The Deep Carbon Observatory supports instrumentation projects worldwide to advance deep carbon research. Instruments highlighted here were developed through DCO investment, leveraging, and partnership. 

Featured Instruments

Panorama Panorama

The Panorama High-Resolution Mass Spectrometer is capable of unprecedented measurements of isotopic bond ordering in methane gas, which allows DCO scientists to accurately define the origin and provenance of various sources of methane.

tildas instrument in lab TILDAS

The Tunable Infrared Laser Direct Absorption Spectrometer (TILDAS) was developed by Shuhei Ono, MIT, to measure ratios of methane molecules with doubly isotope-substituted rare isotopes (13CH3D vs.12CH2D2) that might provide information on methane formation temperature and may help resolve questions related to abiotic versus microbial origins.

LIR as installed in the car Laser Isotope Ratiometer

To promote technology to help researchers quantify and constrain the relative contributions from various gas sources of volcanic origin, DCO provided partial support to develop the prototype Laser Isotope Ratiometer (LIR).

Goncharov lab with PI and collaborators Ultrafast Laser Instrument

The ultrafast laser system was modified for time-resolved measurements of the optical properties and emissivity of materials at high temperatures - leading to measurements of lattice and radiative thermal conductivity of the Earth’s materials at simultaneous conditions of high pressures and temperatures.

PUSH50 sampler in carrying case PUSH50

To encourage high-pressure biological/geochemical research and to facilitate collaboration among researchers, the DCO supported the custom development of the 50 mL Pressurized Underwater Sample Handler (PUSH50). 

computer cluster server stack DCO Computer Cluster

Providing all DCO Communities with state-of-the-art computer power for performing a wide range of calculations, the Linux cluster can run a variety of scientific programs aimed at modeling chemical and physical processes in deep Earth and carrying out data analyses.

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