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A New method for isotope ratio measurement of uranium in trace amount by thermal ionization mass spectrometry; The Continuous heating method

Suzuki, Daisuke; Kokubu, Yoko; Sakurai, Satoshi; Lee, C. G.; Magara, Masaaki; Iguchi, Kazunari*; Kimura, Takaumi

A new method for isotope ratio measurement with thermal ionization mass spectrometry (TIMS),"continuous heating method", was developed in order to determine an accurate isotope ratio of uranium ranging from sub-picograms to several dozen picograms. In this method, signals were measured during evaporation of an entire sample; however, part of the higher detected signals was used for calculation of the isotope ratio. The continuous heating method can measure the ratios with high reproducibility regardless of the sample amount and the skill of operators because procedures of measurement and data calculation were standardized, enabling accurate correction of mass discrimination effect. When $$^{235}$$U/$$^{238}$$U ratios in isotopic reference materials measured by the continuous heating method were compared with those measured by the conventional method and the total evaporation method, there was no difference in the case of measurement of a larger amount of samples. However, the continuous heating method showed the most accurate result compared with those measured by the other methods for the measurement of the sample of sub-picograms.

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