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  1. Shape coexistence measurements in even-even neutron-deficient polonium isotopes by Coulomb excitation, using REX-ISOLDE and the Ge MINIBALL array

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    Butler, P; Bastin, B; Kruecken, R; Voulot, D; Rahkila, P J; Orr, N A; Srebrny, J; Grahn, T; Clement, E; Paul, E S; Gernhaeuser, R A; Dorsival, A; Diriken, J V J; Huyse, M L; Iwanicki, J S

    The neutron-deficient polonium isotopes with two protons outside the closed Z=82 shell represent a set of nuclei with a rich spectrum of nucleus structure phenomena. While the onset of the deformation in the light Po isotopes is well established experimentally, questions remain concerning the sign of deformation and the magnitude of the mixing between different configurations. Furthermore, controversy is present with respect to the transition from the vibrational-like character of the heavier Po isotopes to the shape coexistence mode observed in the lighter Po isotopes. We propose to study this transition in the even-mass neutron-deficient $^{198,200,202}$Po isotopes by using post-accelerated beams from REX-ISOLDE and "safe"-energy Coulomb excitation. $\\gamma$- rays will be detected by the MINIBALL array. The measurements of the Coulomb excitation differential cross section will allow us to deduce both the transition and diagonal matrix elements for these nuclei and, combined with lifetime measurements, the s...

  2. Deformation and mixing of co-existing shapes in the neutron-deficient polonium isotopes

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    AUTHOR|(CDS)2078559; Huyse, Mark

    The neutron-deficient polonium isotopes, with only 2 protons outside the Z = 82 shell closure, are situated in an interesting region of the nuclear chart. In the neighboring lead (Z = 82) and mercury (Z = 80) isotopes, experimental and theoretical efforts identified evidence of shape coexistence. Shape coexistence is the remarkable phenomenon in which two or more distinct types of deformation occur in states of the same angular momentum and similar excitation energy in a nucleus. The neutron-deficient polonium isotopes have also been studied intensively, experimentally as well as theoretically. The closed neutron-shell nucleus 210Po (N = 126) manifests itself as a two-particle nucleus where most of the excited states can be explained by considering the degrees of freedom of the two valence protons outside of 208Pb. The near-constant behavior of the yrast 2+1 and 4+1 states in the isotopes with mass 200 ≤ A ≤ 208 can be explained by coupling the two valence protons to a vibrating lead core. 200Po seems to ...

  3. Coulomb excitation of neutron-deficient polonium isotopes studied at ISOLDE

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    Neven, Michiel

    The polonium isotopes represent an interesting region of the nuclear chart having only two protons outside the Z = 82 closed shell. These isotopes have already been extensively studied theoretically and experimentally. The heavier isotopes (A > 200) seem to follow a "regular seniority-type regime" while for the lighter isotopes (A < 200) a more collective behavior is observed. Many questions remain regarding the transition between these two regimes and the configuration mixing between quantum states. Experiments in the lighter polonium isotopes point to the presence of shape coexistence, however the phenomenon is not fully understood. A Coulomb excitation study of the polonium isotopes whereby the dynamic properties are investigated can provide helpful insights in understanding the shape coexistence phenomena. In this thesis $^{202}$Po was studied via Coulomb excitation. The $^{202}$Po isotope was part of an experimental campaign in which the $^{196,198,200,206}$Po isotopes were studied as well via Coulomb...

  4. Early onset of ground-state deformation in the neutron-deficient polonium isotopes

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    Cocolios, T E; Seliverstov, M D; Andreyev, A N; Antalic, S; Barzakh, A E; Bastin, B; Buscher, J; Darby, I G; Fedorov, D V; Fedosseyev, V N; Flanagan, K T; Franchoo, S; Fritzsche, S; Huber, G; Huyse, M; Keupers, M; Koster, U; Kudryavtsev, Yu; Mane, E; Marsh, B A; Molkanov, P L; Page, R D; Sjoedin, A M; Stefan, I; Van de Walle, J; Van Duppen, P; Venhart, M; Zemlyanoy, S G; Bender, M; Heenen, P H; 10.1103/PhysRevLett.106.052503

    2011-01-01

    In-source resonant ionization laser spectroscopy of the even-$A$ polonium isotopes $^{192-210,216,218}$Po has been performed using the $6p^37s$ $^5S_2$ to $6p^37p$ $^5P_2$ ($\\lambda=843.38$ nm) transition in the polonium atom (Po-I) at the CERN ISOLDE facility. The comparison of the measured isotope shifts in $^{200-210}$Po with a previous data set allows to test for the first time recent large-scale atomic calculations that are essential to extract the changes in the mean-square charge radius of the atomic nucleus. When going to lighter masses, a surprisingly large and early departure from sphericity is observed, which is only partly reproduced by Beyond Mean Field calculations.

  5. Phase Transitions in Even-Even Palladium Isotopes

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    Diab S. M.

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available The positive and negative parity states of the even-even palladium isotopes were stud- ied within the frame work of the interacting boson approximation model (IBA-1. The energy spectra, potential energy surfaces, electromagnetic transition probabilities, back bending and staggering effect have been calculated. The potential energy surfaces show smooth transition from vibrational-like to gamma-soft and finally to rotational-like nu- clei. Staggering effectle, has been observed between the positive and negative parity states in palladium isotopes. The agreement between theoretical predictions and exper- imental values are fairly good.

  6. Reduced widths of alpha -decay of near-magic even-even nuclei

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    Kar Yan, N

    1972-01-01

    Precision on-line investigations on the linear heavy-ion Berkeley accelerator, and on the CERN synchrophasotron were carried out recently on new alpha -emitters. The results obtained are analysed with a view to finding the degree of correspondence, or disagreement, with the authors' own ideas about alpha -decay processes. The discussion is confined to examining even isotopes of polonium, radon, radium and thorium Several theoretical and experimental plots are given of reduced widths of alpha -disintegration for different regions of shell filling and a comparison is made between barrier penetration coefficients, obtained by rigorous methods and with the aid of WKB- approximation, for /sup 212/Po, /sup 208/Po and /sup 212/Po isotopes. (24 refs).

  7. Search for α + core states in even-even Cr isotopes

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    Souza, M.A. [Universidade de Sao Paulo, Instituto de Fisica, Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Instituto Federal de Educacao, Ciencia e Tecnologia de Sao Paulo, Departamento de Mecanica, Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Miyake, H. [Universidade de Sao Paulo, Instituto de Fisica, Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2017-07-15

    The α + core structure is investigated in even-even Cr isotopes from the viewpoint of the local potential model. The comparison of Q{sub α}/A values for even-even Cr isotopes and even-even A = 46, 54, 56, 58 isobars indicates that {sup 46}Cr and {sup 54}Cr are the most favorable even-even Cr isotopes for the α + core configuration. The ground state bands of the two Cr isotopes are calculated through a local α + core potential containing a nuclear term with (1 + Gaussian) x (W.S. + W.S.{sup 3}) shape. The calculated spectra give a very good description of most experimental {sup 46}Cr and {sup 54}Cr levels, including the 0{sup +} bandheads. The reduced α-widths, rms intercluster separations and B(E2) transition rates are determined for the ground state bands. The calculations reproduce the order of magnitude of the available experimental B(E2) values without using effective charges, indicate that the low-spin members of the ground state bands present a stronger α-cluster character, and point out that the {sup 46}Cr ground state band has a significant degree of α-clustering in comparison with {sup 44}Ti. The volume integral per nucleon pair and rms radius obtained for the α + {sup 50}Ti potential are consistent with those reported previously in the analysis of α elastic scattering on {sup 50}Ti. (orig.)

  8. Descriptive study of the even-even actinide nuclei 230 - 234Th isotopes using IBM-1

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    Al-Dahan, N.

    2017-06-01

    The nuclear structure of the actinide even-even thorium isotopes from A=230-234 have been investigated within the framework of the Interacting Boson Model (IBM-1). Predictions are given for the excited state energies for the ground state, β and γ-bands, the transition probabilities between these states, the rotational moment of inertia, and the energy staggering in the γ-band energies. The results of these calculations are compared with the experimental data on these isotopes.

  9. Spin dependence of even-even nucleus shape in the model of Davydov-Chaban

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    Kashuba, I E

    2002-01-01

    The shape parameters of the even-even nuclei sup 1 sup 5 sup 4 Gd, sup 1 sup 5 sup 6 sup , sup 1 sup 5 sup 8 sup , sup 1 sup 6 sup 0 Dy, sup 1 sup 6 sup 4 sup , sup 1 sup 6 sup 8 Er, sup 1 sup 6 sup 8 Yb, sup 1 sup 7 sup 6 Hf, sup 1 sup 8 sup 0 W are calculated within the phenomenological model of the nonaxial soft by beta-oscillation deformed nucleus. The spin dependence of the softness, nonaxiality and energy factor is assumed

  10. Resonant laser ionization of polonium at RILIS-ISOLDE for the study of ground- and isomer-state properties

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    Cocolios, Thomas E. [Instituut voor Kern- en Stralingsfysica, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, B-3001 Leuven (Belgium); Marsh, Bruce A. [ISOLDE, CERN, CH-1211 Geneva 23 (Switzerland)], E-mail: bruce.marsh@cern.ch; Fedosseev, Valentine N. [ISOLDE, CERN, CH-1211 Geneva 23 (Switzerland); Franchoo, Serge [Institut de Physique Nucleaire, F-91406 Orsay cedex (France); Huber, Gerhard [Institut fuer Physik, Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet, D-55099 Mainz (Germany); Huyse, Mark [Instituut voor Kern- en Stralingsfysica, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, B-3001 Leuven (Belgium); Ionan, Alexandra M. [Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute, 188350 Gatchina (Russian Federation); Johnston, Karl [ISOLDE, CERN, CH-1211 Geneva 23 (Switzerland); Koester, Ulli [Institut Laue Langevin, F-38042 Grenoble cedex 9 (France); Kudryavtsev, Yuri [Instituut voor Kern- en Stralingsfysica, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, B-3001 Leuven (Belgium); Seliverstov, Maxim [Institut fuer Physik, Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet, D-55099 Mainz (Germany); Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute, 188350 Gatchina (Russian Federation); Noah, Etam; Stora, Thierry [ISOLDE, CERN, CH-1211 Geneva 23 (Switzerland); Van Duppen, Piet [Instituut voor Kern- en Stralingsfysica, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, B-3001 Leuven (Belgium)

    2008-10-15

    Three new ionization schemes for polonium have been tested with the resonant ionization laser ion source (RILIS) during the on-line production of {sup 196}Po in a UC{sub x} target at ISOLDE. The saturation of the atomic transitions has been observed and the yields of the isotope chain {sup 193-198,200,202,204}Po have been measured. This development provides the necessary groundwork for performing in-source resonant ionization spectroscopy on the neutron-deficient polonium isotopes (Z = 84)

  11. Nature of the Excited States of the Even-Even 98-108 Ru Isotopes

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    Eid S. A.

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available The positive and negative parity states of the even-even 98-108 Ru isotopes are studied within the frame work of the interacting boson approximation model (IBA-1. The calculated levels energy, potential energy surfaces, $V(eta,gamma$, and the electromagnetic transition probabilities, B(E1 and B(E2, show that ruthenium isotopes are transitional nuclei. Staggering effectle, $Delta I = 1$, has been observed between the positive and negative parity states in some of ruthenium isotopes. The electric monopole strength, X(E0/E2, has been calculated. All calculated values are compared with the available experimental and theoretical data wher reasonable agreement has obtained.

  12. Lifetime measurement of neutron-rich even-even molybdenum isotopes

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    Ralet, D.; Pietri, S.; Rodríguez, T.; Alaqeel, M.; Alexander, T.; Alkhomashi, N.; Ameil, F.; Arici, T.; Ataç, A.; Avigo, R.; Bäck, T.; Bazzacco, D.; Birkenbach, B.; Boutachkov, P.; Bruyneel, B.; Bruce, A. M.; Camera, F.; Cederwall, B.; Ceruti, S.; Clément, E.; Cortés, M. L.; Curien, D.; De Angelis, G.; Désesquelles, P.; Dewald, M.; Didierjean, F.; Domingo-Pardo, C.; Doncel, M.; Duchêne, G.; Eberth, J.; Gadea, A.; Gerl, J.; Ghazi Moradi, F.; Geissel, H.; Goigoux, T.; Goel, N.; Golubev, P.; González, V.; Górska, M.; Gottardo, A.; Gregor, E.; Guastalla, G.; Givechev, A.; Habermann, T.; Hackstein, M.; Harkness-Brennan, L.; Henning, G.; Hess, H.; Hüyük, T.; Jolie, J.; Judson, D. S.; Jungclaus, A.; Knoebel, R.; Kojouharov, I.; Korichi, A.; Korten, W.; Kurz, N.; Labiche, M.; Lalović, N.; Louchart-Henning, C.; Mengoni, D.; Merchán, E.; Million, B.; Morales, A. I.; Napoli, D.; Naqvi, F.; Nyberg, J.; Pietralla, N.; Podolyák, Zs.; Pullia, A.; Prochazka, A.; Quintana, B.; Rainovski, G.; Reese, M.; Recchia, F.; Reiter, P.; Rudolph, D.; Salsac, M. D.; Sanchis, E.; Sarmiento, L. G.; Schaffner, H.; Scheidenberger, C.; Sengele, L.; Singh, B. S. Nara; Singh, P. P.; Stahl, C.; Stezowski, O.; Thoele, P.; Valiente Dobon, J. J.; Weick, H.; Wendt, A.; Wieland, O.; Winfield, J. S.; Wollersheim, H. J.; Zielinska, M.; PreSPEC Collaboration

    2017-03-01

    Background: In the neutron-rich A ≈100 mass region, rapid shape changes as a function of nucleon number as well as coexistence of prolate, oblate, and triaxial shapes are predicted by various theoretical models. Lifetime measurements of excited levels in the molybdenum isotopes allow the determination of transitional quadrupole moments, which in turn provides structural information regarding the predicted shape change. Purpose: The present paper reports on the experimental setup, the method that allowed one to measure the lifetimes of excited states in even-even molybdenum isotopes from mass A =100 up to mass A =108 , and the results that were obtained. Method: The isotopes of interest were populated by secondary knock-out reaction of neutron-rich nuclei separated and identified by the GSI fragment separator at relativistic beam energies and detected by the sensitive PreSPEC-AGATA experimental setup. The latter included the Lund-York-Cologne calorimeter for identification, tracking, and velocity measurement of ejectiles, and AGATA, an array of position sensitive segmented HPGe detectors, used to determine the interaction positions of the γ ray enabling a precise Doppler correction. The lifetimes were determined with a relativistic version of the Doppler-shift-attenuation method using the systematic shift of the energy after Doppler correction of a γ -ray transition with a known energy. This relativistic Doppler-shift-attenuation method allowed the determination of mean lifetimes from 2 to 250 ps. Results: Even-even molybdenum isotopes from mass A =100 to A =108 were studied. The decays of the low-lying states in the ground-state band were observed. In particular, two mean lifetimes were measured for the first time: τ =29 .7-9.1+11.3 ps for the 4+ state of 108Mo and τ =3 .2-0.7+0.7 ps for the 6+ state of 102Mo. Conclusions: The reduced transition strengths B (E 2 ) , calculated from lifetimes measured in this experiment, compared to beyond

  13. Low-lying collective quadrupole and octupole strengths in even-even nuclei

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    Raman, S.; Nestor, C.W. Jr. (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831 (US)); Kahane, S. (Joint Institute for Heavy-Ion Research, Holifield Heavy Ion Research Facility, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831 (USA)); Bhatt, K.H. (Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Mississippi, University, Mississipi 38677 (USA))

    1991-02-01

    The {ital B}({ital E}2){up arrow} values for the first 2{sup +} state of even-even nuclei in the {ital Z}{ge}50 region are compared with the predictions of several theoretical models. Comparative estimates of the overall agreement with the data are provided. Gaps and discrepancies in the data and examples that show interesting features such as shape changes are discussed. The {ital B}({ital E}2){up arrow} values are examined critically to search for the dynamical Pauli effects predicted by the fermion dynamic symmetry model. The empirical {ital B}({ital E}2){up arrow} and {ital B}({ital E}3){up arrow} systematics are employed to obtain a measure of the harmonicity of the quadrupole and octupole vibrations. The fraction of the energy-weighted sum-rule strength exhausted by the sum of all known low-lying 2{sup +} states below 2.3 MeV is found to be surprisingly constant in the 60{lt}{ital A}{lt}250 region except near closed shells.

  14. Predicting the optical observables for nucleon scattering on even-even actinides

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    Martyanov, D. S.; Soukhovitskiĩ, E. Sh.; Capote, R.; Quesada, J. M.; Chiba, S.

    2017-09-01

    The previously derived Lane consistent dispersive coupled-channel optical model for nucleon scattering on 232Th and 238U nuclei is extended to describe scattering on even-even actinides with Z = 90-98. A soft-rotator-model (SRM) description of the low-lying nuclear structure is used, where the SRM Hamiltonian parameters are adjusted to the observed collective levels of the target nucleus. SRM nuclear wave functions (mixed in K quantum number) have been used to calculate the coupling matrix elements of the generalized optical model. The “effective” deformations that define inter-band couplings are derived from the SRM Hamiltonian parameters. Conservation of nuclear volume is enforced by introducing a dynamic monopolar term to the deformed potential, leading to additional couplings between rotational bands. The fitted static deformation parameters are in very good agreement with those derived by Wang and collaborators using the Weizsäcker-Skyrme global mass model (WS4), allowing use of the latter to predict cross sections for nuclei without experimental data. A good description of the scarce “optical” experimental database is achieved. SRM couplings and volume conservation allow a precise calculation of the compound-nucleus formation cross sections, which is significantly different from that calculated with rigid-rotor potentials coupling the ground-state rotational band. The derived parameters can be used to describe both neutron- and proton-induced reactions. Supported by International Atomic Energy Agency, through the IAEA Research Contract 19263, by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitivity under Contracts FPA2014-53290-C2-2-P and FPA2016-77689-C2-1-R.

  15. Laser spectroscopy of neutron deficient Sn isotopes

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    We propose to study the ground state properties of neutron-deficient Sn isotopes towards the doubly-magic nucleus $^{100}$Sn. Nuclear spins, changes in the rms charge radii and electromagnetic moments of $^{101-121}$Sn will be measured by laser spectroscopy using the CRIS experimental beam line. These ground-state properties will help to clarify the evolution of nuclear structure properties approaching the $\\textit{N = Z =}$ 50 shell closures. The Sn isotopic chain is currently the frontier for the application of state-of-the-art ab-initio calculations. Our knowledge of the nuclear structure of the Sn isotopes will set a benchmark for the advances of many-body methods, and will provide an important test for modern descriptions of the nuclear force.

  16. Study of polonium isotopes ground state properties by simultaneous atomic- and nuclear-spectroscopy

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    Koester, U H; Kalaninova, Z; Imai, N

    2007-01-01

    We propose to systematically study the ground state properties of neutron deficient $^{192-200}$Po isotopes by means of in-source laser spectroscopy using the ISOLDE laser ion source coupled with nuclear spectroscopy at the detection setup as successfully done before by this collaboration with neutron deficient lead isotopes. The study of the change in mean square charge radii along the polonium isotope chain will give an insight into shape coexistence above the mid-shell N = 104 and above the closed shell Z = 82. The hyperfine structure of the odd isotopes will also allow determination of the nuclear spin and the magnetic moment of the ground state and of any identifiable isomer state. For this study, a standard UC$_{x}$ target with the ISOLDE RILIS is required for 38 shifts.

  17. Radiochemical studies of neutron deficient actinide isotopes

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    Williams, K.E.

    1978-04-01

    The production of neutron deficient actinide isotopes in heavy ion reactions was studied using alpha, gamma, x-ray, and spontaneous fission detection systems. A new isotope of berkelium, /sup 242/Bk, was produced with a cross-section of approximately 10 ..mu..b in reactions of boron on uranium and nitrogen on thorium. It decays by electron capture with a half-life of 7.0 +- 1.3 minutes. The alpha-branching ratio for this isotope is less than 1% and the spontaneous fission ratio is less than 0.03%. Studies of (Heavy Ion, pxn) and (Heavy Ion, ..cap alpha..xn) transfer reactions in comparison with (Heavy ion, xn) compound nucleus reactions revealed transfer reaction cross-sections equal to or greater than the compound nucleus yields. The data show that in some cases the yield of an isotope produced via a (H.I.,pxn) or (H.I.,..cap alpha..xn) reaction may be higher than its production via an xn compound nucleus reaction. These results have dire consequences for proponents of the ''Z/sub 1/ + Z/sub 2/ = Z/sub 1+2/'' philosophy. It is no longer acceptable to assume that (H.I.,pxn) and (H.I.,..cap alpha..xn) product yields are of no consequence when studying compound nucleus reactions. No evidence for spontaneous fission decay of /sup 228/Pu, /sup 230/Pu, /sup 232/Cm, or /sup 238/Cf was observed indicating that strictly empirical extrapolations of spontaneous fission half-life data is inadequate for predictions of half-lives for unknown neutron deficient actinide isotopes.

  18. Study of the odd-${A}$, high-spin isomers in neutron-deficient trans-lead nuclei with ISOLTRAP

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    Herfurth, F; Blaum, K; Beck, D; Kowalska, M; Schwarz, S; Stanja, J; Huyse, M L; Wienholtz, F

    We propose to measure the excitation energy of the $\\frac{13^{+}}{2}$ isomers in the neutron-deficient isotopes $^{193,195,197}$Po with the ISOLTRAP mass spectrometer. The assignment of the low- and high-spin isomers will be made by measuring the energy of the $\\alpha$- particles emitted in the decay of purified beams implanted in a windmill system. Using $\\alpha$-decay information, it is then also possible to determine the excitation energy of the similar isomers in the $\\alpha$-daughter nuclei $^{189,191,193}$Pb, $\\alpha$-parent nuclei $^{197,199,201}$Rn, and $\\alpha$-grand-parent nuclei $^{201,203,205}$Ra. The polonium beams are produced with a UC$_{\\textrm{x}}$ target and using the RILIS.

  19. Deformation properties of the neutron-deficient ODD-A Pt and Hg nuclei

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    Sauvage, J.; Libert, J.; Roussiere, B.; Verney, D.; Ibrahim, F.; Le Blanc, F.; Oms, J. [Paris-11 Univ., 91 - Orsay (France). Inst. de Physique Nucleaire; Cabaret, L.; Pinard, J. [Laboratoire Aime Cotton, 91 - Orsay (France); Crawford, J.E.; Lee, J.K.P. [Physics Dept., Mc Gill University, Montreal (Canada); Genevey, J. [Institut des Sciences Nucleaires, IN2P3-CNRS, 38 - Grenoble (France); Huber, G. [Institut fur Physik der Universitat Mainz (Germany)

    2000-07-01

    Nuclear and atomic spectroscopy measurements have provided a great number of data on the neutron-deficient Pt and Hg nuclei. The odd-A Pt and Hg with A<186 have a prolate shape, the even-even isotopes have a triaxial shape while the nuclear shape of the odd-A Pt and Hg with A>186 is still an open question. The energy of the low-lying levels and the nuclear moments have been calculated in the framework of a semi-microscopic axial-rotor + I quasiparticle coupling model. The predictions are compared with the experimental data and discussed. The results strongly suggest a prolate shape for the negative-parity low-lying states of the odd-A {sup 187-191}Pt and {sup 187-193}Hg isotopes. (authors)

  20. Coulomb Excitation of Neutron Deficient Sn-Isotopes using REX-ISOLDE

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    Di julio, D D; Kownacki, J M; Marechal, F; Andreoiu, C; Siem, S; Perrot, F; Van duppen, P L E; Napiorkowski, P J; Iwanicki, J S

    2002-01-01

    It is proposed to study the evolution of the reduced transition probabilities, B(E2; 0$^{+} \\rightarrow$ 2$^{+}$), for neutron deficient Sn isotopes by Coulomb excitation in inverse kinematics using REX-ISOLDE and the MINIBALL detector array. Measurements of the reduced transition matrix element for the transition between the ground state and the first excited 2$^{+}$ state in light even-even Sn isotopes provide a means to study e.g. core polarization effects in the $^{100}$Sn core. Previous attempts to measure this quantity have been carried out using the decay of isomeric states populated in fusion evaporation reactions. We thus propose to utilize the unique opportunity provided by REX-ISOLDE, after the energy upgrade to 3.1 MeV/u, to use the more model-independent approach of Coulomb excitation to measure this quantity in a number of isotopes in this region.

  1. Systematic study of even-even nuclei with Hartree-Fock+BCS method using Skyrme SIII force

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    Tajima, Naoki; Takahara, Satoshi; Onishi, Naoki [Tokyo Univ. (Japan). Coll. of Arts and Sciences

    1997-03-01

    We have applied the Hartree-Fock+BCS method with Skyrme SIII force formulated in a three-dimensional Cartesian-mesh representation to even-even nuclei with 2 {<=} Z {<=} 114. We discuss the results concerning the atomic masses, the quadrupole (m=0, 2) and hexadecapole (m=0, 2, 4) deformations, the skin thicknesses, and the halo radii. We also discuss the energy difference between oblate and prolate solutions and the shape difference between protons and neutrons. (author)

  2. Volatility Properties of Polonium; Die Fluechtigkeitseigenschaften von Polonium

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    Eichler, B

    2002-06-01

    Thermodynamical constants to describe evaporation processes of polonium are summarized and critically discussed. Additionally, systematic changes of the properties of the chalcogenes are analyzed, empirical correlations are proofed and cyclic processes are balanced. Accordingly, the existing values of entropies for polonium are acceptable. Questionable, however, are those values of enthalpies, which have been deduced from results of the experimental investigations of the vapor pressure temperature dependency, of the melting point, and of the boiling temperatures. Technical difficulties and possible error sources of the measurements resulting from the radioactive decay properties of {sup 210}Po are discussed. Using extrapolative standard enthalpies and entropies as well as their temperature dependency, the equilibrium partial pressure of the monomeric and dimeric polonium above the pure condensed phase and the equilibrium constant of the dimerization reaction in the gas phase are calculated: log p/pa Po (g) = (11.797 {+-} 0.024) -(9883.4 {+-} 9.5)/T (for T = 298-600 K); = (10.661 {+-} 0.057) - (9328.4 {+-} 4.9)/T (for T = 500-1300 K); log p/pa Po{sub 2} (g) = (13.698 {+-} 0.049) - (8592.3 {+-} 19.6)/T (for T = 298-600 K); = (11.424 {+-} 0.124) - (7584.1 {+-} 98.1)/T (for T = 500-1300 K); log K (dim) = (-4.895 {+-} 0.012) + (11071 {+-} 6)/T. According to these calculations and in contrast to other works, polonium evaporates in the entire temperature range between 298 and 1300 K in the dimeric state. Hence, 'latent heats' of the volatilization processes are clearly larger compared to literature data. Especially in the temperature range of the solid polonium the calculated vapor pressure curve shifts significantly to lower values, whereas the boiling point was almost reproduced by the calculation. The results of the extrapolation for the standard enthalpy of the gaseous monomeric polonium and the dimerization enthalpy {delta}H{sup 0}{sub 298}Po (g) = 188.9 k

  3. Polonium and Lung Cancer

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    Vincenzo Zagà

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The alpha-radioactive polonium 210 (Po-210 is one of the most powerful carcinogenic agents of tobacco smoke and is responsible for the histotype shift of lung cancer from squamous cell type to adenocarcinoma. According to several studies, the principal source of Po-210 is the fertilizers used in tobacco plants, which are rich in polyphosphates containing radio (Ra-226 and its decay products, lead 210 (Pb-210 and Po-210. Tobacco leaves accumulate Pb-210 and Po-210 through their trichomes, and Pb-210 decays into Po-210 over time. With the combustion of the cigarette smoke becomes radioactive and Pb-210 and Po-210 reach the bronchopulmonary apparatus, especially in bifurcations of segmental bronchi. In this place, combined with other agents, it will manifest its carcinogenic activity, especially in patients with compromised mucous-ciliary clearance. Various studies have confirmed that the radiological risk from Po-210 in a smoker of 20 cigarettes per day for a year is equivalent to the one deriving from 300 chest X-rays, with an autonomous oncogenic capability of 4 lung cancers per 10000 smokers. Po-210 can also be found in passive smoke, since part of Po-210 spreads in the surrounding environment during tobacco combustion. Tobacco manufacturers have been aware of the alpha-radioactivity presence in tobacco smoke since the sixties.

  4. Projected shell model study of neutron- deficient 122Ce

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    Recently, Smith et al [1] have communicated the existence of neutron-deficient 122Ce and its excited states have been reported up to spin 14¯h. The band has been as- signed to 122Ce by detecting γ-rays in coincidence with evaporated charged particles and neutrons. The nucleus is believed to have large ground state ...

  5. A systematic study of even-even nuclei in the nuclear chart by the relativistic mean field theory

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    Sumiyoshi, K.; Hirata, D.; Tanihata, I.; Sugahara, Y.; Toki, H. [Institute of Physical and Chemical Research, Wako, Saitama (Japan)

    1997-03-01

    We study systematically the properties of nuclei in the whole mass range up to the drip lines by the relativistic mean field (RMF) theory with deformations as a microscopic framework to provide the data of nuclear structure in the nuclear chart. The RMF theory is a phenomenological many-body framework, in which the self-consistent equations for nucleons and mesons are solved with arbitrary deformation, and has a potential ability to provide all the essential information of nuclear structure such as masses, radii and deformations together with single particle states and wave functions from the effective lagrangian containing nuclear interaction. As a first step toward the whole project, we study the ground state properties of even-even nuclei ranging from Z=8 to Z=120 up to the proton and neutron drip lines in the RMF theory. We adopt the parameter set TMA, which has been determined by the experimental masses and charge radii in a wide mass range, for the effective lagrangian of the RMF theory. We take into account the axially symmetric deformation using the constrained method on the quadrupole moment. We provide the properties of all even-even nuclei with all the possible ground state deformations extracted from the deformation energy curves by the constrained calculations. By studying the calculated ground state properties systematically, we aim to explore the general trend of masses, radii and deformations in the whole region of the nuclear chart. We discuss the agreement with experimental data and the predictions such as magicness and triaxial deformations beyond the experimental frontier. (author)

  6. Symmetries of Quadrupole-Collective Vibrational Motion in Transitional Even-Even 124−134Xenon Nuclei

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    Pietralla, N; Rainovski, G; Ahn, T; Bauer, C; Leske, J; Möller, O; Möller, T

    2010-01-01

    Projectile-Coulomb excitation of Xe isotopes has been performed at ANL using the Gammasphere array for the detection of γ-rays. The one-quadrupole phonon 2+ 1,ms mixed-symmetry state (MSS) has been traced in the stable N=80 isotones down to 134Xe. First, the data on absolute E2 andM1 transition rates quantify the amount of F-spin symmetry in these nuclei and provide a new local measure for the pn-QQ interaction. Second, the evolution of the 2+ 1,ms state has been studied along the sequence of stable even-even 124−134Xe isotopes that are considered to form a shape transition path from vibrational nuclei with vibrational U(5) symmetry near N=82 to γ-softly deformed shapes with almost O(6) symmetry. Third, our data on more than 50 absolute E2 transition rates between off-yrast low-spin states of 124,126Xe enable us to quantitatively test O(6) symmetry in these nuclei. As a result we find that O(6) symmetry is more strongly broken in the A=130 mass region than previously thought. The data will be discussed.

  7. Coulomb form factors of even-even nuclei described by axially deformed relativistic mean-field models

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    Liu, Jian; Xu, Chang; Ren, Zhongzhou

    2017-04-01

    Background: Combining the relativistic mean-field (RMF) model and distorted wave Born approximation (DWBA) method, Coulomb form factors for elastic electron scattering have been studied for several stable nuclei (208Pb, 40Ca, 32S, and 24Mg) with a methodology that can be extended to exotic nuclei. Purpose: Previous studies on nuclear Coulomb form factors by the RMF+DWBA method were mainly based on the spherical RMF model. This work aims to further extend the studies to the axially deformed RMF model. Method: The nuclear proton density distributions are first calculated by the deformed RMF model. Next, the axially deformed density distributions are expanded into multipole components. With the spherical ρ0 components, the Coulomb form factors of even-even nuclei are calculated by the DWBA method. Results: For spherical nuclei, the nuclear Coulomb form factors obtained with the deformed RMF model almost coincide with those from the spherical RMF model. For deformed nuclei, Coulomb form factors obtained with the deformed RMF model agree better with the experimental data at the diffraction minima and at high momentum transfers. Conclusions: Results indicate the proton densities calculated from the axially deformed RMF model are valid and reasonable. The electron-scattering experiments will soon be available for exotic nuclei, and the studies in this paper are helpful to interpret the experimental data of deformed exotic nuclei.

  8. Microscopic description of the even-even 140-148Ba isotopes using BM, IBM and IVBM

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    Ahmed, Imad M.; Flaiyh, Ghaith N.; Kassim, Huda H.; Abdullah, Hewa Y.; Hossain, I.; Sharrad, Fadhil I.

    2017-02-01

    A description of the even-even Ba isotopes for A = 140 to 148 in framework of Bohr-Mottelson model, interacting boson model and interacting vector boson model are carried out. The E-GOS curve ( E γ/ I and the ratio between the energies of the ( I + 2) and ( I) states ( r( I + 2)/ I) as a function of the spin ( I have been drawn to determine the property of the ground-state band. The positive ground-state band of 140-148Ba has been calculated using Bohr-Mottelson model, interacting boson model and interacting vector boson model, while the negative-parity band of 140-148Ba has been calculated using Bohr-Mottelson model and interacting vector boson model only. The reduced transition probabilities B( E2) of these nuclei were calculated. The parameters of the best fit to the measured data are determined. The potential energy surfaces (PESs) to the IBM Hamiltonian have been obtained using the intrinsic coherent state.

  9. Decay-Assisted Laser Spectroscopy of Neutron-Deficient Francium

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    Lynch, K M; Bissell, M L; Budincevic, I; Cocolios, T E; De Groote, R P; De Schepper, S; Fedosseev, V N; Flanagan, K T; Franchoo, S; Garcia Ruiz, R F; Heylen, H; Marsh, B A; Neyens, G; Procter, T J; Rossel, R E; Rothe, S; Strashnov, I; Stroke, H H; Wendt, K D A

    2014-01-01

    This paper reports on the hyperfine-structure and radioactive-decay studies of the neutron-deficient francium isotopes $^{202-206}$Fr performed with the Collinear Resonance Ionization Spectroscopy (CRIS) experiment at the ISOLDE facility, CERN. The high resolution innate to collinear laser spectroscopy is combined with the high efficiency of ion detection to provide a highly-sensitive technique to probe the hyperfine structure of exotic isotopes. The technique of decay-assisted laser spectroscopy is presented, whereby the isomeric ion beam is deflected to a decay spectroscopy station for alpha-decay tagging of the hyperfine components. Here, we present the first hyperfine-structure measurements of the neutron-deficient francium isotopes $^{202-206}$Fr, in addition to the identification of the low-lying states of $^{202,204}$Fr performed at the CRIS experiment.

  10. Decay-Assisted Laser Spectroscopy of Neutron-Deficient Francium

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    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available This paper reports on the hyperfine-structure and radioactive-decay studies of the neutron-deficient francium isotopes ^{202–206}Fr performed with the Collinear Resonance Ionization Spectroscopy (CRIS experiment at the ISOLDE facility, CERN. The high resolution innate to collinear laser spectroscopy is combined with the high efficiency of ion detection to provide a highly sensitive technique to probe the hyperfine structure of exotic isotopes. The technique of decay-assisted laser spectroscopy is presented, whereby the isomeric ion beam is deflected to a decay-spectroscopy station for alpha-decay tagging of the hyperfine components. Here, we present the first hyperfine-structure measurements of the neutron-deficient francium isotopes ^{202–206}Fr, in addition to the identification of the low-lying states of ^{202,204}Fr performed at the CRIS experiment.

  11. Decay-Assisted Laser Spectroscopy of Neutron-Deficient Francium

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    Lynch, K. M.; Billowes, J.; Bissell, M. L.; Budinčević, I.; Cocolios, T. E.; De Groote, R. P.; De Schepper, S.; Fedosseev, V. N.; Flanagan, K. T.; Franchoo, S.; Garcia Ruiz, R. F.; Heylen, H.; Marsh, B. A.; Neyens, G.; Procter, T. J.; Rossel, R. E.; Rothe, S.; Strashnov, I.; Stroke, H. H.; Wendt, K. D. A.

    2014-01-01

    This paper reports on the hyperfine-structure and radioactive-decay studies of the neutron-deficient francium isotopes Fr202-206 performed with the Collinear Resonance Ionization Spectroscopy (CRIS) experiment at the ISOLDE facility, CERN. The high resolution innate to collinear laser spectroscopy is combined with the high efficiency of ion detection to provide a highly sensitive technique to probe the hyperfine structure of exotic isotopes. The technique of decay-assisted laser spectroscopy is presented, whereby the isomeric ion beam is deflected to a decay-spectroscopy station for alpha-decay tagging of the hyperfine components. Here, we present the first hyperfine-structure measurements of the neutron-deficient francium isotopes Fr202-206, in addition to the identification of the low-lying states of Fr202,204 performed at the CRIS experiment.

  12. Unique first-forbidden β-decay transitions in odd-odd and even-even heavy nuclei

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    Nabi, Jameel-Un; Çakmak, Necla; Majid, Muhammad; Selam, Cevad

    2017-01-01

    The allowed Gamow-Teller (GT) transitions are the most common weak nuclear processes of spin-isospin (στ) type. These transitions play a key role in numerous processes in the domain of nuclear physics. Equally important is their contribution in astrophysics, particularly in nuclear synthesis and supernova-explosions. In situations where allowed GT transitions are not favored, first-forbidden transitions become significant, specifically in medium heavy and heavy nuclei. For neutron-rich nuclei, first-forbidden transitions are favored mainly due to the phase-space amplification for these transitions. In this work we calculate the allowed GT as well as unique first-forbidden (U1F) | ΔJ | = 2 transitions strength in odd-odd and even-even nuclei in mass range 70 ≤ A ≤ 214. Two different pn-QRPA models were used with a schematic separable interaction to calculate GT and U1F transitions. The inclusion of U1F strength improved the overall comparison of calculated terrestrial β-decay half-lives in both models. The ft values and reduced transition probabilities for the 2- ⟷0+ transitions were also calculated. We compared our calculations with the previously reported correlated RPA calculation and experimental results. Our calculations are in better agreement with measured data. For stellar applications we further calculated the allowed GT and U1F weak rates. These include β±-decay rates and electron/positron capture rates of heavy nuclei in stellar matter. Our study shows that positron and electron capture rates command the total weak rates of these heavy nuclei at high stellar temperatures.

  13. Shape coexistence in the neutron-deficient mercury isotopes studied through Coulomb excitation

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    Bree, Nick

    This thesis describes the analysis and results of a series of Coulomb-excitation experiments on even-even neutron-deficient mercury isotopes aimed at obtaining a more detailed description of shape coexistence. Two experimental campaigns have been undertaken in the Summer of 2007 and 2008. Pure beams of 182,184,186,188Hg were produced and accelerated at the REX-ISOLDE radioactive-beam facility, located at CERN (Geneva, Switzerland). The beams were guided to collide with a stable target to induce Coulomb excitation. The scattered particles were registered by a double-sided silicon strip detector, and the emitted gamma rays by the MINIBALL gamma-ray spectrometer. The motivation to study these mercury isotopes, focused around shape coexistence in atomic nuclei, is addressed in chapter 1, as well as an overview of the knowledge in this region of the nuclear chart. A theoretical description of Coulomb excitation is presented in the second chapter, while the third chapter describes the setup employed for the experim...

  14. Collinear Resonance Ionization Spectroscopy of Neutron-Deficient Francium Isotopes

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    Flanagan, K T; Ruiz, R F Garcia; Budincevic, I; Procter, T J; Fedosseev, V N; Lynch, K M; Cocolios, T E; Marsh, B A; Neyens, G; Strashnov, I; Stroke, H H; Rossel, R E; Heylen, H; Billowes, J; Rothe, S; Bissell, M L; Wendt, K D A; de Groote, R P; De Schepper, S

    2013-01-01

    The magnetic moments and isotope shifts of the neutron-deficient francium isotopes Fr202-205 were measured at ISOLDE-CERN with use of collinear resonance ionization spectroscopy. A production-to-detection efficiency of 1\\% was measured for Fr-202. The background from nonresonant and collisional ionization was maintained below one ion in 10(5) beam particles. Through a comparison of the measured charge radii with predictions from the spherical droplet model, it is concluded that the ground-state wave function remains spherical down to Fr-205, with a departure observed in Fr-203 (N = 116).

  15. Collinear Resonance Ionization Spectroscopy of Neutron-Deficient Francium Isotopes

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    Flanagan, K. T.; Lynch, K. M.; Billowes, J.; Bissell, M. L.; Budinčević, I.; Cocolios, T. E.; de Groote, R. P.; De Schepper, S.; Fedosseev, V. N.; Franchoo, S.; Garcia Ruiz, R. F.; Heylen, H.; Marsh, B. A.; Neyens, G.; Procter, T. J.; Rossel, R. E.; Rothe, S.; Strashnov, I.; Stroke, H. H.; Wendt, K. D. A.

    2013-11-01

    The magnetic moments and isotope shifts of the neutron-deficient francium isotopes Fr202-205 were measured at ISOLDE-CERN with use of collinear resonance ionization spectroscopy. A production-to-detection efficiency of 1% was measured for Fr202. The background from nonresonant and collisional ionization was maintained below one ion in 105 beam particles. Through a comparison of the measured charge radii with predictions from the spherical droplet model, it is concluded that the ground-state wave function remains spherical down to Fr205, with a departure observed in Fr203 (N=116).

  16. First allowed bandcrossing in neutron deficient nucleus {sup 141}Tb

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    Medina, N.H.; Oliveira, J.R.B.; Cybulska, E.W.; Rao, M.N.; Ribas, R.V.; Rizzutto, M.A.; Seale, W.A. [Sao Paulo Univ., SP (Brazil). Inst. de Fisica; Espinoza-Quinones, F.R. [Universidade Estadual do Oeste do Parana, Toledo, PR (Brazil). Centro de Engenharia e Ciencias Exatas; Bazzacco, D.; Brandolini, F.; Lunardi, S.; Petrache, C.M.; Podolyak, Zs.; Rossi-Alvarez, C.; Soramel, F.; Ur, C.A. [Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Padova (Italy); Cardona, M.A.; Angelis, G. de; Napoli, D.R.; Spolaore, P.; Gadea, A.; Acua, D. de; Poli, M. de; Farnea, E.; Foltescu, D.; Ionescu-Bujor, M.; Iordachescu, A. [Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Legnaro (Italy). Laboratori Nazionali

    2004-09-15

    The neutron deficient {sup 141}Tb nucleus has been studied with the {sup 92}Mo ({sup 54}Fe, {alpha}-) reaction at 240-MeV incident energy and the multidetector array GASP. For the yrast {pi}h{sub 11/2} decoupled band, excited states up to 6.7 MeV and spin up to 47=2{sup -} have been observed. This band presents an upbend at rotational frequency of Plank constant{omega}=0:38 MeV due to the alignment of h{sub 11}/{sub 2} protons. The results are discussed in terms of the Cranking model. (author)

  17. Polonium evaporation from dilute liquid metal solutions

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    Rizzi, Matthias; Eichler, Robert; Türler, Andreas; Mendonça, Tania Melo; Stora, Thierry; Gonzalez Prieto, Borja; Aerts, Alexander; Schumann, Dorothea

    2014-01-01

    The evaporation behavior of polonium as one of the most hazardous radionuclides produced in spallation based neutron sources with liquid lead-bismuth targets has been quantified in this study. The normalized apparent vapor pressure, i.e. the Henry constant of polonium over liquid lead-bismuth eutectic was determined in the temperature range relevant for operation of such targets, i.e. 164-500 degrees C. For comparison and better fundamental understanding, the Henry constant of polonium over pure liquid bismuth was determined in a temperature range of 300-500 degrees C. The Henry constants of polonium in this temperature range were found to be orders of magnitude higher than expected from earlier studies at higher temperatures. Possible mechanisms responsible for this unexpected behavior are discussed.

  18. Mechanism of fission of neutron-deficient actinoids nuclides

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    Sueki, Keisuke; Nakahara, Hiromichi [Tokyo Metropolitan Univ., Hachioji (Japan). Faculty of Science; Tanase, Masakazu; Nagame, Yuichiro; Shinohara, Nobuo; Tsukada, Kazuaki

    1996-01-01

    A heavy ion reaction ({sup 19}F+{sup 209}Bi) is selected. The reaction produces neutron-deficient {sup 228}U which is compound nucleus with a pair of Rb(z=37) and Cs(Z=55). Energy dissipation problem of nucleus was studied by measuring the isotope distribution of two fissile nuclides. Bismuth metal evaporated on aluminium foil was irradiated by {sup 19}F with the incident energy of 105-128 MeV. We concluded from the results that the excess energy of reaction system obtained with increasing the incident energy is consumed by (1) light Rb much more than Cs and (2) about 60% of energy is given to two fission fragments and the rest 40% to the translational kinetic energy or unknown anomalous {gamma}-ray irradiation. (S.Y.)

  19. Nuclear moments of neutron deficient iridium isotopes from laser spectroscopy

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    Verney, D.; Le Blanc, F. [IN2P3 CNRS, Institut de Physique Nucleaire (France); Cabaret, L. [Laboratoire Aime Cotton (France); Crawford, J. [McGill University, Physics Department (Canada); Duong, H.T. [Laboratoire Aime Cotton (France); Genevey, J. [IN2P3 CNRS/UJF, Institut des Sciences Nucleaires (France); Huber, G. [Universitaet Mainz, Institut fuer Physik (Germany); Ibrahim, F. [IN2P3 CNRS/UJF, Institut des Sciences Nucleaires (France); Krieg, M. [Universitaet Mainz, Institut fuer Physik (Germany); Lee, J.K.P. [McGill University, Physics Department (Canada); Lunney, D. [IN2P3 CNRS, CSNSM (France); Obert, J.; Oms, J. [IN2P3 CNRS, Institut de Physique Nucleaire (France); Pinard, J. [Laboratoire Aime Cotton (France); Putaux, J.C.; Roussiere, B.; Sauvage, J. [IN2P3 CNRS, Institut de Physique Nucleaire (France); Sebastian, V. [Universitaet Mainz, Institut fuer Physik (Germany)

    2000-08-15

    Laser spectroscopy measurements have been performed on neutron deficient iridium isotopes. The hyperfine structure and isotope shift of the optical Ir I transition 5d{sup 7}6s{sup 24}F{sub 9/2} {sup {yields}} 5d{sup 7}6s6p {sup 6}F{sub 11/2} at 351.5 nm have been studied for the {sup 182-189}Ir, {sup 186}Ir{sup 1}m and {sup 191,193}Ir isotopes. The nuclear magnetic and quadrupole moments were obtained from the HFS measurements and the changes of the mean square charge radii from the IS measurements. A large mean square charge radius change between {sup 187}Ir and {sup 186}Ir and between {sup 186}Ir{sup 1}m and {sup 186}Ir{sup 1}g has been observed.

  20. Thermochromatography study of volatile polonium species in various gas atmospheres

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    Maugeri, Emilio Andrea; Eichler, Robert; Piguet,David; Mendonça, Tania Melo; Stora, Thierry; Schumann, Dorothea

    2014-01-01

    Phenomena related to the volatilization of polonium and its compounds are critical issues for the safety assessment of the innovative lead–bismuth cooled type of nuclear reactor or accelerator driven systems. The formation and volatilization of different species of polonium and their interaction with fused silica was studied by thermochromatography using carrier gases with varied redox potential. The obtained results show that under inert and reducing conditions in the absence of moisture, elemental polonium is formed. Polonium compounds more volatile than elemental polonium can be formed if traces of moisture are present in both inert and reducing carrier gas. The use of dried oxygen as carrier gas leads to the formation of polonium oxides, which are less volatile than elemental polonium. It was also found that the volatility of polonium oxides increases with increasing oxidation state. In the presence of moisture in an oxidizing carrier gas, species are formed that are more volatile than the oxides and le...

  1. New systematic features in the neutron-deficient Au isotopes

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    Venhart, M.; Wood, J. L.; Sedlák, M.; Balogh, M.; Bírová, M.; Boston, A. J.; Cocolios, T. E.; Harkness-Brennan, L. J.; Herzberg, R.-D.; Holub, L.; Joss, D. T.; Judson, D. S.; Kliman, J.; Klimo, J.; Krupa, L.; Lušnák, J.; Makhathini, L.; Matoušek, V.; Motyčák, Š.; Page, R. D.; Patel, A.; Petrík, K.; Podshibyakin, A. V.; Prajapati, P. M.; Rodin, A. M.; Špaček, A.; Urban, R.; Unsworth, C.; Veselský, M.

    2017-07-01

    A recently developed portable, on-line capability for γ-ray and conversion-electron spectroscopy, HIGH-TATRA is demonstrated with its application to the study of 183Hg \\to 183Au at ISOLDE. Key details of the low-energy level scheme of the neutron-deficient nuclide 183Au populated in this decay are presented. A broad energy germanium detector is employed to achieve this (the first-ever use of such a device in decay-scheme spectroscopy), by way of a combination of high-gain γ-ray singles spectroscopy and γ-γ coincidence spectroscopy. Further, by combining the γ-ray detectors with a liquid-nitrogen-cooled Si(Li) detector operated under high vacuum, conversion-electron singles and e-γ coincidences are obtained. These data lead to the determination of transition multipolarities and the location of a highly converted (E0 + M1 + E2) transition in the 183Au decay scheme, suggesting a possible new shape coexisting structure in this nucleus. Identification of new intruder and normal states fixes their relative energies in 183Au for the first time. New systematic features in the odd-Au isotopes are presented.

  2. Shell model description of E 3 transition strengths from the first 3- states in s d -shell even-even nuclei

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    Bouhelal, M.; Labidi, M.; Haas, F.; Caurier, E.

    2017-10-01

    The electric-octupole E 3 transition strengths from the first 3- state to the ground-state transition in s d shell even-even nuclei with A =16 to 40 are investigated within the shell model framework using the effective (0+1)ℏ ω PSDPF interaction. For this type of transition, new effective charges for protons and neutrons have been determined. Their values 1.36 e for protons and 0.48 e for neutrons are close to those obtained previously for electric-quadrupole E 2 transitions in s d shell nuclei. The calculated E 3 transition strengths from the 31 -→0gs + transitions are compared to a compilation of experimental E 3 data for even-even nuclei throughout the s d shell.

  3. Study of Neutron-Deficient $^{202-205}$Fr Isotopes with Collinear Resonance Ionization Spectroscopy

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    De Schepper, Stijn; Cocolios, Thomas; Budincevic, Ivan

    The scope of this master’s thesis is the study of neutron-deficient $^{202−205}$Fr isotopes. These isotopes are inside the neutron-deficient lead region, a region that has shown evidence of shape coexistence. For this thesis, this discussion is limited to the phenomenon where a low lying excited state has a different shape than the ground state. Shape coexistence is caused by intruder states. These are single-particle Shell Model states that are perturbed in energy due to the interaction with a deformed core. In the neutron-deficient lead region the main proton intruder orbit is the 3s$_{1/2}$orbit. When going towards more neutron-deficient isotopes, deformation increases. The $\\pi3s_{1/2}$orbit will rise in energy and will eventually become the ground state in odd- A bismuth (Z=83) isotopes. It is also observed in odd-A astatine (Z=85) isotopes, already in less neutron-deficient nuclei. The same phenomenon is expected to be present francium (Z=87) isotopes already at $^{199}$Fr. Although it is currently ...

  4. Polonium bulk and surface vibrational dynamics

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    Tigrine, Rachid; Bourahla, Boualem [Laboratoire de Physique PEC UMR 6087, Universite du Maine, Le Mans (France); Laboratoire de Physique et Chimie Quantique, Universite de Tizi Ouzou (Algeria); Khater, Antoine

    2009-07-15

    Calculations are presented for the bulk phonons and for surface Rayleigh phonons and resonances for Polonium, the only element known to form in the simple cubic lattice. The static stability of this lattice has been confirmed recently by ab initio simulations which yield two bulk elastic constants, c{sub 11} and c{sub 12}. Constitutive equations are derived for the isotropic cubic lattice based upon the Fuchs's method. This permits effectively a numerical evaluation of central potential force constants for Polonium from the ab initio results. Numerical calculations are then made for the material vibration dynamics in the force constant model with the use of the matching method. The numerical applications yield for Polonium the bulk phonon branches along[100],[110], and [111], and the Rayleigh phonons and surface resonances along the[010] direction in an unreconstructed (001) surface. The local vibration densities of states are calculated for bulk and surface sites for this element. (copyright 2009 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  5. Description of nuclear systems with a self-consistent configuration-mixing approach. II. Application to structure and reactions in even-even s d -shell nuclei

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    Robin, C.; Pillet, N.; Dupuis, M.; Le Bloas, J.; Peña Arteaga, D.; Berger, J.-F.

    2017-04-01

    Background: The variational multiparticle-multihole configuration mixing approach to nuclei has been proposed about a decade ago. While the first applications followed rapidly, the implementation of the full formalism of this method has only been recently completed and applied in C. Robin, N. Pillet, D. Peña Arteaga, and J.-F. Berger, [Phys. Rev. C 93, 024302 (2016)], 10.1103/PhysRevC.93.024302 to 12C as a test-case. Purpose: The main objective of the present paper is to carry on the study that was initiated in that reference, in order to put the variational multiparticle-multihole configuration mixing method to more stringent tests. To that aim we perform a systematic study of even-even s d -shell nuclei. Method: The wave function of these nuclei is taken as a configuration mixing built on orbitals of the s d -shell, and both the mixing coefficients of the nuclear state and the single-particle wave functions are determined consistently from the same variational principle. As in the previous works, the calculations are done using the D1S Gogny force. Results: Various ground-state properties are analyzed. In particular, the correlation content and composition of the wave function as well as the single-particle orbitals and energies are examined. Binding energies and charge radii are also calculated and compared to experiment. The description of the first excited state is also examined and the corresponding transition densities are used as input for the calculation of reaction processes such as inelastic electron and proton scattering. Special attention is paid to the effect of the optimization of the single-particle states consistently with the correlations of the system. Conclusions: The variational multiparticle-multihole configuration mixing approach is systematically applied to the description of even-even s d -shell nuclei. Globally, the results are satisfying and encouraging. In particular, charge radii and excitation energies are nicely reproduced. However

  6. Decay properties of neutron-deficient isotopes of elements from Z = 101 to Z = 108

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    Heßberger, F. P.; Hofmann, S.; Streicher, B.; Sulignano, B.; Antalic, S.; Ackermann, D.; Heinz, S.; Kindler, B.; Kojouharov, I.; Kuusiniemi, P.; Leino, M.; Lommel, B.; Mann, R.; Popeko, A. G.; Šáro, Š.; Uusitalo, J.; Yeremin, A. V.

    2009-08-01

    In a series of experiments performed at the velocity filter SHIP, new or improved decay data of neutron-deficient isotopes of elements from mendelevium ( Z = 101) to hassium ( Z = 108) were obtained. In particular, evidence for α -decay or electron capture from isomeric states in 265Hs and 258Db was found.

  7. Decay properties of neutron-deficient isotopes of elements from Z=101 to Z=108

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    Hessberger, F.P.; Sulignano, B.; Ackermann, D.; Heinz, S.; Kindler, B.; Kojouharov, I.; Lommel, B.; Mann, R. [GSI - Helmholtzzentrum fuer Schwerionenforschung GmbH, Darmstadt (Germany); Hofmann, S. [GSI - Helmholtzzentrum fuer Schwerionenforschung GmbH, Darmstadt (Germany); Goethe-Universitaet Frankfurt, Institut fuer Kernphysik, Frankfurt (Germany); Streicher, B. [Comenius University Bratislava, Department of Nuclear Physics and Biophysics, Bratislava (Slovakia); GSI - Helmholtzzentrum fuer Schwerionenforschung GmbH, Darmstadt (Germany); Antalic, S.; Saro, S. [Comenius University Bratislava, Department of Nuclear Physics and Biophysics, Bratislava (Slovakia); Kuusiniemi, P. [University of Oulu, CUPP, Oulu (Finland); Leino, M.; Uusitalo, J. [University of Jyvaeskylae, Department of Physics, Jyvaeskylae (Finland); Popeko, A.G.; Yeremin, A.V. [JINR, Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions, Dubna (Russian Federation)

    2009-08-15

    In a series of experiments performed at the velocity filter SHIP, new or improved decay data of neutron-deficient isotopes of elements from mendelevium (Z=101) to hassium (Z=108) were obtained. In particular, evidence for {alpha}-decay or electron capture from isomeric states in {sup 265}Hs and {sup 258}Db was found. (orig.)

  8. Polonium problem in lead-bismuth flow target

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    Pankratov, D.V.; Yefimov, E.I.; Bugreev, M.I. [State Scientific Centre of Russian Federation-Institute of Physics and Power Engineering, Obninsk (Russian Federation)

    1996-06-01

    Alpha-active polonium nuclides Po198 - Po210 are formed in a lead-bismuth target as results of reactions Bi{sup 209}(n,{gamma})Bi{sup 210} {yields} Po{sup 210}, Bi{sup 209}(p,xn)Po{sup 210} {yields} Po{sup 210 {minus} x} (x = 1-12), Pb{sup 208}({alpha},xn) {yields} Po{sup 210 {minus} x + 2} (x = 2-14). The most important nuclides are Po-210 (T{sub {1/2}}=138.4 day), Po-209 (T{sub {1/2}}=102 years) and Po-208 (T{sub {1/2}}=2.9 years). Polonium activity of the circuit for SINQ - conditions is about 15,000 Ci after 1-year operation. Polonium radiation hazard is connected with its output from the coolant and formation of aerosol and surface alpha-activity after the circuit break-down for repair works or in accidents. One of the important issues of polonium removal system creation is containing and storing polonium removed. Its storage in solidified alkaline is not expedient because of secondary neutron formation as a result of ({alpha},n) - reaction on oxygen and sodium nucleus. The estimations carried out demonstrated that by polonium concentration {approx} 100 Ci/l neutron current on the container surface can reach {approx} 10{sup 4}n/(cm{sup 2}s). Concentration and storage of polonium in solidified lead-bisumth seems the most convenient. The calculations demonstrated that in a 100 l container 50,000 Ci of polonium can be stored (as much as 3 times more than 1-year polonium product in SINQ-conditions) under temperature in the container less than melting point of lead bismuth (the wall temperature is about 100{degrees}C).

  9. β-decay properties of neutron-deficient Pt, Hg, and Pb isotopes

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    Sarriguren, P., E-mail: p.sarriguren@csic.es [Instituto de Estructura de la Materia, IEM-CSIC, Serrano 123, E-28006 Madrid (Spain); Boillos, J. M. [Instituto de Estructura de la Materia, IEM-CSIC, Serrano 123, E-28006 Madrid (Spain); Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, 15706 Santiago de Compostela (Spain); Moreno, O. [Center for Theoretical Physics, Laboratory for Nuclear Science and Department of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139 (United States); Moya de Guerra, E. [Departamento de Física Atómica, Molecular y Nuclear, Facultad de Ciencias Físicas, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, E-28040 Madrid (Spain)

    2015-10-15

    Neutron-deficient isotopes in the lead region are well established examples of the shape coexistence phenomenon in nuclei. In this work, bulk and decay properties, including deformation energy curves, charge mean square radii, Gamow-Teller (GT) strength distributions, and β-decay half-lives, are studied in neutron-deficient Pt, Hg, and Pb isotopes. The nuclear structure involved is described microscopically from deformed quasiparticle random-phase approximation calculations with residual interactions in both particle-hole and particle-particle channels, performed on top of a self-consistent deformed quasiparticle Skyrme Hartree-Fock basis. The sensitivity to deformation of the GT strength distributions in those isotopes is proposed as an additional complementary signature of the nuclear shape. The β-decay half-lives resulting from the GT strength distributions are compared to experiment to demonstrate the ability of the method.

  10. Decay-assisted collinear resonance ionization spectroscopy: Application to neutron-deficient francium

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    K. M. Lynch; Billowes, J.; M. L. Bissell; Budinčević, I.; T. E. Cocolios; R. P. De Groote; de Schepper, S.; V. N. Fedosseev; K. T. Flanagan; Franchoo, S.; R. F. Garcia Ruiz; Heylen, H.; B. A. Marsh; Neyens, G.; T. J. Procter

    2014-01-01

    This paper reports on the hyperfine-structure and radioactive-decay studies of the neutron-deficient francium isotopes $^{202-206}$Fr performed with the Collinear Resonance Ionization Spectroscopy (CRIS) experiment at the ISOLDE facility, CERN. The high resolution innate to collinear laser spectroscopy is combined with the high efficiency of ion detection to provide a highly-sensitive technique to probe the hyperfine structure of exotic isotopes. The technique of decay-assisted laser spectros...

  11. Fluorescent atom coincidence spectroscopy of extremely neutron-deficient barium isotopes

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    Wells, S. A.; Evans, D. E.; Griffith, J. A. R.; Eastham, D. A.; Groves, J.; Smith, J. R. H.; Tolfree, D. W. L.; Warner, D. D.; Billowes, J.; Grant, I. S.; Walker, P. M.

    1988-09-01

    Fluorescent atom coincidence spectroscopy (FACS) has been used to measure the nuclear mean square radii and moments of the extremely neutron-deficient isotopes 120-124Ba. At N=65 an abrupt change in nuclear mean square charge radii is observed which can be understood in terms of the occupation of the spin-orbit partner g7/25/2[413] neutron and g9/29/2[404] proton orbitals and the consequent enhancement of the n-p interaction.

  12. POLONIUM-194 and the Onset of Collectivity in the Polonium Isotopes.

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    Younes, Walid

    This dissertation presents the results of the experimental measurement of ^{194}Po , the lightest Polonium isotope studied to date. The systematical behavior of even-A Polonium isotopes down to A = 194 is interpreted within both phenomenological and theoretical frameworks. The heavy-ion reaction ^{28 }Si + ^{170}Yb, was used to form ^{194}Po. The experiment was carried out at the Argonne Tandem-Linac System (ATLAS), which provided a 142 MeV ^ {28}Si ion beam. The Fragment Mass Analyzer (FMA) was used to identify A = 194 recoils. An array of ten Compton-suppressed Ge detectors was used to measure the prompt, in-beam gamma rays. Drawing on a combination of FMA-gamma and FMA-gamma-gamma coincidence data, eight gamma rays were assigned to ^{194}Po and placed in a decay scheme consisting of a six-transition yrast cascade and two non-yrast states. Spin and parity assignments were made based on the systematics of heavier Polonium isotopes. Comparison with the systematics of other nuclei with two valence protons suggests that the onset of collective behavior in these isotopes occurs when both types of valence nucleons occupy high-j orbitals. The underlying mechanism which favors high-j orbitals was explained using naive semiclassical angular overlap arguments. The Particle -Core Model (PCM) was then applied to the Polonium isotopes to isolate the single-particle and vibrational degrees of freedom, and provide a quantitative description of the transition between these extremes. The PCM wavefunctions of low-lying states were found to be pure for A > 198, and increasingly mixed between states with different number of phonons for the lighter isotopes. The Quasiparticle Random Phase Approximation (QRPA) was used to extract the neutron configuration of the PCM phonons. The rapid onset of collectivity for A < 200 could then be explained in terms of the opening of the neutron i_{13/2} orbital and the resulting enhanced overlap with the proton (h _{9/2})^2 configuration. The

  13. Nuclear moments and charge radii of neutron-deficient francium isotopes and isomers

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    Voss, A.; Buchinger, F.; Cheal, B.; Crawford, J. E.; Dilling, J.; Kortelainen, M.; Kwiatkowski, A. A.; Leary, A.; Levy, C. D. P.; Mooshammer, F.; Ojeda, M. L.; Pearson, M. R.; Procter, T. J.; Tamimi, W. Al

    2015-04-01

    Collinear laser fluorescence spectroscopy has been performed on the ground and isomeric states of Fr,206204 in order to determine their spins, nuclear moments, and changes in mean-squared charge radii. A new experimental technique has been developed as part of this work which much enhances the data collection rate while maintaining the high resolution. This has permitted the extension of this study to the two isomeric states in each nucleus. The investigation of nuclear g factors and mean-squared charge radii indicates that the neutron-deficient Fr isotopes lie in a transitional region from spherical towards more collective structures.

  14. Alpha decay studies of new neutron-deficient francium isotopes and their daughters

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    Ewan, G T; Jonson, B; Mattsson, M; Tidemand-Petersson, P

    1980-01-01

    Neutron-deficient francium isotopes were produced by proton-induced spallation reactions and investigated by alpha spectroscopy following on-line mass separation. The new isotopes /sup 202,202/Fr were identified and their half-lives measured. An improved value for the half-life of /sup 203/Fr was obtained. Alpha branching ratios were determined for /sup 198m, g,199/At. The derivation of the mass excess of /sup 202/Fr and the systematics of alpha energies and reduced widths are discussed. (17 refs).

  15. Further studies of neutron-deficient Sn-isotopes using REX-ISOLDE

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    Larsen, A; Syed naeemul, H; Siem, S

    2007-01-01

    Encouraged by the committee to submit the latter part of our latest addendum to experiment IS418 under a new heading this proposal focuses on the second physics case mentioned there. We propose to use Coulomb excitation of odd mass neutron-deficient Sn isotopes to study some dominantly "one quasi-particle" states in these nuclei. Due to spin selection rules these states are difficult to populate following either $\\beta$-decay or in a cascade after a fusion-evaporation reactions, whereas the excitation from the ground-state is of E2 character for some of the most interesting cases.

  16. Fluorescent atom coincidence spectroscopy of extremely neutron-deficient barium isotopes

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    Wells, S.A.; Evans, D.E.; Griffith, J.A.R.; Eastham, D.A.; Groves, J.; Smith, J.R.H.; Tolfree, D.W.L.; Warner, D.D.; Billowes, J.; Grant, I.S.

    1988-09-01

    Fluorescent atom coincidence spectroscopy (FACS) has been used to measure the nuclear mean square radii and moments of the extremely neutron-deficient isotopes /sup 120-124/Ba. At N=65 an abrupt change in nuclear mean square charge radii is observed which can be understood in terms of the occupation of the spin-orbit partner g/sub 7/2/ 5/2(413) neutron and g/sub 9/2/ 9/2(404) proton orbitals and the consequent enhancement of the n-p interaction.

  17. Measurements of competing structures in neutron-deficient Pb isotopes by employing Coulomb excitation

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    Bastin, B; Kruecken, R; Larsen, A; Rahkila, P J; Srebrny, J; Clement, E; Wadsworth, R; Syed naeemul, H; Peura, P J; Siem, S; Hadynska-klek, K; Habs, D; Napiorkowski, P J; Diriken, J V J; Iwanicki, J S

    Coulomb excitation measurements to study the shape coexistence and quadrupole collectivity of the low-lying levels in neutron-deficient Pb nuclei are proposed. Even-mass $^{188−192}$Pb nuclei will be post-accelerated at REX-ISOLDE in order to measure transition probabilities and quadrupole moments for the first excited states. In combination with results obtained in lifetime measurements, this will allow the sign of the quadrupole deformation parameter to be extracted for the first time for 2$^{+}$ states in the even-mass $^{188−192}$Pb nuclei.

  18. Study of oblate nuclear shapes and shape coexistence in neutron-deficient rare earth isotopes

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    Guttormsen, M S; Reiter, P; Larsen, A; Korten, W; Clement, E; Siem, S; Renstrom, T; Buerger, A; Jenkins, D G

    We propose to investigate nuclear shapes and shape coexistence in neutron-deficient rare earth nuclei below the N=82 shell closure at the ISOLDE facility by employing Coulomb excitation of Nd, Sm, Gd, and Dy beams from the REX accelerator and the Miniball experiment. Nuclear shapes are expected to change rapidly in this region of the nuclear chart. The measurement of electric quadrupole moments of excited states and the transition rates between them serves as a stringent test of theoretical models and effective nucleon-nucleon interactions.

  19. Shape transition and coexistence in neutron-deficient rare earth isotopes

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    We propose to study spectroscopic quadrupole moments of excited states and electromagnetic transition rates between them in the neutron-deficient rare earth nuclei $^{140}$Sm and $^{142}$Gd using projectile Coulomb excitation at energies of 4.7 MeV per nucleon. The rare earth nuclei below the N=82 shell closure form one of the few regions of the nuclear chart where oblate shapes are expected to occur near the ground state. Nuclear shapes are expected to change rapidly in this region, with coexistence of oblate and prolate shapes in some nuclei. The measurement of electromagnetic matrix elements represents therefore a particularly sensitive test of theoretical nuclear structure models.

  20. New neutron-deficient isotopes of barium and rare-earth elements

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    Bogdanov, D D; Karnaukhov, V A; Petrov, L A; Plochocki, A; Subbotin, V G; Voboril, J

    1976-01-01

    The authors present an investigation of the short-lived neutron- deficient isotopes of barium and rare-earth elements. By using the BEMS-2 isotope separator on a heavy ion beam, 19 new isotopes were produced with mass numbers ranging from 117 to 138. Five of these (/sup 117/Ba, /sup 129,131/Nd and /sup 133,135/Sm) turned out to be delayed proton emitters. The beta -decay probabilities for the new isotopes have been analyzed in terms of the beta -strength function. An analysis of the proton spectrum shape has been performed using the statistical model for delayed proton emission.

  1. Alkaline extraction of polonium from liquid lead bismuth eutectic

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    Heinitz, S.; Neuhausen, J.; Schumann, D.

    2011-07-01

    The production of highly radiotoxic polonium isotopes poses serious safety concerns for the development of future nuclear systems cooled by lead bismuth eutectic (LBE). In this paper it is shown that polonium can be extracted efficiently from LBE using a mixture of alkaline metal hydroxides (NaOH + KOH) in a temperature range between 180 and 350 °C. The extraction ratio was analyzed for different temperatures, gas blankets and phase ratios. A strong dependence of the extraction performance on the redox properties of the cover gas was found. While hydrogen facilitates the removal of polonium, oxygen has a negative influence on the extraction. These findings open new possibilities to back up the safety of future LBE based nuclear facilities.

  2. α decay of the very neutron-deficient isotopes 197-199Fr

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    Kalaninová, Z.; Andreyev, A. N.; Antalic, S.; Heßberger, F. P.; Ackermann, D.; Andel, B.; Drummond, M. C.; Hofmann, S.; Huyse, M.; Kindler, B.; Lane, J. F. W.; Liberati, V.; Lommel, B.; Page, R. D.; Rapisarda, E.; Sandhu, K.; Šáro, Š.; Thornthwaite, A.; Van Duppen, P.

    2013-04-01

    Decay properties of the very neutron-deficient isotopes 197-199Fr were studied at the velocity filter Separator for Heavy Ion reaction Products (SHIP) at GSI in Darmstadt. The isotopes were produced in the 2n-4n evaporation channels of the fusion-evaporation reaction 60Ni+141Pr → 201Fr*. Improved α-decay properties of 199Fr were determined and the possible existence of two α-decaying states in this nucleus is discussed. For the isotope 198Fr a broad α-decay energy distribution was detected in the range of (7470-7930) keV and two α-decaying states were observed with half-lives of 1.1(7) and 15(3) ms. The new isotope 197Fr was identified based on the observation of one α-decay chain yielding Eα=7728(15) keV and T1/2=0.6-0.3+3.0 ms. The systematics of reduced α-decay widths are presented for neutron-deficient francium, radon, and astatine isotopes.

  3. Decay study of neutron-deficient La isotopes for atomic masses and nuclear structure

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    Osa, Akihiko; Koizumi, Mitsuo; Sekine, Toshiaki [Department of Materials Science, Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, Takasaki, Gunma (JP)] [and others

    2000-06-01

    We report the decay spectroscopic studies with the TIARA-ISOL connected to an AVF cyclotron at the Takasaki site of JAERI between 1994 and 1998 under the Universities-JAERI Collaborative Research Project. Decay spectroscopic studies have been carried out for neutron-deficient La-Ce-Pr isotopes in the mass 120-130 region, which were prepared by on-line mass-separation following the fusion-evaporation reactions {sup 92,nat}Mo({sup 36}Ar, 3pxn). The {sup 125}Pr isotope was newly identified with a half-life of 3.3(7) s and its decay scheme was presented. The assignment of the 135.8 keV {gamma}-ray to the decay of {sup 125}Pr was supported by its coincidence with Ce X-rays and {beta}{sup +} rays. Low-spin states in {sup 124,} {sup 126,} {sup 128,} {sup 130}Ba fed by the {beta}{sup +}/EC decay of their La parents were investigated by means of the {gamma}-{gamma} angular correlation measurement. Q{sub EC}-values/atomic masses of neutron-deficient {sup 124-130}La were determined by {beta}{sup +}-ray maximum energy measurement. Half-lives of the first 2{sup +} state in {sup 122,} {sup 124,} {sup 126}Ba were measured using a {beta}-{gamma} delayed coincidence method. The experimental results obtained for the nuclear structure of the Ba isotopes are discussed in comparison with theory. (author)

  4. Laser-assisted decay and optical spectroscopy studies of neutron-deficient thallium isotopes

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    Van Beveren, Céline; Huyse, Mark

    The neutron-deficient thallium isotopes with one proton less than the Z = 82 shell closure, are situated in an interesting region of the nuclear chart, notorious for intruder states and shape coexistence. Shape coexistence is the remarkable phenomenon in which two or more distinct types of deformation occur at low energy in the same atomic nucleus. Shape coexistence has been studied intensively, experimentally as well as theoretically in different nuclei in the light-lead region and the isomerism in the thallium isotopes was among the first indications of this phenomenon. Different shapes, whose structure has been linked to specific proton orbitals above and below the Z = 82 shell closure, are present at low energy in the neutron-deficient odd-mass thallium nuclei. In the odd-odd nuclei, the coupling of an unpaired proton and unpaired neutron gives rise to multiplets of low-lying states from which some can be isomeric. Since thallium has one proton missing in the major proton shell, and when approaching neutr...

