ARTAX, X-ray fluorescence system

Provenance Studies on Ceramics

Chemical characterization and regional allocation of ceramics require fast and non-destructive analytical methods. This example describes the application of µ-/XRF with ARTAX and TRACER. This fast and reliable method for provenance studies offers:

  • High detection sensitivity for these elements with detection limits in the low ppm range „„
  • Large information depth up to 1 mm to obtain representative results with few measurements „„
  • Simple and reliable quantification due to negligible matrix effects

The results show that short measuring times (~ 60 s to 300 s) per object are sufficient. A correspondence analysis using the net intensities of the elements can be performed to evaluate the data in terms of provenance studies. The results show these short measuring times are sufficient. A correspondence analysis using the net intensities of the elements can be performed to evaluate the data in terms of provenance studies.

The performance of both instruments is very similar for this kind of  analyses. While TRACER allows faster measurements which is most suitable for field use, ARTAX offers higher reproducibility due to its precise sample positioning and automatic line or area scan.

Download the full lab report XRF 437 (PDF)