The determination of 210Po in phosphoric acid reagent by alpha-ray spectrometry using extraction chromatographic resin is presented. The decontamination factors of interference elements were measured. It was observed that HCl, HNO3, ascorbic acid, thioacetamide and Cu were free from 210Po but Pb contain small amounts of 210Po. 210Po in phosphoric acid samples was ranged from <8 to 2.4 Bq/l. The detection limit of 210Po in 50 ml of phosphoric acid is 8 mBq/l with a counting time of 1 day undercounting efficiency of 30%.
Authors:T. Miura, S. Oikawa, T. Kishimoto, S. Banba, and T. Morimoto
A rapid analytical method of Pu in environmental samples by alpha-ray spectrometry and high-resolution inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (HR-ICP-MS) using a 3M Empore anion exchange resin disk for solid phase extraction has been developed. A trace amount of Pu was quantitatively adsorbed with an Empore anion exchange resin disk (47 mm diam.) at a flow rate of 150–200 ml/min from 8M HNO3 sample solution. The disk was washed with 10 ml of 8M HNO3 and 12 ml of 9M HCl and then the Pu was quantitatively eluted with 15 ml of 1M HNO3/0.03M ascorbic acid solution. The time needed to separate Pu from the sample solution with the present method was about 20 minutes. The separated Pu was determined with alpha-ray spectrometry and HR-ICP-MS. The present method was applied to the determination of Pu in the certified reference material (IAEA-135) and the environmental soil sample. The analytical results were almost in good agreement with the literature values.
Authors:T. Miura, H. Matsue, T. Kuroiwa, and K. Chiba
Prompt gamma activation analysis using a focused thermal neutron guided beam at JAEA JRR-3M was applied to the determination
of B in ceramic certified reference materials (BAM CRM S-003 Silicon Carbide Powder and NMIJ CRM 8004-a Silicon Nitride Powder).
Cl and Si were used as internal standards to obtain linear calibration curves of B. The analytical result of B in BAM CRM
S-003 was in good agreement with the certified value. The relative expanded measurement uncertainties (k = 2) were 4.8% for BAM CRM S-003 and 4.9% for NMIJ CRM 8004-a.
Aerosol-size distributions of218Po were determined for the accelerator tunnel air sampled during machine operation and for the basement air of a concrete
building, where the number and the size distribution of non-radioactive aerosols are greatly different from each other. The218Po distributions depended very much on the size distributions of ambient non-radioactive aerosols, and could be well explained
by an attachment model of218Po to ambient non-radioactive aerosols.
Authors:T. Miura, K. Bessho, S. Ishihama, and N. Ohtsuka
The radioactive concentrations of radionuclides were measured in the soil and groundwater below the 12 GeV proton beam-line tunnel at KEK. Various long-lived radionuclides, (7Be, 22Na, 46Sc, 54Mn, 60Co, 134Cs, 152Eu and 154Eu) were observed in the soil samples by -ray spectra measurements, and 3H was also detected by liquid scintillation counting. On the other hand, 3H, 22Na and 54Mn, which were leached from the soil were measured in the groundwater below the EP2 beam line. 3H and 22Na were also found in slight amounts in groundwater collected in a well dug beside the East Counter Hall. From a comparison with the radioactive concentration in soil and groundwater, the order of the leaching percentages were 3H>22Na>54Mn. This tendency was in agreement with an experimental result of the RI laboratory.
Authors:H. Matsumura, T. Miura, S. Ishihama, N. Matsuda, T. Aze, K. Masumoto, and T. Suzuki
Gold activation detectors were placed at nine positions on the inner wall of the KEK neutrino target station, and were exposed
to secondary particles during approximately one month of machine operation. After exposure, the production rates of 19 spallation
nuclides, which were produced in the Au activation detectors by nuclear reactions with different threshold energies, were
determined by γ-ray spectrometry. Thus, it was indicated that the Au activation detector is a novel tool for obtaining the
distribution of various secondary particles with high intensity and high energy.
Authors:A. Miura, Y. Saito, Y. Tazawa, T. Fukuoka, T. Noguchi, and H. Motoyama
The accretion rate of micrometeorites (MMs) was estimated from Ir contents in snow around Dome Fuji Station and ice shards
obtained during ice core drilling at Dome Fuji Station, Antarctica. The snow and ice shards were melted and filtered from
the residues. Although MMs were not found on filters, we tried to detect them from the residues as Ir peaks determined by
instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA). Although Ir is very rare in the earth’s crust, its concentration is high
in extraterrestrial matter (e.g., chondrites). Trace amounts of Ir can be easily detected by INAA, because the cross section
of Ir is relatively large (e.g., 309 barn). The accretion rates were estimated for 120k year ago, 5k year ago and at present,
as (3.2 ± 0.9) × 102 t/year (8.6 ± 0.18) × 103 t/year and (1.3 ± 0.10) × 103 t/year, respectively. These estimates were comparable to those of previous studies, however the rate of 120k year ago was
approximately an order of magnitudes lower than the others.
Authors:Q. Wang, K. Masumoto, K. Bessho, H. Matsumura, T. Miura, and T. Shibata
An infrared furnace (ULVAC RHL-410P) was newly applied to the extraction of tritium from concrete samples. After studying the tritium recovery yield regarding temperature and time, the best extraction conditions were set to 800 °C (setting temperature) for 30 minutes under Ar-gas flow of 200 ml/min. Tritium was collected in two cold traps and transferred to a vial for liquid scintillation counting. It took about one hour for the extraction of tritium. Reproducibility and recovery yield of tritium were about 100% compared to the values obtained by the ordinary heating method using an electric furnace. Gamma-ray emitters and tritium of concrete samples collected from several accelerator facilities have been determined. The specific activity of tritium strongly correlated with that of 152Eu and 60Co, so it was found that tritium was produced by thermal neutron reaction by the 6Li(n,)3H reaction. The results indicate that the tritium specific activity in concrete can be estimated from the 60Co specific activity obtained easily by -ray measurement.
Authors:M. Numajiri, K. Masumoto, T. Miura, Y. Oki, T. Suzuki, and K. Kondo
Although the estimation of 14C radioactivity is very important from a radiation safety viewpoint at high-intensity and high-energy accelerator facilities, it is very difficult, since there is little information concerning the production cross sections by high-energy nuclear reactions. In this work, the 14C production cross section was measured for the nuclear spallation reaction of aluminum with 12-GeV protons. The chemical separation method of 14C was also studied.
Authors:Q. Wang, K. Masumoto, K. Bessho, H. Matsumura, T. Miura, and T. Shibata
For evaluation of radioactivity induced in the concrete samples from accelerator facilities, the residual radioactivity in
concrete sample, collected from seven accelerator facilities, was determined by γ-ray spectrometry. The tritium was extracted
by the heating method using an IR furnace, and measured with a liquid scintillation counter. It was found that the major radioisotopes
activated mainly by neutrons in the concrete samples were 152Eu, 60Co, 134Cs and 3H. The concentrations of radioactivities induced by thermal neutron capture are the highest at a depth of 10 cm in the concrete
wall. The correlation between tritium, 60Co and 152Eu activity was investigated by measuring many concrete samples for seven accelerator facilities. The results indicate that
their activities are strongly correlated with each other. So it would also be concluded that the total activity in shielding
concrete could be estimated on the basis of the activities of 60Co and 152Eu.