Martin, P. G.*; Jones, C. P.*; Cipiccia, S.*; Batey, D. J.*; Hallam, K. R.*; Satou, Yukihiko; Griffiths, I.*; Rau, C.*; Richards, D. A.*; Sueki, Keisuke*; et al.
Scientific Reports (Internet), 10(1), p.1636_1 - 1636_11, 2020/01
Matsunaka, Tetsuya*; Sasa, Kimikazu*; Takahashi, Tsutomu*; Matsumura, Masumi*; Satou, Yukihiko; Shen, H.*; Sueki, Keisuke*; Matsuzaki, Hiroyuki*
Radiocarbon, 61(6), p.1633 - 1642, 2019/12
Zhang, Z.*; Igarashi, Junya*; Satou, Yukihiko; Ninomiya, Kazuhiko*; Sueki, Keisuke*; Shinohara, Atsushi*
Environmental Science & Technology, 53(10), p.5868 - 5876, 2019/05
The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP) accident released abundant radioactive particles into the surrounding environment. Herein, we analyzed the activity of Sr in these particles to estimate the contribution of this radionuclide to the overall radiation exposure and shed light on the processes that occurred during the accident. Seven radioactive particles were isolated from the dust and soil samples collected from areas surrounding the FDNPP, and the minimum/maximum Cs activities were determined as 224/4,100 Bq. Based on the size, specific activity, and Cs/Cs activity ratios, we concluded that six of the seven radioactive particles were released from the Unit 1 reactor, while one particle was released from the Unit 3 reactor by a hydrogen explosion. Strontium-90 was detected in all radioactive particles, and the minimal/maximal Sr activities were determined as 0.046/1.4 Bq. Cs/Sr activity ratios above 1000 were observed for all seven particles, that is, compared to Cs, Sr had negligible contribution to the overall radiation exposure. The Cs/Sr activity ratios of the radioactive particles were similar to those of terrestrial environmental samples and were higher for particles released from the Unit 1 reactor than for samples collected from the Unit 1 reactor building, which indicates possibility of additional Sr -rich contamination after release of the particles.
Ota, Yuki*; Sueki, Keisuke*; Sasa, Kimikazu*; Takahashi, Tsutomu*; Matsunaka, Tetsuya*; Matsumura, Masumi*; Tosaki, Yuki*; Honda, Maki*; Hosoya, Seiji*; Takano, Kenta*; et al.
JAEA-Conf 2018-002, p.99 - 102, 2019/02
no abstracts in English
Matsunaka, Tetsuya*; Sasa, Kimikazu*; Takahashi, Tsutomu*; Hosoya, Seiji*; Matsumura, Masumi*; Satou, Yukihiko; Shen, H.*; Sueki, Keisuke*
Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B, 439, p.64 - 69, 2019/01
no abstracts in English
Satou, Yukihiko; Sueki, Keisuke*; Sasa, Kimikazu*; Yoshikawa, Hideki; Nakama, Shigeo; Minowa, Haruka*; Abe, Yoshinari*; Nakai, Izumi*; Ono, Takahiro*; Adachi, Koji*; et al.
Geochemical Journal, 52(2), p.137 - 143, 2018/00
Sugiura, Hiroyuki*; Sakai, Hajime*; Satou, Yukihiko; Sueki, Keisuke*
Radioisotopes, 66(9), p.311 - 319, 2017/09
no abstracts in English
Matsunaka, Tetsuya*; Sasa, Kimikazu*; Takahashi, Tsutomu*; Hosoya, Seiji*; Matsumura, Masumi*; Sueki, Keisuke*; Satou, Yukihiko
Dai-19-Kai AMS Shimpojiumu, 2016-Nendo "Jumoku Nenrin" Kenkyukai Kyodo Kaisai Shimpojiumu Hokokushu, p.76 - 79, 2017/06
To evaluate the radiological impact of the atmospheric C discharge from the Tokai nuclear facilities, a 80-year-old Japanese pine tree from Tokai, 1.8 km south-southwest of the Tokai Nuclear Power Plants (Tokai NPP and Tokai-2 NPP) and 1.4 km North-Northwest of the Tokai Reprocessing Plant (Tokai RP), was cored and each annual ring was measured for C. The C specific activities varied from 232.8 Bq kg C to 403.3Bq kg C in the tree rings formed during the periods 1954-2013. The specific activities in 1967-2010 are significantly elevated compared with the ambient background values, clearly indicating C discharges from the nuclear facilities during their normal operation. The excess C activities of 0.5-70.0 Bq kg C in 1970-2011 are positively correlated with the estimated annual C discharges of 0.1-1.2 TBq from Tokai NPP and Tokai-2 NPP with R of 0.66 (n = 38). These activity values of 70.0 Bq kg C were corresponding to an additional annual effective dose of 3.9 uSv via the food ingestion pathway in the study location.
