Developments in instrumentation for isotopic analyses of pre-solar grains

U. Ott, P. Hoppe, G. W. Lugmair

Research output: Contribution to journalShort survey

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The bulk of the pre-solar grains that have survived in primitive meteorites are submicron in size. Isotopic analysis of single grains requires highly sensitive mass spectrometric methods. An important role in future investigations will be played by the NanoSIMS, which is also characterized by high spatial resolution. Complementary methods are coming into operation (RIMS) or are being improved (noble gas mass spectrometry) up to the point where almost all atoms of a given trace element will be detected.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-169
Number of pages5
JournalNew Astronomy Reviews
Issue number1-4
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2004



  • Isotope abundance anomalies
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Meteorites
  • Noble gases
  • Pre-solar grains
  • RIMS
  • SIMS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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