Potts, Philip J.; Tindle, Andrew G. and Isaacs, Michael C.
(1983).
*American Mineralogist*, 68(11-12) pp. 1237–1242.

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## Abstract

The precision of electron microprobe analyses has been investigated as a function of elemental concentration and a rigorous derivation is presented for the K-factor equation K = S/C (where S is the measured standard deviation and C the element oxide concentration). It is shown that K is not a constant, but is dependent on element sensitivity and counting times. If counting times for each element are adjusted, for example, such that 50,000 counts would be accumulated at the 10% oxide level, then it is shown that for a homogeneous material, Poisson counting errors in any element at any concentration level will fall within the limits of 0.014 C< or =S< or =0.042 C. This relationship has been tested by the analysis of homogeneous minerals. Data are presented to show that this expression can be used to discriminate inhomogeneous mineral phases and that it is fully compatible in this respect with Boyd's homogeneity index. The equations apply equally to X-ray fluorescence analytical data where counting errors are also controlled by Poisson counting statistics.--Modified journal abstract.

Item Type: | Journal Article |
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Copyright Holders: | 1983 The Mineralogical Society of America |

ISSN: | 0003-004X |

Academic Unit/Department: | Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) |

Interdisciplinary Research Centre: | Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR) |

Item ID: | 13111 |

Depositing User: | Elizabeth Lomas |

Date Deposited: | 12 Feb 2009 17:13 |

Last Modified: | 02 Aug 2016 13:21 |

URI: | http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/13111 |

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