Journal of Radioanalytical Chemistry

, Volume 37, Issue 1, pp 155–168 | Cite as

Determination of lithium by instrumental neutron activation analysis

  • K. Heydorn
  • P. Z. Skanborg
  • R. Gwozdz
  • J. O. Schmidt
  • M. E. Wacks
Fundamental Contributions, Technical Development


The fast transfer system in the DR 2 reactor for irradiation at a thermal neutron flux density of 1013 n·cm−2·sec−1 was used for the determination of lithium by the7Li(n, γ)8Li reaction. β-counting with a large perspex Cerenkov detector begun at 0.3 s after the end of irradiation, and multi-scaler data was accumulated in 300 channels at 0.1 s per channel. With a suitable choice of discrimination level only16N and background interfere, and the 0.84 s half-life of8Li was resolved by the method of weighted least squares. Results are presented for 36 international geochemical reference materials, and for a few biological samples, including BOWEN's kale and the NBS Standard Reference Material 1571 Orchard Leaves.


Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis Irradiation Position Decision Limit Transport Tube Counting Position 
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© Akadémiai Kiadó 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Heydorn
    • 1
  • P. Z. Skanborg
    • 1
  • R. Gwozdz
    • 2
  • J. O. Schmidt
    • 2
  • M. E. Wacks
    • 3
  1. 1.Research Establishment RisøRoskildeDenmark
  2. 2.Institute for PetrologyCopenhagenDenmark
  3. 3.Department of Nuclear EngineeringUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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