Neutron activation analysis of soil samples from different parts of edirne in Turkey

Zaim N., Dogan C., Camtakan Z.

Journal of Applied Spectroscopy, vol.83, no.2, pp.271-276, 2016 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 83 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10812-016-0280-7
  • Journal Name: Journal of Applied Spectroscopy
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.271-276
  • Keywords: neutron activation analysis, gamma spectroscopy, heavy element, soil sample, ROADSIDE SOIL
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


© 2016 Springer Science+Business Media New York.The concentrations of constituent elements were determined in soil samples collected from different parts of the Maritza Basin, Edirne, Turkey. Neutron activation analysis, an extremely accurate technique, and the comparator method (using a standard) were applied for the first time in this region. After preparing the soil samples for neutron activation analysis, they were activated with thermal neutrons in a nuclear reactor, TRIGA-MARK II, at Istanbul Technical University. The activated samples were analyzed using a high-efficiency high-purity germanium detector, and gamma spectrometry was employed to determine the elemental concentration in the samples. Eight elements (chromium, manganese, cobalt, zinc, arsenic, molybdenum, cadmium, and barium) were qualitatively and quantitatively identified in 36 samples. The concentrations of some elements in the soil samples were high compared with values reported in the literature.