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Nuclear and atomic analytical techniques in environmental studies in South America

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Abstract

The use of nuclear analytical techniques for environmental studies in South America is selectively reviewed since the time of earlier works of Lattes with cosmic rays until the recent applications of the PIXE (particle-induced X-ray emission) technique to study air pollution problems in large cities, such as São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The studies on natural radioactivity and fallout from nuclear weapons in South America are briefly examined.

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Paschoa, A.S. Nuclear and atomic analytical techniques in environmental studies in South America. Biol Trace Elem Res 26, 647–660 (1990). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02992721

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  • Environmental studies
  • radioactivity measurements
  • accelerator/reactor-based analytical techniques
  • PIXE