Experimenter's XRF Kit
Amptekís Experimenterís XRF Kit is a package designed to help a user quickly begin doing elemental analysis via X-ray fluorescence (XRF). It includes hardware and software supplied by Amptek. Once this kit is assembled and the software configured and calibrated, one can begin doing simple analyses. This kit is general purpose, so is not tailored to a particular application, but can be the starting point for a customized system.
The XRF Kit is available with your choice of Amptek SDD, Fast SDDô, or Si-PIN detector. The user must supply a Windows XP SP3 or later PC with three (3) available USB ports.
Complete XRF System Includes
Figure 1. Amptek's XRF Kit shown with the sample enclosure closed.
This kit contains all of the critical hardware and software required to do energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence (EDXRF), but it is not a turn-key system. It requires not only assembly but also configuration of the hardware and software, and calibration.
A turn-key system is generally designed to handle a wide range of measurement applications. If a user has a specific application, particularly one that is challenging for turn-key systems, the Amptek Experimentís XRF Kit lets the user optimize the entire system for that one application. It is a very powerful tool for specific and challenging measurement applications. But to obtain its advantages, the user must invest the time to fully optimize the hardware, the software, the calibration procedures, and so on.
A turn-key system is designed for an operator with minimal training. The operator turns on the system, takes a measurement, and the system gives the answer. The designers of the turn-key system have already optimized the configuration, calibrated the system, and evaluated its measurement uncertainty. The Experimentís XRF Kit requires a user to carry out these steps and to have the knowledge to carry them out. It is possible to use the Experimentís XRF Kit to fabricate a prototype of an OEM system, which is simple to use, but this requires development effort.
No, the Experimentís XRF Kit provides everything including radiation shielding. Userís must be trained in radiation safety and fully understand the radiation precautions and instructions provided.
Figure 2. Amptek's XRF Kit shown with the sample enclosure open.
NOTE: The XRF Kit is available with any Si-PIN or SDD detector. See the Selection Guide.
XRF Kit Specs in PDF (200k).
Revised March 17, 2014