Tracer series pXRF spectrometer

The Tracer Series includes the following models:

  • TRACER 5i
  • Tracer III-V+
  • Tracer III-SD
  • Tracer IV-SD

Please visit the Technical Details page for model details or contact our application scientists to discuss learn how the Tracer Series can work for your application.

New fully interactive TRACER 5i advanced, dynamic and versatile
Tracer III-V+ system, including vacuum pump, tripod and computer

There are many reasons why the Tracer family has become the preferred instrument for leading conservation and research scientists around the world. The Tracer series combines the power and flexibility you would expect from a bench-top instrument with the convenience of a handheld – thanks to some pioneering, user-oriented innovations. These include the same vacuum technology that we originally developed in partnership with NASA for the space shuttle program. The instrument also comes with powerful laptop-based analytical software, live-time spectral display, and customizable filters and secondary targets, designed to optimize your analysis no matter what the application.

Complete user control

These analyzers allow complete user control of the excitation conditions for optimization of measurement conditions for investigation of your objects:

  • User controllable current
  • User controllable voltage
  • User selectable filter
  • User selectable beam path environment
  • User selectable beam spot of 3 or 8 mm (TRACER 5i only)
  • User controllable internal camera (TRACER 5i standard only; optional with Tracer III-SD)



The TRACER 5i, Tracer III-SD and Tracer IV-SD incorporate a proprietary Silicon Drift Detectors (SDD) which provide high speed data acquisition, better resolution than traditional SiPIN detectors and light element sensitivity. Ultimate light element sensitivity can be achieved when the TRACER 5i, Tracer III-SD or Tracer IV-SD is operated with the optional vacuum system.

Benefits at a glance

  • The capabilities of a bench-top instrument, with the convenience of a handheld
  • Powerful PC based analytical software which provides live spectral display and complete peak identification
  • Customizable filters and secondary targets to optimize analysis (TRACER 5i and Tracer III series only)
  • Live-time spectral display
  • Vacuum technology developed in partnership with NASA for the space shuttle program
  • A mounting bracket for a tripod to allow precise three dimensional positioning of the analyzer
  • Proprietary SDD technology (TRACER 5i and Tracer III-SD and IV-SD only)
  • Unmatched application training and support, including a network of scientists with Tracer expertise
  • Benchtop-like calibration and application development
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Arsenic Testing With Tracer XRF analyzer
Tracer XRF analysis of Ileret tuff
Sherman Monument XRF analysis with Bruker's Tracer