Title: Preparation and certification of 243Am spike reference material: IRMM-0243 : Certified reference material for the amount content of 243Am and n(241Am)7n(243Am) isotope amount ratio
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2017
JRC N°: JRC107840
ISBN: 978-92-79-72281-3
ISSN: 1831-9424
Other Identifiers: EUR 28748 EN
OP KJ-NA-28748-EN-N
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC107840
DOI: 10.2760/40283
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: This report describes the preparation and certification of IRMM-0243, a 243Am spike reference material. It is certified for the amount content of 243Am and the isotope amount ratios of n(241Am)/n(243Am) and n(242mAm)/n(243Am). Furthermore, the material is certified for the amount contents of 241Am and total Am, the mass fractions of 243Am, 241Am and total Am, the isotope amount and mass fractions (e.g. isotopic composition) and the molar mass of Am. The material was produced in compliance with ISO/IEC 17034:2016 and certified in accordance with ISO Guide 35:2006. The material was prepared by dilution of an americium starting solution in nitric acid and dispensing of the solution into glass ampoules. In total 587 units were produced. Between-unit homogeneity was quantified and stability during dispatch and storage were assessed in accordance with ISO Guide 35:2006. The characterisation of the amount content of 243Am was performed by Isotope Dilution Mass Spectrometry (IDMS) using a 241Am spike, produced from highly enriched 241Pu material. The isotope amount ratios of n(241Am)/n(243Am) and n(242mAm)/n(243Am) were measured by Thermal Ionisation Mass Spectrometry (TIMS). The certified values were verified by alpha particle spectrometry, alpha particle counting at a defined solid angle (DSA) and high-resolution gamma-ray spectrometry as independent verification methods. The uncertainties of the certified values were estimated in compliance with the Guide to the Expression of Uncertainty in Measurement (GUM) [ ] and include uncertainties related to possible inhomogeneity, instability and characterisation. The main purpose of this material is for use as a spike isotopic reference material for the quantification of americium by IDMS in unknown samples. A unit of IRMM-0243 consists of a glass ampoule with a screw cap containing about 3.5 mL nitric acid solution (c = 1 mol/L) with an americium mass fraction of about 1.5 μg/g solution. The material is a true solution; therefore there is no recommended minimum sample intake to be taken into account.
JRC Directorate:Nuclear Safety and Security

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