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Geology/Geochemistry Program:

  • Argon Lab -- The Geochronology Research Laboratory includes a rare gas mass spectrometer attached to automated resistance furnace and carbon dioxide laser extraction lines.
  • Electron Microprobe -- CAMECA SX-100 microprobe with 3 wavelength-dispersive spectrometers.
  • Facility for analysis of crystallographic preferred orientations of minerals in rocks -- Starkey X-ray texture camera, image analysis system for processing X-ray data, and universal stage.
  • Fission Track Lab -- Complete FT dating facilities are available at New Mexico Tech. Samples are dated using the external detector method.
  • Fluid Inclusion Laboratory -- two stages for standard thermometric analyses: infrared microscope for opaque minerals; high-temperature stage; facility for extracting fluids for microanalysis.
  • Geomicrobiology Laboratory -- a facility for geological and microbiological staining, culture preparation for field and lab, and various incubators for growth and storage.
  • GPS - real time kinematic receiver.
  • Paleomagnetic/Rock Magnetic Equipment -- spinner magnetometer interfaced with microcomputer; alternating field demagnetizer; thermal demagnetizer.
  • Polishing and Thin Section Lab -- saws for cutting and polishing rock wafers.
  • Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer Facility -- for analyzing volatiles in inclusions.
  • SED Lab -- Nikon scope with UV-fluorescence unit for observation of diagenetic and porosity textures; MAAS/Nuclide model ELM-3 Luminoscope for cathodoluminescence examination; micro-drilling apparatus equipped with miniature vacuum.
  • Stable Isotope Laboratory -- Finnegan MAT mass spectrometer and vacuum extraction lines for analysis of O, H, C, and S isotopes.

Geophysics Program:

  • Digital Seismic/Geophysical Networks -- New Mexico Tech operates digital seismic networks in New Mexico and, along with the Geology/Geochemistry program, an interdisciplinary volcano observatory on Mount Erebus, Antarctica. The Erebus network incorporates dual-frequency GPS, broadband seismometry, infrasound, infrared, and gas sensors.
  • Computer Facilities -- The Geophysics and Hydrology Programs jointly maintain Sun, Alphaserver, PC and Macintosh computer systems with associated peripheral equipment and services (printers, plotters, scanners, multiple terabytes of backed-up RAID disk space) for both research and teaching. The network is professionally maintained by department staff and features a full suite of graphics and geophysical software tools, including industry standard 3-D seismic processing, imaging, and interpretation software (Landmark).
  • Infrasound and Image Processing Laboratory(under development) -- More than one hundred calibrated infrasound sensitive transducers are being built, and an infrasound calibration test chamber is under construction. In addition, short-period seismometers, digital telemetry hardware, optical infrared thermometers, tiltmeters, and a half dozen Chaparral Physics microphones have been/are being acquired. High resolution video cameras and Macintosh computers with imaging processing and geo-registration/photogrammetry software will also be available.
  • Portable Seismological Instrumentation -- In collaboration with the on-campus IRIS PASSCAL Instrument Center, the program has access to state-of-the-art seismological recording equipment, including broadband and short-period seismometers and multichannel shallow exploration systems. The program also owns a "Betsy" shotgun seismic source and minivibrator for shallow seismic exploration.
  • Shallow Characterization Facility -- features proton-precession and cesium magnetometers, gravity meters, D.C. resistivity exploration equipment, and a multi-frequency (50, 100 and 200 MHz) ground penetrating radar system.
  • Rock Physics Laboratory -- a facility for measuring rock and sediment/elastic properties of marine and fault-zone samples, as well as conducting triaxial rock deformation experiments.

Hydrology Program:

  • Chemical Transport Laboratory -- hood; distillation facilities; balances; ovens; furnace; viscometers; interfacial tension meters; columns for colloid, bacteria, and multiphase fluid transport studies; pumps; spectrophotometer; data acquisition systems.
  • Computer Facilities -- The Geophysics and Hydrology Programs jointly maintain Sun, Alphaserver, PC and Macintosh computer systems with associated peripheral equipment and services (printers, plotters, scanners, over 2 terabytes of RAID disk space) for both research and teaching.
  • Controlled Environment Laboratory -- bacteria culture, storage and preparation equipment; autoclave; centrifuges; constant-temperature shaker and centrifuge.
  • Field Equipment -- access to large drilling rigs; field trucks; soil sampling equipment; pumps; velocity meters; automatic recorders; data loggers; neutron probes; TDR instruments; mechanical and electronic meteorological instrumentation; EM38, EM31, and EM34.
  • Instrument Laboratory -- two HP capillary gas chromatographs with four detectors; four high-pressure liquid chromatographs with computerized data acquisition systems; sample storage and preparation facilities.
  • Isotope Laboratory -- equipment for the preparation of 36Cl samples for acceleration analyses.
  • Remote Sensing Laboratory -- FieldSpec Pro FR Spectroradiometers (350-2500 nm), Middleton EQ 16-E Pyrano-albedometer, two Precision infrared radiometers (PIR).
  • Sevilleta Field Site -- north of Socorro for studying soil-water movement in the vadose and saturated zones. Includes pumping and injection wells, monitoring wells, neutron moisture logging, tensimeters, stage recorders, and weather stations.
  • Soil-Water Laboratory -- permeameters; moisture-retention apparatus; particle size distribution equipment; centrifuge; ovens; balances; TDR instrument; data acquisition system.
  • Teaching Laboratory -- Darcy, sorption, and dispersion columns; sand box models; electrical analogs; fluid mechanics experiments.
  • Video and Image Analysis Laboratory -- micromodels; II component and S-VHS video tape recorders; V-LAN based video editor; high resolution video cameras; programmable film cameras; two Zeiss stereoscope and Axio host epifluorescence microscopes; IT151 high-resolution image processing on a SUN 4-330 computer with NOESU morphology software.
  • Water Chemistry Laboratory -- hood; wet chemical analysis and sample preparation apparatus; columns for chemical transport studies.

Additional Selected equipment available elsewhere on campus:

  • 6100 Scanning Electron Microscope, fitted with a Noran Energy Dispersive X-ray Analyzer
  • Amray 1200B Scanning Electron Microscope
  • JEOL 100C Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope (STEM)
  • Philips EM 430 transmission electron microscope
Created: ( Wednesday, 25 August 2010 15:08 )
Last Updated: ( Thursday, 10 September 2015 13:40 )
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