School of GeoSciences

School of GeoSciences

The X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) Facility


XRF Picture

The X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) spectrometer is located in the Grant Institute of Earth Science at the University of Edinburgh. The facility primarily supports research programmes within the School of GeoSciences but also provides an analytical service to the wider earth scince, environmental and consultative communities.

The instrument may be used for qualitative or quantitative analysis of geological materials. A quantitative whole-rock analysis may be obtained for most elements heavier than oxygen, with abundances in the range 1 ppm to 100 wt.%, depending on instrument sensitivity at the wavelength of the analytical line and availability of calibration standards.

The facility consists of an instrument laboratory and dedicated sample preparation laboratories, supported by sawing, crushing, and grinding facilities.