Title: Preparation of Synthetic Isotope Mixtures for the Calibration of Carbon and Oxygen Isotope Ratio Measurements (in Carbon Dioxide) to the SI
Authors: VALKIERS STAFVARLAM MIHAIBERGLUND MICHAELTAYLOR PHILIPRUSSE K.WANG J.MILTON MARTINDE BIEVRE P
Citation: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MASS SPECTROMETRY vol. 264 p. 10-21
Publisher: ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
Publication Year: 2007
JRC N°: JRC36352
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC36352
Type: Articles in Journals
Abstract: Different sets of synthetic isotope mixtures for the calibration of carbon and oxygen ion current ratio measurements obtained by mass spectrometry have been prepared by mixing carbon dioxide isotopically enriched in 18O (natC18O2) and natural carbon dioxide (natCnatO2), and by mixing different natural CO2 gases with slightly different carbon and oxygen isotopic compositions. These mixtures act as Primary Measurement Standards for carbon and oxygen isotope amount ratio measurements in CO2. They will help to anchor existing carbon Isotope Reference Samples (i.e. NBS19, IAEA-CO-9) and therefore offer the basis for comparability of carbon (and oxygen) isotope measurement results, without any assumptive correction for the oxygen isotopes. Via such ‘absolute’ isotope amount ratio measurements of carbon and oxygen on CO2 produced from the Primary Reference Sample (PRS) NBS19, calibrated by means of synthetic isotope mixtures, 'absolute' isotope amount carbon and oxygen ratios corresponding with the zero point of the VPDB conventional scale were calculated to be R13/12= (11 137 6 ± 16)•10-7 and R18/16 = (208 824 ± 48)•10-8 respectively
JRC Institute:Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements

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