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Contribution to the micro-calorimetric study of the characteristics of radio-elements and to their qualitative and quantitative analysis; Contribution a l'etude microcalorimetrique des caracteristiques des radio-elements et a leurs analyses qualitative et quantitative

Abstract

The principle of this study consists in using the E. CALVET microcalorimeter for recording the energy flux emitted by radio-elements as a function of time, and in determining from this curve either their characteristics (half-life and radiation energy), or the composition of a mixture of radio-elements. In the first part the theoretical relationships describing radioactivity have been adapted to the microcalorimetric study. In the second part an experimental determination has been made using the E. CALVET microcalorimeter of the characteristics of various radio-elements, yttrium 90, phosphorus 32, sulphur 35, iodine 131, etc and of their mixtures. In particular a study has been made of the isotopic analysis of a {sup 239}Pu - {sup 240}Pu mixture, sometimes in the presence of {sup 241}Pu. The microcalorimetric method is not as sensitive as conventional counting methods, its limit appears to be at the present about 1 micro-watt for the apparatus used, it is however the most direct method in the case of emitters of weakly absorbed radiation ({alpha} and {beta}). For the {gamma} emitters only a part of the energy is absorbed by the walls of the container. The determination of their characteristics and of their masses in the mixtures depends neither on  More>>
Authors:
Ozias, Y [1] 
  1. Centre de Production de Plutonium de Marcoule, 30 (France)
Publication Date:
Oct 01, 1964
Product Type:
Thesis/Dissertation
Report Number:
CEA-R-2630
Resource Relation:
Other Information: 18 refs
Subject:
46 INSTRUMENTATION RELATED TO NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY; ALPHA DOSIMETRY; BETA DOSIMETRY; CALORIMETRIC DOSEMETERS; CORRECTIONS; DATA COVARIANCES; DIAGRAMS; GAMMA DOSIMETRY; HEAT FLUX; IODINE 131; MIXTURES; MULTIPLICATION FACTORS; PHOSPHORUS 32; PLUTONIUM 239; PLUTONIUM 240; PLUTONIUM 241; POLONIUM 210; SULFUR 35; THALLIUM 204; TRITIUM; YTTRIUM 90
OSTI ID:
20650647
Research Organizations:
Centre de Production de Plutonium de Marcoule, 30 (France); Faculte des Sciences de l'Universite d'Aix-Marseille, 13 (France)
Country of Origin:
France
Language:
French
Other Identifying Numbers:
TRN: FR05R2630090260
Availability:
Available from INIS in electronic form
Submitting Site:
FRN
Size:
[104] pages
Announcement Date:
Nov 23, 2005

Citation Formats

Ozias, Y. Contribution to the micro-calorimetric study of the characteristics of radio-elements and to their qualitative and quantitative analysis; Contribution a l'etude microcalorimetrique des caracteristiques des radio-elements et a leurs analyses qualitative et quantitative. France: N. p., 1964. Web.
Ozias, Y. Contribution to the micro-calorimetric study of the characteristics of radio-elements and to their qualitative and quantitative analysis; Contribution a l'etude microcalorimetrique des caracteristiques des radio-elements et a leurs analyses qualitative et quantitative. France.
Ozias, Y. 1964. "Contribution to the micro-calorimetric study of the characteristics of radio-elements and to their qualitative and quantitative analysis; Contribution a l'etude microcalorimetrique des caracteristiques des radio-elements et a leurs analyses qualitative et quantitative." France.
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title = {Contribution to the micro-calorimetric study of the characteristics of radio-elements and to their qualitative and quantitative analysis; Contribution a l'etude microcalorimetrique des caracteristiques des radio-elements et a leurs analyses qualitative et quantitative}
author = {Ozias, Y}
abstractNote = {The principle of this study consists in using the E. CALVET microcalorimeter for recording the energy flux emitted by radio-elements as a function of time, and in determining from this curve either their characteristics (half-life and radiation energy), or the composition of a mixture of radio-elements. In the first part the theoretical relationships describing radioactivity have been adapted to the microcalorimetric study. In the second part an experimental determination has been made using the E. CALVET microcalorimeter of the characteristics of various radio-elements, yttrium 90, phosphorus 32, sulphur 35, iodine 131, etc and of their mixtures. In particular a study has been made of the isotopic analysis of a {sup 239}Pu - {sup 240}Pu mixture, sometimes in the presence of {sup 241}Pu. The microcalorimetric method is not as sensitive as conventional counting methods, its limit appears to be at the present about 1 micro-watt for the apparatus used, it is however the most direct method in the case of emitters of weakly absorbed radiation ({alpha} and {beta}). For the {gamma} emitters only a part of the energy is absorbed by the walls of the container. The determination of their characteristics and of their masses in the mixtures depends neither on the shape, on the dilution or even less on the auto-absorption of the source. For high activity samples this auto-absorption is the cause of great difficulties in conventional methods which complicate the operations: divisions, dissolutions, dilutions, all of which are liable to introduce errors. The calorimetric method makes it possible to work on the untreated sample. All these measurements have been carried out using the conventional E CALVET calorimeter; to carry out an exact measurement of the energy due to {gamma} radiation, however, it is necessary to build special apparatus with a lead block the size of which is given by the author's calculations. The calorimetric method makes it possible to attain an accuracy equal to that obtained by mass spectrography (destruction of the sample) 1 to 3 per cent, and higher than that obtained by counting techniques (greater than 5 per cent). (author) [French] Le principe de cette etude consiste a enregistrer avec le microcalorimetre E. CALVET le flux d'energie emis par les radioelements en fonction du temps at a partir de cette courbe de determiner soit leurs caracteristiques (periode et energie du rayonnement), soit la composition d'un melange de radioelements. Dans une premiere partie on a adapte les relations theoriques de la radioactivite a l'etude microcalorimetrique. Dans une deuxieme partie on determine experimentalement au microcalorimetre E. CALVET les caracteristiques de divers radioelements, yttrium 90, phosphore 32, soufre 35, iode 131, etc. et leurs melanges. On a etudie plus particulierement l'analyse isotopique du melange de {sup 239}Pu, de {sup 240}Pu et eventuellement de {sup 241}Pu. La methode microcalorimetrique n'a pas la sensibilite des methodes classiques de comptage, sa limite actuelle para etre de l'ordre du micro-watt pour les appareils utilises, mais elle est la plus directe pour les emetteurs de rayonnements facilement absorbables({alpha} et {beta}). Pour les emetteurs {gamma} une partie seulement de l'energie est absorbee par les parois du recipient. La determination de leurs caracteristiques et de leurs masses dans les melanges ne depend ni de la forme, ni de la dilution, ni surtout de l'auto-absorption de la source. Pour des echantillons de forte activite, cette auto-absorption est pour les methodes classiques la source de grosses difficultes entra ant de multiples manipulations: divisions, mise en solution, dilutions qui introduisent autant de causes d'erreur. La methode calorimetrique permet de travailler sur l'echantillon brut. Toutes les mesures ont ete faites avec le microcalorimetre E. CALVET classique; mais pour effectuer une mesure tres precise de' l'energie due au rayonnement {gamma} il faut faire construire des appareils speciaux avec un bloc de plomb conformes aux calculs presentes par l'auteur. La methode calorimetrique permet d'obtenir une precision egale a celle obtenue en spectrographie de masse (destruction de l'echantillon) 1 a 3 pour cent et superieure a celle obtenue par les procedes de comptage (plus de 5 pour cent). (auteur)}
place = {France}
year = {1964}
month = {Oct}
}