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  1. Human metabolism of caesium

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    A study of the human biokinetics of caesium in two forms, i.) incorporated in foodstuff (137Cs in perch and mushrooms) and ii.) in ionic state (134Cs in aqueous solution) has been carried out at the department of Radiation Physics in Malmoe, starting in 2001. The results of the pilot study were published in 2004, and a continuation of that study has now been carried out by means of NKS funding (NKS-B Cskinetik). The aim is to, i.) investigate whether Scandinavian populations exhibit shorter biological half-time of radiocaesium than other populations; ii.) extend the biokinetic study to additional human subjects from the other Nordic countries. Results from the continued study further indicate a near complete absorption of radiocaesium in the gastro-intestinal tract, be it in ion state or contained in food matrix. So far, the literature survey of Nordic studies on biokinetics of Cs suggests that the biological half time is somewhat shorter among Scandinavian males (84 days vs. ICRP-value of 110 days), although females do not exhibit any significant difference (64 days vs ICRP value of 65 days). (au)

  2. Leakage of caesium braquitherapy sources

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    In several Venezuelan public hospitals where cervix uteri tumours are treated by intracavitary radiotherapy, that use manual after loading Fletcher method, with Caesium 137 sources, the use of improper source holders, locally manufactured from pieces of drainage plastic tubing, which deteriorated and created a corrosive environment all around the sources, omission of manufacturer's recommendations regarding corrosion information, source storage, inspection and testing, violation of International Atomic Energy Agency Radiation Protection Procedures, and lack of proper regulatory control, resulted integrity damage to about sixty special form sources (ISO2919 C 63322), leakage of Cs-137 from a supposed insoluble refractory active content (caesium silicoaluminate), and contamination of applicators, floors and bedding. When the situation was detected by means removal contamination tests, after routine inspections, the sources were removed from the hospitals, decontaminated by means of immersion in 3% EDTA solution in ultrasonic bath, subjected to leaking assessment tests, and the ones that passed were placed in low cost stainless steel source holders, designed and built by the instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Cientificas (IVIC) returned to the hospitals. The leaking sources were removed from use and considered radioactive waste. In order to avoid the occurrence of similar situations, all the importers of such sources are now required to send them to IVIC for testing and placement in proper source holders, before they are shipped to the hospitals. (author)

  3. Transfer of atmospheric caesium to agricultural products

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    A huge quantity of radioactive rubble was generated by the Great East Japan Earthquake. The Japanese government is considering incineration processing of such rubble in waste incinerators which have suitable equipment, and the government is urged to manage appropriately the radiation exposure of residents living in the vicinity of incinerators by inhalation and ingestion of food. In this study, we developed a model describing plant uptake of atmospheric caesium by direct deposition and root-absorption via soil. Analysis using our model has suggested that wet deposition contributes to transfer to a plant most, when caesium exists in the atmosphere. (author)

  4. Structure of caesium disulfate at 120 and 273 K

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    Ståhl, Kenny; Berg, Rolf W.; Eriksen, Kim Michael;

    2009-01-01

    The crystal structures of Cs2S2O7 at 120 and 273 K have been determined from X-ray single-crystal data. Caesium disulfate represents a new structure type with a uniquely high number of independent formula units at 120 K: In one part caesium ions form a tube surrounding the disulfate ions, [Cs8(S2...

  5. Determination of caesium-137 in fast-reactor coolant systems.

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    Oldham, G; Ware, A R; Sykes, D J

    1969-03-01

    A method for the separation of caesium by ion-exchange involving ammonium 12-molybdophosphate has been investigated, and found to be 100% efficient for aqueous solutions with high sodium and potassium concentrations. PMID:18960518

  6. Influence of herbivory on caesium turnover in a forest ecosystem

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    The effect of herbivory by bank vole (Clethrionomys glareolus) and moose (Alces alces) in relation to litterfall in a boreal forest is analysed. The main purpose is to estimate the relative importance of these processes for the transfer of caesium-137 to soil. Biomasses of litterfall and food consumption were selected from different forest biotopes. The analysis of the input and output of caesium-137 in the vole and moose populations is based on mass balance calculations for caesium-137 in steady state conditions. From this assessment, herbivory appears to be within an order of magnitude of litterfall. With due regard to the lower caesium level in litterfall than in living plant tissue, transfer of radioactive caesium by herbivory is seen to be even higher in comparison to that by litterfall, than apparent from the corresponding transfer of organic matter. In addition, the availability of caesium-137 from animal excrements is expected to be high and fast, which further emphasises the relative importance of herbivory in feed-back from vegetation to soil

  7. Note on Two Types of Contamination of Human Beings by Caesium-137

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    The authors present an elimination curve for a case of occupational contamination by caesium-137. They also show how the caesium-137 body burden varied during 1963 in a group of persons who did not undergo occupational exposure. (author)

  8. Project Caesium - An ion exchange model for the prediction of distribution coefficients of caesium in bentonite

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    A surface chemical model is established to thermodynamically describe caesium sorption on bentonite. Caesium sorption is studied on Wyoming bentonite MX-80 in solutions of NaCl, KCl, MgCl2, CaCl2, NaNO3 and Ca(NO3)2 of concentrations varying between 0.025M and 1M, as well as in the weakly saline Allard groundwater and the strongly saline Aespoe groundwater. Based on these experiments it is shown that the sorption behaviour of caesium on bentonite can be described, within the experimental and model uncertainties, in terms of a one-site ion exchange model. The ion exchange constant for the replacement of Na+ on montmorillonite by Cs+ is logKex degrees = 1.6. The model predictions compare well with sorption data published in the open literature on both Wyoming bentonite MX-80 and other types of bentonite. For the analysis of diffusion experiments in compacted bentonite, the apparent diffusivity of tritiated water, HTO, is used as an analogue to estimate the pore diffusivity of Cs+. Since insufficient information is available at present to estimate the porosity actually available for diffusion in compacted bentonite, it is assumed that the diffusion porosity can be approximated by using the value of the bulk porosity. Under these circumstances, the cation ex change capacity (CEC) found to be available for the diffusing species in compacted bentonite corresponds to about 12% of the total CEC of bentonite. It is recognised that the errors made in the estimation of the pore diffusivity and of the diffusion porosity are contained in the reduction factor of the CEC. A discussion of the factors affecting the diffusivities of radionuclides and the problem of establishing consistent sets of diffusivity data is given in the Appendix. 33 refs, 7 figs, 12 tabs

  9. Retention capacity of the calcium silicates hydrates (CSH) for caesium

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    Alkalis are poorly trapped by cement and this constitutes one of the problem for the use of cement as nuclear waste matrix. Therefore we have studied the sorption of 137Cs on the CSH which are the major components of a Portland cement. CSH of different Ca/Si has been synthetised in suspension. Caesium chloride, which is highly soluble, was placed in a reactor with the CSH. To have a high precision for the caesium quantity fixed by the CSH, radioactive caesium was used as tracer. We observed that the maximum exchange capacity occurs at low Ca/Si ratio, when the structure is close to that of tobermorite. A Cs/Ca molar ratio around one could be obtained in this structure. (orig.)

  10. The utilization of caesium 137 in studying soil degradation

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    The caesium 137 isotope is distributed in the atmosphere during nuclear explosions, and is absorbed in the upper horizons of the soil on reaching the ground. When it is incorporated in the fine fraction of the soil, caesium 137 measurement allows movements affecting cultivated lands (mass movements, runoff effects, wind action) and rate of soil degradation over half a century to be evaluated. Vegetal cover and techniques of soil utilization must be considered; this method has been tested on a watershed in the Parisian Basin. 5 figs., 26 refs

  11. Low Level Caesium Mapping in Latvia Anno 1996

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    Aage, Helle Karina

    1999-01-01

    In Latvia the caesium-137 contamination from the Chernobyl accident and from the nuclear weapon tests in the 1960´es is very low. Conventional techniques for extracting information from the measured spectra cannot be used here. Therefore a new, sensitive technique - the pseudo concentration method...

  12. Low Level Caesium Mapping in Latvia Anno 1995

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    Aage, Helle Karina

    1999-01-01

    In Latvia the caesium-137 contamination from the Chernobyl accident and from the nuclear weapon tests in the 1960´es is very low. Conventional techniques for extracting information from the measured spectra cannot be used here. Therefore a new, sensitive technique - the pseudo concentration method...

  13. The mechanisms of caesium uptake by plants

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    Persistent radioactive isotopes of caesium (134Cs and 137Cs) in the environment are of concern because they impact on both health and commerce. They enter the terrestrial food chain through plants. Plant roots take up Cs+ from the soil solution. To reach the shoot via the xylem, Cs+ must cross the plasma membranes of root cells at least twice. This is catalysed by transport proteins. Since Cs is an alkali metal with chemical properties similar to potassium (K), it has been suggested that the same proteins that transport K+ also transport Cs+. However, the Cs:K ratio in the shoots of different plant species grown under identical conditions varies widely. Since different transport proteins have contrasting abilities to discriminate between Cs+ and K+, this varying Cs:K ratio suggests that a different complement of transport proteins operates in different plant species. In the plasma membrane of root cells inward-rectifying K+ channels (KIRCs), outward-rectifying cation channels (KORCs and NORCs), voltage-independent cation channels (VICCs) and voltage-dependent Ca2+ channels (HACCs and DACCs) are all permeable to Cs+ and K+. In addition, the 'high-affinity' K+/H+ symporters (KUPs) and 'low affinity' transporters, such as the wheat TaLCT1 protein, may also transport Cs+ and K+. The relative abundance and selectivity of these transport proteins in the root plasma membrane will determine the relative fluxes of Cs+ and K+ to the shoot. Theoretical models describing Cs+ fluxes across the plasma membrane of root cells predict that, under natural conditions, VICCs mediate most (30 to 90%) of the Cs+ influx, with KUPs mediating the remainder, Cs+ influx through KIRCs is negligible, and stelar KORCs load Cs+ into the xylem. These predictions are consistent with the identical pharmacology of VICCs and Cs+ uptake by plants, which are both partially inhibited by La3+, Ba2+ or Ca2+ at millimolar concentrations, and the phenotypes of Arabidopsis mutants lacking the dominant root

  14. Study of caesium adsorption on hydrated calcium-silicate-aluminate systems

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    Immobilization of caesium in cementitious matrixes was studied in the present paper which is a key issue of handling radioactive caesium containig wastes for caesium does not form stabile compounds therefor it can not be readily immobilized. Model matrices were prepared to map up the calcium-silicate-aluminate system considering caesium immobilization, which were of different starting compositions. To caracterize Cs sorption, distribution ratios were determined. Based on the results obtained the model matrix compositions were prepared using industrial grade materials and their caesium retardation and trapping were examined by means of leaching and sorption experiments. In the light of the results obtained, it can be established that immobilization of caesium significantly depend on the starting composition of the used matrix. (orig.)

  15. Distribution of Caesium-137 in Samples Consisting of Soft Tissue, Bone and Bone Marrow

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    The investigations which were performed up to now on the distribution of-caesium-137 in the human organism could not explain exactly the distribution of the radiocaesium between bone and bone marrow. That is why a reliable estimation of the radiation burden of the skeleton caused by the incorporation of atmospheric caesium-137 is not given in the literature. Therefore, the concentration of caesium-137 in compact bones as well as in bone marrow was determined. Furthermore, the concentration of caesium-137 in the soft tissue of the same individuals was measured. (author)

  16. Bichromatic State-insensitive Trapping of Caesium Atoms

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    Metbulut, M. M.; Renzoni, F.

    2015-01-01

    State-insensitive dipole trapping of multilevel atoms can be achieved by an appropriate choice of the wavelength of the trapping laser, so that the interaction with the different transitions results in equal AC Stark shifts for the ground and excited states of interest. However this approach is severely limited by the availability of coherent sources at the required wavelength and of appropriate power. This work investigates state-insensitive trapping of caesium atoms for which the required w...

  17. Interdigitated electrode array based sensors for environmental monitoring of caesium

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    Nickson, I D [John Tyndall Nuclear Research Institute and Centre for Materials Science, University of Central Lancashire, Preston PR1 2HE (United Kingdom); Boxall, C [Engineering Department, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YR (United Kingdom); Port, S N, E-mail: c.boxall@lancaster.ac.uk [DSTL, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP4 0JQ (United Kingdom)

    2010-03-15

    The requirement for on-line and in-situ monitoring of analytes in process and effluent streams and in ground waters has become increasingly more important in recent years. We therefore describe the development of the transduction element for a fully automated online instrument for the detection of caesium. The sensor layer for this instrument employs an Ion Selective Conductimetric Microsensor (ISCOM) as the detector. This is based upon a plasticized polymeric membrane incorporating a selective ionophore, overlaying two interdigitated microelectrode arrays. A direct relationship has been observed between the bulk conductance (as determined by the microelectrodes) of the ionophore loaded membrane and the concentration of the primary ions in solution. Caesium selective ISCOMs were prepared using an ion selective membrane containing the commercially available ionophore Calix [6]arene-hexaacetic acid hexaethyl ester, polyvinylchloride (PVC) and plasticiser Nitrophenylether (NPOE). The relative levels of membrane components have also been varied in order to further enhance the ISCOM response. We also present preliminary data concerning the caesium selectivity with respect to a range of possible interferents, including rubidium.

  18. Interdigitated electrode array based sensors for environmental monitoring of caesium

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    Nickson, I. D.; Boxall, C.; Port, S. N.

    2010-03-01

    The requirement for on-line and in-situ monitoring of analytes in process and effluent streams and in ground waters has become increasingly more important in recent years. We therefore describe the development of the transduction element for a fully automated online instrument for the detection of caesium. The sensor layer for this instrument employs an Ion Selective Conductimetric Microsensor (ISCOM) as the detector. This is based upon a plasticized polymeric membrane incorporating a selective ionophore, overlaying two interdigitated microelectrode arrays. A direct relationship has been observed between the bulk conductance (as determined by the microelectrodes) of the ionophore loaded membrane and the concentration of the primary ions in solution. Caesium selective ISCOMs were prepared using an ion selective membrane containing the commercially available ionophore Calix [6]arene-hexaacetic acid hexaethyl ester, polyvinylchloride (PVC) and plasticiser Nitrophenylether (NPOE). The relative levels of membrane components have also been varied in order to further enhance the ISCOM response. We also present preliminary data concerning the caesium selectivity with respect to a range of possible interferents, including rubidium.

  19. Development of electrokinetic remediation for caesium: A feasibility study of 2D electrode configuration system

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    Syah Putra, Rudy

    2016-02-01

    Agar matrix was artificially contaminated with caesium and subjected to rapid assessment of electrokinetic treatment on the basis of the 2D electrode configuration. The effect of caesium concentration on the process was investigated using different electrode configuration (i.e. rectangular, hexagonal and triangular). During treatment the in situ pH distribution, the current flow, and the potential distribution were monitored. At the end of the treatment, the caesium concentration distribution was measured. The results of these experiments showed that for caesium contamination, pH control is essential in order to create a suitable environment throughout the agar matrix to enable contaminant removal. It was found that the type of electrode configuration used to control the pH affected the rate of caesium accumulation. All of the electrode configurations tested was effective, but the highest caesium extraction was achieved when the hexagonal pattern was used to control the pH. After 72 h of treatment at 50 mA, the concentration of caesium decreased gradually from the second and first layer of agar matrix throughout the cell, suggesting that most of the caesium was concentrated on the cathode part.

  20. Highly NO2 sensitive caesium doped graphene oxide conductometric sensors

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    Piloto, Carlo; Notarianni, Marco; Shafiei, Mahnaz; Taran, Elena; Galpaya, Dilini; Yan, Cheng; Motta, Nunzio

    2014-01-01

    Here we report on the synthesis of caesium doped graphene oxide (GO-Cs) and its application to the development of a novel NO2 gas sensor. The GO, synthesized by oxidation of graphite through chemical treatment, was doped with Cs by thermal solid-state reaction. The samples, dispersed in DI water by sonication, have been drop-casted on standard interdigitated Pt electrodes. The response of both pristine and Cs doped GO to NO2 at room temperature is studied by varying the gas concentration. The...

  1. High Performance Small Optically Pumped Caesium Beam Frequency Standard

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    ZHANG Jian-Wei; YANG Dong-Hai

    2007-01-01

    An experiment of a high performance small optically pumped caesium (Cs) beam frequency standard is reported. An extended cavity diode laser works as the probing laser, of which the frequency is stabilized by the Zeeman modulation method. The running parameters of the frequency standard are dynamically optimized via digital servo electronics. The experimental setup improves the frequency stability up to 1.8 × 10-12 atτ= 1 s and about 1.0 × 10~13 at τ= 105 s (Allan deviation).

  2. Caesium 137 in northern Swedish moose: The first year after the Chernobyl accident

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    Danell, K.; Nelin, P. (Swedish Univ. of Agricultural Science, Umeaa (Sweden). Dept. of Wildlife Ecology); Wickman, G. (Umeaa Univ. (Sweden). Radiation Physics Dept.)

    1989-01-01

    Levels of /sup 137/ caesium were monitored in northern Sweden during the first year after the Chernobyl accident (April 1986). Samples were collected from 3661 moose in an area where the deposited /sup 137/ caesium ranged from two to 60 kilo-becquerel per m/sup 2/. Concentrations of caesium in moose muscle correlated positively with the ground deposition of caesium. On average, the caesium levels found in moose after Chernobyl were about 470 Bq per kg fresh mass for calves and close to 300 for older animals. The average level in moose before the accident was 33 Bq per kg. Among moose older than one year, higher concentrations were found in females than in the males. There was a pronounced seasonal variation in the /sup 137/ caesium concentration found in moose. Within the investigation area the presence of caesium in moose resulted in a minor proportion of the hunters discarding the animals shot and/or terminating the hunt before the end of the season.

  3. Bichromatic State-insensitive Trapping of Caesium Atoms

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    Metbulut, M M

    2015-01-01

    State-insensitive dipole trapping of multilevel atoms can be achieved by an appropriate choice of the wavelength of the trapping laser, so that the interaction with the different transitions results in equal AC Stark shifts for the ground and excited states of interest. However this approach is severely limited by the availability of coherent sources at the required wavelength and of appropriate power. This work investigates state-insensitive trapping of caesium atoms for which the required wavelength of 935.6 nm is inconvenient in terms of experimental realization. Bichromatic state-insensitive trapping is proposed to overcome the lack of suitable laser sources. We first consider pairs of laser wavelengths in the ratio 1:2 and 1:3, as obtained via second- and third- harmonic generation. We found that the wavelength combinations 931.8-1863.6 nm and 927.5-2782.5 nm are suitable for state-insensitive trapping of caesium atoms. In addition, we examine bichromatic state-insensitive trapping produced by pairs of l...

  4. Bichromatic state-insensitive trapping of caesium atoms

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    Metbulut, M. M.; Renzoni, F.

    2015-12-01

    State-insensitive dipole trapping of multilevel atoms can be achieved by an appropriate choice of the wavelength of the trapping laser, so that the interaction with the different transitions results in equal AC Stark shifts for the ground and excited states of interest. However this approach is severely limited by the availability of coherent sources at the required wavelength and of appropriate power. This work investigates state-insensitive trapping of caesium atoms for which the required wavelength of 935.6 nm is inconvenient in terms of experimental realization. Bichromatic state-insensitive trapping is proposed to overcome the lack of suitable laser sources. We first consider pairs of laser wavelengths in the ratio 1:2 and 1:3, as obtained via second- and third- harmonic generation. We found that the wavelength combinations 931.8-1863.6 nm and 927.5-2782.5 nm are suitable for state-insensitive trapping of caesium atoms. In addition, we examine bichromatic state-insensitive trapping produced by pairs of laser wavelengths corresponding to currently available high power lasers. These wavelength pairs were found to be in the range of 585-588 nm and 623-629 for one laser and 1064-1080 nm for the other.

  5. Crustaceous lichens sensitive monitor of caesium-137 radiation level in terrestrial environment

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    Du Chunguang; Zhao Ye; Zhang Jing; Xu Cuihua

    2005-01-01

    The activity of caesium-137 (Bq/kg) in the crustaceous lichens and other samples was determined to prove the feasibility that crustaceous lichens work as a sensitive biology monitor to record the caesium-137 (Bq/kg) radiation levels of terrestrial environment. The measurements were performed with GEM series HPGe (high-purity Germanium) coaxial detector system (ADCAM -100) made by EC & GORTEC Company in USA. It was found that the activity of caesium-137 (Bq/kg) in the crustaceous lichens was one order of magnitude higher than that found in surface soil,and was over three orders of magnitude higher than those found in the familiar biological samples. These results proved that crustaceous lichens may be one of the most sensitive biological monitors about the remote transmission and environmental radiation levels of caesium-137.

  6. Caesium immobilization in hydrated calcium-silicate-aluminate systems

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    A special field of application of cementitious materials in using cements for immobilization of low and medium level radioactive wastes. Clarification of mechanisms of binding is complicated by the multicomponent nature of the solidifying matrix. In the present work, interest is turned to one of the most difficult to confine, long half-life isotopes, the caesium isotope. The cement matrix for solidification of the radioactive waste can be considered, with simplification, as a CaO-SiO2-Al2O3-H2O system. The various compositions of hydrated cementitious assemblages were investigated with respect to their Cs sorption by measuring the Cs distribution ratios (Rd) therein. Trends in sorption properties were detected, and the section of the ternary phase diagram with the best performance was identified

  7. Observation of EIA in closed and open caesium atomic system

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    Zhao Jian-Ming; Zhao Yan-Ting; Huang Tao; Xiao Lian-Tuan; Jia Suo-Tang

    2005-01-01

    We present an experimental study on electromagnetically induced absorption (EIA) in the closed transition of a degenerate two-level Cs atomic system. The coupling and probe lasers coupled with the transition 6S1/2F=4 →6P3/2F'=5 of caesium atom. The signal of EIA was obtained and the frequency detuning and intensity effect of the pumping laser were experimentally investigated. The EIA signal in 6S1/2 F=4 → 6P3/2 F'=4 and 6S1/2 F=4 → 6P3/2F'=3 open transitions was also obtained. As the repumping laser couples with the transition of 6S1/2 F=3 → 6P3/2F'=4, the EIA signal is increased due to the hyperfine optical pumping.

  8. Caesium extraction by calixarene molecules: Some aspects of extraction kinetics

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    Simon, N.; Tournois, B.; Volle, G

    2004-07-01

    In the framework of the environment Code (2000 studies were developed to recover long-lived fission products (F.P.) from acidic highly radioactive effluents issuing the reprocessing of spent fuels, to destroy them by transmutation or to encapsulate them into specific matrices. Efforts had been directed towards caesium, particularly {sup 135}Cs, which is one of the most harmful fission products because of its long half life (more than 2.10{sup 6} years) and its mobility in repository. The flow-sheet will be included in the general scheme of long-lived radionuclide partitioning. It was decided to define a process based on liquid-liquid extraction. Crown-calixarenes molecules were chosen for process development. To refine the flowsheet diagram, it is necessary to know the rate constants of the implied chemical reactions involved in the extraction. This paper describes the first determination of rate constant in the Cs extraction with crown calixarenes. (authors)

  9. Highly NO2 sensitive caesium doped graphene oxide conductometric sensors

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    Carlo Piloto

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Here we report on the synthesis of caesium doped graphene oxide (GO-Cs and its application to the development of a novel NO2 gas sensor. The GO, synthesized by oxidation of graphite through chemical treatment, was doped with Cs by thermal solid-state reaction. The samples, dispersed in DI water by sonication, have been drop-casted on standard interdigitated Pt electrodes. The response of both pristine and Cs doped GO to NO2 at room temperature is studied by varying the gas concentration. The developed GO-Cs sensor shows a higher response to NO2 than the pristine GO based sensor due to the oxygen functional groups. The detection limit measured with GO-Cs sensor is ≈90 ppb.

  10. Highly NO2 sensitive caesium doped graphene oxide conductometric sensors.

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    Piloto, Carlo; Notarianni, Marco; Shafiei, Mahnaz; Taran, Elena; Galpaya, Dilini; Yan, Cheng; Motta, Nunzio

    2014-01-01

    Here we report on the synthesis of caesium doped graphene oxide (GO-Cs) and its application to the development of a novel NO2 gas sensor. The GO, synthesized by oxidation of graphite through chemical treatment, was doped with Cs by thermal solid-state reaction. The samples, dispersed in DI water by sonication, have been drop-casted on standard interdigitated Pt electrodes. The response of both pristine and Cs doped GO to NO2 at room temperature is studied by varying the gas concentration. The developed GO-Cs sensor shows a higher response to NO2 than the pristine GO based sensor due to the oxygen functional groups. The detection limit measured with GO-Cs sensor is ≈90 ppb. PMID:25161842

  11. Influence of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and the expression of K+/Cs+ transporters on the accumulation of caesium by plants

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    Wiesel, Lea

    2011-01-01

    Radiocaesium (134Cs, 137Cs) is of environmental concern because of its incorporation into the food chain and prolonged emission of harmful radiation. Plants take up caesium via cation transporters which cannot discriminate between radioactive and stable caesium (133Cs). Around 80% of angiosperms live in symbiosis with arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi that deliver mineral nutrients to their hosts. Contrasting effects of AM fungi on caesium accumulation by plants have been reported. The ultima...

  12. The behaviour of fission product caesium in LMFBR primary circuits: experiments in a small stainless steel loop containing circulating sodium

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    The available information which can be used to determine the likely behaviour of fission product caesium, released from defective fuel pins, in the primary circuit of a sodium-cooled fast reactor has been reviewed and assessed. For a relatively small number of fuel pin failures over a reactor lifetime 137Cs is potentially a predominant contributor to dose rates on out-of-core steel components if the adsorption of caesium on these components is sufficiently high. Shortcomings are identified in the existing data on caesium adsorption from liquid sodium onto austenitic steel surfaces. This has enabled the definition of those areas of work which are necessary before the behaviour of fission product caesium in the primary circuit, and the possible requirement of any alleviatory measures, can be predicted with precision and confidence. Experiments are described from which the mechanism of adsorption of caesium onto steel surfaces was elucidated, thereby enabling the prediction of the likely sorption behaviour of fission product caesium on components in the primary circuits of LMFBRs. The potential use of cold-trapping as a means of removing caesium from sodium was also investigated and found to be of no significant value; alternative methods for caesium removal are discussed. The development of methods for decontamination of steelwork which has become contaminated by caesium sorption onto chromium (III) oxides is described, although it is not clear that the levels of contamination which would arise by this mechanism under normal LMFBR operating conditions would necessitate such treatment. (author)

  13. Uptake and retention of radio-caesium in earthworms cultured in soil contaminated by the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident.

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    Fujiwara, K; Takahashi, T; Nguyen, P; Kubota, Y; Gamou, S; Sakurai, S; Takahashi, S

    2015-01-01

    To understand the effects of radionuclides on non-human biota and the environment, it is essential to study the intake and metabolism of radio-isotopes in earthworms which are among the most important soil organisms, and Eisenia fetida, which were used in this study, are known to be sufficiently sensitive to chemicals and representative of common earthworms. In this study, we assessed the concentration ratios, uptake and retention, absorbed dose rate, and distribution of radio-caesium in earthworms. The concentration ratios of (137)Cs (i.e., the concentrations of radio-caesium in earthworms relative to those in dry soil) were higher early in the culturing period and decreased gradually over the experimental period. (137)Cs taken up by E. fetida was cleared rapidly after the worms were cultured in radio-caesium-free soil, suggesting that the metabolism of radio-caesium in earthworms is very rapid. Autoradiography demonstrated that the concentration of radio-caesium within the digestive tract was as high as that in the soil, while radio-caesium in the body tissue was lower than radio-caesium in the soil and was almost uniformly distributed among earthworm tissues. The highest absorbed dose rate of total exposure to radio-caesium ((137)Cs + (134)Cs) was calculated to be 1.9 × 10(3) (μGy/day) in the earthworms. PMID:25464049

  14. DECOMMISSIONING OF A CAESIUM-137 SEALED SOURCE PRODUCTION FACILITY

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    Murray, A.; Abbott, H.

    2003-02-27

    Amersham owns a former Caesium-137 sealed source production facility. They commissioned RWE NUKEM to carry out an Option Study to determine a strategy for the management of this facility and then the subsequent decommissioning of it. The decommissioning was carried out in two sequential phases. Firstly robotic decommissioning followed by a phase of manual decommissioning. This paper describes the remote equipment designed built and operated, the robotic and manual decommissioning operations performed, the Safety Management arrangements and summarizes the lessons learned. Using the equipment described the facility was dismantled and decontaminated robotically. Some 2300kg of Intermediate Level Waste containing in the order of 4000Ci were removed robotically from the facility. Ambient dose rates were reduced from 100's of R per hour {gamma} to 100's of mR per hour {gamma}. The Telerobotic System was then removed to allow man access to complete the decommissioning. Manual decommissioning reduced ambient dose rates further to less than 1mR per hour {gamma} and loose contamination levels to less than 0.25Bq/cm2. This allowed access to the facility without respiratory protection.

  15. Autler-Townes doublet in novel sub-Doppler spectra with caesium vapour cell

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    Wang Yan-Hua; Yang Jai-Jing; Du Zhi-Jing; Zhang Tian-Cai; Wang Jun-Min

    2006-01-01

    With a coupling laser locked to caesium 6S1/2 Fg=4-6P3/2Fe=5 cycling transition and a co-propagating probe laser scanned across 6S1/2Fg=4-6P3/2Fe=3, 4 and 5 transitions, a novel scheme for sub-Doppler spectra in Doppler-broadened V-type three-level system is demonstrated by detecting the transmission of the coupling laser through a caesium vapour cell. The Autler-Townes doublet in the sub-Doppler spectra of the coupling laser is clearly observed. The effects of coupling laser intensity on the splitting and linewidth of the Autleraking the multiple hyperfine levels of caesium atom into account, a brief analysis is presented.

  16. Clinical results in carcinoma of the cervix: radium compared to caesium using remote afterloading.

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    Jackson, S M; Fairey, R N; Kornelsen, R O; Young, M E; Wong, F L

    1989-05-01

    In 1979 the Cancer Control Agency of British Columbia changed from radium to remote controlled afterloaded caesium in the treatment of carcinoma of the cervix. In the 3 years prior to the change, 139 patients received radium as part of their treatment and in the 3 years after the change, 158 patients received caesium. Overall referral patterns, patient and cancer demographics, and treatment policies were stable throughout the 6-year period. Radiotherapy technique, dose, dose distribution and dose rate were comparable for both radium and caesium treated patients. The results of treatment in the two time periods showed no difference in survival, local tumour control or complications. The use of afterloading has not compromised treatment results and has allowed better nursing care for patients and protection from radiation for all staff. PMID:2752690

  17. Investigations on caesium 134 and 137 contamination of game hunted for food in Hessia

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    The amount of caesium 134 and 137 in Hessian game hunted for food (556 animals) after the reactor accident at Chernobyl was investigated. Comparisons have been made before and after the accident. Although there was only a very low level of contamination, the contamination rate of different species varied; on average, the Red Deer showed the highest activity (130 Bq/kg). The level of caesium contamination was mostly influenced by the permanent habitat of the animals. The main influence was due to regional, geographical and meteorological conditions. The influence of age or sex could not be determined. The contamination rate was shown to decrease with time

  18. Kinetics of caesium and potassium absorption by roots of three grass pastures and competitive effects of potassium on caesium uptake in Cynodon sp.

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    Ayub, J. Juri; Valverde, L. Rubio; Garcia-Sanchez, M. J.; Fernandez, J. A.; Velasco, R. H.

    2008-08-01

    Caesium uptake by plant roots has been normally associated with the uptake of potassium as the potassium transport systems present in plants have also the capacity to transport caesium. Three grass species (Eragrostis curvula, Cynodon sp and Distichlis spicata) growing in seminatural grassland of central Argentina were selected to study their capability to incorporate Cs+ (and K+) using electrophysiological techniques. Although the 137Cs soil inventory ranged between 328-730 Bq m-2 in this region, no 137Cs activity was detected in these plants. However, all the species, submitted previously to K+ starvation, showed the uptake of both Cs+ and K+ when micromolar concentrations of these cations were present in the medium. The uptake showed saturation kinetics for both cations that could be fitted to the Michelis-Menten model. KM values were smaller for K+ than for Cs+, indicating a higher affinity for the first cation. The presence of increasing K+ concentrations in the assay medium inhibited Cs+ uptake in Cynodon sp., as expected if both cations are transported by the same transport systems. This effect is due to the competition of both ions for the union sites of the high affinity potassium transporters. In field situation, where soil concentration of Cs+ is smaller than K+ concentration, is then expectable that caesium activity in plants is not detectable. Nevertheless, the studied plants would have the capacity to incorporate caesium if its availability in soil solution increases. In addition, studies of Cs/K interaction can help us to understand the variability in transfer factors.

  19. The selectivity of zirconium phosphate for caesium in electrochemical ion exchange

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    The properties of amorphous zirconium phosphate are investigated as an inorganic ion exchanger for use in liquid waste treatment by electrochemical ion exchange. Experiments to determine and increase the selectivity for caesium exchange over sodium are discussed, including various pulsed waveforms and studies with rotating membranes. Automation of a sampling system with pH and atomic absorption measurements is described. (author)

  20. Theoretical calculations of primary particle condensation for cadmium and caesium iodide vapours

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    This report considers a model of aerosol nucleation from the vapour phase which has been developed by Buckle. The applicability of the model has been tested by considering the condensation of caesium iodide and cadmium vapours under a wide variety of pre-mixed flow conditions of interest to PWR severe accident studies. (U.K.)

  1. Caesium activity in nursing mothers and in the mother's milk one year after Chernobyl accident

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    Linear correlation between Cs-137 concentration in mother's milk and the mother's Cs-137 whole body activity was obtained. A simple metabolic model is proposed to interpret measured data. Caesium activity in mother's milk was five times lower than in dairy products. (orig./HP)

  2. The use of bentonite and zeolite as caesium-binders in feed to reindeer - experiences from Sweden

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    Birgitta Åhman

    1990-09-01

    Full Text Available Feeding is used in Sweden to lower radiocaesium levels in reindeer before slaughter. In feeds used for this purpose, bentonite is added as a caesium-binder to prevent absorption of radiocaesium, since the animals usually have som access to contaminated pasture in their corrals. Bentonite is efficient as a caesium-binder but increases water consumption and excretion of urine. Zeolite has been used as a caesium-binder to reindeer in a few experiments. The effect, however, has been inferior to that of bentonite. It seems that zeolite, mixed in feeds, loose some of its effect as the feed is stored. The need of a caesium-binder is demonstrated by results from practical feeding of reindeer where radiocaesium levels have not decreased as expected when feed without bentonite has been used.

  3. Availability of caesium radionuclides to plants - classification of soils and role of mycorrhiza

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    Drissner, J.; Buermann, W.; Enslin, F.; Heider, R.; Klemt, E.; Miller, R.; Schick, G.; Zibold, G. [Fachhochschule Ravensburg-Weingarten, D-88241 Weingarten (Germany)

    1998-10-01

    At different locations in spruce stands spread rather homogeneously over southern Baden-Wuerttemberg, samples of soil and plants were taken and the vertical distribution of the caesium radionuclides in the soil was studied. As a direct measure of the bioavailability, the aggregated transfer factor, T{sub ag}, was determined for fern, bilberry, raspberry, blackberry, and clover. The T{sub ag} (in m2 kg{sup -1}) is defined by the specific caesium activity (in Bq kg{sup -1}) of the dry mass of the plants, divided by the total inventory (in Bq m{sup -2}) of the soil. It varies between 0{center_dot}5 and 0{center_dot}001 m2kg{sup -1}, being highest for fern and lowest for blackberry or clover at all sampling sites. Most decisive for the value of the T{sub ag} are kind of humus deposit, thickness and pH value of the humus layers. Also important are the soil properties, whereas geology has only a minor influence on T{sub ag}. At different sampling sites in spruce forests, the T{sub ag} can vary by two orders of magnitude for one plant species. Caesium desorption experiments were performed. We could not find a dependence of the transfer of caesium to the plant on the desorbability of caesium from the soil, which implies a more complex transport mechanism than simple ion exchange in the soil solution. It is suggested that the transport of caesium is mediated by mycorrhiza fungi. Therefore, we studied the density of mycorrhiza hyphae in the O{sub f}, O{sub h} and A{sub h} soil horizons of two sites differing in T{sub ag} by a factor of 10. The densities of mycorrhiza hyphae in the O{sub h} and A{sub h} soil horizons each differ by a factor of 2 for the two sites. Yet, the effect of the hyphae density on radiocaesium uptake has to be a subject of further investigation. (Copyright (c) 1998 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam. All rights reserved.)

  4. New ion selective materials. Application to the selective extraction of caesium

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    This research thesis addresses the synthesis and assessment of ion selective materials. The first part reports the development of a general method of assessment of ion selective materials. In the second part, the author describes different methods used to insolubilize macro-cycles on hydrophilic polymers. The obtained polyurethanes are synthesised. These hydrophilic polymers display interesting complexing properties and selectivities with respect to cations of alkali metals. Then the author addresses the improvement of selectivity with respect to caesium of ion exchange resorcinol-formaldehyde resins. Different factors affecting selectivity are identified, and the concept of molecular print is used to study the improvement of selectivity. The effect of macro-cyclic structures on phenolic resins with respect to caesium is highlighted

  5. Joint monitoring of hydrosedimentological events and transport of caesium 137 in a small basin

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    Preti, F.; Lubello, C.; Becchi, I. (Florence Univ. (Italy). Dept. of Civil Engineering)

    1993-01-01

    Research was carried out to analyse the transport of Caesium 137 in a small calcareous watershed (3.6 Km[sup 2]) of the Tuscan Appennines (Central Italy). The presence of the radionuclide 137 Cs, adsorbed by the soil, is due to the nuclear tests in the 1960s-70s and to the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. For representation of the transport dynamics of 137 Cs a distributed parameters model has been developed, in order to consider the variability of the physical characteristics of the area. The results of the simulation, compared with the concentrations of Caesium measured by a devised experimental method in the lake-sediments of a hill catchment placed in the closing section of the basin, showed an excellent agreement. (author).

  6. Psychosocial aspects of the victims of the accident with caesium-137 in Goiania (1987-1994)

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    In September of 1987 two men took possession of and violated a source containing Caesium-137, which caused the Radiological Accident of Goiania. Besides the direct victims, a significant part of the community of Goiania was directly involved with this accident. The psychosocial impact in the social groups involved in this radiological accident - the population as a whole, immediate neighbours of contaminated sites, professionals and the victims themselves - gave rise to specific behaviour and attitudes which will be discussed in this paper. (author)

  7. Inferring ecological separation from regional differences in radioactive caesium in harbour porpoises Phocoena phocoena

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    Tolley, Krystal A; Heldal, Hilde Elise

    2002-01-01

    Geographic variation in the level of radioactive caesium-137 (Cs-137) was examined from the axial muscle of 36 harbour porpoises Phocoena phocoena obtained as bycatch from 5 locations along the coast of Norway, ranging from southern (North Sea) to northern (Barents Sea) Norway. Levels of Cs-137 in seawater and sediments have been found to differ along the coast of Norway due to distance from point sources, such as the Sellafield nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in Cumbria, UK (discharging into...

  8. Body concentration of caesium-137 in patients from Western Isles of Scotland.

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    Isles, C G; Robertson, I.; MacLeod, J A; Preston, T; East, B W; Hole, D J; Lever, A. F.

    1991-01-01

    OBJECTIVES--To compare caesium-137 concentrations in patients from the Western Isles Health Board, Glasgow area, and other parts of the Scottish mainland, and to investigate the source of 137Cs in patients from the Western Isles. DESIGN--Study of hypertensive patients having electrolyte concentrations measured, including 137Cs. Interview by questionnaire of island subjects about intake of foods likely to contain radiocaesium and the source of these foods. Measurement of 137Cs and 134Cs in foo...

  9. The spatial distribution of caesium-137 over Northern Ireland from fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear accident

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    Rawlins, B. G.; Scheib, C.; Tyler, A.N.; Jones, D.; Webster, R; Young, M. E.

    2009-01-01

    The spatial distribution of caesium-137 (137Cs) across the land is of much interest because it can tell us about the redistribution of the radionuclide as a result of soil erosion, differential migration through the soil—or its complement, differential retention in the soil. Any such inferences from survey measurements depend on the assumption of a broadly even distribution from weapons testing fallout, and the substantial deposition of 137Cs in rain following the Chernobyl accide...

  10. Caesium 137 in meat from reindeer and grouses from Svaldbard 1980

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    Kjos-Hanssen, B.; Rennesund, J.S. (Forsvarets Forskningsinstitutt, Kjeller (Norway))

    1981-01-01

    Concentration of Caesium 137 in meat from Spitsbergen (Svalbard) and mainland Norway reindeer has been measured. It appears that the concentration values for Spitsbergen are of the order of 1 per cent of corresponding values for the mainland. It is suggested that low precipitation rates and a different reindeer diet contributes to the low Cs 137 concentration values in Svaldbard. The concentration of Cs 137 in Svaldbard grouse did not exceed the detection limit of the measurements (approximately 10 pCi/kg).

  11. (Caesium 137 in meat from reindeer and grouse from Svalbard 1980 (author's transl))

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    Kjos-Hanssen, B.; Rennesund, J.S.

    Concentration of Caesium 137 in meat from Spitsbergen (Svalbard) and mainland Norway reindeer has been measured. It appears that the concentration values for Spitsbergen are of the order of 1 per cent of corresponding values for the mainland. It is suggested that low precipitation rates and a different reindeer diet contributes to the low Cs 137 concentration values in Svalbard. The concentration of Cs 137 in Svalbard grouse did not exceed the detection limit of the measurements (infinity 10 pCi/kg).

  12. Experimental study on the possibilities of direct transfer of caesium 137 from sediment to the carps (Cyprinus carpio L. )

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    Lambrechts, A.; Foulquier, L.

    1983-06-01

    The exchanges of caesium 137 with the Rhone river water and deposits and its direct transfer from water and deposits to the carp are studied. The sediments have a high retention capacity for radiocaesium associated with fine particles and certain clays (illite). Caesium desorption from sediment to water is always very weak (less than 5% of the initial activity of the sediments; it varies with the agitation and salinity of the water. The transfer of caesium from the water to the carps is characterized by a regular increase of activity in the fish. After 63 days of experimentation, equilibrium has not been reached, the carp have retained only 1% of the water activity, and their concentration factor is about 4. The transfer of caesium from sediment to the fish is weak but regular. After 79 days of experimentation, equilibrium has not been reached. Less than 1% of the sediments activity is found in the fish; the transfer factor is about 10/sup -3/. Because of the high content of caesium 137 in sediments, the activity of the carp is increased and the concentration factor, calculated in relation to the surface water, is greater than 60.

  13. Comparison of caesium 137 and 134 activity in sheep remaining on upland areas contaminated by Chernobyl fallout with those removed to less active lowland pasture

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    Howard, B.J.; Beresford, N.A.; Burrow, L.; Shaw, P.V.; Curtis, E.J.C.

    Caesium contamination of vegetation in some upland areas of the United Kingdom after the Chernobyl accident remained persistently higher than many anticipated. Consequently, some sheep continued to graze vegetation containing sufficiently high caesium activity to maintain tissue activity above the limits adopted for slaughter in the United Kingdom (1,000 Bq kg/sup -1/ fresh weight). In this study the caesium activity in lambs remaining on affected upland areas has been compared with that of lambs removed to a lowland site. The former lost very little caesium activity from the end of July to mid-September owing to the persistently high caesium activity of the pasture. The transfer coefficient to lamb muscle (0.79 day kg/sup -1/) was 6 times higher than that previously estimated from lowland field studies. Lambs removed to much less contaminated lowland pasture rapidly lost their Cs activity with an initial biological half life of 10 days.

  14. Patients blood serum ferritin concentrations changes associated with Caesium-137 incorporation

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    The results of radioimmune study of ferritin and carcinoembryonic antigen in 60 persons: 35 those who took part in liquidation of the Chernobyl accident and incorporated 25.9-70.4 MBq of Cesium-137,25 residents of Rivno Region with 7.4-203.5 MBq of the radionuclide in the organism are reported. The increased concentration of ferritin and carcinoembryonic antigen in blood serum was noted to be determined more often in the residents of the areas polluted with Caesium-137 than in liquidators. The tumor markers levels depended to some extent on bad habits (smoking, alcohol) and existing chronic diseases of the alimentary system

  15. Absorption spectroscopy of cold caesium atoms confined in a magneto-optical trap

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    Yan Shu-Bin; Liu Tao; Geng Tao; Zhang Tian-Cai; Peng Kun-Chi; Wang Jun-Min

    2004-01-01

    Absorption spectra of cold caesium atoms confined in a magneto-optical trap are measured around D2 line at 852nm with a weak probe beam. Absorption reduction dip due to electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT)effect induced by the cooling/trapping field in a V-type three-level system and a gain peak near the cycling transition are clearly observed. Several mechanisms mixed with EIT effect in a normal V-type three-level system are briefly discussed. A simple theoretical analysis based on a dressed-state model is presented for interpretation of the absorption spectra.

  16. Orofacial manifestations from accidental exposure to caesium 137 in Goiania, Brazil.

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    Gomes, M A; Wascheck, C de C; Scully, C; Almeida, O de P; Bozzo, L

    1990-08-01

    The accidental close exposure of over 200 adults and children to a caesium-137 (137Cs) source in Goiania, Brazil in 1987 produced significant short-term morbidity in about 50 patients, and four deaths within a few weeks. Some 57% of those maximally exposed to radiation, developed orofacial lesions, notably purpura, spontaneous bleeding, ulcers and/or acute candidiasis. These lesions were probably mainly the consequences of depression of bone marrow elements by the radionuclide. Though the oral lesions that may follow iatrogenic exposure to ionizing radiation are well recognized this appears to be the first report on the oral sequelae of a serious radiation accident.

  17. The fate of caesium-137 in a soil environment controlled by immobilization on clay minerals

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    NAKAO, Atsushi; Funakawa, Shinya; Tsukada, Hirofumi; Kosaki, Takashi

    2012-01-01

    Caesium-137 (137Cs), with its high release rate and long half life, is the most important longterm contributor to environmental contamination of all the radionuclides released by the accident at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in March 2011. There have been many surveys of the fate of 137Cs in terrestrial environments, especially after the atmospheric nuclear tests of the 1950s and 60s and the Chernobyl accident in 1986. Previous surveys revealed that most of the 137Cs deposited on...

  18. Isolation and identification of cobalt and caesium resistant bacteria from a nuclear fuel storage pond.

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    Dekker, L.; Osborne, T. H.; Santini, J. M.

    2014-01-01

    One of the issues facing the nuclear power industry is how to store spent nuclear fuel which is contaminated with radionuclides produced during nuclear fission, including caesium ((134) Cs(+) , (135) Cs(+) and (137) Cs(+) ) and cobalt ((60) Co(2+) ). In this study we have isolated Co(2+) and Cs(+) resistant bacteria from water collected from a nuclear fuel storage pond. The most resistant Cs(+) and Co(2+) isolates grew in the presence of 500 mM CsCl and 3 mM CoCl2 . Strain Cs67-2 is resistant...

  19. Sorption of caesium and strontium onto calcium silicate hydrate in saline groundwater

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    Full text of publication follows: In the concept for radioactive waste disposal in Japan, cement is a potential waste packaging and backfilling material and is expected to provide chemical containment. The sorption of radionuclides onto cement materials, which controls the aqueous concentrations of elements in the pore-water, is a very important parameter when considering the release of radionuclides from the near field of a cementitious radioactive waste repository. Many safety assessment calculations currently assume radionuclide retardation as linear sorption equilibrium and describe it with a distribution ratio (Rd value). In this study, the sorption mechanism is discussed by measuring the sorption isotherm of caesium, strontium (10-5 ∼ 10-2 mol dm-3) and sodium (10-4 ∼ 10-1 mol dm-3) onto Calcium Silicate Hydrate (C-S-H gel, Ca/Si 0.65 ∼ 1.2) at a liquid:solid ratio of 100:1, to support the assumption. In addition, the competitive sorption between caesium or strontium, and sodium is studied by sorption measurements using a range of sodium chloride concentration to simulate different ionic strengths in saline groundwater. The initial and equilibrated aqueous compositions were measured in the sorption experiments and it was found that caesium, strontium and sodium were sorbed by substitution for Ca in C-S-H phases by examining the mass balance. Based on the experimental results, we propose a modelling approach in which the ion-exchange model is employed and the presence of some calcium sites with different ion-exchange log K values in C-S-H is assumed by considering the composition and the structure of C-S-H. The modelling calculation results predict the measured Rd values well and also describe the competition of sorption of caesium or strontium, and sodium in the experiments. The log K values for sorption of each cation element decreased as Ca/Si ratio of C-S-H gel increased. This agrees with the trend that C-S-H gel is negatively charged at low Ca

  20. Poly[μ3-aqua-aqua-μ5-(4-nitro­benzoato)-caesium

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    Graham Smith

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    In the structure of the title complex, [Cs(C7H4NO2)(H2O)2]n, the caesium salt of 4-nitrobenzoic acid, the irregular CsO9 coordination sphere comprises three bridging nitro O-atom donors, a bidentate carboxylate O,O′-chelate interaction, a triple-bridging water molecule and a monodentate water molecule. A three-dimensional framework polymer is generated, within which there are water–carboxylate O—H...O and water–water O—H...O hydrogen-bonding interactions.

  1. Distribution coefficients of caesium, chlorine, iodine, niobium, selenium and technetium on Olkiluoto soils

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    Retention of caesium, chlorine, iodine, niobium, selenium and technetium was investigated on soil samples from Olkiluoto using laboratory batch sorption experiments. Distribution coefficients were measured for both dried and sieved and untreated (wet, not sieved) mineral soil and humus in aerobic and anaerobic conditions. Mineralogical composition of the samples was determined by XRD-analysis. Caesium was sorbed efficiently on mineral soil samples and less efficiently on humus. Sorption decreased with decreasing cation exchange capacity and clay fraction content. The effect of competing cations decreased in the order Cs+>NH4+>K+>Ca2+>Na+. Chlorine was not retained by mineral soil samples, and the sorption was weak on humus. The sorption of iodine was the strongest on humus and the weakest on the untreated mineral soil samples in the anaerobic conditions. In the mineral soil samples, the sorption decreased with decreasing organic matter content and increasing pH. The retention of niobium on soil samples was the most efficient among the studied elements. The retention was high regardless of the aeration conditions. Sorption on humus was smaller. Selenium was retained efficiently on humus. Sorption on mineral soil samples was stronger in aerobic conditions. Sorption increased with time. Technetium was sorbed well on humus and anaerobic, untreated mineral soil samples. Sorption increased with increasing organic matter content and decreasing redox potential. The results from the sorption experiments are used in the site specific radionuclide migration modelling. (orig.)

  2. Factors influencing caesium-137 levels in moose (Alces alces) and small game in Northern Sweden

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    In the third annual hunting season after the Chernobyl accident the concentration of Cs-137 in meat of northern Swedish moose was significantly higher than in the first one (1986). In September 1986 the mean Cs concentration was 500 Bq/kg in calves but in September 1988 it has risen 1300 Bq/kg. This increase was only temporary and a rapid decline occured after September and by December 1988 the concentration of Cs was the same as in late 1986. Adult moose showed the same increase during the hunt 1988 but to a lower magnitude. Typical food plants of moose such as bilberry (Vaccinum myrtillus) and birch (Betula pubescens) showed, contradictory to expected by the level in moose, a decline of concentration caesium from 1986 to 1988. A probable explanation to the dramatically increased concentration of Cs in moose is a change in diet selection during 1988. Small mammals such as voles and lemmings showed a variation in concentration of caesium-137 which was more dependent on other factors than on their body size. This emphasize the necessity to study diet selection by herbivores in detail in order to predict uptake and changes in environmental contaminants. (orig.)

  3. Distribution coefficients of caesium, chlorine, iodine, niobium, selenium and technetium on Olkiluoto soils

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    Soederlund, M.; Lusa, M.; Virtanen, S.; Vaelimaa, I.; Hakanen, M.; Lehto, J. [Univ. of Helsinki, Lab. of Radiochemistry (Finland); Lahdenperae, A.-M. [Saanio and Riekkola Oy, Helsinki (Finland)

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    Retention of caesium, chlorine, iodine, niobium, selenium and technetium was investigated on soil samples from Olkiluoto using laboratory batch sorption experiments. Distribution coefficients were measured for both dried and sieved and untreated (wet, not sieved) mineral soil and humus in aerobic and anaerobic conditions. Mineralogical composition of the samples was determined by XRD-analysis. Caesium was sorbed efficiently on mineral soil samples and less efficiently on humus. Sorption decreased with decreasing cation exchange capacity and clay fraction content. The effect of competing cations decreased in the order Cs{sup +}>NH{sub 4}{sup +}>K{sup +}>Ca{sup 2+}>Na{sup +}. Chlorine was not retained by mineral soil samples, and the sorption was weak on humus. The sorption of iodine was the strongest on humus and the weakest on the untreated mineral soil samples in the anaerobic conditions. In the mineral soil samples, the sorption decreased with decreasing organic matter content and increasing pH. The retention of niobium on soil samples was the most efficient among the studied elements. The retention was high regardless of the aeration conditions. Sorption on humus was smaller. Selenium was retained efficiently on humus. Sorption on mineral soil samples was stronger in aerobic conditions. Sorption increased with time. Technetium was sorbed well on humus and anaerobic, untreated mineral soil samples. Sorption increased with increasing organic matter content and decreasing redox potential. The results from the sorption experiments are used in the site specific radionuclide migration modelling. (orig.)

  4. Hydroxyapatite supported caesium carbonate as a new recyclable solid base catalyst for the Knoevenagel condensation in water

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    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available The Knoevenagel condensation between aromatic aldehydes and malononitrile, ethyl cyanoacetate or malonic acid with hydroxyapatite supported caesium carbonate in water is described. HAP–Cs2CO3 was found to be a highly active, stable and recyclable catalyst under the reaction conditions.

  5. Hydroxyapatite supported caesium carbonate as a new recyclable solid base catalyst for the Knoevenagel condensation in water

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    Monika Gupta; Rajive Gupta; Medha Anand

    2009-01-01

    The Knoevenagel condensation between aromatic aldehydes and malononitrile, ethyl cyanoacetate or malonic acid with hydroxyapatite supported caesium carbonate in water is described. HAP–Cs2CO3 was found to be a highly active, stable and recyclable catalyst under the reaction conditions.

  6. Caesium-137 as Indicator of Present Mass-Movement and Erosion Processes

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    Supper, R.; Baron, I.; Winkler, E.; Motschka, K.; Jaritz, W.; Moser, G.; Carman, M.

    2012-04-01

    After the Chernobyl atomic accident in April 1986, notable parts of Eastern, Northern and Central Europe were contaminated by Caesium-137 (137Cs). This radioactive isotope with 30.17 years half-life is completely of anthropogenic origin. After the accident it was transported through the atmosphere for long distances and contaminated the soil surface variably in the vast areas. Although much of the 137Cs content has already decayed, notable amounts can still be detected. The Department of Geophysics of the Geological Survey of Austria conducted in 2009 an airborne multi-sensor geophysical survey over three prominent landslides in Austria and Slovenia as a test study for the application of airborne geophysics for landslide investigations. Besides elelectromagnetic (subsurface resistivity) and passive microwave (soil moisture) measurements, a gamma ray survey was done; natural radioactive isotopes such as Potassium, Thorium, and Uranium were mapped. This paper deals only with the Caesium-137 distribution. The Gschliefgraben test site (N Austria) is a complex of active and dormant earthflows, landslides and rockfalls in a 4 km long valley at the foot of Northern Calcareous Alps within Ultrahelvetic and Rhenodanubian flysch rocks. The last major reactivation occurred in 2007 and 2008. Also the Sibratsgfäll test site (W Austria) is a complex of shallow and deep-seated landslides and earthflows in sedimentary rocks of the Helvetic Zone, Liebenstein Nappe, Feuerstätte Zone and the Rhenodanubian Flysch. Here the major recent reactivation occurred in May 1999 affecting the villages of Sibratsgfäll and Rindberg. The Stoze landslide (NW Slovenia) occurred in November 2000 and is situated in dolomitic to clayey and marly Upper Triassic rocks, in Quaternary glacial moraine sediments and slope debris. The Caesium-137 maps were compared to landslide inventory maps, airborne laser-scan DTMs and up-to-date orthophotos. In all of the test sites, the 137Cs minima correlated well

  7. Monitoring of caesium-137 in food plants and muscle from moose, red deer and wild reindeer in 2010

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    The monitoring of Cs-137 fall-out from the Chernobyl accident in 1986, started the same year. Several plants and wild reindeer in natural ecosystems in Nord-Rondane have been followed annually ever since. Four more wild reindeer ranges were included in 2001: Setesdal-Ryfylkeheiene, Hardangervidda, Nord-Ottadalen, Snoehetta and Nord-Rondane. From 2007 Forollhogna was also included. On fixed plots in Nord-Rondane and Snoehetta some of the reindeer forage plants, including both higher plants and fruticose lichens, have been sampled and analyzed annually since 1986. This was also done in 2010. In addition plants and lichens were sampled at five locations along an altitudinal gradient at Soendre Knutshoe, and at 7-8 locations along an east-west gradient from Kollaflata to Skarhoe in the Jora valley continuing along the Aursjoe to Torbudalen. All these locations were sampled annually between 1987-1990, but they have not been sampled since. In 2010 samples from red deer and moose was also collected from eight different regions located within the following counties: Oppland, Telemark, Vest-Agder, Rogaland, Sogn and Fjordane, Nord-Troendelag, Nordland and Troms. Red deer were sampled in four regions and moose in six. Both species were sampled in Oppland. In 2010 76, 49 and 61 samples were collected from wild reindeer, red deer and moose respectively. All measures of caesium levels were performed on dried samples. For the 596 samples of plants and lichen the results refer to caesium-levels in dried samples. For the meat samples, results refer to caesium-137 levels in raw meat. Due to large variation in measured levels of caesium within species and sampling area, we give median values instead of mean values.The highest caesium levels in wild reindeer were found in Snoehetta (1010 Bq/kg) and Nord-Rondane (2686 Bq/kg). The levels found in the other areas were considerably lower. The highest caesium levels in both red deer (Sel, 677 Bq/kg) and moose (Vaaga, 365 Bq/kg) were found

  8. Caesium carbonate as a highly efficient catalyst for the synthesis of macrocyclicdiamides

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    Esmael Rostami

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available In this research work, we report the synthesis of macrocyclicdiamides from the reaction of diesters and aliphatic diamines in the presence of caesium carbonate. It has been demonstrated that among the carbonate of alkali metals (Li2CO3, Na2CO3, K2CO3 and CS2CO3, CS2CO3 appears to be the best catalyst for macrocyclization. Diesters with different substitution patterns on the aromatic ring reacted smoothly with diamines under optimal conditions, affording the corresponding macrocycles in high yields. Introducing a rigid group (e.g., sulfone on the substrate led to somewhat decreased yield. Various substrates proved to be suitable for this macrocyclization reaction, especially, the flexible ones.

  9. Synthetic crystalline calcium silicate hydrate (I): cation exchange and caesium selectivity

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    Solid crystalline calcium silicate hydrate (I) synthesized from equimolar amounts of Ca and Si under hydrothermal conditions at 120 oC shows cation exchange properties towards divalent metal cations such as Ni, Cu, Cd, or Hg. It also exhibits caesium selectivity in the presence of Na+. The exchange capacity and selectivity of the solid can be increased by 10 and 28 %, respectively, upon substitution of 0.01 mol of the Ca2+ in its structure by Na+. The ability of metal cation uptake by the solid was found to obey the order Ni2+ > Hg2+ > Cu2+ > Cd2+. The different affinities of calcium silicate hydrate (I) towards these ions can be used for their separation from solutions and also in nuclear waste treatment. The mechanism of the exchange reaction is discussed. (author)

  10. Enhanced Raman sideband cooling of caesium atoms in a vapour-loaded magneto-optical trap

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    Li, Y; Feng, G; Nute, J; Piano, S; Hackermuller, L; Ma, J; Xiao, L; Jia, S

    2015-01-01

    We report enhanced three-dimensional degenerated Raman sideband cooling (3D DRSC) of caesium (Cs) atoms in a standard single-cell vapour-loading magneto-optical trap. Our improved scheme involves using a separate repumping laser and optimized lattice detuning. We load $1.5 \\times 10^7$ atoms into the Raman lattice with a detuning of -15.5 GHz (to the ground F = 3 state). Enhanced 3D DRSC is used to cool them from 60 $\\mu$K to 1.7 $\\mu$K within 12 ms and the number of obtained atoms is about $1.2 \\times 10^7$. A theoretical model is proposed to simulate the measured number of trapped atoms. The result shows good agreement with the experimental data. The technique paves the way for loading a large number of ultracold Cs atoms into a crossed dipole trap and efficient evaporative cooling in a single-cell system.

  11. Experimental observation of pump-probe spectra of caesium D2 line with a vapour cell

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    Wang Yan-Hua; Yang Hai-Jing; Zhang Tian-Cai; Wang Jun-Min

    2005-01-01

    Pump-probe spectra of caesium D2 line are experimentally investigated in a Cs atomic vapour cell with copropagating orthogonal linearly-polarized pump and probe laser beams. Absorption-reduction dips duo to electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) in multi-A-type Zeeman sublevels of 6 S1/2 F=3-6 P3/2 F'=2 hyperfine transition and absorption-enhanced peaks due to electromagnetically induced absorption (EIA) in 6 S1/2 F=4-6 P3/2 F'=5 hyperfine transition are demonstrated. With detuned pump beam abnormal sign-reversed signals inside the EIT dip and the EIA peak are clearly observed.

  12. Observation of four-wave mixing in caesium atoms using a noncycling transition

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    Wang Li-Rong; Ma Jie; Zhao Jian-Ming; Xiao Lian-Tuan; Jia Suo-Tang

    2006-01-01

    In this paper the generation of four-wave mixing (FWM) signal using a noncycling transition of caesium atoms is investigated when the pumping laser is locked to the transition 6S1/2F = 4 → 6P3/2F' = 4, and meanwhile the probe frequency is scanned across the 6S1/2F = 4 → 6P3/2 transition. The efficiency of the four-wave mixing signal as a function of the intensity of the pumping beams and the detuning of the pumping beams is also studied. In order to increase the detection efficiency, a repumping laser which is resonant with 6S1/2F = 3 → 6P3/2F' = 4 transition is used. A theoretical model is also introduced, and the theoretical results are in qualitative agreement with experimental ones.

  13. Caesium Radionuclide Uptake from Wet Soil to Kangkung Plant (Ipomoea sp)

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    Caesium radionuclide transfer from soil to kangkung plant (Ipomoea sp) generally consumed by people had been examined to obtain transfer factor value for internal radiation dose assessment via soil-plant-human pathway. The kangkung plants were cultivated on watered soil medium containing 134Cs with concentration of about 80 Bq/g, and the 134Cs uptake by plants, i.e root, stem, and leaves, were measured using gamma spectrometer. The 134Cs plant uptake was expressed as transfer factor, i.e. ratio of plant 134Cs concentration to 134Cs concentration on soil medium. From this research it was obtained transfer factor value of 134C from soil to plant is 0.07, and the transfer factor for root, stem, and leaves are 0.34 ; 0.05 ; 0,03 respectively, after 45 days cultivation. The transfer factor values are less than one, indicate that kangkung plant do not accumulate Cs radionuclide from soil. (author)

  14. Five years hospital experience with the Amersham caesium 137 manual afterloading system

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    Bateman, T.J.; Davy, T.J.; Skeggs, D.B.L. (Royal Free Hospital, London (UK))

    1983-06-01

    The Amersham caesium 137 manual afterloading system for treatment of cancer of the uterine cervix and endometrium has been in use at the Royal Free Hospital for more than five years. The system uses permanently loaded flexible source pencils in combination with standard packs of disposable plastic applicators. Both sources and applicators have proved trouble-free in use. The sources are transported in special containers designed and built at the Royal Free Hospital and are inserted and removed on the ward by nursing staff. A set of sources is used in theatre for rectal and bladder dose measurements when the applicators are inserted. Staff radiation doses are low. The system is mainly used to produce pear-shaped dose distributions similar to those of the Manchester system, but simple cylindrical distributions are possible using symmetrically loaded source pencils.

  15. Uptake and retention of radio-caesium in earthworms cultured in soil contaminated by the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident.

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    Fujiwara, K.; T. Takahashi; P. Nguyen; Kubota, Y.; Gamou, S; Sakurai, S; Takahashi, S

    2015-01-01

    To understand the effects of radionuclides on non-human biota and the environment, it is essential to study the intake and metabolism of radio-isotopes in earthworms which are among the most important soil organisms, and Eisenia fetida, which were used in this study, are known to be sufficiently sensitive to chemicals and representative of common earthworms. In this study, we assessed the concentration ratios, uptake and retention, absorbed dose rate, and distribution of radio-caesium in eart...

  16. [The importance of gamma irradiations with caesium-137 for Hyalomma anatolicum anatolicum (Metastigmata, Ixodidae) control].

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    Karaer, Zafer; Kar, Sirri; Düzgün, Ali; Güven, Esin; Pekmezci, Zafer; Emre, Zişan

    2006-01-01

    In this study, male ticks belonging to the Hyalomma anatolicum anatolicum species were subjected to gamma radiation doses of 5, 10, 15, 20 and 50 Gy, emitted by a gamma-ray source of Caesium 137. In females that fed with these male ticks, proportional to the increase in radiation dose, the period of feeding was found to shorten. A decrease was demonstrated in the number of engorged female ticks, engorgement weights, number of laying ticks and number of eggs. The hatching period of larvae from eggs was found to increase despite the decrease in the number of hatched larvae. Moreover no larvae were observed to hatch from any of the eggs of female ticks treated with a radiation dose of 50 Gy. Similarly, proportional to the applied dose of radiation, rates of viability and activity were observed to decrease in male ticks. In conclusion, taking into consideration the feeding periods and fertility rates of female ticks as indicators of male activity, this study has demonstrated that in combating with H. anatolicum anatolicum, radiation may be successful and a radiation dose of 10 Gy is most favorable.

