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  • TIMS or MC-ICP-MS – which do I need?

    TIMS or MC-ICP-MS – which do I need?

    So, you have a need for precise isotope ratio measurement of solids, most likely metals, but perhaps you’re early in your career and not yet an expert in the instrumental techniques. You’ve already found out that thermal ionization MS (TIMS) and multi-collector ICP-MS (MC-ICP-MS) are the likely techniques of choice, but which should you choose?…

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  • What’s the story behind Isotopx?

    What’s the story behind Isotopx?

    We at Isotopx are well aware that we’re not exactly a household name yet. But are you aware of the history behind the company? I’ve been lucky enough to work in isotope ratio mass spec for much of my career so have followed the Isotopx story; and in some cases I was there when it…

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  • ATONA Faraday amplifiers – how low can you go?

    ATONA Faraday amplifiers – how low can you go?

    If you work in isotope ratio mass spectrometry you probably already know about ATONA, the revolutionary Faraday detector technology. And if you don’t, you should! You can click here to read the basics. In brief, ATONA is a Faraday amplifier system that avoids many of the major disadvantages of traditional resistor-based amplifier systems, in particular…

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  • Choosing isotope ratio detectors – why use a Daly?

    Choosing isotope ratio detectors – why use a Daly?

    If you work in analytical science, and particularly if you’re in spectroscopy or spectrometry, you’ll be aware that there are a number of detector types used. For isotope ratio instruments, it’s common to have multiple detectors in an instrument, usually used to measure ion beam intensities simultaneously rather than sequentially. In our business, detectors are…

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  • Celebrating Space Spectrometers on National Space Day

    Celebrating Space Spectrometers on National Space Day

    National Space Day is celebrated annually in the US on the first Friday of May; this year Space Day will be celebrated on Friday the 6th of May. The celebration was created to promote STEM amongst young people1. However, it also offers an opportunity for the public to celebrate the extraordinary achievements and opportunities space…

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  • Celebrating World Laboratory Day at Techcomp

    Celebrating World Laboratory Day at Techcomp

    April 23rd marks World Laboratory Day, a day to celebrate laboratories across the globe where scientists conduct valuable research and make new discoveries to improve our everyday lives. Although the origins of World Laboratory Day are still unclear, it gives us a chance to reflect on the great achievements and breakthroughs in scientific research. At…

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  • Noble gas mass spectrometry – does size really matter?

    Noble gas mass spectrometry – does size really matter?

    A colleague recently asked me about noble gas mass spectrometers. He’d heard that the size is a critical factor, more so than with some other isotope ratio mass spectrometers. So, does size matter, and if so, why? If you have comments, thoughts, or corrections, do please feel free to contact me directly, I’d love to…

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  • Isotope ratio MS – thoughts about the future

    Isotope ratio MS – thoughts about the future

    In my last blog post I talked about what had changed in isotope ratio MS during my time away from the isotope ratio MS community. In this post I discuss my thoughts about what might happen in the near future. This is a blog rather than an informed business publication, so much of it is…

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  • High precision isotope ratios: To integrate or not to integrate… that is the question

    High precision isotope ratios: To integrate or not to integrate… that is the question

    We get asked a lot of questions about our ATONA amplifiers, particularly relating to how they are used in the real world with real samples. So I’ll write on this blog from time to time in order to answer some of those questions. If you want to know more about ATONA you can also contact…

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  • What’s been going on in the world of isotope ratio MS? 

    What’s been going on in the world of isotope ratio MS? 

    Isotope Ratio is a form of mass spectroscopy. Have you been wondering what’s been going on in the world of Isotope Ratio MS? In this article Isotopx Stephen Guilfoyle reflects on Isotope Ratio MS over the years.

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