Mounting samples on pegs. Samples are adhered to the pegs by carbon tape.
Pegs with samples are placed into a holding structure on the microscope stage.
The microscope is locked down.
For information on how SEM works there are many informative articles online.
A screen shot of the image of particulates in a sample.
Screen shot of sample results. Each spike indicates the quantity of an element. With mineral pigment analysis, when comparing these results with other sample results I can determine where a specific pigment originated.
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