- The School of GeoSciences
- The University of Edinburgh
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 (Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry, SIMS) Facility is located in the School of GeoSciences, Grant Institute at the University of Edinburgh.
The Cameca ims 4f was installed in September 1988 and despite its age it still is the instrument of choice for multiple element analysis, and is ideal for the analysis of H in nominally anhydrous minerals. Equipped with a He cryo-pump, Liquid Nitrogen cold trap and a sample air lock than can hold, pre-pump and bake eight samples prior to analysis, it is perfect for light element and volatile analysis (e.g. H, Li, B, C, F etc).
The Cameca 1270 was installed in January 2003 and provides better sensitivity and higher precision than the Cameca ims 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.
Dr Richard Hinton has been award the Distinguished Service Award by The Geological Society of London for his significant contribution to geoscience and the geoscience community by virtue of his professional, administrative, organisational or promotional activities. http://www.geolsoc.org.uk/About/Awards-Grants-and-Bursaries/Society-Awards/Distinguished-Service-Award
Vacancy for Researcher in the application of Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS) to the Earth and Environmental Sciences is now advertised with a closing date of 10th November 2017 and can be accessed using the following link: https://www.vacancies.ed.ac.uk/pls/corehrrecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.jobspec?p_id=041587
|Posted 12 Oct 2017|
|Publication Database Updated: Please contact us if we have missed your publication and inform us of any impact measue of your research||Posted 30 May 2017|
|The application deadline for Facility time is 5pm on Friday 6th October 2017.||Posted 03 May 2017|
|NERC Approved projects for the May round 2017. http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/ionprobe/access/nercprojects/nerc-approved-projects-2017||Posted 03 May 2017|
|NERC Annual Report 2016-2017 and Scientific Reports 2016: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/ionprobe/documents/reports||Posted 18 April 2017|
|Slight changes to Application form, November 2016. http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/ionprobe/access/access||Posted 02 Nov 2016|
|Multi-Sample (4) Air Lock Design For 6f/1270 Instruments||Posted: 12 Mar 2012|
|Posted: 10 Mar 2012|