ABSTRACT This paper summarizes three mathematical models used to describe how contaminant concentration profiles in soil may be inferred from the intensities of neutron-induced capture-gamma photon intensities measured at the soil surface. In particular, the linear regularization, linear regularization with an iterative positivity constraint, and the Backus-Gilbert methods are applied to the soil contamination problem. Examples of each of the three methods are presented for idealized test contaminant profiles.
KEYWORDS: PGNAA, soil, inversion methods, contamination profiles
This paper is from the Proceedings of the HSRC/WERC Joint Conference on the Environment, May 1996, published in hard copy and on the Web by the Great Plains/Rocky Mountain Hazardous Substance Research Center.
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