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  1. A report on the inter comparison of isotopic analyses by mass spectrometry for the laser enrichment of carbon-13

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    A method has been standardized for the mass spectral analysis of (13C/12C) ratio in the isotopically enriched C2F4 photoproduct obtained by the CO2 laser photolysis of natural CF2HCI sample. For improving the quality of the spectra as well as enchancing the detection level of the product at very low concentrations, a pre-concentration technique has been developed by gas chromatography. Inter comparison of the results for analyses carried out with two different mass spectrometers, viz., a commercial instrument available at the Land PT Division and an indigenously built one by MS and ES, BARC showed a very good agreement. (author)

  2. Isotope dilution studies: determination of carbon-13, nitrogen-15 and deuterium-enriched compounds using capillary gas chromatography-chemical reaction interface/mass spectrometry

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    In addition to the ability of a capillary gas chromatographic-chemical reaction interface/mass spectrometric technique (CRIMS) to detect the presence of 13C, 15N and 2H (D) it can also quantify the level of the enriched substance. To evaluate linearity and detection limits the authors used phenytoin as an example of an unlabeled substance and added various labeled phenytoin analogs. Atom enrichments of 0.3% were detectable for (2,4,5-13C3) phenytoin and 0.06% for (1,3-15N2)labeled phenytoin, each in the presence of 500 ng of unlabeled phenytoin, respectively. For deuterium, enrichment could not be directly determined. However, 1 ng of (ring D10) phenytoin was determined in the presence of 500 ng of unlabeled diethylated phenytoin. CRIMS was found capable of quantifying 13C-, 15N-and D-enriched substances. (author)

  3. Selective carbon 13 enrichment of side chain carbons of ginkgo lignin traced by carbon 13 nuclear magnetic resonance

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    Although carbon 13 nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (13C-NMR) is widely used in lignin structural studies, serious difficulties are encountered in the assignments of 13C signals because of their extensive overlaps resulting from the complex structure of lignin and of delicate detection of minor structures. To overcome these difficulties, specifically 13C-enriched precursors of lignin biosynthesis, coniferin-[side chain-β-13C] and coniferin-[side chain-γ-13C], were administered to growing stems of ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba). The NMR analysis of the milled wood lignins isolated from the newly formed xylem showed that selective enrichment of specific carbons of protolignin in the cell wall was achieved without seriously disturbing the lignin biosynthesis. The presence of saturated methylene side chains in the protolignin was shown for the first time by this selective enrichment technique in combination with NMR analysis. (authors). 23 refs., 3 figs., 1 tab

  4. Selective carbon 13 enrichment of side chain carbons of ginkgo lignin traced by carbon 13 nuclear magnetic resonance

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    Xie, Y. (Nagoya Univ. (Japan). Faculty of Agriculture); Robert, D.R. (CEA Centre d' Etudes de Grenoble, 38 (France). Dept. de Recherche Fondamentale sur la Matiere Condensee); Terashima, N. (Forest Products Lab., Madison, WI (United States))

    Although carbon 13 nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy ([sup 13]C-NMR) is widely used in lignin structural studies, serious difficulties are encountered in the assignments of [sup 13]C signals because of their extensive overlaps resulting from the complex structure of lignin and of delicate detection of minor structures. To overcome these difficulties, specifically [sup 13]C-enriched precursors of lignin biosynthesis, coniferin-[side chain-[beta]-[sup 13]C] and coniferin-[side chain-[gamma]-[sup 13]C], were administered to growing stems of ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba). The NMR analysis of the milled wood lignins isolated from the newly formed xylem showed that selective enrichment of specific carbons of protolignin in the cell wall was achieved without seriously disturbing the lignin biosynthesis. The presence of saturated methylene side chains in the protolignin was shown for the first time by this selective enrichment technique in combination with NMR analysis. (authors). 23 refs., 3 figs., 1 tab.

  5. Carbon-13 isotopic selectivity in the infrared multiphoton photolysis of CF2Cl2-O2 mixtures

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    The infrared multiphoton chemistry of CF2Cl2-O2 mixtures has been studied at laser frequencies where the product CF2O is highly enriched in carbon-13 yield. Yield enhancements with no loss of isotopic selectivity are attributed to suppression of radical-atom recombination reactions. It is demonstrated that addition of up to 60 Torr of either excess O2 or N2 suppresses a thermal, non-selective channel important at higher fluences. A selectivity factor greater than 30 is observed for 4 Torr CF2Cl2 in the presence of 80 Torr of oxygen

  6. Carbon-13 kinetic isotope effects in CO oxidation by Ag

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    In the catalytic oxidation of carbon monoxide over silver wool the 13C kinetic isotope effects in the 343--453 K temperature range were experimentally determined and the following temperature dependence was found: 100 ln(k12/k13) = (3.398--630/T) ± 0.083. A reaction CO/O2gas mixture of 1:2 ratio was used in a static system with initial pressures ranging from 20 to 40 kPa. Under these conditions the reaction is of order 1 with respect to CO and order 0 with respect to O2 and CO2 pressure. The apparent activation energy is 59.3 ± 1.7 kJ/mol. In the authors theoretical interpretation of the experimental data various geometries of (CO2)* and (CO3)* transition states were applied, and only a (CO2)* with an interbond angle of 110degree and CO stretching force constants of 1,700 and 1,000--1,400 N/m, respectively, with an asymmetric reaction coordinate was found to be acceptable

  7. Determination of site-specific carbon isotope ratios at natural abundance by carbon-13 nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.

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    Caer, V; Trierweiler, M; Martin, G J; Martin, M L

    1991-10-15

    Site-specific natural isotope fractionation of hydrogen studied by deuterium NMR (SNIF-NMR) spectroscopy is a powerful source of information on hydrogen pathways occurring in biosyntheses in natural conditions. The potential of the carbon counterpart of this method has been investigated and compared. Three typical molecular species, ethanol, acetic acid, and vanillin, have been considered. Taking into account the requirements of quantitative 13C NMR, appropriate experimental procedures have been defined and the repeatability and reproducibility of the isotope ratio determinations have been checked in different conditions. It is shown that the carbon version of the SNIF-NMR method is capable of detecting small differences in the carbon-13 content of the ethyl fragment of ethanols from different botanical or synthetic origins. These results are in agreement with mass spectrometry determinations of the overall carbon isotope ratios. Deviations with respect to a statistical distribution of 13C have been detected in the case of acetic acid and vanillin. However, since the method is very sensitive to several kinds of systematic error, only a relative significance can be attached at present to the internal parameters directly accessible. Isotope dilution experiments have also been carried out in order to check the consistency of the results. In the present state of experimental accuracy, the 13C NMR method is of more limited potential than 2H SNIF-NMR spectroscopy. However it may provide complementary information. Moreover it is particularly efficient for detecting and quantifying adulterations that aim to mimic the overall carbon-13 content of a natural compound by adding a selectivity enriched species to a less expensive substrate from a different origin. PMID:1759714

  8. Stable isotopes. Enriched wheat: a new chance for nutrition research

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    The Department of Plant Eco-physiology (DEV) from the CEA/Life Sciences Department of Cadarache (France) has artificially produced two kg of carbon 13 labelled wheat for nutrition research. It is the first successful stable isotope labelling of complex nutriments with a 10% enrichment in carbon 13. This wheat has been used for the manufacturing of pastas to follow the assimilation of nutrients by the organism. This short paper gives some details about the experimental procedure of labelled wheat cultivation. (J.S.)

  9. Isotope enrichment systems

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    This invention provides a system in which both phases of the countercurrent contact isotope exchange concentration process are recycled continuously and an isotope depleted liquid phase substance thereof has its prior content of the desired isotope of hydrogen and/or oxygen replenished in an isotope regenerator by direct contact isotope exchange with a flow of steam from a source external to the concentrating process, whereby such replenished liquid serves as the feed liquid for the concentration process. As the supply of steam is gaseous, all problems incident to mineral solids in solution in liquid water are eliminated. As the elevated temperature corresponds to that of the steam, the isotope replenishment of the process feed liquid may be conducted without materially altering the characteristics of the steam for use as an energy source in any system

  10. Kinetic isotope effect of carbon-13 in decarboxylation of phenylpropiolic acid in anhydrous formic acid

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    Carbon-13 kinetic isotope effects in the decarboxylation of phenylpropiolic acid (carboxyl-13C) in formic acid medium and in the decarbonylation of liquid formic acid assisted with phenylpropiolic acid (PPA) and acetophenone (AP) have been studied in the 70-100oC temperature interval. The carboxyl-13C KIEs are in the range 1.0034 at 71.6oC and 1.0047 at 101.2oC respectively. The C-13C KIE, k-12/k-13, in the decarbonylation of liquid formic acid assisted with PPA were found to be of 1.0419 at 71.6oC and 1.0383 at 101.2oC. The C-13 KIE in the decarbonylation of pure formic acid are 1.0464 at 70.2oC and 1.0411 at 98oC respectively. The above experimental results have been discussed and interpreted as indicating that the formation of Cα-H bond preceded by the protonation of triple acetylenic bond of PPA is the rate determining step followed by carbon dioxide splitting. The 13-CO-KIE in the carbon monooxide generation assisted with PPA is much larger than the 13-CO-KIE generated in the presence of phenylacetylene. This shows that the decarboxylation of PPA and decarboxylation of FA are interrelated processes proceeding in the reaction cage. The formic acid involved in the formation of TS is decarbonylating directly avoiding probably largely the formic acid anhydride intermediate formation. (author)

  11. Isotope enrichment systems

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    This patent provides a process for concentrating the heavy isotope of at least one element of the class consisting of hydrogen and oxygen by the dual temperature exchange of the heavy and light isotopes of the element between two separable fluids containing said element. One of the fluids is in the gaseous phase and the other in the liquid phase. The liquid phase is provided as a solution consisting essentially in minor molar proportion, of water and in major molar proportion, of material selected from the class consisting of the water miscible organic hydroxy and/or carboxy compounds which have a ratio of carbon atoms to their alcoholic and acidic hydroxyl groups not greater than 2

  12. Phenotyping hepatocellular metabolism using uniformly labeled carbon-13 molecular probes and LC-HRMS stable isotope tracing.

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    Meissen, John K; Pirman, David A; Wan, Min; Miller, Emily; Jatkar, Aditi; Miller, Russell; Steenwyk, Rick C; Blatnik, Matthew

    2016-09-01

    Metabolite stable isotope tracing is a powerful bioanalytical strategy that has the potential to unravel phenotypic markers of early pharmaceutical efficacy by monitoring enzymatic incorporation of carbon-13 atoms into targeted pathways over time. The practice of probing biological systems with carbon-13 labeled molecules using broad MS-based screens has been utilized for many years in academic laboratories but has had limited application in the pharmaceutical R&D environment. The goal of this work was to establish a LCMS analytical workflow that was capable of monitoring carbon-13 isotope changes in glycolysis, the TCA and urea cycles, and non-essential amino acid metabolism. This work applies a standardized protein precipitation with 80% cold methanol and two distinct reverse-phase ion-pair liquid chromatography methods coupled to either a positive- or negative-ion mode high-resolution accurate mass spectrometry screening method. The data herein combines thousands of single-point peak integrations into a novel metabolite network map as a visualization aid to probe and monitor stable isotope incorporation in murine hepatocytes using uniformly labeled (13)C6 glucose, (13)C3 lactate, and (13)C5 glutamine. This work also demonstrates that nitrogen metabolism may have a large influence on the TCA cycle and gluconeogenic carbon fluxes in hepatocyte cell culture. PMID:27343766

  13. Preparation and physico-chemical study of nitroxide radicals. Isotopic marking with carbon 13 and deuterium

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    N-t-butyl-N-phenyl nitroxide is obtained by: a) action of t-butyl-magnesium chloride on nitrobenzene, or of phenyl-magnesium bromide on nitro-t-butane, b) oxidation of N-t-butyl-N-phenylhydroxylamine, c) oxidation of N-t-butylaniline. In these latter two cases, it has been possible to isolate the pure radical and to study it using UV, IR and EPR. It decomposes to give N-t-butylaniline and the N-oxide of N-t-butyl-p-quinon-imine. The action of peracids such as p-nitro-perbenzoic or m-chloro-perbenzoic acids on amines or hydroxylamines leads to the formation of stable or unstable nitroxide radicals easily observable by EPR. Finally, with a view to obtaining definite values for the coupling between the free electron of a nitroxide and carbon 13, the preparation of such radicals marked with 13C in the α or β position of the nitroxide function has been carried out. The coupling with an α carbon 13 is negative and does not appear to vary with the spin density on the nitrogen. The interaction with the p nuclei of the nitrogen depends on the nature of the substituents: the two benzyl protons have a hyperfine splitting aH which is always less than that of the ethyl. On the other hand, the 13C coupling is greater in the first case. The usually adopted conformations for the compounds having the carbonyl group cannot account for the observed values of the β couplings. (author)

  14. Oak Ridge National Laboratory's isotope enrichment program

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    The Isotope Enrichment Program (IEP) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is responsible for the production and distribution of ∼225 enriched stable isotopes from 50 multi-isotopic elements. In addition, ORNL distributes enriched actinide isotopes and provides extensive physical- and chemical-form processing of enriched isotopes to meet customer requirements. For more than 50 yr, ORNL has been a major provider of enriched isotopes and isotope-related services to research, medical, and industrial institutions throughout the world. Consolidation of the Isotope Distribution Office (IDO), the Isotope Research Materials Laboratory (IRML), and the stable isotope inventories in the Isotope Enrichment Facility (IEF) have improved operational efficiencies and customer services. Recent changes in the IEP have included adopting policies for long-term contracts, which offer program stability and pricing advantages for the customer, and prorated service charges, which greatly improve pricing to the small research users. The former U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Loan Program has been converted to a lease program, which makes large-quantity or very expensive isotopes available for nondestructive research at a nominal cost. Current efforts are being pursued to improve and expand the isotope separation capabilities as well as the extensive chemical- and physical-form processing that now exists. The IEF's quality management system is ISO 9002 registered and accredited in the United States, Canada, and Europe

  15. Changes of stable isotopes carbon-13 and nitrogen-15 in different tissues of cattle

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    Stable isotope analysis is a potential tool for tracing food origin. The stable carbon and nitrogen isotope composition in different tissues of two varieties of cattle under the same culture condition were investigated. δ 13C and δ15N values of different defatted muscle and crude fat, cattle tail hair, blood, liver and feed were determined by isotope ratio mass spectrometry, and statistical analysis was carried out. The results showed that stable isotopes of carbon and nitrogen composition was not affected by cattle variety; the δ 13C values between different defatted muscle, blood, liver and cattle hair were not significantly different, but δ 15N value in the liver was much higher than other muscle and the δ 13C values didn't show difference among all the crude fat samples. So these results indicated that isotope fractionation in the various tissue was discrepant. (authors)

  16. Aspartate beta-decarboxylase from Alcaligenes faecalis: carbon-13 kinetic isotope effect and deuterium exchange experiments

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    The authors have measured the 13C kinetic isotope effect at pH 4.0, 5.0, 6.0, and 6.5 and in D2O at pH 5.0 and the rate of D-H exchange of the alpha and beta protons of aspartic acid in D2O at pH 5.0 for the reaction catalyzed by the enzyme aspartate beta-decarboxylase from Alcaligenes faecalis. The 13C kinetic isotope effect, with a value of 1.0099 +/- 0.0002 at pH 5.0, is less than the intrinsic isotope effect for the decarboxylation step, indicating that the decarboxylation step is not entirely rate limiting. The authors have been able to estimate probable values of the relative free energies of the transition states of the enzymatic reaction up to and including the decarboxylation step from the 13C kinetic isotope effect and the rate of D-H exchange of alpha-H. The pH dependence of the kinetic isotope effect reflects the pKa of the pyridine nitrogen of the coenzyme pyridoxal 5'-phosphate but not that of the imine nitrogen. A mechanism is proposed for the exchange of aspartate beta-H that is consistent with the stereochemistry suggested earlier

  17. Aspartate beta-decarboxylase from Alcaligenes faecalis: carbon-13 kinetic isotope effect and deuterium exchange experiments

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    Rosenberg, R.M.; O' Leary, M.H.

    1985-03-26

    The authors have measured the /sup 13/C kinetic isotope effect at pH 4.0, 5.0, 6.0, and 6.5 and in D/sub 2/O at pH 5.0 and the rate of D-H exchange of the alpha and beta protons of aspartic acid in D/sub 2/O at pH 5.0 for the reaction catalyzed by the enzyme aspartate beta-decarboxylase from Alcaligenes faecalis. The /sup 13/C kinetic isotope effect, with a value of 1.0099 +/- 0.0002 at pH 5.0, is less than the intrinsic isotope effect for the decarboxylation step, indicating that the decarboxylation step is not entirely rate limiting. The authors have been able to estimate probable values of the relative free energies of the transition states of the enzymatic reaction up to and including the decarboxylation step from the /sup 13/C kinetic isotope effect and the rate of D-H exchange of alpha-H. The pH dependence of the kinetic isotope effect reflects the pKa of the pyridine nitrogen of the coenzyme pyridoxal 5'-phosphate but not that of the imine nitrogen. A mechanism is proposed for the exchange of aspartate beta-H that is consistent with the stereochemistry suggested earlier.

  18. Differentiation of Pigment in Eggs Using Carbon ((13)C/(12)C) and Nitrogen ((15)N/(14)N) Stable Isotopes.

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    Sun, Feng M; Shi, Guang Y; Wang, Hui W

    2016-07-01

    Consumers prefer natural and healthy food, but artificial pigments are often abused in egg products. The study aimed at differentiating the origin of pigments in eggs by applying the technique of carbon ((13)C/(12)C) and nitrogen ((15)N/(14)N) stable isotope analysis. Five hundred sixty laying hens were randomly distributed into 14 treatments, which were divided into four groups: maize, carophyll red pigment, carophyll yellow pigment, and a mixture of carophyll red and yellow pigments. Eggs were collected and pretreated to determe the values of the Roche Yolk Color Fan (RCF), δ(13)C, and δ(15)N. With increasing maize content, the RCF and δ(13)C values of yolks increased. Moreover, the RCF values in the three pigment groups were significantly influenced by the artificial colors, but δ(13)C values were not significantly different, regardless of the existence of pigment. The δ(15)N values in all treatments did not vary as regularly as the carbon stable isotope. A strong positive correlation was found between RCF and δ(13)C in the maize group, but no such correlation was be observed in the pigment groups. It is concluded that carbon stable isotope ratio analysis (δ(13)C) of the yolk can be used to differentiate the origin of the pigment added to eggs. PMID:27302905

  19. Carbon-13 kinetic isotope effect and its temperature dependence in the decarboxylation of lactic acid of natural isotopic composition with aqueous sulphuric acid

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    Carbon-13 kinetic isotope effect in the decarboxylation of lactic acid of natural isotopic composition in sulphuric acid diluted with water in M(H2O)/M(H2SO4) molar ratio equal to 2.2 has been studied in the temperature range 80-130 C and found to be normal. The absolute values and the temperature dependence of the experimental 13C-K.I.E. are in agreement with the absolute values and the temperature dependence of the theoretical 13C-K.I.E. calculated under the assumption that one frequency corresponding to the carbon-oxygen bound broken in the decarboxylation reaction is lost in the course of activation of lactic acid molecules. The chemical side reactions leading to the abnormal temperature dependence of the carbon-13 and carbon-14 isotope fractionation, observed in the course of decarboxylation of lactic acid in concentrated sulphuric acid, have been suggested. (author). 11 refs, 1 fig., 1 tab

  20. Isotope separation of carbon-13 by counter-current column with exchange reaction between carbon dioxide and carbamic acid

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    The isotope separation performance of carbon-13 with exchange reaction between CO2 and carbamic acid was studied and some factors for the counter-current column were studied for improving the overall performance. The working fluid for the experiments was a solution of DNBA, (C4H9)2NH, and n-octane mixture. The rate-controlling step of 13C transfer at temperatures higher than 10 deg C was the exchange reaction between carbamic acid and CO2 dissolved by physical absorption. The capacity coefficient of 13C transfer between gas and liquid in the counter-current column was successfully related to the product of three factors: the concentration of carbamic acid, the concentration of CO2 dissolved by physical absorption and the liquid holdup of the column. The liquid holdup was also an important factor. As the holdup increased, the isotope exchange rate and the overall separation factor of the column increased. However, the transient time to equilibrium was much longer. (author)

  1. Carbon-13 and deuterium isotope effects on the catalytic reactions of biotin carboxylase

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    13C and 2H kinetic isotope effects have been used to investigate the mechanism of enzymic biotin carboxylation. /sup D/(V/K) is 0.50 in 80% D2O at pD 8.0 for the forward reaction and 0.57 at pD 8.5 for the phosphorylation of ADP by carbamoyl phosphate. These values approach the theoretical maximum limit for a reaction in which a proton is transferred from a sulfhydryl to a nitrogen or oxygen base. Therefore, it appears that this portion of the reaction is at or near equilibrium. 13(V/K) at pH 8 is 1.007; the small magnitude of this number suggests that the reaction is almost fully committed by the time the carbon-sensitive steps are reached. There does not appear to be a reverse commitment to the reaction under the conditions in which 13(V/K) was determined. A large forward commitment is consistent with the failure to observe positional isotope exchange from the βγ-bridge position to the β-nonbridge position in [18O4]ATP or washout of 18O from the γ-nonbridge positions. Transfer of 18O from bicarbonate to inorganic phosphate in the forward reaction was clearly observed, however. These observations suggest that biotin carboxylase exists in two distinct forms which differ in the protonation states of the two active-site bases, one of which is a sulfhydryl. Only when the sulfhydryl is ionized and the second base protonated can catalysis take place. Carboxylation of biotin is postulated to occur via a pathway in which carboxyphosphate is formed by nucleophilic attack of bicarbonate on ATP. Decarboxylation of carboxyphosphate in the active site generates CO2, which serves to carboxylate the isourea tautomer of biotin that is generated by the removal of the proton on N1' by the ionized sulfhydryl

  2. Carbon-13 kinetic isotope effects in the decarbonylation of lactic acid of natural isotopic composition in phosphoric acid medium

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    The 13C kinetic isotope effect fractionation in the decarbonylation of lactic acid (LA) of natural isotopic composition by concentrated phosphoric acids (PA) and by 85% H3PO4 has been studied in the temperature interval of 60-150 deg C. The values of the 13C(1) isotope effects in the decarbonylation of lactic acid in 100% H3PO4, in pyrophosphoric acid and in more concentrated phosphoric acids are intermediate between the values calculated assuming that the C(1)-OH bond is broken in the rate-controlling step of dehydration and those calculated for rupture of the carbon-carbon bond in the transition state. In the temperature interval of 90-130 deg C the experimental 13C fractionation factors determined in concentrated PA approach quite closely the 13C fractionation corresponding to C(2)-C(1) bond scission. The 13C(1) kinetic isotope effects in the decarbonylation of LA in 85% orthophosphoric acid in the temperature range of 110-150 deg C coincide with the 13C isotope effects calculated assuming that the frequency corresponding to the C(1)-OH vibration is lost in the transition state of decarbonylation. A change of the mechanism of decarbonylation of LA in going from concentrated PA medium to 85% H3PO4 has been suggested. A possible secondary 18O and a primary18O kinetic isotope effect in decarbonylation of lactic acid in phosphoric acids media have been discussed, too. (author) 21 refs.; 3 tabs

  3. Boron isotopic enrichment by displacement chromatography

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    10B enriched boron is used in applications requiring high volumetric neutron absorption (absorption cross section- 3837 barn for thermal and 1 barn for 1 MeV fast neutron). It is used in fast breeder reactor (as control rod material), in neutron counter, in Boron Neutron Capture Therapy etc. Owing to very small separation factor, boron isotopic enrichment is a complex process requiring large number of separation stages. Heavy Water Board has ventured in industrial scale production of 10B enriched boron using Exchange Distillation Process as well as Ion Displacement Chromatography Process. Ion Displacement Chromatography process is used in Boron Enrichment Plant at HWP, Manuguru. It is based on isotopic exchange between borate ions (B(OH)4-) on anion exchange resin and boric acid passing through resin. The isotopic exchange takes place due to difference in zero point energy of 10B and 11B

  4. Coastal climate reflected in carbon-13/carbon-12 ratio of organic carbon in varved sediment from Santa Barbara basin

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    Schimmelmann, Arndt; Tegner, Mia J.

    1991-01-01

    A 1844-1987 time-series of carbon stable isotope ratios from dated sedimentary total organic carbon from the center of the Santa Barbara basin is compared with historical climate and oceanographic records. Carbon derived from carbon-13-depleted phytoplankton and carbon-13-enriched kelp appear responsible for a large part of the isotopic variance in sedimentary total organic carbon. El Niño/Southern Oscillation events are recorded by the isotopic response of marine organic carbon in sediments.

  5. Enrichment of Gadolinium isotope: column chromatography study

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    Naturally occurring Gadolinium consists of 7 stable isotopes. 152Gd, 154 Gd, 155Gd 156Gd, 157Gd, 158Gd and 160Gd of which abundance ratios are 0.20, 2.18, 14.80, 20.47, 15.65, 24.84 and 21.86% respectively. Gd has the highest cross section for the capture of thermal neutrons of any element due to the high cross section of 157Gd (254,000 barn) and 155Gd (60,900 barn). All the remaining isotopes are having lower values (1.4-735 barn). Gd is used as a burnable poison in nuclear fuel, but the use of 155/157Gd would create an even more effective burnable poison. Gd isotope separation by displacement chromatography was performed in cation exchange resin. Column experiments were performed using 3 jacketed glass columns in series (10 mm dia and 1m length) packed with Dowex 50X8 of bed height of 90 cm. Initially the bed was converted to Cu2+ form. Then 50 cm Gd3+ band was formed using Gd (NO3)3 solution. The band was displaced using (NH4)4-EDTA +NH4NO3 ) solution. The sample was eluted after different migration length of Gd band. The mass spectrometric analysis using TIMS and ICP-MS was performed to measure the enrichment of Gd isotope and the results are found to be encouraging. In the case of natural Gd, the 157/160Gd ratio was found to be 0.7396. The isotopic ratio in the front end was gone down to 0.7077 and in the rear end the value was gone up to 0.7446 which indicates that the front end band is enriched with heavier isotope and rear end is enriched with lighter isotope. Further computational and experimental studies are underway

  6. Research on aerodynamic means of isotope enrichment

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    The results of a research program directed toward the understanding of the fundamental gas dynamics involved in aerodynamic isotope enrichment are summarized. The specific aerodynamic isotope enrichment method which was examined in this research is based on a velocity slip phenomenon which occurs in the rarefied hypersonic expansion of a heavy molecular weight gas and a light carrier gas in a nozzle or free jet. This particular aerodynamic method was chosen for study because it contains the fundamental molecular physics of other more complex techniques within the context of a one-dimensional flow without boundary effects. From both an experimental and theoretical modeling perspective this provides an excellent basis for testing the experimental and numerical tools with which to investigate more complex aerodynamic isotope enrichment processes. This report consists of three separate parts. Part I contains a theoretical analysis of the velocity slip effect in free jet expansions of binary and ternary gas mixtures. The analysis, based on a source flow model and using moment equations is derived from the Boltzmann equation using the hypersonic approximation. Part II contains the experimental measurements of velocity slip. The numerical simulation of the slip process was carried out by using a Monte-Carlo numerical technique. In addition, comparisons between the theoretical analysis of Part I and the experiments are presented. Part III describes impact pressure measurements of free jet expansions from slot shaped two dimensional nozzles. At least two methods of aerodynamic isotope enrichment (opposed jet and velocity slip) would depend on the use of this type of two dimensional expansion. Flow surveys of single free jet and the interferene of crossed free jets are presented

  7. Stable Isotope Enrichment by Thermal Diffusion, Chemical Exchange, and Distillation

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    Schwind, Dr. Roger A.; Rutherford, Dr. William M.

    1973-03-01

    Applications of stable isotopes in medicine are becoming more widespread. This has resulted from the increased availability and reduced cost of these isotopes and the improved reliability and sensitivity of detection techniques such as carbon-13 nuclear magnetic resonance. Isotopes are used in compounds labeled with either the stable isotope itself, such as carbon-13 and oxygen-18, or with the radioactive isotope that can be produced by irradiating the stable isotope, such as the irradiation of xenon-124 to produce iodine-125. As the demand for stable isotopes increases, larger scale production facilities will be justifiable. The increased size of production facilities should result in yet lower unit selling prices. A large number of methods has been suggested for the separation of stable isotopes. This paper concerns itself with four methods which have proven extremely useful for the separation of the isotopes of low and medium atomic weight elements. The four processes discussed are gas phase thermal diffusion, liquid phase thermal diffusion, chemical exchange, and distillation.

  8. Carbon-13 kinetic isotope effects in the decarbonylations of lactic acid containing 13C at the natural abundance level

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    The 13C kinetic isotope fractionation in the decarbonylation of lactic acid of natural isotopic composition by sulfuric acid has been studied in the temperature range of 20-80 deg C. The 13C(1) isotope separation in the decarbonylation of lactic acid by concentrated sulfuric acid depends strongly on the temperature above 40 deg C. Below this temperature the 13C isotope effect in the decarbonylation of lactic acid by concentrated sulfuric acid is normal similarly as has been found in the decarbonylation of lactic [1-14C] acid. The experimental values of k(12C)/k(13C) ratios of isotopic rate constants for 12C and 13C are close to, but slightly higher than theoretical 13C-kinetic isotope effects calculated (neglecting tunneling) under the asumption that the C(1)-OH bond is broken in the rate-controlling step of the dehydration reaction. Dilution of concentrated sulfuric acid with water up to 1.4 molar (H2O)/(H2SO4) ratio caused the increase of the 13C isotope fractionation from 1.0273 found in concentrated sulfuric acid at 80.5 deg C to 1.0536±0.0008 (at 80.6 deg C). A discussion of the abnormally high temperature dependence of 14C and 13C isotope fractionation in this reaction and the discussion of the problem of relative 14C/13C kinetic isotope effects is given. (author) 18 refs.; 2 tabs

  9. Enriching stable isotopes: Alternative use for Urenco technology

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    Rakhorst, H.; de Jong, P.G.T.; Dawson, P.D. [URENCO-NL, Almelo (Netherlands)

    1996-12-31

    The International Urenco Group utilizes a technologically advanced centrifuge process to enrich uranium in the fissionable isotope {sup 235}U. The group operates plants in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Germany and currently holds a 10% share of the multibillion dollar world enrichment market. In the early 1990s, Urenco embarked on a strategy of building on the company`s uniquely advanced centrifuge process and laser isotope separation (LIS) experience to enrich nonradioactive isotopes colloquially known as stable isotopes. This paper summarizes the present status of Urenco`s stable isotopes business.

  10. Enriching stable isotopes: Alternative use for Urenco technology

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    The International Urenco Group utilizes a technologically advanced centrifuge process to enrich uranium in the fissionable isotope 235U. The group operates plants in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Germany and currently holds a 10% share of the multibillion dollar world enrichment market. In the early 1990s, Urenco embarked on a strategy of building on the company's uniquely advanced centrifuge process and laser isotope separation (LIS) experience to enrich nonradioactive isotopes colloquially known as stable isotopes. This paper summarizes the present status of Urenco's stable isotopes business

  11. Traceability of animal byproducts in quail (Coturnix coturnix japonica tissues using carbon (13C/12C and nitrogen (15N/14N stable isotopes

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    Full Text Available Consistent information on meat products consumed by the public is essential. The technique of stable isotopes is a powerful tool to recover consumers' confidence, as it allows the detection of animal byproduct residues in poultry meat, particularly in quail meat. This study aimed at checking the presence of poultry byproduct mixtures in quail diets by applying the technique of carbon (13C/12C and nitrogen (15N/14N stable isotopes in quail breast muscle, keel, and tibia. Sixty four one-day-old male quails were obtained from a commercial farm. Birds were housed in an experimental house from one to 42 days of age, and were randomly distributed into 8 experimental treatments, and fed diets containing poultry offal meal (POM, bovine meat and bone meal (MBM or poultry feather meal (PFM, or their mixtures. Four birds per treatment were slaughtered at 42 days of age, and breast (Pectoralis major, keel, and tibia were collected for analyses. The inclusion of animal byproducts in quail diets was detected by 13C e 15N analyses in the tissues of the birds; however, it was not possible to specify which byproducts were used. It was concluded that quail meat can be certified by the technique of stable isotopes.

  12. Complementary constraints from carbon (13C) and nitrogen (15N) isotopes on the glacial ocean's soft-tissue biological pump

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    Schmittner, A.; Somes, C. J.

    2016-06-01

    A three-dimensional, process-based model of the ocean's carbon and nitrogen cycles, including 13C and 15N isotopes, is used to explore effects of idealized changes in the soft-tissue biological pump. Results are presented from one preindustrial control run (piCtrl) and six simulations of the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) with increasing values of the spatially constant maximum phytoplankton growth rate μmax, which accelerates biological nutrient utilization mimicking iron fertilization. The default LGM simulation, without increasing μmax and with a shallower and weaker Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation and increased sea ice cover, leads to 280 Pg more respired organic carbon (Corg) storage in the deep ocean with respect to piCtrl. Dissolved oxygen concentrations in the colder glacial thermocline increase, which reduces water column denitrification and, with delay, nitrogen fixation, thus increasing the ocean's fixed nitrogen inventory and decreasing δ15NNO3 almost everywhere. This simulation already fits sediment reconstructions of carbon and nitrogen isotopes relatively well, but it overestimates deep ocean δ13CDIC and underestimates δ15NNO3 at high latitudes. Increasing μmax enhances Corg and lowers deep ocean δ13CDIC, improving the agreement with sediment data. In the model's Antarctic and North Pacific Oceans modest increases in μmax result in higher δ15NNO3 due to enhanced local nutrient utilization, improving the agreement with reconstructions there. Models with moderately increased μmax fit both isotope data best, whereas large increases in nutrient utilization are inconsistent with nitrogen isotopes although they still fit the carbon isotopes reasonably well. The best fitting models reproduce major features of the glacial δ13CDIC, δ15N, and oxygen reconstructions while simulating increased Corg by 510-670 Pg compared with the preindustrial ocean. These results are consistent with the idea that the soft-tissue pump was more efficient

  13. Carbon-13 isotope composition of the mean CO2 source in the urban atmosphere of Krakow, southern Poland

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    Zimnoch, Miroslaw; Jasek, Alina; Rozanski, Kazimierz

    2014-05-01

    Quantification of carbon emissions in urbanized areas constitutes an important part of the current research on the global carbon cycle. As the carbon isotopic composition of atmospheric carbon dioxide can serve as a fingerprint of its origin, systematic observations of δ13CO2 and/or Δ14CO2, combined with atmospheric CO2mixing ratio measurements can be used to better constrain the urban sources of this gas. Nowadays, high precision optical analysers based on absorption of laser radiation in the cavity allow a real-time monitoring of atmospheric CO2 concentration and its 13CO2/12CO2 ratio, thus enabling better quantification of the contribution of different anthropogenic and natural sources of this gas to the local atmospheric CO2load. Here we present results of a 2-year study aimed at quantifying carbon isotopic signature of the mean CO2 source and its seasonal variability in the urban atmosphere of Krakow, southern Poland. The Picarro G2101-i CRDS isotopic analyser system for CO2and 13CO2/12CO2 mixing ratio measurements has been installed at the AGH University of Science and Technology campus in July 2011. Air inlet was located at the top of a 20m tower mounted on the roof of the faculty building (ca. 42m a.g.l.), close to the city centre. While temporal resolution of the analyser is equal 1s, a 2-minute moving average was used for calculations of δ13CO2 and CO2 mixing ratio to reduce measurement uncertainty. The measurements were calibrated against 2 NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) primary standard tanks for CO2 mixing ratio and 1 JRAC (Jena Reference Air Cylinder) isotope primary standard for δ13C. A Keeling approach based on two-component mass and isotope balance was used to derive daily mean isotopic signatures of local CO2 from individual measurements of δ13CO2 and CO2 mixing ratios. The record covers a 2-year period, from July 2011 to July 2013. It shows a clear seasonal pattern, with less negative and less variable δ13CO2 values

  14. Coupled transformation of inorganic stable carbon-13 and nitrogen-15 isotopes into higher trophic levels in a eutrophic shallow lake

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    Enclosure and bag experiments were done in a eutrophic shallow lake with simultaneous use of inorganic 13C and 15N isotopes. It was demonstrated that coupled transformation of inorganic carbon and nitrogen can occur into herbivorous zooplankton through phytoplankton. Direct evidence is provided that there is an apparent coupling between photosynthesis and organic nitrogen uptake by phytoplankton during daytime under natural conditions and that the coupling occurs at a constant ratio

  15. Availability of enriched isotopic material for accelerator targets

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    The electromagnetic isotope enrichment facility at ORNL provides a broad spectrum of highly enriched stable isotopes to the worldwide scientific community. The continued timely availability of these materials is of vital importance in many areas of basic research and, in particular, as source material for the fabrication of accelerator targets. A brief description of the facility and its capabilities and limitations is presented

  16. Availability of enriched stable isotopes: present status and future prospects

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    The Electromagnetic Isotope Enrichment Facility (EMIEF) is currently used to produce 225 enriched stable isotopes of 50 elements. Among these are included most of the known elements with stable isotopes except for the noble gases, certain light elements, monisotopic elements, etc. The EMIEF can also be used to produce enriched samples of radioactive species, most notably the isotopes of uranium and plutonium. These enriched materials are placed in either the Sales Inventory of in the Research Materials Collection (RMC). The materials in the Sales Inventory are for sale to anyone on a first come, first served basis. Prices in the most recent catalog range from $0.05/mg for 99.8% 140Ce to $1,267/mg for 98.5% 176Lu. The materials in the RMC are made available to US researchers (or groups that include a US investigator) on a loan basis for use in non-destructive experiments and applications. In addition, certain samples have been provided to European investigators for cross-section studies through the auspices of EURATOM and the European-American Nuclear Data Committee. The status of the enriched isotopes included in the Sales Inventory is tabulated where isotopes are listed that are either not available or are in insufficient quantity or quality to meet current requests, as of 6/30/86. These can be summarized in the following subcategories: isotopes with zero inventory (22), Isotopes of insufficient quantity (17), and isotopes with insufficient enrichment quality (10). Of these 49 species, the supplies of 10 will be replenished by the scheduled FY86 enrichments in process (isotopes of bromine, calcium, nickel, potassium, rubidium, and strontium). In Table 3 are listed isotopes where the current inventory is less than the average annual sales level for the past five years. There are 47 isotopes listed, representing 25 different elements. Thus, there exists considerable potential for a substantial increase in the number of isotopes with zero inventory

  17. Capability of the electromagnetic isotope-enrichment facility at ORNL

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    The isotope separation program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) prepares and distributes electromagnetically enriched stable isotopes to the worldwide scientific community. Among the topics discussed in the present paper are the methods of enriching isotopes, the limitations that apply to the quantity and final assay of the separation products, and a generalized production flowsheet indicating the capability of the facility. A brief description of each of the production steps, from the selection and preparation of initial feedstock to the recovery and distribution of the isotopically enriched material, is presented. The future of the facility, the continued supply of enriched isotopes, and the response of the program to new and changing requirements are emphasized

  18. Proposal to realize a cost breakthrough in carbon-13 production by photochemical separation

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    A cost breakthrough can now be made in photochemical production of the rare stable isotope carbon-13. This cost breakthrough is achieved by CO2 laser infrared multiple-photon dissociation of any of several halocarbons (Freon derivatives) such as CF3Cl, CF3Br, or CF2Cl2. The single-step carbon-13 enrichment factor for this process is approximately 50, yielding 30% pure C-13 in one step, or up to 97% pure C-13 in two steps. A three-fold carbon-13 cost reduction to below $20/gram is expected to be achieved in a small laboratory-scale demonstration facility capable of producing 4 to 8 kg/year of carbon-13, using presently available pulsed CO2 TEA lasers at an average power level of 50 watts. Personnel costs dominate the attainable C-13 production costs in a small photochemical enrichment facility. A price reduction to $2/gm carbon-13 is feasible at carbon-13 production levels of 100 to 1000 kg/year, dominated by the Freon raw material costs

  19. Isotope enrichment of metal in the process of zone melting

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    The possibility of using the zone melting technique with the purpose of isotope enrichment of metal has been checked. The experiments have been carried out with zinc and cadmium wires. After the experiment the long wire has been sectioned by 15 mm and in such a state has been subjected to mass spectrometric and neutron activation analysis. The dependence of isotope enrichment with zone passage is shown. The light isotopes 64Zn in zinc and 106Cd and 108Cd in cadmium move following the zone enriching at the wire end

  20. Process and apparatus for isotopic enrichment

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    Process and apparatus for separating an isotope of an element from other isotopes of the element in a compound, where the compound is deposited as a monolayer on small beads, and the coated beads entrained in a carrier gas containing a scavenger gas. The entrained, coated beads are exposed to light e.g. from a laser that excites the one isotopic compound and causes reaction thereof with the scavenger gas, to form a reaction product, while the other isotopic compounds remain stable. The other isotopic compounds are then separated from the reaction product and the reaction product removed from the beads to provide the desired isotope. (author)

  1. Peculiarities of preparation of cadmium isotopes of high enrichment

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    Cascade equipped by gas centrifuges with regard for requirements to structural materials operating with chemically active compounds (dimethylcadmium) was devised for preparation of high-enriched cadmium isotopes. Solutions of such problems as overcoming of isotope memory, compensation of the effect of isotope overlapping, operative analytical accompanying permitted to optimize separation process and to obtain cadmium isotopes of high enrichment degree: cadmium-116 ∼98.9 %, cadmium-114 ∼98.7 %, cadmium-113 ∼93.3 %, cadmium-112 ∼99.1 %, cadmium-110 ∼95.8 %

  2. Preparation and physico-chemical study of nitroxide radicals. Isotopic marking with carbon 13 and deuterium; Preparations et etudes physico-chimiques de radicaux nitroxydes. Marquage isotopique au carbone 13 et au deuterium

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    N-t-butyl-N-phenyl nitroxide is obtained by: a) action of t-butyl-magnesium chloride on nitrobenzene, or of phenyl-magnesium bromide on nitro-t-butane, b) oxidation of N-t-butyl-N-phenylhydroxylamine, c) oxidation of N-t-butylaniline. In these latter two cases, it has been possible to isolate the pure radical and to study it using UV, IR and EPR. It decomposes to give N-t-butylaniline and the N-oxide of N-t-butyl-p-quinon-imine. The action of peracids such as p-nitro-perbenzoic or m-chloro-perbenzoic acids on amines or hydroxylamines leads to the formation of stable or unstable nitroxide radicals easily observable by EPR. Finally, with a view to obtaining definite values for the coupling between the free electron of a nitroxide and carbon 13, the preparation of such radicals marked with {sup 13}C in the {alpha} or {beta} position of the nitroxide function has been carried out. The coupling with an {alpha} carbon 13 is negative and does not appear to vary with the spin density on the nitrogen. The interaction with the p nuclei of the nitrogen depends on the nature of the substituents: the two benzyl protons have a hyperfine splitting a{sub H} which is always less than that of the ethyl. On the other hand, the {sup 13}C coupling is greater in the first case. The usually adopted conformations for the compounds having the carbonyl group cannot account for the observed values of the {beta} couplings. (author) [French] Le N-t-butyl-N-phenyl nitroxyde est obtenu par: a) action du chlorure de t-butylmagnesium sur le nitrobenzene, ou du bromure de phenylmagnesium sur le nitro-t-butane, b) oxydation de la N-t-butyl-N-phenylhydroxylamine, c) oxydation de la N-t-butylaniline. Dans ces deux derniers cas, le radical a pu etre isole pur et etudie par UV, IR et RPE. Il se decompose en N-t-butylaniline et N-oxyde de N-t-butyl-p-quinonimine. L'action de peracides (p-nitroperbenzoique ou m-chloroperbenzoique) sur des amines ou des hydroxylamines conduit a des radicaux nitroxydes

  3. Metabolism and transport studies of exogenous compounds thanks to 13C uniform isotopic enrichment

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    The study of many exogenous compounds does not raise difficulties when they are isolated, purified and in quantities sufficient for the usual detection methods used in biology (Chromatography, NMR, Mass Spectrometry, etc). When they are found in a biological fluid (blood, urines,..), they are often in infinitesimal amount such as the effect of their biological matrices or the background noise that make their detection and their quantification very delicate. The use of internal standards uniformly enriched with carbon 13 and/or nitrogen 15 makes it possible to obtain a signal more easily recognizable and identifiable thanks to the presence of the isotopes (peaks shifted in a mass spectrum for example). This is why, complementary to the analytical and biochemical studies of zearalenone (ZEN) metabolism, we were interested in building mass spectra of molecules enriched (rates between 0 and 1) by various isotopes (13C, 15N, 18O and 2H). In parallel we studied the influence of the 13C enrichment on the reactivity of a given molecule, from a theoretical and an experimental point of view. (author)

  4. Application of enriched stable isotopes as tracers in biological systems

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    Stürup, Stefan; Hansen, Helle Rüsz; Gammelgaard, Bente

    2008-01-01

    The application of enriched stable isotopes of minerals and trace elements as tracers in biological systems is a rapidly growing research field that benefits from the many new developments in inorganic mass spectrometric instrumentation, primarily within inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry...... development of new methodologies coupled with more advanced compartmental and mathematical models for the distribution of elements in living organisms has enabled a broader use of enriched stable isotope experiments in the biological sciences. This review discusses the current and future uses of enriched...

  5. The role of enriched isotopes in fundamental physical investigations

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    Development of physics of elementary particles, astrophysics and cosmology at present is characterized by continuous increase of a number of fundamental problems experimental investigation of which needs significant quantities of enriched isotopes of high purity. Study of solar neutrino radiation, search of nonluminous matter, detection of neutrino-free double beta-decay are the most priority investigations in the world at present. In the report the most actual experiments with enriched isotopes (136Xe, 100Mo, 76Ge, 116Cd, 82Se and some others) are discussed together with basic requirements for isotopes and possibilities on operating time of the Industrial Joining Electrochemical plant

  6. From application of isotope enriched mercury in environmental studies to fractionation of mercury isotopes

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    Full text: This overview on using isotope enriched Hg in environmental studies summarizes results from a whole ecosystem experiment to illustrate aspects of sample preparation and instrumental requirements. Building on our experience in working with isotope-enriched material, our group recently progressed to using multicollector ICPMS for ultra precise isotope ratio determinations, revealing variations in natural Hg isotope ratios. Fractionation is triggered by mass dependent (e.g. reduction and volatilization) and mass independent processes (e.g. photochemical reactions). The presentation will give examples of both mechanisms and discuss Hg isotope fingerprinting as a tool for tracking sources of Hg in the environment. (author)

  7. Isotope Enrichment by Laser Stimulation Causing Condensation Repression

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    Sulfur isotopes in SF6 molecules have been enriched, in a laboratory experiment, using tuned laser radiation to excite a particular sulfur isotopic molecule and inhibit its condensation on the cooled annulus inside of the chamber. The evidence of enrichment was determined by examining the residual gas with a Fourier Transform infrared Spectrometer. The enrichment was observed during a transient experiment in which the temperature of the condensing surface was gradually decreased, and gas pressure of the SF6 molecules was in the range of 8 Torr (0.01 atmospheres). These results show that excitation to a single excited level can create differential rates of condensation so as to achieve an enrichment factor of approximately 2.0 in a single stage. (authors)

  8. Isotopic enrichment of tritium by using host-guest chemistry

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    The isotopic enrichment of tritium in the liquid-liquid extraction system, butylammonium/crownether was investigated using water solution of butylammonium iodide and chloroform solution of dicyclohexyl-18-crown-6. Tritium was enriched in the ammonium-crown complex which was extracted into the organic phase. Both the enthalpy and entropy changes were positive for the direction of negative free energy change. The value of entropy effect (TΔS) exceeded that of enthalpy change around room temperature. Single stage isotope separation factors obtained were 12 for n-butylammonium and 50 for tert-butylammonium as guest compounds at 550C. (orig./RK)

  9. Enrichment of rare isotopes using a quadrupole mass spectrometer

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    A small quadrupole mass spectrometer was operated in the static mode to enrich selected rare gas isotopes. Memory effects in the apparatus were observed and attributed to the re-emission of atoms implanted by the electron-impact ion source. Studies of the pumping mechanism led to a practical means for reducing the rate of noble gas pumping. (author)

  10. Isotope correlation studies relative to high enrichment test reactor fuels

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    Several correlations of fission product isotopic ratios with atom percent fission and neutron flux, for highly enriched 235U fuel irradiated in two different water moderated thermal reactors, have been evaluated. In general, excellent correlations were indicated for samples irradiated in the same neutron spectrum; however, significant differences in the correlations were noted with the change in neutron spectrum. For highly enriched 235U fuel, the correlation of the isotopic ratio 143Nd/145+146Nd with atom percent fission has wider applicability than the other fission product isotopic ratio evaluated. The 137Cs/135Cs atom ratio shows promise for correlation with neutron flux. Correlations involving heavy element ratios are very sensitive to the neutron spectrum

  11. Isotopic enrichment of 15N by ionic exchange cromatography

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    The ionic exchange chromatographic method in columns of resin which is employed in the study of isotopic enrichment of 15N is presented. Determinations are made of the isotopic separation constant for the exchange of isotopes 15N and 14N in the equilibrium involving ammonium hidroxide in the solution phase and ions NH4+ adsorbed in cationic resins: Dowex 50W-X8 and X12, 100-200 mesh. Experiments are also conducted for determination of height of theoretical plates for situations of equilibrium of the NH4+ band in two systems of resin's columns aimed at estimating the experimental conditions used. The isotopic analyses of nitrogen are carried out by mass spectrometry

  12. The Enriched Background Isotope Study (EBIS)

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    Hanson, Paul J. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Trumbore, Susan [Univ. of California, Irvine, CA (United States); Swanston, Chris [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Torn, Margaret [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Jastrow, Julie [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Parton, William A [Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins, CO (United States); Century Ecosystems, Inc. (United States); Post, Wilfred M. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Froberg, Mats J [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Hainsworth, Laura J [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Kleber, Markus [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Kramer, Christiane [Univ. of California, Irvine, CA (United States); Matamala-Paradeda, Roser [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Garten, Jr, Charles T. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

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    A unique, large release of radiocarbon occurred near the Oak Ridge Reservation (ORR), Oak Ridge, TN in July/August 1999. Measurements of 14C in tree ring cellulose throughout the ORR area demonstrate that the 1999 release was unprecedented in its uptake by vegetation. We are taking advantage of the whole-ecosystem isotopic label generated by this release to address five outstanding issues in the terrestrial carbon cycle: (1) partitioning of soil respiration between autotrophic and heterotrophic sources, and quantification of that partitioning seasonally and inter-annually, (2) partitioning of heterotrophic respiration sources between above-ground litter decomposition and below-ground root detritus decomposition, (3) identification of pathways leading from leaf and root detritus to long-term stabilization of soil organic matter, including the role of soil fauna, (4) the role of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) transport in distributing carbon within the soil profile, and, (5) the longevity and turnover time of fine roots. The first four issues are being addressed through a reciprocal litter transplant experiment set up at four sites on the ORR encompassing two soil types and two levels of 14C exposure in 1999. The fifth issue, longevity and turnover of fine roots, is being addressed by tracing the radiocarbon label through the fine root pool over time. With a combination of incubation, soil surface chamber and soil CO2 profiles, and continuous measurements of soil temperature and moisture controls, we are tracking changes in soil respiration partitioning over several years. The nature and source of organic matter pools that reside in soils for years to decades are being tracked with differently labeled root and surface litter, and experiments to exclude soil fauna have been initiated to elucidate their role in vertical transport. Periodic sampling of soils and soil solutions and the use of inert tracers, allow us to investigate the chemical nature and form of DOC and

  13. Methane oxidation: isotopic enrichment factors in freshwater boreal reservoirs

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    Methane oxidation plays a vital role in controlling the flux of CH4 from many ecosystems. Release of the green house gas CH4 to the atmosphere during creation and operation of hydroelectric reservoirs is of concern because of the dramatic changes in C and nutrient cycling that result from flooding. Experimentally flooded reservoirs in the boreal forest at the Experimental Lakes Area, northwestern Ontario, Canada, have been under study for a decade. In these large-scale ecosystem experiments, stable C isotopic ratios are used to determine the importance of CH4 oxidation but quantification requires knowledge of the C isotope enrichment factor associated with CH4 oxidation under the appropriate environmental conditions. Laboratory incubations were used to assess the CH4 oxidation enrichment factors in 3 experimental boreal reservoirs with different soil and vegetation, and flood histories. As a result of flooding, new flooded surfaces were created with different temperature and hydrologic regimes and the importance of CH4 oxidation in controlling the flux of CH4 to the atmosphere changed significantly. However, isotopic ratio data from different systems could not be compared directly because the enrichment factor changed between systems. The enrichment factor in a flooded boreal wetland ecosystem (ELARP) decreased with temperature and the rate of CH4 oxidation increased with temperature. This was in contrast with two flooded upland boreal forest reservoirs (Flooded Upland Dynamics Experiment) where the enrichment factor was smaller than in ELARP and there was little or no temperature effect on the enrichment factors or rates of CH4 oxidation

  14. Isotopic analysis of uranium hexafluoride highly enriched in U-235

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    Isotopic analysis of uranium in the form of the hexafluoride by mass-spectrometry gives gross results which are not very accurate. Using a linear interpolation method applied to two standards it is possible to correct for this inaccuracy as long as the isotopic concentrations are less than about 10 per cent in U-235. Above this level, the interpolations formula overestimates the results, especially if the enrichment of the analyzed samples is higher than 1.3 with respect to the standards. A formula is proposed for correcting the interpolation equation and for the extending its field of application to high values of the enrichment (≅2) and of the concentration. It is shown that by using this correction the results obtained have an accuracy which depends practically only on that of the standards, taking into account the dispersion in the measurements. (authors)

  15. Calcium hydroxide isotope effect in calcium isotope enrichment by ion exchange

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    1984-01-01

    The enrichment of calcium isotopes has been observed in ion-exchange chromatography with an aqueous phase of calcium hydroxide and a solid phase of sulfonic acid resin. The band front was exceedingly sharp as a result of the acid-base reaction occuring at the front of the band. Single-stage separation coefficients were found to be epsilon(/sup 44/Ca//sup 40/Ca) = 11 x 10 /sup -4/ and epsilon(/sup 48/Ca//sup 40/Ca) = 18 x 10/sup -4/. The maximum column separation factors achieved were 1.05 for calcium-44 and 1.09 for calcium-48 with the heavy isotopes enriching in the fluid phase. The calcium isotope effect between fully hydrated aqueous calcium ions and undissociated aqueous calcium hydroxide was estimated. For the calcium-44/40 isotope pair the separation coefficient was 13 x 10/sup -4/. 20 references, 2 figures.

  16. Measurement system analysis (MSA) of the isotopic ratio for uranium isotope enrichment process control

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    Currently, one of the stages in nuclear fuel cycle development is the process of uranium isotope enrichment, which will provide the amount of low enriched uranium for the nuclear fuel production to supply 100% Angra 1 and 20% Angra 2 demands. Determination of isotopic ration n(235U)/n(238U) in uranium hexafluoride (UF6 - used as process gas) is essential in order to control of enrichment process of isotopic separation by gaseous centrifugation cascades. The uranium hexafluoride process is performed by gas continuous feeding in separation unit which uses the centrifuge force principle, establishing a density gradient in a gas containing components of different molecular weights. The elemental separation effect occurs in a single ultracentrifuge that results in a partial separation of the feed in two fractions: an enriched on (product) and another depleted (waste) in the desired isotope (235UF6). Industrias Nucleares do Brasil (INB) has used quadrupole mass spectrometry (QMS) by electron impact (EI) to perform isotopic ratio n(235U)/n(238U) analysis in the process. The decision of adjustments and change te input variables are based on the results presented in these analysis. A study of stability, bias and linearity determination has been performed in order to evaluate the applied method, variations and systematic errors in the measurement system. The software used to analyze the techniques above was the Minitab 15. (author)

  17. Enriched noble gas isotopes: Ideal tracers for groundwater recharge

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    A novel approach for tracing recharge and groundwater movement has been applied for the first time using isotopically-enriched xenon as an artificial tracer. Xenon has nine stable isotopes to choose from so recharge from multiple surface water sources can be examined. Noble gases are ideal tracers because they are inert and therefore pose no heath concerns. Furthermore, because of their low natural abundance we can dissolve small quantities into a recharge basin and still achieve a large dynamic range during dilution with native groundwater with respect to the detection limit. Once xenon is dissolved in the water and remains out of contact with the atmosphere the xenon will move conservatively with the groundwater. Absorption and retardation, associated with most other artificial tracers, is not a concern for the noble gas tracer. The goal of the first tracer experiment was to determine whether deep wells below confining layers were under the influence of recently recharged water

  18. Isotopically highly enriched shallow groundwater below overlying dry sediments

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    The isotopic compositions of oxygen and hydrogen of the shallow groundwater in the Gurinai Grasslands west of the Badajilin Desert in China are unusual: Both the δ18O and δ2H values fit an apparent local meteoric water line with an unusually low deuterium excess of 18O/δ2H plot decrease from 4 to 5 for open water systems down to about 2.0 in the unsaturated zone with increasing thickness of the dry cover sediment. In the Gurinai Grasslands and at the foot of the megadunes in the Badajilin Desert the dry cover sediments are 0.5 to 3.5 m thick, both the water level and the isotope enrichment due to evaporation are constant over the year. There is a linear interrelationship between δ18O values and the depth of the water table, Assuming varying slopes of the evaporation lines, a similar grain size composition of the cover sediments throughout the study area, steady-state conditions of the isotope profiles in the un-saturated zone before succeeding recharge events and groundwater recharge lower than the amount of pore water in the unsaturated zone the described phenomenon is explainable. It is also reflected from the observed isotopic results of the described case studies in Chile and Canada. It may be applicable to estimate regional evaporation rates and recharge rates for groundwater balance studies. (author)

  19. Prospects of lithium enrichment on 7Li isotope by method of controlled ions electro-migration

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    Martoyan, G. A.; Kalugin, M. M.; Gabrielyan, A. V.; Martoyan, A. G.

    2016-01-01

    This paper deals with a new electro-membrane method of enrichment of 7Li isotope. The data are presented on the importance and application fields regarding the use of 7Li isotopes. Existing methods and criteria of separation of lithium isotopes are discussed. The principle of new technology, regimes of enrichment experiments, and analysis details of obtained products are briefly described.

  20. Carbon-13 isotopic abundance and concentration of atmospheric methane for background air in the Southern and Northern Hemispheres from 1978 to 1989

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    Atmospheric methane (CH4) may become an increasingly important contributor to global warming in future years. Its atmospheric concentration has risen, doubling over the past several hundred years, and additional methane is thought to have a much greater effect on climate, on a per molecule basis, than additional C02 at present day concentrations (Shine et al. 1990). The causes of the increase of atmospheric CH4 have been difficult to ascertain because of a lack of quantitative knowledge of the fluxes (i.e., net emissions) from the numerous anthropogenic and natural sources. The goal of CH4 isotopic studies is to provide a constraint (and so reduce the uncertainties) in estimating the relative fluxes from the various isotopically distinct sources, whose combined fluxes must result in the measured atmospheric isotopic composition, after the fractionating effect of the atmospheric removal process is considered. In addition, knowledge of the spatial and temporal changes in the isotopic composition of atmospheric CH4, along with estimates of the fluxes from some of the major sources, makes it possible to calculate growth rates for sources whose temporal emissions trends would be difficult to measure directly

  1. Magnetic isotope effect and oxygen enrichment by 17O isotope in chain oxidation reactions. Communication 1. Theory

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    The theory of magnetic isotope effect and enrichment of molecular oxygen by 17O isotope in chain oxidation reactions of organic compounds is presented. Recombination probabilities of perioxide radicals differing by isotope composition by oxygen are calculated; the magnetic isotope effect and its dependence on diffusion and viscosity coefficients are determined. Some geochemical and space-chemical consequences of the magnetic isotope effect are discussed

  2. Stable isotope enrichment techniques and ORNL separation status

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    The isotope separation program is described, emphasizing present state-of-the-art techniques utilized to achieve specific isotopic requirements. An interesting problem addressed here is the calutron enrichment of rare-earth isotopes where small quantities of feed (<5g) are available, and the unresolved feed is to be recovered and recycled. Conventional ion-source units using graphite and stainless steel deteriorate in the halogenating atmosphere or are permeable to rare-earth compounds, reducing the process efficiency. An ion source has been developed using boron nitride for containing the halogenating agent and rare-earth compounds. Tests have been successfully conducted using Lu/sub 2/O/sub 3/ and the in situ chlorinating technique with CCl/sub 4/. Collectively, 166 mg of /sup 176/Lu were recovered from two runs using 2.95 and 1.10 g of 44.5% /sup 176/Lu. Process efficiency of 10.5% was achieved, and 1.2 g of the unresolved feed were recovered. Material compatibility of the boron nitride, carbon tetrachloride, and lutetium compounds has been established

  3. Status of stable isotope enrichment, products, and services at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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    The Oak Ridge national laboratory (ORNL) has been supplying enriched stable and radioactive isotopes to the research, medical, and industrial communities for over 50 y. Very significant changes have occurred in this effort over the past several years, and, while many of these changes have had a negative impact on the availability of enriched isotopes, more recent developments are actually improving the situation for both the users and the producers of enriched isotopes. ORNL is still a major producer and distributor of radioisotopes, but future isotope enrichment operations to be conducted at the isotope enrichment facility (IEF)fwill be limited to stable isotopes. Among the positive changes in the enriched stable isotope area are a well-functioning, long-term contract program, which offers stability and pricing advantages; the resumption of calutron operations; the adoption of prorated conversion charges, which greatly improves the pricing of isotopes to small users; ISO 9002 registration of the IEF's quality management system; and a much more customer-oriented business philosophy. Efforts are also being made to restore and improve upon the extensive chemical and physical form processing capablities that once existed in the enriched stable isotope program. Innovative ideas are being pursued in both technical and administrative areas to encourage the beneficial use of enriched stable isotopes and the development of related technologies. (orig.)

  4. Status of stable isotope enrichment, products, and services at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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    The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has been supplying enriched stable and radioactive isotopes to the research, medical, and industrial communities for over 50 years. Very significant changes have occurred in this effort over the past several years, and, while many of these changes have had a negative impact on the availability of enriched isotopes, more recent developments are actually improving the situation for both the users and the producers of enriched isotopes. ORNL is still a major producer and distributor of radioisotopes, but future isotope enrichment operations conducted at the Isotope Enrichment Facility (IEF) will be limited to stable isotopes. Among the positive changes in the enriched stable isotope area are a well-functioning, long-term contract program, which offers stability and pricing advantages; the resumption of calutron operations; the adoption of prorated conversion charges, which greatly improves the pricing of isotopes to small users; SIO 9002 registration of the IEF's quality management system; and a much more customer-oriented business philosophy. Efforts are also being made to restore and improve upon the extensive chemical and physical form processing capabilities that once existed in the enriched stable isotope program. Innovative ideas are being pursued in both technical and administrative areas to encourage the beneficial use of enriched stable isotopes and the development of related technologies

  5. Separation of boron isotopes in anion exchange resin column. Isotopic enrichment of 10 B

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    The separation of boron isotopes (10 B and 11 B) was carried out by isotopic exchange reaction between boric acid in solution and borate/poly borate anions adsorbed on an ammonium quaternary (Dowex 1 X 8 and 2 X 8) anion exchange resin packed in columns. Each resin column had 100 cm length and 1.4 cm in diameter. The columns were connected in series during displacement of boric bands. The enrichment line used pressure ranging from 2.5 to 3.0 Kg f.cm-2. N2 gas was used as in inert atmosphere in order to prevent C O2 formation. Enrichments in 10 B of 43% were obtained using Dowex 1 X 8 resin, 0.1 eq.L-1 H3 B O3 solution and band displacement of 1,876 cm. With Dowex 2 X 8 the enrichment was 40% with 1,330 cm of band displacement and 0.1 eq. L-1 H3 B O3. The boron isotopes were analysed, as methyl borate, by mass spectrometry. (author). 13 refs, 5 figs, 2 tabs

  6. Bringing hope to marginal and harsh environments: The use of carbon-13 isotope discrimination technique to evaluate and select food crops adapted to water and salt stress environments

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    Many countries have weather patterns and soil characteristics that place major constraints on food production systems over large tracts of land. Thus a major challenge for making better use of these marginal lands is not only to select appropriate crops but also to evaluate and optimize their adaptability and crop productivity under extreme climatic conditions (high temperatures and low rainfall) or where soils suffer from salinity, acidity or low plant nutrient status. The carbon isotope discrimination technique (using the ratios of different carbon isotopes [12C/13C] in plants) commonly referred to as CID, has been proposed as a possible selection criterion for greater water use efficiency in breeding programmes for water limited and salt stress environments because it provides an integrative assessment of genotypic variation in leaf transpiration efficiency. Although the relationship between CID and water and/or salt stress have been well studied and documented for many crop plants, few studies have looked at the combined effects of salt, water and nutrient stresses on the potential use of this technique to select and evaluate crop plants adapted to harsh environments

  7. Study on atmospheric hydrogen enrichment by cryopump method and isotope separation by gas chromatography

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    To obtain the information of source of atmospheric hydrogen tritium an analysis of tritium isotopes is thought to be effective. So an atmospheric hydrogen enrichment apparatus and a cryogenic gas chromatographic column were made. Experiments were carried out to study the performance of cryopump to enrich atmospheric hydrogen and the column to separate hydrogen isotopes that obtained by cryopump method. The cryopump was able to process about 1000 1 atmosphere and the column was able to separate hydrogen isotopes with good resolution. (author)

  8. Process and apparatus for isotopic enrichment using lasers

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    Lahoda, E.J.; Burgman, H.A.; Snyder, T.S.

