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Advances in Neutron Activation Analysis of Large Objects with Emphasis on Archaeological Examples

Results of a Coordinated Research Project

No. 1838
English IAEA-TECDOC-1838 (ISBN: 978-92-0-100618-9)
72 pages ¦ 11 figures ¦ EUR 18.00 ¦ Date published: 2018



This publication is a compilation of the main results and findings of an IAEA coordinated research project (CRP). In particular, it discusses an innovative variation of neutron activation analysis (NAA) known as large sample NAA (LSNAA). There is no other way to measure the bulk mass fractions of the elements present in a large sample (up to kilograms in mass) non-destructively. Examples amenable to LSNAA include irregularly shaped archaeological artefacts, excavated rock samples, large samples of assorted ore, and finished products, such as nuclear reactor components. Advantages of LSNAA applications, limitations and scientific and technological requirements are described in this publication, which serves as a reference of interest not only to the NAA experts, research reactor personnel, and those considering this technique, but also to various stakeholders and users such as researchers, industrialists, environmental and legal experts, and administrators.

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Nuclear Measurements, Techniques and Instrumentation, Nuclear Activation Analysis, Non-Destructive Testing, Archaeology, Methods, CRP, Coordinated Research Project, NAA, Neutron Activation Analysis, LSNAA, Large Sample NAA, Stakeholder, Research Reactor, Personnel, Member States, Methodology, Measurements, Quality Control, LSPGA, Large Sample Prompt Gamma Analysis, SD, Standard Deviation, Large Objects, Archaeological Examples, Calibration, Compositional Analysis

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