Geosciences Barcelona has expanded its catalogue of scientific equipment acquiring a new tabletop electronic microscope (Hitachi TM4000PLUSII). This new device enables researchers to observe rock samples and it can also be used to image a wide range of organic and inorganic materials.

The new microscope reaches a scale of observation higher than other optical devices, achieving a magnification of 20.000x. It its equipped with a EDS analysis system that allows to estimate semiquantitatively the composition of the sample.

“It is a microscope with a high resolution and imaging quality. Its easy to use and mantain, so it will be useful for our daily work needs”, says Joan Martí, director of GEO3BCN. The microscope can be used in many of GEO3BCN projects that need to observe and analyze rock samples.

According to Martí, the new device “is an essential tool, that complements the use of optical microscopes. It is the previous step to more sophisticated techniques such as electronic microprobes, laser ablation or Raman spectroscopy, which we also use in our studies, but which are more demanding because their higher level of complexity”.

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