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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 40  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 3-8

Measurement and validation of uranium isotope ratio in uranium ore for isotopic fingerprinting


1 Radiation Safety Systems Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2 Fukushima Project Headquarters, National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology, Anagawa 4-9-1, Inage-ku, Chiba 263-8555, Japan

Correspondence Address:
Suchismita Mishra
Radiation Safety Systems Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai - 400 085, Maharashtra
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/rpe.RPE_36_16

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Accurate determination of uranium isotope ratio can act as an efficient fingerprint in the nuclear forensics to identify source and intended use of illicit trafficking of uranium material. In this context, a rapid chemical separation technique to isolate uranium from uranium ore sample was developed using commercial extraction chromatographic resin. Uranium isotope ratio was measured using thermal ionization mass spectrometry (TIMS). Standard reference material (NBS U010) was used for validating the accuracy and precision of isotope ratio measurement by TIMS. The method is successfully applied to a natural ore (uraninite ore) for the determination of naturally occurring uranium isotope ratio.


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