Title: Evaluating the Uncertainties Associated to Isotope Ratio Measurements Carried out by some Mass Spectrometry Techniques in Real Uranium Samples
Authors: DE BOLLE WillyALONSO MUNOZ ADOLFOKUEHN HEINZPONZEVERA EmmanuelQUETEL CHRISTOPHERICHTER STEPHANWELLUM Roger
Other Contributors: PEREIRA DE OLIVEIRA JR. Olivio
Citation: Symposium on Safeguards and Nuclear Material Management p. 1-9
Publisher: EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Publication Year: 2006
JRC Publication N°: JRC34140
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC34140
Type: Contributions to Conferences
Abstract: An experimental programme was set up to evaluate the uncertainties associated with the measurements of the isotope ratio n(235U)/n(238U) by mass spectrometry techniques: inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-QMS and MC-ICPMS), thermal ionisation mass spectrometry (TIMS) and gas source mass spectrometry (GSMS). A group of samples with isotope ratios ranging from depleted (0.5 wt %) to low enriched uranium (3.5 wt %) were selected to enable the comparison of performances of these different techniques. Although all the three techniques provided very accurate results, the GSMS always produced results with the smallest expanded uncertainty. The stability of the ion-beam generated by the electron impact ion source employed in GSMS is regarded as one of the main reasons for this outstanding performance.
JRC Institute:Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements

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