Determination of arsenic in germanium by the combination of isotope dilution and activation analysis
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The determination of arsenic by activation analysis in germanium may be disturbed by arsenic isotopes formed in the irradiation of the germanium matrix itself. The isotopic dilution technique will eliminate such interferences, but it requires weighing of very small masses of arsenic, after appropriate chemical separation. This weighing procedure can be avoided if the mass of the recovered arsenic is determined by activation analysis. In order to apply such a procedure, a known amount of arsenic labelled with76As, whose specific activity is also known, is added to the germanium sample to be analysed. The sample is processed, the arsenic separated, and the chemical yield established. The recovered mass of arsenic is then determined by activation analysis applying the classical isotopic dilution analysis formula. The accuracy precision and linearity of the method are discussed.
KeywordsArsenic Germanium Activation Analysis Isotopic Dilution Chemical Yield
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