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Challenging X-ray Fluorescence Applications for Environmental Studies at XLab Frascati

INFN-LNF, XLab Frascati, Via E. Fermi 40, I-00044 Rome, Italy
Diamond Light Source Ltd., Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Didcot OX11 0DE, UK
RAS P.N. Lebedev Physical Institute, Moscow 119991, Russia
National Research Nuclear University MEPhI, Moscow 115409, Russia
Dendrology Lab, Department of Agriculture and Forestry Science (DAFNE), University Tuscia, 01100 Viterbo, Italy
Earth and Environmental Sciences Department, University of Milano-Bicocca, 20126 Milano, Italy
INFN Section of Milano-Bicocca, 20126 Milano, Italy
RICMASS, Rome International Center for Materials Science Superstripes, Via dei Sabelli 119A, 00185 Roma, Italy
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Condens. Matter 2018, 3(4), 33;
Received: 31 July 2018 / Revised: 8 October 2018 / Accepted: 12 October 2018 / Published: 18 October 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Condensed Matter Researches in Cryospheric Science)
In this work, we will report applications of the total external X-ray fluorescence (TXRF) station, a prototype assembled at the XLab Frascati laboratory (XlabF) at the INFN National Laboratories of Frascati (INFN LNF). XlabF has been established as a facility to study, design and develop X-ray optics, in particular, polycapillary lenses, as well as to perform X-ray experiments for both elemental analysis and tomography. The combination of low-power conventional sources and policapillary optics allows assembling a prototype that can provide a quasi-parallel intense beam for detailed X-ray spectroscopic analysis of extremely low concentrated samples, down to ng/g. We present elemental analysis results of elements contained in tree rings and of dust stored in deep ice cores. In addition to performing challenging environmental research studies, other experiments aim to characterize novel optics and to evaluate original experimental schemes for X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray fluorescence (XRF and TXRF) and X-ray imaging. View Full-Text
Keywords: TXRF; polycapillary optics; low concentration elemental analysis TXRF; polycapillary optics; low concentration elemental analysis
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Cappuccio, G.; Cibin, G.; Dabagov, S.B.; Di Filippo, A.; Piovesan, G.; Hampai, D.; Maggi, V.; Marcelli, A. Challenging X-ray Fluorescence Applications for Environmental Studies at XLab Frascati. Condens. Matter 2018, 3, 33.

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