The µ-XRF laboratory is located at the Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra (DST), University of Torino.
It is constituted by a µ-XRF Eagle III-XPL spectrometer equipped with an EDS Si(Li) detector and with an Edax Vision32 microanalytical system.
The µ-XRF Eagle III-XPL was acquired by the Centre with a grant from the Compagnia di San Paolo of Torino.


- µ-XRF Eagle III-XPL
- EDS Si(Li) detector, 30 mm2, Be window;
- micro-focus X-Ray tube (80 x 80 µm), Rh anode (50 kV, 1mA), air cooled;
- poly-capillary X-Ray optics (up to 105 CPS): 30 µm beam diameter (Varispot 30¸300 µm).
- primary filters;
- Sample chamber (Ø 330 mm x 350 mm ). Vacuum/Air analysis;
- Motorized stage X-Y-Z (100*100*60 mm), step 1.5 µm;
- 2 color cameras (15 x 12 mm and 1.5 x 1.2 mm , auto-focus);
- Quantification options;
- X-Ray maps and profiles software.


- Chemical analysis of major and trace elements in minerals and glasses
- X-ray maps and profiles


Authorized researchers can get access to the instruments from Monday to Friday following the "Access rules" (link top left).


USEFUL REFERENCES (see XRF course for details):

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