Cosmochemistry

PLANETARY MATERIALS RESEARCH GROUP

Planetary Materials are those pieces of condensed matter that were leftover from the time that our solar system formed over 4.5 billion years ago. Such materials include interplanetary dust particles, pre-solar grains, primitive meteorites and soils from the Moon and asteroids. The Planetary Materials Research Group studies the constituent minerals within such samples at scales ranging from micrometers down to the atomic. We use information on crystal structure and chemistry to understand the conditions under which such minerals formed.

Planetary Materials Research Group
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Planetary Materials Research Group

 

ICP-MS ANALYTICAL LABORATORY

The Nine Circles' analytical lab is equipped with a ThermoFinnigan ELEMENT2 High-Resolution ICP mass spectrometer and a class 100 cleanlab.

ICP-MS Analytical Laboratory
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ICP-MS Analytical Laboratory

NOBLE GAS LAB

The Arizona Noble Gases Laboratory (ANGL) has been in operation at the University of Arizona since 1990. Now under the direction of Dr. Timothy Swindle, it has been very productive in the age dating of meteorites and lunar samples.

Noble Gas Lab WEBSITE
Noble Gas Lab