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Element EDS System

EDAX Element Silicon Drift Detector (SDD) with slide 
Element SDD with manual slide

The Element Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS) System delivers powerful analytical capability in a compact package, maximizing performance and flexibility, while providing streamlined operation to guarantee fast results and ease of use. It is focused on the industrial market, where application specific problems need to be solved quickly and accurately. The combination of an Element Silicon Drift Detector (SDD) with the user friendly APEX™ software provides a complete EDS microanalysis solution for all levels of analysis and high throughput industrial applications.

Element Silicon Drift Detector (Fixed)
Element SDD fixed

Element Silicon Drift Detectors

The Element SDDs are designed with a silicon nitride (Si3N4) window to optimize low energy X-ray transmission for light element analysis. The detectors offer excellent resolution and their advanced low-noise electronics provide outstanding throughput performance. The small footprint of the Element SDDs offers flexibility to ensure ideal geometry and data collection conditions. The detectors contain a 30 mm2 chip and are available in 2 different models:

  • Fixed
  • Manual Slide


5 kV spectrum of a cross section of a printed circuit board showing low energy Sn M peak in between C K and O K peaks of the epoxy 
Figure 1

Outstanding Light Element Results and Best Low Energy Performance

  • Figure 1 shows a 5 kV spectrum of a cross section of a printed circuit board showing a low energy Sn M peak in between C K and O K peaks of an epoxy.


The design of the SDDs with the materials properties and durability of the Si3N4 window offer the most robust and reliable detectors for EDS applications. The unique module design means that they are:

  • Corrosion and shock resistant
  • Suitable for plasma cleaning

APEX™ Software Platform

APEX Software Screenshot 

The intuitive and user-friendly APEX™ 64 bit software platform for the Element EDS System has been developed with a focus on industrial needs, which ensures high end results combined with ease of use. APEX™ software simplifies compositional analysis and delivers high quality data processing with accurate and reliable results. The user interface can be customized for a specific workflow, offering a wide choice of layouts, colors, and data report formats.

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