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Sorption of Cs$$^{+}$$ and Eu$$^{3+}$$ ions onto sedimentary rock in the presence of gamma-irradiated humic acid

Zhao, Q.*; Saito, Takeshi*; Miyakawa, Kazuya; Sasamoto, Hiroshi; Kobayashi, Taishi*; Sasaki, Takayuki*

Journal of Hazardous Materials, 428, p.128211_1 - 128211_10, 2022/04

The influence of humic acid and its radiological degradation on the sorption of Cs$$^{+}$$ and Eu$$^{3+}$$ by sedimentary rock was investigated to understand the sorption process of metal ions and humic substances. Aldrich humic acid (HA) solution was irradiated with different doses of gamma irradiation using a Co-60 gamma-ray source prior to the contact between the metal ions and the solid sorbent. The HA molecule decomposed to smaller molecules with a lower complexation affinity. Batch sorption experiments were performed to evaluate the effect of gamma-irradiated HA on the sorption of Cs$$^{+}$$ and Eu$$^{3+}$$ ions. The addition of non-irradiated HA weakened the sorption of Eu because of the lower sorption of the neutral or negatively charged Eu-HA complexes compared with free Eu ions. The sorption of monovalent Cs ions was barely affected by the presence of HA and its gamma irradiation. The concentration ratio of HA complexed species and non-complexed species in the solid and liquid phases was evaluated by sequential filtration and chemical equilibrium calculations. The ratios supported the minimal contribution of HA to Cs sorption. However, the concentration ratio for Eu$$^{3+}$$ in the liquid phase was high, indicating that the complexing ability of HA to Eu$$^{3+}$$ was higher than that of HA to Cs$$^{+}$$ ions. Therefore, the sorption of free Eu$$^{3+}$$ would predominate with the gamma irradiation dose applied to the HA solution under a radiation field near the HLW package.

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Relation between biomolecular dissociation and energy of secondary electrons generated in liquid water by fast heavy ions

Tsuchida, Hidetsugu*; Kai, Takeshi; Kitajima, Kensei*; Matsuya, Yusuke; Majima, Takuya*; Saito, Manabu*

European Physical Journal D, 74(10), p.212_1 - 212_7, 2020/10

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0.01(Optics)

Fundamental study of interaction between biomolecules and heavy ions in water is very important to predict an initial stage of radiation biological effects. A heavy ion irradiation experiment into droplet target assumed as a biological system in a vacuum was performed to measure production yields of cations and anions for glycine, which was ejected from the droplet target to the vacuum. However, the production mechanisms have been unknown. The PHITS code adapting ion track structure mode was used to analyze the production mechanisms from the dose evaluation at the surface between the vacuum and the water. It is found that induction yields of ionization and excitation, and dissociative electron attachment involved in the secondary electrons were correlated with the production yields of cations and anions of the glycine. The results provide us newly scientific insights to predict an initial stage of radiation biological effects.

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Enhancement of element production by incomplete fusion reaction with weakly bound deuteron

Wang, H.*; Otsu, Hideaki*; Chiga, Nobuyuki*; Kawase, Shoichiro*; Takeuchi, Satoshi*; Sumikama, Toshiyuki*; Koyama, Shumpei*; Sakurai, Hiroyoshi*; Watanabe, Yukinobu*; Nakayama, Shinsuke; et al.

Communications Physics (Internet), 2(1), p.78_1 - 78_6, 2019/07

 Times Cited Count:5 Percentile:62.37(Physics, Multidisciplinary)

Searching for effective pathways for the production of proton- and neutron-rich isotopes through an optimal combination of reaction mechanism and energy is one of the main driving forces behind experimental and theoretical nuclear reaction studies as well as for practical applications in nuclear transmutation of radioactive waste. We report on a study on incomplete fusion induced by deuteron, which contains one proton and one neutron with a weak binding energy and is easily broken up. This reaction study was achieved by measuring directly the cross sections for both proton and deuteron for $$^{107}$$Pd at 50 MeV/u via inverse kinematics technique. The results provide direct experimental evidence for the onset of a cross-section enhancement at high energy, indicating the potential of incomplete fusion induced by loosely-bound nuclei for creating proton-rich isotopes and nuclear transmutation of radioactive waste.

