Quantitative SIMS of Prehistoric Teeth

  • P. Fischer
  • J. Norén
  • A. Lodding
  • H. Odelius
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Series in Chemical Physics book series (CHEMICAL, volume 44)

Abstract

Biological mineralized tissues, such as dry substance of teeth, consist mainly of apatite. Although the secondary ion spectra of apatite are complex /1,2/, sensitive and quantitative SIMS routines have been established for most elements in biomineralizations, with extensive application chiefly in the odontological field /2,3/. In the hard tissue of enamel and dentine, essentially hydroxy-apatite, numerous impurities and elemental substitutions can be found, some of considerable clinical and/or environmental significance. Also, the apatite structure may locally transform to other phosphates. Nevertheless SIMS has been shown to give reproducible elemental analysis of dental tissues.

Keywords

CaCl Apatite Fluorine Excavation Burial 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Fischer
    • 1
  • J. Norén
    • 1
  • A. Lodding
    • 2
  • H. Odelius
    • 2
  1. 1.Dental SchoolUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden
  2. 2.Physics DepartmentChalmers University of TechnologyGothenburgSweden

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