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Lead in Soil of Historical Property

Soil samples collected from key locations from the grounds of a 200 year old building in New England illustrate expected variations in Lead (Pb) content. A DELTA analyzer configured in SmartShot Soil analysis mode was used to analyze the samples. Spectral data is shown using the DELTA PC Software.

Detla Handheld XRF with soil samples

Data Software results.


A DELTA handheld XRF analyzer, configured in SmartShot soil analysis mode, was used to run repeat measurements on a reference soil sample, to demonstrate repeatability. As shown below, the DELTA PC Software can be used to overlay spectra from different readings for direct comparison and analysis.

Delta Handheld XRF Analyzer

Soil Data

A reference sample spiked with approximately 500ppm Pb (sample 408) was used for these repeat readings.

Each reading was analyzed for 60 seconds.

+/- error shown is 2-sigma, 95% confidence.

Sample Run Pb ppm Value +/-
1 511 7
2 512 7
3 514 7
4 521 7
5 514 7
Avg 514 7
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Products used for this application

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