Sample records for ablation icpmc-ms zircon

  1. Fission-track dating of zircon by laser ablation ICPMS

    Svojtka, Martin; Košler, J.

    Elsevier. Roč. 66, 15A (2002), s. A756. ISSN 0016-7037. [Goldschmidt Conference. 18.08.2002-23.08.2002, Davos] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z3013912 Keywords : fission-track * zircon * ICPMS-LA Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy

  2. New natural zircon standard for laser ablation ICP-MS U-Pb geochronology

    Sláma, Jiří; Košler, J.; Schaltegger, U.; Tubrett, M.; Gutjahr, M.

    Amherst : I C P Information Newsletter, Inc, 2006 - (Barnes, R.). --- [2006 Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry. 09.01.2006-14.01.2006, Tucson] Keywords : zircon * ICP-MS * U-Pb dating * reference material Subject RIV: DD - Geochemistry

  3. Two age populations of zircons from the Timber Creek kimberlites, Northern Territory, as determined by laser-ablation ICP-MS analysis

    Two populations of kimberlitic zircon are present in the Timber Creek kimberlites, Northern Territory. Laser-ablation ICP-MS U-Pb dating yields an age of 1483 ± 15 (2σ) Ma for the main group and an age of 179 ± 2 Ma for the other group. This distinction of two age groups is strongly supported by Hf isotope data on the same zircons. Although the trace-element patterns of both populations are typical of mantle-derived zircons, the 'young' population has slightly higher concentrations of most trace elements, but has lower Hf, Nb, Ta and Pb contents. The distinct differences in trace-element contents and Hf isotopic composition of the two zircon populations indicate that they were derived from different magma sources. The dating results indicate that the emplacement age of the Timber Creek kimberlites cannot be older than the age of the 'young' zircon population (i.e. 179 ± 2 Ma). This clarifies the inconsistency between the previously reported SHRIMP age of the Timber Creek zircons (1462 ± 53 Ma) and the much younger age (1200Ma) of the sediments of the Victoria River Basin into which these kimberlites have intruded. The Timber Creek kimberlites are a newly recognised extension of the widespread Jurassic kimberlite activity known in Western Australia and South Australia. Copyright (2001) Geological Society of Australia

  4. Improved laser ablation U-Pb zircon geochronology through robust downhole fractionation correction

    Paton, Chad


    Elemental fractionation effects during analysis are the most significant impediment to obtaining precise and accurate U-Pb ages by laser ablation ICPMS. Several methods have been proposed to minimize the degree of downhole fractionation, typically by rastering or limiting acquisition to relativel...

  5. In-situ U-Pb and Hf-isotopic characterization of the GJ-1 Zircon by Laser Ablation-ICPMS and MC-ICPMS

    Here we report new data from in-situ U-Pb and Hf-isotopic characterization of GJ-1 zircon standard distributed by GEMOC (ARC National Key Centre for Geochemical Evolution and Metallogeny of Continents, Macquarie University, Australia). The study is undertaken to establish the analytical protocols for the in-situ chemical and isotopic analysis of zircons using New Wave Research UP 213nm Laser Ablation Microprobe (LAM), Thermo X SeriesII Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (ICPMS) and Nu Plasma HR Multi-Collector ICPMS (MC-ICPMS) and also to constrain the GJ-1 zircon as a potential reference material. The GJ-1 reference zircon grains are several ∼1 cm sized crystals from African pegmatites with an apparent crystallization age of 608.5 ± 0.4 Ma2. GJ-1 is considered to be devoid of any banding and visible zoning and is homogeneous. Combined Back Scattered Electron (BSE) and Cathedoluminiscence (CL) images of the GJ-1 grains analysed by us also indicate their homogeneity

  6. Rapid and simultaneous determination of multi-element abundances and U-Pb age for zircon crystal using UV laser ablation ICP-MS technique: critical evaluation of the technique with 91500 zircon standard

    A new analytical technique for simultaneous determinations of REE, U, Th, Pb abundances and U-Pb age from a single analysis spot of zircon crystal is presented in this paper. It uses ultra-violet (U)-laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS). Coupling of multi-element abundance data and U-Pb age data can provide piercing information for petrogenetic studies of igneous rocks and for provenance studies of sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. The REE, U, Th and Pb abundances and 207Pb/206Pb and 206Pb/238U ratios for a 91500 zircon standard were simultaneously analyzed in order to test the accuracy of the measurement and to evaluated homogeneity within a grain of the standard sample. The resulted abundance data for almost of all rare earth elements (REE) show good agreement with those obtained by the secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) and with LA-ICP-MS data. The data obtained in this study fell in the range of published data. Only exception is the abundance data for Er, Lu, Pb and U. These elements are differed largely from the published data beyond the precision of our measurements (∼10% in SD). The large discrepancy between present results and previous authors' data can be explained by heterogeneity among different grains of the zircon standard. In the case of U-Pb age, resulted 238U-206Pb and 207Pb-206Pb ages were 1131±152 Ma (2SD) and 1156±132 Ma (2SD), respectively, showing an excellent agreement with the TIMS data within analytical uncertainties achieved in this study (∼20%, 2SD). The abundance data for REE, U, Th and Pb, together with U-Pb isotopic ones demonstrate clearly that the present LA-ICPMS technique can provide a rapid and versatile tool for the multi-element abundances and U-Pb age determinations. (author)

  7. Zircon U–Pb dating by 213 nm Nd. YAG laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. Optimization of the analytical condition to use NIST SRM 610 for Pb/U fractionation correction

    We carried out an optimization of analytical parameters for U–Pb zircon dating by laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) using a NIST SRM 610 glass. As a result, we obtained the following optimum analytical parameters: laser energy: 11.7 J/cm2, repetition rate: 10 Hz, pre-ablation time: 8 sec, integration time: 10 sec and crater diameter: 25 μm. The average 206Pb/238U ratio of the NIST SRM 610 glass normalized by a 91500 zircon standard under the conditions mentioned above was 0.2236±0.0044 (1σ, N : 87). The median value of this result matches with that of the literature value within range of the analytical precision. Furthermore, the 206Pb/238U weighted mean ages of the Plešovice, OD-3 and Fish Canyon Tuff zircons, having the proposed 206Pb/238U ages of 335.48±0.95 Ma (95% conf., N : 38, MSWD : 1.1), 33.25±0.38 Ma (95% conf., N : 23, MSWD : 1.5), 28.56±0.49 Ma (95% conf., N : 34, MSWD : 5.1), respectively, were measured, normalized by the NIST SRM 610 glass standard. The results were consistent within 1% error range of the recommended values. These results suggest that the matrix effect can be reduced to less than analytical precision on materials with different physical properties under well-optimized analytical conditions. (author)

  8. Endometrial ablation

    Hysteroscopy-endometrial ablation; Laser thermal ablation; Endometrial ablation-radiofrequency; Endometrial ablation-thermal balloon ablation; Rollerball ablation; Hydrothermal ablation; Novasure ablation

  9. Determination of U-Pb age and rare earth element concentrations of zircons from Cenozoic intrusions in northeastern China by laser ablation ICP-MS

    YUAN Honglin; WU Fuyuan; GAO Shan; LIU Xiaoming; XU Ping; SUN Deyou


    Using the in situ zircon U-Pb dating method of LA-ICPMS, we analyzed the 31 Ma old SHRIMP U-Pb age of the Yongsheng nepheline syenite from southern Jilin Province under different spot sizes. The obtained ages are comparable with that of SHRIMP in both accuracy and precision. The age is also identical to that of the Yinmawanshan gabbro from the Liaodong Peninsula within error. Both the Yongsheng nepheline syenite and the Yinmawanshan gabbro represent the youngest known exposed intrusions in northeastern and even eastern China. The results indicate the Eocene mantle-derived magmatic underplating, and the rapid crustal uplifting of this region since 30 Ma. The analyses also document extremely high LREE concentrations and relatively flat REE patterns for the zircons from the Yongsheng nepheline syenite, which represent a new type of zircon REE pattern.

  10. Integrated single crystal laser ablation U/Pb and (U-Th)/He dating of detrital accessory minerals - Proof-of-concept studies of titanites and zircons from the Fish Canyon tuff

    Horne, Alexandra M.; van Soest, Matthijs C.; Hodges, Kip V.; Tripathy-Lang, Alka; Hourigan, Jeremy K.


    Excimer laser technologies enable a rapid and effective approach to simultaneous U/Pb geochronology and (U-Th)/He thermochronology of a wide range of detrital accessory minerals. Here we describe the 'laser ablation double dating' (LADD) method and demonstrate its viability by applying it to zircon and titanite crystals from the well-characterized Fish Canyon tuff. We found that LADD dates for Fish Canyon zircon (206Pb/238U - 28.63 ± 0.11 Ma; (U-Th)/He - 28.38 ± 0.73 Ma) are statistically indistinguishable from those obtained through established, traditional methods of single-crystal dating. The same is true for Fish Canyon titanite LADD dates: 206Pb/238U - 28.08 ± 0.90 Ma; (U-Th)/He - 27.98 ± 0.86 Ma. As anticipated, given that LADD involves the analysis of smaller amounts of material than traditional methods, it yields dates with higher analytical uncertainty. However, this does not substantially reduce the utility of the results for most applications to detrital datasets. An important characteristic of LADD is that it encourages the chemical characterization of crystals by backscattered electron, cathodoluminescence, and/or Raman mapping prior to dating. In addition, by permitting the rapid and robust dating of crystals regardless of the degree of their abrasion during sedimentary transport, the method theoretically should yield dates that are more broadly representative of those of the entire population of detrital crystals in a natural sample.

  11. Oceanic crust production in the Dinarides during the Senonian: combined U-Pb in situ laser ablation ICP(MC)-MS zircon and mineral separates Ar-Ar dating

    Full text: Serbian ophiolitic belts are part of ophiolite occurrences traced from the Alps to the Himalayas. Even though they represent one of the largest ophiolitic areas in the world, they are only poorly studied. Our ongoing project presents a comprehensive study of remnants of magmatic members of oceanic crust from Bosnia, Serbia and Macedonia. Here, we present new geochemical data for the area with focus on new U-Pb and Ar-Ar ages for mafic rocks from the Dinarides. It is thought that closure of oceanic domains present in the area of the Dinarides finished latest in early Cretaceous time, based on K-Ar ages of amphibolites from metamorphic sole and over-step sequence conglomerates. The severely altered rocks (LOI up to 9 %, high mobile element content) are characterized by low Ni and Cr contents and Mg number (66-44), implying that fractionation of mafic minerals was one of the processes modifying these magmas. Based on trace element geochemistry, especially REE patterns, rocks display MORB (depleted LREE compared to HREE,) and marginal basin basalt (somewhat elevated LREE over HREE,) signatures. The isotopic data, measured on leached samples, show more radiogenic 87Sr/86Sr (0.703854 - 0.704317), unradiogenic 143Nd/144Nd (0.512860 - 0.512733), and radiogenic 206Pb/204Pb (18.478 - 20.284), 208Pb/204Pb (38.485 - 39.957), and 207Pb/204Pb (15.611 - 15.709) values when compared with recent MORB. Although the Sr and Pb composition could reflect see water contamination, the Nd isotopic composition suggests a subduction-related setting for the generation of these magmas. We used a novel approach in ophiolite research by combining U-Pb and Lu-Hf zircon analyses by in situ laser ablation ICP-(MC)-MS and Ar-Ar dating. Combined Hf (in zircon) and Nd (on whole rock samples) data give the most accurate information about the composition of the source. First data show that zircon from a gabbro have 176Hf/177Hf slightly higher than chondritic values (0.282730 ± 0.000028; 2SD

  12. Ceramic with zircon coating

    Wang, Hongyu (Inventor)


    An article comprises a silicon-containing substrate and a zircon coating. The article can comprise a silicon carbide/silicon (SiC/Si) substrate, a zircon (ZrSiO.sub.4) intermediate coating and an external environmental/thermal barrier coating.

  13. Chemical durability of zircon

    Zircon (ZrSiO4) exhibits a strong structural affinity for uranium and thorium together with a very high chemical durability. This makes it a potential crystalline host matrix to immobilize actinides issued from separation of nuclear wastes. Irradiation induces amorphization of the crystalline structure (the metamictization process) and thus may decrease the chemical durability of the material. Leaching tests have been conducted on natural zircons from Brazil and Madagascar at 96 deg. C for a period of 1 month, using deionized water. Leachates have been analysed by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and UV-visible spectrophotometry. Zircon solid surfaces have been investigated by coupling scanning electron microscopy and X-ray microanalysis (SEM-EDX) with nuclear microprobe analysis (μPIXE, μRBS and μERDA). From the mass balance between leachates and hydrated surfaces, the probable mechanisms of zircon aqueous alteration are presented and discussed

  14. Chemical durability of zircon

    Trocellier, Patrick; Delmas, Robert


    Zircon (ZrSiO 4) exhibits a strong structural affinity for uranium and thorium together with a very high chemical durability. This makes it a potential crystalline host matrix to immobilize actinides issued from separation of nuclear wastes. Irradiation induces amorphization of the crystalline structure (the metamictization process) and thus may decrease the chemical durability of the material. Leaching tests have been conducted on natural zircons from Brazil and Madagascar at 96°C for a period of 1 month, using deionized water. Leachates have been analysed by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and UV-visible spectrophotometry. Zircon solid surfaces have been investigated by coupling scanning electron microscopy and X-ray microanalysis (SEM-EDX) with nuclear microprobe analysis ( μPIXE, μRBS and μERDA). From the mass balance between leachates and hydrated surfaces, the probable mechanisms of zircon aqueous alteration are presented and discussed.

  15. New Techniques of LASS-ICPMS Depth Profiling Applied to Detrital Zircon from the Central Alps-Apennines System

    Anfinson, O. A.; Smye, A.; Stockli, D. F.


    Detrital zircon U-Pb age dating has become a widely used tool for determining sediment provenance in basins and orogenic systems. While traditional LA-ICPMS zircon geochronology is powerful, it has limitations when source regions are characterized by monotonous or non-diagnostic crystallization ages or by major sediment recycling and homogenization, leading to minimal zircon age variability. In the central Alps of Switzerland and Italy, for example, similar Cadomian, Caledonian, and Variscan zircons dominate with only minor Alpine ages. Samples collected from Oligocene-Miocene strata deposited in both the northern (Swiss Molasse) and southern (Apenninic foredeep) Alpine foreland basins document shifts in the relative abundance of Cadomian, Caledonian, Variscan and Alpine aged detrital zircon, but the exact source region and genesis of the grains remains poorly constrained based on zircon U-Pb age data alone. Laser Ablation Split Stream (LASS)-ICPMS depth profiling of detrital zircon allows for the simultaneous recovery of multiple ages and of chemical/petrogenetic data from single zircons, and has the potential to shed additional light on provenance. This study applies this approach to Oligocene-Miocene strata of the Swiss Molasse Basin and Apenninic foredeep. Recent advances in LA-ICPMS sample cell technology allow for reliable recovery of age and trace element data during progressive ablation into zircons. Decreased washout (rim-core relationships and REE/trace element abundances from grains of the major orogenic cycles, further constraining the provenance of these strata.

  16. Evaluation of fission-track and U-Pb double dating method for identical zircon grains. Using homogeneous zircon grains in Kawamoto Granodiorite in Shimane prefecture, Japan

    Using the double-dating approach, we have conducted fission-track (FT) and U-Pb age dating on the same zircon grain to evaluate the reliability of the resulting age data. The zircon grains (OD-3) used for the investigation were collected from the Mihara Body of the Kawamoto Granodiorite, Shimane Prefecture, Japan. The zircon crystals yielded a FT age of 33 Ma, with a spontaneous FT density of 106-107 cm2. The U-Pb age data were obtained using inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) combined with a frequency quintupled Nd-YAG (λ=213 nm) laser ablation (LA) sample introduction system. The U-Pb age determinations on the zircon samples were performed after chemical leaching using 47% HF for 20 hrs at room temperature, or after FT etching using a KOH-NaOH eutectic solution for 20 hrs at 225degC. The resulting U-Pb age of 33 Ma was concordant with the FT age data, suggesting that there was no significant loss of Pb during etching or chemical preparation, thus indicating the feasibility of FT and U-Pb double dating of single zircon grains. The results indicate that the zircon grains (OD-3) from the Kawamoto Granodiorite (Mihara Body) can become a new working standard for precise U-Pb age determinations of young zircons. (author)

  17. Barium zirconate base ceramics

    The chemical corrosion at high temperatures is a serious problem in the refractory materials field, leading to degradation and bath contamination by elements of the refractory. The main objective of this work was to search for ceramics that could present higher resistance to chemical attack by aggressive molten oxides. The general behaviour of a ceramic material based on barium zirconate (Ba Zr O3) with the addition of different amounts of liquid phase former was investigated. The densification behaviour occurred during different heat treatments, as well as the microstructure development, as a function of the additives and their reactions with the main phase, were observed and are discussed. (author)

  18. Zirconia (NC) zircon as a potential standard

    Covey, A. K.; Braun, S. A.; Gualda, G. A.; Bream, B. R.; Fisher, C.; Wooden, J. L.; Schmitz, M. D.


    As microanalysis continues to advance and become more widespread there is a greater need for abundant and suitable age standards. Megacrystic zircons from the inactive Freeman Mine near Zirconia, NC were collected from weathered mine dump piles. Zirconia zircon crystals are large (> 1 mm) relative to typical zircons (up to 100s μm) and easily obtained; attributes that make them attractive as a potential standard. We present here preliminary data and assess the suitability of Zirconia zircons as a U-Pb geochronology, Hf-isotope and trace-element standard. Grains are variably fluorescent (Callahan et al, Southeastern Geol., 2007), and we used shortwave fluorescence to separate grains with high, medium, low/no fluorescence from one another. Images were taken of the grains before mounting and post-polishing to understand the fluorescence characterization of the surface to the core. After preparing the grains, we found that the fluorescence was not homogenous and did not provide a good means of separating out grains. In order to investigate the differences in fluorescence, we collected cathodoluminescence (CL) and backscatter electron (BSE) images and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) maps using a Tescan Vega 3 LMU equipped with an Oxford X-max 50 mm2 solid-state EDS detector at Vanderbilt University. This allowed division of the grains into two types: (a) grains with finely oscillatory zoned rims, which are variably crosscut by dull-CL irregular zones, sometimes showing hourglass zoning; and (b) grains with cores showing more irregular, patchy zoning with and without thin oscillatory rims. EDS maps show no major element zoning in the zircon grains, but reveal a variety of inclusions, particularly of quartz and thorite. Preliminary U-Pb ages were obtained using a Perkin Elmer Elan DRCII ICP-MS coupled with a New Wave/Mechantek 213 nm Nd:YAG laser ablation system at Vanderbilt University. A total of ~150 individual ages on oscillatory-zoned (Type a) crystals yield a

  19. Zircon Recycling in Arc Intrusions

    Miller, J.; Barth, A.; Matzel, J.; Wooden, J.; Burgess, S.


