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05 Jul2018

Analysis of Rare Earth Elements in Uranium Using Handheld Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy

You can analyze concentrations of rare earth metals (REEs) with the SciAps Z-300 handheld LIBS.

In a just-released publication in Applied Spectroscopy, author Ben Manard and his Los Alamos National Laboratory colleagues use the SciAps Z-300 handheld LIBS to quantify levels of rare earth elements in a uranium oxide matrix. Los Alamos personnel need a method to perform rapid chemical analysis in a nuclear facility. In this example, the analysis was performed for europium (Eu), neodymium (Nd) and ytterbium (Yb) in both a uranium oxide and a glass matrix. Limits of detection for these elements in the uranium matrix were 130 ppm, 200 ppm and 320 ppm respectively for Yb, Eu and Nd.
 
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