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Determination of elemental content off rocks by laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry

Analytical Chemistry
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Abstract

A new method of analysis for rocks and soils is presented using laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. It is based on a lithium borate fusion and the free-running mode of a Nd/YAG laser. An Ar/N2 sample gas improves sensitivity 7 ?? for most elements. Sixty-three elements are characterized for the fusion, and 49 elements can be quantified. Internal standards and isotopic spikes ensure accurate results. Limits of detection are 0.01 ??g/g for many trace elements. Accuracy approaches 5% for all elements. A new quality assurance procedure is presented that uses fundamental parameters to test relative response factors for the calibration.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Determination of elemental content off rocks by laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry
Series title Analytical Chemistry
Volume 67
Issue 14
Year Published 1995
Language English
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Analytical Chemistry
First page 2479
Last page 2485