The petrography lab is currently housed in Physical Sciences Room 227. As of this writing, the inventory includes: 1) Olympus BX-51 research-grade polarizing microscope with dual nose piece for both low and high magnification; 2) Nikon Labophot transmissive microscope with a Reliotron Cathodoluminescence vacuum chamber; and 3) a Wild stereo microcope. All microscopes have attachments for digital photography via a Nikon Coolpix for quick imagery or a PaxCam 2.0 MB camera. The PixIt camera feeds to a dedicated workstation with PixIt image analysis software. Current users include researchers and students working on paleontology, sedimentology, and volcanology projects.
There is also dedicated lab space for sample drilling to obtain powders for isotopic analysis. The lab station includes a Dremel rotary drill, ultrasonic cleaner, and microgram scales.
For more information, please contact Dr. Russell Shapiro