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Destructive Analysis

Pipetting of input sample for mass spectrometry, SAL, Seibersdorf. (Source:  Stefan Katholitzky)
Pipetting of input sample for mass spectrometry, SAL, Seibersdorf. (Source: Stefan Katholitzky) 

Destructive analysis (DA) is used for a variety of reasons.  Below are a few of the highlights:

  • Verify that protracted diversion of safeguarded nuclear materials has not occurred
  • Certify working standards used for the calibration of NDA and installed verification instruments
  • Provide assurance of the quality and independence of on-site measurements (e.g. validation of facility specific procedures)
  • Carry out periodic verifications of the operator's measurement system

The DA verification measurement procedure consists of the following steps:

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