Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2018

Presentation information

[JJ] Oral

S (Solid Earth Sciences) » S-GL Geology

[S-GL30] Geochronology and Isotope Geology

Wed. May 23, 2018 1:45 PM - 3:15 PM 304 (3F International Conference Hall, Makuhari Messe)

convener:Takahiro Tagami(Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University), Yuji Sano(Division of Ocean and Earth Systems, Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, University of Tokyo), Chairperson:Tagami Takahiro, Sano Yuji

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM

[SGL30-04] Attempt to date zircon by alpha recoil track observation

*Noriko Hasebe1, Rei Hayasaka2, Ayumi Kozaka2, Atsushi Matsuki1 (1.Institute of Nature and Environmental Technology, Kanazawa University, 2.Department of Earth Sciences, Kanazawa University)

Keywords:zircon, alpha recoil track, step etching

The alpha decay of heavy nuclei leaves damage in crystal by the retreat of heavy nuclei (alpha recoil tracks: ART). Ovservation of ART was applied to date layered silicates so far, but ART in zircon, which has higher uranium and thorium concentrations in general, thus has a potential to date samples whose ages are in order of thousand years old or older, never been observed before.
We observed zircon with known age after chemical etching with atomic force microscope and measured the dimension (depth and diameter) of ART and counted the number of ARTs. The size of ART became enlarged through stepwise etching, and its behavior revealed that the diameter of ART is enlarged first and followed by the depth deepening. The depth and diameter shows linear relationship, but the slop on depth-diameter plot seems to be different among samples. When ages were calculated based on the number of tracks and measured U and Th concentrations, the order of ages is consistent with reference ages, but not identical. Further researches on etching and counting criteria are necessary to understand ART behavior in zircon.