Instrumental photon activation analysis using the linear accelerator at the Naval Postgraduate School
Fisher, Wayne Alan
Buskirk, Fred R.
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Charcoal, charcoal residue, potting soil, aluminum foil, bismuth germinate, and petroleum samples have been investigated using instrumental photon activation analysis (i.e., no radiochemistry). The major and minor elements routinely observed by this nondestructive method were: C, Cl, Ca, Fe, Mg, Si, and K. A comprehensive review of the principles of IPAA was also included in the study. The principles were applied to a theoretical analysis of an oil sample in which the trace element concentrations were known. It was concluded that IPAA is a highly sensitive technique which could be used to fingerprint oils.