About the CCIM-ICPMS facility

The ICPMS Facility -part of the larger Canadian Center for Isotopic Microanalysis (CCIM)- features a NuPlasma Multi-Collector ICP Mass Spectrometer (MC-ICPMS), a Thermo Scientific ICAP-Q quadrupole ICPMS, and a Perkin Elmer Elan 6000 quadrupole ICPMS. In addition we have two New Wave UP-213 laser ablation systems that allow solid sampling and spatial resolution for select matrixes. The facility offers trace element and isotopic analyses for a wide range of isotope systems and matrixes, including laser ablation U-Pb geochronology of zircon, titanite, monazite and baddeleyite, as well as Rb-Sr, Sm-Nd, Lu-Hf, Pb-Pb, analyses of rocks, minerals, ores and other samples. Current research projects involve: U-Pb dating of detrital zircon populations; in situ Sr isotopic investigations of high Sr phases such as teeth, plagioclase, and mantle clinopyroxene; and common Pb studies of various low-abundance Pb (~1 ppm) minerals.

For more information about these instruments and the services we offer see sections Q-ICPMS and MC-ICPMS. Usage of the facility includes local, national, and international scientific collaborators, government agencies, and commercial users.

About ICPMS instruments

Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICPMS) instruments are capable of rapidly determining minor/trace element concentrations and isotope ratios from a variety of matrixes (rocks, minerals, soil, water, bone etc). The high sensitivity of the technique offers detection limits in the low ppb to ppt range. Multi collector ICPMS instruments are specifically designed for high precision isotopic ratio measurements while more ubiquitous quadrupole instruments excel at trace-minor multi element determinations.