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XRF Elemental Analysis

We propose, in this post, the use of XRF spectrometer, described previously, for the elemental analysis of some significant samples of elements.

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DIY X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometry

X-ray fluorescence (XRF) is the emission of characteristic “secondary” (or fluorescent) X-rays from a material that has been excited by bombarding with high-energy X-rays or gamma rays. The phenomenon is widely used for elemental analysis and chemical analysis, particularly in the investigation of metals, glass, ceramics and building materials, and for research in geochemistry, forensic science and archaeology.

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Silicon Photomultiplier (SiPM)

The silicon photomultiplier (SiPM) is a radiation detector with extremely high sensitivity, high efficiency, and very low time jitter. It is based on reversed biased p/n diodes, it can directly detect light from near ultra violet to near infrared, and it is employed in all those applications where low light/radiation …

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Beta Radioactivity

A beta particle, sometimes called beta ray, denoted by the lower-case Greek letter beta (β), is a high-energy, high-speed electron or positron emitted in the radioactive decay of an atomic nucleus, such as a potassium-40 nucleus, in the process of beta decay. Two forms of beta decay, β− and β+, respectively produce electrons and positrons. Beta particles are a type of ionizing radiation. …

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Gamma (γ) Radioactivity

Gamma radiation is one of the three types of natural radioactivity. Gamma rays are electromagnetic radiation, like X-rays.  The other two types of natural radioactivity are alpha and beta radiation, which are in the form of particles.   Gamma rays are the most energetic form of electromagnetic radiation, with a …

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Alpha (α) Radioactivity

Alpha particles consist of two protons and two neutrons bound together into a particle identical to a helium nucleus. They are generally produced in the process of alpha decay, but may also be produced in other ways. The symbol for the alpha particle is α or α2+. Because they are …

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Positron Annihilation

The positron (or anti-electron also called) is the antiparticle of electron. It has electric charge +1 equal and opposite to the electron, spin 1/2 and the same mass. The positrons were discovered in cosmic rays by Carl Anderson in 1932 (photograph above). Patrick Blackett and Giuseppe Occhialini completed the discovery the following …

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