Sample records for in-situ gamma spectrometry

  1. Environmental monitoring and in situ gamma spectrometry

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. Kluson

    2001-01-01

    In situ gamma ray spectrometry is widely used for monitoring of natural as well as man-made radionuclides and corresponding gamma fields in the environment or working places. It finds effective application in the operational and accidental monitoring of nuclear facilities and their vicinity, spent fuel storages and waste depositories, radioactive contamination measurements and mapping, environmental, radiohygienic and radiation safety studies,

  2. Demonstration of a collimated in situ method for determining depth distributions using gamma-ray spectrometry

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Roland R. Benke; Kimberlee J. Kearfott

    2002-01-01

    In situ gamma-ray spectrometry uses a portable detector to quantify radionuclides in materials. The main shortcoming of in situ gamma-ray spectrometry has been its inability to determine radionuclide depth distributions. Novel collimator designs were paired with a commercial in situ gamma-ray spectrometry system to overcome this limitation for large area sources. Positioned with their axes normal to the material surface,

  3. An improved method for determining radionuclide depth distributions using in situ gamma-ray spectrometry

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Roland Richard Vincent Benke

    2000-01-01

    In principle, in situ gamma-ray spectrometry determines the quantities of radionuclides in some medium with a portable detector. The main limitation of in situ gamma-ray spectrometry lies in determining the depth distribution of radionuclides. This limitation is addressed by developing an improved in situ method for determining the depth distributions of gamma-ray emitting radionuclides in large area sources. This dissertation

  4. In situ gamma-ray spectrometry for the measurement of uranium in surface soils

    Microsoft Academic Search

    K. M. Miller; P. Shebell; G. A. Klemic

    1994-01-01

    The application of the technique of in situ gamma-ray spectrometry to the measurement of uranium isotopes in surface soils is described. A basic review of the in situ methodology using high resolution germanium gamma-ray spectrometers is given and specifics on calculated fluences, dose rates in air, and calibration factors are provided for relevant uranium isotopes and their progeny. The influence

  5. High resolution, in situ, gamma-ray spectrometry procedures manual

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Sautter

    1987-01-01

    Procedures used for environmental in situ gamma-ray spectroscopy of the Los Alamos National Laboratory are documented. These procedures are based on techniques developed at other laboratories, principally by H.L. Beck et al., of the Department of Energy's Environmental Measurements Laboratory. The procedures are limited to use of large-volume, lithium-drifted or high-purity germanium diode detectors for quantification of the contributions of

  6. The development and use of an in situ gamma-ray spectrometry system in North Wales

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. Macdonald; P. H. Smith; D. J. Assinder

    1996-01-01

    North Wales has a wide range of levels of natural radioactivity together with significant levels of artificial radionuclides on its coast arising mainly from the Sellafield nuclear processing plant. In situ gamma-ray spectrometry offers a rapid alternative to core sampling for mapping out these radioactivity levels but requires extensive calibration and some knowledge of the depth distribution. Quantitative in situ

  7. Monitoring anthropogenic radioactivity in salt marsh environments through in situ gamma-ray spectrometry

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Andrew N. Tyler

    1999-01-01

    Radionuclide bearing effluents discharged into the Irish Sea have resulted in the accumulation of radionuclides in salt marsh environments which can contribute to critical group exposures. Recent developments in in situ gamma-ray spectrometry provide a novel and effective method for monitoring anthropogenic radionuclide concentrations and distributions within these coastal environments. This paper presents the results from an in situ survey

  8. Unfolding the response of a Ge detector used for in-situ gamma-ray spectrometry

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Georg Fehrenbacher; Reinhard Meckbach; Peter Jacob

    1996-01-01

    In environmental radiation protection portable Ge detectors are used for in-situ gamma-ray spectrometry. In order to determine the complete photon fluence rate spectra including the continuum component due to photons scattered in the environment from measured pulse height distributions one needs to apply unfolding methods. A prerequisite of the unfolding is the knowledge of the response functions of the detector

  9. An intercomparison of Monte Carlo codes used for in-situ gamma-ray spectrometry

    Microsoft Academic Search

    S. Hurtado; M. Villa

    2010-01-01

    In-situ gamma-ray spectrometry is widely used for monitoring of natural as well as man-made radionuclides and corresponding gamma fields in the environment or working places. It finds effective application in the operational and accidental monitoring of nuclear facilities and their vicinity, waste depositories, radioactive contamination measurements and environmental mapping or geological prospecting. In order to determine accurate radionuclide concentrations in

  10. In situ gamma spectrometry measurements for the verification of simulated irradiation conditions at MAYAK PA work places

    Microsoft Academic Search

    M. Smetanin; E. Vasilenko; M. Semenov; G. Takoudis; S. Xanthos; A. Clouvas; J. Silva

    2007-01-01

    Experimental and simulated photon flux energy distributions in different locations of a MAYAK PA work place are compared. The experimental photon fluxes are deduced by in situ gamma spectrometry measurements with a portable Germanium detector. The method used for the conversion of the in situ gamma ray spectra to photon flux energy distribution is the spectral stripping method. This method

  11. Determination of depth distributions of natural radionuclides with in situ gamma-ray spectrometry

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Severin Thummerer; Peter Jacob

    1998-01-01

    To determine natural and artificial radio-nuclide concentrations in the ground in situ gamma-ray spectrometry method based on assumptions on the depth distribution of the radionuclides. In this paper two-slab geometries with different activities are assumed and two methods to derive information on the depth distribution of natural radionuclides from the measured spectra are examined. They use the distribution dependence of

  12. a Ge(Li) Bore Hole Probe for in Situ Gamma Ray SPECTROMETRY

    Microsoft Academic Search

    A. Lauber; O. Landstroem

    1972-01-01

    This report describes the construction and properties of a Ge(Li) bore hole probe for in situ gamma ray spectrometry. The probe has the form of a cylinder 8.9 cm in diameter and 160 cm long. It contains a 22 cm³ coaxial Ge(Li) detector, cooled by liquid nitrogen. Holding time of the assembled probe is in excess of ten hours, energy

  13. In situ gamma-ray spectrometry for environmental monitoring: a semi empirical calibration method.

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    Boson, Jonas; Lidström, Kenneth; Nylén, Torbjörn; Agren, Göran; Johansson, Lennart

    2006-01-01

    In situ gamma spectrometry using high-purity germanium (HPGe) detectors is a frequently used method for the determination of radionuclide ground deposition levels. Such measurements do, however, require an efficiency calibration based on detector sensitivity and parameters such as soil density and vertical activity distribution. In this work, a novel expression is used for the detector efficiency, incorporating both the influence of photon energy and incidence angle. Detector-specific efficiency data are determined empirically. For the theoretical calculation of the photon fluence at the detector, a three-layer model of finite thickness is developed for the description of soil density and vertical activity distribution. In order to facilitate the calibration of in situ measurements, a PC program has been developed to enable rapid, on-site calculations of radionuclide ground deposition levels. The semi empirical calibration method was tested on in situ measurements with two different detectors, and the results show good agreement with results obtained from traditional soil sampling. PMID:16632586

  14. Delaminated method to determine the depth distribution of 152Eu in soil by in-situ HPGe gamma spectrometry

    Microsoft Academic Search

    T. C. Feng; M. Y. Jia; B. Long; C. Y. Su; R. Wu; J. P. Cheng

    2008-01-01

    The main limitation of in-situ gamma spectrometry lies in determining the depth distribution of radionuclides. This paper describes a specific delaminated method to obtain depth distribution of 152Eu in soil. It is based on the notion that the relative gamma-ray flux contribution from a certain soil layer varies with the depth distribution shape and a certain gamma-ray energy. Through one

  15. Evaluation of Monte Carlo-based calibrations of HPGe detectors for in situ gamma-ray spectrometry

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Jonas Boson; Agneta H. Plamboeck; Henrik Ramebäck; Göran Ågren; Lennart Johansson

    2009-01-01

    The aim of this work was to evaluate the use of Monte Carlo-based calibrations for in situ gamma-ray spectrometry. We have performed in situ measurements at five different sites in Sweden using HPGe detectors to determine ground deposition activity levels of 137Cs from the 1986 Chernobyl accident. Monte Carlo-calculated efficiency calibration factors were compared with corresponding values calculated using a

  16. In-Situ gamma-ray spectrometry: the influence of topography on the accuracy of activity determination

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J.-P. Laedermann; F. Byrde; C. Murith

    1998-01-01

    Determination of gamma-ray activity in soil by in-situ spectrometry with portable high purity germanium detectors is highly dependent on the nature of the site and the source distribution in the soil. Disturbances of the model distribution of radionuclides related to ground irregularities, incidence angle of the particles transporting activity at the time of contamination and plant cover affect the accuracy

  17. A theoretical comparison of methods of quantification of radioactive contamination in soil using in situ gamma spectrometry

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. MacDonald; C. J. Gibson; P. J. Fish; D. J. Assinder

    1997-01-01

    In situ gamma-ray spectrometry offers a rapid method of assessing radioactive contamination in soil. For accurate quantification, however, a knowledge of the activity - depth distribution is essential. Three methods, the multiple peak method, the peak to valley method and the lead plate method, for deriving the distribution were compared by evaluating the uncertainty on the derived activity concentration for

  18. Estimating and accounting for 137Cs source burial through In-situ gamma spectrometry in salt marsh environments

    Microsoft Academic Search

    A. N. Tyler; D. C. W. Sanderson; E. M. Scott

    1996-01-01

    The use of in-situ gamma ray spectrometry provides a means of rapidly estimating environmental radioactivity inventories. However, one of the principal limitations of this technique has been the influence of variations in vertical activity distribution on the observed photon fluence. This paper demonstrates that the quantification of the forward scattered ratio of the spectrum (Q) can be used to: (i)

  19. Experimental evaluation of the submerged detector method to improve the accuracy of in-situ gamma spectrometry

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. MacDonald; C. J. Gibson; P. J. Fish; D. J. Assinder

    1999-01-01

    The rapid and accurate quantification of radioactivity in the ground is important in many instances to enable appropriate decisions to be made about limiting its use. In-situ gamma spectrometry has been shown to be a potentially powerful technique for providing this information but its accuracy is dependent on knowledge of the activity variation with depth which is generally unavailable. Methods

  20. In situ gamma-spectrometry several years after deposition of radiocesium

    Microsoft Academic Search

    F. Gering; U. Hillmann; P. Jacob; G. Fehrenbacher

    1998-01-01

    A new method is introduced for deriving radiocesium soil contaminations and kerma rates in air from in situ gamma-ray spectrometric\\u000a measurements. The approach makes use of additional information about gamma-ray attenuation given by the peak-to-valley ratio,\\u000a which is the ratio of the count rates for primary and forward scattered photons. In situ measurements are evaluated by comparing\\u000a the experimental data

  1. Uncertainty in HPGe detector calibrations for in situ gamma-ray spectrometry.

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    Boson, Jonas; Johansson, Lennart; Ramebäck, Henrik; Agren, Göran

    2009-06-01

    Semi-empirical methods are often used for efficiency calibrations of in situ gamma-ray spectrometry measurements with high-purity germanium detectors. The intrinsic detector efficiency is experimentally determined for different photon energies and angles of incidence, and a suitable expression for the efficiency is fitted to empirical data. In this work, the combined standard uncertainty of such an efficiency function for two detectors was assessed. The uncertainties in individual efficiency measurements were found to be about 1.9 and 3.1% (with a coverage factor k = 1, i.e. with a confidence interval of about 68%) for the two detectors. The main contributions to these uncertainties were found to originate from uncertainties in source-to-detector distance, source activity and full-energy peak count rate. The standard uncertainties of the fitted functions were found to be somewhat higher than the uncertainty of individual data points, i.e. 5.2 and 8.1% (k = 1). With the introduction of a new expression for the detector efficiency, these uncertainties were reduced to 3.7 and 4.2%, i.e. with up to a factor of two. Note that this work only addresses the uncertainty in the determination of intrinsic detector efficiency. PMID:19429646

  2. In situ gamma-ray spectrometry: A tutorial for environmental radiation scientists

    Microsoft Academic Search

    K. M. Miller; P. Shebell

    1993-01-01

    This tutorial is intended for those in the environmental field who perform assessments in areas where there is radioactive contamination in the surface soil. Techniques will be introduced for performing on-site quantitative measurements of gamma radiation in the environment using high resolution germanium detectors. A basic understanding of ionizing radiation principles is assumed; however, a detailed knowledge of gamma spectrometry

  3. Applications of in situ gamma-ray spectrometry. [Monitoring radionuclides in soil

    Microsoft Academic Search

    R. C. Ragaini; J. A. Kirby

    1978-01-01

    Gamma-ray spectrometric methods using high-resolution Ge(Li) and high purity Ge detectors have been used to quantify the concentrations and external exposure rates of radionuclides in the soil. These in situ methods have been used to study radionuclide deposition around nuclear power stations, the distribution of radionuclides at the Nevada Test Site, biogeochemical cycling of radionuclides, and the fate and impact

  4. Applicability study of using in-situ gamma-ray spectrometry technique for 137Cs and 210Pb ex inventories measurement in grassland environments

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Junjie Li; Yong Li; Yanglin Wang; Jiansheng Wu

    2010-01-01

    In-situ measurement of fallout radionuclides 137Cs and 210Pbex has the potential to assess soil erosion and sedimentation rapidly. In this study, inventories of 137Cs and 210Pbex in the soil of Inner Mongolia grassland were measured using an In-situ Object Counting System (ISOCS). The results from the field study indicate that in-situ gamma-ray spectrometry has the following advantages over traditional laboratory

  5. In situ subterranean determination of actinides by high-resolution gamma-ray spectrometry

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Brodzinski

    1981-01-01

    A system utilizing high resolution germanium diode gamma-ray spectroscopy for the simple, safe, and economical in situ determination of actinides is described. Six isotopes, ²³⁵U, ²³⁸U, ²³⁷Np, ²³⁹Pu, ²⁴¹Pu, and ²⁴¹Am, can be simultaneously measured at the 10 nCi g⁻¹ level in less than 7 minutes. Collimators provide for measurement of horizontal strata as thin as 1 cm or solid

  6. Data quality objectives for surface-soil cleanup operation using in situ gamma spectrometry for concentration measurements.

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    Fong, S H; Alvarez, J L

    1997-02-01

    In situ gamma spectrometry is an efficient method for monitoring the progress of cleanup activities for radioactive contaminants in surface soil and for evaluating the attainment of cleanup standards. However, desired data precision and accuracy must be specified for such a detection system prior to the operation to ensure that the level of uncertainty associated with the concentration measurements is acceptable. A method for developing data quality objectives is described in this paper for in situ gamma spectrometry to achieve numerical goals for data precision and accuracy for cleanup operations. Concentration measurement for a radionuclide at its cleanup level must have a precision commensurate with the importance of cleanup decisions. The 95% lower limit of detection of the system is suggested to be about one tenth the expected system response at the cleanup level. The count time required to achieve the preferred 95% lower limit of detection, and hence the desired precision, can then be determined. The accuracy error arises from the overall calibration factor, which relates the detector responses (e.g., count rate) to physical quantities of interest (e.g., radionuclide soil concentration). The major source of error for the calibration factor using in situ gamma spectrometry is the misidentification of the type of the depth profile of radionuclide concentration in soil. If surrogate radionuclides are used, such as 241Am for plutonium, the variation in the concentration ratio would be another significant source of error. Soil sampling programs performed prior to a cleanup operation will greatly reduce the accuracy error for an in situ detection system, and the analysis of system errors may determine the degree of sampling required. The planning of such a program is discussed in the study. Uncertainty analysis using a Latin Hypercube sampling technique for the calibration factor is also demonstrated. The quantitative result of the uncertainty analysis is useful for determining a nuclide's maximum peak count rate using gamma spectrum that ensures the attainment of the cleanup standard for that nuclide with a pre-specified confidence level (e.g., 95%). The cleanup operation of 239,240Pu in surface soil in the safety shot areas at the Nevada Test Site serves as an example to illustrate the data quality objectives development. PMID:9003715

  7. Spatially-Dependent Measurements of Surface and Near-Surface Radioactive Material Using; In situ Gamma Ray Spectrometry (ISGRS) For Final Status Surveys

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. A. Chapman; A. J. Boerner; E. W. Abelquist

    2006-01-01

    In-situ, high-resolution gamma-ray spectrometry (ISGRS) measurements were conducted at the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) field laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The purpose of these tests was to provide analytical data for assessing how fit for use this technology is for detecting discrete particles in soil.

  8. Rapid measurements of soil contamination after the Chernobyl accident in the Federal Republic of Germany by in-situ gamma-ray spectrometry

    Microsoft Academic Search

    I. Winkelmann; S. Weimer; S. Wolff; P. Neumann

    1988-01-01

    The method of in situ gamma ray spectrometry for measurements of soil surface contamination is described. The results of nuclide specific measurements of soil contamination in the Federal Republic of Germany after the Chernobyl reactor accident including exposure rate measurements of individual radionuclides are reported. A total of 22 artificial radionuclides could be detected. In the first days after the

  9. Assessment of natural and anthropogenic radioactivity levels in rocks and soils in the environs of Swieradow Zdroj in Sudetes, Poland, by in situ gamma-ray spectrometry

    Microsoft Academic Search

    D. Malczewski; L. Teper; J. Dorda

    2004-01-01

    The natural radioactivity of 40K, 208Ti, 212Pb, 212Bi, 214Pb, 214Bi, 228Ac and the fallout of 137Cs in typical rocks and soils of ?wieradów Zdrój area (Sudetes Mountains, Poland) were measured in situ using a portable gamma-ray spectrometry workstation. The measurement points were chosen for different regional lithology: within hornfelses of the Szklarska Pore?ba schist-belt, quartz rocks, gneisses of the ?wieradów

  10. In situ gamma-ray spectrometry in forests: determination of kerma rate in air from 137Cs

    Microsoft Academic Search

    F. Gering; P. Kiefer; S. Fesenko; G. Voigt

    2002-01-01

    A method is presented to determine the kerma rate in air from 137Cs due to Chernobyl fallout in forests. In situ gamma-ray spectra from several forest sites in Russia, in the Ukraine and in Southern Germany are evaluated with the aim of deducing the ratio of primary and forward scattered photons for 137Cs. With this ratio and the results of

  11. In-situ gamma spectrometry measurements of time-dependent Xenon-135 inventory in the TRIGA Mark II reactor Vienna

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    Riede, Julia

    2013-01-01

    In this work, it has been shown that the time dependent Xe-135 inventory in the TRIGA Mark II reactor in Vienna, Austria can be measured via gamma spectrometry even in the presence of strong background radiation. It is focussing on the measurement of (but not limited to) the nuclide Xe-135. The time dependent Xe-135 inventory of the TRIGA Mark II reactor Vienna has been measured using a temporary beam line between one fuel element of the core placed onto the thermal column after shutdown and a detector system located just above the water surface of the reactor tank. For the duration of one week, multiple gamma ray spectra were recorded automatically, starting each afternoon after reactor shutdown until the next morning. One measurement series has been recorded over the weekend. The Xe-135 peaks were extracted from a total of 1227 recorded spectra using an automated peak search algorithm and analyzed for their time-dependent properties. Although the background gamma radiation present in the core after shutdown...

  12. Assay for uranium and determination of disequilibrium by means of in situ high resolution gamma-ray spectrometry

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Tanner, Allan B.; Moxham, Robert M.; Senftle, F.E.

    1977-01-01

    Two sealed sondes, using germanium gamma-ray detectors cooled by melting propane, have been field tested to depths of 79 m in water-filled boreholes at the Pawnee Uranium Mine in Bee Co., Texas. When, used as total-count devices, the sondes are comparable in logging speed and counting rate with conventional scintillation detectors for locating zones of high radioactivity. When used with a multichannel analyzer, the sondes are detectors with such high resolution that individual lines from the complex spectra of the uranium and thorium series can be distinguished. Gamma rays from each group of the uranium series can be measured in ore zones permitting determination of the state of equilibrium at each measurement point. Series of 10-minute spectra taken at 0.3- to 0.5-m intervals in several holes showed zones where maxima from the uranium group and from the 222Rn group were displaced relative to each other. Apparent excesses of 230Th at some locations suggest that uranium-group concentrations at those locations were severalfold greater some tens of kiloyears, ago. At the current state of development a 10-minute count yields a sensitivity of about 80 ppm U308. Data reduction could in practice be accomplished in about 5 minutes. The result is practically unaffected by disequilibrium or radon contamination. In comparison with core assay, high-resolution spectrometry samples a larger volume; avoids problems due to incomplete core recovery, loss of friable material to drilling fluids, and errors in depth and marking; and permits use of less expensive drilling methods. Because gamma rays from the radionuclides are accumulated simultaneously, it also avoids the problems inherent in trying to correlate logs made in separate runs with different equipment. Continuous-motion delayed-gamma activation by a 163-?g 252Cf neutron source attached to the sonde yielded poor sensitivity. A better neutron-activation method, in which the sonde is moved in steps so as to place the detector at the previous activation point, could not be evaluated because of equipment failure.

  13. An improved in situ method for determining depth distributions of gamma-ray emitting radionuclides

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Roland R. Benke; Kimberlee J. Kearfott

    2001-01-01

    In situ gamma-ray spectrometry determines the quantities of radionuclides in some medium with a portable detector. The main limitation of in situ gamma-ray spectrometry lies in determining the depth distribution of radionuclides. This limitation is addressed by developing an improved in situ method for determining the depth distributions of gamma-ray emitting radionuclides in large area sources. This paper implements a

  14. ANNEX 52 Monte Carlo model of a gamma spectrometry system for in situ assessment of induced activity at fusion reactor components

    Microsoft Academic Search

    F. Tzika; I. E. Stamatelatos

    In this work, a preliminary design of a gamma spectrometer system for in situ radioactivity assay of induced activity at components of a future fusion power plant is presented. The system incorporates a HPGe detector, gamma ray shielding and an adjustable collimator. Monte Carlo code MCNP was used to predict the system response for assaying a wall composed of activated

  15. Method to determine the depth of Cs137 in soil from in-situ gamma-ray spectrometry

    Microsoft Academic Search

    A. Likar; G. Omahen; T. Vidmar; R. Martincic

    2000-01-01

    We present a method for the determination of the average depth of the activity of Cs-137 in soil, exploiting the information contained in the low-energy part of an in-situ spectrum. The predictive power of the method is evaluated by comparing the results with laboratory measurements of the activity profile and it is shown that the proposed approach yields results of

  16. In-Situ Environmental Gamma-Ray Spectrometry Using an Upward-Looking DipStick Type Ge(Li) Detector

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Eiji Sakai; Hiroshi Yoshida; Hiromi Terada; Masaki Katagiri

    1978-01-01

    For in-situ Ge(Li) measurement of environmental gamma-rays, down-looking Ge(Li) detectors are generally used. Similar measurement can be made using ordinary upward-looking dip-stick type Ge(Li) detectors. The detection characteristics of an upward-looking 49cm3 coaxial Ge(Li) detector mounted in a vertical dip-stick type cryostat is described as an in-situ environmental gamma-ray spectrometer. A comparison is made between the results obtained using the

  17. Determination of Radioactivity Level of U, 232Th and K in Surface Medium in Zhuhai City by in-situ Gamma-ray Spectrometry

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Nanping WANG; Lei XIAO; Canping LI; Ying HUANG; Shaoying PEI; Shaomin LIU; Fan XIE; Yexun CHENG

    2005-01-01

    A gamma-ray spectrometry survey with NaI(Tl) (ø75 mm × 75 mm) has been performed on a large scale to determine the distribution of K, U and Th in soil and rocks in Zhuhai, a southern Chinese city located in Guangdong Province. The survey sampled 970 sites which covered an area of more than 100km. The average activities of K, U

  18. In-situ high-resolution gamma-spectrometric survey of burial ground-monitoring wells

    Microsoft Academic Search

    1981-01-01

    In situ high resolution gamma-ray spectrometry with an intrinsic germanium detector assembly of special design surveyed the burial ground monitoring wells to locate and identify gamma emitters that may have migrated from the burial trenches toward the water table. Gamma-ray spectra were acquired as a function of depth in each well and recorded on magnetic tape. These spectra were reduced

  19. Small Scale Assessment of Spatial and Vertical Redistribution of Fukushima Fallouts Radiocaesium in Contaminated Soil Using in-situ HPGe Gamma Ray Spectrometry

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    Patin, J.; Onda, Y.; Yoda, H.; Kato, H.

    2011-12-01

    After Tohoku earthquake on March 11th 2011, the subsequent tsunami and the resulting Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster, gamma emitting particles, first release into the atmosphere, were quickly deposited on the soil surface, with potentially harmful level in the surroundings of the nuclear power plant. Thus, the evaluation of soil deposition pattern, depth migration and afterward radionuclides redistribution and export by erosion and hydrological processes is fundamental for contamination assessments and to plan future actions. Our study site is located 37km from Fukushima power plant, inside the evacuated zone. In this study, we used a bounded erosion plot of 22.1m x 5m to assess global export of sediments and 137Cs. This plot, previously cropped with tobacco, is morphologically divided into inter-rill areas separated by rills that formed into former wheel tracks. The bottom of the plot is subject to deposition of sediments. In order to determine and quantify the internal processes responsible of the export of sediment, the depth distribution of 137Cs is estimated using a portable High Purity Germanium (HPGe) detector. Such a portable device, associated to the high radiation levels, allow an acquisition of spatially distributed data within the plot in a reasonable time (1 min/sample). At the same time, depth distribution of 137Cs are measured using the scrapper plate technique, adapted to obtain a fine resolution in the first, highly contaminated, centimeters of soil. Finally, 137Cs depth profiles, associated with in situ and laboratory gamma spectrums acquired with the portable detector, allow for the detector calibration. Although the initial deposit can reasonably be supposed homogeneous at the plot scale, the dataset obtained 3 months later shows high spatial and temporal variability due to erosion processes. Measurements with the portable HPGe detector proved to be useful at this small scale, avoiding the needs of a large number of soil samples, and our results are promising to understand erosion at larger scale where horizontal patterns of deposition and redistribution are usually supposed homogeneous over quite larger areas.

  20. Janus probe, a detection system for high energy reactor gamma-ray spectrometry

    Microsoft Academic Search

    R. Gold; B. J. Kaiser

    1980-01-01

    In reactor environments, gamma-ray spectra are continuous and the absolute magnitude as well as the general shape of the gamma continuum are of paramount importance. Consequently, conventional methods of gamma-ray detection are not suitable for in-core gamma-ray spectrometry. To meet these specific needs, a method of continuous gamma-ray spectrometry, namely Compton Recoil Gamma-Ray Spectrometry, was developed for in-situ observations of

  1. Factors influencing in situ gamma-ray measurements

    Microsoft Academic Search

    E. H. Loonstra; F. M. van Egmond

    2009-01-01

    Introduction In situ passive gamma-ray sensors are very well suitable for mapping physical soil properties. In order to make a qualitative sound soil map, high quality input parameters for calibration are required. This paper will focus on the factors that affect the output of in situ passive gamma-ray sensors, the primary source, soil, not taken into account. Factors The gamma-ray

  2. In situ gamma spectroscopy in environmental research and monitoring.

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    Nuccetelli, Cristina

    2008-11-01

    In situ gamma spectroscopy was introduced to determine the outdoor gamma dose rate from soil and to calculate the radionuclide concentration and the relative contribution to the dose rate. This paper reviews the most common and proven applications of in situ gamma spectroscopy-together with the most recent and innovative research outcomes obtained with this technique, particularly for its use indoors. Advantages and limitations of its utilization to assess environmental radioactivity-indoors and outdoors-are also discussed. PMID:18511287

  3. Indoor and Outdoor in Situ High-Resolution Gamma Radiation Measurements in Urban Areas of Cyprus

    Microsoft Academic Search

    E. Svoukis; H. Tsertos

    2006-01-01

    In situ, high-resolution, gamma-ray spectrometry of a total number of 70 outdoor and 20 indoor representative measurements were performed in preselected, common locations of the main urban areas of Cyprus. Specific activities and gamma absorbed dose rates in air due to the naturally occurring radionuclides of Th-232 and U-238 series, and K-40 are determined and discussed. Effective dose rate to

  4. Application of the Monte Carlo method for the calibration of an in situ gamma spectrometer

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Faidra Tzika; Dimitrios Kontogeorgakos; Theodora Vasilopoulou; Ion E. Stamatelatos

    2010-01-01

    A MCNP model was developed for the efficiency calibration of an in situ gamma ray spectrometry system based on a high purity germanium (HPGe) detector. The detector active crystal volume was adjusted semi-empirically against experimental measurements. Calculated full energy peak efficiency curves, over the photon energy range between 50keV and 5MeV, are presented for surface and slab source configurations. The

  5. Monitoring Genetic & Metabolic Potential for In Situ Bioremediation: Mass Spectrometry

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    Buchanan, Michelle V.; Hurst, Gregory B.; Lidstrom, Mary E.; Auman, Anne; Britt, Phillip F.; Costello, Andria; Doktycz, Mitchel; Kim, Yongseong

    1999-06-01

    A number of DOE sites are contaminated with dense non-aqueous phase liquids (DNAPLs) such as carbon tetrachloride and trichloroethylene. At many of these sites, microbial bioremediation is an attractive strategy for cleanup, since it has the potential to degrade DNAPLs in situ. A rapid screening method to determine the broad range potential of a site's microbial population for contaminant degradation would greatly facilitate assessment for in situ bioremediation, as well as for monitoring ongoing bioremediation treatment. Current laboratory based treatability methods are cumbersome and expensive. In this project, we are developing methods based on matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS) for rapid and accurate detection of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) products from microbial genes involved in biodegradation of pollutants. PCR primers are being developed to amplify DNA sequences that are amenable to MALDI-MS detection. This work will lay the foundation for development of a field-portable MS-based technique for rapid on site assessment and monitoring of bioremediation processes.

  6. Aerogel dust collection for in situ mass spectrometry analysis

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    Jones, S. M.; Anderson, M. S.; Davies, A. G.; Kirby, J. P.; Burchell, M. J.; Cole, M. J.

    2015-02-01

    The current technique for conducting in situ mass spectroscopic analysis of dust around extraterrestrial bodies is to have the dust impact a solid plate and analyze the atoms and molecular fragments resulting from the high speed impact. Due to the fact that the kinetic energy from the impact is converted primarily to thermal energy, much of the organic compounds present in the dust may be significantly altered or destroyed. To avoid this problem, aerogel could be used to capture the dust grains, largely intact, maintaining the integrity of the organic compounds in the interior of the dust grains. To demonstrate that organic molecules, present as minor components of silica particles, would survive hypervelocity capture in aerogel and can then be analyzed with mass spectrometry, several light gas gun impact tests and analyses were conducted. Fine particles containing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) were captured in aerogel at 5.5 km s-1. The flow of metastable helium from a Direct Analysis Real Time (DART) source was used to desorb and ionize the organics, which were then analyzed with a mass spectrometer. The PAHs were detected and identified by the DART-MS, demonstrating that this method could be used on future flight instruments.

  7. Application of the Monte Carlo method for the calibration of an in situ gamma spectrometer.

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    Tzika, Faidra; Kontogeorgakos, Dimitrios; Vasilopoulou, Theodora; Stamatelatos, Ion E

    2010-01-01

    A MCNP model was developed for the efficiency calibration of an in situ gamma ray spectrometry system based on a high purity germanium (HPGe) detector. The detector active crystal volume was adjusted semi-empirically against experimental measurements. Calculated full energy peak efficiency curves, over the photon energy range between 50 keV and 5 MeV, are presented for surface and slab source configurations. The effect of different collimator apertures and the contribution of different HPGe crystal regions in the detector response are also shown. PMID:19945289

  8. Accounting for spatial variability and fields of view in environmental gamma ray spectrometry

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    A. N. Tyler; D. C. W. Sanderson; E. M. Scott; J. D. Allyson

    1996-01-01

    Spatial variability is an important feature in many environmental studies, which influences comparison estimates of environmental radioactivity from soil samples and in-situ or airborne ?-ray spectrometry. Comparisons between ground based and airborne gamma ray spectrometry are needed both for interpretation and for calibration purposes. However, under normal environmental conditions such comparisons may be affected by the considerable differences in the

  9. MONITORING GENETIC & METABOLIC POTENTIAL FOR IN SITU BIOREMEDIATION: MASS SPECTROMETRY

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    A number of DOE sites are contaminated with mixtures of dense non-aqueous phase liquids (DNAPLs) such as carbon tetrachloride, chloroform, perchloroethylene, and trichloroethylene. At many of these sites, in situ microbial bioremediation is an attractive strategy for cleanup, sin...

  10. Low-level gamma-ray spectrometry

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    Brodzinski, R.L.

    1990-10-01

    Low-level gamma-ray spectrometry generally equates to high-sensitivity gamma-ray spectrometry that can be attained by background reduction, selective signal identification, or some combination of both. Various methods for selectively identifying gamma-ray events and for reducing the background in gamma-ray spectrometers are given. The relative magnitude of each effect on overall sensitivity and the relative cost'' for implementing them are given so that a cost/benefit comparison can be made and a sufficiently sensitive spectrometer system can be designed for any application without going to excessive or unnecessary expense. 10 refs., 8 figs.

  11. Mass spectrometry imaging for in situ kinetic histochemistry

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    Louie, Katherine B.; Bowen, Benjamin P.; McAlhany, Stephanie; Huang, Yurong; Price, John C.; Mao, Jian-hua; Hellerstein, Marc; Northen, Trent R.

    2013-01-01

    Tissues are composed of diverse cell subpopulations each with distinct metabolic characteristics that influence overall behavior. Unfortunately, traditional histopathology imaging techniques are ‘blind’ to the spatially ordered metabolic dynamics within tissue. While mass spectrometry imaging enables spatial mapping of molecular composition, resulting images are only a static snapshot in time of molecules involved in highly dynamic processes; kinetic information of flux through metabolic pathways is lacking. To address this limitation, we developed kinetic mass spectrometry imaging (kMSI), a novel technique integrating soft desorption/ionization mass spectrometry with clinically accepted in vivo metabolic labeling of tissue with deuterium to generate images of kinetic information of biological processes. Applied to a tumor, kMSI revealed heterogeneous spatial distributions of newly synthesized versus pre-existing lipids, with altered lipid synthesis patterns distinguishing region-specific intratumor subpopulations. Images also enabled identification and correlation of metabolic activity of specific lipids found in tumor regions of varying grade. PMID:23584513

  12. In situ metabolomic mass spectrometry imaging: recent advances and difficulties.

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    Miura, Daisuke; Fujimura, Yoshinori; Wariishi, Hiroyuki

    2012-08-30

    MS imaging (MSI) is a remarkable new technology that enables us to determine the distribution of biological molecules present in tissue sections by direct ionization and detection. This technique is now widely used for in situ imaging of endogenous or exogenous molecules such as proteins, lipids, drugs and their metabolites, and it is a potential tool for pathological analysis and the investigation of disease mechanisms. MSI is also thought to be a technique that could be used for biomarker discovery with spatial information. The application of MSI to the study of endogenous metabolites has received considerable attention because metabolites are the result of the interactions of a system's genome with its environment and a total set of these metabolites more closely represents the phenotype of an organism under a given set of conditions. Recent studies have suggested the importance of in situ metabolite imaging in biological discovery and biomedical applications, but several issues regarding the technical application limits of MSI still remained to be resolved. In this review, we describe the capabilities of the latest MSI techniques for the imaging of endogenous metabolites in biological samples, and also discuss the technical problems and new challenges that need to be addressed for effective and widespread application of MSI in both preclinical and clinical settings. PMID:22366554

  13. Factors influencing in situ gamma-ray measurements

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    Loonstra, E. H.; van Egmond, F. M.

    2009-04-01

    Introduction In situ passive gamma-ray sensors are very well suitable for mapping physical soil properties. In order to make a qualitative sound soil map, high quality input parameters for calibration are required. This paper will focus on the factors that affect the output of in situ passive gamma-ray sensors, the primary source, soil, not taken into account. Factors The gamma-ray spectrum contains information of naturally occurring nuclides 40K, 238U and 232Th and man-made nuclides like 137Cs, as well as the total count rate. Factors that influence the concentration of these nuclides and the count rate can be classified in 3 categories. These are sensor design, environmental conditions and operational circumstances. Sensor design The main elements of an in situ gamma-ray sensor that influence the outcome and quality of the output are the crystal and the spectrum analysis method. Material and size of the crystal determine the energy resolution. Though widely used, NaI crystals are not the most efficient capturer of gamma radiation. Alternatives are BGO and CsI. BGO has a low peak resolution, which prohibits use in cases where man-made nuclides are subject of interest. The material is expensive and prone to temperature instability. CsI is robust compared to NaI and BGO. The density of CsI is higher than NaI, yielding better efficiency, especially for smaller crystal sizes. More volume results in higher energy efficiency. The reduction of the measured spectral information into concentration of radionuclides is mostly done using the Windows analysis method. In Windows, the activities of the nuclides are found by summing the intensities of the spectrum found in a certain interval surrounding a peak. A major flaw of the Windows method is the limited amount of spectral information that is incorporated into the analysis. Another weakness is the inherent use of ‘stripping factors' to account for contributions of radiation from nuclide A into the peak of nuclide B. This can be overcome using Full Spectrum Analysis (FSA). This method incorporates virtually all data present in the measured gamma spectrum. In FSA, a Chi-squared algorithm is used to fit a set of "Standard Spectra" to the measured spectrum. The uncertainty in the FSA method is at least a factor 2 lower compared to the Windows method. Environmental conditions Environmental conditions can influence the signal output and therefore the quality. In general, the density of the medium through which gamma-radiation travels determines the interaction of the radiation with matter and thus affects the sensor readings. Excluding soil as being the source; water is the most important external factor in this respect. The amount of water in soil will affect the signal. In general, energy loss occurs as water content in soil increases. As a result, the nuclide concentrations will be lower. Monte Carlo simulations show a difference of 16% in nuclide concentration for completely dry and fully saturated sandy soils. Another water related issue is rainfall. With rain radon gas, a product of 238U, will precipitate. This causes spectral noise effects. Snow and fog have the same effect to a minor degree. Another aspect is the openness of soil. From experience we know that the concentration of 40K differs if soil is tilled. Finally, on earth there is always radioactive noise present from the galaxy. The "Standard Spectra" used in the FSA method can take noise and geometric effects into account. Operational circumstances During a survey an operator should be aware of the effects of driving speed and measurement height. In general, a larger crystal has better energy efficiency and is therefore more suitable for high speed. E.g. a 70 x 150 mm CsI crystal provides qualitative satisfactory output for soil mapping up to 10 km/hr. Sample locations, however, are best measured during a longer period (3 to 5 minutes). The measurement height affects the measurement resolution; the lower the sensor, the smaller the measured area. In addition, Monte Carlo simulations show that the m

  14. An intercomparison of in situ gamma-ray spectrometers

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    Miller, K.M.; Shebell, P.; Monetti, M.A. [Dept. of Energy, New York, NY (United States). Environmental Measurements Lab.] [and others

    1998-12-31

    The results of an intercomparison of in situ gamma-ray spectrometers that was held at Brookhaven National Laboratory in the fall of 1997 are presented. Six different organizations participated in this intercomparison which involved simultaneous and sequential co-located field measurements at a site with typical background radiation and another site with elevated {sup 137}Cs concentrations in the soil. These field measurements were supplemented with laboratory-based measurements of point sources at three different energies and two different angles of irradiance. Among the participants, agreement in the field measurements results was generally within 15% of the group mean for each radionuclide. Comparisons to soil sample measurements at the background site show agreement of the group means to within 10% for the various radionuclides present after correcting for the effects of soil moisture. The point source measurement results indicate that the observed differences among groups may be related to systematic errors in their calibrations that result from uncertainty in the activities of the sources used, dissimilarities in the source-detector setup geometry, and inaccuracies in the detector model used in a theoretical calibration.

  15. Neutral beam species measurements using in situ Rutherford backscatter spectrometry

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    Kugel, H.W.; Kaita, R.; Gammel, G.; Williams, M.D.

    1984-12-01

    This work describes a new in situ method for measuring the neutral particle fractions in high power deuterium neutral beams, used to heat magnetically confined fusion plasmas. Deuterium beams, of variable energies, pulse lengths, and powers up to 47 keV, 100 msec, 1.6 MW, were Rutherford backscattered at 135/sup 0/ from TiC inner neutral beam armor of the PDX, and detected using an electrostatic analyzer with microchannel plates. Complete energy scans were made every 20 msec and data were obtained simultaneously from five different positions across the beam profile. The neutral particle fractions were measured to be D/sup 0/(E):D/sup 0/(E/2):D/sup 0/(E/3)=53:32:15. The corresponding neutral power fractions were P/sup 0/(E):P/sup 0/(E/2):P/sup 0/(E/3)=72:21:7, and the associated ionic fractions at the output of the ion source were D/sub 1//sup +/(E):D/sub 2//sup +/(E):D/sub 3//sup +/(E)=74:20:6. The measured neutral particle fractions were relatively constant over more than 70% of the beam power distribution. A decrease in the yield of the full energy component in the outer regions of the beam was observed. Other possible experimental configurations and geometries are discussed.

  16. Optimization of measure parameters for an X- and gamma-ray spectrometry portable system

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    Jaquiel S. Fernandes; Carlos R. Appoloni

    2008-01-01

    In order to optimize the use of a system for in situ gamma (gamma)- and X-ray spectrometry composed of a 3×3×1 mm3 Cadmium Telluride (CdTe) detector with respect to the detection of low-activity radioactive sources, a two level factorial planning was accomplished, involving three factors that could modify the system response. This planning was made with a 137Cs punctual source,

  17. An in situ silver cationization method for hydrocarbon mass spectrometry.

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    Grace, Louis I; Abo-Riziq, Ali; deVries, Mattanjah S

    2005-04-01

    We have developed a novel cationization method for the analysis of long-chain hydrocarbons via UV laser desorption mass spectrometry. In this technique we electrospray a thin coating of AgNO3 over a sample and perform UV laser desorption to produce Ag+ cationization of sample molecules. Use of this technique in our microscope/TOF-MS allows us to determine the spatial distribution of the species we detect in the sample. We demonstrate 8-mu spatial resolution, and submicron resolution is possible in principle. In mixed samples containing aromatic and aliphatic compounds, the aromatic compounds ionize directly and do not form adducts, and thus give single peaks as opposed to doublets from silver cations. This enables distinction between aromatic and aliphatic compounds that are in the same sample. PMID:15792711

  18. Natural radioactivity of paleozoic and mesozoic sedimentary rocks from the Upper Silesian Coal Basin borders (Poland) — in situ gamma ray measurements

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    G. Lizurek; J. Dorda

    2006-01-01

    Sedimentary rocks from the borders of the Upper Silesian Coal Basin are the most popular origin of building materials in whole\\u000a Silesia region. In situ gamma ray spectrometry was used to determine the activity concentration of nuclides from U series, Th series and potassium\\u000a 40K in almost every kind of sedimentary rocks outcropping in the studied region. Measured activity concentration

  19. Optimization of measure parameters for an X- and gamma-ray spectrometry portable system

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Jaquiel S. Fernandes; Carlos R. Appoloni

    2008-01-01

    In order to optimize the use of a system for in situ gamma (?)- and X-ray spectrometry composed of a 3×3×1mm3 Cadmium Telluride (CdTe) detector with respect to the detection of low-activity radioactive sources, a two level factorial planning was accomplished, involving three factors that could modify the system response. This planning was made with a 137Cs punctual source, analyzing

  20. Direct analysis of reference biofluids by coupled in situ electrodeposition-electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry

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    Matousek, Jaroslav P.; Powell, Kipton J.

    1999-12-01

    The application of coupled in situ electrodeposition-electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry (ED-ETAAS) to the determination of Pb in biological standard reference materials is described. In situ electrodeposition at a cell voltage of 3.0 V from 25-?l samples onto electrodeposited Pd is used to quantitatively separate the analyte from blood and urine matrices. With subsequent withdrawal of spent electrolyte, this overcomes the atomisation problems inherent with high salt and organic contents. ED-ETAAS is applied with minimal sample pre-treatment (acidification). The electrolysis process aids decomposition of the organic matrix, and the release of trace elements. Evolution of H 2 at the cathode counters fouling of the Pd modifier surface. The palladium deposit is renewed in situ for each determination. For AMI certified lyophilised blood, diluted 1+3 with 0.1 M HCl (18.1 ?g/l Pb), the R.S.D. was 3.0% (peak height; n=5) and the detection limit (3 ? blank; n=5) was 1.5 ?g/l. Results for certified blood samples were AMI 72.3±4.3 ?g/l (certified 76.2±7.6 ?g/l) and Seronorm 34.2±2.0 ?g/l (36±4 ?g/l). The result for NIST SRM 2670 normal urine acidified to 1% HNO 3 was 8.1±0.6 ?g/l (recommended value 10 ?g/l).

  1. Medium-resolution autonomous in situ gamma detection system for marine and coastal waters

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    Jon M. Schwantes; Raymond S. Addleman; Joseph D. Davidson; Matthew Douglas; David E. Meier; O Dennis Mullen; Mitchell J. Myjak; Mark E. Jones; Mitchell L. Woodring; Bryce Johnson; Peter H. Santschi

    2009-01-01

    We are developing a medium-resolution autonomous in situ gamma detection system for marine and coastal waters. The system\\u000a is designed to extract and preconcentrate isotopes of interest from natural waters prior to detection in order to eliminate\\u000a signal attenuation of the gamma rays traveling through water and lower the overall background from the presence of naturally\\u000a occurring radioactive isotopes (40K

  2. Mobile in situ gamma-ray spectroscopy system

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    Reiman, R.T.

    1994-12-31

    A mobile, non-intrusive system capable ofmeasuring and quantifing the gamma-ray emitting radionuclides that may be present in the surface at the Rocky Flats Plant is described. The system consists of a HPGe detector attached to a specially designed cryostat that allows for the removal and easy replacement of detector capsules. Electronics and computer equipment are housed in a truck on the surface.

  3. Planetary Geochemistry Techniques: Probing In-Situ with Neutron and Gamma Rays (PING) Instrument

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    Parsons, A.; Bodnarik, J.; Burger, D.; Evans, L.; Floyd, S.; Lin, L.; McClanahan, T.; Nankung, M.; Nowicki, S.; Schweitzer, J.; Starr, R.; Trombka, J.

    2011-01-01

    The Probing In situ with Neutrons and Gamma rays (PING) instrument is a promising planetary science application of the active neutron-gamma ray technology so successfully used in oil field well logging and mineral exploration on Earth. The objective of our technology development program at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's (NASA/GSFC) Astrochemistry Laboratory is to extend the application of neutron interrogation techniques to landed in situ planetary composition measurements by using a 14 MeV Pulsed Neutron Generator (PNG) combined with neutron and gamma ray detectors, to probe the surface and subsurface of planetary bodies without the need to drill. We are thus working to bring the PING instrument to the point where it can be flown on a variety of surface lander or rover missions to the Moon, Mars, Venus, asteroids, comets and the satellites of the outer planets.

  4. Matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization imaging mass spectrometry: in situ molecular mapping.

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    Angel, Peggi M; Caprioli, Richard M

    2013-06-01

    Matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization imaging mass spectrometry (IMS) is a relatively new imaging modality that allows mapping of a wide range of biomolecules within a thin tissue section. The technology uses a laser beam to directly desorb and ionize molecules from discrete locations on the tissue that are subsequently recorded in a mass spectrometer. IMS is distinguished by the ability to directly measure molecules in situ ranging from small metabolites to proteins, reporting hundreds to thousands of expression patterns from a single imaging experiment. This article reviews recent advances in IMS technology, applications, and experimental strategies that allow it to significantly aid in the discovery and understanding of molecular processes in biological and clinical samples. PMID:23259809

  5. Laser Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry for Future In Situ Planetary Missions

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    Getty, S. A.; Brinckerhoff, W. B.; Cornish, T.; Ecelberger, S. A.; Li, X.; Floyd, M. A. Merrill; Chanover, N.; Uckert, K.; Voelz, D.; Xiao, X.; Tawalbeh, R.; Glenar, D.; Elsila, J. E.; Callahan, M.

    2012-01-01

    Laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (LD-TOF-MS) is a versatile, low-complexity instrument class that holds significant promise for future landed in situ planetary missions that emphasize compositional analysis of surface materials. Here we describe a 5kg-class instrument that is capable of detecting and analyzing a variety of analytes directly from rock or ice samples. Through laboratory studies of a suite of representative samples, we show that detection and analysis of key mineral composition, small organics, and particularly, higher molecular weight organics are well suited to this instrument design. A mass range exceeding 100,000 Da has recently been demonstrated. We describe recent efforts in instrument prototype development and future directions that will enhance our analytical capabilities targeting organic mixtures on primitive and icy bodies. We present results on a series of standards, simulated mixtures, and meteoritic samples.

  6. Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization Imaging Mass Spectrometry: In Situ Molecular Mapping

    PubMed Central

    Angel, Peggi M.; Caprioli, Richard M.

    2013-01-01

    Matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization imaging mass spectrometry (IMS) is a relatively new imaging modality that allows mapping of a wide range of biomolecules within a thin tissue section. The technology uses a laser beam to directly desorb and ionize molecules from discrete locations on the tissue that are subsequently recorded in a mass spectrometer. IMS is distinguished by the ability to directly measure molecules in situ ranging from small metabolites to proteins, reporting hundreds to thousands of expression patterns from a single imaging experiment. This article reviews recent advances in IMS technology, applications, and experimental strategies that allow it to significantly aid in the discovery and understanding of molecular processes in biological and clinical samples. PMID:23259809

  7. Extractive electrospray ionization mass spectrometry toward in situ analysis without sample pretreatment.

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    Li, Ming; Hu, Bin; Li, Jianqiang; Chen, Rong; Zhang, Xie; Chen, Huanwen

    2009-09-15

    A homemade novel nanoextractive electrospray ionization (nanoEESI) source has been characterized for in situ mass spectrometric analysis of ambient samples without sample pretreatment. The primary ions generated using a nanospray emitter interact with the neutral sample plume created by manually nebulizing liquid samples, allowing production of the analyte ions in the spatial cross section of the nanoEESI source. The performance of nanoEESI is experimentally investigated by coupling the nanoEESI source to a commercial LTQ mass spectrometer for rapid analysis of various ambient samples using positive/negative ion detection modes. Compounds of interest in actual samples such as aerosol drug preparations, beverages, milk suspensions, farmland water, and groundwater were unambiguously detected using tandem nanoEESI ion trap mass spectrometry. The limit of detection was low picogram per milliliter levels for the compounds tested. Acceptable relative standard deviation (RSD) values (5-10%) were obtained for direct measurement of analytes in complex matrixes, providing linear dynamic signal responses using manual sample introduction. A single sample analysis was completed within 1.2 s. Requiring no sheath gas for either primary ion production or neutral sample introduction, the nanoEESI has advantages including readiness for miniaturization and integration, simple maintenance, easy operation, and low cost. The experimental data demonstrate that the nanoEESI is a promising tool for high-throughput, sensitive, quantitative, in situ analysis of ambient complex samples, showing potential applications for in situ analysis in multiple disciplines including but not limited to pharmaceutical analysis, food quality control, pesticides residue detection, and homeland security. PMID:19673501

  8. MALDI Mass Spectrometry Imaging for Visualizing In Situ Metabolism of Endogenous Metabolites and Dietary Phytochemicals.

    PubMed

    Fujimura, Yoshinori; Miura, Daisuke

    2014-01-01

    Understanding the spatial distribution of bioactive small molecules is indispensable for elucidating their biological or pharmaceutical roles. Mass spectrometry imaging (MSI) enables determination of the distribution of ionizable molecules present in tissue sections of whole-body or single heterogeneous organ samples by direct ionization and detection. This emerging technique is now widely used for in situ label-free molecular imaging of endogenous or exogenous small molecules. MSI allows the simultaneous visualization of many types of molecules including a parent molecule and its metabolites. Thus, MSI has received much attention as a potential tool for pathological analysis, understanding pharmaceutical mechanisms, and biomarker discovery. On the other hand, several issues regarding the technical limitations of MSI are as of yet still unresolved. In this review, we describe the capabilities of the latest matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI)-MSI technology for visualizing in situ metabolism of endogenous metabolites or dietary phytochemicals (food factors), and also discuss the technical problems and new challenges, including MALDI matrix selection and metabolite identification, that need to be addressed for effective and widespread application of MSI in the diverse fields of biological, biomedical, and nutraceutical (food functionality) research. PMID:24957029

  9. MALDI Mass Spectrometry Imaging for Visualizing In Situ Metabolism of Endogenous Metabolites and Dietary Phytochemicals

    PubMed Central

    Fujimura, Yoshinori; Miura, Daisuke

    2014-01-01

    Understanding the spatial distribution of bioactive small molecules is indispensable for elucidating their biological or pharmaceutical roles. Mass spectrometry imaging (MSI) enables determination of the distribution of ionizable molecules present in tissue sections of whole-body or single heterogeneous organ samples by direct ionization and detection. This emerging technique is now widely used for in situ label-free molecular imaging of endogenous or exogenous small molecules. MSI allows the simultaneous visualization of many types of molecules including a parent molecule and its metabolites. Thus, MSI has received much attention as a potential tool for pathological analysis, understanding pharmaceutical mechanisms, and biomarker discovery. On the other hand, several issues regarding the technical limitations of MSI are as of yet still unresolved. In this review, we describe the capabilities of the latest matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI)-MSI technology for visualizing in situ metabolism of endogenous metabolites or dietary phytochemicals (food factors), and also discuss the technical problems and new challenges, including MALDI matrix selection and metabolite identification, that need to be addressed for effective and widespread application of MSI in the diverse fields of biological, biomedical, and nutraceutical (food functionality) research. PMID:24957029

  10. Monitoring Genetic and Metabolic Potential for In-Situ Bioremediation: Mass Spectrometry

    SciTech Connect

    Buchanan, Michelle V.; Britt, Phillip F.; Doktycz, Mitchel J.; Hurst, Gregory B.; Lidstrom, Mary E.

    2000-06-01

    A number of DOE sites are contaminated with dense non-aqueous phase liquids (DNAPLs) such as carbon tetrachloride and trichloroethylene. At many of these sites, microbial bioremediation is an attractive strategy for cleanup, since it has the potential to degrade DNAPLs in situ. A rapid screening method to determine the broad range potential of a site's microbial population for contaminant degradation would greatly facilitate assessment for in situ bioremediation, as well as for monitoring ongoing bioremediation treatment. Current laboratory-based treatability methods are cumbersome and expensive. In this project, we are developing methods based on matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS) for rapid and accurate detection of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) products from microbial genes involved in biodegradation of pollutants. PCR primers are being developed to amplify DNA sequences that are amenable to MALDI-MS detection. This work will lay the foundation for development of a field-portable MS-based technique for rapid on site assessment and monitoring of bioremediation processes.

  11. EML gamma spectrometry data evaluation program

    SciTech Connect

    Decker, Karin M.

    2001-01-01

    This report presents the results of the analyses for the third EML Gamma Spectrometry Data Evaluation Program (October 1999). This program assists laboratories in providing more accurate gamma spectra analysis results and provides a means for users of gamma data to assess how a laboratory performed on various types of gamma spectrometry analyses. This is accomplished through the use of synthetic gamma spectra. A calibration spectrum, a background spectrum, and three sample spectra are sent to each participant in the spectral file format requested by the laboratory. The calibration spectrum contains nuclides covering the energy range from 59.5 keV to 1836 keV. The participants are told fallout and fission product nuclides could be present. The sample spectra are designed to test the ability of the software and user to properly resolve multiplets and to identify and quantify nuclides in a complicated fission product spectrum. The participants were asked to report values and uncertainties as Becquerel per sample with no decay correction. Thirty-one sets of results were reported from a total of 60 laboratories who received the spectra. Six foreign laboratories participated. The percentage of the results within 1 of the expected value was 68, 33, and 46 for samples 1, 2, and 3, respectively. From all three samples, 18% of the results were more than 3 from the expected value. Eighty-three (12%) values out of a total of 682 expected results were not reported for the three samples. Approximately 30% of these false negatives were due the laboratories not reporting 144Pr in sample 2 which was present at the minimum detectable activity level. There were 53 false positives reported with 25% of these responses due to problems with background subtraction. The results show improvement in the ability of the software or user to resolve peaks separated by 1 keV. Improvement is still needed either in the analysis report produced by the software or in the review of these results by the users.

  12. Parametric Studies for 233U Gamma Spectrometry

    SciTech Connect

    Scheffing, C.C.; Krichinsky, A.

    2004-01-01

    Quantification of special nuclear material is a necessary aspect to assuring material accountability and is often accomplished using non-destructive gamma spectrometry. For 233U, gamma rays are affected by matrix and packaging attenuation and by a strong Compton continuum from decay products of 232U (inherently found in 233U) that obscure 233U gamma photopeaks. This project, based on current work at the national repository for separated 233U located at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), explores the effects of various parameters on the quantification of 233U– including material form and geometry. Using an attenuation correction methodology for calculating the mass of 233U from NDA analysis, a bias of almost 75% less than the actual 233U mass was identified. The source of the bias needs to be understood at a more fundamental level for further use of this quantification method. Therefore, controlled experiments using well characterized packages of 233U were conducted at the repository and are presented in this paper.

