SKAPHIA

Shielded Electron Probe MicroAnalyzer for Radioactive Samples
SKAPHIA provides a safe environment for manipulating and analyzing nuclear samples together with benchmark analytical performance allowing scientists to gain a deeper understanding of fuel performance, to explore irradiated material behavior and radiation damage processes, to develop innovative alloys and structural materials, to optimize the nuclear fuel cycle and to achieve better nuclear waste management...
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    Derived from CAMECA state-of-the-art EPMA instruments, SKAPHIA can analyze almost all elements of the periodic table, revealing compositional information for both major and trace elements of radioactive sample. The information is obtained from sub-micron areas with excellent precision and accuracy. It is designed to accept samples emitting beta and gamma radiations with a maximum acceptable g radiation level of 111 GBq at an energy of 0.75 MeV.

    Fully customized environment and analytical equipment


    • Column, spectrometers and sample stage are installed in a hot cell (lead or concrete shielded room).
    • Remote-manipulators and/or ball manipulators are used to insert and mount the radioactive samples.
    • The instrument is fully remote-controlled (stage, column, diaphragms...), with electronics and computer deported outside the “hot” cell environment.
    • All WDS analyzers and detectors are shielded to prevent the background caused by the gamma radiations.
    • The stage is made of Denal material.
    • The secondary electron detector has a special orientation to avoid gamma ray perturbation.
    • A dedicated EPMA software program provides all necessary features for quantitative analysis, X-ray mapping, line profile acquisition and data processing.

    A wide range of nuclear applications


    With over a dozen instruments in operation worldwide, CAMECA is the world leader in shielded EPMA instruments. We serve a wide range of nuclear applications: study of the radiation damage processes in materials and complex micro-structures, analysis of materials for the nuclear fuel cycle, R&D of advanced alloys and innovative structural materials, nuclear reactor maintenance optimization, nuclear waste management...
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    Scientific publications

    Below is a selection of publications by users of CAMECA Shielded EPMA:

    Heat capacity of Bi2UO6. K. Popa, O. Beneš, P. E. Raison, J-C. Griveau, P. Pöml, E. Colineau, R.J.M. Konings, J. Somers. Journal of Nuclear Materials, Vol. 465, p. 653-656, doi:10.1016/j.jnucmat.2015.06.055 (2015)

    ECRIX-H Irradiation: Post-Irradiation Examinations and Simulations. S. Béjaoui, J. Lamontagne, E. Esbelin, J.M. Bonnerot, E. Brunon, P. Bourdot, Y. Pontillon. Presentation at FP7 FAIRFUELS Workshop, Stockholm, Sweden, February 2011

    Chemical States of Fission Products and Actinides in Irradiated Oxide Fuels Analyzed by Thermodynamic Calculation and Post-Irradiation Examination. K. Kurosaki, K. Tanaka, M. Osaka, Y. Ohishi, H. Muta, M. Uno, S.Yamanaka. Progress in Nuclear Science and Technology, Vol. 2, p.5-8 (2011) 

    Microstructural evolution and Am migration behavior in Am-containing MOX fuels at the initial stage of irradiation.
    K. Tanaka, S. Miwa, I. Sato, M. Osaka, T. Hirosawa, H. Obayashi, S. Koyama, H. Yoshimochi, K. Tanaka. Presentation at the 10th OECD Nuclear Energy Agency Information Exchange Meeting on Actinide and Fission Product Partitioning and Transmutation, Mito, Japan, October 2008

    On the Oxidation State of UO2 Nuclear Fuel at a Burn-Up of Around 100 MWd/kgHM.
    C.T. Walker, V.V. Rondinella, D. Papaioannou, S. Van Winckel, W. Goll, R. Manzel. Journal of Nuclear Materials, Vol. 345, p. 192–205 (2005)

    Analysis of High Radioactive Materials in Irradiated DUPIC SIMFUEL Using EPMA. Jung, Yang Hong; Yoo, Bang Ok; Joo Yong Sun; Kim, Hee Mun; Jung In Ha; Kim, Myung Han. Journal of the Korean Radioactive Waste Society, Vol. 2(2), p. 125-133 (2004)

    Multiple voltage electron probe microanalysis of fission gas bubbles in irradiated nuclear fuel. M. Verwerft. Journal of Nuclear Materials, Vol. 282, p. 97-111, doi:10.1016/S0022-3115(00)00421-9 (2000)

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    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).


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    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).