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A computer program entitled SCAAP (Set-up, Calibration, Acquisition and Analysis Program) has been designed to make gamma-ray spectroscopy easily useable by staff in laboratories at the Slowpoke-2 Facility at RMC and in support of the Canadian Forces Nuclear Emergency Response Teams (NERTs). The former group utilises gamma-ray spectroscopy for neutron activation analysis (NAA), while the latter may need to have inhalation dose rates calculated. The intent of this program, written using Microsoft Visual Basic, is to provide a simplified interface between the operator and the spectroscopy equipment and to provide the calculations necessary to produce results quickly. There are five sections (Setup, Calibrate, Acquire, Analyse and NAA) of which the first four are linked. In these sections, a checklist of procedures is presented and automated for the user to set up and calibrate the equipment and then to analyse spectra to provide various dose rates. In the unlinked section, NAA, gamma-ray spectra are analysed to provide elemental concentrations in samples.

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Adsorption of the herbicide terbuthylazine by a soil from the Jezreel Valley was investigated by thermo-IR-spectroscopy. The adsorption took place mainly by the clay mineral montmorillonite. The adsorbed molecule was hydrogen bonded via the aniline groups to water molecules which were coordinated to the exchangeable metallic cations. When the sample was thermally treated at 115°C interlayer water was evolved, part of the herbicide decomposed and the other part became directly coordinated to the exchangeable metallic cations. The decomposition product contained a CO group.

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Cisplatin (CDDP) is an antineoplastic drug used in the treatment of a wide variety of tumors. This paper describes an investigation carried out on pregnant mice after intragastric or intraperitoneally treatment with CDDP from day 11 to 13 of gestation. Platinum content in different tissues, namely liver, kidney, placenta and brain, was determined at 18 day of pregnancy. Two analytical techniques were used, i.e. neutron activation analysis and atomic absorption spectroscopy. Results of both techniques are presented and discussed in terms of precision, accuracy and sensitivity. Neutron activation analysis appears to provide results better correlated with the drug treatment.

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Mössbauer spectroscopy has been applied to the study of volcanic glasses and closely associated clay minerals which were carefully separated from the sediments of the Pampe Region, Córdoba, Argentina. The parameters of volcanic glass samples show the presence of a high content of Fe2+ in octahedral coordination and some Fe3+ in tetrahedral and octahedral coordination. No remarkable difference has been found with a pure volcanic glass sample taken as a reference. In the clay samples, the only clay mineral found was illite.

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In several current important problems in different areas of soft matter physics, controversy persists in interpreting the molecular dynamics observed by various spectroscopies including dielectric relaxation, light scattering, nuclear magnetic resonance, and neutron scattering. Outstanding examples include: (1) relaxation of water in aqueous mixtures, in molecular sieves and silica-gel nanopores, and in hydration shell of proteins; and (2) dynamics of each component in binary miscible polymer blends, in mixtures of an amorphous polymer with a small molecular glassformer, and in binary mixtures of two small molecular glassformers. We show the applications of calorimetry to these problems have enhanced our understanding of the dynamics and eliminated the controversies.

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The paper presents the applicability of oxyreactive thermal analysis (OTA) for the investigation of different kinds of resins both natural (recent and fossil) and synthetic. For comparative reasons and a more precise interpretation, along with OTA infrared spectroscopy was used as a method commonly applied for the investigation of fossil resins. The results obtained prove that the OTA method may be very useful for diversification of different kinds of resins. The parameter most valuable for the preliminary characteristics of resins and the evaluation of their transformation was found to be the mass loss recorded on TG curves in three definite temperature ranges.

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The spin transitions in two new cationic complexes of iron, i. e., iron bipyridine formate, [Fe/bipy/3]/HCOO/2. 5/HCOOH/ and iron bipyridine tetrafluoro borate, [Fe/bipy/3]/BF4/2. 2H2O have been studied by using Mössbauer spectroscopy. From quadrupole splitting values, at different temperatures, it has been established that both the complexes show the coexistence of both the high spin state and the low spin state at 300 K while complete transformation to low spin state occurs at 77 K. Both compounds were prepared by electrochemical technique.

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Particle growing processes were investigated for technetium(VII) sulfide (Tc2S7) colloids produced in a mixture of Na2S and TcO4 - solutions by laser-induced photoacoustic spectroscopy (LPAS). Analysis of the LPAS signal intensities indicated that the particle size increased in the solution with an increase of standing time, while the number of particles remained constant. It was revealed that the size of colloid particles increased by deposition of Tc2S7 on the particle surfaces, not by coagulation of colloid particles. The formation mechanism and growing process of the colloids are discussed based on the LaMer model, which deals with nucleation processes.

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57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy has been applied to the ultramafic rocks collected from the Jinchuan nickel deposit in China to elucidate their mineralization process. Their Mössbauer spectra consisted of two sextets ascribable to magnetite, two doublets ascribable to Fe2+ and Fe3+ in chromite, and one doublet ascribable to olivine. The closest sample to the ore body did not contain chromite and contained a doublet ascribable to pyrite and a sextet ascribable to pyrrhotite. The valence and site distribution of iron species suggested low oxygen fugacity for the formation of the Jinchuan nickel deposit.

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The corrosion of mild steel as a result of interaction with various types of local natural water samples and distilled water is studied with the help of Mössbauer spectroscopy. The data are supplemented with the studies on IR and magnetic properties as and when required. Distilled water and potable water behave in almost similar fashion wherein ferrihydrite and FeOOH are observed to be the precursors of magnetite, the end corrosion product. In case of brakish water, the additional species, viz., FeCl2, FeOOH and an intermediate possibly FeOCl are accounted, and possible mechanisms are suggested.

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