The Rock Deformation Lab at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Lab #11 at building #60)
The new 'Griggs' type solid medium apparatus for deformation under conditions simulating the pressures (0.5 - 2 GPa) and temperatures (up to 1300 C) at depth (~10-50 km below the surface). The apparatus is installed at the Rock DeformationLab where we prepare the assembly parts and monitor and control the experiment and oil pressure with the designated lab computer.
Schematic illustration of the Griggs apparatus (figure and additional details can be found in Précigout et al. 2018)
We often use scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with the electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) sensor in the Ilse Katz Institute for Nanoscale Science & Technology at BGU. The EBSD allows constructing orientation maps of polished sections with down to sub-micron step size. The EBSD is a powerful tool in the study of the rock texture and deformation at the grain and sub-grain scales.
Scanning electron microscopy (Verious XHR)