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.
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.