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Nuclear Reaction Analysis (NRA) and Particle-Induced Gamma-Ray Emission (PIGE)

Ion-Beam Techniques

  1. Michael Kokkoris

Published Online: 12 OCT 2012

DOI: 10.1002/0471266965.com093.pub2

Characterization of Materials

Characterization of Materials

How to Cite

Kokkoris, M. 2012. Nuclear Reaction Analysis (NRA) and Particle-Induced Gamma-Ray Emission (PIGE). Characterization of Materials. 1–18.

Author Information

  1. National Technical University of Athens, Department of Physics, Zografou Campus, Athens, Greece

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 12 OCT 2012

Abstract

Recent developments in the field of ion beam analysis (IBA) have rendered nuclear reaction analysis (NRA) and particle-induced gamma-ray emission (PIGE) as two of the most promising techniques for the quantitative analysis and concentration depth profiling of light isotopes in complex matrices. This article summarizes the basic principles of both techniques, their strong points and weaknesses, as well as, the practical aspects for their implementation, including equipment and software packages. Moreover, special emphasis is put on the crucial issue of differential cross-section libraries and evaluations.

Keywords:

  • nuclear reaction analysis;
  • NRA;
  • ion beam analysis;
  • IBA;
  • particle induced gamma-ray emission;
  • PIGE