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Carrier-free Radioisotopes from Cyclotron Targets I. Preparation and Isolation of Sn113 and In114 from Cadmium

Description: The cyclotron is the only practical source of many carrier-free radioisotopes. The preparation and radiochemical isolation of a number of these activities, produced in the 60-inch cyclotron of Crocker Laboratory, will be presented in this paper and in subsequent papers of this series. In most cases the carrier-free radioisotopes were prepared for use in biological systems and the final preparations were in the form of isotonic saline solutions at a range of pH from 5 to 8. The present paper reports the radiochemical isolation of carrier-free Sn{sup 113} and In{sup 114} produced by bombarding cadmium with 38 Mev alpha-particles. At this energy, Sn{sup 113} and In{sup 114} are produced in a thick target by the nuclear reactions; Cd{sup 110}({alpha},n)Sn{sup 113}, Cd{sup 111}({alpha},2n)Sn{sup 113}, Cd{sup 112}({alpha},3n)Sn{sup 113}, Cd{sup 111}({alpha},p)In{sup 114}, Cd{sup 112}({alpha},pn) In{sup 114}. The shorter-lived tin and indium activities together with the possible radioisotopes of silver produced by (n,p) reactions, were allowed to decay out prior to the chemical separations.
Date: August 11, 1949
Creator: Maxwell, R.D.; Haymond, H.R.; Bobmberger, D.R.; Garrison, W.M. & Hamilton, J.G.
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Low Mass Francium and Emanation Isotopes of High AlphaStability

Description: Isotopes of francium with 126 or fewer neutrons have been looked for in bombardments of Th{sup 232} with 350 Mev protons from the 184-inch cyclotron. Fr{sup 212} with an apparent half-life of 19.3 minutes for branching decay by alpha emission (44%) to At{sup 208} and by orbital electron capture (56%) to Em{sup 212} has been found. Em{sup 212} is shown to be a 23-minute alpha-emitter. At{sup 208} decays primarily (99.5%) by orbital electron capture to Po{sup 208}, but shows 0.5% alpha-branching. The francium and emanation isotopes have alpha half-lives completely out of line with the predictions based on the previously known isotopes of these elements. Their high alpha stability is believed to be due to a closed shell of 126 neutrons in analogy to the behavior of elements 83-85. The non-existence of long-lived francium in nature is discussed in the terms of this and other recent work on francium isotopes.
Date: October 10, 1949
Creator: Hyde, E.K.; Ghiorso, A. & Seaborg, G.T.
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New Low Mass Isotopes of Emanation (Element 86)

Description: Among the spallation products obtained from the 350-Mev proton bombardment of Th{sup 232} they have identified two gaseous alpha-emitters which apparently do not decay into any presently known alpha-decay chains. The half-lives observed for the decay of the alpha-activities are 23 minutes and 2.1 hours. These half-lives may be principally determined by an unknown amount of orbital electron capture. At least one alpha-emitting daughter (about 4 hours half-life) has been observed to grow from a gaseous parent, but it has not been determined whether it arises from alpha-decay or electron-capture. Since these gaseous atoms emit alpha-particles it is assumed that they are isotopes of element 86 (emanation or radon) rather than a lighter rare gas. if they were heavy isotopes such as Em{sup 221} or Em{sup 223}, both unknown, they would decay into known alpha-decay series, the neptunium and actinium series, respectively, and so would grow known short lived alpha-emitters which would have been detected. It thus appears reasonable that they must be lighter than the known emanation isotopes.
Date: September 5, 1949
Creator: Ghiorso, A.; Meinke, W.W. & Seaborg, G.T.
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Nitrogen 12

Description: N{sup 12} is shown to have a half life of 12.5 {+-} 1 milliseconds, and a positron upper limit of 16.6 {+-} 0.2 Mev. It is produced by the reaction C{sup 12}(p,n)N{sup 12}, and has a threshold proton energy of 20.0 Mev. This indicates that N{sup 12} is within about 200 Kev of being unstable against proton emission. The mass of N{sup 12} is 12.0228 {+-} 0.00015, and the beta transition is allowed.
Date: January 19, 1949
Creator: Alvarez, Luis W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Systematics of Alpha-Radioactivity

