Authors:R. Mortier, C. Vandecasteele, J. Hertogen, and J. Hoste
The determination of boron in rocks by charged particle activation using the10B(d, n)11C reaction is studied. A sample holder that allows reproducible irradiation of powdered samples is developed.11C is separated as11CO2. For boron concentrations between 2.35 and 25.2 μg·g−1, the standard deviations ranges from 7.1 to 22.8%. The results for USGS reference silicate rocks and Moroccan phosphate rock
are compared to those obtained by other techniques.
Authors:R. Mortier, C. Vandecasteele, J. Hoste, and F. den Hartog
The determination of boron in magnesium oxide using the10B/p, /7Be,10B/d, n/7Be, and10B/d, n/11C reactions is described. Lithium interferes the nuclear reactions leading to beryllium-7. Combination of a proton and deuteron irradiation, each followed by measurement of the induced beryllium-7 activity, allows a simultaneous determination of boron and lithium. The10B/d, n/11C reaction is free from nuclear interferences. The boron concentration ranges from 1.5 to 850 g g–1. The results obtained by the two methods are in good agreement.