Advanced Instruments Lab

The Advanced Instruments Lab contains equipment used in the detection, classification, analysis, and imaging of rock samples, sediments, and fluids. Descriptions of each piece of equipment are listed below.

Optima 7000 DV Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) - A type of mass spectrometry which is capable of detecting metals and several non-metals at concentrations as low as one part in 1012 (part per trillion). 

Optima 7000 DV Inductively Coupled Plasma machine 

S2 Ranger X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) - An x-ray instrument used for routine, relatively non-destructive chemical analyses of rocks, minerals, sediments and fluids.

S2 Ranger X-Ray Fluorescence machine front view S2 Ranger X-Ray Fluorescence machine shown with computer and student operator

Evex Mini- Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) - A type of electron microscope that produces images of a sample by scanning it with a focused beam of electrons.

Evex Mini- Scanning Electron Microscope front view with computer screen Evex Mini- Scanning Electron Microscope side view with input drawer open

XDS 2000 X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) - Used for determining the atomic and molecular structure of a crystal, in which the crystalline atoms cause a beam of X-rays to diffract into many specific directions. (not shown)

MSC-1000 Mini-Sputter Coater - Used to coat the gold to the samples for SEM. (not shown)