  13. In situ mass spectrometry in a 10 Torr W chemical vapor deposition process for film thickness metrology

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    Rubloff, Gary W.

    is intended to adjust process parameters so that product quality is maintained in spite of short-term variabil component of fault management provides substantial value to manufacturing productivity, and it has been are explored, as in a development environment. In situ mass spectrometry presents an attractive option for real

  14. Direct Analyses of neuropeptides by in situ MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry in the rat Isabelle Fournier1

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    1 Direct Analyses of neuropeptides by in situ MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry in the rat brain Isabelle desorption/ionization (MALDI) mass analysis is a novel powerful technique for investigation of neuropeptides extracts or partially purified samples. We have now adapted a MALDI methodology for the direct measurement

  15. Membrane-extraction ion mobility spectrometry for in situ detection of chlorinated hydrocarbons in water.

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    Du, Yongzhai; Zhang, Wei; Whitten, William; Li, Haiyang; Watson, David B; Xu, Jun

    2010-05-15

    Membrane-extraction ion mobility spectrometry (ME-IMS) has been developed for in situ sampling and analysis of trace chlorinated hydrocarbons in water in a single procedure. The sampling is configured so that aqueous contaminants permeate through a spiral hollow poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) membrane and are carried away by a vapor flow through the membrane tube. The extracted analyte flows into an atmospheric-pressure chemical-ionization (APCI) chamber and is analyzed in a specially made IMS analyzer. The PDMS membrane was found to effectively extract chlorinated hydrocarbon solvents from the liquid phase to vapor. The specialized IMS analyzer has measured resolutions of R = 33 and 41, respectively, for negative- and positive-modes and is capable of detecting aqueous tetrachloroethylene (PCE) and trichloroethylene (TCE) as low as 80 and 74 microg/L in the negative ion mode, respectively. The time-dependent characteristics of sampling and detection of TCE are both experimentally and theoretically studied for various concentrations, membrane lengths, and flow rates. These characteristics demonstrate that membrane-extraction IMS is feasible for the continuous monitoring of chlorinated hydrocarbons in water. PMID:20334385

  16. In situ characterizing membrane lipid phenotype of breast cancer cells using mass spectrometry profiling

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    He, Manwen; Guo, Shuai; Li, Zhili

    2015-01-01

    Lipid composition in cell membrane is closely associated with cell characteristics. Here, matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization- Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry was employed to in situ determine membrane components of human mammary epithelial cells (MCF-10?A) and six different breast cancer cell lines (i.e., BT-20, MCF-7, SK-BR-3, MDA-MB-231, MDA-MB-157, and MDA-MB-361) without any lipid extraction and separation. Partial least-square discriminant analysis indicated that changes in the levels of these membrane lipids were closely correlated with the types of breast cell lines. Elevated levels of polyunsaturated lipids in MCF-10?A cells relative to six breast cancer cells and in BT-20 cells relative to other breast cancer cell lines were detected. The Western blotting assays indicated that the expression of five lipogenesis-related enzymes (i.e., fatty acid synthase 1(FASN1), stearoyl-CoA desaturase 1 (SCD1), stearoyl-CoA desaturase 5 (SCD5), choline kinase ? (CK?), and sphingomyelin synthase 1) was associated with the types of the breast cells, and that the SCD1 level in MCF-7 cells was significantly increased relative to other breast cell lines. Our findings suggest that elevated expression levels of FASN1, SCD1, SCD5, and CK? may closely correlated with enhanced levels of saturated and monounsaturated lipids in breast cancer cell lines. PMID:26061164

  17. Membrane-Extraction Ion Mobility Spectrometry for In-Situ Detection of Chlorinated Hydrocarbons in Water

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    Du, Yongzhai [ORNL; Zhang, Wei [ORNL; Whitten, William B [ORNL; Li, Haiyang [ORNL; Watson, David B [ORNL; Xu, Jun [ORNL

    2010-01-01

    Membrane-extraction ion mobility spectrometry (ME-IMS) has been developed for in-situ sampling and analysis of trace chlorinated hydrocarbons in water in a single procedure. The sampling is configured so that aqueous contaminants permeate through a spiral hollow polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) membrane and are carried away by a vapor flow through the membrane tube. The extracted analyte flows into an atmospheric pressure chemical ionization (APCI) chamber and is analyzed in a home-made IMS analyzer. PDMS membrane is found to effectively extract chlorinated hydrocarbon solvents from liquid phase to vapor. The specialized IMS analyzer has been found to have resolutions of R=33 and 41, respectively, for negative- and positive-modes and is capable of detecting aqueous tetrachloroethylene (PCE) and trichloroethylene (TCE) as low as 80 g/L and 74 g/L in negative ion mode, respectively. The time-dependent characteristics of sampling and detection of TCE are both experimentally and theoretically studied for various concentrations, membrane lengths, and flow rates. These characteristics demonstrate that membrane-extraction IMS is feasible for the continuous monitoring of chlorinated hydrocarbons in water.

  18. In situ Analysis of Organic Compounds on Mars using Chemical Derivatization and Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry

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    Glavin, D. P.; Buch, A.; Cabane, M.; Coll, P.; Navarro-Gonzalez, R.; Mahaffy, P. R.

    2005-01-01

    One of the core science objectives of NASA's 2009 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission is to determine the past or present habitability of Mars. The search for key organic compounds relevant to terrestrial life will be an important part of that assessment. We have developed a protocol for the analysis of amino acids and carboxylic acids in Mars analogue materials using gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GCMS). As shown, a variety of carboxylic acids were readily identified in soil collected from the Atacama Desert in Chile at part-per-billion levels by GCMS after extraction and chemical derivatization using the reagent N,N-tert.-butyl (dimethylsilyl) trifluoroacetamide (MTBSTFA). Several derivatized amino acids including glycine and alanine were also detected by GCMS in the Atacama soil at lower concentrations (chromatogram not shown). Lacking derivatization capability, the Viking pyrolysis GCMS instruments could not have detected amino acids and carboxylic acids, since these non-volatile compounds require chemical transformation into volatile species that are stable in a GC column. We are currently optimizing the chemical extraction and derivatization technique for in situ GCMS analysis on Mars. Laboratory results of analyses of Atacama Desert samples and other Mars analogue materials using this protocol will be presented.

  19. Advances in continuous gamma-ray spectrometry and applications

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    R. Gold; J. P. McNeece; B. J. Kaiser

    1984-01-01

    Recent advances and applications in continuous Compton recoil gamma-ray spectrometry are described. Applications of continuous gamma-ray spectrometry are presented for: (1) Characterization of light water reactor (LWR) pressures vessel (PV) environments. (2) Assessment of fuel distributions for Three Mile Island Unit 2 (TMI-2) reactor recovery. (3) Measurement of LWR-PV-neutron exposure. The latest improvements attained with the Janus probe, a special

  20. In situ XRF and gamma ray spectrometer for Mars sample return mission

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    Lo, I. Yin; Trombka, Jacob I.; Evans, Larry G.; Squyres, Steven W.

    1988-01-01

    A combined in situ X-ray fluorescence (XRF) and passive gamma ray spectrometer instrument is proposed for the chemical elemental analysis of various Martian surfaces and samples. The combined instrument can be carried on board a rover. The passive gamma ray or the neutron excited gamma ray system would be used to determine the elemental composition of the Martian surface while the rover is in motion. The XRF system would be used to perform analysis either on the Martian surface or on collected samples when the rover is stationary. The latter function is important both in cataloging the collected samples and in the selection of samples to be returned to earth. For both systems, data accumulation time would be on the order of 30 minutes. No sample preparation would be necessary.

  1. Portable gamma spectrometry with cerium-doped lanthanum bromide scintillators: Suitability assessments for luminescence and electron spin resonance dating applications

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    L. J. Arnold; M. Duval; C. Falguères; J.-J. Bahain; M. Demuro

    Cerium-doped lanthanum bromide (LaBr3:Ce) crystals offer a range of improved scintillation properties over traditional NaI:Tl crystals for in situ gamma spectrometry. At present, however, it remains unclear whether the internal radioactivity of LaBr3:Ce detectors compromises their suitability for low-level activity radioisotope measurements of natural sedimentary deposits, such as those required in luminescence and electron spin resonance (ESR) dating. In this

  2. Substrate characterization for underwater gamma spectrometry: tank measurement results utilizing efficiencies calculated via Monte-Carlo code

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    R. Ocone; A. Kostezh; V. Kurinenko; A. Tyshchenko; G. Derkach; P. Leone

    2004-01-01

    In order to study the sediment contamination, underwater gamma-ray spectrometry measurements performed by the sub-marine detector Canberra HpGe with a relative efficiency of 80% were carried out in an equipped tank at the Ukrainian Hydrometeorological Institute of Kiev. Different substrates, certified sources and experiment geometrical set-up were arranged. Efficiencies were calculated by in situ object counting system (ISOCS) software. ISOCS

  3. Optimizing microarray-based in situ transcription–translation of proteins for matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry

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    Michael J. Kimzey; Xristo Zarate; David W. Galbraith; Serrine S. Lau

    2011-01-01

    The analysis of self-assembled protein microarrays, using matrix-assisted laser desorption\\/ionization (MALDI) mass spectrometry, combines two high-throughput platforms for investigation of the proteome. In this article, we describe the fabrication in situ of protein arrays optimized for MALDI characterization. Using the green fluorescent protein (GFP) both as an epitope for immobilization and as a gauge for relative protein expression, we were

  4. The application of laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry to in situ U–Pb zircon geochronology

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    Simon E. Jackson; Norman J. Pearson; William L. Griffin; Elena A. Belousova

    2004-01-01

    This paper reports new developments in in situ U–Pb zircon geochronology using 266 and 213 nm laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS).Standard spot ablation (spot diameters 40–80 ?m) was employed, with no sampling strategies employed specifically to minimise elemental fractionation. Instead, He ablation gas and carefully replicated ablation conditions were employed to maintain constant ablation-related elemental fractionation of Pb and

  5. In situ capture gamma-ray analysis of coal in an oversize borehole

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    Mikesell, J.L.; Dotson, D.W.; Senftle, F.E.; Zych, R.S.; Koger, J.; Goldman, L.

    1983-01-01

    In situ capture gamma-ray analysis in a coal seam using a high resolution gamma-ray spectrometer in a close-fitting borehole has been reported previously. In order to check the accuracy of the method under adverse conditions, similar measurements were made by means of a small-diameter sonde in an oversize borehole in the Pittsburgh seam, Greene County, Pennsylvania. The hole was 5 times the diameter of the sonde, a ratio that substantially increased the contribution of water (hydrogen) to the total spectral count and reduced the size of the sample measured by the detector. The total natural count, the 40K,count, and the intensities of capture gamma rays from Si, Ca, H, and Al were determined as a function of depth above, through, and below the coal seam. From these logs, the depth and width of the coal seam and its partings were determined. Spectra were accumulated in the seam for 1 h periods by using neutron sources of different strengths. From the spectra obtained by means of several 252Cf neutron sources of different sizes, the ultimate elemental analysis and ash content were determined. The results were not as good as those obtained previously in a close-fitting borehole. However, the results did improve with successively larger source-to-detector distances, i.e.,as the count contribution due to hydrogen in the water decreased. It was concluded that in situ borehole analyses should be made in relatively close-fitting boreholes. ?? 1983.

  6. In situ elemental analysis using neutron-capture gamma-ray spectroscopy

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    Evans, Larry G.; Lapides, Jeffrey R.; Trombka, Jacob I.; Jensen, Dal H.

    In situ chemical analysis has become increasingly important in many areas of geochemical exploration and environmental monitoring. However, the determination of absolute or relative concentrations by neutron-gamma techniques can be difficult because of the variety of materials that can be encountered. Changes in concentration of neutron moderators, particularly water, and of strong absorbers, such as iron, can result in spatial and energy distribution variations of the neutron flux in the material. These lead to changes in the measured gamma-ray spectrum. We have been developing analytical procedures which allow the absolute and relative abundances of major and minor elements to be determined from the measured neutron-induced gamma-ray spectrum. Calculations are made using the one-dimensional neutron and gamma transport code ANISN. From the calculations, conversion factors are obtained that can be used to convert gamma-ray count rates to elemental concentrations. Once these conversion factors are determined as a function of water content and the macroscopic cross section, they can be used to determine compositions of unknown samples. To explore the application of these analytical methods, a number of different experimental test programs have been initiated to collect measured gamma-ray spectra. Field tests have been conducted in soils of various compositions using a 120 cm 3 HPGe detector and a 14 MeV pulsed neutron generator.

  7. Monitoring genetic and metabolic potential for in situ bioremediation: Mass spectrometry. 1998 annual progress report

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    Buchanan, M.V.; Hurst, G.B.; Doktycz, M.J.; Britt, P.F.; Weaver, K. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (US); Lidstrom, M.; Costello, A. [Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA (US)

    1998-01-01

    'A number of DOE sites are contaminated with dense non-aqueous phase liquids (DNAPLs) such as carbon tetrachloride and trichloroethylene. At many of these sites, microbial bioremediation is an attractive strategy for cleanup, since it has the potential to degrade DNAPLs in-situ. A rapid screening method to determine the broad range potential of a site''s microbial population for contaminant degradation would greatly facilitate assessment for in-situ bioremediation, as well as for monitoring ongoing bioremediation treatment. Current laboratory-based treatability methods are cumbersome and expensive. In this project, the authors are developing methods based on matrix-assisted laser desorption/ ionization mass-spectrometry (MALDI-MS) to rapidly and accurately detect polymerase chain reaction (PCR) products. In parallel, PCR primers to amplify DNA sequences from microbial genes involved in biodegradation of pollutants are being identified that are short enough to allow MALDI-MS detection. This work will lay the foundation for development of a field-portable MS-based technique for rapid assessment and monitoring of bioremediation processes on site. This report summarizes work after 1-1/2 years of a 3-year project. In this time, the authors have demonstrated MALDI-MS-based detection of signature bacterial PCR products (Hurst et al., 1998). A model system for interfacing MALDI-MS with PCR amplification is based on the pmoA gene for the active site subunit of particulate methane monooxygenase, a bacterial enzyme that can oxidize trichloroethylene. PCR primer pairs were designed to amplify relatively short segments (99 bases and 56 bases) of this gene in Type 1 and Type 2 methanotrophs. A rapid reverse-phase purification of the resulting PCR products allows MALDI-MS detection from a fraction of one 25-microliter PCR reaction. At this level of sensitivity, MALDI-MS has considerable potential to compete with existing electrophoresis and hybridization methods for detecting PCR products in this size range. To allow increased throughput, the PerSeptive Biosystems MALDI-TOF mass spectrometer allows automated MALDI data acquisition, and they have adapted their purification scheme to a 96-well microtiter plate format that allows parallel treatment of 96 PCR reactions in about ten minutes (Weaver et al., 1998). An in-house-constructed TOF mass spectrometer is being modified to allow more fundamental studies aimed at improving the MS detection of PCR products.'

  8. Usefulness of systematic in situ gamma-ray surveys in the radiometric characterization of natural systems with poorly contrasting geological features (examples from NE of Portugal).

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    Duarte, Pedro; Mateus, António; Paiva, Isabel; Trindade, Romão; Santos, Pedro

    2011-02-01

    This paper focuses on the starting point of various studies that are being carried out in two possible locations being considered to host a hypothetical site for a repository for low and intermediate level radioactive waste (LILW) produced in Portugal in compliance with international requirements on the long-term safety of this kind of repository. Previous studies concerning the geology of the much larger geographical areas where these locations are included were fundamental in the choice of these locations and for the design of the survey strategy. One of the fundamental assessment studies during the site-selection is the overall radiological characterization of the locations and its relation to the geology. This paper pretends to show the adequability of using a fast and reasonably inexpensive survey technique such as in situ gamma-ray portable detectors, to access the radiometric response of the systems in study by providing the radiometric mapping of the areas. The existence of adequate radiometric maps represents a critical pre-requisite to constrain both the number and spatial distribution of samples to be collected for further analysis, sustaining as well the subsequent extrapolation of results needed to fully characterise the surveyed system. Both areas were surveyed using portable gamma-ray spectrometers with NaI(Tl) detectors. In situ gamma-ray measurements have clearly shown not only the poorly contrasting geological features, but also their differences representing: (i) a deformed/metamorphosed ophiolite complex and (ii) a monotonous meta-sedimentary sequence. The radiometric maps obtained have show heterogeneities that reflect mostly changes in rock-forming mineral assemblages, even in the presence of small variations of gamma radiation. These maps support objective criteria about the number/distribution of samples to be collected for subsequent comprehensive studies and reinforce the valuable contribution of in situ gamma spectrometry to assess, in radiological terms, the prevalent geological features. PMID:20971016

  9. Active Neutron and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for In Situ Planetary Science Applications

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    Parsons, A.; Bodnarik, J.; Evans, L.; Floyd, A.; Lim, L.; McClanahan, T.; Namkung, M.; Nowicki, S.; Schweitzer, J.; Starr, R.; Trombka, J.

    2011-01-01

    We describe the development of an instrument capable of detailed in situ bulk geochemical analysis of the surface of planets, moons, asteroids, and comets. This instrument technology uses a pulsed neutron generator to excite the solid materials of a planet and measures the resulting neutron and gamma-ray emission with its detector system. These time-resolved neutron and gamma-ray data provide detailed information about the bulk elemental composition, chemical context, and density distribution of the soil within 50 cm of the surface. While active neutron scattering and neutron-induced gamma-ray techniques have been used extensively for terrestrial nuclear well logging applications, our goal is to apply these techniques to surface instruments for use on any solid solar system body. As described, experiments at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center use a prototype neutron-induced gamma-ray instrument and the resulting data presented show the promise of this technique for becoming a versatile, robust, workhorse technology for planetary science, and exploration of any of the solid bodies in the solar system. The detection of neutrons at the surface also provides useful information about the material. This paper focuses on the data provided by the gamma-ray detector.

  10. The Probing In-Situ With Neutron and Gamma Rays (PING) Instrument for Planetary Composition Measurements

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    Parsons, A.; Bodnarik, J.; Evans, L.; McClanahan, T.; Namkung, M.; Nowicki, S.; Schweitzer, J.; Starr, R.

    2012-01-01

    The Probing In situ with Neutrons and Gamma rays (PING) instrument (formerly named PNG-GRAND) [I] experiment is an innovative application of the active neutron-gamma ray technology successfully used in oil field well logging and mineral exploration on Earth over many decades. The objective of our active neutron-gamma ray technology program at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (NASA/GSFC) is to bring PING to the point where it can be flown on a variety of surface lander or rover missions to the Moon, Mars, Venus, asteroids, comets and the satellites of the outer planets and measure their bulk surface and subsurface elemental composition without the need to drill into the surface. Gamma-Ray Spectrometers (GRS) have been incorporated into numerous orbital planetary science missions. While orbital measurements can map a planet, they have low spatial and elemental sensitivity due to the low surface gamma ray emission rates reSUlting from using cosmic rays as an excitation source, PING overcomes this limitation in situ by incorporating a powerful neutron excitation source that permits significantly higher elemental sensitivity elemental composition measurements. PING combines a 14 MeV deuterium-tritium Pulsed Neutron Generator (PNG) with a gamma ray spectrometer and two neutron detectors to produce a landed instrument that can determine the elemental composition of a planet down to 30 - 50 cm below the planet's surface, The penetrating nature of .5 - 10 MeV gamma rays and 14 MeV neutrons allows such sub-surface composition measurements to be made without the need to drill into or otherwise disturb the planetary surface, thus greatly simplifying the lander design, We are cun'ently testing a PING prototype at a unique outdoor neutron instrumentation test facility at NASA/GSFC that provides two large (1.8 m x 1.8 m x ,9 m) granite and basalt test formations placed outdoors in an empty field, Since an independent trace elemental analysis has been performed on both these Columbia River basalt and Concord Gray granite materials, these large samples present two known standards with which to compare PING's experimentally measured elemental composition results, We will present both gamma ray and neutron experimental results from PING measurements of the granite and basalt test formations in various layering configurations and compare the results to the known composition.

  11. In-situ gamma-PHA measurements to support unconditional release of 235-F chiller units

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    Salaymeh, S.R.

    2000-02-17

    The Analytical Development Section of Savannah River Technology Center (SRTC) was requested by the Facility Decommission Division (FDD) to conduct in-situ gamma-ray pulse height analysis measurements to support the unconditional release of 235-F chiller units. The chiller units were used to cool process water in the 235-F facility. The measurements' main goal is to confirm that there is no process-related contaminants present on the chillers. For each of the two F-area clean water chillers, the authors have acquired ten gamma-ray pulse height analysis spectra. This report will discuss the purpose of the measurements, the experimental setup, data acquisition, calculations and results, and a conclusion of the study.

  12. In-situ measurement of Cs distribution in the soil

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    M. Korun; A. Likar; M. Lipoglavsek; R. Martincic; B. Pucelj

    1994-01-01

    In-situ gamma-ray spectrometry can be used as a rapid method for determination of the depth distribution of radioactivity in soil. A modified in-situ gamma-ray technique is proposed using an absorbing lead plate placed at various distances in front of the detector in order to alter its angular response. In this way different layers of soil, where the registered gamma-rays are

  13. Simulations of an in situ method for measuring radionuclide depth distributions

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    R. R. Benke; K. J. Kearfott

    1999-01-01

    In comparison to laboratory gamma-ray spectroscopy, in situ gamma-ray spectrometry characterizes a much larger volume of material, requires much less time to determine accurate radionuclide concentrations, and minimizes worker dose and the risk of radioactive contamination. However, the main limitation of in situ gamma-ray spectrometry lies in determining the depth distribution of radionuclides. This limitation is addressed by developing an

  14. Rapid in situ identification of bioactive compounds in plants by in vivo nanospray high-resolution mass spectrometry.

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    Chang, Qing; Peng, Yue'e; Dan, Conghui; Shuai, Qin; Hu, Shenghong

    2015-03-25

    A method for the rapid in situ identification of bioactive compounds in fresh plants has been developed using in vivo nanospray coupled to high-resolution mass spectrometry (HR-MS). Using a homemade in vivo nanospray ion source, the plant liquid was drawn out from a target region and ionized in situ. The ionized bioactive compounds were then identified using Q-Orbitrap HR-MS. The accurate mass measurements of these bioactive compounds were performed by full-scan or selected ion monitoring (SIM), and tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) was used in the structural elucidation. Without sample pretreatment, 12 bioactive compounds in 7 different plant species were identified, namely, isoalliin in onion; butylphthalide in celery; N-methylpelletierine, pelletierine, and pseudopelletierine in pomegranate; chlorogenic acid in crabapple; solamargine, solasonine, and solasodine in nightshade; aloin and aloe-emodin in aloe; and menthone in mint. This work demonstrates that in vivo nanospray HR-MS is a good method for rapid in situ identification of bioactive compounds in plants. PMID:25749134

  15. In-Situ Gamma-PHA Measurements to Support Unconditional Release of NSR Chiller Unit

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    Dewberry, R. A.

    2001-03-07

    The Analytical Development Section of Savannah River Technology Center (SRTC) was requested by the Project Engineering and Construction Division (PE and CD) to conduct in-situ gamma-ray pulse height analysis measurements to support the unconditional release of the 221FBL/NSR chiller unit. The chiller unit was used to cool process water in the 221 FBL/NS facility, and it was serviced by its own cooling tower ''closed circuit'' system. This chiller unit had been in service for 18 years and has never been located within an SRS radiological area. The measurements' main goal is to confirm that there is no process-related contaminants present on the chiller and associated piping. To accomplish this, we have acquired 48 gamma-ray pulse height analysis spectra. All acquisitions were made using a portable HPGe detector and EG and G Dart system that contains high voltage power supply and signal processing electronics. A personal computer with Gamma-Vision software was used to control the Dart MCA and provide space to store and manipulate multiple 4096-channel gamma-ray spectra. Our results showed no activity above background. All peaks identified in the spectra are due to naturally-occurring radionuclides. This confirmed that these chillers are free of process-related gamma-emitting radioactive contamination. We estimate the chillers are completely clean of radioactive contamination to the limits of 1 nCi total gamma-ray activity. This report will discuss the purpose of the measurements, the experimental setup, data acquisition, calculations and results, and a conclusion of the study.

  16. Quality assurance in gamma-ray spectrometry of seabed sediments.

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    Petrinec, Branko; Frani?, Zdenko; Bituh, Tomislav; Babi?, Dinko

    2011-03-01

    This article brings the results of a method for quality assurance in gamma-ray spectrometry of seabed sediments. Sediments were collected in selected locations of the South and Middle Adriatic Sea using grab and corer tools. Using our own experimental design, we determined the self-attenuation factors of selected samples. The article also discusses sources of uncertainty in gamma-ray spectrometry, which is another important issue in quality assurance. Together with self-attenuation correction sources of uncertainty are used to calculate the activity concentration for a given sample. The presented procedure demonstrates how a gamma-ray spectrometry experiment should be approached in order to properly account for errors and uncertainties specific to a particular sample. PMID:21421529

  17. LOW-ENERGY STANDARDS FOR GAMMA-RAY SPECTROMETRY

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    G. M. Matlack; J. W. T. Meadows; G. B. Nelson

    1958-01-01

    A simple type of low-energy calibration standard for gamma -ray ; spectrometry has been developed for the range 5 to 75 kev. Standards are made by ; placing a target of a single element over a pure beta emitter, such as promethium-; 147 or strontium-90. Characteristic x rays of the target element are generated, ; usually the K alpha radiation,

  18. Ion funnel augmented Mars atmospheric pressure photoionization mass spectrometry for in situ detection of organic molecules.

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    Johnson, Paul V; Hodyss, Robert; Beauchamp, J L

    2014-11-01

    Laser desorption is an attractive technique for in situ sampling of organics on Mars given its relative simplicity. We demonstrate that under simulated Martian conditions (~2.5 Torr CO(2)) laser desorption of neutral species (e.g., polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons), followed by ionization with a simple ultraviolet light source such as a discharge lamp, offers an effective means of sampling organics for detection and identification with a mass spectrometer. An electrodynamic ion funnel is employed to provide efficient ion collection in the ambient Martian environment. This experimental methodology enables in situ sampling of Martian organics with minimal complexity and maximum flexibility. PMID:24986759

  19. Optimising in situ gamma measurements to identify the presence of radioactive particles in land areas.

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    Rostron, Peter D; Heathcote, John A; Ramsey, Michael H

    2014-12-01

    High-coverage in situ surveys with gamma detectors are the best means of identifying small hotspots of activity, such as radioactive particles, in land areas. Scanning surveys can produce rapid results, but the probabilities of obtaining false positive or false negative errors are often unknown, and they may not satisfy other criteria such as estimation of mass activity concentrations. An alternative is to use portable gamma-detectors that are set up at a series of locations in a systematic sampling pattern, where any positive measurements are subsequently followed up in order to determine the exact location, extent and nature of the target source. The preliminary survey is typically designed using settings of detector height, measurement spacing and counting time that are based on convenience, rather than using settings that have been calculated to meet requirements. This paper introduces the basis of a repeatable method of setting these parameters at the outset of a survey, for pre-defined probabilities of false positive and false negative errors in locating spatially small radioactive particles in land areas. It is shown that an un-collimated detector is more effective than a collimated detector that might typically be used in the field. PMID:25233216

  20. High accuracy in situ radiometric mapping

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    Andrew N. Tyler

    2004-01-01

    In situ and airborne gamma ray spectrometry have been shown to provide rapid and spatially representative estimates of environmental radioactivity across a range of landscapes. However, one of the principal limitations of this technique has been the influence of changes in the vertical distribution of the source (e.g. 137Cs) on the observed photon fluence resulting in a significant reduction in

  1. Monte Carlo simulation of in situ LaBr gamma-ray spectrometer for marine environmental monitoring.

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    Su, Genghua; Zeng, Zhi; Cheng, Jianping

    2011-07-01

    Monte Carlo simulation of energy-response functions of gamma rays from natural/artificial radionuclides in seawater and simulation of energy spectrum due to self-activity in LaBr crystal were carried out using MCNPX codes and MATLAB programs for the in situ LaBr gamma-ray spectrometer immersed in homogeneous seawater. The effective detection distance, the detection efficiency and the minimum detectable activity concentration (MDAC) for artificial radionuclides (137)Cs were worked out as an instance. Similar researches for NaI detector was also implemented for comparison. The results indicate that the self-activity in LaBr deteriorates the MDAC to merely several times of that of NaI detector. The LaBr detector is possible to be used as in situ gamma-ray spectrometer for monitoring of artificial radionuclides in seawater. PMID:21613267

  2. In situ calibration of a high-resolution gamma-ray borehole sonde for assaying uranium-bearing sandstone deposits

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    Day, J.H., Jr.

    1985-01-01

    A method is presented for assaying radioactive sandstone deposits in situ by using a high-resolution borehole gamma-ray spectrometer. Gamma-ray photopeaks from the same spectrum acquired to analyze a sample are used to characterize gamma-ray attenuation properties, from which a calibration function is determined. Assay results are independent of differences between properties of field samples and those of laboratory or test-hole standards generally used to calibrate a borehole sonde. This assaying technique is also independent of the state of radioactive disequilibrium that usually exists in nature among members of the natural-decay chains. ?? 1985.

  3. Touch Spray Mass Spectrometry for In Situ Analysis of Complex Samples

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    Kerian, Kevin S.; Jarmusch, Alan K.; Cooks, R. Graham

    2014-01-01

    Touch spray, a spray-based ambient in-situ ionization method, uses a small probe, e.g. a teasing needle to pick up sample and the application of voltage and solvent to cause field-induced droplet emission. Compounds extracted from the microsample are incorporated into the sprayed micro droplets. Performance tests include disease state of tissue, microorganism identification, and therapeutic drug quantitation. Chemical derivatization is performed simultaneously with ionization. PMID:24756256

  4. In situ hafnium isotope ratio analysis of zircon by inductively coupled plasma multiple collector mass spectrometry

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    Matthew F. Thirlwall; Andrew J. Walder

    1995-01-01

    Hf isotopic data are reported for ten ?0.01-mm2 subareas of a zircon crystal separated from the ? 318-Ma diatreme of Elie Ness, Fife, Scotland. In situ analysis was achieved by ablation sampling with a Nd:YAG laser into an inductively-coupled plasma, with ions dispersed by a sector magnet and integrated in a 7-Faraday multicollector array. Despite large interferences from Yb (16%

  5. Touch spray mass spectrometry for in situ analysis of complex samples.

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    Kerian, Kevin S; Jarmusch, Alan K; Cooks, R Graham

    2014-06-01

    Touch spray, a spray-based ambient in situ ionization method, uses a small probe, e.g. a teasing needle to pick up sample and the application of voltage and solvent to cause field-induced droplet emission. Compounds extracted from the microsample are incorporated into the sprayed micro droplets. Performance tests include disease state of tissue, microorganism identification, and therapeutic drug quantitation. Chemical derivatization is performed simultaneously with ionization. PMID:24756256

  6. Substrate characterization for underwater gamma spectrometry: tank measurement results utilizing efficiencies calculated via Monte-Carlo code.

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    Ocone, R; Kostezh, A; Kurinenko, V; Tyshchenko, A; Derkach, G; Leone, P

    2004-01-01

    In order to study the sediment contamination, underwater gamma-ray spectrometry measurements performed by the sub-marine detector Canberra HpGe with a relative efficiency of 80% were carried out in an equipped tank at the Ukrainian Hydrometeorological Institute of Kiev. Different substrates, certified sources and experiment geometrical set-up were arranged. Efficiencies were calculated by in situ object counting system (ISOCS) software. ISOCS performance tests using certified sources were carried out by comparing laboratory measurements, and measurement results for mineralogy and density performances are reported. PMID:15177333

  7. Seabed gamma-ray spectrometry: applications at IAEA-MEL.

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    Osvath, I; Povinec, P P

    2001-01-01

    The technique of underwater gamma-ray spectrometry has been developed to complement or replace the traditional sampling-sample analysis approach for applications with space-time constraints, e.g. large areas of investigation, emergency response or long-term monitoring. IAEA-MEL has used both high-efficiency NaI(Tl) and high-resolution HPGe spectrometry to investigate contamination with anthropogenic radionuclides in a variety of marine environments. Surveys at the South Pacific nuclear test sites of Mururoa and Fangataufa have been used to guide sampling in areas of high contamination around ground zero points. In the Irish Sea offshore from the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant, a gamma-ray survey of seabed sediment was carried out to obtain estimates of the distribution and subsequently, for the inventory of 137Cs in the investigated area. PMID:11379061

  8. In situ cell-by-cell imaging and analysis of small cell populations by mass spectrometry

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    Molecular imaging by mass spectrometry (MS) is emerging as a tool to determine the distribution of proteins, lipids and metabolites in tissues. The existing imaging methods, however, rely on predefined typically rectangular grids for sampling that ignore the natural cellular organization of the tiss...

  9. Determination of environmental radiation flux and organ doses using in-situ gamma spectroscopy

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    Al-Ghamdi, Abdulrahman S.

    Contamination of buildings represent a unique problem during Decontamination and Decommissioning (D&D) of nuclear facilities. It is necessary to determine the long-lived radionuclides and their respective specific activities in building materials before the right D&D decision can be made. At the same time, radiation risk of workers or potential occupants in the facility must be assessed as part of the D&D process. The goal of this project was to develop a methodology of obtaining gamma radiation flux and organ doses from in-situ gamma spectroscopy. Algorithms were developed to simulate the response functions of the HPGe detector and to convert the spectra into photon fluences. A Monte Carlo code, MCNP4C, was used to simulate HPGe detector response and to develop the conversion algorithm. The simulated spectra obtained for an HPGe detector were converted to flux using the algorithm for various different geometries. The response functions of the detector are presented in this document for the gamma energies from 60 keV to 2.2 MeV. Published fluence-to-dose conversion coefficients were used to calculate organ doses and effective dose equivalent. We then tested the theory at a 100-MeV linear electron accelerator at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). Samples of the activated concrete walls and floor in the target room of the Linac facility as well as some steel samples were taken to quantify the specific activities of the structures. The results show that the most important long-lived radionuclides include 22 Na, 46Sc, 54 Mn, 57Co, 60 Co, 65Zn, 152 Eu and 154Eu, depending on the location and composition of the material. The specific activities at the Linac facility range from 1.15E-01 to 765.31 muCi/Kg. The annual effective dose equivalent was assessed to be 2.44 mSv y-1 (0.244 rem y-1 ), which is about 5% of the Annual EDE limits to workers.

  10. Monitoring of submarine groundwater discharge along the Donnalucata coast in the south-eastern Sicily using underwater gamma-ray spectrometry

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    Pavel P. Povinec; Jean-Francois Comanducci; Isabelle Levy-Palomo; Benjamino Oregioni

    2006-01-01

    A novel technique for monitoring of submarine groundwater discharge (SGD) in coastal zones based on an in situ underwater gamma-ray spectrometry of radon-decay products is described. Several sites were visited during the IAEA’2002 expedition offshore Donnalucata in the south-eastern Sicily. Continuous monitoring of 222Rn in the beach spring at Donnalucata has shown variable 222Rn activity concentrations in groundwater (from 12

  11. In situ derivatization reaction and determination of ibuprofen in water samples using headspace generation-programmed temperature vaporization-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry

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    José Luis Pérez Pavón; Ana María Casas Ferreira; María Esther Fernández Laespada; Bernardo Moreno Cordero

    2009-01-01

    The aim of the present work is to propose a method for the determination of ibuprofen, as a typical representative of pharmaceutical compounds, in aqueous samples. To do so, an in situ derivatization reaction in aqueous medium was employed in the vial of a headspace sampler (HS), after which instrumental measurements were made with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). As the

  12. Mechanistic aspects of the electro-oxidation of ethylene glycol on a Pt-film electrode: A combined in situ IR spectroscopy and online mass spectrometry

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    Pfeifer, Holger

    in situ IR spectroscopy and online mass spectrometry study of kinetic isotope effects J. Schnaidt* , M. Heinen , Z. Jusys, and R.J. Behm* Institute of Surface Chemistry and Catalysis, Ulm University, D-89069 experiments show distinct kinetic isotope effects (KIEs), which differ distinctly for different reaction

  13. In situ analysis of soybeans and nuts by probe electrospray ionization mass spectrometry.

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    Petroselli, Gabriela; Mandal, Mridul K; Chen, Lee C; Hiraoka, Kenzo; Nonami, Hiroshi; Erra-Balsells, Rosa

    2015-04-01

    The probe electrospray ionization (PESI) is an ESI-based ionization technique that generates electrospray from the tip of a solid metal needle. In the present work, we describe the PESI mass spectra obtained by in situ measurement of soybeans and several nuts (peanuts, walnuts, cashew nuts, macadamia nuts and almonds) using different solid needles as sampling probes. It was found that PESI-MS is a valuable approach for in situ lipid analysis of these seeds. The phospholipid and triacylglycerol PESI spectra of different nuts and soybean were compared by principal component analysis (PCA). PCA shows significant differences among the data of each family of seeds. Methanolic extracts of nuts and soybean were exposed to air and sunlight for several days. PESI mass spectra were recorded before and after the treatment. Along the aging of the oil (rancidification), the formation of oxidated species with variable number of hydroperoxide groups could be observed in the PESI spectra. The relative intensity of oxidated triacylglycerols signals increased with days of exposition. Monitoring sensitivity of PESI-MS was high. This method provides a fast, simple and sensitive technique for the analysis (detection and characterization) of lipids in seed tissue and degree of oxidation of the oil samples. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. PMID:26149112

  14. Novel application of ?/? autoradiography and collimated ?-spectrometry to study in situ radionuclide migration paths in fractured rock

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    Möri, A.; Biggin, C.; Mäder, U.; Eikenberg, J.; Rüthi, M.

    ?/?-Autoradiography and collimated ?-spectrometry were applied on in situ impregnated core samples containing various radionuclides such as 137Cs and 60Co to study diffusion paths in fractured granitic rocks from the Grimsel test site (GTS). The radionuclide tracers were injected into a water conducting feature (WCF) during years ( 137Cs) or months ( 60Co) before the flow field and the adjacent rock matrix were overcored for analysis. The retardation sites of the radionuclides in and around the flow paths were first determined by means of a state of the art ?/?-autoradiography scanner. Increased activity above natural background was observed both in the WCF and in the adjacent rock matrix showing structural control of radionuclide transport into the rock matrix as activity in the matrix was mainly bound to grain-boundary pores. In a second step, the areas of increased activity within the WCF and in the neighbouring rock matrix were investigated using a HPGe ?-spectrometer. A new setup for collimated ?-spectrometry was developed, which revealed spatial and nuclide specific information about tracer concentrations in the samples. Although this technique is hampered by much reduced counting efficiencies, it allows non-invasive determination of spatial distribution of radionuclides at the centimetre scale. A preliminary data set produced to show the application possibilities of these techniques indicated maximum 137Cs diffusion into the rock matrix adjacent to a WCF to a depth of 45 mm within 3 years and for 60Co to about 3 mm in 2 months.

  15. REAL-TIME IN-SITU MEASUREMENT OF MATERIAL ELASTIC PROPERTIES IN A HIGH GAMMA IRRADIATION ENVIRONMENT

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    Ken Telschow; Rob Schley; Dave Cottle

    2006-05-01

    The first measurements of elastic vibrations of an object in-situ to a high gamma irradiation field using a laser coupled resonant ultrasound method are described. A vibration mode of an Inconel hollow capped cylinder was measured throughout a period of 170 hours as the gamma radiation field was increased to 104 Gray/hour. The vibration mode frequency was observed to change in a manner consistent with the temperature dependence of the elastic stiffness coefficients of the material. These results illustrate the efficacy of the laser approach for real-time resonant ultrasound measurements in this severely hostile nuclear environment.

  16. A Comparison of in Situ Gamma Soil Analysis and Soil Sampling Data for Mapping 241Am and 239Pu Soil Concentrations at the Nevada Test Site

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    John A. Kirby; Lynn R. Anspaugh; Paul L. Phelps; George W. Huckabay; Frank Markwell; M. Barnes

    1977-01-01

    Soil sampling and in situ 241Am-gamma counting with an array of four high purity, planar, Ge detectors are compared as means of determining soil concentration contours of plutonium and their associated uncertainities. Results of this survey, which covered an area of approximately 300,000 m2, indicate that with one-third the number of sampling locations, the in situ gamma survey provided soil

  17. Laser Ablation Electrodynamic Ion Funnel for In Situ Mass Spectrometry on Mars

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    Johnson, Paul V.; Hodyss, Robert P.; Tang, Keqi; Smith, Richard D.

    2012-01-01

    A front-end instrument, the laser ablation ion funnel, was developed, which would ionize rock and soil samples in the ambient Martian atmosphere, and efficiently transport the product ions into a mass spectrometer for in situ analysis. Laser ablation creates elemental ions from a solid with a high-power pulse within ambient Mars atmospheric conditions. Ions are captured and focused with an ion funnel into a mass spectrometer for analysis. The electrodynamic ion funnel consists of a series of axially concentric ring-shaped electrodes whose inside diameters (IDs) decrease over the length of the funnel. DC potentials are applied to each electrode, producing a smooth potential slope along the axial direction. Two radio-frequency (RF) AC potentials, equal in amplitude and 180 out of phase, are applied alternately to the ring electrodes. This creates an effective potential barrier along the inner surface of the electrode stack. Ions entering the funnel drift axially under the influence of the DC potential while being restricted radially by the effective potential barrier created by the applied RF. The net result is to effectively focus the ions as they traverse the length of the funnel.

  18. Plasma cleaned Si analyzed in situ by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, secondary ion mass spectrometry, and actinometry

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    Delfino, M.; Salimian, S.; Hodul, D.; Ellingboe, A.; Tsai, W.

    1992-01-01

    Silicon surfaces are cleaned in an electron cyclotron resonance excited hydrogen plasma and characterized by in situ x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and in situ static secondary ion-mass spectrometry. Emission spectroscopy and actinometry are used to characterize the hydrogen plasma. Exposure to the plasma for 3 to 4 minutes without applying heat or bias to the substrate completely removes the native silicon oxide resulting in a hydrogen terminated surface that is resistant to reoxidation. Adventitious hydrocarbon, when present on the surface, is also completely removed by the plasma. A shift in the isotope ratios of silicon suggests that a clean <100> silicon surface is monohydride terminated, whereas a <111> silicon surface appears largely dihydride terminated. A depth profile of the silicon isotope ratios shows a temporal instability, which with the assignment of a H 1s state in the valence-band spectra provides evidence that the hydrogen is concentrated at the surface and has not diffused deep into the silicon lattice. The oxygen removal rate has the following characteristics: two distinct microwave operating regimes separated by a discontinuity in power around 600 W; a singularity corresponding to rapid oxygen removal at 2.5 mTorr; an abrupt and near monotonic decrease in oxygen removal above 14 mTorr; and an invariance of the removal rate to ion-energy from about 10 to 100 eV. The density of hydrogen excited species and the ground state hydrogen atom density are correlated with the oxygen removal rate under all conditions except high pressure, where the density of hydrogen ions is low. This suggests an ion-induced etching mechanism whereby the native silicon oxide removal is enhanced with low-energy hydrogen ion bombardment.

  19. A Prototype of LaBr3:Ce in situ Gamma-Ray Spectrometer for Marine Environmental Monitoring

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    Ming Zeng; Zhi Zeng; Jirong Cang; Xingyu Pan; Tao Xue; Hao Ma; Hongchang Yi; Jianping Cheng

    2015-04-20

    A prototype of LaBr3:Ce in situ gamma-ray spectrometer for marine environmental monitoring is developed and applied for in situ measurement. A 3-inch LaBr3:Ce scintillator is used in the detector, and a digital pulse process electronics is chosen as the pulse height analyzer. For this prototype, the energy response of the spectrometer is linear and the energy resolution of 662keV is 2.6% (much better than NaI). With the measurement of the prototype in a water tank filled with 137Cs, the detect efficiency for 137Cs is (0.288 0.01)cps/(Bq/L), which is close to the result of Monte Carlo simulation, 0.283cps/(Bq/L). With this measurement, the MDAC for 137Cs in one hour has been calculated to 0.78Bq/L, better than that of NaI(Tl) in-situ gamma spectrometer, which is ~1.0Bq/L.

  20. Basic characterization of highly enriched uranium by gamma spectrometry

    E-print Network

    Cong Tam Nguyen; Jozsef Zsigrai

    2005-08-25

    Gamma-spectrometric methods suitable for the characterization of highly enriched uranium samples encountered in illicit trafficking of nuclear materials are presented. In particular, procedures for determining the 234U, 235U, 238U, 232U and 236U contents and the age of highly enriched uranium are described. Consequently, the total uranium content and isotopic composition can be calculated. For determining the 238U and 232U contents a low background chamber was used. In addition, age dating of uranium was also performed using low-background spectrometry.

  1. High-Speed Tandem Mass Spectrometric in Situ Imaging by Nanospray Desorption Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry

    SciTech Connect

    Lanekoff, Ingela T.; Burnum-Johnson, Kristin E.; Thomas, Mathew; Short, Joshua TL; Carson, James P.; Cha, Jeeyeon; Dey, Sudhansu K.; Yang, Pengxiang; Prieto Conaway, Maria C.; Laskin, Julia

    2013-10-15

    Nanospray desorption electrospray ionization (nano-DESI) combined with tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS), high-resolution mass analysis (m/m=17,500 at m/z 200), and rapid spectral acquisition enabled simultaneous imaging and identification of more than 300 molecules from 92 selected m/z windows (± 1 Da) with a spatial resolution of better than 150 um. Uterine sections of implantation sites on day 6 of pregnancy were analyzed in the ambient environment without any sample pre-treatment. MS/MS imaging was performed by scanning the sample under the nano-DESI probe at 10 um/s while acquiring higher-energy collision-induced dissociation (HCD) spectra for a targeted inclusion list of 92 m/z values at a rate of ~6.3 spectra/s. Molecular ions and their corresponding fragments, separated using high-resolution mass analysis, were assigned based on accurate mass measurement. Using this approach, we were able to identify and image both abundant and low-abundance isobaric species within each m/z window. MS/MS analysis enabled efficient separation and identification of isobaric sodium and potassium adducts of phospholipids. Furthermore, we identified several metabolites associated with early pregnancy and obtained the first 2D images of these molecules.

  2. High-Speed MS/MS in Situ Imaging by Nanospray Desorption Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry

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    Lanekoff, Ingela; Burnum-Johnson, Kristin; Thomas, Mathew; Short, Joshua; Carson, James P.; Cha, Jeeyeon; Dey, Sudhansu K.; Yang, Pengxiang; Conaway, Maria C. Prieto; Laskin, Julia

    2013-01-01

    Nanospray desorption electrospray ionization (nano-DESI) combined with tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS), high-resolution mass analysis of the fragment ions (m/?=17,500 at m/z 200), and rapid spectral acquisition enabled simultaneous imaging and identification of a large number of metabolites and lipids from 92 selected m/z windows (± 1 Da) with a spatial resolution of better than 150 ?m. Mouse uterine sections of implantation sites on day 6 of pregnancy were analyzed in the ambient environment without any sample pre-treatment. MS/MS imaging was performed by scanning the sample under the nano-DESI probe at 10 ?m/s while acquiring higher-energy collision-induced dissociation (HCD) spectra for a targeted inclusion list of 92 m/z values at a rate of ~6.3 spectra/s. Molecular ions and their corresponding fragments, separated using high-resolution mass analysis, were assigned based on accurate mass measurement. Using this approach, we were able to identify and image both abundant and low-abundance isobaric and isomeric species within each m/z window. MS/MS analysis enabled efficient separation and identification of isomeric and isobaric phospholipids that are difficult to separate in a full-scan mode. Furthermore, we identified several metabolites associated with early pregnancy and obtained the first 2D images of these molecules. PMID:24040919

  3. In situ determination of uranium in soil by laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry

    SciTech Connect

    Zamzow, D.S.; Baldwin, D.P.; Weeks, S.J.; Bajic, S.J.; D'Silva, A.P. (Ames Lab., IA (United States))

    1994-02-01

    The concentration of uranium in soil has been determined for 80 sites in an area suspected to have uranium contamination by in situ laser ablation - inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (LA-ICPAES), utilizing a field-deployable mobile analytical laboratory. For 15 of the 80 sites analyzed, soil samples are collected so that the field LA-ICPAES results could be compared to laboratory-determined values. Uranium concentrations determined in the field by LA-ICPAES for these 15 sites range from <20 parts per million (ppm) by weight to 285 ppm. The uncertainty in the values determined, however, is large relative to the uranium concentrations encountered at this site. The 95% confidence interval (CI) values are approximately 85 ppm. The uranium concentrations determined by laboratory LA-ICPAES analysis range from <20 to 102 ppm (95% CI of approximately 50 ppm); microwave dissolution and subsequent standard addition determination of uranium by solution nebulization ICPAES using an ultrasonic nebulizer yields 19-124 ppm uranium (95% CI of approximately 10 ppm). For 11 of the 15 samples, the field- and laboratory-determined uranium concentrations agree, within the uncertainty of the determined values. 19 refs., 5 figs., 3 tabs.

  4. Development of the Probing In-Situ with Neutron and Gamma Rays (PING) Instrument for Planetary Science Applications

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    Parsons, A.; Bodnarik, J.; Burger, D.; Evans, L.; Floyd, S; Lim, L.; McClanahan, T.; Namkung, M.; Nowicki, S.; Schweitzer, J.; Starr, R.; Trombka, J.

    2011-01-01

    The Probing In situ with Neutrons and Gamma rays (PING) instrument is a promising planetary science application of the active neutron-gamma ray technology that has been used successfully in oil field well logging and mineral exploration on Earth for decades. Similar techniques can be very powerful for non-invasive in situ measurements of the subsurface elemental composition on other planets. The objective of our active neutron-gamma ray technology program at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (NASA/GSFC) is to bring instruments using this technology to the point where they can be flown on a variety of surface lander or rover missions to the Moon, Mars, Venus, asteroids, comets and the satellites of the outer planets. PING combines a 14 MeV deuterium-tritium pulsed neutron generator with a gamma ray spectrometer and two neutron detectors to produce a landed instrument that can determine the elemental composition of a planet down to 30 - 50 cm below the planet's surface. The penetrating nature of.5 - 10 MeV gamma rays and 14 MeV neutrons allows such sub-surface composition measurements to be made without the need to drill into or otherwise disturb the planetary surface, thus greatly simplifying the lander design. We are currently testing a PING prototype at a unique outdoor neutron instrumentation test facility at NASA/GSFC that provides two large (1.8 m x 1.8 m x.9 m) granite and basalt test formations placed outdoors in an empty field. Since an independent trace elemental analysis has been performed on both the Columbia River basalt and Concord Gray granite materials, these samples present two known standards with which to compare PING's experimentally measured elemental composition results. We will present experimental results from PING measurements of both the granite and basalt test formations and show how and why the optimum PING instrument operating parameters differ for studying the two materials.

  5. Gamma spectrometry inspection of TRIGA MARK II fuel using caesium isotopes

    Microsoft Academic Search

    S. Karimzadeh; R. Khan; H. Böck

    2011-01-01

    Gamma spectrometry is one of the common methods to inspect the spent fuel from research reactors. This method has been applied to in-pool measurements of the Spent Fuel Elements (SPEs) of the TRIGA Mark II research reactor. Due to mixed nature of the reactor core and complicated irradiation history of the fuel elements (FEs), the gamma spectrometry of the FE

  6. Applicability of ?-ray-induced X-ray spectrometry to in situ measurements of tritium retention in plasma-facing materials in ITER

    Microsoft Academic Search

    M. Matsuyama; Y. Torikai; N. Bekris; M. Glugla; A. Erbe; W. Naegele; N. Noda; V. Philipps; P. Coad; K. Watanabe

    2006-01-01

    Applicability of ?-ray-induced X-ray spectrometry (BIXS) for in situ measurements of tritium retention by plasma-facing materials in ITER was examined using two ?-emitters and a divertor tile with metallic supports employed during D–T fusion experiments in JET. Measurements of the tile with a ?-emitter showed that the presence of the ?-field has no influence in the shape of the ?-ray-induced

  7. Miniaturized hollow fiber assisted liquid-phase microextraction with in situ derivatization and gas chromatography–mass spectrometry for analysis of bisphenol A in human urine sample

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Migaku Kawaguchi; Rie Ito; Noriya Okanouchi; Koichi Saito; Hiroyuki Nakazawa

    2008-01-01

    A new method that involves miniaturized hollow fiber assisted liquid-phase microextraction (HF-LPME) with in situ derivatization and gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC–MS) is described for the determination of trace amounts of bisphenol A (BPA) in human urine samples. The detection limit and the quantification limit of BPA in human urine sample are 0.02 and 0.1ngml?1 (ppb), respectively. The calibration curve for

  8. Novel methods of gamma ray spectroscopy focusing on the determination of the vertical source distribution in a media

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    Steven C. Dewey

    2006-01-01

    This dissertation presents novel techniques for performing gamma ray spectrometry. It presents methods applicable to in situ measurements and laboratory measurements. For in situ gamma ray spectrometry, in order to obtain accurate estimates of the radionuclide activity present at a particular location, the distribution of the source being measured must be determined. Typically, the horizontal distribution can be assumed to

  9. Continuous gamma-ray spectrometry in the Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF)

    Microsoft Academic Search

    R. Gold; B. J. Kaiser; F. S. Moore Jr.; W. L. Bunch; W. N. McElroy; E. M. Sheen

    1980-01-01

    Gamma ray continua were measured at startup in the Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF). A special FFTF insert, called the In-Reactor Thimble (IRT), provided an adequate environment for in situ operation of the gamma spectrometer. The IRT replaced a fuel assembly near core center (No. 2101) and measurements were conducted at three axial locations, namely midplane, the lower axial shield,

  10. Evaluation of uncertainties in in situ and ex situ gamma measurements on land areas with low contamination levels.

    PubMed

    Rostron, Peter D; Heathcote, John A; Ramsey, Michael H

    2015-06-01

    Previous work on the characterisation of land areas with moderate contamination levels showed that in situ measurements made with a gamma detector can achieve lower levels of the random component of uncertainty than laboratory measurements of extracted samples. This was found when the variance caused by small-scale lateral heterogeneity of contaminants was included in the uncertainty estimation. The present paper documents the results of applying the same techniques of uncertainty estimation to an area with contamination levels that were lower by a factor of 10. If the same counting times were used, it would be expected that both measurement types would be affected by higher levels of random uncertainty in the individual measurements because of increased uncertainty from counting statistics and other factors such as interpretation of gamma spectra. However, when uncertainty due to sampling was included, it was found that both measurements methods were subject to similar combined uncertainties at individual locations. Using an assumption of the depth distributions of radionuclides that was supported by ex situ measurements, in situ measurements were able to produce averaging estimates with an approximate reduction of 50% in the standard error on the mean at ~50% of the cost of the ex situ measurements. PMID:25928900

  11. Guide to plutonium isotopic measurements using gamma-ray spectrometry

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    Lemming, J.F.; Rakel, D.A.

    1982-08-26

    Purpose of this guide is to assist those responsible for plutonium isotopic measurements in the application of gamma-ray spectrometry. Objectives are to promote an understanding of the measurement process, including its limitations and applicability, by reviewing the general features of a plutonium spectrum and identifying the quantities which must be extracted from the data; to introduce state-of-the-art analysis techniques by reviewing four isotopic analysis packages and identifying their differences; to establish the basis for measurement control and assurance by discussing means of authenticating the performance of a measurement system; and to prepare for some specific problems encountered in plutonium isotopic analyses by providing solutions from the practical experiences of several laboratories. 29 references, 12 figures, 17 tables.

  12. Radiological characterisation of synthetic rutile using HPGe gamma spectrometry.

    PubMed

    Chinnaesakki, S; Bara, S V; Sartandel, S J; Tripathi, R M; Puranik, V D

    2010-08-01

    This paper discusses the radiological characterisation of synthetic rutile, which is the source material for the production of titanium. The natural radioactivity due to uranium ((238)U), thorium ((232)Th) series radionuclides and potassium ((40)K) was measured in synthetic rutile samples of a production plant in Tamil Nadu, India. n-type high-purity germanium-coupled gamma spectrometry was used for the analysis. It is observed that thorium is more abundant than any other radionuclide, which is due to the monazite present in the primary sand. The activity index (I) evaluated from the radioactivity concentrations of (226)Ra, (232)Th and (40)K of the analysed samples is found to be well below the recommended levels. This study shows that the use of synthetic rutile from Tamil Nadu, India, for the manufacture of building materials will not pose any increased radiation exposure to the public beyond the dose criterion of the European Union. PMID:20413419

  13. Radioactivity Levels and Gamma-Ray Dose Rate in Soil Samples from Kohistan (Pakistan) Using Gamma-Ray Spectrometry

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    M. Khan Hasan; M. Ismail; K. Khan; P. Akhter

    2011-01-01

    The analysis of naturally occurring radionuclides (226Ra, 232Th and 40K) and an anthropogenic radionuclide 137Cs is carried out in some soil samples collected from Kohistan district of N.W.F.P. (Pakistan), using gamma-ray spectrometry. The gamma spectrometry is operated using a high purity Germanium (HPGe) detector coupled with a computer based high resolution multi channel analyzer. The specific activity in soil ranges

  14. In situ detoxification of the fermentation medium during gamma-decalactone production with the yeast sporidiobolus salmonicolor

    PubMed

    Dufosse; Souchon; Feron; Latrasse; Spinnler

    1999-01-01

    gamma-Decalactone (gamma-C10) is known to be highly toxic for the microorganims used for its production. In this work, three techniques were studied in order to overcome this toxicity during a bioconversion process using ricinoleic acid as precursor of the lactone: in situ trapping in oily phases, in porous hydrophobic sorbents and in beta-cyclodextrins. Oily phases added to the media (olive, Miglyol, tributyrin, and paraffin) had a protective effect on Sp. salmonicolor, and they improved the lactone production. beta-cyclodextrins, which have a hydrophobic cavity that can trap molecules such as gamma-C10, have been used to protect the yeasts. The results showed insufficient preservation of cell viability. Some sorbents (activated carbon and polystyrene-based sorbents) were successfully tested during bioconversion. In all cases viability exceeded the reference one. Nevertheless the aroma production was 30% lower than the reference. All of these solutions led to some enhancement of the cell viability during bioconversion of methyl ricinoleate to gamma-C10. For improvement of the lactone production, the oil trapping method seemed to be the best with the experimental conditions tested. PMID:9933524

  15. In situ Measurement of Pore-Water pH in Anoxic Sediments Using Laser Raman Spectrometry

    Microsoft Academic Search

    E. T. Peltzer; M. Luna; P. M. Walz; X. Zhang; P. G. Brewer

    2010-01-01

    Accurate measurement of the geochemical properties of sediment pore waters is of fundamental importance in ocean geochemistry and microbiology. Recent work has shown that the properties of pore waters can be measured rapidly in situ with a novel Raman based insertion probe (Zhang et al., 2010), and that data obtained from anoxic sediments on in situ dissolved methane concentrations are

  16. High-resolution gamma-ray spectrometry in uranium exploration

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    Moxham, Robert M.; Tanner, Allan B.

    1977-01-01

    Sedimentary-type uranium deposits accumulate at favorable sites along a migration path which may be kilometers in length. Their source is a large volume of rock from which the uranium has been leached. The geochemical mobilities and half lives of uranium and its daughter products vary widely so that they are transported from the source rocks, at different rates, along the migration path to their ultimate site. The radioactive disequilibrium resulting from this process has been well documented in the immediate vicinity of ore deposits, and disequilibrium is commonly recorded on gamma-ray logs up the hydraulic gradient from uranium ore. Little is known about the state of secular equilibrium in the leached host rocks, which often represent the only part of the migration path that is at or near the surface and is thus most accessible to the exploration geophysicist. High-resolution gamma-ray spectrometry provides a means of investigating the disequilibrium associated with uranium leaching and migration. Direct measurement of uranium can be made by this method, and the equivalent weight percents can be determined for six of the seven daughter-product decay groups that characterize the state of radioactive equilibrium. The technique has been used quantitatively in laboratory studies, where the results compare favorably with radiochemical analyses; field experiments suggest that semi-quantitative data may be obtained at the outcrop.

