Investigation of the oxygen isotopic composition in oxidic uranium compounds as a new property in nuclear forensic science.

Abstract

The analysis of seized nuclear material aims at identifying the origin of the material. Determination of the n(18O)/n(16O) ratio for the uranium oxide adds another characteristic property to the pattern which enables location of the production area of the material. A method has been developed for n(18O)/n(16O) ratio measurement which uses thermal ionization mass spectrometric (TIMS) analysis of the 238UO+ species. It has been shown that uranium oxides of different geographic origin have significantly different n(18O)/n(16O) ratios, whereas different samples of the same origin have constant oxygen isotopes ratios.

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@article{Pajo2001InvestigationOT, title={Investigation of the oxygen isotopic composition in oxidic uranium compounds as a new property in nuclear forensic science.}, author={L Pajo and Klaus F. X. Mayer and L . Koch}, journal={Fresenius' journal of analytical chemistry}, year={2001}, volume={371 3}, pages={348-52} }