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 CCE Instrument Shop in room 014 Church offers students design assistance for their optical or mechanical device designs while providing full machining services for ferrous & non-ferrous metals, stainless steels, refractory metals, plastics and machinable ceramics. We also offer micro-spot welding, silver-soldering & brazing, and T.I.G. (Tungsten Inert Gas) vacuum welding of stainless steel components. Our sheet metal capabilities are 16 ga.thickness and 24" length/width. We have a Veeco MS-40 portable leak detector for your vacuum leak detection needs.
The 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 Caltech Earth Surface Dynamics Laboratory is a 4000 sq. ft. high-bay space designed to facilitate physical experiments and models to study the processes that erode, transport, and deposit sediment on the surface of the Earth and other planets.
The Environmental Analysis Center (EAC) is an open-access, user-operated laboratory at Caltech. The EAC is based in the Environmental Science and Engineering program, but is open to all Caltech researchers. Analytical methods available include Mass Spectrometry, Gas Chromatography, Liquid Chromatography, Ion Chromatography, Inductively-Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry, and Capillary Electrophoresis.
The Geographic Information System (GIS) Laboratory provides remote sensing, 3D modeling and other geographic information system resources for researchers within the division.
The Caltech Paleomagnetics Laboratory has two 2G Enterprises pass-through SQuID magnetometers (one retrofitted from a two-axis Superconducting Technology, Inc.) to measure three-axis magnetic moments with background noise sensitivity of 10-12 Am2 per axis.