DEVELOPMENT OF SPUTTER-INITIATED RESONANCE IONIZATION SPECTROSCOPY FOR APPLICATION IN THE SINGLE-ATOM DETECTION OF TECHNETIUM

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$439,119.00
Award Year:
1984
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
409
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Atom Sciences Inc.
P.o. Box 138, 114 Ridgeway Center, Oak Ridge, TN, 37830
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Tom J. Whitaker
() -
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
WE PROPOSE THE DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW ANALYTICAL TECHNIQUE, SPUTTER-INITIATED RESONANCE IONIZATION SPECTROSCOPY (SIRIS) FOR THE SINGLE-ATOM DETECTION OF ISOTOPES OF TECHNETIUM. THIS TECHNIQUE IS TO BE USED IN A STUDY RECENTLY PROPOSED BY G.A. COWAN AND W.C. HAXTON TO DETERMINE THE BORON-8 COMPONENT OF THE SOLAR NEUTRINO FLUX. IN SIRIS, AN ARGON ION BEAM SPUTTERS A SMALL QUANTITY OF SOLID SAMPLE INTO THE GAS PHASE. A LASER THEN SELECTIVELY (AND EFFICIENTLY) IONIZES ATOMS OF A PARTICULAR ELEMENT, USING RESONANCE IONIZATION SPECTROSCOPY (RIS). RESULTING IONS ARE ANALYZED IN A MAGNETIC MASS SPECTROMETER, THUS ADDING ISOTOPIC SELECTIVITY TO THE ELEMENTAL SELECTIVITY PROVIDED BY RIS. IN PHASE I OF THE PROPOSED PROJECT, WE WOULD DEMONSTRATE THESENSITIVITY OF SIRIS FOR THE DETECTION OF TC-97, TC-98 AND TC-99 AND PERFORM PRELIMINARY EXPERIMENTS TO DETERMINE THE DEGREE OF INTERFERENCE WHICH MIGHT BE EXPECTED FROM MOLYBDENUM IN REAL ANALYSES.

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