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Measurements of the emanation of Ar-37 and Ar-39 from irradiated rocks and powders

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Johnson, C., Lowrey, J. D., Alexander, T., Macé, E., & Prinke, A. (2021). Measurements of the emanation of Ar-37 and Ar-39 from irradiated rocks and powders. Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry, 329(2), 969-974. doi:10.1007/s10967-021-07827-4.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0009-B0F0-0
The emanation of radionuclides has been highlighted as a known source of uncertainty in the estimation of radionuclide source signatures from underground nuclear tests and other nuclear activities, particularly in the case of activation products. A system was developed at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to quantify the emanation of argon from two powders and five rock types ranging in particle size from powder to small rocks. Samples were neutron irradiated and the percent emanation of Ar-37 was measured to range between 0.3 and 25%. Measurements were also made of the Ar-39 emanation for four of these materials and was found to be consistently lower than that of Ar-37.