Cameca IMS 1280 & NanoSIMS 50 ion microprobes (UWA)

Cameca IMS 1280 Ion Probe

Capabilities

Thorium mapping in a zircon grain. Image courtesy of Cameca.

  • In-situ stable isotope measurements
    • 18O/16O, 13C/12C, 15N/14N, 34S/32S
    • Provenance, palaeoclimatology, migration patterns, growth patterns
  • Trace element mapping
    • Elemental ratios (eg, Sr/Ca), trace element concentrations (ppb), element partitioning
  • Geochronology
    • U/Pb dating
    • Mineral dating, ore body targeting, provenance

Configuration

  • Ultra-high sensitivity magnetic-sector SIMS
  • Oxygen and Cesium primary beams
  • Ion microprobe/ ion microscope
  • Charge compensation for insulators
  • Multi-collection system with 5 detectors (EM/FC)
  • Full transmission at high mass resolution (6000 MRP)

Contact

Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis, The University of Western Australia
Asst/Prof. John Cliff, 1280 Ion Probe Manager
Tel: 08 6488 8096
Email: john.cliff@uwa.edu.au

Cameca NanoSIMS 50 Ion Probe

NanoSIMS images of a section through a13Clabeled polyp of the coral Galaxea fascicularis. Individual symbiotic algae (arrows) that have accumulated 13C are clearly visible. Clockwise from top left:
a) secondary electron image
b) 12C
c) 13C
d) 12C-12N
e) 32S
f) 13C/12C

Capabilities

  • Elemental mapping at the sub-micron scale (hydrogen to uranium).
  • In-situ stable isotope measurements at sub-micron scale.
  • Imaging of light elements and isotopic tracers in biological materials at sub-cellular level.
  • Analysis of materials, biological samples, and minerals.

Configuration

  • Ion probe for ultra-fine feature analysis
  • Cs+ or O- primary ion beam
  • High lateral resolution
    • Sub-50 nm for Cs+
    • Sub-150 nm for O-
  • Simultaneous collection of five ionic species
  • High mass resolution, high sensitivity, high transmission
  • Charge compensation for insulating samples

Contact

Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis, The University of Western Australia
Assist/Prof. Matt Kilburn, NanoSIMS Manager
Tel: 08 6488 8068
Email: matt.kilburn@uwa.edu.au