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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.

Understanding how SOC changes over time and through different practices has been made easier with the SciAps handheld LIBS (laser) analyzer.

SciAps Z-903, smaller and lighter than ever, makes use of several advanced features.

  • wide spectrometer range covering 190—950nm
  • x/y rastering of laser across sample
  • integrated camera for sample positioning
  • on-board argon gas purge

View the Z-903 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 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

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  • Data Merging

    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 15th, 2022