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  • 1 Hebrew University Racah Institute of Physics Jerusalem 91904 Israel
  • | 2 Argonne National Laboratory Physics Division Argonne Ill. 60439 USA
  • | 3 Soreq NRC Yavne 81800 Israel
  • | 4 Weizmann Institute Particle Physics Department Rehovot 76100 Israel
  • | 5 Kanazawa University Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science Kakuma-machi Kanazawa 920-1192 Japan
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We report here a search for the “live” 244Pu in 1 kg deep-sea dry sediment collected in 1992 in the North Pacific. After a 546 day alpha-counting of a Pu fraction chemically separated from the alkaline-fused sediment sample at Kanazawa University, AMS analysis was performed at Hebrew University and Weizmann Institute. Only one count of 244Pu with no background ions was detected, indicating no excess over the expected stratospheric man-made fallout. A limit of 0.2 atoms of 244Pu cm−2·y−1 for extra terrestrial deposition was set under reasonable assumptions and it was then concluded from this result and the available data on interstellar medium (ISM) that the abundance of 244Pu in the ISM is less than 2·10−11 g 244Pu (g·ISM)−1. Implications of the present result are discussed.

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