NCAOR is house to some of the best microscopic facilities. Scanning Electron Microsope (SEM) is the most widely used electron microscopic technique in various research areas. This is largely because of its versatility, the various modes of imaging, ease of sample preparation, possibility of spectrometry as well as easy interpretation of the images. A wide range of magnification (25X-3 lacs X) is available, which facilitates the visualisation of virtually every detail of the specimen. SEM offers 3 nm resolution with tungsten filament and is capable of performing in both high and low vacuum mode. Energy Dispersive Spectrometry (EDS) is used for elemental analysis of samples. This technique uses a semiconductor detector to classify x-rays according to their energies. Data collection and analysis with EDS is relatively quick and simple process because the complete spectrum of energies is acquired simultaneously.
Apart from SEM-EDS, the lab has NIKON Eclipse 6600(Polarizing Microscope), NIKON Eclipse Ti-U (inverted Microscope), NIKON SMZ1500 (Stereozoom Microscopes), NIKON-MODEL C-PS.
Some of the major analytical instrumentation facilities available at Microscope and Geology lab include: JEOL JFC-1600 Autofine Coater, JEOL JEC-560, Auto carbon coater, JEOL JFD-310, freeze drying device, UV-Visible Spectrophotometer (Thermofisher EVOLUTION 201), Coulometer (UIC), Fluorometer (Turner Design), FluoroProbe (bbe), JAC Ultrasonic, Heating plate, Sartorius weighing Balance, Blue Star Deep Freezer, OVEN(OF-22), Fume Hood (CHEMETRON).