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DCMD - Research Facilities

Electron Microprobe Laboratory

Four-spectrometer Cameca SX50 equipped with a PGT energy dispersive system and a dedicated Sun workstation (for microprobe automation and image processing); cathodoluminescence detector; output can be sent to SEM CRT displays or captured as a digitized image for image analysis.

Radiogenic Isotope Geochemistry Laboratory

Class 100 and 1000 ultra-clean chemistry laboratories, mass spectrometry lab, and sample preparation lab (2600 square feet); clean laboratories designed for contamination-free chemical preparation of samples for U, Th, Pb, Sm-Nd, Re-Os, and Sr isotopic analyses; new Thermo Scientific Triton thermal ionization mass spectrometer (TIMS).

Handin Laboratory for Experimental Rock Deformation

Infrared Spectroscopy Laboratory

Nicolet Magna 560 FTIR with DTGS and PbSe detectors; a Spectra-Tech Nic-Plan FTIR microscope with an MTS detector.

Hydrothermal Geochemistry Laboratory

Houses five large-volume flow-through hydrothermal systems that can control temperature, pore-fluid pressure, confining pressure, and fluid flow rate. Volumetric strain can be measured while simultaneously monitoring changes in fluid chemistry. The laboratory is also equipped with eight standard, cold-seal pressure vessels and four rapid-quench vessels, and supporting equipment capable of 0-2 kbar operation.

Fluid Inclusion Laboratory

Equipped with a modified USGS heating and freezing stage, designed by Fluid Inc. USA. This allows microthermometry to be performed on inclusions. Passing heated air or nitrogen over the sample, permits heating of inclusions to 700 °C. By passing nitrogen gas through liquid nitrogen and then over the sample, inclusions can be cooled to -190 °C.

X-Ray Diffraction Laboratory 

Rigaku computerized powder diffractometer (with two goniometers).

Microscopy and Imaging Center

Materials Characterization Facility

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