Measurement of in situ sulfur isotopes by laser ablation multi-collector ICPMS: opening Pandora’s Box

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Abstract

Laser ablation multi-collector ICPMS is a modern tool for in situ measurement of S isotopes. Advantages of the technique are speed of analysis and relatively minor matrix effects combined with spatial resolution sufficient for many applications. The main disadvantage is a more destructive sampling mechanism relative to the ion microprobe technique. Recent advances in instrumentation allow precise measurement with spatial resolutions down to 25 microns. We describe specific examples from economic geology where increased spatial resolution has greatly expanded insights into the sources and evolution of fluids that cause mineralization and illuminated genetic relations between individual deposits in single mineral districts.

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Publication type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Title Measurement of in situ sulfur isotopes by laser ablation multi-collector ICPMS: opening Pandora’s Box
DOI 10.1016/j.proeps.2015.07.028
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher Elsevier
Contributing office(s) Central Mineral and Environmental Resources Science Center
Description 4 p.
Conference Title 11th Applied Isotope Geochemistry Conference
Conference Location Orléans, France
Conference Date September 21st-25th 2015
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N