  17. Radionuclide content of simulated and fully radioactive SRLLL waste gl;asses: comparison of results from ICP-MS, gamma spectrometry and alpha spectrometry

    SciTech Connect

    Wolf, S.F.; Bates, J.K.

    1995-12-31

    We have measured the transuranic content of two transuranic=doped, simulated waste glasses, using inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), {gamma}-spectrometry, and {alpha}-spectrometry. Average concentrations measured by each technique were within {+-} 10% of the as-doped concentrations. We also report the transuranic content of three fully radioactive SRL waste glasses that were determined using {gamma}- and {alpha}-spectrometry measurements to deconvolute isobaric interferences present in the ICP-MS analyses.

  18. In situ identification of organic components of ink used in books from the 1900s by atmospheric pressure matrix assisted laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry

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    Giurato, Laura; Candura, Andrea; Grasso, Giuseppe; Spoto, Giuseppe

    2009-11-01

    This paper describes the use of atmospheric pressure/matrix assisted laser desorption ionization-mass spectrometry (AP/MALDI-MS) as a spatially resolved analytical technique for the study of organic components of inks used to print coloured parts of ancient books. The possibility to operate at atmospheric pressure makes MALDI-MS a new in situ micro-destructive diagnostic tool suitable for analysing samples in air, simplifying the investigation of the organic components of artistic and archaeological objects. In this work, several organic dyes and pigments were identified in situ by analysing different coloured areas of books printed in the years 1911 and 1920. The detected colouring materials, which were available since the 1890s, were often identified as a mixture, confirming the typical procedures used in the lithographic printing processes. The matrix deposition and the laser desorption process did not cause visible alteration of the sample surface.

  19. Sapphire: a better material for atomization and in situ collection of silver volatile species for atomic absorption spectrometry

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    Musil, Stanislav; Matoušek, Tomáš; D?dina, Ji?í

    2015-06-01

    Sapphire is presented as a high temperature and corrosion resistant material of an optical tube of an atomizer for volatile species of Ag generated by the reaction with NaBH4. The modular atomizer design was employed which allowed to carry out the measurements in two modes: (i) on-line atomization and (ii) in situ collection (directly in the optical tube) by means of excess of O2 over H2 in the carrier gas during the trapping step and vice versa in the volatilization step. In comparison with quartz atomizers, the sapphire tube atomizer provides a significantly increased atomizer lifetime as well as substantially improved repeatability of the Ag in situ collection signals shapes. In situ collection of Ag in the sapphire tube atomizer was highly efficient (> 90%). Limit of detection in the on-line atomization mode and in situ collection mode, respectively, was 1.2 ng ml- 1 and 0.15 ng ml- 1.

  20. Coincidence-summing correction equations in gamma-ray spectrometry with p-type HPGedetectors

    Microsoft Academic Search

    E. Tomarchio; S. Rizzo

    2011-01-01

    Equations to compute ??? and ??XK coincidence-summing corrections in gamma-ray spectrometry with p-type HPGe detectors are reported. For point sources only full-energy-peak and total efficiencies are needed.

  1. Stir bar sorptive extraction with in situ de-conjugation and thermal desorption gas chromatography-mass spectrometry for measurement of 4-nonylphenol glucuronide in human urine sample

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Migaku Kawaguchi; Rie Ito; Yoshio Hayatsu; Hisao Nakata; Norihiro Sakui; Noriya Okanouchi; Koichi Saito; Hiroshi Yokota; Shun-ichiro Izumi; Tsunehisa Makino; Hiroyuki Nakazawa

    2006-01-01

    4-Nonylphenol glucuronide (NP-G) in human urine samples was analyzed using stir bar sorptive extraction (SBSE) with in situ de-conjugation by ?-glucuronidase and thermal desorption (TD)-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). Distilled water (1ml), 1.0M ammonium acetate solution (100?l) and ?-glucuronidase (10,000unitsml?1, 10?l) were added to human urine sample (1ml), and extraction was commenced for 90min at 37°C while stirring at 250rpm with

  2. A Team Approach to the Development of Gamma Ray and x Ray Remote Sensing and in Situ Spectroscopy for Planetary Exploration Missions

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Trombka, J. I.; Floyd, S.; Ruitberg, A.; Evans, L.; Starr, R.; Metzger, A.; Reedy, R.; Drake, D.; Moss, C.; Edwards, B.

    1993-01-01

    An important part of the investigation of planetary origin and evolution is the determination of the surface composition of planets, comets, and asteroids. Measurements of discrete line X-ray and gamma ray emissions from condensed bodies in space can be used to obtain both qualitative and quantitative elemental composition information. The Planetary Instrumentation Definition and Development Program (PIDDP) X-Ray/Gamma Ray Team has been established to develop remote sensing and in situ technologies for future planetary exploration missions.

  3. Use of a Shielded High Resolution Gamma Spectrometry System to Segregate LLW from Contact Handleable ILW Containing Plutonium - 13046

    SciTech Connect

    Lester, Rosemary; Wilkins, Colin [Canberra UK Ltd, Unit 1 B528.1, Harwell Science Campus, Oxfordshire OX11 0DF (United Kingdom)] [Canberra UK Ltd, Unit 1 B528.1, Harwell Science Campus, Oxfordshire OX11 0DF (United Kingdom); Chard, Patrick [Canberra UK Ltd, Forss Business and Technology park, Thurso, Caithness KW14 7UZ (United Kingdom)] [Canberra UK Ltd, Forss Business and Technology park, Thurso, Caithness KW14 7UZ (United Kingdom); Jaederstroem, Henrik; LeBlanc, Paul; Mowry, Rick [Canberra Industries, Inc., 800 Research Parkway, Meriden, Connecticut, 06450 (United States)] [Canberra Industries, Inc., 800 Research Parkway, Meriden, Connecticut, 06450 (United States); MacDonald, Sanders; Gunn, William [Dounreay Site Restoration Limited, Dounreay, Thurso, Caithness, KW14 7TZ (United Kingdom)] [Dounreay Site Restoration Limited, Dounreay, Thurso, Caithness, KW14 7TZ (United Kingdom)

    2013-07-01

    Dounreay Site Restoration Limited (DSRL) have a number of drums of solid waste that may contain Plutonium Contaminated Material. These are currently categorised as Contact Handleable Intermediate Level Waste (CHILW). A significant fraction of these drums potentially contain waste that is in the Low Level Waste (LLW) category. A Canberra Q2 shielded high resolution gamma spectrometry system is being used to quantify the total activity of drums that are potentially in the LLW category in order to segregate those that do contain LLW from CHILW drums and thus to minimise the total volume of waste in the higher category. Am-241 is being used as an indicator of the presence of plutonium in the waste from its strong 59.54 keV gamma-ray; a knowledge of the different waste streams from which the material originates allows a pessimistic waste 'fingerprint' to be used in order to determine an upper limit to the activities of the weak and non-gamma-emitting plutonium and associated radionuclides. This paper describes the main features of the high resolution gamma spectrometry system being used by DSRL to perform the segregation of CHILW and LLW and how it was configured and calibrated using the Canberra In-Situ Object Counting System (ISOCS). It also describes how potential LLW drums are selected for assay and how the system uses the existing waste stream fingerprint information to determine a reliable upper limit for the total activity present in each measured drum. Results from the initial on-site commissioning trials and the first measurements of waste drums using the new monitor are presented. (authors)

  4. Demonstration of lightweight gamma spectrometry systems in urban environments.

    PubMed

    Cresswell, A J; Sanderson, D C W; Harrold, M; Kirley, B; Mitchell, C; Weir, A

    2013-10-01

    Urban areas present highly complex radiation environments; with small scale features resulting from different construction materials, topographic effects and potential anthropogenic inputs from past industrial activity or other sources. Mapping of the radiation fields in urban areas allows a detailed assessment of exposure pathways for the people who live and work there, as well as locating discrete sources of activity that may warrant removal to mitigate dose to the general public. These areas also present access difficulties for radiometric mapping using vehicles or aircraft. A lightweight portable gamma spectrometry system has been used to survey sites in the vicinity of Glasgow to demonstrate the possibilities of radiometric mapping of urban areas, and to investigate the complex radiometric features such areas present. Variations in natural activity due to construction materials have been described, the presence of (137)Cs used to identify relatively undisturbed ground, and a previously unknown NORM feature identified. The effect of topographic enclosure on measurements of activity concentration has been quantified. The portable system is compared with the outputs that might be expected from larger vehicular or airborne systems. For large areas airborne surveys are the most cost effective approach, but provide limited spatial resolution, vehicular surveys can provide sparse exploratory data rapidly or detailed mapping of open areas where off-road access is possible. Backpack systems are ideally suited to detailed surveys of small areas, especially where vehicular access is difficult. PMID:23639691

  5. Recovery and reanalysis of archived airborne gamma spectrometry data from the 1991 Dounreay survey.

    PubMed

    Cresswell, A J

    2012-01-01

    Archived Airborne Gamma Spectrometry (AGS) data from the 1991 NIREX characterisations of Caithness have been recovered. The separate gamma spectrometry and positional data streams for approximately 120,000 measurements have been combined into a single data stream using the European Radiometrics and Spectrometry (ERS) data format. An analysis using working calibration coefficients and spectral stripping procedure has verified that the original survey recorded high quality data. The converted data stream is in a format more accessible to future research use, including evaluation of environmental change in the Caithness region. PMID:21798750

  6. Inhomogeneity effects on HPGe gamma spectrometry detection efficiency using Monte Carlo technique

    Microsoft Academic Search

    F. Gharbi

    2011-01-01

    This work deals with the inhomogeneity effects on the full energy peak efficiency determination with HPGe gamma spectrometry. The inhomogeneity of the sample was defined in this work as being the fraction of its volume, which does not contain gamma emitters. We applied the Monte Carlo technique based on the GEANT4 code of CERN to study these effects for soil

  7. In situ observation of particle-induced desorption from a self-assembled monolayer by laser-ionization mass spectrometry

    E-print Network

    Zbigniew, Postawa

    In situ observation of particle-induced desorption from a self-assembled monolayer by laser-stimulated desorption processes of highly ordered, self-assembled monolayers of biphenyl-based thiols covalently bound with a kinetic energy of 1 keV. The damage that accumulates in the self-assembled monolayer with increasing

  8. High-resolution measurements of dissolved organic carbon in the Arctic Ocean by in situ fiber-optic spectrometry

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Christopher K. Guay; Gary P. Klinkhammer; Kelly Kenison Falkner; Ronald Benner; Paula G. Coble; Terry E. Whitledge; Brenda Black; F. Joseph Bussell; Tim A. Wagner

    1999-01-01

    Here we report results from an extensive survey of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) in the Arctic Ocean, which was achieved by means of a high-resolution, in situ UV fluorometer deployed on a nuclear submarine. Based on a strong linear correlation observed between fluorescence (320 nm excitation, 420 nm emission) and organic carbon concentrations determined directly by high-temperature combustion, a continuous

  9. Miniaturized laser-induced plasma spectrometry for planetary in situ analysis – The case for Jupiter’s moon Europa

    Microsoft Academic Search

    S. G. Pavlov; E. K. Jessberger; H.-W. Hübers; S. Schröder; I. Rauschenbach; S. Florek; J. Neumann; H. Henkel; S. Klinkner

    2011-01-01

    Jupiter’s icy moon Europa is one of most promising places in our Solar System where possible extraterrestrial life forms could exist either in the past or even presently. The Europa Lander mission, an exciting part of the international Europa Jupiter System Mission (EJSM\\/Laplace), considers in situ planetary exploration of the moon. The distance of Europa from the Earth and the

  10. Monte carlo simulation of in situ gamma-spectra recorded by NaI (Tl) detector in the marine environment

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wang, Yiming; Zhang, Yingying; Wu, Ning; Wu, Bingwei; Liu, Yan; Cao, Xuan; Wang, Qian

    2015-06-01

    To develop a NaI (Tl) detector for in situ radioactivity monitoring in the marine environment and enhance the confidence of the probability of the gamma-spectrum analysis, Monte Carlo simulations using the Monte Carlo N-Particle ( MNCP ) code were performed to provide the response spectra of some interested radionuclides and the background spectra originating from the natural radionuclides in seawater recorded by a NaI (Tl) detector. A newly developed 75 mm × 75 mm NaI (Tl) detector was calibrated using four reference radioactive sources 137Cs, 60Co, 40K and 54Mn in the laboratory before the field measurements in seawater. A simulation model was established for the detector immersed in seawater. The simulated spectra were all broadened with Gaussian pulses to reflect the statistical fluctuations and electrical noise in the real measurement. The simulated spectra show that the single-energy photons into the detector are mostly scattering low-energy photons and the high background in the low energy region mainly originates from the Compton effect of the high energy ?-rays of natural radionuclides in seawater. The simulated background spectrum was compared with the experimental one recorded in field measurement and they seem to be in good agreement. The simulation method and spectra can be used for the accurate analysis of the filed measurement results of low concentration radioactivity in seawater.

  11. In situ determination of {gamma}{prime} phase volume fraction and of relations between lattice parameters and precipitate morphology in Ni-based single crystal superalloy

    SciTech Connect

    Royer, A. [European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Grenoble (France)] [European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Grenoble (France); Bastie, P. [Univ. Joseph Fourier, Saint-Martin-d`Heres (France). Lab. de Spectrometrie Physique] [Univ. Joseph Fourier, Saint-Martin-d`Heres (France). Lab. de Spectrometrie Physique; Veron, M. [LTPCM, Saint-Martin-d`Heres (France)] [LTPCM, Saint-Martin-d`Heres (France)

    1998-09-18

    Diffraction profiles of single crystal Ni-based superalloy samples with different microstructures were measured in situ up to the complete solutionizing of the {gamma}{prime} phase, using a high resolution triple crystal diffactometer and high energy synchrotron radiation (150 keV, {lambda} = 0.08 {angstrom}). A comparison between an undeformed sample and creep-deformed specimens with various resultant microstructures evidenced a relation between the lattice parameter distribution, the {gamma}{prime} precipitate microstructure and the sign of the connectivity. It was shown that a deformation induces a change in the relative volume cell of {gamma} and {gamma}{prime} phases. Moreover, the high resolution of the experimental set-up allows in many cases the {gamma}{prime} phase volume fraction to be measured with a good accuracy.

  12. Environmental gamma dosimetry with OSL of alpha-Al(2)O(3):C for in situ sediment measurements.

    PubMed

    Richter, D; Dombrowski, H; Neumaier, S; Guibert, P; Zink, A C

    2010-09-01

    The physical properties of alpha-Al(2)O(3):C are very similar to that of quartz, which make it an attractive dosimetric material for geological and archaeological dating applications. Storage experiments in an ultra-low-radiation underground environment (UDO at PTB) and gamma-ray spectrometry show that the optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) signal of this material does neither suffer from a significant inherent background caused by traces of radionuclides (<6 microGy a(-1)) nor from fading. After having performed a simple calibration procedure, gamma dosimetry based on alpha-Al(2)O(3):C detectors, which were exposed in a brick block and a lead castle for different periods of time, provided concordant results with dose values derived from independent gamma-ray spectrometric measurements using high-purity germanium and NaI:Tl detectors. These investigations indirectly confirm both the absence of a significant inherent background and fading of the detector material. Small doses of a few micro gray accumulated in short exposure times to environmental radiation can be accurately measured, even when doses (i.e. transport dose) much larger than the actual environmental dose have to be subtracted. It is shown that the OSL signal caused by small transport doses can be easily and reproducibly reset even under difficult field conditions by illuminating the dosemeters with the blue light from Luxeon LEDs. Summarised, alpha-Al(2)O(3):C appears to be the material of choice for dosimetric dating applications of quartz or related materials, when analysed by using OSL. PMID:20534630

  13. In situ Measurement of Pore-Water pH in Anoxic Sediments Using Laser Raman Spectrometry

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    Peltzer, E. T.; Luna, M.; Walz, P. M.; Zhang, X.; Brewer, P. G.

    2010-12-01

    Accurate measurement of the geochemical properties of sediment pore waters is of fundamental importance in ocean geochemistry and microbiology. Recent work has shown that the properties of pore waters can be measured rapidly in situ with a novel Raman based insertion probe (Zhang et al., 2010), and that data obtained from anoxic sediments on in situ dissolved methane concentrations are very different (~30x) than from recovered cores due the large scale degassing that occurs during core recovery (Zhang et al., submitted). Degassing of methane must carry with it via Henry’s Law partioning significant quantities of H2S, which is clearly detectable by smell during sample processing, and thus in situ measurement of H2S is also highly desirable. In practice, dissolved H2S is partitioned between the HS- and H2S species as a function of pH with pKa ~7 for the acid dissociation reaction. Since both species are Raman active full determination of the sulfide system is possible if the relative Raman cross sections are known. The diagenetic equations for these reactions are commonly summarized as: 2CH2O + SO4= ? 2HCO3- + H2S CH4 + SO4= ? HCO3- + HS- + H2O Three of the major components of these equations, CH4, SO4=, and H2S/HS-, are all observable directly by Raman spectroscopy; but the detection of HCO3- presents a challenge due to its low Raman cross section and thus poor sensitivity. We show that pore water pH, which is a good estimator of HCO3- if total CO2 or alkalinity are known, can be measured by observing the H2S / HS- ratio via the equation: pH = pKa + log([HS-]/[H2S]) thereby fully constraining these equations within a single measurement protocol. The Raman peak for HS- is at 2573 cm-1 and for H2S is at 2592 cm-1; thus the peaks are well separated and may easily be deconvoluted from the observed spectrum. We have determined the relative Raman cross sections by a series of laboratory measurements over a range of pH and by using the definition that when pH = pKa then the mole fractions are equal. We find by this means that the HS-/H2S factor is 2.744:1. We report here both the process for determining the relative Raman cross-sections and show the application of the technique via deconvolution of the species present in the spectra. We present results of in situ pore water measurements made on highly reducing sediments on the Santa Monica Basin Mounds and determine the in situ pH to have a mean value of 7.12 at 20 - 30 cm insertion depth into a zone of dense bacterial mat. References: Zhang, X., P.M. Walz, W.J. Kirkwood, K.C. Hester, W.Ussler, E.T. Peltzer, P.G. Brewer (2010). Development and deployment of a deep-sea Raman probe for measurement of pore water geochemistry. Deep-Sea Res. I 57: 297-306. Zhang, X., K.C. Hester, W. Ussler, P.M. Walz, E.T. Peltzer, P.G. Brewer (submitted). Observing Deep Ocean Sediment Methane Concentrations. Science.

  14. QUALITY CONTROL FOR ENVIRONMENTAL MEASUREMENTS USING GAMMA-RAY SPECTROMETRY

    EPA Science Inventory

    This report describes the quality control procedures, calibration, collection, analysis, and interpretation of data in measuring the activity of gamma ray-emitting radionuclides in environmental samples. Included in the appendices are basic data for selected gamma ray-emitting ra...

  15. Speciation of inorganic arsenic in drinking water by wavelength-dispersive X-ray fluorescence spectrometry after in situ preconcentration with miniature solid-phase extraction disks.

    PubMed

    Hagiwara, Kenta; Inui, Tetsuo; Koike, Yuya; Aizawa, Mamoru; Nakamura, Toshihiro

    2015-03-01

    A rapid and simple method using wavelength-dispersive X-ray fluorescence (WDXRF) spectrometry after in situ solid-phase extraction (SPE) was developed for the speciation and evaluation of the concentration of inorganic arsenic (As) in drinking water. The method involves the simultaneous collection of As(III) and As(V) using 13 mm ? SPE miniature disks. The removal of Pb(2+) from the sample water was first conducted to avoid the overlapping PbL? and AsK? spectra on the XRF spectrum. To this end, a 50 mL aqueous sample (pH 5-9) was passed through an iminodiacetate chelating disk. The filtrate was adjusted to pH 2-3 with HCl, and then ammonium pyrrolidine dithiocarbamate solution was added. The solution was passed through a hydrophilic polytetrafluoroethylene filter placed on a Zr and Ca loaded cation-exchange disk at a flow rate of 12.5 mL min(-1) to separate As(III)-pyrrolidine dithiocarbamate complex and As(V). Each SPE disk was affixed to an acrylic plate using adhesive cellophane tape, and then examined by WDXRF spectrometry. The detection limits of As(III) and As(V) were 0.8 and 0.6 ?g L(-1), respectively. The proposed method was successfully applied to screening for As speciation and concentration evaluation in spring water and well water. PMID:25618730

  16. High accuracy in situ radiometric mapping.

    PubMed

    Tyler, Andrew N

    2004-01-01

    In situ and airborne gamma ray spectrometry have been shown to provide rapid and spatially representative estimates of environmental radioactivity across a range of landscapes. However, one of the principal limitations of this technique has been the influence of changes in the vertical distribution of the source (e.g. 137Cs) on the observed photon fluence resulting in a significant reduction in the accuracy of the in situ activity measurement. A flexible approach for single gamma photon emitting radionuclides is presented, which relies on the quantification of forward scattering (or valley region between the full energy peak and Compton edge) within the gamma ray spectrum to compensate for changes in the 137Cs vertical activity distribution. This novel in situ method lends itself to the mapping of activity concentrations in environments that exhibit systematic changes in the vertical activity distribution. The robustness of this approach has been demonstrated in a salt marsh environment on the Solway coast, SW Scotland, with both a 7.6 cm x 7.6 cm NaI(Tl) detector and a 35% n-type HPGe detector. Application to ploughed field environments has also been demonstrated using HPGe detector, including its application to the estimation of field moist bulk density and soil erosion measurement. Ongoing research work is also outlined. PMID:15162872

  17. Determination of 239Pu and 240Pu isotope ratio for a nuclear bomb particle using X-ray spectrometry in conjunction with gamma-ray spectrometry and non-destructive alpha-particle spectrometry

    Microsoft Academic Search

    R. Pöllänen; K. Ruotsalainen; H. Toivonen

    2009-01-01

    A nuclear bomb particle from Thule containing Pu and U was analyzed using X-ray spectrometry in combination with gamma-ray spectrometry and non-destructive alpha-spectrometry. The main objective was to investigate the possibility to determine the 239Pu and 240Pu isotope ratios. Previously, X-ray spectrometry together with the above-mentioned methods has been successfully applied for radiochemically processed samples, but not for individual particles.

  18. Development and calibration of a real-time airborne radioactivity monitor using direct gamma-ray spectrometry with two scintillation detectors.

    PubMed

    Casanovas, R; Morant, J J; Salvadó, M

    2014-07-01

    The implementation of in-situ gamma-ray spectrometry in an automatic real-time environmental radiation surveillance network can help to identify and characterize abnormal radioactivity increases quickly. For this reason, a Real-time Airborne Radioactivity Monitor using direct gamma-ray spectrometry with two scintillation detectors (RARM-D2) was developed. The two scintillation detectors in the RARM-D2 are strategically shielded with Pb to permit the separate measurement of the airborne isotopes with respect to the deposited isotopes.In this paper, we describe the main aspects of the development and calibration of the RARM-D2 when using NaI(Tl) or LaBr3(Ce) detectors. The calibration of the monitor was performed experimentally with the exception of the efficiency curve, which was set using Monte Carlo (MC) simulations with the EGS5 code system. Prior to setting the efficiency curve, the effect of the radioactive source term size on the efficiency calculations was studied for the gamma-rays from (137)Cs. Finally, to study the measurement capabilities of the RARM-D2, the minimum detectable activity concentrations for (131)I and (137)Cs were calculated for typical spectra at different integration times. PMID:24607535

  19. Rock and soil discrimination by low altitude airborne gamma-ray spectrometry in Payne County, Oklahoma

    Microsoft Academic Search

    T. F. Schwarzer; J. A. S. Adams

    1973-01-01

    The ability to identify and discriminate rock and soil types from the ; air using gamma spectrometry was investigated in Payne County, Oklahoma. The ; data, which were reduced to concentration values for K, U, and Th, were obtained ; from a helicopter at an average altitude of 75 feet above the ground. The area ; investigated was underlain by

  20. ATCA data acquisition system for gamma-ray spectrometry

    Microsoft Academic Search

    R. C. Pereira; J. Sousa; A. M. Fernandes; F. Patrício; B. Carvalho; A. Neto; C. A. F. Varandas; G. Gorini; M. Tardocchi; D. Gin; A. Shevelev

    2008-01-01

    The gamma-ray spectrometer JET EP2 (Joint European Torus enhancement project 2) project aims to perform high-resolution gamma spectroscopy at very high count rate (up to few MHz). Traditional analogue electronic has count rate and pulse processing limitations (long dead-time, pile-up challenge). Digital pulse processing (DPP) systems have been shown to have better performance than analogue ones for processing neutrons or\\/and

  1. Centromere detection in vinblastine- and radiation-induced micronuclei of cytokinesis-blocked mouse cells by using in situ hybridization with a mouse gamma (major) satellite DNA probe

    SciTech Connect

    Salassidis, K.; Huber, R.; Zitzelsberger, H.; Bauchinger, M. (Inst. fuer Strahlenbiologie, Neuherberg (West Germany))

    1992-01-01

    Non-isotopic in situ hybridization using a mouse gamma (major) satellite probe DNA was applied to detect centromeres in micronuclei, which were induced in vitro mouse liver cells by ionizing radiation and by vinblastine sulfate. In a cytokinesis-blocked micronucleus assay a dose-dependent induction of micronuclei was found for both agents. After vinblastine exposure the observed micronuclei showed centromere-positive hybridization signals in an order of magnitude of 70-91%, but after radiation exposure the magnitude was only 10-20%. Since the in situ hybridization technique detects centromeric DNA directly, it can be used in a cytokinesis-blocked micronucleus assay for a rapid and reliable discrimination between aneuploidy-inducing and clastogenic agents.

  2. Fission studies by prompt gamma-ray spectrometry

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Materna, T.; Letourneau, A.; Amouroux, Ch.; Marchix, A.; Litaize, O.; Sérot, O.; Regnier, D.; Blanc, A.; Jentschel, M.; Köster, U.; Mutti, P.; Soldner, T.; Simpson, G.; Leoni, S.; de France, G.; Urban, W.

    2015-05-01

    The feasibility of retrieving accurate fission observables with a Ge-detector array around a fissile target placed in a cold neutron beam was tested. In three measurement campaigns performed at ILL with the EXILL setup, 235U and 241Pu targets were placed in the high flux cold neutron beam available at the PF1B neutron guide. Gamma-rays following fission were detected by an array of 16 Ge detectors. In the following study, part of data was analyzed as a proof of principle. A set of yields belonging to the Kr-Ba pair were extracted using a gamma-gamma coincidence technique. Preliminary results were compared to the predictions of two phenomenological models: GEF and FIFRELIN.

  3. Rapid and Simultaneous In Situ Assessment of Aflatoxins and Stilbenes Using Silica Plate Imprinting Mass Spectrometry Imaging

    PubMed Central

    de Oliveira, Diogo N.; Ferreira, Mônica S.; Catharino, Rodrigo R.

    2014-01-01

    A fast and direct combination of techniques for simultaneous mycotoxin and phytoalexin identification in peanut skin and kernel is described. Silica Plate Imprinting Laser Desorption/Ionization Mass Spectrometry Imaging (SPILDI-MSI) is a powerful technique that exhibits great advantages, such as solvent-free and matrix-free characteristics, as well as no sample preparation or separation steps. It also permits accurate identification of mycotoxins and phytoalexins with unique fingerprint profiles in just a few seconds. Results are expressed as chemical images of the 4 identified types of aflatoxins (B1, B2, G1 and G2) and a stilbenoid (resveratrol). Also, SPILDI-MSI allows the comparison between the spatial distribution of aflatoxins and resveratrol found in kernel and skin. This novel application has proven to be useful for instantaneous qualitative assessment of aflatoxins and stilbenoids both in the peanut skin and kernel and offers precise tracking of fungal contamination in nuts and other foodstuffs. PMID:24595464

  4. Rapid and simultaneous in situ assessment of aflatoxins and stilbenes using silica plate imprinting mass spectrometry imaging.

    PubMed

    de Oliveira, Diogo N; Ferreira, Mônica S; Catharino, Rodrigo R

    2014-01-01

    A fast and direct combination of techniques for simultaneous mycotoxin and phytoalexin identification in peanut skin and kernel is described. Silica Plate Imprinting Laser Desorption/Ionization Mass Spectrometry Imaging (SPILDI-MSI) is a powerful technique that exhibits great advantages, such as solvent-free and matrix-free characteristics, as well as no sample preparation or separation steps. It also permits accurate identification of mycotoxins and phytoalexins with unique fingerprint profiles in just a few seconds. Results are expressed as chemical images of the 4 identified types of aflatoxins (B1, B2, G1 and G2) and a stilbenoid (resveratrol). Also, SPILDI-MSI allows the comparison between the spatial distribution of aflatoxins and resveratrol found in kernel and skin. This novel application has proven to be useful for instantaneous qualitative assessment of aflatoxins and stilbenoids both in the peanut skin and kernel and offers precise tracking of fungal contamination in nuts and other foodstuffs. PMID:24595464

  5. Efficiency corrections in low-energy gamma spectrometry

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    Isakar, K.; Realo, K.; Kiisk, M.; Realo, E.

    2007-09-01

    In HPGe gamma spectrometric analysis of 210Pb in aerosol filter samples, the activity concentrations were corrected for self-attenuation and sample heights. Corrections were evaluated using the Monte Carlo simulation toolkit Geant4 and the Gespecor software. Calculations were made for 46.5 keV gamma line of 210Pb in Petryanoff (FPP) and fiberglass aerosol filters of varying heights. The IAEA RGU-1 reference material of different heights in a similar beaker served as a standard source. As a result, the approximations were found to calculate corrected efficiencies for samples with different heights. The method was applied for the study of 210Pb content in air in Estonia.

  6. Determination of methylmercury by electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry using headspace single-drop microextraction with in situ hydride generation

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    Gil, Sandra; Fragueiro, Sandra; Lavilla, Isela; Bendicho, Carlos

    2005-01-01

    A new method is proposed for preconcentration and matrix separation of methylmercury prior to its determination by electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry (ETAAS). Generation of methylmercury hydride (MeHgH) from a 5-ml solution is carried out in a closed vial and trapped onto an aqueous single drop (3-?l volume) containing Pd(II) or Pt(IV) (50 and 10 mg/l, respectively). The hydrogen evolved in the headspace (HS) after decomposition of sodium tetrahydroborate (III) injected for hydride generation caused the formation of finely dispersed Pd(0) or Pt(0) in the drop, which in turn, were responsible for the sequestration of MeHgH. A preconcentration factor of ca. 40 is achieved with both noble metals used as trapping agents. The limit of detection of methylmercury was 5 and 4 ng/ml (as Hg) with Pd(II) or Pt(IV) as trapping agents, and the precision expressed as relative standard deviation was about 7%. The preconcentration system was fully characterised through optimisation of the following variables: Pd(II) or Pt(IV) concentration in the drop, extraction time, pH of the medium, temperatures of both sample solution and drop, concentration of salt in the sample solution, sodium tetrahydroborate (III) concentration in the drop and stirring rate. The method has been successfully validated against two fish certified reference materials (CRM 464 tuna fish and CRM DORM-2 dogfish muscle) following selective extraction of methylmercury in 2 mol/l HCl medium.

  7. In-situ monitoring of actinides and rare earth elements by electrothermal hollow cathode discharge spectrometry. Technical progress report

    SciTech Connect

    Lee, S.C.; Edelson, M.C.

    1992-12-01

    This report describes an Electrothermal Hollow Cathode Discharge Spectrometry (ET-HCDS) source being constructed for the analytical determination of actinides and rare earth elements. This work was initiated with the support of the Office of Safeguards and Security; the Buried Waste Integrated Demonstration began funding work in this area in mid-FY1992 and the work is continuing into FY1993 with funds from both sources. Special features of this instrument should permit it to be used for the determination of individual isotopic species, which is important for safeguard`s materials control and accountancy. ET-HCDS can be achieved using compact instrumentation suitable for use in field laboratories. The technique is capable of determining a suite of environmentally-important species, such as the actinides and the heavy metals, in a variety of physical forms (e.g., in solution, as found on air particulates, or in soils). ET-HCDS should be capable of very sensitive analyses and should require very small samples (e.g., microgram). Since ET-HCDS is possible in an air atmosphere (at reduced pressures), it may be useful for the real-time determination of hazardous materials, both radioactive and non radioactive, contained in dusts released during waste retrieval operations; ET-HCDS should also be useful for the rapid and sensitive analysis of metals in soils.

  8. Determination of As, Sb, Bi and Hg in water samples by flow-injection inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry with an in-situ nebulizer/hydride generator

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    Chen, Chih-Shyue; Jiang, Shiuh-Jen

    1996-12-01

    A simple and very inexpensive in-situ nebulizer/hydride generator was used with inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) for the determination of As, Sb, Bi and Hg in water samples. The application of hydride generation ICP-MS alleviated the sensitivity problem of As, Sb, Bi and Hg determinations encountered when the conventional pneumatic nebulizer was used for sample introduction. The sample was introduced by flow injection to minimize the deposition of solids on the sampling orifice. The elements in the sample were reduced to the lower oxidation states with L-cysteine before being injected into the hydride generation system. This method has a detection limit of 0.003, 0.003, 0.017 and 0.17 ng ml -1 for As, Bi, Sb and Hg, respectively. This method was applied to determine As, Sb, Bi and Hg in a CASS-3 nearshore seawater reference sample, a SLRS-2 riverine water reference sample and a tap water collected from National Sun Yat-Sen University. The concentrations of the elements were determined by standard addition method. The precision was better than 20% for most of the determinations.

  9. Apparatus for measuring the stopping power of active materials evaporated in situ and characterized by Auger electron spectrometry and Rutherford backscattering

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    Semrad, D.; Bauer, P.; Eder, K.; Obermann, W.

    1986-07-01

    An ultrahigh-vacuum scattering chamber working in the low 10/sup -9/-mbar range is described. It is attached to a standard O-ring sealed beam transport system of an electrostatic accelerator. Twelve targets can be prepared in situ, one by one, by evaporating the material onto backings, which are mounted on tiltable target holders on a wheel. Backscattering spectra are obtained from these targets and the stopping cross section is deduced from their widths. A cooled high-resolution surface barrier detector is used for this purpose. The integral concentrations of light impurities in the target are obtained using Rutherford backscattering (RBS), whereas Auger electron spectrometry (AES) together with a sputtering device is used to determine the depth composition. As a test of the assembly we determined the stopping power of aluminum for protons and deuterons, respectively. The results are compared to published tables based upon fits to experiments. The influence of impurities on the result is discussed for an aluminum target prepared under standard evaporation conditions.

  10. Trace analysis of parabens, triclosan and related chlorophenols in water by headspace solid-phase microextraction with in situ derivatization and gas chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry.

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    Regueiro, Jorge; Becerril, Elias; Garcia-Jares, Carmen; Llompart, Maria

    2009-06-01

    An in situ derivatization solid-phase microextraction method has been developed for the determination of parabens, triclosan and related chlorophenols in water. Acetylated derivatives are selectively determined using gas chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry. Parameters affecting both derivatization and SPME procedures, such as fiber coating, extraction mode, temperature, volume of derivatizating reagent and ionic strength, are studied and optimized through a multifactorial experimental design. The performance of the method is studied in terms of accuracy, linearity, precision and limits of detection. Quantitative recoveries (> or =82%) and satisfactory precision (RSD< or =12%) are obtained. Limits of detection at the low picogram per millilitre level are achieved for all target compounds. Linearity is studied in a wide range of concentrations and an analysis of variance with a lack-of-fit test is run to validate the calibration data. Extraction time profiles are also obtained. Finally, the applicability of the proposed method is demonstrated for several real samples including river water, wastewaters and swimming pool water. Since no matrix effects are observed, quantification can readily be carried out by external calibration with ultrapure water standards. PMID:19414177

  11. Headspace solid phase microextraction in-situ supercritical fluid extraction coupled to gas chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry for simultaneous determination of perfluorocarboxylic acids in sediments.

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    Liu, Wen-Lin; Hwang, Bao-Huey; Li, Zu-Guang; Jen, Jen-Fon; Lee, Maw-Rong

    2011-10-28

    Headspace solid phase microextraction (HS-SPME) in-situ supercritical fluid extraction (SFE) was investigated for the determination of trace amounts of perfluorocarboxylic acids (PFCAs) in sediments. Quantitation was performed by using gas chromatography coupled to negative chemical ionization-tandem mass spectrometry (GC-NCI-MS/MS). The optimum conditions of HS-SPME following SFE were obtained using 500 ?L n-butanol as a derivatization reagent in supercritical carbon dioxide with static extraction for 10 min, then dynamic extraction for 20 min at 30 MPa and 70 °C and simultaneous collected with 100 ?m film thickness PDMS fiber. The linear range of proposed method was from 5 to 5000 ng g(-1), with limit of detection ranging from 0.39 to 0.54 ng g(-1) and limit of quantitation ranging from 1.30 to 1.80 ng g(-1). The developed method was successfully applied to analyze PFCAs in sediments from rivers and beach near industrial areas. The concentrations of PFCAs determined are from 282 to 4473 ng g(-1). PMID:21924729

  12. Rapid determination of alkylphenols in aqueous samples by in situ acetylation and microwave-assisted headspace solid-phase microextraction coupled with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry.

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    Wu, Yu-Pei; Wang, Yu-Chen; Ding, Wang-Hsien

    2012-08-01

    A rapid and solvent-free procedure for the determination of 4-tert-octylphenol and 4-nonylphenol isomers in aqueous samples is described. The method involves in-situ acetylation and microwave-assisted headspace solid-phase microextraction prior to their determination using gas chromatography-ion trap mass spectrometry operated in the selected ion storage mode. The dual experimental protocols to evaluate the effects of various derivatization and extraction parameters were investigated and the conditions optimized. Under optimized conditions, 300 ?L of acetic anhydride mixed with 1 g of potassium hydrogencarbonate and 2 g of sodium chloride in a 20 mL aqueous sample were efficiently extracted by a 65 ?m polydimethylsiloxane-divinylbenzene fiber that was located in the headspace when the system was microwave irradiated at 80 W for 5 min. The limits of quantitation were 5 and 50 ng/L for 4-tert-octylphenol and 4-nonylphenol isomers, respectively. The precision for these analytes, as indicated by relative standard deviations, were less than 8% for both intra- and inter-day analysis. Accuracy, expressed as the mean extraction recovery, was between 74 to 88%. A standard addition method was used to quantitate 4-tert-octylphenol and 4-nonylphenol isomers, and the concentrations ranged from 120 to 930 ng/L in various environmental water samples. PMID:22899640

  13. In situ derivatization reaction and determination of ibuprofen in water samples using headspace generation-programmed temperature vaporization-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry.

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    Pérez Pavón, José Luis; Casas Ferreira, Ana María; Fernández Laespada, María Esther; Moreno Cordero, Bernardo

    2009-09-25

    The aim of the present work is to propose a method for the determination of ibuprofen, as a typical representative of pharmaceutical compounds, in aqueous samples. To do so, an in situ derivatization reaction in aqueous medium was employed in the vial of a headspace sampler (HS), after which instrumental measurements were made with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). As the injection system we propose a programmed temperature vaporizer (PTV) where, in solvent vent mode, better results can be obtained than with the conventional split and splitless injection modes. Since the derivatization reaction takes place in the HS vial, after the mixing of reagents and the sealing of the vial, the whole process takes place on-line, with no need for intermediate steps. The simplicity and speed of the method--analysis throughput: 10.5 min--together with the limit of detection obtained (0.23 microg/L), bearing in mind that no preconcentration step or later clean-up step are required, make this a good method for the analysis of ibuprofen in aqueous samples of urban waste water. PMID:19700164

  14. On line gamma-ray spectrometry at open sea.

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    Tsabaris, C; Ballas, D

    2005-01-01

    Set up and application of a stationary monitoring network for measuring specific gamma- activities in the Aegean Sea are described. Three NaI scintillator based spectrometers have been used to detect the gamma rays. The gross counting rate of each system was found to be nearly constant, when there was no rainfall. The volumetric activity of the natural gamma-ray emitter 40K in open sea varied from 12,200 to 13,000 Bq/m3. The counting rate for 1461 keV 40K radiation was measured by intercalibration with an appropriate salinity sensor mounted close to the NaI-detector system. A simple relation between the counting rate and the salt concentration has been observed. The amount of the artificial radioactivity from 137Cs was increased up to seven times higher after strong rainfall, compared to the radiation level as given in literature (3.5-5.5 Bq/m3), while the 214Bi counting rate was increased up to ten times compared to the data without rainfall. PMID:15498689

  15. Development of a method for in situ measurement of denitrification in aquifers using 15N tracer tests and membrane inlet mass spectrometry

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    Eschenbach, W.; Well, R.; Flessa, H.; Walther, W.; Duijnisveld, W. H. M.

    2009-04-01

    In NO3- contaminated aquifers containing reduced compounds like organic carbon or sulfides, denitrification is an intense process. Its characterization is of interest because NO3- consump-tion improves water quality and N2O production can cause emission of this greenhouse gas to the atmosphere. Spatial distribution of NO3- and N2 produced by denitrification in groundwa-ter (excess N2) reflects the NO3- input as well as cumulative denitrification during aquifer pas-sage. Reaction progress (RP) at a given location, i.e. the relative consumption by denitrifica-tion of the NO3- that had been leached to the aquifers, characterizes the stage of the denitrifi-cation process. RP can be derived from the ratio between accumulated gaseous denitrification products and initial NO3- concentrations. The amount and spatial distribution of reduced com-pounds within denitrifying aquifers is not well known. Recent findings from parallel investi-gations on in situ denitrification and reactive compounds suggests that single-well 15N tracer tests might be suitable to characterize the stock of reduced compounds in aquifers (Konrad 2007). The overall objective of our studies is measure the spatial dynamics of denitrification within two sandy aquifers in northern Germany. This includes measurement of the actually occurring denitrification process. Moreover we want to determine the long-term denitrification potential which is governed by the stock of reactive material. Here we present a new approach for in situ-measurement of denitrification at monitoring wells using a combination of 15N-tracer push-pull experiments with in situ analysis of 15N-labled N2 and N2O using membrane inlet mass spectrometry (MIMS). We will present first results from a laboratory test with aquifer mesocosms using the MIMS method. In this test we supplemented aquifer material of two depths (2 and 7 m below surface) of a drinking water catchment in Northwest Germany with K15NO3 solution. After tracer application we took wa-ter samples at regular intervals with an automated sampling device over 5 days. A small part of the sample was directly conducted in the membrane inlet of our mass spectrometer and the other part was collected in serum bottles which were immediately sealed with rubber septa and stored for later measurement by isotope ratio mass spectrometer (IRMS). Results available up to now showed for both types of measurement a linear increase of deni-trification products (15(N2O+N2)) over time. At the end of our laboratory test we measured up to 270 and 2400 µg/L 15(N2O+N2) in the water samples from the supplemented aquifer mate-rial of 3 and 7 m depth respectively. Because of the online measurement with MIMS we were able to see during the experiment if and when the production of the labeled denitrification products started. Later-on this approach will be used in the field. Here, the MIMS-technique will be especially advantageous, because the success of tracer test can be immediately seen during in situ sampling. Results of excess-N2 measurements at the monitoring wells within the two aquifers showed a range of 0 to 30 mg L-1 excess-N2 and a RP between 0 and 100%. References: Konrad, C. (2007): Methoden zur Bestimmung des Umsatzes von Stickstoff, dargestellt für drei Pleistozäne Grundwasserleiter Norddeutschlands, PhD thesis, Dresden Univ. of Techn., Germany, 157 pp.

  16. Natural Radiation from Soil using Gamma-Ray Spectrometry

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    Silveira, M. A. G.; Moreira, R. H.; Paula, A. L. C. de [Centro Universitario da FEI, Sao Bernardo do Campo, Sao Paulo (Brazil); Medina, N. H. [Instituto de Fisica da Universidade de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo (Brazil)

    2009-06-03

    We have studied the distribution of natural radioactivity in the soil of Interlagos, in Sao Paulo city and Billings Reservoir, in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Sao Paulo, Brazil. The main contribution of the effective radiation dose is due to the elements of the {sup 238}Th decay series, with smaller contributions from {sup 40}K and the elements of the series of {sup 238}U. The results indicate the dose in all of the studied areas is around the average international dose due to external exposure to gamma rays (0.48 mSv/yr) proceeding from natural terrestrial elements.

  17. Development of isotope dilution gamma-ray spectrometry for plutonium analysis

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    Li, T.K.; Parker, J.L. (Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States)); Kuno, Y.; Sato, S.; Kurosawa, A.; Akiyama, T. (Power Reactor and Nuclear Fuel Development Corp., Tokai, Ibaraki (Japan))

    1991-01-01

    We are studying the feasibility of determining the plutonium concentration and isotopic distribution of highly radioactive, spent-fuel dissolver solutions by employing high-resolution gamma-ray spectrometry. The study involves gamma-ray plutonium isotopic analysis for both dissolver and spiked dissolver solution samples, after plutonium is eluted through an ion-exchange column and absorbed in a small resin bead bag. The spike is well characterized, dry plutonium containing {approximately}98% of {sup 239}Pu. By using measured isotopic information, the concentration of elemental plutonium in the dissolver solution can be determined. Both the plutonium concentration and the isotopic composition of the dissolver solution obtained from this study agree well with values obtained by traditional isotope dilution mass spectrometry (IDMS). Because it is rapid, easy to operate and maintain, and costs less, this new technique could be an alternative method to IDMS for input accountability and verification measurements in reprocessing plants. 7 refs., 4 figs., 4 tabs.

  18. gamma. -ray spectrometry for determination of radium-228 and radium-226 in natural waters

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    Jacqueline. Michel; Willard S. Moore; Philip T. King

    1981-01-01

    A technique has been developed for the measurement of ²²⁸Ra and ²²⁶Ra in both fresh- and seawater using Ge(Li) ..gamma..-ray spectrometry. Radium isotopes are preconcentrated in the field from 100 to 1000 L onto Mn-impregnated acrylic fiber cartridges, leached from the fiber and coprecipitated with BaSOâ. Lower limits of detection are controlled by the volume of water processed through the

  19. A gamma-ray detector for in-situ measurement of 137Cs radioactivity in snowfields and glaciers

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    Dunphy, Philip P.; Dibb, Jack E.; Chupp, Edward L.

    1994-12-01

    The rate of snow deposition at various cold regions on the earth is an important quantity for glaciological and climatological studies. Radioactive debris from above-ground tests of nuclear weapons (mainly 1954-1970) and from the Chernobyl accident (1986) have been deposited on glaciers and snowfields, where they can be used as time and depth markers to determine the subsequent accumulation of snow. We discuss a technique to locate these markers that has been used just recently — in-situ measurement of ?-rays from 137Cs. These ?-rays, which are associated with radioactive fallout, have a distinctive depth profile and serve as markers of the historical nuclear events. The ?-ray measurement involves lowering a scintillation detector down a borehole in the snow or ice and recording the response to the 137Cs ?-rays as a function of depth. The in-situ measurement can be done relatively quickly and can replace sample retrieval, or it can be used to decide which ice or snow samples should be transported for later analysis in the laboratory. The feasibility of in-situ ?-ray measurement has been demonstrated at sites in the French Alps and Greenland. We report on a portable detector system that is being developed for use in Antarctica. It is based, as much as possible, on inexpensive, commercially available detectors and electronics. The advantages and disadvantages of this approach are discussed. The problems involved with making these measurements in a harsh environment and the steps taken to deal with them are also presented.

  20. In-situ X-ray diffraction measurements of the [gamma-epsilon] transition boundary of iron in an internally-heated diamond anvil cell

    SciTech Connect

    Komabayashi, T.; Fei, Y.; Meng, Y.; Prakapenka, V.; (CIW); (UC)

    2009-05-07

    The phase transition boundary between the {gamma} (face-centered cubic structure) and {epsilon} (hexagonal close-packed structure) iron phases was determined up to 69 GPa by using a newly developed internally-heated diamond anvil cell, combined with in-situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction measurements. The improved experimental configuration provides stable heating with reliable temperature and pressure determination and phase identification. A simultaneous laser- and internal-heating system was also used to produce further higher temperature at higher pressures. The sample pressure at any given temperature was calculated using an established thermal equation of state for {epsilon} iron. The {gamma}-{epsilon} transition boundary was bracketed with the normal and reversal directions and it is linear from 21 to 69 GPa with a dP/dT slope of 0.0394 GPa/K. There is no evidence for the existence of additional iron solid phase other than the {gamma} and {epsilon} phases over the P-T range of this study. We inferred that the {gamma}-{epsilon}-liquid triple point of iron should occur at 88 GPa and 2800 K.

  1. Comparison of a digital and an analog signal processing system for neutron inelastic gamma-ray spectrometry

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    S. Mitra; L. Wielopolski; G. Hendrey

    2004-01-01

    We compared the value of using a digital signal processing unit for gamma-ray spectroscopy with that of an analog one for in situ measurements of gamma-rays generated by inelastic neutron scattering reactions with soil elements. A large cylindrical NaI(Tl) scintillation detector, 15.24cm high by 15.24cm diameter was used to measure carbon (C) and oxygen (O). The performance of the systems

  2. A method for determining the analytical form of a radionuclide depth distribution using multiple gamma spectrometry measurements

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    Steven Clifford Dewey; Zachary David Whetstone; Kimberlee Jane Kearfott

    2011-01-01

    When characterizing environmental radioactivity, whether in the soil or within concrete building structures undergoing remediation or decommissioning, it is highly desirable to know the radionuclide depth distribution. This is typically modeled using continuous analytical expressions, whose forms are believed to best represent the true source distributions. In situ gamma ray spectroscopic measurements are combined with these models to fully describe

  3. Testing of regolith of celestial bolides with active neutron gamma-ray spectrometry

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    Vostrukhin, Andrey; Mitrofanov, Igor; Golovin, Dmitry; Litvak, Maxim; Sanin, Anton

    2015-04-01

    Current space instruments for studying planet's surface include gamma ray spectrometers that detect natural radioactive isotopes as well as gamma-rays induced in subsurface by galactic cosmic rays. When measuring from celestial body's surface, statistics and amount of detected elements can be dramatically increased with active methods, where soil exposed to artificial flux of particles. One good example is the Russian Dynamic Albedo of Neutron (DAN) instrument onboard Martian Science Laboratory mission (Curiosity rover) developed in 2005-2011. It is the first active neutron spectrometer flown to another planet as part of a landed mission to investigate subsurface water distribution and which has now successfully operated for more than two years on the Martian surface. Presentation describes a number of space instruments for different landers and rovers being developed in Russian Space Research Institute for studying Moon and Mars, as well as method of active neutron and gamma spectrometry overview.

  4. A Case Study Correlating Innovative Gamma Ray Scanning Detection Systems Data to Surface Soil Gamma Spectrometry Results - 13580

    SciTech Connect

    Thompson, Shannon; Rodriguez, Rene; Billock, Paul [HydroGeoLogic, Inc., 11107 Sunset Hills Road, Suite 400, Reston, VA 20190 (United States)] [HydroGeoLogic, Inc., 11107 Sunset Hills Road, Suite 400, Reston, VA 20190 (United States); Lit, Peter [Nomad Science Group, 7738 Nautilus Shell Street, Las Vegas, NV 89139 (United States)] [Nomad Science Group, 7738 Nautilus Shell Street, Las Vegas, NV 89139 (United States)

    2013-07-01

    HydroGeoLogic (HGL), Inc. completed a United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) study to characterize radiological contamination at a site near Canoga Park, California. The characterized area contained 470 acres including the site of a prototype commercial nuclear reactor and other nuclear design, testing, and support operations from the 1950's until 1988 [1]. The site history included radiological releases during operation followed by D and D activities. The characterization was conducted under an accelerated schedule and the results will support the project remediation. The project has a rigorous cleanup to background agenda and does not allow for comparison to risk-based guidelines. To target soil sample locations, multiple lines of evidence were evaluated including a gamma radiation survey, geophysical surveys, historical site assessment, aerial photographs, and former worker interviews. Due to the time since production and decay, the primary gamma emitting radionuclide remaining is cesium-137 (Cs-137). The gamma ray survey covered diverse, rugged terrain using custom designed sodium iodide thallium-activated (NaI(Tl)) scintillation detection systems. The survey goals included attaining 100% ground surface coverage and detecting gamma radiation as sensitively as possible. The effectiveness of innovative gamma ray detection systems was tested by correlating field Cs-137 static count ratios to Cs-137 laboratory gamma spectrometry results. As a case study, the area encompassing the former location of the first nuclear power station in the U. S. was scanned, and second by second global positioning system (GPS)-linked gamma spectral data were evaluated by examining total count rate and nuclide-specific regions of interest. To compensate for Compton scattering from higher energy naturally occurring radionuclides (U-238, Th-232 and their progeny, and K-40), count rate ratios of anthropogenic nuclide-specific regions of interest to the total count rate were calculated. From the scanning data, locations with observed Cs-137 ratios exceeding six standard deviations above the mean ratio were mapped in high resolution [2]. Field teams returned to those locations to collect static count measurements using the same detection systems. Soil surface samples were collected at 30 locations and analyzed for Cs-137. An exponential correlation was identified between Cs-137 concentrations in surface soil and field-scanned Cs-137 ratios. The data indicate field minimum detectable concentration (MDC) of Cs-137 at 0.02 Bq/g (0.5 pCi/g) or lower depending on contaminant distribution in soil. (authors)

  5. Determination of 226Ra Activity Using Gamma Spectrometry with 226Ra-222Rn Disequilibrium.

    PubMed

    Li, Qi; Wang, Shilian; Zhao, Yungang; Liu, Shujiang; Fan, Yuanqing; Shi, Jianfang; Jia, Huaimao; Yu, Weixiang

    2015-08-01

    Radium-226 (Ra) activity is normally determined indirectly by gamma spectrometry, in particular by measuring the characteristic ?-ray emitted from its progeny (Pb and Bi) when Ra-Rn secular equilibrium is reached. This article describes a measurement method involving the measurement of Pb ingrowth. The activity of Ra determined by this method agrees with that measured after Ra-Rn equilibrium. The method of Pb ingrowth allows rapid and sufficiently accurate determination of Ra activity without the need to wait for Ra-Rn equilibrium. PMID:26107431

  6. Development and application of compact denuder sampling techniques with in situ derivatization followed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry for halogen speciation in volcanic plumes

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    Rüdiger, Julian; Bobrowski, Nicole; Hoffmann, Thorsten

    2015-04-01

    Volcanoes are a large source for several reactive atmospheric trace gases including sulphur and halogen containing species. The detailed knowledge of volcanic plume chemistry can give insights into subsurface processes and can be considered as a useful geochemical tool for monitoring of volcanic activity, especially halogen to sulphur ratios (e.g. Bobrowski and Giuffrida, 2012; Donovan et al., 2014). The reactive bromine species bromine monoxide (BrO) is of particular interest, because BrO as well as SO2 are readily measurable by UV spectrometers at a safe distance. Furthermore it is formed in the plume by a multiphase reaction mechanism under depletion of ozone in the plume. The abundance of BrO changes as a function of the reaction time and therefore distance from the vent as well as the spatial position in the plume. Due to the lack of analytical approaches for the accurate speciation of certain halogens (HBr, Br2, Br, BrCl, HOBr etc.) there are still uncertainties about the magnitude of volcanic halogen emissions and in particular their specificationtheir species and therefore also in the understanding of the bromine chemistry in volcanic plumes (Bobrowski et al., 2007). In this study, the first application of a 1,3,5-trimethoxybenzene (1,3,5-TMB)-coated gas diffusion denuder (Huang and Hoffmann, 2008) on volcanic gases proved to be suitable to collect selectively gaseous bromine species with oxidation states of +1 or 0 (Br2 and BrO(H)), while being ignorant to HBr (OS -1). The reaction of 1,3,5-TMB with bromine gives 1-bromo-2,4,6-trimethoxybenzene (1-bromo-2,4,6-TMB) - other halogens give corresponding products. The diffusion denuder technique allows sampling of gaseous compounds exclusively without collecting particulate matter. Choosing a flow rate of 500 mL-min-1 and a denuder length of 0.5 m a nearly quantitative collection efficiency was achieved. Solvent elution of the derivatized analytes and subsequent analysis with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry gives a limit of detection below 1 ng of bromine. The method was applied on volcanic gas plumes at Mt. Etna and Mt. Stromboli in Italy in July 2014 and on fumarolic gas emissions at Mt. Lastarria in Chile in November 2014. The results show significant amounts of the concerning bromine species (lower ppb range). Comprehensive data evaluation and comparison with results of impinger extraction with NaOH solution as well as chamber experiments are still in progress. References Bobrowski, N. and G. Giuffrida: Bromine monoxide / sulphur dioxide ratios in relation to volcanological observations at Mt. Etna 2006-2009. Solid Earth, 3, 433-445, 2012 Bobrowski, N., R. von Glasow, A. Aiuppa, S. Inguaggiato, I. Louban, O. W. Ibrahim and U. Platt: Reactive halogen chemistry in volcanic plumes. J. Geophys. Res., 112, 2007 Donovan A., V. Tsanev, C. Oppenheimer and M. Edmonds: Reactive halogens (BrO and OClO) detected in the plume of Soufrière Hills Volcano during an eruption hiatus. Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 15, 3346-3363, 2014 Huang, R.-J. and T. Hoffmann: A denuder-impinger system with in situ derivatization followed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry for the determination of gaseous iodine-containing halogen species. Journal of Chromatography A, 1210, 135-141, 2008

  7. Coincidence summing corrections for the natural decay series in gamma-ray spectrometry.

    PubMed

    García-Talaver, M; Laedermann, J P; Décombaz, M; Daza, M J; Quintana, B

    2001-05-01

    Using a Monte Carlo code and a Markov formalism to describe the decay schemes, coincidence-summing correction factors can be calculated with a suitable accuracy. For two different measuring geometries and an HPGe detector, calculated and experimental correction factors have been shown to closely agree for 152Eu. The simulation method has subsequently been applied in assessing the need for coincidence-summing corrections for members of the uranium, thorium and actinium series measurable by gamma-spectrometry. Correction factors were calculated for predominant gamma emissions significantly affected by coincidence-summing effects and the correctness of our calculations tested for environmental samples. The test makes it evident that in order to obtain reliable and unbiased activity values for some natural radionuclides coincidence summing cannot be neglected in environmental measurements at small source-detector distances. PMID:11258526

  8. GEANT4 calibration of gamma spectrometry efficiency for measurements of airborne radioactivity on filter paper.

    PubMed

    Alrefae, Tareq

    2014-11-01

    A simple method of efficiency calibration for gamma spectrometry was performed. This method, which focused on measuring airborne radioactivity collected on filter paper, was based on Monte Carlo simulations using the toolkit GEANT4. Experimentally, the efficiency values of an HPGe detector were calculated for a multi-gamma disk source. These efficiency values were compared to their counterparts produced by a computer code that simulated experimental conditions. Such comparison revealed biases of 24, 10, 1, 3, 7, and 3% for the radionuclides (photon energies in keV) of Ce (166), Sn (392), Cs (662), Co (1,173), Co (1,333), and Y (1,836), respectively. The output of the simulation code was in acceptable agreement with the experimental findings, thus validating the proposed method. PMID:25271933

  9. Standard test method for quantitative determination of americium 241 in plutonium by Gamma-Ray spectrometry

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    American Society for Testing and Materials. Philadelphia

    1994-01-01

    1.1 This test method covers the quantitative determination of americium 241 by gamma-ray spectrometry in plutonium nitrate solution samples that do not contain significant amounts of radioactive fission products or other high specific activity gamma-ray emitters. 1.2 This test method can be used to determine the americium 241 in samples of plutonium metal, oxide and other solid forms, when the solid is appropriately sampled and dissolved. 1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

  10. gamma. -ray spectrometry for determination of radium-228 and radium-226 in natural waters

    SciTech Connect

    Michel, J.; Moore, W.S.; King, P.T.

