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Analysis of low abundance 144Ce and 106Ru isotopes by mass spectrometry

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The aim of this project is to develop the high precision analysis of 144Ce and 106Ru by mass spectrometry in irradiated samples for the qualification of neutronic calculation codes. These two isotopes are present at low abundances in the samples of interest and display significant isobaric interferences with 144Nd and 106Pd respectively. To complete this project, the candidate will carry out the appropriate analytical developments in conventional laboratory on inactive samples. Then the procedure will be transposed in the active laboratory for validation with the analysis of real samples. In the case of 144Ce, the implementation of a coupling between high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and ICPMS-MC, combined with the isotope dilution technique for the precise determination of atomic contents is envisaged. For 106Ru, the 101Ru concentration will first be determined by ICPMS-Q and the 101Ru/106Ru ratio will be determined by HPLC/ICPMS-Q or HPLC/ICPMS-MC coupling to remove the 106Pd/106Ru interference.


Département de Physico-Chimie
Service d’Etudes Analytiques et de Réactivité des Surfaces
Laboratoire de développement Analytique Nucléaires, Isotopique et Elémentaire
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