Feasibility of using “Off-The-Shelf” clinical linac for soil multi-elemental instrumental photon activation analysis
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“Off-the-shelf” clinical linear electron accelerators (LINAC) have been suggested as alternative to research accelerators once they are no longer suitable for the medical applications. We investigated feasibility of utilising a modified LINAC for instrumental photon activation analysis (IPAA) as a tool in environmental geochemistry studies. The IPAA results were compared with those obtained using a MT-25 research accelerator at Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia. To investigate soil pollution in Antalya, Turkey, 90 surface soil samples were analysed and significant enrichments of Ni, Cr and As were found.
KeywordsAntalya soil Linear accelerator Photon activation analysis Photon source
This was TS’s last work with her mentor O.D.M who was a great radio analytical chemist, thinker and mentor. Authors thank to Chinzorig Bat for his hard work during the sampling and to Prof. Erik Jeppesen for his valuable comments and corrections throughout manuscript preparation. The project was fully funded by BIDEB-2221 program, TUBITAK, Project # 97883784/604.99/. Reviewers’ comments and suggestions greatly improved discussions and quality of this work.
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