  5. Discussion on polonium extraction systems for Pb-PI-cooled nuclear reactors

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    Buongiorno, J. [Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Lab., Nuclear Engineering Dept., Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Larson, C.L.; Czerwinski, K.R. [Massachusetts Inst. of Tech., Cambridge, MA (United States). Dept. of Nuclear Engineering

    2001-07-01

    A discussion is presented on a polonium extraction technology that would reduce the radioactivity of the lead-bismuth coolant for fast reactors. This technology is based on the formation of the polonium hydride from the reaction of hydrogen gas with polonium-activated LBE. The equilibrium chemistry of the reaction was experimentally investigated. As a result, a correlation was generated for the free-energy of formation of the polonium hydride as a function of temperature. This correlation was then used for preliminary modeling of a polonium extraction system consisting in a mass exchanger where fine LBE droplets fall in countercurrent flow with a stream of pure hydrogen. It was found that a relatively compact and efficient polonium extraction system could be in principle designed, although significant technological and safety issues remain that are associated with the use and processing of hydrogen gas contaminated with polonium. (author)

  6. Spectroscopy of low-lying states in neutron-deficient astatine and francium nuclei

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    Jakobsson, U., E-mail: ulrjak@kth.se; Cederwall, B. [KTH, The Division of Nuclear Physics, AlbaNova University Center, SE-10691 Stockholm (Sweden); Uusitalo, J.; Auranen, K.; Badran, H.; Cox, D. M.; Grahn, T.; Greenlees, P. T.; Julin, R.; Juutinen, S.; Herzáň, A.; Konki, J.; Leino, M.; Mallaburn, M.; Pakarinen, J.; Papadakis, P.; Partanen, J.; Rahkila, P.; Sandzelius, M.; Sarén, J. [University of Jyvaskyla, Department of Physics, P.O. Box 35, FI-40014 University of Jyvaskyla (Finland); and others

    2015-10-15

    Low-lying states in neutron-deficient astatine and francium nuclei have been studied by means of in-beam and delayed spectroscopy. The 13/2{sup +} state has been observed in francium nuclei with a similar down-sloping trend as in neighbouring astatine and bismuth isotopes, as a function of decreasing neutron number. A systematic trend can also now be seen for the 1/2{sup +} state both in astatine and francium nuclei, where the level energy decreases steeply as a function of neutron number when moving further away from the neutron shell closure. This trend is very similar between astatine nuclei and their francium isotones. Moreover, shape coexistence has been observed between the 13/2{sup +} state and the spherical 9/2{sup −} ground state in {sup 203}Fr and {sup 205}Fr.

  7. Spectroscopy of low-lying states in neutron-deficient astatine and francium nuclei

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    Jakobsson, U.; Uusitalo, J.; Auranen, K.; Badran, H.; Cederwall, B.; Cox, D. M.; Grahn, T.; Greenlees, P. T.; Julin, R.; Juutinen, S.; HerzáÅ, A.; Konki, J.; Leino, M.; Mallaburn, M.; Pakarinen, J.; Papadakis, P.; Partanen, J.; Rahkila, P.; Sandzelius, M.; Sarén, J.; Scholey, C.; Sorri, J.; Stolze, S.

    2015-10-01

    Low-lying states in neutron-deficient astatine and francium nuclei have been studied by means of in-beam and delayed spectroscopy. The 13/2+ state has been observed in francium nuclei with a similar down-sloping trend as in neighbouring astatine and bismuth isotopes, as a function of decreasing neutron number. A systematic trend can also now be seen for the 1/2+ state both in astatine and francium nuclei, where the level energy decreases steeply as a function of neutron number when moving further away from the neutron shell closure. This trend is very similar between astatine nuclei and their francium isotones. Moreover, shape coexistence has been observed between the 13/2+ state and the spherical 9/2- ground state in 203Fr and 205Fr.

  8. Nuclear moments of neutron-deficient iridium isotopes from laser spectroscopy

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    Verney, D; Cabaret, L A; Crawford, J; Duong, H T; Genevey, J; Huber, G; Ibrahim, F; Krieg, M; Lee, J K P; Lunney, M D; Obert, J; Oms, J; Pinard, J; Putaux, J C; Roussière, B; Sauvage, J; Sebastian, V

    2000-01-01

    Laser spectroscopy measurements have been performed on neutron- deficient iridium isotopes. The hyperfine structure and isotope shift of the optical Ir I transition 5d/sup 7/6s/sup 2/ /sup 4/F/sub 9/2/ to 5d/sup 7/6s6p /sup 6/F/sub 11/2/ at 351.5 nm have been studied for the /sup 182-189/Ir, /sup 186/Ir/sup m/ and /sup 191,193/Ir isotopes. The nuclear magnetic and quadrupole moments were obtained from the HFS measurements and the changes of the mean square charge radii from the IS measurements. A large mean square charge radius change between /sup 187/Ir and /sup 186/Ir and between /sup 186/Ir/sup m/ and /sup 186/Ir/sup g/ has been observed. (18 refs).

  9. Changes in the mean square charge radii and electromagnetic moments of neutron-deficient Bi isotopes

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    Barzakh, A. E., E-mail: barzakh@mail.ru; Batist, L. Kh.; Fedorov, D. V.; Ivanov, V. S.; Molkanov, P. L.; Moroz, F. V.; Orlov, S. Yu.; Panteleev, V. N.; Seliverstov, M. D.; Volkov, Yu. M. [Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute (PNPI), NRC Kurchatov Institute, Gatchina 188300 (Russian Federation)

    2015-10-15

    In-source laser spectroscopy experiments for neutron deficient bismuth isotopes at the 306.77 nm atomic transition were carried out at the IRIS (Investigation of Radioactive Isotopes on Synchrocyclotron) facility of Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute (PNPI). New data on isotope shifts and hyperfine structure for {sup 189–198,} {sup 211}Bi isotopes and isomers were obtained. The changes in the mean-square charge radii and the magnetic moment values were deduced. Marked deviation from the nearly spherical behavior for ground states of bismuth isotopes at N < 109 is demonstrated, in contrast to the lead and thallium isotopic chains. The big isomer shift between I = 1/2 (intruder) and I = 9/2 (normal) states for odd Bi isotopes (A = 193, 195, 197) was found.

  10. Study of the Neutron Deficient Pb and Bi Isotopes by Simultaneous Atomic- and Nuclear-Spectroscopy

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    Kessler, T

    2002-01-01

    We propose to study systematically nuclear properties of the neutron deficient lead $^{183-189}$Pb, $^{191g}$Pb, $^{193g}$Pb and bismuth isotopes $^{188-200}$Bi by atomic spectroscopy with the ISOLDE resonance ionisation laser ion source (RILIS) combined with simultaneous nuclear spectroscopy at the detection set-up. The main focus is the determination of the mean square charge radii of $^{183-190}$Pb and $^{188-193}$Bi from which the influence of low-lying intruder states should become obvious. Also the nuclear spin and magnetic moments of ground-states and long-lived isomers will be determined unambiguously through evaluation of the hyperfine structure, and new isomers could be discovered. The decay properties of these nuclei can be measured by $\\alpha$-$\\gamma$ and $\\beta$-$\\gamma$ spectroscopy. With this data at hand, possible shape transitions around mid-shell at N$\\sim$104 will be studied. This data is crucial for the direct test of nuclear theory in the context of intruder state influence (e.g. energy ...

  11. Heavy neutron-deficient radioactive beams: fission studies and fragment distributions

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    Schmidt, K.H.; Benlliure, J.; Heinz, A.; Voss, B. [Gesellschaft fuer Schwerionenforschung mbH, Darmstadt (Germany); Boeckstiegel, C.; Grewe, A.; Steinhaeuser, S.; Clerc, H.G.; Jong, M. de; Junghans, A.R.; Mueller, J. [Technische Hochschule Darmstadt (Germany). Inst. fuer Kernphysik; Pfuetzner, M. [Warsaw Univ. (Poland). Inst. of Experimental Physics

    1998-02-01

    The secondary-beam facility of GSI Darmstadt was used to study the fission process of short-lived radioactive nuclei. Relativistic secondary projectiles were produced by fragmentation of a 1 A GeV {sup 238}U primary beam and identified in nuclear charge and mass number. Their production cross sections were determined, and the fission competition in the statistical deexcitation was deduced for long isotopical chains. New results on the enhancement of the nuclear level density in spherical and deformed nuclei due to collective rotational and vibrational excitations were obtained. Using these reaction products as secondary beams, the dipole giant resonance was excited by electromagnetic interactions in a secondary lead target, and fission from excitation energies around 11 MeV was induced. The fission fragments were identified in nuclear charge, and their velocity vectors were determined. Elemental yields and total kinetic energies have been determined for a number of neutron-deficient actinides and preactinides which were not accessible with conventional techniques. The characteristics of multimodal fission of nuclei around {sup 226}Th were systematically investigated and related to the influence of shell effects on the potential energy and on the level density between fission barrier and scission. A systematic view on the large number of elemental yields measured gave rise to a new interpretation of the enhanced production of even elements in nuclear fission and allowed for a new understanding of pair breaking in large-scale collective motion. (orig.)

  12. Coulomb excitation of $^{182-184}$ Hg: Shape coexistence in the neutron-deficient lead region

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    We put forward a study of the interplay between individual nucleon behavior and collective degrees of freedom in the nucleus, as manifested in shape coexistence in the neutron-deficient lead region. As a first step of this experimental campaign, we propose to perform Coulomb excitation on light mercury isotopes to probe their excited states and determine transitional and diagonal E2 matrix elements, especially reducing the current uncertainties. The results from previous Coulomb excitation measurements in this mass region performed with 2.85 MeV/u beams from REX-ISOLDE have shown the feasibility of these experiments. Based on our past experience and the results obtained, we propose a detailed study of the $^{182-184}$Hg nuclei, that exhibit a pronounced mixing between 2 low-lying excited states of apparently different deformation character, using the higher energy beams from HIE-ISOLDE which are crucial to reach our goal. The higher beam energy should result in an increased sensitivity with respect to the qua...

  13. Adsorption of volatile polonium and bismuth species on metals in various gas atmospheres. Pt. I. Adsorption of volatile polonium and bismuth on gold

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    Maugeri, Emilio Andrea; Neuhausen, Joerg; Dressler, Rugard; Piguet, David; Voegele, Alexander; Schumann, Dorothea [Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI), Villigen (Switzerland). Lab. for Radiochemistry; Eichler, Robert [Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI), Villigen (Switzerland). Lab. for Radiochemistry; Bern Univ. (Switzerland). Dept. for Chemistry and Biochemistry; Rijpstra, Kim [Ghent Univ., Zwijnaarde (Belgium). Center for Molecular Modeling (CMM); Cottenier, Stefaan [Ghent Univ., Zwijnaarde (Belgium). Center for Molecular Modeling (CMM); Ghent Univ., Zwijnaarde (Belgium). Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering

    2016-07-01

    Polonium isotopes are considered the most hazardous radionuclides produced during the operation of accelerator driven systems (ADS) when lead-bismuth eutectic (LBE) is used as the reactor coolant and as the spallation target material. In this work the use of gold surfaces for capturing polonium from the cover gas of the ADS reactor was studied by thermochromatography. The results show that gaseous monoatomic polonium, formed in dry hydrogen, is adsorbed on gold at 1058 K. Its adsorption enthalpy was calculated as -250±7 kJ mol{sup -1}, using a Monte Carlo simulation code. Highly volatile polonium species that were observed in similar experiments in fused silica columns in the presence of moisture in both inert and reducing gas were not detected in the experiments studying adsorption on gold surfaces. PoO{sub 2} is formed in both dry and moist oxygen, and its interaction with gold is characterized by transport reactions. The interaction of bismuth, present in large amounts in the atmosphere of the ADS, with gold was also evaluated. It was found that bismuth has a higher affinity for gold, compared to polonium, in an inert, reducing, and oxidizing atmosphere. This fact must be considered when using gold as a material for filtering polonium in the cover gas of ADS.

  14. Investigation of evaporation characteristics of polonium and its lighter homologues selenium and tellurium from liquid Pb-Bi-eutecticum

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    Neuhausen, J; Eichler, B

    2004-01-01

    The evaporation behaviour of polonium and its lighter homologues selenium and tellurium dissolved in liquid Pb-Bi-eutecticum (LBE) has been studied at various temperatures in the range from 482 K up to 1330 K under Ar/H2 and Ar/H2O-atmospheres using γ-ray spectroscopy. Polonium release in the temperature range of interest for technical applications is slow. Within short term (1h) experiments measurable amounts of polonium are evaporated only at temperatures above 973 K. Long term experiments reveal that a slow evaporation of polonium occurs at temperatures around 873 K resulting in a fractional polonium loss of the melt around 1% per day. Evaporation rates of selenium and tellurium are smaller than those of polonium. The presence of H2O does not enhance the evaporation within the error limits of our experiments. The thermodynamics and possible reaction pathways involved in polonium release from LBE are discussed.

  15. Carcinogenic risk of lead-210 and polonium-210 in tobacco smoke: a selected, annotated bibliography

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    Travis, C.C.; Etnier, E.L.; Kirkscey, K.A.

    1978-05-01

    This bibliography is concerned with the possible carcinogenic risk to man from the presence of lead-210 and polonium-210 in tobacco smoke. It includes a data base on such topics as background levels of lead-210 and polonium-210 in tobacco and tobacco smoke, tobacco plant uptake of lead-210 and polonium-210 from soil, metabolic models, and dose estimates. This data base should be of interest to those concerned with assessing the health effects resulting from the emanation of radan-222 from natural and technologically enhanced sources.

  16. Experimental investigation of decay properties of neutron deficient $^{116-118}$Ba isotopes and test of $^{112-115}$Ba beam counts

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    We propose to study decay of neutron deficient isotopes $^{116-118}$Ba using Double Sided Silicon Strip Detector (DSSSD). To study delayed-proton and $\\alpha$-decay branching ratios of $^{116-118}$Ba are of special interest because of their vicinity to the proton drip line. The nuclear life-times and properties of the proton unstable states of Cs isotopes, populated through decay of $^{116-118}$Ba isotopes will be measured. In addition to that we propose beam development of $^{112-115}$Ba to study exotic decay properties of these neutron deficient nuclei and to search for super-allowed $\\alpha$-decay in future.

  17. Production of very neutron-deficient isotopes near {sup 100}Sn via reactions involving light-particle and cluster emission

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    La Commara, M.; Gomez del Campo, J.; D' Onofrio, A.; Gadea, A.; Glogowski, M.; Jarillo-Herrero, P.; Belcari, N.; Borcea, R.; De Angelis, G.; Fahlander, C.; Gorska, M.; Grawe, H.; Hellstroem, M.; Kirchner, R.; Rejmund, M.; Roca, V.; Roeckl, E.; Romano, M.; Rykaczewski, K.; Schmidt, K.; Terrasi, F

    2000-04-10

    The production of very neutron-deficient isotopes near {sup 100}Sn has been investigated by using on-line mass separation of evaporation residues produced by heavy-ion induced complete-fusion reactions. We measured the cross sections for {sup 99}Cd, {sup 100}In, {sup 101}Sn and {sup 102}In via {sup 58}Ni+{sup 58}Ni fusion reactions followed by cluster emission, and via {sup 58}Ni+{sup 50}Cr fusion reactions accompanied by evaporation of protons, neutrons or {alpha} particles. Both types of reactions yield similar cross sections for the production of exotic nuclei near {sup 100}Sn. The data are discussed in comparison with results obtained from statistical-model calculations.

  18. Ab initio study of the trapping of polonium on noble metals

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    Rijpstra, Kim; Van Yperen-De Deyne, Andy [Center for Molecular Modeling (CMM), Ghent University, Technologiepark 903, 9052 Ghent (Belgium); Maugeri, Emilio Andrea; Neuhausen, Jörg [Laboratory for Radiochemistry, Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), 5232 Villigen (Switzerland); Waroquier, Michel; Van Speybroeck, Veronique [Center for Molecular Modeling (CMM), Ghent University, Technologiepark 903, 9052 Ghent (Belgium); Cottenier, Stefaan, E-mail: stefaan.cottenier@ugent.be [Center for Molecular Modeling (CMM), Ghent University, Technologiepark 903, 9052 Ghent (Belgium); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Ghent University, Technologiepark 903, 9052 Ghent (Belgium)

    2016-04-15

    In the future MYRRHA reactor, lead bismuth eutectic (LBE) will be used both as coolant and as spallation target. Due to the high neutron flux a small fraction of the bismuth will transmute to radiotoxic {sup 210}Po. Part of this radiotoxic element will evaporate into the gas above the coolant. Extracting it from the gas phase is necessary to ensure a safe handling of the reactor. An issue in the development of suitable filters is the lack of accurate knowledge on the chemical interaction between a candidate filter material and either elemental polonium or polonium containing molecules. Experimental work on this topic is complicated by the high radiotoxicity of polonium. Therefore, we present in this paper a first-principles study on the adsorption of polonium on noble metals as filter materials. The adsorption of monoatomic Po is considered on the candidate filter materials palladium, platinum, silver and gold. The case of the gold filter is looked upon in more detail by examining how bismuth pollution affects its capability to capture polonium and by studying the adsorption of the heavy diatomic molecules Po{sub 2}, PoBi and PoPb on this gold filter.

  19. Kidney disease in beagles injected with polonium-210

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    Bruenger, F.W.; Lloyd, R.D.; Taylor, G.N.; Miller, S.C.; Mays, C.W. (Univ. of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City (USA))

    1990-06-01

    An unusually high incidence of kidney disease (tubular degeneration and necrosis with fibrous replacement) was observed among 24 beagles injected at about 5 years of age with 116 or 329 kBq 226Ra kg-1 but not among an additional 10 beagles given about 39 kBq 226Ra kg-1. This 226Ra solution also contained 210Pb, 210Bi, and 210Po. To determine whether the kidney disease was related to the radiation from 226Ra and its short-lived progeny or to the alpha radiation from 210Po, 2 beagles about 7 years of age were injected with 451 kBq 226Ra kg-1 of 210Po citrate. Measurements of polonium retention in the kidneys of 4 additional beagles given 210Bi citrate enabled us to model the retention of these emitters in the dog kidney and to estimate the kidney dose from the alpha radiation of 210Po following injection of either 226Ra + 210Bi + 210Po or 210Po only. Autoradiography revealed that almost equal concentrations of 210Po were in the tubular epithelium and/or its basement membrane and in the glomeruli, but very little of the 210Bi deposited in kidney tissue was present in the glomeruli. Radiation damage to the kidneys similar to that observed previously in beagles given 226Ra solutions that also contained 210Bi and 210Po was seen among the beagles given 210Po but not in the dogs given purified 226Ra. The analysis of these data indicated that the relatively high incidence of kidney disease among the mature beagles injected with 226Ra and its accompanying 210Bi and 210Po resulted from alpha irradiation of the kidneys by the substantial amount of 210Po that was in the injection solution.

  20. Polonium in cigarette smoke and radiation exposure of lungs

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    Carvalho, Fernando P.; Oliveira, João M.

    2006-01-01

    Polonium (210Po), the most volatile of naturally-occurring radionuclides in plants, was analysed in three common brands of cigarettes produced in Portugal. The analyses were carried out on the unburned tobacco contained in cigarettes, on the ashes and butts of smoked cigarettes and on the mainstream smoke. 210Po in tobacco displays concentrations ranging from 3 to 37 mBq g-1, depending upon the cigarette brand. The 210Po activity remaining in the solid residue of a smoked cigarette varied from 0.3 to 4.9 mBq per cigarette, and the 210Po in the inhaled smoke varied from 2.6 to 28.9 mBq. In all brands of cigarettes tested, a large fraction of the 210Po content is not inhaled by the smoker and it is released into the atmosphere. Part of it may be inhaled by passive smokers. Depending upon the commercial brand and upon the presence or absence of a filter in the cigarette, 5 to 37 % of the 210Po in the cigarette can be inhaled by the smoker. Taking into account the average 210Po in surface air, the smoker of one pack of twenty cigarettes per day may inhale 50 times 210Po than a non smoker. Cigarette smoke contributes with 1.5 % to the daily rate of 210Po absorption into the blood, 0.39 Bq d-1, and, after systemic circulation it gives rise to a whole body radiation dose in the same proportion. However, in the smoker the deposition of 210Po in the lungs is much more elevated than normal and may originate an enhanced radiation exposure. Estimated dose to the lungs is presented and radiobiological effects of cigarette smoke are discussed.

  1. Measurements of electric quadrupole moments of neutron-deficient Au, Pt, and Ir nuclei with NMR-ON in hcp-Co

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    Smolic, E; Hagn, E; Zech, E; Seewald, G

    2002-01-01

    The aim of the experiments is the measurement of $\\,$i) nuclear magnetic moments and electric quadrupole moments of neutron-deficient isotopes in the region Os-Ir-Pt-Au with the methods of quadrupole-interaction-resolved NMR on oriented nuclei " QI-NMR-ON " and modulated adiabatic passage on oriented nuclei " MAPON " and $\\,$ii) the magnetic hyperfine field, electric field gradient (EFG), and spin-lattice relaxation of 5d elements in ferromagnetic Fe, Ni, fcc-Co and hcp-Co.\\\\ The measurements on Au isotopes have been finished successfully. The quadrupole moments of $^{186}$Au, $^{193m}$Au, $^{195}$Au, $^{195m}$Au, $^{197m}$Au, $^{198}$Au and $^{199}$Au were determined with high precision.\\\\ For neutron-deficient Ir isotopes QI-NMR-ON measurements were performed after implantation of Hg precursors. The EFG of Ir in hcp-Co has been calibrated. Thus precise values for the spectroscopic quadrupole mo...

  2. Nuclear Structure in Even-Even Nuclei, 24<=Z<=72

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    Buchhorn, Sarah

    2009-10-01

    Analysis of the spectra of excited nuclei has been used for decades to reveal trends and build models. Power regressions of the form E(J)=a(√J(J+1) )^b fitted to the yrast line of isotopes reveal an average b of ˜0.5ex4 -0.1em/ -0.15em0.25ex3. It should be noted that this is the value predicted for large angular momenta by the Variable Moment of Inertia model [1,2]. A second plot of RJ (RJ=EJ1^+ /E21^+ ) vs. J reveals curves described by power regressions where 0.66(N=90) transition point in several nuclei. A third chart -- an abbreviated energy level diagram including 01^+ ,02^+ ,21^+ ,22^+ , and 41^+ states illustrates the energy increases at magic numbers, along with the near-degenerate two-phonon triplet of 02^+ , 22^+ , and 41^+ - most clearly observed in isotopes of Z=28,34,36,38,44,46, and 48. Lastly, a fourth chart of E31^- against E21^+ shows positive correlation that is well described by equation E(3&-circ;)=A-B2̂E(21^+ ) - not only for Z=54 [3] but also for Z=36,42-52, and 68. Data obtained through ENSDF database. [1] M.A.J.Mariscotti,G.Sharff-Goldhaber and B.Buck, Phys.Rev.178,1864(1969). [2] M.I. Stockmann and V.G.Zelevinsky, Phys.Lett.41B,19(1972). [3] W.F. Mueller et al.,Phys.Rev.C 73, 014316(2006).

  3. Radiocesium and polonium in seals from the Baltic Sea. A preliminary study; Radiocaesium och polonium i sael fran Oestersjoen, en preliminaer studie

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    Holm, E. [Risoe National Lab., Roskilde (Denmark); Leisvik, M. [Lunds Univ., Avd. foer Radiofysik, Lund (Sweden)

    2002-04-01

    {sup 137}Cs and {sup 210}Po in muscle, liver and kidney from 5 seals from the Baltic Sea have been studied. Assuming that the seals consume 5% of their own body weight each day and by using previously obtained data for the doses in fish, the biological half time has been estimated to 20 days for Cesium and 35 days for Polonium. The maximum yearly doses are calculated to 76 {mu}Gy from {sup 137}CS to muscle and 3 500 {mu}Gy to kidneys from {sup 210}Po. These data are very preliminary, the number of individuals being so small, and it is difficult to estimate how much food other than fish the seals consume. Furthermore only few data for radioactive concentrations in whole fish exist, which especially impacts the results for Polonium. (LN)

  4. Study of the long-lived excited state in the neutron deficient nuclides $^{195,197,199}$Po by precision mass measurement

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    Althubiti, N. A.; Atanasov, D; Blaum, K.; Cocolios, T. E.; Goodacre, T Day; Farooq-Smith, G. J.; Fedorov, D.V.; Fedosseev, V. N.; George, S.; Herfurth, F.; Heyde, K; Kreim, S; Lunney, D.; Lynch, K.M.; Manea, V.

    2017-01-01

    Direct mass measurements of the low-spin $3/2^{(-)}$ and high-spin $13/2^{(+)}$ states in the neutron-deficient isotopes $^{195}$Po, $^{197}$Po, and high-spin $13/2^{(+)}$ state in $^{199}$Po were performed with the Penning-trap mass spectrometer ISOLTRAP at ISOLDE-CERN. These measurements allow the determination of the excitation energy of the isomeric state arising from the $\

  5. Nuclear structure of neutron-deficient Au and Pt isotopes from high-resolution laser spectroscopy at ISOLDE

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    Sauvage, J. [Institut de Physique Nucleaire, Orsay (France); Cabaret, L. [Lab. Aime Cotton, Orsay (France); Crawford, J. [Foster Radiation Laboratory, McGill University, Montreal (Canada)] [and others; ISOLDE Collaboration

    1999-05-01

    Atomic spectroscopy measurements were carried out using the COMPLIS setup installed at the ISOLDE-BOOSTER facility. Hyperfine structure (HFS) spectra and isotope shift (IS) values were obtained for the neutron-deficient {sup 178-185}Pt and for {sup 184}Au{sup gm}, providing deformation parameters {beta}, magnetic moments {mu} and spectroscopic quadrupole moments (for I {>=} 1) Q{sub s}. In Pt isotopes, a deformation drop for A = 178 and an inverted odd-even staggering for the charge radius around the neutron mid-shell N=104, have been observed very clearly. Furthermore, deformation changes {delta}{beta} between isomeric and ground states for {sup 183,185}Pt and {sup 184}Au have been put forward. Thus, the influence of the proton-neutron coupling on the {delta}{beta} value in {sup 184}Au relatively to that in its isotope {sup 183}Pt has been determined. Besides, the h{sub 9/2} proton state that is decoupled from the core in {sup 183,185}Au, becomes the 3/2 [532] state strongly coupled in {sup 184}Au. The spin and parity values I{sup {pi}} = 3{sup +} have been assigned to the {sup 182}Ir ground state from internal conversion electron measurements to prepare atomic spectroscopy studies in the Ir isotopic series. (author) 37 refs, 8 figs, 4 tabs

  6. Isospin symmetry in the s d shell: Transition strengths in the neutron-deficient s d shell nucleus 33Ar

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    Wendt, A.; Taprogge, J.; Reiter, P.; Golubev, P.; Grawe, H.; Pietri, S.; Boutachkov, P.; Algora, A.; Ameil, F.; Bentley, M. A.; Blazhev, A.; Bloor, D.; Bondili, N. S.; Bowry, M.; Bracco, A.; Braun, N.; Camera, F.; Cederkäll, J.; Crespi, F.; de la Salle, A.; DiJulio, D.; Doornenbal, P.; Geibel, K.; Gellanki, J.; Gerl, J.; GrÈ©bosz, J.; Guastalla, G.; Habermann, T.; Hackstein, M.; Hoischen, R.; Jungclaus, A.; Merchán, E.; Million, B.; Morales, A.; Moschner, K.; Podolyák, Zs.; Pietralla, N.; Ralet, D.; Reese, M.; Rudolph, D.; Scruton, L.; Siebeck, B.; Warr, N.; Wieland, O.; Wollersheim, H. J.

    2014-11-01

    Reduced transition strengths of the deexciting transitions from the first two excited states in 33Ar were measured in a relativistic Coulomb excitation experiment at the GSI Helmholtz center. The radioactive ion beam was produced by fragmentation of a primary 36Ar beam on a 9Be target followed by the selection of the reaction product of interest via the GSI Fragment Separator. The 33Ar beam hit a secondary 197Au target with an energy of approximately 145 MeV/nucleon. An array of high-purity germanium cluster detectors and large-volume BaF2 scintillator detectors were employed for γ -ray spectroscopy at the secondary target position. The Lund-York-Cologne Calorimeter was used to track the outgoing ions and to identify the nuclear reaction channels. For the two lowest energy excited states of 33Ar the reduced transition strengths have been determined. With these first results the Tz=-3 /2 nucleus 33Ar is now, together with 21Na (Tz=-1 /2 ), the only neutron-deficient odd-A s d shell nucleus in which experimental transition strengths are available. The experimental values are compared to results of shell-model calculations which describe simultaneously mirror-energy differences and transition-strength values of mirror pairs in the s d shell in a consistent way.

  7. Polonium-210 in mussels and fish from the Baltic-North Sea estuary

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    Dahlgaard, H.

    1996-01-01

    Polonium-210 has been measured in Danish fish meat caught in the North Sea, the Kattegat and the Baltic in 1991-1994. Average values of 0.35, 0.65 and 0.96 Bq Po-210 kg(-1) fresh weight were observed for cod, herring and plaice fillets, respectively. The difference between species is statisticall...

  8. A rapid method for the sequential separation of polonium, plutonium, americium and uranium in drinking water.

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    Lemons, B; Khaing, H; Ward, A; Thakur, P

    2018-02-06

    A new sequential separation method for the determination of polonium and actinides (Pu, Am and U) in drinking water samples has been developed that can be used for emergency response or routine water analyses. For the first time, the application of TEVA chromatography column in the sequential separation of polonium and plutonium has been studied. This method utilizes a rapid Fe +3 co-precipitation step to remove matrix interferences, followed by plutonium oxidation state adjustment to Pu 4+ and an incubation period of ~ 1 h at 50-60 °C to allow Po 2+ to oxidize to Po 4+ . The polonium and plutonium were then separated on a TEVA column, while separation of americium from uranium was performed on a TRU column. After separation, polonium was micro-precipitated with copper sulfide (CuS), while actinides were micro co-precipitated using neodymium fluoride (NdF 3 ) for counting by the alpha spectrometry. The method is simple, robust and can be performed quickly with excellent removal of interferences, high chemical recovery and very good alpha peak resolution. The efficiency and reliability of the procedures were tested by using spiked samples. The effect of several transition metals (Cu 2+ , Pb 2+ , Fe 3+ , Fe 2+ , and Ni 2+ ) on the performance of this method were also assessed to evaluate the potential matrix effects. Studies indicate that presence of up to 25 mg of these cations in the samples had no adverse effect on the recovery or the resolution of polonium alpha peaks. Copyright © 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. Mass measurement of cooled neutron-deficient bismuth projectile fragments with time-resolved Schottky mass spectrometry at the FRS-ESR facility

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    Litvinov, Yu.A.; Geissel, H. [Giessen Univ. (Germany); Radon, T. [Gesellschaft fuer Schwerionenforschung mbH, Darmstadt (DE)] [and others

    2005-06-01

    Masses of 582 neutron-deficient nuclides (30{<=}Z{<=}85) were measured with time-resolved Schottky mass spectrometry at the FRS-ESR facility at GSI, 117 were used for calibration. The masses of 71 nuclides were obtained for the first time. A typical mass accuracy of 30 {mu}u was achieved. These data have entered the latest atomic mass evaluation. The mass determination of about 140 additional nuclides was possible via known energies (Q-values) of {alpha}-, {beta}-, or proton decays. The obtained results are compared with the results of other measurements. (orig.)

  10. Neutron-rich polonium isotopes studied with in-source laser spectroscopy

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    Dexters, Wim; Cocolios, T E

    This work studies the unknown region of neutron rich polonium isotopes. The polonium isotopes, with Z=84, lie above the magic lead nuclei (Z=82). The motivation for this research can mainly be found in these lead nuclei. When looking at the changes in the mean square charge radii beyond the N=126 shell gap, a kink is observed. This kink is also found in the radon (Z=86) and radium (Z=88) isotopes. The observed effect cannot be reproduced with our current models. The polonium isotopes yield more information on the kink and they are also able to link the known charge radii in lead isotopes to those in radon and radium. Additionally, the nuclear moments of the odd-neutron isotope $^{211}$Po are investigated. This nucleus has two protons and one neutron more than the doubly magic nucleus $^{208}$Pb. Nuclear moments of isotopes close to this doubly magic nucleus are good tests for the theoretic models. Besides pushing the models to their limits, the nuclear moments of $^{211}$Po also yield new information on the f...

  11. arXiv Study of the long-lived excited state in the neutron deficient nuclides $^{195,197,199}$Po by precision mass measurement

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    Althubiti, N.A.; Blaum, K.; Cocolios, T.E.; Day Goodacre, T.; Farooq-Smith, G.J.; Fedorov, D.V.; Fedosseev, V.N.; George, S.; Herfurth, F.; Heyde, K.; Kreim, S.; Lunney, D.; Lynch, K.M.; Manea, V.; Marsh, B.A.; Neidherr, D.; Rosenbusch, M.; Rossel, R.E.; Rothe, S.; Schweikhard, L.; Seliverstov, M.D.; Welker, A.; Wienholtz, F.; Wolf, R.N.; Zuber, K.

    2017-10-27

    Direct mass measurements of the low-spin 3/2− and high-spin 13/2+ states in the neutron-deficient isotopes Po195 and Po197 were performed with the Penning-trap mass spectrometer ISOLTRAP at ISOLDE-CERN. These measurements allow the determination of the excitation energy of the isomeric state arising from the νi13/2 orbital in Po195,197. Additionally, the excitation energy of isomeric states of lead, radon, and radium isotopes in this region were obtained from α-decay chains. These excitation energies complete the knowledge of the energy systematics in the region and confirm that the 13/2+ states remain isomeric, independent of the number of valence neutrons.

  12. Performance of the multiple target He/PbI sub 2 aerosol jet system for mass separation of neutron-deficient actinide isotopes

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    Ichikawa, S; Asai, M; Haba, H; Sakama, M; Kojima, Y; Shibata, M; Nagame, Y; Oura, Y; Kawade, K

    2002-01-01

    A multiple target He/PbI sub 2 aerosol jet system coupled with a thermal ion source was installed in the isotope separator on line (JAERI-ISOL) at the JAERI tandem accelerator facility. The neutron-deficient americium and curium isotopes produced in the sup 2 sup 3 sup 3 sup , sup 2 sup 3 sup 5 U( sup 6 Li, xn) and sup 2 sup 3 sup 7 Np( sup 6 Li, xn) reactions were successfully mass-separated and the overall efficiency including the ionization of Am atoms was evaluated to be 0.3-0.4%. The identification of a new isotope sup 2 sup 3 sup 7 Cm with the present system is reported.

  13. Production of very neutron-deficient isotopes near sup 1 sup 0 sup 0 Sn via reactions involving light-particle and cluster emission

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    La Commara, M; D'Onofrio, A; Gadea, A; Glogowski, M; Jarillo-Herrero, P; Belcari, N; Borcea, R; De Angelis, G; Fahlander, C; aGórska, M; Grawe, H; Hellström, M; Kirchner, R; Rejmund, M; Roca, V; Roeckl, E; Romano, M; Rykaczewski, K; Schmidt, K; Terrasi, F

    2000-01-01

    The production of very neutron-deficient isotopes near sup 1 sup 0 sup 0 Sn has been investigated by using on-line mass separation of evaporation residues produced by heavy-ion induced complete-fusion reactions. We measured the cross sections for sup 9 sup 9 Cd, sup 1 sup 0 sup 0 In, sup 1 sup 0 sup 1 Sn and sup 1 sup 0 sup 2 In via sup 5 sup 8 Ni+ sup 5 sup 8 Ni fusion reactions followed by cluster emission, and via sup 5 sup 8 Ni+ sup 5 sup 0 Cr fusion reactions accompanied by evaporation of protons, neutrons or alpha particles. Both types of reactions yield similar cross sections for the production of exotic nuclei near sup 1 sup 0 sup 0 Sn. The data are discussed in comparison with results obtained from statistical-model calculations.

  14. In-source laser spectroscopy of polonium isotopes: From atomic physics to nuclear structure

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    Rothe, S

    2014-01-01

    The Resonance Ionization Laser Ion Source RILIS [1] at the CERN-ISOLDE on-line radioactive ion beam facility is essential for ion beam production for the majority of experiments, but it is also powerful tool for laser spectroscopy of rare isotopes. A series of experiments on in-source laser spectroscopy of polonium isotopes [2, 3] revealed the nuclear ground state properties of 191;211;216;218Po. However, limitations caused by the isobaric background of surface-ionized francium isotopes hindered the study of several neutron rich polonium isotopes. The development of the Laser Ion Source and Trap (LIST) [4] and finally its integration at ISOLDE has led to a dramatic suppression of surface ions. Meanwhile, the RILIS laser spectroscopy capabilities have advanced tremendously. Widely tunable titanium:sapphire (Ti:Sa) lasers were installed to complement the established dye laser system. Along with a new data acquisition system [5], this more versatile laser setup enabled rst ever laser spectroscopy of the radioact...

  15. Determination of uranium and polonium in Spa rus aura ta by alpha spectrometry

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    Luna P, M.; Renteria, M.; Montero C, M. E. [Centro de Investigacion en Materiales Avanzados, S. C., Miguel de Cervantes No. 120, Complejo Industrial Chihuahua, 31109 Chihuahua (Mexico); Manjon C, G.; Diaz, I., E-mail: elena.montero@cimav.edu.mx [Universidad de Sevilla, Escuela Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura, Departamento de Fisica Aplicada II, San Fernando No. 4, 41004 Sevilla (Spain)

    2012-06-15

    The aim of this study was optimizing conditions for the specific activities determination of some uranium-series radionuclides present in Spa rus aura ta by alpha spectrometry. Determinations of specific activities were conducted varying the type of digestion: acid attack on hot plate, controlled microwave digestion and acid attack after calcination of the sample. The latter procedure was applied only to the case of uranium isotopes determination. The variation in the isotope extraction method consisted of applying the techniques of liquid-liquid extracting using Tributyl phosphate or chromatographic UTEVA resin. Results depending on the type of treatment given to the samples were compared based on obtained chemical yields. The results reveal a higher bioaccumulation of polonium in the liver sample, with activities of 0.809, 2.495 and 2.439 Bq kg{sup -1} fresh wt compared with the fillet. The best chemical yields of polonium were close to 60% for samples that were digested by microwave. In the case of uranium the best chemical yields, close to 80% for fillet, were obtained with a previous calcination of the sample and using the UTEVA resin. (Author)

  16. Evaluation of the contribution of smoking to total blood polonium-210 in Saudi population

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    Shabana, E.I. E-mail: eshabana@kacst.edu.sa; Elaziz, M.A. Abd; Al-Arifi, M.N.; Al-Dhawailie, A.A.; Al-Bokari, M.M-A

    2000-01-01

    A preliminary study of {sup 210}Po concentrations in the blood of some smokers and nonsmokers is presented in order to evaluate the contribution of smoking to total blood {sup 210}Po in Saudi population. Blood samples were collected from 30 volunteers and analyzed by high resolution {alpha}-spectrometry using a radiochemical technique. The technique is based on the separation of polonium from other components of the sample by wet ashing with an HNO{sub 3}/H{sub 2}O{sub 2} oxidizing mixture and spontaneous deposition on a silver disc under the relevant conditions for {alpha}-particle counting. The results indicated that a significant fraction (about 30%) of blood {sup 210}Po is related to smoking.

  17. 210Polonium bioaccessibility assessment in algae for human consumption: An in vitro gastrointestinal digestion method.

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    Desideri, Donatella; Meli, Maria Assunta; Roselli, Carla; Feduzi, Laura; Ugolini, Lucia

    2017-01-01

    The occurrence and mobility of natural radioactive element as 210Polonium (210Po) in 13 commercial algae consumed in Italy by humans were determined because the effects on human health need to take into account the bioavailability of these elements. The simulation of gastrointestinal (GIT) digestion was divided into three stages and was accomplished using three different artificial solutions: saliva, gastric, and synthetic bile-pancreas solution. The same sample was treated in two different ways: a) only gastric digestion and b) complete GIT digestion (gastric digestion followed by bile-pancreas solution). The difference between Po gastric mobility with respect to that found for GIT digestion was not significant; in fact, Po mobility exhibited a mean value 17.2 ± 15.1% and 19.5 ± 11.5% for gastric and GIT digestion, respectively.

  18. Determination of the electron affinity of astatine and polonium by laser photodetachment

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    We propose to conduct the first electron affinity (EA) measurements of the two elements astatine (At) and polonium (Po). Collinear photo-detachment spectroscopy will allow us to measure these quantities with an uncertainty limited only by the spectral line width of the laser. We plan to use negative ion beams of the two radioactive elements At and Po, which are only accessible on-line and at ISOLDE. The feasibility of our proposed method and the functionality of the experimental setup have been demonstrated at ISOLDE in off-line tests by the clear observation of the photo-detachment threshold for stable iodine. This proposal is based on our Letter of Intent I-148.

  19. Identification of excited states in sup 1 sup 6 sup 7 Os and sup 1 sup 6 sup 8 Os: shape coexistence at extreme neutron deficiency

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    Joss, D T; Page, R D; Simpson, J; Keenan, A; Amzal, N; Baeck, T; Bentley, M A; Cederwall, Bo; Cocks, J F C; Cullen, D M; Greenlees, P T; Helariutta, K; Jones, P M; Julin, R; Juutinen, S; Kankaanpaeae, H; Kettunen, H; Kuusiniemi, P; Leino, M; Muikku, M; Savelius, A; Uusitalo, J; Williams, S J

    2001-01-01

    Excited states in the very neutron-deficient isotopes sup 1 sup 6 sup 7 Os and sup 1 sup 6 sup 8 Os have been observed using the reaction sup 1 sup 1 sup 2 Sn( sup 5 sup 8 Ni, 2pxn). The JUROSPHERE gamma-ray spectrometer array was used in conjunction with the RITU gas-filled recoil separator to collect prompt gamma radiation in coincidence with recoils implanted in a silicon strip detector located at the focal plane of RITU. Using a selective recoil decay tagging technique it has been possible to unambiguously assign gamma-ray transitions to sup 1 sup 6 sup 7 Os and sup 1 sup 6 sup 8 Os through the characteristic alpha radioactivity of these nuclides. The high-spin structure of the bands is discussed in terms of quasiparticle configurations within the framework of the cranked shell model. The role of shape coexistence in sup 1 sup 6 sup 8 Os is examined with phenomenological three-band mixing calculations.

  20. Penning-trap mass spectrometry and mean-field study of nuclear shape coexistence in the neutron-deficient lead region

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    Manea, V.; Ascher, P.; Atanasov, D.; Barzakh, A. E.; Beck, D.; Blaum, K.; Borgmann, Ch.; Breitenfeldt, M.; Cakirli, R. B.; Cocolios, T. E.; Day Goodacre, T.; Fedorov, D. V.; Fedosseev, V. N.; George, S.; Herfurth, F.; Kowalska, M.; Kreim, S.; Litvinov, Yu. A.; Lunney, D.; Marsh, B.; Neidherr, D.; Rosenbusch, M.; Rossel, R. E.; Rothe, S.; Schweikhard, L.; Wienholtz, F.; Wolf, R. N.; Zuber, K.

    2017-05-01

    We present a study of nuclear shape coexistence in the region of neutron-deficient lead isotopes. The midshell gold isotopes 180,185,188,190Au (Z =79 ), the two long-lived nuclear states in 197At (Z =85 ), and the neutron-rich nuclide 219At were produced by the ISOLDE facility at CERN and their masses were determined with the high-precision Penning-trap mass spectrometer ISOLTRAP. The studied gold isotopes address the trend of binding energies in a region of the nuclear chart where the nuclear charge radii show pronounced discontinuities. Significant deviations from the atomic-mass evaluation were found for Au,190188. The new trend of two-neutron separation energies is smoother, although it does reveal the onset of deformation. The origin of this effect is interpreted in connection to the odd-even staggering of binding energies, as well as theoretically by Hartree-Fock-Bogoliubov calculations including quasiparticle blocking. The role of blocking for reproducing the large odd-even staggering of charge radii in the mercury isotopic chain is illustrated.

  1. Polonium purification

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    Baker, J.D.

    1996-09-01

    Three processes for the purification of {sup 210}Po from irradiated bismuth targets are described. Safety equipment includes shielded hotcells for the initial separation from other activation products, gloveboxes for handling the volatile and highly toxic materials, and provisions for ventilation. All chemical separations must be performed under vacuum or in inerted systems. Two of the processes require large amounts of electricity; the third requires vessels made from exotic materials.

  2. Study of neutron deficient iridium isotopes by using laser spectroscopy; Etude des noyaux d'iridium deficients en neutrons par spectroscopie laser

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    Verney, D

    2000-12-19

    Resonance ionization spectroscopy was performed on neutron deficient iridium isotopes {sup 182-189}Ir, {sup 186}Ir{sup m} and stable isotopes {sup 191,193}Ir. Hyperfine spectra were recorded from the optical transition at 351,7 nm between the 5d{sup 7}6s{sup 2} {sup 4}F{sub 9/2} ground state and the 5d{sup 7}6s6p {sup 6}F{sub 11/2} excited state. Radioactive iridium isotopes were obtained from {beta}{sup +}/EC decay of radioactive mercury nuclei deposited on a graphite substrate. The radioactive mercury nuclei were produced at the ISOLDE facility at CERN through spallation reactions, by bombarding a molten lead target with the 1 GeV proton beam delivered by the PS-Booster. Magnetic dipole moments and spectroscopic quadrupole moments were extracted from the hyperfine spectra. The mean square charge radius variations, as deduced from the measured isotopic shift, show a sharp change between {sup 187}Ir and {sup 186}Ir{sup g}, accompanied by a sudden increase in deformation: from {beta}2 {approx} 0,16 to {beta}2 > 0, 2. These results were analysed in the framework of an axial rotor plus one or two quasiparticles. The wave functions of the osmium and platinum cores which are used in order to describe the iridium nuclei were calculated from the HF+BCS method with the Skyrme SIII effective interaction. The cores were constrained to take the deformation parameters extracted from the isotopic shift measurements. One shows then that this sudden deformation change corresponds also to a change in the proton state that describes the odd nuclei ground state or that participates in the coupling with the neutron in odd-odd nuclei. This state is identified with the {pi}3/2{sup +}[402] orbital for the smaller deformations nuclei and with the {pi}1/2{sup -}[541] orbital stemming from the h{sub 9/2} subshell for bigger deformations nuclei. (author)

  3. Bioaccumulation of polonium ({sup 210}Po) and uranium ({sup 234}U, {sup 238}U) in plants around phosphogypsum waste heap in Wislinka (northern Poland)

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    Borylo, A.; Skwarzec, B. [Gdansk Univ. (Poland). Faculty of Chemistry

    2011-07-01

    In the study the activities of polonium {sup 210}Po and uranium {sup 234}U, {sup 238}U in plants, collected near phosphogypsum waste heap in Wis'linka (northern Poland), were determined by using the alpha spectrometry. The obtained results revealed that the concentrations of {sup 210}Po, {sup 234}U, and {sup 238}U in the analyzed plants were differentiated. In the analyzed flora organisms the highest amounts of polonium and uranium were found in ruderal plant samples as well as willow samples (Salix viminalis) from protection zone of phosphogypsum waste heap. The concentrations of {sup 210}Po, {sup 234}U and {sup 238}U in the analyzed plants were higher in roots than in green parts of plants. The higher concentrations of {sup 210}Po and {sup 238}U radionuclides were estimated for hydrophyte (common sedge Carex nigra Reichard), the favourite habitat of which is particularly wet meadow and for plants collected in the vicinity of phosphogypsum waste heap. The major source of polonium and uranium in analyzed plants is root system. The values of {sup 234}U/ {sup 238}U activity ratio in all analyzed plants are closed to one, what indicated that source of uranium in analyzed plants is phosphogypsum. The highest uranium and polonium concentrations were characterized for plants, which are covered with tomentose. The comparability polonium and uranium contents were confirmed in edible plants, but higher accumulation was determined in ripe species than immature species of vegetables. The higher polonium and uranium concentrations were noticed in green parts of plant, the lower in roots. Polonium concentration in cultivated plants samples was not species diverse. Therefore, the significant source of polonium and uranium in analyzed plants is wet and dry atmospheric falls gathering the soil and air dust from phosphogypsum waste dump. The maximum {sup 210}Po and {sup 238}U radionuclides concentrations were found in green parts of red beet (Beta vulgaris esculenta), the

  4. Hair as an indicator of the body content of polonium in humans: preliminary results from study of five male volunteers.

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    Rääf, C L; Holstein, H; Holm, E; Roos, P

    2015-03-01

    The radionuclide (210)Po is of importance from a radiation protection view and has properties that cause special problems when attempting to determine the body content in humans. Estimates have traditionally been made from either urine and/or fecal samples, which require a time-consuming radiochemical preparation before alpha spectrometric determination. In order to find a more simple and less labor intensive method hair has been used as a bioindicator and investigated in this study. The relationship between intake and excretion in hair has been estimated in five volunteers who ingested radioactive polonium ((209)Po as a bio-tracer for (210)Po) in well determined quantities. Four of the volunteers were given 5-10 Bq (209)Po in a single intake (acute intake) and one volunteer has ingested a daily intake of 58.7 mBq (209)Po for a period of 180 d. Human hair was found to reflect the daily clearance of ingested polonium peaking at 0.001-0.01% d(-1) of the ingested amount, thereafter decreasing mono-exponentially, corresponding to a biological half-time of 10-20 days. For the case of protracted intake a mono-exponential build-up was observed with a half-time of 40 ± 5 d. In addition, after cessation of intake, a short-term component (74%) with a biological half-time of 16 ± 4 d, and a long-term component (26%) with a half-time of 93 ± 53 d were observed. It is concluded that hair can be used to detect not only the amount of ingested polonium but also whether the intake was protracted or acute. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  5. Death by polonium-210: lessons learned from the murder of former Soviet spy Alexander Litvinenko.

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    McFee, Robin B; Leikin, Jerrold B

    2009-02-01

    The medical response to radiation--whether the result of radiological warfare, terrorist deployment of improvised radiation dispersal weapons, political assassination, occupational or industrial accidents or the medically radiated patient remains one of the least taught among all disciplines within medical education. In the aftermath of 9/11 among medical vulnerabilities to toxicant threats, of all the categories of weapons of mass destruction (WMD)--whether using the CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, explosive) or NBC (nuclear, biological, chemical) acronym--radiation is the least taught in professional schools, responder cultures or civil preparedness organizations. To date, few health care professionals (HCP) possess the fundamental knowledge or skills to identify and diagnose, let alone treat a radiation victim; this vulnerability made even more obvious in the aftermath of the high profile assassination of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko. He was poisoned with Polonium210. Radioactive substances are ubiquitous with radiation sources being in or transported through virtually every region nationwide. It is essential to increase preparedness among community and rural health care facilities as well as urban and university hospitals. Managing radiation injuries effectively requires access to specialized equipment and expertise. Radiation sickness is progressive and may require acute, critical and long-term care throughout the course of illness. Regardless of the source, preparedness rests upon acknowledging a threat exists and dedicating the resources to address the risks including the enhancement of training and equipment. Mass or individual exposures to radiation present unique challenges to the entire response continuum from law enforcement, first responders and emergency medical care. Increased education about and practice in responding to radiological threats is essential to enhance preparedness.

  6. Analytic formula for B(E2) values in even-even nuclei with A>60

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    Wolf, A.; Scholten, O.; Casten, R. F.

    1991-01-01

    An approximate analytic formula for calculating B(E22+1-->0+1) transition probabilities is proposed. We show that this formula reproduces quite accurately numerical calculations based on the interacting-boson model (IBM), and experimental data for a large number of nuclei from Zn to Pt, and in the

  7. Structure of Even-Even 218-230 Ra Isotopes within the Interacting Boson Approximation Model

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    Diab S. M.

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available A good description of the excited positive and negative parity states of radium nuclei (Z=88, N=130-142 is achieved using the interacting boson approximation model (IBA-1. The potential energy surfaces, energy levels, parity shift, electromagnetic transition rates B(E1, B(E2 and electric monopole strength X(E0/E2 are calculated for each nucleus. The analysis of the eigenvalues of the model Hamiltonian reveals the presence of an interaction between the positive and negative parity bands. Due to this interaction the $Delta I = 1$ staggering effect, between the energies of the ground state band and the negative parity state band, is produced including beat patterns.

  8. A primer on rotational collective enhancements in even-even nuclei

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    Younes, W

    2004-07-15

    The enhancement of the level density for deformed nuclei relative to the level density in spherical nuclei is calculated. The qualitative behavior of the enhancement factor as a function of excitation energy is explained, and a prescription for a more quantitative description of this behavior is suggested. The results presented here can be found elsewhere in the literature, however the treatments of this topic are dispersed in the literature, are often terse, and require some familiarity with disparate branches of physics. The emphasis of this paper is on step-by-step derivations of the physics and mathematics used in the calculation of level densities and rotational enhancement factors. Pertinent techniques from thermodynamics and group theory are introduced. Appendices provide detailed introductions to the principal mathematical tools.

  9. Triaxial quadrupole dynamics and the inner fission barrier of some heavy even-even nuclei

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    Benrabia, K.; Medjadi, D. E.; Imadalou, M.; Quentin, P.

    2017-09-01

    Background: Inner fission barriers of actinide nuclei have been known for a long time to be unstable with respect to the axial symmetry. On the other hand, taking into account the effect of the relevant adiabatic mass parameter reduces or even may wash out this instability. A proper treatment of the dynamics for both axial and triaxial modes is thus crucial to accurately determine the corresponding fission barriers. This entails in particular an accurate description of pairing correlations. Purpose: We evaluate the potential energies, moments of inertia, and vibrational mass parameters in a two-dimensional relevant deformation space (corresponding to the usual β and γ quadrupole deformation parameters) for four actinide nuclei (236U, 240Pu, 248Cm, and 252Cf). We assess the relevance of our approach to describe the dynamics for a triaxial mode by computing the low energy spectra (exploring thus mainly the equilibrium deformation region). We evaluate the inner fission barrier heights releasing the axial symmetry constraint. Method: Calculations within the Hartree-Fock plus BCS approach are performed using the SkM* Skyrme effective interaction in the particle-hole channel and a seniority force in the particle-particle channel. The intensity of this residual interaction has been fixed to allow a good reproduction of some odd-even mass differences in the actinide region. Adiabatic mass parameters for the rotational and vibrational modes are calculated using the Inglis-Belyaev formula supplemented by a global renormalization factor taking into account the so-called Thouless-Valatin corrections. Spectra are obtained through the diagonalization of the corresponding Bohr collective Hamiltonian. Results: The experimental low energy spectra are qualitatively well reproduced by our calculations for the considered nuclei. Inner fission barrier heights are calculated and compared with available estimates from various experimental data. The reproduction of the data is better for 236U and 240Pu (up to about 300 keV) than for 248Cm and 252Cf (up to about one MeV). Conclusions: While these results are encouraging, they call for, in particular, a better treatment of pairing correlations, especially as far as the particle number conservation is concerned. Besides, these results could provide a basis for the determination of the least action trajectories which would generate better grounds for the evaluation of fission half lives.

  10. Structure of Even-Even 218-230 Ra Isotopes within the Interacting Boson Approximation Model

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    Diab S. M.

    2008-01-01

    A good description of the excited positive and negative parity states of radium nuclei (Z=88, N=130-142) is achieved using the interacting boson approximation model (IBA-1). The potential energy surfaces, energy levels, parity shift, electromagnetic transition rates B(E1), B(E2) and electric monopole strength X(E0/E2) are calculated for each nucleus. The analysis of the eigenvalues of the model Hamiltonian reveals the presence of an interaction between the positive and negative parity bands. ...

  11. Alpha decay of neutron-deficient isotopes with 52

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    Schardt, D; Kirchner, R; Klepper, O; Kurcewicz, W; Roeckl, E; Tidemand-Petersson, P

    1981-01-01

    Using /sup 58/Ni(/sup 58/Ni, xpyn) reactions and on-line mass separation, the alpha -decays of very neutron-deficient isotopes of tellurium, iodine, xenon and cesium were studied. The new isotopes /sup 106/Te (T/sub 1/2/=60/sub -10//sup +30/ mu s) and /sup 110/Xe were identified by their alpha -lines of 4160+or-30 keV and 3737+or-30 keV energy, respectively, with the genetic relationship between the two successive alpha -decays being verified experimentally, while for several other alpha -decaying isotopes more precise data were obtained. The observed alpha -decay properties are discussed within the systematics of energy and reduced width. (19 refs).

  12. Primate polonium metabolic models and their use in estimation of systemic radiation doses from bioassay data. Final report

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    Cohen, N. [New York Univ. Medical Center, Tuxedo, NY (United States). Dept. of Environmental Medicine

    1989-03-15

    A Polonium metabolic model was derived and incorporated into a Fortran algorithm which estimates the systemic radiation dose from {sup 210}Po when applied to occupational urine bioassay data. The significance of the doses estimated are examined by defining the degree of uncertainty attached to them through comprehensive statistical testing procedures. Many parameters necessary for dosimetry calculations (such as organ partition coefficients and excretion fractions), were evaluated from metabolic studies of {sup 210}Po in non-human primates. Two tamarins and six baboons were injected intravenously with {sup 210}Po citrate. Excreta and blood samples were collected. Five of the baboons were sacrificed at times ranging from 1 day to 3 months post exposure. Complete necropsies were performed and all excreta and the majority of all skeletal and tissue samples were analyzed radiochemically for their {sup 210}Po content. The {sup 210}Po excretion rate in the baboon was more rapid than in the tamarin. The biological half-time of {sup 210}Po excretion in the baboon was approximately 15 days while in the tamarin, the {sup 210}Po excretion rate was in close agreement with the 50 day biological half-time predicted by ICRP 30. Excretion fractions of {sup 210}Po in the non-human primates were found to be markedly different from data reported elsewhere in other species, including man. A thorough review of the Po urinalysis procedure showed that significant recovery losses resulted when metabolized {sup 210}Po was deposited out of raw urine. Polonium-210 was found throughout the soft tissues of the baboon but not with the partition coefficients for liver, kidneys, and spleen that are predicted by the ICRP 30 metabolic model. A fractional distribution of 0.29 for liver, 0.07 for kidneys, and 0.006 for spleen was determined. Retention times for {sup 210}Po in tissues are described by single exponential functions with biological half-times ranging from 15 to 50 days.

  13. Polonium behaviour in reservoirs potentially affected by acid mine drainage (AMD) in the Iberian Pyrite Belt (SW of Spain).

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    Blasco, M; Gázquez, M J; Pérez-Moreno, S M; Grande, J A; Valente, T; Santisteban, M; de la Torre, M L; Bolívar, J P

    2016-02-01

    The province of Huelva is one of the areas most affected by acid mine drainage (AMD) in the world, which can produce big enhancements and fractionations in the waters affected by AMD. There are very few studies on this issue, and none on polonium-210. Twenty-two water reservoirs were sampled, and the (210)Po was measured in both dissolution and particulate phases. The (210)Po concentrations in the waters were in the same order of magnitude to those ones for unperturbed systems, although the data published to particulate matter are very scarce. A mean value and standard uncertainty for (210)Po of 0.25 ± 0.03 mBq L(-1) in the dissolved matter, and 62 ± 9 mBq g(-1) in the particulate matter can be established as base line for the reservoirs of the Huelva area. The distribution coefficients (kd) range from 10(4) to 10(6) L kg(-1), in agreement to the found ones by other authors for the case of neutral waters, but being the lowest values for the more acidic reservoirs. It has been also found that (210)Po has a high tendency to be associated to the particulate matter for neutral-alkaline waters, however, under extreme acid conditions (pH distribution between both dissolved and the particulate phases. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  14. Hair as an indicator of the body content of polonium in humans: Preliminary results from study of five male volunteers

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    Rääf, C.L.; Holstein, H.; Holm, E.

    2015-01-01

    The radionuclide 210Po is of importance from a radiation protection view and has properties that cause special problems when attempting to determine the body content in humans. Estimates have traditionally been made from either urine and/or fecal samples, which require a time-consuming radiochemi......The radionuclide 210Po is of importance from a radiation protection view and has properties that cause special problems when attempting to determine the body content in humans. Estimates have traditionally been made from either urine and/or fecal samples, which require a time......-consuming radiochemical preparation before alpha spectrometric determination. In order to find a more simple and less labor intensive method hair has been used as a bioindicator and investigated in this study. The relationship between intake and excretion in hair has been estimated in five volunteers who ingested...... radioactive polonium (209Po as a bio-tracer for 210Po) in well determined quantities. Four of the volunteers were given 5-10Bq 209Po in a single intake (acute intake) and one volunteer has ingested a daily intake of 58.7mBq 209Po for a period of 180 d. Human hair was found to reflect the daily clearance...

  15. Study of proton and 2 protons emission from light neutron deficient nuclei around A=20; Etude de l'emission proton et de deux protons dans les noyaux legers deficients en neutrons de la region A=20

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    Zerguerras, T

    2001-09-01

    Proton and two proton emission from light neutron deficient nuclei around A=20 have been studied. A radioactive beam of {sup 18}Ne, {sup 17}F and {sup 20}Mg, produced at the Grand Accelerateur National d'Ions Lourds by fragmentation of a {sup 24}Mg primary beam at 95 MeV/A, bombarded a {sup 9}Be target to form unbound states. Proton(s) and nuclei from the decay were detected respectively in the MUST array and the SPEG spectrometer. From energy and angle measurements, the invariant mass of the decaying nucleus could be reconstructed. Double coincidence events between a proton and {sup 17}F, {sup 16}O, {sup 15}O, {sup 14}O and {sup 18}Ne were registered to obtain excitation energy spectra of {sup 18}Ne, {sup 17}F, {sup 16}F, {sup 15}F et {sup 19}Na. Generally, the masses measures are in agreement with previous experiments. In the case of {sup 18}Ne, excitation energy and angular distributions agree well with the predictions of a break up model calculation. From {sup 17}Ne proton coincidences, a first experimental measurement of the ground state mass excess of {sup 18}Na has been obtained and yields 24,19(0,15)MeV. Two proton emission from {sup 17}Ne and {sup 18}Ne excited states and the {sup 19}Mg ground state was studied through triple coincidences between two proton and {sup 15}O, {sup 16}O and {sup 17}Ne respectively. In the first case, the proton-proton relative angle distribution in the center of mass has been compared with model calculation. Sequential emission from excited states of {sup 17}Ne, above the proton emission threshold, through {sup 16}F is dominant but a {sup 2}He decay channel could not be excluded. No {sup 2}He emission from the 1.288 MeV {sup 17}Ne state, or from the 6.15 MeV {sup 18}Ne state has been observed. Only one coincidence event between {sup 17}Ne and two proton was registered, the value of the one neutron stripping reaction cross section of {sup 20}Mg being much lower than predicted. (author)

  16. ANALYTIC FORMULA FOR B(E2) VALUES IN EVEN-EVEN NUCLEI WITH A-GREATER-THAN-60

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    SCHOLTEN, O; CASTEN, RF

    An approximate analytic formula for calculating B(E2;2(1)+ --> 0(1)+) transition probabilities is proposed. We show that this formula reproduces quite accurately numerical calculations based on the interacting-boson model (IBM), and experimental data for a large number of nuclei from Zn to Pt, and

  17. Evolution of collectivity in a ground-{gamma}-band mixing scheme for even-even transitional nuclei

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    Lalkovski, S [Faculty of Physics, University of Sofia, 5 James Bourchier, blvd. 1164 Sofia (Bulgaria); Minkov, N [Institute of Nuclear Research and Nuclear Energy, 72 Tzarigrad Road, 1784 Sofia (Bulgaria)

    2005-05-01

    We propose an extended band-mixing formalism capable of describing the structure of the ground- and {gamma}-bands in a wide range of collective spectra beyond the regions of well-deformed nuclei. We apply it to explain the odd-even staggering effect observed in the {gamma}-bands of Mo, Ru and Pd nuclei and to obtain on this basis a consistent interpretation of new experimental data in the neutron rich region. As a result the systematic behaviour of the staggering effect, together with the mutual ground-{gamma}-band disposition, interband mixing and intraband level spacing are explained as the manifestation of respective changes in nuclear collectivity.

  18. The Structure of Even-Even 218-230 Ra Isotopes within the Interacting Boson Approximation Model

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    Diab S. M.

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available A good description of the excited positive and negative parity states of radium nuclei ( Z = 88, N = 130–142 is achieved using the interacting boson approximation model (IBA-1. The potential energy surfaces, energy levels, parity shift, electromagnetic tran- sition rates B ( E 1 , B ( E 2 and electric monopole strength X ( E 0 / E 2 are calculated for each nucleus. The analysis of the eigenvalues of the model Hamiltonian reveals the presence of an interaction between the positive and negative parity bands. Due to this interaction the I = 1 staggering e ect, between the energies of the ground state band and the negative parity state band, is produced including beat patterns.

  19. The Structure of Even-Even 218-230 Ra Isotopes within the Interacting Boson Approximation Model

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    Diab S. M.

    2008-01-01

    A good description of the excited positive and negative parity states of radium nuclei ( Z = 88, N = 130–142) is achieved using the interacting boson approximation model (IBA-1). The potential energy surfaces, energy levels, parity shift, electromagnetic tran- sition rates B ( E 1) , B ( E 2) and electric monopole strength X ( E 0 / E 2 ) are calculated for each nucleus. The analysis of the eigenvalues of the ...

  20. Decay out of the yrast and excited highly-deformed bands in the even-even nucleus {sup 134}Nd

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    Petrache, C.M.; Bazzacco, D.; Lunardi, S. [Sezione di Padova (Italy)] [and others

    1996-12-31

    The resolving power achieved by the new generation of {gamma}-ray detector arrays allows now to observe transitions with intensities of the order of {approximately}10{sup {minus}3} of the population of the final residual nucleus, making therefore feasible the study of the very weakly populated excited bands built on the superdeformed (SD) minimum or of the decay out of the SD bands. As a matter of fact, numerous excited SD bands have been observed in the different regions of superdeformation, which led to a deeper understanding of the single-particle excitation in the second minimum. The first experimental breakthrough in the study of the decay out process has been achieved in the odd-even {sup 133,135}Nd nuclei of the A=130 mass region. There, the observation of the discrete linking transitions has been favored by the relatively higher intensity of the highly-deformed (HD) bands ({approximately}10%), as well as by the small excitation energy with respect to the yrast line in the decay-out region ({approximately}1 MeV). No discrete linking transitions have been so far observed in the A=80, 150 mass regions. The present results suggest that the decay out of the HD bands in {sup 134}Nd is triggered by the crossing with the N=4 [402]5/2{sup +} Nilsson orbital, that has a smaller deformation than the corresponding N=6 intruder configuration. The crossing favours the mixing with the ND rotational bands strongly enhancing the decay-out process and weakening the in-band transition strength. The HD band becomes fragmented and looses part of its character. The intensity of the decay-out transitions increases when the spin of the HD state decreases, indicating enhanced ND amplitude in the wavefunction when going down the band. Lifetime measurements of the HD bands are crucial to further elucidate the decay-out process.

  1. Method for evaluation of doses from ingestion of polonium, bismuth and lead as natural radioactive material(NORM); Metodo de evaluacion de dosis por ingestion de polonio, bismuto y plomo como materiales radiactivos naturales

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    Pena, Vanessa; Puerta, Anselmo; Morales, Javier, E-mail: vpenam@ullal.edu.co, E-mail: japuerta@unal.edu.co, E-mail: jmorales@unal.cdu.co [Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Medellin (Colombia). Grupo de Fisica Radiologica

    2013-07-01

    In this work was carried out an evaluation of dose from ingestion of radioactive daughters of radon (lead, bismuth and polonium), taking into account ages from three months up to adult men, using the new model of the human alimentary tract HATM and methodology of calculating doses proposed by the ICRP publication 103, which allows the estimation of dose based on the concentration of the radionuclide present in the diet or in the water of consumption.

  2. Methods and Data Used to Investigate Polonium-210 as a Source of Excess Gross-Alpha Radioactivity in Ground Water, Churchill County, Nevada

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    Seiler, Ralph L.

    2007-01-01

    Ground water is the major source of drinking water in the Carson River Basin, California and Nevada. Previous studies have shown that uranium and gross-alpha radioactivities in ground water can be greater than U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Maximum Contaminant Levels, particularly in the Carson Desert, Churchill County, Nevada. Studies also have shown that the primary source of the gross-alpha radioactivity and alpha-emitting radionuclides in ground water is the dissolution of uranium-rich granitic rocks and basin-fill sediments that have their origins in the Sierra Nevada. However, ground water sampled from some wells in the Carson Desert had gross-alpha radioactivities greater than could be accounted for by the decay of dissolved uranium. The occurrence of polonium-210 (Po-210) was hypothesized to explain the higher than expected gross-alpha radioactivities. This report documents and describes the study design, field and analytical methods, and data used to determine whether Po-210 is the source of excess gross-alpha radioactivity in ground water underlying the Carson Desert in and around Fallon, Nevada. Specifically, this report presents: 1) gross alpha and uranium radioactivities for 100 wells sampled from June to September 2001; and 2) pH, dissolved oxygen, specific conductance, and Po-210 radioactivity for 25 wells sampled in April and June 2007. Results of quality-control samples for the 2007 dataset are also presented.

  3. Levels of polonium-210 in highly consumed sea foods from a fish market of the city of Niteroi, RJ-Brazil

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    Marsico, Eliane T.; Sao Clemente, Sergio C. de [Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF), Niteroi, RJ (Brazil). Faculdade de Veterinaria. Dept. de Tecnologia de Alimentos; Kelecom, Alphonse; Gouvea, Rita de Cassia S. [Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF), Niteroi, RJ (Brazil). Dept. de Biologia Geral. Lab. de Radiobiologia e Radiometria Pedro Lopes dos Santos - LARARA

    2007-07-01

    Polonium-210 ({sup 210}Po), a short-lived member from the uranium series, is broadly distributed in Nature being among all alpha-emitters the major contributor to the internal dose in man. Studies of diets have shown that marine foods are important sources of this radionuclide. The levels of {sup 210}Po have been determined in three highly consumed marine species, the fishes Sardinella brasiliensis (sardine) and Thunnus atlanticus (tuna), and the shrimp Litopenaeus brasiliensis, purchased from the Niteroi (RJ, Brazil) fish market, and caught along the coast of the state of Rio de Janeiro. Doses of {sup 210}Po were determined for the entire organisms and for some tissues and organs, such as eyes, heart, gills, muscle, stomach liver, intestine and pyloric caecal (fishes) or eyes, head content, exoskeleton, muscle, hepatopancreas and pleopods. {sup 210}Po is not uniformly distributed within these species, the highest levels being observed for sardine in the intestine (1634.6 mBq g-1), tuna in pyloric caecal (4656.1 mBq g-1) and shrimp in the hepatopancreas (1460.5 mBq g-1). The {sup 210}Po activities in sardine, tuna and shrimp, calculated on a mean whole-organism basis, were 64.6, 34.5 and 39.5 Bq kg-1 (dry weight) respectively, with corresponding concentration factors of 7.2 x104, 3.8 x104 and 4.4 x104. Considering body distribution, almost 60% of the total activity is concentrated in the pyloric caecal of both fishes and in the hepatopancreas of the shrimp. In turn, the edible parts concentrate much less activity. (author)

  4. Polonium-210 and lead-210 in the Southern Polar Ocean: Naturally occurring tracers of biological and hydrographical processes in the surface waters of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current and the Weddell Sea; Polonium-210 und Blei-210 im Suedpolarmeer: Natuerliche Tracer fuer biologische und hydrographische Prozesse im Oberflaechenwasser des Antarktischen Zirkumpolarstroms und des Weddellmeeres

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    Friedrich, J.

    1997-11-01

    In this thesis the distribution of {sup 210}Po and {sup 210}Pb in the upper 600 m of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current and the Weddell Sea was investigated along north-south transects in austral spring and autumn. {sup 210}Po and {sup 210}Pb can serve as sensitive tracers for the special hydrographic conditions of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current and the Weddell Sea as well as for biological processes during phytoplankton blooms. The {sup 210}Po/{sup 210}Pb disequilibrium was used as a tracer for particle export. This tracer integrates export on a timescale of 276 days because of the 138 day half-life of {sup 210}Po and complements the {sup 234}Th/{sup 238}U disequilibrium as another tracer for plankton production and export on a shorter timescale of several weeks. (orig.) [Deutsch] In der vorliegenden Arbeit wurde die Verteilung von Blei-210 und seinem Enkelnuklid Polonium-210 im Antarktischen Zirkumpolarstrom und im Weddellmeer bis 600 m Tiefe in mehreren meridionalen Transekten im australen Fruehjahr und Herbst waehrend der `Polarstern`-Expeditionen ANT-X/6 und ANT-XI/4 untersucht. Die Verteilung von {sup 210}Pb und {sup 210}Po wird von mehreren Faktoren beeinflusst, sowohl durch die Advektion von Wassermassen im Antarktischen Zirkumpolarstrom und im Weddellmeer als auch von biologischen Prozessen z.B. innerhalb einer Planktonbluete. Bevor die Verteilungsmuster von {sup 210}Pb und {sup 210}Po jedoch als Tracer fuer einen Prozess genutzt werden koennen, muss der Effekt der einzelnen Faktoren auf die Verteilung betrachtet werden. (orig.)

  5. Staggering behavior of the first excited 2{sup +} states of even-even nuclei in a Sp(4, R) classification scheme

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    Drenska, S.; Georgieva, A.; Minkov, N. [Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Inst. for Nuclear Research and Nuclear Energy, Sofia (Bulgaria)

    2002-12-01

    We implement a high order discrete derivative analysis of the lowest nuclear collective excitations in terms of the quantum numbers of an algebraic Sp(4, R) classification scheme. The results reveal a fine systematic behavior of nuclear collectivity in terms of nucleon pairing and high order quartetting correlations. (author)

  6. (γ, 2n)-Reaction cross-section calculations of several even-even lanthanide nuclei using different level density models

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    Kaplan, A., E-mail: abdullahkaplan@sdu.edu.tr [Süleyman Demirel Univesity, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Department of Physics (Turkey); Sarpün, İ. H. [Afyon Kocatepe University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Department of Physics (Turkey); Aydın, A. [Kırıkkale University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Department of Physics (Turkey); Tel, E. [Osmaniye Korkut Ata University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Department of Physics (Turkey); Çapalı, V.; Özdoǧan, H. [Süleyman Demirel Univesity, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Department of Physics (Turkey)

    2015-01-15

    There are several level density models that can be used to predict photo-neutron cross sections. Some of them are Constant Temperature + Fermi Gas Model (CTFGM), Back-Shifted Fermi Gas Model (BSFM), Generalized Superfluid Model (GSM), Hartree-Fock-Bogoliubov microscopic Model (HFBM). In this study, the theoretical photo-neutron cross sections produced by (γ, 2n) reactions for several eveneven lanthanide nuclei such as {sup 140,142}Ce, {sup 142,144,146,148,150}Nd, {sup 144,148,150,152,154}Sm, and {sup 160}Gd have been calculated on the different level density models as mentioned above by using TALYS 1.6 and EMPIRE 3.1 computer codes for incident photon energies up to 30 MeV. The obtained results have been compared with each other and available experimental data existing in the EXFOR database. Generally, at least one level density model cross-section calculations are in agreement with the experimental results for all reactions except {sup 144}Sm(γ, 2n){sup 142}Sm along the incident photon energy, TALYS 1.6 BSFM option for the level density model cross-section calculations can be chosen if the experimental data are not available or are improbable to be produced due to the experimental difficulty.

  7. Accurate mass measurements on neutron-deficient krypton isotopes

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    Rodríguez, D.; Äystö, J.; Beck, D.; Blaum, K.; Bollen, G.; Herfurth, F.; Jokinen, A.; Kellerbauer, A.; Kluge, H.-J.; Kolhinen, V.S.; Oinonen, M.; Sauvan, E.; Schwarz, S.

