School of GeoSciences

Essential reading

We have provided some essential reading materials to view before booking and using the Ion Micro-Probe Facility.


Basic tutorial document

We have provided a tutorial document for Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS) available via PDF:



R.W. Hinton (1990)

Ion microprobe trace-element analysis of silicates: Measurement of multi-element glasses

Chemical Geology, 83 p11-25

John M. Eiler, Colin Graham & John W. Valley (1997)

SIMS analysis of oxygen isotopes: matrix effects in complex minerals and glasses

Chemical Geology, 138  p221–244

Fitzsimons I.C.W., Harte B. and Clark R.M. (2000)

SIMS stable isotope measurement: Counting statistics and analytical precision.

Mineralogical Magazine, 64, p59–83.

Hervig, R. L., Mazdab, F. K., Williams, P., Guan, Y., Huss, G. R., Leshin, 702 L. A. (2006)

Useful ion yields for Cameca IMS 3f and 6f SIMS: Limits on quantitative analysis.

 Chemical Geology 227, p83–99.

M.E. Hartley, T. Thordarson, C. Taylor, J.G. Fitton & EIMF (2012)

Evaluation of the effects of composition on instrumental mass fractionation during SIMS oxygen isotope analyses of glasses.

Chemical Geology, 334, p 312-323

Website:  Science Direct - Chemical Geology

Sliwinski M.G., Kitajima K., Kozdon R., Spicuzza M.J., Fournelle J.H., Denny A. and Valley J.W. (2015)

Secondary ion mass spectrometry bias on isotope ratios in dolomite–ankerite, Part I: d18O matrix effects.

Geostandards and Geoanalytical Research.  

Access the publication online:

Wiley Online Library website