NSTI Program

Examples for public service platform of large scientific instrument used in micro-beam analysis

Case 1: The first SHRIMPII remote control workstation was founded in Yichang, achieving the same effect as doing experiment in Beijing SHRIMP Center.

In August of 2005, the world’s first SIMS remote work station was set up in Yichang, Hubei province. On August 31th, staff in Yichang Institute of Geology and Mineral Resources remotely operated SHRIMP II in Beijing. After they set analytic parameter, chose analytic location of samples, input sample numbers and gave the order of data recording, SHRIMP in Beijing begun a thorough analysis, which realized a synchronized audio and video exchange between Beijing and Yichang and printing of the results in both places afterward. Ever after the initial success, researchers in Yichang have accomplished the same process for multiple times and achieved results as if they were working in Beijing.

Picture 1 Yichang SROS workstation

Case 2: Testing the age of zircon simultaneously in Beijing and Brazil, making remote sharing and control of SHRIMP II possible.

Not long after the introduction of SIMS, the Brazilian geologist Kole Daniel paid a visit to Beijing and tested the ages of 15 zircons on the instrument. The results contributed to his project “Crustal Evolution in South America”, leading to the establishment of the first remote work station abroad—the isotope lab of University of São Paulo. The lab then conducted testing on a group of Brazilian zircon samples for the first time on Sep. 19th, 2005, whose initial success testified to the reliability of the research result as well as its prospect for wide application and materialized the remote sharing and operation of China’s SIMS technology through the Internet.

The improvement of the remote control operating adaptability of the SHIRMP II purchased by the University of Sao Paulo recently will become the next step of the development of the microbeam laser platform. This SHIRMP II will be brought into the microbeam laser platform to provide more available time for our geologistto use the SHIRMP II.

Picture 2 Researcher Liu Dunyi in Beijing exchanging views with Kole Daniel in Brazilduring the experiment through video interactive system.
Picture 3 Kole Daniel in the isotope lab of University of São Paulo(Brazil).
Figure 4 professors and students in the University of Sao Paulo were undertaking dating analysis by controlling the SROS system.

Case 3: Remote control of the SHRIMP II in Curtin University Australia remarks the successful sharing of large scientific instrument of China.

Sep.8th, 2007, through the SROS system of Curtin University Australia, we launched the remote experiment by direct control of the SHRIMP in Curtin University, realizing the remote control and sharing of the overseaslarge-scale scientific instrument for the first time and setting a precedent of scientific instrument remote sharing. By doing so, pressure on the SHRIMP in Beijing SHRIMP Center has been released and some results would come earlier. Besides, the research level has been enhanced with the joint participate of the scientists from the two countries.

Picture 5 Geologists are experimenting in the center’s virtual lab to control remotely the SHRIMP in Curtin University of Technology in Australia
Picture 6 SROS system in Curtin University, Australia.

Case 4: Demonstration Center of Remote Teaching in Nanjing University was set up, ushering in a new chapter of SROS system for remote teaching.

In May of 2008, Demonstration Center of Remote Teaching of Beijing SHRIMP Center based on SROS technology in Nanjing University opened in State Key Laboratory for Metallogenic Mechanism of Endogenic Metallic Deposits, making the university the only one that can remotely test the age of zircons. The wide application of remote control technology of large instrument in teaching area has decreased the number of instrument needed and lowered the space requirement, which made it possible to popularize this advanced technology in more areas. Apart from materializing remote experiments in teaching, it is also of great significance to broaden the horizon of young researchers and students as well as improve their research levels.

Picture 7 Opening ceremony of Demonstration Center of Remote Teaching of Beijing SHRIMP Center in Nanjing University
Picture 8 Demonstration Center of Remote Teaching of Beijing SHRIMP Center in Nanjing University

Case 5: The founding of the SHRIMP Remote Experiment Research Center

By the end of July. 1st, 2010, SROS system has accomplished the remote testing of zircon samples for 8000.5 hours, among which 619 hours was used by overseas users and 210 hours by domestic users through sharing the SHRIMP II in the center, 6520.5 hours was used by domestic users through sharing the SHRIMP II in Curtin University of Technology of Australia and 651 hours through sharing the SHRIMP IIe-MC temporarily stored in ASI company of Australia.

Picture 9 Network Virtual Experiment Center
Picture 10 International network for SROS system

The International Remote Operation Center, based on remote work stations and SROS server system worldwide, has begun to take shape. Future plans include:①jointly establish a SHRIMP remote sharing network in South America based on SROS technology with University of São Paulo, and make the SHRIMP II newly acquired by the university accessible to users there; ②apply the SROS technology in the remote teaching of geochronology courses among domestic and overseas universities; ③set up a SROS work station in Kwazulu-Natal University of South Africa and conduct joint research projects; ④set up a SROS work station in Washington university for remote collaborative experiment research on lunar rock samples; ⑤set up more work stations in other domestic universities and research institutes to meet the demands of scholars for the remote sharing of SHRIMP.

The Remote Experiment Research Center for Large Scientific Instruments has provided routinely testing services of SHRIMP II, whose function and coverage will be further expanded with the development of the platform and the availability of more micro-beam instruments. The success of SHRIMP experiment will also lay a solid foundation(from the technology, management and material perspective) for other experiments of micro-beam instruments, all achievements getting prepared for the establishment of the National Remote Experiment Research Center for Large Scientific Instruments.

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