    2006-01-01

    The masses of $^{72–78,80,82,86}$Kr were measured directly with the ISOLTRAP Penning trap mass spectrometer at ISOLDE/CERN. For all these nuclides, the measurements yielded mass uncertainties below 10 keV. The ISOLTRAP mass values for $^{72–75}$Kr being more precise than the previous results obtained by means of other techniques, and thus completely determine the new values in the Atomic-Mass Evaluation. Besides the interest of these masses for nuclear astrophysics, nuclear structure studies, and Standard Model tests, these results constitute a valuable and accurate input to improve mass models. In this paper, we present the mass measurements and discuss the mass evaluation for these Kr isotopes.

  8. Decay studies of neutron-deficient lawrencium isotopes

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    Antalic, S.; Saro, S.; Streicher, B.; Venhart, M. [Comenius University, Department of Nuclear Physics and Biophysics, Bratislava (Slovakia); Hessberger, F.P.; Ackermann, D.; Heinz, S.; Kindler, B.; Kojouharov, I.; Lommel, B.; Mann, R. [Gesellschaft fuer Schwerionenforschung (GSI), Darmstadt (Germany); Hofmann, S. [Gesellschaft fuer Schwerionenforschung (GSI), Darmstadt (Germany); Goethe-Universitaet, Institut fuer Kernphysik, Frankfurt am Main (Germany); Kuusiniemi, P. [University of Oulu, Centre for Underground Physics in Pyhaesalmi (CUPP), Oulu (Finland); Leino, M. [University of Jyvaeskylae, Department of Physics, Jyvaeskylae (Finland); Nishio, K. [Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), Advanced Science Research Center, Tokai, Ibaraki (Japan); Sulignano, B. [Gesellschaft fuer Schwerionenforschung (GSI), Darmstadt (Germany); Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique (CEA) Saclay, DAPNIA/SPhN, Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex (France)

    2008-11-15

    The radioactive decay of the isotopes {sup 254-256}Lr and their daughter products was investigated by means of {alpha}, prompt {alpha}-{gamma} and delayed conversion electron-{gamma} coincidence spectroscopy. The isotopes were produced using the reaction {sup 48}Ca+{sup 209}Bi. (orig.)

  9. Uranium, radon-222 and polonium-210 in drinking waters from metropolitan area of Recife, PE, Brazil; Uranio, radonio-222 e polonio-210 em aguas de abastecimento publico da regiao metropolitana do Recife

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    Silva, Cleomacio Miguel da

    2000-04-01

    There is only scarce information on the presence of radionuclides in water for public consumption in Brazil. A recently issued federal regulation requires that waters from public supplies be screened to determine their content of alpha and beta emitters. In order to comply with this requirement the present work was carried out with the purpose of determining the concentration of natural uranium, {sup 222} Rn and {sup 210} Po in water supplies in the metropolitan region of Recife, Brazil. The analyses were performed in 17 points of supply of superficial water and 94 points of groundwater supply. The concentrations of uranium were determined by the fluorimetric method, whereas the liquid scintillation method was used to determine the concentration of {sup 222} Rn. Polonium-210, on the other hand, was determined by alpha spectrometry, following its spontaneous deposition on copper disks. The water analyzer presented uranium concentrations varying from 35.3 to 1146.5 mBq/L for superficial resources and from 20.2 to 919.15 mBq/L for underground sources. The concentration of uranium in superficial water showed significant correlation with some parameters such as conductivity, alkalinity and total hardness, as well as, with the concentrations of Ca, Mg, Cl, K, SO{sub 4} and Mn. No correlation, however, was shown with the concentrations of Fe, NO{sub 2} and NO{sub 3}. The concentrations of {sup 222} Rn varied from 5.3 to 83.7 Bq/L in the groundwater analyzer. Radon concentration was not measured in superficial water due to the high emanation rate of radon in open air conditions. As far as {sup 210} Po is concerned, the analyses showed concentrations ranging from <22 mBq/L (the lowest limit of detection) to 57.4 mBq/L for superficial water and from <22 to 813 mBq/L for ground water samples. The concentrations of {sup 210} Po did not show and correlation with physico-chemical parameters. The average concentrations of uranium and {sup 210} Po in superficial water were of 44

  10. Onset of deformation in polonium nuclei

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    Younes, W.; Cizewski, J.A. [Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick, NJ (United States)

    1996-12-31

    The authors have been able to reproduce the systematics of the positive-parity states in {sup 192-208}Po within the framework of the Particle-Core Model. The wave-functions of the 2{sup +}{sub 1} states have been extracted using the Quasiparticle Random Phase Approximation. The increase in the collective motion of the lighter isotopes comes from the increased proton-neutron interaction when the neutrons and protons both occupy high-j orbitals.

  11. Systematics of even-even T{sub z}= 1 nuclei in the A= 80 region: High-spin rotational bands in {sup 74}Kr, {sup 78}Sr, and {sup 82}Zr

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    Rudolph, D.; Baktash, C.; Gross, C.J.; Jin, H.; Yu, C.H. [Physics Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831 (United States); Rudolph, D. [Sektion Physik der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen, D-85748 Garching (Germany); Gross, C.J. [Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831 (United States); Satula, W. [Department of Physics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996 (United States); Satula, W. [Joint Institute for Heavy Ion Research, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831 (United States); Satula, W. [Institute of Theoretical Physics, Warsaw University, PL-00681 Warsaw (Poland); Wyss, R. [The Royal Institute of Technology, Physics Department Frescati, S-104 05 Stockholm (Sweden); Birriel, I.; Saladin, J.X.; Winchell, D.F.; Wood, V.Q. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260 (United States); Devlin, M.; LaFosse, D.R.; Lerma, F.; Sarantites, D.G. [Chemistry Department, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri 63130 (United States); Sylvan, G.N.; Tabor, S.L. [Department of Physics, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida 32306 (United States)

    1997-07-01

    High-spin states of T{sub z}=1 nuclei were studied with the reactions {sup 58}Ni({sup 28}Si,3{alpha}){sup 74}Kr, {sup 58}Ni({sup 28}Si,2{alpha}){sup 78}Sr, and {sup 58}Ni({sup 28}Si,2p2n){sup 82}Zr at 130 MeV beam energy. The Gammasphere array in conjunction with the 4{pi} charged-particle detector array Microball was used to detect {gamma} rays in coincidence with evaporated light charged particles. The known {pi}=+, {alpha}=0 yrast bands were extended to I=28{h_bar} at 20 MeV excitation energy. For all three nuclei, a number of positive- and negative-parity sidebands were established; altogether 15 new rotational bands were found. The data are discussed using the pairing-and-deformation self-consistent total Routhian surface (TRS) model: High-spin structures of {sup 74}Kr and {sup 78}Sr are governed by the shell gaps at large prolate deformation while {sup 82}Zr seems to exhibit shape coexistence. Nearly identical bands were established which may be explained as arising from the fp orbits acting as spectators at very elongated shapes. The experimental data in these T{sub z}=1 nuclei are in good agreement with predictions of the TRS model using conventional T=1 like-nucleon pairing correlations. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  12. Laser Spectroscopy Study on the Neutron-Rich and Neutron-Deficient Te Isotopes

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    2002-01-01

    We propose to perform laser spectroscopy measurements on the Te isotopes. This will give access to fundamental properties of the ground and rather long-lived isomeric states such as the change in the mean square charge radius ($\\delta\\langle$r$^2_c\\rangle$) and the nuclear moments. For these medium-mass isotopes, at this moment the optical resolution obtained with RILIS is not high enough to perform isotope shift measurements. Thus we will use the COMPLIS experimental setup which allows Resonant Ionization Spectroscopy (RIS) on laser desorbed atoms. The 5p$^{4}$ $^{3}$P$_{2} \\rightarrow$ 5p$^{3}$ 6s $^{3}$S$_{1}$ and 5p$^{4}$ $^{3}$P$_{2} \\rightarrow$ 5p$^{3}$ 6s $^{5}$S$_{2}$ optical transitions have been used to perform, on the stable Te isotopes, the tests required by the INTC committee. For this purpose stable-ion sources have been built and Te isotopes have been delivered as stable beams by the injector coupled to the COMPLIS setup. ISOLDE offers the opportunity for studying the Te isotope series over a ...

  13. Beta-delayed particle emission from neutron-deficient isotopes in the Z approximately 50 region

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    Tidemand-Petersson, P; Klepper, O; Plochocki, A; Roeckl, E; Schardt, D; Zylicz, J

    1981-01-01

    Experimental studies of beta-delayed proton and alpha-particle emission from precursors in the region close to the double shell closure at N=Z=50 are described. The results range from identification of new precursors like /sup 96/Ag and /sup 103,105/Sn, to determination of branching ratios, feeding of excited levels after particle emission and the energy available for proton emission. Comparison of the results with statistical-model calculations points to a resonance in the beta-strength function in the decay of /sup 110,112/I, /sup 113/Xe, /sup 114,116/Cs and /sup 117/Ba. (39 refs).

  14. Study of very neutron deficient nuclei {sup 178}Pt and {sup 181}Au

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    Soramel, F. [Udine Univ. (Italy). Istituto di Fisica; Bednarczyk, P.; Styczen, J. [Institute of Nuclear Physics, Krakow (Poland); Sferrazza, M. [Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, CB3 0H3 (United Kingdom); Bazzacco, D.; Menegazzo, R.; Mueller, L.; Petrache, C.M.; Rossi Alvarez, C.; Scarlassara, F.; Segato, G.F.; Signorini, C. [Dipartimento di Fisica and INFN, Universita di Padova, I-35131 Padova (Italy); De Acunna, D.; de Angelis, G.; De Poli, M.; Farnea, E.; Napoli, D.R.; Vedovato, G. [Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro, I-35020 Legnaro (Italy); Medina, N.H. [Dipartimento di Fisica and INFN, Universita di Padova, I-35131 Padova (Italy)]|[Instituto de Fisica, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo (Brazil)

    1999-01-01

    The {sup 178}Pt and {sup 181}Au nuclei have been studied with the (230 MeV) {sup 46}Ti+{sup 142}Nd fusion-evaporation reaction; {gamma}-rays, evaporated particles and recoiling nuclei have been detected by the {gamma}-array GASP + the Si ball ISIS + the recoil mass spectrometer RMS. The newly observed structures in {sup 178}Pt and {sup 181}Au are most probably built on the proton and quasi-proton h{sub 9/2} and i{sub 13/2} configurations. (orig.) With 4 figs., 15 refs.

  15. On-line nuclear orientation of the deformed neutron-deficient Eu, Sm and Pm isotopes

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    Singleton, B.D.D.; Walker, P.M.; Bhagwat, A. (Univ. Surrey, Guildford (United Kingdom)); Al Ghamdi, S.S.; Barham, C.G.; Grant, I.S. (Univ. of Manchester (United Kingdom)); Griffiths, A.G.; Rikovska, J.; Stone, N.J. (Clarendon Lab., Oxford Univ. (United Kingdom))

    1992-11-01

    Low-temperature nuclear orientation measurements made on-line at the SERC Daresbury Laboratory on [sup 142m]Eu, [sup 141m]Sm, and [sup 141]Pm, with known magnetic dipole moments, have yielded the magnitude of the hyperfine fields of these isotopes in an iron host lattice. Thus measurements for the isotopes [sup 139,138]Eu, [sup 139m]Sm, and [sup 138]Pm yielded values for the respective magnetic moments. Limits on the thermal relaxation times of Eu and Sm isotopes in Fe were also deduced. The results for [sup 138]Eu appear to contradict the earlier [pi]h[sub 11/2]x[nu]h[sub 11/2] ground-state configuration assignment. (orig.).

  16. Penning-trap mass measurements of neutron-deficient Rb and Sr isotopes

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    Otto, T. (Inst. fuer Physik, Univ. Mainz (Germany)); Bollen, G. (Inst. fuer Physik, Univ. Mainz (Germany)); Savard, G. (Inst. fuer Physik, Univ. Mainz (Germany)); Schweikhard, L. (Inst. fuer Physik, Univ. Mainz (Germany)); Stolzenberg, H. (Inst. fuer Physik, Univ. Mainz (Germany)); Audi, G. (CSNSM, IN2P3-CNRS, Lab. Rene Bernas, 91 Orsay (France)); Moore, R.B. (Foster Radiation Lab., McGill Univ., Montreal, PQ (Canada)); Rouleau, G. (Foster Radiation Lab., McGill Univ., Montreal, PQ (Canada)); Szerypo, J. (Inst. of Experimental Physics, Warsaw Univ. (Poland)); Patyk, Z. (Soltan Inst. for Nuclear Studies, Warsaw (Poland)); ISOLDE Collaboration

    1994-01-17

    The Penning-trap mass spectrometer ISOLTRAP installed at the on-line mass separator ISOLDE 2 at CERN has been used for mass determination of [sup 75-87]Rb and [sup 78-83,87]Sr. Ions are captured in a Penning trap and their cyclotron frequency [omega][sub c] =(q/m)B in the trapping field B is measured. Ratios of these frequencies lead to the determination of the atomic mass of these isotopes. A resolving power of typically m/[Delta]m=10[sup 6] and an accuracy y of [delta]m[approx]10 keV is obtained. The mass of [sup 78]Sr is measured for the first time, in most cases, the mass values of the other isotopes are significantly improved. The experimental masses are compared with theoretical predictions. (orig.)

  17. Penning-trap mass measurements of neutron-deficient Rb and Sr isotopes

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    Otto, T.; Bollen, G.; Savard, G.; Schweikhard, L.; Stolzenberg, H.; Audi, G.; Moore, R. B.; Rouleau, G.; Szerypo, J.; Patyk, Z.; Isolde Collaboration

    1994-01-01

    The Penning-trap mass spectrometer ISOLTRAP installed at the on-line mass separator ISOLDE 2 at CERN has been used for mass determination of 75-87Rb and 78-83,87Sr. Ions are captured in a Penning trap and their cyclotron frequency ω c = ( {q}/{m})B in the trapping field B is measured. Ratios of these frequencies lead to the determination of the atomic mass of these isotopes. A resolving power of typically {m}/{Δm} = 10 6 and an accuracy of δm ≈10 keV is obtained. The mass of 78Sr is measured for the first time and, in most cases, the mass values of the other isotopes are significantly improved. The experimental masses are compared with theoretical predictions.

  18. Shape evolution for neutron-deficient bismuth isotopes studied by resonance laser ionization spectroscopy

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    Molkanov, P. L.; Barzakh, A. E.; Fedorov, D. V.; Ivanov, V. S.; Moroz, F. V.; Orlov, S. Yu.; Panteleev, V. N.; Seliverstov, M. D.; Volkov, Yu. M.

    2017-11-01

    In-source laser spectroscopy experiments for bismuth isotopes at the 306.77 nm atomic transition has been carried out at the IRIS (Investigation of Radioactive Isotopes at Synchrocyclotron) facility of Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute. New data on isotope shifts for 189-198,211Bi isotopes and isomers have been obtained. The changes in the mean-square charge radii were deduced. The large isomer shift has been observed for the intruder isomer states of Bi with spin I = 1/2 ( A = 193, 195, 197). This testifies to the shape coexistence in these nuclei with the intruder isomer states more deformed than the ground states. Marked deviation from the nearly spherical behavior for ground states of the even-neutron Bi isotopes at N < 109 is demonstrated, in contrast to the Pb and Tl isotopic chains.

  19. Magnetic and quadrupole moments of neutron deficient $^{58-62}$Cu isotopes

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    Flanagan, K T; Blaum, K; Forest, D H; Stroke, H H; Kramer, J; Kreim, K; De Rydt, M; Geppert, C; Sanchez, R; Honma, M; Krieger, A; Papuga, J; Billowes, J; Vingerhoets, P; Nortershauser, W; Bissell, M L; Neyens, G; Rajabali, M M; Yordanov, D T; Cheal, B; Neugart, R; Procter, T J

    2011-01-01

    This paper reports on the ground state nuclear moments measured in (58-62)Cu using collinear laser spectroscopy at the ISOLDE facility. The quadrupole moments for (58-60)Cu have been measured for the first time as Q ((58)Cu) = 15(3) efm(2), Q ((59)Cu) = -19.3(19) efm(2), Q((60)Cu) = +11.6(12) efm(2) and with higher precision for (61.62)Cu as Q ((61)Cu) = -21.1(10) efm(2), Q((62)Cu) = -2.2(4) efm(2). The magnetic moments of (58.59)Cu are measured with a higher precision as(IL)((58)Cu) = +0.570(2)(ILN) and (IL)((59)Cu) = +1.8910(9)(ILN). The experimental nuclear moments are compared to large-scale shell-model calculations with the GXPF1 and GXPF1A effective interactions, allowing the softness of the (56)Ni core to be studied. (C) 2011 Published by Elsevier B.V.

  20. Observation of the hot GDR in neutron-deficient thorium evaporation residues

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    Seitz, JP; Back, BB; Carpenter, MP; Dioszegi, [No Value; Eisenman, K; Heckman, P; Hofman, DJ; Kelly, MP; Khoo, TL; Mitsuoka, S; Nanal, [No Value; Pennington, T; Siemssen, RH; Thoennessen, M; Varner, RL

    2005-01-01

    The giant dipole resonance built on excited states was observed in very fissile nuclei in coincidence with evaporation residues. The reaction Ca-48 + Yb-176 populated evaporation residues of mass A = 213-220 with a cross section of similar to 200 mu b at 259 MeV. The extracted giant dipole resonance

  1. Laser assisted nuclear decay spectroscopy: A new method for studying neutron-deficient francium

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    Lynch, Kara Marie

    2015-01-01

    Radioactive decay studies of rare isotopes produced at radioactive ion beam facilities have often been hindered by the presence of isobaric and isomeric contamination. The Collinear Resonance Ionization Spectroscopy (CRIS) experiment at ISOLDE, CERN uses laser radiation to stepwise excite and ionize an atomic beam in a particular isomeric state. Deflection of this selectively ionized beam of exotic nuclei, from the remaining neutral contaminants, allows ultra-sensitive detection of rare isotopes and nuclear structure measurements in background-free conditions.\

  2. Probing shape coexistence in neutron-deficient $^{72}$Se via low-energy Coulomb excitation

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    We propose to study the evolution of nuclear structure in neutron-­deficient $^{72}$Se by performing a low-­energy Coulomb excitation measurement. Matrix elements will be determined for low-­lying excited states allowing for a full comparison with theoretical predictions. Furthermore, the intrinsic shape of the ground state, and the second 0$^{+}$ state, will be investigated using the quadrupole sum rules method.

  3. Nuclear shape staggering in very neutron deficient Hg isotopes detected by laser spectroscopy

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    Dabkiewicz, P; Fischer, H; Kühl, T; Kluge, H J; Kremmling, H; Otten, E W; Schüssler, H A

    1977-01-01

    The isotope shift in the lambda =2537 AA line of the even isotopes /sup 206/Hg, /sup 190/Hg, /sup 188/Hg, /sup 186/Hg, /sup 184/Hg as well as of the I=13/2 isomers of /sup 191/Hg, /sup 189/Hg, /sup 187 /Hg, /sup 185/Hg has been measured using a tunable dye laser at the on-line mass separator ISOLDE at CERN. The resulting delta (r/sup 2/) values follow the line, extrapolated from the chain /sup 205/Hg-/sup 187/Hg which is known to have spherical nuclear shape at the heavy end changing smoothly to slight oblate deformation for the lighter isotopes. Previous measurements of the I=1/2 groundstates of /sup 181 /Hg. /sup 183/Hg and /sup 185/Hg revealed a sharp shape transition to strong deformation. Combined with the new results the following effects can be proved from the model-independent quantity delta (r/sup 2/): 1) the existence of odd even-shape staggering, 2) the coexistence of very different shapes in one nucleus, 3) the absence of mixing of the different shapes. (26 refs).

  4. Distribusjon av Polonium i fisk, med og uten avleiringshemmer

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    Veddeng, Hanne

    2012-01-01

    I forbindelse med utvinning av petroleumsressurser blir det sluppet ut store mengder produsert vann. Produsert vann er formasjonsvann fra reservoaret som følger med ved produksjonen av olje og gass. Når formasjonsvannet kommer i kontakt med sjøvann felles det ut uorganiske salter, som BaSO4. Dette er såkalte scaleavleiringer som utgjør et problem for oljeindustrien da det blant annet tetter igjen produksjonsrørene og gir en mindre effektiv produksjon. Som løsning på problemet tilsetter oljein...

  5. Autoradiographic technic for Plutonium, Polonium, and Promethium tissue sections

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    Carpenter, S.G.

    1978-03-01

    Syrian hamster lung sections containing /sup 238/Pu, /sup 239/Pu, /sup 210/Po, or /sup 147/Pm are deparaffinized and hydrated to water. The slides are dipped in NTB emulsion, allowed to dry overnight, and exposed in Bakelite boxes at room temperature. They are then developed in D-19 for two to four minutes, rinsed in distilled water for ten seconds, fixed in Kodak fixer for five minutes, and washed at least 30 minutes in distilled water before staining with nuclear fast red and indigo-carmine. This autoradiographic technic, in conjunction with this particular staining procedure, gives a quick, efficient method for working with different ..cap alpha..- and ..beta..-emitting radionuclides.

  6. Estimates of fission barrier heights for neutron-deficient Po to Ra nuclei produced in fusion reactions

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    Sagaidak, Roman

    2017-09-01

    The cross section data for fission and evaporation residue production in fusion reactions leading to nuclei from Po to Ra have been considered in a systematic way in the framework of the conventional barrier-passing (fusion) model coupled with the statistical model. The cross section data obtained in very asymmetric projectile-target combinations can be described within these models rather well with the adjusted model parameters. In particular, one can scale and fix the macroscopic (liquid-drop) fission barrier heights (FBHs) for nuclei involved in the de-excitation of compound nuclei produced in the reactions. The macroscopic FBHs for nuclei from Po to Ra have been derived in the framework of such analysis and compared with the predictions of various theoretical models.

  7. Production of neutron deficient rare isotope beams at IGISOL; on-line and off-line studies

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    Huikari, J; Dendooven, P; Jokinen, A; Nieminen, A; Penttila, H; Perajarvi, K; Popov, A; Rinta-Antila, S; Aysto, J

    This article reports on recent on-line yield measurements employing the light-ion and heavy-ion reaction-based ion guide systems and new results on a-recoil ion transport properties in ion guides with and without electric fields. In addition, the presently used ion guide designs for fusion

  8. Estimates of fission barrier heights for neutron-deficient Po to Ra nuclei produced in fusion reactions

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    Sagaidak Roman

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available The cross section data for fission and evaporation residue production in fusion reactions leading to nuclei from Po to Ra have been considered in a systematic way in the framework of the conventional barrier-passing (fusion model coupled with the statistical model. The cross section data obtained in very asymmetric projectile-target combinations can be described within these models rather well with the adjusted model parameters. In particular, one can scale and fix the macroscopic (liquid-drop fission barrier heights (FBHs for nuclei involved in the de-excitation of compound nuclei produced in the reactions. The macroscopic FBHs for nuclei from Po to Ra have been derived in the framework of such analysis and compared with the predictions of various theoretical models.

  9. $\\beta$-delayed fission, laser spectroscopy and shape-coexistence studies with radioactive At beams

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    We propose to study the $\\beta$-delayed fission, laser spectroscopy and radioactive decay of the newly available pure beams of neutron-deficient and neutron-rich astatine (Z=85) isotopes. The fission probability and the fission fragment distribution of the even-even isotopes $^{194,196}$Po following the $\\beta$-decay of the isotopes $^{194,196}$At will be studied with the Windmill setup. In-source laser spectroscopy will be performed on the entire astatine isotopic chain, using a combination of the Windmill setup, ISOLTRAP MR-ToF and ISOLDE Faraday. Radioactive decay data will be acquired at the Windmill setup throughout those studies and contribute to the global understanding of the phenomenon of shape coexistence in the neutron-deficient lead region.

  10. Orientating investigation to Polonium-210 and other radionuclides in Dutch aquatic ecosystems. Orienterend onderzoek naar Polonium-210 en andere radionucliden in Nederlandse aquatische ecosystemen

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    Koester, H.W.; Marwitz, P.A. (Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieuhygiene, Bilthoven (Netherlands)); Berger, G.W. (Netherlands Inst. for Sea Research, Den Burg (Netherlands)); Weers, A.W. van (Netherlands Energy Research Foundation, Petten (Netherlands)); Hagel, P. (RIVO (Netherlands)); Nieuwenhuize, J. (DIHO (Netherlands))

    1990-08-01

    In 1985/86 reconnaissance investigations were carried out of Po-210, Pb-210, Ra-226, Th-230 of the U-238 series, and of Th-232 and its daughter Th-228. In the lower reaches of the Rhine, Westerschelde, and Hoogoven(furnace)-channel concentrations were markedly elevated. The average Po-210 concentrations of these waters were between 3-4 Bq.m{sup -3} dissolved in water, between 200-500 Bq.kg{sup -1} in dry suspended matter, between 300-400 Bq.kg{sup -1} in mussels dry matter. These elevated levels could be ascribed to emissions on these waters by the phosphate rock and iron-ore-processing industries. In bottom sediment of waterways or of docks close to these industries Pb-210 and Po-210 concentrations varied from 150 to 750 Bq.kg{sup -1} dry sediment. The lowest average Po-210 concentrations were found in the Oosterschelde: 0.8 Bq.m{sup -3} dissolved in water, 70 Bq.kg{sup -1} in dry suspended matter, 100 Bq.kg{sup -1} in mussels dry matter. It was found that several organisms incorporate Po-210 more strongly than the other natural radionuclides. Po-210 also contributes most to the radiation burden caused by the consumption of fish products, in particular mussels and shrimps. Consumption of 1 kg. a{sup -1} of shrimps from the Oosterschelde or from the coastal area causes respectively a radiation exposure of 10 {mu}Sv.a{sup -1} or 30 {mu}Sv.a{sup -1}. This study points out the necessity for further studies of the emissions of Po-210 and other U-238 daughters and their dispersal and/or accumulation in the aquatic environment. Furthermore it is important to identify critical groups with respect to the radiation exposure caused by the consumption of mussels and other fish products, and the contribution to this radiation exposure by the industries. (author). 43 refs.; 58 figs.; 52 tabs.

  11. High-precision mass measurements of neutron-deficient Tl isotopes at ISOLTRAP and the development of an ultra-stable voltage source for the PENTATRAP experiment

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    Boehm, Christine

    2015-01-14

    Atomic masses and hence binding energies of nuclides are of great importance for studies of nuclear structure since they reflect all effective interactions in a nucleus. Within this thesis the masses of seven nuclides, namely {sup 194}Au, {sup 194}Hg, {sup 190,193,198}Tl and {sup 202,208}Pb, were determined at the Penning-trap mass spectrometer ISOLTRAP at ISOLDE/CERN. The thallium region in the chart of isotopes is of special interest due to the occurrence of nuclear structure effects like low-lying isomers, level inversion, shape coexistence and deformations. These effects are investigated by applying finite-difference mass formulas, such as the two-neutron separation energies or the so-called empirical pairing gaps. The second topic addressed within the present thesis is an ultra-stable voltage source, called StaReP (Stable Reference for Penning Trap Experiments), which was developed at the Max-Planck-Institut fuer Kernphysik. It is one of the key components of the high-precision mass spectrometer PENTATRAP, containing a tower of five Penning traps. A 25-channel voltage source with a relative stability of few 10{sup -8} over a period of 10 minutes in the range of 0 to -100V is mandatory for PENTATRAP aiming for mass measurements with relative mass uncertainties of ≤ 10{sup -11}. Mass values with such a high precision allow for stringent tests of quantum electrodynamics in strong electric fields, testing Einstein's mass-energy relation E = mc{sup 2} as well as measurements of decay energies (Q-values) with applications in neutrino physics.

  12. Cold Fusion Production and Decay of Neutron-Deficient Isotopes of Dubnium and Development of Extraction Systems for Group V Elements

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    Gates, Jacklyn M. [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)

    2008-07-31

    Excitation functions for the 1n and 2n exit channels of the 208Pb(51V,xn)259-xDb reaction were measured. A maximum cross section of the 1n exit channel of 2070$+1100\\atop{-760}$ pb was measured at an excitation energy of 16.0 ± 1.8 MeV. For the 2n exit channel, a maximum cross section of 1660$+450\\atop{-370}$ pb was measured at 22.0 ± 1.8 MeV excitation energy. The 1n excitation function for the 209Bi(50Ti,n)258Db reaction was remeasured, resulting in a cross section of 5480$+1730\\atop{-1370}$ pb at an excitation energy of 16.0 ± 1.6 MeV. Differences in cross section maxima are discussed in terms of the fusion probability below the barrier. The extraction of niobium (Nb) and tantalum (Ta) from hydrochloric acid and mixed hydrochloric acid/lithium chloride media by bis(2-ethylhexyl) hydrogen phosphate (HDEHP) and bis(2-ethylhexyl) hydrogen phosphite (BEHP) was studied. The goal of the experiments was to find a system that demonstrates selectivity among the members of group five of the Periodic Table and is also suitable for the study of dubnium (Db, Z = 105). Experiments with niobium and tantalum were performed with carrier (10-6 M), carrier free (10-10 M) and trace (10-16 M) concentrations of metal using hydrochloric acid solution with concentrations ranging from 1 - 11 M. The extraction of niobium and tantalum from mixed hydrochloric acid/lithium chloride media by HDEHP and BEHP as a function of hydrogen ion (H+) concentration was also investigated. The data obtained are used as the basis to discuss the speciation of niobium and tantalum under the conditions studied and to evaluate possible extraction mechanisms. The 74Se(18O,p3n)88gNb excitation function was measured to determine the best energy for producing the 88Nb used in chemistry experiments. A maximum cross section of 495 +- 5 mb was observed at an 18O energy of 74.0 MeV. The half life of 88gNb was measured and determined to be 14.56 ± 0.11 min.

  13. Microscopic study of deformed neutron-deficient sup 1 sup 2 sup 4 sup - sup 1 sup 3 sup 2 Ce isotopes

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    Bhat, R K; Khosa, S K

    2003-01-01

    Variation after Projection calculations in conjunction with Hartree Bogoliubov Ansatz have been carried out for sup 1 sup 2 sup 4 sup - sup 1 sup 3 sup 2 Ce mass chain. In this framework, the yrast spectra, B(E2) transition probabilities and occupation numbers for various shell model orbits have been obtained. The observed decrease in deformation in going from sup 1 sup 2 sup 4 Ce to sup 1 sup 3 sup 2 Ce is seen to arise due to a slow decrease in the occupation of 1g sub 7 sub / sub 2 proton orbit and a systematic increase in the occupations of 2d sub 5 sub / sub 2 , 1g sub 7 sub / sub 2 and 1h sub 1 sub 1 sub / sub 2 neutron orbits. Besides this, the experimental low-lying yrast spectra and B(E2) transition probabilities are reproduced with reasonable accuracy by using PQOH interaction.

  14. Mass measurements on neutron-deficient nuclides at SHIPTRAP and commissioning of a cryogenic narrow-band FT-ICR mass spectrometer

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    Ferrer Garcia, R.

    2007-07-01

    The dissertation presented here deals with high-precision Penning trap mass spectrometry on short-lived radionuclides. Owed to the ability of revealing all nucleonic interactions, mass measurements far off the line of {beta}-stability are expected to bring new insight to the current knowledge of nuclear properties and serve to test the predictive power of mass models and formulas. In nuclear astrophysics, atomic masses are fundamental parameters for the understanding of the synthesis of nuclei in the stellar environments. This thesis presents ten mass values of radionuclides around A=90 interspersed in the predicted rp-process pathway. Six of them have been experimentally determined for the first time. The measurements have been carried out at the Penning-trap mass spectrometer SHIPTRAP using the destructive time-of-flight ion-cyclotron-resonance (TOF-ICR) detection technique. Given the limited performance of the TOF-ICR detection when trying to investigate heavy/superheavy species with small production cross sections ({sigma} <1 {mu}b), a new detection system is found to be necessary. Thus, the second part of this thesis deals with the commissioning of a cryogenic double-Penning trap system for the application of a highly-sensitive, narrow-band Fourier-transform ion-cyclotron-resonance (FT-ICR) detection technique. With the non-destructive FT-ICR detection method a single singly-charged trapped ion will provide the required information to determine its mass. First off-line tests of a new detector system based on a channeltron with an attached conversion dynode, of a cryogenic pumping barrier, to guarantee ultra-high vacuum conditions during mass determination, and of the detection electronics for the required single-ion sensitivity are reported. (orig.)

  15. Polonium-210 and lead-210 in the terrestrial environment: a historical review

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    Persson, Bertil R.R., E-mail: bertil_r.persson@med.lu.s [Dept. of Medical Radiation Physics, Lund University, Barngatan 2, SE-221 85 Lund (Sweden); Holm, Elis [Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority, Osteras (Norway)

    2011-05-15

    The radionuclides {sup 210}Po and {sup 210}Pb widely present in the terrestrial environment are the final long-lived radionuclides in the decay of {sup 238}U in the earth's crust. Their presence in the atmosphere is due to the decay of {sup 222}Rn diffusing from the ground. The range of activity concentrations in ground level air for {sup 210}Po is 0.03-0.3 Bq m{sup -3} and for {sup 210}Pb 0.2-1.5 Bq m{sup -3}. In drinking water from private wells the activity concentration of {sup 210}Po is in the order of 7-48 mBq l{sup -1} and for {sup 210}Pb around 11-40 mBq l{sup -1}. From water works, however, the activity concentration for both {sup 210}Po and {sup 210}Pb is only in the order of 3 mBq l{sup -1}. Mosses, lichens and peat have a high efficiency in capturing {sup 210}Po and {sup 210}Pb from atmospheric fallout and exhibit an inventory of both {sup 210}Po and {sup 210}Pb in the order of 0.5-5 kBq m{sup -2} in mosses and in lichens around 0.6 kBq m{sup -2}. The activity concentrations in lichens lies around 250 Bq kg{sup -1}, dry mass. Reindeer and caribou graze lichen which results in an activity concentration of {sup 210}Po and {sup 210}Pb of about 1-15 Bq kg{sup -1} in meat from these animals. The food chain lichen-reindeer or caribou, and Man constitutes a unique model for studying the uptake and retention of {sup 210}Po and {sup 210}Pb in humans. The effective annual dose due to {sup 210}Po and {sup 210}Pb in people with high consumption of reindeer/caribou meat is estimated to be around 260 and 132 {mu}Sv a{sup -1} respectively. In soils, {sup 210}Po is adsorbed to clay and organic colloids and the activity concentration varies with soil type and also correlates with the amount of atmospheric precipitation. The average activity concentration levels of {sup 210}Po in various soils are in the range of 20-240 Bq kg{sup -1}. Plants become contaminated with radioactive nuclides both by absorption from the soil (supported Po) and by deposition of radioactive fallout on the plants directly (unsupported Po). In fresh leafy plants the level of {sup 210}Po is particularly high as the result of the direct deposition of {sup 222}Rn daughters from atmospheric deposition. Tobacco is a terrestrial product with high activity concentrations of {sup 210}Po and {sup 210}Pb. The overall average activity concentration of {sup 210}Po is 13 {+-} 2 Bq kg{sup -1}. It is rather constant over time and by geographical origin. The average median daily dietary intakes of {sup 210}Po and {sup 210}Pb for the adult world population was estimated to 160 mBq day{sup -1} and 110 mBq day{sup -1}, corresponding to annual effective doses of 70 {mu}Sv a{sup -1} and 28 {mu}Sv a{sup -1}, respectively. The dietary intakes of {sup 210}Po and {sup 210}Pb from vegetarian food was estimated to only 70 mBq day{sup -1} and 40 mBq day{sup -1} corresponding to annual effective doses of 30.6 {mu}Sv a{sup -1} and 10 {mu}Sv a{sup -1}, respectively. Since the activity concentration of {sup 210}Po and {sup 210}Pb in seafood is significantly higher than in vegetarian food the effective dose to populations consuming a lot of seafood might be 5-15 fold higher.

  16. Polonium-210 and Caesium-137 in lynx (Lynx lynx), wolverine (Gulo gulo) and wolves (Canis lupus).

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    Gjelsvik, Runhild; Holm, Elis; Kålås, John Atle; Persson, Bertil; Asbrink, Jessica

    2014-12-01

    Wolves, lynx and wolverines are on the top of the food-chain in northern Scandinavia and Finland. (210)Po and (137)Cs have been analysed in samples of liver, kidney and muscle from 28 wolves from Sweden. In addition blood samples were taken from 27 wolves. In 9 of the wolves, samples of muscle, liver and blood were analysed for (210)Po. Samples of liver and muscle were collected from 16 lynx and 16 wolverines from Norway. The liver samples were analysed for (210)Po and (137)Cs. Only (137)Cs analyses were carried out for the muscle samples. The wolves were collected during the winter 2010 and 2011, while the samples for lynx and wolverines were all from 2011. The activity concentrations of (210)Po in wolves were higher for liver (range 20-523 Bq kg(-1) d.w.) and kidney (range 24-942 Bq kg(-1) d.w.) than muscle (range 1-43 Bq kg(-1) d.w.) and blood (range 2-54 Bq kg(-1) d.w.). Activity ratios, (210)Po/(210)Pb, in wolf samples of muscle, liver and blood were in the ranges 2-77, 9-56 and 2-54. Using a wet weight ratio of 3.8 the maximal absorbed dose from (210)Po to wolf liver was estimated to 3500 μGy per year. Compared to wolf, the ranges of (210)Po in liver samples were lower in lynx (range 22-211 Bq kg(-1) d.w.) and wolverine (range16-160 Bq kg(-1) d.w.). Concentration of (137)Cs in wolf samples of muscle, liver, kidney and blood were in the ranges 70-8410 Bq kg(-1) d.w., 36-4050 Bq kg(-1) d.w., 31-3453 Bq kg(-1) d.w. and 4-959 Bq kg(-1) d.w., respectively. (137)Cs in lynx muscle and liver samples were in the ranges 44-13393 Bq kg(-1) d.w. and 125-10260 Bq kg(-1) d.w. The corresponding values for (137)Cs in wolverine were 22-3405 Bq kg(-1) d.w. for liver and 53-4780 Bq kg(-1) d.w. for muscle. The maximal absorbed dose from (137)Cs to lynx was estimated to 3000 μGy per year. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  17. The human alimentary tract transfer and body retention of environmental polonium-210

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    Hunt, G J; Rumney, H S [Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, Lowestoft, Suffolk NR33 0HT (United Kingdom)

    2007-12-15

    This paper presents the results of a 4 year study to investigate the human alimentary tract transfer factor (f{sub A} value) and body retention of {sup 210}Po in shellfish. In the first 3 years, mussels (Mytilus edulis L.), cockles (Cerastoderma edule L.) and brown meat from crab (Cancer pagurus L.) were successively studied. In each year five volunteers (from a pool of seven) ate a suitable portion of the shellfish and provided 24 h samples of excreta usually for 3 days before and for at least 7 days during and after eating. Subsamples of shellfish were analysed to determine the intakes of {sup 210}Po. Faeces were analysed and the data used to assess apparent f{sub A} values. Urine samples were analysed in the mussel and crab studies to provide urinary excretion parameters. Pb-210 was also analysed during the mussel study; the levels were low, leading to large uncertainties, but confirming the negligible effect of radioactive decay to its granddaughter {sup 210}Po in the main study. In the fourth year, larger samples of brown crab meat were eaten by five volunteers and faecal samples were taken at suitable times over periods of up to 43 days to study body retention of {sup 210}Po. The first {approx}7 days provided additional data on f{sub A} values. Pooled results for the apparent f{sub A} for the whole study lay in the range 0.15-0.65 with a mean of 0.46; corrections for endogenous excretion suggest a true f{sub A} value of {approx}0.51, supporting the value of 0.5 currently used by the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP). The retention data suggest a biological half-time of about 40 days, in broad consistency with the 50 days currently used by the ICRP. Thus there is no strong evidence from this study suggesting a change in dose coefficient for {sup 210}Po. Full experimental data are provided to allow independent further interpretation.

  18. Polonium-210 and lead-210 in the terrestrial environment: a historical review.

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    Persson, Bertil R R; Holm, Elis

    2011-05-01

    The radionuclides (210)Po and (210)Pb widely present in the terrestrial environment are the final long-lived radionuclides in the decay of (238)U in the earth's crust. Their presence in the atmosphere is due to the decay of (222)Rn diffusing from the ground. The range of activity concentrations in ground level air for (210)Po is 0.03-0.3 Bq m(-3) and for (210)Pb 0.2-1.5 Bq m(-3). In drinking water from private wells the activity concentration of (210)Po is in the order of 7-48 mBq l(-1) and for (210)Pb around 11-40 mBq l(-1). From water works, however, the activity concentration for both (210)Po and (210)Pb is only in the order of 3 mBq l(-1). Mosses, lichens and peat have a high efficiency in capturing (210)Po and (210)Pb from atmospheric fallout and exhibit an inventory of both (210)Po and (210)Pb in the order of 0.5-5 kBq m(-2) in mosses and in lichens around 0.6 kBq m(-2). The activity concentrations in lichens lies around 250 Bq kg(-1), dry mass. Reindeer and caribou graze lichen which results in an activity concentration of (210)Po and (210)Pb of about 1-15 Bq kg(-1) in meat from these animals. The food chain lichen-reindeer or caribou, and Man constitutes a unique model for studying the uptake and retention of (210)Po and (210)Pb in humans. The effective annual dose due to (210)Po and (210)Pb in people with high consumption of reindeer/caribou meat is estimated to be around 260 and 132 μSv a(-1) respectively. In soils, (210)Po is adsorbed to clay and organic colloids and the activity concentration varies with soil type and also correlates with the amount of atmospheric precipitation. The average activity concentration levels of (210)Po in various soils are in the range of 20-240 Bq kg(-1). Plants become contaminated with radioactive nuclides both by absorption from the soil (supported Po) and by deposition of radioactive fallout on the plants directly (unsupported Po). In fresh leafy plants the level of (210)Po is particularly high as the result of the direct deposition of (222)Rn daughters from atmospheric deposition. Tobacco is a terrestrial product with high activity concentrations of (210)Po and (210)Pb. The overall average activity concentration of (210)Po is 13 ± 2 Bq kg(-1). It is rather constant over time and by geographical origin. The average median daily dietary intakes of (210)Po and (210)Pb for the adult world population was estimated to 160 mBq day(-1) and 110 mBq day(-1), corresponding to annual effective doses of 70 μSv a(-1) and 28 μSv a(-1), respectively. The dietary intakes of (210)Po and (210)Pb from vegetarian food was estimated to only 70 mBq day(-1) and 40 mBq day(-1) corresponding to annual effective doses of 30.6 μSv a(-1) and 10 μSv a(-1), respectively. Since the activity concentration of (210)Po and (210)Pb in seafood is significantly higher than in vegetarian food the effective dose to populations consuming a lot of seafood might be 5-15 fold higher. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  19. The polonium 210 in aerosols: contribution to the study of savannah fires and volcano emissions; Le polonium 210 dans les aerosols: contribution a l`etude des feux de savanes et des emissions volcaniques

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    Nho-Kim, E.Y

    1996-06-27

    Natural sources plan a fundamental role on the emission of the species causing climatic variations. The aim of this study is, on the one hand, to estimate fluxes of different components emitted by biomass burning and volcanoes, and on the other hand, to trace these components in time and space. We used {sup 210}Po, last decay product in the {sup 238}U series, as a tracer, as it is one of the characteristic species emitted by these sources: it is highly enriched in these plumes compared to the usual atmosphere and the {sup 210}Po radioactivity is not affected by chemical transformation. We have shown that the contribution of biomass burning on the {sup 210}Po concentration in local background atmosphere is minor during the dry season, compared to that of Saharan soil dusts despite of the importance of this source in the global budget of {sup 210}Po (10%). However, the good correlation observed between the {sup 210}Po concentration and that of carbonaceous aerosols and of CO{sub 2} in biomass burning plumes reveals that {sup 210}Po can be used as a reference of the components emitted by biomass burning. We have estimated the contribution of the Indonesian volcanoes which represent about 5 to 30 % of the global volcanic budget of trace metals. Atmospheric transport of these volcanic plumes was simulated using the {sup 210}Po as a tracer. Due to the characteristic atmospheric circulation in this region, vertical transport is predominant over meridian dispersion, which is moderated by the convergence of the trade winds. The impact of these volcanic emissions on the atmospheric concentration of the trace metals remains a local effect when the volcanic activity is out of cataclysmal eruptions. (author)

  20. Determination of specific alpha-emitting radionuclides (uranium, plutonium, thorium and polonium) in water using [Ba+Fe]-coprecipitation method.

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    Suarez-Navarro, J A; Pujol, Ll; Suarez-Navarro, M J

    2017-12-01

    The indicative dose (ID) is one of the parameters established in the current European directive for water intended for human consumption. To determine the ID, it is necessary to know the activity concentration of: 238U, 234U, 226Ra, 210Po, 239,240Pu and 241Am. The existing methods to determine these radionuclides involve complex radiochemical separations (ionic exchange columns, extraction chromatography, etc.), followed by measurements with a semiconductor detector, laboratory procedures that are time-consuming and costly. As a lower cost alternative that reduces measuring and preparation times, avoids the need for a self-absorption correction and the use of tracers, and above all that can be used in any laboratory, methods based on liquid-liquid extraction and selective co-precipitation were developed. These methodologies offer high separation recovery and selectivity, and the measurements are made using a gas proportional counter or a solid ZnS(Ag) scintillation counter. The separation factor ranged between 91.4% and 100.0% for all alpha-emitting radionuclides across the different methods. The activity concentration for each method was computed through linear equations that represent the relationship between the activity and selectivity of the different alpha-emitting radionuclides. This mathematical procedure simplifies the radiochemical separations and provides more accurate activity concentrations. The results of the internal and external validation studies proved that the proposed method is suitable for determining 241Am, 226Ra, uranium, plutonium, thorium and 210Po in water samples. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. Improving the Selectivity of the ISOLDE Resonance Ionization Laser Ion Source and In-Source Laser Spectroscopy of Polonium

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    Fink, Daniel Andreas; Jochim, Selim

    Exotic atomic nuclei far away from stability are fascinating objects to be studied in many scientic elds such as atomic-, nuclear-, and astrophysics. Since these are often short-lived isotopes, it is necessary to couple their production with immediate extraction and delivery to an experiment. This is the purpose of the on-line isotope separator facility, ISOLDE, at CERN. An essential aspect of this laboratory is the Resonance Ionization Laser Ion Source (RILIS) because it provides a fast and highly selective means of ionizing the reaction products. This technique is also a sensitive laser-spectroscopy tool for the development and improvement of electron excitation schemes for the resonant laser photoionization and the study of the nuclear structure or fundamental atomic physics. Each of these aspects of the RILIS applications are subjects of this thesis work: a new device for the suppression of unwanted surface ionized contaminants in RILIS ion beams, known as the Laser Ion Source and Trap (LIST), was impleme...

  2. Polonium ({sup 210}Po) and lead ({sup 210}Pb) in marine organisms and their transfer in marine food chains

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    Carvalho, Fernando P., E-mail: carvalho@itn.p [Instituto Tecnologico e Nuclear, Departamento de Proteccao Radiologica e Seguranca Nuclear, E.N. 10, 2686-953 Sacavem (Portugal)

    2011-05-15

    The determination of {sup 210}Po and {sup 210}Pb was performed in marine organisms from the seashore to abyssal depths, encompassing a plethora of species from the microscopic plankton to the sperm whale. Concentrations of those radionuclides ranged from low values of about 5 x 10{sup -1} Bq kg{sup -1} (wet wt.) in jellyfish, to very high values of about of 3 x 10{sup 4} Bq kg{sup -1} (wet wt.) in the gut walls of sardines, with a common pattern of {sup 210}Po > {sup 210}Pb.These radionuclides are primarily absorbed from water and concentrated by phyto- and microzooplankton, and then are transferred to the next trophic level along marine food chains. Investigation in epipelagic, mesopelagic, bathypelagic and abyssobenthic organisms revealed that {sup 210}Po is transferred in the marine food webs with transfer factors ranging from 0.1 to 0.7, and numerically similar to those of the energy transfer in the marine food chains. As {sup 210}Po preferentially binds to amino acids and proteins, its transfer in food chains likely traces protein transfer and, thus, {sup 210}Po transfer factors are similar to ecotrophic coefficients. {sup 210}Pb is transferred less efficiently in marine food chains and this contributes to increased {sup 210}Po:{sup 210}Pb activity ratios in some trophic levels.

  3. Excess of polonium-210 activity in the surface urban atmosphere. Part 2: origin of ²¹⁰Po excess.

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    Długosz-Lisiecka, Magdalena

    2015-02-01

    The presence of significant (210)Po activity, unsupported by its grandparent radionuclide (210)Pb, in the surface atmosphere of industrialized regions can originate from human technical activities. In urban air, the activity ratio of (210)Po to (210)Pb might increase as a result of natural condensation and coagulation processes of relatively volatile (210)Po-containing species emitted during coal combustion processes. The presence of excess of (210)Po cannot be explained by its in-growth from radioactive decay of (210)Bi. About 50% of (210)Po radionuclide released during coal combustion processes can be emitted into air as gaseous or ultrafine products. Subsequently, these products are quickly attached to the surface of fine particles suspended in the air. As a result, an excess of (210)Po activity in aerosols has been reported. However, in this manner, As much as 11 GBq of (210)Po per year can enter the urban air from the local coal power plants in Lodz city, Poland.

  4. Radiation Dose and Risk Assessments from Polonium-210 in Green Mussels (Perna viridis) and Seafood Consumers Living nearby the Industrial Area in Chonburi Province, Thailand

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    Tumnoi, Y.; Phaopeng, N. [Office of Atoms for Peace - OAP (Thailand)

    2014-07-01

    Marine environmental samples including seawater (filtered and unfiltered), suspended particles, and green mussels (Perna viridis) were collected from Sriracha and Angsira areas located in Chonburi province in order to determine Po-210 radioactivity. The former was chosen because it is generally believed that this area has been contaminated by one of the largest industrial estates in Thailand and others human-activities (non-nuclear activities) nearby such as oil refineries and Coal Power Plants. Discharges, ashes, and wastes released from these activities may result in an increase of Po-210 concentration in marine environment when compared to other areas. The later was designated to serve as a control site in this study since this area is unlikely to be impacted by industrial activities. Our results revealed that, in the filtered seawater, averaged values of Po-210 level were 0.26 + 0.14 mBq/L (Sriracha) and 0.56 + 0.42 mBq/L (Angsira) and, in the unfiltered seawater, means of Po-210 radioactivity were 2.37 + 0.32 mBq/L (Sriracha) and 4.20 + 2.78 mBq/L (Angsira). Furthermore, the suspended particles contained Po-210 concentrations with averaged values of 14.11 + 8.87 Bq/kg dw (Sriracha) and 102.21 + 51.49 Bq/kg dw (Angsira) while averaged Po-210 levels of 35.74 + 17.53 Bq/kg dw (Sriracha) and 71.12 + 62.88 Bq/kg dw (Angsira) were found in the green mussels examined. The present finding indicates that there is no radiological impact caused by those human activities to the marine environment at Sriracha. Radiation dose assessment was also performed in both the green mussels and human who consume green mussels. The results show that the green mussels farmed at Sriracha and Angsira received averaged radiation dose rates from Po-210 at 0.0007 and 0.0015 mGy/d, respectively. In addition, our results reveal that populations living in Chonburi province and ingesting the green mussels from these 2 locations received radiation dose rates from Po-210 at the means of 44.25 and 26.54 μSv/y. Higher dose rates would be obtained when consuming immediately or a couple day after the harvest while the lower would be obtained when the mussels are stored for 90 days prior to ingestion. These dose rates are well below the dose limits for aquatic organisms which are 10 mGy/d and 10 μGy/h and for the general public which is 1 mSv/y. Therefore, it can be concluded here that the green mussels from both areas are radiologically healthy and do not cause any radiation effects to the seafood consumers. Document available in abstract form only. (authors)

  5. Polonium-210 and lead-210 in food and tobacco products: a review of parameters and an estimate of potential exposure and dose

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    Watson, A.P.

    1983-07-01

    Food-chain transport of Pb-210 and Po-210 from soil to edible plant parts and from animal feed to meat and milk were evaluated from a review of literature. The degree of transfer was characterized by estimating concentration factors (unweighted arithmetic means) as well as the transfer coefficients B/sub v/, B/sub r/ (unweighted geometric means, f/sub m/ and f/sub f/ (unweighted arithmetic means). Global dietary intake of Pb-210 and Po-210 was also summarized, and 50-year dose estimates to target organs calculated. The greatest estimated ingestion doses were those to populations with large dietary complements of animal protein in the form of seafood (Japan) or caribou/reindeer muscle and organ meats (Arctic Eskimos and Lapps). The magnitude of this latter source illustrates the importance of simple food chains in generating significant exposures to populations dependent upon them. The origin and magnitude of inhalation exposure and dose from tobacco products was also assessed. For the majority of internal organs evaluated, the dose resulting from smoking commercially available tobacco products is comparable to or greater than the dose estimates for ingestion of naturally occurring dietary Pb-210 and Po-210.

  6. Registration of the alpha-particles from polonium isotopes plated-out on the surface of the plastic detectors LR-115 and CR-39

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    Abu-Jarad, F.; Wilson, C.K.; Fremlin, J.H. (Birmingham Univ. (UK). Dept. of Physics)

    1981-09-01

    LR-115 and CR-39 plastic detectors were used to study the plate-out of radon daughters (/sup 218/Po, /sup 214/Po) on their surfaces. This was done by covering both surfaces with fresh CR-39 after completing their exposure to the radon activity. The plated-out daughters continued to decay for approximately 4 h after completing the plastic exposure and this was recorded by the CR-39 cover. Two different experiments were used to study this; the desiccator experiment and the fan experiment. The effect of the plate-out was found to increase the number of tracks on CR-39 while not affecting the LR-115 owing to its inability to record ..cap alpha..-particles with the full emission energy. It has been shown that plate-out can cause over-estimation of radon concentration by several times when using CR-39.

  7. Estimation of Polonium-210 activity in marine and terrestrial samples and computation of ingestion dose to the public in and around Kanyakumari coast, India

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    L. Macklin Rani

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available The brown mussel Perna perna, an effective bioindicator species for monitoring radioactive pollution, was used to evaluate the concentration of 210Po in and around the coastal areas of Kanyakumari, a Monazite rich region. 210Po concentration in P. perna collected from ten different locations in this region exhibited values ranging between 78.09 ± 5.5 and 320.00 ± 18.1 Bq/kg (wet. Kalluvilai recorded the maximum concentration of 210Po (320.00 ± 18.1 Bq/kg, and hence further studies involving the activity of 210Po in other marine organisms and terrestrial samples were carried out from this site. The annual intake of 210Po by the population residing in this location via dietary sources was estimated. Similarly, the total annual committed effective dose to the public was found to be 2.24 mSv/year. The results obtained were compared to the values reported by earlier studies in India and also in other countries.

  8. Abstracts of the Conference on Mechanisms of DNA Repair and Mutagenesis on the 100. Anniversary of the Discovery of Polonium and Radium

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    NONE

    1997-12-31

    The conference covered various aspects of mutagenesis and mechanisms of DNA repair. UV and ionizing radiation were use to induce DNA lesions in bacteria, yeast and cell cultures of higher organisms. This allows study of influence of mutations on particular processes in the cell. Mechanisms of resistance were also investigated. Biological investigations were performed using labelled compounds.

  9. Lowest excited 2+ and 3- states in even-A N =82 and N =126 isotones from relativistic quasiparticle random-phase approximation

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    Ansari, A.

    2017-05-01

    Excitation energy, reduced transition rates, and g factors of the lowest 2+ and 3- states of even-even N =82 and N =126 isotones are studied in relativistic QRPA formalism. These values are compared to available experimental data and some of the recent theoretical results. In the following the obtained results are presented first for N =82 isotones with Z =36 -72 , that is very neutron-rich to neutron-deficient nuclei with N /Z varying from 2.28 to 1.14 and then for N =126 isotones with Z =76 -92 . These calculations are performed employing NL3, as well as its recently revised version NL 3* set of the RMF Lagrangian parameters. It is found that both the interaction sets produce almost similar results. The agreement with available data is rather satisfactory in view of such a wide range of nuclei considered here, though there are serious disagreements like in the case of 140Ce and properties of 3- states of N =126 isotones.

  10. Shape coexistence and shell-model intruder states in the lead region studied by $\\alpha$ -decay

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    2002-01-01

    % IS336 \\\\ \\\\ Low-lying 0$^+$ states in even-even nuclei near closed shells can be a manifestation of the coexistence of different shapes in the same nucleus. Deformed bandstructures built upon these 0$^+$ states, coexisting at low energy with the ground state band, have been observed in several regions of the nuclear chart, including the Z=82 region. Such structures have been found in the neutron-deficient even Pb nuclei and the mixing between intruder and normal states has been studied by the $\\alpha$- decay of $^{194, 196, 198}$Po towards the 0$^+$ excited and ground states in $^{190, 192, 194}$Pb using $\\alpha$-e-t coincidence events. It is expected that shape coexistence will occur in the light Po isotopes as well. Evidence for a deformed band at low excitation energy in $^{196, 198}$Po has been found in in-beam studies and the $\\alpha$-decay of $^{202}$Rn studied at ISOLDE revealed feeding to a 0$^+$~state at 816~keV in $^{198}$Po. \\\\ \\\\It is our intention to investigate the $^{194, 196}$Po nuclei with ...

  11. Delayed and In-beam Spectroscopy on Francium and Astatine Nuclei at the Proton Drip Line

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    Uusitalo, J.; Jakobsson, U. [Department of Physics, University of Jyvaeskylae (Finland); Collaboration: RITU-Gamma Gollaboration

    2011-11-30

    Delayed and in-beam spectroscopy on francium and astatine nuclei at and beyond the proton drip line has been performed. In neutron deficient astatine nuclei a shift to deformed shapes as a function of decreasing neutron has been obtained. In neutron deficient francium isotope the same shift is evident.

  12. Delayed and In-beam Spectroscopy on Francium and Astatine Nuclei at the Proton Drip Line

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    Uusitalo, J.; Jakobsson, U.

    2011-11-01

    Delayed and in-beam spectroscopy on francium and astatine nuclei at and beyond the proton drip line has been performed. In neutron deficient astatine nuclei a shift to deformed shapes as a function of decreasing neutron has been obtained. In neutron deficient francium isotope the same shift is evident.

  13. Systematics of Alpha-Radioactivity

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    Perlman, I.; Ghiorso, A.; Seaborg, G.T.

    1949-09-12

    Correlations of alpha-decay energies in terms of mass number and atomic number have been made for all of the alpha-emitting species now numbering over 100. For each element isotopes show increase in alpha-energy with decrease in mass number except in the region of 126 neutrons where there is an explainable reversal. This reversal has the effect of creating a region of relatively low alpha-energy and long half-life at low mass numbers for such elements as astatine, emanation, francium, and possibly higher elements as had been noted already for bismuth and polonium. Methods and examples of using alpha-decay data to define the energy surface in the heavy element region are discussed. The regularities in alpha-decay are used for predictions of nuclear properties including prediction of the beta-stable nuclides among the heavy elements. The half-life vs. energy correlations show that the even-even nuclides conform well with existing alpha-decay theory, but all nuclear types with odd nucleons show prohibited decay. The reason for this prohibition is not found in spin changes in the alpha-emission but in the assembly of the components of the alpha particle, and this theory is discussed further in terms of observations made on nuclides having two or more alpha-groups. Using most of the even-even nuclei to define 'normal nuclear radius' calculations are now able to show the shrinkage in the regions of lead and of 126 neutrons to amount to about 10%. The much greater change in 'effective radius' for bismuth isotopes can be dissociated into the effects of odd nucleons superimposed on the actual decrease in nuclear radius. The simple expression r = 1.48 A{sup 1/3} {center_dot} 10{sup -13} cm seems to fit the data for the even-even nuclei outside of the region of 126 neutrons better than more complex functions.

  14. Polonium-210 and other radionuclides in terrestrial, freshwater and brackish environments Results from the NKS project GAPRAD (Filling knowledge gaps in radiation protection methodologies for non-human biota)

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    Gjelsvik, R.; Brown, J.; Holm, E.; Roos, P.; Saxen, R.; Outola, I.

    2012-01-15

    The background and rationale to filling knowledge gaps in radiation protection methodologies for biota are presented. Concentrations of Po-210 and Pb-210 are reported for biota sampled in Dovrefjell, Norway and selected lake and brackish ecosystems in Finland. Furthermore, details in relation to Po-210 uptake and biokinetics in humans based on experimental studies are recounted. (Author)

  15. Spectroscopy of exotic nuclei with A {approx} 190: single particle states and collective properties of {sup 187,189}Bi and {sup 188}Pb; Spectroscopie de noyaux exotiques dans la region de masse A {approx} 190: la structure des isotopes {sup 187,189}Bi et {sup 188}Pb

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    Huerstel, A

    2002-11-01

    This thesis is devoted to the study of very neutron deficient nuclei in the lead region of the nuclear chart and more precisely to the investigation of the single particle states and collective properties of the {sup 187,189}Bi isotopes by gamma-ray spectroscopy. These nuclei were produced via fusion-evaporation reaction induced by a krypton beam on a silver target. In this mass region, the cross section for producing these nuclei are very low, of the order of a few micro-barns, making experimental studies very difficult. The identification of the nuclei was done using the very powerful RDT (Recoil Decay Tagging) technique, based on the selection of the isotopes through their characteristic alpha-particle decays. The experiments were performed at the university of Jyvdskyla (Finland) with the facility combining the gamma-ray spectrometer JUROSPHERE and the magnetic gas-filled separator RITU. Isomeric states were observed in both nuclei and their life-times measured. The systematics of individual proton states in odd-mass bismuth isotopes have been reproduced with a shell model up to 20 neutrons away from the valley of stability. Furthermore, rotational bands, a signature of collective nuclear motion, have been established for the first time in these nuclei. The interpretation of these results led to the conclusion that {sup 187,189}Bi have a prolate shape at low excitation energy, unlike the heavier bismuth isotopes which have been interpreted to have oblate deformation, implying a shape transition in this mass region. Hartree-Fock-Bogolyubov calculations are consistent with the experimental indication of shape coexistence, as seen in the neighbouring even-even lead nuclei. (author)

  16. Radon-222 as a Natural Tracer for Monitoring the Remediation of NAPL Contamination in the Subsurface

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    2006-11-06

    Polonium-218 decays via 2 alpha decays and 2 beta decays into a series of short-lived bismuth , polonium and lead daughters and finally to lead-210...samples in the VOA bottles were treated with hydrogen peroxide to oxidize ferrous iron (Fe++) to ferric iron (Fe+++). This resulted in an iron hydroxide

  17. A review of radio chemical analysis and estimation of 210Po in soil matrices

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    N.K. Sethy

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available The naturally occurring radionuclide 210Po, arising from the uranium–radium decay series, provides a considerable contribution to the radiation exposure to humans. Polonium is analyzed for a variety of purposes, including for radiological impact assessment or as a tracer of environmental processes. Losses of polonium may occur at temperatures above 100 °C, depending on conditions, requiring particular care in sample preparation and treatment. There has been little development regarding analysis of polonium in environmental samples since 1960 as radiochemical analysis of polonium is quite straight forward due to easy of source preparation through auto-deposition on to metal surfaces. In this paper a brief review of estimation of polonium in the soil samples have given emphasis.

  18. Shell structure in the vicinity of the doubly magic {sup 100}Sn via Coulomb excitation at PreSPEC

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    Guastalla, Giulia

    2014-11-17

    The PreSPEC setup in combination with the high intensity primary beams available at GSI provided unique opportunities for the key nuclear structure studies on exotic nuclei. The experiment performed on the neutron deficient {sup 104}Sn aimed to deduce the reduced transition probability of the first excited 2{sup +} state quantified by the B(E2; 0{sup +} → 2{sup +}) value. This result is the central point in the discussion of the evolution of nuclear structure in proximity of the doubly magic nucleus {sup 100}Sn. As {sup 100}Sn is not yet accessible for such measurements, a series of experiments have been performed for neutron-deficient Sn isotopes over the past few years. These data showed excessive experimental B(E2) strength compared to shell model calculations below neutron number N=64 and they are therefore not excluding a constant or even increasing collectivity below {sup 106}Sn. Hence, the measurement of the B(E2) value in the next even-even isotope toward {sup 100}Sn, i.e. {sup 104}Sn, was a crucial step to verify the robustness of the shell gap of {sup 100}Sn. Moreover, {sup 104}Sn is the heaviest isotope of the Sn isotopic chain for which a shell model calculation without significant truncation of the valence space can be performed and therefore with this experimental value the validity of Large Scale Shell Model (LSSM) calculations could be tested. As a main result of the experiment a B(E2) value corresponding to 0.10(4) e{sup 2}b{sup 2} has been extracted for {sup 104}Sn. The experimental value showed a very good agreement with the predicted one and, despite the large error bar, it clearly established a downward trend of the B(E2) values of the Sn isotopic chain toward A=100. This implied enhanced stability of the N = Z = 50 shell closure against ph-excited quadrupole modes. However, an experiment of this kind is very challenging for several reasons. First, {sup 104}Sn lies in proximity of the proton drip line and has therefore a small production

  19. A biokinetic study of {sup 209}Po in man

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    Henricsson, C.F.; Ranebo, Y. [Department of Medical Radiation Physics, Clinical Sciences in Lund, Lund University, Skane University Hospital in Lund (Sweden); Hansson, M. [Medical Radiation Physics, Department of Clinical Sciences in Malmoe, Lund University, Skane University Hospital in Malmoe (Sweden); Raeaef, C.L., E-mail: Christopher.Raaf@med.lu.se [Medical Radiation Physics, Department of Clinical Sciences in Malmoe, Lund University, Skane University Hospital in Malmoe (Sweden); Holm, E. [Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority, Osteras (Norway)

    2012-10-15

    Five adult volunteers participated in a biokinetic study of radioactive polonium. Portions of about 10 Bq of {sup 209}Po were orally administrated to four of the volunteers in a single ingestion. The fifth volunteer ingested a daily amount of 53 mBq of 209Po for 243 d to study the time to achieve equilibrium between intake and excretion for protracted intakes. For the subjects ingesting single intakes of {sup 209}Po complete sampling of urine and feces was subsequently collected the first few days upon the ingestion. The samples were processed with radiochemical extraction and analyzed with alpha spectrometry. In the study, the maximum daily excretion rates in feces were 18-50% of the ingested activity, observed within 3 d after intake. Regarding the urine excretion, the daily excretion peaked, on average, at 0.15-1% of the ingested activity within two days upon intake. These results indicate an average gastro-intestinal uptake fraction of 0.46 {+-} 0.08, which agrees well with earlier biokinetic studies of polonium in man. -- Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Human metabolism of an oral intake of polonium. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer 4 individuals were administrated about 10 Bq polonium-209. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Gastro-intestinal uptake fraction, if orally administrated polonium-209 was investigated. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The biological half-time of polonium in human body was studied.

  20. Laser spectroscopy of gallium isotopes using the ISCOOL RFQ cooler

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    Blaum, K; Kowalska, M; Ware, T; Procter, T J

    2007-01-01

    We propose to study the radioisotopes of gallium (Z=31) by collinear laser spectroscopy using the ISCOOL RFQ ion cooler. The proposed measurements on $^{62-83}$Ga will span both neutron-deficient and neutron-rich isotopes. Of key interest is the suggested development of a proton-skin in the neutron-deficient isotopes. The isotope shifts measured by laser spectroscopy will be uniquely sensitive to this feature. The measurements will also provide a wealth of new information on the gallium nuclear spins, static moments and nuclear charge radii.

  1. Delayed-proton and -alpha emission

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    Feix, W

    1981-01-01

    Delayed-proton and delayed-alpha spectra and their branching ratios are theoretically studied for neutron deficient heavy nuclei, /sup 114,116/Cs. The results exhibit a strong model dependence of the analysis. This implies a difficulty of deducing details of the beta - strength function of the precursors from such an analysis. (0 refs).

  2. Beta-decay of {sup 103}In: evidence for the Gamow-Teller resonance near {sup 100}Sn

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    Karny, M. [Warsaw Univ. (Poland). Inst. of Experimental Physics; Batist, L.; Brown, B.A. [and others

    1998-04-01

    The {beta} decay of the neutron-deficient isotope {sup 103}In was investigated by using total absorption {gamma}-ray spectrometry on mass-separated sources. The measurement reveals a high-lying resonance of the {beta}-decay strength in striking disagreement with high-resolution {gamma}-ray data. The result is discussed in comparison with shell-model predictions. (orig.)

  3. Imaging in nuclear medicine with cyclotron generated radionuclides.

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    Paans, Anne Marinus Johannes

    1984-01-01

    Neutron deficient radionuclei can be produced by a charged particle accelerator. These radionuclei decay by positron emission or by electron capture. The positrons annihillate with an electron resulting in two collinear gamma quanta of 511 keV each. The use of positron emitters for diagnostic

  4. Structure of negative parity yrast bands in odd mass 125− 131Ce ...

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    The negative parity yrast bands of neutron-deficient 125-131Ce nuclei are studied by using the projected shell model approach. Energy levels, transition energies and (1)/(2) ratios are calculated and compared with the available experimental data. The calculations reproduce the band-head spins of negative parity ...

  5. Structure of negative parity yrast bands in odd mass 125−131Ce ...

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    Abstract. The negative parity yrast bands of neutron-deficient 125−131Ce nuclei are studied by using the projected shell model approach. Energy levels, transition energies and B(M1)/B(E2) ratios are calculated and compared with the available experimental data. The calculations reproduce the band-head spins of negative ...

  6. Mass measurements on short-lived Cd and Ag nuclides at the online mass spectrometer ISOLTRAP

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    Breitenfeldt, Martin

    2009-07-03

    In the present work, mass determinations of the eleven neutron-deficient nuclides {sup 99-109}Cd, of ten neutron-rich silver nuclides {sup 112,114-121,123}Ag, and seven neutron-rich cadmium nuclides {sup 114,120,122-124,126,128}Cd are reported. Due to the clean production of the neutron-deficient nuclides it was possible to reduce the experimental uncertainties down to 2 keV, whereas the measurements of neutron-rich nuclides were hampered by the presence of contaminations from more stable In and Cs nuclides. In the case of {sup 99}Cd and {sup 123}Ag the masses were determined for the first time and for the other nuclides the mass uncertainties could be reduced by up to a factor of 50 as in the case of {sup 100}Cd. In the case of a potential isomeric mixture as for {sup 115,117,119}Ag and {sup 123}Cd, where no assignment to either the ground state or the excited state was possible, the experimental results were adjusted accordingly. Afterwards all results were included in the framework of the atomic-mass evaluation and thus linked and compared with other experimental data. In the case of a potential isomeric mixture as for {sup 115,117,119}Ag and {sup 123}Cd, where no assignment to either the ground state or the excited state was possible, the experimental results were adjusted accordingly. Afterwards all results were included in the framework of the atomic-mass evaluation and thus linked and compared with other experimental data. In the case of the neutron-deficient Cd nuclides a conflict between the mass values obtained in the present work and those published by the JYFLTRAP group [EEH{sup +}] could be solved by performing an atomic-mass evaluation. Thus, it was revealed that reason for the conflict was a different value of the JYFLTRAP reference mass {sup 96}Mo. Furthermore, a reduction of the mass uncertainty and a slight increase of the mass of {sup 100}In were obtained. These mass measurements are an important step towards an understanding of the physics of

  7. Derivation of Soil Screening Guidelines for Gross Alpha/Beta Radioactivity for United States Air Force Deployment Sites

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    2007-04-19

    the emission of 7 alpha particles and 4 beta particles. Three radionuclides ( francium -223, astatine-215, and polonium-211) are not listed below...no no Uranium-233 159,200 y alpha yes no Thorium-229 7,300 y alpha yes no Radium-225 14.9 d beta no no Actinium-225 10.0 d alpha no no Francium

  8. Teaching Nuclear Radiation and the Poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko

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    David R. Lapp

    2008-01-01

    The recent international story about the death of the former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko has more than just a few wondering about radiation poisoning and the sinister sounding polonium-210. I was preparing to begin a nuclear radiation unit the Monday after Thanksgiving 2006. As it turned out, Litvinenko died Thanksgiving Day after a short and…

  9. Improved optimum condition for recovery and measurement of 210 ...

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    The aim of this study was to determine the optimum conditions for deposition of 210Po and evaluate the accuracy and precision of the results for its determination in environmental samples. To improve the technique for measurement of polonium-210(210Po) in environmental samples. The optimization of five factors (volume ...

  10. Survival of the Relocated Population of the U.S. After a Nuclear Attack

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    1976-06-01

    various isotopes (R. Chester, 1974) because the standard decay law does not apply after about five or six months after the detonation. At one year after...Injected Radium , Polonium, and Plutonium, The University of Rochester Rep. UR-274 (1953). H. A. Blair, A Formulation of the Injury, Life Span, Dose

  11. Activity of radon daughters in high-rise buildings

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    Abu-Jarad, F.; Fremlin, J.H. (University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia)

    1982-07-01

    The gamma-radiation dose-rate was measured inside comparable rooms on different floors of multi-storey Halls of Residence in Birmingham. In particular, the concentrations of Polonium 218 and Po 214 were monitored. There was no significant decline in activity with increasing height from the ground. Any variations are probably due to the specific characteristics of the buildings studied.

  12. Monthly progress abstracts of general research, liquid waste disposal research and biological research for September 1949

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    1949-11-28

    Brief descriptions of progress are given in the areas of chemistry, physics, instrumentation (calorimetry), process development (electrolysis and waste disposal), electronics (alpha counters, trigger circuits, flow counter, and sliding pulse generator), health division (distribution of polonium in tissues, fluids, and excreta), instrumentation, and process engineering.

  13. Towards saturation of the electron-capture delayed fission probability: The new isotopes 240Es and 236Bk

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    J. Konki

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available The new neutron-deficient nuclei 240Es and 236Bk were synthesised at the gas-filled recoil separator RITU. They were identified by their radioactive decay chains starting from 240Es produced in the fusion–evaporation reaction 209Bi(34S,3n240Es. Half-lives of 6(2s and 22−6+13s were obtained for 240Es and 236Bk, respectively. Two groups of α particles with energies Eα=8.19(3MeV and 8.09(3MeV were unambiguously assigned to 240Es. Electron-capture delayed fission branches with probabilities of 0.16(6 and 0.04(2 were measured for 240Es and 236Bk, respectively. These new data show a continuation of the exponential increase of ECDF probabilities in more neutron-deficient isotopes.

  14. Decay spectroscopy of $^{178}$Au

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    Whitmore, B

    In this thesis, the neutron-deficient nucleus $^{178}$Au is investigated through decay spectroscopy. Si and HPGe detectors were used to analyse the decay radiation of $^{178}$Au and its daughter nuclei. Previous studies have been unable to distinguish decay radiation from different isomeric states of this nucleus. This thesis represents the first time such isomeric discrimination has been achieved, and presents tentative spin assignments of both the ground state and an isomer. The neutron-deficient gold isotopes are an area of interest for the study of shape coexistence. This is the phenomenon exhibited by nuclei able to exist at a number of close lying energy minima, each reflecting a distinct type of deformation. It is hoped that studies such as this can help identify the evolution of nuclear deformation in this region of the nuclear chart.

