Radioanalytical Chemistry Principles and Practices
The preceding chapter describes methods that can be applied to the analysis of both radionuclides and their stable element counterparts. One important difference to consider is the extremely low amounts of radionuclides generally analyzed in the radioanalytical chemistry laboratory. As noted in Section 13.1, the environmental samples in a radioanalytical chemistry laboratory typically are in the picocurie to nanocurie (0.037 to 37 Bq) range; this corresponds to a radionuclide sample mass of around 10−15 g, depending on half-life and molecular weight of the radionuclide. Precise measurement of such a low amount can be achieved because radionuclides emit energetic radiation.
KeywordsStable Isotope Radioanalytical Chemistry Recoil Energy Silver Iodide Tritiated Water
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