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Self-diffusion of Lead in Lead Oxide (PbO)

Naturevolume 207pages628629 (1965) | Download Citation



WE have utilized lead-210 isotope and surface-counting technique to evaluate the self-diffusion coefficient of lead in lead oxide. Since lead-210 has a very weak β-emission (0.025 MeV) it is wellnigh impossible to estimate the activity with the conventional Geiger–Müller counters. Furthermore, µ, the absorption coefficient, is so high that the radiations from within the bulk material do not penetrate the layers. However, we have successfully surmounted the difficulty by depositing lead-210 on one face of a pellet, allowing the daughter to build up, and following the movement of lead-210 by determining the amount of bismuth-210. We present here the relevant mathematical treatment and results.

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    • A. K. DAS GUPTA

    Present address: Department of National Health and Welfare, Ottawa, Canada


    Present address: Chemistry Division, Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Harwell, Berkshire

    • G. D. PALKAR

    Present address: Department of Chemistry, Institute of Armament Studies, Kirkee, Poona, 3, India


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