The sensitivity of the PIGE analytical technique

R. Mateus, A. P. Jesus, M. Fonseca, H. Luís, J. P. Ribeiro

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The aim of this work is to provide a basis for the estimation of fluorine and lithium contributions to the background of gamma-ray spectra and of their influence on PIGE (Proton-Induced Gamma-Ray Emission) detection limits of lithium, boron, fluorine and sodium. Results for yields and background contributions of lithium and fluorine were obtained from measurements using samples of known composition. Detection limits were determined by extrapolation of those measurements and by calculations based on the inferred background values. Yields were converted in concentrations using the ERYA (Emitted Radiation Yield Analysis) code. This code divides the sample in sublayers parallel to its surface for the integration of the partial gamma-ray yields along the depth of the target.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)340-344
Number of pages5
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2007


  • Ion beam analysis
  • Nuclear reactions
  • PIGE


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