[MIS32-P09] Investigation on thermal stability of radical species in chibaite
Keywords:silica clathrate, chibaite, electron spin resonance, radical species, thermal stability
If organic radical species like methyl radicals in silica clathrates are thermally stable in geological time scale, electron spin resonance (ESR) dating could be applied to obtain the formation age. In ESR dating, the total radiation dose due to natural radiation is obtained in natural minerals and fossils by the additive dose method and the formation age is estimated by considering annual natural dose. In ESR, unpaired electrons such as point defects and radical species can be detected and the amount of the ESR signal is directly related to the age of the sample. To obtain a reliable ESR age, it is necessary to know the ESR signal response to the radiation dose and the thermal stability of the defects and radical species. In chibaite, propyl radicals and butyl radicals might be formed and stored in the sample because they are enclathrated in the large cages. In this study, we measure chibaite samples by ESR to investigate whether radical species are observed at the first stage, and then if observed in natural samples, how the ESR signals of the radicals respond to artificial irradiation and how stable they are.
We gently crushed chibaite samples in a mortar into several pieces with about 1 mm in diameter and measured ESR signal of each piece before irradiation. All samples were irradiated by gamma-rays with 60-Co source with different doses from 34.5 Gy to 1 kGy and measured by ESR again. Methyl and tert-butyl radicals were observed at room temperature in the natural samples before irradiation. It suggests that chibaite formation age could be dated by ESR using these organic radicals. In dose response experiments, the amount of methyl radicals was not changed or even decreased in 12 samples, though it was increased in 4 samples. The reason might be because the amount of the methyl radicals is already saturated by natural radiation. In contrast, the ESR signal of tert-butyl radicals was increased in artificial radiation dose. In this presentation, we will show the results of annealing experiments for investigation of the thermal stability of the radical species and discuss the possibility of ESR dating especially using tert-butyl radicals.