New White Paper from SPECTRO: Why Overcoming Matrix Effects With XRF Analysis Is Critical For High-Accuracy Results

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  • Published: Nov 13, 2015
  • Source: SPECTRO
  • Channels: X-ray Spectrometry

Kleve, Germany. November 4, 2015.

A new white paper explains why overcoming matrix effects associated with X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analysis is critical to achieving consistent high-accuracy results. The paper, titled “Mitigating Matrix Effects with Advanced Spectra-Handling Functionality When Using XRF for High-Accuracy Elemental Analysis,” is available to download at from SPECTRO Analytical Instruments, a leading manufacturer of advanced instruments.

A great advantage of energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence (ED-XRF) analysis for rapid screening analysis is its ability to measure samples directly with a minimum of preparation. Realizing this benefit, however, requires eliminating potential errors that can result when atoms in the sample matrix influence the fluorescence of others and thus the intensities measured by the spectrometer are influenced. Such effects, which include absorption and enhancement, when taken collectively, are referred to generally as matrix effects. For quality control applications, when the sample matrix is known or can be matched, a variety of standards-based XRF calculation procedures are available to compensate for undesirable matrix effects.

However, creating the right basis for consistently high-accuracy results requires additional spectra handling functionality to determine the correct net intensities of the measured spectra. The new white paper, “Mitigating Matrix Effects with Advanced Spectra-Handling Functionality When Using XRF for High-Accuracy Elemental Analysis,” explains why this additional functionality is a critical aspect of overcoming matrix effects and ensuring those consistently high-accuracy results.

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SPECTRO, a unit of the Materials Analysis Division of AMETEK, Inc., manufactures advanced instruments, develops the best solutions for elemental analysis for a broad range of applications, and provides exemplary customer service. SPECTRO’s products are known for their superior technical capabilities that deliver measurable benefits to the customer. From its foundation in 1979 until today, more than 40,000 analytical instruments have been delivered to customers around the world. AMETEK, Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical products with more than 15,000 colleagues at nearly 150 operating locations and sales and service operations in the United States and 30 other countries around the world.

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