INCAMineral automatically analyses grains over a large area of the sample, typically several square centimetres.

Because of the resolution achieved, information on individual grains is available from the same acquisition.

  • Samples can be either grain mounts or polished sections
  • Particles, and the grains within them, are detected using the atomic number contrast derived from a backscattered electron image
  • A combination of X-ray data, morphological data from the BSE image is used to identify the minerals
  • Both morphological and phase information in each grain is stored in a database from which it can be retrieved and re-analysed in greater detail at any time
  • Phase identification can be made by X-ray spectrum matching, but, even better, by real-time full quantitative analysis during the acquisition. This delivers the accuracy needed to distinguish chemically similar phases
  • The relationship between the individual grains and the parent particles is maintained for further post-processing
  • The post-processing module provides direct and convenient access to the data via a graphical user interface
  • Information is provided for individual grains as well as statistical information over the whole sample: mineral abundance, mineral associations, liberation and locking, grain size distributions as well as cumulative liberation yield graphs