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Investigation of multi-layered silicate ceramics using laser ablation optical emission spectrometry, laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, and electron microprobe analysis

Abstract   The applicability of laser ablation (LA) inductively coupled plasma (ICP) spectrometry for assessing elemental distributions in layered ceramics was investigated and compared with electron probe microanalysis (EPMA). Ordinary glazed wall tiles were employed as model specimens due to their defined structure and composition. They were used for calibration in the analysis of ancient pottery. A qualitative depth profile was acquired by single-spot laser drilling perpendicular to coatings with a Nd:YAG (1064 nm) laser coupled with an ICP optical emission spectrometer (OES). The lower lateral resolution associated with the laser spot diameter of 1.0 mm led to smoothing of the depth profile due to the averaging of local irregularities. In addition, transverse line scans by ablation across the tile section using an ArF* (193 nm) laser coupled with an ICP mass spectrometer (MS) were performed. LA-ICP-OES depth profiles and LA-ICP-MS transverse scans were validated by EPMA section scans and 2D back-scattered electrons images. The LA-ICP-OES acquisition was less dependent on sample surface and layer irregularities, whereas the transverse line scan over the tile section with the small-spot beam offered insight into the micromorphology of the individual layer. The combined approach revealed the occurrence of individual mineral grains, micro-heterogeneities and the character of interfaces between layers.

  • Content Type Journal Article
  • Category Original Paper
  • Pages 1-13
  • DOI 10.2478/s11696-011-0085-3
  • Authors
    • Linda Zaoralkova, Laboratory of Atomic Spectrochemistry, Department of Chemistry, Masaryk University, Brno, Kotlářská 2, CZ 611 37 Brno, Czech Republic
    • Ales Hrdlicka, Laboratory of Atomic Spectrochemistry, Department of Chemistry, Masaryk University, Brno, Kotlářská 2, CZ 611 37 Brno, Czech Republic
    • Vitezslav Otruba, Laboratory of Atomic Spectrochemistry, Department of Chemistry, Masaryk University, Brno, Kotlářská 2, CZ 611 37 Brno, Czech Republic
    • Petr Sulovsky, Department of Geological Sciences, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, Brno, Kotlářská 2, CZ 611 37 Brno, Czech Republic
    • Nicole Gilon, Laboratoire des Sciences Analytiques, UMR 5180, Université Claude Bernard — Lyon I, 43, Bd du 11 Novembre 1918, 69622 Villeurbanne Cedex, France
    • Detlef Günther, Laboratory of Inorganic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences, ETH Zürich, Wolfgang Pauli Str. 10, CH-8093 Zürich, Switzerland
    • Viktor Kanicky, Laboratory of Atomic Spectrochemistry, Department of Chemistry, Masaryk University, Brno, Kotlářská 2, CZ 611 37 Brno, Czech Republic
    • Journal Chemical Papers
    • Online ISSN 1336-9075
    • Print ISSN 0366-6352

Journal:   Chemical Papers
Year:   2011
Publication date:   27-Aug-2011
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