Research Labs

Dr. Kari Cooper's lab group in the clean lab. Photo ©2010 Robert Durell

Inside the clean lab. photo ©2010 Robert Durell

Specialized equipment is available in various research laboratories in the Earth and Planetary Sciences department, including

  • gas and solid-medium high pressure apparatus for experimental petrology and rock deformation, including a MA6/MA8 multianvil device for ultrahigh pressure phase equilibria and mineral synthesis
  • Fourier transform infrared spectrometer
  • cryogenic magnetometer
  • ion bombardment thinners
  • off-line vacuum extraction lines for sample preparation of dissolved inorganic carbon from waters, organic matter, silicates and carbonate samples for stable isotope analysis
  • paleontological and biological preparation laboratories
  • a PicoTrace class-100/class-10 clean chemistry laboratory for low-blank sample digestion and chemical separation
  • a Nu Plasma HR MC-ICP-MS (see UCD-ICPMS webpage for details)
  • a Thermo Scientific Neptune Plus MC-ICP-MS
  • a Thermo Scientific Triton Plus TIMS
  • a Thermo Scientific Element XR (HR-ICP-MS)
  • a Photon Machines Analyte 193H excimer laser
  • a second Photon Machines 193nm excimer laser equipped with a dual-volume Helix cell that is connected to an Agilent 7700x quadrupole ICP-MS. This instrument is dedicated to laser analyses on carbonates and mineral samples.
  • experimental facilities for petrologic and mineral/melt physics studies, including controlled-atmosphere furnaces, rapid-quench cold seal apparatus, and piston-cylinder and multianvil devices for high pressure and temperature conditions
  • four gas source isotope ratio mass spectrometers for water (O, H), carbonate (C, O), mineral and organic (O, H, S) stable isotope analyses. These include a Finnigan MAT 251, Fisons Optima and two Elementar IsoPrime IRMS systems