High precision analysis of isotopic composition for samples used for nuclear cross-section measurements
1 Kyoto University, Research Reactor Institute, 590-0494, Kumatori-cho, Sennan-gun, Osaka, Japan
2 Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Nuclear Science and Engineering Center, 319–1195, Tokai-mura, Naka-gun, Ibaraki, Japan
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Published online: 13 September 2017
For the accuracy improvement of nuclear data of minor actinides and long-lived fission products in the project of “Research and development for Accuracy Improvement of neutron nuclear data on Minor Actinides”, the isotopic compositions of two Am samples (241Am sample and 243Am sample) were analyzed by thermal ionization mass spectrometry. Only the peak of 241Am was observed in the analysis of 241Am sample, and level of isotopic impurities were improved from 0.1% to 0.0004%. In the analysis of 243Am sample, the peak of unreported isotope of 242mAm was observed in addition to the peaks of 243Am and 241Am. The mass spectrometry also showed that 243Am sample has other unreported impurities such as 239Pu and 240Pu.
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