Live color cathodoluminescence imaging has found important uses in mineral analysis laboratories world-wide. From oil and gas exploration to geochronology to mineral growth studies ChromaCL™ has shed new light on problems old and new.


Color CL images reveal changes in mineral composition including phase and trace element distribution allowing easy visualization of chemical overprinting and overgrowths, growth zonation, internal healed fractures and much more. What’s more, with ChromaCL2™ all this is revealed with a single scan of the electron beam.

With increased sensitivity, dynamic range and a number of new features ChromaCL2™, Gatan’s next generation live color cathodoluminescence imaging system, promises to push the boundaries of mineral science research even further.