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XRF - How does it work?

Take a look into soil analysis using a handheld XRF analyser.

Soil sampling is a vital step for many projects around the home. From starting a veggie patch to building a sandpit, understanding the health of your soil is vital to make sure that the soil is right for the job.

A key part of assessing soil health is the collection of reliable data to quickly assess soil composition. Handheld Bruker XRF instruments have become a valuable tool in the analysis of soil samples with a range of applications. The ability to rapidly (30-60 seconds per sample) and accurately analyse the soil with a non-destructive method that requires no sample preparation means that projects can begin almost immediately.

Handheld XRF instruments cover a range of elements and can provide accurate and precise data for dangerous elements including lead, uranium and arsenic. With an analysis area of 5 mm in diameter and a penetration depth of up to 1 cm, a representative composition of your sample can be obtained with a single scan in less than a minute. Running a quick analysis (30 second scan) can generate results that provide a good indication for pass/fail testing. A longer 60 second scan time will provide accurate data that can be used to trace particular elements in the sample.

Handheld XRF analysers can provide several unique benefits:

  • Reliable data

  • Testing can be conducted on site or brought into the office for analysis

  • Rapid processing of data and results back to the customer

The Bruker tools available to us for soil analysis offer flexibility, speed and accuracy, and are a crucial addition to any soil assessment, characterisation, monitoring or remediation study.


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