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Ion probe - SwissSIMS

Cameca IMS 1280-HR

The IMS 1280-HR is the latest ion microprobe manufactured by CAMECA. A wide range of elements (from H to Pb) can be obtained with an unequalled analytical performance, even for low contents (< 1ppm). The new design of the ion probe allows the precise determination of a large number of isotopic systems with an excellent precision, due to its capability to reach very high mass resolution (> 20 000). The lateral resolution is usually 10 µm, but could be as low as 2 µm. Depth resolution is in the order of hundreds of nm.

SwissSIMS is a national facility co-financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation for Research (SNF), and a consortium of scientists from the universities of Lausanne, Geneva, Bern and the ETH of  Zurich. The ion probe was delivered late August 2012 and its installation ended early December 2012. After several months of development, scientific measurements have now started.


For bookings, users are asked to fill in the ion probe application form. A full day of analysis is charged 800 CHF for SNF-funded projects. For all other projects users are invited to email the person in charge of the lab to be informed on the applied fees.



Lab: 1201
Tel: +41 21 692 43 20

Contact: Anne-Sophie Bouvier
Tel: +41 21 692 44 67

Principles of an ion probe

Sample preparation

Useful links

Géopolis - CH-1015 Lausanne  - Switzerland  -  Tel. +41 21 692 43 06  -  Fax +41 21 692 43 05
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