The nuclear microprobe as a tool in geology and mineral exploration

C. G. Ryan*, W. L. Griffin

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Abstract

The nuclear microprobe is ideally suited to the microanalysis of geological samples where trace element quantitative microanalysis and imaging are essential. This review samples the broad application of nuclear microprobe methods in geological research that make use of the quantitative analysis capabilities of particle-induced X-ray emission (PIXE) and nuclear reaction analysis (NRA). It also discusses improvements in this technology, such as quantitative elemental imaging, and the potential of new nuclear microprobe techniques, such as channeling contrast microscopy (CCM) and ionoluminescence (IL), that complement PIXE and NRA and are being applied to geological problems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)381-398
Number of pages18
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
Volume77
Issue number1-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 1993
Externally publishedYes

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