A comparison of INAA and ICP-MS/ICP-AES methods for the analysis of meteorite samples

Mitsuru Ebihara*, Naoki Shirai, John W. Bennett, Attila J. Stopic

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Instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA), inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES) and ICP mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) (hereafter, ICPs) were applied to meteorite samples for the determination of elemental content. The analytical applicability and suitability of the three methods have been compared. Those comparisons led to the refinement of our analytical procedures for INAA and ICPs, yielding more reliable data. Our INAA data proved to be reliable enough for classifying meteorites, while the ICPs, especially ICP-MS, can characterize elemental abundance features in detail, as demonstrated by REE abundance patterns for the Allende meteorite. In this manner, INAA and ICPs can be used in a complementary fashion in cosmochemical studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1681-1687
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes


  • ICP mass spectrometry (ICP-MS)
  • Inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES)
  • Instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA)
  • Meteorites

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Pollution
  • Spectroscopy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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