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Inter-laboratory comparison of a WDS-EDS quantitative X-ray microanalysis of a metallic glass

Abstract : We conducted an inter-laboratory study of a metallic glass whose main component is nickel. Two determinations of the mass fractions of the different elements present within the sample were asked to the participants: one at an acceleration voltage of 15 or 20 kV and another one at 5 kV. We compare the mass fractions obtained from wavelength dispersive (WDS) and energy dispersive spectrometries (EDS) and also try to find an influence of the kind of EDS detector and its entrance window, the background subtraction method, the use or not of standards as well as the quantification method. Both means of WDS and EDS mass fractions are close to the reference values. The dispersion of the results was larger at 5 kV than at 15-20 kV owing to the use of the L lines rather than K lines and to the lowest collected intensities. There is an exception with the case of boron because at the lowest voltage, the excitation condition is more favourable for the production of the K line. It appears that the dispersion of the results is larger with EDS than with WDS but it was not possible to find a correlation between the large dispersion and one of the considered experimental parameters and quantification factors. Thus, one can think that electron microprobes are inherently better for the determination of mass fractions or that the implementation of quantitative analysis must be optimized for some cases, especially in SEMs.
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Philippe Jonnard, François Brisset, Florence Robaut, Guillaume Wille, Jacky Ruste. Inter-laboratory comparison of a WDS-EDS quantitative X-ray microanalysis of a metallic glass. X-Ray Spectrometry, Wiley, 2015, 44 (1), pp.24-29. ⟨10.1002/xrs.2573⟩. ⟨hal-01188759⟩



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