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Appl Radiat Isot. 2014 May;87:81-6. doi: 10.1016/j.apradiso.2013.11.097. Epub 2013 Dec 1.

Determination of plutonium isotopes in bilberry using liquid scintillation spectrometry and alpha-particle spectrometry.

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Turkish Atomic Energy Authority, Sarayköy Nuclear Research and Training Center, 06983 Kazan, Ankara, Turkey. Electronic address: meryem.seferinoglu@taek.gov.tr.
2
Turkish Atomic Energy Authority, Sarayköy Nuclear Research and Training Center, 06983 Kazan, Ankara, Turkey.

Abstract

This paper presents α-particle spectrometry and liquid scintillation spectrometry methods to determine plutonium isotopes in bilberry. The analytical procedure involves sample preparation steps for ashing, digestion of bilberry samples, radiochemical separation of plutonium radioisotopes and their measurement. The validity of the method was checked for coherence using the ζ test, z-test, relative bias and relative uncertainty outlier tests. The results indicated that the recommended procedures for both measurement systems could be successfully applied for the accurate determination of plutonium activities in bilberry samples.

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Activity concentration; Liquid scintillation spectrometry; Plutonium; α-Particle spectrometry

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