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Olympus launches next-gen XRD with SwiftMin software

Olympus? TERRA II XRD instrument features a battery life up to six hours and a rugged, weatherproof case. (Image source: Olympus)

The Olympus next-generation TERRA II and BTX III mobile X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysers offer faster quantitative mineralogy results in the field and lab

The XRD instruments feature SwiftMin software, which provides automated mineral/phase ID and quantification in real time directly on the analyser. The intuitive software interface comes with time-saving features, including:

One dashboard for data to see results, calibration and analysis information to speed up workflow. 

Wireless capabilities to get real-time results and operate the instrument using wireless-capable device.

Automatic data transfer to automatically send data to the network when the operator hits stop or after a preset amount of time.

Easy data export to export quantitative mineralogy/phase ID results for visualisation or further data analysis and access raw data files using a network folder to analyse diffractograms.

In conventional XRD instruments, a large quantity of sample must be finely ground and pressed into a pellet. Ideally crystallites must be randomly oriented, yet samples prepared for conventional XRD typically suffer from preferred orientation effects. In contrast, the TERRA II and BTX III analyzers feature a unique small sample holder to provide a portable, lightweight and virtually maintenance-free alternative to conventional XRD.

The patented vibrating sample holder convects all particles within the sample chamber, removing almost all orientation effects. As a result, the instruments require a mere 15 mg sample, which operators can easily obtain using the supplied sample kit.

Olympus? TERRA II XRD instrument is the successor to the first commercial battery-operated, portable XRD in the world. Featuring a battery life up to six hours and a rugged, weatherproof case, the TERRA II system is built for fast in-field analysis. The BTX III offers the same analytical performance in a compact design intended for benchtop laboratory analysis.