Title: Development and validation of a methodology for unranium radiochronometry reference material preparation.
Citation: ANALYTICA CHIMICA ACTA vol. 718 p. 25 - 31
Publication Year: 2012
JRC N°: JRC67278
ISSN: 0003-2670
URI: http://www.elsevier.com/locate/aca
DOI: 10.1016/j.aca.2011.12.048
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The paper describes a methodology for a reference material preparation to be used for the determination of the production date (i.e. the time elapsed since the last chemical processing) of uranium materials based on the 230Th/234U radiochronometer. The reference material was prepared from highly enriched uranium by a complete separation of thorium decay products, thus zeroing the initial daughter nuclide concentration at known time. The complete elimination of thorium from the starting material was verified by gamma spectrometric measurements and by addition of a 232Th tracer to the material and its remeasurement in the final product after the separation. The validation of the methodology was carried out subsequently by comparing the ingrown daughter nuclide 230Th and the measured 230Th/234U ratio after recorded times following the last chemical separation with the calculated values obtained on the basis of their respective half-lives. The prepared reference material can be used as a quality control material for age determination of uranium in nuclear forensics and safeguards as well as for method validation.
JRC Directorate:Nuclear Safety and Security

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