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  • 1 Institute for Nuclear Physics of the Academy of Sciences of the Kazakh SSR Alma-Ata USSR
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The applicability of instrumental activation analysis by the conversion radiation of impurities in matrices with high specific gamma-activity has been studied. An iron-free toroidal magnetic β-spectrometer with 2 per cent resolution and 20 per cent transmission for 4 was used for measurement. The spectrometer was made at the Activation Analysis Laboratory of the Academy of Sciences of the Kazakh SSR. Comparative gamma- and beta-spectra of samples of amorphous selenium thin films with palladium, cadmium, indium and mercury impurities were obtained. It was established that the analysis by the spectra of internal conversion electrons enables to increase the detection sensitivity of these elements in selenium as compared to the gamma-spectrometric method. The procedure of mercury determination in amorphous selenium films was developed and by this method the investigation of the dependence of photoconductive properties of the film upon the total mercury content and its distribution on the film surface was carried out.