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On the spur lifetime and its temperature dependence in the low linear energy transfer radiolysis of water.
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PMID:  23138332     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
In the spirit of the radiation chemical "spur model", the lifetime of a spur (τ(s)) is an important indicator of overlapping spurs and the establishment of homogeneity in the distribution of reactive species created by the action of low linear energy transfer (LET) radiation (such as fast electrons or γ irradiation). In fact, τ(s) gives the time required for the changeover from nonhomogeneous spur kinetics to homogeneous kinetics in the bulk solution, thus defining the so-called primary (or "escape") radical and molecular yields of radiolysis, which are obviously basic to the quantitative understanding of any irradiated chemical system. In this work, τ(s) and its temperature dependence have been determined for the low-LET radiolysis of deaerated 0.4 M aqueous solutions of H(2)SO(4) and pure liquid water up to 350 °C using a simple model of energy deposition initially in spurs, followed by random diffusion of the species of the spur during track expansion until spur overlap is complete. Unlike our previous τ(s) calculations, based on irradiated Fricke dosimeter simulations, the current model is free from any effects due to the presence of oxygen or the use of scavengers. In acidic solutions, the spur lifetime values thus obtained are in very good agreement with our previous calculations (after making appropriate corrections, however, to account for the possibility of competition between oxygen and Fe(2+) ions for H˙ atoms in the Fricke dosimeter, an effect which was not included in our original simulations). In this way, we confirm the validity of our previous approach. As expected, in the case of pure, oxygen-free water, our calculated times required to reach complete spur overlap are essentially the same (within uncertainty limits) as those found in acidic solutions. This explicitly reflects the fact that the diffusion coefficients for the hydrated electron and the H˙ atom that are involved in the overall calculation of the lifetime of spurs in neutral or acidic media, respectively, are of similar magnitude over the 25-350 °C temperature range studied.
Sunuchakan Sanguanmith; Jintana Meesungnoen; Yusa Muroya; Mingzhang Lin; Yosuke Katsumura; Jean-Paul Jay-Gerin
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-11-9
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Title:  Physical chemistry chemical physics : PCCP     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1463-9084     ISO Abbreviation:  Phys Chem Chem Phys     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
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Created Date:  2012-11-9     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  100888160     Medline TA:  Phys Chem Chem Phys     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Département de Médecine Nucléaire et Radiobiologie, Faculté de Médecine et des Sciences de la Santé, Université de Sherbrooke, 3001, 12ème Avenue Nord, Sherbrooke (Québec) J1H 5N4, Canada.
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