  15. On-line separation of refractory hafnium and tantalum isotopes at the ISOCELE separator

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    Liang, C F; Obert, J; Paris, P; Putaux, J C

    1981-01-01

    By chemical evaporation technique, neutron deficient hafnium nuclei have been on-line separated at the ISOCELE facility, from the isobar rare-earth elements, in the metal-fluoride HfF/sub 3//sup +/ ion form. Half-lives of /sup 162-165/Hf have been measured. Similarly, tantalum has been selectively separated on the TaF/sub 4//sup +/ form. (4 refs) .

  16. Developmentand Application of Accelerator Isotopes in China

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    YANG Yuan-you; LI Fei-ze; LIAO Jia-li; Liu, Ning

    2015-01-01

    Compared with the isotopes generated by nuclear reactor, the isotopes prepared by accelerator always show high specific activity and short half-life period. And most of such isotopes always were neutron-deficient nuclides, giving β+ or single energy γ ray. As one of the most important methods preparing radionuclides, the preparation of isotopes by accelerator has attracted more and more attention from the beginning of 21th century. The development of the preparation and application of the acc...

  17. Identification of excited levels in 69Se and evidence for oblate deformed g{9}/{2} bands in 69, 71Se

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    Wiosna, M.; Busch, J.; Eberth, J.; Liebchen, M.; Mylaeus, T.; Schmal, N.; Sefzig, R.; Skoda, S.; Teichert, W.

    1988-01-01

    γ-rays from the decay of excited states in the neutron deficient nucleus 69Se could be identified from the reaction 32S( 40Ca, 2pn) 69Se. In 71Se the unfavoured g{9}/{2} band was established using the reaction 16O( 58Ni, 2pn) 71Se. γ-spectroscopic investigation revealed an oblate structure of the g{9}/{2} bands in both nuclei.

  18. Behavior of Po-210 in molten Pb-17Li

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    Feuerstein, H.; Oschinski, J.; Horn, S. (Kernforschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH (Germany). Hauptabt. Ingenieurtechnik)

    1992-09-01

    The behavior of Po-210 in molten Pb-17Li was investigated in evaporation experiments. It was found that polonium evaporates in form of an intermetallic compound PbPo. Because of the low vapor pressure of this polonide, evaporation rates are small. The activity coefficient for Po in Pb-17Li is given by 1n [gamma] = -4.77-(1329/T). Under conditions of a fusion reactor blanket with helium as cover gas, the evaporating fraction will be 10[sup 6] times smaller than that estimated assuming ideal solution and vacuum. In agreement with observations at a Bi-inpile loop, only a very small fraction of the total polonium will be found in cover gas spaces. (orig.).

  19. A step toward CNO solar neutrino detection in liquid scintillators

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    Villante, F.L., E-mail: villante@lngs.infn.it [Universita dell' Aquila, Dipartimento di Fisica, L' Aquila (Italy); INFN, Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso, Assergi (Italy); Ianni, A. [INFN, Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso, Assergi (Italy); Lombardi, F. [Universita dell' Aquila, Dipartimento di Fisica, L' Aquila (Italy); INFN, Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso, Assergi (Italy); Pagliaroli, G.; Vissani, F. [INFN, Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso, Assergi (Italy)

    2011-07-11

    The detection of CNO solar neutrinos in ultrapure liquid scintillator detectors is limited by the background produced by bismuth-210 nuclei that undergo {beta}-decay to polonium-210 with a lifetime of {approx}7 days. Polonium-210 nuclei are unstable and decay with a lifetime equal to {approx}200 days emitting {alpha} particles that can be also detected. In this Letter, we show that the Bi-210 background can be determined by looking at the time evolution of {alpha}-decay rate of Po-210, provided that {alpha} particle detection efficiency is stable over the data acquisition period and external sources of Po-210 are negligible. A sufficient accuracy can be obtained in a relatively short time. As an example, if the initial Po-210 event rate is {approx}2000 cpd/100 ton or lower, a Borexino-like detector could start discerning CNO neutrino signal from Bi-210 background in {Delta}t{approx}1 yr.

  20. Download this PDF file

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    2005-05-12

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  1. $\\beta$-NMR measurement of the nuclear quadrupole moments of $^{20,26-31}$Na

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    Wilbert, S; Geithner, W; Georg, U; Kappertz, S; Keim, M; Lievens, P; Neugart, R; Neuroth, M; Vermeeren, L

    1998-01-01

    The quadrupole moments of the neutron-rich isotopes $^{26-31}$Na and of the neutron-deficient $^{20}$Na were measured by $\\beta$-NMR after implantation of the short-lived nuclei into the host crystal lattices of Mg, LiNbO$_{3}$ and NaNO$_{3}$. The ion beams from ISOLDE were neutralized and polarized by in-beam optical pumping. Of particular interest are the isotopes close to N=20 for which various experimental observations suggest rather strong deformation. (5 refs) .

  2. Combined in-beam electron and gamma-ray spectroscopy of (184,186)Hg

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    Scheck, M; Rahkila, P; Butler, P A; Larsen, A C; Sandzelius, M; Scholey, C; Carrol, R J; Papadakis, P; Jakobsson, U; Grahn, T; Joss, D T; Watkins, H V; Juutinen, S; Bree, N; Cox, D; Huyse, M; Uusitalo, J; Leino, M; Ruotsalainen, P; Nieminen, P; Srebrny, J; Van Duppen, P; Herzan, A; Greenlees, P T; Julin, R; Herzberg, R D; Hauschild, K; Pakarinen, J; Page, R D; Peura, P; Gaffney, L P; Kowalczyk, M; Rinta-Antila, S; Saren, J; Lopez-Martens, A; Sorri, J; Ketelhut, S

    2011-01-01

    By exploiting the SAGE spectrometer a simultaneous measurement of conversion electrons and gamma rays emitted in the de-excitation of excited levels in the neutron-deficient nuclei (184,186)Hg was performed. The light Hg isotopes under investigation were produced using the 4n channels of the fusion-evaporation reactions of (40)Ar and (148,150)Sm. The measured K- and L-conversion electron ratios confirmed the stretched E2 nature of several transitions of the yrast bands in (184,186)Hg. Additional information on the E0 component of the 2(2)(+) -> 2(1)(+) transition in (186)Hg was obtained.

  3. High-power Ti:sapphire lasers for spectroscopy of antiprotonic atoms and radioactive ions

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    Hori, M., E-mail: Masaki.Hori@mpq.mpg.de [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Quantenoptik (Germany); Dax, A. [University of Tokyo, Department of Physics (Japan); Soter, A. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Quantenoptik (Germany)

    2012-12-15

    The ASACUSA collaboration has developed injection-seeded Ti:sapphire lasers of linewidth {Gamma}{sub pl} {approx} 6 MHz, pulse energy 50-100 mJ, and output wavelength {lambda} = 726-941 nm. They are being used in two-photon spectroscopy experiments of antiprotonic helium atoms at the Antiproton Decelerator (AD) of CERN. Ti:sapphire lasers of larger linewidth {Gamma}{sub pl} {approx} 100 MHz but more robust design will also be used in collinear resonance ionization spectroscopy (CRIS) experiments of neutron-deficient francium ions at the ISOLDE facility.

  4. High-power Ti:sapphire lasers for spectroscopy of antiprotonic atoms and radioactive ions

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    Hori, M.; Dax, A.; Soter, A.

    The ASACUSA collaboration has developed injection-seeded Ti:sapphire lasers of linewidth Γpl ˜ 6 MHz, pulse energy 50-100 mJ, and output wavelength λ = 726-941 nm. They are being used in two-photon spectroscopy experiments of antiprotonic helium atoms at the Antiproton Decelerator (AD) of CERN. Ti:sapphire lasers of larger linewidth Γpl ˜ 100 MHz but more robust design will also be used in collinear resonance ionization spectroscopy (CRIS) experiments of neutron-deficient francium ions at the ISOLDE facility.

  5. COMPLIS experiments: COllaboration for spectroscopy Measurements using a Pulsed Laser Ion Source

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    Sauvage, J. [IN2P3-CNRS, Institut de Physique Nucleaire (France); Boos, N. [Universitaet Mainz, Institut fuer Physik (Germany); Cabaret, L. [Laboratoire AimeCotton (France); Crawford, J.E. [McGill University, Physics Department (Canada); Duong, H.T. [Laboratoire AimeCotton (France); Genevey, J. [IN2P3-CNRS, Institut des Sciences Nucleaires (France); Girod, M. [Commissariat al' Energie Atomique, Service de Physique Nucleaire (France); Huber, G. [Universitaet Mainz, Institut fuer Physik (Germany); Ibrahim, F. [IN2P3-CNRS, Institut de Physique Nucleaire (France); Krieg, M. [Universitaet Mainz, Institut fuer Physik (Germany); Le Blanc, F. [IN2P3-CNRS, Institut de Physique Nucleaire (France); Lee, J.K.P. [McGill University, Physics Department (Canada); Libert, J. [Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires de Bordeaux Gradignan (France); Lunney, D.; Obert, J.; Oms, J. [IN2P3-CNRS, Institut de Physique Nucleaire (France); Peru, S. [Commissariat al' Energie Atomique, Service de Physique Nucleaire (France); Pinard, J. [Laboratoire AimeCotton (France); Putaux, J.C.; Roussiere, B. [IN2P3-CNRS, Institut de Physique Nucleaire (France)] (and others)

    2000-12-15

    Laser spectroscopy measurements have been carried out on very neutron-deficient isotopes of Au, Pt and Ir, produced as daughter elements from a Hg ISOLDE beam. For these transitional region nuclides, the hyperfine structure (HFS) and isotope shift (IS) were measured by Resonance Ionization Spectroscopy (RIS). Magnetic moments {mu}, spectroscopic quadrupole moments Q{sub s} and changes of the nuclear mean square charge radius {delta}along isotopic series have been extracted. For some results, a detailed comparison with theoretical predictions is presented.

  6. Mass measurements of short-lived isotopes in a Penning trap

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    Kern, F.; Egelhof, P.; Hilberath, T.; Kalinowsky, H.; Kluge, H.J.; Kunz, K.; Schweikhard, L.; Stolzenberg, H.; Moore, R.B.; Audi, G.

    1987-09-30

    A mass spectrometer has been set up at the on-line isotope separator ISOLDE at CERN, Geneva. Mass-separated radioactive ions are stored in a Penning trap. Their mass is determined by a measurement of the cyclotron frequency in the magnetic field of a superconducting magnet. A resolving power of up to 300.000 and a precision of some 10 keV were determined in a case of mass measurements of neutron-deficient Rb and Cs isotopes. The resonance of the isobars /sup 88/Sr and /sup 88/Rb were clearly resolved and evidence was obtained for an isomer in /sup 122/Cs. 16 refs., 5 figs.

  7. Mass measurements of short-lived isotopes in a penning trap

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    Kern, F.; Egelhof, P.; Hilberath, T.; Kalinowsky, H.; Kluge, H.h.; Kunz, K.; Schweikhard, L.; Stolzenberg, H.; Moore, R.B.; Audi, G.; and others

    1987-12-10

    A mass spectrometer has been set up at the on-line isotope separator ISOLDE at CERN/Geneva. Mass-separated radioactive ions are stored in a Penning trap. Their mass is determined by a measurement of the cyclotron frequency in the magnetic field of a superconducting magnet. A resolving power of up to 300.000 and a precision of some 10 keV were determined in case of mass measurements of neutron-deficient RB and Cs isotopes. The resonance of the isobars /sup 88/Sr and /sup 88/Rb were clearly resolved and evidence was obtained for an isomer in /sup 122/Cs.

  8. Mass measurements of short-lived isotopes in a penning trap

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    Kern, F.; Egelhof, P.; Hilberath, T.; Kalinowsky, H.; Kluge, H.-J.; Kunz, K.; Schweikhard, L.; Stolzenberg, H.; Moore, R. B.; Audi, G.; Bollen, G.

    1987-12-01

    A mass spectrometer has been set up at the on-line isotope separator ISOLDE at CERN/Geneva. Mass-separated radioactive ions are stored in a Penning trap. Their mass is determined by a measurement of the cyclotron frequency in the magnetic field of a superconducting magnet. A resolving power of up to 300.000 and a precision of some 10 keV were determined in case of mass measurements of neutron-deficient RB and Cs isotopes. The resonance of the isobars 88Sr and 88Rb were clearly resolved and evidence was obtained for an isomer in 122Cs.

  9. Direct Reactions for Nuclear Structure and Nuclear Astrophysics

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    Jones, Katherine Louise [Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States). Experimental Low-Energy Nuclear Physics Group

    2014-12-18

    Direct reactions are powerful probes for studying the atomic nucleus. Modern direct reaction studies are illuminating both the fundamental nature of the nucleus and its role in nucleosynthetic processes occurring in the cosmos. This report covers experiments using knockout reactions on neutron-deficient fragmentation beams, transfer reactions on fission fragment beams, and theoretical sensitivity studies relating to the astrophysical r-process. Results from experiments on 108,106Sn at the NSCL, and on 131Sn at HRIBF are presented as well as the results from the nucleosynthesis study.

  10. Precision Mass Measurement of Argon Isotopes

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    Lunney, D

    2002-01-01

    % IS388\\\\ \\\\ A precision mass measurement of the neutron-deficient isotopes $^{32,33,34}$Ar is proposed. Mass values of these isotopes are of importance for: a) a stringent test of the Isobaric-Multiplet- Mass-Equation, b) a verification of the correctness of calculated charge-dependent corrections as used in super-allowed $\\beta$- decay studies aiming at a test of the CVC hypothesis, and c) the determination of the kinematics in electron-neutrino correlation experiments searching for scalar currents in weak interaction. The measurements will be carried out with the ISOLTRAP Penning trap mass spectrometer.

  11. The SOFIA Experiment

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    Boutoux, G.; Bélier, G.; Chatillon, A.; Ebran, A.; Gorbinet, T.; Laurent, B.; Martin, J.-F.; Pellereau, E.; Taieb, J.; Audouin, L.; Tassan-Got, L.; Jurado, B.; Álvarez-Pol, H.; Ayyad, Y.; Benlliure, J.; Caamaño, M.; Cortina-Gil, D.; Fernández-Domínguez, B.; Paradela, C.; Rodriguez-Sanchez, J.-L.; Vargas, J.; Casarejos, E.; Heinz, A.; Kelić-Heil, A.; Kurz, N.; Nociforo, C.; Pietri, S.; Prochazka, A.; Rossi, D.; Schmidt, K.-H.; Simon, H.; Voss, B.; Weick, H.; Winfield, J. S.

    SOFIA (Study On FIssion with Aladin) is an innovative experimental programme on nuclear fission carried out at GSI. In August 2012, we used relativistic secondary beams of neutron-deficient actinides and pre-actinides provided by the FRS and studied their fission, induced by electromagnetic interaction, in inverse kinematics. This experiment will provide for the first time complete isotopic yields (nuclear charge and mass) for both fragments over a broad range of fissioning nuclei from 238Np down to 183Hg. In this article, we discuss the experimental set-up and present promising preliminary results.

  12. A Sample of the Results of the First SOFIA Experiment

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    Gorbinet, T.; Bélier, G.; Boutoux, G.; Chatillon, A.; Ebran, A.; Laurent, B.; Martin, J.-F.; Pellereau, E.; Taieb, J.; Audouin, L.; Tassan-Got, L.; Jurado, B.; Álvarez-Pol, H.; Ayyad, Y.; Benlliure, J.; Caamaño, M.; Cortina-Gil, D.; Fernández-Domínguez, B.; Paradela, C.; Rodríguez-Sánchez, J.-L.; Vargas, J.; Casarejos, E.; Heinz, A.; Kelić-Heil, A.; Kurz, N.; Nociforo, C.; Pietri, S.; Prochazka, A.; Rossi, D.; Schmidt, K.-H.; Simon, H.; Voss, B.; Weick, H.; Winfield, J. S.

    The first SOFIA experiment (Studies On FIssion with Aladin) was performed in August 2012 at GSI. The fission of several neutron-deficient actinides and pre-actinides was induced in flight at 700 A MeV by electromagnetic excitation. The use of inverse kinematics provides both high detection and high geometrical efficiency. The complete identification of both fission fragments in coincidence (nuclear charge and mass) was obtained over a broad range of fissioning nuclei. After a short introduction and descrip- tion of the experimental setup, the quality of the charge and mass separation is presented, followed by some results concerning the Coulex-induced fission of 234U and 235U.

  13. β -delayed fission of 230Am

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    Wilson, G. L.; Takeyama, M.; Andreyev, A. N.; Andel, B.; Antalic, S.; Catford, W. N.; Ghys, L.; Haba, H.; Heßberger, F. P.; Huang, M.; Kaji, D.; Kalaninova, Z.; Morimoto, K.; Morita, K.; Murakami, M.; Nishio, K.; Orlandi, R.; Smith, A. G.; Tanaka, K.; Wakabayashi, Y.; Yamaki, S.

    2017-10-01

    The exotic decay process of β -delayed fission (β DF ) has been studied in the neutron-deficient isotope 230Am. The 230Am nuclei were produced in the complete fusion reaction 207Pb(27Al,4 n )230Am and separated by using the GARIS gas-filled recoil ion separator. A lower limit for the β DF probability Pβ DF(230Am)>0.30 was deduced, which so far is the highest value among all known β DF nuclei. The systematics of β DF in the region of 230Am will be discussed.

  14. The influence of quasineutron configurations on {sup 161}Ta and nearby odd-A nuclei

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    Joss, D. T.; Thomson, J.; Bianco, L.; O' Donnell, D.; Page, R. D.; Paul, E. S.; Sapple, P. J.; Wiseman, D. R. [Oliver Lodge Laboratory, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, L69 7ZE (United Kingdom); Lagergren, K. [Joint Institute for Heavy Ion Research, Holifield Radioactive Ion Beam Facility, Oak Ridge, TN 37381 (United States); Appelbe, D. E.; Barton, C. J.; Gomez-Hornillos, M. B.; Labiche, M.; Simpson, J.; Warner, D. D. [STFC Daresbury Laboratory, Daresbury, Warrington, WA4 4AD (United Kingdom); Cederwall, B.; Hadinia, B.; Wyss, R. [Department of Physics, Royal Institute of Technology, S-10691 Stockholm (Sweden); Darby, I. G.; Grahn, T. [Department of Physics, University of Jyvaeskylae, P.O. Box 35, FI-40014 (Finland); and others

    2011-11-30

    Several strongly coupled bands in the neutron-deficient nucleus {sup 161}Ta have been identified and quasiparticle configuration assignments have been made on the basis of rotational alignments and cranked shell model calculations. The level scheme elucidated for {sup 161}Ta highlights the competition between the {nu}(h{sub 9/2}) and {nu}(i{sub 13/2}) orbitals to form the yrast spectrum. The band structures in {sup 161}Ta also provide new insights into the structural features of other heavy odd-A nuclei populated with much lower reaction cross sections in this region at the proton drip line.

  15. Simultaneous spectroscopy of $\\gamma$- rays and conversion electrons: Systematic study of EO transitions and intruder states in close vicinity of mid-shell point in odd-Au isotopes

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    Venhart, M; Grant, A F; Petrik, K

    This proposal focuses on detailed systematic studies of the $\\beta$ /EC-decays of $^{179,181,183,185}$Hg leading to excited states in the neutron-deficient Au isotopes in the vicinity of the N=104 midshell. $\\gamma$-ray, X-ray and conversion electron de-excitations of odd-A Au isotopes will be studied simultaneously. These studies will address important structural questions such as the excitation energies of coexisting states, properties of multiple intruder states (i.e. intruder particles coupled to intruder cores) and mixing of coexisting structures. The unique combination of Hg beam purity and yields make ISOLDE a unique facility for these experiments.

  16. Recent developments and on-line tests of uranium carbide targets for production of nuclides far from stability

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    Panteleev, V.N; Barzakh, A.E; Fedorov, D.V; Ionan, A.M; Ivanov, V.S; Mezilev, K.A; Molkanov, P.L; Moroz, F.V; Orlov, S.Yu; Volkov, Yu.M; Alyakrinskiy, O; Lanchais, A; Lau, C; Lhersonneau, G; Rizzi, V; Stroe, L; Tecchio, L.B; Dubois, M; Eleon, C; Gaubert, G; Jardin, P; Saint Laurent, M.G; Villari, A.C.C; Essabaa, S; O. Bajeat; Mhamed, C; Leroy, R; 10.1140/epjst/e2007-00328-y

    2007-01-01

    The capacity of uranium carbide target materials of different structure and density for production of neutron-rich and heavy neutron-deficient nuclides have been investigated. The yields of Cs and Fr produced by a 1 GeV proton beam of the PNPI synchrocyclotron and release properties of different targets have been measured. The comparison of the yields and release efficiencies of Cs and Fr produced from a high density UC target material and from low density UCx prepared by the ISOLDE method at IRIS in the collaboration with PARRNe group from Orsay are presented. The yields from ISOLDE original target are presented for comparison as well.

  17. Determination of the magnetic moment of $^{140}$Pr

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    Kowalska, M; Kreim, K D; Krieger, A R; Litvinov, Y

    We propose to measure the nuclear magnetic moment of the neutron-deficient isotope $^{140}$Pr using collinear laser spectroscopy at the COLLAPS experiment. This nuclide is one of two nuclear systems for which a modulated electron capture decay has been observed in hydrogen-like ions in a storage ring. The firm explanation of the observed phenomenon is still missing but some hypotheses suggest an interaction of the unpaired electron with the surrounding magnetic fields of the ring. In order to verify or discard these hypotheses the magnetic moment of $^{140}$Pr is required since this determines the energy of the 1s hyperfine splitting.

  18. Shape effects along the Z=82 line: study of the $\\beta$- decay of $^{188,190,192}$Pb using total absorption spectroscopy

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    Caballero ontanaya, L; Garcia borge, M J; Malbrunot, S

    2002-01-01

    This proposal is aimed at the study of the $\\beta$- decay of the neutron-deficient $^{188,190,192}$Pb nuclei. The main motivation of the proposed experiment is to determine the Gamow-Teller strength distribution in the daughter nuclei using the Total Absorption Spectrometer "Lucrecia". Recent theoretical results show that from this measurement the shapes of the ground states of the decaying Pb nuclei can be inferred. This study offers an independent way to study the phenomenon of shape co-existence in a region of particular interest.

  19. Hyperfine structure studies with the COMPLIS facility

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    Crawford, J E; Le Blanc, F; Lunney, M D; Obert, J; Oms, J; Putaux, J C; Roussière, B; Sauvage, J; Zemlyanoi, S G; Verney, D; Pinard, J; Cabaret, L A; Duong, H T; Huber, G; Krieg, M; Sebastian, V; Girod, M; Peru, S; Genevey, J; Ibrahim, F; Lettry, Jacques

    1998-01-01

    COMPLIS is an experimental facility designed to carry out spectroscopic studies on radioisotopes produced by disintegration of elements available at CERN's Booster-ISOLDE on-line isotope separator. During recent series of experimental runs, hyperfine structure measurements have yielded information on nuclear moments and deformations of platinum and iridium isotopes, For the first time, population by alpha -decay from Hg was exploited to investigate /sup 178/-/sup 181/Pt-the most neutron-deficient Pt isotopes yet studied. Successful measurements have recently been carried out on /sup 182-189/Ir. (10 refs).

  20. Half-life determination of T{sub z} = -1 and T{sub z} = -(1)/(2) proton-rich nuclei and the β decay of {sup 58}Zn

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    Kucuk, L.; Oktem, Y.; Cakirli, R.B.; Ganioglu, E.; Susoy, G. [Istanbul University, Department of Physics, Istanbul (Turkey); Orrigo, S.E.A.; Montaner-Piza, A.; Rubio, B. [CSIC-Universidad de Valencia, Instituto de Fisica Corpuscular, Valencia (Spain); Fujita, Y. [Osaka University, Department of Physics, Toyonaka, Osaka (Japan); Osaka University, Research Center for Nuclear Physics, Ibaraki, Osaka (Japan); Gelletly, W. [CSIC-Universidad de Valencia, Instituto de Fisica Corpuscular, Valencia (Spain); University of Surrey, Department of Physics, Guildford, Surrey (United Kingdom); Blank, B.; Ascher, P.; Giovinazzo, J.; Grevy, S. [Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires de Bordeaux Gradignan, CNRS/IN2P3 - Universite de Bordeaux, Gradignan (France); Adachi, T.; Fujita, H.; Tamii, A. [Osaka University, Research Center for Nuclear Physics, Ibaraki, Osaka (Japan); Algora, A. [CSIC-Universidad de Valencia, Instituto de Fisica Corpuscular, Valencia (Spain); Inst. of Nuclear Research of the Hung. Acad. of Sciences, Debrecen (Hungary); France, G. de; Oliveira Santos, F. de; Thomas, J.C. [Grand Accelerateur National d' Ions Lourds (GANIL), CEA/DRF-CNRS/IN2P3, Caen (France); Marques, F.M. [Laboratoire de Physique Corpusculaire de Caen, ENSICAEN, UNICAEN, IN2P3/CNRS, Caen (France); Molina, F. [CSIC-Universidad de Valencia, Instituto de Fisica Corpuscular, Valencia (Spain); Comision Chilena de Energia Nuclear, Casilla 188-D, Santiago (Chile); Perrot, L. [IPN Orsay, Orsay (France); Raabe, R. [Grand Accelerateur National d' Ions Lourds (GANIL), CEA/DRF-CNRS/IN2P3, Caen (France); KU Leuven, Instituut voor Kern- en Stralingsfysica, Leuven (Belgium); Srivastava, P.C. [Grand Accelerateur National d' Ions Lourds (GANIL), CEA/DRF-CNRS/IN2P3, Caen (France); Indian Institute of Technology, Department of Physics, Roorkee (India)

    2017-06-15

    We have measured the β-decay half-lives of 16 neutron-deficient nuclei with T{sub z} = -1/2 and -1, ranging from chromium to germanium. They were produced in an experiment carried out at GANIL and optimized for the production of {sup 58}Zn, for which in addition we present the decay scheme and absolute Fermi and Gamow-Teller transition strengths. Since all of these nuclei lie on the rp-process pathway, the T{sub 1/2} values are important ingredients for the rp-process reaction flow calculations and for models of X-ray bursters. (orig.)

  1. Atomic masses above /sup 146/Gd derived from a shell model analysis of high spin states

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    Blomqvist, J; Daly, P J; Kleinheinz, P

    1981-01-01

    Using extensive spectroscopic data on high spin states involving aligned valence nucleons in very neutron deficient nuclei above /sup 146/Gd the authors have derived the ground state masses of /sup 146 /Gd, /sup 147,148/Tb, /sup 148,149,150/Dy, /sup 149,150,151/Ho, and /sup 150,151,152/Er from a shell model analysis. The mass values show a pronounced irregularity in the two-proton separation energies at /sup 146/Gd. The results also link nine alpha -decay chains to the known masses. (0 refs).

  2. In-beam studies of {sup 98}Cd and {sup 102}Sn

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    Lipoglavsek, M. [Uppsala Univ. (Sweden)]|[J. Stefan Institute, Ljubljana (Slovenia); Gorska, M.; Schubart, R. [GSI, Darmstadt (Germany)] [and others

    1996-12-31

    For the first time excited states of the neutron deficient nuclei {sup 98}Cd and {sup 102}Sn were identified using in-beam spectroscopy following fusion evaporation reactions. Half lives of long lived isomeric states in both nuclei were also measured. Due to very low cross sections for producing {sup 98}Cd and {sup 102}Sn with stable beams and targets, a special detector setup utilizing NORDBALL ancillary detectors and a recoil catcher device was used. High {gamma}-ray detection efficiency was achieved with two EUROBALL Ge cluster detectors.

  3. Treatment techniques for removing natural radionuclides from drinking water. Final report of the TENAWA project

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    Annanmaeki, M.; Turtiainen, T. [eds.

    2000-01-01

    TENAWA project (Treatment Techniques for Removing Natural Radionuclides from Drinking Water) was carried out on a cost-shared basic with the European Commission (CEC) under the supervision of Directorate-General XII, Radiation Protection Unit. TENAWA project was started because in several European countries ground water supplies may contain high amounts of natural radionuclides. During the project both laboratory and field research was performed in order to test the applicability of different equipment and techniques for removing natural radionuclides from drinking water. The measurable objectives of the project were: to give recommendations on the most suitable methods for removing radon ({sup 222}Rn), uranium ({sup 238,234}U), radium ({sup 226}, {sup 228}Ra), lead ({sup 210}Pb) and polonium ({sup 210}Po) from drinking water of different qualities (i.e. soft, hard, iron-, manganese- and humus-rich, acidic) to test commercially available equipment for its ability to remove radionuclides; to find new materials, absorbents and membranes effective in the removal of radionuclides and to issue guidelines for the treatment and disposal of radioactive wastes produced in water treatment. Radon could be removed efficiently (>95%) from domestic water supplies by both aeration and granular activated carbon (GAC) filtration. Defects in technical reliability or radon removal efficiency were observed in some aerators. The significant drawback of GAC filtration was the elevated gamma dose rates (up to 120 {mu}Sv/h) near the filter and the radioactivity of spent GAC. Aeration was found to be a suitable method for removing radon at waterworks, too. The removal efficiencies at waterworks where the aeration process was designed to remove radon or carbon dioxide were 67-99%. If the aeration process was properly designed, removal efficiencies higher than 95% could be attained. Uranium could best be removed (>95%) with strong basic anion exchange resins and radium by applying strong

  4. Influence of proton-skin thickness on the {{\\alpha }} decays of heavy nuclei

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    Seif, W. M.; Abdurrahman, A.

    2018-01-01

    We investigate the effect of proton-skin thickness on the α decay process. We consider 188 neutron-deficient nuclei belonging to the isotopic chains from Te (Z = 52) to Pb (Z = 82). The calculations of the half-life are carried out in the framework of the preformed cluster model, with the Wentzel-Kramers-Brillouin penetration probability and assault frequency. It is shown that the proton-skin thickness ({\\varDelta }{{p}}) of the daughter nucleus gives rise to a total α- daughter nucleus interaction potential of relatively wide deep internal pocket and a thinner Coulomb barrier of less height. This increases the penetration probability but decreases the assault frequency. The overall impact of the proton-skin thickness appears as a decrease in the decay half-life. The proton-skin thickness decreases the stability of the nucleus. The half-lives of the proton-skinned isotopes along the isotopic chain decrease exponentially with increasing the proton-skin thickness, whereas the {Q}α -value increases with {\\varDelta }{{p}}. α-decay manifests itself as the second favorite decay mode of neutron-deficient nuclei, next to the {β }+-decay and before proton-decay. It is indicated as main, competing, and minor decay mode, at 21%, 7%, and 57%, respectively, of the investigated nuclei.

  5. Status of the CRIS experiment

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    Aghai, Hossein [CERN, Geneva (Switzerland); Max-Planck-Institut fuer Quantenoptik (MPQ), Garching (Germany); Collaboration: CRIS-Collaboration

    2012-07-01

    The new CRIS experiment at ISOLDE will combine collinear laser spectroscopy and resonant ionization spectroscopy. For this laser radiation will be used to resonantly excite and subsequently ionize atomic beams. The CRIS beam line routinely operates below 5.10{sup -9} mbar, a region where background events are highly surpressed. Thus the sensitivity of CRIS will allow hyperfine structure measurements of the rarest isotopes produced at ISOLDE. Furthermore collinear resonant ionization spectroscopy at CRIS offers the ability to purify ion beams from isobaric and isomeric contaminants, which allows for sensitive secondary experiments to be performed. This talk reports on the current status of CRIS. The results of a proof of principle measurement of {sup 207}Fr are presented. The experiments will look at neutron deficient Francium isotopes where a ({pi}s{sub 1/2}{sup -1})1/2{sup +} intruder state has been identified in {sup 201}Fr and tentatively in {sup 203}Fr using {alpha}-decay spectroscopy. CRIS may provide further evidence of ({pi}s{sub 1/2}{sup -1})1/2{sup +} intruder states in neutron deficient francium isotopes.

  6. Nuclear Spectroscopy with Copper Isotopes of Extreme N/Z Ratios

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    La commara, M; Roeckl, E; Van duppen, P L E; Schmidt, K A; Lettry, J

    2002-01-01

    The collaboration aims to obtain detailed nuclear spectroscopy information on isotopes close to the magic proton number Z=28 Very neutron-rich and neutron-deficient copper isotopes are ionized with the ISOLDE resonance ionization laser ion source (RILIS) to provide beams with low cross contamination.\\\\ \\\\On the neutron-deficient side the high $Q_\\beta$-values of $^{56}$Cu (15~MeV) and $^{57}$Cu (8.8~MeV) allow to study levels at high excitation energies in the doubly magic nucleus $^{56}$Ni and the neighbouring $^{57}$Ni. On the neutron-rich side the spectroscopy with separated copper isotopes allows presently the closest approach to the doubly magic $^{78}$Ni at an ISOL facility. Up to now no suitable target material with a rapid release was found for nickel itself. A slow release behaviour has to be assumed also for the chemically similar elements iron and cobalt.\\\\ \\\\Using a narrow-bandwidth dye laser and tuning of the laser frequency allows to scan the hyperfine splittings of the copper isotopes and isome...

  7. Collinear resonance ionization spectroscopy of radium ions

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    We propose to study the neutron-deficient radium isotopes with high-resolution collinear resonance ionization spectroscopy. Probing the hyperfine structure of the $7{s}\\,^2\\!{S}\\!_{1/2}\\,\\rightarrow\\,7{p}\\,^{2}\\!{P}\\!_{1/2}$ and $7{s}\\,^{2}\\!{S}\\!_{1/2}\\,\\rightarrow\\,7{p}\\,^{2}\\!{P}\\!_{3/2}$ transitions in Ra II will provide atomic-structure measurements that have not been achieved for $^{{A}<208}$Ra. Measurement of the $7{s}\\,^{2}\\!{S}\\!_{1/2}\\,\\rightarrow\\,7{p}\\,^{2}\\!{P}\\!_{3/2}$ transition in $^{{A}<214}$Ra will allow the spectroscopic quadrupole moments to be directly measured for the first time. In addition, the technique will allow tentative spin assignments to be confirmed and the magnetic dipole moments measured for $^{\\textit{A}<208}$Ra. Measurement of the hyperfine structure (in particular the isotope shifts) of the neutron-deficient radium will provide information to further constrain the nuclear models away from the N=126 shell closure.

  8. New techniques of laser spectroscopy on exotic isotopes of gallium and francium

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    Procter, Thomas John

    The neutron-deficient gallium isotopes down to ${N}$=32 have had their hyperfine structures and isotope shifts measured via collinear laser spectroscopy using the COLLAPS (COllinear LAser sPectroScopy) beam line. The ground-state spin of $^{63}$Ga has been determined as ${I}$ = 3/2 and its magnetic dipole and electric quadrupole moments were measured to be $\\mu$ = +1.469(5) $_{\\mu N}$ and ${ Q}$s = +0.212(14) b respectively. The nuclear moments of $^{70}$Ga were measured to be ${\\mu}$= +0.571(2) $_{\\mu}$ and ${Q}$s = +0.105(7) b. New isotope shift results were combined with previously measured values of the neutron-rich isotopes and the changes in mean-square charge radii of the entire gallium isotope chain were investigated. Analysis of the trend in the neutron-deficient charge radii demonstrated that there is no evidence of anomalous charge radii behaviour in gallium in the region of ${N}$=32. A sudden increase of the charge radii was observed at the ${N}$=50 shell gap and an inversion of the normal odd-eve...

  9. In-Source laser ionization spectroscopy of 181,182Hg

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    The mean square charge radii of the mercury isotopes exhibit a large odd-even staggering for the neutron-deficient mercury isotopes, which is suggested to be a manifestation of shape coexistence. Shape coexistence is the phenomenon in which two (or more) distinct types of deformation occur at low energy in one and the same atomic nucleus. Understanding the occurrence of shape coexistence in atomic nuclei is a challenge faced by theories of nuclear structure. The investigation of the neutron-deficient mercury isotopes (Z = 80) plays an important role in the understanding of shape coexistence in this region of the nuclear chart. The theoretical description of shape coexistence is discussed in chapter 1. In a recent laser-spectroscopy experiment performed at the ISOLDE facility in CERN, the hyperfine spectra were measured for 15 different mercury isotopes ranging from $^{177}$Hg to $^{208}$Hg. One of the main goals of this experiment was to extend the currently existing knowledge of the mean square charge radius...

  10. Fusion and the Discovery of Isotopes

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    Thoennessen, M.

    2017-11-01

    Heavy-ion fusion-evaporation has been the most productive method to form and identify new isotopes. Of the presently known over 3200 isotopes, almost 25% were discovered with heavy-ion induced reactions. Since the development of the first heavy-ion beam at Berkeley in 1950 most of the nuclides on the neutron-deficient side of the line of stability and all isotopes of the superheavy elements were discovered utilizing fusion reactions. In addition, some isotopes were first produced in heavy-ion transfer, charge-exchange, incomplete fusion or deep inelastic reactions. The discovery of isotopes relies on new advances in accelerator and detector technology. The continuous development of pioneering and innovative separation and detection techniques have pushed the limit towards ‒ and in many cases beyond ‒ the proton-dripline. A review of the discovery of neutron-deficient and super-heavy nuclides in heavy-ion induced reactions as well as an outlook for the discovery potential in the future is presented.

  11. Identification and systematical studies of the electron-capture delayed fission (ECDF) in the lead region

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    Pauwels, D B; Lane, J

    2008-01-01

    In our recent experiment (March 2007) at the velocity filter SHIP(GSI) we observed the electron-capture delayed fission of the odd-odd isotope $^{194}$At. This is the first unambiguous identification of this phenomenon in the very neutron-deficient nuclei in the vicinity of the proton shell closure at Z=82. In addition, the total kinetic energy (TKE) for the daughter nuclide $^{194}$Po was measured, despite the fact that this isotope does not decay via spontaneous fission. Semi-empirical analysis of the electron-capture Q$_{EC}$ values and fission barriers B$_{f}$ shows that a relatively broad island of ECDF must exist in this region of the Nuclide Chart, with some of the nuclei having unusually high ECDF probabilities. Therefore, this Proposal is intended to initiate the systematic identification and study of $\\beta$-delayed fission at ISOLDE in the very neutron-deficient lead region. Our aim is to provide unique low-energy fission data (e.g. probabilities, TKE release, fission barriers and their isospin dep...

  12. The radiochemical contamination (210Po and 238U of zone around phosphogypsum waste heap in Wiślinka (northern Poland

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    Boryło A.

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this work was the determination of the impact of phosphogypsum waste heap in Wiślinka (northern Poland for radiological protection of zone around waste heap. The activity of 210Po, 234U, and 238U were measured using an alpha spectrometer. The values of uranium and polonium concentration in water with immediate area of waste heap are considerably higher than in the waters of the Martwa Wisła river. The values of activity ratio 234U/238U are approximately about one in the phosphogypsum (0.97±0.05 and in the water of retention reservoir and pumping station (0.92±0.01 and 0.99±0.08, while in the water from the Martwa Wisła river they are slightly higher than one (1.03±0.07 and 1.17±0.06. In the analyzed plants species the highest amounts of polonium and uranium were found in ruderal plants samples as well as hygrophilous plant samples. The more amounts of 210Po and 238U radionuclides were accumulated mainly in the roots of the analyzed plant species. The significant source of polonium and uranium in the natural environment is dry and wet atmospheric fallout in the immediate vicinity of phosphogypsum waste heap and the transfer via root for distant areas. The general conclusion of realized study is higher influence of phosphogypsum on radioactive contamination of environmental zone around heap waste in Wiślinka (northern Poland.

  13. Exposure to radionuclides in smoke from vegetation fires

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    Carvalho, Fernando P., E-mail: carvalho@itn.pt; Oliveira, João M.; Malta, Margarida

    2014-02-01

    Naturally occurring radionuclides of uranium, thorium, radium, lead and polonium were determined in bushes and trees and in the smoke from summer forest fires. Activity concentrations of radionuclides in smoke particles were much enriched when compared to original vegetation. Polonium-210 ({sup 210}Po) in smoke was measured in concentrations much higher than all other radionuclides, reaching 7255 ± 285 Bq kg{sup −1}, mostly associated with the smaller size smoke particles (< 1.0 μm). Depending on smoke particle concentration, {sup 210}Po in surface air near forest fires displayed volume concentrations up to 70 mBq m{sup −3}, while in smoke-free air {sup 210}Po concentration was about 30 μBq m{sup −3}. The estimated absorbed radiation dose to an adult member of the public or a firefighter exposed for 24 h to inhalation of smoke near forest fires could exceed 5 μSv per day, i.e, more than 2000 times above the radiation dose from background radioactivity in surface air, and also higher than the radiation dose from {sup 210}Po inhalation in a chronic cigarette smoker. It is concluded that prolonged exposure to smoke allows for enhanced inhalation of radionuclides associated with smoke particles. Due to high radiotoxicity of alpha emitting radionuclides, and in particular of {sup 210}Po, the protection of respiratory tract of fire fighters is strongly recommended. - Highlights: • Natural radionuclides in vegetation are in low concentrations. • Forest fires release natural radionuclides from vegetation and concentrate them in inhalable ash particles. • Prolonged inhalation of smoke from forest fires gives rise enhanced radiation exposure of lungs especially due to polonium. • Respiratory protection of fire fighters and members of public is highly recommended for radioprotection reasons.

  14. CORPEX{reg_sign} NORM decontamination process

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    Azrak, R.G.

    1997-02-01

    This paper describes a commecial process which has been developed for application to the remediation of NORM deposits on metal parts or embedded in scales on such parts. The process employs a registered chemical process, involving non-RCRA regulated chemicals, which can remove fixed {sup 226,228}Radium, {sup 210}Lead, and {sup 210}Polonium. The author describes the capabilities of the chemical process which has been developed, the way it is offered to potential customers as a practical process, and numerous examples of its application in the field.

  15. Removal of 222Rn daughters from metal surfaces

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    Zuzel, G.; Pelczar, K.; Wójcik, M.

    2018-01-01

    Removal of 210Po from copper, stainless steel and germanium was studied by using a standard, semiconductor-based- and a large-surface, low-background alpha spectrometer. Electropolishing and etching were applied as the surface cleaning techniques. Application of a "dynamical" process resulted for the first time in an effective 210Po removal from copper surface by etching. According to the performed measurements weak (natural) specific activities of polonium were also reduced after electropolishing of copper and stainless steel samples. An example of a bulk 210Po measurement in Titanium and deconvolution of the bulk and surface contributions to the registered spectrum is also discussed.

  16. Determination of 210Pb, 210Po, 226Ra, 228Ra and uranium isotopes in drinking water in order to comply with the requirements of the EU ‘Drinking Water Directive.

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    Vasile, M; Loots, H; Jacobs, K; Verheyen, L; Sneyers, L; Verrezen, F; Bruggeman, M

    2016-03-01

    The European Union published in 2013 a new Drinking Water Directive with stricter requirements for measuring natural radioactivity. In order to adhere to this, a method for sequential separation of 210Pb, 210Po, 238U and 234U in drinking water was applied using UTEVA® and Sr resins. Polonium-210, 238U and 234U were quantified using alpha-particle spectrometry and 210Pb using liquid scintillation counting. Radium-226 and 228Ra were determined using 3M Empore Radium RAD Disks, and their quantification was done using a Quantulus™ 1220 liquid scintillation counter.

  17. Fusion reactor blanket with Li17-Pb83 eutectic

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    Antipenkov, A.; Danilov, I.; Epinatiev, A.; Eremin, S.; Kalinin, G.; Kolganov, V.; Poliksha, V.; Shchipakin, O.; Shiverski, E.; Sidorov, A.; Skladnov, K.; Strebkov, Yu. (Research and Development Inst. of Power Engineering, Moscow (USSR)); Butko, A.; Kuzmin, A. (Moscow Inst. for Hydraulic Engineering and Land-Reclamation (USSR)); Chepovski, A.; Khripunov, V.; Shatalov, G. (Kurchatov Inst. of Atomic Energy, Moscow (USSR))

    1991-04-01

    The article contains some features of using Li17-Pb83 eutectic as a breeder for ITER/OTR fusion reactor. Described blanket design options aim to reduce electromagnetic loads or relieve eutectic/channel interaction. Eutectic channel stress analysis confirms design feasibility. Channel temperature behaviour is analyzed for loss of blanket cooling system power and rupture of a distribution header accidents. First wall and blanket failure rates were evaluated. The results of neutron power density distribution and tritium breeding ratio estimation are presented. Polonium concentration dynamics is estimated for accidental conditions. Some guide-lines for future work and design progress are advised. (orig.).

  18. Analysis of natural radionuclides and lead in foods and diets; Analise de radionuclideos naturais e chumbo em produtos alimenticios e dietas

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    Bueno, Luciana

    1999-07-01

    The main purpose of the present study was to determine the lead-210, polonium-210 and lead concentrations in foods and diets. Consumption of food is generally the main route by which radionuclides can enter the human organism. Precision and accuracy of the methods developed were verifies by the analysis of reference materials from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The method for polonium-210 analysis consisted of sample dissolution by using a microwave digester (open system) employing concentrated nitric acid and hydrogen peroxide, evaporation almost dryness, addition of hydrochloric acid, polonium deposition onto silver disc for six hours and counting by alpha spectrometry. Lead was analysed by atomic absorption technique. After sample dissolution in a microwave digester (using concentrated nitric acid and hydrogen peroxide) and dilution to 50 ml, 20{mu}l of the sample was injected in a pyrolytic graphite furnace - atomic absorption spectrophotometer equipped with Zeeman background correction. The assessment of the contaminants in foods and diets allowed to estimate the intake of these elements and for the radionuclides were also evaluated the radiation doses that the individuals selected were exposed by the food consumption. The effective dose for lead-210 by diets intake ranged from 1.3 to 4.3 {mu}Sv/year, corresponding to 25% of the resulting from polonium-210 intake. The dose due to the both natural radionuclides varied from 6.8 to 23.0 {mu}Sv/year. These values are in good agreement with the literature data. The value estimated by the United Nations Scientific Committee on Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR, 1993) that is 60 {mu}Sv and lower than the dose of 0.02 Sv, limit established by ICRP, 1980. The lead levels found in the majority of the Brazilian foods are in good agreement with the values published by CONAT and FAO/WHO. However, some foods such as bean, potato, papaya, apple and rice present levels above of the recommended values by the

  19. The University of Rochester Atomic Energy Project quarterly report, April 1, 1950--June 30, 1950

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    Blair, H.A.

    1950-12-31

    This quarterly progress report gives an overview of the University of Rochester Atomic Energy Project for April 1, 1950 thru June 30, 1950. Sections included are entitled (1) Biological Effects of External Radiation (X-rays and gamma rays), (2) Biological Effects of External Radiation (Infra-red and ultraviolet), (3) Biological effects of radioactive materials (polonium, radon, thoron, and miscellaneous project materials), (4) Uranium, (5) Beryllium, (7) thorium, (8) fluoride, (9) zirconium, (10) special materials, (11) Isotopes, (12) Outside services, (12) Project health, (13) Health physics, (14) Special Clinical Service, and (15) Instrumentation (Spectroscopy, electron microscopy, x-ray and nuclear radiation detectors, x-ray diffraction, and electronics).

  20. Radioactive secrets of Icelandic volcanoes: Eyjafjoll (March 2010) and Grimsvoetn (May 2011); Les secrets radioactifs des volcans islandais: Eyjafjoll (mars 2010) et Grimsvoetn (mai 2011)

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    Guiraud-Vitaux, F.; Pradel, J.; Colas-Linhart, N.

    2011-07-15

    This article recalls that volcanoes release huge quantities of radioactive nuclides during their eruption. In March 2010 the Eyjafjoll volcano (Iceland) ejected several hundred million tonnes of dust in the first 72 hours among which 400 tonnes of uranium-238 (20.000 billions Bq) and 1200 tonnes of natural thorium. Polonium-210 was also released in the atmosphere. Most part of the radioactivity fell on Icelandic soil and no sanitary measures were taken by the authorities because the resulting doses were too low to have hazardous effects. (A.C.)

  1. Evening Primrose Oil

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    ... hemisphere as well. It has yellow flowers that bloom in the evening. Evening primrose oil contains the ... skin, sometimes caused by allergies), rheumatoid arthritis, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), breast pain, menopause symptoms, and other conditions. ...

  2. Soft rotator model and {sup 246}Cm low-lying level scheme

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

    1997-03-01

    Non-axial soft rotator nuclear model is suggested as self-consistent approach for interpretation of level schemes, {gamma}-transition probabilities and neutron interaction with even-even nuclei. (author)

  3. Macroscopic Properties of Nuclei within Self-Consistent and Liquid Drop Models

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    Nerlo-Pomorska, B.; Sykut, J.

    2004-03-01

    A set of parameters of the relativistic-mean-field theory (RMFT) is obtained by adjusting the macroscopic part of the RMFT binding energies of 142 spherical even-even nuclei to the phenomenological Lublin-Strasbourg-Drop (LSD) model.

  4. Determination of 210Po concentration in commercially available infant formulae and assessment of daily ingestion dose

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    Ravi K. Prabhath

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available A study has been conducted to estimate the concentration of natural radioactive polonium in commercially available packaged infant food formulae available in Mumbai, India and the corresponding daily dose normalized based on its shelf life. Eleven most popular international brands of infant formulae were sourced from market and three aliquots from each sample were analysed for concordant results. Autodeposition method onto a silver planchet from hot dilute acid solution followed by alpha spectrometry was performed for estimation of polonium. Radiochemical recovery was ascertained by the addition of 209Po tracer. Radiochemical recovery of 209Po tracer was ranged from 14.7 to 98.1 %. The 210Po concentration in the samples was in the range of 0.08–0.23 Bq kg−1 on measured date and the corresponding daily dose, calculated on normalized date which is at mid-point of the shelf life of the sample, was ranged from 0.04 to 0.89 μSv d−1 as per the recommended daily consumption. The annual committed effective dose estimated based on the average of daily dose was found to be 150 μSv.

  5. 210Po in Human Saliva of Smokeless Tobacco Users.

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    Meli, Maria Assunta; Desideri, Donatella; Roselli, Carla; Feduzi, Laura

    2017-01-01

    The occurrence and mobility of Po in oral smokeless tobacco products (STPs) were determined because its effects on human health must be taken into account. This research was subdivided into two parts: determination by alpha spectrometry of the Po activity concentration in 16 oral smokeless tobacco products of different brands purchased in local specialty stores in Europe and evaluation of its percent extraction into an artificial salivary gland during sucking or chewing operations. Polonium-210 was detected in all samples, and its concentrations ranged from 3.46 to 14.8 Bq kg (mean value of 7.45 ± 3.82 Bq kg). The highest concentration was found in chewing tobacco. The samples showed no significant difference in the content of Po level. The data obtained in this study show that the polonium, although poorly extracted (12.8 ± 8.96%) by artificial saliva, is not totally retained within the smokeless tobacco products, with a consequent potential health hazard associated with oral use of these products.

  6. The Big Bang, Genesis, and Knocking on Heaven's Door

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    Gentry, Robert

    2012-03-01

    Michael Shermer recently upped the ante in the big bang-Genesis controversy by citing Lisa Randall's provocative claim (Science 334, 762 (2011)) that ``it is inconceivable that God could continue to intervene without introducing a material trace of his actions.'' So does Randall's and Shermer's agreement that no such evidence exists disprove God's existence? Not in my view because my 1970s Science, Nature and ARNS publications, and my article in the 1982 AAAS Western Division's Symposium Proceedings, Evolution Confronts Creation, all contain validation of God's existence via discovery of His Fingerprints of Creation and falsification of the big bang and geological evolution. These results came to wide public/scientific attention in my testimony at the 1981 Arkansas creation/evolution trial. There ACLU witness G Brent Dalrymple from the USGS -- and 2005 Medal of Science recipient from President Bush -- admitted I had discovered a tiny mystery (primordial polonium radiohalos) in granite rocks that indicated their almost instant creation. As a follow-up in 1992 and 1995 he sent out SOS letters to the entire AGU membership that the polonium halo evidence for fiat creation still existed and that someone needed to urgently find a naturalistic explanation for them. Is the physics community guilty of a Watergate-type cover-up of this discovery of God's existence and falsification of the big bang? For the answer see www.halos.tv.

  7. Disposal of radioactive waste arising from water treatment: Recommendations for the EC. Final report of the WP 8 of the TENAWA project

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    Annanmaeki, M.; Turtiainen, T. [Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority, Helsinki (Finland); Jungclas, H.; Rausse, Ch. [Philipps University Marburg, Nuclear Chemistry (Germany)

    2000-04-01

    Ground water, especially bedrock water, may contain high amounts of natural radioactivity. Elevated levels of natural radionuclides in ground water are mainly associated with uranium and thorium rich soil and rocks. Various processes based on different principles can be applied to the removal of radioactivity from water. Aeration and granular activated carbon (GAC) filtration are used to remove radon from household water. Ion exchangers are applied to the removal of uranium and radium. Lead and polonium may sometimes be removed by ion exchange technology as well. Membrane techniques are applied to the removal of uranium, radium, lead and polonium. Radionuclide removal can also be carried out using adsorptive materials. When different kinds of treatment methods are used to remove natural radioactivity from drinking water, wastes containing natural radioactivity will be produced. The wastes are in liquid or solid form. Liquid wastes are produced when materials used to accumulate radioactivity are regenerated or backwashed. Solid wastes are formed in cases where regeneration or backwashing are not used or cannot be used, and when the materials are taken out of service. GAC filters emit gamma radiation when they are in service. To gather information on existing national regulations and guidelines on the treatment and disposal of radioactive wastes produced by various water treatment methods, a questionnaire was sent to all the Member Countries of the European Union. (orig.)

  8. [Analytical chemistry in works of Maria Skłodowska-Curie].

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    Hulanicki, Adam

    2012-01-01

    Maria Skłodowska-Curie--a Nobel Prize winner in chemistry--the elements of learning of chemistry gained just by a dint of work of more than ten months in Warsaw in the Institute of Industry and Agriculture Museum. The Nobel Prize concerned a contribution to the progress of chemistry through the discovery of radium and polonium, separation of radium and study of properties of this amazing element. It was awarded for an extremely arduous work, during which the chemical reactions being the principles of analytical chemistry were realized. Unlike to a typical analytical procedure, an initial attempt here was the thousands of kilograms of uranium ore: pitchblende. The final effect was small amounts of new elements: polonium and radium. Both the knowledge and the intuition of the researcher let her have a triumph. The difficulties she experienced because the properties of the searched chemical elements could only be evaluated thanks to the knowledge on other chemical elements. A significant achievement was the determination of the samples by means of radioactivity measurement, which gave rise to radiochemical analytical methods. An extreme analytical precision was demanded in multiple processes of fractional crystallization and precipitation which finally led to the calculation of the atomic mass of radium.

  9. COMPLIS: COllinear spectroscopy Measurements using a Pulsed Laser Ion Source

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    2002-01-01

    A Pulsed Laser spectroscopy experiment has been installed for the study of hyperfine structure and isotope shift of refractory and daughter elements from ISOLDE beams. It includes decelerated ion-implantation, element-selective laser ionization, magnetic and time-of-flight mass separation. The laser spectroscopy has been performed on the desorbed atoms in a set-up at ISOLDE-3 but later on high resolution laser collinear spectroscopy with the secondary pulsed ion beam is planned for the Booster ISOLDE set-up. During the first operation time of ISOLDE-3 we restricted our experiments to Doppler-limited resonant ionization laser and $\\gamma$-$\\gamma$ nuclear spectroscopy on neutron deficient platinum isotopes of even mass number down to A~=~186 and A~=~179 respectively. These isotopes have been produced by implantation of radioactive Hg and their subsequent $\\beta$-decay.

  10. Nuclear ground-state spin of $^{185}$Au and magnetic moments of $^{187, 188}$Au Further evidence for coexisting nuclear shapes in this mass region

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    Ekström, C; Ragnarsson, I; Robertsson, L; Wannberg, G

    1980-01-01

    Hyperfine structure measurements have been performed in some neutron- deficient gold isotopes, using online atomic-beam magnetic resonance (ABMR) techniques at the ISOLDE facility, CERN. The following results have been obtained: /sup 185/Au, I=/sup 5///sub 2/; /sup 187/Au, Delta nu =44.35(60) GHz, mu =0.72(7) nm and /sup 188/Au, Delta nu =+or-2992 (30) MHz. The influence of the hyperfine anomaly was discussed. With due regard to this effect, the magnetic moments of /sup 188/Au may be given as mu =+or-0.07(3) nm. The experimental data were compared with the results from calculations based on the particle-asymmetric rotor model. Strong evidence for coexisting nuclear shapes in /sup 185/Au and for a much larger ground-state deformation in /sup 185/Au than in /sup 187/Au was presented. (43 refs).

  11. Overview. Department of Nuclear Physical Chemistry. Section 9

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    Szeglowski, Z. [Institute of Nuclear Physics, Cracow (Poland)

    1995-12-31

    In the papers presented bellow the activities of the Department of Nuclear Physical Chemistry in 1994 are presented. A further effort was made towards routine production of neutron-deficient isotopes for nuclear medicine - and namely {sup 67} Ga and {sup 139} Ce. Small activities of {sup 111} In were produced by the {alpha} bombardment of Ag target. In order to improve the {sup 111} In production the deuterons reaction with cadmium target was studied. The other field of the Department research is studying of the physicochemical properties of transactinoid elements (104,105, 106). The Department is also engaged in works of the National Network of Early Detection of Radioactive Contamination in Air. In this section, apart of the detail descriptions of mentioned activities, the information about personnel employed in the Department, papers and reports published in 1994, contribution to conferences and grants are also given.

  12. First identification of excited states in 117Ba using the recoil-β -delayed proton tagging technique

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    Ding, B.; Liu, Z.; Seweryniak, D.; Woods, P. J.; Wang, H. L.; Yang, J.; Liu, H. L.; Davids, C. N.; Carpenter, M. P.; Davinson, T.; Janssens, R. V. F.; Page, R. D.; Robinson, A. P.; Shergur, J.; Sinha, S.; Zhu, S.; Tang, X. D.; Wang, J. G.; Huang, T. H.; Zhang, W. Q.; Sun, M. D.; Liu, X. Y.; Lu, H. Y.

    2017-02-01

    Excited states have been observed for the first time in the neutron-deficient nucleus 117Ba using the recoil-decay tagging technique following the heavy-ion fusion-evaporation reaction 64Zn(58Ni, 2p3n)117Ba. Prompt γ rays have been assigned to 117Ba through correlations with β -delayed protons following the decay of A =117 recoils. Through the analysis of the γ -γ coincidence relationships, a high-spin level scheme consisting of two bands has been established in 117Ba. Based on the systematics of the level spacings in the neighboring barium isotopes, the two bands are proposed to have ν h11 /2[532 ] 5 /2- and ν d5 /2[413 ] 5 /2+ configurations, respectively. The observed band-crossing properties are interpreted in the framework of cranked shell model.

  13. Laser spectroscopy of cadmium isotopes: probing the nuclear structure between the neutron 50 and 82 shell closures

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    Blaum, K; Stroke, H H; Krieger, A R

    We propose to study the isotopic chain of cadmium with high-resolution laser spectroscopy for the first time. Our goal is to determine nuclear spins, moments and root-mean-square charge radii of ground and isomeric states between the neutron 50 and 82 shell closures, contributing decisively to a better understanding of the nuclear structure in the vicinity of the doubly-magic $^{100}$Sn and $^{132}$Sn. On the neutron-rich side this is expected to shed light on a shell-quenching hypothesis and consequently on the duration of the r-process along the waiting-point nuclei below $^{130}$Cd. On the neutron-deficient side it may elucidate the role of the cadmium isotopes in the rp-process for rapidly accreting neutron stars.

  14. Charge radii of magnesium isotopes by laser spectroscopy a structural study over the $sd$ shell

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    Schug, M; Krieger, A R

    We propose to study the evolution of nuclear sizes and shapes over the magnesium chain by measuring the root-mean-square charge radii of $^{21 - 32}$Mg, essentially covering the entire $\\textit{sd}$ shell. Our goal is to detect the structural changes, which in the neutron-deficient isotopes may originate from clustering, in a way similar to neon, and on the neutron-rich side would characterize the transition to the "island of inversion". We will combine, for the first time, the sensitive $\\beta$-detection technique with traditional fluorescence spectroscopy for isotope-shift measurements and in such a way gain access to the exotic species near the ${N}$ = 8 and ${N}$ = 20 shell closures.

  15. Production of N{congruent}Z Nuclei with A{approx}100 via Complete Heavy-Ion Fusion Reactions Followed by Cluster Emission

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    M. La Commara; J. Gomez del Campo; A. D' Onofrio; A. Gadea; M. Glogowski; P. Jarillo-Herrero; N. Belcari; R. Borcea; G. de Angelis; C. Fahlander; M. Gorska; H. Grawe; M. Hellstroem; R. Kirchner; M. Rejmund; V. Roca; E. Roeckl; M. Romano; K. Rykaczewski; K. Schmidt; F. Terrasi

    1999-12-31

    The production of isotopes near {sup 100}Sn has been investigated by using on-line mass separation of evaporation residues produced by heavy-ion induced complete fusion reactions. We measured {beta}-delayed protons and {gamma}-rays, deduced the mass-separated beam intensities for {sup 99}Cd, {sup 100}In, {sup 101}Sn and {sup 102}In, and determined the corresponding production cross-sections {sigma} for {sup 58}Ni+{sup 58}Ni reactions followed by emission of nuclear clusters, and for {sup 58}Ni+{sup 50}Cr reactions accompanied by emission of protons, neutrons and {alpha} particles. The results indicate that the {sigma} values for reactions followed by emission of clusters are comparable with those for reactions proceeding through light particle emission. Due to recoil-loss effects in on-line mass separation, the former mechanism is less suitable than the latter one for producing such neutron-deficient nuclei in this kind of experiments.

  16. Shape coexistence at the proton drip-line: First identification of excited states in 180Pb

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    Rahkila, P; Pakarinen, J; Gray-Jones, C; Greenlees, P T; Jakobsson, U; Jones, P; Julin, R; Juutinen, S; Ketelhut, S; Koivisto, H; Leino, M; Nieminen, P; Nyman, M; Papadakis, P; Paschalis, S; Petri, M; Peura, P; Roberts, O J; Ropponen, T; Ruotsalainen, P; Saren, J; Scholey, C; Sorri, J; Tuff, A G; Uusitalo, J; Wadsworth, R; Bender, M; Heenen, P -H

    2010-01-01

    Excited states in the extremely neutron-deficient nucleus, 180Pb, have been identified for the first time using the JUROGAM II array in conjunction with the RITU recoil separator at the Accelerator Laboratory of the University of Jyvaskyla. This study lies at the limit of what is presently achievable with in-beam spectroscopy, with an estimated cross-section of only 10 nb for the 92Mo(90Zr,2n)180Pb reaction. A continuation of the trend observed in 182Pb and 184Pb is seen, where the prolate minimum continues to rise beyond the N=104 mid-shell with respect to the spherical ground state. Beyond mean-field calculations are in reasonable correspondence with the trends deduced from experiment.

  17. Characteristics of spontaneous fission of 250No

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    Svirikhin, A. I.; Andreev, A. V.; Yeremin, A. V.; Izosimov, I. N.; Isaev, A. V.; Kuznetsov, A. N.; Kuznetsova, A. A.; Malyshev, O. N.; Popeko, A. G.; Popov, Y. A.; Sokol, E. A.; Chelnokov, M. L.; Chepigin, V. I.; Schneidman, T. M.; Gall, B.; Dorvaux, O.; Brione, P.; Hauschild, K.; Lopez-Martenz, A.; Rezynkina, K.; Mullins, S.; Jones, P.; Mosat, P.

    2017-07-01

    This study describes an experiment on investigating the properties of spontaneous fission of shortlived neutron-deficient nuclei synthesized in the reaction of complete fusion 48Ca + 204Pb = 252No*. The experiment is performed using the SHELS separator and the beam of multicharged ions at U-400 accelerator (LNR, JINR). Two activities undergoing spontaneous fission, which can be related to the ground and isomeric states of 250No nucleus, are registered. The half-lives, total kinetic energies of fission fragments, and neutron multiplicities are measured for the short-lived nuclei. The average number of neutrons per fission for the activity with t 1/2 = 5.1 ± 0.3 μs is = 4.38 ± 0.13 μs, and for nuclei with the half-life t 1/2 = 36 ± 3 μs it is xxxxx.

  18. Experimental tests of an advanced proton-to-neutron converter at ISOLDE-CERN

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    Gottberg, A; Luis, R; Ramos, J P; Seiffert, C; Cimmino, S; Marzari, S; Crepieux, B; Manea, V; Wolf, R N; Wienholtz, F; Kreim, S; Fedosseev, V N; Marsh, B A; Rothe, S; Vaz, P; Marques, J G; Stora, T

    2014-01-01

    The suppression of isobaric contaminations is of growing importance for many scientific programs using radioactive isotopes produced at isotope separation on-line (ISOL) facilities, such as ISOLDE-CERN. A solid tungsten proton-to-neutron converter has been used for ten years to produce neutron-rich fission fragments from an UC x target while suppressing the production of neutron-deficient isobaric contaminants. The remaining contamination is mainly produced by primary protons that are scattered by the heavy neutron converter and finally impinge on the UC x target itself. Therefore, the knowledge of the energy-dependant cross-sections of proton and neutron induced fission events is crucial in order to evaluate future converter concepts.

  19. Quadrupole moment of 203Fr

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    Wilkins, S. G.; Lynch, K. M.; Billowes, J.; Binnersley, C. L.; Bissell, M. L.; Cocolios, T. E.; Goodacre, T. Day; de Groote, R. P.; Farooq-Smith, G. J.; Flanagan, K. T.; Franchoo, S.; Ruiz, R. F. Garcia; Gins, W.; Heylen, H.; Koszorús, Á.; Neyens, G.; Stroke, H. H.; Vernon, A. R.; Wendt, K. D. A.; Yang, X. F.

    2017-09-01

    The spectroscopic electric quadrupole moment of the neutron-deficient francium isotope 203Fr was measured by using high-resolution collinear resonance ionization spectroscopy (CRIS) at the CERN Isotope Separation On-Line Device (ISOLDE) facility. A remeasurement of the 207Fr quadrupole moment was also performed, resulting in a departure from the established literature value. A sudden increase in magnitude of the 203Fr quadrupole moment, with respect to the general trend in the region, points to an onset of static deformation at N =116 in the 87Fr isotopic chain. Calculation of the static and total deformation parameters show that the increase in static deformation only cannot account for the observed departure of its relative charge radius from the 82Pb chain.

  20. Hyperfine anomalies in Fr: boundaries of the spherical single particle model

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    Zhang, J; Aubin, S; Behr, J A; Gomez, E; Gwinner, G; Orozco, L A; Pearson, M R; Sprouse, G D

    2015-01-01

    We have measured the hyperfine splitting of the $7P_{1/2}$ state at the 100 ppm level in Fr isotopes ($^{206g,206m, 207, 209, 213, 221}$Fr) near the closed neutron shell ($N$ = 126 in $^{213}$Fr). The measurements in five isotopes and a nuclear isomeric state of francium, combined with previous determinations of the $7S_{1/2}$ splittings, reveal the spatial distribution of the nuclear magnetization, i.e. the Bohr-Weisskopf effect. We compare our results with a simple shell model consisting of unpaired single valence nucleons orbiting a spherical nucleus, and find good agreement over a range of neutron-deficient isotopes ($^{207-213}$Fr). Also, we find near-constant proton anomalies for several even-$ N$ isotopes. This identifies a set of Fr isotopes whose nuclear structure can be understood well enough for the extraction of weak interaction parameters from parity non-conservation studies.

  1. Atomic Parity Non Conservation with Francium atoms in the FrPNC collaboration

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    Zhang, Jiehang; Aubin, Seth; Behr, John A.; Collister, Robert; Flambaum, Victor V.; Gomez, Eduardo; Gwinner, Gerald; Melconian, Dan; Orozco, Luis A.; Pearson, Matt R.; Shelbaya, Olivier; Sprouse, Gene D.; Tandecki, Michael; Voss, Annika

    2012-06-01

    The FrPNC collaboration is dedicated to the study of the nuclear weak interaction through measurements of Parity Violation in francium atoms. We are preparing to measure both the nuclear spin independent part of the interaction that results in the determination of the weak charge and the nuclear spin dependent part dominated by the anapole moment. The experiment has moved to TRIUMF in a room carefully shielded from RF noise. The Fr production at TRIUMF is on the isotope range of A=203-229 with yields up to 10^8 s-1, giving us access to both the neutron deficient and rich sides. An ion optics system at the end of the beam line delivers the Fr ions to the neutralizer. The trapping side has been successfully tested with rubidium. The complete system delivers cold and trapped atomic Fr in a robust way to the science chamber where the measurements will take place.

  2. Observation of isomeric decays and the high spin states in doubly-odd 208Fr

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    Kanjilal, D; Goswami, A; Kshetri, R; Raut, R; Saha, S; Bhowmik, R K; Gehlot, J; Muralithar, S; Singh, R P; Jnaneswari, G; Mukherjee, G; Mukherjee, B

    2009-01-01

    Neutron deficient isotopes of Francium (Z=87, N=121-123) as excited nuclei were produced in the fusion-evaporation reaction: 197Au(16O,xn)[213-x]Fr at 100 MeV. The gamma-rays from the residues were observed through the high sensitivity Germanium Clover detector array INGA. The decay of the high spin states and the isomeric states of the doubly-odd 208Fr nuclei, identified from the known sequence of ground state transitions, were observed. The half lives of the 194(2) keV isomeric transition, known from earlier observations, was measured to be 233(18) ns. A second isomeric transition at 383(2) keV and half life of 33(7) ns was also found. The measured half lives were compared with the corresponding single particle estimates, based on a the level scheme obtained from the experiment.

  3. 7P1/2 hyperfine splitting in 206 , 207 , 209 , 213Fr and the hyperfine anomaly

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    Zhang, J.; Orozco, L. A.; Collister, R.; Gwinner, G.; Tandecki, M.; Behr, J. A.; Pearson, M. R.; Gomez, E.; Aubin, S.

    2013-05-01

    We perform precision measurements on francium, the heaviest alkali with no stable isotopes, at the recently commissioned Francium Trapping Facility at TRIUMF. A combination of RF and optical spectroscopy allows better than 10 ppm (statistical) measurements of the 7P1 / 2 state hyperfine splitting for the isotopes 206 , 207 , 209 , 213Fr, in preparation for weak interaction studies. Together with previous measurements of the ground state hyperfine structure, it is possible to extract the hyperfine anomaly. This is a correction to the point interaction of the nuclear magnetic moment and the electron wavefunction, known as the Bohr Weisskopf effect. Our measurements extend previous measurements to the neutron closed shell isotope (213) as well as further in the neutron deficient isotopes (206, 207). Work supported by NSERC and NRC from Canada, NSF and DOE from USA, CONYACT from Mexico.

  4. Hyperfine Anomalies in Fr: Boundaries of the Spherical Single Particle Model

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    Zhang, J.; Tandecki, M.; Collister, R.; Aubin, S.; Behr, J. A.; Gomez, E.; Gwinner, G.; Orozco, L. A.; Pearson, M. R.; Sprouse, G. D.; FrPNC Collaboration

    2015-07-01

    We have measured the hyperfine splitting of the 7 P1 /2 state at the 100 ppm level in Fr isotopes (206g,206m,207,209,213,221Fr) near the closed neutron shell (N =126 in 213Fr). The measurements in five isotopes and a nuclear isomeric state of francium, combined with previous determinations of the 7 S1 /2 splittings, reveal the spatial distribution of the nuclear magnetization, i.e., the Bohr-Weisskopf effect. We compare our results with a simple shell model consisting of unpaired single valence nucleons orbiting a spherical nucleus, and find good agreement over a range of neutron-deficient isotopes (207-213Fr). Also, we find near-constant proton anomalies for several even-N isotopes. This identifies a set of Fr isotopes whose nuclear structure can be understood well enough for the extraction of weak interaction parameters from parity nonconservation studies.

  5. Beta-decay energies and masses of short-lived isotopes of rubidium, caesium, francium, and radium

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    Westgaard, L; Nyman, G H; Roeckl, E

    1975-01-01

    Total decay energies have been measured for a number of neutron- deficient Rb and Cs isotopes, as well as for some neutron-rich isotopes of Fr and Ra. Mass separated sources were produced at the ISOLDE on-line separator at CERN. By applying two different beta - gamma coincidence methods, Q values or their lower limits were determined for /sup 76-78/Rb, /sup 80/Rb, /sup 121-124/Cs, /sup 222 /Fr, /sup 224-226/Fr, /sup 229/Ra and /sup 229/Ac. For many of these nuclei, the atomic mass excesses could be derived, allowing the comparison of masses of far unstable nuclei with predictions from mass formulae. The odd-odd nuclei /sup 76/Rb and /sup 78/Rb appear to be 1-1/sup 1///sub 2/ MeV more strongly bound than expected from the systematics. (70 refs).

  6. High spin states and isomeric decays in doubly-odd 208Fr

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    Kanjilal, D.; Bhattacharya, S.; Goswami, A.; Kshetri, R.; Raut, R.; Saha, S.; Bhowmik, R. K.; Gehlot, J.; Muralithar, S.; Singh, R. P.; Jnaneswari, G.; Mukherjee, G.; Mukherjee, B.

    2010-10-01

    Neutron deficient isotopes of francium ( Z=87, N˜121-123) as excited nuclei were produced in the fusion-evaporation reaction: 197Au( 16O, xn) 213 - xFr at 100 MeV. The γ rays from the residues were observed through the high sensitivity Germanium Clover detector array INGA. The decay of the high spin states and the isomeric states of the doubly-odd 208Fr nuclei, identified from the known sequence of ground state transitions, were observed. The half-lives of the E=194(2) keV isomeric transition, known from earlier observations, was measured to be T=233(18) ns. A second isomeric transition at E=383(2) keV and T=33(7) ns was also found. The measured half-lives were compared with the corresponding single particle estimates, based on the level scheme obtained from the experiment.

  7. Large Deformation Change in Iridium Isotopes from Laser Spectroscopy

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    D. Verney; L. Cabaret; J. Crawford; H.T. Duong; J. Genevey; G. Hubert; F. Ibrahim; M. Krieg; F. Le Blanc; J.K.P. Lee; G. Le Scornet; D. Lunney; J. Obert; J. Oms; J. Pinard; J.C. Putaux; B. Roussiere; J. Sauvage; V. Sebastian

    1999-12-31

    Laser spectroscopy measurements have been performed on neutron-deficient iridium isotopes. The hyperfine structure and isotope shift of the optical Ir I transition 5d{sup 7}6s{sup 2} {sup 4}F{sub 9/2} {yields}5d{sup 7}6s6p {sup 6}F{sub 11/2} have been studied for the {sup 182-189}Ir, {sup 186}Ir{sup m} and {sup 191,193}Ir isotopes. The nuclear magnetic and quadrupole moments were obtained from the hyperfine splitting measurements and the changes of the mean square charge radii from the isotope shift measurements. A large deformation change between {sup 187}Ir and {sup 186}Ir and between {sup 186}Ir{sup m} and {sup 186}Ir{sup g} has been observed.

