Experimental Petrology and Geochemistry Lab
We have presses and furnaces for performing large volume experiments at high pressures and/or temperatures:
A 1000 ton multi-anvil apparatus for experiments up to 30 GPa and 2200 C.
- Two end-loaded piston cylinder devices for experiments up to 4 GPa and 2000 C
- Deltech vertical tube furnace for experiments up to 1800 C
- Box furnace for annealing and crystal growth experiments up to 1700 C
Ruby synthesized in the box furnace by a flux growth method (as part of a lab exercise in GEOL 341).
- Spin coater for solution deposition of thin films on mineral surfaces
- Prep lab for machining and assembly of high-pressure sample assemblies
We also have access to a wide range of analytical facilities on campus, including an ARL electron microprobe in the Department of Geological Sciences, and SEM, TEM, RBS, XPS, AFM and modern XRD facilities in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.