Production of highly-enriched 134Ba for a reference material for isotope dilution mass spectrometry measurements
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Isotope dilution mass spectrometry (IDMS) is an analytical technique capable of providing accurate and precise quantitation of trace isotope abundance and assay providing measurement uncertainties below 1 %. To achieve these low uncertainties, the IDMS method ideally utilizes chemically pure “spike” solutions that consist of a single highly enriched isotope that is well-characterized relating to the abundance of companion isotopes and concentration in solution. To address a current demand for accurate 137Cs/137Ba ratio measurements for “age” determination of radioactive 137Cs sources, Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is producing enriched 134Ba isotopes that are tobe used for IDMS spikes to accurately determine 137Ba accumulation from the decay of 137Cs. The final objective of this work it to provide a homogenous set of reference materials that the National Institute of Standards and Technology can certify as standard reference materials used for IDMS. The process that was developed at INL for the separation and isolation of Ba isotopes, chemical purification of the isotopes in solution, and the encapsulation of the materials will be described.
KeywordsMass separator Reference standard Isotope dilution Separations Mass spectrometry Enriched isotope spike
The authors wish to thank Beam Imaging Solutions Inc., the Oak Ridge National Laboratory stable isotope mass separator group, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the U.S Department of Homeland Security for their continued support for this work.
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