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Analytical equipment

Total reflection X-ray fluorescence (TXRF)
Bruker S2 Picofox (2 instruments), lab 01.184

The S2 PICOFOX is a benchtop spectrometer for fast quantitative and semi-quantitative multi-element microanalysis of liquids using the principle of total reflection X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy (TXRF). Detection limits are in the ppb and ppm range, so that the technique is optimally suited for trace element analysis. 


  • Element range: Mo excitation: Al to U (with exception of Mo to Ru)
  • Concentration: ppb to 100 %
  • Sample types: liquids
  • X-ray tube: 50 W metal-ceramic, max. 50 kV, 1 mA air-cooled, Mo target
  • Detector: Peltier-cooled Silicon Drift Detector
  • Energy resolution <149 eV at 100 kcps
  • Autosampler with 25 positions


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