University of Melbourne Facilities

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Location: School of Geography

Picarro cavity ringdown spectrometer

This equipment is used to provide rapid throughput oxygen and hydrogen isotope analyses of waters (e.g., river water, groundwater, cave dripwaters etc). The system can process approximately 70 samples/day and is used across a wide range of environmental and palaeoclimate research programs.
Contact: Russell Drysdale.

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Location: School of Geography

Analytical Precision AP2003 spectrometer

This instrumentation provides high throughput oxygen and carbon isotope analyses of carbonate rocks and sediments using relatively large sample sizes (~800 microgram).  It is used primarily for palaeoclimate research and can process approx. 100 samples/day, with precision of 0.1 permil for oxygen, 0.05 permil for carbon.
Contact: Russell Drysdale.

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Location: School of Geography

Nu Instruments Perspective spectrometer

This is a state of the art stable isotope ratio mass spectrometer allowing high precision oxygen, carbon, and hydrogen isotope analyses of carbonates and waters, with precision of 0.05 permil for carbon and oxygen. Potential applications include precise palaeotemperature estimation from cave deposits found throughout Geological history, and high-resolution isotope studies using very small sample sizes.
Contact: Russell Drysdale.