EPMA - SX Product Line

A selection of CAMECA SX users

University of Massachusetts, Department of Geosciences, USA
UMass is home to the "Ultra-Chron" project, a collaboration between CAMECA and the University of Massachusetts for the development of a microprobe optimized for geochronology and trace element analysis. The microprobe facility at UMass has a main focus on monazite dating, but also performs analytical work on all kinds of high technology materials: ceramics, semiconductor microelectronics, fiber optics...

CAMCOR, University of Oregon, USA
CAMCOR is a characterization center at the University of Oregon open to outside clients that provides enabling infrastructure for research in chemistry, geology, archaeology, nanoscience, materials science, bioscience, and optics. It is equipped with 2 CAMECA microprobes, a SX 50 and a SX 100.

University of Arizona, USA
The Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at University of Arizona received it first CAMECA EPMA (SX 50 model) in 1990. A new SX 100 will be installed in late February 2010. The older instrument will remain in operation in a freshly renovated lab.

Microanalysis Laboratory at Université de Laval, Quebec, Canada
The Laboratoire de Microanalyse maintains a CAMECA SX 100 for microanalysis of geological and inorganic materials. The laboratory is available to researchers from Laval and other universities and acts as a regional facility for industrial research...

UFRGS, Porto Alegre, Brazil
The Institute of Geosciences at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul received one of the first SXFive Electron MIcroprobe in South America, in 2014. Installed in the Department of Geosciences, the instrument is also used for a wide spectrum of material sciences, physics and chemistry research topics.

Technical University of Clausthal, Germany
The EPMA department at TU Clausthal is equipped with a SX 100 Electron Microprobe installed in 1996 to replace an aging JEOL JXA-3, and a SXFive installed in 2015.

Ruhr University Buchum, Germany
Installed in 2014, a SXFiveFE complements the SX 50 at the Electron Microprobe lab of the Ruhr-University Bochum, a central analytical facility within the Department of Geology, Mineralogy and Geophysics.

The Natural History Museum, London, UK
The Natural History Museum is an international leader in the scientific study of the natural world. Its Mineralogy Department operates 2 CAMECA electron microprobes under leadership from John Spratt. Recent projects have covered a wide range of mineral characterizations including a gem quality scandium end-member thortveitite and a new mineral mavlyanovite.

R. Castaing Microcharacterization Center, Toulouse, France
The University of Toulouse III is long term CAMECA EPMA user, with the first MS46 installed in 1973. Two microprobes were acquired simultaneously in 2014 to equip the recently created Centre de microcaractérisation Raimond Castaing, part of the Clément Ader Institute.

The American Museum of Natural History, New York
The electron microprobe facility at AMNH is a joint facility shared between the museum and Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Earth scientists at Columbia University can operate the SX 100 microprobe from their remote location 18 miles north of New York City by means of a dedicated internet service.

School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, The University of Manchester, UK
The Manchester Electron Microprobe Facility offers a world-class electron beam microanalysis service to NERC funded researchers as well as other United Kingdom workers conducting research in the NERC science area. Those currently making use of the facility include: Igneous and metamorphic petrologists, Sedimentologists, Cosmochemists, Environmental geoscientists, Soil scientists and Science based archaeologists...

New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources, USA
The 'Bureau' is a research and service division of the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NM Tech). The SX 100 at NM tech is used for a wide range of research projects, mostly in the areas of geology and material science (monazite geochronology, characterization of ore metals and mine dump material...

Oregon State University, USA
The SX 100 installed at the Marine Geology and Geophysics facilities within the College of Oceanic & Atmospheric Science also offers remote operational capabilities to Portland State University.

Wits University, South Africa
The Microscopy and Microanalysis Unit at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa is equipped with a Field Emission EPMA. The SXFiveFE lab was inaugurated in August 2014.

University of Johannesburg, South Africa
The Central Analytical Facility of the Faculty of Science, University of Johannesburg (Spectrum) aims to become an African leader in the analytical field. The SX 100 at Spectrum is used for a wide range of mineralogical and metallurgical applications.

 

Links to Microanalysis Societies

Microbeam Analysis Society
Formed in 1968, the MAS is an organization of professionals who work with or have an active interest in microbeam instrumentation. The Society provides a forum for members from industrial and academic settings, engaged in research, development, analysis and instrument manufacturing, to exchange ideas and practical experience. It is a sponsor of the annual Microscopy and Microanalysis Conference, and holds workshops with a focus on microanalytical topics

European Microbeam Analysis Society
EMAS was founded in 1987 as a scientific society focusing on microbeam analysis methodology. Its primary purposes are education, communication and innovation...

Groupement National de Microscopie Electronique à Balayage et de MicroAnalyses (GN-MEBA)
French Scanning Electron Microscopy and Microanalysis Group, formerly group 8 of the ANRT (Association Nationale de la Recherche Technique).