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Actinide Production in the Reaction of Heavy Ions withCurium-248

Description: Chemical experiments were performed to examine the usefulness of heavy ion transfer reactions in producing new, neutron-rich actinide nuclides. A general quasi-elastic to deep-inelastic mechanism is proposed, and the utility of this method as opposed to other methods (e.g. complete fusion) is discussed. The relative merits of various techniques of actinide target synthesis are discussed. A description is given of a target system designed to remove the large amounts of heat generated by the passage of a heavy ion beam through matter, thereby maximizing the beam intensity which can be safely used in an experiment. Also described is a general separation scheme for the actinide elements from protactinium (Z = 91) to mendelevium (Z = 101), and fast specific procedures for plutonium, americium and berkelium. The cross sections for the production of several nuclides from the bombardment of {sup 248}Cm with {sup 18}O, {sup 86}Kr and {sup 136}Xe projectiles at several energies near and below the Coulomb barrier were determined. The results are compared with yields from {sup 48}Ca and {sup 238}U bombardments of {sup 248}Cm. Simple extrapolation of the product yields into unknown regions of charge and mass indicates that the use of heavy ion transfer reactions to produce new, neutron-rich above-target species is limited. The substantial production of neutron-rich below-target species, however, indicates that with very heavy ions like {sup 136}Xe and {sup 238}U the new species {sup 248}Am, {sup 249}Am and {sup 247}Pu should be produced with large cross sections from a {sup 248}Cm target. A preliminary, unsuccessful attempt to isolate {sup 247}Pu is outlined. The failure is probably due to the half life of the decay, which is calculated to be less than 3 minutes. The absolute gamma ray intensities from {sup 251}Bk decay, necessary for calculating the {sup 251}Bk cross section, are also determined.
Date: July 1, 1983
Creator: Moody, K. J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Report to the DOE Nuclear Data Committee, 1983

Description: Measurements for nuclear data applicactions are described including branching ratio in /sup 7/Be decay, kerma factor for carbon, photoneutron cross sections, neutron differential scattering cross sections, half-life of /sup 77/Kr, stellar neutron capture rates for /sup 86/ /sup 87/ /sup 88/Sr, neutron total cross sections, /sup 142/ /sup 143/ /sup 144/Nd neutron capture nucleo-synthesis, half-life of /sup 163/Ho, thermal neutron fission of /sup 236/Np, revised branching ratios in /sup 237/U and /sup 238/Pu decays, and levels of /sup 244/Cm populated by the beta decay of 10-hour /sup 244/Am and 26-minute /sup 244m/Am. Calculations discussed include systematic test of microscopic optical models for nucleon scattering in the range 7 to 60 MeV, Lanczos method shell-model calculations of GamowTeller strength functions, explosive nucleosynthesis and direct radiative capture rates, and calculation of fission cross sections. Evaluated data libraries are briefly discussed. (WHK)
Date: February 1, 1983
Creator: Haight, R.C. & Struble, G.L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Half life of /sup 26/Al

Description: The half-life of /sup 26/Al has been redetermined because of suggestions of an error in the accepted value based on its use in calculating /sup 21/Ne production rates from cosmic rays in meteorites. Two solutions of /sup 26/Al were analyzed for the specific radioactivity and mass spectrometric determination of the /sup 26/Al concentration. The half-life obtained for /sup 26/Al was 7.05 x 10/sup 5/ years +- 3.7% at the two sigma level. This is identical to the accepted value of 7.16 x 10/sup 5/ years and indicates that problems with the /sup 21/Ne production rate is not due to an erroneous half-life.
Date: January 1, 1983
Creator: Norris, T.L.; Gancarz, A.J.; Rokop, D.J. & Thomas, K.W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Beta-decay measurements of neutron-deficient cesium isotopes

