Webinar: Fundamental Parameter Quantification with Micro-XRF – Focusing on Steel

Join Bruker for a micro-XRF webinar entitled “Strengths of the M4 TORNADO FP Quantification: Keeping Performance Even with Primary Filtering – Focusing on Steel”.

The webinar will be on Thursday 25th August 2016; if you can’t make this date, register to receive a recorded version (details below).

Blue Scientific is the official UK distributor of Bruker Micro-XRF; if you have any questions please get in touch:

 More about the M4 TORNADO

 Contact us on 01223 422 269 or info@blue-scientific.com


FP Quantification with the M4 TORNADO:
Maintaining Performance Even with Primary Filtering – Focusing on Steel

The Bruker M4 TORNADO micro-XRF spectrometer combines micrometer spatial resolution and mapping capabilities with powerful analytical tools for qualitative and quantitative analysis. XRF quantification is usually a two step process:

  • Derive net peak intensities
  • Calculate the sample composition

The M4 TORNADO’s quantification algorithm manages both of these steps at once. Based on an assumed sample composition, the resulting XRF spectra are simulated (forward calculated) using fundamental parameters (FP). This approach incorporates multiple physical effects, such as self-absorption and secondary excitations. Compared to the classical algorithm, this new method has several advantages. Strong peak overlaps and pronounced absorption effects are treated to the best of knowledge, for more robust results. Quantification is based on a larger set of fluorescence lines.

The calculation routine also includes excitation parameters in the evaluation. This means that samples can be analysed under individually optimised conditions; for example using primary filters to reduce effects of diffraction peaks. The software can be used standard-free or as a standard-supported FP. This combines the best of both quantification approaches: the precision and confidence of standard-supported quantification with the flexibility of working with just one, or even no reference material provided by the FP.

At the end of the webinar there will be a 15 minute question and answer session.

Standard free FP analysis with micro-XRF

Quantification using standard free fundamental parameter algorithms and full spectra calculation.


  • Dr. Max Buegler – Micro-XRF Application Scientist, Bruker Nano Analytics
  • Falk Reinhardt – Micro-XRF Application Scientist , Bruker Nano Analytics

Who Should Attend?

  • Quality control specialists assuring composition of metal samples
  • Failure analysis specialists in industry and material research laboratories
  • Researchers in R&D

Register for the Webinar

The date of this webinar has now passed. For more information about nicro-XRF, please get in touch.

Thursday 25th August 2016

  • Session I: 8 am GMT, 10 am CEST, 4 pm CST, 5 pm JST
  • Session II: 8 am PDT, 11 am EDT, 3 pm GMT, 5 pm CEST

If you can’t make it to the live webinar, register here to receive a recording to watch at any time.

More about Micro-XRF

Blue Scientific is the official UK distributor for the full range of Bruker Micro-XRF instruments, including the M4 TORNADO, which is suitable for elemental analysis of a wide range of sample types as well as steel and metals. For more information and quotes, please get in touch:

 Contact us on 01223 422 269 or info@blue-scientific.com

 More about the M4 TORNADO

Micro-XRF analysis of steel

Iron intensity distribution in a welding joint, with regions of interest selected for composition analysis.