Capitalizing on 50+ years of success in developing and servicing shielded microanalytical instruments for nuclear fuel characterization, irradiated materials behavior investigation and radioactive waste management, CAMECA launches the SKAPHIA Shielded Electron Probe Initiative, bringing together key players in nuclear research & industry towards the development of the next generation Shielded EPMA.
A long success story in supporting nuclear science & industry
Since the installation of the first shielded Electron Probe Microanalyzer in 1978, CAMECA has developed customized microprobes for major post-irradiation examination facilities such as Idaho National Lab (USA), Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, SCK-CEN (Belgium), Institute for Transuraniam Elements (Germany), EDF and several CEA research centers in France (cf. iaea.org). Over the years, we have perfected our EPMA instrumentation in order to deliver ever higher spatial resolution and better detection limits, while also developing shielding methods and systems allowing nuclear scientists to efficiently analyze radioactive materials.
The SKAPHIA Shielded Electron Probe Initiative
After five generations of CAMECA shielded electron microprobe analyzers, among which several SX50-R are still in operation, CAMECA is ready to develop its next generation Shielded EPMA. While providing a safe environment for manipulating and analyzing nuclear samples, SKAPHIA will provide benchmark analytical performance. It will allow scientists to gain a deeper understanding of fuel performance, to explore irradiated material behavior and radiation damage processes, to develop innovative alloys and structural materials, to optimize the nuclear fuel cycle and to achieve better nuclear waste management, thus contributing to a safer world.