Automated High Throughput Analysis of REE in Mining Discovery Samples with LA-ICP-MS


Rob Hutchinson from Elemental Scientific Lasers, Inc. (ESI) and Ruth Merrifield, a field application scientist with PerkinElmer, present the challenges of rapid, accurate and cost-effective screening of Rare Earth Elements (REE) deposits, in which hundreds or thousands of samples could be analyzed per day. Automated laser ablation, the LaserTrax system, coupled with the NexION 5000 ICP-MS compose the high throughput laser ablation LA-ICP-MS solution for the analysis of REE and ore screening of mining discovery samples. The talk outlines the automated laser ablation system, ICP-MS features utilized for laser analysis and the results of REE analyses.