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Trace analysis for nuclear non-proliferation and security

Esaka, Fumitaka

Bunseki, 2018(10), p.408 - 411, 2018/10

Recent development of analytical techniques for identification of particles containing nuclear materials, isotope ratio analysis of uranium and plutonium using mass spectrometry, and age determination is described in this paper. These techniques are successfully applied to the trace analysis for nuclear non-proliferation.

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Electronic structure of Li$$^{+}$$@C$$_{60}$$; Photoelectron spectroscopy of the Li$$^{+}$$@C$$_{60}$$[PF$$_{6}$$$$^{-}$$] salt and STM of the single Li$$^{+}$$@C$$_{60}$$ molecules on Cu(111)

Yamada, Yoichi*; Kuklin, A. V.*; Sato, Sho*; Esaka, Fumitaka; Sumi, Naoya*; Zhang, C.*; Sasaki, Masahiro*; Kwon, E.*; Kasama, Yasuhiko*; Avramov, P. V.*; et al.

Carbon, 133, p.23 - 30, 2018/07

 Times Cited Count:4 Percentile:70.78(Chemistry, Physical)

We report first STM observation of the Li$$^{+}$$ ion endohedral C$$_{60}$$, which is of a new class of endohedral fullerenes, prepared by means of evaporation of high-purity Li$$^{+}$$@C$$_{60}$$[PF$$_{6}$$$$^{-}$$] salt in ultra-high vacuum. Prior to the STM measurements, the electronic structure of Li$$^{+}$$@C$$_{60}$$ in the Li$$^{+}$$@C$$_{60}$$[PF$$_{6}$$$$^{-}$$] salt was also precisely determined. In the salt, it is shown that Li and PF$$_{6}$$ have nearly single positive and negative charge, respectively, and the C$$_{60}$$ cage is nearly neutral, suggesting that Li$$^{+}$$@C$$_{60}$$ in the salt retains its original electronic state.

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Chemical state and isotope ratio analysis of individual uranium particles by a combination of micro-Raman spectroscopy and secondary ion mass spectrometry

Yomogida, Takumi; Esaka, Fumitaka; Magara, Masaaki

Analytical Methods, 9(44), p.6261 - 6266, 2017/11

 Times Cited Count:5 Percentile:43.21(Chemistry, Analytical)

A combination of micro-sampling, micro-Raman spectroscopy (MRS), and secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) was applied to the characterization of individual uranium particles. Reference particles with U$$_{3}$$O$$_{8}$$ (NBL CRM U010) and UO$$_{2}$$ were identified by scanning electron microscopy combined with energy dispersive X-ray detection (SEM-EDX) and transferred onto grassy carbon substrates by micro-sampling. The crystalline phases of the reference particles with diameters ranging from 1 $$mu$$m to 5 $$mu$$m were determined non-destructively by using MRS thanks to the optimization of laser power at the measurement. Isotope ratios were also determined with SIMS after the MRS analysis and were consistent with values in the literature. These results indicate that chemical forms and isotope ratios of individual uranium particles as small as 1 $$mu$$m can be analyzed efficiently by using the proposed method.

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Accurate sensitive analytical technique of ultra-trace plutonium in the IAEA environmental samples

Miyamoto, Yutaka; Yasuda, Kenichiro; Suzuki, Daisuke; Esaka, Fumitaka; Magara, Masaaki

KEK Proceedings 2017-6, p.292 - 298, 2017/11

Our updated analytical techniques of ultra-trace plutonium in the IAEA environmental samples by ICP-MS were mentioned. Some careful techniques to accurately determine ultra-trace plutonium in the range of femto-grams to pico-grams were introduced. The uncertainties of analytical results were estimated according to the GUM concept. Our trials of determination of sub-femto grams americium in an environmental sample were also mentioned.

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Inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry

Esaka, Fumitaka

Analytical Sciences, 33(10), p.1097 - 1098, 2017/10

 Times Cited Count:2 Percentile:22.41(Chemistry, Analytical)

Inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) is widely used in various fields such as environmental, geological, and clinical sciences. In this report, recent advances of the ICP-MS analysis and expected applications are described.

