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Course Title: Primer on XRF Spectrometry: Instrumentation
Categories: 1 - X-Ray Spectrometry
Instructor(s): Charles Wu, Alexander Seyfarth Course Number: 36
Affiliation: Western University
Course Date: 03/06/2017 - Monday Course Length: 1/2 Day Course
Start Time: 08:30 AM End Time: 12:30 PM
Fee: $325 ($425 after 2/18/17) Textbook Fee:

Course Description
Due to its wide dynamic concentration range, simple sample preparations and least-cost-per-unit analysis, X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry (XRF) has been widely used by many industry sectors, such as cement, steel, glass, chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, solar and mineral processing as a primary tool for QA/QC of their products. Based on its instrument configurations, the XRF spectrometers are generally divided into Wavelength Dispersive (sequential, WDXRF) and Energy Dispersive (simultaneous, EDXRF) systems. Depending on the application, each of the systems holds its own analytical advantages and merits. Understanding of their basic instrumentation is the first step to become a successful XRF analyst.

Target Audience
It is open to all who are working or intend to work in X-ray spectrometric analysis and who are using the XRF data, such as the geologists, metallurgists, material engineers, plant manager, QC/QA personnel, etc. No previous knowledge in X-ray spectrometry is required

Course Outline
1. What are the X-rays, X-ray Fluorescence and the Foundation of X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry?
2. Excitation of X-rays inside an X-ray tube and within the sample matrix.
3. Analyzing Crystals and Dispersion of X-rays in WDXRF and Multi-channel Analyzer in EDXR.
4. Detection of X-rays - Flow Proportional Counter, Scintillation Counter and Silicon Detectors.
5. Advantages and Disadvantages of XRFS.

Course Instructor's Biography
1. Dr. Charles Wu – Senior Research Scientist and XRF Course Coordinator, Dept. of Earth Science, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada. 2. Alexander Seyfarth – Senior Product Manager of Bruker Nano Analytics; Lecturer of the XRF course at Western University since 2005.