Automated Mineralogy can characterise more than just minerals. At the Camborne School of Mines (CSM), University of Exeter, UK, we have been experimenting with a wide range of sample types for over 7 years. To the left is an example of a historical smelter slag (from historic mining activity pre-1900's) taken from Calenick Creek, near Truro, Cornwall, UK.
The image shows mainly Fe-As (blue) and Sn metal (red) phases, and identified various other phases. Sample size is approx. 4 x 2 cm, fieldscan mode at 10 microns resolution with about 2 million analysis points.