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Non-contact and selective Pd separation based on laser-induced photoreduction for determination of $$^{107}$$Pd by ICP-MS; The Relation between separation conditions and Pd recovery

Yomogida, Takumi; Asai, Shiho; Saeki, Morihisa*; Hanzawa, Yukiko; Horita, Takuma; Esaka, Fumitaka; Oba, Hironori*; Kitatsuji, Yoshihiro

Bunseki Kagaku, 66(9), p.647 - 652, 2017/09

 Times Cited Count:1 Percentile:93.04(Chemistry, Analytical)

Palladium-107 is a long-lived fission product, which can be found in high-level radioactive liquid wastes (HLLW). Determination of the $$^{107}$$Pd contents in HLLW is essential to evaluate the long-term safety of HLLW repositories. However, the $$^{107}$$Pd content in HLLW has not been reported because of difficulties in pretreatment for the measurement. In this study, we investigated applicability of laser-induced photoreduction to HLLW solution: it enables a simple and non-contact separation of Pd. The results showed the recovery of 60% was achieved at the conditions: 40% ethanol, 20 min irradiation, 100 mJ of pulse energy. Additionally, major radionuclides and potentially interfering components in ICP-MS were removed from the simulated HLLW over a wide concentration range of Pd from 0.24 to 24 mg L$$^{-1}$$, showing the applicability of the proposed separation technique to HLLW samples.

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Analysis of plutonium isotope ratios including $$^{238}$$Pu/$$^{239}$$Pu in individual U-Pu mixed oxide particles by means of a combination of alpha spectrometry and ICP-MS

Esaka, Fumitaka; Yasuda, Kenichiro; Suzuki, Daisuke; Miyamoto, Yutaka; Magara, Masaaki

Talanta, 165, p.122 - 127, 2017/04

 Times Cited Count:10 Percentile:38.06(Chemistry, Analytical)

The isotope ratios of $$^{238}$$Pu/$$^{239}$$Pu, $$^{240}$$Pu/$$^{239}$$Pu, $$^{241}$$Pu/$$^{239}$$Pu, and $$^{242}$$Pu/$$^{239}$$Pu were measured for individual Pu and U-Pu mixed oxide particles by a combination of alpha spectrometry and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). As a consequence, we were able to determine the $$^{240}$$Pu/$$^{239}$$Pu, $$^{241}$$Pu/$$^{239}$$Pu, and $$^{242}$$Pu/$$^{239}$$Pu isotope ratios with ICP-MS after particle dissolution and chemical separation of uranium, plutonium and americium with UTEVA resins. Furthermore, $$^{238}$$Pu/$$^{239}$$Pu isotope ratios were able to be calculated by using both the $$^{238}$$Pu/( $$^{239}$$Pu+$$^{240}$$Pu) activity ratios that had been measured through alpha spectrometry and the $$^{240}$$Pu/$$^{239}$$Pu isotope ratios determined through ICP-MS. Therefore, the combined use of alpha spectrometry and ICP-MS is useful in determining plutonium isotope ratios, including $$^{238}$$Pu/$$^{239}$$Pu, in individual U-Pu mixed oxide particles.

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Non-destructive depth analysis of the surface oxide layer on Mg$$_{2}$$Si with XPS and XAS

Esaka, Fumitaka; Nojima, Takehiro; Udono, Haruhiko*; Magara, Masaaki; Yamamoto, Hiroyuki

Surface and Interface Analysis, 48(7), p.432 - 435, 2016/07

 Times Cited Count:3 Percentile:88.48(Chemistry, Physical)

XPS is widely used for non-destructive chemical state analysis of solid materials. In this method, depth profiling can be carried out by a combination with ion beam sputtering. However, the sputtering often causes segregation and preferential sputtering of atoms and gives inaccurate information. The use of energy-tunable X-rays from synchrotron radiation (SR) enables us to perform non-destructive depth profiling in XPS. Here, the analytical depth can be changed by changing excitation X-ray energy. In the present study, we examined methods to perform depth profiling with XPS by changing excitation energy and XAS by changing electron energy for detection. These methods were then applied to the analysis of native surface oxide layers on Mg$$_{2}$$Si crystals. In this XAS analysis, the peak at 1843.4 eV becomes dominant when the electron energy for detection increases, which implies that Si-O or Si-O-Mg structure is formed as the surface oxide layer on the Mg$$_{2}$$Si.

