Customising Iolite – Part 1

There are plenty of ways to customise Iolite. We’re going to break them up into three main categories: basics, viewing, and DRS specific. So let’s start with the basics. If you haven’t already noticed, in the Iolite menu at the top, there’s an item called “Modify Iolite’s default settings”. Selecting this item opens a panel…

Iolite Workshop – Florence Italy 24 – 25th August 2013

Below are some provisional details regarding the Iolite Workshop, to be held in conjunction with the Goldschmidt Conference in Florence, August 2013. The workshop runs for two days, and is aimed at users of all levels from complete novice to programmer. The first day is perfect for beginners and all those who would like to…

Programming Basics for Iolite

We’re getting a lot of users that want to customise the way Iolite processes their data, which is really exciting as it’s exactly why we built Iolite in the way that we did. But we realise that there may be many more that just find getting into the programming code a little too intimidating, or…

Benefits of the Trace Elements_IS DRS

Those new to Iolite will notice that there are two version of the Trace elements DRS, called simply Trace_Elements and Trace_Elements_IS. Which one do I use? Well, if you are analysing a whole bunch of samples with similar major element composition (e.g. speleothems or corals where you can reasonably expect stoichiometric behaviour), or you are…

Masking your results in Iolite – tips and pitfalls

REMEMBER, masking is on by default! So watch this video to find out how masking affects your data! Included is a brief example of how masking works and how masking can affect your results. Also includes things to look out for when setting mask thresholds. If you have any comments or questions, please post on…

Selecting integration periods automatically (Part 2)

As promised, this post will cover the 3rd option of automatic integration selection called “detect from beam intensity”. This option allows you to select portions of your data that satisfy up to three different criteria (e.g., where U238 is greater than 10000 counts per second). Because such criteria are independent of how your data were…

Selecting integration periods automatically (Part 1)

For anyone trying to process an even moderately sized dataset, the ability to select integration periods automatically is a huge timesaver. In addition, if you’re trying for reproducibility in the way you’re selecting each analysis, using an automated approach makes this a lot easier than trying to manually select exactly the same intervals over and…

What do data look like in Iolite?

This is another introductory post for those of you who are new to Iolite and are wondering what we mean when we say that Iolite is all about data visualisation. The video gives you a quick tour of what mass spectrometer data looks like in Iolite. More specifically, in this video I look at a…