JAEA Reports

Comprehensive evaluation system for environmental remediation of Fukushima; Toward integration of three components as a whole system

Saito, Hiroshi; Nozawa, Takashi; Takemiya, Hiroshi; Seki, Akiyuki; Matsubara, Takeshi; Saito, Kimiaki; Kitamura, Akihiro

JAEA-Review 2017-040, 34 Pages, 2018/03


The accidents at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station on March 11th 2011, released significant amount of radionuclide to the environment. It has migrated to the human habitation and raised concerns of possible effect on human health, and for that a lot of researches have been performed. JAEA created and opened "Database for Radioactive Substance Monitoring Data" for usage of obtained data. For accurate modelling and future forecast using numerical code and the data, "Supporting Environment for Processing Simulation Codes" has been operated. In addition, research results have been opened as Q&A style "Knowledge Base for Environmental Remediation" in JAEA's website. The "Comprehensive Evaluation System" composed of these components, should act more interrelated and integrated as one system. Besides, information dissemination is not enough to the outside. The report summarizes the current status, remaining issues and expected improvement of each component and the system.

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Enhancement of anomalous Nernst effects in metallic multilayers free from proximity-induced magnetism

Uchida, Kenichi*; Kikkawa, Takashi*; Seki, Takeshi*; Oyake, Takafumi*; Shiomi, Junichiro*; Qiu, Z.*; Takanashi, Koki*; Saito, Eiji

Physical Review B, 92(9), p.094414_1 - 094414_6, 2015/09

 Times Cited Count:57 Percentile:91.98(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

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Observation of inverse spin Hall effect in ferromagnetic FePt alloys using spin Seebeck effect

Seki, Takeshi*; Uchida, Kenichi*; Kikkawa, Takashi*; Qiu, Z.*; Saito, Eiji; Takanashi, Koki*

Applied Physics Letters, 107(9), p.092401_1 - 092401_4, 2015/08

 Times Cited Count:31 Percentile:81.58(Physics, Applied)

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Elemental substitution effects in multiferroic ${it R}$Fe$$_{2}$$O$$_{4}$$ (${it R}$: rare earths)

Yoshii, Kenji; Funae, Takeshi*; Mizumaki, Masaichiro*; Ejiri, Hiroki*; Ikeda, Naoshi*; Saito, Hiroyuki; Matsumura, Daiju

Physica Status Solidi (C), 12(6), p.841 - 844, 2015/06

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0.04

We report the effects of elemental substitutions in multiferroic ${it R}$Fe$$_{2}$$O$$_{4}$$ ($$R$$: Y, Ho-Lu, In). The substitution by nonmagnetic Ga$$^{3+}$$ at the Fe site, which has not been reported so far, shows a drastic decrease in the ferrimagnetic transition temperature ($$T_{rm N}$$). This is plausibly owing to the suppression of magnetic interactions between Fe ions, based on our previous results of other substituted systems such as ${it R}$FeCoO$$_{4}$$. Dielectric constants near room temperature were comparable to those of $$R$$Fe$$_{2}$$O$$_{4}$$. The suppression of dielectric loss in this system is suitable to application. The ${it R}$-site substitution was also attempted by the large R$$^{3+}$$ ions such as Dy$$^{3+}$$. The solubility limit was up to about 10% of ${it R}$ ions, as confirmed by XRD and EXAFS measurements. $$T_{rm N}$$ was raised by 5-10 K for Dy$$^{3+}$$ substitution.

JAEA Reports

Annual report of Nuclear Emergency Assistance and Training Center (April 1, 2013 - March 31, 2014)

Sato, Takeshi; Muto, Shigeo; Akiyama, Kiyomitsu; Aoki, Kazufumi; Okamoto, Akiko; Kawakami, Takeshi; Kume, Nobuhide; Nakanishi, Chika; Koie, Masahiro; Kawamata, Hiroyuki; et al.

