The Electron Microprobe Laboratory features a Cameca SX-100 Electron Microprobe equipped with 5 wavelength dispersive spectrometers and one energy dispersive spectrometer with thin window for light element detection. The probe has high intensity dispersive crystals for high sensitivity trace element analysis and a high precision sample stage with 0.1 um stepping capability. The SX-100 is capable of quantitative analyses from Z = 4 (Be) to 92 (U) uranium and has the capability for high-resolution elemental mapping and trace element analysis at low concentrations. The laboratory maintains a wide range of in-house calibration standards for quantitative analyses of silicates, sulfides, carbonates, oxides and alloys.
Part of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, the laboratory serves faculty researchers from across campus, other academic institutions, state and federal agencies and a number of industry collaborators and partners.