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X-ray Fluorescence

  1. Be able to describe the advantages and disadvantages of atomic X-ray Fluorescence.

  2. Be able to explain the five components of the X-ray fluorimeter that you use in the lab. Specifically, it has an X-ray tube source, a sample chamber (for solid, powder, or liquid samples), a monochromator, a scintillation counter with photomultiplier tube for detection, it requires a vacuum pump for operation of X-rays, and computer processing.

  3. Be able to explain how a spectrum is generated from X-ray Fluorescence using an energy level diagram. Also be able to describe the features of the spectrum (i.e. continuous and line features). or pdf file