  17. Radiative heat transfer in plasma of pulsed high pressure caesium discharge

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    Lapshin, V. F.

    2016-01-01

    Two-temperature many component gas dynamic model is used for the analysis of features of radiative heat transfer in pulsed high pressure caesium discharge plasma. It is shown that at a sufficiently high pressure the radial optical thickness of arc column is close to unit (τR (λ) ∼ 1) in most part of spectrum. In this case radiative heat transfer has not local character. In these conditions the photons which are emitted in any point of plasma volume are absorbed in other point remote from an emission point on considerable distance. As a result, the most part of the electric energy put in the discharge mainly near its axis is almost instantly redistributed on all volume of discharge column. In such discharge radial profiles of temperature are smooth. In case of low pressure, when discharge plasma is optically transparent for own radiation in the most part of a spectrum (τR(λ) << 1), the emission of radiation without reabsorption takes place. Radiative heat transfer in plasma has local character and profiles of temperature have considerable gradient.

  18. A dynamic model of caesium transport in lakes and their catchments

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    A mathematical model has been developed to predict radiocaesium concentrations over time within individual compartments of the lake and its catchment. The lake has been divided into five compartments; catchment, lake water (epilimnion and hypolimnion during stratification), lake sediment and fish. Radiocaesium enters the lake via contaminated rainfall and catchment runoff. A proportion of this radiocaesium absorbs onto suspended solids in the lake. This proportion is represented by a distribution coefficient. Sedimentation of the suspended solids occurs at a rate defined by the areal removal coefficient and results in increased caesium concentrations in the sediment. The ingestion of radiocaesium by either water column or benthic feeding fish is described by transfer functions. The model has been tested against data collected from Esthwaite water and Windermere shortly after the Chernobyl reactor accident from May 1986 to December 1987. The model simulates observed radiocaesium concentrations in Esthwaite lake water and sediment and also in lake water, sediment and fish in Windermere. The model could form the basis of a valuable management tool for the water industry should a major airborne pollution event occur again. (author)

  19. In-vivo estimates for the uptake of caesium-137 by cattle grazing contaminated pasture around the Esk and Irt estuaries, Cumbria, U.K

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    Sea water contaminated with diluted radioactive effluent from the Windscale nuclear complex in Cumbria periodically floods low-lying grazing pasture around the estuaries of the rivers Esk, Irt and Mite near Ravenglass. During 1979, an experiment was carried out to measure the transfer of caesium-137 from grass to muscle in cows grazing these pastures. Grass samples were taken and in vivo external gamma-ray measurements were made on cattle. A very low transfer coefficient was found, less than 9 x 10-4 days kg-1 with a best estimate of 4 x 10-4 days kg-1, compared with a more usual value of around 3 x 10-2 days kg-1. The low transfer seems to occur because the bulk of the caesium-137 on the grass is bound to resuspended estuarine surface sediment deposited during flooding. In this form, the caesium-137 is only poorly adsorbed across the gut of the grazing cattle. (orig.)

  20. In-vivo estimates for the uptake of caesium-137 by cattle grazing contaminated pasture around the ESK and IRT estuaries, Cumbria, U.K.

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    Sumerling, T J

    1981-12-01

    Sea water contaminated with diluted radioactive effluent from the Windscale nuclear complex in Cumbria periodically floods low-lying grazing pasture around the estuaries of the rivers Esk, Irt and Mite near Ravenglass. During 1979, an experiment was carried out to measure the transfer of caesium-137 from grass to muscle in cows grazing these pastures. Grass samples were taken in a vivo external gamma-ray measurements were made on cattle. A very low transfer coefficient was found, less than 9 X 10-4 days kg-1 with a best estimate of 4 X 10-4 days kg-1, compared with a more usual value of around 3 X 10-2 days kg-1. The low transfer seems to occur because the bulk of the caesium-137 on the grass is bound to resuspended estuarine surface sediment deposited during flooding. In this form, the caesium-137 is only poorly absorbed across the gut of the grazing cattle. PMID:7336201

  1. The influence of caesium-137 distribution in Poland's north-eastern ecosystem on effective dose 10 years after the Chernobyl disaster

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    A comparison is presented of particular methods of exposure in the first year after the Chernobyl disaster and ten years later. This comparison shows that the population exposure due to the presence of radiocaesium in the environment results from the presence of caesium contained in the soil, which provides 68% of the dose (as compared to 32% in 1987) while the influence of diet has been reduced to 32% (from 68%). The exposure from caesium-137 contained in the air has dropped from 14% to 0. The effective dose from caesium has been 50 times smaller than that from environmental sources of the natural radiation estimated for the region under study to be 1.61 mSv.y-1. (author)

  2. Measurements of Caesium-137 in Finnish Lapps in 1962-1964 by a Mobile Whole-Body Counter

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    The construction, calibration and use in-field investigations of a mobile whole-body counter of the type developed by K. Lidén et al, in Sweden are described. The lead shield of the present system (2 t) is located)in-the middle of a covered heavy truck. The subject is surrounded by a 4-cm thick lead coffin, the Nal(Tl) crystal (5 an-diam. x 3 in) being protected from the other directions than the coffin by 8 cm of lead. The instrumentation consists of a 512-channel analyser, printer, x, y-recorder, and stabilizer, which are kept in shock- and dust-proof boxes during transport. The truck is provided with a thermostated heating system and contains two dressing cubicles. The system was calibrated for caesium-137 by two methods: (1) By administering per os a precisely known amount (200 to 300 nc) caesium-137 to several subjects and determining the counting efficiency after 3 to 6 d. The excreted portion of caesium-137 was determined by collecting and analysing the faeces and urine. (2) By counting a plastic phantom filled with 70.kg of a solution containing 1552 nc caesium-137. The first method gave a 4,6% higher efficiency than the second. The efficiency obtained by the first method was adopted as, the true calibration. This was also checked by three inter-calibration measurements with two other whole-body counting laboratories. The agreement was good (within 1 to 4%). For potassium a preliminary calibration was made by the use of the phantom. The efficiency is 2.51 cpm/nc caesium-137 (0.60- 0.72 MeV, 20 channels), and 0.145 cpm/g K (1.38- 1.55 MeV, 30 channels). When the truck is parked on rock, the corresponding background counts with a 70 kg sugar phantom-are 77 cpm and, 58 cpm, respectively. On sandy soil the background is about half of that on rock. With this mobile counter three field investigations were carried out in Finnish Lapland. In May 1962 218 Lapps statistically representative groups from the three Finnish Lapp countries, Inari, Karesuanto and Utsjoki

  3. Radioactive caesium in Boreal forest landscapes - Dynamics and transport in food webs. Summary of research 1986-1996

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    Bergman, R.; Nylen, T.; Palo, T

    1998-12-01

    The need for - but also the paucity of - radioecological knowledge concerning the boreal forest became particularly apparent after the nuclear power plant accident in Chernobyl in April 1986. As a consequence several new projects were initiated in the Nordic countries with particular focus on the behaviour of radioactivecaesium in terrestrial and aquatic systems characteristic for the Fenno-Scandinavian landscapes. Among these new projects a multi-disciplinary co-operation in Umeaa between scientists at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, and the Defence Research Establishment emerged. Initially this joint work focused mainly on descriptions of the dynamic changes of the content of radioactive caesium in soil-plant and animal communities in the county of Vaesterbotten. Most of the studies have been performed at the Vindeln experimental forest, 60 km NW of Umeaa. Plants of key interest were: bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus), birch (Betula spp.), and pine (Pinus sylvestris), and among the animals: the moose (Alces alces) and a small rodent, the forest vole (Clethrionomus glareolus). Gradually over the past ten years the research has entered the stage where the specific causes of the caesium behaviour have been addressed - partly by the help of models developed for simulating forest ecosystems, partly by complementary field experiments. This paper reviews our main findings on this theme concerning the behaviour of radioactive caesium in boreal landscapes and significant pathways to man, as has become apparent from the radioecological co-operation dating from about ten years back. A list of the publications arising from these studies since 1986 is also presented in this report.

  4. THREE-YEAR RETENTION OF RADIOACTIVE CAESIUM IN THE BODY OF TEPCO WORKERS INVOLVED IN THE FUKUSHIMA DAIICHI NUCLEAR POWER STATION ACCIDENT.

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    Nakano, T; Tani, K; Kim, E; Kurihara, O; Sakai, K; Akashi, M

    2016-09-01

    Direct measurements of seven highly exposed workers at the Tokyo Electric Power Company Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station accident have been performed continuously since June 2011. Caesium clearance in the monitored workers is in agreement with the biokinetic models proposed by the International Commission on Radiological Protection. After 500 d from the initial measurement, however, the caesium clearance slowed. It was thought to be unlikely that additional Cs intake had occurred after the initial intake, as activity in foods was kept low. And, the contribution from the detector over the chest was enhanced with time. This indicates that insoluble Cs particles were inhaled and a long metabolic rate showed.

  5. The utilization of caesium 137 in studying soil degradation; L`utilisation du cesium 137 pour la connaissance de la degradation des sols

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    Wicherek, S.; Veyret, Y. [Centre de Biogeographie-Ecologie, 92 - Saint -Cloud (France); Bernard, C. [Ministere de l`Agriculture, des Pecheries et de l`Alimentation, Quebec (Canada)

    1994-12-31

    The caesium 137 isotope is distributed in the atmosphere during nuclear explosions, and is absorbed in the upper horizons of the soil on reaching the ground. When it is incorporated in the fine fraction of the soil, caesium 137 measurement allows movements affecting cultivated lands (mass movements, runoff effects, wind action) and rate of soil degradation over half a century to be evaluated. Vegetal cover and techniques of soil utilization must be considered; this method has been tested on a watershed in the Parisian Basin. 5 figs., 26 refs.

  6. Low dose rate caesium-137 implant time of intracavitary brachytherapy source of a selected oncology center in Ghana

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    John Owusu Banahene; Emmanuel Ofori Darko; Baffour Awuah

    2015-01-01

    Background: The treatment time taken for a radioactive source is found to be very important in intracavitary brachytherapy treatment. The duration of the treatment time depends on the prescribed dose requested to a reference point and the calculated dose rate to the same point. The duration of the treatment time of source is found to depend on the tumour stage. In this work, the treatment time of implant has been calculated for a Caesium-137 low dose rate brachytherapy source at an oncology f...

  7. Poly[μ-aqua-μ5-[2-(2,3,6-tri­chloro­phenyl)acetato]-caesium

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    In the structure of the title complex, [Cs(C8H4Cl3O2)(H2O)]n, the caesium salt of the commercial herbicide fenac [(2,3,6-trichlorophenyl)acetic acid], the irregular eight-coordination about Cs+ comprises a bidentate O:Cl-chelate interaction involving a carboxylate-O atom and an ortho-related ring-substituted Cl atom, which is also bridging, a triple-bridging carboxylate-O atom and a bridging water molecule. A two-dimensional polymer is generated, lying parallel to (100), within which there ar...

  8. First performance results of PTB's atomic caesium fountain and a study of contributions to its frequency instability.

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    Weyers, S; Bauch, A; Hubner, U; Schroder, R; Tamm, C

    2000-01-01

    At the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), an atomic caesium fountain was constructed. Ramsey fringes with a full width at half maximum (FWHM) of 0.86 Hz were obtained by launching the atoms to a height of 83 cm above the cooling region (40 cm above the microwave cavity center). A first measurement of the homogeneity of the magnetic flux density yields 0.33 nT (rms), only 0.16% of the mean value of 0.205 muT used in normal operation. The inherent elementary noise contributions of the fountain and of a thermal beam atomic clock are compared in some detail.

  9. Caesium-137 soil sampling and inventory variability in reference locations: A literature survey

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    Sutherland, Ross A.

    1996-01-01

    Soil sampling design, the number of samples collected and the lateral variation of caesium-137 (137Cs) in uneroded reference locations were extracted from previously published work. The focus was on published work which used 137Cs reference inventory (Bq m-2) for qualitative or quantitative estimation of sediment redistribution (SRD) within the landscape. The objective of this study was to address one of the methodological concerns facing the 137Cs technique - that is, the lack of a rigorous statistical treatment of reference locations. The limited attention paid to the reference location is not justified as true estimates of SRD are based on the assumption of an unbiased, independent, random probability sample estimate, commonly the arithmetic mean. Results from the literature survey indicated that only 11% of the reference locations sampled for 137Cs expressly stated that a probability sampling design was used (transect or systematic-aligned grid). The remaining locations were generally sampled using a non-probability based design, more commonly known as haphazard sampling. Of the 75 reference study areas identified only 40 provided enough information to determine the dispersion around the mean, and from this the coefficient of variation (CV) was calculated for all available data. The median CV was 19·3%, with 95% confidence limits of 13·0-23.4%, indicating that approximately 11 random, independent samples would generally be necessary to adequately quantify the reference 137Cs area activity with an allowable error of 10% at 90% confidence. Further analysis indicated that only one-third of the studies sampled a sufficient number of 137Cs reference locations. This value would actually be lower as sampling frameworks were based on non-probability sampling procedures. For 137Cs reference locations it is recommended that a probability sampling design be utilized, preferably the systematic-aligned grid method, and as a minimum first-order estimate about 11 samples

  10. Caesium removal from fuel pond water using a composite ion exchanger containing nickel hexacyanoferrate

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    Spent fuel elements from the Bohunice A1 reactor were stored in a pond. To limit corrosion of the cladding, they were held within thimbles which contained a corrosion inhibiting solution of potassium chromate (Chrompik). This proved to be not effective enough, fuel pins did fail, releasing significant amounts of radioactive caesium and also, due to hydrogen gas pressurisation, significant amounts of contaminated Chrompik were released into the pond together with approximately 100 TBq of Cs-137. This paper presents the work undertaken to remove this Cs-137 as part of the first phase of decommissioning the pond. The design is based on a skid mounted unit, comprising a shielded mechanical filter unit and a shielded ion exchange (IX) column unit, with interconnecting pipework and valves. The IX column is housed within a lead shielded overpack and connections to it are made by self-sealing quick release couplings. The IX column is of upward flow design and filled with a composite ion exchanger containing Nickel Hexacyanoferrate (II). The IX column packages may be stored within their own shielding once spent. Two operational runs have been completed, removing 25 TBq of Cs137 in each run. With a fresh column, the Decontamination Factor (DF) for Cs-137 uptake was initially over 5000. The DF then fell slowly over the first 1000 bed volumes to 3500, where it remained for most of the run. The run was terminated when calculations indicated that the column packing had absorbed the specified maximum loading of 25 TBq of Cs137. At this point the DF was 1500

  11. The Use of Caesium-137 Measurements for Assessing Soil Erosion and Sedimentation in the Riva Basin (Istanbul, NW Turkey)

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    The paper summarizes the findings of an assessment of soil redistribution in the Riva basin, upstream of the Omerli reservoir, based on use of the fallout radionuclide Caesium-137. This reservoir is located at the eastern side of Istanbul, Turkey, and is the main provider for water to Istanbul. In the Riva basin, soil erosion and associated sediment deposition and potential mass movements are natural landscape forming processes. However, these processes are being accelerated by human intervention, creating a serious threat for sustainable intensification of the agricultural production, watershed management and the conservation of the local natural resources. To determine soil redistribution rates and patterns using the fallout radionuclide approach, samples were collected from an uncultivated flat reference sites and the cultivated sloping farmland (two transects). According to the results of gamma spectroscopy measurements of Caesium-137 and the outputs from the proportional model and simplified mass balance model for both transects, erosion rates varied between -2.4 t ha-1 a-1 and -36.0 t ha-1 a-1 and deposition rates between +1.7 t ha-1 a-1 and +10.5 t ha-1 a-1. (author)

  12. The burden of cesium 137 in forest clerks; Die Belastung mit Caesium 137 bei Beschaeftigten der Forstverwaltung

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    Piechotowski, I.; Jaroni, J. [Landesgesundheitsamt Baden-Wuerttemberg, Stuttgart (Germany); Link, B. [Arbeits- und Sozialministerium des Landes Baden-Wuerttemberg, Stuttgart (Germany); Groezinger, O. [Ministerium fuer Umwelt und Verkehr des Landes Baden-Wuerttemberg, Stuttgart (Germany)

    2000-07-01

    In 47 forest clerks from the regions Ortenau and Oberschwaben in south-west Germany the incorporation of cesium 137 and potassium 40 was measured in autumn 1994. Soil burden as well as burden of nutrition with cesium 137 are different in these regions for geological reasons and as a result of the nuclear accident of Chernobyl. Caused by low content of clay in Oberschwaben, the transfer of cesium to plants is assisted. Heavy rainfall after the nuclear accident led to an additional increase of burden. The median of the concentration of cesium 137 was 1.4 Bq/kg body weight. The median for potassium 40 was 58 Bq/kg body weight. For cesium 137 regional differences were observed. For persons from Oberschwaben the median for cesium 137 was with 2.8 Bq/kg body weight clearly higher than for persons from Ortenau with 0,6 Bq/kg body weight. Concerning nutrition habits, the clearest difference was found comparing persons who had ate a minimum of four portions of deer from the surroundings within the last four weeks with persons who had ate less than four portions of deer from the surroundings within the last four weeks. The difference was greater in Oberschwaben than in Ortenau. The effective dose of cesium 137 calculated on the basis of the incorporation is very low compared to natural radiation. This is also valid for persons from Oberschwaben. (orig.) [German] Im Herbst 1994 wurde bei insgesamt 47 Bediensteten der Forstverwaltung aus den Regionen Ortenaukreis und Oberschwaben die Inkorportation an Caesium 137 und Kalium 40 gemessen. Sowohl die Bodenbelastung als auch die Belastung von Nahrungsmitteln mit Caesium 137 unterscheiden sich in diesen Gebieten bedingt durch geologische Besonderheiten und in Folge des Reaktorunfalls von Tschernobyl. Aufgrund eines geringen Anteils an Tonerden wird in Oberschwaben der Caesiumtransfer in Pflanzen beguenstigt, eine zusaetzliche Erhoehung der Belastung erfolgte durch starke Niederschlaege nach dem Reaktorunfall. Die Konzentration fuer

  13. Analysis of the kinetic behaviour of iodine and caesium isotopes in the primary circuit of LWR's during severe fuel damage accidents

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    This State of the Art report deals with the chemical behaviour of caesium and iodine in the primary system, focusing particularly on kinetic chemical aspects. In case of a postulated severe accident in a nuclear reactor, cesium and iodine fission products are among the major contributors to health harm because of their high volatility and radiotoxicity. The extent of the release of such fission products to the environment depends on the effectiveness of transport through different structures in the reactor coolant system and within the reactor building. The release from fuel has been briefly studied; only those aspects concerning to iodine and caesium chemical forms when released have been reviewed; nevertheless the emphasis has been put on the transport of such elements and their species through the primary system. Some thermochemical equilibrium studies, applied to primary circuit conditions in LWR's, have been analyzed. The revision of the few kinetic studies existing on this matter has shown that kinetic behaviour of iodine and caesium isotopes in the primary circuit is an aspect poorly studied, despite the fact that kinetic aspects could have great importance on the chemical species formed under certain conditions. Other phenomena affecting iodine and caesium transport, besides chemical reactions, such as interactions with surfaces, aerosols or other chemical species have also been examined from available information on diverse experiments

  14. Regional variation of caesium-137 in minke whales ¤Balaenoptera acutorostrata¤ from West Greenland, the Northeast Atlantic and the North Sea

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    Born, E.W.; Dahlgaard, H.; Riget, F.F.;

    2002-01-01

    Levels of radioactive caesium (Cs-137) were determined in minke whales (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) from West Greenland, the Northeast Atlantic region and the North Sea. The sample consisted of muscle tissue from 135 minke whales caught in 1998 in 7 different areas: West Greenland, n = 44; East G...

  15. Combined Use of Caesium-137 Methodology and Conventional Erosion Measurements in the Mistelbach Watershed (Austria)

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    Over the past thirty years, many studies identified water erosion worldwide as one of the major causes of soil degradation on arable land. However, in order to develop appropriate soil conservation strategies more quantitative long term assessments of the soil erosion process are still needed. Therefore, in the present study, the magnitude of erosion and sedimentation was quantified using Fallout RadioNuclides (FRN) in combination with conventional runoff plots measurements in a small agricultural watershed under conventional and conservation cropping practices at Mistelbach located in Austria. A preliminary test of the use of the FRN Caesium-137 (137Cs) was successfully implemented in the Mistelbach watershed. A valid reference site - a small forest within the watershed - was identified and characterized (texture and physicochemical parameters). In this undisturbed area, a classical exponential depth distribution of 137Cs activity was found with 90% of the 137Cs in the first 15 cm; no 137Cs was detected below 20 cm. Seventy six (76) samples were collected on integrated grids basis. The reference value was 1954±91 Bq m-2 (mean ± 95% confidence interval) with a coefficient of variation of 20.4%. Two one meter soil profiles were also collected in the sedimentation area and analysed using the 137Cs method combined with the conversion model Mass Balance Model 2 (MBM 2). Using the 137Cs data, the sedimentation rates down slope of the field containing the runoff plots were estimated to be 26 t-1 ha-1 a-1 using the 137Cs depth distribution profile and at 20 t-1 ha-1 a-1 using the MBM 2. In the lowest part of the watershed sedimentation rates of up to 51 t-1 ha-1 a-1 were estimated through the 137Cs depth distribution profile. These results were linked to long term erosion measurements (1994-2006) from runoff plots just up-slope from the sedimentation area. The average soil erosion reached 29 t ha-1 a-1 from the conventional tilled plot, 4 t ha-1 a-1 from the

  16. Sediment Budgets and Source Determinations Using Fallout Caesium-137 in a Semiarid Rangeland Watershed, Arizona, USA

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    Analysis of soil redistribution patterns and sediment sources in semiarid and arid watersheds provides information for understanding watershed sediment budgets and for implementing management practices to improve rangeland conditions and reduce sediment loads in streams. The purpose of this research was to develop sediment budgets and to identify potential sediment sources using 137Caesium (137Cs) and other soil properties in a series of small semiarid subwatersheds on the USDA ARS Walnut Gulch Experimental Watershed near Tombstone, Arizona, USA. Soils were sampled in a grid pattern on two small subwatersheds and along transects associated with soils and geomorphology on six larger subwatersheds. Soil samples were analyzed for 137Cs and selected physical and chemical properties (i.e. bulk density, rocks, particle size, soil organic carbon). Suspended sediment samples collected at flume sites on the Walnut Gulch Experimental Watershed were also analyzed for the same properties. Sediment budgets measured using 137Cs inventories for a small shrub and a small grass subwatersheds found eroding areas in these watersheds were losing 5.6 and 3.2 t ha-1 a-1, respectively; however, a sediment budget for each of the small subwatersheds, including depositional areas, found net soil loss to be 4.3 t ha-1 a-1 from the shrub watershed and near zero t ha-1 a-1 from the grass subwatershed. The suspended sediments collected at the flumes of the larger subwatersheds were enriched in silt, clay, and 40K, but not for 137Cs. Using multivariate mixing models to determine sediment source indicated that the shrub dominated subwatersheds were contributing most of the suspended sediments measured at the outlet flume of the Walnut Gulch Experimental Watershed. Both methodologies (sediment budgets and sediment source analyses) indicate that shrub dominated systems provide more suspended sediments to the stream systems. These studies also suggest that sediment yields measured at the outlet of a

  17. Density functional theory metadynamics of silver, caesium and palladium diffusion at β-SiC grain boundaries

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    Rabone, Jeremy, E-mail: jeremy.rabone@ec.europa.eu [European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Transuranium Elements, D-76125 Karlsruhe (Germany); López-Honorato, Eddie [Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN (CINVESTAV), Unidad Saltillo, Industria Metalúrgica 1062, Parque Industrial, Ramos Arizpe 25900, Coahuila (Mexico)

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    Highlights: • DFT metadynamics of diffusion of Pd, Ag and Cs on grain boundaries in β-SiC. • The calculated diffusion rates for Pd and Ag tally with experimental release rates. • A mechanism of release other than grain boundary diffusion seems likely for Cs. - Abstract: The use of silicon carbide in coated nuclear fuel particles relies on this materials impermeability towards fission products under normal operating conditions. Determining the underlying factors that control the rate at which radionuclides such as Silver-110m and Caesium-137 can cross the silicon carbide barrier layers, and at which fission products such as palladium could compromise or otherwise alter the nature of this layer, are of paramount importance for the safety of this fuel. To this end, DFT-based metadynamics simulations are applied to the atomic diffusion of silver, caesium and palladium along a Σ5 grain boundary and to palladium along a carbon-rich Σ3 grain boundary in cubic silicon carbide at 1500 K. For silver, the calculated diffusion coefficients lie in a similar range (7.04 × 10{sup −19}–3.69 × 10{sup −17} m{sup 2} s{sup −1}) as determined experimentally. For caesium, the calculated diffusion rates are very much slower (3.91 × 10{sup −23}–2.15 × 10{sup −21} m{sup 2} s{sup −1}) than found experimentally, suggesting a different mechanism to the simulation. Conversely, the calculated atomic diffusion of palladium is very much faster (7.96 × 10{sup −11}–7.26 × 10{sup −9} m{sup 2} s{sup −1}) than the observed penetration rate of palladium nodules. This points to the slow dissolution and rapid regrowth of palladium nodules as a possible ingress mechanism in addition to the previously suggested migration of entire nodules along grain boundaries. The diffusion rate of palladium along the Σ3 grain boundary was calculated to be slightly slower (2.38 × 10{sup −11}–8.24 × 10{sup −10} m{sup 2} s{sup −1}) than along the Σ5 grain boundary. Rather

  18. Improved electron collection in fullerene via caesium iodide or carbonate by means of annealing in inverted organic solar cells

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    Full Text Available Inverted organic photovoltaic cells (IOPVCs, based on the planar heterojunction C60/CuPc, were grown using MoO3 as anode buffer layer and CsI or Cs2CO3 as cathode buffer layer (CBL, the cathode being an ITO coated glass. Work functions, Φf, of treated cathode were estimated using the cyclic voltammetry method. It is shown that Φf of ITO covered with a Cs compounds is decreased. This decrease is amplified by the annealing. It is shown that the thermal deposition under vacuum of the CBL induces a partial decomposition of the caesium compounds. In parallel, the formation of a compound with the In of ITO is put in evidence. This reaction is amplified by annealing, which allows obtaining IOPVCs with improved efficiency. The optimum annealing conditions is 150 °C for 5 min.

  19. The effect of organics on the sorption of strontium, caesium, iodine, neptunium, uranium and europium by glacial sand

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    This study has been undertaken within the Commission of the European Communities MIRAGE II program on the determination of radionuclides in the geosphere. Preliminary batch sorption experiments have been carried out to study the behaviour of strontium, caesium, iodine, europium and uranium in a glacial sand-groundwater system. The effect of (i) the presence or absence of natural organic material and (ii) the addition of increasing quantities of EDTA or acetate on the distribution ratios was determined. In some cases speciation modelling was used as an aid to designing the experiments and interpreting the results. The aim of this work was to select suitable tracers for use in field experiments at Drigg. Cumbria and the results are intended to aid the design of future experiments rather than to provide a complete analysis of the radionuclide-organic interactions. 11 tabs., 49 refs

  20. Gigahertz optical memory with up to 20 dB gain via molecular quenching in caesium vapour

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    Thomas, S E; Kaczmarek, K T; Qiu, C; Brecht, B; Feizpour, A; Ledingham, P M; Walmsley, I A; Nunn, J; Saunders, D J

    2016-01-01

    Raman interactions in alkali vapours are used in applications such as atomic clocks, optical signal processing, generation of squeezed light and Raman quantum memories for temporal multiplexing. To achieve a strong interaction the alkali ensemble needs both a large optical depth and a high level of spin-polarisation. We implement a technique known as quenching using a molecular buffer gas which allows near-perfect spin-polarisation of over 99.5% in caesium vapour at high optical depths of up to $\\sim 10^5$; a factor of 4 higher than can be achieved without quenching. We use this system to explore efficient light storage with high gain in a GHz bandwidth Raman memory.

  1. Ultra-high and persistent optical depths of caesium in Kagom\\'e-type hollow-core photonic crystal fibres

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    Kaczmarek, Krzysztof T; Sprague, Michael R; Kolthammer, W Steven; Feizpour, Amir; Ledingham, Patrick M; Brecht, Benjamin; Poem, Eilon; Abdolvand, Amir; Russell, Philip St J; Walmsley, Ian A; Nunn, Joshua

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    Alkali-filled hollow-core fibres are a promising medium for investigating light-matter interactions, especially at the single-photon level, due to the tight confinement of light and high optical depths achievable by light-induced atomic desorption. However, until now these large alkali vapour densities could only be generated for seconds at most once per day, severely limiting the practicality of the technology. Here we report the generation of highest observed transient ($>10^5$ for minutes) and highest observed persistent (>2000 for hours) optical depths of alkali vapours in hollow-core fibres to date, using a caesium-filled Kagom\\'e-type hollow-core photonic crystal fibre. Our results pave the way to light-matter interaction experiments in confined geometries requiring long operation times and large atomic number densities, such as single-photon-level light-matter interaction experiments and fundamental investigations of hot dense atomic gases.

  2. Solvothermal Synthesis of Caesium Tungsten Bronze in the Presence of Various Organic Acids and Its NIR Absorption Properties

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    Guo, Chongshen; Yin, Shu; Sato, Tsugio [Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai (Japan); Adachi, Kenji; Chonan, Takeshi, E-mail: bigguop@mail.tagen.tohoku.ac.jp [Ichikawa Research Laboratory, Sumitomo Metal Mining Co., Ltd (Japan)

    2011-10-29

    Nanoparticles of caesium tungsten bronze were successfully synthesized by solvothermal reactions in ethanol with the introduction of different organic fatty acids with various carbon numbers of 1 to 5. Compared to the sample prepared in pure ethanol, the samples obtained by mixed solvent of ethanol and fatty acids showed higher production yield, smaller particle size, more uniform particles size distribution and higher Cs/W atomic ratio. In addition, all of samples obtained using acids-ethanol mixed solvent exhibited higher visible light transmittance and greater NIR absorption performance, indicating the potential application for smart window and heat-ray shielding materials. The addition of acetic acid showed the best performance to facilitate the formation of well dispersed Cs{sub x}WO{sub 3} regular nanorods, leading to its excellent optical properties.

  3. Can inter-cultivar variation in caesium and strontium uptake reduce contamination of forage grasses? - Can inter-cultivar variation in caesium and strontium accumulation by forage grasses be used to reduce contamination of cows' milk in radiologically contaminated areas?

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    Penrose, B. [NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Lancaster Environment Centre, Library Avenue, Lancaster, LA1 4AP (United Kingdom); School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington Campus, Leicestershire, LE12 5RD (United Kingdom); Beresford, N. [NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Lancaster Environment Centre, Library Avenue, Lancaster, LA1 4AP (United Kingdom); Broadley, M.; Crout, N.M.J.; King, J.; Young, S. [School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington Campus, Leicestershire, LE12 5RD (United Kingdom); Lovatt, A. [Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS), Aberystwyth University, Gogerddan, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3E E (United Kingdom); Thomson, R. [Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA), Roddinglaw Road, Edinburgh, EH12 9FJ (United Kingdom)

    2014-07-01

    Radiocaesium and radiostrontium primarily enter the food chain via plant root uptake, including indirectly via animal fodders. Inter-species variation in caesium and strontium accumulation in plants has previously been reported to be over two orders of magnitude. This variation could be exploited to select crops with relatively low uptake to reduce transfer of these radionuclides to consumers in contaminated areas. Exploiting intra-species (i.e. inter-cultivar) variation in caesium and strontium uptake has not yet been evaluated as a remediation strategy as sufficient data have not been available. As cows' milk has been one of the main contributors to human dose following the Chernobyl and Mayak accidents, we have chosen to focus on elucidating the extent and nature of inter-cultivar variation in caesium and strontium uptake in forage grasses. A total of 412 cultivars from four species of forage grass; perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne; 284 cultivars), Italian ryegrass (Lolium multiflorum; 17 cultivars), hybrid ryegrass (Lolium hybridum; 101 cultivars) and tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea; 10 cultivars) were sampled from 20 sets of experimental plots in Aberystwyth (Wales, UK) and Edinburgh (Scotland, UK). Fifty-nine cultivars were grown in both locations. At least three replicates of the same cultivar were grown in each set of plots. Vegetation samples from 2208 plots were collected both in spring 2013 (May-June) and summer 2013 (August-September). The samples were oven-dried and milled then analysed for elemental composition using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Stable caesium and strontium were measured as a proxy measurement for radiocaesium and radiostrontium concentrations. Concentrations of chemical analogues of caesium and strontium (potassium and calcium) and a number of other elements were measured. Soil samples from the experimental plots were also collected, dried, milled and analysed using ICP-MS. This paper will present

  4. RBE values for colo-rectal injury after caesium 137 gamma-ray and neutron irradiation. 1. Single doses

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    Terry, N.H.A.; Denekamp, J.; Maughan, R.L. (Mount Vernon Hospital, Northwood (UK). Gray Lab.)

    1983-04-01

    Colo-rectal damage in mice has been assessed after caesium ..gamma.. irradiation and 3 MeV neutrons given as single doses. Several assays were used, including body weight changes, faecal deformity and lethality. Dose response curves were constructed for each assay at times ranging from 10 days to 16 months after irradiation. An initial loss of weight at 10-20 days was presumably related to epithelial denudation, but a dose-dependent weight reduction (compared with controls) persisted over the animals' life span. Mice died progressively after localised pelvic ..gamma.. irradiation; there was no sharp demarcation between an early and late phase of lethal injury. Death resulted from intestinal stricture or stenosis. The time course for lethality was qualitatively different after neutron irradiation, with little progression of damage between 5 and 11 months. Faecal deformity was detectable as a higher proportion of small pellets when the rectum became constricted by fibrosis. No significant faecal deformity was observed before 6 months after which time dose response curves could be obtained. The RBE for early damage (assessed at 1-3 months) was 2.2-2.7, falling to 1.7-1.9 for late damage (determined at 10-15 months) over the range of neutron doses of 7.5-12 Gy.

  5. [Radiotherapy for carcinoma of the cervix by intermittent sessions with deferred loading using Cobalt 60 or Caesium 137 (author's transl)].

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    Swyngedauw, J

    1976-11-01

    Fractioning in gynaecological radiotherapy is a tolerance factor which may usefully be exploited in after loading. The advantage of fractioning is that it makes it possible to considerably increase the output of the projection apparatus (Curietron) and to avoid protection of the rooms : the patient retains the applicator in situ during the hospital stay and her bed is simply taken into the protected application room. With a source of 1 to 1.5 curie of cobalt, the author proposes twice-daily sessions of around ten minutes for ten days. Treatment may easily be given in the cobaltotherapy chamber. Using Caesium, it is necessary to protect only one room with a virtually two-fold increase in output since 10 to 12 hour treatments, either by day or by night, may be given. This very supple schedule makes it possible to modify dose and tolerance in relation to clinical conditions and the method of treatment (combined radiotherapy and surgery or radiotherapy alone). As far as axial vaginal source introducer is concerned, it is of prove, effectiveness as well as being easy to use. After describing the applicator, the source-carrier and the isodoses, the authors reviews the different methods of application, relying upon two previous studies of the influence of fractioning and protraction on tolerance (J. SWYNGEDAUW, 1975 and 1976).

  6. Determining soil redistribution in Dian Lake catchment by combined use of caesium-137 and selected chemical properties

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    Zhang Mingli; Yang Hao; Xu Congan; Wang Yihong

    2009-01-01

    Recent development in the use of the environmental radionuclide caesium-137 for documenting rates and patterns of soil redistribution on the cultivated or uncultivated land and estimating rates of sediment deposition on floodplains represents an important advance that overcomes many of the limitations' of the conventional techniques commonly applied in such investigations.A study on soil redistribution (including soil erosion and deposition) was carried out in the Dian Lake catchment,Yunnan Province,using 137Cs and selected chemical properties.The average soil erosion rate was 1,280.2 t km-2yr-1.Soil erosion rate occurring on different parts of the slope was significantly different on different parts of the slope,increasing from the top,the bottom to the middle slope.The average soil erosion rate is also different with the land use type and that of the cultivated land (1,672.8 t km-2 yr-1) is higher than of the uncultivated land (1,161.2 t km-2yr-1).The result shows that landform,slope gradient and land use type are key factors that influence the size of soil erosion.In addition,we also find the SOC and TN contents and amount of the soil erosion to be correlated in the soil.With the soil erosion occurring,there are land degradation and the local eco-environmental problems,such as water eutrophication in Dian Lake

  7. Change of the radionuclide content of landscapes contamination in the small catchment at the Bryansk-Belarus caesium spot

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    The results of the joint Russian-Belarus RFBR-BelRFBR project no. 02-05-81011 will be shown. Information on the spatial redistribution of 137Cs within small catchment and through the connected landscapes is an important background for estimating consequences of the Chernobyl contamination. 137Cs can be used as a tracer for study the direction and intensity of geo-chemical processes in landscapes of small catchment. The experimental data on the modern radionuclide content of soil and plant contamination have been received at the expeditions of 2000-2004 in the regions situated on distances 50, 150 and 250 km from the Chernobyl NPP on territories of Belarus and Russia. Some small catchment in the Dnieper basin have been studied (Braginka, Sozh and Moskovka rivers). The content of 137Cs, 90Sr, 239+240Pu and 241Am in soils will be presented. The modern variability of contamination levels in each of connected landscapes will be compared with the variability estimated immediately after the Chernobyl accident. The high spatial fixation of Caesium spots by the Polessye landscapes will be shown. (author)

  8. Caesium 137: Properties and biological effects resulting of an internal contamination;Cesium 137: proprietes et effets biologiques apres contamination interne

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    Lestaevel, P.; Racine, R.; Bensoussan, H.; Rouas, C.; Gueguen, Y.; Dublineau, I.; Bertho, J.M.; Gourmelon, P.; Jourdain, J.R.; Souidi, M. [Institut de Radioprotection et de Surete Nucleaire, IRSN, laboratoire de radiotoxicologie experimentale, direction de la radioprotection de l' homme, 92 - Fontenay-aux-Roses (France)

    2010-02-15

    Caesium-137 ({sup 137}Cs) is a radionuclide present in the environment mainly as the result of the atmospheric nuclear weapons testing and accidents arising in nuclear power plants like the Chernobyl accident in 1986. Nowadays, the health consequences resulting from a chronic exposure to this radionuclide remain unknown. After absorption, the caesium is distributed relatively homogeneously within the body, with a more important load in children than in adults. The toxicity of {sup 137}Cs is mainly due to its radiological properties. A high dose of {sup 137}Cs is responsible for a medullar dystrophy, disorders of the reproductive function, and effects on liver and renal functions. Disorders of bone mineralization and brain damages were also described in human beings. At lowest dose, {sup 137}Cs induces disturbances of wakefulness-sleep cycle, but not accompanied with behavioural disorders. The cardiovascular system was also perturbed. Biological effects of {sup 137}Cs on the metabolisms of the vitamin D, cholesterol and steroid hormones were described, but do not lead to clinical symptoms. In human beings, {sup 137}Cs leads to an immune deficiency, congenital and foetal deformations, an increased of thyroid cancer, as well as neurological disorders. It seems that children are more sensitive to the toxic effects of caesium than the adults. At present, the only effective treatment for the decorporation of the ingested {sup 137}Cs is the Prussian Blue (Radiogardase). The use of pectin to de-corporate the ingested {sup 137}Cs, in children notably, is sometimes proposed, but its administration still remains an open question. To conclude, the available scientific data suggest that {sup 137}Cs could affect a number of physiological and metabolic functions and consequently, could participate in the health risks associated to the presence of other contaminants in the environment. (authors)

  9. Contribution to the use in analysis of ammonium phosphomolybdate- separation of radio-caesium in solution; Contribution a l'utilisation analytique du phosphomolybdate d'ammonium - separation du radiocesium en solution

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    Scheidhauer, J.; Chabidon, M.; Ordinaire, L. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, Centre de Production de Plutonium, Marcoule (France). Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires

    1964-07-01

    The use in analysis of ammonium phosphomolybdate has been studied for the separation of barium from caesium 137. The cases have been studied of small and medium-sized volumes, and of large volumes of about 100 litres. (authors) [French] L'utilisation analytique du phosphomolybdate d'ammonium est etudiee pour la separation du 137 caesium-baryum. Les cas des petits et moyens volumes et des grands volumes de l'ordre de 100 litres sont abordes successivement. (auteurs)

  10. Desorption behaviour of artificial radionuclides sorbed on to estuarine silt: (1) Caesium-137 and ruthenium-106, (2) Zirconium-95 and niobium-95

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    A series of desorption tests was carried out on silt contaminated with radioactive waste from the Sellafield (formerly Windscale) fuel reprocessing plant. The aim of the desorptions was to attempt to elucidate the chemical form in which certain radionuclides were held by the sediments. The first part of the study indicated that caesium was held, in the main, on inaccessible ion-exchange sites and that ruthenium appeared to be partially adsorbed and partially held by anion-exchange sites. The second part of the study indicated that zirconium and niobium were sorbed chemically or physically in the form of complex hydrous oxides. (author)

  11. Poly[(μ6-4-amino-3,5,6-trichloro­pyridine-2-carboxyl­ato)aqua­caesium

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    Smith, Graham

    2012-01-01

    In the structure of the title complex, [Cs(C6H2Cl3N2O2)(H2O)] n , the caesium salt of the commercial herbicide picloram, the Cs+ cation lies on a crystallographic mirror plane, which also contains the coordinating water mol­ecule and all non-H atoms of the 4-amino-3,5,6-trichloro­picolinate anion except the carboxyl­ate O-atom donors. The irregular CsCl4O5 coordination polyhedron comprises chlorine donors from the ortho-related ring substituents of the picloramate ligand in a bidentate chelat...

  12. Spectral anomalies of the effect of light-induced drift of caesium atoms caused by the velocity dependence of transport collision frequencies

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    The spectral features of the light-induced drift (LID) velocity of caesium atoms in inert buffer gases are studied theoretically. A strong temperature dependence of the spectral LID line shape of Cs atoms in Ar or Kr atmosphere in the vicinity of T ∼ 1000 K is predicted. It is shown that the anomalous LID of Cs atoms in binary buffer mixtures of two different inert gases can be observed at virtually any (including ambient) temperature, depending on the content of the components in these mixtures. The results obtained make it possible to precisely test the interatomic interaction potentials in the experiments on the anomalous LID. (quantum optics)

  13. A new approach to predicting environmental transfer of radionuclides to wildlife: A demonstration for freshwater fish and caesium

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    The application of the concentration ratio (CR) to predict radionuclide activity concentrations in wildlife from those in soil or water has become the widely accepted approach for environmental assessments. Recently both the ICRP and IAEA have produced compilations of CR values for application in environmental assessment. However, the CR approach has many limitations, most notably, that the transfer of most radionuclides is largely determined by site-specific factors (e.g. water or soil chemistry). Furthermore, there are few, if any, CR values for many radionuclide-organism combinations. In this paper, we propose an alternative approach and, as an example, demonstrate and test this for caesium and freshwater fish. Using a Residual Maximum Likelihood (REML) mixed-model regression we analysed a dataset comprising 597 entries for 53 freshwater fish species from 67 sites. The REML analysis generated a mean value for each species on a common scale after REML adjustment taking account of the effect of the inter-site variation. Using an independent dataset, we subsequently test the hypothesis that the REML model outputs can be used to predict radionuclide, in this case radiocaesium, activity concentrations in unknown species from the results of a species which has been sampled at a specific site. The outputs of the REML analysis accurately predicted 137Cs activity concentrations in different species of fish from 27 Finnish lakes; these data had not been used in our initial analyses. We recommend that this alternative approach be further investigated for other radionuclides and ecosystems. - Highlights: • An alternative approach to estimating radionuclide transfer to wildlife is presented. • Analysed a dataset comprising 53 freshwater fish species collected from 67 sites. • Residual Maximum Likelihood mixed model regression is used. • Model output takes account of the effect of inter-site variation. • Successfully predicted 137Cs concentrations in different fish

  14. EFFICIENCY OF PROTECTIVE MEASURES TO REDUCE INTERNAL DOSE FROM CAESIUM RADIONUCLIDES FOR THE INHABITANTS OF RADIOACTIVE CONTAMINATION AREA IN THE FIRST YEARS AFTER THE CHERNOBYL ACCIDENT

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    Full Text Available In the paper, we use the data on the content of caesium radionuclides in foodstuffs and in Bryansk region adult inhabitant’s body, on their food ration and its changes during the first years after the Chernobyl accident, and on the measures to protect the population from internal exposure. We calculate dynamics of 137Cs intake in the body and its contents therein, while maintaining a traditional diet and while replacing food products for radiationfree ones. The results show that the actual 137Cs content in the body is usually below the one calculated on the basis of the food ration. It was found out that individual 137Cs contents in the body correlate with the rate of meat, dairy and natural food products consumption and with factors of protection from internal exposure. The efficiency of the protective measures to reduce the intake and the content of caesium radionuclides in the body of inhabitants, as well as the average effective dose in the first years after the accident has been quantitatively assessed.

  15. A modified version of the combined in-diffusion/abrasive peeling technique for measuring diffusion of strongly sorbing radionuclides in argillaceous rocks: A test study on the diffusion of caesium in Opalinus Clay

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    A filter free diffusion set-up was developed for measuring the diffusion of strongly sorbing radionuclides in indurated argillaceous rocks such as Opalinus Clay (OPA) that normally disintegrate when contacted with a solution. Small bore cores drilled parallel to the bedding plane and embedded in epoxy resin were found to be stable and could be used for performing in-diffusion measurements. The method was tested with the diffusion of caesium, spiked with caesium-134, in Opalinus Clay. The profile of Cs in the clay sample was determined with a modified version of the abrasive peeling technique. The diffusion parameters obtained for caesium were in fair agreement with those determined earlier using the classical through-diffusion technique where stainless steel filters were used to confine the samples. - Highlights: • We developed a simple method to study diffusion of radionuclides in clay rocks. • We tested the method with diffusion of caesium in Opalinus Clay. • The obtained diffusion parameters are in agreement with previous studies. • The proposed technique forms a step forward for migration studies in clay rock

  16. Caesium absorption by barley - influence of its retention by the soil - competitive action of potassium; Absorption du cesium par l'orge - influence de sa retention dans le sol - action competitive du potassium

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    Ferron-Trosseau, F. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, Fontenay-aux-Roses (France). Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires

    1964-06-01

    We have studied, in various culture media, how the absorption of caesium by barley varies with its concentration, and how this absorption can be in competition with a similar alkali cation-potassium. We have also considered the caesium distribution in the ground in particular radio-active caesium, between the soil and solution, as a function of the amount of caesium. From our work it is clear that barley behaves very differently according to whether the caesium is in a nutritive solution or is in the soil: for a nutritive solution, the fraction of caesium (radioactive and stable) absorbed by barley remains practically constant in the presence of increasing amounts (relatively small) of stable caesium; in soil, the fraction of the radio-active caesium absorbed increases as the stable caesium content (fairly low) of the soil increases, in relationship with a rapidly decreasing selectivity of the soil for Cs{sup +}. The difference between these results is thus explained by the very pronounced selectivity of the illitic soil studied for Cs{sup +}, as long as the proportion of Cs remains low, about as low as that of most natural soils. Furthermore, the K{sup +} ion is in competition with the Cs{sup +} ion, for absorption by barley in a culture medium in a nutritive solution or in soil, only when the potassium concentrations are relatively low, of the order of the nutritive maximum. This shows that the addition of potassium to a medium already rich in this element does not reduce the absorption of caesium by barley. The choice of experimental conditions close to natural conditions (nutritive media strong in calcium) and the examination of the distribution of radioactive caesium between the soil, the soil solution and the plant in the presence of very low doses of stable caesium make these results interesting from the 'atomic health' point of view; it should be expected that a definite contamination risk exists for plants cultivated on synthetic media and for

  17. The granulometrical fractions of soil, distributions of caesium-137 on its and the fastening of soil surface contaminated by radionuclides at locations of the 'Azgir test site'

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    products of chain reaction in the moment of UGNE; radioactive ejections from spaces after explosions; contamination of locations during the break-down of spaces and a fulfilment of technological operations of different purposes; a burial of radioactive wastes in trenches in the limits of locations; local traces of atmospherical falls - out from radioactive clouds, formed as a result of the Chernobyl Catastrophe (traces were discovered during aero-gamma-spectro metrical surveys, carried out in the beginning of 1990). Accordingly to a change of granulometric composition there was taken place and a redistribution of caesium-137, the main part of which was concentrated in the fraction of 0.063 mm and was in limits of from 79.5% up to 92.2%. An efficiency of an action of polymeric composition, introduced into soil for fastening and binding of radionuclides in surface soil layer, can be estimated by data of measurements of caesium-137 distribution in granulometric fractions of soil samples, sieved and divided into 6 dimension components: 1.25 mm; 0.7 mm; 0.4 mm; 0.1 mm; 0.063 mm and <0.063 mm. Further, in indicated probes, by the method of wet sieving, there was also determined the granulometric composition by 6 above-mentioned fraction and the additional seventh fraction ('clay'), extracted during the wet sieving of soil samples. Then, in each obtained fraction there was measured the specific activity of caesium-137. In order to study the real distribution of caesium-137 on granulometric fractions there were measured specific activities of caesium-137 in all fractions, extracted after wet sieving and analogous to those, which were obtained during dry sieving, and in the fraction 'clay', formed during the process of wash-out of soil probes by water. The use of wet sieving had led to the redistribution of caesium-137 content in fractions, which was fixed by the method of dry sieving, where caesium-137 was mainly in fractions : 0.1 mm; 0.4 mm; 0.7 mm and 1.25 mm. In the same

  18. Monitoring of caesium-137 in food plants and muscle from moose, red deer and wild reindeer in 2010.; Overvaaking av cesium-137 i beitevekster og kjoett av elg, hjort og villrein i 2010.

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    Veiberg, Vebjoern; Gaare, Eldar; Stokke, Sigbjoern; Solberg, Erling J.; Skuterud, Lavrans

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    The monitoring of Cs-137 fall-out from the Chernobyl accident in 1986, started the same year. Several plants and wild reindeer in natural ecosystems in Nord-Rondane have been followed annually ever since. Four more wild reindeer ranges were included in 2001: Setesdal-Ryfylkeheiene, Hardangervidda, Nord-Ottadalen, Snoehetta and Nord-Rondane. From 2007 Forollhogna was also included. On fixed plots in Nord-Rondane and Snoehetta some of the reindeer forage plants, including both higher plants and fruticose lichens, have been sampled and analyzed annually since 1986. This was also done in 2010. In addition plants and lichens were sampled at five locations along an altitudinal gradient at Soendre Knutshoe, and at 7-8 locations along an east-west gradient from Kollaflata to Skarhoe in the Jora valley continuing along the Aursjoe to Torbudalen. All these locations were sampled annually between 1987-1990, but they have not been sampled since. In 2010 samples from red deer and moose was also collected from eight different regions located within the following counties: Oppland, Telemark, Vest-Agder, Rogaland, Sogn and Fjordane, Nord-Troendelag, Nordland and Troms. Red deer were sampled in four regions and moose in six. Both species were sampled in Oppland. In 2010 76, 49 and 61 samples were collected from wild reindeer, red deer and moose respectively. All measures of caesium levels were performed on dried samples. For the 596 samples of plants and lichen the results refer to caesium-levels in dried samples. For the meat samples, results refer to caesium-137 levels in raw meat. Due to large variation in measured levels of caesium within species and sampling area, we give median values instead of mean values.The highest caesium levels in wild reindeer were found in Snoehetta (1010 Bq/kg) and Nord-Rondane (2686 Bq/kg). The levels found in the other areas were considerably lower. The highest caesium levels in both red deer (Sel, 677 Bq/kg) and moose (Vaaga, 365 Bq/kg) were found

  19. THE CONTENT OF CAESIUM-137 IN THE RIVERSIDE AND WATER VEGETATION VETKA AND CHECHERSK DISTRICTS OF THE GOMEL REGION OF BELARUS

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    Full Text Available The content of radiocaesium was studied in 58 plant samples in 2 districts with only 12 (20,6% exceeding the allowable level which equals 370 Bk/kg. In Vetka district the highest specific activity of caesium-137 (Bk/kg was demonstrated by Equisetum arvense and Comarum palustre among the medium-sized euhydrophytes in  the  second  object,  which  3,7  and  5,2  times  exceeds  the  standard.   Ceratophyllum  demersum  has  the  highest accumulation coefficient. In Chechesk district medium-sized euhydrophytes Juncus effusus and Sium latifolium in the second object exceed the standard 7,8–2,2 times. Stratiotes aloides demonstrates the highest accumulation coefficient.

  20. Low dose rate caesium-137 implant time of intracavitary brachytherapy source of a selected oncology center in Ghana

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    Full Text Available Background: The treatment time taken for a radioactive source is found to be very important in intracavitary brachytherapy treatment. The duration of the treatment time depends on the prescribed dose requested to a reference point and the calculated dose rate to the same point. The duration of the treatment time of source is found to depend on the tumour stage. In this work, the treatment time of implant has been calculated for a Caesium-137 low dose rate brachytherapy source at an oncology facility in Ghana. Objective: The objective was to determine how the treatment time of tumours depends on the dose rate to the reference point prescribed by the Oncologists and the dose rate determined by the dosimetrists at the facility. Materials and Method: Depending upon the stage of the cancer, the Oncologist determines the type of treatment modality, source configuration for the cancer patient and positions of both tandem and ovoids in the cervix. Depending also on the tumour stage, two orthogonal radiographic X-ray films are taken using a simulator machine. The treatment machine used in the study is AMRA-Curietron. The maximum activity of the source was 259GBq. It has five channels which is a manual remote afterloader. In clinical practice, the treatment time t is very short(only some few days for such low dose rate brachytherapy source like Cs-137 which lasts only for some few days in comparison with the half life of the Cs-137 source. The mathematical equation for the calculation of treatment time is written as t=D/D. Hence t is the treatment time of the radioactive source of patients undergoing intracavitary brachytherapy treatment, D is prescribed dose to a reference point and D is the dose rate to the same reference point. Results: The calculated treatment time of the Cs-137 brachytherapy source for different source arrangements or channels used in clinical practice at the brachytherapy Centre have been determined. Also provided, are the

  1. Effects of fluvial processes in different order river valleys on redistribution and storage of particle-bound radioactive caesium-137 in area of significant Chernobyl fallout and impact on linked rivers with lower contamination levels

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    Belyaev, Vladimir; Golosov, Valentin; Shamshurina, Evgeniya; Ivanov, Maxim; Ivanova, Nadezhda; Bezukhov, Dmitry; Onda, Yuichi; Wakiyama, Yoshifumi; Evrard, Olivier

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    Detailed investigations of the post-fallout fate of radionuclide contamination represent an important task in terms of environmental quality assessment. In addition, particle-bound radionuclides such as the most widespread anthropogenic isotope caesium-137 can be used as tracers for quantitative assessment of different sediment redistribution processes. In landscapes of humid plains with agriculture-dominated land use the post-fallout redistribution of caesium-137 is primarily associated with fluvial activity of various scales in cascade systems starting from soil erosion on cultivated hillslopes through gully and small dry valley network into different order perennial streams and rivers. Our investigations in the so-called Plavsk hotspot (area of very high Chernobyl caesium-137 contamination within the Plava River basin, Tula Region, Central European Russia) has been continuing for more than 15 years by now, while the time passed since the Chernobyl disaster and associated radioactive fallout (1986) is almost 29 years. Detailed information on the fluvial sediment and associated caesium-137 redistribution has been obtained for case study sites of different size from individual cultivated slopes and small catchments of different size (2-180 km2) to the entire Plava River basin scale (1856 km2). It has been shown that most of the contaminated sediment over the time passed since the fallout has remained stored within the small dry valleys of the 1-4 Hortonian order and local reservoirs (>70%), while only about 5% reached the 5-6 order valleys (main tributaries of the Plava River) and storage of the Plava floodplain itself represents as low as 0.3% of the basin-scale total sediment production from eroded cultivated hillslopes. Nevertheless, it has been shown that contaminated sediment yield from the Plava River basin exerts significant influence on less polluted downstream-linked river system. Recent progress of the investigations involved sampling of 7 detailed depth

  2. Sensitivity of the modelled deposition of Caesium-137 from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant to the wet deposition parameterisation in NAME

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    This paper describes an investigation into the impact of different meteorological data sets and different wet scavenging coefficients on the model predictions of radionuclide deposits following the accident at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in March 2011. Three separate operational meteorological data sets, the UK Met Office global meteorology, the ECMWF global meteorology and the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) mesoscale meteorology as well as radar rainfall analyses from JMA were all used as inputs to the UK Met Office's dispersion model NAME (the Numerical Atmospheric-dispersion Modelling Environment). The model predictions of Caesium-137 deposits based on these meteorological models all showed good agreement with observations of deposits made in eastern Japan with correlation coefficients ranging from 0.44 to 0.80. Unexpectedly the NAME run using radar rainfall data had a lower correlation coefficient (R = 0.66), when compared to observations, than the run using the JMA mesoscale model rainfall (R = 0.76) or the run using ECMWF met data (R = 0.80). Additionally the impact of modifying the wet scavenging coefficients used in the parameterisation of wet deposition was investigated. The results showed that modifying the scavenging parameters had a similar impact to modifying the driving meteorology on the rank calculated from comparing the modelled and observed deposition

  3. [Comparison of the ability to fertilize females by Hyalomma anatolicum anatolicum males irradiated with gamma radiation from caesium 137 with non-irradiated males].

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    Karaer, Zafer; Kar, Sirri; Düzgün, Ali; Güven, Esin; Cakmak, Ayşe; Emre, Zişan; Nalbantoğlu, Serpil; Saribaş, Taner; Akçay, Aytaç

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    In this study, Hyalomma anatolicum anatolicum male ticks were subjected to gamma radiation with a dose of 10 Gy emitted by a gamma-ray source of Caesium 137. Female ticks were divided into 3 groups and placed in rabbit ears to feed. In the first group, the females fed with normal and irradiated males, in the second group females fed only with irradiated males and in last group females fed with normal males. Biological parameters such as the feeding period, weights, period of time from dropping until egg-laying began, the number of eggs and the number of larva hatching from eggs were recorded. With the results of statistical analysis it was found that the average egg laying period of females in the second group was clearly less (22.77 days) than other groups and the difference between these groups was statistically important (P < 0.05). After evaluation of numbers of larva, also there was a statistically important difference between the groups and the average number of larva was clearly higher (2519.30) in third group than other groups. In conclusion, in this study it was found that irradiated males could not compete with normal males in mating with females and because of this they couldn't affect the feeding and reproductivity of females.

  4. Sensitivity of the modelled deposition of Caesium-137 from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant to the wet deposition parameterisation in NAME.

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    Leadbetter, Susan J; Hort, Matthew C; Jones, Andrew R; Webster, Helen N; Draxler, Roland R

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    This paper describes an investigation into the impact of different meteorological data sets and different wet scavenging coefficients on the model predictions of radionuclide deposits following the accident at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in March 2011. Three separate operational meteorological data sets, the UK Met Office global meteorology, the ECMWF global meteorology and the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) mesoscale meteorology as well as radar rainfall analyses from JMA were all used as inputs to the UK Met Office's dispersion model NAME (the Numerical Atmospheric-dispersion Modelling Environment). The model predictions of Caesium-137 deposits based on these meteorological models all showed good agreement with observations of deposits made in eastern Japan with correlation coefficients ranging from 0.44 to 0.80. Unexpectedly the NAME run using radar rainfall data had a lower correlation coefficient (R = 0.66), when compared to observations, than the run using the JMA mesoscale model rainfall (R = 0.76) or the run using ECMWF met data (R = 0.80). Additionally the impact of modifying the wet scavenging coefficients used in the parameterisation of wet deposition was investigated. The results showed that modifying the scavenging parameters had a similar impact to modifying the driving meteorology on the rank calculated from comparing the modelled and observed deposition. PMID:24745690

  5. Microhydration of caesium compounds: Cs, CsOH, CsI and Cs₂I₂ complexes with one to three H₂O molecules of nuclear safety interest.

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    Sudolská, Mária; Cantrel, Laurent; Cernušák, Ivan

    2014-04-01

    Structure and thermodynamic properties (standard enthalpies of formation and Gibbs free energies) of hydrated caesium species of nuclear safety interest, Cs, CsOH, CsI and its dimer Cs₂I₂, with one up to three water molecules, are calculated to assess their possible existence in severe accident occurring to a pressurized water reactor. The calculations were performed using the coupled cluster theory including single, double and non-iterative triple substitutions (CCSD(T)) in conjunction with the basis sets (ANO-RCC) developed for scalar relativistic calculations. The second-order spin-free Douglas-Kroll-Hess Hamiltonian was used to account for the scalar relativistic effects. Thermodynamic properties obtained by these correlated ab initio calculations (entropies and thermal capacities at constant pressure as a function of temperature) are used in nuclear accident simulations using ASTEC/SOPHAEROS software. Interaction energies, standard enthalpies and Gibbs free energies of successive water molecules addition determine the ordering of the complexes. CsOH forms the most hydrated stable complexes followed by CsI, Cs₂I₂, and Cs. CsOH still exists in steam atmosphere even at quite high temperature, up to around 1100 K.

  6. Accumulation of potassium, rubidium and caesium (133Cs and 137Cs) in various fractions of soil and fungi in a Swedish forest

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    Radiocaesium (137Cs) was widely deposited over large areas of forest in Sweden as a result of the Chernobyl accident in 1986 and many people in Sweden eat wild fungi and game obtained from these contaminated forests. In terms of radioisotope accumulation in the food chain, it is well known that fungal sporocarps efficiently accumulate radiocaesium (137Cs), as well as the alkali metals potassium (K), rubidium (Rb) and caesium (Cs). The fungi then enhance uptake of these elements into host plants. This study compared the accumulation of these three alkali metals in bulk soil, rhizosphere, soil-root interface, fungal mycelium and sporocarps of mycorrhizal fungi in a Swedish forest. The soil-root interface was found to be distinctly enriched in K and Rb compared with the bulk soil. Potassium concentrations increased in the order: bulk soil 137Cs could be prevented by providing additional Rb or K at contaminated sites. The levels of K, Rb, and Cs found in sporocarps were at least one order of magnitude higher than those in fungal mycelium. These results provide new insights into the use of transfer factors or concentration ratios. The final step, the transfer of alkali metals from fungal mycelium to sporocarps, raised some specific questions about possible mechanisms.

  7. Tracing sediment sources in the Williams River catchment using caesium-137 and heavy metals: towards an assessment of the relative importance of surface erosion and gully erosion

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    Recent sediment sourcing in the 1175km2 Williams River catchment near Newcastle, NSW, has involved the use of caesium-137 (137Cs) and heavy metals to identify zones of erosion and estimate erosion rates. Sediment sources to the Williams River include sheet erosion from forested and grazed lands, stream channels (especially banks), gullies and roads. The fallout environmental radioisotope 137Cs was used to assess the erosion status of five vegetated slopes using soil sampling along transects. The net loss or gain of 137Cs at each sampling point was compared with the 137Cs level at a reference site at the slope crest. Net soil loss at each point was calculated from an Australian regression model relating net soil loss from runoff-erosion plots to 137Cs deficit in soils (n=34; r=0.84). Net soil gain was calculated using the regression model in reverse mode. A weighted net soil loss (or gain) was then calculated for each slope transect. Results showed low net soil loss, ranging from zero to 0.64 t ha-1 yr1, suggesting that slopes were not major contributors of sediment to the Williams River. A small sub-catchment south of Wirragulla Hill, typical of the lower Williams region, was selected for more detailed tracing of sediment sources. The catchment contains gullies, sheet-erosion exposed sub-soil, grassland and one unsealed road. Heavy metals and 137Cs have been used to fingerprint the sources, and these measurements will be compared with suspended sediment collected from drainage water in the creek. Only preliminary results have been obtained for this component of the study. The paper will assess these two approaches for the identification of sediment sources and discuss practical applications in water resources management

  8. Some thoughts on the compliance with intervention levels in an area contaminated by an accidental deposition of caesium 137; Reflexions sur le respect des niveaux d`intervention dans un territoire contamine par un depot accidentel de cesium 137

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    Maubert, H.; Robeau, D.; Renaud, P. [CEA Centre d`Etudes de Cadarache, 13 - Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (France); Linge, I.; Pavlovski, O.; Ossipiants, I. [Institut de Surete Nucleaire, Moscou (Russian Federation)

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    After a nuclear accident leading to an important radionuclide deposition, the responsible authorities are faced to the question of complying with intervention levels. These regulations may be expressed as mass activities in foodstuffs, or individual doses for the populations. A situation of acute caesium 137 contamination of the environment was played in 1993 during a French and Russian joint crisis exercise. In answering the questions from the administration, the experts examined the conditions allowing agricultural practices (1) according to a set of intervention levels in foodstuffs, and (2) how that was compatible with a recommendation relative to an individual dose for the populations of 1 mSv/y, although this limit is applicable in normal conditions and is not intended for post-accidental situations. (authors). 9 refs., 2 figs., 3 tabs.

