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The department houses a computer/reading/talking room for undergraduates. All graduate students are provided office or cubicle space and a PC or Mac. A number of faculty and students have affiliations through research with the School of Computational Science, the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Institute, the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, the Materials Research and Technology Center, and the Florida Geological Survey.


Facilities for supporting research in fluid and sediment transport include an 8 meter sediment-recirculating water flume equipped with a high speed digital video camera and 50 Watt laser-sheet generator for sediment transport and turbulence visualization studies, a 6 meter stream table to investigate river lateral flow structures and morphodynamics, and a Hele-Shaw cell capable of simulating and visualizing tidally induced groundwater motion.

Students can conduct field based experiments using an accoustic Doppler velocimeter, a laser-based total station surveying instrument, and high-resolution digital video equipment, Garmin76 hand held GPS units (WAAS capable), laser range finders, Laser Ace hand held electronic transit, self-leveling and laser levels, and Ashtech Promark 2 survey grade GPS system, and field colorimeter. In support of field based studies, geologic mapping, image analyses, and GIS are computer labs running AutoCAD mapping software and ESRI ArcGIS and ArcInfo.

The department's major geochemistry facilities are housed in the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory. In addition to general geochemistry labs, special facilities include:

  1. An Isolab-54, sector mass spectrometer with both TIMS and SIMS capability is outfitted with a Daly detection system and 5 faraday cups,
  2. A fully automated 9-collector Finnigan 262 mass spectrometer equipped with a RPQ-system for increased abundance sensitivity and a 13 sample turret can be rapidly changed for positive to negative ion measurements.
  3. A sector ICP-MS Finnigan ELEMENT for elemental analyses with the capability of both solution and laser ablation sampling.
  4. A Finnigan Delta XP mass spectrometer interfaced with a Carlo Erba elemental analyzer (EA), a high temperature conversion elemental a nalyzer (TE/EA), a gas chromatograph (GC), and a GasBench for light stable isotope analyses of various types of samples (learn more about the Stable Isotope Lab).
  5. An 800 square feet "clean" lab, which is used for the separation of elements out of natural samples. This lab approaches a Class 100 clean lab, and has no exposed metal surfaces.
  6. Other facilities available at the NHMFL for geochemical research provide EPR, ESR, and FT-ICR-MS analyses capabilities, including at high fields.

FSU's Materials Research and Technology Center (MARTECH) possesses an array of instrumentation available for mineralogical and petrological research that include AC susceptometry, SQUID magnetometry, resistivity, X-ray with low angle diffraction, ESCA, SEM, STEM and associated EDAX, and NMR, equipment for sample characterization in magnetic fields to 14T. Fourier transform spectroscopy for both routine measurements and low temperatures and high magnetic fields is also available. In addition, a STM-AFM-MFM instrument is available for surface studies on the atomic scale.

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