Comparison of the relative comparator and k0 neutron activation analysis technique for the determination of trace element concentrations in pyrite

Owen Osborne, Allan Pring, Rachel Popelka-Filcoff, John Bennett, Attila Stopic, Michael Glascock, Claire Lenehan

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    Abstract

    Thirty pyrite samples from a wide range of localities were analysed using relative comparator and k 0 neutron activation analysis (NAA) techniques at the University of Missouri Research Reactor, Columbia, Missouri, USA (MURR) and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Lucas Heights, NSW, Australia (ANSTO), respectively. Statistical analyses of the trace-element data produced by the two methods showed a generally good correlation, with the majority of elemental concentrations of paired data reported by MURR and ANSTO being indistinguishable at a 0.05 significance level. Trace-element analyses of pyrite from Navajún in Spain by both techniques compare well with published data. There is evidence for contamination by Al, Na and Ti in one set of samples, this is likely to have been introduced by contact with a plastic used in sample preparation.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1229-1245
    Number of pages17
    JournalMineralogical Magazine
    Volume76
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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