Ono, Takahiro*; Iizawa, Yushin*; Abe, Yoshinari*; Nakai, Izumi*; Terada, Yasuko*; Satou, Yukihiko; Sueki, Keisuke*; Adachi, Koji*; Igarashi, Yasuhito*
Bunseki Kagaku, 66(4), p.251 - 261, 2017/04
no abstracts in English
Yamasaki, Shinya*; Imoto, Jumpei*; Furuki, Genki*; Ochiai, Asumi*; Onuki, Toshihiko; Sueki, Keisuke*; Namba, Kenji*; Ewing, R. C.*; Utsunomiya, Satoshi*
Science of the Total Environment, 551-552, p.155 - 162, 2016/05
Cesium-137 (Cs) of estuary sediment impacted by the FDNPP was measured. Increasing radioactivity was observed from surface to bottom. 90% of the Cs was strongly bound to clay minerals in the estuary sediments. These results suggest that Cs is being transported from contaminated paddy fields to the estuary.
Morita, Kosuke*; Morimoto, Koji*; Kaji, Daiya*; Haba, Hiromitsu*; Ozeki, Kazutaka*; Kudo, Yuki*; Sumita, Takayuki*; Wakabayashi, Yasuo*; Yoneda, Akira*; Tanaka, Kengo*; et al.
Journal of the Physical Society of Japan, 81(10), p.103201_1 - 103201_4, 2012/10
An isotope of the 113th element, 113, was produced in a nuclear reaction with a Zn beam on a Bi target. We observed six consecutive decays following the implantation of a heavy particle in nearly the same position in the semiconductor detector, in extremely low background condition. The fifth and sixth decays are fully consistent with the sequential decays of Db and Lr both in decay energies and decay times. This indicates that the present decay chain consisted of 113, Rg (Z = 111), Mt (Z = 109), Bh (Z = 107), Db (Z = 105), and Lr (Z = 103) with firm connections. This result, together with previously reported results from 2004 and 2007, conclusively leads the unambiguous production and identification of the isotope 113, of the 113th element.
Li, Z.*; Toyoshima, Atsushi; Asai, Masato; Tsukada, Kazuaki; Sato, Tetsuya; Sato, Nozomi; Kikuchi, Takahiro; Nagame, Yuichiro; Schdel, M.; Pershina, V.*; et al.
Radiochimica Acta, 100(3), p.157 - 164, 2012/03
Asai, Masato; Tsukada, Kazuaki; Haba, Hiromitsu*; Ishii, Yasuo; Ichikawa, Takatoshi*; Toyoshima, Atsushi; Ishii, Tetsuro; Nagame, Yuichiro; Nishinaka, Ichiro; Kojima, Yasuaki*; et al.
Physical Review C, 83(1), p.014315_1 - 014315_12, 2011/01
Excited states in Fm populated via the decay of No are studied in detail through - coincidence and fine structure measurements. Spin-parities and neutron configurations of the excited states in Fm as well as the ground state of No are definitely identified on the basis of deduced internal conversion coefficients, lifetimes of transitions, rotational-band energies built on one-quasiparticle states, and hindrance factors of transitions. It is found that the excitation energy of the 1/2 state in =151 isotones increases with the atomic number, especially at 100, while that of the 1/2 state decreases at =100. Energy systematics of the one-quasiparticle states in the =151 isotones are discussed in terms of the evolution of nuclear deformation involving the hexadecapole and hexacontatetrapole deformations.
Toyoshima, Atsushi; Kasamatsu, Yoshitaka*; Tsukada, Kazuaki; Asai, Masato; Ishii, Yasuo; Tome, Hayato*; Nishinaka, Ichiro; Sato, Tetsuya; Nagame, Yuichiro; Schdel, M.; et al.
Journal of Nuclear and Radiochemical Sciences, 11(1), p.7 - 11, 2010/06
The extraction behavior of rutherfordium (Rf) into trioctylphosphine oxide (TOPO) from 2.0 - 7.0 M HCl solution was studied together with that of the homologues Zr and Hf. The extracted yields of Rf, Zr, and Hf increased with an increase of HCl concentration, and the sequence of their extraction was Zr Hf Rf. It is suggested that the stability of the RfCl2(TOPO) complex is lower than that of the corresponding species of the homologues.
Akiyama, Kazuhiko*; Haba, Hiromitsu*; Sueki, Keisuke*; Tsukada, Kazuaki; Asai, Masato; Toyoshima, Atsushi; Nagame, Yuichiro; Katada, Motomi*
Chemistry Letters, 38(10), p.978 - 979, 2009/09
We report on the successful production of a metallofullerene encapsulating the radioactive tracer Ac and on its electronic properties studied by radiochromatography. Considering the number of -electrons on the fullerene cage estimated from an HPLC retention time on the 5PBB column and the general oxidation state of Ac (+3), a chemical species of the dominant chromatographic peak is suggested to be Ac@C.
