Journal of Radioanalytical Chemistry

, Volume 62, Issue 1–2, pp 307–364 | Cite as

A compilation of X- and gamma-ray sensitivities from isotopes produced by the (n, γ) reaction for utilization in instrumental neutron activation analysis

  • S. Habib
  • M. J. Minski
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A comprehensive compilation of X- and γ-ray emitting isotopes produced by the (n, γ) reaction is reported in this paper for application to instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA). The X- and γ-ray sensitivities are computed theoretically by a computer code. Interfering photons from isotopes of neighbouring elements are identified by the code and the percentage interference is computed. Additionally an advantage factor (X-ray: γ-ray sensitivity) is computed, which is a figure of merit for X-ray spectroscopy in INAA. Further, mathematical representation of background continua for typical matrices encountered in INAA allow the calculation of elemental detection limits for the X-ray and γ-ray photons.


Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis Background Continuum Advantage Factor Comprehensive Compilation Minimum Detectable Signal 
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© Akadémiai Kiadó 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Habib
    • 1
  • M. J. Minski
    • 1
  1. 1.University of London Reactor CentreAscot(England)

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