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Earth and Planetary Science

Facilities in Earth & Planetary Science

The Department of Earth Sciences (DES) at HKU contains a large suite of analytical instrumentation, including both traditional equipment and unique instrumentation. 

 

EPMA: JEOL JXA-8230 SuperProbe

EPMA: JEOL JXA-8230 SuperProbe

 

Our analytical facilities include a multiple-collector ICPMS equipped with a laser system (LA-MC-ICPMS), Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance Mass Spectrometer (FTMS); Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM); Thermoluminescence/Optically Stimulated Luminescence (TL/OSL) laboratory; X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometer (XRF) Gas Chromatograph with Flame Ionization Detector (GC-FID); Thermo-Gravimetry and Evolved Gas Analysis (TG-EGA); the newly installed Electron probe micro-analyser (EPMA); and hydrogeological and rock mechanic laboratories.

TL/OSL reader: Risø DA-20

TL/OSL reader: Risø DA-20

 

Furthermore, we have submitted proposal for a Thermo Neptune-plus MC-ICPMS to vastly enhance our range of isotope geochemical analyses. Newly developed infrared spectroscopy facilities contain a unique instrument setup capable of measuring visible and infrared (IR) spectral reflectance of geological materials directly analogous to those made by spaceborne remote sensing instruments.

 

These capabilities include environmental IR (with wide range of pressures and temperatures), diffuse IR reflectance, Micro-IR reflectance, Micro-Raman with near IR laser.

These facilities provide critical information capable of unlocking the details of data sent back from planetary missions. This setup in our Planetary Spectroscopy and Mineralogy Laboratory will position us for intimate connectivity and leadership with active space missions launched by the Chinese National Space Agency (CNSA) in the near future.”

 

To know more about the facilities in our division, please visit: Research Facilities