Dept. of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering
Miller Hall, Queen's University Kingston,Ontario,K7L 3N6 tel:(613)533-2597 fax:533-6592 email.
The Department is well-equipped for
research with all of the standard research
tools expected in an Earth Science department.
It also has a variety of specialized research
equipment available, as summarized below.
Extraction lines for the preparation of carbonates, silicates, sulfates,
sulphides, phosphates, waters, and organic matter for the analysis of H, C,
N, O, and S isotope compositions.
A VG602 isotope ratio mass spectrometer for the routine analysis of H, C, N,
O, and S isotope ratios.
A state-of-the-art MAT 252 isotope ratio mass spec that is the most
sensitive and precise instrument on the market.
A laser-ICPMS (inductive coupled plasma mass spectrometer) that can resolve mass differences
of only .0001. This enable analysis of elements such as Li, B, F, K, Cl, Fe, As, Se, Au and others, which, because of mass interferences, are indistiguishable by most other systems in Canada.
Age-dating facilities based on the Argon-Argon dating method.
Age Range: 100,000 years and older
Suitable material: Hornblende, micas, and feldspars commonly are used, and some volcanic rocks and slates are suitable for analysis as whole rocks.
Conventional step-heating method: one AEI MS10 mass spectrometer with on-line computer data collection & analysis, connected to an ultra-high vacuum
argon extraction system using Lindberg tube furnace for the heating of sample.
Laser microprobe: one MAP 216 mass spectrometer, on-line computer data collection and analysis, and an ultra-high vacuum argon extraction system using either
a LEXEL 3500 argon laser or a resistance furnace for the heating of sample.