University of Heidelberg

Facilites

The following equipment is present at the Research Group:

Sample preparation

Crushing, milling and separation:

  • Jaw crusher, roller mill (merz), sieve machine (cuccolini), Wilfley table

Heavy mineral separation:

  • One air conditioned laboratory (called "Heavy mineral Lab") with two modern fume hood systems, two drying ovens, ion-free water (pipe), and air pressure (pipe)
  • LST-separation by two high speed centrifuges, two high vacuum pumps, five heater with magnetic steering, high precision scale, glass and ceramic equipment for heavy liquid (LST, Methylenjodid) separation, (at once 8 samples with Methylenjodid)
  • rotary evaporator HEI-Vap (Heidolph)
  • Frantz magnetic separator (3x)
  • Two modern Stereo microscopes (Wild-Leica) for apatite and zircon grain selection. Grains are used for FT- and (U-Th)/He dating

 

Mounting, grinding, polishing and etching equipment:

  • 1 RotoPol-22 of Struers

 

Etching of mounts and mica, annealing equipment:

  • One air conditioned laboratory (called "Chem Lab") with two modern fume hood systems (one normal etchant resistant and one HF-resistant), one drying oven, ion-free water (pipe), and air pressure (pipe)
  • Glass and ceramic equipment used for
  • 1 VWR heated circulating water bath, (T.-const. ± 0.05 °C)
  • Three annealing ovens

 

Preparation before and after Neutron-Irradiation

(FRM II, Munich, Germany)
  • Glass standards, mineral standards, U-free mica, sample holder
  • Room to detach the mica from the mineral mount after irradiation
  • Large high magnification lens with light, separate stereo microscope
  • TEM-nets, glass slides, special glue (nail lacquer)
  • Irradiation certified safety guard (absolute required)
  • Allowance certificate for handling neutron activated material

Dating, length and Dpar measurement equipment (Ion-Track Laboratory)

  • One Olympus BX 50 (transmitted and reflected light) with the new complete Autoscan system I. The system is used for FT-Dating and length measurement.
  • One Leica Aristomat microscope (transmitted and reflected light) with the new complete Autoscan system I. The system is used for FT-Dating and length measurement.
  • One Jenapol microscope (transmitted and reflected light) equipped with the Autoscan system II. The system is used for Dpar measurement.
  • The new "Autoscan Systems Pty. Ltd" system I consist of a new designed 3-axis stage (AS3000i/f) with external Sony laserscales (BL 55) for each axis; 200 nm positional repeatability on 75x75x3 mm area. an electronic controller (EL300) with all necessary connecting cables. three-axis joystick controller/ keypad (JS300). IBM-compatible Pentium 4-based computer, complete with frame grabber board. High resolution Pelletier cooled colour CCD camera (Colorview III, Soft-Imaging). Windows based Trakscan version 7 application software (SW500) with user manual.
  • The previous Autoscan system II consist of a new designed 3-axis stage (AS3000B); 5 µm positional repeatability on 75x75x3 mm area, an electronic controller (EL300) with all necessary connecting cables. Three-axis joystick controller/keypad (JS300). IBM-compatible Pentium 4-based computer, complete with frame grabber board. High resolution Pelletier black and white camera CCD camera (F-View II, Soft-Imaging). Windows based Trakscan version 7 application software (SW500) with user manual.
  • Imaging analytical software: the three previously described systems are connected to the imaging analytical software analysis (Soft Imaging Systems). This image analytical software has the possibility to generate 3D-images of objects visible in optical microscopy.
  • One Horiba iHR320 Raman Spectrometer, equipped with a 532 nm Laser (green) and a Horiba Superhead as optional confocal optic

 

Computerpool for numerical simulation

    Server:
  • Mac Pro, 2 x 2,26 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon, 16 GB DDR3 RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 512 MB, 2 x 630GB HDD.
  • Mac Pro, 2 x 2,26 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon, 16 GB DDR3 RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 512 MB, 2 x 630GB HDD.


  • Desktop:
  • HP Compaq, 3,00 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB DDR2 RAM, ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 256 MB, 500 GB HDD, 64-bit Operating System
  • HP Compaq, 3,00 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB DDR2 RAM, ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 256 MB , 500 GB HDD, 64-bit Operating System


  • Laptop:
  • MacBook Pro, 2,60 GHz Intel Core i7, 8 GB DDR3 RAM, Intel HD Graphics 4000, 1TB HDD

 

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