Precise measurement of cerium isotope composition in rock samples

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A high-precision analytical method for the measurement of 138Ce/142Ce ratios is reported using static multicollection mass spectrometry. This technique reduced the data acquisition time for 2 hr. for 400 ratios and improved analytical reproducibility to ±0.002% (n = 16) and precision to ±0.002–0.003%. The better precision and reproducibility were established collecting a large ion beam [ 142Ce16O of (2–7 ) · 10−11 A], short data acquisition time and in situ measurement of 18O/16O ratios during the analysis. To reduce the blank effect to the Ce isotope analysis, the chemical procedure for separation of Ce was refined using a small ion-exchange resin bed column (4 cm length × 3 mm diameter) with which the procedural total blank was lowered to 0.04 ng and the recovery yield of Ce from 20 mg BCR-1 was 90%. In order to confirm the reproducibility of this technique including the chemical procedure, six Ce isotope analyses individually separated from the USGS standard BCR-1, were carried out with an analytical reproducibility of ±0.002%. With these analytical precision and reproducibility and normalization to BCR-1 in order to eliminate any inter-laboratory biases, it is now possible to apply the La-Ce isotope system to the terrestrial and extraterrestrial samples combined with other isotope systems, such as Sm-Nd and Rb-Sr.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalChemical Geology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geology
  • Geochemistry and Petrology


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