The Application of Neutron Activation Analysis to the Determination of Copper in Minerais

CIM Bulletin, 1970

H. P. DIBBS, Research Scientist, Mineral Sciences Section, Mines Branch, Dept. of Energy, Mines and Resources, Ottawa, Canada

An account is given of the application of neutron activation analysis to the rapid, non-destructive determination of copper in minerais, using a 14-MeV neutron source. Elements that interfere in the determination of copper by this method are given, together with the errors in t he estimation of copper t hat result from the presence of varying amounts of these elements. The possible use of a compact "sealed-tube" 14-MeV neutron generator for the field assay of copper in minerais is discussed.
Keywords: analysis, copper, Decay, energy, Estimation of Copper Content., gamma radiation, neutron activation analysis, neutron generator, Generators, Neutron activation, Radiation