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Inline gamma-spectrometry of fission product elements after rapid high-pressure ion chromatographic separation...

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Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
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1 to 13

Analysis of irradiated material shortly after irradiation can be non-trivial due to highly radioactive activation and fission isotopes increasing dead time in gamma-ray detection systems, often requiring a “cooling-period” between receipt of a sample and the subsequent analysis. A direct separation–detection method has been developed combining ion chromatography and inductively coupled mass spectrometry for rapid, low-level analysis of fission products; it cannot, however, detect certain short-lived species below the detection limit of the system. Here we report the implementation of an inline gamma-ray detector, which was added post-separation, pre-analysis, to test the quality and utility of elementally-isolated gamma-ray spectroscopy.