|The Electron Microscopy Laboratory in the Department of Geological Sciences, University
of Saskatchewan, houses a JEOL 8600 Superprobe electron microprobe analyser
(EMPA) and a JEOL 840A scanning electron microscope (SEM). Also housed in
the electron microscopy laboratory is an Olympus infra-red (IR) microscope.
The IR microscope is connected to a Tracor Northern TN 8500 image analysis
system through a video interface that allows video images to be stored and
The EMPA is equipped with an energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS) and three wavelength dispersive spectrometers (WDS), one with a lead stearate crystal and a layered dispersion element crystal for light element analysis. The EMPA is also equipped with cathodoluminescence (CL), and backscattered electron image (BEI) and secondary electron image (SEI) detectors.
|The SEM is equipped with BEI and SEI detectors as well as an EDS analyser. Software for the EDS system includes an image analysis system.|
|The Electron microscopy lab (Room 223, Geology Building) has been in operation since early in 1989. The facility serves universities, government agencies and the private sector. The user base for this laboratory come largely from the the geological community. Along with routine secondary electron imaging (SEI) of microfossils and fracture surfaces, backscatter electron imaging (BEI) and in situ quantitative analysis of minerals in thin-section, the laboratory has developed techniques for the screening and analysis of diamond indicator minerals, major and trace element analysis in fused glasses, and has been involved in development work in light element analysis in carbonates. Work in areas outside of geology includes metallurgy, forestry and material sciences, where methods for preparation and assessment of cement and ceramic samples have been developed.|
The laboratory is managed and operated by Tom Bonli,
who has nine years of experience with the preparation and handling of many types
We welcome enquiries from interested parties who may wish to use the facilities or have analyses undertaken.
For further information and details of user fees, call Tom Bonli at 306-966-8680, or send a fax to 306-966-8593.