Overview

Instrumentation

Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS)

This mass spectrometer measures the amount of about 75 different elements on the periodic table that can be found in water, sediment, soil, or rock. Gustavus's ICP-MS is mostly used to study Southern Minnesota’s lakes, rivers, land, and wetlands.

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Zeiss Confocal Microscope

This microscope—complete with four lasers, three detectors, highly sensitive optics, and a connected computer with specialized software—has the ability to view the shape and location of certain structures in the cell and quantify dynamic processes in living cells.

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Scanning Laser Doppler Vibrometer

The scanning laser Doppler vibrometer shoots a laser off of an object to measure the object’s movement. It works much like a police radar gun measures the speed of a car; unlike a radar gun, the scanning laser Doppler vibrometer measures movement 20 million times per second.

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