Instant Geochemistry and Mineralogy

By on July 10, 2017

Olympus and Cytek offer X-ray Fluorescence (XRF), X-ray Diffraction (XRD) and Microscope Solutions for Earth Science Applications

Olympus provides an end-to-end range of products and solutions for the geoscience industry that enable users to characterize geological materials.

Our products include high-performance portable and small benchtop X-ray fluorescence (XRF) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analyzers and a range of petrological microscopes. This comprehensive portfolio enables rapid and real-time chemical analysis (XRF), quantitative mineralogy (XRD), and traditional optical mineralogy and petrology, providing a complete and cost-effective material characterization solution.

Mineralogy by X-ray Diffraction (XRD)

Olympus provides the world’s only portable, battery operated XRD analyzer as well as benchtop XRD analyzers for fast, accurate quantitative mineralogy and mineral phase identification in a small, low-cost form factor. These unique instruments benefit from fast and simple sample preparation due to a patented sample vibration chamber, which results in a superb X-ray diffraction pattern and significantly reduces preferred orientation effects associated with traditional XRD systems.

Key features include:

• Very small benchtop and portable systems

• Patented technology developed by NASA for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity Rover

• Only requires a 15mg, 150m powdered sample

• No need for water cooling or a large power supply (Peltier cooling and battery operation)

• Embedded software operated via Wi-Fi for flexible user control and data handling

• Fast acquisition time (only several minutes)

Chemistry by X-ray Fluorescence (XRF)

Olympus provides a range of high-performance portable XRF analyzers to quickly, accurately, and precisely determine the chemistry of samples in situ or in the lab.

Key features include:

• A variety of models to suit your budget and application

• Optimized hardware (X-ray tube, detector, and electronics) for the best detection limits, light element performance, and sampling speed

• Analyze elements from Mg (z=12) to Uranium (z=92)

• Rugged, fit-for-purpose industrial designs

• Intuitive software and data products

• Supported by an industry-leading team of application experts

Mineralogy and Petrology by Optical Microscopy

Olympus also provides a full range of upright microscopes for use in routine mineralogical and petrological investigations.

Key features include:

• A range of models, from cost-effective binocular microscopes, student, and academic configurations, to high-end customized research platforms

• Both transmitted light (for gangue/silicate mineralogy) and reflected light (for opaque/sulfide mineralogy) options combined with polarization accessories for orthoscopic and conoscopic observations

• Strain-free objectives with an antireflection coating for high-quality polarized light imaging and a choice of digital camera options for real-time image acquisition with excellent color reproduction, combined with advanced image analysis software for applications such as phase analysis

• Modular design for application-specific customization

Key Industries and Applications

• Education, academia, and research (archeology, agriculture, geology, geochemistry, mineralogy, environmental science, metallurgy, mineral processing, chemical and mining engineering)

• Mineral exploration and prospecting – greenfields and brownfields

• Mining operations – resource definition and grade control

• Mineral processing, extractive metallurgy, and geo-metallurgy

• Environmental monitoring, remediation, and mine closure

• Geological surveys and other related government departments

• Industrial minerals / strategic metals

• Petroleum – traditional and nonconventional oil and gas exploration. PRJ

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