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In-field, Instant Analysis of Lithium in Hard Rock and Brines

In-field microanalysis of rocks, veins, inclusions — another benefit of SciAps’ handheld LIBS

The GeoChem Pro App now delivers groundbreaking microanalysis of rocks in the field.

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

Discover sophisticated tools with the power to create advanced geochemistry analytical methods. Learn more…

The GeoChem App

Traditional Bulk Sample Analysis

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

Ground-breaking in-field microanalysis for geological materials.

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.

Where’s the Gold?

Elemental Deportment Mapping using handheld LIBS.

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.


Smallest, fastest, most precise handheld 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 GeoChem Pro.

Handheld LIBS

It’s all about the technology

The acceptance of handheld LIBS for in-field geochemistry is accelerating, as noted in new independent studies, and the SciAps Z features the most advanced LIBS technology of any handheld. The Z-300 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 measures low atomic number elements that X-ray can’t, including Li, Be, B, C, F, Na, plus the many transition and heavy metals that X-ray also measures. 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.

The Z analyzes elements FPXRF can’t

And offers greatly improved analysis of several major elements


SciAps Z-300 is the world’s only handheld that analyzes lithium in soils, ores and brines.

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.


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Direct Measurement of Lithium in the Field Using SciAps Z300 Hand Held LIBS

Field Portable XRF

It’s All About the Experience

Especially designed for core analysis or any application requiring high volume manual testing, compatible with 3rd party data visualization packages including IoGAS, Leapfrog, and Android-based for global connectivity with on-board camera, Wifi, GPS, Bluetooth.

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 REEs. 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 and Compton Normalization calibration methods to quantify elemental chemistry. Operators may switch back/forth. 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 using our industry-leading ProfileBuilder desktop software.

SciAps X-550

What’s better about the X-550?

The new X-500 series software is more intuitive and capable than ever before, giving you the better quality data, faster. Process more samples than ever, and make critical decisions with confidence now!

Perfect for long days in the field, the SciAps X-550 sets a new performance standard for handheld XRF. It’s the lightest, fastest, most articulate X-ray gun ever made — 2.8 lbs. including battery — and delivers the small size, blazing speed and high precision of the SciAps X Series in a perfectly balanced device.

The X-550 features a powerful, miniaturized X-ray tube designed to excel at measuring low atomic number elements Si, P, S, Mg and Al. Need optimal performance on rare earth elements or gold pathfinders like Ag or Sb? The X-550 has an optional 50 kV Mining calibration for even better LODs on these heavier elements. This X-ray tube combined with highly optimal internal geometry yields fast, precise results even on the hardest elements to measure with handheld XRF.

  • Premium X-ray hardware for fast, precise results
  • Optimal performance on light elements like Mg, Al, Si, P, S
  • Powerful 50 kV x-ray tube to measure rare earth elements or gold pathfinders

Tune and Customize your Laser and X-ray Calibrations with Profile Builder

Profile Builder

Unleash the Power of SciAps Analyzers

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.

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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.

Can Your Handheld Analyzer do this?

The SciAps Connectivity App

Data management, reporting and results sharing like you’d never thought possible on a handheld analyzer. Now possible with the integration of Android’s open-source, global connectivity and the SciAps analyzers.

The SciAps Connectivity App is optional, and may be purchased at time of analyzer purchase, or added at any SciAps X or Z at a later date. Visit our Apps Page for pricing and Downloading. Coming soon to Google Play!

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    Testing alloy chemistry and grade of finished materials at a fab shop in Shenzen, China.
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    Verifying the alloy is correct in real time in Houston.

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.

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This page was updated on December 1st, 2020