[PPS10-P06] Development of Laser Post-Ionization SNMS for In-Situ U-Pb chronology
Keywords:U-Pb chronology, SIMS, SNMS
The instrument consists of a focused ion beam system with a liquid metal gallium ion source (Ga-FIB) to attain an ultrahigh lateral resolution less than 1μm. After a sputtering by Ga-FIB, the sputtered secondary particles are ionized by irradiating the femto-second laser. The post-ionized ions are introduced into the multi-turn ToF analyzer (MULTUM) which achieves ultrahigh mass resolving power of 20000. In addition, we introduced a new detection method, ion counting system, to improve the detection sensitivity. As a result of measurement of a standard sample in U-Pb chronology, 91500 zircon (concentration of uranium is about 100 ppm), the signal peaks of uranium and uranium oxides could be detected, so we have confirmed that the detection limit of the present system is 100 ppm.
In this study, we measured cyrtolite which contains a high concentration of uranium (2 wt.%) and 91500 zircon to confirm whether SNMS can be applied to in-situ U-Pb chronology. As a result of measuring two samples, uranium, uranium oxides and lead signal peaks were detected. In addition, signal peaks of interfering ions, for example, hafnium oxides and gallium clusters, were separated from the peaks of lead by increasing the number of cycles in MULTUM. After the measurement, the diameter of the sputtered area was about 1μm. In this presentation, we will report the present performance of SNMS in in-situ U-Pb chronology.