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TitleIn-situ trace element characterization of three gold reference materials using EPMA and LA-ICP-MS
AuthorMilidragovic, D; Beaudoin, G; Jackson, S E
SourceGeological Survey of Canada, Open File 8096, 2016, 26 pages, (Open Access)
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
Documentopen file
Mediaon-line; digital
File formatreadme
File formatpdf; xlsx; rtf
Subjectselectron probe analyses; standard samples; trace element analyses; gold geochemistry; induced coupled plasma analyses
Illustrationsphotographs; tables; plots; images
ProgramWestern Cordillera Project Management, GEM2: Geo-mapping for Energy and Minerals
Released2016 09 21
Summary(Plain Language Summary, not published)
The abundance of trace elements in native gold is a useful tool for fingerprinting and provenance studies, as well as gaining insights into the physical and chemical conditions of gold mineralization. In-situ analytical techniques, using either electron probe microanalysis or laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry, are preferred because they are relatively inexpensive and non-destructive. Successful measurement of trace elements by in-situ techniques, and subsequent application to deposit studies, requires complete characterization of a set of standard reference samples at sub-microscopic scales. This report summarizes the results of our investigation of three gold samples purposely built as standard reference materials.