    1986-04-22

    A process is described for the separation of a first isotope of an element from other isotopes of the element. The isotopes are present as a mixture in an isotopic compound, and one of the isotopic compounds is excitable by light at a wavelength where the other isotopic compounds remain stable. The process consists of: coating discrete, small bead particles, which particles are transparent at the wavelength, with a monolayer of the mixture of isotopic compound; entraining the coated particles in a carrier gas containing a scavenger gas for an excited one of the isotopic compounds; exposing the coated particles, while so entrained to light, to excite one of the isotopic compounds and cause reaction thereof with the scavenger gas and form a reaction product, while the other isotopic compounds remain stable; and separating the reaction product from the other isotopic compounds. An apparatus is also described for use in separating one isotope of an element from other isotopes of the element wherein the isotopes are present as a mixture in an isotopic compound, and where one of the isotopic compounds is excitable by light at a wavelength where the other isotopic compounds remain stable. The apparatus consists of: means for coating discrete, small bead particles, which particles are transparent at the wavelength, with a monolayer of the mixture of isotopic compound; means for entraining the coated bead particles with a carrier gas containing a scavenger gas for an excited one of the isotopic compounds; a reaction in which the coated entrained beads are charged; a light source directing light of the wavelength onto the coated entrained beads in the reaction vessel, whereby one of the isotopic compounds is excited by the light and reacts with the scavenger gas to form a reaction product, while the other isotopic compounds remain stable; and means for separating the reaction product from the other isotopic compounds.

  9. Process and apparatus for isotopic enrichment using lasers

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    A process is described for the separation of a first isotope of an element from other isotopes of the element. The isotopes are present as a mixture in an isotopic compound, and one of the isotopic compounds is excitable by light at a wavelength where the other isotopic compounds remain stable. The process consists of: coating discrete, small bead particles, which particles are transparent at the wavelength, with a monolayer of the mixture of isotopic compound; entraining the coated particles in a carrier gas containing a scavenger gas for an excited one of the isotopic compounds; exposing the coated particles, while so entrained to light, to excite one of the isotopic compounds and cause reaction thereof with the scavenger gas and form a reaction product, while the other isotopic compounds remain stable; and separating the reaction product from the other isotopic compounds. An apparatus is also described for use in separating one isotope of an element from other isotopes of the element wherein the isotopes are present as a mixture in an isotopic compound, and where one of the isotopic compounds is excitable by light at a wavelength where the other isotopic compounds remain stable. The apparatus consists of: means for coating discrete, small bead particles, which particles are transparent at the wavelength, with a monolayer of the mixture of isotopic compound; means for entraining the coated bead particles with a carrier gas containing a scavenger gas for an excited one of the isotopic compounds; a reaction in which the coated entrained beads are charged; a light source directing light of the wavelength onto the coated entrained beads in the reaction vessel, whereby one of the isotopic compounds is excited by the light and reacts with the scavenger gas to form a reaction product, while the other isotopic compounds remain stable; and means for separating the reaction product from the other isotopic compounds

  10. Candidate processes for diluting the 235U isotope in weapons-capable highly enriched uranium

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    The United States Department of Energy (DOE) is evaluating options for rendering its surplus inventories of highly enriched uranium (HEU) incapable of being used to produce nuclear weapons. Weapons-capable HEU was earlier produced by enriching uranium in the fissile 235U isotope from its natural occurring 0.71 percent isotopic concentration to at least 20 percent isotopic concentration. Now, by diluting its concentration of the fissile 235U isotope in a uranium blending process, the weapons capability of HEU can be eliminated in a manner that is reversible only through isotope enrichment, and therefore, highly resistant to proliferation. To the extent that can be economically and technically justified, the down-blended uranium product will be made suitable for use as commercial reactor fuel. Such down-blended uranium product can also be disposed of as waste if chemical or isotopic impurities preclude its use as reactor fuel

  11. High purity isotopically enriched 70Ge and 74Ge single crystals: Isotope separation, growth, and properties

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    70Ge and 74Ge isotopes were successfully separated from natural Ge and zone purified. Several highly enriched, high purity 70Ge and 74Ge single crystals were grown by the vertical Bridgman method. The growth system was designed for reliable growth of low dislocation density, high purity Ge single crystals of very small weight (∼4g). A 70Ge and a 74Ge crystal were selected for complete characterization. In spite of the large surface to volume ratio of these ingots, both 70Ge and 74Ge crystals contain low electrically active chemical net-impurity concentrations of ∼2x1012 cm-3, which is two orders of magnitude better than that of 74Ge crystals previously grown by two different groups.1,2 Isotopic enrichment of the 70Ge and the 74Ge crystals is 96.3% and 96.8%, respectively. The residual donors and acceptors present in both crystals were identified as phosphorus and copper, respectively. In addition less than 1011 cm-3 gallium, aluminum, and indium were found in the 70Ge crystal

  12. Synthetic approaches to carbohydrates enriched with stable isotopes of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen

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    This paper reports on the extent to which stable isotopically-enriched compounds have found application in chemistry and biochemistry that has paralleled the development of analytical methods for isotopic discrimination. Current renewed interest in stable isotopes reflects recent technical advances in mass spectrometry, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and rapid-reaction technology. These advances have been so significant that the limiting factor in studies where stable isotopes can be used to advantage is often the availability of the appropriate labeled compounds. Several key considerations guide the choice of a synthetic route to a particular labeled compound. Because labeled precursors are expensive, yields must be high for all reactions subsequent to the introduction of the isotope. To optimize isotopic yield, the isotope should be introduced as near as possible to the end of the synthetic route. If possible, syntheses should utilize available enriched precursors, and reactions should be simple and reliable

  13. Ultra-rapid targeted analysis of 40 drugs of abuse in oral fluid by LC-MS/MS using carbon-13 isotopes of methamphetamine and MDMA to reduce detector saturation.

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    Di Rago, Matthew; Chu, Mark; Rodda, Luke N; Jenkins, Elizabeth; Kotsos, Alex; Gerostamoulos, Dimitri

    2016-05-01

    The number of oral fluid samples collected by the road policing authority in Victoria, Australia, requiring confirmatory laboratory analysis for drugs proscribed under Victorian legislation (methamphetamine, MDMA and Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol) has greatly increased in recent years, driving the need for improved analysis techniques to enable expedient results. The aim of this study was to develop an LC-MS/MS-based targeted oral fluid screening technique that covers a broad range of basic and neutral drugs of abuse that can satisfy increased caseload while monitoring other compounds of interest for epidemiological purposes. By combining small sample volume, simple extraction procedure, rapid LC-MS/MS analysis and automated data processing, 40 drugs of abuse including amphetamines, benzodiazepines, cocaine and major metabolites, opioids, cannabinoids and some designer stimulants were separated over 5 min (with an additional 0.5 min re-equilibration time). The analytes were detected using a Sciex® API 4500 Q-Trap LC-MS/MS system with positive ESI in MRM mode monitoring three transitions per analyte. The method was fully validated in accordance with international guidelines and also monitored carbon-13 isotopes of MDMA and MA to reduce detector saturation effects, allowing for confirmation of large concentrations of these compounds without the need for dilution or re-analysis. The described assay has been successfully used for analysis of oral fluid collected as part of law enforcement procedures at the roadside in Victoria, providing forensic results as well as epidemiological prevalence in the population tested. The fast and reliable detection of a broad range of drugs and subsequent automated data processing gives the opportunity for high throughput and fast turnaround times for forensic toxicology. PMID:26993306

  14. Isotopic enrichment in a phloem-feeding insect: influences of nutrient and water availability.

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    Sagers, C L; Goggin, F L

    2007-03-01

    The isotopic enrichment between an animal and its diet can vary among and within living systems, but the sources of variation are not yet fully understood. Some studies have found that diet quality or an animal's nutritional status can influence the degree of trophic enrichment, while others have dismissed nutrition as a contributing factor. We evaluated the effects of nutrient and water availability on carbon and nitrogen isotopic enrichment in a specialized plant-herbivore system. Aphids are largely sedentary and rely exclusively on nitrogen-poor phloem sap of their host for nutrition. We grew potato aphids [Macrosiphum euphorbiae (Aphididae)] on an accepted host, pumpkin [Cucurbita pepo L. (Cucurbitaceae)], in a glasshouse environment. Twelve pumpkin plants growing under high- and low-watering regimes were inoculated at 4 weeks of age with aphids. During the course of the experiment we collected leaves, phloem sap, aphids and honeydew (i.e., aphid exudates). We found no trophic enrichment between aphids and their phloem sap diet, but significant carbon enrichment of honeydew relative to aphids (2.5 per thousand) and phloem sap (2.1 per thousand). Honeydew was also enriched in nitrogen compared to the phloem sap (1.2 per thousand). Watering treatment had a substantial impact on trophic enrichment. Correlations among tissues, an indication of uniform trophic enrichment among samples, were significant only for the carbon isotopic composition, and then only for plants and aphids grown in the low-water treatment. Diet quality also influenced the degree of isotopic enrichment; trophic enrichment for both carbon and nitrogen isotopic composition increased as diet quality (C/N) declined. We conclude that the degree of trophic enrichment is variable due, in part, to diet quality, but that the scale of variation is small. PMID:17124569

  15. Molecular modelling guided experimental study for isotopic enrichment of Gadolinium

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    Molecular modelling and experimental studies were performed to predict the feasibility of Gd isotope separation using crown ether grafted resin. BP and B3LYP functional - based DFT calculations foretell the complexation stability order of Gd3+ ion as DCH18C6>B15C5>DB18C6 as observed in the experiment. The calculated isotopic separation factor shows that DB18C6 is the promising candidate. Hence, CMPS grafted DB18C6 resin was chosen for the isotope separation of Gd. The adsorption capacity of the resin for Gd3+ ion was found to be 1mg/g. The separation coefficients (ε ×103) were found to be 6.3, 3.4, 9.7 and 11.1 for the isotopic pair of 155/158, 157/158, 155/160 and 157/160 respectively and shows promise for future study. (author)

  16. Stratospheric ozone isotope enrichment studied by submillimeter-wave heterodyne radiometry

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    Kasai, Y.; Urban, J.; Takahashi, K.; JEM/SMILES Science-Team,

    2002-05-01

    Since the discovery of the heavy isotope enrichment of ozone formation in the stratosphere in 1981, considerable progress has been made in understanding the processes that control the isotope enrichment by using mass spectrometry, spectrometric techniques, laboratory measurements, and so on. The detection limit of the mass spectrometers is enough to discuss these isotope enrichments, but symmetric and asymmetric ozone isotopes cannot be distinguished. It is important to observe symmetric and asymmetric ozone isotopes separately with enough accuracy to understand the mechanism of the ozone isotope enrichment for the ozone formation chemistry. Measurements of the ozone isotopes using a new technology of he superconducting submillimeter-wave limb emission spectrometer (SMILES) have been proposed. The instrument is planned to be aboard the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) at the International Space Station. The SMILES instrument is planned to be launched in 2006. The SMILES instrument measures thermal emissions from ozone isotopes as well as ozone-depletion-related molecules such as ClO, HCl, HO2, HNO3 and BrO in the frequency bands at 624.32-626.32 GHz and 649.12-650.32 GHz. Overview of this experiment, such as new techniques for a high-sensitive sounding, measurement coverage, measurement frequency, is described. The scientific objective of the SMILES experiment, including a brief review on the controversial problem of stratospheric ozone isotope anomaly, is presented. The error analysis of the SMILES measurement is evaluated by using the SMILES simulator for all 5 isotopes of normal ozone, asymmetric-17-ozone, asymmetric-18-ozone, symmetric-17-ozone, symmetric-18-ozone. The evaluation suggests that the global distributions of symmetric-17-ozone, asymmetric-18-ozone, symmetric-17-ozone, as well as normal ozone can be obtained from the single profile, with the errors of less than about 1 % between 20 and 40 km with the partial column about 5 km.

  17. Enrichment of zinc isotopes by a liquid membrane system using a crown ether

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    A liquid membrane system to enrich zinc isotope was investigated. The liquid membrane was composed of a solution of dicyclohexano-18-crown-6 in chloroform. Zinc chloride dissolved in diluted hydrochloric acid was used as a feed phase. A receiving phase was made of a 0.001 M HCl solution. The zinc isotopes were enriched (1) at the interface of the liquid-membrane/feed-phase and (2) at that of the liquid-membrane/receiving-phase. The separation factor attained in the system was α = 1.049 for the separation of 64Zn and 66Zn. The enrichment factor of 66Zn relative to 67Zn was ε = -0.053, which is in the inverse direction of enrichment by a liquid-liquid extraction. The enrichment factor of 64Zn to 66Zn showed a different value from that of 66Zn to 68Zn, regardless of their similar mass difference. The isotope effects in the Zn-crown complex were dominated by the field shift of electronic energy in the isotope atom. This is in contrast to the Bigeleisen-Mayer approximation for a chemical exchange reaction. Trace amounts of zinc are injected into the primary coolant of boiling water reactors in order to suppress 60Co build-up. The use of 64Zn-depleted zinc suppresses the production of 65Zn within the reactor. Zinc isotopes are also useful precursors of radiopharmaceuticals

  18. Synthesis of colchicine and isocolchicine labelled with carbon-11 or carbon-13

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    Kothari, P.J.; Finn, R.D.; Larson, S.M. [Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY (United States)

    1995-06-01

    The syntheses of isotopically labelled (-)-10-[{sup 11}C/{sup 13}C]-colchicine and (-)-9-[{sup 11}C/{sup 13}C]-isocolchicine have been achieved from the reaction of (-)desmethylcolchicine with [{sup 11}C/{sup 13}C]-iodomethane. The radiolabelled compounds, (-)-10-[{sup 11}C]-colchicine ({sup 11}C-n-colchicine) and (-)-9-[{sup 11}C]-isocolchicine ({sup 11}C-i-colchicine), were isolated by reversed phase HPLC. The total synthesis time was approximately 60 minutes for both radiolabelled compounds with an average specific activity of 240 mCi/{mu}mol calculated to EOB. Utilizing a similar synthetic strategy, we also reported the synthesis of milligram quantities of the carbon-13 enriched compounds and the magnetic resonance signal assignment for (-)-9-[{sup 13}C] isocolchicine. (Author).

  19. Synthesis of stable isotope enriched metabolites of theophylline

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    Four isotopically labelled metabolites of theophylline were synthesized. The syntheses of 1-(methyl-d3)uric-2,8-13C 2-acid; 1,3-di(methyl-d3)uric-2,8-13C2 acid; 3-(methyl-d3)xanthine-2-13C,7-15N and 1-(methyl-d3)xanthine-2-13C are described. Modifications in published procedures for the synthesis of the corresponding unlabelled compounds were required to achieve the micro scale necessary to accommodate the small starting quantities of expensive stable isotope labelled precursors. (author)

  20. Enhanced production and isotope enrichment of recombinant glycoproteins produced in cultured mammalian cells

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    NMR studies of post-translationally modified proteins are complicated by the lack of an efficient method to produce isotope enriched recombinant proteins in cultured mammalian cells. We show that reducing the glucose concentration and substituting glutamate for glutamine in serum-free medium increased cell viability while simultaneously increasing recombinant protein yield and the enrichment of non-essential amino acids compared to culture in unmodified, serum-free medium. Adding dichloroacetate, a pyruvate dehydrogenase kinase inhibitor, further improves cell viability, recombinant protein yield, and isotope enrichment. We demonstrate the method by producing partially enriched recombinant Thy1 glycoprotein from Lec1 Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells using U-13C-glucose and 15N-glutamate as labeled precursors. This study suggests that uniformly 15N,13C-labeled recombinant proteins may be produced in cultured mammalian cells starting from a mixture of labeled essential amino acids, glucose, and glutamate.

  1. Early history of chemical exchange isotope enrichment and lessons we learn

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    The chemical exchange isotope enrichment process has an advantage over other isotope separation methods in that it involves two chemicals rather than one and, consequently, relatively large separation factors can be obtained. However, the chemical exchange method requires a chemical conversion of the substance enriched in the target isotope into the second substance. The idiosyncrasies of the isotope separation process by this method are pointed out using McCabe-Thiele diagram and, from them, the difficulties involved in the chemical exchange methods are itemized. Examples of the points being made are taken from the pioneering works of this field carried out by Harold C. Urey, his contemporaries, the students and the students' students. Lessons we learn from these works are discussed. (author)

  2. Stable-isotope-enrichment program at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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    This paper has attempted to present a brief description of the production steps, from the selection and preparation of the initial feedstock to the recovery and distribution of the isotopically enriched materials. The facility suffers from the disadvantage of coping with utility and support systems that are rapidly becoming obsolescent and that the current operational level is insufficient to maintain sales inventory equilibrium. The electromagnetic isotope enrichment facility does, however, have the operational equipment and capability to almost triple the current production. This increased production can be achieved as rapidly as an expanded operational crew can be trained

  3. Water enriched in the rare stable isotopes: Preparation, measurement and applications

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    2016-01-01

    The subject of this thesis is water with increased abundances of the rare stable isotopes 2H and 18O (and to some extent also 17O). Such artificially enriched (or "labelled") waters are often used in biomedicine, for establishing the total amount of body water (and thus body composition) of humans and animals and also for measuring their energy expenditure. These non-evasive totally harmless techniques offer great advantages, however they require accurate and precise "isotope ratio" measureme...

  4. Modeling and analysis of uranium isotope enrichment by chemical exchange

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    A theoretical study of uranium isotopes separation by chemical exchange, starting with an accurate mathematical model, is presented. The experimental data used in this study were obtained by reverse break-through operation and the numerical algorithm, developed for simulation in a previous study, was adapted to be suitable for this kind of processes. The model parameters were identified from experimental data and simulations were carried out for different experimental conditions. (author)

  5. Photochemical separation of isotopes

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    A process for the photochemical separation of carbon 13 and oxygen 18 uses 123.54 nm resonance radiation from a gaseous discharge containing Kr and an inert gas to excite selectively 13C16O, 12C18O, or both with no significant excitation of 12C16O. The excited molecules react with ground state CO to yield CO2 and C3O2. The isotopically-enriched products are removed from the reactants by condensation

  6. Zinc absorption study using an enriched stable isotope (70Zn)

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    A weaning food from fermented soybean was prepared for increasing the bioavailability of zinc. The zinc absorption was compared with that of a weaning food from non-fermented soybean and normal staple food. A stable isotope tracer technique (70Zn) and neutron activation were used for determining the absorption of zinc. Nine children aged 7 to 18 months were tested. Zinc bioavailability of weaning food from fermented soybean is higher than that of normal weaning food. The weight increment and zinc nutrition of children having weaning food from fermented soybean are improved by this diet. 5 tabs

  7. Isotopic enrichment of forming planetary systems from supernova pollution

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    Lichtenberg, Tim; Parker, Richard J.; Meyer, Michael R.

    2016-08-01

    Heating by short-lived radioisotopes (SLRs) such as 26Al and 60Fe fundamentally shaped the thermal history and interior structure of Solar System planetesimals during the early stages of planetary formation. The subsequent thermo-mechanical evolution, such as internal differentiation or rapid volatile degassing, yields important implications for the final structure, composition and evolution of terrestrial planets. SLR-driven heating in the Solar System is sensitive to the absolute abundance and homogeneity of SLRs within the protoplanetary disk present during the condensation of the first solids. In order to explain the diverse compositions found for extrasolar planets, it is important to understand the distribution of SLRs in active planet formation regions (star clusters) during their first few Myr of evolution. By constraining the range of possible effects, we show how the imprint of SLRs can be extrapolated to exoplanetary systems and derive statistical predictions for the distribution of 26Al and 60Fe based on N-body simulations of typical to large clusters (103-104 stars) with a range of initial conditions. We quantify the pollution of protoplanetary disks by supernova ejecta and show that the likelihood of enrichment levels similar to or higher than the Solar System can vary considerably, depending on the cluster morphology. Furthermore, many enriched systems show an excess in radiogenic heating compared to Solar System levels, which implies that the formation and evolution of planetesimals could vary significantly depending on the birth environment of their host stars.

  8. The application of atomic vapor laser isotope separation to the enrichment of mercury

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    The authors discuss the results of recent work carried out at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to develop a process for enriching mercury. The discussion centers around the results of spectroscopic measurements of excited-state lifetimes, photoionization cross sections, and isotope shifts. (author)

  9. Intercomparison of enriched stable isotope reference materials for medical and biological studies

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    This report summarizes the results of an intercomparison exercise organized by the IAEA during the latter part of 1988 and 1989. Data are presented for 13 different kinds of enriched stable isotope reference material containing 2H, 13C, 15N and 18O. Results were submitted by forty participants in twenty countries. 2 refs, 13 figs, 18 tabs

  10. Water enriched in the rare stable isotopes : Preparation, measurement and applications

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    Faghihi, Vahideh

    2016-01-01

    The subject of this thesis is water with increased abundances of the rare stable isotopes 2H and 18O (and to some extent also 17O). Such artificially enriched (or "labelled") waters are often used in biomedicine, for establishing the total amount of body water (and thus body composition) of humans a

  11. Isotopically-enriched gadolinium-157 oxysulfide scintillator screens for the high-resolution neutron imaging

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    We demonstrate the feasibility of the production of isotopically-enriched gadolinium oxysulfide scintillator screens for the high spatial-resolution neutron imaging. Approximately 10 g of 157Gd2O2S:Tb was produced in the form of fine powder (particle size approximately 2 µm). The level of 157Gd enrichment was above 88%. Approximately 2.5 µm thick 157Gd2O2S:Tb scintillator screens were produced and tested for the absorption power and the light output. The results are compared to the reference screens based on natGd2O2S:Tb. The isotopically enriched screens provided increase by a factor of 3.8 and 3.6 for the absorption power and the light output, respectively. The potential of the scintillator screens based on 157Gd2O2S phosphor for the purpose of the (high-resolution) neutron imaging is discussed

  12. Establishing a Cost Basis for Converting the High Flux Isotope Reactor from High Enriched to Low Enriched Uranium Fuel

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    Under the auspices of the Global Threat Reduction Initiative Reduced Enrichment for Research and Test Reactors Program, the National Nuclear Security Administration/Department of Energy (NNSA/DOE) has, as a goal, to convert research reactors worldwide from weapons grade to non-weapons grade uranium. The High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) at Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL) is one of the candidates for conversion of fuel from high enriched uranium (HEU) to low enriched uranium (LEU). A well documented business model, including tasks, costs, and schedules was developed to plan the conversion of HFIR. Using Microsoft Project, a detailed outline of the conversion program was established and consists of LEU fuel design activities, a fresh fuel shipping cask, improvements to the HFIR reactor building, and spent fuel operations. Current-value costs total $76 million dollars, include over 100 subtasks, and will take over 10 years to complete. The model and schedule follows the path of the fuel from receipt from fuel fabricator to delivery to spent fuel storage and illustrates the duration, start, and completion dates of each subtask to be completed. Assumptions that form the basis of the cost estimate have significant impact on cost and schedule.

  13. Establishing a Cost Basis for Converting the High Flux Isotope Reactor from High Enriched to Low Enriched Uranium Fuel

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    Primm, Trent [ORNL; Guida, Tracey [University of Pittsburgh

    2010-02-01

    Under the auspices of the Global Threat Reduction Initiative Reduced Enrichment for Research and Test Reactors Program, the National Nuclear Security Administration /Department of Energy (NNSA/DOE) has, as a goal, to convert research reactors worldwide from weapons grade to non-weapons grade uranium. The High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) at Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL) is one of the candidates for conversion of fuel from high enriched uranium (HEU) to low enriched uranium (LEU). A well documented business model, including tasks, costs, and schedules was developed to plan the conversion of HFIR. Using Microsoft Project, a detailed outline of the conversion program was established and consists of LEU fuel design activities, a fresh fuel shipping cask, improvements to the HFIR reactor building, and spent fuel operations. Current-value costs total $76 million dollars, include over 100 subtasks, and will take over 10 years to complete. The model and schedule follows the path of the fuel from receipt from fuel fabricator to delivery to spent fuel storage and illustrates the duration, start, and completion dates of each subtask to be completed. Assumptions that form the basis of the cost estimate have significant impact on cost and schedule.

  14. An isotopic analysis system for plutonium samples enriched in 238Pu

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    We have designed and built a gamma-ray spectrometer system that measures the relative plutonium isotopic abundances of plutonium oxide enriched in 238Pu. The first system installed at Westinghouse Savannah River Company was tested and evaluated on plutonium oxide in stainless steel EP60/61 containers. 238Pu enrichments ranged from 20% to 85%. Results show that 200 grams of plutonium oxide in an EP60.61 container can be measured with ±0.3% precision and better than ±1.0% accuracy in the specific power using a counting time of 50 minutes. 3 refs., 2 figs

  15. The reduction and distillation of isotopically enriched zinc oxides under high vacuum conditions

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    Historically, enriched zinc (Zn) metal was produced at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Isotope Enrichment Facility (IEF) by either electrodeposition, followed by melting to produce a metal ingot, or purified by hydrogen reduction and distillation at atmospheric pressure in a tube furnace as a prelude to electroplating. Electroplated material was generally poor in quality, and losses were high during subsequent melting. Adapting the distillation purifying technique as an ultimate means of recovery of Zn metal proved to be difficult and inefficient. To resolve these problems, the well-established vacuum reduction/distillation process was adapted for the conversion of Zn oxide to metal

  16. A theoretical consideration on uranium isotope effects observed in chemical uranium-235 enrichment processes

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    Theoretical consideration on the uranium isotope effects in chemical chromatographic uranium isotope enrichment processes are presented, making use of up-to-date spectroscopic, solution chemical and separation factor data. It is shown that hydration of the uranyl (UO22+) and uranous (U4+) ions has a profound effect on the reduced partition function ratios (RPFR's) of these ions and that, in accordance with experiment, the RPFR of the uranous ion is larger than that of the uranyl ion. Future prospects concerning the separation factors in chemical processes are mentioned. (orig.)

  17. Centrifugal enrichment of zinc isotopes, their application in medicine and in increasing radiation safety in nuclear power plants

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    This paper contains the results of our research on the complete cycle of centrifuge enrichment of all zinc isotopes. The centrifuge cascade that was used to obtain the world's first zinc isotope, 7Zn, with an enrichment of more than 99.3% in gram quantities, is described. As a result of this work, gram quantities of all highly enriched zinc isotopes and hundreds of grams of depleted zinc (in the form of ZnO) with concentrations of less than 0.5% 64Zn were obtained

  18. Carbon-13 nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy of [1-13C] enriched monosaccharides. Signal assignments and orientational dependence of geminal and vicinal carbon--carbon and carbon--hydrogen spin--spin coupling constants

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    Early assignments of the 13C resonances in the natural abundance 13C NMR spectra of monosaccharides have been reevaluated in light of recent coupling data from the spectra of 13C-1 labeled sugars. The technique of specific 13C enrichment not only identifies the labeled carbon unambiguously but can be used to assign more remote carbon resonances due to scalar carbon-carbon coupling. The pattern of carbon-carbon coupling observed in all of the sugars thus far studied is remarkably constant. In addition to the large (approximately 46 Hz) one-bond coupling between C-1 and C-2, C-3 exhibits a coupling to C-1 only in the β anomer (approximately 4 Hz) while C-5 is coupled to C-1 only in the α anomer (approximately 2 Hz). In addition, C-6 is coupled to C-1 in both anomers and C-4 shows no evidence of coupling to C-1 in any of the sugars examined. These couplings have been used to reassign several resonances and the original assignments are discussed in terms of the predictive rules used for resonance assignments in carbohydrates. The vicinal couplings of C-6 and C-4 to C-1 appear to obey a Karplus-type relationship. The geminal 2J/sub CCC/ and 2J/sub COC/ couplings are discussed in terms of a dihedral angle dependence where the angle is defined by the relative orientations of C-3 or C-5 and the electronegative oxygen substituents on C-1. Additional data on 2J/sub CCH/ couplings involving C-1 and H-2 are also readily obtained with the C-1 labeled sugars

  19. Preparation and characterisation of isotopically enriched Ta2O5 targets for nuclear astrophysics studies

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    The direct measurement of reaction cross-sections at astrophysical energies often requires the use of solid targets of known thickness, isotopic composition, and stoichiometry that are able to withstand high beam currents for extended periods of time. Here, we report on the production and characterisation of isotopically enriched Ta2O5 targets for the study of proton-induced reactions at the Laboratory for Underground Nuclear Astrophysics facility of the Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso. The targets were prepared by anodisation of tantalum backings in enriched water (up to 66% in 17O and up to 96% in 18O). Special care was devoted to minimising the presence of any contaminants that could induce unwanted background reactions with the beam in the energy region of astrophysical interest. Results from target characterisation measurements are reported, and the conclusions for proton capture measurements with these targets are drawn. (orig.)

  20. Carbon and nitrogen stable isotopes in coastal benthic populations under multiple organic enrichment sources

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    In a dispersive coastal area under multiple organic enrichment sources, stable isotopes were used to trace organic sources of carbon and nitrogen in sediments and benthic macrofauna. The Bivalve Abra alba and the Polychaetes Nephtys sp. and Pectinaria (Lagis) koreni were reliable indicators of the input of terrestrial-derived organic matter into this coastal area, either originated in outfall sewage discharges or estuarine outflow. An isotopic depletion was observed up to 250 m from the outfall branches, much stronger in the biota than in the sediments. An enrichment of 2 per mille in the sediments, and 2-6 per mille in the species was noticed in sites located farther than 1500 m from the outfall. Depositivores and carnivores/omnivores gave the best picture of the extension of the sewage dispersion and incorporation into the food web.

  1. Preparation and characterisation of isotopically enriched Ta$_2$O$_5$ targets for nuclear astrophysics studies

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    Caciolli, A; Di Leva, A; Formicola, A; Aliotta, M; Anders, M; Bellini, A; Bemmerer, D; Broggini, C; Campeggio, M; Corvisiero, P; Depalo, R; Elekes, Z; Fülöp, Zs; Gervino, G; Guglielmetti, A; Gustavino, C; Gyürky, Gy; Imbriani, G; Junker, M; Marta, M; Menegazzo, R; Napolitani, E; Prati, P; Rigato, V; Roca, V; Rolfs, C; Alvarez, C Rossi; Somorjai, E; Salvo, C; Straniero, O; Strieder, F; Szücs, T; Terrasi, F; Trautvetter, H P; Trezzi, D

    2012-01-01

    The direct measurement of reaction cross sections at astrophysical energies often requires the use of solid targets of known thickness, isotopic composition, and stoichiometry that are able to withstand high beam currents for extended periods of time. Here, we report on the production and characterisation of isotopically enriched Ta$_2$O$_5$ targets for the study of proton-induced reactions at the Laboratory for Underground Nuclear Astrophysics facility of the Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso. The targets were prepared by anodisation of tantalum backings in enriched water (up to 66% in $^{17}$O and up to 96% in $^{18}$O). Special care was devoted to minimising the presence of any contaminants that could induce unwanted background reactions with the beam in the energy region of astrophysical interest. Results from target characterisation measurements are reported, and the conclusions for proton capture measurements with these targets are drawn.

  2. The thermal desorption of CO2 from amine carbamate solutions for the 13C isotope enrichment

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    Dronca, S.; Varodi, C.; Gligan, M.; Stoia, V.; Baldea, A.; Hodor, I.

    2012-02-01

    The CO2 desorption from amine carbamate in non-aqueous solvents is of major importance for isotopic enrichment of 13C. A series of experiments were carried out in order to set up the conditions for the CO2 desorption. For this purpose, a laboratory- scale plant for 13C isotope separation by chemical exchange between CO2 and amine carbamate was designed and used. The decomposition of the carbamate solution was mostly produced in the desorber and completed in the boiler. Two different-length desorbers were used, at different temperatures and liquid flow rates of the amine-non-aqueous solvent solutions. The residual CO2 was determined by using volumetric and gaschromatographic methods. These results can be used for enrichment of 13C by chemical exchange between CO2 and amine carbamate in nonaqueous solvents.

  3. Modeling study of vibrational photochemical isotope enrichment. [HBr + Cl/sub 2/; HCl + Br/sub 2/

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    Badcock, C.C.; Hwang, W.C.; Kalsch, J.F.

    1978-09-29

    Chemical kinetic modeling studies of vibrational-photochemical isotope enrichment have been performed on two systems: Model (I), H/sup 79/Br(H/sup 81/Br) + Cl/sub 2/ and, Model (II), H/sup 37/Cl(H/sup 35/Cl) + Br. Pulsed laser excitation was modeled to the first excited vibrational level of H/sup 79/Br in Model I and the first and second excited vibrational levels of both HCl isotopes in Model II. These are prototype systems of exoergic (Model I) and endoergic (Model II) reactions. The effects on enrichment of varying the external parameters (pressure, laser intensity) and the internal parameters (rate constants for V-V exchange and excited-state reactions) were examined. Studies of these prototype systems indicate that a favorable reaction for enrichment, with isotopically-specific excitation and a significantly accelerated vibrationally-excited-state reaction should have the following properties: the reaction from v = 0 should be only moderately exoergic, and the most favorable coreactant should be a polyatomic species, such as alkyl radical. Direct excitation of the reacting vibrational level is at least an order of magnitude more favorable for enrichment than is population by energy transfer. Enrichment of the minor isotope by these processes is more effective than is major isotope enrichment. Within limits, increased laser intensity is beneficial. However, for sequential excitation of a second vibrational level, major isotope enrichment can be diminished by high populations of the first vibrational level.

  4. Russian ElectroKhimPribor integrated plant - producer and supplier of enriched stable isotopes

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    Russian ElectroKhimPribor Integrated Plant, as well as ORNL, is a leading production which manufactures and supplied to the world market such specific products as stable isotopes. More than 200 isotopes of 44 elements can be obtained at its electromagnetic separator. Changes being underway for a few last years in Russia affected production and distribution of stable isotopes. There arose a necessity in a new approach to handling work in this field so as to create favourable conditions for both producers and customers. As a result, positive changes in calutron operation at ElectroKhimPribor has been reached; quality management system covering all stages of production has been set up; large and attractive stock of isotopes has been created; prospective scientific isotope-based developments are taken into account when planning separation F campaigns; executing the contracts is guaranteed; business philosophy has been changed to meet maximum of customer needs. For more than forty years ElectroKhimPribor have had no claim from customers as to quality of products or implementing contracts. Supplying enriched stable isotopes virtually to all the world's leading customers, ElectroKhimPribor cooperates successfully with Canadian company Trace Science since 1996

  5. Research of catalysts for isotope enrichment of deuterium oxide in water - PX15-02/89 progress report

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    The information about the development of research project for producing concentrate deuterium oxide by isotope enrichment in hydrogen-water contact systems combined with electrolysis are described. (C.G.C.)

  6. Comparison between water distillation process and hydrogen isotope exchange process for depletion and enrichment of tritium in light water

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    Numerical comparison between the water distillation column process and multiunit separated-bed hydrogen isotopic exchange column process with hydrophobic Pt-catalyst shows that the column inner diameter and the column height in the hydrogen isotope exchange process are shorter than in the water distillation process for the case of the depletion and the enrichment of the tritium in light water. (author)

  7. Diurnal variation of oxygen isotopic enrichment in asymmetric-18 ozone from the middle stratosphere to lower mesosphere

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    Sato, Tomohiro; Kasai, Yasuko; Yoshida, Naohiro

    2016-07-01

    Oxygen isotopic signature is a powerful tracer of chemical and physical processes in the earth's atmosphere. Ozone has the largest oxygen isotopic enrichment in other oxygen-included species and is a source of oxygen isotopic enrichment. The vertical profile of ozone isotopic enrichment has been measured; however its variation over time remains uninvestigated. As ozone isotopic enrichment is generated by the ozone formation reaction and ozone photolysis, ozone isotopic enrichment is expected to vary over the course of a day. In this paper, the diurnal variation in oxygen isotopic enrichment of asymmetric 18 heavy ozone (δ^{18}OOO) was reported from the middle stratosphere to the lower mesosphere for the first time. We used the Level 2 vertical profile data derived from the atmospheric limb emission spectra acquired by the Superconducting Submillimeter-Wave Limb-Emission Sounder (SMILES) with the optimized retrieval algorithm for ozone isotopic ratio by SMILES (TOROROS). In the middle stratosphere, δ^{18}OOO increased during the day with amplitudes of approximately 3.5 % and 2.2 % at 32 and 37 km, respectively. No significant variation was observed in the upper stratosphere and lower mesosphere, although δ^{18}OOO tended to decrease during the day with increasing altitude. This trend is opposite to that observed in the stratosphere. We estimated the diurnal variation in δ^{18}OOO with isotopic fractionation of ozone photolysis calculated by the photolysis rates of major and minor ozones. The estimation reproduced the daytime increase in the stratosphere and daytime decrease in the mesosphere. The contributions of ozone photolysis to the daytime increase were approximately 70 % and 80 % at 32 and 37 km, respectively. The daytime increase at an altitude of 32 km was underestimated, which indicates possible contributions from other chemical reactions such as collision with NO_x species. We concluded that ozone photolysis plays a key role in determining the diurnal

  8. Isotopic enrichment of diamond using microwave plasma-assisted chemical vapor deposition with high carbon conversion efficiency

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    Isotopically-controlled diamond crystals were grown using microwave plasma-assisted chemical vapor deposition. First, the highest carbon isotopic enrichment and their controllability were examined. Although the highest 12C isotopic ratio of 99.998% was achieved using methane with an isotopic ratio of 99.999%, the memory effect of an unintended carbon isotope was found to be considerable when the carbon isotopic ratio of feeding methane was tuned for isotopic multilayer formation. Secondly, a unique gas feeding sequence was proposed for increasing the carbon conversion efficiency from methane to diamond. Increasing the conversion efficiency is done by finding a suitable balance between the methane feeding rate and the carbon consumption rate for diamond growth. A high conversion efficiency of 70% was obtained for a polycrystalline diamond with a high 12C isotopic ratio of 99.997%. - Highlights: • Isotopic control of diamond films was investigated. • A high microwave power density condition was applied for diamond growth. • The controllable range of the carbon isotopic ratio was demonstrated. • Diamond films having the highest 12C carbon isotopic enrichment were grown. • High carbon conversion efficiency of 70% was achieved

  9. Simultaneous speciation of endogenous and exogenous elements by HPLC/ICP-MS with enriched stable isotopes

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    High performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)/inductively coupled argon plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) was introduced to investigate the distributions of selenium (Se) in biological fluids. The method was to determine both the natural abundance of Se and an enriched stable isotope of Se used as a tracer. The distributions of Se in plasma and in urine specimens were determined in Wistar rats on various Se diets with and without an intravenous injection of 82Se-selenite. Although the distribution of natural abundance Se (endogenous Se) in the plasma was affected little by the nutritional status of Se, that in the urine gave a Se peak depending on the nutritional status of Se, and the peak was identified as methylselenol. When 82Se-selenite was injected in excess into rats given three different Se diets (Se-deficient, Se-adequate, Se-excessive), three Se peaks occurred in the HPLC chromatogram of the urine samples, corresponding to selenite, methylselenol and trimethylselenonium ion in the order of elution, and the intensities of the tracer peaks reflected the nutritional status. These results indicate that the HPLC/ICP-MS method is a powerful analytical tool for specifying Se-containing biological constituents, both natural abundance and enriched stable isotopes. Methylselenol in urine is proposed to be a sensitive and Se-specific biological indicator for diagnosing the nutritional status of Se. Furthermore, it was shown that an enriched stable isotope such as 82Se-selenite was shown to be used for the same purpose, and that 82Se-methylselenol and 82Se-trimethylselenonium ion in urine were more sensitive indicators of the Se status of the rats. (author)

  10. ForCent model development and testing using the Enriched Background Isotope Study experiment

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    Parton, W.J.; Hanson, P. J.; Swanston, C.; Torn, M.; Trumbore, S. E.; Riley, W.; Kelly, R.

    2010-10-01

    The ForCent forest ecosystem model was developed by making major revisions to the DayCent model including: (1) adding a humus organic pool, (2) incorporating a detailed root growth model, and (3) including plant phenological growth patterns. Observed plant production and soil respiration data from 1993 to 2000 were used to demonstrate that the ForCent model could accurately simulate ecosystem carbon dynamics for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory deciduous forest. A comparison of ForCent versus observed soil pool {sup 14}C signature ({Delta} {sup 14}C) data from the Enriched Background Isotope Study {sup 14}C experiment (1999-2006) shows that the model correctly simulates the temporal dynamics of the {sup 14}C label as it moved from the surface litter and roots into the mineral soil organic matter pools. ForCent model validation was performed by comparing the observed Enriched Background Isotope Study experimental data with simulated live and dead root biomass {Delta} {sup 14}C data, and with soil respiration {Delta} {sup 14}C (mineral soil, humus layer, leaf litter layer, and total soil respiration) data. Results show that the model correctly simulates the impact of the Enriched Background Isotope Study {sup 14}C experimental treatments on soil respiration {Delta} {sup 14}C values for the different soil organic matter pools. Model results suggest that a two-pool root growth model correctly represents root carbon dynamics and inputs to the soil. The model fitting process and sensitivity analysis exposed uncertainty in our estimates of the fraction of mineral soil in the slow and passive pools, dissolved organic carbon flux out of the litter layer into the mineral soil, and mixing of the humus layer into the mineral soil layer.

  11. Establishing Specifications for Low Enriched Uranium Fuel Operations Conducted Outside the High Flux Isotope Reactor Site

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    The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has funded staff at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to study the conversion of the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) from the current, high enriched uranium fuel to low enriched uranium fuel. The LEU fuel form is a metal alloy that has never been used in HFIR or any HFIR-like reactor. This report provides documentation of a process for the creation of a fuel specification that will meet all applicable regulations and guidelines to which UT-Battelle, LLC (UTB) the operating contractor for ORNL - must adhere. This process will allow UTB to purchase LEU fuel for HFIR and be assured of the quality of the fuel being procured.

  12. Production of stable silicon and germanium isotopes via their enriched volatile compounds

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    The paper considers two main approaches discussed in literature for conversion of gaseous fluorides SiF4, GeF4 and hydrogen-containing compound of germanium, i.e., GeH4, isotopic enriched by centrifugal method, into target products-stable isotopes of silicon and germanium in the form of bulk polycrystals and thin layers. In the first two-step (chemical) approach the fluorides are converted into intermediate compounds which are further subjected either to pyrolysis or to reduction by hydrogen. In the second single-step (plasma-chemical) approach the gaseous fluorides are reduced by hydrogen in plasma sustained by the discharges of different types. (author)

  13. Enrichment of hydrogen isotopes while decomposition of alkali metal amalgams (Preprint No. CA-11)

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    Sodium amalgam was prepared by electrolyzing caustic soda solution in a cell with flowing mercury as cathode. On decomposition of amalgam with aqueous sodium hydroxide solution in a denuder column packed with graphite pieces, the resultant hydrogen gas was depleted in deuterium. The alkali solution was enriched in deuterium content. The separation of the isotopes of some amalgam forming metals while decomposition of the amalgam of these metals with water has already been described. The separation is due to differential reaction rates of alkali metal amalgams with water containing light and heavy isotopes of hydrogen. However in the present investigation, the separation factor obtained is considerably higher than earlier reported due to possible chemical exchange between resultant hydrogen and the alkali metal hydroxide in presence of graphite surface and/or exchange of water with nascent hydrogen catalysed by OH- ions. (author). 18 refs., 3 tabs., 1 fig

  14. Large-scale calcium metal sample preparation for 41Ca isotope enrichment

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    Experiments are underway at Argonne National Laboratory to measure the 41Ca radioisotope concentration (T1/2 = 100 000 years) in natural samples of terrestrial origin by accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS). Since the concentration of 41Ca in these samples is expected to be very low, enrichment with a Calutron Isotope Separator at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is being used. This separator requires rather large quantities of high-purity Ca metal (typically 100 g/loading) as source material. Details of the methods of obtaining these metallic samples from various materials will be presented. (orig.)

  15. GAS CHROMATOGRAPHIC-MASS SPECTROMETRIC ANALYSIS OF HIGH PURITY SULFUR HEXAFLUORIDE ENRICHED WITH 32S ISOTOPE

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    Krylov, V. A.; Sozin, A. Iu.; Chernova, O. Iu.

    2016-01-01

    The method of gas chromatography-mass spectrometry was used for the first time to investigate the impurity composition of high-purity sulfur hexafluoride enriched with 32S isotope. For the separation of impurities an adsorption capillary column GS-GasPro of 60 m ´ 0.32 mm with a modified silica gel and a column of 25 m × 0.26 mm, df = 0.25 microns with  a poly trimethylsilyl propyne (PTMSP) were used. It was shown that GS-GasPro column allowed separating the impurity substances with low molec...

  16. PHYSICAL BASIS OF ISOTOPE-ENRICHED LAYERS FORMATION IN FIBER OPTICS

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    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available It is known that transmission coefficient of quartz glass containing the same amount of 28Si and 30Si in the silicon optical fiber is lesser than in commercial LEDs for telecommunications. Therefore it is topical to develop the method of optical glass formation with specified isotope composition in the core and in the shell. The article provides an analysis of physical and chemical processes occurring at the formation of quartz optical fiber blanks by vapor deposition from the gas phase. It is shown that the part of the silicon tetrachloride oxidation stages passes through the radical processes. Therefore for quartz glass formation with specified isotope composition it is possible to use the paramagnetic phenomena caused by the external magnetic field in a high-temperature flow at the quartz glass chemical deposition from the vapor phase. In this case alloy additive using is not necessary. Alloy additives can form density inhomogeneities in the glass. Simultaneous silicon glass formation and silicon isotope separation process bring to significant reduction of the fiber cost in comparison with isotope-enriched materials using. The permanent magnets can be used for magnetic field formation at existing process units

  17. Suitable activated carbon-13 tracer techniques

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    Feasibility and applicability studies of the proton induced gamma ray emission (PIGE) have been performed. The graphite was firstly bombarded at various proton energies to determine gamma ray yield (and, thus, sensitivities) for the reaction of interest. The accuracy for the determination of 13C abundance was checked, and the precision with which this value and ratios 13C/12C may be obtained was established by repetitive analysis samples. The performance of different standards in this determination was assessed. The mathematical treatment was developed for the determination of 13C abundance in tracer studies, and to derive the equations that govern this method of analysis from first principles, to arrive finally at a simple expression by virtue of the observed regularities. The system was calibrated by measuring the gamma ray yield form the 12C (p, γ)13N and 13C(p,γ)14N reaction as a function of known 13C enrichment. Using this experimentally determined calibration curve, unknown materials can be assayed. This technique is applicable to the analysis of samples with 13C enrichments between 0.1% and 90%. The samples of human breath natural samples were analyzed against graphite and Cylinder CO2 standards. Relative standard deviations were 13C abundance, an increase in 13C per cent isotopic abundance from the natural 1.11% (average) to only 1.39% may be ascertained. Finally, PIGE is compared with more classical techniques for analysis of 13C tracer experiments. Ease and speed are important advantages of this technique over mass spectrometry, and its error is compatible with the natural variation of biological results. (9 refs., 11 figs., 9 tabs.)

  18. RELAP5 model of the high flux isotope reactor with low enriched fuel thermal flux profiles

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    Banfield, J.; Mervin, B.; Hart, S.; Ritchie, J.; Walker, S.; Ruggles, A.; Maldonado, G. I. [Dept. of Nuclear Engineering, Univ. of Tennessee Knoxville, Knoxville, TN 37996-2300 (United States)

    2012-07-01

    The High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) currently uses highly enriched uranium (HEU) fabricated into involute-shaped fuel plates. It is desired that HFIR be able to use low enriched uranium (LEU) fuel while preserving the current performance capability for its diverse missions in material irradiation studies, isotope production, and the use of neutron beam lines for basic research. Preliminary neutronics and depletion simulations of HFIR with LEU fuel have arrived to feasible fuel loadings that maintain the neutronics performance of the reactor. This article illustrates preliminary models developed for the analysis of the thermal-hydraulic characteristics of the LEU core to ensure safe operation of the reactor. The beginning of life (BOL) LEU thermal flux profile has been modeled in RELAP5 to facilitate steady state simulation of the core cooling, and of anticipated and unanticipated transients. Steady state results are presented to validate the new thermal power profile inputs. A power ramp, slow depressurization at the outlet, and flow coast down transients are also evaluated. (authors)

  19. Partial Safety Analysis for a Reduced Uranium Enrichment Core for the High Flux Isotope Reactor

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    Primm, Trent [ORNL; Gehin, Jess C [ORNL

    2009-04-01

    A computational model of the reactor core of the High Flux Isotope Rector (HFIR) was developed in order to analyze non-destructive accidents caused by transients during reactor operation. The reactor model was built for the latest version of the nuclear analysis software package called Program for the Analysis of Reactor Transients (PARET). Analyses performed with the model constructed were compared with previous data obtained with other tools in order to benchmark the code. Finally, the model was used to analyze the behavior of the reactor under transients using a different nuclear fuel with lower enrichment of uranium (LEU) than the fuel currently used, which has a high enrichment of uranium (HEU). The study shows that the presence of fertile isotopes in LEU fuel, which increases the neutron resonance absorption, reduces the impact of transients on the fuel and enhances the negative reactivity feedback, thus, within the limitations of this study, making LEU fuel appear to be a safe alternative fuel for the reactor core.

  20. Identification of triclosan-degrading bacteria in a triclosan enrichment culture using stable isotope probing.

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    Lee, Do Gyun; Cho, Kun-Ching; Chu, Kung-Hui

    2014-02-01

    Triclosan, a widely used antimicrobial agent, is an emerging contaminant in the environment. Despite its antimicrobial character, biodegradation of triclosan has been observed in pure cultures, soils and activated sludge. However, little is known about the microorganisms responsible for the degradation in mixed cultures. In this study, active triclosan degraders in a triclosan-degrading enrichment culture were identified using stable isotope probing (SIP) with universally (13)C-labeled triclosan. Eleven clones contributed from active microorganisms capable of uptake the (13)C in triclosan were identified. None of these clones were similar to known triclosan-degraders/utilizers. These clones distributed among α-, β-, or γ-Proteobacteria: one belonging to Defluvibacter (α-Proteobacteria), seven belonging to Alicycliphilus (β-Proteobacteria), and three belonging to Stenotrophomonas (γ-Proteobacteria). Successive additions of triclosan caused a significant shift in the microbial community structure of the enrichment culture, with dominant ribotypes belonging to the genera Alicycliphilus and Defluvibacter. Application of SIP has successfully identified diverse uncultivable triclosan-degrading microorganisms in an activated sludge enrichment culture. The results of this study not only contributed to our understanding of the microbial ecology of triclosan biodegradation in wastewater, but also suggested that triclosan degraders are more phylogenetically diverse than previously reported. PMID:23592331

  1. Selenium speciation and isotope composition in 77Se-enriched yeast using gradient elution HPLC separation and ICP-dynamic reaction cell-MS

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    Larsen, Erik Huusfeldt; Sloth, Jens Jørgen; Hansen, M.;

    2003-01-01

    A batch of Se-77-labelled and enriched yeast was characterised with regard to isotopic composition and content of selenium species for later use in a human absorption study based on the method of enriched stable isotopes. The abundance of the six stable selenium isotopes was determined by ICP- MS...... equipped with a dynamic reaction cell (DRC). The results showed that the Se-77 isotope was enriched to 98.5 atom-%, whereas the remaining selenium was present as the other five isotopes at low abundance. The low-molecular Se-77 containing species, which were biosynthesised by the yeast during fermentation...

  2. In vivo trace element speciation study by using enriched stable isotopic tracer technique

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    In contrast to the radioactive tracer method, the enriched stable isotopic technique used in life sciences will not cause radiation damage to cells and its operation will be no radioactive risk, In our laboratory, the enriched stable isotopes Cr-50, Hg-196 and Hg-198 combined with biochemical separation, neutron activation analysis (NAA) and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-IVIS) have been used to investigate the element speciation in vivo. Chromium (Cr) is proposed to act as a potentiator of insulin action in animals and human beings. Its deficiency induces the symptoms resembling diabetes and its supplement can alleviate these symptoms. However, as the concentration of Cr in vivo is usually at ultratrace level(- ng/g), its speciation study is usually difficult, since it is almost impossible to avoid the exogenous Cr contamination caused by separation and determination processes. Therefore, in this study, 50Cr2O3 with 94.2% 50Cr was used as a tracer combined with gel chromatography to study the Cr speciation in serum, liver, urine and other tissues of healthy and diabetic rats. The Cr concentrations can be determined via 50Cr(n, γ)51Cr by NAA, which is ideally suited for the ultratrace element analyses due to its high precision, accuracy and sensitivity. Such research have found that the most quantity of chromium in vivo is mainly combined with high molecular weight proteins, which is later identified as transferrin and low molecular weight protein is mainly excreted from urine. Mercury is listed by the International Program of Chemical Safety as one of the six most dangerous chemicals in the global environment. Mercury compounds in the environment are often difficult to degrade. However, the mechanism on mercury toxicity to developing children following long term and low dose of mercury exposure is still not clear. Therefore, high sensitive method in vivo needs to be developed to study such low level mercury toxicity to fetus In this study, high

  3. Use of carbon-13 as a population marker for Anopheles arabiensis in a sterile insect technique (SIT context

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    Knols Bart GJ

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Monitoring of sterile to wild insect ratios in field populations can be useful to follow the progress in genetic control programmes such as the Sterile Insect Technique (SIT. Of the numerous methods for marking insects most are not suitable for use in mass rearing and mass release. Suitable ones include dye marking, genetic marking and chemical marking. Methods The feasibility of using the stable isotope of carbon, 13C, as a potential chemical marker for Anopheles arabiensis was evaluated in the laboratory. Labeled-13C glucose was incorporated into the larval diet in a powder or liquid form. The contribution of adult sugar feeding to the total mosquito carbon pool and the metabolically active carbon pool was determined by tracing the decline of the enrichment of the adult male mosquito as it switched from a labeled larval diet to an unlabeled adult diet. This decline in the adult was monitored by destructive sampling of the whole mosquito and analyzed using isotope ratio mass spectrometry. Results A two-pool model was used to describe the decline of the 13C-enrichment of adult mosquitoes. The proportion of the total adult carbon pool derived from the adult sugar diet over the life span of mosquitoes was determined and the ratio of structural carbon, with a low turnover rate to metabolically active non-structural carbon was assessed. The uptake and turnover of sugar in the metabolically active fraction suggests that after 3 days >70% of the active fraction carbon is derived from sugar feeding (increasing to >90% by day 7, indicating the high resource demand of male mosquitoes. Conclusion It was possible to "fix" the isotopic label in adult An. arabiensis and to detect the label at an appropriate concentration up to 21 days post-emergence. The optimum labeling treatment would cost around 250 US$ per million mosquitoes. Stable isotope marking may thus aid research on the fate of released insects besides other population

  4. Geometric effects on carbon-13 chemical shifts

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    In the course of our investigations on carbon-13 chemical shifts of tetracyclic dodecanes, we managed to show that a large number of chemical shift differences between members of the series and models provided by bicyclic analogs could be attributed to steric effects. There are examples, however, where this is clearly not the case. In order to investigate apparent anomalies we calculated structures of interest and looked into the relationships between molecular geometry and chemical shifts. As the assignment of some of the key structures in these analysis were made by comparison with model compounds and crucial experiments that could remove ambiguities were missing, we prepared and interpreted two spectra which are presented

  5. Isotopic fingerprints of Pt-containing luminescence centers in highly enriched Si-28

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    Steger, M; Godisov, O N; Alves, E; Kaliteevskii, A K; Saeedi, K; Abrosimov, N V; Churbanov, M F; Gusev, A V; Johnston, K; Thewalt, M L W; Sekiguchi, T; Yang, A; Riemann, H; Henry, M O; Pohl, H -J; Wahl, U

    2010-01-01

    Recently we have shown that the reduction in the photoluminescence linewidth of many deep luminescence centers in highly enriched Si-28 results in well-resolved isotopic fingerprints. This allows for a better characterization of a defect center, as not only the involvement of a specific element but also the number of atoms of that element within the complex can be determined. Surprisingly, we have found that many well-known luminescence centers have a different composition than originally supposed. In addition, we have found a large number of four- and five-atom luminescence centers involving the elements Cu, Au, and Li. Here we introduce series of four- and five-atom deep luminescence centers involving a single Pt atom together with Cu and Li, similar to what has been seen previously for Au-containing luminescence centers.

  6. Yield and enrichment studies of C-13 isotope by multi-photon dissociation of Freon-22 at low temperatures

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    Manoj Kumar; Anant Deshpande; Chintan Gupta; A K Nath

    2003-06-01

    Multi-photon dissociation of Freon-22 (CF2HCl) at low temperatures has been carried out to separate the C-13 isotope using a TEA CO2 laser. Yield and enrichment of C-13 isotope in the product C2F4 are studied at 9(22) laser line as a function of temperature (-50°C to 30°C). It is observed that at a given fluence when the temperature is lowered the yield decreases and the enrichment factor of C-13 increases. Room temperature irradiation of CF2HCl towards the blue edge of C-13 absorption (i.e. at 9(20) laser line) gives low yield of the product (C2F4) at a fluence, which produces the desired enrichment factor of 100. An increase in fluence gives very high yield of C2F4 but the enrichment factor is very low. Irradiating CF2HCl at a temperature of -10°C enhances the enrichment factor to 100 and the yield obtained is comparable to that towards the red edge of C-13 absorption (i.e. at 9(26) laser line). At a given enrichment factor higher enrichment efficiency is achieved when CF2HCl is irradiated at lower temperature.

  7. Isotope separation process by electrostatic filtering and dissociation. Application to uranium enrichment

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    Invented in 1973, this process based upon the energy and mass differenciation of the dissociate ions of an uranium compound which do not contain the same isotope, allows through a single operation the uranium enrichment up to 3% or 3.5%. The ions containing the uranium are formed from solid compounds, sputtered by high energy molecular beams, having an energy in the range between 5 et 10 keV. The secondary ionic emission yield is rather approximate to the unit for several uranium compounds. A special device allows to multiply this yield by a factor of several units. The experimental research carried out during three years has allowed the discovery of uranium compounds giving the possibility of fast application of the process. The feasibility has been displayed through some enrichment experiments. An energetic calculation corresponding to the real informations allows to localize the number of kWh necessary to produce a WSU at a value under 1.000 kWh. The method presents numerous advantages in comparison to the ones used actually; particularly, there is no pollution possible and the investment can be progressive and moderate. The application to industry can be anticipated within three years

  8. Application of enriched stable isotope technique to the study of copper bioavailability in Daphnia magna

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    Wenhong Fan; Chenguang Wu; Chunmei Zhao; Tao Yu; Yuan Zhang

    2011-01-01

    The biokinetics of Cu in Daphnia magna, including dissolved uptake, assimilation and efflux, has been determined using a gamma 67Cu radiotracer methodology.However, this gamma emitting radioisotope is not readily available due to its very short half-life.In the present study, we employed a stable isotope tracer (65Cu) to determine the Cu biokinetics and compared our results to those determined using 67Cu.The dissolved uptake rate constant of 65Cu was 3.36 L/(g·day), which is higher than that of 67Cu (1.32 L/(g·day)).With increasing food concentrations from 2×104 to 1×105 cells/mL, the Cu assimilation efficiency (AE) decreased from 46% to 11%,compared to a decrease from 27% to 16% when determined using 67Cu.The efflux of Cu from Daphnia magna was quantified following both dissolved and dietary uptake.The efflux of waterborne Cu was comparable to that of dietborne Cu and the efflux rate constant (0.32-0.52 day-1) was higher than that determined by 67Cu (0.19-0.20 day-1).By considering different water properties and handling procedure between the two experiments, we believe that these differences are reasonable.Overall, this study demonstrated that the enriched stable isotope tracer technique is a powerful tool to investigate metal bioavailability and maybe a good alternative to radioactive measurements.

  9. Production of highly-enriched 134Ba for a reference material for isotope dilution mass spectrometry measurements

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    Isotope dilution mass spectrometry (IDMS) is an analytical technique capable of providing accurate and precise quantitation of trace isotope abundance and assay providing measurement uncertainties below 1 %. To achieve these low uncertainties, the IDMS method ideally utilizes chemically pure 'spike' solutions that consist of a single highly enriched isotope that is well-characterized relating to the abundance of companion isotopes and concentration in solution. To address a current demand for accurate 137Cs/137Ba ratio measurements for 'age' determination of radioactive 137Cs sources, Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is producing enriched 134Ba isotopes that are tobe used for IDMS spikes to accurately determine 137Ba accumulation from the decay of 137Cs. The final objective of this work it to provide a homogenous set of reference materials that the National Institute of Standards and Technology can certify as standard reference materials used for IDMS. The process that was developed at INL for the separation and isolation of Ba isotopes, chemical purification of the isotopes in solution, and the encapsulation of the materials will be described. (author)

  10. Determining metal assimilation efficiency in aquatic invertebrates using enriched stable metal isotope tracers

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    We employ a novel approach that combines pulse-chase feeding and multi-labelled stable isotopes to determine gut passage time (GPT), gut retention time (GRT), food ingestion rate (IR) and assimilation efficiency (AE) of three trace elements for a freshwater gastropod. Lettuce isotopically enriched in 53Cr, 65Cu and 106Cd was fed for 2 h to Lymnaea stagnalis. The release of tracers in feces and water was monitored for 48 h, during which unlabelled lettuce was provided ad libidum. The first defecation of 53Cr occurred after 5 h of depuration (GPT), whereas 90% of the ingested 53Cr was recovered in the feces after 22.5 h of depuration (GRT). 53Chromium was not significantly accumulated in the soft tissues upon exposure. In contrast, 65Cu and 106Cd assimilation was detectable for most experimental snails, i.e., 65/63Cu and 106/114Cd ratios in exposed snails were higher than those for controls. Food IR during the labelled feeding phase was 0.16 ± 0.07 g g-1 d-1. IR was inferred from the amount of 53Cr egested in the feces during depuration and the concentration of 53Cr in the labelled lettuce. Assimilation efficiencies (±95% CI) determined using mass balance calculations were 84 ± 4% for Cu and 85 ± 3% for Cd. The ratio method yields similar AE estimates. Expanding the application of this novel stable isotope tracer technique to other metals in a wide variety of species will provide unique opportunities to evaluate the interplay between digestive processes and dietary influx of metals. Understanding the biological processes that modulate dietborne metal uptake is crucial to assess the toxicity of dietborne metals

  11. Determining metal assimilation efficiency in aquatic invertebrates using enriched stable metal isotope tracers

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    Croteau, M.-N.; Luoma, S.N.; Pellet, B.

