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X-Ray Fluorescence Determination of the Boron Content in Lithium Borate Glasses

Abstract

A method for the X-ray fluorescence determination of the boron content in lithium borates used for preparing glasses for detecting ionizing radiation is proposed. The measurements are carried out on an S8 Tiger X-ray spectrometer. Sample preparation consists of fusing lithium borates (7.5 g) with a rock sample (0.5 g) and forming a glass disk. The error estimate for boron is 0.2 wt % with the boron content in the range from 21.7 to 27.2 wt % corresponding to the range of content in stoichiometric lithium borates from metaborate to triborate.

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

The work was performed using the equipment of the Center for Collective Use “Isotope-Geochemical Research” of the Institute of Geochemistry, Siberian Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences, and the Center for Collective Use “Geodynamics and Geochronology” of the Institute of the Earth’s Crust, Siberian Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences.

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The study was carried out as part of a state assignment for project no. 0284-2021-0005 “Development of Methods for Studying the Chemical Composition and Structural State of Natural and Technogenic Environments in the Earth Sciences” and no. 0284-2021-0004 “Materials and Technologies for the Development of Radiation Detectors, Phosphors, and Optical Glasses.”

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Finkelshtein, A.L., Dergin, A.A., Nepomnyashchikh, A.I. et al. X-Ray Fluorescence Determination of the Boron Content in Lithium Borate Glasses. Glass Phys Chem 48, 6–9 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1134/S1087659622010047

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Keywords:

  • X-ray fluorescence analysis
  • lithium borates
  • boron determination