How to XRF

This week the conservation department got a handheld X-ray fluorescence analyzer. The XRF NITON XL3t GOLDD+ pistol is to be used for material identification, a nondestructive way of examining metals, heavy metals and plastic components in the materials we will be working with. In the moving project we will investigate the usage of the XRF in testing highly poisonous metallic elements. The XRF unit can also be used to examine alloys and the chemical components in beads, color in textiles and pigments, which gives it a wide range of usage possibilities in the future.

Arne K. Bjerklund from Holger Teknologi introduced the XRF NITON XL3t GOLDD+ and gave a demonstration of the handheld pistol. Later he worked with the conservators, teaching us to use the unit and read the output. We got the new upgraded model with lower detection limits, detecting cadmium in plastics and very light components like chlorides and magnesium. We are all excited about the possibilities this new equipment will provide.