from a plethora of beta emitters using optical techniques. In this paper we have investigated an alpha particle induced fluorescence signal by using a commercial CCD-based small animal optical imaging system. The light emission of a 241Am source was simulated using GEANT4 and tested in different experimental conditions including the imaging of in vivo tissue. We believe that the results presented in this work can be useful to describe a possible mechanism for the in vivo detection of alpha emitters used for therapeutic purposes.

  19. Intercomparison of radionuclide measurements in marine sediment sample IAEA-367

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    The results of an intercomparison exercise on a Pacific Ocean sediment sample, IAEA-367, designed for the determination of artificial and natural radionuclides levels, are reported. The data from 81 laboratories representing 37 countries have been evaluated. The following are the recommended values, with confidence intervals, for 60Co, 90Sr, 137Cs, 239+240Pu (Reference date: 1 January 1990). Information values for 155Eu, 238Pu, 241Am, and 241Pu are reported. Information values for the following natural radionuclides 40K, 226Ra, 228Th, 230Th, 234U, 235U and 238U are also reported. (author)

  20. Intercomparison of radionuclide measurements in marine sediment sample IAEA-368

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    The results of an intercomparison exercise on a Pacific Ocean sediment sample, IAEA-368, designed for the determination of artificial and natural radionuclides levels, are reported. The data from 89 laboratories representing 37 countries have been evaluated. The following are the recommended values, with confidence intervals, for 60Co, 155Eu, 2107Pb, 226Ra, 238U, 238Pu and239+240Pu (Reference date: 1 January 1990). Information values for 40K, 90Sr, 137Cs, 228Th, 230Th, 232Th, 234U, 235U and 241Am are also reported. (author)

  1. The fast neutron SEU cross section of a 4 Mb SRAM memory

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    Pereira Junior, Evaldo C.F.; Goncalez, Odair L.; Cruz, Marco Aurelio da; Prado, Adriane Cristina Mendes; Federico, Claudio Antonio; Gaspar, Felipe de Barros, E-mail: claudiofederico@ieav.cta.br, E-mail: odairlelisgoncalez@gmail.com, E-mail: evaldocarlosjr@gmail.com, E-mail: adriane.acm@hotmail.com [Instituto de Estudos Avancados (IEAv/DCTA), Sao Jose dos Campos, SP (Brazil)

    2013-07-01

    The results of a static test of single event upset (SEU) produced by fast neutrons on an ISSI 4Mb SRAM memory are reported in this work. To perform the tests, it was built a platform based on a motherboard which is controlled by microprocessor, whose function is to perform the writing, reading and control of the memories under irradiation. The irradiation was performed with a set of 8 {sup 241}Am-Be neutrons source in a quasi-isotropic incidence. The SEU cross was calculated from the accumulated bit flip count. (author)

  2. Determination of the effective centre of a De Pangher Long Counter detector in low spreading hall of neutrons of the Neutron Metrology Laboratory; Determinacao do centro efetivo de um detector do tipo De Pangher Long Counter no salao de baixo espalhamento de neutrons do Laboratorio de Metrologia de Neutrons (LN)

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    Fernandes, S.S.; Lopes, R.T., E-mail: simonesilvafernandes@gmail.com [Coordenacao dos Programas de Pos-Graduacao de Engenharia (COPPE/UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Programa de Engenharia Nuclear; Patrao, K.C.S.; Fonseca, E.S.; Pereira, W.W. [Instituto de Radioprotecao e Dosimetria (IRD/CNEN-RJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Lab. de Metrologia de Neutrons

    2015-07-01

    Determination of the effective centre of a De Pangher Long Counter neutron detector for a set of radionuclide sources corresponds to one of parameters for characterization. This paper presents the preliminary results from determination of the effective centre of this neutron detector filled with {sup 3}He gas, using two different well defined ISO8529 source spectra {sup 241}AmBe e {sup 252}Cf. Measurements were carried out at Institute of Radiation Protection and Dosimetry (IRD) in the low scattering room Neutron Metrology Laboratory (LN). (author)

  3. NSDUAZ unfolding package for neutron spectrometry and dosimetry with Bonner spheres.

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    Vega-Carrillo, H R; Ortiz-Rodríguez, J M; Martínez-Blanco, M R

    2012-12-01

    NSDUAZ (Neutron Spectrometry and Dosimetry from the Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas) is a user friendly neutron unfolding package for Bonner sphere spectrometer with (6)LiI(Eu) developed under LabView(®) environment. Unfolding is carried out using a recursive iterative procedure with the SPUNIT algorithm, where the starting spectrum is obtained from a library initial guess spectra to start the iterations. The NSDUAZ performance was evaluated using (252)Cf, (252)Cf/D(2)O, (241)AmBe neutron sources and the neutrons outside the radial beam port of a TRIGA Mark III nuclear reactor running to 10 W. PMID:22578610

  4. Chemical Effect on K Shell X-ray Fluorescence Parameters and Radiative Auger Ratios of Co, Ni, Cu, and Zn Complexes

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    Cengiz, Erhan; Bıyıklıoğlu, Zekeriya; Küp Aylıkcı, Nuray; Aylıkcı, Volkan; Apaydın, Gökhan; Tıraşoğlu, Engin; Kantekin, Halit

    2010-04-01

    The production cross-sections, intensity ratios, and radiative Auger intensity ratios of Co, Ni, Cu, and Zn elements in different complexes were measured. The chemical effects on the K shell fluorescence parameters and the radiative Auger intensity ratios of these elements were investigated and the changes in these parameters were interpreted according to the charge transfer process. The samples were excited by 59.5 keV γ-rays from a 241Am annular radioactive source. K X-rays emitted by samples were counted by an Ultra-LEGe detector with a resolution of 150 eV at 5.9 keV.

  5. Preparation of americium amalgam

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    Using the method of NGR-spectroscopy with the aid of 241Am isotope chemical state of transuranium elements in the volume and on the surface of amalgams is studied. Amalgam preparation was realized in a simplified electrolytic cell. It is shown that in the process of amalgam preparation the first order of reaction as to actinide is observed; americium is distributed gradually over the volume and it is partially sorbed by the surface of glass capillary. NGR spectrum of dry residue after mercury distillation at 200 deg C points to the presence of americium-mercury intermetal compounds

  6. Effects of the shape of tracer source on 90Sr migration

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    The method and the results of the tracer migration test in horizontal column, which was conducted in the experimental shaft of the CIRP's Field Test Site, are introduced. The effects of the shape of tracer source on 90Sr migration are discussed. The results indicates that adsorption capacity of loess to 90Sr, 237Np, 238Pu and 241Am are relatively strong. Humus retarded migration of 90Sr. Retardation coefficient of 90Sr, under the condition of plane source, is less than that under the condition of point source. (authors)

  7. Factors that affected the development of a new albedo individual monitor at Instituto de Radioprotecao e Dosimetria - IRD

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    IRD has worked in the development of an albedo individual monitor with two-components (albedo and incident). As desired characteristics, this monitor should have a lower detection limit smaller than 0.2 mSv for unmoderated 241 Am Be source and an optimum design project. For its development, several factors had to be analyzed in order to satisfy the requirements and characteristics desired. The monitor developed consists of the following parts: monitor support (badge), incident neutron shielding, moderator body and LiF:Mg,Ti thermoluminescent detectors (TLDs). This work presents a discussion on the factors evaluated, such as: albedo shape, moderator type, among others. (author)

  8. Uptake and loss of heavy metals and radionuclides in the common NE Atlantic starfish Asterias rubens: Seawater and food exposures

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    Seven radiotracers were selected: 54Mn, 57Co, 65Zn, 110mAg, 109Cd, 134Cs, 241Am. Bioaccumulation was followed in asteroids of the same size class (radius length: 4 ± 0.5 cm) exposed for 32d via sea water or for 48h through the food (mussels Mytilus galloprovincialis previously exposed to the tracers for 35d). Depuration was followed by maintaining the same exposed asteroid individuals under non-contaminating conditions for 63 and 70d, respectively

  9. Environmental radioactivity in Greenland in 1981

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    Measurements of fallout radioactivity in Greenland in 1981 are reported. Strontium-90 (and Cesium-137 in most cases) was determined in samples of precipitation, sea water, vegetation, animals, and drinking water. Estimates are given of the mean contents of 90Sr and 137Cs in the human diet in Greenland in 1981. Further results of the 239,240Pu and 241Am measurements on samples from the expedition to Thule in August 1979 are prsented. Brown algae collected in East Greenland in 1969 were analysed for Pu and Am. (author)

  10. Environmental radioactivity in Greenland in 1980

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    Measurements of fallout radioactivity in Greenland in 1980 are reported. Strontium-90 (and Cesium-137 in most cases) was determined in samples of precipitation, sea water, vegetation, animals, and drinking water. Estimates are given of the mean contents of 90Sr and 137Cs in the human diet in Greenland in 1980. Provisional results of the 239Pu, 240Pu and 241Am measurements on samples from the expedition to Thule in August 1979 and from the Swedish YMER expedition in 1980 are presented. (author)

  11. A linear optical link using radiation hard VCSELs

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    Lozano-Bahilo, J; Zsenei, A

    2001-01-01

    A four-channel linear optical link has been developed to enable analogue data transmission in LHC experiments for the analogue front- end chip SCT128A. Signals from a prototype ATLAS SCT module, consisting of 12 cm long silicon strip detectors, connected to six 128 channel SCTA chips, have been transmitted at 40 MHz using the Mitel 4D469 VCSEL and matching PIN diode at a wavelength of 850 nm. Results are presented showing static and dynamic linearity, frequency response and noise. The overall performance of the complete chain is shown for /sup 241/Am spectra. (4 refs).

  12. Construction and commissioning of a position-sensitive ionization chamber

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    Kwag, M. S.; Chae, K. Y.; Cha, S. M.; Kim, A.; Kim, M. J.; Lee, E. J.; Lee, J. H.

    2016-05-01

    A position-sensitive ionization chamber has been constructed and commissioned at the Physics Department of Sungkyunkwan University to extract position information on incident charged particles for future nuclear reaction measurements. By utilizing the newly-designed position-sensitive anodes and the previously-commissioned portable gas-filled ionization chamber by Chae et al., position information on incident particles could be obtained. The device was tested with an 241Am α-emitting source, and the standard deviation of the fitted Gaussian distribution was measured to be 1.76 mm when a collimator with a 2 mm hole was used.

  13. Multi-layered parallel plate ionization chamber for cross-section measurements of minor actinides

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    Hirose, K., E-mail: hirose@lns.tohoku.ac.j [Research Center for Electron Photon Science, Tohoku University, Sendai 982-0826 (Japan); Ohtsuki, T.; Shibasaki, Y. [Research Center for Electron Photon Science, Tohoku University, Sendai 982-0826 (Japan); Iwasa, N. [Department of Physics, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8578 (Japan); Hori, J.; Takamiya, K.; Yashima, H. [Research Reactor Institute, Kyoto University, Kumatori-cho, Sennangun, Osaka 590-0494 (Japan); Nishio, K. [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Tokai, Ibaraki 319-1195 (Japan); Kiyanagi, Y. [Graduate School of Engineering, Hokkaido University, Kita-13, Nishi-8, Kita-ku, Sapporo 060-8628 (Japan)

    2010-09-21

    A multi-layered parallel plate ionization chamber (MLPPIC) has been developed for the measurement of neutron-induced fission cross-sections using the lead slowing-down neutron spectrometer at the Research Reactor Institute, Kyoto University. The MLPPIC consists of two sets of multi-layered electrodes to detect fission fragments from two samples located back-to-back between them. The performance of the MLPPIC was tested with a spontaneous fission of {sup 248}Cm. The cross-section for the neutron-induced fission of {sup 241}Am was successfully obtained using that of {sup 235}U as a reference.

  14. Behaviour of long-lived radionuclides associated with deep-sea disposal of radioactive wastes

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    The IAEA sponsored this Coordinated Research Programme to improve knowledge of various long-lived radionuclides likely to be dumped in the deep sea. During the three years of this programme the state of knowledge has advanced significantly in this area, and this document provides a review of the progress. The isotopes studied were mainly 238Pu, 239Pu, 240Pu, 241Am, 226Ra, 210Po, 90Sr, 137Cs, 60Co, and 99Tc. A separate abstract was prepared for each of the 15 papers

  15. New thermal neutron calibration channel at LNMRI/IRD

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    A new standard thermal neutron flux unit was designed in the National Ionizing Radiation Metrology Laboratory (LNMRI) for calibration of neutron detectors. Fluence is achieved by moderation of four 241Am-Be sources with 596 GBq each, in a facility built with graphite and paraffin blocks. The study was divided into two stages. First, simulations were performed using MCNPX code in different geometric arrangements, seeking the best performance in terms of fluence and their uncertainties. Last, the system was assembled based on the results obtained on the simulations. The simulation results indicate quasi-homogeneous fluence (less than 1%) in the central chamber. (author)

  16. Liquid-Xe detector for contraband detection

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    Vartsky, D.; Israelashvili, I.; Cortesi, M.; Arazi, L.; Coimbra, A. E.; Moleri, L.; Erdal, E.; Bar, D.; Rappaport, M.; Shchemelinin, S.; Caspi, E. N.; Aviv, O.; Breskin, A.

    2016-07-01

    We describe progress made with a liquid-Xe (LXe) detector coupled to a gaseous photomultiplier (GPM), for combined imaging and spectroscopy of fast neutrons and gamma-rays in the MeV range. The purpose of this detector is to enable the detection of hidden explosives and fissile materials in cargo and containers. The expected position resolution is about 2 m and 3.5 mm for fast neutrons and gamma-rays, respectively. Experimental results obtained using an 241Am source yielded energy and time resolutions of 11% and 1.2 ns RMS, respectively. Initial results obtained with the position-sensitive GPM are presented.

  17. Performance of 20 Ci 137Cs -ray Compton spectrometer for the study of momentum densities

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    B L Ahuja; M Sharma

    2005-07-01

    In this paper, we present the design and construction of a 20 Ci -ray Compton spectrometer that employs a 137Cs source with a strong line at 661.65 keV. The total resolution of the spectrometer in momentum scale is 0.40 a.u., which is much better than the conventional 241Am Compton spectrometers. The in-house 137Cs spectrometer is very useful for the measurement of momentum densities of heavy materials. The performance of the machine is assessed using aluminum, terbium and mercury samples and the experimental data from comparable apparatus.

  18. Studies on the valence electronic structure of Fe and Ni in FeNi1- alloys

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    D K Basa; S Raj; H C Padhi; M Polasik; F Pawlowski

    2002-05-01

    -to- X-ray intensity ratios of Fe and Ni in pure metals and in FeNi1- alloys ( = 0.20, 0.50, 0.58) exhibiting similar crystalline structure have been measured following excitation by 59.54 keV -rays from a 241Am point source, to understand as to why the properties of permalloy Fe0.2Ni0.8 is distinct from other alloy compositions. It is observed that the valence electronic structure of Fe0.2Ni0.8 alloy is totally different from other alloys which may be attributed to its special magnetic properties.

