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Figure F. Near real-time management of spectral interferences with portable XRF spectrometers: Application to Sc quantification in nickeliferous laterite ores

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posted on 14.07.2021, 13:41 authored by Elodie Lacroix, Jean Cauzid, Yoram Teitler, Michel Cathelineau
Figure F: Signal improvement for the quantification of Sc and Ca for an example of XRF spectrum (log scale of counts per second as a function of energy in keV) fitted with PyMCA (Solé et al., 2007) of the same laterite sample (containing 0.2% of Ca and 251.7 ppm of Sc) acquired with three pXRF spectrometers. The energy range is from 3 to 7 keV in the scandium spectral region for the pXRF analysis. (a) Spectrum acquired using the ‘20 Cu’ method (purple curve) and the ‘18 Fe’ method (green curve) for the same analysis time (90 seconds) in an energy range from 3 to 7 keV; (b) Zoom on this spectrum in an energy range from 3 to 5 keV showing the spectral lines of Ca and Sc (Ca-Kα, Ca-Kβ and Sc-Kα).