The X-ray Lab
The College of Wooster
Rigaku ZSX Primus II
- Mineral composition
- Whole-rock analysis (major and trace element)
Whole-rock analyses of fused beads and pressed pellets to determine major and trace element composition; large spot-size mapping analysis of polished slabs.
Conditions for Use:
- Visitors are invited to work in the lab to work with lab personnel
- Visitors are invited to work in the lab to design and do the work yourself
- Training Session (short course) is offered
- In all publications and presentations that include results from this lab, please acknowledge NSF grant EAR-0958928 and send a copy of the abstract or manuscript to the lab manager. All users must complete radiation safety training prior to operating the instrument.
User rates are subject to change at any time; contact lab manager for current rates; $6/sample to cover expendables for combined fused bead and pressed pellet preparation; combined major and trace element analyses cost $35/sample.
Priority is given on a first-come-first-served basis; an online calendar is maintained on the website; contact lab manager to schedule times.
It is not possible to operate this instrument from a remote location.
Samples should be powdered prior to preparation; samples may be powdered on-site in The College of Wooster sample prep lab; fused beads are prepared with the Katanax K1 electric fluxer; pressed pellets are prepared with Carver manual press.
Standard Collections/Lab Blanks:
Rigaku MinPak standards are used for calibration; USGS standards have been prepared in The College of Wooster X-ray lab.
Rigaku ZSX software is used to acquire and process the data; includes additional mapping application.
- Class demonstrations are available for undergraduates
- Class demonstrations are available for K-12
- Undergraduate student research projects are invited
- Tutorials and other educational materials related to the lab are available
- Graduate student research projects are invited
Support provided by:
Please acknowledge NSF grant EAR-0958928 to Dr. Meagen Pollock.