Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Determination of contamination in rare earth materials by prompt gamma activation analysis
- Author(s): Perry, D.L.
- English, G.A.
- Firestone, R.B.
- Molnar, G.L.
- Revay, Zs.
- et al.
Prompt gamma activation analysis (PGAA) has been used to detect and quantify impurities in the analyses of rare earth (RE) oxides. The analytical results are discussed with respect to the importance of having a thorough identification and understanding of contaminant elements in these compounds regarding the function of the materials in their various applications. Also, the importance of using PGAA to analyze materials in support of other physico-chemical studies of the materials is discussed, including the study of extremely low concentrations of ions such as the rare earth ions themselves in bulk material matrices.