Details of specific laboratories and equipment as well as expertise can be found in the 'Facilities' page (above). Turnaround times vary depending on the nature of the project. Projects can be expedited, at a cost, if required.
Sample preparation, mineral separation and purification
We have comprehensive facilities for sample processing and separation of minerals using physical (heavy liquids, magnetic properties, floatation), and chemical methods. Sample purity is assessed by Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-OES).
The cost is dependent on the mineral species required, the sample size, and the concentration of the required mineral in the sample.
Cosmogenic radionuclide analysis by Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS)
State of the art analysis of Be-10, Al-26, Cl-36 is carried out using accelerator mass spectrometry, including carrier addition, dissolution, ion exchange chemistry, precipitation, oxidation, target pressing, and isotopic ratio determination with a 5MV tandem accelerator and gas ionisation detector.
Cosmogenic nuclide analysis by Noble Gas Mass Spectrometry (NGMS)
Two magnetic sector mass spectrometers (Thermo Helix-SFT and ARGUS6) are used for the measurement of cosmogenic He-3 and Ne-21 .
If you require academic members of SUERC-Cosmo to act as consultants on projects this can be arranged through the University of Glasgow.
For a complete rock-to-result project get in touch and discuss your needs with world leaders in cosmogenic nuclide geochemistry, analysis and interpretation. No project is too small or too big.