Historically, the analysis of polished rock samples has been primarily carried out using cross-polarised optical microscopy – an often time-consuming and laborious technique which relies on the user’s skill to identify each phase. This may be done with a point counting sampling approach with the results extrapolated to the whole sample. While this approach can be very powerful when performed by an experienced mineralogist/petrologist, no direct measurement is made of the chemistry of the various phases or their morphology.
AZtecFeature, used in conjunction with large area X-MaxN SDDs can automate this process enabling complex mineralogies to be characterised quickly and accurately.
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*Please note, this application note refers to X-Max. This has since been upgraded to Ultim Max.