Some Applications of Neutron Resonance Capture Analysis

H. Postma
2005 AIP Conference Proceedings  
The probability for nuclei to capture neutrons reveals sharp peaks, so-called "resonances," which occur at neutron energies specific for each element. These resonances are very suitable for identifying and quantifying elements in objects and materials. They are the basis of an analytical method called "Neutron-Resonance-Capture-Analysis" (NRCA). This is a fully non-destructive method applicable to almost all stable isotopes, which determines the bulk elemental composition, and does not require
more » ... ny sample preparation and results in negligible residual activity. Up to now NRCA has been mostly applied for archaeological applications. In this paper we review the technique and discuss the applicability of the technique in the biomedical field and in material science.
doi:10.1063/1.1945264 fatcat:goscde4awzbinoioborcvm353i