    Recycling of zircon has been well established in arc intrusions and arc volcanoes, but a better understanding of where and how zircons are recycled can help illuminate how arc magma systems are constructed. To that end, we are conducting age, trace element (including Ti-in-zircon temperatures; TzrnTi) and isotopic studies of zircons from the Late Cretaceous (95-85 Ma) Tuolumne Intrusive Suite (TIS) in the Sierra Nevada Batholith (CA). Within the TIS zircons inherited from ancient basement sources and/or distinctly older host rocks are uncommon, but recycled zircon antecrysts from earlier periods of TIS-related magmatism are common and conspicuous in the inner and two most voluminous units of the TIS, the Half Dome and Cathedral Peak Granodiorites. All TIS units have low bulk Zr ([Zr]825°C), [Zr] in the TIS is a factor of 2 to 3 lower than saturation values. Low [Zr] in TIS rocks might be attributed to a very limited supply of zircon in the source, by disequilibrium melting and rapid melt extraction [1], by melting reactions involving formation of other phases that can incorporate appreciable Zr [2], or by removal of zircon at an earlier stage of magma evolution. Based on a preliminary compilation of literature data, low [Zr] is common to Late Cretaceous N.A. Cordilleran granodioritic/tonalitic intrusions (typically Tzrnsat [3]. A corollary is that slightly older zircon antecrysts that are common in the inner units of the TIS could be considered inherited if they are derived from remelting of slightly older intrusions. Remelting at such low temperatures in the arc would require a source of external water. Refs: [1] Sawyer, J.Pet 32:701-738; [2] Fraser et al, Geology 25:607-610; [3] Harrison et al, Geology 35:635- 638

  20. Phonon dispersion relation in zircon

    The silicate mineral zircon is one of the major constituents of the earth's crust. The low thermal expansion, structural and chemical stability of zircon ZrSiO4 (space group I41/amd; Z=2) enable it as a host material for radioactive elements uranium and thorium in the earth's crust. Phonon spectrum is needed to understand the thermodynamic behaviour of this mineral. Lattice dynamical calculations of the phonon dispersion relation have been carried out and some acoustic phonons of zircon have also been measured

  1. U-Pb dating by zircon dissolution method using chemical abrasion

    Chemical abrasion was carried out on zircons grains of the Temora II standard for U-Pb dating prior to analyses using in situ Laser Ablation-Multi Collector Ion Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (LA-ICPMS) followed by the Isotope Dissolution Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometer (ID-TIMS) method. The proposed methodology was herein applied in order to reduce primarily the effects of secondary Pb loss, the presence of common lead and/or silicate impurities. Nine Temora II zircon grains were analyzed by the laser ablation method yielding an age of 418.3 +- 4.3 Ma. Zircon grains of a same population were separated for chemical abrasion before dissolution and mass spectrometry analyses. Six fractions of them were separated for isotope dissolution using 235U-205Pb mixed spike after we have checked and assured the laboratory conditions of low blank values for total Pb of less than 2 pg/g. The obtained U-Pb zircon age by the ID-TIMS method was 415.7 +- 1.8 Ma (error 0.43 %) based on four successful determinations. The results are consistent with the published ages for the Temora diorite (Temora I - 416.75 +- 1.3 Ma; Temora II - 416.78 +- 0.33 Ma) and established as 416 +- 0.33 Ma. The technique is thus recommended for high precision U-Pb zircon analyses (error < 1 %), mainly for high resolution stratigraphic studies of Phanerozoic sequences. (author)

  2. U-Pb dating by zircon dissolution method using chemical abrasion

    Takehara, Lucy, E-mail: [Servico Geologico do Brasil (CPRM), Brasilia, DF (Brazil); Chemale Junior, Farid [Universidade de Brasilia (UnB), Brasilia, DF (Brazil). Inst. de Geociencias. Lab. de Geocronologia; Hartmann, Leo A. [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRS), Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil). Inst. de Geociencias; Dussin, Ivo A.; Kawashita, Koji [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), SP, (Brazil). Centro de Pesquisa Geocronologicas


    Chemical abrasion was carried out on zircons grains of the Temora II standard for U-Pb dating prior to analyses using in situ Laser Ablation-Multi Collector Ion Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (LA-ICPMS) followed by the Isotope Dissolution Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometer (ID-TIMS) method. The proposed methodology was herein applied in order to reduce primarily the effects of secondary Pb loss, the presence of common lead and/or silicate impurities. Nine Temora II zircon grains were analyzed by the laser ablation method yielding an age of 418.3 +- 4.3 Ma. Zircon grains of a same population were separated for chemical abrasion before dissolution and mass spectrometry analyses. Six fractions of them were separated for isotope dissolution using {sup 235}U-{sup 205}Pb mixed spike after we have checked and assured the laboratory conditions of low blank values for total Pb of less than 2 pg/g. The obtained U-Pb zircon age by the ID-TIMS method was 415.7 +- 1.8 Ma (error 0.43 %) based on four successful determinations. The results are consistent with the published ages for the Temora diorite (Temora I - 416.75 +- 1.3 Ma; Temora II - 416.78 +- 0.33 Ma) and established as 416 +- 0.33 Ma. The technique is thus recommended for high precision U-Pb zircon analyses (error < 1 %), mainly for high resolution stratigraphic studies of Phanerozoic sequences. (author)

  3. New insights into Arctic paleogeography and tectonics from U-Pb detrital zircon geochronology

    Miller, E.L.; Toro, J.; Gehrels, G.; Amato, J.M.; Prokopiev, A.; Tuchkova, M.I.; Akinin, V.V.; Dumitru, T.A.; Moore, T.E.; Cecile, M.P.


    To test existing models for the formation of the Amerasian Basin, detrital zircon suites from 12 samples of Triassic sandstone from the circum-Arctic region were dated by laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). The northern Verkhoyansk (NE Russia) has Permo-Carboniferous (265-320 Ma) and Cambro-Silurian (410-505 Ma) zircon populations derived via river systems from the active Baikal Mountain region along the southern Siberian craton. Chukotka, Wrangel Island (Russia), and the Lisburne Hills (western Alaska) also have Permo-Carboniferous (280-330 Ma) and late Precambrian-Silurian (420-580 Ma) zircons in addition to Permo-Triassic (235-265 Ma), Devonian (340-390 Ma), and late Precambrian (1000-1300 Ma) zircons. These ages suggest at least partial derivation from the Taimyr, Siberian Trap, and/ or east Urals regions of Arctic Russia. The northerly derived Ivishak Formation (Sadlerochit Mountains, Alaska) and Pat Bay Formation (Sverdrup Basin, Canada) are dominated by Cambrian-latest Precambrian (500-600 Ma) and 445-490 Ma zircons. Permo-Carboniferous and Permo-Triassic zircons are absent. The Bjorne Formation (Sverdrup Basin), derived from the south, differs from other samples studied with mostly 1130-1240 Ma and older Precambrian zircons in addition to 430-470 Ma zircons. The most popular tectonic model for the origin of the Amerasian Basin involves counterclockwise rotation of the Arctic Alaska-Chukotka microplate away from the Canadian Arctic margin. The detrital zircon data suggest that the Chukotka part of the microplate originated closer to the Taimyr and Verkhoyansk, east of the Polar Urals of Russia, and not from the Canadian Arctic. Copyright 2006 by the American Geophysical Union.

  4. Significance of zircon trace element geochemistry, the Shihu gold deposit,western Hebei Province, North China

    CAO Ye; LI Shengrong; ZHANG Huafeng; LIU Xiaobin; LI Zhenzhen; AO Chong; YAO Meijuan


    The Shihu gold deposit is characterized by gold-bearing quartz-polymetallic sulfides and quartz veins. Both Mapeng granitoids batholith and intermediate-basic dikes intruded the metamorphic basement rocks, and are spatially associated with gold mineralization. Trace element abundances in zircons from the Shihu gold deposit, determined by laser-ablation microprobe ICPMS analysis, are sensitive to source rock type and crystallization environment. Concentrations of 21 trace elements were determined for zircons from granitoid rocks, diorites,quartz diorite porphyrites and gold-bearing quartz veins revealed some elemental characteristics and chondrite-normalized trace element patterns from different samples. There were no distinctive differences in REE concentrations of zircons from plutonic rocks and quartz veins, indicating that they probably had the same origin. Relatively flat chondrite-normalized REE patterns with (Yb/Sm)N ratios less than 60 characterized zircons from quartz diorite porphyrites and quartz veins. The highest Nb/Ta ratios were found in zircons from quartz diorite porphyrites, whereas the lowest ratios were found in quartz vein zircons. The Nb/Ta ratios were broadly correlated with HREE+Y contents, and had weak positive correlations with the depth of the Eu negative anomalies. High values U up to 0.4% and Th up to 0.1%, as well as positive correlations with REE+Y characterized zircons from quartz vein. The lowest Th/U ratios of zircons present in quartz veins reflected the relatively high concentration of U in hydrothermal fluid, and high Pb concentrations only typified quartz vein grains relatively enriched in U and Th.Zircons from quartz diorite porphyrites showed the most pronounced Ce anomalies, whereas weak Ce anomalies were typical of zircons from quartz veins, in which Eu/Eu* of zircons had a broadly negative correlation with Ce/Ce*. Trace element geochemistry of zircons from mineralized quartz veins and plutonic rocks confirmed that the

  5. Composition of the zircon surface

    Composition of functional groups on zircon surface was studied by the methods of potentiometry, diffuse reflectance spectroscopy and analysis of adsorption of organic acids and based. It was ascertained that zircon surface properties are similar to silica ones to a greater extent than those of ZrO2. Composition of zircon surface at pH values ≤ pH0 (where pH0 - point of zero charge of zircon reached at pH 5.9) does not differ from composition of its volumetric phase (ZrO2:SiO2 = 1:1.4), however, at pH > pH0 increase in the share of ≡ ZrOH surface groups occurs

  6. Ablative and fractional ablative lasers.

    Brightman, Lori A; Brauer, Jeremy A; Anolik, Robert; Weiss, Elliot; Karen, Julie; Chapas, Anne; Hale, Elizabeth; Bernstein, Leonard; Geronemus, Roy G


    The field of nonsurgical laser resurfacing for aesthetic enhancement continues to improve with new research and technological advances. Since its beginnings in the 1980s, the laser-resurfacing industry has produced a multitude of devices employing ablative, nonablative, and fractional ablative technologies. The three approaches largely differ in their method of thermal damage, weighing degrees of efficacy, downtime, and side effect profiles against each other. Nonablative technologies generate some interest, although only for those patient populations seeking mild improvements. Fractional technologies, however, have gained dramatic ground on fully ablative resurfacing. Fractional laser resurfacing, while exhibiting results that fall just short of the ideal outcomes of fully ablative treatments, is an increasingly attractive alternative because of its far more favorable side effect profile, reduced recovery time, and significant clinical outcome. PMID:19850197

  7. Late Jurassic detrital zircons from the Haast Schist and their implications for New Zealand terrane assembly and metamorphism

    The youngest detrital zircon age groups from three samples within the Haast Schist in northwest Otago are Late Jurassic (154, 155, 160 Ma), as determined by laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) analysis of U-Pb isotopes in individual zircons. It is inferred that this is the maximum age of sedimentation for these samples, which is within the range of ages for Haast Schist metamorphism (145-180 Ma). This maximum sedimentation age is at least 50 Ma younger than the previously inferred depositional ages for the Caples and Rakaia terranes which are the protoliths of Haast Schist. The zircon age populations within the samples are also different from those found within the Rakaia and Caples terranes, implying different sedimentary sources and possibly a different terrane. The detrital zircon populations are comparable to those found within the Waipapa Terrane in the North Island. (author)

  8. Determination of uranium in zircon

    Cuttitta, F.; Daniels, G.J.


    A routine fluorimetric procedure is described for the determination of trace amounts of uranium in zircon. It employs the direct extraction of uranyl nitrate with ethyl acetate using phosphate as a retainer for zirconium. Submicrogram amounts or uranium are separated in the presence of 100,000 times the amount of zirconium. The modified procedure has been worked out using synthetic mixtures of known composition and zircon. Results of analyses have an accuracy of 97-98% of the contained uranium and a standard deviation of less than 2.5%. ?? 1959.

  9. WA zircon undermines major theory

    Analysis of a tiny zircon crystal found in Western Australia suggests the Earth had oceans and continents just 50 million years after a giant impact was supposed to have melted the planet and formed the Moon. The 200-micron crystal comes from ancient rocks in the remote Jack Hills area. Radiometric dating puts its age at 4.404 billion years, more than 100 million years older than the next-oldest known fragment of the Earth. More surprisingly, the ratio of oxygen isotopes indicates the material that formed the zircon had reacted with liquid water - suggesting the Earth had oceans much earlier than anyone had expected. The conventional model is that the top 1000 kilometres of the Earth was molten rock at the time, says John Valley, a geologist at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. The Earth formed 4.55 billion years ago, but the impact of a Mars-sized body about 4.45 billion years ago was thought to have melted the planet again and splashed material into space which formed the Moon. The discovery presents 'real problems' for the lunar impact theory, according to Allan Treiman of the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston. On impact. 'an incredible amount of heat gets dumped into the Earth - all the heat of the impact, plus the heat of the object's core' he said. Cooling would take a long time. With only 50 million years between the supposed impact and the time the zircon formed, 'you're running out of time to create the Moon and have the Earth cool down enough to have oceans,' Treiman said. Although a magma ocean might lose heat quickly, cooling would slow once a solid crust covered the liquid. The ancient zircon suggests the Earth's surface was solid rock 4.4 billion years ago, and had even developed continents. Zircons normally form in granites or andesites and these rocks result from the melting of crustal rock and subsequent eruption on continents. The isotope concentration of 180 in the zircon indicates the rocks that melted had previously reacted with

  10. Topological Modeling of Metamict Zircon

    Hobbs, L. W.; Zhang, Y.; Yuan, X.


    Zircon (ZrSiO4) is the most studied metamict mineral and a leading model for candidate ceramic hosts designed to encapsulate highly radioactive nuclear waste and excess plutonium. It is also emblematic of compound oxide ceramics with a potential to phase separate in the amorphized state. Several groups have carried out ab initio or molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of melt-quenched or radiation-disordered zircon. A tendency for silica tetrahedra to polymerize, implying incipient phase separation, has been noted, but adequate descriptors of the amorphous state capable of distinguishing between different disordered arrangements have not been available. This contribution details critical modifications made to empirical potentials used in MD simulations and useful improvements in modeling efficiency that have facilitated constant pressure simulations of quenched and displacement cascade-amorphized zircon. The simulated end- states have been subjected to topological assessment algorithms for enumerating coordinations, bond lengths and bond angles; counting primitive rings and identifying structure-defining local primitive-ring clusters; and assessing degree of coordination-unit polymerization. The topologies of simulated melt, melt-quenched and cascade-amorphized disordered arrangements have been found to be different and distinguishable. A two-body Born-Mayer empirical potential with ZBL short-range repulsive term was fit to major structural, elastic, thermal and dielectric properties of crystalline zircon, but it was noted that the best crystalline fit, with non-stoichiometric partial ion charges, led to unrealistic coordinations in amorphized arrangements and uncontrolled expansions in constant pressure simulations because of silica polymerization. Therefore, stoichiometrically charge-balanced partial charges were instead chosen and optimized; the optimal choice of O-1.2, Si+2.4, Zr+2.4 led to realistic coordinations (Zr 7, Si 4) and well-behaved constant

  11. Surface morphology and reactivity of natural zircon

    Zircon is a mineral known to be highly resistant to weathering. It may also survive to several geological cycles including metamorphism and anatexis. However, in some environments (hydrothermal fluids, tropical soils), zircon may loose its resistance and use of zirconium as an immobile element in weathering mass balance studies has been questioned. In addition, loss of crystal structure due to the accumulation of radiation induced defects, i.e. metamictization, strongly modifies the bulk thermodynamic properties of zircon.As surface properties are known to control the silicate weathering rates and may be different from bulk properties, a detailed study of the surface of zircons from tropical soils and sediments has been undertaken in order to better understand the resistance of zircon to dissolution. Surface chemistry of zircons was probed by Rutherford backscattering analysis whereas their surface morphology was analyzed by Scanning Electron Microscopy and Tapping Mode Atomic Force Microscopy. First results show contrasted surface morphologies depending on the crystallographic nature of the observed face. Concerning the well crystallized zircon, these contrasts can be interpreted from theoretical surface structures. In the case of variably metamict zircon, the metamictization degree can be probed using Raman spectroscopy and is shown to partly control the surface morphology of zircons originating from weathering environments. In both cases, no strong chemical modification was found near the surface of zircon. (authors)

  12. Zircon Saturation Re-Revisited

    Boehnke, P.; Trail, D.; Schmitt, A. K.; Watson, E. B.; Harrison, M.


    Zircon saturation in silicate melts has been utilized for magma thermometry and predicting the survival of zircon xenocrysts in crustal melts for nearly 30 years. The original calibration, which assumed only compositional (M = [2Ca+Na+K]/[AlxSi]) and temperature controls, was bolstered by subsequent experimental investigations and thermometry of volcanic rocks and glasses. These latter studies, while confirming the general predictions of the model, suggested that other environmental parameters (e.g., pressure, H 2O, halogens, [Fe], oxygen fugacity, etc.) might have second-order effects. Given the tremendous advances in micro-analytical capabilities over the intervening three decades, we have returned to this question with a view to obtaining a refined zircon solubility calibration as a function of P, T, [H2O] and FM (= [Na+K+2(Ca+Mg+Fe)]/[AlxSi]). Detailed SEM imaging of the original low-temperature crystallization experiments (1.2-2.1 kbar) revealed limitations of this approach and we chose instead to use a new experimental design in which shattered Mud Tank zircon is infiltrated by melts of selected composition and water contents. 10 kbar hydrothermal experiments (925o and 850oC) were run for sufficiently long durations (2 to 3 days) to ensure microscale diffusive equilibration of Zr released by zircon dissolution into the intercrystalline melt pools. Sectioned run products were analyzed by SIMS ion imaging of selected areas where glass is exposed in close proximity to or surrounded by Mud Tank zircon fragments. Ion imaging has the advantage of permitting high spatial resolution (3 μm) analysis of the glasses allowing assessment of Zr equilibration. Using synthetic glass standards, we found [Zr] in anhydrous glasses to be enhanced by ca. 20% relative to hydrous (at 6 wt.% H2O). Our new experiments and re-analysis of the earlier glasses broadly reproduce the original calibration, albeit with substantially enhanced (factor of five) precision compared to the

  13. Ablation of lung tumours

    Gillams, Alice


    Abstract Radiofrequency, laser, microwave and cryotherapy have all been used for the ablation of lung tumours. However, radiofrequency ablation (RFA) and microwave ablation are the most widely used technologies. RFA has been successfully applied to tumour measuring from

  14. Fission track dating of zircon: a multichronometer

    Scattering in Fission Track ages of zircons of a single rock is possible when they present morphological and geochemical variations, if the greatest care is not taken in the choice of the etching conditions and the counting of tracks. The Fission Track study of two heterogeneous populations of zircons from the Mont Blanc granite and from the Gran Paradiso gneisses allows to show that zircon may work as a multichronometer

  15. Metallic lead nanospheres discovered in ancient zircons.

    Kusiak, Monika A; Dunkley, Daniel J; Wirth, Richard; Whitehouse, Martin J; Wilde, Simon A; Marquardt, Katharina


    Zircon (ZrSiO4) is the most commonly used geochronometer, preserving age and geochemical information through a wide range of geological processes. However, zircon U-Pb geochronology can be affected by redistribution of radiogenic Pb, which is incompatible in the crystal structure. This phenomenon is particularly common in zircon that has experienced ultra-high temperature metamorphism, where ion imaging has revealed submicrometer domains that are sufficiently heterogeneously distributed to severely perturb ages, in some cases yielding apparent Hadean (>4 Ga) ages from younger zircons. Documenting the composition and mineralogy of these Pb-enriched domains is essential for understanding the processes of Pb redistribution in zircon and its effects on geochronology. Using high-resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy, we show that Pb-rich domains previously identified in zircons from East Antarctic granulites are 5-30 nm nanospheres of metallic Pb. They are randomly distributed with respect to zircon crystallinity, and their association with a Ti- and Al-rich silica melt suggests that they represent melt inclusions generated during ultra-high temperature metamorphism. Metallic Pb is exceedingly rare in nature and previously has not been reported in association with high-grade metamorphism. Formation of these metallic nanospheres within annealed zircon effectively halts the loss of radiogenic Pb from zircon. Both the redistribution and phase separation of radiogenic Pb in this manner can compromise the precision and accuracy of U-Pb ages obtained by high spatial resolution methods. PMID:25848043

