Analytical atomic spectroscopy of plutonium—I. High resolution spectra of plutonium emitted in an inductively coupled plasma
In the atomic emission spectrum of Pu-242 emitted in an inductively coupled plasma (ICP) 23 lines with detection limits of less than 100 ng/ml were identified in the 200-700 nm spectral range. The line at 453.614 nm had the best detection limit of 15 ng/ml. The isotopic splittings of several Pu emission lines were resolved with a commercial 1.5m spectrometer. The line at 398.988 nm (Pu-240 wavelength) had the greatest isotope shift, but was interfered with by neighboring Pu lines. Other lines were shown to be useful for Pu isotopic analysis. The hyperfine splitting of some intense Pu-239 lines was measured; the Pu 453.614 nm line exhibited the widest splitting (5.9 pm).