Haba, Hiromitsu*; Akiyama, Kazuhiko*; Tsukada, Kazuaki; Asai, Masato; Toyoshima, Atsushi; Yaita, Tsuyoshi; Hirata, Masaru; Sueki, Keisuke*; Nagame, Yuichiro
Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Japan, 82(6), p.698 - 703, 2009/06
Chloride complexation of the group-4 elements Zr and Hf in 8.0-11.9 M HCl is investigated by Extended X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy to characterize chloro complexes of the transactinide element, rutherfordium (Rf). The complexes of Zr and Hf successively vary with the concentration of HCl from a hydrated complex [M(HO) ] at 8.0 M to a hexachloro complex [MCl] at 11.9 M (M = Zr and Hf). The present structural changes of the Zr and Hf complexes well reflect the previously studied anion-exchange behavior of Zr and Hf in HCl. From both the EXAFS and anion-exchange results, we suggest that Rf forms the same complexes as those of Zr and Hf in HCl, and that the complexation strength of the hexachloro complexes of the group-4 elements, [MCl] (M = Zr, Hf, and Rf), is in the sequence of Rf Zr Hf.
Akiyama, Kazuhiko*; Haba, Hiromitsu*; Tsukada, Kazuaki; Asai, Masato; Toyoshima, Atsushi; Sueki, Keisuke*; Nagame, Yuichiro; Katada, Motomi*
Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry, 280(2), p.329 - 331, 2009/05
The properties of a metallofullerene that encapsulates Ac were studied by radio-chromatographic methods. The results of chromatography on a Buckyclutcher column suggest that there are some metallofullerene isomers of AcC. The identical HPLC retention time of the major AcC peak with that of La@C indicates that the structure of one of the AcC isomers is the same as La@C.
Tsukada, Kazuaki; Haba, Hiromitsu*; Asai, Masato; Toyoshima, Atsushi; Akiyama, Kazuhiko*; Kasamatsu, Yoshitaka; Nishinaka, Ichiro; Ichikawa, Shinichi; Yasuda, Kenichiro; Miyamoto, Yutaka; et al.
Radiochimica Acta, 97(2), p.83 - 89, 2009/02
Anion-exchange chromatography of element 105, dubnium (Db), produced in the Cm(F, 5n)Db reaction is investigated together with the homologues Nb and Ta, and the pseudo-homologue Pa in 13.9 M hydrofluoric acid (HF) solution. The distribution coefficient (K) of Db on an anion-exchange resin is successfully determined by running cycles of the 1702 chromatographic column separations. The result clearly indicates that the adsorption of Db on the resin is significantly different from that of the homologues and that the adsorption of anionic fluoro complexes of these elements decreases in the sequence of Ta Nb Db Pa.
Toyoshima, Atsushi; Haba, Hiromitsu*; Tsukada, Kazuaki; Asai, Masato; Akiyama, Kazuhiko*; Goto, Shinichi*; Ishii, Yasuo; Nishinaka, Ichiro; Sato, Tetsuya; Nagame, Yuichiro; et al.
Radiochimica Acta, 96(3), p.125 - 134, 2008/03
Formation of an anionic fluoride-complex of element 104, rutherfordium (Rf) produced in the Cm(O,5n)Rf reaction was studied by an anion-exchange method based on an atom-at-a-time scale. It was found that the hexafluoro complex of Rf, [RfF], was formed in the studied fluoride ion concentrations of 0.0005 - 0.013 M. Formation of [RfF] was significantly different from that of the homologues Zr and Hf, [ZrF] and [HfF]; the evaluated formation constant of [RfF] is at least one-order of magnitude smaller than those of [ZrF] and [HfF].
Morita, Kosuke*; Morimoto, Koji*; Kaji, Daiya*; Akiyama, Takahiro*; Goto, Shinichi*; Haba, Hiromitsu*; Ideguchi, Eiji*; Katori, Kenji*; Koura, Hiroyuki; Kudo, Hisaaki*; et al.
Journal of the Physical Society of Japan, 76(4), p.043201_1 - 043201_5, 2007/04
The production and decay of 112 has been investigated using a gas-filled recoil ion separator in irradiations of Pb targets with Zn beam at 349.5 MeV. We have observed two -decay chains that can be assigned to subsequent decays from 112 produced in the 208 Pb(Zn,n) reaction. After emitting four consecutive -particles, the both chains ended by spontaneous fission decays of Rf and decay energies and decay times of the both chains obtained in the present work agree well with those reported by a group at Gesellschaft fr Schwerionenforschung (GSI), Germany. The present result gives the first clear confirmation of the discovery of 112 and its -decay products Ds reported previously.