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Abstract  

The Si determination with epithermal neutrons using the reaction28Si (n,p)28Al is described. Thermal neutrons are eliminated from the irradiation position with a BN-shield. Two first order interfering reactions with P and with Al necessitate appropriate corrections. The interfering reaction on Al is shown to depend heavily on the hydrogen (H) content of the sample, which therefore must be taken into account. The lower application range in plant samles is estimated to be 500 g g–1. Reproducibility is <5% in suitable cases, but not as good if the necessary corrections are large. The capacity is 25 samples per 8 h. The method is applied to 3 plant standards (rice, hay and pine needles) and to 47 samples of spruce needles. The applicability to different plant materials is mainly limited by their relative Al, P and Si concentrations. Literature values are use to find plant categories in which Si can be reasonably determined by instrumental epithermal neutron activation analysis (IENA).

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Journal of Radionalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Language English
Size A4
Year of
Foundation
1968
Volumes
per Year
1
Issues
per Year
12
Founder Akadémiai Kiadó
Founder's
Address
H-1117 Budapest, Hungary 1516 Budapest, PO Box 245.
Publisher Akadémiai Kiadó
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
Publisher's
Address
H-1117 Budapest, Hungary 1516 Budapest, PO Box 245.
CH-6330 Cham, Switzerland Gewerbestrasse 11.
Responsible
Publisher
Chief Executive Officer, Akadémiai Kiadó
ISSN 0236-5731 (Print)
ISSN 1588-2780 (Online)