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Title: Organically bound tritium analysis in environmental samples

Organically bound tritium (OBT) has become of increased interest within the last decade, with a focus on its behaviour and also its analysis, which are important to assess tritium distribution in the environment. In contrast, there are no certified reference materials and no standard analytical method through the international organization related to OBT. In order to resolve this issue, an OBT international working group was created in May 2012. Over 20 labs from around the world participated and submitted their results for the first intercomparison exercise results on potato (Sep 2013). The samples, specially-prepared potatoes, were provided in March 2013 to each participant. Technical information and results from this first exercise are discussed here for all the labs which have realised the five replicates necessary to allow a reliable statistical treatment. The results are encouraging as the increased number of participating labs did not degrade the observed dispersion of the results for a similar activity level. Therefore, the results do not seem to depend on the analytical procedure used. From this work an optimised procedure can start to be developed to deal with OBT analysis and will guide subsequent planned OBT trials by the international group.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [3] ; ;  [4] ;  [5] ;  [6] ;  [7] ;  [8]
  1. CEA/DAM/DIF, Arpajon (France)
  2. AECL, Chalk River Laboratories, Chalk River, ON (Canada)
  3. IRSN/PRP-ENV/STEME/LMRE, Orsay (France)
  4. GAU-Radioanalytical, University of Southampton, Southampton (United Kingdom)
  5. IRSN/DG/DMQ, Fontenay-aux-Roses (France)
  6. IFIN-HH, Horia-Hulubei, Inst. Phys. and Nucl. Eng., Bucharest (Romania)
  7. Kyushu University, Radioisotope Ctr., Fukuoka (Japan)
  8. CEA/DEN/DRCP/CETAMA, Bagnols-sur-Ceze (France)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22429690
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Fusion Science and Technology; Journal Volume: 67; Journal Issue: 2; Conference: TRITIUM 2013: 10. International Conference on Tritium Science and Technology, Nice Acropolis (France), 21-25 Oct 2013; Other Information: Country of input: France; 2 refs.
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
07 ISOTOPES AND RADIATION SOURCES; ENVIRONMENTAL MATERIALS; INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS; POTATOES; TRITIUM