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Four methods of pulse counting detector dead time calculation were evaluated on two quadrupole ICP-MS instruments, using the criteria of ease of application and accuracy (i.e., reliable measurement uncertainty). Three of the methods were based on measurements of the 204Pb/208Pb isotope ratio in the NIST Standard Reference Material NBS-982, while the fourth method was based on the comparison of pulse counting signals versus the corresponding analog signals across a range of signal intensities. The uncertainty in the dead time result derived from each method was evaluated and found to vary considerably, with some approaches underestimating this parameter, while others yielded large uncertainties. Overall, a method based on studies of the 204Pb/208Pb isotope ratio measured for different Pb concentration solutions, recalculated using different dead time settings (herein referred to as Method 2), was found to be the most suitable in terms of the specified criteria, particularly with respect to its uncertainty evaluation.

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02 Oct 2000
16 Jan 2001
First published
21 Feb 2001

J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2001,16, 333-338
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Evaluation of detector dead time calculation models for ICP-MS

S. M. Nelms, C. R. Quétel, T. Prohaska, J. Vogl and P. D. P. Taylor, J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2001, 16, 333
DOI: 10.1039/B007913H

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