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Uranium particle identification with SEM-EDX for isotopic analysis by secondary ion mass spectrometry

Esaka, Fumitaka; Magara, Masaaki

Mass Spectrometry Letters, 7(2), p.41 - 44, 2016/06

Secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) is a promising tool to measure isotope ratios of individual uranium particles in environmental samples for nuclear safeguards. However, the analysis requires prior identification of a small number of uranium particles that coexist with a large number of other particles without uranium. In the present study, this identification was performed by scanning electron microscopy -energy dispersive X-ray analysis with automated particle search mode. The analytical results for an environmental sample taken at a nuclear facility indicated that the observation of backscattered electron images with $$times$$ 1000 magnification was appropriate to efficiently identify uranium particles. Lower magnification (less than $$times$$ 500) made it difficult to detect smaller particles of approximately 1 $$mu$$m diameter.

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Application of automated particle screening for effective analysis of individual uranium particles by thermal ionization mass spectrometry

Esaka, Fumitaka; Suzuki, Daisuke; Yomogida, Takumi; Magara, Masaaki

Analytical Methods, 8(7), p.1543 - 1548, 2016/02


 Times Cited Count:6 Percentile:42.47(Chemistry, Analytical)

The isotope ratio analysis of individual uranium particles in environmental samples taken at nuclear facilities is important to clarify their origins for nuclear safeguards. In the present study, automated particle screening was used to select uranium particles prior to precise isotope ratio analysis by thermal ionization mass spectrometry (TIMS). As a result, molecular ion interferences on the uranium mass region were able to be almost completely avoided in the analysis of real inspection samples using APM-TIMS. Therefore, the performance of APM-TIMS was sufficient for obtaining isotope ratio data of individual particles without molecular ion interferences.

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Determination of plutonium isotope ratios in individual uranium-plutonium mixed particles with inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry

Esaka, Fumitaka; Suzuki, Daisuke; Miyamoto, Yutaka; Magara, Masaaki

Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry, 306(2), p.393 - 399, 2015/11

 Times Cited Count:5 Percentile:46.24(Chemistry, Analytical)

An analytical technique was developed by a combination of single particle dissolution, chemical separation of uranium, plutonium and americium with extraction chromatography using UTEVA resins and measurement with inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). This method was applied to plutonium isotope ratio analysis of individual U-Pu particles with U/Pu ratios ranging from 1 to 70. Consequently, $$^{240}$$Pu/$$^{239}$$Pu, $$^{241}$$Pu/$$^{239}$$Pu and $$^{242}$$Pu/$$^{239}$$Pu isotope ratios were successfully determined, while it was impossible to determine $$^{238}$$Pu/$$^{239}$$Pu ratios due to the high process blank values on m/z 238.

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Accurate purification age determination of individual uranium-plutonium mixed particles

Miyamoto, Yutaka; Suzuki, Daisuke; Esaka, Fumitaka; Magara, Masaaki

Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, 407(23), p.7165 - 7173, 2015/09

 Times Cited Count:6 Percentile:65.45(Biochemical Research Methods)

Age of individual uranium-plutonium mixed particles with various U/Pu atomic ratios were determined by inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry. Micron-sized particles were prepared from U and Pu certified reference materials. The Pu reference was stored for 4-6 years since the last purification. The Pu purification age was obtained from the $$^{241}$$Am/$$^{241}$$Pu ratio which was calculated from the product of three measured ratios of Pu and Am isotopes in the eluted fractions. Am, U and Pu in a sample solution were sequentially separated a small anion-exchange column. The $$^{241}$$Am/$$^{241}$$Pu ratio was accurately determined by spiking pure $$^{243}$$Am to the sample solution. The determined age of particles with various U/Pu ratios was in good agreement with the expected age with high accuracy and high precision.

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Surface analysis

Esaka, Fumitaka

Ekisupato Oyo Kagaku Sirizu; Kiki Bunseki, p.119 - 135, 2015/09

Bulk analysis has been conventionally used for measuring solid materials. In contrast, surface analysis is extensively used for analyzing chemical compositions and chemical states of solid surface. The surface compositions often differ from those of bulk materials. Recently, doping of impurity elements and deposition of thin films on the surface of the materials are key techniques to fabricate functional materials. Therefore, surface analysis becomes important to characterize such materials. In this paper, the principle and feature of some surface analytical techniques are described.

