Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry

, Volume 286, Issue 2, pp 547–551 | Cite as

Volatility of 210Po in the gross alpha determination

  • I. Svetlik
  • A. Belanova
  • M. Vrskova
  • E. Hanslik
  • D. Ivanovova
  • J. Meresova
  • L. Tomaskova
  • T. Novakova


Gross alpha and beta activity screening methods have been developed to determine whether specific analysis of radionuclides is required to further characterize water. Our contribution aims at the validation of possible losses of 210Po related to underestimation of the gross alpha activity. The tap water samples likewise the selected samples of surface, underground, and mineral water were processed. These samples were treated in solutions containing both HNO3 (recommended by ISO standards) and HCl (which could cause significant loses of volatile polonium chloride form during the sample ignition). Results of several experiments determining the recovery of polonium during the ignition of sample are discussed. Conditions which can lead to significant losses of polonium are partly demarcated.


Gross alpha 210Po Sample ignition Polonium recovery 



This study was carried out in the framework of the project No. MZP 0002071101 sponsored by the Czech Ministry of the Environment, internal grant of the Nuclear Physics Institute AS CR No. AV0Z 10480505 and by the Grant Agency AS CR (project No. IAAX00130801).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • I. Svetlik
    • 1
  • A. Belanova
    • 2
  • M. Vrskova
    • 2
  • E. Hanslik
    • 3
  • D. Ivanovova
    • 3
  • J. Meresova
    • 2
  • L. Tomaskova
    • 1
  • T. Novakova
    • 1
  1. 1.Nuclear Physics Institute AS CRPragueCzech Republic
  2. 2.Water Research InstituteBratislavaSlovakia
  3. 3.T. G. Masaryk Water Research InstitutePragueCzech Republic

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