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Applications of inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry in environmental radiochemistry

January 1, 1996

The state of the art in ICP-MS is now such that there are few discernible differences between radiochemical and mass spectrometric determinations of longlived radionuclides. Indeed, ICP-MS may provide better (more sensitive) data for many radionuclides, depending upon how one wishes to define "long-lived." In lowlevel determinations, sample preparation remains an important part of the analytical procedure, even with ICP-MS, but the speed and isotopic selectivity of the mass spectrometer appear to offer distinct procedural advantages over radiochemical techniques. Therefore, "radioanalytical" ICP-MS applications should continue to grow, especially in the area of radiation protection, but further research (on efficient sample introduction, for example) and method development may be required to get ICP-MS "off the ground" in the geochemical research areas that have traditionally been supported by radiochemistry.

Citation Information

Publication Year 1996
Title Applications of inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry in environmental radiochemistry
DOI
Authors J.S. Grain
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Spectroscopy
Series Number
Index ID 70018060
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization