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Accurate Trace Element Reporting in Corundum: Development of Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry Relative Sensitivity Factors

Stone‐Sundberg, Jennifer L. and Guan, Yunbin and Sun, Ziyin and Ardon, Troy (2020) Accurate Trace Element Reporting in Corundum: Development of Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry Relative Sensitivity Factors. Geostandards and Geoanalytical Research . ISSN 1639-4488. (In Press) https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20200923-103012900

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Abstract

The attractive physical and chemical properties of corundum lend to this material’s importance in both its natural and synthetic forms. However, much of the quantitative work performed on this material is plagued by unknown inaccuracy as non‐matrix matched reference materials are used. To conduct accurate quantitative analysis using SIMS, matrix‐specific relative sensitivity factors (RSFs) were determined for eighteen trace elements in corundum using dose‐verified ion‐implants. The RSF values ranged from 2.56 × 10²² cm⁻¹ to 3.29 × 10²⁴ with total combined uncertainty values ranging from 7–10%. The RSF values, which are related to ionisation potentials, showed trends consistent with expectations for an insulating oxide. The developed values were applied to calibrate reference materials for LA‐ICP‐MS and to study other natural and synthetic corundum samples. A measurement reference material calibrated for Mg, Si, Ti, V, Fe and Ga produced consistent results over ten sessions in four years with relative standard deviations per trace element of 5% or less, confirming the repeatability of our process. A key finding was that calibrating LA‐ICP‐MS with NIST SRM 610 and 612 glasses to analyse corundum resulted in under‐reporting trace elements Be, Ti, V, Fe, Co, Ni and Ga compared with using matrix‐matched reference materials.


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Guan, Yunbin0000-0002-7636-3735
Additional Information:© 2020 Association Scientifique. Accepted manuscript online: 23 September 2020.
Subject Keywords:relative sensitivity factors; secondary ion mass spectrometry; ion implants; matrix matched reference materials; corundum
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Official Citation:Stone‐Sundberg, J.L., Guan, Y., Sun, Z. and Ardon, T. (2020), Accurate Trace Element Reporting in Corundum: Development of Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry Relative Sensitivity Factors. Geostandards and Geoanalytical Research. Accepted Author Manuscript. doi: 10.1111/ggr.12360
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