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SIMS relative sensitivity factors for Al/Mg in synthetic and Madagascar hibonite

MacPherson, G. J. and Beckett, J. and Kita, N. T. and Nagashima, K. and Krot, A. N. and Fournelle, J. and Kööp, L. and Hertwig, A. T. and Rose, T. R. and Davis, A. M. (2023) SIMS relative sensitivity factors for Al/Mg in synthetic and Madagascar hibonite. Chemical Geology, 617 . Art. No. 121272. ISSN 0009-2541. doi:10.1016/j.chemgeo.2022.121272.

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We synthesized three compositions of hibonite, differing in their levels of MgO and TiO₂ that were chosen to cover most of the range of compositions of natural meteoritic hibonite. The goal was to evaluate the appropriateness of the use of terrestrial Madagascar hibonite as a standard in the SIMS analysis of initial ²⁶Al/²⁷Al ratios in calcium‑aluminum-rich inclusions, and especially its use for the determination of the ²⁷Al/²⁴Mg relative sensitivity factor (RSF). Concern exists because of the high levels of FeO and rare earth elements (REE) in the terrestrial mineral relative to meteoritic samples. Our results show that, provided the specific Madagascar hibonite samples in a given lab are carefully characterized in terms of mineral chemistry (including Fe, Th, and REE) via electron microprobe analysis, the terrestrial mineral gives RSFs that are within 2% of those determined for the synthetic samples. The ²⁷Al/²⁴Mg SIMS/EPMA RSF based on the synthetic hibonite compositions alone is 0.779 ± 0.003; combining all synthetic and Madagascar hibonite analyses yields a RSF of 0.777 ± 0.003. We cannot rule out that RSFs might be somewhat different using different SIMS instruments, or among individual SIMS sessions, so RSFs should be evaluated for each SIMS session.

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Additional Information:We thank Dr. Noriyuki Kawasaki and two anonymous reviewers for helpful and constructive reviews. This work was supported by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) grants NNX15AH68G (GJM, PI), 80NSSC22K1400 (ANK, PI), and 80NSSC17K0251 and 80NSSC21K0374 (AMD, PI). WiscSIMS is partly supported by National Science Foundation grants EAR03-19230 and EAR13-55590.
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