I'm here with a remarkably relaxed Liane Benning to do some STXM - scanning X-ray microscopy on i08 helped by the beamline scientists Burkhard Kaulich, Tohru Araki and Majid Abyaneh.
|A relaxed looking Liane, i08 clearly agrees with her|
Avid readers will be familiar with Liane's and my adventures on B22 looking at amorphous calcium carbonate in earthworm secreted carbonate balls. It's much the same here only you get to wear silly clothes when you put a sample on.
|Fashion conscious as ever here I am in the room with the STXM|
|The i08 control screens|
So far things look fairly positive. By looking at calcium we've identified areas that appear to be different forms of calcium carbonate, now we are mapping out the carbon to see if there are any differences that match onto these. More later, fingers crossed.
|Typical spectrum from one area of carbonate - looks rather amorphous calcium carbonate like|
|Whereas this spectrum looks far more calcite like|