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Instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) is a non-destructive analytical technique that can be applied to a wide range of materials. The method requires no pretreatment of the sample, various geometries can be used and as many as 40 elements can be determined at the ppb–ppm level, depending on the characteristics of the specific sample. The method has been used in a number of forensic applications, such as identifying the source of ammunition, gunshot residue, arsenic in hair and the source of cigarettes. In this contribution, INAA is applied to characterizing ceramics, maple syrups and grasses, and based on the...

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