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Measurement of 237Np in environmental water samples by accelerator mass spectrometry

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Abstract

Accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) was used to measure 237Np in environmental water samples extracted from Irish Sea sediments. The samples were of limited volume (∼700 ml) and of low activity (0.06–0.79 mBq l−1; 2.30–30.3 pg l −1). AMS proved to have the required sensitivity for measuring these samples, and was in principle capable of measuring much smaller amounts, as low as 0.4 μBq (3.9 × 107 atoms). However, the background level in the procedural blanks showed that there was a systematic low level 237Np contamination of each sample, arising from the 239Np yield monitor used in the separations procedure, which effectively increased the detection limit of these analyses.

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The article was received on 15 Sep 2000, accepted on 07 Nov 2000 and first published on 18 Dec 2000


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B007493O
Analyst, 2001,126, 58-61

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    Measurement of 237Np in environmental water samples by accelerator mass spectrometry

    M. J. Keith-Roach, J. P. Day, L. K. Fifield and F. R. Livens, Analyst, 2001, 126, 58
    DOI: 10.1039/B007493O

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