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Short Course: Introduction to Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry in the Earth Sciences

  Dates & Events

22 - 26 October 2012

GeoForschungsZentrum in Potsdam

This short course will target towards PhD students and young researchers who have limited or no experience in the field of SIMS analysis. However, participants will be expected to be familiar with the basics of analytical geochemistry; a familiarity with EPMA analyses is a prerequisite. Practical exercises involving the calculation of quantitative results from real measurement data will require a basic knowledge of the Microsoft Excel spreadsheet program.

This five day workshop will provide an initial contact with SIMS technology and is intended for all students and post-docs and other researchers  who wish to use the Potsdam Cameca ims 6f user facility for conducting SIMS-based research.  Other analytical geochemists with a general interest in SIMS technology are also welcome to sign up for the course. Participants will be exposed to all basic aspects of SIMS: fundamentals of vacuum technology, theory of secondary ion generation and matrix effects, data assessment and realistic assessment of this technique's strengths and limitations.

This short course is recognized as part of the curriculum of the University of Potsdam.  All participants who successfully complete the entire five day programme will be entitled to receive two points under the European Credit Transfer Scheme.

Workshop Outline:

Monday, 22 October 2012

09:00 - 12:30 Introduction to SIMS basics including vacuum technology
13:30 - 17:00 The basics of ion production and ion detection

Tuesday, 23 October 2012
(SIMS trace element analyses)

Wednesday, 24 October 2012
(SIMS isotopic analyses)

Thursday, 25 October 2012
(Depth Profiling)

Friday, 26 October 2012
(Ion Imaging)

09:00 - 12:00 Introduction to dynamic secondary ion imaging
13:00 - 15:00 Final exam and discussion

Maximum Number of Participants: 20
Venue: GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam, Student Laboratory in Building A27 (Large Refractor)

Workshop leader: Dr. Michael Wiedenbeck
Registration of Interest:

There will be no charges for course participation in either the short course or the follow-on practical, however participants will be responsible for covering their own travel and accommodation costs. Information concerning travel and accommodation is available under the travel section of the GFZ's SIMS Web Site.