A Review of In Situ Isotopic Studies of the Oklo and Bangombé Natural Fission Reactors Using Microbeam Analytical Techniques

Hiroshi Hidaka
2020 Minerals  
Isotopic analyses of elements in the natural reactor materials have often been performed to understand the distribution behaviors of the fission products and to evaluate the function of nuclear reactions since the first discovery of a natural reactor in 1972. Several types of unique microminerals, including significant amounts of fission products, have been found in and around the Oklo and the Bangombé natural reactors. In the past two decades, microbeam techniques using ion and laser probe
more » ... lities have been effectively applied for the in situ isotopic analyses of individual microminerals to investigate the migration behaviors of fissiogenic radioisotopes produced in the reactors. This paper presents a review of interpretations of the isotopic results of microminerals found in and around the natural reactors.
doi:10.3390/min10121060 fatcat:bibtdlaccjcotbxerfx4dz53xq