UP - University of Potsdam
About the Laboratory
- Mineralogy Equipment laboratory complex
- Networks: Geo.X
The LA-ICP-MS facility at the University of Potsdam is used for in situ microanalysis such as precise U-Th-Pb age determination of accessory minerals (e.g. zircon, monazite, and apatite) and trace element analysis of silicate materials (e.g. garnet, zircon) in geological samples. Quantitative analyses can be obtained for most elements in the mass range from ⁷Li to ²³⁸U at low ppm level and spatial resolutions of 15 to 150 microns. Samples can be epoxy mounts (2.54 cm or 0.8-1 cm in diameter) and thin or thick sections. The lab is equipped with an Element 2 single-collector magnetic sector field inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (SF-ICP-MS) from Thermo-Fisher Scientific and an excimer laser ablation system (NWR193) from Elemental Scientific Lasers.