Small Research Facility, Grant Building. Rooms 2.230, 2.231, 2.233, 2.234.
The The XRF (X-ray Fluorescence spectroscopy) Facility provides a bulk analytical technique capable of rapid elemental analysis of virtually any material in the 1 ppm to 100% by weight range. Major Element (Na, Mg, Al, Si, P, K, Ca, Ti, Mn, Fe) and Trace Element and High Precision Trace Element (e.g. transition metals, alkaline metals/earths, light rare earths, high field strength, radiometric) analyses are available. Facilities are provided for the preparation, analysis and spectrum fitting/interpretation of samples. Samples are prepared as glass discs for Major Element analyses and pressed powder pellets for Trace Element analyses. Users normally prepare their own samples, with training and supervision by the facility manager.
The facility manager runs the XRF instrument, analyses and provides first-order interpretation of the results (e.g. precisions and uncertainties, special case considerations), and explains the technique to users.