The LamontDoherty Geological Observatory Isolab 54 isotope ratio mass spectrometer Academic Article uri icon


  • The Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory (LDGO) Isolab 54 is a double focussing isotope ratio mass spectrometer that allows the measurement of thermal ions produced on a hot filament, (thermal-ionization mass spectrometry (TIMS)), secondary ions produced by sputtering a sample using a primary ion beam, (secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS)), and sputtered neutrals resonantly ionized using laser radiation, (sputter-induced resonance ionization mass spectrometry (SIRIMS)). Sputtering is carried out using an Ar primary beam generated in a duoplasmatron and focussed onto the sample using a two-lens column. Resonance ionization is accomplished using a frequency-doubled dye laser pumped by an excimer laser. The Isolab's forward geometry analyzer, consisting of an electrostatic followed by a magnetic sector, allows the simultaneous collection of different isotopes of the same element. This instrument is the first to have a multicollector that contains an ion-counting system based on a microchannel plate as well as traditional Faraday cups. A second electrostatic sector after the multicollector is equipped with an ion-counting Daly detector to allow high abundance sensitivity for measurements of large dynamics range. Selectable source, collector, and energy slits on the instrument allow analyses to be made over a range of mass resolving powers and analyzer acceptances. Recent applications of the instrument have included the analyses of U by TIMS, Hf, Th and Re by SIMS and Re and Os by SIRIMS. 1992.

published proceedings

  • International Journal of Mass Spectrometry

author list (cited authors)

  • England, J. G., Zindler, A., Reisberg, L. C., Rubenstone, J. L., Salters, V., Marcantonio, F., ... Read, P.

citation count

  • 30

complete list of authors

  • England, JG||Zindler, A||Reisberg, LC||Rubenstone, JL||Salters, V||Marcantonio, F||Bourdon, B||Brueckner, H||Turner, PJ||Weaver, S||Read, P

publication date

  • December 1992