  19. INERT-MATRIX FUEL: ACTINIDE ''BURNING'' AND DIRECT DISPOSAL

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    Excess actinides result from the dismantlement of nuclear weapons (Pu) and the reprocessing of commercial spent nuclear fuel (mainly 241 Am, 244 Cm and 237 Np). In Europe, Canada and Japan studies have determined much improved efficiencies for burnup of actinides using inert-matrix fuels. This innovative approach also considers the properties of the inert-matrix fuel as a nuclear waste form for direct disposal after one-cycle of burn-up. Direct disposal can considerably reduce cost, processing requirements, and radiation exposure to workers

  20. Concordant plutonium-241-americium-241 dating of environmental samples: results from forest fire ash

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    Goldstein, Steven J [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Oldham, Warren J [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Murrell, Michael T [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Katzman, Danny [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2010-12-07

    We have measured the Pu, {sup 237}Np, {sup 241}Am, and {sup 151}Sm isotopic systematics for a set of forest fire ash samples from various locations in the western U.S. including Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, and New Mexico. The goal of this study is to develop a concordant {sup 241}Pu (t{sub 1/2} = 14.4 y)-{sup 241}Am dating method for environmental collections. Environmental samples often contain mixtures of components including global fallout. There are a number of approaches for subtracting the global fallout component for such samples. One approach is to use {sup 242}/{sup 239}Pu as a normalizing isotope ratio in a three-isotope plot, where this ratio for the nonglobal fallout component can be estimated or assumed to be small. This study investigates a new, complementary method of normalization using the long-lived fission product, {sup 151}Sm (t{sub 1/2} = 90 y). We find that forest fire ash concentrates actinides and fission products with {approx}1E10 atoms {sup 239}Pu/g and {approx}1E8 atoms {sup 151}Sm/g, allowing us to measure these nuclides by mass spectrometric (MIC-TIMS) and radiometric (liquid scintillation counting) methods. The forest fire ash samples are characterized by a western U.S. regional isotopic signature representing varying mixtures of global fallout with a local component from atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons at the Nevada Test Site (NTS). Our results also show that {sup 151}Sm is well correlated with the Pu nuclides in the forest fire ash, suggesting that these nuclides have similar geochemical behavior in the environment. Results of this correlation indicate that the {sup 151}Sm/{sup 239}Pu atom ratio for global fallout is {approx}0.164, in agreement with an independent estimate of 0.165 based on {sup 137}Cs fission yields for atmospheric weapons tests at the NTS. {sup 241}Pu-{sup 241}Am dating of the non-global fallout component in the forest fire ash samples yield ages in the late 1950's-early 1960's, consistent with a peak

  1. Spectroscopic performance of semi-insulating GaAs detectors for digital radiography

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    We studied pixel radiation detectors for X-ray radiography based on semi-insulating GaAs: in particular, we investigated both annealed and non-annealed contact deposition techniques for the ohmic contact and both ring-guarded and non-guarded Schottky contact, in order to reduce the leakage current and to increase the maximum applied electric field. Spectroscopic characterization with a 60 keV 241 Am source has been performed. Among these different detectors, the CCE can reach 99±6%, while the energy resolution ΔE/E can go down to 4.1±0.2%

  2. Improving the moderator geometry of an anti-personnel landmine detection system

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    Miri-Hakimabad, Hashem; Vejdani-Noghreiyan, Alireza [FUM Radiation Detection and Measurement Laboratory, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Panjeh, Hamed [FUM Radiation Detection and Measurement Laboratory, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad (Iran, Islamic Republic of)], E-mail: panjeh@gmail.com

    2008-05-15

    The optimum moderating geometry using an {sup 241}Am-Be neutron source for detecting landmines has been investigated. The experimental setup composed of a Pb cylindrical shell enclosing the neutron source, embedded in a fixed-size high-density polyethylene cylinder with a variable thickness of the upper and lower moderator/reflector. According to the fact that the increased flux of thermal neutrons in the mine position yields increased prompt gamma rays, some groups of experiment have been done to measure several moderator configurations' responses, replacing a thermal neutron detector with the landmine and counting the neutron capture events.

  3. In vivo measurement of actinides in the human lung

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    The problems associated with the in vivo detection and measurement of actinides in the human lung are discussed together with various measurement systems currently in use. In particular, the methods and calibration procedures employed at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, namely, the use of twin Phoswich detectors and a new, more realistic, tissue-equivalent phantom, are described. Methods for the measurement of chest-wall thickness, fat content, and normal human background counts are also discussed. Detection-efficiency values and minimum detectable activity estimates are given for three common actinides, 238Pu, 239Pu, and 241Am

  4. Experimental study on fast neutron radiography%快中子照相的实验研究

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    蒋诗平; 陈亮; 陈阳; 杜淮江; 王忠民; 范扬眉; 韩荣典

    2005-01-01

    快中子照相是一种优良的无损检测技术,它有着X射线、热中子照相等所不具有的独特优势.本文介绍了作者分别采用241Am-Be同位素中子源和中子发生器进行的快中子照相研究,并利用自制的Gd2O2S:Tb快中子转换发光屏进行探测,成功实现照相.

  5. Bioligand-mediated partitioning of radionuclides to the aqueous phase

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    The aqueous-phase partitioning of 59Fe, 147Pm, 234Th and 241Am by complexing compounds from subsurface bacteria has previously been studied in the presence of quartz sand. In this study the aqueous-phase partitioning of pico- to submicromolar amounts of 59Fe, 147Pm, 234Th and 241Am was analyzed in the presence of TiO2 and exudates from three species of subsurface bacteria: Pseudomonas fluorescens, Pseudomonas stutzeri, and Shewanella putrefaciens. All were grown under aerobic conditions and P. stutzeri and S. putrefaciens were grown under anaerobic conditions as well. The supernatants of the aerobic and anaerobic cultures were collected and radionuclide was added. TiO2, with BET surface area of 49.9 m2 x g-1, was added to the supernatant radionuclide mix, and the pH was adjusted to approximately 8. After incubation, the amount of radionuclide in the liquid phase of the samples and controls was analyzed using scintillation method. Two types of values were calculated: solution% = the activity maintained in solution relative to the total activity, and Q-values = the quotient between the activity in samples and the activity in controls. Aerobic supernatants had solution% values between 89% and 100% for 59Fe and between 18 and 43% for 234Th. The solution% values for 241Am and 147Pm were less than 2% overall, but the Q-values were between 34 and 115 times more 241Am in bacterial supernatants than in controls. The corresponding values for 147Pm ranged from 6 to 20 times more than in the control. The solution% values for all elements in the presence of anaerobic supernatants were below 2%, but the Q-values clustered around 7 for 59Fe and ranging from 2 to 29 for 234Th, indicated that anaerobic supernatants partitioned these elements to the aqueous phase. Both aerobic and anaerobic supernatants tested positive for complexing compounds when analyzed, using the Chrome Azurol S assay. Complexation with excreted organic ligands is most likely the reason for the higher amounts

  6. Experimental values of K to Li sub-shell, K to L, and K to M shell vacancy transfer probabilities for some rare earth elements.

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    Akman, Ferdi

    2016-09-01

    The K to Li (i=2,3), K to L, and K to M shell vacancy transfer probabilities for La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy and Er were determined at 59.54keV using a reflection geometry. The measurements were performed using an (241)Am annular radioactive source and a high resolution Si(Li) detector. The experimental results were compared with the theoretical values of Hartree-Slater and Hartree-Fock theories, semi-empirical and other available experimental results in the literature. Reasonable agreement is observed between the measured and theoretical results. PMID:27451114

  7. Calorimetric assay of minor actinides

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    Rudy, C.; Bracken, D.; Cremers, T.; Foster, L.A.; Ensslin, N.

    1996-12-31

    This paper reviews the principles of calorimetric assay and evaluates its potential application to the minor actinides (U-232-4, Am-241, Am- 243, Cm-245, Np-237). We conclude that calorimetry and high- resolution gamma-ray isotopic analysis can be used for the assay of minor actinides by adapting existing methodologies for Pu/Am-241 mixtures. In some cases, mixtures of special nuclear materials and minor actinides may require the development of new methodologies that involve a combination of destructive and nondestructive assay techniques.

  8. Calorimetric assay of minor actinides

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    This paper reviews the principles of calorimetric assay and evaluates its potential application to the minor actinides (U-232-4, Am-241, Am- 243, Cm-245, Np-237). We conclude that calorimetry and high- resolution gamma-ray isotopic analysis can be used for the assay of minor actinides by adapting existing methodologies for Pu/Am-241 mixtures. In some cases, mixtures of special nuclear materials and minor actinides may require the development of new methodologies that involve a combination of destructive and nondestructive assay techniques

  9. Applying alpha particle background ionization device in the development of pulsed nitrogen laser technology

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    An investigation on the application of alpha particles in the induction of a bias ionized background plasma before, during and after the discharge of the N2 TE UV laser (337.1 nm), built in the LEL-IF/UFF is presented. The alpha particles are provided by Americium (241-Am) stripes placed inside the discharge channel of the laser device. The stimulated radiation output characteristics, in terms of gas pressure, charging voltage and pulse width, of a N2 TE UV laser (337.1 nm) circuit are presented. The increased laser yield is interpreted qualitatively through plasma impedance in the discharge circuit. (author)

  10. Applying alpha particle background ionization device in the development of pulsed nitrogen laser technology

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    Fellows, C.E.; Rodegheri, C.C.; Tauber, U. [Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF), Niteroi, RJ (Brazil). Inst. de Fisica. Lab. de Espectroscopia e Laser (LEL); Guterres, R.F. [Comissao Nacional de Energia Nuclear (CNEN), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Coordenacao de Instalacoes Radiativas]. E-mail: rgutterr@cnen.gov.br

    2005-11-15

    An investigation on the application of alpha particles in the induction of a bias ionized background plasma before, during and after the discharge of the N2 TE UV laser (337.1 nm), built in the LEL-IF/UFF is presented. The alpha particles are provided by Americium (241-Am) stripes placed inside the discharge channel of the laser device. The stimulated radiation output characteristics, in terms of gas pressure, charging voltage and pulse width, of a N2 TE UV laser (337.1 nm) circuit are presented. The increased laser yield is interpreted qualitatively through plasma impedance in the discharge circuit. (author)

  11. Development of Superconducting Tunnel Junction as an Imaging Radiation Detector

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    Yamasaki, N. Y.; Rokutanda, E.; Kikuchi, K.; Kushino, A.; Ohashi, T.; Kurakado, M.

    Superconducting tunnel junctions (STJs) as X-ray detectors have been developed mainly aiming at high resolution spectrometers. We archived an energy resolution of 106 eV at 5.9 keV (FWHM) using an STJ developed at Nippon Steel Corporation with a cooled (~ 100K) FET. Furthermore, series-connected STJs as an imaging radiation detector are developed. Both the pulse hight and the rise time of signals from 241Am α-particles irradiated on a series-connected STJ give a good position sensitivity, indicating the intrinsic position resolution less than 0.5 mm

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

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

    2011-01-01

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

  13. The ZEPLIN III Detector; Results from Surface Calibrations

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    Sumner, T.J. [Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College London (United Kingdom); Akimov, D.Yu. [Institute for Theoretical and Experimental Physics, Moscow (Russian Federation); Alner, G.J. [Particle Physics Department, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Chilton (United Kingdom); Araujo, H.M.; Bewick, A. [Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College London (United Kingdom); Bungau, C.; Burenkov, A.A. [Institute for Theoretical and Experimental Physics, Moscow (Russian Federation); Carson, M.J.; Chagani, H. [Physics and Astronomy Department, University of Sheffield (United Kingdom); Chepel, V. [LIP-Coimbra and Department of Physics of the University of Coimbra (Portugal); Cline, D. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of California, Los Angeles (United States); Davidge, D. [Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College London (United Kingdom); Daw, E. [Physics and Astronomy Department, University of Sheffield (United Kingdom); Dawson, J. [Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College London (United Kingdom); Durkin, T. [Particle Physics Department, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Chilton (United Kingdom); Edwards, B.; Gamble, T. [Physics and Astronomy Department, University of Sheffield (United Kingdom); Chag, C. [School of Physics, University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom); Hollingworth, R.J. [Physics and Astronomy Department, University of Sheffield (United Kingdom); Howard, A.S. [Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College London (United Kingdom)] (and others)

    2007-11-15

    ZEPLIN-III is a direct dark-matter search instrument using liquid xenon as a target. Both the scintillation light and the ionisation charge are measured.The instrument has been built and it is currently being testing in a surface laboratory. We present results from some of the initial testing, including design thermal control system verification, photomultiplier calibration (including spectral measurements with 60 keV photons from {sup 241}Am) and two-phase operation showing simultaneous measurement of scintillation and charge and position reconstruction.

  14. Modelling the dispersion of radionuclides following short duration releases to rivers: Part 2. Uptake by fish

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    Smith, Jim

    2006-01-01

    This paper evaluates and generalises state-of-the-art approaches for dynamic modelling of bioaccumulation in fish resulting from short duration liquid discharges of radionuclides (3H, 14C, 60Co, 134Cs, 137Cs, 65Zn, 89Sr, 90Sr, 125I, 131I, 241Am, isotopes of Pu and U) to rivers. Based on a review of model parameter values, predictions are made of maximum and timeintegrated activity concentrations in fish. A simplified version of the model was developed and presented as look-up graphs. The infl...

  15. Comparison of three types of XPAD3.2/CdTe single chip hybrids for hard X-ray applications in material science and biomedical imaging

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    Buton, C., E-mail: clement.buton@synchrotron-soleil.fr [Synchrotron SOLEIL, L´Orme des Merisiers, Saint-Aubin — BP 48 91192, Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex (France); Dawiec, A. [Synchrotron SOLEIL, L´Orme des Merisiers, Saint-Aubin — BP 48 91192, Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex (France); Graber-Bolis, J.; Arnaud, K. [CPPM, Aix-Marseille Université, CNRS/IN2P3, Marseille (France); Bérar, J.F.; Blanc, N.; Boudet, N. [Université Grenoble Alpes, Institut NÉEL, F-38042 Grenoble (France); CNRS, Institut NÉEL, F-38042 Grenoble (France); Clémens, J.C.; Debarbieux, F. [CPPM, Aix-Marseille Université, CNRS/IN2P3, Marseille (France); Delpierre, P.; Dinkespiler, B. [imXPAD SAS — Espace Mistral, Athélia IV, 297 avenue du Mistral, 13600 La Ciotat (France); Gastaldi, T. [CPPM, Aix-Marseille Université, CNRS/IN2P3, Marseille (France); Hustache, S. [Synchrotron SOLEIL, L´Orme des Merisiers, Saint-Aubin — BP 48 91192, Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex (France); Morel, C.; Pangaud, P. [CPPM, Aix-Marseille Université, CNRS/IN2P3, Marseille (France); Perez-Ponce, H. [imXPAD SAS — Espace Mistral, Athélia IV, 297 avenue du Mistral, 13600 La Ciotat (France); Vigeolas, E. [CPPM, Aix-Marseille Université, CNRS/IN2P3, Marseille (France)

    2014-09-11

    The CHIPSPECT consortium aims at building a large multi-modules CdTe based photon counting detector for hard X-ray applications. For this purpose, we tested nine XPAD3.2 single chip hybrids in various configurations (i.e. Ohmic vs. Schottky contacts or electrons vs. holes collection mode) in order to select the most performing and best suited configuration for our experimental requirements. Measurements have been done using both X-ray synchrotron beams and {sup 241}Am source. Preliminary results on the image quality, calibration, stability, homogeneity and linearity of the different types of detectors are presented.