    1981-10-01

    A technique has been developed for the measurement of /sup 228/Ra and /sup 226/Ra in both fresh- and seawater using Ge(Li) ..gamma..-ray spectrometry. Radium isotopes are preconcentrated in the field from 100 to 1000 L onto Mn-impregnated acrylic fiber cartridges, leached from the fiber and coprecipitated with BaSO/sub 4/. Lower limits of detection are controlled by the volume of water processed through the Mn fibers. In a 1-day count, samples as low as 10 dpm are measured to +-10% uncertainty. This Mn-fiber-..gamma..-ray technique is shown to be more accurate than the /sup 228/Ac methods recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency and as accurate but more rapid than the /sup 228/Th-Ingrowth procedure.

  11. Variation of terrestrial gamma radiation in Toki, Japan—comparison between gamma-ray spectrometry using Ge semiconductor and ICP-MS measurement

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    Y. Fujikawa; M. Fukui; T. Baba; T. Yoshimoto; E. Ikeda; M. Saito; H. Yamanishi; T. Uda

    2005-01-01

    The cause of the spatial variation in external radiation levels in the Toki area in Japan was investigated by in-situ measurements of gamma-ray spectrum and by collections and measurements of soil samples. It was found that the radionuclide contents of topsoil largely governed the radiation level while land exploitation, gardening activities, and concrete-building constructions caused the variation in radiation there.

  12. Analysis of 1-hydroxypyrene in urine as PAH exposure marker using in-situ derivatisation stir bar sorptive extraction-thermal desorption-capillary gas chromatography-mass spectrometry

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    K. Desmet; B. Tienpont; P. Sandra

    2003-01-01

    Summary  A fast and rabust method for the determination of 1-hydroxypyrene (OH-pyrene) and other hydroxylated PAHs in urine by stir\\u000a bar sorptive extraction (SBSE) combined with thermal desorption-capillarygas chromatography-mass spectrometry (TD-CGC-MS)\\u000a is described. After enzymatic hydrolysis, in-situ derivatisation with acelic acid anhydride precedes SBSE sampling to improve\\u000a the chromatographic behavior of the analytes. The performance of the method has been evalucted

  13. In-situ gamma-ray site characterization of the Tatum Salt Dome Test Site in Lamar County, Mississippi

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    S. H. Faller

    1992-01-01

    Field surveys of gamma-ray emitting nuclides and soil core sampling were conducted at 12 sites on the Tatum Salt Dome Test Site and surrounding control areas to determine exposure rates from surficial radioactivity. 137Cs was the only man-made radionuclide detected and was most abundant at three off-site locations on cultivated lawns. 137Cs inventories at all of the on-site survey locations

  14. A 4-point in-situ method to locate a discrete gamma-ray source in 3-D space

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    Jong-In Byun; Hee-Yeoul Choi; Ju-Yong Yun

    2010-01-01

    The determination of the source position (x,y,z) of a discrete gamma-ray source using peak count rates from four measurement points was studied. We derived semi-empirical formulas to find the position under the condition to neglect attenuation effects by obstacles between the target source and the detector. To validate the methodology, we performed the locating experiments for a 137Cs small volume

  15. In-situ gamma-ray site characterization of the Tatum Salt Dome Test Site in Lamar County, Mississippi.

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    Faller, S H

    1992-06-01

    Field surveys of gamma-ray emitting nuclides and soil core sampling were conducted at 12 sites on the Tatum Salt Dome Test Site and surrounding control areas to determine exposure rates from surficial radioactivity. 137Cs was the only man-made radionuclide detected and was most abundant at three off-site locations on cultivated lawns. 137Cs inventories at all of the on-site survey locations were lower than expected, given the high annual precipitation in the area. The vertical distributions were more extended than those reported for undisturbed sites. Pressurized ion chamber measurements indicated no significant differences in exposure rates on and off the test site. PMID:1628991

  16. Mapping the terrestrial air-absorbed gamma dose rate based on the data of airborne gamma-ray spectrometry in southern cities of China

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    Shengqing Xiong; Nanping Wang; Zhengguo Fan; Xingming Chu; Qifan Wu; Shaoying Pei; Jianhua Wan; Lihui Zeng

    2012-01-01

    An environmental radioactivity survey by Airborne Gamma-ray Spectrometry (AGS) on a large scale was undertaken in Zhuhai Zone (ZZ) and Shenzhen Zone (SZ), which include major cities in southern China, covering areas of 3800 km and 4660 km, respectively. The estimated dose rates by AGS have been compared with observed results by ionization chamber and portable dosemeter. Maps of the terrestrial dose

  17. Total Absorption Gamma-ray Spectrometer (TAGS) Intensity Distributions from INL's Gamma-Ray Spectrometry Center

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    Greenwood, R. E.

    A 252Cf fission-product source and the INL on-line isotope separator were used to supply isotope-separated fission-product nuclides to a total absorption -ray spectrometer. This spectrometer consisted of a large (25.4-cm diameter x 30.5-cm long) NaI(Tl) detector with a 20.3-cm deep axial well in which is placed a 300-mm2 x 1.0-mm Si detector. The spectra from the NaI(Tl) detector are collected both in the singles mode and in coincidence with the B-events detected in the Si detector. Ideally, this detector would sum all the energy of the B- rays in each cascade following the population of daughter level by B- decay, so that the event could be directly associated with a particular daughter level. However, there are losses of energy from attenuation of the rays before they reach the detector, transmission of rays through the detector, escape of secondary photons from Compton scattering, escape of rays through the detector well, internal conversion, etc., and the measured spectra are thus more complicated than the ideal case and the analysis is more complex. Analysis methods have been developed to simulate all of these processes and thus provide a direct measure of the B- intensity distribution as a function of the excitation energy in the daughter nucleus. These data yield more accurate information on the B- distribution than conventional decay-scheme studies for complex decay schemes with large decay energies, because in the latter there are generally many unobserved and observed but unplaced rays. The TAGS data have been analyzed and published [R. E. Greenwood et al., Nucl Instr. and metho. A390(1997)] for 40 fission product-nuclides to determine the B- intensity distributions. [Copied from the TAGS page at http://www.inl.gov/gammaray/spectrometry/tags.shtml]. Those values are listed on this page for quick reference.

  18. Cosmic veto gamma-spectrometry for Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty samples

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    Burnett, J. L.; Davies, A. V.

    2014-05-01

    The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) is supported by a global network of monitoring stations that perform high-resolution gamma-spectrometry on air filter samples for the identification of 85 radionuclides. At the UK CTBT Radionuclide Laboratory (GBL15), a novel cosmic veto gamma-spectrometer has been developed to improve the sensitivity of station measurements, providing a mean background reduction of 80.8% with mean MDA improvements of 45.6%. The CTBT laboratory requirement for a 140Ba MDA is achievable after 1.5 days counting compared to 5-7 days using conventional systems. The system consists of plastic scintillation plates that detect coincident cosmic-ray interactions within an HPGe gamma-spectrometer using the Canberra LynxTM multi-channel analyser. The detector is remotely configurable using a TCP/IP interface and requires no dedicated coincidence electronics. It would be especially useful in preventing false-positives at remote station locations (e.g. Halley, Antarctica) where sample transfer to certified laboratories is logistically difficult. The improved sensitivity has been demonstrated for a CTBT air filter sample collected after the Fukushima incident.

  19. The 124Sb activity standardization by gamma spectrometry for medical applications

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    de Almeida, M. C. M.; Iwahara, A.; Delgado, J. U.; Poledna, R.; da Silva, R. L.

    2010-07-01

    This work describes a metrological activity determination of 124Sb, which can be used as radiotracer, applying gamma spectrometry methods with hyper pure germanium detector and efficiency curves. This isotope with good activity and high radionuclidic purity is employed in the form of meglumine antimoniate (Glucantime) or sodium stibogluconate (Pentostam) to treat leishmaniasis. 124Sb is also applied in animal organ distribution studies to solve some questions in pharmacology. 124Sb decays by ?-emission and it produces several photons (X and gamma rays) with energy varying from 27 to 2700 keV. Efficiency curves to measure point 124Sb solid sources were obtained from a 166mHo standard that is a multi-gamma reference source. These curves depend on radiation energy, sample geometry, photon attenuation, dead time and sample-detector position. Results for activity determination of 124Sb samples using efficiency curves and a high purity coaxial germanium detector were consistent in different counting geometries. Also uncertainties of about 2% ( k=2) were obtained.

  20. Monitoring of submarine groundwater discharge along the Donnalucata coast in the south-eastern Sicily using underwater gamma-ray spectrometry

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    Povinec, Pavel P.; Comanducci, Jean-Francois; Levy-Palomo, Isabelle; Oregioni, Benjamino

    2006-05-01

    A novel technique for monitoring of submarine groundwater discharge (SGD) in coastal zones based on an in situ underwater gamma-ray spectrometry of radon-decay products is described. Several sites were visited during the IAEA'2002 expedition offshore Donnalucata in the south-eastern Sicily. Continuous monitoring of 222Rn in the beach spring at Donnalucata has shown variable 222Rn activity concentrations in groundwater (from 12 to 19kBqm-3), depending inversely on water levels during tide. Spatial variations of SGD have been observed in the Donnalucata boat basin. Average 222Rn activity concentrations in seawater varied from ˜0.1 to 3.7kBqm-3, showing an inverse relationship with salinity. A continuous monitoring carried out at the site closest to the coast has also revealed an inverse relationship of 222Rn activity concentration on tide and salinity. The 222Rn concentrations in seawater varied from 2.3kBqm-3 during high tides to 4.8kBqm-3 during low tides, confirming the tidal influence on SGD.

  1. Determination of the stellar (n,gamma) cross section of 40Ca with accelerator mass spectrometry

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    I. Dillmann; C. Domingo-Pardo; M. Heil; F. Käppeler; A. Wallner; O. Forstner; R. Golser; W. Kutschera; A. Priller; P. Steier; A. Mengoni; R. Gallino; M. Paul; C. Vockenhuber

    2009-07-01

    The stellar (n,gamma) cross section of 40Ca at kT=25 keV has been measured with a combination of the activation technique and accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS). This combination is required when direct off-line counting of the produced activity is compromised by the long half-life and/or missing gamma-ray transitions. The neutron activations were performed at the Karlsruhe Van de Graaff accelerator using the quasistellar neutron spectrum of kT=25 keV produced by the 7Li(p,n)7Be reaction. The subsequent AMS measurements were carried out at the Vienna Environmental Research Accelerator (VERA) with a 3 MV tandem accelerator. The doubly magic 40Ca is a bottle-neck isotope in incomplete silicon burning, and its neutron capture cross section determines the amount of leakage, thus impacting on the eventual production of iron group elements. Because of its high abundance, 40Ca can also play a secondary role as "neutron poison" for the s-process. Previous determinations of this value at stellar energies were based on time-of-flight measurements. Our method uses an independent approach, and yields for the Maxwellian-averaged cross section at kT=30 keV a value of 30 keV= 5.73+/-0.34 mb.

  2. Sublimation extraction coupled with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry: A new technique for future in situ analyses of purines and pyrimidines on Mars

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    D. P. Glavin; H. J. Cleaves; A. Buch; M. Schubert; A. Aubrey; J. L. Bada; P. R. Mahaffy

    2006-01-01

    We have developed a sublimation technique coupled with chemical derivatization and gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC-MS) to detect nucleobases and other volatile organic compounds derived from bacteria in Mars analog materials. To demonstrate this technique, a sample of serpentine inoculated with Escherichia coli (E. coli) cells was heated to 500°C for several seconds under Martian ambient pressure. The sublimate was

  3. On-line interrogation of pebble bed reactor fuel using passive gamma-ray spectrometry

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    Chen, Jianwei

    The Pebble Bed Reactor (PBR) is a helium-cooled, graphite-moderated high temperature nuclear power reactor. In addition to its inherently safe design, a unique feature of this reactor is its multipass fuel cycle in which graphite fuel pebbles (of varying enrichment) are randomly loaded and continuously circulated through the core until they reach their prescribed end-of-life burnup limit (˜80,000--100,000 MWD/MTU). Unlike the situation with conventional light water reactors (LWRs), depending solely on computational methods to perform in-core fuel management will be highly inaccurate. As a result, an on-line measurement approach becomes the only accurate method to assess whether a particular pebble has reached its end-of-life burnup limit. In this work, an investigation was performed to assess the feasibility of passive gamma-ray spectrometry assay as an approach for on-line interrogation of PBR fuel for the simultaneous determination of burnup and enrichment on a pebble-by-pebble basis. Due to the unavailability of irradiated or fresh pebbles, Monte Carlo simulations were used to study the gamma-ray spectra of the PBR fuel at various levels of burnup. A pebble depletion calculation was performed using the ORIGEN code, which yielded the gamma-ray source term that was introduced into the input of an MCNP simulation. The MCNP simulation assumed the use of a high-purity coaxial germanium detector. Due to the lack of one-group high temperature reactor cross sections for ORIGEN, a heterogeneous MCNP model was developed to describe a typical PBR core. Subsequently, the code MONTEBURNS was used to couple the MCNP model and ORIGEN. This approach allowed the development of the burnup-dependent, one-group spectral-averaged PBR cross sections to be used in the ORIGEN pebble depletion calculation. Based on the above studies, a relative approach for performing the measurements was established. The approach is based on using the relative activities of Np-239/I-132 in combination with the relative activities of Cs-134/Co-60 (Co-60 is introduced as a dopant) to yield the burnup and enrichment for each pebble. Furthermore, a direct consequence of the relative approach is the ability to apply a self-calibration scheme using the multiple gamma lines of Ba-La-140 to establish the relative efficiency curve of the HPGe detector. An assessment of the expected uncertainty components in this approach showed that a maximum uncertainty of less than 5% should be feasible. To confirm the above findings, gamma-ray scans were performed on irradiated PULSTAR reactor fuel assemblies at North Carolina Sate University. The measurements used a 40% efficient n-type coaxial HPGe detector connected to an ORTEC DSPEC plus digital Gamma-Ray Spectrometer, and a data acquisition computer. The obtained results showed consistency with the predictions of the simulations including the observation of the I-132, Cs-134, Np-239 uncontaminated gamma lines. In addition, the Ba-La-140 lines were clearly observed confirming the ability to perform relative calibration of the spectrometer.

  4. Application of low-background gamma-ray spectrometry to monitor radioactivity in the environment and food.

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    Khan, A J; Semkow, T M; Beach, S E; Haines, D K; Bradt, C J; Bari, A; Syed, U-F; Torres, M; Marrantino, J; Kitto, M E; Menia, T; Fielman, E

    2014-08-01

    The results are described of an upgrade of the low-background gamma-ray spectrometry laboratory at New York State Department of Health by acquiring sensitivity to low-energy gamma rays. Tuning of the spectrometer and its low-energy response characteristics are described. The spectrometer has been applied to monitor the environment by measuring aerosols and water in New York State contaminated by the 2011 Fukushima accident plume. In addition, the spectrometer has been used to monitor radioactivity in food by performing a study of cesium in Florida milk. PMID:24836905

  5. Implementation of gamma-ray spectrometry in two real-time water monitors using NaI(Tl) scintillation detectors.

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    Casanovas, R; Morant, J J; Salvadó, M

    2013-10-01

    In this study, the implementation of gamma-ray spectrometry in two real-time water monitors using 2 in. × 2 in. NaI(Tl) scintillation detectors is described. These monitors collect the water from the river through a pump and it is analyzed in a vessel, which is shielded with Pb. The full calibration of the monitors was performed experimentally, except for the efficiency curve, which was set using validated Monte Carlo simulations with the EGS5 code system. After the calibration, the monitors permitted the identification and quantification of the involved isotopes in a possible radioactive increment and made it possible to discard possible leaks in the nuclear plants. As an example, a radiological increment during rain is used to show the advantages of gamma-ray spectrometry. To study the capabilities of the monitor, the minimum detectable activity concentrations for (131)I, (137)Cs and (40)K are presented for different integration times. PMID:23827508

  6. Catalytic conversion of methane to synthesis gas over europium iridate, Eu 2 Ir 2 O 7 : An in situ study by x-ray diffraction and mass spectrometry

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    Richard H. Jones; Alexander T. Ashcroft; David Waller; Anthony K. Cheetham; John M. Thomas

    1991-01-01

    The selective partial oxidation of methane over the europium iridium pyrochlore, Eu2Ir2O7, has been studiedin situ by using powder X-ray diffraction and mass spectrometry. At a temperature of 873 K and 1 atmosphere pressure, with a CH4:O2 ratio of 2:1 under argon dilution, high yields of synthesis gas are obtained. The pyrochlore structure of the iridate is modified during the

  7. Identification of natural dyes used in works of art by pyrolysis–gas chromatography\\/mass spectrometry combined with in situ trimethylsilylation

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    María José Casas-Catalán; María Teresa Doménech-Carbó

    2005-01-01

    Samples of four natural dyes from different organic families—natural madder (anthraquinonoid), curcuma (curcuminoid), saffron (carotenoid) and indigo (indigotic)—were analysed using a new procedure based on pyrolysis–gas chromatography\\/mass spectrometry (Py–GC\\/MS), which includes the on-line derivatisation of the natural dyes using hexamethyldisilazane (HMDS). In addition, a previous procedure involving the addition of a 10% H2SO4 aqueous solution to the dye and further

  8. X-ray fluorescence and gamma-ray spectrometry combined with multivariate analysis for topographic studies in agricultural soil.

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    de Castilhos, Natara D B; Melquiades, Fábio L; Thomaz, Edivaldo L; Bastos, Rodrigo Oliveira

    2014-10-15

    Physical and chemical properties of soils play a major role in the evaluation of different geochemical signature, soil quality, discrimination of land use type, soil provenance and soil degradation. The objectives of the present study are the soil elemental characterization and soil differentiation in topographic sequence and depth, using Energy Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence (EDXRF) as well as gamma-ray spectrometry data combined with Principal Component Analysis (PCA). The study area is an agricultural region of Boa Vista catchment which is located at Guamiranga municipality, Brazil. PCA analysis was performed with four different data sets: spectral data from EDXRF, spectral data from gamma-ray spectrometry, concentration values from EDXRF measurements and concentration values from gamma-ray spectrometry. All PCAs showed similar results, confirmed by hierarchical cluster analysis, allowing the data grouping into top, bottom and riparian zone samples, i.e. the samples were separated due to its landscape position. The two hillslopes present the same behavior independent of the land use history. There are distinctive and characteristic patterns in the analyzed soil. The methodologies presented are promising and could be used to infer significant information about the region to be studied. PMID:25464179

  9. Study on stable coatings for determination of lead by flow-injection hydride generation and in situ concentration in graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry

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    Haug, H. O.

    1996-09-01

    Lead hydride was generated by flow-injection from 0.05 M oxalic acid sample solution by using 0.1 M HCl carrier solution and the reaction with 1.5% sodium borohydride in the presence of 2% potassium hexacyanoferrate(III) as a mild oxidizing agent. Pb was determined by in situ concentration in graphite furnace AAS. The hydride generation by flow-injection and trapping in the graphite tube coated with a highly stable trapping reagent (e.g. tungsten) allows automatic Pb determination. In a systematic investigation, the in situ concentration of Pb was studied in the temperature range 50-600° on graphite tubes coated with noble metals (Ir, Ir/Mg, Pd/Ir), and with W or Zr. The highest response was found on the Ir coatings at trapping temperatures of 200-300°, followed by the W and Zr coatings. The radiotracer 210Pb was used to measure hydride generation (95%) and trapping efficiency (71%) on a W-coated tube. Signal stability and reproducibility was tested over 400 trapping and atomization cycles, and the better performance was found with the W and Zr coatings at a precision of 3%. Trapping temperatures above 450°C can lead to errors in absorbance values owing to an adsorptive "carry-over" effect. A characteristic mass of about 21 pg Pb for W-coated tube (283.3 nm) and a detection limit (3?) of about 0.25 ng was obtained with a 0.5 ml sample loop. The problem with Pb hydride generation is the relatively high reagent blank (1.3 ng in 30 s trapping time) even using chemicals of the highest purity. The method has been tested by applying it to the determination of Pb in a sediment certified reference material.

  10. Application of a fast and cost-effective in situ derivatization method prior to gas chromatography with mass spectrometry to monitor endocrine disruptors in water matrices.

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    Melo, Armindo; Ferreira, Isabel M P L V O; Mansilha, Catarina

    2015-06-01

    This work deals with the optimization of a rapid, cost-effective, and eco-friendly gas chromatography with mass spectrometry method for the simultaneous determination of four endocrine disruptor compounds in water matrices: estrone, 17?-estradiol, 17?-ethinylestradiol, and bisphenol A, that are currently considered to be of main concern in the field of water policy and that could became candidates for future regulations. The method involves simultaneous derivatization and extraction of compounds by dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction followed by gas chromatography with mass spectrometry analysis. Derivatization and extraction parameters were optimized with the aid of experimental design approach. An excellent linear response was achieved for all analytes (r(2) ? 0.999). Limits of detection and quantification are 0.003-0.005 and 0.0094-0.0164 ?g/L, respectively. Intraday precision ranged between 1.1 and 12.6%, whereas interday precision ranged between 0.5 and 14.7%. For accuracy, bias values varied between -15.0 and 13.7%. Recoveries at three concentration levels ranged from 86.4 to 118.2%. The proposed method can be applied to the routine analysis of groundwater, river, sea, tap, and mineral water samples with excellent sensitivity, precision, and accuracy. PMID:25821146

  11. In situ derivatization combined to automated microextraction by packed sorbents for the determination of chlorophenols in soil samples by gas chromatography mass spectrometry.

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    González Paredes, Rosa María; García Pinto, Carmelo; Pérez Pavón, José Luis; Moreno Cordero, Bernardo

    2014-09-12

    A method based on the coupling of in situ extraction and derivatization of chlorophenols (CPs) (2-chlorophenol, 4-chloro-3-methylphenol, 2,4-dichlorophenol, and 2,4,6-trichlorophenol) from soils, accomplishing their preconcentration by means of automated microextraction by packed sorbent (MEPS), is proposed. After extraction and acylation of the chlorophenols in aqueous medium, the liquid phase obtained is subjected to the MEPS procedure. The QuEChERS (Quick, Easy, Cheap, Effective, Rugged and Safe) and MEPS techniques were compared and the results confirmed the preconcentration carried out with MEPS. The existence of a matrix effect was checked and the analytical characteristics of the method were determined in a soil sample. The method provided good linearity (from 1 to 12?gkg(-1)), together with good repeatability and reproducibility values (RSD equal to or less than 10%). The limits of detection were in the 0.118-0.894?gkg(-1) range. A certified reference material was applied to validate the proposed methodology. PMID:25113872

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    Laske, Gabi

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  13. In situ solid-phase microextraction and post on-fiber derivatization combined with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry for determination of phenol in occupational air.

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    Es-haghi, Ali; Baghernejad, Masoud; Bagheri, Habib

    2012-09-12

    A method based on solid-phase microextraction (SPME) followed by on-fiber derivatization and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry detection (GC-MS) for determination of phenol in air was developed. Three different types of SPME fibers, polar and non-polar poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) and polyethylene glycol (PEG) were synthesized using sol-gel technology and their feasibility to the sampling of phenol were investigated. Different derivatization reagents for post on-fiber derivatization of phenol were studied. Important parameters influencing the extraction and derivatization process such as type of fiber coating, type and volume of derivatizing reagent, derivatization time and temperature, extraction time, and desorption conditions were investigated and optimized. The developed method is rapid, simple, easy and inexpensive and offers high sensitivity and reproducibility. Under the optimized conditions, the detection limit of the method was 5 ng L(-1) using selected ion monitoring (SIM) mode. The inter-day and intra-day precisions of the developed method under optimized conditions were below 10%, and the method shows linearity in the range of 20 ng L(-1) to 500 ?g L(-1) with the correlation coefficient of >0.99. The optimized method was applied to the sampling of phenol from some biologics production areas. The compared results obtained using current and standard methods were shown to be satisfactory. PMID:22884202

  14. Three Independent Techniques Localize Expression of Transcript afp-11 and Its Bioactive Peptide Products to the Paired AVK Neurons in Ascaris suum: In Situ Hybridization, Immunocytochemistry, and Single Cell Mass Spectrometry

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    2012-01-01

    We utilized three independent techniques, immunocytochemistry (ICC), single cell mass spectrometry (MS), and in situ hybridization (ISH), to localize neuropeptides and their transcripts in the nervous system of the nematode Ascaris suum. AF11 (SDIGISEPNFLRFa) is an endogenous peptide with potent paralytic effects on A. suum locomotory behavior. A highly specific antibody to AF11 showed robust immunostaining for AF11 in the paired AVK neurons in the ventral ganglion. We traced the processes from the AVK neurons into the ventral nerve cord and identified them as ventral cord interneurons. MS and MS/MS of single dissected AVKs detected AF11, two previously characterized peptides (AF25 and AF26), seven novel sequence-related peptides, including several sharing a PNFLRFamide C-terminus, and peptide NY, a peptide with an unrelated sequence. Also present in a subset of AVKs was AF2, a peptide encoded by the afp-4 transcript. By sequencing the afp-11 transcript, we discovered that it encodes AF11, all the AF11-related peptides detected by MS in AVK, and peptide NY. ISH detected the afp-11 transcript in AVK neurons, consistent with other techniques. ISH did not detect afp-11 in the ALA neuron, although both ICC and MS found AF11 in ca. 30% of ALAs. All 10 AF11-related peptides reduced acetylcholine-induced muscle contraction, but they differed in their rate of reversal of inhibition after removal of the peptide. PMID:23509978

  15. A novel headspace solid-phase microextraction method using in situ derivatization and a diethoxydiphenylsilane fibre for the gas chromatography-mass spectrometry determination of urinary hydroxy polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

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    Mattarozzi, M; Musci, M; Careri, M; Mangia, A; Fustinoni, S; Campo, L; Bianchi, F

    2009-07-24

    An innovative and simple headspace solid-phase microextraction method using a novel diethoxydiphenylsilane fibre based on in situ derivatization with acetic anhydride was optimized and validated for the gas chromatography-mass spectrometry determination of some monohydroxy metabolites of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, namely 1-hydroxynaphthalene, 2-hydroxynaphtalene, 9-hydroxyfluorene, 2-hydroxyfluorene and 1-hydroxypyrene at trace levels in human urine. Enzymatic hydrolysis was applied before derivatization, whereas extraction conditions, i.e. the effects of time and temperature of extraction and salt addition were investigated by experimental design. Regression models and desirability functions were applied to find the experimental conditions providing the highest global extraction response. These conditions were found in correspondence of an extraction temperature of 90 degrees C, an extraction time of 90 min and 25% NaCl added to urine samples. The capabilities of the developed method were proved obtaining limit of quantitations in the 0.1-2 microg/l range, thus allowing the bio-monitoring of these compounds in human urine. A good precision was observed both in terms of intra-batch and inter-batch repeatability with RSD always lower than 14%. Recoveries ranging from 98(+/-3) to 121(+/-1)% and extraction yields higher than 72% were also obtained. Finally, the analysis of urine specimens of coke-oven workers revealed analytes' concentrations in the 2.2-164 microg/l range, proving the exposure to PAHs of the involved workers. PMID:19523642

  16. Methylation of gamma-carboxylated Glu (Gla) allows detection by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry and the identification of Gla residues in the gamma-glutamyl carboxylase

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    Hallgren, K. W.; Zhang, D.; Kinter, M.; Willard, B.; Berkner, K. L.

    2013-01-01

    Gamma-carboxylated Glu (Gla) is a post-translational modification required for the activity of vitamin K-dependent (VKD) proteins that has been difficult to study by mass spectrometry due to the properties of this negatively-charged residue. Gla is generated by a single enzyme, the gamma-glutamyl carboxylase, which has broad biological impact because VKD proteins have diverse functions that include hemostasis, apoptosis, and growth control. The carboxylase also contains Glas, of unknown function, and is an integral membrane protein with poor sequence coverage. To locate these Glas, we first established methods that resulted in high coverage (92%) of uncarboxylated carboxylase. Subsequent analysis of carboxylated carboxylase identified a Gla-peptide (729-758) and a missing region (625-647) that was detected in uncarboxylated carboxylase. We therefore developed an approach to methylate Gla, which efficiently neutralized Gla and improved mass spectrometric analysis. Methylation eliminated CO2 loss from Gla, increased the ionization of Gla-containing peptide, and appeared to facilitate trypsin digestion. Methylation of a carboxylated carboxylase tryptic digest identified Glas in the 625-647 peptide. These studies provide valuable information for testing the function of carboxylase carboxylation. The methylation approach for studying Gla by mass spectrometry is an important advance that will be broadly applicable to analyzing other VKD proteins. PMID:22536908

  17. Underwater gamma-spectrometry with HPGe and NaI(Tl) detectors

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    P. P. Povinec; I. Osvath; M. S. Baxter

    1996-01-01

    An in situ ?-spectrometer designed for underwater operations consisting of HPGe and NaI(Tl) detectors with electronics, data acquistion and processing electronics, and a supporting system consisting of a hydraulic winch with 1200 m conducting cable is described. The characteristics of the system and results obtained during operational tests and deployment in the Irish and Kara Seas are presented. The spectra

  18. Prospecting for Lunar Oxygen with Gamma-Ray Spectrometry and Multispectral Imaging

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    Carlton C. Allen; Catherine M. Weitz; David S. McKay

    1998-01-01

    Oxygen is a potentially abundant lunar resource that could be used for life support and spacecraft propulsion. The recent identification by Prospector of ice at the lunar poles has renewed interest in the use of in situ 0 production to supply a future base. Siting a lunar base at any significant distance from the poles, however, would require costly transport

  19. Dating of sediments from four Swiss prealpine lakes with (210)Pb determined by gamma-spectrometry: progress and problems.

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    Putyrskaya, V; Klemt, E; Röllin, S; Astner, M; Sahli, H

    2015-07-01

    In this paper the most important problems in dating lake sediments with unsupported (210)Pb are summarized and the progress in gamma-spectrometry of the unsupported (210)Pb is discussed. The main topics of these studies concern sediment samples preparation for gamma-spectrometry, measurement techniques and data analysis, as well as understanding of accumulation and sedimentation processes in lakes. The vertical distributions of artificial ((137)Cs, (241)Am, (239)Pu) and natural radionuclides ((40)K, (210,214)Pb, (214)Bi) as well as stable trace elements (Fe, Mn, Pb) in sediment cores from four Swiss lakes were used as examples for the interpretation, inter-comparison and validation of depth-age relations established by three (210)Pb-based models (CF-CSR, CRS and SIT). The identification of turbidite layers and the influence of the turbidity flows on the accuracy of sediment dating is demonstrated. Time-dependent mass sedimentation rates in lakes Brienz, Thun, Biel and Lucerne are discussed and compared with published data. PMID:25875007

  20. Natural gamma-ray spectrometry, lithofacies, and depositional environments of selected upper Cretaceous marine mudrocks, western United States, including tropic shale and tununk member of Mancos shale

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    Zelt

    1985-01-01

    In-situ measurements of gamma-ray spectra provide estimates of the potassium, thorium, the pre-weathering uranium contents of outcropping marine mudrocks. Th\\/U is a sensitive indicator of the oxidation potential of paleoenvironments of deposition of Phanerozoic epi- and pericontinental marine deposits. High (>10 x 10⁻⁴) ratios of uranium or organic carbon occur in phosphatic and cherty mudrocks; low (<1.5 x 10⁻⁴) ratios

  1. Microprobe sampling--photo ionization-time-of-flight mass spectrometry for in situ chemical analysis of pyrolysis and combustion gases: examination of the thermo-chemical processes within a burning cigarette.

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    Hertz, Romy; Streibel, Thorsten; Liu, Chuan; McAdam, Kevin; Zimmermann, Ralf

    2012-02-10

    A microprobe sampling device (?-probe) has been developed for in situ on-line photo ionization mass spectrometric analysis of volatile chemical species formed within objects consisting of organic matter during thermal processing. With this approach the chemical signature occurring during heating, pyrolysis, combustion, roasting and charring of organic material within burning objects such as burning fuel particles (e.g., biomass or coal pieces), lit cigarettes or thermally processed food products (e.g., roasting of coffee beans) can be investigated. Due to its dynamic changes between combustion and pyrolysis phases the cigarette smoking process is particularly interesting and has been chosen as first application. For this investigation the tip of the ?-probe is inserted directly into the tobacco rod and volatile organic compounds from inside the burning cigarette are extracted and real-time analyzed as the glowing front (or coal) approaches and passes the ?-probe sampling position. The combination of micro-sampling with photo ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (PI-TOFMS) allows on-line intrapuff-resolved analysis of species formation inside a burning cigarette. Monitoring volatile smoke compounds during cigarette puffing and smoldering cycles in this way provides unparalleled insights into formation mechanisms and their time-dependent change. Using this technique the changes from pyrolysis conditions to combustion conditions inside the coal of a cigarette could be observed directly. A comparative analysis of species formation within a burning Kentucky 2R4F reference cigarette with ?-probe analysis reveals different patterns and behaviors for nicotine, and a range of semi-volatile aromatic and aliphatic species. PMID:22244143

  2. A new analytical method to determine non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in surface water using in situ derivatization combined with ultrasound-assisted emulsification microextraction followed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry.

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    Lee, Cheong Hoon; Shin, Yujin; Nam, Min Woo; Jeong, Kyung Min; Lee, Jeongmi

    2014-11-01

    Because of the high stability and potential toxic effects of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), it is important to closely monitor their concentrations in the environment using a sensitive analytical method. In this study, a simple, rapid, efficient, and sensitive analytical method based on gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) was developed to determine the levels of seven common NSAIDs in various types of surface water. To simplify sample preparation, in situ derivatization using methyl chloroformate was combined with ultrasound-assisted emulsification microextraction. For selection and optimization of significant variables, experiments were statistically designed using Plackett-Burman design and central composite design. The resulting optimal conditions for derivatization and extraction were 100 ?L of chloroform (extraction solvent), 10.0 mL of sample, and 240 ?L of pyridine (catalyst as a base in derivatization). The optimized sample preparation coupled with optimized GC-MS analysis in selected ion monitoring mode provided good linearity from 0.010 to 5.0 ng mL(-1), and a limit of detection between 0.0050 and 0.010 ng mL(-1), good intra-day and inter-day precision (0.30-6.3% and 5.1-9.5%, respectively), and good accuracy (relative recovery; 91-117% at 0.20 ng mL(-1) and 77-105% at 2.5 ng mL(-1)). Compared with previously reported methods, the current method requires a small volume of sample and simple sample preparation steps for sensitive determination of NSAID levels using a conventional GC-MS system. The method was successfully applied to determine the levels of seven common NSAIDs in various types of surface water. PMID:25127632

  3. Portable gamma spectrometry system for simultaneous monitoring of radiotracers in vivo using CdTe and CdZnTe radiation detector probes

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    M. Lorenz; J. van Ryn; H. Merk; M. Markert; W. G. Eisert

    1994-01-01

    A portable gamma spectrometry system has been designed to simultaneously monitor various radiotracers in vivo. This system includes a portable IBM® compatible personal computer and miniaturized gamma radiation detector probes based on the semiconductor materials CdTe and CdZnTe. The computer has been expanded with pulse processing and analyzing electronics for three independent inputs and a software package. A portable NIM

  4. Determination of Vanadium by Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis in Conjunction with Compton Suppression Gamma-Ray Spectrometry

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    W. H. Zhang; A. Chatt

    2000-11-12

    The toxicity of vanadium has been known for a long time. It is only recently that vanadium has been recognized as an essential trace element. The determination of vanadium with high precision and accuracy in tissues, foods, and other biological materials is needed for the purpose of studying its effect on human nutrition and health. Several techniques such as spectrophotometry, atomic absorption, X-ray fluorescence, and neutron activation analysis (NAA) can be used for its determination. Vanadium can be determined by NAA through its short-lived nuclide {sup 52}V produced via the {sup 51}V(n, {gamma}){sup 52}V reaction; it has a 1434.2-keV gamma ray and a half-life of 3.74 min. It has been reported that {sup 52}V has sufficient sensitivity for its measurement down to nanogram levels. However, it is seldom assayed in practice by instrumental NAA (INAA) in conjunction with conventional gamma-ray spectrometry, in particular for low vanadium content in high-salt biological materials, due to the Compton background interference from nuclides such as {sup 28}Al, {sup 38}Cl, {sup 56}Mn, and {sup 24}Na. Alternatively, radiochemical NAA or preconcentration NAA methods are used to separate vanadium from the major and interfering elements. A Compton suppression counting technique can be beneficially used under such situations. One of the objectives of this work was to fully explore the advantages of Compton suppression counting for the determination of vanadium in biological samples.

  5. In situ breast cancer

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Ronda S. Henry-Tillman; V. Suzanne Klimberg

    2000-01-01

    Opinion statement  The clinical expression of in situ cancer varies widely but is usually occult. Diagnosis can be made by a variety of minimally\\u000a invasive techniques. Treatment of lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS) is patient-directed but generally requires only close followup.\\u000a Mastectomy is the gold standard for ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) and is associated with low recurrence rates. Breast conservation

  6. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) airborne gamma spectrometry system for environmental and emergency response surveys

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Cardarelli, John, II; Thomas, Mark; Curry, Timothy

    2010-08-01

    The EPA Airborne Spectral Photometric Environmental Collection Technology (ASPECT) Program provides airborne ortho-rectified imagery, video, chemical and now radiological information directly to emergency response personnel via a commercial satellite link onboard the aircraft. EPA initiated the ASPECT Gamma Emergency Mapper GEM Project in 2008 to improve its airborne gamma-screening and mapping capability for monitoring any ground-based gamma contamination. This paper will provide an overview of the system, which can be configured to carry six 2"x4"x16" NaI(Tl) detectors and two 3"x3" LaBr3(Ce) detectors or eight 2"x4"x16" NaI(Tl) detectors. The paper will provide an overview of the analysis of gamma radiation spectra, system limitations, and emergency response applications.

  7. Muon and neutron-induced background in gamma-ray spectrometry

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    D. K. Haines; T. M. Semkow; A. J. Khan; T. J. Hoffman; S. T. Meyer; S. E. Beach

    2011-01-01

    A low-background gamma-ray spectrometer for environmental surveillance, emergency response, and environmental health research has been constructed. It consists of a 132% efficient HPGe detector, graded lead shielding, and muon-rejection shielding, as well as external steel and building shielding. Detailed operation of the gamma spectrometer and all of its components is described. Cosmic-ray muon and cosmic-neutron-induced background was accurately measured, and

  8. Determination of gamma radioactivity levels and associated dose rates of soil samples of the Akkuyu/Mersin using high-resolution gamma-ray spectrometry.

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    Ozmen, S F; Boztosun, I; Yavuz, M; Tunç, M R

    2014-03-01

    In this study several soil samples were collected from the Büyükeceli district where Turkey's first nuclear power plant will be built and radioactivity concentrations of (226)Ra, (232)Th, (40)K and (137)Cs were determined by gamma spectrometry using a high-purity germanium detector. The measured activity concentrations in soil samples ranged from 9.8 ± 0.7 to 258.6 ± 15.8, 11.7 ± 0.9 to 85.6 ± 5.0, 173.8 ± 2.1 to 1949.5 ± 14.7 and 0.4 ± 0.1 to 72.2 ± 2.2 Bq kg(-1) for (226)Ra, (232)Th, (40)K and (137)Cs, respectively. Findings are in good agreement with the published results of neighbouring areas. The absorbed gamma dose rate (D) in air and the annual effective dose of soil samples were calculated to be 80.2 nGy h(-1) and 98.3 mSv y(-1), respectively. The results show that the radiation hazard in the Büyükeceli district is insignificant. The data presented in this study would be very useful to determine the future effects of the nuclear power plant to the environment. PMID:24214909

  9. In-Situ Spectrometry of Neutrons

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    Maurer, Richard H.

    1999-01-01

    High energy charged particles of extra-galactic, galactic and solar origin collide with spacecraft structures in Earth orbit outside the atmosphere and in interplanetary travel beyond the Earth's magnetosphere. These primaries create a number of secondary particles inside the structures that can produce a significant ionizing radiation environment. This radiation is a threat to long term inhabitants or travelers for space missions and produces an increased risk of cancer and DNA damage. The primary high energy cosmic rays and trapped protons collide with common spacecraft materials such as aluminum and silicon and create secondary particles inside structures that are mostly protons and neutrons. Charged protons are readily detected and instruments are already in existence for this task. Neutrons are electrically neutral and therefore much more difficult to measure and detect. These neutrons are reported to contribute 30-60% of the dose inside space structures and cannot be ignored. Currently there is no compact, portable and real time neutron detector instrumentation available for use inside spacecraft or on planetary surfaces where astronauts will live and work. We propose to design and build a portable, low power and robust neutron spectrometer that will measure the neutron spectrum from 10 KeV to 500 MeV with at least 10% energy resolution in the various energy intervals. This instrument will monitor the existing neutron environment both inside spacecraft structures and on planetary surfaces to determine the safest living areas, warn of high fluxes associated with solar storms and assist the NSBRI Radiation Effects Team in making an accurate assessment of increased cancer risk and DNA damage to astronauts. The instrument uses a highly efficient proportional counter Helium 3 tube at the lowest energy intervals where .equivalent damage factors for tissue are the highest (10 KeV-2 MeV). The Helium 3 tube may be shielded with a cadmium absorber to eliminate the much less damaging, but more prevalent, thermal and epithermal neutrons and to make the structure of the spectrum more accurate in the 20 KeV-2 MeV range; or a pair of tubes, one shielded and one unshielded, can be combined so that the difference in their counts yields the thermal neutron contribution. The spectrometer also uses a 5mm lithium drifted bulk silicon solid state detector in the medium energy range of 2-20 Mev and two standard silicon surface barrier detectors separated by tens of millimeters behind a I cm thick polyethylene moderator in a stack or telescope arrangement for the high energy neutrons (>20 MeV). In the medium and high energy regions equivalent damage factors are lower but hits from one or a small number of neutrons may prove to be important. The silicon detector systems for medium and high energy neutrons will discriminate against charged particles by using a plastic cesium iodide scintillator of an appropriate geometry monitored by a silicon PIN photodiode.

  10. Attributes from NMIS Time Coincidence, Fast-Neutron Imaging, Fission Mapping, And Gamma-Ray Spectrometry Data

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    Swift, Alicia L [ORNL] [ORNL; Grogan, Brandon R [ORNL] [ORNL; Mullens, James Allen [ORNL] [ORNL; Hayward, J P [University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK)] [University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK); Mihalczo, John T [ORNL] [ORNL

    2012-01-01

    This work tests a systematic procedure for analyzing data acquired by the Nuclear Materials Identification System (NMIS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory with fast-neutron imaging and high-purity germanium (HPGe) gamma spectrometry capabilities. NMIS has been under development by the US Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Verification since the mid-1990s, and prior to that by the National Nuclear Security Administration Y-12 National Security Complex, with NMIS having been used at Y-12 for template matching to confirm inventory and receipts. In this present work, a complete set of NMIS time coincidence, fast-neutron imaging, fission mapping, and HPGe gamma-ray spectrometry data was obtained from Monte Carlo simulations for a configuration of fissile and nonfissile materials. The data were then presented for analysis to someone who had no prior knowledge of the unknown object to accurately determine the description of the object by applying the previously-mentioned procedure to the simulated data. The best approximation indicated that the unknown object was composed of concentric cylinders: a void inside highly enriched uranium (HEU) (84.7 {+-} 1.9 wt % {sup 235}U), surrounded by depleted uranium, surrounded by polyethylene. The final estimation of the unknown object had the correct materials and geometry, with error in the radius estimates of material regions varying from 1.58% at best and 4.25% at worst; error in the height estimates varied from 2% to 12%. The error in the HEU enrichment estimate was 5.9 wt % (within 2.5{sigma} of the true value). The accuracies of the determinations could be adequate for arms control applications. Future work will apply this iterative reconstructive procedure to other unknown objects to further test and refine it.

  11. Dose rate constant of a Cesium-131 interstitial brachytherapy seed measured by thermoluminescent dosimetry and gamma-ray spectrometry

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    Chen, Z.; Bongiorni, P.; Nath, R. [Department of Therapeutic Radiology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut 06504 (United States)

    2005-11-15

    The aim of this work was to conduct an independent determination of the dose rate constant of the newly introduced Model CS-1 {sup 131}Cs seed. A total of eight {sup 131}Cs seeds were obtained from the seed manufacturer. The air-kerma strength of each seed was measured by the manufacturer whose calibration is traceable to the air-kerma strength standard established for the {sup 131}Cs seeds at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (1{sigma} uncertainty <1%). The dose rate constant of each seed was measured by two independent methods: One based on the actual photon energy spectrum emitted by the seed using gamma-ray spectrometry and the other based on the dose-rate measured by thermoluminescent dosimeter (TLD) in a Solid Water{sup TM} phantom. The dose rate constant in water determined by the gamma-ray spectrometry technique and by the TLD dosimetry are 1.066{+-}0.064 cGyh{sup -1}U{sup -1} and 1.058{+-}0.106 cGyh{sup -1}U{sup -1}, respectively, showing excellent agreement with each other. These values, however, are approximately 15% greater than a previously reported value of 0.915 cGyh{sup -1}U{sup -1} [Med. Phys. 31, 1529-1538 (2004)]. Although low-energy fluorescent x rays at 16.6 and 18.7 keV, originating from niobium present in the seed construction, were measured in the energy spectrum of the {sup 131}Cs seeds, their yields were not sufficient to lower the dose rate constant to the value of 0.915 cGyh{sup -1}U{sup -1}. Additional determinations of the dose rate constant may be needed to establish an AAPM recommended consensus value for routine clinical use of the {sup 131}Cs seed.

  12. Gamma spectrometry and chemical characterization of ceramic seeds with samarium-153 and holmium-166 for brachytherapy proposal.

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    Valente, Eduardo S; Campos, Tarcísio P R

    2010-12-01

    Ceramic seeds were synthesized by the sol-gel technique with Si:Sm:Ca and Si:Ho:Ca. One set of seeds was irradiated in the TRIGA type nuclear reactor IPR-R1 and submitted to instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA), K(0) method, to determine mass percentage concentration of natural samarium and holmium in the seed as well as to determine all existing radionuclides and their activities. Attention was paid to discrimination of Si-31, Ca-40, Ca-45, Ca-47, Ca-49, Sm-145, Sm-155, Sm-153 and Ho-166. A second sample was submitted to atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES) also to determine samarium and holmium concentrations in weight. A third sample was submitted to X-ray fluorescence spectrometry to qualitatively determine chemical composition. The measured activity was due to Sm-153 and Ho-166 with a well-characterized gamma spectrum. The X-ray fluorescence spectrum demonstrated that there is no discrepancy in seed composition. The maximum ranges in the water of beta particles from Sm-153 and Ho-166 decay were evaluated, as well as the dose rate and total dose delivered within the volume delimited by the range of the beta particles. The results are relevant for investigation of the viability of producing Sm-153 and Ho-166 radioactive seeds for use in brachytherapy. PMID:20685128

  13. Mathematical model of gamma-ray spectrometry borehole logging for quantitative analysis

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    Schimschal, Ulrich

    1981-01-01

    A technique for analyzing gamma-ray spectral-logging data has been developed, in which a digital computer is used to calculate the effects of gamma-ray attentuation in a borehole environment. The computer model allows for the calculation of the effects of lithology, porosity, density, and the thickness of a horizontal layer of uniformly distributed radioactive material surrounding a centralized probe in a cylindrical borehole. The computer program also contains parameters for the calculation of the effects of well casing, drilling fluid, probe housing, and losses through the sodium-iodide crystal. Errors associated with the commonly used mathematical assumption of a point detector are eliminated in this model. (USGS)

  14. The efficiency calibration and development of environmental correction factors for an in situ high-resolution gamma spectroscopy well logging system

    SciTech Connect

    Giles, J.R.

    1996-05-01

    A Gamma Spectroscopy Logging System (GSLS) has been developed to study sub-surface radionuclide contamination. Absolute efficiency calibration of the GSLS was performed using simple cylindrical borehole geometry. The calibration source incorporated naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM) that emitted photons ranging from 186-keV to 2,614-keV. More complex borehole geometries were modeled using commercially available shielding software. A linear relationship was found between increasing source thickness and relative photon fluence rates at the detector. Examination of varying porosity and moisture content showed that as porosity increases, relative photon fluence rates increase linearly for all energies. Attenuation effects due to iron, water, PVC, and concrete cylindrical shields were found to agree with previous studies. Regression analyses produced energy-dependent equations for efficiency corrections applicable to spectral gamma-ray well logs collected under non-standard borehole conditions.

  15. Absolute elemental concentrations estimated from geochemical well logging using neutron-induced gamma-ray spectrometry and a geological model

    SciTech Connect

    Grau, J.A.; Herron, M.M.

    1987-05-01

    Elemental concentrations of several inorganic elements were determined on a continuous basis with depth using the Schlumberger gamma-ray spectrometry (GST) log in a Santa Fe Energy Co. well in the Kern Front field, Bakersfield, California, Relative gamma-ray yields of Si, Ca, Fe, S, Cl, H, Ti, Gd + Sm, and K were determined using a weighted least-squares fitting of standard elemental spectra, determined from laboratory measurements, to the measured spectra. The relative yields were then placed on an absolute basis using measured sensitivity coefficients and the assumption that, excluding Cl and H, the abundances of these elements plus Al, considered as oxides and, for Ca, carbonates, total 100% of the rock. This assumption removes variations in porosity and salinity from impacting the denormalization procedure. The output is estimated absolute concentrations in weight percent of the rock that are compared with elemental analyses made on over 60 core plug and sidewall samples by x-ray fluorescence and neutron activation analysis.

  16. Determination of the stellar (n,{gamma}) cross section of {sup 40}Ca with accelerator mass spectrometry

    SciTech Connect

    Dillmann, I.; Domingo-Pardo, C.; Heil, M.; Kaeppeler, F.; Wallner, A.; Forstner, O.; Golser, R.; Kutschera, W.; Priller, A.; Steier, P.; Mengoni, A.; Gallino, R.; Paul, M.; Vockenhuber, C. [Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Institut fuer Kernphysik, Postfach 3640, D-76021 Karlsruhe (Germany); Vienna Environmental Research Accelerator, Fakultaet fuer Physik, Universitaet Wien, A-1090 Wien (Austria); International Atomic Energy Agency, Wagramer Strasse 5, A-1400 Wien (Austria); Dipartimento di Fisica Generale, Universita di Torino, Via P. Giuria 1, I-10125 Torino (Italy); Racah Institute of Physics, Hebrew University, IL-Jerusalem 91904 (Israel); TRIUMF, 4004 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, B. C., V6T 2A3 (Canada)

    2009-06-15

    The stellar (n,{gamma}) cross section of {sup 40}Ca at kT=25 keV has been measured with a combination of the activation technique and accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS). This combination is required when direct off-line counting of the produced activity is compromised by the long half-life and/or missing {gamma}-ray transitions. The neutron activations were performed at the Karlsruhe Van de Graaff accelerator using the quasistellar neutron spectrum of kT=25 keV produced by the {sup 7}Li(p,n){sup 7}Be reaction. The subsequent AMS measurements were carried out at the Vienna Environmental Research Accelerator (VERA) with a 3 MV tandem accelerator. The doubly magic {sup 40}Ca is a bottle-neck isotope in incomplete silicon burning, and its neutron capture cross section determines the amount of leakage, thus impacting on the eventual production of iron group elements. Because of its high abundance, {sup 40}Ca can also play a secondary role as ''neutron poison'' for the s-process. Previous determinations of this value at stellar energies were based on time-of-flight measurements. Our method uses an independent approach, and yields for the Maxwellian-averaged cross section at kT=30 keV a value of <{sigma}>{sub 3}0 keV=5.73{+-}0.34 mb.

  17. The Study of Equilibrium factor between Radon-222 and its Daughters in Bangkok Atmosphere by Gamma-ray Spectrometry

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    Rujiwarodom, Rachanee

    2010-05-01

    To study the Equilibrium between radon-222 and its daughters in Bangkok atmosphere by Gamma-ray spectrometry, air sample were collected on 48 activated charcoal canister and 360 glass fiber filters by using a high volume jet-air sampler during December 2007 to November 2008.The Spectra of gamma-ray were measured by using a HPGe (Hyper Pure Germanium Detector). In the condition of secular equilibrium obtaining between Radon-222 and its decay products, radon-222 on activated charcoal canister and its daughters on glass fiber filters collected in the same time interval were calculated. The equilibrium factor (F) in the open air had a value of 0.38 at the minimum ,and 0.75 at the maximum. The average value of equilibrium factor (F) was 0.56±0.12. Based on the results, F had variations with a maximum value in the night to the early morning and decreased in the afternoon. In addition, F was higher in the winter than in the summer. This finding corresponds with the properties of the Earth atmosphere. The equilibrium factor (F) also depended on the concentration of dust in the atmosphere. People living in Bangkok were exposed to average value of 30 Bq/m3 of Radon-222 in the atmosphere. The equilibrium factor (0.56±0.12) and the average value of Radon-222 showed that people were exposed to alpha energy from radon-222 and its daughters decay at 0.005 WL(Working Level) which is lower than the safety standard at 0.02 WL. Keywords: Radon, Radon daughters , equilibrium factor, Gamma -ray spectrum analysis ,Bangkok ,Thailand

  18. Measurement of gamma radiation levels in soil samples from Thanjavur using ?-ray spectrometry and estimation of population exposure

    PubMed Central

    Senthilkumar, B.; Dhavamani, V.; Ramkumar, S.; Philominathan, P.

    2010-01-01

    This study assesses the level of terrestrial gamma radiation and associated dose rates from the naturally occurring radionuclides 232Th, 238U and 40K in 10 soil samples collected from Thanjavur (Tamil Nadu, India) using ?-ray spectrometry. The activity profile of radionuclides has clearly showed the existence of low level activity in Thanjavur. The geometric mean activity concentrations of 232Th, 238U and 40K is 42.9±9.4 Bq.kg?1, 14.7±1.7 Bq.kg?1 and 149.5±3.1 Bq.kg?1 respectively are derived from all the soil samples studied. The activity concentration of 232Th, 238U and 40K in soil is due to the presence of metamorphic rocks like shale, hornblende-biotite gneiss and quartzofeldspathic gneiss in these areas. Gamma absorbed dose rates in air outdoors were calculated to be in the range between 32 nGy.h?1 and 59.1 nGy.h?1 with an arithmetic mean of 43.3 ±9 nGy.h?1. This value is lesser than the population weighted world-averaged of 60 nGy.h?1. Inhabitants of Thanjavur are subjected to external gamma radiation exposure (effective dose) ranging between 39.2 and 72.6 ?Sv.y?1 with an arithmetic mean of 53.1±11 ?Sv.y?1. The values of the external hazard index determined from the soil radioactivity of the study area are less than the recommended safe levels. PMID:20177570

  19. Applicability of an X-ray and gamma-ray portable spectrometer for activity measurement of environmental soil samples

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    Jaquiel S. Fernandes; Carlos R. Appoloni; Avacir C. Andrello

    2010-01-01

    This paper presents a study on the applicability of a commercial X-ray and gamma-ray portable spectrometer (Rover) for in situ gamma-ray spectrometry. This portable spectrometer consists of a 3 × 3 × 1 mm (CdTe) Cadmium Telluride detector and a 30 × 30 mm [NaI (Tl)] Sodium Iodide detector. The radioactive sources used were 241Am, 133Ba, 152Eu and 137Cs tablet type, sealed with aluminum and polyethylene, as well

  20. In situ hybridization.

    PubMed

    Tsai, Chung-Jui; Harding, Scott A

    2013-01-01

    A non-radioactive in situ hybridization protocol is presented for localization of mRNA transcripts in thin tissue sections. In situ hybridization provides spatial resolution of transcript distribution at the cellular level that is not attained by Northern hybridization or PCR-based methods using organ- or tissue-derived RNA. With appropriately designed gene-specific probes, in situ hybridization can discriminate closely related gene family members. Although the procedure for tissue section preparation is tedious and lengthy, once prepared, the probe labeling, hybridization and signal detection steps can be easily scaled to handle multiple genes for comparative analysis. PMID:23317910

  1. Measurement of Danube sediment radioactivity in Serbia and Montenegro using gamma ray spectrometry

    Microsoft Academic Search

    I. Bikit; J. Slivka; M. Veskovi?; E. Varga; N. Žiki?-Todorovi?; D. Mr?a; S. Forkapi?

    2006-01-01

    The radionuclide content of 54 sediment samples collected from 18 locations distributed along the Vojvodina part of the Danube was determined by means of low-level, high-resolution gamma-spectroscopy. Beside the members of the natural radioactive chains of 238U, 232Th and the natural 40K, 137Cs content of Chernobyl origin was also detected. The data obtained are compared with those collected during four

  2. In situ hybridization

    SciTech Connect

    Valentino, K.L.; Eberwine, J.H.; Barchas, J.D.

    1987-01-01

    These proceedings collect papers on genetic aspects of neurobiology. Topics include: gene expression in mammalian cells, in situ hybridization with RNA probes, mRNA in brain cells, neuropeptide gene expression, genetic mapping, and localization of peptide hormone gene expression.

