Fluorescent X-ray spectrographic analyses have been made for the oxides Fe2O3 caO, MgO, K2O, TiO2, and MnO on samples of amphibolite rock. In addition, the above oxides and SiO2 and Al2O3 have been determined in a suite of constituent hornblendes from these rocks.
Classical wet chemical analyses of materials of the same minera logical composition as the samples are used to establish the working curves. This eliminates the necessity for Internal standardization or other treatment of the samples. The only sample preparation involves extremely fine grinding before analysis.
Precision of the analyses is equivalent to, or better than, that achieved by wet chemical methods.