Phosphate accessory phases contain a wealth of petrologic and chronological information, but each possesses particular properties that make accurate quantitative microanalysis difficult. This chapter provides an overview of the literature concerned with the main problems of electron microprobe (EMP) phosphate analysis. These include the volatility of fluorine in F-bearing apatite, and the mutual interference of L- and M-line X-rays from the major and trace elements in monazite and xenotime, along with consideration of standards, detection limits, absorption edges, and ZAF corrections in REE phosphates.

The typical apatite in metamorphic parageneses is enriched in F (e.g., Smith and Yardley 1999...

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