Cosmogenic dating labs
This facility will include the ability to measure stable isotope ratios of carbon, nitrogen, hydrogen, and oxygen.This lab will include a Thermo Delta Advantage IRMS and peripheral devices to measure carbon and nitrogen isotopes in organic matter (e.g., soils, lake sediments, plant and animal tissues), carbon and hydrogen isotopes of biomarkers, oxygen and hydrogen isotopes of waters, carbon and oxygen isotopes of carbon dioxide in air, carbon and oxygen isotopes of carbonates (e.g., shells, lake marls), and nitrogen isotopes of nitrates.
Directors: Aaron Diefendorf and Brooke Crowley The Department of Geology has recently acquired funding for a stable isotope ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS) facility, which will be installed in early 2013.
Luminescence Dating Laboratory | Cosmogenic Nuclide Laboratories | Quaternary Sediment and Coring Laboratory | Organic Geochemistry Laboratory | Biogeochemistry Laboratory | Stable Isotope Facility for Biogeochemical Research | X-Ray laboratory | Spectral Gamma Ray Core Logger | Ohio Valley Archaeology Laboratory | Court Archaeological Research Facility | Paleoethnobotanical Laboratory | Human Evolutionary Locomotor Laboratory | GIS and Remote Sensing Laboratories | Clay Mineralogy Laboratory | Quaternary Paleoecology Laboratory | MEDArch—Mediterranean Ecosystem Dynamics and Archaeology Lab Director: Lewis A.
Owen Full sample preparation facilities for luminescence dating are available in the Department of Geology.
The Cosmogenic Isotope Lab is one of three facilities in Canada that are currently producing cosmogenic nuclide targets, and one of only four facilities in the world to prepare targets for all four cosmogenic radionuclides (CL) used for Earth Surface Processes research.
We do not do radiocarbon dating of organic materials such as bone, plants, artifacts, or art work.