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The X-ray labs have two advanced instruments: the X-ray diffraction (XRD) instrument and the X-Ray fluorescence (XRF) instrument. The labs serves in teaching activities and in providing analyses to research projects at the Department of Geosciences. The labs also offer services to other research departments and institutes, as well as clients from industry.
In the ICPMS mass spectrometry lab we analyse isotopic ratios and elemental concentrations in solid matter and solutions. The lab is used primarily for U-Pb and Lu-Hf analysis of zircon as well as trace element analysis of solid matter and solutions, but other types of analyses/samples are possible. The lab has over the years provided analyses of high quality for our own researchers and partners, and for teaching at the Dept. of Geosciences.
In the Organic Geochemistry Lab we analyse organic components in oils and environmental samples. The lab has over the years served as a research laboratory for several masters and PhD students in petroleum and environmental geosciences. The lab does not offer analyses, but the lab's instruments may by appointment be used by students and academic staff under the supervison of the lab personell.
The Electron Microprobe Analyzer (EMPA) provides in-situ qualitative and quantitative chemical analysis of minerals and other solid materials at the micrometer scale. We have extensive experience in performing high-quality microanalyses for research and teaching in material sciences at the Dept. of Geosciences, and other institutes at UiO, for other Norwegian and Nordic research institutions, and also for industry clients.
The TIMS lab provides high-precison U-Pb dating of zircon and other uranium enriched minerals by isotope dilution thermal ionisation mass spectrometry. The lab has extensive experience in the determination of the timing of geological events. The method is applied to the resolution of many diverse problems in research, and also for assisting exploration programme in industry and for teaching at the Dept. of Geosciences.