  9. Xenon-133 and caesium-137 releases into the atmosphere from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant: determination of the source term, atmospheric dispersion, and deposition

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    A. Stohl

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available On 11 March 2011, an earthquake occurred about 130 km off the Pacific coast of Japan's main island Honshu, followed by a large tsunami. The resulting loss of electric power at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant (FD-NPP developed into a disaster causing massive release of radioactivity into the atmosphere. In this study, we determine the emissions of two isotopes, the noble gas xenon-133 (133Xe and the aerosol-bound caesium-137 (137Cs, which have very different release characteristics as well as behavior in the atmosphere. To determine radionuclide emissions as a function of height and time until 20 April, we made a first guess of release rates based on fuel inventories and documented accident events at the site. This first guess was subsequently improved by inverse modeling, which combined the first guess with the results of an atmospheric transport model, FLEXPART, and measurement data from several dozen stations in Japan, North America and other regions. We used both atmospheric activity concentration measurements as well as, for 137Cs, measurements of bulk deposition. Regarding 133Xe, we find a total release of 16.7 (uncertainty range 13.4–20.0 EBq, which is the largest radioactive noble gas release in history not associated with nuclear bomb testing. There is strong evidence that the first strong 133Xe release started very early, possibly immediately after the earthquake and the emergency shutdown on 11 March at 06:00 UTC. The entire noble gas inventory of reactor units 1–3 was set free into the atmosphere between 11 and 15 March 2011. For 137Cs, the inversion results give a total emission of 35.8 (23.3–50.1 PBq, or about 42% of the estimated Chernobyl emission. Our results indicate that 137Cs emissions peaked on 14–15 March but were generally high from 12 until 19 March, when they suddenly dropped by orders of magnitude exactly when spraying of

  10. Xenon-133 and caesium-137 releases into the atmosphere from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant: determination of the source term, atmospheric dispersion, and deposition

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    A. Stohl

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available On 11 March 2011, an earthquake occurred about 130 km off the Pacific coast of Japan's main island Honshu, followed by a large tsunami. The resulting loss of electric power at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant developed into a disaster causing massive release of radioactivity into the atmosphere. In this study, we determine the emissions into the atmosphere of two isotopes, the noble gas xenon-133 (133Xe and the aerosol-bound caesium-137 (137Cs, which have very different release characteristics as well as behavior in the atmosphere. To determine radionuclide emissions as a function of height and time until 20 April, we made a first guess of release rates based on fuel inventories and documented accident events at the site. This first guess was subsequently improved by inverse modeling, which combined it with the results of an atmospheric transport model, FLEXPART, and measurement data from several dozen stations in Japan, North America and other regions. We used both atmospheric activity concentration measurements as well as, for 137Cs, measurements of bulk deposition. Regarding 133Xe, we find a total release of 15.3 (uncertainty range 12.2–18.3 EBq, which is more than twice as high as the total release from Chernobyl and likely the largest radioactive noble gas release in history. The entire noble gas inventory of reactor units 1–3 was set free into the atmosphere between 11 and 15 March 2011. In fact, our release estimate is higher than the entire estimated 133Xe inventory of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, which we explain with the decay of iodine-133 (half-life of 20.8 h into 133Xe. There is strong evidence that the 133Xe release started before the first active venting was made, possibly indicating structural damage to reactor components and/or leaks due to overpressure which would have allowed early release of noble gases. For 137

  11. Strontium and caesium transport in unsaturated soil from Chernobyl Pilot Site under steady flow conditions; Transfert de radioelements en zone non saturee. Etude experimentale et modelisation appliquees au Site Pilote de Tchernobyl

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    Szenknect, St

    2003-10-15

    This work is devoted to the quantification and the identification of the predominant processes involved in strontium and caesium transport in unsaturated soil from Chernobyl Pilot Site under steady flow conditions. The transport and fate of radionuclides in the subsurface is affected by various physical and chemical processes including advective and diffusive transport as well as chemical and biological transformations. Laboratory experiments and the use of a multiple tracer approach allow to isolate the contributions of each elementary process and to control the physico-chemical conditions in the system. To be more representative of the field conditions, we decided to perform column miscible displacement experiments. We perform batch and flow-through reactor experiments to characterize the radionuclides sorption mechanisms. Miscible displacement experiments within homogeneous columns and modeling allow to characterize the hydrodynamic properties of the soil and to describe the radionuclides behaviour under dynamic conditions at different water contents. We show that the water content of porous media affect the transport behaviour of inert and strongly sorbing radionuclides. Our results demonstrate that a parametrized transport model that was calibrated under completely saturated conditions was not able to describe the advective-dispersive transport of reactive solutes under unsaturated steady state conditions. Under our experimental conditions, there is no effect of a decrease of the mean water content on the sorption model parameters, but the transport parameters are modified. We established for the studied soil the relation between hydrodynamic dispersion and water content and the relation between pore water velocity and water content. (author)

  12. European inter-comparison of Monte Carlo codes users for the uncertainty calculation of the kerma in air beside a caesium-137 source; Intercomparaison europeenne d'utilisateurs de codes monte carlo pour le calcul d'incertitudes sur le kerma dans l'air aupres d'une source de cesium-137

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    De Carlan, L.; Bordy, J.M.; Gouriou, J. [CEA Saclay, LIST, Laboratoire National Henri Becquerel, Laboratoire de Metrologie de la Dose 91 - Gif-sur-Yvette (France)

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    Within the frame of the CONRAD European project (Coordination Network for Radiation Dosimetry), and more precisely within a work group paying attention to uncertainty assessment in computational dosimetry and aiming at comparing different approaches, the authors report the simulation of an irradiator containing a caesium 137 source to calculate the kerma in air as well as its uncertainty due to different parameters. They present the problem geometry, recall the studied issues (kerma uncertainty, influence of capsule source, influence of the collimator, influence of the air volume surrounding the source). They indicate the codes which have been used (MNCP, Fluka, Penelope, etc.) and discuss the obtained results for the first issue

  13. Sorption studies of caesium by complex hexacyanoferrates

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    A comprehensive literature review was carried out on the preparation of complex hexacyanoferrates in a granular form suitable for use in a packed column. The preparation of sodium nickel hexacyanoferrate using a freeze-thaw method was studied in detail and a method developed to produce a consistent and reproducible granular product. The equilibrium and sorption kinetics were studied using batch and column tests, and the process modelled to predict performance under various conditions. (author)

  14. Inorganic caesium lead iodide perovskite solar cells

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    Eperon, GE; Paterno', GM; Sutton, RJ; Zampetti, A.; Haghighirad, A; Cacialli, F.; Snaith, H.

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    The vast majority of perovskite solar cell research has focused on organic-inorganic lead trihalide perovskites. Herein, we present working inorganic CsPbI3 perovskite solar cells for the first time. CsPbI3 normally resides in a yellow non-perovskite phase at room temperature, but by careful processing control and development of a low-temperature phase transition route we have stabilised the material in the black perovskite phase at room temperature. As such, we have fabricated solar cell dev...

  15. Radioactive caesium in hunters and their families

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    We have measured the whole-body content of radiocesium in men and women in households, where at least one member is a hunter. Hunter families live to a great extent on forest products, such as mushrooms, berries and meat from game. Measurements were performed in two areas in northern Sweden and in three areas in the middle part of Sweden with deposition levels between 7 to 80 kBq/m2. The average whole body content of 137Cs varied between 0.3 to 1.9 kBq for women and 0.6 to 4.7 kBq for men, depending on the deposition level. Each individual in the measured group was also asked to fill in questionnaire and a food diary to provide complementary information of, e.g., food intake and other life conditions. The single dietary factor most clearly related to whole-body content in these groups is the intake of meat from moose. The best regression model with variables from the questionnaire explained 60% of the variance in the whole-body content of 137Cs in the measurement group. Some of the variables in this model were deposition level, sex, rate of intake and estimated consumption of moose meat and estimated amount of bilberries in the fridge. 6 refs, 5 figs, 14 tabs

  16. Chernobyl caesium distribution in two forest soils

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    The Chernobyl nuclear accident on April 26, 1986 affected a considerable part of Europe, including the Romanian territory too. The soil acts as an integrator and the main part of the received radionuclides remains here. However, due to diffusion, leaching and runoff, activity of living organisms in soil, human activity and different other factors, the deposited radionuclides on the soil surface can be removed from the original deposition areas. Mainly, the transport of Cs-137 from soil to other environmental factors is intensively studied having in view the natural resource exploitation in radioactive contaminated areas, this radionuclide being one of the most important radioisotopes released by earlier nuclear weapon tests and nuclear accidents. Generally, migration rates of radionuclides in soil are evaluated by column and percolation experiments, in controlled conditions and using well-defined concentrations of the radionuclide. As part of the environment, the forests have been contaminated up to a depth of 30 cm by the radionuclides resulting from Chernobyl nuclear accident. As the forest is a source of radionuclides for intake and habitat for some critical groups and also a secondary source of contamination (resuspension, erosion), its radioecology became an increasing research topic. The depth distribution of radiocaesium was analysed in the brown-reddish forest type soil of two forests. The depth profile and the specific activity of each layer permit the assessment of total deposition, migration rate and diffusion coefficient for Cs-137 and Cs-134. The total deposition of Cs-137 is about 47 kBq/m2 for Magurele area and about 14 kBq/m2 for Naipu forest. The migration rate is more than 10 times higher in Naipu forest as compared to Magurele forest. The diffusion coefficients are similar, namely about 0.2 cm2/year. (authors)

  17. Chernobyl caesium distribution in two forest soils

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    The Chernobyl nuclear accident on April 26, 1986, affected a considerable part of Europe, including the Romanian territory too. As part of the environment, the forests, covering up to 30 % area of Romania, were contaminated by the radionuclides resulting from Chernobyl nuclear accident. Being a source of radionuclides for intake and habitat for some critical groups and also a secondary source of contamination (resuspension, erosion), forest radioecology is an increasing research topic. The distribution of radiocaesium with depth was analysed in the brown-reddish forest type soil of two forests. The profile with depth and the specific activity of each layer permit the assessment of: total deposition, migration rate and diffusion coefficient for Cs-137 and also Cs-134. The total deposition of Cs-137 is about 47 kBq/m2 for Magurele area and about 14 kBq/m2 for Naipu forest. The migration rate is more than 10 times greater in Naipu forest as in Magurele forest. The diffusion coefficients are similar, about 0.2 cm2/an. (author)

  18. Marine dispersion of caesium 137 released from Sellafield and Chernobyl

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    Prandle, D.; Beechey, J.

    1991-09-01

    This modelling study examines the dispersion within the shelf seas surrounding the UK, of 137Cs discharged from Sellafield between 1969 and 1988 together with the atmospheric deposition following Chernobyl (April 1986). The close agreement obtained between computed and observed distributions lends confidence to estimates of flushing times-fundamental parameters in determining pollutant concentrations. Moreover, this study confirms, to first-order, the estimates of Chernobyl fall-out provided by atmospheric dispersion models.

  19. Adsorption of Radioactive Strontium and Caesium from Mixtures of Solutions

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    In this thesis, the adsorption of the radioactive Cs and Sr on two different types of cement, Sulfate Resistant Cement and Portland Composed Cement, was investigated. The gamma-active Cs-137 and Sr-85 were used as tracers. Four different mixtures of solutions of Cs and Sr were used in experiments; a) The solution containing trace amount of Sr-85 and Cs-137 b) 1.10-5 - 1.10-1 M *SrCl2 solutions containing trace amount of Cs-137 c) 1.10-5 - 1.10-1 M *CsCl solutions containing trace amount of Sr-85 d) The equal amount of mixtures of 1.10-5 - 1.10-1 M SrCl2 and 1.10-5 - 1.10-1 M CsCl solutions. It was shown that the convenient ph values for the comparison of Cs and Sr adsorption on both cement were 2.5 and 11.0. It was observed that the adsorption capacity of Sr on Sulfate Resistant Cement was twice that for the Portland Composed Cement in the solutions containing trace amount of Cs-137 and 1.10-5 - 1.10-1 *SrCl2. The in cease in adsorption capacity is related to the Ca to Sr ion exchange in Sulfate Resistant Cement containing appreciable amount of C3S. The adsorption of Cs and Sr on both types of cement in solutions containing equal amount of CsCl and SrCl2 was greater than that of individual solutions of CsCl and SrCl2. This latter behavior is related to the ion charge, the hydration of ions and the interaction of the Cs with the Sr on the surface of adsorbent. It was observed that although Portland Composed Cement adsorbs Cs selectively, Sulfate Resistant Cement has a greater affinity for Sr. Cs adsorption is not affected by ph changes whilst Sr adsorption is highly dependent on ph

  20. Societal representations on the accident with caesium-137

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    The influence of societal representations on the theme of nuclear energy are reviewed in the light of the public's reactions to the accident with the capsule of 137Cs in Goiania. As a starting point, it is accepted that the panic caused by the accident can be properly understood only if human subjectivity is taken into consideration. This perspective is required whenever events unfold which put human life and the environment at risk. Faced with the accident, the public internalized radioactivity - an element unknown to them - as a certainty of contracting cancer and ultimately death, despite the fact that such outcomes can only be the result of excessive exposure to radioactivity. (author)

  1. Animated molecular dynamics simulations of hydrated caesium-smectite interlayers

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    Sposito Garrison

    2002-09-01

    Full Text Available Computer animation of center of mass coordinates obtained from 800 ps molecular dynamics simulations of Cs-smectite hydrates (1/3 and 2/3 water monolayers provided information concerning the structure and dynamics of the interlayer region that could not be obtained through traditional simulation analysis methods. Cs+ formed inner sphere complexes with the mineral surface, and could be seen to jump from one attracting location near a layer charge site to the next, while water molecules were observed to migrate from the hydration shell of one ion to that of another. Neighboring ions maintained a partial hydration shell by sharing water molecules, such that a single water molecule hydrated two ions simultaneously for hundreds of picoseconds. Cs-montmorillonite hydrates featured the largest extent of this sharing interaction, because interlayer ions were able to inhabit positions near surface cavities as well as at their edges, close to oxygen triads. The greater positional freedom of Cs+ within the montmorillonite interlayer, a result of structural hydroxyl orientation and low tetrahedral charge, promoted the optimization of distances between cations and water molecules required for water sharing. Preference of Cs+ for locations near oxygen triads was observed within interlayer beidellite and hectorite. Water molecules also could be seen to interact directly with the mineral surface, entering its surface cavities to approach attracting charge sites and structural hydroxyls. With increasing water content, water molecules exhibited increased frequency and duration of both cavity habitation and water sharing interactions. Competition between Cs+ and water molecules for surface sites was evident. These important cooperative and competitive features of interlayer molecular behavior were uniquely revealed by animation of an otherwise highly complex simulation output.

  2. Surface erosion assessment in New Zealand using caesium-137

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    The 137Cs technique has provided the first quantitative, medium-term data on rates of soil redistribution by surface erosion on both cropland and rangeland in New Zealand. Research has also provided data on natural short-range variability of 137Cs in uneroded soils, and a technique for independently estimating 137Cs input values from rainfall. The greatest research need remains the development of robust, accurate calibration procedures for converting 137Cs measurements to rates of erosion. Emphasis has been on application of the technique to provide field-based data on erosion rates, with limited research to further develop the technique. This paper summarises recent research in these two areas

  3. Concentration of caesium isotopes in foodstuffs in Poland

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    One of the sources of the radioactive doses obtained by people resulting from the radiological contamination of the environment, is the transfer of radionuclides to the organism via ingestion. Radioactive isotopes in foodstuffs appear as a result of nuclear activities on the globe, mainly because of nuclear explosion and, recently, after the Chernobyl accident. Since the early sixties the network of Service for Measurement of Radioactive Contamination in Poland systematically controlled all kinds of important food products. Radiochemical methods and gamma spectrometry has been used to determination the activity of radioactive isotopes. This contribution reports of the determination of 134Cs and 137Cs concentration in milk, meat, vegetables, fruits, cereals and 'forest products' during period 1985-1999. In 1985 the average 137Cs level was below 1 Bq/kg (except forest products). Moreover, no regional differences were observed the whole territory of Poland. After the Chernobyl accident situation changed completely. Average activity of 137Cs in milk was 25 Bq/l in May 1986, 20-25 Bq/kg in beef and 10-15 Bq/kg in pork (summer months). Also fruit picked up in June and July was contaminated, mainly currents. The contamination of vegetables was less important. The activity of cesium isotopes in forest mushrooms and wild game were much higher than in other tested foodstuffs. From the 1987 level of radioactive contamination was decreasing gradually. In 1999 the activity of 137Cs of vegetables, cereals, fruit was on level as it has been in 1985 as for meat and milk it is higher. Level of radiocesium in 'forest products' is still high. The average annual effective dose from ingestion of radiocesium was on level 0.088 mSv in 1986 and 0.006 mSv in 1999. (author)

  4. Parameters for Cold Collisions of Lithium and Caesium Atoms

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    Jamieson M. J.; Ouerdane H.

    2011-01-01

    @@ We calculate the s-wave scattering length and effective range and the p-wave scattering volume for Li atoms interacting with 133CS atoms via the X∑ molecular potential.The length and volume are found by fitting the log-derivative of the zero energy wave function evaluated at short range to a long range expression that accounts for the leading van der Waals dispersion potential and then incorporating the remaining long range dispersion contributions to first order.The effective range is evaluated from a quadrature formula.The calculated parameters are checked from the zero energy limits of the scattering phase shifts.We comment on ill-conditioning in the calculated s-wave scattering length.%We calculate the s-wave scattering length and effective range and the p-wave scattering volume for 7Li atoms interacting with 133Cs atoms via the X1E+ molecular potential. The length and volume are found by fitting the log-derivative of the zero energy wave function evaluated at short range to a long range expression that accounts for the leading van der Waals dispersion potential and then incorporating the remaining long range dispersion contributions to first order. The effective range is evaluated from a quadrature formula. The calculated parameters are checked from the zero energy limits of the scattering phase shifts. We comment on ill-conditioning in the calculated s-wave scattering length.

  5. Parameters for Cold Collisions of Lithium and Caesium Atoms

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    Ouerdane, H

    2015-01-01

    We calculate the s-wave scattering length and effective range and the p-wave scattering volume for $^7$Li atoms interacting with $^{133}$Cs atoms via the X$^1\\Sigma^+_g$ molecular potential. The length and volume are found by fitting the log-derivative of the zero energy wave function evaluated at short range to a long range expression that accounts for the leading van der Waals dispersion potential and then incorporating the remaining long range dispersion contributions to first order. The effective range is evaluated from a quadrature formula. The calculated parameters are checked from the zero energy limits of the scattering phase shifts. We comment on ill-conditioning in the calculated s-wave scattering length.

  6. Modelling transport and deposition of caesium and iodine from the Chernobyl accident using the DREAM model

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    J. Brandt

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available A tracer model, DREAM (the Danish Rimpuff and Eulerian Accidental release Model, has been developed for modelling transport, dispersion and deposition (wet and dry of radioactive material from accidental releases, as the Chernobyl accident. The model is a combination of a Lagrangian model, that includes the near source dispersion, and an Eulerian model describing the long-range transport. The performance of the transport model has previously been tested within the European Tracer Experiment, ETEX, which included transport and dispersion of an inert, non-depositing tracer from a controlled release. The focus of this paper is the model performance with respect to the total deposition of  137Cs, 134Cs and 131I from the Chernobyl accident, using different relatively simple and comprehensive parameterizations for dry- and wet deposition. The performance, compared to measurements, of using different combinations of two different wet deposition parameterizations and three different parameterizations of dry deposition has been evaluated, using different statistical tests. The best model performance, compared to measurements, is obtained when parameterizing the total deposition combined of a simple method for dry deposition and a subgrid-scale averaging scheme for wet deposition based on relative humidities. The same major conclusion is obtained for all the three different radioactive isotopes and using two different deposition measurement databases. Large differences are seen in the results obtained by using the two different parameterizations of wet deposition based on precipitation rates and relative humidities, respectively. The parameterization based on subgrid-scale averaging is, in all cases, performing better than the parameterization based on precipitation rates. This indicates that the in-cloud scavenging process is more important than the below cloud scavenging process for the submicron particles and that the precipitation rates are relatively uncertain in the meteorological model compared to the relative humidity. Relatively small differences are, however, seen in the statistical tests between the three different parameterizations of dry deposition.

  7. A versatile dual-species Zeeman slower for caesium and ytterbium

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    Hopkins, S. A.; Butler, K.; Guttridge, A.; Kemp, S.; Freytag, R.; Hinds, E. A.; Tarbutt, M. R.; Cornish, S. L.

    2016-04-01

    We describe the design, construction, and operation of a versatile dual-species Zeeman slower for both Cs and Yb, which is easily adaptable for use with other alkali metals and alkaline earths. With the aid of analytic models and numerical simulation of decelerator action, we highlight several real-world problems affecting the performance of a slower and discuss effective solutions. To capture Yb into a magneto-optical trap (MOT), we use the broad 1S0 to 1P1 transition at 399 nm for the slower and the narrow 1S0 to 3P1 intercombination line at 556 nm for the MOT. The Cs MOT and slower both use the D2 line (62S1/2 to 62P3/2) at 852 nm. The slower can be switched between loading Yb or Cs in under 0.1 s. We demonstrate that within a few seconds the Zeeman slower loads more than 109 Yb atoms and 108 Cs atoms into their respective MOTs. These are ideal starting numbers for further experiments on ultracold mixtures and molecules.

  8. Dominant wing spectroscopy of energy pooling collisions near the boundary layer involving thermal caesium vapour

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    2007-01-01

    We have observed the dominant wing spectroscopy of energy pooling collision near the boundary layer involving Cs atoms under the condition of moderate-to-high optical depths at line-centre. It appears from our experimental investigations that the energy-pooling fluorescence presents about 16 spectral lines, and all the lines can be assigned to the Cs atomic transitions. We find that all lines of the energy-pooling retrofluorescence from the heated Cs atomic vapour cell show two-peak profiles. In addition, its pumping power linear dependence in the energy pooling process has been measured and analysed.

  9. Non cancerous diseases following a chronic intern contamination by caesium 137: cataracts and cardiac arrhythmias

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    This work of thesis joins within the framework of an analysis of the sanitary consequences of the nuclear accident of Chernobylsk. Since 2005, the I.R.S.N. is interested in the not cancerous pathologies (cataracts, and cardiac arrhythmias) observed among the children living on the contaminated territories after the fallout of Chernobylsk and has in this aim implemented a research programme called E.P.I.C.E. (Evaluation of the pathologies induced by a chronicle contamination by cesium) whom objective is to show an eventual link between the chronicle ingestion of contaminated food and these pathologies emergence. An exploitation of the results of the pilot study,first phase of the E.P.I.C.E. program was realized. The analysis was completed by two bibliographical reviews relative to the knowledge available on these diseases. The results of this pilot study suggest: on one hand, an absence of link between the activity in cesium 137 at the level of the heart, of the whole body and the emergence of disorder of the heart rhythm; on the other hand, for the cases of cataract, a link between the load in cesium 137 at the neck level and the emergence of the disease in 40 % of the cases. However, these results must be considered with caution because several limits and, in particular, a way of selection affect this study. concerning the scientific literature, this one stays rather poor because only thee articles make reference to a relationship between cesium 137 and the emergence of these non cancerous pathologies. After having exposed the context, this thesis draws up the situation of knowledge relative to cataracts and to cardiac arrhythmias and their possible relationship with ionizing radiations, collect the results stemming from the analysis of the pilot study and envisages future epidemiological studies. (N.C.)

  10. Radiation dose to Sri Lankan infants from Caesium-137 in contaminated milk

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    The radiation dose to infants due to ingestion of milk containing the maximum limit of radioactivity in milk powder imported to Sri Lanka has been calculated. The radioactivity of Cs-137 was used as an index of fission products for setting radioactivity limits. The computation for milk powder was based on an average daily intake of 125 g by infants, (a critical group of population) during the first year after birth. The recommended dose commitment to the general public is 1 mSv/y. The maximum permissible limit of 20 Bq/kg of Cs-137 in milk powder as stipulated by the Atomic Energy Authority for milk powder imported to Sri Lanka would yield a dose equivalent of 12.6 micro seivert/y from Cs-137

  11. Bond length variation with coverage for caesium adsorption on Si{111} (7 × 7)

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    Batchelor, D. R.; King, D. A.

    1991-11-01

    The adsorption of Cs on the Si{111} (7 × 7) surface has been studied using SEXAFS. A contraction is observed in the CsSi bond length from 3.79±0.04 Å at low to 3.50±0.04 Å at saturation coverage. At the lower coverage, a longer bond length can be attributed to a degree of ionicity in the CsSi surface bond, due to charge transfer from Cs to the Si. The saturation coverage bond length is consistent with covalent bonding and at this coverage a second site is also populated which has CsSi bond length of 4.68±0.06 Å.

  12. Iodine-129 and Caesium-137 in Chernobyl contaminated soil and their chemical fractionation

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    Hou, Xiaolin; Fogh, C.L.; Kucera, J.;

    2003-01-01

    Soil samples from areas in Belarus, Russia and Sweden contaminated by the Chernobyl accident were analysed for I-129 by radiochemical neutron activation analysis, as well as for Cs-137 by gamma-spectrometry. The atomic ratio of I-129/(CS)-C-137 in the upper layer of the examined soil cores ranged...

  13. Thermodynamic calculations for liquid alloys with an application to sodium-caesium

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    Visser, E.G.; Van Der Lugt, W.; De Hosson, J. Th. M.

    1980-01-01

    A semi-empirical model is presented for the analysis in liquid alloys of the long wavelength limit of the structure factor, the free energy of mixing and the electrochemical potential. The formalism is partly based on statistical mechanics assuming a concentration-dependent hard-sphere behaviour of liquid alloys. Although being conceptually quite different, our description incorporates the Flory-Huggins model as a first approximation.

  14. Caesium sorption by hydrated cement as a function of degradation state: experiments and modelling.

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    Ochs, M; Pointeau, I; Giffaut, E

    2006-01-01

    To provide reliable K(d) data for Cs required for the performance assessment of cement-based radioactive waste repositories, two complementary approaches were followed. First, Cs sorption was determined on a range of hydrated cement paste (HCP) and mortar samples of CEM I and CEM V for different degradation states and solution compositions, as well as on some single mineral phases. Second, a surface complexation-diffuse layer model previously developed by Pointeau et al. [Pointeau, I., Marmier, N., Fromage, F., Fedoroff, M., Giffaut, E., 2001. Cs and Pb uptake by CSH phases of hydrated cement. Material Research Society Symposium Proceedings, 663, 105-113] for Cs sorption on synthetic CSH phases was simplified to facilitate its application to whole HCP and mortars or concrete, following re-assessment of the model parameters. All measurements were compared with model predictions. The sorption data obtained on the different solid phases as a function of conditions corroborate that CSH minerals are the main sorbing phase for Cs in HCP. The data also clearly show the important influence of pH and the dissolved concentration of Na, K and Ca on K(d). It is further suggested that a decrease of pH is concomitant with a decrease of the Ca/Si ratio and a corresponding increase in surface sites with high affinity for Cs and, thus, K(d). Elevated concentrations of cations able to compete with Cs for these sites lead to a decrease of K(d), on the other hand. The simplified model was applied to the sorption measurements performed within this study as well as to a variety of literature data, mainly K(d) values for a variety of fresh HCP and mortar or concrete samples based on different samples of Ordinary Portland Cement as well as blended cements. The results show that the model can be applied reasonably well to a very large variety of conditions in terms of solid and solution compositions that cover a range of K(d) values from 10(-4) to ca. 3.2m(3)/kg. The large scatter typically observed for Cs sorption, especially on fresh HCP samples prepared from different formulations, can be explained quantitatively by the variable concentrations of Na and K in the respective solutions, which compete with Cs for fixation sites. On the other hand, the comparatively uniform conditions in degraded HCP typically render the prediction of K(d) values less uncertain than in case of fresh HCP. PMID:16697176

  15. Structure alteration of C-S-H (calcium silicate hydrated phases) caused by sorption of caesium

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    The sorption behavior of Cs onto C-S-H (calcium silicate hydrated phases) was investigated by evaluating the effect of sorption on the C-S-H structure. The C-S-H have a tobermorite-type layer structure. Each layer consists of central calcium and oxygen atoms sandwiched by silicate tetrahedral chains. Additional calcium and water are located in interlayer zones. The XRD spectra showed that the tobermorite-type layer degraded and that the sorption of Cs made the fragments of layer intergrowths much smaller. The fragmentation of the tobermorite-type layer was observed for C-S-H in contact with CsCl solution or with CsOH solution, but not for the C-S-H in contact with Na solution. Furthermore, 29Si NMR spectroscopy revealed that the sorption of Cs onto C-S-H induced cleavages of silicate chains in C-S-H. It was also suggested that the OH- ion contributed to breaking the silicate chains. (orig.)

  16. THE POTENTIAL MODEL INVESTIGATION OF STARK EFFECT IN CAESIUM RYDBERG STATE ATOMS AND COMPARISON WITH EXPERIMENT

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    HU ZHENG-FA; ZHOU SHI-KANG; GONG SHUN-SHENG; ZHAN MING-SHENG

    2000-01-01

    The potential model method for computation of Stark structure of Cs Rydberg states atoms and oscillator strength is described,for external electric fields varying from 0 to 600V/cm.Anticrossing,l-mixing and n-mixing phenomena are observed clearly from the map of Stark.Corresponding experiment is performed under the same condition,and the two results are in good agreement with each other within the experimental uncertainty.

  17. A versatile dual-species Zeeman slower for caesium and ytterbium

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    Hopkins, S. A.; Butler, K; Freytag, R.; Guttridge, A.; Kemp, S.; Hinds, E.A.; Tarbutt, M. R.; Cornish, S. L.

    2015-01-01

    We describe the design, construction and operation of a versatile dual-species Zeeman slower for both Cs and Yb, which is easily adaptable for use with other alkali metals and alkaline earths. With the aid of analytic models and numerical simulation of decelerator action, we highlight several real-world problems affecting the performance of a slower and discuss effective solutions. To capture Yb into a magneto-optical trap (MOT), we use the broad $^1S_0$ to $^1P_1$ transition at 399 nm for th...

  18. Caesium-137 in sediments from two Norwegian fjords- Including dating sediment cores

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    Sværen, Ingrid

    2010-01-01

    Summary The fission product Cs-137 is present in all parts of the Norwegian environment, brought here atmospherically or by ocean currents. The most important sources are fallout from atmospheric nuclear weapons tests, discharges from nuclear fuel repossessing plants and fallout from the Chernobyl accident which have caused the presence of this radionuclide in the marine environment. The environmental presence of this radionuclide is thoroughly monitored, and the content in the Norwegian m...

  19. Speciation of caesium-137 and plutonium-isotopes in Chernobyl soil

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    Holmstrand, Marte Varpen

    2011-01-01

    The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant (ChNPP) accident (1986) in present day Ukraine, was the first INES level 7 nuclear accident in the history of nuclear power. About 6-8 tonnes of spend uranium fuel were released and the fallout contained a series of short- and long lived radionuclides. The main deposition was in an area 30 km around the ChNPP, and the southern parts of Belarus. The area was permanently evacuated and called the exclusion zone. Some of the most long lived radionuclides released...

  20. Factors affecting the leachability of caesium and strontium from cemented simulant evaporator wastes

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    Leach rates of stable cesium and strontium from a range of simulated evaporator waste/cement formulations have been determined. Important factors in plant operation are assessed for their effect on leach rates. Increasing the curing time and lowering the water/cement ratio has been shown to reduce leach rates by up to a factor of four. Incorporation of additives such as clays and supplementary cementatious materials can reduce leach rates by up to three orders magnitude, and coating the surface of the waste form with a neat cement grout can reduce the cesium leach rate by up to four orders of magnitude. The effects of permeability of the matrix and its cesium absorption capacity on the leach rates have been analysed qualitatively. (U.K.)

  1. Caesium-137 in the foodchain lichen-reindeer-man during 1976 to 1978

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    The behaviour of the 137Cs isotope in the subarctic environment has been an object of investigations in this laboratory since 1960. The 137Cs body burden of a group of about 100 Lapps has been determined annually each spring since 1962 using a mobile whole-body counting system accommodated in a truck. In spring 1977, 31 reindeer herders and reindeer herding fishermen residing in Inari were thus measured. In spring 1978, no 137Cs body burden measurements of the Lapps were carried out. Instead, analysis of 137Cs in lichen and reindeer muscle samples was continued in order to check possible changes in the environmental 137Cs level. In this paper 137Cs concentrations in lichen in 1977 and in reindeer muscle in 1977 and 1978 are reported. Using these results the 137Cs body burden of Finnish Lapps is estimated

  2. Effect of agricultural countermeasures on the transfer factor of caesium-137 in onion (Allium cepa L.)

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    A field experiment, with onion cv. Rampur as the test crop, was conducted to study the effect of two levels (3.7 and 7.4 MBq m-2) of 137Cs and three countermeasures (application of farmyard manure at 12.5 t ha-1, application of extra potassium 100% in excess of that recommended for onion, and deep ploughing with a mold board plough). The crop was harvested at maturity and separated into bulb and sheath and analysed for 137Cs activity using a NaI (Tl) gamma ray spectrometer. The level of 137Cs significantly influenced the transfer factor (TF) in bulbs and sheaths. The levels of 137Cs and TF values were inversely related. The countermeasures had significantly influenced the TF of 137Cs from soil to onion: the values ranged from 0.0009 to 0.0025 m2 kg-1. The TF was highest for the control and the three countermeasures had significantly reduced values. Application of FYM was the most effective of the countermeasures. The other two countermeasures were on a par. They greatly reduced the TF also in onion sheaths; all three countermeasures had similar effects, and recorded significantly lower TF values than did the control

  3. Measurement of caesium-137 in the human body using a whole body counter

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    Elessawi, Elkhadra Abdulmula

    Gamma radiation in the environment is mainly due to naturally occurring radionuclides. However, there is also a contribution from anthropogenic radionuclides such as 137Cs which originate from nuclear fission processes. Since 1986, the accident at the Chernobyl power plant has been a significant source of artificial environmental radioactivity. In order to assess the radiological impact of these radionuclides, it is necessary to measure their activities in samples drawn from the environment and in plants and animals including human populations. The whole body counter (WBC) at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff makes in vivo measurements of gamma emitting radionuclides using a scanning ring of six large-volume thallium-doped sodium iodide (Nal(Tl)) scintillation detectors. In this work the WBC was upgraded by the addition of two high purity germanium (HPGe) detectors. The performance and suitability of the detection systems were evaluated by comparing the detection limits for Cs. Sensitivities were measured using sources of known activity in a water filled anthropomorphic phantom and theoretical minimum detectable count-rates were estimated from phantom background pulse height spectra. The theoretical minimum detectable activity was about 24 Bq for the combination of six Nal(Tl) detectors whereas for the individual HPGe detectors it was 64 Bq and 65 Bq, despite the much improved energy resolution Activities of 137Cs in the human body between 1993 and 2007 were estimated from the background Nal(Tl) spectra of 813 patients and compared with recent measurements in 14 volunteers. The body burden of Cs in Cardiff patients increased from an average of about 60 Bq in the early and mid 1990s to a maximum of about 100 Bq in 2000. By 2007 it had decreased to about 40 Bq. This latter value was similar to that of Cardiff residents at the time of the Chernobyl accident and to that of the volunteers measured in 2007 (51 Bq). However, it was less than the mean activity of Cardiff residents in 1988 (130 Bq) indicating an overall decrease over a period of about 20 years. The variation in the in vivo activity is probably due to complex inter-relationships between a number of factors such as the removal of deposited 137Cs into the sea by rainfall, individual dietary choices, the imposition and removal of restrictions on foodstuffs from Chernobyl-affected areas and travel to countries that suffered greater initial fall-out than the UK.

  4. Spatial distribution of caesium-137 in soil cover of background terrestrial ecosystems, Central European Russia

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    Paramonova, Tatiana A. [Radioecology and Ecotoxicology Department of Soil Science Faculty, Moscow State Lomonosov University, 119234 Moscow (Russian Federation); Shamshurina, Evgenia N. [Laboratory of soil erosion and fluvial processes of Geography Faculty, Moscow State Lomonosov University, 119234 Moscow (Russian Federation)

    2014-07-01

    ¹³⁷Cs - the main long-living anthropogenic radionuclide - arrived in mass at Russian terrestrial ecosystems after nuclear tests in the atmosphere in 1960-yy. and after Chernobyl accident in 1986 y., but in spite of a long period since these events soil cover contamination by ¹³⁷Cs is considered as extremely resistant due to its firmly fixation by soil solid matter and a long half-life of the radionuclide. Wide-scale investigation in maximal diversity of natural, semi-natural and anthropogenic landscapes of Central European Russia (more than 400 soils samples from Vologda, Yaroslavl, Ivanovo, Tver regions which are representative for the southern taiga zone) demonstrates that modern average specific activity of ¹³⁷Cs in the upper 15-cm layer of soil is 11±3 Bq/kg (contamination density 0.05±0.01 Ci/km²), that is fully ecologically acceptable. It is important that the average concentrations of ¹³⁷Cs in the soil cover of individual regions are close to each other. The most likely these average values are approximate assessment of background radioactive contamination of soils in central European Russia outside of the immediate Chernobyl trace. At the same time approximately 3% of soils are characterized by elevated ¹³⁷Cs content - 62-98 Bq/kg (0.24-0.43 Ci/km²), that indicates the presence of low radioactive spots on the territory and may be considered as local Chernobyl fallout. All of them attribute with forest soils which are commonly characterized by considerably more high accumulation of ¹³⁷Cs (18±5 Bq/kg, 0.06±0.01 Ci/km²) due to advanced absorbing surface of trees. Agricultural lands (plagued or under meadows) and soils of industrial plots with scarce vegetation contain only 6±2 Bq/kg (0.03±0.01 Ci/km²) of ¹³⁷Cs. About 84-92% of ¹³⁷Cs are concentrated in the upper 15-cm layer of natural soils or in Ap horizon of plagued soils, thus vertical migration of radionuclide is very slow in spite of ~30 years after Chernobyl accident. But it may by considerable lateral migration of ¹³⁷Cs in geochemically connected landscapes through the process of water erosion that leads to additional radionuclide accumulation in peat and foggy-podsolic soils of watershed depressions (migration coefficient 1.3). Thus, shallow depressions could be those 'critical' elements of the landscape with low-contrast areas of additional ¹³⁷Cs accumulation. Long-range transport of ¹³⁷Cs in moderate humid landscapes seems of little importance since alluvial soils and bottom sediments contain only 8±4 Bq/kg and 2±1 Bq/kg correspondingly. (authors)

  5. A versatile dual-species Zeeman slower for caesium and ytterbium.

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    Hopkins, S A; Butler, K; Guttridge, A; Kemp, S; Freytag, R; Hinds, E A; Tarbutt, M R; Cornish, S L

    2016-04-01

    We describe the design, construction, and operation of a versatile dual-species Zeeman slower for both Cs and Yb, which is easily adaptable for use with other alkali metals and alkaline earths. With the aid of analytic models and numerical simulation of decelerator action, we highlight several real-world problems affecting the performance of a slower and discuss effective solutions. To capture Yb into a magneto-optical trap (MOT), we use the broad (1)S0 to (1)P1 transition at 399 nm for the slower and the narrow (1)S0 to (3)P1 intercombination line at 556 nm for the MOT. The Cs MOT and slower both use the D2 line (6(2)S1/2 to 6(2)P3/2) at 852 nm. The slower can be switched between loading Yb or Cs in under 0.1 s. We demonstrate that within a few seconds the Zeeman slower loads more than 10(9) Yb atoms and 10(8) Cs atoms into their respective MOTs. These are ideal starting numbers for further experiments on ultracold mixtures and molecules. PMID:27131656

  6. A versatile dual-species Zeeman slower for caesium and ytterbium

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    Hopkins, S A; Freytag, R; Guttridge, A; Kemp, S; Hinds, E A; Tarbutt, M R; Cornish, S L

    2015-01-01

    We describe the design, construction and operation of a versatile dual-species Zeeman slower for both Cs and Yb, which is easily adaptable for use with other alkali metals and alkaline earths. With the aid of analytic models and numerical simulation of decelerator action, we highlight several real-world problems affecting the performance of a slower and discuss effective solutions. To capture Yb into a magneto-optical trap (MOT), we use the broad $^1S_0$ to $^1P_1$ transition at 399 nm for the slower and the narrow $^1S_0$ to $^3P_1$ intercombination line at 556 nm for the MOT. The Cs MOT and slower both use the D2 line ($6^2S_{1/2}$ to $6^2P_{3/2}$) at 852 nm. We demonstrate that within a few seconds the Zeeman slower loads more than $10^9$ Yb atoms and $10^8$ Cs atoms into their respective MOTs. These are ideal starting numbers for further experiments on ultracold mixtures and molecules.

  7. Laser spectroscopy of sub-micrometre- and micrometre-thick caesium-vapour layers

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    Cartaleva, S; Krasteva, A; Slavov, D; Todorov, P; Vaseva, K [Institute of Electronics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, boul. Tzarigradsko shosse 72, 1784 Sofia (Bulgaria); Moi, L [CNISM and Physics Department, University of Siena, via Roma 56, 53100 Siena - Italy (Italy); Sargsyan, A; Sarkisyan, D [Institute for Physical Research, National Academy of Sciences of Armenia, Ashtarak-0203 (Armenia)

    2013-09-30

    We present high resolution laser spectroscopy of Cs vapours confined in a unique optical cell of sub-micrometric and micrometric thickness, where a strong spatial anisotropy is present for the time of interaction between the atoms and laser radiation. Similarly to the spectra of selective specular reflection, the Doppler-free spectra of absorption and fluorescence are observed, not revealing cross-over resonances that will be useful for frequency stabilisation, provided the cell is cheap and compact. A new resonance in the fluorescence of closed transition is studied, demonstrating its high sensitivity to elastic atom – atom and atom – dielectric surface collisions. The theoretical modelling performed is in agreement with the experimental observations. (laser spectroscopy)

  8. Fractionation of caesium (137Cs) in coniferous forest soil in central Sweden

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    Sequential extraction procedure (SEP) was applied for fractionation of Chernobyl fallout 137Cs bound onto soils of a coniferous forest ecosystem located in central Sweden. Results of sequentially extracted 137Cs fractions demonstrated that 8% (mean value) of the total deposited 137Cs was water soluble (F1) and 13% was NH4OAc extractable (F2). Oxidation of F2 residuals by H2O2 led to a release of 15% of soil-bound 137Cs (F3). Acid digestion of F3 residuals showed a possibility of releasing an extra amount of soil-bound 137Cs, 22% of the total soil 137Cs inventory (F4). These two fractions (F3 and F4) include strongly bound 137Cs that seems to require longer biodegradation processes by soil microflora and microfauna before becoming available for uptake by plants and fungi. More than 37% of the total soil 137Cs inventory was bound onto soil residuals in a non-extractable form that includes slowly degradable organic matter and other soil residual compartments. The distribution coefficient (Kd) was rather low and shows an inverse relation with the increase of percentage of soil organic matter, which indicates a week binding of 137Cs onto forest soil. In contrast, chemical fractionation of soil bound 137Cs showed a substantial fraction of 137Cs was strongly bound onto soil as organically bound 137Cs. Apparently, the binding processes of radiocaesium onto forest soil seems to be time dependent

  9. Uptake of caesium-137 from peat and compost mould by vegetables in a greenhouse experiment

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    A pot experiment was conducted to study the root uptake of 137 Cs by vegetables grown in peat and composite mould in a greenhouse. The 137Cs in the growing media originated from Chernobyl fallout. The vegetables were cucumber (Cucumis sativus L. var. Farbio VDP SF 76), tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum L. Var. Virosa), parsley (Petroselinum crispum A.W. Hill var. Non plus ultra), radish (Raphanus Sativus L. var. Nondan) and lettuce (Lactuca sativa L. var Atraktion). The effect of adding potassium to the peat was also studied. The transfer factors (activity in plant dry weight/activity in soil dry weight) varied from 0.66 to 1.8 for peat and from 0.060 to 0.19 for compost mould. Addition of potassium did not have any clear effect on the transfer factors. (Author)

  10. Time dependent caesium-134 transfer factors for crops grown on different Greek soil types

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    Corn and cabbage plants were grown in a greenhouse pot experiment in two volcanic and two 'representative' Greek soils artificially contaminated with 134Cs for a three year period. Results for the 3rd year of experimentation as well as the main findings for the whole period are presented in this paper. In the third year of the project, two sweet corn (Elite and Vilmorin) and two cabbage varieties, (Kozanitiko and Brunswick) were tested. These varieties, except Vilmorin, were also grown on the same soils the previous years. 134Cs transfer factors (TFs) were significantly higher in the two volcanic soils than in the other soils, in agreement with previous years' data. Irrespective of crop species or variety, the clay-calcareous soil continued to show the lowest TF values. Comparing 134Cs uptake by the two corn varieties, it was found that Vilmorin plants absorbed approximately two times more 134Cs than Elite plants. No such difference was observed for the cabbage varieties. 134Cs TFs for both seeds and vegetative part of Elite variety significantly decreased compared to the respective values of the previous year. A similar trend, rarely significant, was observed for the two cabbage varieties. The ratio TF cabbage/TF corn (seeds) in the four soils increased this year and ranged from 6-16 with a mean value of 9. This increase is due to the higher reduction of corn 134Cs TFs than that of cabbage TFs. For all studied varieties and in all possible combinations the mean value of the ratio TF cabbage/TF corn was 8, coinciding with the respective values of the previous two years (7 and 6 respectively). During the three years of experimentation, three different corn varieties were tested and mean reference TFs for corn seeds in the studied soils were calculated. (author)

  11. Inter-varietal variation in caesium and strontium uptake by plants: a meta-analysis.

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    Penrose, B; Beresford, N A; Broadley, M R; Crout, N M J

    2015-01-01

    Radiocaesium and radiostrontium enter the foodchain primarily via plant root uptake. Selecting varieties of crop that display low accumulation of these radionuclides has been suggested as an economically and socially acceptable remediation strategy for radiologically contaminated land. However, there is insufficient information available to assess the feasibility of this remediation approach. This paper presents a comprehensive literature-based evaluation of inter-varietal variation in accumulation of Cs and Sr in crop plants. Thirty-seven publications studying 27 plant species were identified as appropriate for these analyses. Inter-varietal variation was expressed at the ratio of the maximum to minimum observed concentrations for a given crop species and element and ranged from 1.0 to 6.3 and from 1.0 to 4.5 for Cs and Sr respectively. This variation suggests that exploitation of inter-varietal variation could be used in some crop species to reduce the transfer of these radionuclides to a similar extent to existing remediation strategies. Low-Sr accumulating varieties were also found to have lower concentrations of Ca, whereas low Cs-accumulating varieties were not shown to have low K accumulation. Concentrations of Cs and Sr in plants were not related, suggesting that finding varieties displaying low accumulation of both Sr and Cs may not be feasible. Varietal selection could be an effective remediation strategy, and could be used in combination with other existing methods, such as fertilisation and ploughing. However, a thorough investigation of species contributing the most to ingestion doses is recommended to fully determine the feasibility of varietal selection as a remediation strategy. The reproducibility of inter-varietal variation between sites and growing seasons should be the focus of future research. PMID:25464046

  12. Effective Half-Life of Caesium-137 in Various Environmental Media at the Savannah River Site

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    During the operational history of the Savannah River Site (SRS), many different radionuclides have been released from site facilities into the SRS environment. However, only a relatively small number of pathways, most importantly 137Cs in fish and deer, have contributed significantly to doses and risks to the public. The “effective” half-lives (Te) of 137Cs (which include both physical decay and environmental dispersion) in Savannah River floodplain soil and vegetation and in fish and white-tailed deer from the SRS were estimated using long-term monitoring data. For 1974–2011, the Tes of 137Cs in Savannah River floodplain soil and vegetation were 17.0 years (95% CI = 14.2–19.9) and 13.4 years (95% CI = 10.8–16.0), respectively. These Tes were greater than in a previous study that used data collected only through 2005 as a likely result of changes in the flood regime of the Savannah River. Field analyses of 137Cs concentrations in deer collected during yearly controlled hunts at the SRS indicated an overall Te of 15.9 years (95% CI = 12.3–19.6) for 1965–2011; however, the Te for 1990–2011 was significantly shorter (11.8 years, 95% CI = 4.8–18.8) due to an increase in the rate of 137Cs removal. The shortest Tes were for fish in SRS streams and the Savannah River (3.5–9.0 years), where dilution and dispersal resulted in rapid 137Cs removal. Long-term data show that Tes are significantly shorter than the physical half-life of 137Cs in the SRS environment but that they can change over time. Therefore, it is desirable have a long period of record for calculating Tes and risky to extrapolate Tes beyond this period unless the processes governing 137Cs removal are clearly understood. - Highlights: • 137Cs Tes in SRS floodplain soil, floodplain vegetation, and deer were 13–17 years. • 137Cs Tes in fish from SRS streams were 4–7 years due to washout and sedimentation. • 137Cs Tes in SRS ecosystems were generally comparable to those at other sites. • 137Cs Tes at the SRS changed over time due to natural and anthropogenic factors. • 137Cs Tes should not be extrapolated unless 137Cs removal processes are understood

  13. Gamma spectrometry inspection of TRIGA MARK II fuel using caesium isotopes

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    Research highlights: → Cs isotopes are the best choices for the burn up determination of spent fuel. → Gamma spectrometer calibration using MCNP5. → Cs-ratio can be applied by relative calibration method. - Abstract: Gamma spectrometry is one of the common methods to inspect the spent fuel from research reactors. This method has been applied to in-pool measurements of the Spent Fuel Elements (SPEs) of the TRIGA Mark II research reactor. Due to mixed nature of the reactor core and complicated irradiation history of the fuel elements (FEs), the gamma spectrometry of the FE establishes improvements in the calculation and measurement of the SPE. In order to inspect the TRIGA SPE from dry storage and cooled fuel from the reactor pool, the selected spend fuels are scanned and measured using the fuel-scanning machine. Gamma spectrometry is performed by HPGe detector for spend fuel inspection and determination of the 137Cs activity and 134Cs/137Cs ratio. In this work, the steps of the detector calibration and the use of the Monte Carlo radiation transport code (MCNP5) have been described. In addition, the fuel-scanning machine and the gamma spectrometer are modelled by MCNP5 to simulate the gamma transport from fuel to detector. It also simulate the gamma spectrometer calibration for the burn up determination of the spend fuel. The results from MCNP5 simulation are applied to spectroscopic measurements and compared with the theoretical predictions of the neutronics code ORIGEN2 in this research work.

  14. Evolution of caesium 137 levels in coconut water and copra in french Polynesia, since 1967

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    Nuclear experiments have been carried out by France in french Polynesia since 1966. The tests were first atmospheric, they have been underground since 1975. The experiment monitoring programme includes monitoring of 137Cs contents in coconuts from the whole french polynesian territory. The methodology is described and the results of the 2 589 samples collected for 1967 to 1988 are presented. The maximum content found since 1967 is 52 Bq.kg-1 for coconut water and 289 Bq.kg-1 for coconut copra. The decrease of 137Cs content is constant without discontinuity, whatever the distance from the explosion sites. The committed dose equivalent from 137Cs delivered by coconut water and copra consumption represents only a few microsieverts a year

  15. Caesium-137 root uptake by agricultural and wild crops in post-Chernobyl landscape: the possibilities for phytoremediation?

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    Paramonova, Tatiana; Shamshurina, Eugenia; Komissarova, Olga; Belyaev, Vladimir

    2015-04-01

    In spite of long term period after Chernobyl fallout (≈25 years after the accident) the level of Cs-137 in soils of contaminated landscapes remains several times more than radiation safety standard (= 37 kBq/m2). In particular, within the area of Plavsk radioactive hot spot (Tula region, Russia) current Cs-137 activities in soil are 460-500 Bq/kg (170-200 kBq/m2) on watershed, 580-680 Bq/kg (200-220 kBq/m2) in arable lower parts of slopes and 620-710 Bq/kg (210-280 kBq/m2) in untilled foots of slopes and river floodplains. To estimate the process of Cs-137 root uptake and incorporation of the radionuclide in plant tissues 6 agricultural crops of typical field rotation (spring barley, maize, summer rape, galega, potatoes, amaranth) as well as natural ecosystems of dry and wet meadows were selected for the detailed study. Total bioproductivity of agricultural crops varies between 1.7-3.9 kg/m2, natural grass ecosystems - 1.9-2.2 g/m2, and is obviously unaffected by radioactive land contamination. At the same time Cs-137 activity in total biomass slightly increases with Cs-137 activity in soil (correlation coefficient r=0.45) and with total biomass (correlation coefficient r=0.51) in the row: rape (5 Bq/kg) part. The distribution of Cs-137 activities between above- and belowground parts of agricultural crops greatly varies depending on the biological characteristics of plants: barley and maize (Gramíneae family) are also characterized by elevated Cs-137 concentrations in belowground parts (12-14 times higher than in shoots); rape (Brassicaceae family) and potatoes (Solanaceae family) are characterized by similar Cs-137 concentrations in the structural parts (but note, that belowground part of the last is mostly represented by modified shoots); while galega and amaranth (Fabaceae and Amaranthaceae families respectively) are characterized by higher Cs-137 activity in aboveground part (4-6 times more than in roots). Therefore, meadow grasses and cereals that are true accumulators of Cs-137 seem to be useless for phytoremediation purposes, as 86-97% of the radionuclide inventory is associated with roots and remains in soil after cutting of aboveground parts. On the other hand, galega and amaranth could be considered as agricultural crops potentially being used for phytoremediation, since 87-93% of Cs-137 inventory is located in shoots. Potatoes having rather high aboveground biomass and easily removed from soil underground part could be also used for phytoremediation. However, it should be clearly understood that in total Cs-137 inventory in "soil-plant" system the annual amount of the radionuclide's consumption (that may be alienated when harvesting) is less than 0.01%, while the rate of Cs-137 radioactive decay is estimated as about 2% per year. Study was conducted with the support from the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (project no. 14-05-00903).

  16. Literature study of the radiobiological parameters of Caesium-137 required for evaluating internal irradiation doses as a function of age

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    This document reassembles information published in scientific literature on radiobiological parameters of Cs-137, necessary for the estimate of the internal irradiation dose of man according to his age (during growth). The data are completed by a commented review of the mathematical models, proposed in order to value the irradiation doses from ingested cesium and the biological parameters. (author)

  17. Transfer factor of caesium-137 in natural and agricultural grass ecosystems in the area of Plavsk radioactive spot, Russia

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    Root uptake and translocation of 137Cs from soil to plant is the key for estimation of general ecological situation and land use on radioactive contaminated territories. There are numerous researches concerning the relationship between the level of the radionuclide presence in soils and its accumulation in vegetation that usually describes as transfer factor (TF) for 137Cs (the ratio of the specific 137Cs activity in the plant tissue and the soil). But in most cases only edible organs or above-ground parts of plants are taken into account in evaluating TF. It is reasonable from the standpoint of practical use, but does not provide accurate information in the study of 137Cs biogeochemical cycle features. The study of the 137Cs root uptake from the radioactive contaminated chernozem soil and its distribution between above-ground and below-ground fractions of grass vegetation was conducted in the natural conditions on the territory of Plavsk radioactive spot (Tula region, Russia) ∼25 years after Chernobyl accident. The main crops of field rotation in this landscape (wheat, barley, potatoes, rape, maize) which occupy watersheds and slopes with arable chernozems contaminated at a level 460-670 Bq/kg (170-220 kBq/m2) and natural grassland ecosystems which occupy lower parts of slopes and flood plains with dry and wet meadows contaminated at a level 620-710 Bq/kg (210-250 kBq/m2) were examined. Total accumulation of 137Cs in vegetation strongly depends on the level of soil radioactive contamination (correlation coefficient 0.87). So specific 137Cs activity in vegetation of meadows (103-160 Bq/kg) in general more than one in agricultural crops (9-92 Bq/kg). Other reason may be the predominance of perennial herbs in natural meadows whereas agricultural systems contain annual crops. The values of 137Cs TF in the studied ecosystems vary within a relatively narrow range: from 0.01 (rape) to 0.20 (wet meadow), that confirms the discrimination of the radionuclide root uptake. At the same time the distribution of 137Cs between above-ground and below-ground fractions of plants in all observed cases is quite non-uniformly: below-ground parts of vegetation accumulate 3-5 times more than above-ground ones. An exception is potatoes agrocenosis where the TF values for different parts are almost identical, but below-ground fraction of potatoes consists of grater modified shoots, but no roots. There is a pronounceable difference in 137Cs TF values for root tissues of various plant associations. The highest TF values in below-ground fraction are typical for vegetation with agricultural or wild cereals (0.15-0.26) having fibrous root system, the lowest TF values are characterized for rape agrocenosis (0.02) having stem root system. Thus, the major differences in the 137Cs TF from contaminated soil to plant may be closely related to the features of the root system and the further translocation of the radionuclide into shoot, which requires quantitative account of 137Cs accumulation not only in above-ground green parts, but also in roots. (authors)

  18. Caesium-137 root uptake by agricultural and wild crops in post-Chernobyl landscape: the possibilities for phytoremediation?

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    Paramonova, Tatiana; Shamshurina, Eugenia; Komissarova, Olga; Belyaev, Vladimir

    2015-04-01

    In spite of long term period after Chernobyl fallout (≈25 years after the accident) the level of Cs-137 in soils of contaminated landscapes remains several times more than radiation safety standard (= 37 kBq/m2). In particular, within the area of Plavsk radioactive hot spot (Tula region, Russia) current Cs-137 activities in soil are 460-500 Bq/kg (170-200 kBq/m2) on watershed, 580-680 Bq/kg (200-220 kBq/m2) in arable lower parts of slopes and 620-710 Bq/kg (210-280 kBq/m2) in untilled foots of slopes and river floodplains. To estimate the process of Cs-137 root uptake and incorporation of the radionuclide in plant tissues 6 agricultural crops of typical field rotation (spring barley, maize, summer rape, galega, potatoes, amaranth) as well as natural ecosystems of dry and wet meadows were selected for the detailed study. Total bioproductivity of agricultural crops varies between 1.7-3.9 kg/m2, natural grass ecosystems - 1.9-2.2 g/m2, and is obviously unaffected by radioactive land contamination. At the same time Cs-137 activity in total biomass slightly increases with Cs-137 activity in soil (correlation coefficient r=0.45) and with total biomass (correlation coefficient r=0.51) in the row: rape (5 Bq/kg) phytoremediation purposes, as 86-97% of the radionuclide inventory is associated with roots and remains in soil after cutting of aboveground parts. On the other hand, galega and amaranth could be considered as agricultural crops potentially being used for phytoremediation, since 87-93% of Cs-137 inventory is located in shoots. Potatoes having rather high aboveground biomass and easily removed from soil underground part could be also used for phytoremediation. However, it should be clearly understood that in total Cs-137 inventory in "soil-plant" system the annual amount of the radionuclide's consumption (that may be alienated when harvesting) is less than 0.01%, while the rate of Cs-137 radioactive decay is estimated as about 2% per year. Study was conducted with the support from the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (project no. 14-05-00903).

  19. Ocean dynamic processes causing spatially heterogeneous distribution of sedimentary caesium-137 massively released from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

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    Higashi, H.; Morino, Y.; Furuichi, N.; Ohara, T.

    2015-12-01

    Massive amounts of anthropogenic radiocaesium 137Cs that were released into the environment by the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident in March 2011 are widely known to have extensively migrated to Pacific Ocean sediment off of eastern Japan. Several recent reports have stated that the sedimentary 137Cs is now stable with a remarkably heterogeneous distribution. The present study elucidates ocean dynamic processes causing this heterogeneous sedimentary 137Cs distribution in and around the shelf off Fukushima and adjacent prefectures. We performed a numerical simulation of oceanic 137Cs behaviour for about 10 months after the accident, using a comprehensive dynamic model involving advection-diffusion transport in seawater, adsorption and desorption to and from particulate matter, sedimentation and suspension on and from the bottom, and vertical diffusion transport in the sediment. A notable simulated result was that the sedimentary 137Cs significantly accumulated in a swath just offshore of the shelf break (along the 50-100 m isobath) as in recent observations, although the seabed in the entire simulation domain was assumed to have ideal properties such as identical bulk density, uniform porosity, and aggregation of particles with a single grain diameter. This result indicated that the heterogeneous sedimentary 137Cs distribution was not necessarily a result of the spatial distribution of 137Cs sediment adsorptivity. The present simulation suggests that the shape of the swath is mainly associated with spatiotemporal variation between bottom shear stress in the shallow shelf (< 50 m depths) and that offshore of the shelf break. In a large part of the shallow shelf, the simulation indicated that strong bottom friction suspending particulate matter from the seabed frequently occurred via a periodic spring tide about every 2 weeks and via occasional strong wind. The sedimentary 137Cs thereby could hardly stay on the surface of the seabed with the result that the simulated sediment-surface 137Cs activity tended to decrease steadily for a long term after the initial 137Cs migration. By contrast, in the offshore region, neither the spring tide nor the strong wind caused bottom disturbance. Hence, the particulate matter incorporated with 137Cs, which was horizontally transported from the adjacent shallow shelf, readily settled and remained on the surface of the sediment just offshore of the shelf break.

  20. Modelling of long-term behaviour of caesium and strontium radionuclides in the Arctic environment and human exposure

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    Golikov, Vladislav E-mail: bazil@sg5816.spb.edu; Logacheva, Irina; Bruk, Gennadi; Shutov, Vladimir; Balonov, Mikhail; Strand, Per; Borghuis, Sander; Howard, Brenda; Wright, Simon

    2004-07-01

    In this paper a compartment model of the highly vulnerable Arctic terrestrial food chain 'lichen-reindeer-man' is outlined. Based upon an analysis of measured {sup 137}Cs and {sup 90}Sr contents in lichen and reindeer meat from 1961 up to 2001, site specific model parameters for two regions in north-western Arctic Russia and for Kautokeino municipality in Arctic Norway have been determined. The dynamics of radionuclide activity concentrations in the 'lichen-reindeer-man' food chain for all areas was satisfactorily described by a double exponential function with short-term and long-term effective ecological half-lives between 1-2 and 10-12 years, respectively, for both {sup 137}Cs and {sup 90}Sr. Using parameter values derived from the model, life-time internal effective doses due to consumption of reindeer meat by reindeer-breeders after an assumed single pulse deposit of 1 kBq m{sup -2} of {sup 137}Cs were estimated to be 11.4 mSv (Kola Peninsula), 5 mSv (Nenets Autonomous Area), and 2 mSv (Kautokeino, Norway). Differences in vulnerability to radiocaesium deposition were due to differences in transfer between lichen and reindeer and in diet between the three regions.

  1. Modelling of long-term behaviour of caesium and strontium radionuclides in the Arctic environment and human exposure.

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    Golikov, Vladislav; Logacheva, Irina; Bruk, Gennadi; Shutov, Vladimir; Balonov, Mikhail; Strand, Per; Borghuis, Sander; Howard, Brenda; Wright, Simon

    2004-01-01

    In this paper a compartment model of the highly vulnerable Arctic terrestrial food chain "lichen-reindeer-man" is outlined. Based upon an analysis of measured (137)Cs and (90)Sr contents in lichen and reindeer meat from 1961 up to 2001, site specific model parameters for two regions in north-western Arctic Russia and for Kautokeino municipality in Arctic Norway have been determined. The dynamics of radionuclide activity concentrations in the "lichen-reindeer-man" food chain for all areas was satisfactorily described by a double exponential function with short-term and long-term effective ecological half-lives between 1-2 and 10-12 years, respectively, for both (137)Cs and (90)Sr. Using parameter values derived from the model, life-time internal effective doses due to consumption of reindeer meat by reindeer-breeders after an assumed single pulse deposit of 1 kBq m(-2) of (137)Cs were estimated to be 11.4 mSv (Kola Peninsula), 5 mSv (Nenets Autonomous Area), and 2 mSv (Kautokeino, Norway). Differences in vulnerability to radiocaesium deposition were due to differences in transfer between lichen and reindeer and in diet between the three regions.

  2. Uranium-236 as a new oceanic tracer: A first depth profile in the Japan Sea and comparison with caesium-137

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    Sakaguchi, Aya; Kadokura, Akinobu; Steier, Peter; Takahashi, Yoshio; Shizuma, Kiyoshi; Hoshi, Masaharu; Nakakuki, Tomoeki; Yamamoto, Masayoshi

    2012-01-01

    We present a feasibility study for using 236U as an oceanic circulation tracer based on depth profiles of 236U and 137Cs in the Japan/East Sea. The concentration of the predominantly anthropogenic 236U, measured with Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS), decreased from (13±3)×106 atom/kg in surface water to (1.6±0.3)×106 atom/kg close to the sea floor (2800 m). The profile has a smooth trend with depth and concentration values are generally proportional to that of 137Cs for the same water samp...

  3. Experimental contamination of pink shrimps by caesium 137; Contamination experimentale de crevettes roses par le cesium 137

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    Ancellin, J.; Michon, G.; Vilquin, A. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, Fontenay-aux-Roses (France). Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires

    1965-07-01

    The authors describe first of all the technique used for the determination of cesium 137 concentration factors in the pink shrimp (Leander Serratus Pennant). Experiments over three months have shown that the specific activity of the shrimps becomes stable between the thirtieth and the fortieth day. The concentration factors then have values between 30 and 40. These results are similar to those obtained by other authors. (authors) [French] Les auteurs decrivent tout d'abord la technique utilisee pour la determination des facteurs de concentration du Cesium 137 chez la crevette rose (Leander Serratus Pennant). Le resultat des experimentations menees pendant trois mois montre que l'activite specifique des crevettes se stabilise entre le trentieme et le quarantieme jour. Les facteurs de concentration se situent alors entre 30 et 40, Ces donnees sont comparables a celles obtenues par d'autres auteurs. (auteur)

  4. Optical pumping and population transfer of nuclear-spin states of caesium atoms in high magnetic fields

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    Luo Jun; Sun Xian-Ping; Zeng Xi-Zhi; Zhan Ming-Sheng

    2007-01-01

    Nuclear-spin states of gaseous-state Cs atoms in the ground state are optically manipulated using a Ti:sapphire laser in a magnetic field of 1.516 T, in which optical coupling of the nuclear-spin states is achieved through hyperfine interactions between electrons and nuclei. The steady-state population distribution in the hyperfine Zeeman sublevels of the ground state is detected by using a tunable diode laser. Furthermore, the state population transfer among the of Cs in the ground state due to stochastic collisions between Cs atoms and buffer-gas molecules, is studied at different of the hyperfine interaction can strongly cause the state population transfer and spin-state interchange among the hyperfine Zeeman sublevels. The calculated results maybe explain the steady-state population in hyperfine Zeeman sublevels in terms of rates of optical-pumping, electron-spin flip, nuclear spin flip, and electron-nuclear spin flip-flop transitions among the hyperfine Zeeman sublevels of the ground state of Cs atoms. This method may be applied to the nuclear-spin-based solid-state quantum computation.

