Stable isotope analysis

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Description

A rarely found analytical method that compares the isotopic ratios of elements. Stable isotopic fractionation measures the ratios of the isotopes of oxygen (16 and 18), carbon (12 and 13) or sulfur (32 and 34). The technique has been used to characterize carbonate and sulfate type stones (Aston et al 2000).

Synonyms and Related Terms

Isotopenanalyse (Deut.); analyse isotopique (Fr.); stable isotope fractionation

Additional Information

B.Aston, J.Harrell, I.Shaw, "Stone" in Ancient Egyptian Materials and Technology, P.Nicholson, I.Shaw (eds.), Cambridge University Press, 2000, p. 68.

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