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An alternative data acquisition and evaluation strategy for improved isotope ratio precision using LA-MC-ICP-MS applied to stable and radiogenic strontium isotopes in carbonates

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Abstract

Strontium isotopes in various marine carbonates were determined using an “AXIOM” MC-ICP-MS in combination with a NewWave UP193 laser ablation unit. Using a modified measurement and data reduction strategy, an external reproducibility of 87Sr/86Sr ratios in carbonates of about 19 ppm (RSD) was achieved. For recent and sub-recent marine carbonates a mean radiogenic strontium isotope ratio 87Sr/86Sr of 0.709170 ± 0.000007 (2SE) was determined, which agrees well with the value of 0.7091741 ± 0.0000024 (2SE) reported for modern sea water (J. M. McArthur, D. Rio, F. Massari, D. Castrodi, T. R. Bailey, M. Thirlwall and S. Houghton, Palaeogeogr. Palaeoclimatol. Palaeoeco., 2006, 242(126), 2006). Compared to published laser-based methods, an improved accuracy and precision was achieved by applying a new data reduction protocol using the simultaneous responses of all isotopes measured. The latter is considered as a new principal approach for isotope ratio evaluation using LA-MC-ICP-MS. A major advantage of the presented method is the direct determination of the stable strontium isotope fractionation. Providing reproducible sample ablation, introduction into the plasma and stable plasma condition, this method excludes the efforts of a quantitative strontium recovery after ion chromatographic separation to avoid additional fractionation of the sample strontium due to chemical pre-treatment/separation (ion chromatography and solution preparation), and is therefore, together with the quicker sample preparation and spatially resolved analysis, advantageous when compared to published solution–nebulization bracketing-standard MC-ICP-MS methods for stable strontium isotope determination.

Graphical abstract: An alternative data acquisition and evaluation strategy for improved isotope ratio precision using LA-MC-ICP-MS applied to stable and radiogenic strontium isotopes in carbonates

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The article was received on 15 Nov 2007, accepted on 30 Apr 2008 and first published on 05 Jun 2008


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B717706B
Citation: J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2008,23, 955-961
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    An alternative data acquisition and evaluation strategy for improved isotope ratio precision using LA-MC-ICP-MS applied to stable and radiogenic strontium isotopes in carbonates

    J. Fietzke, V. Liebetrau, D. Günther, K. Gürs, K. Hametner, K. Zumholz, T. H. Hansteen and A. Eisenhauer, J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2008, 23, 955
    DOI: 10.1039/B717706B

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