  16. The fast neutron SEU cross section of a 4 Mb SRAM memory

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    The results of a static test of single event upset (SEU) produced by fast neutrons on an ISSI 4Mb SRAM memory are reported in this work. To perform the tests, it was built a platform based on a motherboard which is controlled by microprocessor, whose function is to perform the writing, reading and control of the memories under irradiation. The irradiation was performed with a set of 8 241Am-Be neutrons source in a quasi-isotropic incidence. The SEU cross was calculated from the accumulated bit flip count. (author)

  17. Evaluation and calculation of neutron transactinide cross-sections

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    This paper reviews the state of the art of nuclear theory and its application to the evaluation and calculation of neutron reaction cross sections of transactinium isotopes. In particular, the paper describes the current evaluation of the total files of neutron reaction data for 240Pu and 241Pu in the energy range between 10-5 eV and 15 MeV based on a thorough analysis of available experimental data and on the use of modern theoretical concepts, and the work in progress on the evaluation of the total neutron reaction data file for 242Pu and 241Am. (author)

  18. Gamma-ray attenuation coefficients of some building materials available in Egypt

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    Mass attenuation coefficients of various types of building materials were measured using a high-resolution HPGe spectrometer detector. Samples were irradiated by gamma-rays emitted from point sources of 241Am, 133Ba, 60Co and 137Cs. The results are in good agreement with the theoretical calculations of XCOM code. The effectiveness of building materials in shielding were determined over the range 50-3000 keV. Finally, the protection efficiency of walls and roofs from radiation exposure were determined. The effectiveness of all tested building materials was better than the internationally accepted limit, and they are therefore acceptable for use.

  19. The measurement of total mass attenuation coefficients of CoCuNi alloys

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    The total mass attenuation coefficients for Co, Cu, Ni elements and CoCu, CoCuNi alloys were measured at different energies with 11.88, 13.93, 17.59, 21.09 and 26.00 keV emitted an 241Am point source using transmission arrangement. The gamma rays were counted by a Si(Li) detector with a resolution of 160 eV at 5.9 keV. Also the mass attenuation coefficients of each alloy (CoCu, CoCuNi) were estimated using mixture rule. The measured values were compared with estimated values for alloys

  20. The Mass Attenuation Coefficients, Electronic, Atomic, and Molecular Cross Sections, Effective Atomic Numbers, and Electron Densities for Compounds of Some Biomedically Important Elements at 59.5 keV

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    Burcu Akça; Erzeneoğlu, Salih Z.

    2014-01-01

    The mass attenuation coefficients for compounds of biomedically important some elements (Na, Mg, Al, Ca, and Fe) have been measured by using an extremely narrow collimated-beam transmission method in the energy 59.5 keV. Total electronic, atomic, and molecular cross sections, effective atomic numbers, and electron densities have been obtained by using these results. Gamma-rays of 241Am passed through compounds have been detected by a high-resolution Si(Li) detector and by using energy dispers...

  1. Preparation of high purity plutonium oxide standards for radiochemical Analysis

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    Due to the lack of suitable high level plutonium solution standards from a national accredited laboratory or commercial vendors, a well-characterized plutonium oxide was used to prepared radiochemistry instrument calibration standards and working standards at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). All the dilution and aliquoting steps were performed gravimetrically. The counting efficiency of a liquid scintillation counter obtained from the alpha activity of this plutonium oxide was compared to a commercial 241Am standardized solution. The results agreed to within 0.05%. The aliquots of the plutonium standard solutions and dilutions were then sealed in glass ampules for long term storage

  2. Alpha self-irradiation effects in ternary oxides of actinides elements: The zircon-like phases AmIIIVO4 and AIINpIV(VO4)2 (A=Sr, Pb)

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    We report the experimental studies of irradiation damage from alpha decay in neptunium and americium vanadates versus cumulative dose. The isotopes used were the transuranium α-emitter 237Np and the α,γ-emitter 241Am. Neptunium and americium vanadates self-irradiation was studied by X-ray diffraction method (XRD). The comparison of the powder diffraction patterns reveal that the irradiation has no apparent effect on the neptunium phases while the americium vanadate swells and becomes metamict as a function of cumulative dose

  3. Assessing sample attenuation parameters for use in low-energy efficiency transfer in gamma-ray spectrometry.

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    Bruggeman, M; Verheyen, L; Vidmar, T; Liu, B

    2016-03-01

    We present a numerical fitting method for transmission data that outputs an equivalent sample composition. This output is used as input to a generalised efficiency transfer model based on the EFFTRAN software integrated in a LIMS. The procedural concept allows choosing between efficiency transfer with a predefined sample composition or with an experimentally determined composition based on a transmission measurement. The method can be used for simultaneous quantification of low-energy gamma emitters like (210)Pb, (241)Am, (234)Th in typical environmental samples.

  4. Radionuclide concentrations in bed sediment and fish tissue within the Rio Grande drainage basin

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    In 1992-93, Los Alamos National Laboratory collaborated with the U.S. Geological Survey in an effort to characterize radionuclide concentrations in bed sediment and fish tissue within the Rio Grande drainage basin from Colorado to Texas. Bed sediment was sampled from 18 locations for cesium (137Cs), tritium (3H), strontium (90Sr), plutonium (238Pu and 239Pu), americium (241Am), total uranium (totU) and alpha, beta, and gamma activity. Fish tissue was sampled from 12 locations for 137Cs, 90Sr, 238Pu, 239Pu and totU

  5. An intercomparison on radionuclides in environmental samples, Baltic-Danish co-operation project on radiation protection 2001-2003

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    Nielsen, S.P.

    2004-01-01

    , 241Am, 226Ra, 232Th and 40K. The evaluation of analytical performance was based on comparison with median values, a 10% target standard deviation and statistical tests at the 99% level. For 137Cs the resultsfrom 10 out of 16 laboratories passed the evaluation tests. For 90Sr the results from 5 out...... laboratories passed the evaluation tests. The results indicate that for several of the laboratories there isroom to improve the analytical quality on radionuclides in environmental samples to match an uncertainty corresponding to a relative standard deviation of 10%....

  6. Effect of carbonate soil on transport and dose estimates from long-lived radionuclides at U. S. Pacific Test Site

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    Conrado, C.L.; Hamilton, T.F.; Robison, W.L.; Stoker, A.C.

    1998-09-01

    The United States conducted a series of nuclear tests from 1946 to 1958 at Bikini, a coral atoll, in the Marshall Islands (MI). The aquatic and terrestrial environments of the atoll are still contaminated with several long-lived radionuclides that were generated during testing. The four major radionuclides found in terrestrial plants and soils are Cesium-137 ({sup 137} Cs), Strontium-90 ({sup 90} Sr), Plutonium-239+ 240 ({sup 239+240}Pu) and Americium-241 ({sup 241}Am). {sup 137}Cs in the coral soils is more available for uptake by plants than {sup 137}Cs associated with continental soils of North America or Europe. Soil-to-plant {sup 137}Cs median concentration ratios (CR) (kBq kg{sup {minus}1} dry weight plant/kBq kg {sup {minus}1} dry weight soil) for tropical fruits and vegetables range between 0.8 and 36, much larger than the range of 0.005 to 0.5 reported for vegetation in temperate zones. Conversely, {sup 90}Sr median CRs range from 0.006 to 1.0 at the atoll versus a range from 0.02 to 3.0 for continental silica-based soils. Thus, the relative uptake of {sup 137}Cs and {sup 90}Sr by plants in carbonate soils is reversed from that observed in silica-based soils. The CRs for {sup 239+240}Pu and {sup 241}Am are very similar to those observed in continental soils. Values range from 10{sup {minus}6} to 10{sup {minus}4} for both {sup 239+240}Pu and {sup 241}Am. No significant difference is observed between the two in coral soil. The uptake of {sup 137}Cs by plants is enhanced because of the absence of mineral binding sites and the low concentration of potassium in the coral soil. {sup 137}Cs is bound to the organic fraction of the soil, whereas {sup 90}Sr, {sup 239+240}Pu and {sup 241}Am are primarily bound to soil particles. Assessment of plant uptake for {sup 137}Cs and {sup 90}Sr into locally grown food crops was a major contributing factor in (1) reliably predicting the radiological dose for returning residents, and (2) developing a strategy to limit the

  7. Occurrence of plutonium in the terrestrial environment at Thule, Greenland

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    Roos, Per; Jernström, Jussi; Nielsen, Sven Poul

    2011-01-01

    Samples of air, resuspended particles, water, soil and precipitation were collected in an area 10 km south of the Thule 1968 impact point and analysed for their content of 241Am and plutonium. The results from the soil sampling show a very inhomogeneous distribution with hot spots ranging up...... to several hundred kBq per m2 of Pu. Although concentrations in surface soil can be very high the concentration in analysed air filter samples and passive aerosol collectors are very low. Exposure to plutonium due to inhalation of airborne plutonium particles in the area is of little importance according...

  8. IN-SITU ASSAY OF TRANSURANIC RADIONUCLIDES IN THE VADOSE ZONE USING HIGH-RESOLUTION SPECTRAL GAMMA LOGGING - A HANFORD CASE STUDY

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    ROHAY VJ; HENWOOD P; MCCAIN R

    2009-11-30

    High-resolution spectral gamma logging in steel-cased boreholes is used to detect and quantify transuranic radionuclides in the subsurface. Pu-239, Pu-241, Am-241, and Np-237 are identified based on characteristic decay gammas. Typical minimum detectable levels are on the order of 20 to 40 nCi/g. In intervals of high transuranic concentrations, gamma rays from other sources may complicate analysis and interpretation. Gamma rays detected in the borehole may originate from three sources: decay of the parent transuranic radionuclide or a daughter; alpha interactions; and interactions with neutrons resulting from either spontaneous fission or alpha particle interactions.

  9. Assessment of occupational exposure and individual radiosensitivity in people exposed to radiation using methods of physical and biological dosimetry

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    This paper examined people professionally in contact with sources of ionizing radiation.The incidence of chromosomal aberrations, the radionuclide content in the urine of the radiochemical method and calculation of internal doses based on the results of direct measurement of the concentration of incorporated radionuclides 137Cs and 241Am using human radiation spectrometer (HRS). According to the results of physical and biological dosimetry identified individual cumulative doses and the ratio defined cohort surveyed by radiosensitivity Key words: chromosomal aberrations, physical methods of dosimetry, radiation sensitivity, ionizing radiation, biodosimetry

  10. Evaluation of Saxton critical experiments

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    Joo, Hyung Kook; Noh, Jae Man; Jung, Hyung Guk; Kim, Young Il; Kim, Young Jin [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    1997-12-31

    As a part of International Criticality Safety Benchmark Evaluation Project (ICSBEP), SAXTON critical experiments were reevaluated. The effects of k{sub eff} of the uncertainties in experiment parameters, fuel rod characterization, soluble boron, critical water level, core structure, {sup 241}Am and {sup 241}Pu isotope number densities, random pitch error, duplicated experiment, axial fuel position, model simplification, etc., were evaluated and added in benchmark-model k{sub eff}. In addition to detailed model, the simplified model for Saxton critical experiments was constructed by omitting the top, middle, and bottom grids and ignoring the fuel above water. 6 refs., 1 fig., 3 tabs. (Author)

  11. EA-MC Neutronic Calculations on IAEA ADS Benchmark 3.2

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    The neutronics and the transmutation properties of the IAEA ADS benchmark 3.2 setup, the 'Yalina' experiment or ISTC project B-70, have been studied through an extensive amount of 3-D Monte Carlo calculations at CERN. The simulations were performed with the state-of-the-art computer code package EA-MC, developed at CERN. The calculational approach is outlined and the results are presented in accordance with the guidelines given in the benchmark description. A variety of experimental conditions and parameters are examined; three different fuel rod configurations and three types of neutron sources are applied to the system. Reactivity change effects introduced by removal of fuel rods in both central and peripheral positions are also computed. Irradiation samples located in a total of 8 geometrical positions are examined. Calculations of capture reaction rates in 129I, 237Np and 243Am samples and of fission reaction rates in 235U, 237Np and 243Am samples are presented. Simulated neutron flux densities and energy spectra as well as spectral indices inside experimental channels are also given according to benchmark specifications. Two different nuclear data libraries, JAR-95 and JENDL-3.2, are applied for the calculations

  12. Transuranium analysis methodologies for biological and environmental samples

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    Analytical procedures for the most abundant transuranium nuclides in the environment (i.e., plutonium and, to a lesser extent, americium) are available. There is a lack of procedures for doing sequential analysis for Np, Pu, Am, and Cm in environmental samples, primarily because of current emphasis on Pu and Am. Reprocessing requirements and waste disposal connected with the fuel cycle indicate that neptunium and curium must be considered in environmental radioactive assessments. Therefore it was necessary to develop procedures that determine all four of these radionuclides in the environment. The state of the art of transuranium analysis methodology as applied to environmental samples is discussed relative to different sample sources, such as soil, vegetation, air, water, and animals. Isotope-dilution analysis with 243Am (239Np) and 236Pu or 242Pu radionuclide tracers is used. Americium and curium are analyzed as a group, with 243Am as the tracer. Sequential extraction procedures employing bis(2-ethyl-hexyl)orthophosphoric acid (HDEHP) were found to result in lower yields and higher Am--Cm fractionation than ion-exchange methods

  13. Annual report of the project CIS-03-95, `evaluation of actinide nuclear data`

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    Maslov, V.M. [Radiation Physics and Chemistry Problems Inst., Minsk-Sosny (Belarus)

    1997-03-01

    The evaluation of neutron data for {sup 243}Cm, {sup 245}Cm and {sup 246}Cm is made in the energy region from 10-5 eV up to 20 MeV. The results of the evaluation are compiled in the ENDF/B-VI format. This work is performed under the Project Agreement CIS-03-95 with the International Science and Technology Center (Moscow). This is the annual report of the project CIS-03-95. (author)

  14. Infant doses from the transfer of radionuclides in mothers' milk

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    Assessments of potential internal exposures of the child following radionuclide intakes by the mother require consideration of transfers during lactation as well as during pregnancy. Current ICRP work on internal dosimetry includes the estimation of radiation doses to newborn infants from radionuclides ingested in mothers' milk. Infant doses will be calculated for maternal intakes by ingestion or inhalation of the radionuclides, radioisotopes of 31 elements, for which fetal dose coefficients have been published. In this paper, modelling approaches are examined, concentrating on models developed for iodine, caesium, polonium, alkaline earth elements and the actinides. Comparisons of model predictions show maximum overall transfer to milk following maternal ingestion during lactation of about 30% of ingested activity for 131I, 20% for 45Ca and 137Cs, 10% for 90Sr, 1% for 210Po and low values of less than 0.01% for 239Pu and 241Am. The corresponding infant doses from milk consumption are estimated in preliminary calculations to be about two to three times the adult dose for 45Ca and 131I, 70-80% of the adult dose for 90Sr, about 40% for 137Cs, 20% for 210Po, and 239Pu and 241Am. Infant doses from radionuclides in breast milk are compared with doses to the offspring resulting from in utero exposures during pregnancy. (author)

  15. Distribution of radionuclides in mussels, winkles and prawns: Pt. 1; Study of organisms under environmental conditions using conventional radio-analytical techniques

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    McDonald, P. (Scottish Research Reactor Centre, East Kilbride (United Kingdom)); Baxter, M.S.; Fowler, S.W. (International Atomic Energy Agency, Monaco (Monaco). Marine Environment Lab.)

    1993-01-01

    Mussels (Mytilus edulis) and winkles (Littorina littorea), collected from Ravenglass, Cumbria, England in the vicinity of the British Nuclear Fuels plc nuclear reprocessing plant at Sellafield, and prawns (Palaemon serratus), landed nearby at Whitehaven, have been investigated to determine the distributions of [alpha]-emitting ([sup 210]Po, [sup 238]Pu, [sup 239] [sup +] [sup 240]Pu, [sup 241]Am) and [gamma]-emitting ([sup 95]Nb, [sup 95]Zr, [sup 103]Ru, [sup 106]Ru, [sup 137]Cs, [sup 241]Am) radionuclides in their tissues and organs. Previous studies have attempted to determine the principal nuclide source to marine organisms by comparing nuclide activity ratios in their tissues, sea water and particulate material. From the environmental samples studied here, no single transport medium appears to dominate uptake. The primary radiological implantation of the observed radionuclide concentrations in Ravenglass mussels and winkles is that, from seafood ingestion, the critical group receives only a small percentage (ca. 10%) of the ICRP-recommended subsidiary dose limit. Dose contributions from [sup 210]Po are higher than those from [sup 239] + [sup 240]Pu in mussels but are less than those from [sup 239] [sup +] [sup 240]Pu in winkles. (Author).

  16. Assimilation and excretion of selected heavy metals and radionuclides ingested by sea-stars

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    Multi-isotope radiotracer techniques were used to quantify the assimilation and retention of selected anthropogenic radionuclides (241Am, 134Cs, 60Co and an organically-bound species as 57Co) and environmentally-important heavy metals (Cd, Ag, Zn) in sea-stars (Marthasterias glacialis) following ingestion of radio-labelled mussels. Average assimilation efficiencies (AE) of all elements were very high ranging between 69 and 100% of the ingested radioisotope several days after feeding. 241Am and 57Co-cobalamin were virtually 100% assimilated and the organic form of cobalt was assimilated to a much greater extent than inorganic 60Co (AE=73%). The three heavy metals tested showed the lowest degree of assimilation: Ag (69%), Cd (73%) and Zn (78%). The onset of radioisotope excretion varied among the elements which resulted in different long-term (4.5 months) retention patterns and excretion kinetics. Biological half-lives (Tb1/2) for all the elements were long ranging from 42 days for 60Co to 144 days for Zn. Asteroids are proposed as excellent bio-indicator organisms for all the elements examined. (author)

  17. Coordination chemistry of several radius-sensitive complexones and applications to lanthanide-actinide separations

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    The relationships between the lanthanide complex formation equilibria and the lanthanide-actinide separation application of three radius sensitive ligands have been studied. The consecutive stepwise formation constants of the 1:1, 2:1, and 3:1 chelate species formed by the interaction of DHDMB and the tripositive lanthanides and yttrium were determined potentiometrically at 0.1 M ionic strength and 250C. Results indicate that three different coordination modes, one tridentate and two bidentate are in evidence. Tracer level 241Am - 155Eu cation-exchange experiments utilizing DHDMB eluents indicate that this dihydroxycarboxylate does not form a sufficiently strong americium complex to elute that actinide ahead of europium. The overall stability of the americium 3:1 complex appears intermediate between samarium and europium. Cation-exchange elutions of 241Am, 155Eu, and 160Tb mixtures with EEDTA solutions prove that the EEDTA ligand is capable of eluting americium ahead of all of the tripositive lanthanide cations. The minimum separation occurs with terbium, where the Am-Tb separation factor is 1.71. 1,5-diaminopentane-N,N,N',N'-tetraacetic acid (PMDTA) was synthesized using cation exchange. A mathematical method was developed for the formation constants of the protonated and unprotonated lanthanide-PMDTA complexes from potentiometry. Cation-exchange elutions of tracer quantities of Am, Eu, and Tb revealed that terbium is eluted ahead of both americium and europium

  18. Calibration method for a in vivo measurement system using mathematical simulation of the radiation source and the detector

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    A Monte Carlo program which uses a voxel phantom has been developed to simulate in vivo measurement systems for calibration purposes. The calibration method presented here employs a mathematical phantom, produced in the form of volume elements (voxels), obtained through Magnetic Resonance Images of the human body. The calibration method uses the Monte Carlo technique to simulate the tissue contamination, the transport of the photons through the tissues and the detection of the radiation. The program simulates the transport and detection of photons between 0.035 and 2 MeV and uses, for the body representation, a voxel phantom with a format of 871 slices each of 277 x 148 picture elements. The Monte Carlo code was applied to the calibration of in vivo systems and to estimate differences in counting efficiencies between homogeneous and non-homogeneous radionuclide distributions in the lung. Calculations show a factor of 20 between deposition of 241 Am at the back compared with the front of the lung. The program was also used to estimate the 137 Cs body burden of an internally contaminated individual, counted with an 8 x 4 Nal (TI) detector and an 241 Am body burden of an internally contaminated individual, who was counted using a planar germanium detector. (author)

  19. Development and characterization of two-component albedo based neutron individual monitoring system using thermoluminescent detectors

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    A TLD-albedo based two-component neutron individual monitoring system was developed and characterized in this work. The monitor consists of a black plastic holder, an incident neutron boron loaded shield, a moderator polyethylene body (to increase its response), two pairs of TLD-600 and TLD-700 (one pair to each component) and an adjustable belt. This monitoring system was calibrated in thermal neutron fields and in 70 keV, 144 keV, 565 keV, 1.2 MeV and 5 MeV monoenergetic neutron fields. In addition, it was calibrated in 252Cf(D2O), 252Cf, 241Am-B, 241Am-Be and 238Pu-Be source fields. For the latter, the lower detection levels are, respectively, 0.009 mSv, 0.06 mSv, 0.12 mSv, 0.09 mSv and 0.08 mSv. The participation in an international intercomparison sponsored by IAEA with simulated workplace fields validated the system. The monitoring system was successfully characterized in the ISO 21909 standard and in an IRD - the Brazilian Institute for Radioprotection and Dosimetry - technical regulation draft. Nowadays, the neutron individual system is in use by IRD for whole body individual monitoring of five institutions, which comprehend several activities. (author)

  20. Proton-induced fission of heavy nuclei at intermediate energies

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    Deppman, A; Guimaraes, V; Karapetyan, G S; Balabekyan, A R; Demekhina, N A

    2013-01-01

    The intermediate energy proton-induced fission of 241Am, 238$U and 237$Np is studied. The inelastic interactions of protons and heavy nuclei are described by a CRISP model, in which the reaction proceeds in two steps. The first one corresponds fast cascade, where a series of individual particle-particle collisions occurs within the nucleus. It leaves a highly excited cascade residual nucleus, assumed to be in thermal equilibrium. Subsequently, in the second step the excited nucleus releases its energy by evaporation of neutrons and light charged particles as well. Both the symmetric and asymmetric fission are regarded, and the fission probabilities are obtained from CRISP code calculations, by means of statistical weighting factors. The fission cross sections, the fissility of the fissioning nuclei, and the number of nucleons lost by the target - before and after fission - are calculated and compared to experiments for 660 MeV protons incident on 241Am, 238$U and 237$Np. Some of the model predictions are in f...

  1. Rapid screening of radioactivity in food for emergency response

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    Bari, A., E-mail: axb16@health.state.ny.u [Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12201-0509 (United States); Khan, A.J.; Semkow, T.M.; Syed, U.-F.; Roselan, A.; Haines, D.K. [Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12201-0509 (United States); Roth, G. [Department of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University at Albany, One University Place, Rensselaer, NY 12144 (United States); West, L.; Arndt, M. [Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, 2601 Agriculture Drive, Madison, WI 53718 (United States)

    2011-06-15

    This paper describes the development of methods for the rapid screening of gross alpha (GA) and gross beta (GB) radioactivity in liquid foods, specifically, Tang drink mix, apple juice, and milk, as well as screening of GA, GB, and gamma radioactivity from surface deposition on apples. Detailed procedures were developed for spiking of matrices with {sup 241}Am (alpha radioactivity), {sup 90}Sr/{sup 90}Y (beta radioactivity), and {sup 60}Co, {sup 137}Cs, and {sup 241}Am (gamma radioactivity). Matrix stability studies were performed for 43 days after spiking. The method for liquid foods is based upon rapid digestion, evaporation, and flaming, followed by gas proportional (GP) counting. For the apple matrix, surface radioactivity was acid-leached, followed by GP counting and/or gamma spectrometry. The average leaching recoveries from four different apple brands were between 63% and 96%, and have been interpreted on the basis of ion transport through the apple cuticle. The minimum detectable concentrations (MDCs) were calculated from either the background or method-blank (MB) measurements. They were found to satisfy the required U.S. FDA's Derived Intervention Levels (DILs) in all but one case. The newly developed methods can perform radioactivity screening in foods within a few hours and have the potential to capacity with further automation. They are especially applicable to emergency response following accidental or intentional contamination of food with radioactivity.

  2. Cycling of transuranic radionuclides in the Columbia River, its estuary and the northeast Pacific Ocean. Progress report, January-December 1984

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    This report summarizes progress from 1 January 1984 to 31 December 1984 in research dealing with the behavior of transuranic and other long-lived radionuclides in the Columbia River downstream from the Hanford Reservation and in the northeast Pacific Ocean. Goals achieved include: The analysis of thirteen continental slope cores for 137Cs, /sup 239, 240/Pu and 241Am is complete; while 210Pb, C, and P analyses continue. The analysis of composite river sediment samples for 63Ni inventory in lower river reaches was done. Mass spectrometry analysis of fish, mussels, and plankton determined the isotopic composition of plutonium during 1962 to 1980. A new standard reference material was analyzed in collaboration with the National Bureau of Standards for 137Cs, /sup 239, 240/Pu, /sup 234, 238/U, thorium isotopes, 210Pb and 241Am as well as mass spectrometry analyses on the Pu fraction separated from this sample. Participation in a blind intercalibration exercise was sponsored by the IAEA for the measurement of radionuclides and trace metals in a North Sea marine sediment. A seminar presentation reviewed technetium behavior in the marine ecosystem

  3. Investigation and optimisation of mobile NaI(Tl) and 3He-based neutron detectors for finding point sources

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    Neutron radiation produces high-energy gamma radiation through (n,γ) reactions in matter. This can be used to detect neutron sources indirectly using gamma spectrometers. The sensitivity of a gamma spectrometer to neutrons can be amplified by surrounding it with polyvinyl chloride (PVC). The hydrogen in the PVC acts as a moderator and the chlorine emits prompt gammas when a neutron is captured. A 4.7-l 3He-based mobile neutron detector was compared to a 4-l NaI(Tl)-detector covered with PVC using this principle. Methods were also developed to optimise the measurement parameters of the systems. The detector systems were compared with regard to their ability to find 241AmBe, 252Cf and 238Pu–13C neutron sources. Results from stationary measurements were used to calculate optimal integration times as well as minimum detectable neutron emission rates. It was found that the 3He-based detector was more sensitive to 252Cf sources whereas the NaI(Tl) detector was more sensitive to 241AmBe and 238Pu–13C sources. The results also indicated that the sensitivity of the detectors to sources at known distances could theoretically be improved by 60% by changing from fixed integration times to list mode in mobile surveys

  4. Neutron sources and its dosimetric characteristics

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    By means of Monte Carlo methods the spectra of the produced neutrons 252 Cf, 252 Cf/D2O, 241 Am Be, 239 Pu Be, 140 La Be, 239 Pu18O2 and 226 Ra Be have been calculated. With the information of the spectrum it was calculated the average energy of the neutrons of each source. By means of the fluence coefficients to dose it was determined, for each one of the studied sources, the fluence factors to dose. The calculated doses were H, H*(10), Hp,sIab (10, 00), EAP and EISO. During the phase of the calculations the sources were modeled as punctual and their characteristics were determined to 100 cm in the hole. Also, for the case of the sources of 239 Pu Be and 241 Am Be, were carried out calculations modeling the sources with their respective characteristics and the dosimetric properties were determined in a space full with air. The results of this last phase of the calculations were compared with the experimental results obtained for both sources. (Author)

  5. Actinide measurements by AMS using fluoride matrices

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    Cornett, R. J.; Kazi, Z. H.; Zhao, X.-L.; Chartrand, M. G.; Charles, R. J.; Kieser, W. E.

    2015-10-01

    Actinides can be measured by alpha spectroscopy (AS), mass spectroscopy or accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS). We tested a simple method to separate Pu and Am isotopes from the sample matrix using a single extraction chromatography column. The actinides in the column eluent were then measured by AS or AMS using a fluoride target matrix. Pu and Am were coprecipitated with NdF3. The strongest AMS beams of Pu and Am were produced when there was a large excess of fluoride donor atoms in the target and the NdF3 precipitates were diluted about 6-8 fold with PbF2. The measured concentrations of 239,240Pu and 241Am agreed with the concentrations in standards of known activity and with two IAEA certified reference materials. Measurements of 239,240Pu and 241Am made at A.E. Lalonde AMS Laboratory agree, within their statistical uncertainty, with independent measurements made using the IsoTrace AMS system. This work demonstrated that fluoride targets can produce reliable beams of actinide anions and that the measurement of actinides using fluorides agree with published values in certified reference materials.

  6. Mutual separation of americium(III) and europium(III) using glycolamic acid and thioglycolamic acid

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    Suneesh, A.S.; Venkatesan, K.A.; Syamala, K.V.; Antony, M.P.; Vasudeva Rao, P.R. [Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam (India). Fuel Chemistry Div.

    2012-07-01

    The extractants, bis(2-ethylhexyl)diglycolamicacid (HDEHDGA) and bis(2-ethylhexy)thiodiglycolamic acid (HDEHSDGA) were synthesized and characterized by {sup 1}H and {sup 13}C NMR, mass and IR spectroscopy. The extraction behaviour of {sup (152+154})Eu(III) and {sup 241}Am(III) from nitric acid medium by a solution of HDEHDGA (or HDEHSDGA) in n-dodecane (n-DD) was studied for the mutual separation of actinides and lanthanides. The effect of various parameters such as the pH, concentrations of HDEHDGA, HDEHSDGA, sodium nitrate, N,N,N',N'-tetrakis(2-pyridylmethyl)ethylenediamine (TPEN) and diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid (DTPA) on the separation factor (SF) of americium(III) over europium(III) and vice versa was studied, and the conditions needed for the preferential separation were optimised. The results show that HDEHDGA exhibits higher extraction for {sup (152+154)}Eu(III) and HDEHSDGA shows the superior selectivity for {sup 241}Am(III). (orig.)

  7. Investigation and optimisation of mobile NaI(Tl) and {sup 3}He-based neutron detectors for finding point sources

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    Nilsson, Jonas M.C., E-mail: jonas.nilsson@med.lu.se; Finck, Robert R.; Rääf, Christopher

    2015-06-21

    Neutron radiation produces high-energy gamma radiation through (n,γ) reactions in matter. This can be used to detect neutron sources indirectly using gamma spectrometers. The sensitivity of a gamma spectrometer to neutrons can be amplified by surrounding it with polyvinyl chloride (PVC). The hydrogen in the PVC acts as a moderator and the chlorine emits prompt gammas when a neutron is captured. A 4.7-l {sup 3}He-based mobile neutron detector was compared to a 4-l NaI(Tl)-detector covered with PVC using this principle. Methods were also developed to optimise the measurement parameters of the systems. The detector systems were compared with regard to their ability to find {sup 241}AmBe, {sup 252}Cf and {sup 238}Pu–{sup 13}C neutron sources. Results from stationary measurements were used to calculate optimal integration times as well as minimum detectable neutron emission rates. It was found that the {sup 3}He-based detector was more sensitive to {sup 252}Cf sources whereas the NaI(Tl) detector was more sensitive to {sup 241}AmBe and {sup 238}Pu–{sup 13}C sources. The results also indicated that the sensitivity of the detectors to sources at known distances could theoretically be improved by 60% by changing from fixed integration times to list mode in mobile surveys.

