The BGS thin sectioning laboratories enjoy an international reputation for the excellence of the products it supplies to both internal and external clients. The laboratories are housed in a well-equipped, state of the art facility and are operated by staff with many years experience in all aspects of thin section production.
In addition to routine sample processing, the service specialises in producing thin sections from technically difficult materials. Environmentally sensitive and/or hazardous samples can also be processed in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.
A wide range of thin section types is offered that includes:
standard cover-slipped thin sections for use in transmitted light microscopy (These may also be stained for potassium-feldspar and/or dual carbonates, if required).
polished wafers for use in laser ablation and micro-drilling techniques loose grain thin sections (cover-slipped or polished)
large area soil thin sections that retain the original micromorphology of water saturated sediments
transmission electron microscope wafers
As well as serving the needs of the BGS and NERC Science program, the thin section laboratories produce products for external clients from a wide range of industrial and educational establishments including:
hydrocarbon exploration companies
universities and other higher education establishments – especially those researching and teaching earth science subjects and archaeology
mineral exploration and extraction industries
building stone/heritage conservationists
forensic science consultancies
civil engineering industry (for brick, stone, concrete and aggregate thin sections)
The thin section laboratories produce products for an international client base who expect and receive only the finest quality thin sections. All thin section products are subject to a rigorous quality control procedure.