JAEA-Review 2014-048, 69 Pages, 2015/02


JAEA was assigned as a designated public institution under the Disaster Countermeasures Basic Act and under the Armed Attack Situations Response Act. Based on these Acts, the JAEA has the responsibility of providing technical support to the national government and/or local governments in case of disaster responses or response in the event of a military attack, etc. In order to fulfill the tasks, the JAEA has established the Emergency Action Plan and the Civil Protection Action Plan. In case of a nuclear emergency, NEAT dispatches specialists of JAEA, supplies the national government and local governments with emergency equipment and materials, and gives technical advice and information. In normal time, NEAT provides various exercises and training courses concerning nuclear disaster prevention to those personnel taking an active part in emergency response institutions of the national and local governments, police, fire fighters, self-defense forces, etc. in addition to the JAEA itself. The NEAT also researches nuclear disaster preparedness and response, and cooperates with international organizations. In the FY2013, the NEAT accomplished the following tasks: (1) Technical support activities as a designated public institution in cooperation with the national and local governments, etc. (2) Human resource development, exercise and training of nuclear emergency response personnel for the national and local governments, etc. (3) Researches on nuclear disaster preparedness and response, and sending useful information (4) International contributions to Asian countries on nuclear disaster preparedness and response in collaboration with the international organizations

Journal Articles

The Air dose rate around the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant; Its spatial characteristics and temporal changes until December 2012

Mikami, Satoshi; Maeyama, Takeshi*; Hoshide, Yoshifumi*; Sakamoto, Ryuichi*; Sato, Shoji*; Okuda, Naotoshi*; Sato, Tetsuro*; Takemiya, Hiroshi; Saito, Kimiaki

Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 139, p.250 - 259, 2015/01

 Times Cited Count:43 Percentile:86.58(Environmental Sciences)

Journal Articles

Spatial distributions of radionuclides deposited onto ground soil around the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant and their temporal change until December 2012

Mikami, Satoshi; Maeyama, Takeshi*; Hoshide, Yoshifumi*; Sakamoto, Ryuichi*; Sato, Shoji*; Okuda, Naotoshi*; Demongeot, S.*; Gurriaran, R.*; Uwamino, Yoshitomo*; Kato, Hiroaki*; et al.

Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 139, p.320 - 343, 2015/01

 Times Cited Count:70 Percentile:94.06(Environmental Sciences)

Journal Articles

Localization estimation of ionizing radiation-induced abasic sites in DNA in the solid state using fluorescence resonance energy transfer

Akamatsu, Ken; Shikazono, Naoya; Saito, Takeshi*

Radiation Research, 183(1), p.105 - 113, 2015/01

 Times Cited Count:17 Percentile:69.85(Biology)

Clustered DNA damage is considered an important factor in determining the biological consequences of ionizing radiation. We here succeeded in estimating the localization of abasic sites (APs) in DNA irradiated with ionizing radiation using fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) without any involvement of repair enzyme functions. A linearized plasmid was irradiated with $$^{60}$$Co $$gamma$$-rays, the $$^{4}$$He$$^{2+}$$ beam, and the $$^{12}$$C$$^{5+}$$ beam in the solid state. A donor or acceptor fluorescent probe with a nucleophilic O-amino group was used to label APs. The results showed that the $$^{12}$$C$$^{5+}$$ beam likely produced close APs within a track. On the other hand, E values of $$^{60}$$Co $$gamma$$-rays and the $$^{4}$$He$$^{2+}$$ beam were less than those of the $$^{12}$$C$$^{5+}$$ beam, increased with increasing AP density, and were slightly greater than those of randomly distributed APs.

Journal Articles

Current-induced spin polarization on metal surfaces probed by spin-polarized positron beam

Zhang, H.; Yamamoto, Shunya; Fukaya, Yuki; Maekawa, Masaki; Li, H.; Kawasuso, Atsuo; Seki, Takeshi*; Saito, Eiji*; Takanashi, Koki*

Scientific Reports (Internet), 4, p.4844_1 - 4844_5, 2014/04

 Times Cited Count:34 Percentile:83.52(Multidisciplinary Sciences)

JAEA Reports

Annual report of Nuclear Emergency Assistance and Training Center (April 1, 2012 - March 31, 2013)

Sato, Takeshi; Muto, Shigeo; Okuno, Hiroshi; Katagiri, Hiromi; Akiyama, Kiyomitsu; Okamoto, Akiko; Koie, Masahiro; Ikeda, Takeshi; Nemotochi, Toshimasa; Saito, Toru; et al.

