The concentration of thirty nine geochemically relevant trace elements, from 7Li to 238U, was determined in standard silicate glasses (NIST610, NIST612, BCR-2) using the Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) instrumentation at the Department of Earth Sciences of the University of Cagliari (Italy). The device is a Quadrupole ICP-MS (Perkin Elmer Elan DRC-e) coupled with a 213 nm Nd:YAG laser probe (New Wave Research). This configuration allows rapid, high quality, in-situ trace elements analysis in glasses and minerals. The calibration strategy, achieved using synthetic multi-element glasses (NIST612), with 44Ca as internal standard, gives an analytical accuracy within 5% error level, providing a precision between 1% and 9%, at 40 μm of crater size for all elements. At a laser spot size of 40 μm, the lower limit of detection (LLD) ranges between 0.001 and 1 ppm for all the elements; it increases by about one order of magnitude, without any significant fractionation among the different elements, for a laser spot size of 15 μm. Quality control of LA-ICP-MS analyses is routinely performed analysing a natural standard glass, the BCR-2, certified by the USGS, considered as unknown sample. Results indicate that the instrumentation capabilities are suitable for the geochemical characterisation of various materials of mineralogical, petrological, geological and environmental interest.
|Titolo:||Laser-Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS): setting operating conditions and instrumental performance|
|Autori interni:||DA PELO, STEFANIA|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2008|
|Rivista:||PERIODICO DI MINERALOGIA|
|Tipologia:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|