The Plasma Lab is a shared analytical facility in the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences that includes key capabilities in the areas of radiogenic isotope geochemistry, non-traditional stable isotope geochemistry, and high-sensitivity geochemical analyses. Planning for the laboratory began in 2007 and the first instrument arrived in Fall of 2009. The lab constitutes the primary research tool for a number of SES faculty, and provides critical analytical support via collaboration with a broad spectrum of additional users from throughout Stanford University.
The Plasma Laboratory is a key analytical component of the closely affiliated School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences laboratories. Collectively the laboratories uniquely enable the study of Earth's dynamic history, its resources and environmental changes. The array of next generation equipment in The Plasma Laboratory includes a high resolution (magnetic sector) ICP-MS (Attom), a multi-collector ICP-MS (Nu Plasma HR), and a specially designed Picotrace metal-free low particulate clean laboratory. A thermal ionization mass spectrometer (MAT 262) is also available.
The primary mission of The Plasma Laboratory is to produce high quality isotopic and trace element data. The laboratory also provides training for the next generation of scientists through detailed instruction of students and postdocs. The laboratory is open to collaboration with all members of the Stanford community.