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The Open University Argon Lab has an international reputation for technical development, pioneering spirit, and scientific venture.

Our analytical capabilities are centred around two individual instruments: a MAP 215-50 noble gas mass spectrometer and Nu Instruments Noblesse.

scientific laboratory containing 2 large mass spectromters for argon and noble gas measurement and 3 mobile laser systems as well as all associated computers and desks


All our lasers are mobile and interchangable between the mass spectrometers. 2 Infra-Red fibre lasers, a Photon Machines 193nm excimer laser and a CO2 laser system allow analysis of a wide range of materials.

Sample preparation laboratoryThe laboratory suite houses a fully equipped preparation laboratory.

The level of preparation required will vary from sample to sample, ranging from initial mineral separation to the final removal of contaminants.

Contact us

Argon/Argon & Noble Gas Research Group
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths
The Open University
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes MK7 6AA

Lead Academic - Dr Sarah Sherlock
Telephone: +44 (0) 1908 659559 (office),

Lab Manager - Dr Alison Halton
+44 (0) 1908 659449 (office)