Ion Microprobe Facility (IMF)

Lead Research Organisation: NERC British Geological Survey
Department Name: Executive

Abstract

The ability to precisely and accurately measure the chemical and isotopic compositions of materials on very fine scales, down to only a few thousanths of a metre, is critical for understanding and evaluating the whole spectrum of Earth and environmental earth system processes, and hence finding ways to solve or manage the societal issues that arise from them. This ability - quantitative microanalysis - is central to modern Earth System Science. Processes that occur on Earth often dictate particular behaviours in elements and isotope ratios. Precise determinations of these sensitive elements that occur in very, to extremely, low abundances in minerals, glasses, organic remains and skeletal materials allow geoscientists to investigate the effects of processes on different timescales. Current applications include, for example, evaluating the conditions of mineral and ore deposit formation, reconstructing the evolution of past volcanic eruptions in order to constrain future hazard, determining fluctuations in seawater surface temperatures over time and their relationships with global climate change, and even monitoring of long-term climatic variations from cave deposits. Accurate and precise isotopic measurements of stable and radiogenic isotopes further enable geoscientists to measure ocean acidification associated with global climate change, quantify the amounts and types of sources for fluids involved in a large variety of important earth processes from the surface to the deepest mantle, and determine the ages of ancient and recent rocks and minerals formed at both low- and high-temperatures. This proposal is to provide continued UK science community support for a world-class laboratory that enables the UK to excel in the quantitative microanalysis of Earth materials, and explore fundamental questions that have consequences for the planet, the environment and its population: the Edinburgh Ion Microprobe Facility.

Publications

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Azor A (2021) Transcurrent displacement of the Cadomian magmatic arc in Precambrian Research

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Bartlett R (2018) Abrupt global-ocean anoxia during the Late Ordovician-early Silurian detected using uranium isotopes of marine carbonates. in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

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Becerra-Torres E (2020) Experimental evidence for decompression melting of metasomatized mantle beneath Colima Graben, Mexico in Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology

 
Description Oxygen isotope analyses 
Organisation State University of Campinas
Department Institute of Geosciences
Country Brazil 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Sample preparation, CL imaging and analysis of the oxygen isotopes on Brazilian zircons
Collaborator Contribution I am a co-PI of this Brazilian project in which my collaborator is the PI
Impact Future publication in a scientific journal
Start Year 2019
 
Description Oxygen isotope analyses on otoliths 
Organisation TECNALIA
Country Spain 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Analysis of the oxygen isotope composition on otoliths
Collaborator Contribution Sample provision and fund to pay for the analyses
Impact Not yet
Start Year 2020
 
Description Pb isotopes analyses 
Organisation Laboratoire de Géologie de Lyon : Terre, Planètes et Environnement
Country France 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Pb isotopes analyses on monazite grains
Collaborator Contribution Samples and fund to pay the analyses
Impact Not yet
Start Year 2020
 
Description SIMS analyses in a round robin 
Organisation Aberystwyth University
Department Department of Geography and Earth Sciences
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Multielemental analyses (volatiles, light elements and REE) and B and O isotopes
Collaborator Contribution Standards provision
Impact The future output will be the characterisation of these standards by multiple analytical techniques
Start Year 2019
 
Description SIMS analysis of carbon isotopes 
Organisation Novosibirsk State University
Country Russian Federation 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Sample preparation were done in the lab and the analyses were performed using the Cameca 1270 ion microprobe.
Collaborator Contribution They provide the samples and the funding.
Impact Publications which will be added to the corresponding sections
Start Year 2018
 
Description SIMS analytical services 
Organisation Nagoya Gakuin University
Country Japan 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Isotopic and trace element analyses by ion microprobe
Collaborator Contribution The partner provides samples and funds
Impact Publications will be added to the corresponding section
Start Year 2019
 
Description SIMS analytical services 
Organisation University of Chile
Country Chile 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Trace and volatiles in melt inclusions
Collaborator Contribution The partner provides samples and funds
Impact Publications will be added to the corresponding section
Start Year 2019
 
Description SIMS analytical services 
Organisation University of East Anglia
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Light element analyses by ion microprobe
Collaborator Contribution The partner provides samples and funds
Impact Publications will be added to the corresponding section
Start Year 2019
 
Description SIMS analytical services 
Organisation University of Edinburgh
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Analysis of carbonates by ion microprobe
Collaborator Contribution The partner provides samples and funds
Impact Publications will be added to the corresponding section
 
Description SIMS analytical services 
Organisation University of Granada
Country Spain 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Isotopic and trace element analyses by ion microprobe
Collaborator Contribution The partner provides samples and funds
Impact Publications will be added to the corresponding section
Start Year 2018
 
Description SIMS analytical services 
Organisation University of Toronto
Country Canada 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Isotopic analyses by ion microprobe
Collaborator Contribution The partner provides samples and funds
Impact Publications will be added to the corresponding section
Start Year 2018
 
Description Ti SIMS analyses in quartz 
Organisation Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg
Country Germany 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution SIMS analyses
Collaborator Contribution Samples and fund to pay the analyses
Impact Not yet
Start Year 2020
 
Description Volatile elements in melt inclusions 
Organisation University of Chile
Country Chile 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution SIMS analyses
Collaborator Contribution Samples and fund to pay the analyses
Impact Not yet
Start Year 2020
 
Description Volatiles in melt inclusions 
Organisation University of Amsterdam
Country Netherlands 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution SIMS analyses
Collaborator Contribution Samples and fund to pay the analyses
Impact Not yet
Start Year 2020
 
Description Workshop (De Hoog J.C.M. Application of Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS) to the study of volatiles in melt inclusions. European Microbeam Analysis Society workshop, Bristol, September 2018) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The EMAS Regional Workshops are biennial events designed to provide postgraduate-level and research workers in materials science, material engineering and related subjects, with basic knowledge of the capabilities and limitations of microbeam analysis. The 2018 meeting will focus on the specific requirements of microbeam analysis as utilised by the Earth Science community. The meeting is organised in collaboration with the Mineralogical Society of GB and Ireland who presented the workshop "Microbeam Techniques in Geosciences" at Imperial College, London in 1998. Here we revisit the subject to look at the range of techniques now available and the technological advances made in the intervening two decades.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.microbeamanalysis.eu/events/event/51-emas-2018-microbeam-analysis-in-the-earth-sciences