Our electron microprobe is capable of qualitative and quantitative analysis of all elements from Be to U using five automated wavelength-dispersive spectrometers (WDS) and an energy-dispersive spectrometer (EDS). These analytical techniques combine micron-scale chemical analyses with scanning electron microscopy and are capable of large- and small-scale element mapping of specimens. Analytical sessions may be done with the aid of the probe lab technician or if the client has the sufficient experience they may operate the instrument on their own. See Scheduling and Fees for pricing.


Preliminary imaging and mapping of samples may be done in the lab on either the Olympus SZX12 binocular microscope or Olympus BX51 petrographic microscope using the Jenoptik ProgRes Cfcool digital camera. BSE (compositional) and SE (topographic) imaging can be done in the microprobe with magnifications ranging from 40X to 300,000X. Mapping of multiple elements and BSE may be done simultaneously using both WDS and EDS. See Scheduling and Fees for pricing.

Sample Preparation

Rutgers has a lab for sample preparation, including manual and automatic rock saws, manual and automatic polishers, ultrasonic baths and drying oven. Clients can make a thin section for more surface area per sample or a round mount for small hand samples. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

Carbon Coating

In this lab the Denton DV-502A is typically used to coat samples with 200 angstroms of carbon. Use of this instrument will be supervised by the probe manager. See Scheduling and Fees for pricing.