The k0-standardization of NAA: germs, launch, breakthrough—on stage and in the wings
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An account is given of the historical development of the k0-standardization of neutron activation analysis: starting from its first germs, logically leading to its launch and subsequently to its breakthrough. Emphasis is put on the pioneering role, both in the wings and on stage, of the two key laboratories involved in this process, namely the nuclear-analytical departments of the KFKI (Central Research Institute for Physics, Budapest, Hungary) and the INW (Institute for Nuclear Sciences, Gent, Belgium).
Keywordsk0-Standardization k0-Method Neutron activation analysis NAA KFKI-Budapest INW-Gent
The author has written this paper for Igna. This review dealing with the germs, launch and breakthrough of the k0-method is fully dedicated to András Simonits, who left us way too early on March 14, 2018. I could not have wished a better colleague and friend. From the bottom of my heart I want to address to him the same words as those he wrote to me in his Thesis: “To become noted scientist is simple if someone is fortunate enough to have such a talented and devoted friend like you, whom I thank everything to. With love and appreciation”.
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