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Ultra-trace analysis of plutonium by thermal ionization mass spectrometry with a continuous heating technique without chemical separation

Lee, C.-G.*; Suzuki, Daisuke; Esaka, Fumitaka; Magara, Masaaki; Song, K.*

Talanta, 141, p.92 - 96, 2015/08

 Times Cited Count:9 Percentile:54.63(Chemistry, Analytical)

Thermal ionization mass spectrometry (TIMS) with a continuous heating technique is known as an effective method for measuring the isotope ratio in trace amounts of uranium. In this study, the analytical performance of thermal ionization mass spectrometry with a continuous heating technique was investigated using a standard plutonium solution (SRM 947). The influence of the heating rate of the evaporation filament on the precision and accuracy of the isotope ratios was examined using a plutonium solution sample at the fg level. Changing the heating rate of the evaporation filament on samples ranging from 0.1 fg to 1000 fg revealed that the influence of the heating rate on the precision and accuracy of the isotope ratios was slight around the heating rate range of 100 to 250 mA/min. All of the isotope ratios of plutonium (SRM 947), $$^{238}$$Pu/$$^{239}$$Pu, $$^{240}$$Pu/$$^{239}$$Pu, $$^{241}$$Pu/$$^{239}$$Pu and $$^{242}$$Pu/$$^{239}$$Pu, were measured down to sample amounts of 70 fg. The ratio of $$^{240}$$Pu/$$^{239}$$Pu was measured down to a sample amount of 0.1 fg, which corresponds to a PuO$$_{2}$$ particle with a diameter of 0.2 $$mu$$m. Moreover, the signals of $$^{239}$$Pu could be detected with a sample amount of 0.03 fg, which corresponds to the detection limit of $$^{239}$$Pu of 0.006 fg as estimated by the 3 $$sigma$$ criterion. $$^{241}$$Pu and $$^{241}$$Am formed by the decay of $$^{241}$$Pu could be discriminated owing to the difference in the evaporation temperature. As a result, $$^{241}$$Pu/$$^{239}$$Pu as well as $$^{240}$$Pu/$$^{239}$$Pu and $$^{242}$$Pu/$$^{239}$$Pu in plutonium samples could be measured by TIMS with a continuous heating technique and without any chemical separation processes.

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Identifying uranium particles using fission tracks and microsampling individual particles for analysis using thermal ionization mass spectrometry

Esaka, Fumitaka; Suzuki, Daisuke; Magara, Masaaki

Analytical Chemistry, 87(5), p.3107 - 3113, 2015/03

 Times Cited Count:9 Percentile:54.63(Chemistry, Analytical)

The analysis of uranium particles in environmental samples taken from nuclear facilities is a useful tool to unveil undeclared nuclear activities related to the production of nuclear weapons. An efficient method to analyze isotope ratios of individual uranium particles is thermal ionization mass spectrometry (TIMS) combined with a fission track technique. A drawback in the fission track-TIMS technique is so-called particle-mixing. Here, some uranium particles are measured as a single particle and an averaged isotope ratio is obtained, which may lead to misunderstanding conclusions for source identification. In the present study, micro-sampling under a scanning electron microscope has been added to the procedure of the fission track-TIMS technique. The analysis of a mixed sample containing uranium particles in SRM 950a and CRM U100 materials indicated that the problem of particle mixing was almost avoidable with the proposed technique.

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Direct isotope ratio analysis of individual uranium-plutonium mixed particles with various U/Pu ratios by thermal ionization mass spectrometry

Suzuki, Daisuke; Esaka, Fumitaka; Miyamoto, Yutaka; Magara, Masaaki

Applied Radiation and Isotopes, 96, p.52 - 56, 2015/02

 Times Cited Count:13 Percentile:14.19(Chemistry, Inorganic & Nuclear)

Isotope ratios of uranium and plutonium in individual U-Pu mixed particles with various U/Pu ratios were determined by thermal ionization mass spectrometry with a continuous heating method without chemical separation. Prior to the measurements, micron-sized U-Pu mixed particles with U/Pu ratios of 1, 5, 10, 18 and 70 were produced by using certified reference materials CRM U-010 (1%$$^{235}$$U enriched, NBL) and SRM 947 (NBS) solutions. As a result of isotope ratio analysis, accurate values for U and Pu ratios, except for $$^{238}$$Pu/$$^{239}$$Pu, were successfully determined for the particles with all U/Pu ratios. Although some pre-treatment such as chemical separation would need for accurate determination of $$^{238}$$Pu/$$^{239}$$Pu isotope analysis, it was shown that this analytical technique has a potential of powerful tool for nuclear safeguards and forensics.

