Major Facilities available at NGRI

  • LAM-MC-ICP-MS National facility for multi element Isotope Studies
  • Micro Raman Spectrometer based on JYT64000, In-situ temprature studies in –196 0c to 1200oc range with temparature accuracy of  +_ 1o c
  • High pressure laboratory consisting of Keithly electrometer, strain measuring sensors, universal testing machine (100 tons) and Bridgeman-Birch high pressure apparatus
  • In-situ stress measurement facility consisting of hydraulic equipment
  • Rock magnetism laboratory consisting of a static magnetometer, digital spinner magnetometer, alternating magnetic field and thermal demagnetizers, high field and low field hysteresis and susceptibility meter
  • High resolution paleoclimatic studies using Corals from Indian islands
  • Continuous Flow Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry Laboratory
  • Geochemical laboratory consisting of fully automated X-ray fluorescence spectrometer (XRF), atomic absorption spectrometer, Laser Ablated Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (LAM-ICPMS), Electron Probe Micro Analyzer (EPMA)
  • Geochronology and isotope geochemistry laboratory with facilities for Rb-Sr, Sm-Nd and Pb-Pb analyses
  • EM, resistivity and IP model laboratories
  • Helium emanometry, heatflow and radiometry laboratory
  • Tritium and carbon dating laboratory for groundwater studies.
  • Seismological, Magnetic and Gravity observatories
  • Gas Chromotography and Microbial Laboratory
  • Mineral Physics Laboratory with high-pressure Diamond Anvil Cell (DAC), ultra high resolution (0.02/cm) double monochorometer, and Micro-Raman spectrometer.
  • Centralized computing facilities: PC-LAN and an array of Sun Workstations.
  • Thermo luminescence (TI) Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) dating facility
  • Absolute Gravity Lab.
  • Airborne magnetic and electromagnetic surveys.
  • Geochemical analytical facilities such as:

    Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS) with Dynamic Reaction Cell (DRC) for the precise determination of trace elements including specialized groups such as Rare Earth Elements (REE), Platinum Group Elements (PGE), Gold, Uranium, Thorium, etc., in rocks, minerals, ores, soil and water.

    Scanning Electron Microscope-Energy Dispersive Spectrometer (SEM-EDS) for imaging, characterization of different mineral phases, qualitative chemical composition.

    Sulphur Analyser for the estimation of sulphur content in rocks, ores etc.

    Fire Assay lab for effective separation and pre-concentration of PGEs and gold, and subsequent determination by ICP-MS.

    Atomic Absorption Spectrometers (AAS): Both flame (F-AAS) and Graphite Furnace (GF-AAS) for the determination of base metals and certain critical trace elements like Cd, Se, As, etc., in geological samples.