An improved low-cost practical method of determining beryllium or a beryllium compound thereof in a sample is disclosed by measuring fluorescence. This method discloses methods to lower the back ground fluorescence. Further, the method is extended to improved analysis of beryllium in soils by including a heating step.
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 This invention was made with US Government support under contract number DE-FG02-06ER84587 awarded by the Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights to this invention.