Quality assurance in accelerator mass spectrometry: results from an international round-robin exercise for 10Be

Merchel, S. et al. (2012) Quality assurance in accelerator mass spectrometry: results from an international round-robin exercise for 10Be. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms, 289, pp. 68-73. (doi:10.1016/j.nimb.2012.07.038)

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Abstract

The first international round-robin exercise for the measurement of the long-lived radionuclide 10Be has been conducted. Ten participating accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) facilities have each measured three samples at the 10−12 to 10−1410Be/9Be level. All results have been made traceable to the NIST SRM 4325 standard to avoid additional discrepancies that arise when different facilities use different calibration materials. Hence, the data concentrates on pure measurement distinctions. Multivariate statistical investigations have been performed to reveal a bias between facilities, i.e. two distinguished groups could be identified. Maximum discrepancies between two single facilities are in the range of 6–31% depending on the absolute 10Be/9Be value. These findings should be considered when comparing 10Be data produced at one AMS facility with that produced at another facility, which is e.g. often the case for in situ 10Be dating studies. Round-robin exercises are a very helpful tool as part of an overall quality assurance scheme to improve the accuracy, and not only the precision, of AMS data.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Wilcken, Mr Klaus and Xu, Dr Sheng and Rood, Dr Dylan and Freeman, Professor Stewart
Authors: Merchel, S., Bremser, W., Akhmadaliev, S., Arnold, M., Aumaître, G., Bourlès, D.L., Braucher, R., Caffee, M., Christl, M., Fifield, L.K., Finkel, R.C., Freeman, S.P.H.T., Ruiz-Gómez, A., Kubik, P.W., Martschini, M., Rood, D.H., Tims, S.G., Wallner, A., Wilcken, K.M., and Xu, S.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre
Journal Name:Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
ISSN:0168-583X
Published Online:14 August 2012

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