XANES has been recently used for the determination of oxidation states of actinides in environmental samples. To obtain reliable
results, however, a sufficiently long counting time at every probing energy and a large number of experimental points per
XANES spectrum are required, due to the complex mathematical model used to fit the measured spectrum. This makes micro-mapping
difficult, since the time required for data collection becomes unacceptably long. A simplified model for data collection and
evaluation is presented. Its effectiveness has been tested by measuring the distribution of Pu oxidation states in a “hot”
particle coming from a nuclear weapon test site.