The α term is a primary parameter that is used to indicate the deviation of the epithermal neutron distribution in the k 0-standardization method of neutron activation analysis, k 0-NAA. The calculation of α using a mathematical procedure is a challenge for some researchers. The calculation of α by the "bare-triple monitor" method is possible using the dedicated commercial software KAYZERO®/SOLCOI®. However, when this software is not available in the laboratory it is possible to carry out the calculation of α applying a simple iterative linear regression using any spreadsheets. This approach is described in this paper. The experimental data used in the example were obtained by the irradiation of a set of suitable monitors in the NAA #1 irradiation channel of the HANARO research reactor (KAERI, Korea). The results obtained by this iterative linear regression method agree well with the results calculated by the validated mathematical method.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Analytical Chemistry
- Nuclear Energy and Engineering
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
- Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis