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Samples Using Delayed Neutron Activation Analysis

Abstract: 

A system and method for rapidly analyzing elemental abundances in rock or soil samples (14) under field conditions. The system uses a portable neutron source (12) to allow neutron activation analysis of elements having identifiable radioactive decay characteristics. A radiation detector (18) detects radiation released by the sample (14) and provides radiation testing results to an amplifier (26) for computing the concentration of trace elements in the sample with a high degree of accuracy.

Patent Number: 
6,577,697
Date Of Issue: 
06/10/2003
Inventors: 

English C. Pearcy;Mark S. Jarzemba;James R. Weldy