    2007-01-01

    We employ a novel approach that combines pulse-chase feeding and multi-labelled stable isotopes to determine gut passage time (GPT), gut retention time (GRT), food ingestion rate (IR) and assimilation efficiency (AE) of three trace elements for a freshwater gastropod. Lettuce isotopically enriched in 53Cr, 65Cu and 106Cd was fed for 2 h to Lymnaea stagnalis. The release of tracers in feces and water was monitored for 48 h, during which unlabelled lettuce was provided ad libidum. The first defecation of 53Cr occurred after 5 h of depuration (GPT), whereas 90% of the ingested 53Cr was recovered in the feces after 22.5 h of depuration (GRT). 53Chromium was not significantly accumulated in the soft tissues upon exposure. In contrast, 65Cu and 106Cd assimilation was detectable for most experimental snails, i.e., 65/63Cu and 106/114Cd ratios in exposed snails were higher than those for controls. Food IR during the labelled feeding phase was 0.16 ?? 0.07 g g-1 d-1. IR was inferred from the amount of 53Cr egested in the feces during depuration and the concentration of 53Cr in the labelled lettuce. Assimilation efficiencies (??95% CI) determined using mass balance calculations were 84 ?? 4% for Cu and 85 ?? 3% for Cd. The ratio method yields similar AE estimates. Expanding the application of this novel stable isotope tracer technique to other metals in a wide variety of species will provide unique opportunities to evaluate the interplay between digestive processes and dietary influx of metals. Understanding the biological processes that modulate dietborne metal uptake is crucial to assess the toxicity of dietborne metals. ?? 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. Amino acid isotope incorporation and enrichment factors in Pacific bluefin tuna, Thunnus orientalis.

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    Bradley, Christina J; Madigan, Daniel J; Block, Barbara A; Popp, Brian N

    2014-01-01

    Compound specific isotopic analysis (CSIA) of amino acids has received increasing attention in ecological studies in recent years due to its ability to evaluate trophic positions and elucidate baseline nutrient sources. However, the incorporation rates of individual amino acids into protein and specific trophic discrimination factors (TDFs) are largely unknown, limiting the application of CSIA to trophic studies. We determined nitrogen turnover rates of individual amino acids from a long-term (up to 1054 days) laboratory experiment using captive Pacific bluefin tuna, Thunnus orientalis (PBFT), a large endothermic pelagic fish fed a controlled diet. Small PBFT (white muscle δ(15)N∼11.5‰) were collected in San Diego, CA and transported to the Tuna Research and Conservation Center (TRCC) where they were fed a controlled diet with high δ(15)N values relative to PBFT white muscle (diet δ(15)N∼13.9‰). Half-lives of trophic and source amino acids ranged from 28.6 to 305.4 days and 67.5 to 136.2 days, respectively. The TDF for the weighted mean values of amino acids was 3.0 ‰, ranging from 2.2 to 15.8 ‰ for individual combinations of 6 trophic and 5 source amino acids. Changes in the δ(15)N values of amino acids across trophic levels are the underlying drivers of the trophic (15)N enrichment. Nearly all amino acid δ(15)N values in this experiment changed exponentially and could be described by a single compartment model. Significant differences in the rate of (15)N incorporation were found for source and trophic amino acids both within and between these groups. Varying half-lives of individual amino acids can be applied to migratory organisms as isotopic clocks, determining the length of time an individual has spent in a new environment. These results greatly enhance the ability to interpret compound specific isotope analyses in trophic studies. PMID:24465724

  13. Chlorine isotope enrichment on a strong alkaline anion exchanger in dependence of type and concentration of the strange electrolytic solution

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    Chlorine isotope enrichment for heterogenous ionexchange equilibria was studied. The dependence of element separation effects on the anion of the strange electrolyte (for same cation), on the cation of the strange electrolyte (for same anion), on the concentration of the strange electrolyte and also on the acetone: water ratio of the solvent was investigated. (orig./HBR)

  14. The use of environmental monitoring as a technique to identify isotopic enrichment activities

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    The use of environmental monitoring as a technique to identify activities related to the nuclear fuel cycle has been proposed, by international organizations, as an additional measure to the safeguards agreements in force. The elements specific for each kind of nuclear activity, or nuclear signatures, inserted in the ecosystem by several transfer paths, can be intercepted with better or worse ability by different live organisms. Depending on the kind of signature of interest, the anthropogenic material identification and quantification require the choice of adequate biologic indicators and, mainly, the use of sophisticated techniques associated with elaborate sample treatments. This work demonstrates the technical viability of using pine needles as bioindicators of nuclear signatures associated with uranium enrichment activities. Additionally, it proposes the use of a technique widely diffused nowadays in the scientific community, the High Resolution Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (HR-ICP-MS), to identify the signature corresponding to that kind of activities in the ecosystem. It can be also found a description of a methodology recently being applied in analytical chemistry,based on uncertainties estimates metrological concepts, used to calculate the uncertainties associated with the obtained measurement results. Nitric acid solutions with a concentration of 0.3 mol.kg-1, used to wash pine needles sampled near facilities that manipulate enriched uranium and containing only 0.1 μg.kg-1 of uranium, exhibit a 235 U: 238 U isotopic abundance ratio of 0.0092±0.0002, while solutions originated from samples collected at places located more than 200 km far from activities related to the nuclear fuel cycle exhibit a value of 0.0074±0.0002 for this abundance ratio. Similar results were obtained for samples collected in different places permit to confirm the presence of anthropogenic uranium and demonstrate the viability of using this technique and the

  15. Production of stable isotope enriched antimicrobial peptides in Escherichia coli: An application to the production of a 15N-enriched fragment of lactoferrin

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    A method is described for the production of recombinant isotopically enriched peptides in E. coli. Peptides are produced in high yield as fusion proteins with ketosteroid isomerase which form insoluble inclusion bodies. This insoluble form allows easy purification, stabilizes the peptide against degradation and prevents bactericidal activity of the peptide. Cyanogen bromide cleavage released peptide which was conjugated with alkylamines to form lipopeptide. An important advantage of this system is that it allows production of peptides that are toxic to bacteria, which we have demonstrated on a dodecapeptide based on residues 21-31 of human bactericidal protein lactoferrin

  16. Re-enrichment of O-18 isotopic water used for the production of F-18 in a cyclotron

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    Full text: The demand for and applications of stable isotopes in medicine, industry, and science in the modern era has increased and expanded significantly. Especially, 18O-enriched water (> 90%) is used as a target in a cyclotron for the production of the β -emitting radioisotope 18F, which is essential for PET (Positron Emission Tomography) pharmaceutical [18F]-labeled 2-deoxyglucose (FDG) synthesis. Currently, 18O is produced by a cold distillation of NO (Nitric Oxide) or a fractional distillation of water. These processes, however, are technically complicated and costly so as to limit the production of 18O. In this regard, it is essential to re-use the used target water as much as possible since the 18O-enriched water is so expensive (∼ $150/g). In order to recycle the used target water, it is necessary to purify the organic and inorganic impurities contaminated during the 18f-FDG production loop and to re-enrich the 18O isotope in the target water diluted during the purification process. For the development of a compact target water 18O re-enrichment system, the 18O isotope separation characteristics of MD (Membrane Distillation) were investigated. The 18O isotopic water permeation and separation characteristics of a hydrophobic PTFE membrane using Air Gap MD and Vacuum Enhanced MD were evaluated. Permeation fluxes were measured by weighing the collected membrane-permeated water vapor. 18O/ 16O of each water sample was analyzed by a Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Spectroscopy (TDLAS). We observed the effects of the air in the membrane pores and the temperature gradient applied to the membrane surfaces on the vapor permeation flux and the oxygen isotope separation for the first time. For both AGMD and VEMD, the permeation flux and the degree of 18O separation increased as the membrane interfacial temperature gradient increased. Even though the oxygen isotope separation and the permeation flux for the VEMD is slightly higher than the AGMD, the latter may be

  17. The separation nozzle method for enrichment of the light uranium isotope

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    The history of the development of the separation nozzle method for enrichment of the light uranium isotope is described as a contribution to a memorandum published by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. The work was triggered off by an effect which had been observed in fundamental studies on gas kinetics. Development up to the technical maturity covered a period of more than 25 years. The implementation of the project at the Karlsruhe Nuclear Research Center provided an adequate financial and technical framework, the employment of senior staff without limitations in time being of major importance for the continuity of work. The links established between the Institute and the University and the resulting opportunity of having doctoral theses written, on the other hand, gave rise to a permanent flow of young, highly qualified scientists and engineers. Thus the Institut's requirements for junior staff could be satisfied in an optimum way. Although the Center offered a variety of possibilities of internal technical cooperation, important developments were performed jointly with industrial firms experienced in related fields. By this, not only a steady flow of know-how had been accumulated but also the large-scale applicability was ensured at a later date of results jointly obtained. (orig.)

  18. ESR Experiments on a Single Donor Electron in Isotopically Enriched Silicon

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    Tracy, Lisa; Luhman, Dwight; Carr, Stephen; Borchardt, John; Bishop, Nathaniel; Ten Eyck, Gregory; Pluym, Tammy; Wendt, Joel; Witzel, Wayne; Blume-Kohout, Robin; Nielsen, Erik; Lilly, Michael; Carroll, Malcolm

    In this talk we will discuss electron spin resonance experiments in single donor silicon qubit devices fabricated at Sandia National Labs. A self-aligned device structure consisting of a polysilicon gate SET located adjacent to the donor is used for donor electron spin readout. Using a cryogenic HEMT amplifier next to the silicon device, we demonstrate spin readout at 100 kHz bandwidth and Rabi oscillations with 0.96 visibility. Electron spin resonance measurements on these devices show a linewidth of 30 kHz and coherence times T2* = 10 us and T2 = 0.3 ms. We also discuss estimates of the fidelity of our donor electron spin qubit measurements using gate set tomography. This work was performed, in part, at the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, a U.S. DOE Office of Basic Energy Sciences user facility. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed-Martin Company, for the U. S. Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC04-94AL85000. ESR Experiments on a Single Donor Electron in Isotopically Enriched Silicon.

  19. Calibration and qualification of the isotopic source adjustable fissometer (ISAF) for assay of low-enriched discrepant uranium materials

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    A description of the installation, intended usage, calibration, and planned qualification of an Isotopic Source Adjustable Fissometer (ISAF) for nondestructive assay of bulk quantities of low-enriched discrepant uranium materials at the General Electric Company's Nuclear Fuel Division is presented. The instrument design stresses ease of operation and maintenance. Operator skill requirements are kept at a minimum by automatic, on-line data processing capability. The calibration results show good accuracy for certain discrepant low-enriched materials. The instrument is expected to be qualified as part of a material accountability balance, thereby reducing participation of laboratory analysis

  20. ASTRONOMICAL OXYGEN ISOTOPIC EVIDENCE FOR SUPERNOVA ENRICHMENT OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM BIRTH ENVIRONMENT BY PROPAGATING STAR FORMATION

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    New infrared absorption measurements of oxygen isotope ratios in CO gas from individual young stellar objects confirm that the solar system is anomalously high in its [18O]/[17O] ratio compared with extrasolar oxygen in the Galaxy. We show that this difference in oxygen isotope ratios is best explained by ∼1% enrichment of the protosolar molecular cloud by ejecta from Type II supernovae from a cluster having of order a few hundred stars that predated the Sun by at least 10-20 Myr. The likely source of exogenous oxygen was the explosion of one or more B stars during a process of propagating star formation.

  1. Investigation of mercury-containing proteins by enriched stable isotopic tracer and size-exclusion chromatography hyphenated to inductively coupled plasma-isotope dilution mass spectrometry

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    In order to investigate trace mercury-containing proteins in maternal rat and their offspring, a method of enriched stable isotopic tracer (196Hg and 198Hg) combined with size-exclusion chromatography (SEC) coupled to inductively coupled plasma-isotope dilution mass spectrometry (ICP-IDMS) was developed. Prior to the analysis, 196Hg- and 198Hg-enriched methylmercury was administrated to the pregnant rats. Then the mercury-containing proteins in serum and brain cytosol of the dam and pup rats were separated by size-exclusion columns and the mercury was detected by ICP-MS. The ICP-MS spectrogram of the tracing samples showed significantly elevated 196Hg and 198Hg isotopic signals compared with the natural ones, indicating that the detection sensitivity could be increased by the tracer method. The contents of mercury in chromatographic fractions of the dam and pup rat brain cytosol were quantitatively estimated by post-column reverse ID-ICP-MS. The quantitative speciation differences of mercury in brain cytosol between the dam and pup rats were observed, indicating that such studies could be useful for toxicological estimation. Additionally, the isotopic ratio measurement of 198Hg/202Hg in the tracing samples could be used to identify the artifact mercury species caused in the analytical procedure. The study demonstrates that the tracer method combined with high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)-ICP-IDMS could provide reliably qualitative and quantitative information on mercury-containing proteins in organisms

  2. Coastal sediments under the influence of multiple organic enrichment sources: An evaluation using carbon and nitrogen stable isotopes

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    Sediment descriptors (grain size, total volatile solids, redox potential) and stable carbon and nitrogen isotopes were used to trace the origin of organic matter in a coastal area under multiple organic enrichment sources (urban outfall and a major estuary). The sediments fines content and total volatile solids were similar to outfall pre-operation period (1994), but the incorporation of terrestrial organic matter within the sediments located closer to the outfall was diagnosed by depleted 13C values (-24.2 ± 0.38 per mille ) and 15N values (2.4 ± 0.93 per mille ). Data also indicated depleted nitrogen signature at larger distances from the outfall than the carbon signature, due to confounding sediment grain size properties. Analysis in the bivalve Abra alba gave the same results for both isotopes and thus allowed a coherent interpretation of the spatial extent of the organic enrichment, highlighting the importance of bringing a biological element into the environmental assessment.

  3. Design, construction, and operation of a laboratory scale reactorfor the production of high-purity, isotopically enriched bulksilicon

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    Ager III, J.W.; Beeman, J.W.; Hansen, W.L.; Haller, E.E.

    2004-12-20

    The design and operation of a recirculating flow reactor designed to convert isotopically enriched silane to polycrystalline Si with high efficiency and chemical purity is described. The starting material is SiF{sub 4}, which is enriched in the desired isotope by a centrifuge method and subsequently converted to silane. In the reactor, the silane is decomposed to silicon on the surface of a graphite starter rod (3 mm diameter) heated to 700-750 C. Flow and gas composition (0.3-0.5% silane in hydrogen) are chosen to minimize the generation of particles by homogeneous nucleation of silane and to attain uniform deposition along the length of the rod. Growth rates are 5 {micro}m/min, and the conversion efficiency is greater than 95%. A typical run produces 35 gm of polycrystalline Si deposited along a 150 mm length of the rod. After removal of the starter rod, dislocation-free single crystals are formed by the floating zone method. Crystals enriched in all 3 stable isotopes of Si have been made: {sup 28}Si (99.92%), {sup 29}Si (91.37%), and {sup 30}Si (88.25%). Concentrations of electrically active impurities (P and B) are as low as mid-10{sup 13} cm{sup -3}. Concentrations of C and O lie below 10{sup 16} and 10{sup 15} cm{sup -3}, respectively.

  4. The use of stable isotopes to trace oil sands constituents

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    Farwell, A.J.; Nero, V.; Dixon, D.G. [Waterloo Univ., ON (Canada). Dept. of Biology

    2002-07-01

    A study was conducted to determine the biological effects of oil sands mining operations on aquatic ecosystems. The study focused on the Athabasca oil sand deposit, the largest of 4 deposits in northern Alberta. In particular, the study examined the cycling of oil sand constituents in Benthic invertebrates collected from test pits at Syncrude Canada Ltd.. The invertebrates were similar in size, but different in the quantity of process-affected water or mature fine tailings containing residual bitumen. Dragonflies and damselflies in particular, showed trends of depletion for the carbon 13 isotope and enrichment in nitrogen 15 isotope in pits where levels of process affected water was high. The depletion of carbon 13 isotope suggests that oil sand constituents assimilate into the benthic food chain. The greatest carbon 13 depletion, which was approximately 27 per cent, was found to be in test pits with high turbidity. This implies that oil sands constituents degrade microbially instead of by photosynthetic production. All benthic invertebrate group demonstrated an incremental enrichment in nitrogen 15 isotope from the control pit to the pit with greatest levels of mature fine tailings.

  5. The use of stable isotopes to trace oil sands constituents

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    A study was conducted to determine the biological effects of oil sands mining operations on aquatic ecosystems. The study focused on the Athabasca oil sand deposit, the largest of 4 deposits in northern Alberta. In particular, the study examined the cycling of oil sand constituents in Benthic invertebrates collected from test pits at Syncrude Canada Ltd.. The invertebrates were similar in size, but different in the quantity of process-affected water or mature fine tailings containing residual bitumen. Dragonflies and damselflies in particular, showed trends of depletion for the carbon 13 isotope and enrichment in nitrogen 15 isotope in pits where levels of process affected water was high. The depletion of carbon 13 isotope suggests that oil sand constituents assimilate into the benthic food chain. The greatest carbon 13 depletion, which was approximately 27 per cent, was found to be in test pits with high turbidity. This implies that oil sands constituents degrade microbially instead of by photosynthetic production. All benthic invertebrate group demonstrated an incremental enrichment in nitrogen 15 isotope from the control pit to the pit with greatest levels of mature fine tailings

  6. Protein expression and isotopic enrichment based on induction of the Entner-Doudoroff pathway in Escherichia coli

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    Refaeli, Bosmat [School of Chemistry, Raymond and Beverly Sackler Faculty of Exact Sciences, Tel Aviv University, Ramat Aviv 69978, Tel Aviv (Israel); Goldbourt, Amir, E-mail: amirgo@post.tau.ac.il [School of Chemistry, Raymond and Beverly Sackler Faculty of Exact Sciences, Tel Aviv University, Ramat Aviv 69978, Tel Aviv (Israel)

    2012-10-12

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The Entner-Doudoroff pathway is induced during protein expression in E. coli. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer 1-{sup 13}C-gluconate and {sup 15}NH{sub 4}Cl provide a carbonyl-amide protein backbone labeling scheme. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The enrichment pattern is determined by nuclear magnetic resonance. -- Abstract: The Entner-Doudoroff pathway is known to exist in many organisms including bacteria, archea and eukarya. Although the common route for carbon catabolism in Escherichia coli is the Embden-Meyerhof-Parnas pathway, it was shown that gluconate catabolism in E. coli occurs via the Entner-Doudoroff pathway. We demonstrate here that by supplying BL21(DE3) competent E.coli cells with gluconate in a minimal growth medium, protein expression can be induced. Nuclear magnetic resonance data of over-expressed ubiquitin show that by using [1-{sup 13}C]-gluconate as the only carbon source, and {sup 15}N-enriched ammonium chloride, sparse isotopic enrichment in the form of a spin-pair carbonyl-amide backbone enrichment is obtained. The specific amino acid labeling pattern is analyzed and is shown to be compatible with Entner-Doudoroff metabolism. Isotopic enrichment serves as a key factor in the biophysical characterization of proteins by various methods including nuclear magnetic resonance, mass spectrometry, infrared spectroscopy and more. Therefore, the method presented here can be applied to study proteins by obtaining sparse enrichment schemes that are not based on the regular glycolytic pathway, or to study the Entner-Doudoroff metabolism during protein expression.

  7. Influence of 15N enrichment on the net isotopic fractionation factor during the reduction of nitrate to nitrous oxide in soil

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    Mathieu, O.; Levegue, J.; Henault, C.;

    2007-01-01

    Nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas, is mainly emitted from soils during the denitrification process. Nitrogen stable-isotope investigations can help to characterise the N(2)O source and N(2)O production mechanisms. The stable-isotope approach is increasingly used with (15)N natural abundance or...... relatively low (15)N enrichment levels and requires a good knowledge of the isotopic fractionation effect inherent to this biological mechanism. This paper reports the measurement of the net and instantaneous isotopic fractionation factor (alpha(i)(s/p)) during the denitrification of NO(3)(-) to N(2)O over a...... range of (15)N substrate enrichments (0.37 to 1.00 atom% (15)N). At natural abundance level, the isotopic fractionation effect reported falls well within the range of data previously observed. For (15)N-enriched substrate, the value of alpha(i)(s/p) was not constant and decreased from 1.024 to 1.013, as...

  8. Sensitive, Efficient Quantitation of 13C-Enriched Nucleic Acids via Ultrahigh-Performance Liquid Chromatography–Tandem Mass Spectrometry for Applications in Stable Isotope Probing

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    Wilhelm, Roland; Szeitz, András; Klassen, Tara L; Mohn, William W.

    2014-01-01

    Stable isotope probing (SIP) of nucleic acids is a powerful tool for studying the functional traits of microbial populations within complex communities, but SIP involves a number of technical challenges. Many of the difficulties in DNA-SIP and RNA-SIP experiments can be effectively overcome with an efficient, sensitive method for quantitating the isotopic enrichment of nucleic acids. Here, we present a sensitive method for quantitating 13C enrichment of nucleic acids, requiring a few nanogram...

  9. Conversion of enriched isotopes of sulfur form SF6 to a suitable compound for feed to the electromagnetic calutron separators

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    Enriched isotopes of sulfur are becoming attractive for use as tracers in a variety of environmental and scientific experiments. Small amounts of highly enriched sulfur isotopes can be provided by means of electro-magnetic separation in the calutrons. However, the cost is prohibitively high for enrichment of large amounts needed by many experiments. Thus, a two-stage process is planned to obtain large amounts using gas centrifuges for preenrichment, followed by final enrichment in the calutrons. Sulfur hexafluoride is the most efficient form for processing sulfur in the centrifuges; however, SF6 is unacceptable as feed to the calutrons because it has excellent insulating properties for the high-voltage apparatus used to ionize the feed. An efficient process is needed to convert the preenriched sulfur isotopes from SF6 to a suitable form for calutron feed. Development of a conversion process is difficult because of the relatively high stability of SF6. Reiner and Simmons (1) have successfully converted SF6 to SO2 in pilot studies using a propane/oxygen flame reactor. However, H2S is a more desirable intermediate for producing metal sulfides or sulfur halides. Thus, experiments have been made using direct hydrogenation at temperatures of >900 degree C. Conversion to cadmium sulfide has been accomplished by scrubbing the H2S product gas with 5% CdCl2, achieving product yields of > 90%. A development program to convert SF6 to CdS, or another more efficient form, is being carried out. Optimum conditions for the conversion are being determined, and the products are being evaluated in calutron test runs. 7 refs., 5 figs., 2 tabs

  10. Improved characterization of the botanical origin of sugar by carbon-13 SNIF-NMR applied to ethanol.

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    Thomas, Freddy; Randet, Celia; Gilbert, Alexis; Silvestre, Virginie; Jamin, Eric; Akoka, Serge; Remaud, Gerald; Segebarth, Nicolas; Guillou, Claude

    2010-11-24

    Until now, no analytical method, not even isotopic ones, had been able to differentiate between sugars coming from C4-metabolism plants (cane, maize, etc.) and some crassulacean acid metabolism plants (e.g., pineapple, agave) because in both cases the isotope distributions of the overall carbon-13/carbon-12 and site-specific deuterium/hydrogen isotope ratios are very similar. Following recent advances in the field of quantitative isotopic carbon-13 NMR measurements, a procedure for the analysis of the positional carbon-13/carbon-12 isotope ratios of ethanol derived from the sugars of pineapples and agave using the site-specific natural isotopic fractionation-nuclear magnetic resonance (SNIF-NMR) method is presented. It is shown that reproducible results can be obtained when appropriate analytical conditions are used. When applied to pineapple juice, this new method demonstrates a unique ability to detect cane and maize sugar, which are major potential adulterants, with a detection limit in the order of 15% of the total sugars, which provides an efficient mean of controlling the authenticity of juices made from this specific fruit. When applied to tequila products, this new method demonstrates a unique ability to unambiguously differentiate authentic 100% agave tequila, as well as misto tequila (made from at least 51% agave), from products made from a larger proportion of cane or maize sugar and therefore not complying with the legal definition of tequila. PMID:21028824

  11. Recycle of enriched Mo targets for economic production of 99Mo/99mTc medical isotope without use of enriched uranium

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    A new recycle process for recovery of enriched 98Mo or 100Mo used for production of 99Mo/99mTc medical isotope was developed. In this process, Mo is precipitated from spent NorthStar Mo/Tc generator solution containing ∼200 g/L Mo as K2MoO4 in 5 M KOH using acetic acid and then washed with nitric acid. High purification factors from potassium were achieved, and typical Mo recovery yields were ∼95 %. The recycle process was performed with up to 260 g of Mo per batch and can be easily implemented for processing of up to 400 g of Mo. (author)

  12. The NNSA global threat reduction initiative's efforts to minimize the use of highly enriched uranium for medical isotope production

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    The mission of the National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) Office of Global Threat Reduction (GTRI) is to reduce and protect vulnerable nuclear and radiological materials located at civilian sites worldwide. GTRI is a key organization for supporting domestic and global efforts to minimize and, to the extent possible, eliminate the use of highly enriched uranium (HEU) in civilian nuclear applications. GTRI implements the following activities in order to achieve its threat reduction and HEU minimization objectives: Converting domestic and international civilian research reactors and isotope production facilities from the use of HEU to low enriched uranium (LEU); Demonstrating the viability of medical isotope production technologies that do not use HEU; Removing or disposing excess nuclear and radiological materials from civilian sites worldwide; and Protecting high-priority nuclear and radiological materials worldwide from theft and sabotage. This paper provides a brief overview on the recent developments and priorities for GTRI program activities in 2010, with a particular focus on GTRI's efforts to demonstrate the viability of non-HEU based medical isotope production technologies. (author)

  13. Synthesis of carbon-13-labeled tetradecanoic acids.

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    Sparrow, J T; Patel, K M; Morrisett, J D

    1983-07-01

    The synthesis of tetradecanoic acid enriched with 13C at carbons 1, 3, or 6 is described. The label at the carbonyl carbon was introduced by treating 1-bromotridecane with K13CN (90% enriched) to form the 13C-labeled nitrile, which upon hydrolysis yielded the desired acid. The [3-13C]tetradecanoic acid was synthesized by alkylation of diethyl sodio-malonate with [1-13C]1-bromododecane; the acid was obtained upon saponification and decarboxylation. The label at the 6 position was introduced by coupling the appropriately labeled alkylcadmium chloride with the half acid chloride methyl ester of the appropriate dioic acid, giving the corresponding oxo fatty acid ester. Formation of the tosylhydrazone of the oxo-ester followed by reduction with sodium cyanoborohydride gave the labeled methyl tetradecanoate which, upon hydrolysis, yielded the desired tetradecanoic acid. All tetradecanoic acids were identical to unlabeled analogs as evaluated by gas-liquid chromatography and infrared or NMR spectroscopy. These labeled fatty acids were used subsequently to prepare the correspondingly labeled diacyl phosphatidylcholines. PMID:6631228

  14. Design Study for a Low-Enriched Uranium Core for the High Flux Isotope Reactor, Annual report for FY 2009

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    Chandler, David [ORNL; Freels, James D [ORNL; Ilas, Germina [ORNL; Miller, James Henry [ORNL; Primm, Trent [ORNL; Sease, John D [ORNL; Guida, Tracey [University of Pittsburgh; Jolly, Brian C [ORNL

    2010-02-01

    This report documents progress made during FY 2009 in studies of converting the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) from high enriched uranium (HEU) fuel to low enriched uranium (LEU) fuel. Conversion from HEU to LEU will require a change in fuel form from uranium oxide to a uranium-molybdenum alloy. With axial and radial grading of the fuel foil and an increase in reactor power to 100 MW, calculations indicate that the HFIR can be operated with LEU fuel with no degradation in reactor performance from the current level. Results of selected benchmark studies imply that calculations of LEU performance are accurate. Studies are reported of the application of a silicon coating to surrogates for spheres of uranium-molybdenum alloy. A discussion of difficulties with preparing a fuel specification for the uranium-molybdenum alloy is provided. A description of the progress in developing a finite element thermal hydraulics model of the LEU core is provided.

  15. Low-Enriched Uranium Fuel Design with Two-Dimensional Grading for the High Flux Isotope Reactor

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    Ilas, Germina [ORNL; Primm, Trent [ORNL

    2011-05-01

    An engineering design study of the conversion of the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) from high-enriched uranium (HEU) to low-enriched uranium (LEU) fuel is ongoing at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The computational models developed during fiscal year 2010 to search for an LEU fuel design that would meet the requirements for the conversion and the results obtained with these models are documented and discussed in this report. Estimates of relevant reactor performance parameters for the LEU fuel core are presented and compared with the corresponding data for the currently operating HEU fuel core. The results obtained indicate that the LEU fuel design would maintain the current performance of the HFIR with respect to the neutron flux to the central target region, reflector, and beam tube locations under the assumption that the operating power for the reactor fueled with LEU can be increased from the current value of 85 MW to 100 MW.

  16. DESIGN STUDY FOR A LOW-ENRICHED URANIUM CORE FOR THE HIGH FLUX ISOTOPE REACTOR, ANNUAL REPORT FOR FY 2010

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    Cook, David Howard [ORNL; Freels, James D [ORNL; Ilas, Germina [ORNL; Jolly, Brian C [ORNL; Miller, James Henry [ORNL; Primm, Trent [ORNL; Renfro, David G [ORNL; Sease, John D [ORNL; Pinkston, Daniel [ORNL

    2011-02-01

    This report documents progress made during FY 2010 in studies of converting the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) from high enriched uranium (HEU) fuel to low enriched uranium (LEU) fuel. Conversion from HEU to LEU will require a change in fuel form from uranium oxide to a uranium-molybdenum alloy. With axial and radial grading of the fuel foil and an increase in reactor power to 100 MW, calculations indicate that the HFIR can be operated with LEU fuel with no degradation in performance to users from the current level. Studies are reported of support to a thermal hydraulic test loop design, the implementation of finite element, thermal hydraulic analysis capability, and infrastructure tasks at HFIR to upgrade the facility for operation at 100 MW. A discussion of difficulties with preparing a fuel specification for the uranium-molybdenum alloy is provided. Continuing development in the definition of the fuel fabrication process is described.

  17. Comparison of isotopic time-series partitioning analysis with an evaporative enrichment model in lake- and wetland-dominated river basins, Mackenzie basin, Canada

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    The use of the water isotope tracers oxygen-18 and deuterium to partition the streamflow components into snowmelt, surface water and groundwater can provide fundamental information about the factors that influence water balance and runoff generation in cold regions. Defining the isotopic composition of surface water (lakes and wetlands) is a challenge with the partitioning strategy, since the surface water contribution to streamflow, which is influenced seasonally by inputs of snowpack in spring and evaporative enrichment in summer, is a mixture from different water sources. Furthermore, the isotopic composition of streams in cold climates, particularly in subarctic wetlands, is often skewed because of noncontributing water balance compartments that undergo evaporative enrichment. That is, streams tend to reflect lower isotopic enrichment, especially in wetland-dominated basins

  18. Calculated activities of some isotopes in the RA reactor highly enriched fuel significant for possible environmental contamination - Operational report

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    This report contains calculation basis and obtained results of activities for three groups of isotopes in the RA reactor 80% enriched fuel element. The following isotopes are included: 1) 85mKr, 87Kr, 88Kr, 131J, 132J, 133J, 134J, 135J, 133Xe, 138Xe i 138Cs, 2) 89Sr, 90Sr, 91Sr, 92Sr, 95Zr, 97Zr, 103Ru, 105Ru, 106Ru, 129mTe, 134Cs, 137Cs, 140Ba, 144Ce, kao i 3) 238Pu, 239Pu i 240Pu. It was estimated that the fuel is exposed to mean neutron flux. The periodicity of reactor operation is taken into account. Calculation results are given dependent on the time of exposure. These results are to be used as source data for Ra reactor safety analyses

  19. The use of isotopically enriched tin tracers to follow the transformation of organotin compounds in landfill leachate.

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    Peeters, Kelly; Zuliani, Tea; Ščančar, Janez; Milačič, Radmila

    2014-04-15

    Landfill leachates are an important pool of organotin compounds (OTCs). Several studies have been performed on the occurrence of OTCs in landfill leachates, but only a few of them report degradation and biomethylation processes by bacteria. In the present study transformation of OTCs in landfill leachate was investigated under simulated landfill conditions over a time span of six months. The degradation and biomethylation processes of OTCs were followed by the use of isotopically enriched tin tracers, namely (117)Sn-enriched tributyltin (TBT), (119)Sn-enriched dibutyltin (DBT), (117)Sn-enriched SnCl2, (117)Sn-enriched SnCl4 and a (119)Sn-enriched butyltin mix containing TBT, DBT and monobutyltin (MBT). Transformation of OTCs in spiked leachates was followed at m/z of the enriched spikes and at m/z 120, which allowed simultaneous observation of the transformation of OTCs in the leachate itself and of the added spike. In parallel, these processes were also monitored in a non-spiked leachate sample at m/z 120. Quantification of OTCs was performed by gas chromatography - inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (GC-ICP-MS). To discriminate the biotic and abiotic transformations of OTCs and inorganic tin species, sterilization of leachate was also performed and data compared to non-sterilized samples. During the course of the experiment the microbial degradation of TBT was clearly manifested in Sn-enriched spiked leachate samples, while abiotic pathway of degradation was observed for DBT. Biomethylation process was also observed in the leachate spiked with Sn-enriched Sn(2+) or Sn(4+), in concentrations close to those found for total tin in landfill leachates. Monomethyltin (MMeT) was formed first. Stepwise alkylation resulted in dimethyltin (DMeT) and trimethyltin (TMeT) species formation. Hydrolysis of Sn(2+) and Sn(4+) species was found to be a limiting factor which controlled the extent of methyltin formation. The results of the present investigation importantly

  20. Stable-isotope analysis of a deep-sea benthic-fish assemblage: evidence of an enriched benthic food web.

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    Boyle, M D; Ebert, D A; Cailliet, G M

    2012-04-01

    In this study, fishes and invertebrates collected from the continental slope (1000 m) of the eastern North Pacific Ocean were analysed using stable-isotope analysis (SIA). Resulting trophic positions (T(P) ) were compared to known diets and habitats from the literature. Dual isotope plots indicated that most species groups (invertebrates and fishes) sorted as expected along the carbon and nitrogen axes, with less intraspecific variability than interspecific variability. Results also indicated an isotopically distinct benthic and pelagic food web, as the benthic food web was more enriched in both nitrogen and carbon isotopes. Trophic positions from SIA supported this finding, resulting in the assignment of fishes to different trophic positions from those expected based on published dietary information. These differences can be explained largely by the habitat of the prey and the percentage of the diet that was scavenged. A mixing model estimated dietary contributions of prey similar to those of the known diet of Bathyraja trachura from stomach-content analysis (SCA). Linear regressions indicated that trophic positions calculated from SIA and SCA, when plotted against B. trachura total length for 32 individuals, exhibited similar variation and patterns. Only the T(P) from SCA yielded significant results (stomach content: P 0·05). PMID:22497394

  1. Monitoring degradation of oil sands constituents and foodweb dynamics in aquatic reclamation using stable isotopes

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    Farwell, A.J.; Butler, B.J.; Dixon, D.G. [Waterloo Univ., ON (Canada). Dept. of Biology; Mackinnon, M.D. [Syncrude Canada Ltd., Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    2003-07-01

    The process of extracting bitumen from the Athabasca oil sands deposits in northern Alberta generates large volumes of process-affected water with highly toxic constituents such as naphthenic acids. Napthenic acids can biodegrade and become less toxic in reclaimed aquatic systems. This study used stable isotopes to examine the cycling of oil sands constituents in aquatic systems. Benthic invertebrates were collected from test pits at Syncrude Canada Ltd. Dragonflies and damselflies showed trends in carbon 13 depletion and nitrogen 15 enrichment in pits with high levels of process-affected water. Chironomids and amphipods showed only nitrogen 15 enrichment. Carbon 13 depletion suggests invertebrate assimilation and incorporation of oil sands constituents through the microbial foodweb. It is important to define the isotope pathway of naphthenic acid degradation because naphthenic acids could represent a major source of carbon in reclaimed systems.

  2. A new 202Hg isotopically enriched methylmercury spike material with SI-traceable reference values for isotope dilution measurements in biological and environmental samples

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    HgO enriched in 202Hg was used for the preparation of a solution of 202Hg enriched CH3Hg. The CH3HgCl was synthesised by reaction with a Grignard reagent and a subsequent comproportionation reaction between dimethylmercury, (CH3)2Hg, and HgCl2, that was optimised to give a high yield of the product, pure from other Hg species and by-products of the synthesis reaction. To prepare the CH3HgCl for use as an IDMS spike, it was dissolved in 2 % ethanol. The spike was thereby maintained in a relatively reactive form without solution preservatives that might alter its chemical behaviour compared to incipient CH3Hg in a sample. Aliquots were sealed in quartz ampoules and a 1-year stability study was undertaken by storing a series of ampoules under different temperature conditions to all be measured on the same occasion (an isochronous study) and by retaining a portion of the solution in a closeable bottle under recommended storage conditions, with measurements at 3-month intervals. The Hg amount content in the form of CH3Hg was obtained by subtraction of the inorganic Hg amount content (determined by gas chromatography inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, GC-ICP-MS) from the total Hg amount content (determined by blending with IRMM-639, a natural Hg isotopic certified reference material, ICRM, and isotope dilution mass spectrometry of the digested material). Only CH3Hg and inorganic Hg were detectable in the reference material with inorganic Hg in 3Hg was identical to that of IRMM-640, an inorganic Hg ICRM prepared from the same 202Hg enriched HgO, within enlarged uncertainty statements. These processes allowed the SI-traceable certification of both the amount content of CH3Hg and its isotopic composition, accompanied by combined uncertainty statements estimated according to ISO/GUM. The final uncertainty on the Hg amount content in the form of CH3Hg (3.5 % relative, k=2) included a contribution covering for potential changes over 2 years of shelf-life. No

  3. High-Precision Nd Isotopes in Picrites from Hawaii and Iceland - No Evidence for an Early-Formed Enriched Reservoir

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    Brandon, A. D.; Norman, M. D.; Debaille, V.

    2007-01-01

    New high-precision Nd isotope measurements have shown that the present-day Nd-142/Nd-144 for average chondrites is approximately 20 ppm lower than that for the terrestrial standard and all recent mantle-derived samples measured to date. One explanation for these differences is that an enriched missing reservoir with lower Nd-142/Nd-144 resides in the mantle to balance the bulk Earth to chondritic. Data from Archean Greenland rocks show anomalies in Nd-142/Nd-144 of up to 40 ppm higher than the proposed average for chondrites. This difference between the Archean Greenland rocks and present-day mantle-derived samples has been interpreted to result from remixing of an early-formed enriched reservoir into the convecting mantle during the Archean. If so, the implication from this is that remixing of the enriched reservoir largely shut down some time in the past such that it must at present reside in a region in the mantle that infrequently participates dynamically and leading to volcanism at the surface. Several studies have suggested that the missing reservoir may be present just above the coremantle boundary (CMB). Depending on the size of this reservoir it could potentially make up all of D or exist as distinct domains within it. If such a reservoir does exist, then mantle-derived samples from plume systems that are thought to come from the CMB may be the best opportunity to identify this component using high-precision Nd isotope measurements. To test this, picrites from Hawaii with coupled enrichments in Os-186-Os-187 that has been proposed to be a signature of core-mantle interaction were measured on the JSC Triton for high-precision Nd-142/Nd-144. For comparison, picrites from Hawaii and Iceland that do not show coupled enrichments in Os-186-Os-187 were measured. We have established an external precision for Nd-142/Nd-144 of 3.6 ppm (2 sigma) during the analytical campaign. The Iceland (n=5) and Hawaiian data (n=9) have Nd-142 ranging from -0.01 plus or minus 0

  4. NUCLEAR ISOTOPIC DILUTION OF HIGHLY ENRICHED URANIUM BY DRY BLENDING VIA THE RM-2 MILL TECHNOLOGY

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    Raj K. Rajamani; Sanjeeva Latchireddi; Vikas Devrani; Harappan Sethi; Roger Henry; Nate Chipman

    2003-08-01

    DOE has initiated numerous activities to focus on identifying material management strategies to disposition various excess fissile materials. In particular the INEEL has stored 1,700 Kg of offspec HEU at INTEC in CPP-651 vault facility. Currently, the proposed strategies for dispositioning are (a) aqueous dissolution and down blending to LEU via facilities at SRS followed by shipment of the liquid LEU to NFS for fabrication into LWR fuel for the TVA reactors and (b) dilution of the HEU to 0.9% for discard as a waste stream that would no longer have a criticality or proliferation risk without being processed through some type of enrichment system. Dispositioning this inventory as a waste stream via aqueous processing at SRS has been determined to be too costly. Thus, dry blending is the only proposed disposal process for the uranium oxide materials in the CPP-651 vault. Isotopic dilution of HEU to typically less than 20% by dry blending is the key to solving the dispositioning issue (i.e., proliferation) posed by HEU stored at INEEL. RM-2 mill is a technology developed and successfully tested for producing ultra-fine particles by dry grinding. Grinding action in RM-2 mill produces a two million-fold increase in the number of particles being blended in a centrifugal field. In a previous study, the concept of achieving complete and adequate blending and mixing (i.e., no methods were identified to easily separate and concentrate one titanium compound from the other) in remarkably short processing times was successfully tested with surrogate materials (titanium dioxide and titanium mono-oxide) with different particle sizes, hardness and densities. In the current project, the RM-2 milling technology was thoroughly tested with mixtures of natural uranium oxide (NU) and depleted uranium oxide (DU) stock to prove its performance. The effects of mill operating and design variables on the blending of NU/DU oxides were evaluated. First, NU and DU both made of the same oxide

  5. NUCLEAR ISOTOPIC DILUTION OF HIGHLY ENRICHED URANIUM BY DRY BLENDING VIA THE RM-2 MILL TECHNOLOGY

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    DOE has initiated numerous activities to focus on identifying material management strategies to disposition various excess fissile materials. In particular the INEEL has stored 1,700 Kg of offspec HEU at INTEC in CPP-651 vault facility. Currently, the proposed strategies for dispositioning are (a) aqueous dissolution and down blending to LEU via facilities at SRS followed by shipment of the liquid LEU to NFS for fabrication into LWR fuel for the TVA reactors and (b) dilution of the HEU to 0.9% for discard as a waste stream that would no longer have a criticality or proliferation risk without being processed through some type of enrichment system. Dispositioning this inventory as a waste stream via aqueous processing at SRS has been determined to be too costly. Thus, dry blending is the only proposed disposal process for the uranium oxide materials in the CPP-651 vault. Isotopic dilution of HEU to typically less than 20% by dry blending is the key to solving the dispositioning issue (i.e., proliferation) posed by HEU stored at INEEL. RM-2 mill is a technology developed and successfully tested for producing ultra-fine particles by dry grinding. Grinding action in RM-2 mill produces a two million-fold increase in the number of particles being blended in a centrifugal field. In a previous study, the concept of achieving complete and adequate blending and mixing (i.e., no methods were identified to easily separate and concentrate one titanium compound from the other) in remarkably short processing times was successfully tested with surrogate materials (titanium dioxide and titanium mono-oxide) with different particle sizes, hardness and densities. In the current project, the RM-2 milling technology was thoroughly tested with mixtures of natural uranium oxide (NU) and depleted uranium oxide (DU) stock to prove its performance. The effects of mill operating and design variables on the blending of NU/DU oxides were evaluated. First, NU and DU both made of the same oxide

  6. Identification of excitonic phonon sideband by photoluminescence spectroscopy of single-walled carbon-13 nanotubes

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    Miyauchi, Yuhei; Maruyama, Shigeo

    2005-01-01

    We have studied photoluminescence (PL) and resonant Raman scatterings of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) consisting of carbon-13 (SW13CNTs) synthesized from a small amount of isotopically modified ethanol. There was almost no change in the Raman spectra shape for SW13CNTs except for a downshift of the Raman shift frequency by the square-root of the mass ratio 12/13. By comparing photoluminescence excitation (PLE) spectra of SW13CNTs and normal SWNTs, the excitonic phonon sideband due t...

  7. Use of enriched 74Se and 77Se in combination with isotope pattern deconvolution to differentiate and determine endogenous and supplemented selenium in lactating rats

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    A quantitative methodology has been developed to differentiate between endogenous and supplemented selenium in lactating rats using two enriched selenium isotopes. Lactating rats were fed for 2 weeks with formula milk containing one enriched Se isotope, 77Se, as the metabolic tracer. The isotopic composition of selenium in serum and urine samples was then measured by collision cell ICP-MS after the addition of a solution containing another enriched isotope, 74Se, as quantitation tracer, before analysis. Isotope pattern deconvolution allowed the transformation of measured Se isotopic abundances into concentrations of natural abundance (endogenous) selenium and enriched 77Se (supplemented) present in the samples. The proposed methodology was validated using serum and urine reference materials spiked with both 77Se and 74Se. The obtained results are discussed in terms of selenium exchange and half-life in lactating rats (11-12 days) and selenium levels in serum in comparison with non-supplemented rats and control rats after maternal feeding. (orig.)

  8. Use of enriched {sup 74}Se and {sup 77}Se in combination with isotope pattern deconvolution to differentiate and determine endogenous and supplemented selenium in lactating rats

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    Gonzalez Iglesias, H.; Fernandez Sanchez, M.L.; Garcia Alonso, J.I.; Sanz-Medel, A. [University of Oviedo, Department of Physical and Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, Oviedo (Spain)

    2007-10-15

    A quantitative methodology has been developed to differentiate between endogenous and supplemented selenium in lactating rats using two enriched selenium isotopes. Lactating rats were fed for 2 weeks with formula milk containing one enriched Se isotope, {sup 77}Se, as the metabolic tracer. The isotopic composition of selenium in serum and urine samples was then measured by collision cell ICP-MS after the addition of a solution containing another enriched isotope, {sup 74}Se, as quantitation tracer, before analysis. Isotope pattern deconvolution allowed the transformation of measured Se isotopic abundances into concentrations of natural abundance (endogenous) selenium and enriched {sup 77}Se (supplemented) present in the samples. The proposed methodology was validated using serum and urine reference materials spiked with both {sup 77}Se and {sup 74}Se. The obtained results are discussed in terms of selenium exchange and half-life in lactating rats (11-12 days) and selenium levels in serum in comparison with non-supplemented rats and control rats after maternal feeding. (orig.)

  9. Steep REE patterns and enriched Pb isotopes in southern Central American arc magmas: Evidence for forearc subduction erosion?

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    Goss, A. R.; Kay, S. M.

    2006-05-01

    The appearance of adakitic magmas with steep rare earth element (REE) patterns in southern Costa Rica and Panama at ˜4 Ma coincides with the collision of the Cocos Ridge and the inception of slab shallowing along the margin. Distinctly higher 206Pb/204Pb and 208Pb/204Pb ratios in these adakitic lavas than in older Miocene lavas suggest that components enriched in radiogenic Pb also entered the mantle magma source at ˜4 Ma. Published Pb-isotopic data for Central American arc lavas show that a similar radiogenic component is not present in lavas farther north and that maxima in post-Miocene 206Pb/204Pb and 208Pb/204Pb ratios occur in central Costa Rica and western Panama. Cretaceous and early Tertiary ophiolites in the forearc, whose origins have been linked to the Galápagos hot spot, show a similar spatial pattern in Pb isotopic ratios. The incorporation of ophiolitic forearc crust into the mantle wedge by forearc subduction erosion can explain the along-arc spatial and temporal pattern of Pb-isotopic ratios in southern Central American arc lavas. Partial melting of crust removed from the base of the forearc and subjected to high-pressure metamorphism in the subduction channel provides an explanation for the steep adakitic REE patterns in some Costa Rican and Panamanian arc lavas.

  10. Stable isotope enrichment in laboratory ant colonies: effects of colony age, metamorphosis, diet, and fat storage

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    Ecologists use stable isotopes to infer diets and trophic levels of animals in food webs, yet some assumptions underlying these inferences have not been thoroughly tested. We used laboratory-reared colonies of Solenopsis invicta Buren (Formicidae: Solenopsidini) to test the effects of metamorphosis,...

  11. Determination of the isotopic composition of natural and slightly enriched uranium by alpha-spectrometry

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    Kunzendorf, Helmar

    1968-01-01

    Determinations of the isotope contents of 238U, 235U and 234U in five uranium samples containing 0–5 at% 235U were carried out on the basis of a least-squares fit of the α-spectra from the samples, measured with a semiconductor detector, to the theoretically expected α-spectra. With a simple source...

  12. Hydrogen isotope enrichment by hydrophobic Pt-catalyst in Japan and Western countries

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    The activities of the studies on hydrogen isotope separation by hydrophobic Pt-catalyst in Japan and the Western countries between 1970 and 1990 were reviewed. The R and D of tritium separation from heavy water or light water by the H2/H2O-isotopic exchange system with the aid of hydrophobic Pt-catalyst at the CRNL in Canada, the Mound Facility in the USA, the University of Karlsruhe in Germany and the Nuclear Center of Mol in Belgium were technically successful, but the construction of a commercial H2/H2O-isotopic exchange plant was abandoned or suspended because of political or budgetary problems. On the other hand, the Fugen heavy water upgrader using hydrogen isotope exchange by hydrophobic Pt-catalyst was constructed commercially and is treating on the average of about 10 m3 degraded heavy water (about 30%D) a year since 1986. In Canada, the major thrust of the development program of a new heavy water production process is directed at the CIRCE process. The catalyst used in this process is based on AECL's structured-type hydrophobic screen Pt-catalysts which are about three times more active than the corresponding random-type. Recent advances have allowed a fourfold reduction in Pt-metal loading without affecting catalyst performance. The objective of AECL is to develop the catalyst technology to allow commitment of a prototype CIRCE plant in 1994. (author)

  13. Production and use of mycotoxins uniformly enriched with stable isotopes for their dosage in biological samples: (3) Tools for pharmacokinetics and as internal standards

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    Pharmacological studies of exogenous compounds often encounter problems: these compounds are in such infinitesimal amount in their biological matrices, that they require particular detection method. We have implemented an alternative method to the usual radioactivity, based on incorporation of stable isotopes, through the example of biosynthesis of uniformly 13C enriched mycotoxins. The isotopic cluster obtained from a 10% 13C enrichment of several mycotoxins (and their metabolites) can be easily recovered from biological tissue samples by mass spectrometry allowing an easy discrimination from natural non-enriched compounds. We illustrate such pharmacological approaches by in vitro zearalenone metabolism. Such enriched compound can also be used as internal standard with high reliability in order to quantify mycotoxins in contaminated food samples. (authors)

  14. Production and use of mycotoxins uniformly enriched with stable isotopes for their dosage in biological samples: (3) Tools for pharmacokinetics and as internal standards

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    Bravin, F.; Delaforge, M.; Duca, R.C. [CNRS, URA 2096, F-91191 Gif Sur Yvette (France); Bravin, F.; Delaforge, M.; Duca, R.C. [CEA Saclay, DSV, DBJC, SBFM, F-91191 Gif Sur Yvette (France); Pean, M. [CEA Cadarache, DEVM, GRAP, St Paul Les Durance (France); Puel, O. [INRA, Lab Pharmacol Toxicol, UR 66, Toulouse (France)

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    Pharmacological studies of exogenous compounds often encounter problems: these compounds are in such infinitesimal amount in their biological matrices, that they require particular detection method. We have implemented an alternative method to the usual radioactivity, based on incorporation of stable isotopes, through the example of biosynthesis of uniformly {sup 13}C enriched mycotoxins. The isotopic cluster obtained from a 10% {sup 13}C enrichment of several mycotoxins (and their metabolites) can be easily recovered from biological tissue samples by mass spectrometry allowing an easy discrimination from natural non-enriched compounds. We illustrate such pharmacological approaches by in vitro zearalenone metabolism. Such enriched compound can also be used as internal standard with high reliability in order to quantify mycotoxins in contaminated food samples. (authors)

  15. Comparison of isotopic enrichment measures of labelled 13C progesterone by GC-AED, GC-MS and GC-IRMS

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    The analysis of enrichment in 13C of progesterone by labelled (13C)2 progesterone is measured by GC-MS, GC-AED, GC-IRMS on pure ethanolic solutions. The isotopic determinations were made by calculating detectable and quantitative enrichment limits in 13C atoms versus the quantity of progesterone injected for the three modes of analysis. (authors). 19 refs., 4 figs., 5 tabs

  16. The stable isotope composition of transpired water and the rate of change in leaf water enrichment in response to variable environments

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    Simonin, K. A.; Roddy, A. B.; Link, P.; Apodaca, R. L.; Tu, K. P.; Hu, J.; Dawson, T. E.; Barbour, M.

    2012-12-01

    Previous research has shown that during daylight hours the isotope composition of leaf water is generally well approximated by steady-state leaf water isotope enrichment models. However, there is little direct confirmation of isotopic steady state (ISS) transpiration. Here we use a novel method to evaluate the frequency (or infrequency) of ISS transpiration and the rate of change in leaf water enrichment when leaves are exposed to a variable environment. Specifically, our study had three goals. First, we wanted to develop a new method to measure the isotope fluxes of transpiration that relies on isotope ratio infrared spectroscopy (IRIS) and highlight how an IRIS instrument can be coupled to plant gas exchange systems. In doing so, we also developed a method for controlling the absolute humidity entering the gas exchange cuvettes across a wide range of concentrations (approximately 4000 ppmv to 22000 ppmv) without changing the isotope composition of water vapour entering the cuvette. Second, we quantified variation in the isotope composition of transpired water vapor and the rate of change in leaf water enrichment that can occur as a result of changes in relative humidity, leaf surface conductance to water vapour, leaf temperature and the isotope composition of atmospheric water vapor. Third, we examine the differences between steady state and non-steady state model predictions of leaf water enrichment at the site of evaporation. In our measurements the isotopic compositions of transpired water were neither stable nor equal to source water until leaves had been maintained at physiological steady state for at least 40 minutes. Additionally when transpiration was not at ISS, the steady state model predictions of leaf water enrichment at the site of evaporation exceeded non steady-state model predictions by up to 8 per mil. Further, the rate of change in leaf water enrichment was highly sensitive to variation in leaf water content. Our results suggest that a variable

  17. Use of carbon-13 as a population marker for Anopheles arabiensis in a sterile insect technique (SIT) context

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    2006-01-01

    Abstract Background Monitoring of sterile to wild insect ratios in field populations can be useful to follow the progress in genetic control programmes such as the Sterile Insect Technique (SIT). Of the numerous methods for marking insects most are not suitable for use in mass rearing and mass release. Suitable ones include dye marking, genetic marking and chemical marking. Methods The feasibility of using the stable isotope of carbon, 13C, as a potential chemical marker for Anopheles arabien...

  18. One-carbon 13C-labeled synthetic intermediates. Comparison and evaluation of preparative methods

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    Frequently the biggest stumbling block to the synthesis of a structurally complex labeled compound is obtaining the required low molecular weight, structurally simple, isotopic intermediates. Selection of a particular scheme from various alternatives depends on the available capabilities and quantity of product desired, as well as on anticipated future requirements and need for related compounds. Many of the newer reagents for organic synthesis can be applied effectively to isotopic preparations with improvements of yields and simplification of procedures compared to established classical methods. New routes developed for higher molecular weight compounds are sometimes not directly adaptable to the one-carbon analogs, either because of isolation difficulties occasioned by physical properties or by chemical reactivities peculiar to their being first members of homologous series. Various routes for preparation of carbon-13 labeled methanol, formaldehyde, and cyanide are compared

  19. Isotope hydrology and hydrochemistry of some nutrient enrichment sources to the Densu River Basin, in Ghana

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    Anthropogenic inputs of nitrogen, phosphorus and oxygen consuming materials to aquatic ecosystems can change nutrient dynamics, deplete oxygen and change abundance and diversity of aquatic plants and animals. The isotopic techniques in groundwater resource management in the Densu River Basin required a research and assessment program to establish the contribution of sewage discharge and agriculture to eutrophication in the Densu River and examine the source of nutrients and other pollutants in the aquatic ecosystem. This will improve the understanding of the interaction between nutrient input, dissolved oxygen and aquatic ecosystem productivity. Combining isotopic and hydrochemical characteristics of samples in the basin will show the influence of natural and anthropogenic source of nutrients in the Densu River Basin. (author)

  20. Carbon isotopic composition and oxygen isotopic enrichment in phloem and total leaf organic matter of European beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) along a climate gradient.

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    Keitel, Claudia; Matzarakis, Andreas; Rennenberg, Heinz; Gessler, Arthur

    2006-08-01

    This study investigated the influence of climate on the carbon isotopic composition (sigma13C) and oxygen isotopic enrichment (delta18O) above the source water of different organic matter pools in European beech. In July and September 2002, sigma13C and delta18O were determined in phloem carbohydrates and in bulk foliage of adult beech trees along a transect from central Germany to southern France, where beech reaches its southernmost distributional limit. The data were related to meteorological and physiological parameters. The climate along the transect stretches from temperate [subcontinental (SC)] to submediterranean (SM). Both sigma13Cleaf and delta18Oleaf were representative of site-specific long-term environmental conditions. sigma13C of leaves collected in September was indicative of stomatal conductance, vapour pressure deficit (VPD) and radiation availability of the current growing season. delta18O was mainly correlated to mean growing season relative humidity (RH) and VPD. In contrast to the leaves, sigma13Cphloem varied considerably between July and September and was well correlated with canopy stomatal conductance (Gs) in a 2 d integral prior to phloem sampling. The relationship between sigma13C and delta18O in both leaves and phloem sap points, however, to a combined influence of stomatal conductance and photosynthetic capacity on the variation of sigma13C along the transect. delta18Ophloem could be described by applying a model that included 18O fractionation associated with water exchange between the leaf and the atmosphere and with the production of organic matter. Hence, isotope signatures can be used as effective tools to assess the water balance of beech, and thus, help predict the effects of climatic change on one of the ecologically and economically most important tree species in Central Europe. PMID:16898013

  1. On scaling up of carbon isotopes' enrichment by IR laser chemistry of CF2HCl

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    Validation studies for 13C enrichment with a 10W laser gave rise to some anomalous results for the conversion compared to those obtained with a 0.5W laser. It is explained on the basis of a slight difference in the cell windows' absorption for the two lasers, beam waist dimensions and the net resultant fluence gradient the sample was exposed to. (author)

  2. Relationship among latest Miocene oxygen isotopic enrichment, antarctic ice volume, and the Messinian salinity crisis

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    Hodell, D.A.; Elmstrom, K.M.; Kennett, J.P.

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    An interval of high variable, enriched benthic /sup 18/O values was found to bracket the Miocene/Pliocene boundary, between 5.6 and 5.1 Ma, in five sites from the Southwest Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. The duration of this enrichment event was less than 500,000 years, and is shown by paleomagnetic correlation to be equivalent in time with the deposition of Messinian evaporites. The /sup 18/O enrichment occurred in two main stages separated by a brief interval of relatively depleted /sup 18/O values. Between 5.5 and 5.3 Ma, glacioeustatic lowering of sea level due to increased Antarctic ice volume isolated the Mediterranean basin, and resulted in the deposition of the lower evaporite unit (Main Salt unit). A temporary decrease in ice volume occurred between 5.3 and 5.2 Ma, and corresponded to the intra-Messinian transgression where evaporite deposition ceased temporarily. Between 5.2 and 5.1 Ma, a second Antarctic glacial advance lowered sea level again and resulted in the deposition of the upper evaporite unit. A rapid decreased in delta/sup 18/O values occurred in all sites during the early Pliocene at 5.0 Ma. This depletion marks a glacial retreat and marine transgression, which refilled the Mediterranean Basin and permanently terminated evaporite deposition.

  3. The Supply of Medical Radioisotopes. Market impacts of converting to low-enriched uranium targets for medical isotope production

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    The reliable supply of molybdenum-99 (99Mo) and its decay product, technetium-99m (99mTc), is a vital component of modern medical diagnostic practices. At present, most of the global production of 99Mo is from highly enriched uranium (HEU) targets. However, all major 99Mo-producing countries have recently agreed to convert to using low-enriched uranium (LEU) targets to advance important non-proliferation goals, a decision that will have implications for the global supply chain of 99Mo/99mTc and the long-term supply reliability of these medical isotopes. This study provides the findings and analysis from an extensive examination of the 99Mo/99mTc supply chain by the OECD/NEA High-level Group on the Security of Supply of Medical Radioisotopes (HLG-MR). It presents a comprehensive evaluation of the potential impacts of converting to the use of LEU targets for 99Mo production on the global 99Mo/99mTc market in terms of costs and available production capacity, and the corresponding implications for long-term supply reliability. In this context, the study also briefly discusses the need for policy action by governments in their efforts to ensure a stable and secure long-term supply of 99Mo/99mTc

  4. Low-Enriched Uranium Fuel Conversion Activities for the High Flux Isotope Reactor, Annual Report for FY 2011

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    Renfro, David G [ORNL; Cook, David Howard [ORNL; Freels, James D [ORNL; Griffin, Frederick P [ORNL; Ilas, Germina [ORNL; Sease, John D [ORNL; Chandler, David [ORNL

    2012-03-01

    This report describes progress made during FY11 in ORNL activities to support converting the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) from high-enriched uranium (HEU) fuel to low-enriched uranium (LEU) fuel. Conversion from HEU to LEU will require a change in fuel form from uranium oxide to a uranium-molybdenum (UMo) alloy. With both radial and axial contouring of the fuel foil and an increase in reactor power to 100 MW, calculations indicate that the HFIR can be operated with LEU fuel with no degradation in performance to users from the current levels achieved with HEU fuel. Studies are continuing to demonstrate that the fuel thermal safety margins can be preserved following conversion. Studies are also continuing to update other aspects of the reactor steady state operation and accident response for the effects of fuel conversion. Technical input has been provided to Oregon State University in support of their hydraulic testing program. The HFIR conversion schedule was revised and provided to the GTRI program. In addition to HFIR conversion activities, technical support was provided directly to the Fuel Fabrication Capability program manager.

  5. Development of a computer systems for operational data acquisition of uranium isotopic enrichment pilot plant

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    A pilot plant for uranium enrichment using the jet nozzle process was transfered from Federal Republic of Germany to Brazil, to train Brazilian technicist in its operation and to improve the process. This pilot plant is monitored by a data acquisition system and the possibility of faulty events would cause serious dificulties, as far as maintenance is concerned (for instance, unvailable special components). It is described the development of a new system, which is proposed in order to minimize difficulties with maintenance that utilizes in the assembling integrated circuits of large scale of integration. It is controlled by a microcomputer. (Author)

  6. Lead and neodymium isotopic results from metabasalts of the Haveri Formation, southern Finland: evidence for Palaeoproterozoic enriched mantle

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    Vaasjoki, M.

    1999-06-01

    Full Text Available Tholeiitic metabasalts and coexisting sulphides have been analysed for their Pb and Nd isotopic compositions from the Proterozoic Haveri Formation, which forms the basal unit of the Tampere Schist Belt in southern Finland. Ten whole rock samples analysed for Pb isotopes form a sublinear array which yields rather uncertain age estimates in the 1900-2000 Ma range and lies on the 207Pb/204Pb vs. 206Pb/204Pb diagram well below the average global lead evolution curve. The initial lead isotopic composition inferred from the whole rock data and measured on chalcopyrite is the least radiogenic obtained from the Svecofennian domain, and precludes involvement of old upper crustal material in basalt genesis. This together with the geochemical composition and initial eNd (1900 of +0.5±0.6 suggest that the Haveri mafic metavolcanic rocks were not derived from convective MORB-type mantle. The source was rather a mantle, which had been enriched in LREE for a considerable time period. Some chalcopyrite trace leads plot close to the whole rock array while others lie above it. This is interpreted as indicating two distinct mineralisation processes. The primary and major process involved lead which was cogenetic with the basalts, while the second mineralising fluid introduced radiogenic (high 207Pb upper crustal lead scavenged from the adjacent sedimentary rocks. The least radiogenic leads at Haveri and in the Outokumpu ophiolite complex some 300 km NE are similar and the two occurrences can be coeval. The preservation of original mantle material at Haveri may be interpreted as suggesting that continental crust had formed in the Tampere area 1900-2000 Ma ago.

  7. Analysis of isotope element by electrolytic enrichment method for ground water and surface water in Saurashtra region, Gujarat, India

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    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available The present study has been aimed for the assessment of isotope element Tritium (3H. It is a great threat to human health and environment for lengthy duration. The tritium exists in earth in diverse forms such as (1 small amounts of natural tritium are produced by alpha decay of lithium-7, (2 natural atmospheric tritium is also generated by secondary neutron cosmic ray bombardment of nitrogen, (3 atmospheric nuclear bomb testing in the 1950s, although the contribution from nuclear power plants is small. Tritium or 3H is a radioactive isotope of hydrogen with a half-life of 12.32 ± 0.02 years. Water samples from ground water, surface water, and precipitation were collected from different locations in Gujarat area and were analyzed for the same. Distillation of samples was done to reduce the conductivity. Deuterium and Hydrogen were removed by the process of physico-chemical fractionation in the tritium enrichment unit. The basis of physico-chemical fractionation is the difference in the strength of bonds formed by the light vs. the heavier isotope of a given element. A total of 10 cycles (runs were executed using Quintals process. Tritium concentration files were created with help of WinQ and Quick start software in Quintals process (Liquid Scintillation Spectrometer. The concentration of tritium in terms of tritium units (TU of various samples has been determined. The TU values of the samples vary in the range of 0.90–6.62 TU.

