Goettingen laboratory for correlative Light and Electron Microscopy

Field Emission Electron Probe Microanalyzer: JEOL JXA-iHP200F


Our new EPMA is equipped with a Schottky field emitter (FEG) and achieves a lateral resolution of 2.5 nm in the SE image. It will replace our JEOL 8900 EPMA (1997-2021) as of September 2021. The strength of the EPMA is the precise in-situ elemental analysis as well as its unprecedent high spatial resolution of solid phases on the micrometer scale. Application of the FEG technique allows for analysis with a small excitation volume in the sub-micrometer scale dimension for low excitation voltages. Petrochronology, including the determination of geological ages (e.g. dating of accessory phases), element zoning as well as quantitative evaluation of subtle spatial variations in element concentrations (e.g., diffusion profiles) will be the main tasks of EPMA in our petrology group. The EMPA is a classical analytical tool for transdisciplinary geoscientific application and include research projects in sedimentology, geobiology, cosmochemistry, structural geology, archaeometry and experimental mineralogy. In addition, EPMA is also often used by colleagues from other faculties such as Medicine, Physics, Chemistry, Archaeology & Restoration, Anthropology etc.

For booking inquiries please check the Calendar and contact us: goelem@geo.uni-goettingen.de


Technical specifications:

Accelerating voltage:1 – 30 kV
Probe current:1 pA – 3 μA
Element range (WDS):B – U
Other detectors:SEI, BSE, EDS, CL
Analyzable area:100 x 100 mm
Typical samples:Thin sections, 1-inch disc mounts

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Scanning Electron Microscope: JEOL JSM-IT500 InTouchScope™


Our „small“ JSM-IT500 SEM from JEOL is our workhorse for first-order textural investigations and element mapping both on the small and large areas. Installed in April 2021, it uses a Tungsten source which has a slightly lower spatial resolution compared to its siblings with a field emission gun, but still resolves5 nm at 15 kV. The instrument is equipped with an Ultim Max EDS detector from Oxford Instruments© with a large 100 mm2 detector area allowing large area maps due to the elevated count rates. The EDS maps are semiquantitative but can also be later fully quantified using EMPA spot analyses which is routinely done in our lab. The instrument is also able to run under a low vacuum mode allowing the analysis of samples that cannot be coated such as organic material or samples with large topography.


For booking inquiries please check the Calendar and contact us: goelem@geo.uni-goettingen.de


Technical specifications:

Accelerating voltage:0.3 – 30 kV
Probe current:1 pA – 1 μA
Detectors:SE, BSE, EDS
Energy resolution EDS:127eV @ Mn-Kα
Maximum sample size:200 mm diameter, 80 mm height
Analyzable area:125 x 100 mm
Typical samples:Thin sections, 1-inch disc mounts

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Polarizing microscope: Olympus BX53M


The polarization microscope from Olympus is typically the first instrument any user of our facility has the pleasure to work with. It is equipped with a fully automated stage that we use to acquire full-size scans of our samples in transmitted and cross-polarized light which are grid referenced and used as base layer for our correlative approach. Using the microscope and its software which has been customized for our lab, the user can identify and record regions of interest or a set of points for analysis at any other instrument in our facility, saving a lot of (costly) instrument time at our electron microscopes later.

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