Title: Uranium from German Nuclear Power Projects of the 1940s - A Nuclear Forensic Investigation
Authors: MAYER KlausWALLENIUS MariaLUETZENKIRCHEN KlausHORTA DOMENECH JoanNICHOLL AdrianRASMUSSEN GertVAN BELLE PieterVARGA ZSOLTBUDA RAZVANERDMANN NicoleKRATZ J.v.TRAUTMANN NorbertFIFIELD L. KeithTIMS S.FROEHLICH MichaelaSTEIER P.
Citation: ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION vol. 54 no. 45 p. 13452-13456
Publisher: WILEY-V C H VERLAG GMBH
Publication Year: 2015
JRC N°: JRC94820
ISSN: 1433-7851
URI: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/anie.201504874/full
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC94820
DOI: 10.1002/anie.201504874
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Here we present a nuclear forensic study of uranium from German nuclear projects which used different geometries of metallic uranium fuel.3b,d, 4 Through measurement of the 230Th/234U ratio, we could determine that the material had been produced in the period from 1940 to 1943. To determine the geographical origin of the uranium, the rare-earth-element content and the 87Sr/86Sr ratio were measured. The results provide evidence that the uranium was mined in the Czech Republic. Trace amounts of 236U and 239Pu were detected at the level of their natural abundance, which indicates that the uranium fuel was not exposed to any major neutron fluence.
JRC Directorate:Nuclear Safety and Security

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