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Cosmogenic Isotope Laboratory

Cosmogenic Isotope Laboratory

The Newcastle Cosmogenic Isotope Facility is dedicated to terrestrial cosmogenic nuclides, which we use as chronometers and tracers in earth sciences.

Our research interests cover a wide spectrum of earth surface problems that we quantify using cosmogenic isotopes. In particular, we have worked on projects looking at:

  • estimating the rates of motion of active faults
  • the timing of ice sheet deglaciation and advance
  • the rates and timing of fluvial incision and mountain denudation

Throughout, we always aim at gaining a better understanding of the production of cosmogenic nuclides and the corrections we applied to interpret our data.

Our capabilities include the routine extraction of 10Be, 26A1, and 36C1. We also prepare samples for 3He and 21Ne.

Analysis of samples is then performed by accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) or mass spectrometry (MS) facilities such as Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC), DREAMSLawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Centre for Research and Environmental Geosciences Education (CEREGE).

If you are interested in working with us on a collaborative project, please contact Dr Anne-Sophie Mériaux.