  5. The uptake and storage of caesium and strontium by spring wheat - a modelling study based on a field experiment

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    Gaerdenaes, Annemieke I.; Linnea Berglund, S.; Bengtsson, Stefan B.; Rosen, Klas [Dept. of Soil and Environment, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), P.O. Box 7001, 750 07 Uppsala (Sweden)

    2014-07-01

    The aim was to model, quantify, and analyse the dynamics of uptake (foliar and root) and grain storage of wet-deposited radionuclides by a growing crop. The dynamic trace element model, Tracey, for terrestrial ecosystems was used after extension with descriptions for contamination by wet-deposition, interception, and foliar uptake. Tracey contains two alternative root uptake descriptions, one driven by transpiration and one by growth. Radionuclide fluxes were assumed proportional to the corresponding water or carbon fluxes in the soil-plant-atmosphere system, simulated with the CoupModel. The extended Tracey was calibrated against data from the wet-deposition experiment at Ultuna, central Sweden. {sup 134}Cs and {sup 85}Sr were deposited on spring wheat at six growth stages in 2010 and 2011. The sensitivity for different radionuclide, plant, and soil properties were assessed by Monte Carlo simulations using the sensitivity toolbox Eikos. One thousand simulations were made for each of the 48 scenarios (2 radionuclides, 2 root uptake approaches, 6 deposition treatments, 2 years). The simulated dynamics of grains' storage of radionuclides were accepted if the simulated values were within the 95% confidence interval of the measured values at all available samplings of a deposition treatment. A ten percentage of all {sup 134}Cs and {sup 85}Sr simulations were accepted. Highest percentage of accepted simulations was found for the scenarios with deposition shortly before harvest, indicating that the added model descriptions of deposition and interception performed well. The model mimicked well that the grain storage of radionuclides increased exponentially the later in the growing season the deposition took place; the storage of radionuclides when deposited at full ripening was 250 times higher than the storage when deposition took place at tillering. The model results confirmed that foliar uptake i.e. direct atmosphere-plant transfer, fully dominates total plant uptake when deposition takes place during the growing season. The estimated accumulated foliar uptake formed on average 99% of the Cs and 93% of Sr total plant uptake. We identified the governing factors of radionuclide storage in grains and how they varied with growth stage; the stem and leaves fixation rates dominate before flowering; the flowers/grain fixation rates dominate between flowering and ripening; and the interception retention capacity of the grains dominates from full ripening. We conclude that Tracey can accurately simulate the storage dynamics of radionuclides in plant parts that are a major ingredient in human food. We showed the dependency of the storage dynamics on the local weather, growth and soil conditions. The model and results can be used to tailor counter-measures to local conditions in the case of a radioactive deposition and to improve preparedness for radioactive deposition on growing crops. (authors)

  6. Estimating soil erosion using caesium-137 as radiotracer in cultivated land at watershed of bigger river, Cuba

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    In Cuba, due to the climatic conditions and intensive land use, soil erosion is a serious threat to sustainable agricultural development and environmental preservation. The aim of this work was to introduce the use of environmental radionuclide 137Cs in soil erosion studies. In view of this, a research project on 137Cs technique was carried out on small selected study site at the watershed of bigger River. A total of 160 soil samples were collected at the study and reference sites and were dried and analysed for 137Cs using high resolution gamma spectrometry. By comparing 137Cs inventories at individual sampling points with a reference inventory representing the local fallout input and using the calibration models for converting 137Cs measurements to estimates of soil redistribution rates, estimates of soil loss were calculated to be between 7.2 and 12.4 t.ha- 1.year-1 depending on the assumptions and methods used. In general, Proportional Model and Gravimetric Method (7.3 t.ha-1.year-1) provided low erosion rates and simplified Mass Balance Model high values of erosion rates (12.4 t.ha-1.year-1). The high erosion rates derived from Simplified Mass Balance Model may be caused by the assumption that the total 137Cs fallout occurred in 1963 instead of over a longer period extending from the mid 1950s to the mid 1970s. This model poses an important improvement over the two mentioned models due to it takes into account the progressive reduction in the 137Cs concentration of the soil within the plough layer due to incorporation of soil containing negligible 137Cs from below the original plough depth. Further sampling is required to investigate both the local and regional variability of fallout input in the studied watershed region and to assess its influence on the error of erosion estimates. However, the results suggest that 137Cs technique may be of considerable value for developing of an adequate soil conservation program

  7. Estimating sediment and caesium-137 fluxes in the Ribble Estuary through time-series airborne remote sensing

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    Wakefield, R. [Atkins Limited, 200 Broomielaw, Glasgow, G1 4RU (United Kingdom); Tyler, A.N., E-mail: a.n.tyler@stir.ac.u [School of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA (United Kingdom); McDonald, P. [Environmental Sciences Westlakes Scientific Consulting Ltd, The Princess Royal Building, Westlakes Science and Technology Park, Moor Row, Cumbria, CA24 3LN (United Kingdom); Atkin, P.A. [Atkins Limited, Wastwater Pavillion Westlakes Science and Technology Park, Moor Row, Cumbria, CA24 3JZ (United Kingdom); Gleizon, P. [Environmental Sciences Westlakes Scientific Consulting Ltd, The Princess Royal Building, Westlakes Science and Technology Park, Moor Row, Cumbria, CA24 3LN (United Kingdom); Gilvear, D. [School of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA (United Kingdom)

    2011-03-15

    High spatial and temporal resolution airborne imagery were acquired for the Ribble Estuary, North West England in 1997 and 2003, to assess the application of time-series airborne remote sensing to quantify total suspended sediment and radionuclide fluxes during a flood and ebb tide sequence. Concomitant measurements of suspended particulate matter (SPM) and water column turbidity were obtained during the time-series image acquisition for the flood and ebb tide sequence on the 17th July 2003 to verify the assumption of a vertically well mixed estuary and thus justifying the vertical extrapolation of spatially integrated estimate of surface SPM. The {sup 137}Cs activity concentrations were calculated from a relatively stable relationship between SPM and {sup 137}Cs for the Ribble Estuary. Total estuary wide budgets of sediment and {sup 137}Cs were obtained by combining the image-derived estimates of surface SPM and {sup 137}Cs with estimates of water volume from a two-dimensional hydrodynamic model (VERSE) developed for the Ribble Estuary. These indicate that around 10,000 tonnes of sediment and 2.72 GBq of {sup 137}Cs were deposited over the tidal sequence monitored in July 2003. This compared favourably with bed height elevation change estimated from field work. An uncertainty analysis on the total sediment and {sup 137}Cs flux yielded a total budget of the order of 40% on the final estimate. The results represent a novel approach to providing a spatially integrated estimate of the total net sediment and radionuclide flux in an intertidal environment over a flood and ebb tide sequence. - Research highlights: {yields} This paper provides a rare insight into the next flux of sediment and associated radionuclide loading into an estuary over and ebb and flood tide sequence. {yields} The paper uses high temporal resolution airborne imagery coupled with concomitant sampling to convert total suspended sediment flux to {sup 137}Cs loading. {yields} For the estuary and date studied, it is estimate that an 10,000 tonnes of sediment and 2.72 GBq of {sup 137}Cs are deposited into the estuary. {yields} An uncertainty budget of about 40% on the final estimate is detailed.

  8. Transfer factor of caesium-137 in natural and agricultural grass ecosystems in the area of Plavsk radioactive spot, Russia

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    Paramonova, Tatiana A.; Machaeva, Ekaterina N. [Radioecology and Ecotoxicology Department of Soil Science Faculty, Lomonosov Moscow State University, 119234 Moscow (Russian Federation); Belyaev, Vladimir R. [Laboratory of soil erosion and fluvial processes of Geography Faculty, Lomonosov Moscow State University, 119234 Moscow (Russian Federation)

    2014-07-01

    Root uptake and translocation of ¹³⁷Cs from soil to plant is the key for estimation of general ecological situation and land use on radioactive contaminated territories. There are numerous researches concerning the relationship between the level of the radionuclide presence in soils and its accumulation in vegetation that usually describes as transfer factor (TF) for ¹³⁷Cs (the ratio of the specific ¹³⁷Cs activity in the plant tissue and the soil). But in most cases only edible organs or above-ground parts of plants are taken into account in evaluating TF. It is reasonable from the standpoint of practical use, but does not provide accurate information in the study of ¹³⁷Cs biogeochemical cycle features. The study of the ¹³⁷Cs root uptake from the radioactive contaminated chernozem soil and its distribution between above-ground and below-ground fractions of grass vegetation was conducted in the natural conditions on the territory of Plavsk radioactive spot (Tula region, Russia)~25 years after Chernobyl accident. The main crops of field rotation in this landscape (wheat, barley, potatoes, rape, maize) which occupy watersheds and slopes with arable chernozems contaminated at a level 460-670 Bq/kg (170-220 kBq/m²) and natural grassland ecosystems which occupy lower parts of slopes and flood plains with dry and wet meadows contaminated at a level 620-710 Bq/kg (210-250 kBq/m²) were examined. Total accumulation of ¹³⁷Cs in vegetation strongly depends on the level of soil radioactive contamination (correlation coefficient 0.87). So specific ¹³⁷Cs activity in vegetation of meadows (103-160 Bq/kg) in general more than one in agricultural crops (9-92 Bq/kg). Other reason may be the predominance of perennial herbs in natural meadows whereas agricultural systems contain annual crops. The values of ¹³⁷Cs TF in the studied ecosystems vary within a relatively narrow range: from 0.01 (rape) to 0.20 (wet meadow), that confirms the discrimination of the radionuclide root uptake. At the same time the distribution of ¹³⁷Cs between above-ground and below-ground fractions of plants in all observed cases is quite non-uniformly: below-ground parts of vegetation accumulate 3-5 times more than above-ground ones. An exception is potatoes agrocenosis where the TF values for different parts are almost identical, but below-ground fraction of potatoes consists of grater modified shoots, but no roots. There is a pronounceable difference in ¹³⁷Cs TF values for root tissues of various plant associations. The highest TF values in below-ground fraction are typical for vegetation with agricultural or wild cereals (0.15-0.26) having fibrous root system, the lowest TF values are characterized for rape agrocenosis (0.02) having stem root system. Thus, the major differences in the ¹³⁷Cs TF from contaminated soil to plant may be closely related to the features of the root system and the further translocation of the radionuclide into shoot, which requires quantitative account of ¹³⁷Cs accumulation not only in above-ground green parts, but also in roots. (authors)

  9. Modern parameters of caesium-137 root uptake in natural and agricultural grass ecosystems of contaminated post-Chernobyl landscape, Russia

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    Tatiana Paramonova

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The estimation of modern parameters of 137Cs root uptake was conducted in natural meadow and agricultural ecosystems of post-Chernobyl landscapes of Tula region. The agrosystems with main crops of field rotation (barley, potatoes, rape, maize occupying watersheds and slopes with arable chernozems are contaminated at a level 460-670 Bq/kg (4.7-6.0 Ci/km2; natural meadow ecosystems occupying lower parts of slopes and floodplains are contaminated at a level 620-710 Bq/kg (5.8-7.6 Ci/km2. In the arable soils 137Cs uniformly distributed to a depth of Ap horizon (20-30 cm of thickness, while in meadow soils 70-80% of the radionuclide is concentrated within the top Ad horizon (9-13 cm of thickness. These topsoil layer accords with rhizosphere zone, where >80-90% of plant roots are concentrated, and from which 137Cs is mostly consumed by vegetation. Total amount of 137Cs root uptake depends on the level of soil radioactive contamination (correlation coefficient 0.61. So 137Cs activity in meadow vegetation (103-160 Bq/kg is generally more than one in agricultural vegetation (9-92 Bq/kg. The values of 137Cs transfer factor in the studied ecosystems vary from 0.01 (rape to 0.20 (wet meadow, that confirms the discrimination of the radionuclide’s root uptake. The larger are the volume of roots and their absorbing surface, the higher are the values of transfer factor from soil to plant (correlation coefficients 0.71 and 0.64 respectively. 137Cs translocation from roots to shoots is also determined by biological features of plants. At the same level of soil contamination above-ground parts of meadow herbs accumulate more 137Cs than Gramineae species, and in agrosystems above-ground parts of weeds concentrate more 137Cs than cultivated cereals. Thus, the level of soil radioactive pollution and biological features of plants are determinants in the process of 137Cs root uptake and translocation and should be considered in land use policy.

  10. Estimating sediment and caesium-137 fluxes in the Ribble Estuary through time-series airborne remote sensing.

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    Wakefield, R; Tyler, A N; McDonald, P; Atkin, P A; Gleizon, P; Gilvear, D

    2011-03-01

    High spatial and temporal resolution airborne imagery were acquired for the Ribble Estuary, North West England in 1997 and 2003, to assess the application of time-series airborne remote sensing to quantify total suspended sediment and radionuclide fluxes during a flood and ebb tide sequence. Concomitant measurements of suspended particulate matter (SPM) and water column turbidity were obtained during the time-series image acquisition for the flood and ebb tide sequence on the 17th July 2003 to verify the assumption of a vertically well mixed estuary and thus justifying the vertical extrapolation of spatially integrated estimate of surface SPM. The ¹³⁷Cs activity concentrations were calculated from a relatively stable relationship between SPM and ¹³⁷Cs for the Ribble Estuary. Total estuary wide budgets of sediment and ¹³⁷Cs were obtained by combining the image-derived estimates of surface SPM and ¹³⁷Cs with estimates of water volume from a two-dimensional hydrodynamic model (VERSE) developed for the Ribble Estuary. These indicate that around 10,000 tons of sediment and 2.72 GBq of ¹³⁷Cs were deposited over the tidal sequence monitored in July 2003. This compared favourably with bed height elevation change estimated from field work. An uncertainty analysis on the total sediment and ¹³⁷Cs flux yielded a total budget of the order of 40% on the final estimate. The results represent a novel approach to providing a spatially integrated estimate of the total net sediment and radionuclide flux in an intertidal environment over a flood and ebb tide sequence. PMID:21195513

  11. Estimating sediment and caesium-137 fluxes in the Ribble Estuary through time-series airborne remote sensing

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    High spatial and temporal resolution airborne imagery were acquired for the Ribble Estuary, North West England in 1997 and 2003, to assess the application of time-series airborne remote sensing to quantify total suspended sediment and radionuclide fluxes during a flood and ebb tide sequence. Concomitant measurements of suspended particulate matter (SPM) and water column turbidity were obtained during the time-series image acquisition for the flood and ebb tide sequence on the 17th July 2003 to verify the assumption of a vertically well mixed estuary and thus justifying the vertical extrapolation of spatially integrated estimate of surface SPM. The 137Cs activity concentrations were calculated from a relatively stable relationship between SPM and 137Cs for the Ribble Estuary. Total estuary wide budgets of sediment and 137Cs were obtained by combining the image-derived estimates of surface SPM and 137Cs with estimates of water volume from a two-dimensional hydrodynamic model (VERSE) developed for the Ribble Estuary. These indicate that around 10,000 tonnes of sediment and 2.72 GBq of 137Cs were deposited over the tidal sequence monitored in July 2003. This compared favourably with bed height elevation change estimated from field work. An uncertainty analysis on the total sediment and 137Cs flux yielded a total budget of the order of 40% on the final estimate. The results represent a novel approach to providing a spatially integrated estimate of the total net sediment and radionuclide flux in an intertidal environment over a flood and ebb tide sequence. - Research highlights: → This paper provides a rare insight into the next flux of sediment and associated radionuclide loading into an estuary over and ebb and flood tide sequence. → The paper uses high temporal resolution airborne imagery coupled with concomitant sampling to convert total suspended sediment flux to 137Cs loading. → For the estuary and date studied, it is estimate that an 10,000 tonnes of sediment and 2.72 GBq of 137Cs are deposited into the estuary. → An uncertainty budget of about 40% on the final estimate is detailed.

  12. Analysis of Collisional Cross Sections of Rydberg nS and nD States of Ultracold Caesium Atoms

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    Feng, Zhigang; Miao, Jingyuan; Zhao, Kejia; Li, Difei; Yang, Zhijun; Wu, Fan; Wu, Zhaochun; Zhao, Jianming; Jia, Suotang

    2016-05-01

    We present a simple analytical formula derived from an existing theoretical model and a detailed theoretical investigation of effects of the van der Waals interaction and dipole–dipole interaction on collisional cross sections as functions of various parameters. We analyze the main mechanism leading to large collisional cross sections on the basis of our previous experimental results using the present formula and also analyze the effects of some other factors on collisional cross sections.

  13. Irradiation of members of the general public from radioactive caesium following the Chernobyl reactor accident. Field studies in a highly contaminated area in the Bryansk region, Russia

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    Thornberg, C

    2000-11-01

    From 1990 to 1999, estimations of the effective dose from external as well as internal irradiation from {sup 137}Cs and {sup 134}Cs were carried out for inhabitants in rural villages in the Bryansk region, Russia, highly contaminated due to the Chernobyl accident in 1986. The villages were situated about 180 km from the Chernobyl power plant and the deposition of {sup 137}Cs was in the range 0.9-2.7 MBq/m{sup 2}. Yearly expeditions were conducted in autumn by members of the Departments of Radiation Physics in Malmoe and Goeteborg, Institute of Radiation Hygiene, St. Petersburg and the the first 5 years also by the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority. The dose levels and their change in time were estimated for various groups of the general public. The body burden of {sup 134,137}Cs and hence, the effective dose, was estimated from measurements of the urinary concentration of cesium radionuclides, together with direct measurements of the body content using a portable detector. The effective dose from external irradiation was estimated from measurements with thermoluminescent dosemeters worn by the participants during one month each year. In a special case study, the changes in biokinetics of {sup 137}Cs during pregnancy was investigated in a woman with an unintended intake of {sup 137}Cs via mushrooms from a highly contaminated forest in the area. During pregnancy there is an increased excretion of cesium resulting in a biological half-time of cesium which was 54% of the half-time before pregnancy. The ratio of the {sup 137}Cs concentration in breast milk (Bq/l) to that in the mother's body (Bq/kg) was 15% one month after the child was born. The body burden of {sup 137}Cs in the Russian individuals calculated from the concentration of {sup 137}Cs in urine showed a good agreement with the body burden estimated from in vivo measurements in the same individuals. Normalisation of the cesium concentration in the urine samples by the use of potassium or creatinine excretion was found to introduce systematic differences as well as larger spread in the calculated values of the {sup 137}Cs body burden as compared with calculations without normalisation, using the urinary concentration of {sup 137}Cs only. The yearly effective dose from external and internal irradiation to inhabitants in the Russian villages varied between 1.2 and 2.5 mSv as a mean for all villages studied between 1991 and 1998 and the internal effective dose was, on average, 30-50% of the total effective dose during that period. The effective dose from external irradiation decreased on average 15% per year, while the effective dose from internal irradiation varied, depending to a great extent on dietary habits and especially the availability of mushrooms. The cumulated effective dose for a 70-year period after the accident was calculated to be around 100 mSv with the assumption that the effective dose will decrease by only the physical decay of {sup 137}Cs (2% per year) after 1999. Individuals may receive considerably higher effective doses, up to 0.5 Sv during a life-time considering the large spread in dose values among individuals.

  14. OBSERVING OF RADIOACTIVE CAESIUM 137Cs VALUE IN BEEF MEAT (CZECH PIED CATTLE IN LESS-FAVOURED AREAS OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC

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    Ivan Holko

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Value of radiocaesium 137Cs as one of Risk Factors in beef meat is very important for human health. Beef meat (m. longissimus lumborum et thoracis from Czech Pied cattle in two less-favoured areas located more then 500 meters above sea level (Bohemian Forest Bohemian and Moravian Highland was dependent on Sex (decrease by female, increase by male, P<1.10-6 and on area (P<1.10-6. Value of radiocaesium 137Cs in beef meat ( = 0,42 Bq.kg-1; sx = 0,28 was less then food standard (600 Bq.kg-1. This observed result are responding to finding another authors and could be used for next more detailed research in optimal utilization of Czech Pied cattle in less-favoured areas.

  15. Transfer across the human gut of environmental plutonium, americium, cobalt, caesium and technetium: studies with cockles (Cerastoderma edule) from the Irish Sea.

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    Hunt, G J

    1998-06-01

    Our previous studies have indicated lower values of the gut transfer factor ('f1 values') for plutonium and americium in winkles (Littorina littorea) than adopted by ICRP. The present study was undertaken primarily to investigate whether this observation extends to other species. Samples of cockles (Carastoderma edule) from Ravenglass, Cumbria were eaten by volunteers who provided 24 h samples of urine and faeces. Urine samples indicated f1 values for cockles which were higher than for winkles; for plutonium these ranged overall up to 7 x 10(-4) with an arithmetic mean in the range (2-3) x 10(-4), and for americium up to 2.6 x 10(-4) with an arithmetic mean of 1.2 x 10(-4). Limited data based on volunteers eating cockles from the Solway suggest that f1 values for americium may be greater at distance from Sellafield. The measured values compare with 5 x 10(-4) used by the ICRP for environmental forms of both elements, which would appear to provide adequate protection when calculating doses from Cumbrian cockles. Data for other nuclides were obtained by analysing faecal samples from the volunteers who ate the Ravenglass cockles. Cobalt-60 showed an f1 value in the region of 0.2, twice the value currently used by ICRP. For 137Cs, variabilities were indicated in the range 0.08 to 0.43, within the ICRP value of f1 = 1.0. Technetium-99 gave f1 values up to about 0.6, in reasonable conformity with the ICRP value of 0.5.

  16. Transfer across the human gut of environmental plutonium, americium, cobalt, caesium and technetium: studies with cockles (Cerastoderma edule) from the Irish Sea

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    Hunt, G.J. [CEFAS Laboratory, Lowestoft, Suffolk NR33 0HT (United Kingdom)

    1998-06-01

    Our previous studies have indicated lower values of the gut transfer factor ('f{sub L} values') for plutonium and americium in winkles (Littorina littorea) than adopted by ICRP. The present study was undertaken primarily to investigate whether this observation extends to other species. Samples of cockles (Cerastoderma edule) from Ravenglass, Cumbria were eaten by volunteers who provided 24 samples of urine and faeces. Urine samples indicated f{sub L} values for cockles which were higher than for winkles; for plutonium these ranged overall up to 7x10{sup -4} with an arithmetic mean in the range (2-3)x10{sup -4}, and for americium up to 2.6x10{sup -4} with an arithmetic mean of 1.2x10{sup -4}. Limited data based on volunteers eating cockles from the Solway suggest that f{sub L} values for americium may be greater at distance from Sellafield. The measured values compare with 5x10{sup -4} used by the ICRP for environmental forms of both elements, which would appear to provide adequate protection when calculating doses from Cumbrian cockles. Data for other nuclides were obtained by analysing faecal samples from the volunteers who ate the Ravenglass cockles. Cobalt-60 showed an f{sub L} value in the region of 0.2, twice the value currently used by ICRP. For {sup 137}Cs, variabilities were indicated in the range 0.08 to 0.43, within the ICRP value of f{sub L}=1.0. Technetium-99 gave f{sub L} values up to about 0.6, in reasonable conformity with the ICRP value of 0.5. (author)

  17. Assessing the Impacts of Riparian Zones on Sediment Retention in Brazilian Sugarcane Fields by the Caesium-137 Technique and WEPP Modeling

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    Erosion and sediment deposition studies are essential for understanding the functional aspects and impacts of riparian zones on sediment retention. This understanding is useful to improve the related environmental legislation and to increase the probability of success of public intervention in restoring the riparian systems in private lands. However, one of the main difficulties to carry out this approach is the choice of the method to predict soil loss and sediment deposition in complex landscapes. In more recent years, process based models like WEPP are being used for this purpose which has the advantage to be applicable in conditions where no long term statistical relations are available and for environmental studies that also consider soil deposition and sediment enrichment processes (and not only soil loss as estimated by first empirical models). On the other hand, the number of input parameters needed to run process based models increases significantly if compared to statistical models, contributing to rising costs and some times making its practical application unfeasible. Sensitivity analysis can be performed in order to reduce this problem, identifying the more relevant parameters to be calibrated. However, it is necessary to compare the model results with other direct measures of soil erosion and deposition (validation). In this project techniques based on the measurement of fallout radionuclide 137Cs, the soil organic carbon isotopic ratios and soil morphology were used and integrated as tools for this purpose. Comparable results were obtained by 137Cs and WEPP for different slope transects showing abrupt changes from soil loss (sugarcane field) to sediment deposition (riparian forest). Complementary soil carbon isotopic ratio analysis and soil morphology allowed a better interpretation of sediment redistribution along the transects. (author)

  18. Concentration of caesium-137, cobalt-60 and potassium-40 in some wild and edible plants around the nuclear power plant in Bulgaria.

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    Djingova, R; Kuleff, I

    2002-01-01

    The activities of 137Cs, 60Co and 40K were determined in samples of wild (Taraxacum officinale, Plantago lanceolata and Populus nigra 'Italica') and edible (vegetable, corn, fruit) plants as well as soil collected from the 30 km safety zone of the Bulgarian NPP "Kozloduy" and comparisons with earlier measurements and analyses of samples from other regions and with literature values were performed. The derived transfer factors for 137Cs and 40K from soil to plants ranged between 0.002 and 0.009 for 137Cs, and between 0.09 and 0.35 for 40K. The individual effective dose (calculated from the present results and data on the activity of other foodstuffs and from information about dietary habits) comprises 4.5% of the annual dose limit. PMID:11848152

  19. A field study of soil-to-plant transfer of strontium-90 and caesium-137 based on a calcaric cambisol in sub-tropical southwest China

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    Root uptake is one of the most important pathways of radionuclide transfer from a contaminated environment to the terrestrial food chain. For this pathway Bv, which is defined as 'Concentration of radionuclide per unit weight of plant organ' divided by 'Concentration of radionuclide per unit weight of dry soil', is necessary for dose assessment models. In China assessment generally uses Bv values derived from American or European countries. In 1994, IAEA published the Handbook of Parameter Values for the Prediction of Radionuclide Transfer in Temperate Environments. The data are mostly drawn from North America and Europe, much of which was compiled through projects of IUR and CEC. However, there are only limited data for crops cultivated in Asian countries, especially in China. Since Bv changes with factors such as soil properties, crop species, and climatic characteristics, it is necessary to obtain TF data on radionuclides for major agriculture crops grown in typical soils in different regions or countries. In this study the transfer of 90Sr (half-life:28.78y) and 137Cs (half-life:30.07y) from soil to wheat, maize, broad bean, spinach, Chinese cabbage, potato, radish, tomato and lettuce were investigated in field conditions in Sichuan Province from 1999 to 2002. The soil involved is a Calcaric Cambisol which was contaminated artificially with 90Sr and 137Cs in 1999. Each Bv (soil to plant transfer factor) was determined from 5 replicates of crop and related soil samples taken at harvest time. Soil characteristics are analysed and other parameters important to the experiments are provided. The variability of the 90Sr and 137Cs Bv is rather wide. The year to year variations suggest climatic factors may be important. For both radionuclides, the Bv to cereals were close to, or below, the bottom of the range predicted on the basis of the data of IUR and IAEA. There was no clear trend for Bv to change with time for both. (authors)

  20. Caesium-137 soil-to-plant transfer for representative agricultural crops of monocotyledonous and dicotyledonous plants in post-Chernobyl steppe landscape

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    Paramonova, Tatiana; Komissarova, Olga; Turykin, Leonid; Kuzmenkova, Natalia; Belyaev, Vladimir

    2016-04-01

    The accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986 had a large-scale action on more than 2.3 million hectares agricultural lands in Russia. The area of radioactively contaminated chernozems of semi-arid steppe zone with initial levels of Cs-137 185-555 kBq/m2 in Tula region received the name "Plavsky radioactive hotspot". Nowadays, after the first half-life period of Cs-137 arable chernozems of the region are still polluted with 3-6-fold excess above the radioactive safety standard (126-228 kBq/m2). Therefore, qualitative and quantitative characteristics of Cs-137 soil-to-plant transfer are currently a central problem for land use on the territory. The purpose of the present study was revealing the biological features of Cs-137 root uptake from contaminated arable chernozems by different agricultural crops. The components of a grass mixture growing at the central part of Plavsky radioactive hotspot with typical dicotyledonous and monocotyledonous plants - galega (Galega orientalis, Fabaceae family) and bromegrass (Bromus inermis, Gramineae family) respectively - were selected for the investigation, that was conducted during the period of harvesting in 2015. An important point was that the other factors influenced on Cs-137 soil-to-plant transfer - the level of soil pollution, soil properties, climatic conditions, vegetative phase, etc. - were equal. So, biological features of Cs-137 root uptake could be estimated the most credible manner. As a whole, general discrimination of Cs-137 root uptake was clearly shown for both agricultural crops. Whereas Cs-137 activity in rhizosphere 30-cm layer of arable chernozem was 371±74 Bq/kg (140±32 kBq/m2), Cs-137 activities in plant biomass were one-two orders of magnitude less, and transfer factor (TF) values (the ratio of the Cs-137 activities in vegetation and in soil) not exceeded 0.11. At the same time bioavailability of Cs-137 for bromegrass was significantly higher than for galega: TFs in total biomass of the crops were 0.11 and 0.01 correspondingly. But the most dramatic difference between the investigated crops was connected with peculiarities of Cs-137 distribution within above- and belowground parts of biomass. While TF in aboveground fraction of galega (0.02) was slightly higher than in belowground fraction (0.01), the bulk of Cs-137 in bromegrass was detected not in shoots but in roots (TFs 0.05 and 0.11 correspondingly). More extensive examination of Cs-137 behavior in "soil-plant" systems of agricultural crops in the area of Plavsky radioactive hotspot has revealed that all investigated dicotyledonous plants with taproot system (potatoes, soya, amaranth, rape) accumulated 71±14% of Cs-137 inventories in aboveground biomass, whereas monocotyledonous plants with fibrous root system (wheat, barley, maize, cereal pasture species) deposited 94±5% of Cs-137 supplies in their belowground biomass. Thus, the first had effective biological root barrier protecting vegetation from general Cs-137 incorporation into biomass, but relatively active radionuclide translocation into shoots, while the second were characterized by slight rhizofiltration property and occurrence an additional barrier between roots and shoots determining only moderate radionuclide translocation into aboveground biomass. Such biological features should be taken into account in deciding on rehabilitation strategy of radioactively contaminated lands. The study was conducted with the support from the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (project no. 14-05-00903).

  1. Irradiation of members of the general public from radioactive caesium following the Chernobyl reactor accident. Field studies in a highly contaminated area in the Bryansk region, Russia

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    From 1990 to 1999, estimations of the effective dose from external as well as internal irradiation from 137Cs and 134Cs were carried out for inhabitants in rural villages in the Bryansk region, Russia, highly contaminated due to the Chernobyl accident in 1986. The villages were situated about 180 km from the Chernobyl power plant and the deposition of 137Cs was in the range 0.9-2.7 MBq/m2. Yearly expeditions were conducted in autumn by members of the Departments of Radiation Physics in Malmoe and Goeteborg, Institute of Radiation Hygiene, St. Petersburg and the the first 5 years also by the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority. The dose levels and their change in time were estimated for various groups of the general public. The body burden of 134,137Cs and hence, the effective dose, was estimated from measurements of the urinary concentration of cesium radionuclides, together with direct measurements of the body content using a portable detector. The effective dose from external irradiation was estimated from measurements with thermoluminescent dosemeters worn by the participants during one month each year. In a special case study, the changes in biokinetics of 137Cs during pregnancy was investigated in a woman with an unintended intake of 137Cs via mushrooms from a highly contaminated forest in the area. During pregnancy there is an increased excretion of cesium resulting in a biological half-time of cesium which was 54% of the half-time before pregnancy. The ratio of the 137Cs concentration in breast milk (Bq/l) to that in the mother's body (Bq/kg) was 15% one month after the child was born. The body burden of 137Cs in the Russian individuals calculated from the concentration of 137Cs in urine showed a good agreement with the body burden estimated from in vivo measurements in the same individuals. Normalisation of the cesium concentration in the urine samples by the use of potassium or creatinine excretion was found to introduce systematic differences as well as larger spread in the calculated values of the 137Cs body burden as compared with calculations without normalisation, using the urinary concentration of 137Cs only. The yearly effective dose from external and internal irradiation to inhabitants in the Russian villages varied between 1.2 and 2.5 mSv as a mean for all villages studied between 1991 and 1998 and the internal effective dose was, on average, 30-50% of the total effective dose during that period. The effective dose from external irradiation decreased on average 15% per year, while the effective dose from internal irradiation varied, depending to a great extent on dietary habits and especially the availability of mushrooms. The cumulated effective dose for a 70-year period after the accident was calculated to be around 100 mSv with the assumption that the effective dose will decrease by only the physical decay of 137Cs (2% per year) after 1999. Individuals may receive considerably higher effective doses, up to 0.5 Sv during a life-time considering the large spread in dose values among individuals

  2. Cesium-137 in the soils of forest ecosystems of the Saarland (South-western Germany); Caesium-137 in Boeden saarlaendischer Waldoekosysteme

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    Kastenholz, U. [Universitaet des Saarlandes, Saarbruecken (Germany). Zentrum fuer Umweltforschung

    2000-07-01

    Scopes and main features: In order to explain the behaviour of the artificial radioisotope {sup 137}Cs towards landscape resources in the Saar-Lor-Lux-Region, the cross-border region between southwestern Germany/Saarland, France/Lorraine and Luxembourg, regional distribution as well as downward translocation and depth functions of {sup 137}Cs in the main soil substrates of forest ecosystems in the Saarland were investigated. Results: The study shows that the highest {sup 137}Cs activities are found in the north of the Saarland, whereas the south and south-easten regions show distinctly lower concentrations of {sup 137}Cs. Migration rates range between 0.25 cm/a and 1.0 cm/a. On an average, the highest migration rates were found in the clayey-silty substrates of the lime stone areas in the Muschelkalk regions (Middle Triassic) (0.66 cm/a), followed by the loamy substrates of Lower Permian clastic sediments (Unterrotliegendes) (0.53 cm/a) and the sandy substrates of the Buntsandstein areas (Lower Triassic sandstone) (0.41 cm/a). 90 to 95% of the {sup 137}Cs activities in the clay-poor soils of the Unterrotliegendes and the Buntsandstein were traced in the upper 10 cm of the humus topsoil. The substrates of the lime stone areas (Muschelkalk), in contrast to this, reveal a {sup 137}Cs activity of only 70-76% at the same depth. Conclusions: Due to the fact that the primary and secondary pores of the soil pore system, in their function as translocation pathways, decrease with increasing soil depth, a significant reduction in the migration rates of {sup 137}Cs can be expected with increasing soil depth. On the other hand, the maximal migration depth of 40 cm found in shallow soils on jointed parent material, as well as on sites with high groundwater tables, implies a possible contamination of near-surface groundwater. Future outlook: Based on the results of this study, a permanent monitoring of {sup 137}Cs was added to the long-term Soil Monitoring Program run by the Federal Administrative Office of Environment of the Saarland (Landesamt fuer Umweltschutz des Saarlandes). (orig.) [German] Ziel und Schwerpunkte: Um das Verhalten des kuenstlichen Radionuklids {sup 137}Cs im Landschaftshaushalt der Saar-Lor-Lux Region zu klaeren, wurden die raeumliche Verteilung sowie das dezendente Migrationsverhalten und die Tiefenfunktionen des Radioisotops in den wichtigsten Bodensubstraten saarlaendischer Waldoekosysteme untersucht. Ergebnisse: Demnach finden sich die hoechsten {sup 137}Cs-Aktivitaeten im Norden des Landes, waehrend die Gebiete im Sueden und Suedosten deutlich geringere Konzentrationen aufweisen. Es konnten deszendente Migrationsraten zwischen 0,25 cm/a und 1,0 cm/a festgestellt werden. Durchschnittlich treten die hoechsten Migrationsraten in den tonig-schluffigen Substraten des Muschelkalks auf (0,66 cm/a), gefolgt von den lehmig ausgepraegten Substraten des Unterrotliegenden (0,53 cm/a) und den sandigen Substraten des Buntsandsteins (0,41 cm/a). In den tonarmen Bodensubstraten des Unterrotliegenden und des Buntsandsteins lassen sich 90-95% der Aktivitaeten in den oberen 10 cm der humusreichen Oberboeden nachweisen, wohingegen in den tonreichen Substraten des Muschelkalks bis zur gleichen Tiefe nur etwa 70-76% zu finden sind. Schlussfolgerungen: Mit einem Abnehmen der als Leitbahnen fungierenden Primaer- und Sekundaerporen in zunehmender Tiefe ist kuenftig mit einer deutlichen Reduzierung der Verlagerungsgeschwindigkeit von {sup 137}Cs in den Substraten des Muschelkalks zu rechnen. Insbesondere bei geringmaechtigen Boeden auf kluftreichem Ausgangsgestein impliziert die maximale Eindringtiefe des Isotops von 40 cm in den Unterboden jedoch eine moegliche Kontamination des oberflaechennahen Grundwassers, ebenso wie an Standorten mit hohem Grundwasserstand. Ausblick: Aufgrund der hier vorgestellten Ergebnisse wurden ein {sup 137}Cs-Monitoring in das Boden-Dauerbeobachtungsprogramm des Landesamts fuer Umweltschutz des Saarlandes aufgenommen. (orig.)

  3. Investigating the gas phase emitter effect of caesium and cerium in ceramic metal halide lamps in dependence on the operating frequency

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    Ruhrmann, C.; Westermeier, M.; Bergner, A.; Luijks, G. M. J. F.; Awakowicz, P.; Mentel, J.

    2011-09-01

    The work function and with it the temperature of tungsten electrodes in HID lamps can be lowered and the lifetime of lamps increased by the gas phase emitter effect. A determination of the emitter effect of Cs and Ce is performed by phase resolved measurements of the electrode tip temperature Ttip(phiv), plasma temperature Tpl(phiv) and particle densities N(phiv) by means of pyrometric, optical emission and broadband absorption spectroscopy in dependence on the operating frequency. The investigated HID lamps are ceramic metal halide lamps with transparent discharge vessels made of YAG, filled with a buffer gas consisting of Ar, Kr and predominantly Hg and seeded with CsI or CeI3. In the YAG lamp seeded with CsI and CeI3 as well as in a YAG lamp seeded with DyI3 (corresponding results can be found in a preceding paper) a gas phase emitter effect is observed in the cathodic phase due to a Cs, Ce or Dy ion current. In the YAG lamp seeded with CsI the phase averaged coverage of the electrode surface with emitter atoms decreases and the electrode temperature rises with increasing frequency, whereas the emitter effect of Ce and Dy is extended to the anodic phase, which leads to a decreased average temperature Ttip(phiv) with increasing frequency. This different behaviour of the averaged values of Ttip(phiv) for increasing frequency is caused by the differing adsorption energies Ea of the respective emitter materials. In spite of the influence of Ea on the coverage of the electrode with emitter atoms, the cathodic gas phase emitter effect produces in the YAG lamps seeded with CsI, CeI3 and DyI3 a general reduction in the electrode tip temperature Ttip(phiv) in comparison with a YAG lamp with Hg filling only.

  4. Cobalt-60 and cesium-137 for the sterilization of food. Radiation treatment of food. Mit Kobalt 60 und Caesium 137 gegen Keime in Lebensmitteln. Strahlenbehandlung von Lebensmitteln

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    Anon.

    1990-11-01

    The brief article discusses the reasons justifying in the eyes of the authors the irradiation of food with ionizing readiation, the irradiation technique applied using cobalt-60 and cesium-137 as a radiation source, and the possible secondary effects of the method. (VHE).

  5. RBE values and repair characteristics for colo-rectal injury after caesium 137 gamma-ray and neutron irradiation. 2. Fractionation up to ten doses

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    Terry, N.H.A.; Denekamp, J. (Mount Vernon Hospital, Northwood (UK). Gray Lab.)

    1984-07-01

    Early and late colo-rectal damage in mice have been assessed after /sup 137/Cs ..gamma.. irradiation and 3 MeV neutrons given as 1, 2, 5 or 10 fractions. Damage was measured by early changes in body weight, the late production of short faecal pellets and the pattern of lethality after irradiation. The data have been analysed in terms of the time course of expression of damage, fractionation effects and the RBE for neutrons over a wide range of doses per fraction (0.5-12.5 Gy neutrons, 3.5-33.5 Gy ..gamma.. rays). The RBE was strongly dependent on dose per fraction because of the lack of reparable damage after neutrons. The RBE for both early and late effects was 5.0 at a neutron dose per fraction of 1 Gy. Extrapolation of the RBE data to lower doses, using the linear quadratic model, predicts a higher RBE for late (7.4-12.7) than for early damage (5.7-8.5) if ..gamma..-ray doses below 5 Gy are used.

  6. RBE values and repair characteristics for colo-rectal injury after caesium 137 gamma-ray and neutron irradiation. II. Fractionation up to ten doses.

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    Terry, N H; Denekamp, J

    1984-07-01

    Early and late colo-rectal damage in mice have been assessed after 137Cs gamma irradiation and 3 MeV neutrons given as 1,2,5 or 10 fractions. Damage was measured by early changes in body weight, the late production of short faecal pellets and the pattern of lethality after irradiation. The data have been analysed in terms of the time course of expression of damage, fractionation effects and the RBE for neutrons over a wide range of doses per fraction (0.5-12.5 Gy neutrons, 3.5-33.5 Gy gamma rays). An initial epithelial denudation led to an early loss of weight, maximal at 11-17 days after irradiation. A dose-dependent weight reduction persisted over the animals' life-time. Deaths after localised pelvic gamma irradiation were progressive with no sharp demarcation between early or late phases of injury. The time course for lethality was qualitatively similar after neutrons. Beyond six months the rectum became constricted by fibrosis and a higher proportion of small faecal pellets was observed. At 6-15 months relatively shallow dose-response curves were obtained for this change. The sparing effect of fractionation was marked for the gamma-irradiated mice and almost absent after neutrons. A very high repair increment (11 Gy) was seen with two gamma-ray fractions of 20 Gy. At lower doses per fraction the proportion of each gamma-ray fraction recovered was 50-69% for all assays, i.e., similar to that for other normal tissues. There was a slight enhancement in the sparing effect for the late compared with the early assays over the lower dose range. The RBE was strongly dependent on dose per fraction because of the lack of reparable damage after neutrons. The RBE for both early and late effects was 5.0 at a neutron dose per fraction of 1 Gy. Extrapolation of the RBE data to lower doses, using the linear quadratic model, predicts a higher RBE for late (7.4-12.7) than for early damage (5.7-8.5) if gamma-ray doses below 5 Gy are used.

  7. Low-energy electron scattering from caesium atoms -comparison of a semirelativistic Breit-Pauli and a full relativistic Dirac treatment

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    The discrepancies between a previous Breit-Pauli R-matrix calculation and a recent calculation using the Dirac Hamiltonian are further analysed and partially resolved. When comparable methods are applied to obtain the best possible target description in both approaches, a reduced Breit-Pauli formulation, with only the one-body spin-orbit operator included to account for relativistic effects explicitly, seems sufficient for an accurate description of most of the low-energy collision processes in this system. There remain, however, some interesting differences between the Breit-Pauli and the Dirac results for spin polarization and asymmetry functions, as well as for very sensitive resonance parameters. (author)

  8. Human metabolism and ecological transfer of radioactive caesium: Comparative studies of Chernobyl debris and nuclear weapons fallout, in Southern Sweden and in Bryansk, Russia

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    Raaf, Christopher Leopold

    The whole-body content of radiocaesium was measured in a South-Swedish urban group of people residing in the city of Lund (55.7°N, 13.2°E) between 1960 and 1994. The results from the survey have been analysed in order to estimate the ecological half-time, Teff,eco, of fallout radiocaesium and the aggregate transfer from ground deposition to man in the region. After 1987, the biological half-times, Ts, of 137Cs and 40K in man were also determined in the reference group through whole-body content measurements in combination with 24-hour urine sampling. Relationships between 24-hour urinary excretion and body burden of 137Cs in the group together with data from the literature were then applied to urine samples collected in 1994 and 1995 from adult subjects living in the highly contaminated region of Bryansk, Russia, in order to estimate their average body burden of 137Cs. The equivalent biological half-time for 137Cs in females of the Lund reference group was, on average (+/-1 WSE), 66 +/- 3 d, which agrees with other findings, whereas the value for the males, 81 +/- 4 d, was, on average, significantly lower than what is found in the literature. This is partly explained by the elevated mean age and relatively low mean body muscle mass of the males investigated in the group during the post-Chernobyl study period. The effective ecological half-time for 137Cs from Chernobyl was found to be 1.8 +/- 0.2 y. The aggregate transfer of 137Cs from deposition to mean activity concentration in man was estimated to be 1.7 Bq kg-1/kBq m-2. These vales may be compared with an effective ecological half-time of 1.3 years found in the reference group in the 1960s, and an aggregate transfer factor of 9.8 Bq kg-1/kBq m-2. The average committed effective dose from ingested 137Cs Chernobyl fallout in the study group was estimated to be 0.02 mSv and from the nuclear weapons fallout to 0.20 mSv. The estimates of whole-body content of 137Cs in the Russian subjects obtained through creatinine normalisation of the 137Cs content in urine were, on average, a factor of 2 higher than estimates obtained through a potassium normalisation procedure; 55 +/- 8 (1 SE) kBq for creatinine and 29 +/- 4 (1 SE) kBq for potassium normalisation in the year 1994. This was due to a significant difference in the relationship between the urinary potassium and creatinine concentration between the Swedish and Russian group. The elevated potassium concentration found in the rural Russian subjects indicated a higher dietary intake of potassium, which greatly influences the accuracy and applicability of the potassium normalisation method when estimating body burden of 137Cs through urine assay. It is therefore recommended not to use the potassium normalisation procedure in cases where the daily intake of potassium is unknown. The estimated body burden of 137Cs in the Bryansk group in 1994 corresponds to a contribution to the estimated annual effective dose of 1.8 mSv y-1, which is approximately 200 times greater than the average annual dose received from ingested 137Cs by the subjects of the Lund reference group during the period 1987-1994.

  9. Feasibility studies on the decontamination of caesium-137 in purex process streams by use of inorganic ion exchanger ammonium molybdo phosphate

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    In the purex process condensate streams it is essential to bring down the gamma activity due to 137Cs to an acceptable limit prior to its discharge. Application of the inorganic ion exchanger micro cystal salt of heteropoly acid ammonium molybdo phosphate has been investigated. (author). 7 refs

  10. Ocean dynamic processes causing spatially heterogeneous distribution of sedimentary caesium-137 massively released from the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant

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    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Massive amounts of anthropogenic radiocaesium 137Cs that was released into the environment by the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident on March 2011 are widely known to have extensively migrated to Pacific oceanic sediment off of east Japan. Several recent reports have stated that the sedimentary 137Cs is now stable with a remarkably heterogeneous distribution. The present study elucidates ocean dynamic processes causing this heterogeneous sedimentary 137Cs distribution in and around the shelf off Fukushima and adjacent prefectures. We performed a numerical simulation of oceanic 137Cs behaviour for about 10 months after the accident, using a comprehensive dynamic model involving advection–diffusion transport in seawater, adsorption and desorption to and from particulate matter, sedimentation and suspension on and from the bottom, and vertical diffusion transport in the sediment. A notable simulated result was that the sedimentary 137Cs significantly accumulated in a swath just offshore of the shelf break (along the 50–100 m isobath as in recent observations, although the seabed in the entire simulation domain was assumed to have ideal properties such as identical bulk density, uniform porosity, and aggregation of particles with a single grain diameter. This result indicated that the heterogeneous sedimentary 137Cs distribution was not necessarily a result of the spatial distribution of 137Cs sediment adsorptivity. The present simulation suggests that the shape of the swath is mainly associated with spatiotemporal variation between bottom shear stress in the shallow shelf (137Cs thereby could hardly stay on the surface of the seabed with the result that the simulated sediment-surface 137Cs activity tended to decrease steadily for a long term after the initial 137Cs migration. By contrast, in the offshore region, neither the spring tide nor the strong wind caused bottom disturbance. Hence, the particulate matter incorporated with 137Cs, which was horizontally transported from the adjacent shallow shelf, readily settled and remained on the surface of the sediment just offshore of the shelf break. The present simulation also clearly demonstrated that the bottom disturbance influenced the sedimentary 137Cs distributions not only horizontally but also vertically. In particular, within a part of the near-shore off the nuclear power plant, the simulation indicated that large amounts of the sedimentary 137Cs were present in both upper and deeper sediments. As a result, total sedimentary 137Cs in the entire simulation domain (1.4 x 105 km2 at the end of 2011 was 3.2 x 1015 Bq, more than 10 times that in previous estimates using samples of upper sediments.

  11. Human metabolism and ecological transfer of radioactive caesium. Comparative studies of Chernobyl debris and nuclear weapons fallout, in southern Sweden and in Bryansk, Russia

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    Raeaef, C.L

    2000-05-01

    The whole-body content of radiocaesium was measured in a South Swedish urban group of people residing in the city of Lund between 1960 and 1994. The results from the survey have been analysed in order to estimate the ecological half time, T{sub eff,eco} of fallout radiocaesium, and the aggregate transfer from ground deposition to man in the region. After 1987, the biological half times, T{sub e} of {sup 137}Cs and {sup 40}K in man were also determined in the reference group through whole-body content measurements in combination with 24-hour urine sampling. Relationships between 24-hour urinary excretion and body burden of {sup 137}Cs in the group together with data from the literature were then applied to urine samples collected in 1994 and 1995 from adult subjects living in the highly contaminated region of Bryansk, Russia, in order to estimate their average body burden of {sup 137}Cs. The equivalent biological half-time for {sup 137}Cs in females of the Lund reference group was, on average 66{+-}3 d, which agrees with other findings, whereas the value for the males, 81{+-}4 d, was, on average, significantly lower than what is found in the literature. This is partly explained by the elevated mean age and relatively low mean body muscle mass of the males investigated. The {sup 137}Cs from nuclear weapons tests in the 1950s and 1960s still gave a significant contribution to the total {sup 137}Cs levels in man during the post-Chernobyl study period (1987-1994). About 10% of the peak post-Chernobyl concentration level of {sup 137}Cs (3.5-4 Bq/kg) in 1987, was attributed to pre-Chernobyl {sup 137}Cs. The effective ecological half-time for {sup 137}Cs from Chernobyl was found to be 1.8{+-}0.2 y. The time-integrated aggregate transfer of {sup 137}Cs from ground deposition to mean activity concentration in man was estimated to be 0.4 Bq/kg/kBq/m{sup 2}. These values may be compared with an effective ecological half-time of 1.3 years found in the Lund reference group in the 1960s, and in time-integrated aggregate transfer factor of 4.4 Bq/kg/kBq/m{sup 2}. The average committed effective dose from ingested {sup 137}Cs Chernobyl fallout in the study group was estimated to be 0.02 mSv and from the nuclear weapons fallout to 0.20 mSv. The estimates of whole-body content of {sup 137}Cs in the Russian subjects obtained through creatinine normalisation of the {sup 137}Cs content in urine were, on average, a factor of 2 higher than estimates obtained through a potassium normalisation procedure; 55{+-}8 kBq for creatinine and 29{+-}4 kBq for potassium normalisation in the year 1994. This was due to a significant difference in the relationship between the urinary potassium and creatinine concentration between the Swedish and Russian group. The elevated potassium concentration found in the rural Russian subjects indicated a higher dietary intake of potassium, which greatly influence the accuracy and applicability of the potassium normalization method when estimating body burden of {sup 137}Cs through urine assay. It is therefore recommended not to use the potassium normalisation procedure in cases where the daily intake of potassium is unknown. The estimated body burden of {sup 137}Cs in the Bryansk group in 1994 corresponds to a contribution to the estimated annual effective dose of 1.8 mSv/y, which is approximately 200 times greater than the average annual dose received from ingested {sup 137}Cs by the subjects of the Lund reference group during the period 1987-1994.

  12. Sympathetic cooling in a rubidium cesium mixture: Production of ultracold cesium atoms; Sympathetisches Kuehlen in einer Rubidium-Caesium-Mischung: Erzeugung ultrakalter Caesiumatome

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    Haas, M.

    2007-07-01

    This thesis presents experiments for the production of ultracold rubidium cesium mixture in a magnetic trap. The long-termed aim of the experiment is the study of the interaction of few cesium atoms with a Bose-Einstein condensate of rubidium atoms. Especially by controlled variation of the cesium atom number the transition in the description of the interaction by concepts of the one-particle physics to the description by concepts of the many-particle physics shall be studied. The rubidium atoms are trapped in a magneto-optical trap (MOT) and from there reloaded into a magnetic trap. In this the rubidium atoms are stored in the state vertical stroke f=2,m{sub f}=2 right angle of the electronic ground state and evaporatively cooled by means of microwave-induced transitions into the state vertical stroke f=1,m{sub f}=1] (microwave cooling). The cesium atoms are also trppaed in a MOT and into the same magnetic trap reloaded, in which they are stored in the state vertical stroke f=4,m{sub f}=4 right angle of the electronic ground state together with rubidium. Because of the different hyperfine splitting only rubidium is evaporatively cooled, while cesium is cooled jointly sympathetically - i.e. by theramal contact via elastic collisions with rubidium atoms. The first two chapters contain a description of interatomic interactions in ultracold gases as well as a short summary of theoretical concepts in the description of Bose-Einstein condensates. The chapters 3 and 4 contain a short presentation of the methods applied in the experiment for the production of ultracold gases as well as the experimental arrangement; especially in the framework of this thesis a new coil system has been designed, which offers in view of future experiments additionally optical access for an optical trap. Additionally the fourth chapter contains an extensive description of the experimental cycle, which is applied in order to store rubidium and cesium atoms together into the magnetic trap. The last chapter finally contains the experimental results as well as the analysis of which. In experiments, which involve only rubidium, rubidium is coolde by means of microwave cooling; thereby an unwanted population of the state vertical stroke f=2,m{sub f}=1 right angle is observed, which hinders the condensation. The population of the state vertical stroke f=2,m{sub f}=1 right angle is systematically studied. The continuous depopulation of the state vertical stroke 2,1 right angle by means of a second microwave frequency radiated upon allows the production of rubidium condensates of 10{sup 5} atoms after 23 s evaporative cooling. By selective microwave cooling of the rubidium atoms the rubidium cesium mixtures are cooled until 700 mK. By means of a simple model the sympathetic cooling of cesium is analyzed, which allows a first characterization of the rubidium-cesium interaction.

  13. Radioactivity distribution of the fruit trees ascribable to radioactive fall out (5). Transfer of caesium-137 from scion to other organs in 'Kyoho' grapes

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    We examined the effect on shifts of 137Cs from old organs to newly other organ with grafting scion contaminated by radionuclides onto non-radioactive contamination tree in grapes. 137Cs of about 20% in the scion had transferred to newly organs. In the scion, the concentration of 137Cs in bark after harvest was similar to that measured before grafting, but the concentration of 137Cs in wood after harvest was lower than that measured before grafting. We concluded that transferability of 137Cs from old branches to fruits had contributed much more than that from soil known in previous research. (author)

  14. The Use of Excess Lead-210, Beryllium-7 and Caesium-137 in Investigations of Sediment Delivery Dynamics in the Homerka and Dunajec Catchments in the Polish Flysh Carpathians

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    The paper summarizes the findings of the research conducted in the small (19.7 km2) instrumented Homerka catchment and the larger basin of the Dunajec River upstream from the Roznowski reservoir in the Polish Flysch Carpathians, where a combination of conventional and fallout radionuclide methods have been used over the past 35 years to investigate sediment mobilization, transfer and deposition. This paper focuses on the use of 210Pbex, 7Be and 137Cs to trace the main sources of the suspended sediment exported from the study catchment and to investigate sediment delivery dynamics during high energy flood events. Information on sediment sources has been assembled using the 'fingerprinting' approach. Monitoring of the spatial distribution of 7Be activity immediate after each period of heavy rainfall provided a basis for investigating sediment mobilised by dispersed overland flow and linear flow. The results show that 7Be transport is connected with land use and soil surface cover. Since changes in land use affected the volume of sediment mobilized from a small catchment, these changes may prove to be significant within larger basins. The depth distribution of 210Pbex, 7Be and 137Cs in undisturbed soils provided a means for establishing the intensity of surface erosion during different flood events. Changes in the 210Pbex, 7Be and 137Cs content of suspended sediment transported during flood events reflected changes in the relative contribution of different sediment sources. During extreme storm events, the contributing area was greatly expanded and sediment mobilized from areas which are unconnected to the stream during 'normal' events. The information on soil erosion and sediment delivery dynamics provided by 210Pbex, 7Be and 137Cs measurements were compared with existing results from conventional investigations. Unmetalled roads were identified as the main source for sediment in suspension, with the channels and active gullies also providing significant contributions. (author)

  15. Caesium-137 in sandy sediments of the River Loire (FR): Assessment of an alluvial island evolving over the last 50 years

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    Detriche, Sebastien; Rodrigues, Stephane; Macaire, Jean-Jacques; Breheret, Jean-Gabriel; Bakyono, Jean-Paul [Universite Francois-Rabelais de Tours, CNRS/INSU UMR 6113 ISTO, Universite d' Orleans Faculte des Sciences et Techniques, Laboratoire de Geologie des Environnements Aquatiques Continentaux, Parc de Grandmont, 37200 Tours (France); Bonte, Philippe [UMR CNRS-CEA 1572, Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l' Environnement - LSCE, CNRS, Domaine du CNRS, Bat. 12, 91198 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Juge, Philippe [CETU-Elmis ingenieries, Antenne Universitaire en Val de Vienne, 11 quai Danton, 37500 Chinon (France)

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    Recent sedimentological and morphological evolution of an island in the River Loire (FR) was investigated using the {sup 137}Cs method. This study describes the morphological adjustment of the island in the last 50 years, which corresponds to the increased bed incision of this sandy, multiple-channel environment because of, among other things, the increase in sediment extraction up to 1995. The results show that some {sup 137}Cs can be retained by sandy particles, potentially in clay minerals forming weathering features included in detrital sand grains. From a morphological perspective, significant lateral erosion can be observed in the upstream part of the island, while a weak lateral accretion occurs in its downstream section. Data about {sup 137}Cs and aerial photographs show that the morphology of the island margins has undergone significant changes leading to a lateral migration, while the centre of the island has remained relatively stable or is slowly eroding. The migration of the island depends on: (1) the withdrawal of inherited pre-incision morphological units, such as levees, or the development of new units, such as a channel shelf; (2) water and sediment supply from surrounding channels during flood events; (3) preferential sediment trapping (20 mm year{sup -1}) from the presence of riparian vegetation on the bank of the secondary channel that is subject to narrowing. The sedimentological and morphological response of the island in the context of incision of the Loire river bed is expressed mainly by lateral migration and secondarily by a low vertical adjustment. (authors)

  16. A Composite Membrane of Caesium Salt of Heteropolyacids/Quaternary Diazabicyclo-Octane Polysulfone with Poly (Tetrafluoroethylene for Intermediate Temperature Fuel Cells

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    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Inorganic-organic composite electrolyte membranes were fabricated from CsXH3−XPMo12O40 (CsPOMo and quaternary diazabicyclo-octane polysulfone (QDPSU using a polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE porous matrix for the application of intermediate temperature fuel cells. The CsPOMo/QDPSU/PTFE composite membrane was made proton conducting by using a relatively low phosphoric acid loading, which benefits the stability of the membrane conductivity and the mechanical strength. The casting method was used in order to build a thin and robust composite membrane. The resulting composite membrane films were characterised in terms of the elemental composition, membrane structure and morphology by EDX, FTIR and SEM. The proton conductivity of the membrane was 0.04 S cm−1 with a H3PO4 loading level of 1.8 PRU (amount of H3PO4 per repeat unit of polymer QDPSU. The fuel cell performance with the membrane gave a peak power density of 240 mW cm−2 at 150 °C and atmospheric pressure.

  17. Poly[μ3-aqua-aqua(μ3-3,5-dinitrobenzoato-κO1:O3:O5)caesium

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    2012-01-01

    In the structure of the title complex, [Cs(C7H3N2O6)(H2O)2]n, the Cs salt of 3,5-dinitrobenzoic acid, the metal complex centres have have irregular CsO8 coordination, comprising two water molecules (one triply bridging and the other monodentate) and four O-atom donors from two nitro groups and one bridging carboxylate O-atom donor from the ligand. Intra-unit O—H...O hydrogen-bonding interactions involving both water molecules are observed in the three-dimensional polymeric complex s...

  18. Poly[μ3-aqua-aqua(μ3-3,5-dinitro­benzoato-κO 1:O 3:O 5)caesium

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    Smith, Graham

    2012-01-01

    In the structure of the title complex, [Cs(C7H3N2O6)(H2O)2] n , the Cs salt of 3,5-dinitro­benzoic acid, the metal complex centres have have irregular CsO8 coordination, comprising two water mol­ecules (one triply bridging and the other monodentate) and four O-atom donors from two nitro groups and one bridging carboxyl­ate O-atom donor from the ligand. Intra-unit O—H⋯O hydrogen-bonding inter­actions involving both water mol­ecules are observed in the three-dimensional polymeric complex struct...

  19. A process-based model for the partitioning of soluble, suspended particulate and bed sediment fractions of plutonium and caesium in the eastern Irish Sea.

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    Vives I Batlle, J; Bryan, S; McDonald, P

    2008-01-01

    A dynamic model of plutonium behaviour in the marine environment has been developed, representing the oxidation state distribution and partitioning of plutonium between the soluble, colloidal, suspended particulate and seabed sediment fractions. With simple re-parameterisation, this model can also be applied to (137)Cs. The model, which is calibrated and validated against field data, has been used to predict concentrations of Pu(alpha) and (137)Cs in both water and seabed sediments from the vicinity of the Sellafield Ltd. reprocessing plant in Cumbria, UK. The model predicts that sediment reworking and transport are the key environmental processes as the Sellafield Pu(alpha) and (137)Cs discharge continues to decline. Inventory calculations generated by the model are consistent with previous estimations. For a hypothetical post-discharge scenario, the concentrations of these radionuclides in both seawater and surface sediments are predicted to decrease sharply, concurrent with a downward vertical migration of the activity retained in sediments. PMID:17719705

  20. Plant induced changes in concentrations of caesium, strontium and uranium in soil solution with reference to major ions and dissolved organic matter

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    Takeda, Akira [Department of Radioecology, Institute for Environmental Sciences, 1-7 Ienomae, Obuchi, Rokkasho-mura, Kamikita-gun, Aomori 039-3212 (Japan)], E-mail: takeda@ies.or.jp; Tsukada, Hirofumi; Takaku, Yuichi; Akata, Naofumi; Hisamatsu, Shun' ichi [Department of Radioecology, Institute for Environmental Sciences, 1-7 Ienomae, Obuchi, Rokkasho-mura, Kamikita-gun, Aomori 039-3212 (Japan)

    2008-06-15

    For a better understanding of the soil-to-plant transfer of radionuclides, their behavior in the soil solution should be elucidated, especially at the interface between plant roots and soil particles, where conditions differ greatly from the bulk soil because of plant activity. This study determined the concentration of stable Cs and Sr, and U in the soil solution, under plant growing conditions. The leafy vegetable komatsuna (Brassica rapa L.) was cultivated for 26 days in pots, where the rhizosphere soil was separated from the non-rhizosphere soil by a nylon net screen. The concentrations of Cs and Sr in the rhizosphere soil solution decreased with time, and were controlled by K + NH{sub 4}{sup +} and Ca, respectively. On the other hand, the concentration of U in the rhizosphere soil solution increased with time, and was related to the changes of DOC; however, this relationship was different between the rhizosphere and non-rhizosphere soil.

  1. Plant induced changes in concentrations of caesium, strontium and uranium in soil solution with reference to major ions and dissolved organic matter

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    For a better understanding of the soil-to-plant transfer of radionuclides, their behavior in the soil solution should be elucidated, especially at the interface between plant roots and soil particles, where conditions differ greatly from the bulk soil because of plant activity. This study determined the concentration of stable Cs and Sr, and U in the soil solution, under plant growing conditions. The leafy vegetable komatsuna (Brassica rapa L.) was cultivated for 26 days in pots, where the rhizosphere soil was separated from the non-rhizosphere soil by a nylon net screen. The concentrations of Cs and Sr in the rhizosphere soil solution decreased with time, and were controlled by K + NH4+ and Ca, respectively. On the other hand, the concentration of U in the rhizosphere soil solution increased with time, and was related to the changes of DOC; however, this relationship was different between the rhizosphere and non-rhizosphere soil

  2. Sorption and migration of radiocaesium in natural zeolite-water systems

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    The sorption properties for caesium and its migration in a system zeolite-aqueous solution were studied for natural zoelites from Zaloshka gorica. It was found that zeolites are rather efficient sorbents for caesium even in the presence of some other electrolytes. A correlation between the rate of migration of caesium in the system zeolite-water and the sorption intensity was established. Migration of caesium from a zeolite layer by diffusion is described. (author) 7 refs.; 2 figs,; 1 tab

  3. Accumulation of 137Cs in the European Sea Bass Dicentrarchus Labrax (L.) in a salinity gradient: Importance of uptake via gills, diet and ingested water

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    Hattink, J.; Celis, N.; De Boeck, G.; Krijger, G.C.; Blust, R.

