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Accurate isotope ratio measurements of ytterbium by multiple collection inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry applying erbium and hafnium in an improved double external normalization procedure

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Four series of experiments had been carried out for correct ytterbium isotope ratios measurements (IRM). (1) For erbium IRM, 167Er/166Er = 0.682 60, derived from recently published thermal ionization mass spectrometry (TIMS) measurements, was applied as an internal normalization factor. (2) Ytterbium has no calibrated isotope ratio values. In an erbium–ytterbium–hafnium mixture solution we determined (171Yb/172Yb)Er-corr = 0.653 436(4) using the above 167Er/166Er ratio as external normalization factor. In the same mixture we also determined (171Yb/172Yb)Hf-corr = 0.653 297(25) using the well-known IUPAC value for the ratio 179Hf/177Hf = 0.732 50 as external normalization factor. In these measurements no atomic isobaric interference exists at the corresponding mass numbers. (3) These two 171Yb/172Yb ratios, derived with data at mass intervals 166–167 and ∼178, were interpolated to mass interval 171–172, applying linear and slightly curved (exponential) line interpolations. 171Yb/172Yb = 0.653 367 and 0.653 344 are the linear and curved line interpolated values, respectively. Then, all ytterbium isotope ratios were measured in pure ytterbium solutions and internally corrected with each of the two 171Yb/172Yb ratios. (4) Using the literature value for 178Hf/177Hf = 1.467 290, we obtained 179Hf/177Hf = 0.732 49(2), which is in very good agreement with the above mentioned IUPAC value. The exponential correction equation was applied in this work. The mean Er ratio values are in good agreement with literature, except for the 162Er/166Er ratio, which is 2.19% lower than the reported absolute TIMS value. The mean Yb ratio values obtained in this work are in fair agreement with data reported in the last 25 years. We believe that they are the closest to the true values. The precision (2σ) is at least 3–8 times better comparing to the measured TIMS precision.

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The article was received on 19 Jun 2003, accepted on 05 Aug 2003 and first published on 20 Aug 2003


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B307016F
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2003,18, 1217-1223

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    Accurate isotope ratio measurements of ytterbium by multiple collection inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry applying erbium and hafnium in an improved double external normalization procedure

    I. Segal, L. Halicz and I. T. Platzner, J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2003, 18, 1217
    DOI: 10.1039/B307016F

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