  8. Colloquium GANIL 2006; Colloque GANIL 2006

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    Hammache, F.; D' Auria, J.; Sereville, N. de; Kratz, K.L.; Horowitz, C.J.; Grasso, M.; Sebille, F.; Stefan, I.; Yeremin, A.; Villari, A.C.C.; Drouart, A.; Schmitt, Ch.; Jurado, B.; Lopez, O.; Poggi, G.; Frankland, J.; Ducoin, C.; Beaumel, D.; Keeley, N.; Gelin, M.; Caamano, M.; Monrozeau, C.; Catford, W.; Simpson, G.; Scarpaci, J.A.; Dudek, J.; Nguyen, V.G.; Bender, M.; Sida, J.L.; Azaiez, F.; Duchene, G.; Beuve, M.; Burger, A.; Matea, I.; Gaubert, G.; Gorgen, A.; Sletten, G.; Courtin, S.; Petrache, C.; Ma, A.; Motobayashi, T.; Riisager, K.; Lukic, S.; Thomas, J.C.; Langanke, K.; Nilsson, T.; Neyens, G.; Georgiev, G.; Daugas, J.M.; Mueller, P.; Herlert, A.; Delahaye, P.; Borge, M.J.G.; Severijns, N.; Mery, A.; Plompen, A.; Fisher, U.; Lewitowicz, M.; Acosta, L.; Ban, S.; Boutin, D.; Daugas, J.M.; Dossat, C.; Iwata, Y.; Kumar, V.; Maslov, V.; Paschalis, S.; Petri, M.; Wrzosek, K.; Kumar, V

    2006-07-01

    The purpose of this conference was to review and discuss the research carried out at GANIL and the related activities at similar facilities around the world. The experiments performed in the first 4 years of operation of the Spiral facility as well as its future developments were largely discussed. Several sessions of the workshop were also devoted to the presentation and the discussion of the future physics opportunities with Spiral-2 and needed technical developments. The presentations have been organized into 13 topics: 1) nuclear astrophysics, 2) heavy and super-heavy nuclei, 3) multifragmentation, 4) structure and spectroscopy, 5) nuclear structure theories, 6) towards the drip-lines, 7) interdisciplinary sciences, 8) neutron-deficient nuclei, 9) gamma spectroscopy, 10) worldwide physics, 11) nuclear moments, 12) DESIR, and 13) nuclear data. This document gathers the slides of the presentations as well as the posters of the poster session.

  9. Spherical nuclei near the stability line and far from it

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    Isakov, V. I., E-mail: visakov@thd.pnpi.spb.ru [National Research Centre Kurchatov Institute, Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute (Russian Federation)

    2016-11-15

    Results of microscopic and semiphenomenological calculations of features of spherical nuclei lying near the stability line and far from it are presented. The reason why the nuclei being considered are spherical is that they are magic at least in one nucleon sort. The present analysis is performed for Z = 50 and Z = 28 isotopes and for N = 50 isotones, the region extending from neutron-rich to neutron-deficient nuclei being covered. The isotopic dependence of the mean-field spin–orbit nuclear potential is revealed; systematics of energies of levels and probabilities for electromagnetic transitions is examined; and root-mean-square radii of nuclei are calculated, along with the proton- and neutron-density distributions in them. Nuclei in the vicinity of closed shells are considered in detail, and the axial-vector weak coupling constant in nuclei is evaluated. A systematic comparison of the results of calculations with experimental data is performed.

  10. High Power CW Superconducting Linacs for EURISOL and XADS

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    Biarrotte, J L

    2004-01-01

    A multi-MW superconducting proton linac is proposed as the baseline solution for the EURISOL and the XADS driver accelerators. In the EURISOL project, which studies the design of the next-generation European ISOL facility, it is used to produce both neutron-deficient and neutron-rich exotic nuclei far from the valley of stability. In the PDS-XADS project, which aims to the demonstration of the feasibility of an ADS system for nuclear waste transmutation, it is used to produce the neutron flux required by the associated sub-critical reactor. In this paper, we report the main results and conclusions reached within these preliminary design studies. A special emphasis is given on the on-going and future R&D to be done to accomplish the demonstration of the full technology.

  11. Critical and shape-unstable nuclei

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    Cailliau, M; Husson, J P; Letessier, J; Mang, H J

    1973-01-01

    The authors' experimental work on the decay of neutron deficient mercury osmium nuclei, some other studies at ISOLDE (CERN) and their first theoretical analysis show that the nuclei around /sup 186/Pt (Z=78, N=108) are at the limit of spherical, oblate, prolate nuclei, have (the even one) their first 0/sup +/ excited states at very low energy; quasi- rotational bands are associated to these states. The energy of this O/sup +/ state in /sup 186-/Pt deviate from the Kumar value: angular shape instability is not enough to explain this result. The authors look at radial shape and pairing fluctuations. The position of the 4p-4n state must also be known. (0 refs).

  12. National Biomedical Tracer Facility. Project definition study

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    Schafer, R.

    1995-02-14

    We request a $25 million government-guaranteed, interest-free loan to be repaid over a 30-year period for construction and initial operations of a cyclotron-based National Biomedical Tracer Facility (NBTF) in North Central Texas. The NBTF will be co-located with a linear accelerator-based commercial radioisotope production facility, funded by the private sector at approximately $28 million. In addition, research radioisotope production by the NBTF will be coordinated through an association with an existing U.S. nuclear reactor center that will produce research and commercial radioisotopes through neutron reactions. The combined facilities will provide the full range of technology for radioisotope production and research: fast neutrons, thermal neutrons, and particle beams (H{sup -}, H{sup +}, and D{sup +}). The proposed NBTF facility includes an 80 MeV, 1 mA H{sup -} cyclotron that will produce proton-induced (neutron deficient) research isotopes.

  13. Formation, separation and detection of evaporation residues produced in complete fusion reactions

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    Sagaidak, R N

    2015-01-01

    Some aspects of formation, separation and detection of evaporation residues (ERs) produced in complete fusion reactions induced by accelerated heavy ions are considered. These reactions allow to obtain heavy neutron-deficient nuclei and to study their properties. The statistical model analysis of the production cross sections for these nuclei obtained in a wide range of their neutron numbers allows to trace the changes in their macroscopic properties such as fission barriers. The fusion probability of massive projectile and target nuclei is of interest. Empirical estimates of this value allow to verify the predictions of theoretical models for the optimal ways of synthesis of unknown nuclei. Some peculiarities in the separation and detection of ERs in experiments are briefly considered by the example of the Ra ERs produced in the 12 C+Pb reactions. The reliable cross sections for ERs produced in very asymmetric projectile-target combination, such as 12 C+Pb, are important for the em...

  14. Laser fluorescence on radio-active isotopes produced in very low yield

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    Dancy, M. P.; Billowes, J.; Grant, I. S.; Evans, D. E.; Griffith, J. A. R.; Wells, S. A.; Eastham, D. A.; Groves, J.; Smith, J. R. H.; Tolfree, D. W. L.; Walker, P. M.

    1990-08-01

    East particle-photon coincidence techniques, developed at Daresbury with strontium isotopes, allow ultrasensitive laser fluorescence spectroscopy of beams of radio-active isotopes which can only be produced in very low yields. The technique has now been applied to neutron-deficient barium isotopes down to120Ba. From measured hyperfine splittings and isotope shifts, nuclear moments and changes in mean square radii have been determined. The work has revealed an abrupt increase in the mean square radius for121Ba large enough to disrupt the systematic staggering of nuclear size seen for the series. In a recent experiment an isomeric state of127Ba with a half-life of about 2 seconds has been produced in a very low yield; nevertheless we have succeeded in obtaining a fluorescence spectrum.

  15. Direct observation of an isomeric state in {sup 98}Rb and nuclear properties of exotic rubidium isotopes measured by laser spectroscopy

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    Procter, T.J.; Garnsworthy, A.B.; Levy, C.D.P.; Pearson, M.R. [TRIUMF, Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada); Behr, J.A.; Dilling, J. [TRIUMF, Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada); University of British Columbia, Department of Physics, Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada); Billowes, J. [The University of Manchester, School of Physics and Astronomy, Manchester (United Kingdom); Buchinger, F.; Crawford, J.E.; Leary, A.; Shelbaya, O.; Al Tamimi, W. [McGill University, Physics Department, Montreal, Quebec (Canada); Cheal, B. [University of Liverpool, Department of Physics, Liverpool (United Kingdom); Mane, E. [TRIUMF, Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada); Ministry of External Relations, Rio Bianco Institute, Brasilia (Brazil); Stolz, M. [Technische Universitaet Berlin, Berlin (Germany); Voss, A. [TRIUMF, Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada); University of Jyvaeskylae, Department of Physics, Jyvaeskylae (Finland)

    2015-02-01

    Fast-beam collinear laser spectroscopy experiments on rubidium have been performed at the ISAC radioactive ion beam facility at TRIUMF. Most recently, the neutron-rich {sup 98}Rb isotope has been studied for the investigation of shape coexistence. Two long-lived nuclear states in {sup 98}Rb have been clearly observed for the first time: a low-spin state, assigned a spin of I = 0, and a high-spin state. The high-spin state is tentatively assigned a spin of I = 3 based on this analysis in combination with gamma decay results. The measured nuclear properties of the two states are presented, alongside unpublished values of the neutron-deficient isotopes investigated previously. The mean-square charge radii of both states in {sup 98}Rb are observed to continue along the isodeformation line present after the N = 60 onset of deformation. (orig.)

  16. Intense 31-35Ar beams produced with a nanostructured CaO target at ISOLDE

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    Ramos, J. P.; Gottberg, A.; Mendonça, T. M.

    2014-01-01

    is connected to an ionizer, from which the charged isotopes are extracted and delivered for physics experiments. Calcium oxide (CaO) powder targets have been used to produce mainly neutron deficient argon and carbon RIBs over the past decades. Such targets presented unstable yields, either decaying over time...... synthesized from the respective carbonate. Taking the results of this study, several changes were made at ISOLDE in terms of the CaO target production, handling and operation in order to produce and maintain the nanostructured CaO. The new target, the first nanostructured target to be operated at ISOLDE......, showed improved yields of (exotic) Ar and more importantly a stable yield over the whole operation time, while operating with lower temperatures. This contradicts the ISOL paradigm of using the highest possible temperature regardless of the target’s microstructure degradation....

  17. Measurements of lifetimes and magnetic moments of 2{sup +} states in the even stable Sn isotopes {sup 112,114,116}Sn

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    Walker, Jennifer; Jungclaus, Andrea; Modamio, Victor [Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Spain); Leske, Joerg; Alikhai, Babak [TU Darmstadt (Germany); Pietri, Stephane [University of Surrey (United Kingdom); Speidel, Karl-Heinz [Universitaet Bonn (Germany); Doornenbal, Pieter; Gerl, Juergen; Goel, Namita; Kojouharov, Ivan; Prokopowicz, Wawcek; Schaffner, Henning; Wollersheim, Hans-Juergen [GSI, Darmstadt (Germany); Cederkall, Joakim; Ekstroem, Andreas [University of Lund (Sweden); Gernhaeuser, Roman; Maier-Komor, Peter [TU Muenchen (Germany); Schwengner, Ronald [FZ Rossendorf (Germany)

    2008-07-01

    Recently, an unexpected behaviour of B(E2;0{sup +}{yields}2{sup +}) transition strengths in the Sn isotopic chain has been established in a series of experiments. Coulomb excitation measurements on radioactive neutron-deficient {sup 106-110}Sn as well as stable {sup 112,114}Sn beams have shown an excess of transition strength in these isotopes in which the lower half of the N=50-82 neutron shell is filled. To gain more experimental information about the origin of this behaviour we have measured the magnetic moments and lifetimes of the 2{sup +} states in the stable isotopes {sup 112,114,116}Sn using the transient field technique in combination with Coulomb excitation in inverse kinematics. Isotopically pure Sn beams were provided by the UNILAC of GSI and the {gamma}-rays detected in four EUROBALL cluster detectors in coincidence with recoiling carbon ions registered in an array of four Si pin diodes.

  18. Future prospects for secondary-beam production

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    Schmidt, K H; Enqvist, T; Junghans, A R; Rejmund, F; Ricciardi, M V

    2002-01-01

    This contribution discusses the characteristics of different types of nuclear reactions and the influence of the beam energy in view of future prospects for secondary-beam production. First, electronic interactions in the target are considered because they define the usable target thickness. Rather high beam energies are advantageous. Secondly, the nuclear-reaction aspects are discussed. Three reaction mechanisms provide the most promising prospects for the production of secondary beams. Fusion is best suited for the production of nuclei near the proton drip line and for the heaviest elements. Fission specifically populates mid-mass neutron-rich isotopes. Fragmentation and spallation reactions represent rather universal production mechanisms for both neutron-deficient and neutron-rich exotic nuclei, since the fluctuations in the N-over-Z ratio are very important. Due to these large fluctuations, this is the most promising reaction mechanism to reach extremely exotic nuclei over the whole mass range, if suffic...

  19. Two-proton radioactivity of 48Ni

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    Miernik, Krzysztof

    2011-10-01

    In experiment performed at NSCL facility we studied the decay of extremely neutron deficient isotope of 48Ni. Ions were implanted into a gaseuos detector, the Optical Time Projection Chamber which allows to record tracks of charged particles. Six events of 48Ni were observed, the two-proton radioactivity (four events) and the β-decay (two events) channels were clearly indentified. The half-life of 48Ni is determined to be T1 / 2 = 2.1-0. 4 + 1 . 4 ms. The results of three-dimensional events reconstruction as well as comparison of results with theoretical models will be presented. Research performed as a Eugene P. Wigner Fellow and staff member at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, managed by UT-Battelle, LLC, for the U.S. Department of Energy under Contract DE-AC05-00OR22725.

  20. Neutron reactions in accreting neutron stars: a new pathway to efficient crust heating.

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    Gupta, Sanjib S; Kawano, Toshihiko; Möller, Peter

    2008-12-05

    In our calculation of neutron star crust heating we include several key new model features. In earlier work electron capture (EC) only allowed neutron emission from the daughter ground state; here we calculate, in a deformed quasi-random-phase approximation (QRPA) model, EC decay rates to all states in the daughter that are allowed by Gamow-Teller selection rules and energetics. The subsequent branching ratios between the 1n,...,xn channels and the competing gamma decay are calculated in a Hauser-Feshbach model. In our multicomponent plasma model a single (EC, xn) reaction step can produce several neutron-deficient nuclei, each of which can further decay by (EC, xn). Hence, the neutron emission occurs more continuously with increasing depth as compared to that in a one-component plasma model.

  1. New type of asymmetric fission in proton-rich nuclei

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    Andreyev, A N; Huyse, M; Van Duppen, P; Antalic, S; Barzakh, A; Bree, N; Cocolios, T E; Comas, V F; Diriken, J; Fedorov, D; Fedosseev, V; Franchoo, S; Heredia, J A; Ivanov, O; Koster, U; Marsh, B A; Nishio, K; Page, R D; Patronis, N; Seliverstov, M; Tsekhanovich, I; Van den Bergh, P; Van De Walle, J; Venhart, M; Vermote, S; Veselsky, M; Wagemans, C; Ichikawa, T; Iwamoto, A; Moller, P; Sierk, A J

    2010-01-01

    A very exotic process of ${\\beta}$-delayed fission of $^{180}$Tl is studied in detail by using resonant laser ionization with subsequent mass separation at ISOLDE (CERN). In contrast to common expectations, the fission-fragment mass distribution of the post-${\\beta}$-decay daughter nucleus $^{180}$Hg (N/Z=1.25) is asymmetric. This asymmetry is more surprising since a mass-symmetric split of this extremely neutron-deficient nucleus would lead to two $^{90}$Zr fragments, with magic N=50 and semimagic Z=40. This is a new type of asymmetric fission, not caused by large shell effects related to fragment magic proton and neutron numbers, as observed in the actinide region. The newly measured branching ratio for $\\beta$-delayed fission of $^{180}$Tl is 3.6(7)×10$^{-3}$%, approximately 2 orders of magnitude larger than in an earlier study.

  2. Probing intruder configurations in $^{186, 188}$Pb using Coulomb excitation

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    Columb excitation measurements to study the shape coexistence, mixing and quadrupole collectivity of the low-lying levels in neutron-deficient $^{188}$Pb nuclei are proposed with a view to extending similar studies to the $^{186}$Pb midshell nucleus. The HIE-ISOLDE beam of $^{186,188}$Pb nuclei will be delivered to MINIBALL+SPEDE set-up for simultaneous in-beam $\\gamma$-ray and conversion electron spectroscopy. The proposed experiment will allow the sign of the quadrupole deformation parameter to be extracted for the two lowest 2$^{+}$ states in $^{188}$Pb. Moreover, the advent of SPEDE will allow probing of the bandhead 0$^{+}$ states via direct measurements of E0 transitions. Beam development is requested to provide pure and instense $^{186}$Pb beam.

  3. Study of near-stability nuclei populated as fission fragments in heavy-ion fusion reactions

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    Fotiadis, Nikolaos [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Nelson, Ronald O [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Devlin, Matthew [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Cizewski, Jolie A [RUTGERS UNIV.; Krucken, Reiner [TECHNICAL UNIV OF MUNICH; Clark, R M [LBNL; Fallon, Paul [LBNL; Lee, I Yang [LBNL; Macchiavelli, Agusto O [LBNL; Becker, John A [LLNL; Younes, Walid [LLNL

    2010-01-01

    Examples are presented to illustrate the power of prompt {gamma}-ray spectroscopy of fission fragments from compound nuclei with A {approx} 200 formed in fusion-evaporation reactions in experiments using the Gammasphere Ge-detector array. Complementary methods, such as Coulomb excitation and deep-inelastic processes, are also discussed. In other cases (n, xn{gamma}) reactions on stable isotopes have been used to establish neutron excitation functions for {gamma}-rays using a pulsed 'white'-neutron source, coupled to a high-energy-resolution germanium-detector array. The excitation functions can unambiguously assign {gamma}-rays to a specific reaction product. Results from all these methods bridge the gaps in the systematics of high-spin states between the neutron-deficient and neutron-rich nuclei. Results near shell closures should motivate new shell model calculations.

  4. Shell model based reaction rates for rp-process nuclei in the mass range A=44-63

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    Fisker, J L; Görres, J; Langanke, K; Martínez-Pinedo, G; Wiescher, M C

    2001-01-01

    We have used large-scale shell-model diagonalization calculations to determine the level spectra, proton spectroscopic factors, and electromagnetic transition probabilities for proton rich nuclei in the mass range A=44-63. Based on these results and the available experimental data, we calculated the resonances for proton capture reactions on neutron deficient nuclei in this mass range. We also calculated the direct capture processes on these nuclei in the framework of a Woods-Saxon potential model. Taking into account both resonant and direct contributions, we determined the ground-state proton capture reaction rates for these nuclei under hot hydrogen burning conditions for temperatures between 10 sup 8 and 10 sup 1 sup 0 K. The calculated compound-nucleus level properties and the reaction rates are presented here; the rates are also available in computer-readable format from the authors.

  5. Determination of the fission barrier height in fission of heavy radioactive beams induced by the (d,p)-transfer

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    A theoretical framework is described, allowing to determine the fission barrier height using the observed cross sections of fission induced by the (d,p)-transfer with accuracy, which is not achievable in another type of low-energy fission of neutron-deficient nuclei, the $\\beta$-delayed fission. The primary goal is to directly determine the fission barrier height of proton-rich fissile nuclei, preferably using the radio-active beams of isotopes of odd elements, and thus confirm or exclude the low values of fission barrier heights, typically extracted using statistical calculations in the compound nucleus reactions at higher excitation energies. Calculated fission cross sections in transfer reactions of the radioactive beams show sufficient sensitivity to fission barrier height. In the probable case that fission rates will be high enough, mass asymmetry of fission fragments can be determined. Results will be relevant for nuclear astrophysics and for production of super-heavy nuclei. Transfer induced fission of...

  6. Theoretical study on production cross sections of exotic actinide nuclei in multinucleon transfer reactions

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    Zhu, Long

    2017-12-01

    Within the dinuclear system (DNS) model, the multinucleon transfer reactions 129,136Xe + 248Cm, 112Sn + 238U, and 144Xe + 248Cm are investigated. The production cross sections of primary fragments are calculated with the DNS model. By using a statistical model, we investigate the influence of charged particle evaporation channels on production cross sections of exotic nuclei. It is found that for excited neutron-deficient nuclei the charged particle evaporation competes with neutron emission and plays an important role in the cooling process. The production cross sections of several exotic actinide nuclei are predicted in the reactions 112Sn + 238U and 136,144Xe + 248Cm. Considering the beam intensities, the collisions of 136,144Xe projectiles with a 248Cm target for producing neutron-rich nuclei with Z=92‑96 are investigated. Supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (11605296) and Natural Science Foundation of Guangdong Province, China (2016A030310208)

  7. Magnetic Moment of $^{59}$Cu

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    2002-01-01

    Experiment IS358 uses the intense and pure beams of copper isotopes provided by the ISOLDE RILIS (resonance ionization laser ion source). The isotopes are implanted and oriented in the low temperature nuclear orientation set-up NICOLE. Magnetic moments are measured by $\\beta$-NMR. Copper (Z=29), with a single proton above the proton-magic nickel isotopes provides an ideal testground for precise shell model calculations of magnetic moments and their experimental verification. In the course of our experiments we already determined the magnetic moments of $^{67}$Ni, $^{67}$Cu, $^{68g}$Cu, $^{69}$Cu and $^{71}$Cu which provide important information on the magicity of the N=40 subshell closure. In 2001 we plan to conclude our systematic investigations by measuring the magnetic moment of the neutron-deficient isotope $^{59}$Cu. This will pave the way for a subsequent study of the magnetic moment of $^{57}$Cu with a complementary method.

  8. Fusion Blanket Coolant Section Criteria, Methodology, and Results

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    DeMuth, J. A. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Meier, W. R. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Jolodosky, A. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Frantoni, M. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Reyes, S. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)

    2015-10-02

    The focus of this LDRD was to explore potential Li alloys that would meet the tritium breeding and blanket cooling requirements but with reduced chemical reactivity, while maintaining the other attractive features of pure Li breeder/coolant. In other fusion approaches (magnetic fusion energy or MFE), 17Li- 83Pb alloy is used leveraging Pb’s ability to maintain high TBR while lowering the levels of lithium in the system. Unfortunately this alloy has a number of potential draw-backs. Due to the high Pb content, this alloy suffers from very high average density, low tritium solubility, low system energy, and produces undesirable activation products in particular polonium. The criteria considered in the selection of a tritium breeding alloy are described in the following section.

  9. Radium, Marie Curie and modern science.

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    Langevin-Joliot, H

    1998-11-01

    In 1898, the discovery of two new elements, polonium and radium, reawakened interest in the topic of uranic rays discovered 2 years before by H. Becquerel. Radioactivity, a name coined by Marie Curie, became a major research field for decades. The contrasting personalities of Pierre Curie, already a first-rank physicist, and of the young Marie Curie-Sklodowska as they undertook their common work are described. It is shown how a well-chosen quantitative method and a systematic approach combining physics and chemistry led to the discovery within less than 1 year. The special role of radium and the determination of its atomic weight by Marie Curie followed by her long-term program for accumulating pure radium salts are emphasized. The first woman with a full professorship at a French University, Marie Curie created and managed the Radium Institute.

  10. [Toxicological effects of weapons of mass destruction and noxious agents in modern warfare and terrorism].

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    Vucemilović, Ante

    2010-06-01

    Weapons of mass destruction (WMD) best portray the twisted use of technological achievements against the human species. Despite arm control efforts, WMD threat continues to exist and even proliferate. This in turn calls for improvement in defensive measures against this threat. The modern soldier is exposed to a number of chemical, biological, and radiological agents in military and peace operations, while civilians are mainly exposed to terrorist attacks. Regardless of origin or mode of action, WMDs and other noxious agents aim for the same - to make an organism dysfunctional. Because their effects are often delayed, these agents are hard to spot on time and treat. This review presents a biomedical aspect of agents used in warfare and terrorism, including polonium-210, depleted uranium, salmonella, anthrax, genetically modified bacteria, cobweb-like polymer fibre, sarin, and mustard gas.

  11. URANIUM-SERIES CONSTRAINTS ON RADIONUCLIDE TRANSPORT AND GROUNDWATER FLOW AT NOPAL I URANIUM DEPOSIT, SIERRA PENA BLANCA, MEXICO

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    S. J. Goldstein, S. Luo, T. L. Ku, and M. T. Murrell

    2006-04-01

    Uranium-series data for groundwater samples from the vicinity of the Nopal I uranium ore deposit are used to place constraints on radionuclide transport and hydrologic processes at this site, and also, by analogy, at Yucca Mountain. Decreasing uranium concentrations for wells drilled in 2003 suggest that groundwater flow rates are low (< 10 m/yr). Field tests, well productivity, and uranium isotopic constraints also suggest that groundwater flow and mixing is limited at this site. The uranium isotopic systematics for water collected in the mine adit are consistent with longer rock-water interaction times and higher uranium dissolution rates at the front of the adit where the deposit is located. Short-lived nuclide data for groundwater wells are used to calculate retardation factors that are on the order of 1,000 for radium and 10,000 to 10,000,000 for lead and polonium. Radium has enhanced mobility in adit water and fractures near the deposit.

  12. Contribution to the study of the geophysical behaviour of lead-210 by application of alpha spectrometry; Contribution a l'etude du comportement geophysique du plomb 210 par application de la spectrometrie alpha

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    Nezami, M. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, Saclay (France). Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires

    1965-06-01

    A study of the changes in the lead-210 contents of rain-water and of water produced by melting polar ice has required the development of a method for dosing lead-210, an {alpha} emitter. This method is 40 times more sensitive than that which measures the lead-210 by bismuth-210, a ({beta} emitter. The first part of the report presents the study of a spectrometry using semiconductor detectors; a catalogue of a spectra shows the advantages of this method. In the second part will be found at first a new chemical separation method for polonium-210 and the results obtained with this method. The main results obtained on the geophysical behaviour of lead-210 are the following: - the monthly lead-210 and polonium-210 contents in rain water are approximately constant with time. - in the Gif-sur-Yvette region, the clean-up by 'dry fall-out' can attain 40 to 50 per cent of the total fall-out. - a study of Antarctic ice samples makes it possible to determine an annual accumulation rate equivalent to 13.8 cm of water and to show discrepancies in the periodic concentrations which correspond to the latest maxima of solar activity. - a balance is drawn up between the radon produced by the continents and the lead-210 fall-out. (author) [French] Une etude sur les variations de la teneur en plomb 210 des eaux de pluie et des eaux de fusion des glaces polaires a necessite la mise au point d'une methode de dosage du plomb 210 emetteur {alpha}. Cette methode permet d'obtenir une sensibilite quarante fois superieure a celle dosant le plomb 210 par le bismuth 210 emetteur {beta}. La premiere partie du travail presente l'etude de la spectrometrie {alpha} par detecteur a semiconducteurs, un catalogue de spectres {alpha} met en evidence les avantages de cette methode. Dans la deuxieme partie on trouvera en premier lieu une nouvelle methode chimique de separation du polonium 210 ainsi que les resultats obtenus grace a cette methode. Les principaux resultats sur le

  13. The Radiological Impact of 210Pb and 210Po Released from the Iron- and Steel-Making Plant ILVA in Taranto (Italy on the Environment and the Public

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Lead-210 and 210Po are naturally occurring radionuclides. Due to volatile characteristic of lead and polonium, environmental pollution of 210Pb and 210Po released from the coal power plant, steel-making industry and refractory material industry has been an exposure problem for the members of public. In this paper studies on the activity concentrations of 210Po and 210Pb in the raw materials, dust particles, surficial soils and atmospheric particulate samples collected in the area of the Iron- and Steel-Making Plant ILVA Taranto (Italy were made. These data have been used to evaluate the source-term, distributions, inventories, mass balance, biological availability, ecological migration processes and public exposure risk of 210Pb and 210Po in the concerned environment.

  14. Biomembranes research using thermal and cold neutrons.

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    Heberle, F A; Myles, D A A; Katsaras, J

    2015-11-01

    In 1932 James Chadwick discovered the neutron using a polonium source and a beryllium target (Chadwick, 1932). In a letter to Niels Bohr dated February 24, 1932, Chadwick wrote: "whatever the radiation from Be may be, it has most remarkable properties." Where it concerns hydrogen-rich biological materials, the "most remarkable" property is the neutron's differential sensitivity for hydrogen and its isotope deuterium. Such differential sensitivity is unique to neutron scattering, which unlike X-ray scattering, arises from nuclear forces. Consequently, the coherent neutron scattering length can experience a dramatic change in magnitude and phase as a result of resonance scattering, imparting sensitivity to both light and heavy atoms, and in favorable cases to their isotopic variants. This article describes recent biomembranes research using a variety of neutron scattering techniques. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd.

  15. High pressure structural phase transitions of PbPo

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    Bencherif, Y.; Boukra, A. [Departement de Physique, Faculte des Sciences, Universite de Mostaganem (Algeria); Departement de Physique, Universite des Sciences et de la Technologie d' Oran, USTO, Oran (Algeria); Zaoui, A., E-mail: azaoui@polytech-lille.fr [Universite Lille Nord de France, LGCgE (EA 4515) Lille1, Polytech' Lille, Cite Scientifique, Avenue Paul Langevin, 59655 Villeneuve D' Ascq Cedex (France); Ferhat, M. [Departement de Physique, Universite des Sciences et de la Technologie d' Oran, USTO, Oran (Algeria)

    2012-09-01

    First-principles calculations have been performed to investigate the high pressure phase transitions and dynamical properties of the less known lead polonium compound. The calculated ground state parameters for the NaCl phase show good agreement with the experimental data. The obtained results show that the intermediate phase transition for this compound is the orthorhombic Pnma phase. The PbPo undergoes from the rocksalt to Pnma phase at 4.20 GPa. Further structural phase transition from intermediate to CsCl phase has been found at 8.5 GPa. In addition, phonon dispersion spectra were derived from linear-response to density functional theory. In particular, we show that the dynamical properties of PbPo exhibit some peculiar features compared to other III-V compounds. Finally, thermodynamics properties have been also addressed from quasiharmonic approximation.

  16. The 21st LH Gray Conference (June 4-6, 2008)

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    West, C. M. L. [Univ. of Manchester (United Kingdom); Martin, C. J. [Gartnavel Royal Hospital, Glasgow (United Kingdom); Sutton, D. G. [Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee (United Kingdom); Wright, E. G. [Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee (United Kingdom)

    2009-01-12

    The 21st LH Gray Conference, organised by the LH Gray Trust with the Society for Radiological Protection, brought together international experts in radiobiology, epidemiology and risk assessment, and scientists involved in diagnostic and therapeutic radiation exposure. The meeting - held in Edinburgh, Scotland 4-6 June 2008 - aimed to raise awareness, educate and share knowledge of important issues in radiation protection. A distinguished group of speakers discussed topics which included: non-targeted effects of radiation, exposure to high natural background radiation, non-cancer effects in Japanese bomb survivors, lessons learnt from Chernobyl, radiation in the workplace, biokinetic modelling, uncertainties in risk estimation, issues in diagnostic medical exposures, lessons leant from the polonium-210 incidence and how the radiobiology-radiation oncology community is needed to help society prepare for potential future acts of radiation terrorism. The conference highlighted the importance, relevance and topicality of radiobiology today.

  17. The contribution of Maria Sklodowska-Curie and Pierre Curie to Nuclear and Medical Physics. A hundred and ten years after the discovery of radium.

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    Diamantis, Aristidis; Magiorkinis, Emmanouil; Papadimitriou, Athanasios; Androutsos, Georgios

    2008-01-01

    This review aims to commemorate the life, and the accomplishments of Pierre and Marie Curie in Physics and in Medicine. Although they are primarily known for their discoveries of the elements of radium and polonium, which took place two years after the discovery of radioactivity by Henry Becquerel, Pierre's discovery of the piezo-electric phenomenon, his research on crystal symmetry, magnetism and paramagnetic substances, are equally important. With the discovery of the two radioactive elements, Pierre and Marie Curie established the new field of Nuclear Physics. It is not an over-statement to say that their discovery contributed much to our modern way of life. Marie received the Nobel Prize twice and later she became the first woman to become member of the French Academy of Sciences. Today, both Pierre and Marie Curie rest in Panthéon, in Paris.

  18. Generator coordinate method and superdeformation in A=190 nuclei

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    Dancer, H.; Perres, S.; Bonche, P.; Flocard, H.; Heenen, P.-H.; Meyer, J. E-mail: jmeyer@ipnl.in2p3.fr; Meyer, M

    1999-07-26

    The Generator Coordinate Method with particle number projection using a set of Hartree-Fock plus BCS states is applied to the superdeformed even-even Hg and Pb isotopes. The q{sub 30} and q{sub 32} octupole vibrations are investigated in even-even Hg and Pb isotopes. These one-dimensional calculations predict that the collective octupole K{sup {pi}}=0{sup -} excitations are the lowest mode in energy. The electric monopole E0 decay out of superdeformed states is also compared to the electric quadrupole E2 transition rates.

  19. New calculations of {alpha}-decay half-lives by the Viola-Seaborg formula

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    Dong, Tiekuang [Nanjing University, Department of Physics, Nanjing (China); Ren, Zhongzhou [Nanjing University, Department of Physics, Nanjing (China); National Laboratory of Heavy-Ion Accelerator, Center of Theoretical Nuclear Physics, Lanzhou (China)

    2005-10-01

    The Viola-Seaborg formula is a well-known formula for {alpha}-decay half-lives of heavy nuclei. In this work we obtain new parameters of this formula through a least-square fit to even-even nuclei between Z =84 and Z=110 with N greater than 126. On average, the formula can reproduce the half-lives of heavy even-even nuclei within a factor of 1.3. The formula with new parameters works well for the superheavy region which is a hot topic of nuclear physics. The numerical results from the formula are compared with those from the cluster model. (orig.)

  20. Candidates for chiral doublet bands in sup 1 sup 3 sup 6 Nd

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    Mergel, E; Domscheit, J; Rossbach, D; Schoenwasser, G; Nenoff, N; Neusser, A; Görgen, A; Petrache, C M; Lo Bianco, G; Becker, F; Bouchez, E; Houry, M; Hürstel, A; Le Coz, Y L; Lucas, R; Theisen, C; Korten, W; Bracco, A; Blasi, N; Camera, F; Leoni, S; Hannachi, F; López-Martens, A; Rejmund, M; Gassmann, D; Reiter, P; Thirolf, P G; Astier, A; Buforn, N; Meyer, M; Redon, N; Stezowski, O

    2002-01-01

    The even-even nucleus sup 1 sup 3 sup 6 Nd was studied via in-beam gamma-ray spectroscopy using the sup 1 sup 6 O + sup 1 sup 2 sup 5 Te reaction at 100 MeV and the EUROBALL array. One new dipole band was observed. Together with a previously identified dipole band, whose position in the level scheme is revised, the new band forms a doublet structure similar to the recently observed chiral bands in the odd-odd neighboring nuclei. This would be the first case of a chiral doublet in an even-even nucleus. (orig.)

  1. Maria Skłodowska-Curie, her life and work - the 150 anniversary of her birthday

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    Dobrzyńska, Małgorzata M.

    Maria Skłodowska was born on November 7, 1867 in Warsaw (Poland). Her parents were teachers. Maria’s mother has died in 1878 of tuberculosis. In 1893 and 1894, respectively, Maria was awarded master’s degrees in physics and in mathematics from the Sorbonne University. In 1895 Maria married Pierre Curie. In 1897 their daughter Irene was born. Maria investigated rays emitted by uranium salts. She hypothesized that the radiation come from atom and called this phenomenon “radioactivity”. In 1898, Maria and Pierre discovered new radioactive elements polonium and radium. In 1902 she isolated pure radium chloride and defined radium atomic mass. In June 1903, Maria supervised by Professor Lippmann was awarded her doctorate in physics from the Sorbonne University of Paris after presentation of the thesis “Investigation of radioactive bodies”. In December 1903, Maria was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics, along with her husband Pierre and Henri Becquerel, for their work on radioactivity. In 1904, the daughter Eve was born. On 19 April 1906, Pierre was killed in a road accident in Paris. In 1910 Maria isolated radium as a pure metal. She also defined an international standard for radioactive emissions (curie), published her fundamental results on radioactivity and textbook of radiology. She also defined the international pattern of radium. In 1911, she won her second Nobel Prize, this time in Chemistry, for her discovery of radium and polonium. In 1914 she was appointed director in the Radium Institute in Paris. During World War I, Maria became the director of the Red Cross Radiology Service and set up France’s first military radiology centre. In May 1932 she has attended the official opening ceremony of the Radium Institute in Warsaw. On 4 July 1934, Maria Skłodowska-Curie has died aged 66 years in Sancellemoz sanatorium (France) of aplastic anemia.

  2. Assessment of the radiological impact of coal utilization. I. Preliminary studies on Western coal. [Western USA; radionuclide impurities

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    Styron, C.E.; Casella, V.R.; Farmer, B.M.; Hopkins, L.C.; Jenkins, P.H.; Phillips, C.A.; Robinson, B.

    1979-02-12

    It was the purpose of this project to broadly survey pathways of radionuclides in the coal fuel cycle, identifying critical questions and providing direction for subsequent, definitive studies of radionuclides in coal and the technological enhancement of concentrations of naturally occurring radionuclides through use of this coal. Western coal was selected for study because of its prominence in the National Energy Plan. Specific objectives were to: investigate the fate of radionuclides in the coal fuel cycle and, where possible, delineate the scope of the potential environmental and human health problem associated with radionuclides in coal; compile and evaluate data for uranium-238, uranium-234, lead-210, polonium-210, and thorium-230 in coal; study the release, fate, and accumulation of radionuclides from a power plant burning Western coal; and assess the possible need for additional control technology or standards. Results indicate that concentration of radionuclides in coal from Western mines varies widely, both within and between mines similar to other minor and trace constituents. The concentration of radionuclides in Western coal being mined today is roughly comparable to that of Eastern coal and is slightly below the average for all U.S. coal. A radionuclide balance for a power plant indicated that over 80% of uranium-234, uranium-238, and lead-210 present in the feed coal remained with the fly ash. Thus, collection of fly ash by electrostatic precipitators is of value in controlling radionuclide emissions. An additional 8 to 9% of the radionuclidesremained with bottom ash. Since over 90% of uranium-234, uranium-238, and lead-210 in feed coal remains with bottom ash and fly ash, it is suggested that the possible migration of radionuclides--particularly radon-222 which decays to lead-210 and polonium-210--from the ash pond, warrants further study.

  3. Nuclear fission: a review of experimental advances and phenomenology

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    Andreyev, A. N.; Nishio, K.; Schmidt, K.-H.

    2018-01-01

    In the last two decades, through technological, experimental and theoretical advances, the situation in experimental fission studies has changed dramatically. With the use of advanced production and detection techniques both much more detailed and precise information can now be obtained for the traditional regions of fission research and, crucially, new regions of nuclei have become routinely accessible for fission studies. This work first of all reviews the recent developments in experimental fission techniques, in particular the resurgence of transfer-induced fission reactions with light and heavy ions, the emerging use of inverse-kinematic approaches, both at Coulomb and relativistic energies, and of fission studies with radioactive beams. The emphasis on the fission-fragment mass and charge distributions will be made in this work, though some of the other fission observables, such as prompt neutron and γ-ray emission will also be reviewed. A particular attention will be given to the low-energy fission in the so far scarcely explored nuclei in the very neutron-deficient lead region. They recently became the focus for several complementary experimental studies, such as β-delayed fission with radioactive beams at ISOLDE(CERN), Coulex-induced fission of relativistic secondary beams at FRS(GSI), and several prompt fusion–fission studies. The synergy of these approaches allows a unique insight in the new region of asymmetric fission around {\\hspace{0pt}}180 Hg, recently discovered at ISOLDE. Recent extensive theoretical efforts in this region will also be outlined. The unprecedented high-quality data for fission fragments, completely identified in Z and A, by means of reactions in inverse kinematics at FRS(GSI) and VAMOS(GANIL) will be also reviewed. These experiments explored an extended range of mercury-to-californium elements, spanning from the neutron-deficient to neutron-rich nuclides, and covering both asymmetric, symmetric and transitional fission regions

  4. Microscopic insight in the study of yrast bands in selenium isotopes

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    The yrast bands of even-even selenium isotopes with = 68-78 are studied in the framework of projected shell model, by employing quadrupole plus monopole and quadrupole pairing force in the Hamiltonian. The oblate and prolate structures of the bands have been investigated. The yrast energies, backbending plots ...

  5. Recent results on neutron rich tin isotopes by laser spectroscopy

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    Roussière, B; Crawford, J E; Essabaa, S; Fedosseev, V; Geithner, W; Genevey, J; Girod, M; Huber, G; Horn, R; Kappertz, S; Lassen, J; Le Blanc, F; Lee, J K P; Le Scornet, G; Lettry, Jacques; Mishin, V I; Neugart, R; Obert, J; Oms, J; Ouchrif, A; Peru, S; Pinard, J; Ravn, H L; Sauvage, J; Verney, D

    2001-01-01

    Laser spectroscopy measurements have been performed on neutron rich tin isotopes using the COMPLIS experimental setup. The nuclear charge radii of the even-even isotopes from A=108 to 132 are compared to the results of macroscopic and microscopic calculations. The improvements and optimizations needed to perform the isotope shift measurement on $^{134}$Sn are presented.

  6. Naturally occurring radioactive elements, arsenic and other metals in drinking water from private wells; Naturligt radioaktiva aemnen, arsenik och andra metaller i dricksvatten fraan enskilda brunnar

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    Ek, Britt-Marie; Thunholm, Bo (Geological Survey of Sweden (SGU), Uppsala (SE)); Oestergren, Inger; Falk, Rolf; Mjoenes, Lars (Swedish Radiation Protection Authority, Stockholm (Sweden))

    2008-04-15

    Approximately 50% of all drinking water is extracted from groundwater. For private supply of drinking water almost 100% emanates from groundwater. For approximately 1.2 of the 9 million Swedish citizens, private wells are the primary water source where 700 000 get their water from wells drilled in the bedrock. Radioactive elements and metals that occur naturally in the bedrock can be found in the well water. The radioactive elements include radon-222 (222Rn), uranium (U), radium-226 (226Ra) as well as polonium-210 (210Po) and lead-210 (210Pb), which are long-lived progeny of radon. In 2001 SGU and SSI initiated a collaboration to investigate the occurrence of radioactive elements and metals in water from private wells. Data sampling and analysis was completed in 2006. The aim of the project was to map the occurrence of radioactive elements in drinking water from private wells and to estimate their respective dose contribution. Another aim was to map metals and other elements in the water, to study temporal variations and possible co-variations between analysed elements. Sampling was conducted in a random fashion throughout the country. However, in regions where bedrock and soils are known to show enhanced concentrations of radioactive elements and arsenic the sampling density was increased. The analyses comprises: total beta activity, total alpha activity, radium-226, radon-222, uranium, aluminium, chloride, calcium, vanadium, chromium, iron, manganese, cobalt, nickel, copper, zink, arsenic, strontium, molybdenum, cadmium, barium, lead, thorium, boron, sodium, manganese, potassium, silica, alkalinity, sulfate, fluoride, phosphate, nitrate, pH and electric conductivity. In a few cases chemistry analyses of polonium-210 and lead-210 have been done. It was observed that the south-western part of Sweden, with exception for granite areas in the county of Bohuslaen, has relatively low concentrations of natural radioactive elements in the drinking water. The occurrence of

  7. CRIS: A new method in isomeric beam production

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    Lynch K.M.

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The Collinear Resonance Ionization Spectroscopy (CRIS experiment at ISOLDE, CERN, uses laser radiation to stepwise excite and ionize an atomic beam for the purpose of ultra-sensitive detection of rare isotopes, and hyperfine-structure measurements. The technique also offers the ability to purify an ion beam that is heavily contaminated with radioactive isobars, including the ground state of an isotope from its isomer, allowing decay spectroscopy on nuclear isomeric states to be performed. The isomeric ion beam is selected by resonantly exciting one of its hyperfine structure levels, and subsequently ionizing it. This selectively ionized beam is deflected to a decay spectroscopy station (DSS. This consists of a rotating wheel implantation system for alpha- and beta-decay spectroscopy, and up to three germanium detectors around the implantation site for gamma-ray detection. Resonance ionization spectroscopy and the new technique of laser assisted nuclear decay spectroscopy have recently been performed at the CRIS beam line on the neutron-deficient francium isotopes. Here an overview of the two techniques will be presented, alongside a description of the CRIS beam line and DSS.

  8. β -delayed proton emission from 26P and 27S

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    Janiak, Ł.; Sokołowska, N.; Bezbakh, A. A.; Ciemny, A. A.; Czyrkowski, H.; Dąbrowski, R.; Dominik, W.; Fomichev, A. S.; Golovkov, M. S.; Gorshkov, A. V.; Janas, Z.; Kamiński, G.; Knyazev, A. G.; Krupko, S. A.; Kuich, M.; Mazzocchi, C.; Mentel, M.; Pfützner, M.; Pluciński, P.; Pomorski, M.; Slepniev, R. S.; Zalewski, B.

    2017-03-01

    Delayed emission of protons following β decay of neutron deficient nuclei 26P and 27S was investigated at the ACCULINNA separator in the Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions at Dubna. Ions of interest, identified in flight, were implanted into the active volume of the gaseous optical time projection chamber, which allowed us to record tracks of charged particles emitted in the decay. Total branching ratios for β -delayed proton emission and for β -delayed two-proton emission were determined. In addition, energy spectra for delayed protons below 2 MeV were established. Our findings for 26P agree with results of previous experiments. In the case of 27S, however, the observed probability of delayed proton emission is an order of magnitude larger than reported in literature. Two new strong proton transitions were identified representing decays of the first two excited states of 27P to the ground state of Si 26 . The probability ratio of γ -to-proton emission from these states is discussed.

  9. In-source laser spectroscopy of mercury isotopes

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    This proposal follows on from the Letter of Intent, I-153. The neutron-deficient mercury isotopes are one of the prime examples of shape coexistence anywhere in the nuclear chart. Wide-ranging and complementary experimental and theoretical approaches have been used to investigate their structure over the last few years, however mean-square charge radii are unknown for isotopes with $\\textit{A}$ < 181. It is proposed to measure the isotope shift (IS) and hyperfine structure (HFS) of the 253-nm transition in $^{177-182}$Hg in an attempt to study the propagation of the famous odd-even staggering behaviour. At the other end of the chain, no information exists on the optical spectroscopy of Hg isotopes beyond the $\\textit{N}$ = 126 shell closure. There is a well-known "kink" in mean-square charge radii beyond this point in the even $\\textit{Z}$ $\\geq$ 82 elements. It is proposed to measure the IS of $^{207,208}$Hg in order to provide the first information on this effect below $\\textit{Z}$ = 82.

  10. Nuclear moments and charge radii of magnesium isotopes from N=8 up to (and beyond) N=20

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    Mattolat, C F; Mallion, S N; Himpe, P

    2002-01-01

    We propose to measure the nuclear monopole, dipole and quadrupole moments of magnesium isotopes from the neutron deficient nuclei near the N=8 shell closure ($^{21}$Mg), up to the neutron rich Mg nuclei beyond N=20 ($^{33}$Mg). The physics issues that will be addressed in this project are related to: \\begin{itemize} \\item The properties of mirror nuclei (e.g. $^{21}$Mg - $^{21}$F being members of a T=3/2 multiplet) \\item The evolution of shell structure and deformation with isospin. \\item Changes in the shell structure in the "island of inversion" around $^{32}$Mg and along the N=9 isotones. \\end{itemize} Radioactive beams of Mg isotopes will be produced by the RILlS ion source. The Mg isotopes will be resonantly polarized at the COLLAPS set-up. With $\\beta$-NMR techniques, precision measurements of g-factors and quadrupole moments of the radioactive $^{21,23}$Mg and $^{29,31,33}$Mg isotopes will be performed. Isotope shifts, thus changes in mean square charge radii, will be deduced from hyperfine spectra mea...

  11. Beta decay of medium and high spin isomers in sup 9 sup 4 Ag

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    La Commara, M; Döring, J; Galanopoulos, S; Grawe, H; Harissopoulos, S V; Hellström, M; Janas, Z; Kirchner, R; Mazzocchi, C; Ostrowski, A N; Plettner, C; Rainovski, G; Roeckl, E; Schmidt, K

    2002-01-01

    The very neutron-deficient isotope sup 9 sup 4 Ag was produced at the GSI on-line mass separator by using the reaction sup 5 sup 8 Ni( sup 4 sup 0 Ca, p3n). The beta-decay properties of sup 9 sup 4 Ag were studied by detecting for the first time beta-delayed gamma rays and beta-gamma-gamma coincidences. Both the population of excited levels in the daughter nucleus sup 9 sup 4 Pd and the beta-decay half-life of sup 9 sup 4 Ag were investigated. The major part of the feeding was assigned to the decay of an I suppi=(7 sup +) isomer with a half-life of (0.36+-0.03) s. A weak beta-decay branch was found to populate high-spin levels in the sup 9 sup 4 Pd daughter with I>=18. It is tentatively assigned to the decay of a high-spin parent state in sup 9 sup 4 Ag with I>=17 and a half-life (0.3+-0.2) s. The measured beta-decay properties as well as the level structure of sup 9 sup 4 Ag and sup 9 sup 4 Pd are discussed in comparison with shell-model predictions.

  12. Identification of the new isotope sup 2 sup 4 sup 1 Bk

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    Asai, M; Ichikawa, S; Nagame, Y; Nishinaka, I; Akiyama, K; Toyoshima, A; Kaneko, T; Sakama, M; Haba, H; Oura, Y; Kojima, Y; Shibata, M

    2003-01-01

    A new neutron-deficient berkelium isotope sup 2 sup 4 sup 1 Bk produced in the sup 2 sup 3 sup 9 Pu( sup 6 Li, 4n) reaction has been identified using a gas-jet coupled on-line isotope separator. Cm K and L X-rays associated with the EC decay of sup 2 sup 4 sup 1 Bk were observed in the mass-241 fraction, and three gamma transitions were attributed to the EC decay of sup 2 sup 4 sup 1 Bk through X-gamma coincidences. The half-life of sup 2 sup 4 sup 1 Bk was determined to be 4.6+-0.4 min which is 1/2-1/4 of that of theoretical predictions. The half-life value and the observed gamma transitions can be consistently explained as a consequence of the allowed EC transition of pi 7/2 sup + [633] -> nu 7/2 sup + [624]. (orig.)

  13. α-decay studies of the francium isotopes 198Fr and 199Fr

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    Uusitalo, J.; Sarén, J.; Juutinen, S.; Leino, M.; Eeckhaudt, S.; Grahn, T.; Greenlees, P. T.; Jakobsson, U.; Jones, P.; Julin, R.; Ketelhut, S.; Leppänen, A.-P.; Nyman, M.; Pakarinen, J.; Rahkila, P.; Scholey, C.; Semchenkov, A.; Sorri, J.; Steer, A.; Venhart, M.

    2013-06-01

    Very neutron deficient francium isotopes have been produced in fusion evaporation reactions using 60Ni ions on 141Pr targets. The gas-filled recoil separator RITU was employed to collect the fusion products and to separate them from the scattered beam. The activities were implanted into a position sensitive silicon detector after passing through a gas-counter system. The isotopes were identified using spatial and time correlations between the implants and the decays. Two α-particle activities, with Eα=7613(15) keV and T1/2 = (15-5+12) ms and Eα=7684(15) keV and T1/2 = (16-5+13) ms were identified in the new isotope 198Fr. In addition, the half-life and α-particle energy of 199Fr were measured with improved precision. The measured decay properties deduced for 199Fr and 198Fr suggest that there is an onset of ground-state deformation at N=112 in the Fr isotopes.

  14. Probing the spatial distribution of nuclear magnetism in francium by optical spectroscopy

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    Aubin, S.; Tandecki, M.; Behr, J. A.; Pearson, M. R.; Zhang, J.; Orozco, L. A.; Collister, R.; Gwinner, G.; Gomez, E.

    2013-10-01

    The recently commissioned Francium Trapping Facility at TRIUMF in Vancouver, Canada will enable experiments to study weak interactions in francium atoms. We have successfully trapped and cooled 206 , 207 , 209 , 213 , 221Fr isotopes in large quantities (104 to 105) with trap lifetimes comparable to the radioactive lifetimes of the shortest lived trapped isotope (t1/2 = 14.8s). We use a combination of radio-frequency and optical spectroscopy to determine the hyperfine splittings of the 7P1 / 2 level of isotopes 206 , 207 , 209 , 213Fr to the 100 ppm level. These measurements, in combination with the known hyperfine ground state splittings, can be used to study the hyperfine anomaly in these isotopes. Our results extend previous work on the neutron distribution to a closed neutron shell isotope (213) and to neutron deficient isotopes (206, 207). These spectroscopic measurements also allow us to extract the isotope shifts to study changes in the charge radius. Work supported by NSERC and NRC from Canada, NSF and DOE from USA, and CONACYT from Mexico.

  15. Actinide production from xenon bombardments of curium-248

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    Welch, R.B.

    1985-01-01

    Production cross sections for many actinide nuclides formed in the reaction of /sup 129/Xe and /sup 132/Xe with /sup 248/Cm at bombarding energies slightly above the coulomb barrier were determined using radiochemical techniques to isolate these products. These results are compared with cross sections from a /sup 136/Xe + /sup 248/Cm reaction at a similar energy. When compared to the reaction with /sup 136/Xe, the maxima in the production cross section distributions from the more neutron deficient projectiles are shifted to smaller mass numbers, and the total cross section increases for the production of elements with atomic numbers greater than that of the target, and decreases for lighter elements. These results can be explained by use of a potential energy surface (PES) which illustrates the effect of the available energy on the transfer of nucleons and describes the evolution of the di-nuclear complex, an essential feature of deep-inelastic reactions (DIR), during the interaction. The other principal reaction mechanism is the quasi-elastic transfer (QE). Analysis of data from a similar set of reactions, /sup 129/Xe, /sup 132/Xe, and /sup 136/Xe with /sup 197/Au, aids in explaining the features of the Xe + Cm product distributions, which are additionally affected by the depletion of actinide product yields due to deexcitation by fission. The PES is shown to be a useful tool to predict the general features of product distributions from heavy ion reactions.

  16. α +15 O cluster structures in 19Ne and the α resonant scattering

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    Otani, Reiji; Iwasaki, Masataka; Tomita, Masashi; Ito, Makoto

    2014-09-01

    Cluster structures are well known to appear in the excited states of light nuclear systems. A typical example is the α+16 O cluster structures in 20Ne, and the α+15 N structures are also deeply analyzed in 19F, which is one proton deficient system of 20Ne. However, the α+15 O structure, corresponding to the neutron deficient system of 20Ne, still remains unclear. In the present study, we investigate the α+15 O structure in 19Ne by employing a simple potential model. We assume the Wood-Saxon potential for the nuclear potential of α+15 O, and its parameter set is fixed by solving the α+15 N elastic scattering. From the nuclear potential determined from the α+15 N scattering problem, we calculate the energy levels in the 19Ne = α+15 O system by adding the Coulomb interaction to the α+15 N system. The absorbing boundary condition is imposed on the unbound states in α+15 O, and the resonant levels in 19Ne are identified. We have also calculated the excitation function of the resonant α+15 O elastic scattering under the same condition as the recent experiments. In the present report, we will show our prediction of the α+15 O rotational bands and the cross sections in the resonant α scattering. Moreover, we will also report the application of the microscopic cluster model to the 19Ne = α+15 O system.

  17. Structure of high-spin states in sup 1 sup 0 sup 0 Pd

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    Pérez, G E; Algora, A; Dombrádi, Z; Nyakó, B M; Timar, J; Zolnai, L; Wyss, R; Cederkäll, J; Johnson, A; Kérek, A; Klamra, W; Norlin, L O; Lipoglavsek, M; Fahlander, C; Likar, A; Palacz, M; Atac, A; Nyberg, J; Persson, J; Gizon, A; Gizon, J; Boston, A J; Paul, E S; Grawe, H; Schubart, R; Joss, D T; Juutinen, S; Maekelae, E; Kownacki, J P; De Poli, M; Bednarczyk, P; De Angelis, G; Seweryniak, D; Foltescu, D; Roth, H A; Skeppstedt, Ö; Jerrestam, D; Shizuma, T; Sletten, G; Toermaenen, S

    2001-01-01

    High-spin states of the neutron deficient sup 1 sup 0 sup 0 Pd nucleus have been investigated via the sup 5 sup 0 Cr( sup 5 sup 8 Ni, 4p alpha) and sup 7 sup 0 Zn( sup 3 sup 6 S,6n) heavy-ion induced reactions. For the detection of evaporated particles and gamma rays the NORDBALL array equipped with ancillary detectors and the EUROGAM II detector system were utilized. By the use of in-beam spectroscopic methods 89 transitions belonging to sup 1 sup 0 sup 0 Pd have been observed, 49 of which were identified for the first time. The level scheme has been extended up to E sub x approx 16 MeV excitation energy and I approx 25 Planck constant. The experimental results were compared with the predictions of cranked shell model calculations. Maximal spin alignments were found in the (pi g sub 9 sub / sub 2) sup - sup 4 sub 1 sub 2 sub sup + (nu d sub 5 sub / sub 2 ,g sub 7 sub / sub 2 sup 3 h sub 1 sub 1 sub / sub 2) sub 1 sub 3 sub sup - and (pi g sub 9 sub / sub 2 sup - sup 3 p sub 1 sub / sub 2) sub 1 sub 1 sub sup...

  18. Laser spectroscopy used in nuclear physics; La spectroscopie laser appliquee a la physique nucleaire

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    Le Blanc, F

    2001-04-05

    The study of nuclear shapes is a basic topic since it constitutes an excellent ground for testing and validating nuclear models. Measurements of the electron quadrupolar moment, of the nuclear charge radius and of the magnetic dipolar moment shed light on the nuclear deformation. Laser spectroscopy is a specific tool for such measurements, it is based on the interaction of the nucleus with the surrounding electron cloud (hyperfine structure), it is then an external approach of the shape of the nucleus whereas the classical nuclear spectroscopy ({alpha}, {beta} or {gamma}) gives information on the deformation from the inside of the nucleus. The author describes 2 techniques of laser spectroscopy: the colinear spectroscopy directly applied to a beam issued from an isotope separator and the resonant ionization spectroscopy linked with atom desorption that allows the study of particular nuclei. In order to illustrate both methods some effective measurements are presented: - the colinear spectroscopy has allowed the achievement of the complete description of the isomeric state (T = 31 years) of hafnium-178; - The experiment Complis has revealed an unexpected even-odd zigzag effect on very neutron-deficient platinum isotopes; and - the comparison of 2 isotopes of gold and platinum with their isomers has shown that the inversion of 2 levels of neutron, that was found out by nuclear spectroscopy, is in fact a consequence of a change in the nuclear shape. (A.C.)

  19. ISOLDE 1985-1987: In the shadow of LEP construction

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    2014-01-01

    This report describes my time at CERN from 1985 to 1987. Only very briefly before, ISOLDE was recognized by the CERN Management as a CERN facility and not only as a collaboration performing experiments at the synchrocyclotron (SC). Due to LEP construction the human resources were extremely restricted and I acted in one person as ISOLDE Group Leader, as Coordinator of the Synchrocyclotron, and as person responsible for the ISOLDE Technical Group. In addition, I was responsible for the students of my research groups from Mainz University which were active in laser spectroscopy of neutron-deficient nuclides in the mercury region and in getting ISOLTRAP on the floor and into operation. Due to LEP construction also the financial resources were extremely limited and my requests to the EP Division Leader B. Hyams and to the Director General H. Schopper for financial support for installation of a laser ion source and ISOLTRAP were turned down. Still, I and my students had a lot of fun at ISOLDE and I am very happy th...

  20. Configuration-dependent bands in {sup 169}Re

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    Zhou, X.H.; Zhang, Y.H.; Zheng, Y.; Xu, Y.B. [Institute of Modern Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 730000, Lanzhou (China); Oshima, M.; Toh, Y.; Koizumi, M.; Osa, A.; Hayakawa, T.; Hatsukawa, Y.; Shizuma, T. [Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, 319-1195, Ibaraki, Tokai (Japan); Xu, F.R. [Department of Technical Physics and MOE Key Laboratory, Peking University, 100871, Beijing (China); Sugawara, M. [Chiba Institute of Technology, 275-0023, Chiba, Narashino (Japan)

    2004-01-01

    High-spin states in {sup 169}Re were studied and resulted in the identification of a strongly coupled band based on the 9/2{sup -}[514] Nilsson state and a decoupled band built on the h{sub 9/2} 1/2{sup -}[541] intruder proton orbit. The cranked-shell-model calculations present configuration-dependent deformations that can explain the different band crossing frequencies. The 9/2{sup -}[514] band in {sup 169}Re shows the largest signature splitting at low spin among the known odd-mass Re isotopes. After the alignment of a pair of i{sub 13/2} neutrons, the phase of the splitting is inverted with a significantly reduced amplitude. For the 9/2{sup -}[514] bands in light odd-A Re isotopes, the signature splitting of the Routhians and its relation with the signature dependence of M1 transition matrix elements are investigated in connection with the deviation of nuclear shape from axial symmetry, suggesting an appreciable negative {gamma} deformation for the very neutron-deficient odd-A Re isotopes. Additionally, a three-quasiparticle band was observed and assigned to be built likely on the {pi}9/2{sup -}[514] x AE configuration. (orig.)

  1. Decay properties of nuclei in the neighbourhood of {sup 100}Sn; Zerfallseigenschaften von Nukliden in der Umgebung von {sup 100}Sn

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    Straub, Katrin

    2011-01-24

    This thesis concentrates on nuclear properties of very neutron deficient nuclei near the proton dripline in the neighbourhood of doubly-magic {sup 100}Sn. In an experiment performed in March 2008 at the GSI in Darmstadt, the exotic nuclei were produced in a projectile fragmentation reaction using a {sup 124}Xe primary beam with an energy of 100 AMeV impinging on a 4000 Beryllium target, separated and identified in the FRS and eventually stopped for decay spectroscopy in a complex implantation detector developed at the institute E12. The Germanium array RISING was employed for the measurement of prompt and delayed gamma radiation. Production cross sections and half lives were determined along the proton dripline. The isotopes {sup 99}Sn, {sup 97}In and {sup 95}Cd were identified for the first time. additional nuclei studied in this thesis are {sup 103}Sn, {sup 96}Cd as well as the two tin isotopes {sup 101}Sn and {sup 102}Sn. (orig.)

  2. Laser Spectroscopy of Neutron Rich Bismuth Isotopes

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    2002-01-01

    %IS344 :\\\\ \\\\ The aim of the experiment is to measure the optical isotope shifts and hyperfine structures of bismuth isotopes across the N=126 shell closure in order to extract the change in mean square charge radii ($\\delta\\langle r^{2}\\rangle$) and static moments. These include the first isotones of lead to be measured directly above the shell closure and will provide new information on the systematics of the kink ($\\delta\\langle r^{2}\\rangle)$ seen in the lead isotopic chain. After two very successful runs the programme has been extended to include the neutron deficient isotopes below $^{201}$Bi to study the systematics across the $i_{13/2}$ neutron sub-shell closure at N=118.\\\\ \\\\ During the initial 2 runs (9 shifts) the isotope shifts and hyperfine structures of three new isotopes, $ ^{210,212,213}$Bi and the 9$^{-}$ isomer of $^{210}$Bi have been measured. The accuracy of the previous measurements of $^{205,206,208}$Bi have been greatly improved. The samples of $ ^{208,210,210^{m}}$Bi were prepared by c...

  3. Continuation of Atomic Spectroscopy on Alkali Isotopes at ISOLDE

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    2002-01-01

    Laser optical measurements on Rb, Cs and Fr have already been performed at ISOLDE in 1978-79. The hyperfine structure and isotope shift of |7|6|-|9|8Rb, |1|1|8|-|1|4|5Cs, |2|0|8|-|2|1|3Fr and 14 of their isomers have been studied. Among the wealth of information which has been obtained, the most important are the first observation of an optical transition of the element Fr, the evidence of the onset of nuclear deformation at N~=~60 for Rb isotopes and the shape isomerism isotopes. \\\\ \\\\ From both the atomic and nuclear physics point of view, new studies seem very promising: \\item - the search for new optical transitions in Fr; the shell effect in the rms charge radius at N~=~126 for Fr isotopes \\item - the study of a possible onset of deformation for Cs isotopes beyond |1|4|5Cs \\item - the study of a region of static deformation in neutron-deficient Rb isotopes. \\\\ \\\\ \\end{enumerate} A new apparatus has been built. The principle remains the same as used in our earlier experiments. The improvements concern ess...

  4. An inductively heated hot cavity catcher laser ion source

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    Reponen, M; Pohjalainen, I; Rothe, S; Savonen, M; Sonnenschein, V; Voss, A

    2015-01-01

    An inductively heated hot cavity catcher has been constructed for the production of low-energy ion beams of exotic, neutron-deficient Agisotopes. A proof-of-principle experiment has been realized by implanting primary 107Ag21+ ions from a heavy-ion cyclotron into a graphite catcher. A variable-thickness nickel foil was used to degrade the energy of the primary beam in order to mimic the implantation depth expected from the heavy-ion fusion-evaporation recoils of N = Z94Ag. Following implantation, the silver atoms diffused out of the graphite and effused into the catcher cavity and transfer tube, where they were resonantly laser ionized using a three-step excitation and ionization scheme. Following mass separation, the ions were identified by scanning the frequency of the first resonant excitation step while recording the ion count rate. Ion release time profiles were measured for different implantation depths and cavity temperatures with the mean delay time varying from 10 to 600 ms. In addition, the diffusio...

  5. First results from the CRIS experiment

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    Flanagan, K. T.; Billowes, J.; Bissell, M. L.; Budinčević, I.; Cocolios, T. E.; de Groote, R. P.; De Schepper, S.; Fedosseev, V. N.; Franchoo, S.; Garcia Ruiz, R. F.; Heylen, H.; Lynch, K. M.; Marsh, B. A.; Neyens, G.; Procter, T. J.; Rossel, R. E.; Rothe, S.; Strashnov, I.; Stroke, H. H.; Wendt, K. D. A.

    2014-06-01

    The ability to study rare isotopes with techniques such as mass spectrometry and laser spectroscopy is often prevented by low production rates and large isobaric contamination. This has necessitated the development of novel beam cleaning techniques that can efficiently isolate the isotope of interest. The Collinear Resonance Ionization Spectroscopy (CRIS) experiment at ISOLDE, achieves this by resonantly ionizing a bunched atom beam in a region of ultra high vacuum. This method is motivated by the need to measure the hyperfine structure and isotope shift at the extremes of isospin where typical production rates drop to 1 atom/s. The technique also offers the ability to purify an ion beam and even select long-lived isomeric states (> 1 ms) from the ground state, which can be subsequently studied by decay spectroscopy or mass spectrometry experiments. This paper will report on the successful commissioning of the CRIS beam line and the recent laser spectroscopy results and laser assisted nuclear decay spectroscopy on the neutron deficient francium isotopes.

  6. CRIS: A new method in isomeric beam production

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    Lynch, K. M.; Billowes, J.; Bissell, M. L.; Budincevic, I.; Cocolios, T. E.; De Groote, R. P.; De Schepper, S.; Fedosseev, V. N.; Flanagan, K. T.; Franchoo, S.; Garcia Ruiz, R. F.; Heylen, H.; Marsh, B. A.; Mason, P. J. R.; Neyens, G.; Procter, T. J.; Rossel, R. E.; Rothe, S.; Simpson, G. S.; Smith, A. J.; Strashnov, I.; Stroke, H. H.; Walker, P. M.; Wendt, K. D. A.; Wood, R. T.

    2013-12-01

    The Collinear Resonance Ionization Spectroscopy (CRIS) experiment at ISOLDE, CERN, uses laser radiation to stepwise excite and ionize an atomic beam for the purpose of ultra-sensitive detection of rare isotopes, and hyperfine-structure measurements. The technique also offers the ability to purify an ion beam that is heavily contaminated with radioactive isobars, including the ground state of an isotope from its isomer, allowing decay spectroscopy on nuclear isomeric states to be performed. The isomeric ion beam is selected by resonantly exciting one of its hyperfine structure levels, and subsequently ionizing it. This selectively ionized beam is deflected to a decay spectroscopy station (DSS). This consists of a rotating wheel implantation system for alpha- and beta-decay spectroscopy, and up to three germanium detectors around the implantation site for gamma-ray detection. Resonance ionization spectroscopy and the new technique of laser assisted nuclear decay spectroscopy have recently been performed at the CRIS beam line on the neutron-deficient francium isotopes. Here an overview of the two techniques will be presented, alongside a description of the CRIS beam line and DSS.

  7. Experimental measurements and nuclear model calculations on the excitation functions of $^{nat}Ce(^{3}He, xn)$ and $^{141}$therapeutic radionuclide $^{140}$Nd

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    Hilgers, K; Coenen, H H; Qaim, S M

    2005-01-01

    For production of the therapy related Auger electron emitting neutron deficient nuclide /sup 140/Nd (T/sub fraction 1/2/=3.37d) two routes were investigated: the nuclear reaction range from 15 to 36 MeV and the reaction /sup 141/Pr(p,2n)/sup 140isotopes, namely /sup 139/Nd and /sup 141/Nd, as well as to cerium(IV)-oxide and praseodymium (III)-oxide were obtained by sedimentation and the conventional stacked-foil technique was used for cross section measurements. All the experimental data obtained in this work were compared with the results of theoretical calculations using the exciton model code ALICE-IPPE as well as with literature experimental data, if available. In general, good agreement between experimental and theoretical results was found. The theoretical thick target yields of all the product nuclides were calculated from the measured excitation functions. The theoretical thick target yield of amounts to 12 MBq/mu Acenterdoth and over the energy range E/sub p/=30rightward arrow15 Me V to 210 MBq/mu; A...

  8. Coulomb excitation of doubly magic $^{132}$Sn with MINIBALL at HIE-ISOLDE

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    We propose to study the vibrational first 2$^{+}$ and 3$^{-}$ states of the doubly magic nucleus $^{132}$ Sn via Coulomb excitation using the HIE-ISOLDE facility coupled with the highly efficient MINIBALL array. The intense $^{132}$Sn beam at ISOLDE, the high beam energy of HIE-ISOLDE, the high energy resolution and good efficiency of the MINIBALL provide a unique combination and favourable advantages to master this demanding measurement. Reliable B(E2;0$^{+}\\rightarrow$ 2$^{+}$) values for neutron deficient $^{106,108,110}$Sn were obtained with the MINIBALL at REX-ISOLDE. These measurements can be extended up to and beyond the shell closure at the neutron-rich side with $^{132}$Sn. The results on excited collective states in $^{132}$Sn will provide crucial information on 2p-2h cross shell configurations which are expected to be dominated by a strong proton contribution. Predictions are made within various large scale shell model calculations and new mean field calculations within the framework of different a...

  9. Transition strengths in 21 , 22 , 23Mg as tests of ab initio theory

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    Henderson, Jack; Ruotsalainen, Panu; Hackman, Greg; Experiment S1480 Team; Experiment S1624 Team; Experiment S1646 Team

    2017-09-01

    Effective charges compensate for insufficiencies arising from truncations of the nuclear model-space by performing a crude inflation of nucleon charges to account for missing electric-quadrupole (E 2) transition strength. Recent theoretical developments in ab initio nuclear theory might allow for the calculation of this strength using evolved effective-operators arising from first-principles, removing the need for effective charges and enhancing predictive power. To that end, Coulomb excitation measurements were performed of neutron-deficient 21 , 22 , 23Mg at TRIUMF-ISAC, with the goal of extracting precision E 2 strengths for comparison with state-of-the-art models. Results will be presented and compared with ab initio in-medium similarity renormalization group (IM-SRG) and symplectic no-core shell-model calculations, as well as phenomenological shell-model results. Results will also be presented in the context of mirror-pairs in the sd -shell, providing a systematic evaluation of the reproduction of E 2 strength with respect to isospin.

  10. Synergy of decay spectroscopy and mass spectrometry for the study of exotic nuclides

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    Stanja, Juliane

    2013-04-12

    With only two ingredients, atomic nuclei exhibit a rich structure depending on the ordering of the different proton- and neutron-occupied states. This ordering can give rise to excited states with exceptionally long half-lives, also known as isomers, especially near shell closures. On-line mass spectrometry can often be compromised by the existence of such states that may even be produced in higher proportion than the ground state. This thesis presents the first results obtained from a nuclear spectroscopy setup coupled with the high-resolution Penning-trap mass spectrometer ISOLTRAP, at CERN's radioactive ion beam facility ISOLDE. The isomerism in the neutron-deficient thallium isotopes was investigated. The data on {sup 184,190,193-195}Tl allow an improvement of existing mass values as well as a mass-spin-state assignment in {sup 190,193,194}Tl. Due to the presence of the ground and isomeric state for {sup 194}Tl the excitation energy of the latter was determined for the first time experimentally. Systematic trends in the vicinity of the Z = 82 shell closure have been discussed.

  11. Intense ${^31-35}$Ar beams produced with a nanostructured CaO target at ISOLDE

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    Ramos, J P; Mendonça, T M; Seiffert, C; Senos, A M R; Fynbo, H O U; Tengblad, O; Briz, J A; Lund, M V; Koldste, G T; Carmona-Gallardo, M; Pesudo, V; Stora, T

    2014-01-01

    At the ISOLDE facility at CERN, thick targets are bombarded with highly energetic pulsed protons to produce radioactive ion beams (RIBs). The isotopes produced in the bulk of the material have to diffuse out of the grain and effuse throughout the porosity of the material to a transfer line which is connected to an ionizer, from which the charged isotopes are extracted and delivered for physics experiments. Calcium oxide (CaO) powder targets have been used to produce mainly neutron deficient argon and carbon RIBs over the past decades. Such targets presented unstable yields, either decaying over time or low from the beginning of operation. These problems were suspected to come from the degradation of the target microstructure (sintering due to high temperature and/or high proton intensity). In this work, a CaO microstructural study in terms of sintering was conducted on a nanostructured CaO powder synthesized from the respective carbonate. Taking the results of this study, several changes were made at ISOLDE i...

  12. First determination of ground state electromagnetic moments of 53Fe

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    Miller, A. J.; Minamisono, K.; Rossi, D. M.; Beerwerth, R.; Brown, B. A.; Fritzsche, S.; Garand, D.; Klose, A.; Liu, Y.; Maaß, B.; Mantica, P. F.; Müller, P.; Nörtershäuser, W.; Pearson, M. R.; Sumithrarachchi, C.

    2017-11-01

    The hyperfine coupling constants of neutron deficient 53Fe were deduced from the atomic hyperfine spectrum of the 3 d64 s25D4↔3 d64 s 4 p 5F5 transition, measured using the bunched-beam collinear laser spectroscopy technique. The low-energy 53Fe beam was produced by projectile-fragmentation reactions followed by gas stopping, and used for the first time for laser spectroscopy. Ground state magnetic-dipole and electric-quadrupole moments were determined as μ =-0.65 (1 ) μN and Q =+35 (15 ) e2fm2 , respectively. The multiconfiguration Dirac-Fock method was used to calculate the electric field gradient to deduce Q from the quadrupole hyperfine coupling constant, since the quadrupole coupling constant has not been determined for any Fe isotopes. Both experimental values agree well with nuclear shell model calculations using the GXPF1A effective interaction performed in a full f p shell model space, which support the soft nature of the 56Ni nucleus.