    2009-01-01

    Radio-caesium is an important radionuclide released considering food and feed products. In aquatic environments caesium tends to accumulate in fish, both through its diet and its gills. This presentation discusses the caesium accumulation in fish living in estuaries. The aim of this work is to conclude on the importance of potential uptake routes: via the gills, diet or ingested with water. It is suggested that the magnitude of caesium accumulation in fish is related to waterborne potassium c...

  4. Cesium 137 and cesium 134 in roe deer from the north and central Hessen area: Measurement of the contamination in muscle tissue after the Chernobyl accident. Caesium 137 und Caesium 134 in Rehwild aus Nord- und Mittelhessen: Untersuchungen zur Kontamination von Muskelgewebe nach dem Reaktorunfall in Tschernobyl

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    Georgii, S.; Brunn, H.; Eskens, U. (Staatliches Medizinal-, Lebensmittel- und Veterinaeruntersuchungsamt Mittelhessen, Giessen (Germany, F.R.))

    1989-06-01

    The present report describes the amount of incorporated 134 and 137 cesium in the muscle tissue of 330 roe deer, which were referred for routine necropsy between 1986 and 1988. The amount of incorporated radiocesium was markedly decreased in 1987 and 1988 compared with 1986. However, a seasonal fluctuation with increase of the measured incorporated radioactivity during the autumn months was observed in 1987 and 1988. (orig.).

  5. Experimental contamination of margaritana margaritifera (L) (a Fresh water bivalve) by caesium 137; Contamination experimentale de margaritana margaritifera (L) (bivalve d'eau douce) par le cesium 137

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    Foulquier, L.; Bovard, P.; Grauby, A. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, Cadarache (France). Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires

    1966-07-01

    The hydro biological research carried out in the Radio-Ecology Section has led the authors to study some Margaritana sampling stations situated down-stream from the Monts d'Arree nuclear power station. They describe the preservation and contamination methods used for fixing the {sup 137}Cs concentration factors in the case of Margaritana Margaritifera (L). The results of experiments carried out over a period of one hundred days show that the specific activity of the various organs is stabilized after thirty to thirty-five days. The authors have noticed a relatively low adsorption on the shell through the intermediary of micro-organisms, and a strong and rapid absorption in the soft parts. The concentration factors have values, at equilibrium, of around: 9 for the shell, 300 for all the organs, and 38 for the whole animal. A comparison of these results with work published by other authors makes it possible to draw general conclusions concerning the mechanism of {sup 137}Cs fixation by lamellibranch, as well as their capacity of fixation. (author) [French] Les etudes hydrobiologiques effectuees au sein de la Section de Radio-Ecologie ont amene les auteurs a etudier des stations de prelevement de Margaritana en aval de la Centrale Nucleaire des Monts d'Arree. Ils decrivent les methodes de conservation et de contamination utilisees pour l'etablissement des facteurs de concentration du {sup 137}Cs par Margaritana margaritifera (L). Les resultats des experimentations menees pendant cent jours montrent que les activites specifiques de la coquille et des differents organes se stabilisent au bout de trente a trente-cinq jours. Les auteurs constatent une adsorption relativement faible sur la coquille par l'intermediaire des micro-organismes et une absorption forte et rapide dans les parties molles. Les facteurs de concentration se situent, a l'equilibre, autour de: 9 pour la coquille, 300 pour l'ensemble des organes et 38 si l'on considere l'animal total. Cette etude comparee a celles deja effectuees par d'autres auteurs permet de degager des idees generales sur le mode et la capacite de fixation du {sup 137}Cs par les lamellibranches. (auteur)

  6. Non cancerous diseases following a chronic intern contamination by caesium 137: cataracts and cardiac arrhythmias; Pathologies non cancereuses potentiellement consecutives a une contamination interne chronique par le cesium 137: cataractes et arythmies cardiaques

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    Landon, G

    2008-07-15

    This work of thesis joins within the framework of an analysis of the sanitary consequences of the nuclear accident of Chernobylsk. Since 2005, the I.R.S.N. is interested in the not cancerous pathologies (cataracts, and cardiac arrhythmias) observed among the children living on the contaminated territories after the fallout of Chernobylsk and has in this aim implemented a research programme called E.P.I.C.E. (Evaluation of the pathologies induced by a chronicle contamination by cesium) whom objective is to show an eventual link between the chronicle ingestion of contaminated food and these pathologies emergence. An exploitation of the results of the pilot study,first phase of the E.P.I.C.E. program was realized. The analysis was completed by two bibliographical reviews relative to the knowledge available on these diseases. The results of this pilot study suggest: on one hand, an absence of link between the activity in cesium 137 at the level of the heart, of the whole body and the emergence of disorder of the heart rhythm; on the other hand, for the cases of cataract, a link between the load in cesium 137 at the neck level and the emergence of the disease in 40 % of the cases. However, these results must be considered with caution because several limits and, in particular, a way of selection affect this study. concerning the scientific literature, this one stays rather poor because only thee articles make reference to a relationship between cesium 137 and the emergence of these non cancerous pathologies. After having exposed the context, this thesis draws up the situation of knowledge relative to cataracts and to cardiac arrhythmias and their possible relationship with ionizing radiations, collect the results stemming from the analysis of the pilot study and envisages future epidemiological studies. (N.C.)

  7. 利用壳状地衣监测陆地环境中137Cs活度浓度的研究%Research on Monitoring Caesium - 137 Radiation Level of Land Environment by Crustaceous Lichens

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    杜春光; 张京; 李文红; 徐翠华; 赵烨

    2005-01-01

    目的比较壳状地衣与其他环境样品中137Cs活度浓度差异,分析壳状地衣作为敏感的生物指示剂监测陆地环境中137Cs活度浓度的可行性.方法运用美国0RTEC公司生产的ADCAM-100超低本底γ谱仪对样品进行137Cs测定,其探测器为高纯锗同轴探测器.结果壳状地衣体中137Cs活度浓度值比土壤表层中的137Cs活度浓度值高出一个数量级,比粮食、蔬菜、水果和蛋奶肉品中137Cs活度浓度值高出三个以上数量级.结论壳状地衣具有分布广泛、生长周期长、通过其表面积从大气中吸附获取营养物质等特征,因此,壳状地衣是监测环境中137Cs核素远距离传输及其活度水平的敏感指示剂.

  8. Investigations into the transfer of cesium 137 and strontium 90 in selected exposure pathways. Final report; Untersuchungen ueber den Transfer von Caesium 137 und Strontium 90 in ausgewaehlten Belastungspfaden. Abschlussbericht

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    Roemmelt, R.; Hiersche, L.; Wirth, E.

    1991-12-01

    This research project investigates the behaviour of radiocesium and strontium 90 in natural conifer forest sites and derives corresponding transfer factors for radioecological calculations. As a point of particular interest the question was investigated in how far the requirements of the different mushroom species and the properties of the forest soil bear on the dynamics and transfer rate of radiocesium and strontium 90. To complement the investigations, autotrophic plants were included. The results of these studies are compared with the behaviour of the same radionuclides on farmland. The differences are discussed. (orig./HP). [Deutsch] Im Forschungsvorhaben wurde das Verhalten von Radiocaesium und Strontium 90 in den natuerlichen Nadelstandorten untersucht und entsprechende Transferfaktoren fuer radiooekologische Berechnungen abgeleitet. Besondere Aufmerksamkeit galt der Frage, inwieweit die Lebensweise der verschiedenen Pilzspezies und die Waldbodeneigenschaften die Dynamik und die Transferrate von Radiocaesium und Strontium 90 beeinflussen. Als Ergaenzung wurden autotrophe Pflanzen in die Untersuchungen einbezogen. Die Ergebnisse dieser Untersuchungen werden mit dem Verhalten dieser Radionuklide auf landwirtschaftlich genutzten Flaechen verglichen und die Unterschiede diskutiert. (orig./HP).

  9. APPLICATION OF THE CAESIUM-137 TECHNIQUE ON WIND EROSION IN THE GONGHE BASIN, QINGHAI PROVINCE%青海共和盆地土壤风蚀的137Cs法研究

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    严平; 董光荣

    2003-01-01

    选择青海共和盆地作为研究区,探讨137Cs法在土壤风蚀研究中应用的可行性.通过野外考察和大量的137Cs取样分析,初步查明了共和盆地不同类型地表的137Cs含量及其剖面分布,确定了区域137Cs背景值为2 691.78±196.08 Bq m-2,建立了风蚀速率的137Cs评估模型,估算出四个样方的土壤风蚀速率,并由此转化为区域风蚀速率,计算出共和盆地区域土壤风蚀速率为12.556 t hm-2 a-1,通过蚀积平衡检验,其误差水平小于10%.

  10. 长江上游云贵高原区泥沙来源的137Cs法研究%Study on Sedimentation Source Using Caesium-137 Technique in Yungui Plateau Region of Upper Yangtze River

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    文安邦; 张信宝; 王玉宽; 王建文; 贺廷荣; 张一云; 徐家云; 白立新

    2000-01-01

    通过云贵高原区龙川江流域不同源地表层土壤和坝库淤积泥沙137Cs含量的对比,结合流域土地利用现状,分析了4个不同土地利用类型小流域相对来沙量,结果表明,侵蚀裸坡和沟道重力侵蚀是坝库淤积泥沙的主要来源,随着流域面积增大,相对产沙量为54%~85%.

  11. CAESIUM-137 ACCUMULATION BY HALOPHYTES AT A RADIONUCLIDE CONTAMINATED SITE%某放射性污染区盐生植物对137Cs的吸收研究

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    唐秀欢; 潘孝兵; 万俊生; 刘月恒; 杨永青

    2008-01-01

    植物修复技术适用于大面积、低活度的放射性污染治理,在一些大面积放射性污染区具有潜在的应用前景.本研究在某放射性典型污染区域取样,测量了该区域盐生植物及其生长土壤的137Cs含量,以生物富集系数(BC值)为指标,分析了不同核素土壤分布、K元素含量等因素对BC值的影响.研究结果表明,污染区植物对137Cs的吸收BC值在10-5~10-2数量级之间,多数区域由于核素分布不均匀而引起BC值下降,均匀分布则有利于核素的吸收.另外,BC值还与土壤K元素含量呈负相关.

  12. In-vivo determination of strontium 90 and cesium 137 in exposed persons in the Tscheljabinsk region (southern Ural); In-vivo-Bestimmung von Strontium 90 und Caesium 137 an exponierten Personen in der Region Tscheljabinsk (Suedural)

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    Schoeffmann, E. [Bayerisches Landesamt fuer Umweltschutz, Muenchen (Germany). Referat Betrieb der LfU-Messnetzzentrale; Zeising, H. [Bayerisches Landesamt fuer Umweltschutz, Muenchen (Germany). Referat Radioaktivitaetsmesswesen

    1994-12-31

    While the Russians have been busy for decades determining the doses received by, and resulting health effects to, the concerned population - which falls into three groups: (a) workers at the Majak plutonium factory, (b) the population along the Techa river, and (c) the population from the area contaminated by the Kyschtym accident - it is also true that the integral strontium 90 exposure has been, and is being, determined subsequently via whole-body bremsstrahlung measurement (both on the part of the Russians and as a German scheme in 1993). In accordance with what was indicated by the Russian side, the Majak workers were found to have a distinctly higher risk of cancer. The population along the Techa river, too, with an average dose of 0.4 Gy for the red bone marrow, showed a significant increase in the rate of leukemia. By contrast, the persons affected by the Kyschtym accident, with a distinctly lower mean dose of about 0.02 Gy, so far have not shown any long-term effects.- As yet no exact quantitative statement regarding the cancer risks can be made, for two reasons: the comprehensive data material collected by the Russians has not yet been sufficiently evaluated, and suitable control persons need yet to be found. (orig./HP) [Deutsch] An einer Bestimmung der Dosen und der daraus resultierenden gesundheitlichen Effekte der betroffenen Bevoelkerung - naemlich der drei Gruppen (a) Arbeiter der Plutoniumfabrik Majak, (b) die Bevoelkerung entlang des Flusses Techa und (c) die Bevoelkerung aus dem durch den Kyschtym-Unfall kontaminierten Gebiet, wird zwar von russischer Seite seit Jahrzehnten gearbeitet, aber die integrale Sr 90-Exposition wurde und wird nachtraeglich ueber die Messung von Bremsstrahlung im Ganzkoerper (neben russischer Messung auch die deutsche Messaktion im Jahre 1993) bestimmt. Wie von russischer Seite angegeben, fand sich bei den Majak-Arbeitern eine deutliche Erhoehung des Krebsrisikos, ebenso wurde bei der Bevoelkerungsgruppe entlang des Flusses Techa mit einer durchschnittlichen Dosis von 0,4 Gy fuer das rote Knochenmark eine signifikante Erhoehung der Leukaemierate festgestellt. Bei den durch den Kyschtym-Unfall betroffenen Personen mit einer deutlich niedrigeren mittleren Dosis von ca. 0,02 Gy wurden bisher dagegen keine Langzeiteffekte festgestellt. Eine genaue quantitative Aussage zu den Krebsrisiken kann vorerst noch nicht gegeben werden, da zum einen das von russischer Seite gesammelte umfangreiche Datenmaterial noch nicht ausreichend ausgewertet ist und zum anderen noch geeignete Kontrollpersonen gefunden werden muessen. (orig./HP)

  13. 生物样品中铯-137活度浓度的两种分析方法比较%The Comparison of Two Different Methods of Analysing Specific Activity of Caesium-137 in Biological Samples

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    吕魁; 黄福琴; 黄淑琳

    2007-01-01

    目的 探讨生物样品中铯-137活度浓度的γ能谱法与放射化学法分析结果的一致性.方法 对多种生物样品分别用这两种方法进行比对测量,并对结果进行统计检验和线性拟合.结果 两种方法的实验结果没有显著性差别,并且线性相关. 结论 两种方法可视工作需要相互替代.

  14. QUANTITATIVE MODEL TO ESTIMATE SOIL EROSION RATES USING CAESIUM-137 FOR CULTIVATED SOIL%利用137Cs示踪农业耕作土壤侵蚀速率的定量模型

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    杨浩; 杜明远; 赵其国; 阳捷行; 八田珠郎

    2000-01-01

    建立了一个根据农业耕作土壤剖面中137Cs的损失量与土壤侵蚀量之间关系的定量模型.在假设137Cs在耕层中得到充分的混合而变得均一的基础上,根据质量平衡模型推导而成.模型显示137Cs的衰变常数,年沉降分量,耕层厚度和采样年份对年平均土壤侵蚀速率都有重大影响.模型结果还说明,137Cs的损失量与年平均土壤侵蚀量之间的关系既非线性关系亦非指数关系,而是一种复杂的曲线关系.

  15. 137Cs示踪农耕地土壤侵蚀速率模型的比较研究%THE DISCUSSION ON MODELS FOR ESTIMATING SOIL EROSION RATES FROM CAESIUM-137 MEASUREMENTS ON CULTIVATED LAND

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    李立青; 杨明义; 刘普灵; 王晓燕; 田均良

    2004-01-01

    137Cs示踪技术广泛地应用于农耕地土壤侵蚀研究,目前已建立了许多运用137Cs估算土壤侵蚀速率的模型.这些模型主要分为两类:经验模型与理论模型.其中理论模型中的质量平衡模型应用较多.质量平衡模型主要有:Walling模型、张信宝模型、杨浩模型和周维芝模型.重点讨论这4种质量平衡模型的异同.详细阐述了这四种模型的建立过程,并用图形模拟的方法给出各个模型所刻画的土壤侵蚀速率与土壤剖面中137Cs相对损失率的关系.分析表明,尽管各个模型在建立的假设和方法上以及对137Cs沉降过程的处理上存在一定程度的差异,但是各个模型所刻画的土壤侵蚀速率与土壤剖面中137Cs相对损失率的关系实质上都是幂函数的形式,而且这4条曲线的走势基本一致,各自计算的土壤侵蚀速率差异也较小.因此,在利用137Cs技术示踪农耕地土壤侵蚀速率时,这4个模型都可以应用.

  16. Long-lived fission products 90 Sr and 137 Cs from nuclear weapons test fallout and their distribution in the soil. Die Verteilung der langlebigen Spaltprodukte Strontium 90 und Caesium 137 des Kernwaffen-Fallouts im Boden

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    Gans, I.; Arndt, J.

    1987-01-01

    For this study, samples have been taken down to a depth of 1.30 m, in five sandy soils, three cohesive soils, and one shallow moor. In undisturbed sandy soils, most of the 137 Cs is still near the surface, the mean depth of penetration being between 1.7 and 4.7 cm, so that transport velocities of 0.1 up to 0.3 cm/a are derived for humous upper soil layers. 90 Sr has been detected up to a depth of 1.30 m at some places. As the overall amount of 90 Sr found in the samples has been less than 50% of the amount to be expected from fallout data it is assumed that the missing amount migration to lower strata. The transport velocities derived for 90 Sr in humous upper soil layers are about 1 cm/a, and at least 5 cm/a in the sandy soil layers at greater depths. The distribution coefficients for 90 Sr in humous upper soil layers are 10 cm/sup 3//g and max. 1 cm/sup 3/ in depper sandy soils strata. Due to small depth of penetration of 137 Cs, a distribution coefficient can be assessed only for humous upper soil layers, and is about 100 cm/sup 3//g. Transport velocities assessed for 90 Sr in cohesive soils are about 1 cm/a and thus about the same as in humous upper soil layers of sandy soil. For 137 Cs, only upper limits of 0.02 up to 0.1 cm/a can be given. So the distribution coefficients for 90 Sr assessed to be between 1 and 25 cm/sup 3//g are within the same range as those for humous soils, and for 137 Cs are more than 100 cm/sup 3//g. In shallow moor, the distribution coefficients for 137 Cs and 90 Sr are about the same with about 5 cm/sup 3//g. (orig./HP) With 9 figs., 29 tabs.

  17. Development, control and counter-measures regarding radioactive caesium in Swedish reindeer after the Chernobyl accident; Utveckling, oevervakning och aatgaerder naer det gaeller radioaktivt cesium i renar efter Tjernobylolyckan

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    Aahman, Birgitta [Swedish Univ. of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala (Sweden). Reindeer Husbandry Unit

    2005-10-01

    Since the Chernobyl accident in 1986, monitoring of {sup 137}Cs in reindeer has been made at slaughter, by measuring muscle samples or by direct monitoring of gamma radiation on reindeer carcasses. Carcasses above the accepted limit have been discarded. Many carcasses were discarded during the first years, but now the number is only some per cent of the total slaughter. The radiocaesium intake in reindeer varies with season, which is reflected in the levels in reindeer, which are low in summer and high in winter. The levels of {sup 137}Cs have declined from 1986 to 2004 with an average effective half-life of 5.3 years. The decline was faster during the first years than during later years. Presently, 16 out of totally 51 reindeer herding districts in Sweden are included in the control of {sup 137}Cs in reindeer. Control is often necessary only in defined areas or at certain periods of the year. Monitoring of {sup 137}Cs in live reindeer is made in addition to the monitoring at slaughter. Counter-measures have been applied in areas where many reindeer are above the accepted limit for {sup 137}Cs. Change of slaughter time and feeding are the most used counter-measures. The reindeer owners are compensated economically from the state for costs related to these counter-measures. The need for measures, and thereby the costs, have decreased with time. In the southern parts of the county of Vaesterbotten and in the northernmost part of Jaemtland, where the Chernobyl fallout was the highest, it will probably still take at least ten to twenty years until measures and control are no longer needed.

  18. Retrospective dosimetry of Iodine-131 exposures using Iodine-129 and Caesium-137 inventories in soils--A critical evaluation of the consequences of the Chernobyl accident in parts of Northern Ukraine.

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    Michel, R; Daraoui, A; Gorny, M; Jakob, D; Sachse, R; Romantschuk, L D; Alfimov, V; Synal, H-A

    2015-12-01

    The radiation exposure of thyroid glands due to (131)I as a consequence of the Chernobyl accident was investigated retrospectively based on (129)I and (137)Cs inventories in soils in Northern Ukraine. To this end, soil samples from 60 settlements were investigated for (129)I, (127)I, and (137)Cs by AMS, ICP-MS and gamma-spectrometry, respectively. Sampling was performed between 2004 und 2007. In those parts of Northern Ukraine investigated here the (129)I and (137)Cs inventories are well correlated, the variability of the individual (129)I/(137)Cs ratios being, however, high. Both the (129)I and (137)Cs inventories in the individual 5 samples for each settlement allowed estimating the uncertainties of the inventories due to the variability of the radionuclide deposition and consequently of the retrospective dosimetry. Thyroid equivalent doses were calculated from the (129)I and the (137)Cs inventories using aggregated dose coefficients for 5-year old and 10-year-old children as well as for adults. The highest thyroid equivalent doses (calculated from (129)I inventories) were calculated for Wladimirowka with 30 Gy for 5-years-old children and 7 Gy for adults. In 35 settlements of contamination zone II the geometric mean of the thyroid equivalent doses was 2.0 Gy for 5-years-old children with a geometric standard deviation (GSD) of 3.0. For adults the geometric mean was 0.47 Gy also with a GSD of 3.0. In more than 25 settlements of contamination zone III the geometric means were 0.82 Gy for 5-years old children with a GSD of 1.8 and 0.21 Gy for adults (GSD 1.8). For 45 settlements, the results of the retrospective dosimetry could be compared with thyroid equivalent doses calculated using time-integrated (131)I activities of thyroids which were measured in 1986. Thus, a critical evaluation of the results was possible which demonstrated the general feasibility of the method, but also the associated uncertainties and limitations. PMID:26254721

  19. Radioactivity distribution of the fruit trees ascribable to radioactive fall out (6). Effect of heterogeneity of caesium-137 concentration in soil on transferability to grape trees and fig trees

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    We examined the effects of the heterogeneity of 137Cs concentration in soil on transferability to shallow rooted fig and non-shallow rooted grapes. Three-year-old trees were planted into the pots filled with soil changed to the concentration of radioactivity Cs in surface (0 - 5cm) and deep soil (5 - 15cm). Transfer rate of radioactive 137Cs to plants from the soil was higher in fig than in grapes when grown under the same conditions. In fig trees, transfer rate of radioactive 137Cs to plants from the soil was higher the plants cultivated under high concentration of 137Cs in surface soil than in deep soil. (author)

  20. Evolution of caesium 137 levels in coconut water and copra in french Polynesia, since 1967. Evolution de la teneur en cesium 137 depuis 1967 dans l'eau de coco et le coprah en Polynesie francaise

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    Kabis de Saint-Chamas, L.; Bablet, J.P.; Ducousso, R. (Service mixte de controle biologique, 91 - Montlhery (FR)); Arnould, C. (Laboratoire d' etude et de surveillance de l' environnement, Papeete (FR))

    1991-01-01

    Nuclear experiments have been carried out by France in french Polynesia since 1966. The tests were first atmospheric, they have been underground since 1975. The experiment monitoring programme includes monitoring of {sup 137}Cs contents in coconuts from the whole french polynesian territory. The methodology is described and the results of the 2 589 samples collected for 1967 to 1988 are presented. The maximum content found since 1967 is 52 Bq.kg{sup -1} for coconut water and 289 Bq.kg{sup -1} for coconut copra. The decrease of {sup 137}Cs content is constant without discontinuity, whatever the distance from the explosion sites. The committed dose equivalent from {sup 137}Cs delivered by coconut water and copra consumption represents only a few microsieverts a year.

  1. Optimization of electrochemical soil decontamination

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    Nemec, M. [Czech Technical Univ., Prague (Czech Republic). Dept. of Nuclear Chemistry; John, J. [Czech Technical Univ., Prague (Czech Republic). Centre for Radiochemistry and Radiation Chemistry

    2004-07-01

    At the Czech Technical University in Prague, soil decontamination techniques have been studied for several years. The leaching procedures (batch or 'sorption' leaching) did not allow to achieve more than 30% caesium desorption. Caesium thermodesorption was demonstrated not to be very efficient either; quantitative caesium separation could be achieved only from solutions resulting from fusion of the soil with special fluxes. The most promising results were achieved by electrolytic decontamination. In preliminary experiments, more than 97% of caesium was released from soils contaminated long time ago. The aim of this study was to perform optimisation of the parameters of this method. (orig.)

  2. The intrusion of low-level radioactive waste into Dublin Bay

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    Artificial radionuclides principally caesium-137 and caesium-134, derived from Sellafield effluents are present at low concentrations in the marine environment of Dublin Bay. Results of a survey of radioactivity levels in the Western Irish Sea are presented in this report and an estimate is given of the annual dose equivalent to members of the Irish fish consuming population from radiocaesium

  3. Evaluation of Light Frequency Shift in a Cesium Beam Frequency Standard with Sharp Angle Incident Detecting Laser

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    ZHANG Jun-Hai; WANG Feng-Zhi; WANG Yi-Qiu; YANG Dong-Hai

    2004-01-01

    @@ Light frequency shift measured in a smalloptically pumped caesium beam frequency standard is reported and analysed. Two light sources, the diffused laser light scattered from the caesium beam tube parts and the fluorescence light from the beam atoms excited by the laser light, for the light frequency shift are discussed.

  4. Environmental radioactivity surveillance programme: Results for 1987

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    This report is the seventh of a series in which the results of the Board's environmental radioactivity surveillance programme are presented. Samples of airborne dust, rainwater and milk are collected routinely throughout the UK and in the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man; the concentrations of various radionuclides are measured and the exposure of the population is evaluated. The radionuclides detected result from nuclear weapons testing in the atmosphere, and from the nuclear reactor accident at Chernobyl in the Ukraine in April 1986, although the programme is able to detect any other sources of significant environmental contamination. During 1987 the isotopes caesium-134 and caesium-137 were detected in air and rainwater, their presence most probably resulting from resuspension of small amounts of the radioactive material deposited on the ground in May 1986. The mean isotopic ratio of caesium-137 to caesium-134 was 2.7, which is consistent with the expected ratio of the caesium isotopes of Chernobyl origin. The presence of caesium isotopes in rainwater is attributed to washout of the resuspended material. The contributions to the average annual effective dose equivalent from inhalation of particulate material and from external radiation from additional deposits on the ground during 1987 were not significant. Concentrations of caesium isotopes in milk continued to decline, slowly at the beginning of the year due to the use of winter fodder contaminated during 1986 and then much more rapidly in the spring with the availability of fresh pasture. The UK population weighted average concentrations of caesium-134 and caesium-137 in milk resulted in an average committed effective dose equivalent to an adult of 5μSv during 1987 compared with 8 μSv in 1986. The average annual effective dose equivalents from nuclear weapons testing fallout, and from radioactive material deposited as a result of the Chernobyl accident, have been evaluated and are compared with that from

  5. Transport processes of Cs-137 in lake environments

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    Hilton, J.; Carrick, T.R.; Lishman, J.P.; Rigg, E. [Inst. of Freshwater Ecology, Windermere (United Kingdom); Davison, W.; Kelly, M.; Hamilton-Taylor, J. [Lancaster Univ. (United Kingdom). Inst. of Environmental and Biological Sciences

    1992-12-31

    Radiocesium levels in the waters of the Lake District dropped after the initial deposition following the Chernobyl reactor accident. However they continued to be measurable several years after the event. Caesium 137 concentrations were measured in the sediments of Esthwaite water and Windermere to determine the input of caesium 137 from the catchment area to the lakes. Experiments were conducted to ascertain the chemical conditions such as pH value, adsorption, competing ions which might contribute to maintaining caesium levels in the lakes. (U.K.).

  6. Transport processes of Cs-137 in lake environments

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    Radiocesium levels in the waters of the Lake District dropped after the initial deposition following the Chernobyl reactor accident. However they continued to be measurable several years after the event. Caesium 137 concentrations were measured in the sediments of Esthwaite water and Windermere to determine the input of caesium 137 from the catchment area to the lakes. Experiments were conducted to ascertain the chemical conditions such as pH value, adsorption, competing ions which might contribute to maintaining caesium levels in the lakes. (U.K.)

  7. Radioactive contamination in reindeer herders and other people in Kautokeino 1965-2010; Radioaktiv forurensning i befolkningen. Reindriftsutoevere og andre personer i Kautokeino 1965-2010

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    Thoerring, H.; Skuterud, L.

    2012-07-01

    NRPA's measurements of radioactive caesium in reindeer herders and other people from Kautokeino in northern Norway were finalised in December 2010. This report summarises the monitoring program which was started in 1965.(Author)

  8. Improvement of practical countermeasures: the urban environment post-Chernobyl action

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    This study of practical countermeasures against nuclear contamination of the urban environment in the aftermath of a nuclear accident concentrates almost entirely on radio-caesium, which would be expected to pose the greatest threat to the population in the medium and long term. Surfaces which selectively absorb caesium fall-out were identified, and the chemical and physical factors relevant to take-up of caesium by, and removal of caesium from, these surfaces were studied. The study includes a critical review of strategies for decontamination and reclamation of the urban environment. The work in this report was sponsored by the Commission of the European Communities as one of a series of post-Chernobyl actions under its radiation protection programme

  9. Radioactivity in Scottish soils and grassy vegetation

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    In June 1987, soil and graminoid vegetation samples were collected from 159 randomly selected Scottish sites and analysed for radioactivity due to potassium-40, caesium-134 and caesium-137. Activity due to plutonium-238 and plutonium-239/240 was also measured in soils from 47 of the sites. The main aims of this survey were to determine: (a) the geographic distribution of radiocaesium activity due to fallout from the Chernobyl reactor disaster, (b) the pattern of radiation due to the naturally occurring isotope potassium-40, (c) the activity attributable to caesium-137 fallout from nuclear weapons testing prior to the Chernobyl deposition, (d) the uptake of caesium-137 by vegetation from different soil types. (author)

  10. Apparatus and method for generating high density pulses of electrons

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    An apparatus and method are described for the production of high density pulses of electrons using a laser energized emitter. Caesium atoms from a low pressure vapour atmosphere are absorbed on and migrate from a metallic target rapidly heated by a laser to a high temperature. Due to this heating time being short compared with the residence time of the caesium atoms adsorbed on the target surface, copious electrons are emitted which form a high current density pulse. (U.K.)

  11. Bichromatic State-Insensitive Trapping of Cold 133Cs-87Rb Atomic Mixtures

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    Metbulut, M. M.; Renzoni, F.

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    We investigate simultaneous state-insensitive trapping of a mixture of two different atomic species, Caesium and Rubidium. The magic wavelengths of the Caesium and Rubidium atoms are different, $935.6$ nm and $789.9$ nm respectively, thus single-frequency simultaneous state-insensitive trapping is not possible. We thus identify bichromatic trapping as a viable approach to tune the two magic wavelengths to a common value. Correspondingly, we present several common magic wavelength combinations...

  12. Honey-dew honey as a long term indicator of 137Cs pollution

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    137Cs, produced as a by-product of the atmospheric testing of thermonuclear weapons during the period extending from the 1950s to the 1970s, was distributed globally within the stratosphere and deposited as wet and/or dry fallout. The last great amount of radioactive caesium was deposited on the earth surface after Chernobyl accident. Significant variations in caesium activity levels in soils are caused by Chernobyl-derived fallout with relatively short period of contamination and great variabilities in activity and/or quantity of rainfall. However, total weapon testing-derived caesium pollution can be treated as generally uniform, i.e., numerous events over an extended period that minimise any local variation. Meanwhile, caesium, as well as the other radionuclides that behave like cations, can be moved upward by plant's uptake depending on various factors: plant species, sorption and desorption processes in soil, mineral soil composition, grain size and soil types, lateral caesium migration, etc. Certain plant species are known as caesium pollution indicators, but the uptake by an individual plant can be very different

  13. Spectral range calculation inside the Research Irradiating Facility Army Technology Center using code MCNPX and comparison with the spectra of energy Caesium 137 raised in laboratory; Calculo gama espectral no interior do irradiador de pesquisa do Centro Tecnologico do Exercito utilizando o codigo MCNPX e comparacao com espectros de energia do Cesio 137 levantados em laboratorio

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    Gomes, Renato G.; Rebello, Wilson F.; Cavaliere, Marcos Paulo; Vellozo, Sergio O.; Moreira Junior, Luis, E-mail: renatoguedes@ime.eb.br, E-mail: rebello@ime.eb.br, E-mail: eng.cavaliere@gmail.com, E-mail: vellozo@cbpf.br, E-mail: luisjrmoreira@hotmail.com [Instituto Militar de Engenharia (IME), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Vital, Helio C., E-mail: vital@ctex.eb.br [Centro Tecnologico do Exercito (CTEX), Barra de Guaratiba, RJ (Brazil); Silva, Ademir X., E-mail: ademir@con.ufrj.br [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2013-07-01

    Using the MCNPX code, the objective was to calculate by means of computer simulation spectroscopy range inside the irradiation chamber upper radiator gamma research irradiating facility Army Technology Center (CTEx). The calculations were performed in the spectral range usual 2 points for research purposes irradiating the energy spectra of gamma rays from the source of Cesium chloride 137. Sought the discretization of the spectrum in 100 channels at points of upper bound of 1cm higher and lower dose rates previously known. It was also conducted in the laboratory lifting the spectrum of Cesium-137 source using NaI scintillator detector and multichannel analyzer. With the source spectrum Cesium-137 contained in the literature and raised in the laboratory, both used as reference for comparison and analysis in terms of probability of emission maximum of 0.661 MeV The spectra were quite consistent in terms of the behavior of the energy distributions with scores. The position of maximum dose rate showed absorption detection almost maximum energy of 0.661 MeV photopeak In the spectrum of the position of minimum dosage rate, it was found that due to the removal of the source point of interest, some loss detection were caused by Compton scattering. (author)

  14. 青海共和盆地土壤风蚀的137Cs法研究(Ⅱ)--137Cs背景值与风蚀速率测定%Application of Caesium-137 Technique on Wind Erosion in Gonghe Basin, Qinghai Province (Ⅱ)-137Cs Reference Inventory and 137Cs Model for Wind Erosion Estimation

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    严平; 董光荣; 张信宝; 邹学勇

    2003-01-01

    通过对高寒草原背景值样点(RS7)的分析,将共和盆地的137Cs背景值含量确定为(2 691.78±196.08) Bq*m-2,基本接近北半球137Cs背景值的平均水平,其137Cs剖面满足尖峰分布函数,与公认的理论分布(即负指数分布)相比,呈现出峰值下移和曲线趋平的现象,可能与近几十年来137Cs的稳定下渗有关.应用137Cs背景值剖面分布函数,建立了风蚀速率的137Cs估算模型,估算出四个样方的土壤风蚀速率,并由此转化为区域风蚀速率,计算出共和盆地区域土壤风蚀速率为12.556 t*hm-2*a-1,通过蚀积平衡检验,其误差水平小于10%.并分析了风蚀物的输出途径及其所占比例.

  15. 青海共和盆地土壤风蚀的137Cs法研究(Ⅰ)--137Cs分布特征%Application of Caesium-137 Technique on Wind Erosion in Gonghe Basin, Qinghai Province (Ⅰ)-137Cs Distribution Characteristics

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    严平; 董光荣; 张信宝; 邹学勇

    2003-01-01

    土壤风蚀作为土地沙漠化的首要环节,对其准确测定和评估是十分迫切和必要的.放射性核素137Cs作为人类核试验的产物,以其独特的理化性质而成为研究土壤侵蚀和泥沙沉积一种良好的示踪源.137Cs法在水蚀研究领域已取得了显著的进展,而在风蚀研究中的应用却相对不足,目前尚处于探索阶段.作者选择青海共和盆地作为研究区,探讨137Cs法在土壤风蚀研究中应用的可行性.通过对共和盆地不同类型土壤剖面的137Cs取样分析,基本查清了区域137Cs分布的若干特性,测定出不同类型土地137Cs活度的排序为:林地>干湖盆>高寒草原>旱作农田≈干草原>固定沙丘>荒漠草原>流动沙丘>风蚀地,137Cs总量的排序为:干湖盆>林地>流动沙丘>高寒草原>旱作农田≈干草原>固定沙丘>荒漠草原>风蚀地.并分析了一些典型剖面的137Cs深度分布及其机制,将137Cs深度剖面划分为正常剖面、沉积剖面、侵蚀剖面和人为扰动剖面4种型式.沙丘砂由于遭受反复吹失和沉积,其137Cs含量逐渐减小,趋于微量的均匀化;而高寒草原的137Cs含量在区域上也较为均匀,在深度分布上,接近负指数分布曲线保存了相对完好的137Cs初始沉积剖面,是理想的137Cs背景值样点.

  16. Agricultural Nonpoint Source Pollution Loads Prediction Using Caesium-137 Tracing Technique in Black Soil Region,Northeast China%~(137)Cs示踪技术在黑土区农业非点源污染负荷研究中的应用

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    杨育红; 阎百兴; 沈波; 曹会聪

    2010-01-01

    利用~(137)Cs核素示踪和定位监测相结合,研究松嫩平原黑土区3个旱作坡面土壤的流失厚度和流失速率,坡面土壤流失厚度1.20~5.25 mm/a,侵蚀强度1 355.0~7 558.2t/(km~2·a);近40 a来,松嫩平原黑土区年均入河(湖)农业非点源污染负荷分别为TN 1.43t/(km~2·a)、NH_3~-N 15.01 kg/(km~2·a)、NO_3~-N 8.51 kg/(km~2·a)TP0.42 t/(km~2·a)、PO_4~(3-)-P 1.85 kg/(km~2·a);土壤流失氮以有机氮为主;水溶态无机氮占总氮的0.51%,水溶性磷酸盐磷占总磷的0.12%.黑土区农业非点源污染物的输出和水土流失密切相关,深入研究其输移机理及防治措施具有重要的环境意义.

  17. Literature study of the radiobiological parameters of Caesium-137 required for evaluating internal irradiation doses as a function of age; Etude bibliographique des parametres radiobiologiques du cesium-137 necessaires a l'evaluation des doses d'irradiation interne en fonction de l'age

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    Garnier, A. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, 92 - Fontenay-aux-Roses (France). Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires

    1968-07-01

    This document reassembles information published in scientific literature on radiobiological parameters of Cs-137, necessary for the estimate of the internal irradiation dose of man according to his age (during growth). The data are completed by a commented review of the mathematical models, proposed in order to value the irradiation doses from ingested cesium and the biological parameters. (author) [French] Ce document rassemble les informations publiees dans la litterature scientifique, concernant les parametres radiobiologiqueo du cesium-137, necessaires a l'evaluation des doses d'irradiation interne de l'homme en fonction de l'age. Ces donnees sont completees par une revue commentee des modeles mathematiques proposes en vue de l'evaluation des doses d'irradiation a partir des quantites de cesium ingerees et des parametres biologiques. (auteur)

  18. Returning land contaminated as a result of radiation accidents to farming use

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    An assessment is given of the possibility of sorbents based on natural aluminosilicates (glauconite and clinoptilolite) being used for remediation of radioactively contaminated land with the aim of returning it to farming use. A comparative study of selectivity and reversibility of radiocaesium and radiostrontium sorption by natural aluminosilicates as well as by modified ferrocyanide sorbents based on these aluminosilicates was made. It was found that surface modification of aluminosilicates by ferrocyanides increases the selectivity of synthesized sorbents to caesium by 100–1000 times, increases sorption capacity and makes caesium sorption almost irreversible, whereas, selectivity of these sorbents to strontium radionuclides remains approximately the same as for natural aluminosilicates. The caesium distribution coefficient for mixed nickel–potassium ferrocyanide on glauconite is 10(5.0±0.6) L kg−1, the static exchange capacity (SEC) is 63 mg g−1; for mixed nickel–potassium ferrocyanide based on clinoptilolite caesium distribution coefficients in various concentration ranges are 10(7.0±1.0), 10(5.7±0.4) and 10(3.2±0.7) L kg−1, total SEC was 500 mg g−1. Caesium leaching by various leaching solutions from saturated mixed nickel–potassium ferrocyanide based on clinoptilolite was lower than 2%; from saturated mixed nickel–potassium ferrocyanide based on glauconite it was 1.5–14.6%. Ferrocyanide sorbents, based on glauconite and clinoptilolite are recommended for remediation of land, contaminated by caesium as a result of the Fukushima accident in Japan. Use of these sorbents should decrease the transfer of caesium to agricultural vegetation up to a factor of 20

  19. Iodine Chemistry and aerosol composition in the reactor coolant system of a nuclear power plant in case of a severe accident

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    In case of a severe accident on a nuclear reactor, radioactive iodine may be released into the environment, impacting significantly the radiological consequences. Determination of the amount released, and of the physical state of iodine (gaseous form or solid aerosol form), is thus a major issue. The release of iodine from the damaged reactor core and its transport in the different parts of the reactor up to the reactor containment, have been extensively studied, particularly in the Phebus-FP large scale experiments. Phebus-FP results notably showed that a significant fraction of iodine under gaseous form can reach the containment. The models used in severe accident codes did not (and still does not) fully account for this iodine speciation. A likely explanation is that iodine keeps a gaseous form up to the containment due to some processes that limit the formation of caesium iodide in the reactor coolant system (RCS) (caesium iodide was assumed to be the dominant form of iodine in the RCS). Caesium iodide formation would be limited due to chemical kinetic limitations and due to the presence of other elements (molybdenum or boron) responsible for 'trapping' the caesium. An experimental research program has been developed with the aim to study the chemical behaviour of iodine during its transport in the RCS, with presence of water steam, caesium and molybdenum or boron. Experiments are compared to calculations performed with the IRSN severe accident code ASTEC where a chemical kinetic model has been implemented. (author)

  20. Assessment of the radiocaesium levels in irish soils and its transfer to crops

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    The behaviour of radiocaesium deposited by the Chernobyl fall-out was investigated in eleven different permanent pastures and arable lands. Samples of grass and subjacent soil at various depths were collected and analysed for their caesium content during a period extending from the Spring of 1987 (one year after the accident) to the Autumn of 1988. Soil from tillage land along with vegetable and grain crops from this land were also sampled and subjected to gamma spectrometric analysis. The results for the pasture soils show that there has been limited downward migration of Chernobyl caesium. In October 1988 more than 88% of caesium of Chernobyl origin was still retained in the 0-10 cm layer of undisturbed pasture soil. It would also appear that at most sites more than 70% of weapons deposited caesiym is still contained in the 0-15 cm soil layer

  1. Analysis of fission product transport parameters in the fuel element for temperatures up to 25000C based on heat-up experiments and their application to heat-up incidents using the PNP-500 as example

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    Important predictions relating to instationary release behaviour are given, in particular with regard to the movement of caesium from the particle, via coating buffer, matrix and shell graphite through to the cooling gas. Of special note is the strong increase in activation energy of the fission product transport parameters in the temperature range above 16000C. The calculations were applied to HTR-core heat up accidents with an intact primary cycle and with prior loss of coolant. The starting point of the calculation is the reactor core ''history'', in particular the inventory distribution, not only in the individual core areas but also over the various fuel element zones. The liberation of the noble gases iodine and caesium with temperature were calculated, the chief emphasis being given to caesium. (orig./DG)

  2. {sup 137}Cs in French soils: Deposition patterns and 15-year evolution

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    Roussel-Debel, Sylvie [Institute for Radioprotection and Nuclear Safety (France)]. E-mail: sylvie.roussel-debet@irsn.fr; Renaud, Philippe [Institute for Radioprotection and Nuclear Safety (France); Metivier, Jean-Michel [Institute for Radioprotection and Nuclear Safety (France)

    2007-03-15

    Around 2000 surface samples have been taken from French soil at around twenty stations over the last fifteen years. Caesium 137, the only artificial radionuclide in the terrestrial environment currently detectable with gamma spectroscopy, was measured in the samples. The levels of caesium activity were compared to deposition estimates for deposits from atmospheric weapons tests and Chernobyl fallout. Since the start of data acquisition, specific activity in the samples has decreased with a mean effective half-life of between 8 and 11 y, for meadow soil and agricultural soil respectively. These field observations confirm that the conventional soil migration-retention model, which uses distribution coefficient Kd, is insufficient for modelling caesium distribution in the surface soil layer. Although the differences between sites tend to diminish with time, surface specific activity in agricultural and meadow soil varies on average from a few Bq to several tens of Bq per kg of dry matter.

  3. {sup 137}Cs in French soils. Deposition patterns and 15-year evolution

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    Roussel-Debel, Sylvie; Renaud, Philippe; Metivier, Jean-Michel [Institute for Radioprotection and Nuclear Safety, Clamart (France)

    2007-03-15

    Around 2000 surface samples have been taken from French soil at around twenty stations over the last fifteen years. Caesium 137, the only artificial radionuclide in the terrestrial environment currently detectable with gamma spectroscopy, was measured in the samples. The levels of caesium activity were compared to deposition estimates for deposits from atmospheric weapons tests and Chernobyl fallout. Since the start of data acquisition, specific activity in the samples has decreased with a mean effective half-life of between 8 and 11 y, for meadow soil and agricultural soil respectively. These field observations confirm that the conventional soil migration-retention model, which uses distribution coefficient Kd, is insufficient for modelling caesium distribution in the surface soil layer. Although the differences between sites tend to diminish with time, surface specific activity in agricultural and meadow soil varies on average from a few Bq to several tens of Bq per kg of dry matter. (author)

  4. Measurement of the adsorption of radiocaesium on clays: factors affecting the extrapolation to in situ conditions

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    Staunton, S.; Roubaud, M. [INRA-ENSAM, 34 - Montpellier (France)

    1994-12-31

    The aim of the study is to identify the factors most likely to cause discrepancies between measured and true Kd values (distribution coefficient) used for the measure of adsorption of radiocaesium on solid particles. Values of a trace amount of caesium 137 have been measured in dilute suspensions containing clay minerals (clay may be used as barrier for radioactive wastes disposal). Parameters such as clay mineralogy, charge compensating cation, ionic strength and pH of the solution, concentration of caesium and presence of a soil extracted fulvic acid, were varied and their effects analyzed. Only the pH has no effect on Kd. The Kd is always a function of the caesium concentration. 3 figs., 49 refs.

  5. Synthesis of derivatives of tetronic acid and pulvinic acid. Total synthesis of norbadione A; Synthese de derives de l'acide tetronique et de l'acide pulvinique. Synthese totale de la norbadione A

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    Mallinger, A

    2008-11-15

    When vegetables like mushrooms are contaminated by radioactive caesium 137, this radioactive caesium is associated to norbadione A, a natural pigment present in two mushroom species and which can be used as a caesium decorporation agent or maybe as protection agent against ionizing radiations. Within this perspective, this research report describes the biosynthesis and the structure and properties of the norbadione A and of pulvinic acids (physicochemical properties, anti-oxidizing properties). Then, it presents the various tetronic acids (3-acyl-, 3-alkyl-, 3-alkoxy-, 3-aryl-tetronic acids and non 3-substituted tetronic acids), their synthesis path as they are described in the literature, and presents a new synthesis approach using a tandem reaction (with different esters or hydroxy esters) and the synthesis of tetronic acids. The author also proposes a new synthesis way for methyl pulvinates, and finally reports the work on the development of a total synthesis of the norbadione A.

  6. Considerations on the ICRP model predictions of the transfer of 137Cs from food to the milk and urine of lactating mothers

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    A recent work has shown that the current ICRP biokinetic model for the transfer of caesium radionuclides from food to human breast milk was able to describe with satisfactory accuracy 137Cs activity concentrations in human breast samples collected a few weeks after the Chernobyl accident as well as in samples collected some years later. However, systematic discrepancies were observed for the predictions of the activity concentrations in urine samples. In the present work, modifications to the model were investigated with the aim of improving the agreement between model predictions and data. It turned out that the disagreement for the urine data was ascribable to the mathematical simplifications used by the ICRP to describe urinary excretion in the first few days after delivery. However, the predictive performances of the model remained unchanged even when differences in the bioavailability of caesium from the ingested food types were considered or metabolic interactions between caesium and potassium were introduced into the model formulation. (note)

  7. Migration of 137Cs and 134Cs in different forest soil layers

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    Caesium-134 and 137Cs measurements in about 250 samples from L-, Of-, Oh-, Ah- and B-horizons of a Bavarian forest from 1987 to 1994 are analysed with respect to migration by using a compartment model. The derived ecological half-lives are 2.8 years, 3.8 years, 4.4 years and 7.7 years, respectively. By using these results, caesium behaviour can be predicted for about 25 years. The resulting profile is similar to that found nowadays for weapons fallout caesium, migrating within about 25 years in the same forest. Therefore, the model is suitable for the estimation of future behaviour of radiocaesium in the forest investigated for a period of about 25 years after deposition. (Author)

  8. High temperature studies of simulant fission products: part IV

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    A thermal gradient system has been used to study the interaction of caesium iodide with boric acid in various atmospheres over the temperature range from 400 to 10000C. Specific analytical techniques have been used to determine the reaction products, and differential thermal analysis-thermogravimetric studies have been undertaken to assess the reaction kinetics. Solid caesium iodide and molten boric acid react in a diffusion-controlled manner with an activation energy of 190 ± 30 kJ mol-1 to give complex caesium borates (eg Cs2B10O16) and hydrogen iodide. This volatile iodine species interacts with 304 stainless steel to produce nickel and iron-based iodides within the surface oxide layer of the metal. (author)

  9. High temperature studies of simulant fission products. Pt. 3

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    The interaction of caesium hydroxide vapour with 304 stainless steel has been studied over the temperature range 500 to 1000degC in a variety of atmospheres (argon, argon-4% hydrogen, argon-4% hydrogen-3 to 55% water vapour, and 100% steam). Vapour deposition velocities for the formation of soluble and insoluble caesium species have been derived and found to be only slightly affected by variations in the composition of the carrier gas. As the metal surface temperature increased, the soluble component decreased and the insoluble component increased. Temperature-dependent equations have been derived for these two forms of behaviour to quantify the interaction of caesium hydroxide vapour with oxidised stainless steel surfaces. (author)

  10. Synthesis of derivatives of tetronic acid and pulvinic acid. Total synthesis of norbadione A

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    When vegetables like mushrooms are contaminated by radioactive caesium 137, this radioactive caesium is associated to norbadione A, a natural pigment present in two mushroom species and which can be used as a caesium decorporation agent or maybe as protection agent against ionizing radiations. Within this perspective, this research report describes the biosynthesis and the structure and properties of the norbadione A and of pulvinic acids (physicochemical properties, anti-oxidizing properties). Then, it presents the various tetronic acids (3-acyl-, 3-alkyl-, 3-alkoxy-, 3-aryl-tetronic acids and non 3-substituted tetronic acids), their synthesis path as they are described in the literature, and presents a new synthesis approach using a tandem reaction (with different esters or hydroxy esters) and the synthesis of tetronic acids. The author also proposes a new synthesis way for methyl pulvinates, and finally reports the work on the development of a total synthesis of the norbadione A

  11. Investigations into the transfer of sup 134+137 cesium from Chernobyl fall-out-contaminated grasscobs in the bodies of fallow deer and angora rabbits and on the biological half-life of radio-cesium by means of whole-body gamma spectroscopy. Untersuchungen zum Transfer von sup 134+137 Caesium aus falloutkontaminiertem Futter in Damwild und Angorakaninchen und zur biologischen Halbwertszeit des Radiocaesium mittels der Ganzkoerpergammaspektrometrie

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    Feiden, F.

    1989-06-28

    The present work concerns a feeding experiment to establish the transfer-factors of {sup 134+137}cesium from Chernobyl fall-out-contaminated grasscobs in the bodies of fallow deer (Dama-dama) and angora rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus). The transfer factor from the feed-stuff in the fallow deer body amounted to 0.0311 d/kg independent of the proportion of the contaminated grasscobs in the overall daily ration of food. The {sup 137}Cs activity/kg in the flesh of two killed deer averaged about the factor 1.35, in the joint muscles about the factor 1.44 higher. An increase in the transfer factor for the fallow deers flesh to 0.0448 d/kg is assumed. The transfer factor (whole body) for the angora rabbits amounted to 0.285 d/kg. Two animals killed in balanced condition displayed around the factor 1.35 higher cesium values in the muscles. On this base the TF{sub (meat)} could be given as at 0.385 d/kg. The biological half-life of the radio-cesium in the body of fallow deer comprised a fast component of 0.3 d and a proportion of about 37% in overall activity and a slower one of 13 d with a 63% proportion. On an average it amounted to 8.3 d for excretion of the first half of the initial burden. At 5.5 d, a fallow deer burdened by only one i.v. injection excreted 50% of the initial activity markedly more quickly. Two proportionally equal phases of 1.2 and 10 days of biological half-time were recognised. As regards the angora rabbits, the biological half-life amounted to 1.2 d for the faster component, and for a slower one about 8 d. The first half of the initial activity was excreted after about 5.5 d. (orig./MG).

  12. The distribution and dynamics of radionuclides in the terrestrial environment

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    Caesium-137, plutonium-238 and plutonium-239/240 have been determined in soils and vegetation from West Cumbria. Determinations have been made with reference to the land use which is dominated by grassland management. It can be shown statistically that with respect to caesium-137 land use can affect all soil and vegetation inventory. Indications are that a similar situation holds for the plutonium isotopes. A small data bank of information has been gathered on the land management and farming practices of the study area. (author)

  13. Radioactive contamination of the forests of southern Poland and Finland

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    Experimental data of caesium and ruthenium radioactivity in chosen parts of forest ecosystems in Finland and Southern Poland are presented and compared. Measurements were performed with a low-background gamma-rays spectrometer with the Ge(Li) detector. The maximum caesium 137 activity in litter from Poland is 2.5 kBq, in that from Finland 3.9 kBq, in spruce needles it is 0.4 kBq (Poland), 0.9 kBq (Finland) and in fern leaves it is as high as 15.9 kBq per kg of dry mass in one sample from Poland. (author)

  14. Treatment of low-level radioactive waste using Volcanic ash

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    The effective application of volcanic ash, an indigenous adsorptive material abundant in the Mt. Pinatubo area, in the removal of radioiodine from radioactive waste streams was demonstrated. Factors such as availability, low cost and comparative retention capacity with respect to activated charcoal make volcanic ash an attractive alternative in the conditioning of radioactive waste containing radioiodine. Chemical precipitation was employed in the treatment of low level aqueous waste containing 137Cs. It was shown that there exists an optimum concentration of ferric ion that promotes maximum precipitation of caesium. It was further demonstrated that complete removal of caesium can be achieved with the addition of nickel hexacyanoferrate. (author). 5 refs, 3 figs

  15. An analytical approach to γ-ray self-shielding effects for radioactive bodies encountered nuclear decommissioning scenarios.

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    Gamage, K A A; Joyce, M J

    2011-10-01

    A novel analytical approach is described that accounts for self-shielding of γ radiation in decommissioning scenarios. The approach is developed with plutonium-239, cobalt-60 and caesium-137 as examples; stainless steel and concrete have been chosen as the media for cobalt-60 and caesium-137, respectively. The analytical methods have been compared MCNPX 2.6.0 simulations. A simple, linear correction factor relates the analytical results and the simulated estimates. This has the potential to greatly simplify the estimation of self-shielding effects in decommissioning activities. PMID:21723136

  16. Monitoring of internal exposure of the population in regions close to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant

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    In the first month and a half after the accident, the dose burden on the population was determined by radioactive iodine deposited in the thyroid gland. Later, the dose burden was governed by caesium-134 and caesium-137. The measurements made are generally reliable. Departures from the norm in extreme cases (in the event of marked differences from the standard body build) were no more than 50% of the actual activity (at levels above 150-200 nCi). Since there is no effective method of measuring nuclides incorporated into the bodies of children, it is necessary to develop special phantoms simulating the human body at different ages. (author). 4 tabs

  17. Bichromatic state-insensitive trapping of cold133Cs-87Rb atomic mixtures

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    Metbulut, M. M.; Renzoni, F.

    2015-12-01

    We investigate simultaneous state-insensitive trapping of a mixture of two different atomic species, Caesium and Rubidium. The magic wavelengths of the Caesium and Rubidium atoms are different, $935.6$ nm and $789.9$ nm respectively, thus single-frequency simultaneous state-insensitive trapping is not possible. We thus identify bichromatic trapping as a viable approach to tune the two magic wavelengths to a common value. Correspondingly, we present several common magic wavelength combinations appropriate for simultaneous state-insensitive trapping of the two atomic species.

  18. Measurement of natural radioactivity with REGe detectors at the MPI fuer Physik

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    Two Reverse Electrode Coaxial Germanium Detectors are used to monitor the natural radioactivity at the Max-Planck-Institut fuer Physik in Munich since March 2011, two weeks after the reactor accident in Fukushima, Japan. The count rate for prominent elements have been monitored continuously over this long time period. The rate of Cs-137 is particularly interesting, as caesium is a tracer for nuclear disasters. A detailed statistical analysis of the data shows that only statistical fluctuations are observed. However, it was noted that the ratio of caesium to bismuth within the laboratory is significantly larger than outside due to old radioactive depositions inside the building.

  19. A comparison of the predicted and observed low energy radiation from the thorax of a normal human male

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    The normal human male emits a continuum of low energy photons (< 100 KeV) whose magnitude depends on the body content of potassium-40 and caesium-137 and the physical parameters of the body. An experiment is described from which it has been possible to devise a method of forecasting the level of this continuum with an accuracy of ± 6%. (author)

  20. Solidification of highly active wastes

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    Final reports are presented on work on the following topics: glass technology; enhancement of off-gas aerosol collection; formation and trapping of volatile ruthenium; volatilisation of caesium, technetium and tellurium in high-level waste vitrification; deposition of ruthenium; and calcination of high-level waste liquors. (author)

  1. Radioactivity in Norwegian Waters: Distribution in seawater and sediments, and uptake in marine organisms

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    Heldal, Hilde Elise

    2001-07-01

    Prior to the detonation of the first thermonuclear bomb, small amounts of radioactivity, for example in mineral water, were considered to be health enriching. Negative experiences related to thermonuclear bombs and several nuclear accidents have, however, changed people's attitude towards radioactivity during the past 40-50 years. Today, there is a common concern for regular and potential accidental releases of radioactivity from sources such as Sellafield. Although this is important, incorrect assessments of the effects of these releases (e.g. created by uncritical journalism) have the potential to harm the country's fisheries and economy. Therefore, it is of major importance to document up-to-date levels of radioactive contamination of the marine environment, and be able to place these into the proper perspectives. The main topics of the thesis may be summarised as follows: (1) Distribution of Caesium-137, Plutonium-238, Plutonium-239,240 and Americium-241 in sediments with emphasis on the Spitsbergen-Bear Island area, (2) Uptake of Caesium-137 in phytoplankton representative for the Barents and Norwegian Seas phytoplankton communities (laboratory experiments), (3) Bioaccumulation of Caesium-137 in food webs in the Barents and Norwegian Seas, (4) Geographical variations of Caesium-137 in harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) along the Norwegian coast, (5) Transport times for Technetium-99 from Sellafield to various locations along the Norwegian coast and the Arctic Ocean.

  2. Psycho-social impact of the cesium-137 accident in the Brazilian society

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    The author intends to question the assumed current public opinion that the psycho-social impact, resulting from the Goiania accident, is related with the ignorance of those who handled the caesium-137 source capsule, as well as the way media explained the accident. Some important aspects related to social behaviour during and after the accident are also shown. (B.C.A.)

  3. Run-off from roofs

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    In order to find the run-off from roof material a roof has been constructed with two different slopes (30 deg C and 45 deg C). Beryllium-7 and caesium-137 has been used as tracers. Considering new roof material the pollution removed by runoff processes has been shown to be very different for various roof materials. The pollution is much more easily removed from silicon-treated material than from porous red-tile roof material. Caesium is removed more easily than beryllium. The content of caesium in old roof materials is greater in red-tile than in other less-porous materials. However, the measured removal from new material does not correspond to the amount accumulated in the old. This could be explained by weathering and by saturation effects. This last effect is probably the more important. The measurements on old material indicates a removal of 44-86% of the caesium pollution by run-off, whereas the measurement on new showed a removal of only 31-50%. It has been demonstrated that the pollution concentration in the run-off water could be very different from that in rainwater. The work was part of the EEC Radiation Protection Programme and done under a subcontract with Association Euratom-C.E.A. No. SC-014-BIO-F-423-DK(SD) under contract No. BIO-F-423-81-F. (author)

  4. Creation of an Ultracold Plasma by Photoionizing Laser-Cooled Cesium Atom

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    JING Qun; FENG Zhi-Gang; ZHANG Lin-Jie; LI Chang-Yong; ZHAO Jian-Ming; JIA Suo-Tang

    2008-01-01

    @@ The signals of ultracold plasma are observed by two-photon ionization of laser-cooled atom in a caesium magneto-optical trap.A simple model has been introduced to explain the creation of plasma, and the mechanism is further investigated by changing the energy of a pulsed dye laser and the number of initial cooled atoms.

  5. The amount of 137Cs in chosen parts of food chains from localities in the East of Slovakia

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    The aim of this study was to compare the amount of radiocaesium in chosen parts of food chains from localities in the Eastern Slovakia. Prevailing part of radiocaesium is in the upper layer of soils and specific activity of 137Cs in the first layer for locality Stara Voda in 2000 achieved 152.4 Bq/kg1. On the base of results from modified Tessier sequential extraction method we determined that more than 50 % of this radionuclide is in the soil in not extractable fraction. From studied species of mushrooms the highest value was determined in sample of Rozites caperata the and specific activity achieved 1822.0 Bq/kg1 d. w. The aim of our study was to determine the amount of caesium in chosen parts of food chains from localities in Eastern Slovakia for period 2000-2004. On the base of obtained results we can conclude that radiocaesium migrates vertically in soils very slowly and prevailing part of caesium is in the upper layer. Prevailing part of radiocaesium is in the not extractable fraction. Extremely low concentration of caesium in soil solution is the factor limiting caesium uptake by the root systems, too. Mushrooms are characterised by high ability to accumulate radiocaesium. (authors)

  6. Nursering assistance to the radiological accident patients in Goiania-an experience report

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    In september, 1987, a caesium-137 source was disrupted and caused a serious radiological acident. The victims were hospitalized in the General Hospital in city of Goiania, Goias state, Brazil. This is a report of a personal experience, during the two months of nursering care. (author)

  7. The Impact of Agricultural Soil Erosion on the Global Carbon Cycle

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    Agricultural soil erosion is thought to perturb the global carbon cycle, but estimates of its effect range from a source of 1 Pg/year to a sink of the same magnitude. By using Caesium-137 and carbon inventory measurements from a large-scale survey, we found consistent evidence for an erosion-induced...

  8. Environmental radioactivity surveillance programme: results for the UK for 1981

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    The 1981 results of a NRPB report on a UK environmental radioactivity surveillance programme are presented. The concentrations in air of long-lived radionuclides produced by weapons testing were higher than those observed in 1980 due to the intermediate level atmospheric nuclear weapon explosion in Central Asia in October 1980. The concentrations of fission products were the highest observed since 1978; the annual average caesium-137 concentration was three times the value for 1980. The average depositions of strontium-90 and caesium-137 in the UK were also elevated above those in recent years. An average effective dose equivalent commitment of 2 μSv from external irradiation by radionuclides deposited in 1981 added less than 1% to that accumulated from atmospheric nuclear explosions in earlier years. The concentrations of strontium-90 and caesium-137 in milk were higher than that reported for 1980. For a typical adult, the average committed effective dose equivalent attributable to contamination of diet with these radionuclides is estimated to be 4 μSv. The estimate for caesium is consistent with that obtained from direct measurement of this radionuclide in the body. The average annual effective dose equivalent from fallout is evaluated and compared with that from natural background radiation. (author)

  9. Process for the conversion of sugars to lactic acid and 2-hydroxy-3-butenoic acid or esters thereof comprising a metallo-silicate material and a metal ion

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    2015-01-01

    A process for the preparation of lactic acid and 2-hydroxy- 3-butenoic acid or esters thereof from a sugar in the presence of a metallo-silicate material, a metal ion and a solvent, wherein the metal ion is selected from one or more of the group consisting of potassium ions, sodium ions, lithium...... ions, rubidium ions and caesium ions....

  10. The radiological accident of Goiania and its legislative implications; O acidente radiologico de Goiania e suas implicacoes legistativas

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    Costa, Ieda Rubens

    2001-07-01

    Starting from a reflective view of the historical relationships existing between mankind and nature, this work seeks to pinpoint the today crises and ecological awareness in order to better understand the sparse use of various forms of assault relating to the environment, emphasising the caesium 137 accident as an object of this research. The destructive crisis of capitalism and its ethics, has the ecological crisis as only one of its aspects, however, the caesium 137 accident in Goiania was never left to be treated without pertaining to that crisis. In this way, tackling the issue of the caesium 137 and its unfolding disclosures became impossible not to mention the dimensions of cultural, philosophy, politics, economics and legal issues of the accident. Therefore, within the scope of this research, the Caesium 137 accident was treated as to avoid a fragmented analysis. It was also been transformed into a interdisciplinary work, as it shows the configuration of many concepts, but not legal matters in itself, because the Law itself, as a science, does not have an object through excellency. (author)

  11. Measured transfer factors in milk and meat after the Chernobyl reactor accident

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    After the nuclear reactor accident at Chernobyl the radioactivity in the environment in Aachen was measured in detail at the Lehrgebiet Strahlenschutz in der Kerntechnik. The change of the different radionuclides in the eco-system made it possible to obtain radioecological parameters especially for iodine and caesium. The knowledge about the transport of iodine into cow's milk could be very much improved

  12. Concentration of 137Cs and 40K in meat of omnivore and herbivore game species in mountain forest ecosystems of Gorski Kotar, Croatia

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    The aim of this study was to investigate 137Cs and 40K load in large mammal game species in the mountain forest region of Gorski Kotar in Croatia approximately a quarter of century after the Chernobyl accident. 137Cs and 40K activity were determined by the gamma-spectrometric method in 49 meat samples of five large game species: brown bear (Ursus arctos), wild boar (Sus scrofa), roe deer (Capreolus capreolus), red deer (Cervus elaphus), and chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra). The results indicated that herbivore game species (roe deer, red deer and chamois) show significantly lower 137Cs concentrations than omnivore species (brown bear, wild boar), thereby confirming the hypothesis that different dietary strategy impact caesium concentrations in meat. The measured caesium load in brown bear meat was in the range of two orders of magnitude, while caesium load in wild boar meat was found in the range of one order of magnitude. The estimated effective equivalent dose showed that uptake of the highest caesium doses would be from consumption of omnivore species meat, while much lower doses could be taken in with the consumption of meat from herbivore species. (author)

  13. Alkali metals in fungi of forest soil

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    The high affinity of forest soil fungi for alkali metals such as potassium, rubidium, caesium as well as radiocaesium is shown and discussed. Good positive correlation was found between K: Rb concentration ratios in soil and in fungi, when correlation between K: Cs concentration ratios was less pronounced. (LN)

  14. Alkali metal and ammonium chlorides in water and heavy water (binary systems)

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    Cohen-Adad, R

    1991-01-01

    This volume surveys the data available in the literature for solid-fluid solubility equilibria plus selected solid-liquid-vapour equilibria, for binary systems containing alkali and ammonium chlorides in water or heavy water. Solubilities covered are lithium chloride, sodium chloride, potassium chloride, rubidium chloride, caesium chloride and ammonium chloride in water and heavy water.

