Avoiding polyatomic interferences in measurements of lanthanides in uranium material for nuclear forensic purposes
Journal article, 2019

Measurements of the lanthanide series with ICP-SF-MS provide low detection limits but suffer from oxides of the lighter lanthanides interfering on the heavier ones. In this work, two different methods to measure the lanthanide series without interferences, were investigated and compared to measuring the lanthanides directly with a standard sample introduction system. It is shown that by using a desolvating sample introduction system during measurements, the impact of polyatomic interferences are eliminated. It is also shown that using chemical separations to separate the elements in the lanthanide series into three fractions almost eliminates polyatomic interferences, while direct measurements with a standard sample introduction system may lead to inaccurate results due to interferences.

Nuclear forensics





Anna Vesterlund

Chalmers, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Energy and Material

Henrik Ramebäck

Chalmers, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry

0236-5731 (ISSN) 1588-2780 (eISSN)

Vol. 321 2 723-731

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Analytical Chemistry



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