Keyword Definition

Proton Induced X-ray Emission

PIXE is an ion beam analysis (IBA) technique.  IBA encompasses a range of techniques where a high-energy ion beam hits a target producing a variety of emitted particles. These particles are characteristic of the elements in the elements of the target sample.

The IBA method uses a particle accelerator to inject the nuclei of light atoms such as hydrogen, deuterium or helium into the surface particles (at 0.75 - 3 MeV), resulting in emitted nuclei, gamma rays or X-rays.

IBA techniques include the following:

  • Rutherford Backscattering (RBS)
  • Particle Induced X-ray Emission (PIXE)
  • Particle Induced Gamma-ray Emission (PIGE)
  • Nuclear Reaction Analysis (NRA)
  • Resonant Nuclear Reaction Analysis (RNRA)
  • Elastic Recoil Detection Analysis (ERDA)
  • Proton Elastic Scattering Analysis (PESA)

Fraser, D.G. (1995). The nuclear microprobe – PIXE, PIGE, RBS, NRA and ERDA. In  P.J. Potts, J.F. Bowles, S.J. Reed, R. Cave (eds.), Microprobe Techniques in the Earth Sciences. p. 141-162.

Hierarchical classification

Technique >> Spectroscopy >> Electromagnetic radiation >> X-ray >> Emission >> Microprobe >> Proton



Category: Analytical techniques

The different kinds of analytical techniques have been classified hierarchically. Examples: “AAS”, “FA-NA”. Taken from the “Analytical_Techniques_SHARED” database table.

Associated Analytical Suites:

IndexSuite IDSuite Name
1  610     Guelph proton microprobe

Associated Analytical Packages:

IndexPackage IDPackage Name
1  293     Univ. Guelph proton microprobe
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