Large sample neutron activation analysis of irregular-shaped pottery artifacts

T. Vasilopoulou, I. E. Stamatelatos, E. H. Montoya, P. S. Bedregal, I. Tsalafoutas, P. Bode

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The large sample neutron activation analysis (LSNAA) method developed at NCSR “Demokritos” for large and irregular-shaped objects was applied for the analysis of a Peruvian pottery artifact with the shape of an animal. The correction factors required for neutron self-shielding and gamma-ray self-attenuation within the sample material were derived through Monte Carlo simulations using the MCNP code, based on an accurate model obtained by computerized tomography X-ray scanning. The LSNAA results were compared with those from conventional instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) and a very good agreement was observed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)853-858
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Acknowledgments This work was supported by the International Atomic Energy Agency under Coordinated Research Project Agreement CRP-14565.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2014, Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, Hungary.


  • Large sample
  • Neutron activation analysis
  • Pottery artifact


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