  3. Concentrations and their ratio of 222Rn decay products in rainwater measured by gamma-ray spectrometry using a low-background Ge detector

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Masanori Takeyasu; Takao Iida; Tadashi Tsujimoto; Keizo Yamasaki; Yoshihiro Ogawa

    2006-01-01

    The concentrations and the concentration ratios of individual short-lived 222Rn decay products (214Pb and 214Bi) in rainwater were measured at Kumatori village (34.39°N, 135.35°E, approximately 70m above sea level) in Osaka, Japan, by gamma-ray spectrometry using a low-background Ge detector. The dependence of the time variations of the concentrations and their ratios on rainfall rate was investigated. It was observed

  4. sup 6\\/LiI(Eu) in neutron and \\/spl gamma\\/-ray spectrometry-a highly sensitive thermal neutron detector

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Agnieszka Syntfeld; M. Moszynski; R. Arlt; M. Balcerzyk; M. Kapusta; M. Majorov; R. Marcinkowski; P. Schotanus; M. Swoboda; D. Wolski

    2005-01-01

    Europium doped 6LiI crystals (enriched to 96%6 Li) have been studied in neutron detection and gamma-ray spectrometry. Two crystals, 50 mmtimes5 mm and 30 mmtimes3 mm in size were coupled to a calibrated Photonis XP5200 photomultiplier, were tested. The response of 6LiI(Eu) to neutrons emitted from a paraffin moderated Pu-Be source has been investigated and the thermal neutron peak has

  5. Study of neutron and muon background in low-level germanium gamma-ray spectrometry

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wordel, R.; Mouchel, D.; Altzitzoglou, T.; Heusser, G.; Arnes, B. Quintana; Meynendonckx, P.

    1996-02-01

    Cosmic ray induced neutrons and muons cause activation of nuclei. Using low-background detectors, constructed with strictly selected materials, and sufficient shielding from the surrounding environmental ?-radiation, one can measure the activation products and deduce information about the flux of neutrons and muons. The results of such a study can be used to improve the shielding for ultra-low counting spectrometry systems. In this work two low-level HPGe detection systems have been used to study the thermal and fast neutron fluxes, as well as the muon flux at three different experimental sites: on the surface, at a depth of 15 m water equivalent (m w.e.) and at 500 m w.e. The study was based on measuring the activation of nuclei in the detector itself and in gold foils. The muons were identified due to their high energy deposition in the detector crystal. Fast and thermal neutron fluxes have been measured since 1985 and estimates of the neutron and muon fluxes are given. The results are discussed and compared to the values obtained by the Kiel Neutron Monitor for the same time period.

  6. Determination of Copper by Neutron Activation Analysis in Conjunction with Compton Suppression Gamma Spectrometry

    SciTech Connect

    W. H. Zhang; A. Chatt

    2000-06-04

    Copper is considered to be an essential element. Its accurate determination in tissues, foods, and other biological materials is needed to study the effect of copper on human nutrition and health. Using and Advance Prediction Computer Program, it has been shown that short-lived {sup 66}Cu (half-life = 5.09 min) can be used to determine copper in biological materials by instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA). However, it is seldom done in practice-in particular, for low copper content in high-salt biological materials-because of the Compton background interference from nuclides such as {sup 28}Al, {sup 38}Cl, and {sup 24}Na. To eliminate the Compton interference, a preconcentration NAA method has recently been developed in our laboratory using reversed-phase extraction chromatography of copper followed by short irradiation and conventional gamma-spectrometric counting of {sup 66}Cu; the detection limit is {approx}5 ppb.

  7. Pile-up reconstruction algorithm for high count rate gamma-ray spectrometry

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    Petrovi?, T.; Vencelj, M.; Lipoglavšek, M.; Novak, R.; Savran, D.

    2013-04-01

    In high count rate ?-ray spectrometry, the pile-up phenomenon turns out to be an important problem with respect to energy resolution and detection efficiency. Pile-up effects occur when two events are detected so close in time that instrumentation cannot properly extract information from both of them. Because this kind of data is incorrect and marginally useful, such data had to be rejected in traditional pulse processors. In times of digital pulse processing however, one can reconstruct piled-up pulse amplitudes by special algebraic approaches. In fully digital signal acquisition, the moving window deconvolution (MWD) method is commonly used. This method requires two parameters to be carefully set, namely the flattop time (dictated by the maximum rise time of the signal) and the shaping time, to accomplish the best possible energy resolution. In this way, the maximum energy resolution is accomplished, but a lot of piled-up events are rejected, reducing detection efficiency. We propose a method that restores some of the pile-up events, using a parallel block MWD implementation where the shaping time parameter differs for every MWD block. Careful detection of as many true events as possible, as well as determining their exact occurrence in time (their respective timestamps) is the key in getting the most out of the measured signal. With proper analysis logic we get more experimental information through reduced dead time, at the cost of controlled and selectively worsened energy resolution, on an event-by-event basis, achieving better overall detection efficiency. This method was tested on real experimental data where the detection efficiency of our method is higher, by a factor of 4.4(9), than the efficiency of a standard method with pile-up rejection at 500 kcps count rate.

  8. In situ groundwater bioremediation

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    Hazen, Terry C.

    2009-02-01

    In situ groundwater bioremediation of hydrocarbons has been used for more than 40 years. Most strategies involve biostimulation; however, recently bioaugmentation have been used for dehalorespiration. Aquifer and contaminant profiles are critical to determining the feasibility and strategy for in situ groundwater bioremediation. Hydraulic conductivity and redox conditions, including concentrations of terminal electron acceptors are critical to determine the feasibility and strategy for potential bioremediation applications. Conceptual models followed by characterization and subsequent numerical models are critical for efficient and cost effective bioremediation. Critical research needs in this area include better modeling and integration of remediation strategies with natural attenuation.

  9. Neutron activation analysis, gamma ray spectrometry and radiation environment monitoring instrument concept: GEORAD

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    Ambrosi, R. M.; Talboys, D. L.; Sims, M. R.; Bannister, N. P.; Makarewicz, M.; Stevenson, T.; Hutchinson, I. B.; Watterson, J. I. W.; Lanza, R. C.; Richter, L.; Mills, A.; Fraser, G. W.

    2005-02-01

    Geological processes on Earth can be related to those that may have occurred in past epochs on Mars, if analytical methods used on Earth can be operated remotely on the surface of the Red Planet. Nuclear analytical techniques commonly used in terrestrial geology are neutron activation analysis (NAA) and gamma-ray spectroscopy (GRS), which determine the elemental composition, elemental concentration and stratigraphical distribution of water in rocks and soils. We describe a detector concept called GEORAD (GEOlogical and RADiation environment package) for the proposed ExoMars rover within the ESA's Aurora Programme for the exploration of the Solar System. GEORAD consists of a compact neutron source for the NAA of rocks and soils and a GRS. The GRS has a dual role since it can be used for natural radioactivity studies and NAA. A fully depleted silicon detector coupled to neutron sensitive converters measures the solar particle and neutron flux interacting with the Martian surface. We describe how the GEORAD detector suite could contribute to the geological and biological characterisation of Mars both for the detection of extinct or extant life and to evaluate potential hazards facing future manned missions. We show how GEORAD measurements complement the astrobiological objectives of the Aurora programme.

  10. Determination of natural radionuclides content in some building materials in Nigeria by gamma-ray spectrometry.

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    Ademola, J A

    2008-01-01

    This paper presents the findings of a study undertaken to determine the natural radioactivity present in some building materials in Nigeria using a gamma-ray spectrometer with a hyper pure germanium detector. A total of 118 samples of commonly used building materials were collected from manufacturers and suppliers of these materials. The mean radioactivity concentrations measured in the different building materials varied from 9.4 to 62.9, 1.3 to 88.4, and 21.5 to 762.4 Bq kg(-1), respectively, for 226Ra, 232Th, and 40K. The average contents of 226Ra, 232Th, and 40K for all the samples were 36.3, 46.5, and 320.9 Bq kg(-1), respectively, lower than the world average for building materials (50, 50, and 500 Bq kg(-1)). The calculated mean radium equivalent activity and external and internal hazard indices for the entire sample were lower than United Nation Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation recommended limits and comparable with results of similar studies undertaken in other countries. The mean annual gonadal equivalent doses of some of the samples were higher than the world average value for soil. PMID:18091150

  11. In Situ Cometary Cosmochemistry

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    Wright, I. P.; Andrews, D. J.; Barber, S. J.; Sheridan, S.; Morgan, G. H.; Morse, A. D.

    2013-09-01

    In 2014 the Rosetta space mission arrives at comet 67P. Herein we describe the ambitions of one of the instruments, Ptolemy, included on the lander. Our aim is to make in situ measurements of isotopic compositions of elements such as H, C, N and O.

  12. Mass spectrometry in ionospheric research.

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    Ferguson, Eldon E

    2007-01-01

    Mass spectrometry played a key role in the development of the understanding of the earth's ionosphere. Of primary importance was its use for in situ atmospheric measurements of the ion and neutral composition of the atmosphere. Mass spectrometry has also played an essential role in the laboratory measurement of critical ionospheric molecular processes. Examples of both are given. PMID:17099890

  13. In situ reactor

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    Radtke, Corey William; Blackwelder, David Bradley

    2004-01-27

    An in situ reactor for use in a geological strata, is described and which includes a liner defining a centrally disposed passageway and which is placed in a borehole formed in the geological strata; and a sampling conduit is received within the passageway defined by the liner and which receives a geological specimen which is derived from the geological strata, and wherein the sampling conduit is in fluid communication with the passageway defined by the liner.

  14. Low-level activity measurement of 131Xem, 133Xem, 135Xe and 133Xe in atmospheric air samples using high-resolution dual X-gamma spectrometry.

    PubMed

    Le Petit, G; Jutier, C; Gross, P; Greiner, V

    2006-01-01

    High-resolution dual X and gamma spectrometry has been optimized to improve the sensitivity in analyzing radioxenon from environmental samples, especially for the metastable isotopes (131Xem and 133Xem). The full-energy peak (FEP) efficiency curve in the 20-700 keV range has been established with a global uncertainty better than +/-3% using a Monte Carlo simulation. The minimum detectable activity concentrations (MDC) achievable at the laboratory for 131Xem, 133Xem, 133Xe and 135Xe are presented and the influence of 133Xe activity on the metastable radioxenon MDCs is evaluated. PMID:16603369

  15. Practical aspects of in situ directional measurements

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    Saltykov, Oleg

    2005-09-01

    This paper describes practical aspects of measuring in situ directionality in simulated diffuse field. The method is based on exposing the object to a sequence of acoustic stimuli coming from a number of sound sources located on a surface of a test sphere. Empirical data are presented that describe how the number of elements in the spherical array affects the measurement errors. Construction of a spherical array is described that simplifies the test procedure and assures measurement errors less than 0.1 dB. A test setup for fast automated measurements of in situ directionality has been developed. The time delay spectrometry (TDS) method has been chosen for directional measurements because of its ability to improve signal-to-noise ratio. Another big advantage of the TDS method is its ability to filter out some undesirable acoustic reflections, therefore improving anechoic conditions in the test space. It should be possible to conduct in situ directional tests in a large, nonanechoic room with the TDS method.

  16. Ductal carcinoma in situ.

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    Bleicher, Richard J

    2013-04-01

    Management of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) has evolved from radical surgery to the option of a more minimally invasive approach. Data show that breast conservation surgery performed with administration of radiotherapy, like mastectomy, is feasible and safe. Because efforts to find a safe group for elimination of radiotherapy have resulted in data that conflict, radiotherapy still remains standard of care as a part of breast conservation for DCIS. Tamoxifen has also shown a significant recurrence benefit and has become standard in the treatment of receptor-positive disease. Investigation of other agents, such as anastrazole and trastuzumab, are ongoing. PMID:23464692

  17. In Situ Fabrication Technologies

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    Rolin, Terry D.; Hammond, Monica

    2005-01-01

    A manufacturing system is described that is internal to controlled cabin environments which will produce functional parts to net shape with sufficient tolerance, strength and integrity to meet application specific needs such as CEV ECLS components, robotic arm or rover components, EVA suit items, unforeseen tools, conformal repair patches, and habitat fittings among others. Except for start-up and shut-down, fabrication will be automatic without crew intervention under nominal scenarios. Off-nominal scenarios may require crew and/or Earth control intervention. System will have the ability to fabricate using both provisioned feedstock materials and feedstock refined from in situ regolith.

  18. Accounting for the depth distribution of 137Cs in on-line mobile gamma spectrometry through primary and forward-scattered photons.

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    Hjerpe, Thomas; Samuelsson, Christer

    2002-09-01

    Stationary and mobile field gamma spectrometry is a useful tool for rapid estimation of environmental radioactivity inventories on and in the ground. A weak point however, is that the depth distribution of the activity in the ground must be known in order to calculate the true activity per unit area or unit mass from an observed photon fluence rate. A promising method for converting incoming spectral data into both true activity content and depth distribution in real time is the peak-to-valley method, which is based on an analysis of the ratio between count rates from primary and forward-scattered photons. In this study the peak-to-valley method was adapted to car-borne mobile gamma spectrometry, where the depth distribution of (137)Cs is fitted to a Lorenz function. Results from field experiments with a large HPGe detector, utilising point sources at different depths, are presented. It was found that the method can be useful for mobile measurements with a measuring time of 5-10 min for activity concentrations of about 100 kBq.m(-2) or higher, resulting in an uncertainty in the estimate of the true activity of about 50%. PMID:12373332

  19. In Situ Surface Characterization

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    Deen, Robert G.; Leger, Patrick C.; Yanovsky, Igor

    2011-01-01

    Operation of in situ space assets, such as rovers and landers, requires operators to acquire a thorough understanding of the environment surrounding the spacecraft. The following programs help with that understanding by providing higher-level information characterizing the surface, which is not immediately obvious by just looking at the XYZ terrain data. This software suite covers three primary programs: marsuvw, marsrough, and marsslope, and two secondary programs, which together use XYZ data derived from in situ stereo imagery to characterize the surface by determining surface normal, surface roughness, and various aspects of local slope, respectively. These programs all use the Planetary Image Geometry (PIG) library to read mission-specific data files. The programs themselves are completely multimission; all mission dependencies are handled by PIG. The input data consists of images containing XYZ locations as derived by, e.g., marsxyz. The marsuvw program determines surface normals from XYZ data by gathering XYZ points from an area around each pixel and fitting a plane to those points. Outliers are rejected, and various consistency checks are applied. The result shows the orientation of the local surface at each point as a unit vector. The program can be run in two modes: standard, which is typically used for in situ arm work, and slope, which is typically used for rover mobility. The difference is primarily due to optimizations necessary for the larger patch sizes in the slope case. The marsrough program determines surface roughness in a small area around each pixel, which is defined as the maximum peak-to-peak deviation from the plane perpendicular to the surface normal at that pixel. The marsslope program takes a surface normal file as input and derives one of several slope-like outputs from it. The outputs include slope, slope rover direction (a measure of slope radially away from the rover), slope heading, slope magnitude, northerly tilt, and solar energy (compares the slope with the Sun s location at local noon). The marsuvwproj program projects a surface normal onto an arbitrary plane in space, resulting in a normalized 3D vector, which is constrained to lie in the plane. The marsuvwrot program rotates the vectors in a surface normal file, generating a new surface normal file. It also can change coordinate systems for an existing surface normal file. While the algorithms behind this suite are not particularly unique, what makes the programs useful is their integration into the larger in situ image processing system via the PIG library. They work directly with space in situ data, understanding the appropriate image metadata fields and updating them properly. The secondary programs (marsuvwproj, marsuvwrot) were originally developed to deal with anomalous situations on Opportunity and Spirit, respectively, but may have more general applicability.

  20. Measurement of Radionuclides and Gamma-Ray Dose Rate in Soil and Transfer of Radionuclides from Soil to Vegetation, Vegetable of Some Northern Area of Pakistan Using ?-Ray Spectrometry

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    Hasan M. Khan; M. Ismail; Khalid Khan; Perveen Akhter

    2011-01-01

    The analysis of gamma emitters natural radionuclides, i.e., 226Ra, 232Th, and 40K, has been carried out in soil, vegetation, vegetable, and water samples collected from some Northern area of Pakistan, using\\u000a gamma-ray spectrometry. The ?-ray spectrometry was carried out using high-purity Germanium detector coupled with a computer-based\\u000a high-resolution multi-channel analyzer. The activity concentrations in soil ranges from 24.7 to 78.5 Bq?kg?1,

  1. Comparison of optimised germanium gamma spectrometry and multicollector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry for the determination of 134Cs, 137Cs and 154Eu single ratios in highly burnt UO 2

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    Caruso, S.; Günther-Leopold, I.; Murphy, M. F.; Jatuff, F.; Chawla, R.

    2008-05-01

    Non-destructive and destructive methods have been compared to validate their corresponding assessed accuracies in the measurement of 134Cs/137Cs and 154Eu/137Cs isotopic concentration ratios in four spent UO2 fuel samples with very high (52 and 71 GWd/t) and ultra-high (91 and 126 GWd/t) burnup values, and about 10 (in the first three samples) and 4 years (in the latter sample) cooling time. The non-destructive technique tested was high-resolution gamma spectrometry using a high-purity germanium detector (HPGe) and a special tomographic station for the handling of highly radioactive 400 mm spent fuel segments that included a tungsten collimator, lead filter (to enhance the signal to Compton background ratio and reduce the dead time) and paraffin wax (to reduce neutron damage). The non-destructive determination of these isotopic concentration ratios has been particularly challenging for these segments because of the need to properly derive non-Gaussian gamma-peak areas and subtract the background from perturbing capture gammas produced by the intrinsic high-intensity neutron emissions from the spent fuel. Additionally, the activity distribution within each pin was determined tomographically to correct appropriately for self-attenuation and geometrical effects. The ratios obtained non-destructively showed a 1? statistical error in the range 1.9-2.9%. The destructive technique used was a high-performance liquid chromatographic separation system, combined online to a multicollector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (HPLC-MC-ICP-MS), for the analysis of dissolved fuel solutions. During the mass spectrometric analyses, special care was taken in the optimisation of the chromatographic separation for Eu and the interfering element Gd, as also in the mathematical correction of the 154Gd background from the 154Eu signal. The ratios obtained destructively are considerably more precise (1? statistical error in the range 0.4-0.8% for most of the samples, but up to 2.8% for one sample). The HPGe gamma spectrometry can achieve a high degree of accuracy (agreement with HPLC-MC-ICP-MS within a few percent), only by virtue of the optimised setup, and the refined measurement strategy and data treatment employed.

  2. In Situ Nuclear Characterization Infrastructure

    SciTech Connect

    James A. Smith; J. Rory Kennedy

    2011-11-01

    To be able to evolve microstructure with a prescribed in situ process, an effective measurement infrastructure must exist. This interdisciplinary infrastructure needs to be developed in parallel with in situ sensor technology. This paper discusses the essential elements in an effective infrastructure.

  3. 13 In Situ: Groundwater Bioremediation

    E-print Network

    Hazen, Terry

    13 In Situ: Groundwater Bioremediation T. C. Hazen Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley and Bioaugmentation of Groundwater ............................ 2589 5 Intrinsic Bioremediation and Modeling.1007/978-3-540-77587-4_191, # Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 2010 #12;Abstract: In situ groundwater bioremediation of hydrocarbons

  4. Verification of the content, isotopic composition and age of plutonium in Pu-Be neutron sources by gamma-spectrometry

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    Cong Tam Nguyen

    2005-08-29

    A non-destructive, gamma-spectrometric method for verifying the plutonium content of Pu-Be neutron sources has been developed. It is also shown that the isotopic composition and the age of plutonium (Pu) can be determined in the intensive neutron field of these sources by the ``Multi-Group Analysis'' method. Gamma spectra were taken in the far-field of the sample, which was assumed to be cylindrical. The isotopic composition and the age of Pu were determined using a commercial implementation of the Multi-Group Analysis algorithm. The Pu content of the sources was evaluated from the count rates of the gamma-peaks of 239Pu, relying on the assumption that the gamma-rays are coming to the detector parallel to each other. The determination of the specific neutron yields and the problem of neutron damage to the detector are also discussed.

  5. Verification of the content, isotopic composition and age of plutonium in Pu-Be neutron sources by gamma-spectrometry

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    Nguyen, C T

    2006-01-01

    A non-destructive, gamma-spectrometric method for verifying the plutonium content of Pu-Be neutron sources has been developed. It is also shown that the isotopic composition and the age of plutonium (Pu) can be determined in the intensive neutron field of these sources by the ``Multi-Group Analysis'' method. Gamma spectra were taken in the far-field of the sample, which was assumed to be cylindrical. The isotopic composition and the age of Pu were determined using a commercial implementation of the Multi-Group Analysis algorithm. The Pu content of the sources was evaluated from the count rates of the gamma-peaks of 239Pu, relying on the assumption that the gamma-rays are coming to the detector parallel to each other. The determination of the specific neutron yields and the problem of neutron damage to the detector are also discussed.

  6. In-situ measurement of residual carbon content in flyash

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    Bonanno, Anthony S.; Knight, Kim S.; Kinsella, Karen; Serio, Michael A.; Solomon, Peter R.

    1995-01-01

    An on-line carbon-in-ash monitor based on in-situ infrared emission spectrometry is described. Laboratory measurements of the infrared spectral emissivity of flyash are presented in order to demonstrate that emissivity can be correlated to the residual carbon content in the range of interest for pulverized coal-fired power plants. Data collected during a field test at a pilot-scale combustor are presented in order to demonstrate that the emissivity measurements could be made in situ on a realistic facility, and that the spectral emissivity could be correlated to the residual carbon content. Since this measurement can be made in-situ in a few seconds using an FT-IR spectrometer, an infrared emissivity based carbon-in-ash monitor will be capable of providing data on a time scale appropriate for implementation in combustion control strategies while avoiding the disadvantages associated with extractive ash sampling.

  7. Gamma radiation and dose rate investigations on the Adriatic islands of magmatic origin.

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    Petrinec, Branko; Frani?, Zdenko; Leder, Nenad; Tsabaris, Christos; Bituh, Tomislav; Marovi?, Gordana

    2010-06-01

    Natural radioactivity of Middle-Adriatic Sea islands and islets was measured. Gamma spectrometric measurements, both in situ and in laboratory, as well as radon measurements in the seawater were performed. Activity concentrations and the associated dose rates due to naturally occurring (232)Th, (238)U and (40)K radioisotopes were determined. Dose rates calculated from in situ gamma spectrometry are in correlation with dose rates calculated from activity concentrations measured in collected samples of pebbles and rocks. In situ gamma ray spectrometry in the seawater has been performed, showing activity concentration of 220 and 240 Bq m(-3) for (214)Bi and (214)Pb, respectively due to the presence of magmatic rocks in the seabed. The radium equivalent activity varied from 13 to 53 Bq kg(-1). These values are lower than the limit values, indicating that the radiation hazard is not significant. The highest mean activity concentrations of naturally occurring radionuclides in rock samples collected were found on the islands of magmatic origin. PMID:20085897

  8. Savannah River Site Experiences in In Situ Field Measurements of Radioactive Materials

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    Moore, F.S.

    1999-10-07

    This paper discusses some of the field gamma-ray measurements made at the Savannah River Site, the equipment used for the measurements, and lessons learned during in situ identification and characterization of radioactive materials.

  9. Gamma

    NSDL National Science Digital Library

    The Geometric Algorithms for Modeling, Motion, and Animation (GAMMA) research group is part of the Department of Computer Science at the University of North Carolina. Some of the topics of research include haptics, "robot motion planning," collision detection, and "real-time interaction with virtual environments." There are several projects that are described in detail for each of the main areas of investigation. Many recent papers are offered that describe the progress and findings of the group's research. Additionally, there is a large collection of videos demonstrating computer animation, simulation, and interactive applications. Some software can also be downloaded for the GAMMA Web site; however, access to a few of the titles must first be approved by the system administrator.

  10. Gamow-Teller strength distribution in the beta-decay of 100 Ag from total-absorption gamma spectrometry

    Microsoft Academic Search

    L. Batist; A. Bykov; F. Moroz; V. Wittmann; G. D. Alkhazov; H. Keller; R. Kirchner; O. Klepper; E. Roeckl; M. Huýse; P. Van Duppen; G. Reusen; A. Plochocki; M. Pfützner; K. Rykaczewski; J. Szerypo; J. ?ylicz; B. A. Brown

    1995-01-01

    The EC\\/ß+-decay of the odd-odd nucleus100Ag was studied by means of total absorption?-ray spectrometry. Most of the Gamow-Teller strength was found to be concentrated at an excitation energy of 5.6 MeV in100Pd, the FWHM of this resonance being 1.5 MeV. The measured strength distribution which is interpreted within the BCS approximation as being due to the dominant population of four-quasiparticle

  11. Natural gamma-ray spectrometry, lithofacies, and depositional environments of selected upper Cretaceous marine mudrocks, western United States, including tropic shale and tununk member of Mancos shale

    SciTech Connect

    Zelt, F.B.

    1985-01-01

    In-situ measurements of gamma-ray spectra provide estimates of the potassium, thorium, the pre-weathering uranium contents of outcropping marine mudrocks. Th/U is a sensitive indicator of the oxidation potential of paleoenvironments of deposition of Phanerozoic epi- and pericontinental marine deposits. High (>10 x 10/sup -4/) ratios of uranium or organic carbon occur in phosphatic and cherty mudrocks; low (<1.5 x 10/sup -4/) ratios occur in nonmarine mudrocks and in epicontinental marine strata that were deposited during unusual paleo-oceanographic conditions, which sometimes accompanied global extinction events. Spectrometric data compliment sedimentologic data in defining five lithologic/geochemical facies in marine mudrocks of the Cenomanian-Turonian Greenhorn marine cycle. The rock units that were studied in Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah are the Graneros Shale, Greenhorn Limestone, Garlile Shale, Mancos Shale, and Tropic Shale. Results of analyses of the different rock units are used to explain various geological structures of the area under investigation. Outcrops and geophysical well logs combine to indicate the distribution of lithologic/geochemical focus of marine mudrocks.

  12. Performance of cerium-doped Gd3Al2Ga3O12 (GAGG:Ce) scintillator in gamma-ray spectrometry

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    Iwanowska, Joanna; Swiderski, Lukasz; Szczesniak, Tomasz; Sibczynski, Pawel; Moszynski, Marek; Grodzicka, Martyna; Kamada, Kei; Tsutsumi, Kousuke; Usuki, Yoshiyuki; Yanagida, Takayuki; Yoshikawa, Akira

    2013-06-01

    Performance of cerium-doped Gd3Al2Ga3O12 (GAGG:Ce) scintillator in gamma-ray spectrometry has been investigated. The measurements of two samples of GAGG:Ce cover the tests of emission spectra (maximum of emission at about 530 nm), light output, non-proportionality, energy resolution, time resolution and decay time of light pulses. We compare the results with commonly known scintillators, such as NaI(Tl), LSO, LuAG etc. The results show that GAGG:Ce has a high light yield of about 33000 ph/MeV as measured with Hamamatsu S3590-18 Si PiN photodiode [1]. The total energy resolution for 662 keV gamma-rays from 137Cs source is equal to about 6%, whereas intrinsic resolution is equal to 5.2%. Additionally, we made basic measurements of photoelectron yield, non-proportionality and total energy resolution of small sample (5×5×5 mm3) of GAGG:Ce crystal coupled to Hamamatsu MPPC array (6×6 mm2). The results show that the performance of GAGG:Ce measured with the MPPC array are similar to those measured with the PMT.

  13. In-situ chemical imager

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    Kossakovski, D. A.; Bearman, G. H.; Kirschvink, J. L.

    2000-01-01

    A variety of in-situ planetary exploration tasks such as particulate analysis or life detection require a tool with a capability for combined imaging and chemical analysis with sub-micron spatial resolution.

  14. In Situ Activation of Microcapsules

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    Morrison, Dennis R. (Inventor); Mosier, Benjamin (Inventor)

    2000-01-01

    Disclosed are microcapsules comprising a polymer shell enclosing two or more immiscible liquid phases in which a drug, or a prodrug and a drug activator are partitioned into separate phases. or prevented from diffusing out of the microcapsule by a liquid phase in which the drug is poorly soluble. Also disclosed are methods of using the microcapsules for in situ activation of drugs where upon exposure to an appropriate energy source the internal phases mix and the drug is activated in situ.

  15. Iron and titanium distribution on the moon from orbital gamma ray spectrometry with implications for crustal evolutionary models

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    P. A. Davis

    1980-01-01

    A set of Fe and Ti maps and regional values are obtained from the Apollo 15 and 16 orbital gamma ray data by energy band analysis. High-Ti basalts predominate the early and late stages of mare volcanism with high-Fe basaltic volcanism in the interim. The first evidence of a high-Ti-KREEP basalt association is found in the Aristarchus region. A N-S

  16. In situ microbial filter used for bioremediation

    DOEpatents

    Carman, M. Leslie (San Ramon, CA); Taylor, Robert T. (Roseville, CA)

    2000-01-01

    An improved method for in situ microbial filter bioremediation having increasingly operational longevity of an in situ microbial filter emplaced into an aquifer. A method for generating a microbial filter of sufficient catalytic density and thickness, which has increased replenishment interval, improved bacteria attachment and detachment characteristics and the endogenous stability under in situ conditions. A system for in situ field water remediation.

  17. Real-time process and product diagnostics in rapid thermal chemical vapor deposition using in situ mass spectrometric sampling

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    Rubloff, Gary W.

    Real-time process and product diagnostics in rapid thermal chemical vapor deposition using in situ-7920 Received 25 October 1994; accepted 24 April 1995 Mass spectrometry has been exploited for rapid real-time demonstrate a basis for using mass spectrometry in real-time process diagnostics and control. © 1995 American

  18. Triplex in-situ hybridization

    DOEpatents

    Fresco, Jacques R. (Princeton, NJ); Johnson, Marion D. (East Windsor, NJ)

    2002-01-01

    Disclosed are methods for detecting in situ the presence of a target sequence in a substantially double-stranded nucleic acid segment, which comprises: a) contacting in situ under conditions suitable for hybridization a substantially double-stranded nucleic acid segment with a detectable third strand, said third strand being capable of hybridizing to at least a portion of the target sequence to form a triple-stranded structure, if said target sequence is present; and b) detecting whether hybridization between the third strand and the target sequence has occured.

  19. Nanoparticles laden in situ gel of levofloxacin for enhanced ocular retention.

    PubMed

    Gupta, Himanshu; Aqil, M; Khar, R K; Ali, Asgar; Bhatnagar, Aseem; Mittal, Gaurav

    2013-01-01

    Availability of proper concentration of medicament on to the corneal surface is a challenging task. Many novel formulations, i.e. hydrogels, nanoparticles, ocuserts, etc. had been tested to improve ocular bioavailability, out of which our group found, in situ gel and polymeric nanoparticle are the most interesting approach to achieve ocular retention. We found that in situ gel stay only for 12?h and poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid (PLGA) nanoparticles are non mucoadhesive in nature so we try to combine both these formulations and termed it as "Nanoparticle laden in situ gel". Here we prepare nanoparticle laden in situ gel containing levofloxacin encapsulated PLGA nanoparticle, incorporated in chitosan in situ gel and evaluated its ocular retention by gamma scintigraphy in rabbits. The observations of acquired gamma camera images showed good retention over the entire precorneal area. From static and dynamic gamma scintigraphy evaluation, we can be interpret that developed nanoparticle laden in situ gel formulation cleared at a very slow rate and remained at corneal surface for longer duration than marketed formulation, in situ gel and nanosuspension alone. PMID:24044648

  20. In situ transmission electron microscopy study of alpha-brass nanoligament formation, microstructure evolution and fracture

    E-print Network

    Volinsky, Alex A.

    -brass nanoligament deformation, phase transformation and fracture. Nanoligament, suitable for in situ TEM studies and a long relaxation time, interdiffusion induced alpha- to beta- and gamma-phase transformation. Microcracks nucleated near the gamma-phase/alpha matrix interface. Phase transformation and its effect

  1. TRIO01 experiment: in-situ tritium-recovery results

    Microsoft Academic Search

    R. G. Clemmer; P. A. Finn; M. C. Billone; B. Misra; R. M. Arons; R. B. Poeppel; F. F. Dyer; I. T. Dudley; L. C. Bate; E. D. Clemmer

    1983-01-01

    The TRIO-01 experiment is a test of in-situ tritium recovery from ..gamma..-LiAlOâ with test conditions chosen to simulate those anticipated in fusion power reactors. A status report is presented which describes qualitatively the results observed during the irradiation phase of the experiment. Both the rate of tritium release and the chemical forms of tritium were measured using a helium sweep

  2. TRIO-01 experiment: in-situ tritium-recovery results

    SciTech Connect

    Clemmer, R.G.; Finn, P.A.; Billone, M.C.; Misra, B.; Arons, R.M.; Poeppel, R.B.; Dyer, F.F.; Dudley, I.T.; Bate, L.C.; Clemmer, E.D.

    1983-08-01

    The TRIO-01 experiment is a test of in-situ tritium recovery from ..gamma..-LiAlO/sub 2/ with test conditions chosen to simulate those anticipated in fusion power reactors. A status report is presented which describes qualitatively the results observed during the irradiation phase of the experiment. Both the rate of tritium release and the chemical forms of tritium were measured using a helium sweep gas which flowed past the breeder material to a gas analysis system.

  3. TRIO-01 experiment: in-situ tritium recovery results

    SciTech Connect

    Clemmer, R.G.; Finn, P.A.; Billone, M.C.; Misra, B.; Arons, R.M.; Poeppel, R.B.; Dyer, F.F.; Dudley, I.T.; Bate, L.C.; Clemmer, E.D.

    1983-10-01

    The TRIO-01 experiment is a test of in-situ tritium recovery from ..gamma..-LiAlO/sub 2/ with test conditions chosen to simulate those anticipated in fusion power reactors. A status report is presented which describes qualitatively the results observed during the irradiation phase of the experiment. Both the rate of tritium release and the chemical forms of tritium were measured using a helium sweep gas which flowed past the breeder material to a gas analysis system.

  4. TRIO01 experiment: in-situ tritium recovery results

    Microsoft Academic Search

    R. G. Clemmer; P. A. Finn; M. C. Billone; B. Misra; R. M. Arons; R. B. Poeppel; F. F. Dyer; I. T. Dudley; L. C. Bate; E. D. Clemmer

    1983-01-01

    The TRIO-01 experiment is a test of in-situ tritium recovery from ..gamma..-LiAlOâ with test conditions chosen to simulate those anticipated in fusion power reactors. A status report is presented which describes qualitatively the results observed during the irradiation phase of the experiment. Both the rate of tritium release and the chemical forms of tritium were measured using a helium sweep

  5. TRIO01 experiment: in-situ tritium recovery results

    Microsoft Academic Search

    R. G. Clemmer; P. A. Finn; M. C. Billone; B. Misra; L. R. Greenwood; F. F. Dyer; I. T. Dudley; L. C. Bate; E. D. Clemmer; P. W. Fisher

    1983-01-01

    The TRIO-01 experiment was designed to test in-situ tritium recovery and heat transfer performance of a candidate solid breeder, ..gamma..-LiAlOâ. The results showed that nearly all the tritium generated was recovered. Only < 0.1 wppM tritium remained in the solid after irradiation testing. The heat transfer performance showed that temperature profiles can be effectively controlled.

  6. TRIO-01 experiment: in-situ tritium recovery results

    SciTech Connect

    Clemmer, R.G.; Finn, P.A.; Billone, M.C.; Misra, B.; Greenwood, L.R.; Dyer, F.F.; Dudley, I.T.; Bate, L.C.; Clemmer, E.D.; Fisher, P.W.

    1983-01-01

    The TRIO-01 experiment was designed to test in-situ tritium recovery and heat transfer performance of a candidate solid breeder, ..gamma..-LiAlO/sub 2/. The results showed that nearly all the tritium generated was recovered. Only < 0.1 wppM tritium remained in the solid after irradiation testing. The heat transfer performance showed that temperature profiles can be effectively controlled.

  7. Measurement of chronic oxidative and inflammatory stress by quantification of isoketal/levuglandin gamma-ketoaldehyde protein adducts using liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry.

    PubMed

    Davies, Sean S; Amarnath, Venkataraman; Brame, Cynthia J; Boutaud, Olivier; Roberts, L Jackson

    2007-01-01

    Measurement of F(2)-isoprostanes (F(2)-IsoPs) has been independently verified as one of the most reliable approaches to assess oxidative stress in vivo. However, the rapid clearance of F(2)-IsoPs makes the timing of sample collection critical for short-lived oxidative insults. Isoketals (IsoKs) are gamma-ketoaldehydes formed via the IsoP pathway of lipid peroxidation that rapidly react with lysyl residues of proteins to form stable protein adducts. Oxidative stress can also activate cyclooxygenases to produce prostaglandin H(2), which can form two specific isomers of IsoK-levuglandin (LG) D(2) and E(2). Because adducted proteins are not rapidly cleared, IsoK/LG protein adduct levels can serve as a dosimeter of oxidative and inflammatory damage over prolonged periods of time as well as brief episodes of injury. Quantification of IsoK/LG protein adducts begins with liquid-phase extraction to separate proteins from lipid membranes, allowing measurement of both IsoK/LG protein adducts and F(2)-IsoP from the same sample if desired. IsoK/LG-lysyl-lactam adducts are measured by liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry after proteolytic digestion of extracted proteins, solid-phase extraction and preparative HPLC. PMID:17853863

  8. Evaluation of natural radioactivity content in high-volume surface water samples along the northern coast of Oman Sea using portable high-resolution gamma-ray spectrometry.

    PubMed

    Zare, Mohammad Reza; Kamali, Mahdi; Omidi, Zohre; Khorambagheri, Mahdi; Mortazavi, Mohammad Seddigh; Ebrahimi, Mahmood; Akbarzadeh, Gholamali

    2015-06-01

    Portable high-resolution gamma-ray spectrometry was carried out to determine the natural radioactivity levels in high volume surface water samples of the northern coast of Oman Sea, covering the coastal strip from Hormoz strait to Goatr seaport, for the first time. The water samples from 36 coastal and near shore locations were collected for analysis. Analyses on the samples collected were carried out to determine (226)Ra, (232)Th and (40)K contents. The concentration of (226)Ra, (232)Th and (40)K in surface water samples ranged between 2.19 and 2.82 Bq/L, 1.66-2.17 Bq/L and 132.6-148.87 Bq/L, respectively. The activity profile of radionuclides shows low activity across the study area. The study also examined some radiation hazard indices. The external hazard index was found to be less than 1, indicating a low dose. The results of measurements will serve as background reference level for Oman Sea coastlines. PMID:25847859

  9. In Situ Analytical Electron Microscopy for Probing Nanoscale Electrochemistry

    SciTech Connect

    Graetz J.; Meng, Y.S.; McGilvray, T.; Yang, M.-C.; Gostovic, D.; Wang, F.; Zeng, D.; Zhu, Y.

    2011-10-31

    Oxides and their tailored structures are at the heart of electrochemical energy storage technologies and advances in understanding and controlling the dynamic behaviors in the complex oxides, particularly at the interfaces, during electrochemical processes will catalyze creative design concepts for new materials with enhanced and better-understood properties. Such knowledge is not accessible without new analytical tools. New innovative experimental techniques are needed for understanding the chemistry and structure of the bulk and interfaces, more importantly how they change with electrochemical processes in situ. Analytical Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) is used extensively to study electrode materials ex situ and is one of the most powerful tools to obtain structural, morphological, and compositional information at nanometer scale by combining imaging, diffraction and spectroscopy, e.g., EDS (energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry) and Electron Energy Loss Spectrometry (EELS). Determining the composition/structure evolution upon electrochemical cycling at the bulk and interfaces can be addressed by new electron microscopy technique with which one can observe, at the nanometer scale and in situ, the dynamic phenomena in the electrode materials. In electrochemical systems, for instance in a lithium ion battery (LIB), materials operate under conditions that are far from equilibrium, so that the materials studied ex situ may not capture the processes that occur in situ in a working battery. In situ electrochemical operation in the ultra-high vacuum column of a TEM has been pursued by two major strategies. In one strategy, a 'nano-battery' can be fabricated from an all-solid-state thin film battery using a focused ion beam (FIB). The electrolyte is either polymer based or ceramic based without any liquid component. As shown in Fig. 1a, the interfaces between the active electrode material/electrolyte can be clearly observed with TEM imaging, in contrast to the composite electrodes/electrolyte interfaces in conventional lithium ion batteries, depicted in Fig.1b, where quantitative interface characterization is extremely difficult if not impossible. A second strategy involves organic electrolyte, though this approach more closely resembles the actual operation conditions of a LIB, the extreme volatility In Situ Analytical Electron Microscopy for Probing Nanoscale Electrochemistry by Ying Shirley Meng, Thomas McGilvray, Ming-Che Yang, Danijel Gostovic, Feng Wang, Dongli Zeng, Yimei Zhu, and Jason Graetz of the organic electrolytes present significant challenges for designing an in situ cell that is suitable for the vacuum environment of the TEM. Significant progress has been made in the past few years on the development of in situ electron microscopy for probing nanoscale electrochemistry. In 2008, Brazier et al. reported the first cross-section observation of an all solid-state lithium ion nano-battery by TEM. In this study the FIB was used to make a 'nano-battery,' from an all solid-state battery prepared by pulsed laser deposition (PLD). In situ TEM observations were not possible at that time due to several key challenges such as the lack of a suitable biasing sample holder and vacuum transfer of sample. In 2010, Yamamoto et al. successfully observed changes of electric potential in an all-solid-state lithium ion battery in situ with electron holography (EH). The 2D potential distribution resulting from movement of lithium ions near the positive-electrode/electrolyte interface was quantified. More recently Huang et al. and Wang et al. reported the in situ observations of the electrochemical lithiation of a single SnO{sub 2} nanowire electrode in two different in situ setups. In their approach, a vacuum compatible ionic liquid is used as the electrolyte, eliminating the need for complicated membrane sealing to prevent the evaporation of carbonate based organic electrolyte into the TEM column. One main limitation of this approach is that EELS spectral imaging is not possible due to the high plasmon signal of the ionic li

  10. In situ biofilm coupon device

    SciTech Connect

    Peyton, Brent M. (Kennewick, WA); Truex, Michael J. (Richland, WA)

    1997-01-01

    An apparatus for characterization of in-situ microbial biofilm populations in subsurface groundwater. The device permits biofilm-forming microorganisms to adhere to packing material while emplaced in a groundwater strata, so that the packing material can be later analyzed for quantity and type of microorganisms, growth rate, and nutrient requirements.

  11. In situ biofilm coupon device

    DOEpatents

    Peyton, B.M.; Truex, M.J.

    1997-06-24

    An apparatus is disclosed for characterization of in-situ microbial biofilm populations in subsurface groundwater. The device permits biofilm-forming microorganisms to adhere to packing material while emplaced in a groundwater strata, so that the packing material can be later analyzed for quantity and type of microorganisms, growth rate, and nutrient requirements. 3 figs.

  12. The use of MCNP and gamma spectrometry in supporting the evaluation of NORM in Libyan oil pipeline scale

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Habib, Ahmed S.; Bradley, D. A.; Regan, P. H.; Shutt, A. L.

    2010-07-01

    The accumulation of scales in production pipes is a common problem in the oil industry, reducing fluid flow and also leading to costly remedies and disposal issues. Typical materials found in such scale are sulphates and carbonates of calcium and barium, or iron sulphide. Radium arising from the uranium/thorium present in oil-bearing rock formations may replace the barium or calcium in these salts to form radium salts. This creates what is known as technologically enhanced naturally occurring radioactive material (TENORM or simply NORM). NORM is a serious environmental and health and safety issue arising from commercial oil and gas extraction operations. Whilst a good deal has been published on the characterisation and measurement of radioactive scales from offshore oil production, little information has been published regarding NORM associated with land-based facilities such as that of the Libyan oil industry. The ongoing investigation described in this paper concerns an assessment of NORM from a number of land based Libyan oil fields. A total of 27 pipe scale samples were collected from eight oil fields, from different locations in Libya. The dose rates, measured using a handheld survey meter positioned on sample surfaces, ranged from 0.1-27.3 ?Sv h -1. In the initial evaluations of the sample activity, use is being made of a portable HPGe based spectrometry system. To comply with the prevailing safety regulations of the University of Surrey, the samples are being counted in their original form, creating a need for correction of non-homogeneous sample geometries. To derive a detection efficiency based on the actual sample geometries, a technique has been developed using a Monte Carlo particle transport code (MCNPX). A preliminary activity determination has been performed using an HPGe portable detector system.

  13. Titan tholins analysed by in situ mass spectrometry

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bénilan, Y.; Carrasco, N.; Cernogora, G.; Coll, P.; Gautier, T.; Gazeau, M.-C.; Gaie-Levrel, F.; Mahjoub, A.; Nahon, L.; Pernot, P.; Szopa, C.; Schwell, M.

    2012-09-01

    The main objective of the whole project developed in collaboration is to provide a better understanding of the chemical composition of Titan Tholins produced in the PAMPRE reactor (LATMOS) and thereby of their formation pathways.

  14. Calibration of an in-situ BEGe detector using semi-empirical and Monte Carlo techniques

    Microsoft Academic Search

    K. Agrafiotis; K. L. Karfopoulos; M. J. Anagnostakis

    2011-01-01

    In the case of a nuclear or radiological accident a rapid estimation of the qualitative and quantitative characteristics of the potential radioactive pollution is needed. For aerial releases the radioactive pollutants are finally deposited on the ground forming a surface source. In this case, in-situ ?-ray spectrometry is a powerful tool for the determination of ground pollution. In this work,

  15. Comparison of in-situ and laboratory measurement methods for radium-226 in soils

    Microsoft Academic Search

    S. J. Marutzky; H. L. Fleischhauer; P. R. Engelder; R. O. Gilbert

    1986-01-01

    Several methods are being used in the US Department of Energy remedial action programs (SFMP, UMTRAP, and FUSRAP) to determine ²²⁶Ra concentrations in soils. These methods include in-situ measurements employing portable gamma-ray detection devices that measure the daughters of ²²⁶Ra, and the laboratory analysis of physical samples. Both methods have their advantages and disadvantages. The in-situ measurements, although quick and

  16. `Scaling Down' Remote Sensing Technologies for In Situ Monitoring of Snowpacks

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. Frolik; C. Skalka

    2009-01-01

    Airborne gamma radiation and microwave remote sensing are well-used tools for snowpack monitoring. However, these techniques have short comings in terms of resolution (in time and space) and accuracy. As such, ground truth (i.e., in situ) data via snow courses and\\/or snow pillows\\/scales is used to complement remote sensing data. Unfortunately, these existing in situ methods also have significant shortcomings.

  17. In-situ Rb-Sr geochronology

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Anderson, F. S.; Nowicki, K.; Whitaker, T.

    This paper reports on the first rubidium-strontium (Rb-Sr) radiometric dates using a Laser Desorption Resonance Ionization Mass Spectrometry (LDRIMS) instrument capable of being miniaturized for flight to another planet. The LDRIMS instrument produces dates in under 24 hours, requires minimal sample preparation, and avoids the interference and mass resolution issues associated with other geochronology measurements. We have begun testing the bench-top prototype on the Boulder Creek Granite (BCG), from Colorado, comprised primarily of a gneissic quartz monzonite and granodiorite; whole rock Rb-Sr TIMS measurements result in dates of 1700± 40 Ma [1]. Data reduction of the LDRIMS Rb-Sr measurements on calibrated repeat runs result in a date for the BCG of 1.727± 0.087 Ga (n=288, MSWD=1). Most geochronology applications are willing to accept an MSWD up to ~2.7; at MSWD=2, the precision improves to ± 0.062 Ga. This technology is moving from lab prototype to field deployable instrument, and provides an opportunity to directly address the science goals of Mars Sample Return (MSR) within the bounds posed by current scientific, fiscal, and political pressures on the Mars program. Additionally, LDRIMS could potentially be flown to the Moon under the Discovery or New Frontiers program. We posit that in-situ geochronology missions to Mars to triage and validate samples for Mars Sample Return (MSR) are technically feasible in the 2018-2022 time frame.

  18. Noise canceling in-situ detection

    DOEpatents

    Walsh, David O.

    2014-08-26

    Technologies applicable to noise canceling in-situ NMR detection and imaging are disclosed. An example noise canceling in-situ NMR detection apparatus may comprise one or more of a static magnetic field generator, an alternating magnetic field generator, an in-situ NMR detection device, an auxiliary noise detection device, and a computer.

  19. Rapid and direct analysis of gamma-hydroxybutyric acid in urine by capillary electrophoresis-electrospray ionization ion-trap mass spectrometry.

    PubMed

    Gottardo, Rossella; Bortolotti, Federica; Trettene, Maristella; De Paoli, Giorgia; Tagliaro, Franco

    2004-10-01

    The present work was aimed at the development of a capillary electrophoretic analysis of gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) using electrospray ion trap mass spectrometry to achieve the direct and unequivocal detection of this analyte in human urine. Optimized capillary electrophoretic conditions were: injection, 20 s at 0.5 psi (1 psi = 6894.76 Pa); buffer electrolyte, 12.5 mM ammonium formate adjusted to pH 8.35 with diethylamine; fused silicacapillary: 100 cm x 50 microm i.d.; separation voltage, 25 kV (forward polarity) + 0.5 psi; room temperature. Electrospray and mass spectrometric conditions were: drying gas and nebulizing gas (nitrogen) at flow rate 3 l/min, temperature 250 degrees C, nebulizer pressure: 10 psi; sheath liquid solution: methanol-water (90:10) containing 0.1% ammonia delivered at 3 microl/min; spray voltage 3.5 kV. Mass spetrometric detection was carried out in the selected ion monitoring mode of negative molecular ions at 103 m/z for GHB and 115 m/z for maleic acid (I.S.). Under these conditions the baseline separation of GHB and the I.S. was obtained. The selectivity of the analysis allowed for direct injection of unextracted urine, previously diluted 1:4 with water. Linearity was assessed in the GHB concentration range from 80 to 1280 microg/ml in urine. Analytical sensitivity (as limit of detection) resulted about 5 microg/ml in water and 20 microg/ml in original urine. Analytical precision was fairly acceptable with R.S.D. values lower than 5% for migration times and 18% for quantitation in real samples, in both intra day and day-to-day experiments. On these grounds, the developed method can be adopted for rapid identification of acute intoxications from GHB in humans. PMID:15532575

  20. Evaluating airborne and ground based gamma spectrometry methods for detecting particulate radioactivity in the environment: a case study of Irish Sea beaches.

    PubMed

    Cresswell, A J; Sanderson, D C W

    2012-10-15

    In several places, programmes are in place to locate and recover radioactive particles that have the potential to cause detrimental health effects in any member of the public who may encounter them. A model has been developed to evaluate the use of mobile gamma spectrometry systems within such programmes, with particular emphasis on large volume (16l) NaI(Tl) detectors mounted in low flying helicopters. This model uses a validated Monte Carlo code with assessment of local geochemistry and natural and anthropogenic background radiation concentrations and distributions. The results of the model, applied to the example of particles recovered from beaches in the vicinity of Sellafield, clearly show the ability of rapid airborne surveys conducted at 75 m ground clearance and 120 kph speeds to demonstrate the absence of sources greater than 5 MBq (137)Cs within large areas (10-20 km(2)h(-1)), and identify areas requiring further ground based investigation. Lowering ground clearance for airborne surveys to 15m whilst maintaining speeds covering 1-2 km(2) h(-1) can detect buried (137)Cs sources of 0.5MBq or greater activity. A survey design to detect 100 kBq (137)Cs sources at 10 cm depth has also been defined, requiring surveys at <15m ground clearance and <2 ms(-1) ground speed. The response of airborne systems to the Sellafield particles recovered to date has also been simulated, and the proportion of the existing radiocaesium background in the vicinity of the nuclear site has been established. Finally the rates of area coverage and sensitivities of both airborne and ground based approaches are compared, demonstrating the ability of airborne systems to increase the rate of particle recovery in a cost effective manner. The potential for equipment and methodological developments to improve performance are discussed. PMID:22947616

  1. Statistical data evaluation in mobile gamma spectrometry: an optimization of on-line search strategies in the scenario of lost point sources.

    PubMed

    Hjerpe, T; Finck, R R; Samuelsson, C

    2001-06-01

    There is a potential risk that hazardous radioactive sources could enter the environment, e.g., via satellite debris, smuggled radioactive goods, or lost metal scrap. From a radiation protection point of view there is a need for rapid and reliable methods for locating and identifying sources. The methods could also be used to locate hot spots after radioactive fallout. Carborne and airborne gamma spectrometry systems are suitable for the task. This work focuses on a situation where the radionuclide to search for is known, which is not an unlikely scenario. The possibility that the source is located near a road can be high, and thus motivating a carborne spectrometer system. The main object is to optimize on-line statistical methods in order to achieve a high probability for locating the point source and still have reasonably few false alarms caused by variations in the natural background radiation. Data were obtained from a carborne 3-L NaI(Tl) detector and two point sources located at various distances from the road. The nuclides used were 137Cs and 131I. Spectra were measured stationary on the road. From these measurements we have reconstructed counts in spectral windows applicable to different speed and sampling times; the time 3 s and speeds 32 and 54 km h(-1) are used in this work. The maximum distance a source can be located from the road and still be detected is estimated with four different statistical analysis methods. This distance is called the critical distance, CD. The method is applied on gross counts in the full energy peak spectral window. For each method alarm levels have been calculated from background data obtained in Scania (Skåne), in the south of Sweden. The results show large differences in CD. With the best approach, the two sources could be detected from about 180 m (137Cs, 6 GBq) and 170 m (131I, 4.5 GBq). PMID:11388725

  2. In Situ Measurements of Interstellar Dust

    E-print Network

    M. Landgraf; E. Gruen

    1997-11-17

    We present the mass distribution of interstellar grains measured in situ by the Galileo and Ulysses spaceprobes as cumulative flux. The derived in situ mass distribution per logarithmic size interval is compared to the distribution determined by fitting extinction measurements. Large grains measured in situ contribute significantly to the overall mass of dust in the local interstellar cloud. The problem of a dust-to-gas mass ratio that contradicts cosmic abundances is discussed.

  3. In-situ measurement system

    DOEpatents

    Lord, David E. (Livermore, CA)

    1983-01-01

    A multipurpose in situ underground measurement system comprising a plurality of long electrical resistance elements in the form of rigid reinforcing bars, each having an open loop "hairpin" configuration of shorter length than the other resistance elements. The resistance elements are arranged in pairs in a unitized structure, and grouted in place in the underground volume. The electrical resistance of each element and the difference in electrical resistance of the paired elements are obtained, which difference values may be used in analytical methods involving resistance as a function of temperature. A scanner sequentially connects the resistance-measuring apparatus to each individual pair of elements. A source of heating current is also selectively connectable for heating the elements to an initial predetermined temperature prior to electrical resistance measurements when used as an anemometer.

  4. Radiation metabolomics. 3. Biomarker discovery in the urine of gamma-irradiated rats using a simplified metabolomics protocol of gas chromatography-mass spectrometry combined with random forests machine learning algorithm.

    PubMed

    Lanz, Christian; Patterson, Andrew D; Slavík, Josef; Krausz, Kristopher W; Ledermann, Monika; Gonzalez, Frank J; Idle, Jeffrey R

    2009-08-01

    Abstract Radiation metabolomics employing mass spectral technologies represents a plausible means of high-throughput minimally invasive radiation biodosimetry. A simplified metabolomics protocol is described that employs ubiquitous gas chromatography-mass spectrometry and open source software including random forests machine learning algorithm to uncover latent biomarkers of 3 Gy gamma radiation in rats. Urine was collected from six male Wistar rats and six sham-irradiated controls for 7 days, 4 prior to irradiation and 3 after irradiation. Water and food consumption, urine volume, body weight, and sodium, potassium, calcium, chloride, phosphate and urea excretion showed major effects from exposure to gamma radiation. The metabolomics protocol uncovered several urinary metabolites that were significantly up-regulated (glyoxylate, threonate, thymine, uracil, p-cresol) and down-regulated (citrate, 2-oxoglutarate, adipate, pimelate, suberate, azelaate) as a result of radiation exposure. Thymine and uracil were shown to derive largely from thymidine and 2'-deoxyuridine, which are known radiation biomarkers in the mouse. The radiation metabolomic phenotype in rats appeared to derive from oxidative stress and effects on kidney function. Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry is a promising platform on which to develop the field of radiation metabolomics further and to assist in the design of instrumentation for use in detecting biological consequences of environmental radiation release. PMID:19630524

  5. Joint Computer Science/Statistics Colloquia In-situ ComputingIn-situ Computing

    E-print Network

    Mayfield, John

    Fall 2011 Joint Computer Science/Statistics Colloquia In-situ ComputingIn-situ Computing My work the Sprowls Award for best dissertation in Computer Science. This lecture was made possible in part Department of Computer Science #12;

  6. In Situ Depth Profiling of CS-137 Contamination in Soils

    SciTech Connect

    Christopher P. Oertel; John R. Giles; Kenneth C. Thompson; Richard P. Wells

    2004-12-01

    Preremediation characterization of Cs-137 contamination in soils was conducted at the Auxiliary Reactor Area (ARA)-23 Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) site, located at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory. Characterization activities included verification of the lateral extent of the contaminated area using the INEEL Global Positioning Radiometric Scanner. The vertical extent of the contamination in select areas of the site also was evaluated with an in-situ gamma-ray spectrometer, and depth discrete samples were collected at 2-inch depth intervals down to a depth of 8 inches. A comparison was made between the depth distribution data from the in-situ spectrometric measurements and the physical, depth-discrete samples. The results of the study and of the aforementioned comparison indicate that use of in situ high purity germanium (HpGe) detectors during the remediation of the ARA-23 site will aid in directing the depth of excavation, thereby helping to (a) minimize the amount of soils excavated and removed for disposal, and (b) reduce overall project costs.

