XMAS is a software program designed to control an EPMA or SEM with one or more WDS spectrometers. It is a powerful and flexible package and incorporates the latest developments in electron microprobe automation for light element analysis including Statistical analysis, Area Peak Factor calculation, Quantitative peak integration and peak interference correction.
XMAS allows you to upgrade your instrument to a level that is virtually competitive with the latest instruments from any manufacturer - at a very small fraction of the cost! XMAS has a user interface written in Microsoft Visual Basic and comes complete with a programmer's manual describing over 260 functions accessible by any user-written Visual Basic program! Two optional software packages can also be used with XMAS.

Several optional software packages can be integrated with XMAS:

    • Formula 1 for geology and petrography
    • HiMax for stage and beam mapping
    • OptiX to digitalize the optical images

i.e. the geological package Formula 1 and the imaging package HiMax

XMAS Features


· Simple configuration program allowing input of your instruments personality.

· Smart peak search routines which take into account crystal 2D.

· A Stage program for storing points, lines and grids for later use by qualitative, quantitative and positioning programs.

· A Standard program featuring an intuitive graphical interface that allows the user to save all information necessary to define a standard.

· An Analysis program comprising features identical to the Standards program thus insuring a uniform procedure.

· Built-in Interference routine for detecting all potential element line interferences (up to 8th order). Indispensable for achieving accurate analyses.

· Automatic beam current control which ensures precise read and writes from microamps to picoamps as well as current regulation capability.

· Built-in Spectrum Processing Module. Sophisticated graphical package for displaying and manipulating acquired data (spectrometer scans, quantitative beam and line scans and PHA scans).

· True WDS/EDS integration.

· Batch procedure, which allows the user to run unattended any line scan, standard acquisition, unknown automatic analysis and image acquisition.

Qualitative Analysis

· Spectrometer, Stage and Beam Scanning.

· Built-in processing of all Scan Profiles.

· Data Smoothing and Linear Transformation of Spectral Data.

· Area peak factor calculation, APF.

· MLK markers in real time, up to 9th order

· Up to Six spectra can be displayed at the same time.

· Compare spectra from different sources (Standard to Unknown for example).

· Spectra can be output to any WINDOWS printer or saved to an EXCEL file or a WINDOWS Meta File WMF file.

Quantitative Analysis

· XMAS is based on a proprietary data base compatible since version 1 of the package. All the information which relates to the analysis is saved into only one file ( *.ANA file). The data base can support up to 12000 points.

· A simple click to start an On-line or Off-line analysis

· Single or multiple point analysis with multiple condition setup (e.g., each element can have its own accelerating voltage and beam current!)

· Support for light element analysis with integration of peaks in real time and APF routines

· Support multiple interferences (maximum 5 per element) with classical Peak/Background or peak integration measurement.

· Support for combined energy and wavelength dispersive quantitative analysis

· Statistical analysis package (Grubbs & Dixon and X2) to filter Standard intensities and Analysis results