New State-of-the-art Mass Spectrometer Laboratories

As part of the Danish National Research Foundation's financing of the Centre for Star and Planet Formation's (StarPlan) second five-year period, we have recently acquired two new Thermo-Fischer Neptune Plus multicollector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometres (MC-ICP-MS). The first instrument was installed in our existing mass spectrometer laboratory in Fall 2014, replacing the original Neptune Plus that had served us well during the first five-year phase of the Centre. The second Neptune Plus was installed during May 2015 in a new state-of-the-art climate-controlled (temperature and humidity), HEPA-filtered laboratory that was constructed by the German clean laboratory company PicoTraceTM. With thanks to Thermo-Fischer engineers Andy Davis and Ian Winstanley, the two instruments, dubbed Prometheus and Pandora, easily passed their installation tests and are currently fully engaged in research projects by the cosmochemistry group at StarPlan. The acquisition of the second Neptune-Plus is expected to alleviate the main bottleneck in our groups pursuit of high precision isotope data to address a wide range of questions related to early Solar System evolution and terrestrial processes.