Description: Correlations of alpha-decay energies in terms of mass number and atomic number have been made for all of the alpha-emitting species now numbering over 100. For each element isotopes show increase in alpha-energy with decrease in mass number except in the region of 126 neutrons where there is an explainable reversal. This reversal has the effect of creating a region of relatively low alpha-energy and long half-life at low mass numbers for such elements as astatine, emanation, francium, and possibly higher elements as had been noted already for bismuth and polonium. Methods and examples of using alpha-decay data to define the energy surface in the heavy element region are discussed. The regularities in alpha-decay are used for predictions of nuclear properties including prediction of the beta-stable nuclides among the heavy elements. The half-life vs. energy correlations show that the even-even nuclides conform well with existing alpha-decay theory, but all nuclear types with odd nucleons show prohibited decay. The reason for this prohibition is not found in spin changes in the alpha-emission but in the assembly of the components of the alpha particle, and this theory is discussed further in terms of observations made on nuclides having two or more alpha-groups. Using most of the even-even nuclei to define 'normal nuclear radius' calculations are now able to show the shrinkage in the regions of lead and of 126 neutrons to amount to about 10%. The much greater change in 'effective radius' for bismuth isotopes can be dissociated into the effects of odd nucleons superimposed on the actual decrease in nuclear radius. The simple expression r = 1.48 A{sup 1/3} {center_dot} 10{sup -13} cm seems to fit the data for the even-even nuclei outside of the region of 126 neutrons better than more complex functions.
Date: September 12, 1949
Creator: Perlman, I.; Ghiorso, A. & Seaborg, G.T.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Production for Mesons by X-rays

Description: At the spring, 1949, meeting of the National Academy of Sciences(l) a preliminary account was given of some observations of mesons produced by the 335 Mev x-ray beam from the Berkeley synchrotron. The present paper is a progress report of this work; no claim is made for completeness, but sufficient new data are available to make publication at this time worth while, especially since some of the numerical results given in the earlier report require revision. The x-ray beam, produced by the impact of 335 Mev electrons on a 20 mil thick platinum target, has a width at half maximum of 0.0135 radian (about 1 inch at 6 feet from the target). In all but the earliest experiments the beam was further defined by a 1 inch hole in a lead block, then passed through a piece of carbon which served as the meson source. The x-ray intensity at one meter from the target was about 3500 r per hour (measured behind 1/8 inch of lead) under the best running conditions; the average was about half this. The actual exposures at the carbon meson source (6 feet from the target) ranged from 500 to 2000 r in the later runs. Mesons were recorded on Ilford nuclear plates; the highest density of meson endings observed was about 100 per square centimeter in a 100 micron emulsion. In the following sections the experimental conditions and some of the results are described in more detail.
Date: September 15, 1949
Creator: McMillan, Edwin M.; Peterson, Jack & White, R. Stephen
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

A Proposed Experimental Test of the Neutrino Theory

Description: The experiment outlined in this proposal has the possibility of giving an answer to the important question, 'Does the neutrino exist'? It is unfortunate that at the present time, there is no convincing experimental that neutrinos exist. Two recent articles review the status of various experiments which could give information about neutrinos. In general, these experiments give results in agreement with the predictions of beta decay theory. But actually, if even the most complete of the 'recoil type' experiments could be performed satisfactorily, all that could be concluded would be the following: the energy and momentum relationships in beta decay are consistent with the theory that the known energy deficit is carried away by a single particle. But to emphasize the fact that this would not constitute a proof of the real existence of that particle, the following quotations from the review articles should be noted. Crane says, 'All of the evidence about the neutrino is, as already pointed out, indirect in character since neutrinos have not yet been caught after leaving the nucleus. It can, of course, be argued on very general grounds that, if energy is not conserved between nucleus and electron, momentum should not be expected to be conserved either, and in consequence of this, it has often been remarked that the recoiled experiments add nothing that is really new to their knowledge'. Allen concludes his article by saying, 'Practically all the experimental evidence indicates that there is an apparent non-conservation of momentum in the beta decay process, and that the neutrino hypothesis is at least one explanation of the missing momentum'.
Date: April 18, 1949
Creator: Alvarez, Luis W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

A PreliminaryReport on the Mechanism of the Decomposition ofDiacetyl Peroxide in Acetic Acid

Description: The decomposition of diacetyl peroxide in acetic acid-2-C{sup 14} has been studied, The activity of the products in general confirmed the mechanism of the reaction as proposed by Kharasch and Gladstone, The presence and distribution of activity in the methyl acetate produced in this reaction is not explained by the previously proposed mechanism. There was no appreciable exchange of acetic acid and diacetyl peroxide under the conditions of the reaction. Essentially no exchange of methyl acetate and acetic acid was observed when those reagents mere heated at 100 for five hours.
Date: December 29, 1949
Creator: Fry, A.J.; Tolbert, B.M. & Calvin, Melvin
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Experiments on the Effect of Atomic Electrons on the DecayConstant of Be7 II.

