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Nine Elements That Challenge Handheld XRF — But Are Easy for OES

Handheld XRF analyzers are useful for many elemental measuring tasks. From magnesium to uranium, advanced models such as the SPECTRO xSORT handheld XRF spectrometer produce fast, accurate results on the spot, for sample identification, grade sorting, and metals analysis. However, XRF technology faces significant limitations identifying certain elements commonly found in today’s metal alloys. These constraints can make it difficult or impossible to get satisfactory performance from handheld XRF in a number of applications.

This paper highlights the nine elements that challenge handheld XRF and explains why in certain applications portable or mobile optical emission spectrometry (OES) instruments are the preferred instrument.

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