Characterization of uranium and thorium containing minerals by nuclear microscopy

Z. Kertész, Enikő Furu, Anikó Angyal, Ágnes Freiler, K. Török, Ákos Horváth

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Abstract

Radioactive minerals of the gneiss of Sopron Mountains were analysed by micro-PIXE method at the Debrecen scanning nuclear microprobe. Zircon and monazite minerals were identified with detectable amount of U and Th. Qualitative elemental maps and quantitative concentration data were obtained on 20 minerals. U and Th concentrations were between few 100 ppm and 10 wt%. The size of the minerals varied between few micrometers and 100 microns, the distribution of U and Th within the grains was inhomogeneous. These radioactive minerals occurred in veins enriched with Fe.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)283-288
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Volume306
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 10 2015

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Nuclear Microscopy
Thorium
Uranium
Minerals
Microscopic examination
Monazite
Zircon
Veins
Scanning

Keywords

  • Gneiss
  • Micro-PIXE
  • Nuclear microscopy
  • Radioactive minerals
  • Scanning nuclear microprobe
  • Sopron hills

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
  • Pollution
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Spectroscopy
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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Characterization of uranium and thorium containing minerals by nuclear microscopy. / Kertész, Z.; Furu, Enikő; Angyal, Anikó; Freiler, Ágnes; Török, K.; Horváth, Ákos.

In: Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry, Vol. 306, No. 1, 10.10.2015, p. 283-288.

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Kertész, Z. ; Furu, Enikő ; Angyal, Anikó ; Freiler, Ágnes ; Török, K. ; Horváth, Ákos. / Characterization of uranium and thorium containing minerals by nuclear microscopy. In: Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry. 2015 ; Vol. 306, No. 1. pp. 283-288.
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