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Alkali element background reduction in laser ICP-MS

Magee, Charles; Norris, C.A.


Alkali backgrounds in laser ablation ICP-MS analyses can be enhanced by electron-induced ionisation of alkali contamination on the skimmer cone, reducing effective detection limits for these elements. Traditionally, this problem is addressed by isolating analyses of high-alkali materials onto a designated cone set, or by operating the ICP-MS in a "soft extraction" mode, which reduces the energy of electrons repelled into the potentially contaminated sampling cone by the extraction field. Here...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Geoscientific Instrumentation, Methods and Data Systems
DOI: 10.5194/gi-4-75-2015


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