DOI: 10.1002/jrs.6564 ISSN: 0377-0486

3D Raman mapping combined with FIB‐SEM on multiphase fluid inclusions: A tool to unravel complex phase assemblages

László E. Aradi, Tamás Spránitz, Justine L. Myovela, Tibor Guzmics, Levente Patkó, Márta Berkesi
  • Spectroscopy
  • General Materials Science


In this study, we performed high resolution 3D Raman mapping on primary multiphase fluid inclusions from a granulite and an eclogite of the Cabo Ortegal Complex (NW Spain), the latter representing a former subduction zone environment. Several microns‐sized inclusions are great targets to test the advantages and limitations of 3D Raman mapping. We show how optical and Raman scattering properties of the phases inside the inclusions can affect the veracity of both 2D and 3D Raman maps. As an independent control, 3D Raman models were compared with focused ion beam‐scanning electron microscopy submicron‐scale slicing of three previously 3D Raman mapped inclusions, allowing us to optimize Raman spectroscopy data evaluation and provide volume proportion calculations. We found that a non‐optimized evaluation procedure might result in even an order of magnitude over‐ or underestimation of phase volume properties. We propose that correcting the Raman maps even with empirically determined Raman cross sections of the phases inside the inclusions can vastly improve the quality of the maps. The results provide valuable input data for thermodynamic modeling and draw implications for fluid/rock interactions.

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