  8. Melt extraction and enrichment processes in the New Caledonia lherzolites: Evidence from geochemical and Sr-Nd isotope data

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    Secchiari, Arianna; Montanini, Alessandra; Bosch, Delphine; Macera, Patrizia; Cluzel, Dominique

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    The New Caledonia ophiolite (Peridotite Nappe) is dominated by mantle lithologies, composed of forearc-related refractory harzburgites and minor lherzolites in both the spinel and plagioclase facies. In this study, a comprehensive geochemical data set (major, trace elements and Sr-Nd isotopes) is used to constrain the mantle evolution of the lherzolites and their relationships with the basalts from the Poya Terrane, which tectonically underlies the mantle rocks. The majority of the lherzolites are low-strain porphyroclastic tectonites. They likely record an asthenospheric origin followed by re-equilibration at lithospheric conditions, as supported by geothermometric estimates (T = 1100-940 °C and 920-890 °C for porphyroclastic and neoblastic spinel-facies assemblages, respectively). Olivine composition (Fo = 88.5-90.0 mol%), spinel Cr# ([molar 100 • Cr/(Cr + Al)] = 13-17) and relatively high amounts (7-8 vol%) of Al2O3- and Na2O-rich clinopyroxene (up to 0.5 and 6.5 wt.%, respectively) indicate a moderately depleted geochemical signature for the spinel lherzolites. Bulk rock and clinopyroxene rare earth elements (REE) patterns display a typical abyssal-type signature, i.e. steeply plunging LREE accompanied by nearly flat HREE to MREE. Clinopyroxene REE compositions of the spinel lherzolites may be reproduced by small amounts of fractional melting of a garnet lherzolite precursor (~ 4%), followed by 4%-5% melting in the spinel peridotite field. The plagioclase lherzolites show melt impregnation microstructures, Cr- and Ti-rich spinels and incompatible trace element enrichments (REE, Ti, Y, and Zr) in bulk rocks and clinopyroxenes. Impregnation modelling for these elements suggests that the plagioclase lherzolites originated from residual spinel lherzolites by entrapment of highly depleted (non-aggregated) MORB melt fractions in the shallow oceanic lithosphere. Nd isotope compositions of the investigated peridotites are consistent with derivation from an

  9. Utilization of non-weapons-grade plutonium and highly enriched uranium with breeding of the 233U isotope in the VVER reactors using thorium and heavy water

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    A method for joint utilization of non-weapons-grade plutonium and highly enriched uranium in the thorium–uranium—plutonium oxide fuel of a water-moderated reactor with a varying water composition (D2O, H2O) is proposed. The method is characterized by efficient breeding of the 233U isotope and safe reactor operation and is comparatively simple to implement

  10. Utilization of non-weapons-grade plutonium and highly enriched uranium with breeding of the 233U isotope in the VVER reactors using thorium and heavy water

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    Marshalkin, V. E.; Povyshev, V. M.

    2015-12-01

    A method for joint utilization of non-weapons-grade plutonium and highly enriched uranium in the thorium-uranium—plutonium oxide fuel of a water-moderated reactor with a varying water composition (D2O, H2O) is proposed. The method is characterized by efficient breeding of the 233U isotope and safe reactor operation and is comparatively simple to implement.

  11. Determination of symbiotic nitrogen fixation by labelling the soil atmosphere with sup(15)N sub(2) at low isotope enrichment

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    A direct method to determine the total symbiotic nitrogen fixation during the leguminous plants cycles has been, developed, by labelling the soil atmosphere with sup(15)N sub(2) at low isotope enrichment, of about 1 atom % excess. The soil explored by the root system of leguminous plants was confined by means of a chamber in the field and by sealed pots in greenhouse experiments in order to maintain the soil air labelled with sup(15)N sub(2). The average sup(15)N concentration in the soil atmosphere, necessary to calculate dinitrogen fixation, was obtained by integration of the exponential functions of isotope dilution. Those functions were obtained by periodic sampling and analysis of the N sub(2) in the soil atmosphere. The field experiment with labelled atmosphere was carried out from the 22 sup(nd) to the 31 sup(st) day of the bean crop cycle and 5.5 mg N/plant (24% of total plant N) was derived from fixation. In pot experiments, under greenhouse conditions, integrated determination of fixation was made in Phaseolus beans (from the 19 sup(th) to the 67 sup(th) day from planting) and in soybeans (from the 24 sup(th) to the 70 sup(th) day from planting). The soil atmosphere was labelled with sup(15)N sub(2) in both cases. Average fixation obtained for Phaseolus beans was 80 mg N/plant (65% of total plant N) and for soybeans 265 mg N/plant (71% of total plant N). Evaluation of the basic concept of the isotope dilution method to determine nitrogen fixation in pots experiments, as proposed by Fried and Middelboe (1977) has also been made in the present paper. Simultaneous determinations of fixation in soybeans, using the isotope dilution method of Fried and Middelboe, natural variation of the sup(15)N/ sup(14)N ratios, and total-N differences, indicated the same results for pot experiments, harvested at the end of the plant cycle. (author)

  12. Enrichment and isotope separation of tritium between hydrogen and liquid water in trikle bed reactor

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    The tritium produced by ternary fission within pent fuel will be in most part as HTO form in aqueous effluents of the reprocessing plant. Its decharge to the environment will prove detrimental and studies have been undertaken to develop techniques to confine it and process it. For confining tritium in small volumes of aqueous effluents, a special study has been achieved using the ELEX process which should be adapted for use in the design of reprocessing plant. This process is a combination of water electrolysis and tritium exchange between hydrogen and liquid water in contre - courant trikle bed reactor in presence of platined hydrophobic catalyst. Experiments carried out have enabled : demonstration of the effectiveness of platined hydrophobic catalyst in isotope exchange and separation reaction of tritium between hydrogen and liquid water. Development of a pretreatment method of aqueous effluents that have to be detriliated to eliminate impurities which would be detrimental to the ELEX process system by accumulating in the electrolyser and being absorbed in the exchange column. To check hydrodynamical functionment for contre-courant flow system water-hydrogen in trikle bed reactor

  13. Design Study for a Low-Enriched Uranium Core for the High Flux Isotope Reactor, Annual Report for FY 2006

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    Primm, R. T. [ORNL; Ellis, R. J. [ORNL; Gehin, J. C. [ORNL; Clarno, K. T. [ORNL; Williams, K. A. [ORNL; Moses, D. L. [ORNL

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    Neutronics and thermal-hydraulics studies show that, for equivalent operating power [85 MW(t)], a low-enriched uranium (LEU) fuel cycle based on uranium-10 wt % molybdenum (U-10Mo) metal foil with radially, “continuously graded” fuel meat thickness results in a 15% reduction in peak thermal flux in the beryllium reflector of the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) as compared to the current highly enriched uranium (HEU) cycle. The uranium-235 content of the LEU core is almost twice the amount of the HEU core when the length of the fuel cycle is kept the same for both fuels. Because the uranium-238 content of an LEU core is a factor of 4 greater than the uranium-235 content, the LEU HFIR core would weigh 30% more than the HEU core. A minimum U-10Mo foil thickness of 84 μm is required to compensate for power peaking in the LEU core although this value could be increased significantly without much penalty. The maximum U-10Mo foil thickness is 457μm. Annual plutonium production from fueling the HFIR with LEU is predicted to be 2 kg. For dispersion fuels, the operating power for HFIR would be reduced considerably below 85 MW due to thermal considerations and due to the requirement of a 26-d fuel cycle. If an acceptable fuel can be developed, it is estimated that $140 M would be required to implement the conversion of the HFIR site at Oak Ridge National Laboratory from an HEU fuel cycle to an LEU fuel cycle. To complete the conversion by fiscal year 2014 would require that all fuel development and qualification be completed by the end of fiscal year 2009. Technological development areas that could increase the operating power of HFIR are identified as areas for study in the future.

  14. Water, hydrogen, deuterium, carbon, carbon-13, and oxygen-18 content of selected lunar material

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    Friedman, I.; O'Neil, J.R.; Adami, L.H.; Gleason, J.D.; Hardcastle, K.

    1970-01-01

    The water content of the breccia is 150 to 455 ppm, with a ??D from -580 to -870 per mil. Hydrogen gas content is 40 to 53 ppm with a ??D of -830 to -970 per mil. The CO2 is 290 to 418 ppm with S 13C = + 2.3 to + 5.1 per mil and ??18O = 14.2 to 19.1 per mil. Non-CO2 carbon is 22 to 100 ppm, ??18C = -6.4 to -23.2 per mil. Lunar dust is 810 ppm H2O (D = 80 ppm) and 188 ppm total carbon (??13C = -17.6 per mil). The 18O analyses of whole rocks range from 5.8 to 6.2 per mil. The temperature of crystallization of type B rocks is 1100?? to 1300??C, based on the oxygen isotope fractionation between coexisting plagioclase and ilmenite.

  15. SI-traceable measurement of methylmercury in tuna by species-specific isotope dilution with a 202Hg isotopically enriched methylmercury reference material

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    The Comite Consultatif pour la Quantite de Matiere, CCQM, from the International Committee for Weights and Measures, has the tasks to co-ordinate the activities of national metrology laboratories in establishing traceability of measurements to the SI and to stimulate understanding of the concept of uncertainty and assignment of uncertainty statements to measurements. CCQM working groups develop and execute international comparisons to establish the technical basis for the mutual recognition of measurement capabilities. In 2003, IRMM, the metrology institute of the European Commission, launched CCQM pilot study 39 on the measurement of As, Se, Pb, Hg and CH3Hg in tuna. The aims were to strengthen the comparability of measurements EU member states are obliged to make under EC regulation 466/2001 (monitoring of contaminants in food) on the total element contents, and to evaluate the comparability of CH3Hg measurement with new measurement techniques. At the CCQM level, it is necessary to produce measurements for all analytes through processes with established traceability to the SI and with uncertainty statements. The IRMM contribution to CCQM-P39 for the determination of the tuna's CH3Hg amount content was based on species specific isotope dilution mass spectrometry applied as a primary method of measurement. IRMM-670, a newly developed 202Hg enriched CH3Hg isotopic reference material, was blended to the tuna sample, from which Hg species were extracted and derivatised to non-polar forms. Gas chromatography inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, GC-ICP-MS, was used for Hg species separation and detection of the n(200Hg)/n(202Hg) ratio in the CH3Hg of the blended material. The SI-traceable CH3Hg amount content was then obtained through comparison using an IDMS equation with the IRMM-670 reference CH3Hg amount content (including the isotopic compositions of natural Hg recommended by IUPAC, and certified for CH3Hg in IRMM-670). IRMM-639, a natural-like Hg

  16. Determination of isotope enrichments of magnesium in microwave-digested biological samples by thermal ionization mass spectrometry using a direct loading technique

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    The isotope ratios of magnesium were determined in isotopically normal and 26Mg-enriched samples of human blood, blood plasma, urine and faeces and bovine muscle. The measurements were made with a magnetic sector, thermal ionization mass spectrometer (TIMS) equipped with a multiple ion collector system for simultaneous detection of the ion currents. The samples were decomposed using microwave digestion with HNO3 and HCl. Without further chemical treatment, the mineralized samples were deposited together with silica gel and boric acid on rhenium filaments, which served as thermal ionization source filaments. This method, called the direct loading technique (DLT), results in stable ion signals of the magnesium isotopes with isotope ratios indistinguishable from those of natural Mg standards within experimental error. Fractionation-corrected 26Mg/24Mg ratios of natural Mg standards were determined with a relative external precision of 0.02%. The magnesium recoveries for all of the analysed matrices were ≥ 97%; 26Mg was added to calibrated sample solutions to produce isotopic enrichments within a range typically appearing in samples of human tracer studies. Linear regression analysis of measured versus expected per 1000(%o) enrichments yields y = 0.998x + 0.79. The DLT described here is a simpler and quicker method than other methods reported hitherto. It has the advantage of avoiding magnesium separation and purification steps prior to TIMS analysis of all of the analysed biological samples and thus reduces contamination and guarantees optimum magnesium recovery. The reported method improves the applicability of stable isotopes of magnesium in human tracer studies. (Author)

  17. Study on the cause of iron-deficiency anemia in adolescent athletes by INAA with enriched stable isotopes

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    Iron deficiency anemia is still one of the most common nutritional deficiency diseases throughout the world. The incidence of iron deficiency is high especially in children, adolescent, and endurance athletes. The authors studied the iron absorption rate and iron balance in six child football players during training and non-training periods. The neutron activation method with enriched stable isotope 58Fe has been adopted. The results show that the rate of iron absorption in athletes during the training period (9.1 + 2.9%) was significantly lower than that during the non-training period (11.9 + 4.7%); the iron balance was negative and the sweat iron loss increased during training. Hair is one of the metabolism excretory organs. The physiological changes of body would influence the trace element contents in hair. The hairs collected from four athletes were measured by Synchrotron-induced X-ray Fluorescence analysis, so as to get the trace element contents. Preliminary results show that the changes of iron content in the hairs are in accordance with the athlete's physical activity. There are no perceptible changes for Zn and Ca. It is verified that exercise is one of the causes of iron deficiency in athletes. It is necessary to increase iron supply in an athletes' nutritional intake to ensure optimal performance ability

  18. Tritium enrichment of environmental waters by electrolysis: Development of cathodes exhibiting high isotopic separation and precise measurement of tritium enrichment factors

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    Equations are developed for the estimation of tritium enrichment in batch, continuous feed and periodic addition electrolysis cells. Optimum enrichment and minimum variability is obtained using developed cathode surfaces which catalyse the separation of tritium, as exhibited by the results of experiments using mild steel cathodes with NaOH electrolyte. The equations and various simple refinements of technique are applied to the determination of tritium enrichment factors by the spike cell method: for batch cells the standard errors are less than 1%. (author)

  19. Geochemical and isotopic investigation of the Laiwu-Zibo carbonatites from western Shandong Province, China, and implications for their petrogenesis and enriched mantle source

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    Ying, Jifeng; Zhou, Xinhua; Zhang, Hongfu

    2004-08-01

    Major and trace element and Nd-Sr isotope data of the Mesozoic Laiwu-Zibo carbonatites (LZCs) from western Shandong Province, China, provide clues to the petrogenesis and the nature of their mantle source. The Laiwu-Zibo carbonatites can be petrologically classified as calcio-, magnesio- and ferro-carbonatites. All these carbonatites show a similarity in geochemistry. On the one hand, they are extremely enriched in Ba, Sr and LREE and markedly low in K, Rb and Ti, which are similar to those global carbonatites, on the other hand, they have extremely high initial 87Sr/ 86Sr (0.7095-0.7106) and very low ɛNd (-18.2 to -14.3), a character completely different from those global carbonatites. The small variations in Sr and Nd isotopic ratios suggest that crustal contamination can not modify the primary isotopic compositions of LZC magmas and those values are representatives of their mantle source. The Nd-Sr isotopic compositions of LZCs and their similarity to those of Mesozoic Fangcheng basalts imply that they derived from an enriched lithospheric mantle. The formation of such enriched lithospheric mantle is connected with the major collision between the North China Craton (NCC) and the Yangtze Craton. Crustal materials from the Yangtze Craton were subducted beneath the NCC and melts derived from the subducted crust of the Yangtze Craton produced an enriched Mesozoic mantle, which is the source for the LZCs and Fangcheng basalts. The absence of alkaline silicate rocks, which are usually associated with carbonatites suggest that the LZCs originated from the mantle by directly partial melting.

  20. Utilization of non-weapons-grade plutonium and highly enriched uranium with breeding of the {sup 233}U isotope in the VVER reactors using thorium and heavy water

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    Marshalkin, V. E., E-mail: marshalkin@vniief.ru; Povyshev, V. M. [Russian Federal Nuclear Center All-Russian Research Institute of Experimental Physics (Russian Federation)

    2015-12-15

    A method for joint utilization of non-weapons-grade plutonium and highly enriched uranium in the thorium–uranium—plutonium oxide fuel of a water-moderated reactor with a varying water composition (D{sub 2}O, H{sub 2}O) is proposed. The method is characterized by efficient breeding of the {sup 233}U isotope and safe reactor operation and is comparatively simple to implement.

  1. THE SYSTEM OF ENRICHMENT AND CHROMATOGRAPHIC SEPARATION OF METHANOL TNE NEW ANALYTE FOR DETERMINATION OF THE COMBINED ISOTOPIC COMPOSITION OF METHANE

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    Kudryavtsev, A; Makas, A.; Troshkov, M.

    2011-01-01

    This work is developing the new approach to mass-spectrometric determination of the combined isotopic composition of methane. The approach is based on the preliminary on-line conversion of methane to methanol in corona discharge and selective chemical ionization. One of the method's advantages is the possibility to concentrate the new analyte methanol on sorbents at ambient temperature. The system of enrichment and separation of methanol is reported. The simple system provides the rise in the...

  2. Comparison of isotopic time-series partitioning analysis with an evaporative enrichment model in lake- and wetland-dominated river basins, Mackenzie basin, Canada

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    The use of the water isotope tracers oxygen-18 and deuterium to partition the streamflow components into snowmelt, surface water and groundwater can provide fundamental information about the factors that influence water balance and runoff generation in cold regions. Defining the isotopic composition of surface water (lakes and wetlands) is a challenge with the partitioning strategy, since the surface water contribution to streamflow, which is influenced seasonally by inputs of snowpack in spring and evaporative enrichment in summer, is a mixture from different water sources. Furthermore, the isotopic composition of streams in cold climates, particularly in subarctic wetlands, is often skewed because of non-contributing water balance compartments that undergo evaporative enrichment. That is, streams tend to reflect lower isotopic enrichment, especially in wetland-dominated basins. The streamflow partitioning strategy relies on 'set points' of low flow during late winter and fall leading to the development of a conceptual model for the isotopic variations in streamflow, which allow closure of the water balance over complete annual cycles. The isotopic variation in source waters for five subarctic basins near Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories, Canada is shown. The temporal changes in the volume of snowmelt, surface water, and groundwater contributions to streamflow from each river basin are displayed. Evaporation/inflow (E/I) ratios are obtained from isotope-mass balance calculations and the results are presented in the table below. Correspondingly, runoff contributions are calculated based on the water balance equation. The lowest level of the drainage hierarchy collects the maximum surface water accumulation, representing the corresponding isotopic signal (a value close to summer low-flow signal) integrated over the catchment area, and reflects the total water loss by evaporation. Hence, the evaporative enrichment model for E/I can be used to predict the net

  3. Design Study for a Low-enriched Uranium Core for the High Flux Isotope Reactor, Annual Report for FY 2007

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    Primm, Trent [ORNL; Ellis, Ronald James [ORNL; Gehin, Jess C [ORNL; Ilas, Germina [ORNL; Miller, James Henry [ORNL; Sease, John D [ORNL

    2007-11-01

    This report documents progress made during fiscal year 2007 in studies of converting the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) from highly enriched uranium (HEU) fuel to low enriched uranium fuel (LEU). Conversion from HEU to LEU will require a change in fuel form from uranium oxide to a uranium-molybdenum alloy. A high volume fraction U/Mo-in-Al fuel could attain the same neutron flux performance as with the current, HEU fuel but materials considerations appear to preclude production and irradiation of such a fuel. A diffusion barrier would be required if Al is to be retained as the interstitial medium and the additional volume required for this barrier would degrade performance. Attaining the high volume fraction (55 wt. %) of U/Mo assumed in the computational study while maintaining the current fuel plate acceptance level at the fuel manufacturer is unlikely, i.e. no increase in the percentage of plates rejected for non-compliance with the fuel specification. Substitution of a zirconium alloy for Al would significantly increase the weight of the fuel element, the cost of the fuel element, and introduce an as-yet untried manufacturing process. A monolithic U-10Mo foil is the choice of LEU fuel for HFIR. Preliminary calculations indicate that with a modest increase in reactor power, the flux performance of the reactor can be maintained at the current level. A linearly-graded, radial fuel thickness profile is preferred to the arched profile currently used in HEU fuel because the LEU fuel media is a metal alloy foil rather than a powder. Developments in analysis capability and nuclear data processing techniques are underway with the goal of verifying the preliminary calculations of LEU flux performance. A conceptual study of the operational cost of an LEU fuel fabrication facility yielded the conclusion that the annual fuel cost to the HFIR would increase significantly from the current, HEU fuel cycle. Though manufacturing can be accomplished with existing technology

  4. DESIGN STUDY FOR A LOW-ENRICHED URANIUM CORE FOR THE HIGH FLUX ISOTOPE REACTOR, ANNUAL REPORT FOR FY 2007

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    This report documents progress made during fiscal year 2007 in studies of converting the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) from highly enriched uranium (HEU) fuel to low enriched uranium fuel (LEU). Conversion from HEU to LEU will require a change in fuel form from uranium oxide to a uranium-molybdenum alloy. A high volume fraction U/Mo-in-Al fuel could attain the same neutron flux performance as with the current, HEU fuel but materials considerations appear to preclude production and irradiation of such a fuel. A diffusion barrier would be required if Al is to be retained as the interstitial medium and the additional volume required for this barrier would degrade performance. Attaining the high volume fraction (55 wt. %) of U/Mo assumed in the computational study while maintaining the current fuel plate acceptance level at the fuel manufacturer is unlikely, i.e. no increase in the percentage of plates rejected for non-compliance with the fuel specification. Substitution of a zirconium alloy for Al would significantly increase the weight of the fuel element, the cost of the fuel element, and introduce an as-yet untried manufacturing process. A monolithic U-10Mo foil is the choice of LEU fuel for HFIR. Preliminary calculations indicate that with a modest increase in reactor power, the flux performance of the reactor can be maintained at the current level. A linearly-graded, radial fuel thickness profile is preferred to the arched profile currently used in HEU fuel because the LEU fuel media is a metal alloy foil rather than a powder. Developments in analysis capability and nuclear data processing techniques are underway with the goal of verifying the preliminary calculations of LEU flux performance. A conceptual study of the operational cost of an LEU fuel fabrication facility yielded the conclusion that the annual fuel cost to the HFIR would increase significantly from the current, HEU fuel cycle. Though manufacturing can be accomplished with existing technology

  5. Human biokinetic data and a new compartmental model of zirconium - A tracer study with enriched stable isotopes

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    Greiter, Matthias B., E-mail: matthias.greiter@helmholtz-muenchen.de; Giussani, Augusto, E-mail: AGiussani@BfS.de; Hoellriegl, Vera, E-mail: vera.hoellriegl@helmholtz-muenchen.de; Li Weibo, E-mail: wli@helmholtz-muenchen.de; Oeh, Uwe, E-mail: uwe.oeh@helmholtz-muenchen.de

    2011-09-01

    highlights: {yields} Data from adult human volunteer study with zirconium with 100 d follow-up period. {yields} Double tracer study with ingested and injected enriched stable isotopes. {yields} Evaluation of fractional absorption for two chemical forms of zirconium. {yields} Biokinetic compartmental model with recycling describes zirconium metabolism.

  6. Possible enrichment of the uranium hexafluoride isotope by thermal diffusion modified with the addition of both an inert gas and perfluoromethylcyclohexane

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    It was demonstrated by calculation using the modified Waldmann equation that the separation between UF6 isotopes by thermal diffusion was enhanced by the addition of both an inert gas and perfluoromethyl-cyclohexane (C7F14). As this system is a multicomponent system consisting of four or more components, the calculation was carried out by regarding the mulicomponent system as several apparent binary systems, which was a new proposition. The mutual diffusion coefficient between the two apparent components of the apparent binary system was also obtained by a new method. As a result, the system, 238UF6/C7F14/235UF6/Ne, gave 5 isotopic % enriched UF6 and 10-5 isotopic % depleted UF6 by an only 60-cm-high thermal diffusion separation column. (author)

  7. Vacuum-arc plasma centrifuge applied to stable isotope separation

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    This work describes the results of a vacuum-arc plasma centrifuge experiment. A plasma centrifuge is an apparatus where a plasma column is produced due to the interaction of an electric current with an externally applied magnetic field, sup(→)J x sup(→)B. Among the applications of a rotating plasma, this work deals particularly with its utilization in an isotope enrichment device. The main characteristics of the plasma produced in this experiment are presented, with special attention to the plasma column rotation and the isotope enrichment. The analysis of the results is performed using a fluid model for a completely ionized rigid body rotating plasma column in steady state equilibrium. The main results are: a) rotation frequency of the plasma column in the range 2 x 10 sup(4) to 3 x 10 sup(5) rad/s; b) enrichment of 10 to 30% for the magnesium isotopes, and of 290 to 490% for the carbon 13 isotope; c) rigid body rotation of the plasma column only for radii smaller than the characteristic radius of the plasma column. re; d) linear dependence of the rotation frequency upon the magnetic field strength only for r < re; e) existence of an optimum value of the magnetic field for maximum enrichment; and f) dependence of the rotation frequency upon the inverse of the atomic mass. (author)

  8. High dynamic orientation of protons, deuterons and carbon-13 nuclei

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    The behaviour of hydrogen, deuterium, and carbon-13 nuclear spin systems have been studied in partially deuterated diols, doped with paramagnetic Crsup(V) complexes, between 0.1 and 0.5 K. Experimental evidence is given that the dynamic polarization in such samples comes from a cooling of the electron spin-spin interaction reservoir by off-resonance microwave irradiation; a strong thermal coupling between this reservoir and the nuclear Zeeman reservoirs cools these too, thus changing the polarizations. In a 25 kG magnetic field at a lattice temperature of 0.37 K we reached a common spin temperature for the nuclear Zeeman reservoirs of 1.1 mK in 1,2-propanediol-D6, which corresponds to a proton polarization of 98%, a deuteron polarization of 44%, and a carbon-13 polarization of 52%. A new way of dynamic orientation of the deuteron spin system was found. It allows one to vary the deuteron tensor polarization or alignment independently of its vector polarization. This can be done by slightly off-resonance RF irradiation of the polarized proton system, which cools the proton spin-spin interaction reservoir. It appeared that at the same time the RF field provides a thermal contract between this reservoir and the deuteron quadrupole interaction reservoir, which caused the observed alignment. Values around 60% were reached for some parts of the deuteron spin system, corresponding to a deuteron quadrupole spin temperature of 7 uK. The dependence of the alignment on RF frequency and initial proton polarization as well as thermal mixing rates are in good agreement with quantitative estimates from spin temperature theory. (author)

  9. New method for GC/FID and GC-C-IRMS analysis of plasma free fatty acid concentration and isotopic enrichment.

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    Kangani, Cyrous O; Kelley, David E; Delany, James P

    2008-09-15

    A simple, direct and accurate method for the determination of concentration and enrichment of free fatty acids (FFAs) in human plasma was developed. The validation and comparison to a conventional method are reported. Three amide derivatives, dimethyl, diethyl and pyrrolidide, were investigated in order to achieve optimal resolution of the individual fatty acids. This method involves the use of dimethylamine/Deoxo-Fluor to derivatize plasma free fatty acids to their dimethylamides. This derivatization method is very mild and efficient, and is selective only towards FFAs so that no separation from a total lipid extract is required. The direct method gave lower concentrations for palmitic acid and stearic acid and increased concentrations for oleic acid and linoleic acid in plasma as compared to methyl ester derivative after thin-layer chromatography. The [(13)C]palmitate isotope enrichment measured using direct method was significantly higher than that observed with the BF(3)/MeOH-TLC method. The present method provided accurate and precise measures of concentration as well as enrichment when analyzed with gas chromatography combustion-isotope ratio-mass spectrometry. PMID:18757250

  10. New data on stable isotope compositions of Lake Malawi water: Proposition for a new interpretation of the relative enrichment of the hypolimnion water

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    Full text: Within the framework of the Project CASIMIR, a field campaign was organized in October 1993 (end of the dry season) in the northern part of Lake Malawi (Tanzania). River water samples were collected nearby the lake northern shore, as well as lake water columns, for stable isotope measurements (δ18O/δ2H) and tritium contents. The results obtained on two of these profiles (P1: 9 deg 43'S-34 deg 01E, 197 m deep, and P3: 9 deg 40'S-34 deg 04E, 240 m deep) are very similar, and mark both the spatial homogeneity of the vertical distribution, and the representativity of the profiles, at the timescale considered. With respect to the analytical uncertainties, the stable isotope compositions are relatively constant with depth, and of about +2.0 per mille and +12 per mille vs SMOW for δ18O and δ2H respectively. However, a slight depletion is observed between the lake surface and the -100 m level, while an increase of the isotopic compositions seems to characterise the bottom part of the water columns. This evolution could be linked to the thermo-haline structure of the lake northern sub-basin. Indeed, the thermocline (located at around -80/-90 m deep) corresponds to the inversion of the isotopic gradients. On the basis of the lake thermo-haline structure, three water bodies can be distinguished : (1) Zone I, from the surface to 45 m deep (δ18O = +2.0 per mille and δ2H = +12 per mille), (2) Zone II, between 45 and 100 m deep, and corresponding to diluted waters (lower isotopic values : δ18O = +1.9 per mille and δ2H = +10 per mille), and (3) Zone III, from 100 m deep to the bottom, characterised by a progressive enrichment of the water (δ18O = +2.0 per mille and δ2H = +13 per mille). The isotopic enrichment of the lake surface water is due to the evaporation of the epilimnion. The bottom of the epilimnion (-50 to -100 m deep) gathers diluted water, as already observed on the salinity profiles : marked by depleted isotopic values, this section thus receives

  11. Metabolic flux determination using carbon 13 NMR. Application to normal and tumoral cells from central nervous system

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    Carbon 13 NMR constitutes a potent tool to study cellular metabolism by the use of 13C enriched substrates. Analyzes of 13C NMR spectra recorded from acidic cell extracts lead to the evaluation of specific enrichment of various metabolites. On the other hand, the measure of homonuclear 13C-13C spin coupling gives information on the different isotopomers for a given molecule. Mathematical models were different isotopomers for a given molecule. Mathematical models were developed to interpret the NMR data in terms of metabolic fluxes through the metabolic network of interest. Various models established in our laboratory are presented. These models were applied to metabolic studies of cultured central nervous system cells as rat cerebellar astrocytes and granule cells, and the C6 glioma cell line. (authors). 17 refs., 3 figs., 2 tabs

  12. Centrifugal extraction of highly enriched tin isotopes and increase of specific activity of the radionuclide 119mSn on the gas centrifuge cascade

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    This work contains the results of research on centrifugal enrichment of 118Sn isotope followed by irradiation and, finally, a second centrifugal enrichment to produce high specific activity 119mSn. Non-steady-state separation methods were used for the effective extraction of the radionuclide 119mSn from the irradiated target. As a result of this work, radiation sources based on 119mSn were obtained with a specific activity of 500 mCi/g. This is 100 times greater than the specific activity obtained after irradiation in the reactor alone. In addition, the sources had an previously unattainable radio-purity ratio of 113Sn/119mSn of approximately 10-6

  13. Assumptions and Criteria for Performing a Feasability Study of the Conversion of the High Flux Isotope Reactor Core to Use Low-Enriched Uranium Fuel

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    Primm, R.T., III; Ellis, R.J.; Gehin, J.C.; Moses, D.L.; Binder, J.L.; Xoubi, N. (U. of Cincinnati)

    2006-02-01

    A computational study will be initiated during fiscal year 2006 to examine the feasibility of converting the High Flux Isotope Reactor from highly enriched uranium fuel to low-enriched uranium. The study will be limited to steady-state, nominal operation, reactor physics and thermal-hydraulic analyses of a uranium-molybdenum alloy that would be substituted for the current fuel powder--U{sub 3}O{sub 8} mixed with aluminum. The purposes of this document are to (1) define the scope of studies to be conducted, (2) define the methodologies to be used to conduct the studies, (3) define the assumptions that serve as input to the methodologies, (4) provide an efficient means for communication with the Department of Energy and American research reactor operators, and (5) expedite review and commentary by those parties.

  14. [Utilization of magnetic effects as a means of isotopic enrichment]: Technical progress report, January 1, 1987 to August 31, 1987

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    A quantitative theory was developed. Structural variations that would enhance the efficiency of the 13C isotope separation were explored. Photolysis of substituted large ring cyclic ketones resulted in efficient separations

  15. Application of environmental isotopes to identify landfill leachate contamination: Gazipur landfill, New Delhi, India

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    One of the most significant impacts of a landfill on the surrounding environment has been consistently identified as arising from leachate. Environmental isotopic signatures in groundwater plays important role in clear demarcation of pollution movements. Generally, high salinity and elevated concentrations of certain chemical species are used as an evidence of groundwater contamination by landfill leachates. However, contribution of these chemical indicators from anthropogenic or natural sources may confuse the use of these parameters for identification of leachate contamination. The characteristic values of certain environmental isotopes in the leachates are very important tools as an evidence for ascertaining contamination due to them. Gazipur is an active landfill site in NCR, Delhi and the total area of the site is 70 acres. About 2500 MT/day of solid waste is dumped here. Leachate samples from the Gazipur landfill site in New Delhi, India and groundwater samples in the vicinity of the site were collected for environmental isotopes as well as chemical analysis during post and pre monsoon period. Environmental isotopes deuterium (D), Oxygen-18 (18O), Carbon-13(13C), along with tritium (3H) content in conjunction with geochemistry as well as hydrogeological information have been used in identifying leachate migration to groundwater from Gazipur landfill site. The deuterium, oxygen-18 and carbon-13 signature of water samples and leachate were measured using dual inlet GEO 20-20 isotope ratio mass spectrometer (lRMS). Tritium contents of samples were measured using electrolytic enrichment technique followed by liquid scintillation counting in Quantulus 1220 Liquid Scintillation Counter. Leachate sample was found to be highly enriched in D (-30.79 %),180 (-4.82 %) and 13C (+ 10.96 %). Samples towards southeast side of landfill site show enriched stable isotopic content than other groundwater samples. Enriched values of carbon-13 of a few groundwater samples also

  16. Measurement of carbon-13:carbon-12 ratios by Fourier transform infrared spectrometry

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    An approach to the measurement of 13C:12C ratios in isotopically enriched samples is described. The carbon in samples is converted into CO2 gas by either combustion of organic material or acidification of carbonate. The gas is then measured by FTIR spectrometry. When spectra are recorded at 0.25 cm-1 resolution the magnitude of the isotopic shift is such that the areas of 12C and 13C rotational lines of the ν3 vibrational band for CO2 can be measured and the isotopic composition determined by reference to a standard calibration graph. The relative standard deviation at natural abundance is 1.2%, which gives an absolute limit of detection of 0.026 atom-% 13C. Details of the decomposition procedures and a comparison of the results with those obtained by mass spectrometry are also presented. (author)

  17. Effect of sulfidogenesis cycling on the biogeochemical process in arsenic-enriched aquifers in the Lanyang Plain of Taiwan: Evidence from a sulfur isotope study

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    Kao, Yu-Hsuan; Liu, Chen-Wuing; Wang, Pei-Ling; Liao, Chung-Min

    2015-09-01

    This study evaluated the biogeochemical interactions between arsenic (As) and sulfur (S) in groundwater to understand the natural and anthropogenic influences of S redox processes on As mobilization in the Lanyang Plain, Taiwan. Cl- and the sulfate isotopic composition (δ34S[SO4]) were selected as conservative tracers. River water and saline seawater were considered as end members in the binary mixing model. Thirty-two groundwater samples were divided into four types of groundwater (I, pyrite-oxidation; II, iron- and sulfate-reducing; III, sulfate-reducing; and IV, anthropogenic and others). The binary mixing model coupled with discriminant analysis was applied to yield a classification with 97% correctness, indicating that the DO/ORP values and δ34S[SO4] and Fe2+ concentrations are effective redox-sensitive indicators. Type I groundwater is mostly located in a mountainous recharge area where pyrite oxidation is the major geochemical process. A high 18O enrichment factor (ε[SO4-H2O]) and high 34S enrichment factor (ε34S[FeS2-SO4]) indicate that disproportionation and dissimilatory sulfate reduction are both involved in Type II and Type III groundwater. The process of bacterial sulfate reduction may coprecipitate and sequester As, a mechanism that is unlikely to occur in Type II groundwater. The presence of high As and Fe2+ concentrations and enriched δ34S[SO4] in Type II groundwater suggest that biogeochemical reactions occurred under anaerobic conditions. The reductive dissolution of As-bearing Fe oxyhydroxides together with microbial disproportionation of sulfur explains the substantial correlations among the high As concentration and enriched δ34S[SO4] and Fe2+ concentrations in the iron- and sulfate-reducing zone (Type II). The As concentration in Type III groundwater (sulfate-reducing) is lower than that in Type II groundwater because of bacterial sulfate reduction and coprecipitation with As. Furthermore, the dissolution of sulfate minerals is not the

  18. Re-Os isotopic evidence for an enriched-mantle source for the Noril'sk-type, ore-bearing intrusions, Siberia

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    Walker, R.J.; Morgan, J.W.; Horan, M.F.; Czamanske, G.K.; Krogstad, E.J.; Fedorenko, V.A.; Kunilov, V.E.

    1994-01-01

    have relatively uniform ??{lunate}Nd values that range only from -0.8 to + 1.1. This limited variation in neodymium isotopic composition may reflect the characteristics of the mantle sources of the rocks, or it may indicate that somehow similar proportions of crust contaminated the parental melts. The osmium, lead, and neodymium isotopic data for these rocks most closely resemble the mantle sources of certain ocean island basalts (OIB), such as some Hawaiian basalts. Hence, these data are consistent with derivation of primary melts from a mantle source similar to that of some types of hotspot activity. The long-term Re/Os enrichment of this and similar mantle sources, relative to chondritic upper mantle, may reflect 1. (1) incorporation of recycled oceanic crust into the source more than 1 Ga ago, 2. (2) derivation from a mantle plume that originated at the outer core-lower mantle interface, or 3. (3) persistence of primordial stratification of rhenium and osmium in the mantle. ?? 1994.

  19. Cl/Br ratios and chlorine isotope evidences for groundwater salinization and its impact on groundwater arsenic, fluoride and iodine enrichment in the Datong basin, China.

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    Li, Junxia; Wang, Yanxin; Xie, Xianjun

    2016-02-15

    In order to identify the salinization processes and its impact on arsenic, fluoride and iodine enrichment in groundwater, hydrogeochemical and environmental isotope studies have been conducted on groundwater from the Datong basin, China. The total dissolved solid (TDS) concentrations in groundwater ranged from 451 to 8250mg/L, and 41% of all samples were identified as moderately saline groundwater with TDS of 3000-10,000mg/L. The results of groundwater Cl concentrations, Cl/Br molar ratio and Cl isotope composition suggest that three processes including water-rock interaction, surface saline soil flushing, and evapotranspiration result in the groundwater salinization in the study area. The relatively higher Cl/Br molar ratio in groundwater from multiple screening wells indicates the contribution of halite dissolution from saline soil flushed by vertical infiltration to the groundwater salinization. However, the results of groundwater Cl/Br molar ratio model indicate that the effect of saline soil flushing practice is limited to account for the observed salinity variation in groundwater. The plots of groundwater Cl vs. Cl/Br molar ratio, and Cl vs δ(37)Cl perform the dominant effects of evapotranspiration on groundwater salinization. Inverse geochemical modeling results show that evapotranspiration may cause approximately 66% loss of shallow groundwater to account for the observed hydrochemical pattern. Due to the redox condition fluctuation induced by irrigation activities and evapotranspiration, groundwater salinization processes have negative effects on groundwater arsenic enrichment. For groundwater iodine and fluoride enrichment, evapotranspiration partly accounts for their elevation in slightly saline water. However, too strong evapotranspiration would restrict groundwater fluoride concentration due to the limitation of fluorite solubility. PMID:26657361

  20. Preliminary Assessment of the Impact on Reactor Vessel dpa Rates Due to Installation of a Proposed Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) Core in the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR)

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    Daily, Charles R. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

    2015-10-01

    An assessment of the impact on the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) reactor vessel (RV) displacements-per-atom (dpa) rates due to operations with the proposed low enriched uranium (LEU) core described by Ilas and Primm has been performed and is presented herein. The analyses documented herein support the conclusion that conversion of HFIR to low-enriched uranium (LEU) core operations using the LEU core design of Ilas and Primm will have no negative impact on HFIR RV dpa rates. Since its inception, HFIR has been operated with highly enriched uranium (HEU) cores. As part of an effort sponsored by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), conversion to LEU cores is being considered for future HFIR operations. The HFIR LEU configurations analyzed are consistent with the LEU core models used by Ilas and Primm and the HEU balance-of-plant models used by Risner and Blakeman in the latest analyses performed to support the HFIR materials surveillance program. The Risner and Blakeman analyses, as well as the studies documented herein, are the first to apply the hybrid transport methods available in the Automated Variance reduction Generator (ADVANTG) code to HFIR RV dpa rate calculations. These calculations have been performed on the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Institutional Cluster (OIC) with version 1.60 of the Monte Carlo N-Particle 5 (MCNP5) computer code.

  1. Preliminary Assessment of the Impact on Reactor Vessel dpa Rates Due to Installation of a Proposed Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) Core in the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR)

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    An assessment of the impact on the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) reactor vessel (RV) displacements-per-atom (dpa) rates due to operations with the proposed low enriched uranium (LEU) core described by Ilas and Primm has been performed and is presented herein. The analyses documented herein support the conclusion that conversion of HFIR to low-enriched uranium (LEU) core operations using the LEU core design of Ilas and Primm will have no negative impact on HFIR RV dpa rates. Since its inception, HFIR has been operated with highly enriched uranium (HEU) cores. As part of an effort sponsored by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), conversion to LEU cores is being considered for future HFIR operations. The HFIR LEU configurations analyzed are consistent with the LEU core models used by Ilas and Primm and the HEU balance-of-plant models used by Risner and Blakeman in the latest analyses performed to support the HFIR materials surveillance program. The Risner and Blakeman analyses, as well as the studies documented herein, are the first to apply the hybrid transport methods available in the Automated Variance reduction Generator (ADVANTG) code to HFIR RV dpa rate calculations. These calculations have been performed on the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Institutional Cluster (OIC) with version 1.60 of the Monte Carlo N-Particle 5 (MCNP5) computer code.

  2. Phosphoprotein Isotope-Coded Solid-Phase Tag Approach for Enrichment and Quantitative Analysis of Phosphopeptides from Complex Mixtures

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    Qian, Weijun (BATTELLE (PACIFIC NW LAB)); Goshe, Michael B.(North Carolina State University); Camp, David G.(BATTELLE (PACIFIC NW LAB)); Yu, Li-Rong (BATTELLE (PACIFIC NW LAB)); Tang, Keqi (BATTELLE (PACIFIC NW LAB)); Smith, Richard D.(BATTELLE (PACIFIC NW LAB))

    2003-10-15

    Many cellular processes are regulated by reversible protein phosphorylation and the ability to identify and quantify phosphoproteins from proteomes is essential for gaining a better understanding of these dynamic cellular processes. However, a sensitive, efficient and global method capable of addressing the phosphoproteome has yet to be developed. Here we describe an improved stable-isotope labeling method using a Phosphoprotein Isotope-coded Solid-phase Tag (PhIST) for isolating and measuring the relative abundance of phosphorylated peptides from complex peptide mixtures resulting from the enzymatic digestion of extracted proteins. The PhIST approach is an extension of the previously reported Phosphoprotein Isotope-coded Affinity Tag (PhIAT)approach developed by our laboratory1-2, where the O-phosphate moiety on phosphoseryl or phosphothreonyl residues were derivatized by hydroxide ion-medated B-elimination followed by the addition of 1,2-ethanedithiol (EDT). Instead of using the biotin affinity tag, peptides containing the EDT moiety were captured and labeled in one step using isotope-coded solid-phase reagents containing either light (12C6, 14N) or heavy (13C6, 15N) stable isotopes. The captured peptides labeled with the isotope-coded tags were released from the solid-phase support by UV photocleavage and analyzed by capillary LC-MS/MS. The efficiency and sensitivity of the PhIST labeling approach for identification of phosphopeptides from mixtures was demonstrated using casein phosphoproteins. Its utility for proteomic applications is demonstrated by the labeling of soluble proteins from human breast cancer cell line.

  3. Laser and gas centrifuge enrichment

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    Heinonen, Olli [Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, Massachusetts (United States)

    2014-05-09

    Principles of uranium isotope enrichment using various laser and gas centrifuge techniques are briefly discussed. Examples on production of high enriched uranium are given. Concerns regarding the possibility of using low end technologies to produce weapons grade uranium are explained. Based on current assessments commercial enrichment services are able to cover the global needs of enriched uranium in the foreseeable future.

  4. Laser and gas centrifuge enrichment

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    Heinonen, Olli

    2014-05-01

    Principles of uranium isotope enrichment using various laser and gas centrifuge techniques are briefly discussed. Examples on production of high enriched uranium are given. Concerns regarding the possibility of using low end technologies to produce weapons grade uranium are explained. Based on current assessments commercial enrichment services are able to cover the global needs of enriched uranium in the foreseeable future.

  5. Uranium enrichment

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    This chapter discusses the development of uranium enrichment processes. In the introduction there is a brief history of uranium enrichment, followed by a summary of the criteria used for the assessment of an isotope separation process, e.g. the separation factor, separative power, and the power consumption of a separating element. This is followed by a discussion of the two main processes used, i.e. gaseous diffusion and centrifugation. The reason for the change from diffusion to centrifugation in the UK, mainly on power costs, is discussed. The development potential of centrifuges is also assessed. Other processes which have been developed up to pilot stage are described, e.g. the Becker jet nozzle and the South African process. This is followed by a description of some plasma-based methods. The next topic is concerned with chemical exchange methods and an attempt is made to assess their potential in the enrichment scene from published information. This chapter concludes with a discussion of the advanced laser isotope-separation methods. The two approaches, i.e. the atomic and the molecular routes are discussed again using published information. This information is insufficient to give a complete assessment of the methods, especially the molecular route, but is enough to give indications of their potential

  6. Determination of total selenium and Se-77 in isotopically enriched human samples by ICP-dynamic reaction cell-MS

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    Sloth, Jens Jørgen; Larsen, Erik Huusfeldt; Bügel, Susanne H.; Moesgaard, Sven

    2003-01-01

    digested faecal samples were diluted using an aqueous diluent containing 0.5% Triton X-100, 2% nitric acid and 3% methanol. Selenium was detected as Se-76, Se-77 and Se-80 by ICP- DRC- MS. Selenium originating from the natural isotope abundance yeast and other selenium sources from the diet was determined...... human study in which a single dose of 327 mug Se-77 ( 99.3% pure) had been given as intrinsically Se-77-labelled yeast, following administration for six weeks of 300 mug d(-1) of selenium also as selenised yeast with natural isotope abundance. Prior to analysis, the plasma and urine samples and the...... accuracy was controlled by analysis of the reference materials Seronorm Serum and BCR 185 Bovine Liver....

  7. Isotopic distributions, element ratios, and element mass fractions from enrichment-meter-type gamma-ray measurements of MOX

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    The gamma-ray spectra from ''infinitely'' thick mixed oxide samples have been measured. The plutonium isotopics, the U/Pu ratio, the high-Z mass fractions (assuming only plutonium, uranium, and americium), and the low-Z mass fraction (assuming the matrix is only oxygen) can be determined by carefully analyzing the data. The results agree well with the chemical determination of these parameters. 8 refs., 3 figs., 3 tabs

  8. Fundamentals for the development of a low-activation lead coolant with isotopic enrichment for advanced nuclear power facilities

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    The purpose of this paper is to study the prospects of new coolants for fast reactors and accelerator driven systems. The main focus is on their improvement using the isotopic tailoring technique to reduce post-irradiation activity. Calculations using the FISPACT-3 code show that irradiating natural lead (Pb-nat) for 30 years leads to the accumulation of long-lived toxic radionuclides, 207Bi, 208Bi and 210Pb, which extends the cooling down period to the clearance level. This time can be shortened by using the lead isotope 206Pb instead of Pb-nat. This substantially decreases the concentration of the most toxic polonium isotope, 210Po. Calculations for lead activation in the hard proton-neutron ADS spectrum were performed using the CASCADE/SNT code. The time-dependent activity of the 207Bi produced in Pb-nat and 206Pb after irradiation for one year with a proton beam having an energy of 0.8 GeV and a current of 30 mA is given. The activity of 207Bi is decreased by four orders of magnitude when 206Pb is used instead of natural lead as a coolant for ADS targets. The production of such radiotoxic nuclides as 210Po is also substantially diminished. (author)

  9. Uranium enrichment. Principles

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    Uranium enrichment industry is a more than 60 years old history and has developed without practically no cost, efficiency or profit constraints. However, remarkable improvements have been accomplished since the Second World War and have led to the development of various competing processes which reflect the diversity of uranium compositions and of uranium needs. Content: 1 - general considerations: uranium isotopes, problem of uranium enrichment, first realizations (USA, Russia, Europe, Asia, other countries), present day situation, future needs and market evolution; 2 - principles of isotopic separation: processes classification (high or low enrichment), low elementary enrichment processes, equilibrium time, cascade star-up and monitoring, multi-isotopes case, uranium reprocessing; 3 - enrichment and proliferation. (J.S.)

  10. Molecular laser isotope separation programme at BARC

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    Little over thirty years ago, BARC ventured into a new frontier of scientific research: Molecular Laser Isotope Separation (MLIS) programme based on the interaction of lasers with molecules. The initial project was a scheme to produce enriched uranium. The idea was to use the intense, monochromatic light of lasers to break the chemical bonds of only those molecules containing the fissionable isotope uranium-235. At present the programme is evolving around separation of low and middle mass isotopes, namely sulphur 34/33/32, oxygen 17/18, carbon 13/12, hydrogen T/D/H to be followed by an advanced engineering programme designed to lead to a demonstration plant. The latest results have come very close to the design parameters specified for a full-scale separation of carbon isotopes. All these expertise provide an infra structure for future front line R and D activities in the general area of Laser Photochemical Technology which would include i) LIS of other useful elements ii) Material processing and iii) Fuel reprocessing/ waste management (author)

  11. Neutrinoless double-β decay of 76Ge: First results from the International Germanium Experiment (IGEX) with six isotopically enriched detectors

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    The International Germanium Experiment (IGEX) has six HPGe detectors, isotopically enriched to 86% in 76Ge, containing approximately 90 active moles of 76Ge. Three detectors of 2 kg each operate in the Canfranc Underground Laboratory (Spain) with pulse-shape analysis electronics. One detector (∼0.7 kg active volume) has been operating in the Baksan Low-Background Laboratory for several years, and two additional similar detectors will operate in Baksan. A maximum likelihood analysis of 74.84 active mole years of data yields a lower bound T1/20ν≥0.8x1025yr (90% C.L.), corresponding to left-angle mν right-angle <(0.5 - 1.5)eV, depending on the theoretical nuclear matrix elements used to extract the neutrino mass parameter. copyright 1999 The American Physical Society

  12. [Microbial synthesis of deuterium labelled L-phenylalanine with different levels of isotopic enrichment by facultative methylotrophic bacterium Brevibacterium methylicum with RMP assimilation of carbon].

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    Mosin, O V; Shvets, V I; Skladnev, D A; Ignatov, I

    2014-01-01

    The preparative microbial synthesis of amino acids labelled with stable isotopes, including deuterium ( 2 H), suitable for biomedical applications by methylotrophic bacteria was studied using L-phenylalanine as example. This amino acid is secreted by Gram-negative aerobic facultative methylotrophic bacteria Brevibacterium methylicum, assimilating methanol via ribulose-5-monophosphate (RMP) cycle of assimilation of carbon, The data on adaptation of L-phenylalanine secreted by methylotrophic bacterium В. methylicum to the maximal concentration of deuterium in the growth medium with 98% 2 Н 2 O and 2% [ 2 Н]methanol, and biosynthesis of deuterium labelled L-phenylalanine With different levels of enrichment are presented. The strain was adapted by means of plating initial cells on firm (2% agarose) minimal growth media with an increasing gradient of 2 Н 2 O concentration from 0; 24.5; 49.0; 73.5 up to 98% 2 Н 2 O followed by subsequent selection of separate colonies stable to the action of 2 Н 2 O. These colonies were capable to produce L-phenylalanine. L-phenylalanine was extracted from growth medium by extraction with isopropanol with the subsequent crystallization in ethanol (output 0.65 g/l). The developed method of microbial synthesis allows to obtain deuterium labelled L-phenylalanine with different levels of isotopic enrichment, depending on concentration of 2 Н 2 O in growth media, from 17% (on growth medium with 24,5% 2 Н 2 O) up to 75% (on growth medium with 98% 2 Н 2 O) of deuterium in the molecule that is confirmed with the data of the electron impact (EI) mass- spectrometry analysis of methyl ethers of N-dimethylamino(naphthalene)-5-sulfochloride (dansyl) phenylalanine in these experimental conditions. PMID:25249528

  13. Carbon-13 spin lattice relaxation and photoelectron spectroscopy of some aromatic sulphides and sulphones

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    Carbon-13 NMR spectroscopy and photoelectron spectroscopy have been used to study the electronic structure of symmetric dithienothiophenes and corresponding sulphones. The physical data obtained from both spectroscopic techniques have been interpreted with the aid of quantum mechanical calculations. (Auth.)

  14. Tracing fly ash emitted from a coal-fired power plant with enriched rare-earth isotopes: an urban scale test

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    Artificially enriched isotopes of neodymium (Nd) were released from a 100 MW(e) coal-fired power plant at rates ranging from 40 to 61 mg h-1 in an experiment designed to test a new intentional particulate tracer technique. During each release, ambient samples of airborne particles with diameters o arc 20 km from the plant on 47-mm diameter Teflon filters operated at nominal flow rates of 130 ι min-1. Samples collected when estimates of the meteorological dispersion parameter, X/Q, ranged from 0.3 x 10-10 to 350 x 10-10 s m-3, were analysed for total Nd mass and excess 148Nd, the tracer isotope, by thermal-ionization mass spectrometry. Measured concentrations were in good agreement with predictions of ambient tracer concentrations made with a Gaussian plume model in which lateral and vertical plume dispersion parameters were derived from the standard deviation of the horizontal wind direction. The observed tracer concentrations correspond to signal-to-noise ratios (S:N) of 150-450. The concentration of 148Nd measured in particles < 0.65 μm in diameter corresponds to an S:N in excess of 4500. (Author)

  15. Simplified sample preparation procedure for measuring isotope-enriched methylmercury by gas chromatography and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry.

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    Avramescu, Mary-Luyza; Zhu, Joy; Yumvihoze, Emmanuel; Hintelmann, Holger; Fortin, Danielle; Lean, David R S

    2010-06-01

    Many procedures have been developed to measure the concentration of monomethylmercury (MeHg) from different sample matrices, and the use of stable isotopes of mercury now provides opportunities to determine its formation and degradation rates. Here, a modified procedure for measuring mercury isotopes in sediment samples that uses acid leaching-ion exchange-thiosulfate extraction (TSE) to isolate and purify the methylated mercury from the matrix is proposed. The latter is followed by aqueous-phase ethylation, purge and trap on Tenax, gas chromatography separation of ethylated mercury compounds, and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry detection. The new TSE procedure bridges together two well-known methods, the acid-leaching and distillation-derivatization procedures, offering the advantages of artifact-free formation of the first, and low detection limits and the possibility of quantification of individual isotopes of mercury of the second. The modified procedure retains the derivatization, purge and trap, and gas chromatography and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (GC-ICP-MS) detection steps from the distillation-derivatization procedure, and eliminates the distillation step, which is not only laborious but also expensive, due to the high cost of installation and time-consuming cleaning process. Major advantages of the TSE procedure proposed include the extraction and analysis of a large number of samples in a short time, excellent analyte recoveries, and the lack of artifact formation. Sediment certified reference materials (CRMs), BCR 580 and IAEA 405, were used to test the TSE procedure accuracy. Recoveries between 94 to 106% and 95 to 96% were obtained for CRMs and spiked samples (Milli-Q(R) water), respectively. Comparisons among thiosulfate extraction, distillation, and acid-leaching procedures have shown good agreement of methylmercury values. PMID:20821567

  16. Circuit-quantum electrodynamics with direct magnetic coupling to single-atom spin qubits in isotopically enriched 28Si

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    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Recent advances in silicon nanofabrication have allowed the manipulation of spin qubits that are extremely isolated from noise sources, being therefore the semiconductor equivalent of single atoms in vacuum. We investigate the possibility of directly coupling an electron spin qubit to a superconducting resonator magnetic vacuum field. By using resonators modified to increase the vacuum magnetic field at the qubit location, and isotopically purified 28Si substrates, it is possible to achieve coupling rates faster than the single spin dephasing. This opens up new avenues for circuit-quantum electrodynamics with spins, and provides a pathway for dispersive read-out of spin qubits via superconducting resonators.

  17. Rate of uptake and distribution of Hg in dissolved organic carbon compounds in darkwater ecosystems by ICP-MS and enriched stable isotope spiking

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    The role of natural organic acids on mercury binding, transportation, net uptake rates and possibly net methylation rates will be evaluated by tracing these processes with isotope enriched mercury and ICP-MS technology. The correlation between dissolved organic matter and Hg in waters is well documented. It appears that organic acids can react with mercury residing in or emitted from different sources such as soils (particularly hydromorphic soils), laterites, natural degassing, forest fires, fuel combustion, gold mining activities, etc. to form soluble Hg-organo-complexes. The formation of these complexes is believed to greatly enhance Hg transport and be an important preliminary step in the formation of Methyl-Hg and biological uptake. The rates of these reactions and the key organic compounds involved in mercury binding will be determined by reacting isotopically-enriched Hg with samples containing a variety of concentrations and types of organic acids and subsequently analysing both reactants and organisms exposed to the reactants (bioassays) for Hg isotopes by ICP-MS. The Hg spike will allow the precise determination of rates of uptake and the most active agents of uptake. Initially, the method will be used to examine total Hg uptake and distribution but if technological limitations are overcome, this same approach can be used to determine net rates of methylation and net MeHg uptake. After the method is validated the experimental design can be altered to test the relative effects of such things as the addition of CO2 (pH change), or adding a substrate such as Fe-Mn oxyhydroxides. The addition of synthetic materials such as mulched automobile tires, can also be tested with the goal developing a pragmatic remedial method for Hg containment. Ultimately, this research should contribute to an understanding of mercury mobilization, transport and bio-concentration mechanisms, and provide a basis for developing management and treatment strategies. Emphasis will be on

  18. Laser Carbon-13 and Nitrogen-15 Isotope Analysis for Greenhouse Gases now available at the SWMCNL

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    The Cosmic-Ray Neutron Probe (CRNP), a passive and non-invasive method to monitor soil water contents in the top 50 cm and covers an area of about 40 hectares. After the first field calibration in 2013, further calibration was carried out using the method of Desilets et al. (2010) modified by Bogena et al. (2013). For this purpose, soil sampling were collected for gravimetric water content in July, August and October 2015 from a field site located at the Petzenkirchen research station of the Federal Agency for Water Management and the Technical University, Vienna. This field site is located about 100 km west of Vienna. These campaigns aimed to calibrate the soil water content (SWC) for different soil wetness and cropping patterns

  19. Anthropogenic and natural lead isotopes in Fe-hydroxides and Fe-sulphates in a watershed associated with arsenic-enriched groundwater, Maine, USA

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    Ayuso, Robert A.; Foley, Nora K.

    2008-01-01

    A survey of the natural and anthropogenic sources of lead contributing to secondary minerals in sulphidic schists associated with arsenic-enriched groundwater in Coastal Maine shows that the most likely source is natural Pb, particularly from coexisting sulphide minerals. The secondary minerals also reflect notable contributions from anthropogenic Pb. The Pb isotopes establish pathways by which Pb, and by inference As, could have been transported from As-bearing minerals (arsenian pyrite, arsenopyrite, lollingite, orpiment, arsenic oxide and others), via sulphide oxidation or carbonation reactions into multiple generations of secondary minerals (goethite, hematite, jarosite, natrojarosite and others). Lead isotopic compositions of the sulphides and secondary minerals determined by thermal ionization mass spectrometry (n=53) range widely. Lead and As contents of the sulphides and secondary minerals overlap, and are generally positively correlated. Pyrite, the dominant sulphide in sulphidic schists associated with As-enriched groundwater in Coastal Maine, has values of 206Pb/204Pb from 18.186 to 18.391, 207Pb/204Pb from 15.617 to 15.657, 208Pb/204Pb from 38.052 to 38.210, 206Pb/207Pb from c. 1.1625 to 1.1760 and 208Pb/207Pb from c. 2.4276 to 2.4394. Mixtures of Fe-hydroxide and oxide minerals (predominantly goethite and hematite) and secondary Fe-sulphate minerals (jarosite, natrojarosite, rozenite and melanterite) in the sulphidic schists have overlapping but generally higher values of 206Pb/204Pb from 18.495 to 19.747 (one sample at 21.495), 207Pb/204Pb from 15.595 to 15.722 (one sample at 15.839), 208Pb/204Pb from 38.186 to 39.162,206Pb/207Pb from c.1.1860 to 1.2575 (one sample at 1.3855) and 208Pb/207Pb from c. 2.4441 to 2.4865 than the sulphides. Sulphides from Zn-Pb metal mines are somewhat less radiogenic than sulphides from the schists. Other sulphides (mostly pyrite) associated with pegmatites and granitic rocks are heterogeneous and more

  20. Reduction of isotopically enriched 50Ti-dioxide for the production of high-intensity heavy-ion beam

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    Titanium-50 (50Ti) is an important and often requested ion beam for nuclear physics' experiments. While natural titanium of very high purity is available in different forms; enriched material can only be bought as the dioxide or the tetrachloride. These compounds cannot be processed from currently available ion sources with a sufficient beam quality and sufficient beam intensity for a long time. We describe here the process of converting titanium dioxide into the metal, the material analysis of the starting material as well as of the reduced material. Despite varying contamination levels of silicon, chlorine, and tin in the primary materials, we obtained high yields of metallic titanium with different contamination levels. The obtained metallic 50Ti was applied at the accelerator UNILAC for the production of a high intensity ion beam for several month of beam time. (author)

  1. O, Sr and Nd isotopic constraints on Cenozoic granitoids of Northwestern Anatolia, Turkey: Enrichment by subduction zone fluids

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    Yücel-Öztürk, Yeşim

    2016-05-01

    The oxygen and strontium isotope compositions of Cenozoic granitoids cropping out in the İzmir-Ankara-Erzincan suture zone help constrain the petrological evolution of magmatism in northwest Anatolia. The magmatism was mostly widespread between late Eocene (∼37 Ma) and the middle Miocene (∼14-15 Ma), and is represented by volcanic and plutonic rocks of orogenic affinity, of which Ezine, Eğrigöz, Çataldağ and Kozak are the largest Tertiary granitic plutons exposed in northwest Anatolia. They vary from granite to granodiorite, and are subalkaline, belonging to the high-K calc-alkaline I-type granite series. All these characteristics, combined with major, trace element geochemical data as well as mineralogical and textural evidence, reveal that the Oligocene-Miocene granitoids of NW Anatolia are comparable with volcanic arc granites, formed in a transitional oceanic to continental collisional tectonic setting, from a hybrid source, having crustal and mantle components that underwent further interaction with the upper crust. These plutons have initial 87Sr/86Sr ratios of 0.7072-0.7094, and εNd(t) values ranging from -3.48 to -1.20. These characteristics also indicate that a crustal component played an important role in the petrogenesis of NW Anatolian Oligocene-Miocene granitoids. The moderately evolved Ezine, Eğrigöz, Çataldağ and Kozak granitoids, have δ18O values that are consistent with those of normal I-type granites (6-10‰), but the δ18O relationships among minerals of samples collected from the intrusive contacts which are closest to mineralized zones, indicate a major influence of hydrothermal processes under subsolidus conditions. The oxygen isotope systematics of the samples from these plutons result from the activity of high-δ18O fluids (magmatic water), with major involvement of low-δ18O fluids (meteoric water) evident, near the edge zone of these plutons. This is most evident in δ18O quartz-feldspar pairs from these granitoids, which

  2. Uranium enrichment

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    This paper reports that in 1990 the Department of Energy began a two-year project to illustrate the technical and economic feasibility of a new uranium enrichment technology-the atomic vapor laser isotope separation (AVLIS) process. GAO believes that completing the AVLIS demonstration project will provide valuable information about the technical viability and cost of building an AVLIS plant and will keep future plant construction options open. However, Congress should be aware that DOE still needs to adequately demonstrate AVLIS with full-scale equipment and develop convincing cost projects. Program activities, such as the plant-licensing process, that must be completed before a plant is built, could take many years. Further, an updated and expanded uranium enrichment analysis will be needed before any decision is made about building an AVLIS plant. GAO, which has long supported legislation that would restructure DOE's uranium enrichment program as a government corporation, encourages DOE's goal of transferring AVLIS to the corporation. This could reduce the government's financial risk and help ensure that the decision to build an AVLIS plant is based on commercial concerns. DOE, however, has no alternative plans should the government corporation not be formed. Further, by curtailing a planned public access program, which would have given private firms an opportunity to learn about the technology during the demonstration project, DOE may limit its ability to transfer AVLIS to the private sector

  3. The use of environmental monitoring as a technique to identify isotopic enrichment activities; O uso da monitoracao ambiental como tecnica de identificacao de atividades de enriquecimento isotopico

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    Buchmann, Jose Henrique

    2000-07-01

    The use of environmental monitoring as a technique to identify activities related to the nuclear fuel cycle has been proposed, by international organizations, as an additional measure to the safeguards agreements in force. The elements specific for each kind of nuclear activity, or nuclear signatures, inserted in the ecosystem by several transfer paths, can be intercepted with better or worse ability by different live organisms. Depending on the kind of signature of interest, the anthropogenic material identification and quantification require the choice of adequate biologic indicators and, mainly, the use of sophisticated techniques associated with elaborate sample treatments. This work demonstrates the technical viability of using pine needles as bioindicators of nuclear signatures associated with uranium enrichment activities. Additionally, it proposes the use of a technique widely diffused nowadays in the scientific community, the High Resolution Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (HR-ICP-MS), to identify the signature corresponding to that kind of activities in the ecosystem. It can be also found a description of a methodology recently being applied in analytical chemistry,based on uncertainties estimates metrological concepts, used to calculate the uncertainties associated with the obtained measurement results. Nitric acid solutions with a concentration of 0.3 mol.kg{sup -1}, used to wash pine needles sampled near facilities that manipulate enriched uranium and containing only 0.1 {mu}g.kg{sup -1} of uranium, exhibit a {sup 235} U: {sup 238} U isotopic abundance ratio of 0.0092{+-}0.0002, while solutions originated from samples collected at places located more than 200 km far from activities related to the nuclear fuel cycle exhibit a value of 0.0074{+-}0.0002 for this abundance ratio. Similar results were obtained for samples collected in different places permit to confirm the presence of anthropogenic uranium and demonstrate the viability of using

  4. Feeding strategies of deep-sea sub-Arctic macrofauna of the Faroe-Shetland Channel: Combining natural stable isotopes and enrichment techniques

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    Gontikaki, E.; Mayor, D. J.; Narayanaswamy, B. E.; Witte, U.

