MS2/MS3 Magnetic Susceptibility System

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The Bartington Magnetic Susceptiblity System consists of the MS3 meter, shown above, combined with one of the MS2 sensors, making a versatile magnetic susceptibility system. The wide range of sensors is designed to match a variety of sample types (including soils, rocks, powders and liquids), and is suitable for laboratory and field use.

The MS3 is a compact, portable, lightweight meter, with a measuring range of 26SI, which operates with all MS2 sensors. It is completely software controlled via a USB connection to a compatible PC, laptop or PDA. The Bartsoft software supplied with the unit gives the user control over the measurement protocol and speed, and includes options to display data in both chart and table formats. A version of the software operating on Windows™ CE makes this meter adaptable for field applications.

A wide range of laboratory sensors enables a user to carry out measurements at two distinct frequencies (MS2B) on soil, powders or liquids, on cores (MS2C) or split-cores (MS2E), or on small volumes samples (MS2G). A temperature / susceptibility system is also available.

A range of field sensors are available for mapping of outcrops (MS2K), surface mapping (MS2F or MS2D used in conjunction with the MS2 probe handle), or downhole measurements (MS2H).


Typical applications:

  • Environmental magnetism
  • Archaeological and forensics surveys
  • Core permeability studies and drilling fluid measurements (Oil & Gas exploration)
  • Quality control of industrial processes
  • Magnetic inks analysis
  • Magnetic nanoparticles studies


  • Wide range of laboratory, field and downhole sensors
  • Sensors fully interchangeable with no adjustment required
  • Resolution to 2×10-6 SI
  • Range 0.1 SI (MS2) or 26 SI (MS3)
  • Measurement period down to 0.1s (MS3)


MS2B 36mm I.D. Sample Sensor – Accepts standard 1″ diameter paleomagnetic cores, 1″ cubic boxes and 10 ml cylindrical bottles.
MS2C Core Logging Sensor – For whole core analysis, available with internal diameters of 30, 36, 40, 45, 47, 50, 60, 70, 72, 80, 85, 90, 93, 100, 110, 120, 125, 130, 135, 140, 145, 146, 150, 160 or 162 mm.
Information on Manual and Core Tracks for use with the MS2C sensor
MS2D Field Search Loop – Designed for rapid assessment of ferrimagnetic minerals in the top 100 mm (approximately) of the land surface.
MS2E High Resolution Surface Sensor – For high resolution scanning of the surface of split cores.
MS2F Miniature Field Surface Probe – Designed for soil surface measurements.
MS2G Small Sample Sensor – Designed for measurement of 1 ml powder or liquid samples.
MS2H Down Hole Probe – For sub-surface profiling of strata in 25mm nominal diameter auger holes
MS2K Surface Sensor – Designed for stratigraphic study of exposed geological and archaeological sections

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