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  • 1 University of Sofia Radiochemical Laboratory, Faculty of Chemistry (Bulgaria)
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Abstract  

The possibility to use the most intensive gamma-peak of239Np for INAA of uranium with epithermal neutrons and high resolution Ge(Li)-spectrometry is evaluated. A way for calculation of the peak area of overlapping peaks of153Sm and239Np is proposed. This can be used in other similar cases in the practice of NAA. On this basis a scheme for NAA of uranium in geological objects is proposed. Lower detection limit is 8·10−8 g U the precision 5–10% (relative standard deviation). The accuracy is demonstrated by the analysis of some geological standard reference materials.