Non-destructive analysis of arbitrarily shaped samples
The M1 MISTRAL as a spectrometer for the accurate analysis of bulk and coating samples using small spot X-ray fluorescence analysis (Micro-XRF). Operating in ambient air, all elements from aluminum (Z=13) upwards can be analyzed with the Rh-target version. The analysis range with the W-target version starts from potassium (Z=19). This enables the analysis of a wide range of different sample categories, including metals, alloys and metallic multi-layer systems.
Even large samples with sizes up to 100x100x100 mm³ can be analyzed. Excitation and fluorescence radiation detection takes place from above, without sample contact. This allows measurement on differently shaped samples, from flat surfaces of some GMF products to the most intricately shaped piece of jewelry.
Measurement with high spatial resolution
The M1 MISTRAL is equipped with a high brilliance micro-focus X-ray tube, which is capable of producing a high excitation intensity, even if the smallest available collimator is used to produce a spot size of a mere 100 µm. Measurement locations can be pinpointed exactly, using the combination of video microscope and the optional motorized X-Y-Z stage.
State-of-the-art detector setup
The M1 MISTRAL is equipped with a large active area silicon drift detector (SDD) for superior speed and energy resolution. The design of the detection and signal processing system warrants maximum efficiency and fast analysis speed.
The XSpect/XData software suite provides a measurement management from spectra acquisition, via evaluation to reporting. Its tools support the analysis of bulk samples and coatings, using either standard-based quantification or a standardless Fundamental Parameter model. Reliable results can be obtained easily and routine measurements can be stored for automated reuse.
Easy to use and maintenance-free
Both the software and the M1 MISTRAL itself are designed for use by personnel that may only have received introductory training to the system. Two power outlets are all that is required to run the system. Consumables are not needed, as air-cooling is sufficient.