Equipment

Sample preparation

Within the preparation laboratories, the infrastructure is provided to prepare rock samples for geochemistry, microscopy (optical and electronic) and dating methods.  

  • Rock preparation
  • Thin section preparation
  • Mineral separation

You can find more information on the page of sample preparation.

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Experimental Petrology

High-pressure and High-temperature Laboratories
Photo: Georg Spiekermann
High-pressure and High-temperature laboratory for Laser heated Diamant Anvil Cells

Various apparatuses are available for the production of glass syntheses and preparation of precious metal capsules, which are necessary for carrying out high pressure/high temperature experiments.

High-pressure and High-temperature Laboratories
Photo: Georg Spiekermann
High-pressure and High-temperature laboratory for Laser heated Diamant Anvil Cells

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Geochemistry

Geochemical Laboratories
Photo: Antje Musiol
Laboratory of the Inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES)

Laboratories for classical, wet-chemical methods and instrumental analysis are available.

Geochemical Laboratories
Photo: Antje Musiol
Laboratory of the Inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES)

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Microscopy

Microscope - Laboratories
Photo: Inst. for Geosciences
Laboratory with the Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)
Microscope - Laboratories
Photo: Inst. for Geosciences
Laboratory with the Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)

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Geochronology

Geochronological Laboratory
Photo: Masafumi Sudo
Ar/Ar Geochronological Laboratory

Our main dating method is the Ar/Ar method with laser ablation. The laboratory is currently being expanded with a second mass spectrometer.

In addition U/Pb age determinations are performed at the LA-ICP-MS.

These methods are complementary to the thermochrology with slit traces, the U/Th/He method and the methods available at the GFZ.

Geochronological Laboratory
Photo: Masafumi Sudo
Ar/Ar Geochronological Laboratory

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