We have two profilometers, which are tools used for mapping surface topography and texture. These data can be used to track how the surfaces of our samples change over the course of an experiment. Does treatment or weathering cause the surface to become, more rough? pitted? cracked? warped?
The Keyence is very user friendly profilometer that uses an optical light. The interface makes it possible to collect and analyze a range of data including optical images, height maps, 3D images, and roughness measurements of designated areas or lines. The data can be exported to excel for further handling. A sample that is two inches square takes less than three minutes to scan.
Solarius Solarscan System
The Solarius Solarscan System is the older of our two profilometers. This instrument uses a laser to collect surface profile data, and reports images and numerical values. The computer has been set up to allow remote access and driving. Scans can take four to eight hours.
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