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Quantitative X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometry of Irregularly Shaped Samples Using Fundamental Parameters Software

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Abstract:

Industrial analytical laboratories often receive a wide variety of specimens that require elemental determinations. For solid samples, x-ray fluorescence spectrometry (XRF) is frequently the method of choice. One usually prepares solid samples, such as alloys, for XRF analysis by cutting pieces from bulk solids to fit into the sample holder. A usual requirement for XRF is that the specimen have a flat, smooth surface. Irregularly shaped specimens are not always amenable to direct analysis. If part of the sample already has a flat area, it can be analyzed with the use of a mask or a selected area aperture. Small fragments can be analyzed by the use of beam collimation or a pinhole aperture. Although masking or beam collimation methods can be used, often they are not practical because of reduced intensity, which leads to excessive analysis times. The effective specimen area must be the same for both standards and unknowns.

Keywords: XRF, Spectroscopic techniques

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1366/0003702874447239

Affiliations: 1: Department of Chemistry, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado 80523 2: Tracor Xray, Inc., Mountain View, California 94043

Publication date: November 1, 1987

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