versão ISSN 0864-084X
SIBELLO HERNANDEZ, Rita Y.; COZZELLA, María Letizia e CARTAS AGUILA, Héctor A.. Validation of a method to measure plutonium levels in marine sediments in Cuba. Nucleus [online]. 2008, n.44, pp. 8-14. ISSN 0864-084X.
ABSTRACT The main objective of this research was to develop and to validate a method of radiochemical separation of plutonium, suitable from the economic and practical point of view, in Cuba conditions. This method allowed us to determine plutonium activity levels in the marine sediments from Cienfuegos Bay. The selected method of radiochemical separation was that of anionic chromatography and the measure technique was the quadrupole inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. The method was applied to a certified reference material, six repetitions were carried out and a good correspondence between the average measured value and the average certified value of plutonium was achieved, so the trueness of the method was demonstrated. It was also proven the precision of the method, since it was obtained a variation coefficient of 11% at 95% confidence level. The obtained results show that the presence of plutonium in the analyzed marine sediment samples is only due to the global radioactive fallout.
Palavras-chave : radioactivity; ecosystems; sediments; plutonium; bays; evaluation; validation.