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claudia-bouman
Team TFS
Team TFS
Research School of Earth Sciences, The Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200, Australia
AIP Refiew of Scientific Instruments (2013), V84, pp011101-1, doi: 10.1063/1.4765055 
Invited Review Article: Recent developments in isotope-ratio mass spectrometry for geochemistry and cosmochemistry
Trevor R. Ireland
Mass spectrometry is fundamental to measurements of isotope ratios for applications in isotope geochemistry, geochronology, and cosmochemistry. Magnetic-sector mass spectrometers are most common because these provide the best precision in isotope ratio measurements. Where the highest precision is desired, chemical separation followed by mass spectrometric analysis is carried out with gas (noble gas and stable isotope mass spectrometry), liquid (inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry), or solid (thermal ionization mass spectrometry) samples. Developments in in situ analysis, including ion microprobes and laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, have opened up issues concerning homogeneity according to domain size, and allow ever smaller amounts of material to be analyzed. While mass spectrometry is built solidly on developments in the 20th century, there are new technologies that will push the limits in terms of precision, accuracy, and sample efficiency. Developments of new instruments based on time-of-flight mass spectrometers could open up the ultimate levels of sensitivity per sample atom.
  • Mass Spectrometry
  • Isotope Ratio Analysis
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