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

Principal Investigator

  • Dr. Edward Young
    Edward Young University of California, Los Angeles, USA
    Dr. Edward Young
    Edward Young
    University of California, Los Angeles, USA

    Dr. Edward Young is a professor of geology at UCLA and co-Chair of the Deep Energy Community. His research spans geochemistry and cosmochemistry. He envisioned and oversaw the development of the Panorama High-Resolution Mass Spectrometer, which is capable of unprecedented measurements of isotopic bonder ordering in methane gas, making it possible to accurately define the origin and provenance of various sources of methane. He also is principal investigator on a study that is advancing understanding of the extent to which isotopologues can differentiate between biotic and abiotic carbon compounds. The Geochemical Society and the European Association of Geochemistry formally recognized Young’s contributions to geochemistry by naming him fellow. He also is a fellow of the Meteoritical Society.


Giunta T, Young ED, Warr O, Kohl I, Ash JL, Martini A, Mundle SOC, Rumble D, Pérez-Rodríguez I, Wasley M, LaRowe DE, Gilbert A, Sherwood Lollar S (2019) Methane sources and sinks in continental sedimentary systems: New insights from paired clumped isotopologues 13CH3D and 12CH2D2. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 245:327-351

Rumble D (2018) The third isotope of the third element on the third planet. American Mineralogist 103: 1-10

Young ED, Kohl IE, Sherwood Lollar B, Etiope G, Rumble D, Li S, Haghnegahdar MA, Schauble EA, McCain KA, Foustoukos DI, Sutclife C, Warr O, Ballentine CJ, Onstott TC, Hosgormez H, Neubeck A, Marques JM, Pérez-Rodríguez I, Rowe AR, LaRowe DE, Magnabosco C,  Yeung LY, Asha JL, Bryndzia LT (2017) The relative abundances of resolved 12CH2Dand 13CH3D and mechanisms controlling isotopic bond ordering in abiotic and biotic methane gases. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 203:235-264


Yeung LY, Li S, Kohl IE, Haslun JA, Ostrom NE, Hu H, Fischer TP, Schauble EA, Young ED (2017) Extreme enrichment in atmospheric 15N15N. Science Advances 3(11) eaao6741

Young ED, Rumble D, Freedman P, Mills M (2016) A large-radius high-mass-resolution multiple-collector isotope ratio mass spectrometer for analysis of rare isotopologues of O2, N2, CH4 and other gases. International Journal of Mass Spectrometry 401:1-10

Young ED, Kohl IE, Warren PH, Rubie DC, Jacobson SA, Morbidelli A (2016) Oxygen isotopic evidence for vigorous mixing during the Moon-forming giant impact. Science 6272:493-496


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