Description: A comparison of the decay constants of Be{sup 7} in beryllium oxide and in beryllium fluoride has given {lambda}{sub BeO}-{lambda}{sub BeF{sub 2}} = (+1.375 {+-} 0.053)10{sup -3}{lambda}{sub BeO} thus showing a definite effect of the chemical binding on the radioactive decay constant.
Date: June 15, 1949
Creator: Leininger, R.F.; Segre, E. & Wiegand, C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Half-Life for Double Beta-Decay

Description: Fireman(1) has reported the results of a rather difficult beta-particle coincidence counting experiment in which the decay of Sn{sup 124} by the simultaneous emission of two negative beta-particles, with a half-life between 0.4 x 10{sup 16} years and 0.9 x 10{sup 16} years, seems to have been observed. This note reports the results obtained from a different and somewhat simpler method of looking for the phenomenon of simultaneous emission of two beta-particles. These results are negative so far and show that this process is considerably less probable in the case chosen by us than in that reported by Fireman. The method consists of looking in uranium samples for 90-year Pu{sup 238} which would come from U{sup 238} by the double beta-particle mechanism since Np{sup 238} is heavier than U{sup 238}, which in turn is substantially heavier than Pu{sup 238}, in the isobaric triplet {sub 92}U{sup 238}-{sub 93}Np{sup 238}-{sub 94}Pu{sup 238}. This chemical method of investigation is particularly applicable to this isobaric triplet because there appears to be no other mechanisms to account for the Pu{sup 238} should it be found. The energetics of the situation are summarized in the following diagram, where the disintegration energies are derived from sources which may be traced through a recent compilation.
Date: October 21, 1949
Creator: Levine, C.A.; Ghiorso, A. & Seaborg, G.T.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

The Path of Carbon in Photosynthesis VI.

Description: This paper is a compilation of the essential results of our experimental work in the determination of the path of carbon in photosynthesis. There are discussions of the dark fixation of photosynthesis and methods of separation and identification including paper chromatography and radioautography. The definition of the path of carbon in photosynthesis by the distribution of radioactivity Within the compounds is described.
Date: June 30, 1949
Creator: Calvin, M.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

The Path of Carbon in Photosynthesis VII Respiration andPhotosynthesis

Description: The relationship of respiration to photosynthesis in barley seedling leaves and the algae, Chlorella and Scenedesmus, has been investigated using radioactive carbon dioxide and the techniques of paper chromatography and radioautography. The plants are allowed to photosynthesize normally for thirty seconds in c{sup 14}O{sub 2} after which they are allowed to respire in air or helium in the light or dark. Respiration of photosynthetic intermediates as evidenced by the appearance of labeled glutomic, isocitric, fumaric and succinic acids is slower in the light than in the dark. Labeled glycolic acid is observed in barley and algae. It disappears rapidly in the dark and is maintained and increased in quantity in the light in C0{sub 2}-free air.
Date: July 21, 1949
Creator: Benson, A.A. & Calvin, M.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Alpha-Decay in Isotopes of Atomic Number Less Than 83

Description: Some time ago we started work in an attempt to observe alpha-particle decay in isotopes of atomic number less than 83. In the first experiments, thin targets of gold leaf were bombarded with 190-Mev deuterons in the 184-inch cyclotron. Two alpha-decay periods were observed in these targets; one of 0.7 minutes half-life and another of 4.3 minutes half-life. The alpha-particle energies were 5.7 and 5.2 Mev, respectively. Chemical separations proved that the 4.3-minute period is due to a gold isotope and suggested that the 0.7-minute period is due to a mercury isotope. The mass numbers of these new isotopes have not been determined. However, the results of excitation-functions in the production of the gold isotope by bombarding gold and platinum with protons suggest that its mass number lies in the range 185-188. The work on this isotope indicates that the alpha to electron capture branching ratio is of the order of magnitude of 10{sup -4}, and that positron activity accompanies the 4.3-minute alpha-period.
Date: September 5, 1949
Creator: Thompson, S.G.; Ghiorso, A.; Radmussen, J.O. & Seaborg, G.T.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Progress Report No. 69. Dec. 15, 1948 to Jan. 15, 1949

Description: This is the progress report for the University of California, Radiation Laboratory for December 15, 1948-January 15, 1949. It discusses the following: (1) Bevatron; (2) 184-inch Cyclotron Program; (3) 60-inch Cyclotron Program; (4) Synchrotron Operation; (5) Linear Accelerator and Van de Graaff Operation; (6) Experimental Physics; (7) Theoretical Physics, (8) Isotope Separation; (9) Chemistry Departments; (10) Medical Physics; and (11) Health Physics and Chemistry.
Date: January 30, 1949
Creator: Authors, Various
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Range Energy Relation for Protons in Nuclear Emulsions

Description: An experimental range-energy relation in Ilford C-2 emulsion has been obtained for proteins up to 39.5 Mev. In the region from 17 to 33 Mev the relation for dry emulsion is fitted by the empirical equation E{sub (MeV)} = 0.251 R{sub ({mu})} 0.581. Variations in water content due to changes in atmospheric humidity make several percent difference in range. The range in Ilford glass is found to be 18 {+-} 4 percent longer than in dry C-2 emulsion.
Date: September 9, 1949
Creator: Bradner, H.; Smith, F.M.; Barkas, W.H. & Bishop, A.S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department