Freiburg University

EDX - Energy Dispersive X-ray Analysis

When an electron beam strikes the surface of a sample, X-rays are emitted. The energy of the X-rays depends on the elemental composition of the material under examination. Thus, an X-ray spectrum can be acquired giving information on the elemental composition of the material. By scanning the sample with the electron beam a line scan or an elemental map can be acquired.
The example shows the EDX-analysis of a red pigment obtained from the painting of an antique statue. The red color originates from the iron oxide within the pigment.


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