Evaluation of Several Electrolyte Mixture-Cathode Material Combinations in Electrodeposition of Americium Radioisotopes for Alpha-Spectrometric Measurements

Appl Radiat Isot. 2017 Oct;128:158-164. doi: 10.1016/j.apradiso.2017.07.005. Epub 2017 Jul 5.


Three different types of electrolytes, subsequently modified and adjusted, in combination with three cathode materials used as source backings were analysed for electrodeposition of americium isotopes for alpha-spectrometric measurements. The obtained results are discussed in terms of electrodeposition yield and source quality (source homogeneity and spectral resolution, FWHM). The optimal conditions for source preparation are provided.

Keywords: Alpha-particle spectrometry; Americium; Cathode material; Electrodeposition; Spectral resolution.