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Ar-Ar Dating and Noble Gas Mass Spectrometry

Two MAP 215-50 noble gas mass spectrometers with dedicated UV and IR/CO2 laser extraction systems. Both are fully automated and operated with Labview software.

 

Palaeoenvironmental Change Laboratories

This two room suite is used for the storage and first stage of preparation of samples for past environmental change analysis.

 

Electron Probe Microanalysis

The electron microprobe is capable of quantitative analysis with an accuracy of about ±1% for major elements, and detection limits from 20 to 1000 ppm can be attained. The spatial resolution is approximately 1 µm.

 

Fourier-Transform InfraRed (FT-IR) Spectroscopy

 

ICP-MS Laboratory

The ICP-MS instrument employs an inductively coupled plasma (ICP) as the ionization source and a quadrupole mass spectrometer (MS) analyzer to detect the ions produced. It can simultaneously measure most elements in the periodic table and determine analyte concentration down to the sub nanogram-per-litre (ng/l) or part-per trillion (ppt) level.

 

Leco Element Analyser

 

Petrological Thin Section Preparation Laboratory

The Thin Section Laboratory has an extensive range of equipment used by our fully trained and experienced technical staff Michelle Higgins and Kay Green. 
This includes various sized diamond saws, a Jones and Shipman surface grinder, a Logitech LP50 precision lapping machine and other lapping and grinding machines.

 

Plasma Source MC-ICP MS

These instruments combine the ionization efficiency of an inductively coupled plasma (ICP) source, capable of ionizing most elements, with the high precision and accuracy in isotope measurement offered by a magnetic sector analyser.

 

Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometer

The Isotope Geochemistry Group has three multi-collector thermal ionization mass spectrometers for high-precision isotope ratio determination.

 

Volcano Dynamics

The Volcano Dynamics Group has an extensive range of instrumentation for the chemical and physical monitoring of volcanic activity.

 

X-ray Fluorescence Laboratory

X-ray spectra can be used for high precision (commonly <±1% or <±1ppm) quantitative analysis of major and trace elements in silicates, carbonates and sulphates. 

Geochemistry Clean Rooms

A full clean room suite exists for the preparation of geological, environmental and archaeological materials for analysis using TIMS, PIMS and ICP-MS.

 

Ecosystems and Geobiology Laboratory

An integrated resource supporting the work of the Ecosystems Research Group.

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