PIGE analysis of magnesium and beryllium

M. Fonseca, A. P. Jesus, H. Luís, R. Mateus, J. Cruz, L. Gasques, D. Galaviz, J. P. Ribeiro

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In this work, we present an alternative method for PIGE analysis of magnesium and beryllium in thick samples. This method is based on the ERYA - Emitted Radiation Yield Analysis - code, which integrates the nuclear reaction excitation function along the depth of the sample. For this purpose, the excitations functions of the 25Mg(p,p′γ)25Mg (Eγ = 585 keV) and 9Be(p,γ)10B (Eγ = 718 keV) reactions were employed. Calculated gamma-ray yields were compared, at several proton energy values, with experimental yields for thick samples made of inorganic compounds containing magnesium or beryllium. The agreement is better than 5%. Taking into consideration the experimental uncertainty of the measured yields and the errors related to the stopping power values, this agreement shows that effects as the beam energy straggling, ignored in the calculation, seem to play a minor role.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1806-1808
Number of pages3
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
Issue number11-12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2010
Event19th International Conference on Ion Beam Analysis - Cambridge, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 Sept 200911 Sept 2009


  • PIGE
  • Quantitative thick sample analysis


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