TITLE

Characterization of nuclear fuels by ICP mass-spectrometric techniques

AUTHOR(S)
Günther-Leopold, Ines; Kivel, Niko; Kobler Waldis, Judith; Wernli, Beat
PUB. DATE
January 2008
SOURCE
Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry;Jan2008, Vol. 390 Issue 2, p503
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Isotopic analyses of radioactive materials such as irradiated nuclear fuel are of major importance for the optimization of the nuclear fuel cycle and for safeguard aspects. Among the mass-spectrometric techniques available, inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and thermal ionization mass spectrometry are the most frequently applied methods for nuclear applications. Because of the low detection limits, the ability to analyze the isotopic composition of the elements and the applicability of the techniques for measuring stable as well as radioactive nuclides with similar sensitivity, both mass-spectrometric techniques are an excellent amendment to classical radioactivity counting methods. The paper describes selected applications of multicollector ICP-MS in combination with chromatographic separation techniques and laser ablation for the isotopic analysis of irradiated nuclear fuels. The advantages and limitations of the selected analytical technique for the characterization of such a heterogeneous sample matrix are discussed.
ACCESSION #
28110511

 

Related Articles

Share

Read the Article

Courtesy of THE LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA

Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics