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A Course on Quantitative Hard X-ray Micro-Fluorescence Imaging

September 18 – 20, 2007

Purpose & Scope of Workshop:
To understand how to apply standardless quantitative analysis to extract accurate elemental composition from energy-dispersive hard x-ray fluorescence data and to successfully apply it to hard x-ray micro-fluorescence imaging.

Syllabus
Lectures will include the principles of standardless quantitative x-ray fluorescence analysis and its application to quantitative hard x-ray micro-fluorescence imaging. Complex x-ray fluorescence spectra involving multi-elemental line overlaps and detector escape-peaks will be continually addressed. A significant part of the workshop will involve hands-on data analysis on real micro-fluorescence data, some of which will be collected during the workshop. For this purpose, the GeoPIXE II software package that has been developed for synchrotron x-ray micro-fluorescence imaging will be utilized, with the author (Dr. Chris Ryan) providing instruction. Introductory lectures on the underlying x-ray physics governing the standardless based approach to quantitative x-ray fluorescence analysis, the issues involved in conducting a successful synchrotron micro-fluorescence experiment and recent research involving these techniques will be given.

Intended Audience
Graduate, postdoctoral and research scientists interested in quantitative hard x-ray micro-fluorescence imaging. Attendance will be limited to approximately 30 participants. All participants are encouraged to bring PC laptops for data analysis purposes.

List of Speakers and Instructors
Dr. Chris G. Ryan, CSIRO Exploration and Mining, Australia
Dr. Stefan Vogt, X-ray Science Division, Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory
Dr. Steve Sutton, Associate Director / GSECARS (University of Chicago)
Dr. Tony Lanzirotti (University of Chicago)
Dr. James M. Ablett* (Organizer), Brookhaven National Laboratory, National Synchrotron Light Source
Dr. Peter Siddons, Brookhaven National Laboratory, National Synchrotron Light Source

Cost
Participants are responsible for housing and travel costs to and from BNL. A registration fee of 75 USD is required (not applicable to speakers/instructors). This registration fee enables us to provide breakfast, lunch and afternoon coffee breaks. As space is limited, acceptance is on a "first come, first served" basis. Please submit your payment information at time of registration.

Application Deadlines
All participants must submit an application to >register for this workshop. In addition;

Non-US Citizens and Permanent Residents: To ensure site access, Non-US Citizens or Permanent Residents who do not have an active BNL appointment that will be current at the time this workshop is held, must apply to this workshop and register in the BNL Guest Information System no later than August 1, 2007. The approval process can take up to 30 to 90 days and must be complete before you can access the BNL site.

US Citizens: If you do not have an active BNL appointment that will be current at the time this workshop is held, you must apply to this workshop and register in the BNL Guest Information System no later than August 24, 2007. The approval process must be complete before you can access the BNL site.

General Registration: August 24, 2007

(Non-US citizens and Permanent Residents please review and adhere to the above statement regarding BNL site access)