IUAC soon to be equipped with IMS 1300-HR³

Friday, January 18, 2019

CAMECA is delighted to announce that it will soon deliver an IMS 1300-HR³ ion microprobe to the Inter-University Accelerator Center (IUAC), New Delhi, India. The instrument will be a cornerstone of the newly established national facility for geochronology and isotope geochemistry. It will also be India’s first ultra high resolution large geometry SIMS

IUAC is an autonomous institute of the Indian University Grants Commission (UGC) providing front ranking ion accelerator based research facilities for internationally competitive research. It has already established various sophisticated facilities in project mode that several universities conducting research in the areas of Nuclear Physics, Materials Science, Atomic Physics, Radiation Biology, Radiation Physics and Accelerator Mass Spectrometry.

The IMS 1300-HR³ will support multiple research projects in the areas of multi-element isotope geochemistry and geochronology currently at the forefront of basic and applied research across the world. Under leadership from Dr Sandeep Chopra and using the CAMECA Ultra High Resolution SIMS, IUAC scientists will address important scientific topics such as:
  • U-Pb dating of zircon and several other accessory minerals at a high spatial resolution to decipher complex growth histories related to magmatic, metamorphic, sedimentary and diagenetic processes ;
  •  Resolving basic issues of metallogeny and finger printing of a variety of ore deposits ;
  • Chronostratigraphy of sedimentary basins ;
  • In situ study of sulfur and oxygen isotope compositions of Indian ore deposits ;
  • Investigation of deep earth processes via isotopic analysis of inclusions in diamonds ;
  • Volatile contents and halogen isotope chemistry of basaltic glasses from the Indian ocean ridge systems ;
  • Stable isotope studies related to cosmochemistry.