Fluid Inclusion Laboratory

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The Fluid Inclusion Laboratory houses two petrographic microscopes equipped with long focal-length objectives to enable use with our heating and cooling stages. Imaging is possible using either reflected or transmitted light, and digital image capture is possible throughout the experimental procedure. Heating and cooling can be controlled manually, or by programming a specific sequence of ramp and soak steps. Temperatures from -195 °C to 1400 °C are achievable by using several types of Linkham stage, allowing access to conditions suitable for both fluid and melt inclusion studies. This equipment is also widely-used outside of Earth Sciences, and we welcome users from other disciplines. 

• Olympus BX50 Microscope with View 4K Camera System
• Olympus BX 51 Microscope with Q-Imaging Camera System
• 2x Linkham THMS 600 Heating/Cooling Stage
• 1x Linkham TS1400XY Heating Stage

top-down view of the TS1400XY and THMS600 heating and cooling stages

Top-down view of the TS1400XY (left) and THMS600 (right) heating/cooling stages. In the left of the image, the top plate is removed to reveal the heating element, upon which the sample is placed on a sapphire disc.

A melting point experiment being performed using the TS1400XY

A melting point experiment being performed using the TS1400XY. In the background, the screen shows a sample being monitored in-situ. The tubes attached to the stage carry water that cools the assembly surrounding the heated sample.


Learn more about the wide-variety of applications for this equipment by visiting Linkham Stages by Experimental Techniques.



The current fee structure is found below:

Users Hourly Rate
Earth Sciences Departmental Users $10
Other Academic Users $20
Commercial Users $50


To book time or training on this equipment, please email Dr. Colin Bray.