    2011-02-01

    The response of a sub-arctic, deep-sea macrofaunal community to a simulated food sedimentation event was studied by means of a stable isotope "pulse-chase" experiment. A food pulse was simulated by adding 500 mg C m -2 of 13C-labelled diatoms, Chaetoceros radicans, to sediment cores retrieved from 1080 m in the Faroe-Shetland Channel. Carbon uptake by specific macrofaunal groups was quantified after 3 and 6 days of incubation. The carbon uptake of the dominant taxon (Polychaeta) was quantified at the genus-, and where possible, species-level, representing a data resolution that is rare in deep-sea tracer studies. The macrofaunal community reacted rapidly to the diatom addition, with 47% and 70% of the animals illustrating 13C-enrichment after 3 and 6 days, respectively. Approximately 95% of C uptake was located in the upper 2 cm due to the particularly shallow vertical distribution of the macrofaunal community and the nonexistent tracer subduction by burrowing species. Polychaetes of the families Ampharetidae and Cirratulidae were among the most heavily labelled with above background enrichment reaching 1300‰. Approximately 0.8 and 2.0 mg C m -2 were processed by the macrofauna after 3 and 6 days, representing 0.2% and 0.4% of the added carbon, respectively. It was not possible to differentiate sub-surface deposit-feeding polychaetes from predator/scavenger- and omnivorous polychaetes using their natural δ 15N signatures. However, the combination of natural abundance δ 15N data and 13C-labelling experiments proved to be useful for elucidating trophic relations in deep-sea food webs. This study confirms that macrofauna play an active role in the short-term carbon cycling at bathyal depths even at sub-zero temperatures and highlights the need for detailed knowledge of the community structure in understanding carbon processing patterns and early diagenesis of organic matter in marine sediments.

  5. Study of chromium-containing proteins in subcellular fractions of rat liver by enriched stable isotopic tracer technique and gel filtration chromatography

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    Feng, Weiyue; Li, Bai; Liu, Jing; Chai, Zhifang; Zhang, Peiqun; Gao, Yuxi; Zhao, Jiujiang [Laboratory of Nuclear Analytical Techniques, Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 918, 100039, Beijing (China)

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    Ten male Wistar rats were intravenously injected with a single approximately physiological dose of enriched stable isotopic Cr-50 tracer solution (200 ng {sup 50}Cr{sup 3+}/100 g body wt). The fundamental distribution patterns of the chromium-containing proteins in the nucleic, mitochondrial, lysosomal, microsomal, and cytosolic subcellular fractions of the rat liver were investigated by means of Sephadex G-100 gel chromatography combined with neutron activation analysis via {sup 50}Cr (n, {gamma}) {sup 51}Cr reaction. In total, nine kinds of Cr-containing proteins were found in the five subcellular fractions, whose relative molecular masses were 96.6{+-}6.2, 68.2{+-}1.4, 57.9{+-}4.7, 36.6{+-}1.2, 24.2{+-}1.8, 14.0{+-}1.5, 8.8{+-}0.6, 6.9{+-}0.4, and 4.2{+-}0.4 kDa. Approximately 64.5% of Cr proteins accumulated in the cytosolic fraction. The second enriched part was the nucleic fraction; about 12.2% Cr proteins were stored in this section. The 4.2-kDa molecular mass might contain the so-called low molecular weight chromium-containing substance; however, in this research, it was only observed in the mitochondria, lysosome, and microsome. In the mitochondrial fraction, most of the Cr proteins were present as relatively low molecular weight substances: about 56% of chromium-containing proteins had molecular masses {<=}6.9 kDa. Nevertheless, more than 69% of Cr-containing proteins were observed with molecular masses {>=}57.9 kDa in the liver cytosolic fraction. (orig.)

  6. Stable carbon and nitrogen isotope trophic enrichment factors for Steller sea lion vibrissae relative to milk and fish/invertebrate diets

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    Stricker, Craig A.; Christ, Aaron M.; Wunder, Michael B.; Doll, Andrew C.; Farley, Sean D.; Rea, Lorrie D.; Rosen, David A. S.; Scherer, R. D.; Tollit, Dominic J.

    2015-01-01

    Nutritional constraints have been proposed as a contributor to population declines in the endangered Steller sea lion Eumetopias jubatus in some regions of the North Pacific. Isotopic analysis of vibrissae (whiskers) is a potentially useful approach to resolving the nutritional ecology of this species because long-term (up to 8 yr) dietary information is sequentially recorded and metabolically inert once formed. Additionally, vibrissae are grown in utero, potentially offering indirect inference on maternal diet. However, diet reconstruction using isotopic techniques requires a priori knowledge of trophic enrichment factors (TEFs), which can vary relative to diet quality and among animal species. In this study, we provide new TEF estimates for (1) maternal relative to pup vibrissae during both gestation and nursing and (2) adult vibrissae relative to a complex diet. Further, we refine vibrissa-milk TEFs based on an additional 76 animals with an age distribution ranging from 1 to 20 mo. Mother-pup vibrissae TEF values during gestation and nursing were near zero for δ13C and averaged 0.8 and 1.6‰, respectively, for δ15N. In contrast, vibrissa-fish/invertebrate TEFs averaged 3.3 (± 0.3 SD) and 3.7‰ (±0.3) for lipid-free δ13C and δ15N, respectively. Average lipid-free δ13C and δ15N vibrissa-milk TEFs were 2.5 (±0.9) and 1.8‰ (±0.8), respectively, and did not differ among metapopulations. Empirically determined TEFs are critical for accurate retrospective diet modeling, particularly for evaluating the hypothesis of nutritional deficiency contributing to the lack of Steller sea lion population recovery in some regions of Alaska.

  7. Enriched asthenosphere melting beneath the nascent North African margin: trace element and Nd isotope evidence in middle-late Triassic alkali basalts from central Sicily (Italy)

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    Cirrincione, Rosolino; Fiannacca, Patrizia; Lustrino, Michele; Romano, Vanessa; Tranchina, Annunziata; Villa, Igor M.

    2016-03-01

    During the dismembering of the Pangea supercontinent, middle-late Triassic sub-volcanic alkaline rocks were emplaced in central Sicily. These rocks have an alkali basaltic composition and show OIB-like incompatible element patterns in primitive mantle-normalized diagrams (e.g., enrichments in HFSE and LREE coupled with high HFSE/LILE ratios), as well as slightly positive \\varepsilon_{Nd} values. Only subtle effects of crustal contamination at shallow depths emerge from geochemical data. These characteristics are very different compared with the Permian calcalkaline magmas from elsewhere in SW Europe still carrying the geochemical signature of modifications related to the Variscan orogeny. The mineralogical, geochemical and isotopic compositions of the investigated samples from central Sicily are also different from the coeval shoshonitic volcano-plutonic formations of Southern Alps (Dolomites). The incompatible element composition and Nd isotopic ratios are consistent with low-degree partial melting of a moderately depleted asthenospheric mantle source, with a negligible involvement of the thinned continental crust. The studied alkaline basalts represent the only known evidence of a segment of the Triassic rift system associated with early Pangea breakup in central Sicily. The close similarity of the central Sicily Triassic alkali basalts with coeval basalts emplaced along former orogenic sutures across the peri-Mediterranean area suggests a common origin related, at least partly, to asthenospheric passive upwelling following the tectonic collapse of the Variscan Belt. These rocks provide new constraints on the spatial-temporal distribution, magma source evolution and geodynamic meaning of the widespread Permo-Triassic basic magmatism developed after the end of the Variscan Orogeny in southwestern Europe.

  8. Analysis of the carbon-13 and proton NMR spectra of bovine chromaffin granules.

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    Sharp, R R; Richards, E P

    1977-03-29

    Natural abundance carbon-13 and proton NMR spectra of bovine chromaffin granules have been obtained and analyzed using computer simulation techniques. High resolution spectra show the presence of a fluid aqueous phase containing epinephrine, ATP and a random coil protein. The protein spectrum contains unusually intense resonances due to glutamic acid and proline and has been simulated satisfactorily using the known amino acid composition of chromogranin A. The lipid phase of chromaffin granules gives rise to intense, but very broad, resonances in the carbon-13 spectrum. Protons in the lipid phase are also observable as a very rapid component of the proton-free induction decay (T2 approximately equal to 15 microns). Linewidths of the carbon-13 spectra have been used to set upper limits on rotational correlation times and on the motional anisotropy in the aqueous phase. These limits show that the aqueous phase is a simple solution (not a gel) that is isotropic over regions much larger than solute dimensions. No gel transition is observed between -3 and 25 degrees C. The carbon-13 spectra are definitely inconsistent with a lipoprotein matrix model and chromaffin granules previously proposed by Helle and Serck-Hanssen ((1975) Mol. Cell, Biochem. 6, 127-146). Relative carbon-13 intensities of ATP and epinephrine are not consistent with the known 1 : 4 mol ratio of these components. This fact suggests that epinephrine and ATP are not directly complexed in intact chromaffin granules. PMID:849474

  9. Accumulation of methylmercury in rice and flooded soil in experiments with an enriched isotopic Hg(II) tracer

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    Strickman, R. J.; Mitchell, C. P. J.

    2015-12-01

    Methylmercury (MeHg) is a neurotoxin produced in anoxic aquatic sediments. Numerous factors, including the presence of aquatic plants, alter the biogeochemistry of sediments, affecting the rate at which microorganisms transform bioavailable inorganic Hg (IHg) to MeHg. Methylmercury produced in flooded paddy soils and its transfer into rice has become an important dietary consideration. An improved understanding of how MeHg reaches the grain and the extent to which rice alters MeHg production in rhizosphere sediments could help to inform rice cultivation practices. We conducted a controlled greenhouse experiment with thirty rice plants grown in individual, flooded pots amended with enriched 200Hg. Unvegetated controls were maintained under identical conditions. At three plant growth stages (vegetative growth, flowering, and grain maturity), ten plants were sacrificed and samples collected from soil, roots, straw, panicle, and grain of vegetated and unvegetated pots, and assessed for MeHg and THg concentrations. We observed consistent ratios between ambient and tracer MeHg between soils (0.36 ±0.04 — 0.44 ± 0.09) and plant compartments (0.23 ± 0.07 -0.34 ± 0.05) indicating that plant MeHg contamination originates in the soil rather than in planta methylation. The majority of this MeHg was absorbed between the tillering (4.48 ± 2.38 ng/plant) and flowering (8.43 ± 5.12 ng/pl) phases, with a subsequent decline at maturity (2.87 ± 1.23 ng/pl) only partly explained by translocation to the developing grain, indicating that MeHg was demethylated in planta. In contrast, IHg was absorbed from both soil and air, as evidenced by the higher ambient IHg concentrations compared to tracer (3.76 ± 1.19 vs. 0.27 ± 0.40 ng/g). Surprisingly, MeHg accumulation was significantly (p= 0.042-- 0.003) lower in vegetated vs. unvegetated sediments at flowering (1.41 ± 0.26 vs. 1.57 ± 0.23) and maturity (1.27 ± 0.22 vs. 1.71 ± 0.25), suggesting that plant exudates bound Hg

  10. Determination of 13C isotopic enrichment of valine and threonine by GC-C-IRMS after formation of the N(O,S)-ethoxycarbonyl ethyl ester derivatives of the amino acids.

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    Godin, Jean-Philippe; Faure, Magali; Breuille, Denis; Hopfgartner, Gérard; Fay, Laurent-Bernard

    2007-06-01

    We describe a new method of assessing, in a single run, (13)C isotopic enrichment of both Val and Thr by gas chromatography-combustion-isotope-ratio mass spectrometry (GC-C-IRMS). This method characterised by a rapid one-step derivatisation procedure performed at room temperature to form the N(O,S)-ethoxycarbonyl ethyl ester derivatives, and a polar column for GC. The suitability of this method for Val and Thr in in-vivo samples (mucosal hydrolysate) was demonstrated by studying protein metabolism with two tracers ((13)C-valine or (13)C-threonine). The intra-day and inter-day repeatability were both assessed either with standards or with in-vivo samples at natural abundance and at low (13)C isotopic enrichment. For inter-day repeatability CVs were between 0.8 and 1.5% at natural abundance and lower than 5.5% at 0.112 and 0.190 atom% enrichment for Val and Thr, respectively. Overall isotopic precision was studied for eleven standard amino acid derivatives (those of Val, Ala, Leu, Iso, Gly, Pro, Asp, Thr, Ser, Met, and Phe) and was assessed at 0.32 per thousand. The (13)C isotopic measurement was then extended to the other amino acids (Ala, Val, Leu, Iso, Gly, Pro, Thr, and Phe) at natural abundance for in-vivo samples. The isotopic precision was better than 0.002 atom% per amino acid (for n = 4 rats). This analytical method was finally applied to an animal study to measure Thr utilization in protein synthesis. PMID:17468859

  11. Soil carbon inventories and carbon-13 on a latitude transect in Siberia

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    Bird, M. I.; Šantrůčková, Hana; Arneth, A.; Grigoriev, S.; Gleixner, G.; Kalaschnikov, Y. N.; Lloyd, J.; Schulze, E. D.

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    Roč. 5, 54B (2002), s. 631-641. ISSN 0280-6509 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z6066911 Keywords : soil carbon inventories * carbon-13 * Siberia Subject RIV: EH - Ecology, Behaviour Impact factor: 3.196, year: 2002

  12. Carbon-13 magnetic resonance chemical shift additivity relationships of clinically used furocoumarins and furchromones

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    The natural abundance carbon-13 nuclear magnetic resonance spectra of various clinically used furocoumarins and furochromones have been studied. The assignments of carbon chemical shift values were based on the theory of chemical shift, additivity rules, SFORD spectra and model compounds. (author)

  13. Application of carbon-13 and phosphorous-31 NMR to follow phosphinites and rhodium catalysts synthesis

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    Phosphinites and thiophosphites derived from bicyclic and polycyclic strained molecules like norbonanes, endo-endo and endo-exo tetracyclic dodecanes compounds, and their respective cationic Rhodium catalysts, were prepared. Carbon-13 and Phosphorus-31 NMR were used to identify the synthesized compounds. (author)

  14. Advanced uranium enrichment processes

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    Three advanced Uranium enrichment processes are dealt with in the report: AVLIS (Atomic Vapour LASER Isotope Separation), MLIS (Molecular LASER Isotope Separation) and PSP (Plasma Separation Process). The description of the physical and technical features of the processes constitutes a major part of the report. If further presents comparisons with existing industrially used enrichment technologies, gives information on actual development programmes and budgets and ends with a chapter on perspectives and conclusions. An extensive bibliography of the relevant open literature is added to the different subjects discussed. The report was drawn up by the nuclear research Centre (CEA) Saclay on behalf of the Commission of the European Communities

  15. Multiplexed Immunoaffinity Enrichment of Peptides with Anti-peptide Antibodies and Quantification by Stable Isotope Dilution Multiple Reaction Monitoring Mass Spectrometry.

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    Kuhn, Eric; Carr, Steven A

    2016-01-01

    Immunoaffinity enrichment of peptides using anti-peptide antibodies and their subsequent analysis by targeted mass spectrometry using stable isotope-labeled peptide standards is a sensitive and relatively high-throughput assay technology for unmodified and modified peptides in cells, tissues, and biofluids. Suppliers of antibodies and peptides are increasingly aware of this technique and have started incorporating customized quality measures and production protocols to increase the success rate, performance, and supply of the necessary reagents. Over the past decade, analytical biochemists, clinical diagnosticians, antibody experts, and mass spectrometry specialists have shared ideas, instrumentation, reagents, and protocols, to demonstrate that immuno-MRM-MS is reproducible across laboratories. Assay performance is now suitable for verification of candidate biomarkers from large scale discovery "omics" studies, measuring diagnostic proteins in plasma in the clinical laboratory, and for developing a companion assay for preclinical drug studies. Here we illustrate the process for developing these assays with a step-by-step guide for a 20-plex immuno-MRM-MS assay. We emphasize the need for analytical validation of the assay to insure that antibodies, peptides, and mass spectrometer are working as intended, in a multiplexed manner, with suitable assay performance (median values for 20 peptides: CV = 12.4 % at 740 amol/μL, LOD = 310 amol/μL) for applications in quantitative biology and candidate biomarker verification. The assays described conform to Tier 2 (of 3) level of analytical assay validation (1), meaning that the assays are capable of repeatedly measuring sets of analytes of interest within and across samples/experiments and employ internal standards for each analyte for confident detection and precise quantification. PMID:26867743

  16. Determination of very low stable isotope enrichments of [(2)H(5)]-phenylalanine in chicken liver using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS).

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    Wilkerling, Katrin; Valenta, Hana; Kersten, Susanne; Dänicke, Sven

    2012-12-12

    Stable isotope labeled amino acids are frequently used to examine nutritive effects on protein synthesis. This technique is characterized by tracing the incorporation of the label into newly synthesized proteins. In the present investigation, a liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method was developed for the determination of very low enrichment of protein-bound l-[(2)H(5)]-phenylalanine ([(2)H(5)]-phe) in chicken liver. The LC-MS/MS measurements were carried out in positive atmospheric pressure chemical ionization (APCI) mode. Two mass transitions each for [(2)H(5)]-phe (171.1/125.1 and 171.1/106.1) and l-phenylalanine (phe) (166.1/91.1 and 166.1/93.1) were chosen for quantification and qualification. Due to the high excesses of phe, less sensitive transitions were chosen in the case of phe. The separation was carried out on a phenyl-hexyl column using 0.1% formic acid as eluent A and methanol as eluent B. The method was calibrated with calibration standard solutions in the range of 0.01-0.5 mole percent excess (MPE). Linear regression analysis led to coefficients of determination (r(2)) greater than 0.9995. The method was applied on liver samples from experiments investigating nutritive effects on tissue protein synthesis in broiler chickens. These samples were analyzed with a gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) method and reanalyzed with the developed LC-MS/MS method one year later. Compared to GC-MS, the main advantages of the LC-MS/MS method are its higher selectivity as well as the elimination of the need to convert and derivatize the samples prior to measuring. PMID:23217318

  17. Stable carbon isotope fractionation by methanogens growing on different Mars regolith analogs

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    Sinha, Navita; Kral, Timothy A.

    2015-07-01

    In order to characterize stable carbon (13C/12C) isotope fractionation of metabolically produced methane by methanogens in martian settings, Methanothermobacter wolfeii, Methanosarcina barkeri, and Methanobacterium formicicum were cultured on four different Mars regolith analogs - JSC Mars-1, Artificial Mars Simulant, montmorillonite, and Mojave Mars Simulant - and also in their growth supporting media. These chemoautotrophic methanogens utilize CO2 for their carbon source and H2 for their energy source. When compared to the carbon isotope signature of methane when grown on their respective growth media, M. wolfeii and M. barkeri demonstrated variability in carbon isotope fractionation values during methanogenesis on the Mars analogs, while M. formicicum showed subtle or negligible difference in carbon isotope fractionation values. Interestingly, M. wolfeii and M. barkeri have shown relatively consistent enriched values of 12C on montmorillonite, a kind of clay found on Mars, compared to other Mars regolith analogs. In general, M. barkeri showed large carbon isotope fractionation compared to M. wolfeii and M. formicicum during methanognesis on various kinds of analogs. Stable carbon isotope fractionation is one of the techniques used to infer different origins, environments, and pathways of methanogensis. The results obtained in this novel research can provide clues to determine ambiguous sources of methane on Mars.

  18. NMR spectroscopy of lactate in the skeleton muscle: visibility, quantification and measurement of carbon 13 enrichment by double quantum edition

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    The metabolism of skeleton muscles gave rise to numerous research works since the beginning of the century in order to make some reply about the muscle physiology with the will to improve the sport performances or the understanding of muscles diseases. This metabolism is complex and the lactate has an importance place; the purpose of this work is to answer these questions with some strategy studies by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. (N.C.)

  19. Carbon-13 natural abundance signatures of long-chain fatty acids to determinate sediment origin: A case study in northeast Austria

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    Mabit, Lionel; Gibbs, Max; Meusburger, Katrin; Toloza, Arsenio; Resch, Christian; Klik, Andreas; Swales, Andrew; Alewell, Christine

    2016-04-01

    - Several recently published information from scientific research have highlighted that compound-specific stable isotope (CSSI) signatures of fatty acids (FAs) based on the measurement of carbon-13 natural abundance signatures showed great promises to identify sediment origin. The authors have used this innovative isotopic approach to investigate the sources of sediment in a three hectares Austrian sub-watershed (i.e. Mistelbach). Through a previous study using the Cs-137 technique, Mabit et al. (Geoderma, 2009) reported a local maximum sedimentation rate reaching 20 to 50 t/ha/yr in the lowest part of this watershed. However, this study did not identify the sources. Subsequently, the deposited sediment at its outlet (i.e. the sediment mixture) and representative soil samples from the four main agricultural fields - expected to be the source soils - of the site were investigated. The bulk delta carbon-13 of the samples and two long-chain FAs (i.e. C22:0 and C24:0) allowed the best statistical discrimination. Using two different mixing models (i.e. IsoSource and CSSIAR v1.00) and the organic carbon content of the soil sources and sediment mixture, the contribution of each source has been established. Results suggested that the grassed waterway contributed to at least 50% of the sediment deposited at the watershed outlet. This study, that will require further validation, highlights that CSSI and Cs-137 techniques are complementary as fingerprints and tracers for establishing land sediment redistribution and could provide meaningful information for optimized decision-making by land managers.

  20. Studies on thermal stability and enrichment performance of type I and type II anion exchange resins for separation of isotopes of boron

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    The results of experiments carried out to study the thermal stability and enrichment performance of type I and type II resin samples obtained from indigenous suppliers are reported in this paper. (author)

  1. Biosynthetic control of the natural abundance of carbon 13 at specific positions within fatty acids in Escherichia coli. Evidence regarding the coupling of fatty acid and phospholipid synthesis

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    Stable carbon isotope ratios (13C/12C) at natural abundance levels have been determined for individual carbon atoms in each of the major phospholipid fatty acids of Escherichia coli grown on glucose as the sole carbon source. Two models were constructed for the isotope effects and carbon flow pathways which must be responsible for the observed isotopic fractionations. Both models incorporate a branch in the carbon flow at which fatty acyl-acyl carrier protein (acyl-ACP) is utilized either for complex lipid synthesis or for elongation by fatty acid synthetase. Depletion of carbon 13 in the carboxyl groups of myristic and palmitoleic acids (relative to carbonyl groups in precursor acyl-ACP's) was observed to occur at this branching site. Only one of the models was consistent both with this observation and with the observation that exogenous fatty acids are incorporated into phospholipids but are not elongated. The successful model has free fatty acid as the intermediate product coupling fatty acid biosynthesis to phospholipid synthesis. Essential to this pathway are those reactions catalyzed by thioesterases I and II as well as acyl-ACP synthetase, enzymes whose roles have previously been unknown in vivo

  2. AEC determines uranium enrichment policy

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    The Advisory Committee on Uranium Enrichment of the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) has submitted a report to AEC chairman concerning the promotion of the introduction of advanced material, high performance centrifuges to replace conventional metallic drum centrifuges, and the development of next generation advanced centrifuges. The report also called for the postponement until around 1997 of the decision whether the development should be continued or not on atomic vapor laser isotope separation (AVLIS) and molecular laser isotope separation (MLIS) processes, as well as the virtual freezing of the construction of a chemical process demonstration plant. The report was approved by the AEC chairman in August. The uranium enrichment service market in the world will continue to be characterized by oversupply. The domestic situation of uranium enrichment supply-demand trend, progress of the expansion of Rokkasho enrichment plant, the trend in the development of gas centrifuge process and the basic philosophy of commercializing domestic uranium enrichment are reported. (K.I.)

  3. Using biofilms and grazing chironomids (Diptera: Chironomidae) to determine primary production, nitrogen stable isotopic baseline and enrichment within wetlands differing in anthropogenic stressors and located in the Athabasca oil sands region of Alberta

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    Frederick, K.; Ciborowski, J.J. [Windsor Univ., Windsor, ON (Canada); Wytrykush, C.M. [Syncrude Canada Ltd., Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    2009-07-01

    This presentation reported on a study that investigated the effects of oil sands process materials (OSPM) and construction disturbances on primary production and nitrogen stable isotope enrichment in reclaimed and reference wetlands at oil sands mines in the Athabasca basin. Productivity and food web analyses were instrumental in evaluating the succession and viability of reclaimed wetlands. Primary production was estimated through chlorophyll a (Chl a) concentrations and biomass. Carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) stable isotope ratios were used to identify energy sources, storage and the magnitude and direction of energy transfer within food webs. The objectives were to determine primary productivity, the N baseline, and N enrichment from biofilms and grazing invertebrates colonizing artificial substrates immersed in the water column of two OSPM-affected, two constructed reference and two natural reference wetlands. The lower biomass and Chl a concentrations in OSPM-affected and constructed wetlands suggests that both anthropogenic disturbance and OSPM have an adverse effect on primary productivity and overall wetland function.

  4. Verification of a Fissile Material Cutoff Treaty. The case of enrichment facilities and the role of ultra-trace level isotope ratio analysis

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    One challenge to a potential verification regime for a Fissile Material Cutoff Treaty (FMCT) would be to assure that enrichment plants are not producing highly enriched uranium (HEU) for weapons purposes. Namely in some older enrichment plants, operated in nuclear weapon states, environmental sampling techniques might detect particles from historic HEU production. Determination of the age of these particles would be the most direct confirmation of treaty-compliance. While methods are available to determine he age of nuclear materials based on the concentrations of decay products, micron-sized uranium particles are particularly difficult to analyze. We will review the sensitivity requirements for age determination of HEU particles in n FMCT, and assess the potential of advanced measurement techniques available for this application. (author)

  5. Reactivity and isotopic composition of spent PWR [pressurized-water-reactor] fuel as a function of initial enrichment, burnup, and cooling time

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    This study presents the reactivity loss of spent PWR fuel due to burnup in terms of the infinite lattice multiplications factor, k/sub ∞/. Calculations were performed using the SAS2 and CSAS1 control modules of the SCALE system. The k/sub ∞/ values calculated for all combinations of six enrichments, seven burnups, and five cooling times. The results are presented as a primary function of enrichment in both tabular and graphic form. An equation has been developed to estimate the tabulated values of k/sub ∞/'s by specifying enrichment, cooling time, and burnup. Atom densities for fresh fuel, and spent fuel at cooling times of 2, 10, and 20 years are included. 13 refs., 8 figs., 8 tabs

  6. Environmental isotope observations on Sishen ground waters

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    Environmental isotope measurements have been conducted on the outputs of some of the main dewatering points in both north and south mining areas as well as on numerous other observation points in the Sishen compartment. The effect of the dykes bounding the compartment could be observed from the behaviour of the isotopic composition of ground waters in the conduit zone. Measurements were done on radiocarbon, tritium oxygen-18 and carbon-13

  7. 235U isotopic characterization of natural and enriched uranium materials by using multigroup analysis (MGA method at a defined geometry using different absorbers and collimators

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    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Characterization of nuclear materials is an important topic within the context of nuclear safeguards, homeland security and nuclear forensics. This paper deals with the performance of multigroup gamma-ray analysis (MGA method using the X- and γ-rays in the 80-130 keV region and enrichment meter principle (EMP based on the analysis of 185.7 keV peak for a certain geometry using different absorbers and collimators. The results from MGA and those of EMP are compared. In particular, the effect of aluminum/lead absorbers and lead collimator on the enrichment determination of 235U in natural and low enriched samples is investigated in a given source-detector geometry. The optimum diameter/height ratio for the Pb-collimator is found to be Dc/Hc = 1.4-1.6 in the chosen geometry. In order to simulate the container walls, ten different thicknesses of Al-absorbers of 141 to 840 mg·cm-2 and six different thicknesses of Pb-absorbers of 1120-7367 mg·cm-2 are interposed between sample and detector. The calibration coefficients (% enrichment/cps are calculated for each geometry. The comparison of the MGA and EMP methods shows that the enrichment meter principle provides more accurate and precise results for 235U abundance than those of MGA method at the chosen geometrical conditions. The present results suggest that a two-step procedure should be used in analyses of uranium enrichment. Firstly MGA method can be applied in situ and then EMP method can be used at a defined geometry in laboratory.

  8. Reprocessing of the irradiated boron carbide enriched by boron-10 isotope and its reuse in the control rods of the fast breeder reactors

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    The present paper discusses the development of technology for reprocessing of irradiated boron carbide, which provides complete removal of radionuclides from irradiated materials. This technology allows the repeated use of B10 enriched with B4C in fast reactors. (author). 4 figs, 1 tab

  9. Carbon isotope signatures of latest Permian marine successions of the Southern Alps suggest a continental runoff pulse enriched in land plant material

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    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available The latest Permian mass extinction, the most severe Phanerozoic biotic crisis, is marked by dramatic changes in palaeoenvironments. These changes significantly disrupted the global carbon cycle, reflected by a prominent and well known negative carbon isotope excursion recorded in marine and continental sediments. Carbon isotope trends of bulk carbonate and bulk organic matter in marine deposits of the European Southern Alps near the low-latitude marine event horizon deviate from each other. A positive excursion of several permil in δ13Corg starts earlier and is much more pronounced than the short-term positive 13Ccarb excursion; both excursions interrupt the general negative trend. Throughout the entire period investigated, 13Corg values become lighter with increasing distance from the palaeocoastline. Changing 13Corg values may be due to the influx of comparatively isotopically heavy land plant material. The stronger influence of land plant material on the 13Corg during the positive isotope excursion indicates a temporarily enhanced continental runoff that may either reflect increased precipitation, possibly triggered by aerosols originating from Siberian Trap volcanism, or indicate higher erosion rate in the face of reduced land vegetation cover. doi:10.1002/mmng.201300004

  10. Certification of butyltins and phenyltins in marine sediment certified reference material by species-specific isotope-dilution mass spectrometric analysis using synthesized 118Sn-enriched organotin compounds.

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    Inagaki, Kazumi; Takatsu, Akiko; Watanabe, Takuro; Aoyagi, Yoshie; Yarita, Takashi; Okamoto, Kensaku; Chiba, Koichi

    2007-04-01

    A new marine sediment certified reference material, NMIJ CRM 7306-a, for butyltin and phenyltin analysis has been prepared and certified by the National Metrological Institute of Japan at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (NMIJ/AIST). Candidate sediment material was collected at a bay near industrial activity in Japan. After air-drying, sieving, and mixing the material was sterilized with gamma-ray irradiation. The material was re-mixed and packaged into 250 glass bottles (15 g each) and these were stored in a freezer at -30 degrees C. Certification was performed by use of three different types of species-specific isotope-dilution mass spectrometry (SSID-MS)-SSID-GC-ICP-MS, SSID-GC-MS, and SSID-LC-ICP-MS, with 118Sn-enriched organotin compounds synthesized from 118Sn-enriched metal used as a spike. The 118Sn-enriched mono-butyltin (MBT), dibutyltin (DBT), and tributyltin (TBT) were synthesized as a mixture whereas the 118Sn-enriched di-phenyltin (DPhT) and triphenyltin (TPhT) were synthesized individually. Four different extraction methods, mechanical shaking, ultrasonic, microwave-assisted, and pressurized liquid extraction, were adopted to avoid possible analytical bias caused by non-quantitative extraction and degradation or inter-conversion of analytes in sample preparations. Tropolone was used as chelating agent in all the extraction methods. Certified values are given for TBT 44+/-3 microg kg(-1) as Sn, DBT 51 +/- 2 microg kg(-1) as Sn, MBT 67 +/- 3 microg kg(-1) as Sn, TPhT 6.9 +/- 1.2 microg kg(-1) as Sn, and DPhT 3.4 +/- 1.2 microg kg(-1) as Sn. These levels are lower than in other sediment CRMs currently available for analysis of organotin compounds. PMID:16874473

  11. Carbon-13 nuclear magnetic resonance studies of trans-diacido(tetraamine)cobalt(III)

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    Brubaker, G.R.; Johnson, D.W.

    1982-06-01

    Carbon-13 nuclear magnetic resonance spectra of a series of trans-diacido(1,10-diamino-4,7-diazadecane)cobalt(III) complexes (trans-Co(3,2,3-tet)X/sub 2/, X = Br/sup -/, Cl/sup -/, N/sub 3//sup -/, NO/sub 2//sup -/, OAc) and trans-diacido(1,9-diamino-3,7-diazononane)cobalt(III) complexes (trans-Co(2,3,2-tet)X/sub 2/, X = Cl/sup -/, GlyH, /sup -/OAc, NH/sub 3/, NO/sub 2//sup -/) will be discussed. The /sup 13/C chemical shift is found to be linearly dependent on the ligand field strength (estimated from the electronic spectrum) of the axial ligands (X). The shielding of selected carbon atoms within the tetraamine ligand, which has been attributed to the central metal ion, increases with increasing axial ligand field strength.

  12. Carbon 13 nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy of cobalt(III) complexes with flexible tetraamine ligands

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    Brubaker, G.R.; Johnson, D.W.

    1983-10-01

    Carbon 13 NMR was found to be an extremely sensitive probe of the stereochemistry of this series of diamagnetic ''Werner'' complexes. Our interpretation is based upon two parameters, the donation of electron density to the metal and the steric perturbation required for coordination. The different symmetry of the complexes often permits determination of stereochemistry from the electronic spectrum. In addition, other methods including vibrational spectroscopy and proton NMR, have been used with some success to determine stereochemistry. These methods suffer, however, from a lack of sensitivity, especially in complexes with unsymmetrical ligands. In the course of continuing study of the stereochemistry of six coordinate transition metal complexes, we have investigated a large variety of cobalt(III) complexes with various tetraamine ligands.

  13. Use of environmental isotopes in organic contaminants research in groundwater systems

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    The paper presents two case studies that explore the use of environmental isotopes (13Cl, 37Cl) in organic contaminants research in groundwater systems. Carbon-13 data on soil CO2 were collected at a gas plant site where the degradation of organic contaminants by bioventing is being investigated. The isotope study was done to contribute to the evaluation of biodegradation of organic contaminants, especially under field conditions where results obtained by standard techniques are not conclusive. The results show enriched δ13C values on soil CO2, in comparison with the natural gas condensate source, a by-product of gas plants. Degradation of the condensate in a controlled laboratory microcosm did not show any significant isotopic fractionation during degradation. These results suggest that preferential degradation of enriched 13C hydrocarbons is occurring during bioventing. This hypothesis is being tested under field and laboratory conditions. The isotope research on chlorinated solvents aims to evaluate the use of 37Cl and 13C as tracers to provide information about sources and transformation of chlorinated solvents in groundwater systems. Chlorine-37 and 13C data in chlorinated solvents, perchlorethylene (PCE), trichloroethylene (TCE) and 1,1,1, trichloroethane (TCA), supplied by different manufacturers range from -3.5 to +6.0 per mille for δ37Cl and from -37.2 to -23.3 per mille for δ13C. These results indicated that these compounds have a different and distinct isotopic composition, which results from the individual manufacturing practices. These results show the potential of 37Cl and 13Cl as tracers to provide information to identify source areas of chlorinated solvent plumes in groundwater. (author). 25 refs, 3 figs

  14. New method for GC/FID and GC-C-IRMS Analysis of plasma free fatty acid concentration and isotopic enrichment

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    Kangani, Cyrous O.; Kelley, David E.; DeLany, James P.

    2008-01-01

    A simple, direct and accurate method for the determination of concentration and enrichment of free fatty acids in human plasma was developed. The validation and comparison to a conventional method are reported. Three amide derivatives, dimethyl, diethyl and pyrrolidide, were investigated in order to achieve optimal resolution of the individual fatty acids. This method involves the use of dimethylamine/Deoxo-Fluor to derivatize plasma free fatty acids to their dimethylamides. This derivatizati...

  15. Determination of low isotopic enrichment of L-[1-C-13]valine by gas chromatography combustion isotope ratio mass spectrometry : a robust method for measuring protein fractional synthetic rates in vivo

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    Reijngoud, DJ; Hellstern, G; Elzinga, H; de Sain-van der Velden, MG; Okken, A; Stellaard, F

    1998-01-01

    A method was developed for measuring protein fractional synthetic rates using the N-methoxycarbonylmethyl ester (MCM) derivative of L-[1-C-13]valine and on-line gas chromatography/combustion/isotope ratio mass spectrometry (GC/C/IRMS). The derivatization procedure can be performed rapidly and GC sep

  16. Is Job Enrichment Really Enriching?

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    Robert D. Mohr; Cindy Zoghi

    2006-01-01

    This study uses a survey of Canadian workers with rich, matched data on job characteristics to examine whether “enriched” job design, with features like quality circles, feedback, suggestion programs, and task teams, affects job satisfaction. We identify two competing hypotheses on the relationship between enriched jobs and job satisfaction. The “motivation hypothesis,” implies that enrichment will generally increase satisfaction and the “intensification hypothesis,” implies that enrichment m...

  17. An enriched stable-isotope approach to determine the gill-zinc binding properties of juvenile rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) during acute zinc exposures in hard and soft waters

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    Todd, A.S.; Brinkman, S.; Wolf, R.E.; Lamothe, P.J.; Smith, K.S.; Ranville, J.F.

    2009-01-01

    The objective of the present study was to employ an enriched stable-isotope approach to characterize Zn uptake in the gills of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) during acute Zn exposures in hard water (???140 mg/L as CaCO 3) and soft water (???30 mg/L as CaCO3). Juvenile rainbow trout were acclimated to the test hardnesses and then exposed for up to 72 h in static exposures to a range of Zn concentrations in hard water (0-1,000 ??g/L) and soft water (0-250 ??g/L). To facilitate detection of new gill Zn from endogenous gill Zn, the exposure media was significantly enriched with 67Zn stable isotope (89.60% vs 4.1% natural abundance). Additionally, acute Zn toxicity thresholds (96-h median lethal concentration [LC50]) were determined experimentally through traditional, flow-through toxicity tests in hard water (580 ??g/L) and soft water (110 ??g/L). Following short-term (???3 h) exposures, significant differences in gill accumulation of Zn between hard and soft water treatments were observed at the three common concentrations (75, 150, and 250 ??g/L), with soft water gills accumulating more Zn than hard water gills. Short-term gill Zn accumulation at hard and soft water LC50s (45-min median lethal accumulation) was similar (0.27 and 0.20 ??g/g wet wt, respectively). Finally, comparison of experimental gill Zn accumulation, with accumulation predicted by the biotic ligand model, demonstrated that model output reflected short-term (trout gills. Our results indicate that measurable differences exist in short-term gill Zn accumulation following acclimation and exposure in different water hardnesses and that short-term Zn accumulation appears to be predictive of Zn acute toxicity thresholds (96-h LC50s). ?? 2009 SETAC.

  18. Uranium enrichment

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    GAO was asked to address several questions concerning a number of proposed uranium enrichment bills introduced during the 100th Congress. The bill would have restructured the Department of Energy's uranium enrichment program as a government corporation to allow it to compete more effectively in the domestic and international markets. Some of GAO's findings discussed are: uranium market experts believe and existing market models show that the proposed DOE purchase of a $750 million of uranium from domestic producers may not significantly increase production because of large producer-held inventories; excess uranium enrichment production capacity exists throughout the world; therefore, foreign producers are expected to compete heavily in the United States throughout the 1990s as utilities' contracts with DOE expire; and according to a 1988 agreement between DOE's Offices of Nuclear Energy and Defense Programs, enrichment decommissioning costs, estimated to total $3.6 billion for planning purposes, will be shared by the commercial enrichment program and the government

  19. Uranium enrichment

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    Canada is the world's largest producer and exporter of uranium, most of which is enriched elsewhere for use as fuel in LWRs. The feasibility of a Canadian uranium-enrichment enterprise is therefore a perennial question. Recent developments in uranium-enrichment technology, and their likely impacts on separative work supply and demand, suggest an opportunity window for Canadian entry into this international market. The Canadian opportunity results from three particular impacts of the new technologies: 1) the bulk of the world's uranium-enrichment capacity is in gaseous diffusion plants which, because of their large requirements for electricity (more than 2000 kW·h per SWU), are vulnerable to competition from the new processes; 2) the decline in enrichment costs increases the economic incentive for the use of slightly-enriched uranium (SEU) fuel in CANDU reactors, thus creating a potential Canadian market; and 3) the new processes allow economic operation on a much smaller scale, which drastically reduces the investment required for market entry and is comparable with the potential Canadian SEU requirement. The opportunity is not open-ended. By the end of the century the enrichment supply industry will have adapted to the new processes and long-term customer/supplier relationships will have been established. In order to seize the opportunity, Canada must become a credible supplier during this century

  20. Application of environmental isotopes in studies of biodegradation of organic contaminants in groundwater

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    -DCE ) and 1,2-dichloroethane (1,2-DCA). In contrast small carbon isotope fractionation occurred during biodegradation of BTEX. Recent studies have shown deuterium can be more sensitive than carbon-13 for BTEX biodegradation studies. An example of microcosm studies is illustrated on Figure 1 that shows concentration and isotope pattern for biodegradation of cis-dichloroethene (cis-DCE) to vinyl chloride (VC) and final product, ethene. As the cis-DCE is transformed to VC, an enrichment trend is observed in the remaining cis-DCE. The formed VC is isotopically lighter than the primary product, but as the VC is transformed, the remaining VC becomes enriched in 13C. The ethene is lighter than the VC and its isotope composition tend to the isotope composition of the primary substrate, cis-DCE, at the end of the experiment. The laboratory results have been confirmed at field sites. This paper will present a state of the art review on the application of environmental isotopes in biodegradation studies of organic contaminants in groundwater. Laboratories and field studies, and potential new applications of environmental isotopes in contaminant hydrogeology will be discussed during this presentation

  1. Feeding the nuclear fuel cycle with a long term view; AREVA's front-end business units, uranium mining, UF6 conversion and isotopic enrichment

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    As a leading provider of technological solutions for nuclear power generation and electricity transmission, the AREVA group has the unique capability of offering a fully integrated fuel supply, when requested by its customers. At the core of the AREVA group, COGEMA Front End Division is an essential part of the overall fuel supply chain. Composed of three Business Units and gathering several subsidiaries and joint 'ventures, this division enjoys several leading positions as shown by its market shares and historical production records. Current Uranium market evolutions put the natural uranium supply under focus. The uranium conversion segment also recently revealed some concerning evolutions. And no doubt, the market pressure will soon be directed also at the enrichment segment. Looking towards the long term, AREVA strongly believes that a nuclear power renewal is needed, especially to help limiting green house effect gas release. Therefore, to address future supplies needed to fuel the existing fleet of nuclear power plants, but also new ones, the AREVA group is planning very significant investments to build new facilities in all the three front-end market segments. As far as uranium mining is concerned, these new mines will be based upon uranium reserves of outstanding quality. As for uranium conversion and enrichment, two large projects will be based on the most advanced technologies. This paper is aimed at recalling COGEMA Front End Division experience, the current status of its plants and operating entities and will provide a detailed overview of its major projects. (authors)

  2. Using Stable Isotopes of Carbon and Nitrogen to Mark Wild Populations of Anopheles and Aedes Mosquitoes in South-Eastern Tanzania

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    Opiyo, Mercy A.; Hamer, Gabriel L.; Lwetoijera, Dickson W.; Auckland, Lisa D.; Majambere, Silas; Okumu, Fredros O.

    2016-01-01

    Background Marking wild mosquitoes is important for understanding their ecology, behaviours and role in disease transmission. Traditional insect marking techniques include using fluorescent dyes, protein labels, radioactive labels and tags, but such techniques have various limitations; notably low marker retention and inability to mark wild mosquitoes at source. Stable isotopes are gaining wide spread use for non-invasive marking of arthropods, permitting greater understanding of mosquito dispersal and responses to interventions. We describe here a simple technique for marking naturally-breeding malaria and dengue vectors using stable isotopes of nitrogen (15N) and carbon (13C), and describe potential field applications. Methods We created man-made aquatic mosquito habitats and added either 15N-labelled potassium nitrate or 13C-labelled glucose, leaving non-adulterated habitats as controls. We then allowed wild mosquitoes to lay eggs in these habitats and monitored their development in situ. Pupae were collected promptly as they appeared and kept in netting cages. Emergent adults (in pools of ~4 mosquitoes/pool) and individually stored pupae were desiccated and analysed using Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (IRMS). Findings Anopheles gambiae s.l and Aedes spp. from enriched 13C and enriched 15N larval habitats had significantly higher isotopic levels than controls (P = 0.005), and both isotopes produced sufficient distinction between marked and unmarked mosquitoes. Mean δ15N for enriched females and males were 275.6±65.1 and 248.0±54.6, while mean δ15N in controls were 2.1±0.1 and 3.9±1.7 respectively. Similarly, mean δ13C for enriched females and males were 36.08±5.28 and 38.5±6.86, compared to -4.3±0.2 and -7.9±3.6 in controls respectively. Mean δ15N and δ13C was significantly higher in any pool containing at least one enriched mosquito compared to pools with all unenriched mosquitoes, P<0.001. In all cases, there were variations in standardized

  3. Characterization of the recycled EVA copolymer/silica microcomposites by mechanical properties, SEM and solid state carbon-13 NMR

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    The proposal of this work was to characterize the ethylene-co-vinyl acetate reject of the foot wears industry/silica (micrometer scale) composite by Tension Test, Scanning Electronic Microscopy (SEM) and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) in solid state carbon-13. (author)

  4. The state-of-the-practice in low enriched UF6 isotopic measurements in the European Community: results of REIMEP UF6

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    After the interruption of the SALE programme, CBNM has established a Regular European Interlaboratory Measurement Evaluation Programme (REIMEP) with the support of the ESARDA Working Group for techniques and standards for destructive analysis (WGDA), the ESARDA Working Group for techniques and standards for non-destructive analysis (WGNDA) and the IAEA. On the basis of a questionnaire with answers from 41 laboratories, 36 laboratories have announced their interest for such a programme. In this paper we report on the 1986/87 round of the programme establishing the measurement capability or State Of the Practice in UF6 isotopic measurements by methods left at the discretion of the participants (thermal ionization mass spectrometry, electron impact mass spectrometry and gamma-ray spectrometry). Pictures of the State Of the Practice are presented as graphs displaying participants results

  5. Monitoring of liver glycogen synthesis in diabetic patients using carbon-13 MR spectroscopy

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    To investigate the relationship between liver glucose, glycogen, and plasma glucose in diabetic patients, in vivo liver carbon-13 magnetic resonance spectroscopy (13C MRS) with a clinical 3.0 T MR system was performed. Subjects were healthy male volunteers (n = 5) and male type-2 diabetic patients (n = 5). Pre- and during oral glucose tolerance tests (OGTT), 13C MR spectra without proton decoupling were acquired in a monitoring period of over 6 h, and in total seven spectra were obtained from each subject. For OGTT, 75 g of glucose, including 5 g of [1-13C]glucose, was administered. The MR signals of liver [1-13C]glucose and glycogen were detected and their time-course changes were assessed in comparison with the plasma data obtained at screening. The correlations between the fasting plasma glucose level and liver glycogen/glucose rate (Spearman: ρ = -0.68, p 13C MRS can perform noninvasive measurement of glycogen storage/degradation ability in the liver individually and can assist in tailor-made therapy for diabetes. In conclusion, 13C MRS has a potential to become a powerful tool in diagnosing diabetes multilaterally.

  6. Stable isotope metabolic labeling with a novel N-enriched bacteria diet for improved proteomic analyses of mouse models for psychopathologies.

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    Full Text Available The identification of differentially regulated proteins in animal models of psychiatric diseases is essential for a comprehensive analysis of associated psychopathological processes. Mass spectrometry is the most relevant method for analyzing differences in protein expression of tissue and body fluid proteomes. However, standardization of sample handling and sample-to-sample variability are problematic. Stable isotope metabolic labeling of a proteome represents the gold standard for quantitative mass spectrometry analysis. The simultaneous processing of a mixture of labeled and unlabeled samples allows a sensitive and accurate comparative analysis between the respective proteomes. Here, we describe a cost-effective feeding protocol based on a newly developed (15N bacteria diet based on Ralstonia eutropha protein, which was applied to a mouse model for trait anxiety. Tissue from (15N-labeled vs. (14N-unlabeled mice was examined by mass spectrometry and differences in the expression of glyoxalase-1 (GLO1 and histidine triad nucleotide binding protein 2 (Hint2 proteins were correlated with the animals' psychopathological behaviors for methodological validation and proof of concept, respectively. Additionally, phenotyping unraveled an antidepressant-like effect of the incorporation of the stable isotope (15N into the proteome of highly anxious mice. This novel phenomenon is of considerable relevance to the metabolic labeling method and could provide an opportunity for the discovery of candidate proteins involved in depression-like behavior. The newly developed (15N bacteria diet provides researchers a novel tool to discover disease-relevant protein expression differences in mouse models using quantitative mass spectrometry.

  7. Certification of butyltins and phenyltins in marine sediment certified reference material by species-specific isotope-dilution mass spectrometric analysis using synthesized {sup 118}Sn-enriched organotin compounds

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    Inagaki, Kazumi; Takatsu, Akiko; Watanabe, Takuro; Aoyagi, Yoshie; Yarita, Takashi; Okamoto, Kensaku; Chiba, Koichi [National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Environmental Standard Section, National Metrology Institute of Japan (NMIJ), Tsukuba, Ibaraki (Japan)

    2007-04-15

    A new marine sediment certified reference material, NMIJ CRM 7306-a, for butyltin and phenyltin analysis has been prepared and certified by the National Metrological Institute of Japan at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (NMIJ/AIST). Candidate sediment material was collected at a bay near industrial activity in Japan. After air-drying, sieving, and mixing the material was sterilized with {gamma}-ray irradiation. The material was re-mixed and packaged into 250 glass bottles (15 g each) and these were stored in a freezer at -30 C. Certification was performed by use of three different types of species-specific isotope-dilution mass spectrometry (SSID-MS) - SSID-GC-ICP-MS, SSID-GC-MS, and SSID-LC-ICP-MS, with {sup 118}Sn-enriched organotin compounds synthesized from {sup 118}Sn-enriched metal used as a spike. The {sup 118}Sn-enriched mono-butyltin (MBT), dibutyltin (DBT), and tributyltin (TBT) were synthesized as a mixture whereas the {sup 118}Sn-enriched di-phenyltin (DPhT) and triphenyltin (TPhT) were synthesized individually. Four different extraction methods, mechanical shaking, ultrasonic, microwave-assisted, and pressurized liquid extraction, were adopted to avoid possible analytical bias caused by non-quantitative extraction and degradation or inter-conversion of analytes in sample preparations. Tropolone was used as chelating agent in all the extraction methods. Certified values are given for TBT 44{+-}3 {mu}g kg{sup -1} as Sn, DBT 51 {+-} 2 {mu}g kg{sup -1} as Sn, MBT 67 {+-} 3 {mu}g kg{sup -1} as Sn, TPhT 6.9 {+-} 1.2 {mu}g kg{sup -1} as Sn, and DPhT 3.4 {+-} 1.2 {mu}g kg{sup -1} as Sn. These levels are lower than in other sediment CRMs currently available for analysis of organotin compounds. (orig.)

  8. Uranium enrichment : global view and Brazilian perspectives

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    A global view of isotope enrichment involving a general description of process (technical-economical aspects and policy) and status in developing countries is done. An enrichment demand in function of the Brazilian Nuclear Program is evaluated, analyzing a probable market and a low market. The perspectives to attend this demand, are studied. (E.G.)

  9. More evidence for a glacial world prior to the middle Miocene oxygen-isotope enrichment event: resolution of early Miocene glacioeustatic sea-level cyclicity from North Carolina

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    Synder, S.W.; Synder, S.W.; Waters, V.J.; Steinmetz, J.C.; Hine, A.C.; Riggs, S.R.

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    Benthic delta/sup 18/O analyses from DSDP sites worldwide have documented a positive excursion (similarly ordered + 1.5%) through the early-middle Miocene. These data are traditionally interpreted as marking the transition from an ice-free world to one that was extensively glaciated. Recently, however, this doctrine has been challenged, and an alternative hypothesis suggests the benthic delta/sup 18/O excursion primarily reflects a temperature drop within a previously glaciated world. Within the North Carolina continental margin, a chronostratigraphic framework consisting of 6 discrete early Miocene depositional sequences was established via stratigraphic interpretations from over 21,000 Km of high-resolution seismic reflection profiles. Each sequence is bound by unconformities which were mapped throughout the continental margin. Biostratigraphic analyses of 140 vibracores penetrating these sequences demonstrate that each sequence is a consequence of 4th-order (10/sup 5/yrs) sea-level cyclicity, similar in duration (100-300 Ka) and amplitude (100-150 m) to the glacioeustatic sea-level fluctuations of the Quaternary Epoch. Recognition of late Burdigalian high-frequency (4th-order) sea-level cyclicity demonstrates that continental ice-sheets were large enough during the early Miocene to drive eustatic sea-level fluctuations with Milankovitch-type periodicities. This further supports Matthews (1984) hypothesis that continental ice-caps existed on Antarctica PRIOR to the well-documented middle Miocene benthic delta/sup 18/O global enrichment event.

  10. A novel approach for over-expression, characterization, and isotopic enrichment of a homogeneous species of acyl carrier protein from Plasmodium falciparum

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    Acyl carrier protein (ACP) plays a central role in fatty acid biosynthesis by transferring the acyl groups from one enzyme to another for the completion of the fatty acid synthesis cycle. Holo-ACP is the obligatory substrate for the synthesis of acyl-ACPs which act as the carrier and donor for various metabolic reactions. Despite its interactions with numerous proteins in the cell, its mode of interaction is poorly understood. Here, we report the over-expression of PfACP in minimal medium solely in its holo form and in high yield. Expression in minimal media provides a means to isotopically label PfACP for high resolution multi-nuclear and multi-dimensional NMR studies. Indeed, the proton-nitrogen correlated NMR spectrum exhibits very high chemical shift dispersion and resolution. We also show that holo-PfACP thus expressed is amenable to acylation reactions using Escherichia coli acyl-ACP synthetase as well as by standard chemical methods

  11. Composition of Carbon-13 and Nitrogen-15 in Sediments of the Ha Long Bay

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    The Ha Long Bay with beautiful landscape and rich ecosystems is being used by human to develop the economy. The Ha Long Bay is currently affected by human activities causing the sedimentary environment to be much changed. The change of the environment in the Bay was studied using the composition of carbon-13, nitrogen-15 (δ13C, δ15N) and the C/N ratio in sediment of seven cores collected within the Ha Long Bay. In the Ha Long Bay, sedimentary environment receives many source sediment supplies. The north-east of Ha Long bay receives sources from sea, it is characterized by δ13C in sediment from -8.79 to -18.01‰, value δ15N in sediment from 4.36 to 4.73 ‰ and ratio of C/N from 13 to 41, the source organic matter in sediment shows that affected by C4 plant. The centre of Ha Long Bay receives organic source from sea, it is characterized by δ13C in sediment from -16.72 to -21.58 ‰, value δ15N in sediment ranges 4.15 - 5.20 ‰, ratio of C/N in sediment from 7 to 23. The north-west of Ha Long Bay is affected by rivers, it is characterized by δ13C in sediment range from -13.64 to -25.77 ‰, value δ15N in sediment from 2.50 to 4.38 ‰, and ratio C/N from 9 to 19. (author)

  12. Accurate Quantification of Selenoprotein P (SEPP1) in Plasma Using Isotopically Enriched Seleno-peptides and Species-Specific Isotope Dilution with HPLC Coupled to ICP-MS/MS.

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    Deitrich, Christian L; Cuello-Nuñez, Susana; Kmiotek, Diana; Torma, Frank Attila; Del Castillo Busto, Maria Estela; Fisicaro, Paola; Goenaga-Infante, Heidi

    2016-06-21

    A novel strategy for the absolute quantification of selenium (Se) included in selenoprotein P (SEPP1), an important biomarker for human nutrition and disease, including diabetes and cancer, is presented here for the first time. It is based on the use of species-specific double isotope dilution mass spectrometry (SSIDA) in combination with HPLC-ICP-MS/MS for the determination of protein bound Se down to the peptide level in a complex plasma matrix with a total content of Se of 105.5 μg kg(-1). The method enabled the selective Se speciation analysis of human plasma samples without the need of extensive cleanup or preconcentration steps as required for traditional protein mass spectrometric approaches. To assess the method accuracy, two plasma reference materials, namely, BCR-637 and SRM1950, for which literature data and a reference value for SEPP1 have been reported, were analyzed using complementary hyphenated methods and the species-specific approach developed in this work. The Se mass fractions obtained via the isotopic ratios (78)Se/(76)Se and (82)Se/(76)Se for each of the Se-peptides, namely, ENLPSLCSUQGLR (ENL) and AEENITESCQUR (AEE) (where U is SeCys), were found to agree within 2.4%. A relative expanded combined uncertainty (k = 2) of 5.4% was achieved for a Se (as SEPP1) mass fraction of approximately 60 μg kg(-1). This work represents a systematic approach to the accurate quantitation of plasma SEPP1 at clinical levels using SSIDA quantification. Such methodology will be invaluable for the certification of reference materials and the provision of reference values to clinical measurements and clinical trials. PMID:27108743

  13. Primary differentiation in the early Earth: Nd and Sr isotopic evidence from diamondiferous eclogites for both old depleted and old enriched mantle, Yakutia, Siberia

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    Snyder, Gregory A.; Jerde, Eric A.; Taylor, Lawrence A.; Halliday, Alex N.; Sobolev, Vladimir N.; Sobolev, Nickolai V.; Clayton, Robert N.; Mayeda, Toshiko K.; Deines, Peter

    1993-01-01

    Ancient, stable, continental cratons possess thick, subcontinental-lithospheric mantle 'keels' which favor particularly the emplacement of diamondiferous kimberlites and included peridotites and eclogites. These refractory mantle samples of the roots provide hard constraints on the theories of formation, growth, and evolution of these cratons. Xenoliths containing only primary garnet and clinopyroxene (eclogites), although rare in most kimberlites, can retain the geochemical signatures of their parent protoliths (e.g., subducted oceanic crust, ancient mantle) thus offering the opportunity to address mantle processes which may have taken place at earlier times in the Earth's history. In fact, it has been postulated that some eclogites are residues from the accretion of the early Earth. Nd and Sr isotopic data are presented which may be interpreted as evidence of an early (greater than 4 Ga) mantle differentiation event. The kimberlites of Yakutia are located both marginal and central to the Siberian craton, and a wide variety of xenoliths are present within them. The Siberian mantle samples have received little attention in the western world, largely because suitable suites of Yakutian samples have not been readily available. Importantly, there is evidence that metasomatism of the Siberian lithosphere has been considerably less intense or extensive than for the Kaapvaal craton. Therefore, it should be considerably easier to elicit the igneous/metamorphic histories of Siberian kimberlitic xenoliths. One of the notable features of the Siberian eclogites is the common appearance of diamonds, especially in the Mir and Udachnaya pipes. In all, eight eclogite samples (eight garnet separates and eight clinopyroxene separates) have been analyzed to date on the Udachnaya pipe, seven from our group.

  14. Isotopes in environmental research

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    Radioactive and stable isotopes have long been considered a very efficient tool for studying physical and biological aspects of how the global ecosystem functions. Their applications in environmental research are numerous, embracing research at all levels. This article looks at only a few of the approaches to environmental problems that involve the use of isotopes. Special attention is given to studies of the Amazon Basin. Environmental isotopes are very efficient tools in water cycle studies. Tritium, a radioactive tracer, is especially useful in studying dynamics of water movement in different compartments of the hydrosphere, both on the local and global scales. Heavy stable isotopes of hydrogen and oxygen (deuterium and oxygen-18) provide information about steady-state characteristics of the water cycle. Isotope methods, some relatively new, have a major role in site-specific studies. Some indicative examples include: Studying turnover of organic matter. Changes in the carbon-13/carbon-12 isotopic ratio of organic matter were used to determine the respective contributions of organic carbon derived from forest and pasture. Studying biological nitrogen fixation. One of the ways nitrogen levels in soil can be maintained for productivity is by biological nitrogen fixation. Studying nitrogen availability and losses. The experimental use of nitrogen-15 is invaluable for defining losses of soil nitrogen to the atmosphere and to groundwater. Studies can similarly be done with stable and radioactive sulphur isotopes. This article indicates some potential uses of isotopes in environmental research. While the major problem of global climate change has not been specifically addressed here, the clearing of the Amazon forest, one focus of the IAEA's environmental programme, may have serious consequences for the global climate. These include substantial reduction of the amount of latent heat transported to the regions outside the tropics and acceleration of the greenhouse

  15. Job Enrichment

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    Sanders, Rick

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    Job enrichment means giving people more decision-making power, more responsibility, more grasp of the totality of the job, and a sense of their own importance in the company. This article presents evidence of the successful working of this approach (Donnelly Mirrors), and the lack of success with an opposing approach (General Motors). (NL)

  16. Measurement of forest ecosystem-atmosphere exchange of delta-carbon-13--carbon dioxide using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and disjunct eddy covariance

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    Cambaliza, Maria Obiminda L.

