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  • 1 Texas A&M University Center for Trace Characterization, Department of Chemistry 77843 College Station Texas (USA)
  • 2 Haceteppe University Department of Chemistry Ankara Turkey
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Abstract  

A survey has been made on the application of charged particle activation analysis for the detection of traces of medium Z elements (40≤Z≤58, 72, 74) using protons and deuterons of 20 MeV,3He and4He ions of 40 MeV. The product nuclides considered were γ-ray emitting radioisotopes with half lives ranging from 10 min to 3 days. Based on the thick target yields obtained, proton activation was found to provide an optimum compromise between sensitivity and selectivity.