  16. Radiation damage effects in zircon

    Trachenko, Kostya; Dove, Martin; Salje, Ekhard


    Zircon, ZrSiO_4, is important for geology and geochronology, and has been proposed as a host material to immobilize highly radioactive materials from dismantled weapons and nuclear waste from power stations [1]. In these applications zircon is exposed to alpha-irradiation. Computer simulations have started to be employed to simulate radiation damage in zircon [2], but the origin and microscopic mechanisms of the most important structural changes in zircon - unit cell expansion and large macroscopic swelling at higher doses, strong shear deformation of the crystalline lattice, and polymerization of SiOn units [3], remain unknown. Here, we perform the molecular dynamics simulation of highly energetic recoils in zircon. Basing on the simulation results, we propose the simple picture of the density change in the damaged region that consists of the depleted and densified matter. We find that the experimentally observed structural changes originate from the interaction of the damaged region with the surrounding crystalline lattice: the shear of the lattice around the damaged region causes shear deformation and expansion of the unit cells. The polymers of connected SiOn polyhedra are most commonly present in the densified shell at the periphery of the damaged region. [1] R C Ewing et al, J. Mater. Res. 10, 243 (1995); W J Weber et al, B E Burakov et al, in Scientific Basis for Nuclear Waste Management XIX, 25-32 and 33-40 (Plenum, New York, 1996); R C Ewing, et al in Crystalline Ceramics: Waste Forms for the Disposal of Weapons Plutonium, NATO Workshop Proceedings 65 (Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, 1996). [2] B Park et al, Phys. Rev. B, 64, 174108 (1-16) (2001); J P Crocombette and D Ghaleb, J. Nucl. Mater., 295, 167 (2001); K Trachenko et al, J. Appl. Phys., 87, 7702 (2000); K Trachenko et al, J. Phys.: Cond. Matt., 13, 1947 (2001). [3] T Murakami et al, Am. Min., 76, 1510 (1991); H D Holland and D Gottfried, Acta Cryst. 8, 291 (1955).; W J Weber, J. Am

  17. The crust-mantle interaction in continental subduction channels: Zircon evidence from orogenic peridotite in the Sulu orogen

    Li, Hai-Yong; Chen, Ren-Xu; Zheng, Yong-Fei; Hu, Zhaochu


    A combined secondary ion mass spectrometer and laser ablation-(multicollector)-inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer study of zircon U-Pb ages, trace elements, and O and Hf isotopes was carried out for orogenic peridotite and its host gneiss in the Sulu orogen. Newly grown zircon domains exhibit weak zoning or no zoning, relatively low Th/U ratios (earth element (HREE) contents, steep middle rare earth element-HREE patterns, negative Eu anomalies, and negative to low δ18O values of -11.3 to 0.9‰ and U-Pb ages of 220 ± 2 to 231 ± 4 Ma. Thus, these zircons would have grown from metasomatic fluids during the early exhumation of deeply subducted continental crust. The infiltration of metasomatic fluids into the peridotite is also indicated by the occurrence of hydrous minerals such as amphibole, serpentine, and chlorite. In contrast, relict zircon domains exhibit magmatic zircon characteristics. Their U-Pb ages and trace element and Hf-O isotope compositions are similar to those for protolith zircons from ultrahigh-pressure metamorphic rocks in the Dabie-Sulu orogenic belt. Thus, these relict magmatic zircons would be physically transported into the peridotite by metasomatic fluids originated from the deeply subducted continental crust. Therefore, the peridotite underwent metasomatism by aqueous solutions derived from dehydration of the deeply subducted continental crust during the early exhumation. It is these crustally derived fluids that would have brought not only such chemical components as Zr and Si but also tiny zircon grains from the deeply subducted crustal rocks into the peridotite at the slab-mantle interface in continental subduction channels. As such, the orogenic peridotite records the crust-mantle interaction at the deep continental subduction zone.

  18. Pellet ablation and ablation model development

    A broad survey of pellet ablation is given, based primarily on information presented at this meeting. The implications of various experimental observations for ablation theory are derived from qualitative arguments of the physics involved. The major elements of a more complete ablation theory are then outlined in terms of these observations. This is followed by a few suggestions on improving the connections between theory and experimental results through examination of ablation data. Although this is a rather aggressive undertaking for such a brief (and undoubtedly incomplete) assessment, some of the discussion may help us advance the understanding of pellet ablation. 17 refs

  19. Emerging Local Ablation Techniques

    Stone, Michael J.; Wood, Bradford J.


    Local ablation technologies for hepatic malignancy have developed rapidly in the past decade, with advances in several percutaneous or externally delivered treatment methods including radiofrequency ablation, microwave ablation, laser ablation, and high-intensity focused ultrasound. Research has focused on increasing the size of the ablation zone and minimizing heat-sink effects. More recent developments include improvements in treatment planning and navigation with integration of several ima...

  20. Studies of ablation pressure, ablative acceleration and ablative implosions

    Time and space resolved X-ray spectroscopy have been used to measure ablation rate and ablation pressure on plane targets irradiated by the first and second harmonics of Nd glass laser light. Streaked X-ray shadowgraphy has been applied to the study of ablatively imploded spherical shell targets uniformly irradiated by six 1.05 μm laser beams. The results give a direct measurement of shell acceleration and thus of ablation pressure and show evidence of fluid instability increasing as the shell ratio is varied from 10 to 100. A direct determination of implosion core density is also obtained. (author)

  1. Radiation effects in zircon and apatite

    Zircon and apatite form as actinide host phases in several high-level waste forms and have been proposed as host phases for the immobilization of plutonium and other actinides. Self-radiation damage from α-decay of the incorporated Pu (or other actinides) can affect the durability and performance of these actinide-bearing phases. Natural zircons and apatites, with ages up to 4 billion years, provide abundant evidence for their long-term durability because of their wide spread use in geochronology and fission-track dating. Detailed studies of natural zircons and apatites, 238Pu-containing zircon, a 244Cm-containing silicate apatite, and ion-irradiated zircon, natural apatite, and synthetic silicate apatites provide a unique basis for the analysis of α-decay effects over broad time scales. Recent results of some of these studies are presented here

  2. Zircon-rutile-ilmenite froth flotation process

    This patent describes a method for separating a mixture of minerals comprising at least zircon, ilmenite and rutile. It comprises adding an acid solution to the mixture to acidify to a pH of between about 2.0 and 6.0; adding starch to the mixture to depress the ilmenite and the rutile; adding a source of fluoride ions to the mixture to provide a negative surface charge on the zircon surface to activate the zircon; adding an amine cationic collector to the mixture to float the activated zircon; subjecting the mixture containing the added acid solution, the fluoride ions, the starch and the cationic collector, to froth flotation; and withdrawing a float product comprising the zircon and a sink product comprising the ilmenite and rutile

  3. Solidification of simulated actinides by natural zircon

    YANG Jian-Wen; LUO Shang-Geng


    Natural zircon was used as precursor material to produce a zircon waste form bearing 20wt% simulated actinides (Nd2O3 and UO2) through a solid state reaction by a typical synroc fabrication process. The fabricated zircon waste form has relatively good physical properties (density 5.09g/cm3, open porosity 4.0%, Vickers hardness 715kg/mm2). The XRD, SEM/EDS and TEM/EDS analyses indicate that there are zircon phases containing waste elements formed through the reaction. The chemical durability and radiation stability are determined by the MCC-1method and heavy ion irradiation; the results show that the zircon waste form is highly leach resistance and relatively stable under irradiation (amorphous dose 0.7dpa). From this study, the method of using a natural mineral to solidify radioactive waste has proven to be feasible.

  4. Behaviour of zircon in high-grade metamorphic rocks: evidence from Hf isotopes, trace elements and textural studies

    Sláma, Jiří; Košler, J.; Pedersen, R. B.


    Roč. 154, č. 3 (2007), s. 335-356. ISSN 0010-7999 Grant ostatní: Grant Agency of the Charles University(CZ) 264/2005/B-GEO Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30130516 Keywords : Hf isotopes * zircon * granulite * U-Pb dating * laser ablation * ICP-MS * garnet * decompression * metamorphic reaction Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy Impact factor: 3.216, year: 2007

  5. Plešovice zircon -- a new natural reference material for U-Pb and Hf isotopic microanalysis

    Sláma, Jiří; Košler, J.; Condon, D. J.; Crowley, J. L.; Gerdes, A.; Hanchar, J. M.; Horstwood, M. S. A.; Morris, G. A.; Nasdala, L.; Norberg, N.; Schaltegger, U.; Schoene, B.; Tubrett, M. N.; Whitehouse, M. J.


    Roč. 249, 1-2 (2008), s. 1-35. ISSN 0009-2541 Grant ostatní: GA ČR(CZ) GA205/05/0381 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30130516 Keywords : zircon reference material * lase ablation ICP-MS * U-Pb dating * Hf isotopes * Plešovice, Bohemian Massif Subject RIV: DD - Geochemistry Impact factor: 3.531, year: 2008

  6. Zircon dating of oceanic crustal accretion.

    Lissenberg, C Johan; Rioux, Matthew; Shimizu, Nobumichi; Bowring, Samuel A; Mével, Catherine


    Most of Earth's present-day crust formed at mid-ocean ridges. High-precision uranium-lead dating of zircons in gabbros from the Vema Fracture Zone on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge reveals that the crust there grew in a highly regular pattern characterized by shallow melt delivery. Combined with results from previous dating studies, this finding suggests that two distinct modes of crustal accretion occur along slow-spreading ridges. Individual samples record a zircon date range of 90,000 to 235,000 years, which is interpreted to reflect the time scale of zircon crystallization in oceanic plutonic rocks. PMID:19179492

  7. Metamictization of zircon: Raman spectroscopic study

    Raman spectroscopy of radiation-damaged natural zircon samples shows increased line broadening and shifts of phonon frequencies with increasing radiation dose. Stretching and bending frequencies of SiO4 tetrahedra soften dramatically with increasing radiation damage. The frequency shifts can be used to determine the degree of radiation damage. Broad spectral bands related to Si-O stretching vibrations between 900 and 1000 cm-1 were observed in metamict/amorphous zircon. The radiation-dose-independent spectral profiles and the coexistence of this broad background and relative sharp Raman modes in partially damaged samples indicate that these bands are correlated with amorphous domains in zircon. The spectral profiles of metamict zircon suggest that in comparison with silica, the SiO4 tetrahedra are less polymerized in metamict zircon. This study also shows that ZrO2 and SiO2 are not the principal products of metamictization in zircon. No indication of bulk chemical unmixing of zircon into ZrO2 and SiO2 was found in 26 samples with a large variation of radiation damage (maximum dose: 23.5x1018 α-events g-1). Only one sample showed clearly, in all measured sample areas, extra sharp lines at 146, 260, 312, 460 and 642 cm-1 characteristic of tetragonal ZrO2. The geological (and possibly artificial heating) history of this sample is not known. It is concluded that radiation damage without subsequent high temperature annealing does not cause unmixing of zircon into constituent oxides. (author)

  8. Thermoluminescence of zircon: a kinetic model

    Turkin, AA; Van Es, HJ; Vainshtein, DI; den Hartog, HW


    The mineral zircon, ZrSiO4, belongs to a class of promising materials for geochronometry by means of thermoluminescence (TL) dating. The development of a reliable and reproducible method for TL dating with zircon requires detailed knowledge of the processes taking place during exposure to ionizing radiation, long-term storage, annealing at moderate temperatures and heating at a constant rate (TL measurements). To understand these processes one needs a kinetic model of TL. This paper is devote...

  9. Mineral zircon: A novel thermoluminescence geochronometer

    Van Es, HJ; Vainshtein, DI; De Meijer, RJ; den Hartog, HW; Donoghue, JF; Rozendaal, A.


    Mineral zircon contains trace amounts (typically 10-1000 ppm) of the alpha-emitters uranium and thorium, which irradiate this mineral internally. This outstanding feature of zircon turns out to be extremely useful when this mineral is applied as a thermoluminescence (TL) dating medium, because the build-up of the age-dependent luminescence is dominated by the presence of well-defined internal radioactive sources and the contributions to the dose from external radiation sources are two orders ...

  10. Impact of hydrothermal alteration on the U-Pb isotopic system of zircons from the Fangcheng syenites in the Qinling orogen, Henan Province, China

    BAO Zhiwei; WANG Qiang; BAI Guodian; ZHAO Zhenhua


    Disturbance of the zircon U-Pb isotopic system has been investigated extensively, but mostly in lab, in the last decades. Here, we reported a field-based study on intensive sericitization, K-feldsparthization and the impacts of mylonitization on zircons from the Fangcheng syenites.The Fangcheng syenites occur in the eastern part of the Qinling orogen and consist mainly of aegirine-augite syenite, aegirine nepheline syenite, biotite syenite and hornblende nepheline syenite. Zircons from the slightly sericitized aegirine augite syenite are colorless, transparent crystals and exhibit well-developed oscillatory and sector zoning on the cathodoluminescence (CL) images which are typical of magmatic zircons from alkaline rocks. Zircon U-Pb determinations by laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICPMS) showed that the syenite was formed in Neoproterozoic time, the weighted average of 206Pb/238U ages is 844.3±1.6 Ma (MSWD=0.86). In contrast, the hydrothermally altered zircons (hydrothermal zircon) from the intensively sericitized, K-feldsparthized, and weakly mylonitized aegirine augite syenite are conglomerates, yellowish to brown in color, generally translucent and internally textureless. The CL and backscatter electron (BSE) images of hydrothermal zircons exhibit fractured, textureless or mosaic textures, and occasionally show "sponge texture" with the veinlets and inclusions of K-feldspar; however, relicts of magmatic oscillatory zoning can still be discerned locally in individual grains. LA-ICPMS analyses of the hydrothermal zircons demonstrated that the zircons are chemically inhomogeneous, with enhanced and widely varied Pb, U, and Th contents. The U and Th contents of the hydrothermal zircons are estimated to be 32×10-6-1550×10-6 and 188×10-6-4059×10-6, respectively, with Th/U ratios within the range of 0.7-44.9. 206Pb/238U apparent ages of the hydrothermal zircons are negatively correlated with the contents of U, and radiogenic and

  11. Accurate and Precise in Situ Zircon U-Pb age Dating With High Sample Throughput by Automated LA-SF-ICP-MS

    Frei, D.; Gerdes, A.; Schersten, A.; Hollis, J. A.; Martina, F.; Knudsen, C.


    Zircon is an ubiquitous mineral in most crystalline rocks as well as clastic sediments. The high resistance to thermal resetting and physical erosion makes zircon an exceptionally useful mineral for precise and accurate dating of thermal geological events. For example, the analysis of the U-Pb ages of detrital zircon grains in clastic sediments is a powerful tool in sedimentary provenance studies. Accurate and precise U-Pb ages of > 100 zircon grains in a sample usually allow to detect all major sedimentary source age components with statistical confidence. U-Pb age dating of detrital zircons is generally the domain of high resolution ion microprobe techniques (high resolution SIMS), where relatively rapid in situ analysis can be achieved. The major limitations of these techniques are sample throughput (about 75 zircon age dates per 24 hours), the very high purchasing and operating costs of the equipment and the need for highly specialised personnel, resulting in high cost. These high costs usually impose uncomfortable restrictions on the number of samples that can be analysed in a provenance study. Here, we present a high sample throughput technique for highly accurate and precise U-Pb dating of zircons by laser ablation magnetic sectorfield inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-SF-ICP-MS). This technique takes advantage of recent progress in laser technology and the introduction of magnetic sectorfield ICP-MS instruments. Based on a ThermoFinnigan Element2 magnetic sctorfield ICP-MS and a New Wave UP 213 laser ablation system, this techniques allows U-Pb dating of zircon grains with precision, accuray and spatial resolution comparable to high resolution SIMS. Because an individual analysis is carried out in less than two minutes and all data is acquired automated in pre-set mode with only minimal operator presence, the sample throughput is an order of magnitude higher compared to high resolution SIMS. Furthermore, the purchasing and operating costs of

  12. Nonequilibrium Ablation of Phenolic Impregnated Carbon Ablator

    Milos, Frank S.; Chen, Yih K.; Gokcen, Tahir


    In previous work, an equilibrium ablation and thermal response model for Phenolic Impregnated Carbon Ablator was developed. In general, over a wide range of test conditions, model predictions compared well with arcjet data for surface recession, surface temperature, in-depth temperature at multiple thermocouples, and char depth. In this work, additional arcjet tests were conducted at stagnation conditions down to 40 W/sq cm and 1.6 kPa. The new data suggest that nonequilibrium effects become important for ablation predictions at heat flux or pressure below about 80 W/sq cm or 10 kPa, respectively. Modifications to the ablation model to account for nonequilibrium effects are investigated. Predictions of the equilibrium and nonequilibrium models are compared with the arcjet data.

  13. Radiogenic isotope systematics of clastic sedimentary rocks - with emphasis on detrital zircon geochronology

    In the present study, the radiogenic isotope systematics of clastic sedimentary rocks are applied to provenance studies. Provenance means place of origin and is basically focused on the location and nature of sediment source areas, the pathways by which the eroded material is transferred from the source to the basin of deposition, and the factors that influence the composition of sedimentary rocks (e.g. relief, climate, tectonic setting). ICP-MS has revolutionised analytical trace element geochemistry, and micro-sampling by laser ablation makes it possible to analyse the trace element and isotope compositions of detrital mineral grains. At the time when this study was initiated, a few pilot studies on detrital zircon geochronology had been carried out. The higher sample throughput and the lower investment cost of 1CPMS compared to SIMS instrumentation, were clear advantages. The analytical challenge was to improve the lower accuracy and precision of the technique. However, new correction methods had shown promising results when applied to the analyses of zircon standards. A careful comparison of the LA-ICPMS with the SIMS technique was needed before LA-ICPMS could confidently be used for provenance studies. A comparative study of' the two techniques was therefore carried out using the NORDSIM facility and the ICPMS laboratory at Memorial University of Newfoundland. The first paper of this thesis deals with the LA-ICPMS technique, and the accuracy and precision of the method when applied to detrital zircon dating. The subsequent papers present three case studies that use the technique, 1) as a tool for terrane analyses of orogenic belts; 2) for provenance studies of a molasse basin to constrain late orogenic exhumation history; and 3) to study the provenance of offshore sediments. 4 papers are included and have titles: 1) U-Pb dating of detrital zircons for sediment provenance studies -a comparison of laser ablation ICPMS and SIMS techniques. 2) U-Pb zircon and Sm

  14. Radiation damage in zircon and monazite

    Monazite and zircon respond differently to ion irradiation and to thermal and irradiation-enhanced annealing. The damage process (i.e., elastic interactions leading to amorphization) in radioactive minerals (metamictization) is basically the same as for the ion-beam-irradiated samples with the exception of the dose rate which is much lower in the case of natural samples. The crystalline-to-metamict transition in natural samples with different degrees of damage, from almost fully crystalline to completely metamict, is compared to the sequence of microstructures observed for ion-beam-irradiated monazite and zircon. The damage accumulation process, representing the competing effects of radiation-induced structural disorder and subsequent annealing mechanisms (irradiation-enhanced and thermal) occurs at much higher temperatures for zircon than for monazite. The amorphization dose, expressed as displacements per atom, is considerably higher in the natural samples, and the atomic-scale process leading to metamictization appears to develop differently. Ion-beam-induced amorphization data were used to calculate the α-decay-event dose required for amorphization in terms of a critical radionuclide concentration, i.e., the concentration above which a sample of a given age will become metamict at a specific temperature. This equation was applied to estimate the reliability of U-Pb ages, to provide a qualitative estimate of the thermal history of high-U natural zircons, and to predict whether actinide-bearing zircon or monazite nuclear waste forms will become amorphous (metamict) over long timescales

  15. Jurassic zircons from the Southwest Indian Ridge.

    Cheng, Hao; Zhou, Huaiyang; Yang, Qunhui; Zhang, Lingmin; Ji, Fuwu; Dick, Henry


    The existence of ancient rocks in present mid-ocean ridges have long been observed but received less attention. Here we report the discovery of zircons with both reasonably young ages of about 5 Ma and abnormally old ages of approximate 180 Ma from two evolved gabbroic rocks that were dredged from the Southwest Indian Ridge (SWIR) in the Gallieni fracture zone. U-Pb and Lu-Hf isotope analyses of zircons were made using ion probe and conventional laser abrasion directly in petrographic thin sections. Young zircons and their host oxide gabbro have positive Hf isotope compositions (εHf = +15.7-+12.4), suggesting a highly depleted mantle beneath the SWIR. The spread εHf values (from-2.3 to-4.5) of abnormally old zircons, together with the unradiogenic Nd-Hf isotope of the host quartz diorite, appears to suggest an ancient juvenile magmatism along the rifting margin of the southern Gondwana prior to the opening of the Indian Ocean. A convincing explanation for the origin of the unusually old zircons is yet to surface, however, an update of the theory of plate tectonics would be expected with continuing discovery of ancient rocks in the mid-oceanic ridges and abyssal ocean basins. PMID:27185575

  16. Jurassic zircons from the Southwest Indian Ridge

    Cheng, Hao; Zhou, Huaiyang; Yang, Qunhui; Zhang, Lingmin; Ji, Fuwu; Dick, Henry


    The existence of ancient rocks in present mid-ocean ridges have long been observed but received less attention. Here we report the discovery of zircons with both reasonably young ages of about 5 Ma and abnormally old ages of approximate 180 Ma from two evolved gabbroic rocks that were dredged from the Southwest Indian Ridge (SWIR) in the Gallieni fracture zone. U–Pb and Lu–Hf isotope analyses of zircons were made using ion probe and conventional laser abrasion directly in petrographic thin sections. Young zircons and their host oxide gabbro have positive Hf isotope compositions (εHf = +15.7–+12.4), suggesting a highly depleted mantle beneath the SWIR. The spread εHf values (from‑2.3 to‑4.5) of abnormally old zircons, together with the unradiogenic Nd-Hf isotope of the host quartz diorite, appears to suggest an ancient juvenile magmatism along the rifting margin of the southern Gondwana prior to the opening of the Indian Ocean. A convincing explanation for the origin of the unusually old zircons is yet to surface, however, an update of the theory of plate tectonics would be expected with continuing discovery of ancient rocks in the mid-oceanic ridges and abyssal ocean basins.