  7. Measurement of Absolute Fission Yields in the Fast Neutron-Induced Fission of Actinides: {sup 238}U, {sup 237}Np, {sup 238}Pu, {sup 240}Pu, {sup 243}Am, and {sup 244}Cm by Track-Etch-cum-Gamma Spectrometry

    SciTech Connect

    Iyer, R.H.; Naik, H.; Pandey, A.K.; Kalsi, P.C.; Singh, R.J.; Ramaswami, A.; Nair, A.G.C. [Bhaha Atomic Research Centre (India)

    2000-07-15

    The absolute fission yields of 46 fission products in {sup 238}U (99.9997 at.%), 46 fission products in {sup 237}Np, 27 fission products in {sup 238}Pu (99.21 at.%), 30 fission products in {sup 240}Pu (99.48 at.%), 30 fission products in {sup 243}Am (99.998 at.%), and 32 fission products in {sup 244}Cm (99.43 at.%) induced by fast neutrons were determined using a fission track-etch-cum-gamma spectrometric technique. In the case of highly alpha-active and sparingly available actinides - e.g., {sup 238}Pu, {sup 240}Pu, {sup 243}Am, and {sup 244}Cm - a novel recoil catcher technique to collect the fission products on a Lexan polycarbonate foil followed by gamma-ray spectrometry was developed during the course of this work. This completely removed interferences from (a) gamma rays of daughter products in secular equilibrium with the target nuclide (e.g., {sup 243}Am-{sup 239}Np), (b) activation products of the catcher foil [e.g., {sup 24}Na from Al(n,{alpha})], and (c) activation products of the target [e.g., {sup 238}Np from {sup 237}Np(n,{gamma}) and {sup 239}Np from {sup 238}U(n,{gamma})] reactions, making the gamma spectrometric analysis very simple and accurate. The high-yield asymmetric fission products were analyzed by direct gamma spectrometry, whereas the low-yield symmetric products (e.g., Ag, Cd, and Sb) as well as some of the asymmetric fission products (e.g., Br) and rare earths (in the case of {sup 238}U and {sup 237}Np) were radiochemically separated and then analyzed by gamma-ray spectrometry. The neutron spectra in the irradiation positions of the reactors were measured and delineated in the thermal to 10-MeV region using threshold activation detectors. The present data were compared with the ENDF/VI and UKFY2 evaluated data files. From the measured cumulative yields, the mass-chain yields have been deduced using charge distribution systematics. The mass yields, along with similar data for other fast neutron-induced fissioning systems, show several important features:1. Fine structure in the interval of five mass units in even-Z fissioning systems due to odd-even effects. The fine structure decreases from lighter to heavier even-Z actinides, in accordance with their odd-even effect.2. Higher yields in the mass regions 133 to 135, 138 to 140, and 143 to 145 and their complementary mass regions, depending on the mass of the fissioning systems due to the presence of 82n-66n, 86n-62n, and 88n-56n shells.3. For odd-Z fissioning systems having no odd-even effect, the fine structure is very feeble and is due only to shell effects.4. Unusually high yields observed in the mass region 133 to 139 in the fissioning system {sup 239}U* as compared to other U isotopes are explained on the basis of a higher neutron-to-proton ratio (N/Z) of {sup 238}U compared to lower-mass uranium isotopes. The {nu}-bar, full-width at tenth-maximum, and A{sub L}-bar increase with increasing mass of the fissioning systems, whereas A{sub H}-bar of {approx}139 {+-} 1 remains constant throughout due to the strong preference for the formation of the deformed 88n shell, which is also favorable from the N/Z point of view.

  8. Characterization of fluor concentration and geometry in organic scintillators for in situ beta imaging

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Martin P. Tornai; Edward J. Hoffman; Lawrence R. MacDonald; Craig S. Levin

    1996-01-01

    Development of a small area (1-2 cm2) in situ beta imaging device includes optimization of the front end scintillation detector, which is fiber optically coupled to a remote photon detector. Thin plastic scintillation detectors, which are sensitive to charged particles, are the ideal detectors due to the low sensitivity to ambient gamma backgrounds. The light output of a new binary

  9. Characterization of fluor concentration and geometry in organic scintillators for in situ beta imaging

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Martin P. Tornai; Edward J. Hoffman; Lawrence R. MacDonald; Craig S. Levin

    1995-01-01

    Development of a small area (1-2 cm2) in situ beta imaging device includes optimization of the front end scintillation detector which is fiber optically coupled to a remote photon detector. Thin plastic scintillation detectors, which are sensitive to charged particles, are the ideal detectors due to the low sensitivity to ambient gamma backgrounds. The light output of a new binary

  10. Correlations to determine in-situ stress from open-hole logging data in sandstone reservoirs 

    E-print Network

    Gongora, Cesar Augusto

    1995-01-01

    principal in-situ stress derived from both open-hole log data and cased-hole stress tests and gamma ray readings. The information used during this research project came from the Gas Research Institute (GRI's) Staged Field Experiment (SFE) No. I and No.2...

  11. In Situ g-PHA Measurements of the 285-3H Cooling Tower Components

    SciTech Connect

    Salaymeh, S.R.

    2001-05-23

    The Analytical Development Section of Savannah River Technology Center was requested by the Facility Disposition Division to conduct in-situ gamma-ray pulse height analysis measurements to provide input toward the decision to unconditionally release the 285-3H cooling tower.

  12. 3, 445477, 2003 Lidar and in situ

    E-print Network

    Boyer, Edmond

    relative differences between lidar and in-situ observations of 10% for backscatter, 37% for extinction and physical properties G. P. Gobbi 1 , F. Barnaba 1 , R. Van Dingenen 2 , J. P. Putaud 2 , M. Mircea 3 , and M as5 computed from in situ measurements of particles size distributions, performed at the mountain top

  13. Is It Really Duct Carcinoma In Situ?

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Hiram S. Cody III; Nancy Klauber-DeMore; Patrick I. Borgen; Kimberly J. Van Zee

    2001-01-01

    To the question “Is axillary node staging required in patients with duct carcinoma in situ (DCIS) of the breast?” there are two possible responses: a short answer and a long one. The short answer is a simple and unambiguous “no.” By definition, neither DCIS nor any in situ cancer can possibly metastasize and the treatment is therefore local. The appropriate

  14. In situ bioremediation of petrol contaminated groundwater

    E-print Network

    Blouin-Demers, Gabriel

    21/11/08 1 In situ bioremediation of petrol contaminated groundwater Guido Miguel Delgadillo EVS and facts · Likelihood of contamination · Benefits of in situ bioremediation So... Ask not what groundwater · Intrinsic BR vs. Engineered BR Anaerobic Bioremediation (1) Background · Anaerobic conditions most likely

  15. In Situ Monitoring of Vacuum Carburizing

    Microsoft Academic Search

    M. Bruncko; A. C. Kneissl; I. Anzel

    2009-01-01

    The present article describes development and testing of a new measurement method that enables nondestructive and in situ monitoring of a vacuum carburizing process. The principle of the method is based on monitoring the carbon diffusion during vacuum carburizing by the in-situ measurement of electrical resistance changes in the carburizing sample. Using this method the electrical resistance changes during vacuum

  16. Dry eye after laser in situ keratomileusis

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Ikuko Toda; Naoko Asano-Kato; Yoshiko Komai-Hori; Kazuo Tsubota

    2001-01-01

    PURPOSE: To determine whether patients undergoing laser in situ keratomileusis have postoperative dry eye.METHODS: In this retrospective, interventional case series, 124 eyes of 64 consecutive patients who underwent laser in situ keratomileusis were examined for a dry eye symptom, Schirmer test with anesthesia, tear clearance rate, tear break-up time, vital staining for ocular surface, corneal sensitivity, and blink rate. All

  17. 6, 1246912501, 2006 In situ measurements

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    ACPD 6, 12469­12501, 2006 In situ measurements of H2O in the TTL during HIBISCUS G. Durry et al­12501, 2006 In situ measurements of H2O in the TTL during HIBISCUS G. Durry et al. Title Page Abstract in the TTL during HIBISCUS G. Durry et al. Title Page Abstract Introduction Conclusions References Tables

  18. Frontiers of in situ electron microscopy

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    Zheng, Haimei; Zhu, Yimei; Meng, Shirley Ying

    2015-01-01

    In situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM) has become an increasingly important tool for materials characterization. It provides key information on the structural dynamics of a material during transformations and the correlation between structure and properties of materials. With the recent advances in instrumentation, including aberration corrected optics, sample environment control, the sample stage, and fast and sensitive data acquisition, in situ TEM characterization has become more and more powerful. In this article, a brief review of the current status and future opportunities of in situ TEM is included. It also provides an introduction to the six articles covered by inmore »this issue of MRS Bulletin explore the frontiers of in situ electron microscopy, including liquid and gas environmental TEM, dynamic four-dimensional TEM, nanomechanics, ferroelectric domain switching studied by in situ TEM, and state-of-the-art atomic imaging of light elements (i.e., carbon atoms) and individual defects.« less

  19. In situ bioremediation in Europe

    SciTech Connect

    Porta, A. [Battelle Europe, Geneva (CH); Young, J.K.; Molton, P.M. [Pacific Northwest Lab., Richland, WA (US)

    1993-06-01

    Site remediation activity in Europe is increasing, even if not at the forced pace of the US. Although there is a better understanding of the benefits of bioremediation than of other approaches, especially about in situ bioremediation of contaminated soils, relatively few projects have been carried out full-scale in Europe or in the US. Some engineering companies and large industrial companies in Europe are investigating bioremediation and biotreatment technologies, in some cases to solve their internal waste problems. Technologies related to the application of microorganisms to the soil, release of nutrients into the soil, and enhancement of microbial decontamination are being tested through various additives such as surfactants, ion exchange resins, limestone, or dolomite. New equipment has been developed for crushing and mixing or injecting and sparging the microorganisms, as have new reactor technologies (e.g., rotating aerator reactors, biometal sludge reactors, and special mobile containers for simultaneous storage, transportation, and biodegradation of contaminated soil). Some work has also been done with immobilized enzymes to support and restore enzymatic activities related to partial or total xenobiotic decontamination. Finally, some major programs funded by public and private institutions confirm that increasing numbers of firms have a working interest in bioremediation.

  20. In situ synthesized composite thin films of MWCNTs\\/PMMA doped with KOH as a resistive humidity sensor

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Pi-Guey Su; Chao-Shen Wang

    2007-01-01

    In situ synthesized multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs), methyl methacrylate (MMA) and KOH composite thin films on an alumina substrate were used to fabricate resistive humidity sensors. The thin films were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). The electrical characteristics of PMMA to which various amounts of MWCNTs were added were

  1. In situ analytical pyrolysis of coal macerals and solid bitumens by laser micropyrolysis GC–MS

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Paul F. Greenwood; Simon C. George; Walter Pickel; Yangming Zhu; Ningning Zhong

    2001-01-01

    Specific macerals in coals and distinct solid organic bitumens within limestones from northern China were separately analysed in situ by laser micropyrolysis gas chromatography–mass spectrometry. The major pyrolysates from the resinite and cutinite macerals included aromatic hydrocarbons such as alkylnaphthalenes, alkylbenzenes, alkyltetralins (in the resinite) and alkylphenols (in the cutinite), and aliphatic hydrocarbons such as n-alk-1-enes, n-alkanes, pristane and phytane.

  2. In situ ion-beam analysis and modification of sol-gel zirconia thin films

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Levine, Timothy Edge; Yu, Ning; Kodali, Padma; Walter, Kevin C.; Nastasi, Michael; Tesmer, Joseph R.; Maggiore, Carl J.; Mayer, James W.

    We report the investigation of ion-beam-induced densification of sol-gel zirconia thin films via in situ ion backscattering spectrometry. We have irradiated three regions of a sample with neon, argon, and krypton ions. For each ion species, a series of irradiation and analysis steps were performed using an interconnected 3 MV tandem accelerator. The technique offers the advantages of minimizing the variation of experimental parameters and sequentially monitoring the densification phenomenon with increasing ion dose.

  3. In situ ion-beam analysis and modification of sol-gel zirconia thin films

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Levine, T. E.; Yu, N.; Kodali, P.; Walter, K. C.; Nastasi, M.; Tesmer, J. R.; Maggiore, C. J.; Mayer, J. W.

    1995-12-01

    We report the investigation of ion-beam-induced densification of sol-gel zirconia thin films via in situ ion backscattering spectrometry. We have irradiated three regions of a sample with neon, argon, and krypton ions. For each ion species, a series of irradiation and analysis steps were performed using an interconnected 3 MV tandem accelerator. The technique offers the advantages of minimising the variation of experimental parameters and sequentially monitoring the densification phenomenon with increasing ion dose.

  4. A Deep-Sea Mass Spectrometer Instrument for Long-Term, In Situ Biogeochemical Monitoring

    Microsoft Academic Search

    A. Bossuyt; G. M. McMurtry

    2004-01-01

    Mass spectrometry has been a major analytical tool for more than 100 years, but it has rarely been used to monitor the environment in situ. Furthermore, a deep-water instrument is even more challenging due to a lack of an effective membrane-introduction interface and an efficient high-vacuum system that will work remotely for long periods at very high pressure. Being able

  5. Evaluation of a portable FTIR for in-situ field measurements of surface reflectance

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Rob K. Newsom; Robert D. Kaiser; August O. Schutte

    2004-01-01

    Development of target detection algorithms and simulation models for present and future multispectral and hyperspectral sensor systems requires accurate characterization of the reflectance and thermal emission of natural and man-made materials. Fourier transform spectrometry is one method for obtaining relatively high spectral resolution, in-situ measurements of surface reflectance. This paper discusses the performance characteristics of the SOC-400T FTIR and its

  6. In situ measurement of low-level radioactivities using the compton suppression technique

    Microsoft Academic Search

    L. J. Yuan; P. S. Weng; C. C. Chan

    1989-01-01

    The radionuclides in the gaseous effluent, in the water coolant from the research reactor, and in the surroundings were detected with gamma-ray spectrometry with and without using the Compton suppression technique, depending on the activity levels detected. All gamma-ray spectra were taken at various reactor power levels to investigate the relationship between the gamma-ray activities and the power levels. The

  7. Toward In Situ Monitoring of Water Contamination by Nitroenergetic Compounds

    PubMed Central

    Johnson, Brandy J.; Leska, Iwona A.; Medina, Alejandro; Dyson, Norris F.; Nasir, Mansoor; Melde, Brian J.; Taft, Jenna R.; Charles, Paul T.

    2012-01-01

    We have previously described the application of novel porous organosilicate materials to the preconcentration of nitroenergetic targets from aqueous solution prior to HPLC analysis. The performance of the sorbents and the advantages of these types of materials over commercially available solid phase extraction sorbents have been demonstrated. Here, the development of systems for application of those sorbents to in situ monitoring is described. Considerations such as column pressure, particulate filtration, and component durability are discussed. The diameter of selected column housings, the sorbent bed depth, and the frits utilized significantly impact the utility of the sorbent columns in the prototype system. The impact of and necessity for improvements in the morphological characteristics of the sorbents as they relate to reduction in column pressure are detailed. The results of experiments utilizing a prototype system are presented. Data demonstrating feasibility for use of the sorbents in preconcentration prior to ion mobility spectrometry is also presented. PMID:23202195

  8. In-situ characterization technique for screening contaminated soils

    SciTech Connect

    Jaselskis, E.J. [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States); Anderson, M.S.; D`Silva, A.P.; Baldwin, D.P.; Zamzow, D.S. [Ames Lab., IA (United States)

    1995-07-01

    An innovative field sampling system for screening contaminated soils has been developed using laser ablation coupled with inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectrometry (LA-ICP-AES) technology. This sampling approach provides in-situ real-time analysis of trace inorganic elements and is conducted through a mobile testing facility that consists of an instrumentation vehicle called the Mobile Demonstration Laboratory for Environmental Screening Technologies (MDLEST) and an attached trailer called the Robotic Sampling Accessory (RSA). The RSA provides automated sampling capabilities through an attached three-degree-of-freedom robot that is equipped with a surface-sampling probe. The MDLEST-RSA was successfully tested at a Department of Energy (DOE) site in Fernald, Ohio, during the fall of 1992. This paper provides a description of the analysis technique, the MDLEST and RSA, and results of the field demonstration. In addition, benefits, limitations, and future plans are also discussed.

  9. In situ resistivity measurement of cobalt silicide formation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ottaviani, G.; Tu, K. N.; Psaras, P.; Nobili, C.

    1987-09-01

    In situ resistivity measurements have been utilized to study the reaction and silicide formation between cobalt and amorphous silicon thin films from room temperature to 800 °C. In conjunction, structure and composition changes were analyzed by x-ray diffraction and Rutherford backscattering spectrometry. Formation of Co2Si, CoSi, and CoSi2 were observed. Interfacial reaction to form Co2Si occurs at approximately 400 °C. In bilayers of excess silicon, CoSi forms at approximately 520 °C and, if free silicon is still present, CoSi2 forms at about 550 °C. In the case of excess cobalt, Co2Si forms first and is followed by a cobalt-rich solid solution. Co3Si silicide was not observed.

  10. In situ bioremediation using horizontal wells

    SciTech Connect

    NONE

    1995-04-01

    In Situ Bioremediation (ISB), which is the term used in this report for Gaseous Nutrient Injection for In Situ Bioremediation, remediates soils and ground water contaminated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs) both above and below the water table. ISB involves injection of air and nutrients (sparging and biostimulation) into the ground water and vacuum extraction to remove .VOCs from the vadose zone concomitant with biodegradation of VOCs. The innovation is in the combination of 3 emerging technologies, air stripping, horizontal wells, and bioremediation via gaseous nutrient injection with a baseline technology, soil vapor extraction, to produce a more efficient in situ remediation system.

  11. Gum containing calcium fluoride reinforces enamel subsurface lesions in situ.

    PubMed

    Kitasako, Y; Sadr, A; Hamba, H; Ikeda, M; Tagami, J

    2012-04-01

    The aim of this study was to assess the effect of chewing gum containing phosphoryl oligosaccharides of calcium (POs-Ca) and a low concentration of fluoride (F) on the hardness of enamel subsurface lesions, utilizing a double-blind, randomized, and controlled in situ model. Fifteen individuals wore removable lingual appliances with 3 bovine-enamel insets containing subsurface demineralized lesions. Three times a day for 14 days, they chewed one of the 3 chewing gums (placebo, POs-Ca, POs-Ca+F). After the treatment period, cross-sectional mineral content, nanoindentation hardness, and fluoride ion mapping by time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (TOF-SIMS) were evaluated. Although there were no statistical differences in overall mineral content and hardness recovery rates between POs-Ca and POs-Ca+F subsurface lesions (p > 0.05), nanoindentation at 1-?m distance increments from the surface showed statistical differences in hardness recovery rate between POs-Ca and POs-Ca+F in the superficial 20-?m region (p < 0.05). Fluoride mapping revealed distribution of the ion up to 20 ?m from the surface in the POs-Ca+F group. Nanoindentation and TOF-SIMS results highlighted the benefits of bioavailability of fluoride ion on reinforcement of the superficial zone of subsurface lesions in situ (NCT01377493). PMID:22337700

  12. In Situ Synthesis of Peptide Nucleic Acids in Porous Silicon for Drug Delivery and Biosensing

    PubMed Central

    2015-01-01

    Peptide nucleic acids (PNA) are a unique class of synthetic molecules that have a peptide backbone and can hybridize with nucleic acids. Here, a versatile method has been developed for the automated, in situ synthesis of PNA from a porous silicon (PSi) substrate for applications in gene therapy and biosensing. Nondestructive optical measurements were performed to monitor single base additions of PNA initiated from (3-aminopropyl)triethoxysilane attached to the surface of PSi films, and mass spectrometry was conducted to verify synthesis of the desired sequence. Comparison of in situ synthesis to postsynthesis surface conjugation of the full PNA molecules showed that surface mediated, in situ PNA synthesis increased loading 8-fold. For therapeutic proof-of-concept, controlled PNA release from PSi films was characterized in phosphate buffered saline, and PSi nanoparticles fabricated from PSi films containing in situ grown PNA complementary to micro-RNA (miR) 122 generated significant anti-miR activity in a Huh7 psiCHECK-miR122 cell line. The applicability of this platform for biosensing was also demonstrated using optical measurements that indicated selective hybridization of complementary DNA target molecules to PNA synthesized in situ on PSi films. These collective data confirm that we have established a novel PNA–PSi platform with broad utility in drug delivery and biosensing. PMID:24949894

  13. Highly multiplexed subcellular RNA sequencing in situ

    PubMed Central

    Lee, Je Hyuk; Daugharthy, Evan R.; Scheiman, Jonathan; Kalhor, Reza; Ferrante, Thomas C.; Yang, Joyce L.; Terry, Richard; Jeanty, Sauveur S. F.; Li, Chao; Amamoto, Ryoji; Peters, Derek T.; Turczyk, Brian M.; Marblestone, Adam H.; Inverso, Samuel A.; Bernard, Amy; Mali, Prashant; Rios, Xavier; Aach, John; Church, George M.

    2014-01-01

    Understanding the spatial organization of gene expression with single nucleotide resolution requires localizing the sequences of expressed RNA transcripts within a cell in situ. Here we describe fluorescent in situ RNA sequencing (FISSEQ), in which stably cross-linked cDNA amplicons are sequenced within a biological sample. Using 30-base reads from 8,742 genes in situ, we examined RNA expression and localization in human primary fibroblasts using a simulated wound healing assay. FISSEQ is compatible with tissue sections and whole mount embryos, and reduces the limitations of optical resolution and noisy signals on single molecule detection. Our platform enables massively parallel detection of genetic elements, including gene transcripts and molecular barcodes, and can be used to investigate cellular phenotype, gene regulation, and environment in situ. PMID:24578530

  14. Low-level measurement of the cosmogenic 22 Na radionuclide in fresh water by ultra low-background gamma-ray spectrometry after simple radiochemical separation

    Microsoft Academic Search

    A. Sakaguchi; M. Yamamoto; Y. Ohtsuka; K. Sasaki; K. Yokota; K. Komura

    2003-01-01

    A simple analytical method was developed for the determination of cosmogenic 22Na radionuclide in fresh water samples by ultra low-background g-ray spectrometry after radiochemical separation. The method consists in pre-concentration of 22Na(Na) by a ion exchange resin column from a large volume of ca. 500-liter water samples, elution with 4M HCl from the resin, and removal of the main metal

  15. Novel In Situ Pretreatment Method for Significantly Enhancing the Signal In MALDI-TOF MS of Formalin-Fixed Paraffin-Embedded Tissue Sections

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Yu Kakimoto; Tatsuaki Tsuruyama; Takushi Yamamoto; Masaru Furuta; Hirokazu Kotani; Munetaka Ozeki; Akihiko Yoshizawa; Hironori Haga; Keiji Tamaki

    2012-01-01

    The application of matrix-assisted laser desorption\\/ionization (MALDI)-based mass spectrometry (MS) to the proteomic analysis of formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue presents significant technical challenges. In situ enzymatic digestion is frequently used to unlock formalin-fixed tissues for analysis, but the results are often unsatisfactory. Here, we report a new, simplified in situ pretreatment method for preparing tissue sections for MS that involves

  16. In situ microcosms in aquifer bioremediation studies.

    PubMed

    Mandelbaum, R T; Shati, M R; Ronen, D

    1997-07-01

    The extent to which aquifer microbiota can be studied under laboratory or simulated conditions is limited by our inability to authentically duplicate natural conditions in the laboratory. Therefore, extrapolation of laboratory results to real aquifer situations is often criticized, unless validation of the data is performed in situ. Reliable data acquisition is critical for the estimation of chemical and biological reaction rates of biodegradation processes in groundwater and as input data for mathematical models. Typically, in situ geobiochemical studies relied on the injection of groundwater spiked with compounds or bacteria of interest into the aquifer, followed by monitoring the changes over time and space. In situ microcosms provide a more confined study site for measurements of microbial reactions, yet closer to natural conditions than laboratory microcosms. Two basic types of in situ aquifer microcosm have been described in recent years, and both originated from in situ instruments initially designed for geochemical measurements. Gillham et al. [Ground Water 28 (1990) 858-862] constructed an instrument that isolates a portion of an aquifer for in situ biochemical rate measurements. More recently Shati et al. [Environ. Sci. Technol. 30 (1996) 2646-2653] modified a multilayer sampler for studying the activity of inoculated bacteria in a contaminated aquifer Keeping in mind recent advances in environmental microbiology methodologies such as immunofluorescence direct counts, oligonucleotide and PCR probes, fatty acid methyl esther analysis for the detection and characterization of bacterial communities, measurement of mRNA and expression of proteins, it is evident that much new information can now be gained from in situ work. Using in situ microcosms to study bioremediation efficiencies, the fate of introduced microorganisms and general geobiochemical aquifer processes can shed more realistic light on the microbial underworld. The aim of this paper is to emphasize the importance of in situ studies and to describe two different concepts of construction and application of in situ microcosms for studying microbial activity in aquifers. The overall goal is to promote the development and utilization of these valuable and largely unexplored tools. PMID:9299716

  17. Mineral exploration and soil analysis using in situ neutron activation

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Senftle, F.E.; Hoyte, A.F.

    1966-01-01

    A feasibility study has been made to operate by remote control an unshielded portable positive-ion accelerator type neutron source to induce activities in the ground or rock by "in situ" neutron irradiation. Selective activation techniques make it possible to detect some thirty or more elements by irradiating the ground for periods of a few minutes with either 3-MeV or 14-MeV neutrons. The depth of penetration of neutrons, the effect of water content of the soil on neutron moderation, gamma ray attenuation in the soil and other problems are considered. The analysis shows that, when exploring for most elements of economic interest, the reaction 2H(d,n)3He yielding ??? 3-MeV neutrons is most practical to produce a relatively uniform flux of neutrons of less than 1 keV to a depth of 19???-20???. Irradiation with high energy neutrons (??? 14 MeV) can also be used and may be better suited for certain problems. However, due to higher background and lower sensitivity for the heavy minerals, it is not a recommended neutron source for general exploration use. Preliminary experiments have been made which indicate that neutron activation in situ is feasible for a mineral exploration or qualititative soil analysis. ?? 1976.

  18. The SMAP In Situ Soil Moisture Sensor Testbed: Comparing in situ sensors for satellite validation

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    One of the most valuable tools in validating satellite based soil moisture estimates, such as those from the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission are large scale in situ networks. Global validation involves networks operated by many different organizations. Existing in situ soil moisture netw...

  19. Non-destructive in-situ method and apparatus for determining radionuclide depth in media

    DOEpatents

    Xu, X. George (Clifton Park, NY); Naessens, Edward P. (West Point, NY)

    2003-01-01

    A non-destructive method and apparatus which is based on in-situ gamma spectroscopy is used to determine the depth of radiological contamination in media such as concrete. An algorithm, Gamma Penetration Depth Unfolding Algorithm (GPDUA), uses point kernel techniques to predict the depth of contamination based on the results of uncollided peak information from the in-situ gamma spectroscopy. The invention is better, faster, safer, and/cheaper than the current practice in decontamination and decommissioning of facilities that are slow, rough and unsafe. The invention uses a priori knowledge of the contaminant source distribution. The applicable radiological contaminants of interest are any isotopes that emit two or more gamma rays per disintegration or isotopes that emit a single gamma ray but have gamma-emitting progeny in secular equilibrium with its parent (e.g., .sup.60 Co, .sup.235 U, and .sup.137 Cs to name a few). The predicted depths from the GPDUA algorithm using Monte Carlo N-Particle Transport Code (MCNP) simulations and laboratory experiments using .sup.60 Co have consistently produced predicted depths within 20% of the actual or known depth.

  20. In-situ optical photoreflectance during MOCVD

    SciTech Connect

    Breiland, W.G.; Hammons, B.E.; Hou, H.Q.; Mei, X.B. [Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States). Chemical Processing Sciences Dept.

    1998-01-01

    This report summarizes the development of in situ optical photoreflectance as a tool for measuring impurity concentrations in compound semiconductors. The authors have successfully explored the use of photoreflectance as an in situ tool for measuring n-type doping levels in metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) grown GaAs materials. The technique measures phase and frequency shifts in Franz-Keldysh oscillations measured on uniformly doped thin films. Doping concentrations from 5 {times} 10{sup 16} to 1 {times} 10{sup 18} can be measured at temperatures below 130 C. A method has been developed to include photoreflectance as the last step in the pre-growth in situ calibration procedure for MOCVD thin film structures. This combined capability now enables one to rapidly and accurately determine growth rates, chemical composition, and doping levels necessary to generate a recipe to fabricate complex optoelectronic compound semiconductor devices.

  1. In-situ observation of ettringite crystals

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Komatsu, Ryuichi; Mizukoshi, Norihiro; Makida, Koji; Tsukamoto, Katsuo

    2009-01-01

    In-situ observation of growing ettringite crystals in solution has been carried out and the morphology change of ettringite has been investigated under various conditions. In particular, the acceleration behavior of ettringite growth in the presence of calcite, the cause of which is not yet understood, is examined. Spherulite with calcite in its core is formed first followed by the generation of acicular crystals. Compared with the in-situ observation result of crystal growth in a solution with no calcite, the effect of added calcite can be explained as a decrease in the activation energy of nucleation for ettringite around calcite.

  2. In-situ radionuclide characterization of a submarine groundwater discharge site at Kalogria Bay, Stoupa, Greece

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Christos Tsabaris; Dionisis L. Patiris; Aristomenis P. Karageorgis; George Eleftheriou; Vassilis P. Papadopoulos; Dimitris Georgopoulos; Evangelos Papathanassiou; Pavel P. Povinec

    In-situ underwater gamma-ray spectrometer KATERINA was used for continuous measurements of radon progenies (214Pb, 214Bi), thoron progeny (208Tl) and 40K in submarine groundwater discharge (SGD) sites at Kalogria Bay, SW Peloponnesus (Greece). The spectrometer was deployed attached on measuring platform along with two conductivity - temperature data loggers while underwater battery packs supplied the system for acquisition periods up to

  3. Linear Algebra in Situ Steven J. Cox

    E-print Network

    Linear Algebra in Situ Steven J. Cox #12;Poet, oracle and wit Like unsuccessful anglers. Following Gil Strang, I demonstrate throughout that Linear Algebra is both a tool for expressing these questions and for achieving, computing and representing their solutions. The theory needed to resolve

  4. In Situ Conservation: Methods and Costs

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Detlef Virchow

    Conservation policies will be pursued with quite different sets of instruments and conservation methods depending on the objectives and the costs implied. In this chapter, the objectives of genetic resources conservation are discussed and in situ conservation methods are described, and the costs related to these conservation methods are analyzed. This chapter demonstrates that despite the intensive multilateral discussions regarding

  5. BEATRIX-II: In situ tritium test

    Microsoft Academic Search

    D. E. Baker; T. Kuraswa; J. M. Miller; O. D. Slagle

    1990-01-01

    The BEATRIX-II irradiation experiment is an in-situ tritium release experiment being carried out in the Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF) reactor to evaluate the tritium release characteristics of fusion solid breeder materials. A sophisticated tritium gas handling system has been developed to continuously monitor the tritium recovery from the specimens and facilitate tritium removal from the experiment's sweep gas flow

  6. Fabrication Capabilities Utilizing In Situ Materials

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    McLemore, Carole A.; Fikes, John C.; Darby, Charles A.; Good, James E.; Gilley, Scott D.

    2008-01-01

    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has a Space Exploration Policy that lays out a plan that far exceeds the earlier Apollo goals where landing on the moon and taking those first historic steps fulfilled the mission. The policy states that we will set roots on the moon by establishing an outpost. This outpost will be used as a test bed for residing in more distant locales, such as Mars. In order to become self-sufficient, the occupants must have the capability to fabricate component parts in situ. Additionally, in situ materials must be used to minimize valuable mission upmass and to be as efficient as possible. In situ materials can be found from various sources such as raw lunar regolith whereby specific constituents can be extracted from the regolith (such as aluminum, titanium, or iron), and existing hardware already residing on the moon from past Apollo missions. The Electron Beam Melting (EBM) process lends itself well to fabricating parts, tools, and other necessary items using in situ materials and will be discussed further in this paper.

  7. IN SITU MONITORING OF ENVIRONMENTAL GENOTOXINS

    EPA Science Inventory

    Potential health hazard of a test site can be assessed by (1) epidemiological survey of the indigenous populations, (2) in situ monitoring by introducing test organisms into the environment, and (3) bringing environmental samples from the test site into the laboratory and perform...

  8. Protocol comparison for quantifying in situ mineralization

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    In situ mineralization methods are intended to quantify mineralization under realistic environmental conditions. This study was conducted to compare soil moisture and temperature in intake soil cores contained in cylinders to that in adjacent bulk soil, compare the effect of two resin bag techniques...

  9. In-situ Vane Shear Test

    NSDL National Science Digital Library

    This article briefly describes the in-situ shear vane test, including images and typical results. This procedure tests the undrained shear strength of soil. Procedures of the test are not outlined, but a general overview is given. The site contains photos, charts, diagrams and instructional test to help guide the user.

  10. GAS TURBINE REHEAT USING IN SITU COMBUSTION

    Microsoft Academic Search

    D. M. Bachovchin; R. A. Newby P. G. A. Cizmas

    2004-01-01

    In situ reheat is an alternative to traditional gas turbine reheat design in which fuel is fed through airfoils rather than in a bulky discrete combustor separating HP and LP turbines. The goals are to achieve increased power output and\\/or efficiency without higher emissions. In this program the scientific basis for achieving burnout with low emissions has been explored. In

  11. In-Situ Burning of Spilled Oil.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Allen, Alan A.

    1991-01-01

    Reviews in-situ burning with particular emphasis on how it can be applied in water-related oil spill situations. Presents and discusses the use of nomograms and development of techniques cited for safe and effective ignition and controlled burning of spilled oil. Includes representative oil spill scenarios and possible responses. (15 references)…

  12. IN SITU LEAD IMMOBILIZATION BY APATITE

    EPA Science Inventory

    Lead contamination is of environmental concern due to its effect on human health. The purpose of this study was to develop a technology to immobilize Pb in situ in contaminated soils and wastes using apatite. Hydroxyapatite [Ca10(PO4)6(O...

  13. Pseudomonas keratitis after laser in situ keratomileusis.

    PubMed

    Sharma, Namrata; Sinha, Rajesh; Singhvi, Arun; Tandon, Radhika

    2006-03-01

    We report a 32-year-old woman who presented with infectious keratitis in the right eye 3 weeks after laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK). On microbiological investigations, the microorganism isolated was Pseudomonas aeruginosa that was sensitive to ciprofloxacin. To our knowledge, this is the only case report in the literature of post-LASIK infectious keratitis caused by P aeruginosa. PMID:16631068

  14. In Situ Vitrification software requirements specification

    SciTech Connect

    Grush, W.H.; Marwil, E.S.

    1990-09-01

    This report describes the Software Requirements Specification for the Electrical Resistance Heating and Thermal Energy Transport models of the In-Situ Vitrification (ISV) process. It contains the Data Flow Diagrams, Process Specifications, Data Structure Diagrams, and the Data Dictionary. 5 refs.

  15. FIELD STUDIES OF IN SITU SOIL WASHING

    EPA Science Inventory

    The EPA and US Air Force conducted a research test program to demonstrate the removal of hydrocarbons and chlorinated hydrocarbons from a sandy soil by in situ soil washing using surfactants. Contaminated soil from the fire training area of Volk Air National Guard Base, WI, was f...

  16. DEMONSTRATION BULLETIN: IN SITU VITRIFICATION - GEOSAFE CORPORATION

    EPA Science Inventory

    in Situ Vitrification (ISV) is designed to treat soils, sludges, sediments, and mine tailings contaminated with organic and inorganic compounds. The process uses electrical current to heat (mett) and vitrify the soil in place. Organic contaminants are decomposed by the extreme h...

  17. Routine fluorescence in situ hybridization in soil

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. Bertaux; U. Gloger; M. Schmid; A. Hartmann; S. Scheu

    2007-01-01

    The use of fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) to identify and enumerate soil bacteria has long been hampered by the autofluorescence of soil particles masking the bacterial signals and because the need of counting hundreds of bacteria in order to achieve statistically reliable data is time consuming. Recently, it was demonstrated that Nycodenz facilitates FISH in soil by concentrating bacteria

  18. Predicting the denitrification capacity of sandy aquifers from in situ measurements using push-pull 15N tracer tests

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Eschenbach, W.; Well, R.; Walther, W.

    2014-12-01

    Knowledge about the spatial variability of in situ denitrification rates (Dr(in situ)) and their relation to the denitrification capacity in nitrate-contaminated aquifers is crucial to predict the development of groundwater quality. Therefore, 28 push-pull 15N tracer tests for the measurement of in situ denitrification rates were conducted in two sandy Pleistocene aquifers in Northern Germany. The 15N analysis of denitrification derived 15N labelled N2 and N2O dissolved in water samples collected during the push-pull 15N tracer tests was performed by isotope ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS) in the lab and additionally for some tracer tests online in the field with a quadrupole membrane inlet mass spectrometer (MIMS), in order to test the feasibility of on-site real-time 15N analysis. Aquifer material from the same locations and depths as the push-pull injection points was incubated and the initial and cumulative denitrification after one year of incubation (Dcum(365)) as well as the stock of reduced compounds (SRC) was compared with in situ measurements of denitrification. This was done to derive transfer functions suitable to predict Dcum(365) and SRC from Dr(in situ). Dr(in situ) ranged from 0 to 51.5 ?g N kg-1 d-1. Denitrification rates derived from on-site isotope analysis using membrane-inlet mass spectrometry satisfactorily coincided with laboratory analysis by conventional isotope ratio mass spectrometry, thus proving the feasibility of in situ analysis. Dr(in situ) was significantly higher in the sulphidic zone of both aquifers compared to the zone of non-sulphidic aquifer material. Overall, regressions between the Dcum(365) and SRC of the tested aquifer material with Dr(in situ) exhibited only a modest linear correlation for the full data set. But the predictability of Dcum(365) and SRC from Dr(in situ) data clearly increased for aquifer samples from the zone of NO3--bearing groundwater. In the NO3--free aquifer zone a lag phase of denitrification after NO3- injections was observed, which confounded the relationship between reactive compounds and in situ denitrification activity. This finding was attributed to adaptation processes in the microbial community after NO3- injections. Exemplarily, it was demonstrated that the microbial community in the NO3--free zone close below the NO3--bearing zone can be adapted to denitrification by amending wells with NO3--injections for an extended period. In situ denitrification rates were 30 to 65% higher after pre-conditioning with NO3-. Results from this study suggest that such pre-conditioning is crucial for the measurement of Dr(in situ) in deeper aquifer material from the NO3--free groundwater zone and thus for the prediction of Dcum(365) and SRC from Dr(in situ).

  19. Making a Hybrid Microfluidic Platform Compatible for In Situ Imaging by Vacuum-Based Techniques

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    Yang, Li; Yu, Xiao-Ying; Zhu, Zihua; Thevuthasan, Suntharampillai; Cowin, James P.

    2011-10-26

    A self-contained microfluidic-based device was designed and fabricated for in situ imaging of aqueous surfaces using vacuum techniques. The device is a hybrid between a microfluidic PDMS block and external accessories, all portable on a small platform (10 cm-8 cm). The key feature is that a small aperture with a diameter of 2-3 micrometers is opened to the vacuum, which serves as a detection window for in situ imaging of aqueous surfaces. Vacuum compatibility and temperature drop due to water vaporization are the two most important challenges in this invention. Theoretical calculations and fabrication strategies are presented from multiple design aspects. In addition, results from the time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) of aqueous surfaces are presented.

  20. In-situ dust detection as a tool to study dust-plasma interactions in the Solar System

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    Srama, R.; Hsu, H. W.; Moragas-Klostermeyer, G.; Postberg, F.; Kempf, S.

    2014-12-01

    The unique results of the Cassini Cosmic Dust Analyzer onboard Cassini revealed the potential of in-situ dust detection for the study of dust-plasma interactions. In-situ techniques are charge induction, impact ionization, momentum transfer, foil depolarization, light scattering or mass spectrometry. Modern instruments like dust telescopes or the Cosmic Dust Analyzer (CDA) onboard Cassini combine different methods in one sensor. This paper gives an overview about in-situ dust measurements in space using direct detection methods. A focus is given to charge induction and impact ionization and their measurement thresholds are described. Major CDA discoveries are summarized and new results of nano-dust stream measurements in the outer Saturnian system are presented. These data show periodicities related to Saturn and its moons, leading to a deeper understanding of nano-dust origins and dynamics in Saturn's magnetosphere.

  1. Potential of natural gamma-ray spectrometry for mapping and environmental monitoring of black-sand beach deposits on the northern coast of Sinai, Egypt.

    PubMed

    Aboelkhair, Hatem; Zaaeimah, Mostafa

    2013-04-01

    The concentrations and distributions of naturally occurring radioactive materials were studied with the aim of detecting and mapping radioactive anomalies as well as monitoring the environment for black-sand beach deposits in Northern Sinai, Egypt. For this purpose, ground gamma-ray spectrometric surveys were conducted using a portable GS-512 spectrometer, with an NaI (Tl) detector, on an area 77.5 km(2) in surface area located between the cities of Rafah and Elareish on the Mediterranean Sea coast. The results revealed that the black-sand beach deposits could be differentiated according to their total-count (TC) radioactivity into five normally distributed interpreted radiometric lithologic (IRL) units denoted by U1, U2, U3, U4 and U5. The computed characteristic TC radiometric statistics of these five IRL units range from 4.67  to 9.96 Ur for their individual arithmetic means. The computed arithmetic means for the three radioelements K, eU and eTh reach 0.46 %, 2.25 and 6.17 ppm, respectively for the whole study area. Monitoring the environmental effects of radioelement concentrations on the study area showed that the mean natural equivalent radiation dose rate from the terrestrial gamma-radiation of the whole area attains 0.33 mSv y(-1). This average value remains on the safe side and within the maximum permissible safe radiation dose (<1.0 mSv y(-1)) without harm to the individual, except at three scattered points reaching more than these values. Some of the local inhabitants in the region sometimes use black sands as a building material. Consequently, they are not recommended for use as building materials, because the inhabitants will, then, receive a relatively high radioactive dose generated mainly by monazite and zircon minerals, two of the main constituents of black sands. PMID:22869819

  2. Volumetric In Situ Electrical Heating: An Unexploited Electrotechnology 

    E-print Network

    Bridges, J. E.

    1992-01-01

    The use of electrical energy to heat large volumes of earth in place ("in situ") offers significant advantages over conventional in situ heat-transfer methods. For example, where properly applied, the near-wellbore application of electrical energy...

  3. DEMONSTRATION BULLETIN: IN SITU ELECTROKINETIC EXTRACTION SYSTEM - SANDIA NATIONAL LABORATORIES

    EPA Science Inventory

    Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) has developed an in situ soil remediation system that uses electrokinetic principles to remediate hexavalent chromium-contaminated unsaturated or partially saturated soils. The technology involves the in situ application of direct current to the...

  4. Real-time in-situ chemical sensing in aluminum gallium nitride\\/gallium nitride metal-organic chemical vapor deposition processes for advanced process control

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Soon Cho

    2004-01-01

    Gallium nitride and its alloys promise to be key materials for future semiconductor devices aimed at high frequency, high power electronic applications. However, manufacturing for such high performance products is challenged by reproducibility and material quality constraints that are notably more stringent than those required for optoelectronic applications. To meet this challenge, in-situ mass spectrometry was implemented as a real-time

  5. Development of a new microelectrolysis system for in-situ electrodeposition of ultra-traces of gold prior to measurement by ETAAS

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Nahid Mashkouri Najafi; Nastaran Manouchehri

    2003-01-01

    Electrodeposition is known to be suitable for separation and preconcentration of extremely low concentrations of analyte from bulk samples and is instrumentally is very simple. In this approach a new combined system was designed for in-situ electrodeposition of ultratrace levels of gold from micro samples on to a graphite furnace prior to determination by electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry (ETAAS). Sediment

  6. Migrating magmatism in the northern US Cordillera: in situ U–Pb geochronology of the Idaho batholith

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Richard M. GaschnigJeffrey; Jeffrey D. Vervoort; Reed S. Lewis; William C. McClelland

    2010-01-01

    New in situ laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry and sensitive high-resolution ion microprobe U–Pb\\u000a geochronology of zircons from the Idaho batholith and spatially overlapping Challis intrusions reveals a series of discrete\\u000a magmatic belts of different ages and compositions. Following the accretion of the Blue Mountains province to North America\\u000a along the Salmon River suture zone, two compositionally diverse belts of

  7. High-precision in situ 238U– 234U– 230Th isotopic analysis using laser ablation multiple-collector ICPMS

    Microsoft Academic Search

    C. H. Stirling; D.-C. Lee; J. N. Christensen; A. N. Halliday

    2000-01-01

    We have developed a method for the rapid, in situ measurement of U–Th isotopic compositions at the semimicro scale using laser ablation sampling, combined with multiple collector ICP magnetic sector mass spectrometry (MC-ICPMS). The system uses a Q-switched and frequency quadrupled 266 nm Nd:YAG laser to ablate samples containing 100 ppm levels of U at 150 ?m scale resolution, corresponding

  8. Determination of gamma-hydroxybutyric acid in biofluids using a one-step procedure with "in-vial" derivatization and headspace-trap gas chromatography-mass spectrometry.

    PubMed

    Ingels, Ann-Sofie M E; Neels, Hugo; Lambert, Willy E; Stove, Christophe P

    2013-06-28

    A headspace-trap gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (HS-trap GC-MS) method was developed to determine GHB, a low molecular weight compound and drug of abuse, in various biological fluids. Combining this relatively novel and fully automated headspace technique with "in-vial" methylation of GHB allowed for a straightforward approach. One single method could be used for all biofluids (urine, plasma, serum, whole blood or lyzed blood), requiring only 100?l of sample. Moreover, our approach involves mere addition of all reagents and sample into one vial. Following optimization of headspace conditions and trap settings, validation was performed. Although sample preparation only consists of the addition of salt and derivatization reagents directly to a 100?l-sample in a HS-vial, adequate method sensitivity and selectivity was obtained. Calibration curves ranged from 5 to 150?g/ml GHB for urine, from 2 to 150?g/ml for plasma, and from 3.5 to 200?g/ml for whole blood. Acceptable precision and accuracy (<13% bias and imprecision) were seen for all quality controls (QC's) (LLOQ-level, low, medium, high), including for the supplementary serum- and lyzed blood-based QC's, using calibration curves prepared in plasma or whole blood, respectively. Incurred sample reanalysis demonstrated assay reproducibility, while cross-validation with another GC-MS method demonstrated that our method is a valuable alternative for GHB determination in toxicological samples, with the advantage of requiring only 100?l and minimal hands-on time, as sample preparation is easy and injection automated. PMID:23664352

  9. Influence of in situ ultrasound treatment during ion implantation on formation of silver nanoparticles in silica

    SciTech Connect

    Romanyuk, Andriy; Spassov, Vladislav; Melnik, Viktor [Institute of Physics, University of Basel, Klingelbergstrasse 82, 4056 Basel (Switzerland); Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology, Rue Jaquet-Droz 1, 2007 Neuchatel (Switzerland); IHP-Microelectronics, Im Technologiepark 25, 15236 Frankfurt (Oder) (Germany)

    2006-02-01

    We report on the effect of in situ ultrasound treatment on the clustering process of silver atoms in ion-implanted SiO{sub 2}. Cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy shows single-crystal Ag spheres with an increased cluster size when prepared using ultrasound vibrations. Time-of-flight secondary-ion-mass spectrometry demonstrates an enhanced yield of [Ag{sub 2}]{sup 216} complexes in structures treated with acoustic waves. An analysis of the influence of ultrasound on defect reaction kinetics as well as on different stages of the clustering process is performed.

  10. Development of Spectroelectrochemical Cells for in situ Neutron Reflectometry

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yonemura, M.; Hirayama, M.; Suzuki, K.; Kanno, R.; Torikai, N.; Yamada, N. L.

    2014-04-01

    A new spectroelectrochemical cell for in situ neutron reflectometry was developed. Electrochemical reactions were determined using this in situ cell with a LiMn2O4/SrRuO3 multi layer thin film. Changes in interfacial structures on the surface of the thin film are also observed by in situ neutron reflectivity measurements. The performances of this in situ cell were expected the determination of changes on the interface between the electrodes and electrolytes.

  11. Advanced hydraulic fracturing methods to create in situ reactive barriers

    Microsoft Academic Search

    L. Murdoch; B. Siegrist; T. Meiggs

    1997-01-01

    This article describes the use of hydraulic fracturing to increase permeability in geologic formations where in-situ remedial action of contaminant plumes will be performed. Several in-situ treatment strategies are discussed including the use of hydraulic fracturing to create in situ redox zones for treatment of organics and inorganics. Hydraulic fracturing methods offer a mechanism for the in-situ treatment of gently

  12. Calculated trends and the atmospheric abundance of 1,1,1,2-tetrafluoroethane, 1,1-dichloro-1-fluoroethane, and 1-chloro-1,1-difluoroethane using automated in-situ gas chromatography-mass spectrometry measurements recorded at Mace Head, Ireland, from October 1994 to March 1997

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Simmonds, P. G.; O'Doherty, S.; Huang, J.; Prinn, R.; Derwent, R. G.; Ryall, D.; Nickless, G.; Cunnold, D.

    1998-01-01

    The first in-situ measurements by automated gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer are reported for 1,1,1,2-tetrafluoroethane (HFC-134a), 1,1-dichloro-1-fluoroethane, (HCFC-141b), and 1-chloro-1,1-difluoroethane, (HCFC-142b). These compounds are steadily replacing the chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) as refrigerants, foam-blowing agents, and solvents. The concentrations of all three compounds are shown to be rapidly increasing in the atmosphere, with 134a increasing at a rate of 2.05±0.02 ppt yr-1 over the 30 months of observations. Similarly, 141b and 142b increased at rates of 2.49±0.03 and 1.24±0.02 ppt yr-1, respectively, over the same period. The concentrations recorded at the atmospheric research station at Mace Head, Ireland, on January 1, 1996, the midpoint of the time series, were 3.67 ppt (134a), 7.38 ppt (141b), and 8.78 ppt (142b). From these observations we optimally estimate the HCFC and HFC emissions using a 12-box global model and OH concentrations derived from global 1,1,1-trichloroethane (CCl3CH3) measurements. Comparing two methods of estimating emissions with independent industry estimates shows satisfactory agreement for 134a and 141b, while for 142b, industry estimates are less than half those required to explain our observations.

  13. BEATRIX-II: In situ tritium test

    SciTech Connect

    Baker, D.E. (Westinghouse Hanford Co., Richland, WA (USA)); Kuraswa, T. (Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Tokai, Ibaraki (Japan)); Miller, J.M. (Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., Chalk River, ON (Canada). Chalk River Nuclear Labs.); Slagle, O.D. (Pacific Northwest Lab., Richland, WA (USA))

    1990-01-01

    The BEATRIX-II irradiation experiment is an in-situ tritium release experiment being carried out in the Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF) reactor to evaluate the tritium release characteristics of fusion solid breeder materials. A sophisticated tritium gas handling system has been developed to continuously monitor the tritium recovery from the specimens and facilitate tritium removal from the experiment's sweep gas flow stream. The in-situ recovery experiment accommodates two different in-reactor specimen canisters with individual gas streams and temperature monitoring/control. Ionization chambers have been specifically designed to respond to the rapid changes in the tritium release rate at the anticipated tritium concentrations. Two ceramic electrolysis cells have proved effective in reducing the moisture in the gas streams to hydrogen/tritium. A tritium getter system, capable of reducing the tritium level by a factor greater than 4000, is used to reduce the tritium in the sweep gas to a level acceptable for release.

  14. In situ, noninvasive characterization of superhydrophobic coatings

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Tepper, G. C.; Samaha, M. A.; Vahedi Tafreshi, H.; Gad-El-Hak, M.

    2011-11-01

    Light scattering was used to measure the time-dependent loss of air entrapped within a submerged microporous hydrophobic surface subjected to different environmental conditions. The loss of trapped air resulted in a measurable decrease in surface reflectivity and the kinetics of the process was determined in real time and compared to surface properties, such as porosity and morphology. The light-scattering results were compared with measurements of skin-friction drag, static contact angle, and contact-angle hysteresis. The In situ, noninvasive optical technique was shown to correlate well with the more conventional methods for quantifying surface hydrophobicity, such as flow slip and contact angle. In situ characterization of submerged hydrophobic surfaces using light scattering represents a new and useful tool for real-time estimation of hydrophobicity and drag reduction. Financial support from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), contract number W91CRB-10-1-0003, is acknowledged.

  15. Quantitative in situ nanoindentation of aluminum films

    SciTech Connect

    Minor, Andrew M.; Stach, Eric A.; Morris Jr., J.W.

    2001-04-04

    We report the development of a method for quantitative, in situ nanoindentation in an electron microscope and its application to study the onset of deformation during the nanoindentation of aluminum films. The load-displacement curve developed during in situ nanoindentation shows the characteristic ''staircase'' instability at the onset of plastic deformation. The instability corresponds to the first appearance of dislocations in previously defect-free grains, and occurs at a force near that measured in conventional nanoindentation experiments on similarly oriented Al grains. Plastic deformation proceeds through the formation and propagation of prismatic loops punched into the material, and half-loops that emanate from the sample surface. This new experimental technique permits the direct observation of the microstructural mechanisms that operate at the onset of deformation.

  16. Quantum criticality from in situ density imaging

    SciTech Connect

    Fang Shiang; Chung, Chia-Min [Physics Department, National Tsing-Hua University, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan (China); Ma, Ping Nang [Theoretische Physik, ETH Zurich, CH-8093 Zurich (Switzerland); Chen Pochung; Wang, Daw-Wei [Physics Department, National Tsing-Hua University, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan (China); Physics Division, National Center for Theoretical Sciences, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan (China)

    2011-03-15

    We perform large-scale quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) simulations for strongly interacting bosons in a two-dimensional optical lattice trap and confirm an excellent agreement with the benchmarking in situ density measurements by the Chicago group [N. Gemelke et al., Nature (London) 460, 995 (2009)]. We further present a general finite-temperature phase diagram for both the uniform and the trapped systems, demonstrating how the universal scaling properties near the superfluid-to-Mott insulator transition can be observed from the in situ density profile. The characteristic temperature to find such quantum criticality is estimated to be of the order of the single-particle bandwidth, which should be achievable in the present experiments. Finally, we examine the validity regime of the local fluctuation-dissipation theorem, which can be a used as a thermometry in the strongly interacting regime.

  17. In situ nanoparticle sizing with zeptomole sensitivity.

    PubMed

    Batchelor-McAuley, Christopher; Ellison, Joanna; Tschulik, Kristina; Hurst, Philip L; Boldt, Regine; Compton, Richard G

    2015-07-13

    We present the basis for an entirely new approach to in situ nanoparticle sizing. Nanoparticles containing just 12 zeptomoles (1 zeptomole = 10(-21) moles) of silver, are detected via in situ particle coulometry. These stochastic charge measurements correspond to the transfer of only 7000-8000 electrons, yielding direct information relating to the individual nanoparticle volumes. The resulting particle size distribution (average equivalent radius 5 nm) obtained via nanoparticle coulometry is in excellent correspondence with that attained from TEM analysis. Moreover, the measurable particle size limit by this electrochemical method is shown to be significantly below that of more common optical nanoparticle tracking techniques, and as such can be viewed as a potential disruptive nano-technology. PMID:26050623

  18. Numerical simulation of in situ bioremediation

    SciTech Connect

    Travis, B.J.

    1998-12-31

    Models that couple subsurface flow and transport with microbial processes are an important tool for assessing the effectiveness of bioremediation in field applications. A numerical algorithm is described that differs from previous in situ bioremediation models in that it includes: both vadose and groundwater zones, unsteady air and water flow, limited nutrients and airborne nutrients, toxicity, cometabolic kinetics, kinetic sorption, subgridscale averaging, pore clogging and protozoan grazing.

  19. Pathology of the human mesangium in situ

    Microsoft Academic Search

    R. Waldherr; S. Cuzic; I. L. Noronha

    1992-01-01

    Mesangial cells play an important role in the development and progression of human glomerular disease. This article summarizes some important aspects of mesangial properties and behaviour in situ. Intrinsic mesangial cells express a-smooth muscle actin and are best characterized as myofibroblasts or glomerular pericytes. The main intergin receptor in the mesangium is the a1\\\\1 integrin. The \\\\2 and \\\\3 integrins

  20. Femtosecond laser in laser in situ keratomileusis

    PubMed Central

    Salomão, Marcella Q.; Wilson, Steven E.

    2014-01-01

    Flap creation is a critical step in laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK). Efforts to improve the safety and predictability of the lamellar incision have fostered the development of femtosecond lasers. Several advantages of the femtosecond laser over mechanical microkeratomes have been reported in LASIK surgery. In this article, we review common considerations in management and complications of this step in femtosecond laser–LASIK and concentrate primarily on the IntraLase laser because most published studies relate to this instrument. PMID:20494777

  1. In situ measurements of rock mass deformability

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Gage, J.; Wang, H. F.; Fratta, D.; Turner, A. L.

    2012-12-01

    In order to examine how the mechanical properties of a rock mass vary from the centimeter to meter scale, we performed two field point-loading tests (89 kN and 890 kN) to determine the in situ modulus of deformation (Em) of a rock mass. The experimental setup is analogous to plate jacking-type tests, but, instead, using a point load. The experiments were done in the Poorman formation on the 1250 m (4100 ft.) level of the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) at the site of the former Homestake goldmine in Lead, SD. For comparison with in situ values, we also conducted laboratory mechanical tests and used two geotechnical classification systems to evaluate rock stiffness. The in situ modulus of deformation increases with depth into the rock mass. This increase in stiffness is a result of the differences in mechanical properties due to the effect of excavation of the underground space. Near the surface (0 - 1.2 m depth), the rock is weakened due to damage from blasting. Beyond this damaged zone is the stress-relief zone (1.2 -1.5 m depth), where open joint sets affect rock stiffness, and beyond that lies the undisturbed zone (>1.5 m depth) where the rock is the stiffest. Laboratory measurements of Young's modulus for the Poorman formation coincide with the Em measured at ~1.2 m depth. If done properly, in situ measurements of rock stiffness are a valuable tool to fully characterize the gradient in stiffness of a rock mass, which laboratory tests and geotechical classification systems do not fully capture.

  2. In situ health monitoring of piezoelectric sensors

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Jensen, Scott L. (Inventor); Drouant, George J. (Inventor)

    2013-01-01

    An in situ health monitoring apparatus may include an exciter circuit that applies a pulse to a piezoelectric transducer and a data processing system that determines the piezoelectric transducer's dynamic response to the first pulse. The dynamic response can be used to evaluate the operating range, health, and as-mounted resonance frequency of the transducer, as well as the strength of a coupling between the transducer and a structure and the health of the structure.

