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Sample Preparation / Standards

Sample preparation

Different types/size geological sample can be accommodated in our Laser Ablation system because of its in-house designed sample holder. There are several requirements for the samples:

-        polished  1 or ½ inch epoxy disc

-        standard (7.3 x 2.5 cm) sample thin-section / or grains of sample(foraminifera shells) attached to the glass slide using carbon tape

-        Semi-flat/polished slab of rocks/coral speleothems which dimensions no large than 13.8 cm by 8 cm or combination of smaller blocks with same total area.  (13.5x3cm –preferable)


We have a set of NIST glass (610-614) for trace metal analyses of no ‘matrix’ challenging samples.

We also have a large collection of well-characterised carbonate standards (trace metals, Mg isotopes, U/Th, B isotopes).


Example of standards ample yolder (12 -1 inch +6 1/2 inch discs + 4glass slides)

Earth Sciences at Cambridge

Saturday 22 September 2018: A one-day conference bringing together international scientists to mark 200 years since Adam Sedgwick was appointed to the Woodwardian Chair of Geology.

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