Simon Fraser University Department of Archaeology X-Ray Fluorescence Laboratory


Welcome to the SFU Archaeology XRF Lab! It provides a range of analytic services related to a range of materials including obsidian, other igneous rock (basalt, andesite, dacite, rhyolite), murock (slate, shale and others), ceramics and anything else of interest. This webpage provides further information related to our instruments, pricing information, submission of samples, turn around time and current research by people at SFU Archaeology. 


About The Lab

Our instrument is a Bruker Tracer III-V+. It is equipped with a Si-Pin detector and has a resolution of 190eV at 10,000 counts per second. It has an X-ray tube with a Rhodium target and a maximum voltage of 40 kV. A series of filters and options to alter instrument power settings can cater analysis for a wide range of materials. A vacuum system aids in the detection of light elements. This instrument has the capabilities of a bench top model, but with the convenience of also being hand held for use in the field. Software allows for live time spectral displays and many calibrations can be applied to various materials for inter-lab and instrument comparison. Our lab is also equipped with a 20 position automated sample changer manufactured by DeWitt Systems that allows for batch processing.


About The Lab

Our instrument is a Bruker Tracer III-V+. It is equipped with a Si-Pin detector and has a resolution of 190eV at 10,000 counts per second. It has an X-ray tube with a Rhodium target and a maximum voltage of 40 kV. A series of filters and options to alter instrument power settings can cater analysis for a wide range of materials. A vacuum system aids in the detection of light elements. This instrument has the capabilities of a bench top model, but with the convenience of also being hand held for use in the field. Software allows for live time spectral displays and many calibrations can be applied to various materials for inter-lab and instrument comparison. Our lab is also equipped with a 20 position automated sample changer manufactured by DeWitt Systems that allows for batch processing.

About The Lab


Our instrument is a Bruker Tracer III-V+. It is equipped with a Si-Pin detector and has a resolution of 190eV at 10,000 counts per second. It has an X-ray tube with a Rhodium target and a maximum voltage of 40 kV. A series of filters and options to alter instrument power settings can cater analysis for a wide range of materials. A vacuum system aids in the detection of light elements. This instrument has the capabilities of a bench top model, but with the convenience of also being hand held for use in the field. Software allows for live time spectral displays and many calibrations can be applied to various materials for inter-lab and instrument comparison. Our lab is also equipped with a 20 position automated sample changer manufactured by DeWitt Systems that allows for batch processing.  

Prices

XRF Analysis and Source Identification 1-50 samples

$40 per sample

XRF Analysis and Source Identification 51-100 samples

$35 per samples

Analysis and Source Identification 101+ samples

email rudyr@sfu.ca

Rapid Turnaround of 2 weeks or less

email rudyr@sfu.ca

Other Studies- source characterization, graduate student research

email rudyr@sfu.ca

Results of all projects will be sent electronically unless otherwise desired

Research

 

We are particularly interested in research projects of interest to the Northwest Coast, Plateau, and Sub-Arctic culture regions. Specifically: The examination of obsidian, basaltic rock or other lithic sources, the study of museum collections or other collections that have interesting artifacts, improvement of our lab and analytical capabilities, partnership or collaboration on projects and data sharing.