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Ultra-Portable Rare Earth Element Exploration

An evolution of the DELTA Premium handheld XRF, the DELTA -50 offers a powerful 4 Watt, 50kV tube coupled with a large area, high resolution SDD. The DELTA -50 is ideal for rapid on-site compositional analysis of rock outcrop, soil, sediment, till, drill cuttings, diamond core and ore grade material. It is the optimal tool for on-site quantification of rare earth elements (REEs) including La, Ce, Pr, and Nd, as well as typical REE pathfinders including Y, Th, and Nb.

The real value arrives in the field where the Geoscientist can now use the realtime, "Instant Geochemistry" delivered by the DELTA to make decisions about site geology. Adapt sampling and mapping programs on-the-spot. Make immediate decisions while maximizing your exploration budget.

The DELTA-50 brings the power of a mobile lab to a handheld system - ruggedized and ultra portable. All DELTA XRF analyzers are engineered for continual use, carrying out thousands of tests per day in some applications, even in extreme environments. Engineered for rugged toughness AND analytical precision - there are no compromises!

Delta Handheld XRF Analyzer
Typical Limits of Detection (ppm)
Y 1-2
Th 2-3
Nb 2-3
Ag 3-5
Cd 2-3
Sn 5-8
Sb 5-7
Ba 20-25
La 30-50
Ce 45-60
Pr 65-100
Nd 75-350
Detection limits are a function of testing time, sample matrix and presence of interfering elements.
Detection limits are estimates based on 1-2 minutes test times and detection confidence of 3o (99.7% confidence).
Interference-free detection limits are intended as guidelines: please contact us discuss your specific application.

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Combining a Silicon Drift Detector (SDD) and a 4W optimized X-ray tube, the DELTA Professional provides superior performance in speed, LODs, and elemental range. It analyzes Mg and higher for Alloys and Mining. The DELTA Professional is the best value solution from Olympus for handheld XRF.
DELTA Mining and Geochemistry Handheld XRF Analyzers provide immediate results to help determine the next course of action for the entire process – exploration, ore grade/process control, environmental sustainability. On-site detection of metals, minerals and contaminants. GPS-GIS-XRF for instant metal mapping, time, cost savings.
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