MAGIC (MicroAnalytical Geochemistry and Isotope Characterization) Lab

University of Maine

Contact Information

Alicia Cruz-Uribe




Instrument Type

  • ICP Inductively-coupled plasma spectrometer +/- mass spectrometer
  • Radiogenic Isotopes

ESI NWR193UC excimer laser; Agilent 8900 ICP-MS/MS


Mineral composition; Age determination U-Pb

Typical Use:

Trace element characterization in minerals and glasses. U/Pb geochronology of zircon, titanite, apatite, monazite. Trace element and isotope fast-mapping with 5 µm spatial resolution. Sr isotope analyses.

Conditions for Use:

Submitted samples will be analyzed on a contract basis (i.e. lab personnel will do the work)

Visitors are invited to work in the lab to work with lab personnel

User Fees:

Contact the MAGIC lab for current rates. Educational rates available.

Instrument Priorities:

Priority is given to current members of the School of Earth and Climate Sciences, particularly students, but all projects will be considered.

Remote Use:

Users may "zoom in" to the lab for remote analyses, with lab personnel running the instruments onsite.

Sample Preparation:

Much sample preparation is available onsite. Individual projects require individual attention and consideration for sample preparation. MAGIC Lab personnel will guide users in sample preparation to ensure data quality.

Standard Collections/Lab Blanks:

Many synthetic and natural reference materials are available for internal and external standardization.


Data are processed in Iolite4, including spot analyses and trace element maps.

Educational Use:

Class demonstrations are available for undergraduates

Class demonstrations are available for K-12

Undergraduate student research projects are invited

Graduate student research projects are invited

Support provided by:

NSF Instrumentation and Facilities Grant #1727460

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