  8. Input of transuranic elements through rivers into the Mediterranean Sea

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    Measurements of 137Cs, 238Pu, sup(239+240)Pu and 241Am were carried out on river water as well as its suspended matter collected seasonally in 1977 from two Mediterranean rivers, the Var and the Rhone. The results show that although the concentrations of the soluble fractions of these radionuclides are higher in the Rhone than in the Var, even the elevated concentrations of soluble 137Cs (approximately 40 fCi.ltr-1) and sup(239+240)Pu (approximately 0.1 fCi.ltr-1) in the Rhone are much lower than the average concentrations of these nuclides in Mediterranean surface waters. On the other hand, the concentrations of the nuclides measured in suspended matter are roughly an order of magnitude higher in the Rhone than in the Var. Based on the results of measurements on the two rivers, and assuming that the annual average concentrations of the radionuclides in the Var and the Rhone respectively represent those in radiologically uncontaminated and contaminated Mediterranean rivers, the total inputs of 137Cs, 238Pu, sup(239+240)Pu and 241Am through rivers into the Mediterranean Sea have been estimated. Comparison of these estimated values with the inputs of fallout radionuclides by rain indicates that although local accumulation of transuranic nuclides may be observed on sediments taken from some limited estuarine areas, the geochemical behaviour of transuranic elements in the Mediterranean, as a whole, is exclusively governed today by the fallout input of these elements. (author)

  9. Assay of long-lived radionuclides in low-level wastes from power reactors

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    The 10 CFR Part 61 waste classification system includes several nuclides which are difficult to assay without expensive radiochemical methods. In order for waste generators to classify wastes practically, NRC Staff has recommended the use of correlation factors to scale the difficult-to-measure nuclides with nuclides which can be measured more easily (i.e., gamma emitters such as 60Co or 137Cs). In this study, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) performed complete radiochemical assays for all the 10 CFR Part 61 waste classification nuclides on over 100 samples. These data, along with almost 800 other samples in the SAIC data base, were used to assess the validity of correlation factors suggested for use in nuclear power plant wastes. Specific generic correlation factors are recommended with other approaches to correlate nuclides for which generic scaling factors are not defensible. The primary nuclide correlations studied were 14C, 55Fe, 59Ni, 63Ni, and 94Nb, with 60Co; 90Sr, 99Tc, 129I, 135Cs, and /sup 239, 240/Pu with 137Cs; 238Pu, /sup 239, 240/Pu, 241Pu, 241Am, 242Cm, and /sup 243, 244/Cm with 144Ce; and 238Pu, 241Pu, 241Am, 242Cm and /sup 243, 244/Cm with /sup 239, 240/Pu

  10. Studies of environmental radioactivity in Cumbria

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    Five stations collecting samples of atmospheric deposition were set up in north Cumbria along a line running inland from the coast for about 17 km. Sampling was continuous from September 1980 to September 1981. Monthly samples were analysed for 106Ru, 137Cs, 144Ce, 238Pu, sup(239,240)Pu, 241Am, 7Be and stable Na, Cl and Al. The objective of the work was to measure the deposition of radionuclides as a function of distance from the sea. By estimating the contributions to the deposition of nuclear weapon test material and of the atmospheric discharges from the British Nuclear Fuels plc works at Sellafield, the effects of the transfer to air and land of radionuclides in the sea could be established. The marine radionuclides were due to the discharges to sea from the Sellafield works. The measurements showed that the deposition was largely due to the sea-to-land transfer process. The highest depositions observed were at 20 m from high water mark, the annual values (rounded, in Bq m-2) being 106Ru, 500; 137Cs, 650; plutonium, 70; 241Am, 30. The highest concentrations in rainwater for the radionuclides studied were less than 3 per cent of the fresh water limits (drinking only) GDL values. The highest estimated accumulations in soil due to atmospheric deposition were less than 1 per cent of the limits. (author)

  11. Effect of transplutonium doping on approach to long-life core in uranium-fueled PWR

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    Peryoga, Yoga; Saito, Masaki; Artisyuk, Vladimir [Tokyo Inst. of Tech. (Japan). Research Lab. for Nuclear Reactors; Shmelev, Anatolii [Moscow Engineering Physics Institute, Moscow (Russian Federation)

    2002-08-01

    The present paper advertises doping of transplutonium isotopes as an essential measure to improve proliferation-resistance properties and burnup characteristics of UOX fuel for PWR. Among them {sup 241}Am might play the decisive role of burnable absorber to reduce the initial reactivity excess while the short-lived nuclides {sup 242}Cm and {sup 244}Cm decay into even plutonium isotopes, thus increasing the extent of denaturation for primary fissile {sup 239}Pu in the course of reactor operation. The doping composition corresponds to one discharged from a current PWR. For definiteness, the case identity is ascribed to atomic percentage of {sup 241}Am, and then the other transplutonium nuclide contents follow their ratio as in the PWR discharged fuel. The case of 1 at% doping to 20% enriched uranium oxide fuel shows the potential of achieving the burnup value of 100 GWd/tHM with about 20% {sup 238}Pu fraction at the end of irradiation. Since so far, americium and curium do not require special proliferation resistance measures, their doping to UOX would assist in introducing nuclear technology in developing countries with simultaneous reduction of accumulated minor actinides stockpiles. (author)

  12. Development and characterization of two-component albedo based neutron individual monitoring system using thermoluminescent detectors; Desenvolvimento e caracterizacao de um sistema de monitoracao individual de neutrons tipo albedo de duas componentes usando detectores termoluminescentes

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    Martins, Marcelo Marques

    2008-07-01

    A TLD-albedo based two-component neutron individual monitoring system was developed and characterized in this work. The monitor consists of a black plastic holder, an incident neutron boron loaded shield, a moderator polyethylene body (to increase its response), two pairs of TLD-600 and TLD-700 (one pair to each component) and an adjustable belt. This monitoring system was calibrated in thermal neutron fields and in 70 keV, 144 keV, 565 keV, 1.2 MeV and 5 MeV monoenergetic neutron fields. In addition, it was calibrated in {sup 252C}f(D{sub 2}O), {sup 252}Cf, {sup 241}Am-B, {sup 241}Am-Be and {sup 238}Pu-Be source fields. For the latter, the lower detection levels are, respectively, 0.009 mSv, 0.06 mSv, 0.12 mSv, 0.09 mSv and 0.08 mSv. The participation in an international intercomparison sponsored by IAEA with simulated workplace fields validated the system. The monitoring system was successfully characterized in the ISO 21909 standard and in an IRD - the Brazilian Institute for Radioprotection and Dosimetry - technical regulation draft. Nowadays, the neutron individual system is in use by IRD for whole body individual monitoring of five institutions, which comprehend several activities. (author)

  13. Thick activation detectors for neutron spectrometry using different unfolding methods: sensitivity analysis and dose calculation

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    Medkour Ishak-Boushaki, Ghania, E-mail: gmedkour@yahoo.com [Laboratoire SNIRM-Faculte de Physique, Universite des Sciences et de la Technologie Houari Boumediene, BP 32 El-Alia BabEzzouar, Algiers (Algeria); Boukeffoussa, Khelifa [Laboratoire SNIRM-Faculte de Physique, Universite des Sciences et de la Technologie Houari Boumediene, BP 32 El-Alia BabEzzouar, Algiers (Algeria); Idiri, Zahir [Centre de Recherche Nucleaire d' Alger, 02 Boulevard Frantz-Fanon, BP 399, Algiers (Algeria); Allab, Malika [Laboratoire SNIRM-Faculte de Physique, Universite des Sciences et de la Technologie Houari Boumediene, BP 32 El-Alia BabEzzouar, Algiers (Algeria)

    2012-03-15

    This paper discusses the use of threshold detectors of extended sizes for low intensity neutron fields' characterization. The detectors were tested by the measurement of the neutron spectrum of an {sup 241}Am-Be source. Integral quantities characterizing the neutron field, required for radiological protection, have been derived by unfolding the measured data. A good agreement is achieved between the obtained results and those deduced using Bonner spheres. In addition, a sensitivity analysis of the results to the deconvolution procedure is given. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Low intensity neutron fields' characterization using thick threshold detectors. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Low activity {sup 241}Am-Be neutron source spectrum measurement. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Integral quantities required for radiological protection have been derived. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The results are in good agreement with those deduced using Bonner spheres. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The results are not very sensitive to the chosen deconvolution procedure.

  14. Radiochemical and radioecological studies of natural and artificial alpha-emitting radionuclides

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    Transuranium elements, including uranium and thorium, were analyzed in both marine and terrestrial samples. Vertical profiles of 239+240Pu, 241Am, 230Th, and 238U, in the Pacific, the Mediterranean, and the Atlantic, measured by different investigators, were compared. Uptake of the fallout isotopes 241Pu, 240+239Pu, 238Pu, and 241Am in the lichen - reindeer food chain was studied. Americium and thorium exhibited similar biophysical behavior in the environment and in the water column, although the settling velocity for thorium was somewhat higher. Plutonium showed similar distribution in the water columns in different waters. The fraction of ingested plutonium which was retained in the body of reindeer was in good agreement with the value of 3 x 10-5 predicted for man. Uranium showed a constant concentration in the water column, with a low affinity to particles in the water. The high concentration of uranium in reindeer tissues depended on high intake from drinking water and foodstuffs other than lichens

  15. Radiometric dating of sediment records in European mountain lakes

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    Peter G. APPLEBY

    2000-09-01

    Full Text Available Sediment cores from seven European mountain lakes collected as part of a study of palaeolimnogical records of climate change (the MOLAR project were dated radiometrically by 210Pb. In spite of the remote locations, only one site recorded more or less uniform sediment accumulation throughout the past 150 years. At three further sites the 210Pb record indicated uniform sedimentation up until ca 1950 but significant increases since then. Stratigraphic dates based on records of fallout 137Cs and 241Am showed that 210Pb supply rates to these core sites had nonetheless remained relatively constant and that the sediments could be dated by the CRS model. At the remaining sites there were indications of episodic changes in both sedimentation rates and 210Pb supply rates. Since the changes were not in proportion, neither of the simple dating models (CRS or CIC was applicable. Using the 137Cs and 241Am stratigraphic dates as reference points it was however possible to construct a realistic chronology for these cores by applying the CRS model piecewise to each time-bounded section.

  16. Separation Techniques for Quantification of Radionuclides in Environmental Samples

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    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available The reliable and quantitative measurement of radionuclides is important in order to determine environmental quality and radiation safety, and to monitor regulatory compliance. We examined soil samples from Podunajske Biskupice, near the city of Bratislava in the Slovak Republic, for the presence of several natural (238U, 232Th, 40K and anthropogenic (137Cs, 90Sr, 239Pu, 240Pu, 241Am radionuclides. The area is adjacent to a refinery and hazardous waste processing center, as well as the municipal incinerator plant, and so might possess an unusually high level of ecotoxic metals. We found that the levels of both naturally occurring and anthropogenic radionuclides fell within the expected ranges, indicating that these facilities pose no radiological threat to the local environment. During the course of our analysis, we modified existing techniques in order to allow us to handle the unusually large and complex samples that were needed to determine the levels of 239Pu, 240Pu, and 241Am activity. We also rated three commercial techniques for the separation of 90Sr from aqueous solutions and found that two of them, AnaLig Sr-01 and Empore Extraction Disks, were suitable for the quantitative and reliable separation of 90Sr, while the third, Sr-Spec Resin, was less so. The main criterion in evaluating these methods was the chemical recovery of 90Sr, which was less than we had expected. We also considered speed of separation and additional steps needed to prepare the sample for separation.

  17. Low energy recoil detection with a spherical proportional counter

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    Savvidis, I; Eleftheriadis, C; Giomataris, I; Papaevangellou, T

    2016-01-01

    We present low energy recoil detection results in the keV energy region, from measurements performed with the Spherical Proportional Counter (SPC). An ${}^{241}Am-{}^{9}{Be}$ fast neutron source is used in order to obtain neutron-nucleus elastic scattering events inside the gaseous volume of the detector. The detector performance in the $keV$ energy region was resolved by observing the $5.9\\ keV$ line of a ${}^{55}Fe$ X-ray source, with energy resolution of $9\\%$ ($\\sigma$). The toolkit GEANT4 was used to simulate the irradiation of the detector by an ${}^{241}Am-{}^{9}{Be}$ source, while SRIM was used to calculate the Ionization Quenching Factor (IQF). The GEANT4 simulated energy deposition spectrum in addition with the SRIM calculated quenching factor provide valuable insight to the experimental results. The performance of the SPC in low energy recoil detection makes the detector a good candidate for a wide range of applications, including Supernova or reactor neutrino detection and Dark Matter (WIMP) searc...

  18. Restart and progress of system start-up test in MONJU

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    The Japanese prototype fast breeder reactor Monju restarted its system startup test(SST) in May 2010 after a 14-year interruption. The SST is planned to be conducted in the three steps: Core Confirmation Test (CCT), 40%-output Confirmation Test, and Power Rising Test. After finishing these steps, the full power operation will start. CCT, which was composed of 20 test items including confirmation of the safety criteria and measurement of several core performance data, finished on July 22nd, 2010 after 78 days test. Through CCT, were demonstrated the stable operation and the prediction accuracy on the core performance after long-term shutdown and refueling. The loaded fuel of Monju is mixed plutonium-uranium oxide with fissile plutonium enrichment around 15-21%. The accumulation of 241Am due to the 241Pu decay during the interruption reaches 1.5wt% in average. An impact of the reactor physics data obtained in the restart core is investigated by the cross section adjustment technique with JENDL-3.3 and JENDL-4.0. Criticality data obtained before and after the interruption are applied. It is confirmed that Monju reactor physics data, when the two data are used together, effectively adjust 241Am capture cross sections. (author)

  19. Systematic study of actinide and pre-actinide fission modes

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    Andrade-II, E; Deppman, A; Bernal-Castillo, J L; Balabekyan, A R; Demekhina, N A; Adam, J; Garcia, F; Guzmán, F

    2016-01-01

    In this work, we present new experimental data on mass distribution of fission fragments from $^{241}$Am proton-induced fission at $660$ MeV measured at the LNR Phasotron (JINR). The systematic analysis of several measured fragment mass distributions from different fission reactions available in the literature is also presented. The proton-induced fission of $^{241}$Am, $^{237}$Np and $^{238}$U at 26.5, 62.9 and 660 MeV was studied. The proton-induced fission of $^{232}$Th was studied at 26.5, 62.9 and 190 MeV. The fission of $^{208}$Pb also by a proton was investigated at 190, 500 and 1000 MeV. The fission of $^{197}$Au was studied for 190 and 800 MeV protons. Bremsstrahlung reactions with maximum photon energies of 50 and 3500 MeV were studied for $^{232}$Th and $^{238}$U. The framework of the Random Neck Rupture Model was applied in the analysis. The roles of the neutron excess and of the so called fissility parameter were also investigated.

