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M. Aoyama Meteorological Research Institute Geochemical Research Department Nagamine 1-1 Ibaraki 305-0052 Japan

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Abstract  

137Cs in seawater is one of the most powerful tracers of water motion. Large volumes of samples have been required for determination of 137Cs in seawater. This paper describes improvement of separation and purification processes of 137Cs in seawater, which includes purification of 137Cs using hexachloroplatinic acid in addition to ammonium phosphomolybdate (AMP) precipitation. As a result, we succeeded the 137Cs determination in seawater with a smaller sample volume of 10 liter by using ultra-low background gamma-spectrometry in the Ogoya underground facility. 137Cs detection limit was about 0.1 mBq (counting time: 106 s). This method is applied to determine 137Cs in small samples of the South Pacific deep waters.

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Journal of Radionalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Language English
Size A4
Year of
Foundation
1968
Volumes
per Year
1
Issues
per Year
12
Founder Akadémiai Kiadó
Founder's
Address
H-1117 Budapest, Hungary 1516 Budapest, PO Box 245.
Publisher Akadémiai Kiadó
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
Publisher's
Address
H-1117 Budapest, Hungary 1516 Budapest, PO Box 245.
CH-6330 Cham, Switzerland Gewerbestrasse 11.
Responsible
Publisher
Chief Executive Officer, Akadémiai Kiadó
ISSN 0236-5731 (Print)
ISSN 1588-2780 (Online)