    The measurement of the stable isotopic content and isotopic flux of atmospheric carbon dioxide is important for understanding the carbon budget on ecosystem, regional, and global spatial scales. Conventional measurements of the isotopic composition of atmospheric CO2 involve laboratory mass spectrometry analysis of grab samples from the field, which limits the location, collection frequency and throughput of samples. More technologically advanced methods (e.g. tunable diode laser spectroscopy) suffer from interferences with other chemical species. We have developed a new measurement method based on Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and disjunct eddy covariance (DEC) for fast, continuous, real-time measurement of the carbon isotopic composition of atmospheric CO2. Molecular absorption is measured in the 2100 to 2500 cm -1 spectral region of the 13CO2 and 12CO2 vibration-rotation bands with concentrations of both isotopologues used to determine delta13C. We demonstrate the capability of this new technique in a managed poplar forest near Boardman, Oregon with measurements during the summers of 2005 and 2006 from a 22-meter tower in a 16-m forest canopy. Long-term calibration using reference gas cylinders yielded field accuracy and precision for the forest measurements of 0.5‰ and 0.8‰, respectively, for the 45-second cycle time between samples. The signature of ecosystem respiration derived from the nighttime vertical profile measurements of CO2-delta13C was --26.6‰, about 2‰ more enriched than the isotopic composition of measured bulk leaf samples from the forest. Ecosystem respired CO 2 was ˜1.6‰ more enriched than soil-respired CO2. A comparison of the FTIR -- DEC total CO2 fluxes against standard eddy covariance measurements showed excellent (10%) agreement. FTIR-DEC measurement of the CO2 isoflux enabled the estimation of the mean carbon isotope ratio of the photosynthetic flux (deltaP). The average deltaP (-24.9‰) was 13C-enriched

  17. 水中氯代烃单体碳同位素分析中预富集方法进展%Review on Pre-enrichment Methods in Compound Specific Carbon Isotope Analysis of Chlorinated Hydrocarbon in Water

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    凌媛; 黄毅; 尚文郁; 谢曼曼; 刘舒波; 孙青

    2011-01-01

    Highly accurate determination of Compound Specific Carbon Isotope Analysis ( CSIA ) of chlorinated hydrocarbons is of great significance in tracing the source and revealing the biodegradating progress of pollutants. The isotopic composition of organic contaminations may be stable or varied in the process of environmental transformation. We can trace the source of contaminations if the composition is stable and can evaluate the probability and degree of degradation of contaminations. This paper summarizes solid-phase microextraction, static headspace analysis, purge and trap method and compound specific isotope analyses of chlorinated hydrocarbon in water, using combinations of these pretreatment methods, Gas Chromatography-Combustion-Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry ( GC-C-IRMS ), and comparesthe three methods. Compared with liquid-liquid extraction, solid-phase micro extraction, static headspace analysis, purge and trap method are all solvent-free enrichment techniques, producing no secondary pollution, less interference, and the resolution and accuracy of the analysis of GC-C-IRMS is improved. No, or little, isotopic mass fractionation occurred during the isotope analysis of chlorinated hydrocarbon in water by combining these solvent-free enrichment techniques with GC-C-IRMS, of which the precision of the analysis is less than l%e. The detection limit decreased along with the methods of static headspace analysis, solid-phase micro extraction, purge and trap method. Purge and trap is the most popular method because of its good reproducibility and low detection limit for the compound specific isotope analysis of chlorinated hydrocarbon in Water. The combinations of in-needle microextraction, in-tube microextraction, stir bar sorptive extraction or headspace sorptive extraction with GC-C-IRMS have a bright future.%高精度准确测定氯代烃单体碳同位素对示踪污染物来源,了解污染物的生物降解过程具有重要意义.在环境转化过程中,

  18. Niche differentiation between sympatric alien aquatic crustaceans : An isotopic evidence

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    Rothhaupt, Karl-Otto; Hanselmann, Almut J.; Yohannes, Elizabeth

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    Among the mechanisms that allow competing species to coexist are resource partitioning and dietary segregation. The current study uses multiple stable isotopes, carbon ( 13C), nitrogen ( 15N) and sulphur ( 34S), to test the hypothesis that dietary segregation in cohabiting invasive mysids (Limnomysis benedeni and Katamysis warpachowskyi) and gammarids (Dikerogammarus villosus and Gammarus roeselii) will be reflected by differences in isotope values. Furthermore, IsoError mixing models were us...

  19. Uranium enrichment. 1980 annual report

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    This report contains data and related information on the production of enriched uranium at the gaseous diffusion plants and an update on the construction and project control center for the gas centrifuge plant. Power usage at the gaseous diffusion plants is illustrated. The report contains several glossy color pictures of the plants and processes described. In addition to gaseous diffusion and the centrifuge process, three advanced isotope separation process are now being developed. The business operation of the enrichment plants is described; charts on revenue, balance sheets, and income statements are included

  20. A study on the effect of neighboring protons in proton-coupled spin-lattice relaxation of methylene carbon-13 in n-undecane

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    Kim, C

    2002-01-01

    Proton coupled carbon-13 relaxation experiment was performed to investigate the effect of vicinal protons on spin-lattice relaxation of methylene carbon-13 in n-nudecane. A BIRD type pulse sequence was employed as a way to check the validity of describing sup 1 sup 3 CH sub 2 moiety as an isolated AX sub 2 spin system. The results show that the presence of vicinal protons exerts substantial influence on the relaxation of methylene carbon-13, indicating that it is not a very good approximation to treat a methylene moiety as an isolated AX sub 2 spin system.

  1. Isotopically controlled semiconductors

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    Haller, E.E.

    2004-11-15

    A review of recent research involving isotopically controlled semiconductors is presented. Studies with isotopically enriched semiconductor structures experienced a dramatic expansion at the end of the Cold War when significant quantities of enriched isotopes of elements forming semiconductors became available for worldwide collaborations. Isotopes of an element differ in nuclear mass, may have different nuclear spins and undergo different nuclear reactions. Among the latter, the capture of thermal neutrons which can lead to neutron transmutation doping, can be considered the most important one for semiconductors. Experimental and theoretical research exploiting the differences in all the properties has been conducted and will be illustrated with selected examples. Manuel Cardona, the longtime editor-in-chief of Solid State Communications has been and continues to be one of the major contributors to this field of solid state physics and it is a great pleasure to dedicate this review to him.

  2. Isotope contribution to geochemical investigations in aquifer storage and recovery

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    Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) is an important resource management tool. An available water source; such as surface water, seasonal rainfall, or sewage effluent, is stored in a suitable aquifer for reuse when required to balance the seasonal demand for irrigation supply, thus relieving the pressure on groundwater resources. In ASR schemes, geochemical and biogeochemical reactions play an important role, impacting on both the aquifer matrix integrity and the recovered water quality. Understanding the driving processes that trigger these reactions is essential for determining the feasibility of new schemes and to adequately manage operating schemes. However the resulting geochemical signature is often due to a complex suite of reactions that is difficult to unravel. Few studies analyse the potential of isotopic tracers to contribute to the understanding of the biogeochemical reactions induced by ASR. This paper investigates the potential of the stable isotopes of the water molecule, carbon-13 and carbon-14 and sulfur-34 to contribute to our understanding of the geochemical processes involved in reclaimed water ASR. The field trial at Bolivar, South Australia is investigating the viability of reclaimed water i.e. nutrient rich water, as an injectant. The stable isotopes of the water molecule, can be used as conservative tracers to calculate the extent of mixing as the stable isotopic signature of the reclaimed water and the native groundwater of the carbonate aquifer are significantly different. The δ2H and δ18O of native groundwater are fairly constant at -26±1 and -4.4±0.1 per mille vs. SMOW respectively, while the injectant signature is more enriched and more variable, with δ2H ranging from -10.6 to -3.6 per mille and δ18O from -1.74 to -0.21 per mille. The variation in the injectant signature is attributed to seasonal variation in the degree of evaporation occurring in storage lagoons. The seasonal signature variation is maintained as injectant

  3. Isotopic characterization and genetic origin of crude oils from Gulf of Suez and western desert fields in Egypt

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    Stable carbon isotopes were used to asses the general characteristics of the western desert and Gulf of Suez crude oils in accordance with hydrocarbon generation, source rocks, thermal gradient and maturation level. The carbon isotopic results of all the analyzed oil samples in both areas lie in the range from -29.62 to -24.11 %. The av. σ 13C values in the Gulf of Suez reaches about -28.6% and -26.4% in western desert. It was accounted a marginal difference between the two areas by about 2.5 : 3% in carbon-13 isotope of the whole oil indicated two distinct oil types of different organic input and varies in the depositional environment. It was found that Gulf of Suez oils are dominated by marine organic matter (plankton algae) deposited in saline environment. The derived oils from the northern and central provinces of the Gulf are isotopically light, higher in sulfur content, lower in API gravity degree and have Pristane/Phytane (Pr/Ph) ratio less than or equal one (Pr/Ph = 1). In the southern province, about 0.5% isotopic enrichment was recorded in the produced oils from shallower depths, associated with gradual increment in API and maturity level as thermal gradient increase. However, low API gravity degree and less maturity of the Gulf of Suez oils could be related to the rifting temperature that forced and accelerated the expulsion rate and hydrocarbon generation prior reaching higher maturation levels. On the other hand, the produced oils from the western desert fields belong mostly to terrestrial organic debris (with minor marine fragment in some basins) deposited at deeper geological formations. It is characterized by isotopic enrichment, paraffinic waxy oils, low in sulphur content, have Pr/Ph = 1, high in API gravity and maturity level. Hydrocarbon generated from the western desert fields has been controlled by time-temperature effect in the source rocks and reservoirs where the humic organic matter are affected by high temperature over longer period of

  4. Separating isotopes by laser

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    Isotope separation by laser radiation is proving a very promising method for obtaining large scale isotope production at low cost and is particularly relevant to the enrichment of 235U for the nuclear power industry. Various methods for laser separation, differing mainly in the way the selectively excited atoms or molecules are extracted, are discussed. The efficiency of the various methods, which is the controlling factor in determining their practical viability and some of the problems encountered are examined. (UK)

  5. Isotope ratio mass spectrometry in oceanic studies

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    Isotope ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS) is an important and well established method in many scientific fields as analytical chemistry (isotope dilution MS), physical chemistry, nuclear sciences and technology, environmental, agricultural, geological isotope dating, archaeometric, cosmic, bioavailability and nutrition studies, food authentication and adulteration control, elucidation of chemical reaction mechanism, isotope effect studies on chemical reactions and isotope enrichment/separation processes. This paper is aimed to provide a brief summary of IRMS contribution to sea and oceanic studies

  6. Short-term carbon and nitrogen cycling in urine patches assessed by combined carbon-13 and nitrogen-15 labelling

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    Ambus, Per; Petersen, S.O.; Soussana, J.F.

    2007-01-01

    ) fuel denitrification activity and N2O production. The study took advantage of carbon-13 pulse labelling the plant tissue combined with application of nitrogen-15 labelled synthetic urine as an attempt to identify the sources of N2O. Over a 6 weeks course, the CO2 evolved in response to urine...... indicating that root death was not a significant source to available C. Nitrous oxide emissions accumulated to 7, 59, 142 and 77 mg N2O-N m(-2), respectively, for control (0N), low urine N (LUN), high urine N (HUN) and high mineral N (HMN) treatments. Pair-wise comparisons indicated that HUN > LUN (P < 0...

  7. Comparison of infrared and mass-spectrometric measurements of carbon-13/carbon-12 ratios

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    The delta13C values of 20 breath samples and 10 tank-CO2 samples (delta13C values ranged from -31.3 to +148.9per mille vs PDB) and the CO2 concentrations of three breath samples and 10 tank-CO2 samples were measured with a commercial prototype of a diode-laser i.r. spectrophotometer, MAT I. The results were compared with those obtained by gas-isotope-ratio mass spectrometry and by gas chromatography. Precisions (ssub(x), n=10) of 0.2per mille and 0.6% were calculated for 13C/12C ratios and CO2 concentrations, respectively, using the MAT I system. (author)

  8. Gaseous cleaning in enrichment installations

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    Uranium hexafluoride (UF6), either pure or mixed to other gases, is widely used as a process gas in the great majority of the known uranium isotopic enrichment processes. Due to a long term operation of the enrichment facilities there is a decomposition of the UF6, which solid products like UO2F2 and UF5, deposit on the walls of the reservoirs. This work describe a cleaning process used to remove the solid products of the UF6 decomposition from one of the reservoirs (V = 620 l) of the Jet Nozzle enrichment project facilities of the Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear, CDTN/Belo Horizonte. It was used a gaseous mixture which presented the advantage of cleaning up the reservoir without dismounting the equipment. The yielded products are all gaseous and can be easily pumped out. (author)

  9. Use of dual isotope tracers in biomedical research

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    2005-01-01

    Biomedical stable isotope studies involve administration of tracer and measurement of isotope enrichment in blood, urine, feces or breath. The aim of the studies is to gather quantitative information about a specific metabolic function. However, the measured isotope enrichment may be affected by oth

  10. Laser isotope separation of gadolinium

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    Basic studies on laser isotope separation of gadolinium were performed. Spectroscopic data were obtained such as isotope shifts and hyperfine structures using an atomic beam. Enrichment of 157Gd up to 80% was observed by three-step photoionization experiment using linearly polarized dye lasers. Design of an separation system was discussed by the help of computer calculation of excitation dynamics. (author)

  11. Carbon-13 NMR characterization of actinyl(VI) carbonate complexes in aqueous solution

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    Clark, D.L.; Hobart, D.E.; Palmer, P.D. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States); Sullivan, J.C. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States); Stout, B.E. [Cincinnati Univ., OH (United States). Dept. of Chemistry

    1992-07-01

    The uranyl(VI) carbonate system has been re-examined using {sup 13}C NMR of 99.9% {sup 13}C-enriched U{sup VI}O{sub 2} ({sup 13}CO{sub 3}){sub 3}{sup 4{minus}} in millimolar concentrations. By careful control of carbonate ion concentration, we have confirmed the existence of the trimer, and observed dynamic equilibrium between the monomer and the timer. In addition, the ligand exchange reaction between free and coordinated carbonate on Pu{sup VI}O{sub 2}({sup 13}CO{sub 3}){sub 3}{sup 4{minus}} and Am{sup VI}O{sub 2}({sup 13}CO{sub 3}){sub 3}{sup 4{minus}} systems has been examined by variable temperature {sup 13}C NMR line-broadening techniques {sup 13}C NMR line-broadening techniques. A modified Carr-Purcell-Meiboom-Gill NMR pulse sequence was written to allow for experimental determination of ligand exchange parameters for paramagnetic actinide complexes. Preliminary Eyring analysis has provided activation parameters of {Delta}G{sup {double_dagger}}{sub 295} = 56 kJ/M, {Delta}H{sup {double_dagger}} = 38 kJ/M, and {Delta}S{sup {double_dagger}} = {minus}60 J/M-K for the plutonyl triscarbonate system, suggesting an associative transition state for the plutonyl (VI) carbonate complex self-exchange reaction. Experiments for determination of the activation parameters for the americium (VI) carbonate system are in progress.

  12. Drought indicated in carbon-13/carbon-12 ratios of Southwestern tree rings

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    Stomatal closure during periods of moisture deficiency should theoretically lead to elevated 13C/12C ratios as reduction of available CO2 leads to diminished photosynthetic discrimination against 13C in favor of 12C. Stable-carbon isotope ratio chronologies developed from 5-yr tree-ring groups at 17 sites in six southwestern states were tested for a drought relationship by first fitting a spline curve to each chronology to remove the long-term trend and calculating indices as the ratio of actual to spline curve value. The time series of “Del Indices” so developed are significantly correlated with 5-yr mean Palmer Hydrological Drought Indices (post-1930 period) and reconstructed July Palmer Drought Severity Indices from respective areas. Overall, in the period since 1790, the driest pentads were 1900–04 and 1960–64, whereas the wettest were 1980–84 and 1915–19. Maps of drought represented for two pentads seem to be reasonable representations, although spatial correlations of Del Indices with PHDI were generally not significant. These Del Index drought reconstructions may provide a useful measure of past physiological response to drought (stomatal closure), although the present cost of analysis would prevent this from being a routine method. (author)

  13. Developing high-resolution carbon-13 and silicon-29 MRI of solids in sedimentary rocks

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    Blum, Robert; Barrett, Sean; Viswanathan, Ravinath; Song, Yi-Qiao

    2014-03-01

    Mapping pore structure and flow properties of sedimentary rock is directly relevant to current challenges in geophysics like carbon sequestration and oil/gas exploration. Such applications require detailed information about both structure and composition of porous rocks. However, existing scanning methods tend to be limited to gathering one or the other type of information. MRI could be used to measure both composition and structure simultaneously, but conventional MRI in such systems, which targets the proton signal of interstitial fluid, is severely limited by signal losses due to magnetic susceptibility inhomogeneity. Our lab has recently made advances in obtaining high spatial resolution (sub-400 μm)3 three-dimensional 31P MRI of bone through use of the quadratic echo line-narrowing sequence (1). In this talk, we describe our current work applying these methods to sedimentary rock, targeting the isotopes 13C and 29Si. We describe the results of characterization of limestone and shale samples, and we discuss our progress with producing MRI of these systems. (1) M. Frey, et al. PNAS 109: 5190 (2012)

  14. Origin of epigenetic calcite in coal from Antarctica and Ohio based on isotope compositions of oxygen, carbon and strontium

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    Faure, G.; Botoman, G.

    1984-01-01

    Isotopic compositions of oxygen, carbon and strontium of calcite cleats in coal seams of southern Victoria Land, Antarctica, and Tuscarawas County, Ohio, contain a record of the conditions a the time of their formation. The Antarctic calcites (?? 18O(SMOW) = +9.14 to +11.82%0) were deposited from waters enriched in 16O whose isotopic composition was consistent with that of meteoric precipitation at low temperature and high latitude. The carbon of the calcite cleats (?? 13C(PDB) = -15.6 to -16.9%0) was derived in part from the coal (?? 13C(PDB) = -23.5 to -26.7%0) as carbon dioxide and by oxidation of methane or other hydrocarbon gases. The strontium ( 87Sr 86Sr = 0.71318-0.72392) originated primarily from altered feldspar grains in the sandstones of the Beacon Supergroup. Calcite cleats in the Kittaning No. 6 coal seam of Ohio (?? 18O(SMOW) = +26.04 to +27.79%0) were deposited from waters that had previously exchanged oxygen, possibly with marine carbonate at depth. The carbon (?? 13C(PDB) = 0.9 to +2.4%0) is enriched in 13C even though that cleats were deposited in coal that is highly enriched in 12C and apparently originated from marine carbonates. Strontium in the cleats ( Sr 87 0.71182-0.71260) is not of marine origin but contains varying amounts of radiogenic 87Sr presumably derived from detrital Rb-bearing minerals in the adjacent sedimentary rocks. The results of this study suggest that calcite cleats in coal of southern Victoria Land, Antarctica, were deposited after the start of glaciation in Cenozoic time and that those in Ohio precipitated from formation waters derived from the underlying marine carbonate rocks, probably in the recent geologic past. ?? 1984.

  15. Interannual variability in seagrass carbon and nitrogen stable isotopes from the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, a preliminary study

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    Fourqurean, J. W.; Fourqurean, J. W.; Anderson, W. T.; Anderson, W. T.

    2001-12-01

    The shallow marine waters surrounding the southern tip of Florida provide an ideal environment for seagrasses, which are the most common benthic community in the region. Yet, these communities are susceptible to a variety of anthropogenic disturbances, especially changes in water quality caused by an increase the nutrient flux to the near shore environment. In order to better understand the carbon and nitrogen isotopic ratio in marine plants, an extensive times series analysis was constructed from quarterly sampling of Thalassia testudinum (the dominate species in the study area) from 1996 through 1998. Sites for study where selected from permanent stations within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS), from both sides of the Florida Keys - two stations on the bay side and two stations on the reef side. These data will also help to constrain elements of the carbon and nitrogen cycles affecting this region. The data analyzed over the three year study period show unique cyclic trends associated with seasonal changes in primary productivity and potentially changes in the nitrogen and carbon pools. Additionally, the analysis of our time series indicates that isotope food web studies need to take into account spatial and temporal changes when evaluating trophic levels. The mean carbon and nitrogen isotope values of T. testudinum from all 4 stations vary respectively from -7.2 per mil to -10.41 and 1.1 per mil to 2.2 per mil (n = 48). However, certain stations displayed anonymously depleted nitrogen isotope values, values as low as -1.2 per mil. These values potentially indicated that biogeochmical processes like N fixation, ammonification and denitrification cause regional pattern in the isotopic composition of the source DIN. Both carbon and nitrogen isotopes displayed seasonal enrichment-depletion trends, with maximum enrichment occurring during the summer. The overall seasonal variation for carbon 13 from the different stations ranged from 1 per mil to

  16. Separation of sulfur isotopes

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    DeWitt, Robert; Jepson, Bernhart E.; Schwind, Roger A.

    1976-06-22

    Sulfur isotopes are continuously separated and enriched using a closed loop reflux system wherein sulfur dioxide (SO.sub.2) is reacted with sodium hydroxide (NaOH) or the like to form sodium hydrogen sulfite (NaHSO.sub.3). Heavier sulfur isotopes are preferentially attracted to the NaHSO.sub.3, and subsequently reacted with sulfuric acid (H.sub.2 SO.sub.4) forming sodium hydrogen sulfate (NaHSO.sub.4) and SO.sub.2 gas which contains increased concentrations of the heavier sulfur isotopes. This heavy isotope enriched SO.sub.2 gas is subsequently separated and the NaHSO.sub.4 is reacted with NaOH to form sodium sulfate (Na.sub.2 SO.sub.4) which is subsequently decomposed in an electrodialysis unit to form the NaOH and H.sub.2 SO.sub.4 components which are used in the aforesaid reactions thereby effecting sulfur isotope separation and enrichment without objectionable loss of feed materials.

  17. Use of stable isotopes for testing aromas: vanillin as an example

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    The determination of the origin, natural or synthetic, of vanillin is obtained by mass spectrometry of carbon 13. The depletion in 13C of the natural product is due to the photosynthesis mechanism (crassulacean acid metabolism). Deuterium is also a possible isotopic tracer and NMR an alternative analysis method but requires a more important sample

  18. In vivo studies of pyridine nucleotide metabolism in Escherichia coli and Saccharomyces cerevisiae by carbon-13 NMR spectroscopy

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    Pyridine nucleotide metabolism has been studied in vivo in a prokaryotic (Escherichia coli) and a eukaryotic (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) system cultured in a medium containing carbon-13-labeled nicotinic acid, followed by NMR detection of the labeled organisms. Chemical exchange between oxidized and reduced nucleotides is found to be sufficiently slow on the NMR time scale to permit the observation of separate resonances corresponding to each redox state. The possibility of significant exchange broadening of reduced pyridine nucleotide resonances under some conditions was further evaluated based on comparative NMR studies utilizing organisms cultured in the presence of either [2-13C]nicotinate or [5-13C]nicotinate. Based on these experiments, it was concluded that broadening as a consequence of intermediate exchange is not significant. Although it was initially anticipated that the carbon-13 resonances arising from the di- and triphosphopyridine nucleotide pools could not be distinguished, the absence of observable resonances corresponding to reduced nucleotides in oxygenated yeast and E. coli cells suggests that the NMR method is fairly specific for determining the redox status of the diphosphopyridine nucleotide pool. Studies of the effects of a variety of perturbations including variation of the oxygen supply, addition of ethanol, and addition of the oxidative phosphorylation uncoupler dinitrophenol have been carried out. Dramatic differences in the response of the catabolic reduction charge, CRC = [NADH]/[NADH] + [NAD+], between the yeast and E. coli cells are observed. The CRC values for the yeast undergo large changes in response to these perturbations which are not observed for the bacterial cells. 52 references, 9 figures, 2 tables

  19. Isotopically controlled semiconductors

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    Haller, Eugene E.

    2006-06-19

    The following article is an edited transcript based on the Turnbull Lecture given by Eugene E. Haller at the 2005 Materials Research Society Fall Meeting in Boston on November 29, 2005. The David Turnbull Lectureship is awarded to recognize the career of a scientist who has made outstanding contributions to understanding materials phenomena and properties through research, writing, and lecturing, as exemplified by the life work of David Turnbull. Haller was named the 2005 David Turnbull Lecturer for his 'pioneering achievements and leadership in establishing the field of isotopically engineered semiconductors; for outstanding contributions to materials growth, doping and diffusion; and for excellence in lecturing, writing, and fostering international collaborations'. The scientific interest, increased availability, and technological promise of highly enriched isotopes have led to a sharp rise in the number of experimental and theoretical studies with isotopically controlled semiconductor crystals. This article reviews results obtained with isotopically controlled semiconductor bulk and thin-film heterostructures. Isotopic composition affects several properties such as phonon energies, band structure, and lattice constant in subtle, but, for their physical understanding, significant ways. Large isotope-related effects are observed for thermal conductivity in local vibrational modes of impurities and after neutron transmutation doping. Spectacularly sharp photoluminescence lines have been observed in ultrapure, isotopically enriched silicon crystals. Isotope multilayer structures are especially well suited for simultaneous self- and dopant-diffusion studies. The absence of any chemical, mechanical, or electrical driving forces makes possible the study of an ideal random-walk problem. Isotopically controlled semiconductors may find applications in quantum computing, nanoscience, and spintronics.

  20. Isotopic Tracers for Delineating Non-Point Source Pollutants in Surface Water

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    Davisson, M L

    2001-03-01

    This study tested whether isotope measurements of surface water and dissolved constituents in surface water could be used as tracers of non-point source pollution. Oxygen-18 was used as a water tracer, while carbon-14, carbon-13, and deuterium were tested as tracers of DOC. Carbon-14 and carbon-13 were also used as tracers of dissolved inorganic carbon, and chlorine-36 and uranium isotopes were tested as tracers of other dissolved salts. In addition, large databases of water quality measurements were assembled for the Missouri River at St. Louis and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in California to enhance interpretive results of the isotope measurements. Much of the water quality data has been under-interpreted and provides a valuable resource to investigative research, for which this report exploits and integrates with the isotope measurements.

  1. Chromium isotope uptake in carbonates

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    Rodler, Alexandra

    Chromium (Cr) is a redox sensitive element potentially capable of tracing fine-scale fluctuations of the oxygenation of Earth’s early surface environments and seawater. The Cr isotope composition of carbonates could perhaps be used as paleo-redox proxy to elucidate changes in the geological past....... Processes that potentially fractionate Cr isotopes, perhaps during deposition, burial and alteration need to be constrained.Previous studies have shown that Cr isotopes are fractionated during oxidative weathering on land, where heavy Cr isotopes are preferentially removed with Cr(VI) while residual soils...... retain an isotopically light Cr signature. Cr(VI) enriched in heavy Cr isotopes is then transported via river waters to the oceans and sequestered into marine sediments. Marine chemical sediments such asbanded iron formations and modern marine carbonates have proven useful in recording the Cr isotope...

  2. Isotopic Resonance Hypothesis: Experimental Verification by Escherichia coli Growth Measurements

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    Xueshu Xie; Zubarev, Roman A.

    2015-01-01

    Isotopic composition of reactants affects the rates of chemical and biochemical reactions. As a rule, enrichment of heavy stable isotopes leads to progressively slower reactions. But the recent isotopic resonance hypothesis suggests that the dependence of the reaction rate upon the enrichment degree is not monotonous. Instead, at some “resonance” isotopic compositions, the kinetics increases, while at “off-resonance” compositions the same reactions progress slower. To test the predictions of ...

  3. Technical status study of heavy water enrichment

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    Technical status study of heavy water enrichment in Indonesia and also in the world has been done. Heavy water enrichment processes have been investigated were water distillation, hydrogen distillation, laser enrichment, electrolysis and isotop exchange. For the isotop exchange, the chemical pair can be used were water-hydrogen sulphite, ammonium-hydrogen, aminomethane-hydrogen, and water-hydrogen. For the isotope exchange, there was carried out by mono thermal or bi thermal. The highest producer of heavy water is Canada, and the other producer is USA, Norwegian and India. The processes be used in the world are isotope exchange Girdler Sulphide (GS), distillation and electrolysis. Research of heavy water carried out in Batan Yogyakarta, has a purpose to know the characteristic of heavy water purification. Several apparatus which has erected were 3 distillation column: Pyrex glass of 2 m tall, stainless steel column of 3 m tall and steel of 6 m tall. Electrolysis apparatus is 50 cell electrolysis and an isotope exchange unit which has catalyst: Ni- Cr2O3 and Pt-Carbon. These apparatus were not ready to operate. (author)

  4. Dike intrusions into bituminous coal, Illinois Basin: H, C, N, O isotopic responses to rapid and brief heating

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    Schimmelmann, A.; Mastalerz, Maria; Gao, L.; Sauer, P.E.; Topalov, K.

    2009-01-01

    -reactions between mobile pyrolysis products from the hot zone as they encounter less hot kerogen. Vein and cell filling carbonate is most abundant in highest rank coals where carbonate ??13CVPDB and ??18OVSMOW values are consistent with thermal generation of 13C-depleted and 18O-enriched CO2 from decarboxylation and pyrolysis of organic matter. Lower background concentrations of 13C-enriched carbonate in thermally unaffected coal may be linked to 13C-enrichment in residual CO2 in the process of CO2 reduction via microbial methanogenesis. Our compilation and comparison of available organic H, C, N isotopic findings on magmatic intrusions result in re-assessments of majors factors influencing isotopic shifts in kerogen during magmatic heating. (i) Thermally induced shifts in organic ??D values of kerogen are primarily driven by the availability of water or steam. Hydrologic isolation (e.g., near Illinois dikes) results in organic D-depletion in kerogen, whereas more common hydrologic connectivity results in organic D-enrichment. (ii) Shifts in kerogen (or coal) ??13C and ??15N values are typically small and may follow sinusoidal patterns over short distances from magmatic contacts. Laterally limited sampling strategies may thus result in misleading and non-representative data. (iii) Fluid transport of chemically active, mobile carbon and nitrogen species and recombination reactions with kerogen result in isotopic changes in kerogen that are unrelated to the original, autochthonous part of kerogen. ?? 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  5. Advances in uranium enrichment processes

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    Advances in gas centrifuges and development of the atomic vapour laser isotope separation process promise substantial reductions in the cost of enriched uranium. The resulting reduction in LWR fuel costs could seriously erode the economic advantage of CANDU, and in combination with LWR design improvements, shortened construction times and increased operational reliability could allow the LWR to overtake CANDU. CANDU's traditional advantages of neutron economy and high reliability may no longer be sufficient - this is the challenge. The responses include: combining neutron economy and dollar economy by optimizing CANDU for slightly enriched uranium fuel; developing cost-reducing improvements in design, manufacture and construction; and reducing the cost of heavy water. Technology is a renewable resource which must be continually applied to a product for it to remain competitive in the decades to come. Such innovation is a prerequisite to Canada increasing her share of the international market for nuclear power stations. The higher burn-up achievable with enriched fuel in CANDU can reduce the fuel cycle costs by 20 to 40 percent for a likely range of costs for yellowcake and separative work. Alternatively, some of the benefits of a higher fissile content can take the form of a cheaper reactor core containing fewer fuel channels and less heavy water, and needing only a single fuelling machine. An opportunity that is linked to this need to introduce an enriched uranium fuel cycle into CANDU is to build an enrichment business in Canada. This could offer greater value added to our uranium exports, security of supply for enriched CANDUs, technological growth in Canada and new employment opportunities. AECL has a study in progress to define this opportunity

  6. Species-specific isotope dilution analysis of mono-, di, and tri-butyltin compounds in sediment using gas chromatography-inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry with synthesized 118Sn-enriched butyltins.

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    Inagaki, Kazumi; Takatsu, Akiko; Watanabe, Takuro; Aoyagi, Yoshie; Okamoto, Kensaku

    2003-03-01

    A species-specific isotope dilution (ID) method is described for the determination of mono-, di, and tri-butyltin compounds in sediment by gas chromatography-inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (GC-ICP-MS), where the mixture of 118Sn-enriched butyltin compounds synthesized in our laboratory was used as a spike. A correction method for the mass bias, a quantitative extraction of the butyltins from sediment, and an assay for the concentration of the standard solution for the reverse ID procedure were investigated to achieve a reliable ID analysis. The spike solution was added with tri-propyltin (TPrT), and the butyltins were extracted by mechanical shaking into acetic acid-tropolone-toluene. The extracted butyltins were ethylated with sodium tetraethylborate and measured by GC-ICP-MS. The mass bias correction factor for the butyltins was calculated with the measured area ratio of 120Sn/118Sn of TPrT in each chromatographic run, and the correction was carried out. The mass bias was well corrected with this in-run correction (the standard uncertainties of the corrected 120Sn/118Sn for the butyltins were in the range 0.03-0.45%, typically 0.25%, with triplicate measurement corresponding to 0.02-0.37% mass bias). The extraction efficiency of mono-butyltin (MBT) from sediment was improved by using tropolone-toluene as the solvent. Well-defined standard solutions for the reverse-ID procedure could be obtained by an assay for the purities of the natural abundance butyltin chloride reagents used for preparing the standard solutions. Overall uncertainties associated with the present method were estimated, where the sediment certified reference materials, PACS-2 and BCR 646, were analyzed. The uncertainty arising from the extraction was the main contributor to the overall uncertainties for MBT and di-butyltin (DBT) determinations, while with the case of tri-butyltin (TBT) determination the uncertainties arising from the purity of TBT chloride reagent used for

  7. Assessing wine quality using isotopic methods

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    Full text: The analytical methods used to determine the isotope ratios of deuterium, carbon-13 and oxygen-18 in wines have gained official recognition from the Office International de la Vigne et du Vin (OIV) and National Organisation of Vine and Wine. The amount of stable isotopes in water and carbon dioxide from plant organic materials and their distribution in sugar and ethanol molecules are influenced by geo-climatic conditions of the region, grape varieties and the year of harvest. For wine characterization, to prove the botanical and geographical origin of the raw material, the isotopic analysis by continuous flow mass spectrometry CF-IRMS has made a significant contribution. This paper emphasize the results of a study concerning the assessing of water adulterated wines and non-grape alcohol and sugar additions at different concentration levels, using CF-IRMS analytical technique. (authors)

  8. An air-tolerant approach to the carbonylative Suzuki-Miyaura coupling: applications in isotope labeling.

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    Ahlburg, Andreas; Lindhardt, Anders T; Taaning, Rolf H; Modvig, Amalie E; Skrydstrup, Troels

    2013-10-18

    Carbonylative Suzuki-Miyaura coupling conditions have been developed that proceed without the exclusion of oxygen and in the presence of nondegassed and nondried solvents. By adapting the method to a two-chamber setup, the direct handling of carbon monoxide, produced from stable CO precursors, is avoided. The protocol afforded the desired benzophenones with excellent functional group tolerance and in good yields. Substituting the CO precursor, in the CO-producing chamber, with its carbon-13 labeled version generated the corresponding carbon-13 labeled benzophenones. Finally, the developed system was applied in the synthesis and isotope labeling of two pharmaceuticals, nordazepam and Tricor. PMID:24004340

  9. Evaluation of bioremediation systems utilizing stable carbon isotope analysis

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    Carbon, whether in an organic or inorganic form, is composed primarily of two stable isotopes, carbon-12 and carbon-13. The ratio of carbon-12 to carbon-13 is approximately 99:1. The stable carbon isotope ratios of most natural carbon materials of biological interest range from approximately 0 to -110 per mil (per-thousand) versus the PDB standard. Utilizing stable carbon isotope analysis, it is often possible to determine the source(s) of the liberated carbon dioxide, thereby confirming successful mineralization of the targeted carbon compound(s) and, if the carbon dioxide results from multiple carbon compounds, in what ratio the carbon compounds are mineralized. Basic stable isotope 'theory' recommended sampling procedures and analysis protocols are reviewed. A case study involving fuel oil presented on the application of stable carbon isotope analysis for the monitoring and evaluation of in situ bioremediation. At the site, where a field bioventing study was being conducted, multiple potential sources of carbon dioxide production existed. Additional potential applications of stable carbon isotope analysis for bioremediation evaluation and monitoring are discussed

  10. Carbon dioxide effects research and assessment program. Proceedings of the International Meeting on Stable Isotopes in Tree-Ring Research, New Paltz, New York, May 22-25, 1979

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    Jacoby, G [ed.

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    Information about the past and present concentrations of CO/sub 2/ in the atmosphere and variations in climate can be obtained from measurements of stable isotopes in tree rings; specifically carbon-13, oxygen-18 and deuterium. The analysis of these stable isotopes in tree rings is a relatively new and rapidly developing field. This proceedings volume contains most of the papers presented at the meeting. The first paper gives an overview of the status of carbon-13 research. Papers relating to carbon-13 are in section I and grouped separately from the contributions on carbon-14. Although the meeting was primarily concerned with stable isotopes, all carbon isotopic analysis may be helpful in understanding the carbon-13 record in tree rings. The papers on hydrogen and oxygen isotope studies are in sections II and III respectively. The remaining sections contain papers that consider more than one isotope at a time, general topics related to isotopes, atmospheric changes and tree growth, and methods of isotopic analysis.

  11. Selective detection of carbon-13, nitrogen-15, and deuterium labeled metabolites by capillary gas chromatography-chemical reaction interface/mass spectrometry

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    We have applied a new chemical reaction interface/mass spectrometer technique (CRIMS) to the selective detection of 13C-, 15N-, and 2H-labeled phenytoin and its metabolites in urine following separation by capillary gas chromatography. The microwave-powered chemical reaction interface converts materials from their original forms into small molecules whose mass spectra serve to identify and quantify the nuclides that make up each analyte. The presence of each element is followed by monitoring the isotopic variants of CO2, NO, or H2 that are produced by the chemical reaction interface. Chromatograms showing only enriched 13C and 15N were produced by subtracting the abundance of naturally occurring isotopes from the observed M + 1 signal. A selective chromatogram of 2H (D) was obtained by measuring HD at m/z 3.0219 with a resolution of 2000. Metabolites representing less than 1.5% of the total labeled compounds could be identified in the chromatogram. Detection limits from urine of 380 pg/mL of a 15N-labeled metabolite, 7 ng/mL of a 13C-labeled metabolite, and 16 ng/mL of a deuterium labeled metabolite were determined at a signal to noise ratio of 2. Depending on the isotope examined, a linear dynamic range of 250-1000 was observed using CRIMS. To identify many of these labeled peaks (metabolites), the chromatographic analysis was repeated with the chemical reaction interface turned off and mass spectra obtained at the retention times found in the CRIMS experiment. CRIMS is a new analytical method that appears to be particularly useful for metabolism studies

  12. Short-term measurement of carbon isotope fractionation in plants

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    Combustion-based studies of the carbon-13 content of plants give only an integrated, long-term value for the isotope fractionation associated with photosynthesis. A method is described here which permits determination of this isotope fractionation in 2 to 3 hours. To accomplish this, the plant is enclosed in a glass chamber, and the quantity and isotopic content of the CO2 remaining in the atmosphere are monitored during photosynthesis. Isotope fractionation studies by this method give results consistent with what is expected from combustion studies of C3, C4, and Crassulacean acid metabolism plants. This method will make possible a variety of new studies of environmental and species effects in carbon isotope fractionation

  13. Beyond Job Enrichment to Employment Enrichment

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    1975-01-01

    Employment enrichment views the total work environment confronting employees as a system consisting of two overlapping areas: worker-job and worker-organization subsystems. Job enrichment has improved the worker-job subsystem. The focus of this article is on methods of improving the worker-organization relationship. (Author/JB)

  14. Rapid Stable Isotope Turnover of Larval Fish in a Lake Superior Coastal Wetland: Implications for Diet and Life History Studies

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    Trophic linkages of larval fish in Lake Superior coastal wetlands, rivers and embayments can be identified using naturally occurring differences in the stable isotope ratios of nitrogen (15N:14N, ?15N) and carbon (13C:12C, ?13C). We sampled pelagic fish larvae weekly during sprin...

  15. Traceability of poultry offal meal in broiler feeding using isotopic analysis (δ13C and δ15N of different tissues

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    Full Text Available Our goal was to trace the inclusion of poultry offal meal (OM in diets by using carbon (13C/12C and nitrogen (15N/14N isotopic ratios of different tissues in order to contribute for the development of an independent technology for the certification of the feeding of broilers reared on diets with no addition of animal ingredients. Eighty one-day-old chicks were randomly distributed into five experimental treatments, that is, diets containing increasing levels of OM inclusion (0, 2, 4, 8 and 16% OM, with four replicates of four birds each. At 42 days of age, four birds per treatment (n=4 were randomly selected, weighed, and sacrificed to collect breast muscle (Pectoralis major, keel and tibia samples to determine their isotopic ratios (13C/12C e 15N/14N. It was observed that 13C and 15N enrichment increased as a function of increasing OM inclusion in all diets. The analyses of the Pectoralis major showed that that only treatments with 8 and 16% OM dietary inclusion were different form those in the control group (0% OM. On the other hand, when the keel and tibia were analyzed, in addition to 8 and 16% OM, the treatment with 4% OM inclusion was also different from the control group. The use of isotopic ratios of stable carbon and nitrogen isotopes is an alternative to trace OM inclusion in broiler diets as it is capable of tracing OM levels below those usually practiced by the poultry industry in Brazil.

  16. World enrichment services market 1990-2005

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    Growth in world enrichment capacity, already in oversupply, will lead to a very competitive enrichment services market by the second half of the 1990s. Three of the four primary enrichment suppliers (USDOE, Eurodif, and Urenco) already have the capacity to produce 33 million SWU per year. Explorts from the Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China (PRC) currently make available an additional six million SWU per year, and that figure could rise substantially. With additional supply capability expected from China, the Soviet Union, Louisiana Energy Services (LES) and Isotope Technologies (ITI), and the increased capacity of Urenco, and possibly even AVLIS from DOE, enrichment supply capability could exceed 46 million SWU per year by the year 2000. Yet annual enrichment requirements are only estimated to grow from 23.5 million SWU in 1990, to 28.9 million SWU by 2000. Total unfilled enrichment requirements will rise significantly in the second half of the 1990s, particularly from US utilities, creating sales opportunities for which suppliers will compete aggressively. These factors foretell a very competitive market in which sellers will offer low prices and flexible contracts. The anticipation of such strong competition also raises the question of which enrichment technology will succeed, and puts tremendous pressure on all suppliers to find cost-effective means of production as quickly as possible

  17. Isotopic Biogeochemistry

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    1985-01-01

    An overview is provided of the biogeochemical research. The funding, productivity, personnel and facilities are reviewed. Some of the technical areas covered are: carbon isotopic records; isotopic studies of banded iron formations; isotope effects in microbial systems; studies of organic compounds in ancient sediments; and development in isotopic geochemistry and analysis.

  18. Oxygen and carbon isotopic growth record in a reef coral from the florida keys and a deep-sea coral from blake plateau

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    Emiliani, C.; Harold, Hudson J.; Shinn, E.A.; George, R.Y.

    1978-01-01

    Carbon and oxygen isotope analysis through a 30-year (1944 to 1974) growth of Montastrea annularis from Hen and Chickens Reef (Florida Keys) shows a strong yearly variation in the abundances of both carbon-13 and oxygen-18 and a broad inverse relationship between the two isotopes. Normal annual dense bands are formed during the summer and are characterized by heavy carbon and light oxygen. "Stress bands" are formed during particularly severe winters and are characterized by heavy carbon and heavy oxygen. The isotopic effect of Zooxanthellae metabolism dominates the temperature effect on the oxygen-18/oxygen-16 ratio. The isotopic results on the deep-sea solitary coral Bathypsammia tintinnabulum, where Zooxanthellae are nonexistent, indicates that the abundance of the heavy isotopes carbon-13 and oxygen-18 is inversely related to the growth rate, with both carbon and oxygen approaching equilibrium values with increasing skeletal age.

  19. Laser isotope separation techniques

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    Having examined the high cost and low efficiency of existing processes for separating uranium isotopes in comparison with the encouraging assessed figures for laser separation processes and having considered the high potential separation factors which make possibly very low 235U concentrations in the depleted tailings from laser separation processes, the design of such a system is considered. There are two essential features. Firstly, only one isotope must absorb laser radiation, and secondly that absorption must lead to a successful physical or chemical separation of that species which has been optically excited. Such a scheme is illustrated and discussed. The important aspect of loss mechanisms which can depopulate the selectively excited levels and the ways in which isotopes may exhibit differences in optical absorption frequencies are considered. Examples are given to illustrate techniques used in the separation stage. Finally a summary is presented of those elements in which some enrichment has been achieved by optical techniques. (U.K.)

  20. Lithium isotope separation

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    Published methods for 6Li-7Li lithium isotope separation have been reviewed. Future demand for 6Li, whose main use will be as a tritium breeder in blankets surrounding the core of DT fusion power reactors, is likely to exceed 5 Mg/a in the next century. The applicability of the various available methods to such a large scale production rate has been assessed. Research on improving the effectiveness of current lithium isotope separation processes has been carried out worldwide in several major areas during the past decade; these include two-phase chemical exchange systems, ion exchange resin chromatography, highly isotope-selective techniques like laser photoactivation and radiofrequency spectroscopy. Chemical exchange systems appear to offer good potential in the near term for 6Li enrichment

  1. Extreme 13Ccarb enrichment in ca. 2.0 Ga magnesite-stromatolite-dolomite-`red beds' association in a global context: a case for the world-wide signal enhanced by a local environment

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    Melezhik, Victor A.; Fallick, Anthony E.; Medvedev, Pavel V.; Makarikhin, Vladimir V.

    1999-12-01

    basins, evaporative ephemeral ponds, coastal sabkhas and playa lakes. The carbonate rocks exhibit extreme 13C enrichment with δ 13C values ranging from +5.7 to +17.2‰ vs. V-PDB (mean+9.9±2.3‰) and δ 18O from 18.6 to 26.0‰ vs. V-SMOW (mean 22.0±1.6‰). The Tulomozerskaya isotopic excursion is characteristic of the global 2.4-2.06 Ga positive shifts of carbonate 13C/ 12C, although it reveals the greatest enrichment in 13C known from this interval. An external basin(s) is considered to have provided an enhanced C org burial and global seawater enrichment in 13C: the global background value for the isotopic shift at Tulomozero time (ca. 2.0 Ga) is roughly estimated at around +5‰. An explosion of stromatolite-forming microbial communities in shallow-water basins, evaporative and partly restricted environments, high bioproductivity, enhanced uptake of 12C, and pene-contemporaneous recycling of organic material in cyanobacterial mats with the production and consequent loss of CO 2 (and CH 4?) are believed to be additional local factors which may have enhanced δ 13C from +5‰ up to +17‰. Such factors should be taken into account when interpreting carbon isotopic data and attempting to discriminate between the local enrichment in 13C and globally enhanced δ 13C values. We propose that many previously reported δ 13C values from other localities, where environmental interpretations are not available or have not been taken into account may not represent the global δ 13C values.

  2. Isotopes for medicine and the life sciences

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    Both radioisotopes and enriched stable isotopes are essential to a wide variety of applications in medicine, where they are used in the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses. This report focuses primarily on those medical uses and those in allied life sciences. In addition, other applications of isotopes are discussed; isotopes also find wide parallel uses in research in chemistry, physics, biology, and geosciences, with additional needs existing in the commercial sector. Topic areas include the following: enriched stable isotopes; reactor-produced radionuclides; accelerator-produced radionuclides and a national biomedical tracer facility; public-private partnership models for NBTF; a national isotope policy: proposal for a new way to manage the nation's isotope resources

  3. Liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry for on-line characterization, monitoring and isotopic profiling of the main selenium-metabolite in human urine after consumption of Se-rich and Se-enriched food

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    The metabolism of selenium (Se) in the human body has yet not completely been unravelled and hence, an efficient method for characterization and on-line monitoring of the main Se-compound in human urine after consumption of Se-rich food was developed. Total Se-concentration in human urine after consumption of several Se-rich products was measured with inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). The highest Se concentration in urine was observed after 4-10 h. The urine samples were brought onto a reversed phase column and the Se was detected by ICP-MS. Parameters for liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry (LC-ESI-MS-MS) measurements were optimized by using commercially available sugars, because it is known that some of the urinary metabolites contain a sugar moiety. In order to characterize the predominant Se-metabolite, it was necessary to extensively clean-up the sample and preconcentrate the species. The main metabolite was measured on its precursor ion on three different m/z according to three isotopes of Se. Relative peak surfaces matched the relative abundances of the isotopes. The product ions could be measured in a human urine sample in accordance to the product ions of the commercially available sugars. Moreover, the evidence of a selenosugar was demonstrated by the use of the Se-isotopes when measuring the product ions. LC-ESI-MS-MS was proven to be very efficient for the characterization of the main urinary Se-metabolite and can be used for on-line monitoring of the compound in urine samples. The method can be extended for clinical screening after consumption of Se-(en)rich(ed) food by use of the Se-isotopic profile and/or of the typical product ions of (methyl)-N-acetyl-hexosamines

  4. US developments in technology for uranium enrichment

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    The purpose of this paper is to review recent progress and the status of the work in the United States on that part of the fuel cycle concerned with uranium enrichment. The United States has one enrichment process, gaseous diffusion, which has been continuously operated in large-scale production for the past 37 years; another process, gas centrifugation, which is now in the construction phase; and three new processes, molecular laser isotope separation, atomic vapor laser isotope separation, plasma separation process, in which the US has also invested sizable research and development efforts over the last few years. The emphasis in this paper is on the technical aspects of the various processes, but the important economic factors which will define the technological mix which may be applied in the next two decades are also discussed

  5. Uranium Enrichment, an overview

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    This general presentation on uranium enrichment will be followed by lectures on more specific topics including descriptions of enrichment processes and assessments of the prevailing commercial and industrial situations. I shall therefore avoid as much as possible duplications with these other lectures, and rather dwell on: some theoretical aspects of enrichment in general, underlying the differences between statistical and selective processes, a review and comparison between enrichment processes, remarks of general order regarding applications, the proliferation potential of enrichment. It is noteworthy that enrichment: may occur twice in the LWR fuel cycle: first by enriching natural uranium, second by reenriching uranium recovered from reprocessing, must meet LWR requirements, and in particular higher assays required by high burn up fuel elements, bears on the structure of the entire front part of the fuel cycle, namely in the conversion/reconversion steps only involving UF6 for the moment. (author). tabs., figs., 4 refs

  6. Quantitative microbial ecology through stable isotope probing.

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    Hungate, Bruce A; Mau, Rebecca L; Schwartz, Egbert; Caporaso, J Gregory; Dijkstra, Paul; van Gestel, Natasja; Koch, Benjamin J; Liu, Cindy M; McHugh, Theresa A; Marks, Jane C; Morrissey, Ember M; Price, Lance B

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    Bacteria grow and transform elements at different rates, and as yet, quantifying this variation in the environment is difficult. Determining isotope enrichment with fine taxonomic resolution after exposure to isotope tracers could help, but there are few suitable techniques. We propose a modification to stable isotope probing (SIP) that enables the isotopic composition of DNA from individual bacterial taxa after exposure to isotope tracers to be determined. In our modification, after isopycnic centrifugation, DNA is collected in multiple density fractions, and each fraction is sequenced separately. Taxon-specific density curves are produced for labeled and nonlabeled treatments, from which the shift in density for each individual taxon in response to isotope labeling is calculated. Expressing each taxon's density shift relative to that taxon's density measured without isotope enrichment accounts for the influence of nucleic acid composition on density and isolates the influence of isotope tracer assimilation. The shift in density translates quantitatively to isotopic enrichment. Because this revision to SIP allows quantitative measurements of isotope enrichment, we propose to call it quantitative stable isotope probing (qSIP). We demonstrated qSIP using soil incubations, in which soil bacteria exhibited strong taxonomic variations in (18)O and (13)C composition after exposure to [(18)O]water or [(13)C]glucose. The addition of glucose increased the assimilation of (18)O into DNA from [(18)O]water. However, the increase in (18)O assimilation was greater than expected based on utilization of glucose-derived carbon alone, because the addition of glucose indirectly stimulated bacteria to utilize other substrates for growth. This example illustrates the benefit of a quantitative approach to stable isotope probing. PMID:26296731

  7. Stable-isotope composition of the water of apple juice

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    By deuterium and oxygen 18 analysis, it was shown that apples' water is enriched in heavier isotopes as compared to rain water. The isotopic composition of the water of reconstituted apple juice is closed to the isotopic content of the rain water used for dilution. Thus, deuterium and oxyden 18 analysis allows a good analytical distinction between natural apple juice and reconstituted juices

  8. Transformation behavior in low carbon 13% chromium-3% copper stainless steel; Tei C-13%Cr-3%Cu ko no hentai kyodo

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    Hara, T.; Uemori, R.; Miyasaka, A. [Nippon Steel Corp., Tokyo (Japan)

    2000-10-01

    Martensitic transformation and {gamma} {yields} {alpha} transformation behavior were investigated in low carbon 13% chromium stainless steels containing 2% nickel or 3% copper. The main conclusions are as follows: (1) Hardness of 2% nickel added low carbon 13% chromium steel was independent of cooling rate after hot working at large reduction. Structure of the steel was martensitic even after being subjected to such large reduction of 75%. This result suggests that ferritic transformation was hard to occur under an usual cooling rate because austenite phase was sufficiently stablized by the addition of chromium and nickel. (2) Austenite to ferrite transformation occurred only for the low carbon 13% chromium 3% copper steel without nickel even at the small cooling rate, such as 0.01K/s. This result was mainly attributed to the unstabilization of austenite phase which caused by the precipitation of {epsilon}-Cu. Furthermore, austenite of the steel becomes easy to transform to ferrite due to heavy hot working. This phenomenon was seemed to be caused by the increase in the area of austenite grain boundary owing to recrystallization. Thus, it was considered that the nucleation of {epsilon}-Cu at the grain boundaries promoted ferrite formation. (author)

  9. My academic life with isotopes

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    The present article outlines investigations and experience made by the author in carrying out a variety of studies on isotopes since 1939. First, he was interested in transuranic elements and his studies on artificial radioactive isotopes covered the detection of plutonium at Nagasaki, chemical separation of plutomium from atmosphere at Tokyo, spectral analysis of alpha rays from plutomium, application of 113mIn to emission spectral analysis as a tracer, chemical enrichment of 76As hot atom, and non-destructive analysis of the chemical state of 119Sn produced through EC disintegration in solid material. His studies on natural radioactivity include measurement of the radium content in rock and mineral samples collected in the Korean Peninsula, investigation on the formation process of minerals found around hot springs and determination of the age of rock and mineral samples. He started investigations on isotope enrichment around 1965. Studies in this field cover the application of cataphoretic processes to separation of 23Na and 22Na, enrichment of 7Li and other alkali metals, enrichment of 6Li by isotope exchange, derivation of an empirical equation (Saito-Kanno Equation) for mass effect in couter-current cataphoresis of molten halides, etc. (Nogami, K.)

  10. Atlas of isotope hydrology - Africa

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    Although there are abundant water resources in Africa - about 17 large rivers and 160 lakes greater than 27 km2 - most of these resources are located in the humid and sub-humid regions around the equator. The surface runoff in Africa, on average, is much lower than average precipitation as a result of high evaporation and evapotranspiration, resulting in endemic drought in parts of the continent. Consequently, groundwater is a very important resource for Africa, providing nearly two-thirds of drinking water on the continent, and an even greater proportion in northern Africa. Despite the importance of groundwater for many societies, there is a lack of corresponding public concern about its protection, perhaps because the extent and availability of groundwater are not easily measured. The impact of increasing degrees of temporal and spatial climatic variability on water resources is also an important consideration, and groundwater to some extent provides an opportunity to mitigate the impacts of climate change. Applications of isotopes in hydrology are based on the general concept of 'tracing', in which naturally occurring or environmental isotopes (either radioactive or stable) are used to study hydrological processes on large temporal and spatial scales through their natural distribution in a hydrological system. Thus, environmental isotope methodologies are unique in regional studies of water resources to obtain integrated characteristics of groundwater systems. The most frequently used environmental isotopes include those of the water molecule, hydrogen (2H or D, also called deuterium, and 3H, also called tritium) and oxygen (18O), as well as of carbon (13C and 14C, also called radiocarbon or carbon-14) occurring in water as constituents of dissolved inorganic and organic carbon compounds. 2H, 13C and 18O are stable isotopes of the respective elements, whereas 3H and 14C are radioactive isotopes. Among the most important areas where isotopes are useful in

  11. Full quantification of selenium species by RP and AF-ICP-qMS with on-line isotope dilution in serum samples from mercury-exposed people supplemented with selenium-enriched yeast

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    Li, Yu-Feng; Hu, Liang; Li, Bai;

    2011-01-01

    and affinity chromatography (AF) hyphenated to inductively coupled plasma-(quadrupole) mass spectrometry (ICP-qMS) with post-column isotope dilution analysis (IDA) and a collision cell technique (CCT). Different Se species like inorganic Se (Se4+ and Se6+), selenocystine (SeCys), selenomethionine (Se......Met), selenoprotein P (SelP), selenoalbumin (SeAlb) and glutathione peroxidase (GPx) can be separated and quantified. The proposed methodology was used to qualitatively and quantitatively study the dynamic distribution of Se species in human serum samples from the Hg-contaminated area after supplementation with 100...

  12. Environmental isotope studies of marine coastal pollution in Pakistan

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    The International Atomic Energy Agency (the Agency), Vienna launched a five year (duration: 1998 - 2002) Joint Project on 'Better Management of the Environment and Industrial Growth Through Isotopes and Radiation Technology (RAS/97/030) in co-operation with the RCA (Regional Co-operative Agreement) office-Vienna, and UNDP (United Nations Development Programme). The Marine Sub-project entitled 'Management of Marine Coastal Environment and its Pollution (RAS/8/083)' is a key component of this joint project. Pakistan has significantly contributed in the marine sub-project by demonstrating the potential use of environmental isotope techniques such as stable isotope ratios of oxygen-18 in water molecules, carbon-13 in total dissolved inorganic carbon (TDIC), carbon-13 in total dissolved inorganic carbon as well as marine plant (leaves and tree rings), nitrogen-15 in marine plants and animal shells, and sulfur-34 in aqueous sulfate for tracking the transport of pollutants in marine coastal environment. This paper/poster highlights the innovative use of these environmental stable isotope techniques in relation to conventional physiochemical techniques for tracking fate and behaviour of land based domestic / industrial pollution inventory in the marine coastal environment of Pakistan

  13. Advanced enrichment techniques

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    BNFL is in a unique position in that it has commercial experience of diffusion enrichment, and of centrifuge enrichment through its associate company Urenco. In addition BNFL is developing laser enrichment techniques as part of a UK development programme in this area. The paper describes the development programme which led to the introduction of competitive centrifuge enrichment technology by Urenco and discusses the areas where improvements have and will continue to be made in the centrifuge process. It also describes the laser development programme currently being undertaken in the UK. The paper concludes by discussing the relative merits of the various methods of uranium enrichment, with particular reference to the enrichment market likely to obtain over the rest of the century. (author)

  14. Uranium enrichment: an overview

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    This paper is a general presentation of uranium enrichment processes and assessments of the prevailing commercial and industrial situations. It gives first some theoretical aspects of enrichment in general and explains the differences between statistical and selective processes in particular. Then a review of the different processes is made with a comparison between them. Finally, some general remarks concerning applications are given and the risks of proliferation related to enrichment are mentioned. (J.S.). 4 refs., 5 figs., 8 tabs

  15. Isotopic geology

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    Born from the application to geology of nuclear physics techniques, the isotopic geology has revolutionized the Earth's sciences. Beyond the dating of rocks, the tracer techniques have permitted to reconstruct the Earth's dynamics, to measure the temperatures of the past (giving birth to paleoclimatology) and to understand the history of chemical elements thanks to the analysis of meteorites. Today, all domains of Earth sciences appeal more or less to the methods of isotopic geology. In this book, the author explains the principles, methods and recent advances of this science: 1 - isotopes and radioactivity; 2 - principles of isotope dating; 3 - radio-chronological methods; 4 - cosmogenic isotope chronologies; 5 - uncertainties and radio-chronological results; 6 - geochemistry of radiogenic isotopes; 7 - geochemistry of stable isotopes; 8 - isotopic geology and dynamical analysis of reservoirs. (J.S.)

  16. Isotopic clusters

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    Spectra of isotopically mixed clusters (dimers of SF6) are calculated as well as transition frequencies. The result leads to speculations about the suitability of the laser-cluster fragmentation process for isotope separation. (Auth.)

  17. Enriched coalgebraic modal logic

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    We formalise the notion of enriched coalgebraic modal logic, and determine conditions on the category V (over which we enrich), that allow an enriched logical connection to be extended to a framework for enriched coalgebraic modal logic. Our framework uses V-functors L: A ? A and T: X ? X, where L determines the modalities of the resulting modal logics, and T determines the coalgebras that provide the semantics. We introduce the V-category Mod(A, ?) of models for an L-algebra (A, ?), and ...

  18. NRC licensing of uranium enrichment plants

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    The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is preparing a rule making that establishes the licensing requirements for low-enriched uranium enrichment plants. Although implementation of this rule making is timed to correspond with receipt of a license application for the Louisiana Energy Services centrifuge enrichment plant, the rule making is applicable to all uranium enrichment technologies. If ownership of the US gaseous diffusion plants and/or atomic vapor laser isotope separation is transferred to a private or government corporation, these plants also would be licensable under the new rule making. The Safeguards Studies Department was tasked by the NRC to provide technical assistance in support of the rule making and guidance preparation process. The initial and primary effort of this task involved the characterization of the potential safeguards concerns associated with a commercial enrichment plant, and the licensing issues associated with these concerns. The primary safeguards considerations were identified as detection of the loss of special nuclear material, detection of unauthorized production of material of low strategic significance, and detection of production of uranium enriched to >10% 235U. The primary safeguards concerns identified were (1) large absolute limit of error associated with the material balance closing, (2) the inability to shutdown some technologies to perform a cleanout inventory of the process system, and (3) the flexibility of some technologies to produce higher enrichments. Unauthorized production scenarios were identified for some technologies that could prevent conventional material control and accounting programs from detecting the production and removal of 5 kg 235U as highly enriched uranium. Safeguards techniques were identified to mitigate these concerns

  19. Isotope effect of potassium in an aqueous/amalgam system

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    The isotope fractionation of potassium in an aqueous (KOH)/amalgam system has been studied. Two types of isotope effects with opposite isotope enrichment directions were observed in the electrolysis of potassium from the aqueous into the amalgam phase under constant electrolytic potentials. It was found that the first isotope effect causing the light isotope enriched in the amalgam is related to the kinetic process of the mass transfer through the aqueous/amalgam interface, while the second one leading to the enrichment of the heavy isotope in the amalgam phase is produced by the isotope-exchange equilibrium. The temperature dependence of the equilibrium isotope effect was also investigated using single-stage and multi-stage techniques. It was observed that the equilibrium isotope effect increases as the temperature increases in the range of 293-371 K. An empirical equation was used to fit the variations of the isotope effects with temperature for potassium together with the other alkaline and alkaline earth metals studied in the same system. The origin of the equilibrium isotope fractionation in the electron-exchange system was discussed. Furthermore, the mass dependence of the separation coefficients of the alkaline and alkaline earth metals observed in aqueous/amalgam and ion-exchange systems were compared. At 293 K the equilibrium isotope separation coefficient for the 39K/41K isotopes in the amalgam system was determined as (5.6 ± 0.6).10-3. (author)

  20. On anomalous isotope composition of lithium in commercial reagents used as standards in isotope analysis

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    Using the spectral method the isotope analysis of lithium is carried out to specify the value of anomalies of lithium isotope composition in salts. Accuracy of the results obtained has been checked according to standard mixtures, prepared of isotopically enriched lithium chlorides (lithium-6 chloride-90.5% 6Li and 9.5% 7Li; lithium-7 chloride-0.02% 6Li and 99.98% 7Li). The analysis has shown that commercial salts of lithium can have considerably shifted isotope composition, which must be taken into account when calibrating the instruments and applying salts as standards of isotope ratio

  1. Basic characterization of highly enriched uranium by gamma spectrometry

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    Nguyen, Cong Tam; Zsigrai, Jozsef

    2005-01-01

    Gamma-spectrometric methods suitable for the characterization of highly enriched uranium samples encountered in illicit trafficking of nuclear materials are presented. In particular, procedures for determining the 234U, 235U, 238U, 232U and 236U contents and the age of highly enriched uranium are described. Consequently, the total uranium content and isotopic composition can be calculated. For determining the 238U and 232U contents a low background chamber was used. In addition, age dating of...

