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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 Profile Builder 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.

SciAps Instant Detection of Banned Fluorinated Ski Waxes with Handheld LIBS

This page was updated on September 27th, 2021

In-field analysis of rock varnish with SciAps LIBS

Publication: Russell S. Harmon, Daria Khashchevskaya, Michelle Morency, Lewis A. Owen, Morgan Jennings, Jeffrey R. Knott and Jason M. Dortch. “Analysis of Rock Varnish from the Mojave Desert by Handheld Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy,” Molecules 26, 5200 (2021). This study investigated ...

SciAps LIBS test method for fluorine in food packaging

This page was updated on September 27th, 2021

Analysis of garnet by LIBS — two practical applications

This page was updated on August 30th, 2021

Advances in LIBS analysis for geology: A critical review

Publication: Cécile Fabre, University of Lorraine. “Advances in Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy analysis for geology: A critical review,” Spectrochimica Acta Part B Atomic Spectroscopy 166:105799 (2020). A review of studies demonstrates LIBS is the optimal way to achieve quick geology screening ...

Application of Handheld LIBS to Quantitative Analysis of Carbonate Minerals

Presented at International Online Meeting on Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (IOMLIBS), July 2020. Authors: Yonghwi Kim, University of Lorraine; Cécile Fabre, University of Lorraine; Jean Cauzid, University of Lorraine Handheld LIBS is effectively applicable for in-field determination of carbonates and ...

Analyses of Li-Rich Minerals Using Handheld LIBS

Publication: Cécile Fabre, Nour Eddine Ourti, Julien Mercadier, Joana Cardoso-Fernandes, Filipa Dias, Mônica Perrotta, Friederike Koerting, Alexandre Lima, Friederike Kaestner, Nicole Koellner, Robert Linnen, David Benn, Tania Martins and Jean Cauzid. “Analyses of Li-Rich Minerals Using Handheld LIBS Tool,” Data. ...

Investigation of handheld LIBS in terms of heavy metal detection in contaminated soil

Study presented to  Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Continental Environments, September 2020. Authors: Mehran Movahedrad, LafargeHolcim, Lyon, France; Cécile Fabre, University of Lorraine SciAps LIBS was used to perform heavy metals analysis in contaminated soil. Handheld LIBS simplifies the necessary qualitative and ...

Making a case for handheld LIBS in mineral exploration

This page was updated on July 13th, 2021

Invited review: “Field-portable and handheld LIBS history, status and prospects”

This page was updated on July 26th, 2021

SciAps CTO Dave Day in ‘Portable Spectroscopy and Spectrometry’

This page was updated on May 26th, 2021

Activating new business with handheld LIBS

This page was updated on February 22nd, 2021

Screening for Conflict Minerals: Columbite-Tantalite and Beyond

This page was updated on January 18th, 2021

Have LIBS, will travel

This page was updated on February 11th, 2021

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 February 11th, 2021

Handheld LIBS used to measure beryllium in nuclear waste

This page was updated on June 11th, 2020

First Gas uses SciAps LIBS for CE in pipeline repairs

This page was updated on June 5th, 2021

Optimisation of fast quantification of fluorine content using handheld LIBS

This page was updated on March 22nd, 2021

Expanding Global Soil Management with SciAps Handheld LIBS

This page was updated on February 11th, 2021

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 February 23rd, 2021

Handheld LIBS for Geological Field Research

This page was updated on May 4th, 2021

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.

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This page was updated on September 27th, 2021