Advanced materials analysis with Micro-XRF for SEM

Advanced materials analysis with Micro-XRF for SEM

Introducing XTrace – the new micro-spot X-ray source for SEM
This webinar took place on October 16th 2013

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Element analysis of samples using scanning electron microscopes (SEM) is widespread in materials science. A SEM provides not only topological information via surface images but also compositional information. In most cases, the microscopist will use energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometers (EDS) to analyze sample radiation created through the microscope’s electron beam.

This webinar discusses a complementary method: The use of a separate X-ray source equipped with polycapillary optics attached to the SEM to excite the sample and to evaluate the fluorescence radiation produced. This is known as micro-X-ray fluorescence spectrometry, or Micro-XRF for short. Bruker’s Micro-XRF for SEM uses the EDS’ silicon drift detector and signal processing chain to form a complete Micro-XRF spectrometer.

Although this method has been known for a number of years, its use in combination with a SEM is not very common, even though it has a range of benefits to offer. Our experts will explain this powerful addendum to EDS, which allows users to combine

  • the light-element sensitivity of EDS with trace element analysis in the mid to heavy element range by Micro-XRF to improve the accuracy of quantification, and
  • the surface sensitivity of EDS with the volume analysis capabilities of Micro-XRF.


The discussion of the technique will be complemented by the presentation of a number of application examples.

Why should you attend?

  • Gain information on recent developments in this analytical technique
  • Learn more about how Micro-XRF can extend the analytical capabilities of your SEM
  • Expand your knowledge in element analysis
  • Discuss your own applications with experts


Stephan Boehm
Stephan Boehm
Product Manager micro-XRF / SEM and WDS, Bruker Nano Analytics
Birgit Hansen
Birgit Hansen
Application Scientist EDS & Micro-XRF on SEM, Bruker Nano Analytics