  20. Use of isotopic gamma sources for identifying anti-personnel landmines

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    Tang, S.-S.; Hussein, Esam M.A. E-mail: hussein@unb.ca

    2004-07-01

    Density is one of the indicators that can be utilized to distinguish an explosive material from an innocuous anomaly. Compton scattering of photons can be used to provide such density indication. Although X-rays have been employed for this purpose, isotopic gamma-rays offer some advantage for use in a portable device, because of their small size and self-powered nature. Radioisotopes were considered in the 1970's by the US Army. This work re-examines the utility of these sources for the detection of shallowly buried anti-personnel landmines. Monte Carlo studies indicated that the most effective configuration for identifying and locating a buried landmine should employ a collimated {sup 241}Am source, along with a set of well-collimated detectors. Experimental measurements verified the feasibility of the proposed method and demonstrated the detectablility of mockups of landmines as small as 45 mm in diameter buried near the soil surface, or mockups larger than 80 mm in diameter buried at a depth of 80 mm, in light soil. In heavy soil, targets 80 mm in diameter were detectable at a depth of 30 mm. The use of the low-energy (60 keV) {sup 241}Am source makes it possible to design a light-weight hand-held device that can augment other methods of detecting plastic landmines.

  1. New concepts for radiometric measurements of environmental samples

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    The Radiation Detection and Nuclear Sciences Group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has a long history in conducting measurements of radioisotopes for various applications. This experience includes ultra-low background measurements, arrays of germanium detectors, automated sampling and measurement systems and coincidence measurement systems. A recent lab-supported effort has been studying how these capabilities, both in terms of hardware and experience, can be leveraged to enable environmental sampling measurements. One area of interest is the release of fission products and actinides into the environment from a reactor incident. While the initial survey of this area is still under way, one isotope of interest that surfaced early in the study is 238Pu. Existing techniques to assay this isotope suffer from measurement challenges. In alpha counting, there can be significant interference with 241Am, while in mass spectrometry, there can be interference with 238U. The authors are developing the concept for a detector that through coincidence counting techniques can distinguish 238Pu and 241Am. In addition, we will design the system to conduct radiometric measurements of other plutonium isotopes to enable a direct comparison of those isotopes. We will present our concept of the detector system for 238Pu, as well as discuss other radiometric measurements of fission products and actinides with which we intend to advance the state of the art for environmental measurements. (author)

  2. Neutron sources and its dosimetric characteristics; Fuentes de neutrones y sus caracteristicas dosimetricas

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    Vega C, H.R.; Manzanares A, E.; Hernandez D, V.M.; Mercado S, G.A. [Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, A.P. 336, 98000 Zacatecas (Mexico); Gallego D, E.; Lorente F, A. [Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, C/Jose Gutierrez Abascal 2, E-28006 Madrid (Spain)

    2005-07-01

    By means of Monte Carlo methods the spectra of the produced neutrons {sup 252} Cf, {sup 252} Cf/D{sub 2}O, {sup 241} Am Be, {sup 239} Pu Be, {sup 140} La Be, {sup 239} Pu{sup 18}O{sub 2} and {sup 226} Ra Be have been calculated. With the information of the spectrum it was calculated the average energy of the neutrons of each source. By means of the fluence coefficients to dose it was determined, for each one of the studied sources, the fluence factors to dose. The calculated doses were H, H{sup *}(10), H{sub p,sIab} (10, 0{sup 0}), E{sub AP} and E{sub ISO}. During the phase of the calculations the sources were modeled as punctual and their characteristics were determined to 100 cm in the hole. Also, for the case of the sources of {sup 239} Pu Be and {sup 241} Am Be, were carried out calculations modeling the sources with their respective characteristics and the dosimetric properties were determined in a space full with air. The results of this last phase of the calculations were compared with the experimental results obtained for both sources. (Author)

  3. Dating of sediments from four Swiss prealpine lakes with 210Pb determined by gamma-spectrometry: progress and problems

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    In this paper the most important problems in dating lake sediments with unsupported 210Pb are summarized and the progress in gamma-spectrometry of the unsupported 210Pb is discussed. The main topics of these studies concern sediment samples preparation for gamma-spectrometry, measurement techniques and data analysis, as well as understanding of accumulation and sedimentation processes in lakes. The vertical distributions of artificial (137Cs, 241Am, 239Pu) and natural radionuclides (40K, 210,214Pb, 214Bi) as well as stable trace elements (Fe, Mn, Pb) in sediment cores from four Swiss lakes were used as examples for the interpretation, inter-comparison and validation of depth–age relations established by three 210Pb-based models (CF-CSR, CRS and SIT). The identification of turbidite layers and the influence of the turbidity flows on the accuracy of sediment dating is demonstrated. Time-dependent mass sedimentation rates in lakes Brienz, Thun, Biel and Lucerne are discussed and compared with published data. - Highlights: • State-of-the-art aspects of gamma-spectrometry of unsupported 210Pb are summarized. • Reduction of 222Rn loss by sealing sediment samples was experimentally quantified. • 210Pb models (CF-CSR, CRS, SIT) are applied on long sediment cores from 4 lakes. • Results for profiles, depth–age relations and sedimentation rates are compared. • 210Pb dating is supported by independent time-markers (7Be, 137Cs, 241Am, 239Pu)

  4. Natural and artificial radionuclides in forest and bog soils: tracers for migration processes and soil development

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    Radionuclide distributions in undisturbed forest and bog soils, mostly situated in Saxony, Germany (Erzgebirge), were studied. Low concentrations of naturally-occurring U and Th decay series nuclides, including 210Pb, and artificial radioisotopes (125Sb, 134Cs, 137Cs, 241Am) were determined using low-level γ-spectrometry. In addition, the activities of 238Pu and 239,240Pu were determined by radiochemical separation and α-spectrometry. 14C and excess 210Pb dating methods were used to date the sampled bog profiles. The different radionuclides show characteristic depth distributions in the forest and bog soil horizons, which were sub-sampled as thin slices. 125Sb, 241Am, 238Pu and 239,240Pu are strongly fixed in soil organic matter. In spruce forest soils, the influence of soil horizons with distinct properties dominates the vertical time-dependent distribution. In ombrotrophic bogs, the peak positions correlated with the year of maximum input of each nuclide. The Sb, Am and Pu ''time markers'' and the 14C and 210Pb dating results correspond very well. Although Cs seems to be relatively mobile in organic as well as mineral forest soil horizons, it is enriched in the organic material. In ombrotrophic bogs, Cs is very mobile in the peat deposit. In Sphagnum peat, Cs is translocated continuously towards the growing apices of the Sphagnum mosses, where it is accumulated. (orig.)

  5. Risk assessment for chemical pickling of metals contaminated by radioactive materials.

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    Donzella, A; Formisano, P; Giroletti, E; Zenoni, A

    2007-01-01

    In recent years, many cases of contamination of metal scraps by unwanted radioactive materials have occurred. Moreover, international organisations are evaluating the possibility to re-use or to recycle metals coming from nuclear power plants. The metal recycling industry has started to worry about radiation exposure of workers that could be in contact with contaminated metals during each manufacturing phase. Risks are strongly dependent on the radiation source features. The aim of this study is to perform risk assessment for workers involved in chemical pickling of steel coils. Monte Carlo simulations have been performed, using the MCNP package and considering coils contaminated with (60)Co, (137)Cs, (241)Am and (226)Ra. Under the most conservative conditions (coil contaminated with 1.0 kBq g(-1) of (60)Co), the dose assessment results lower than the European dose limit for the population (1 mSv y(-1)), considering a maximum number of 10 contaminated coils handled per year. The only exception concerns the case of (241)Am, for which internal contamination could be non- negligible and should be verified in the specific cases. In every case, radiation exposure risk for people standing at 50 m from the coil is widely <1 mSv y(-1). PMID:16849378

  6. Accumulation of artificial radionuclides in agricultural plants in the area used for surface nuclear tests

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    The paper reports on the study of artificial radionuclide accumulation in agricultural crops grown at the territory with high concentration of radionuclides, and first of all – with high concentration of transuranium elements. As a result of this work, peculiarities of accumulation and distribution of artificial radionuclides in the vegetative and generative organs of the studied plants have been revealed. Basic accumulation factors have been found for 137Cs, 90Sr, 239+240Pu, and 241Am in agricultural products. Accumulation factor dependence on type of planting was found for the investigated types of plants. It has been found that the vegetative organs accumulate radionuclides most of all. - Highlights: • The experiment with plants was performed under natural conditions in the area of ground nuclear explosions at “Experimental field” site of the Semipalatinsk test site. • Nature of radionuclides distribution in different plant organs has been revealed. • Main accumulation factors for 137Cs, 90Sr, 239+240Pu and 241Am have been obtained for the crop products. • Obtained results are of particular importance in the issues related to assessments of radiological environmental contamination and its consequences

  7. Evaluation the nonlinear response function of a 3x3 in NaI scintillation detector for PGNAA applications

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    Response functions of the 3x3 in NaI detector, which is mainly used in PGNAA applications, have been calculated by using MCNP-4C code. Calculated results are compared with measured data by using standard γ-ray sources and prompt γ-rays from pure element samples to check their accuracy. Prompt γ-rays from pure element samples were used for this determination in the range from 1.942 to 10.829 MeV by use of 241Am-Be neutron source and γ-rays from radioisotope sources were used in the range from 0.081 to 4.438 MeV. Through the precise modeling of the detector structure, the agreement between both results has been improved. A surprising result is that in the PGNAA method the agreement between the MCNP simulation and experiment will be better by using a suitable neutron shield for NaI detector in order to prevent the activation of NaI (Tl) and a proper γ-shield to attenuate the high-rate 4.438 MeV γ-ray, 241Am-Be γ-ray component

  8. Evaluation the nonlinear response function of a 3 x 3 in NaI scintillation detector for PGNAA applications.

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    Miri Hakimabad, Hashem; Panjeh, Hamed; Vejdani-Noghreiyan, Alireza

    2007-08-01

    Response functions of the 3 x 3 in NaI detector, which is mainly used in PGNAA applications, have been calculated by using MCNP-4C code. Calculated results are compared with measured data by using standard gamma-ray sources and prompt gamma-rays from pure element samples to check their accuracy. Prompt gamma-rays from pure element samples were used for this determination in the range from 1.942 to 10.829 MeV by use of (241)Am-Be neutron source and gamma-rays from radioisotope sources were used in the range from 0.081 to 4.438 MeV. Through the precise modeling of the detector structure, the agreement between both results has been improved. A surprising result is that in the PGNAA method the agreement between the MCNP simulation and experiment will be better by using a suitable neutron shield for NaI detector in order to prevent the activation of NaI (Tl) and a proper gamma-shield to attenuate the high-rate 4.438 MeV gamma-ray, (241)Am-Be gamma-ray component. PMID:17485218

  9. Neutron beam preparation with Am-Be source for analysis of biological samples with PGNAA method

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    Material analysis with prompt gamma neutron activation analysis (PGNAA) requires a proper geometrical arrangement for equipments in laboratory. Application of PGNAA in analysis of biological samples, due to small size of sample, needs attention to the dimension of neutron beam. In our work, neutron source has been made of 241Am-Be type. Activity of 241Am was 20 Ci which lead to neutron source strength of 4.4 x 107 neutrons per second. Water has been considered as the basic shielding material for the neutron source. The effect of various concentration of boric acid in the reduction of intensity of fast and thermal components of the neutron beam and gamma ray has been investigated. Gamma ray is produced by (α, n) reaction in Am-Be source (4.483 MeV), neutron capture by hydrogen (2.224 MeV), and neutron capture by boron (0.483 MeV). Various types of neutron and gamma ray dosimeters have been employed including BF3 and NE-213 detectors to detect fast and thermal neutrons. BGO scintillation detector has been used for gamma ray spectroscopy. It is shown that the gamma and neutron radiation dose due to direct beam is of the same magnitude as the dose due to radiation scattered in the laboratory ambient. It is concluded that 14 kg boric acid dissolved in 1,000 kg water is the optimum solution to surround the neutron source. The experimental results have been compared with Monte Carlo simulation. (author)

  10. Evaluation the nonlinear response function of a 3x3 in NaI scintillation detector for PGNAA applications

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    Miri Hakimabad, Hashem [Mashhad (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Panjeh, Hamed [Mashhad (Iran, Islamic Republic of)]. E-mail: panjeh@gmail.com; Vejdani-Noghreiyan, Alireza [Mashhad (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2007-08-15

    Response functions of the 3x3 in NaI detector, which is mainly used in PGNAA applications, have been calculated by using MCNP-4C code. Calculated results are compared with measured data by using standard {gamma}-ray sources and prompt {gamma}-rays from pure element samples to check their accuracy. Prompt {gamma}-rays from pure element samples were used for this determination in the range from 1.942 to 10.829 MeV by use of {sup 241}Am-Be neutron source and {gamma}-rays from radioisotope sources were used in the range from 0.081 to 4.438 MeV. Through the precise modeling of the detector structure, the agreement between both results has been improved. A surprising result is that in the PGNAA method the agreement between the MCNP simulation and experiment will be better by using a suitable neutron shield for NaI detector in order to prevent the activation of NaI (Tl) and a proper {gamma}-shield to attenuate the high-rate 4.438 MeV {gamma}-ray, {sup 241}Am-Be {gamma}-ray component.

  11. Spectrum of isotopic neutron sources inside concrete wall spherical cavities

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    The neutron spectra of 252Cf/D2O, 140LaBe, 252Cf, 238Pu18O2, 241AmB, 241AmBe, 226RaBe and 239PuBe isotopic neutron sources due to room-return have been determined for various source-to-detector distances in concrete spherical cavities of different radius. Changes in the amount of thermal neutrons (E≤0.414eV) were analyzed to estimate, for each neutron source, the coefficient that relates the neutron source strength and room surface area with the thermal neutron fluence rates. The study was carried out using Monte Carlo methods for 200, 400, 500, 800, 1000, 1200 and 1500-cm-radius spherical cavity in vacuum; cavities are 100-cm-thick concrete. Point sources were located at the center of cavity and neutron spectra were calculated at several source-to-detector distances along the cavity radius. The thermal neutron contribution was thereby evaluated. From these calculations a weighted coefficient value that relates the thermal neutron fluence with the neutron source strength and the total inner area surface of the cavity was estimated to be 3.76±0.03

  12. Determination of mass attenuation coefficients of soils and water, using a two in-line gamma ray (Cs-137 and Am-241) for three different detection systems

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    The monoenergetic gamma ray attenuation technique was used as non-destructive method to determine the bulk density and water content of soils, under laboratory conditions. For simultaneous determination it is necessary to use two sources emitting different gamma ray energy, which requires therefore a greater knowledge of the radiation detection technique. To avoid interference from the source with the greater gamma ray energy in the detection of the lower energy, the two sources can be placed side by side (2 parallel γ-beam) or in such a way that the rays intersect at a 900 angle (2 crossed γ-beam) but do not have the same track in the sample. When two in-line gamma ray sources (2 γ-line) placed in the same shielding are used, in spite of the disadvantage of interference in the detection, the bulk density and water content of the soil are simultaneously evaluated in the same track. The objective of the present work was to instal a double gamma ray beam in line (137Cs - 662 KeV and 241Am - 60 KeV) and to study the interference (by 137Cs on 241Am) detection with three different detectors, and also to estimate the mass attenuation coefficients for soils and water for each gamma ray energy. The interference caused by 137Cs was around 3%, not exceeding 5%, and the mass attenuation coefficient values agreed with those reported in the literature for a single gamma ray (monoenergetic) beam. (Author)

  13. Calibration method for a in vivo measurement system using mathematical simulation of the radiation source and the detector; Metodo de calibracao de um sistema de medida in vivo atraves da simulacao matematica da fonte de radiacao e do detector

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    Hunt, John

    1998-12-31

    A Monte Carlo program which uses a voxel phantom has been developed to simulate in vivo measurement systems for calibration purposes. The calibration method presented here employs a mathematical phantom, produced in the form of volume elements (voxels), obtained through Magnetic Resonance Images of the human body. The calibration method uses the Monte Carlo technique to simulate the tissue contamination, the transport of the photons through the tissues and the detection of the radiation. The program simulates the transport and detection of photons between 0.035 and 2 MeV and uses, for the body representation, a voxel phantom with a format of 871 slices each of 277 x 148 picture elements. The Monte Carlo code was applied to the calibration of in vivo systems and to estimate differences in counting efficiencies between homogeneous and non-homogeneous radionuclide distributions in the lung. Calculations show a factor of 20 between deposition of {sup 241} Am at the back compared with the front of the lung. The program was also used to estimate the {sup 137} Cs body burden of an internally contaminated individual, counted with an 8 x 4 Nal (TI) detector and an {sup 241} Am body burden of an internally contaminated individual, who was counted using a planar germanium detector. (author) 24 refs., 38 figs., 23 tabs.

