California Volcano Observatory

Spectroscopy Laboratory

Building 15, contact Dawnika Blatter

Two computer screens sit next to an electronic microscope containing a stage for slides

Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy microscope stage and electronic interface

(Credit: Dawnika Blatter, USGS. Public domain.)

The infrared spectroscopy laboratory is designed to measure the amount and speciation of water and carbon species dissolved in naturally and experimentally produced silicate glass and rock-forming crystals. The data are used in magmatic degassing studies and to determine the molecular structure of silicate melts and solid crystals.


Dawnika L Blatter, PhD

Research Geologist and FTIR Lab Manager
Phone: 650-329-4839