Department members have access to an array of tools to enable their research.
The electron microprobe facility at AMNH houses a 5-spectrometer Cameca SX-100 and can detect and analyze elements from B to U at concentrations as low as 0.01 weight percent.
In our Petrology lab, we can simulate volcanic conditions with several furnaces that operate at atmospheric pressure. Also, with our three cold-seal hydrothermal pressure vessels and a single internally heated pressure vessel (IHPV) we generate the conditions under which many magmatic and metamorphic reactions occur in the crust.
The department houses a laboratory for study of minerals and crystalline substances using X-ray diffraction techniques.
The FTIR Laboratory at AMNH is the focal point for vibrational spectroscopy studies of geologic materials in the New York metropolitan area.
The Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory-American Museum of Natural History ICP-MS Lab is located at Columbia University's Lamont Campus in Palisades NY. The lab supports one MC-ICPMS, 2 quadropole ICPMS, and a brand new laser ablation system.