  14. Almost twenty years' search of transuranium isotopes in effluents discharged to air from nuclear power plants with VVER reactors.

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    Hölgye, Z; Filgas, R

    2006-04-01

    Airborne effluents of 5 stacks (stacks 1-5) of three nuclear power plants, with 9 pressurized water reactors VVER of 4,520 MWe total power, were searched for transuranium isotopes in different time periods. The search started in 1985. The subject of this work is a presentation of discharge data for the period of 1998-2003 and a final evaluation. It was found that 238Pu, 239,240Pu, 241Am, 242Cm, and 244Cm can be present in airborne effluents. Transuranium isotope contents in most of the quarterly effluent samples from stacks 2, 4 and 5 were not measurable. Transuranium isotopes were present in the effluents from stack l during all 9 years of the study and from stack 3 since the 3rd quarter of 1996 as a result of a defect in the fuel cladding. A relatively high increase of transuranium isotopes in effluents from stack 3 occurred in the 3rd quarter of 1999, and a smaller increase occurred in the 3rd quarter of 2003. In each instance 242Cm prevailed in the transuranium isotope mixtures. 238Pu/239,240Pu, 241Am/239,240Pu, 242Cm/239,240Pu, and 244Cm/239,240Pu ratios in fuel for different burn-up were calculated, and comparison of these ratios in fuel and effluents was performed.

  15. Control of releases of radioactive aerosols from object ''Ukryttya'' in 2014

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    The results of control of radioactive particulate emission are presented from the object ''Ukryttya'' in 2014. The maximal rate of unorganized releases of beta-radiating products of Chernobyl accident was in winter period and reached 3.6 MBq/day. The concentration of long-lived beta-radiating aerosols released in atmosphere from system ''Bypass'' was within the range 0.3 - 5 Bq/m3 (maximal concentration was 14 Bq/m3). Them carriers were particles with active median aerodynamic diameter (AMAD) 0.6 - 6 μm. Mean ratio of concentrations were: 137Cs/241Am = 97 i 241Am/154Eu = 6.2. The concentration of 212Pb - daughter products of thoron consisted as a rule 0.8 - 4 Bq/m3. Maximal concentration of 212Pb aerosols was 9 Bq/m3. The relation of concentrations of daughter products of radon and thoron and 212Pb were about 4. They have AMAD 0.06 - 0.3 μm. A volume activity and dispersity of radioactive aerosols in releases from object ''Ukryttya'' remain constant the last ten years

  16. Study of radiation damage caused by 23MeV protons on Multi-Pixel Photon Counter (MPPC)

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    The automatic gain control system (AGC) is designed to continuously monitor and automatically control the gain of the phoswich detectors of the Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope (HXMT). It consists of a 241Am radioactive source distributed within a plastic scintillator (BC408) viewed by Multi-Pixel Photon Counter (MPPC). To verify the feasibility of application in space experiments, four MPPCs (S10362-33-050C) from Hamamatsu were irradiated using a beam of 23MeV protons with flux 1.0×108pcm-2, 2.0×108pcm-2, 4.0×108pcm-2 and 1.0×1010pcm-2. The leakage current of irradiated MPPC samples is found to increase linearly with total dose due to radiation damage. The device has completely lost its photon-counting capability when irradiated up to 13.6Gy. The pulse-height resolution has deteriorated hardly after irradiation and couldn't work with more than 450Gy, where the measured sample has been illuminated with a few hundred photons by the 241Am radioactive source. (author)

  17. Radiological conditions at Naen, Yugui, Lomiulal, Kabelle and Mellu Islands in the northern half of Rongelap Atoll

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    The data presented in the following tables is the total available for each northern island; they include both the data from the 1978 Northern Marshall Island Radiological Survey (NMIRS) and trips to Rongelap Atoll from 1986 through 1989. In one table we present the number of vegetation samples collected in the 1978 NMIRS and from 1986 through 1989. Again the majority of the 137Cs data is from the 1986-1989 trips. We have not made additional analyses of 239+240Pu, 241Am and 90Sr because the concentrations are very low and these radionuclides contribute less than 5% of an already very small dose. In another table we show the number of soil samples collected at each island in 1978 and the number collected since 1986. Most of the data are from 1986 through 1989. The major exception is 90Sr where all of the data are from the 1978 NMIRS. We have done some additional Pu analyses of surface soils (0-5 cm depth) in the northern islands. A significant amount of new data for 137Cs and 241Am have been generated from the samples collected from 1986 through 1989. The data are presented in the form of summary tables, graphics, detailed appendices and aerial photographs of the islands with the sample locations marked. The identified sample locations from the 1978 NMIRS will be added later

  18. Device on the basis of a proportional chamber for radiographic study

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    A facility is described, based on a proportional chamber (PC) for obtaining images of objects by irradiating them with γ-rays. The information from the PC is detected by means of a delay line, electronic recording equipment, a display-oscillograph and camera. For obtaining high-quality images, information is fed to the on line ES-1010 computer. The working characteristics are given of the PC with a gas filling based on argon or xenon and working with the γ-ray sources 55Fe and 241Am. The spatial resolution of the PC when the argon mixture is irradiated with the 55Fe source is 0.5 mm and the image blur is 1.8 mm. For the 241Am source and while xenon filling, the image blur is 3.3 mm. The use of the PC for the radiographic analysis of objects makes possible the production of visual images of the objects being investigated with a low dose of radiation, and also the further more detailed study by means of a computer

  19. Alpha damage in non-reference waste form matrix materials

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    Although bitumen is the matrix material currently used for European α-bearing intermediate level waste streams, polymer and polymer-modified cement matrices could have advantages over bitumen for such wastes. Two organic matrix systems have been studied - an epoxide resin, and an epoxide modified cement. Alpha irradiations were carried out by incorporating 241Am at approx. 0.9 Ci/l. Comparisons have been made with unirradiated material and with materials which had been γ-irradiated to the same dose as the α-irradiated samples. Measurements were made of dimensional changes, mechanical properties and the leaching behaviour of 241Am and 137Cs. A limited amount of swelling (< 3%) was observed in α-irradiated epoxide resin; none was observed in the epoxide modified cement. Gamma irradiation to 300 kGy has no significant effect on the mechanical properties of either system. However, alpha irradiation to the same dose produced significant changes in flexural strength, an increase for the polymer and a decrease for the polymer-cement. Leaching in these systems was found to be a diffusion-controlled process; alpha irradiation to approx. 250 kGy has little effect on the leaching behaviour of either system. (author)

  20. Sensitivity of a low energy Ge detector system for in vivo monitoring in the framework of ICRP 78 applications

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    In in vivo detection of internal contamination by actinides the minimum detectable activities (MDAs) correspond to significant doses, so the sensitivity of the detection system is the key to establishing adequate individual monitoring programmes for internal exposures of these radionuclides. The whole body counting (WBC) faculty at CIEMAT uses a low-energy Ge detector system with different available counting geometries to estimate the retention of actinides in the lungs and evaluate 125I in thyroid and 241Am in bone (skull and knee). A study of the factors and uncertainties involved in estimations of MDA is presented for lung and thyroid monitoring. The dependence of detection limits on counting efficiency in the measurement of low-energy emitters in lungs has been carefully studied, carrying out a comparison among different biometric equations obtained by ultrasound techniques for estimations of chest wall thickness. Dosimetric implications of the estimated MDS's are taken into account in the framework of ICRP-78 application and considering Spanish regulations. The main interest in lung measurements is for the assessment of occupational exposures. This work confirms the low-energy Ge detector system as an adequate in vivo technique for the routine monitoring of internal exposure to most insoluble uranium compounds (detection of 3% enriched uranium in lungs), and also to be useful in special monitoring programmes or in case of incidents when the detection of 241Am is required. (author)

  1. Detection of fast neutrons from shielded nuclear materials using a semiconductor alpha detector

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    The response of a semiconductor alpha detector to fast (>1 MeV) neutrons was investigated by using measurements and simulations. A polyethylene converter was placed in front of the detector to register recoil protons generated by elastic collisions between neutrons and hydrogen nuclei of the converter. The developed prototype equipment was tested with shielded radiation sources. The low background of the detector and insensitivity to high-energy gamma rays above 1 MeV are advantages when the detection of neutron-emitting nuclear materials is of importance. In the case of a 252Cf neutron spectrum, the intrinsic efficiency of fast neutron detection was determined to be 2.5×10−4, whereas three-fold greater efficiency was obtained for a 241AmBe neutron spectrum. - Highlights: • We investigated the response of a semiconductor alpha detector to fast neutrons emitted by nuclear materials. • Low background and insensitivity to gamma rays are advantages of the detector operating at ambient air pressure. • A polyethylene converter placed in front of the detector increased the detection efficiency by a factor of four. • Intrinsic detection efficiency for fast neutrons from unshielded 252Cf and 241AmBe sources was 2.5×10−4 and 7.6×10−4, respectively

  2. Studies on the transport of actinides and lanthanides through DHDECMPO based supported liquid membranes (SLM)

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    Dudwadkar, N.L.; Tripathi, S.C.; Gandhi, P.M. [Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai (India). Fuel Reprocessing Div.

    2013-07-01

    This paper describes our studies on the partitioning of actinides from high level liquid waste of PUREX origin employing a supported liquid membrane technique. The process uses a solution of DHDECMPO in n-dodecane as a carrier with poly tetra fluoro ethylene support and a mixture of citric acid, formic acid and hydrazine hydrate as a receiving phase. Transport studies are carried out for {sup 241}Am under different experimental conditions to optimize the transport parameters such as feed acidity, carrier concentration and effect of uranium, Nd(III) and salt concentration in the feed. Studies indicated good transport of neptunium, americium and plutonium across the membrane from a nitric acid medium. Under the optimized conditions the transport of {sup 241}Am has been studied for uranium depleted synthetic PHWR-HLW and finally the technique is used for the partitioning of alpha emitters from an actual HLW after reprocessing. A high concentration of uranium in the feed is found to retard the transport of americium, suggesting the need of prior removal of uranium from the waste. Separation of actinides from uranium-lean simulated as well as actual HLW has been found to be feasible using the above described technique. (orig.)

  3. Analysis of Pu, Am, and Sr radioisotopes in samples from aged nuclear test sites

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    During the period December 1978 to January 1980 desert vegetation and small-animal samples from the aged nuclear site areas were analyzed for gamma emitters and 90Sr, 238Pu, /sup 239-240/Pu, and 241Am. Special analyses were performed on soil samples. Some of the radioanalytical procedures used during this period differed from those used on previous NAEG samples. For small-animal samples, the major change was the separation of Pu and Sr from 241Am and 90Y as a group. Both Am and Y were purified together as a group and then separated on an HNO3-methanol anion exchange resin column. The Am and Y fractions were then separately processed to the proper form for measurement of their respective radioactivities. The 90Y activity measurement was used to calculate the 90Sr concentration. Desert vegetation samples were processed essentially as before, except for the modification for 90Sr analysis. After Pu separation, the 90Sr activity was determined using the 85Sr tracer yield technique followed by an yttrium milk procedure. 11 references, 2 figures, 5 tables

  4. Mechanical environmental transport of actinides and ¹³⁷Cs from an arid radioactive waste disposal site.

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    Snow, Mathew S; Clark, Sue B; Morrison, Samuel S; Watrous, Matthew G; Olson, John E; Snyder, Darin C

    2015-10-01

    Aeolian and pluvial processes represent important mechanisms for the movement of actinides and fission products at the Earth's surface. Soil samples taken in the early 1970's near a Department of Energy radioactive waste disposal site (the Subsurface Disposal Area, SDA, located in southeastern Idaho) provide a case study for studying the mechanisms and characteristics of environmental actinide and (137)Cs transport in an arid environment. Multi-component mixing models suggest actinide contamination within 2.5 km of the SDA can be described by mixing between 2 distinct SDA end members and regional nuclear weapons fallout. The absence of chemical fractionation between (241)Am and (239+240)Pu with depth for samples beyond the northeastern corner and lack of (241)Am in-growth over time (due to (241)Pu decay) suggest mechanical transport and mixing of discrete contaminated particles under arid conditions. Occasional samples northeast of the SDA (the direction of the prevailing winds) contain anomalously high concentrations of Pu with (240)Pu/(239)Pu isotopic ratios statistically identical to those in the northeastern corner. Taken together, these data suggest flooding resulted in mechanical transport of contaminated particles into the area between the SDA and a flood containment dike in the northeastern corner, following which subsequent contamination spreading in the northeastern direction resulted from wind transport of discrete particles.

  5. Up-to-date status and problems of the experimental nucleon-induced fission cross section data base at intermediate energies

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    The review presents a critical consideration of all experimental data known to the authors by the end of 1998, for nuclei from 181Ta to 243Am and in the projectile energy range up to 30 GeV for protons and up to 450 MeV for neutrons. Special attention was paid to elements in the W-Bi region which are regarded as the most prospective materials for neutron-producing targets for ADS. The experimental data on nucleon-induced fission fragment angular distributions were systematized for the first time for projectile energies above 20 MeV . Data on neutron-induced fission cross sections and angular distributions are compared with proton-induced data. The large dispersion of some results and other problems of experimental data base are discussed. The possibilities of new experiments with proton beams and quasi-monoenergetic neutron beams are discussed

  6. Production and Identification of New Isotope 265Bh(Z=107)

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    FanHongmei; WuXiaolei; GanZaiguo; GuoJunsheng; QinZhi; LeiXiangguo; LiuHongye; GuoBin; XuHuageng; ChenRuofu; DongChengfu; ZhangFuming; WangHualei; XieChengying; FengZhaoqing; ZhenYong; SongLitao; LuoPeng; XuHushan; ZhouXiaohong; JinGenmin; RenZhongzhou

    2003-01-01

    New Isotope 265Bh was produced in bombardment of a 243Am target with 168 MeV 26Mg ions. The experiment was carried out at the Sector Focus Cyclotron of Heavy Ion Research Facility in Lanzhou in 2003. The reaction products were transported and collected by using helium-jet technique and a set of rotating wheel system. Identification was made by observation of correlated a-particles between the new isotope 265Bh and its 261Db and 257Lr daughter nuclei. A parent-daughter searching mode was used to facilitate detection of α-α correlations. A total of four pairs of PIPS detector (200mm2 active area) were used to measure the kinetic energy of a particles. The a particle energy resolution was about 40 keV for the top detectors and 100 keV for the bottom detectors because of energy degradation in the polypropylene foil.

