New technique using laser ablation blasts into geochemical labs



Geochemists have long sought a low-cost, reliable instrument for analyzing trace elements in situ. After a quiet start in the mid-1980s, laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICPMS) has steadily captured the imagination of geochemists all over the world and is now becoming “standard equipment” in the modern geochemical laboratory. In recognition of this phenomenon, a special session on “Analytical methodologies and geochemical applications of LA-ICPMS” was held at the Fall AGU meeting in San Francisco.