Neutron activation analysis of iron meteorites

Naoki Shirai*, Yoshihiro Hidaka, Akira Yamaguchi, Shun Sekimoto, Mitsuru Ebihara, Hideyasu Kojima

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A simple and effective instrumental neutron activation analysis for iron meteorites is presented in this study. In order to design the analytical procedure, self-absorption of gamma-rays on samples, interfering nuclides and their respective reactions were examined. Seventeen elements (Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Ga, Ge, As, Mo, Ru, Rh, Sb, W, Re, Os, Ir, Pt and Au) could be nondestructively determined in Canyon Diablo and Cape York iron meteorites. Our data of these two iron meteorites are consistent with the corresponding literature values. This study confirms that our analytical procedure with INAA is simple and effective in classification of iron meteorites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1375-1380
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Feb
Externally publishedYes


  • Classification of iron meteorites
  • INAA
  • Iron meteorites
  • Self-absorption of gamma-rays

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Pollution
  • Spectroscopy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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