Three instruments are available for elemental and molecular chemical analysis:
• Bruker S4 Sequential Spectrometer - This instrument is a wavelength dispersive X-ray spectrometer capable of analyzing Na thru U with high precision and accuracy. Robotic loading of samples permits high thruput of bulk samples.
• Zeiss Σigma FESEM - An energy dispersive X-ray detector permits chemical analysis of individual regions or particles within an object. Use of low accelerating voltages reduces the beam penetration and limits the region of analysis.
• Topcon ABT-32 - A cost effective alternative to the FESEM for routine or quick-turn-around chemical analysis. Samples coated with carbon to aid chemical analysis. Performs elemental chemical analysis from N through U utilizing a state-of-the-art low-noise Peltier-cooled Silicon drift detector driven by an IXRF Systems EDS/EDAX hardware and software package.