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Application of Heavy Charged Particle Induced X-Ray Emission to the Trace Element Analysis of Human Tissue and Blood Serum

  • R. L. Watson (a1), C. J. McNeal (a1) and F. E. Jenson (a1)


Measurements of peak-to-background ratios for K x-ray production by 1.7 MeV/amu protons, alpha particles, carbon ions, and neon ions have been carried out for the purpose of determining the optimum projectile atomic number for particle induced x-ray emission analysis. The feasibility of applying the method to the trace element analysis of thick samples of tissue and blood serum has been explored.



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