Title: Some Applications of Neutron Resonance Capture Analysis
Citation: AIP Conference Proceedings ND 2004 vol. 769 p. 1393-1396
Publisher: American Institute of Physics
Publication Year: 2005
JRC N°: JRC34260
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC34260
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The probability for nuclei to capture neutrons reveals sharp peaks, so-called "resonances," which occur at neutron energies specific for each element. These resonances are very suitable for identifying and quantifying elements in objects and materials. They are the basis of an analytical method called "Neutron-Resonance-Capture-Analysis" (NRCA). This is a fully non-destructive method applicable to almost all stable isotopes, which determines the bulk elemental composition, and does not require any sample preparation and results in negligible residual activity. Up to now NRCA has been mostly applied for archaeological applications. In this paper we review the technique and discuss the applicability of the technique in the biomedical field and in material science.
JRC Directorate:Health, Consumers and Reference Materials

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