Washington, DC, 28 April 2015—The high-resolution mass spectrometer “Panorama” built by Nu Instruments, Ltd. was installed in the Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences, UCLA in March. An immediate goal of the project is to use analyses of both of the doubly-substituted isotopologues of methane to distinguish abiotic from biogenic methane. Panorama was paid for with funds from the Deep Carbon Observatory, University of California Los Angeles, US National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy, Shell Projects and Technologies, Emerging Technologies Group, and the Carnegie Institution of Washington. The Geophysical Laboratory's Doug Rumble is a co-investigator of the project, along with former Geophysical Laboratory Postdoctoral Associate and current UCLA Professor, E. D. Young.  

Caption: The installation team (left to right): Issaku Kohl (UCLA), Nate Monson (UCLA), Peter Li (Nu Instruments), Shuning Li (Rice Univ.), Jeanine Ash (UCLA), David Rousell (Nu Instruments), E. D. Young (UCLA), D. Rumble (GL), and L. Yeung (Rice Univ.).

Michelle Scholtes, 28 April 2015

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