The Plasma Lab is composed of a PLASMA 3 MC-ICP-MS and a ATTOM ES ICP-MS both from Nu Instruments. The PLASMA 3 is funded by the ERC Starting Grant LUMIERE and fully dedicated to the study of past human mobility and landscape. The main focus is on strontium isotope ratios (87Sr/86Sr) but other isotopic systems are also investigated.
The ATTOM ES allows the measurement of elemental concentrations in a wide range of different organic and inorganic samples. In addition to the two mass spectrometers, the PLASMA lab is also equipped with a state-of-the-art industrial microwave ultraWAVE from Milestone that allows for the digestion of almost any type of samples. This is particularly useful for the digestion of plants needed for the creation of biologically available strontium (BASr) baselines.
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