Application of 1013 ohm Faraday cup current amplifiers for boron isotopic analyses by solution mode and laser ablation multicollector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry.

Author(s) Lloyd, N.S.; Sadekov, A.Yu; Misra, S.
Journal Rapid Commun Mass Spectrom
Date Published 2018 Jan 15
Abstract

RATIONALE: Boron isotope ratios (δ11 B values) are used as a proxy for seawater paleo-pH, amongst several other applications. The analytical precision can be limited by the detection of low intensity ion beams from limited sample amounts. High-gain amplifiers offer improvements in signal/noise ratio and can be used to increase measurement precision and reduce sample amounts.

METHODS: 1013 ohm amplifier technology has previously been applied to several radiogenic systems, but has thus far not been applied to non-traditional stable isotopes. Here we apply 1013 ohm amplifier technology for the measurement of boron isotope ratios using solution mode MC-ICP-MS and laser ablation mode (LA-)MC-ICP-MS techniques. Precision is shown for reference materials as well as for low-volume foraminifera samples.

RESULTS: The baseline uncertainty for a 0.1 pA 10 B+ ion beam is reduced to <0.1 ‰ for a typical measurement period. The external precision is better than 0.2 ‰ (2SD) for δ11 B measurements for solution samples containing as little as 0.8 ng total boron. For in situ microanalyses with LA-MC-ICP-MS, the external precision of 11 B/10 B from an in-house calcite standard was 1 ‰ (2SD) for individual spot analyses, and 0.3 ‰ for the mean of ≥10 replicate spot analyses.

CONCLUSIONS: 1013 ohm amplifier technology is demonstrated to offer advantages for the determination of δ11 B values by both MC-ICP-MS and LA-MC-ICP-MS for small samples of biogenic carbonates, such as foraminifera shells. 1013 ohm amplifier technology will also be of benefit to other non-traditional stable isotope measurements.

DOI 10.1002/rcm.8009
ISSN 1097-0231
Citation Lloyd NS, Sadekov AY, Misra S. Application of 1013 ohm Faraday cup current amplifiers for boron isotopic analyses by solution mode and laser ablation multicollector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. Rapid Commun Mass Spectrom. 2018;32(1):9-18.

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