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Determination of long-lived radionuclide $$^{135}$$Cs in Cs adsorbent by LA-ICP-MS

Asai, Shiho*; Ohata, Masaki*; Hanzawa, Yukiko  ; Yomogida, Takumi   ; Horita, Takuma ; Kitatsuji, Yoshihiro  

A large amount of Cs adsorbents left over after decontamination of waste water has continued to accumulate in the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. For safe disposal of such Cs adsorbents, estimation of the radioactivity is crucial. A long-lived beta emitting nuclide $$^{135}$$Cs which is captured in the Cs adsorbents along with a major radiation contributor $$^{137}$$Cs. Different from $$^{137}$$Cs which can be measured in gamma spectrometry, the activity of $$^{135}$$Cs is generally measured in liquid form, requiring elution of Cs$$^{+}$$. However, high radiation from the Cs adsorbents hampers the operations. In this study, we applied LA-ICP-MS which allows direct measurement of Cs adsorbent. With $$^{135}$$Cs /$$^{137}$$Cs given by LA-ICP-MS, $$^{135}$$Cs can be calculated by combining a measured $$^{137}$$Cs radioactivity. A radiocesium-containing sample was used to verify the proposed method. The results agreed well with those obtained through the measurement of Cs-separated solution.



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