The Diné College Apatite Fission-Track Lab (DCAF-T, pronounced “decaf tea”) specializes in examining the fission-tracks in apatite and zircon grains. The lab was founded as a result from a donation from the University of Florida with the help of Apatite.com Partners LLC in 2022. The microscope facilitates the ability to view acid etched fission-tracks in apatite or zircon crystals that have been liberated from their host rocks. The number and length of fission-tracks in an apatite or zircon crystal can provide estimates of thermal history of a region.


Olympus BX60 microscope

Lumenera Infinity 2 digital camera

DCAF-T People