Accession Number : AD1038026


Title :   X-Ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy for Analysis of Explosive-Related Materials and Unknowns


Descriptive Note : Technical Report,01 Oct 2011,31 Oct 2012


Corporate Author : ARMY EDGEWOOD CHEMICAL BIOLOGICAL CENTER APG MD ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND United States


Personal Author(s) : Valdes,Erica R ; Hoang,Kenneth T


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/1038026.pdf


Report Date : 01 Aug 2017


Pagination or Media Count : 52


Abstract : The applicability of X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy (XRF) to analysis of unknowns associated with potential explosives is evaluated. Methods specific to the Primini X-ray fluorescence spectrometer (Rigaku Corporation; Tokyo, Japan) are discussed and applied to known materials to illustrate data quality. Application of the methods to plastic explosives, ammonium nitrate, and calcium ammonium nitrate are reported as examples. Bulk metal samples and a variety of powders and powder mixes are used to illustrate applications to general unknowns. The strengths and limitations of XRF are discussed, and recommendations are provided for the use of XRF in field and forensic laboratories.


Descriptors :   Nitrates , Ammonium nitrate , spectroscopy , x rays , explosives , plastic explosives , materials


Subject Categories : Nuclear Physics & Elementary Particle Physics
      Miscellaneous Materials


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE