Femtosecond laser ablation multicollector ICPMS analysis of uranium isotopes in NIST glass
We utilized femtosecond laser ablation together with multi-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry to measure the uranium isotopic content of NIST 61x (x = 0, 2, 4, 6) glasses. The uranium content of these glasses is a linear two-component mixing between isotopically natural uranium and the isotopically depleted spike used in preparing the glasses. Laser ablation results match extremely well, generally within a few ppm, with solution analysis following sample dissolution and chemical separation. In addition to isotopic data, sample utilization efficiency measurements indicate that over 1% of ablated uranium atoms reach a mass spectrometer detector, making this technique extremely efficient. Laser sampling also allows for spatial analysis and our data indicate that rare uranium concentration inhomogeneities exist in NIST 616 glass.