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The potential of microcalorimeter x-ray spectrometers for measurement of relative fluorescence line intensities

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Author(s)

Joseph Fowler, Luis Miaja Avila, Galen O'Neil, Joel Ullom, Hope Whitelock, Daniel Swetz

Abstract

We have previously used an array of cryogenic microcalorimeters with 4 eV energy resolution to measure emission-line profiles and energies for the characteristic L-shell x rays of four elements of the lanthanide series: praseodymium, neodymium, terbium, and holmium. We consider the power of this same data set for the estimation of the lines' relative intensities. Intensities must be corrected for detector efficiency and self-absorption effects, and we estimate uncertainties on the corrections. These data represent the first use of cryogenic energy-dispersive sensors to estimate the relative intensities of x-ray fluorescence lines. They demonstrate that a targeted measurement of thin-film samples with microcalorimeter detectors could achieve systematic uncertainties below 1% on relative line intensities over a broad energy range.
Citation
Radiation Physics and Chemistry
Volume
202

Keywords

Microcalorimeters, rare earth elements, lanthanide-series elements, x-ray fluorescence spectra, relative fluorescence intensities

Citation

Fowler, J. , Miaja Avila, L. , O'Neil, G. , Ullom, J. , Whitelock, H. and Swetz, D. (2022), The potential of microcalorimeter x-ray spectrometers for measurement of relative fluorescence line intensities, Radiation Physics and Chemistry, [online], https://doi.org/10.1016/j.radphyschem.2022.110487, https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=934471 (Accessed February 26, 2024)
Created September 18, 2022, Updated January 26, 2023