  13. Triaxiality and isospin-forbidden E1 decays in the N=Z nucleus sup 64 Ge

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    Ennis, P.J.; Lister, C.J. (A.W. Wright Nuclear Structure Lab., Yale Univ., New Haven, CT (United States)); Gelletly, W.; Price, H.G. (SERC Daresbury Lab., Warrington (United Kingdom)); Varly, B.J. (Schuster Lab., Univ. Manchester (United Kingdom)); Butler, P.A.; Hoare, T. (Oliver Lodge Lab., Univ. Liverpool (United Kingdom)); Cwiok, S. (Inst. of Physics, Warsaw Inst. of Tech. (Poland)); Nazarewicz, W. (Joint Inst. of Heavy-Ion Research, Holifield Heavy-Ion Research Facility, Oak Ridge, TN (United States))

    1991-12-16

    The neutron-deficient isotope {sup 64}{sub 32}Ge{sub 32} was produced in the reaction {sup 12}C({sup 54}Fe, 2n{gamma}){sup 64}Ge at a beam energy of 165 MeV. The production cross section for {sup 64}Ge was measured to be 640{+-}70 {mu}b, which represents only {proportional to}0.1% of the total fusion cross section. The Daresbury recoil separator was operated in conjunction with a large {gamma}-array to study recoil-{gamma}{gamma} correlations and measure recoil-{gamma} angular distributions. A level scheme for {sup 64}Ge was constructed containing 19 levels. The nucleus appears to have a structure consistent with a {gamma}-soft shape. Shape changes induced by aligned g{sub 9/2} nucleons are discussed. An overview of octupole correlations in the A{approx equal}60-80 mass region is given. Evidence for forbidden E1 transitions was found which is indicative of considerable isospin mixing. (orig.).

  14. First determination of ground state electromagnetic moments of Fe53

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    Miller, A. J.; Minamisono, K.; Rossi, D. M.; Beerwerth, R.; Brown, B. A.; Fritzsche, S.; Garand, D.; Klose, A.; Liu, Y.; Maaß, B.; Mantica, P. F.; Müller, P.; Nörtershäuser, W.; Pearson, M. R.; Sumithrarachchi, C.

    2017-11-01

    The hyperfine coupling constants of neutron deficient Fe-53 were deduced from the atomic hyperfine spectrum of the 3d(6)4s(2) D-5(4) <-> 3d(6)4s4p F-5(5) transition, measured using the bunched-beam collinear laser spectroscopy technique. The low-energy Fe-53 beam was produced by projectile-fragmentation reactions followed by gas stopping, and used for the first time for laser spectroscopy. Ground state magnetic-dipole and electric-quadrupole moments were determined as mu = -0.65(1) mu(N) and Q = +35(15) e(2)fm(2), respectively. The multiconfiguration Dirac-Fock method was used to calculate the electric field gradient to deduce Q from the quadrupole hyperfine coupling constant, since the quadrupole coupling constant has not been determined for any Fe isotopes. Both experimental values agree well with nuclear shell model calculations using the GXPF1A effective interaction performed in a full fp shell model space, which support the soft nature of the Ni-56 nucleus.

  15. Strongly Enhanced Low Energy Alpha-Particle Decay in Heavy Actinide Nuclei and Long-Lived Superdeformed and Hyperdeformed Isomeric States

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    Marinov, Amnon; Kolb, D.; Weil, J.L.

    2001-01-01

    Relatively low energy and very enhanced alpha-particle groups have been observed in various actinide fractions produced via secondary reactions in a CERN W target which had been irradiated with 24-GeV protons. In particular, 5.14, 5.27 and 5.53 MeV alpha-particle groups with corresponding half-lives of 3.8(+ -)1.0 y, 625(+ -)84 d and 26(+ -)7 d, have been seen in Bk, Es and Lr-No sources, respectively. The measured energies are a few MeV lower than the known g.s. to g.s. alpha-decays in the corresponding neutron-deficient actinide nuclei. The half-lives are 4 to 7 orders of magnitude shorter than expected from the systematics of alpha-particle decay in this region of nuclei. The deduced evaporation residue cross sections are in the mb region, about 4 orders of magnitude higher than expected. A consistent interpretation of the data is given in terms of production of long-lived isomeric states in the second and third wells of the potential-energy surfaces of the parent nuclei, which decay to the corresponding w...

  16. Penning-trap mass measurements of exotic rubidium and gold isotopes for a mean-field study of pairing and quadrupole correlations

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    Manea, Vladimir

    2015-09-14

    The most complex nuclei are situated between the magic and the mid-shell ones, in regions known for sudden changes of the trends of nuclear observables. These are the so-called shape-transition regions, where the nuclear paradigm changes from the vibrational liquid drop to the static rotor. With few exceptions, nuclei in these regions are radioactive, with half-lives dropping into the millisecond range. Complementing the information obtained from the low-lying excitation spectrum, nuclear binding energies and mean-square charge radii are among the observables most sensitive to these changes of nuclear structure. In the present work, a study of the shape- transition phenomenon is performed by measurements of radioactive nuclides produced by the ISOLDE facility at CERN. The masses of the neutron-rich rubidium isotopes $^{98-100}$Rb and of the neutron-deficient gold isotopes $^{180, 185, 188, 190, 191}$Au are determined using the Penning-trap mass spectrometer ISOLTRAP. The mass of $^{100}$Rb is determined for t...

  17. Shape coexistence in the lightest Tl isotopes studied by laser spectroscopy

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    Herfurth, F; Antalic, S; Darby, I G; Venhart, M; Flanagan, K; Veselsky, M; Blaum, K; Radulov, D P; Beck, D; Kowalska, M; Schwarz, S; Chapman, R; Diriken, J V J; Lane, J; Rosenbusch, M

    This proposal aims at atomic spectroscopy studies of the very neutron-deficient isotopes $^{178-187}$Tl, at and far beyond the region of the neutron mid-shell at N=104, in which shape coexistence phenomena were investigated so far by particle and $\\gamma$-ray spectroscopy methods only. Our motivation for this proposal is as follows : \\\\\\\\ -These studies will provide direct data on magnetic dipole moment, spin, charge radii and deformations of these isotopes. The results will form a stringent test for our current understanding of the shape coexistence phenomena in the vicinity of the neutron mid-shell at N=104, where the relevant effects are expected to be the strongest (cf.shape staggering in the isotopes $^{181,183,185}$Hg). \\\\-The knowledge of the structure (configuration, spin, deformation) and whether one or two $\\beta$-decaying isomers are present in the parent isotopes $^{178,180,182}$Tl are crucial for understanding of the results of our recent studies of $\\beta$-delayed fission in the lightest thalli...

  18. Delayed Proton Emission in the A=70 Region, a Strobe for Level Density and Particle Width

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    2002-01-01

    The delayed particle emission, which is a characteristic signature of the most exotic nuclei decay, provides a wide variety of spectroscopic information among which level density, and gives in some cases access to selected microscopic structures. In regard to these two aspects the $\\beta^+$-EC delayed proton emission in the A=70 neutron deficient mass region is of special interest to be investigated. Indeed, in this area located close to the proton drip line and along the N=Z line, the delayed proton emission constitutes an access to level density in the Q$_{EC}$-S$_p$ window of the emitting nucleus. Moreover, the unbound states populated by the EC process are expected to exhibit lifetimes in the vicinity of the K electronic shell filling time ($\\tau\\!\\sim\\!2\\times10^{-16}$s) and so the particle widths can be reached via proton X-ray coincidence measurements (PXCT). From theoretical approaches strongly deformed low-spin proton unbound levels which may be populated in the T$_Z$ = 1/2 precursors decay are predi...

  19. Experimental tests of an advanced proton-to-neutron converter at ISOLDE-CERN

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    Gottberg, A. [European Organization for Nuclear Research – CERN 1211, Geneva 23 (Switzerland); Consejo Nacional de Pesquisas Cientificas CSIC, Instituto de Estructura de la Materia, 28006 Madrid (Spain); Mendonca, T.M. [European Organization for Nuclear Research – CERN 1211, Geneva 23 (Switzerland); IFIMUP and IN – Institut of Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies, Rua do Campo Alegre 687, 4169-007 Porto (Portugal); Luis, R. [Instituto Superior Técnico, Campus Tecnológico e Nuclear – IST-CTN, Estrada Nacional 10 (km 139, 7), 2695-066 Bobadela LRS (Portugal); Ramos, J.P. [European Organization for Nuclear Research – CERN 1211, Geneva 23 (Switzerland); École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne – EPFL, 1015 Lausanne (Switzerland); Seiffert, C. [European Organization for Nuclear Research – CERN 1211, Geneva 23 (Switzerland); Technische Universität Darmstadt, 64289 Darmstadt (Germany); Cimmino, S.; Marzari, S.; Crepieux, B. [European Organization for Nuclear Research – CERN 1211, Geneva 23 (Switzerland); Manea, V. [CSNSM-IN2P3-CNRS, Université Paris-Sud, 91405 Orsay (France); Wolf, R.N.; Wienholtz, F. [Institut für Physik, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt Universität Greifswald, 17487 Greifswald (Germany); Kreim, S. [European Organization for Nuclear Research – CERN 1211, Geneva 23 (Switzerland); Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik, Saupfercheckweg 1, 69117 Heidelberg (Germany); Fedosseev, V.N.; Marsh, B.A.; Rothe, S. [European Organization for Nuclear Research – CERN 1211, Geneva 23 (Switzerland); and others

    2014-10-01

    The suppression of isobaric contaminations is of growing importance for many scientific programs using radioactive isotopes produced at isotope separation on-line (ISOL) facilities, such as ISOLDE-CERN. A solid tungsten proton-to-neutron converter has been used for ten years to produce neutron-rich fission fragments from an UC{sub x} target while suppressing the production of neutron-deficient isobaric contaminants. The remaining contamination is mainly produced by primary protons that are scattered by the heavy neutron converter and finally impinge on the UC{sub x} target itself. Therefore, the knowledge of the energy-dependant cross-sections of proton and neutron induced fission events is crucial in order to evaluate future converter concepts. In this paper, an improved neutron converter prototype design is presented together with the experimentally assessed radioisotope production of Rb, Zn, Cu, Ga and In that validate the converter concept aiming at beams of higher purity neutron-rich isotopes. The experimentally derived release efficiencies for isotopes produced by the 1.4 GeV protons available at ISOLDE are used to evaluate the Monte Carlo code FLUKA and the cross-section codes TALYS and ABRABLA, respectively.

  20. In-beam spectroscopy of exotic nuclei using recoil-decay tagging

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    Korten, W

    1999-01-01

    In 1997 the joint-European gamma-ray detector array JUROSPHERE was installed at RITU, the gas-filled separator for fusion products of JYFL, University of Jyvaeskylae (Finland). This combined detection system has proven to be a very powerful tool for spectroscopy studies of extremely neutron-deficient nuclei. Highlights of the new physics from JUROSPHERE and RITU include the first observation of excited states and/or gamma-rays in sup 1 sup 6 sup 8 sup , sup 1 sup 7 sup 0 sup - sup 1 sup 7 sup 2 Pt, sup 1 sup 7 sup 6 Hg, sup 1 sup 8 sup 4 sup , sup 1 sup 8 sup 7 Pb, sup 1 sup 9 sup 8 sup , sup 2 sup 0 sup 1 Rn, sup 2 sup 0 sup 6 sup , sup 2 sup 0 sup 8 sup , sup 2 sup 1 sup 0 Ra, sup 2 sup 2 sup 3 Pa and sup 2 sup 2 sup 6 U. In several other cases gamma-ray spectroscopic knowledge could be extended to much higher spins, enabling the search for superdeformed states and shears bands.

  1. An inductively heated hot cavity catcher laser ion source

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    Reponen, M., E-mail: mikael.reponen@riken.jp [Nuclear Physics Group, School of Physics and Astronomy, Schuster Laboratory, The University of Manchester, Brunswick Street, Manchester M13 9PL (United Kingdom); Moore, I. D., E-mail: iain.d.moore@jyu.fi; Pohjalainen, I.; Savonen, M.; Voss, A. [Department of Physics, University of Jyväskylä, Survontie 9, FI-40014 Jyväskylä (Finland); Rothe, S. [CERN, CH-1211, Geneva 23 (Switzerland); Sonnenschein, V. [Department of Quantum Engineering, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Aichi 464-8603 (Japan)

    2015-12-15

    An inductively heated hot cavity catcher has been constructed for the production of low-energy ion beams of exotic, neutron-deficient Ag isotopes. A proof-of-principle experiment has been realized by implanting primary {sup 107}Ag{sup 21+} ions from a heavy-ion cyclotron into a graphite catcher. A variable-thickness nickel foil was used to degrade the energy of the primary beam in order to mimic the implantation depth expected from the heavy-ion fusion-evaporation recoils of N = Z {sup 94}Ag. Following implantation, the silver atoms diffused out of the graphite and effused into the catcher cavity and transfer tube, where they were resonantly laser ionized using a three-step excitation and ionization scheme. Following mass separation, the ions were identified by scanning the frequency of the first resonant excitation step while recording the ion count rate. Ion release time profiles were measured for different implantation depths and cavity temperatures with the mean delay time varying from 10 to 600 ms. In addition, the diffusion coefficients for silver in graphite were measured for temperatures of 1470 K, 1630 K, and 1720 K, from which an activation energy of 3.2 ± 0.3 eV could be determined.

  2. Nuclear binding around the RP-process waiting points $^{68}$Se and $^{72}$Kr

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    2002-01-01

    Encouraged by the success of mass determinations of nuclei close to the Z=N line performed at ISOLTRAP during the year 2000 and of the recent decay spectroscopy studies on neutron-deficient Kr isotopes (IS351 collaboration), we aim to measure masses and proton separation energies of the bottleneck nuclei defining the flow of the astrophysical rp-process beyond A$\\sim$70. In detail, the program includes mass measurements of the rp-process waiting point nuclei $^{68}$Se and $^{72}$Kr and determination of proton separation energies of the proton-unbound $^{69}$Br and $^{73}$Rb via $\\beta$-decays of $^{69}$Kr and $^{73}$Sr, respectively. The aim of the project is to complete the experimental database for astrophysical network calculations and for the liquid-drop type of mass models typically used in the modelling of the astrophysical rp process in the region. The first beamtime is scheduled for the August 2001 and the aim is to measure the absolute mass of the waiting-point nucleus $^{72}$Kr.

  3. Large odd-even staggering in the very light platinum isotopes from laser spectroscopy

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    Le Blanc, F; Cabaret, L A; Crawford, J E; Duong, H T; Genevey, J; Girod, M; Huber, G; Krieg, M; Lee, J K P; Lettry, Jacques; Lunney, M D; Obert, J; Oms, J; Peru, S; Putaux, J C; Roussière, B; Sauvage, J; Sebastian, V; Zemlyanoi, S G

    1998-01-01

    Laser spectroscopy measurements have been carried out on very neutron-deficient platinum isotopes with the COMPLIS experimental set-up on line with the ISOLDE-Booster facility. For the first time, Hg alpha -decay was exploited to extend the very light platinum chain. Using the 5d/sup 9/6s /sup 3/D/sub 3/ to 5d/sup 9/6p /sup 3/P /sub 2/ optical transition, hyperfine spectra of /sup 182,181,180,179,178/Pt and /sup 183/Pt/sup m/ were recorded for the first time. The variation of the mean square charge radius between these nuclei, the magnetic moments of the odd isotopes and the quadrupole moment of /sup 183/Pt/sup m/ were thus measured. A large deformation change between /sup 183/Pt/sup 9/ and /sup 183/Pt/sup m/, an odd-even staggering of the charge radius and a deformation drop from A=179 are clearly observed. All these results are discussed and compared with microscopic theoretical predictions using Hartree-Fock- Bogolyubov calculations using the Gogny force. (20 refs).

  4. Nuclear moments and deformation changes in the lightest Pt isotopes measured by laser spectroscopy

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    Roussière, B; Crawford, J; Duong, H T; Genevey, J; Girod, M; Huber, G; Ibrahim, F; Krieg, M; Le Blanc, F; Lee, J K P; Obert, J; Oms, J; Peru, S; Pinard, J; Putaux, J C; Sauvage, J; Sebastian, V; Zemlyanoi, S G; Forkel-Wirth, Doris; Lettry, Jacques

    1999-01-01

    Laser spectroscopy measurements are performed with the lightest neutron-deficient platinum isotopes using the experimental setup COMPLIS installed at the ISOLDE-Booster facility. The hyperfine spectra of /sup 182-178/Pt and /sup 183m/Pt are recorded for the first time from the optical transition 5d/sup 9/6s/sup 3/D/sub 3/ to 5d/sup 9/6p/sup 3/P/sub 2/. The variation in the mean-square charge radius of these nuclei and the magnetic and quadrupole (for I>or=1) moments of the odd isotope nuclei are found. A large deformation change between the /sup 183g/Pt and /sup 183m/Pt nuclei, quite large inverted odd-even staggering of the charge radius around the neutron midshell N=104, and a nuclear deformation drop in the region A=179 are revealed. All the results are discussed in terms of nuclear shape variation and are compared with the results of Hartree-Fock- Bogoliubov calculations involving the Gogny force. Comparison of the deformation measured from /sup 183g, m/Pt to the odd-odd isotone /sup 184g, m/Au shows that...

  5. Coulomb Excitation of a Neutron-Rich $^{88}$Kr Beam Search for Mixed Symmetry States

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    Andreoiu, C; Napiorkowski, P J; Iwanicki, J S

    2002-01-01

    We propose to use the ISOLDE/REX/MINIBALL/CD set-up to perform a Coulomb Excitation experiment with a $^{88}$Kr radioactive beam. The motivation includes a search for $Mixed$ $Symmetry$ states predicted by the IBM-2 model, gathering more spectroscopy data about the $^{88}$Kr nucleus and extending shape coexistence studies (performed previously by the proposers for neutron-deficient Kr isotopes) to the neutron-rich side. The proposed experiment will provide data complementary to the Coulomb Excitation of a relativistic $^{88}$Kr beam proposed by D. Tonev et al. for a RISING experiment. A total of 12 days of beam time is necessary for the experiment, equally divided into two runs. One run with a 2.2 MeV/A beam energy on a $^{48}$Ti target and a second run with the maximum available REX energy of 3.1 MeV/A on a $^{208}$Pb target are requested. Using either a UC$_{x}$ or ThC$_{x}$ fissioning primary target coupled with a plasma source by a cooled transfer line seems to be the best choice for the proposed experime...

  6. Coupling gamma-ray arrays to spectrometers: The way to better exploit radioactive ion beams

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    de France, G.

    2008-10-01

    The coupling of very efficient gamma-ray arrays with large acceptance (or highly selective) spectrometers in the context of radioactive beams, has pushed away the limits for the exploration of the nuclear chart and opened up new possibilities in nuclear physics studies. At GANIL the EXOGAM array (a large efficiency gamma-ray array) has been coupled to VAMOS (a large acceptance spectrometer) and to SPEG (a highly selective spectrometer) to study many different aspects of nuclear structure and reactions covering the whole nuclear chart. Indeed, this combination has been used to study neutron-rich nuclei toward 54Ca, neutron deficient tin isotopes around A = 103, heavy elements around Md and No, reaction mechanism using the borromean light He isotopes, the nuclear structure in the island of inversion around 32Mg, and many other examples in various mass regions and energy regimes. This is also the case for the very efficient large BaF2 array Chateau de Cristal which is frequently coupled to SPEG to study nuclear structure far from stability. In this paper, the various possibilities offered at GANIL with such couplings will be given. In the future, AGATA will be installed at GANIL to exploit the beams produced by the SPIRAL2 facility. Again, it is anticipated that this new generation array will be coupled to spectrometers to better exploit the future beams.

  7. Effect of Calcium Oxide Microstructure on the Diffusion of Isotopes

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    Fernandes Ramos, João Pedro; Stora, T

    2012-01-01

    Calcium oxide (CaO) powder targets have been successfully used at CERN-ISOLDE to produce neutron deficient exotic argon and carbon isotopes under proton irradiation at high temperatures (>1000°C). These targets outperform the other related targets for the production of the same beams. However, they presented either slow release rates (yields) from the beginning or a rapid decrease over time. This problem was believed to come from the target microstructure degradation, justifying the material investigation. In order to do so, the synthesis, reactivity in ambient air and sintering kinetics of CaO were studied, through surface area determination by N2 adsorption, X-ray diffraction for crystalline phase identification and crystallite size determination, and scanning and transmission electron microscopy to investigate the microstructure. The synthesis studies revealed that a nanometric material is obtained from the decarbonation of CaCO3 in vacuum at temperatures higher than 550°C, which is very reactive in air....

  8. Developments towards in-gas-jet laser spectroscopy studies of actinium isotopes at LISOL

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    Raeder, S., E-mail: s.raeder@gsi.de [KU Leuven, Instituut voor Kern- en Stralingsfysica, Celestijnenlaan 200D, B-3001 Leuven (Belgium); Helmholtz-Institut Mainz, 55128 Mainz (Germany); GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH, Planckstraße 1, 64291 Darmstadt (Germany); Bastin, B. [GANIL, CEA/DSM-CNRS/IN2P3, B.P. 55027, 14076 Caen (France); Block, M. [Helmholtz-Institut Mainz, 55128 Mainz (Germany); GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH, Planckstraße 1, 64291 Darmstadt (Germany); Institut für Kernchemie, Johannes Gutenberg Universität, 55128 Mainz (Germany); Creemers, P. [KU Leuven, Instituut voor Kern- en Stralingsfysica, Celestijnenlaan 200D, B-3001 Leuven (Belgium); Delahaye, P. [GANIL, CEA/DSM-CNRS/IN2P3, B.P. 55027, 14076 Caen (France); Ferrer, R. [KU Leuven, Instituut voor Kern- en Stralingsfysica, Celestijnenlaan 200D, B-3001 Leuven (Belgium); Fléchard, X. [LPC Caen, ENSICAEN, Université de Caen, CNRS/IN2P3, Caen (France); Franchoo, S. [Institute de Physique Nucléaire (IPN) d’Orsay, 91406 Orsay, Cedex (France); Ghys, L. [KU Leuven, Instituut voor Kern- en Stralingsfysica, Celestijnenlaan 200D, B-3001 Leuven (Belgium); SCK-CEN, Belgian Nuclear Research Center, Boeretang 200, 2400 Mol (Belgium); Gaffney, L.P.; Granados, C. [KU Leuven, Instituut voor Kern- en Stralingsfysica, Celestijnenlaan 200D, B-3001 Leuven (Belgium); Heinke, R. [Institut für Physik, Johannes Gutenberg Universität, 55128 Mainz (Germany); Hijazi, L. [GANIL, CEA/DSM-CNRS/IN2P3, B.P. 55027, 14076 Caen (France); and others

    2016-06-01

    To study exotic nuclides at the borders of stability with laser ionization and spectroscopy techniques, highest efficiencies in combination with a high spectral resolution are required. These usually opposing requirements are reconciled by applying the in-gas-laser ionization and spectroscopy (IGLIS) technique in the supersonic gas jet produced by a de Laval nozzle installed at the exit of the stopping gas cell. Carrying out laser ionization in the low-temperature and low density supersonic gas jet eliminates pressure broadening, which will significantly improve the spectral resolution. This article presents the required modifications at the Leuven Isotope Separator On-Line (LISOL) facility that are needed for the first on-line studies of in-gas-jet laser spectroscopy. Different geometries for the gas outlet and extraction ion guides have been tested for their performance regarding the acceptance of laser ionized species as well as for their differential pumping capacities. The specifications and performance of the temporarily installed high repetition rate laser system, including a narrow bandwidth injection-locked Ti:sapphire laser, are discussed and first preliminary results on neutron-deficient actinium isotopes are presented indicating the high capability of this novel technique.

  9. {gamma}-spectroscopy and radioactive beams: search for highly deformed exotic nuclei; Detection {gamma} et faisceaux radioactifs: recherche de noyaux exotiques tres deformes

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    Rosse, B

    2006-07-15

    This work is devoted to the search for highly deformed nuclei under extreme conditions of isospin, located near the proton drip-line, around A {approx} 130. The experiment was performed at GANIL (Caen) with the SPIRAL radioactive beam facility. The nuclei of interest were produced by fusion-evaporation reactions induced by the neutron deficient Kr{sup 76} radioactive beam (T1/2 = 14.8 h). {gamma}-rays were detected by the EXOGAM array, composed of 11 segmented germanium clover detectors, for which a new segment calibration method has been developed. To extract fusion-evaporation events of a overwhelming background due to the radioactivity of the beam, the EXOGAM array was coupled with the light charged particle detector DIAMANT and the high acceptance VAMOS spectrometer. The latter was used for the first time to detect fusion-evaporation residues. The detailed data analysis allowed us to demonstrate that the EXOGAM + DIAMANT + VAMOS coupling is operational and essential to investigate the structure of these nuclei. Furthermore, the first {gamma} transition was observed in the very exotic odd-odd Pm{sup 130} nucleus. The results have been interpreted with static and dynamic self-consistent microscopic calculations in collaboration with the Theoretical Physicists of the IPN Lyon. (author)

  10. Calculation of nucleon densities in calcium, nickel, and molybdenum isotopes on the basis of the dispersive optical model

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    Bespalova, O. V.; Klimochkina, A. A.

    2017-09-01

    The radial distributions of proton and neutron densities in the even-even isotopes 40-70Ca and 48-78Ni and the analogous distributions of neutron densities in the even-even isotopes 92-138Mo were calculated on the basis of the mean-fieldmodel involving a dispersive optical potential. The respective root-mean-square radii and neutron-skin thicknesses were determined for the nuclei under study. In N > 40 calcium isotopes, the calculated neutron root-mean-square radius exhibits a fast growth with increasing N, and this is consistent with the prediction of the neutron-halo structure in calcium isotopes near the neutron drip line.

  11. Entropy in hot $^{161,162}Dy$ and $^{171,172}Yb$ nuclei

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    Guttormsen, M; Hjorth-Jensen, M; Melby, E; Rekstad, J; Schiller, A; Siem, S; Belic, A

    2000-01-01

    The density of accessible levels at low spin in the (^3He,\\alpha \\gamma) reaction has been extracted for the ^{161,162}Dy and ^{171,172}Yb nuclei. The entropy of the even-odd and even-even nuclei has been deduced as a function of excitation energy, and found to reach a maximum of 15 k_B before neutron evaporation. The entropy of one quasi-particle outside an even-even core is found to be 1.70(15) k_B. This quasi-particle picture of hot nuclei is well accounted for within a simple pairing model. The onset of two, four and six quasi-particle excitations in the ^{162}Dy and ^{172}Yb nuclei is discussed and compared to theory. The number of quasi-particles excited per excitation energy is a measure for the ratio of the level energy spacing and the pairing strength.

  12. Extension of the consistent Q formalism to odd-A nuclei in the W-Pt region

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    Warner, D.D.; Van Isacker, P.; Jolie, J.; Bruce, A.M.

    1984-01-01

    It is shown that the approach of the Consistent Q Formalism, which has proved successful in the Interacting Boson Model description of even-even nuclei, can be extended to odd A nuclei within the framework of the Interacting Boson-Fermion Model. The proposed method describes the transition between the SU(3) and O(6) symmetry limits of the U(6/12) boson fermion group, and can be applied to the odd neutron W, Os, Pt nuclei. As in the even-even case, a number of parameter-free predictions emerge for the transitional region concerning energies, B(E2) values and also single particle structure factors, and some of these are compared to existing data for the odd Os nuclei. 15 references.

  13. Microscopic structure of high-spin vibrational states in superdeformed A=190 nuclei

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    Nakatsukasa, Takashi [Chalk River Labs., Ontario (Canada); Matsuyanagi, Kenichi [Kyoto Univ. (Japan); Mizutori, Shoujirou [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)] [and others

    1996-12-31

    Microscopic RPA calculations based on the cranked shell model are performed to investigate the quadrupole and octupole correlations for excited superdeformed (SD) bands in even-even A=190 nuclei. The K = 2 octupole vibrations are predicted to be the lowest excitation modes at zero rotational frequency. The Coriolis coupling at finite frequency produces different effects depending on the neutron and proton number of nucleus. The calculations also indicate that some collective excitations may produce moments of inertia almost identical to those of the yrast SD band. An interpretation of the observed excited bands invoking the octupole vibrations is proposed, which suggests those octupole vibrations may be prevalent in even-even SD A=190 nuclei.

  14. Charged-Current Neutrino-Nucleus Scattering off the Even Molybdenum Isotopes

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    E. Ydrefors

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Neutrinos from supernovae constitute important probes of both the currently unknown supernova mechanisms and of neutrino properties. Reliable information about the nuclear responses to supernova neutrinos is therefore crucial. In this work, we compute the cross sections for the charged-current neutrino-nucleus scattering off the even-even molybdenum isotopes. The nuclear responses to supernova neutrinos are subsequently calculated by folding the cross sections with a Fermi-Dirac distribution.

  15. Lifetime measurements of intruder states in sup 120 Xe and the shape coexistence picture

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    Bhagwat, A.; Walker, P.M.; Singleton, B.D.D. (Surrey Univ., Guildford (United Kingdom). Dept. of Physics); Al-Ghamdi, S.S.; Barham, C.G.; Grant, I.S. (Manchester Univ. (United Kingdom). Schuster Lab.)

    1992-05-01

    Absolute EO and E2 transition rates have been measured for the O{sub 3}{sup +} state in {sup 120}Xe. The O{sub 3}{sup +} state appears to be weakly mixed with the normal structure of {sup 120}Xe. In the N = 66 mid-neutron-shell region, this is the heaviest even-even nucleus showing a signature of shape coexistence. (author).

  16. Study of Neutron-Rich $^{124,126,128}$Cd Isotopes; Excursion from Symmetries to Shell-Model Picture

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    Nieminen, A M; Reponen, M

    2002-01-01

    A short outline is given on a number of topics that are present in the long series of even-even Cd nuclei and therefore, may turn out to constitute an ideal test bench in order to verify a number of theoretical ideas on how collective motion, near closed shells, builds up taking into account both the valence and core nucleons when studying the nucleon correlations. Moreover, these experiments can reveal new challenges when moving towards very neutron-rich systems.

  17. Refinement of the gross theory of nuclear {beta}-decay, and hindrance of the first-forbidden transition of rank 1

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    Nakata, Hidehiko [Waseda Univ., Tokyo (Japan). Dept. of Physics; Tachibana, Takahiro; Yamada, Masami

    1997-03-01

    Recently the gross theory of nuclear {beta}-decay was refined for odd-odd nuclei. In this refinement, the effect of the selection rule of {beta}-transitions from the ground states of odd-odd nuclei to those of even-even nuclei was taken into account based on a statistical consideration. The transitions to the first 2{sup +} excited states in even-even nuclei were also taken into account according to the selection rule approximately. In that study, it was found that the transitions between 1{sup -} ground states of the odd-odd nuclei and 0{sup +} ground states of even-even nuclei, belonging to the first-forbidden transitions of rank 1, are strongly hindered. A reduction factor was introduced for the transitions to the ground states of even-even nuclei to take into account this hindrance. It was also found that the strength functions of the Gamow-Teller transitions obtained from the conventional gross theory are underestimated by a factor of about 3. In order to improve this underestimation, the Lorentz-type function was adopted for the one-particle strength function in the model instead of the hyperbolic-secant-type function. In the present study we have newly analyzed the experimental ft-values of odd-A nuclei, and found that the first-forbidden transitions of rank 1 are also considerably hindered between the ground states. Following the above refinement we have calculated the {beta}-ray spectra of some odd-odd short-lived fission products with the use of the refined gross theory. These results are compared not only with the experiments by Rudstam et al. but also with the conventional gross theory. (author)

  18. Alpha and exotic cluster decay with a new single particle basis

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    Delion, D S; Liotta, R J

    1999-01-01

    A single particle basis consisting of two different harmonic oscillator representations is introduced with the aim of studying microscopically alpha and cluster decay processes. A correct description of the wave functions at large distances is obtained within a minimal single particle basis. Experimental data corresponding to a large number of alpha decay transitions from even-even nuclei are well reproduced. Applications to sup 1 sup 4 C decay from Ra isotopes are presented.

  19. Reflection-asymmetric nuclear deformations within the Density Functional Theory

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    Olsen, E; Erler, J; Nazarewicz, W.; Stoitsov, M.

    2013-01-01

    Within the nuclear density functional theory (DFT) we study the effect of reflection-asymmetric shapes on ground-state binding energies and binding energy differences. To this end, we developed the new DFT solver AxialHFB that uses an approximate second-order gradient to solve the Hartree-Fock-Bogoliubov equations of superconducting DFT with the quasi-local Skyrme energy density functionals. Illustrative calculations are carried out for even-even isotopes of radium and thorium.

  20. Systematic description of superdeformed bands in the mass-190 region

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    Sun, Yang; Guidry, M. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)]|[Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States); Zhang, Jing-ye [Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States)

    1996-12-31

    Superdeformed bands for the mass-190 region are described by the Projected Shell Model. Even-even, odd mass and odd-odd nuclei are equally well described. Good agreement with available data for all isotopes studied is obtained. The authors calculation of electromagnetic properties and pairing correlations provides an understanding of the observed gradual increase of dynamical moments of inertia with angular momentum observed in many bands in this mass region.

  1. Non-yrast quadrupole-octupole spectra

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    Lenske H.

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available A model of strongly coupled quadrupole and octupole vibrations and rotations is applied to describe non-yrast alternating-parity sequences in even-even nuclei and split parity-doublet spectra in odd-mass nuclei. In even-even nuclei the yrast alternating-parity sequence includes the ground-state band and the lowest negative-parity levels with odd angular momenta, while the non-yrast sequences include excited β-bands and higher negative-parity levels. In odd-mass nuclei the yrast levels are described as low-energy rotation-vibration modes coupled to the ground single-particle (s.p. state, while the non-yrast parity-doublets are obtained as higher-energy rotation-vibration modes coupled to excited s.p. configurations. We show that the extended model scheme describes the yrast and non-yrast quadrupole-octupole spectra in both even-even and odd-A nuclei. The involvement of the reflection-asymmetric deformed shell model to explain the single-particle motion and the Coriolis interaction in odd nuclei is discussed.

  2. Microscopic description of fission in nobelium isotopes with the Gogny-D1M energy density functional

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    Rodriguez-Guzman, R. [Kuwait University, Physics Department, Kuwait (Kuwait); Robledo, L.M. [Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Departamento de Fisica Teorica, Madrid (Spain)

    2016-11-15

    Constrained mean-field calculations, based on the Gogny-D1M energy density functional, have been carried out to describe fission in the isotopes {sup 250-260}No. The even-even isotopes have been considered within the standard Hartree-Fock-Bogoliobov (HFB) framework while for the odd-mass ones the Equal Filling Approximation (HFB-EFA) has been employed. Ground state quantum numbers and deformations, pairing energies, one-neutron separation energies, inner and outer barrier heights as well as fission isomer excitation energies are given. Fission paths, collective masses and zero-point quantum vibrational and rotational corrections are used to compute the systematic of the spontaneous fission half-lives t{sub SF} both for even-even and odd-mass nuclei. Though there exists a strong variance of the predicted fission rates with respect to the details involved in their computation, it is shown that both the specialization energy and the pairing quenching effects, taken into account within the self-consistent HFB-EFA blocking procedure, lead to larger t{sub SF} values in odd-mass nuclei as compared with their even-even neighbors. Alpha decay lifetimes have also been computed using a parametrization of the Viola-Seaborg formula. The high quality of the Gogny-D1M functional regarding nuclear masses leads to a very good reproduction of Q{sub α} values and consequently of lifetimes. (orig.)

  3. Removal of 210Po from aqueous media and its thermodynamics and kinetics.

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    Erenturk, S Akyil; Kaygun, A Kilincarslan

    2017-08-01

    In this study, the composite adsorbent as granule was prepared by mixing of polyacrylonitrile (PAN) and a natural zeolite (clinoptilolite) in specific conditions. The prepared composite adsorbent was used for investigating the adsorption behaviour of 210Po. Adsorption of 210Po was studied in a column system. The effective parameters such as initial activity concentration of 210Po, pH of the aqueous solution, contact time and temperature of solution for adsorption behaviour of 210Po were studied. Adsorption yield of 210Po on composite adsorbent from aqueous solution in optimum conditions were determined as 75.00 ± 0.15%. The adsorption equilibrium data was examined using various well-known isotherm models such as Freundlich, Langmuir, Dubinin and Radushkevish and Tempkin, and it was observed that the experimental equilibrium data well fitted and found to be in good agreement with the Tempkin model. Adsorption thermodynamics and kinetics of the polonium were studied. It was found that the processes for 210Po were exothermic and spontaneous. The kinetic data conformed better to the pseudo-second order equation. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  4. Surprising radiation detectors; Detecteurs etonnants et banals

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    Fleischer, R. [Union College, Dept. de Geologie, New York (United States)

    2003-01-01

    Radiation doses received by the human body can be measured indirectly and retrospectively by counting the tracks left by particles in ordinary objects like pair of spectacles, glassware, compact disks...This method has been successfully applied to determine neutron radiation doses received 50 years ago on the Hiroshima site. Neutrons themselves do not leave tracks in bulk matter but glass contains atoms of uranium that may fission when hurt by a neutron, the recoil of the fission fragments generates a track that is detectable. The most difficult is to find adequate glass items and to evaluate the radiation shield they benefited at their initial place. The same method has been used to determine the radiation dose due to the pile-up of radon in houses. In that case the tracks left by alpha particles due to the radioactive decay of polonium-210 have been counted on the superficial layer of the window panes. Other materials like polycarbonate plastics have been used to determine the radiation dose due to heavy ions. This method has been applied to the plastic helmets worn by the astronauts of the different Apollo missions. (A.C.)

  5. Radium: a miracle cure{exclamation_point} (invited paper)

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    Genet, M

    1998-07-01

    In 1896, the general population had little enthusiasm for the recent discovery of radioactivity by Henri Becquerel. There was certainly much less than for X rays which had appeared, 3 months earlier, as a 'magic radiation'. However, polonium and radium, discovered by the Curies in 1898, aroused new interest in 'uranic rays'. The first weighable amounts of radium, prepared at the beginning of this century, were used for medical applications. Immediately, the therapeutic properties of radium rays against cancer were recognised. The use of radium in medicine became so common that every kind of disease was treated by radium therapy: not only breast cancer, but also, diabetes, sciatica, uraemia, rheumatism, and even impotence{exclamation_point} As a consequence of this tremendous success, the radium industry grew rapidly during the 1920s and numerous goods, especially cosmetics, doped with radium were on sale. It was even considered that in order to be in good health, one should drink a glass of radioactive water every day, prepared by using a radium percolator. This period lasted for more than 25 years, then, just before World War II radium use was considered dangerous and the number of its applications decreased. (author)

  6. New best estimates for radionuclide solid-liquid distribution coefficients in soils. Part 2. Naturally occurring radionuclides

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    Vandenhove, H. [Belgian Nuclear Research Centre, Biosphere Impact Studies, Boeretang 200, 2400 Mol, Antwerp (Belgium)], E-mail: hvandenh@sckcen.be; Gil-Garcia, C.; Rigol, A.; Vidal, M. [University of Barcelona, Barcelona (Spain)

    2009-09-15

    Predicting the transfer of radionuclides in the environment for normal release, accidental, disposal or remediation scenarios in order to assess exposure requires the availability of an important number of generic parameter values. One of the key parameters in environmental assessment is the solid liquid distribution coefficient, K{sub d}, which is used to predict radionuclide-soil interaction and subsequent radionuclide transport in the soil column. This article presents a review of K{sub d} values for uranium, radium, lead, polonium and thorium based on an extensive literature survey, including recent publications. The K{sub d} estimates were presented per soil groups defined by their texture and organic matter content (Sand, Loam, Clay and Organic), although the texture class seemed not to significantly affect K{sub d}. Where relevant, other K{sub d} classification systems are proposed and correlations with soil parameters are highlighted. The K{sub d} values obtained in this compilation are compared with earlier review data.

  7. The history of Radiumhemmet in Stockholm in the period 1895-1950. The transformation of an outpatient clinic to an academic department,.

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    Kardamakis, Dimitrios; Gustavson-Kadaka, Evi; Spiliopoulou, Ekaterini; Nilsson, Sten

    2010-12-01

    Radiation therapy has been in use as a cancer treatment for more than 100 years, with its earliest roots traced from the discovery of X rays in 1895 by Wilhelm Rontgen. The field of radiation therapy began to grow in the early 1900s, largely due to the groundbreaking work of Nobel Prize-winning scientist Marie Curie, who discovered the radioactive elements polonium and radium.This began a new era in medical treatment and research. Radium was used in various forms until the mid-1900s, when cobalt and caesium units came into use. Medical cobalt units and linear accelerators have been used to as sources of radiation since the late 1940s. Swedish doctors showed a great interest in this medical specialty from the beginning, making major contributions in the fields of radiobiology, radiophysics and radiotherapy are contributed to doctors of Swedish origin, working mainly those early days in Stockholm. Immediately after the discovery of X rays, the first treatment of patients with these'mysterious rays' took place, with two patients with skin carcinomas being treated by Stenbeck and Sjogren in Stockholm. This article makes a detailed reference to historical data regarding the gradual transformation of a small private outpatient clinic into an academic department with a world-wide recognition.

  8. One-hundred-three compound band-structure benchmark of post-self-consistent spin-orbit coupling treatments in density functional theory

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    Huhn, William P.; Blum, Volker

    2017-08-01

    We quantify the accuracy of different non-self-consistent and self-consistent spin-orbit coupling (SOC) treatments in Kohn-Sham and hybrid density functional theory by providing a band-structure benchmark set for the valence and low-lying conduction energy bands of 103 inorganic compounds, covering chemical elements up to polonium. Reference energy band structures for the PBE density functional are obtained using the full-potential (linearized) augmented plane wave code wien2k, employing its self-consistent treatment of SOC including Dirac-type p1 /2 orbitals in the basis set. We use this benchmark set to benchmark a computationally simpler, non-self-consistent all-electron treatment of SOC based on scalar-relativistic orbitals and numeric atom-centered orbital basis functions. For elements up to Z ≈50 , both treatments agree virtually exactly. For the heaviest elements considered (Tl, Pb, Bi, Po), the band-structure changes due to SOC are captured with a relative deviation of 11% or less. For different density functionals (PBE versus the hybrid HSE06), we show that the effect of spin-orbit coupling is usually similar but can be dissimilar if the qualitative features of the predicted underlying scalar-relativistic band structures do not agree. All band structures considered in this work are available online via the NOMAD repository to aid in future benchmark studies and methods development.

  9. Radioactive {sup 210}Po in magnesium supplements

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    Struminska-Parulska, Dagmara Ida [Gdansk Univ. (Poland). Environmental Chemistry and Radiochemistry Chair

    2016-08-01

    The aim of this pioneer study was to determine polonium {sup 210}Po in the most popular magnesium supplements in Poland and estimate the possible related dose assessment to the consumers. The analyzed magnesium pharmaceutics contained organic or inorganic magnesium compounds; some from natural sources. The objectives of this research were to investigate the naturally occurring {sup 210}Po activity concentrations in magnesium supplements, find the correlations between {sup 210}Po concentration in medicament and magnesium chemical form, and calculate the effective radiation dose connected to analyzed magnesium supplement consumption. The highest {sup 210}Po activity concentrations were determined in mineral tablets made from sedimentary rocks, namely dolomite - 3.84 ± 0.15 mBq g{sup -1} (sample Mg17). The highest annual radiation dose from {sup 210}Po taken with 1 tablet of magnesium supplement per day or with 400 mg of pure Mg daily would come from sample Mg17 (dolomite) - 1.35 ± 0.5 and 8.44 ± 0.33 μSv year{sup -1} respectively.

  10. The IAEA handbook on radionuclide transfer to wildlife.

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    Howard, B J; Beresford, N A; Copplestone, D; Telleria, D; Proehl, G; Fesenko, S; Jeffree, R A; Yankovich, T L; Brown, J E; Higley, K; Johansen, M P; Mulye, H; Vandenhove, H; Gashchak, S; Wood, M D; Takata, H; Andersson, P; Dale, P; Ryan, J; Bollhöfer, A; Doering, C; Barnett, C L; Wells, C

    2013-07-01

    An IAEA handbook presenting transfer parameter values for wildlife has recently been produced. Concentration ratios (CRwo-media) between the whole organism (fresh weight) and either soil (dry weight) or water were collated for a range of wildlife groups (classified taxonomically and by feeding strategy) in terrestrial, freshwater, marine and brackish generic ecosystems. The data have been compiled in an on line database, which will continue to be updated in the future providing the basis for subsequent revision of the Wildlife TRS values. An overview of the compilation and analysis, and discussion of the extent and limitations of the data is presented. Example comparisons of the CRwo-media values are given for polonium across all wildlife groups and ecosystems and for molluscs for all radionuclides. The CRwo-media values have also been compared with those currently used in the ERICA Tool which represented the most complete published database for wildlife transfer values prior to this work. The use of CRwo-media values is a pragmatic approach to predicting radionuclide activity concentrations in wildlife and is similar to that used for screening assessments for the human food chain. The CRwo-media values are most suitable for a screening application where there are several conservative assumptions built into the models which will, to varying extents, compensate for the variable data quality and quantity, and associated uncertainty. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Uptake of 210Po by aquatic plants of a fresh water ecosystem around the uranium mill tailings management facility of Jaduguda, India.

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    Jha, V N; Tripathi, R M; Sethy, N K; Sahoo, S K; Puranik, V D

    2013-10-01

    The present study was designed to investigate the uptake of Polonium-210 ((210)Po) by aquatic plants growing in a fresh water ecosystem around the tailings management facility of the uranium industry of Jaduguda, India. Evaluation of the activity concentration of (210)Po in aquatic plants, the concentration ratio of (210)Po from substrate to plants and the relationship of (210)Po with other stable elements were major objectives of the investigation. Based on the habitat, three types of plant were collected and analyzed for (210)Po activity estimation. Along with aquatic plants, effluent, surface water and bottom sediment were also collected and analyzed for (210)Po activity content. From the acid solution (210)Po was electrodeposited on brightly polished silver discs and counted for alpha activity in an alpha counter. The highest (210)Po activity concentration (4884 Bq kg(-1) fresh weight) was found in filamentous algae from residual water of the tailings pond. For sediment-rooted plants, a significant positive correlation (r = 0.91, p plant and sediment activity concentration of (210)Po. For all of the three different groups of plants studied, highly significant correlations were observed between activity concentration of (210)Po and Cu with the significance level variation between 0.00-0.05 (both for linear and log transformed data).

  12. In-Source Laser Spectroscopy with the Laser Ion Source and Trap: First Direct Study of the Ground-State Properties of Po,219217

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    Fink, D. A.; Cocolios, T. E.; Andreyev, A. N.; Antalic, S.; Barzakh, A. E.; Bastin, B.; Fedorov, D. V.; Fedosseev, V. N.; Flanagan, K. T.; Ghys, L.; Gottberg, A.; Huyse, M.; Imai, N.; Kron, T.; Lecesne, N.; Lynch, K. M.; Marsh, B. A.; Pauwels, D.; Rapisarda, E.; Richter, S. D.; Rossel, R. E.; Rothe, S.; Seliverstov, M. D.; Sjödin, A. M.; Van Beveren, C.; Van Duppen, P.; Wendt, K. D. A.

    2015-01-01

    A Laser Ion Source and Trap (LIST) for a thick-target, isotope-separation on-line facility has been implemented at CERN ISOLDE for the production of pure, laser-ionized, radioactive ion beams. It offers two modes of operation, either as an ion guide, which performs similarly to the standard ISOLDE resonance ionization laser ion source (RILIS), or as a more selective ion source, where surface-ionized ions from the hot ion-source cavity are repelled by an electrode, while laser ionization is done within a radio-frequency quadrupole ion guide. The first physics application of the LIST enables the suppression of francium contamination in ion beams of neutron-rich polonium isotopes at ISOLDE by more than 1000 with a reduction in laser-ionization efficiency of only 20. Resonance ionization spectroscopy is performed directly inside the LIST device, allowing the study of the hyperfine structure and isotope shift of 217Po for the first time. Nuclear decay spectroscopy of 219Po is performed for the first time, revealing its half-life, α -to-β -decay branching ratio, and α -particle energy. This experiment demonstrates the applicability of the LIST at radioactive ion-beam facilities for the production and study of pure beams of exotic isotopes.

  13. Syntheses and structural characterization of Co(II) and Cd(II) coordination polymers with 1,4-bis(imidazolyl)butane ligand

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    Lalegani, Arash; Khalaj, Mehdi; Sedaghat, Sajjad; Łyczko, Krzysztof; Lipkowski, Janusz

    2017-11-01

    Two new coordination polymers, {[Co(bib)3](PF6)2}n (1) and [Cd (bib) Cl2]n (2), were prepared at room temperature by the reaction of appropriate salts of cobalt (II) and cadmium (II) with the flexible linker ligands 1,4-bis(imidazolyl) butane (bib). The compounds were characterized by elemental analyses, IR spectroscopy and single crystal X-ray diffraction. In the polymeric structure of 1, the Co(II) ion lies on an inversion centre and adopts the CoN6 octahedral geometry, while in the structure of 2, the Cd(II) ions adopt the CdN2Cl4 pseudo-octahedral geometry. In compound 1, six bib ligands are coordinated to one central cobalt (II) to form an open 3D 2-fold interpenetrating framework of the α-polonium (pcu) type topology, while in compound 2 two bib ligands are coordinated to one central cadmium (II) to form 2D network structure.

  14. Thermochromatography study of volatile tellurium species in various gas atmospheres

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    Maugeri, Emilio Andrea; Neuhausen, Jörg; Eichler, Robert; Piguet, David; Schumann, Dorothea

    2014-09-01

    The adsorption interaction of tellurium species with fused silica was studied by thermochromatography. Trace amounts of tellurium were obtained by irradiating elemental tin with α-particles. Different tellurium species were obtained using carrier gases with varied redox potential. Adsorption enthalpies of the obtained species were calculated allowing for the identification of some species. Elemental tellurium or SnTe was deposited in thermochromatography experiments when using both dried and deoxygenated He and H2 as carrier gases. Tellurium dioxide was deposited in thermochromatography experiments when using dry oxygen as carrier gas. Tellurium dioxide was found to be significantly less volatile compared to elemental Te or SnTe. The deposition of a species with still lower volatility occurring under less oxidizing conditions was tentatively assigned to tellurium monoxide, TeO. Species more volatile than elemental tellurium or SnTe, most likely Te-hydroxides, were detected in experiments using moist H2 as carrier gas. In moist oxidizing gas, species more volatile than TeO2 were found, most likely Te-oxyhydroxides. The obtained results provide valuable input to design experiments for studying the volatility of tellurium's heavier homologue polonium and its compounds, which represent one of the major radiological concerns for the use of lead-bismuth-eutectic as coolant and target material for innovative accelerator-driven systems or spallation sources.

  15. Fully-relativistic full-potential multiple scattering theory: A pathology-free scheme

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    Liu, Xianglin; Wang, Yang; Eisenbach, Markus; Stocks, G. Malcolm

    2018-03-01

    The Green function plays an essential role in the Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker(KKR) multiple scattering method. In practice, it is constructed from the regular and irregular solutions of the local Kohn-Sham equation and robust methods exist for spherical potentials. However, when applied to a non-spherical potential, numerical errors from the irregular solutions give rise to pathological behaviors of the charge density at small radius. Here we present a full-potential implementation of the fully-relativistic KKR method to perform ab initio self-consistent calculation by directly solving the Dirac differential equations using the generalized variable phase (sine and cosine matrices) formalism Liu et al. (2016). The pathology around the origin is completely eliminated by carrying out the energy integration of the single-site Green function along the real axis. By using an efficient pole-searching technique to identify the zeros of the well-behaved Jost matrices, we demonstrated that this scheme is numerically stable and computationally efficient, with speed comparable to the conventional contour energy integration method, while free of the pathology problem of the charge density. As an application, this method is utilized to investigate the crystal structures of polonium and their bulk properties, which is challenging for a conventional real-energy scheme. The noble metals are also calculated, both as a test of our method and to study the relativistic effects.

  16. [Marie Curie, née Maria Sklodowska (1867-1934)--contribution to the development of radiology].

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    Babić, Rade R; Babić, Gordana Stanković

    2011-01-01

    Marie Curie, née Maria Sklodowska, was born on November 7, 1867 in Warsaw (Poland). She suffered from leukaemia and died on June 4, 1934. She was buried with full honours at Pantheon. Marie Curie and her husband Pierre Curie discovered the radioactive elements Polonium (84Po210), Thorium (90Th232) and Radium (88Ra226). Marie Curie introduced the term radioactivity into science. She was the first woman who got Ph.D. in France, the first woman professor at Sorbonne, Paris and Medical Academy. Of all the women who have ever won the Nobel Prize, Marie Curie was the only who received it twice. During World War I Marie Curie designed a mobile x-ray room "radiologic car". Marie Curie had an x-ray machine installed into a car and demonstrated how to use its dynamo for electric power production necessary for the x-ray machine to work. She had 20 cars with moving radiological lab made and trained 150 people to work on them. She brought something radically new into military medicine--mobile x-ray diagnostics. With the discovery of radioactive elements a new medical branch, radiotherapy, was developed.

  17. Application of SIMS to the study of selective deposition of trace amounts of lead and bismuth from solution onto the metals nickel and silver.

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    Smith, D.; Peck, G. [Melbourne Univ., Parkville, VIC (Australia). Dept. of Chemistry; Prince, K. [Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), Lucas Heights, NSW (Australia)

    1996-12-31

    Full text: The natural {sup 233}U decay series includes the trio {sup 210}Pb, {sup 210}Bi and {sup 210}Po. These are useful in estimating rates of environmental processes and {sup 210}Po is a major contributor to the radiation dose of marine organisms. To develop an understanding of the distribution of these closely related radionuclides in the environment it is necessary to be able to measure all three. Accurate measurements depend on preliminary separation of the nuclides. Isolation and measurement of {sup 210}Bi has been a continuing problem and this has restricted the study of the role of this nuclide in environmental processes. We have developed a sample preparation that includes plating polonium from solution onto a silver disc then plating bismuth onto a nickel disc and leaving the lead in solution. The {sup 210}Bi is measured by Cerenkov counting. Any {sup 210}Pb plating onto nickel with the bismuth would interfere in subsequent counting as it decays rapidly to {sup 210}Bi. We have used SIMS (Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry) to measure bismuth and lead deposited on the nickel and silver discs. This is possible because the stable isotopes of the four elements do not overlap. SIMS is especially appropriate for this study as the Bi and Pb deposited as thin films on the metal surface. Careful selection of experimental conditions allowed quantitative measurements of lead and bismuth without mutual interference. The results have been used in developing plating conditions that optimise separation of lead and bismuth.

  18. (137)Cs, (40)K and (210)Po in marine mammals from the southern Baltic Sea.

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    Ciesielski, Tomasz; Góral, Marta; Szefer, Piotr; Jenssen, Bjørn Munro; Bojanowski, Ryszard

    2015-12-15

    This study provides information on baseline concentrations of the radionuclides Cesium-137, Potassium-40 and Polonium-210 in sea mammals from the Baltic Sea. The radionuclides were analyzed in the liver, kidney and muscle of harbor porpoises, striped dolphins, and gray and ringed seals from the Polish coast by γ- and α-spectrometry. Median (137)Cs activities were 14.8, 13.2 and 23.2 Bq kg(-1) w.w. in the liver, kidney and muscles, respectively. Activities of (40)K and (210)Po in the respective tissues were found to be 79.1, 79.8 and 111 Bq kg(-1) for (40)K and 58.1, 59.2 and 32.9 Bq kg(-1) for (210)Po. The measured (137)Cs concentrations were extraordinarily high in comparison to those reported in sea mammals from other locations. However, dose assessments did not imply health effects from (137)Cs exposure in Baltic Sea mammals. Correlations between (137)Cs tissue activities and reported sea water concentrations highlight the potential use of marine mammals for biomonitoring purposes. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  19. Inhalation of {sup 210}Po and {sup 210}Pb from cigarette smoking in Poland

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    Skwarzec, B. E-mail: bosk@chemik.chem.univ.gda.pl; Ulatowski, J.; Struminska, D.I.; Borylo, A

    2001-07-01

    The carcinogenic effect of {sup 210}Po and {sup 210}Pb with respect to lung cancer is an important problem in many countries with very high cigarette consumption. Poland has one of the highest consumptions of cigarettes in the world. The results of {sup 210}Po determination on the 14 most frequently smoked brands of cigarettes which constitute over 70% of the total cigarette consumption in Poland are presented and discussed. Moreover, the polonium content in cigarette smoke was estimated on the basis of its activity in fresh tobaccos, ash, fresh filters and post-smoking filters. The annual effective doses were calculated on the basis of {sup 210}Po and {sup 210}Pb inhalation with the cigarette smoke. The results of this work indicate that Polish smokers who smoke one pack (20 cigarettes) per day inhale from 20 to 215 mBq of {sup 210}Po and {sup 210}Pb each. The mean values of the annual effective dose for smokers were estimated to be 35 and 70 {mu}Sv from {sup 210}Po and {sup 210}Pb, respectively. For persons who smoke two packs of cigarettes with higher radionuclide concentrations, the effective dose is much higher (471 {mu}Sv yr{sup -1}) in comparison with the intake in diet. Therefore, cigarettes and the absorption through the respiratory system are the main sources and the principal pathway of {sup 210}Po and {sup 210}Pb intake of smokers in Poland.

  20. Surprising radiation detectors

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    Fleischer, Robert

    2003-01-01

    Radiation doses received by the human body can be measured indirectly and retrospectively by counting the tracks left by particles in ordinary objects like pair of spectacles, glassware, compact disks...This method has been successfully applied to determine neutron radiation doses received 50 years ago on the Hiroshima site. Neutrons themselves do not leave tracks in bulk matter but glass contains atoms of uranium that may fission when hurt by a neutron, the recoil of the fission fragments generates a track that is detectable. The most difficult is to find adequate glass items and to evaluate the radiation shield they benefited at their initial place. The same method has been used to determine the radiation dose due to the pile-up of radon in houses. In that case the tracks left by alpha particles due to the radioactive decay of polonium-210 have been counted on the superficial layer of the window panes. Other materials like polycarbonate plastics have been used to determine the radiation dose due to heavy io...

  1. Increase of {sup 210}Po levels in human semen fluid after mussel ingestion

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    Kelecom, Alphonse, E-mail: lararapls@hotmail.co [Laboratory of Radiobiology and Radiometry-LARARA-PLS, Universidade Federal Fluminense, P.O.Box 100.436, 24001-970 Niteroi, RJ (Brazil); Programs in Environmental Science and Marine Biology, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niteroi, RJ (Brazil); Gouvea, Rita de Cassia dos Santos [Laboratory of Radiobiology and Radiometry-LARARA-PLS, Universidade Federal Fluminense, P.O.Box 100.436, 24001-970 Niteroi, RJ (Brazil)

    2011-05-15

    Polonium-210 ({sup 210}Po) radioactive concentrations were determined in human semen fluid of vasectomized non-smoker volunteers. The {sup 210}Po levels ranged from 0.10 to 0.39 mBq g{sup -1} (mean: 0.23 {+-} 0.08 mBq g{sup -1}). This value decreased to 0.10 {+-} 0.02 mBq g{sup -1} (range from 0.07 to 0.13 mBq g{sup -1}) after two weeks of a controlled diet, excluding fish and seafood. Then, volunteers ate during a single meal 200 g of the cooked mussel Perna perna L., and {sup 210}Po levels were determined again, during ten days, in semen fluid samples collected every morning. Volunteers continued with the controlled diet and maintained sexual abstinence through the period of the experiment. A 300% increase of {sup 210}Po level was observed the day following mussel consumption, with a later reduction, such that the level returned to near baseline by day 4.

  2. Phenomenological model of TENORM formation in industrial processes

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    Gellermann, R. [HGN Hydrogeologie GmbH, Braunschweig (Germany)

    2008-05-15

    This paper discusses a simple phenomenological model of TE-NORM formation. The model is based on a mass and activity balance in an industrial process. It characterises the radionuclide enrichment of a residue in relation to the input materials according to three parameters (mass transfer factor MTF, activity transfer factor ATF and enrichment factor EF). The model shows that high enrichment is only possible if mass transfer into the residue is low. By analysing data from several real industrial processes, the co-precipitation of dissolved radium with barium salts (EF about 10{sup 4}), the volatilisation of lead and polonium in thermal processes (EF about 300) and the combustion of fuels (EF 10-100) are identified as very effective enrichment processes. However, in real industrial processes the specific activity of residues may be influenced by admixtures of masses after the decisive step of radionuclide redistribution. Therefore, focus should be placed on the identification and characterisation of elementary processes of TENORM formation. Several such processes are discussed in this paper. (orig.)

  3. Estimation of internal and external exposures of terrestrial reference organisms to natural radionuclides in the environment

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    Gomez-Ros, J M [CIEMAT, Avenida Complutense 22, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Proehl, G [GSF, Postfach 1129, 85758 Neuherberg (Germany); Taranenko, V [GSF, Postfach 1129, 85758 Neuherberg (Germany)

    2004-12-01

    In this paper, an estimation of the doses absorbed by terrestrial reference organisms due to naturally occurring radionuclides is described. For terrestrial organisms under normal circumstances, external exposure is estimated to be of the order of 0.1-0.4 mGy a{sup -1}, depending on size and habitat, and the main contributor is {sup 40}K. Internal background exposures of terrestrial organisms are more variable. Again, {sup 40}K is an important contributor giving doses of the order of 0.3 mGy a{sup -1}. The exposures of muscles and plant tissues to uranium, thorium, radium, lead and polonium are lower, but liver, bone and kidney may be exposed at levels of 0.1-1 mGy a{sup -1} absorbed dose. There can also be significant increases in the received dose under specific environmental conditions as is the case for burrowing mammals that receive relatively high lung doses due to the inhalation of radon and its progeny.

  4. Pictorial health warning label content and smokers’ understanding of smoking-related risks—a cross-country comparison

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    Swayampakala, Kamala; Thrasher, James F.; Hammond, David; Yong, Hua-Hie; Bansal-Travers, Maansi; Krugman, Dean; Brown, Abraham; Borland, Ron; Hardin, James

    2015-01-01

    The aim of the present study was to assess smokers’ level of agreement with smoking-related risks and toxic tobacco constituents relative to inclusion of these topics on health warning labels (HWLs). 1000 adult smokers were interviewed between 2012 and 2013 from online consumer panels of adult smokers from each of the three countries: Australia (AU), Canada (CA) and Mexico (MX). Generalized estimating equation models were estimated to compare agreement with smoking-related risks and toxic tobacco constituents. For disease outcomes described on HWLs across all three countries, there were few statistical differences in agreement with health outcomes (e.g. emphysema and heart attack). By contrast, increases in agreement where the HWLs were revised or introduced on HWLs for the first time (e.g. blindness in AU and CA, bladder cancer in CA). Similarly, samples from countries that have specific health content or toxic constituents on HWLs showed higher agreement for that particular disease or toxin than countries without (e.g. higher agreement for gangrene and blindness in AU, higher agreement for bladder cancer and all toxic constituents except nitrosamines and radioactive polonium in CA). Pictorial HWL content is associated with greater awareness of smoking-related risks and toxic tobacco constituents. PMID:24848554

  5. Sample pretreatment in the determination of specific alpha emitters in drinking water using [Ba+Fe]-coprecipitation method.

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    Suarez-Navarro, J A; Pujol, Ll; Suarez-Navarro, M J

    2015-02-01

    The [Ba+Fe]-coprecipitation method is applied to measure gross alpha activity for radiological examination of drinking water in the laboratory. This method collects all the alpha-emitting radionuclides of interest (natural alpha emitters and transuranium elements) in a precipitate on a filter. This paper describes an investigation of sample pretreatment of the precipitate collected by the [Ba+Fe]-coprecipitation method for gross alpha activity determination. The aim of this preliminary work is to be a starting point to develop simple and rapid radiochemical procedures for specific alpha emitters (polonium, radium, thorium, uranium, plutonium and americium), in contrast to the sophisticated, expensive and time-consuming alpha spectrometry method. The sample pretreatment aspects considered include quantitative [Ba+Fe]-coprecipitation, two methods for precipitate treatment (leaching and complete destruction of the filter), and the determination of the alpha-emitting proportions present in the barium sulfate precipitate and acid solution obtained after precipitate treatment. Furthermore, a radiochemical procedure for (226)Ra determination was performed and finally, the sample pretreatment proposed in this work was summarized. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  6. In-Source Laser Spectroscopy with the Laser Ion Source and Trap: First Direct Study of the Ground-State Properties of ^{217,219}Po

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    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available A Laser Ion Source and Trap (LIST for a thick-target, isotope-separation on-line facility has been implemented at CERN ISOLDE for the production of pure, laser-ionized, radioactive ion beams. It offers two modes of operation, either as an ion guide, which performs similarly to the standard ISOLDE resonance ionization laser ion source (RILIS, or as a more selective ion source, where surface-ionized ions from the hot ion-source cavity are repelled by an electrode, while laser ionization is done within a radio-frequency quadrupole ion guide. The first physics application of the LIST enables the suppression of francium contamination in ion beams of neutron-rich polonium isotopes at ISOLDE by more than 1000 with a reduction in laser-ionization efficiency of only 20. Resonance ionization spectroscopy is performed directly inside the LIST device, allowing the study of the hyperfine structure and isotope shift of ^{217}Po for the first time. Nuclear decay spectroscopy of ^{219}Po is performed for the first time, revealing its half-life, α-to-β-decay branching ratio, and α-particle energy. This experiment demonstrates the applicability of the LIST at radioactive ion-beam facilities for the production and study of pure beams of exotic isotopes.

  7. Temporal changes of {sup 210}Po in temperate coastal waters

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    Wildgust, M.A.; White, K.N. [School of Biological Sciences, The University of Manchester, Manchester (United Kingdom); McDonald, P. [Westlakes Research Limited, Westlakes Science and Technology Park, Cumbria (United Kingdom)

    1998-06-18

    The temporal variation of Polonium-210 ({sup 210}Po) was examined in coastal sea water, the mussel Mytilus edulis, the winkle Littorina littorea and green algae Ulva lactuca in order to investigate the entry of {sup 210}Po into the marine food chain. More than 99% of {sup 210}Po in the water column occurred in the particulate phase. Dissolved {sup 210}Po concentrations peaked during the spring phytoplankton bloom and it is suggested this is related to preferential scavenging of {sup 210}Po by the increased numbers of bacteria, viruses and small dissolved particulates. Changes in L. Littorea {sup 210}Po specific activity are thought not to be related to food, but to a drop in body weight following spawning. Much of the {sup 210}Po accumulated by M. edulis was located in the digestive gland. The specific activity of {sup 210}Po in the digestive gland of M. edulis was shown to be strongly correlated with changes in sea water suspended particulate specific activity. Examination of other trace metal (Ag, Al, As, Ca, Cd, Cr, Co, Cu, Fe, Hg, K, Mg, Mn, Na, Ni Sb, Se, Sn and Zn) variations in the digestive gland revealed that class B and borderline metals had a strong positive correlation with {sup 210}Po. On-going work is investigating whether the accumulation and loss of {sup 210}Po is affected by the presence of metallothioneins

  8. Measurement of 224Ra and 226Ra activities in natural waters using a radon-in-air monitor

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    Kim, G.; Burnett, W.C.; Dulaiova, H.; Swarzenski, P.W.; Moore, W.S.

    2001-01-01

    We report a simple new technique for measuring low-level radium isotopes (224Ra and 226Ra) in natural waters. The radium present in natural waters is first preconcentrated onto MnO2-coated acrylic fiber (Mn fiber) in a column mode. The radon produced from the adsorbed radium is then circulated through a closed air-loop connected to a commercial radon-in-air monitor. The monitor counts alpha decays of radon daughters (polonium isotopes) which are electrostatically collected onto a silicon semiconductor detector. Count data are collected in energy-specific windows, which eliminate interference and maintain very low backgrounds. Radium-224 is measured immediately after sampling via 220Rn (216Po), and 226Ra is measured via 222Rn (218Po) after a few days of ingrowth of 222Rn. This technique is rapid, simple, and accurate for measurements of low-level 224Ra and 226Ra activities without requiring any wet chemistry. Rapid measurements of short-lived 222Rn and 224Ra, along with long-lived 226Ra, may thus be made in natural waters using a single portable system for environmental monitoring of radioactivity as well as tracing of various geochemical and geophysical processes. The technique could be especially useful for the on-site rapid determination of 224Ra which has recently been found to occur at elevated activities in some groundwater wells.

  9. Monitoring radionuclides in subsurface drinking water sources near unconventional drilling operations: a pilot study.

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    Nelson, Andrew W; Knight, Andrew W; Eitrheim, Eric S; Schultz, Michael K

    2015-04-01

    Unconventional drilling (the combination of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling) to extract oil and natural gas is expanding rapidly around the world. The rate of expansion challenges scientists and regulators to assess the risks of the new technologies on drinking water resources. One concern is the potential for subsurface drinking water resource contamination by naturally occurring radioactive materials co-extracted during unconventional drilling activities. Given the rate of expansion, opportunities to test drinking water resources in the pre- and post-fracturing setting are rare. This pilot study investigated the levels of natural uranium, lead-210, and polonium-210 in private drinking wells within 2000 m of a large-volume hydraulic fracturing operation--before and approximately one-year following the fracturing activities. Observed radionuclide concentrations in well waters tested did not exceed maximum contaminant levels recommended by state and federal agencies. No statistically-significant differences in radionuclide concentrations were observed in well-water samples collected before and after the hydraulic fracturing activities. Expanded monitoring of private drinking wells before and after hydraulic fracturing activities is needed to develop understanding of the potential for drinking water resource contamination from unconventional drilling and gas extraction activities. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. 210Po and 210Pb Activity Concentrations in Cigarettes Produced in Vietnam and Their Estimated Dose Contribution Due to Smoking

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    Tran, Thuy-Ngan N.; Le, Cong-Hao; Chau, Van-Tao

    Smoking cigarettes contributes significantly to the increase of radiation in human body because 210Po and 210Pb exist relatively high in tobacco leaves. Therefore, these two radioisotopes in eighteen of the most frequently sold cigarette brands produced in Vietnam were examined in this study. 210Po was determined by alpha spectroscopy using a passivated implanted planar silicon (PIPS) detector after a procedure including radiochemical separation and spontaneous deposition of polonium on a copper disc (the deposition efficiency of 210Po on a copper disc was approximately 94%). Sequentially, 210Pb was determined through the ingrowth of 210Po after storing the sample solutions for approximately six months. The activity concentrations of 210Po in cigarettes ranged from 13.8 to 82.6 mBq/cigarette (the mean value was 26.4 mBq/cigarette) and the activity concentrations of 210Pb in cigarettes ranged from 13.9 to 78.8 mBq/cigarette (the mean value was 25.8 mBq/cigarette). The annual committed effective dose for smokers who smoke one pack per day was also estimated to be 295.4 µSv/year (223.0 µSv/year and 72.4 µSv/year from 210Po and 210Pb, respectively). These indicated that smoking increased the risk of developing lung cancer was approximately 60 times greater for smokers than for non-smokers.

  11. Heavy-ion radiobiology: new approaches to delineate mechanisms underlying enhanced biological effectiveness

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    Blakely, E. A.; Kronenberg, A.; Chatterjee, A. (Principal Investigator)

    1998-01-01

    Shortly after the discovery of polonium and radium by Marie Curie and her husband and colleague, Pierre Curie, it was learned that exposure to these alpha-particle emitters produced deleterious biological effects. The mechanisms underlying the increased biological effectiveness of densely ionizing radiations, including alpha particles, neutrons and highly energetic heavy charged particles, remain an active area of investigation. In this paper, we review recent advances in several areas of the radiobiology of these densely ionizing radiations, also known as heavy ions. Advances are described in the areas of DNA damage and repair, chromosome aberrations, mutagenesis, neoplastic transformation in vitro, genomic instability, normal tissue radiobiology and carcinogenesis in vivo. We focus on technical innovations, including novel applications of pulsed-field gel electrophoresis, fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH), linkage analysis, and studies of gene expression and protein expression. We also highlight the use of new cellular and animal systems, including those with defined DNA repair deficiencies, as well as epithelial cell model systems to assess neoplastic transformation both in vitro and in vivo. The studies reviewed herein have had a substantial impact on our understanding of the genotoxic effects of heavy ions as well as their distinct effects on tissue homeostasis. The use of these radiations in cancer therapy is also discussed. The use of both heavy-ion and proton therapy is on the upswing in several centers around the world, due to their unique energy deposition characteristics that enhance the therapeutic effect and help reduce damage to normal tissue.

  12. Collinear resonant ionization laser spectroscopy of rare francium isotopes

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    Neyens, G; Flanagan, K; Rajabali, M M; Le blanc, F M; Ware, T; Procter, T J

    2008-01-01

    We propose a programme of collinear resonant ionization spectroscopy (CRIS) of the francium isotopes up to and including $^{201}$Fr and $^{218,219}$Fr. This work aims at answering questions on the ordering of quantum states, and effect of the ($\\pi s_{1/2}^{-1}$)1/2$^{+}$ intruder state, which is currently believed to be the ground state of $^{199}$Fr. This work will also study the edge of the region of reflection asymmetry through measurement of the moments and radii of $^{218,219}$Fr. This proposal forms the first part of a series of experiments that will study nuclei in this region of the nuclear chart. Based on the success of this initial proposal it is the intention of the collaboration to perform high resolution measurements on the isotopes of radium and radon that surround $^{201}$Fr and $^{218}$Fr and thus providing a comprehensive description of the ground state properties of this region of the nuclear chart. Recent in-source spectroscopy measurements of lead, bismuth and polonium have demonstrated a...

  13. Association between radionuclides (210Po and 210Pb) and antioxidant enzymes in oak (Quercus coccifera) and mastic tree (Pistacia lentiscus).

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    Uğur Görgün, A; Aslan, E; Kül, M; İlhan, S; Dimlioğlu, G; Bor, M; Özdemir, F

    2017-08-01

    The activity levels of naturally occurring radionuclides Polonium-210 and lead-210 in different subjects including plant species have direct or indirect impact on human beings. High levels of ionising radiation cause oxidative stress and the interaction between antioxidative defense and radionuclides is not well established in plant systems. In this study, we aimed to understand the impact of oxidative stress caused by 210Po and 210Pb in two Mediterranean plants; Quercus coccifera and Pistacia lentiscus. We analysed the constitutive and seasonal levels of 210Po, 210Pb, lipid peroxidation levels, superoxide dismutase (SOD) and ascorbate peroxidase (APX) activities in the field-collected samples. The highest activity concentrations of 210Po and 210Pb were detected in both plants in summer and Q. coccifera had higher levels than that of P. lentiscus. SOD and APX activity trends were different between oak and mastic; as compared to P. lentiscus, Q. coccifera efficiently used the two major components of antioxidative defense. Lipid peroxidation levels were low in both plants in all seasons except that of spring which were in good agreement with high antioxidant enzyme activities. In conclusion, we found that high 210Po and 210Pb activity concentrations in oak and mastic did not interfere with their growth and life cycles. The ability of both plants for survival and adaptation to Mediterranean environmental constraints provided an additional advantage for coping radionuclide induced oxidative stress as well. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  14. Elements of natural radioactive decay series in Iranian drinking water and cigarettes.