  3. In Situ Synthesis of Rubber Nanocomposites

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Massimo Messori

    \\u000a The preparation and characterization of rubber based nanocomposites prepared by in situ generation of inorganic oxides by means of the hydrolytic sol–gel process are reviewed in the present chapter. The sol–gel approach has been applied to several rubber matrices to prepare reinforced\\u000a vulcanized and unvulcanized rubbers. Several synthetic procedures are presented while the most investigated filler is silica\\u000a obtained by

  4. Multisensor in situ fiber optic fluorometer

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Eurico J. D'Sa; Steven E. Lohrenz; Vernon L. Asper; Roy A. Walters; Michael J. Morris; Catherine Rathbun

    1994-01-01

    A prototype in situ multi-sensor fiber optic fluorometer is described which was designed to acquire long term time-series fluorescence measurements. The multi-sensor system uses dual detectors with four excitation sources, thereby providing for independent measurements at eight sensor locations. Strobe excitation light of wavelength < 500 nm is passed through one of each pair of optical fibers and stimulated chlorophyll

  5. Breast: Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS)

    Microsoft Academic Search

    John P. Brown; Sarah E. Pinder

    \\u000a Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) of the breast is a proliferation of malignant epithelial cells within parenchymal structures\\u000a of the breast, which is distinguished from invasive carcinoma by the absence of stromal invasion through the limiting basement\\u000a membrane. Although the incidence of DCIS has apparently increased over the last 20 years, this is interpreted as a result\\u000a of the enhanced

  6. Multipath Mitigation on In Situ Communication Links

    Microsoft Academic Search

    L. Tadjpour; D. Bell

    2002-01-01

    On both ends of an in situ ultra-high frequency (UHF) link, multipath signal reflections—characterized by signal reflection, diffraction, and blockage—can cause a significant drop in link performance. The purpose of this article is to study the extent and effects of multipath signal reflections, explore possible strategies, and provide recommendations for mitigating multipath for communications over a relay link. The performance

  7. Standard Review Plan for In Situ Leach Uranium

    E-print Network

    NUREG-1569 Standard Review Plan for In Situ Leach Uranium Extraction License Applications Final Washington, DC 20555-0001 #12;NUREG-1569 Standard Review Plan for In Situ Leach Uranium Extraction License OF A STANDARD REVIEW PLAN (NUREG­1569) FOR STAFF REVIEWS FOR IN SITU LEACH URANIUM EXTRACTION LICENSE

  8. Practical application of in situ aerosol measurement

    SciTech Connect

    O`Hern, T.J.; Rader, D.J.

    1993-09-01

    The use of in situ, real-time measurement techniques permits the characterization of airborne droplets and particles under conditions where traditional sampling methods can fail. For example, sampling method rely on the ability to sample and transport particles without biasing the properties of interest, and often are not applicable in harsh environment. Although in situ methods offer unique opportunities in these cases, these techniques introduce new concerns and must be used carefully if accurate measurement are to be made. Several in situ measurement techniques are reviewed here. As the field is rapidly evolving, the discussion is limited to those techniques which: (1) are commercially available, (2) provide real-time output, (3) measure the aerosol size distribution. Discussion is divided between single particle counters (which provide a flux-based or temporal measurement) and ensemble techniques (which provide a concentration-based or spatial measurement). Specific techniques discussed include phase Doppler, Mie scattering, and Fraunhofer diffraction, and commercial instruments based on these techniques.

  9. A Novel in situ Trigger Combination Method

    SciTech Connect

    Buzatu, Adrian; Warburton, Andreas; /McGill U.; Krumnack, Nils; /Baylor U.; Yao, Wei-Ming; /LBL, Berkeley

    2012-06-01

    Searches for rare physics processes using particle detectors in high-luminosity colliding hadronic beam environments require the use of multi-level trigger systems to reject colossal background rates in real time. In analyses like the search for the Higgs boson, there is a need to maximize the signal acceptance by combining multiple different trigger chains when forming the offline data sample. In such statistically limited searches, datasets are often amassed over periods of several years, during which the trigger characteristics evolve and their performance can vary significantly. Reliable production cross-section measurements and upper limits must take into account a detailed understanding of the effective trigger inefficiency for every selected candidate event. We present as an example the complex situation of three trigger chains, based on missing energy and jet energy, to be combined in the context of the search for the Higgs (H) boson produced in association with a W boson at the Collider Detector at Fermilab (CDF). We briefly review the existing techniques for combining triggers, namely the inclusion, division, and exclusion methods. We introduce and describe a novel fourth in situ method whereby, for each candidate event, only the trigger chain with the highest a priori probability of selecting the event is considered. The in situ combination method has advantages of scalability to large numbers of differing trigger chains and of insensitivity to correlations between triggers. We compare the inclusion and in situ methods for signal event yields in the CDF WH search.

  10. In situ denitrification in controlled landfill systems

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    Onay, T.T.; Pohland, F.G. [Univ. of Pittsburgh, PA (United States). Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    1996-11-01

    The characteristics of leachate from landfill disposal sites vary according to the operational stage of the landfill. Leachates from old landfills are often rich in ammonia nitrogen due to the hydrolysis and fermentation of nitrogenous fractions of biodegradable refuse substrates. The relative concentration accumulating as stabilization progresses is also influenced by washout as leachate is collected and removed for external treatment. However, in landfills operated as bioreactors with leachate containment, collection and in situ recirculation to accelerate decomposition of readily available organic fractions of the refuse, leachate ammonia nitrogen concentrations may accumulate to much higher levels. High leachate ammonia nitrogen concentrations in landfill leachate have been reported, resulting in separate treatment challenges if direct discharge to either land or receiving waters is practiced. External treatment options for landfill leachate may involve complex physical-chemical and/or biological processes for removal of both high-strength organic and inorganic fractions, including nitrogen. Such separate leachate treatment systems are often costly and difficult to control on a continuum. Therefore, this study focused on the investigation of landfill ammonia nitrogen generation patterns, and the potential for its in situ attenuation and conversion in landfills constructed to permit sequential nitrification and denitrification using leachate recirculation. Accordingly, the landfill is constructed and operated as a controlled bioreactor system, with opportunity to convert ammonia to nitrate by nitrification and nitrate to nitrogen gas by denitrification. The results presented in this paper focus on in situ landfill denitrification of nitrified ammonia.

  11. Spatial distribution of gamma radiation levels in surface soils from Jaduguda uranium mineralization zone, Jharkhand, India, using ?-ray spectrometry, and determination of outdoor dose to the population

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    Maharana, Mandakini; Krishnan, Narayani; Sengupta, D.

    2010-01-01

    The concentrations of natural radionuclides in surface soil samples around selected villages of Jaduguda were investigated and compared with the radioactivity level in the region. Concentrations of 238U, 232Th, and 40K were determined by a gamma ray spectrometer using the HPGe detector with 50% relative efficiency, and the radiation dose to the local population was estimated. The average estimated activity concentrations of 238U, 232Th, and 40K in the surface soil were 53.8, 44.2 and 464.2 Bq kg?1 respectively. The average absorbed dose rate in the study area was estimated to be 72.5 nGy h-1, where as the annual effective dose to the population was 0.09 mSv y-1. A correlation analysis was made between measured dose rate and individual radionuclides, in order to delineate the contribution of the respective nuclides towards dose rate. The radio-elemental concentrations of uranium, thorium and potassium estimated for the soils, in the study area, indicated the enrichment of uranium series nuclide. The results of the present study were subsequently compared with international and national recommended values. PMID:21170189

  12. Emission Spectrometry.

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    Keliher, Peter N.; And Others

    1984-01-01

    Presented is a review of selected literature on emission spectrometry published during 1982 and 1983. The review is organized under these headings: books and reviews; spectral descriptions and classifications; instrumentation; standards, samples, nomenclature, calibration, calculations; excitation sources; selected applications; and meetings. (JN)

  13. In situ reactivation of glycerol-inactivated coenzyme B12-dependent enzymes, glycerol dehydratase and diol dehydratase.

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    Honda, S; Toraya, T; Fukui, S

    1980-01-01

    The catalytic properties of coenzyme B12-dependent glycerol dehydratase and diol dehydratase were studied in situ with Klebsiella pneumoniae cells permeabilized by toluene treatment, since the in situ enzymes approximate the in vivo conditions of the enzymes more closely than enzymes in cell-free extracts or cell homogenates. Both dehydratases in situ underwent rapid "suicidal" inactivation by glycerol during catalysis, as they do in vitro. The inactivated dehydratases in situ, however, were rapidly and continually reactivated by adenosine 5'-triphosphate (ATP) and Mn2+ in the presence of free adenosylcobalamin, although in cell-free extracts or in cell homogenates they could not be reactivated at all under the same reaction conditions. ATP was partially replaced by cytidine 5'-triphosphate or guanosine 5'-triphosphate but not by the beta, gamma-methylene analog of ATP in the in situ reactivation. Mn2+ was fully replaced by Mg2+ but only partially by Co2+. Hydroxocoblamin could not replace adenosylcobalamin in reactivation mixtures. The ability to reactivate the glycerol-inactivated dehydratases in situ was only seen in cells grown anaerobically in glycerol-containing media. This suggests that some factor(s) required for in situ reactivation is subject to induction by glycerol. Of the two possible mechanisms of in situ reactivation, i.e., the regeneration of adenosylcobalamin by Co-adenosylation of the bound inactivated coenzyme moiety (B12-adenosylation mechanism) and the displacement of the bound inactivated coenzyme moiety by free adenosyl-cobalamin (B12-exchange mechanism), the former seems very unlikely from the experimental results. Images PMID:6997273

  14. A preliminary report on the determination of natural radioactivity levels of the State of Qatar using high-resolution gamma-ray spectrometry

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    Al-Sulaiti, H.; Regan, P. H.; Bradley, D. A.; Malain, D.; Santawamaitre, T.; Habib, A.; Matthews, M.; Bukhari, S.; Al-Dosari, M.

    2010-07-01

    This study is aimed at the determination of the activity concentrations of naturally occuring and technically enhanced levels of radiation in soil samples collected across the landscape of Qatar. Representative soil samples from various locations across the Qatarian peninsula have been collected and analyzed in order to establish activity concentrations associated with the 235,8U and 232Th natural decay chains and also the long-lived naturally occurring radionuclide 40K. The activity concentrations have been measured using a hyper-pure germanium detector. Details of the sample preparation and the gamma-ray spectroscopic analysis techniques are presented, together with the preliminary values of the activity concentrations associated with the naturally occuring radionuclide chains for six soil samples collected from the Qatarian peninsula. Sample 228, which has been collected from an inshore oil-field area, was observed to have the highest observed value of 226Ra concentration among the six samples. The weighted mean values of the activity concentrations of the radionuclides 238U, 232Th and 40K in one particular sample (sample 228) were, respectively, found to be 213.9±1.4, 4.55±0.11 and 111.4±3.6 Bq/kg, which compare with the worldwide weighted mean values in soil samples, 33, 45 and 420 Bq/kg, respectively. The deduced activity concentration of 238U in sample 228 in the current work was found to be significantly higher than the worldwide average value and was also significantly higher than the values determined for the five other initial samples discussed here. The mean values of the activity concentration of the 232Th series, 40K and 137Cs in Bq/kg from the six investigated soil samples were found to be 9.4±1.3, 204±22 and 5.8±5.6, respectively, with the quoted uncertainty referring to the standard deviation among these measurements.

  15. Survey of in-situ and remote sensing methods for soil moisture determination

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    Schmugge, T. J.; Jackson, T. J.; Mckim, H. L.

    1981-01-01

    General methods for determining the moisture content in the surface layers of the soil based on in situ or point measurements, soil water models and remote sensing observations are surveyed. In situ methods described include gravimetric techniques, nuclear techniques based on neutron scattering or gamma-ray attenuation, electromagnetic techniques, tensiometric techniques and hygrometric techniques. Soil water models based on column mass balance treat soil moisture contents as a result of meteorological inputs (precipitation, runoff, subsurface flow) and demands (evaporation, transpiration, percolation). The remote sensing approaches are based on measurements of the diurnal range of surface temperature and the crop canopy temperature in the thermal infrared, measurements of the radar backscattering coefficient in the microwave region, and measurements of microwave emission or brightness temperature. Advantages and disadvantages of the various methods are pointed out, and it is concluded that a successful monitoring system must incorporate all of the approaches considered.

  16. Calibrating feedwater flow nozzles in-situ

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    Caudill, M. [Tri-State Generation and Transmission, Inc., Montrose, CA (United States); Diaz-Tous, I.; Murphy, S.; Leggett, M.; Crandall, C. [ENCOR-AMERICA, Inc., Mountain View, CA (United States)

    1996-05-01

    This paper presents a new method for in-situ calibration of feedwater flow nozzles wherein feedwater flow is determined indirectly by performing a high accuracy heat balance around the highest-pressure feedwater heater. It is often difficult to reliably measure feedwater flow. Over the life of a power plant, the feedwater nozzle can accumulate deposits, erode, or suffer other damage that can render the original nozzle calibration inaccurate. Recalibration of installed feedwater flow nozzles is expensive and time consuming. Traditionally, the nozzle is cut out of the piping and sent to a laboratory for recalibration, which can be an especially difficult, expensive, and time-consuming task when involving high pressure feedwater lines. ENCOR-AMERICA, INC. has developed an accurate and cost-effective method of calibrating feedwater nozzles in-situ as previously reported at the 1994 EPRI Heat Rate Improvement Conference. In this method, feedwater flow and differential pressure across the nozzle are measured concurrently. The feedwater flow is determined indirectly by performing a heat balance around the highest-pressure feedwater heater. Extraction steam to the feedwater heater is measured by use of a high accuracy turbine flowmeter. The meters used have been calibrated at an independent laboratory with a primary or secondary device traceable to the NIST. In this paper, a new variation on the above method is reported. The new approach measures the heater drains and vent flows instead of the extraction steam flow. Test theory and instrumentation will be discussed. Results of in-situ feedwater nozzle calibration tests performed at two units owned by Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association will be presented.

  17. Alternative Surfactants for Improved Efficiency of In Situ Tryptic Proteolysis of Fingermarks

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    Patel, Ekta; Clench, Malcolm R.; West, Andy; Marshall, Peter S.; Marshall, Nathan; Francese, Simona

    2015-04-01

    Despite recent improvements to in situ proteolysis strategies, a higher efficiency is still needed to increase both the number of peptides detected and the associated ion intensity, leading to a complete and reliable set of biomarkers for diagnostic or prognostic purposes. In the study presented here, an extract of a systematic study is illustrated investigating a range of surfactants assisting trypsin proteolytic activity. Method development was trialled on fingermarks; this specimen results from a transfer of sweat from an individual's fingertip to a surface upon contact. As sweat carries a plethora of biomolecules, including peptides and proteins, fingermarks are, potentially, a very valuable specimen for non-invasive prognostic or diagnostic screening. A recent study has demonstrated the opportunity to quickly detect peptides and small proteins in fingermarks using Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization Mass Spectrometry Profiling (MALDI MSP). However, intact detection bears low sensitivity and does not allow species identification; therefore, a shotgun proteomic approach was employed involving in situ proteolysis. Data demonstrate that in fingermarks, further improvements to the existing method can be achieved using MEGA-8 as surfactant in higher percentages as well as combinations of different detergents. Also, for the first time, Rapigest SF, normally used in solution digestions, has been shown to successfully work also for in situ proteolysis.

  18. Sensitive and Specific In-Situ Sensor for Monitoring Contaminated Water

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    Du, Yongzhai [ORNL] [ORNL; Watson, David B [ORNL] [ORNL; Whitten, William B [ORNL] [ORNL; Li, Haiyang [ORNL] [ORNL; Nazarov, Erkinjun [Sionex Corp] [Sionex Corp; Xu, Jun [ORNL] [ORNL

    2010-01-01

    We report on the development of a high-sensitivity and high-specificity sensor, combining membrane extraction, pre-concentration, and gas-chromatographic differential mobility spectrometry (GC/DMS), for in situ detection of chlorinated hydrocarbons in water. Direct in-situ detection was achieved by membrane conversion of aqueous analyte to vapor, followed by vapor spectroscopy using GC/DMS analyzer. The limit of detection (LOD) reaches 0.37 parts per billion in volume (ppbv), or 0.54 ug/L, for aqueous trichloroethylene (TCE) and 1.6 ug/L for perchloroethylene (PCE) by incorporating a preconcentrator between the membrane extraction and GC/DMS detection systems. The high specificity was achieved using two-dimensional separation parameters of GC retention time and DMS compensation voltage. The presence of co-contaminants and foreign contaminants, such as benzene, toluene, CCl4, and CHCl3 did not interfere with the identification of chlorinated hydrocarbons. This highly-sensitive and -specific sensor paves the way for developing field-deployable sensors for in-situ and real-time monitoring of chlorinated hydrocarbons in groundwater and surface water.

  19. Alternative Surfactants for Improved Efficiency of In Situ Tryptic Proteolysis of Fingermarks

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    Patel, Ekta; Clench, Malcolm R.; West, Andy; Marshall, Peter S.; Marshall, Nathan; Francese, Simona

    2015-06-01

    Despite recent improvements to in situ proteolysis strategies, a higher efficiency is still needed to increase both the number of peptides detected and the associated ion intensity, leading to a complete and reliable set of biomarkers for diagnostic or prognostic purposes. In the study presented here, an extract of a systematic study is illustrated investigating a range of surfactants assisting trypsin proteolytic activity. Method development was trialled on fingermarks; this specimen results from a transfer of sweat from an individual's fingertip to a surface upon contact. As sweat carries a plethora of biomolecules, including peptides and proteins, fingermarks are, potentially, a very valuable specimen for non-invasive prognostic or diagnostic screening. A recent study has demonstrated the opportunity to quickly detect peptides and small proteins in fingermarks using Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization Mass Spectrometry Profiling (MALDI MSP). However, intact detection bears low sensitivity and does not allow species identification; therefore, a shotgun proteomic approach was employed involving in situ proteolysis. Data demonstrate that in fingermarks, further improvements to the existing method can be achieved using MEGA-8 as surfactant in higher percentages as well as combinations of different detergents. Also, for the first time, Rapigest SF, normally used in solution digestions, has been shown to successfully work also for in situ proteolysis.

  20. In situ Characterization of Photoresist Dissolution

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    Itani, Toshiro; Santillan, Julius Joseph

    2010-06-01

    The dissolution process plays an important role in optimizing photoresist materials and processes for next-generation lithographic technologies. In this paper, we describe the application of high-speed atomic force microscopy for in situ analysis and characterization of photoresist dissolution. In particular, the physical changes in an exposed extreme ultraviolet (EUV) photoresist film are analyzed in real time - before, during, and after the development process. In this initial work, we report the dissolution characteristics of an EUV-exposed poly(4-hyrdroxystyrene)-based polymer resist processed with a tetramethylammonium hydroxide developer solution.

  1. Carcinoma in situ and treatment options.

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    Erton, M; Ilker, Y; Akda?

    1996-01-01

    Carcinoma in situ (CIS) is a high-grade and aggressive manifestation of transitional-cell carcinoma of the bladder that has a highly variable course. The treatment of CIS has undergone dramatic changes since this malignancy was first recognized. While cystectomy was once recommended as the initial treatment of choice, recognition of the highly variable prognosis and the uniformly high response rate to intravesical BCG has prompted a more conservative approach to management. Patients who fail BCG immunotherapy without evidence of progression may yet be candidates for intravesical chemotherapy, photodynamic therapy, or alternative immunotherapies such as alpha-2b interferon, bromopirimine, or keyhole limpet haemocyanin. PMID:8738617

  2. Robust and efficient in situ quantum control

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    Ferrie, Christopher; Moussa, Osama

    2015-05-01

    Precision control of quantum systems is the driving force for both quantum technology and the probing of physics at the quantum and nanoscale levels. We propose an implementation-independent method for in situ quantum control that leverages recent advances in the direct estimation of quantum gate fidelity. Our algorithm takes account of the stochasticity of the problem, is suitable for closed-loop control, and requires only a constant number of fidelity-estimating experiments per iteration independent of the dimension of the control space. It is efficient and robust to both statistical and technical noise.

  3. In-Situ Wire Damage Detection System

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    Williams, Martha K. (Inventor); Roberson, Luke B. (Inventor); Tate, Lanetra C. (Inventor); Smith, Trent M. (Inventor); Gibson, Tracy L. (Inventor); Jolley, Scott T. (Inventor); Medelius, Pedro J. (Inventor)

    2014-01-01

    An in-situ system for detecting damage in an electrically conductive wire. The system includes a substrate at least partially covered by a layer of electrically conductive material forming a continuous or non-continuous electrically conductive layer connected to an electrical signal generator adapted to delivering electrical signals to the electrically conductive layer. Data is received and processed to identify damage to the substrate or electrically conductive layer. The electrically conductive material may include metalized carbon fibers, a thin metal coating, a conductive polymer, carbon nanotubes, metal nanoparticles or a combination thereof.

  4. Robust and efficient in situ quantum control

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    Christopher Ferrie; Osama Moussa

    2014-09-10

    Precision control of quantum systems is the driving force for both quantum technology and the probing of physics at the quantum and nano-scale. We propose an implementation independent method for in situ quantum control that leverages recent advances in the direct estimation of quantum gate fidelity. Our algorithm takes account of the stochasticity of the problem and is suitable for closed-loop control and requires only a constant number of fidelity estimating experiments per iteration independent of the dimension of the control space. It is efficient and robust to both statistical and technical noise.

  5. Robust and efficient in situ quantum control

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    Christopher Ferrie; Osama Moussa

    2015-07-12

    Precision control of quantum systems is the driving force for both quantum technology and the probing of physics at the quantum and nano-scale. We propose an implementation independent method for in situ quantum control that leverages recent advances in the direct estimation of quantum gate fidelity. Our algorithm takes account of the stochasticity of the problem and is suitable for closed-loop control and requires only a constant number of fidelity estimating experiments per iteration independent of the dimension of the control space. It is efficient and robust to both statistical and technical noise.

  6. In situ long-term monitoring system for radioactive contaminants.

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    Klein, D M; Yukihara, E G; McKeever, S W S; Durham, J S; Akselrod, M S

    2006-01-01

    A long-term in situ subsurface instrument for monitoring radioactive contaminant plumes, as an alternative to soil analysis, is described. A portable, laser-based reader optically stimulates luminescence from sensors, each containing an Al2O3:C dosemeter. The sensors, designed for placement at various subsurface locations around a waste site, are allowed to accumulate dose for a predetermined time that is based on the instrument's minimum detectable dose (MDD). The reader is then attached to the sensor by fibre optic cable to read the accumulated dose; an increase above natural background levels indicating the presence of leaked radioactivity. Based on an MDD of 5 microGy, it is shown that the sensor can measure soil concentrations of 1.85 Bq cm(-3) after an exposure time of 50 h for 137Cs and 67 h for 90Sr/90Y. Discrimination between beta and gamma radiation is possible using an end cap placed over one of the two paired sensors, allowing simultaneous measurement of 137Cs and 90Sr/90Y in a mixed field. The monitor system represents a substantial improvement over quarterly soil sampling because of a greatly increased measurement frequency and the ability to perform measurements reproducibly. PMID:16606659

  7. Dimensional characterisation of collagen constructs in situ

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    Taylor, R.; Reynolds, J.; Chikkanna, B.; Daly, D.; Brown, R. A.; Tan, N. S.

    2014-02-01

    We present results of a non contacting instrument based on the confocal scanning technique for assessing the thickness and structure of collagen substrates and tissue constructs. There is an unmet need in the creation of tissue constructs to quantitatively evaluate their dimensional characteristics during manufacture. With this knowledge more effective structures can be produced. The measurement is complicated by the need to make these measurements in situ. For many processes, including the plastic compression of collagen gels for generating 3D structures, the constructs are situated in a liquid solution contained in a well plate or similar container. It is therefore necessary to perform the measurements through an interfering medium and this confounds many measurement techniques. A system has therefore been developed that utilizes a scanning confocal arrangement to accurately measure the dimensional characteristics of these constructs in situ. A fiber based optical arrangement using compact, proven components from the telecommunications industry has been integrated into a dedicated system architecture so that the constructs can be measured whilst in production. This architecture is particularly important due to the "wet" nature of the samples. The meter can measure constructs with thicknesses from a few tens of micrometers up to 0.9 millimeters with sub-micrometer resolution. Results are presented that show how the meter has been used to evaluate changes in these collagen constructs whilst in production. This was little understood prior to these measurements and the greater understanding of how the materials behave has allowed the process to be greatly improved.

  8. Molecular cytogenetics using fluorescence in situ hybridization

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    Gray, J.W.; Kuo, Wen-Lin; Lucas, J.; Pinkel, D.; Weier, H-U.; Yu, Loh-Chung.

    1990-12-07

    Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) with chromosome-specific probes enables several new areas of cytogenetic investigation by allowing visual determination of the presence and normality of specific genetic sequences in single metaphase or interphase cells. in this approach, termed molecular cytogenetics, the genetic loci to be analyzed are made microscopically visible in single cells using in situ hybridization with nucleic acid probes specific to these loci. To accomplish this, the DNA in the target cells is made single stranded by thermal denaturation and incubated with single-stranded, chemically modified probe under conditions where the probe will anneal only with DNA sequences to which it has high DNA sequence homology. The bound probe is then made visible by treatment with a fluorescent reagent such as fluorescein that binds to the chemical modification carried by the probe. The DNA to which the probe does not bind is made visible by staining with a dye such as propidium iodide that fluoresces at a wavelength different from that of the reagent used for probe visualization. We show in this report that probes are now available that make this technique useful for biological dosimetry, prenatal diagnosis and cancer biology. 31 refs., 3 figs.

  9. Biophotonic in situ sensor for plant leaves

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    Conejo, Elian; Frangi, Jean-Pierre; Rosny, Gilles de

    2010-04-01

    Knowledge of the water concentration of plants can be helpful in several environmental and agricultural domains. There are many methods for the determination of water content in plant leaves; however, most of them give a relative moisture level or an analytical measure after a previous calibration procedure. Even for other biochemical compounds such as dry matter or chlorophyll, the measurement techniques could be destructive. For this reason, a nondestructive method has been developed to measure the biochemical compounds of a plant leaf, using an infrared spectroscopy technique. One important advantage is the simplicity of the device (RAdiometre portatif de Mesure In Situ, RAMIS) and its capability to perform measurements in situ. The prototype is a leaf-clip configuration and is made of LEDs at five wavelengths (656, 721, 843, 937, and 1550 nm), and a silicon/germanium photosensor. To compute the water content of vegetative leaves, the radiative transfer model PROSPECT was implemented. This model can accurately predict spectral transmittances in the 400 nm to 2500 nm spectral region as a function of the principal leaf biochemical contents: water, dry matter, and chlorophyll. Using the transmittance measured by RAMIS into an inversion procedure of PROSPECT: A Model of Leaf Optical Properties Spectra, we are able to compute the values of water contents that show an agreement with the water contents measured directly using dry weight procedures. This method is presented as a possibility to estimate other leaf biochemical compounds using appropriate wavelengths.

  10. In Situ Hydrocarbon Degradation by Indigenous Nearshore Bacterial Populations

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    Cherrier, J.

    2005-05-16

    Potential episodic hydrocarbon inputs associated with oil mining and transportation together with chronic introduction of hydrocarbons via urban runoff into the relatively pristine coastal Florida waters poses a significant threat to Florida's fragile marine environment. It is therefore important to understand the extent to which indigenous bacterial populations are able to degrade hydrocarbon compounds and also determine factors that could potentially control and promote the rate at which these compounds are broken down in situ. Previous controlled laboratory experiments carried out by our research group demonstrated that separately both photo-oxidation and cometabolism stimulate bacterial hydrocarbon degradation by natural bacterial assemblages collected from a chronically petroleum contaminated site in Bayboro Bay, Florida. Additionally, we also demonstrated that stable carbon and radiocarbon abundances of respired CO{sub 2} could be used to trace in situ hydrocarbon degradation by indigenous bacterial populations at this same site. This current proposal had two main objectives: (a) to evaluate the cumulative impact of cometabolism and photo-oxidation on hydrocarbon degradation by natural bacterial assemblages collected the same site in Bayboro Bay, Florida and (b) to determine if in situ hydrocarbon degradation by indigenous bacterial populations this site could be traced using natural radiocarbon and stable carbon abundances of assimilated bacterial carbon. Funds were used for 2 years of full support for one ESI Ph.D. student, April Croxton. To address our first objective a series of closed system bacterial incubations were carried out using photo-oxidized petroleum and pinfish (i.e. cometabolite). Bacterial production of CO{sub 2} was used as the indicator of hydrocarbon degradation and {delta}{sup 13}C analysis of the resultant CO{sub 2} was used to evaluate the source of the respired CO{sub 2} (i.e. petroleum hydrocarbons or the pinfish cometabolite). Results from these time series experiments demonstrated that short-term exposure of petroleum to UV light enhanced hydrocarbon degradation by 48% over that observed for non-photo-oxidized petroleum. Despite the greater bio-availability of the photo-oxidized over the non-photo-oxidized petroleum, an initial lag in CO{sub 2} production was observed indicating potential phototoxicity of the photo- by-products. {delta}{sup 13}C analysis and mass balance calculations reveal that co-metabolism with pinfish resulted in increased hydrocarbon degradation for both photo-oxidized and non-photo-oxidized petroleum each by over 100%. These results demonstrate the cumulative effect of photo-oxidation and co-metabolism on petroleum hydrocarbon degradation by natural bacterial populations indigenous to systems chronically impacted by hydrocarbon input. To address the second objective of this proposal bacterial concentrates were collected from Bayboro Harbor in April 2001 for nucleic acid extraction and subsequent natural radiocarbon abundance analyses. Unfortunately, however, all of these samples were lost due to a faulty compressor in our -70 freezer. The freezer was subsequently repaired and samples were again collected from Bayboro Harbor in June 2002 and again December 2002. Several attempts were made to extract the nucleic acid samples--however, the student was not able to successfully extract and an adequate amount of uncontaminated nucleic acid samples for subsequent natural radiocarbon abundance measurements of the bacterial carbon by accelerator mass spectrometry (i.e. require at least 50 {micro}g carbon for AMS measurement). Consequently, we were not able to address the second objective of this proposed work.

  11. Development of the Potassium-Argon Laser Experiment (KArLE) Instrument for In Situ Geochronology

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    Cohen, Barbara A.; Li, Z.-H.; Miller, J. S.; Brinckerhoff, W. B.; Clegg, S. M.; Mahaffy, P. R.; Swindle, T. D.; Wiens, R. C.

    2012-01-01

    Absolute dating of planetary samples is an essential tool to establish the chronology of geological events, including crystallization history, magmatic evolution, and alteration. Traditionally, geochronology has only been accomplishable on samples from dedicated sample return missions or meteorites. The capability for in situ geochronology is highly desired, because it will allow one-way planetary missions to perform dating of large numbers of samples. The success of an in situ geochronology package will not only yield data on absolute ages, but can also complement sample return missions by identifying the most interesting rocks to cache and/or return to Earth. In situ dating instruments have been proposed, but none have yet reached TRL 6 because the required high-resolution isotopic measurements are very challenging. Our team is now addressing this challenge by developing the Potassium (K) - Argon Laser Experiment (KArLE) under the NASA Planetary Instrument Definition and Development Program (PIDDP), building on previous work to develop a K-Ar in situ instrument [1]. KArLE uses a combination of several flight-proven components that enable accurate K-Ar isochron dating of planetary rocks. KArLE will ablate a rock sample, determine the K in the plasma state using laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS), measure the liberated Ar using quadrupole mass spectrometry (QMS), and relate the two by the volume of the ablated pit using an optical method such as a vertical scanning interferometer (VSI). Our preliminary work indicates that the KArLE instrument will be capable of determining the age of several kinds of planetary samples to +/-100 Myr, sufficient to address a wide range of geochronology problems in planetary science.

  12. Solution (in situ leach) mining of uranium: an overview

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    A. J. Jr. Kuhaida; M. J. Kelly

    1978-01-01

    Increases in the demand for and price of uranium have made in-situ mining an attractive alternative to the open-pit and underground U mining methods. Up to 50% of the known ore-bearing sandstone in the western U.S. can be mined using the in-situ mining method. In-situ mining also offers a significant environmental advantage. Restoration of the contaminated groundwater is discussed. (DLC)

  13. In situ Micrometeorological Measurements during RxCADRE

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    C. B. Clements; J. K. Hiers; S. J. Strenfel

    2009-01-01

    The Prescribed Fire Combustion and Atmospheric Dynamics Research Experiment (RxCADRE) was a collaborative research project designed to fully instrument prescribed fires in the Southeastern United States. Data were collected on pre-burn fuel loads, post burn consumption, ambient weather, in situ atmospheric dynamics, plume dynamics, radiant heat release (both from in-situ and remote sensors), in-situ fire behavior, and select fire effects.

  14. Comparison of a portable micro-X-ray fluorescence spectrometry with inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry for the ancient ceramics analysis

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    D. N. Papadopoulou; G. A. Zachariadis; A. N. Anthemidis; N. C. Tsirliganis; J. A. Stratis

    2004-01-01

    Two multielement instrumental methods of analysis, micro X-ray fluorescence spectrometry (micro-XRF) and inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES) were applied for the analysis of 7th and 5th century B.C. ancient ceramic sherds in order to evaluate the above two methods and to assess the potential to use the current compact and portable micro-XRF instrument for the in situ analysis

  15. Radiological aspects of in situ uranium recovery

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    BROWN, STEVEN H. [SHB INC., 7505 S. Xanthia Place, Centennial, Colorado (United States)

    2007-07-01

    In the last few years, there has been a significant increase in the demand for Uranium as historical inventories have been consumed and new reactor orders are being placed. Numerous mineralized properties around the world are being evaluated for Uranium recovery and new mining / milling projects are being evaluated and developed. Ore bodies which are considered uneconomical to mine by conventional methods such as tunneling or open pits, can be candidates for non-conventional recovery techniques, involving considerably less capital expenditure. Technologies such as Uranium in situ leaching in situ recovery (ISL / ISR), have enabled commercial scale mining and milling of relatively small ore pockets of lower grade, and may make a significant contribution to overall world wide uranium supplies over the next ten years. Commercial size solution mining production facilities have operated in the US since 1975. Solution mining involves the pumping of groundwater, fortified with oxidizing and complexing agents into an ore body, solubilizing the uranium in situ, and then pumping the solutions to the surface where they are fed to a processing plant. Processing involves ion exchange and may also include precipitation, drying or calcining and packaging operations depending on facility specifics. This paper presents an overview of the ISR process and the health physics monitoring programs developed at a number of commercial scale ISL / ISR Uranium recovery and production facilities as a result of the radiological character of these processes. Although many radiological aspects of the process are similar to that of conventional mills, conventional-type tailings as such are not generated. However, liquid and solid byproduct materials may be generated and impounded. The quantity and radiological character of these by products are related to facility specifics. Some special monitoring considerations are presented which are required due to the manner in which Radon gas is evolved in the process and the unique aspects of controlling solution flow patterns underground. An overview of the major aspects of the health physics and radiation protection programs that were developed at these facilities are discussed and contrasted to circumstances of the current generation and state of the art of Uranium ISR technologies and facilities. (authors)

  16. Predicting the denitrification capacity of sandy aquifers from in situ measurements using push-pull 15N tracer tests

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    Eschenbach, W.; Well, R.; Walther, W.

    2015-04-01

    Knowledge about the spatial variability of in situ denitrification rates (Dr(in situ)) and their relation to the denitrification capacity in nitrate-contaminated aquifers is crucial to predict the development of groundwater quality. Therefore, 28 push-pull 15N tracer tests for the measurement of in situ denitrification rates were conducted in two sandy Pleistocene aquifers in northern Germany. The 15N analysis of denitrification-derived 15N-labelled N2 and N2O dissolved in water samples collected during the push-pull 15N tracer tests was performed using isotope ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS) in the lab and additionally for some tracer tests online in the field with a quadrupole membrane inlet mass spectrometer (MIMS) in order to test the feasibility of on-site real-time 15N analysis. Aquifer material from the same locations and depths as the push-pull injection points was incubated, and the initial and cumulative denitrification after 1 year of incubation (Dcum(365)) as well as the stock of reduced compounds (SRC) was compared with in situ measurements of denitrification. This was done to derive transfer functions suitable to predict Dcum(365) and SRC from Dr(in situ). Dr(in situ) ranged from 0 to 51.5 ?g N kg-1 d-1. Denitrification rates derived from on-site isotope analysis using MIMS satisfactorily coincided with laboratory analysis by conventional IRMS, thus proving the feasibility of in situ analysis. Dr(in situ) was significantly higher in the sulfidic zone of both aquifers compared to the zone of non-sulfidic aquifer material. Overall, regressions between the Dcum(365) and SRC of the tested aquifer material with Dr(in situ) exhibited only a modest linear correlation for the full data set. However, the predictability of Dcum(365) and SRC from Dr(in situ) data clearly increased for aquifer samples from the zone of NO3--bearing groundwater. In the NO3--free aquifer zone, a lag phase of denitrification after NO3- injections was observed, which confounded the relationship between reactive compounds and in situ denitrification activity. This finding was attributed to adaptation processes in the microbial community after NO3- injections. It was also demonstrated that the microbial community in the NO3--free zone just below the NO3--bearing zone can be adapted to denitrification by NO3- injections into wells for an extended period. In situ denitrification rates were 30 to 65 times higher after pre-conditioning with NO3-. Results from this study suggest that such pre-conditioning is crucial for the measurement of Dr(in situ) in deeper aquifer material from the NO3--free groundwater zone and thus for the prediction of Dcum(365) and SRC from Dr(in situ).

  17. Melanoma in situ: Part I. Epidemiology, screening, and clinical features.

    PubMed

    Higgins, H William; Lee, Kachiu C; Galan, Anjela; Leffell, David J

    2015-08-01

    The incidence of melanoma has steadily increased over the past 3 decades, with melanoma in situ comprising a disproportionately high percentage of the rising incidence. Our understanding of melanoma in situ has been shaped by epidemiologic and clinical studies. Central to a review of melanoma in situ is a focus on its epidemiology, pathology, biologic behavior, treatment, and clinical outcome, which may differ significantly from that of malignant melanoma. Part I of this continuing medical education article reviews the epidemiology, risk factors, and clinical features of melanoma in situ; part II covers the histopathology, treatment options, and clinical management. PMID:26183967

  18. Direct in situ measurements of thermospheric temperature

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    Kayser, D. C.; Nier, A. O.; Breig, E. L.; Power, R. A.; Hanson, W. B.

    1979-01-01

    The open source neutral mass spectrometer on the Atmosphere Explorer satellites used for direct in situ measurements of the neutral gas temperature by means of the 'fly-through' mode of operation is evaluated. The derived neutral temperature (Tn) is compared with ion temperatures (T1) obtained simultaneously from the on-board retarding potential analyzer for altitudes and conditions where the two temperatures should be equal. A statistical analysis showed consistency between concurrently observed values of Tn and T1, also shown through profiles depicting their altitude distributions between 150 and 225 km. The overall magnitude of temperatures calculated from the Jacchia (1971) model results in a better representation of the observations than the higher temperatures predicted for this region by the MSIS model (Hedin, 1977), and agreement is also found between observed temperatures and neutral temperatures derived from altitude distributions of N2 particle densities.

  19. Kinetic measurements from in situ TEM observations.

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    Sharma, Renu

    2009-03-01

    Environmental transmission or scanning transmission electron microscope is ideally suited to observe gas solid interactions at nanoscale. It is shown that the time and temperature resolved data, obtained from in situ observations, can be used to obtain reaction rates and understand the kinetics of the processes. Low or high magnification images provide the change in length, area or volume with time at constant temperature and pressure conditions during nitridation of Cu-Cr thin films, deposition of Au particles, growth of Si nanowire and carbon nanotubes. Effect of electron beam is estimated by making observations with and without constant electron beam exposure. Quantitative electron energy loss spectroscopy is employed to measure the reduction rate of Ce(+4) in pure ceria, mixed oxides (ceria-zirconia) and catalyst (Rh-ceria-zirconia) powders. PMID:19130611

  20. IN SITU URANIUM STABILIZATION BY MICROBIAL METABOLITES

    SciTech Connect

    Turick, C; Anna Knox, A; Chad L Leverette,C; Yianne Kritzas, Y

    2006-11-29

    Soil contaminated with U was the focus of this study in order to develop in-situ, U bio-immobilization technology. We have demonstrated microbial production of a metal chelating biopolymer, pyomelanin, in U contaminated soil from the Tims Branch area of the Department of Energy (DOE) Savannah River Site (SRS) as a result of tyrosine amendments. Bacterial densities of pyomelanin producers were >106 cells/g wet soil. Pyomelanin demonstrated U chelating and mineral binding capacities at pH 4 and 7. In laboratory studies, in the presence of goethite or illite, pyomelanin enhanced U sequestration by these minerals. Tyrosine amended soils in field tests demonstrated increased U sequestration capacity following pyomelanin production up to 13 months after tyrosine treatments.

  1. In-situ continuous water monitoring system

    DOEpatents

    Thompson, Cyril V. (Knoxville, TN); Wise, Marcus B. (Kingston, TN)

    1998-01-01

    An in-situ continuous liquid monitoring system for continuously analyzing volatile components contained in a water source comprises: a carrier gas supply, an extraction container and a mass spectrometer. The carrier gas supply continuously supplies the carrier gas to the extraction container and is mixed with a water sample that is continuously drawn into the extraction container by the flow of carrier gas into the liquid directing device. The carrier gas continuously extracts the volatile components out of the water sample. The water sample is returned to the water source after the volatile components are extracted from it. The extracted volatile components and the carrier gas are delivered continuously to the mass spectrometer and the volatile components are continuously analyzed by the mass spectrometer.

  2. Mars in Situ Resource Utilization Technology Evaluation

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    Muscatello, Anthony C.; Santago-Maldonado, Edgardo

    2012-01-01

    We have examined the technologies required to enable Mars In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) because our understanding of Mars resources has changed significantly in the last five years as a result of recent robotic missions to the red planet. Two major developments, (1) confirmation of the presence of near-surface water in the form of ice in very large amounts at high latitudes by the Phoenix Lander and (2) the likely existence of water at lower latitudes in the form of hydrates or ice in the top one meter of the regolith, have the potential to change ISRU technology selection. A brief technology assessment was performed for the most promising Mars atmospheric gas processing techniques: Reverse Water Gas Shift (RWGS) and Methanation (aka Sabatier), as well as an overview of soil processing technology to extract water from Martian soil.

  3. In Situ Field Testing of Processes

    SciTech Connect

    J. Wang

    2001-12-14

    The purpose of this Analysis/Model Report (AMR) is to update and document the data and subsequent analyses from ambient field-testing activities performed in underground drifts of the Yucca Mountain Site Characterization Project (YMP). This revision updates data and analyses presented in the initial issue of this AMR. This AMR was developed in accordance with the ''Technical Work Plan for Unsaturated Zone (UZ) Flow and Transport Process Model Report'' and ''Technical Work Plan for UZ Flow, Transport, and Coupled Processes Process Model Report. These activities were performed to investigate in situ flow and transport processes. The evaluations provide the necessary framework to: (1) refine and confirm the conceptual model of matrix and fracture processes in the unsaturated zone (UZ) and (2) analyze the impact of excavation (including use of construction water and effect of ventilation) on the UZ flow and transport processes. This AMR is intended to support revisions to ''Conceptual and Numerical Models for UZ Flow and Transport'' and ''Unsaturated Zone Flow and Transport Model Process Model Report''. In general, the results discussed in this AMR are from studies conducted using a combination or a subset of the following three approaches: (1) air-injection tests, (2) liquid-release tests, and (3) moisture monitoring using in-drift sensors or in-borehole sensors, to evaluate the impact of excavation, ventilation, and construction-water usage on the surrounding rocks. The liquid-release tests and air-injection tests provide an evaluation of in situ fracture flow and the competing processes of matrix imbibition. Only the findings from testing and data not covered in the ''Seepage Calibration Model and Seepage Testing Data'' are analyzed in detail in the AMR.

  4. Fungal biodegradation of phthalate plasticizer in situ.

    PubMed

    Pradeep, S; Faseela, P; Josh, M K Sarath; Balachandran, S; Devi, R Sudha; Benjamin, Sailas

    2013-04-01

    This unique study describes how Aspergillus japonicus, Penicillium brocae and Purpureocillium lilacinum, three novel isolates of our laboratory from heavily plastics-contaminated soil completely utilized the plasticizer di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) bound to PVC blood storage bags (BB) in simple basal salt medium (BSM) by static submerged growth (28 °C). Initial quantification as well as percentage utilization of DEHP blended to BB were estimated periodically by extracting it into n-hexane. A two-stage cultivation strategy was employed for the complete mycoremediation of DEHP from BB in situ. During the first growth stage, about two-third parts of total (33.5% w/w) DEHP bound to BB were utilized in two weeks, accompanied by increased fungal biomass (~0.15-0.32 g per g BB) and sharp declining (to ~3) of initial pH (7.2). At this stagnant growth state (low pH), spent medium was replaced by fresh BSM (pH, 7.2), and thus in the second stage the remaining DEHP (one-third) in BB was utilized completely. The ditches and furrows seen from the topology of the BB as seen by the 3D AFM image further confirmed the bioremediation of DEHP physically bound to BB in situ. Of the three mycelial fungi employed, P. lilacinum independently showed highest efficiency for the complete utilization of DEHP bound to BB, whose activity was comparable to that of the consortium comprising all the three fungi described herein. To sum up, the two-stage cultivation strategy demonstrated in this study shows that a batch process would efficiently remediate the phthalic acid esters blended in plastics on a large scale, and thus it offers potentials for the management of plastics wastes. PMID:22903609

  5. Recent developments in radiometric and mass spectrometry methods for marine radioactivity measurements

    Microsoft Academic Search

    P. P. Povinec; J. J. La Rosa; S. H. Lee; S. Mulsow; I. Osvath; E. Wyse

    2001-01-01

    The most important recent developments in radiometric techniques have been the operation of high efficiency HPGe detectors with anticosmic or antiCompton shielding often placed underground, ship-board measurements of 234Th using gamma-spectrometry or beta-counting and underwater gamma-spectrometry. In mass spectrometry techniques, the availability of high resolution ICP-MS and applications of AMS for the analysis of long-lived radionuclides have opened doors for

  6. In Situ Analysis of Nitrifying Biofilms as Determined by In Situ Hybridization and the Use of Microelectrodes

    Microsoft Academic Search

    SATOSHI OKABE; HISASHI SATOH; YOSHIMASA WATANABE

    1999-01-01

    We investigated the in situ spatial organization of ammonia-oxidizing and nitrite-oxidizing bacteria in do- mestic wastewater biofilms and autotrophic nitrifying biofilms by using microsensors and fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) performed with 16S rRNA-targeted oligonucleotide probes. The combination of these tech- niques made it possible to relate in situ microbial activity directly to the occurrence of nitrifying bacterial populations. In

  7. In situ DNA-hybridization chain reaction (HCR): a facilitated in situ HCR system for the detection of environmental microorganisms.

    PubMed

    Yamaguchi, Tsuyoshi; Kawakami, Shuji; Hatamoto, Masashi; Imachi, Hiroyuki; Takahashi, Masanobu; Araki, Nobuo; Yamaguchi, Takashi; Kubota, Kengo

    2015-07-01

    In situ detection of microorganisms by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) is a powerful tool for environmental microbiology, but analyses can be hampered by low rRNA content in target organisms, especially in oligotrophic environments. Here, we present a non-enzymatic, hybridization chain reaction (HCR)-based signal amplified in situ whole-cell detection technique (in situ DNA-HCR). The components of the amplification buffer were optimized to polymerize DNA amplifier probes for in situ DNA-HCR. In situ hybridization of initiator probes followed by signal amplification via HCR produced bright signals with high specificity and probe permeation into cells. The detection rates for Bacteria in a seawater sample and Archaea in anaerobic sludge samples were comparable with or greater than those obtained by catalyzed reporter deposition (CARD)-FISH or standard FISH. Detection of multiple organisms (Bacteria, Archaea and Methanosaetaceae) in an anaerobic sludge sample was achieved by simultaneous in situ DNA-HCR. In summary, in situ DNA-HCR is a simple and easy technique for detecting single microbial cells and enhancing understanding of the ecology and behaviour of environmental microorganisms in situ. PMID:25523128

  8. In situ radiation measurements at the former Soviet Nuclear Test Site

    SciTech Connect

    Tipton, W.J.

    1996-06-01

    A team from the Remote Sensing Laboratory conducted a series of in situ radiological measurements at the former Soviet Nuclear Test Site near Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan, during the period of July 21-30, 1994. The survey team measured the terrestrial gamma radiation at selected areas on the site to determine the levels of natural and man-made radiation. The survey was part of a cooperative effort between the United States team and teams of radiation scientists from the National Nuclear Center of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the V.G. Khlopin Radium Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia. In addition to in situ radiation measurements made by the United States and Russian teams, soil samples were collected and analyzed by the Russian and Kazakhstani teams. All teams conducted their measurements at ten locations within the test site. The United States team also made a number of additional measurements to locate and verify the positions of three potential fallout plumes containing plutonium contamination from nonnuclear tests. In addition, the United States team made several measurements in Kurchatov City, the housing area used by personnel and their families who work(ed) at the test sites. Comparisons between the United States and Russian in situ measurements and the soil sample results are presented as well as comparisons with a Soviet aerial survey conducted in 1990-1991. The agreement between the different types of measurements made by all three countries was quite good.

  9. Development of the integrated in situ Lasagna process

    SciTech Connect

    Ho, S.; Athmer, C.; Sheridan, P. [and others

    1995-12-31

    Contamination in deep, low permeability soils poses a significant technical challenge to in-situ remediation efforts. Poor accessibility to the contaminants and difficulty in uniform delivery of treatment reagents have rendered existing in-situ methods such as bioremediation, vapor extraction, and pump and treat rather ineffective when applied to low permeability soils present at many contaminated sites.

  10. Some implications of in situ uranium mining technology development

    Microsoft Academic Search

    C. E. Cowan; M. A. Parkhurst; R. J. Cole; D. Keller; P. J. Mellinger; R. W. Wallace

    1980-01-01

    A technology assessment was initiated in March 1979 of the in-situ uranium mining technology. This report explores the impediments to development and deployment of this technology and evaluates the environmental impacts of a generic in-situ facility. The report is divided into the following sections: introduction, technology description, physical environment, institutional and socioeconomic environment, impact assessment, impediments, and conclusions. (DLC)

  11. Drilling-induced core fractures and in situ stress

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Yongyi Li; Douglas R. Schmitt

    1998-01-01

    The relationship between the shapes of drilling-induced core fractures and the in situ state of stress is developed. The stress concentrations at the well bore bottom are first determined using a complete three-dimensional finite element analysis. Existing in situ compressional stresses generate large tensions in the immediate vicinity of the bottom hole which are sufficient to rupture the rock. Tensile

  12. Whole Mount In Situ Hybridization On Mouse Embryos

    E-print Network

    De Robertis, Eddy M.

    Whole Mount In Situ Hybridization On Mouse Embryos Modified by Lise Zakin and Eddy De Robertis 2008 Henrique et al., 1995. Nature 375, 787-790. Note: This protocol works well for embryos up to 10.5 days post-coïtum (d.p.c.). For older embryos, use in situ on sections. Dissections -Dissect embryos in 1X PBS; remove

  13. Foreword: In situ gas surface interactions: approaching realistic conditions

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Edvin Lundgren; Herbert Over

    2008-01-01

    This special issue is devoted to the application of in situ surface-sensitive techniques in the elucidation of catalysed reactions at (model) catalyst surfaces. Both reaction intermediates and the nature of the catalytically active phase are the targets of these investigations. In situ surface science techniques are also used to study the interaction of water with surfaces under realistic conditions. Since

  14. In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) Capability Roadmap Progress Review

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Sanders, Gerald B.; Duke, Michael

    2005-01-01

    A progress review on In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) capability is presented. The topics include: 1) In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) Capability Roadmap: Level 1; 2) ISRU Emphasized Architecture Overview; 3) ISRU Capability Elements: Level 2 and below; and 4) ISRU Capability Roadmap Wrap-up.

  15. Successful Treatment of Lower Eyelid Melanoma in Situ

    PubMed Central

    Yuan, Joyce; Koh, Justin; Miller, Timothy A.

    2014-01-01

    Summary: We present a brief literature review of the topical immune-modulating medication Imiquimod. The treatment of periorbital melanoma in situ typically requires surgical resection. Here we discuss a case of lower eyelid melanoma in situ successfully treated non-operatively with Imiquimod. PMID:25289347

  16. Diagnostic tools for unbiased in situ target strength estimation

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Stéphane Gauthier; George A. Rose

    2001-01-01

    In situ target strength (TS) is theoretically the optimal measure to scale echo-integration values to fish density. In practice, in situ TS is often biased. The number of fish per sample volume (Nv) has been used to set a threshold density to reduce the bias attributable to multiple targets. However, order of magnitude differences in the Nv threshold have been

  17. Adenocarcinoma in Situ of the Cervix: Management and Outcome

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Masoud Azodi; Setsuko K. Chambers; Thomas J. Rutherford; Ernest I. Kohorn; Peter E. Schwartz; Joseph T. Chambers

    1999-01-01

    Objective. The aim of this study was to review the management and outcome of patients with adenocarcinoma in situ of the cervix and to evaluate the significance of endocervical cone margin status in these patients.Methods. A retrospective review of records between January 1988 and December 1996 identified 40 patients with adenocarcinoma in situ on cone biopsy for whom complete information

  18. An overview of in situ waste treatment technologies

    SciTech Connect

    Walker, S.; Hyde, R.A.; Piper, R.B.; Roy, M.W.

    1992-01-01

    In situ technologies are becoming an attractive remedial alternative for eliminating environmental problems. In situ treatments typically reduce risks and costs associated with retrieving, packaging, and storing or disposing-waste and are generally preferred over ex situ treatments. Each in situ technology has specific applications, and, in order to provide the most economical and practical solution to a waste problem, these applications must be understood. This paper presents an overview of thirty different in situ remedial technologies for buried wastes or contaminated soil areas. The objective of this paper is to familiarize those involved in waste remediation activities with available and emerging in situ technologies so that they may consider these options in the remediation of hazardous and/or radioactive waste sites. Several types of in situ technologies are discussed, including biological treatments, containment technologies, physical/chemical treatments, solidification/stabilization technologies, and thermal treatments. Each category of in situ technology is briefly examined in this paper. Specific treatments belonging to these categories are also reviewed. Much of the information on in situ treatment technologies in this paper was obtained directly from vendors and universities and this information has not been verified.

  19. An overview of in situ waste treatment technologies

    SciTech Connect

    Walker, S.; Hyde, R.A.; Piper, R.B.; Roy, M.W.

    1992-08-01

    In situ technologies are becoming an attractive remedial alternative for eliminating environmental problems. In situ treatments typically reduce risks and costs associated with retrieving, packaging, and storing or disposing-waste and are generally preferred over ex situ treatments. Each in situ technology has specific applications, and, in order to provide the most economical and practical solution to a waste problem, these applications must be understood. This paper presents an overview of thirty different in situ remedial technologies for buried wastes or contaminated soil areas. The objective of this paper is to familiarize those involved in waste remediation activities with available and emerging in situ technologies so that they may consider these options in the remediation of hazardous and/or radioactive waste sites. Several types of in situ technologies are discussed, including biological treatments, containment technologies, physical/chemical treatments, solidification/stabilization technologies, and thermal treatments. Each category of in situ technology is briefly examined in this paper. Specific treatments belonging to these categories are also reviewed. Much of the information on in situ treatment technologies in this paper was obtained directly from vendors and universities and this information has not been verified.

  20. ABIOTIC IN SITU TECHNOLOGIES FOR GROUNDWATER REMEDIATION CONFERENCE: PROCEEDINGS

    EPA Science Inventory

    The USEPA conference on Abiotic In Situ Technologies for Groundwater Remediation was held in Dallas, TX, 8/31-9/2/99. The goal of the meeting was to disseminate current information on abiotic in situ groundwater treatment echnologies. Although much information is being provided a...

  1. Prefabricated Vertical Drains for Enhanced In Situ Remediation

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. J. Bowders; M. A. Gabr; O. M. Collazos; J. D. Quaranta

    Prefabricated vertical drains (PVDs), also known as wick or strip drains, commonly used to accelerate consolidation of fine-grained soils and sludges, have been successfully demonstrated for enhancing in situ remediation of contaminated soils and groundwater. Over the last decade, the technology basis was developed for using PVDs to accelerate in situ flushing, i.e., removal of contaminants below the groundwater table.

  2. In-situ observations of oxidation and phase stability in cast nickel-based intermetallic alloys

    SciTech Connect

    Babu, Suresh S. [Edison Welding Institute; Specht, Eliot D [ORNL; Santella, Michael L [ORNL; Ice, Gene E [ORNL; David, Stan A [ORNL

    2006-01-01

    The effects of the as-cast microstructure on the oxidation characteristics of two Ni-Al-Cr alloys with either gamma or gamma' primary solidification were investigated with an in-situ, time-resolved X-ray diffraction (TRXRD) technique using synchrotron radiation. The measurements, carried out during rapid heating and cooling, showed that a segregated microstructure in these cast alloys leads to the preferential formation of zirconium oxide before the formation of aluminum oxides is detected. The oxidation leads to a change in the phase stability and to the modification of surface microstructures. Computational thermodynamic models were used to explain the preferential formation of oxides in the as-cast microstructure.

  3. In situ identification of the Martian surface material and its interaction with the Martian atmosphere using DTA/GC

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    Mancinelli, R. L.; White, M. R.

    1992-01-01

    Little is known about the mineralogy of the martian surface material. Several techniques have been suggested as candidates for the in situ identification of the martian surface material. The most promising of these techniques include differential thermal analysis (DTA) coupled with gas chromatography (GC) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) coupled with either mass spectrometry (MS) or GC. Our studies showed that differential thermal analysis coupled with gas chromatography (DTA/GC) is a more appropriate analytical technique than DSC/MS or DSC/GC to identify the mineralogy of the martian surface material in situ. DTA/GC can be regarded as an advancement from pyrolytic GC analyses that were successfully flown on previous missions, but have supplied only limited mineralogical information.

  4. IN-SITU TRITIUM BETA DETECTOR

    SciTech Connect

    J.W. Berthold; L.A. Jeffers

    1998-04-15

    The objectives of this three-phase project were to design, develop, and demonstrate a monitoring system capable of detecting and quantifying tritium in situ in ground and surface waters, and in water from effluent lines prior to discharge into public waterways. The tritium detection system design is based on measurement of the low energy beta radiation from the radioactive decay of tritium using a special form of scintillating optical fiber directly in contact with the water to be measured. The system consists of the immersible sensor module containing the optical fiber, and an electronics package, connected by an umbilical cable. The system can be permanently installed for routine water monitoring in wells or process or effluent lines, or can be moved from one location to another for survey use. The electronics will read out tritium activity directly in units of pico Curies per liter, with straightforward calibration. In Phase 1 of the project, we characterized the sensitivity of fluor-doped plastic optical fiber to tritium beta radiation. In addition, we characterized the performance of photomultiplier tubes needed for the system. In parallel with this work, we defined the functional requirements, target specifications, and system configuration for an in situ tritium beta detector that would use the fluor-doped fibers as primary sensors of tritium concentration in water. The major conclusions from the characterization work are: A polystyrene optical fiber with fluor dopant concentration of 2% gave best performance. This fiber had the highest dopant concentration of any fibers tested. Stability may be a problem. The fibers exposed to a 22-day soak in 120 F water experienced a 10x reduction in sensitivity. It is not known whether this was due to the build up of a deposit (a potentially reversible effect) or an irreversible process such as leaching of the scintillating dye. Based on the results achieved, it is premature to initiate Phase 2 and commit to a prototype design for construction and test. Significant improvements must be made in fluor-doped fiber performance in order to use the method for in situ monitoring to verify compliance with current EPA drinking water standards. Additional Phase 1 fiber development work should be performed to increase the fluor dopant concentration above 2% until the self-absorption limit is observed. Continued fiber optimization work is expected to improve the sensitivity limits, and will enable application of the detector to verify compliance with the US EPA drinking water standard of 20,000 pico Curies per liter. However, if the need for monitoring higher levels of tritium in water at concentrations greater than 200,000 pico Curies per liter is justified, then prototype development and testing could proceed either as a Phase 2 stand-alone effort or in parallel with continued Phase 1 development work.

