EXSA/LNHB School on “Quantification Methods in X-ray Spectrometry”

Scopes & Background

The school aims at helping the attendants developing skills in XRF quantification strategies, to give them tools to understand the calibration procedures, to discuss figures of merit, limits of detection and quantification, and to provide practical knowledge on the different approaches, methods, and algorithms developed towards quantification for a given system.

Experts in the field will give lectures on the fundamentals of X-ray Fluorescence Analysis, will introduce the problems of quantitative XRF determination, and will provide deep insights into the quantification methods and tools. Practical sessions on the available approaches and software will follow these theoretical aspects.

Expert talks and a poster session (Wednesday evening) in the following workshop will be organized within the scope of this quantification school to foster the interactions between the participants. It will, therefore, provide an interdisciplinary platform for young scientists working in the field of X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry to discuss and exchange problems and ideas on the challenges and progress of XRF quantification analysis, and strengthen their scientific network.

The autumn school is free of charge but the attendees are expected to finance their own travel and accommodation expenses.

Targeted audience

The autumn school is designed specifically for Ph.D. students and Postdocs with basic understanding of X-Ray Spectrometry. Undergraduate students, e.g., at the latest stage of master studies focused on X-ray Spectrometry issues, are welcome as well.

Attendants are expected to bring their own PC to allow for efficient practical tutorials.

The attendees of the school are encouraged to participate actively to the following workshop focused as well on “quantitative methods in X-ray spectrometry”, to register and present their work, for instance during the poster session, which will take place the Wednesday October 25th, 2023.


The program is still under elaboration. However, the following topics are considered. The lectures followed by a * are confirmed.

  • Interactions of X-ray with matter *         
  • Quantitative methods for various types of matrices in industrial XRF*
  • X-ray tubes and Detectors
  • High resolution spectroscopies
  • Metrology & Uncertainties*
  • Quantitative imaging
  • High-resolution Spectroscopies
  • Hands-on:
    • Spectral Analysis & Simulations
      • with COLEGRAM*
      • others
    • Monte-Carlo Simulations


Monday October 23rd, 2023
8:30 – 9:00D. Eichert & M.C. Lépy, M. Kellett (LNHB)Registration & Welcome
9:00 – 10:30Joanna HoszowskaInteraction of X-rays with MatterLecture
10:35 – 11:00Break
11:00 – 12:30Charalampos ZarkadasQuantitative methods for various types of matrices in industrial XRFLecture
12:30 – 14:00Lunch
14:00 – 15:45Martino TrassinelliFP/Bayesian Code-ITraining
15:45 – 16:15Break
16:18 – 18:00Martino TrassinelliFP/Bayesian Code-IITraining
Tuesday October 24th, 2023
8:30 – 10:00Philippe CassetteMetrology & Uncertainties  Lecture
10:15 – 11:15Diane EichertQuantification in bulkLecture
11:15 – 11:45Break
11:45 – 13:00Yves KaiserGE/GI XRFLecture
13:00 – 14:30Lunch
14:30 – 16:30Yves MénesguenCOLEGRAM & Spectral Analysis & FittingTraining
16:30 – 17:00Break
17:00 – 18:00Diane EichertPyMcA – IntroductionTraining
Wednesday October 25th, 2023
8:30 – 9:30Timo WolffModeling X-ray tubes and solid state detectorsLecture
9:30 – 10:30Rachid BelkhouDevelopment of Soft X-ray and electron microscopy for the study of advanced materialsLecture
10:30 – 11:00Break 
11:00 – 12:30Matjaz KavcicHigh resolution X-ray emission and absorption spectroscopyLecture
12:30 – 13:45Lunch
13:45 – 14:15Karim Boudergui (CEA-SIMRI)Welcome WORKSHOP
14:15 – 15:00Yves KaiserLaboratory-based high energy resolution X-ray spectroscopyPlenary

Modalities for applying to the school

Please fill in the registration form.

Please send to: quant2023@exsa.hu

  • Your curriculum vitae
  • A letter of motivation

The attendance to the school is FREE OF CHARGE, but limited to 20 participants. For school participants who desire to attend the following workshop, there will be no registration fees. In this case, the attendees are highly encouraged to submit an abstract.

Modalities for applying to EXSA support

A few travel grants will be available for students to attend the week event. Upon justification, a contribution to travel costs may be provided.

Please send a dedicated motivation statement at quant2023@exsa.hu, together with your application to the school, to apply for this contribution to travel costs.

Contact: quant2023@exsa.hu


Application to the school: September 22nd, 2023

Application to EXSA support: September 22nd, 2023

Workshop abstract deadline: September 30th, 2023

Notification of selection for the school: September 30th, 2023

Notification for EXSA travel support: September 30th, 2023