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Matrix effects in Pb/U measurements during LA-ICP-MS analysis of the mineral apatite


Thompson, J and Meffre, S and Maas, R and Kamenetsky, V and Kamenetsky, M and Goemann, K and Ehrig, K and Danyushevsky, L, Matrix effects in Pb/U measurements during LA-ICP-MS analysis of the mineral apatite, Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, 31, (6) pp. 1206-1215. ISSN 0267-9477 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2016 The Royal Society of Chemistry

DOI: doi:10.1039/c6ja00048g


UPb ages of several apatite reference materials, acquired by LA-ICP-MS over a 3.5 year period using the Otter Lake apatite as a primary standard, show systematic offsets (up to 3%) from reference ages obtained by isotope dilution mass spectrometry. The offsets are well outside known analytical errors from counting statistics, uncertainty in common Pb corrections or excess 206Pb in high-Th/U materials. The age offsets also do not correlate strongly with the concentrations of F, Cl, REE, Th and U, with accumulated radiation dose or with the depth of ablation pits. We suggest that the observed age offsets are related to elemental fractionation at the ablation site, but their direction and magnitude cannot at present be predicted from compositional differences in different apatite samples. Our results further suggest that Otter Lake apatite is too heterogeneous for use as a calibration standard. Two other apatite samples, OD306 (1596.7 7.1 Ma) and the 401 apatite (530.3 1.5 Ma) are introduced as potential UPb reference materials.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Geology
Research Field:Geochronology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the earth sciences
UTAS Author:Thompson, J (Mr James Thompson)
UTAS Author:Meffre, S (Professor Sebastien Meffre)
UTAS Author:Kamenetsky, V (Professor Vadim Kamenetsky)
UTAS Author:Kamenetsky, M (Dr Maya Kamenetsky)
UTAS Author:Goemann, K (Dr Karsten Goemann)
UTAS Author:Danyushevsky, L (Professor Leonid Danyushevsky)
ID Code:109801
Year Published:2016
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP130100257)
Web of Science® Times Cited:50
Deposited By:Earth Sciences
Deposited On:2016-07-01
Last Modified:2017-11-02

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