LIBS Mineral Analyzer
The Honeybee LIBS Analyzer is designed to provide true online element analysis for mining applications. The system integrates a non-contact sensor that can rapidly determine the elemental composition of unprepared geological samples. Developed in conjunction with a major mining concern, the analyzer promises to streamline grade control and exploration for a variety of natural resources.
Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) is an analytical method that uses a high-energy laser pulse to generate a plasma on the surface of the sample under test. The plasma contains a mix of excited atoms representative of the composition of the sample; these atoms emit photons at wavelengths that are characteristic for each element. The elemental composition of the sample can be determined through spectral analysis of the emitted light.
Our LIBS Analyzer is designed for deployment in the field. The ruggedized system has been tested in a harsh mining production environment. With high-speed autofocus capabilities, the Honeybee LIBS Analyzer tracks the surface of a rapidly changing sample stream for true online analysis.