Description: Beta decay endpoint energy measurements of the neutron deficient cesium isotopes were done using an energy spectrum shape fitting technique. This was a departure from the typical method of endpoint energy analysis, the Fermi-Kurie plot. A discussion of the shape fitting procedure and its improved features are discussed. These beta endpoint measurements have led to total decay energies (Q/sub EC/) of the neutron deficient /sup 119/ /sup 123/Cs isotopes. The total decay energies of /sup 122m/Cs (Q/sub EC/ = 6.95 +- 0.25 MeV) and /sup 119/Cs (Q/sub EC/ = 6.26 +- 0.29 MeV) were new measurements. The total decay energies of /sup 123/Cs (Q/sub EC/ = 4.05 +- 0.18 MeV), /sup 122g/Cs (Q/sub EC/ = 7.05 +- 0.18 MeV), /sup 121/Cs (Q/sub EC/ = 5.21 +- 0.22 MeV), and /sup 120/Cs (Q/sub EC/ = 7.38 +- 0.23 MeV) were measurements with significantly improved uncertainties as compared to the literature. Further, a combination of the energy levels derived from previous literature gamma-gamma coincident measurements and the experimental beta-coincident gamma decay energies has supported an improved level scheme for /sup 121/Xe and the proposal of three new energy levels in /sup 119/Xe. Comparison of the experimental cesium mass excesses (determined with our Q/sub EC/ values and known xenon mass excesses) with both the literature and theoretical predicted values showed general agreement except for /sup 120/Cs. Possible explanations for this deviation are discussed.
Date: March 1, 1983
Creator: Parry, R.F.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

U-235 sample-mass determinations and intercomparisons

Description: The neutron-induced fission cross section of U-235 is not only one of the most-frequently used references but is also of direct importance in reactor applications. As a consequence, knowledge of this cross section is required with approx. 1% uncertainty as reflected in corresponding entries in request lists, which have persisted since the last 10 to 15 years. Measurements to that level of accuracy require the investigation of the contributing components, one of which is the fission mass. The latter is most often determined by others than the experimenter who measures the differential cross sections or integral reaction-rate ratios in a reactor test facility. The isotopic composition and the sample mass are usually obtained from associated chemistry departments or standard laboratories, however, the experimenter has still the responsibility to assure that the values he uses are adequately described by the quoted uncertainties. This can be achieved by comparing samples from different origins. It was in this spirit that an intercomparison of fission samples obtained from different US laboratories, which were involved in cross section measurements, was carried out in 1979. The notable outcome of this effort was that a bias of approx. 0.7% was found between the standard laboratory and other contributing laboratories (which was, however, within the stated uncertainty). The National Bureau of Standards (NBS) has since then worked on a redefinition of the mass assignments of its reference samples, has revised its mass scale by 0.8%, and has reduced its uncertainty by a factor of two (to about +-0.5%). However, this new mass scale includes values relative to others. In the present work these have been removed in order to compare mass scales as independent from one another as possible. Independence already appears hard to come by. Results are presented. (WHK)
Date: January 1, 1983
Creator: Poenitz, W.P. & Meadows, J.W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Measurement of the half-life of /sup 60/Fe using the Argonne FN tandem-superconducting Linac system as an accelerator mass spectrometer

Description: An experiment to improve the accuracy in the half-life value of /sup 60/Fe by measuring both the amount of /sup 60/Fe nuclei and the decay-rate of a spallation produced sample using the relation dN/dt = -lambda N is briefly discussed. (WHK)
Date: January 1, 1983
Creator: Kutschera, W.; Billquist, P.J. & Frekers, D.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

/sup 235/U and /sup 239/Pu sample-mass determinations and intercomparisons

Description: The masses of fifteen /sup 235/U samples obtained from seven laboratories were determined and intercompared. The present results indicate that sample masses are well enough known (+- 0.3%) for the required high-accuracy-fission cross-section measurements. A comparison of four /sup 239/Pu samples indicates problems in the order of 1 to 3% which are more likely, to be related to counting efficiencies than to sample masses. The half-life of /sup 234/U was determined as (2.457 +- 0.005) . 10/sup 5/ yrs. 27 references.
Date: November 1, 1983
Creator: Poenitz, W.P. & Meadows, J.W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Enzymology of repair of DNA adducts produced by N-nitroso compounds

