Z-50 LIBS Analyzer

OES made easy, for basic material sorting and ID

The Z-50 is a basic material analyzer. It uses laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS). It performs air-based analysis (air burn) only, no argon purge. So like other air-burn units it is largely for basic sorting or more qualitative analysis. Eighty years of spark OES usage have proven that for quantitative, precise analysis, an argon purge is essential for OES techniques like spark or LIBS.

Great News: If you buy a Z-50 you can always upgrade it later to any other Z model with argon purge. Even carbon. Defy Obsolescence!

For the metals industry, the Z-50 is an inexpensive but reliable alloy sorting device, mostly for aluminum alloys, stainless and red metals. It will ID high-temp alloys but should not be used for precise Ni analysis. It offers base metal quantification for the environmental and minerals industries, particularly for beryllium in soil (for which there is no other handheld technique). The Z-50 is the best choice for an inexpensive alloy sorter or elemental analyzer with modest performance requirements. Add argon purge at any time to upgrade to the Z-200 for the price difference between the models.

Analytical Range

One or more lines from all elements except H, F, Cl, Br, N, O, Rb, Cs, S


190 nm – 625 nm

SciAps Z-50 LIBS Analyzer


4 lbs with battery


8.25″ x 11.5″ x 4.5″


5″ color touchscreen Smartphone type display – PowerVR SGX540 3D graphic

Sample viewing

On-board camera/video for viewing sample before, during analysis, laser spot finder to show where laser strikes sample.


Z-direction stage, computer controlled for manually or automatically adjusting laser focus location on sample. Essential for liquids analysis.

Comms/Data Transfer

Wifi, Bluetooth, USB. Connectivity to most devices, including SciAps ProfileBuilder PC software.

Available Apps

Alloy, Geochem (Mining), Empirical, Environmental Apps. New Apps are added regularly please check with company or website.

Excitation Source

5-6 mJ/pulse, 50 Hz repetition rate, 1064 nm laser source

Processing Electronics

ARM Cortex -A9 dual-core / 1.2 GHz Memory: 1 GB DDR2 RAM, 1 GB NAND

Spectral Data Acquisition

Spectral data collected in either ungated or gated operation, with user settable gate delays

Operation Air Burn

The Z-50 operates in ambient environment, not argon purge. Users may update the Z-50 to a Z-200 or any other model for the difference in price.

Laser Raster

On-board XY stage for rastering laser to discrete locations for targeted analysis or averaging. Raster pattern up to 16 x 16 grid, 256 locations.

Calibration Check

Internal shutter is also 316 stainless for totally automated calibration and wavelength scale validation.


On board rechargeable Li-ion battery, rechargeable inside device or with external charger, AC power.

Drift Correction

Only needed for higher accuracy analysis (argon purge). Automated drift correction using factory provided or user provided reference materials.

Grade library (alloy)

500+ grades, multiple libraries supported, grades may be added on analyzer or via PC software package (ProfileBuilder).

Data Storage

Results Storage: 8 GB SD


Password protected usage (user level) and internal settings (admin).


CE, RoHS, USFDA registered. Class 3b laser. Sample sensor on-board, allows for operation under Class 1 conditions, subject to local LSO approval. CE, RoHS, USFDA registered.