This facility is available at AMD HQ, Hyderabad and Central Region, Nagpur. While the system at Hyderabad is Philips model PW 1410, the one at Nagpur is Philips PW X'UNIQUE II. It provides rapid and low-cost non-destructive elemental analysis of major and minor oxides and a number of trace elements.
A wide variety of geological materials such as rocks, minerals, panned mineral concentrates, soil and beneficiation products are presently analysed for some thirty seven elements depending upon the requirement and nature of geological material. Important areas of analysis are
- Rapid quantitative analysis of Nb-Ta in columbite-tantalite and related multiple oxides and Sn-Nb-Ta in cassiterite;
- Y and Ce in polymineral concentrates and beneficiation products and recovery plants for xenotime (quality control);
- Routine determination of trace elements like Rb, Sr, Y, Zr, Nb, Ba, Ta, Pb, Zn, Cu, La, Ce and others in a variety of rocks.