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Osmium isotopic compositions by vapor phase sample introduction using a multi-collector ICP-MS

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Abstract

Osmium isotopic compositions have been measured using a vapor phase sample introduction technique in which volatile OsO4 is sparged directly into a multi-collector ICP-MS for analysis. Replicate analyses of an in-house solution standard yield an average 188Os/192Os value that is within 10 ppm of the accepted natural value when corrected for mass discrimination using 189Os/192Os, with a reproducibility of ±0.5 permil (2 SE, n = 9) for samples containing 10 ng of Os. The average 187Os/192Os measured for this solution agrees with the value determined by negative thermal ionization mass spectrometry to <1 permil, with a precision of ±1.5 permil (2 SE). Vapour phase analysis of Os isotopic compositions by MC-ICP-MS is applicable to a variety of geological and environmental studies.

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The article was received on 10 May 2002, accepted on 19 Jul 2002 and first published on 23 Aug 2002


Article type: Technical Note
DOI: 10.1039/B204518D
Citation: J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2002,17, 1394-1397
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    Osmium isotopic compositions by vapor phase sample introduction using a multi-collector ICP-MS

    M. Norman, V. Bennett, M. McCulloch and L. Kinsley, J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2002, 17, 1394
    DOI: 10.1039/B204518D

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