During the first decade since the discovery of the Mössbauer effect, instrumentation and techniques have been developed to a high degree of sophistication. The present instrumentation is the result of many innovations by the researchers in this field, and commercial spectrometers now available are based upon their design. Much work has been done in the development of associated equipment to study Mössbauer sources or absorbers at variable temperatures in an applied magnetic field or at high pressures. Procedures for making sources are well documented for many isotopes, and for the more popular isotopes the sources are available commercially. Backscattering techniques have reduced the problem of sample preparation and opened the way for possible commercial applications. However, the time required to obtain a spectrum is still relatively long, even with high-speed counting systems, and the data processing requires a computer, particularly for the more complicated spectra.


Gamma Radiation Conversion Electron Michelson Interferometer Mossbauer Spectrum Iron Foil 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jon J. Spijkerman
    • 1
  1. 1.National Bureau of StandardsUSA

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