The purpose of this study was to define experimentally the sensitivity of determination for 63 different elements by 14 MeV
neutron activation, with a 150 kV Cockroft-Walton accelerator at a neutron flux of 2·108 n·cm−2·sec−1 on the sample. The obtained gamma ray spectra are given, and the origin of the photopeaks observed are explained. A maximum
irradiation time of five minutes was used as a convenient experimental limit to obtain the maximum sensitivity, considering,
however, that the tritium target life is limited, and that the time to perform an analysis has to be reasonable. The practical
use of 14 MeV neutron activation analysis is demonstrated by the detection limits obtained.
Authors:M. Cuypers, R. Pietra, E. Sabbioni, and F. Girardi
A method for the measurement of235U in dilute uranium solutions based on Cerenkov radiation is described. It is applicable to solutions treated in fuel element
production where the enrichment factor of the uranium solution is to be known, thus to solutions of uranyl nitrate not containing
other fission products.
Authors:J. Barrandon, L. Quaglia, J. Debrun, M. Cuypers, and G. Robaye
The oxygen and carbon concentrations on metal surfaces were determined by two methods. The first method was based on the detection
of the emitted particles in the12C(d,p)13C and16O(d, p)17O reactions, the second one on the measurement of the induced radioactivities in the12C(d,n)13N and16O(t,n)18F reactions, respectively. The results, obtained by the two different methods for high purity metals, were in agreement. A
type of error which exists in the determination of trace amounts of carbon and oxygen in pure metals by combustion and reductive
fusion was quantitatively demonstrated. This error exists also in the determination of oxygen by 14 MeV neutron bombardment.