The Microscopy Society of America, the Microanalysis Society, the International Metallographic Society, the Microscopical Society of Canada and the International Union of Microbeam Analysis Societies will be getting together August 3-7, 2014, at the Microscopy & Microanalysis Annual Meeting (M&M 2014) in Hartford, Connecticut, USA. If you are a scientist or technologist who uses microscopy or microanalysis in your research, this is the event to attend.
Almost anything you need to find out about microscopy and microanalysis instrumentation, for the biological or physical sciences can be found at this show. Of special interest to those in the mining community will be the Tuesday poster session. John Konopoka will be presenting a session on “Mineral Analyses from Laboratory to Spacecraft” to be held on the expo floor at 3:30. John will discuss calibrating standardless quantitative EDS results with limited standards.
EDS (Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy) is ideal for sample surveys and compositional mapping, while wavelength dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (WDS) provides excellent spectral resolution for measuring the L- and M-lines of heavier elements critical to good geological analysis.
Geologists, geophysicists and environmental engineers in mineral and mining companies turn to electron microscopy and electron microprobe analysis to understand the microstructure and chemical composition of geological samples. X-ray microanalysis is a key technology that provides elemental analysis of microstructures.
Spectral imaging has fundamentally changed the way X-ray microanalysis is used. With a complete spectrum acquired at every point, it is the ideal platform for X-ray mapping, linescans and data processing. If you stop by our booth (#427), we will be showing the latest advances in EDS mapping routines, including quantitative element mapping, elemental phase mapping, and spectral phase mapping. In addition, we’ll show how electron backscatter diffraction technology can be fully integrated with scanning electron microscopes (SEMs) and EDS to examine the crystallographic orientation of SEM samples. Thermo Fisher Scientific is a sponsor of the show and will be conducting other sessions as well, including a vendor symposium on “New Tools for Life and Materials Sciences” and a session on “Surface and Subsurface Microscopy and Microanalysis in Materials and Biological Systems.”
The show organizers are not planning any outside tours, but there is plenty to do in the area. If you stay an extra day or two, you can attend the Litchfield Jazz Festival, where one can enjoy jazz parties, main stage acts, artist talks, jam sessions and more. The Brownstone Adventure Park in Portland offers a day of rock climbing, wakeboarding, kayaking and other outdoor activities, and the Ocean Beach Park in New London has been rated one of the best beaches by National Geographic. Here’s a link to the Connecticut Visitor’s Bureau to see what other attractions are in the area.
August 3 -7, 2014
Microscopy & Microanalysis 2014
Connecticut Convention Center
Hartford, CT, USA