Mining

The power of synchrotron-based tools can be used to solve even the most intractable problems in the mining industry. There are many ways that our powerful analytical tools can support mining operations, from exploration to production to tailings management. Whether it’s providing a complete profile of arsenic species in a tailings management facility or determining the presence of trace minerals in a core sample, the Canadian Light Source can provide insights that conventional analytical labs are unable to offer. 

Techniques:
POWDER X-RAY DIFFRACTION (PXRD)  X-RAY ABSORPTION SPECTROSCOPY (XAS)  X-RAY FLUORESCENCE (XRF) MAPPING

Oil & Gas

As new technology provides access to previously untapped petroleum reservoirs, a detailed understanding of these complex formations is required in order to control costs and improve extraction efficiency. Advanced imaging techniques allow us to image not just mineral and pore structures of core samples, but also the distribution of water and petroleum within the pore network. Other powerful tools allow us to tackle issues such as corrosion, tailings consolidation, and speciation of petroleum impurities. Synchrotron techniques can bring new insights into technically difficult exploration and extraction projects in the constant push to improve efficiency and control costs.

Techniques:
COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY  POWDER X-RAY DIFFRACTION (PXRD)  X-RAY FLUORESCENCE (XRF) MAPPING

Soil Science

Soil analysis requires techniques that can isolate elements and compounds from a highly complex matrix, which is where the Canadian Light Source shines. A variety of synchrotron-based techniques allow detailed soil composition and mineralogy analysis for both agriculture and land use management.

Techniques:
INFRARED SPECTROMICROSCOPY  X-RAY ABSORPTION SPECTROSCOPY (XAS)  X-RAY FLUORESCENCE (XRF) MAPPING  X-RAY SPECTROMICROSCOPY

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