A new microtome for cutting hard submillimeter-sized crystalline objects for promoting high-resolution instrumental microanalysis
A new microtome for cutting hard submillimeter-sized crystalline objects for promoting high-resolution instrumental microanalysis (in EMPG-VI; Experimental mineralogy, petrology and geochemistry, E. A. J. Burke (editor), C. Chopin (editor), W. V. Maresch (editor), L. Ungaretti (editor) and C. Willaime (editor))
European Journal of Mineralogy (April 1997) 9 (2): 449-456
A new microtome has been developed for precise cutting of hard crystals an order of magnitude smaller in size than previously practical. It uses a 5 mu m tungsten cutting wire charged with a diamond slurry, and allows several consecutive cuts of a single grain (e.g. of zircon) in any desired direction. Such accurate and closely matching mineral slices in combination with modern high-resolution analytical instrumentation will open a new chapter in mineralogy.