May 11 – 16, 2014
Casino Conference Centre
Europe/Prague timezone

90Y Cherenkov radiation measurement for 90Sr determination

May 12, 2014, 5:15 PM
1h 30m
Casino Conference Centre

Casino Conference Centre

Reitenbergerova 4/95, Mari&#225;nsk&#233; L&#225;zn&#283;, Czech Republic <font color=white>
Poster Nuclear Analytical Methods Poster Session - Nuclear Analytical Methods


Mr Soběslav Neufuss (CTU in Prague)


Isotope of strontium 90Sr (one of the nuclear fission products with half-life 28.9 years) is well known for its biochemical similarity with calcium and possible consequent incorporation into human body. Main risk presents its daughter product 90Y (half-life 64.1 hours), which is a high energy β-emitter (Eβ,max=2.28 MeV). That is why the development of fast and effective method of 90Sr determination or monitoring is ongoing last 50 years and it is still one of the important topics. Hence, current demands call for advanced and less time-consuming methods for 90Sr determination. Main aim of this research was focused on the 90Sr determination in simulant solutions of environmental samples without the necessity to wait for the equilibrium with 90Y. This approach is crucial for the development of rapid method of 90Sr determination in environmental samples. Activity of 90Sr was measured through its daughter product 90Y using Cherenkov counting on HIDEX 300 SL and TRIATHLER (both Hidex Oy, Finland) liquid scintillation counters. Two type of samples were used for measurement. The Cherenkov radiation was measured from samples containing equilibrium amount of 90Y or from samples where 90Y growth is observed. A set of solutions with different diffraction indexes and set with different wavelength shifters for increasing Cherenkov radiation yield/detection was studied. It was find out that composition of the solution strongly affects measured background and hence further optimization of the sample content and parameters measurement is necessary. The activity obtained via Cherenkov counting were compared and verified using liquid scintillation counting of 90Sr, similar comparison was done between Triathler (1-photomultiplier) and HIDEX 300 SL (3-photomultipliers, TDCR) measurements.

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Mr Soběslav Neufuss (CTU in Prague)


Dr Mojmír Němec (CTU i Prague)

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