Application of PIGE method for quantification of total boron in neutron absorbers and shielding materials and isotopic composition in in-house prepared enriched boron carbide samples


The in situ current normalized particle induced gamma-ray emission method using 4 MeV proton beam was utilized for total boron concentrations in boron based neutron absorbers and borated wood based neutron shielding materials. Boron carbide samples with varying masses were analyzed to examine the effect of matrix as well as the efficacy of the in situ current normalized method. Isotopic composition of boron (10B/11B atom ratio) has been determined in natural and 10B enriched boron carbide samples as well as in four synthetically prepared enriched boron carbide samples to serve as in-house reference standard for isotopic composition.

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Authors thank Head, MP & CED, BARC & his colleagues for providing the samples. Authors thank Head, IADD, BARC, Mr. A. Agarwal, Officer-in-Charge, FOTIA, IADD, BARC and FOTIA Operation Crews for their help during the experiment on PIGE. Authors thank ACD, BARC for analytical support using ICP-OES work. This manuscript is the part of the PhD thesis work of Mr. Sk Wasim Raja under HBNI, DAE.

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Raja, S.W., Acharya, R. & Pujari, P.K. Application of PIGE method for quantification of total boron in neutron absorbers and shielding materials and isotopic composition in in-house prepared enriched boron carbide samples. J Radioanal Nucl Chem (2020).

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  • PIGE
  • Total boron concentration
  • In situ current normalization
  • Neutron absorber
  • Neutron shielding
  • Isotopic composition