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INC Lab (Fluid and Melt Inclusions Laboratory)

Person in charge of the Lab:  (RaDOR): 
Post Doctoral Fellow:Dr Angela Doherty
PhD Students: D. Zamboni


Fluid Inclusions (FI) are small droplets of aqueous, gas and other solutions, found in minerals from various geologic environments. Melt Inclusions (MI) differ from FI as they have been formed by the trapping of small droplets of silicate liquid. FIs are a valid tool to investigate the genesis of ore deposits, oil and geothermal fields, and for the study of suitable sites for radioactive waste storage. MIs, together with FIs, are also very used in petrologic, magmatological and volcanological studies. INC Lab research has been focused in the last years on the application of FIs and MIs to understand the dynamics of the Neapolitan Volcanic Distric magmatism (Vesuvius, Phlegraean Fields, Procida, Ischia), Aeolian Islands evolution and Azores mantle characterization. Both FIs and MIs have been used as geothermobarometers and to determine the role played by volatile components (H2O,CO2, Cl, F, S) on the occurrence of explosive eruptions. 
Silicate Melt Inclusions trapped in an olivine crystal (Vesuvius, Italy)
Silicate Melt Inclusion trapped in an olivine crystal (Phlegraean Fields, Italy)
INC Lab contains state of the art equipment for studying melt and fluid inclusions in natural materials, including a Linkam THMSG 600°C and 1300°C programmable heating/cooling stages, a Linkam TXY1400°C (heating/cooling) stage, a Vernadsky 1500°C stage and a vertical furnace for heating and rapidly quenching of melt inclusions, a transmitted & reflected light ZEISS microscope,  and a complete sample preparation facilities for fluid and melt inclusions studies.