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A view of the QuanX EDXRF spectrometer settled into the former lab space. The XRF spectrometer and our extensive reference collection
are now housed in their new home and the obsidian hydration lab and Jennifer Thatcher - now known as Willamette Analytics - has moved to
a new Corvallis location.

Lab News

WHAT'S NEW | MEET THE SPECTROMETER

WHAT'S NEW?

THE X-RAY LAB IS OPEN UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT

Northwest Research has officially reopened under new primary management and ownership. Alex Nyers has taken over the helm and Craig Skinner has stepped back to his new role as lab director emeritus and repository of the institutional memory. An updated price sheet and sample submission form are now available in the downloads section of the lab website.

Craig will still be maintaining his close association with the lab but will be redirecting his time and energy to the U. S. Obsidian Source Catalog and to a variety of obsidian and FGV-related research projects. He also plans on maintaining a legacy web presence where XRF and hydration methods from projects since 1992 will be archived along with reports, updated source maps, and unpublished obsidian and FGV source data, along with other lab and analytical information.


OTHER FAIRLY RECENT LAB CHANGES

Jennifer Thatcher, longtime obsidian hydration analyst at the lab, has taken over the management and operation of the hydration lab (effective January 1st, 2014) and is now doing business as Willamette Analytics (www.willanalytics.com). Northwest Research and Willamette Analytics will continue to work closely together in the future but are now two separate business entities under separate management at different lab locations.

MEET THE LAB EDXRF SPECTROMETER

The ThermoNoran QuanX EC energy-dispersive X-ray fluorescence spectrometer (the direct descendant of our old Spectrace 5000 instrument) is up-and-running. We finally retired our venerable Spectrace 5000 spectrometer in the late fall of 2012.

Above - Ed, our QuanX EC EDXRF spectrometer.

Click on the video below to see Ed get a workout.

A typical spectra generated during testing by our QuanX EDXRF spectrometer.

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Last Updated: 11/02/2017
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