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Charged particle activation studies on the surface of LDEF spacecraftHigh energy proton induced nuclear reaction products are examined using seven elements, namely: Al, Si, Ni, Co, Zr, Ta, and W. Activities were detected due to Na-22 from Al, Co-56 from Ni, Co-58 from Cu, and Y-88 from Zr targets. No induced activity was observed in Si, Ta, and W, most probably due to the long cooling times. Only Zr sample contained a weak Be-7 peak, although Ta and W were also located at the leading edge of the spacecraft. Gamma rays of individual isotopes were measured using high resolution Ge(Li) solid state detector coupled to 4096 multichannel analyzer. Activities were calculated for Co-56 (846 keV) and Co-57 (122 and 136 keV's) at the time of the entry of the spacecraft and found to be 0.014 + or - c/sec g, 0.018 + or - 0.002 c/sec g, and 0.0024 + or - 0.0007 c/sec g, respectively.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Olmez, Ilhan
(Massachusetts Inst. of Tech. Cambridge., United States)
Burns, Forrest
(Army Materials Technology Lab. Watertown, MA., United States)
Sagalyn, Paul L.
(Army Materials Technology Lab. Watertown, MA., United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
June 1, 1991
Publication Information
Publication: NASA, Langley Research Center, First LDEF Post-Retrieval Symposium Abstracts
Subject Category
Atomic And Molecular Physics
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Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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