Development of Panorama High-Resolution Mass Spectrometer Project uri icon

DCO ID 11121/1864-9756-6609-3970-CC


  • The development of a novel gas-source, multiple collector, high mass resolution, isotope ratio mass spectrometer will be complete during 2014. Once fully functional, the instrument will be capable of unprecedented measurements of isotopic bond ordering in methane gas, which will in turn allow DCO scientists to accurately define the origin and provenance of various sources of methane. The “Panorama” will also allow 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.

    Once complete, the Panorama—currently in its final construction stage at Nu Instruments in Wrexham, Wales—will be housed in 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.