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Rapid whole-rock mineral analysis and composition mapping by synchrotron X-ray diffraction

Hall, C; Barnes, P; Cockcroft, JK; Jacques, SDM; Jupe, AC; Turrillas, X; Hanfland, M; (1996) Rapid whole-rock mineral analysis and composition mapping by synchrotron X-ray diffraction. ANAL COMMUN , 33 (7) 245 - 248.

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Abstract

We show that 25-140 keV X-rays from high-brilliance synchrotron sources can penetrate through 25 mm of intact rock. Powder diffraction patterns are obtained rapidly by energy-dispersive detection. Data acquisition time is reduced by a large factor (say 10(2)-10(3)) compared with standard laboratory powder diffraction methods. Data are presented on sedimentary rock cores and mineral standards. Full-pattern fitting is used for quantitative modal analysis of the composition. Using acquisition times of only 20 s for each pattern, we show the feasibility of line traverse (conveyor-belt) X-ray diffraction analysis and compositional tomography with sub-millimeter resolution.

Type: Article
Title: Rapid whole-rock mineral analysis and composition mapping by synchrotron X-ray diffraction
UCL classification: UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Chemistry
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/169978
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