Use of neutron reflection method for chemical analysis of bulk samples

  • Attila Papp
  • Julius Csikai


The aim of our study carried out during the last 5–6 years was to find the hidden organic materials (for example explosives or drugs) in bulk objects with the neutron reflection and activation methods. The applicability of the concept of the differential σ β and integral Σβ reflection cross sections is also demonstrated. Further investigations are also recommended to improve the neutron reflection method.


Neutron activation Neutron reflection Illicit drugs Landmines Diffusion lengths 



This work was supported in part by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the TÁMOP-4.2.2/B-10/1–2010-0024 project, which is co-financed by the European Union, the European Social Fund. Thanks are due also to the EC-JRC-IRMM (Geel) and the UN IAEA Physics Section for their help and interest in these investigations.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Nuclear Research of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (ATOMKI)Debrecen, Pf. 51Hungary
  2. 2.Institute of Experimental PhysicsUniversity of Debrecen (IEP)Debrecen-10, Pf. 105Hungary

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