Lyon, W. S. Analytical Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
Last reviewed:August 2019
- Neutron method
- Measurement techniques
- Charged-particle method
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A technique in which a neutron, charged particle, or gamma photon is captured by a stable nuclide to produce a different, radioactive nuclide which is then measured. The technique is specific, highly sensitive, and applicable to almost every element in the periodic table. Because of these advantages, activation analysis has been applied to chemical identification problems in many fields of interest.
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