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Non-Destructive Photon Activation Analysis in Paleontology †

Department of Physics, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, SD 57703, USA
Presented at the 1st International Electronic Conference on Geosciences, (IECG 2018), 15–30 June 2018; Available online:
Proceedings 2018, 2(10), 564;
Published: 14 June 2018
(This article belongs to the Proceedings of IECG 2018)
Paleontological samples are rare and non-renewable, which makes the study of their chemical or physical characteristics require non-destructive methods. Physical characteristics are routinely studied with non-destructive methods; however, chemical studies tend to require destructive methods unless samples are very small or only the surface compositions are of interest. One potential technique for non-destructive elemental analysis is photon activation analysis (PAA). PAA is a versatile, broad-spectrum, multi-element analysis tool with low sensitivities, capable of analyzing large samples without any alteration, preserving the physical characteristics. Recent work has applied PAA to fossils and their source matrices in an attempt to correlate provenance through trace element analysis. PAA was shown to be non-consumptive and able to identify 20+ elements in samples with sub-ppm sensitivities. From that work, several lessons were learned and the non-destructivity of the technique was better characterized. PAA doesn’t have one standardized methodology, as it varies depending on the sample type. As such, from the lessons learned from the previous research, a standard method of applying PAA non-destructively to paleontological samples has been developed and will be presented in the following paper.
Keywords: fossils; non-destructive elemental analysis; photon activation analysis; trace element; provenance fossils; non-destructive elemental analysis; photon activation analysis; trace element; provenance
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Borgwardt, T.C. Non-Destructive Photon Activation Analysis in Paleontology. Proceedings 2018, 2, 564.

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Borgwardt TC. Non-Destructive Photon Activation Analysis in Paleontology. Proceedings. 2018; 2(10):564.

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