Grant, Charles N.; Lalor, Gerald C.; Preston, John; Rattray, Robin; Vutchkov,Mitko K.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
The International Centre for Environmental and Nuclear Sciences (ICENS)
Neutron activation analysis with the slowpoke reactor in Jamaica
Jamaican Journal of Science and Technology
Date of Publication
The International Centre for Environmental and Nuclear Sciences (ICENS) operates a small nuclear reactor the Canadian-made SLOWPOKE 2, with a maximum operating flux of 1 x 10 neutrons cm-2 s-1. The flux is remarkably stable. The reactor is being used mainly for Neutron Activation Analysis (NAA) and the system now has the capability of determining 55 elements with useful detection limits. The data are being applied as part of a programme to develop computer readable geochemical databases for applications which include: agriculture, animal and human health, land use planning, and the assessment of natural resources. The methodology is described and the distributions of aluminium, chromium, iodine and zinc in Jamaican soils are presented as examples of typical results.....