Analytical facilities in the GPS division are available to the campus on a fee basis. Both instrument time and operator services are available. Analytical services are provided to other colleges and universities, and under certain conditions, off campus analytical work is accepted from corporations, government labs, non-profit organizations, and individuals.
The newly established Center for Microanalysis at Caltech houses two Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS) instruments, also known as ion microprobes. The Cameca IMS 7f-GEO is a magnetic sector SIMS instrument based on the Cameca IMS 7f, but modified for geoscience applications. The Cameca NanoSIMS 50L is a type of ion microprobe designed for elemental and isotopic analysis of ultra-fine features (with spatial resolutions down to ~50 nm). It also offers extremely high sensitivity at high mass resolution and the capability of simultaneously measuring up to seven masses from the same small volume. The combination of these two state-of-the-art ion microprobes in one laboratory provide powerful diverse capabilities in trace and isotope analysis, depth profiling, ion imaging and geochronology, with low detection limits, high spatial resolution, and/or high precisions.
The PMA/GPS Instrument Shop is a machine shop staffed to help design and fabricate mechanical, optical and infrared instrumentation.
The Geographic Information System (GIS) Laboratory provides remote sensing, 3D modeling and other geographic information system resources for researchers within the division.
Division members may obtain access to JPL, the USGS Pasadena field office, off-campus telescopes and other facilities.