Implementation of the k0-NAA method by using k0-IAEA software and the NAA#3 irradiation hole at the HANARO research reactor

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This study intended to demonstrate the use of k0-IAEA software with the NAA#3 irradiation hole in the HANARO research reactor and the gamma-ray spectrometers at the NAA laboratory in the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI). NIST SRM 2586-Soil was chosen as a sample to validate the analytical protocol by using the k0-IAEA software. Twenty four elements were determined and the resultant deviations between the experimental results and the certified values were all within 10% except for Dy. In addition, an analysis of three types of synthetic multielement standards (SMELS) prepared by the Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) and Institute of Nuclear Science (INW) in Belgium was executed. The analytical results agreed well with the assigned values and the U-scores for most of the elements were lower than 2.

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