Bruker Tracer III-SD

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This instrument was acquired during summer 2011 as a trade in for our Niton Xlt instrument.

This Bruker instrument currently contains an obsidian calibration based on MURR obsidian samples Box 1 and Box 2.

Support: Our support contacts at Bruker are Dennis or Walter at 800 466 5323 x0 (ask by name) or use x268 for support.  Our training representative and vendor was Bruce Kaiser.

Our instrument has an oxygen pump to detect lighter elements. It arrived with an obsidian calibration to MURR reference obsidians (Box 1 and 2).


Tracer III-SD


30cm x 10cm x 28cm (11.8 in x 3.9 in x 11 in) L x W x H


2.04 kg (4.49 lbs) with battery and PDA

1.63 kg (3.6 lbs) without battery and PDA


10mm2 X-Flash Detector. Resolution approximately 145 eV at 200,000cps

Excitation Source

Rh target X-ray tube. Max: 30μA at 40 kV; 55μA at 15 kV


Manual filter for optimum flexibility; 4 filter kit supplied

Testing Modes

S1 PXRF on PC; Empirical Calibration on PDA

Standard Calibrations

40 kV Alloy Empirical, 15 kV Vacuum Aluminum

Operating Range

-10oC to +50oC (+14oF to 122oF)


Two Li-Ion batteries; Battery Charger; AC Adapter

PDA Display

240 x 320; 65,536 colors; back lit; touch screen

PDA Software

Microsoft® Windows Mobile® 5.0 for Pocket PC Bruker Elemental S1 proprietary software

PC Operating SystemPC Software

Windows® XP or Windows® 7Bruker Elemental proprietary software: PXRF; X-ray Ops

System Safety

Key Lock; Password Protection; No sample (backscatter) shutoff

Data Storage

512 MB Memory Card allows storage of thousands of spectra


CE, cTÜVus, IEC 61010-1:2002 by TÜV SÜD


The macro developed for Excel linked to S1CalProcess sometimes is not available. If S1CALPROCESS is installed and the macro does not appear go to the following (Excel 2010 Windows):

File > Options... > Add-Ins

If Bruker AXS does not appear under inactive or active Add-Ins then click Manage Excel Add-ins "Go..." at the base of the window

Browse... and locate the Add-In perhaps under

C:/Program Files/KTICommon/


The Serial - USB cable uses a Prolific PL2303 driver that can be downloaded from the web (sign-in: GUEST/GUEST). Version 1.6 hosted here was downloaded in June 2012.