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activation analysis

Syllabification: ac·ti·va·tion a·nal·y·sis
Pronunciation: /ˌaktəˈvāSH(ə)n əˌnaləsəs
 
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Definition of activation analysis in English:

noun

Chemistry
A technique of analysis in which atoms of a particular element in a sample are made radioactive, typically by irradiation with neutrons, and their concentration is then determined radiologically.
Example sentences
  • The major-oxide compositions were established by X-ray fluorescence, and trace and rare earth elements by instrumental neutron activation analysis, and ICP analysis.
  • It is usually the case in neutron activation analysis that both unknown samples and standard materials containing known elemental concentrations are irradiated with thermal neutrons in a nuclear reactor.
  • Neutron activation analysis is a method of producing radioisotopes in very small samples of a material.

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