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IMS 1300-HR³ - Large Geometry SIMS

Large Geometry Ion Microprobe for Geosciences

The IMS 1300-HR³ is a large geometry ion microprobe delivering unequalled analytical performance for a wide range of geoscience applications: tracking geological processes using stable isotopes, dating minerals, determining the presence and distribution of trace elements. Its high sensitivity and high lateral resolution also make it the tool of choice to search and measure uranium particles for nuclear safeguards purposes.
  • Product overview +

    A unique combination of High Reproducibility at High spatial Resolution and High mass Resolution
    With the new IMS 1300-HR³, CAMECA greatly improves the performance of its large geometry SIMS, already a market leader, and now offers the geoscience community a unique combination of High Reproducibility at High spatial Resolution and High mass Resolution.The tool addresses the growing demand for small scale, in situ isotopic measurements at high precision and productivity, opening a wide range of research directions, from stable isotopes, geochronology and trace elements to small particles and beyond.

    Key features inherited from the IMS 1280-HR and previous model:

    • Large geometry design to provide optimum sensitivity at high mass resolution
    • Versatile multicollector system for highest precision isotope measurements
    • Dual primary ion sources for analysis of positive & negative secondary ions
    • Superior ion imaging capabilities (microprobe and microscope modes)
    • Enhanced magnet control system for high reproducibility at high mass resolution
    • Remote operation, full automation, powerful application-dedicated software

    Advances & benefits of the IMS 1300-HR³:
    • New RF-plasma oxygen source with greatly enhanced beam density and current stability, dramatically improving spatial resolution, data reproducibility and throughput
    • New motorized storage chamber with automated sample height (Z) adjustment significantly increasing analysis precision, ease-of-use and productivity
    • UV-light microscope for improved optical image resolution, together with dedicated software for easy sample navigation
    • 1012 Ω resistor Faraday cup boards: low noise electrometry system for measuring low counting rates

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  • Documentation & case studies +

  • View Webinars +

    • Investigating the formation conditions of the first solids in the solar system using Large-Geometry SIMS

      Tuesday, February 28, 2023

      In this webinar Dr Yves Marrocchi, CRPG, Nancy, France presents recent petrographic observations and isotopic measurements of chondrules which shed new light on the timing of chondrule formation and how recycling processes during disk evolution led to the formation of chondrules.
      Duration: 52 minutes
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    • Part 1: Pb-isotope imaging of ultra-high temperature zircon, the most widely used mineral in geochronology.

      Wednesday, February 9, 2022

      Prof. Martin Whitehouse, Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm, details the benefits of both direct and Scanning Ion Imaging (SII) at high mass resolution illustrated by recent case studies . Recording of a seminar hosted by IUAC, Delhi, India. Approx. 30 minutes
      Click here to view
    • Part 2: Full U-Pb analysis from complex imaged zircon grains from the early Earth and the Moon as well as terrestrial impact craters

      Wednesday, February 9, 2022

      Prof. Martin Whitehouse, Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm, details the benefits of both direct and Scanning Ion Imaging (SII) at high mass resolution illustrated by recent case studies. Recording of a seminar hosted by IUAC, Delhi, India. Approx. 7 minutes
      Click here to view
    • Part 3: Pb-Pb dating of lunar basalts and determination of lunar chemical geodynamics.

      Saturday, September 3, 2022

      Prof. Martin Whitehouse, Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm, details the benefits of both direct and Scanning Ion Imaging (SII) at high mass resolution illustrated by recent case studies. Recording of a seminar hosted by IUAC, Delhi, India.
      Duration: 10 minutes
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    • Triple Oxygen Isotope Measurements by Multi-Collector Isotope by Multi-Collector large Geometry SIMS

