Lalor, Gerald C; Vutchkov, Mitko K.; Grant, Charles N.; Preston, John
Author Affiliation, Ana.
International Centre for Environmental and Nuclear Sciences
Standardisation of the SLOWPOKE-2 reactor in Jamaica for routine neutron activation analysis
Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Date of Publication
The International Centre for Environmental and Nuclear Sciences (ICENS) has been involved in conducting multipurpose geochemical surveys, the results of which were published in A Geochemical Atlas of Jamaican Soils. The primary analytical tool for these studies was neutron activation analysis (NAA) using the SLOWPOKE-2 reactor at the Centre. The neutron flux of the SLOWPOKE-2 reactor is extremely stable, thus allowing a semi-absolute method for quantitative NAA. This has several advantages, but requires preparation and measurement of the single- or multi-element standards for each gamma-spectroscopy system (GSS). The NAA laboratory at ICENS operates three GSSs. The primary ('master') GSS was standardized using single element standards for over 50 elements naturally occurring in most geological and biological materials. The standardization of the secondary GSS's was achieved by transferring of the elemental sensitivities of the master GSS using an instrumentation-free standardization approach. The paper describes the implementation of this methodology and its utilization in the routine analytical work.....