Theoretical Evaluation Of The Effective Alpha And De Jongh Approaches In X-ray Fluorescence Analysis Of Geological Materials In Borax Glass Beads
Muia, L. M.
Van Grieken, R.
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An evaluation of the accuracy and suitability of the Lachance–Traill algorithm using effective α-coefficients, and the De Jongh α approach for x-ray fluorescence analysis of borax glass beads prepared from geological material was performed. By using theoretical α-coefficients obtained from the same standard and calculated elemental intensities, the two algorithms were compared under identical conditions. When only the monitor standard is used, the Lachance–Trail1 approach is found to be inferior to the De Jongh basic α method. If multi-standard calibration is performed for both approaches, the accuracies are almost identical and no significant difference is found in the results. The Lachance–Traill algorithm has the advantage of being easier to implement on a minicomputer and, when used without standards, it is found to give results within a few percent of the true values, which is a useful indicator in the choice of appropriate standards for more accurate analytical work.