Determination of strontium in biological materials by charged-particle activation analysis using the stable isotope dilution method
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In order to apply the stable-isotope dilution method to charged-particle activation analysis, determination of strontium in biological materials has been studied by proton activation using isotopically enriched86Sr as a spike. To avoid thermal decomposition of biological materials due to the low penetrating power of proton beam, and to eliminate interfering nuclear reactions due to the matrix elements, strontium in the sample and/or isotopic mixture as a comparator was separated chemically together with most of calcium before bombardment, and the fraction isolated was converted to a silica-gel pellet as a most suitable physical and chemical form for bombardment. By processing as above, it was demonstrated that the strontium contents in the biological materials can be determined accurately, precisely and easily. Through a series of experiments, the method was also proved to be applicable for charged-particle activation analysis.
KeywordsCalcium Matrix Element Thermal Decomposition Stable Isotope Strontium
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