UCL Earth Sciences


Microscope Suite

Location: B26

Laboratory Manager: Prof. Ian Wood

Microscope Suite

The Microscope Suite is available for use by all members of the Earth Sciences Department. It contains the following microscopes:

A Leica DMR Petrological Microscope, working in transmitted light
A Leitz Orthoplan polarising microscope, working in either transmitted or reflected light (or both simultaneously)
A Zeiss “Universal” research microscope, equipped for studies in fluorescent light
A Wild M420 Makroskop, for observation of mm- to cm-sized objects.

For photomicrographs, there is a Jenoptik ProgRes digital camera, which can be fitted to any of the four microscopes. Heating and cooling stages, and a Conwy Valley Systems “Petrog” point-counting stage are also available.

Other equipment housed in the Microscope Suite includes a Leitz Vickers micro-hardness tester and a Nicolet iN10 infra-red (FTIR) microscope.

Potential users of the microscopes should contact either Ian Wood or Jim Davy. The Nicolet iN10  FTIR is managed separately from the microscopes; those wishing to use this instrument should contact Dr Andrew Thomson.