  7. Preparation of Metallic Isotope 26Mg

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    WuXiaolei; ZhangFuming; GanZaiguo; GuoJunsheng; QinZhi

    2003-01-01

    Some special isotope material is usually used in nuclear experiments. It can be served as ion beam or target. When new superheavy nuclide 265Bh (Z=107) is synthesized, a reaction of 243Am target with 26Mg ion beamis selected to produce new isotope 265Bh. The preparation and production of this rare and extremely expensive isotope 26 Mg used for ion beam substance will be a key problem in synthesizing experiment of 265Bh. Theavailable chemical form of isotope 26Mg in commercial product usually is oxide or other compound, which are not required in our experiment. They need to be transformed to metal form as a proper working substance in ion source.

  8. Comparative analysis of selected aspects of the MUSE-4 experiments with the JEF-2.2 and JEFF-3.1 libraries

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    This paper presents the analysis of some selected experiments of the MUSE-4 program with the ERANOS-2.1 code system using either the JEF-2.2 library or the more recent JEFF-3.1 one; focus has been given to the reactivities calculations and to the spectral indices of the MUSE-4-Reference and SC3-Pb core configurations. Both libraries provide comparable results on the keff of the Reference configuration due to large negative and positive compensating reactivity effects, whereas there is a -400 pcm effect on SC3-Pb. A perturbation analysis demonstrates that the large negative total reactivity effect in this configuration comes from the increase of the lead contribution and from the decrease of the sodium contribution. The new library improves the C/E for all the spectral indices in the fuel zone and for most of them in the lead zone except for 238U and 243Am. (authors)

  9. A Brief Review of Ultra-Rare Alpha Decay Detection Technique

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    Tsyganov, Yu S

    2006-01-01

    Three approaches to the measurement of a rare alpha decaying products produced in heavy-ion induced nuclear reactions are described. One is based on a chemical extraction and following deposition of the nuclides under investigation onto the surface of the detector, whereas the second one is associated with long-lived products implanted into silicon detectors by using the electromagnetic separation technique. The third approach relates with an application of real-time mode detection of correlated energy-time-position recoil-alpha sequences from $^{48}$Ca-induced nuclear reactions with actinide targets, like $^{242, 244}$Pu, $^{245,248}$Cm, $^{243}$Am, and $^{249}$Cf. Namely with this technique it has became possible to provide a radical suppression of backgrounds in the full fusion (3-5$n$) reactions aimed at the synthesis of superheavy elements with Z=113-118.

  10. Neutron capture reactions at DANCE

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    The Detector for Advanced Neutron Capture Experiments (DANCE) is a 4π BaF2 array consisting of 160 active detector elements. The primary purpose of the array is to perform neutron capture cross section measurements on small (> or approx.100 μg) and/or radioactive (241,243Am, neutron capture and neutron-induced fission cross sections and capture-to-fission ratio (α = σγ/σf) for 235U using a new fission-tagging detector as well as neutron capture cross sections for several astrophysics branch-point nuclei. Results from several of these measurements will be presented along with a discussion of additional physics information that can be extracted from the DANCE data

  11. Three sources and three components of success in detection of ultra-rare alpha decays at the Dubna Gas-Filled Recoil separator

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    Tsyganov, Y S

    2015-01-01

    General philosophy of procedure of detecting rare events in the recent experiments with 48Ca projectile at the Dubna Gas-Filled Recoil Separator(DGFRS) aimed to the synthesis of superheavy elements (SHE) has been reviewed. Specific instruments and methods are under consideration. Some historical sources of the successful experiments for Z=112-118 are considered too. Special attention is paid to application of method of active correlations in heavy-ion induced complete fusion nuclear reactions. Example of application in Z=115 experiment is presented. Brief description of the 243Am + 48Ca -> 291-x115+xn experiment is presented too. Some attention is paid to the role of chemical experiments in discoveries of SHEs. The DGFRS detection/monitoring system is presented in full firstly.

  12. Determination of the first ionization potential of actinides by resonance ionization mass spectroscopy

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    Koehler, S. [Institut fuer Kernchemie Universitaet Mainz, Mainz (Germany); Albus, F. [Institu fuer Physik, Universitaet Mainz, Mainz (Germany); Dibenberger, R.; Erdmann, N.; Funk, H. [Institut fuer Kernchemiess Universitaet Mainz, Mainz (Germany); Hasse, H. [Institut fuer Physik, Universitaet Mainz, Mainz (Germany); Herrmann, G. [Institut fuer Kernchemiess Universitaet Mainz, Mainz (Germany); Huber, G.; Kluge, H.; Nunnemann, M.; Passler, G. [Institut fuer Physik, Universitaet Mainz, Mainz (Germany); Rao, P.M. [Bhabha Atomic Research Centre Bombay (India); Riegel, J.; Trautmann, N. [Institut fuer Kernchemie Universitaet Mainz, Mainz (Germany); Urban, F. [Institut fuer Physik, Universitaet Mainz, Mainz (Germany)

    1995-04-01

    Resonance ionization mass spectroscopy (RIMS) is used for the precise determination of the first ionization potential of transuranium elements. The first ionization potentials (IP) of americium and curium have been measured for the first time to IP{sub {ital Am}}=5.9738(2) and IP{sub {ital Cm}}=5.9913(8) eV, respectively, using only 10{sup 12} atoms of {sup 243}Am and {sup 248}Cm. The same technique was applied to thorium, neptunium, and plutonium yielding IP{sub T{sub H}}=6.3067(2), IP{sub N{sub P}}=6.2655(2), and IP{sub {ital Pu}}=6.0257(8) eV. The good agreement of our results with the literature data proves the precision of the method which was additionally confirmed by the analysis of Rydberg seris of americium measured by RIMS. {copyright}American Institute of Physics 1995

  13. Updated multi-group cross sections of minor actinides with improved resonance treatment

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    The study of minor actinide in transmutation reactors and other future applications makes resonance self-shielding treatment a significant issue for criticality and isotope depletion. Resonance treatment for minor actinides has been carried out by subgroup method with improved interference effect through interference correction. Subgroup data was generated using RMET21 and GENP codes along with multi-group cross section data by NJOY nuclear data processing system. Updated multi-group cross section data library for a neutron transport code nTRACER was compared with solutions from MCNPX. The resonance interaction of uranium with minor actinides has been included by modified interference treatment of interference correction in subgroup methodology. The comparison of cross sections and multiplication factor in pin and assembly problems showed significant improvement from systematic resonance treatment especially for 237Np and 243Am. (author)

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

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

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

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

  16. Delayed neutron spectra and their uncertainties in fission product summation calculations

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    Miyazono, T.; Sagisaka, M.; Ohta, H.; Oyamatsu, K.; Tamaki, M. [Nagoya Univ. (Japan)

    1997-03-01

    Uncertainties in delayed neutron summation calculations are evaluated with ENDF/B-VI for 50 fissioning systems. As the first step, uncertainty calculations are performed for the aggregate delayed neutron activity with the same approximate method as proposed previously for the decay heat uncertainty analyses. Typical uncertainty values are about 6-14% for {sup 238}U(F) and about 13-23% for {sup 243}Am(F) at cooling times 0.1-100 (s). These values are typically 2-3 times larger than those in decay heat at the same cooling times. For aggregate delayed neutron spectra, the uncertainties would be larger than those for the delayed neutron activity because much more information about the nuclear structure is still necessary. (author)

  17. Measurement of fission cross section with pure Am-243 sample using lead slowing-down spectrometer

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    Kobayashi, Katsuhei; Yamamoto, Shuji; Kai, T.; Fujita, Yoshiaki; Yamamoto, Hideki; Kimura, Itsuro [Kyoto Univ. (Japan); Shinohara, Nobuo

    1997-03-01

    By making use of back-to-back type double fission chambers and a lead slowing-down spectrometer coupled to an electron linear accelerator, the fission cross section for the {sup 243}Am(n,f) reaction has been measured relative to that for the {sup 235}U(n,f) reaction in the energy range from 0.1 eV to 10 keV. The measured result was compared with the evaluated nuclear data appeared in ENDF/B-VI and JENDL-3.2, whose evaluated data were broadened by the energy resolution function of the spectrometer. General agreement was seen between the evaluated data and the measurement except that the ENDF/B-VI data were lower in the range from 15 to 60 eV and that the JENDL-3.2 data seemed to be lower above 100 eV. (author)

  18. Neutron dosimetry; Dosimetria de neutrons

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    Fratin, Luciano

    1993-12-31

    A neutron irradiation facility was designed and built in order to establish a procedure for calibrating neutron monitors and dosemeters. A 185 GBq {sup 241} Am Be source of known is used as a reference source. The irradiation facility using this source in the air provides neutron dose rates between 9 nSv s{sup -1} and 0,5 {sup {mu}}Sv s{sup -1}. A calibrated 50 nSv s{sup -1} thermal neutron field is obtained by using a specially designed paraffin block in conjunction with the {sup 241} Am Be source. A Bonner multisphere spectrometer was calibrated, using a procedure based on three methods proposed by international standards. The unfold {sup 241} Am Be neutron spectrum was determined from the Bonner spheres data and resulted in a good agreement with expected values for fluence rate, dose rate and mean energy. A dosimetric system based on the electrochemical etching of CR-39 was developed for personal dosimetry. The dosemeter badge using a (n,{alpha}) converter, the etching chamber and high frequency power supply were designed and built specially for this project. The electrochemical etching (ECE) parameters used were: a 6N KOH solution, 59 deg C, 20 kV{sub pp} cm{sup -1}, 2,0 kHz, 3 hours of ECE for thermal and intermediate neutrons and 6 hours for fast neutrons. The calibration factors for thermal, intermediate and fast neutrons were determined for this personal dosemeter. The sensitivities determined for the developed dosimetric system were (1,46{+-} 0,09) 10{sup 4} tracks cm{sup -2} mSv{sup -1} for thermal neutrons, (9{+-}3) 10{sup 2} tracks cm{sup -2} mSV{sup -1} for intermediate neutrons and (26{+-}4) tracks cm{sup -2} mSv{sup -1} for fast neutrons. The lower and upper limits of detection were respectively 0,002 mSv and 0,6 mSv for thermal neutrons, 0,04 mSv and 8 mSv for intermediate neutrons and 1 mSv and 12 mSv for fast neutrons. In view of the 1990`s ICRP recommendations, it is possible to conclude that the personal dosemeter described in this work is

  19. Unusual radionuclide ratios in sediment cores off Sumba Island, Indonesia

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    Pittauerova, Daniela; Fischer, Helmut W. [University of Bremen, Institute of Environmental Physics, Otto-Hahn-Allee 1, D-28359 Bremen (Germany); Steinke, Stephan [University of Bremen, MARUM, Leobener Str., D-28359 Bremen (Germany)

    2014-07-01

    A study of gamma emitting radionuclides has been performed at a set of sediment cores taken from a marine site in Lombok basin off Sumba Island, Indonesia, at 1290 m water depth. The samples involved core sections from two parallel multi-cores and the top part of the associated gravity core down to 50 cm depth. The mean recent sedimentation rates were estimated based on {sup 210}Pb depth profiles (supported by artificial radionuclides) to be 0.27 ± 0.02 cm.yr{sup -1}. They were found to be comparable to the past sedimentation rates calculated from of 39 AMS{sup 14}C dates of mixed planktonic foraminifera. These ages covering the last 6000 years provided sedimentation rates between 0.11 and 0.35 cm.yr{sup -1}. Very high {sup 210}Pbxs inventory of (28.7 ± 1.2).103 Bq.m{sup -2} together with high sedimentation rates suggest existence of focusing processes at the studied site. The inventories of both radionuclides were determined to be 148 ± 13 Bq.m{sup -2} {sup 241}Am and 55.7 ± 8.5 Bq.m{sup -2} {sup 137}Cs. The expected {sup 137}Cs inventory from global nuclear test fallout (decay corrected to year 2005) would be about 200 Bq.m{sup -2} {sup 137}Cs. The ratios of {sup 241}Am/ {sup 137}Cs were surprisingly high. It is expected that {sup 241}Am is present in the studied sediments as a decay product of its parent isotope {sup 241}Pu, rather than being deposited in-situ. Further investigation of the artificial radionuclides including Pu isotopes in the sediments will be conducted by means of AMS and alpha spectrometry. The results could contribute to understanding the meanwhile unclear radionuclides' sources (global fallout vs. regional contribution from Pacific proving grounds fallout as a result of transport through the Indonesian through-flow) and the processes leading to their accumulation. (authors)

  20. Radionuclide concentrations in vegetation at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1998

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    G. J. Gonzales; P. R. Fresquez; M. A. Mullen; L. Naranjo, Jr.

    2000-03-01

    This report summarizes and evaluates the concentrations of {sup 3}H, {sup 137}Cs, {sup 238}Pu, {sup 239,240}Pu, {sup 241}Am, {sup 90}Sr, and total U in understory and overstory vegetation collected from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), its perimeter, and regional background areas in 1998. Comparisons to conservative toxicity reference value safe limits were also made. The arithmetic mean LANL radionuclide concentrations in understory were 501 pCi L{sup {minus}1} for {sup 3}H, 0.581 pCi ash g{sup {minus}1} for {sup 137}Cs, 0.001 pCi ash g{sup {minus}1} for {sup 238}Pu, 0.008 pCi ash g{sup {minus}1} for {sup 239,240}Pu, 0.007 pCi ash g{sup {minus}1} for {sup 241}Am, 1.46 pCi ash g{sup {minus}1} for {sup 90}Sr, and 0.233 {micro}g ash g{sup {minus}1} for total uranium. The mean LANL radionuclide concentrations in overstory were 463 pCi L{sup {minus}1} for {sup 3}H, 1.51 pCi ash g{sup {minus}1} for {sup 137}Cs, 0.0004 pCi ash g{sup {minus}1} {sup 238}Pu, 0.008 pCi ash g{sup {minus}1} for {sup 239,240}Pu, 0.014 pCi ash g{sup {minus}1} for {sup 241}Am, 1.97 pCi ash g{sup {minus}1} for {sup 90}Sr, and 0.388 {micro}g ash g{sup {minus}1} for total uranium. Concentrations of radionuclides and total U in both understory and overstory vegetation at LANL generally were not statistically higher than in perimeter and regional background vegetation ({alpha} = 0.05). The exceptions were LANL {sup 3}H > perimeter {sup 3}H (understory) and LANL {sup 3}H background {sup 3}H (overstory). All maximum radionuclide concentrations were lower than toxicity reference values. With the exception of total U, the relationship between contaminant concentration in soil vs. vegetation was insignificant ({alpha} = 0.05). Generally, as the concentration of total U in soil decreased, the concentration in vegetation increased. This held true for both understory and overstory and regardless of whether data were separated by general location (LANL, perimeter, and background) or not. There was no