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A batch of SF6 gas prepared by Messer (Germany) was metrologically certified for isotope abundance ratios and molar mass (mean relative atomic weight) of sulfur. It is now commercially available as a Primary Isotopic Gas Standard (PIGS). The values for these sulfur isotope PIGS are demonstrated to be traceable to the SI (Systeme International d'Unites). All sulfur isotope abundance ratio measurements have been monitored against values directly derived from kinetic gas theory by demanding that close-to-ideal gas behavior was realized in the Avogadro II "amount comparator" during the measurement. Synthetic mixtures or isotopically enriched sulfur isotopes were used to verify the presence/ absence of small systematic effects in the measurements of this PIGS. Identical measurement instrument and procedures were used as for the high accuracy measurements of the isotope amount ratios of Si in SiF4 in the framework of the re-determination of the Avogadro constant. The PIGS are intended as primary standard (I.e. with smallest achievable combined uncertainties) for differential measurements (performed on the "-" scale).

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Authors: VALKIERS S, JRC- IRMM SIM Unit (BE);KIPPHARDT H, JRC- IRMM SIM Unit (BE);DE BIEVRE P, JRC- IRMM SIM Unit (BE);TAYLOR P, JRC- IRMM SIM Unit (BE);DING T, Institute for Mineral Deposits, CAGS, Beijing (CN)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: International Journal of Mass Spectrometry and Ion Processes 1998
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