Plasma 3

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  • Variable zoom optics for instantaneous switching between isotopic systems during analysis
  • Multiple Daly detectors for ultimate ion counting performance
  • Sixteen Faraday cups for simultaneous detection of systems with even the most isotopes

Plasma 3 is a third generation Multi Collector ICP Mass Spectrometer (MC-ICP-MS), designed to provide the best possible precision and accuracy for simultaneous isotopic ion detection. The instrument retains the unique, patented, variable dispersion Zoom lens enabling the simultaneous measurement of the isotopes of elements from lithium to the actinide series on its static collector array of sixteen Faraday detectors and up to six ion-counting detectors. Ground potential analyser operation provides ease of use and maintenance with excellent reliability. While continuing to provide the highest precision, accuracy and flexibility that previous generations are renowned for, Plasma 3 adds new refinements and innovations to maintain its position as the instrument of choice for Earth Sciences, Environmental Science, Nuclear Research, Archaeology, Forensics, Biochemistry and Biomedical Science.

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    All new ICP source
    The ICP source has been designed and engineered to be robust while ensuring maximum stability and reliability during operation. This unique design of ICP source gives the user unrestricted access to the interface area to facilitate ease of use and maintenance

    Multiple Daly Detectors
    Multiple Daly detectors can be substituted for SEM detectors on Plasma 3; up to three on the standard instrument. A full Daly collector system is also available on the ‘D’ variant of the instrument for the ultimate in ion counting performance. This can include up to six Daly Detectors in addition to the sixteen Faraday cups.

    Enhanced Abundance Transfer Optics (EATO)
    For the more demanding actinide applications an additional lens element EATO (patent pending) has been designed, easily installed by users without the need to vent the analyser. This device is inserted in to the transfer chamber and provides significant improvement to the abundance sensitivity without compromising transmission or mass bias stability.

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    Studies of the boron (B) isotope compositions of materials from a variety of geological backgrounds over the past years have highlighted the value of this isotope system to geochemical research.

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    Isotopic evidence of unaccounted for iron and copper erythropoietic pathways (MC-ICP-MS)

    Although still at an early experimental stage, stable metal isotopes are receiving more attention for their potential use in biomedical research.

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    Mercury isotopes used for contamination source identification (MC-ICP-MS)

    Mercury (Hg) is an element in the natural environment that poses considerable health risks to humans.

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    Laser ablation split stream petrochronology (MC-ICP-MS)

    Petrochronology is the simultaneous use of geochronology and geochemistry to address geologic problems.

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    Radium isotopes in seawater (MC-ICP-MS)

    In this study, 228Ra/226Ra with external reproducibility of 2% (2SD) have been achieved on Nu Plasma HR instrument on Geotraces seawater samples.

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    Spatially resolved measurements of plutonium isotopes in environmental particle samples (MC-ICP-MS)

    The knowledge of chemical and isotopic compositions of nuclear materials, is of particular importance to nuclear forensics and nuclear safeguards.

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    In-situ sulfur isotopic measurements of sulphide samples (MC-ICP-MS)

    Sulfur (S) isotopes are used as a key tracer for ore-forming material sources in geochemical processes.

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