Accurate determination of 234U/238U and 230Th/232Th for U-Th disequilibria studies by MC-ICP-MS with simple bracketing

Akio Makishima, Takele A. Chekol, Eizou Nakamura

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Accurate determination methods for 234U/238U and 230Th/232Th using multiple collector (MC) ICP-MS with a single secondary electron multiplier through a retarding potential quadrupole filter (RPQ-SEM) have been developed. The RPQ-SEM yield and the instrumental mass discrimination were simultaneously corrected by the simple bracketing method which utilizes accurately determined standard solutions measured by TIMS. For the bracketing and as an evaluation of the precision of the method, four standard solutions, NBL-145 U and U-m for U, and Th-I and Th-II for Th, were prepared, and NBL-145 U and Th-I were used as bracketing standards. The U and Th amounts of 0.5-21 ng and 0.6-21 ng used in U-m and Th-II analyses gave intermediate precisions (2RSD) of 0.85-0.06 and 0.88-0.19%, respectively, and vary from TIMS measurements by

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1383-1389
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2007


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  • Spectroscopy

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