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What are the advantages of electron microprobe analyses over
traditional "wet chemical" analyses?


There are two main advantages of using an electron microprobe for elemental analyses of solid materials. First, it is a micro-analytical technique. The volume being analyzed is typically in the range of one billionth of a cubic millimeter. Therefore very small areas can be analyzed in situ without contamination from the surrounding matrix. Secondly, it is a non-destructive technique. After the analyses, the sample can be used for other analytical procedures or it can be simply preserved for future reference.

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