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Current Students

Users must create a UW MSE CORAL account before reserving space. If you have a CORAL account with another department, you must still register for MSE CORAL in order to access MSE spaces.

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Wilson Vickers/Knoop Hardness Testers

Horiba Particle Size Analyzer (LSPSA)


Digital Hardness testers


  • 5 10 & 50 X objectives
  • Vickers indenter
  • Knoop indenter
  • Calibrated for 10 , 25, 50, 100, 200, 300, 500, grams
  • 1000 gram available


Open to all users with a UW-budget number. This instrument is not available for non-UW users expect on a case by case basis.    


Mueller Hall


Training is in two sessions to be completed within one week of each other.

  1. Demonstration of the instrument; discussion of sample preparation and use policies
  2. Driver's test

A user unable to demonstrate competence in the test session may retake it in a third session.

Operating procedures and policies

See standard operating procedure

NOTE: You must know the index of refraction for your material, your material should not be less than 100 nm, and no magnetic materials are allowed.