  15. Observation of single neutral atoms in a large-magnetic-gradient vapour-cell magneto-optical trap

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    Wang Jing; He Jun; Qiu Ying; Yang Bao-Dong; Zhao Jiang-Yan; Zhang Tian-Cai; Wang Jun-Min

    2008-01-01

    Single caesium atoms in a large-magnetic-gradient vapour-cell magneto-optical trap have been identified. The trapping of individual atoms is marked by the steps in fluorescence signal corresponding to the capture or loss of single atoms. The typical magnetic gradient is about 29 mT/cm, which evidently reduces the capture rate of magneto-optical trap.

  16. Removal of radionuclides at a waterworks

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    Gäfvert, T.; Ellmark, C.; Holm, E.

    2002-01-01

    filtration and from the municipal distribution network. The samples were analysed with respect to their content of uranium, thorium, polonium, radium, plutonium and caesium. The results show a high removal capacity for uranium (about 85%), thorium (>90%), plutonium (>95%) and polonium (>90...... concentrations for the naturally occurring radionuclides and plutonium....

  17. Radioactivity in Norwegian Waters: Distribution in seawater and sediments, and uptake in marine organisms

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    Prior to the detonation of the first thermonuclear bomb, small amounts of radioactivity, for example in mineral water, were considered to be health enriching. Negative experiences related to thermonuclear bombs and several nuclear accidents have, however, changed people's attitude towards radioactivity during the past 40-50 years. Today, there is a common concern for regular and potential accidental releases of radioactivity from sources such as Sellafield. Although this is important, incorrect assessments of the effects of these releases (e.g. created by uncritical journalism) have the potential to harm the country's fisheries and economy. Therefore, it is of major importance to document up-to-date levels of radioactive contamination of the marine environment, and be able to place these into the proper perspectives. The main topics of the thesis may be summarised as follows: (1) Distribution of Caesium-137, Plutonium-238, Plutonium-239,240 and Americium-241 in sediments with emphasis on the Spitsbergen-Bear Island area, (2) Uptake of Caesium-137 in phytoplankton representative for the Barents and Norwegian Seas phytoplankton communities (laboratory experiments), (3) Bioaccumulation of Caesium-137 in food webs in the Barents and Norwegian Seas, (4) Geographical variations of Caesium-137 in harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) along the Norwegian coast, (5) Transport times for Technetium-99 from Sellafield to various locations along the Norwegian coast and the Arctic Ocean

  18. Chemical data for the calculation of fission product releases in design basis faults in PWRs

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    This review considers the chemistry of caesium and iodine and their volatility under the conditions which would exist during a number of design-basis faults. It recommends values which should be used for the distribution of these elements between liquid and gas phases. (author)

  19. A functional mimic of natural peroxidases : synthesis and catalytic activity of a non-heme iron/peptide hydroperoxide complex

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    Choma, Christin T.; Schudde, Ebe P.; Kellogg, Richard M.; Robillard, George T.; Feringa, Ben L.

    1998-01-01

    Site-selective attachment of unprotected peptides to a non-heme iron complex is achieved by displacing two halides on the catalyst by peptide caesium thiolates. This coupling approach should be compatible with any peptide sequence provided there is only a single reduced cysteine. The oxidation activ

  20. Cesium-137 global fallout into the Ob river basin and its influence on the Kara sea contamination - Weapons fallout cesium-137 in the Ob' catchment landscapes and its influence on radioactive contamination of the Kara sea: Western Siberia, Russia

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    Semenkov, Ivan N.; Miroshnikov, Alexey Yu. [The Organization of Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of geology of ore deposits, petrography, mineralogy and geochemistry Russian Academy of Sciences (Russian Federation)

    2014-07-01

    There are several high level {sup 137}Cs anomaly zones detected in the deposits of the SW part of the Kara Sea. These anomaly zones were formed in the Ob' and the Enisey river estuaries due to the geochemical 'river-sea' boarder barrier. Level of radiocaesium specific activity reaches 120 Bq*kg{sup -1} in the deposits from these zones. Radiochemical enterprises occur in the both river basins. Their activity results in caesium-137 transfer into the river net. Vast area is contaminated by {sup 137}Cs after nuclear weapons in Semipalatinsk test-site and Kyshtym disaster in the Ob' river basin. Moreover, caesium comes to the Ob' and the Enisey river basins with global atmospheric fallout. The inflow of global fallout caesium-137 to the catchments is 660 kCi (320 kCi including radioactive decay) that is 4 times higher than {sup 137}Cs emission due to Fukushima disaster. Therefore, these river basins as any other huge catchment are an important sources of radioactive contamination of the Arctic Ocean. The aim of our research is to study behavior of global fallout caesium-137 in the landscapes of the Ob and the Enisey river basins. We studied caesium-137 behavior on the example of first order catchments in taiga, wetland, forest-steppe, steppe, and semi-arid landscapes. Geographic information system (GIS) was made. The tenth-order catchments (n=154, Horton coding system) shape 20-groups due to topsoil properties controlling cesium mobility. Eleven first-order basins, characterized 7 groups of tenth order catchments, were studied. And 700 bulk-core soil samples were collected in 2011-2013. Cesium runoff is calculated for 3 first-order river basins in taiga and forest-steppe landscapes. Storage of global fallout caesium-137 declines from undisturbing taiga first-order river basin (90% of cumulative fallout including radioactive decay)> arable steppe and fores-steppe (70 - 75%)> undisturbing wetland (60%). Caesium-137 transfer is high in arable lands

  1. Influence of alkali and alkaline earth elements on the uptake of radionuclides by Pleurototus eryngii fruit bodies

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    Guillen, J., E-mail: fguillen@unex.es [LARUEX, Dpt. Applied Physics, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Extremadura, Avda. Universidad, s/n, 10071 Caceres (Spain); Baeza, A.; Salas, A. [LARUEX, Dpt. Applied Physics, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Extremadura, Avda. Universidad, s/n, 10071 Caceres (Spain)

    2012-04-15

    In the literature, there are many data available on radionuclide contents and their transfer to different species of mushrooms. There are some variables, however, which affect the transfer but are very difficult to observe in collected wild mushrooms. An example is the effect of different concentrations of alkali and alkaline earth elements in the soil. Modification of these concentrations in the soil solution has traditionally been used as a countermeasure to deal with radioactively contaminated areas. In the present work, fruiting bodies of Pleurotus eryngii, a saprophytic mushroom, were grown under controlled laboratory conditions, varying the content of alkali (potassium and caesium) and alkaline earth (calcium and strontium) elements. The transfer of {sup 134}Cs, {sup 85}Sr, and {sup 60}Co (added to the cultures) and of natural {sup 210}Pb was analysed by increasing the content of each stable element considered. A significant, but nonlinear, enhancement of stable caesium and {sup 134}Cs was observed with increasing content of stable caesium in the substrate/mycelium. The transfer of {sup 85}Sr decreased with the addition of each stable cation, whereas the {sup 60}Co and {sup 210}Pb transfers were unaffected. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The addition of stable potassium did not affect the uptake of radiocaesium. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The addition of stable caesium increased the stable caesium and {sup 134}Cs content in the fruiting bodies of Pleurotus eryngii. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The addition of calcium reduced the content of calcium and {sup 85}Sr in the fruiting bodies. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer These countermeasures did not work properly in the case of {sup 60}Co and {sup 210}Pb, no effect was observed.

  2. Thermochemical data acquisition - Part II

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    The study was a joint effort of the four laboratories AEA Harwell, Winfrith, ECN Petten and the Free University of Brussels. Thermochemical data have been determined for a number of fission product and reactor material compounds. Critical assessments have also been made of the available thermochemical data on a number of systems. These data complement the results from similar studies conducted in 1990 (see EUR 14004 EN), and can be used in the appropriate computer codes for calculations of the speciation and transport properties of the fission products during a severe reactor accident. The work load was subdivided as follows: experimental studies of Harwell, Winfrith and Petten (Chapters 1 to 7) have focused on the vaporization of tellurium dioxide, caesium ruthenate, strontium and barium borate, indium hydroxide, caesium telluride, caesium phosphate, caesium hydroxide and caesium iodate and on the thermodynamic properties of the condensed phases Cdl2, Cs2Cdl4, Cs2Si4O9, Cs2ZrO3, SrB4O7, and Ba3B2O6. Critical evaluations have been made of a number of tellurides of importance in severe accident assessments, and analysis have been made of the Fe-Te, Ni-Te and Cr-Te systems. Tables of thermodynamic properties over the temperature range 298.15 to 3 000 K are given. The data are believed to predict the fission product species and their transport in case of severe reactor accidents with greater confidence. The Free University of Brussels (Chapter 8) carried out thermodynamic studies of the systems Cs-Te, In-Te and Cs-In-Te using the mass spectrometric Knudsen cell method. The gas phases formed between 800 and 1 300 K were investigated and the partial pressure and relative ionization cross-sections of the system components were determined

  3. Soils electroremediation

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    This paper presents data on decontamination experiments performed with soils contaminated by long-lived radioactive caesium isotopes. The contamination was formed about 30 years ago during an accident in the first nuclear power station in the former Czechoslovakia. Because of the large soil quantities that make excavation and storage of these soils in nuclear waste repositories inconvenient from economical and spatial point of view, various methods for in situ or ex situ remediation were sought and tested. For soil contamination by caesium, the time of contact of caesium with the soil is crucial because the caesium ions diffuse inside the crystalline structures of clay minerals where they are virtually irreversibly bound. For such materials, the efficiency of the classic 'soft' decontamination methods, such as leaching, phytoremediation etc., is rather low. Electrochemical decontamination was proposed as the decontamination technique for ex situ application. The method is based on electrolysis at a relatively high current density in a suitable electrolyte. The soil is kept in suspension close to the anode, and owing to the high acidity together with both the high temperature and ion flux, the soil structures are opened or partially disrupted and caesium ions are released. The ions can be separated from the solution, e.g., by using selective ion exchangers. The experimental electrolytic cell was designed for the treatment of thin soil layers containing about 3 g of the soil and about 100 mL of electrolyte. The influence of various system parameters, such as electrolyte composition, current-voltage, temperature, and time, on the decontamination efficiency was examined. In the most efficient configuration, a 99+% decontamination level was achieved. For the next step, a bench-scale apparatus was designed that should allow treatment of batches of up to 0.5 kg of soil in one step. (author)

  4. Formation of cold molecules through the photo-association of cold atoms of Cesium. Existence of long range forces between between cold excited atoms of Cesium; Formation de molecules froides par photoassociation d'atomes froids de cesium. Mise en evidence de forces a longue portee entre atomes froids excites de cesium

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    Comparat, D

    1999-09-01

    This thesis deals with the experimental study and the theoretical interpretation of the processes involved in photo-association and the formation of cold caesium molecules. It also presents a study of the dipolar forces between a pair of cold excited caesium atoms. We present here the first photo-association experiment on cold caesium atoms: two cold atoms absorb a photon to form an excited electronically excited molecules in a rotation-vibration level. The first production of cold molecules which was realised experimentally, after the spontaneous deexcitation of the photo-associated molecules, is described, stressing the role of the potential well of the molecular states O{sub g}{sup -}(6s+6p{sub 3/2}) or 1{sub u} (6s+6p{sub 3/2}) of caesium. The detection of the formed caesium molecules is based on a two-photons resonant ionisation that creates Cs{sub 2}{sup +} ions, afterwards selectively detected. Temperatures around 20-200 {mu}K have been measured. The photo-associative spectroscopy is described on the theoretical point of view: a detailed theoretical study allows to calculate precisely the asymptotic parts of the potential curves. On the experimental point of view, we present the spectroscopy of the extern potential well of the caesium state O{sub g}{sup -}(6s+6p{sub 3/2}) and the construction of an effective potential curve of the RKR type. A unified theory of photo-association in weak field, considered as a collision assisted by laser, is developed. The cold atoms experiments allow to study and control the collision between two atoms whose mutual interaction is of the dipole-dipole type. Two different physical systems are studied: a sample of Rydberg atoms, and the photo-association process which is a laser-assisted collision. A modification of the motion of one pair of atoms makes it possible to control the bipolar forces and to choose the atoms relative speeds. (author)

  5. Development of negative hydrogen ion sources for fusion: Experiments and modelling

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    Graphical abstract: Large and powerful negative hydrogen ion sources have to be developed for the neutral beam injection system of the international fusion experiment ITER which is currently under construction. In order to fulfil the ITER requirements — high negative ion current densities and low co-extracted electron currents at low pressure operation (0.3 Pa) — caesium is seeded into the discharges which lowers the work function of the converter surface. The paper addresses the development program at the three test facilities of the Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik (IPP) in Garching. Emphasis is given on a comparison of deuterium with hydrogen operation as well as on the complex caesium chemistry and the plasma surface interaction which are at present the most critical issues for optimising the source performance. An insight into the plasma chemistry and the processes relevant for source optimisation is provided by the well diagnosed plasma accompanied by modelling which is strongly coupled to the physics relevant for the experiments. Highlights: ► Development of large and powerful negative hydrogen sources. ► Stable long pulse operation with caesium. ► Comparison of deuterium with hydrogen operation. ► Discussion on complex caesium dynamics. - Abstract: Large and powerful negative hydrogen ion sources have to be developed for the neutral beam injection system of the international fusion experiment ITER which is currently under construction. In order to fulfil the ITER requirements — high negative ion current densities and low co-extracted electron currents at low pressure operation (0.3 Pa) — caesium is seeded into the discharges which lowers the work function of the converter surface. The paper addresses the development program at the three test facilities of the Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik (IPP) in Garching. Emphasis is given on a comparison of deuterium with hydrogen operation as well as on the complex caesium chemistry and the

  6. Monitoring of the general population with an installed whole body counter at West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven

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    Body radioactivity in the general public has been measured in 395 volunteers in the Whitehaven area, using a whole-body monitor at West Cumberland Hospital. Between October 1986 and October 1987, estimates of total body radiocaesium in 240 volunteers ranged from below detection level to 1844 Bq with a mean of 415 Bq. From October 1987 until May 1988, a further 155 volunteers were monitored, and radiation levels ranged from 34 Bq to 685 Bq, with a mean of 257 Bq. In all volunteers, the ratio of body radiocaesium to body potassium, was well below unity. The average ratio of caesium-137 to caesium-134 from October 1987 to May 1988 was 3.28, corresponding to a ratio of 1.99 at the date of Chernobyl accident. This is consistent with a Chernobyl origin as the primary source for the radiocaesium. There were discernible, but not marked, trends of increasing body radiocaesium with milk and meat/fish consumption. (author)

  7. Saturation of Photoassociation in Cs Magneto-optical Trap

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    MA Jie; WANG Li-Rong; JI Wei-Bang; XIAO Lian-Tuan; JIA Suo-Tang

    2007-01-01

    An ultrahigh resolution photoassociation spectrum of caesium atoms in a magneto-optical trap is presented. Hyperfine structure of the excited state molecule is obtained by using the lock-in method based on modulated cold atoms in this spectrum. Amplitude of resonant lines related to the rotational levels increases with photoassociation laser intensity, and saturation effect of photoassociation of cold atoms is observed in our experiment. The saturation intensity of photoassociation is deduced by fitting the experimental data to a saturation model based on scattering theory. Differences among saturation intensities of different rotational progressions in the v = 55vibrational state of the caesium molecular long-range O-g state have been found.

  8. Searching for an Oscillating Massive Scalar Field as a Dark Matter Candidate Using Atomic Hyperfine Frequency Comparisons.

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    Hees, A; Guéna, J; Abgrall, M; Bize, S; Wolf, P

    2016-08-01

    We use 6 yrs of accurate hyperfine frequency comparison data of the dual rubidium and caesium cold atom fountain FO2 at LNE-SYRTE to search for a massive scalar dark matter candidate. Such a scalar field can induce harmonic variations of the fine structure constant, of the mass of fermions, and of the quantum chromodynamic mass scale, which will directly impact the rubidium/caesium hyperfine transition frequency ratio. We find no signal consistent with a scalar dark matter candidate but provide improved constraints on the coupling of the putative scalar field to standard matter. Our limits are complementary to previous results that were only sensitive to the fine structure constant and improve them by more than an order of magnitude when only a coupling to electromagnetism is assumed.

  9. Status of the atomic fountain clock at the National Research Council of Canada

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    Beattie, S.; Alcock, J.; Jian, B.; Gertsvolf, M.; Bernard, J.

    2016-06-01

    Despite the rapid advances in optical frequency standards, caesium fountain clocks retain a critical role as the most accurate primary frequency standards available. At the National Research Council Canada, we are working to develop a second generation caesium fountain clock. Work is currently underway to improve several systems of FCs1, such as the laser system and microwave local oscillator, which will be incorporated into its refurbished version, FCs2. In addition, we have added an optical pumping stage which has increased the detected atom number by over a factor of six. In collaboration with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), we are planning on replacing the physics package of FCs1. We will report on several recent improvements to FCs1, along with our progress in the development of FCs2.

  10. Validation of Cs-137 measurement in food samples using gamma spectrometry system

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    Cs-137 was found to be one of major radionuclide contaminant present in foods consumed by human. In some countries, regulations required consumption foods moving in international trade to be scanned for caesium (Cs-134 and Cs-137) to ensure it does not exceeding the maximum permissible level. This is to ensure that the intake of such foods will not accumulate radionuclide until the significant level inside the human body. Gamma Spectrometry System was used to perform the measurement of caesium isotopes, because it was one of the easiest methods to be performed. This measuring method must be validated for several parameters include specificity, precision (repeatability), bias (accuracy), linearity, range, detection limit, robustness and ruggedness in order to ensure it is fit for the purpose. This paper would summarise how these parameters were fulfilled for this analytical method using several types certified reference materials. The same validated method would be considered workable on Cs-134 as well. (Author)

  11. Contributions by emissions from nuclear installations to concentrations of radionuclides in milk

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    Green, N

    1983-01-01

    A year-long study has been carried out to determine whether milk produced near nuclear sites contains concentrations of radionuclides that can be attributed to discharges from the installations, and, as a consequence, whether there is enhanced exposure of those members of the public who consume this milk. Eight creameries were chosen and monthly samples of milk were taken for analysis. The concentrations of caesium-137 and strontium-90 were measured and compared with results from a national survey conducted as part of the Board's environmental radioactivity surveillance programme. No effect attributable to discharges from the nuclear establishments was identified. The activity concentrations ranged between 0.1 and 3 times the national average; the variation relates mainly to rainfall in the area, although other factors may also have an effect. However, milk contributes only a small fraction of the total dietary intake of caesium-137 and strontium-90, and so the exposure of persons consuming the milk varies on...

  12. Rydberg atoms in hollow-core photonic crystal fibres

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    Epple, G; Euser, T G; Joly, N Y; Pfau, T; Russell, P St J; Löw, R

    2014-01-01

    The exceptionally large polarisability of highly excited Rydberg atoms (six orders of magnitude higher than ground-state atoms) makes them of great interest in fields such as quantum optics, quantum computing, quantum simulation and metrology. If however they are to be used routinely in applications, a major requirement is their integration into technically feasible, miniaturised devices. Here we show that a Rydberg medium based on room temperature caesium vapour can be confined in broadband-guiding kagome-style hollow-core photonic crystal fibres. Three-photon spectroscopy performed on a caesium-filled fibre detects Rydberg states up to a principal quantum number of n = 40. Besides small energy level shifts we observe narrow lines confirming the coherence of the Rydberg excitation. Using different Rydberg states and core diameters we study the influence of confinement within the fibre core after different exposure times. Understanding these effects is essential for the successful future development of novel ...

  13. Realization of a time-scale with an optical clock

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    Grebing, C; Dörscher, S; Häfner, S; Gerginov, V; Weyers, S; Lipphardt, B; Riehle, F; Sterr, U; Lisdat, C

    2015-01-01

    Optical clocks are not only powerful tools for prime fundamental research, but are also deemed for the re-definition of the SI base unit second as they surpass the performance of caesium atomic clocks in both accuracy and stability by more than an order of magnitude. However, an important obstacle in this transition has so far been the limited reliability of the optical clocks that made a continuous realization of a time-scale impractical. In this paper, we demonstrate how this dilemma can be resolved and that a time-scale based on an optical clock can be established that is superior to one based on even the best caesium fountain clocks. The paper also gives further proof of the international consistency of strontium lattice clocks on the $10^{-16}$ accuracy level, which is another prerequisite for a change in the definition of the second.

  14. Liquid high-level waste storage - can we tolerate it?

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    Taylor, P. [Terramares Group (United Kingdom)

    1996-12-31

    High-level radioactive waste from reprocessing is stored at British Nuclear Fuel`s Sellafield site in High Active Storage Tanks (HAST`s), which require constant cooling and ventilation. The author argues that, containing as they do, about 100 times the caesium 137 released during the Chernobyl accident, these containment tanks represent an unacceptably high risk of a major release of caesium 137, a volatile gamma-emitter with a half-life of about 30 years. It is readily transferred into food chains and difficult to remove from soils, tarmac and concrete. Still worse, it is argued, are the tens of thousands of cancers and other biological radiation effects likely to occur as a result of such a release. He argues for the vitrification of all such highly active liquid wastes, which would slow further reprocessing down to accommodate the current backlog. (UK).

  15. Searching for an Oscillating Massive Scalar Field as a Dark Matter Candidate Using Atomic Hyperfine Frequency Comparisons

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    Hees, A.; Guéna, J.; Abgrall, M.; Bize, S.; Wolf, P.

    2016-08-01

    We use 6 yrs of accurate hyperfine frequency comparison data of the dual rubidium and caesium cold atom fountain FO2 at LNE-SYRTE to search for a massive scalar dark matter candidate. Such a scalar field can induce harmonic variations of the fine structure constant, of the mass of fermions, and of the quantum chromodynamic mass scale, which will directly impact the rubidium/caesium hyperfine transition frequency ratio. We find no signal consistent with a scalar dark matter candidate but provide improved constraints on the coupling of the putative scalar field to standard matter. Our limits are complementary to previous results that were only sensitive to the fine structure constant and improve them by more than an order of magnitude when only a coupling to electromagnetism is assumed.

  16. Spatial 137Cs distribution in forest soil

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    This work presents the distribution of radioactive caesium in several types of forest soil originating from the Lesisko reserve (Opole Province, Poland). Vertical distribution of 137Cs isotope was determined in the profiles related to physicochemical properties of different types of soils and their location. Thickness of emerging genetic horizons, structure and morphology of soil profiles were determined. The highest 137Cs activities were found in Of and A horizons. At the same time, there was a sudden drop of 137Cs activity in mineral horizons of soil profiles. By analysis of caesium radioisotope content and its distribution in soil profiles significant correlations were observed between certain physicochemical properties (e.g. pH value, hydrolytic acidity, granulometric composition) of soils in selected forest habitats. (author)

  17. National survey of human body radioactivity measured by a mobile whole-body counter and installed whole-body counters

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    Body radioactivity in the general public has been measured in 2339 volunteers throughout the U.K. A mobile whole-body monitor visited collaborating Medical Physics Departments and data were also contributed by Medical Physics Departments possessing installed counters. Levels of body radiocaesium ranged from below detection level to 4149 Bq. Radiocaesium levels were normalised by dividing by the content of natural body potassium-40. In all cases, the dose rate to the body from radiocaesium was less than that from potassium-40. Radiocaesium levels were 2-3 times higher in N.W. England, Scotland and N. Wales than the rest of the country, but this factor is much less than the variation in deposition of Chernobyl radiocaesium. This discrepancy may be accounted for by the nationwide distribution of foodstuffs. At all sites where volunteers were monitored, the ratio of caesium-137/caesium-134 was consistent with a radiocaesium intake attributable primarily to fallout from the Chernobyl fire. (author)

  18. Evaluation of 137Cs internal contamination in children by means of whole body counter measurements

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    Two series of internal contamination measurements were performed on children from Byelorussia by means of whole body and urine counting. The body contamination was related to 134Cs and 137Cs emitted in the accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station on April 26, 1986. The data have been analysed in order to have an experimental estimation of the caesium metabolic parameters and make a comparison with those indicated in ICRP 56, point out the effect of sex and age in relation to 137Cs body activity and half-time of caesium long term retention fraction and obtain indications concerning the statistical distributions of internal contamination in children of both sexes living in different areas of Byelorussia. (author)

  19. WWER Expert System for Fuel Failure Analysis Using Data on Primary Coolant Activity

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    The computer expert system for fuel failure analysis of WWER during operation is presented. The diagnostics is based on the measurement of specific activity of reference nuclides in reactor primary coolant and application of a computer code for the data interpretation. The data analysis includes an evaluation of tramp uranium mass in reactor core, detection of failures by iodine and caesium spikes, evaluation of burnup of defective fuel. Evaluation of defective fuel burnup was carried out by applying the relation of caesium nuclides activity in spikes and relations of activities of gaseous fission products for steady state operational conditions. The method of burnup evaluation of defective fuel by use of fission gas activity is presented in detail. The neural-network analysis is performed for determination of failed fuel rod number and defect size. Results of the expert system application are illustrated for several fuel campaigns on operating WWER NPPs. (authors)

  20. WWER expert system for fuel failure analysis using the RTOP-CA code

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    The computer expert system for fuel failure analysis of WWER during operation is presented. The diagnostics is based on the measurement of specific activity of reference nuclides in reactor primary coolant and application of a computer code for the data interpretation. The data analysis includes an evaluation of tramp uranium mass in reactor core, detection of failures by iodine and caesium spikes, evaluation of burnup of defective fuel. Evaluation of defective fuel burnup was carried out by applying the relation of caesium nuclides activity in spikes and relations of activities of gaseous fission products for steady state operational conditions. The method of burnup evaluation of defective fuel by use of fission gas activity is presented in details. The neural-network analysis is performed for determination of failed fuel rod number and defect size. Results of the expert system application are illustrated for several fuel campaigns on operating WWER NPPs. (authors)

  1. Report of the radiological protection procedures adapted in the Goiania General Hospital for assistance to the victims of the radiological accident with Cesium 137

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    A caesium-137 capsule, illegal removed from a desactivated health center of the Instituto Goiano de Radioterapia, was disrupted causing a serious radiological accident. The dimensions of the accident were worsened due to some facts such as: the caesium-137 was in the chloride from, which is a very soluble compound the accident was notify to the competent authorities only several days after the capsule was removal and during this period of time some people handled the souce directly, without knowing its potential danger. This paper descibes the measures adopted in the Goiania General Hospital to restrict the exposure of workers and members of the public and to minimize the consequences of unavoidable exposures in such a way to assure that the annual dose limits were not exceeded. An efficiency evaluation of the methods adopted for the decontamination of the victims was made and its described in the report. (author)

  2. Searching for an Oscillating Massive Scalar Field as a Dark Matter Candidate Using Atomic Hyperfine Frequency Comparisons.

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    Hees, A; Guéna, J; Abgrall, M; Bize, S; Wolf, P

    2016-08-01

    We use 6 yrs of accurate hyperfine frequency comparison data of the dual rubidium and caesium cold atom fountain FO2 at LNE-SYRTE to search for a massive scalar dark matter candidate. Such a scalar field can induce harmonic variations of the fine structure constant, of the mass of fermions, and of the quantum chromodynamic mass scale, which will directly impact the rubidium/caesium hyperfine transition frequency ratio. We find no signal consistent with a scalar dark matter candidate but provide improved constraints on the coupling of the putative scalar field to standard matter. Our limits are complementary to previous results that were only sensitive to the fine structure constant and improve them by more than an order of magnitude when only a coupling to electromagnetism is assumed. PMID:27541455

  3. Presentation and analysis of a model simulating the response of potash treatment of lakes

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    The potassium concentration in a lake may influence the caesium levels in lake biota. The biouptake and potential ecosystem effects of a caesium fall-out can be limited by addition of potassium, for example, by a potash treatment. This work presents for the first time a simple and practically useful model to facilitate the planning and to predict the outcome of potash treatments by simulating the processes that regulate the water chemical response of such a treatment. The model is a mixed model in the sense that it contains both statistical regressions and dynamic interactions within a lake ecosystem. This paper focuses on the dynamic processes and gives both calibrations and extensive validations of the model. A few examples on the practical use of the model are presented. The results indicate that the model, using only easily accessible input data, can, in fact, give good predictions on the increase and duration in potassium concentration following a potash treatment. (author)

  4. Structure, spectra and dynamics of alkali cation microhydration clusters

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    Schulz, Franziska

    2005-01-01

    The main focus of this work was the theoretical investigation of alkali cation microhydration clusters with sodium, potassium, and caesium as central ion and up to 24 water molecules per cluster. Structures were obtained applying global geometry optimisation, using a specialised version of genetic algorithms and the common TIP4P/OPLS model potential. The global and most important local minimum energy structures have been investigated and the results obtained constitute a first complete and sy...

  5. Immobilisation of hazardous waste

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    Hazardous waste, e.g. radioactive waste, particularly that containing caesium-137, is immobilised by mixing with cement and solidifiable organic polymeric material. When first mixed, the organic material is preferably liquid and at this time can be polymerisable or already polymerised. The hardening can result from cooling or further polymerisation e.g. cross-linking. The organic material may be wax, or a polyester which may be unsaturated and cross-linkable by reaction with styrene. (author)

  6. Gramicidin-mediated currents at very low permeant ion concentrations.

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    Hainsworth, A H; Hladky, S B

    1987-01-01

    Current-voltage relations have been measured for the fluxes of caesium ions through pores formed by gramicidin in lipid bilayer membranes. The ionic currents have been separated from capacitative currents using a bridge circuit with an integrator as null-detector. The conductances during brief voltage pulses were small enough to avoid the effects of diffusion polarization and the ionic strength was raised using choline chloride or magnesium sulfate to reduce the effects of double-layer polari...

  7. Radioactivity in the Canadian environment

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    A report by the National Research Council of Canada Associate Committee on Scientific Criteria for Environmental Quality summarizes data on exposures of human and non-human biota to radioactivity. For the radionuclides tritium, krypton 85, strontium 90, iodine 131, caesium 137, radium 226, radon 222 and plutonium 239. The report gives details of radioactive transformations, production, release, nuclear data, deposition, pathways for irradiation of human beings, occupational exposures, escape to the atmosphere, and annual limits on uptake. (D.N.)

  8. 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 ...

  9. Historie závažných havárií na jaderných zařízeních

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    DRAŽANOVÁ, Kristýna

    2016-01-01

    The bachelor thesis maps all the accidents assessed by the INES scale level 5 and above. It is not only concerning events at nuclear power plants, but also at nuclear weapons production facilities, whose construction preceded the development of the nuclear power plants in several countries. An attention is paid also to the unfortunate event, which was originated as a result of unauthorized manipulation with a part of the radiotherapy device containing radioactive isotopes of caesium 137Cs. Th...

  10. Laser cooling and trapping of atoms

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    Townsend Christopher G.

    1995-01-01

    A detailed experimental and theoretical investigation of a magneto-optical trap for caesium atoms is presented. Particular emphasis has been placed on achieving high spatial number densities and low temperatures. Optimizing both of these together enables efficient evaporative cooling from a conservative trap, a procedure which has recently led to the first observations of Bose-Einstein condensation in a dilute atomic vapour. The behaviour of a magneto-optical trap is nomina...

  11. Selective decontamination of cesium and strontium from evaporation concentrates of spent fuel reprocessing plants with crown ethers by transport through supported liquid membranes

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    Reprocessing operations lead to the production of radioactive medium activity liquid waste which is treated by evaporation and solutions of very high salinity are thus formed. The concentrates from reprocessing plant evaporators have to be stored in geological storage sites in view of their strong caesium, strontium and actinides activity. These elements, contained in acid and high sodium nitrate content liquid waste, are removed by means of selective extractants, using the supported liquid membrane technique (SLM), which allows them to be stored in surface sites, the actinides and long-life fission products being respectively recycled and concentrated into reduced volumes. The removal of the actinides is done by means of an Octyl N.N Diisobutyl Carbamoyl Methyl Phosphine Oxide (C.M.P.O.) based liquid membrane, whereas the removal of the caesium and strontium involves crown ethers. Supported liquid membranes (S.L.M.s) have the advantage of implementing very small quantities of extractant, but they generally have poor stability. The extractant, the diluent and the phase modifier impregnating the membrane play a vital role in SLM stability; the support also affects stability by its nature and geometry. For the extraction of strontium, the most lipophilic extractant, DtBu 18 C 6, enables higher strontium transfer kinetics to be attained. As regards caesium, the extremely lipophilic nDec B21 C7 is the most efficient. Caesium cannot be quantitatively removed, due to the competition of the very high content of sodium ions in the concentrate. Stable membranes are obtained with DC18 C6 or DtBu18 C6 diluted in alkylbenzenes with an added phase modifier such as decanol or especially isotridecanol

  12. Atom gravimeters and gravitational redshift

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    Wolf, Peter; Borde, Christian J; Reynaud, Serge; Salomon, Christophe; Cohen-Tannoudji, Claude; 10.1038/nature09340

    2010-01-01

    In a recent paper, H. Mueller, A. Peters and S. Chu [A precision measurement of the gravitational redshift by the interference of matter waves, Nature 463, 926-929 (2010)] argued that atom interferometry experiments published a decade ago did in fact measure the gravitational redshift on the quantum clock operating at the very high Compton frequency associated with the rest mass of the Caesium atom. In the present Communication we show that this interpretation is incorrect.

  13. The incident at Siderurgica Sevillana S. A.; El incidente de Siderurgica Sevilla S. A.

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    2002-07-01

    With the information available at the date of publication, this article gives a summary of the incident at the plant of the company Siderurgica Sevillana S. A., in Alcala de Guadaira (province of Seville) in which a Caesium 137 source was melted down. The article also describes the measures adopted at the CSN's initiative and the extent to which they have been implemented. Lastly an initial assessment of given of the incident's radiological consequences. (Author)

  14. Dependence of electromagnetically induced transparency on temperature

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    Xiao Feng; Guo Rui-Min; Li Lu-Ming; Yang Dong-Hai; Chen Xu-Zong

    2004-01-01

    @@ We performed an experimental study on the dependence of the linewidth of electromagetically induced transparency (EIT) on the temperature of medium in a A-type configuration using caesium vapour. We found that the transparent window is narrowed in the EIT whose two ground levels are composed of two hyperfine levels, and broadened in the case when the two ground levels are degenerated Zeeman sublevels, as the temperature of vapour cell is increased. The explanation for the phenomena is given qualitatively.

  15. Experimental Research of Spontaneous Evolution from Ultracold Rydberg Atoms to Plasma

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    ZHANG Lin-Jie; FENG Zhi-Gang; LI An-Ling; ZHAO Jian-Ming; LI Chang-Yong; JIA Suo-Tang

    2008-01-01

    @@ The spontaneous evolution from ultracold Rydberg atoms to plasma is investigated in a caesium MOT by using the method of field ionization. The plasma transferred from atoms in different Rydberg states (n = 22-32) are obtained experimentally. Dependence of the threshold time of evolving to plasma and the threshold number of initial Rydberg atoms on the principal quantum number of initial Rydberg states is studied. The experimental results are in agreement with hot-cold Rydberg-Rydberg atom collision ionization theory.

  16. Experimental Test of Alternating-Current Zeeman Interference Effect in Ramsey Separated Oscillating Fields

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    ZHANG Jun-Hai; WANG Feng-Zhi; YANG Dong-Hai

    2004-01-01

    An experimental test of ac Zeeman effect in an optically pumped caesium beam frequency standard is reported and analysed. An interference pattern of the atomic energy level shift as a function of the applied microwave field near the atomic transition frequency was observed. It was superimposed on the dispersion lineshape of a normal ac Zeeman effect. This effect was analysed with the atomic wavefunction phase analysing method.

  17. Magneto-optic spectroscopy with linearly polarized modulated light: Theory and experiment

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    Bevilacqua, Giuseppe; Breschi, Evelina

    2014-01-01

    We investigate the polarization modulation between two linear orthogonal states of the laser beam that synchronously pumps time-dependent atomic alignment in caesium atoms exposed to a static magnetic field. Because of the atomic alignment symmetry two independent groups of resonances can be distinguished in the transmitted light: when modulation frequency matches either the Larmor frequency or its second harmonics, ωL and 2ωL, respectively. We report on our experiments, and discuss a model t...

  18. Application of Electron-Shelving Detection via 423 nm Transition in Calcium-Beam Optical Frequency Standard

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    HUANG Kai-Kai; ZHANG Jian-Wei; YU De-Shui; CHEN Zhen-Hui; ZHUAN Wei; CHEN Jing-Biao

    2006-01-01

    A new scheme of small compact optical frequency standard based on thermal calcium beam with application of 423 nm shelving detection and sharp-angle velocity selection detection is proposed. Combining these presented techniques, we conclude that a small compact optical frequency standard based on thermal calcium beam will outperform the commercial caesium-beam microwave clock, like the 5071 Cs clock (from HP to Agilent, now Symmetricom company), both in accuracy and stability.

  19. Application of the zoning decree in the medical sector: external radiotherapy and curietherapy; Application de l'arrete zonage dans le domaine medical: Radiotherapie externe et curietherapie

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    Pierrat, N. [Service de physique medicale, Institut Curie, 26 rue d' Ulm, 75005 Paris (France)

    2008-07-01

    The author presents some requirements about access to external radiotherapy rooms and curietherapy rooms according the application of a decree requiring zoning for radiotherapy practices. She also indicates some technical characteristics (radioactive sources, authorized radioactivity level). As far as curietherapy is concerned, she makes a distinction between treatments with or without a source projector, and also (in the case with a source projector) between low dose rate with caesium 137, pulsed radiation with indium 192 and high dose rate with indium 192

  20. Radiation monitoring of local foodstuffs in some settlements in Belarus located not far from woodlands

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    Here are the results of radiation monitoring performed by the local centres for radiation control in some settlements located in radiation contaminated territories not far from woodlands. It is shown that within the decennial period from 1993 to 2003 the Caesium 137 radiation contamination of mushrooms, game and milk from private household makes significant values and do not have the decreasing tendency. It is recommended to use possible radioprotective measures of the population under above stated circumstances. (authors)

  1. Performance of dose calibrators used for nuclear medicine services

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    This work show the results of the quality control tests from two different dose calibrators of a Nuclear Medicine Clinic in Sao Paulo. One of them has an ionization chamber (well type) and the other, Geiger-Mueller detectors (well configuration). As reference sources, Cobalt-57, Barium-133 and Caesium-137 were utilized. Also, an unsealed Technetium-99m source was used in some tests. Finally, the performance of both instruments was compared. (author)

  2. Transmissible mupirocin resistance in Staphylococcus aureus.

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    Rahman, M.; Noble, W. C.; Cookson, B

    1989-01-01

    The spread of two strains of Staphylococcus aureus with high level resistance to mupirocin is described. The resistance proved to be easily transferred to other S. aureus strains by filter mating experiments and on the skin of mice. No plasmid band corresponding to the resistance could be demonstrated by agarose gel electrophoresis or by caesium chloride gradient centrifugation but cleavage of 'chromosomal' DNA from resistant recipients showed bright bands of DNA absent from sensitive controls.

  3. Atmospheric removal times of the aerosol-bound radionuclides Cs-137 and I-131 measured after the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear accident - a constraint for air quality and climate models

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    N. I. Kristiansen; A. Stohl; G. Wotawa

    2012-01-01

    Caesium-137 (137Cs) and iodine-131 (131I) are radionuclides of particular concern during nuclear accidents, because they are emitted in large amounts and are of significant health impact. 137Cs and 131I attach to the ambient accumulation-mode (AM) aerosols and share their fate as the aerosols are removed from the atmosphere by scavenging within clouds, precipitation and dry deposition. Here, we estimate their removal times from the atmosphere using a unique high-precision global measurement d...

  4. Decay curve analysis of alkali-silicate glass exposed to electrons

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    Gedeon, O

    2002-01-01

    Binary and ternary potassium, rubidium and caesium glasses were irradiated by an electron beam with energy varying from 10 to 50 keV. Alkali ion x-ray decays were recorded and afterward incubation periods were determined. The incubation period versus electron energy curves revealed thresholds, which are typical for each alkali species. The threshold ratios are proportional to the mass of the alkali species, consistent with the suggested elastic scattering assisted hopping mechanism. (author)

  5. Influence of chronic irradiation of tobacco and carrot plants on the regeneration in the tissue culture

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    The influence of chronic irradiation of tobacco and carrot donor plants on the regeneration processes in vitro has been studied. The plants were grown on the soil containing different concentrations of caesium-137 and strontium-90. The morphogenesis intensity was decreased after irradiation of the tobacco plants by the dose of 0,5 Gy and the carrot plants by the dose of 0.07-0.4 Gy

  6. Specific features of 137Cs migration and accumulation in chernozem soils of forest ecosystems in the zone contaminated due to the Chornobyl accident

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    A number of factors influencing 137Cs fate and biological availability in chernozem soils under the forest vegetation were assessed for various climatic zones. The migration rates of 137Cs in the profile of chernozem soils were shown to depend primary on forest litter composition and structure. In the absence of forest litter the soil mineralogical composition and humus content become the most influential factors of caesium mobility

  7. [Presence of autocomplementary RNA with viral specificity in cells infected with herpes virus].

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    Béchet, J M; Montagnier, L; Latarjet, R

    1975-01-13

    RNA from cells infected with Herpes simplex virus contain a higher percentage of double-stranded RNA than non-infected cells. This percentage increases three-fold upon self-annealing. The complementary RNA sequences were shown to be virus-specific by the following criteria: (1) high melting temperature than double-stranded RNA from non infected cells; (2) higher density in caesium sulphate; (3) specific hybridization with viral DNA.

  8. Situation review concerning the impact on the marine environment after the accident which occurred at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi power station - 6 November 2012

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    After a brief recall of the accident, this document briefly describes the current situation of the installations (reactors, storage pools, releases), gives an overview of the different origins of sea pollution after the accident (atmospheric fallouts, liquid releases from the installations and due to rivers washing contaminated lands) and evokes some measurements of radioactive caesium made in some sea species. It finally briefly describes works performed by TEPCO to limit releases into the sea

  9. Development of a laboratory method to predict rapidly the availability of radiocaesium

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    Singleton, D.L.; Livens, F.R.; Beresford, N.A.; Howard, B.J.; Barnett, C.L. (Institute of Terrestrial Ecology, Grange-on-Sands (United Kingdom). Merlewood Research Station); Mayes, R.W. (Macaulay Land Use Research Inst., Roslin (United Kingdom)); Segal, M.G. (Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, London (United Kingdom))

    1992-03-01

    A simple extraction procedure has been developed to assess rapidly the probable extent of the transfer of radiocaesium into ruminant food products soon after a nuclear accident. The in vitro extractions were validated against true absorption measurements of different forms of radiocaesium in the sheep gut. Extractions were performed on a range of different radiocaesium sources. Some of these sources were artificial (ionic radiocaesium adsorbed onto bentonite, silica spheres and filter-papers) and others were environmentally contaminated (silt from the Ravenglass Estuary contaminated by effluent from British Nuclear Fuels Limited (BNFL) Sellafield, and upland grass and heather contaminated by Chernobyl fallout). Laboratory experiments concentrated primarily on the use of simple inorganic extractants in competitive ion-exchange processes. Of the reagents used, 0.1 mol dm{sup -3} stable caesium chloride solution was the most effective extractant. The proportion of radiocaesium extracted by 0.1 mol dm{sup -3} caesium chloride correlated well with measurements of true absorption. Extracting radiocaesium using 0.1 mol dm{sup -3} caesium chloride proved to be an inexpensive and rapid method of predicting the availability of radiocaesium for absorption in the ruminant gut, giving results within 24 h. Further extractions were carried out using cellulase/pepsin simulated digestions and ovine rumen fluid. Results suggested that the availability of radiocaesium from some inorganic sources may be underestimated using such techniques. (author).

  10. Development of a laboratory method to predict rapidly the availability of radiocaesium.

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    Singleton, D L; Livens, F R; Beresford, N A; Howard, B J; Barnett, C L; Mayes, R W; Segal, M G

    1992-03-01

    A simple extraction procedure has been developed to assess rapidly the probable extent of the transfer of radiocaesium into ruminant food products soon after a nuclear accident. The in vitro extractions were validated against true absorption measurements of different forms of radiocaesium in the sheep gut. Extractions were performed on a range of different radiocaesium sources. Some of these sources were artificial (ionic radiocaesium adsorbed onto bentonite, silica spheres and filter-papers) and others were environmentally contaminated [silt from the Ravenglass Estuary contaminated by effluent from British Nuclear Fuels Limited (BNFL) Sellafield, and upland grass and heather contaminated by Chernobyl fallout]. Laboratory experiments concentrated primarily on the use of simple inorganic extractants in competitive ion-exchange processes. Of the reagents used, 0.1 mol dm-3 stable caesium chloride solution was the most effective extractant. The proportion of radiocaesium extracted by 0.1 mol dm-3 caesium chloride correlated well with measurements of true absorption. Extracting radiocaesium using 0.1 mol dm-3 caesium chloride proved to be an inexpensive and rapid method of predicting the availability of radiocaesium for absorption in the ruminant gut, giving results within 24 h. Further extractions were carried out using cellulase/pepsin simulated digestions and ovine rumen fluid. Results suggested that the availability of radiocaesium from some inorganic sources may be underestimated using such techniques.

  11. Progress of the ELISE test facility: towards one hour pulses in hydrogen

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    Wünderlich, D.; Fantz, U.; Heinemann, B.; Kraus, W.; Riedl, R.; Wimmer, C.; the NNBI Team

    2016-10-01

    In order to fulfil the ITER requirements, the negative hydrogen ion source used for NBI has to deliver a high source performance, i.e. a high extracted negative ion current and simultaneously a low co-extracted electron current over a pulse length up to 1 h. Negative ions will be generated by the surface process in a low-temperature low-pressure hydrogen or deuterium plasma. Therefore, a certain amount of caesium has to be deposited on the plasma grid in order to obtain a low surface work function and consequently a high negative ion production yield. This caesium is re-distributed by the influence of the plasma, resulting in temporal instabilities of the extracted negative ion current and the co-extracted electrons over long pulses. This paper describes experiments performed in hydrogen operation at the half-ITER-size NNBI test facility ELISE in order to develop a caesium conditioning technique for more stable long pulses at an ITER relevant filling pressure of 0.3 Pa. A significant improvement of the long pulse stability is achieved. Together with different plasma diagnostics it is demonstrated that this improvement is correlated to the interplay of very small variations of parameters like the electrostatic potential and the particle densities close to the extraction system.

  12. Distribution characteristics of 137Cs in wind-eroded soil profile and its use in estimating wind erosion modulus

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    HU Yunfeng; LIU Jiyuan; ZHUANG Dafang; CAO Hongxia; YAN Huimin; YANG Fengting

    2005-01-01

    Due to its inert reaction in soil system and distinctive vertical distribution in soil profile, caesium-137 (137Cs) has been used as a tracer to assess wind erosion. In this study, 62 soil samples were collected from 4 sampling sites in Taipusi County, Inner Mongolia; Caesium-137 activities for those soil samples were measured using a gamma-ray spectrometry in Sichuan University, Chengdu. Distribution pattern of 137Cs in vertical soil profile was different for different land use and land cover types. Caesium-137 was distributed homogeneously in plow layer of cropland, and negatively exponential in low to medium cover grassland. Distribution pattern in high covered grassland was represented by a peak at 2-4 cm soil depth followed by a negative exponential curve. Based on those findings, simplified mass balance model was chosen to estimate the rate of wind erosion for cropland, while profile distribution model was used for grassland. Estimated wind erosion rates were 7990, 4270 and dium cover grassland, respectively. Wind erosion intensity correlated negatively with plant cover.

  13. Environmental radioactivity surveillance programme: results for the UK for 1980

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    The first in a series of reports on the NRPB's environmental radioactivity surveillance programme in the UK is given. The intermediate-yield weapon explosion in central Asia in October 1980 resulted in increased concentrations of fission products in November and December 1980 and preliminary data for 1981 indicate significant increases over levels in recent years. UK average depositions of strontium-90 and caesium-137 were less than in previous years and less than 2% of those reported for 1963/64, the years of maximum fallout. An average effective dose equivalent commitment of 0.4 μSv from radionuclides deposited in 1980 added less than 1% to that accumulated from atmospheric nuclear explosions in earlier years. The concentrations of strontium-90 and caesium-137 in milk were less than that reported for 1979 and were about 7% and 2%, respectively, of the highest values reported in 1964. The average committed effective dose equivalent attributable to contamination of diet with these radionuclides is estimated to be 3 μSv. The estimate for caesium-137 is consistent with that obtained from direct measurement of this radionuclide in the body. The average annual effective dose equivalent from fallout is evaluated and compared with that from natural background radioactivity. (author)

  14. Study of the behaviour of inorganic ion exchangers in the treatment of medium active effluents. Pt.5

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    This report describes some results obtained for a generic programme of work for the Department of the Environment on the potential application of inorganic ion exchangers for the treatment of medium active effluents. The results from a preliminary investigation of the encapsulation of six ion exchangers (hydrous titanium oxide, hydrous manganese oxide, titanium and zirconium phosphates, polyantimonic acid and copper hexacyanoferrate(II) (CuFC)) in cement are reported. Compressive strength tests showed the presence of the exchangers reduced the strength of the cement but in all cases 33.3 wt% loadings of the exchangers resulted in homogeneous waste forms with adequate strength (≥ 4.5 MN m-2) for transport/storage. The results from a series of leach tests investigating the rate of release of caesium from cement samples containing caesium-loaded CuFC, are also reported. It was found that the presence of CuFC reduces the cumulative fraction of caesium leached but not the overall leach rate. (author)

  15. Study of the behaviour of inorganic ion exchangers in the treatment of medium active effluents. Part 5

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    This report describes some results obtained from a generic programme of work for the Department of the Environment on the potential application of inorganic ion exchangers for the treatment of medium active effluents. The results from a preliminary investigation of the encapsulation of six ion exchangers (hydrous titanium oxide, hydrous manganese oxide, titanium and zirconium phosphates, polyantimonic acid and copper hexacyanoferrate (II) (CuFC)) in cement are reported. Compression strength tests showed the presence of the exchangers reduced the strength of the cement but in all cases 33.3 wt% loadings of the exchangers resulted in homogeneous waste forms with adequate strength (≥ 4.5 MNm-2) for disposal in a waste repository. The results from a series of leach tests investigating the rate of release of caesium from cement samples containing caesium-loaded CuFC, are also reported. It was found that the presence of CuFC reduces the cumulative fraction of caesium leached but not the overall leach rate. (author)

  16. {sup 40}K/{sup 137}Cs discrimination ratios to the aboveground organs of tropical plants

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    Sanches, N. [Instituto de Fisica, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Av. Gal. Milton Tavares de Souza s/n, Gragoata, Niteroi, CEP 24210-346, RJ (Brazil); Anjos, R.M. [Instituto de Fisica, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Av. Gal. Milton Tavares de Souza s/n, Gragoata, Niteroi, CEP 24210-346, RJ (Brazil)], E-mail: meigikos@if.uff.br; Mosquera, B. [Instituto de Fisica, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Av. Gal. Milton Tavares de Souza s/n, Gragoata, Niteroi, CEP 24210-346, RJ (Brazil)

    2008-07-15

    In the present work, the accumulation of caesium and potassium in aboveground plant parts was studied in order to improve the understanding on the behaviour of monovalent cations in several compartments of tropical plants. We present the results for activity concentrations of {sup 137}Cs and {sup 40}K, measured by gamma spectrometry, from five tropical plant species: guava (Psidium guajava), mango (Mangifera indica), papaya (Carica papaya), banana (Musa paradisiaca), and manioc (Manihot esculenta). Caesium and potassium have shown a high level of mobility within the plants, exhibiting the highest values of concentration in the growing parts (fruits, leaves, twigs, and barks) of the woody fruit and large herbaceous shrub (such as manioc) species. In contrast, the banana and papaya plants exhibited the lowest levels of {sup 137}Cs and {sup 40}K in their growing parts. However, a significant correlation between activity concentrations of {sup 137}Cs and {sup 40}K was observed in these tropical plants. The {sup 40}K/{sup 137}Cs discrimination ratios were approximately equal to unity in different compartments of each individual plant, suggesting the possibility of using caesium to predict the behaviour of potassium in several tropical species.

  17. Modelling of radionuclide migration in forest ecosystems. A literature review

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    The Chernobyl accident has clearly shown the long-term effects of a radioactive contamination of forest ecosystems. This report is based on a literature review of models which describe the migration of radionuclides, radioactive caesium in particular, in forest ecosystems. The report describes the particularities of the forest ecosystem, the time dynamics of the contamination, the transfer processes and factors influencing caesium migration. This provides a basis for a discussion of different approaches for modelling caesium migration in the forest. It is concluded that the studied dynamic models include the most relevant transfer processes both for the acute and the long-term phase after a radioactive deposition. However, most models are site specific and do not consider some of the factors responsible for the differences in radionuclide behaviour and distribution in different types of forests. Although model improvements are constrained by the availability of experimental data and by the lack of knowledge of the migration mechanisms some possible improvements are discussed. This report is part of the LANDSCAPE project. -An integrated approach to radionuclide flow in the semi-natural ecosystems underlying exposure pathways to man

  18. Modelling of radionuclide migration in forest ecosystems. A literature review

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    Avila, R.; Moberg, L.; Hubbard, L.

    1998-03-01

    The Chernobyl accident has clearly shown the long-term effects of a radioactive contamination of forest ecosystems. This report is based on a literature review of models which describe the migration of radionuclides, radioactive caesium in particular, in forest ecosystems. The report describes the particularities of the forest ecosystem, the time dynamics of the contamination, the transfer processes and factors influencing caesium migration. This provides a basis for a discussion of different approaches for modelling caesium migration in the forest. It is concluded that the studied dynamic models include the most relevant transfer processes both for the acute and the long-term phase after a radioactive deposition. However, most models are site specific and do not consider some of the factors responsible for the differences in radionuclide behaviour and distribution in different types of forests. Although model improvements are constrained by the availability of experimental data and by the lack of knowledge of the migration mechanisms some possible improvements are discussed. This report is part of the LANDSCAPE project. -An integrated approach to radionuclide flow in the semi-natural ecosystems underlying exposure pathways to man. 42 refs, 3 tabs, 9 figs.

  19. RADIATION CONDITIONS IN KALUGA REGION 30 YEARS AFTER CHERNOBYL NPP ACCIDENT

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    A. G. Ashitko

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The article describes radiation conditions in the Kaluga region 30 years after the Chernobyl NPP accident. The Chernobyl NPP accident caused radioactive contamination of nine Kaluga region territories: Duminichsky, Zhizdrinsky, Kuibyshevsky, Kirovsky, Kozelsky, Ludinovsky, Meshchovsky, Ulyanovsky and Hvastovichsky districts. Radioactive fallout was the strongest in three southern districts: Zhizdrinsky, Ulyanovsky and Hvastovichsky, over there cesium-137 contamination density is from 1 to 15Ci/km. According to the Russian Federation Government Order in 2015 there are 300 settlements (S in the radioactive contamination zone, including 14 settlements with caesium-137 soil contamination density from 5 to 15 Ci/ km2 and 286 settlements with the contamination density ranging from 1 to 5 Ci/km2. In the first years after the Chernobyl NPP accident in Kaluga region territories, contaminated with caesium-137, there were introduced restrictive land usage, were carried out agrochemical activities (ploughing, mineral fertilizer dressing, there was toughened laboratory radiation control over the main doze-forming foodstuff. All these measures facilitated considerable decrease of caesium-137 content in local agricultural produce. Proceeding from the achieved result, in 2002 there took place the transition to more tough requirements SanPiN 2.3.2.1078-01. Analysis of investigated samples from Zhizdrinsky, Ulyanovsky and Hvastovichsky districts demonstrated that since 2005 meat samples didn’t exceed the standard values, same for milk samples since 2007. Till the present time, the use of wild-growing mushrooms, berries and wild animals meat involves radiation issues. It was demonstrated that average specific activity of caesium-137 in milk samples keeps decreasing year after year. Long after the Chernobyl NPP accident, the main products forming internal irradiation doses in population are the wild-growing mushrooms and berries. Population average annual

  20. Interaction of calcium silicate hydrates (C-S-H), the main components of cement, with alkaline chlorides, analogy with clays; Interaction des silicates de calcium hydrates, principaux constituants du ciment, avec les chlorures d'alcalins. Analogie avec les argiles

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    Viallis-Terrisse, H

    2000-10-06

    This work, belonging to a more general study on the structure and reactivity of cement, deals with the experimental and theoretical analysis of the interaction of alkaline chlorides with calcium silicate hydrates (C-S-H), the main components of cement paste. The interaction of alkaline cations with C-S-H is interfacial, involving both electrostatic and surface complexation mechanisms. The C-S-H surface is constituted of silanol sites, partially dissociated due to the high pH of the interstitial solution. The calcium ions, present in large amounts in the equilibrium solution of C-S-H, constitute potential determining ions for the C-S-H surface. The alkaline ions seem to compete with calcium for the same surface sites. The adsorption isotherms show that caesium presents a better affinity than sodium and lithium for the C-S-H surface. Moreover, solid-state NMR suggests that caesium forms with the surface sites inner-sphere complexes, whereas sodium seems to keep its hydration sphere. These results are in agreement with zeta potential measurements, which let suppose a specific adsorption of caesium ions, and an indifferent behaviour of both other alkaline ions. A model for the C-S-H surface was proposed, from the electric double layer model, and mass action laws expressing the complexation of the different ionic species with the silanol sites. The whole study relies on a structural analogy with smectites, some clays presenting well-known cationic adsorption properties. The structural similarity between both minerals is enhanced by some similarities of reactivity, though significant behaviour differences could also be noted. (author)

  1. In situ spectrometry to follow the behaviour of the Chernobyl radionuclides in the soil

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    This paper presents a global evaluation of the knowledge relative to the behaviour of the Chernobyl fallout in Swiss soils, especially based on in situ measurements. After the contamination phase most of the activity initially limited to the soil surface gradually migrates into deeper layers. This progressive transfer depends on the properties of the involved radionuclides and on local characteristics, which can considerably affect the depth distribution of the activity in the terrestrial environment. The developed in situ procedure allows a sensitive control throughout the years of the radioactive inventory of the gamma emitters in the soil and of their individual contribution to the ambient dose rate equivalent I meter above it. The method also provides an effective characterization of a site, especially for the most important still remaining detectable long-lived caesium isotope, by expressing its in situ apparent decrease as an evolution of the relaxation mass-per-area ρ/α (g.cm-2), which describes its transfer in deeper layers according to an exponential depth distribution. In practice this characterisation often involves in situ spectrometry in conjunction with soil sampling. For most of the undisturbed Swiss sites, it results 10 years after the Chernobyl deposit an apparent half-live of round 10 years instead of 30 years due to the vertical transfer of caesium. This additional diminution is lower in particular sites by which caesium is very efficiently retained in the upper layer by clay or organic materials (forest soil,) and higher in those by which the natural transfer is modified by erosional processes or human activities such as plowing. (author)

  2. Distribution and turnover of 137Cs in birch forest ecosystems: influence of precipitation chemistry

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    The aim of the present work was to study radioactive caesium in soil and plants from birch forests subject to different chemical climate. Four areas and three types of precipitation regimes were considered, representing a natural climatic range found in Norway: (A) acidic precipitation (southernmost part of the country); (B) precipitation rich in “sea salts”/marine cations (coastal areas); and (C) + (D) low concentrations of sea salts (inland areas). The results showed significant regional differences in plant uptake between the investigated areas. For instance the aggregated soil-to-plant transfer coefficients (Tag) were generally up to 7–8 times higher for the area receiving acid rain. Differences in caesium speciation partly explained the regional variability - e.g. the exchangeable fraction ranged from 1 to 40% (with the largest fraction of exchangeable caesium found in southernmost Norway). Transfer coefficients estimated on the basis of exchangeable fractions showed no significant differences between the areas of highest (A) and lowest (C) Tags. However, exchangeable fractions taken into consideration, the uptake of 137Cs in plants in the acid rain-influenced area is still about twice that in the sea salt influenced area B. A significantly lower concentration of soluble base cations and a higher share of acid components in soils in area A is a likely explanation for this observation. - Highlights: ► Precipitation quality affects soil chemistry and plant uptake of Cs. ► Soil-to-plant transfer of Cs was highest in a coastal area receiving acid rain. ► Differences in Cs speciation partly explained regional transfer variability.

  3. Interaction of calcium silicate hydrates (C-S-H), the main components of cement, with alkaline chlorides, analogy with clays

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    This work, belonging to a more general study on the structure and reactivity of cement, deals with the experimental and theoretical analysis of the interaction of alkaline chlorides with calcium silicate hydrates (C-S-H), the main components of cement paste. The interaction of alkaline cations with C-S-H is interfacial, involving both electrostatic and surface complexation mechanisms. The C-S-H surface is constituted of silanol sites, partially dissociated due to the high pH of the interstitial solution. The calcium ions, present in large amounts in the equilibrium solution of C-S-H, constitute potential determining ions for the C-S-H surface. The alkaline ions seem to compete with calcium for the same surface sites. The adsorption isotherms show that caesium presents a better affinity than sodium and lithium for the C-S-H surface. Moreover, solid-state NMR suggests that caesium forms with the surface sites inner-sphere complexes, whereas sodium seems to keep its hydration sphere. These results are in agreement with zeta potential measurements, which let suppose a specific adsorption of caesium ions, and an indifferent behaviour of both other alkaline ions. A model for the C-S-H surface was proposed, from the electric double layer model, and mass action laws expressing the complexation of the different ionic species with the silanol sites. The whole study relies on a structural analogy with smectites, some clays presenting well-known cationic adsorption properties. The structural similarity between both minerals is enhanced by some similarities of reactivity, though significant behaviour differences could also be noted. (author)

  4. Shifting the boundaries: pulse-shape effects in the atom-optics kicked rotor

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    Jones, P H; Goonasekera, M.; Saunders-Singer, H. E.; Meacher, D. R.

    2004-01-01

    We present the results of experiments performed on cold caesium in a pulsed sinusoidal optical potential created by counter-propagating laser beams having a small frequency difference in the laboratory frame. Since the atoms, which have average velocity close to zero in the laboratory frame, have non-zero average velocity in the co-moving frame of the optical potential, we are able to centre the initial velocity distribution of the cloud at an arbitrary point in phase-space. In particular, we...

  5. Monitoring Australia's Northern Coastline in Advance of Signs from Fukushima

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    Grzechnik, Marcus P.; Bokor, Ilonka; Urban, David A.; Carpenter, Julia G.; Hirth, Gillian A. [Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency, 619 Lower Plenty Road, Yallambie, Victoria, 3084 (Australia)

    2014-07-01

    Australia has the third largest marine estate of any nation in the world, with a total area of 3.1 million square kilometres of ocean managed primarily for biodiversity conservation as marine reserves. Regular offshore radiological monitoring of the entire Australian coastline is impractical because of its size, however several projects currently under way at the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) to target areas where background monitoring of caesium ({sup 134}Cs and {sup 137}Cs) could be useful. Of particular interest to ARPANSA and the Australian Public are; - Radiological discharges due to the Japanese nuclear accident, 2011, and their potential effects on Australian seas and aquatic wildlife. - Visits to Australia from Nuclear Powered Warships (NPWs). Significant oceanic discharges from the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant (in excess of 3.6 PBq {sup 137}Cs) are expected to be dispersed over a number of years. For long term global dispersion, a transit time of about 5 years (i.e. arrival in 2016) has been estimated for radioactive material to reach the northern coast of Western Australia, and about 10 to 15 years to reach the eastern coast of Queensland. It is expected that radioactive material from the Japan accident will have been diluted to such a degree that it will be difficult to detect in Australian waters, however there is limited information on current caesium levels in water and biota to use as a background (or baseline) level. This is also the case for the Australian Ports where NPWs have permission to berth. This paper will describe several projects currently underway at ARPANSA aimed at determining background caesium levels in seawater and aquatic wildlife, as well as detailing future monitoring programmes intended to gather information to demonstrate the protection of the Australian public and aquatic environment. Background levels of caesium that have been collated since the project began in 2012 will also

  6. Speciation of fission products in contaminated estuarine sediments by chemical elution techniques

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    This paper describes the use of elution ion-exchange techniques using various ionic and complexing agents in order to elucidate the species of fission products sorbed onto contaminated estuarine sediment. The work concentrates on the fission products Cs-137, Ru-106, Zr-95, Nb-95 and Ce-144. The indications were that caesium was held mainly on inaccessible ion exchange sites; ruthenium appeared to be partially absorbed and partially held on anionic exchange sites; zirconium and niobium were sorbed chemically or physically in the form of complex hydrous oxides; cermium appeared to be in an ionic and easily complexible form on surface sites of the sediment

  7. A probabilistic dispersion model applied to the long-range transport of radionuclides from the Chernobyl accident

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    Lauritzen, B.; Mikkelsen, T.

