Limitations in the use of the peak‐to‐background method for quantitative analysis

Peter Rez, John Konopka

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Abstract

The use of peak‐to‐background ratios has been suggested for the analysis of particles or rough surfaces as the peak‐to‐background ratio is assumed to be independent of geometry. The validity of this assumption is examined for flat specimens. It is shown that the peak‐to‐background ratio does not vary much with sample orientation but does vary with voltage, tending to a limit at high voltages. Methods of analysis using the peak‐to‐background ratio are proposed and the effects of fluorescence are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-37
Number of pages5
JournalX-Ray Spectrometry
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1984
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Spectroscopy

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