Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry

, Volume 400, Issue 9, pp 3125–3132 | Cite as

Ultra-trace analysis of 36Cl by accelerator mass spectrometry: an interlaboratory study

  • S. Merchel
  • W. Bremser
  • V. Alfimov
  • M. Arnold
  • G. Aumaître
  • L. Benedetti
  • D. L. Bourlès
  • M. Caffee
  • L. K. Fifield
  • R. C. Finkel
  • S. P. H. T. Freeman
  • M. Martschini
  • Y. Matsushi
  • D. H. Rood
  • K. Sasa
  • P. Steier
  • T. Takahashi
  • M. Tamari
  • S. G. Tims
  • Y. Tosaki
  • K. M. Wilcken
  • S. Xu
Original Paper

Abstract

A first international 36Cl interlaboratory comparison has been initiated. Evaluation of the final results of the eight participating accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) laboratories on three synthetic AgCl samples with 36Cl/Cl ratios at the 10−11, 10−12, and 10−13 level shows no difference in the sense of simple statistical significance. However, more detailed statistical analyses demonstrate certain interlaboratory bias and underestimation of uncertainties by some laboratories. Following subsequent remeasurement and reanalysis of the data from some AMS facilities, the round-robin data indicate that 36Cl/Cl data from two individual AMS laboratories can differ by up to 17%. Thus, the demand for further work on harmonising the 36Cl-system on a worldwide scale and enlarging the improvement of measurements is obvious.

Keywords

Accelerator mass spectrometry Long-lived radionuclides Cosmogenic nuclides Exposure dating 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Merchel
    • 1
    • 2
  • W. Bremser
    • 3
  • V. Alfimov
    • 4
  • M. Arnold
    • 1
  • G. Aumaître
    • 1
  • L. Benedetti
    • 1
  • D. L. Bourlès
    • 1
  • M. Caffee
    • 5
  • L. K. Fifield
    • 6
  • R. C. Finkel
    • 1
    • 7
  • S. P. H. T. Freeman
    • 8
  • M. Martschini
    • 9
  • Y. Matsushi
    • 10
  • D. H. Rood
    • 7
  • K. Sasa
    • 10
  • P. Steier
    • 9
  • T. Takahashi
    • 10
  • M. Tamari
    • 10
  • S. G. Tims
    • 6
  • Y. Tosaki
    • 10
  • K. M. Wilcken
    • 8
  • S. Xu
    • 8
  1. 1.CEREGECNRS-IRD-Université Aix-MarseilleAix-en-ProvenceFrance
  2. 2.Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR)DresdenGermany
  3. 3.Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM)BerlinGermany
  4. 4.Laboratory for Ion Beam PhysicsETH ZurichZurichSwitzerland
  5. 5.PRIME LabPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA
  6. 6.Australian National UniversityCanberraAustralia
  7. 7.CAMSLawrence Livermore National LaboratoryLivermoreUSA
  8. 8.Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC)East KilbrideUK
  9. 9.Vienna Environmental Research Accelerator (VERA)University of Vienna, Faculty of PhysicsWienAustria
  10. 10.University of TsukubaIbarakiJapan

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