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Effect of alkali metals on the accuracy of isotope ratio measurement of uranium by ICP-MS

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Abstract

The effect of alkali metals on the accuracy of uranium isotope ratio measurements by inductively-coupled plasma sector field mass spectrometry (ICP-SFMS) was investigated. The isotope ratio measurements were performed on the isotopic reference materials, NBS SRM U-015 and U-350, in solutions containing various amounts of any one of Na, K and Rb. The mass bias of the instrument was corrected using an isotopic standard solution without alkali metals. The observed 235U/238U isotope ratios for SRM U-015 began to increase at around 1 μg g−1 for K and Rb, and at around 10 μg g−1 for Na. The deviations from the certified value at the concentration of 300 μg g−1 were evaluated to be 0.8%, 1.9% and 2.5% for Na, K and Rb, respectively. For SRM U-350, the 234U/238U, 235U/238U and 236U/238U isotope ratios were measured in various K concentrations. The deviation per unit mass at 300 μg g−1 K was evaluated as 0.56%.

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The article was received on 04 Mar 2002, accepted on 23 Jul 2002 and first published on 06 Aug 2002


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B202207A
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2002,17, 1157-1160

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    Effect of alkali metals on the accuracy of isotope ratio measurement of uranium by ICP-MS

    M. Magara, T. Sakakibara, S. Kurosawa, M. Takahashi, S. Sakurai, Y. Hanzawa, F. Esaka, K. Watanabe and S. Usuda, J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2002, 17, 1157
    DOI: 10.1039/B202207A

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