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Measurement of radiolytic yield of nitric acid in air

Kanda, Yukio*; Oki, Yuichi*; Yokoyama, Sumi; Sato, Kaoru   ; Noguchi, Hiroshi; Tanaka, Susumu*; Iida, Takao*

The operation of high-energy accelerators leads to the production of radiolytic noxious gases, such as ozone and nitrogen compounds in the air of the beam-line tunnels. Among nitrogen compounds, nitric acid is a principal radiolytic compound produced in large quantities. In the high-intensity proton accelerator, such as J-PARC, a very strong radiation environment leads to an abundant production of nitric acid. A quantitative assessment of the damage due to corrosion with nitric acid is essential for machine maintenance and information concerning the formation of nitric acid is a requisite for that. In this work, the G-value for nitric acid production was measured by irradiating atmospheric air with 48MeV-protons. The G-value was obtained to be 1.46$$pm$$0.12. The G-value for nitric acid production obtained in this experiment was larger than the estimated value, but very close to the value of 1.5 given by irradiating the air with Co-60-$$gamma$$rays.

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