  2. Peak fitting applied to low-resolution enrichment measurements

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    Bracken, D.; McKown, T.; Sprinkle, J.K. Jr. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States); Gunnink, R. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (United States); Kartoshov, M.; Kuropatwinski, J.; Raphina, G.; Sokolov, G. [Ulba Metallurgical Facility, Ust-Kamenogorsk (Kazakhstan)

    1998-12-01

    Materials accounting at bulk processing facilities that handle low enriched uranium consists primarily of weight and uranium enrichment measurements. Most low enriched uranium processing facilities draw separate materials balances for each enrichment handled at the facility. The enrichment measurement determines the isotopic abundance of the {sup 235}U, thereby determining the proper strata for the item, while the weight measurement generates the primary accounting value for the item. Enrichment measurements using the passive gamma radiation from uranium were developed for use in US facilities a few decades ago. In the US, the use of low-resolution detectors was favored because they cost less, are lighter and more robust, and don`t require the use of liquid nitrogen. When these techniques were exported to Europe, however, difficulties were encountered. Two of the possible root causes were discovered to be inaccurate knowledge of the container wall thickness and higher levels of minor isotopes of uranium introduced by the use of reactor returns in the enrichment plants. the minor isotopes cause an increase in the Compton continuum under the 185.7 keV assay peak and the observance of interfering 238.6 keV gamma rays. The solution selected to address these problems was to rely on the slower, more costly, high-resolution gamma ray detectors when the low-resolution method failed. Recently, these gamma ray based enrichment measurement techniques have been applied to Russian origin material. The presence of interfering gamma radiation from minor isotopes was confirmed. However, with the advent of fast portable computers, it is now possible to apply more sophisticated analysis techniques to the low-resolution data in the field. Explicit corrections for Compton background, gamma rays from {sup 236}U daughters, and the attenuation caused by thick containers can be part of the least squares fitting routine. Preliminary results from field measurements in Kazakhstan will be

  3. The enriched chromium neutrino source for GALLEX

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    The preparation and study of an intense source of neutrinos in the form of neutron irradiated materials which are enriched in Cr-50 for use in the GALLEX solar neutrino experiment are discussed. Chromyl fluoride gas is enriched in the Cr-50 isotope by gas centrifugation and subsequently converted to a very stable form of chromium oxide. The results of neutron activation analyses of such chromium samples indicate low levels of any long-lived activities, but show that short-lived activities, in particular Na-24, may be of concern. These results show that irradiating chromium oxide enriched in Cr-50 is preferable to irradiating either natural chromium or argon gas as a means of producing a neutrino source to calibrate the GALLEX detector. These results of the impurity level analysis of the enriched chromyl fluoride gas and its conversion to the oxide are also of interest to work in progress by other members of the Collaboration investigating an alternative conversion of the enriched gas to chromium metal. 35 refs., 12 figs., 5 tabs

  4. Profile of World Uranium Enrichment Programs - 2007

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    Laughter, Mark D [ORNL

    2007-11-01

    It is generally agreed that the most difficult step in building a nuclear weapon is acquiring weapons grade fissile material, either plutonium or highly enriched uranium (HEU). Plutonium is produced in a nuclear reactor, while HEU is produced using a uranium enrichment process. Enrichment is also an important step in the civil nuclear fuel cycle, in producing low enriched uranium (LEU) for use in fuel for nuclear reactors. However, the same equipment used to produce LEU for nuclear fuel can also be used to produce HEU for weapons. Safeguards at an enrichment plant are the array of assurances and verification techniques that ensure uranium is only enriched to LEU, no undeclared LEU is produced, and no uranium is enriched to HEU or secretly diverted. There are several techniques for enriching uranium. The two most prevalent are gaseous diffusion, which uses older technology and requires a lot of energy, and gas centrifuge separation, which uses more advanced technology and is more energy efficient. Gaseous diffusion plants (GDPs) provide about 40% of current world enrichment capacity, but are being phased out as newer gas centrifuge enrichment plants (GCEPs) are constructed. Estimates of current and future enrichment capacity are always approximate, due to the constant upgrades, expansions, and shutdowns occurring at enrichment plants, largely determined by economic interests. Currently, the world enrichment capacity is approximately 53 million kg-separative work units (SWU) per year, with 22 million in gaseous diffusion and 31 million in gas centrifuge plants. Another 23 million SWU/year of capacity are under construction or planned for the near future, almost entirely using gas centrifuge separation. Other less-efficient techniques have also been used in the past, including electromagnetic and aerodynamic separations, but these are considered obsolete, at least from a commercial perspective. Laser isotope separation shows promise as a possible enrichment technique

  5. A double-quadrature radiofrequency coil design for proton-decoupled carbon-13 magnetic resonance spectroscopy in humans at 7T

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    Serés Roig, Eulalia; Magill, Arthur W.; Donati, Guillaume; Meyerspeer, Martin; Xin, Lijing; Ipek, Ozlem; Gruetter, Rolf

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    Purpose Carbon-13 magnetic resonance spectroscopy (13C-MRS) is challenging because of the inherent low sensitivity of 13C detection and the need for radiofrequency transmission at the 1H frequency while receiving the 13C signal, the latter requiring electrical decoupling of the 13C and 1H radiofrequency channels. In this study, we added traps to the 13C coil to construct a quadrature-13C/quadrature-1H surface coil, with sufficient isolation between channels to allow simultaneous operation at...

  6. Proton And Carbon-13 Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Of Some 4-Amino-3-Alkyl (Aryl)-5-Thio-1,2,4-Triazolines And Their Derivatives

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    El Toukhy, Ahmed [احمد الطوخي; Al-Kubaisi, Abdulla H.; Kenawy, Ibrahim

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    The proton and carbon-13 NMR spectra of some 4-amino-3-alkyl(aryl)-5-thio-1,2,4-triazolines, some 3-alkyl-5-thio- 1,2,4-triazolines and some 4-amino-3-aryl-5-thio-l,2,4-triazoles were measured in DMSO-d6 as solvent. The chemical shift for each proton and carbon in these compounds were assigned. The 'H, chemical shift of N-H protons of the thioamide group and the "C chemical shift of C(3) in the triazolines were found to be sensitive to the substituent R (alkyi or aryl) at C(3), and correlated...

  7. ISOTOPE FRACTIONATION PROCESS

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    Clewett, G.H.; Lee, DeW.A.

    1958-05-20

    A new method is described for isotopic enrichment of uranium. It has been found that when an aqueous acidic solution of ionic tetravalent uraniunn is contacted with chelate complexed tetravalent uranium, the U/sup 238/ preferentially concentrates in the complexed phase while U/sup 235/ concentrates in the ionic phase. The effect is enhanced when the chelate compound is water insoluble and is dissolved in a water-immiscible organic solvent. Cupferron is one of a number of sultable complexing agents, and chloroform is a suitable organic solvent.

  8. TRIGA low enrichment fuel

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    Sixty TRIGA reactors have been sold and the earliest of these are now passing twenty years of operation. All of these reactors use the uranium-zirconium hydride fuel (UZrH) which provides certain unique advantages arising out of its large prompt negative temperature coefficient, very low fission product release, and high temperature capability. Eleven of these Sixty reactors are conversions from plate fuel to TRIGA fuel which were made as a result of these advantages. With only a few exceptions, TRIGA reactors have always used low-enriched-uranium (LEU) fuel with an enrichment of 19.9%. The exceptions have either been converted from the standard low-enriched fuel to the 70% enriched FLIP fuel in order to achieve extended lifetime, or are higher powered reactors which were designed for long life using 93%-enriched uranium during the time when the use and export of highly enriched uranium (HEU) was not restricted. The advent of international policies focusing attention on nonproliferation and safeguards made the HEU fuels obsolete. General Atomic immediately undertook a development effort (nearly two years ago) in order to be in a position to comply with these policies for all future export sales and also to provide a low-enriched alternative to fully enriched plate-type fuels. This important work was subsequently partially supported by the U.S. Department of Energy. The laboratory and production tests have shown that higher uranium densities can be achieved to compensate for reducing the enrichment to 20%, and that the fuels maintain the characteristics of the very thoroughly proven standard TRIGA fuels. In May of 1978, General Atomic announced that these fuels were available for TRIGA reactors and for plate-type reactors with power levels up to 15 MW with GA's standard commercial warranty

  9. TRIGA low enrichment fuel

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    Sixty TRIGA reactors have been sold and the earliest of these are now passing twenty years of operation. All of these reactors use the uranium zirconium hydride fuel (UZrH) which provides certain unique advantages arising out of its large prompt negative temperature coefficient, very low fission product release, and high temperature capability. Eleven of these Sixty reactors are conversions from plate fuel to TRIGA fuel which were made as a result of these advantages. With only a few exceptions, TRIGA reactors have always used low-enriched uranium (LEU) fuel with an enrichment of 19.9%. The exceptions have either been converted from the standard low-enriched fuel to the 70% enriched FLIP fuel in order to achieve extended lifetime, or are higher powered reactors which were designed for long life using 93%-enriched uranium during the time when the use and export of highly enriched uranium (HEU) was not restricted. The advent of international policies focusing attention on nonproliferation and safeguards made the HEU fuels obsolete. General Atomic immediately undertook a development effort (nearly two years ago) in order to be in a position to comply with these policies for all future export sales and also to provide a low-enriched alternative to fully enriched plate-type fuels. This important work was subsequently partially supported by the U.S. Department of Energy. The laboratory and production tests have shown that higher uranium densities can be achieved to compensate for reducing the enrichment to 20%, and that the fuels maintain the characteristics of the very thoroughly proven standard TRIGA fuels. In May of 1978, General Atomic announced that these fuels were available for TRIGA reactors and for plate-type reactors with power levels up to 15 MW with General Atomic's standard commercial warranty

  10. Utilization of stable isotopes in pharmacology and living matter sciences

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    A survey of the various application fields of stable isotopes in the pharmacological and biomedical domains is presented: utilization of labelled molecules as real tracers (metabolism studies with chromatography and mass spectrometry, studies in bio-pharmacy, bio-availability and bio-equivalence for comparison of medicaments forms, use of stable isotope pulsed doses for medicament kinetics study); methods using voluntary induced isotopic effects in a biologic system; utilization of the carbon 13C/12C ratio and its evolution with time in a living system for in vitro, ex vivo, in vivo studies on man and animals: metabolic tests, dysabsorption tests, bacterial proliferation and infection tests, enzymatic induction and inhibition determination tests

  11. Determination of zinc stable isotopes in biological materials using isotope dilution inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry

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    A method is described for using isotope dilution to determine both the amount of natural zinc and enriched isotopes of zinc in biological samples. Isotope dilution inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry offers a way to quantify not only the natural zinc found in a sample but also the enriched isotope tracers of zinc. Accurate values for the enriched isotopes and natural zinc are obtained by adjusting the mass count rate data for measurable instrumental biases. Analytical interferences from the matrix are avoided by extracting the zinc from the sample matrix using diethylammonium diethyldithiocarbamate. The extraction technique separates the zinc from elements which form interfering molecular ions at the same nominal masses as the zinc isotopes. Accuracy of the method is verified using standard reference materials. The detection limit is 0.06 μg Zn per sample. Precision of the abundance ratios range from 0.3-0.8%. R.S.D. for natural zinc concentrations is about 200-600 μg g-1. The accuracy and precision of the measurements make it possible to follow enriched isotopic tracers of zinc in biological samples in metabolic tracer studies. (author). 19 refs.; 1 fig., 4 tabs

  12. Uranium conversion and enrichment

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    A description is given of the Atomic Energy Corporation's uranium conversion and enrichment plants at Valinda ba, including a brief discussion of problems encountered and plans for future developments. (author)

  13. A molecular organic carbon isotope record of Miocene climate changes

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    Schoell, M.; Schouten, S.; Sinninghe Damsté, J.S.; J. W. de Leeuw; Summons, R. E.

    1994-01-01

    The difference in carbon-13 (13C) contents of hopane and sterane biomarkers in the Monterey formation (Naples Beach, California) parallels the Miocene inorganic record of the change in 18O (δ18O), reflecting the Miocene evolution from a well-mixed to a highly stratified photic zone (upper 100 meters) in the Pacific. Steranes (δ13C = 25.4 ± 0.7 per mil versus the Pee Dee belemnite standard) from shallow photic-zone organisms do not change isotopically throughout the Miocene. In contrast, sulfu...

  14. Cascades for natural water enrichment in deuterium and oxygen-18 using membrane permeation

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    The enrichment of water in heavy isotopes by permeation through a hydrophobic membrane is described. Simple counter - current cascades are of no practical interest because of their high energy demand. A better solution is to employ a double counter - current cascade re-utilizing part of the heat of condensation. Currently employed methods of natural water enrichment in heavy isotopes are compared to the proposed membrane process. (author). 18 refs, 14 tabs, 21 figs

  15. Method for separation of isotopes

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    The initial material UCl6 flows through the separation facility in vaporous form, the mixture of isotopes being selectively excited by means of lasers. Separation of the excited molecules is done chemically or physically. The non-excited molecules get to an isotope balancing section, where the chlorine gas is supplied in natural composition with a quantitative ratio of 76 : 24 for 35Cl : 37Cl, and the UCl6 is restored to its original composition. This cycle is repeated for enrichment of 235U or 238U. (DG)

  16. Engineering studies on chemical uranium enrichment

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    In multi-stage separation processes such as the Chemical Enrichment Process, back mixing phenomena are a matter of vital importance for understanding separation efficiency. Back mixing is composed of two parts, microscopic and macroscopic. The microscopic back mixing is known through molecular theory. The macroscopic back mixing effects are quantitatively determined using flow patterns obtained through computational calculations of the fluid dynamics, as well as experimental data. Judging from physical theory and experimental results, the sum of microscopic and the macroscopic back mixing terms is approximately 300μm in the Chemical Enrichment Process. This technology will also contribute to nuclear science in that it can be applied not only to the isotope separation of other elements and to other multi-stage separation processes, but also to the reprocessing of spent fuel. (author)

  17. Isotopically selective optical deflection of a krypton atomic beam

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    We deflected a well-collimated beam of krypton atoms in the metastable 1s5 state by radiation pressure from a single-frequency dye laser. To produce the radiation pressure, we resonantly excited the krypton atoms, using the 1s5--2p9 transition. The natural width of this transition is much smaller than its isotope shift, which allowed us to deflect one isotope at a time. This created a new isotopically enriched atomic beam of Kr(1s5). We achieved a maximum enrichment factor of 1.2 x 104 at a deflection angle of 19 mrad. This enrichment is limited mainly by scattering of the parent atomic beam by residual gas. This degree of enrichment may make it possible to perform sensitive measurements of the concentrations of rare krypton isotopes in environmental samples

  18. A nitrogen fertilization field study of carbon-13 and nitrogen-15 transfers in ectomycorrhizas of Pinus sabiniana.

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    Albarracín, María Victoria; Six, Johan; Houlton, Benjamin Z; Bledsoe, Caroline S

    2013-12-01

    Ectomycorrhizal (EM) fungi form relationships with higher plants; plants transfer C to fungi, and fungi transfer nutrients to their host. While evidence indicates that this interaction is largely mutualistic, less is known about how nutrient supply and EM associates may alter C and nutrient exchanges, especially in intact plant-soil-microbe systems in the field. In a dual-labeling experiment with N fertilization, we used C and N stable isotopes to examine in situ transfers in EM pine trees in a Pinus sabiniana woodland in northern California. We added (15)NH4SO2 and (13)CO2 to track (13)C transfer from pine needles to EM roots and (15)N transfer from soil to EM roots and pine needles. Transfers of (13)C and (15)N differed with EM morphotype and with N fertilization. The brown morphotype received the least C per unit of N transferred (5:1); in contrast red and gold morphotypes gained more C and transferred less N (17:1 and 25:1, respectively). N fertilization increased N retention by ectomycorrhizas (EMs) but did not increase N transfer from EMs to pine needles. Therefore N fertilization positively affected both nutrient and C gains by EMs, increasing net C flows and N retention in EMs. Our work on intact and native trees/EM associations thereby extends earlier conclusions based on pot studies with young plants and culturable EM fungi; our results support the concept that EM-host relationships depend on species-level differences as well as responses to soil resources such as N. PMID:23912260

  19. Carbon isotopic fractionation in heterotrophic microbial metabolism

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    Blair, N.; Leu, A.; Munoz, E.; Olsen, J.; Kwong, E.; Des Marais, D.

    1985-01-01

    Differences in the natural-abundance carbon stable isotopic compositions between products from aerobic cultures of Escherichia coli K-12 were measured. Respired CO2 was 3.4 percent depleted in C-13 relative to the glucose used as the carbon source, whereas the acetate was 12.3 percent enriched in C-13. The acetate C-13 enrichment was solely in the carboxyl group. Even though the total cellular carbon was only 0.6 percent depleted in C-13, intracellular components exhibited a significant isotopic heterogeneity. The protein and lipid fractions were -1.1 and -2.7 percent, respectively. Aspartic and glutamic acids were -1.6 and +2.7 percent, respectively, yet citrate was isotopically identical to the glucose. Probable sites of carbon isotopic fractionation include the enzyme, phosphotransacetylase, and the Krebs cycle.

  20. High-purity enrichment of 84Sr

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    High-purity 84Sr (i.e., >99 at %) is an important tool in many areas of basic and applied research, in particular for spikes used in isotopic dilution/mass spectrometer investigations in geochemistry, cosmochemistry, and paleoclimate-age studies. In nature, the 84Sr abundance is only 0.56%; however, it can be enriched to the specified requirements by using a high-resolution separator, such as the 180 deg. -sector separator, or by completing two passes through a high-production, lower-resolution machine, such as the calutron. The latter option was used for this enrichment to produce ∼1 g of strontium with a final 84Sr concentration of 99.64%. Three innage runs were made, vaporizing a total of ∼17 g of metal feed that had been pre-enriched in the calutron to ∼70% 84Sr. A partial recovery, followed by recycle of the unresolved feed, was made after the second innage run. A process efficiency of 8.44% was achieved, and 4.33 g of the unresolved feed material was recovered. A modified ion-source unit using materials compatible with strontium and the use of krypton as mass markers to aid in operations are described. Standard contamination analyses were performed to evaluate the enrichment and to compare measured results with predicted product purity

  1. High Accuracy U-235 Enrichment Verification Station for Low Enriched Uranium Alloys

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    The Y-12 National Security Complex is playing a role in the U.S. High Performance Research Reactor (USHPRR) Conversion program sponsored by the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration's Office of Global Threat Reduction. The USHPRR program has a goal of converting remaining U.S. reactors that continue to use highly enriched uranium (HEU) fuel to low enriched uranium (LEU) fuel. The USHPRR program is currently developing a LEU Uranium-Molybdenum (U-Mo) monolithic fuel for use in the U.S. high performance research reactors.Y-12 is supporting both the fuel development and fuel fabrication efforts by fabricating low enriched U-Mo foils from its own source material for irradiation experiments and for optimizing the fabrication process in support of scaling up the process to a commercial production scale. Once the new fuel is qualified, Y-12 will produce and ship U-Mo coupons with verified 19.75% +0.2% - 0.3% U-235 enrichment to be fabricated into fuel elements for the USHPRRs. Considering this small enrichment tolerance and the transition into HEU being set strictly at 20% U-235, a characterization system with a measurement uncertainty of less than or equal to 0.1% in enrichment is desired to support customer requirements and minimize production costs. Typical uncertainty for most available characterization systems today is approximately 1-5%; therefore, a specialized system must be developed which results in a reduced measurement uncertainty. A potential system using a High-Purity Germanium (HPGe) detector has been procured, and tests have been conducted to verify its capabilities with regards to the requirements. Using four U-Mo enrichment standards fabricated with complete isotopic and chemical characterization, infinite thickness and peak-ratio enrichment measurement methods have been considered for use. As a result of inhomogeneity within the U-Mo samples, FRAM, an isotopic analysis software, has been selected for initial testing. A systematic approach

  2. Enrichment: Dealing with overcapacity

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    Today's surplus of enrichment capacity will continue until at least the end of this century. This will challenge the ingenuity of the separative work unit (SWU) suppliers as they attempt to keep market share and remain profitable in a very competitive marketplace. The utilities will be faced with attractive choices, but making the best choice will require careful analysis and increased attention to market factors. Current demand projections will probably prove too high to the extent that more reactors are canceled or delayed. The DOE has the vast majority of the unused capacity, so it will feel the most immediate impact of this large surplus in productive capacity. The DOE has responded to these market challenges by planning another reorganization of its enriching operations. Without a major agreement among the governments affected by the current surplus in enrichment capacity, the future will see lower prices, more competitive terms, and the gradual substitution of centrifuge or laser enrichment for the gaseous diffusion plants. The competition that is forcing the gaseous diffusion prices down to marginal cost will provide the long-term price basis for the enrichment industry

  3. 78 FR 17942 - Request To Amend a License To Export High-Enriched Uranium

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    2013-03-25

    ... COMMISSION Request To Amend a License To Export High-Enriched Uranium Pursuant to 10 CFR 110.70 (b) ``Public... Security material (High- kilograms U-235 LVR-15 Research will ultimately Administration. Enriched Uranium... medical isotope March 11, 2013 uranium) the list of production at the XSNM3622/02 research...

  4. Uranium enrichment by jet nozzle separation process in the German-Brazil cooperation program

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    It presents a lecture on technical and commercial aspects of uranium isotopic enrichment by the Get Lozzle Method in Brazil. The analysis is presented regarding the context of bilateral agreement German-Brazil it discusses the technical problems of a demonstration plant design as well as the commercial exportation viability of enriched uranium produced in Brazil by the Jet Nozzle Method. (author)

  5. Stellar Origins of C-13 and N-15-Enriched Presolar SiC Grains

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    Liu, Nan; Nittler, Larry R.; Alexander, Conel M. O’D.; Wang, Jianhua; Pignatari, Marco; Jose, Jordi; Nguyen, Ann

    2016-01-01

    Extreme excesses of 13 C ( C (12 C/ 13 CSiC 20) in rare presolar SiClar SiC grains have been considered diagnostic of an origin in classical novae [1], though an origin in core-collapse supernovae (CCSNe) has also been proposed [2]. We report multi-element isotopic data for 19 13 C- and 15 N-enriched presolar SiC grains(12 C/13 C<16 and 14 N/ 15 N<150) from an acid resistant residue of the Murchison meteorite. These grains are enriched in 13 C and15 N, but with quite diverse Si isotopic signatures. Four grains with isotopic signatures. Four grains with isotopic signatures. Four grains with isotopic signatures. Four grains with isotopic signatures.

  6. An ideal cascade for uranium 235 enrichment by centrifuge jet nozzle process

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    The design of an ideal cascade for the process of isotope separation by centrifugation for the U235 enrichment, is presented. A selection of building materials used in fabrication of isotope separation plants, showing the importance of aluminium, due the bauxite mines in Northern Brazil, is done. (M.C.K.)

  7. Embryotoxicity of stable isotopes and use of stable isotopes in studies of teratogenetic mechanisms

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    Spielmann, H.; Nau, H.

    1986-07-01

    Experiments on teratogenic effects of stable isotopes from our own and other laboratories are evaluated. In the first series of investigations, the enrichment of the stable isotope /sup 13/C derived from U-/sup 13/C-glucose was studied in mouse embryos at various stages of development, including limb buds in organ culture. Preimplantation mouse embryos incubated in vitro in /sup 13/C-enriched medium for 48 hours showed normal development during subsequent differentiation in vitro and also in vivo after embryo transfer to faster mothers. These embryos were 15% to 20% enriched in /sup 13/C. Administration of U-13-C-glucose to pregnant mice during organogenesis led to an increase of the absolute /sup 13/C content of the embryo for several days after the end of isotope administration, whereas the enrichment in maternal tissue decreased. No alterations of embryonic development were detected due to stable isotope enrichment. Development of cultured mouse limb buds was unaffected by incubation with 82 mol% U-/sup 13/C-glucose as judged from morphologic and biochemical criteria. The second part of the article describes the value of deuterium-labeled drugs as probes into the mechanism of activation of teratogenic metabolites. A comparison of the pharmacokinetics as well as the teratogenicity between cyclophosphamide and some specific deuterium-labeled analogues showed that the isotope effect observed can be related to a particular metabolic pathway crucial for teratogenic activation by this drug.

  8. Insights Into Water-Soluble Organic Aerosol Sources From Carbon-13 Ratios of Size Exclusion Chromatography Fractions

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    Ruehl, C. R.; Chuang, P. Y.; McCarthy, M. D.

    2008-12-01

    Many sources of organic aerosols have been identified and quantified, and much of this work has used individual (mosty water-insoluble) compounds as tracers of primary sources. However, most organic aerosol cannot be molecularly characterized, and the water-soluble organic carbon (WSOC) in many aerosols is thought to originate from gaseous precursors (i.e., it is secondary in nature). It can therefore be difficult to infer aerosol sources, particularly of background (i.e., aged) aerosols, and of the relatively high-MW component of aerosols. The stable isotope ratios (δ13C) of organic aerosols have been used to distinguish between sources, with lighter values (-30‰ to -25‰) interpreted as having originated from fossil fuel combustion and C4 biogenic emission, and heavier values (-25‰ to - 20‰) indicating a marine or C3 biogenic source. Most published measurements were of either total suspended particulates or PM2.5, however, and it is unknown to what extent these fractions differ from submicron WSOC. We report δ13C for submicron WSOC collected at a variety of sites, ranging from marine to polluted to background continental. Bulk marine organic δ13C ranged from -30.4 to - 27.6‰, slightly lighter than previously published results. This could be due to the elimination of supermicron cellular material or other biogenic primary emissions from the sample. Continental WSOC δ13C ranged from -19.1 to -29.8‰, with heavier values (-19.8 ± 1.0‰) in Oklahoma and lighter values at Great Smoky Mountain National Park in Tennessee (-25.8 ± 2.6‰) and Illinois (-24.5 ± 1.0‰). This likely results from the greater proportional of C3 plant material in the Oklahoma samples. In addition to bulk samples, we used size exclusion chromatography (SEC) to report δ13C of organic aerosols as a function of hydrodynamic diameter. Variability and magnitude of hydrodynamic diameter was greatest at low SEC pH, indicative of the acidic character of submicron WSOC. Tennessee

  9. Oxygen enrichment incineration

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    Oxygen enriched combustion technology has recently been used in waste incineration. To apply the oxygen enrichment on alpha-bearing waste incineration, which is being developed, a state-of-an-art review has been performed. The use of oxygen or oxygen-enriched air instead of air in incineration would result in increase of combustion efficiency and capacity, and reduction of off-gas product. Especially, the off-gas could be reduced below a quarter, which might reduce off-gas treatment facilities, and also increase an efficiency of off-gas treatment. However, the use of oxygen might also lead to local overheating and high nitrogen oxides (NOx) formation. To overcome these problems, an application of low NOx oxy-fuel burner and recycling of a part of off-gas to combustion chamber have been suggested

  10. Oxygen enrichment incineration

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    Kim, Jeong Guk; Yang, Hee Chul; Park, Geun Il; Kim, Joon Hyung

    2000-10-01

    Oxygen enriched combustion technology has recently been used in waste incineration. To apply the oxygen enrichment on alpha-bearing waste incineration, which is being developed, a state-of-an-art review has been performed. The use of oxygen or oxygen-enriched air instead of air in incineration would result in increase of combustion efficiency and capacity, and reduction of off-gas product. Especially, the off-gas could be reduced below a quarter, which might reduce off-gas treatment facilities, and also increase an efficiency of off-gas treatment. However, the use of oxygen might also lead to local overheating and high nitrogen oxides (NOx) formation. To overcome these problems, an application of low NOx oxy-fuel burner and recycling of a part of off-gas to combustion chamber have been suggested.

  11. A gas extraction system for the measurement of carbon dioxide and carbon isotopes in polar ice cores

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    Knowledge of the distribution of Carbon 13 in the glacial ocean, atmosphere, and biosphere is important to understanding the causes of glacial/interglacial changes in atmospheric CO2 levels. Although deep-ocean Carbon 13 values are well-constrained by ocean sediment studies, model-based estimates of changes in the carbon budget for the biosphere and atmosphere vary considerably. Measurement of atmospheric Carbon 13 in CO2 in ice cores will provide additional constraints on this budget and will also improve estimates of changes in the ocean surface layer Carbon 13. Direct measurement of ancient atmospheric Carbon 13 can be accomplished through polar ice core studies. A gas-extraction line for ice cores has been designed and constructed with particular attention to the specific difficulties of measuring Carbon 13 in CO2. The ice is shaved, rather than crushed, to minimize fractionation effects resulting from gas travel through long air-paths in the ice. To minimize the risk of isotopic contamination and fractionation within the vacuum line, CO2 is separated immediately from the air; the CO2 concentration is then measured by a simple pressure/volume comparison rather than by gas chromatography or spectroscopy. Measurements from Greenland ice core samples give an average value of 280±2 ppM CO2 for preindustrial samples, demonstrating that the extraction system gives accurate, precise determinations Of CO2 concentrations. Measurement of δ13C from polar ice samples has not been achieved at this time. However, results on standard air samples demonstrate a precision for δ13C of less than 0.2 per-thousand at the 95% confidence level

  12. Evidence for Significantly Enriched Heavy Oxygen in Mars Atmosphere

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    Livengood, Timothy A.; Kostiuk, T.; Hewagama, T.; Smith, R. L.; Sonnabend, G.; Sornig, M.; Stangier, T.

    2012-10-01

    The loss of primordial atmosphere from Mars should have resulted in significant enrichment of heavy isotopes in Mars carbon dioxide, which has not previously been observed. Atmospheric isotope ratios provide important context in which to interpret the geochemistry of Mars meteorites and future returned samples. Biotic and abiotic isotope-fractionation occur relative to the available chemical reservoirs, enabling a tool to interpret chemical fossils for Mars astrobiology. We report on high-resolution infrared spectroscopy of Mars obtained in October 2007 from the NASA IRTF, targeting the sub-solar latitude in late southern summer. The measured spectra include fully-resolved pressure-broadened absorption features due to cool tropospheric carbon dioxide above the warm surface and an absorption feature that is definitively due to the isotopologue that is singly-substituted with oxygen-18. The ratio of oxygen-18 to the normal isotope can be recovered from fitting the whole spectrum in absorption against the warm surface. The mean value of the retrieved oxygen-18 fraction differs insignificantly from the terrestrial VSMOW standard, consistent with prior in situ and remote-spectroscopy efforts, which found only modest differences from VSMOW. Comparison between the retrieved isotope ratio and the surface temperature reveals that the concentration of isotopically heavy carbon dioxide is correlated with the local surface temperature, suggesting that the heavy gas is preferentially adsorbed by the regolith at low night temperatures and released in warm day temperatures. The minimum retrieved isotope fraction is consistent with the solar wind ratio measured by the Genesis mission, indicating that any accuracy error in the spectroscopic parameters used for the retrieval must have resulted in underestimating heavy-isotope enrichment. The maximum retrieved isotope ratio is significantly enhanced relative to VSMOW and relative to prior retrievals on Mars. We provide additional

  13. Centrifugal extraction of highly enriched 123Te for the production of 123I at a cyclotron

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    The centrifugal enrichment of gram quantities of 99.9% 123Te by a non-steady-state separation method is described. The resulting highly enriched 123Te can be used for the production of the medical radionuclide 123I on a small cyclotron (E<20 MeV). Results indicate that the non-steady-state separation can be effectively used for the enrichment of isotopes of other elements

  14. A view of the uranium enrichment market of the late 1990's and beyond

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    The author discusses the following topics related to the international uranium enrichment market: a market overview from the early 1980's, including price projections and the impact of new technologies; outlook for the market over the next decade, including military versus commercial requirements, supply and demand for enrichment services, uranium enrichment prices for the 1990's, utility procurement practices, new technologies, and an update on development and design activities related to laser isotope separation at CRISLA Technologies, Inc

  15. Segal Enriched Categories I

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    Bacard, Hugo V

    2010-01-01

    We develop a theory of enriched categories over a (higher) category M equipped with a class W of morphisms called homotopy equivalences. We call them Segal M_W -categories. Our motivation was to generalize the notion of "up-to-homotopy monoids" in a monoidal category M, introduced by Leinster. The formalism adopted generalizes the classical Segal categories and extends the theory of enriched category over a bicategory. In particular we have a linear version of Segal categories which did not exist so far. Our goal in this paper is to present the theory and provide some examples. Applications are reserved for the future.

  16. A carbon-13 NMR spin-lattice relaxation study of the molecular conformation of the nootropic drug 2-oxopyrrolidin-1-ylacetamide

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    Baldo, M.; Grassi, A.; Guidoni, L.; Nicolini, M.; Pappalardo, G. C.; Viti, V.

    The spin-lattice relaxation times ( T1) of carbon-13 resonances of the drug 2-oxopyrrolidin- 1-ylacetamide ( 2OPYAC) were determined in CDCl 3 + DMSO and H 2O solutions to investigate the internal conformational flexibility. The measured T1s for the hydrogen-bearing carbon atoms of the 2-pyrrolidone ring fragment were diagnostic of a rigid conformation with respect to the acetamide linked moiety. The model of anisotropic reorientation of a rigid body was used to analyse the measured relaxation data in terms of a single conformation. Owing to the small number of T1 data available the fitting procedure for each of the possible conformations failed. The structure corresponding to the rigid conformation was therefore considered to be the one that is strongly stabilized by internal hydrogen bonding as predicted on the basis of theoretical MO ab initio quantum chemical calculations.

  17. NMR spectroscopy of lactate in the skeleton muscle: visibility, quantification and measurement of carbon 13 enrichment by double quantum edition; Spectroscopie RMN du lactate dans le muscle squeletique: visibilite, quantification et mesure de l'enrichissement au carbone 13 par edition a double quantum

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    Jouvensal, L

    1997-12-18

    The metabolism of skeleton muscles gave rise to numerous research works since the beginning of the century in order to make some reply about the muscle physiology with the will to improve the sport performances or the understanding of muscles diseases. This metabolism is complex and the lactate has an importance place; the purpose of this work is to answer these questions with some strategy studies by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. (N.C.)

  18. Non-linear Isotope Effects

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    Schmidt, Johan Albrecht

    The isotopic fractionation associated with photodissociation of N2O, OCS and CO2, at different altitudes in Earth’s atmosphere, is investigated theoretically using constructed quantum mechanical models of the dissociation processes (i.e. potential energy surfaces and relevant coupling elements for......’s stratosphere is nearly mass dependent, and only a small fraction of the observed anomalous oxygen-17 excess can be attributed to N2O photolysis. In contrast, stratospheric photolysis produces a significant inverse clumped isotope effect.(ii) Stratospheric OCS photolysis significantly enrich the remaining OCS...... or moderate, and overall sulfur fractionation in the stratosphere is very weak which does not exclude OCS from being an acceptable background the Stratospheric Sulfate Aerosol layer. (iii) CO2 photolysis in the upper stratosphere and lower mesosphere is highly fractionating in both isotopes...

  19. Enriching Number Knowledge

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    Mack, Nancy K.

    2011-01-01

    Exploring number systems of other cultures can be an enjoyable learning experience that enriches students' knowledge of numbers and number systems in important ways. It helps students deepen mental computation fluency, knowledge of place value, and equivalent representations for numbers. This article describes how the author designed her…

  20. Everyone Vegetarian, World Enriching

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    Wu, John Y.

    2014-01-01

    This essay advocates global vegetarian diet. Firstly, seven personal health benefits and four global benefits of vegetarian dinners are specified to enrich the entire globe, and then, secondly, I explore concretely how to overcome internal hurdle and external hurdle, so as to effectively propagate vegetarian dinners throughout the world. Everyone wins, including animals!

  1. Methodology for content enrichment

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    Nederbragt, H.; Heerlien, M.

    2010-01-01

    The STERNA project mainly focuses on enrichment of existing content of content holding organisations in the natural history domain. Therefore, developing a methodology on how to best integrate one’s content into the STERNA information space is an essential part of the project. This document is the o

  2. Designing job enrichment projects.

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    Clakeley, G L

    1988-01-01

    This paper describes a management strategy for a job satisfaction program utilized in a large occupational therapy department. The goal of the program is to retain satisfied, productive employees and reduce attrition of therapists and assistants. The use of job enrichment projects for occupational therapy assistants will be presented with brief descriptions of two projects. PMID:23944880

  3. Job Enrichment in Extension.

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    Fourman, Louis S.; Jones, Jo

    1997-01-01

    Interviews with 10 participants in Ohio State University's job enrichment program for midcareer extension agents found that 5 returned to their same jobs after the experience but only 2 felt challenged/renewed. Part-time participation while working made it difficult to balance responsibilities. More information and a structured orientation were…

  4. Leatherback Isotopes

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — SWFSC is currently working on a project identifying global marine isotopes using leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) as the indicator species. We currently...

  5. Advanced uranium enrichment technologies

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    The Advanced Gas Centrifuge and Atomic Vapor Laser Isotope Separation methods are described. The status and potential of the technologies are summarized, the programs outlined, and the economic incentives are noted. How the advanced technologies, once demonstrated, might be deployed so that SWV costs in the 1990s can be significantly reduced is described

  6. Isotopic paleoecology of Clovis mammoths from Arizona

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    Metcalfe, Jessica Z.; Longstaffe, Fred J.; Ballenger, Jesse A. M.; Vance Haynes, C., Jr.

    2011-11-01

    The causes of megafaunal extinctions in North America have been widely debated but remain poorly understood. Mammoths (Mammuthus spp.) in the American Southwest were hunted by Clovis people during a period of rapid climate change, just before the regional onset of Younger Dryas cooling and mammoth extirpation. Thus, these mammoths may provide key insights into late Pleistocene extinction processes. Here we reconstruct the seasonal diet and climatic conditions experienced by mammoths in the San Pedro Valley of Arizona, using the carbon (13C/12C) and oxygen (18O/16O) isotope compositions of tooth enamel. These records suggest that Clovis mammoths experienced a warm, dry climate with sufficient summer rainfall to support seasonal C4 plant growth. Monsoon intensity may have been reduced relative to the preceding time period, but there is no isotopic evidence for severe drought. However, it is possible that the "Clovis drought", inferred from stratigraphic evidence, occurred suddenly at the end of the animals' lives and thus was not recorded in the enamel isotopic compositions. Unlike mammoths that lived before the Last Glacial Maximum, Clovis mammoths regularly increased C4 grass consumption during summer, probably seeking seasonally green grasslands farther from the river valley. This predictable seasonal behavior may have made mammoths easier to locate by Clovis hunters. Furthermore, Clovis mammoths probably had no previous experience of such sudden climatic change as is believed to have occurred at the time of their extinction.

  7. Isotopic Resonance Hypothesis: Experimental Verification by Escherichia coli Growth Measurements

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    Xie, Xueshu

    2014-01-01

    Isotopic composition of reactants affects the rates of chemical and biochemical reactions. As a rule, enrichment of heavy stable isotopes leads to slower reactions. But the recent isotopic resonance hypothesis suggests that the dependence of the reaction rate upon the enrichment degree is not monotonous; instead, at some resonance isotopic compositions, the kinetics increases, while at off resonance compositions the same reactions progress slower. To test the predictions of this hypothesis for the elements C, H, N and O, we designed a precise (standard error plus or minus 0.05%) experiment to measure the bacterial growth parameters in minimal media with varying isotopic compositions. A number of predicted resonance conditions were tested, which kinetic enhancements as strong as plus 3% discovered at these conditions. The combined evidence extremely strongly supports the existence of isotopic resonances. This phenomenon has numerous implications for the origin of life and astrobiology, and possible application...

  8. Isotopic chirality

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    Floss, H.G. [Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA (United States)

    1994-12-01

    This paper deals with compounds that are chiral-at least in part, due to isotope substitution-and their use in tracing the steric course of enzyme reaction in vitro and in vivo. There are other applications of isotopically chiral compounds (for example, in analyzing the steric course of nonenzymatic reactions and in probing the conformation of biomolecules) that are important but they will not be discussed in this context.

  9. The uranium enrichment industry and the SILEX process

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    Silex Systems Limited has been developing a new laser isotope separation process since 1992. The principle application of the SILEX Technology is Uranium Enrichment, the key step in the production of fuel for nuclear power plants. The Uranium Enrichment industry, today worth ∼ US$3.5 Billion p.a., is dominated by four major players, the largest being USEC with almost 40% of the market. In 1996, an agreement was signed between Silex and USEC to develop SILEX Technology for potential application to Uranium Enrichment. The SILEX process is a low cost, energy efficient scheme which may provide significant commercial advantage over current technology and competing laser processes. Silex is also investigating possible application to the enrichment of Silicon, Carbon and other materials. Significant markets may develop for such materials, particularly in the semiconductor industry

  10. Urenco's view of the western world enrichment market

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    The author reviews the market forms in the uranium enrichment market and discusses the situation in 1990, the Eastern Bloc developments, the future development of the enrichment markets, observations regarding the market in the years to come, Urenco's market positions and plans, the outlook to the year 2000. Urenco has obtained a Western world market share of about 10 percent, having delivered more than 18 million separative work units (SWUs) and an installed capacity of about 2.6 million SWU/year in three centrifuge enrichment sites (Netherlands, England, and Germany). Urenco's participation in the Louisiana Energy Services centrifuge enrichment plant, the advantages of its modular equipment concept, and its limited interests in the laser isotope separation processes are discussed

  11. Promotion of uranium enrichment business

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    The Committee on Nuclear Power has studied on the basic nuclear power policy, establishing its five subcommittees, entrusted by the Ministry of Nternational Trade and Industry. The results of examination by the subcommittee on uranium enrichment business are given along with a report in this connection by the Committee. In order to establish the nuclear fuel cycle, the aspect of uranium enrichment is essential. The uranium enrichment by centrifugal process has proceeded steadily in Power Reactor and Nuclear Fuel Development Corporation. The following matters are described: the need for domestic uranium enrichment, the outlook for overseas enrichment services and the schedule for establishing domestic enrichment business, the current state of technology development, the position of the prototype enrichment plant, the course to be taken to establish enrichment business the main organization operating the prototype and commercial plants, the system of supplying centrifuges, the domestic conversion of natural uranium the subsidies for uranium enrichment business. (J.P.N.)

  12. Status of stable enrichment and services at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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    Enriched stable and radioactive isotopes have played a significant role in the progress of mankind with most of that progress occurring in the last 50 years. The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has been a major contributor to that progress by developing production methods and supplying enriched isotopes to research, medical and commercial users world-wide. The only alternate major source for these materials, especially the stable isotopes, is located in Russia. Over this time period, many changes in the content and form of this function have occurred in response to scientific, commercial, and political influences. Many of these changes have been positive, while some have had a negative impact on the supply and availability of enriched isotopes. What has not changed, however, is the importance of these special materials to virtually all aspects of life

  13. Obtaining Sulfur from Sulfur Hexafluoride and Studying the Sulfur Isotopes Properties by Using Vibrational Spectroscopy

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    Egorov, Nikolai Borisovich; Akimov, Dmitry Vasilievich; Zhuravlev, Nikolay

    2015-01-01

    Scheme of isotopically enriched SF[6] to elemental sulfur with orthorhombic modification conversion is offered. This scheme includes SF[6] reduction to Li2S by using lithium. The yield of isotopically enriched sulfur is not less than 97% with chemical purity not less than 99.9%. The results which show the dependence of the experimental frequencies in the vibrational spectra on the molecular weight of the sulfur isotope have been obtained.

  14. Practical enrichment technique for 33S (34S)

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    The successful preparation of a macroscopic sample of enriched 33S by laser-induced molecular dissociation is reported. Approach was to induce isotopically selective dissociation of SF6 with CO2-laser pulses and to separate the remaining SF6 from the sulfur-containing reaction products by cryogenic distillation. A 200 Hz, 0.75 J/pulse laser was used for photolysis of low-pressure (less than 1 torr) gas mixtures. The mixture of SF6 and scavenger recirculated continuously throughout the irradiation chamber where the laser pulses selectively dissociated 32SF6 to give the final products: SF4 or SOF2. The unreacted SF6 was enriched in the heavier isotopes: 33S, 34S, and 36S. A 1.3-g sample of SF6 was collected with a 33S enrichment factor of 1.96 and a 34S enrichment factor of 2.25. A similar size sample of depleted (32S) sulfur compounds was also collected. A scavenger was necessary to ensure high yield, and moist hydrogen was found to be best for our conditions. Removal of hydrogen fluoride was also necessary to prevent severe corrosion and to maintain high isotopic selectivity. 6 figures

  15. Deconstructing nitrate isotope dynamics in aquifers

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    Granger, J.

    2012-12-01

    The natural abundance N and O stable isotope ratios of nitrate provide an invaluable tool to differentiate N sources to the environment, track their dispersal, and monitor their attenuation by biological transformations. The interpretation of patterns in isotope abundances relies on knowledge of the isotope ratios of the source end-members, as well as on constraints on the isotope discrimination imposed on nitrate by respective biological processes. Emergent observations from mono-culture experiments of denitrifying bacteria reveal nitrate fractionation trends that appear at odds with trends ascribed to denitrification in soils and aquifers. This discrepancy raises the possibility that additional biological N transformations may be acting in tandem with denitrification. Here, the N and O isotope enrichments associated with nitrate removal by denitrification in aquifers are posited to bear evidence of coincident biological nitrate production - from nitrification and/or from anammox. Simulations are presented from a simple time-dependent one-box model of a groundwater mass ageing that is subject to net nitrate loss by denitrification with coincident nitrate production by nitrification or anammox. Within boundary conditions characteristic of freshwater aquifers, the apparent slope of the parallel enrichments in nitrate N and O isotopes associated with net N loss to denitrification can vary in proportion to the nitrate added simultaneous by oxidative processes. Pertinent observations from nitrate plumes in suboxic to anoxic aquifers are examined to validate this premise. In this perspective, nitrate isotope distributions suggest that we may be missing important N fluxes inherent to most aquifers.

  16. Isotope effects in the gadolinium amalgam system

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    Gadolinium is a good neutron absorbent used in uranium oxide nuclear fuel for LWR. The157 Gd has a very large cross section for neutron absorption, namely 254000 barn. One of the isotope separation method for gadolinium is the isotopic exchange in the Gd3+ - GdHg system. In this work, the separation elemental factors for this isotopic exchange reaction, determined experimentally, are presented. Gadolinium amalgam was prepared by electrolysis of aqueous solution of gadolinium acetate with lithium citrate as complexing agent ([Li+]/[Gd3+] = 12), in a glass electrolyzer with a Hg cathode and a Pt anode. The gadolinium amalgam was treated with HCl 1-2N and the extracted Gd3+ was precipitated as oxalate and converted in Gd2O3. Gadolinium in acetic solution was precipitated as oxalate and converted in Gd2O3. The isotopic ratios 154 Gd/160 Gd, 155 Gd/160 Gd, 156 Gd/160 Gd, 157 Gd/160 Gd and 158 Gd/160 Gd were determined in Gd2O3 samples by a mass spectrometer MAT 261 equipped with thermoionization ion source. After the isotopic exchange, GdHg enriches with the light Gd isotopes and the solution (Gd3+) enriches with 160 Gd. The dependence of separation elemental factor on mass difference between gadolinium isotopes is presented. (authors)

  17. Isotope pattern deconvolution as rising tool for isotope tracer studies in environmental research

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    Irrgeher, Johanna; Zitek, Andreas; Prohaska, Thomas

    2014-05-01

    During the last decade stable isotope tracers have emerged as versatile tool in ecological research. Besides 'intrinsic' isotope tracers caused by the natural variation of isotopes, the intentional introduction of 'extrinsic' enriched stable isotope tracers into biological systems has gained significant interest. Hereby the induced change in the natural isotopic composition of an element allows amongst others for studying the fate and fluxes of metals, trace elements and species in organisms or provides an intrinsic marker or tag of particular biological samples. Due to the shoreless potential of this methodology, the number of publications dealing with applications of isotope (double) spikes as tracers to address research questions in 'real world systems' is constantly increasing. However, some isotope systems like the natural Sr isotopic system, although potentially very powerful for this type of application, are still rarely used, mainly because their adequate measurement/determination poses major analytical challenges; as e.g. Sr is available in significant amounts in natural samples. In addition, biological systems underlie complex processes such as metabolism, adsorption/desorption or oxidation/reduction. As a consequence, classic evaluation approaches such as the isotope dilution mass spectrometry equation are often not applicable because of the unknown amount of tracer finally present in the sample. Isotope pattern deconvolution (IPD), based on multiple linear regression, serves as simplified alternative data processing strategy to double spike isotope dilution calculations. The outstanding advantage of this mathematical tool lies in the possibility of deconvolving the isotope pattern in a spiked sample without knowing the quantities of enriched isotope tracer being incorporated into the natural sample matrix as well as the degree of impurities and species-interconversion (e.g. from sample preparation). Here, the potential of IPD for environmental tracer

  18. An ionic cyclotron resonance isotopic separation device

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    Isotopes are separated using ion cyclotron resonance. The process takes place under vacuum in a vertical cylindrical vessel, with means for creating a plasma containing ions of the isotope to be separated. An electrical field is generated, perpendicular to a vertical magnetic field and oscillating at a frequency near to the cyclotron frequency of the isotope in question. Mixtures enriched and depleted in the isotopes in question are collected separately in the upper part of the vessel. The plasma generator includes a container for the element for treatment made of electro-conducting material which does not melt at operating temperature, open at the top. During operation part of the container is held at a high enough temperature to provoke evaporation or sublimation of the element being treated, while its upper part stays cooler. An ionizer is situated above the container. Isotopes of metals such as zinc, cadmium, tin, calcium and particularly gadolinium can be separated. 1 fig

  19. COMPOUND-SPECIFIC CARBON AND HYDROGEN ISOTOPE ANALYSIS-FIELD EVIDENCE OF MTBE BIOREMEDIATION

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    Chemical reactions (including bio- and abiotic degradation) tend to favor molecules with the lighter isotopic species (e.g., 12C, 1H), resulting in enrichment of the heavier isotopic species (13C, D) in the unreacted substrate, referred to as isotopic fractionation. On the other ...

  20. Mercury species transformations in marine and biological systems studied by isotope dilution mass spectrometry and stable isotope tracers

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    Lambertsson, Lars

    2005-01-01

    This thesis focuses on the implementation of species-specific isotope dilution (SSID) methodology and stable isotope tracers to determine mercury species occurrence and transformation processes in-situ and during sample treatment. Isotope enriched tracers of methyl-, ethyl- and inorganic mercury were synthesised and applied in different combinations to marine and biological samples. Experimental results were obtained using gas chromatography-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (GC-IC...

  1. Enrichment Strategies in Phosphoproteomics.

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    Leitner, Alexander

    2016-01-01

    The comprehensive study of the phosphoproteome is heavily dependent on appropriate enrichment strategies that are most often, but not exclusively, carried out on the peptide level. In this chapter, I give an overview of the most widely used techniques. In addition to dedicated antibodies, phosphopeptides are enriched by their selective interaction with metals in the form of chelated metal ions or metal oxides. The negative charge of the phosphate group is also exploited in a variety of chromatographic fractionation methods that include different types of ion exchange chromatography, hydrophilic interaction chromatography (HILIC), and electrostatic repulsion HILIC (ERLIC) chromatography. Selected examples from the literature will demonstrate how a combination of these techniques with current high-performance mass spectrometry enables the identification of thousands of phosphorylation sites from various sample types. PMID:26584921

  2. Profile of World Uranium Enrichment Programs-2009

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    Laughter, Mark D [ORNL

    2009-04-01

    It is generally agreed that the most difficult step in building a nuclear weapon is acquiring fissile material, either plutonium or highly enriched uranium (HEU). Plutonium is produced in a nuclear reactor, whereas HEU is produced using a uranium enrichment process. Enrichment is also an important step in the civil nuclear fuel cycle, in producing low enriched uranium (LEU) for use as fuel for nuclear reactors to generate electricity. However, the same equipment used to produce LEU for nuclear reactor fuel can also be used to produce HEU for weapons. Safeguards at an enrichment plant are the array of assurances and verification techniques that ensure uranium is not diverted or enriched to HEU. There are several techniques for enriching uranium. The two most prevalent are gaseous diffusion, which uses older technology and requires a lot of energy, and gas centrifuge separation, which uses more advanced technology and is more energy efficient. Gaseous diffusion plants (GDPs) provide about 40% of current world enrichment capacity but are being phased out as newer gas centrifuge enrichment plants (GCEPs) are constructed. Estimates of current and future enrichment capacity are always approximate, due to the constant upgrades, expansions, and shutdowns occurring at enrichment plants, largely determined by economic interests. Currently, the world enrichment capacity is approximately 56 million kilogram separative work units (SWU) per year, with 22.5 million in gaseous diffusion and more than 33 million in gas centrifuge plants. Another 34 million SWU/year of capacity is under construction or planned for the near future, almost entirely using gas centrifuge separation. Other less-efficient techniques have also been used in the past, including electromagnetic and aerodynamic separations, but these are considered obsolete, at least from a commercial perspective. Laser isotope separation shows promise as a possible enrichment technique of the future but has yet to be

  3. Observations of nitrogen isotope fractionation in deeply embedded protostars

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    Wampfler, Susanne Franziska; Jørgensen, Jes Kristian; Bizzarro, Martin;

    2014-01-01

    (Abridged) The terrestrial planets, comets, and meteorites are significantly enriched in 15N compared to the Sun and Jupiter. While the solar and jovian nitrogen isotope ratio is believed to represent the composition of the protosolar nebula, a still unidentified process has caused 15N-enrichment......(Abridged) The terrestrial planets, comets, and meteorites are significantly enriched in 15N compared to the Sun and Jupiter. While the solar and jovian nitrogen isotope ratio is believed to represent the composition of the protosolar nebula, a still unidentified process has caused 15N...

  4. Isotopic Measurement of Uranium by Mass Spectrometry

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    The growing application of atomic energy creates a wider need for precise and accurate knowledge of the isotopic composition of uranium. This information is particularly of great importance in the accountability and transfer of enriched uranium for reactor and research applications involving millions of dollars worth of fissionable materials. Reliable isotopic measurements are also necessary to ensure compliance of fuel element compositions with the reactor design specifications and to permit calculation of process and fuel burn-up losses. Mass spectrometry methods, which far surpass the capabilities of other methods, Were developed for very precise isotopic determinations. These methods, ''Single Standard'' and ''Double Standard'', involve the comparison of measurements of an unknown sample to similar measurements on known standards. Use of the ''Double Standard'' method eliminates the effects of instrument bias, thus permitting isotopic determinations with precisions (95% limit of error) of the order of ± 0.02% of the values. Accuracies are limited only by the knowledge of the standard values used, which are referenced to the series of uranium isotopic standards available from the US National Bureau of Standards. The mass spectrometers are also useful for the absolute determination of isotopic composition of uranium, especially in forms other than UF6. Thermal ionization techniques using high-resolution (approximately 12-in. radius) spectrometers permit the absolute isotopic characterization of the minor isotopes (i.e. those less than 10 wt.%) with an accuracy and precision of about 0.5% of the values per analysis. These analyses are particularly useful in calibrating highly enriched and highly depleted uranium for subsequent use as blending materials in an isotopic standards programme. Both relative and absolute isotopic measurement methods are described as well as their application in the accountability and operational analytical programmes. These applications

  5. Principles of isotopic analysis by mass spectrometry

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    The use of magnetic sector field mass spectrometers in isotopic analysis, especially for nitrogen gas, is outlined. Two measuring methods are pointed out: the scanning mode for significantly enriched samples and the double collector method for samples near the natural abundance of 15N. The calculation formulas are derived and advice is given for corrections. (author)

  6. Oxygen isotopic anomaly and solar nebular photochemistry

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    At the cool periphery of the solar nebula, oxygen could photochemically be formed from water. The mixing of 17O and 18O enriched by the self-shielding effect of 16O2 to the dust grain melted by the shock waves there would explain the oxygen isotopic anomaly in the high-temperature mineral of the carbonaceous meteorites. (Auth.)

  7. Development of TIMS for isotopic ratio analysis of boron

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    A magnetic sector based Thermal Ionisation Mass Spectrometer (TIMS) has been developed at Technical Physics Division, for high precision isotope ratio analysis of Boron (in the form of Sodium Meta-borate) at the Boron enrichment facility, Heavy Water Plant, Manuguru. The performance of this indigenously developed TIMS has been tested for sensitivity, isotope ratio precision and accuracy for different levels of enrichment in the plant samples. The sensitivity of this instrument was found to be 1 ion per 200 atoms. The internal and external precision for natural concentration levels Boron isotopes were better than 0.05%. (author)

  8. What is Enrichment For (?)

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    Matsangos, P.

    2011-01-01

    It has long been held that schooling, the curriculum (hidden or otherwise), and the pedagogical practices pertaining to them are the perpetrators of social and economic inequalities in Western society. My interest surrounds the role of ‘enrichment’, as an auxiliary of education, in perpetuating or restricting social justice. As the enrichment coordinator within an inner city Sixth Form college, it became part of my remit to research the dispositions held by our largely underprivileged student...

  9. Evaluation of uranium-enrichment processes

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    The purpose of this paper is to outline some of the methods used in evaluating uranium enrichment processes. The paper shows how one can choose among these many processes and what features are crucial in deciding between them. These features can be grouped into technical and economic factors. The technical factors include separation factor, throughput, inventory of material, and specific power requirement. The economic factors are: (1) capital cost of plant and supporting facilities; (2) operating costs including maintenance costs; and (3) power costs. Besides these essential factors, other factors may also need to be considered. These are: (1) potential for further process improvements; (2) reliability of the process equipment; (3) difficulty of manufacturing and handling the process medium; (4) process flexibility; (5) scaling factors; (6) social factors; (7) political factors. The paper illustrates how these basic technical and economic evaluation factors are applied to real enrichment methods. The gaseous diffusion process is used as a reference process and compared with the following processes: gas centrifuge; advanced isotope separation; thermal diffusion; fractional distillation; mass spectrograph; and mass diffusion. Another point that needs to be considered is that some evaluations of uranium enrichment processes change over a period of time because of advances in technology or changes in economic climate

  10. Enriched Gadolinium as burnable absorber for PWR

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    This paper is a summary of a master of thesis work in reactor physics made by Ola Seveborn. The work was done at Vattenfall Braensle AB and Ola was guided through the work by the corresponding author of this paper. The results presented are calculations for Ringhals 3, which is a Westinghouse 3-loop PWR within the Vattenfall Group. The fuel is characterized by 17x17 assemblies of AFA type containing 3.80-3.95 w/o 235U and 8 rods containing 2 w/o Gadolinium with an enrichment of 70 w/o 157Gd. The calculations were performed with the Studsvik-Scandpower code package based on the CASMO-4 lattice code and the SIMULATE-3 nodal code. The results are compared to the corresponding calculations for fuel with 5 w/o gadolinium with natural isotopic constitution. The depletion of the cores was done separately for the reference and enriched case. The results show that the gains in average for the five cycles studied are about 70 EFPH per cycle. This is an effect of the lower gadolinium content needed. Also less parasitic absorption of enriched gadolinium in the end of the fuel life contributes to the increased cycle lengths. The abruptly increased reactivity and internal power peaking factor around 10 MWd/kgU do not affect the core design negatively. (authors)

  11. Enriched $^{82}$Se for the LUCIFER experiment

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    Beeman, J W; Benetti, P; Cardani, L; Casali, N; Chiesa, D; Clemenza, M; Dafinei, I; Di Domizio, S; Ferroni, F; Gironi, L; Giuliani, A; Gotti, C; Laubenstein, M; Maino, M; Nagorny, S; Nisi, S; Nones, C; Orio, F; Pagnanini, L; Pattavina, L; Pessina, G; Piperno, G; Pirro, S; Previtali, E; Rusconi, C; Schäffner, K; Tomei, C; Vignati, M

    2015-01-01

    The LUCIFER project aims at deploying the first array of enriched scintillating bolometers for the investigation of neutrinoless double-beta decay of $^{82}$Se. The matrix which embeds the source is an array of ZnSe crystals, where enriched $^{82}$Se is used as decay isotope. The radiopurity of the initial components employed for manufacturing crystals, that can be operated as bolometers, is crucial for achieving a null background level in the region of interest for double-beta decay investigations. In this work, we evaluated the radioactive content in 2.5 kg of 96.3% enriched $^{82}$Se metal, measured with a high-purity germanium detector at the Gran Sasso deep underground laboratory. The limits on internal contaminations of primordial decay chain elements of $^{232}$Th, $^{238}$U and $^{235}$U are respectively: $<$61 $\\mu$Bq/kg, $<$110 $\\mu$Bq/kg and $<$74 $\\mu$Bq/kg at 90% C.L.. The extremely low-background conditions in which the measurement was carried out and the high radiopurity of the $^{82}$...

  12. Isotope effect on the zero point energy shift upon condensation

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    The various isotope-dependent and independent atomic and molecular properties that pertain to the isotopic difference between the zero point energy (ZPE) shifts upon condensation were derived. The theoretical development of the change of the ZPE associated with the internal molecular vibrations, due to the condensation of the gaseous molecules, is presented on the basis of Wolfsberg's second-order perturbation treatment of the isotope-dependent London dispersion forces between liquid molecules. The isotope effect on the ZPE shift is related to the difference between the sums of the integrated intensities of the infrared absorption bands of the two gaseous isotopic molecules. The effective atomic charges are also calculated from available experimental infrared intensity data. The effects of isotopic substitutions of carbon-13 for carbon-12 and/or deuterium for protium, in ethylene, methane, and the fluorinated methanes, CH3F, CH2F2, CHF3, and CF4, on the ZPE shift upon condensation are calculated. These results compare well with the Bigeleisen B-factors, which are experimentally obtained from vapor pressure measurements of the isotopic species. Each of the following molecular properties will tend to increase the isotopic difference between the ZPE shifts upon condensation: (1) large number of highly polar bonds, (2) high molecular weight, (3) non-polar (preferably) or massive molecule, (4) non-hydrogenous molecule, and (5) closely packed liquid molecules. These properties will result in stronger dispersion forces in the liquid phase between the lighter molecules than between the isotopically heavier molecules. 36 tables, 9 figures

  13. Uranium enrichment technologies

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    Several technically mature and commercially proven methods of separation are currently available on the enrichment market, such as the diffusion and centrifuge methods. According to the information available, the diffusion technologies, which have dominated the scene so far, will lose much of their influence in favor of the centrifuge technologies which, because of their special process characteristics, such as lower energy consumption and smaller economic plant sizes, can adapt themselves to the conditions of the market in a flexible and economic way. Other methods, such as the gas dynamics Helikon and separation nozzle techniques, and chemical enrichment are on the verge of commercial maturity. However, their economic performance and chances in the enrichment market cannot yet be assessed with any degree of precision. The prospects and possibilities of the laser method, which has received much backing recently, especially in the USA, are difficult to weigh in the light of the knowledge available to date. However, it is hardly to be expected that technically mature and commercially viable plants operating by this technology are going to be available before the turn of the century. (orig.)

  14. Standard specification for uranium metal enriched to more than 15 % and less Than 20 % 235U

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    2000-01-01

    1.1 This specification covers nuclear grade uranium metal that has either been processed through an enrichment plant, or has been produced by the blending of highly enriched uranium with other uranium, to obtain uranium of any 235U concentration below 20 % (and greater than 15 %) and that is intended for research reactor fuel fabrication. The scope of this specification includes specifications for enriched uranium metal derived from commercial natural uranium, recovered uranium, or highly enriched uranium. Commercial natural uranium, recovered uranium and highly enriched uranium are defined in Section 3. The objectives of this specification are to define the impurity and uranium isotope limits for commercial grade enriched uranium metal. 1.2 This specification is intended to provide the nuclear industry with a standard for enriched uranium metal which is to be used in the production of research reactor fuel. In addition to this specification, the parties concerned may agree to other appropriate conditions. ...

  15. Enrichment marketplace - today (and tomorrow)

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    The technologies and capacities of the four primary sources of enrichment services, the United States Department of Energy, Eurodif, Techsnabexport of the Soviet Union, and Urenco, were given. Forecasts of future capacities and prices of enriched uranium were also included

  16. Conversion and Blending Facility highly enriched uranium to low enriched uranium as oxide. Revision 1

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    This Conversion and Blending Facility (CBF) will have two missions: (1) convert HEU materials into pure HEU oxide and (2) blend the pure HEU oxide with depleted and natural uranium oxide to produce an LWR grade LEU product. The primary emphasis of this blending operation will be to destroy the weapons capability of large, surplus stockpiles of HEU. The blended LEU product can only be made weapons capable again by the uranium enrichment process. To the extent practical, the chemical and isotopic concentrations of blended LEU product will be held within the specifications required for LWR fuel. Such blended LEU product will be offered to the United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC) to be sold as feed material to the commercial nuclear industry. Otherwise, blended LEU will be produced as a waste suitable for storage or disposal

  17. Conversion and Blending Facility Highly enriched uranium to low enriched uranium as uranium hexafluoride. Revision 1

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    This report describes the Conversion and Blending Facility (CBF) which will have two missions: (1) convert surplus HEU materials to pure HEU UF6 and a (2) blend the pure HEU UF6 with diluent UF6 to produce LWR grade LEU-UF6. The primary emphasis of this blending be to destroy the weapons capability of large, surplus stockpiles of HEU. The blended LEU product can only be made weapons capable again by the uranium enrichment process. The chemical and isotopic concentrations of the blended LEU product will be held within the specifications required for LWR fuel. The blended LEU product will be offered to the United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC) to be sold as feed material to the commercial nuclear industry

  18. Numerical modelling of the jet nozzle enrichment process

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    A numerical model was developed for the simulation of the isotopic enrichment produced by the jet nozzle process. The flow was considered stationary and under ideal gas conditions. The model calculates, for any position of the skimmer piece: (a) values of radial mass concentration profiles for each isotopic species and (b) values of elementary separation effect (Σ sub(A)) and uranium cut (theta). The comparison of the numerical results obtained with the experimental values given in the literature proves the validity of the present work as an initial step in the modelling of the process. (Author)

  19. Process for separating zirconium isotopes

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    Chiang, P.T.; Lahoda, E.J.; Burgman, H.A.

