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.
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: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
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: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: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:P. Kalsi, B. Tomar, K. Ramakumar, and V. Venugopal
Application of power ultrasound in chemical processes is recognized as an effective tool to solve many industrial problems
encountered in processes involved in nuclear industry, particularly, digestion and leaching steps. In addition, problems related
to radiological safety are the most important factors to be considered, when handling radioactive materials. Sonochemical
processes, due to relatively low temperature operations, are attractive in this regards. Further they are eco-friendly and
economical as well. Hence, sonochemical studies were taken up for the removal of uranium from fluoride containing matrix.
Dissolution studies were carried out in nitric acid medium, in a 5 L capacity tank type sono-reactor, operating at frequency
and power of 22 ± 3 kHz and 150 W respectively. The parameters studied were concentration of HNO3, temperature of water-bath, choice of purged gas (air/oxygen) and flow rate of purged gas passed. Experiments were also carried
out to study the amount of fluoride matrix dissolved. Enhancement with US was 76 to 91 % for U removal from MgF2 slag in 2 M HNO3. The prime advantage achieved is the reduction in the reaction time. Other advantages are minimizing labor, remotisation
of operations to reduce radiation exposure, use of less acid and accordingly lesser effluent for treatment before disposal.
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:A. Ramaswami, G. Gubbi, A. Goswami, B. Tomar, and S. Monohar
Formation cross sections of several fission products have been determined using recoil catcher technique followed by gamma-ray spectrometry in 12C induced fission of 232Th at Elab = 72 MeV, corresponding to Ecm just above the Coulomb barrier. The measured formation cross sections were used to get the mass distribution by using known charge distribution systematic. Critical data analysis was carried out to look for the signatures of transfer induced fission. However, within the experimental uncertainty of about 10%, no clear indication of transfer induced fission could be seen at this energy level. The mass distribution shows a single peaked broad Gaussian distribution with the most probable mass of 119.5±1.1 and FWHM of 40.6 mass units. The total fission cross section computed from the mass distribution curve is 771±50 mb.