Title

Utilizing X-ray Fluorescence to Measure Increases in Iron Concentrations of Methamphetamine Doped Mice Spleens

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Sarah Formica

Campus

Dahlonega

Subject Area

Physics

Location

Special Collections 382

Start Date

1-4-2014 9:30 AM

End Date

1-4-2014 10:50 AM

Description/Abstract

In this experiment we are investigating the use of x-ray fluorescence to determine the iron content present in the spleens of methamphetamine doped mice compared to that of a control spleen. The x-ray system used utilizes a rhodium source coupled with a DCC optic, and a solid state Silicon detector to give characteristic peaks of iron, proportional in counts to the amount of iron present. Although other methods exist for finding iron concentrations in the spleens, XRF serves as a relatively low cost, non-destructive, and efficient method for finding the concentration.

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Utilizing X-ray Fluorescence to Measure Increases in Iron Concentrations of Methamphetamine Doped Mice Spleens

Special Collections 382

In this experiment we are investigating the use of x-ray fluorescence to determine the iron content present in the spleens of methamphetamine doped mice compared to that of a control spleen. The x-ray system used utilizes a rhodium source coupled with a DCC optic, and a solid state Silicon detector to give characteristic peaks of iron, proportional in counts to the amount of iron present. Although other methods exist for finding iron concentrations in the spleens, XRF serves as a relatively low cost, non-destructive, and efficient method for finding the concentration.