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On the stability of (3)H and (63)Ni Ultima Gold liquid scintillation sources.
Applied Radiation and Isotopes
The stability of (3)H and (63)Ni samples, made with Ultima Gold and Ultima Gold AB using eight aqueous fractions ranging between 0.1% and 10%, was monitored over a period of 32 weeks. Counting rate losses were measured in all cases, but were found to be particularly severe for samples with low aqueous fractions. Hydrodynamic diameter measurements of the reverse micelles of (3)H and (63)Ni in Ultima Gold and Ultima Gold AB samples were performed with dynamic light scattering. For Ultima Gold, the micelle diameters were measured to be about 2nm and slightly dependent of the aqueous fraction, while for Ultima Gold AB they were found to vary strongly with the aqueous fraction and range between 1 and 4nm. The hypothesis that the counting rate instabilities derive from changes in the sizes of micelles was tested by measuring them four times over the monitoring period. The measurement results do not support this claim.
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