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Determination of Cu, Zn, Mn & Fe Metals in Soil Employing the EDXRF & FAAS Techniques and Comparative Study of Results

10.15415/jnp.2017. 42033


EDXRF, FAAS, Linear Regression, Levene’s Test

Virendra Singh, Diwakar Padalia and Kamal Devlal


1 Journal of Nuclear Physics, Material Sciences, Radiation and Applications Vol-4, No-2, Feburary 2017 pp. 1–9 DOI: 10.15415/jnp.2017. 42033 Determination of Cu, Zn, Mn & Fe Metals in Soil Employing the EDXRF & FAAS Techniques and Comparative Study of Results VIRENDRA SINGH 1, * , DIWAKAR PADALIA 2 , KAMAL DEVLAL 3 1 Department of Physics, G. B. Pant University of Ag. & Tech., Pantnagar, U.S.Nagar 263145, India 2 Department of Physics, K.R Mangalam University, Gurgaon 122103, India 3 Department of Physics, School of Science, Uttarakhand Open University, Haldwani 263139, India Email: Received: May 12, 2016| Revised: June 14, 2016| Accepted: September 20, 2016 Published online: February 06, 201 7 The Author(s) 2016. This article is published with open access at publications Abstract Two analytical spectroscopic techniques viz. EDXRF and FAAS were employed in analyzing the four heavy metals i.e. Cu, Zn, Mn and Fe in 24 soil samples. The heavy metals in understudy soil were found to have very low to high concentration range and so both techniques were compared for a broader range of concentrations. Two methods, open vessel digestion and microwave oven digestion, were used to prepare the liquid samples for FAAS analysis. The results of both of the EDXRF and FAAS techniques were found comparable when high concentration element Fe was determined. However, for the low concentration values, the results were dissimilar. Some statistical methods like regression and Levene’s test are used to compare the results of both the techniques.


EDXRF, FAAS, Linear Regression, Levene’s Test


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