Application of the proton microprobe in mineral exploration and processing

S. H. Sie*, C. G. Ryan, D. R. Cousens, W. L. Griffin

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The in situ high-sensitivity multielement detection capability of PIXE, combined with μm spatial resolution opens up new possibilities in mineral-related research. Trace element data obtained using the proton microprobe provide new tools in exploration for diamond and precious metals, ore genesis studies as well as in the processing of precious-metal-bearing ores. Introduction of this new methodology to the minerals industry however is controlled by economic factors which must be taken into consideration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)690-697
Number of pages8
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
Issue numberPART 1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 1989
Externally publishedYes


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