    1999-01-01

    Long-range atmospheric transport of radionuclides from the Chernobyl accident is modelled as an Eulerian diffusion process. From observations of the gross deposition pattern of particulate radiocaesium an effective long-range Eddy diffusivity K of the order of 10(6) m(2) s(-1) is inferred....... A corresponding effective deposition length for caesium, R-Cs, defined las the effective distance from Chernobyl to where the aerosols have been deposited, is found to be R-Cs approximate to 1000 km. From the observations of the regional variability of the Chernobyl fallout a simple probabilistic assessment...

  8. Can radiocaesium be used as a tracer for vegetal nutrients?

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    In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the evaluation of nutrient fluxes and radioactive contaminants in forest and agricultural ecosystems. Several studies on forest ecosystems have been carried out, mostly in Europe, after the Chernobyl accident. These studies have been performed mainly in the development of models for predicting the radiocaesium behavior in the soil and plant compartments of forest systems. However, research on the use of radiocaesium as a tracer for vegetal nutrients has shown that, despite the fact that caesium is a weakly hydrated alkaline metal and has chemical similarities to potassium and ammonium, this is still a complex problem requiring, then, more experimental results. Additionally, very little is known about the mechanisms involved in the radionuclide uptake and retention by tropical plants. In order to contribute to the understanding of the relative behavior of caesium, potassium and ammonium and to investigate whether radiocaesium can be used as a tracer for vegetal nutrients, the Laboratory of Radioecology (LARA) of the Federal Fluminense University has been performing analysis of 137Cs, 40K and NH4concentrations in several vegetal compartments of agricultural tropical plants, such as guava (Psidium guajava), mango (Mangifera indica), avocado (Persea americana), pomegranate (Punica granatum), papaya (Carica Papaya), banana (Musa paradisiaca), manioc (Manihot Esculenta), and chili pepper (Capsicum fructescens) trees. Measurements of 137Cs, 40K and NH4concentrations show that these elements can be very mobile within a plant, exhibiting the highest values of concentration in the growing parts of the trees: fruits, leaves, twigs, barks and the outer growth layers. On the other hand, our results indicate that for wood trees (such as guava, mango, avocado, pomegranate and chili pepper trees) do both caesium and the vegetal nutrients have simultaneously higher concentrations in the youngest rather than in the oldest parts

  9. National report for United Kingdom. 32nd annual meeting of the IAEA International Working Group on Fast Reactors, Vienna, 18-19 May 1999

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    Much of the UK nuclear industry has now completed the transition from state to private ownership. The UK continues to support international development of fast reactor technology, mainly through participation in the European Fast Reactor collaboration, with all funding provided by BNFL. Inactive commissioning is about to begin on the PFR Sodium Disposal Plant, which includes a caesium removal plant. The defuelling machine is being refurbished to permit the control and shutdown rods to be removed. No further reprocessing of fuel has taken place. (author)

  10. Evaluation des Comet Assays bei neutralem pH zur Detektion von Alpha-Partikel induzierten DNA-Doppelstrangbrüchen

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    Hofbauer, Daniela

    2011-01-01

    Das Ziel der Arbeit war die Darstellung von initialen DNA-Schäden in Tumorzellen, verursacht durch Bestrahlung mit Alpha-Partikeln. Mit Hilfe des Comet Assays lassen sich sowohl DNA-Einzelstrangbrüche als auch -Doppelstrangbrüche auf dem Niveau einer einzelnen Zelle darstellen. Als Alpha-Strahler wurde Americium-241 verwendet. Für vergleichende Untersuchungen wurde auch der Gamma-Emitter Caesium-137 eingesetzt. Auf Grund von technischen Problemen bei der Durchführung sowohl des neutralen als ...

  11. Analysis of the iodine gas phase produced by interaction of CsI and MoO3 vapours in flowing steam

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    Highlights: • Reactions between MoO3 and CsI vapours in flowing steam produce gaseous iodine. • Fraction of gaseous iodine increases within a short range of the Mo/Cs molar ratio. • Caesium molybdates were identified under condensed form by Raman spectroscopy. • Iodine gas speciation is better accounted with a kinetically limited scheme. -- Abstract: In case of severe accident in a water-cooled nuclear reactor, the amount of gaseous iodine released from the primary circuit is of particular concern because it can have a direct impact on the short-term iodine source term to the environment. As revealed by the Phebus FPT tests, assessment of the iodine forms at the break is a complex issue that requires to take into account not only the thermal and flow conditions in the circuit but also the behaviour of several elements such as caesium and molybdenum involved in iodine chemistry at high temperature. Moreover, reactions between these elements and with the carrier gas could be kinetically-limited due to the low concentrations and the short residence time of the fission products in the primary circuit coupled to the strong thermal gradients encountered in this part of the reactor. In order to reduce the uncertainties in the fraction of gaseous iodine, experimental and modelling studies have been launched in the framework of the international CHIP program. The work presented in this paper is part of this program and aims to investigate the effect of molybdenum using an open flow reactor where MoO3 and CsI vapours are injected under steam/argon atmosphere. In these conditions, the experiments clearly demonstrate that molybdenum increases the fraction of gaseous iodine released at low temperature and show that this effect is highly sensitive to the Mo/Cs ratio. Caesium polymolybdates identified in the solid state by Raman microspectroscopy are consistent with the species of the Cs2MoO4–MoO3 diagram suggesting that some part of caesium could be present in the gas

  12. Sorption study of 137Cs on Al-substituted calcium silicate hydroxy hydrate

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    Calcium silicate hydroxy hydrate is also known as tobermorite and it is similar to Ca5AlxSi6-xO18H24.nH2O (where x = 0.025) in composition. Sorption studies have been investigated by radiometric technique at room temperature. The 137Cs selectivity has been examined in presence of 1000 times concentrated solution of Na+, Ca2+ and Ba2+. The data suggests that tobermorite could be used for immobilisation of radioactive caesium. (author)

  13. Realization of Optical Phase Locked Loop at 9.2 GHz between Two Independent Diode Lasers

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    LI Lu-Ming; TANG Wen-Zhuo; HU Zhen-Yan; GUO Hong

    2008-01-01

    The optical-phase-locked-loop (OPLL) at 9.2 GHz between two independent narrow linewidth diode lasers is realized. Ultrabroad servo bandwidth at 4 MHz is first achieved and it is guaranteed that the full spectral characteristics of the master laser can be transferred to the slave laser. The experimental results prove that the coherence between two lasers is about 99%. This offers a new method to study the interaction between lasers and atoms based on the ground hyperfine structure of caesium atoms.

  14. Certain enzymatic activities in brain and liver mitochondria of rats treated with pantothenic acid after irradiation

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    Whole body caesium-137 gamma irradiation of rats with single dose of 5 Gy induced significant decrease in the activities of glutamate dehydrogenase, isocitrate dehydrogenase and succunate dehydrogenase in mitochondria of brain and liver. Intraperitoneal administration of pantothenic acid (20 mg/Kg body weight/day) for 5 consecutive days after irradiation resulted of detectable improvement in the radiation-induced decrease inactivities of mitochondrial enzymes. It is postulated that pantothenic acid administered to rats after irradiation might play a role in the regulation of certain mitochondrial enzymes activities

  15. Entanglement and squeezing in a two-mode system: theory and experiment

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    We report on the generation of non-separable beams produced via the interaction of a linearly polarized beam with a cloud of cold caesium atoms placed in an optical cavity. We convert the squeezing of the two linear polarization modes into quadrature entanglement and show how to find the best entanglement generated in a two-mode system using the inseparability criterion for continuous variables (Duan et al 2000 Phys. Rev. Lett. 84 2722). We verify this method experimentally with a direct measurement of the inseparability using two homodyne detectors. We then map this entanglement into a polarization basis and achieve polarization entanglement

  16. Huelva (phosphogypsum and Cs 137 wastes). Radiological controls on phosphogypsum storage lagoons and of the CRI-9 dump. Measurement of the external exposure. Soil, wastes and water radiological characterization; Huelva (phosphogypse et dechets Cs 137). Controles radiologiques sur les lagunes de stockage de phosphogypse et la decharge CRI-9. Mesure de l'exposition externe. Caracterisation radiologique des sols, dechets et eau

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    NONE

    2007-11-15

    This document reports radiological measurements and sampling performed in lagoons where phosphogypsum wastes coming from the Huelva industrial complex are stored. All samples (soils, sediments, solid wastes, waters) were analysed by high resolution gamma spectrometry. First, the authors analyse and report the impact of phosphogypsum storages through on-site gamma radiation measurements and through laboratory analyses. Then they report the assessment of the impact of a specific dump where caesium 137 contaminated wastes are present since an accident which occurred in the Acerinox factory. Some recommendations are given to solve the radioprotection problems created by these storages

  17. Electroanalytical studies of some species of clinical importance

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    Diaz, Martin Telting

    1990-01-01

    Solvent polymeric membrane electrodes incorporating p-t-butyl hexaethyl ester and hexaethyl ester calix[6 ]arene as neutral carriers have been constructed for use in caesium selective electrodes. The potentiometric sensing electrodes including 2-nitrophenyloctyl ether as solvent mediator exhibit near-Nernstian behaviour in the range 1x10 M to 1x10 M CsCl. The pattern of selectivity encountered for a range of common interferents is not modified by the inclusion of potassium tetrakis(p-ch!oroph...

  18. The chemistry of the fission products

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    This is a review of chemistry of some chemical elements in fission products. The elements mentioned are krypton, xenon, rubidium, caesium, silver, strontium, barium, cadmium, rare earth elements, zirconium, niobium, antimony, molybdenum, tellurium, technetium, bromine, iodine, ruthenium, rhodium and palladium. The chemistry of elements and their oxides is briefly given together with the chemical species in aqueous solution. The report also contains tables of the physical properties of the elements and their oxides, of fission products nuclides with their half-life and fission yields and of the permissible concentrations. (author)

  19. Studies on inorganic exchangers - polyantimonic acid

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    From the detailed experimental investigations carried out, it may be mentioned that the inorganic exchanger polyantimonic acid could be used for effectively separating strontium from fission product waste solutions free from caesium and zirconium at acidities of the order of 2M or so. After thorough washing of the column with 2M HNO3 acid to remove any residual activity unadsorbed, the strontium can be eluted with a mixture of 1M AgNO3 +6M HNO3 at room temperature. The column after regeneration and conditioning can be used for further adsorption and elution up to a maximum of 6 cycles without much deterioration in column characteristics. (author)

  20. Fundamental approach to the design of a dose-rate calculation program for use in brachytherapy planning

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    Cassell, K.J. (Saint Luke' s Hospital, Guildford (UK))

    1983-02-01

    A method, developed from the Quantisation Method, of calculating dose-rate distributions around uniformly and non-uniformly loaded brachytherapy sources is described. It allows accurate and straightforward corrections for oblique filtration and self-absorption to be made. Using this method, dose-rate distributions have been calculated for sources of radium 226, gold 198, iridium 192, caesium 137 and cobalt 60, all of which show very good agreement with existing measured and calculated data. This method is now the basis of the Interstitial and Intracavitary Dosimetry (IID) program on the General Electric RT/PLAN computerised treatment planning system.

  1. Huelva (phosphogypsum and Cs 137 wastes). Radiological controls on phosphogypsum storage lagoons and of the CRI-9 dump. Measurement of the external exposure. Soil, wastes and water radiological characterization

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    This document reports radiological measurements and sampling performed in lagoons where phosphogypsum wastes coming from the Huelva industrial complex are stored. All samples (soils, sediments, solid wastes, waters) were analysed by high resolution gamma spectrometry. First, the authors analyse and report the impact of phosphogypsum storages through on-site gamma radiation measurements and through laboratory analyses. Then they report the assessment of the impact of a specific dump where caesium 137 contaminated wastes are present since an accident which occurred in the Acerinox factory. Some recommendations are given to solve the radioprotection problems created by these storages

  2. Doping studies of spray-deposited CdTe films. [CdTe:In; CdTe:Na

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    Berry, A.K. (Electrical and Computer Engineering Dept., George Mason Univ., Fairfax, VA (USA))

    1991-04-01

    The results of doping spray-deposited cadmium telluride films on glass substrates are reported. The films were 1-4 {mu}m thick, displayed excellent adhesion to the substrate and possessed good surface morphology. The doping was achieved by incorporating the dopant source into the spraying solution. The films doped with indium and sodium show a decrease in resistivity by a factor of 100 with respect to the resistivity of undoped films grown under similar conditions. Attempts to dope with caesium and phosphorus were not satisfactory. Transport measurements were performed and they were found to be influenced significantly by the built-in potential at the grain boundaries. (orig.).

  3. Absolute frequency measurement of the 1S0 - 3P0 transition of 171Yb

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    Pizzocaro, Marco; Rauf, Benjamin; Bregolin, Filippo; Milani, Gianmaria; Clivati, Cecilia; Costanzo, Giovanni A; Levi, Filippo; Calonico, Davide

    2016-01-01

    We report the absolute frequency measurement of the unperturbed transition 1S0 - 3P0 at 578 nm in 171Yb realized in an optical lattice frequency standard. The absolute frequency is measured 518 295 836 590 863.55(28) Hz relative to a cryogenic caesium fountain with a fractional uncertainty of 5.4x10-16 . This value is in agreement with the ytterbium frequency recommended as a secondary representation of the second in the International System of Units.

  4. Experience of soil rehabilitation in the scenario of Chernobyl

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    The Chernobyl post-accident scenario became nowadays a natural radioecology laboratory, where a wide range of decontamination methods can be applied, validated or developed. This paper presents the application of a soil rehabilitation technique, the removal of vegetation and associated soil, in the experimental fields of Bourakovka and Chistogalovka surrounding the Chernobyl NPP. The results obtained have shown soil decontamination factors higher than 90% for caesium and strontium. This technique involves the removal of deposited hot particles released at the accident, and the experience allowed a detailed study of one of them corresponding to a nuclear fuel fragment, probably generated at the beginning of the breakdown. 16 refs. (Author)

  5. Leakage investigation at Shalamar Garden, Lahore using radioisotopes

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    A sealed caesium-137 radiation source and 73 injections of sodium-24 in water soluble form have been successfully employed to detect leakage points and determine the layout pattern of a terracotta pipeline grid feeding the decorative fountains of the central tank in the middle terrace of Shalamar Garden, Lahore. The pipeline system is about 350 years old and no drawing or layout plan was available before the studies. The present investigation is an effort to help restore the original historic water supply system. (author)

  6. Opening address

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    Last week we were reminded once again of the after-effects of Chernobyl. Unexpectedly high values of the radioactive substance caesium were found in moose meat from the south of Vaesterbotten County. A moose cow shot in Aengersjoe had 2000 becquerel per kilo meat, and a moose calf had almost 4000 becquerel. The caesium content in Swedish moose has varied after the 1986 reactor breakdown at Chernobyl. The explanation for this year's unusually high content appears to be that, due to the warm weather, the moose have eaten blueberries which contain more caesium than plants in wood clearings. Moose meat containing caesium reminds us of the vulnerability of our society. It reminds us that emissions cross borders and that ambitious, long term environmental policies must be adopted at the national but above all at the international level. Work on environmental objectives is an important component of Swedish efforts to overcome our environmental problems within a generation. In Sweden, our work is based on 15 environmental quality objectives. We have established subgoals, action strategies and follow-up mechanisms. In an international context it is, I venture to say, unique in its systematic structure. The Swedish Government and Riksdag have laid down that: - Human health and biological diversity shall be protected against harmful effects of radiation in the outdoor environment. - By the year 2010, the content in the environment of radioactive substances emitted from all activities and operations shall be so low that human health and biological diversity are protected. - By the year 2020 the annual number of cases of skin cancer caused by the sun shall not be higher than the figure for the year 2000. The risks involved in electromagnetic fields shall be continuously reviewed and necessary measures taken when such risks are identified. These objectives describe the quality and conditions for Sweden's environmental, natural and cultural resources that are ecologically

  7. Analysis of the iodine gas phase produced by interaction of CsI and MoO{sub 3} vapours in flowing steam

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    Gouello, M. [Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire (IRSN), PSN-RES/SEREX/L2EC, PSN-RES/SAG/LETR, Cadarache, St. Paul-lez-Durance 13115 (France); Mutelle, H., E-mail: herve.mutelle@irsn.fr [Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire (IRSN), PSN-RES/SEREX/L2EC, PSN-RES/SAG/LETR, Cadarache, St. Paul-lez-Durance 13115 (France); Cousin, F. [Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire (IRSN), PSN-RES/SEREX/L2EC, PSN-RES/SAG/LETR, Cadarache, St. Paul-lez-Durance 13115 (France); Sobanska, S. [Laboratoire de Spectrochimie IR et Raman, UMR-CNRS 8516, CERLA FR-CNRS 2416 Université de Lille 1, 59655 Villeneuve d’Ascq (France); Blanquet, E. [Laboratoire de Science et Ingénierie des Matériaux et Procédés, Grenoble INP, UJF, CNRS, 1130 rue de la Piscine, 38402 St. Martin d’Heres (France)

    2013-10-15

    Highlights: • Reactions between MoO{sub 3} and CsI vapours in flowing steam produce gaseous iodine. • Fraction of gaseous iodine increases within a short range of the Mo/Cs molar ratio. • Caesium molybdates were identified under condensed form by Raman spectroscopy. • Iodine gas speciation is better accounted with a kinetically limited scheme. -- Abstract: In case of severe accident in a water-cooled nuclear reactor, the amount of gaseous iodine released from the primary circuit is of particular concern because it can have a direct impact on the short-term iodine source term to the environment. As revealed by the Phebus FPT tests, assessment of the iodine forms at the break is a complex issue that requires to take into account not only the thermal and flow conditions in the circuit but also the behaviour of several elements such as caesium and molybdenum involved in iodine chemistry at high temperature. Moreover, reactions between these elements and with the carrier gas could be kinetically-limited due to the low concentrations and the short residence time of the fission products in the primary circuit coupled to the strong thermal gradients encountered in this part of the reactor. In order to reduce the uncertainties in the fraction of gaseous iodine, experimental and modelling studies have been launched in the framework of the international CHIP program. The work presented in this paper is part of this program and aims to investigate the effect of molybdenum using an open flow reactor where MoO{sub 3} and CsI vapours are injected under steam/argon atmosphere. In these conditions, the experiments clearly demonstrate that molybdenum increases the fraction of gaseous iodine released at low temperature and show that this effect is highly sensitive to the Mo/Cs ratio. Caesium polymolybdates identified in the solid state by Raman microspectroscopy are consistent with the species of the Cs{sub 2}MoO{sub 4}–MoO{sub 3} diagram suggesting that some part of

  8. Poly[(μ6-4-amino-3,5,6-trichloropyridine-2-carboxylato)aquacaesium

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    Graham Smith

    2013-01-01

    In the structure of the title complex, [Cs(C6H2Cl3N2O2)(H2O)]n, the caesium salt of the commercial herbicide picloram, the Cs+ cation lies on a crystallographic mirror plane, which also contains the coordinating water molecule and all non-H atoms of the 4-amino-3,5,6-trichloropicolinate anion except the carboxylate O-atom donors. The irregular CsCl4O5 coordination polyhedron comprises chlorine donors from the ortho-related ring substituents of the picloramate ligand in a bidentate chelate mod...

  9. Composite absorbers consisting of inorganic ion-exchangers and polyacrylonitrile binding matrix: leaching of {sup 137}Cs from cemented NiFC-PAN absorber

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    John, J.; Sebesta, F.; Motl, A. [Czech Tech. Univ., Prague (Czech Republic). Dept. of Nucl. Chem.

    1997-12-31

    Results of dynamic leaching tests of {sup 137}Cs from caesium loaded cemented NiFC-PAN composite absorber (nickel hexacyanoferrate active component in a binding matrix of modified polyacrylonitrile) have shown that cumulative fractions leached were {proportional_to}100 times lower when compared to cemented {sup 137}Cs solution. Diffusion coefficients as low as 1.10{sup -16} m{sup 2} . s{sup -1} were found for the best samples (1% of clinoptilolite). The activation energy of the leaching process was found to be as high as 130 kJ . mole{sup -1}. (orig.)

  10. Long pulse H- beam extraction with a rf driven ion source on a high power level

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    IPP Garching is investigating the applicability of rf driven negative ion sources for the neutral beam injection of International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor. The setup of the tested source was improved to enable long pulses up to 100 kW rf power. The efficiency of negative ion production decreases at high power. The extracted H- currents as well as the symmetry of the plasma density close to the plasma grid and of the beam divergence depend on the magnetic filter field. The pulse duration is limited by the increase in coextracted electrons, which depends on the rf power and the caesium conditions on the plasma grid.

  11. Artificial Neural Network and Response Surface Methodology Modeling in Ionic Conductivity Predictions of Phthaloylchitosan-Based Gel Polymer Electrolyte

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    Ahmad Danial Azzahari

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available A gel polymer electrolyte system based on phthaloylchitosan was prepared. The effects of process variables, such as lithium iodide, caesium iodide, and 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium iodide were investigated using a distance-based ternary mixture experimental design. A comparative approach was made between response surface methodology (RSM and artificial neural network (ANN to predict the ionic conductivity. The predictive capabilities of the two methodologies were compared in terms of coefficient of determination R2 based on the validation data set. It was shown that the developed ANN model had better predictive outcome as compared to the RSM model.

  12. Performance of an X-ray imaging detector based on a structured scintillator

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    Svenonius, Olof; Sahlholm, Anna; Wiklund, Per; Linnros, Jan

    2009-08-01

    Structured scintillator plates have been fabricated by filling thallium-doped caesium iodide (CsI) into a silicon pore array. Their X-ray imaging properties have been characterized using a standard dental X-ray source and a charge coupled device (CCD) detector. Results indicate that finer structured pore arrays provide superior imaging resolution while their light output is lower. Direct absorption of X-ray quanta in the CCD is a significant contributor of detector noise. This can be avoided by using a thick fibre optic plate or, in certain cases, by using a hot-pixel software algorithm.

  13. Proceedings of the national workshop on the use of 137Cs to measure erosion

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    The workshop was concerned with the use and development of Cs-137 techniques of measuring erosion. The overall outcome of the workshop was a view that it is inappropriate at this time to conduct a comprehensive national assessment of soil erosion using the Caesium-137 technique, but it is appropriate to conduct a reconnaissance survey which would establish/confirm reference levels of Cs137 deposition across Australia, establish, at a statistically viable level, the capability to confirm at least large differences in Cs137 concentration, and build up a more comprehensive picture of Cs137 and its association with soil movement in the Australian landscape

  14. First principles calculations of the ground state properties and structural phase transformation in YN

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    Mancera, L; Takeuchi, N

    2003-01-01

    We have studied the structural and electronic properties of YN in rock salt (sodium chloride), caesium chloride, zinc blende and wurtzite structures using first-principles total energy calculations. Rock salt is the calculated ground state structure with a = 4.93 A, B sub 0 = 157 GPa. The experimental lattice constant is a = 4.877 A. There is an additional local minimum in the wurtzite structure with total energy 0.28 eV/unit cell higher. At high pressure (approx 138 GPa), our calculations predict a phase transformation from a NaCl to a CsCl structure.

  15. Automated separation process for radioanalytical purposes at nuclear power plants.

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    Nagy, L G; Vajda, N; Vodicska, M; Zagyvai, P; Solymosi, J

    1987-10-01

    Chemical separation processes have been developed to remove the matrix components and thus to determine fission products, especially radioiodine nuclides, in the primary coolant of WWER-type nuclear reactors. Special procedures have been elaborated to enrich long-lived nuclides in waste waters to be released and to separate and enrich caesium isotopes in the environment. All processes are based mainly on ion-exchange separations using amorphous zirconium phosphate. Automated equipment was constructed to meet the demands of the plant personnel for serial analysis.

  16. {sup 63}Ni and {sup 137}Cs chemistry in the soil-plant system; Chimie de {sup 63}Ni et de {sup 137}Cs dans le systeme sol-plante

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    Pinel, F

    2002-06-01

    The treatment and storage of radioactive waste are the responsibility of the ANDRA (The french agency for the management of radioactive wastes). The impact to man, via the entry in the human food chain depends on the mobility of each radionuclide in soil, root uptake and the subsequent redistribution in the plant. The distribution coefficient, Kd, is thought to be a good, estimator of bioavailability. We have investigated a large number of plant species (11 for caesium and 7 for nickel) in contact with contrasting soils under controlled conditions. Nickel adsorption has also been measured under controlled conditions. Particular attention has been paid to the consequences of modification of soil properties in the rhizosphere. This study confirms that the value of Kd is a good indicator of bioavailability of both nickel and caesium and that the value of Kd measured in dilute suspension may be extrapolated to that under in situ conditions. The value of Kd depends on soil pH, solution ionic strength, the presence of complexing ligands and redox conditions. The differences observed between species in nickel uptake may often be related to changes in rhizosphere pH and parallel modifications in Kd. The translocation of nickel from roots to shoots for a given species depends on the conditions of growth, due in part to access to different pools of soil nickel. (author)

  17. Soil characterization and vulnerability indices of the autonomous region of Madrid. Scale 1:200 000; Caracterizacion Edafologica e Indices de Vulnerabilidad de la Comunidad Autonoma de Madrid Escala 1:200.000

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    Schmid, T.; Millan, R.; Lago, C.; Trueba, C. [Ciemat. Madrid (Spain)

    2000-07-01

    Radioactive contamination of the soil due to a nuclear accident is a risk for the population. A research project, within the program of Radiological Protection by Intervention in CIEMAT, has been developed to study the behaviour of radionuclides in soils. An evaluation of the radiological vulnerability considering the external irradiation and the food chain pathway for caesium and strontium has been determined using partial and global indices, which indicate the potential transfer of the radionuclides via the two mentioned pathways. A detailed study of the soils found in the Autonomous Region of Madrid was carried out with data from individual soil profiles and combining data obtained from maps with a Geographic Information System in order to obtain a spatial distribution of the results. The soil vulnerability for the external irradiation pathway of caesium and strontium is in general found to be higher in more developed soils located in the south and leading to the foothills of the Sierra of Madrid in the north. the vulnerability for the food chain pathway is found to be higher in the less developed soils in acid conditions situated in the Sierra of Madrid. (Author) 11 refs.

  18. Estimate of the internal doses received by the population of Bucharest due to 137 Cs and 90 Sr intake in the first five years after the Chernobyl accident

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    The evolution of the 137 Cs and 90 Sr daily intake between April 1986 and March 1991 as well as the internal doses resulting from ingestion of contaminated food is presented for a group of adults living in Bucharest. The results indicate that the effective doses due to 137 Cs and 90 Sr dietary intake had the highest values in the first year after the Chernobyl accident, namely, 796 μSv as a result of 137 Cs dietary intake and 23 μSv as a result of the 90 Sr dietary intake. The effective doses committed annually due to the Caesium-137 dietary intake decreased very fast from 796 μSv committed in the first year after the accident to 7.3 μSv committed in the fifth year after the accident. Although the effective dose committed in the first year after the accident due to the Strontium-90 dietary intake was much smaller than the dose due to the Caesium-137 (23 μSv), the decrease was slower so that the effective dose committed in the fifth year after the accident due to the Strontium-90 dietary intake was 7.5 μSv. (authors)

  19. [Report on 114 primary vaginal carcinomas].

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    Sun, J H; Zhang, W H; Li, A L; Wu, A R

    1987-11-01

    114 patients with primary carcinoma of the vagina were treated in our hospital from 1958 to 1978. It accounted for 0.83% of all gynecological malignant tumors in the same period. The youngest was 26 years of age, the oldest 75. Patients 40-59 years comprised 61.4%. 33% of patients had wedding age under 17. 63.4% had more than 4 pregnancies and 58.4% gave more than 4 births. 89.69% was diagnosed as squamous cell carcinoma, 7.2% as adenocarcinoma, 2.06% as undifferentiated carcinoma and 1 as embryonic carcinoma. The tumor occurred frequently in the upper third and posterior wall of the vagina (60% and 68%). In this series, there were 21 stage I, 29 stage II, 61 stage III and 3 stage IV lesions. 110 patients were treated by radiotherapy in different schemes. Intracavitary radium or caesium plus 60Co external irradiation by four fields gave better result with a 5 year survival rate of 66.1%. Only 2 out of 12 patients were cured by 60Co rotation alone but if supplemented by intracavitary radium or caesium, the cure rate was increased. The 5 year survival rate was 71.4% for stage I, 62.1% for stage II, 42.6% for stage III and O for stage IV. After the radiotherapy, rectovaginal fistula developed in 1 patient, vesicovaginal fistula in 1. 14% was complicated with rectal bleeding and 8.18% with hematuria. PMID:3452544

  20. Consequences of the Chernobyl accident for reindeer husbandry in Sweden

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    Gustaf Åhman

    1990-09-01

    Full Text Available Large parts of the reindeer hearding area in Sweden were contaminated with radioactive caesium from the Chernobyl fallout. During the first year after the accident no food with activity concentrations exceeding 300 Bq/kg was allowed to be sold in Sweden. This meant that about 75% of all reindeer meat produced in Sweden during the autumn and winter 1986/87 were rejected because of too high caesium activités. In May 1987 the maximum level for Cs-137 in reindeer, game and fresh-water fish was raised to 1500 Bq/kg. During the last two year, 1987/88 and 1988/89, about 25% of the slaughtered reindeer has had activities exceeding this limit. The effective long-time halflife or radiocaesium in reindeer after the nuclear weapon tests in the sixties was about 7 years. If this halflife is correct also for the Chernobyl fallout it will take about 35 years before most of the reinder in Sweden are below the current limit 1500 Bq/kg in the winter. However, by feeding the animals uncontaminated food for about two months, many reindeer can be saved for human consumption.

  1. Soil characterization and vulnerability indices of the Autonomous region of Madrid. Scale 1:200.000

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    Radioactive contamination of the soil due to a nuclear accident is a risk for the population. A research project, within the program of Radiological Protection by Intervention in CIEMAT, has been developed to study the behaviour of radionuclides in soils. An evaluation of the radiological vulnerability considering the external irradiation and the food chain pathway for caesium and strontium has been determined using partial and global indices, which indicate the potential transfer of the radionuclides via the two mentioned pathways. A detailed study of the soils found in the Autonomous Region of Madrid was carried out with data from individual soil profiles and combining data obtained from maps with a Geographic Information System in order to obtain a spatial distribution of the results. The soil vulnerability for the external irradiation pathway of caesium and strontium is in general found to be higher in more developed soils located in the south and leading to the foothills of the Sierra of Madrid in the north. The vulnerability for the food chain pathway is found to be higher in the less developed soils in acid conditions situated in the Sierra of Madrid. (Author) 11 refs

  2. Coherent population trapping resonances at lower atomic levels of Doppler broadened optical lines

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    Şahin, E; Hamid, R; Çelik, M [National Metrology Institute of Turkey, Gebze, Kocaeli (Turkey); Özen, G [Istanbul Technical University, Faculty of Science and Letters, Engineering Physics Department Maslak, Istanbul (Turkey); Izmailov, A Ch [Institute of Physics, Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences, H. Javid av. 33, Baku, Az-1143 (Azerbaijan)

    2014-11-30

    We have detected and analysed narrow high-contrast coherent population trapping (CPT) resonances, which are induced in absorption of a weak monochromatic probe light beam by counterpropagating two-frequency pump radiation in a cell with rarefied caesium vapour. The experimental investigations have been performed by the example of nonclosed three level Λ-systems formed by spectral components of the D{sub 2} line of caesium atoms. The applied method allows one to analyse features of the CPT phenomenon directly at a given low long-lived level of the selected Λ-system even in sufficiently complicated spectra of atomic gases with large Doppler broadening. We have established that CPT resonances in transmission of the probe beam exhibit not only a higher contrast but also a much lesser width in comparison with well- known CPT resonances in transmission of the corresponding two-frequency pump radiation. The results obtained can be used in selective photophysics, photochemistry and ultra-high resolution atomic (molecular) spectroscopy. (laser applications and other topics in quantum electronics)

  3. 63Ni and 137Cs chemistry in the soil-plant system

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    The treatment and storage of radioactive waste are the responsibility of the ANDRA (The french agency for the management of radioactive wastes). The impact to man, via the entry in the human food chain depends on the mobility of each radionuclide in soil, root uptake and the subsequent redistribution in the plant. The distribution coefficient, Kd, is thought to be a good, estimator of bioavailability. We have investigated a large number of plant species (11 for caesium and 7 for nickel) in contact with contrasting soils under controlled conditions. Nickel adsorption has also been measured under controlled conditions. Particular attention has been paid to the consequences of modification of soil properties in the rhizosphere. This study confirms that the value of Kd is a good indicator of bioavailability of both nickel and caesium and that the value of Kd measured in dilute suspension may be extrapolated to that under in situ conditions. The value of Kd depends on soil pH, solution ionic strength, the presence of complexing ligands and redox conditions. The differences observed between species in nickel uptake may often be related to changes in rhizosphere pH and parallel modifications in Kd. The translocation of nickel from roots to shoots for a given species depends on the conditions of growth, due in part to access to different pools of soil nickel. (author)

  4. Research into the melting/refining of contaminated steel scrap arising in the dismantling of nuclear installations

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    The main part of this report is concerned with the steel-making behaviour of various radioisotopes encountered in steel from decommissioning of nuclear installations (e.g. cobalt 60, caesium 134 and europium 154). Under a wide range of conditions cobalt is largely absorbed by the steel, europium is absorbed by the slag, whereas caesium may be largely volatized, or largely absorbed by the slag. Radiation exposures which might occur during a large-scale recycling operation, during routine operations and accidents would not be significant according to published criteria in the UK. The second part of the report concerns the detection of radioactive materials which may be accidentally delivered to steelworks in scrap steel and used in steel-making. Detectors have been developed which would indicate the presence of radioactivity in scrap. A survey of the steelworks revealed areas where detection might be performed. Experiments have shown that a gamma ray detector of large volume could provide useful sensitivity of detection

  5. Fission product release profiles from spherical HTR fuel elements at accident temperatures

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    With the construction of the cold finger apparatus, a new method has been developed to determine fission product release profiles during heating tests of irradiated spherical fuel elements. 22 fuel elements with modern TRISO particles have been tested in the temperature range of 1500-25000C. In addition, experiments were done on seven UO2 samples at 1400 to 18000C. For heating times up to 100 hours at the maximum temperature, the following results were obtained: silver is the only fission product to be released at 1200-16000C by diffusion through intact SiC, but is of low significance in accident scenarios; caesium, iodine, strontium and noble gas releases up to 16000C are solely due to various forms of contamination. At 1700-18000C, corrosion-induced SiC defects cause the release of Cs, Sr, I/Xe/Kr. Above 20000C, thermal decomposition of the silicon carbide layer sets in, while pyrocarbons still remain intact. Around 16000C, the accident specific contribution of caesium, strontium, iodine and noble gas release is negligible. (orig./HP)

  6. Multidetector 4π INDRA Geometry simulation and silicon detectors study

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    INDRA is a 4π detector of charged particles (p,d,t,α) and fragments (at least Z = 30) with an excellent space coverage (>80%). It consists of an assembly of 96 ionization chambers, 180 Silicon detectors (30 0), 324 caesium iodide scintillation detectors, and 12 NE102/NE115 scintillation detectors (200) distributed on 17 concentric rings. The detection thresholds are low and the dynamic range in energy is large (minimum 1000). A simulation of INDRA has been carried out in order to assist its technical realisation, the preparation of some experiments, and to guide the analysis of the experimental results according to the most frequently demanded areas of the multidetector. Specifically, identification matrices, both ionization chamber - silicon and caesium iodide - silicon, have been simulated to investigate these factors. The construction of the ring 4-5 (700) defines and suggests solutions for the major problems that will be encountered during the construction of the other rings, especially with the mechanical mounting of the silicon detectors. In addition, the study of the electronics associated with the silicon detectors has shown the necessity: - to devise specific amplifiers, on account of the excessive electronic noise of the amplifiers usually used. - to modify the manufacturing criteria of some of the silicon detectors manufacturing criterium (the metallization thickness on the side N+, the choice of high resistivities)

  7. Rydberg atoms in hollow-core photonic crystal fibres

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    Epple, G.; Kleinbach, K. S.; Euser, T. G.; Joly, N. Y.; Pfau, T.; Russell, P. St. J.; Löw, R.

    2014-06-01

    The exceptionally large polarizability of highly excited Rydberg atoms—six orders of magnitude higher than ground-state atoms—makes them of great interest in fields such as quantum optics, quantum computing, quantum simulation and metrology. However, if they are to be used routinely in applications, a major requirement is their integration into technically feasible, miniaturized devices. Here we show that a Rydberg medium based on room temperature caesium vapour can be confined in broadband-guiding kagome-style hollow-core photonic crystal fibres. Three-photon spectroscopy performed on a caesium-filled fibre detects Rydberg states up to a principal quantum number of n=40. Besides small energy-level shifts we observe narrow lines confirming the coherence of the Rydberg excitation. Using different Rydberg states and core diameters we study the influence of confinement within the fibre core after different exposure times. Understanding these effects is essential for the successful future development of novel applications based on integrated room temperature Rydberg systems.

  8. A test of hypothetical hill-slope-gully-streambed soil redistribution model using fallout cs-137 a first use of the technique in pakistan

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    Soil degradation by water erosion, which is further responsible for sedimentation in the conveyance systems and reservoirs, is a matter of growing concern in Pakistan. Caesium-137, a fallout radioisotope produced from atmospheric nuclear weapon tests, has become a well-established radiotracer of soil movement. To assess the potential for application of caesium-137 as an indicator of soil erosion and sedimentation, a hypothetical hill slope-gully-streambed redistribution model was tested in Mangla Watershed, Pakistan, as a first use of the technique in the country. The results indicate that the soil redistribution along the different components follows the hypothetical model, with severe net soil loss (sheet erosion) at the hill-slope, no labeling of gully head, and high sedimentation on the streambed. The reference inventory of 137CS obtained by scraper plate (4380 Bq m-2 was in agreement with the mean value of bulk cores (i.e. 3945 +- 457 Bq m-2). The net soil loss along the hill slope estimated by the profile distribution model was 17.2 t ha-1 yr-l. The sedimentation rate in the main stream was more before the year 1974 (8 cm yr-l) than afterwards reducing to 5.9 cm yr-1 due to re-vegetation. The 137CS technique proved to be less time consuming in the provision of information on soil redistribution rates than direct measurement would have been and can be used to assess watershed management practices in Pakistan. (author)

  9. Polonium 210, an important natural reference for radiological protection; Le polonium 210, un repere naturel important en radioprotection

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    Pradel, J.; Zettwoog, P.; Dellero, N.; Beutier, D. [Cogema, 78 - Velizy Villacoublay (France)

    2001-12-01

    Natural polonium 210 which has a relatively short decay period (138 days) and is uranium decay series daughter should retain more radiological attention because it induces chronic doses higher than that of traces of caesium 137 and plutonium isotopes (238, 239, 240) in the environment. In the earth's crust, uranium is present together with radium, radon and its daughter products, at a concentration of about 40,000 Bq t{sup -1}. As a consequence of radon 222 exhalation from soils within a metric layer and of lead 210 (radon daughter) fall-down, there is an enrichment of polonium 210 radioactivity in top layer soil relatively to radium concentration, within a factor varying from 2.7 to 8.8 according to environmental measurements. Human exposure to polonium 210 by ingestion is not negligible. The induced exposure by ingestion of natural polonium 210 is 30 to 70 limes higher than that of caesium from Chernobyl fall-down at Helsinki in 1986. Moreover, the latter decreases in relation with the 30 years' decay period while that from radon daughters remains. Comparison with plutonium shows a 500 to 2,000 times stronger health effect by ingestion for the same number of deposited becquerels on soil. 'Hot spots' may occur in the environment: polonium 210 is particularly concentrated by marine fauna, as shown by several measurement programs over the ares of north-east Atlantic. (author)

  10. The consequences of the Chernobyl accident in the Ukraine and problems with the sarcophagus; Die Folgen der Katastrophe von Tschernobyl in der Ukraine und die Probleme mit dem Sarkophag

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    Kopchinsky, G.A. [Atomaudit, Kiew (Ukraine)

    1996-07-01

    The reactor accident in the Ukraine contaminated part of the territory with iodine 131, caesium 137, strontium 90, and plutonium 239 and 240. The zone surrounding the site of the accident was declared restricted area; more than 90 000 persons were evacuated. The paper reports on current conditions in the restricted area and prospects for this area as well as on the current state of, and problems with, the sarcophagus. The conversion of the sarcophagus into an ecologically safe system and the economic situation of the Ukraine pose great problems. (DG) [Deutsch] Durch den Reaktorunfall in der Ukraine ist ein Teil des Territoriums mit Jod 131, Caesium 137, Strontium 90, Plutonium 239 und -240 kontaminiert worden. Um den Unfallort wurde eine Isolierungszone geschaffen und mehr als 90.000 Menschen evakuiert. Ueber den Zustand und die Perspektiven der Isolierungszone sowie ueber den Zustand und die Probleme des Sarkophags wird berichtet. Die Umgestaltung des Sarkophags in ein oekologisch sicheres System und die wirtschaftliche Situation der Ukraine bereiten grosse Probleme. (DG)

  11. Reports from the Bavarian State Agency for Environmental Protection (6). Technical reports. Information from LfU; Berichte aus dem Bayerischen Landesamt fuer Umweltschutz (6). Fachbeitraege. Informationen aus dem LfU

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    1994-12-31

    In 1993 again, the Bavarian State Agency for Environmental protection had a broad range of tasks to fulfill. They form the subject of the 29 contributions. Described is not only the monitoring of radioactive and non-radioactive environmental pollutants but also the extension of the nuisance measuring grid. The cooperation with Russia in the southern Ural regarding the in-vivo determination of strontium 90 and caesium 137 in exposed persons is dealt with. The section `reports from LfU` covers also projects in the areas of nature conservation and care of the landscape. (DG) [Deutsch] Das bayerische LfU hatte auch im Jahr 1993 umfangreiche Aufgaben zu erfuellen. Die 29 Berichte geben hierueber einen Ueberblick, wobei neben der Erfahrung radioaktiver und nichtradioaktiver Umweltschadstoffe auch der Ausbau des Immissionsmessnetzes beschrieben wird. Auf die Zusammenarbeit mit Russland im Suedural in Bezug der In-vivo-Bestimmung von Strontium 90 und Caesium 137 an exponierten Personen wird eingegangen. Die Mitteilungen aus dem LfU umfassen auch Projekte auf dem Gebiet des Naturschutzes und der Landschaftspflege. (DG)

  12. Radioactivity transfer to animal products

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    Information on the behaviour of strontium, caesium, ruthenium, plutonium and americium in a range of domestic animals is reviewed to form a basis for the specification of time-dependent mathematical models describing uptake, distribution and retention in various domestic animals. Transfer factors relating concentration in animal product to daily radioactivity intake are derived after 100 d continuous intake and at equilibrium. These transfer factors are compared with the available published literature and used as a basis for the derivation of feedingstuff conversion factors relating limiting concentrations in animal feedingstuffs to limiting concentrations in human foodstuffs for application to animals receiving commercial feedingstuffs after a nuclear accident. Recommended transfer factors for animal products in conditions of continuous discharge and models for application to field conditions after a nuclear accident are also presented. Transfer of caesium to animal products is more effective than that for the other elements considered here. Transfer to meat of lamb, fattening pig, and chickens is generally more effective than that for other animals and other products

  13. Contribution to the study of the behaviour, in the urban environment, during the runoff of rainwater, of the fission products emitted during a nuclear accident; Contribution a l`etude du devenir, en milieu urbain, pendant le ruissellement des eaux pluviales, des produits de fission emis en cas d`accident nucleaire

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    Pioch, M.

    1993-05-24

    In the context of research into the environmental consequences of a serious accident occurring on a pressurized water reactor, this paper concerns the experimental study of behaviour of five fission products (caesium, strontium, iodine, ruthenium and tellurium) in the urban environment under the action of rainwater. Stable or radioactive multiple-element aerosols were produced. Their physicochemical characteristics and their solubility in rainwater were studied. Caesium and rubidium forms solutions totally and quickly, while strontium is partially soluble (approximately 50 %) and iodine is only slightly soluble. The behaviour of fission products on five urban surfaces was then studied. Batch experiments showed that the retention of dissolved forms of radioelements varied according to the material. The reactions involved are ion exchange reactions. The presence of certain ions in water (in particular NH{sub 4}{sup +}) increase the desorption of radioelements. Using a laboratory rainfall simulator, the re-entrainment of fission products by rainwater was examined. Two modes of deposition and two intensities of rainfall were simulated. The desorption of radioelements is greater after wet deposition and remobilization is reduced by an increase in intensity of rainfall. An addition of NH{sub 4}{sup +} in water is especially effective in the case of wet depositions. Suggestions are made in order to improve experimental protocols and continue the research. (author). 75 refs., 51 figs., 69 tabs., 14 appends.

  14. Bioaccumulation of 137Cs by culture collection strains of bacteria and fungi

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    Soil decontamination of soil contaminated by low-level activities of radionuclides, mainly by caesium-137, which come from accidental releases by maintenance of nuclear devices and by liquid wastes reprocessing, is long-term and expensive technology. Knowledge of the causations, which control the processes of bioaccumulation of radionuclides, is a necessary condition for critical assessment and successful utilization of processes of bioremediation in situ in practise. The authors present the experimentally gained quantitative values of bioaccumulation of caesium-137 from water solutions by micro organism cultures of Rhodotorula aurantiaca CCY 20-9-1, Sacharomyces cerevisiae, Rhodococcus rhodochrous ATCC 15906, Streptomyces sp. DX-IX, Coriolus versicolor CCWDF-14 and Rhizopus sp. R-18. Intensively growing cultures reach the highest values of bioaccumulation; the cultures in non-growing phase reach several orders lower values. From researched micro organisms the highest values of bioaccumulation of Cs+ 5.1 pmol/g (wet weight) at initial concentration of Cs+ in solution co = 1 nmol/l (without carrier) and 29.2 μmol/g (wet weight) at co = 6 mmol/l Cs+ (adding of carrier CsCl) were found out at growing culture S. cerevisiae as model of eukaryotic cell after an achievement of maximal stationary grow phase. Acquired information refer to the possible role of soil micro organisms at bioaccumulation of 137Cs in contaminated soils and their potential utilization in lowering of radioactive contamination of environment (authors)

  15. Analysis of the Fukushima accident impact in France (mainland and overseas territories) from the results of the reinforced environmental radioactivity monitoring; Analyse de l'impact de l'accident de Fukushima en France (metropole et DROM-COM) a partir des resultats de la surveillance renforcee de la radioactivite de l'environnement

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    Chaptal-Gradoz, N.

    2011-07-01

    The enhanced environmental radioactivity monitoring settled in France (and the country's overseas territories) following the Fukushima Dai-ichi accident detected trace levels of the main radionuclides released into the atmosphere during the accident (iodine 131, caesium 134 and 137, and smaller quantities of tellurium 132) and monitored their evolution until May. In mainland France, the various measurement results relating to air, rainwater and terrestrial products revealed that no traces of radionuclides attributable to the Fukushima accident were detected prior to 24 March. Airborne particulate iodine 131 was detected for the first time in a sample collected on 24 March at the summit of the Puy-de-Dome mountain, and this observation was confirmed nationwide with effect from 25 March. In the other compartments of the environment, the first significant results for iodine 131 were obtained over the following days. The maximum iodine 131 levels detected were of the order of: - a few milli-becquerels per cubic metre of air (mBq/m{sup 3}); - approximately 10 becquerels per kilogram (Bq/kg) of plant matter (grass or leafy vegetables); - a few becquerels per litre (Bq/L) in rainwater or milk. Caesium 137 (together with an equivalent level of caesium 134) was also detected, generally at concentrations ten times lower than those observed for iodine 131. Tellurium 132 was occasionally detected in the air in late March. The various observations revealed that all French regions were affected to the same extent, albeit with some geographic and chronological fluctuations due to the movements of air masses. These levels are consistent with the forecasts based on modelling by IRSN in association with the French meteorological institute, Meteo-France. These concentrations were between 500 and more than 1, 000 times lower than those measured in France in early May 1986, following the Chernobyl accident. The maximum potential exposures (thyroid equivalent dose in one year

  16. Chernobyl; Tchernobyl

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    This report relates the Chernobylsk accident, why following a succession of technical malfunctions and human errors, reactor no. 4 of the Chernobylsk nuclear power plant explodes on April 26. 1986. Radioactive dust, aerosols and gases (including caesium and iodine) are ejected into atmosphere. The regions worst hit are in the immediate vicinity of the plant, but deposits are very uneven, producing a leopard spot type of pattern. Propelled by easterly winds, the radioactive cloud disperses increasingly, scattering deposits over the whole of Europe. At the beginning of May, the cloud arrives in France. the eastern portion of the country is most strongly affected. Ground, water and agriculture are contaminated by caesium deposits in Belarus, Ukraine and Russian Federation. About the contamination in France, ground contamination is slight, fourteen years later, however, it is still detectable. Relative to the impact on health in the vicinity of Chernobylsk plant, it is hard to assess this impact. Among children in Southern Belarus, the number of thyroid cancers has risen one hundred-fold. In France, the doses delivered represents generally less than 1% of the average annual dose from radioactivity of natural origin. But some of the doses received were higher. Today, the protective sarcophagus covering the damaged reactor is fragile. Reactor no.3, still in operation, continues to pose a risk but the shutdown is provided for december 2000. (N.C.)

  17. Chernobyl-what do we need to know?

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    2001-07-01

    Following a succession of technical malfunctions and human errors, reactor No.4 of Chernobyl nuclear power plant explodes on April 26, 1986. Radioactive dust, aerosols, and gases (including iodine and caesium) are ejected into the atmosphere. The regions worst hit are in the immediate vicinity of the plant (Belarus, Ukraine) but deposits are very uneven, producing a 'leopard spot' type of pattern (Russian Federation). In Europe, propelled by easterly winds, the radioactive cloud disperses increasingly, scattering deposits over the whole Europe. At the beginning of May, the cloud arrives over France. The eastern portion of the country is most strongly affected. For the contamination, ground, water, and agriculture are contaminated by caesium deposits in Belarus, Ukraine and Russian Federation. In France, ground contamination is slight, fourteen years later, however, it is still detectable. It is hard to assess the impact on health in the vicinity of the Chernobyl plant; among children in southern Belarus, the number of thyroid cancers has risen one hundred-fold. The doses delivered in France represent generally less than 1% of the average annual dose from radioactivity of natural origin. But some of the doses received were higher. Today, the protective sarcophagus covering the damaged reactor is fragile. Reactor No.3, still in operation, continues to pose a risk but the shutdown is provide for december 2000. (N.C.)

  18. Installation for producing sealed radioactive sources; Installation de fabrication de sources radioactives scellees

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    Fradin, J.; Hayoun, C. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, 91 - Saclay (France). Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires

    1969-07-01

    This installation has been designed and built for producing sealed sources of fission elements: caesium 137, strontium 90, promethium 147, ruthenium 106 and cerium 144 in particular. The installation consists of sealed and protected cells, each being assigned to a particular production. The safety and the operational reliability of the equipment are the principal considerations which have governed this work. The report describes the installation and, in particular, the apparatus used as well as the various control devices. In conclusion, a review as presented of six years operation. (authors) [French] Cette installation a ete concue et realisee pour effectuer des fabrications de sources scellees d'elements de fission: caesium 137 - strontium 90 - promethium 147 - ruthenium 106 - cerium 144 en particulier. L'installation est composee de cellules etanches et protegees, chacune d'elles etant affectee a une fabrication particuliere. La securite et la surete de fonctionnement de l'ensemble sont parmi les elements principaux qui ont guide l'etude. Le rapport decrit l'installation et plus particulierement l'appareillage utilise ainsi que les divers controles et commandes. Le bilan de fonctionnement apres 6 ans d'exploitation sert de conclusion. (auteurs)

  19. Biological transport of radiocaesium in a semi-natural grassland ecosystem: Pt.1

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    An unused area of the British Nuclear Fuels plc low level disposal site at Drigg in Cumbria, together with a control site in Cheshire, have been used to investigate the behaviour of 137Cs in semi-natural grasslands over the period 1985-1988. Both sites showed significant inputs of 137Cs and 134Cs from the Chernobyl incident in 1986, estimated at up to 7330 Bq/m2 at Drigg and less than 230 Bq/m2 in Cheshire. Surface soil horizons showed the highest levels of 137Cs and 134Cs. During the study period, the dominant contribution to radiocaesium in soil and vegetation was from Chernobyl. Significant inter-specific variation in caesium concentrations of grasses was observed with an exponential decrease from June 1986 through to the summer of 1987, followed by secondary peak in autumn 1987. Samples collected in the spring of 1988 showed 137Cs concentrations approaching pre-Chernobyl levels. Marked inter-specific and temporal differences in concentrations of radio-caesium were recorded for invertebrate populations. Radioactivity levels in herbivorous invertebrates were approximately proportional to levels in their diets with concentration decreasing form the 1986 summer peak recorded after the input of Chernobyl radioactivity to the low levels observed during the summer of 1987. Herbivorous and predatory invertebrates showed similar concentrations of 137Cs but both groups were lower in radiocaesium than detritivorous species. (Author)

  20. A Cs-Based Optical Frequency Measurement Using Cross-Linked Optical and Microwave Oscillators

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    Tamm, Chr; Lipphardt, B; Gerginov, V; Nemitz, N; Kazda, M; Weyers, S; Peik, E

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    We describe a measurement of the frequency of the 2S1/2(F = 0) - 2D3/2(F' = 2) transition of 171Yb+ at the wavelength 436 nm (frequency 688 THz), using a single Yb+ ion confined in a Paul trap and two caesium fountains as references. In one of the fountains, the frequency of the microwave oscillator that interrogates the caesium atoms is stabilized by the laser that excites the Yb+ reference transition with a linewidth in the hertz range. The stability is transferred to the microwave oscillator with the use of a fiber laser based optical frequency comb generator that also provides the frequency conversion for the absolute frequency measurement. The frequency comb generator is configured as a transfer oscillator so that fluctuations of the pulse repetition rate and of the carrier offset frequency do not degrade the stability of the frequency conversion. The phase noise level of the generated ultrastable microwave signal is comparable to that of a cryogenic sapphire oscillator. For fountain operation with optic...

  1. Evolution of physical and chemical forms of radioactive depositions in the 30-km zone around Chernobyl

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    There have been elaborated a method for calculating condensation component of caesium nuclides and determining availability of a simple correlation of an average local density of radioactive depositions. Analogous correlation also exists for Sr-90. It is proved that the main share of the condensation component of caesium and strontium radionuclides have fall out the regions within 14.5-25 km and 30-52.5 km. The summarized activity being (6,7±2,5)x104 Ku and (1,3±0,9)x104 Ku, correspondingly. 85% fuel component is believed to concentrate within the 30-km zone. There have been worked out a method for determining the share of the fuel component of radioactive depositions in soil cover; the method is based on the analysis of the balance of various chemical forms of Sr-90. There have been also elaborated a method for determining the share of hot particles of fuels and their derivatives in the total balance of α-activity of the soil cover and dust of natural and technogeneous origin

  2. Inhibition of cell proliferation by interferons. 2. Changes in processing and stability of newly synthesized DNA in human lymphoblastoid (Daudi) cells.

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    Moore, G; Gewert, D R; Clemens, M J

    1984-03-15

    The inhibition of proliferation of Daudi cells in culture by human interferons is characterized by a change in the kinetics of labelling of different size classes of newly synthesized DNA. Initially, labelled precursors are incorporated exclusively into small DNA (Okazaki fragments) in both control and interferon-treated cells, as revealed by alkaline sucrose gradient centrifugation. In the interferon-treated cells, there is enhanced labelling of this small DNA after short periods of incorporation and slower conversion to larger DNA size classes, in comparison with the DNA of control cells. This effect is apparent after 12 h of interferon treatment, coincident with the onset of the inhibition of cell proliferation. It becomes progressively more marked up to 4 days, by which time cell growth has ceased completely. Experiments using bromodeoxyuridine as a density label and analysis of radioactive DNA on caesium chloride/caesium sulphate gradients also reveal that some newly replicated DNA may be unstable and may turn over within a few hours of its synthesis. The label derived from DNA breakdown is efficiently reincorporated into newly synthesized molecules. It is suggested that interferon treatment inhibits DNA replication by activating DNA turnover rather than by directly inhibiting synthesis. This effect, together with the progressive retardation of conversion of Okazaki fragments to larger DNA, may lead to the eventual failure of cell proliferation. PMID:6698030

  3. The incorporation of radiolabelled sulphur from captan into protein and its impact on a DNA binding study.

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    Provan, W M; Eyton-Jones, H; Lappin, G; Pritchard, D; Moore, R B; Green, T

    1995-05-19

    Repeated administration of high doses of captan is known to produce tumours specifically in the duodenum of mice. Captan is not carcinogenic in the rat. In this study, DNA purified from the liver, stomach, duodenum and jejenum of mice dosed with 35S radiolabelled captan was found to contain radioactivity equivalent to Covalent Binding Indices in the range 38-91; that from the bone marrow had a CBI of 2.8. The distribution of radioactivity between the various tissues did not reflect the target organ specificity of captan. Attempts to further purify the DNA samples using caesium chloride gradients resulted in partial separation of the radioactivity from the DNA suggesting that covalent binding to the DNA may not have occurred. A study of the chemical breakdown of captan showed that captan is unstable, producing a variety of potentially reactive species containing sulphur. Evidence was further obtained to show that the sulphur of captan is incorporated into endogenous amino acids and protein. Hepatic DNA from mice dosed with 35S radiolabelled N-acetylcysteine, and two thiazolidine derivatives which are analogous to known metabolites of captan, was radiolabelled to a similar extent to that from captan treated mice. Furthermore, the DNA from each of these treatments had similar properties on caesium chloride gradients. It was concluded that the radioactivity associated with DNA in the captan DNA binding study was present in the low levels of protein which are always associated with purified DNA samples.

  4. Synthesis and Characterization of Upconversion Fluorescent Yb3+, Er3+ Doped CsY2F7 Nano- and Microcrystals

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    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Cs Y2F7: 78%   Y3+, 20%   Yb3+, 2%   Er3+ nanocrystals with a mean diameter of approximately 8 nm were synthesized at   185°C in the high boiling organic solvent N-(2-hydroxyethyl-ethylenediamine (HEEDA using ammonium fluoride, the rare earth chlorides and a solution of caesium alkoxide of N-(2-hydroxyethyl-ethylenediamine in HEEDA. In parallel with this approach, a microwave assisted synthesis was carried out which forms nanocrystals of the same material, about 50 nm in size, in aqueous solution at 200∘C/8 bar starting from ammonium fluoride, the rare earth chlorides, and caesium fluoride. In case of the nanocrystals, derived from the HEEDA synthesis, TEM images reveal that the particles are separated but have a broad size distribution. Also an occurred heat-treatment of these nanocrystals (600∘C for 45 minutes led to bulk material which shows highly efficient light emission upon continuous wave (CW excitation at 978 nm. Besides the optical properties, the structure and the morphology of the three products were investigated by means of powder XRD and Rietveld method.

  5. A study of nuclear relaxation to the electron non-Zeeman system

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    An examination of the nuclear spin-lattice relaxation mechanism in a series of diluted copper-caesium Tutton salt crystals, containing different percentages of D2O in the waters of hydration, is described. Results of relaxation measurements are presented and a strong angular dependence is observed. It is proved, however, that under most experimental conditions applied, the bottleneck in the relaxation path is not the cross-relaxation but the thermal contact between the proton Zeeman system and the electron dipole-dipole interaction system. Hence the proton spin-lattice relaxation measurements have enabled determination of the time constant of this thermal contact. The microscopic coupling process which provides thermal contact, is a simultaneous transition of two electron spins and one proton spin. This so-called three-spin transition is described and calculations presented. Double resonance experiments are performed, where the resonance signal of deuterium or caesium spins is saturated and the effect on the proton resonance signal observed. (C.F.)

  6. Analysis of the Fukushima accident impact in France (mainland and overseas territories) from the results of the reinforced environmental radioactivity monitoring

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    The enhanced environmental radioactivity monitoring settled in France (and the country's overseas territories) following the Fukushima Dai-ichi accident detected trace levels of the main radionuclides released into the atmosphere during the accident (iodine 131, caesium 134 and 137, and smaller quantities of tellurium 132) and monitored their evolution until May. In mainland France, the various measurement results relating to air, rainwater and terrestrial products revealed that no traces of radionuclides attributable to the Fukushima accident were detected prior to 24 March. Airborne particulate iodine 131 was detected for the first time in a sample collected on 24 March at the summit of the Puy-de-Dome mountain, and this observation was confirmed nationwide with effect from 25 March. In the other compartments of the environment, the first significant results for iodine 131 were obtained over the following days. The maximum iodine 131 levels detected were of the order of: - a few milli-becquerels per cubic metre of air (mBq/m3); - approximately 10 becquerels per kilogram (Bq/kg) of plant matter (grass or leafy vegetables); - a few becquerels per litre (Bq/L) in rainwater or milk. Caesium 137 (together with an equivalent level of caesium 134) was also detected, generally at concentrations ten times lower than those observed for iodine 131. Tellurium 132 was occasionally detected in the air in late March. The various observations revealed that all French regions were affected to the same extent, albeit with some geographic and chronological fluctuations due to the movements of air masses. These levels are consistent with the forecasts based on modelling by IRSN in association with the French meteorological institute, Meteo-France. These concentrations were between 500 and more than 1, 000 times lower than those measured in France in early May 1986, following the Chernobyl accident. The maximum potential exposures (thyroid equivalent dose in one year-old infants and

  7. Determination of concentration factors for Chromium cesium, iron and cobalt in corvine and shrimp in the vicinities of Almirante Alvaro Alberto Nuclear Power Plant

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    In order to verify if the concentration factors for dose calculations in critical population recommended by the International Atomic Energy (IAEA), on the Safety Series 57, are in agreement with local factors, studies were carried out at Piraquara de Dentro bay, a region in the vicinities of the Almirante Alvaro Alberto Nuclear Power Plant (CNAAA). Chromium, caesium, iron and cobalt concentration factors for corvine and shrimp were determined using the activation analysis method by neutrons, taking into account the same behaviour between radioactive and stable from the same physicochemical form. This study has evidenced that: The local values of cesium, iron and cobalt concentration factors for corvine (fish) are in the same order of magnitude of the IAEA recommended values; The chromium, caesium and cobalt concentration factor values determined for shrimp for Piraquara de Dentro bay are in the same order of magnitude or smaller than those proposed by IAEA, while the concentration factor value for ion is one order of magnitude higher than the IAEA recommended value. (author)

  8. A report on radioactivity measurements of fish samples from the west coast of Canada

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    Even though many studies have shown that radioactive caesium levels in fish caught outside of Japan were below experimental detection limits of a few Bq kg-1, significant public concern has been expressed about the safety of consuming seafood from the Pacific Ocean following the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear accident. To address the public concerns, samples of commonly consumed salmon and groundfish harvested from the Canadian west coast in 2013 were analysed for radioactive caesium. None of the fish samples analysed in this study contained any detectable levels of 134Cs and 137Cs under given experimental setting with the average detection limit of ∼2 Bq kg-1. Using a conservative worst-case scenario where all fish samples would contain 137Cs exactly at the detection limit level and 134Cs at half of the detection limit level (to account for much shorter half-life of 134Cs), the resulting radiation dose for people from consumption of this fish would be a very small fraction of the annual dose from exposure to natural background radiation in Canada. Therefore, fish, such as salmon and groundfish, from the Canadian west coast are of no radiological health concern. (authors)

  9. Dry deposition of gaseous radioiodine and particulate radiocaesium onto leafy vegetables

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    Tschiersch, Jochen, E-mail: tschiersch@helmholtz-muenchen.de [Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen, German Research Center for Environmental Health, Institute of Radiation Protection, Ingolstaedter Landstr. 1, 85764 Neuherberg (Germany); Shinonaga, Taeko [Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen, German Research Center for Environmental Health, Institute of Radiation Protection, Ingolstaedter Landstr. 1, 85764 Neuherberg (Germany); Heuberger, Heidi [TU Muenchen, Center of Life and Food Sciences Weihenstephan, Duernast 2, 85350 Freising (Germany)

    2009-10-15

    Radionuclides released to the atmosphere during dry weather (e.g. after a nuclear accident) may contaminate vegetable foods and cause exposure to humans via the food chain. To obtain experimental data for an appropriate assessment of this exposure path, dry deposition of radionuclides to leafy vegetables was studied under homogeneous and controlled greenhouse conditions. Gaseous {sup 131}I-tracer in predominant elemental form and particulate {sup 134}Cs-tracer at about 1 {mu}m diameter were used to identify susceptible vegetable species with regard to contamination by these radionuclides. The persistence was examined by washing the harvested product with water. The vegetables tested were spinach (Spinacia oleracea), butterhead lettuce (Lactuca sativa var. capitata), endive (Cichorium endivia), leaf lettuce (Lactuca sativa var. crispa), curly kale (Brassica oleracea convar. acephala) and white cabbage (Brassica oleracea convar. capitata). The variation of radionuclides deposited onto each vegetable was evaluated statistically using the non-parametric Kruskal-Wallis Test and the U-test of Mann-Whitney. Significant differences in deposited {sup 131}I and {sup 134}Cs activity concentration were found among the vegetable species. For {sup 131}I, the deposition velocity to spinach normalized to the biomass of the vegetation was 0.5-0.9 cm{sup 3} g{sup -1} s{sup -1} which was the highest among all species. The particulate {sup 134}Cs deposition velocity of 0.09 cm{sup 3} g{sup -1} s{sup -1} was the highest for curly kale, which has rough and structured leaves. The lowest deposition velocity was onto white cabbage: 0.02 cm{sup 3} g{sup -1} s{sup -1} (iodine) and 0.003 cm{sup 3} g{sup -1} s{sup -1} (caesium). For all species, the gaseous iodine deposition was significantly higher compared to the particulate caesium deposition. The deposition depends on the sensitive parameters leaf area, stomatal aperture, and plant morphology. Decontamination by washing with water was very

  10. Transfer of Chernobyl-derived {sup 137}Cs into fishes in some Finnish lakes

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    Saxen, R.; Koskelainen, U.; Alatalo, M

    2000-09-01

    This report summarises STUK's work for the hydrological modelling (WG 4) in RODOS C, a project co-ordinated by the EU, in 1996-1999. The role of STUK in the project was to provide a data set on the radio-caesium contents in different types of fish and lakes in northern European environmental conditions for the development of a dynamic regional model describing radio-caesium transfer into fish. The co-operating institute, Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT), was responsible for the modelling work in this project. Besides the analysed data on {sup 137}Cs in the various fish species in the lakes, background information was produced on lakes and their drainage areas that might affect radio-caesium transfer into fish, which was needed for the development of fish, lake and drainage basin models. The role of STUK included also providing another, independent data set for the validation of the model. The proposals and needs of the co-operating institute, VTT, were taken into account. One of the factors strongly affecting the transfer of {sup 137}Cs into fish is the nutrition level of the lake. The average transfer of {sup 137}Cs in predators at the time of maximum activity concentrations in oligotrophic lakes was found to be up to 0.10 m{sup 2}/kg, implying that approximately 10% of the amount of {sup 137}Cs deposited on one square metre is transferred into 1 kg of fish. The corresponding transfer in eutrophic lakes was clearly lower,.i.e. 3- 4%, at the time of maximum concentrations, which usually occurred 1- 3 years after the deposition, depending on the fish species. These time-dependent transfer coefficients can be regarded as a kind of a lake-specific model. If deposition to the lake is known, the activity concentrations in fish can be estimated within specific uncertainty limits, by multiplying the deposition value by the transfer coefficient at a certain time point. Temporal changes in annual averages of transfer coefficients with variation for a certain

  11. Experimental study on the activation process of GaAs spin—polarized electron source

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    RuanCun-Jun

    2003-01-01

    GaAs spin-polarized electron source is a new kind of electron source, where the GaAs semiconductor crystal is used as a photocathode under the irradiation of helicity light. In this paper the activation process of the GaAs spin-polarized electron source is unvestigated experimentally in detail, during which the negative electron affinity of the photo cathode should be achieved more carefully by absorbing the caesium and oxygen on the surface of the GaAs crystal under ultrahigh vacuum conditions. Besides the different activation processes, the important physical parameters are studied to achieve the optimum activation results. At the same time the stability and lifetime of the polarized electron beam are explored for future experiments. Some important experimental data have been acquired.

