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Abstract

A method for the determination of dead time and its uncertainty of the ion-counting detection system of ICP-MS instruments is presented. It is based on isotope ratio measurements, which are more precize than ion current measurements and will result in values for the dead time with a measurable uncertainty. The suggested method allows to estimate the uncertainty.associated with the dead time. Typical relative uncertainties of the dead time values were found to be in the range of 10-20%.

This method has been applied to monitor the dead time for a detection system over the lifetime of a particular electron multiplier. The dead time was found to be an important criterion for replacing an old electron multiplier when optimum isotope ratio measurements are required. The dependance of the dead time on the mass of the measured isotopes has been investigated. No mass dependence of the dead time could be concluded within the measurement uncertainty on this particular instrumental set-up. .

Additional information

Authors: HELD A, Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, JRC Geel (BE);TAYLOR P, Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, JRC Geel (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, 1998
Record Number: 199910248 / Last updated on: 1999-03-12
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en