STARPLAN'S isotope laboratories
The facilities comprise a sample preparation laboratory, an ultra-clean wet chemistry laboratory and a state-of-the-art mass spectrometry laboratory.
These facilities have been specifically designed and built to characterize, process and analyse typically small and rare meteoritic material while simultaneously minimizing all risks of terrestrial contamination.
The clean laboratory permits purification of elements of interest employing a wide range of element-specific chromographic methods.
Isotopic data is ultimately generated by either our Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometer (Thermo Triton) or our Multi-Collector Inductively-Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (Thermo Neptune). These data will allow us to better understand the nature of the different stars that contributed matter to the nascent solar system, as well as to provide a high-resolution chronology of early solar system events.