Articles | Volume 33, issue 3
Eur. J. Mineral., 33, 305–314, 2021
Eur. J. Mineral., 33, 305–314, 2021

Research article 02 Jun 2021

Research article | 02 Jun 2021

Quantification of major and trace elements in fluid inclusions and gas bubbles by laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) with no internal standard: a new method

Anastassia Y. Borisova et al.

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Short summary
We developed a new method for quantifying elemental concentrations in natural and synthetic fluid inclusions and gas bubbles using a laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) method with no internal standard. The method may be applied to estimate trace (metal and metalloid) elemental concentrations in hydrous carbonic (C–O–H) fluid inclusions and bubbles with uncertainty below 25 %.