Nanoscale automated quantitative mineralogy: A 200-nm quantitative mineralogy assessment of fault gouge using mineralogic

Shaun Graham, Nynke Keulen

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Effective energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy analysis (EDX) with a scanning electron microscope of fine-grained materials (submicrometer scale) is hampered by the interaction volume of the primary electron beam, whose diameter usually is larger than the size of the grains to be analyzed. Therefore, mixed signals of the chemistry of individual grains are expected, and EDX is commonly not applied to such fine-grained material. However, by applying a low primary beam acceleration voltage, combined with a large aperture, and a dedicated mineral classification in the mineral library employed by the Zeiss Mineralogic software platform, mixed signals could be deconvoluted down to a size of 200 nm. In this way, EDX and automated quantitative mineralogy can be applied to investigations of submicrometer-sized grains. It is shown here that reliable quantitative mineralogy and grain size distribution assessment can be made based on an example of fault gouge with a heterogenous mineralogy collected from Ikkattup nunaa Island, southern West Greenland.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
Artikelnummer665
Antal sider12
TidsskriftMinerals
Vol/bind9
Udgave nummer11
DOI
StatusUdgivet - nov. 2019

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  • Programområde 4: Mineralske råstoffer

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