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High-sensitivity HPGe gamma-spectrometry analysis of radionuclides in Martian meteorites

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Analysis of cosmogenic radionuclides in Martian meteorites is a great radioanalytical challenge because of the high scientific value of these meteorites, and necessity to apply non-destructive methods of analysis, e.g., low-level gamma-ray spectrometry. The measured 54Mn, 22Na, and 26Al levels in two fragments of the Tissint meteorite, a recent fall (18 July 2011), were 0.9, 1.1 and 0.6 Bq/kg in average. The high 22Na/26Al activity ratio (1.89 ± 0.05) measured in the larger sample (908.7 g) indicates an unsaturated production of 26Al in the Tissint meteorite.

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The Bratislava group acknowledges a support provided by the Slovak Grant Agencies VEGA (project No. 1/0783/14) and APVV (project No. APVV-0516-10), as well as by the EU Research and Development Operational Program funded by the ERDF (projects No. 26240120012, 26240120026, and 26240220004). We thank L. Ferriére and F. Brandstätter (NHM Vienna) for help with the samples.

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Povinec, P.P., Sýkora, I., Kováčik, A. et al. High-sensitivity HPGe gamma-spectrometry analysis of radionuclides in Martian meteorites. J Radioanal Nucl Chem 307, 2403–2407 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10967-015-4523-5

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