  17. Intrinsic disorders and annealing metamict zircon as wave-guides

    The study of intrinsic disorders in zircon showed that at certain temperature during an annealing process, both Schottky and interstitial disorders would dominate the zircon structure. This time would be the best time to implant relative ions by diffusion, or directly to use an accelerator to implant these ions, then anneal the metamict zircon to tailor the characteristics of the zircon as wave-guides

  18. Lung Ablation: Whats New?

    Xiong, Lillian; Dupuy, Damian E


    Lung cancer had an estimated incidence of 221,200 in 2015, making up 13% of all cancer diagnoses. Tumor ablation is an important treatment option for nonsurgical lung cancer and pulmonary metastatic patients. Radiofrequency ablation has been used for over a decade with newer modalities, microwave ablation, cryoablation, and irreversible electroporation presenting as additional and possibly improved treatment options for patients. This minimally invasive therapy is best for small primary lesions or favorably located metastatic tumors. These technologies can offer palliation and sometimes cure of thoracic malignancies. This article discusses the current available technologies and techniques available for tumor ablation. PMID:27050331

  19. Ablative Thermal Protection System Fundamentals

    Beck, Robin A. S.


    This is the presentation for a short course on the fundamentals of ablative thermal protection systems. It covers the definition of ablation, description of ablative materials, how they work, how to analyze them and how to model them.

  20. Laser ablation principles and applications


    Laser Ablation provides a broad picture of the current understanding of laser ablation and its many applications, from the views of key contributors to the field. Discussed are in detail the electronic processes in laser ablation of semiconductors and insulators, the post-ionization of laser-desorbed biomolecules, Fourier-transform mass spectroscopy, the interaction of laser radiation with organic polymers, laser ablation and optical surface damage, laser desorption/ablation with laser detection, and laser ablation of superconducting thin films.

  1. Preparation of zircon nozzle for the Tundish

    Zircon sand of two different particle distribution with 2 percent of ground pyrophyllite were adopted to prepare the dense specimens of the stopper nozzle for the tundish. The molding pressure of 600kg/cm2 brought about the superior properties to those obtained at the pressure of 300kg/cm2, and as the firing temperatures were increased from 1,3500C to 1,6000C, better characteristics resulted. The addition of 2 percent MgCr2O2 to zircon pyrophyllite batch was more effective in corrosion-resistance to the blast furnace-slag. (author)

  2. Phase relations and conductivity of Sr-zirconates and La-zirconates

    Poulsen, F.W.; Vanderpuil, N.


    The formation of the strontium zirconates SrZrO3, Sr4Zr3O10, Sr3Zr2O7 and Sr2ZrO4, and of the lanthanum zirconates La2Zr2O7 and La2-xYZr2O7 at 1450-degrees-C was investigated by x-ray powder diffraction and DTA. Three different routes of synthesis were tested. In the Sr-zirconate system, single......-C. The conductivity of the Sr-zirconates increases with increasing Sr/Zr ratio. Samples with a nominal composition corresponding to Sr2ZrO4 have a conductivity of 7.5 x 10(-5) and 5.9 x 10(-4) S/cm at 750 and 1000-degrees-C, respectively. For all samples one observes low activation energies for ionic...

  3. Going back in time with zircon

    Uranium-lead age dating, with zircon as the agent is the most recent advance in exploring rocks and minerals to define their stratigraphic sequence. The authors believe it will have a tremendous effect on the accurate mapping of the earth's mineral resources, including those of Antartica; indeed, even of the moon

  4. Ablation behavior and constraints on the U–Pb and Th–Pb geochronometers in titanite analyzed by quadrupole inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry coupled to a 193 nm excimer laser

    U–Th–Pb geochronology of titanite by laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) is a promising technique to constrain the history of igneous and metamorphic rocks. However, the quality of the resulting ages depends strongly on protocol adopted for the analyses and data reduction. There is no general agreement on the laser ablation settings and methodology that should be applied for titanite LA-ICP-MS geochronology. In particular it is essential to define an analytical procedure that could minimize the elemental fractionation for titanite U–Th–Pb geochronology, and to evaluate if non matrix-matched standards and samples (e.g. zircon and titanite) are suitable to obtain precise and accurate ages. In this study, ablation experiments were carried out in spot mode using an ArF 193 nm excimer laser coupled to a quadrupole ICP-MS, with varying fluence, spot size and repetition rate conditions. The ablation behavior of the Khan titanite reference material was described in details and compared to the Plešovice zircon standard. The ratio-of-the-mean intensity method was used for data reduction. Three sources of fractionation and systematic errors between zircon and titanite are considered together: mass bias coefficients, shape of the time-dependent fractionation, and differences of ablated volumes. Even if the laser-induced elemental fractionation and matrix effects can be minimized between the Plešovice zircon standard and the Khan titanite, a matrix-matched standardization with a titanite standard is required for precise U–Th–Pb titanite ages, as well as at low frequency and fluence conditions. - Highlights: • This study presents ablation experiments on Khan titanite compared Plešovice zircon. • Matrix effects related to laser induced elemental fractionation are monitored. • Low frequency and fluence conditions are required for precise U–Th–Pb titanite data. • The Khan titanite can hardly be substituted by a zircon

  5. Radiofrequency ablation in dermatology

    Sachdeva Silonie


    Full Text Available Radiofreqeuency ablation is a versatile dermatosurgical procedure used for surgical management of skin lesions by using various forms of alternating current at an ultra high frequency. The major modalities in radiofrequency are electrosection, electrocoagulation, electrodessication and fulguration. The use of radiofrequency ablation in dermatosurgical practice has gained importance in recent years as it can be used to treat most of the skin lesions with ease in less time with clean surgical field due to adequate hemostasis and with minimal side effects and complications. This article focuses on the major tissue effects and factors influencing radiofrequency ablation and its application for various dermatological conditions.

  6. Liver tumor ablation

    Minimal-invasive techniques for ablation of primary and secondary hepatic tumors gain increasingly clinical importance. This is especially true since surgical resection and classic chemotherapy is successful only in a limited number of patients. Local ablative methods incorporate chemo- (percutaneous alcohol instillation, transarterial chemoembolization), thermo- (radiofrequency-, laser-, microwave-, cryoablation, high intensive focused ultrasound) and radio-ablative techniques (interstitial brachytherapy, selective internal radiotherapy). Regarding their implementation and specific effects these methods are varying widely, nevertheless all of them have a high therapeutical efficacy together with a low complication rate in common - correct application presumed. The knowledge on specific indications and contraindications is crucial to implement these methods into multimodality therapy concepts. (orig.)

  7. Microwave Ablation of Hepatic Malignancy

    Lubner, Meghan G.; Brace, Christopher L.; Ziemlewicz, Tim J.; Hinshaw, J. Louis; Lee, Fred. T.


    Microwave ablation is an extremely promising heat-based thermal ablation modality that has particular applicability in treating hepatic malignancies. Microwaves can generate very high temperatures in very short time periods, potentially leading to improved treatment efficiency and larger ablation zones. As the available technology continues to improve, microwave ablation is emerging as a valuable alternative to radiofrequency ablation in the treatment of hepatic malignancies. This article rev...

  8. femtosecond laser ablation

    Margetic, Vanja


    Femtosecond laser ablation was investigated as a solid sampling method for elemental chemical analysis. In comparison to the sampling with longer laser pulses, two aspects could be improved by using ultrashort pulses: elimination of the elemental fractionation from the ablation crater, which is necessary for an accurate quantitative analysis, and better control of the material removal (especially for metals), which increases the spatial resolution of microanalysis. Basic aspects of ultrashort...

  9. Radioactivity in Zircon from Jos, Central Nigeria

    Mining and processing of zircon along with other minerals, generally for export purposes, have been taking place in Jos, central Nigeria, for several decades. Over the years, there has been increasing concern about the radiological impact resulting from these activities. A previous assessment in the vicinity of processing areas reported an annual dose of 50 mSv which by far exceeds the 1 mSv dose limit for members of the public. In the study, the activity concentrations of 238U and 232Th in 28 samples of zircon from Jos were determined using neutron activation analysis. The results gave concentrations of 466 μg/g (5.75 Bq/g) for 238U and 7054 μg/g (28.62 Bq/g) for 232Th. These results complement the results of earlier assessments and may assist in the proper management of these activities and the choice and implementation of appropriate protective measures. (author)

  10. Investigation into dilution of zircon suspensions

    Investigated is the influence of a number of dilution additives in acid as well as in alkali media on the viscosity of utterly destructed structure of zircon suspensions. It is shown that practically all tested additives, except the extracts of fir (0.5 %) and quebracho (0.25-0.5 %), decrease more or less the ultimate stress of the shift and viscosity of utterly destructed structure. It is stated that the usage of complex additive on the basis of syntan-5, triethanolamine and oxalic acid ammonium, in certain ratios provide suspensions of fine-dispersed zircon after washing with polyacrylamide addition, sufficient yield and viscosity in alkali medium. The properties of castings of such suspensions correspond to ones of suspensions with acid media without polyacrilamide usage

  11. Studies on plasma dissociation of zircon

    Zircon (zirconium silicate) is a major source of zirconium metal. Extraction of zirconium involves chlorination step to convert zirconium silicate to ZrCl4 and SiCl4. SiCl4 is separated and zirconium tetrachloride is reduced with magnesium to yield zirconium metal. Instead of this direct chlorination of zircon, it can be converted to zirconia by thermal plasma dissociation followed by alkali leaching process to separate silica. The resulting zirconium oxide can be used for zirconium extraction. This would result in considerable savings of chlorine consumption and also would eliminate the SiCl4 separation step. The Laser and Plasma Technology Division has developed a 20 kW laboratory 1 scale plasma reactor, which consists of a DC plasma torch mounted on a water cooled reaction chamber, DC power source, water cooling and gas feed system and a powder feeder. The system has been used to study in-flight dissociation of zircon in the thermal plasma jet. Dissociation studies were carried out over 5-16 kW power range. The plasma processed product was characterized by x-ray diffraction technique, which showed that it consisted of zirconium dioxide and silica. The extent of dissociation was estimated by gravimetric method involving alkali leaching of silica. Results of the study indicate that the extent of dissociation strongly depends on input power and other parameters such as plasma gas flow rate. Complete dissociation could be achieved at an input power of 12 kW. The average temperature at the nozzle exit of the plasma torch has been calculated for various input power levels. Calculations on heat transfer to the particles and residence time required to effect dissociation of zircon particles injected in the plasma jet have been carried out for various input power levels and particle sizes ranging from 20-150 microns. Details of the experiments and results will be discussed in the paper. (author)

  12. Zirconium oxide obtainment from brazilian zircon concentrate

    This work presents the experimental results of studies about alkaline melting, acid leaching and sulfation steps for obtention of zirconium oxide and partially stabilized zirconia by yttrium and rare-earth coprecipitation in chlorine medium, starting from the brazilian zircon concentrate. Using statistical methods of factorial design and the Packett-Burman approach, the results are discussed and the optimal conditions of the production steps were determined. (author)

  13. A kinetic model of zircon thermoluminescence

    Turkin, A.A.; Es, H.J. van; Vainshtein, D.I.; Hartog, H.W. den


    A kinetic model of zircon thermoluminescence (TL) has been constructed to simulate the processes and stages relevant to thermoluminescent dating such as: filling of electron and hole traps during the excitation stage both for natural and laboratory irradiation; the time dependence of fading after laboratory irradiation; TL experiments both after laboratory and natural irradiation. The goal is to inspect qualitative behavior of the system and to unravel the processes and determine the paramete...

  14. Thermoluminescence of zircon: a kinetic model

    Turkin, A A; Vainshtein, D I; Hartog, H W D


    The mineral zircon, ZrSiO sub 4 , belongs to a class of promising materials for geochronometry by means of thermoluminescence (TL) dating. The development of a reliable and reproducible method for TL dating with zircon requires detailed knowledge of the processes taking place during exposure to ionizing radiation, long-term storage, annealing at moderate temperatures and heating at a constant rate (TL measurements). To understand these processes one needs a kinetic model of TL. This paper is devoted to the construction of such a model. The goal is to study the qualitative behaviour of the system and to determine the parameters and processes controlling TL phenomena of zircon. The model considers the following processes: (i) Filling of electron and hole traps at the excitation stage as a function of the dose rate and the dose for both (low dose rate) natural and (high dose rate) laboratory irradiation. (ii) Time dependence of TL fading in samples irradiated under laboratory conditions. (iii) Short time anneali...

  15. Heavy-ion irradiation tracks in zircon

    Heavy-ion irradiation (14 MeV/u Pb ions) of zircon crystals gives rise to linear latent tracks of 80x10-10 m diameter and length 140 μm. Direct observation of the track core, by high-voltage high-resolution electron microscopy at atomic resolution, reveals a core having roughly circular cross-section, with some facetting of the core/matrix interface on [101] planes of zircon. The core diameter appears quite uniform. Conventional transmission electron microscopy (bright- and dark-field imaging) reveals an elastic strain field extending for a short distance into the zircon matrix. This appears to drop off more rapidly with distance, say 1/R2, than do dislocation strain fields (∼ 1/R). Analysis of the various contrast mechanisms yields the result that the core is essentially amorphous. The observations confirm directly earlier conclusions based on track etching and electrical conductivity measurements, that the irradiation damage is confirmed to a 50-100 Aangstroem core region of atomically-disordered material, with virtually no damage outside this region. Mechanisms for track production are discussed briefly, but it is concluded that the problem, which is now defined by this structural analysis, has not been fully-appreciated by condensed matter physicists. In particular a damage confinement mechanism is required, which is not intuitively obvious. Some tentative suggestions along this direction are proposed. 33 refs., 9 figs

  16. Role of zircon in tracing crustal growth and recycling

    Compston, W.; Williams, I. S.; Armstrong, R. A.; Claoue-Long, J. C.; Kinny, P. D.; Foster, J. J.; Kroener, A.; Pidgeon, R. T.; Myers, J. S.


    Single crystal ion probe ages of zircons is discussed, which allow much better time resolution compared to other geochronological methods, although the technique is not without problems. Rocks from two areas that contain composite zircon populations, including true magmatic zircons as well as a variety of xenocrystic types are described. It is often difficult to distinguish these; xenocrystic zircons, for example, cannot always be identified on the basis of morphology alone. Additional evidence is needed before making age interpretations. Evidence is also presented of zircon growth long after the original time of crystallization, in some cases apparently at temperatures less than 300 C. The spectacular discovery of 4.1 to 4.2 Ga detrital zircons in metaquartzites from the Mount Narryer area of Western Australia is described. Similar zircons with ages as old as 4276 Ma have been found in the nearby Jack Hills area. The source areas or parent lithologies of these zircons have not yet been determined, but the author expects that they may be unrecognized or buried antecedents of the K rich Narryer gneisses. U or Th concentrations of zircon cannot be used to discriminate between felsic and mafic source rocks.

  17. Oxygen isotopic composition and U-Pb discordance in zircon

    Booth, A.L.; Kolodny, Y.; Chamberlain, C.P.; McWilliams, M.; Schmitt, A.K.; Wooden, J.


    We have investigated U-Pb discordance and oxygen isotopic composition of zircon using high-spatial resolution ??18O measurement by ion microprobe. ??18O in both concordant and discordant zircon grains provides an indication of the relationship between fluid interaction and discordance. Our results suggest that three characteristics of zircon are interrelated: (1) U-Pb systematics and concomitant age discordance, (2) ??18O and the water-rock interactions implied therein, and (3) zircon texture, as revealed by cathodoluminescence and BSE imaging. A key observation is that U-Pb-disturbed zircons are often also variably depleted in 18O, but the relationship between discordance and ??18O is not systematic. ??18O values of discordant zircons are generally lighter but irregular in their distribution. Textural differences between zircon grains can be correlated with both U-Pb discordance and ??18O. Discordant grains exhibit either a recrystallized, fractured, or strongly zoned CL texture, and are characteristic of 18O depletion. We interpret this to be a result of metamictization, leading to destruction of the zircon lattice and an increased susceptibility to lead loss. Conversely, grains that are concordant have less-expressed zoning and a smoother CL texture and are enriched in 18O. From this it is apparent that various stages of water-rock interaction, as evidenced by systematic variations in ??18O, leave their imprint on both the texture and U-Pb systematics of zircon. Copyright ?? 2005 Elsevier Ltd.

  18. Chemical and U-Pb dating investigation of zircons from alnöites on Malaita, Solomon Islands: evidence for prolonged kimberlite-type magmatic activity

    Simonetti, A.; Neal, C. R.


