Distributed Sample Analysis Facility (DSAF) combines the resources of four of the world's leading analytical laboratories to analyse meteoritic and sample returns with un-paralleled precision, offering possibility to apply a wide variety of stable and radiogenic isotopic systems. This theme includes the three laboratories that were highly in demand in Europlanet RI; CNRS-CRPG; VU Amsterdam and Open University. A major new addition is the Laboratory for Isotope Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry at the Institute for Planetology, Münster. This is the only German facility solely dedicated to the analysis to extra-terrestrial samples and represents a major expansion in the capabilities in Cosmochemistry to DSAF. The DSAF are:

  1. Radiogenic and non-traditional stable isotope facility: Geology and geochemistry, Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences, VU University, Amsterdam, NL

  2. Radiogenic, non-traditional stable & rare gas isotopes. Le Centre de Recherches Pétrographiques et Géochimiques (CRPG), Nancy, France

  3. Stable Isotope Analytical Facilities - The Open University, UK

  4. NanoSIMS 50L Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometer - The Open University, UK

  5. Radiogenic & non-traditional stable isotopes: Institute for Planetology (IfP); University of Münster, Münster, Germany


Potential applicants are, however, strongly advised to make contact with staff of the proposed host facility to ensure that proposals are viable and/or choosing the optimal facility for the proposed research.   Each TA has a contact person. Please see the links on the right. These people will be responsible for checking the technical feasibility of your proposal.