W. M. Keck Cosmochemistry Laboratory - Using the Laboratory

Our Cameca ims 1280 is primarily dedicated to studies of Cosmochemistry. We have well-developed protocols for a variety of isotope and trace-element systems, but we also are willing to try new types of measurements if the studies are well designed and are likely to yield interesting results. We operate the laboratory on a fee-for-service basis. All users, including UH users, are charged the same rate: $100 per hour up to a maximum of $1000 per day. Automated overnight runs are possible for some types of measurements.

Although we welcome visitors, we are not set up as a user facility, and instrument time is in high demand. The ideal way to get access to the ion probe is to contact one of the core members of the research group (see below). If one of us is interested in the science that you propose to do, that person will work with you to schedule time on the ion probe and to get your samples ready for analysis. In most cases, you will be responsible for the instrument fees. In some cases, we will collaborate with a potential SIMS user to submit a proposal to fund the work. In this case, the proposal will include money to pay for the analyses.


Core members of the SIMS research group are :

Gary R. Huss, Laboratory Director

Kazuhide Nagashima, Laboratory Manager

Alexander Krot, Researcher


Important Notice:
Starting September 1, 2018, the user fees for the U.H. Cameca ims 1280 ion microprobe will go up to $125 per hour with a maximum of $1250 per day. Please use these rates for planning and proposals.




14 February 2018