    The Solomon Islands chain is located in an area dominated by the Ontong Java Plateau (OJP). The island of Malaita formed at the obducted leading edge of the OJP and is geologically distinct from the islands to the west. Occurrences of pipe-like bodies of alnöite outcrop within limestones and mudstones in northern Malaita and have been seismically imaged offshore within the OJP. The Malaita alnöite is silica-undersaturated and contains a rich and varied suite of peridotite xenoliths and megacrysts (clinopyroxene, garnet, ilmenite, phlogopite, and minor zircon). The alnöite and associated megacrysts have been the focus of detailed chemical and radiogenic isotope investigations but the exact age of alnöite emplacement remains debatable. Previously reported ages for minerals associated with the Malaita alnöites include an Ar-Ar date of 34 Ma for phlogopite from a mantle xenolith, and a single 206Pb/238U date of 33.9 Ma obtained from a single zircon megacryst. Here we report on a detailed chemical (major and trace element) and U-Pb age investigation of zircon crystals recovered from rivers in the Aluta, Kwainale, and Faufaumela regions of central Malaita. The major element (SiO2, ZrO2, and HfO2) composition and back scattered electron (BSE) imaging of mm- to cm-sized zircons from the three locations were conducted by electron microprobe analysis. The data reveal a variation in the Zr/Hf ratio (45 to 57) for zircons from the Aluta area, whereas this ratio is relatively uniform in most zircons from Kwainale (Zr/Hf 45 to 48). Of importance, the BSE imaging reveals the homogeneous nature of the grains and the lack of inherited components. Trace element compositions of the zircon crystals were obtained by laser ablation (LA)-ICP-MS and these reveal similar chondrite-normalized REE patterns at variable enrichment levels for all grains analyzed; these patterns along with the U, Th, and Pb contents are similar to those documented for mantle-derived zircons formed within

  19. Uranium-lead ages of zircon megacrysts and zircon included in corundum from Peixe Alcaline complex (Brazil)

    The Peixe Alkaline Complex, Brazil, contains unusual mineral occurrences. Among them are zircon megacrysts (there are centimetric zircons) that have been subject of economic exploitation since the 1970's. But these crystals have not been studied in detail, in particular with respect to their isotope composition and U-Pb age. Pegmatites bearing corundum megacrysts also occur inside this complex. These corundum megacrysts also contain millimetric-sized zircon inclusions, which have never been studied before. The geochronological study of these zircons are important both for the understanding of the complex and the pegmatitic corundum, as well for an improved understanding of the regional geological evolution (au)

  20. Transient Ablation of Teflon Hemispheres

    Arai, Norio; Karashima, Kei-ichi; Sato, Kiyoshi


    For high-speed entry of space vehicles into atmospheric environments, ablation is a practical method for alleviating severe aerodynamic heating. Several studies have been undertaken on steady or quasi-steady ablation. However, ablation is a very complicated phenomenon in which a nonequilibrium chemical process is associated with an aerodynamic process that involves changes in body shape with time. Therefore, it seems realistic to consider that ablation is an unsteady phenomenon. In the design of an ablative heat-shield system, since the ultimate purpose of the heat shield is to keep the internal temperature of the space vehicle at a safe level during entry, the transient heat conduction characteristics of the ablator may be critical in the selection of the material and its thickness. This note presents an experimental study of transient ablation of Teflon, with particular emphasis on the change in body shape, the instantaneous internal temperature distribution, and the effect of thermal expansion on ablation rate.

  1. Power Laser Ablation Symposia

    Phipps, Claude


    Laser ablation describes the interaction of intense optical fields with matter, in which atoms are selectively driven off by thermal or nonthermal mechanisms. The field of laser ablation physics is advancing so rapidly that its principal results are seen only in specialized journals and conferences. This is the first book that combines the most recent results in this rapidly advancing field with authoritative treatment of laser ablation and its applications, including the physics of high-power laser-matter interaction. Many practical applications exist, ranging from inertial confinement fusion to propulsion of aerostats for pollution monitoring to laser ignition of hypersonic engines to laser cleaning nanoscale contaminants in high-volume computer hard drive manufacture to direct observation of the electronic or dissociative states in atoms and molecules, to studying the properties of materials during 200kbar shocks developed in 200fs. Selecting topics which are representative of such a broad field is difficu...

  2. Optical-vortex laser ablation

    Hamazaki, Junichi; Morita, Ryuji; Chujo, Keisuke; Kobayashi, Yusuke; Tanda, Satoshi; Omatsu, Takashige


    Laser ablation of Ta plates using nanosecond optical vortex pulses was carried out, for the first time. It was suggested that owing to orbital angular momentum of optical vortex, clearer and smoother processed surfaces were obtained with less ablation threshold fluence, in comparison with the ablation by a nonvortex annular beam modified from a spatially Gaussian beam.

  3. Is ''metamictization'' of zircon a phase transition?

    Metamictization is the transition from the crystalline to an aperiodic or amorphous state due to alpha-decay event damage from constituent radionuclides (238U, 235U, and 232Th) and their daughters. However, this transformation in minerals is part of a larger class of radiation-induced transformations to the amorphous state that has received considerable recent attention as a result of ion- and electron-beam experiments on metals, intermetallics, simple oxides, and complex ceramics and minerals. Diffuse X-ray scattering from single crystals of metamict zircon reveals residual crystallinity even at high fluences (up to 7.2 x 1018 α-decay events/g). The experimental evidence does not suggest that radiation-induced amorphization is a phase transition. The observations are in good agreement with a nonconvergent, heterogeneous model of amorphization in which damage production is a random process of cascade formation and overlap at increasing fluence. Instead of an amorphization transition, the existence of a percolation transition is postulated. At the level of radiation damage near the percolation point, the heterogeneous strain broadening of X-ray diffraction profiles is reduced whereas the particle-size broadening increases. Simultaneously, the macroscopic swelling of the zircon becomes larger than the maximum expansion of the unit-cell parameters. A suitable empirical parameter that characterizes this transition is the flux, Ds, at which the macroscopic expansion is identical to the maximum expansion of the crystallographic unit cell. In zircon, Ds = 3.5·1018 α-decay events/g

  4. Natural radioactivity and radon specific exhalation rate of zircon sands

    Righi, S.; Verita, S.; Bruzzi, L. [Bologna Univ., Centro Interdipartimentale di Ricerca per le Scienze Ambientali and Dipt. di Fisica, Ravenna (Italy); Albertazzi, A. [Italian Ceramic Center, Bologna (Italy)


    The study focuses on the radon emanation from zircon sands and their derivatives, which are widely used in many sectors of industry. In particular, the results obtained by experimental measurements on samples of zircon sands and zircon flours commonly used in Italian ceramic industries are reported. Zircon sands contain a significant concentration of natural radioactivity because Th and U may substitute zirconium in the zircon crystal lattice. The relevant routes of exposure of workers to T.E.N.O.R.M. from zircon materials are external radiation and internal exposure, either by inhalation of aerosols in dusty working conditions or by inhalation of radon in workplaces. The main objective of this investigation is to provide experimental data able to better calculate the internal exposure of workers due to radon inhalation. Zircon samples were surveyed for natural radioactivity, radon specific exhalation rate and emanation fraction. Measurements of radioactivity concentration were carried out using {gamma}-spectrometry. Methods used for determining radon consisted in determining the {sup 222}Rn activity accumulated in a vessel after a given accumulation build-up time. The average activity concentrations of {sup 238}U and {sup 232}Th in samples result about 2600 and 550 Bq kg-1, respectively; these concentrations are significantly higher than the world average noticed in soils, rocks and Earth crust. The {sup 222}Rn specific exhalation rates result very low probably due to the low porosity of the material and the consequent difficulty for radon to be released from the zircon crystal lattice. (author)

  5. Natural radioactivity and radon specific exhalation rate of zircon sands

    The study focuses on the radon emanation from zircon sands and their derivatives, which are widely used in many sectors of industry. In particular, the results obtained by experimental measurements on samples of zircon sands and zircon flours commonly used in Italian ceramic industries are reported. Zircon sands contain a significant concentration of natural radioactivity because Th and U may substitute zirconium in the zircon crystal lattice. The relevant routes of exposure of workers to T.E.N.O.R.M. from zircon materials are external radiation and internal exposure, either by inhalation of aerosols in dusty working conditions or by inhalation of radon in workplaces. The main objective of this investigation is to provide experimental data able to better calculate the internal exposure of workers due to radon inhalation. Zircon samples were surveyed for natural radioactivity, radon specific exhalation rate and emanation fraction. Measurements of radioactivity concentration were carried out using γ-spectrometry. Methods used for determining radon consisted in determining the 222Rn activity accumulated in a vessel after a given accumulation build-up time. The average activity concentrations of 238U and 232Th in samples result about 2600 and 550 Bq kg-1, respectively; these concentrations are significantly higher than the world average noticed in soils, rocks and Earth crust. The 222Rn specific exhalation rates result very low probably due to the low porosity of the material and the consequent difficulty for radon to be released from the zircon crystal lattice. (author)

  6. Large swelling and percolation in irradiated zircon

    Trachenko, K; Salje, E K H


    We study the effect of large swelling in irradiated zircon. We perform molecular dynamics simulation of the overlap of two radiation events and find that the damage produced in the second event scatters away from the densified boundary of the damaged region implanted previously. This serves as the microscopic mechanism of the increase of volume occupied by the damage. The additive nature of this effect results in large swelling observed experimentally. We translate the damage accumulation into the percolation problem, and show that volume swelling is a percolation phenomenon, with the swelling curve increasing rapidly at the percolation threshold. (letter to the editor)

  7. Extinct Plutonium Geochemistry of Ancient Hadean Zircons

    Turner, G.; Gilmour, J.; Crowther, S.; Busfield, A.; Mojzsis, S.; Harrison, M.


    The abundance of 244Pu in the early solar system has important implications for r-process nucleosynthesis and models of noble gas transport within the Earth's mantle. Our recent discovery(1) of xenon isotopes from the in-situ decay of 244Pu in ancient Jack Hills zircons promises to provide a new time-sensitive window on the first 500 Ma of Earth history. We have extended this initial work by the use of resonance ioniisation mass spectrometry to analyse xenon released by stepped heating from 17 individual zircons with Pb-Pb ages in the range 3.95 to 4.18 Ga. Our immediate objectives are to determine the causes of variations in the inferred Pu/U ratios and in the longer term to determine the initial Pu/U ratio of the Earth. The Pu/U ratios calculated for individual zircons may be expected to vary as a result of igneous fractionation and also from differential loss of Pu and U fission xenon in the last 4 Ga. We have studied the effects of xenon loss by irradiating the zircons with thermal neutrons to generate xenon from 235U neutron fission in order to determine U/Xe ratios and apparent ages. 131Xe/134Xe and 132Xe/134Xe ratios can be used to calculate the relative contributions from 244Pu and 238U spontaneous fission and 235U neutron fission. The measured Pu/U ratios (back calculated to 4.56 Ga on the basis of the individual Pb-Pb ages) range from zero to 0.012. The highest ratio in our initial study was 0.008 (note that the published ratio has been revised upwards on the basis of improved decay parameters for 238U spontaneous fission). Comparison of Pb-Pb and U-Xe ages indicate varying amounts of xenon loss, over 50% in some cases. While this accounts for some of the variability in the inferred Pu/U, igneous fractionation may also play a part, and we are currently attempting to investigate this by a comparison with REE abundances. Reference: (1) Turner et al. (2004) Science, 306, 89-91.

  8. Improving Consistency in Laser Ablation Geochronology

    Horstwood, Matt; Gehrels, George; Bowring, James


    Workshop on Data Handling in LA-ICP-MS U-Th-Pb Geochronology; San Francisco, California, 12-13 December 2009; The use of uranium-thorium-lead (U-Th-Pb) laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) geochronology involves rapid analysis of U-and Th-rich accessory minerals. It routinely achieves 1-2% precision for U-Th-Pb dates constituting detrital mineral age spectra and for dating igneous and metamorphic events. The speed and low setup and analysis cost of LA-ICP-MS U-Th-Pb geochronology has led to a proliferation of active laboratories. Tens of thousands of analyses are produced per month, but there is little agreement on how to transform these data into accurate U-Th-Pb dates. Recent interlaboratory blind comparisons of zircon samples indicate that resolvable biases exist among laboratories and the sources of bias are not fully understood. Common protocols of data reduction and reporting are essential for scientists to be able to compare and interpret these data accurately.

  9. [The characteristics of microstructure and chemical compositions of K-feldspar, sphene and zircon with zoning structure].

    Liu, Chun-Hua; Wu, Cai-Lai; Lei, Min; Qin, Hai-Peng; Li, Ming-Ze


    K-feldspar, sphene and zircon in quartz monzonite from Shahewan, south Qinling, showing strong zoning structure. Characteristics of microstructure and chemical compositions of K-feldspar, sphene and zircon with zoning structure were investigated using advanced instruments of electron probe micro analyses equipped with wavelength dispersive spectrometer (EPM-WDS), scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive spectrometer (SEM-EDS) and laser ablation--inductively coupled plasma--mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS). Our study suggests that K+ could be substituted by small amounts of Na+, Ca2+, Ba2+, Fe2+ and Ce3+. Ca2+ in sphene could be replaced by V3+, Ce3+, Ba2+ and Ti4+ could be substituted by both Fe2+ and Al3+. Zircon contains trace elements like Fe, Th, U, Nb, Ta, Y, Hf, Yb and Pb. Concentration of Si, Al, K, Ca, Na, Mg and Ba in K-feldspar ranked from high to low, among which the contents of K and Na are negatively correlated, the lighter part of BSE images featuring K-feldspar is attributed to comparably higher Ba content, additionally, Si and K contents are elevated while Na content decreased rimward. Ca, Si, Ti, Ba, V, Ce, Al and Fe concentration listed downward, among which higher iron content corresponds to brighter portion of BSE images. Element concentration of zircon could be ranked from high to low as Zr, Si, Nd, Ce, Hf, U, Pb and Th, in which Hf and Zr exhibit negatively correlated. Zr concentration increased while Hf, U and Th concentration decreased from core to rim. PMID:24159884

  10. Auto-regenerative thermoluminescence dating using zircon inclusions

    Fired ceramics containing zircon inclusions have been dated by allowing the zircons to regenerate their own thermoluminescence (TL) signal, hence auto-regenerative TL dating. The technique is conceptually straightforward. One first measures the TL accrued since the last heating of the material. The zircon grains are then stored for six months and the TL signal regenerated through self-irradiation is measured. Since the internal dose-rate for zircon is dominated by the internal component the age of the sample is simply given by the ratio of the natural to auto-regenerated signal times the laboratory storage period. The technique, however, requires the measurement of a very small auto-regenerated signal, which introduces a number of experimental and physical complications. The methods for overcoming these problems and successfully dating zircons by auto-regeneration are described. (Author)

  11. Luminescence dating of zircon using an imaging photon detector

    The luminescence dating of zircon can be difficult with conventional photomultipliers because of the combined background from dark current and black-body radiation. Previously the latter problem has been minimized by imaging the thermoluminescence (TL) to blank off regions of the disc which do not hold zircons. A better approach is to replace the photomultiplier with an imaging photon detector (IPD). Recent advances in technology have resulted in an instrument which approaches the performance characteristics of conventional photomultipliers. The great advantage for zircon dating is that the TL from individual grains can easily be integrated and the effects of both dark current and black-body radiation from all other regions neglected. The IPD has been used in the dating of several pottery and volcanic samples, as well as for procedural developments in the dating of zircon from sediment. The performance characteristics of the IPD are described, together with some examples of its application to zircon dating. (author)

  12. Detrital zircon provenance from three turbidite depocenters of the Middle-Upper Triassic Songpan-Ganzi complex, central China: Record of collisional tectonics, erosional exhumation, and sediment production

    Weislogel, A.L.; Graham, S.A.; Chang, E.Z.; Wooden, J.L.; Gehrels, G.E.


    To test the idea that the voluminous upper Middle to Upper Triassic turbidite strata in the Songpan-Ganzi complex of central China archive a detrital record of Dabie ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) terrane unroofing, we report 2080 single detrital U-Pb zircon ages by sensitive high-resolution ion microprobe-reverse geometry (SHRIMP-RG) and laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) analysis from 29 eastern Songpan-Ganzi complex sandstone samples. Low (zircons, consistent with crystallization under UHP conditions, are rare in eastern Songpan-Ganzi complex zircon, and U-Pb ages of low Th/U zircons are incompatible with a Dabie terrane source. An unweighted pair group method with arithmetic mean nearest-neighbor analysis of Kolmogorov-Smirnov two-sample test results reveals that the eastern Songpan-Ganzi complex is not a single contiguous turbidite system but is instead composed of three subsidiary depocenters, each associated with distinct sediment sources. The northeastern depocenter contains zircon ages characterized by Paleozoic and bimodally distributed Precambrian zircon populations, which, together with south-to southeast-directed paleocurrent data, indicate derivation from the retro-side of the Qinling-Dabie (Q-D) collisional orogen wedge. In the central depocenter, the dominantly Paleozoic detrital zircon signature and south-to southwest-oriented paleocurrent indicators reflect a profusion of Paleozoic zircon grains. These data are interpreted to reflect an influx of material derived from erosion of Paleozoic supra-UHP rocks of the Dabie terrane in the eastern Qinling-Dabie orogen, which we speculate may have been enhanced by development of a monsoonal climate. This suggests that erosional unroofing played a significant role in the initial phase of UHP exhumation and likely influenced the petrotectonic and structural evolution of the Qinling-Dabie orogen, as evidenced by compressed Triassic isotherms/grads reported in the Huwan shear

  13. Spark ablation device

    Schmidt-Ott, A.; Pfeiffer, T.V.


    A spark ablation device for generating nanoparticles comprising a spark generator; the spark generator comprising first and second electrodes, wherein the spark generator further comprises at least one power source which is arranged to be operative at a first energy level for maintaining a discharge

  14. Tumor ablations in IMRI

    Roberto Blanco Sequeiros


    @@ IntroductionMagnetic resonance imaging based guidance control and monitoring of minimally invasive intervention has developed from a hypothetical concept to a practical possibility. Magnetic-resonance-guided interstitial therapy in principle is defined as a treatment technique for ablating deepseated tumors in the human body.

  15. Re-Os molybdenite and LA-ICPMS-MC U-Pb zircon geochronology for the Milpillas porphyry copper deposit: insights for the timing of mineralization in the Cananea District, Sonora, Mexico

    Víctor A. Valencia; Benito Noguez Alcántara; Fernando Barra; Joaquín Ruiz; George Gehrels; Francisco Quintanar; Martín Valencia Moreno


    New geochronological data presented here improves the understanding of the temporal evolution of the Cananea Mining District, and particularly of the Milpillas porphyry copper deposit (northeastern Sonora, Mexico). Uranium-lead zircon analyses, using laser ablation ICP-MS multi-collector, from the quartz monzonite porphyry unit that host the mineralization at the Milpillas deposit, yielded a crystallization age of 63.9 ± 1.3 Ma (2-sigma). Re-Os molybdenite ages from two drill core samples fro...

  16. Tracking magma mixing: in-situ Hf-isotope analysis of zircons

    Full text: Field relationships in the 115 Ma Pingtan complex in coastal Fujian Province, SE China show extensive mingling of mafic and felsic magmas, producing pillow-like enclaves, and suggest formation of at least some intermediate members of the suite (granodiorite, quartz diorite) through hybridisation (Xu et al., 1999). Similar Sr (initial 87Sr/86Sr =0.7065) and Nd (eNd = -1.5) isotopic compositions imply that both the felsic and the mafic magmas represent contain a significant crustal component, but Nd model ages (TDM =1Ga), significantly younger than known crust in the region (1.4-2.0 Ga), suggest a juvenile component as well. To investigate the processes of crust-mantle interaction, and specifically the timing of any mixing of crustal and mantle components, we have carried out a detailed study of the Pingtan rocks, using LAM-MC-ICPMS techniques to analyse Hf isotopes in individual zircon grains. Zircons (*150x50 μm) were separated from a granite, a granodiorite enclave (pillow) in the granite, a quartz diorite enclave, a granodiorite and a gabbro. The zircons in each rock show several growth stages, recognised by studies of external and internal morphology in cathodoluminescence images. Detailed studies by EMP (Hf, Y, U, Th) and LAM-ICPMS (REE, U, Th, other trace elements) show that changes in internal morphology or zoning style are accompanied by changes in trace-element patterns, reflecting changes in magma composition and/or physical conditions. It is clear that the zircons have acted as recorders of the evolution of the magmas, and that this evolution included abrupt changes in composition. Hf isotope measurements were done using a Merchantek LUV266 Nd:YAG laser probe, attached to a Nu Plasma multi-collector ICPMS. Typical spot sizes were 30-40 microns; typical internal precision on 1-2 minute ablations was 176Hf/177Hf of ±0.00002-6 (2SE). Interferences of 176Lu and 176Yb on 176Hf were corrected by monitoring 175Lu and 172Yb; the accuracy and

  17. U-Pb zircon and biostratigraphic data of high-pressure/low-temperature metamorphic rocks of the Talea Ori: tracking the Paleotethys suture in central Crete, Greece

    Zulauf, G.; Dörr, W.; Krahl, J.; Lahaye, Y.; Chatzaras, V.; Xypolias, P.


