USGS-GD-Scientific Capabilities - SCIENTIFIC FACILITIES RESEARCH REACTOR Technique

SCIENTIFIC FACILITIES

RESEARCH REACTOR

Technique


  The USGS TRIGA reactor is a research facility that provides sensitive analytical capacity for neutron activation and provides a source of radiation for other research activities. The reactor design is similar to many research, test, and training reactors that exist today at universities throughout the United States. There are few research reactor facilities in the United States that are equipped to handle the large numbers of samples that are processed at the facility; there are no other similar facilities within a 400 mile radius of Denver. The facility allows the USGS to give the best possible rock and mineral data using state-of-the-art techniques, as well as providing the research tool needed to develop new and improved analytical techniques. Research such as the study of radiation effects, isotope production, and radiation sterilization is also possible. Neutron flux can be provided over the range of 750 nv to 3e13nv.
 


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