JAEA-Review 2013-046, 65 Pages, 2014/02


When a nuclear emergency occurs in Japan, the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) has the responsibility of providing technical support to the National government, local governments, police, fire stations and nuclear operators etc., because the JAEA has been designated as the Designated Public Institution under the Basic Act on Disaster Control Measures and the Act on Response to Armed Attack Situations, etc.. The Nuclear Emergency Assistance and Training Center (NEAT) of JAEA provides a comprehensive range of technical support activities to an Off-Site Center in case of a nuclear emergency. Specifically, NEAT gives technical advice and information, dispatches specialists as required, and supplies the National Government and local governments with emergency equipments and materials. NEAT provides various exercise and training courses concerning nuclear disaster prevention to those personnel taking an active part in emergency response organizations at normal times. The tasks of NEAT, with its past experiences as a designated public institution including the responses to TEPCO's Fukushima Accident, have been shifted to technical supports to the national government for strengthening its abilities to emergency responses; the NEAT therefore focused on maintenance and operation of its functions, and strengthening its response abilities in cooperation with the national government. This annual report summarized these activities of JAEA/NEAT in the fiscal year 2012.

JAEA Reports

Development of Self Powered Gamma Detector (SPGD) with lead emitter

Shibata, Akira; Takeuchi, Tomoaki; Otsuka, Noriaki; Saito, Takashi; Onoda, Shinobu; Oshima, Takeshi; Tsuchiya, Kunihiko

JAEA-Technology 2013-043, 24 Pages, 2014/01


The big tsunami wave caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake triggered station black out of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. The schedule until ending of the decommission is shown in the guidance from Japanese government. But the dose rate in the reactor vessel is quite high and it is not possible to specify the position of melted fuel debris by visual inspection. That is one of the most important issues in this process. This report describes the development of Self Powered Gamma Detector (SPGD) for the purpose to specify the position of melted fuel debris and situation in the reactor by measuring $$gamma$$ rate in the reactor of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. The $$gamma$$ irradiation examinations by changing the parameter of emitters figure were performed and the dependency of SPGD output on emitter shape was summarized.

Journal Articles

Current-induced spin polarization on a Pt surface; A New approach using spin-polarized positron annihilation spectroscopy

Kawasuso, Atsuo; Fukaya, Yuki; Maekawa, Masaki; Zhang, H.; Seki, Takeshi*; Yoshino, Tatsuro*; Saito, Eiji*; Takanashi, Koki*

Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, 342, p.139 - 143, 2013/09

 Times Cited Count:19 Percentile:67.23(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

Transversely spin-polarized positrons were injected near Pt and Au surfaces under an applied electric current. The three-photon annihilation of spin-triplet positronium, which was emitted from the surfaces into vacuum, was observed. When the positron spin polarization was perpendicular to the current direction, the maximum asymmetry of the three-photon annihilation intensity was observed upon current reversal for the Pt surfaces, whereas it was significantly reduced for the Au surface. The experimental results suggest that electrons near the Pt surfaces were in-plane and transversely spin-polarized with respect to the direction of the electric current. The maximum electron spin polarization was estimated to be more than 0.01 (1%).

Journal Articles

Effect of oxygen partial pressure on the viscosity of iron-bearing alkaline-earth silicate slags

Sukenaga, Sohei*; Osugi, Takeshi; Inatomi, Yosuke*; Saito, Noritaka*; Nakashima, Kunihiko*

Journal of MMIJ, 129(5), p.203 - 207, 2013/05

Viscosity changes of RO-SiO$$_{2}$$-FexO (R = Ca, Sr, Ba) melts due to changes in the oxidation states of the iron ions by systematically varying the oxygen partial pressure were measured at 1773 K. The initial compositions of the samples were 30RO-60SiO$$_{2}$$-10Fe$$_{2}$$O$$_{3}$$(mol%), and the ratio of Fe$$^{3+}$$ toFe$$^{2+}$$ in the RO-SiO$$_{2}$$-FexO melts increased with increasing oxygen partial pressure in all samples. Meanwhile, the viscosity of all the RO-SiO$$_{2}$$-FexO melts decreased with increasing Fe$$^{2+}$$ to total-Fe ratio (Fe$$^{2+}$$/t-Fe). The data indicate that the increase in the amount of Fe$$^{2+}$$ ions, which behave as network modifiers, would result in depolymerization of the silicate anions. In addition, the viscosity of the melts increased in the order of alkaline-earth cationic radius (Ba $$>$$ Sr $$>$$ Ca) when the Fe$$^{2+}$$/t-Fe values of the melts were comparable. This would be due to the change in the coordination structure of Fe$$^{3+}$$ in the melts.

