Acadia Petrographic Lab

The Acadia Petrographic Lab is in the lower level of Huggins Science Hall (HSH 026 - 029) and staffed by Pam Frail. It provides technical support for classes and research purposes. Honours and Masters students have in-house access to thin section production for their thesis work and gain valuable experience by prepping their own samples. In addition, one undergraduate student per term has the opportunity to be the ‘lab assistant’, a paid position, 3 hr./week.

Acadia Petrographic Lab services are available to clients outside the Acadia community. These include thin section and polished section preparation, saw work etc. We recently updated our facility (late 2019) with a Struers’ Accutom -100 grinding machine, a Tegramin -30 polishing machine and a Citovac for vacuum impregnation. We have Logitech systems for lapping and polishing as well. The ‘saw room’ is equipped with saws ranging from 6” to our TR 18” and TR 24” from Diamond Pacific. You will find the ‘Information Sheet’ useful if you have questions about placing an order. The ‘Order Form’ and ‘Sample Form’ showing services and pricing are below.

Thin section (plane-polarized light, crossed polars) of staurolite porphyroblast in schist.