The development of a novel gas-source, multiple collector, high mass resolution, isotope ratio mass spectrometer was completed in 2014. The instrument is capable of unprecedented measurements of isotopic bond ordering in methane gas, which will allow DCO scientists to accurately define the origin and provenance of various sources of methane. The “Panorama” also allows for investigations into rare isotopologue abundance as well as other new applications, representing a major step towards developing a new branch of isotope chemistry. No other existing facility can provide this level of flexibility owing to the high mass resolving power of the Panorama coupled with its high sensitivity and multiple collection capabilities.
The Panorama has now been installed at the Geology Building at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), USA under the supervision of Edward Young, a researcher in DCO’s Deep Energy Community. This unique instrument has been made possible by funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation on behalf of the DCO, the U.S. National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, Shell Oil Company, the Carnegie Institution of Washington, and UCLA.
For more information, visit Ed Young's Panorama website.