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Title: Gas-phase detection of solid-state fission product complexes for post-detonation nuclear forensic analysis

This study presents the first known detection of fission products commonly found in post-detonation nuclear debris samples using solid sample introduction and a uniquely coupled gas chromatography inductively-coupled plasma time-of-flight mass spectrometer. Rare earth oxides were chemically altered to incorporate a ligand that enhances the volatility of the samples. These samples were injected (as solids) into the aforementioned instrument and detected for the first time. Repeatable results indicate the validity of the methodology, and this capability, when refined, will prove to be a valuable asset for rapid post-detonation nuclear forensic analysis.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [1] ;  [1] ;  [3] ;  [4] ;  [4]
  1. Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States). Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiochemistry Center of Excellence
  2. Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States). Radiochemistry Center of Excellence and Bredeson Center for Interdisciplinary Research
  3. Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States). Radiochemistry Center of Excellence and Department of Chemistry
  4. Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States). Department of Nuclear Engineering, Radiochemistry Center of Excellence and Institute for Nuclear Security
Publication Date:
Grant/Contract Number:
NA0001983
Type:
Published Article
Journal Name:
Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 310; Journal Issue: 3; Journal ID: ISSN 0236-5731
Publisher:
Springer
Research Org:
Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
38 RADIATION CHEMISTRY, RADIOCHEMISTRY, AND NUCLEAR CHEMISTRY; Nuclear forensics; Rare earth separations; Nuclear security; Post-detonation
OSTI Identifier:
1259322
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1426148