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An amazing world of applications available to handheld LIBS and XRF

SciAps, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of handheld XRF and LIBS analyzers, able to measure virtually every element, in almost any material. These breakthrough instruments have been expanding applications for portable, in-field measurements of elements, minerals and compounds in every major industry around the world. Sign up for our e-mail list to be the first to hear about this expanding world of handheld analysis.

Need an academic loaner? We frequently loan handheld analyzers for a few weeks or a month to academic researchers from the U.S. and Canada, so that they can perform a study or field analysis anywhere in the world. LIBS is often a preferred technique, especially for students, since operators do not have to deal with the regulatory complexities of X-ray fluorescence analyzers. And our accompanying ProfileBuilder software provides operators complete freedom to modify parameters. You’re not limited to factory-imposed calibrations or unchangeable multi-variant techniques. Contact us with a brief description of what you want to measure.

Have LIBS, will travel

This page was updated on November 23rd, 2020

Soil nutrient detection for precision agriculture with handheld LIBS

This page was updated on September 18th, 2020

Measuring Elements in Tea with Handheld LIBS

This page was updated on July 27th, 2020

Handheld LIBS used to measure beryllium in nuclear waste

This page was updated on June 11th, 2020

Optimisation of fast quantification of fluorine content using handheld LIBS

This page was updated on June 16th, 2020

Expanding Global Soil Management with SciAps Handheld LIBS

This page was updated on June 16th, 2020

Technical Note: Handheld LIBS Provides a Fast and Easy Method to Trace Gold

Handheld LIBS is relevant to gold traceability, and is simple to use in the field. A new study published as a Technical Note in the Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry (JAAS) demonstrates LIBS as a fast and easy method to …

Measuring Lead in Tap Water with Handheld XRF

This page was updated on November 23rd, 2020

Handheld LIBS for Geological Field Research

This page was updated on June 16th, 2020

LIBS as an Emerging Analytical Tool for Mineral Exploration

Breaking news: Handheld LIBS provides field capability to acquire low‐cost geochemical analyses in real time. A just-released publication in Minerals, in special issue Novel Methods and Applications for Mineral Exploration, the authors demonstrate how LIBS is ideally suited for field exploration …

Analysis of Rare Earth Elements in Uranium Using Handheld Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy

Breaking news: You can analyze concentrations of rare earth metals (REEs) with the SciAps Z-300 handheld LIBS. In a just-released publication in Applied Spectroscopy, author Ben Manard and his Los Alamos National Laboratory colleagues use the SciAps Z-300 handheld LIBS …


SciAps Analyzers: SciAps flagship Z-200 LIBS (laser) analyzer offers rapid, accurate results on a variety of alloy materials, and the Z-200 C+ was the first handheld analyzer to measure carbon content in steels and stainless. SciAps has set a new performance standard with their latest series of XRF analyzers, the smallest, lightest weight and fastest XRF analyzers ever made.

About SciAps: Headquartered near Boston, Mass., the SciAps marketing and product development teams are veterans of Niton, Innov-X, ThermoFisher Scientific, and Olympus, bringing decades of experience to developing and supporting handheld analyzers. Global customers include manufacturers, pipeline engineers, safety and security specialists, researchers, the academic community, scrap recyclers, and the mining industry.

This page was updated on November 23rd, 2020