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Application of Scanning Electron Microscopy in Earth Sciences

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E. Samajpati

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Application of Scanning Electron Microscopy in Earth Sciences


The scanning electron microscope (SEM) is a powerful tool in the scientific community and in industry for image analysis and characterizing materials. In this course, students learn how the SEM functions, its components, and how to produce the best analytical results. Students learn various uses of SEM and its application in geology, including compositional zoning in minerals, textural analysis, and structure of microfossils, aas well as X-ray characterization using the energy dispersive system (EDS) to understand chemical constituents. Students learn these techniques through different laboratory activities and, at the same time, develop research for their project or thesis. Prerequisite(s): one 200-level course in earth and climate sciences.

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No writing credit

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One-time offering