Nuclear Reaction Analysis

  • Markus WildeEmail author
  • Katsuyuki Fukutani


Nuclear reaction analysis is a method to quantitatively determine the concentration versus depth distribution of light elements in the near-surface region of solids. To detect a specific nucleus A, the analyzed material is bombarded with a beam of projectile ions (a) at a high energy (100 keV–20 MeV) that is sufficient to overcome the Coulomb repulsion barrier to fuse the nuclei of a and A. Conserving the total energy, the resulting nuclear reaction A(a,b)B forms a new nucleus B and emits secondary particles (b: protons (p), neutrons (n), 4He ions (‘α particles’) and/or γ-photons) with well-defined high (keV-MeV) energies. The presence of nucleus A in the target is then proven by registering such secondary particles (b) or the reaction product (B) with a suitable detector.


Ion beam analysis Light element depth profiling (Resonant) nuclear reaction Hydrogen quantitation Hydrogen dynamics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Industrial ScienceThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan

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