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Course Details

Course Outline
  • Brief review of the theory of x-ray generation
  • Optimizing x-ray detection
  • Qualitative x-ray strategies for difficult samples
  • Performing matrix correction and quantitative analysis
  • Elemental line profiling and spectral imaging
  • Interpreting EDS data
What You Will Learn

Upon satisfactory completion of this course the student will be able to:

  • Prepare samples for x-ray analysis
  • Employ best practices for x-ray analysis
  • Perform analysis at low vacuum
  • Achieve mapping and spectral imaging
  • Interpret data
Who Should Enroll
  • Students who have attended the Hooke College of Applied Science's Introduction to SEM or equivalent level of experience
Suggested Prerequisites
  • None—This course is designed as a basic introduction to microscopy and trace evidence analysis
Student Learning Resources
  • Detailed course manual
  • JEOL JSM-6460LV low vacuum SEM
  • JEOL JSM-6480LV low vacuum SEM
  • JEOL JSM-6610LV low vacuum SEM
  • All instrumentation, materials, and supplies necessary for successful completion of this course will be provided onsite by the Hooke College of Applied Sciences. If you wish to participate in the pre- and post-course online web activities associated with this course you must have access to a computer and the internet.
Suggested Prerequisites
Satisfactory Completion Requirements

Students are expected to successfully complete a variety of tasks in the form of hands-on exercises, laboratory exercises, identifications of unknowns, and quizzes. Students are notified at the end of the course whether or not they have successfully completed the requirements of the course based on:

  • 100% attendance
  • class participation
  • completion of all course material
  • completed and signed student evaluation form

Upon successfully meeting these requirements, a student is awarded a certificate of completion and CEU credits, if available. Those who have not successfully passed the course requirements do not receive a certificate or CEU credits.

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