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ISNAP Archaeometry Seminars - Abstracts 2010 - 2011

Topic: MicroXRF Demo and Training

Dr. Ed Stech ( Department of Physics ) / Week of September 13th, 2010

While PIXE can provide valuable data across academic disciplines, it does occupy both physical and human resources in the NSL. X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) is a complimentary technique which uses the characteristic x-rays to determine the elemental composition of samples in a non-destructive way without requiring an accelerator. After consultations with representatives from EDAX Inc., we have arranged for an ORBIS micro xrf system to be in the NSL for a week in September. During this time, EDAX will provide training on the operation of the device and time to do some test experiments in collaboration with faculty members in the Department of Anthropology. The ORBIS system is a fully automated desktop system which allows users to create 2-D maps of the elemental distribution of samples as large as 270 mm x 270 mm x 100mm with a 30um beam size. The automated scanning ability coupled with the available analysis routines will make this an ideal device for multidisciplinary undergraduate research projects as well as a valuable tool for investigation of targets and other materials which will assist all NSL users.


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