Determination of trace halogens in rock samples by radiochemical neutron activation analysis coupled with the k0-standardization method

Hiromasa Ozaki, Mitsuru Ebihara

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Radiochemical neutron activation analysis coupled with the k0-standardization method (k0-RNAA method) was applied to silicate rock samples for the simultaneous determination of trace halogens (Cl, Br and I). Analytical results obtained by the k0-RNAA method for geological standard rocks and meteorite samples agreed with those determined by the conventional comparison method conducted in the same set of experiments, suggesting that the k0-RNAA method is as reliable as the conventional method. Our data for these samples are in good agreement with their literature values except for rare cases. Detection limits calculated under the present experimental condition are sufficiently low for Cl and Br but not for I for typical geologic and meteoritic samples. The k0-RNAA method coupled with longer neutron-irradiation is expected to yield satisfactorily low detection limits for halogens including I in these samples.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)384-391
Number of pages8
JournalAnalytica Chimica Acta
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Feb 5
Externally publishedYes



  • Cosmochemical samples
  • Geological samples
  • Halogens
  • k-Standardization
  • Radiochemical neutron activation analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy

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