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[SGL38-11] Observation of zircon by atomic force microscope for establishing Alpha Recoil Track method
Keywords:Alpha Recoil Track, Zircon, Atomic Force Microscope
First, U-Th concentrations on HKS08 were surveyed by LA-ICP-MS. U and Th concentrations of three area, A, B and C in the zircon crystal were 150~270ppm and 86.5~210ppm, respectively. Because areal track density was estimated for the area close to point B, we calculate the age with U and Th concentrations of point B, 211.9ppm and 178.3ppm, and estimated age was 13.8ka, younger than expected HKS08 age (58ka).
Second, zircon from Aira-Ito pyroclastic flow (ITO) was observed. This is a wide-spread tephra and its expected eruption age is 22ka to 25ka (Machida and Arai, 1992). Six zircons were observed and area ART densities were measured. The results were 0.001~0.116/μm2. U and Th concentrations were measured on other ITO zircons. U and Th concentrations were 130~270ppm and 60~160ppm, respectively. As a result, these estimated ages were younger than the expected ITO age (22~25ka). It might be caused by inappropriate factor in age equation or wrong criteria for ART identification. For establishing ART method, it is necessary to discuss whether the concave is ART or not by additional step-etching and observing many samples with known age.
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