Our Low-Temperature Thermochronology Laboratory (LTTL) has facilities for

routine mineral separation, fission-track and (U-Th)/He analyses,

as well as flexibility for new methods development.

Fission-Track microscope

Zeiss AxioImager M2m microscope with automated stepper stage, high resolution camera and custom software for image acquisition and analysis.

Mineral picking microscope

Zeiss SteREO Discovery.V20 zoom stereo-microscope with high resolution camera, polarizer/analyzer and a variety of stages for mineral selection and microphotography.

Vaccum line for He analysis

Patterson Instruments ultra-high vacuum line equipped with furnace and laser heating stage for single-grain degassing and measurement. Read about the history of this vacuum line here.

Laboratory facilities for mineral separation, mounting, polishing and etching

Facilities for mineral separation include a 300 sf "dirty" lab with saws, chipmunk and mini jaw crushers, disk mill pulverizer, Jasper Canyon zircon separation table, Ro-tap, dry and wet sieves, ultrasonic sieve cleaner and drying oven; as well as a 250 sf "wet" lab space with three fume hoods for handling a variety of heavy liquids and acids, an Eppendorf benchtop centrifuge and a Frantz LB-1 Magnetic Barrier separator. This space also houses a Buehler EcoMet grinder and AutoMet 250 polisher for preparing polished mineral mounts, a Memmert precision oven and furnace for mineral etching and annealing experiments.

Please contact Dr. Lang if you are interested in collaborating on a project or proposal