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Towards more precise 10Be and 36Cl data from measurements at the 10-14 level: Influence of sample preparation

Merchel, S.; Arnold, M.; Aumaitre, G.; Benedetti, L.; Bourles, D.L.; Braucher, R; Alfimov, V.; Freeman, S; Steier, Peter; Wallner, Anton

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The spreading application of accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) to the geosciences will require measurement of increasing numbers of samples with low 10Be/9Be and 36Cl/Cl isotopic ratios. To distinguish radionuclide concentrations in samples from corresponding processing blanks, samples must be prepared using stable isotope carriers with low intrinsic radionuclide concentrations. Measurements at different AMS facilities have shown that commercially available 9Be carriers rarely meet these...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorMerchel, S.
dc.contributor.authorArnold, M.
dc.contributor.authorAumaitre, G.
dc.contributor.authorBenedetti, L.
dc.contributor.authorBourles, D.L.
dc.contributor.authorBraucher, R
dc.contributor.authorAlfimov, V.
dc.contributor.authorFreeman, S
dc.contributor.authorSteier, Peter
dc.contributor.authorWallner, Anton
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-13T22:55:01Z
dc.identifier.issn0168-583X
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/82364
dc.description.abstractThe spreading application of accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) to the geosciences will require measurement of increasing numbers of samples with low 10Be/9Be and 36Cl/Cl isotopic ratios. To distinguish radionuclide concentrations in samples from corresponding processing blanks, samples must be prepared using stable isotope carriers with low intrinsic radionuclide concentrations. Measurements at different AMS facilities have shown that commercially available 9Be carriers rarely meet these requirements and use of 9Be carriers prepared from Be-containing minerals such as Be2SiO4 is advisable. For precise determinations at the low 10-14 level, samples need to produce the highest 9Be currents possible. Measurements performed at the two AMS facilities in France show that mixing BeO with Nb powder generally yields higher 9Be currents than mixing with Ag powder. Contamination of BeO by other elements such as Ti or Al will reduce the current by a simple dilution effect, thus limiting the statistical precision with which 10Be can be determined. In the case of 36Cl analyses, repeated water-leaching of calcite samples sufficiently removes all atmospheric 36Cl contamination, allowing determination of terrestrial cosmogenic in situ produced 36Cl concentrations for surface exposure dating.
dc.publisherElsevier
dc.sourceNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research: Section B
dc.subjectKeywords: Alpha particle spectrometers; Asset management; Beryllium; Calcite; Carbonate minerals; Civil aviation; Earth sciences; High performance liquid chromatography; Isotopes; Leaching; Mass spectrometers; Mass spectrometry; Minerals; Mixing; Niobium; Particle Accelerator mass spectrometry; Cosmogenic nuclide exposure dating; Terrestrial cosmogenic nuclides (TCN)
dc.titleTowards more precise 10Be and 36Cl data from measurements at the 10-14 level: Influence of sample preparation
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume266
dc.date.issued2008
local.identifier.absfor020202 - Nuclear Physics
local.identifier.ariespublicationf5625xPUB10620
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationMerchel, S., Universite Aix-Marseille CEREGE
local.contributor.affiliationArnold, M., Universite Aix-Marseille CEREGE
local.contributor.affiliationAumaitre, G., Universite Aix-Marseille CEREGE
local.contributor.affiliationBenedetti, L., Universite Aix-Marseille CEREGE
local.contributor.affiliationBourles, D.L., Universite Aix-Marseille CEREGE
local.contributor.affiliationBraucher, R, Aix-Marseille Université
local.contributor.affiliationAlfimov, V., ETH Zurich
local.contributor.affiliationFreeman, S, Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre
local.contributor.affiliationSteier, Peter, University of Vienna
local.contributor.affiliationWallner, Anton, College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue22
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage4921
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage4926
local.identifier.doi10.1016/j.nimb.2008.07.031
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T08:36:12Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-54549113058
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