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    Mohammadi, Saeed

    2010-06-01

    The uranium (238U) decay series provides the most important isotopes of elements radium (226Ra), radon (222Rn), and polonium (210Po) with half-lives of about 1600 years, 3.8 days, and 140 days, respectively. Although the chemical structure of radium is very similar to calcium, the fact that it produces a radioactive gas (radon) complicates its handling in the laboratory and natural environment. In this study, we used the average concentrations of naturally occurring radionuclide 226Ra in drinking water at different parts of Iran to estimate the annual effective dose. In the other part of the study, we measured the concentrations of 210Po in Iranian cigarettes to estimate the internal intake of this radionuclide and its concentration in the lung tissues of smokers. The results indicate that the average concentration of 226Ra in Iranian drinking water was below the 100 mBq L(-1) recommended by the World Health Organization while the average concentration of 210Po and 210Pb in Iranian cigarettes was relatively high in comparison with other cigarettes found on the market.

  15. Radioactivity in produced water from Norwegian oil and gas installations - concentrations, bioavailability and doses to marine biota

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    Sidhu, R.; Eriksen, D. Oe.; Straalberg, E.; Iden, K. I.; Rye, H.; Hylland, K.; Ruus, A.; Roeyset, O.; Berntssen, M. H. G.

    2006-03-15

    Substantial amounts of produced water, containing elevated levels of radionuclides (mainly 226Ra and 228Ra) are discharged to the sea as a result of oil and gas production on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. So far no study has assessed the potential radiological effects on marine biota in connection with radionuclide discharges to the North Sea. The main objective of the project is to establish radiological safe discharge limits for radium, lead and polonium associated with other components in produced water from oil and gas installations on the Norwegian continental shelf. Preliminary results indicate that presence of added chemicals such as scale inhibitors in the produced water has a marked influence on the formation of radium and barium sulphates when produced water is mixed with sea water. Thus, the mobility and bio-availability of radium (and barium) may be larger than anticipated. Also, the bio-availability of radium may be increased due to presence of such chemicals, and this is presently being studied. (author) (tk)

  16. Risk Due to Radiological Terror Attacks With Natural Radionuclides

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    Friedrich, Steinhäusler; Stan, Rydell; Lyudmila, Zaitseva

    2008-08-01

    The naturally occurring radionuclides radium (Ra-226) and polonium (Po-210) have the potential to be used for criminal acts. Analysis of international incident data contained in the Database on Nuclear Smuggling, Theft and Orphan Radiation Sources (CSTO), operated at the University of Salzburg, shows that several acts of murder and terrorism with natural radionuclides have already been carried out in Europe and Russia. Five different modes of attack (T) are possible: (1) Covert irradiation of an individual in order to deliver a high individual dose; (2) Covert irradiation of a group of persons delivering a large collective dose; (3) Contamination of food or drink; (4) Generation of radioactive aerosols or solutions; (5) Combination of Ra-226 with conventional explosives (Dirty Bomb). This paper assesses the risk (R) of such criminal acts in terms of: (a) Probability of terrorist motivation deploying a certain attack mode T; (b) Probability of success by the terrorists for the selected attack mode T; (c) Primary damage consequence (C) to the attacked target (activity, dose); (d) Secondary damage consequence (C') to the attacked target (psychological and socio-economic effects); (e) Probability that the consequences (C, C') cannot be brought under control, resulting in a failure to manage successfully the emergency situation due to logistical and/or technical deficits in implementing adequate countermeasures. Extensive computer modelling is used to determine the potential impact of such a criminal attack on directly affected victims and on the environment.

  17. Low Radioactivities Center. Report presented to the Scientific Committee, July 19, 1994; Centre des Faibles Radioactivites. Rapport presente au Comite Scientifique, 19 juillet 1994

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    1994-07-01

    This document is the annual report of the Low Radioactivities Center for the year 1994. The Center is a joint CEA-CNRS laboratory devoted to biogeochemical, climate and Earth science studies. It has developed refined methods for the measurement of small amounts of stable and radioactive isotopes (lead, thorium, cesium, radium, radon, polonium, potassium, argon, beryllium, carbon, oxygen, helium..), in particular isotope dating methods such as K/Ar and C14 methods. The research activities are regrouped in four topics: the study and modelling of great biogeochemical cycles (troposphere physico-chemistry, carbon cycle, mass transfers between atmosphere, ocean and sediments); the evolution of climate (thermohaline circulation and heat transfers); the interactions between the internal activity of the Earth and the Earth`s surface (magnetic field instabilities, oceanic volcanism, geodynamics of orogenic domains, active volcanism); the outstanding events of the Earth`s history (Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary, cosmic phenomena, Quaternary evolution of the fossil man and of its environment). A complete list of the laboratory publications is given in the appendix together with a listing of the other activities (teaching, external collaborations, oceanic campaigns, seminars..). (J.S.). 659 refs., 39 figs., 1 tab., 3 photos., 4 appends.

  18. Risk for oral cancer from smokeless tobacco.

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    Janbaz, Khalid Hussain; Qadir, M Imran; Basser, Hibba Tul; Bokhari, Tanveer Hussain; Ahmad, Bashir

    2014-01-01

    Tobacco products which are used in a way other than smoking are known as smokeless tobacco. The most common smokeless tobaccos are chewing tobacco, naswar, snuff, snus, gutka, and topical tobacco paste. Any product which contains tobacco is not safe for human health. There are more than twenty-five compounds in smokeless tobacco which have cancer causing activity. Use of smokeless tobacco has been linked with risk of oral cancer. Smokeless tobacco contains tobacco-specific nitrosamines (TSNAs), polonium, formaldehyde, cadmium, lead, and benzo[a]pyrene, which are carcinogenic agents. Although there is presence of some compounds, carotenoids and phenolic compounds, that have cancer inhibiting properties, they are in low concentrations. Dry snuff use is linked with higher relative risks, while the use of other smokeless tobacco is of intermediate risk. Moist snuff and chewing tobacco have a very low risk for oral cancer. Therefore, from this review article, it was concluded that smokeless tobacco has risk for oral cancer - either low, medium or high depending on the balance between cancer causing agents and cancer inhibiting agents.

  19. Smokeless tobacco and oral cancer: a review of the risks and determinants.

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    Rodu, Brad; Jansson, Christer

    2004-09-01

    Smokeless tobacco has been associated with oral cancer for many decades. The purpose of this article is to review research relevant to this association, including epidemiologic studies, studies of putative carcinogens such as tobacco-specific nitrosamines (TSNAs) and other contaminants, and possible cancer inhibitors. Epidemiologic studies addressing this issue primarily consist of case-control studies. They show that the use of chewing tobacco and moist snuff is associated with very low risks for cancers of the oral cavity and related structures (relative risks [RR] from 0.6 to 1.7). The use of dry snuff is associated with higher RRs, ranging from 4 to 13, while the RRs from smokeless tobacco, unspecified as to type, are intermediate (RR = 1.5 to 2.8). With regard to TSNAs, historical levels in American moist snuff products were higher than those in their Swedish counterparts, but levels in contemporary products are uniformly low. TSNA levels in chewing tobacco have always been low, but levels in dry snuff have been higher, including some very high levels in current products. In general, smokeless tobacco users are not exposed to significant levels of cadmium, lead, benzo(a)pyrene, polonium-210, and formaldehyde, when compared with concentrations of these compounds in foods. Finally, low oral cancer risk from smokeless tobacco use may be influenced by the presence of cancer inhibitors, mainly anti-oxidants, in smokeless tobacco products.

  20. Z =50 core stability in 110Sn from magnetic-moment and lifetime measurements

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    Kumbartzki, G. J.; Benczer-Koller, N.; Speidel, K.-H.; Torres, D. A.; Allmond, J. M.; Fallon, P.; Abramovic, I.; Bernstein, L. A.; Bevins, J. E.; Crawford, H. L.; Guevara, Z. E.; Gürdal, G.; Hurst, A. M.; Kirsch, L.; Laplace, T. A.; Lo, A.; Matthews, E. F.; Mayers, I.; Phair, L. W.; Ramirez, F.; Robinson, S. J. Q.; Sharon, Y. Y.; Wiens, A.

    2016-04-01

    Background: The structure of the semimagic 50Sn isotopes were previously studied via measurements of B (E 2 ;21+→01+ ) and g factors of 21+ states. The values of the B (E 2 ;21+ ) in the isotopes below midshell at N = 66 show an enhancement in collectivity, contrary to predictions from shell-model calculations. Purpose: This work presents the first measurement of the 2 1+ and 4 1+ states' magnetic moments in the unstable neutron-deficient 110Sn. The g factors provide complementary structure information to the interpretation of the observed B (E 2 ) values. Methods: The 110Sn nuclei have been produced in inverse kinematics in an α -particle transfer reaction from 12C to 106Cd projectiles at 390, 400, and 410 MeV. The g factors have been measured with the transient field technique. Lifetimes have been determined from line shapes using the Doppler-shift attenuation method. Results: The g factors of the 21+ and 41+ states in 110Sn are g (21+) = +0.29(11) and g (41+) = +0.05(14), respectively. In addition, the g (41+) = +0.27(6) in 106Cd has been measured for the first time. A line-shape analysis yielded τ (110Sn ; 21+) = 0.81(10) ps and a lifetime of τ (110Sn ; 31-) = 0.25(5) ps was calculated from the fully Doppler-shifted γ line. Conclusions: No evidence has been found in 110Sn that would require excitation of protons from the closed Z =50 core.

  1. Structure of excited states in nuclei near doubly magic {sup 100}SN

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    Gorska, M.

    1998-11-01

    The three neutron-deficient nuclei {sup 94}Pd, {sup 98}Cd and {sup 104}Sn in the vicinity of {sup 100}Sn were investigated by means of in-beam {gamma}-ray spectroscopy of excited states. The isomeric decays in {sup 94}Pd and {sup 98}Cd were studied for the first time with an exclusive experimental setup for delayed {gamma}-ray detection with complete exit channel identification based on information from neutron and charged-particle filter detectors. The structure of excited states of {sup 94}Pd showed the first indication of increasing proton-neutron interaction towards the N=Z line in this region of nuclei, that in turn might be related to increased proton-neutron pairing correlations predicted in T{sub z}=0 nuclei. The closest neighbours of {sup 100}Sn with two active particles, {sup 98}Cd and {sup 102}Sn, are now known with their lowest excited states. The measured reduced transition probabilities for the decay of the isomeric 8{sup +} and 6{sup +} states in {sup 98}Cd and {sup 102}Sn, respectively, allowed to extract an effective quadrupole charge for neutron and proton in this region of nuclei based on the high configurational purity of the states. While the neutron effective charge appeared to be large and in agreement with expectation, the proton effective charge value is very small (e{sub {pi}}{<=}1). This controversial result, which would indicate that {sup 100}Sn is a very good closed shell nucleus with respect to quadrupole excitation, is not understood. An experimental reason for this result, related to existence of a core excited isomer, observed in the experiment by means of its half life but not {gamma}-rays, which may have escaped observation, can not be definitely excluded and is left as possible explanation. (orig.)

  2. Intense {sup 31–35}Ar beams produced with a nanostructured CaO target at ISOLDE

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    Ramos, J.P. [CERN, CH-1211 Genève 23 (Switzerland); Department of Materials and Ceramics Engineering, University of Aveiro, CICECO, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal); Gottberg, A. [CERN, CH-1211 Genève 23 (Switzerland); Instituto de Estructura de la Materia, CSIC, Serrano 113 bis, E-28006 Madrid (Spain); Mendonça, T.M. [CERN, CH-1211 Genève 23 (Switzerland); IFIMUP-IN, Institute of Nanosciences and Nanotechnology, University of Porto, 4169-007 Porto (Portugal); Seiffert, C. [CERN, CH-1211 Genève 23 (Switzerland); Technische Universität Darmstadt, Schlossgartenstraße 9, 64289 Darmstadt (Germany); Senos, A.M.R. [Department of Materials and Ceramics Engineering, University of Aveiro, CICECO, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal); Fynbo, H.O.U. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Aarhus, DK-8000 Åarhus (Denmark); Tengblad, O.; Briz, J.A. [Instituto de Estructura de la Materia, CSIC, Serrano 113 bis, E-28006 Madrid (Spain); Lund, M.V.; Koldste, G.T. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Aarhus, DK-8000 Åarhus (Denmark); Carmona-Gallardo, M.; Pesudo, V. [Instituto de Estructura de la Materia, CSIC, Serrano 113 bis, E-28006 Madrid (Spain); Stora, T., E-mail: thierry.stora@cern.ch [CERN, CH-1211 Genève 23 (Switzerland)

    2014-02-01

    Highlights: • A nanometric mesoporous CaO powder was developed and studied in terms of sintering. • For the first time a nanostructured target material was operated at ISOLDE. • Unlike past CaO targets, stable yields over time of n-deficient argon were delivered. • Higher (exotic) Ar yields were obtained at lower temperatures and proton intensities. -- Abstract: At the ISOLDE facility at CERN, thick targets are bombarded with highly energetic pulsed protons to produce radioactive ion beams (RIBs). The isotopes produced in the bulk of the material have to diffuse out of the grain and effuse throughout the porosity of the material to a transfer line which is connected to an ionizer, from which the charged isotopes are extracted and delivered for physics experiments. Calcium oxide (CaO) powder targets have been used to produce mainly neutron deficient argon and carbon RIBs over the past decades. Such targets presented unstable yields, either decaying over time or low from the beginning of operation. These problems were suspected to come from the degradation of the target microstructure (sintering due to high temperature and/or high proton intensity). In this work, a CaO microstructural study in terms of sintering was conducted on a nanostructured CaO powder synthesized from the respective carbonate. Taking the results of this study, several changes were made at ISOLDE in terms of the CaO target production, handling and operation in order to produce and maintain the nanostructured CaO. The new target, the first nanostructured target to be operated at ISOLDE, showed improved yields of (exotic) Ar and more importantly a stable yield over the whole operation time, while operating with lower temperatures. This contradicts the ISOL paradigm of using the highest possible temperature regardless of the target’s microstructure degradation.

  3. Dynamics of 40,48Ca +238 U→ 278 , 286112* reactions across the Coulomb barrier using dynamical cluster decay model

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    Sandhu, Kirandeep; Kaur, Gurvinder; Sharma, Manoj K.

    2014-01-01

    The role of deformations and related orientations (optimum or compact) is investigated in reference to dynamics of 40,48Ca +238 U→ 278 , 286112* reactions using dynamical cluster decay model (DCM). The use of quadrupole and hexadecapole deformations in the decay of compound system suggest that the degree of compactness changes with addition of higher order deformations. The decay cross-sections are calculated in reference to the available data, including β2-static deformations within 'optimum' orientation approach. The comparative analysis of spherical, β2-static and dynamic alongwith β4-static deformations is investigated at comparable center of mass energy of 230 MeV for both nuclei. To address the specific role of optimized orientations in the decay of 112278* and 112286* nuclei, the calculations are done using equatorial compact and polar elongated orientations. Using hot equatorial collisions, symmetric fission is observed as the dominant decay mode across the barrier, which otherwise becomes asymmetric for cold elongated approach. The calculated cross-sections match nicely with experimental data using hot configuration but the same are overestimated for the use of cold (polar) orientation approach at deep sub-barrier region. This overestimation in the deep sub-barrier region may be associated with the quasi-fission decay channel. The contribution of QF in both 112278* and 112286* nuclei are predicted through the overestimated cross-sections being more for neutron-deficient 112278* nucleus, in agreement with experimental results. Larger barrier modification ΔVB is observed at sub-barrier energies for both isotopes of Z = 112 nucleus. Also the contribution of ΔVB at lower incident energies is relatively higher for cold elongated polar configuration as compared to hot compact equatorial configuration, causing overestimation of cross-section for the use of cold approach.

  4. Production cross sections of elements near the N=126 shell in Ca48-induced reactions with Gd154,Tb159,Dy162, and Ho165 targets

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    Mayorov, D. A.; Werke, T. A.; Alfonso, M. C.; Bennett, M. E.; Folden, C. M.

    2014-08-01

    Excitation functions for shell-stabilized evaporation residues produced in Ca48-induced reactions with Gd154,Tb159,Dy162, and Ho165 targets have been measured in experiments performed at the Cyclotron Institute at Texas A&M University. The examined energy range predominantly covers the 3n and 4n evaporation channels with higher cross sections measured for the 4n products. The σ4n are nearly invariant within experimental uncertainty in reactions with Tb159,Dy162, and Ho165 with the maxima at 12.6 ± 1.9, 12.6 ± 1.7, and 9.4 ± 1.3 mb, respectively. For the reaction with Gd154, the maximum is slightly lower at 4.0 ± 0.6 mb. A simple model to describe the measured production cross sections was employed. Capture was estimated by using the "diffused barrier formula" from the "fusion by diffusion" model proposed by Świątecki et al. [Phys. Rev. C 71, 014602 (2005)]., 10.1103/PhysRevC.71.014602 The fusion probability was estimated by using a phenomenological expression presented by Siwek-Wilczyńska et al. [Int. J. Mod. Phys. E 17, 12 (2008)]., 10.1142/S0218301308009501 The survival probability was calculated according to the formula of Vandenbosch and Huizenga [Nuclear Fission (Academic, New York, 1973)], derived from transition-state theory. The best agreement is reached between calculation and experiment upon inclusion of collective effects in the calculation of the survival probability, shown previously to be important for production of weakly deformed nuclei. This, in turn, challenges the expectation that strong shell stabilization benefits the production cross section. The present data are compared with earlier studies on production of neutron-deficient nuclei in Ca-induced reactions with lanthanide targets.

  5. Technical progress report, November 1, 1979-October 31, 1980. Report NPL-865. [Univ. of Colorado

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    1980-11-01

    Work carried out at the Nuclear Physics Laboratory of the University of Colorado from November 1, 1979 through October 31, 1980 is summarized. Emphasis was on light ion reaction studies with the AVF cyclotron. The high resolution magnetic spectrometer has allowed studies of nucleon transfer, scattering, and charge exchange reactions throughout the periodic table. More experiments have been run with solid state counters this year than has been the case recently, as a broad range spectra of the light nuclei where only moderate resolution is demanded were examined. Several of these experiments were undertaken for more detailed studies of excitations seen with higher energy probes. Multiple coincidence measurements with neutron and gamma-ray counters have opened a new program in pre-equilibrium reactions and provided a new signature for the study of neutron-deficient final nuclei. The neutron time of flight program has expanded to higher excitation and to use of the (d,n) and (..cap alpha..,n) direct nucleon transfer reactions. Three important experiments were completed at the EPICS pion scattering facility at LAMPF, and other low energy pion scattering data were obtained at TRIUMF. Several (p,d) runs at high energies were accomplished, some with polarized beams at TRIUMF. High-lying structures in medium mass nuclei were studied by the (p,n) reaction at Indiana. Interest in the use of polarized beams has been prompted by the theoretical successes in this area. This interest has led to the study of one- and two-nucleon transfer reactions on a range of nuclei at the Los Alamos tandem and at IUCF.

  6. Shape evolution of 72,74Kr with temperature in covariant density functional theory

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    Zhang, Wei; Niu, Yi-Fei

    2017-09-01

    The rich phenomena of deformations in neutron-deficient krypton isotopes, such as shape evolution with neutron number and shape coexistence, have attracted the interest of nuclear physicists for decades. It is interesting to study such shape phenomena using a novel way, e.g. by thermally exciting the nucleus. In this work, we develop the finite temperature covariant density functional theory for axially deformed nuclei with the treatment of pairing correlations by the BCS approach, and apply this approach for the study of shape evolution in 72,74Kr with increasing temperature. For 72Kr, with temperature increasing, the nucleus firstly experiences a relatively quick weakening in oblate deformation at temperature T ∼0.9 MeV, and then changes from oblate to spherical at T ∼2.1 MeV. For 74Kr, its global minimum is at quadrupole deformation β 2 ∼ ‑0.14 and abruptly changes to spherical at T∼ 1.7 MeV. The proton pairing transition occurs at critical temperature 0.6 MeV following the rule T c=0.6Δ p(0), where Δ p(0) is the proton pairing gap at zero temperature. The signatures of the above pairing transition and shape changes can be found in the specific heat curve. The single-particle level evolutions with temperature are presented. Supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (11105042, 11305161, 11505157), Open Fund of Key Laboratory of Time and Frequency Primary Standards, CAS, and Support from Henan Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs

  7. First cross-section measurements of the reactions Ag,109107(p ,γ )Cd,110108 at energies relevant to the p process

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    Khaliel, A.; Mertzimekis, T. J.; Asimakopoulou, E.-M.; Kanellakopoulos, A.; Lagaki, V.; Psaltis, A.; Psyrra, I.; Mavrommatis, E.

    2017-09-01

    Background: One of the primary objectives of the field of Nuclear Astrophysics is the study of the elemental and isotopic abundances in the universe. Although significant progress has been made in understanding the mechanisms behind the production of a large number of nuclides in the isotopic chart, there are still many open questions regarding a number of neutron-deficient nuclei, the p nuclei. To that end, experimentally deduced nuclear reaction cross sections can provide invaluable input to astrophysical models. Purpose: The reactions Ag,109107(p ,γ )Cd,110108 have been studied at energies inside the astrophysically relevant energy window in an attempt to provide experimental data required for the testing of reaction-rate predictions in terms of the statistical model of Hauser-Feshbach around the p nucleus 108Cd. Methods: The experiments were performed with in-beam γ -ray spectroscopy with proton beams accelerated by the Tandem Van de Graaff Accelerator at NCSR "Demokritos" impinging a target of natural silver. A set of high-purity germanium detectors was employed to record the emitted radiation. Results: A first set of total cross-section measurements in radiative proton-capture reactions involving Ag,109107, producing the p -nucleus 108Cd, inside the astrophysically relevant energy window is reported. The experimental results are compared to theoretical calculations, using talys. An overall good agreement between the data and the theoretical calculations has been found. Conclusions: The results reported in this work add new information to the relatively unexplored p process. The present measurements can serve as a reference point in understanding the nuclear parameters in the related astrophysical environments and for future theoretical modeling and experimental works.

  8. Gamow-Teller decay and nuclear deformation: implementing of a new total absorption spectrometer, study of isotopes N {approx_equal} Z krypton and strontium; Decroissance Gamow-Teller et deformation nucleaire: mise en oeuvre d'un nouveau spectrometre a absorption totale, etude d'isotopes N {approx_equal} Z de krypton et strontium

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    Poirier, E

    2002-12-01

    Nuclei with A {approx} 70 along the N=Z line are known to be the scene of phenomena closely related to the nuclear deformation and are of particular interest since theoretical mean field calculations predict that a large part of the Gamow-Teller resonance might be located below the ground state of the mother nucleus and then be accessible through {beta}-decay studies. These results have shown the effect of the shape of the ground state on the intensity of the Gamow-Teller strength. Thus, the experimental determination, through {delta}-decay, of the Gamow-Teller strength distribution and the comparison to the theoretical predictions allow to pin down the quadrupolar deformation parameter of the ground state of the parent nucleus. In order to study the neutron deficient isotopes of krypton (A=72,73,74,75) and strontium (A=76,77,78) and to establish the {beta}-strength on the full energy range, a new total absorption spectrometer (TAgS) has been built in the frame of an international collaboration and installed at the (SOLDE/CERN mass separator. For the data analysis, the response function R of the spectrometer has been calculated by means of Monte-Carlo simulations, based on the GEANT4 code, and of a statistical description of the level scheme in the daughter nucleus. The {beta}-feeding distribution has been obtained from experimental spectra through a method based on Bayes theorem and then converted into Gamow-Teller strength. The results coming from the {sup 74}Kr decay analysis allow to describe the ground state of such a nucleus as the coexistence of an oblate shape and of a prolate shape. In the case of {sup 76}Sr, the experimental Gamow-Teller strength distribution strongly indicates a prolate deformation. (author)

  9. Behaviour of 210Po in the marine environment

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    Wildgust, Mark Antony

    The naturally occurring alpha-emitter polonium-210 (210Po) is one of the most radiotoxic elements in the environment. Moreover, it contributes more than 150 times towards the effective radiation dosage received by humans from the consumption of fish and shellfish than from anthropogenic 137Cs. Polonium-210 is known to be strongly accumulated by marine organisms but its biochemistry is poorly understood. The research described here had two main aims: first, to investigate the factors causing temporal variations of 210Po in the temperate coastal waters and marine biota and second, to examine the biokinetics of 210Po in the marine mussel Mytilus edulis. These questions were investigated by a field study and a series of laboratory experiments. In the field study more than 99% of 210Po in the water column occurred in the particulate phase. Dissolved 210Po levels peaked during the phytoplankton bloom and I proposed that this was related to preferential scavenging of 210Po by increased numbers of bacteria, viruses and small dissolved particulates. Changes in 210Po specific activity in the winkle Liittorina littorea are thought to be related to a fall in body weight following spawning. The specific activity of 210Po in the digestive gland of M. edulis was strongly correlated with changes in seawater suspended particulate specific activity. Examination of other trace metals revealed correlations between class B and Borderline metals. In the laboratory digestion of 210Po-labelled Isochrysis galbana occurred via a biphasic process, characteristic of a rapid (extracellular) and slow (intracellular) digestion typical of marine bivalves. The mantle/gill and foot have no known digestive role, yet their 210Po specific activities increased after 24 hours. I proposed that this increase in 210Po specific activity was related to 210Po incorporated into these tissues from that assimilated from I. galbana during extracellular digestion. I also propose that the linear loss of 210Po

  10. Alternating-parity collective states of yrast and nonyrast bands in lanthanide and actinide nuclei

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    Nadirbekov, M. S., E-mail: nodirbekov@inp.uz; Yuldasheva, G. A. [Uzbek Academy of Sciences, Institute of Nuclear Physics (Uzbekistan); Denisov, V. Yu. [National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Institute for Nuclear Research (Ukraine)

    2015-03-15

    Excited collective states of even-even nuclei featuring quadrupole and octupole deformations are studied within a nonadiabatic collective model with a Gaussian potential energy. Rotational states of the yrast band and vibrational-rotational states of nonyrast bands are considered in detail. The energies of alternating-parity excited states of the yrast band in the {sup 164}Er, {sup 220}Ra, and {sup 224}Th nuclei; the yrast and first nonyrast bands in the {sup 154}Sm and {sup 160}Gd nuclei; and the yrast, first nonyrast, and second nonyrast bands in the {sup 224}Ra and {sup 240}Pu nuclei are described well on the basis of the proposed model.

  11. Interband B (E2) ratios in the rigid triaxial model, a review

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    Gupta, J.B.; Sharma, S.

    1989-01-01

    Uptodate accurate extensive data on /gamma/-g B(E2) ratios for even-even rare-earth nuclei is compared with the predictions of the rigid triaxial model of collective rotation to search for a correlation between the nuclear structure variation with Z, N and the /gamma//sub 0/ parameter of the model. The internal consistency in the predictions of the model is investigated and the spectral features vis-a-vis the /gamma/-soft and the /gamma/-rigid potential are discussed. (orig.).

  12. Band coupling and crossing in nuclei

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    Nojarov, R. (Bylgarska Akademiya na Naukite, Sofia. Inst. za Yadrena Izsledvaniya i Yadrena Energetika; Sofia Univ. (Bulgaria). Fizicheski Fakultet); Nadjakov, E. (Joint Inst. for Nuclear Research, Dubna (USSR))

    1983-03-28

    A model of coupled rotational bands, including three types of phonons, ..beta.., ..gamma.. and S(Ksup(..pi..) = 1/sup +/ or O/sup +/), is proposed and applied to a number of even-even rare earth back-bending nuclei. It reproduces the most complicated experimentally known multiple-band crossings in /sup 154/Gd, /sup 156/Dy, /sup 164/Er and the clockwise circling of the yrast B(E2) values (versus ..omega../sup 2/) in back-bending nuclei. The direct coupling strengths, derived from a fit to experimental data, are discussed in detail.

  13. Test of three-body contact Skyrme forces with spin excitations in deformed nuclei

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    Sarriguren, P. [Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC), Madrid (Spain). Inst. de Estructura de la Materia; Moya de Guerra, E. [Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC), Madrid (Spain). Inst. de Estructura de la Materia; Nojarov, R. [Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC), Madrid (Spain). Inst. de Estructura de la Materia

    1997-03-01

    Experimental data on spin M1 strength distributions in even-even rare-earth nuclei are compared to theoretical results of selfconsistent HF+RPA calculations with separable spin-spin residual interactions derived from the two alternative versions (two-body density-dependent and three-body contact terms) of the Skyrme force Sk3. It is shown that the two versions produce quite different spin M1 strength distributions, though they generate the same HF mean field. The experimental data favour the two-body over the three-body version of the Skyrme interactions Sk1-Sk6. (orig.)

  14. Band structure in doubly-odd nuclei with mass around 130

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    Higashiyama, K [Department of Physics, University of Tokyo, Hongo, Tokyo 113-0033 (Japan); Yoshinaga, N [Department of Physics, Saitama University, Saitama City 338-8570 (Japan)

    2006-10-10

    Nuclear structure of the doublet bands in the doubly-odd nuclei with mass A {approx} 130 is studied in terms of a pair-truncated shell model. The model reproduces quite well the energy levels of the doublet bands and the electromagnetic transitions. The doublet bands turn out to be realized by the chopsticks-like motion of two angular momenta of the unpaired neutron and the unpaired proton, weakly coupled with the quadrupole collective excitations of the even-even part of the nucleus.

  15. Microscopic description of systematic doublet bands in the A {approx} 130 region

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    Yoshinaga, Naotaka [Department of Physics, Saitama University, Saitama City 338-8570 (Japan); Higashiyama, Koji [Department of Physics, University of Tokyo, Hongo, Tokyo 113-0033 (Japan)

    2005-10-01

    The properties of the yrast and yrare states with the {nu}h{sub 11/2} x {pi}h{sub 11/2} configuration in the mass A {approx} 130 region are studied by a full microscopic theoretical framework of the pair-truncated shell model. This approach for energy levels and electromagnetic transition rates in {sup 134}La gives good agreement with experiment. The analysis of the wavefunctions reveals new band structure, which results from chopsticks configurations of two angular momenta of the unpaired neutron and the unpaired proton, weakly coupled with the quadrupole collective excitations of the even-even core.

  16. Toroidal Nuclear Matter Distributions of Superheavy Nuclei from Constrained Skyrme-HFB Calculations

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    Kosior, Amelia [Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Poland; Staszczak, A. [Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Poland; Wong, Cheuk-Yin [ORNL

    2017-01-01

    Using the Hartree Fock Bogoliubov (HFB) self-consistent mean-field theory with the SkM* Skyrme energy-density functional, we study nuclear structure properties of even even superheavy nuclei (SHN) of Z = 120 isotopes and N = 184 isotones. The shape of the nucleus along the lowest energy curve as a function of the quadrupole moment Q20 makes a sud- den transition from the oblate spheroids (biconcave discs) to the toroidal shapes, in the region of large oblate quadrupole moments.

  17. Nuclear structure database

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    Firestone, R.B.; Browne, E.

    1980-06-01

    A nuclear structure database has been created from the Table of Isotopes level-scheme file. This database contains evaluated data (through 1977) on level and deexcitation properties for all known isotopes from radioactive decay and nuclear reaction studies. The data are organized in simple array formats to enable rapid searches for specific level or decay information. Examples of the use of this database to study the properties of first excited J/sup ..pi../ = 2/sup +/ states in even-even nuclei and Weisskopf enhancements of delayed ..gamma..-ray transitions are shown. 6 figures, 3 tables.

  18. Jaderné kolektivní stupně volnosti a Skyrme funkcionál

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    Božík, Daniel

    2010-01-01

    Title: Energy functional theories in nuclear physics Author: Daniel Božík Department: Institute of Particle and Nuclear Physics of Charles University Supervisor: prof. RNDr. Jan Kvasil, DrSc. Supervisor's e-mail address: Abstract: In the present work we study the giant resonances of the chain of even-even samarium nuclei 144−154 Sm. The numerical calculations are provided by a chain of numer- ical codes. Mean field is calculated by the HFB method for the Skyrme d...

  19. A Genetic Approach to Define the Importance of Rheb in Tuberous Sclerosis

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    2008-01-01

    iff er en ce Fo ld D iff er en ce B Fig.5. Cells ( HEK293 ) transfected with constitutively active mTOR mutants exhibit high level of phospho-S6 even...E2419K), we first transfected HEK293 cells with mTOR constructs and selected for cells that expressed mutant mTOR. Stable transformants expressing...has been detected in a number of cancer cells. In addition, cytoplasmic translocation of p27 has been detected in breast cancer and HEK293T cells

  20. Studies on physico-chemical changes during artificial ripening of banana (Musa sp) variety ‘Robusta’

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    Kulkarni, Shyamrao Gururao; Kudachikar, V. B.; Keshava Prakash, M. N.

    2010-01-01

    Banana (Musa sp var ‘Robusta’) fruits harvested at 75–80% maturity were dip treated with different concentrations of ethrel (250–1,000 ppm) solution for 5 min. Ethrel at 500 ppm induced uniform ripening without impairing taste and flavour of banana. Untreated control banana fruits remained shriveled, green and failed to ripen evenly even after 8 days of storage. Fruits treated with 500 ppm of ethrel ripened well in 6 days at 20 ± 1 °C. Changes in total soluble solids, acidity, total sugars an...

  1. Shell model calculation for Te and Sn isotopes in the vicinity of {sup 100}Sn

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    Yakhelef, A.; Bouldjedri, A. [Physics Department, Farhat abbas University, Setif (Algeria); Physics Department, Hadj Lakhdar University, Batna (Algeria)

    2012-06-27

    New Shell Model calculations for even-even isotopes {sup 104-108}Sn and {sup 106,108}Te, in the vicinity of {sup 100}Sn have been performed. The calculations have been carried out using the windows version of NuShell-MSU. The two body matrix elements TBMEs of the effective interaction between valence nucleons are obtained from the renormalized two body effective interaction based on G-matrix derived from the CD-bonn nucleon-nucleon potential. The single particle energies of the proton and neutron valence spaces orbitals are defined from the available spectra of lightest odd isotopes of Sb and Sn respectively.

  2. Identical transitions in the strongly deformed Sr-99 and Sr-100

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    Lhersonneau, G; Gabelmann, H; Kratz, K L

    2001-01-01

    The decay of the very neutron-rich nucleus Rb-100 has been studied by gamma-spectroscopy of on-line mass-separated samples. Schemes for beta-decay to Sr-100 and beta-n-decay to Sr-99 are presented. New sets of transitions in Sr-99 and Sr-100 with identical energies are observed. All identical bands so far observed in neutron-rich Sr isotopes obey a simple energy rule valid for even-even, odd-even and odd-odd bands.

  3. Probing the O(6) character of {sup 196}Pt with inelastic electron scattering

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    Aslanidou, Simela; Bassauer, Sergej; Hufnagel, Alexander; Kremer, Christoph; Krugmann, Andreas; Neumann-Cosel, Peter von; Pietralla, Norbert; Singer, Maxim [Institut fuer Kernphysik, Technische Universitaet Darmstadt (Germany)

    2015-07-01

    The Interacting-Boson-Model provides an elegant tool to classify low-lying collective states in medium and heavy mass even-even nuclei. One of its dynamical symmetries is O(6) and a crucial test of this theory is to investigate the monopole transition to the band head of the K=0, σ=N-2 band. A powerful tool to investigate monopole transitions is inelastic electron scattering. An experiment on {sup 196}Pt -claimed to be a perfect O(6) nucleus - has been performed at the superconducting electron linear accelerator S-DALINAC at Darmstadt using the high resolution LINTOTT spectrometer. The experiment and analysis results are presented.

  4. {sup 90}Sr in human excretion samples. Comparison of MC-ICP-MS and conventional low-level beta-counting; {sup 90}Sr in menschlichen Ausscheidungsproben. Vergleich zwischen MC-ICP-MS und konventioneller Low Level Beta-Messung

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    Burow, M.; Schumacher, C.; Zoriy, M. [Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH (Germany). Geschaeftsbereich fuer Sicherheit und Strahlenschutz

    2016-07-01

    At the present for determination of {sup 90}Sr in different human excretion samples manly radiochemical methods are applied, for example LL-beta- counter or liquid scintillation method. These methods require an isolation of strontium from other interfering radioactive species such as e.g. lead, polonium, plutonium, neptunium and potassium (for example, separation on Sr Resin, Fa. Eichrom, France) and afterwards long counting time restrict the usage in some application fields. On the other hand, the liquid scintillation techniques that may be used for detection present a challenge in the analysis of {sup 90}Sr in the presence of {sup 90}Y. However spectra of both radionuclides overlap in a certain zone and this may be resolved by mathematical calculations of {sup 90}Y ingrowth or by simply waiting for radiochemical equilibrium to be reached (2-3 weeks). In the case of emergency, monitoring of operating personal or civil population for possible incorporation of {sup 90}Sr via excretion samples a readily available, faster and reliable analytical procedure may prove to be of great importance. For these purposes, an analytical method for the determination of {sup 90}Sr in urine with high-sensitive MC-ICP-MS was developed in the radiochemical laboratory of the Department for Safety and Radiation Protection. The method was optimized to avoid a multitude of isobaric interferences that occur on m/z 90 using a cold-plasma operation condition of ICP-MS. The reported LOD as low as 0,3-1 Bq/l in the water samples was found to be acceptable for majority of our analytical tasks.

  5. I. Fission Probabilities, Fission Barriers, and Shell Effects. II. Particle Structure Functions

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    Jing, Kexing [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)

    1999-05-01

    In Part I, fission excitation functions of osmium isotopes 185,186, 187, 189 Os produced in 3He +182,183, 184, 186W reactions, and of polonium isotopes 209,210, 211, 212Po produced in 3He/4He + 206, 207, 208Pb reactions, were measured with high precision. These excitation functions have been analyzed in detail based upon the transition state formalism. The fission barriers, and shell effects for the corresponding nuclei are extracted from the detailed analyses. A novel approach has been developed to determine upper limits of the transient time of the fission process. The upper limits are constrained by the fission probabilities of neighboring isotopes. The upper limits for the transient time set with this new method are 15x 10–21 sec and 25x 10–21 sec for 0s and Po compound nuclei, respectively. In Part II, we report on a search for evidence of the optical modulations in the energy spectra of alpha particles emitted from hot compound nuclei. The optical modulations are expected to arise from the ~-particle interaction with the rest of the nucleus as the particle prepares to exit. Some evidence for the modulations has been observed in the alpha spectra measured in the 3He-induced reactions, 3He + natAg in particular. The identification of the modulations involves a technique that subtracts the bulk statistical background from the measured alpha spectra, in order for the modulations to become visible in the residuals. Due to insufficient knowledge of the background spectra, however, the presented evidence should only be regarded as preliminary and tentative.

  6. Atmospheric emissions from the Windscale accident of October 1957

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    Garland, J. A.; Wakeford, R.

    Although it occurred nearly 50 years ago, the nuclear reactor fire of October 1957 at Windscale Works, Sellafield, England, continues to attract interest. Several attempts have been made to quantify the releases of radionuclides and their radiological consequences, but additional information and a re-analysis of meteorological data encourage a further examination of emissions. The limited instrumentation of the reactor provided little relevant information and, as in previous estimates, the discharges are deduced from environmental evidence, but here the recent meteorological analysis is used. The interpretation of the meteorological and environmental evidence requires both timing and quantity of the emitted radionuclides to be considered together. Significant fission product emission continued from about 15:00 or 16:00 on 10 October 1957 until noon the following day. There were two main peaks in discharge rate, during the evening and early hours and from roughly 06:00 until 10:30, and the amounts emitted during each of these periods were probably comparable. Iodine-131 ( 131I), caesium-137 ( 137Cs) and polonium-210 ( 210Po) activities dominated the radioactive emissions and there is sufficient environmental evidence for releases of these radionuclides to be estimated within a factor of about two. (Some additional 131I may have escaped in a chemical form that was not included in the estimate, but it appears likely that the fraction was small.) There is evidence that the plume extended further east than accepted in previous assessments and the estimates of quantities emitted have been increased to allow for this. For other radionuclides the environmental measurements were fewer and the uncertainties are greater.

  7. Health Impact of Uranium in Phosphate Fertilizers - Assessing the radiological impact of using Israeli phosphate fertilizers: A critical review

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    Moinester, Murray [Tel Aviv University, School of Physics and Astronomy, 69978 Tel Aviv (Israel); Kronfeld, Joel [Tel Aviv University, Department of Geosciences, 69978 Tel Aviv (Israel)

    2014-07-01

    Of the three main ingredients used in agricultural nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium (NPK) fertilizers in Israel and elsewhere, two of them, the phosphorous and potassium additions, contain radio-elements. The P is derived from the use of Senonian aged phosphorite. The extensive Israeli phosphorite deposits (averaging approximately 140 ppm uranium) can be considered a potential low grade uranium ore. Sufficient time has passed since the deposits were laid down for secular equilibrium to be achieved in the uranium decay-series. Thus, deposits now include radioactive daughters thorium, radium, radon, polonium and lead. Besides being radioactive, these or their daughters are biologically deleterious elements. The potential dangers of using enriched phosphate derivatives are both that of adding phosphate radio-metals to the agricultural soils, the uptake by crops, their leakage to the underlying aquifers; or contrariwise, their retention and long term residence in the agricultural top soils. The latter needs to be considered over time, as farmlands are increasingly converted to urban housing. Based upon open sourced literature from Israel and other countries where phosphate fertilizers have been employed, the implications of the above potential problems are reviewed and evaluated. It appears at the moment, that for Israel, the use of phosphate fertilization does not present an immediate health hazard by increasing external dose rates or via crop uptake. However, a continuing build-up of radio-metals over the phreatic aquifers may at some point of time in the future warrant a more rigorous monitoring of the water supplies. Various methods of cleaning soils of the radio-metal contamination are available, though cost via conventional methods would be prohibitive. Though, some of the radionuclides congregate in the phosphogypsum phase during the industrial process, it is currently feasible, if not entirely economical at current depressed prices, to efficiently extract

  8. 137Cs and 210Po in Pacific Walrus and Bearded Seal from St. Lawrence Island, Alaska

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    Hamilton, T F; Seagars, D J; Jokela, T; Layton, D

    2005-02-02

    The activity concentration of Cesium-137 ({sup 137}Cs) and naturally-occurring Polonium-210 ({sup 210}Po) were measured in the muscle tissue, kidney and liver of Pacific walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) and bearded seal (Erignathus barbatus) collected by native hunters from the Bering Sea. The mean {sup 137}Cs concentrations in muscle, liver and kidney of Pacific walrus were 0.07, 0.09 and 0.07 Bq kg{sup -1} (N= 5, wet weight), respectively, and 0.17, 0.10, and 0.17 Bq kg{sup -1} (N=2, wet weight), respectively, in bearded seal. In general, {sup 137}Cs tissue concentrations are significantly lower than those previously reported for mammals from other regions. By comparison, {sup 210}Po activity concentrations appear to be higher than those reported elsewhere but a larger variation. The mean {sup 210}Po concentration in the muscle tissue, liver and kidney of Pacific walrus (N=5, wet weight) were 28.7, 189, and 174 Bq kg{sup -1}, respectively. This compares with {sup 210}Po concentration values (N=2, wet weight) of 27, 207, and 68 Bq kg{sup -1} measured in the muscle tissue, liver and kidney, of bearded seal, respectively. Estimated bioaccumulation factors--as defined by the radionuclide concentration ratio between the target tissue to that in sea water--were two to three orders of magnitude higher for {sup 210}Po that those of {sup 137}Cs. We conclude from radiological dose estimates that ingestion of {sup 137}Cs in foods derived from walrus and seal will pose no threat to human health. This work has important implications for assessing health risks to Alaskan coastal communities concerned about the dumping of nuclear waste in the Russia Arctic.

  9. Distribution of {sup 210}Pb and {sup 210}Po concentrations in wild berries and mushrooms in boreal forest ecosystems

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    Vaaramaa, Kaisa, E-mail: Kaisa.Vaaramaa@Helsinki.fi [Laboratory of Radiochemistry, Department of Chemistry, P.O. Box 55, FI-00014 University of Helsinki (Finland); Solatie, Dina [STUK-Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority, Regional Laboratory in Northern Finland, FI-96500 Rovaniemi (Finland); Aro, Lasse [Finnish Forest Research Institute (METLA), Parkano Research Unit, FI-39700 Parkano (Finland)

    2009-12-15

    The activity concentrations and distribution of {sup 210}Pb and {sup 210}Po in wild berries and edible mushrooms were investigated in Finnish forests. The main study areas were located in Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) forests in southern and northern Finland. The activity concentrations of {sup 210}Pb and {sup 210}Po in blueberry (Vaccinium myrtillus L.) and lingonberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea L.) samples decreased in the order: stems > leaves > berries (i.e. fruits). The activity ratios of {sup 210}Po/{sup 210}Pb in the wild berry samples were mainly higher than one, indicating elevated activity concentrations of polonium in the samples. In mushrooms the activity concentrations of {sup 210}Pb and especially {sup 210}Po were higher than in fruits of the wild berries. The highest activity concentration of {sup 210}Pb was detected in Cortinarius armillatus L. (16.2 Bq kg{sup -1} d.w.) and the lowest in Leccinum vulpinum L. (1.38 Bq kg{sup -1} d.w.). The {sup 210}Po activity concentrations of the whole fruiting bodies ranged from 7.14 Bq kg{sup -1} d.w. (Russula paludosa L.) to 1174 Bq kg{sup -1} d.w. (L. vulpinum L.). In general, the highest activity concentrations of {sup 210}Po were recorded in boletes. The caps of mushrooms of the Boletaceae family showed higher activity concentrations of {sup 210}Po compared to the stipes. In most of the mushrooms analyzed, the activity concentrations of {sup 210}Po were higher than those of {sup 210}Pb. {sup 210}Po and {sup 210}Pb dominate the radiation doses received via ingestion of wild berries and mushrooms in northern Finland, while in southern Finland the ingested dose is dominated by {sup 137}Cs from the Chernobyl fallout.

  10. A multidisciplinary approach to the study of the fluminense vegetation

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    ALPHONSE KELECOM

    2002-03-01

    Full Text Available The fluminense vegetation, more specifically the flora from the Jurubatiba restinga has been investigated by a multidisciplinary team of botanists, chemist, radiobiologist, insect physiologists and geneticist. Vouchers of 564 specimens have been collected, identified, organized in an herbarium, and a database is being build up containing, in addition to classical botanical data, chemical data and information on the potential economic use either for landscape gardening, alternative foods or as medicinal plants. Phytochemical studies of the Guttiferae, Clusia hilariana, yielded oleanolic acid and nemorosone. Their biological activities against the haematophagous insect Rhodnius prolixus vector of Chagas disease have been investigated. Finally, it has been observed that aquatic plants possessed high levels of the natural radionuclide polonium-210, which seems to be originated mainly from soil rather than from atmospheric supply.A vegetação fluminense, em particular aquela proveniente da Restinga de Jurubatiba, foi investigada por um grupo multidisciplinar de botânicos, químico, radiobiólogo, fisiologistas de insetos e geneticista. Amostras de 564 espécimes foram coletadas, identificadas, organizadas em herbário e um banco de dados está sendo elaborado contendo, além das clássicas informações botânicas, dados químicos e indicações quanto ao uso econômico potencial destas plantas, em paisagismo, como alimentos alternativos ou como plantas medicinais. Estudos fitoquímicos da Guttiferae, Clusia hilariana, forneceram ácido oleanólico e nemorosona. Estes metabólitos foram ensaiados no barbeiro Rhodnius prolixus, vetor da doença de Chagas. Por fim, observou-se que plantas aquáticas apresentaram teores muito altos do radionuclídeo natural, polônio-210, fato este que parece estar relacionado mais com as condições de solo do que com um aporte atmosférico.

  11. Physical setting and natural sources of exposure to carcinogenic trace elements and radionuclides in Lahontan Valley, Nevada

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    Seiler, Ralph L.

    2012-01-01

    In Lahontan Valley, Nevada, arsenic, cobalt, tungsten, uranium, radon, and polonium-210 are carcinogens that occur naturally in sediments and groundwater. Arsenic and cobalt are principally derived from erosion of volcanic rocks in the local mountains and tungsten and uranium are derived from erosion of granitic rocks in headwater reaches of the Carson River. Radon and 210Po originate from radioactive decay of uranium in the sediments. Arsenic, aluminum, cobalt, iron, and manganese concentrations in household dust suggest it is derived from the local soils. Excess zinc and chromium in the dust are probably derived from the vacuum cleaner used to collect the dust, or household sources such as the furnace. Some samples have more than 5 times more cobalt in the dust than in the local soil, but whether the source of the excess cobalt is anthropogenic or natural cannot be determined with the available data. Cobalt concentrations are low in groundwater, but arsenic, uranium, radon, and 210Po concentrations often exceed human-health standards, and sometime greatly exceed them. Exposure to radon and its decay products in drinking water can vary significantly depending on when during the day that the water is consumed. Although the data suggests there have been no long term changes in groundwater chemistry that corresponds to the Lahontan Valley leukemia cluster, the occurrence of the very unusual leukemia cluster in an area with numerous 210Po and arsenic contaminated wells is striking, particularly in conjunction with the exceptionally high levels of urinary tungsten in Lahontan Valley residents. Additional research is needed on potential exposure pathways involving food or inhalation, and on synergistic effects of mixtures of these natural contaminants on susceptibility to development of leukemia.

  12. Behaviour of radionuclides during microbially-induced mining of nickel at Talvivaara, Eastern Finland.

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    Tuovinen, Hanna; Pohjolainen, Esa; Lempinen, Janne; Vesterbacka, Daniela; Read, David; Solatie, Dina; Lehto, Jukka

    2016-01-01

    The Talvivaara mine in Eastern Finland utilizes microbe-induced heap leaching to recover nickel and other valuable metals (Zn, Cu, Co) from a black schist ore. In addition to the target metals, the ore contains uranium at a concentration of 17 mg/kg, incorporated as uraninite (UO2). Uranium oxidizes from the U(IV) to U(VI) state during leaching and dissolves as the uranyl ion (UO2(2+)) in the acidic pregnant leach solution. Mobilisation of uranium has caused sufficient concern that plans have been developed for uranium recovery. The aim of this study is to generate new data leading to a better understanding of the fate of its radiotoxic daughter nuclides, primarily (226)Ra, (210)Pb and (210)Po, in the mining process. It is shown that uranium daughters mostly remain in the heaps during the leaching process and are associated with secondary minerals, including jarosite, goethite and gypsum. Thorium and progeny ((232)Th plus (228)Th, (228)Ra) are also mainly retained. High sulphate concentrations in the acidic solutions limit the solubility of radium by incorporation in the crystal lattices of precipitated secondary sulphates. Electron probe microanalysis shows that goethite in the heaps is uraniferous, resulting from the adsorption of U(VI). After recovery of target metals, the pregnant leach solution is neutralized to further remove metal contaminants and the resulting slurries stored in a bunded tailings pond. The activity concentrations of thorium, radium, lead and polonium isotopes are generally low in the pond owing to prior retention by secondary minerals in the heaps. However, (238)U activity concentrations range up to 3375 Bq/kg, which exceeds the permitted value (1000 Bq/kg) for natural radionuclides of the (238)U series. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. Distribution of 210Pb and 210Po concentrations in wild berries and mushrooms in boreal forest ecosystems.

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    Vaaramaa, Kaisa; Solatie, Dina; Aro, Lasse

    2009-12-15

    The activity concentrations and distribution of 210Pb and 210Po in wild berries and edible mushrooms were investigated in Finnish forests. The main study areas were located in Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) forests in southern and northern Finland. The activity concentrations of 210Pb and 210Po in blueberry (Vaccinium myrtillus L.) and lingonberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea L.) samples decreased in the order: stems>leaves>berries (i.e. fruits). The activity ratios of 210Po/210Pb in the wild berry samples were mainly higher than one, indicating elevated activity concentrations of polonium in the samples. In mushrooms the activity concentrations of 210Pb and especially 210Po were higher than in fruits of the wild berries. The highest activity concentration of 210Pb was detected in Cortinarius armillatus L. (16.2 Bq kg(-1) d.w.) and the lowest in Leccinum vulpinum L. (1.38 Bq kg(-1) d.w.). The 210Po activity concentrations of the whole fruiting bodies ranged from 7.14 Bq kg(-1) d.w. (Russula paludosa L.) to 1174 Bq kg(-1) d.w. (L. vulpinum L.). In general, the highest activity concentrations of 210Po were recorded in boletes. The caps of mushrooms of the Boletaceae family showed higher activity concentrations of 210Po compared to the stipes. In most of the mushrooms analyzed, the activity concentrations of 210Po were higher than those of 210Pb. 210Po and 210Pb dominate the radiation doses received via ingestion of wild berries and mushrooms in northern Finland, while in southern Finland the ingested dose is dominated by 137Cs from the Chernobyl fallout.

  14. Measurements of Nuclear Masses and HALF-LIVES in the Storage Ring Esr

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    Klepper, O.; Beckert, K.; Bosch, F.; Eickhoff, H.; Franzke, B.; Fujita, Y.; Geissel, H.; Irnich, H.; Kozhuharov, C.; Kraus, G.; Menzel, G.; Münzenberg, G.; Nickel, F.; Nolden, F.; Reich, H.; Scheidenberger, C.; Schlitt, B.; Schwab, W.; Steck, M.; Sümmerer, K.; Suzuki, K.; Winkler, Th.; Jung, H. C.; Hausmann, M.; Magel, A.; Przewloka, A.; Radon, T.; Wollnik, H.; Beha, T.; Kerscher, Th.; Löbner, K. E. G.; Novikov, Yu.

    Secondary beams of 58Ni, 197Au, and 209Bi fragments have been produced at energies of 200-370 A-MeV by projectile fragmentation, separated with the fragment separator FRS and injected into the storage-cooler ring ESR for mass and half-life measurements. Radioactive beams have also been generated by completely stripping all electrons from 163Dy and 187Re ions to investigate the resulting bound-state β decay. For these studies the revolution frequencies and beam intensities of the stored and cooled unstable nuclei were measured via Schottky spectroscopy. In the 58Ni case the achieved relative momentum spread of 9-10-7 (FWHM) allowed us to resolve the ground and isomeric states of cooled 52Mn and 53Fe. The circulating beams were fully ionized which rendered possible, for the first time, to measure pure β+ branches of ground states (52Fe9, 53Fe9) and the sum of pure β+ and γ branches of isomers (52Mnm, 53Fem). In the experiment with the heavier fragments the main goal was to study nuclei which are members of α-decay chains with unknown masses. We systematically mapped the "mass surface" in the holmium to polonium region from nuclei close to stability up to nuclei with unknown masses as far as their half-lives are ≳ 0.5 min. Relative accuracies for the measured mass values in the order of 1.10-6 and below can be achieved. Via a-decay energies from the literature the "mass surface" up to the proton drip-line can be accessed. Due to the high sensitivity of the Schottky diagnosis also small number of daughter nuclei of stored ions with half-lives up to years can be detected. In this way 187Re was identified as a second case of bound-state β-decay. The status of the on-going analysis of these experiments is presented.

  15. [Maria Skłodowska-Curie and Piotr Curie an epoch-makingin year 1898].

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    Wielogórski, Zbigniew

    2012-01-01

    For many reasons the year 1898 was unusual for Maria Skłodowska-Curie and her husband. After defining the subject of the doctoral thesis and choosing Henri Becqerel as thesis supervisor, Maria started intensive experimental work. In the allotted room called storeroom, in conditions that were far too inadequate, they managed to put up a unique measuring equipment composed of instruments whose originator was Pierre Curie. In the ionization chamber and in the piezoelectric quartz charges formed, whose mutual neutralization was shown by the quadrant electrometer. Ionization current, which was measured quantitatively, was proportional to the radiation of the sample. Studying many elements, their compounds and minerals enabled Maria to state that uranium is not the only element endowed with the power of radiation; the second one turned out to be thorium. Anomaly detected in the radiation of uranium minerals made it possible for Maria to draw an extremely important conclusion: radioactive uranium and thorium are not the only elements endowed with such an attribute. Pitchblende, which was studied by the Curie couple, had to contain also other radioactive substances. Gustave Bémont also participated in the chemical analysis of the uranium ore and it is worth reminding that he was involved in the discovery of polonium and uranium. The phenomenon of radioactivity couldn't have been explained if it was not for the sources of strong radioactivity. Those sources undoubtedly could have been the discovered elements but their scanty content in the uranium ore made their isolation very difficult and laborious. Access to industrial remains after procession of pitchblende from Jachymov (Sankt Joachimstahl), obtained owing to the mediation of Eduard Suess, provided the source of this raw material. From it, in a shack also called le hangar, the Curie couple isolated the first samples of the radium salt. This element, later extracted by discoverers on a grand scale and handed over in a

  16. Po-210 and other radionuclides in terrestrial and freshwater environments

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    Gjelsvik, Runhild; Brown, Justin (eds.) (Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (Norway)); Holm, Elis (Univ. of Lund (Sweden)); Roos, Per (Risoe DTU (Denmark)); Saxen, Ritva; Outola, Iisa (STUK - Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (Finland))

    2009-01-15

    This report provides new information on Po-210 (and where appropriate its grandparent Pb-210) behaviour in environmental systems including humans. This has primarily been achieved through measurements of Po-210 in aquatic and terrestrial environments that has led to the derivation of information on the levels of this radioisotope in plants, animals and the biotic components of their habitat (i.e. water, soil) providing basic information on transfer where practicable. For freshwater environments, Po-210 concentration ratios derived for freshwater benthic fish and bivalve mollusc were substantially different to values collated from earlier review work. For terrestrial environments, activity concentrations of Po-210 in small mammals (although of a preliminary nature because no correction was made for ingrowth from Pb-210) were considerably higher than values derived from earlier data compilations. It was envisaged that data on levels of naturally occurring radionuclides would render underpinning data sets more comprehensive and would thus allow more robust background dose calculations to be performed subsequently. By way of example, unweighted background dose-rates arising from internal distributions of Po-210 were calculated for small mammals in the terrestrial study. The biokinetics of polonium in humans has been studied following chronic and acute oral intakes of selected Po radioisotopes. This work has provided information on gastrointestinal absorption factors and biological retention times thus improving the database upon which committed effective doses to humans are derived. The information generated in the report, in its entirety, should be of direct relevance for both human and non-human impact assessments. (au)

  17. 210Po in Nevada groundwater and its relation to gross alpha radioactivity

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    Seiler, R.L.

    2011-01-01

    Polonium-210 (210Po) is a highly toxic alpha emitter that is rarely found in groundwater at activities exceeding 1 pCi/L. 210Po activities in 63 domestic and public-supply wells in Lahontan Valley in Churchill County in northern Nevada, United States, ranged from 0.01 ± 0.005 to 178 ± 16 pCi/L with a median activity of 2.88 pCi/L. Wells with high 210Po activities had low dissolved oxygen concentrations (less than 0.1 mg/L) and commonly had pH greater than 9. Lead-210 activities are low and aqueous 210Po is unsupported by 210Pb, indicating that the 210Po is mobilized from aquifer sediments. The only significant contributors to alpha particle activity in Lahontan Valley groundwater are 234/238U, 222Rn, and 210Po. Radon-222 activities were below 1000 pCi/L and were uncorrelated with 210Po activity. The only applicable drinking water standard for 210Po in the United States is the adjusted gross alpha radioactivity (GAR) standard of 15 pCi/L. 210Po was not volatile in a Nevada well, but volatile 210Po has been reported in a Florida well. Additional information on the volatility of 210Po is needed because GAR is an inappropriate method to screen for volatile radionuclides. About 25% of the samples had 210Po activities that exceed the level associated with a lifetime total cancer risk of 1× 10−4 (1.1 pCi/L) without exceeding the GAR standard. In cases where the 72-h GAR exceeds the uranium activity by more than 5 to 10 pCi/L, an analysis to rule out the presence of 210Po may be justified to protect human health even though the maximum contaminant level for adjusted GAR is not exceeded.

  18. Illicit Trafficking of Natural Radionuclides

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    Friedrich, Steinhäusler; Lyudmila, Zaitseva

    2008-08-01

    Natural radionuclides have been subject to trafficking worldwide, involving natural uranium ore (U 238), processed uranium (yellow cake), low enriched uranium (20% U 235), radium (Ra 226), polonium (Po 210), and natural thorium ore (Th 232). An important prerequisite to successful illicit trafficking activities is access to a suitable logistical infrastructure enabling an undercover shipment of radioactive materials and, in case of trafficking natural uranium or thorium ore, capable of transporting large volumes of material. Covert en route diversion of an authorised uranium transport, together with covert diversion of uranium concentrate from an operating or closed uranium mines or mills, are subject of case studies. Such cases, involving Israel, Iran, Pakistan and Libya, have been analyzed in terms of international actors involved and methods deployed. Using international incident data contained in the Database on Nuclear Smuggling, Theft and Orphan Radiation Sources (DSTO) and international experience gained from the fight against drug trafficking, a generic Trafficking Pathway Model (TPM) is developed for trafficking of natural radionuclides. The TPM covers the complete trafficking cycle, ranging from material diversion, covert material transport, material concealment, and all associated operational procedures. The model subdivides the trafficking cycle into five phases: (1) Material diversion by insider(s) or initiation by outsider(s); (2) Covert transport; (3) Material brokerage; (4) Material sale; (5) Material delivery. An Action Plan is recommended, addressing the strengthening of the national infrastructure for material protection and accounting, development of higher standards of good governance, and needs for improving the control system deployed by customs, border guards and security forces.

  19. Deformation change in light iridium nuclei from laser spectroscopy

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    Verney, D.; Le Blanc, F.; Obert, J.; Oms, J.; Puteaux, J.C.; Roussiere, B.; Sauvage, J. [IN2P3-CNRS/Universite Paris Sud-XI, Institut de Physique Nucleaire, Orsay Cedex (France); Cabaret, L.; Duong, H.T.; Pinard, J. [CNRS, Laboratoire Aime Cotton, Orsay Cedex (France); Crawford, J.E.; Lee, J.K.P. [McGill University, Physics Department, Montreal (Canada); Fricke, B.; Rashid, K. [Institut fuer Theoretische Physik der Universitaet Kassel, Kassel (Germany); Genevey, J.; Ibrahim, F. [IN2P3-CNRS/Universite Joseph Fourier-Grenoble I, Laboratoire de Physique Subatomique et de Cosmologie, Grenoble Cedex (France); Huber, G.; Krieg, M.; Sebastian, V. [Institut fuer Physik der Universitaet Mainz, Mainz (Germany); Le Scornet, G.; Lunney, D. [IN2P3-CNRS/Universite Paris Sud-XI, Centre de Spectrometrie Nucleaire et de Spectrometrie de Masse, Orsay Cedex (France)

    2006-12-15

    Laser spectroscopy measurements have been performed on neutron-deficient and stable Ir isotopes using the COMPLIS experimental setup installed at ISOLDE-CERN. The radioactive Ir atoms were obtained from successive decays of a mass-separated Hg beam deposited onto a carbon substrate after deceleration to 1kV and subsequently laser desorbed. A three-color, two-step resonant scheme was used to selectively ionize the desorbed Ir atoms. The hyperfine structure (HFS) and isotope shift (IS) of the first transition of the ionization path 5d{sup 7}6s{sup 24}F{sub 9/2}{yields}5d{sup 7}6s6p{sup 6}F{sub 11/2} at 351.5nm were measured for {sup 182-189}Ir, {sup 186}Ir{sup m} and the stable {sup 191,193}Ir. The nuclear magnetic moments {mu}{sub I} and the spectroscopic quadrupole moments Q{sub s} were obtained from the HFS spectra and the change of the mean square charge radii from the IS measurements. The sign of {mu}{sub I} was experimentally determined for the first time for the masses 182{<=}A{<=}189 and the isomeric state {sup 186}Ir{sup m}. The spectroscopic quadrupole moments of {sup 182}Ir and {sup 183}Ir were measured also for the first time. A large mean square charge radius change between {sup 187}Ir and {sup 186}Ir{sup g} and between {sup 186}Ir{sup m} and {sup 186}Ir{sup g} was observed corresponding to a sudden increase in deformation: from {beta}{sub 2}{approx_equal}+0.16 for the heavier group A = 193, 191, 189, 187 and 186m to {beta}{sub 2}{>=}+0.2 for the lighter group A=186g, 185, 184, 183 and 182. These results were analyzed in the framework of a microscopic treatment of an axial rotor plus one or two quasiparticle(s). This sudden deformation change is associated with a change in the proton state that describes the odd-nuclei ground state or that participates in the coupling with the neutron in the odd-odd nuclei. This state is identified with the {pi}3/2 {sup +}[402 ] orbital for the heavier group and with the {pi}1/2{sup -}[541 ] orbital stemming from the 1h

  20. Dynamics of {sup 40,48}Ca+{sup 238}U→{sup 278,286}112{sup ⁎} reactions across the Coulomb barrier using dynamical cluster decay model

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    Sandhu, Kirandeep; Kaur, Gurvinder; Sharma, Manoj K., E-mail: msharma@thapar.edu

    2014-01-15

    The role of deformations and related orientations (optimum or compact) is investigated in reference to dynamics of {sup 40,48}Ca+{sup 238}U→{sup 278,286}112{sup ⁎} reactions using dynamical cluster decay model (DCM). The use of quadrupole and hexadecapole deformations in the decay of compound system suggest that the degree of compactness changes with addition of higher order deformations. The decay cross-sections are calculated in reference to the available data, including β{sub 2}-static deformations within ‘optimum’ orientation approach. The comparative analysis of spherical, β{sub 2}-static and dynamic alongwith β{sub 4}-static deformations is investigated at comparable center of mass energy of 230 MeV for both nuclei. To address the specific role of optimized orientations in the decay of {sup 278}112{sup ⁎} and {sup 286}112{sup ⁎} nuclei, the calculations are done using equatorial compact and polar elongated orientations. Using hot equatorial collisions, symmetric fission is observed as the dominant decay mode across the barrier, which otherwise becomes asymmetric for cold elongated approach. The calculated cross-sections match nicely with experimental data using hot configuration but the same are overestimated for the use of cold (polar) orientation approach at deep sub-barrier region. This overestimation in the deep sub-barrier region may be associated with the quasi-fission decay channel. The contribution of QF in both {sup 278}112{sup ⁎} and {sup 286}112{sup ⁎} nuclei are predicted through the overestimated cross-sections being more for neutron-deficient {sup 278}112{sup ⁎} nucleus, in agreement with experimental results. Larger barrier modification ΔV{sub B} is observed at sub-barrier energies for both isotopes of Z=112 nucleus. Also the contribution of ΔV{sub B} at lower incident energies is relatively higher for cold elongated polar configuration as compared to hot compact equatorial configuration, causing overestimation of cross

  1. Study of the production of residual evaporation nuclei issued from the spallation reaction of uranium-238 by 1 GeV protons; Etude de la production de noyaux residuels d'evaporation issus de la reaction de spallation de l'uranium-238 par des protons a 1 GeV

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    Taieb, J

    2000-10-01

    The spallation reaction by high energy protons is one of the envisaged nuclear reactions for production of exotic nuclei. We have measured the production of more than 300 different evaporation residues issued by the spallation reaction of Uranium-238 by 1 GeV protons. We used the reverse kinematics technique in order to produce the relativistic nuclei and therefore to be able to detect those nuclides within a very short time, shorter in most cases than the radioactive disintegration period. The achieved nuclear charge and mass resolution are excellent. They allow a good accuracy on the values of the measured cross-sections (10 to 15%). We have observed for the first time the nuclide Actinium-235 obtained consequently to the loss of 3 protons by the projectile. The measured isotopic distribution are strongly influenced by the mechanism of fission which leads to a strong reduction of the production of the heavy neutron deficient isotopes. We have compared our results to some other measurements achieved with radio-chemical methods at a similar energy. We observed a systematic disagreement of about 40%. Some comparison with the available systematics show that those are presently not able to reproduce the data with a reasonable precision. We could also measure the recoil momentum distribution for each studied isotopes. We show that Goldhaber's model agrees very well with the experiment in case. of 'cold' channels where the evaporation of particles never occurs. On the other hand, when the produced pre-fragment is excited the data show that Goldhaber's model does not reproduce.the data showing the limitation of such an approach. We finally tried to reproduce the measurement of evaporation residue cross-section thanks to the coupling of intra-nuclear cascade and statistical evaporation codes. The influence of the fission process is rather important is the system p+U; we therefore had to account for the dynamical aspect of the fission. We also showed

  2. Investigation of 14-15 MeV ( n, t) Reaction Cross-sections by Using New Evaluated Empirical and Semi-empirical Systematic Formulas

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    Tel, E.; Aydın, A.; Kaplan, A.; Şarer, B.

    2008-09-01

    In the hybrid reactor, tritium self-sufficiency must be maintained for a commercial power plant. For self-sustaining (D-T) fusion driver tritium breeding ratio should be greater than 1.05. Working out the systematics of ( n, t) reaction cross-sections are of great importance for the definition of the excitation function character for the given reaction taking place on various nuclei at energies up to 20 MeV. In this study we have investigated asymmetry term effect for the ( n, t) reaction cross-sections at 14-15 neutron incident energy. It has been discussed the odd-even effect and the pairing effect considering binding energy systematic of the nuclear shell model for the new experimental data and new cross-sections formulas ( n, t) reactions developed by Tel et al. We have determined a different parameter groups by the classification of nuclei into even-even, even-odd and odd-even for ( n, t) reactions cross-sections. The obtained empirical and semi-empirical formulas by fitting two parameter for ( n, t) reactions were given. All calculated results have been compared with the experimental data and the other semi-empirical formulas.

  3. Alpha decay calculations with a new formula

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    Akrawy, D. T.; Poenaru, D. N.

    2017-10-01

    A new semi-empirical formula for calculations of α decay half-lives is presented. It was derived from the Royer relationship by introducing new parameters which are fixed by fit to a set of experimental data. We are using three sets: set A with 130 e-e (even-even), 119 e-o (even-odd), 109 o-e, and 96 o-o, set B with 188 e-e, 147 e-o, 131 o-e and 114 o-o, and set C with 136 e-e, 84 e-o, 76 o-e and 48 o-o alpha emitters. A comparison of results obtained with the new formula (newF) and the following well known relationships: semiempirical relationship based on fission theory (semFIS), analytical superasymmetric fission (ASAF) model and universal formula (UNIV) made in terms of rms standard deviation. We also introduced a weighted mean value of this quantity, allowing us to compare the global properties of a given model. For set B the order of the four models is the following: semFIS, UNIV, newF and ASAF. Nevertheless for even-even alpha emitters, UNIV gives the second best result after semFIS, and for odd-even parents the second is newF. Despite its simplicity in comparison with semFIS, newF, presented in this article, behaves quite well, competing with the other well known relationships.

  4. Neutron-proton pairing correlations in medium mass N approx =Z nuclei

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    Petrovici, A; Faessler, A

    1999-01-01

    The pair structure and the average pairing gaps of realistic wave functions obtained within the complex Excited Vampir variational approach are investigated in order to evaluate the neutron-proton pairing correlations at low and high spins in medium mass N approx =Z nuclei. The number of isovector J suppi=0 sup + pairs is calculated for the lowest few 0 sup + states in two chains of nuclei in the A approx =70 mass region. The results indicate the dominant role played by the isovector neutron-proton pairing correlations in the structure of odd-odd N=Z nuclei and the reduction of their importance with increasing neutron excess in even-even nuclei. The evolution of particular isovector and isoscalar pairs with increasing angular momentum is analyzed for the odd-odd N=Z nucleus sup 7 sup 4 Rb and the even-even N=Z nucleus sup 7 sup 2 Kr. It turns out that in the nucleus sup 7 sup 4 Rb the neutron-proton correlations play an essential role for the alignment of the yrast positive-parity even-spin band.

  5. Shape-phase transitions in odd-mass γ -soft nuclei with mass A ≈130

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    Nomura, K.; Nikšić, T.; Vretenar, D.

    2017-07-01

    Quantum phase transitions between competing equilibrium shapes of nuclei with an odd number of nucleons are explored using a microscopic framework of nuclear energy density functionals and a fermion-boson coupling model. The boson Hamiltonian for the even-even core nucleus, as well as the spherical single-particle energies and occupation probabilities of unpaired nucleons, are completely determined by a constrained self-consistent mean-field calculation for a specific choice of the energy density functional and pairing interaction. Only the strength parameters of the particle-core coupling have to be adjusted to reproduce a few empirical low-energy spectroscopic properties of the corresponding odd-mass system. The model is applied to the odd-A Ba, Xe, La, and Cs isotopes with mass A ≈130 , for which the corresponding even-even Ba and Xe nuclei present a typical case of γ -soft nuclear potential. The theoretical results reproduce the experimental low-energy excitation spectra and electromagnetic properties, and confirm that a phase transition between nearly spherical and γ -soft nuclear shapes occurs also in the odd-A systems.

  6. Fission of heavy nuclei by linearly polarized photons

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    Khvastunov, V M; Kasyan, S V; Likhachev, V P; Paschuk, S A

    2002-01-01

    Analysing power SIGMA data from photofission of sup 2 sup 3 sup 2 Th, sup 2 sup 3 sup 3 U, sup 2 sup 3 sup 5 U, sup 2 sup 3 sup 6 U, sup 2 sup 3 sup 8 U at the region of giant resonance have been measured using linearly polarized photons. The polarized photons were obtained by plane channelling of electrons in a silicon single crystal. The analysing power SIGMA dependence of the mass number of even-even nucleus has been discovered. Comparison of the analysing power SIGMA values with the data from other experiments with both polarized and unpolarized photon beams was made. It is shown that the analysing power SIGMA values agree with the modern knowledge of E1 transitions but cannot be explain by domination any one of them. It is supposed that analysing power SIGMA is very sensitive to different relative inner and outer fission barrier heights and this affects on SIGMA values for even-even nuclei with the same Z.

