Induced-Activity Method for Analysis of Rocks and Groundwaters

  • V. I. FerronskyEmail author
Part of the Springer Geophysics book series (SPRINGERGEOPHYS)


Recent developments in nuclear geophysics have led to a fundamentally new method, namely, the method of induced activity or activation analysis. Activation analysis has a very high sensitivity, which for certain elements, exceeds the sensitivity of all older methods. It can often be used to analyse multi-component specimens and to determine simultaneously the contents of several elements in a sample. The principle of the method is based on bombardment of the analysed material with nuclear particles. This process is accompanied by nuclear reactions resulting in formation of radioactive isotopes. Activation analysis is used to determine the amount of a very broad range of elements. Fundamentals of the theory and laboratory analysis of sediments for aluminium and silicon are discussed in this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Water Problems Institute of the Russian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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