Cargille Meltmount™ (optical quality) is a series of mounting media which are specifically formulated for use in microscope slide mounting and in other optical coupling applications.
- Instant thermal mountants that require "no-oven-time"
- 100% Usable; contains no solvents
- Reversible, thermally, for particle retrieval or re-orientation
- Soluble in toluene for special techniques or clean-up
- Fluid at 65°C, a temperature chosen because it makes a permanent mount and protects the majority of specimens from thermal changes
- It is a direct replacement for old mounting mediums (Canada Balsam, Aroclor 5442, Naphrax...)
Melt Mount is also available in a Quick-Stick™ form which can be used to make permanent microscope slide mounts quickly. These Melt Mount sticks can be applied to a slide on a hotplate. As soon as the specimen and coverglass are positioned and the slide is cooled you have a permanent prepared slide that can be reversed by reheating, if you should wish to retrieve a particular particle. Each Quick-Stick™ weighs approximately 2/3 oz. (18g).
It has a refractive index (nD @ 25°C) of 1.605 and an Abbe V dispersion of 30, making it appropriate for mounting Asbestiform Tremolite, Anthophyllite, and Actinolite.