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Photomicrograph in plane-polarized light of a clinopyroxene host with intensely fractured, high relief olivine and less fractured, lower relief subhedral plagioclase inclusions (field of view = 2.75 m
Photomicrograph in cross-polarized light of the core of an orthopyroxene crystal pseudomorphed by talc and pyrite surrounded by a corona of pleochroic serpentine (field of view = 2.75 mm).
Experimentally-grown natrolite (needles) on analcime
Cuprite crystals (copper oxide) from Arizona
Clay-coated grains from base of ice core in Greenland
Gypsum filled void in concrete

The electron microprobe is widely applied in the chemical characterization of solid materials, including minerals, metals, and biological specimens. This instrument is used to image and chemically characterize features as small as one micron, and is particularly well suited for quick, accurate, and sensitive analysis of all chemical elements from beryllium (atomic number 4) to the man-made elements beyond uranium (at. no. 92). These elements can usually be detected in concentrations as low as one hundred parts per million or less at the scale of a few microns. For more information about the TAMU electron microprobe and to schedule analytical time please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .