X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) Spectroscopy

The handheld XRF can be used for in situ non-destructive elemental analysis. It is complementary to Raman spectroscopy and reflectance spectroscopy obtained from spectral imaging or FORS.

Portable XRF spectrometer in action


  • Assistance in identification inorganic pigments

  • Examination of the elemental composition of glass.

X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) Scanning

Our lab offers the ability of in-situ XRF scanning of cultural heritage objects. Our macro-XRF scanner is an in-house developed system that interfaces a portable Niton XRF with an X-Y motorised translation stage (max. area 15x15 cm2) that automatically scans and produces an XRF spectral image cube with spatial resolution of 3mm and scanning speed up to ~0.1 mm/s limited by the XRF sensitivity. 

(a) The portable XRF scanning configuration, with the XRF handheld spectrometer mounted on the tripod and the analysed Chinese export painting placed on the linear translation stages. (b) The acquired XRF spectral imaging cube, along with a sketch that shows the spot size and the scanning step.



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School of Science and Technology
Nottingham Trent University
Clifton Campus,

NG11 8NS

Tel: +44 115 84 86360

E-mail: ​ isaac@ntu.ac.uk

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