Faculty Advisor

Medich, David Christopher

Abstract

Neutron activation analysis (NAA) allows for precise and accurate measurements of isotope concentrations within a sample. The technique is versatile in its applications in nuclear research, materials science, etc. A major constraint in NAA is calibration time, which currently requires a full sample activation and gamma spectroscopy analysis. This project addresses calibration time by applying a programmatic activation function that allows for instantaneous flux measurement of the generator. The iterative method discussed in this report shows promise to reduce calibration time to a fraction of the current industry standard while maintaining high accuracy and precision.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

2020-05-16

Major

Physics

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Physics

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