The Michael J. Drake
Electron Microprobe Laboratory
University of Arizona

Sample Requirements and Sample Preparation

Types of Samples

The sample must be:

Sample Size and Shape

Sample size is constrained by the dimensions of our sample holders. Currently we have sample holders that can accommodate:

Sample Preparation

Typically the simplest method of preparing a loose sample for quantitative analysis is to mount it in a 1" round epoxy mount, grind one face flat, and then polish it. For users with a small to moderate number of samples we can usually assist with this process in our sample preparation lab. Also please feel free to contact us with questions regarding mounting unusual samples.