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New confocal Raman microscopy laboratory

Raman microscope during measurements. Droplet of ionic liquid was placed on a glass plate and Raman spectrum was measured with green laser. This image was taken from video
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2017 Tavo Romann, Wikimedia Commons

Socorro, NM
— October 20, 2021

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has funded the aquisition of a new Horiba Labram HR Evolution confocal Raman microscope for the Bureau as part of their Major Research Instrumentation Program. The instrument will be equipped with a 532 nm laser and a 266 nm UV laser and be compatible with a variety of experimental stages including a Linkam fluid inclusion heating/cooling stage and a hydrothermal diamond anvil cell.

There are a number of job openings and opportunities for PhD candiates who have experience with Raman spectroscopy. It will be used extensively by the Ore Deposits and Critical Minerals Research Group and likely by the mineralogist (see job posting) that manages our mineral museum.