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The choice of the analytical method for the determination of actinide isotopes in leachate solutions has to be made considering several parameters: detection limit for each isotope, sample preparation procedure in terms of duration and complexity, counting time and interferences. A leachate solution obtained by keeping a pellet of UO{2} doped with 238Pu in contact with distilled water was investigated for the content of U and Pu isotopes by radiometric methods ((alpha)-, (gamma)-spectrometry and liquid scintillation counting). The results of the radiometric methods were compared with those obtained from the analysis performed by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry on-line to a system for chromatographic separation (IC- ICP-MS). The comparison confirmed that IC-ICP-MS is a powerful method for the detection of long-lived radionuclides. The radiometric methods have a detection limit two orders of magnitude lower than IC-ICP-MS in the case of short-lived radioisotopes mostly due to the low background in the detector. On the other hand, the sample preparation and the analysis duration are more time-consuming compared to IC-ICP-MS; moreover, not all isotopes can be determined by using only one radiometric technique.

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Authors: SOLATIE D ET AL, European Commission, JRC-Institute for Transuranium Elements, P.O. Box. 2340, D-76125 Karlsruhe (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Fresenius Journal of Analytical Chemistry (2000), 368, pp. 88-94
Record Number: 200013038 / Last updated on: 2001-01-24
Original language: en
Available languages: en