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Nuclear Analytical Methods

Research activities in the Nuclear Analytical Methods Group are focused on the science that supports the identification and quantitation of chemical species by nuclear analytical techniques. Current laboratory research activities involve the full suite of nuclear analytical techniques including instrumental and radiochemical neutron activation analysis (NAA), prompt gamma-ray activation analysis (PGAA), and neutron depth profiling (NDP), as well as applications of neutron focusing technology for analytical applications. The measurement capabilities that reside within this group provide an excellent complement to those in the Spectrochemical Methods Group in that they depend upon characteristics of the nucleus of the element rather than the electron shells so that any potential method biases differ. Unlike most other techniques of chemical analysis, INAA is nondestructive, that is, does not require sample dissolution.

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