High resolution gamma-ray spectra of some common elements irradiated with 14-MeV neutrons
Previous studies of gamma ray spectra for different elements have been made by others using NaI(T1) (thallium activated, sodium iodide) detectors. This study has been done using a Ge(Li) (lithium drifted germanium) detector. Ge(Li) detectors feature much better energy resolution than do NaI(Tl) detectors. Using a Ge(Li) detector enables one to detect gamma rays closely spaced in energy that ordinarily would be unidentifiable due to the much poorer energy resolution of the NaI(Tl) detectors.Gamma ray spectra from 31 elements irradiated with 14-MeV neutrons have been examined, analyzed, and catalogued. These spectra can be used in the future as an aid in identifying elements using neutron activation analysis.