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Neutron Activation Analysis 

Neutron Activation Analysis (NAA) is a non-destructive technique for specialized analysis of liquid and solid samples. Analysis is conducted using a miniature nuclear reactor, SLOWPOKE-2, housed at SRC Environmental Analytical Laboratories.

NAA involves analyzing uranium in certain sample matrices and organic halides analysis. Alternate techniques are available for these tests, but SLOWPOKE-2 has the advantages of being a non-destructive technique and requiring little sample preparation.

Options available for parameters and sample matrices:

Uranium

  • Groundwater and surface water
    • Inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS)
  • Mining liquids 
    • ICP-MS or SLOWPOKE-2
  • Soil, sediments, biological tissue, vegetation
    • ICP-MS
  • Mining exploration samples
    • ICP-MS
    • SLOWPOKE-2
    • Titrimetric (>5% U3O8)

Total Thorium

  • ICP-MS or SLOWPOKE-2

Total Organic Halides (TOX) and Extractable Organic Halides (EOX)

  • SLOWPOKE-2
Contact us to discuss your analysis objectives and we’ll provide you with the necessary tools.