Fundamental parameters are required for accurate quantitative x-ray analysis, and the lack of recent reliable values with low associated uncertainties was pointed out during the European X-Ray Spectrometry conference (EXRS2008) in Cavtat.
Thus, within the framework of the European X-ray Spectrometry Association (EXSA), it was proposed by LNE-LNHB (France) and PTB (Germany) to start an international initiative to measure these fundamental parameters, bringing together key players from international x-ray instrumentation companies as well as various institutes from the academic sector.
In view of the challenges related to this important work, the participation of several national metrology and research institutes is essential for success. Experts on x-ray analysis should provide advice for the use of experimental facilities, ensuring best practise. Moreover, new measurements aiming at the determination of fundamental parameters should be performed by several laboratories to ensure their consistency.
Several research institutes and companies have already shown interest in participating in this initiative:
This has been implemented in a dedicated FP roadmap document based on the input of several expert groups.
In summer 2012 a FP dedicated literature database was established.
We are inviting you to participate in this initiative and to distribute this information among those, who could be interested in it. To keep in contact with you we encourage you to fill in our form of interest.
Marie-Christine Lépy, Michael Mantler and Burkhard Beckhoff