Description: The biological effects of DNA adducts depend on their nature, and on their half-lives relative to the rates of DNA replication and transcription. Their half-lives are determined by the rates of spontaneous decay, such as depurination, and the rates of enzymatic repair of the adducts or their decay products. The principle modes of repair of methylating and ethylating agents are by glycosylase catalyzed depurination of 7-alkylguanine and 3-alkyladenine and by the dealkalation of O/sup 6/-alkylguanine. Repair by dealkylation cannot be detected by the standard methods used to measure DNA repair, but it is easy to estimate the acceptor activity in cell extracts by measuring the transfer of radioactive O/sup 6/-alkyl groups in an exogenous DNA to protein. In extracts of cells treated with alkylating agents the activity is depressed because the endogenous DNA is rapidly dealkylated, using up the acceptor activity. In many cell types the decrease in activity is followed by an increase to the normal constitutive level. In other cells there is no such adaptive response. Differences in constitutive levels of methyl accepting activity in extracts of human lymphocytes and on the acceptor activity in lung macrophages from smokers (low activity) and non-smokers (high activity) have been observed. 46 references.
Date: January 1, 1983
Creator: Setlow, R.B.; Cao, E.H. & Delihas, N.C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Tritium toxicity program in the Medical Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory

Description: It is possible to detect somatic, cytogenetic and genetic effects resulting from exposures at 33 to 100 times the mpc's for tritiated water (HTO). The reduction in bone marrow cells in animals maintaining normal total cellularity demonstrate both the presence of an effect at the primitive cell level as well as the animal's ability to compensate for this effect by recruiting stem cells from the G/sub 0/ resting state. This evidence of damage together with the observed cytogenetic changes leads one to contemplate the possible importance of radiation exposures at these levels for the induction of leukemia or other blood dyscrasias. As predicted on the basis of established principles of radiobiology, exposure to tritium beta rays from HTO ingestion results in measureable effects on several animal systems.
Date: January 1, 1983
Creator: Carsten, A.L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Decays of /sup 22/Al and /sup 26/P: discovery of beta-delayed two-proton radioactivity

Description: A helium-jet system and the /sup 24/Mg(/sup 3/He,p4n)/sup 22/Al and /sup 28/Si(/sup 3/He,p4n)/sup 26/P reactions have been used to discover the only known odd-odd, T/sub Z/ = -2 nuclides, /sup 22/Al(t/sub 1/2/ approx. 70ms) and /sup 26/P(t/sub 1/2/ approx. 20 ms). Observations of beta-delayed protons from each isotope (laboratory energies 7.839 +- 0.015 MeV and 8.149 +- 0.021 MeV for /sup 22/Al and 7.269 +- 0.015 MeV and 6.827 +- 0.050 MeV for /sup 26/P) established the existence of these nuclides and provided a measurement of the mass excesses of the lowest T = 2 states in their beta decay daughters, /sup 22/Mg and /sup 26/Si (13.650 +- 0.015 MeV and 5.936 +- 0.015 MeV, respectively). Measurement of these masses confirmed that these T = 2 states were unbound to two-proton emission as had been predicted theoretically.
Date: February 1, 1983
Creator: Cable, M.D.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Rapid disappearance of shell effects in the fission of transfermium nuclei

Description: In the last fifteen years we have learned that nuclear shells have a very broad and pervasive impact on the fission process. In the first few decades after the discovery of nuclear fission, the nucleus was treated as a drop of liquid with smoothly varying attractive and repulsive forces. Although this model still forms the underlying basis for fission, we also observe large effects from the superimposition of shell corrections derived from coupling the quantum states of individual nucleons. The consequences of single-particle coupling on the fission process can be striking and may often overshadow that originating from the intrinsic liquid-drop component. Here, we point out several major features attributable to shell effects in the spontaneous fission (SF) of the lighter actinides, the sudden transition to symmetric fission in the fermium isotopes, and finally new experimental information indicating another transition in the SF of transfermium nuclides due to the disappearance of shell perturbations. In each transition, the abruptness is surprising, and for the moment, such rapid changes in fission behavior lack a theoretical rationale.
Date: January 1, 1983
Creator: Hulet, E.K.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department