Microscopy Laboratory

GFZ - German Research Centre for Geosciences
last updated: July 19, 2023

About the Laboratory

Microscopy Laboratory

GFZ - German Research Centre for Geosciences
@ Section 3.2 Organic Geochemistry
This Laboratory is part of:


  • Tbd
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The microscopy lab comprises facilities for infrared microthermometric equipment for fluid inclusion research and reflected-light microscopy for organic petrography.
The microthermometry lab focusses on microthermometric studies of fluid inclusions in minerals, analyses of molecular compositions of gas-bearing fluid inclusions and reconstruction of P-T-x condition during mineral precipitation. Techniques being used are microthermometry, transmitted light microscopy (visible and near infrared light) and Laser-Raman spectroscopy.
Reflected light microscopy is applied in the field of organic petrography for the reconstruction of facies, determination of thermal maturity and determination of oil and/or gas potential. Possible modes of illumination are white light illumination and UV light illumination as well as reflection measurements.


  • LRMA, Laser-Raman Spectrometer

Analytical Methods

  • Reflected Light Microscopy
  • Transmitted Light Microscopy

  • LRMA, Laser Raman Microanalysis, Laser-Raman Spectroscopy, Raman

Laboratory Keywords

  • Confocal Raman Microscope
  • Confocal Raman Spectroscopy
  • Petrographic Microscopes