Neutron Activation Analysis of Soil Samples from Different Parts of Edirne in Turkey(*)

Zaim N., Dogan C., Camtakan Z.

JOURNAL OF APPLIED SPECTROSCOPY, cilt.83, ss.271-276, 2016 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 83 Konu: 2
  • Basım Tarihi: 2016
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1007/s10812-016-0280-7
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.271-276


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.