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Effect of oxidation state of iron ions on the viscosity of alkali silicate melts

Osugi, Takeshi; Sukenaga, Sohei*; Inatomi, Yosuke*; Gonda, Yoshiyuki*; Saito, Noritaka*; Nakashima, Kunihiko*

ISIJ International, 53(2), p.185 - 190, 2013/02

 Times Cited Count:15 Percentile:66.82(Metallurgy & Metallurgical Engineering)

Understanding the changes in viscosity due to the different oxidation states of iron ions is important for simulating phenomena related to molten slags and also for understanding the structure of iron-oxidecontainingsilicate melts. However, these viscosity changes are not well understood. Here, we show the viscosity changes of R$$_{2}$$O-SiO$$_{2}$$-FexO (R = Li, Na, or K) melts due to changes in the oxidation states of the iron ions by systematically varying the oxygen partial pressure using several Ar-based gases at 1773 K. Not only the oxidation state of the iron ions but also the coordination structure of Fe$$^{3+}$$ may be important for understanding the viscosity.

JAEA Reports

Design, fabrication and transportation of Si rotating device

Kimura, Nobuaki; Imaizumi, Tomomi; Takemoto, Noriyuki; Tanimoto, Masataka; Saito, Takashi; Hori, Naohiko; Tsuchiya, Kunihiko; Romanova, N. K.*; Gizatulin, S.*; Martyushov, A.*; et al.

JAEA-Technology 2012-012, 34 Pages, 2012/06


Si semiconductor production by Neutron Transmutation Doping (NTD) method using the Japan Materials Testing Reactor (JMTR) has been investigated in Neutron Irradiation and Testing Reactor Center, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) in order to expand industry use. As a part of investigations, irradiation test of silicon ingot for development of NTD-Si with high quality was planned using WWR-K in Institute of Nuclear Physics (INP), National Nuclear Center of Republic of Kazakhstan (NNC-RK) based on one of specific topics of cooperation (STC), Irradiation Technology for NTD-Si (STC No.II-4), on the implementing arrangement between NNC-RK and the JAEA for "Nuclear Technology on Testing/Research Reactors" in cooperation in research and development in nuclear energy and technology. As for the irradiation test, Si rotating device was fabricated in JAEA, and the fabricated device was transported with irradiation specimens from JAEA to INP-NNC-RK. This report described the design, the fabrication, the performance test of the Si rotating device and transportation procedures.

Journal Articles

Synthesis, structural transformation, thermal stability, valence state, and magnetic and electronic properties of PbNiO$$_{3}$$ with perovskite- and LiNbO$$_{3}$$-type structures

Inaguma, Yoshiyuki*; Tanaka, Kie*; Tsuchiya, Takeshi*; Mori, Daisuke*; Katsumata, Tetsuhiro*; Oba, Tomonori*; Hiraki, Koichi*; Takahashi, Toshihiro*; Saito, Hiroyuki

Journal of the American Chemical Society, 133(42), p.16920 - 16929, 2011/09

 Times Cited Count:75 Percentile:86.04(Chemistry, Multidisciplinary)

Journal Articles

Changes to the chemical structure of isotactic-polypropylene induced by ion-beam irradiation

Oka, Toshitaka; Oshima, Akihiro*; Motohashi, Ryota*; Seto, Naoto*; Watanabe, Yuji*; Kobayashi, Ryoji*; Saito, Koki*; Kudo, Hisaaki*; Murakami, Takeshi*; Washio, Masakazu*; et al.

Radiation Physics and Chemistry, 80(2), p.278 - 280, 2011/02

 Times Cited Count:6 Percentile:48.42(Chemistry, Physical)

The chemical structures of various ion-beam irradiated isotactic-polypropylene samples were studied. Results of micro-Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy suggest not only the linear energy transfer, but also the fluence is effective in local transformation of the isotactic-polypropylene.

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