This work demonstrates, for the first time, the feasibility and capability of the high-precision simultaneous determination of 147Sm/ 144Nd and 143Nd/144Nd ratios in Sm-Nd mixtures using multi-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (MC-ICP-MS) without Nd and Sm separation and without the use of costly enriched spikes. Mass discrimination was exponentially corrected by applying the natural constant of 146Nd/144Nd ratio as an internal standard, after correction of the isobaric interference of 144Sm on 144Nd using interference-free 147Sm/149Sm ratio for Sm mass fractionation, without assuming identical mass bias of Nd and Sm. The accuracy and precision of the present protocol, obtained from replicate analyses of various types of Sm-Nd mixtures encompassing a wide range of Sm/Nd (ca. 0.1-1.0) or 147Sm/144Nd ratios (ca. 0.06-0.62) was found to be comparable to the classic isotope dilution (ID) method. The present method is characterized by a higher sample throughput compared to the ID method, and shows great potential for the simultaneous determination of 147Sm/ 144Nd and 143Nd/144Nd ratios in real geological samples.
- simultaneous determination
- ¹⁴⁷Sm/ ¹⁴⁴Nd and ¹⁴³Nd/¹⁴³Nd ratio
- isobaric interference correction
- isotope dilution analysis
- multi-collector ICP-MS