9-10 May 2017
Australian Synchrotron
Australia/Melbourne timezone


We invite you to attend the GeoPIXE at X-ray Fluorescence Microscopy beamline workshop 9-10 May at the Australian Synchrotron.

The workshop will be a two-day hands-on and interactive series of tutorials and demonstrations of GeoPIXE with the emphasis on processing and analysing data collected with the Maia detector at the XFM beamline.

To ensure attendees get the most out of the workshop, participant numbers will be limited.  We are planning to hold another workshop this September, so do not worry if you don't make it to the May workshop.

We are planning to hold some parallel beginner and advanced topics.  Beginner sessions will cover the basics of using GeoPIXE, such as extracting spectra and spectrum fitting of X-ray fluorescence data.   Advanced topics will include a new feature of GeoPIXE, multiphase dynamic analysis, i.e., fitting for multiple sample matrices present in a specimen.

New users (<2 years since their first XFM experiment) will be given preference to the beginner workshop sessions. Advanced users should be confident with normal processing in GeoPIXE, such as spectrum fitting, generating and exploring images, and extracting and fitting region spectra.  

While the beamline staff can start you off with your data processing, detailed research questions often require fluency with analysis packages.  GeoPIXE is tailored to fluorescence microscopy, and provides a powerful suite of analytical features, some of which are not available anywhere else (elemental correlation and co-localisation are relatively unique to fluorescence microscopy).  Our years of experience with GeoPIXE at the XFM beamline has shown that highest productivity comes from research groups with at least one team member fluent with GeoPIXE.  As you know your specimens better than anyone else, it pays for you to be interrogating the data post-experiment (checking calibrations, standards, re-fitting, etc.)

Workshop topics will include:

  • Introduction to the synchrotron's ASCI computer cluster with remote desktop access
  • Basic principles of X-ray fluorescence
  • Basic spectral analysis of Maia data using GeoPIXE
  • Image validation and quantification
  • Exporting data & images for visualisation, presentation, and publication
  • XANES mapping and other advanced analysis
  • Multiphase Dynamic Analysis (analysis of multiple sample matrices in a specimen)


  • Please register your interest in attending using the Registration link in the left menu. Please choose either Beginner or Advanced sessions. 
  • Includes light lunch and morning and afternoon teas
  • Access to all workshop materials
  • If you have any difficulties with registering, please email daryl.howard@synchrotron.org.au

Accommodation and travel assistance

  • Accommodation will be available at the AS guest house at no cost for registered interstate and country Victoria participants
  • Travel assistance will be provided to a limited number of participants, with priority for PhD students (and one support package per institution/state)

What you will need to provide

  • Bring your own laptop computer – running Windows or MacOS or Linux
  • It is not necessary to have a GeoPIXE licence to attend


Chris Ryan and Daryl Howard

Preparation and materials

Workshop notes are found in 'notes' link at bottom of page.



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