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High Temperature Experimental Facilities

The Bridgeman furnace for crystal growth in the high-temperature laboratory
The facilities of the high-temperature laboratory are used for the synthesis of samples involving high-temperatures and hydrothermal pressures and for studies of the interactions between fluids and minerals.

The major items of equipment in the lab include:

  • 6 high temperature furnaces (1500°C, 1 atm)
  • 12 hydrothermal cold seal pressure vessels and furnaces (1000°C, 2 kbar)
  • a piston-cylinder rig (1600°C, 25 kbar)
  • a Walker press (2000°C, 200 kbar)
  • a controlled-atmosphere furnace 
  • a Bridgeman furnace for the growth of single crystals from high-temperature melts.

Array of hydrothermal furnaces used for sample preparation, on removal from the furnace the sample is immediately placed into the bucket of cold water!


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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