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Thermo Niton XL5 – Exploration & Mining Analyzer

Thermo Scientific Niton XL5 XRF Analyzer

Now, there is a new tool available to mining and exploration professionals. The Niton XL5 is the smallest and lightest handheld XRF analyzer available for elemental determination.

Featuring a 5W miniaturized x-ray tube, large area silicon drift detector (SDD), and optimized geometry, the Niton XL5 provides the latest in cutting edge technology for the most demanding requirements of in-field geochemical analysis.

Increasing productivity and profits are key drivers for mining operations. Seeking portable technologies that aid in identifying high quality deposits, while increasing discovery success rates, sets the foundation for profitable and productive mining companies. Thermo Scientific™ Niton™ XRF analyzers have helped thousands of users bring their lab to the field to obtain pertinent geological data. Products such as the Thermo Scientific™ Niton™ XL3t, and Thermo Scientific™ Niton™ XL2, have empowered mining operations to make faster decisions, while increasing operational efficiencies and financial returns.

With substantial capital investments at stake, it is crucial for mining companies to quickly identify and recover the most economically viable resources. Handheld XRF has become an indispensable tool for geological exploration and mining operations. Using handheld XRF assists users in obtaining accurate and representative data onsite and in real time. Rather than waiting hours, days, or weeks for laboratory analysis, users are able to generate results instantly, in the palm of their hands.

Analytical Performance

The Niton XL5 with mining mode is designed to optimize each measurement. The x-ray generator operates over a large voltage range and automatically adjusts the current to maximize count rate, providing users with superior analytical performance. Mining mode on the Niton XL5 uses up to four beam conditions with pre-defined filters and voltages engineered to enhance the signal-to-background ratios of fluorescence lines measured in the main (4-30 keV), low (3-6 keV), high (20-40 keV), and light element (1-3 keV) range of energies. At low voltage, the current can be as high as 500µA versus 200µA when compared to the Thermo Scientific™ Niton™ XL3t GOLDD+. This results in considerable improvements in the count rate and the signal-to-background ratio for light elements, such as Mg, Al, and Si (Chart 1). Read more

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