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TA2 Distributed Planetary Laboratory Facility

The disparate bodies in our Solar System are made up of remarkably diverse environments, many incomparable to terrestrial conditions.

TA2 Distributed Planetary Laboratory Facility (DPLF) provides access to 24 facilities within 13 research centres in Europe and 11 facilities in South Korea that enable the simulation or characterisation of planetary conditions and materials, including:

  • The validation of instrument design and performance
  • The study of physical and geological processes that form specific planetary environments,
  • The evaluation of biogeochemical processes that control whether life could evolve or survive.
  • Detailed mineralogical, (bio) geochemical and isotopic characterisation of (extra-terrestrial) sample materials.

The Europlanet Transnational Access programme supports visits to the following facilities:

European Facilities

1. Geology and Geochemistry radiogenic and non-traditional stable Isotope Facility (GGIF), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, NL.

2. High-Pressure, High-Temperature Laboratory, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, NL.

3. Petrology-Mineralogy Characterisation Facility (PMCF), Natural History Museum, UK.

4. Planetary Environment Facilities (PEF). University of Aarhus, Denmark.

5. Planetary Spectroscopy Laboratory (PSL), DLR, Germany.

6. Planetary Simulation Laboratory (PASLAB), DLR, Germany.

7. University of Kent Light Gas Gun Laboratory, UK.

8. Cold Surfaces spectroscopy (CSS), IPAG, France.

9. Ion probe facility (IPF), CRPG, France.

10. Stable Rare Gas and Radiogenic Isotope Facility (SGRIF), CRPG, France.

11. Atomki Ice Chamber for Astrophysics/Astrochemistry (ICA), Hungary.

12. Atomki ECRIS Laboratory, Hungary.

13. Electron induced fluorescence laboratory (EIFL) – Comenius University, Slovakia.

14. ETH Zürich Geo- and Cosmochemistry Isotope Facility, Switzerland.

15. ETH Zürich Geo- and Cosmochemistry Noble Gas Laboratory, Switzerland.

16. Isotoptech Carbon-14 dating accelerator mass spectrometry laboratory, Hungary.

17. Isotoptech Stable/Clumped Isotopes Laboratory (ISIL), Hungary.

18. Isotoptech Noble Gas Isotope facility (INGIL), Hungary.

19. Center for Microbial Life Detection, Medical University Graz, Austria.

20. Mars Chamber Facility, Open University, Milton Keynes, UK. 

21. NanoSIMS 50L (NSIMS), Open University Isotopes Facilities, UK. 

22. Laser Fluorination System, Open University Isotopes Facilities, UK.

23. Flow-Through Simulation Chambers, Open University, UK. 

24. Swedish Planetary Ices Laboratory, Lulea Technical University, UK.


Korea Basic Science Institute (KBSI) Facilities

Korea Basic Science Institute (KBSI) offers eleven state-of-the-art research instruments for Transnational Access through Europlanet 2024 RI. KBSI will cover the cost of 8 to 10 projects from European scientists each year. Contact person: Dr. Keewook Yi (kyi[at]kbsi.re.kr)

High Precision Isotope Geochemistry/Cosmochemistry and Geochronology Laboratory

25. Sensitive High Resolution Ion MicroProbe / SHRIMP-IIe/MC

26. Isotope microscope with SCAPS imaging detector

27. Laser Ablation-Multi Collector-Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer

28. Nano Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometer

29. Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometer

30. Multi-collector Static Vacuum Mass Spectrometer

31. Automated Optically Stimulated Luminescence system

High Resolution TEM Laboratory

32. High Voltage Electron Microscope

33. Atomic-level STEM and EDX/EELS analysis

34. Ultra-Corrected-Energy-Filtered TEM

35. Double Cs & monochromated TEM


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