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A simplified procedure for the determination of stable chlorine isotope ratios (δ37Cl) using LA-MC-ICP-MS

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Abstract

Stable chlorine isotopes (37Cl, 35Cl) are considered as important tracers of geochemical processes, especially in subduction zone systems. However, high-quality chlorine isotope data are scarcely available. Here we present a comparatively simple procedure for the precise and accurate determination of stable chlorine isotope ratios (δ37Cl) using LA-MC-ICP-MS. Chlorine was extracted from solid samples by pyrohydrolysis. After quantitative precipitation as AgCl the dried precipitates where analysed in a sample-standard bracketing approach using a weak laser ablation (0.3 J/cm2) for sample evaporation. Atlantic Ocean sea salt and the sea water standard IAPSO were used as SMOC (standard mean ocean chloride) for normalisation (δ37Cl = 0 ‰). The precision and accuracy of the presented method was validated analysing the reference materials JB-1a and JB-2. The chlorine isotope ratios of these standards were determined as δ37ClJB-1a = (−0.99 ± 0.06) ‰ and δ37ClJB-2 = (−0.60 ± 0.03) ‰ (errors 2SE), respectively, in accordance with published data. Applying the presented method a total amount of less than 1 μg of chlorine was consumed during a typical measurement including 10 ablation periods on the sample.

Graphical abstract: A simplified procedure for the determination of stable chlorine isotope ratios (δ37Cl) using LA-MC-ICP-MS

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The article was received on 03 Dec 2007, accepted on 01 Feb 2008 and first published on 28 Feb 2008


Article type: Technical Note
DOI: 10.1039/B718597A
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2008,23, 769-772

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    A simplified procedure for the determination of stable chlorine isotope ratios (δ37Cl) using LA-MC-ICP-MS

    J. Fietzke, M. Frische, T. H. Hansteen and A. Eisenhauer, J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2008, 23, 769
    DOI: 10.1039/B718597A

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