Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry

, Volume 289, Issue 2, pp 611–615 | Cite as

Alpha spectrometry and secondary ion mass spectrometry of electrodeposited uranium films

  • Jozef Kuruc
  • Dávid Harvan
  • Dušan Galanda
  • L’ubomír Mátel
  • Monika Jerigová
  • Dušan Velič


Electrodeposited natural uranium films prepared by electrodeposition from solution of uranyl nitrate UO2(NO3)2·6H2O on stainless steel discs in electrodeposition cell. Solutions of NaHSO4, and Na2SO4 and electric current from 0.50 up to 0.75 A were used in this study. Recalculated weights and surface’s weights of 238U from the alpha activities and secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) intensities resulted in a linear regression. A dependency between of 238U surface’s weights recalculated from alpha activities and signal intensity of 238U in SIMS was investigated in order to determine a potential of SIMS in quantitative analysis of surface samples containing uranium. In the SIMS spectra of electrodeposited uranium films we found that upper layer consist not only from isotopes of uranium (ions 234U+, 235U+, and 238U+). In the positive polarity SIMS spectra, various molecules ions of uranium were suggested as UH+, UH2 +, UO+, UOH+, UO2 +, UO2H+, UO2H2 +, as well as possibly ions UNO+ and UNOH+.


238Alpha spectroscopy Secondary ion mass spectrometry Electrodeposition Qualitative chemical analysis 



Supports by Slovak Research and Development Agency under APVV-20-007105, APVT-20-029804 and by Scientific Grant Agency of Ministry of Education of the Slovak Republic under VEGA project 1/2447/05 and 1/3577/06 are gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jozef Kuruc
    • 1
  • Dávid Harvan
    • 1
  • Dušan Galanda
    • 1
  • L’ubomír Mátel
    • 1
  • Monika Jerigová
    • 2
    • 3
  • Dušan Velič
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Nuclear Chemistry, Faculty of Natural SciencesComenius University in BratislavaBratislavaSlovak Republic
  2. 2.Department of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Faculty of Natural SciencesComenius University in BratislavaBratislavaSlovak Republic
  3. 3.International Laser CenterBratislavaSlovak Republic

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