The R3D milling system is a fully-integrated extension to the RESOlution1 laser ablation instruments by Applied Spectra, and before that ASI and Resonetics. The unique design of R3D complements the standard RESOlution instrument, and minimises system cost by using common components wherever possible.
This product can be retrofitted to an existing RESOlution instrument, while remaining interchangeable with the LA–ICP–MS ablation cell, or the product can be supplied with a new RESOlution instrument.
The core of the R3D milling system is a 5-axis (XYZθxθz) stage for micro-milling trenches, cones, and wedges in mineral specimens. This milling action can also be referred to as psuedo-3D since the laser is not able to mill from below, or perpendicular to, the surface. Milled chips of material can be extracted manually, or automatically by an optional vacuum pipette.
Building on the industry-leading GeoStar software for LA–ICP–MS, the R3D software module provides effortless sample navigation and definition of 3D milling operations. Automated operation accommodates long milling sessions in excess of 72 hours. An optional gas-tight enclosure allows for ablation and milling within a controlled atmosphere.
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