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{Beta}{sup {minus}}-decay and cosmic-ray half-life of {sup 54}Mn

Description: A superconducting solenoid electron spectrometer operated in the lens mode was adapted to search for the {beta}{sup {minus}}-decay of {sup 54}Mn. The Compton-electron and other instrumental backgrounds have been significantly reduced by special shielding of the absorber system. An improved procedure has been developed to select the events by momenta. A limit of 2.7 {times} 10{sup {minus}5} has been established for the {beta}{sup {minus}} branch.
Date: May 1, 1995
Creator: Kibedi, T.; Kerr, M.; Dracoulis, G.D.; Byrne, A.P. & Norman, E.B.
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United States Transuranium and Uranium Registries. Annual Report, October 1, 1993--September 30, 1994

Description: This report summarizes the salient activities and progress of the United States Transuranium. and Uranium Registries for the period October 1, 1993 through September 30, 1994, along with details of specific programs areas including the National Human Radiobiology Tissue Repository (NHRTR) and tissue radiochemistry analysis project. Responsibility for tissue radioanalysis was transferred from Los Alamos National Laboratory to Washington State University in February 1994. The University of Washington was selected as the Quality Assurance/Quality Control laboratory and a three way intercomparison with them and LANL has been initiated. The results of the initial alpha spectrometry intercomparison showed excellent agreement among the laboratories and are documented in full in the Appendices to the report. The NHRTR serves as the initial point of receipt for samples received from participants in the USTUR program. Samples are weighed, divided, and reweighed, and a portion retained by the NHRTR as backup or for use in other studies. Tissue specimens retained in the NHRTR are maintained frozen at -70 C and include not only those from USTUR registrants but also those from the radium dial painter and thorium worker studies formerly conducted by Argonne National Laboratory. In addition, there are fixed tissues and a large collection of histopathology slides from all the studies, plus about 20,000 individual solutions derived from donated tissues. These tissues and tissue related materials are made available to other investigators for legitimate research purposes. Ratios of the concentration of actinides in various tissues have been used to evaluate the biokinetics, and retention half times of plutonium and americium. Retention half times for plutonium in various soft tissues range from 10-20 y except for the testes for which a retention half time of 58 y was observed. For americium, the retention half time in various soft tissues studied was 2.2-3.5 y.
Date: August 1, 1995
Creator: Kathren, R.L. & Harwick, L.A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Technetium Behavior and Recovery in Soil

Description: Technetium-99 in soils is of great concern because of its long half-life and because it can not be detected readily. This work reviews the behavior of technetium in various types of soils. A method for extracting technetium from soil was developed with the use of technetium-95m and 99m to determine recoveries at each step. Technetium chemistry is very complicated and problem areas in the behavior and recovery have been highlighted. Technetium is widely used in nuclear medicine and a review of its chemistry pertaining to radiopharmaceuticals is relevant and helpful in environmental studies. The technetium behavior in the patented citric acid method for the removal of toxic metals in contaminated soils was studied. An innovative method using solid phase extraction media for the concentration of technetium extracted from soils, with water and hydrogen peroxide, was developed. This technique may have a useful environmental application for this type of remediation of technetium from contaminated soils.
Date: December 1, 1995
Creator: Meinken,G.E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Proton radioactivity studies at the FMA

Description: A double sided silicon strip (DSSD) setup is installed at the Argonne National Laboratory recoil separator FMA. Ground state proton emitters {sup 146,147}Tm, {sup 160}Re, {sup 156}Ta, {sup 150,151}Lu were produced in a series of test experiments. Improved T{sub 1/2} values were obtained for {sup 147}Tm, {sup 160}Re, and {sup 156}Ta. Improved alpha T{sub 1/2} value of (13.2 {plus_minus} 1.1) ms was obtained for {sup 161}Re. In a search of new proton radioactivities a (5 {plus_minus} 2)% proton decay branch with E{sub p} = (1345 {plus_minus} 13) keV for {sup 161}Re was found.
Date: December 31, 1995
Creator: Penttila, H.; Davids, C.N. & Woods, P.J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department