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Imaging and Analysis Lab

Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW)

Contact Information

Anne Argast



Fort Wayne


Instrument Type

SEM scanning electron microscope
EDS energy dispersive spectrometer
EMPA electron microprobe; wavelength dispersive spectrometers

Hitachi S3400N SEM, Oxford X-Max 80 EDS, Oxford Wave 450 WDS


Typical Use:

The lab can perform a wide range of operations typical for geology including imaging in SE/BSE and analysis of polished specimens by ED and WD spectroscopy.

Conditions for Use:

User Fees:

We prefer that visitors do the work themselves at a rate of $30/hr. Lower rates may be available in some situations.

Instrument Priorities:

Class use has priority, otherwise first-come, first-served. Given enough lead time we can block out entire days to accommodate visitors traveling from out-of-town.

Remote Use:

Not available.

Sample Preparation:

We can do simple mounts in the lab, but generally materials should be substantially prepared before coming to the lab. We can polish if necessary (at an added cost). We can C and Au coat (at an added cost). A complete set of fees and services is available at the website.

Standard Collections/Lab Blanks:

SPI 53 minerals mount, Astimex 25 metals mount, Astimex 15 REE phosphate mount, selected Smithsonian standards, locally prepared standards.


We have a full set of AZtec and INCA software, including X-mapping, stage automation, montage and features analysis software.

Educational Use:

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