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Backgrounds for Probe Image
« on: November 04, 2013, 11:47:50 AM »

In using Cameca's Peak Sight, I noticed that it only uses the high background, which in the case of trace elements can leave the background artificially low, thus trace element concentrations are higher than they should be.   Does Probe Image approach image backgrounds in a different manner that might allow for more accuracte quantitation of trace elements?

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Re: Backgrounds for Probe Image
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2013, 05:28:57 PM »
Hi Karen,
Great question!

Probe Image and CalcImage use all the background measurement and modeling options used in Probe for EPMA with the exception of the multi-point background method. For a comparison of off-peak, MAN and Nth point background methods see this post:

So for example, you can run x-ray maps using  an MAN calibration curve which is good to 100-200 PPM in oxides and silicates. For higher Z materials there are some work that has been done at GE and University of Tasmania. See this thread for more info:

The advantage of MAN background corrections for x-ray mapping of course is that it cuts your analysis time in half or more. I've attached some nice images that illustrate this type of background correction for quantitative x-ray mapping. Also please see this thread on a new technique I've found using MAN bgds and the "blank correction" to get excellent accuracy, improve precision and save time all together!  But only if your unknown has a simple enough matrix that one can produce a suitable "blank" standard material such as SiO2, TiO2, ZrSiO4, etc. See this thread for more details:

In addition, in Probe Image one can acquire a single off-peak (high or low offset) and also high *and* low offset images automatically, as seen here in this screenshot of Probe Image where one can see that because Probe Image reads the background offsets as specified by the user in the Probe for EPMA run (containing the standard intensities) you only need to check or uncheck these background checkboxes as desired.

Of course, just as in Probe for EPMA, once you are quantifying x-ray maps in CalcImage, you get full access to all the cool off-peak modeling options in PFE (with the one exception already noted above for multi-point bgds)!

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