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Rapid Measurement of Total Organic Carbon in Soil

Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) can now be measured rapidly and accurately with SciAps handheld LIBS, without the need for spectral soil libraries, chemical pre-treatment, or lab conditions.

SciAps Z-300 Handheld LIBS Analyzer

Understanding how SOC changes over time and through different practices has now been made easier with the SciAps Z-300 handheld analyzer.

Smaller and lighter than ever, the Z-300 makes use of several advanced features

  • wide spectrometer range covering 185–950nm
  • x/y rastering of laser across sample
  • integrated camera for sample positioning
  • on-board argon gas purge

View the Z-300 Product Page

Rising interest in soil health and carbon sequestration has led to increased demand for measuring SOC. In a recent study, SciAps worked with the Agricultural Laboratory Proficiency Program (ALP) to incorporate a comprehensive, diverse group of soils from the U.S. and Canada into one standard calibration to provide a fast and accurate measurement of SOC.

The Z-300 calibration is based on many different soil types and properties. These soils also span a range of usage sites including: pasture, fallow, forest, corn, grains, potatoes, soybeans, fruits, rice, and cotton.

Approximate soil sample source locations across the U.S. and Canada

Approximate soil sample source locations across the U.S. and Canada. Locations data from ALP and map courtesy of: File:BlankMap-USA-states-Canada-provinces.png


We’ve revolutionized data downloading and management with our Connectivity package built on Android. Instantly and automatically send every test to a computer anywhere in the world. Manage data in real time, get results in real time, verify testing quality – all in real time. No more time-wasting manual exporting.

  • Real-Time Synching

    Every test result is stored on the analyzer and
    sent via WiFi to one or more online PCs located anywhere in the world.

  • Share Test Results with Your Phone for Instant Emailing

    SciAps apps share test results to mobile phone via Bluetooth automatically. Users can view current or previous test results, and page through 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.

  • Custom Auto Report Generation

    Who has time to download data, cut and paste into spreadsheets and documents? Instead create a report template one time, with your company logo, layout, etc. Then download data directly, print (even via WiFi) and done.

  • 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 Connectivity package.

  • Cloud-Based Data

    Available in 2019
    Test results are automatically uploaded to a secure cloud site, and can be viewed, edited and downloaded from browser software.

  • Data Merging

    Available in 2019
    You use LIBS for some materials. You use X-ray for others. How about automatically merging the data from both analyzers into a single report? Even a competitor’s XRF!

This page was updated on February 6th, 2019