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Improvements in the PIGE technique via gamma-ray angular distribution

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Pestana Allegro, Paula Rangel [1] ; Rizzutto, Marcia de Almeida [1] ; Medina, Nilberto Heder [1]
Total Authors: 3
[1] Univ Sao Paulo, Inst Phys, BR-05508090 Sao Paulo, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 1
Document type: Journal article
Source: Microchemical Journal; v. 126, p. 287-295, MAY 2016.
Web of Science Citations: 3

Particle induced gamma-ray emission (PIGE) is an ion beam technique used for isotopic elemental analysis of materials, based on gamma-ray spectroscopy. In the traditional PIGE setup, the gamma-ray detector is positioned at the neutral angles 55 degrees or 125 degrees with respect to the beam direction in order to measure gamma-rays with different angular distributions. Although these angles permit measurements without an a-priori knowledge of the specific angular distributions, this choice is not efficient if one wants to identify a specific element since a longer acquisition time is needed. In this work, we propose to optimize the PIGE measurements by choosing the detector angle position due to the previous knowledge of the gamma-ray multipolarity and the nuclear reaction. We present the angular distribution calculations for the isotopes most frequently identified by PIGE analysis, specially in Cultural Heritage objects. Calculations demonstrate that a gain in the intensity up to 70% can be achieved allowing the elemental identification in shorter times. This result is promising and represents a more efficient alternative to perform PIGE measurements. (C) 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 13/19976-8 - Characterization of cultural heritage materials using non destructive ion beam analysis
Grantee:Paula Rangel Pestana Allegro
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate