School of GeoSciences

NERC Ion Micro-Probe Facility

The Facility carries out in-house research and provides a service to the earth and environmental science community. It is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). The Ion Micro-Probe Facility is located in the School of GeoSciences, Grant Institute at the University of Edinburgh.

Photo of the Ion Micro-Probe




The Ion Micro-Probe employs Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS) for the chemical analysis of small volumes of material for most isotopes in the periodic table. The Facility have both a Cameca ims-4f and a Cameca 1270. The ims-4f was installed in September 1987 and has been upgraded continually over the years. It is in many ways still competitive with the modern Cameca instruments.

The Cameca 1270 was installed in January 2003 and provides better sensitivity and higher precision than the 4f. Dramatic improvements in external repeatability of isotopic ratio measurements for stable isotopes (O, Si, C, S, Li, B...) have been achieved, while the high transmisson of the 1270 at high mass resolution has enabled new areas of geochronology (U/Pb, Th/Pb, Th/U in Zircon, Monazite and Allenite) to be developed.


What's New


New Approved Projects November 2015 Posted: 04 Nov 2015
New Application Deadline - April 2016 Posted: 04 Nov 2015
Publication Database Updated: Please contact us if we have missed your publication. Posted: 04 Nov 2015
Changes To The application Form Posted: 09 Jun 2015
NERC Annual Report 2014-15 Posted: 07 Jul 2015
Scientific Annual Reports 2014 Posted: 07 Jul 2015
Multi-Sample (4) Air Lock Design For 6f/1270 Instruments Posted: 12 Mar 2012


Posted: 10 Mar 2012


Contact Information


Ion Micro-Probe Unit

  • The School of GeoSciences
  • The University of Edinburgh

Grant Institute
James Hutton Road
The King's Buildings

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