ZEISS Solutions for Planetary Geology

  • Understand the mineralogy, formation processes and structure of geological material from extra-terrestrial sources
  • Study meteorites and extra-terrestrial material to identify individual crystals and mineral grains using a wide range of different techniques in transmitted and reflected light, e.g. Brightfield, Polarization, Darkfield, DIC (differential interference contrast) or C-DIC (circular differential interference contrast)
  • Identify the intrinsic color, pleochroism, cleavage planes, inclusions and further morphological features
  • Draw your conclusions regarding the genesis and origin of a particular rock by further investigating characteristics of a mineral including birefringence, extinction behavior, twinning, zoning and the optical character
    Complement this wealth of information with electron microscopy and automated mineralogy
  • For high value samples, perform non-destructive imaging using X-ray microscopy with large area imaging.

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A good understanding of geological sciences is grounded in a competence for using the available toolbox of instrumentation.

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Sutter's Mill

SM 73 Whole Rock

Image precious samples non-destructively. Rare 4.5 billion-year-old Sutter’s Mill carbonaceous chondrite meteorite. Computed tomography (CT) with ZEISS Xradia Versa 3D X-ray microscope. Iron or iron sulfide (yellow) in a matrix (blue) containing Mg, Si, Al, Ca, C, and O. Image width = 9 mm. Courtesy of Prof. Qing-Zhu Yin, University of California at Davis, USA.


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