The laboratory houses a 1986 VG354 thermal ionisation mass spectrometer and ancilliary clean preparation laboratories. The VG354 has five movable Faraday cups and a Daly detector.
The TIMS is mainly used for high precision Sr and Nd isotope analysis, and also for Sr concentration by isotope dilution. We routinely achieve external reproducibility of ±0.000014 and ±0.000007 (2sd) on 87Sr/86Sr and 143Nd/144Nd respectively, over time periods of several years and including >60 standard analyses.
The laboratory is available for in-house, collaborative and commercial use, and costs depend on the type of analysis, the degree to which the user wants to be involved, and whether the work is collaborative or commercial.
For details of standard results, see the links section.
Related publications and details of standard results are available via the following links: