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Thermo Scientific Pathfinder X-Ray Microanalysis Software

Thermo Scientific Pathfinder X-Ray Microanalysis Software

The Pathfinder is the latest microscopic tool developed for comprehensive and efficient microscopic analysis. Pathfinder software has been built on modern spectral imaging data acquisitions and time-tested X-ray characterization tools, thus eliminating subjective and time-consuming elemental analysis.

Pathfinder software excels at discovering unknown contaminants or features besides characterizing known materials. Pathfinder software discovers trace or minor elements within even the most complicated matrix. Unique data enhancement tools provide users with the most understandable, clearest picture of the SEM/WDS and SEM/EDS data.


  • Single-click data reporting
  • Seamless user interface with full 64-bit operating system
  • Automatic peak ID and quantification, without or with standards
  • User-developed power modes and ‘quick start’ modes
  • Unlimited off-microscope site license and complete compatibility with internal data servers that enables a truly “take your data anywhere” approach for analysis of off-line data
  • Enhanced algorithms for peak deconvolution, background subtraction and quantitative analysis for outstanding accuracy in data analysis
  • The complete range of data acquisition techniques: Point mode, linescan, Spectrum and mapping with Spectral Imaging

Alpine Key

  • Enhanced spectral match database for automatic spectral identification
  • Automated drift compensation based on improved FFT algorithm
  • Batch extractions support 3D and 2D mosaic capability
  • Live-time quantitative maps are calculated and displayed as the data is obtained


  • Locates trace or minor elements within even the most complex matrices, finding needle in a haystack features
  • Requires extremely minimal data with complex phase maps completed in less than a minute
  • Completely programmatic and automated, providing error free answers to an analysis every single time
  • Spectra are automatically optimized to obtain a more confident analysis by employing spatial deconvolution


  • Efficient collection of extremely large area maps
  • Completely automating the analysis for multi-point analysis, stage-motion line scans and multi-frame mapping
  • 29 unique X-ray imaging filters for dilation/erosion, sharpening, edge-finding and smoothing

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