NGSA has acquired brand-new state-of-the-art Analytical equipment through the Mineral Support for Economic Diversification (MinDiver) Project to enhance its capacity in the provision of analytical services. The Z-300 Laser–induced breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) Analyzer is a handheld analyzer that measures every element in the periodic table of the elements from H to U.
The Z-300 LIBS Analyzer accomplishes what no other portable analyzer has done. The Z-300 uses the same laser as the Z-200, but with an extended spectrometer range from 190 nm out to 950 nm. The extended range allows emission lines from elements H, F, N, O, Br, Cl, Kb, Cs and S to be measured. These lines cannot be measured with the Z-200. The Z-300 also measures a more sensitive lines for lithium to achieve limits of detection in the 2-5 ppm range. The Z-300 is most widely used for mineral exploration including Lithium in both hard rock and brines. It is also used in the forensics, authentication, archeology, oil/gas exploration areas due to the wide elemental range.
This equipment will definitely help so much in lowering the cost of analysis thereby saving more money for the sector, it also helps in delineating anomalous zones in mineral exploration.