Quantitative aspects of neutron activation analysis and isotope production with a small reactor
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The use of “small” research reactors with applicable thermal neutron fluxes of ≤1012.cm−2.s−1 in (instrumental) activation analysis based on γ-spectrometry, and in isotope production for radiotracer experiments is surveyed on the absis of the experience at ECN, Petten, The Netherlands and elsewhere. The aim is to provide a practical guideline for the application of “small” reactors in both fields. Reproducibility and knowledge of the physical parameters of irradiation and counting are essential and thus the first task of the radioanalyst. Emphasis is laid on the use of short-lived radionuclides. This implies the elimination of an additional source of bias in γ-spectrometry. Some suggestions are made on eventual projects of current interest.
KeywordsInorganic Chemistry Radionuclide Physical Parameter Activation Analysis Neutron Activation
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