Comparison of Mainframe and Minicomputer Spectral Analysis Codes in the Activation Analysis of Geological Samples
In recent years, small laboratory computers for the acquisition and reduction of gamma-ray spectra have increased in capacity, speed and versatility to the point that they are comparable in many capabilities to the main frame computers of a few years ago. Several computer-based gamma-ray spectrometer systems using computers having memories of 256 kilobytes and hard disk bulk storage devices are now available. Generally supplied with these systems are applications software packages for gamma-ray spectra peak location and peak area determination. There has been a question among gamma-ray spectroscopists as to whether or not any of these codes are as accurate as the vintage main frame computer codes which have been the mainstay of gamma-ray spectroscopy for the past ten to fifteen years. This paper presents a comparison study of one of the most widely used main frame codes, GAMANL, and the applications software supplied with the Nuclear Data 6620 gamma-ray spectroscopy system.
KeywordsHand Calculation Application Software Package Peak Area Determination Clean Clean Lower Percent Deviation
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