Title: Report on the Workshop on Direct Analysis of Solid Samples Using Laser Ablation-Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS)
Authors: AREGBE YetundePROHASKA ThomasSTEFANKA Z.SZELES EvaHUBERT A.BOULYGA S.
Citation: ESARDA Bulletin, DEC 2011 no. 46 p. 136-145
Publisher: ESARDA and the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission
Publication Year: 2011
JRC N°: JRC67219
ISSN: 0392-3029
URI: http://esarda2.jrc.it/bulletin/bulletin_46/index.html
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC67219
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The ESARDA Working Group on Standards and Techniques for Destructive Analysis (WG DA), in close collaboration with the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority (HAEA) and the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), organized a dedicated workshop on 'Direct Analysis of Solid Samples Using Laser Ablation-Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS)'. The workshop was held in conjunction with the ESARDA Symposium, on 16 May 2011 at the Helia Conference Hotel in Budapest, Hungary. The workshop aimed to explore the potential of LA-ICP-MS for safeguards, non-proliferation, nuclear forensics and other applications. Safeguard authorities, fuel manufactures, analytical laboratories and experts in the field of LA-ICP-MS were invited to participate in this workshop, to exchange views and information on the challenges and limitations of LA-ICP-MS in these areas. Forty representatives from the main European and International nuclear safeguards organizations, nuclear measurement laboratories, nuclear industry and manufacturers, but also experts from geochemistry and environmental sciences institutes participated in this workshop. The plenary lecture was given by Dr. Joachim Koch from the ETH Zürich on 'Recent Trends and Advancements in LA-ICP-MS' followed by a session focussing on the application of LA-ICP-MS in nuclear safeguards and nuclear forensics. The second session of this workshop was entirely dedicated to particle analysis with LA-ICP-MS and quality control. The findings and points of discussions from these sessions were further discussed in a working group using the 'world café' approach around 4 selected topics enabling that all workshop participants could benefit from the 'collective intelligence'. This report is a summary of the findings and points of discussions raised during the sessions and in the working group, including recommandations for research, instrumental development and quality control, reference materials and data interpretation, emphasizing also different fields of application. Like in previous workshops organized by the ESARDA WGDA, all participants recognized once more the need and the benefit of intensifying the cooperation between the nuclear safeguards, nuclear forensics community on the one hand, the nuclear industry and the instrument manufacturers on the other hand with environmental institutes. This report is an attempt to share the outcome of this workshop with a broader community.
JRC Directorate:Health, Consumers and Reference Materials

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