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Adelaide Microscopy
Ground Floor NG13,
Medical School North
Frome Road
The University of Adelaide
SA 5005

Telephone: +61 8 8313 5855
Facsimile: +61 8 8313 4356

Laser Ablation ICP-MS

Agilent 7500cx with attached New Wave UP-213 laser ablation system

Adelaide Microscopy houses two Agilent ICP-MS instruments with attached laser ablation systems that are routinely used for fundamental research in geological, ecological, and biological investigation of materials. Routine elemental analysis of minerals and fish otoliths are carried out on the New Wave UP-213 laser system attached to our Agilent 7500x ICP-MS.



New Wave UP-213 laser attached to Agilent 7500x ICP-MS

Agilent 7700s with attached Resonetics M-50 laser ablation system

In late 2011, Adelaide Microscopy took delivery of a Resonetics M-50-LR 193nm Excimer laser system and new Agilent 7700s ICP-MS. The prime directive of this acquisition was to further enhance the low level concentration elemental mapping capabilities of Adelaide Microscopy. The M-50 utilises a two-volume small volume ablation cell designed by Laurin Technic Pty which offers unrivalled signal sensitivity, washout, and stability.



Resonetics M-50-LR laser ablation unit

ICP Map 1

Laser ablation 2-D compositional maps of garnet

ICP Map 2

Laser ablation 2-D compositional maps of eucalypt leaf, mouse brain, wheat grain, tooth (clockwise from left)


• in-situ U-Pb geochronology of zircon and monazite
• Trace element characterization of minerals and fused rock powders
• Trace element characterization of fish otoliths & statoliths
• 2-D trace element mapping of samples using customised sample cell (UP-213)
• High resolution 2-D trace element mapping (M-50)
• On-line data reduction using Glitter and Iolite
• Automated ablation of large datasets including offline setup of ablation sequence (M-50)
• High-spatial resolution (4 um) linear or curvilnear linescans (rotating slit) (M-50)
• Capability to overlay images into a stack (M-50)

Mineral and glass standards:
• GJ-1 and Plesovice zircon
• MAdel-1 and 44069 monazite
• Khan Mine titanite
• Durango apatite
• NIST 610, 612, 614
• MPI-DING glasses
• MASS-1 sulfide
• MACS-3 carbonate standard
• BCR-2 and BHVO-2 fused glasses

Please contact Dr. Benjamin Wade (Ph. 8313 0521; or Angus Netting (Ph. 8303 3134; for more information on capabilities and access to the instrument.