      Friday, July 16, 2021

      Large-geometry SIMS equipped with a multicollector system (LG-SIMS) provide the best performance for geo- and cosmochemistry applications as they provide in situ analysis with both high spatial resolution and high precision. Recently, latest generations LG-SIMS were equipped with low noise 1012Ω resistor Faraday Cup preamplifier boards optimized for the measurement of low intensity signals. This talk describes an innovative path for triple oxygen isotope analyses, based on the measurement of the 17O minor isotope on a Faraday Cup detector equipped with a 1012Ω preamplifier board. This new analytical method allows nowadays to routinely measure oxygen isotopic ratios (18O/16O and 17O/16O) in various matrices with a precision (internal error and reproducibility) better than 0.5‰ (2σ), a spatial resolution smaller than 10 μm and in a few minutes per analysis. This work is the result of a collaboration between CAMECA and the CRPG Nancy lab in France.
      Duration : 15 minutes
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  • Scientific publications +

    An Excel spreadsheet compiling scientific research articles using Large Geometry SIMS (IMS 1270, IMS 1280, IMS 1280-HR, IMS 1300-HR³) data is available for download. The articles are ordered by main applications as below and are easily searchable with Excel word search functions:
    • Stable isotopes
    • Geochronology
    • Trace elements
    • Nuclear forensics
    Download spreadsheet here

    Do not hesitate to contact us at if you can not access some pdf files on your own. You are also more than welcome to send us any missing references, pdf and supplements!
  • Large Geometry SIMS users around the world +

    Some of our IMS 1270, IMS 1280 & 1280-HR Users

    Korea Basic Science Institute (KBSI), Korea
    KBSI, a government-funded research institution established in 1988 has evolved into a world-class open research platform. Its Division of Earth and Environmental Science Research is equipped with CAMECA's newest large geometry SIMS, the IMS 1300-HR3.

    Nanjing University, China
    “Future Crust”, Prof. Wang Xiaolei's Research Group’s laboratory is equipped with an IMS 1300-HR3 applied to stable isotope geochemistry with a view to investigate the evolution of the continental crust and ore formation.

    IGGCAS - Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
    IGGCAS has been one of the most important and well known geosciences research institutions in China. the Institutes's strategic perspective is focused on building an international research center, equipped with a strong basic research capacity and sustainable development for technological innovation on the frontiers of solid Earth and Space Sciences.

    GIGCAS - Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
    The IMS 1280-HR ultra-high resolution SIMS microprobe is installed in the Key Laboratory of Isotope Geochemistry (SKLOG) since 2012. SKLOG is a leading entity in the fields of environmental and biological geochemistry with a number of high-level research achievements. The IMS 1280-HR at SKLOG supports multiple research projects in continental dynamics and lithospheric evolution, marine geology, environmental pollution and sustainable development.

    JAMSTEC, Japan
    The Kochi Institute for Core Sample Research of JAMSTEC, Kochi (Japan) has acquired three CAMECA ion microprobes: a NanoSIMS 50L, an IMS 6f, and the ultra-high resolution IMS 1280-HR model for multidisciplinary researches including cosmochemistry, the study of earthquake mechanisms, the evolution of continents and oceans, as well submarine biological resource studies based on the systematic interpretation of drilling core sediments obtained by the D/V Chikyu vessel.

    GFZ Potsdam - German Research Center for Geosciences, Germany
    Embedded into the wider structure of the Helmholtz Association of National Research Centres, GFZ is Germany's leading national research centre for Earth Sciences, with research projects ranging from geodesy to geoengineerings. Equipped with an IMS 1280-HR, the Helmholtz Zentrum Potsdam's SIMS laboratory operates as an open user facility supporting the needs of the global geochemical community, it has ongoing collaborations with scientists from Europe and beyond.

    HIP - Heidelberg Ion Probe, University of Heidelberg, Germany
    The Heidelberg Ion Probe (HIP) laboratory is dedicated to providing isotopic analysis of geochemically and cosmochemically important solids at high spatial resolution and sensitivity. The HIP laboratory features a CAMECA IMS 1280-HR ion microprobe and peripheral instrumentation for pre- and post-analysis investigation of samples. The lab is hosted in the Institute of Earth Sciences of the Heidelberg University. Instrument acquisition was funded through DFG which also oversees its operation.

    University of Alberta, Canada
    Established in 2009, the Canadian Centre for Isotopic Microanalysis (CCIM) provides Canadian and international researchers in academia, government, and industry with access to one of the most advanced isotopic microbeam technologies in the geosciences. The IMS 1280 is the centre piece at CCIM whose teams focus on natural resource research, investigating methods of mining and extracting hydrocarbons or other mineral deposits such as diamonds with a view to reducing environmental impacts.

