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Minerals 2014, 4(2), 541-552; https://doi.org/10.3390/min4020541

Evaluation of the Homogeneity of the Uranium Isotope Composition of NIST SRM 610/611 by MC-ICP-MS, MC-TIMS, and SIMS

Los Alamos National Laboratory, P.O. Box 1663, Los Alamos, NM 87545, USA
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Received: 8 March 2014 / Revised: 31 May 2014 / Accepted: 4 June 2014 / Published: 10 June 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Mineral Geochronology)
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As analytical and microanalytical applications employing uranium isotope ratios increase, so does the need for reliable reference materials, particularly in the fields of geochemistry, geochronology, and nuclear forensics. We present working values for uranium isotopic data of NIST 610/611 glass, collected by multicollector inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry (MC-ICP-MS), multicollector thermal ionization mass spectrometry (MC-TIMS), and secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS). The presence of depleted U, and, in this case, measureable 236U, makes NIST 610/611 an ideal candidate for a uranium isotopic reference material for nuclear materials. We analyzed multiple chips of three different NIST 611 wafers and found no heterogeneity in 234U/238U, 235U/238U, and 236U/238U within or between the wafers, within analytical uncertainty. We determined working values and uncertainties (using a coverage factor of two) using data from this study and the literature for the following U isotope ratios: 234U/238U = 9.45 × 10−6 ± 5.0 × 10−8; 235U/238U = 2.38555 × 10−3 ± 4.7 × 10−7; and 236U/238U = 4.314 × 10−5 ± 4.0 × 10−8. SIMS data show 235U/238U is reproducible to within 1% (within analytical uncertainty) in a single wafer, at a scale of 25 μm. Multiple studies have demonstrated homogeneity between wafers of NIST 610 and NIST 611, thus the data reported here can be considered representative of NIST 610 as well. View Full-Text
Keywords: NIST SRM 610; NIST SRM 611; uranium isotopes; mass spectrometry; microanalysis; MC-ICP-MS; MC-TIMS; SIMS NIST SRM 610; NIST SRM 611; uranium isotopes; mass spectrometry; microanalysis; MC-ICP-MS; MC-TIMS; SIMS
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Zimmer, M.M.; Kinman, W.S.; Kara, A.H.; Steiner, R.E. Evaluation of the Homogeneity of the Uranium Isotope Composition of NIST SRM 610/611 by MC-ICP-MS, MC-TIMS, and SIMS. Minerals 2014, 4, 541-552.

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