Sequoia Scientific


Measures Particle Size Distribution and Concentration; and Optical VSF

Sediment sensor holding calibration FOR LIFE!

The LISST-200X marks a major advance in technology of our workhorse LISST-100X submersible laser-diffraction instruments used for use in rivers, streams, ports, harbors, coasts and oceans. It also measures the small-angle optical volume scattering function (VSF).

Similar to LISST-100X, it too holds calibration for life.

  • Measures Particle Size and Concentration
  • Particle Size Range:  1.0 to 500 microns
  • Small angle VSF: 0.039 to 13.8 degrees.
  • Extended Depth Rating: 600 meters
  • Automated Pass/Fail report on Backgrounds
  • Half the physical size of the LISST-100X
  • Smarter data file structure
  • Analog output of size and concentration
  • Plug and Play Compatible with most CTDs

Download the LISST-200X vs. LISST-100X comparison

Why the LISST-200X is Smarter and not just Smaller


The LISST-200X is a submersible laser-diffraction based particle size analyzer designed to measure particle size and concentration in rivers, streams, ports, harbors, coasts and oceans, whether for biological, sediment transport, or environmental monitoring needs.

Applications include sediment transport studies, harmful algae blooms, oil spill dispersion effectiveness, dredge plume monitoring, etc.  For marine optics applications the LISST-200X provides the small-angle Volume Scattering Function.

20 years of LISST-100X experience combined with feedback from users has led us to create this Smaller, Deeper, and Smarter Particle Size Analyzer.

LISST-200X LISST-100X Comparison

The LISST-200X is significantly smaller than the LISST-100X but it has also been made stronger and is now able to make measurements at twice the depth: up to 600 meters. Improved optics cover the size range 1-500 microns in 36 size classes. The optics are also more robust and have improved rejection of ambient light. A superior depth sensor and a faster temperature sensor improve profiling data. The 25mm optical path allows a wider working range of particle concentrations. Auxiliary information, such as calibrations and background files, are stored in the saved data file. All information needed to process the data are included in this single file, therefore alleviating the need for tracking multiple files.

The LISST-200X also outputs the Mean Size and Total Concentration as analog voltages while simultaneously storing the full size distribution internally for later downloading. This allows real-time monitoring of summary data during profiles via existing CTD interfaces.

LISST-200X Connector Endcap

A full range of accessories are available for the LISST-200X, see Accessories tab above.

This next generation particle sizer is simply smaller, deeper and smarter, whether for lab or field use.

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  • Small-angle forward scattering
  • 32-ring custom photodiode Ring Detector + 4 large angle detectors
  • 25 mm optical path

Parameters measured

  • Particle Size Distribution from 1.0-500 µm in 36 size ranges
  • Depth (600 m max depth @ 0.01 m resolution)
  • Temperature @ 0.01 deg C resolution
  • Optical transmission @ 0.1% resolution
  • Volume Concentration @ 0.1 µl/l resolution
  • Volume Scattering Function from 0.039 to 13.8 degrees in water
  • Analog output of Mean Size and Volume Concentration

Operating Concentration range

  • Optical transmission from 0.3-0.99 (30-99%)
  • Concentration from ~ 0.5-700 mg/l (grain-size dependent)

Mechanical and electrical

  • Dimensions 10.03 cm (3.95”) Ø x 63.9 cm (25.2”) L
  • Weight: 5.4 kg (11.9 lbs) in air, 1.7 kg (3.8 lbs) in water
  • 600 meter depth rating
  • External power input: 12 VDC nominal, 8-24 VDC
  • Sampling rate: Up to 1 Hz
  • Current drain at 12 V: 100 mA Sampling, 8 mA between samples
  • Data storage: 1 GB (~12,500,000 size distributions)

LISST-200x dimensions


Large external battery housing 

  • Dimensions 10.03 cm (3.95”) Ø x 53.4 cm (21.0”) L
  • Weight (including 16 Alkaline D cells): 5.2 kg (11.9 lbs) in air, 1.5 kg (3.3 lbs) in water
  • Small external battery housing
  • Dimensions 6.35 cm (2.5″) Ø x 30.2 cm (11.9″) L
  • LISST-200X Battery Dimensions



What does the LISST-200X measure?

The LISST-200X measures the size and concentration of particles suspended in water.  It can measure particles from 1 to 500 microns.

It also measures the water temperature, depth, and optical transmission.

How does the LISST-200X differ from the LISST-100X?

The LISST-200X is very similar to the LISST-100X, but improved in almost every way.  It makes the same particle size and concentration measurements.  However, it is smaller, measures a wider range of sizes and can measure higher concentrations.  It also can output Mean Size and Total Concentration as analog voltages that can be monitored in real time, such as through a CTD, while the detailed size distribution and concentration information is stored on-board the instrument. For full details see the Feature Comparison: LISST-200X vs. LISST-100x


How deep can the LISST-200X operate?

The LISST-200X has a maximum depth rating of 600 meters which is twice the depth of the LISST-100X.  For deeper applications you can use the LISST-Deep instrument which is rated to 3000 meters.

Can I add the LISST-200X to my CTD?

The LISST-200X has been designed to plug right into existing CTD systems.  It has a dedicated 6-pin connector that is pin-to-pin compatible with SeaBird CTDs.  The LISST-200X will receive power from the CTD and output the Mean Size and Total Volume Concentration as analog voltages that can be viewed in real-time through the CTD cable.  The detailed size distribution information is stored on-board the instrument for later downloading.

How fast can I tow or profile the LISST-200X?

The LISST-200X uses laser diffraction to measure the size and concentration of particles.  This scattering occurs at the speed of light.  The speed of the water and particles passing through the laser beam does not change measurement.  As long as bubbles not being generated or shear forces are breaking up particles of interest speed does not effect the measurement.

How long does the Small External Battery last?

The LISST-200X Small External battery uses two rechargeable NiMH D-cells.  The LISST-200X can sample continuously at 1 Hz for 6 to 8 hours before the batteries will need to be replaced or charged.  We provide 4 batteries with the LISST-200X so that two batteries can be charged while two are being used.  An Excel spreadsheet is available to estimate the life of the battery when using different sampling conditions such as a burst every 15 minutes.

Can I use the LISST-200X as a laboratory particle size analyzer?

The LISST-200X is designed to be used submerged in water as its primary function.  However, like with the LISST-100X, we offer small chambers with a built-in mixer or flow through capability that allows you to use the LISST-200X in the lab as a particle size analyzer.

If the primary function of the instrument is to be laboratory instrument you might consider the LISST-Portable|XR particle size analyzer which is specifically designed to be used for laboratory particle sizing.