Cosmogenic nuclides have revolutionized the study of Earth giving us a way to to measure the age of landforms, estimate the rate at which Earth erodes, understand climate change, and trace sediment across Earth's surface.
Since 1994, UVM has maintained a clean laboratory dedicated to the preparation of samples for 10-Be, 26-Al, and 36-Cl. Since 2018, the facility has been supported by NSF Division of Earth Science Instrumentation and Facilities under EAR-1735676.
BIG NEWS. In 2018, we became the UVM/NSF
Community cosmogenic facility with five years of technician support from NSF-EAR. Visiting students, faculty,
post-docs, and researchers from around the world are developing and pursuing collaborative projects with our guidance and processing
their own samples with experienced mentors. We work with visitors from proposal creation through sample processing, AMS analysis and data reduction to paper drafting.
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OUR LAB FACILITY was
designed specifically for the extraction of cosmogenic nuclides from
geologic materials including rock, soil, and sediment. The lab features
5 fully exhausting, polypropylene laminar flow fume hoods and separate
sub-labs for meteoric and in-situ samples. Each processing station has its own dedicated teflon ware and equipment allowing people to work simultaneously on different projects.
PEOPLE MAKE THE LAB Since
1994, the UVM cosmogenic laboratory has served graduate students at both
the MS and PhD level from both UVM and elsewhere. We have hosted numerous
post-doctoral researchers as well as collaborators and run samples from
around the world. Many undergraduate students have spent summers with us and have completed senior theses with data from the lab. You can see our visitor book here with a page
for each person who's come to work with us in the lab.
REPRODUCIBLE LAB METHODS are
key to sucessful sample processing. We have developed our own methods
as well as adapted those of others. All are freely available for
downloading and include step-by-step instructions as well as photographs of the process, safety tips, chemical specifications, and lists of needed equipment. We have produced community
standards for quality control. You can see videos documenting many of our methods on the lab YouTube Channel. If you'd
like to acquire any of the equipment we have developed to improve sample processing, it's
A LIST OF PUBLICATIONS, abstracts, and books authored by people working in the UVM cosmogenic laboratory and using UVM cosmogenic data is available.
Several of these papers address lab methods and document standards we have prepared on behalf of the community. To see what we are up to, follow us on Instagram at uvmcosmolab.