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Plutonium signature captured after 50 years

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Devoted fans can wait hours on the red carpet to get their favourite movie star's autograph, but that's nothing compared to acquiring the signature of plutonium-239. After 50 years of trying, physicists have finally managed to analyse the fissile isotope using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. This could potentially allow them to develop improved methods for storing waste from nuclear power plants.

NMR spectroscopy is used to determine the molecular structure of many materials, particularly those in which the nucleus has a quantum spin of one half, which includes common hydrogen and carbon isotopes. Plutonium-239 is the last nucleus with such a quantum spin left to analyse – partly because plutonium has a number of complex magnetic properties that interfere with the measurements. Another reason is that there are restrictions involved in handling potentially dangerous nuclear material.

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