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Pb and Sr isotope measurements by inductively coupled plasma–mass spectrometer: efficient time management for precision improvement

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Published in Spectrochimica Acta. B, Atomic Spectroscopy. 1998, vol. 53, p. 1317-1333
Abstract One of the factors limiting the precision of inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry is the counting statistics, which depend upon acquisition time and ion fluxes. In the present study, the precision of the isotopic measurements of Pb and Sr is examined. The time of measurement is optimally shared for each isotope, using a mathematical simulation, to provide the lowest theoretical analytical error. Different algorithms of mass bias correction are also taken into account and evaluated in term of improvement of overall precision. Several experiments allow a comparison of real conditions with theory. The present method significantly improves the precision, regardless of the instrument used. However, this benefit is more important for equipment which originally yields a precision close to that predicted by counting statistics. Additionally, the procedure is flexible enough to be easily adapted to other problems, such as isotopic dilution.
Keywords Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometryLead isotope ratiosStrontium isotope ratiosTime optimisationPrecision improvement
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MONNA, Fabrice et al. Pb and Sr isotope measurements by inductively coupled plasma–mass spectrometer: efficient time management for precision improvement. In: Spectrochimica Acta. B, Atomic Spectroscopy, 1998, vol. 53, p. 1317-1333. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:36140

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