Optical Microscopy of Meteoritic Metal

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TECHNIQUES- Sectioning & Mounting

Sample Selection | Sectioning | Epoxy Mounting | Grinding & Polishing | Etching | Microscopy

A Buehler Isomet low speed saw is used to cut bulk material into thin slices or small endpieces, typically 1-10 mm thick. Water is used as a lubricant.  The sectioned meteorite specimen is cleaned in distilled water using an ultrasonic cleaner to remove cutting dust and other contaminants.