Methods and Instrumentation in Geology
Robert W. Luth, 1-10 ESB, firstname.lastname@example.org
This course is intended to provide students with the background necessary
to use a number of analytical techniques for their research, and to
critically evaluate data from a number of others. The target audience
is graduate students for whom one or more of the techniques outlined
below constitutes a significant part of their thesis research. Techniques
to be covered in detail include powder X-ray diffraction, electron microprobe,
scanning electron microscopy, and fluid inclusion analysis. The topics
will be covered at sufficient detail so the students will have a thorough
understanding of the technique, its applications and limitations, and
the instrumentation available here in the Department. This course is
an essential step in becoming a competent, independent user of any of
this analytical equipment, but is not intended to replace additional
one-on-one training tailored to each students needs and interests.
Techniques discussed under the critically evaluate heading
will include ICP-MS major and trace element geochemical data, and a
number of spectroscopic techniques, including FTIR, NMR, and Moessbauer.
There will be a number of instructors to be involved with this course.
(Please note, this is a preliminary list and may change as the course
runs during the term). Bob Luth is the coordinator, and will also lecture
on some of the topics. Sergei Matveev will cover the electron microprobe,
which will comprise approximately half the course time. Brian Jones
and George Braybrook will cover the SEM, Rob Creaser will discuss the
limitations of ICP-MS data, Jeremy
Richards will do the fluid inclusion microthermometry part, and Sarah
Gleeson will talk about analysis of compositions of fluid inclusions.
The students will be responsible for problem sets and lab exercises
as assigned during the course of the term, and will also be responsible
for a lecture and brief written summary on a specific analytical instrumental
technique (e.g., one of the spectroscopic techniques that would otherwise
not be covered in the courses). The topic would be agreed upon in consultation
with the course coordinator.
concepts in analytical geochemistry
powder X-ray diffraction
scanning electron microscopy
ICP-MS geochemical data
other spectroscopic techniques
Grading: 50% on problem sets and lab exercises,
50 % on term project.
Texts: None required; readings to be assigned as