PASSC Facilities

Analytical Services:

Renishaw inVia micro-Raman spectrometer

This is a micro-raman spectrometerThe micro-Raman (acquired 2007) is equipped with a reflected and a transmitted light microscope. It's useful for chemical identification, characterization of molecular structures, effects of bonding, environment and stress on a sample.

It can rapidly distinguish mineral polymorphs (e.g., kyanite, sillimanite). A micro-precision sample stage permits long-duration mapping.

The micro-Raman is housed and operated by the Planetary and Space Science Centre (PASSC). Contact Dr. John Spray for more information: 506-453-3550 or Email John.

For Students: Please Download Authorization form and bring it with your samples signed by your supervisor. Click here for Raman work order form.

Hitachi SU-70 Field Emission Gun (FEG) SEM

This is field emission gun scanning electron microscopeThe Field Emission Gun Scanning Electron Microscope (FEG SEM), which was acquired in 2008, can perform ultra-high resolution scanning electron microscopy at the nanometre scale as well as materials characterization.

The Schottky thermal emitter can produce not only ultra-high resolution images (1.0 nm/15kV, 1.6nm/l kV), but also facilitate a wide variety of analytical capabilities.

The Electron BackScatter Diffraction (EBSD) detector allows crystallographic information to be obtained from samples (crystal orientation, fabrics, crystal structure).

The Energy Dispersive Spectrometer (EDS) can determine the chemical composition of materials. The Field Emission Gun (FEG) SEM is housed and operated by the Planetary and Space Science Centre (PASSC). Contact Dr. John Spray for more information: 506-453-3550 or Email John.

For Students: Please Download Authorization form and bring it with your samples signed by your supervisor. Click here for FESEM work order form.