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Noriko Kita
Senior Scientist
Director, WiscSIMS Laboratory
(608) 262-7118
Office: 145 Weeks Hall

WiscSIMS Laboratory

The University of Wisconsin SIMS lab (WiscSIMS) was installed in 2005 and became a National Facility for Stable Isotope Geochemistry in 2008 with support from NSF, Division of Earth Sciences, Instrumentation and Facilities Program. The WiscSIMS lab houses a CAMECA IMS-1280. The IMS-1280 is a large radius multi-collector ion microprobe incorporating many improvements over earlier instruments, several of which are designed to enhance precision and accuracy of isotope ratio analysis.


Primitive meteorites recorded the early evolution of the solar system. We use SIMS to obtain high precision isotope analyses of pristine meteorite samples, such as Ca, Al-rich inclusions and chondrules in order to address the timing of their formation and the condition of proto-planetary disk in which they formed. We are also interested in precious particles collected from asteroids and comets by space missions, such as NASA Stardust Mission.

Latest News

Postdoctoral Position for Analysis of Particles from Sample Return Missions (posted March 13, 2014):  A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is currently available in the Department of Geoscience, University of Wisconsin-Madison for NASA-funded Cosmochemical research to perform in-situ stable isotope analyses of particles from sample return missions using the IMS-1280 in the WiscSIMS Laboratory. See detail information (PDF)

New Papers

Nakashima D, Kita NT, Ushikubo T, Noguchi T, Nakamura T and Valley JW (2013). Oxygen three-isotope ratios of silicate particles returned from asteroid Itokawa by the Hayabusa spacecraft: A strong link with equilibrated LL chondrites. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 379, 127-136. doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2013.08.009 (posted 8/6/2013)

Bullock ES, Knight KB, Richter FM, Kita NT, Ushikubo  T, Davis AM, MacPherson GJ and Mendybaev RA (2013). Mg and Si isotopic fractionation patterns in types B1 and B2 CAIs: Implications for formation under different nebular conditions. Meteorit. Planet. Sci. 48, 1440-1458. doi:10.1111/maps.12158 (posted 8/6/2013)

45th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (March 17-21, 2014): See abstracts.

Mifflin Meteorite, Approved (8/25/10) See Meteorite Bulletin Database and Read Paper

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