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Title: Improved precision and accuracy in quantifying plutonium isotope ratios by RIMS

Resonance ionization mass spectrometry (RIMS) holds the promise of rapid, isobar-free quantification of actinide isotope ratios in as-received materials (i.e. not chemically purified). Recent progress in achieving this potential using two Pu test materials is presented. RIMS measurements were conducted multiple times over a period of two months on two different Pu solutions deposited on metal surfaces. Measurements were bracketed with a Pu isotopic standard, and yielded absolute accuracies of the measured 240Pu/239Pu ratios of 0.7% and 0.58%, with precisions (95% confidence intervals) of 1.49% and 0.91%. In conclusion, the minor isotope 238Pu was also quantified despite the presence of a significant quantity of 238U in the samples.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [1] ;  [1] ;  [1] ;  [1]
  1. Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
  2. Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1241996
Report Number(s):
LLNL-JRNL--674877
Journal ID: ISSN 0236-5731; TRN: US1600407
Grant/Contract Number:
AC52-07NA27344; AC02-06CH11357
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 307; Journal Issue: 3; Journal ID: ISSN 0236-5731
Publisher:
Springer
Research Org:
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Livermore, CA
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
74 ATOMIC AND MOLECULAR PHYSICS; 11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND RUEL MATERIALS Resonance ionization mass spectrometry; Nuclear forensics; Plutonium; Isotope ratios; Laser postionization Introduction