Nondestructive assay of plutonium in empty stainless steel boxes by apparent mass method

C. Agarwal, S. Chaudhury, T. N. Nathaniel, A. Goswami

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Apparent mass method (Venkataraman and Croft, Nucl Instrum Methods Phys Res A 505:527, 2003), initially standardized for the assay of Pu (Agarwal et al., J Nucl Mater 651:386, 2007) has been used to get Pu amount in empty stainless steel boxes generally used for storing and transferring plutonium oxide powders. The results have been compared with the neutron coincidence counting results and have been found to match well. The advantage of the method is that it can be used for any sample with nonstandard geometry and with uncertain source distribution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-80
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Apparent mass method
  • Gamma ray spectrometry
  • Nonstandard geometry
  • Plutonium

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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