Thermoluminescence (TL) of Minerals Separated from Irradiated Mussel

  • Yi, Sang-Duk (Nonghyup Korea Insam Research Institute, Nonghyup Koreainsam Co., LTD.,) ;
  • Oh, Man-Jin (Department of Food Science and Technology, Chungnam National University)
  • Published : 2005.03.01


This study was carried out to determine whether detection of minerals separated from irradiated mussel could be could be done by thermoluminescence (TL) method. After the minerals were separated by sodium polytungstate solution (2.0 g/mL) from irradiated mussel, organic compounds remaining in the minerals were removed by acid-base treatment and dried at 50℃ overnight, and then the minerals were measured through TL. The TL intensities of separated minerals at different irradiation doses during storage conditions of room and darkroom were obtained. TL intensity of first glow curves for minerals separated from irradiated mussel showed linear increase from the control to 5 kGy and slight increase from 5 kGy to 10 kGy. Since glow curve ratios of G2, G3 and G4, calculated from re-irradiated minerals measured immediately after irradiation and after storage of three months were over 0.5, detection of irradiation was possible. G1, which showed the glow curve ratios above 0.1, was classified as non-irradiated samples because the unique first glow curve was not found within the recommended temperature interval (150-230℃). Hence, on the basis of TL intensity, and glow curve ratio and shape, it is possible to correctly identify irradaited mussels after mineral separation during storage.


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