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The pixe analytical technique: Principle and applications

Authors
Journal
Radiation Physics and Chemistry
0969-806X
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
44
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0969-806x(94)90097-3
Disciplines
  • Earth Science
  • Ecology
  • Geography

Abstract

Abstract We will first recall the principles of the particle induced X-ray emission (PIXE) technique and compare it to the electron microprobe. Then we will describe the experimental set-up needed for PIXE measurements, emphasizing the construction problems for a PIXE microprobe. The data treatment procedure will be discussed: unfolding of X-ray spectra, determination of absolute concentration, … Finally, we will present examples of application, in particular in mineralogy and environmental science, as performed in our laboratory.

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