    Inherited deformation microfabrics of detrital quartz grains and U-Pb (Laser ablation (LA)-ICPMS and ID TIMS) ages of detrital zircons separated from the Phyllite-Quartzite Unit s.l. of the Talea Ori, central Crete, suggest strikingly different source rocks. Albite gneiss of the lower Rogdia Beds includes Cambrian and Neoproterozoic rounded zircons with main U-Pb age peaks at 628 and 988 Ma. These and minor Paleoproterozoic and Archean peaks, together with the lack of Variscan-aged and Mesoproterozoic zircons, are similar to the age spectra obtained from the Phyllite-Quartzite Unit s.str. of the Peloponnesus and eastern Crete and from the Taurides. All of these zircons should be derived from the northeastern passive margin of Gondwana (Cimmeria). Metatuffites of the uppermost Rogdia Beds and metasandstone of Bali beach, on the other hand, include euhedral detrital zircons displaying a Variscan U-Pb age spectra at ca. 300 Ma with concordia ages at 291 ± 3, 300 ± 1 Ma (Rogdia) and 286 ± 3, 300 ± 3, 313 ± 2 Ma (Bali). Both types of metasediments and their zircons are similar to those of the pre-Alpine basement and overlying Tyros Beds of eastern Crete, revealing a provenance at the southern active margin of Laurasia. Thus, in central Crete the Paleotethys suture should be situated inside the Rogdia Beds. Magmatic zircons separated from a rhyolite boulder of the lower Achlada Beds yielded a concordant U-Pb zircon age at 242 ± 2 Ma placing a maximum age for the deposition of the (meta)conglomerate from which the boulder was collected. This age is compatible with an Olenekian-early Anisian age of the underlying Vasilikon marble suggested by new findings of the foraminifera Meandrospira aff. pusilla. Both the Achlada Beds and the Vasilikon marble can be attributed to the lower Tyros Beds of eastern Crete. The Alpine deformation led to a pervasive mylonitic foliation, which is affecting most of the studied rocks. This foliation results from D2 top

  18. Selection of Raw Materials for the Reactive Sinterling of Zircon Porous Ceramics

    SHENYi; ZHANGWenli; 等


    The effect of three kinds of zircon raw materials on the sinterability and properties of porous zircon ceramics have been investigated.The results have shown that all the tested fired compacts are of high porosity,However,the sintering process are different for different raw materials.The preferable selected raw materials for porous zircon ceramics were commercials zircon and quartz.

  19. Trace element and oxygen isotope composition of Hawaiian hotspot zircon

    Vazquez, J. A.; Bindeman, I. N.; Shamberger, P. J.; Hammer, J. E.


    The trace element and isotopic compositions of zircon are increasingly used to delimit the provenance of detrital minerals in sedimentary rocks, as well as the dynamics and timescales of magmagenesis and metamorphism. Numerous studies document the characteristics of zircon hosted by continental and MORB-related rocks, but the characteristics of zircon generated in magmas from oceanic hotspots are relatively unknown. We present the trace element and O-isotope compositions of Hawaiian zircon from gabbroic and dioritic xenoliths sampled by Holocene basalts at Hualalai volcano. The plutonic zircon yield U-Pb and 238U-230Th ages of ca. 250 ka and 40 ka and grew from intrusions of highly fractionated alkalic magma lodged at >10 km depths (Shamberger & Hammer, 2006; Vazquez et al., 2007). Individual Hualalai zircon are euhedral to anhedral with inclusions of feldspars, pyroxenes, and trachytic glass. Zoning apparent in cathodoluminescence images is generally indistinct, but a significant minority of crystals has rims with relatively high luminescence. Ion microprobe analyses of individual zircon crystals reveal trace element zoning that generally correlates with luminescence. Up to 20-fold variation in HREE concentrations, with overall positive correlation between Eu/Eu* and Ti and inverse correlation between Hf and Ti, characterize Hualalai zircon. These relations are similar to those reported for zircon from some felsic suites related by cooling-induced fractionation. Luminescent rims have relatively low REE, Hf, and Y, but have Ti concentrations like their corresponding interiors. Ti-in-zircon thermometry yields temperatures between 800-1000°C after adjustments for sub-unity TiO2 and SiO2 activities using silicate-oxide equilibria. These temperatures are generally consistent with temperatures derived from two-feldspar and glass-pyroxene pairs included by single zircon crystals. Despite compositional differences, zircon interiors and luminescent rims yield 238U-230Th

  20. Carbonitridation of mechanically activated mixtures of zircon and carbon

    Setoudeh, N., E-mail: [Materials Engineering Department, Yasouj University, Yasouj (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Welham, N.J., E-mail: [West Australian School of Mines, Curtin University, PO Box U1977, Perth, Western Australia (Australia)


    Highlights: • Formation temperature of ZrN and ZrC decreased to 1400 °C in the five hours milled sample. • Either ZrC or ZrN were observed in the heating of 6:1 C:Zircon samples under argon/nitrogen atmospheres. • Amount of tetragonal zirconia increased in nitrogen atmosphere. • Percentage of tetragonal zirconia increased at higher C:Zircon ratios. -- Abstract: Two different stoichiometries of zircon (ZrSiO{sub 4}) and activated carbon (C:zircon molar ratios of 3:1 and 6:1) were milled together at for 5 h and subjected to thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA). TGA runs were performed under argon and nitrogen atmospheres. The main mass loss reaction started at around 1200 °C in all samples, but the mass loss was greater in the 6:1 C:zircon ratio samples in nitrogen. X-ray diffraction (XRD) of the residues showed the decomposition of zircon was nearly complete. Traces of ZrN along with monoclinic and tetragonal forms of zirconia were observed in the nitrogen atmosphere, however only zirconia was present after heating in argon. Heating the 6:1 C:zircon molar ratio sample for 1 h at 1400 °C in argon resulted in the formation of ZrC and SiC, in nitrogen ZrN was formed.

  1. Carbonitridation of mechanically activated mixtures of zircon and carbon

    Highlights: • Formation temperature of ZrN and ZrC decreased to 1400 °C in the five hours milled sample. • Either ZrC or ZrN were observed in the heating of 6:1 C:Zircon samples under argon/nitrogen atmospheres. • Amount of tetragonal zirconia increased in nitrogen atmosphere. • Percentage of tetragonal zirconia increased at higher C:Zircon ratios. -- Abstract: Two different stoichiometries of zircon (ZrSiO4) and activated carbon (C:zircon molar ratios of 3:1 and 6:1) were milled together at for 5 h and subjected to thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA). TGA runs were performed under argon and nitrogen atmospheres. The main mass loss reaction started at around 1200 °C in all samples, but the mass loss was greater in the 6:1 C:zircon ratio samples in nitrogen. X-ray diffraction (XRD) of the residues showed the decomposition of zircon was nearly complete. Traces of ZrN along with monoclinic and tetragonal forms of zirconia were observed in the nitrogen atmosphere, however only zirconia was present after heating in argon. Heating the 6:1 C:zircon molar ratio sample for 1 h at 1400 °C in argon resulted in the formation of ZrC and SiC, in nitrogen ZrN was formed

  2. Moessbauer study of the structure of Fe - zircon system

    Iron-doped silicate (zircon), prepared by a ceramic method with the addition of LiF as mineralizer, was analyzed by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and 57Fe Moessbauer spectroscopy to obtain information on the solid solution formation. The results of X-ray diffraction and Moessbauer spectroscopy have shown that only a small fraction of iron, about 1.5 mol%, is incorporated in the zircon structure as paramagnetic Fe3+ species while the remaining Fe3+ cations form magnetic α-Fe2O3 particles which are trapped within the zircon matrix. (author)

  3. A Raman spectroscopic study of zircons on micro-scale and Its significance in explaining the origin of zircons

    Bao, Xuezhao; Lu, Songnian


    The magmatic and metamorphic zircons were investigated with Raman spectrum microprobe analysis. We found notable differences between these two kinds of zircons exhibited by the variation trend of Raman peak intensity from core to rim of a crystal. In magmatic zircons, the intensity and the ratio H/W of Raman spectrum peaks gradually decrease from core to rim of a crystal, which is produced by an increase in metamictization degree and suggests an increase in U and Th concentrations from core to rim. In metamorphic zircons, there are two kinds of crystals according to their Raman spectra: the first group of zircons exhibits a variation trend opposite to those of magmatic zircons, tending to increase in the Raman peak intensity and H/W value from core to rim of a crystal, which is produced by a decrease in metamictization degree and indicates a decrease of U and Th concentrations from core to rim of a crystal. The second group of zircons exhibits no change in Raman peak intensity and H/W value through a crystal....

  4. Meteoroid ablation models

    Popova, Olga


    The fate of entering meteoroids in atmosphere is determined by their size, velocity and substance properties. Material from ablation of small-sized meteors (roughly R≤0.01-1 cm) is mostly deposited between 120 and 80 km altitudes. Larger bodies (up to meter sizes) penetrate deeper into the atmosphere (down to 20 km altitude). Meteoroids of cometary origin typically have higher termination altitude due to substance properties and higher entry velocity. Fast meteoroids ( V>30-40 km/s) may lose a part of their material at higher altitudes due to sputtering. Local flow regime realized around the falling body determines the heat transfer and mass loss processes. Classic approach to meteor interaction with atmosphere allows describing two limiting cases: - large meteoroid at relatively low altitude, where shock wave is formed (hydrodynamical models); - small meteoroid/or high altitudes - free molecule regime of interaction, which assumes no collisions between evaporated meteoroid particles. These evaporated particles form initial train, which then spreads into an ambient air due to diffusion. Ablation models should make it possible to describe physical conditions that occur around meteor body. Several self-consistent hydrodynamical models are developed, but similar models for transition and free molecule regimes are still under study. This paper reviews existing ablation models and discusses model boundaries.

  5. Thermal expansion in lead zirconate titanate


    The volume anomalies with temperature variations in tin-modified lead zirconate titanate ceramics are investigated. Experimental results show that the volume changes are related to the phase transitions induced with temperature. The magnitude and orientation of crystal volume changes are dependent on the particular phase transition. When antiferroelectrics is transformed to ferroelectrics or paraelectrics the volume expands. Oppositely when ferroelectrics is transformed to antiferroelectrics or paraelectrics the volume contracts. In the transition of antiferroelectric orthorhombic structure to tetragonal structure or ferroelectric low-temperature rhombohedral structure to high-tem- perature rhombohedral structure, there are also revealed apparent anomalies in the curves of thermal expansion. Among them, the volume strain caused by the transition between antiferroelectrics and ferroelectrics is the biggest in magnitude, and the linear expansion dL/L0 and the expansion coefficient (dL/L0)/dT can reach 2.810?3 and 7.5 × 10?4 K?1 respectively.

  6. Characterization of zirconized silica supports for HPLC

    The preparation and characterization of zirconized silica has been investigated. The material was prepared via the reaction of silica with zirconium tetrabutoxide, optimized by a central composite design and response surface methodology. The new material was characterized by nitrogen adsorption-desorption investigations (BET/BJH) showing specific surface areas adequate for use as a chromatographic support. DRUVS, FTIR, XPS, XAS, XRF and SEM methods also were used to characterize the new material. It was shown that silica networks were not significantly modified with the introduction of zirconium. Surface analyses show that there is appreciable element enrichment at the surface, while significant changes in binding energies of Zr 3d, Si 2p, and O 1s have been detected. The above observations indicate that Si-O-Zr bonds were formed, with zirconium grafted onto the silica surface, yielding a support suitable for HPLC

  7. Zircon Archean of the Transuralian megazone

    Krasnobaev, A. A.; Puchkov, V. N.; Puzhakov, B. A.; Busharina, S. V.; Sergeeva, N. D.


    The Il'inka metamorphic complex (IC) is located in the Transuralian megazone at the latitude of the Chelyabinsk granite pluton, east of the Chelyabinsk graben. The petrological, mineralogical, and age data on the IC indicate the presence of Archean complexes during its formation. Taking into account the importance of the age data on IC, zircons were additionally analyzed using a SHRIMP. For the Transuralian megazone, the analytical data allowed us for the first time to establish the presence of the Neoarchean (2715 ± 15 Ma) substance and two stages of metamorphism of gneisses. The early stage was in the Paleoproterozoic (1970-2130 Ma). The metamorphism of 648 ± 18 Ma ends the evolution of IC.

  8. Cathodoluminescence guided zircon Hf isotope depth profiling: Mobilization of the Lu-Hf system during (U)HP rock exhumation in the Woodlark Rift, Papua New Guinea

    Zirakparvar, N. A.


    Cathodoluminescence image guided Hf isotope depth profiling by laser ablation of zircons from two quartzofeldspathic host gneisses constrains the Lu-Hf system's behavior during rapid exhumation of (U)HP rocks in the Woodlark Rift, Papua New Guinea. Investigation of the depth profiling technique in individual and composite zircon standards demonstrates that it is possible to resolve ~ 8 μm thick domains in which εHf(present) differs by as little as 4 units. In a metasedimentary gneiss, 2.89 ± 0.29 Ma zircon overgrowths on Cretaceous aged inherited cores have radiogenic εHf(present) indicating growth in a medium that was originally in equilibrium with garnet undergoing recrystallization (the 'garnet effect' of Zheng et al., 2005). In a separate gneiss sample that originated as an exhumation related anatectic melt, 3.66 ± 0.13 Ma zircons lacking inheritance contain sub-domains that differ from each other by > 15 εHf(present). Some of these sub-domains are radiogenic and can be explained by the 'garnet effect', whereas others also contain highly elevated Lu and Yb in addition to their radiogenic Hf compositions, thus necessitating a medium derived from the complete breakdown of garnet. Zircons in this sample also contain non-radiogenic sub-domains that grew in the presence of Hf mobilized from the surrounding rocks of the subducted and metamorphosed remnants of the Australian continental margin. The results confirm that rapid exhumation of (U)HP rocks can result in the following: 1) transmission of radiogenic Hf (and sometimes Lu and the other HREE) from garnet bearing mafic lithologies into the quartzofeldspathic gneisses, and 2) mobilization and transport of unradiogenic Hf present within the quartzofeldspathic remnants of subducted continental crust.

  9. Evidence for multi-cycle sedimentation and provenance constraints from detrital zircon U-Pb ages: Triassic strata of the Lusitanian basin (western Iberia)

    Pereira, M. F.; Gama, C.; Chichorro, M.; Silva, J. B.; Gutiérrez-Alonso, G.; Hofmann, M.; Linnemann, U.; Gärtner, A.


    Laser ablation ICP-MS U-Pb analyses were conducted on detrital zircons of Triassic sandstone and conglomerate from the Lusitanian basin in order to: i) document the age spectra of detrital zircon; ii) compare U-Pb detrital zircon ages with previous published data obtained from Upper Carboniferous, Ordovician, Cambrian and Ediacaran sedimentary rocks of the pre-Mesozoic basement of western Iberia; iii) discuss potential sources; and iv) test the hypothesis of sedimentary recycling. U-Pb dating of zircons established a maximum depositional age for this deposit as Permian (ca. 296 Ma), which is about sixty million years older compared to the fossil content recognized in previous studies (Upper Triassic). The distribution of detrital zircon ages obtained points to common source areas: the Ossa-Morena and Central Iberian zones that outcrop in and close to the Porto-Tomar fault zone. The high degree of immaturity and evidence of little transport of the Triassic sediment suggests that granite may constitute primary crystalline sources. The Carboniferous age of ca. 330 Ma for the best estimate of crystallization for a granite pebble in a Triassic conglomerate and the Permian-Carboniferous ages (age spectra found in Triassic strata are also the result of recycling from the Upper Carboniferous Buçaco basin, which probably acted as an intermediate sediment repository. U-Pb data in this study suggest that the detritus from the Triassic sandstone and conglomerate of the Lusitanian basin is derived from local source areas with features typical of Gondwana, with no sediment from external sources from Laurussia or southwestern Iberia.

  10. Bone and Soft Tissue Ablation

    Foster, Ryan C.B.; Joseph M Stavas


    Bone and soft tissue tumor ablation has reached widespread acceptance in the locoregional treatment of various benign and malignant musculoskeletal (MSK) lesions. Many principles of ablation learned elsewhere in the body are easily adapted to the MSK system, particularly the various technical aspects of probe/antenna design, tumoricidal effects, selection of image guidance, and methods to reduce complications. Despite the common use of thermal and chemical ablation procedures in bone and soft...

  11. Thermal behaviour of amorphous zircon prepared by ball milling

    Results are presented on the recrystallisation behaviour of the mineral zircon (ZrSiO4) which has been amorphised by ball milling. X-ray diffraction and thermal analysis techniques were used to investigate the structural evolution after mechanical treatment. Phase transformations detected by the differential thermal analysis technique included transient formation of tetragonal or pseudo cubic ZrO2, followed by recrystallisation of zircon at reduced temperatures of around 1000 C. The behaviour of the milled samples was compared to literature data concerning amorphous zircon prepared by other techniques, including natural and ion beam radiation damage and sol-gel processing. The ball milled zircon was found to have similar thermal behaviour, but had a structural recovery temperature 180-600 C lower than that found for other amorphous samples. (orig.)

  12. Endoscopic ultrasound guided radiofrequency ablation in pancreas

    Seicean, Andrada; Tefas, Cristian; Ungureanu, Bogdan;


    Radiofrequency ablation of the pancreas represents a more effective tumor-destruction method compared to other ablation techniques. The endoscopic ultrasound guided radiofrequency ablation is indicated for locally advanced, non-metastatic pancreatic adenocarcinoma, without the need of general...

