Department of Earth Science

Bergen Geoanalytical Facility (BGF)

The main goal of BGF is to serve fundamental and applied research in elemental and isotope geochemistry and analytical chemistry for scientists from academic and government institutions, private companies and industry.

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Bergen Geoanalytical Facility (BGF)

Laboratory equipped for inductively coupled plasma optical emission and mass spectrometry analyses.

Instruments located in the ICP-lab

*Single collector, ICP-mass spectrometer (Thermo Scientific - Element 2)
This instrument is used primarily for trace element (ppb to ppm level) analysis of solution samples and of solid samples by laser ablation, including U-Th-Pb isotopic dating of accessory minerals.

*Multi-collector, ICP-mass spectrometer (NU Instruments - Plasma 2)
This instrument is used for precise isotopic ratio measurements of elements such as Pb, Nd, Sr, Hf, Li and Fe, primarily in geological, but also in environmental and biological samples. Samples can be introduced both as solution or aerosol produced by laser ablation.

*ICP - Optical Emission Spectrometry (ICP-OES) (Thermo Scientific - iCAP)
This instrument is used mainly for trace (ppm) and major (wt%) element analysis of solution samples.

*Single collector, ICP-mass spectrometer (NU Instruments - Attom)
The Attom from Nu Instruments is a double focussing inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer that has been purpose designed to be the ultimate tool for rapid and precise isotope ratio and quantitative analysis of trace elements in solid and liquid matrices.

*Laser ablation (New Wave UP-213)
This UV laser ablation system is used together with ICP mass spectrometers for in-situ elemental and isotopic analysis, including U-Th-Pb dating of accessory minerals.
Sample preparation laboratory serves mainly for sample handling prior to the analysis by ICP-MS.