Thursday, April 30, 2015

pXRF Intermediate Short Course, University of Georgia, Aug. 11-13, 2015

Doing pXRF Right: An intermediate course for Archaeologists

Center for  Applied Isotope Studies, University of Georgia
August 11-13, 2015
Dr. Jeff Speakman & Dr. Alice Hunt

Focusing primarily on the quantitative bulk chemical analysis of archaeological  materials using portable x-ray spectrometry, this course provides in-depth, hands on  training in the strengths and limitations of energy dispersive x-ray fluorescence  spectrometry for culture historical applications. Through interactive lectures and  practicums, the course is designed to transform current users into adept analysts.  Although this course is not sponsored by a manufacturer, we will only be working with Bruker Tracer model instruments during this course.

Course Overview
Day 1 — pXRF Basics & Developing Analytical Protocols

Day 2 — Building Matrix Matched Calibrations & Data Analysis

Day 3 — Optimizing Instrument Performance & One-on-One Tutorials

Dr. Jeff Speakman & Dr. Alice Hunt between them have more than 30 years experience analyzing archaeological materials, working with bulk chemical data and have recently turned their attention to optimizing the performance of pXRF spectrometers for archaeological research.

Check out their latest paper:
Hunt & Speakman 2015 Journal of Archaeological Science 53: 1-13

Registration information can be found at:

Space is limited to 10 participants, so register early. Cost for the three day course is $500 and includes all instruction materials, lunch and an afternoon snack.


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