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Symposium on Archaeometry, Cosmochemistry and Geology - Tuesday

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The three application areas Archaeometry, Cosmochemistry and Geology bring together the diverse range of SIMS instrumentation and span both dynamic and static SIMS. However, they all have a common goal - the analysis of heterogeneous and spatially inhomogeneous materials. Moreover, they all use to the full the distinctive attribute of SIMS - the ability to obtain an exceptionally sensitive chemical analysis from the controlled consumption of pico-litres of material. Whether it is used to obtain an analysis of the molecular composition of an ancient textile surface, measure oxygen isotopic ratios in a pre-solar grain, or examine lead isotope ratios in micron-scale zircons in rocks, the technique yields unique information on formation, age, history and source of the sample.

The three areas deal with a wide range of materials both natural and manufactured, from insulating and complex oxides and silicates with strong chemical changes on the microscale - a common theme of all of them, through metals glasses and ores, to organic binders and inorganic pigments in decaying works of art.

This symposium will provide a venue for the presentation of the latest research in these areas, and explore the often surprising complimentarity and commonality between some of the problems encountered. It will cover the full range of SIMS applications - top monolayer analysis, ultra low energy depth profiling, and microvolume analysis. It will open with a short recollection of the work of one of the most influential instrumental designers in the micro-volume analysis and geological areas - Jim Long. This will introduce an invited lecture celebrating his contribution.

Invited Speakers:

Bill Compston, Australian National University, Canberra: The geological ion microprobe: the first 25 years of dating zircons by SIMS

Annemie Adriaens, University of Ghent, Belgium: Applications of SIMS to archaeometry and cultural heritage

David McPhail, Imperial College, UK: Quadrupole SIMS applications to antique silver, glass, and micro-metorites

Chris Carr, The University of Manchester, UK: ToF-SIMS Analysis of Historical Textiles

Peter Hoppe, Max-Planck Institute, Mainz, Germany: NanoSIMS - A new tool in cosmochemistry

SIMS XV 15th Annual Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry Conference
September 12-16th 2005, Manchester, UK

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