Ge 116 Syllabus (draft 1/2/18)

Analytical Techniques Laboratory

Winter 2018




                  SEM, EPMA, lead instructor: Paul Asimow (Asimow@gps; x4133; 253 Arms)

                  XRD: Matthew Johnson (; x4388; 307 Keck)

                  Optical spectroscopy: George Rossman (grr@gps; x6471; 357 Arms)

                  Radiogenic isotopes: Nathan Dalleska (nathand@caltech; x6299; G22 L+R)


                  Cecilia Sanders (

Elle Chimiak (

Also, lab technicians in the various labs, including: Ma Chi (SEM & EPMA; chi@gps, x6253; 051 Arms)


Lecture Time:

                  1 hr per week, Wednesdays 11 AM, 267 Arms


Lab Times:

                 4 hrs per week, scheduling will vary over the quarter

                 Note that certain labs require appropriate clothing and footwear for safety or just for warmth; instructors for each lab module will explain these rules.



                  Assorted handouts

Goldstein et al., Scanning Electron Microscopy and X-ray Microanalysis is available in the GPS library



Weeks 1-2 (01/03/18 – 01/12/18): Scanning Electron Microscope (Asimow, Ma)


Weeks 3-4 (01/16/18 –01/26/18): Electron Microprobe (Asimow, Ma)


Weeks 5-6 (01/29/18 – 02/9/18): Plasma-source mass spectrometry (Dalleska)


Weeks 7-8 (02/12/18 – 02/23/18): Optical spectroscopy (Rossman) 


Weeks 9-10 (02/26/18 – 03/9/18): X-ray Diffraction (Johnson)




                  5 lab reports, 20% each

                  Late Policy: –10% for each day late