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Detailed investigations were carried out to study the distribution of trace and minor elements in different parts (fruit, seed and rib, peduncle, stem, leaf, root) of ripe Hungarian spice paprika plants. Two varieties of paprika plants were analyzed for their Cl, Co, Fe, K, Mg, Mn, Na, Rb, Sc, V and Zn content by non-destructive neutron activation analysis. The results showed that the iron contents of the samples were much higher than those of the other trace elements. For the trace elements Co, Fe, Mn, Sc, V and Zn a considerable enrichment was observed in the leaf, while the Rb and K, Na, Mg showed accumulation mainly in the peduncle. In the other parts (fruit, seed and rib, stem) of the paprika plants no significant enrichment of trace elements was found. Since some of the elements investigated may have been partially eluted during the cleaning of the roots with distilled water and, on the other hand, if the cleaning was not intensive enough, some soil particles could be retained on the samples, the data obtained for the roots should be considered with precaution.

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As decay products, helium isotopes can clearly indicate the presence of tritium and alpha decaying isotopes in a closed system. This study presents the helium and neon measurements and their interpretation of long-term headspace gas investigations in L/ILW waste drums from Paks Nuclear Power Plant and closed vaults of the Radioactive Waste Treatment and Disposal Facility, Püspökszilágy, Hungary. Development of special sampling methods and preparation lines as well as isotope-analytical measurements of the headspace gas samples were done in the Hertelendi Laboratory of Environmental Studies in the ATOMKI. In the gas samples helium isotopes as well as neon isotopes have been determined mass spectrometrically. While neon content can be of atmospheric origin only, helium can be produced either by alpha decay (4He) or decay of tritium (3He). 3H/4He and He/Ne ratios have been used to determine the different origin of the helium isotopes. Helium isotope ratios always represented 3He enrichment in the headspace gases produced by the decay of the tritium in the waste. Using the recent 3He concentration in headspace gas the total amount of 3H restored in L/ILW vaults was estimated. The investigated seven different vaults were closed between 1979 and 1995 when they had been full with L/ILW. The calculated tritium activities based on the He measurements showed good agreement with the documented isotope inventory of the vaults. Typical tritium activity concentrations were between 0.1 and 10 Bq/L gas in the drums and between 10 and 1000 Bq/L gas in the vaults. Additionally, one drum showed a higher He/Ne ratio compared to air, which clearly indicates 4He excess, thus the presence an alpha source in the waste.

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Modifications of lens proteins play a crucial role in the formation of cataract, which is among the leading causes of world blindness in the ageing population. Although modern cataract surgery by phacoemulsification is a very successful and safe procedure, the prevention of cataract formation would be a real breakthrough in this field of ophthalmology. The aim of our study was to analyse the thermal denaturation of the cataractous lens proteins by the method of differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), to understand cataract formation and to work on its prevention possibilities. Samples were obtained from cataract patients of different age, sex, patients with and without diabetes mellitus. Samples were obtained from lenses of mature degree and progredient degree of cataract as well. Previous DSC examinations were performed on manually extracted human cataractous lens materials, however to the best of our knowledge, this is the first study, in which DSC examinations were performed on lens materials obtained by the phacoemulsification technique, which gained acceptance world-wide in the last decade.

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In this paper, the development of a new-type of resin is presented, which contains selective complexing and scintillating molecules in a chemically bonded form. The resin material is produced via radiation polymerization of a solution of 2-(4-allyloxy-phenyl)-5-phenyl oxazole, 5-(allyloxy-phenyl)-2-[4-(5-phenyl-oxazole-2-il)-phenyl] oxazole, diethylene glycol dimethacrylate (DEGMA), styrene and the allyl derivative of a 18C6 crown ether-dicarbolic acid complexing agent. The product is a macroporous polymer matrix that shows fluorescent properties and ion binding capacity excellent for radioanalytical purposes.

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Understanding the characteristics of diffusion is essential in the assessment of radionuclide release through the backfill of waste repository. The diffusion behavior of 3H, 99Tc, 125I, 36Cl and 85Sr in granite, concrete and bentonite was studied in a specially designed diffusion cell. Diffusion coefficients (D, D a) and time-lag (t a) were measured, break-trough curves were plotted and experimental data were interpreted to predict diffusion rates. The results showed that tritium, iodine and chlorine could be considered as non-sorbing tracers, while technetium was weakly and strontium was strongly sorbed (no break-through was observed during the period of the experiments).

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Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Authors:
Em. Cincu
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I. Manea
,
V. Manu
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D. Barbos
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O. Sima
,
I. Gustavsson
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P. Vermaercke
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N. Vajda
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Zs. Molnar
, and
H. Polkowska-Motrenko

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Samples of high alloy Stainless Steel SS 1 were analyzed by instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) at 5 research institutes in 4 European countries within the frame of an Inter-Laboratory Comparison (ILC) exercise aiming at checking if the results were independent of the standardization methods, and if INAA was accurate enough to contribute to certification. The mean element concentration values yielded by INAA were also compared with mean values obtained by atomic emission spectroscopy techniques at other laboratories that took part in the International Proficiency Testing organized by KIMAB Institute of Sweden, producer of the SS 1. The performances of the nuclear and atomic techniques were compared in terms of the z-score values calculated for 11 element concentrations evaluated by the two analytical ways. Finally, consideration is given to the ways in which highest accuracy and precision can be ensured for certifying stainless steels as CRMs.

