Mining and geology


Hybrid pixel detectors and diodes have revolutionized the mining industry and geology by providing advanced tools for exploration, analysis, and resource management. These cutting-edge technologies play a crucial role in various mining and geological applications, ranging from mineral detection to environmental monitoring.

Mineral Analysis

Hybrid pixel detectors equipped with spectroscopic capabilities can be used for mineral analysis. By detecting and analyzing the energy spectrum of X-rays or gamma rays emitted by minerals, these detectors can provide valuable information about the mineral composition, elemental concentrations, and potential contaminants. This information aids in mineral exploration, resource assessment, and ore processing optimization.

Geological Mapping

Hybrid pixel detectors can be used for high-resolution imaging in geological mapping. They can provide detailed images of rock formations, helping to identify geological structures, mineral veins, faults, and other geological features. The high spatial resolution and sensitivity of hybrid pixel detectors enable accurate mapping and characterization of geological formations.

Mineral Sorting

Hybrid pixel detectors using spectral transmission imaging can be used for elemental sorting of minerals on a conveyor belt at high speed os several meters per second. By analyzing the X-ray fluorescence emitted by minerals, the detectors can provide information about their elemental composition. This enables the identification and sorting of minerals based on specific elemental concentrations. For example, in mining operations, hybrid pixel detectors can be used to sort ores based on the presence or absence of valuable elements.

Drill Core Analysis

Hybrid pixel detectors and diodes can be integrated into drill core analysis systems. They can provide high-resolution imaging and material composition analysis of drill cores, allowing for the identification and characterization of mineral assemblages, lithology, and alteration zones. This information aids in geological interpretation, resource estimation, and mine planning.

Radiation Monitoring

Diodes and hybrid pixel detectors can be used for radiation monitoring in mining operations. They can accurately measure and monitor ambient radiation levels, helping to ensure the safety of personnel and compliance with radiation protection regulations. By detecting and quantifying radiation sources, these detectors contribute to identifying potential radiation hazards in mining environments.


Hybrid pixel detectors and diodes can be employed in exploration techniques such as X-ray fluorescence (XRF) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). XRF analysis using hybrid pixel detectors enables rapid, non-destructive elemental analysis of rock samples, assisting in mineral exploration and geochemical mapping. XRD analysis using these detectors provides information about the crystallographic structure of minerals, aiding in mineral identification and characterization.


  • Computed Tomography
  • Non-Destructive Testing
  • Spectroscopy
  • X-Ray Diffraction
  • Spectral Imaging
  • Elemental Analysis