Analyze Any Mineral, Any Element, Anyplace on the Planet.
Smallest, fastest, most precise FPXRF available. Perfect for gold pathfinders, transition and heavy metals.
In-field analysis of Li, Be, B, C, Na, F. Lithium in hard rocks and brines. High sensitivity to other major elements Mg, Si, Al, Ca, K. Map elemental distribution using our GeoChem Pro app.
The acceptance of handheld LIBS for in-field geochemistry is accelerating. LIBS or Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy is an analytical technique where, using a laser, a plasma is created on the sample. As the plasma cools characteristic photons are emitted and measured to determine elemental presence and concentration at the sampled location. The SciAps Z features the most advanced LIBS technology of any handheld. The Z utilizes the most powerful laser, operating at 5-6 mJ/pulse, up to 50 Hz rep rate, Class 3B 1064nm wavelength. The spectrometer range of 190 nm out to 950 nm delivers full periodic table coverage. The patented OPTi-purgeTM integrated argon gas purge (optional) yields better limits of detection for many elements compared to air-based analysis. Internal 3D stage raster the laser allowing for surgical analysis of inclusions or veins if desired, all easily viewed through the integrated camera and laser targeting.
The Z analyzes elements FPXRF can’t
The Z offers greatly improved analysis of several major elements compared to FPXRF
In-field, Instant Analysis of Lithium in Hard Rock and Brines
Meet the Z-300 – the world’s only handheld that analyzes lithium in soils, ores and brines.
The Z also measures other low atomic number elements that X-ray can’t, including Be, B, C, F, Na, plus the many transition and heavy metals that X-ray also measures. The Z uses the technique of laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS). LIBS is an optical technique and is therefore very sensitive to the low atomic number elements. No X-rays means no travel restrictions or licensing headaches. There are now dozens of Z-300 analyzers being used globally for lithium exploration projects. If you need to measure lithium or other low atomic elements in the field, the Z-300 is your solution.
Where’s the Gold?
The use of microanalytical techniques to better understand mineralization has become more widespread as laboratory equipment capable of discrete analysis has evolved. It is now possible to map elemental distribution in geological samples in the field using a handheld analyzer, namely the SciAps Z-300 handheld LIBS analyzer. While handheld and portable X-Ray Florescence [XRF] analyzers can be used effectively to measure many pathfinder and major element in the field LIBS offers complimentary and unique capabilities to enhance conventional field geochemical investigations and presents new opportunities.
In-field microanalysis of rocks, veins, inclusions — another benefit of SciAps’ handheld LIBS
The corresponding LIBS element distribution map for Fe shows excellent correlation with the XFM map and using third party software such as Reflex ioGAS, contouring, RGB mapping and advanced analysis of data can be quickly and easily performed in the field.
An X-ray fluorescence map (XFM) for Fe. SciAps handheld LIBS now allows targeted microanalysis of geological samples in the field.
*Australian Synchrotron’s x-ray fluorescence microprobe (XFM) data courtesy of Shaun Barker (University of Waikato) and Jeremy Vaughan (Barrick).
A Whole New World of Analysis for Rock Samples
The GeoChem App
SciAps Z handheld LIBS offers quantitative testing on a more comprehensive element suite than fpXRF with the GeoChem App. Analyze samples using factory calibrations or build your own user defined calibrations using SciAps proprietary Profile BuilderTM PC software. SciAps GeoChem App allows easy collection of metadata, conversion of element to oxide, user selectable units of measurement between ppm and percent.
The GeoChem Pro App
Map elemental distribution within minerals, veins and inclusions. Create and export element maps, spectral data at individual locations and import data into third party geochemical analysis software (ioGAS) for advanced analysis of data.
Field Portable XRF
FPXRF is the established technology for in-field elemental analysis. So it’s expected that the SciAps team, with more than 30 years experience designing and supporting FPXRF for the exploration community, would introduce an advanced FPXRF with all the performance and the features the industry demands.
Low-atomic number elements Mg, Al, Si, P, S, K, Ca Transition/pathfinder elements Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, As, Se, Sr, Rb, Zr, Nb, Mo, Te, Ag, Cd, Sn, Sb, Ba Heavy metals Ta, W, Au, Hg, Tl, Pb, Bi, U
The X is factory calibrated with 37 standard elements including all measurable pathfinders except REE’s. The X is available with one of two X-ray tube anodes, either Au or Rh, depending on the application. The most common choice is the Au anode because performance is optimal for the vast majority of pathfinder elements including critical gold pathfinders for ore bodies high/low sulphication epithermals, Orogenic, Carlin-type, Porphyry Cu-Au, iron oxide Cu-Au and others. The Rh anode provides broad coverage of transition and heavy metals and highly optimized performance for low atomic number elements Mg, Al, Si, P and S.
The X uses both fundamental parameters (FP) and Compton Normalization (CN) calibration methods to quantify elemental chemistry. Operators may switch back/forth between methods for any element. In general CN is used for trace level analysis in ore samples with generally low concentrations of metals, and FP is used for concentrates or samples with percent level metal concentrations. Operators may modify existing calibrations to adjust for biases present in site-specific geologies, and create custom calibrations, all with our industry-leading Profile Builder desktop software.
The smallest, lightest weight high performance FPXRF – especially designed for core analysis or any application requiring high volume manual testing. Android-based platform for global connectivity and App friendly. On-board camera, Wifi, GPS, Bluetooth and compatible with 3rd party data visualization packages including IoGAS, Leapfrog.
Tune and Customize your Laser and X-ray Calibrations with Profile Builder
SciAps Profile Builder (PB) frees you from reliance on factory generated calibrations and methods. Tune and customize your calibrations to local geochemistry with Profile Builder for XRF and LIBS. PB is loaded with common industry certified reference materials (CRMs with assays) and users may add more. View calibration curves, generate new ones, build highly customized models for your own elements of interest. Overlay and compare mineral spectra and more.
The X and Z can be operated as simple, point-and-shoot analyzers with factory calibrations, or as sophisticated tools with the power to create advanced analytical methods – you decide.
Real time results sharing globally
Data taken on analyzer is instantly shared with any connected PC, anywhere in the world. Both PC and analyzer must be connected to the internet. If analyzer is not connected or loses connection, testing data is automatically transferred the next time internet connection is established. Works with most phone hot spots.
Share test results with your phone for instant emailing
SciAps App shares test results to mobile phone via Bluetooth automatically. Users can view current or previous test results, page them exactly like a camera roll. Results can be emailed as pdf files direct from phone. Currently only available with Android phones. Apple capability coming soon.
Share data with wireless or Bluetooth printers for instant or automated printing
Automatically send test results to wifi printers, or to Zebra belt mounted Bluetooth printer. Printers not included with App.