  13. Contribution to the study of xenotime and zircon flotation

    Flotation and electrokinetics behaviour have studied with xenotime (YPO4) and zircon (Zr Si O4) from a mixture of grains with 90% xenotime and 10% zircon, produced in cassiterite concentration process. Micro flotation and zeta potential have been also studied, by using oleic acid P.A. and DP1-6256 as collectors, and sodium metasillicate and Procol DA911 as modifier agents

  14. Phonon dispersion relation in zircon: an inelastic neutron scattering study

    Full text: The silicate mineral zircon ZrSiO4 (space group I41/amd ; Z=2) is a host mineral for radioactive elements uranium and thorium in the earth's crust. Zircon undergoes a zircon to scheelite type phase transition at high pressure and temperature. Phonon spectrum is needed to develop a reliable interatomic potential model for the calculation of thermodynamic properties of zircon at high temperature and pressure. We earlier reported the low energy part (5-32 MeV) of the phonon dispersion curves along (100) and (001) directions from a natural single crystal of zircon (volume 4 cc) using triple axis spectrometer at Dhruva. The measurements at high energies requires good energy resolution and intensity. Continuing our work on zircon we have measured the phonon dispersion relation up to 50 MeV from the same single crystal at ISIS, UK using PRISMA spectrometer which is a multi analyser crystal spectrometer employing the time of flight technique. The low energy part of the phonon spectrum measured at Trombay is in good agreement with that measured at ISIS, UK. An independent lattice dynamical model is used for the calculations of one phonon inelastic structure factors for the selection of Bragg points for the inelastic measurements. The measurements are in good agreement with our lattice dynamical calculations

  15. Ion irradiation effects in natural garnets: Comparison with zircon

    The behavior of garnet (A3B2(XO4)3; Ia3d; Z=8) under ion-beam irradiation was investigated in order to compare its radiation susceptibility to another orthosilicate: zircon, ZrSiO4. Five natural end-member compositions were examined by in situ transmission electron microscopy during irradiation with 1.0 MeV Kr2+ over the temperature range of 50-1070 K. The critical amorphization temperature, above which amorphization does not occur, was 1030 K for andradite, but could not be determined for the other garnet composition because the Tc was higher than the highest temperature of the experiment. Based on topologic criterion, the degree of structural freedom in garnet is ∼-2.25 and for zircon ∼-1.5. Based on topology the critical amorphization dose for garnet should be higher than that of zircon; however, the average amorphization dose of garnet (0.20 dpa) is lower than that of zircon (0.37 dpa) at room temperature. This may be the result of the assumed value for the displacement energies, Ed, used in the calculation of dpa. Garnet did not decompose, while zircon decomposes to SiO2+ZrO2 during the ion irradiation at high temperature. This behavior may be related to the phase relations of garnet which melts congruently and zircon which decomposes to ZrO2+SiO2

  16. Creation of a continent recorded in zircon zoning

    Moser, D.E.; Bowman, J.R.; Wooden, J.; Valley, J.W.; Mazdab, F.; Kita, N.


    We have discovered a robust microcrystalline record of the early genesis of North American lithosphere preserved in the U-Pb age and oxygen isotope zoning of zircons from a lower crustal paragneiss in the Neoarchean Superior province. Detrital igneous zircon cores with ??18O values of 5.1???-7.1??? record creation of primitive to increasingly evolved crust from 2.85 ?? 0.02 Ga to 2.67 ?? 0.02 Ga. Sharp chemical unconformity between cores and higher ??18O (8.4???-10.4???) metamorphic overgrowths as old as 2.66 ?? 0.01 Ga dictates a rapid sequence of arc unroofing, burial of detrital zircons in hydrosphere-altered sediment, and transport to lower crust late in upper plate assembly. The period to 2.58 ?? 0.01 Ga included ???80 m.y. of high-temperature (???700-650 ??C), nearly continuous overgrowth events reflecting stages in maturation of the subjacent mantle root. Huronian continental rifting is recorded by the youngest zircon tip growth at 2512 ?? 8 Ma (??? 600 ??C) signaling magma intraplating and the onset of rigid plate behavior. This >150 m.y. microscopic isotope record in single crystals demonstrates the sluggish volume diffusion of U, Pb, and O in zircon throughout protracted regional metamorphism, and the consequent advances now possible in reconstructing planetary dynamics with zircon zoning. ?? 2008 The Geological Society of America.

  17. Preparation of Zircon Whisker Using Carbon Black as Reducing Agent

    WANG San-Hai, JIANG Wei-Hui, FENG Guo, LIU Jian-Min, MIAO Li-Feng, WANG Hong-Da


    Full Text Available Zircon whisker was synthesized at 700°C via non-hydrolytic Sol-Gel method using anhydrous zirconium tetrachloride (ZrCl4 as zirconium source, tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS as silicon source, lithium fluoride (LiF as mineralizer, ethanol as solvent and carbon black as reducing agent. Thermogravimetric analysis and differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA, X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD and transmission electron microscope (TEM were employed to characterize the influences of adding ways and amount of carbon black on the synthesis and morphology of zircon whisker. The results show that the carbon black added in form of suspension is favorable to the one-dimension growth of zircon. When 6wt% carbon black is added, optimized zircon whiskers are achieved along the growth direction of [001], which diameter and aspect ratio are in the range of 30­90 nm and 6­15, respectively. Because of carbon black reacting with oxygen to form carbon dioxide and monoxide, the adding way and amount of carbon black efficiently regulate the oxygen partial pressure in the reaction system. Reducing oxygen partial pressure can form more SiF4 gas, which is the basis of one-dimensional direction growth of zircon. However, excessively low oxygen partial pressure is against the ZrSiO4 formation. Therefore, appropriate oxygen partial pressure can promote the growth of zircon whisker.

  18. The Minerageny of Two Groups of Zircons from Plagioclase- Amphibolite of Mayuan Group in Northern Fujian

    Bao, Xuezhao


    Zircon can crystallize in a wide range of physical and chemical conditions. At the same time, it has very high stability and durability. Therefore zircon can grow and survive in a variety of geological processes. In addition, the diffusivity of chemical compositions in its crystal is very low. Consequently, we can trace back the evolution history of the planetary materials containing zircon by zircon U-Th-Pb geochronology and geochemistry studies. However, this depends on our ability to decipher its genesis, namely magmatic or metamorphic origins. In this paper, magmatic and metamorphic zircons were found from plagioclase-amphibolite samples. Their geneses have been determined by zircon morphology, chemical composition zonations and geological field setting combined with their zircon U-Th-Pb ages. We have found obvious differences in micro-scale Raman spectra between these magmatic and metamorphic zircons. The magmatic zircons exhibit a high sloping background in their Raman spectra, but the metamorphic zirco...


    Laser ablation was studied as a means of removing radioactive contaminants from the surface and near-surface regions of concrete. We present the results of ablation tests on cement and concrete samples using a 1.6 kW pulsed Nd:YAG laser with fiber optic beam delivery. The laser-s...

  20. Bias in Crustal Growth Models Based on age and Isotopic Composition of Detrital Zircon: The Role of Zircon Fertility

    Samson, S. D.


    Early models of continental crustal growth based on the ages of crystallization of granitoids were abandoned once it was understood that many silicic magmas form by remelting pre-existing crustal materials. Subsequent crustal evolution models focused on the age and whole-rock isotopic composition of granitoids or on the isotopic composition of fine-grained clastic sedimentary rocks; rare studies examined both igneous and sedimentary rock compositions. Recently there has been a resurgence of emphasizing major crustal growth events by compiling the ages of detrital zircon. This has led to interesting speculations, such as some supercontinent forming events represent the world's largest orogenies and periods of crustal growth, that there may have been significant hiatuses of crustal production in geologic time, and that there was episodicity in magma generation that is asynchronous with apparent growth peaks based on isotopic compositions of sedimentary rocks. Some workers have emphasized that the apparent trends observed in detrital zircon ages could be a function of selective preservation rather than a strict indication of the timing of major magmatic episodes. Others have noted that relying on ages of detrital crystals is equivalent to basing growth models on granitoid ages and does not discriminate between juvenile magmas and melts formed by complete crustal recycling. More sophisticated approaches involve dating detrital zircon crystals followed by determining their hafnium isotopic composition thereby assessing if the zircon crystallized from a juvenile or recycled magma. While this latter approach holds promise for constraining episodes of juvenile crustal construction it is based on the assumption that the abundance of detrital zircon of a certain age directly reflects the volume of magma generated at that time. In other words, the assumption is implicitly made that the 'zircon fertility' of most magmas is uniform. The assumption of uniform fertility is

  1. Crystallization process of zircon and fergusonite during hydrothermal alteration in Nechalacho REE deposit, Thor Lake, Canada

    Hoshino, M.; Watanabe, Y.; Murakami, H.; Kon, Y.; Tsunematsu, M.


    The core samples of two drill holes, which penetrate sub-horizontal mineralized horizons at Nechalacho REE deposit in the Proterozoic Thor Lake syenite, Canada, were studied in order to clarify magmatic and hydrothermal processes that enriched HFSE (e.g. Zr, Nb, Y and REE). Zircon is the most common REE minerals in Nechalacho REE deposit. The zircon is divided into five types as follows: Type-1 zircon occurs as single grain in phlogopite and the chondrite-normalized REE pattern is characterized by a steeply-rising slope from the LREE to the HREE with a positive Ce-anomaly and negative Eu-anomaly. This chemical characteristic is similar to that of igneous zircon. Type-2 zircon consists of HREE-rich magmatic porous core and LREE-Nb-F-rich hydrothermal rim. This type zircon is mostly included in phlogopite and fluorite, and occasionally in microcline. Type-3 zircon is characterized by euhedral to anhedral crystal, occurring in a complex intergrowth with REE fluorocarbonates. Type-3 zircons have high contents of REE, Nb and fluorine. Type-4 zircon consists of porous-core and -rim zones, but their chemical compositions are similar to each other. This type zircon is a subhedral crystal rimmed by fergusonite. Type-5 zircon is characterized by smaller, porous and subhedral to anhedral crystals. The interstices between small zircons are filled by fergusonite. Type-4 and -5 zircons show low REE and Nb contents. Occurrences of these five types of zircon are different according to the depth and degree of the alteration by hydrothermal solutions rich in F- and CO3 of the two drill holes, which permit a model for evolution of the zircon crystallization in Nechalacho REE deposit as follows: (1) type-1 (single magmatic zircon) is formed in miaskitic syenite. (2) LREE-Nb-F-rich hydrothermal zircon formed around HREE-rich magmatic zircon (type-2 zircon); (3) type-3 zircon crystallized thorough F and CO3-rich hydrothermal alteration of type-2 zircon which formed the complex

  2. Variation of crystallinity and stoichiometry in films of gallium oxide, gallium nitride and barium zirconate prepared by means of PLD

    Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) is an ablation technique for thin film preparation of many materials. The film properties can be well controlled by the process parameters. Therefore, in many cases a given material can be deposited with different properties by changing one or more process parameters. In this thesis thin films of gallium oxide, gallium nitride and barium zirconate were deposited with a large variation in structure and stoichiometry by means of Pulsed Laser Deposition. The characterization of the film crystallinity, phase purity and short range structural order was completed by means of X-ray diffraction and X-ray absorption spectroscopy. The stoichiometry was investigated using electron probe microanalysis. For analyzing the correlation between the structure and stoichiometry with the optical and electrical properties, optical absorption and electrical conductivity measurements were carried out. The investigation of all three material systems showed that very unique properties can be realized when combining an amorphous structure and a non-stoichiometric composition. For example, in amorphous and oxygen deficient gallium oxide an insulator-metal-transition can be induced by partial crystallization of the as prepared phase accomplished by annealing at about 400 C in argon atmosphere (as shown in literature). Furthermore, amorphous and highly non-stoichiometric barium zirconate has the ability to split water molecules to hydrogen and oxygen at room temperature. A detailed analysis of both phenomena has been performed by means of photoemission and transmission electron microscopy in the case of gallium oxide and via X-ray absorption spectroscopy and gas chromatography in the case of barium zirconate.

  3. Fabrication of zircon for disposition of weapons plutonium

    This is the final report of a one-year, Laboratory-Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). In an effort to address the problems of long term storage and nuclear waste minimization, zircon has been proposed as a host medium for plutonium and other actinides recovered from dismantled nuclear weapons. The objective of this work is to investigate the feasibility of large scale fabrication of Pu-bearing zircon. Since PuO2 is thermodynamically less stable than ZrO2, it is expected that the process parameters determined for synthesizing ZrSiO4 (zircon) would be applicable to those for PuSiO4 (Pu-zircon). Furthermore, since the foremost concern in plutonium processing is the potential for contamination release, this work emphasizes the development of process parameters, using zircon first, to anticipate potential material problems in the containment system for reaction mixtures during processing. Stoichiometric mixtures of ZrO2 and SiO2, in hundred-gram batches, have been subjected to hot isostatic pressing (HIP) at temperatures near 1,500 C and pressures approximately 10,000 psi. The product materials have been analyzed by x-ray powder diffraction, and are found to consist of zircon after approximately two hours of reaction time. From this work, it is clear that the fabrication of large quantities of Pu-zircon is feasible. The most notable result of this work is evidence for the existence of container problems. This result, in turn, suggests potential solutions to these problems. Experiments with the quartz inner container, the glass sealant, a sacrificial metal barrier, and a metal outer container are being investigated to mitigate these potential hazards

  4. Chemical characteristics of zircon from A-type granites and comparison to zircon of S-type granites

    Breiter, Karel; Lamarão, Claudio Nery; Borges, Régis Munhoz Krás; Dall'Agnol, Roberto


    The trace element content in zircons from A-type granites and rhyolites was investigated by using back-scattered electron images and electron microprobe analyses. The studied Proterozoic (Wiborg batholith, Finland and Pará, Amazonas and Goiás states, Brazil) and Variscan (Krušné Hory/Erzgebirge, Czech Republic and Germany) plutons cover a wide range of rocks, from large rapakivi-textured geochemically primitive plutons to small intrusions of F-, Li-, Sn-, Nb-, Ta-, and U-enriched rare-metal granites. While zircon is one of the first crystallized minerals in less fractionated metaluminous and peraluminous granites, it is a late-crystallized phase in peralkaline granites and in evolved granites that may crystallize during the whole process of magma solidification. The early crystals are included in mica, quartz, and feldspar; the late grains are included in fluorite or cryolite or are interstitial. The zircon in hornblende-biotite and biotite granites from the non-mineralized plutons is poor in minor and trace elements; the zircon in moderately fractionated granite varieties is slightly enriched in Hf, Th, U, Y, and HREEs; whereas the zircon in highly fractionated ore-bearing granites may be strongly enriched in Hf (up to 10 wt.% HfO2), Th (up to 10 wt.% ThO2), U (up to 10 wt.% UO2), Y (up to 12 wt.% Y2O3), Sc (up to 3 wt.% Sc2O3), Nb (up to 5 wt.% Nb2O5), Ta (up to 1 wt.% Ta2O5), W (up to 3 wt.% WO3), F (up to 2.5 wt.% F), P (up to 11 wt.% P2O5), and As (up to 1 wt.% As2O5). Metamictized zircons may also be enriched in Bi, Ca, Fe, and Al. The increase in the Hf content coupled with the decrease in the Zr/Hf value in zircon is one of the most reliable indicators of granitic magma evolution. In the zircon of A-type granites, the Zr/Hf value decreases from 41-67 (porphyritic granite) to 16-19 (equigranular granite) in the Kymi stock, Finland, and from 49-52 (biotite granite) to 18-36 (leucogranite) in the Pedra Branca pluton, Brazil. In the in situ strongly

  5. U-Th-Pb systematics in zircon and titanite

    U-Th-Pb isotopic analyses of zircon and titanite were made for two core samples of granite from borehole ATK-1 drilled into the Eye-Dashwa Lakes pluton. One of the samples from near the bottom of the hole (990.97 to 996.78 m) yielded zircon and titanite that were slightly to severely disturbed isotopically. Eight fractions of zircon give an upper concordia intercept age of 2625 ± 16 Ma (MSWD = 34), which, based on an evaluation of the more concordant data points and on other geochronological results, is interpreted as being slightly too young. The time of crystallization is probably better approximated by the 207Pb/206Pb age of 2665 Ma determined on a slightly (∼8 percent) discordant titanite. The other sample from near the surface (3.85 to 9.61 m) generally revealed even more severely disturbed isotopic systematics for both zircon and titanite. The complex nature of the disturbances probably resulted from the penetration of meteoritic water into rock already modified by post-crystallization hydrothermal alteration. Nuclide migration occurred in both minerals -- during the Middle or Late Proterozoic for the zircon and during the modern weathering cycle for the titanite. Material balance calculations are used to demonstrate a recent relative gain of radiogenic Pb and/or loss of Th and U from the freshest-looking, least-altered titanite by exchange with altered, leucoxenite-bearing titanite

  6. Lesion size in relation to ablation site during radiofrequency ablation

    Petersen, H H; Chen, X; Pietersen, A;


    performed during two different flow-velocities in a tissue bath, while electrode contact pressure and position were unchanged. Target temperature was 80 degrees C. Obtained tip temperature, power consumption and lesion dimensions were measured. In vivo lesion volume, depth and width were found significantly...... convective cooling by induction of a flow around the electrode tip increases lesion dimensions and power consumptions. Furthermore we conclude that for the given target temperature the power consumption is positively correlated with lesion volume (p <0.001), whereas the obtained tip temperature is not.......This study was designed to investigate the effect of the convective cooling of the tip of the ablation electrode during temperature controlled radiofrequency ablation. In vivo two different application sites in the left ventricle of anaesthetised pigs were ablated and in vitro ablation was...

  7. Protocol for TL dating with zircon: Computer simulation of temperature and dose rate effects

    Turkin, AA; Va Es, HJ; Vainshtein, DI; den Hartog, HW


    Natural zircon is irradiated internally by U and Th impurities. After exposure to ionizing irradiation zircon exhibits thermoluminescence (TL), which can be used to calculate the irradiation dose and the sample age. A kinetic model for TL of zircon developed earlier is used to model the processes relevant for dating. The response of zircon to irradiation at different dose rates is simulated for different temperatures. Several scenarios for the dating procedure are considered, including labora...

  8. Ion acceleration enhanced by target ablation

    Laser proton acceleration can be enhanced by using target ablation, due to the energetic electrons generated in the ablation preplasma. When the ablation pulse matches main pulse, the enhancement gets optimized because the electrons' energy density is highest. A scaling law between the ablation pulse and main pulse is confirmed by the simulation, showing that for given CPA pulse and target, proton energy improvement can be achieved several times by adjusting the target ablation

  9. Incorporation of network in synthesis of zircon-imprinted polymer and its effect on zircon ion extraction

    Aladin, S.; Amran, M. B.; Buchari, B.; Arcana, I. M.


    The material polymer functionalized on SPE have been developed by ion- imprinted polymer. The ion-polymer with zircon ion as imprint ions were synthesized via bulk polymerization methods by forming binary complex Zr-Xylenol orange in 2-methoxy ethanol and copolymerizing in the presence of styrene as a monomer functional, divinyl benzene as a monomer cross-linker, and peroxide as an initiator. The zircon-imprinted polymer produced the porous polymer. It was indicated that zircon ion imprints were released under conditioning. The polymer particles both prior to and after leaching have been characterized by IR, SEM-EDS, TEM, and pore size. Incorporation of network polymer using divinyl benzene as the cross-linker were performances tested on zircon ion extraction, and the optimum of the mole ratio of styrene/DVB was observed about 1. The decrease of percent extraction of zircon ion when the mole ration of styrene/divinyl benzene polymers were covered, and it was evidenced by the decrease in total pore volume.

  10. Investigation of Trace Elements in Zircon by Nuclear Techniques

    Sixteen samples of Zircon from 4 locations, i.e., Nong Bawn, Namyun, Phrae and Cambodia, were studied by x-ray fluorescence and neutron activation analysis techniques. The result shows that the major elements are Zr and Si while Hf is the minor element. By neutron activation analysis, the trace elements found in every sample were Al. Sc, Y, La, Dy, Yb, Au, Th and U. For samples from Phrae, Tb and Er were also found and the concentration of Al, Dy, Th and U were higher than any other area. It is also found that the color of Zircon samples that contain Tb and Er became darker after irradiation and the present of Al, Sc, , La, Dy, Yb, Au, Th and U might cause the Zircon opaque

  11. Thermoluminescent dating using zircon grains from archaeological ceramics

    A new thermoluminescence dating technique is described which uses zircon grains separated from ceramics. Because the zircons are orders of magnitude more radioactive than typical ceramics or soil, no burial information is needed. Nearly all of the natural dose is from internal alpha particles so effects of ground water and supralinearity are negligible. In a test programme on potsherds of known age, ages for individual homogeneous (unzoned) grains were within 20% of the archaeologic ages; the mean ages of 2 to 5 grains from a potsherd lay within 7% of the archaeologic age on average. The main limitations are that zoned zircon grains must be avoided (which makes the procedure somewhat laborious) and a sample at least 1 g in size is required. (author)

  12. Zircon-scale insights into the history of a Supervolcano, Bishop Tuff, Long Valley, California, with implications for the Ti-in-zircon geothermometer

    Reid, M.R.; Vazquez, J.A.; Schmitt, A.K.


