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Title: Forensic investigation of plutonium metal: a case study of CRM 126

Abstract

In our study, a certified plutonium metal reference material (CRM 126) with a known production history is examined using analytical methods that are commonly employed in nuclear forensics for provenancing and attribution. Moreover, the measured plutonium isotopic composition and actinide assay are consistent with values reported on the reference material certificate. Model ages from U/Pu and Am/Pu chronometers agree with the documented production timeline. Finally, these results confirm the utility of these analytical methods and highlight the importance of a holistic approach for forensic study of unknown materials.

Authors:
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  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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Research Org.:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
OSTI Identifier:
1304713
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-15-29559
Journal ID: ISSN 0236-5731
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC52-06NA25396; HSHQDC-14-X-00028
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry; Journal ID: ISSN 0236-5731
Publisher:
Springer
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS

Citation Formats

Byerly, Benjamin L., Stanley, Floyd, Spencer, Khal, Colletti, Lisa, Garduno, Katherine, Kuhn, Kevin, Lujan, Elmer, Martinez, Alex, Porterfield, Donivan, Rim, Jung, Schappert, Mike, Thomas, Mariam, Townsend, Lisa, Xu, Ning, and Tandon, Lav. Forensic investigation of plutonium metal: a case study of CRM 126. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.1007/s10967-016-4919-x.
Byerly, Benjamin L., Stanley, Floyd, Spencer, Khal, Colletti, Lisa, Garduno, Katherine, Kuhn, Kevin, Lujan, Elmer, Martinez, Alex, Porterfield, Donivan, Rim, Jung, Schappert, Mike, Thomas, Mariam, Townsend, Lisa, Xu, Ning, & Tandon, Lav. Forensic investigation of plutonium metal: a case study of CRM 126. United States. doi:10.1007/s10967-016-4919-x.
Byerly, Benjamin L., Stanley, Floyd, Spencer, Khal, Colletti, Lisa, Garduno, Katherine, Kuhn, Kevin, Lujan, Elmer, Martinez, Alex, Porterfield, Donivan, Rim, Jung, Schappert, Mike, Thomas, Mariam, Townsend, Lisa, Xu, Ning, and Tandon, Lav. Tue . "Forensic investigation of plutonium metal: a case study of CRM 126". United States. doi:10.1007/s10967-016-4919-x. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1304713.
@article{osti_1304713,
title = {Forensic investigation of plutonium metal: a case study of CRM 126},
author = {Byerly, Benjamin L. and Stanley, Floyd and Spencer, Khal and Colletti, Lisa and Garduno, Katherine and Kuhn, Kevin and Lujan, Elmer and Martinez, Alex and Porterfield, Donivan and Rim, Jung and Schappert, Mike and Thomas, Mariam and Townsend, Lisa and Xu, Ning and Tandon, Lav},
abstractNote = {In our study, a certified plutonium metal reference material (CRM 126) with a known production history is examined using analytical methods that are commonly employed in nuclear forensics for provenancing and attribution. Moreover, the measured plutonium isotopic composition and actinide assay are consistent with values reported on the reference material certificate. Model ages from U/Pu and Am/Pu chronometers agree with the documented production timeline. Finally, these results confirm the utility of these analytical methods and highlight the importance of a holistic approach for forensic study of unknown materials.},
doi = {10.1007/s10967-016-4919-x},
journal = {Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {2016},
month = {11}
}

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