Procedures for determining traces of calcium, titanium, vanadium, chromium, iron, copper, niobium, molybdenum and tungsten
in tantalum are described utilizing 11 MeV proton activation. The instrumental method of analysis with the use of a Ge(Li)
detector and the radiochemical separation of the corresponding fractions are described. The formula for the calculation of
the concentration of traces with the use of thick target yields is given. Experimental data on the thick target yields of
radioisotopes44Sc,52Mn,56Co,65Zn,93mMo,96Tc are presented. Based on the experimental data, the detection limits are estimated at 1–10 ppb for the above mentioned metal
traces in tantalum. The successful solution of the task of the simultaneous determination of nine elements in tantalum confirms
the wide applicability of proton activation analysis.