Handhelds For the Electric Vehicle and Strategic Metals Markets
In-field analysis of lithium in rocks and brines
Higher voltage XRF (up to 55 kV) to provide highly sensitive analysis of the light REEs plus ytrium
Popular “One Box” packages combining both XRF and LIBS devices for battery metals and strategic metals
The world’s only handheld analyzer capable of measuring lithium in rocks, ores, powders, and brines for instant, in-field analysis.
Flagship geochemistry for those who require full elemental coverage, from H to U. Spectrometers spanning 190 – 950 nm measure low atomic number elements that X-ray can’t, including beryllium, boron, carbon, fluorine and sodium, plus the many transition and heavy metals that X-ray also measures.
Tantalex Resources Exploration project in Democratic Republic of Congo
Why a 55 kV X-ray tube? The X-ray energy needed to effectively excite emissions from the light REEs resides in the 40-48 keV range. Typical X-ray tubes in handheld units only operate up to 50 kV, and therefore only a tiny fraction of the X-ray energy is useful for excitation of the REEs.
By operating the X-ray tube up to 55 kV, about 10x more X-ray energy is available to produce emissions from the light REEs and the first two heavy REEs, gadolinium and europium. While it’s not possible to operate a handheld XRF at high enough voltages to usefully measure all heavy REEs, the X-555 provides highly sensitive yttrium analysis, which is a common pathfinder for the heavy REEs.
The X-555, with its exceptional shielding and 4 mm diameter beam collimation, may be used directly on rock surfaces and cores. It can also be equipped with an interlocked test stand for safe analysis of cupped or bagged samples.
Values for interference-free (SiO2) and highly challenging OREAS REE ores containing multiple interfering elements. LODs are for 3-sigma detection above background, 120-second test times.
For users who need optimal analysis for every element and sample type, SciAps offers a family of “One Box” packages. Includes both an XRF and a LIBS analyzer, designed to share the same batteries, charger and other accessories for easy field compatibility of both technologies. The One Box provides an economic solution for strategic and EV metals critical to green economy industries.