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Elemental Profile Studies of Some Soil Samples Using Particle Induced X-Ray Emission (PIXE) Technique


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1 Atomic Energy Center, Bangladesh
2 Medical Physics Unit, Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission, Bangladesh
3 Medical Physics Division, Atomic Energy Center, Bangladesh
 

In this work Proton-Induced X-ray Emission (PIXE) technique has been employed for the determination of elemental concentration of soil samples. PIXE analyses have been carried out using a 2.5 MeV proton beam generated with the aid of the 3 MV tandem accelerator of the Institute Nuclear Science and Technology, Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Savar, Dhaka. The X-ray and particle spectra were processed using MAESTRO software and GUPIX software. The elements identified in the soil samples using PIXE were K: 6040.33, Ca: 2018.07, Ti: 3826.5, V: 188, Cr: 1472.22, Mn: 482.37, Fe: 33330.17, Co: 738.47, Ni: 480.95, Cu: 464.42 and Zn: 2144.93 ppm respectively. The legitimacy of the method was done by analyzing Standard Reference Material IAEA soil standard 2586 and found to be compatible. PIXE is a multi element systematic technique used for the determination of major, minor and trace elements in the range of parts per million (ppm).

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PIXE, Micro-Nutrients, Macro-Nutrients.
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Authors

Shirin Akter
Atomic Energy Center, Bangladesh
M. Monjur Ahasan
Medical Physics Unit, Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission, Bangladesh
Md. Joynal Abedin
Atomic Energy Center, Bangladesh
Rajada Khatun
Medical Physics Division, Atomic Energy Center, Bangladesh
Ashrafun Nahar Monika
Medical Physics Unit, Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission, Bangladesh

Abstract


In this work Proton-Induced X-ray Emission (PIXE) technique has been employed for the determination of elemental concentration of soil samples. PIXE analyses have been carried out using a 2.5 MeV proton beam generated with the aid of the 3 MV tandem accelerator of the Institute Nuclear Science and Technology, Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Savar, Dhaka. The X-ray and particle spectra were processed using MAESTRO software and GUPIX software. The elements identified in the soil samples using PIXE were K: 6040.33, Ca: 2018.07, Ti: 3826.5, V: 188, Cr: 1472.22, Mn: 482.37, Fe: 33330.17, Co: 738.47, Ni: 480.95, Cu: 464.42 and Zn: 2144.93 ppm respectively. The legitimacy of the method was done by analyzing Standard Reference Material IAEA soil standard 2586 and found to be compatible. PIXE is a multi element systematic technique used for the determination of major, minor and trace elements in the range of parts per million (ppm).

Keywords


PIXE, Micro-Nutrients, Macro-Nutrients.

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