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Performances of express mode vs standard mode for d18O, dD and 17O-excess with a Picarro analyzer

Amaelle Landais1, Benedicte Minster1, Alexandra Zuhr1,2, Magdalena Hoffmann3, and Elise Fourré1
Amaelle Landais et al.
  • 1CNRS, LSCE, Gif sur Yvette, France (
  • 2Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research, Potsdam, Germany
  • 3Picarro B.V., The Netherlands

The recent development of optical spectroscopy enabled the development of the use of water isotopes in climate, environment and hydrological studies. An increasing number of studies also includes the most recent parameter 17O-excess as an indicator for kinetic fractionation effects in the water cycle. However, for some applications such as ice core science, the 17O-excess signal to be measured is very small, of the order of 10 – 20 ppm and it is a big analytical challenge to obtain the requested precision.

Here, we present results of performance of the new express mode and the standard mode developed for d18O, dD and now also 17O-excess for a Picarro analyzer. In the standard mode, there is a new injection of water vapor lasting 4.5 minutes every 10 minutes. To get rid of memory effect, the first injections are discarded or a correction is applied which depends on the difference in water isotopic composition between the measured sample and the previous one. For each new sample measured with the express mode, the sequence begins with 6 injections of water vapor in the cavity of 40 secondes each to get rid of the memory effect. It is followed by injections of water vapor lasting 2 minutes every 4 minutes. The advantage of the express mode is to avoid the memory correction and to decrease the measurement time. It thus permits to run more replicates which is important to improve the accuracy of the measurements, especially 17O-excess. We present here results of several series of samples and standards of different water isotopic composition (d18O ranging from -54 to 0 ‰) ran three times with both the standard and the express modes and compare the performances of the two modes.  

How to cite: Landais, A., Minster, B., Zuhr, A., Hoffmann, M., and Fourré, E.: Performances of express mode vs standard mode for d18O, dD and 17O-excess with a Picarro analyzer, EGU General Assembly 2022, Vienna, Austria, 23–27 May 2022, EGU22-4278,, 2022.