  5. Aluminum-Based Cast In Situ Composites: A Review

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    Pramod, S. L.; Bakshi, Srinivasa R.; Murty, B. S.

    2015-06-01

    In situ composites are a class of composite materials in which the reinforcement is formed within the matrix by reaction during the processing. In situ method of composite synthesis has been widely followed by researchers because of several advantages over conventional stir casting such as fine particle size, clean interface, and good wettability of the reinforcement with the matrix and homogeneous distribution of the reinforcement compared to other processes. Besides this, in situ processing of composites by casting route is also economical and amenable for large scale production as compared to other methods such as powder metallurgy and spray forming. Commonly used reinforcements for Al and its alloys which can be produced in situ are Al2O3, AlN, TiB2, TiC, ZrB2, and Mg2Si. The aim of this paper is to review the current research and development in aluminum-based in situ composites by casting route.

  6. Aluminum-Based Cast In Situ Composites: A Review

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Pramod, S. L.; Bakshi, Srinivasa R.; Murty, B. S.

    2015-02-01

    In situ composites are a class of composite materials in which the reinforcement is formed within the matrix by reaction during the processing. In situ method of composite synthesis has been widely followed by researchers because of several advantages over conventional stir casting such as fine particle size, clean interface, and good wettability of the reinforcement with the matrix and homogeneous distribution of the reinforcement compared to other processes. Besides this, in situ processing of composites by casting route is also economical and amenable for large scale production as compared to other methods such as powder metallurgy and spray forming. Commonly used reinforcements for Al and its alloys which can be produced in situ are Al2O3, AlN, TiB2, TiC, ZrB2, and Mg2Si. The aim of this paper is to review the current research and development in aluminum-based in situ composites by casting route.

  7. Autonomous In-Situ Resources Prospector

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Dissly, R. W.; Buehler, M. G.; Schaap, M. G.; Nicks, D.; Taylor, G. J.; Castano, R.; Suarez, D.

    2004-01-01

    This presentation will describe the concept of an autonomous, intelligent, rover-based rapid surveying system to identify and map several key lunar resources to optimize their ISRU (In Situ Resource Utilization) extraction potential. Prior to an extraction phase for any target resource, ground-based surveys are needed to provide confirmation of remote observation, to quantify and map their 3-D distribution, and to locate optimal extraction sites (e.g. ore bodies) with precision to maximize their economic benefit. The system will search for and quantify optimal minerals for oxygen production feedstock, water ice, and high glass-content regolith that can be used for building materials. These are targeted because of their utility and because they are, or are likely to be, variable in quantity over spatial scales accessible to a rover (i.e., few km). Oxygen has benefits for life support systems and as an oxidizer for propellants. Water is a key resource for sustainable exploration, with utility for life support, propellants, and other industrial processes. High glass-content regolith has utility as a feedstock for building materials as it readily sinters upon heating into a cohesive matrix more readily than other regolith materials or crystalline basalts. Lunar glasses are also a potential feedstock for oxygen production, as many are rich in iron and titanium oxides that are optimal for oxygen extraction. To accomplish this task, a system of sensors and decision-making algorithms for an autonomous prospecting rover is described. One set of sensors will be located in the wheel tread of the robotic search vehicle providing contact sensor data on regolith composition. Another set of instruments will be housed on the platform of the rover, including VIS-NIR imagers and spectrometers, both for far-field context and near-field characterization of the regolith in the immediate vicinity of the rover. Also included in the sensor suite are a neutron spectrometer, ground-penetrating radar, and an instrumented cone penetrometer for subsurface assessment. Output from these sensors will be evaluated autonomously in real-time by decision-making software to evaluate if any of the targeted resources has been detected, and if so, to quantify their abundance. Algorithms for optimizing the mapping strategy based on target resource abundance and distribution are also included in the autonomous software. This approach emphasizes on-the-fly survey measurements to enable efficient and rapid prospecting of large areas, which will improve the economics of ISRU system approaches. The mature technology will enable autonomous rovers to create in-situ resource maps of lunar or other planetary surfaces, which will facilitate human and robotic exploration.

  8. An In Situ Radiological Survey of Three Canyons at the Los Alamos National Laboratory

    SciTech Connect

    R.J. Maurer

    1999-06-01

    An in situ radiological survey of Mortandad, Ten Site, and DP Canyons at the Los Alamos National Laboratory was conducted during August 19-30, 1996. The purpose of this survey was to measure the quantities of radionuclides that remain in the canyons from past laboratory operations. A total of 65 in situ measurements were conducted using high-resolution gamma radiation detectors at 1 meter above the ground. The measurements were obtained in the streambeds of the canyons beginning near the water-release points at the laboratories and extending to the ends of the canyons. Three man-made gamma-emitting radionuclides were detected in the canyons: americium-241 ({sup 241}Am), cesium-137 ({sup 137}Cs), and cobalt-60 ({sup 60}Co). Estimated contamination levels ranged from 13.3-290.4 picocuries per gram (pCi/g)for {sup 241}Am, 4.4-327.8 pCi/g for {sup 137}Cs, and 0.4-2.6 pCi/g for {sup 60}Co.

  9. In-situ X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy of Supported Ru Catalysts in the Aqueous Phase

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    Ketchie,W.; Maris, E.; Davis, R.

    2007-01-01

    The size of supported Ru metal particles on various supports was monitored by in situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy under aqueous phase conditions typical of biomass conversion reactions. In particular, Ru/{gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, Ru/C, Ru/TiO{sub 2}, and Ru/SiO{sub 2} were evaluated at the Ru K edge at 473 K in neutral water and 0.4 M NaOH. The as-prepared samples exposed to air contained oxidized Ru that was subsequently reduced by H{sub 2}-saturated water solution. Significant growth of the metal particles was observed on the Ru/{gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Ru/SiO{sub 2} samples during the aqueous treatments, whereas the Ru/TiO{sub 2} and Ru/C samples were quite stable under the conditions used here. Results from post-treatment X-ray diffraction and surface area analysis revealed major structural changes of the alumina and silica supports. The structural stability of the carbon and titania account for the lack of metal particle growth on those supports. Because a reference Pt/C catalyst revealed metal particle growth under the same conditions, the results for the Ru/C cannot be generalized to other carbon-supported catalysts and underscores the importance of in situ characterization for heterogeneous catalysts in the aqueous phase.

  10. In situ analysis of the martian soil

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Buch, A.; Sternberg, R.; Meunier, D.; Marchetti, C.; Raulin, F.

    2003-04-01

    Mars is presently the most likely planet on which there is a possibility of finding extinct and/or extant life. The next exploratory missions to Mars will focus on key organic molecules such as carboxylic and amino acids. In the frame of the Sample Analysis on Mars (SAM) GC/MS-based experiment aiming at performing in situ chemical analysis of the Martian soil, an automated extraction process coupled to chemical derivatization is under development. The extraction efficiency of various organic solvents has been tested (and compared to that of water), first on standard soil samples and then, on Martian soil analogues such as the Akatama desert (Chili) soil. It was shown that propanol is the best solvent, allowing high extraction yields for both amino and carboxylic acids with space compatible extraction time (15 to 30 min) when the extraction procedure is assisted by sonication. A highly sensititive and quantitative single-step derivatization reaction using as N-(tert-butyldimethylsilyl)-trifluoroacétanamide (MTBSTFA) as silylation agent was then used, prior to GC/MS analysis. The extraction and the derivatization process will take place in an automated miniaturized reactor, which is currently under investigation.

  11. IN-SITU MINING OF PHOSPHATE ORES

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    H. El-Shall; R. Stana; A. El-Midany; S. Malekzadah

    2004-12-17

    Presently the mining of Florida phosphate requires the movement of over a 100-ton of materials (overburden, sand, clay) for every ton of phosphate concentrate recovered. Not only is this energy intensive, but it also causes significant stress on the environment. In 2003, the Department of Energy solicited ideas for innovative mining ideas that could significantly improve the efficiency of mining. An award was made to the University of Florida Engineering Research Center to evaluate the in situ mining of phosphates using an aqueous CO{sub 2} solution. Tests were carried out in a 15.2 cm (6-inch) diameter column, 1.83 meter (6 feet) long at pressures up to 117.2 kg/cm{sup 2} (40 psi). Results to date demonstrate that initially the MgO is leached from the ore and then the phosphate. While the tests are continuing, so far they have not demonstrated P{sub 2}O{sub 5} concentrations that are economically attractive.

  12. Cubesat in-situ degradation detector (CIDD)

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    Rievers, Benny; Milke, Alexander; Salden, Daniel

    2015-07-01

    The design of the thermal control and management system (TCS) is a central task in satellite design. In order to evaluate and dimensionize the properties of the TCS, material parameters specifying the conductive and radiative properties of the different TCS components have to be known including their respective variations within the mission lifetime. In particular the thermo-optical properties of the outer surfaces including critical TCS components such as radiators and thermal insulation are subject to degradation caused by interaction with the space environment. The evaluation of these material parameters by means of ground testing is a time-consuming and expensive endeavor. Long-term in-situ measurements on board the ISS or large satellites not only realize a better implementation of the influence of the space environment but also imply high costs. Motivated by this we propose the utilization of low-cost nano-satellite systems to realize material tests within space at a considerably reduced cost. We present a nanosat-scale degradation sensor concept which realizes low power consumption and data rates compatible with nanosat boundaries at UHF radio. By means of a predefined measurement and messaging cycle temperature curves are measured and evaluated on ground to extract the change of absorptivity and emissivity over mission lifetime.

  13. In situ measurements of ship tracks

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    Radke, Lawrence F.; Lyons, Jamie H.; Hobbs, Peter V.; Coakley, James E.

    1990-01-01

    It has long been known that cloud droplet concentrations are strongly influenced by cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) and that anthropogenic sources of pollution can affect CCN concentrations. More recently it has been suggested that CCN may play an important role in climate through their effect on cloud albedo. A interesting example of the effect of anthropogenic CCN on cloud albedo is the so-called 'ship track' phenomenon. Ship tracks were first observed in satellite imagery when the ship's emissions were evidently needed for the formation of a visible cloud. However, they appear more frequently in satellite imagery as modifications to existing stratus and stratocumulus clouds. The tracks are seen most clearly in satellite imagery by comparing the radiance at 3.7 microns with that at 0.63 and 11 microns. To account for the observed change in radiance, droplet concentrations must be high, and the mean size of the droplets small, in ship tracks. Researchers describe what they believe to be the first in situ measurements in what appears to have been a ship track.

  14. Visualizing T Cell Migration in situ.

    PubMed

    Benechet, Alexandre P; Menon, Manisha; Khanna, Kamal M

    2014-01-01

    Mounting a protective immune response is critically dependent on the orchestrated movement of cells within lymphoid tissues. The structure of secondary lymphoid organs regulates immune responses by promoting optimal cell-cell and cell-extracellular matrix interactions. Naïve T cells are initially activated by antigen presenting cells in secondary lymphoid organs. Following priming, effector T cells migrate to the site of infection to exert their functions. Majority of the effector cells die while a small population of antigen-specific T cells persists as memory cells in distinct anatomical locations. The persistence and location of memory cells in lymphoid and non-lymphoid tissues is critical to protect the host from re-infection. The localization of memory T cells is carefully regulated by several factors including the highly organized secondary lymphoid structure, the cellular expression of chemokine receptors and compartmentalized secretion of their cognate ligands. This balance between the anatomy and the ordered expression of cell surface and soluble proteins regulates the subtle choreography of T cell migration. In recent years, our understanding of cellular dynamics of T cells has been advanced by the development of new imaging techniques allowing in situ visualization of T cell responses. Here, we review the past and more recent studies that have utilized sophisticated imaging technologies to investigate the migration dynamics of naïve, effector, and memory T cells. PMID:25120547

  15. ACR Appropriateness Criteria® Ductal Carcinoma in Situ.

    PubMed

    Kaufman, Seth A; Harris, Eleanor E R; Bailey, Lisa; Chadha, Manjeet; Dutton, Sharon C; Freedman, Gary M; Goyal, Sharad; Halyard, Michele Y; Horst, Kathleen C; Novick, Kristina L M; Park, Catherine C; Suh, W Warren; Toppmeyer, Deborah; Zook, Jennifer; Haffty, Bruce G

    2015-06-15

    Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is a breast neoplasm with potential for progression to invasive cancer. Management commonly involves excision, radiotherapy, and hormonal therapy. Surgical assessment of regional lymph nodes is rarely indicated except in cases of microinvasion or mastectomy. Radiotherapy is employed for local control in breast conservation, although it may be omitted for select low-risk situations. Several radiotherapy techniques exist beyond standard whole-breast irradiation (ie, partial-breast irradiation [PBI], hypofractionated whole-breast radiation); evidence for these is evolving. We present an update of the American College of Radiology (ACR) Appropriateness Criteria® for the management of DCIS. The ACR Appropriateness Criteria® are evidence-based guidelines for specific clinical conditions, which are reviewed every 3 years by a multidisciplinary expert panel. The guideline development and review includes an extensive analysis of current medical literature from peer-reviewed journals and the application of a well-established consensus methodology (modified Delphi technique) to rate the appropriateness of imaging and treatment procedures by the panel. In those instances where evidence is lacking or not definitive, expert opinion may be used to recommend imaging or treatment. PMID:26089220

  16. Modeling enhanced in situ denitrification in groundwater

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    Killingstad, M.W.; Widdowson, M.A.; Smith, R.L.

    2002-01-01

    A two-dimensional numerical solute transport model was developed for simulating an enhanced in situ denitrification experiment performed in a nitrate-contaminated aquifer on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. In this experiment, formate (HCOO-) was injected for a period of 26 days into the carbon-limited aquifer to stimulate denitrification. Calibration of the vertical-profile site model was demonstrated through error analysis and comparison with formate, nitrate, and nitrite concentration data monitored along a transect of three multilevel groundwater sampling wells for 75 days after initial injection. Formate utilization rates were approximately 142 and 38 ??M/day for nitrate and nitrite reduction, respectively. Nitrate and nitrite utilization rates were approximately 29 and 8 ??M/day, respectively. Nitrate utilization rates under enhanced conditions were 1 order of magnitude greater than previously reported naturally occurring rates. The nitrite production rate was approximately 29 ??M/day. Persistence of nitrite was attributed to a combination of factors, including electron donor (formate) limitation late in the experiment, preferential utilization of nitrate as an electron acceptor, and greater nitrite production relative to nitrite utilization.

  17. In-Situ Optical Wafer Temperature Measurement

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Adams, Bruce; Schietinger, Chuck

    2003-09-01

    The need for increasingly tighter process control is eminently apparent as semiconductor device dimensions become smaller and wafers larger. Today "Thermal Budgets" are shrinking and ramp rates are increasing throughout wafer processing. Wafer temperature is perhaps the most universally critical process variable in front-end integrated circuits (IC) manufacturing. The use of pyrometry and optical lightpipes continues to gain widespread acceptance as the standard temperature control method in many processes. Lightpipes are used for controlling temperature in chemical vapor deposition (CVD), rapid thermal processing (RTP), epitaxial film growth (EPI) and physical vapor deposition (PVD). Optical thermometry offers numerous advantages over other forms of wafer temperature measurement. This paper presents the current strengths and limitations in optical wafer temperature measurement. Many factors continue to drive the measurement technology. As IC junctions become shallower, thermal budget concerns drive process temperatures down. Processing time and ramp rates continue to shorten in particular for implant anneals. Increasingly, process control requires complete thermal histories of wafers throughout IC manufacturing. These factors and new materials (copper and low-? dielectrics) push tool manufactures and pyrometer vendors toward lower temperatures while still requiring high sensitivity, and accuracy. The accuracy of most in-situ optical temperature measurement continues to be dominated by uncertainty in wafer emissivity. Factors that limit accuracy, e.g., from wafer to wafer and from tool to tool, and advances in the technology are discussed.

  18. In situ characterisation of non linear capacitors

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    Laudebat, L.; Bley, V.; Lebey, T.; Schneider, H.; Tounsi, P.

    2001-05-01

    Multilayers ceramic capacitors (MLCC) presenting non linear behaviours of their C(V) characteristics may have interesting applications in power electronics. Most of them have already been described. Nevertheless, the choice of a particular type instead of another one is all the more so difficult since, on one hand the physical mechanisms able to explain this behaviour is far from being understood. On the other hand, C(V) characteristics are in general obtained for low voltage values different from the ones they are going to be involved in. In this paper, direct in situ characterisations of different BaTiO3 based capacitors commercially available are achieved. The role of the capacitors' type (X7R,Z5U), of the temperature and of the voltage waveform (and more particularly its polarity) is demonstrated. Temperature values up to 200 oC are measured during normal operations in a RCD dissipative snubber without any alterations of the C(V) characteristics. All these results are discussed as regards the main physical properties of the constitutive materials in order to reach an optimisation of their use through an appropriate dimensioning.

  19. In situ vitrification on buried waste

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    Bates, S.O.

    1992-08-01

    In situ vitrification (ISV) is being evaluated as a remedial treatment technology for buried mixed and transuranic (TRU) wastes at the Subsurface Disposal Area (SDA) at Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL) and can be related to buried wastes at other Department of Energy (DOE) sites. There are numerous locations around the DOE Complex where wastes were buried in the ground or stored for future burial. The Buried Waste Program (BWP) is conducting a comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) remedial investigation/feasibility study (RI/FS) for the Department of Energy - Field Office Idaho (DOE-ID). As part of the RI/FS, an ISV scoping study on the treatability of the SDA mixed low-level and mixed TRU waste is being performed for applicability to remediation of the waste at the Radioactive Waste Management Complex (RWMC). The ISV project being conducted at the INEL by EG&G Idaho, Inc. consists of a treatability investigation to collect data to satisfy nine CERCLA criteria with regards to the SDA. This treatability investigation involves a series of experiments and related efforts to study the feasibility of ISV for remediation of mixed and TRU waste disposed of at the SDA.

  20. In situ vitrification on buried waste

    SciTech Connect

    Bates, S.O.

    1992-01-01

    In situ vitrification (ISV) is being evaluated as a remedial treatment technology for buried mixed and transuranic (TRU) wastes at the Subsurface Disposal Area (SDA) at Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL) and can be related to buried wastes at other Department of Energy (DOE) sites. There are numerous locations around the DOE Complex where wastes were buried in the ground or stored for future burial. The Buried Waste Program (BWP) is conducting a comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) remedial investigation/feasibility study (RI/FS) for the Department of Energy - Field Office Idaho (DOE-ID). As part of the RI/FS, an ISV scoping study on the treatability of the SDA mixed low-level and mixed TRU waste is being performed for applicability to remediation of the waste at the Radioactive Waste Management Complex (RWMC). The ISV project being conducted at the INEL by EG G Idaho, Inc. consists of a treatability investigation to collect data to satisfy nine CERCLA criteria with regards to the SDA. This treatability investigation involves a series of experiments and related efforts to study the feasibility of ISV for remediation of mixed and TRU waste disposed of at the SDA.

  1. Assessment of the use of prompt gamma emission for proton therapy range verification

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    Styczynski, John R

    2009-01-01

    PURPOSE: Prompt gamma rays emitted from proton-nucleus interactions in tissue present a promising non-invasive, in situ means of monitoring proton beam based radiotherapy. This study investigates the fluence and energy ...

  2. In situ produced 10Be depth profiles and luminescence data tracing climatic and tectonic control on terrace formation, Danube River, Central Europe, Hungary

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ruszkiczay-Rüdiger, Zsófia; Braucher, Régis; Novothny, Ágnes; Csillag, Gábor; Fodor, László; Molnár, Gábor; Madarász, Balázs; Aster Team

    2015-04-01

    The terrace sequence of the Hungarian part of the Danube valley preserves a record of varying tectonic uplift rates along the river course and throughout several climate stages. To establish the chronology of formation of these terraces, two different dating methods on alluvial terraces were used: 1) in situ produced cosmogenic 10Be, which yield the time of abandonment of the terrace and 2) luminescence dating, which provides burial ages of the sediment. In situ produced cosmogenic 10Be samples originated from vertical depth profiles to enable the determination of both the exposure time and the denudation rate at each locality. We used Monte Carlo approach to model the denudation rate-corrected exposure ages. Post-IR IRSL measurements were carried out on K-feldspar samples to obtain the ages of sedimentation. The highest and oldest terrace remnants (tIV-VI) yield a minimum 10Be exposure age of 800 ka close to MIS 22, the onset of major continental glaciations of Quaternary age, suggesting climatic signal of the abandonment of the uppermost terrace levels. For the lower terraces it was possible to reveal close correlation with MIS stages using IRSL ages. The new chronology enables the distinction of tIIb (60-110 ka; MIS 4-5d) and tIIIa (130-190 ka; MIS 6) in the study area. Surface denudation rates were well constrained by the cosmogenic 10Be depth profiles between 5.9 m/Ma and 10.0 m/Ma for all terraces. Maximum incision rates of the Danube were calculated for middle and late Pleistocene times. These rates were increasing from west to east, toward the more elevated Transdanubian Range from 0.05 mm/a to 0.12 mm/a. Incision rates derived from the age of the low terraces (0.13 mm/a) may suggest a slight acceleration of uplift towards present. Our research was supported by the OTKA PD83610, PD100315, NK60455, K062478, K83150 and F042799, the French-Hungarian Balaton-Tét Project (FR-32/2007; TÉT_11-2-2012-0005), the Bolyai János Scholarship of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and by the 'Lendület' program of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (LP2012-27/2012). The 10Be measurements performed at the ASTER AMS national facility (CEREGE, Aix en Provence) were supported by the INSU/CNRS, the French Ministry of Research and Higher Education, IRD and CEA. The gamma-spectrometry measurements and part of the preparation of the luminescence samples were carried out at the Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics, Hannover, Germany.

  3. Mass Spectrometry

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Smith, J. Scott; Thakur, Rohan A.

    Mass spectrometry (MS) is unique among the various spectroscopy techniques in both theory and instrumentation. As you may recall, spectroscopy involves the interaction of electromagnetic radiation or some form of energy with molecules. The molecules absorb the radiation and produce a spectrum either during the absorption process or as the excited molecules return to the ground state. MS works by placing a charge on a molecule, thereby converting it to an ion in a process called ionization. The generated ions are then resolved according to their mass-to-charge ratio (m/z) by subjecting them to electrostatic fields (mass analyzer) and finally detected. An additional stage of ion fragmentation may be included before detection to elicit structural information in a technique known as tandem MS. The result of ion generation, separation, fragmentation, and detection is manifested as a mass spectrum that can be interpreted to yield molecular weight or structural information. The uniqueness of this process allows the method to be used for both detection and identification of an unknown compound.

  4. Mass Spectrometry

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Pflieger, D.; Forest, E.; Vinh, J.

    For twenty years or so now, mass spectrometry has been used to get exact measurements of the mass of biological molecules such as proteins, nucleic acids,oligosaccharides, and so on. Over the past ten years, this technology has followed the trend toward miniaturisation and the samples required can be much smaller. In particular, the nanoelectrospray source (online or by needle) allow one to work at flow rates of a few tens of nanolitres/min. There are many applications, both in the field of proteomics and in the analysis of protein structure, dynamics, and interactions. Combining this source with nanoHPLC, complex mixtures only available in small quantities can be separated and analysed online. There are also some advantages over conventional HPLC, despite a set of constraints related to the small dimensions and low flow rates. Combining capillary electrophoresis with the electrospray source also gives useful results, with its own set of advantages and constraints. Finally, developments are currently underway to combine this source with chips, providing a means of separation and analysis online.

  5. In-situ Trace Element and REE Analysis of Garnet Porphyroblast from the Murphy Belt Drill Core by 213 nm Laser Ablation High Resolution ICPMS

    Microsoft Academic Search

    T. E. LaTour; A. M. Ghazi

    2001-01-01

    Laser ablation coupled with high resolution inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-HR-ICPMS) is a powerful tool for in-situ trace element analysis of solid samples on the micron scale. Recent development of the 213 nm (quintupled) Nd-YAG laser has significantly improved upon the more widely used 266 nm laser. In this study we focus on analysis of zoned garnets from the

  6. In-Situ Trace Element Analysis of Volcanic Glass by 213 nm Laser Ablation Microprobe-ICPMS: Calibration Strategies and Use of He as an Ablation Gas

    Microsoft Academic Search

    L. C. Farr; K. Kelley; J. W. Sparks; T. Plank

    2001-01-01

    Laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) is a useful tool for in-situ trace element analysis of solid samples on the micron scale. Recent development of the 213 nm (quintupled) Nd-YAG laser has significantly improved upon the more widely used 266 nm laser. We focus here on analysis of volcanic glasses with a Merchantek\\/New Wave 213 nm LA system,

  7. In-situ derivatisation of degradation products of chemical warfare agents in water by solid-phase microextraction and gas chromatographic–mass spectrometric analysis

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Mui Tiang Sng; Wei Fang Ng

    1999-01-01

    A new analytical procedure was developed for the extraction of degradation products of chemical warfare agents from water and for in-situ derivatisation prior to analysis by gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC–MS). With this new procedure, degradation products of the chemical warfare agents can be analysed and identified without going through laborious sample preparation. Parameters such as fiber selection, pH, salt content,

  8. Invited Review Article: Recent developments in isotope-ratio mass spectrometry for geochemistry and cosmochemistry

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    Ireland, Trevor R.

    2013-01-01

    Mass spectrometry is fundamental to measurements of isotope ratios for applications in isotope geochemistry, geochronology, and cosmochemistry. Magnetic-sector mass spectrometers are most common because these provide the best precision in isotope ratio measurements. Where the highest precision is desired, chemical separation followed by mass spectrometric analysis is carried out with gas (noble gas and stable isotope mass spectrometry), liquid (inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry), or solid (thermal ionization mass spectrometry) samples. Developments in in situ analysis, including ion microprobes and laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, have opened up issues concerning homogeneity according to domain size, and allow ever smaller amounts of material to be analyzed. While mass spectrometry is built solidly on developments in the 20th century, there are new technologies that will push the limits in terms of precision, accuracy, and sample efficiency. Developments of new instruments based on time-of-flight mass spectrometers could open up the ultimate levels of sensitivity per sample atom.

  9. In Situ Probe Science at Saturn

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Atkinson, David H.; Lunine, Jonathan I.; Simon-Miller, Amy A.; Atreya, Sushil K.; Brinckerhoff, William B.; Colaprete, Anthony; Coustenis, Athena; Fletcher, Leigh N.; Guillot, Tristan; Lebreton, Jean-Pierre; Mahaffy, Paul; Mousis, Olivier; Orton, Glenn S.; Reh, Kim; Spilker, Linda J.; Spilker, Thomas R.; Webster, Chris R.

    2014-05-01

    A fundamental goal of solar system exploration is to understand the origin of the solar system, the initial stages, conditions, and processes by which the solar system formed, how the formation process was initiated, and the nature of the interstellar seed material from which the solar system was born. Key to understanding solar system formation and subsequent dynamical and chemical evolution is the origin and evolution of the giant planets and their atmospheres. Several theories have been put forward to explain the process of solar system formation, and the origin and evolution of the giant planets and their atmospheres. Each theory offers quantifiable predictions of the abundances of noble gases He, Ne, Ar, Kr, and Xe, and abundances of key isotopic ratios 4He/3He, D/H, 15N/14N, 18O/16O, and 13C/12C. Detection of certain disequilibrium species, diagnostic of deeper internal processes and dynamics of the atmosphere, would also help discriminate between competing theories. Many of the key atmospheric constituents needed to discriminate between alternative theories of giant planet formation and chemical evolution are either spectrally inactive or primarily located in the deeper atmosphere inaccessible to remote sensing from Earth, flyby, or orbiting spacecraft. Abundance measurements of these key constituents, including the two major molecular carriers of carbon, methane and carbon monoxide (neither of which condense in Saturn's atmosphere), sulfur which is expected to be well-mixed below the 4 to 5-bar ammonium hydrosulfide (NH4SH) cloud, and gradients of nitrogen below the NH4SH cloud and oxygen in the upper layers of the H2O and H2O-NH4 solution cloud, must be made in situ and can only be achieved by an entry probe descending through 10 bars. Measurements of the critical abundance profiles of these key constituents into the deeper well-mixed atmosphere must be complemented by measurements of the profiles of atmospheric structure and dynamics at high vertical resolution that also require in situ exploration. The atmospheres of the giant planets can also serve as laboratories to better understand the atmospheric chemistries, dynamics, processes, and climates on all planets in the solar system including Earth, and offer a context and provide a ground truth for exoplanets and exoplanetary systems. Additionally, Giant planets have long been thought to play a critical role in the development of potentially habitable planetary systems. In the context of giant planet science provided by the Galileo, Juno, and Cassini missions to Jupiter and Saturn, a small, relatively shallow Saturn probe capable of measuring abundances and isotopic ratios of key atmospheric constituents, and atmospheric structure including pressures, temperatures, dynamics, and cloud locations and properties not accessible by remote sensing can serve to test competing theories of solar system and giant planet origin, chemical, and dynamical evolution. Acknowledgements This research was carried out in part at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under contract with NASA. Copyright 2013 California Institute of Technology. U.S. Government sponsorship acknowledged. O. Mousis acknowledges support from CNES.

  10. MENDING THE IN SITU MANIPULATION BARRIER

    SciTech Connect

    PETERSEN, S.W.

    2006-02-06

    In early 2004, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Richland and Fluor Hanford requested technical assistance from the DOE Headquarters EM-23 Technical Assistance Program to provide a team of technical experts to develop recommendations for mending the In Situ Redox Manipulation (ISRM) Barrier in the 100-D Area of the Hanford Site in Washington State. To accommodate this request, EM-23 provided support to convene a group of technical experts from industry, a national laboratory, and a DOE site to participate in a 2 1/2-day workshop with the objective of identifying and recommending options to enhance the performance of the 100-D Area reactive barrier and of a planned extension to the northeast. This report provides written documentation of the team's findings and recommendations. In 1995, a plume of dissolved hexavalent chromium [Cr(VI)], which resulted from operation of the D/DR Reactors at the Hanford site, was discovered along the Columbia River shoreline and in the 100-D Area. Between 1999 and 2003, a reactive barrier using the In Situ Redox Manipulation (ISRM) technology, was installed a distance of 680 meters along the river to reduce the Cr(VI) in the groundwater. The ISRM technology creates a treatment zone within the aquifer by injection of sodium dithionite, a strong reducing agent that scavenges dissolved oxygen (DO) from the aquifer and reduces ferric iron [Fe(III)], related metals, and oxy-ions. The reduction of Fe(III) to ferrous [Fe(II)] iron provides the primary reduction capacity to reduce Cr(VI) to the +3 state, which is less mobile and less toxic. Bench-scale and field-scale treatability tests were initially conducted to demonstrate proof-of principle and to provide data for estimation of barrier longevity. These calculations estimated barrier longevity in excess of twenty years. However, several years after initial and secondary treatment, groundwater in a number of wells has been found to contain elevated chromium (Cr) concentrations, indicating some loss of reductive capacity within the aquifer. The Technical Assistance Team (TAT) was requested to perform the following activities: (1) evaluate the most probable condition(s) that has led to the presence of Cr(VI) in 12 different barrier wells (i.e. premature loss of reductive capacity), (2) recommend methods for determining the cause of the problem, (3) recommend methods for evaluating the magnitude of the problem, (4) recommend practicable method(s) for mending the barrier that involves a long-term solution, and (5) recommend methods for extending the barrier to the northeast (e.g., changing injection procedure, changing or augmenting the injected material). Since the March 2004 workshop, a decision has been made to place a hold on the barrier extension until more is known about the cause of the problem. However, the report complies with the original request for information on all of the above activities, but focuses on determining the cause of the problem and mending of the existing barrier.

  11. in situ Calcite Precipitation for Contaminant Immobilization

    SciTech Connect

    Yoshiko Fujita; Robert W. Smith

    2009-08-01

    in situ Calcite Precipitation for Contaminant Immobilization Yoshiko Fujita (Yoshiko.fujita@inl.gov) (Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA) Robert W. Smith (University of Idaho-Idaho Falls, Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA) Subsurface radionuclide and trace metal contaminants throughout the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) complex pose one of DOE’s greatest challenges for long-term stewardship. One promising stabilization mechanism for divalent trace ions, such as the short-lived radionuclide strontium-90, is co-precipitation in calcite. Calcite, a common mineral in the arid western U.S., can form solid solutions with trace metals. The rate of trace metal incorporation is susceptible to manipulation using either abiotic or biotic means. We have previously demonstrated that increasing the calcite precipitation rate by stimulating the activity of urea hydrolyzing microorganisms can result in significantly enhanced Sr uptake. Urea hydrolysis causes the acceleration of calcium carbonate precipitation (and trace metal co-precipitation) by increasing pH and alkalinity, and also by liberating the reactive cations from the aquifer matrix via exchange reactions involving the ammonium ion derived from urea: H2NCONH2 + 3H2O ? 2NH4+ + HCO3- + OH- urea hydrolysis >X:2Ca + 2NH4+ ? 2>X:NH4 + Ca2+ ion exchange Ca2+ + HCO3- + OH- ? CaCO3(s) + H2O calcite precipitation where >X: is a cation exchange site on the aquifer matrix. This contaminant immobilization approach has several attractive features. Urea hydrolysis is catalyzed by the urease enzyme, which is produced by many indigenous subsurface microorganisms. Addition of foreign microbes is unnecessary. In turn the involvement of the native microbes and the consequent in situ generation of reactive components in the aqueous phase (e.g., carbonate and Ca or Sr) can allow dissemination of the reaction over a larger volume and/or farther away from an amendment injection point, as compared to direct addition of the reactants at a well (which can lead to clogging). A final particularly attractive characteristic of this approach is its long-term sustainability; the remediation scheme is geared toward environments that are already saturated with respect to calcite, and in such systems the bulk of any newly precipitated calcite will remain stable once engineered manipulations cease. This means that the co-precipitated contaminants will be effectively sequestered over the long term. We are currently conducting integrated field, laboratory, and computational research to evaluate a) the relationships between urea hydrolysis rate, calcite precipitation rate, and trace metal partitioning under environmentally relevant conditions; and b) the coupling between flow/flux manipulations and calcite precipitate distribution and metal uptake. We are also assessing the application of geophysical and molecular biological tools to monitor the relevant chemical and physical processes. The primary emphasis is on field-scale processes, with the laboratory and modeling activities designed specifically to support the field studies. Field experiments are being conducted in perched water (vadose zone) at the Vadose Zone Research Park (VZRP) at the Idaho National Laboratory; the VZRP provides an uncontaminated setting that is an analog of the 90Sr-contaminated vadose zone at the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center. A summary of results to date will be presented.

  12. Cost performance assessment of in situ vitrification

    SciTech Connect

    Showalter, W.E.; Letellier, B.C.; Booth, S.R. (Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States)); Barnes-Smith, P. (ICF Kaiser Engineers, Inc., Albuquerque, NM (United States))

    1992-01-01

    In situ vitrification (ISV) is a thermal treatment technology with promise for the destruction or immobilization of hazardous materials in contaminated soils. It has developed over the past decade to a level of maturity where meaningful cost effectiveness studies may be performed. The ISV process melts 4 to 25 m{sup 2} of undisturbed soil to a maximum depth of 6 m into an obsidian-like glass waste form by applying electric current (3750 kill) between symmetrically spaced electrodes. Temperatures of approximately 2000{degree}C drive off and destroy complex organics which are captured in an off-gas treatment system, while radio-nuclides are incorporated into the homogeneous glass monolith. A comparative life-cycle cost evaluation between mobile rotary kiln incineration and ISV was performed to quantitatively identify appropriate performance regimes and components of cost which are sensitive to the implementation of each technology. Predictions of melt times and power consumption were obtained from an ISV performance model over ranges of several parameters including electrode spacing, soil moisture, melt depth, electrical resistivity, and soil density. These data were coupled with manpower requirements, capitalization costs, and a melt placement optimization routine to allow interpolation over a wide variety of site characteristics. For the purpose of this study, a single site scenario representative of a mixed waste evaporation pond was constructed. Preliminary comparisons between ISV and incineration show that while operating costs are comparable, ISV avoids secondary treatment and monitored storage of radioactive waste that would be required following conventional incineration. It is the long term storage of incinerated material that is the most expensive component.

  13. Cost performance assessment of in situ vitrification

    SciTech Connect

    Showalter, W.E.; Letellier, B.C.; Booth, S.R. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States); Barnes-Smith, P. [ICF Kaiser Engineers, Inc., Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    1992-09-01

    In situ vitrification (ISV) is a thermal treatment technology with promise for the destruction or immobilization of hazardous materials in contaminated soils. It has developed over the past decade to a level of maturity where meaningful cost effectiveness studies may be performed. The ISV process melts 4 to 25 m{sup 2} of undisturbed soil to a maximum depth of 6 m into an obsidian-like glass waste form by applying electric current (3750 kill) between symmetrically spaced electrodes. Temperatures of approximately 2000{degree}C drive off and destroy complex organics which are captured in an off-gas treatment system, while radio-nuclides are incorporated into the homogeneous glass monolith. A comparative life-cycle cost evaluation between mobile rotary kiln incineration and ISV was performed to quantitatively identify appropriate performance regimes and components of cost which are sensitive to the implementation of each technology. Predictions of melt times and power consumption were obtained from an ISV performance model over ranges of several parameters including electrode spacing, soil moisture, melt depth, electrical resistivity, and soil density. These data were coupled with manpower requirements, capitalization costs, and a melt placement optimization routine to allow interpolation over a wide variety of site characteristics. For the purpose of this study, a single site scenario representative of a mixed waste evaporation pond was constructed. Preliminary comparisons between ISV and incineration show that while operating costs are comparable, ISV avoids secondary treatment and monitored storage of radioactive waste that would be required following conventional incineration. It is the long term storage of incinerated material that is the most expensive component.

  14. LONG TERM IN SITU DISPOSAL ENGINEERING STUDY

    SciTech Connect

    ADAMS; CARLSON; BROCKMAN

    2003-07-23

    Patent application pulled per Ken Norris (FH General Counsel). The objective of this study is to devise methods, produce conceptual designs, examine and select alternatives, and estimate costs for the demonstration of long-term (300-year) in situ disposal of an existing waste disposal site. The demonstration site selected is the 216-A-24 Crib near the 200 East Area. The site contains a fission product inventory and has experienced plant, animal, and inadvertent than intrusion. Of the potential intrusive events and transport pathways at the site, potential human intrusion has been given primary consideration in barrier design. Intrusion by wind, plants, and animals has been given secondary consideration. Groundwater modeling for a number of barrier configurations has been carried out to help select a barrier that will minimize water infiltration and waste/water contact time. The estimated effective lifetime and cost of 20 barrier schemes, using a variety of materials, have been evaluated. The schemes studied include single component surface barriers, multicomponent barriers, and massively injected grout barriers. Five barriers with high estimated effective lifetimes and relatively low costs have been selected for detailed evaluation. They are basalt riprap barriers, massive soil barriers, salt basin barriers, multi-component fine/coarse barriers, and cemented basalt barriers. A variety of materials and configurations for marking the site have also been considered. A decision analysis was completed to select a barrier scheme for demonstration. The analysis indicated that the basalt riprap alternative would be the preferred choice for a full-scale demonstration. The recommended approach is to demonstrate the basalt riprap barrier at the 216-A-24 Crib as soon as possible. Methods and costs of assessing effectiveness of the demonstration are also described. Preliminary design modifications and costs for applying the five selected barrier schemes to other site types are also presented.

  15. In situ evaluation of orthodontic elastomeric chains.

    PubMed

    Baratieri, Carolina; Mattos, Cláudia Trindade; Alves, Matheus; Lau, Thiago Chon Leon; Nojima, Lincoln Issamu; de Souza, Margareth Maria Gomes; Araujo, Monica Tirre; Nojima, Matilde da Cunha Gonçalves

    2012-01-01

    The hypothesis tested in this study was that intraoral exposure of elastomeric chains alters their tensile strength. For such purpose, it was evaluated the in situ behavior of different elastomeric chains stretched for 3 weeks. Three kinds of elastomeric chains, Plastic chain (PC), Memory chain (MC) and Super slick chain (SSC), were randomly placed in 3 quadrants of 13 patient in a fixed distance of 16 mm and mean initial force of 180 g. Tensile testing was performed in an universal testing machine at different intervals: initial, 1 h, 24 h, 1 week, 2 weeks and 3 weeks. A two-way ANOVA test was performed to identify the influence of both material and time on the force decrease. A subsequent one-way ANOVAtest with the Tukey's post hoc test was used to identify statistically significant intragroup and intergroup remaining force (g and %) differences at 5% significance level. The effect of both the material and the time factors were significant. All groups showed significant force decrease after the 1-h period (23% for PC and 14% for MC and SSC). At the end of the 3-week period, the remaining force was 57% (96 g), 67% (129 g) and 71% (125 g) for PC, MC and SSC, respectively. In conclusion, intraoral exposure of elastomeric chains altered their tensile strength. In general, the greater force decrease occurred within the first hour. The remaining force of the enhanced chains measured at each time interval was greater than the conventional one (PC). After 3 weeks, only the enhanced chains maintained the force applied over 100 g. PMID:23207855

  16. Fluorescence in situ hybridization on membrane filters

    SciTech Connect

    Mahr, A.; Bowe, A.; Chin, K. [Integrated Genetics, Framingham, MA (United States)] [and others

    1994-09-01

    Processing large numbers of clinical specimens for fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) using currently available slide preparation methods is both time consuming and laborious. In contrast, FISH on membrane filters would allow easy, efficient sample preparation, and analogous to other molecular hybridization techniques, would permit batch hybridization and washing. We therefore investigated a variety of filter membranes, cell types, and application methods in order to develop a protocol more amenable to clinical applications. Many membrane types were shown to be acceptable for FISH, including those made of mixed esters of cellulose, nitrocellulose, polycarbonate, polysulfonate, and polyvinylidene fluoride. Glass fiber filters and polytetrafluoroethylene membranes were unsuitable due to innate characteristics such as swelling and autofluorescence, respectively. Amniocytes, whole blood, as well as mononuclear cell preparations of adult peripheral blood, cord blood, fetal blood, fetal liver cell suspensions, and HEL cell lines were applied to filters and successfully hybridized. Successful application methods included: applying a drop of cell suspension onto the filter and air drying; using a settling method developed for glass slides; vacuum filtering cells onto membranes; and culturing cells directly onto membranes. Cell retention for unfixed fetal liver cells on filters was 93% compared to 47-64% for settling on glass slides and 85% for drying onto glass slides. Hybridization efficiency for the last method was poor. Optimal signal intensity for membrane filters was achieved with adaptations of standard FISH protocols. Hybridization efficiencies as high as 100% have been observed using autosomal cosmid contig probes covering 100 to 140 kb of target DNA. Advantages of filter-based over slide-based FISH include adaptability to mass processing and increased cell retention while retaining high signal quality.

  17. Evaluation of In Situ Combustion for Schrader Bluff

    SciTech Connect

    Sarathi, P.; Strycker, A.; Wang, S.

    1999-03-11

    The focus of this report is on the results related to evaluation of in situ combustion processes applied to Schrader Bluff. Initially, overall screening processes were applied to determine which of the EOR methods, were most appropriate for Schrader Bluff. In situ combustion was among the methods considered potentially favorable and was evaluated further. Laboratory scale tube runs were conducted to determine if the kinetic parameters for the crude oil were favorable. Additional sensitivity studies were conducted to evaluate the recovery potential. Described in this report are the results of the (1) initial screening,(2) experimental tube runs, and (3) simulation sensitivity studies as related to in situ combustion in Schrader Bluff.

  18. NOVEL IN-SITU METAL AND MINERAL EXTRACTION TECHNOLOGY

    SciTech Connect

    Glenn O'Gorman; Hans von Michaelis; Gregory J. Olson

    2004-09-22

    This white paper summarizes the state of art of in-situ leaching of metals and minerals, and describes a new technology concept employing improved fragmentation of ores underground in order to prepare the ore for more efficient in-situ leaching, combined with technology to continuously improve solution flow patterns through the ore during the leaching process. The process parameters and economic benefits of combining the new concept with chemical and biological leaching are described. A summary is provided of the next steps required to demonstrate the technology with the goal of enabling more widespread use of in-situ leaching.

  19. Search for past (present ?) life on Mars by InSitu Exploration

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Coll, P.; Cabane, M.; Szopa, C.; Coscia, D.; Mahaffy, P. R.; McLennan, D.

    How to search for past present Life on Mars using an in situ experiment dedicated to atmospheric ground and underground in-situ chemical and isotopic analysis We will show how such an experiment will be devoted in particular to the search for traces of prebiotic chemistry or of past or present biological activity Consequently we will focus here on two aims detection of organic molecules detection of inorganic molecules linked to biological activity Volatile organics are extracted from the sample by simple heating whereas refractory molecules are made analyzable i e volatile using fragmentation by pyrolysis or new techniques --which allows to analyse the most refractory molecules- Gaseous mixtures thus obtained are analyzed by Gas Chromatography associated to Mass Spectrometry these techniques allow to identify organic molecules up to amino or benzene-carboxylic acids Isotopic measurements will be performed and specific columns will be used to analyse the chirality of organic complex molecules Coupled with these pyrolysis techniques the experiment may also use a TLS device for isotopic and organic analysis Concerning inorganics carbonates and other salts are associated to the dense and moist atmosphere necessary to the development of life heating the samples allows the analysis of structural gases of these minerals CO 2 from carbonates etc enabling to identify them Inorganic compounds formed by or in presence of living organisms carbonates etc from shells corals stromatolites microbialites show a

  20. In situ molecular imaging of hydrated biofilm in a microfluidic reactor by ToF-SIMS

    SciTech Connect

    Hua, Xin; Yu, Xiao-Ying; Wang, Zhaoying; Yang, Li; Liu, Bingwen; Zhu, Zihua; Tucker, Abigail E.; Chrisler, William B.; Hill, Eric A.; Thevuthasan, Suntharampillai; Lin, Yuehe; Liu, Songqin; Marshall, Matthew J.

    2014-02-26

    The first results of using a novel single channel microfluidic reactor to enable Shewanella biofilm growth and in situ characterization using time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) in the hydrated environment are presented. The new microfluidic interface allows direct probing of the liquid surface using ToF-SIMS, a vacuum surface technique. The detection window is an aperture of 2 m in diameter on a thin silicon nitride (SiN) membrane and it allows direct detection of the liquid surface. Surface tension of the liquid flowing inside the microchannel holds the liquid within the aperture. ToF-SIMS depth profiling was used to drill through the SiN membrane and the biofilm grown on the substrate. In situ 2D imaging of the biofilm in hydrated state was acquired, providing spatial distribution of the chemical compounds in the biofilm system. This data was compared with a medium filled microfluidic reactor devoid of biofilm and dried biofilm samples deposited on clean silicon wafers. Principle Component Analysis (PCA) was used to investigate these observations. Our results show that imaging biofilms in the hydrated environment using ToF-SIMS is possible using the unique microfluidic reactor. Moreover, characteristic biofilm fatty acids fragments were observed in the hydrated biofilm grown in the microfluidic channel, illustrating the advantage of imaging biofilm in its native environment.

  1. SPECIATION OF SUBSURFACE CONTAMINANTS BY CONE PENETROMETRY GAS CHROMATOGRAPHY/MASS SPECTROMETRY. (R826184)

    EPA Science Inventory

    A thermal extraction cone penetrometry gas chroma tography/mass spectrometry system (TECP GC/MS) has been developed to detect subsurface contaminants in situ. The TECP can collect soil-bound organics up to depths of 30 m. In contrast to traditional cone penetrometer sample collec...

  2. SITE TECHNOLOGY CAPSULE: GEOSAFE CORPORATION IN SITU VITRIFICATION TECHNOLOGY

    EPA Science Inventory

    The Geosafe In Situ Vitrification (ISV) Technology is designed to treat soils, sludges, sediments, and mine tallings contaminated with organic, inorganic, and radioactive compounds. The organic compounds are pyrolyzed and reduced to simple gases which are collected under a treatm...

  3. SITE TECHNOLOGY CAPSULE: IN SITU STEAM ENHANCED RECOVERY PROCESS

    EPA Science Inventory

    This Technology Capsule report summarizes the findings of an evaluation of the in situ Steam Enhanced Recovery Process (SERP) operated by Hughes Environmental Systems, Inc. at the Rainbow Disposal facility in Huntington Beach, California. he technology demonstration was conducted...

  4. Advanced hydraulic fracturing methods to create in situ reactive barriers

    SciTech Connect

    Murdoch, L. [FRX Inc., Cincinnati, OH (United States)]|[Clemson Univ., SC (United States). Dept. of Geological Sciences; Siegrist, B.; Meiggs, T. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)] [and others

    1997-12-31

    This article describes the use of hydraulic fracturing to increase permeability in geologic formations where in-situ remedial action of contaminant plumes will be performed. Several in-situ treatment strategies are discussed including the use of hydraulic fracturing to create in situ redox zones for treatment of organics and inorganics. Hydraulic fracturing methods offer a mechanism for the in-situ treatment of gently dipping layers of reactive compounds. Specialized methods using real-time monitoring and a high-energy jet during fracturing allow the form of the fracture to be influenced, such as creation of assymmetric fractures beneath potential sources (i.e. tanks, pits, buildings) that should not be penetrated by boring. Some examples of field applications of this technique such as creating fractures filled with zero-valent iron to reductively dechlorinate halogenated hydrocarbons, and the use of granular activated carbon to adsorb compounds are discussed.

  5. GEOSAFE CORPORATION IN SITU VITRIFICATION: INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY EVALUATION REPORT

    EPA Science Inventory

    This report summarizes the findings associated with a Demonstration of the Geosafe Corporation (Geosafe) In Situ Vitrification (ISV) Process. he Geosafe ISV Technology was evaluated under the EPA Superfund Innovative Technology Evaluation (SITE) Program in conjuction with remedia...

  6. GEOSAFE CORPORATION IN SITU VITRIFICATION: INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY EVALUATION REPORT

    EPA Science Inventory

    This report summarizes the findings associated with a Demonstration of the Geosafe Corporation (Geosafe) In Situ Vitrification (ISV) Process. The Geosafe ISV Technology was evaluated under the EPA Superfund Innovative Technology Evaluation (SITE) Program in conjuction with remedi...

  7. Pushing the envelope of in situ transmission electron microscopy.

    PubMed

    Ramachandramoorthy, Rajaprakash; Bernal, Rodrigo; Espinosa, Horacio D

    2015-05-26

    Recent major improvements to the transmission electron microscope (TEM) including aberration-corrected electron optics, light-element-sensitive analytical instrumentation, sample environmental control, and high-speed and sensitive direct electron detectors are becoming more widely available. When these advances are combined with in situ TEM tools, such as multimodal testing based on microelectromechanical systems, key measurements and insights on nanoscale material phenomena become possible. In particular, these advances enable metrology that allows for unprecedented correlation to quantum mechanics and the predictions of atomistic models. In this Perspective, we provide a summary of recent in situ TEM research that has leveraged these new TEM capabilities as well as an outlook of the opportunities that exist in the different areas of in situ TEM experimentation. Although these advances have improved the spatial and temporal resolution of TEM, a critical analysis of the various in situ TEM fields reveals that further progress is needed to achieve the full potential of the technology. PMID:25942405

  8. In situ quantification of genomic instability in breast cancer progression

    SciTech Connect

    Ortiz de Solorzano, Carlos; Chin, Koei; Gray, Joe W.; Lockett, Stephen J.

    2003-05-15

    Genomic instability is a hallmark of breast and other solid cancers. Presumably caused by critical telomere reduction, GI is responsible for providing the genetic diversity required in the multi-step progression of the disease. We have used multicolor fluorescence in situ hybridization and 3D image analysis to quantify genomic instability cell-by-cell in thick, intact tissue sections of normal breast epithelium, preneoplastic lesions (usual ductal hyperplasia), ductal carcinona is situ or invasive carcinoma of the breast. Our in situ-cell by cell-analysis of genomic instability shows an important increase of genomic instability in the transition from hyperplasia to in situ carcinoma, followed by a reduction of instability in invasive carcinoma. This pattern suggests that the transition from hyperplasia to in situ carcinoma corresponds to telomere crisis and invasive carcinoma is a consequence of telomerase reactivation afertelomere crisis.

  9. Enabling Venus In Situ Missions Using Mechanically Deployed Aerodynamic Decelerator

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Saikia, S. J.; Saranathan, H.; Grant, M. J.; Longuski, J. M.

    2014-06-01

    Trade study and optimal solutions for guided entry and aerocapture for Venus in situ missions using Mechanically Deployed Aerodynamic Decelerator to reduce peak deceleration loads, as well as peak heat fluxes.

  10. In Situ Iron Oxide Emplacement for Groundwater Arsenic Remediation 

    E-print Network

    Abia, Thomas Sunday

    2012-02-14

    Iron oxide-bearing minerals have long been recognized as an effective reactive media for arsenic-contaminated groundwater remediation. This research aimed to develop a technique that could facilitate in situ oxidative precipitation of Fe3+ in a soil...

  11. Inferring Immobile and In-situ Water Saturation from Laboratory

    E-print Network

    Stanford University

    , discharge enthalpy, and downhole temperature. Knowing rock and fluid properties, and the difference between the stable initial, To, and dry-out, Td, downhole temperatures, the in-situ and immobile water saturations

  12. Multispectral confocal microendoscope for in vivo and in situ imaging

    E-print Network

    Gmitro, Arthur F.

    -scan confocal microscope coupled to an imaging catheter that is designed to be minimally invasive and allow pathologists to make a diagnosis in situ without having to use traditional tissue extraction biopsy methods

  13. Classification of fluorescence in situ hybridization images using belief networks

    E-print Network

    Lerner, Boaz

    of genetic abnormalities. FISH offers numerous advantages compared with con- ventional cytogenetic techniques hybridization (FISH); Image classification; Naive Bayesian classifier; K2 algorithm 1. Introduction Automatic fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) signal classification is essential for efficient clinical diagnosis

  14. Investigating the Origin and Evolution of Venus with In Situ Mass Spectrometry

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Trainer, M. G.; Mahaffy, P. R.; Brinckerhoff, W. B.; Johnson, N. M.; Glaze, L. S.

    2015-04-01

    Measurement of noble gas abundances on Venus remain a high priority for planetary science. This can be accomplished as part of an atmospheric investigation using flight-proven mass spectrometer technology and demonstrated enrichment techniques.

  15. Investigating the Origin and Evolution of Venus with In Situ Mass Spectrometry

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Trainer, M. G.; Mahaffy, P. R.; Brinckerhoff, W. B.; Johnson, N. M.; Glaze, L. S.

    2015-01-01

    The exploration of Venus continues to be a top priority of planetary science. The Planetary Decadal Survey goals for inner-planet exploration seek to discern the origin and diversity of terrestrial planets, understand how the evolution of terrestrial planets relates to the evolution of life, and explore the processes that control climate on Earth-like planets. These goals can only be realized through continued and extensive exploration of Venus, the most mysterious of the terrestrial planets, remarkably different from the Earth despite the gross similarities between these "twin planets". It is unknown if this apparent divergence was intrinsic, programmed during accretion from distinct nebular reservoirs, or a consequence of either measured or catastrophic processes during planetary evolution. Even if the atmosphere of Venus is a more "recent" development, its relationship to the resurfacing of the planet's enigmatic surface is not well understood. Resolving such uncertainties directly addresses the hypothesis of a more clement, possibly water-rich era in Venus' past as well as whether Earth could become more Venus-like in the future.

  16. Using a Segmented Model to Describe In situ Nutrient Disappearance

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Stacey A. Gunter; Michael L. Galyean

    2000-01-01

    Gunter, S.A. and Galyean, M.L. 2000. Using a segmented model to describe in situ nutrient disappearance. J. Appl. Anim. Res., 18: 1–14.The purpose of this study was to compare the predictive results and characteristics of exponential (EM) and segmented, models (SM) describing ruminal in situ nutrient disappearance data. Using masticate samples collected from esophageally cannulated steers grazing midgrass prairie rangeland

  17. In-situ strain observation in high power laser cladding

    Microsoft Academic Search

    V. Ocelík; J. Bosgra; J. Th. M. de Hosson

    2009-01-01

    The modern experimental technique – so called Digital Image Correlation – is applied during high power laser surface treatments for in-situ observation of displacements and strains near the processing area during and a short time after laser processing. An experimental setup has been designed and tested to measure in-situ the strain during treatment with a high power 2 kW CW Nd:YAG

  18. In situ redox manipulation treatability test -- waste management plan

    SciTech Connect

    A. J. Knepp

    1997-12-31

    This Waste Management Plan provides guidance for the management of waste generated from groundwater well installations in the 100-HR-3 Operable Unit. The well installations are necessary to implement the In Situ Redox Manipulation Treatability Test to determine methods for in situ remedial efforts to prevent discharge of hexavalent chromium at levels above those considered protective of aquatic life in the Columbia River and riverbed sediments

  19. In situ sensor techniques in modern bioprocess monitoring

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Sascha Beutel; Steffen Henkel

    New reactor concepts as multi-parallel screening systems or disposable bioreactor systems for decentralized and reproducible\\u000a production increase the need for new and easy applicable sensor technologies to access data for process control. These sophisticated\\u000a reactor systems require sensors to work with the lowest sampling volumes or, even better, to measure directly in situ, but\\u000a in situ sensors are directly incorporated

  20. Creep-fatigue life prediction of in situ composite solders

    Microsoft Academic Search

    C. G. Kuo; S. M. L. Sastry; K. L. Jerina

    1995-01-01

    Eutectic tin-lead solder alloys subjected to cyclic loading at room temperature experience creep-fatigue interactions due to high homologous temperature. Intermetallic reinforcements of Ni3Sn4 and Cu6Sn5 are incorporated into eutectic tin-lead alloy by rapid solidification processes to form in situ composite solders. In this study, the in situ composite solders were subjected to combined creep and fatigue deformation at room temperature.