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Departmental Laboratories and Analytical Facilities
Microscopy and MicroanalysisTescan Vega 3 LM Variable Pressure Scanning Electron Microscope with secondary electron, backscatter, Tescan low-vac secondary electron, cathodoluminescence, Oxford X-max 50 mm2 EDS, Oxford EBSD, and Gatan MonoCL detectors, along with sample preparation equipment including coater/sputtering system and EBSD-quality polisher. To schedule time, view the calendar and contact the SEM administrators.
- ELA-ICP-MS: ThermoFisher iCAP Qc quadrupole ICP-MS with CETAC autosampler and Photon Machine Excite 193nm excimer laser ablation system
- Experimental petrology lab including high-temperature furnaces, piston cylinder apparatus, hydrothermal diamond anvil cell, four cold seal pressure vessel systems, fluid inclusion heating/cooling stage
- Environmental equipment includes a portable X-Ray Fluorescence spectrometer, Teledyne ISCO automatic water sampler, and Decagon TDR device
- Fluid dynamics and sediment transport laboratory with stream table
- particle settling tanks and a specialized "fluid intrusion" tank
- high-speed and lapse-rate digital cameras controlled by a high-performance work station.
- Sedimentology laboratory including a Geotek multi-sensor core logger featuring magnetic susceptibility, core density by gamma attenuation, and a multi-spectral digital camera
- Malvern laser-diffraction particle-size analyzer
- Two Ortec planar gamma detectors for radionuclide geochronology.
Magmatic Processes and Crustal Evolution
- Optical microscopy lab with Zeiss Axioskop transmitted and reflected-light petrographic microscope and Zeiss Stemi 2000 stereoscope, equipped with digital imaging system
- Petrography lab with transmitted and reflected-light optical microscopes and projection equipment
- Mineral separation facilities including Franz magnetic separator, heavy liquids, stereoscopes and glassware
- Sample preparation lab with rock saws, rock chipping and milling equipment
- Equipment for scaled tank experiments using viscous liquids
- Edgetech 216s sub-bottom chirp profiler for high-resolution stratigraphic imaging in aqueous environments
- Sea-Bird salinity-temperature-depth water-column profiler with optical backscatter for suspended sediment concentrations
- Triton SB-Interpreter seismic-image processing software.
Paleoecology and Paleoenvironments
We are a member of the Hancock Biological Station consortium on Kentucky Lake, which has a full complement of field and analytical equipment for collecting and analyzing sediment and biological samples, as well as aquaria and greenhouses. Department laboratory includes binocular microscopes, fossil collections, and X-radiography unit for burrow analysis.
Other Analytical Facilities on Campus
- Laser Ablation ICP-MS and TGA-MS
- Powder X-ray diffractometer with high-temperature furnace attachment
- Atomic absorption spectrometers (flame and graphite furnace)
- Ion and Gas chromatographs and TOC analyzer
- Eight alpha detectors for radionuclide analyses
- GPS units with integrated topographic map software
- GIS lab with large format digitizers, scanners, plotter
- networked microcomputers and server
- Worden gravimeter
Collaborative use of external facilities
- SHRIMP (Sensitive High-Resolution Ion Microprobe) at Stanford University
- Ion Microprobe at UCLA
- Argonne National Laboratory