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The nuclide Pa is a member of the U decay chain. It is a complex alpha emitter with 25 identified alpha emissions. Formerly published alpha-particle emission probabilities were derived from measurements taken with magnetic spectrometers. This work presents the first measurements made with semiconductor detectors. High-resolution alpha-particle spectrometry was carried out at CIEMAT and JRC using ion-implanted planar silicon detectors. Alpha-particle emission probabilities of 23 transitions were derived from deconvolutions of the spectra. For the major lines, uncertainties are lower than 1%, a significant improvement to existing data. The new data set will allow a more accurate evaluation of the decay scheme of Pa.
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Name: Applied radiation and isotopes : including data, instrumentation and methods for use in agriculture, industry and medicine
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