  12. Distribution of /sup 137/Cs in surface intertidal sediments from the Solway Firth

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    Jones, D.G.; Miller, J.M.; Roberts, P.D. (Institute of Geological Sciences, Keyworth (UK))

    1984-05-01

    The distribution of /sup 137/Cs from the Sellafield (Windscale) nuclear fuel reprocessing plant has been examined in detail in the surface intertidal sediments of the inner Solway Firth by means of a hovercraft-borne radiometric survey. With the exception of a belt of relatively active sands to the south of Silloth, caesium distribution is generally consistent with that of fine-grained sediment such that the highest concentrations occur in mud flat and salt marsh sediments which are most extensive in sheltered coastal embayments. /sup 137/Cs activities in July 1980 were typically 2 to 30 pCi g/sup -1/ but locally exceeded 50 pCi g/sup -1/. These levels are considerably lower than those recorded in locations, such as the outer Solway and Ravenglass estuary, which are closer to the Sellafield outfall.

  13. Coherent backscattering of light off one-dimensional atomic strings

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    Sørensen, H L; Kluge, K W; Iakoupov, I; Sørensen, A S; Müller, J H; Polzik, E S; Appel, J

    2016-01-01

    Bragg scattering, well known in crystallography, has become a powerful tool for artificial atomic structures such as optical lattices. In an independent development photonic waveguides have been used successfully to boost quantum light-matter coupling. We combine these two lines of research and present the first experimental realisation of coherent Bragg scattering off a one-dimensional (1D) system - two strings of atoms strongly coupled to a single photonic mode - realised by trapping atoms in the evanescent field of a tapered optical fibre (TOF), which also guides the probe light. We report nearly 12% power reflection from strings containing only about one thousand caesium atoms, an enhancement of more than two orders of magnitude compared to reflection from randomly positioned atoms. This result paves the road towards collective strong coupling in 1D atom-photon systems. Our approach also allows for a straightforward fibre connection between several distant 1D atomic crystals.

  14. Lixiviation of polymer matrix parcels of nuclear wastes in an environment with a low water content with respect to the standard characterisation test

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    It is generally admitted that, in a nuclear waste storage site, a possible return of radionuclides towards the biosphere would mainly occur by leaching of coated items and their transport by natural waters. Therefore, lixiviation properties of coated nuclear wastes are among the most important. The objective of this research thesis is therefore to compare the activity release of samples of ion exchange polymer coated by a polymer (epoxy or polyester) matrix. Two types of tests have been performed: a standard test (sample immersion in water) and a lysimeter test (simulation of the geological environment by means of glass balls). The lixiviation of tritium-containing water is studied after a 300 day long experiment. The modelling of the release of tritium-containing water by using Fick equations gives good results. Factors influencing the lixiviation of cobalt ions and caesium ions are studied, and the lixiviation of these both ions is then modelled

  15. Low-temperature anodic bonding using thin films of lithium-niobate-phosphate glass

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    This paper reports on the investigation of a low-temperature anodic bonding process with layers of a lithium-niobate-phosphate glass on chip level. The glass layers are deposited by means of rf sputtering. The applied glass is characterised by its high ion conductivity, enabling anodic bonding at room temperature. Results of the optimisation process concerning the intrinsic stress of the glass layers and the thermal exposure of the substrates through the deposition process are presented. The stoichiometry of the glass layers is verified through Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS). The bonding strength is measured by tensile tests. Microfabricated atomic vapour cells are used for hermeticity tests of the bonding by absorption measurements of the caesium D1 line. (paper)

  16. Thermal decomposition of complex halides of arsenic(3), antimony(3) and bismuth(3) with alkali metals

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    Cyganski, A.; Ptaszynski, B.; Zalewicz, M. (Politechnika Lodzka (Poland))

    1980-01-01

    Thermal analyses of complexes M/sub 3/(As/sub 2/X/sub 9/) (M = Rb, Cs; X = Cl, Br), M/sub 3/(Sb/sub 2/X/sub 9/) (M = Rb, Cs; X = Cl, Br, I), Rb/sub 3/(BiX/sub 6/) (X = Cl, Br) and Cs/sub 3/(Bi/sub 2/X/sub 9/) (X = Cl, Br, I) were performed. From chemical and X-ray analyses of their solid decomposition products the mechanism of thermal decomposition reactions was established. From thermogravimetric curves apparent activation energies were calculated using Coats-Redfern's and Zsako's methods. Thermal stability of complexes increases distinctly in the following order: AsCaesium complexes are more stabile than rubidium compounds of the same type.

  17. First results of the ITER-relevant negative ion beam test facility ELISE (invited).

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    Fantz, U; Franzen, P; Heinemann, B; Wünderlich, D

    2014-02-01

    An important step in the European R&D roadmap towards the neutral beam heating systems of ITER is the new test facility ELISE (Extraction from a Large Ion Source Experiment) for large-scale extraction from a half-size ITER RF source. The test facility was constructed in the last years at Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik Garching and is now operational. ELISE is gaining early experience of the performance and operation of large RF-driven negative hydrogen ion sources with plasma illumination of a source area of 1 × 0.9 m(2) and an extraction area of 0.1 m(2) using 640 apertures. First results in volume operation, i.e., without caesium seeding, are presented.

  18. ACCUMULATION OF 134CS IN THE PEPPER DEPENDING ON SOIL CHARACTERISTICS AND METHODS FOR REDUCTION OF THE TRANSFER OF RADIONUCLIDES FROM THE SOIL INTO THE VEGETATION PRODUCTION

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    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available The particularities of the soil as sorbent, its complex composition and the differences in its properties impose the research of the accumulation of the The development of methods for reduction of the transfer of radionuclides from the soil into the vegetation production being of particular signifi cance for the implementation agricultural activities in conditions of radioactive pollution of the soil, the impact of potassium, calcium and EDTA or ethylenediaminetetraac etic acid over the accumulation of radio-caesium from the soil into the plants. As it is seen from the results presented, the input of potassium, calcium and EDTA in the Orthic Luvisols signifi cantly decreased the input of Сs-134 into the pepper plants.

  19. Volume and Surface-Enhanced Volume Negative Ion Sources

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    Stockli, M P

    2013-01-01

    H- volume sources and, especially, caesiated H- volume sources are important ion sources for generating high-intensity proton beams, which then in turn generate large quantities of other particles. This chapter discusses the physics and technology of the volume production and the caesium-enhanced (surface) production of H- ions. Starting with Bacal's discovery of the H- volume production, the chapter briefly recounts the development of some H- sources, which capitalized on this process to significantly increase the production of H- beams. Another significant increase was achieved in the 1990s by adding caesiated surfaces to supplement the volume-produced ions with surface-produced ions, as illustrated with other H- sources. Finally, the focus turns to some of the experience gained when such a source was successfully ramped up in H- output and in duty factor to support the generation of 1 MW proton beams for the Spallation Neutron Source.

  20. Cs10Ta29.27O78

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    Wolfgang Schnick

    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available Single crystals of caesium tantalate(V, Cs10Ta29.27O78, were obtained as a serendipitous product in a welded tantalum ampoule by a blank reaction of CsBr and bismuth subnitrate [Bi5O(OH9(NO34] with the container material. The crystal structure of the title compound is made up of a three-dimensional framework constituted by two types of layers, viz. (Ta6O15n and (Ta3O9n, parallel to (001, which are linked together by TaO6 octahedra (3m. symmetry along [001]. This framework has cavities where three independent Cs+ ions (3m. and overline{6}m2 symmetry, respectively are located. The compound reveals a Ta deficiency at one trigonal prismatic coordinated site (overline{6}m2 symmetry. The composition of the title compound was verified by energy-dispersive X-ray analysis of single crystals.

  1. Geology of outer Horns Rev, Danish North Sea

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    Jensen, Joern B.; Gravesen, P.; Lomholt, S. (Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, Copenhagen (Denmark))

    2008-07-15

    In 2006, Dong Energy initiated the development of the Horns Rev II offshore wind farm in the North Sea. In order to evaluate and map the characteristics of the surface features of the sea bed and to characterise the subsurface in the wind farm area, the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) conducted a geophysical survey of the area. The survey utilised a variety of instruments: sparker, side-scan sonar, marine caesium magnetometer and a multibeam echo-sounder. In addition, information on the subsurface sediments was obtained by cone penetration tests (CPT) and by drilling to 30-50 m below the sea bottom. Geological correlation of the CPT results with the other survey results was extremely complicated but was required in order to understand the architecture of the ice marginal glaciotectonic complex. Information on the geology is crucial for evaluation of the geotechnical problems of the region. (au)

  2. Data concerning radioactive pollution of poultry meat in the period following the Csernobil disaster [poultry, rabbit and game meat

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    Zones showing different degress of pollution appeared in Hungary following the Csernobil disaster, mainly as a function of climatic conditions /wind direction, rainfall/ prevailing in May 1986. The measurements carried out made possible to separate four degrees of pollution zones. The amounts of radiocaesium /134Cs, 137Cs, radioiodine /131I/, radiostrontium /90Sr/ and plutonium /239Pu/ pollution were examined in chicken-duck-goose-rabbit-roe-deer-pheasant-pigeon-wild duck, haremeat, as well as in duck and goose liver. The 131I, 134Cs and 137Cs activity was the highest in the period between May and August, 1986, in the duckmeat and duckliver. The greates caesium contamination was shown in roe-meat /155 Bq/kg/, the smallest in the pheasant 8 Bq/kg/ and haremeat /3 Bq/kg/. The difference can be explained by the diverse feeding-dietary circumstances and the different discriminative capacity of the various animal organisms concerning radionuclides

  3. Foodstuffs And Cancer: Analysis Of Radionuclides And Its Radiation Levels In Common Ghanaian Maize.

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    George Felix Acquah

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available By gamma spectroscopic measurement, content of natural and anthropogenic radionuclides and their activity levels were determined in selected common Ghanaian maize. The purpose was to establish whether these levels and subsequently their annual effective doses from the intake of these radionuclides were within the internationally acceptable limits. Six different maize varieties were collected, processed and data on each sample analyzed using a High Purity Germanium Detector. The activity levels and annual effective doses were calculated for the samples. The most significant radionuclides obtained from the analysis were; Potassium (40K, Uranium (238U, Caesium (134Cs, and Thorium (232Th. The average annual effective doses obtained from this study were 0.0039 mSv and 0.0012 mSv for dried and ashed samples respectively. This study concluded that the radionuclide activities and the annual effective doses were within acceptable standard levels and hence these Ghanaian maize varieties suitable for human consumption.

  4. Improvement of quantification of somatic radiation risks at low doses

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    In this research contract several selected topics of basic relevancy for assessment models of radiological consequences of hypothetical reactor accidents have been considered. The investigations focussed on the following areas: 1) Age dependent dose conversion factors for members of the public and their variability for radioisotopes of iodine, strontium, and caesium, - improvement of the accuracy of dose calculations for external gamma irradiation from cloud- and ground-shine; 2) analysis of data and models relevant for the assessment of exposure-time-effect relationships for lethal somatic late effects of lung and breast cancer and of leukemia; 3) analysis of various health status indices (e.g. ''loss of healthy life span'') with respect to their usefulness in addition to incidence, mortality, etc. for the evaluation of the magnitude of a health detriment due to a previous radiation exposure. (orig./HP)

  5. In Situ Characterisation of an Optically Thick Atom-Filled Cavity

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    Munns, J H D; Ledingham, P M; Walmsley, I A; Nunn, J; Saunders, D J

    2015-01-01

    A means for precise experimental characterization of the dielectric susceptibility of an atomic gas inside and optical cavity is important for design and operation of quantum light matter interfaces, particularly in the context of quantum information processing. Here we present a numerically optimised theoretical model to predict the spectral response of an atom-filled cavity, accounting for both homogeneous and inhomogeneous broadening at high optical densities. We investigate the regime where the two broadening mechanisms are of similar magnitude, which makes the use of common approximations invalid. Our model agrees with an experimental implementation with warm caesium vapour in a ring cavity. From the cavity response, we are able to extract important experimental parameters, for instance the ground state populations, total number density and the magnitudes of both homogeneous and inhomogeneous broadening.

  6. Internal contamination measurements conducted in Europe after the Chernobyl accident, bibliographical revue

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    When the radioactivity levels actually ingested by the populations of various European countries were being assessed, it was decided to conduct many in vivo measurements and measurements on excreta. The data acquired in this way for a wide range of different populations are reviewed in this report. Caesium (137Cs and 134Cs) and iodine-131, were the only radionuclides to be studied systematically. It is shown in this report that the levels of radioactivity ingested, calculated on the basis of measurements in the food chain, were constantly overestimated by up to one order of magnitude. It is also shown that there is a good correlation between the geographical distribution of the quantities ingested and the charted radionuclide deposits

  7. The contamination of the North Sea by artificial radionuclides during the year 1987

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    The activity concentrations of the caesium isotopes 137Cs and 134Cs and of the radionuclide strontium-90 in the seawater of the North Sea during the year 1987 are presented. Isotopes originating from the reactor disaster at Chernobyl are detectable in the water of the North Sea only at very low activities. At some positions in the North Sea, plutonium isotopes, americium and curium have been determined. The main source of these artificial nuclides are the preprocessing plants at Sellafield (UK) and La Hague (France). Due to the installation of new reprocessing facilities at Sellafield, a constant downward trend of contamination from 137Cs in the central North Sea can be established. (author)

  8. Fields of View for Environmental Radioactivity

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    Malins, Alex; Machida, Masahiko; Takemiya, Hiroshi; Saito, Kimiaki

    2015-01-01

    The gamma component of air radiation dose rates is a function of the amount and spread of radioactive nuclides in the environment. These radionuclides can be natural or anthropogenic in origin. The field of view describes the area of radionuclides on, or below, the ground that is responsible for determining the air dose rate, and hence correspondingly the external radiation exposure. This work describes Monte Carlo radiation transport calculations for the field of view under a variety of situations. Presented first are results for natural 40K and thorium and uranium series radionuclides distributed homogeneously within the ground. Results are then described for atmospheric radioactive caesium fallout, such as from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident. Various stages of fallout evolution are considered through the depth distribution of 134Cs and 137Cs in soil. The fields of view for the natural radionuclides and radiocaesium are different. This can affect the responses of radiation monitors to th...

  9. Development instability of plants and radiation from Chernobyl

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    Moeller, A.P. [Univ. Pierre et Marie curie, Lab. d`Ecologie, Paris Cedex (France)

    1998-04-01

    Phenotypic measures of developmental instability were used to assess the hypothesis that radiation from Chernobyl in Ukraine directly affects the developmental processes of plants. Fluctuating asymmetry and the frequency of pheno-deviants in three species of plants. Robinia pseudoacacia. Sorbus aucuparia and Matricaria perforata, were assessed along a transect from the security zone of Chernobyl towards the largely uncontaminated area 225 km SE of Chernobyl. Measures of developmental instability decreased in a similar way for the three species with increasing distance from Chernobyl the level of developmental instability being three to four times as large near Chernobyl as in the control area. Developmental instability was positively related to the level of radiation by caesium-137 along the transect. In conclusion, radiation from Chernobyl has resulted in a reduced ability of plants to control the stability of their developmental processes. (au) 15 refs.

  10. Radionuclide interactions with marine sediments

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    A critical review of the literature on the subject of the interactions of radionuclides with marine sediments has been carried out. On the basis of the information available, an attempt has been made to give ranges and 'best estimates' for the distribution ratios between seawater and sediments. These estimates have been based on an understanding of the sediment seawater system and the porewater chemistry and mineralogy. Field measurements, laboratory measurements and estimates based on stable-element geochemical data are all taken into account. Laboratory measurements include distribution-ratio and diffusion-coefficient determinations. The elements reviewed are carbon, chlorine, calcium, nickel, selenium, strontium, zirconium, niobium, technetium, tin, iodine, caesium, lead, radium, actinium, thorium, protactinium, uranium, neptunium, plutonium, americium and curium. (author)

  11. Soil-plant transfer factors in forest ecosystems

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    Within scope of an extended study about 137Cs behaviour in forest ecosystems several parameters were found to influence soil-plant transfer factors. TF-values of different plant species cover a range of two magnitudes. This is partly due to variations in rooting depth of plants and specific physiological adaptations of nutrient supply. Perrenial plants like trees (Picea abies) and dwarf shrubs (Vaccinium myrtillus) showed a distinct age - dependency of 137Cs - transfer factors. In young plant parts caesium concentration is higher than in old, more signified twigs. A correlation analysis of physico-chemical soil parameters and TF-values to forest vegetation showed, that soil organic matter, especially the degree of humification and the ratio between extractable fulvic to humic acids are important influencing factors of 137Cs transfer from forest soils to plants. (author)

  12. Investigation for determining the retention properties of rock over the ASSE II mine for dissolved radionuclides

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    For a model consideration of groundwater movement and the associated transport of dissolved substance in deep groundwater, the retention properties of the ASSE II mine for radionuclides dissolved in water were determined. A series of properties of rocks were examined and described for this purpose. Apart from the chemical, mineralogical and petrophysical characteristics of the rocks, the retention was determined by 3 different methods and stated in the form of distribution coefficients for specific elements. A comparison of the results of vibration and diffusion experiments gave good agreement, while the results in through column experiments only reached the same order of magnitude after an expensive determination with the aid of a place concentration distribution. The distribution coefficients for the elements carbon, selenium, strontium, technetium, iodine, caesium, lead, radium, actinium, proto-actinium, uranium, neptunium, plutonium, americium and curium are listed and collected for model rock packages. (orig./HP)

  13. The distribution of 137Cs in surface intertidal sediments from the Solway Firth

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    The distribution of 137Cs from the Sellafield (Windscale) nuclear fuel reprocessing plant has been examined in detail in the surface intertidal sediments of the inner Solway Firth by means of a hovercraft-borne radiometric survey. With the exception of a belt of relatively active sands to the south of Silloth, caesium distribution is generally consistent with that of fine-grained sediment such that the highest concentrations occur in mud flat and salt marsh sediments which are most extensive in sheltered coastal embayments. 137Cs activities in July 1980 were typically 2 to 30 pCi g-1 but locally exceeded 50 pCi g-1. These levels are considerably lower than those recorded in locations, such as the outer Solway and Ravenglass estuary, which are closer to the Sellafield outfall. (author)

  14. Development and character of gap states on alkali doping of molecular films

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    Here we study the alkali metal induced effects on an ordered and aligned sexiphenyl monolayer on Cu(110) with angle-resolved UV spectroscopy (ARUPS). The caesium (Cs) induced gap states could clearly be identified by orbital tomography, a method based on ARUPS, which allows both the orbital character of these states and the molecular orientation to be determined. We show that with increasing alkali metal dose, doping proceeds in three distinct steps. Initially, Cs decouples the molecular monolayer from the substrate, with emptying of the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) that had been filled on hybridization with the substrate. Further Cs exposure refills the LUMO. Finally a filling of the LUMO + 1 by charge transfer from the alkali metal occurs. Remarkably, although long range order is not preserved and the molecular planes tilt away from the surface, the molecules remain aligned parallel to the [1 1-bar 0] azimuth during the whole doping process. (paper)

  15. Radioecological problems of the Republic of Belarus after the Chernobyl accident and the ways of their solution

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    The data on the scale of contamination of Belarus with radionuclides after the Chernobyl accident are given. The overall contaminated areas with radiation density of caesium-137 exceeding 3.7 * 10-circumflex 4 Bq/sq.km amount to 46,5 thousands of square kilometers. It is shown, that in 1993 the radioactivity at the territory of Belarus accounts for more than 3.7 * 10-circumflex 16 Bq. The paper presents the characteristics of the main contributors to the radiological situation. The characterization of the patterns of contamination of soil, water systems, forests is considered. The paper gives the organizing structure of control over the processes of elimination of the post-effects of the Chernobyl accident. The need for urgent development of the project for changing the contaminated territories into ecologically safe system is indicated. The suggestions on organizing the International Safety System against accidents at potentially hazardous industrial enterprises are given. (author). 7 refs, 1 fig., 2 tabs

  16. Ultrahigh and persistent optical depths of cesium in Kagomé-type hollow-core photonic crystal fibers

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    Kaczmarek, Krzysztof T.; Saunders, Dylan J.; Sprague, Michael R.; Kolthammer, W. Steven; Feizpour, Amir; Ledingham, Patrick M.; Brecht, Benjamin; Poem, Eilon; Walmsley, Ian A.; Nunn, Joshua

    2015-12-01

    Alkali-filled hollow-core fibres are a promising medium for investigating light-matter interactions, especially at the single-photon level, due to the tight confinement of light and high optical depths achievable by light-induced atomic desorption. However, until now these large optical depths could only be generated for seconds at most once per day, severely limiting the practicality of the technology. Here we report the generation of highest observed transient ($>10^5$ for up to a minute) and highest observed persistent ($>2000$ for hours) optical depths of alkali vapours in a light-guiding geometry to date, using a caesium-filled Kagom\\'e-type hollow-core photonic crystal fibre. Our results pave the way to light-matter interaction experiments in confined geometries requiring long operation times and large atomic number densities, such as generation of single-photon-level nonlinearities and development of single photon quantum memories.

  17. Radioactivity monitoring of the Irish marine environment 1998 and 1999

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    Ryan, T.; Long, S.; Dowdall, A. [and others

    2000-09-01

    The safety of the food chain and the protection of the environment are prime concerns of the Irish public. This report presents the results of the marine radioactivity monitoring programme carried out by the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland (RPII) during 1998 and 1999. The primary objective of the programme is to assess the exposure of the Irish population resulting from radioactive contamination of the Irish marine environment and to estimate the risks to health from this exposure. Discharged radioactive waste from the British Nuclear Fuels plc (BNFL) reprocessing plant at Sellafield continues to be the dominant source of this contamination. In particular, the remobilization from sediments of historic discharges makes an important contribution to the levels of radioactivity in the seawater of the western Irish Sea. Approximately 300 samples of fish, shellfish, seaweed, seawater and sediment were collected in 1998 and again in 1999. Both the Marine Institute and the Department of the Marine and Natural Resources assisted the Institute with this sampling. The samples were analysed for a range of contaminating radionuclides at the Institute's radio-analytical laboratory. The results show that the radionuclide of greatest dosimetric significance continues to be caesium-137. The activity concentration of this radionuclide in the Irish marine environment has remained relatively stable since the mid 1990s but at a lower level than that observed during the previous two decades. Along the Irish coastline the highest activity concentrations observed are in the north-east. Since 1994 the commissioning and operation of new facilities at Sellafield have resulted in an increase in the discharges of technetium-99 to the Irish Sea. This has been reflected in an increase in the activity concentrations of this radionuclide at all east coast sampling sites between 1994 and 1999. However, the low radiotoxicity of technetium-99 means that it is generally of lesser

  18. Nuclear disaster. Fukushima, hundred years of decontamination; Catastrophe nucleaire: Fukushima, cent ans de decontamination

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    Dupin, L.

    2011-04-15

    This article gives an overview of what will have to be done on the site of Fukushima to decontaminate and to dismantle it. Based on the experience gained in Three Mile Island and in Chernobyl, experts foresee ten years of work within the reactor cores, thirty years around the plant, sixty years of decontamination within the no man's land area around the plant; and centuries as far as scattered spots are concerned more than hundred kilometres away from the plant. Three radionuclides must be surveyed, but with different half lives: iodine 131 (8 days), caesium 137 (30 years), and plutonium 239 (24000 years). The expertise of French companies (Areva, Assystem, Bouygues and Vinci) in reactor dismantling, dismantling procedure design, and public works (protection arch like in Chernobyl) is briefly evoked, as well as the French approach for post-accident management

  19. Impact on the marine environment of radioactive releases resulting from the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear accident. May 13, 2011; Impact sur le milieu marin des rejets radioactifs consecutifs a l'accident nucleaire de Fukushima Dai-ichi. 13 mai 2011

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    2011-07-01

    This information note updates and supplements the previous note of 4 April on the same subject. It describes the origins of the contamination of the marine environment (Direct releases into the sea close to the damaged reactors, atmospheric fall-out onto the surface of the sea, transport of radioactive pollution by leaching of contaminated soil). Then, while proposing several maps, the authors analyse and comment the dispersion in the sea of radioactive pollutants: ocean currents off the Japanese coasts, charts showing the distribution of caesium 137 in seawater, and results of simulations of dispersion. The report briefly discusses the impact of radioactive pollution on living species: concentrations observed in fish, expected concentrations based on the seawater measurements. Finally, it briefly discusses the presence of radionuclides in sediments

  20. Commitment of involved actors in the preparation of accidental and post-accident situations: European experiments; Engagement des parties prenantes a la preparation aux situations accidentelles et post-accidentelles: experiences Europeennes

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    Schneider, Th. [CEPN, 28 rue de la Redoute, 92260 Fontenay-aux-Roses (France)

    2010-07-01

    The author briefly describes some approaches developed within the EURANOS European research programme between 2004 and 2009 which aims at promoting the building up of a European network (NERIS) for the management of nuclear accidental and post-accident situations. Notably, he comments the experiment which took place in the Montbeliard district where two types of radiological events have been modelled and simulated: an accident in the Fessenheim nuclear power plant with two scenarios of release, and a transportation accident with a release of radioactive caesium 137. He also evokes the Norwegian experience and some other actions in Finland, Great-Britain, Spain and Slovakia where reflections on the management of accidental and post-accident situations or crisis exercises have been organized

  1. The lesson of the Chernobyl disaster

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    Milhaud, G. (Hopital Saint-Antoine, 75 Paris (FR))

    1991-01-01

    On april 26, 1986 a major nuclear disaster took place at 1 h 24 min local time, destroying the fourth reactor of the Chernobyl plant. Five years later the consequences of the disaster are still not fully known. Nevertheless the long term future of nuclear energy in the world is uncertain. Questions need to be answered by observing hard facts if emotional attitudes are not to prevail over reality. The reactor and its core were destroyed by an explosion, causing two radioactive jet emissions of iodine 131, followed by caesium 137. Both elements are mainly incorporated in the body via food. The Chernobyl disaster was a consequence of inadequate safety regulations and human error. Enforcement of strict regulations are likely to be highly effective in preventing a further catastrophe. However, governments should consider another possibility. What would be the consequences for public health if a terroristic act deliberately destroyed a nuclear power station.

  2. The legacy of Chernobyl

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    Bojcun, M.

    1991-04-20

    This article looks at daily life in the Northern Ukraine, where the fallout effects from the Chernobyl nuclear reactor accident were felt most keenly. High levels of radioactive iodine 131, strontium 90 and caesium 137 are still present five years on and the health of the population, including those evacuated from the exclusion zones, is at risk from leukaemia and thyroid problems, especially among children. Other worrying reports suggest the occurence of a new disease, ''Chernobyl AIDs'', in which sufferers' immune systems are depressed. Other major outstanding problems include the integrity of the concrete sarcophagus enclosing the damaged reactor, and the continued consumption of locally grown contaminated food due to government inadequacies in supplying ''clean'' equivalents. (UK).

  3. Collective dose to the European Community from nuclear industry effluents discharge in 1978

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    Camplin, W C

    1983-01-01

    The results are presented of a study to evaluate the collective dose commitment to the population of the European Community from effluents released by the nuclear industry within the EC in 1978. Airborne and liquid effluent discharge data have been taken from published sources, and computer modelling techniques have been used to predict the transfer of radioactivity through the environment to man. The collective dose commitments due to discharges from each nuclear installation have been evaluated and the comparative significance of individual radionuclides and their pathways to man have been considered. Airborne releases resulted in an estimated collective effective dose equivalent commitment of 95 man Sv, the major part of which is due to carbon-14 from both power stations and reprocessing plants. The collective effective dose equivalent commitment from liquid effluents is estimated to be 408 man Sv, mostly due to caesium-137 and other radionuclides from the Sellafield (formerly Windscale) reprocessing plant...

  4. Decontamination by shotblasting of radioactivity deposited on an asphalt road

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    Long-lived fission products may be deposited in the environment after a serious reactor accident. From previous experiments it is known that if firehosing is to be used for decontamination it has to be done soon after the deposition. It is therefore worthwhile to study another decontamination method. An experimental study has been conducted of how well shotblasting can remove contamination from an asphalt road. In shotblasting a thin layer of the surface is loosened by the impact of small steel balls, and in the same procedure the surface dust is vacuumed up and the steel balls recovered. The contaminant was 86Rb, which behaves as caesium. As reference, the weathering of identical contamination on an asphalt road, a concrete road and a road covered with small concrete stones was studied concurrently. (author)

  5. Registration of ELF waves in rocket-satellite experiment with plasma injection

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    Korobeinikov, V. G.; Oraevskii, V. N.; Ruzhin, Iu. Ia.; Sobolev, Ia. P.; Skomarovskii, V. S.; Chmyrev, V. M.; Namazov, C. A.; Pokhunkov, A. A.; Nesmeianov, V. I.

    1992-12-01

    Two rocket KOMBI-SAMA experiments with plasma injection at height 100-240 km were performed in August 1987 in the region of Brazilian magnetic anomaly (L = 1.25). The launching time of the rocket was determined so that plasma injection was at the time when COSMOS 1809 satellite passed as close as possible to magnetic tube of injection. Caesium plasma jet was produced during not less than 300 s by an electric plasma generator separated from the payload. When the satellite passed the geomagnetic tube intersecting the injection region an enhancement of ELF emission at 140 Hz, 450 Hz by a factor of 2 was registered on board the satellite. An enhancement of energetic particle flux by a factor of 4-5 was registered on board the rocket. Observed ELF emission below 100 Hz is interpreted as the generation of oblique electromagnetic ion-cyclotron waves due to drift plasma instability at the front of the plasma jet.

  6. The uptake of plutonium-239, 240, americium-241, strontium-90 into plants

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    This report describes the results of measurements on the uptake of plutonium, americium, strontium-90 and caesium-137 into peas, beet, oats, sweet corn, tomatoes and vegetable marrow grown in tubs containing radioactively-contaminated silts. The silts had been taken from an area of West Cumbria commonly referred to as the Ravenglass estuary. The experiments are categorised as being carried out under non-standard conditions because of the manner in which the radioactivity came to be incorporated into the growth medium. The growth medium was representative of conditions which could arise when the estuarine silt moves inland under the influence of wind and tide and mixes with the adjacent farm land. The silt had been contaminated by radioactive effluents from the nuclear fuels reprocessing plant at Sellafield and this contamination had been brought about by natural means. (Auth.)

  7. Redetermination of the hexagonal struvite analogue Cs[Mg(OH26](PO4

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    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available The structure of the hexagonal modification of caesium hexaaquamagnesium phosphate has been redetermined from single-crystal X-ray data. The previous refinement from photographic data [Ferrari, Calvaca & Nardelli (1955. Gazz. Chim. Ital. 85, 1232–1238] was basically confirmed, but with all H atoms located and with all non H-atoms refined with anisotropic displacement parameters. The structure can be derived from the NiAs structure type: the PO4 tetrahedra (3m. symmetry are on the Ni positions and the complex [Mg(OH26] octahedra (3m. symmetry are on the As positions. The building units are connected to each other by hydrogen bonds. The Cs+ cations (3m. symmetry are located in the voids of this arrangement and exhibit a distorted cuboctahedral 12-coordination by the O atoms of the water molecules.

  8. Loading of a fountain clock with an enhanced Low-Velocity Intense Source of atoms

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    2016-01-01

    We present experimental work for improved atom loading in the optical molasses of a caesium fountain clock, employing a low-velocity intense source of atoms (LVIS) [Lu et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 77, 3331 (1996)], which we modified by adding a "dark" state pump laser. With this modification the atom source has a mean flux of $4 \\times 10^{8}$ atoms/s at a mean atom velocity of $8.6$ m/s. Compared to fountain operation using background gas loading, we achieved a significant increase of the loaded and detected atom number by a factor of 40. Operating the fountain clock with a total number of detected atoms $N_{\\mathrm{at}}=2.9 \\times 10^6$ in the quantum projection noise-limited regime, a frequency instability $\\sigma_y\\left(1\\text{s}\\right)=2.7 \\times 10^{-14}$ was demonstrated.

  9. Radio elements / bottom salts separation by nano-filtration aided by complexation in a highly saline environment

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    This research thesis addresses the use of a membrane-based technique, nano-filtration, aided or not by complexation, for the processing of highly saline liquid effluents produced by radio-chemical decontamination. The objective is to separate non-radioactive elements (sodium nitrate) from radio-elements (caesium, strontium and actinides) in order to reduce the volume of wastes. Within the perspective of an industrial application, a system to concentrate the effluent is firstly defined. Different nano-filtration membranes are tested and reveal to be insufficient in highly saline environment. A stage of selective complexation of radio-elements is therefore considered before nano-filtration. The main factors affecting performance of nano-filtration-complexation (for a given membrane system) are identified: ionic force, pH, ligand content, trans-membrane pressure. Finally, a nano-filtration pilot is implemented to perform nano-filtration-complexation operations by remote handling on radioactive substances

  10. Carborne fallout mapping - STUK/HUT team

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    Honkamaa, T.; Tiilikainen, H. [Finnish Centre for Radiation and Nuclear Safety, Helsinki (Finland); Aarnio, P.; Nikkinen, M. [Helsinki Univ. of Technology, Espoo (Finland)

    1997-12-31

    During the summer 1995 altogether 8,625 spectrometric and 3,108 dose-rate measurements were performed in Padasjoki Auttoinen village using carborne measuring devices. As a result {sup 137}Cs fallout and dose-rate maps were produced. The highest measured values in the test area II were 160 kBq m{sup -2} for fallout and 0.22 {mu}Sv h{sup -1} for dose-rate. One hot spot was found beside the test area (dose rate 0.31 {mu}Sv h{sup -1}). On the cultivated areas the measured count rates in {sup 137}Cs-window are three to four times lower than in the forest areas in average, indicating an altered depth profile of caesium. (au).

  11. Behaviour of fuel pins presenting a cladding rupture

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    The objective is to follow by different techniques (fission gas analysis, delayed neutron detection (DND), γ scanning and neutroradiography examinations) the evolution of failed fuel (U, Pu)O2 pins during irradiation in a sodium loop at a temperature of 400 to 5000C, in a thermal or epithermal neutron flux and at a power between 20 and 55 kW.m-1 the pins being pre-irradiated between 0 and 12% FIMA and from 50 to 140 dpas. The signals coming from stable fission gases allow to detect fuel over-heatings, while the kinetics of emission of the short half lived radioactive gases are controlled by the inlet and outlet displacements of sodium through the pin; at last, the secondary ruptures are revealed by the evolution of DND signals and the locations of compounds -as fuel-caesium- are followed by γ spectrometry

  12. Cementation of the medium-activity AMOR waste solution at VKTA Rossendorf with the MOSS-200 mobile plant

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    Schumann, F.; Pfefferkorn, G. [Nuclear Process Engineering and Analysis Association Rossendorf e. V. (VKTA), Dresden (Germany); Ekberg, A. [Westinghouse Atom AB, Vaesteras (Sweden); Mika, S. [Westinghouse Reaktor GmbH, Mannheim (Germany)

    2001-07-01

    Molybdenum-99 has been isolated since 1985 at the former Central Institute for Nuclear Research at Rossendorf from aluminium-clad fuel assemblies exposed in the research reactor for production of technetium-99m generators. The Rossendorf molybdenum production plant operated for this (abbreviated to AMOR - a German acronym), consisted of three plant sections. Plant section AMOR I was responsible for the resolution process and molybdenum extraction. Plant AMOR II was used for nuclear fuel recovery from AMOR-I waste solution by liquid-liquid extraction, and plant AMOR III was responsible for reprocessing the AMOR-II extract. The entire AMOR plant was shut down in late 1990. Radiologically, the residue from AMOR production can be classified as medium-activity liquid waste with the most important radioactive constituents being the two isotopes strontium-90 and caesium-137. Chemically, the waste consists of highly acidic (nitric acid) solution containing aluminium nitrate. (orig.)

  13. Radiation preservation of food. Efficiency and wholesomeness

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    This document reviews the applications of ionizing radiations in the food industry. The two first chapters feature the characteristics of the three types of ionizing radiations that can be used (gamma rays from cobalt 60 and caesium 137, X rays, electron beams) and their action on foodstuff and the food spoilage organisms. The third chapter is a review of toxicological studies based on two complementary approaches: animal assays and studies on the radiolysis products. It provides the evidences that lead the international experts to regard irradiated food as safe for human consumption. In the fourth chapter, the problems of identification of irradiated food and the possible controls are exposed. The authors conclude by suggesting the measures that would allow commercial application in France

  14. Geographical redistribution of radionuclides in forest and wetland

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    Tjaernhage, Aasa; Plamboeck, Agnetha; Nylen, Torbjoern; Lidstroem, Kenneth; Aagren, Goeran; Lindgren, Jonas

    2000-12-01

    This report summarizes the results from a survey concerning the presence of caesium-137 in soil in two different areas, Verkmyraan in Gaestrikland and Nyaenget in Vaesterbotten. This has been done with a portable NaI gamma spectrometer connected to a GPS, called back pack. Soil samples have also been taken in the two areas to compare the results from these with the back pack measurements. The results from a survey of Cesium-137 1989 in Nyaenget has also been included to see if there has been a redistribution of Cs-137 in the area in the last ten years. At Verkmyraan there is an increase in Cs-137 deposition at the lower part of the catchment which probably depends on a transport of Cs-137 to the outflow. In Nyaenget the results show a possible levelling of the Cs-137 activity between the different soil types, but to verify that, more soil samples must be taken and analysed.

  15. 2,2,6,6-Tetrakis(biphenyl-2-yl-4,4,8,8-tetramethylcyclotetrasiloxane

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    Erik P. A. Couzijn

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available The title compound, [–Si(C12H92OSi(CH32O–]2, was obtained unintentionally as the product of an attempted crystallization of caesium bis(biphenyl-2,2′-diylfluorosilicate from dimethylformamide. In the crystal, the molecule is located on an inversion center and the siloxane ring adopts a twist-chair conformation with the two dimethyl-substituted Si atoms lying 0.7081 (5 Å out of the plane defined by the two bis(biphenyl-2-yl-substituted Si atoms and the four O atoms. In each Si(C12H92 unit, the orientation of one terminal phenyl ring relative to the phenylene ring of the other biphenyl moiety suggests a parallel displaced π–π stacking interaction [centroid distance = 4.2377 (11 Å and dihedral angle = 15.40 (9°].

  16. Decontamination of radioactive milk - a review

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    The holding of milk and milk products long enough to deactivate certain radioisotopes prior to consumption, conversion of milk into butter, and manufacturing cheese by using modified processes are some of the approaches in minimizing the radioactivity risk to consumers. Extensive studies carried out in the USA have shown that though somewhat expensive, ion-exchange treatment of milk in large-scale, automated plants can eliminate 90% or more of the radionuclides of concern, i.e. strontium-90, and iodine-131, and much of caesium-137. Various factors affecting the efficiency of the ion exchange process and properties of the treated milk are reviewed. Other processing techniques such as electrodialysis are also briefly discussed in relation to removal of radionuclides from milk. (Author)

  17. Search for persons

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    Vogel, H. [Asklepios Klinik St. Georg, Radiology, Lohmuehlenstr. 5 20099 Hamburg (Germany)], E-mail: Hermann.vogel@ak-stgeorg.lbk-hh.de

    2007-08-15

    X-rays and gamma-rays are used to detect hidden persons in vehicles, containers, and railway wagons. They are produced with accelerators, X-ray tubes, cobalt 60 and caesium 137. Fan beams adjusted to a line of digital detectors produce the image. The resolution is sufficient to recognise a human being. The recognition of persons with transmission images is limited by superimposition; backscatter imaging produces clearer images but of one single layer only. The future will bring new applications of search for persons with X-rays. Crimes and terrorist attacks will induce added demand for security, where search with X-rays and gamma-rays will keep its important role or even increase it.

  18. Efeitos biológicos das radiações ionizantes: acidente radiológico de Goiânia

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    Emico Okuno

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Neste artigo apresentamos as bases da Física das radiações, as fontes naturais e artificiais, os efeitos biológicos, a proteção radiológica. Examinamos também a sequência de eventos que resultou no acidente de Goiânia com uma fonte de césio-137 de um equipamento de radioterapia abandonado e suas terríveis consequências.This article presents the fundaments of radiation physics, the natural and artificial sources, biological effects, radiation protection. We also examine the sequence of events that resulted in Goiania accident with a source of caesium-137 from abandoned radiotherapy equipment and its terrible consequences.

  19. Synthesis and crystallographic study of the compounds in the system Cs{sub 2}O - Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} - SiO{sub 2}; Synthese et etude cristallographique des composes du systeme Cs{sub 2}O - Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} - SiO{sub 2}

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    Langlet, G. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, Saclay (France). Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires

    1969-05-01

    A study has been made on the preparation, structure and thermal evolution of some definite compounds in the system: Cs{sub 2}O - Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} - SiO{sub 2}. Precise details are given about the structure of the following compounds: CsAlO{sub 2}, RbAlO{sub 2}, KAlO{sub 2} and NaAlO{sub 2}; CsAlO{sub 2}, 2 H{sub 2}O; Cs{sub 2}O, 11 Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}; Cs{sub 2}O, 2 SiO{sub 2}; Cs{sub 2}O, 4 SiO{sub 2} and Rb{sub 2}O, 4 SiO{sub 2}; CsAlSiO{sub 4}; CsAlSi{sub 2}O{sub 6}; Cs{sub 4}Ge{sub 11}O{sub 24} and Rb{sub 4}Ge{sub 11}O{sub 24}. The long term purpose of this work was to find a compound which would be insoluble, refractory and at the same time able to contain radioactive isotopes of cesium and thus suitable as radiation sources. The knowledge of the properties and structure of aluminates, silicates and aluminosilicates is a necessary stage before the elaboration of ceramic caesium sources. The compound which seems quite convenient for this use, Cs{sub 2}AlSi{sub 2}O{sub 6}, is closely related to the natural mineral 'pollucite', and offers interesting properties. (author) [French] Ce travail constitue une etude de la preparation, de la structure et de l'evolution thermique des composes definis du systeme: Cs{sub 2}O - Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} - SiO{sub 2} et de quelques homologues. Des precisions sont donnees sur la structure des composes suivants: CsAlO{sub 2}, RbAlO{sub 2}, KAlO{sub 2} et NaAlO{sub 2}; CsAlO{sub 2}, 2 H{sub 2}O; Cs{sub 2}O, 11 Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}; Cs{sub 2}O, 2 SiO{sub 2}; Cs{sub 2}O, 4 SiO{sub 2} et Rb{sub 2}O, 4 SiO{sub 2}; CsAlSiO{sub 4}; CsAlSi{sub 2}O{sub 6}; Cs{sub 4}Ge{sub 11}O{sub 24} et Rb{sub 4}Ge{sub 11}O{sub 24}. Le but a long terme de cette etude consistait a obtenir un compose a la fois refractaire et insoluble, susceptible de contenir un isotope radioactif du caesium, et d'etre utilise comme source de rayonnement. La connaissance des proprietes et de la structure des aluminates, silicates et aluminosilicates represente

  20. RESUME95 Nordic field test of mobile equipment for nuclear fall-out monitoring

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    Bourgeois, C.; Bresson, J.; Chiffot, T.; Guillot, L. [Centre d`Etudes de Valduc, Direction des Applications Militaires, Commissaiat a L`Energie Atomique, Tille (France)

    1997-12-31

    Nordic Safety Research (NKS) organised in August 1995 a field test of various techniques and instrumentation for monitoring radioactive fall-out. In an emergency situation, after a major release of radioactive material, many different measuring systems are going to be used, ranging from small hand hold intensitometer to complex spectrometer systems. In this test the following type of equipment were tested: Airborne spectrometers; Carborne spectrometers and dose rate meters; In situ spectrometers and intensitometers. Helinuc team was equipped of an airborne system and of a germanium device for in situ measurements. Different tasks were specified for each team: Mapping caesium fall-out and natural activity over two areas of 18 and 5 km{sup 2}; Research of hidden sources. For measurements and data processing the respect of time allowed was strictly controlled for testing the ability of each team. (au).

  1. Detection of hidden sources. Prompt reports by airborne teams in Resume95

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    Toivonen, H. [Finnish Centre for Radiation and Nuclear Safety, Helsinki (Finland)

    1997-12-31

    An exercise to locate and identify lost radioactive sources was arranged near Padasjoki Auttoinen village. Ten sources, consisting of caesium, cobolt, iridium and technetium, were hidden. The teams (10) were asked to report their findings immediately after the landing and 24 h later. The teams that had a large NaI detector at their disposal could locate more sources than the teams with HPGe detectors. However, for source identification and activity calculation and HPGe detector is superior. Thus, it is highly recommended for operational purposes that both measuring systems are used simultaneously. The best location results were provided by the Danish Emergency Management Agency; the team reported four sources at landing and two other sources were found in prompt data processing after the landing. (au).

  2. Measurements of radioactivity in Austria 1998, data and assessment

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    , leading on the average to approximately 1.3 mSv annually in the reporting period. By comparison, the dose to the Austrian population due to the effects of the reactor accident at Chernobyl amounting in 1998 to less than 0.02 mSv is small. The exposure as a result of the operation of the nuclear installations at the Austrian Research Centre Seibersdorf and at the Atomic Institute of the Austrian Universities in 1998 was negligible. Investigative measurements by the authorities of gaseous and liquid emissions and the internal surveillance by the operators show that maximum permissible levels were never exceeded. Also environmental monitoring in the surroundings could not detect any inadmissible high gamma dose rates or immissions. The artificial radionuclide content of air, precipitation and surface water in the reporting period was mainly caused by the Chernobyl accident and similarly low as in the previous years. In these media the values for caesium-137 - which nowadays is the only significant radionuclide left from the Chernobyl fallout - are only slightly higher than before the accident. However, in soils from certain regions much higher caesium-137 concentrations can be found than before the accident. Since in most agriculturally used soils radiocaesium is strongly fixed to clay minerals and thus is only marginally available for plant uptake, foodstuffs and agricultural products generally show only minor caesium-137 concentrations. In comparison, significantly higher values still can be found in some forest produce such as wild growing fungi and game. In semi-natural forest ecosystems the fixation of caesium is much less effective keeping it biologically available. Usually, fungi and game are not consumed in larger amounts. Therefore the dose to man caused by this path generally is small. (author)

  3. First experiments with Cs doped Mo as surface converter for negative hydrogen ion sources

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    A study was conducted on the properties of molybdenum implanted with caesium as an approach to reduce the Cs consumption of negative hydrogen ion sources based on evaporated Cs. The depth profiles of the implanted Cs were simulated by SDTrimSP and experimentally determined by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy depth profiling. In particular, one year after implantation, the depth profiles showed no signs of Cs diffusion into the molybdenum, suggesting long term stability of the implanted Cs atoms. The H− surface generation mechanisms on the implanted samples in hydrogen plasma were investigated, and the stability of the H− yield during four hours low power hydrogen plasma discharges was demonstrated. An estimation of the work function reduction (−0.8 eV) by the Cs implantation was performed, and a comparison of the relative negative ion yields between the implanted samples and highly oriented pyrolitic graphite showed that the Cs doped Mo negative ion yield was larger

  4. Optical Stabilization of a Microwave Oscillator for Fountain Clock Interrogation

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    Lipphardt, Burghard; Weyers, Stefan

    2016-01-01

    We describe an optical frequency stabilization scheme of a microwave oscillator that is used for the interrogation of primary caesium fountain clocks. Because of its superior phase noise properties, the new scheme, which is based on an ultrastable laser and a femtosecond laser frequency comb, overcomes the fountain clock frequency instability limitations given by the previously utilized quartz oscillator based frequency synthesis. The presented scheme combines the transfer of the short-term frequency instability of an optical cavity and the long-term frequency instability of a hydrogen maser to the microwave oscillator and is designed to provide continuous long-term operation for extended measurement periods of weeks. The utilization of the twofold stabilization scheme on the one hand ensures referencing of the fountain frequency to the hydrogen maser frequency and on the other hand results in a phase noise level of the fountain interrogation signal, which enables quantum projection noise limited fountain fre...

  5. Evaluation of the efficacy of decontamination methods examined at Japanese garden located in Chiba Prefectural Kashiwa-no-ha Park

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    The efficacy of decontamination methods was evaluated with the measurement of 1cm dose equivalent rate and concentration of radioactive caesium in the soil, plants and water of the pond before and after decontamination at Japanese garden located in Chiba Prefectural Kashiwa-no-ha Park. Examined decontamination methods were: 1) The topsoil of walkway was stripped and removed to the depth of 10mm. 2) Washing the stone pavement walkway using high-pressure water jet washer. At the height of 50cm, we observed 45% and 36% of 1cm dose rate equivalent dose reduction rate (the natural dose rate derived from the ground was subtracted) for 1) and 2) decontamination methods respectively. Due to the decontamination process, the measurement value of 1cm equivalent dose rate decreased below 0.23μSv/h at most of the examined sites, which showed significant efficacy of decontamination methods performed at this Japanese garden. (author)

  6. Study of the characteristics of neutron monitor area applied to the evaluation of dose rates in a 15 MeV radiotherapy accelerator

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    Ribeiro, Candido M. [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), RJ (Brazil). Inst. de Fisica]. E-mail: candido_1998@yahoo.com; Patrao, Karla C.S.; Pereira, Walsan W.; Fonseca, Evaldo S.; Giannoni, Ricardo A. [Instituto de Radioprotecao e Dosimetria (IRD/CNEN-RJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Lab. de Neutrons]. E-mails: karla@ird.gov.br; walsan@ird.gov.br; Batista, Delano V.S. [Instituto Nacional do Cancer (INCa), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Setor de Fisica Medica]. E-mail: delano@inca.gov.br

    2007-07-01

    Currently, in Radiotherapy, the use of linear accelerators is becoming each time more common. From Radiation Protection point of view, these instruments represent an advance in relation to the cobalt and caesium irradiators, mainly due to absence of the radioactive material. On the other hand, accelerators with the energies superior to 10 MeV produce contamination of the therapeutic beam with the presence of neutrons generated in the interaction of high-energy photons with high atomic number materials from the own irradiator. The present work carries through measurements in a linear accelerator of 15 MeV using three neutron area monitors for a comparison of the response of these instruments, evaluating its adequacy to this measurement. Characteristics of use and operation associates to parameters such as: monitor dead time, monitor gamma rejection, and calibration results are also analyzed in this study. (author)

  7. Modelling of Radionuclides Transfer and Ambient Dose Rates in Fukushima Forest Ecosystems

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    Calmon, P.; Gonze, M.A.; Mourlon, C.; Simon-Cornu, M. [Institute of Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety, CE Cadarache-Bat 153, BP3 - 13115 St-Paul-lez- Durance cedex (France)

    2014-07-01

    The Fukushima nuclear accident led to high atmospheric depositions of volatile fission products such as Caesium, Iodine and Tellurium isotopes, in north-eastern Japan. The radioactive content and ambient radiation level are particularly high in forest ecosystems, partly due to the enhancement of airborne radionuclides capture by forest canopies. The contamination is likely to be dominated in the next decades by Cesium-137, due to its long physical half-life (i.e. 30 years) and its ability to be immobilized and/or recycled within the biotic and abiotic forest components. Thus the long-term management of contaminated forested areas is an environmental, economic and social challenge for Japanese authorities. IRSN developed a forest model ten years ago and implemented it in the ASTRAL software. This model has been tested against measurements in various Fukushima forest stands with varying deposition and meteorological conditions, typical forest ecosystems quite different from those in western Europe, and also with a hilly landscape. This is a great opportunity to test, improve and validate our model. We can take advantage of the expertise gained following the Chernobyl accident fallout, of the data derived from Japanese publications and of the possibility to conduct field measurements. At first, a German scenario in a Norway spruce stand, following the Chernobyl accident has been tested. All deposition and rainfall events were documented. The model could reproduce very closely the dynamics of caesium concentration in soil and input fluxes (e.g. direct vs indirect throughfall, litterfall). For this scenario, deposition occurred mostly with rainfall and 90% of the total deposit was recovered in the soil layer 1 year after the accident. On the opposite, another scenario at Tochigi Prefecture in a Japanese cedar stand, for the Fukushima accident is characterized by 40% of deposition on the soil 1 year after the accident. For this scenario, much uncertainty concerns both

  8. A miniaturised isotachophoresis method for magnesium determination.

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    Prest, Jeff E; Baldock, Sara J; Fielden, Peter R; Goddard, Nicholas J; Treves Brown, Bernard J

    2009-07-01

    The use of malonic acid as a complexing agent has enabled a new method to be devised to allow the determination of magnesium to be made using miniaturised isotachophoresis. Using a leading electrolyte of 10 mmol L(-1) caesium hydroxide and 2 mmol L(-1) malonic acid at pH 5.1 gave the method a high specificity towards magnesium. Investigations using a poly(methyl methacrylate) chip device with an integrated conductivity detector showed that no interference from calcium, strontium, barium and sodium should occur. The method was found to be linear over the range of magnesium concentrations from 0.625 to 75 mg L(-1) and the limit of detection was calculated to be 0.45 mg L(-1). Separations were demonstrated with water samples but the procedure should also be applicable to more complex sample matrices such as inorganic explosive residues, blood or urine. PMID:19205676

  9. Further investigations of the properties of polymer modified cements

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    This report concludes the work done on behalf of the Department of the Environment on polymer modified cement composites. Topics covered include: the influence of cure schedule on flexural properties, observation of the onset and cracking during flexural testing, measurement of water permeability and caesium diffusion rates, and the use of Back Scattered Electron Imaging to identify the polymer phase. The properties of epoxide resin modified cements in the previous report were disappointing. Air entrainment of the mixing stage was a likely cause of the poor performance of these products and procedures to overcome this problem were devised. The range of polymer additives investigated was broadened by the inclusion of modified acrylic latexes and a polymensable acrylate resin additive. Properties for OPC and 9 BFS: 1 OPC cements are compared and the modification of properties achieved by polymer additions to both cement systems is discussed. (author)

  10. Using optical nanofibers for spectroscopy

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    Garcia-Fernandez, R; Bruse, F; Dan, C; Karapetyan, K; Rehband, O; Stiebeiner, A; Wiedemann, U; Meschede, D; Rauschenbeutel, A

    2011-01-01

    We review our recent progress in the production and characterization of tapered optical fibers with a sub-wavelength diameter waist. Such fibers exhibit a pronounced evanescent field and are therefore a useful tool for highly sensitive evanescent wave spectroscopy of adsorbates on the fiber waist or of the medium surrounding. We use a carefully designed flame pulling process that allows us to realize preset fiber diameter profiles. In order to determine the waist diameter and to verify the fiber profile, we employ scanning electron microscope measurements and a novel accurate in situ optical method based on harmonic generation. We use our fibers for linear and non-linear absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy of surface-adsorbed organic molecules and investigate their agglomeration dynamics. Furthermore, we apply our spectroscopic method to quantum dots on the surface of the fiber waist and to caesium vapor surrounding the fiber. Finally, towards dispersive measurements, we present our first results on buil...

  11. ALICE-HMPID performance in the identification of deuterons in central Pb-Pb collisions in the transverse momentum range 3-8 GeV/c.

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    Vella, Julia

    2016-01-01

    The summer student project carried out from June to August of 2016 will be covered in this report. The main aim of this programme was to monitor the performance of the detector, such that two macros were written to carry out this objective. The resolution of the measurement of the angle (among other parameters) depends on the number of photons per ring, and therefore we needed to monitor the number of photons. This quantity depends on the gain of the Multi Wire Proportional Chamber (MWPC) and the radiator transparency and the Caesium Iodide Quantum Efficiency cannot. However, the Quantum Efficiency cannot be measured directly unlike the gain and transparency, and may therefore only be inferred from the stability of the number of photons (assuming that the other parameters are also stable). Therefore a macro was implemented to extract these values, and summary plots were used for comparative analysis.

  12. Use of 137Cs in the study of soil erosion and sedimentation

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    The use of radionuclides in soil erosion/deposition research overcomes many of the problems associated with traditional approaches and is now being applied successfully in several developed countries. Among these, the 137Cs technique allows the assessment of both soil loss and deposition in the same watershed from a single site visit without the need for long-term financial commitments. Caesium-137, an artificial radionuclide with a half-life of 30.2 years, is distributed across the earth's surface due to fallout from atmospheric nuclear tests and accidental releases from nuclear reactors. Strongly absorbed by clay particles, it provides a unique tracer of soil movement. In response to the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development convened in Rio de Janeiro in June 1992, the UN system launched a worldwide environmental programme called EARTHWATCH. The IAEA joined this initiative through a series of activities on environmental monitoring, impact assessment and environmental protection

  13. Detection of hidden sources. Prompt reports by airborne teams in Resume95

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    An exercise to locate and identify lost radioactive sources was arranged near Padasjoki Auttoinen village. Ten sources, consisting of caesium, cobolt, iridium and technetium, were hidden. The teams (10) were asked to report their findings immediately after the landing and 24 h later. The teams that had a large NaI detector at their disposal could locate more sources than the teams with HPGe detectors. However, for source identification and activity calculation and HPGe detector is superior. Thus, it is highly recommended for operational purposes that both measuring systems are used simultaneously. The best location results were provided by the Danish Emergency Management Agency; the team reported four sources at landing and two other sources were found in prompt data processing after the landing. (au)

  14. An investigation of magnox sludge and alumino-ferric floc waste simulate, immobilised by a cementitious matrix

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    Magnox sludge and alumino ferric floc simulates, prepared using non-radioactive tracers were immobilised by a cementitious system. Formulation design aimed at optimising pollutant leaching with permeability and compressive strength as secondary considerations. The behaviour of the products under accelerated weathering conditions was investigated. The study was divided into two parts: Formulation design in Phase I and the systematic testing of the optimum formulations under freeze-thaw, and hydration -dehydration conditions in Phase 2. Analytical method development for leachate analysis continued through both Phases. The Barnwood method of leach testing was used. The immobilised waste had good physical properties (i.e. high strength and low permeability) and a significant improvement was achieved during the course of the work in the leach rates of the tracers, particularly of caesium and strontium. (author)

  15. A diode laser spectrometer at 634 nm and absolute frequency measurements using optical frequency comb

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    Yi Lin; Yuan Jie; Qi Xiang-Hui; Chen Wen-Lan; Zhou Da-Wei; Zhou Tong; Zhou Xiao-Ji; Chen Xu-Zong

    2009-01-01

    This paper reports that two identical external-cavity-diode-laser(ECDL)based spectrometers are constructed at 634 nm referencing on the hyperfine B-X transition a(80)8-4 of 127I2.The lasers are stabilized on the Doppler-free absorption signals using the third-harmonic detection technique.The instability of the stabilized laser is measured to be 2.8×10-12(after 1000 s)by counting the beat note between the two lasers.The absolute optical frequency of the transition is,for the first time,determined to be 472851936189.5 kHz by using an optical frequency comb referenced on the microwave caesium atomic clock.The uncertainty of the measurement is less than 4.9 kHz.

  16. A strontium lattice clock with $3 \\times 10^{-17}$ inaccuracy and its frequency

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    Falke, Stephan; Grebing, Christian; Lipphardt, Burghard; Weyers, Stefan; Gerginov, Vladislav; Huntemann, Nils; Hagemann, Christian; Al-Masoudi, Ali; Häfner, Sebastian; Vogt, Stefan; Sterr, Uwe; Lisdat, Christian

    2013-01-01

    We have measured the absolute frequency of the optical lattice clock based on $^{87}$Sr at PTB with an uncertainty of $3.9\\times 10^{-16}$ using two caesium fountain clocks. This is close to the accuracy of today's best realizations of the SI second. The absolute frequency of the 5s$^2$ $^1$S$_0$-5s5p $^3$P$_0$ transition in $^{87}$Sr is 429,228,004,229,873.13(17) Hz. Our result is in excellent agreement with recent measurements performed in different laboratories worldwide. We improved the total systematic uncertainty of our Sr frequency standard by a factor of five and reach $3\\times 10^{-17}$, opening new prospects for frequency ratio measurements between optical clocks for fundamental research, geodesy, or optical clock evaluation.

  17. The use of an in vitro technique to predict the absorption of dietary radiocaesium by sheep

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    The validity of an in vitro extraction technique to predict the availability for absorption of radiocaesium in the sheep gut has been assessed. The technique (a 2-h extraction with caesium chloride) was found to be valid for sources with a low availability for transfer across the gut, but inappropriate for ionic radiocaesium or radiocaesium incorporated internally within herbage. For such radiocaesium sources, which have a high in vitro availability, no correlation was found between in vitro extraction and true absorption measurements. A true absorption value of 0.80 is recommended for these sources, although values for individual sheep in the range 0.60 to 1.00 should be expected. (orig.)

  18. Foetal uptake of 65Zn and 137Cs in relation to gestational stage and their secretion into milk in mice

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    Radioactive zinc (65Zn) is produced by neutron activation and is absorbed fairly well from the gastrointestinal tract. In pregnant animals, it has been demonstrated that this nuclide is transferred to their foetuses through the placenta and is secreted into milk during the nursing period when the dams are contaminated with it. On the other hand, radioactive caesium (137Cs) is produced by nuclear fission, and its metabolic behaviours have been extensively studied in animals and in humans. This nuclide is also transferred to foetuses through the placenta, and is secreted into milk. Therefore, offspring which are born to and nursed by dams contaminated with these nuclides incorporate them through two different pathways, transplacental and milk-borne. This paper deals with the foetal uptake, secretion into milk and relative contributions of transplacental and milk-borne 65Zn and 137Cs in offspring. 14 refs.; 9 figs

  19. Limits on gravitational Einstein Equivalence Principle violation from monitoring atomic clock frequencies during a year

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    Dzuba, V A

    2016-01-01

    Sun's gravitation potential at earth varies during a year due to varying Earth-Sun distance. Comparing the results of very accurate measurements of atomic clock transitions performed at different time in the year allows us to study the dependence of the atomic frequencies on the gravitational potential. We examine the measurement data for the ratio of the frequencies in Hg$^+$ and Al$^+$ clock transitions and absolute frequency measurements (with respect to caesium frequency standard) for Dy, Sr, H, hyperfine transitions in Rb and H, and obtain significantly improved limits on the values of the gravity related parameter of the Einstein Equivalence Principle violating term in the Standard Model Extension Hamiltonian $c_{00} = (3.0 \\pm 5.7) \\times 10^{-7}$ and the parameter for the gravity-related variation of the fine structure constant $\\kappa_{\\alpha} = (-5.3 \\pm 10) \\times 10^{-8}$.

  20. Gamma radiography of defects in concrete. Catalogue of reference exposures

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    A catalogue of reference exposure as a basic document for the interpretation of gamma-radiographs of reinforced and prestressed concrete structures is presented. The radiation sources are Iridium 192, Caesium 137 and Cobalt 60. Photographic films are used as radiation detectors combined with intensifying screens and filters of lead, copper and iron. The concrete specimens were designed and made for the purpose of studying, as a function of the concrete thickness, the possibility of detecting certain characteristic incorporations or defects. Each set of standard specimens consists of seven standard blocks with the dimensions 15x15x50cm. The thicknesses of the specimens range from 15 to 75cm (1 to 5 blocks)