Quantitative analysis of trace elements in geological materials by laser ablation icpms: instrumental operating conditions and calibration values of mist glasses

M. D. Norman, N. J. Pearson, A. Sharma, W. L. Griffin

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    Abstract

    A UV laser ablation microprobe coupled to an ICPMS has been used to determine trace element concentrations in solids with a spatial resolution of <50 microns and detection limits ranging from <2 jig/g for Ni to <50 ng/g for the REE,Th, and U. Experiments designed to optimize laser operating conditions show that pulse rates of 4 Hz produce a steady state signal with less inter-element fractionation per unit time than higher pulse rates (ID20 Hz). Comparisons of laser microprobe analyses of garnets and pyroxenes using the NIST 610 and 612 glasses as calibration standards, with proton microprobe, solution ICPMS, EVAA and XRF data show no significant matrix effects. Laser microprobe analyses of the NIST 610 and 612 glasses have a precision and accuracy of 25%, and error analysis shows that counting statistics and the precision on the internal standard concentration accounts for the analytical uncertainty. The NISTglasses appear to be useful calibration materials for trace element analysis of geological materials by laser microprobe.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)247-261
    Number of pages15
    JournalGeostandards Newsletter
    Volume20
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1996

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