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:: SM-3500 Full Range Spectrometer is Purpose-Built for Mining



New look and capabilities designed to improve mining exploration, mineral identification, and mobile mineral analysis with qualitative and quantitative results.

Fast, full featured, and flexible, the SM-3500 from SPECTRAL EVOLUTION is designed to enhance the collection and analysis of critical in-the-field data for each step in the mining process from early exploration/mineral identification to analysis for extraction and production.


The SM-3500 is rugged, lightweight, and portable - ideal for field use. Youíll appreciate one cable and one-touch operation with our mineral contact probe in applications like:

  • Analyzing outcrops
  • Mapping pit benches
  • Core logging
  • Performing vector mineralization
  • Looking at hand samples, RC chips, or blast holes
  • Analyzing powders
  • Collecting a soil grid

With the SM-3500ís full spectral range (UV/VIS/NIR) from 350-2500nm, youíll be able to collect scans from outcrops early in the exploration process and identify the following:

  • Al(OH) group minerals
  • Sulphates
  • Si(OH) group minerals
  • Fe(OH) group minerals
  • Mg(OH) group minerals
  • Carbonate group minerals
  • Silicates
  • Zeolites
  • Rare earths
  • Massive sulphides

The SM-3500 allows you to work with deposit types from epithermals to porphyries, kimberlites, carbonate hosted base metals, shear veins, skarns, and disseminated gold systems. The SM-3500 delivers the following capabilities:

  • Full range UV/VIS/NIR in one scan
  • Very fast scanning - autoshutter, autoexposure, auto-dark correction
  • Small, lightweight, less than 8 lbs., and reliable with no moving parts
  • DARWin SP Data Acquisition software that produces ASCII compatible files without post-processing for use with 3rd party software including SpecMIN, TSG, IOGAS, and GRAMS
  • USGS mineral reference library included with DARWin
  • Works with laptop or Getac PS-236 Personal Digital Assistant (PDA)
  • Getac PS-236 is ideal for single user operation - tag scans with digital images, GPS, and audio notes - features sunlight readable screen
  • Mineral contact probe and benchtop mineral reflectance probe available
  • Wide range of field accessories, including fold-up cart for core shack use




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