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on the determination of iridium in diverse geological samples employing hpge-coincidence/nai(tl)-anticoincidence spectrometryThis paper reports the Ir content of a variety of geological samples determined by the high-purity Ge-coincidence/NaI(Tl)-anticoincidence gamma-ray spectrometry (henceforth referred to as coincidence/anticoincidence technique) and by the conventional INAA. The advantages of this technique are: (1) the Ir content of the samples is obtained (ppm to a fraction of ppb ranges) not only by the 468.1 keV peak as in the conventional INAA but also by the 784.6 keV and 920.9 keV sum peaks, which gives more confidence in the values obtained; and (2) it is well suited for the samples with high Compton background for which it is difficult to measure the Ir content by the conventional INAA technique. The practical sensitivity of this technique depends on the sample matrix. Under present experimental conditions, it varied from 0.1 ng for Mn nodules and 0.004 ng for Libyan Desert Glass. Iridium values obtained on small (about 1 microg) olivine grains demonstrate the potential application of this new technique to microsamples. The principle and methodology of this new technique as well as its advantages and disadvantages over the conventional INAA are discussed.
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Murali, A. V.
(Lunar and Planetary Institute Houston, TX, United States)
Parekh, P. P.
(New York State, Dept. of Health; New York, State University Albany, United States)
Cumming, J. B.
(Brookhaven National Laboratory Upton, NY, United States)
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August 14, 2013
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March 1, 1990
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Publication: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
Volume: 54
ISSN: 0016-7037
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