Rose and Cuttita found a satisfactory solution by x-ray emission spectrography to the difficult problem of determining traces of bromide in saline waters by spiking the aliquots sample with bromide prior to measuring the intensity (counts per second) of Br Kα on pellets
of cellulose powder containing the spiked, dried sample. For such samples, the determination of background encounters two difficulties. Since bromide is present, the background cannot be counted directly at the wavelength of the analytical line, Br Kα. Because pronounced and unknown
absorption effects by the matrix modify the intensity of the analytical line, and of the background, determining the background on suitable blanks is cumbersome. Both difficulties were resolved graphically by the "slope-ratio method" devised by the investigators. The objectives here are to
resolve these difficulties in a different way, and to delineate the physical basis of the background problem.
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 77843 2:
General Electric Company, Schenectady, New York 12305
Publication date: March 1, 1972
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