Natural Uranium Radioactivity Solution Standard: SRM 4321d

Published: December 27, 2017

Author(s)

Ronald Colle, Lizbeth Laureano-Perez, Svetlana Nour, Jerome J. LaRosa, Brian E. Zimmerman, Leticia S. Pibida, Denis E. Bergeron

Abstract

A new natural uranium solution standard has been produced and will be disseminated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as Standard Reference Material 4321d. The standard is certified for the massic activities of 234U, 235U, and 238U in solution, and it is based on isotopic mass data for the metallic Certified Reference Material (CRM) 112-A (originally issued as SRM 960) that was obtained from THE U.S. Department of Energy, New Brunswick Laboratory. The metallic CRM was chemically cleaned, dissolved, and gravimetrically diluted to prepare a master solution, which was quantitatively dispensed into 5 mL aliquots that were contained within flame-sealed glass ampoules for each SRM unit. Homogeneity among SRM units, verifying solution homogeneity, was substantiated by photonic-emission integral counting with a NaI(Tl) well counter. Confirmatory measurements were performed by liquid scintillation counting for the total massic activity, and by isotope dilution α spectrometry for the 234U and 238U massic activities.
Citation: Journal of Research (NIST JRES) -
Volume: 122
Pub Type: NIST Pubs

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Keywords

Isotope dilution analysis, Liquid scintillation (LS), Natural uranium, Standard Reference Material (SRM), Uranium-234, Uranium-235, Uranium-238
Created December 27, 2017, Updated December 27, 2017