Accurate Determination of Sr Isotopic Compositions in Clinopyroxene and Silicate Glasses by LA-MC-ICP-MS

Xirun Tong, Yongsheng Liu*, Zhaochu Hu, Haihong Chen, Lian Zhou, Qinghai Hu, Rong Xu, Lixu Deng, Chunfei Chen, Lu Yang, Shan Gao

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The low-Sr content (generally < 100 μg g-1) in clinopyroxene from peridotite makes accurate Sr isotopic determination by LA-MC-ICP-MS a challenge. The effects of adding N2 to the sample gas and using a guard electrode (GE) on instrumental sensitivity for Sr isotopic determination by LA-MC-ICP-MS were investigated. Results revealed no significant sensitivity enhancement of Sr by adding N2 to the ICP. Although using a GE led to a two-fold sensitivity enhancement, it significantly increased the yield of polyatomic ion interferences of Ca-related ions and TiAr+ on Sr isotopes. Applying the method established in this work, 87Sr/86Sr ratios (Rb/Sr < 0.14) of natural clinopyroxene from mantle and silicate glasses were accurately measured with similar measurement repeatability (0.0009-0.00006, 2SE) to previous studies but using a smaller spot size of 120 μm and low-to-moderate Sr content (30-518 μg g-1). The measurement reproducibility was 0.0004 (2s, n = 33) for a sample with 100 μg g-1 Sr. Destruction of the crystal structure by sample fusion showed no effect on Sr isotopic determination. Synthesised glasses with major element compositions similar to natural clinopyroxene have the potential to be adopted as reference materials for Sr isotopic determination by LA-MC-ICP-MS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-99
Number of pages15
JournalGeostandards and Geoanalytical Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Clinopyroxene
  • Isobaric interference corrections
  • Silicate glasses
  • Sr isotope determination


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