  7. Spectroscopy in neutron-rich nuclei in the vicinity of N=40

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    Braunroth, Thomas; Dewald, Alfred; Fransen, Christoph; Jolie, Jan; Litzinger, Julia [Institut fuer Kernphysik, Universitaet zu Koeln (Germany); Iwasaki, Hironori [National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, MSU (United States)

    2016-07-01

    The development of collectivity towards N=40 in neutron-rich nuclei between {sub 20}Ca and {sub 28}Ni shows a distinct Z-dependence and is driven by subtle effects due to residual interactions. While {sup 68}Ni exhibits features of a pronounced shell-gap, the evolution of key observables, e.g. excitation energies and B(E2) values, in even-even {sub 26}Fe and {sub 24}Cr isotopes is interpreted as a rapidly evolving quadrupole deformation when N=40 is approached. However, experimental information on level energies and reduced transitions strengths are still sparse in this particular region of the nuclear landscape. To shed more light on the evolution of collectivity along even-even Cr isotopes towards N=40, we performed an experiment at NSCL, MSU (USA) in which lifetimes of excited states were measured with the recoil distance Doppler-shift technique. The experiment focused on the 2{sup +}{sub 1} and 4{sup +}{sub 1} states in {sup 58,60,62}Cr and corresponding results have been published recently. In addition, various excited states in neighbouring nuclei with 23

  8. Odd-Even Effect on Nematic SmAd Phase Boundary and SmAd Structure in Homologous Binary Systems of Cyanobiphenyl Mesogens: 4-Alkyl-4'-cyanobiphenyl (nCB) and 4-Alkoxy-4'-cyanobiphenyl (nOCB).

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    Yamamura, Yasuhisa; Tsuchiya, Rei; Fujimura, Shuhei; Hishida, Mafumi; Saito, Kazuya

    2017-02-16

    Phase behaviors of two homologous binary systems of 4-alkyl-4'-cyanobiphenyl (nCB, n being the number of carbon atoms in the alkyl chain) and 4-alkoxy-4'-cyanobiphenyl (nOCB) were investigated. Their phase diagrams were drawn against an averaged chain length, n*. The phase boundary curves between neamtic (N) and smectic Ad (SmAd) phases in nCB/mCB (n = 3-6; m = 8, 9) binary systems were classified into four depending on four combinations of even- and odd-numbered n and m; even/even, odd/even, even/odd, and odd/odd. The similar odd-even effect was confirmed for nOCB/mOCB (n = 5, 6; m = 8, 9) binary systems. To elucidate the odd-even effect on the phase diagrams, the SmAd structures were investigated through an analysis of n (n*) dependence of the layer spacing of the SmAd structure, dSmAd, of neat nCB (n = 8-10), neat nOCB (n = 8-10), and nCB/8CB (n = 0-7) binary mixtures. The odd-even effect, the behavior of 0CB/8CB system, and the difference between nCB and nOCB were clarified based on their SmAd structures.

  9. Self-consistent description of the SHFB equations for 112Sn

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    Ghafouri, M.; Sadeghi, H.; Torkiha, M.

    2018-03-01

    The Hartree-Fock (HF) method is an excellent approximation of the closed shell magic nuclei. Pair correlation is essential for the description of open shell nuclei and has been derived for even-even, odd-odd and even-odd nuclei. These effects are reported by Hartree-Fock with BCS (HFBCS) or Hartree-Fock-Bogolyubov (HFB). These issues have been investigated, especially in the nuclear charts, and such studies have been compared with the observed information. We compute observations such as total binding energy, charge radius, densities, separation energies, pairing gaps and potential energy surfaces for neutrons and protons, and compare them with experimental data and the result of the spherical codes. In spherical even-even neutron-rich nuclei are considered in the Skyrme-Hartree-Fock-Bogolyubov (SHFB) method with density-dependent pairing interaction. Zero-range density-dependent interactions is used in the pairing channel. We solve SHF or SHFB equations in the spatial coordinates with spherical symmetry for tin isotopes such as 112Sn. The numerical accuracy of solving equations in the coordinate space is much greater than the fundamental extensions, which yields almost precise results.

  10. Study of shape transition in the neutron-rich Os isotopes

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    John P.R.

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The neutron-rich isotopes of tungsten, osmium and platinum have different shapes in their ground states and present also shape transitions phenomena. Spectroscopic information for these nuclei is scarce and often limited to the gamma rays from the decay of isomeric states. For the neutron-rich even-even osmium isotopes 194Os and 198Os, a shape transition between a slightly prolate deformed to an oblate deformed ground state was deduced from the observed level schemes. For the even-even nucleus lying in between, 196Os, no gamma ray transition is known. In order to elucidate the shape transition and to test the nuclear models describing it, this region was investigated through gamma-ray spectroscopy using the AGATA demonstrator and the large acceptance heavy-ion spectrometer PRISMA at LNL, Italy. A two-nucleon transfer from a 198Pt target to a stable 82Se beam was utilized to populate medium-high spin states of 196Os. The analysis method and preliminary results, including the first life-time measurement of isomeric states with AGATA, are presented.

  11. Systematic of dipole excitations in the stable sup 1 sup 3 sup 4 sup , sup 1 sup 3 sup 5 sup , sup 1 sup 3 sup 6 sup , sup 1 sup 3 sup 7 sup , sup 1 sup 3 sup 8 Ba isotopes

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    Scheck, M; Brentano, P V

    2002-01-01

    In this contribution the focus is on the systematic study of [2 sup + x3 sup -] sub 1 -two-phonon excitations around the Z = 50 and N = 82 shell closures. The results for the Sn and Ba isotope chains will be shown in a general framework of all available data obtained by nuclear resonance fluorescence experiments. The photon scattering experiments referred to in this work were performed at the Bremsstrahlung facility of the 4.3 MV Stuttgart Dynamitron accelerator. NRF experiments are suitable for the determination of excitation energies, spins, lifetimes and transition strengths of low-spin states. The even-even isotopes show strong 1 sup - excitations close to the sum energy of the 2 sup + and 3 sup - phonons, interpreted as [2 sup + x3 sup -] sub 1 -two phonon excitations. The behaviour of these [2 sup + x 3 sup -] sub 1 -states in even-even nuclei can be explained by the so-called DCP effect. Furthermore, the coupling of a single nucleon to this collective excitation in the neighbouring odd-mass nuclei is i...

  12. Lifetimes of excited states in neutron-rich Xe isotopes

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    Ilieva, Stoyanka; Kroell, Thorsten [Institut fuer Kernphysik, TU Darmstadt (Germany); Collaboration: EXILL-FATIMA-Collaboration

    2016-07-01

    The EXILL and FATIMA campaign at ILL, Grenoble is the first prompt-fission γ-ray spectroscopy experiment performed with a mixed array of Ge detectors (EXILL) and fast LaBr{sub 3}(Ce) scintillators (FATIMA). The lifetimes of excited states, populated by neutron-induced fission of {sup 235}U and {sup 241}Pu targets, were directly measured. The high-resolution EXILL detector gives us the possibility to identify the nuclides of interest among the large amount of produced fission fragments. Using the generalized centroid difference method to analyse the data from FATIMA we could measure lifetimes down to ∼ 10 ps. The lifetime of an excited state is a direct measure for the strength (collectivity) of a transition. The properties of the excited states in even-even nuclei can be largely described by quadrupole and octupole degrees of freedom. This contribution will present the current status of the analysis for the neutron-rich even-even {sup 138,140,142}Xe isotopes which lie in the vicinity of the double shell closure Z=50 and N=82. Through the direct lifetime measurement we aim to study the evolution of quadrupole and octupole collectivity above {sup 132}Sn.

  13. Whole-organism concentration ratios in wildlife inhabiting Australian uranium mining environments

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    Hirth, Gillian A.; Carpenter, Julia G. [Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency, 619 Lower Plenty Rd, Yallambie, 3085, Victoria (Australia); Bollhoefer, Andreas [Environmental Research Institute of the Supervising Scientist, GPO Box 461, Darwin, 0801 Northern Territory (Australia); Johansen, Mathew P. [Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Locked Bag 2001, Kirrawee, DC, NSW 2232 (Australia); Beresford, Nicholas A. [NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Bailrigg, Lancaster LA1 4AP (United Kingdom)

    2014-07-01

    Environmental impact assessments conducted for Australian mine sites involving naturally occurring radioactive material require an assessment of radiation doses to wildlife. Whole-organism concentration ratios (CR{sub wo}) are pivotal in these assessments and previous reviews have identified a need for a more complete and consolidated database of Australian-specific CR{sub wo} that could be used. Concern had also been expressed by some stakeholders in Australia about the suitability of the default CR{sub wo} values provided in standard biota dose models (e.g., ERICA Tool, RESRAD-BIOTA, ICRP framework) for Australian wildlife and environmental conditions. In order to address these concerns and support the implementation of best-practice standards in environmental radiological assessment, the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA), with support from the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism (RET), undertook an evaluation of existing data relating to wildlife inhabiting Australian uranium mining environments. CR{sub wo} values were calculated using data from a range of original sources. These included scientific journal publications, technical reports from Australian government organisations, site-specific data from mining operators and data from baseline environmental surveys undertaken during the 1970's and 1980's. The Australian data previously included in the international Wildlife Transfer Database (WTD, www.wildlifetransferdatabase.org) were also reviewed and updated. This paper discusses the data analysis process and associated uncertainties. CR{sub wo} values are reported for uranium, thorium, radium-226, lead-210 and polonium-210 for a range of endemic and introduced wildlife, with a focus on plants and animals from both terrestrial and freshwater environments where uranium mining has been proposed or undertaken. This has resulted in the calculation of more than 500 CR{sub wo} values for inclusion in the database

  14. Magnetic iron oxide and manganese-doped iron oxide nanoparticles for the collection of alpha-emitting radionuclides from aqueous solutions

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    O' Hara, Matthew J.; Carter, Jennifer C.; Warner, Cynthia L.; Warner, Marvin G.; Addleman, Raymond S.

    2016-10-31

    Magnetic nanoparticles are well known to possess chemically active surfaces and high surface areas that can be employed to extract a range of ions from aqueous solutions. Additionally, their paramagnetic property provides a convenient means for bulk collection of the material from solution after the targeted ions have been adsorbed. Herein, two nanoscale amphoteric metal oxides, each possessing useful magnetic attributes, were evaluated for their ability to collect both naturally occurring radioactive isotopes (polonium (Po), radium (Ra), and uranium (U)) as well as the transuranic element americium (Am) from a suite of naturally occurring aqueous matrices. The nanomaterials include commercially available paramagnetic magnetite (Fe3O4) and magnetite that was modified to incorporate manganese (Mn) into the crystal structure. The chemical stability of these nanomaterials was evaluated in Hanford Site, WA ground water between the natural pH (~8) and pH 1 (acidified with HCl). Whereas the magnetite was observed to have good stability over the pH range, the Mn-doped material was observed to leach Mn at low pH. The materials were evaluated in parallel to characterize their uptake performance of the aforementioned alpha-emitting radionuclide spikes from Hanford Site ground water across a range of pH (from ~8 down to 2). In addition, radiotracer uptake experiments were performed on Columbia River water, seawater, and human urine at their natural pH and at pH 2. Despite the observed leaching of Mn from the Mn-doped nanomaterial in the lower pH range, it exhibited generally superior analyte extraction performance compared to the magnetite, and analyte uptake was observed across a broader pH range. The uptake behavior of the various radiotracers on these two materials at different pH levels can generally be explained by the amphoteric nature of the nanoparticle surfaces. Finally, the rate of sorption of the radiotracers on the two materials in unacidified groundwater was

  15. Aspects on the analysis of 210Po.

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    Henricsson, F; Ranebo, Y; Holm, E; Roos, P

    2011-05-01

    There has been little development regarding analysis of polonium (Po) in environmental samples since the 1960 ies. This is due to the straightforward spontaneous deposition of this element on silver (Ag), nickel (Ni) or copper (Cu) without any radiochemical separation. For many years, no radiochemical yield determinant was used and it was generally supposed that the yield was 100% after two depositions. Counting was often done using ZnS scintillation counter coupled to a photomultiplier tube. However, the use of the yield determinants (208)Po and (209)Po and the development of alpha spectrometry showed that the yield was lower. Furthermore, the tendency of Po to volatilize at low temperatures constrains the sample preparation techniques; dry-ashing cannot be used. But during the wet-ashing procedure, there are still some losses. The aim of this study was to evaluate the Po losses during wet-ashing by the use of a double-tracer technique. We have found that the losses were about 30% when open glass beakers were used and about 17% when the samples were digested in microwave oven. When long-necked bottles (Kjeldahl flasks) were used, a loss of about 20% was registered. It has also been observed that (210)Pb to some extent is plating out together with its daughter nuclide Po during the electrochemical deposition. This will result in a systematic error since an unknown amount of supported (210)Po will be produced from the (210)Pb decay depending on the fraction of (210)Pb being deposited on the disc and the waiting time between deposition and measurement of the sample. A further consequence of this is that in the assessment of the (210)Pb content in the sample, very often the remaining liquid is stored after deposition for build-up of (210)Po. Since some (210)Pb is lost on the disc, the result for (210)Pb will be too low. Both these systematic errors give rise to a too high (210)Po/(210)Pb ratio. The fraction of (210)Pb which is plating out has been assessed in this

  16. Synthesis, structures, and luminescent and magnetic properties of Ln-Ag heterometal-organic frameworks.

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    Zhao, Xiao-Qing; Zhao, Bin; Wei, Shi; Cheng, Peng

    2009-12-07

    A series of Ln-Ag heterometal-organic frameworks based on 4-hydroxylpyridine-2,6-dicarboxylic acid (H(3)CAM) with formulas {LaAg(2)(CAM)(HCAM)(H(2)O)(2)}(n) (1), {LnAg(HCAM)(2)(H(2)O)(3)}(n) (Ln = Pr, 2; Nd, 3; Sm, 4; Eu, 5), and {LnAg(3)(CAM)(2)(H(2)O)}(n) (Ln = Gd, 6; Tb, 7; Dy, 8; Tm, 9; Yb, 10), have been synthesized with the hydrothermal reaction of Ln(OH)(3), Ag(2)O, and H(3)CAM at 160 degrees C. The single-crystal X-ray diffraction analyses reveal that three kinds of structures are exclusively governed by the size of lanthanide ions and the progression of structures is mainly ascribed to the lanthanide contraction effect. Compound 1 consists of a 3D network with an alpha-polonium-like Ag(+)-homometallic net and helical La(3+) chain. Compounds 2-5 display a 2D honeycomb-like structure with 18-membered Ln(3)Ag(3)O(12) motifs, and compounds 6-10 can be described as a sandwich-like 3D framework built of a 3D Ag(+)-homometallic net and 2D Ln(3+)-4(4) layer. In 4 (Sm), 5 (Eu), 7 (Tb), and 8 (Dy) samples, the efficient energy transfer from CAM to Ln(III) ions was observed, which results in the typical intense emissions of corresponding Ln(III) ions in the visible region, and the strongest emissions are (4)G(5/2) --> (6)H(7/2) (602 nm), (5)D(0) --> (7)F(2) (614 nm), (5)D(4) --> (7)F(5) (548 nm), and (4)F(9/2) --> (6)H(13/2) (576 nm) transitions. Variable-temperature magnetic susceptibility measurements of 6-10 show that the ferromagnetic interaction between gadolinium(III) ions appears in 6, whereas the mu(eff) values of 7-10 smoothly decrease on cooling. For the orbital contribution of Ln(III) ions, it is very difficult to determine the intrinsic magnetic interactions between Ln(III) ions.

  17. Marie Curie: Physicist and Woman

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    Howes, Ruth

    Marie Sklodowska was born in Warsaw on November 7, 1867. Girls were not allowed to attend college in Poland, so Marie found a well-paying post as a governess in rural village which she held for three years while helping her older sister complete medical school in Paris. Then Marie moved to Paris and graduated first in her class at the Sorbonne with a master's degree in physics in 1893. In 1895, she married the talented young physicist, Pierre Curie. Marie decided to investigate the radioactive components of the mineral pitchblende for her dissertation. The work involved chemical analysis of a ton of material in an unheated shed. Pierre joined her and at the end of 1898, the Curies announced the discovery of radium and polonium. Through 1899, Marie labored to measure the atomic weight of radium. In 1903, Marie earned her doctorate, the first for a woman in France, and the Curies split the Nobel Prize in Physics with Henri Becquerel. They became widely known, besieged by the press and frequently invited to make presentations and be awarded honors. They hated fame and both suffered bad health. In April, 1906, Pierre Curie was struck by a wagon and killed instantly. Marie was left as a single mother with two young daughters. Fortunately, the Sorbonne hired her to fill Pierre's position. In 1911, she was rejected for membership in the French Academy of Science because she was a woman. Also in 1911, she was accused of having an affair with a married French physicist Paul Langevin. The resulting scandal hit the press and brought angry mobs to her home. In the middle of this hullaballoo, she was informed that she had won a second Nobel Prize, this time in Chemistry. When World War I broke out, Marie mounted x-ray units on cars and became a heroine. She visited the United States in 1921 where President Harding presented her with a gram of radium. She continued her scientific studies in spite of declining health until her death in 1934. Professor Emerita.

  18. The study by means of a photomultiplier of the scintillations produced by {alpha} particles striking a zinc sulphide screen; Etude, au photomultiplicateur, des scintillations produites par les particules {alpha} dans un ecran de sulfure de zinc. Application a la numeration precise des particules {alpha}

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    Anthony, J.P. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, Saclay (France). Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires

    1955-06-15

    'intensite de la scintillation et le parcours restant apres traversee d'une epaisseur connue d'air est egalement determinee. Les applications possibles de cette methode de numeration des particules {alpha} sont celles qui necessitent une bonne stabilite et un faible mouvement propre. Les resultats donnes portent sur l'etude de la contamination de l'air, la mesure des variations de la composition isotopique de l'uranium, le dosage du bismuth dans les alliages par irradiation dans un flux de neutrons thermiques et comptage des {alpha} emis par le polonium forme. (auteur)

  19. 210Po in the marine environment with emphasis on its behaviour within the biosphere.

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    Fowler, Scott W

    2011-05-01

    The distribution and behaviour of the natural-series alpha-emitter polonium-210 in the marine environment has been under study for many years primarily due to its enhanced bioaccumulation, its strong affinity for binding with certain internal tissues, and its importance as a contributor to the natural radiation dose received by marine biota as well as humans consuming seafoods. Results from studies spanning nearly 5 decades show that (210)Po concentrations in organisms vary widely among the different phylogenic groups as well as between the different tissues of a given species. Such variation results in (210)Po concentration factors ranging from approximately 10(3) to over 10(6) depending upon the organism or tissue considered. (210)Po/(210)Pb ratios in marine species are generally greater than unity and tend to increase up the food chain indicating that (210)Po is preferentially taken up by organisms compared to its progenitor (210)Pb. The effective transfer of (210)Po up the food chain is primarily due to the high degree of assimilation of the radionuclide from ingested food and its subsequent strong retention in the organisms. In some cases this mechanism may lead to an apparent biomagnification of (210)Po at the higher trophic level. Various pelagic species release (210)Po and (210)Pb packaged in organic biodetrital particles that sink and remove these radionuclides from the upper water column, a biogeochemical process which, coupled with scavenging rates of this radionuclide pair, is being examined as a possible proxy for estimating downward organic carbon fluxes in the sea. Data related to preferential bioaccumulation in various organisms, their tissues, resultant radiation doses to these species, and the processes by which (210)Po is transferred and recycled through the food web are discussed. In addition, the main gaps in our present knowledge and proposed areas for future studies on the biogeochemical behaviour of (210)Po and its use as a tracer of

  20. Acute Exposure from RADON-222 and Aerosols in Drinking Water

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    Bernhardt, George Paul, IV

    Radon-222 in water is released when the water is aerated, such as during showering. As a result, a temporary burst of radon-222 can appear as a short term, or acute, exposure. This study looked at homes with radon-222 concentrations in water from 800 picocuries per liter (pCi/l) to 53,000 pCi/l to determine the buildup of radon gas in a bathroom during showering. Samples from the tap and drain, compared to determine the percentage of radon-222 released, showed that between 58% and 88% of radon-222 in the water was released. The resultant radon-222 increase in air, measured with a flow-through detector, ranged from 2 pCi/l to 114 pCi/l in bathrooms due to a 10 to 15 minute shower with water flow rates ranging from 3 l/min to 6 l/min. Significantly, these rates did not fall rapidly but stayed approximately the same for up to 15 minutes after the water flow ceased. In examining exposures, the true danger is in the radon-222 progeny rather than the radon itself. The progeny can be inhaled and deposited in the tracheobronchial passages in the lung. Filter samples of bathroom air measured in a portable alpha spectrometer showed an increase in radon-222 progeny, notably polonium-218 and -214, in the air after showering. These increases were gradual and were on the order of 0.5 pCi/l at the highest level. Tap samples measured in a portable liquid scintillator showed that the progeny are present in the water but are not in true secular equilibrium with the radon-222 in the water. Therefore, the radon-222 does not have to decay to produce progeny since the progeny are already present in the water. A two stage sampler was used to examine the percentage of radiation available in aerosols smaller than 7 microns. Repeated trials showed that up to 85% of the radiation available in the aerosols is contained in the smaller, more respirable particles.

  1. Measurements of nuclear masses and half-lives in the storage ring ESR

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    Klepper, O. [Gesellschaft fuer Schwerionenforschung mbH, Darmstadt (Germany)

    1996-06-01

    Secondary beams of {sup 58}Ni, {sup 197}Au, and {sup 209}Bi fragments have been produced at energies of 200-370 A-MeV by projectile fragmentation, separated with the fragment separator FRS and injected into the storage-cooler ring ESR for mass and half-life measurements. Radioactive beams have also been generated by completely stripping all electrons from {sup 163}Dy and {sup 187}Re ions to investigate the resulting bound-state {beta} decay. For these studies the revolution frequencies and beam intensities of the stored and cooled unstable nuclei were measured via Schottky spectroscopy. In the {sup 58}Ni case the achieved relative momentum spread of 9.10{sup -7} (FWHM) allowed us to resolve the ground and isomeric states of cooled {sup 52}Mn and {sup 53}Fe. The circulating beams were fully ionized which rendered possible, for the first time, to measure pure {beta}{sup +} branches of ground states ({sup 52}Fe{sup g}, {sup 53}Fe{sup g}) and the sum of pure {beta}{sup +} and {gamma} branches of isomers ({sup 52}Mn{sup m}, {sup 53}Fe{sup m}). In the experiment with the heavier fragments the main goal was to study nuclei which are members of {alpha}-decay chains with unknown masses. We systematically mapped the ``mass surface`` in the holmium to polonium region from nuclei close to stability up to nuclei with unknown masses as far as their half-lives are >or{approx}0.5 min. Relative accuracies for the measured mass values in the order of 1.10{sup -6} and below can be achieved. Via {alpha}-decay energies from the literature the ``mass surface`` up to the proton drip-line can be accessed. Due to the high sensitivity of the Schottky diagnosis also small number of daughter nuclei of stored ions with half-lives up to years can be detected. In this way {sup 187}Re was identified as a second case of bound-state {beta}-decay. The status of the only partly completed analysis of these experiments is presented. (orig.)

  2. Overview of naturally occurring Earth materials and human health concerns

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    Ernst, W. G.

    2012-10-01

    The biosphere and the Earth's critical zone have maintained a dynamic equilibrium for more than 3.5 billion years. Except for solar energy, almost all terrestrial substances necessary for life have been derived from near-surface portions of the land, hydrosphere, and atmosphere. If aggregate biological activities are less than the rate of nutrient supply and/or resource renewal, sustained population growth is possible. Where the replenishment rate of a life-sustaining Earth material is finite, usage may reach a condition of dynamic equilibrium in which biological consumption equals but on average cannot exceed the overall supply. Although large, most natural resources are present in finite abundances; for such commodities, excessive present-day human utilization reduces future availability, and thus the ultimate planetary carrying capacity for civilization. Intensive use of Earth materials has enhanced the quality of life, especially in the developed nations. Still, natural background levels, and Earth processes such as volcanic eruptions, as well as human activities involving agriculture, construction, and the extraction, refining, and transformation of mineral resources have led to harmful side effects involving environmental degradation and public health hazards. Among naturally and anthropogenically induced risks are bioaccessible airborne dusts and gases, soluble pollutants in agricultural, industrial, and residential waters, and toxic chemical species in foods and manufactured products. At appropriate levels of ingestion, many Earth materials are necessary for existence, but underdoses and overdoses have mild to serious consequences for human health and longevity. This overview briefly sketches several natural resource health hazards. Included are volcanic ash + aerosols + gases, mineral dusts, non-volcanic aerosols + nanoparticles, asbestos + fibrous zeolites, arsenic, fluorine, iodine, uranium + thorium + radium + radon + polonium, selenium, mercury, copper

  3. CHAPTER 5-RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT

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    Marra, J.

    2010-05-05

    The ore pitchblende was discovered in the 1750's near Joachimstal in what is now the Czech Republic. Used as a colorant in glazes, uranium was identified in 1789 as the active ingredient by chemist Martin Klaproth. In 1896, French physicist Henri Becquerel studied uranium minerals as part of his investigations into the phenomenon of fluorescence. He discovered a strange energy emanating from the material which he dubbed 'rayons uranique.' Unable to explain the origins of this energy, he set the problem aside. About two years later, a young Polish graduate student was looking for a project for her dissertation. Marie Sklodowska Curie, working with her husband Pierre, picked up on Becquerel's work and, in the course of seeking out more information on uranium, discovered two new elements (polonium and radium) which exhibited the same phenomenon, but were even more powerful. The Curies recognized the energy, which they now called 'radioactivity,' as something very new, requiring a new interpretation, new science. This discovery led to what some view as the 'golden age of nuclear science' (1895-1945) when countries throughout Europe devoted large resources to understand the properties and potential of this material. By World War II, the potential to harness this energy for a destructive device had been recognized and by 1939, Otto Hahn and Fritz Strassman showed that fission not only released a lot of energy but that it also released additional neutrons which could cause fission in other uranium nuclei leading to a self-sustaining chain reaction and an enormous release of energy. This suggestion was soon confirmed experimentally by other scientists and the race to develop an atomic bomb was on. The rest of the development history which lead to the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 is well chronicled. After World War II, development of more powerful weapons systems by the United States and the Soviet Union continued to

  4. The radium legacy: Contaminated land and the committed effective dose from the ingestion of radium contaminated materials.

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    Tyler, A N; Dale, P; Copplestone, D; Bradley, S; Ewen, H; McGuire, C; Scott, E M

    2013-09-01

    The manufacture and use of radium in the early to mid-20th century within industrial, medicinal and recreational products have resulted in a large number of contaminated sites across a number of countries with notable examples in the USA and Europe. These sites, represent a significant number of unregulated sources of potential radiological exposure that have collectively and hitherto not been well characterised. In 2007, the Radioactive Contaminated Land (RCL) Regulations came into force in the UK, providing the statutory guidance for regulators to classify and deal with RCL. Here we report on results derived from digestion experiments to estimate committed effective dose, a key aspect of the RCL Regulations, from the ingestion of radium contaminated sources that can be found in the environment. This case study includes particles, clinker and artefacts that arise from past military activities on a site that was once an airfield at Dalgety Bay on the Firth of Forth, UK. Since 2011 the number of radium contaminated finds has increased by one order of magnitude on the foreshore areas of Dalgety Bay. The increase in finds may in large part be attributed to a change in monitoring practice. A subsample of sixty sources was selected, on the basis of their activity and dimensions, and subjected to digestion in simulated stomach and lower intestine solutions. The study demonstrated that more radium-226 ((226)Ra) and lead-210 ((210)Pb; driven by Polonium solubility) are dissolved from sources in artificial 'stomach' solutions compared with 'lower intestine' solutions. The combined 'gut' solubility for (226)Ra and apparent (210)Pb varied from less than 1% to up to 35% ICRP 72 conversion factors were used to convert the activities measured in solution to committed effective dose. A little over 10% of the sources tested dissolved sufficient radioactivity to result in 100mSv committed effective dose to an infant. Using the solubility of 35% as a worst case, minimum source

  5. Effective liquid drop description for alpha decay of atomic nuclei

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    Tavares, O.A.P.; Duarte, S.B. [Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas (CBPF), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Rodriguez, O.; Guzman, F. [Instituto Superior de Ciencia y Tecnologia Nuclear (ISCTN), La Habana (Cuba); Goncalves, M. [Instituto de Radioprotecao e Dosimetria (IRD), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Garcia, F. [Sao Paulo Univ., SP (Brazil). Inst. de Fisica

    1998-06-01

    Alpha decay half-lives are presented in the framework of an effective liquid drop model for different combination of mass transfer descriptions and inertia coefficients. Calculated half-life-values for ground-state to ground-state favoured alpha transitions are compared with available, updated experimental data. Results have shown that the present model is very suitable to treat the alpha decay process on equal foot as cluster radioactivity and cold fission processes. Better agreement with the data is found when the sub-set of even-even alpha emitters are considered in the calculation. (author) 44 refs., 5 figs., 3 tabs.; e-mail: telo at ird.gov.br

  6. Masses and radii of spherical nuclei calculated in various microscopic approaches

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    Patyk, Z.; Sobiczewski, A. [Gesellschaft fuer Schwerionenforschung mbH, Darmstadt (Germany)]|[Soltan Inst. for Nuclear Studies, Warsaw (Poland); Baran, A. [Uniwersytet Marii Curie-Sklodowskiej, Lublin (Poland). Inst. Fizyki; Berger, J.F.; Decharge, J. [CEA Centre d`Etudes de Bruyeres-le-Chatel, 91 (France); Dobaczewski, J. [Warsaw Univ. (Poland). Inst. Fizyki Teoretycznej; Ring, P. [Technische Univ. Muenchen, Garching (Germany). Physik-Department

    1997-08-01

    The quality of the description of nuclear masses and charge radii, calculated in various microscopic approaches, is studied. The Hartree-Fock-Bogoliubov (HFB), extended Thomas-Fermi model with Strutinski integral (ETFSI), relativistic mean field (RMF) and macroscopic-microscopic(MM) approaches are considered. In the HFB approximation, both finite-range (Gogny) and zero-range (Skyrme) effective forces are used. Spherical even-even nuclei (116 nuclides), from light (A=16) to heavy (A=220) ones, with known experimental mass are chosen for the study. A general result is that the best description of masses of considered nuclei is obtained in the MM and ETFSI approaches, while the best charge radii are obtained within the RMF and ETFSI approximations. The behaviour of nuclear masses and radii, when one moves far off the {beta}-stability line, is also studied. (orig.)

  7. Angular cheilitis as the initial sign of Crohn’s disease in children

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    Nuzul Rezki Ramadhani

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Crohn’s disease (CD is a chronic inflammatory process of gastrointestinal tract and originally described as a disorder of the smallest intestine caused by an inappropiate mucosal inflammatory response to intestinal bacteria in genetically predisposed host. Oral manifestation are important clinical finding in Crohn’s disease especially in a pediatric patient. This review highlight oral manifestation of gastrointestinal disorder with angular cheilitis as the initial sign of CD in children. Angular cheilitis are considered to be an important extraintestinal manifestation an presenting as the initial sign of Crohn’s disease in children, although uncommon but can be an important clue in the diagnosis of CD before the development of gastrointestinal symptoms. Angular cheilitis may occasionally occur before the onset of gastrointestinal  disease be present during the disease process or persist even even after the disease has resolved.

  8. Spectroscopy of Neutron-Rich $^{168,170}$Dy: Yrast Band Evolution Close to the $N_{p}N_{n}$ Valence Maximum

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    Söderström, P A; Regan, P H; Algora, A; de Angelis, G; Ashley, S F; Aydin, S; Bazzacco, D; Casperson, R J; Catford, W N; Cederkäll, J; Chapman, R; Corradi, L; Fahlander, C; Farnea, E; Fioretto, E; Freeman, S J; Gadea, A; Gelletly, W; Gottardo, A; Grodner, E; He, C Y; Jones, G A; Keyes, K; Labiche, M; Liang, X; Liu, Z; Lunardi, S; Muarginean, N; Mason, P; Menegazzo, R; Mengoni, D; Montagnoli, G; Napoli, D; Ollier, J; Pietri, S; Podolyák, Z; Pollarolo, G; Recchia, F; Şahin, E; Scarlassara, F; Silvestri, R; Smith, J F; Spohr, K M; Steer, S J; Stefanini, A M; Szilner, S; Thompson, N J; Tveten, G M; Ur, C A; Valiente-Dobón, J J; Werner, V; Williams, S J; Xu, F R; Zhu, J Y

    2010-01-01

    The yrast sequence of the neutron-rich dysprosium isotope Dy-168 has been studied using multi-nucleon transfer reactions following the collision of a 460-MeV Se-82 beam and a Er-170 target. The reaction products were identified using the PRISMA magnetic spectrometer and the gamma rays detected using the CLARA HPGe-detector array. The 2+ and 4+ members of the previously measured ground state rotational band of Dy-168 was confirmed and the yrast band extended up to 10+. A tentative candidate for the 4+ to 2+ transition in Dy-170 was also identified. The data on this and lighter even-even dysprosium isotopes are interpreted in terms of Total Routhian Surface calculations and the evolution of collectivity approaching the proton-neutron valence product maximum is discussed.

  9. High-K isomers as probes of octupole collectivity in heavy nuclei

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    Walker, P.M., E-mail: p.walker@surrey.ac.u [Department of Physics, University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 7XH (United Kingdom); Minkov, N. [Department of Physics, University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 7XH (United Kingdom); Institute of Nuclear Research and Nuclear Energy, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, BG-1784 Sofia (Bulgaria)

    2010-11-01

    The influence of the octupole deformation on the structure of high-K isomeric states in the region of heavy even-even actinide nuclei is studied through a reflection asymmetric deformed shell model (DSM). Two-quasiparticle states with high-K values are constructed by taking into account the pairing effect through a DSM + BCS procedure with constant pairing interaction. The behaviour of two-quasiparticle energies and magnetic dipole moments of K{sup {pi}=}6{sup +}, 6{sup -} and 8{sup -} configurations, applicable to mass numbers in the range A=234-252, was examined over a wide range of quadrupole and octupole deformations. A pronounced sensitivity of the magnetic moments to the octupole deformation is found. The result suggests a possibly important role for high-K isomers in determining the degree of octupole deformation in heavy actinide nuclei.

  10. Enhancement of octupole strength in near spherical nuclei

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    Robledo, L.M. [Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Dep. Fisica Teorica, Facultad de Ciencias, Madrid (Spain)

    2016-09-15

    The validity of the rotational formula used to compute E1 and E3 transition strengths in even-even nuclei is analyzed within the Generator Coordinate Method framework based on mean field wave functions. It turns out that those nuclei with spherical or near spherical shapes the E1 and E3 strengths computed with this formula are strongly underestimated and a sound evaluation of them requires angular-momentum projected wave functions. Results for several isotopic chains with proton number equal to or near magic numbers are analyzed and compared with experimental data. The use of angular-momentum projected wave functions greatly improves the agreement with the scarce experimental data. (orig.)

  11. A simple model for doublet bands in doubly odd nuclei

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    Yoshinaga, N. [Saitama University, Department of Physics, Saitama City (Japan); Higashiyama, K. [Chiba Institute of Technology, Department of Physics, Narashino, Chiba (Japan); University of Tokyo, Department of Physics, Hongo, Tokyo (Japan)

    2006-11-15

    Nuclear structure of doublet bands in doubly odd nuclei with mass A {proportional_to} 130 is investigated within the framework of a simple model where the even-even core couples with a neutron and a proton in intruder orbitals through a quadrupole-quadrupole interaction. The model reproduces quite well the energy levels of doublet bands and electromagnetic transitions. The staggering of the ratios B(M1;I{yields}I-1)/B(E2;I{yields}I-2) of the yrast bands turns out to be described by the chopsticks-like motion of two angular momenta of the unpaired neutron and the unpaired proton when they are weakly coupled with the core. (orig.)

  12. Cross section limits for the Cm248(Mg25,4n-5n)Hs268,269 reactions

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    Dvorak, J.; Brüchle, W.; Düllmann, Ch. E.; Dvorakova, Z.; Eberhardt, K.; Eichler, R.; Jäger, E.; Nagame, Y.; Qin, Z.; Schädel, M.; Schausten, B.; Schimpf, E.; Schuber, R.; Semchenkov, A.; Thörle, P.; Türler, A.; Wegrzecki, M.; Yakushev, A.

    2009-03-01

    We report on an attempt to produce and detect Hs268 and Hs269 in the nuclear fusion reaction Mg25+Cm248 using the gas phase chemistry apparatus COMPACT. No decay chains attributable to the decay of hassium isotopes were observed during the course of this experiment. From the nonobservation of Hs269 we derive a cross section limit of 0.4 pb (63% confidence limit) for the reaction Cm248(Mg25,4n)Hs269 at a center-of-target beam energy of 140 MeV. The evaluated cross section limit for the Cm248(Mg25,5n)Hs268 reaction depends on the assumed half-life of unknown Hs268. Current systematics of the half-lives for even-even Hs isotopes suggests a value of 0.5 s, resulting in a cross section limit of 1.3 pb.

  13. Non-yrast bands in a coherent quadrupole-octupole model

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    Strecker, Michael; Lenske, Horst [Institut fuer Theoretische Physik, Universitaet Giessen (Germany); Minkov, Nikolay [Institute of Nuclear Research and Nuclear Energy, Sofia (Bulgaria)

    2012-07-01

    A model assuming coherent quadrupole-octupole vibrations and rotations is applied to describe non-yrast energy sequences with alternating parity in several even-even nuclei from different regions. The energies are calculated from an analytically known formula in which for the first time we consider states with arbitrary large quantum numbers, allowing, as a new feature, to describe higher lying bands. A fit of the model parameters is performed for each nucleus in order to reach the best agreement with the experiment. The mass dependence of the parameters will be discussed. The model reproduces the structure of the spectra together with the observed B(E1), B(E2) and B(E3) reduced transition probabilities in the considered nuclei {sup 152,154}Sm, {sup 154,156,158}Gd, {sup 236}U and {sup 100}Mo. Aided by HIC for FAIR.

  14. Non-yrast split parity-doublet spectra in odd-mass nuclei

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    Strecker, Michael; Lenske, Horst [Institut fuer Theoretische Physik, Universitaet Giessen (Germany); Minkov, Nikolay [Institute of Nuclear Research and Nuclear Energy, Sofia (Bulgaria)

    2013-07-01

    We extend the coherent quadrupole and octupole model to describe non-yrast split parity-doublet bands in odd-A nuclei. It is shown that the model describes both the yrast and non-yrast quasi-parity doublet spectra and the related B(E1) and B(E2) transition rates in various odd-A nuclei from the rare-earth to the actinide region. As in case of even-even nuclei we make use of an analytically derived formula for the energies. The model parameters are adjusted in order to obtain the best description of the experiment. The observed Coriolis decoupling effects are taken into account phenomenologically. Results are compared to recent spectroscopic data.

  15. Effective field theory for triaxially deformed nuclei

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    Chen, Q. B.; Kaiser, N.; Meißner, Ulf-G.; Meng, J.

    2017-10-01

    Effective field theory is generalized to investigate the rotational motion of triaxially deformed even-even nuclei. The Hamiltonian for the triaxial rotor is obtained up to next-to-leading order within the effective field theory formalism. Its applicability is examined by comparing with a five-dimensional rotor-vibrator Hamiltonian for the description of the energy spectra of the ground state and γ band in Ru isotopes. It is found that by taking into account the next-to-leading order corrections, the ground state band in the whole spin region and the γ band in the low spin region are well described. The deviations for high-spin states in the γ bands point towards the importance of including vibrational degrees of freedom in the effective field theory formulation.

  16. Effective field theory for triaxially deformed nuclei

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    Chen, Q.B. [Technische Universitaet Muechen, Physik-Department, Garching (Germany); Peking University, State Key Laboratory of Nuclear Physics and Technology, School of Physics, Beijing (China); Kaiser, N. [Technische Universitaet Muechen, Physik-Department, Garching (Germany); Meissner, Ulf G. [Universitaet Bonn, Helmholtz-Institut fuer Strahlen- und Kernphysik and Bethe Center for Theoretical Physics, Bonn (Germany); Institute for Advanced Simulation, Institut fuer Kernphysik, Juelich Center for Hadron Physics and JARA-HPC, Forschungszentrum Juelich, Juelich (Germany); Meng, J. [Peking University, State Key Laboratory of Nuclear Physics and Technology, School of Physics, Beijing (China); Beihang University, School of Physics and Nuclear Energy Engineering, Beijing (China); University of Stellenbosch, Department of Physics, Stellenbosch (South Africa)

    2017-10-15

    Effective field theory is generalized to investigate the rotational motion of triaxially deformed even-even nuclei. The Hamiltonian for the triaxial rotor is obtained up to next-to-leading order within the effective field theory formalism. Its applicability is examined by comparing with a five-dimensional rotor-vibrator Hamiltonian for the description of the energy spectra of the ground state and γ band in Ru isotopes. It is found that by taking into account the next-to-leading order corrections, the ground state band in the whole spin region and the γ band in the low spin region are well described. The deviations for high-spin states in the γ bands point towards the importance of including vibrational degrees of freedom in the effective field theory formulation. (orig.)

  17. Alpha-cluster preformation factor within cluster-formation model for odd-A and odd-odd heavy nuclei

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    Saleh Ahmed, Saad M.

    2017-06-01

    The alpha-cluster probability that represents the preformation of alpha particle in alpha-decay nuclei was determined for high-intensity alpha-decay mode odd-A and odd-odd heavy nuclei, 82 CSR) and the hypothesised cluster-formation model (CFM) as in our previous work. Our previous successful determination of phenomenological values of alpha-cluster preformation factors for even-even nuclei motivated us to expand the work to cover other types of nuclei. The formation energy of interior alpha cluster needed to be derived for the different nuclear systems with considering the unpaired-nucleon effect. The results showed the phenomenological value of alpha preformation probability and reflected the unpaired nucleon effect and the magic and sub-magic effects in nuclei. These results and their analyses presented are very useful for future work concerning the calculation of the alpha decay constants and the progress of its theory.

  18. New isotope 264Sg and decay properties of 262-264Sg

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    Gregorich, K.E.; Gates, J.M.; Duellmann, Ch.E.; Sudowe, R.; Nelson, S.L.; Garcia, M.A.; Dragojevic, I.; Folden, C.M. III.; Neumann,S.H.; Hoffman, D.C.; Nitsche, H.

    2006-06-20

    New isotope, 264Sg, was identified using the38U(30Si,xn)268-xSg reaction and excitation functions for 262-264Sg weremeasured. 264Sg decays by spontaneous fission with a half life of 37+27/-11 ms. The spontaneous fission branch for 0.9-s 263Sg was measuredfor the first time and found to be (13+-8) percent. 262Sg decays byspontaneous fission with a 15 +5/-3 ms half-life. Spontaneous fissionpartial half-life systematics are evaluated for even-even Sg isotopesfrom 258Sg through 266Sg, spanning the transition region between theN=152, Z=100 and N=162, Z=108 deformed shells.

  19. Coulomb Excitation of Odd-Mass and Odd-Odd Cu Isotopes using REX-ISOLDE and Miniball

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    Lauer, M; Iwanicki, J S

    2002-01-01

    We propose to study the properties of the odd-mass and the odd-odd neutron-rich Cu nuclei applying the Coulomb excitation technique and using the REX-ISOLDE facility coupled to the Miniball array. The results from the Coulex experiments accomplished at REX-ISOLDE after its upgrade to 3 MeV/u during the last year have shown the power of this method and its importance in order to obtain information on the collective properties of even-even nuclei. Performing an experiment on the odd-mass and on the odd-odd neutron-rich Cu isotopes in the vicinity of N=40 should allow us to determine and interpret the effective proton and neutron charges in the region and to unravel the lowest proton-neutron multiplets in $^{68,70}$Cu. This experiment can take the advantage of the unique opportunity to accelerate isomerically separated beams using the RILIS ion source at ISOLDE.

  20. First Measurement of the g Factor in the Chiral Band: The Case of the Cs 128 Isomeric State

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    Grodner, E.; Srebrny, J.; Droste, Ch.; Próchniak, L.; Rohoziński, S. G.; Kowalczyk, M.; Ionescu-Bujor, M.; Ur, C. A.; Starosta, K.; Ahn, T.; Kisieliński, M.; Marchlewski, T.; Aydin, S.; Recchia, F.; Georgiev, G.; Lozeva, R.; Fiori, E.; Zielińska, M.; Chen, Q. B.; Zhang, S. Q.; Yu, L. F.; Zhao, P. W.; Meng, J.

    2018-01-01

    The g factor of the 56 ns half-life isomeric state in Cs 128 has been measured using the time-differential perturbed angular distribution method. This state is the bandhead of the positive-parity chiral rotational band, which emerges when an unpaired proton, an unpaired neutron hole, and an even-even core are coupled such that their angular momentum vectors are aplanar (chiral configuration). g -factor measurements can give important information on the relative orientation of the three angular momentum vectors. The measured g factor g =+0.59 (1 ) shows that there is an important contribution of the core rotation in the total angular momentum of the isomeric state. Moreover, a quantitative theoretical analysis supports the conclusion that the three angular momentum vectors lie almost in one plane, which suggests that the chiral configuration in Cs 128 demonstrated in previous works by characteristic patterns of electromagnetic transitions appears only above some value of the total nuclear spin.

  1. Studies on physico-chemical changes during artificial ripening of banana (Musa sp) variety 'Robusta'.

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    Kulkarni, Shyamrao Gururao; Kudachikar, V B; Keshava Prakash, M N

    2011-12-01

    Banana (Musa sp var 'Robusta') fruits harvested at 75-80% maturity were dip treated with different concentrations of ethrel (250-1,000 ppm) solution for 5 min. Ethrel at 500 ppm induced uniform ripening without impairing taste and flavour of banana. Untreated control banana fruits remained shriveled, green and failed to ripen evenly even after 8 days of storage. Fruits treated with 500 ppm of ethrel ripened well in 6 days at 20 ± 1 °C. Changes in total soluble solids, acidity, total sugars and total carotenoids showed increasing trends up to 6 days during ripening whereas fruit shear force values, pulp pH and total chlorophyll in peel showed decreasing trends. Sensory quality of ethrel treated banana fruits (fully ripe) were excellent with respect to external colour, taste, flavour and overall quality.

  2. Proton emission from highly deformed nuclei

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    Delion, D S

    2002-01-01

    We give the description of proton emission involving transition between excited states of the even-even cores. The contribution of the rotational energy is properly taken into account. It is shown that the proton decay width is practically independent of the matching radius for a large interval of values. By using the universal parametrisation of the Woods-Saxon potential the agreement with the experimental data for the transitions between ground states is satisfactory. We show that the half-life to first excited state in sup 1 sup 3 sup 1 Eu is much more sensitive to the mean field parameters then the transition between ground states. The influence of the difference between the parent and daughter deformations is studied. (authors)

  3. One-particle spectroscopic intensities as a signature of shape phase transition: The γ-unstable case

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    Alonso, C. E.; Arias, J. M.; Vitturi, A.

    2006-08-01

    We investigate the evolution of one-particle spectroscopic intensities as a possible signature of shape phase transitions. The study describes the odd systems in terms of the interacting boson fermion model. We consider the particular case of an odd j=3/2 particle coupled to an even-even boson core that undergoes a phase transition from spherical U(5) to γ-unstable O(6) situation. At the critical point, our findings are compared with the one-particle spectroscopic intensities that can be obtained within the E(5/4) model proposed by[F. Iachello, Phys. Rev. Lett. 95, 052503 (2005); F. Iachello, in Symmetries and Low-Energy Phase Transitions in Nuclear Structure Physics, edited by G. Lo Bianco (University of Camerino Press, Camerino, Italy, in press)].

  4. Negative-parity intruder states of the neutron-rich N=20, Z=14-16 isotones: a 1{Dirac_h}{omega} shell model description

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    Bouhelal, M. [Universite de Strasbourg, IPHC, CNRS/IN2P3, Strasbourg (France); Universite de Batna, Departement de Physique, Faculte des Sciences, Batna (Algeria); Haas, F.; Caurier, E.; Nowacki, F. [Universite de Strasbourg, IPHC, CNRS/IN2P3, Strasbourg (France); Bouldjedri, A. [Universite de Batna, Departement de Physique, Faculte des Sciences, Batna (Algeria)

    2009-12-15

    In order to get a consistent shell model description of the negative-parity states throughout the sd shell a new interaction (PSDPFB) has been developed. It was derived in the full p-sd-pf model space and is built on existing interactions for the major shells with adjustments of the cross-shell monopoles. The calculated energy spectra for these 1{Dirac_h}{omega} intruder states are compared to experiment for the N=20 neutron-rich isotones {sup 34}Si, {sup 35}P and {sup 36}S. A systematics for the multiplet configuration {nu}(d{sub 3/2}{sup -1}f{sub 7/2}{sup 1}) in even-even isotones from {sup 34}Si to {sup 40}Ca is also presented. (orig.)

  5. Systematization of α-decaying nuclei based on shell structures: The case of even-odd nuclei

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    Yarman, Tolga [Okan University, Istanbul (Turkey); Zaim, Nimet [Trakya University, Edirne (Turkey); Yarman, O. [Istanbul University, Istanbul (Turkey); Kholmetskii, Alexander [Belarusian State University, Minsk (Belarus); Arik, Metin [Bogazici University, Istanbul (Turkey)

    2017-01-15

    Previously, we provided a novel systematization of α-decaying even-even nuclei starting with the classically adopted mechanism (Yarman et al., Eur. Phys. J. A 52, 140 (2016)). The decay half-life of an α-decaying nucleus was framed so that i) the α-particle is taken at the outset to be born inside the parent nucleus with a given probability, ii) where it then keeps on bouncing off of the barrier of the parent nucleus till iii) it finally tunnels through the barrier. Knowing beforehand the measured decay half-life, we have taken into consideration, as a parameter, the probability of the α-particle being first born within the parent before it is emitted. We thence developed a scaffold based on shell properties of families composed of alike even-even nuclei. Nevertheless, our model allows us to incorporate any α-decaying nuclei, and along this line, we present a follow-up systematization of even-odd nuclei, with cases of odd-even and odd-odd α-decaying nuclei pending to be considered in a separate contribution. Notwithstanding, we make an effort herein to expand our approach to investigate the effect of ''pairing'' (e.g., when a number of nucleons in the given nucleus becomes an even number, instead of the initial odd number, due to the addition of at least one neutron). Our results show that ''pairing'', as expected, definitely increases the stability of the given nucleus. (orig.)

  6. Occurrence of selected radionuclides in ground water used for drinking water in the United States; a reconnaissance survey, 1998

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    Focazio, Michael J.; Szabo, Zoltan; Kraemer, Thomas F.; Mullin, Ann H.; Barringer, Thomas H.; dePaul, Vincent T.

    2001-01-01

    The U.S. Geological Survey, in collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the American Water Works Association, and the American Water Works Service Company, completed a targeted national reconnaissance survey of selected radionuclides in public ground-water supplies. Radionuclides analyzed included radium-224 (Ra-224), radium-226 (Ra-226), radium-228 (Ra-228), polonium-210 (Po-210) and lead-210 (Pb-210).This U.S. Geological Survey reconnaissance survey focused intentionally on areas with known or suspected elevated concentrations of radium in ground water to determine if Ra-224 was also present in the areas where other isotopes of radium had previously been detected and to determine the co-occurrence characteristics of the three radium isotopes (Ra-224, Ra-226, and Ra-228) in those areas. Ninety-nine raw-water samples (before water treatment) were collected once over a 6-month period in 1998 and 1999 from wells (94 of which are used for public drinking water) in 27 States and 8 physiographic provinces. Twenty-one of the 99 samples exceeded the current U.S. Environmental Protection Agency drinking-water maximum contaminant level of 5 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) for combined radium (Ra-226 + Ra-228). Concentrations of Ra-224 were reported to exceed 1 pCi/L in 30 percent of the samples collected, with a maximum concentration of 73.6 pCi/L measured in water from a nontransient, noncommunity, public-supply well in Maryland. Radium-224 concentrations generally were higher than those of the other isotopes of radium. About 5 percent of the samples contained concentrations of Ra-224 greater than 10 pCi/L, whereas only 2 percent exceeded 10 pCi/L for either Ra-226 or Ra-228. Concentrations of Ra-226 greater than 1 pCi/L were reported in 33 percent of the samples, with a maximum concentration of 16.9 pCi/L measured in water from a public-supply well in Iowa. Concentrations of Ra-228 greater than 1 pCi/L were reported in 22 samples, with a maximum

  7. Radioactive ion beam development for the SPIRAL 2 project; Developpement de faisceaux d'ions radioactifs pour le projet SPIRAL 2

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    Pichard, A.

    2010-11-26

    This thesis focuses on the study of radioactive ion beam production by the ISOL method for the SPIRAL 2 project. The production of light ion beams is studied and the potential in-target yields of two beams are appraised. The neutron-rich {sup 15}C yield in an oxide target is estimated with simulations (MCNPx, EAF-07) and experimental data bases; the neutron-deficient {sup 14}O yield is estimated thanks to a new measurement of the {sup 12}C({sup 3}He, n){sup 14}O reaction excitation function. Based on thermal simulations, a first design of the production target is presented. This thermal study gives the necessary answers for the detailed design of the system able to reach a production yield 140 times higher than with SPIRAL 1. The production of radioactive ion beams coming from fissions in the UCx target is also studied and more particularly effusion and ionisation processes. A global study and an off-line tests campaign allow essential knowledge to the design of the surface ionisation source for SPIRAL 2 to be acquired. A first prototype of this ion source dedicated to alkali and alkaline-earth element production has been built and a thermal calibration performed. Ionisation efficiency and time response of the target-ion source system have been measured at different target temperatures and for different noble gases. These measurements allow evaluation of the impact of effusion and ionisation processes on the production efficiency of different alkali and noble gases isotopes as a function of their half-life. (author) [French] Cette these concerne l'etude de la production de faisceaux d'ions radioactifs par la methode ISOL pour le projet SPIRAL 2. La production de faisceaux legers est tout d'abord consideree. Les taux de production potentiels de deux faisceaux sont evalues: la production de {sup 15}C (riche en neutrons) dans une cible d'oxyde est estimee a l'aide de simulations (MCNPx, EAF-07) et de donnees experimentales; le taux de

  8. Collinear laser spectroscopy on radioactive praseodymium ions and cadmium ions; Kollineare Laserspektroskopie an radioaktiven Praseodymionen und Cadmiumatomen

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    Froemmgen, Nadja

    2013-11-21

    Collinear laser spectroscopy is a tool for the model independent determination of spins, charge radii and electromagnetic moments of nuclei in ground and long-lived isomeric states. In the context of this thesis a new offline ion source for high evaporating temperatures and an ion beam analysis system were implemented at the TRIGA-LASER Experiment at the Institute for Nuclear Chemistry at the University of Mainz. The main part of the thesis deals with the determination of the properties of radioactive praseodymium and cadmium isotopes by collinear laser spectroscopy at ISOLDE/CERN. The necessary test measurements for the spectroscopy of praseodymium ions have been conducted with the aforementioned offline ion source at the TRIGA-LASER experiment. The spectroscopy of the praseodymium ions was motivated by the observation of a modulation of the electron capture decay rates of hydrogen-like {sup 140}Pr{sup 58+}. The nuclear magnetic moment of the nucleus is, among others, required for the explanation of the so-called GSI Oscillations and has not been studied experimentally before. Additionally, the determined electron capture decay constant of hydrogen-like {sup 140}Pr{sup 58+} is lower than the one of helium-like {sup 140}Pr{sup 57+}. The explanation of this phenomenon requires a positive magnetic moment. During the experiment at the COLLAPS apparatus the magnetic moments of the neutron-deficient isotopes {sup 135}Pr, {sup 136}Pr and {sup 137}Pr could be determined for the first time. Unfortunately, due to a too low production yield the desired isotope {sup 140}Pr could not be studied.The systematic study of cadmium isotopes was motivated by nuclear physics in the tin region. With Z=48 two protons are missing for the shell closure and the isotopes extend from the magic neutron number N=50 to the magic neutron number N=82. The extracted nuclear properties allow tests of different nuclear models in this region. In this thesis the obtained results of the spectroscopy of

  9. Spectroscopy of the doubly magic nucleus {sup 100}Sn and its decay

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    Hinke, Christoph B.

    2010-07-23

    The nucleus {sup 100}Sn has been the aim of a number of experimental approaches. It is of great interest for various reasons. It is presumably the heaviest particle-stable N=Z nucleus and at the same time doubly magic. Its beta decay is of particular importance because it is expected to be the purest Gamow-Teller decay in the nuclear chart and thus allows to study the question of the missing Gamow-Teller strength/the Gamow-Teller quenching due to core polarisation effects. From the beta-coincident decay spectroscopy of the daughter nucleus {sup 100}In information about the proton-neutron interaction in this region of the nuclear chart can be obtained. Simultaneously with the implantation of the nucleus in the detector setup after production the search for delayed gamma radiation from a predicted isomeric state in {sup 100}Sn could yield first insight into the structure of excited states in this exotic nucleus. This work presents investigation results concerning the spectroscopy of the doubly magic nucleus {sup 100}Sn and its decay. The experiment was performed in March 2008 at the accelerator facilities of the GSI Helmholtz Zentrum Darmstadt. The neutron deficient nucleus was produced in a projectile fragmentation reaction of a {sup 124}Xe primary beam impinging on a Beryllium target with an energy of 1 GeV x A. After a separation from other fragmentation products and a unique identification {sup 100}Sn was stopped in an implantation detector consisting of highly segmented silicon strip detectors for decay spectroscopy. Beside the determination of the half life it was possible to detect the total energy of the emitted particle radiation in the implantation detector as well as the emitted gamma radiation with a surrounding array of Germanium detectors. With a number of approximately 70 successfully observed decays of {sup 100}Sn a half life of T{sub 1/2}=1.16{+-}0.20s was obtained. The beta endpoint energy of the single channel decay yielded a value of E{sub {beta

  10. Deformation properties of lead isotopes

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    Tolokonnikov, S. V.; Borzov, I. N.; Lutostansky, Yu. S.; Saperstein, E. E., E-mail: saper43-7@mail.ru [National Research Center Kurchatov Institute (Russian Federation)

    2016-01-15

    The deformation properties of a long lead isotopic chain up to the neutron drip line are analyzed on the basis of the energy density functional (EDF) in the FaNDF{sup 0} Fayans form. The question of whether the ground state of neutron-deficient lead isotopes can have a stable deformation is studied in detail. The prediction of this deformation is contained in the results obtained on the basis of the HFB-17 and HFB-27 Skyrme EDF versions and reported on Internet. The present analysis reveals that this is at odds with experimental data on charge radii and magnetic moments of odd lead isotopes. The Fayans EDF version predicts a spherical ground state for all light lead isotopes, but some of them (for example, {sup 180}Pb and {sup 184}Pb) prove to be very soft—that is, close to the point of a phase transition to a deformed state. Also, the results obtained in our present study are compared with the predictions of some other Skyrme EDF versions, including SKM*, SLy4, SLy6, and UNE1. By and large, their predictions are closer to the results arising upon the application of the Fayans functional. For example, the SLy4 functional predicts, in just the same way as the FaNDF{sup 0} functional, a spherical shape for all nuclei of this region. The remaining three Skyrme EDF versions lead to a deformation of some light lead isotopes, but their number is substantially smaller than that in the case of the HFB-17 and HFB-27 functionals. Moreover, the respective deformation energy is substantially lower, which gives grounds to hope for the restoration of a spherical shape upon going beyond the mean-field approximation, which we use here. Also, the deformation properties of neutron-rich lead isotopes are studied up to the neutron drip line. Here, the results obtained with the FaNDF{sup 0} functional are compared with the predictions of the HFB-17, HFB-27, SKM*, and SLy4 Skyrme EDF versions. All of the EDF versions considered here predict the existence of a region where neutron

  11. The scientific objectives of the SPIRAL 2 Project

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    Ackermann, D.; Adoui, L.; Angelis, G. de [GANIL, Grand Accelerateur National d' Ions Lourds, BP 55027, 14076 Caen cedex 5 (France)] (and others)

    2006-06-15

    the machine design and a summary of the capabilities of the facility. To conclude, the SPIRAL 2 facility will offer a wide range of intense stable and radioactive beams. Both neutron-induced fission and charged-particle-induced fission will be used to produce high-intensity beams of fission fragments. Fusion-evaporation and transfer reactions with high-intensity, stable light- and heavy-ion beams will allow the delivery of neutron-deficient and light radioactive ions. The same reactions may also serve for the production of radioactive samples (targets) of interest for astrophysics or radiobiology. The intense RIBs can be used in turn to study nuclei even further away from the stability line via secondary fusion-evaporation or deep-inelastic reactions. Altogether, the regions of the Chart of the Nuclides that can be reached with the SPIRAL 2 facility, cover a large part of the chart of nuclei. The high flux of high-energy neutrons (in the range from 1 to 40 MeV) produced in the carbon converter via C(d,xn) reactions opens the door to a range of nuclear physics and related applications. One should note that if these opportunities are to be exploited it requires additional investment.

  12. SPRAY CALCINATION REACTOR

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    Johnson, B.M.

    1963-08-20

    A spray calcination reactor for calcining reprocessin- g waste solutions is described. Coaxial within the outer shell of the reactor is a shorter inner shell having heated walls and with open regions above and below. When the solution is sprayed into the irner shell droplets are entrained by a current of gas that moves downwardly within the inner shell and upwardly between it and the outer shell, and while thus being circulated the droplets are calcined to solids, whlch drop to the bottom without being deposited on the walls. (AEC) H03 H0233412 The average molecular weights of four diallyl phthalate polymer samples extruded from the experimental rheometer were redetermined using the vapor phase osmometer. An amine curing agent is required for obtaining suitable silver- filled epoxy-bonded conductive adhesives. When the curing agent was modified with a 47% polyurethane resin, its effectiveness was hampered. Neither silver nor nickel filler impart a high electrical conductivity to Adiprenebased adhesives. Silver filler was found to perform well in Dow-Corning A-4000 adhesive. Two cascaded hot-wire columns are being used to remove heavy gaseous impurities from methane. This purified gas is being enriched in the concentric tube unit to approximately 20% carbon-13. Studies to count low-level krypton-85 in xenon are continuing. The parameters of the counting technique are being determined. The bismuth isotopes produced in bismuth irradiated for polonium production are being determined. Preliminary data indicate the presence of bismuth207 and bismuth-210m. The light bismuth isotopes are probably produced by (n,xn) reactions bismuth-209. The separation of uranium-234 from plutonium-238 solutions was demonstrated. The bulk of the plutonium is removed by anion exchange, and the remainder is extracted from the uranium by solvent extraction techniques. About 99% of the plutonium can be removed in each thenoyltrifluoroacetone extraction. The viscosity, liquid density, and

  13. Biological pathways of exposure and ecotoxicity values for uranium and associated radionuclides: Chapter D in Hydrological, geological, and biological site characterization of breccia pipe uranium deposits in Northern Arizona

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    Hinck, Jo E.; Linder, Greg L.; Finger, Susan E.; Little, Edward E.; Tillitt, Donald E.; Kuhne, Wendy

    2010-01-01

    This chapter compiles available chemical and radiation toxicity information for plants and animals from the scientific literature on naturally occurring uranium and associated radionuclides. Specifically, chemical and radiation hazards associated with radionuclides in the uranium decay series including uranium, thallium, thorium, bismuth, radium, radon, protactinium, polonium, actinium, and francium were the focus of the literature compilation. In addition, exposure pathways and a food web specific to the segregation areas were developed. Major biological exposure pathways considered were ingestion, inhalation, absorption, and bioaccumulation, and biota categories included microbes, invertebrates, plants, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. These data were developed for incorporation into a risk assessment to be conducted as part of an environmental impact statement for the Bureau of Land Management, which would identify representative plants and animals and their relative sensitivities to exposure of uranium and associated radionuclides. This chapter provides pertinent information to aid in the development of such an ecological risk assessment but does not estimate or derive guidance thresholds for radionuclides associated with uranium. Previous studies have not attempted to quantify the risks to biota caused directly by the chemical or radiation releases at uranium mining sites, although some information is available for uranium mill tailings and uranium mine closure activities. Research into the biological impacts of uranium exposure is strongly biased towards human health and exposure related to enriched or depleted uranium associated with the nuclear energy industry rather than naturally occurring uranium associated with uranium mining. Nevertheless, studies have reported that uranium and other radionuclides can affect the survival, growth, and reproduction of plants and animals. Exposure to chemical and radiation hazards is influenced by a

  14. Design of an Actinide-Burning, Lead or Lead-Bismuth Cooled Reactor that Produces Low-Cost Electricity

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    Mac Donald, Philip Elsworth; Weaver, Kevan Dean; Davis, Cliff Bybee; MIT folks

    2000-07-01

    indirect cycle designs has investigated the effects of various parameters to increase electric production at full power. For the direct-contact reactor, major issues related to the direct-contact heat transfer rate and entrainment and carryover of liquid lead-bismuth to the turbine have been identified and analyzed. An economic analysis approach was also developed to determine the cost of electricity production in the lead-bismuth reactor. The approach will be formulated into a model and applied to develop scientific cost estimates for the different reactor designs and thus aid in the selection of the most economic option. In the area of lead-bismuth coolant activation, the radiological hazard was evaluated with particular emphasis on the direct-contact reactor. In this system, the lack of a physical barrier between the primary and secondary coolant favors the release of the alpha-emitter Po?210 and its transport throughout the plant. Modeling undertaken on the basis of the scarce information available in the literature confirmed the importance of this issue, as well as the need for experimental work to reduce the uncertainties on the basic characteristics of volatile polonium chemical forms.

  15. Epidemiologic Study of One Million U.S. Radiation Workers and Veterans

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    Boice, John [National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements, Bethesda, MD (United States)

    2017-12-14

    The single most important question in radiation epidemiology is determining the level of health risks associated with radiation exposures that occur gradually over time. The study of one million early U.S. radiation workers and veterans has been designed to provide information on risk following chronic exposures by focusing on occupational groups with differing radiation exposure patterns, including intakes of radionuclides. The cost-efficient study builds on the investments made and foundations laid by investigators and government agencies over the past 30-40 years, which have established early worker cohorts that can now provide answers to questions on the lifetime human health risks associated with low-level radiation exposures. Within the overall goal of the epidemiologic study of one million U.S. radiation workers and veterans, this project had a total of nine specific aims which included studies of six populations for multiple endpoints including cancer overall mortality, leukemia and non-cancer mortality. The six populations included: Mound, Ohio, workers exposed to polonium, tritium and plutonium; nuclear power plant workers within the Landauer dosimetry and Nuclear Regulatory Commission data files; industrial radiographers; Mallinckrodt uranium workers; uranium workers who linked with the US Renal Data System; and nuclear weapons test participants. Over 400,000 workers and atomic veterans are included in these populations, with vital status being determined and analyses of all causes of death undertaken. A critical, integral component of the studies has been comprehensive evaluations of dosimetry involving, in many cases, complex dose reconstructions, and assessments of uncertainties. The work has also involved development of state-of-the art statistical approaches and modeling. All nine aims were accomplished successfully, resulting in publication of two NCRP documents, 13 literature papers, numerous Boice Reports in Health Physics News and many

  16. Department of Nuclear Spectroscopy and Technique: Overview

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    Kozlowski, T. [The Andrzej Soltan Institute for Nuclear Studies, Otwock-Swierk (Poland)

    1998-12-31

    (full text) According to the Department`s name, our activity is focused on ``spectroscopy`` (basic research) and ``technique`` (applications). Our Department is also involved in the new subject in our Institute, namely Consulting. The exhibition commemorating the 100 anniversary of the birth of Prof. Andrzej Soltan and the discovery of Polonium and Radium was presented with a strong support of our Department. At present, three Ph.D and five M.Sc. students are working for their degrees. In 1997 one Ph.D was obtained. Many results obtained profited by cooperation with Polish, European and USA centres like the Heavy Ion Laboratory at Warsaw University, GSI in Darmstadt (Germany), PSI in Villigen (Switzerland) etc. Our own equipment: C-30 proton cyclotron, electromagnetic mass-separator and low background gamma detection facility has allowed us to obtain new results. The Theory Group was involved in further studies of nuclear dynamics, particularly of the nature and strength of nuclear dissipation in compound-nucleus fission and strongly damped nucleus-nucleus collisions. A comprehensive program for studying nucleus-nucleus collision dynamics with inclusion of fluctuations and shell effects has been started. In-beam spectroscopic studies have been continued in collaboration with Argonne National Lab., University of Notre Dame, USA and KFA Juelich (Germany). Level schemes of several nuclei in the vicinity of Z,N=50 have been extended to very high spins. New evidence of shell breaking effect has been found at Ru nuclei. New isomers have been discovered in heavy {sup 182,183}Ir. In collaboration with Heavy Ion Lab. a study of high spin states in {sup 110}Sn and several high spin isomers in this region was undertaken. A search for lepton flavour violating nuclear processes has been continued at PSI - new data for the Au target have recently been collected. Many new results in high energy atomic physics have been obtained in collaboration with PSI and GSI. A systematic

  17. Radioactivity in French bottled waters

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    Loyen, J.; Brassac, A.; Augeray, C.; Fayolle, C.; Gleizes, M. [Institut de Radioprotection et de Surete Nucleaire - IRSN (France)

    2014-07-01

    activity concentration higher than the guide value of 0,1 Bq/l, complementary measurements of natural radionuclides present were done. Activity concentrations of radium isotopes (226, 228), uranium isotopes (234, 235, 238) polonium-210 and lead-210 were determined. Uranium isotopes, radium-226 and in some cases radium-228 were often measured with significant activities. Those results were then used to estimate a Total Indicative Dose (TID), dose received by an adult consuming 2 liters of water a day for a one year period. TID estimated were lower or equal to the quality reference value defined in the national regulation of 0,1 mSv/y for 27 samples. For the 6 remaining samples, TID is over 0,1 mSv/y but lower the taking counter measure value of 0,3 mSv/y defined in the national regulation. Furthermore, 3 bottles have a label indicating that there are suitable for infants when the analysis showed that their gross alpha activity concentration of the sample analyzed was over the limit value of 0,1 Bq/l of the French regulation. As a conclusion, it can be said that this picture that was taken in 2012 showed that the radiological quality of French bottled waters is globally acceptable. Document available in abstract form only. (authors)

  18. Human skeletal uptake of natural alpha radioactivity from {sup 210}Pb-supported {sup 210}Po

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    Oyedepo, A.C

    1998-06-01

    This thesis contributes to increasing knowledge on the dosimetry of natural alpha-particle radiation in skeletal tissues, particularly in utero, and associated risks of malignancy. Alpha-particle radiation is an established aetiological factor of cancer. In the human body, polonium-210 decayed from skeletal lead-210 ({sup 210}Pb/{sup 210}Po) is the predominant natural alpha-emitter. {sup 210}Pb displaces calcium (Ca) in mineral hydroxyapatite, especially during periods of rapid bone growth and remodelling when Ca is laid down. It was therefore necessary to study alpha activity uptake and calcification concurrently within bone. Human studies were undertaken on: fetal vertebrae, 17 - 42 weeks of gestation, 74 samples; adult vertebrae, 40 - 95 years, 40 samples; and adult ribs, 20 - 95 years, 51 samples. Specimens were unconcentrated and weighed <5 g each. TASTRAK alpha-particle autoradiography was used to assess the bone activity concentration and spatial microdistribution of {sup 210}Pb/{sup 210}Po. Alpha track data were resolved by specially written software named SPATS (Selection Program for Analysing Track Structures). Ca and phosphorus (P) were biochemically determined. Results were examined for trends in bone type, gender and chronological ageing in humans. The main research findings were: 1) The Ca content of fetal vertebrae increased linearly at a weekly rate of 0.2g Ca 100 g{sup -1} wet bone (typical values of 2, 4, 6 g 100 g{sup -1} at 16, 26 and 36 weeks). 2) The P concentration also increased with advancing fetal age. 3) The Ca:P bone weight ratio rose from 1.7 to 2.2 by 32 gestational weeks. 4) The overall range in bone {sup 210}Pb/{sup 210}Po alpha activity was 0.25 - 1.1 Bq kg{sup -1} with correlation between activity concentration and fetal age (0.47 {+-} 0.05 Bq kg{sup -1} for 17 - 26 weeks, 0.67 {+-} 0.04 Bq kg{sup -1} for 32 - 42 weeks). 5) The correlation between increased alpha radioactivity and increased Ca concentration approximating to 0

  19. Behaviour of {sup 210}Po in fresh water ecosystem located in high rainfall area around proposed uranium mining site in India

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    Jha, S.K. [Environmental Radioactivity measurement Section, Health Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai-400085 (India)

    2014-07-01

    .03). Mean Gross alpha activity measured in 189 samples from nine locations varies from 45 - 114 mBq L{sup -1}. The maximum gross alpha radioactivity 114 mBq L{sup -1} was observed in surface water samples from phud Syngkai. The gross alpha activity concentrations for drinking water were exceeded beyond the recommended WHO guideline at two locations namely at Phud Syngkai and Nongtynger. The water samples from Mawthabah and Nongtynger contains highest concentration of {sup 210}Po having lowest Mn concentration whereas reverse pattern was observed at Wahkaji. The similar behavior was not observed for the Fe. The water samples of the prevailing physico-chemical condition supports increase in {sup 210}Po concentration with decrease in Mn concentration as Mn(IV) oxides adsorb or incorporate substantial amounts of {sup 210}Po. The maximum water radioactivity concentrations for gross alpha were 114 mBq L{sup -1} obtained in Phud Syngkai. The studied water was characterized by low dissolved oxygen and their acidic, slightly acidic nature. Low ionic concentration and high polonium concentration in the waters of the study areas comprised the most interesting feature of present observations. Water having minimum specific conductivity and Mn concentration shows highest {sup 210}Po concentration of 64 mBqL{sup -1}. The Mn concentration influences the presence of {sup 210}Po in water in comparison to Fe. (authors)

  20. New Evaluated Semi-Empirical Formula Using Optical Model for 14-15 MeV ( n, t) Reaction Cross Sections

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    Tel, E.; Durgu, C.; Aydın, A.; Bölükdemir, M. H.; Kaplan, A.; Okuducu, Ş.

    2009-12-01

    In the next century the world will face the need for new energy sources. Nuclear fusion can be one of the most attractive sources of energy from the viewpoint of safety and minimal environmental impact. Fusion will not produce CO2 or SO2 and thus will not contribute to global warming or acid rain. Achieving acceptable performance for a fusion power system in the areas of economics, safety and environmental acceptability, is critically dependent on performance of the blanket and diverter systems which are the primary heat recovery, plasma purification, and tritium breeding systems. Tritium self-sufficiency must be maintained for a commercial power plant. The hybrid reactor is a combination of the fusion and fission processes. For self-sustaining (D-T) fusion driver tritium breeding ratio should be greater than 1.05. So working out the systematics of ( n, t) reaction cross-sections are of great importance for the definition of the excitation function character for the given reaction taking place on various nuclei at energies up to 20 MeV. In this study, we have calculated non-elastic cross-sections by using optical model for ( n, t) reactions at 14-15 MeV energy. We have investigated the excitation function character and reaction Q-values depending on the asymmetry term effect for the ( n, t) reaction cross-sections. We have obtained new coefficients for the ( n, t) reaction cross-sections. We have suggested semi-empirical formulas including optical model nonelastic effects by fitting two parameters for the ( n, t) reaction cross-sections at 14-15 MeV. We have discussed the odd-even effect and the pairing effect considering binding energy systematic of the nuclear shell model for the new experimental data and new cross-sections formulas ( n, t) reactions developed by Tel et al. We have determined a different parameter groups by the classification of nuclei into even-even, even-odd and odd-even for ( n, t) reactions cross-sections. The obtained cross-section formulas