Birks, L. S. X-Ray Optics Branch, Radiation Technology Division, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC.
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A rapid and economical technique for quantitative analysis of the elemental composition of specimens. It differs from x-ray diffraction, whose purpose is the identification of crystalline compounds. It differs from spectrometry in the visible region of the spectrum in that the x-ray photons have energies of thousands of electronvolts and come from tightly bound inner-shell electrons in the atoms, whereas visible photons come from the outer electrons and have energies of only a few electronvolts. See also: X-ray diffraction
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