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Access to the Paleomagnetism facilities in the Department of Geology

The facility is open to any qualified user undertaking a programme of academic research. A qualified user is any student who has undertaken a senior level undergraduate or graduate course in palaeomagnetism, such as the GEOL 431 paper at Otago or a course with similar content from another university.

Using the facility

  • Please contact Professor Gary Wilson to arrange access and booking of the laboratory. Facility booking are required to be negotiated at least one month in advance.
  • Rush work/access will be considered.
  • Joint projects will be considered if a student research project and stipend is to be funded by the appropriate collaboration.
  • Supervision would either be from Otago or Joint with another institution by agreement.
  • Commercially related work will be accepted by the facility on a case by case basis and laboratory use and report writing would be on the basis of full commercial cost recovery.

The expected durations required for various measurements

  • 30 samples per day NRM and full AF demagnetisation run
  • 12 samples per day NRM and full Thermal Demagentisation (3 days minimum)
  • 10 samples per day SIRM and backfield IRM