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Digital microscopy: The digital microscopy lab contains three polarizing microscopes, all equipped with motorized stages, a binocular and a MicroDrill station. Each

Cathodoluminescence microscopy: Cathodoluminescence microscopy is used to highlight features that cannot be observed using standard transmitted or reflected 

Scanning electron microscopy: Two scanning electron microscopes are currently available in our institute: a CamScan MV2300 (installed in 2003) and a Tescan Mira 

Electron probe microanalyzer: The microprobe is equipped with 5 WDS spectrometers with LIF, PET, TAP, LDE1 and LDE2 crystals including two high ...

X-ray micro-computed tomography: X-ray computed tomography (CT) is a rapidly evolving technique originally developed in medicine for visualization of soft-tissues

X-ray diffraction: The X-ray diffraction lab is equipped with an ARL Thermo X'tra powder diffractometer. The instrument enables the characterization of materials

X-ray fluorescence: The X-ray fluorescence lab of the Institute of Earth Sciences provides several facilities for the chemical analysis of whole rock elemental

Laser ablation-ICP-MS: Mass-spectrometry with inductively coupled plasma ion source is widely applied for the determination of elemental composition and isotope ...

Ion probe - SwissSIMS: The IMS 1280-HR is the latest ion microprobe manufactured by CAMECA. A wide range of elements (from H to Pb) could be obtained with an

Sediment geochemistry: Lab devoted to the chemical analysis of sediments and soils, with in particular the measurement of  their C, H, N, S and P contents 

Hydrothermal lab: The hydrothermal equipment consists of 10 vertical cold-seal pressure vessels (bombs) with split tube furnaces. The bomb consists of a cooled 

Clean lab: In this work area the air quality, temperature and humidity are highly regulated to avoid sample contamination. The clean lab is mainly used for

Sedimentary lab: The sedimentary lab is dedicated to the separation and the preparation of microfossils from sedimentary rock samples. This step is necessary 

HF lab: Because of its ability to dissolve oxides, hydrofluoric acid (HF) is commonly used for separating microfossils from hand specimens. The use of this very corrosive

Thin section lab: The thin section lab is aimed at preparing thin sections of rocks and minerals. The hand specimens are first sawed and grinded. Successive steps of 


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