Study on effect of sodium based buffers on the isotopic measurement of boron using Na2BO2+ by thermal ionization mass spectrometry
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Alkali metaborate ions are usually monitored for the isotopic measurement of boron by positive thermal ionization mass spectrometry. Large variations in the of 10B/11B isotopic ratios are observed with the change in the mole ratios of B/Na when sodium carbonate solutions are added when compared with solution of neutral salt of sodium (NaCl). To understand the reason for the variations observed in the isotopic ratio of 10B/11B with the change in the mole ratio of B/Na, various sodium containing buffers effective in the pH range 3–9 were employed in the present studies instead of the conventionally used sodium carbonate for formation of Na2BO2+ ions in the ion source. NIST SRM-951 having certified 10B/11B ratio 0.2473 ± 0.0002 was used for all isotopic measurements by TIMS. It could be concluded that irrespective of the pH, the foremost reason for variations in the isotopic ratio of 10B/11B is the amount of Na present as Na2O on the filament.
KeywordsSodium buffers Na2BO2+ pH TIMS 10B/11B isotopic ratio
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