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Determination of Elements in SRM Soil 2709a by Neutron Activation Analysis



Rick L. Paul, Elizabeth A. Mackey, Rolf L. Zeisler, Rabia Oflaz, Bryan E. Tomlin


A combination of instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) and prompt gamma-ray activation analysis (PGAA) was used to value assign 35 elements in SRM soil 2709a (San Joaquin Soil). INAA with counting of short-lived radioisotopes was used for determination of Al, Au, Ca, Dy, K, Mg, Mn, Na, Ti, and V. Elements determined by INAA with counting of intermediate and long-lived radioisotopes included As, Ba, Ce, Co, Cr, Cs, Eu, Fe, Hf, La, Lu, Nd, Rb, Sb, Sc, Sm, Sr, Ta, Tb, Yb, Zn, and Zr. Thermal neutron PGAA was used for the determination of H, B, Si, K, Ti, Mn, Fe, Cd and Gd. Expanded uncertainties were determined for all values reported.
Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry


activation analysis, prompt gamma rays, Standard Reference Materials, quality assurance, soils
Created December 1, 2009, Updated March 29, 2017