    1986-04-22

    A method is described of separating a feed stream consisting essentially of an aqueous solution of a mixture of /sup 90/Zr and /sup 91 to 96/Zr salts selected from group consisting of thiocyanate, nitrate, sulfate, chloride, perchlorate, and mixtures thereof, into two aqueous product streams, each containing both a /sup 90/Zr isotopic portion and a /sup 91 to 96/Zr isotopic portion, but in different ratios. The method consists of: (A) contacting the feed stream with methylisobutyl ketone or an organic water-immiscible solvent containing an extractant medium selected from the group consisting of quaternary ammonium salts, organic phosphonates, organic phosphinates, organic phosphates, organic sulfonates, primary amines, tertiary amines, polyethers, betadiketones, and mixtures thereof, that preferentially extracts one of the isotopic portions, leaving an aqueous raffinate depleted in that isotopic portions and enriched in the other isotopic portion; (B) stripping the organic solvent of its zirconium with an aqueous acidic strip medium to produce a first aqueous product stream; (C) recycling the stripped organic solvent to step (A); (D) evaporating water from a portion of the aqueous raffinate to produce a concentrated aqueous raffinate and a second aqueous product stream; and (E) recycling the concentrated aqueous raffinate to the feed stream.

  20. Italian activities in uranium enrichment

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    The paper describes Italian activities in uranium enrichment, which have mainly developed along the lines of the two classical processes: gaseous diffusion and centrifuges. Research, development and industrial activities play different roles in the two methods, and a special working group, GIAU, was established by CNEN to help co-ordinate this activity. In the field of gaseous diffusion, R and D effort was, from the start of the programme in 1968, mainly devoted to barriers and compressors, with the object of fully understanding the process and of demonstrating that it was capable of overcoming the main problems in this technology. Isotope separation of UF6 was demonstrated in 1974 at experimental plant level. Cost-sharing contracts were signed between CNEN and industries to build prototypes and ''first-of-a-kind'' components; small production lines have been set up to evaluate economics and assess production quality. Eurodif is partially associated with the development of this activity. On the industrial level, AGIP Nucleare and CNEN were among the promoters of the Eurodif venture from the beginning in 1973 and now own 25% of the shares. In the field of ultracentrifugation, work is still devoted mainly to R and D on the machines. The separation process was demonstrated in 1973 at laboratory level with a Zippe type centrifuge. Later activities aimed at developing high-capacity machines; different solutions are under close scrutiny. Carbon fibres and multiplerotor machines have been mechanically tested, and the first reference design of a small cascade plant has been completed. In the field of laser separation, after a complete and critical survey of different processes under development in other countries, experimental research work is now being undertaken, and experiments on basic aspects of the process are in progress. (author)

  1. Boron-isotope fractionation in plants

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    Naturally-occurring variations in the abundance of stable isotopes of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and other elements in plants have been reported and are now used to understand various physiological processes in plants. Boron (B) isotopic variation in several plant species have been documented, but no determination as to whether plants fractionate the stable isotopes of boron, 11B and 10B, has been made. Here, we report that plants with differing B requirements (wheat, corn and broccoli) fractionated boron. The whole plant was enriched in 11B relative to the nutrient solution, and the leaves were enriched in 10B and the stem in 11B relative to the xylem sap. Although at present, a mechanistic role for boron in plants is uncertain, potential fractionating mechanisms are discussed. (author)

  2. BWXT Services medical isotope production system status

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    BWXT Services, Inc. (BWXS) a subsidiary of BWX Technologies, Inc., one of the Babcock and Wilcox companies, has for some years conducted small scale development of its patented uranyl nitrate Medical Isotope Production System (MIPS). This application of an Aqueous Homogeneous Reactor (AHR) for isotope production was invented by BWXT's Dr. Russell M. Ball in 1997. The MIPS approach targets commercial scale production of medical isotopes, primarily 99Mo, used to supply 99mTc for diagnostic imaging purposes, using a Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) salt solution as the fuel/target. Recent heightened emphasis on controlling use of Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU) throughout the world in support of nuclear non-proliferation goals has motivated increased commercial interest in this safe and cost effective technology. Conceptual designs for commercial application have been developed and efforts are under way to establish a partnership with an established pharmaceutical firm familiar with current 99Mo production technology and operating practice. (author)

  3. Isotopic enrichment of forming planetary systems from supernova pollution

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    Lichtenberg, Tim; Meyer, Michael R

    2016-01-01

    Heating by short-lived radioisotopes (SLRs) such as aluminum-26 and iron-60 fundamentally shaped the thermal history and interior structure of Solar System planetesimals during the early stages of planetary formation. The subsequent thermo-mechanical evolution, such as internal differentiation or rapid volatile degassing, yields important implications for the final structure, composition and evolution of terrestrial planets. SLR-driven heating in the Solar System is sensitive to the absolute abundance and homogeneity of SLRs within the protoplanetary disk present during the condensation of the first solids. In order to explain the diverse compositions found for extrasolar planets, it is important to understand the distribution of SLRs in active planet formation regions (star clusters) during their first few Myr of evolution. By constraining the range of possible effects, we show how the imprint of SLRs can be extrapolated to exoplanetary systems and derive statistical predictions for the distribution of alumi...

  4. Turnover of Stable Isotopes Due to Growth and Metabolism in Zebrafish, Danio Rerio

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    Tarboush, R.; MacAvoy, S.; Macko, S.; Connaughton, V.

    2002-05-01

    Stable isotope ratios of carbon (13C/12C), nitrogen (15 N/14N) and sulfur (34S/32S) in animal tissues can be used as tracers of the nutrient sources of organisms' diets and determining trophic interactions in ecosystems. The isotopic turnover of these elements in a predator's tissues reflects the isotopic signature of the predator's diet (the prey). The rate at which an organism takes up the isotopic signature of its food is correlated with its growth rate and/or metabolism. Hence unless baseline isotopic turnover rates are known, the isotopic signature of a consumer may lead to misinterpretation of predator-prey relationships. Laboratory studies provide isotopic turnover rates of organisms under controlled conditions, which serve as models for understanding the rates at which organisms in the field isotopically incorporate new diets. This study examines the isotopic turnover rates of carbon, nitrogen and sulfur in response to a dietary switch in young zebrafish, Danio rerio. Zebrafish, raised on commercial fish food (8.2 ñ 0.5%, d34S; were fed a new, isotopically distinct diet (2.9 ñ 0.5%, d34S) and the rate at which zebra fish muscle tissues changed towards the isotopic signature of their new food was monitored. Preliminary results show a change in the fish sulfur isotope composition of roughly 0.03% per day towards the sulfur isotope ratio of the new food. At the observed turnover rate, approximately 180 days would be required for the zebrafish muscle tissue to resemble a new food. The study is also investigating the importance of growth versus metabolism as a predictor of isotope turnover rate in zebra fish tissues.

  5. Isotopic constraints on the origin of meteoritic organic matter

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    Kerridge, J. F.

    1991-01-01

    Salient features of the isotopic distribution of H, C and N in the organic material found in carbonaceous meteorites are noted. Most organic fractions are strongly enriched in D with respect to the D/H ratio characteristic of H2 in the protosolar system; substantial variations in C-13/C-12 ratio are found among different molecular species, with oxidised species tending to be C-13 enriched relative to reduced species; some homologous series reveal systematic decrease in C-13/C-12 with increasing C number; considerable variation in N-15/N-14 ratio is observed within organic matter, though no systematic pattern to its distribution has yet emerged; no interelement correlations have been observed between isotope enrichments for the different biogenic elements. The isotopic complexity echoes the molecular diversity observed in meteoritic organic matter and suggests that the organic matter was formed by multiple processes and/or from multiple sources. However, existence of a few systematic patterns points towards survival of isotopic signatures characteristic of one or more specific processes. The widespread D enrichment implies either survival of many species of interstellar molecule or synthesis from a reservoir containing a significant interstellar component. Several of the questions raised above can be addressed by more detailed determination of the distribution of the H, C and N isotopes among different well-characterized molecular fractions. Thus, the present study is aimed at discovering whether the different amino acids have comparable D enrichments, which would imply local synthesis from a D-enriched reservoir, or very viable D enrichments, which would imply survival of some interstellar amino acids. The same approach is also being applied to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Because the analytical technique employed (secondary ion mass spectrometry) can acquire data for all three isotopic systems from each molecular fraction, any presently obscured interelement

  6. Preliminary study of the economics of enriching PWR fuel with a fusion hybrid reactor

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    This study is a comparison of the economics of enriching uranium oxide for pressurized water reactor (PWR) power plant fuel using a fusion hybrid reactor versus the present isotopic enrichment process. The conclusion is that privately owned hybrid fusion reactors, which simultaneously produce electrical power and enrich fuel, are competitive with the gaseous diffusion enrichment process if spent PWR fuel rods are reenriched without refabrication. Analysis of irradiation damage effects should be performed to determine if the fuel rod cladding can withstand the additional irradiation in the hybrid and second PWR power cycle. The cost competitiveness shown by this initial study clearly justifies further investigations

  7. Carbon and hydrogen isotopic compositions of New Zealand geothermal gases

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    Carbon and hydrogen isotopic compositions are reported for methane, hydrogen and carbon dioxide from four New Zealand geothermal areas; Ngawha, Wairakei, Broadlands and Tikitere. Carbon-13 contents are between -24.4 and -29.5 per mille (PDB) for methane, and between -3.2 and -9.1 per mille for carbon dioxide. Deuterium contents are between -142 and -197 per mille (SMOW) for methane and between -310 and -600 per mille for hydrogen. The different areas have different isotopic compositions with some general relationships to reservoir temperature. The isotopic exchange of hydrogen with water indicates acceptable reservoir temperatures of 180 to 260 deg C from most spring samples but often higher than measured temperatures in well samples. Indicated temperatures assuming 13C equilibria between CH4 and CO2 are 100 to 200 deg C higher than measured maxima. This difference may be due to partial isotopic equilibration or may reflect the origin of the methane. Present evidence cannot identify whether the methane is primordial, or from decomposing sediments or from reduction of magmatic CO2. The isotopic equilibria between CH4, CO2, H2 and H2O are reviewed and a new semiempirical temperature scale proposed for deuterium exchange between methane and water. (author)

  8. Multiple linear regression for isotopic measurements

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    Garcia Alonso, J. I.

    2012-04-01

    There are two typical applications of isotopic measurements: the detection of natural variations in isotopic systems and the detection man-made variations using enriched isotopes as indicators. For both type of measurements accurate and precise isotope ratio measurements are required. For the so-called non-traditional stable isotopes, multicollector ICP-MS instruments are usually applied. In many cases, chemical separation procedures are required before accurate isotope measurements can be performed. The off-line separation of Rb and Sr or Nd and Sm is the classical procedure employed to eliminate isobaric interferences before multicollector ICP-MS measurement of Sr and Nd isotope ratios. Also, this procedure allows matrix separation for precise and accurate Sr and Nd isotope ratios to be obtained. In our laboratory we have evaluated the separation of Rb-Sr and Nd-Sm isobars by liquid chromatography and on-line multicollector ICP-MS detection. The combination of this chromatographic procedure with multiple linear regression of the raw chromatographic data resulted in Sr and Nd isotope ratios with precisions and accuracies typical of off-line sample preparation procedures. On the other hand, methods for the labelling of individual organisms (such as a given plant, fish or animal) are required for population studies. We have developed a dual isotope labelling procedure which can be unique for a given individual, can be inherited in living organisms and it is stable. The detection of the isotopic signature is based also on multiple linear regression. The labelling of fish and its detection in otoliths by Laser Ablation ICP-MS will be discussed using trout and salmon as examples. As a conclusion, isotope measurement procedures based on multiple linear regression can be a viable alternative in multicollector ICP-MS measurements.

  9. Uranium enrichment in France

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    Eurodif's uranium enrichment plant in France will undoubtedly remain reliable, flexible and competitive for at least the next twenty years. Its replacement is nevertheless already under study and evaluation by Cogema, the main shareholder, since the investment decisions about the technology chosen for the substitution of the gaseous process diffusion will have to be made in near future. Supporting the efforts of the nuclear utilities to keep the nuclear power option viable and competitive, Cogema presently focuses on the development of laser processes, designed to attractively offer fully loaded costs, i.e. including the returns on investment, not much higher than the variable production costs of today. (orig.)

  10. Enriching recycled uranium

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    The paper reviews the progress of the use of recycled uranium during the period 1985-8. This article was originally presented as a paper at the 1988 Uranium Institute symposium (which was held in London). A description is given of the differences between natural and recycled uranium, and the presence of U236 in recycled uranium. The concept of equivalent reactivity is described, as well as the cost benefit of using recycled uranium. A summary of Urenco tests and trials with reprocessed uranium is given. Enrichment, UF6 conversion and fuel fabrication are also discussed. (U.K.)

  11. Clogging the enrichment bypass

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    The issue that has come to be known as the bypass is the latest dispute in the continuing saga of uranium trade between the United States and the Commonwealth of Indepenent States. Bypass deals now being conducted by US utilities have drawn heavy criticism from the US Department of Commerce but are perfectly legal under the terms of the Suspension Agreements. Urged on by the United States Enrichment Corporation, the US DOC intends to stop, or at least severely restrict, bypass deals. Using a recent agreement with Kazakhstan as a case study, this article reviews the implications of such bypass deals

  12. Isotope Spectroscopy

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    Caffau, E; Bonifacio, P; Ludwig, H -G; Monaco, L; Curto, G Lo; Kamp, I

    2013-01-01

    The measurement of isotopic ratios provides a privileged insight both into nucleosynthesis and into the mechanisms operating in stellar envelopes, such as gravitational settling. In this article, we give a few examples of how isotopic ratios can be determined from high-resolution, high-quality stellar spectra. We consider examples of the lightest elements, H and He, for which the isotopic shifts are very large and easily measurable, and examples of heavier elements for which the determination of isotopic ratios is more difficult. The presence of 6Li in the stellar atmospheres causes a subtle extra depression in the red wing of the 7Li 670.7 nm doublet which can only be detected in spectra of the highest quality. But even with the best spectra, the derived $^6$Li abundance can only be as good as the synthetic spectra used for their interpretation. It is now known that 3D non-LTE modelling of the lithium spectral line profiles is necessary to account properly for the intrinsic line asymmetry, which is produced ...

  13. Paramagnetic ion binding to amino acids: The structure of the manganese (II)-L-proline complex from carbon-13 relaxation data

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    Carbon-13 longitudinal relaxation times T1 of aqueous solutions of proline at pH = 11 containing 10-4-10-5M manganese(II) perchlorate are measured at 62.86 MHz und 600C. Under these conditions, the Mn2+ cation is bound to three proline molecules in their dibasic form to form the complex [Mn(L-PRO-)3]-. The relaxation of carbons α, β, γ, delta in this complex is shown to be dipolar. The relevant correlation time is rotational tausub(r) = 4.3 x 1011s (at 600C). A method is given to compute the Mn2+-13C distances in the complex from the paramagnetic relaxation rates 1/T1sub(M) of carbons α to delta and an assumed geometry of the proline molecule. The manganes (II) cation may be positioned with respect to each proline ligand, thus determining the structure of the hexacoordinated complex. The sites of coordination are the uncharged nitrogen and one carboxylic oxygen atom of the proline molecules, their distance to the Mn2+ cation are respectively 2.22 and 1.97 A. (orig.)

  14. Assessment of the specific absorption rate and calibration of decoupling parameters for proton decoupled carbon-13 MR spectroscopy at 3.0 T

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    Saito, Moyoko [Biomedical Imaging Group, Photonics Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, 1-8-31 Midorigaoka, Ikeda, Osaka 563-8577 (Japan)]. E-mail: moyoko-saitou@aist.go.jp; Matsuda, Tsuyoshi [Imaging Application Tech. Center, GE Yokogawa Medical Systems Ltd., Tokyo (Japan); Tropp, James [General Electric Company, CA (United States); Inubushi, Toshiro [Molecular Neuroscience Research Center, Shiga University of Medical Science, Shiga (Japan); Nakai, Toshiharu [Biomedical Imaging Group, Photonics Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, 1-8-31 Midorigaoka, Ikeda, Osaka 563-8577 (Japan) and Institute of Biomedical Research and Innovation, Kobe (Japan)]. E-mail: t-nakai@aist.go.jp

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    A strategy for proton decoupled carbon-13 MR spectroscopy ({l_brace}{sup 1}H{r_brace}-{sup 13}C MRS) with a strong static magnetic field (3.0 T) in vivo was investigated. The proton decoupling improves the signal-to-noise ratio, however, the effect of the decoupling power on the human body, especially in strong magnetic fields, should be considered. In order to establish a technique for monitoring the metabolism of glucose in the liver using {l_brace}{sup 1}H{r_brace}-{sup 13}C MRS at 3.0 T, two phantom experiments were performed. To assess whether the decoupling energy conformed to SAR limits defined by the IEC, temperature rises inside an agar gel phantom were monitored during a {l_brace}{sup 1}H{r_brace}-{sup 13}C MRS experiment. Then, the decoupling conditions of a glucose solution phantom were systematically optimized with combinations of decoupling bandwidth and power. The reliability of this procedure was discussed in conjunction with IEC guidelines.

  15. Nickel isotopes and methanogens

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    Neubeck, A.; Ivarsson, M.

    2013-12-01

    Methanogens require Ni for their growth and as a consequence the microbial fractionation of Ni isotopes can be used as a biomarker for activity of methanogenic communities1. Anaerobic laboratory experiments was performed using methanogens to investigate methanogenic growth in a modified nutrient media2 with olivine Fo91 (5g/l) added as an additional mineral nutrient source and as the only H2 provider. One of the investigated methanogens showed an increased growth in the experiments with added olivine. There were also a close relationship between the mobilized Ni and the growth of the methanogen. Ni is an element that previously has been neglected in the study of fossilized microorganisms and their interaction with mineral substrates and, thus, there are no records or published data of Ni in association with microfossils. However, we have detected enrichments of Ni in fossilized microorganisms and ichno-fossils, respectively, from three separate locations. Ni is not present in the host rock in any of the samples. Thus, Ni is present in association with fossilized microorganisms from environments and more extensive analysis is required to understand the magnitude, uptake, preservation and fractionation of Ni in microfossils. In order to analyze Ni isotope fractionation from microbe-mineral interaction, we plan to use a high-resolution Laser-Ablation Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometer (LMS)3. In situ profile ablation will provide detailed and localized data on fractionation patterns between microfossils and their host rock. Also, this technique will allow us to identify the change in Ni isotopic fractionation in rock samples caused by abiotic and biogenic processes in a faster and easier way and with less risk for contamination compared to the wet chemistry analyses of Ni isotopes. 1. Cameron, V., Vance, D., Archer, C. & House, C. H. A biomarker based on the stable isotopes of nickel. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106, 10944-10948 (2009). 2. Schn

  16. Applications of stable isotopes in geothermal exploration in the Philippines - A review

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    A review of the isotopic data from geothermal exploration areas in the Philippines indicates that the surface thermal waters and well discharges are enriched in heavier isotopes and deviate from the local meteoric water line defined by δ2H = 8δ18O + (14 ± 2). This enrichment is commonly due to: 1) near surface evaporation; and 2) mixing between meteoric waters and isotopically enriched deep magmatic waters, a phenomenon confirmed by deep well fluids in developed Philippine geothermal systems, such as Tongonan, Palinpinon and Alto Peak. Waters that are isotopically enriched due to the latter are found to be more significant to exploration because in most cases, these are representative of fluids from hotter sources. The dominant process forming these waters can be distinguished by the relationship between stable isotopes and Cl compositions. (author). 27 refs, 12 figs, 3 tabs

  17. Application of stable isotopes and isotope pattern deconvolution-ICPMS to speciation of endogenous and exogenous Fe and Se in rats

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    Full text: Enriched stable isotopes are crucial to study essential trace element metabolism (e.g. Se, Fe) in biological systems. Measuring isotope ratios by ICPMS and using appropriate mathematical calculations, based on isotope pattern deconvolution (IPD) may provide quantitative data about endogenous and exogenous essential or toxic elements and their metabolism. In this work, IPD was applied to explore the feasibility of using two Se (or Fe) enriched stable isotopes, one as metabolic tracer and the other as quantitation tracer, to discriminate between the endogenous and supplemented Se (or Fe) species in rat fluids by collision cell ICPMS coupled to HPLC separation. (author)

  18. Soil organic carbon assessments in cropping systems using isotopic techniques

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    Martín De Dios Herrero, Juan; Cruz Colazo, Juan; Guzman, María Laura; Saenz, Claudio; Sager, Ricardo; Sakadevan, Karuppan

    2016-04-01

    Introduction of improved farming practices are important to address the challenges of agricultural production, food security, climate change and resource use efficiency. The integration of livestock with crops provides many benefits including: (1) resource conservation, (2) ecosystem services, (3) soil quality improvements, and (4) risk reduction through diversification of enterprises. Integrated crop livestock systems (ICLS) with the combination of no-tillage and pastures are useful practices to enhance soil organic carbon (SOC) compared with continuous cropping systems (CCS). In this study, the SOC and its fractions in two cropping systems namely (1) ICLS, and (2) CCS were evaluated in Southern Santa Fe Province in Argentina, and the use of delta carbon-13 technique and soil physical fractionation were evaluated to identify sources of SOC in these systems. Two farms inside the same soil cartographic unit and landscape position in the region were compared. The ICLS farm produces lucerne (Medicago sativa Merrill) and oat (Avena sativa L.) grazed by cattle alternatively with grain summer crops sequence of soybean (Glicine max L.) and corn (Zea mays L.), and the farm under continuous cropping system (CCS) produces soybean and corn in a continuous sequence. The soil in the area is predominantly a Typic Hapludoll. Soil samples from 0-5 and 0-20 cm depths (n=4) after the harvest of grain crops were collected in each system and analyzed for total organic carbon (SOC, 0-2000 μm), particulate organic carbon (POC, 50-100 μm) and mineral organic carbon (MOC, <50 μm). Delta carbon-13 was determined by isotopic ratio mass spectrometry. In addition, a site with natural vegetation (reference site, REF) was also sampled for delta carbon-13 determination. ANOVA and Tukey statistical analysis were carried out for all data. The SOC was higher in ICLS than in CCS at both depths (20.8 vs 17.7 g kg-1 for 0-5 cm and 16.1 vs 12.7 g kg-1 at 0-20 cm, respectively, P<0.05). MOC was

  19. Blueprint for domestic uranium enrichment

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    The AEC advisory committee on domestic production of uranium enrichment has studied for more than a year how to achieve the domestic enrichment of uranium by the construction and operation of a commercial enriching plant using centrifugal separation method, and the report was submitted to the Atomic Energy Commission on August 18, 1980. Japan has depended wholly on overseas services for her uranium enrichment needs, but the development of domestic enrichment has been carried on in parallel. The AEC decided to construct a uranium enrichment pilot plant using centrifuges, and it has been forwarded as a national project. The plant is operated by the Power Reactor and Nuclear Fuel Development Corp. since 1979. The capacity of the plant will be raised to approximately 75 ton SWU a year. The centrifuges already operated have provided the first delivery of fuel of about 1 ton for the ATR ''Fugen''. The demand-supply balance of uranium enrichment service, the significance of the domestic enrichment of uranium, the evaluation of uranium enrichment technology, the target for domestic enrichment plan, the measures to promote domestic uranium enrichment, and the promotion of the construction of a demonstration plant are reported. (Kako, I.)

  20. Si Isotopes of Brownleeite

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    Nakamura-Messenger, K.; Messenger, Scott R.; Ito, M.; Keller, L. P.; Clemett, S. J.; Jones, J. H.; Tatsuoka, H.; Zolensky, M. E.; Tatsuoka, H.

    2010-01-01

    Brownleeite is a manganese silicide, ideally stoichiometric MnSi, not previously observed in nature until its discovery within an interplanetary dust particle (IDP) that likely originated from a comet [1]. Three discrete brownleeite grains in the IDP L2055 I3 (4 microns in size, hereafter IDP I3) were identified with maximum dimensions of 100, 250 and 600 nm and fully analyzed using scanning-transmission electron microscopy (STEM) [1]. One of the grains (100 nm in size) was poikilitically enclosed by low-Fe, Mn-enriched (LIME) olivine. LIME olivine is epitaxial to the brownleeite with the brownleeite (200) parallel to the olivine c* [1]. LIME olivine is an enigmatic phase first reported from chondritic porous IDPs and some unequilibrated ordinary chondrites [ 2], that is commonly observed in chondritic-porous IDPs. Recently, LIME olivine has been also found in comet Wild-2 (Stardust) samples [3], indicating that LIME olivine is a common mineral component of comets. LIME olivine has been proposed to form as a high temperature condensate in the protosolar nebula [2]. Brownleeite grains also likely formed as high-temperature condensates either in the early Solar System or in the outflow of an evolved star or supernova explosion [1]. The isotopic composition of the brownleeite grains may strongly constrain their ultimate source. To test this hypothesis, we performed isotopic analyses of the brownleeite and the associated LIME olivine, using the NASA/JSC NanoSIMS 50L ion microprobe.

  1. Isotopic geochemistry at Wairakei

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    Deuterium measurements on geothermal water at Wairakei are consistent with the water being derived from rainfall which has percolated down from the surface. The oxygen-18 content, however, is enriched compared to average rainfall. This 18O shift is due to isotopic exchange between water and rock at greater-than-explored depths. The magnitude of the shift implied that the mass ration (W/R) of water that has passed through the system (W) to the rock it has exchanged with (R) is about 1 assuming open (i.e. single-pass) conditions. (The ratio is about 2 if it has been a closed system, but this is thought to be less likely). The residence time of water underground cannot be determined from tritium and carbon-14 measurements at present, but arguments based on the argon isotope and deuterium contents suggest mean residence times of a few tens of thousand years. The water-rock ratio and large natural outflow of thermal water prior to exploitation are consistent with this. The 18O content of the water has changed only slightly, and the D content not at all, during exploitation at Wairakei (measurements from 1963, 1974 and 1981). An initial tendency for the 18O to increase because of steam loss (also shown more clearly by chloride), has been followed by decrease of 18O (and chloride) because of dilution with infiltrating near-surface water in parts of the field

  2. Uranium enrichment by gas centrifuge

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    After recalling the physical principles and the techniques of centrifuge enrichment the report describes the centrifuge enrichment programmes of the various countries concerned and compares this technology with other enrichment technologies like gaseous diffusion, laser, aerodynamic devices and chemical processes. The centrifuge enrichment process is said to be able to replace with advantage the existing enrichment facilities in the short and medium term. Future prospects of the process are also described, like recycled uranium enrichment and economic improvements; research and development needs to achieve the economic prospects are also indicated. Finally the report takes note of the positive aspect of centrifuge enrichment as far as safeguards and nuclear safety are concerned. 27 figs, 113 refs

  3. Isotopic effect on thermal physical properties of isotopically modified boron single crystals

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    The measurement of specific heat and thermal conductivity at low temperature for isotopically modified boron single crystals was performed between 0.5 and 100K using relaxation method and steady heat flow method, respectively. The results indicate that the specific heat has obvious divergences at T10B-enriched crystal is about 570 W/m·K, which is 40% larger than that of natural boron crystal. The influence of lattice vibration modes and the isotopic effect on specific heat and thermal conductivity for isotopically modified boron are discussed. (author)

  4. Development of O-18 stable isotope separation technology using membrane

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    Kim, Jae Woo; Kim, Taek Soo; Choi, Hwa Rim; Park, Sung Hee; Lee, Ki Tae; Chang, Dae Shik

    2006-06-15

    The ultimate goal of this investigation is to develop the separation technology for O-18 oxygen stable isotope used in a cyclotron as a target for production of radioisotope F-18. F-18 is a base material for synthesis of [F-18]FDG radio-pharmaceutical, which is one of the most important tumor diagnostic agent used in PET (Positron Emission Tomography). More specifically, this investigation is focused on three categories as follow, 1) development of the membrane distillation isotope separation process to re-enrich O-18 stable isotope whose isotopic concentration is reduced after used in a cyclotron, 2) development of organic impurity purification technology to remove acetone, methanol, ethanol, and acetonitrile contained in a used cyclotron O-18 enriched target water, and 3) development of a laser absorption spectroscopic system for analyzing oxygen isotopic concentration in water.

  5. Carbon and oxygen isotope separation by plasma chemical reactions in carbon monoxide glow discharge

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    The separation of carbon and oxygen isotopes in CO glow discharge has been studied. The isotope enrichment in the products was measured by quadru-pole mass spectrometer. The reaction yield and empirical formula of solid phase products were determined by the gas-volumetric analysis. The stable products obtained in our experiment are CO2 and solid polymers formed on the discharge wall. The polymer consists of both carbon and oxygen and the oxygen/carbon mole ratio in the polymer is 0.35±0.05. Thi isotope enrichment coefficients show a strong negative dependence on discharge current though the relative reaction yields have an opposite tendency. Consequently, the maximum isotope enrichment coefficients for 13C in wall deposit of 2.31 and for 18O in CO2 of 1.37 are obtained when the discharge current and the reaction yields are minimum in our experimental range. The experimental results of isotope enrichment have been compared with theoretical values estimated by an analytical model of literature. The dilution mechanism of the isotope enrichment of stable products is inferred from the isotopic distributions of 13C and 18O in products and theoretical predictions for isotope enrichment. (author)

  6. Study of groundwater recharge in Rechna Doab using isotope techniques

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    Isotopic studies were performed in the Rechna Doab area to understand the recharge mechanism, investigate the relative contributions from various sources such as rainfall, rivers and canal system and to estimate the turn over times and replenishment rate of groundwater. The isotopic data suggest that the groundwater in the project area can be divided into different zones each having its own characteristic isotopic composition. The enriched isotopic values show rain recharge and depleted isotopic values are associated with river/canal system while the intermediate isotopic values show a mixing of two or more sources of water. The major contribution, however, comes from canal system. The isotopic data suggest that there is no quick movement of groundwater in the area. 18 figs. (author)

  7. The world enrichment market

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    The enrichment market can be divided into two periods: the near-term market (1991 to 1995) and the long-term market (1995 and beyond). The near-term market is characterized by limited unfilled requirements of 4% per year, to be supplied by national stockpiles and excess inventories. This low-cost material will be drawn down by about 1993, causing a subsequent price rise. As the price rises, primary supplier activity is expected to increase. In the near-term, two contracting activities are apparent: spot; and intermediate-term. The current spot market is expected to last until available low cost inventories are drawn down. Recently, in attempts to gain market share, suppliers have offered attractively priced intermediate-term (3 year) contracts for 1996 to 1998. While a small spot market will continue after 1995, it is anticipated that utilities will prefer a mix of medium- and long-term (5 to 10 year) contracts from primary suppliers for most of their enrichment requirements. As national stockpiles and utility inventories are consumed, low-cost supply available to the spot market is expected to diminish. Consequently, with little low-cost supply available, the only apparent source of material will be from primary suppliers, and the resulting competition over market share is expected to be intense. (author)

  8. Advanced isotope separation

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    The Study Group briefly reviewed the technical status of the three Advanced Isotope Separation (AIS) processes. It also reviewed the evaluation work that has been carried out by DOE's Process Evaluation Board (PEB) and the Union Carbide Corporation-Nuclear Division (UCCND). The Study Group briefly reviewed a recent draft assessment made for DOE staff of the nonproliferation implications of the AIS technologies. The staff also very briefly summarized the status of GCEP and Advanced Centrifuge development. The Study Group concluded that: (1) there has not been sufficient progress to provide a firm scientific, technical or economic basis on which to select one of the three competing AIS processes for full-scale engineering development at this time; and (2) however, should budgetary restraints or other factors force such a selection, we believe that the evaluation process that is being carried out by the PEB provides the best basis available for making a decision. The Study Group recommended that: (1) any decisions on AIS processes should include a comparison with gas centrifuge processes, and should not be made independently from the plutonium isotope program; (2) in evaluating the various enrichment processes, all applicable costs (including R and D and sales overhead) and an appropriate discounting approach should be included in order to make comparisons on a private industry basis; (3) if the three AIS programs continue with limited resources, the work should be reoriented to focus only on the most pressing technical problems; and (4) if a decision is made to develop the Atomic Vapor Laser Isotope Separation process, the solid collector option should be pursued in parallel to alleviate the potential program impact of liquid collector thermal control problems

  9. Current Status of the MLIS Uranium Enrichment Process

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    Kim, Jae Woo; Rhee, Chang Kyu; Kim, Whung Whoe [Nuclear Materials Research Division, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Yang, Maeng Ho [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Eerkens, Jeff W. [Isotope Technologies Inc., Woodland (United States)

    2009-05-15

    Well-established energy security is extremely important for the national economy and future prosperity of the country. Many countries are trying to develop and use renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, and tidal power to keep the natural environment clean and safe. Although some have disputed calling nuclear power (which produces {approx}40% of domestic electricity) 'green energy', it deserves credit for this label because of its low CO{sub 2} emission and fuel efficiency. While fuel costs in nuclear power generation are less than 30% and uranium enrichment is only {approx}40% of front-end fuel loop, uranium enrichment is a critical step in nuclear power generation. It is also politically sensitive worldwide due to potential proliferation aspects. Currently, gaseous diffusion and centrifuge are the technologies for uranium enrichment. Since the 70s, many countries have been trying to develop a more advanced and economic technology after the gaseous diffusion process started to loose its economic viability. Among the developed laser-assisted technologies, MLIS (Molecular Laser Isotope Separation) is still under investigation for industrial application while most other laser uranium enrichment technologies have been terminated. In this regard it is worthwhile to review the MLIS processes being developed currently, SILEX (Separation of Isotopes by Laser EXcitation) and CRISLA (Condensation Repression by Isotope Selective Laser Activation). Recently the Canadian company Cameco joined the GE-Hitachi venture by paying $123.8M for a 24% holding, and GE-Hitachi- Cameco is now running the GLE (Global Laser Enrichment) facility using SILEX technology in Wilmington, North Carolina to evaluate commercialization of the process.

  10. Isotope distribution program at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory with emphasis on medical isotopes

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    The Isotope Distribution Program (IDP) is a group of individual activities with separate and diverse DOE sponsors which share the common mission of the production and distribution of isotope products and the performance of isotope-related services. Its basic mission is to provide isotope products and associated services to the user community by utilizing government-owned facilities that are excess to the primary mission of the DOE. The IDP is in its 41st year of operation. Initially, the program provided research quantities of radioactive materials, and through the 1950's it was the major supplier of radioisotopes for both research and commercial application. Distribution of enriched stable isotopes began in 1954. This paper discusses the use of radioisotopes in medicine and the role that ORNL plays in this field

  11. Market of stable isotopes produced by gas centrifuges: status and prospects

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    The major consumers on the market of enriched stable isotopes traditionally include nuclear industry, medicine and life sciences, and new technical and scientific applications. The beginning of new millennium has brought the wide application of enriched stable isotopes in fundamental physics experiments that needed tens and hundreds kilograms of various stable isotopes of middle and heavy masses. In addition, the needs of nuclear power industry to develop materials to be used in nuclear power plants capable to reduce formation of radioactive by-products and to prevent cracking in certain metallic components led to production of big amounts of different compounds of zinc depleted with the 64Zn isotope. All these problems have been solved successfully by means of the gas centrifuge technology applied for separation of isotopes other than uranium. As a result the market of enriched/depleted stable isotopes has changed radically in recent years. (authors)

  12. Isotope effects of zinc in crown ether chromatography

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    Isotope separation of zinc has been studied with a polymer-supported crown ether resin packed in glass columns. Chromatography was performed in a break-through manner by feeding a zinc chloride solution into the columns. The mass analysis revealed that the heavier isotope was enriched at the front part of the zinc adsorption band. This result means that the heavier isotopes are preferentially fractionated into the solution phase. The largest single-stage separation coefficient (ε) in the present work is 1.0 x 10-3 for the isotopic pair of 64Zn and 66Zn at 35degC. (author)

  13. Perimeter safeguards techniques for uranium-enrichment plants

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    In 1972, a working group of the International Atomic Energy Agency identified a goal to develop and evaluate perimeter safeguards for uranium isotope enrichment plants. As part of the United State's response to that goal, Los Alamos Detection and Verification personnel studied gamma-ray and neutron emissions from uranium hexafluoride. They developed instruments that use the emissions to verify uranium enrichment and to monitor perimeter personnel and shipping portals. Unattended perimeter monitors and hand-held verification instruments were evaluated in field measurements and, when possible, were loaned to enrichment facilities for trials. None of the seven package monitoring techniques that were investigated proved entirely satisfactory for an unattended monitor. They either revealed proprietary information about centrifuge design or were subject to interference by shielding materials that could be present in a package. Further evaluation in a centrifuge facility may help in developing an acceptable attended package monitor. 34 figures, 9 tables

  14. Development of proliferation resistant isotope separation technology

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    Jeong, Doyoung; Ko, Kwanghoon; Kim, Taeksoo; Park, Hyunmin; Lim, Gwon; Cha, Yongho; Han, Jaemin; Baik, Sunghoon; Cha, Hyungki

    2012-02-15

    This project was accomplished with an aim of establishing the industrial facilities for isotope separation in Korea. The experiment for the measurement of neutrino mass that has been an issue in physics, needs very much of enriched calcium-48 isotope. However, calcium-48 isotope can be produced only by the electro-magnetic method and, thus, its price is very expensive. Therefore, we expect that ALSIS can replace the electro-magnetic method for calcium-48 isotope production. In this research stage, the research was advanced systematically with core technologies, such as atomic vapor production, the measurement of vapor characteristics and stable and powerful laser development. These researches will be the basis of the next research stages. In addition, the international research trends and cooperation results are reported in this report.

  15. Laser separation methods of uranium isotopes

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    On the basis of numerous investigations main principles and technology of laser method of separation of uranium isotopes are outlined. Lasers characteristic is presented from the viewpoint of possibility of using them for separation of isotopes. The atomic vapour method (working matter-uranium vapour) and the molecular method of laser separation of uranium isotopes are considered. General ideas on econonomics of methods (estimation of capital investments, operating (costs) are presented. It is stressed that main advantage which differ laser methods from other technologies is a high enrichment coefficient attained in one stage of the process. It is assumed that using as feeding of spent materials of traditional plants and not of natural uranium does not essentially spoil the characteristics of the laser isotope separation process

  16. Anomalous 13C enrichment in modern marine organic carbon

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    Arthur, M.A.; Dean, W.E.; Claypool, G.E.

    1985-01-01

    Marine organic carbon is heavier isotopically (13C enriched) than most land-plant or terrestrial organic C1. Accordingly, ??13C values of organic C in modern marine sediments are routinely interpreted in terms of the relative proportions of marine and terrestrial sources of the preserved organic matter2,3. When independent geochemical techniques are used to evaluate the source of organic matter in Cretaceous or older rocks, those rocks containing mostly marine organic C are found typically to have lighter (more-negative) ??13C values than rocks containing mostly terrestrial organic C. Here we conclude that marine photosynthesis in mid-Cretaceous and earlier oceans generally resulted in a greater fractionation of C isotopes and produced organic C having lighter ??13C values. Modern marine photosynthesis may be occurring under unusual geological conditions (higher oceanic primary production rates, lower PCO2) that limit dissolved CO2 availability and minimize carbon isotope fractionation4. ?? 1985 Nature Publishing Group.

  17. Sulfate in the Palaeoarchean Ocean: Localized Enrichment or Variable Preservation?

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    Mason, P. R. D.; Roerdink, D. L.; Galic, A.; Martin, W.

    2015-12-01

    The Archean oceans are thought to have been depleted in sulfate, reflecting widespread anoxic conditions and limited input of oxidized sulfur species from atmospheric photolysis. This is supported by the paucity of sulfate-bearing minerals and the relatively limited mass-dependent sulfur isotope fractionation in the majority of the Archean geological record. An exception to this is the occurrence of barite deposits in the Palaeoarchean (3.5-3.2 Ga) which indicate spatial or temporal increases in sulfate concentration. The origin and extent of these enrichments remains controversial and has been difficult to assess due to limited and highly variable data. Here we compile an extensive new database of SIMS multiple sulfur isotope data for pyrite and barite from across the Barberton Greenstone Belt in South Africa in order to further investigate the extent and origin of any sulfate enrichment. Individual pyrites were measured with good stratigraphic and petrographic control. Pyrite δ56Fe was used to further delineate pyrite populations and pathways of pyrite formation. Our new sulfur isotope data support conventional models where a positive Δ33S was derived from heterogeneous photolytic elemental S, with negative Δ33S capturing a homogenized marine sulfate reservoir. Pyrite multiple S isotope data closely track the abundance of barite, suggesting that marine sulfate levels were generally low and that sulfate increases were sporadic and localized. We speculate that the subsequent Neoarchean scarcity was controlled by biological evolution.

  18. Interstellar Isotopes: Prospects with ALMA

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    Charnley Steven B.

    2010-01-01

    Cold molecular clouds are natural environments for the enrichment of interstellar molecules in the heavy isotopes of H, C, N and O. Anomalously fractionated isotopic material is found in many primitive Solar System objects, such as meteorites and comets, that may trace interstellar matter that was incorporated into the Solar Nebula without undergoing significant processing. Models of the fractionation chemistry of H, C, N and O in dense molecular clouds, particularly in cores where substantial freeze-out of molecules on to dust has occurred, make several predictions that can be tested in the near future by molecular line observations. The range of fractionation ratios expected in different interstellar molecules will be discussed and the capabilities of ALMA for testing these models (e.g. in observing doubly-substituted isotopologues) will be outlined.

  19. Separation of uranium isotopes by gas centrifugation

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    The uranium isotope enrichment is studied by means of the countercurrent gas centrifuge driven by thermal convection. A description is given of (a) the transfer and purification of the uranium hexafluoride used as process gas in the present investigation; (b) the countercurrent centrifuge ZG3; (c) the system designed for the introduction and extraction of the process gas from the centrifuge; (d) the measurement of the process gas flow rate through the centrifuge; (e) the determination of the uranium isotopic abundance by mass spectrometry; (f) the operation and mechanical behavior of the centrifuge and (g) the isotope separation experiments, performed, respectively, at total reflux and with production of enriched material. The results from the separation experiments at total reflux are discussed in terms of the enrichment factor variation with the magnitude and flow profile of the countercurrent given by the temperature difference between the rotor covers. As far as the separation experiments with production are concerned, the discussion of their results is presented through the variation of the enrichment factor as a function of the flow rate, the observed asymmetry of the process and the calculated separative power of the centrifuge. (Author)

  20. A physical-chemical modeling of strontium isotopes behavior in Chernobyl Exclusion zone fresh water

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    Radiogeochemical models for dissolution and sedimentation of isotopic forms of strontium compounds in the exclusion zone's freshwater environments were created and verified. It was established that isotope effects shall be observed both during dissolution and deposition of strontium isotopic forms. For both models, solid phase (with respect to the solution) is depleted by light isotopes of strontium (84SR, 86Sr and 87Sr) and enriched by 90Sr. Isotopic composition of strontium in the solution is governed by isotopic composition of ion mSr2+

  1. The measurement of the isotope ratios and concentrations of zinc by thermal ionization mass spectrometry using double isotope dilution

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    The isotope ratios and concentrations of zinc are measured by silicagel-thermal ionization mass spectrometry using the double isotope spikers. The double isotope spikers (70Zn and 67Zn-enriched isotopes) are used to correct the isotope mass fractionation for the zinc isotope ratios, and to certify the zinc concentrations in the unknown samples. The zinc concentrations of these double isotope spikers are surveyed by a spiker made of pure (99.99%) natural zinc metal powder. The correcting factors (fa, ft and fn) of the zinc isotope ratios in the spiked mixture, spike and unspiked samples for the isotope mass fractionation, and the spike-to-unspiked ratios (Xr) of the zinc isotope r in the spiked mixture samples can be obtained to solve the matrix equations by numerical approximation. The natural zinc isotope ratios are: 64Zn/67Zn = 11.8498, 66Zn/67Zn = 6.7977, 68Zn/67Zn = 4.5730 and 70Zn/67Zn = 0.1520. The uncertainties determined of the isotope ratios and concentrations of zinc are +- 0.16% and +-0.31%, respectively

  2. Iron, copper and zinc isotopic fractionation up mammal trophic chains

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    Jaouen, Klervia; Pons, Marie-Laure; Balter, Vincent

    2013-07-01

    There is a growing body of evidence that some non-traditional elements exhibit stable isotope compositions that are distinct in botanical and animal products, providing potential new tracers for diet reconstructions. Here, we present data for iron (Fe), copper (Cu) and zinc (Zn) stable isotope compositions in plants and bones of herbivores and carnivores. The samples come from trophic chains located in the Western Cape area and in the Kruger National Park in South Africa. The Fe, Cu and Zn isotope systematics are similar in both parks. However, local Cu, and possibly Zn, isotopic values of soils influence that of plants and of higher trophic levels. Between plants and bones of herbivores, the Zn isotope compositions are 66Zn-enriched by about 0.8‰ whereas no significant trophic enrichment is observed for Fe and Cu. Between bones of herbivores and bones of carnivores, the Fe isotope compositions are 56Fe-depleted by about 0.6‰, the Cu isotope compositions are 65Cu-enriched by about 1.0‰, and the Zn isotope compositions are slightly 66Zn-depleted by about 0.2‰. The isotopic distributions of the metals in the body partly explain the observed trophic isotopic systematics. However, it is also necessary to invoke differential intestinal metal absorption between herbivores and carnivores to account for the observed results. Further studies are necessary to fully understand how the Fe, Cu and Zn isotope values are regulated within the ecosystem's trophic levels, but the data already suggests significant potential as new paleodietary and paleoecological proxies.

  3. Low enriched fuels for NRU

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    Low enriched uranium silicide dispersion fuels are under development for use in Canadian test reactors. These 20% enriched dispersion fuels are to replace the current 93% enriched uranium-aluminum alloy driver fuels. The reduced enrichment is intended to reduce the risk of illegal diversion for weapons proliferation. Developments in uranium silicide dispersion manufacturing technology have proven the production viability of the fuel. Success in the irradiation testing of the dispersion fuels in mini-element form has led to the irradiation of seven full-size fuel assemblies

  4. Sulfur Isotopic Characteristics of Coal in China and Sulfur Isotopic Fractionation during Coal—burning Process

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    洪业汤; 张鸿斌; 等

    1993-01-01

    The determined results of the sulfur contents and isotopic composition of coal samples from major coal mines in 15 provinces and regions of China show that the coal mined in the north of China is characterized by higher 34S and lower sulfur content, but that in the south of China has lower 34S and higher sulfur content.During the coal-burning process in both indrstrial and daily use of coal as fuel the released sulfur dioxide is always enriched in lighter sulfur isotope relative to the corresponding coal;the particles are always enriched in heavier sulfur isotope.The discussion on the environmental geochemical significance of the above-mentioned results also has been made.

  5. Transportable calorimeter measurements of highly enriched uranium

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    Rudy, C.; Bracken, D.S.; Staples, P.; Carrillo, L.

    1997-11-01

    A sensitive calorimeter has been combined with a small temperature-controlled water bath to compose a transportable system that is capable of measuring multikilogram quantities of highly enriched uranium (HEU). The sample chamber size, 5 in. in diameter by 10 in. high, is large enough to hold sufficient HEU metal or high-grade scrap to provide a measurable thermal signal. Calorimetric measurements performed on well-characterized material indicate that the thermal power generated by 93% {sup 235}U samples with 1.0% {sup 234}U can be measured with a precision of about 1% (1 sigma) for 4-kg samples. The transportable system consists of a twin-bridge calorimeter installed inside a 55-gal. stainless steel drum filled with water with heating and cooling supplied by a removable thermoelectric module attached to the side. Isotopic measurements using high-resolution gamma-ray measurements of the HEU samples and analysis with the FRAM code were used to determine the isotopic ratios and specific power of the samples. This information was used to transform the measured thermal power into grams of HEU. Because no physical standards are required, this system could be used for the verification of plutonium, {sup 238}Pu heat sources, or large quantities of metal or other high-grade matrix forms of HEU.

  6. Traceability of poultry viscera meal by stable isotopes in broiler feathers

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    The objective of this work was to evaluate the presence of poultry viscera meal (VM) in the diet of broiler chickens, through the feather analyses by stable isotopes of carbon (13C/12C) and nitrogen (15N/14N) and mass spectrophotometry. Seven hundred and twenty Cobb male broiler chicks were subjected to the following treatments: vegetable diet based on corn and soybean meal, from 1 to 42 days of age; diet with 8% poultry viscera meal, from 1 to 42 days of age; vegetable diet from 1 to 21 days, and diet with VM from 22 to 42 days; vegetable diet from 1 to 35 days, and diet with VM from 36 to 42 days; diet with VM from 1 to 21 days and, and vegetable diet from 22 to 42 days; diet with VM from 1 to 35 days, and vegetable diet from 36 to 42 days. Feather samples were collected from four birds per treatment at 7, 14, 21, 28, 35 and 42 days of age, which were subjected to isotopic analysis for carbon (13C/12C) and nitrogen (15N/14N) by mass spectrometry. The use of the stable C and N isotope technique in feathers allow the VM detection in broiler chicken diet after 21 days of VM inclusion. (author)

  7. Rapid photochemical equilibration of isotope bond ordering in O2

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    Yeung, Laurence Y.; Ash, Jeanine L.; Young, Edward D.

    2014-09-01

    The abundances of 18O18O and 17O18O in the atmosphere were recently found to be enriched relative to the stochastic distribution of isotopes in O2. The enrichment is believed to arise from O(3P) + O2 isotope exchange reactions, which reorder the isotopes in O2 to a distribution that favors bonds between heavy isotopes. Theoretical predictions and laboratory experiments suggest that the reordered distribution of isotopes should reflect internal isotopic equilibrium, but a laboratory test of this hypothesis for the complete O2 isotopologue system has not yet been realized. Here we use a simple photochemical experiment that reorders the isotopes in O2 at temperatures between 200 K and 350 K. Using simultaneous measurements of five O2 isotopologues, we show that O(3P) + O2 reorders the isotopes in O2 to isotopic equilibrium. Furthermore, we use this scheme to calibrate measurements of isotopic ordering in samples of O2, obtaining Δ36 and Δ35 values within ±0.1‰. Measurements of atmospheric O2 sampled at the University of California, Los Angeles, from 2012 to 2014 have mean values of Δ36 = 1.97 ± 0.07‰ and Δ35 = 1.0 ± 0.1‰ (2 SE; n = 23), with no detectable long-term trend. These measurements are consistent with values for air reported earlier, but with a threefold to fourfold improvement in precision. Together, the experiments and observations support the case that isotopic ordering in tropospheric O2 is altered by O(3P) + O2; however, they also suggest that tropospheric Δ36 and Δ35 values do not reflect complete isotopic equilibration in the troposphere. Isotopic ordering in atmospheric O2 likely reflects the decadal-scale balance of stratospheric and tropospheric air masses modulated by variations in tropospheric photochemistry and convection.

  8. Investigation of Stable C and Cl Isotope Effects of Trichloroethene and Tetrachloroethylene during Evaporation at Different Temperatures

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    Tingting Yu; Yiqun Gan; Aiguo Zhou; Kai Yu; Yunde Liu

    2014-01-01

    There are variations of reported isotope enrichment factors of chlorinated organic contaminants in evaporation processes. Trichloroethene (TCE) and tetrachloroethylene (PCE) were chosen to study carbon and chlorine isotope effects during evaporation at different temperatures. Equilibrium vapor-liquid carbon and chlorine isotope effects experiments were also conducted. In the equilibrium liquid-vapor system, the 13C was enriched but 37Cl was depleted in the vapor phase, being consistent with previous results. For evaporation average carbon isotope enrichment factor εC were +0.28‰± 0.01‰ for TCE and +0.56‰±0.09‰ for PCE at temperature from 20 to 26 ºC. Meanwhile, average chlorine isotope enrichment factor εCl were -1.33‰±0.21‰ for TCE and -1.00‰±0.00‰ for PCE. The results indicate that during evaporation the equilibrium isotope effect attenuates the magnitude of carbon isotope fractionation whereas enhances the chlorine isotope effect. Isotope fractionation during evaporation is determined by both equilibrium and kinetic factors. Chlorine isotope fractionation is influenced by the evaporation rate which is linked to temperature. When using stable isotope to investigate the behavior of chlorinated organic contaminants in groundwater with slow biodegradation rate, the isotope fractionation resulted from evaporation should be taken into consideration. Furthermore, the environment conditions such as temperature are also factors to be considered.

  9. Liquid and gas chromatography coupled to isotope ratio mass spectrometry for the determination of 13C-valine isotopic ratios in complex biological samples.

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    Godin, Jean-Philippe; Breuillé, Denis; Obled, Christiane; Papet, Isabelle; Schierbeek, Henk; Hopfgartner, Gérard; Fay, Laurent-Bernard

    2008-10-01

    On-line gas chromatography-combustion-isotope ratio mass spectrometry (GC-C-IRMS) is commonly used to measure isotopic ratios at natural abundance as well as for tracer studies in nutritional and medical research. However, high-precision (13)C isotopic enrichment can also be measured by liquid chromatography-isotope ratio mass spectrometry (LC-IRMS). Indeed, LC-IRMS can be used, as shown by the new method reported here, to obtain a baseline separation and to measure (13)C isotopic enrichment of underivatised amino acids (Asp, Thr-Ser, Glu, Pro, Gly, Ala, Cys and Val). In case of Val, at natural abundance, the SD(delta(13)C) reported with this method was found to be below 1 per thousand . Another key feature of the new LC-IRMS method reported in this paper is the comparison of the LC-IRMS approach with the conventional GC-C-IRMS determination. To perform this comparative study, isotopic enrichments were measured from underivatised Val and its N(O, S)-ethoxycarbonyl ethyl ester derivative. Between 0.0 and 1.0 molar percent excess (MPE) (delta(13)C= -12.3 to 150.8 per thousand), the calculated root-mean-square (rms) of SD was 0.38 and 0.46 per thousand and the calculated rms of accuracy was 0.023 and 0.005 MPE, respectively, for GC-C-IRMS and LC-IRMS. Both systems measured accurately low isotopic enrichments (0.002 atom percent excess (APE)) with an SD (APE) of 0.0004. To correlate the relative (delta(13)C) and absolute (atom%, APE and MPE) isotopic enrichment of Val measured by the GC-C-IRMS and LC-IRMS devices, mathematical equations showing the slope and intercept of the curves were established and validated with experimental data between 0.0 to 2.3 MPE. Finally, both GC-C-IRMS and LC-IRMS instruments were also used to assess isotopic enrichment of protein-bound (13)C-Val in tibial epiphysis in a tracer study performed in rats. Isotopic enrichments measured by LC-IRMS and GC-C-IRMS were not statistically different (p>0.05). The results of this work indicate that

  10. Elementary excitations in isotope-mixed crystals

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    Over the last five decades, the isotope effect has been one of the major research in solids. Most of the physical properties of a solid depend to a greater or lesser degree on its isotopic composition. Scientific interest, technological promise and increased availability of highly enriched isotopes have led to a sharp rise in the number of experimental and theoretical studies with isotopically controlled semiconductor and insulator crystals. A great number of stable isotopes and well-developed methods of their separation has made it possible to date to grow crystals of C, LiH, ZnO, ZnSe, CuCl, GaN, GaAs, CdS, Cu2O, Si, Ge and α-Sn with a controllable isotopic composition. The use of such objects allows the investigation of not only the isotope effects in lattice dynamics (vibrational, elastic and thermal properties) but also the influence of such effects on the electronic states via electron-phonon coupling (the renormalization of the band-to-band transition energy Eg, the exciton binding energy EB and the size of the longitudinal-transverse splitting ΔLT). The thermal conductivity enhancement in the isotopically enriched materials amounts (C; Ge; Si) to almost 10% at room temperature and is close to a factor of six at the thermal conductivity maximum around 20K (Si-case). The change in the lattice constant is Δa/a∼10-3-10-4, while the change δcik in the elastic constants amounts to several percent. The nonlinear dependence of the free exciton luminescence (especially Cx1312C1-x, LiHxD1-x) intensity on the excitation density allows to consider these crystals as potential solid-state lasers in the UV part of the spectrum. Isotopic information storage may consist in assigning the information 'zero' or 'one' to mono-isotopic microislands (or even to single atoms) within a bulk crystalline (or thin film) structure. Isotope information storage and isotope quantum computers are briefly discussed

  11. Radioactivity measurements in potassium enriched vegetation

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    Measurements of radioactivity in food stuffs/vegetation is important because radiation dose to human population due to inhalation and ingestion (external and internal exposure) poses health hazard and contribute significantly to the total dose from natural sources. The radium and thorium isotopes always present in the body are measured in units of a millionth or a billionth of a gram, but when it comes to potassium we are talking about grams of material. The 2.5 g of potassium ingested each day contains 80 Becquerel (Bq) (or 2100 pCi) of 40K that quantity which produces 80 radioactive decays each second. The 140 g of potassium in a normal male contains about 4400 Bq (or 120,000 pCi) of 40K; that quantity produces a decay rate of about 4400 disintegrations per second. That means that 4400 radioactive 40K atoms decay and emit radiation in our bodies each second for as long as we live. Since potassium is found in the intracellular fluids, about 98 % of the potassium in the body is within cells. Thus at least 98 % of these disintegrations take place within body cells, and are potentially capable of altering the cell's DNA. Therefore, it is very essential to measure the activity concentration in the potassium enriched food stuffs. Knowledge of radioactivity present in potassium enriched food stuffs enables one to assess any possible radiological hazard to mankind by the use of such materials. In the light of the above mentioned facts, it is, therefore, fundamental to assess the radioactivity in commonly available potassium enriched foods. (author)

  12. Possible uses of geochemical and isotopical investigations of ground waters in oil and gas prospecting

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    This work describes the use of geochemical investigation of ground waters for finding deep organic accumulations. It is based on the identification of abnormal values of chemical and isotopical parameters: bicarbonates, CO2, sulfates, carbon 13 and carbon 14. Further improvements will make this method a useful tool in oil and gas prospecting and detection as well as in the detection of geochemical anomalies. The advantages of the method are its low cost and relative rapidity; the disadvantage is that it can be carried out only when water sources are present in the exploration field. (B.G.)

  13. Short-Term Response of Soil Bacteria to Carbon Enrichment in Different Soil Microsites ▿

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    Monard, C; Binet, F.; Vandenkoornhuyse, P.

    2008-01-01

    The response of bacteria in bulk soil and earthworm casts to carbon enrichment was studied by an RNA stable-isotope probing/terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism strategy with 13C-labeled glucose and acetate. Both the soil microsite status and the carbon enrichment selected rapidly for different active bacterial communities, which resulted in different degradation kinetics. Our study clearly illustrates the biases that are generated by adding C substrates to detect metabolically a...

  14. A Segmented, Enriched N-type Germanium Detector for Neutrinoless Double Beta-Decay Experiments

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    Leviner, L. E.; Aalseth, C. E.; Ahmed, M. W.; Avignone III, F. T.; Back, H. O.; Barabash, A. S.; Boswell, M.(Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545, USA); L. De Braeckeleer(Washington U., Seattle); Brudanin, V. B.; Chan, Y-D.; Egorov, V. G.; Elliott, S. R.; Gehman, V. M.; Hossbach, T. W.; Kephart, J. D.

    2013-01-01

    We present data characterizing the performance of the first segmented, N-type Ge detector, isotopically enriched to 85% $^{76}$Ge. This detector, based on the Ortec PT6x2 design and referred to as SEGA (Segmented, Enriched Germanium Assembly), was developed as a possible prototype for neutrinoless double beta-decay measurements by the {\\sc Majorana} collaboration. We present some of the general characteristics (including bias potential, efficiency, leakage current, and integral cross-talk) fo...

  15. City model enrichment

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    Smart, Philip D.; Quinn, Jonathan A.; Jones, Christopher B.

    The combination of mobile communication technology with location and orientation aware digital cameras has introduced increasing interest in the exploitation of 3D city models for applications such as augmented reality and automated image captioning. The effectiveness of such applications is, at present, severely limited by the often poor quality of semantic annotation of the 3D models. In this paper, we show how freely available sources of georeferenced Web 2.0 information can be used for automated enrichment of 3D city models. Point referenced names of prominent buildings and landmarks mined from Wikipedia articles and from the OpenStreetMaps digital map and Geonames gazetteer have been matched to the 2D ground plan geometry of a 3D city model. In order to address the ambiguities that arise in the associations between these sources and the city model, we present procedures to merge potentially related buildings and implement fuzzy matching between reference points and building polygons. An experimental evaluation demonstrates the effectiveness of the presented methods.

  16. OXYGEN ISOTOPE FRACTION ATION IN URANIUM OXIDES

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    郑永飞

    1995-01-01

    Thermodynamic oxygen isotope factors for uranium oxides have been calculated by means of the modified increment method.The sequence of 18O-enrichment in the uranium oxides with respect to the common rock-forming minerals is predicted as follows:spinelisotopic geothermometry of uranium ores when pairing with other gangue minerals in hydrothermal uranium deposits.

  17. Isotope separation and advanced manufacturing technology

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    Carpenter, J.; Kan, T.

    This is the fourth issue of a semiannual report for the Isotope Separation and Advanced Materials Manufacturing (ISAM) Technology Program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Primary objectives include: (1) the Uranium Atomic Vapor Laser Isotope Separation (UAVLIS) process, which is being developed and prepared for deployment as an advanced uranium enrichment capability; (2) Advanced manufacturing technologies, which include industrial laser and E-beam material processing and new manufacturing technologies for uranium, plutonium, and other strategically important materials in support of DOE and other national applications. This report features progress in the ISAM Program from October 1993 through March 1994.

  18. [Stable isotopes in biomedical diagnosis and research].

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    Martínez, J A; Hellerstein, M K; Monreal, I; Neese, R A; Viteri, F E

    1995-01-01

    Atoms that are chemically identical but that differed slightly in weight due to the number of nuclear neutrons are called isotopes stables, meaning that do not degrade spontaneously. Mass spectrometry is the analytical technique to evaluate the enrichment on these isotopes with a variety of applications in the clinical diagnosis of pathological processes and the quantitation of metabolic events such as bacterial growth (Helicobacter pylorii), Phenylketonuria, lactose intolerance, liver and pancreatic function, body composition and energy expenditure, cholesterogenesis, glucose utilization, etc. in an easy, non-invasive and specific way as mass spectrometers develop. PMID:8552917

  19. Isotopic signature of Madeira basaltic magmatism

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    Chemical composition of the basalts of Madeira Island is studied. To assess the isotopic sources of magmatism the Pb-Sr, Sm-Nd, U-Th-Pb systems were investigated in a number of basalts. It is shown that the island's rocks are characterized by the mostly deplet sources in relation to Pb-Sr and Sm-Nd systems (87Sr/86Sr - 0.70282-0.70292, 143Nd/144Nd - 0.52303-0.51314). Isotopic composition of lead testifies that the magmatism reservoir is some enriched. It is concluded that the magmatism of Madeira Island is a new example of world ocean island's volcanism

  20. Laser isotope separation of {sup 176}Yb for medical applications

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    Park, Hyunmin; Kwon, Duckhee; Cha, Yongho; Nam, Sungmo; Kim, Taksoo; Han, Jaemin; Rhee, Yongjoo; Jeong, Doyoung; Kim, Cheoljung [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2006-07-15

    The radioisotope, {sup 177}Lu, is emerging as a promising isotope for a variety of medical applications such as cancer treatment. Enriched {sup 176}Yb can be used as a source material for the production of {sup 177}Lu in an atomic reactor. For these applications, we have developed a laser separation technology based on isotopic selective photoionization to enrich the stable {sup 176}Yb isotope. Our separation system consists of three dye lasers, a Yb vaporizer, and an ion-extraction system. Especially, we use a compact diode-pumped solid-state laser as the pumping source of the dye lasers. With the developed system, we succeeded in producing enriched {sup 176}Yb with an abundance of more than 97 %.