Defining the potential of nanoscale Re-Os isotope systematics using atom probe microscopy

Daly, L. et al. (2018) Defining the potential of nanoscale Re-Os isotope systematics using atom probe microscopy. Geostandards and Geoanalytical Research, 42(3), pp. 279-299. (doi: 10.1111/ggr.12216)

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Atom probe microscopy (APM) is a relatively new in situ tool for measuring isotope fractions from nanoscale volumes (< 0.01 μm3). We calculate the theoretical detectable difference of an isotope ratio measurement result from APM using counting statistics of a hypothetical dataset to be ± 4δ or 0.4% (2s). However, challenges associated with APM measurements (e.g., peak ranging, hydride formation and isobaric interferences), result in larger uncertainties if not properly accounted for. We evaluate these factors for Re‐Os isotope ratio measurements by comparing APM and negative thermal ionisation mass spectrometry (N‐TIMS) measurement results of pure Os, pure Re, and two synthetic Re‐Os‐bearing alloys from Schwander et al. (2015) (the original metal alloy (HSE) and alloys produced by heating HSE within silicate liquid (SYN)). From this, we propose a current best practice for APM Re‐Os isotope ratio measurements. Using this refined approach, mean APM and N‐TIMS 187Os/189Os measurement results agree within 0.05% and 2s (pure Os), 0.6–2% and 2s (SYN) and 5–10% (HSE). The good agreement of N‐TIMS and APM 187Os/189Os measurements confirm that APM can extract robust isotope ratios. Therefore, this approach permits nanoscale isotope measurements of Os‐bearing alloys using the Re‐Os geochronometer that could not be measured by conventional measurement principles.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Daly, Dr Luke
Authors: Daly, L., Bland, P. A., Tessalina, S., Saxey, D. W., Reddy, S. M., Fougerouse, D., Rickard, W. D.A., Forman, L. V., La Fontaine, A., Cairney, J., Ringer, S. P., Schaefer, B. F., and Schwander, D.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
Journal Name:Geostandards and Geoanalytical Research
ISSN (Online):1751-908X
Published Online:27 April 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 The Authors
First Published:First published in Geostandards and Geoanalytical Research 42(3):279-299
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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