The Institute of Geochemistry and Petrology hosts a number of state-of-the-art laboratory facilities to analyse rocks samples, and reproduce the high P-T conditions typical of the internal parts of our planet. Those laboratories are available to all researchers at ETH Zurich, as well as to scientists from other institutions (through collaborative work).
Below is the list of these laboratories, and contact information of the responsible person or group.
The High Pressure Group at the Institute for Geochemistry and Petrology houses several state-of-the-art facilities to simulate pressure and temperature conditions relevant for the Earth's crust and mantle.
Most of analytical facilities hosted by the High Presuure Group are shared Institute resources.
Preparation of samples for mass spectrometry measurements requires the use of ultraclean laboratories to ensure that contamination is minimised. The Class 1000 clean lab suite consists of nine separate rooms with 21 individual Class 10 laminar flow workstations.
4 MC-ICP-MS instruments
- 2 Thermo Scientific Neptune Plus
- Nu instruments Nu Plasma II
- Nu instruments Nu Plasma 1700
2 TIMS instruments
- Thermo Scientific Triton
- MatFinnigan MAT262
2 ICPMS instruments
- Thermo Scientific Element XR
- Perkin Elmer Elan DRC-e ICP quadrupole mass spectrometer
The Noble Gas Laboratory houses a wealth of equipment for high precision isotopic and elemental abundance measurements of all noble gases.
- the “TOM Dooley” high-sensitivity mass spectrometer with compressor source (to measure small amounts of He and Ne in terrestrial and extraterrestrial samples)
- the “ALBATROS” mass spectrometer equipped with a Au-Etch device and an IR-laser extraction line (to measure all noble gases)
- two further MS attached to a fluid extraction line for noble gases in water samples and natural gases
- a MC-MS for Kr and mainly Xe
- a UV laser ablation system