General Requirements for Accessing the Potsdam 1280-HR

Nearly all work conducted in the GFZ SIMS lab falls into one of two categories: (1) approved collaborative projects that will lead to publications in the international scientific literature, and (2) our own work aimed at advancing the capabilities of the facility, and in particular the development of new ┬ÁRMs.  All scientists wishing to use our facility must submit a research proposal, and this will be evaluated for both scientific excellence as well as for the amount of effort required to achieve the project's stated goals.  Publications using our data must include at least one co-author from the SIMS staff; this/these staff member(s) will be responsible for planning data collection, assuring data quality and assisting with the relevant parts of the subsequent publication(s).

Procedure for Obtaining Access

  1. Contact the head of the SIMS facility (Michael Wiedenbeck) to discuss the overall feasibility of the planned research.
  2. If a project seems possible then refine your research plan and submit a lab access proposal (this form is available below for download).
  3. Your proposal will be evaluated by our facility and, if approved, the appropriate staff member will be assigned to your project.
  4. The necessary amount of machine time will be assigned to you -- for most projects it is expected that the user will travel to Potsdam to be involved in the data collection.
  5. In general, the user is responsible for preparing the sample mounts and to complete all other advance work on them (SEM imaging, electron probe analyses, etc.).
  6. The measurement-ready samples will need to arrive in Potsdam at least 7 days in advance of the measurement session.
  7. We will clean, gold coat and scan each sample mount.  For routine analyses the measurement locations can be selected in advance using the facility's motorized petrographic microscope, thereby saving time during your SIMS session.
  8. The measured SIMS data, processed data and any imaging we collect will be provided to the user within a few days of completing a given session.  We will also provide you with a methods description that can be used for the subsequent publication.

Terms and Conditions for Accessing the Potsdam 1280-HR

By submitting an application for collaboration with the Potsdam SIMS user facility, you will be agreeing to the following points:

  1. Publishing of Results: Unless otherwise agreed to in writing, the data will be used for at least one manuscript to appear in the international scientific literature.  It is expected that such a manuscript will be submitted for publication within 12 months of completing SIMS data collection.  Should particular circumstances require a delay in submission then the user should inform their contact person on the SIMS staff at the earliest possible date.
  2. Preparation of Manuscripts: Manuscripts which are to be submitted for publications should be sent to the SIMS contact person in a timely fashion; that staff member will review the SIMS component and will recommend any points where improvements might be made.  The SIMS facility staff member collaborating on the project will also have the opportunity to comment on the other scientific aspects of the manuscript, though here the final judgement will remain with the lead author.
  3. Information for the SIMS Web Site: The names and affiliations of the users, the title of the project and the project abstract (from the lab access application form) will appear on the GFZ SIMS web site 9 months after the data are released to the user.  The status of the project will also be indicated on that web site.
  4. Open Access Publication: The GFZ is committed to the publication of all work within the framework of open access publishing.  Publications using Potsdam SIMS data are to be made freely accessible in an open access environment immediately on publication or - via repositories - no later than six months (natural sciences) after the original publication.  Free choice of a peer-reviewed medium of publication, to draw maximal attention to the research result, remains unchanged.  If published in an Open Access journal the PI on the project is to inform us immediately upon publication.  If the work is published in a subscription journal then, upon acceptance for publication, the project PI shall provide the final (pre-typesetting) version of the paper to us.  The GFZ library will prepare this in a format for public access, taking embargo periods into account.
  5. Conference Contributions: Any abstracts for scientific conferences which make use of SIMS data are also to be sent to us.  A pdf-format file of any posters or a powerpoint file for any talk should also be sent; these will be published on our SIMS web site.
  6. Disclaimer: We continually strive to provide high-quality data. Nonetheless, we shall not be held liable in the event that results from our facility are subject of subsequent revision.  Furthermore, we will not be held responsible for samples lost in transit.

Researchers interesting in using the Potsdam SIMS facility should please check with us at an early stage regarding fees for accessing our facility.

Lab Access Application Form

After having contacted the head of the SIMS lab and after having accessed the feasibility of your project you should download the following pdf-format file with which you will formally apply for accessing the Potsdam SIMS lab.

Please download the pdf file first before filling it out.

Please complete this form and return it as an E-mail attachment to michael.wiedenbeck(at)

It may then take several weeks before the project proposal can be fully evaluated and ranked according the competing demands for machine access.  You will be informed as soon as an action is taken.

Thank you for your interest in collaborating with our facility...



Our Area Code:      + 49-331
1280-HR Lab:      6264-28915
Operator Room:   6264-27840
Prep Room:         6264-28917


Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum GFZ

SIMS Laboratory
Section 3.1
14473 Potsdam

Head of SIMS Group

Dr. Michael Wiedenbeck

Tel: +49 331 6264-1484