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Topics in PIXE Analysis

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Title: Topics in PIXE Analysis
Author: Martin, Peter
Department: Department of Physics
Program: Physics
Advisor: Campbell, IainO'Meara, Joanne
Abstract: Proton induced x-ray emission spectroscopy (PIXE) sees widespread use in a variety of materials analysis applications. With the goal of improving the accuracy of PIXE results several projects are undertaken. In this work changes to beam visualization and beam-size calibration are described. An examination of various theoretical cross-section databases is performed, showing that extending the currently used ECPSSR theory through united-atom and intra-shell corrections is unlikely to offer an improvement to PIXE results. It is also shown that the diminishing energy of protons in thick samples is unlikely to be the cause of aberrant results previously seen for certain elements. A detailed examination of pure-element thick and thin samples suggests that cross-section databases for studied elements agree with experimental results. Finally, data from Ito et. al. and Kavcic et. al. are used to successfully improve the shape of the K-$\beta$ x-ray line of iron, resulting in a more accurate fit.
Date: 2023-01-09
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