Measurement of Sulfur Isotope Compositions by Tunable Laser Spectroscopy of SO<sub>2</sub>
2007-12-15T00:00:00Z (GMT) by
Sulfur isotope measurements offer comprehensive information on the origin and history of natural materials. Tunable laser spectroscopy is a powerful analytical technique for isotope analysis that has proven itself readily adaptable for in situ terrestrial and planetary measurements. Measurements of δ<sup>34</sup>S in SO<sub>2</sub> were made using tunable laser spectroscopy of combusted gas samples from six sulfur-bearing solids with δ<sup>34</sup>S ranging from −34 to +22‰ (also measured with mass spectrometry). Standard deviation between laser and mass spectrometer measurements was 3.7‰ for sample sizes of 200 ± 75 nmol SO<sub>2</sub>. Although SO<sub>2</sub>(g) decreased 9% over 15 min upon entrainment in the analysis cell from wall uptake, observed fractionation was insignificant (+0.2 ± 0.6‰). We also describe a strong, distinct <sup>33</sup>SO<sub>2</sub> rovibrational transition in the same spectral region, which may enable simultaneous δ<sup>34</sup>S and Δ<sup>33</sup>S measurements.