Thin blade workshop

The LGO litholamellage and milling plant includes sawing and grinding rock equipment as well as equipment for manufacturing thin sections and polished sections.

Optical microscopy systems

The laboratory is equipped with several polarizing microscopes for the observation of thin sections in transmitted or reflected light, as well as several binocular microscopes for the observation and sorting of minerals or fossils. A high definition digital camera allows the acquisition of high quality images.

Means in sedimentology

Sedimentology means of the LGO are common with the GEOMER laboratory.

The palynology laboratory – micropalynology

A laboratory for microfossil extraction has been in place at IUEM since 2016, financed by CPER credits during the installation of the Paleoclimatology and Paleontology team. It allows the chemical processing of sedimentary rock and sediment samples for microfossil extraction, in connection with research programs in palynology and micropaleontology. This laboratory is backed by a microscopy room that includes three interferential contrast research microscopes, with a photomicroscopy equipment (digital camera and digital reflex). This equipment allows the analysis of slides prepared after palynological and / or micropaleontological treatments. Two binocular loupes are also installed in this room, for the observation and sorting of microfossils (essentially planktonic and / or benthic foraminifers).

Electronic microprobe

We have access to the electron microprobe, called “Microsonde Ouest”, jointly acquired between Ifremer, the universities of Brest, Rennes and Nantes, and the UNSA Rennes. This microprobe is installed on the Ifremer site.