    UCLA Ion Microprobe Group, USA
    Partnered with the National Science Foundation, UCLA Ion Microprobe Group is home to the first high sensitivity, high resolution IMS 1270. An IMS 1280-HR has also been installed recently in the lab. It is a world-class facility for in situ microscale isotopic analyses of geologic materials, engaged in world-leading investigations in the earth and planetary sciences.

    The Nordsim-laboratory is located in the Laboratory for Isotope Geology at the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm. Nordsim is a Nordic facility, funded jointly by Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark. The IMS 1280 instrument has applications to a wide range of geological problems, from U-pb and O isotopes in zircons to light stable isotope analysis of lunar and meteoritic samples.

    SwissSIMS / University of Lausanne, Switzerland
    The University of Lausanne's IMS 1280-HR is installed at the Institute of Mineralogy and Geochemistry, in the new SwissSIMS lab, a national facility co-financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation for Research (SNF), and a consortium of scientists from the universities of Lausanne, Geneva, Bern, and the ETH of Zurich. Teams work on numerous geoscience research projects that include interpreting ages in metamorphic rocks, fluid-rock interactions and mineral growth in contact aureoles, partial melting, etc.

    Micro-scale Isotope Geochemistry Group, Geological Survey of Japan
    The GSJ SIMS Lab at AIST (National Institute of Advanced Science and Technology) was equipped with an IMS 1270 in March 1995, it was the third IMS 1270 in the world and the first large geological SIMS in Japan.

    Woods Hole, Oceanographic Institute, USA
    Located within Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), the NENIMF is a regional, multi-user Ion Microprobe Facility supported among others through National Science Foundation (NSF) and providing service, scientific expertise and educational outreach activities to the research community in the U.S. and beyond. Learn more.

    CRPG - Centre de Recherches Pétrographiques et Géochimiques, Nancy, France

    The CRPG is a research laboratory for Earth and Planetary Sciences. The ion probe group at CRPG is equipped with an upgraded IMS 1270 as well as with an IMS 1280-HR.

    Hokkaido University, Japan
    The Cosmochemical Laboratory of Hisayoshi Yurimoto is equipped with an IMS 1280-HR, an upgraded IMS 1270, as well as an IMS 6f and an IMS 3f.

    The Phaesant Memorial Laboratory, Okayama, University, Japan
    Founded in 1992 by E. Nakamura and A. Makishima PML is equipped with IMS 1270 & IMS 5f. Our purpose is to apply new and existing geochemical tracers in studies of the terrestrial and extraterrestrial materials aimed of understanding the origin, evolution and dynamics of the Earth and the solar system

    NIST, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA
    Chemical Science and Technology Laboratory within the Surface and Microanalysis division is equiped with and IMS 4f and IMS 1270.

    Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Edinburgh, UK
    The Ion Microprobe Facility (IMS 4f, IMS 1270) is located in the School of Geosciences, Grant Institute at the University of Edinburgh, U.K. The Facility carries out in-house research and provides a service to the earth and environmental science community.

    WiscSIMS, University of Wisconsin, USA
    The Wisconsin Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometer Laboratory (WiscSIMS) explores new applications of stable isotope chemistry to Earth Sciences (Geochemistry, Cosmochemistry) as well as Biological Sciences and Engineering.

    University of Hawai'i, USA
    The W. M Keck Cosmochemistry Laboratory of the University of Hawai'i at Manoa supports interdisciplinary research into the origin of the solar system through detailed studies of a variety of materials including meteorites, interplanetary dust particles (IDPs), and samples returned by NASA missions (Apollo Moon missions, Stardust mission to comet Wild 2, and Genesis Mission to capture solar wind).

    CMCA, University of Western Australia, Australia
    Established in 1970, the CMCA provides essential research infrastructure in ion, electron, laser and light microscopy and microanalysis to universities, government of Western Australia and local industry. It is now home to two CAMECA ion microprobes, the NanoSIMS 50 and the IMS 1280.

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