A wide range of additional analytical facilities are available for graduate students and researchers within the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering and allied departments. We currently maintain a field emission-scanning electron microscopy laboratory, an automated mineralogy laboratory, a fluid inclusion and cathodoluminescence laboratory, and an optical microscopy laboratory. The research center is also hosts the Fredrick L. Ransome Collection of worldwide ore specimens.
This laboratory is equipped with a state-of-the-art FE-SEM that provides topographical and elemental information at magnifications of 10x to over 300,000x at a spatial resolution down to the nanometer scale.
The research group maintains a state-of-the-art laboratory that is equipped with two fully automated SEM-based analysis systems that provide quantitative mineralogical and textural data.
The laboratory contain a Olympus BX51 research microscope equipped with a Fluid Inc. heating/freezing stage and an IR digital camera allowing the investigation of fluid inclusions in opaque minerals. Cathodoluminescence imaging is conducted with a state-of-the-art HC5-LM hot-cathode microscope by Lumic Special Microscopes, Germany, that is equipped with a highly efficiency CCD video camera.
Optical Microscopy Laboratory
The optical microscopy laboratory consits of two reflected and transmitted light research microscopes. The Leitz Laborlux 12 Pol and Nikon Labophot 2 Pol microscopes are equipped with modern video cameras for digital imaging.
Fredrick L. Ransome Collection
The collection consits of worldwide ore specimens, which when combined with our teaching and research collection, probably makes this one of the most comprehensive set of ore deposits material in any U.S. educational institution. This combined collection consists of over 24,000 hand samples, polished sections, and thin sections, all described and catalogued. An information library provides documentation of occurrence, lithology, mineralogy, alteration, and ore grade for many of the specimens.