Isotopic Analysis of Rare Gases with a Laser Microprobe

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Science  29 Sep 1967:
Vol. 157, Issue 3796, pp. 1555-1556
DOI: 10.1126/science.157.3796.1555


A ruby-pulsed laser and high-sensitivity mass spectrometer are used to analyze isotopic abundances of rare gases from microgram samples of polished sections. The feasibility of the technique is demonstrated by the analysis of primordial helium and neon from the Kapoeta and Fayetteville meteorites.