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Sensitive High Resolution Ion Micro Probe (SHRIMP)

The Sensitive High Resolution Ion Microprobe (SHRIMP) The Sensitive High Resolution Ion Microprobe (SHRIMP)


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SIMS Basic Concepts and Design

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SHRIMP A was commissioned in 1993 following a five year effort to raise the fund by the three partners in the SHRIMP laboratory:

A second SHRIMP was commissioned in 2002 to accommodate the high workload of this sought after instrument.


At the JdLC the SHRIMP laboratory specialises in the precise, high age resolution, U-Th-Pb geochronology of accessory minerals. In addition the routine analysis of zircon, the lab also regularly analyses monazite, titanite, baddeleyite, apatite, rutile, allanite, xenotime, cassiterite, opal perovskite and uraninite.

In addition to standard geochronology, depth profiling and trace element analysis provide a wealth of extra information on geological settings, including Ti-in-zircon thermometry and rare earth element (REE) analysis. The staff at the SHRIMP laboratory provide support for all stages of the analytical process from sample preparation to interpretation of isotopic and geochemical data. Our unique ‘autorun’ software allows around-the-clock analysis maximizing data production.

More information

Dr Allen Kennedy
SHRIMP Manager
Department of Imaging and Applied Physics and JdL Centre
Curtin University of Technology
GPO Box U1987
Perth, WA 6845
Office: +61 (0)8 9266 3285
Fax: +61 (08) 9266 2377