Leader: Derek Fabel
Choice of 10:00 am or 2:00 pm visits
On 9th March 2017, we had a very interesting lecture from Derek Fabel about how his laboratory undertakes precise and accurate measurement of isotopes in minerals and rocks. The procedures used to isolate and analyse isotopes involve isotope ratio mass spectrometry in a variety of forms depending on the isotopic system being utilised. Radiocarbon and surface exposure dating rely on being able to measure the abundance of extremely rare radioisotopes in the sample material using a technique called accelerator mass spectrometry. This tour of the laboratory will take you behind the scenes of extremely rare isotope metrology at SUERC to illustrate the complexity and effort involved in making these types of measurements.
Each tour will last for approximately 1.5 hours. There is room for a maximum of 10 people per tour; please advise if you would prefer to be on the 10am or 2pm visit.