Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Larry Oppliger

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


Particle induced x-ray emission (PIXE) has been in use for several years at Western's accelerator laboratory. Its primary purpose has been to provide trace element analysis of various types of solid samples. The analysis of water samples has not been done because of problems involving target preparation for the accelerator. A process called vapor filtration, developed at Purdue University, allows adequate sample preparation for the accelerator. This process is being adapted for use here at WMU. When completely operational, this system will give the WMU accelerator program the additional capability of performing water quality analyses to concentrations of parts per billion. This thesis tells how the system was developed, details its operation and presents some preliminary results of analyses on waste water samples.