The off-line γ-counting of in-beam activated radionuclides has been explored to extend the detection capabilities of prompt
gamma activation analysis (PGAA). Such combination of the prompt measurement with a subsequent decay-counting is feasible
if radionuclides with half-lives of minutes or hours are produced in the sample during neutron irradiation. Thanks to the
simpler spectrum and the higher counting efficiency of decay counting, both selectivity and sensitivity can be improved. The
pros and cons of the proposed method have been demonstrated on a series of industry-related measurements.