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Assessment of anthropogenic actinide background levels on the ground of the new 1-MV compact AMS system HAMSTER

Fichter, S.; Wallner, A.; Hain, K.; Hotchkis, M.


The new multi-purpose 1-MV AMS facility HAMSTER (Helmholtz
Accelerator Mass Spectrometer for Tracing Environmental Radionuclides)
is built within the HZDR research campus in Dresden-
Rossendorf starting in 2022. The new machine is especially dedicated
to the analysis of ultra-trace levels of actinides in environmental
samples. Therefore, eventual contamination of the site where the
new accelerator building is being constructed should be avoided and
clarified. Hence, several soil samples close to the construction site of
the new accelerator building have been analyzed to assess the content
and isotopic ratios of the actinides U, Np and Pu. The samples
have been processed in the existing chemistry labs of HZDR’s 6-MV
DREAMS facility showing low background levels. Overall, the samples
show expected signatures of global fallout in Pu concentrations
and APu/239Pu ratios. However, in some samples increased 236U
concentrations and relatively low 233U/236U atomic ratios have been
detected pointing to an additional source of 236U. Additional analysis
is currently ongoing.

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    DPG-Frühjahrstagung, 09.03.2023, Hannover, Deutschland


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