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Comparison of UV and IR laser ablation ICP-MS on silicate reference materials and implementation of normalisation factors for quantitative measurements

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Direct analysis of geological reference materials was performed by LA-ICP-MS using two Nd:YAG laser systems operating at 266 nm and 1064 nm. The aim of this work was to compare UV and IR laser ablation and to assess the potential of the technique for the quantitative bulk analysis of rocks, sediments and soils. The laser sampling process was investigated and the analytical performance of both systems was compared. The influence of the laser operating conditions and the nature of the matrix on ICP-MS response factors calculated for major, minor and trace elements was evaluated. Under consistent laser settings, the response factors appeared to be matrix dependent. For a given matrix, the response factors were also significantly different for the two lasers. Normalisation with a single matrix element was effective only for matrices with similar mineralogy. When operating at 266 nm instead of 1064 nm, matrix effects could be reduced but not overcome. However, variations of the response factors between the different matrices appeared to be similar within distinct groups of elements, reflecting geochemical associations. When using multiple internal standards, matrix effects but also effects of the laser wavelength, could be fully compensated.

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hal-01335238 , version 1 (21-06-2016)

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Mikael Motelica-Heino, Olivier François Xavier Donard. Comparison of UV and IR laser ablation ICP-MS on silicate reference materials and implementation of normalisation factors for quantitative measurements. Geostandards Newsletter, 2001, 25 (2-3), pp.345-359. ⟨10.1111/j.1751-908x.2001.tb00611.x⟩. ⟨hal-01335238⟩

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