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Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Authors:
G. Molnár
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T. Belgya
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L. Dabolczi
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B. Fazekas
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Zs. Révay
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Á. Veres
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I. Bikit
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Z. Kiss
, and
J. Östör

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Prompt gamma-activation analysis (PGAA) is an important complementary technique to conventional instrumental activation analysis that can be successfully used in a number of cases when INAA is not applicable. Therefore, a PGAA facility has been constructed at the recently refurbished and upgraded Budapest Research Reactor. It occupies the end position of a new curved themal guide of 30 m length and 2.5×10 cm2 cross section which provides a clean beam of low energy neutrons. The sophisticated HPGe-BGO -ray spectrometer system can be operated in Compton-suppression and pair-spectrometer modes simultaneously. The octal splitting of the main BGO improves efficient pair mode operation when coincidences between pairs of opposite segments and the HPGe detector are required separately. Gamma-gamma coincidence measurements will also be possible when the new multiparameter data acquisition system is completed. One of the main tasks at the new facility will be the accumulation of new spectroscopic data for detector calibration and standardisation, as well as for the construction of a more accurate prompt -ray library for the chemical elements. Various applications are planned, such as the determination of hydrogen in fullerenes and of toxic trace elements in environmental samples.

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Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Authors:
P. Ormai
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A. Fritz
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J. Solymosi
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I. Gresits
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E. Hertelendi
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Z. Szúcs
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N. Vajda
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Zs. Molnár
, and
P. Zagyvai

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In the execution of disposal of low and intermediate level radioactive wastes, it is important to evaluate accurately the kind and quantity of each radionuclide in the wastes. For such an evaluation, correlation of non-gamma-emitting nuclides based on gamma-emitting nuclides is recommended and regarded as a practical method. This method necessitates a completion of a highly accurate and reliable nondestructive assay system of gamma-emitting nuclides for practical use. In 1992, in support of the new waste disposal program in Hungary, Paks NPP initiated a waste characterization program to determine the radiological properties of its radwastes. A segmented gamma scanning system has been set up to measure the gamma-emitting nuclides in 200 litre low level drums following in-drum compaction. In the framework of the program a radiochemical analysis sub-program was started to determine the long-lived non-gamma emitting radionuclides, mainly those listed in the US regulatory document (10CFR61). The radionuclides of interest have been3H,14C,90Sr,55Fe,59Ni,99Tc,129I and TRUs. Sample preparation techniques and measurement methods have been selected and used. Newly developed or adopted methods have been tested on real liquid radwaste streams such as concentrates, ion-exchange resin and sludge. The measurements taken so far have revealed brand new information and data on radiological composition of waste of WWER-type reactors. In the next stage of the characterisation program attempt will be made for providing correlation factors between the gamma and non-gamma-emitting radionuclides in different waste streams. Short description of the methods and results on waste inventory are given by highlighting the problem areas.

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Agrokémia és Talajtan
Authors:
A. Horel
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Zs. Bakacsi
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M. Dencső
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Cs. Farkas
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Gy. Gelybó
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I. Kása
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E. Tóth
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S. Molnár
, and
S. Koós

A vizsgálat 42 órája alatt (2016. február 3–4.) és az előtte lévő öt hónapban összesen négy nagyobb mennyiségű csapadékesemény történt a Csorsza-patak vízgyűjtő területén. A vizsgált esőzés időszakában 21,6 mm csapadékmennyiség hullott összesen a vízgyűjtő területére 5 órás intervallumban. A csapadékesemény első órájában a patak zavarosság értéke majdnem megduplázódott, viszont így is viszonylag alacsony szinten maradt a későbbiekben mért értékekhez viszonyítva. Az esőzés kezdetét követő 7. órában emelkedett meg jelentősen a zavarosság mértéke, több mint 14-szeresére, a 13–14. órában pedig 34-szeresére nőtt a vizsgálat előtti naphoz viszonyítva. A Csorsza-patak zavarosságának nagysága nem sokkal a tetőzést követően nagy mértékben lecsökkent, 13 órával később pedig hasonló értékeket mutatott, mint a vizsgálat előtti esőzés nélküli időszakban.

A nagyobb esőzések alkalmával az alacsonyabb területeken fekvő, minimális lejtésű szántó esetében telítettséghez közeli talajnedvesség-tartalom volt megfigyelhető, míg a legkisebb talajnedvesség-tartalom ingadozás az esőzést követően a gyepes és az erdős területekre volt jellemző.

A jelen vizsgálatban összegyűjtött adatok alapján a Csorsza-patakból a Balatonba bekerülő talajhordalék mennyisége a téli időszakban, az erozív esőzések gyakoriságának ismeretében könnyebben és pontosabban becsülhető. Annak érdekében, hogy az éves átlag lebegtetett hordalék mennyiségének a becslését pontosabban el tudjuk végezni, több időszakos mérésre volna szükség.

Munkánkat az OTKA K—101065 projekt, az OTKA PD—116157 és OTKA PD—116084 kutatási projekt, valamint a Bolyai János Kutatási Ösztöndíj támogatta. Külön köszönet Mózes Mariann és Bányász Ágnes részére a laboratóriumi vizsgálatokban nyújtott segítségükért, valamint Szegvári Győző és kollégáinak a zánkai vízminták gyűjtésében való hatalmas segítségükért.

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