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To evaluate the radionuclide migration from the atmosphere to the ground surface, atmospheric deposition samples were collected from 1993 to 2001 with a basin set up at Tokai-mura, Japan. Monthly samples were evaporated to dryness to obtain residual samples and measured with a Ge detector for 7Be, 40K, 137Cs and 210Pb. According to the analysis, clear seasonal variations with spring peaks of deposition weight and deposition amounts of all the radionuclides were found. The analysis also showed that these radinuclides can be divided into two groups, each having different carrier particle sizes and, hence, different deposition processes.

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To determine the levels of210Pb and210Po in human tissues of people in Japan, various tissue samples were obtained at autopsy from the cadavers of 22 oncologic cases, mainly in Niigata Prefecture in northern Japan, from 1986 to 1988.Wet ashing, followed by electrochemical deposition and alpha spectrometry were used to separate and determine the210Pb and210Po present. Among the tissues analyzed, the highest concentrations of210Pb and210Po were observed in bone (sternum), liver, and kidneys. The total body burden of210Pb and210Po was found to be approximately 427 pCi and 514 pCi, respectively. This estimated210Po value did not differ significantly from values found in populations in the U.S.A. and European countries.

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Multiparameter coincidence g-ray spectrometry based on g-g coincidence is widely used in the field of nuclear structure studies, and has produced many succesful results. In this paper, feasibility of the method for neutron activation analysis of trace elements was studied. Particularly, a long-lived radioisotope 129I (T1/2 = 1.57.107 y) in algae samples and iridium in geological samples has been determined.

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Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Authors: S. Hisamatsu, T. Ohmura, Y. Takizawa, T. Katsumata, Y. Inoue, M. Itoh, K. Ueno, and M. Sakanoue

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Tritium concentrations are reported for diet and human tissue samples collected in the Akita district of northern Japan. Sixteen separate food group samples and a total diet sample were collected for Akita City during April and May 1987. Six samples of heart and nine samples of kidney tissue were collected from 10 decreased individuals in Akita Prefecture from January to July 1986. Five serum and four blood samples were also obtained in Akita Prefecture from December 1985 to June 1986. Free water3H concentration as well as tissue-bound3H were determined separately. Specific activity ratios of tissue-bound3H to free water3H in the samples were almost between 1.0 and 2.0 and were similar to our previous results for food samples and other tissue samples. The specific activity ratio was also found to be lower than that reported in the U.S.A. and significantly lower than in Europe.

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The concentrations of210Po and210Pb were determined in about 30 species of marine organisms collected mainly from the north-easterm region of Japan to know the levels and distributions of these radionuclides and to estimate their intake levels from marine foods.210Po and210Pb showed a wide range of concentration in species: 0.6–26 and 0.04–0.54 Bq/kg (wet wt) in fishes, 0.5–220 and 0.2–43 Bq/kg (wet wt) in molluscs, echinoderms and chordatas, and 2.8–4.3 and 0.4–1.3 Bq/kg (wet wt) in algae, respectively. Higher accumulation of210Po relative to210Pb was found in all of the samples analyzed. The intake levels of210Po and210Pb by marine foods consumption were roughly estimated to be 0.48–0.69 and 0.022–0.042 Bq/d per person, respectively, on the basis of the statistical data on the consumption of seafood and/or production rates of marine foods.

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Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Authors: Y Kobayashi, M. Kubo, Y. Yamada, T. Saito, H. Ueno, H. Ogawa, W. Sato, K. Yoneda, H. Watanabe, N. Imai, H. Miyoshi, and K. Asahi

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In-beam Mössbauer spectra of 57Fe, decayed from short-lived 57Mn (T1/2 = 1.45 min) implanted into potassium permanganate, KMnO4, were measured at temperatures between 11 K and 130 K. This is the first application of a secondary RI beam to the study of valence states after nuclear transformation. The in-beam Mössbauer spectra obtained below 90 K could be analyzed with two components, a doublet and a singlet. From the calculations of the molecular orbital wave functions, the singlet is suggested to be substitutional 57Fe atoms for Mn-sites in tetrahedral [MnO4] with an unusually high valence state of Fe8+.

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