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Short Description

Device for the chemical characterization of a substance: XRF allows direct elemental analysis without expensive sample preparation or sample destruction. The detection limit for many elements is as low as one microgram per gram (one ppm). The device is equipped with a multiple sample holder.

Contact Person

Prof. Dr. Friedrich Finger

Research Services

Chemical analysis of solids (element composition)

Methods & Expertise for Research Infrastructure

X-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectrometry is one of the most frequently used methods for the qualitative and quantitative determination of the elementary composition of any type of sample, such as liquid, solid or powders.
It is particularly suitable for the detection of small impurities such as heavy metals. X-ray fluorescence is the emission of characteristic X-rays from a material that has been excited by irradiation with high-energy X-rays, electron beams or gamma rays.
The emitted radiation includes, for each element, its own characteristic wavelengths, which are used for elemental analysis.

The University of Salzburg has a wavelength-dispersive x-ray fluorescence spectrometer, the S4 Explorer (by Bruker AXS), which is characterized by reliable trace element determination, high accuracy and highest sensitivity.

XRF spectrometry is widely used for materials analysis in geochemistry, mining and metallurgy. Glass, ceramics, polymers, plastics, building materials, and also lubricants and mineral oil products, rock samples, as well as samples from forensics and archeology can be examined.

Allocation to Core Facility


Prof. Dr. Friedrich Finger
Fachbereich Chemie und Physik der Materialien
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Department of Molecular Biology, University of Salzburg
Department of Geography and Geology, University of Salzburg
Industry (Confidential)
Formation and destruction of monazite in metamorphic rocks
Fritz Finger
FWF 22480-N21

Post-collisional plutonism in the south-western Bohemian massif
Projektleiter: Fritz Finger
FWF I1993-N29
The magmatic record in the Arghash region (northeast Iran) and tectonic implications
Alaminia Z., Karimpour M.H., Homam S.M., Finger F.
International Journal of Earth Sciences 102/6, 1603-1625

U-Pb single zircon ages and geochemistry of metagranitoid rocks in the Cycladic Blueschists (Evia Island): implications for the Triassic tectonic setting of Greece
Chatzaras V., Dörr W., Finger F., Xypolias P., Zulauf G.
Tectonophysics 595, 125-139

Lead contents of S-type granites and their petrogenetic significance
Finger F., Schiller D.
Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology 164, 747-755

New age data from the Dzirula Massif, Georgia. Implications for the evolution of the Caucasian Variscides
Mayringer M., Treloar P.J., Gerdes A., Finger F., Shengelia D.
American Journal of Science 311, 404–441