The after effects of β− -decay on time differential perturbed angular correlation (TDPAC) spectra of II–VI semiconductor CdS have been studied using
β− -emitting111Ag as well as111mCd as probe nuclei. The TDPAC spectrum of111Ag in CdS exhibits a time dependent interaction indicating that the preceding β− -decay leaves the daughter nucleus in an excited state. The recovery time (τg) of the probe atom was found to be 16±6 ns while Abragam and Pound's relaxation time (τkr) was found to be 9±2 ns. The results show that β− -decay does change the chemical environment around the probe atom.
Present status of work on charge and mass distribution in medium energy fission of compound nuclei produced using various target projectile combinations is reviewed. Systematics of charge distribution parameters and their dependence on excitation energy of the fissioning nucleus is presented. Variation of mass distribution with excitation energy and mass and charge of the fissioning nucleus is discussed. Qualitative explanation of the data has been sought in terms of existing theories of fission. The importance of charge and mass distribution studies in identifying the different reaction mechanisms in heavy ion induced reaction is highlighted.
Authors:Moumita Maiti, Susanta Lahiri, and B. Tomar
149Gd was produced from the 12C induced reaction on natural praseodymium target. No-carrier-added (nca) 149Gd was separated from the bulk target matrix by liquid–liquid extraction (LLX) using cation exchanger di-(2-ethylhexyl)phosphoric
acid (HDEHP) dissolved in cyclohexane. High separation factor of 2,450 was achieved at the optimal experimental condition
when 1% HDEHP and 0.1 M HCl were used as organic and aqueous phases respectively. The result was also compared with the previous
Authors:Moumita Maiti, Susanta Lahiri, and B. Tomar
The classical chemistry like precipitation technique is relevant even in modern days trans-disciplinary research from the
view point of green chemistry. A definite demand of no-carrier-added (nca) cadmium tracers, namely, 107,109Cd, has been realized for diverse applications. Development of efficient separation technique is therefore important to address
the purity of the tracers for various applications. No-carrier-added 107,109Cd radionuclides were produced by bombarding natural silver target matrix with 13 MeV protons, which gave ~15 MBq/μA h yield
for nca 107Cd. The nca cadmium radionuclides were separated from the natural silver target matrix by precipitating Ag as AgCl. The developed
method is an example wherein green chemistry is used in trans-disciplinary research. The method is also simple, fast, cost
effective and environmentally benign.
Authors:S. Thakare, A. Nair, S. Chakrabarty, and B. Tomar
An alternative reaction route for the production of111In from rhodium target bombarded with a12C beam has been developed. Sulfate fusion was adapted for dissolution of the irradiated rhodium metal target. Indium was coprecipitated
with La(OH)3 and purified by solvent extraction of the InBr3 complex into di-isopropyl ether and back extraction in 6M HCl. The chemical yield of the separation, determined using105Rh as tracer, was found to be above 90%. The radionuclidic purity of the separated111In satisfies the requirement prescribed for radiopharmaceutical preparations. The radioactivity yield achieved using this
route was about 0.2 MBq/μAh.
Authors:Sumit Kumar, Aishwarya Kar, D. Bhattacharyya, and B. Tomar
LIII edge X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (XAFS) spectroscopic study of Eu(III) sorbed on γ-alumina from aqueous solutions of
different pH (values ranging from 6 to 8) has been carried out at XAFS beam line of Elettra Synchrotron facility, Italy, in
transmission mode. Extended X-ray Absorption Fine Structure spectra of reference compounds, namely, Eu2O3, Eu(OH)3 and Eu-aquo complex in solution, were also measured. The data were analyzed using the IFEFFIT suite of code. XAFS spectra
of the sorption samples is dominated by the Eu–O near neighbor co-ordination at distance 2.4 ± 0.1 Å. 8–9 oxygen atoms, coming
from both coordinating water molecule and oxygen atoms from alumina surface, surround the Eu(III) in the surface complex.
Next near neighbor atoms in all the sorption samples consist of Al at distance ~3.6 and 3.8 Å, which on comparison with literature
data indicates towards Eu(III) bidentate binding to apical oxygen of two different alumina octahedra on γ-alumina surface.
Authors:B. Tomar, H. Naik, A. Ramaswamy, and Satya Prakash
Cumulative fission yields of rare earth isotopes have been determined in the spontaneous fission of252Cf by fast radiochemical separation and gamma-ray spectrometry. The determined yield values are compared with the available literature data. The yield values for147Nd,151Nd and151Pm differ from the reported values. The yield for145Ce is determined for the first time.
Authors:D. Das, Sumit Kumar, P. Pathak, B. Tomar, and V. Manchanda
Release of long-lived radioactivity to the aquatic bodies from various nuclear fuel cycle related operations is of great environmental
concern in view of their possible migration into biosphere. This migration is significantly influenced by various factors
such as pH, complexing ions present in aquatic environment and sorption of species involving radionuclides on the sediments
around the water bodies. 241/243Am are two major radionuclides which can contribute a great deal to radioactivity for several thousand years. In the present
study, 241Am sorption on natural sediment collected from site near a nuclear installation in India, has been investigated under the
varying conditions of pH (3–10) and ionic strength [I = 0.01–1 M (NaClO4)]. The sorption of Am increased with pH of the aqueous medium [10% (pH 2) to ~100% (pH 10)], which was explained in terms
of the increased negative surface charge on the sediment particles. There was marginal variation in Am(III) sorption with
increased ionic strength (within error limits) of the aqueous medium suggesting inner-sphere complexation/sorption process.
Sediment was characterized for its elemental composition and structural phases using Energy Dispersive X-Ray (SEM-EDX) and
X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) techniques. Zeta-potential measurement at I = 0.1 M (NaClO4) suggested that Point of Zero Charge (pHPZC) was ~2, indicating the presence of silica as major component in the sediment. Kurabtov plot using sorption data as a function
of pH at fixed I = 0.1 M (NaClO4) indicated the presence of multiple Am(III) species present on the surface. Potentiometric titration of the suspension indicated
the presence of mineral oxide like behavior and assuming a generic nature (≡XOH) for all types of surface sites, protonation–deprotonation
constants and total number of sites have been obtained. The sorption data has been modeled using 2-pK Diffuse Double Layer
Surface Complexation Model (DDL-SCM). ≡XOAm2+ has been identified as the main species responsible for the sorption profile.
Authors:S. Chowta, P. Mohapatra, S. Tripathi, B. Tomar, and V. Manchanda
An emulsion liquid membrane (ELM) containing di-2-ethylhexylphosphoric acid (D2EHPA) as the carrier extractant and SPAN 80
as the surfactant was used to pre-concentrate Am3+ from dilute acid solutions. Effects of various factors such as: external phase pH, internal phase conditions, equilibration
time, D2EHPA concentration, SPAN 80 concentration, etc. on Am3+ mass transfer were investigated. Emulsion was broken by the addition of solvents such as acetone and the actual mass transfer
obtained after breaking the emulsion agreed well with that obtained by the difference method.
Authors:S. Kumar, N. Rawat, B. Tomar, V. Manchanda, and S. Ramanathan
Sorption of technetium on hematite colloids, at varying pH (3–10), has been studied in absence and presence of humic acid
using 95mTc-96Tc radiotracers. Technetium was found to be weakly sorbed on hematite at lower pH (<5) values, while no sorption was observed
at higher pH values. Humic acid was found to have no effect on the sorption of technetium on hematite under aerobic conditions,
while at lower pH values small reduction was observed which was attributed to the reduced zeta potential of the hematite colloids
owing to the strong sorption of humic acid.