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Plutonium age determination from $$^{240}$$Pu/$$^{236}$$U ratios in individual particles by ICP-MS without prior chemical separation

Esaka, Fumitaka; Suzuki, Daisuke; Miyamoto, Yutaka; Magara, Masaaki

Microchemical Journal, 118, p.69 - 72, 2015/01

 Times Cited Count:6 Percentile:68.19(Chemistry, Analytical)

The determination of the time elapsed since the last purification of plutonium with chemical separation gives important information for monitoring nuclear activities related to reprocessing and nuclear weapon production. Although methods for the analysis of plutonium solutions have been extensively studied, few studies were conducted for the measurement of individual particles. In this work, a simple technique was developed for age determination of individual plutonium particles by a combination of single particle dissolution and measurement by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) without prior chemical separation. The analytical results of individual plutonium particles having an age of 5.98 y indicated that the use of $$^{240}$$Pu/$$^{236}$$U ratios allowed for the determination of accurate ages, though that of $$^{238}$$Pu/$$^{234}$$U and $$^{239}$$Pu/$$^{235}$$U ratios was not suitable because of the contamination of natural uranium during the process of sample preparation.

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Depth analysis of the surface of Mg$$_{2}$$Si crystals with XAS and XPS

Yamamoto, Hiroyuki; Nojima, Takehiro; Esaka, Fumitaka

Photon Factory Activity Report 2014, Part B, P. 112, 2015/00

In order to develop silicon-based electronic devices, metal silicides are widely studied. Information of the surface chemical states of metal silicides is important to obtain homo-epitaxial films with excellent quality. In this work, depth analysis of surface chemical states of Mg$$_{2}$$Si crystals is carried by XPS. Depth analysis is also performed in XAS measurement with a partial electron yield (PEY) mode. The Si 1s XPS spectra of the cleaved surface of the Mg$$_{2}$$Si crystal indicates that SiO is formed on the surface of the Mg$$_{2}$$Si crystal. Here, no peak assigned to SiO$$_{2}$$ structure is observed. The Si K-edge XAS spectra obtained with the PEY mode show a peak at 1843.7 eV, which can be assigned to SiO structure.

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Comparative Study on Decay Ratios of Laser-induced Fluorescence between Asbestos and Building Materials

Ozu, Akira; Esaka, Fumitaka; Yasuda, Kenichiro

Bunseki Kagaku, 63(7), p.609 - 617, 2014/07


 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:100(Chemistry, Analytical)

Decay ratios of the laser-induced fluorescence emitted from five types of asbestos and six types of building materials in the broad wavelength region from 350 to 700 nm were investigated by using an ultraviolet laser pulse of 266 nm. Dependence of the decay ratios on the wavelength were compared, and evaluated in an attempt to numerically discriminate asbestos from the other building materials. It was observed that the decay ratios of each material were not constant over the wavelength region and varied in the wavelength over time. The fluorescence of asbestos and the building materials except for rock fiber at above 500 nm decayed faster than that at below 500 nm. The wavelength region from 405 to 420 nm was found optimum to identify types of asbestos and to discriminate asbestos from the building materials by comparing the decay ratio at the delay time of 10 ns after the incidence of laser pulse.

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Ultracentrifuge experiment on AgI super-ionic conductor

Ono, Masao; Okayasu, Satoru; Iguchi, Yusuke*; Esaka, Fumitaka; Bagum, R.*; Haruki, Rie; Mashimo, Tsutomu*

Transactions of the Japan Society for Aeronautical and Space Sciences, Aerospace Technology Japan (Internet), 12(ists29), p.Tq_1 - Tq_3, 2014/04

We had realized the composition gradient of elements or isotopes in some binary alloys or single element by solid-state centrifugation. While, it might difficult to realize graded structure of elements in binary ionic crystal by centrifugation as it strongly keeps their stoichiometry. However, isotope fractionation in binary ionic crystal by centrifugation might be expected as the self-diffusion of ions occurs. We have planed the ultracentrifuge experiments on $$alpha$$-AgI superionic conductor to investigate the isotope effect in binary ionic crystal under a strong centrifugal acceleration field. $$alpha$$-AgI superionic conductor is suitable for the confirmation experiment as it is an intrinsic ionic crystal and Ag ions have high diffusivity. For the first stage, we have experimentally searched the experimental conditions of magnitude of centrifugal acceleration and temperature that ensure the experiment without decomposition. It is confirmed that the combination of experimental conditions of up to 6.1$$times$$10$$^{5}$$ g, 350$$^{circ}$$C, 24h ensure the experiment without decomposition at least.

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