Characterization of uranium and thorium containing minerals by nuclear microscopy

Zsófia Kertész, Enikő Furu, Anikó Angyal, Ágnes Freiler, Kálmán Török, Ákos Horváth

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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
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - okt. 10 2015


ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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