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William Glassley <[log in to unmask]>
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Hi Ritchie,

Back in the 1970s at the University of Washington we used a method  
similar to that described by Eric Essene -Ir strip, etc. It worked  
well, but we found that it was smart to do more than one bead per  
sample. Multiple beads from a single sample helped identify cases in  
which, despite strenuous efforts to mix and homogenize samples,  
homogenization wasn't complete.

> *
> Hi
> Is anyone out there using a metal strip or graphite method to fuse  
> small (maybe 100mg or
> so) amounts of rock powder without flux into a glassy bead which can  
> then be mounted,
> cut, and polished for EPMA or LA-ICP-MS analysis?
> I'm hoping to convert my (t)rusty old Edwards 306 vacuum coater into  
> such a device but
> I'm trying to avoid reinventing too many wheels.
> I remember seeing such a method setup at UC Davis about ten years  
> ago but I haven't
> had any luck following that one up.
> We actually want to use LA-ICP-MS so it seems to us that a graphite  
> boat setup would be
> better from a contamination viewpoint than a metal strip.
> Any references, tips, experiences etc would be most welcome.
> cheers
> Ritchie Sims
> Geology
> Auckland University
> NZ
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