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Title: Analysis of sub-picogram quantities of 238Pu by thermal ionization mass spectrometry

Abstract

A multiple ion-counting total evaporation technique has been created for precise analysis of sub-picogram (pg) quantities of 238Pu by thermal ionization mass spectrometry (TIMS). A resin bead loading procedure was tailored to minimize uranium (U) contamination during loading. This loading method, coupled with a mass spectrometry protocol that minimizes U ionization and removal of bulk U with ion exchange chromatography, allows for single pg-sized aliquots of plutonium (Pu) to be measured without interference from 238U. This technique has the possiblity to provide complete isotopic characterization of trace amounts of Pu by TIMS, without the need for alpha spectrometry.

Authors:
ORCiD logo [1]; ORCiD logo [1];  [1]; ORCiD logo [1]; ORCiD logo [1];  [1]
  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:
1558222
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-19-24192
Journal ID: ISSN 0236-5731
Grant/Contract Number:  
89233218CNA000001
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 321; Journal Issue: 3; Journal ID: ISSN 0236-5731
Publisher:
Springer
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
38 RADIATION CHEMISTRY, RADIOCHEMISTRY, AND NUCLEAR CHEMISTRY; Plutonium; Resin bead loading technique; Multiple ion counter; Total evaporation; TIMS; Trace-level

Citation Formats

Maassen, Joel, Inglis, Jeremy D., Wende, Allison, Kayzar-Boggs, Theresa M., Steiner, Robert E., and Kara, Azim. Analysis of sub-picogram quantities of 238Pu by thermal ionization mass spectrometry. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.1007/s10967-019-06672-w.
Maassen, Joel, Inglis, Jeremy D., Wende, Allison, Kayzar-Boggs, Theresa M., Steiner, Robert E., & Kara, Azim. Analysis of sub-picogram quantities of 238Pu by thermal ionization mass spectrometry. United States. doi:10.1007/s10967-019-06672-w.
Maassen, Joel, Inglis, Jeremy D., Wende, Allison, Kayzar-Boggs, Theresa M., Steiner, Robert E., and Kara, Azim. Thu . "Analysis of sub-picogram quantities of 238Pu by thermal ionization mass spectrometry". United States. doi:10.1007/s10967-019-06672-w.
@article{osti_1558222,
title = {Analysis of sub-picogram quantities of 238Pu by thermal ionization mass spectrometry},
author = {Maassen, Joel and Inglis, Jeremy D. and Wende, Allison and Kayzar-Boggs, Theresa M. and Steiner, Robert E. and Kara, Azim},
abstractNote = {A multiple ion-counting total evaporation technique has been created for precise analysis of sub-picogram (pg) quantities of 238Pu by thermal ionization mass spectrometry (TIMS). A resin bead loading procedure was tailored to minimize uranium (U) contamination during loading. This loading method, coupled with a mass spectrometry protocol that minimizes U ionization and removal of bulk U with ion exchange chromatography, allows for single pg-sized aliquots of plutonium (Pu) to be measured without interference from 238U. This technique has the possiblity to provide complete isotopic characterization of trace amounts of Pu by TIMS, without the need for alpha spectrometry.},
doi = {10.1007/s10967-019-06672-w},
journal = {Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry},
number = 3,
volume = 321,
place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {7}
}

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