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  • 1 University of Illinois Department of Nuclear Engineering 103 S. Goodwin Ave 214 NEL Urbana IL 61801 USA
  • 2 Dalhousie University Department of Chemistry Halifax Nova Scotia Canada
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Abstract  

During the past decade we have determined the concentrations of a variety of trace elements in the Arctic aerosol by using themal and epithemal neutron activation analysis (NAA). More recently we have employed Compton suppression NAA to lower the detection limits for radionuclides that are characteristic of single or mainly single gamma-ray emission. Using these various methods, we have been able to use elements such as indium and silicon. Furthermore we have achieved extremely low detection limits for iodine, arsenic and antimony. The usefulness of these NAA methods are discussed in a large sampling program that incorporates more than one thousand samples.