    Zircon has the outstanding capacity to record chronological, thermal, and chemical information, including the storage history of zoned silicic magma reservoirs like the one responsible for the Bishop Tuff of eastern California, USA. Our novel ion microprobe approach reveals that Bishop zircon rims with diverse chemical characteristics surround intermediate domains with broadly similar compositions. The highest Y, REE, U, and Th concentrations tend to accompany the largest excesses in Y + REE3+:P beyond what can be explained by xenotime substitution in zircon. Apparent Ti-in-zircon temperatures of <720??C for zircon rims are distinctly lower than most of the range in eruption temperatures, as estimated from FeTi-oxide equilibria and zircon solubility at quench. While permissive of crystallization of zircon at near-solidus conditions, the low Ti-in-zircon temperatures are probably better explained by sources of inaccuracy in the temperature estimates. After apparently nucleating from different melts, zircons from across the Bishop Tuff compositional spectrum may have evolved to broadly similar chemical and thermal conditions and therefore it is possible that there was no significant thermal gradient in the magma reservoir at some stage in its evolution. There is also no compelling evidence for punctuated heat ?? chemical influxes during the intermediate stages of zircon growth. Judging by the zircon record, the main volume of the erupted magma evolved normally by secular cooling but the latest erupted portion is characterized by a reversal in chemistry that appears to indicate perfusion of the magma reservoir by-or zircon entrainment in-a less evolved melt from the one in which the zircons had previously resided. ?? 2010 Springer-Verlag.

  13. Field enhancement induced laser ablation

    Fiutowski, Jacek; Maibohm, Christian; Kjelstrup-Hansen, Jakob;

    Sub-diffraction spatially resolved, quantitative mapping of strongly localized field intensity enhancement on gold nanostructures via laser ablation of polymer thin films is reported. Illumination using a femtosecond laser scanning microscope excites surface plasmons in the nanostructures...

  14. Detrital zircon analysis of Mesoproterozoic and neoproterozoic metasedimentary rocks of northcentral idaho: Implications for development of the Belt-Purcell basin

    Lewis, R.S.; Vervoort, J.D.; Burmester, R.F.; Oswald, P.J.


    The authors analyzed detrital zircon grains from 10 metasedimentary rock samples of the Priest River complex and three other amphibolite-facies metamorphic sequences in north-central Idaho to test the previous assignment of these rocks to the Mesoproterozoic Belt-Purcell Supergroup. Zircon grains from two samples of the Prichard Formation (lower Belt) and one sample of Cambrian quartzite were also analyzed as controls with known depositional ages. U-Pb zircon analysis by laser ablation - inductively coupled plasma - mass spectrometry reveals that 6 of the 10 samples contain multiple age populations between 1900 and 1400 Ma and a scatter of older ages, similar to results reported from the Belt- Purcell Supergroup to the north and east. Results from the Priest River metamorphic complex confirm previous correlations with the Prichard Formation. Samples from the Golden and Elk City sequences have significant numbers of 1500-1380 Ma grains, which indicates that they do not predate the Belt. Rather, they are probably from a relatively young, southwestern part of the Belt Supergroup (Lemhi subbasin). Non-North American (1610-1490 Ma) grains are rare in these rocks. Three samples of quartzite from the Syringa metamorphic sequence northwest of the Idaho batholith contain zircon grains younger than the Belt Supergroup and support a Neoproterozoic age. A single Cambrian sample has abundant 1780 Ma grains and none younger than ~1750 Ma. These results indicate that the likely protoliths of many high-grade metamorphic rocks in northern Idaho were strata of the Belt-Purcell Supergroup or overlying rocks of the Neoproterozoic Windermere Supergroup and not basement rocks.

  15. Laser ablation in analytical chemistry.

    Russo, Richard E; Mao, Xianglei; Gonzalez, Jhanis J; Zorba, Vassilia; Yoo, Jong


    In 2002, we wrote an Analytical Chemistry feature article describing the Physics of Laser Ablation in Microchemical Analysis. In line with the theme of the 2002 article, this manuscript discusses current issues in fundamental research, applications based on detecting photons at the ablation site (LIBS and LAMIS) and by collecting particles for excitation in a secondary source (ICP), and directions for the technology. PMID:23614661

  16. Ablative therapy for liver tumours

    Dick, E A; Taylor-Robinson, S D; Thomas, H C; Gedroyc, W M W


    Established ablative therapies for the treatment of primary and secondary liver tumours, including percutaneous ethanol injection, cryotherapy, and radiofrequency ablation, are discussed. Newer techniques such as magnetic resonance imaging guided laser interstitial thermal therapy of liver tumours has produced a median survival rate of 40.8 months after treatment. The merits of this newly emerging technique are discussed, together with future developments, such as focused ultrasound therapy, ...

  17. Percutaneous Ablation of Hepatic Tumors

    McCarley, James R.; Soulen, Michael C.


    The liver is a common site of both primary and secondary malignancy resulting in significant morbidity and mortality. Careful patient evaluation and triage allows for optimal utilization of all oncologic therapies, including radiation, systemic chemotherapy, surgery, transarterial therapies, and ablation. Although the role of interventional oncologists in the management of hepatic malignancies continues to evolve, the use of percutaneous ablation therapies has proven to be an effective and mi...

  18. Dating of zircons by the fission track method

    This work describes the methodology to date zircons by the Fission Track Method. A brief discussion is made of the physical principles of the method, physical properties of zircons and the geochemical properties of uranium. When starting with a hand sample, a mineral separation is required; to do this the following steps are needed: crushing and sieving of the sample, washing and drying, magnetic separation, heavy liquid separation (Bromoform 2.89 g/cm3, Diyodomethane = 3.31 g/cm3), and manual separation on a stereoscopic microscope. Once the zircon concentrate is obtained, these are mounted on a FEP teflon mount, then polished and etched on an eutectic mix of 10 g. of KOH + 7.2 g. of NaOH, heated to 210 Centigrade degrees. Afterwards the mounts are prepared for irradiation, sterilizing and putting on top of them an external detector (a thin sheet of muscovite poor in uranium content). The package is then wrapped in plastic and sent to the reactor together with standard zircons of known age (Fish Canyon Tuff: Naeser, 1981), mounted in the same way, plus standard glasses of known uranium content. The package was irradiated in a site known as SIRCA (Rotatory Capsules Irradiation System). Then the package is left to decay for several days, and then the external detectors are etched in a 48% concentrated hydrofluoric acid for 5 minutes. Once the samples are processed through the mentioned steps, spontaneous tracks appear in the zircons and induced tracks appear in the external detectors. On counting the tracks one obtains ρs (spontaneous track density) and ρ1 (induced track density). These two parameters together with another one called '#zeta #' (obtained from the standard zircons and glasses), are used to obtain the age of the sample. Zircons from Cerro de Mercado, Durango were dated and the age obtained was 30 ±5 Ma. This date is in agreement with similar results obtained by Fleisher and Naeser (1975) for zircons of the same locality and dated by the same

  19. Plutonium stabilization in zircon: Effects of self-radiation

    Weber, W. J.; Hess, N. J.; Williford, R. E.; Heinisch, H. L.; Begg, B. D.; Conradson, S. D.; Ewing, R. C.


    Zircon (ZrSiO4) is the most thoroughly studied of all candidate ceramic phases for the stabilization of plutonium. Self-radiation damage from α-decay of the 239Pu, which releases a 5.16 MeV α-particle and a 0.086 MeV 235U recoil nucleus, can significantly affect the structure and properties of zircon. Recent computer simulations using energy minimization techniques indicate that the lowest energy configuration occurs for a defect cluster composed of two near-neighbor Pu3+ substitutions on Zr4+ sites and a neighboring charge-compensating oxygen vacancy.

  20. Geochronology and geochemistry of zircon from the northern Western Gneiss Region: Insights into the Caledonian tectonic history of western Norway

    Gordon, Stacia M.; Whitney, Donna L.; Teyssier, Christian; Fossen, Haakon; Kylander-Clark, Andrew


    The Western Gneiss Region (WGR) of Norway is divided by the Møre-Trøndelag shear zone (MTSZ) into a southern region that contains domains of Caledonian ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) metamorphic rocks (> 2.5 GPa) and a northern area of similar Caledonian-aged rocks that record a maximum pressure reported thus far of ~1.5 GPa. Although both regions contain similar lithologies (primarily migmatitic quartzofeldspathic gneiss containing mafic lenses) and structural relationship of basement rocks to infolded nappes, this difference in maximum pressure implies a difference in tectonic history (continental subduction south of the shear zone, none to the north) and raises questions about the role of the MTSZ in the metamorphic history (including exhumation) of the WGR. Previous geochronology results indicated a difference in timing of peak metamorphism (older in north, younger in south). In order to better understand the tectonic history of the northern WGR and the MTSZ, and in particular the late- to post-Caledonian tectonic history, U-Pb zircon geochronology and trace-element abundances were obtained using the split-stream, laser-ablation ICPMS technique from metabasaltic lenses and migmatitic quartzofeldspathic host rocks from the structurally lowest exposed region of the northern WGR (Roan Peninsula basement), as well as leucosomes from an intercalated portion of the Seve Nappe Complex and a pegmatite in the MTSZ. Zircon from Roan gneiss and metabasite yield metamorphic ages of ca. 410-406 Ma, and zircon from a variety of migmatite samples (foliation-parallel leucosome to dikes) indicate melt crystallization at ca. 410 to 405 Ma. The Seve Nappe leucosomes yield only early Caledonian dates that cluster at ca. 437 Ma and ca. 465 Ma, suggesting that the allochthons in this region did not experience (or record) the same Scandian tectonic history as the basement rocks. Zircon from a weakly deformed pegmatite dike within the MTSZ crystallized at ca. 404 Ma, indicating that this

  1. Developing Zircon as a Probe of Planetary Impact History

    Wielicki, Matthew


    The identification of Meteor Crater in Arizona as an extraterrestrial impact by Eugene Shoemaker provided the first evidence of this geologic phenomenon and opened the door to a new field of research that has eventually lead to the identification of over ~150 terrestrial impact structures. Subsequently impacts have been evoked in the formation of the moon, delivery of volatiles and bio-precursors to early Earth, creation of habitats for the earliest life and, in more recent times, major mass extinction events. However, understanding the impact flux to the Earth-Moon system has been complicated by the constant weathering and erosion at Earth's surface and the complex nature of impactite samples such that only a hand full of terrestrial craters have been accurately and precisely dated. Currently 40Ar/39Ar step-heating analysis of impactite samples is commonly used to infer impact ages but can be problematic due to the presence of relic clasts, incomplete 40Ar outgassing or excess 40Ar, and recoil and shock effects. The work presented here attempts to develop zircon geochronology to probe planetary impact histories as an alternative to current methods and provides another tool by which to constrain the bolide flux to the Earth-Moon system. Zircon has become the premier geo-chronometer in earth science and geochemical investigation of Hadean zircon from Western Australia has challenged the long-standing, popular conception that the near-surface Hadean Earth was an uninhabitable and hellish world; Zircons may preserve environmental information regarding their formation and thus provide a rare window into conditions on early Earth. Isotopic and petrologic analyses of these ancient grains have been interpreted to suggest that early Earth was more habitable than previously envisioned, with water oceans, continental crust, and possibly even plate tectonics. The Hadean is also suspected to be a time of major planetary bombardment however identifying impact signatures within

  2. A “wire” signal smoothing device for laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry analysis

    A novel signal smoothing device for laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry was developed. The “wire” signal smoothing device consists of a copper cylinder filled with steel wire, with an internal volume of approx. 94 cm3. The effectiveness of the “wire” signal smoothing device was evaluated with respect to both signal stability and decay time. With the developed “wire” smoothing device, no oscillation of the signal intensity was observed, even at a repetition rate of 1 Hz. This finding indicates that this device is well suited for routine optimization of laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS). The signal stability was improved by a factor of 11 compared to the absence of a signal smoothing device at a repetition rate of 1 Hz. Another significant advantage of the “wire” smoothing device is that the signal decay time is similar to that without the signal smoothing device. These properties cause the “wire” smoothing device to be well suited for low repetition rate laser ablation analysis, which provides smaller elemental fractionation and better spatial resolution. The proposed “wire” signal smoothing device has been successfully used for high depth resolution zircon dating. - Highlights: ► The wire stabilizer is able to provide smooth signals at a repetition rate of 1 Hz. ► The signal decay time is similar to that in the absence of a signal stabilizer. ► The wire stabilizer has been successfully used for zircon dating.

  3. Energetic study of the defect structure of zircon as a host form for nuclear waste

    A set of potential parameters for modeling zircon structure by atomistic simulation techniques was obtained. A reasonable structure model of zircon was established by fitting important properties of zircon. Based on the equilibrium configuration, the formation energies of the basic point defects and the intrinsic disorders in zircon were calculated. The calculated heats of solution of substituting Pu for Zr in different ratios showed that there was an immiscible gap at the composition ratio (Pu 75 mol %-Zr 25 mol %), which means that the amount of substituting Pu for Zr should be confined in 50 mol % when using zircon to immobilize Pu

  4. Kinetics of Pb and U losses from metamict zircon under different P-T-X conditions

    Peculiarities of the kinetics of Pb and U migration from zircon under elevated P, T - parameters depending on the solution chemical composition. 206Pb and 238U contents in zircon were measured in experiments in the case of zircon-solution interaction. It is shown that Pb migration from metamict zircon is controlled by transportation of its atoms in the solution. Low activation energy of Pb in the mineral explains the observed large losses of radiogenic Pb under hypergene conditions. Recrystallization process in the temperature range of 400-600 deg C hampers the migration of Pb atoms. U migration from zircon to the solution is accompanied by its entry into new compounds

  5. Esophageal papilloma: Flexible endoscopic ablation byradiofrequency

    Gianmattia del Genio; Federica del Genio; Pietro Schettino; Paolo Limongelli; Salvatore Tolone; Luigi Brusciano; Manuela Avellino; Chiara Vitiello; Giovanni Docimo; Angelo Pezzullo; Ludovico Docimo


    Squamous papilloma of the esophagus is a rare benignlesion of the esophagus. Radiofrequency ablation is anestablished endoscopic technique for the eradication ofBarrett esophagus. No cases of endoscopic ablation ofesophageal papilloma by radiofrequency ablation (RFA)have been reported. We report a case of esophagealpapilloma successfully treated with a single sessionof radiofrequency ablation. Endoscopic ablation ofthe lesion was achieved by radiofrequency using anew catheter inserted through the working channelof endoscope. The esophageal ablated tissue wasremoved by a specifically designed cup. Completeablation was confirmed at 3 mo by endoscopy withbiopsies. This case supports feasibility and safety of asa new potential indication for BarrxTM RFA in patientswith esophageal papilloma.

  6. Mineralogical and microtextural characterization of ''gel-zircon'' from the Manibay uranium mine, Kazakhstan

    Gel-zircon, an unusual Zr-silicate phase from the Manibay uranium mine, northern Kazakhstan, was studied using X-ray diffraction (XRD), electron microprobe energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). XRD results indicate that gel-zircon is mostly amorphous and occurs with numerous impurity phases. Microprobe EDS results indicate a UO2 content up to 9.14 wt.% HRTEM images revealed that the microtexture of gel-zircon consists of nanocrystallites of zircon, 2--10 nm in size, in a dominantly amorphous matrix. Despite the U-Pb age of 420 ± 25 my and the lack of significant crystallinity, the gel-zircon is an apparently chemically durable phase. Leaching of uranium ores which contain gel-zircon as the major U-bearing phase is impossible using existing uranium plant technologies. The alpha-decay dose, 2.64 displacements per atom (dpa), corresponding to the age of gel-zircon is much higher than that (0.5 dpa) required to cause metamictization of crystalline zircon. However, the morphology of gel-zircon which occurs as veins up to 5 mm thick and tens of mm long does not indicate initial crystallinity. Initially crystalline natural zircons often preserve their crystal morphology after metamictization. This amorphous phase is analogous to the highly damaged state characteristic of zircon proposed as a waste form for the disposition of excess weapons plutonium

  7. Rare earth elements in synthetic zircon. 1. synthesis, and rare earth element and phosphorus doping.

    Hanchar, J. M.; Finch, R. J.; Hoskin, W. O.; Watson, E. B.; Cherniak, D. J.; Mariano, A. N.; Chemical Engineering; George Washington Univ.; Univ. of Canterbury; Australian National Univ.; Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst.


    Sedimentary mineral assemblages commonly contain detrital zircon crystals as part of the heavy-mineral fraction. Age spectra determined by U-Pb isotopic analysis of single zircon crystals within a sample may directly image the age composition--but not the chemical composition--of the source region. Rare earth element (REE) abundances have been measured for zircons from a range of common crustal igneous rock types from different tectonic environments, as well as kimberlite, carbonatite, and high-grade metamorphic rocks, to assess the potential of using zircon REE characteristics to infer the rock types present in sediment source regions. Except for zircon with probable mantle affinities, zircon REE abundances and normalized patterns show little intersample and intrasample variation. To evaluate the actual variation in detrital zircon REE composition in a true sediment of known mixed provenance, zircons from a sandstone sample from the Statfjord Formation (North Sea) were analyzed. Despite a provenance including high-grade metasediment and granitoids and a range in zircon age of 2.82 b.y., the zircon REEs exhibit a narrow abundance range with no systematic differences in pattern shape. These evidences show zircon REE patterns and abundances are generally not useful as indicators of provenance.

  8. Raman study of radiation-damaged zircon under hydrostatic compression

    Nasdala, Lutz; Miletich, Ronald; Ruschel, Katja; Váczi, Tamás


    Pressure-induced changes of Raman band parameters of four natural, gem-quality zircon samples with different degrees of self-irradiation damage, and synthetic ZrSiO4 without radiation damage, have been studied under hydrostatic compression in a diamond anvil cell up to ~10 GPa. Radiation-damaged zircon shows similar up-shifts of internal SiO4 stretching modes at elevated pressures as non-damaged ZrSiO4. Only minor changes of band-widths were observed in all cases. This makes it possible to estimate the degree of radiation damage from the width of the ν3(SiO4) band of zircon inclusions in situ, almost independent from potential “fossilized pressures” or compressive strain acting on the inclusions. An application is the non-destructive analysis of gemstones such as corundum or spinel: broadened Raman bands are a reliable indicator of self-irradiation damage in zircon inclusions, whose presence allows one to exclude artificial color enhancement by high-temperature treatment of the specimen.

  9. Isotope age of zircons of metamorphic formations of Tien Shan

    Results of U-Pb and Pb-Pb determinations of age of zircons of metamorphic layers of Tien Shan, subjected to obvious and concealed contact action of intrusions tearing them are presented. It is shown that construction of discordance in these cases presents intrusion age as the true one

  10. Extrusion and properties of lead zirconate titanate piezoelectric ceramics

    Cai, S.; Millar, C.E.; Pedersen, L.;


    The purpose of this work was to develop a procedure for fabricating electroceramic actuators with good piezoelectric properties. The preparation of lead zirconate titanate (PZT) piezoelectric ceramic rods and tubes by extrusion processing is described. The microstructure of extrudates...... was investigated in comparision with different processing conditions. Finally, the measuremental results of density, dielectric and piezoelectric properties are reported and analyzed....

  11. Evaluating the paleomagnetic potential of single zircon crystals using the Bishop Tuff

    Fu, Roger R; Lima, Eduardo A; Kehayias, Pauli; Araujo, Jefferson F D F; Glenn, David R; Gelb, Jeff; Einsle, Joshua F; Bauer, Ann M; Harrison, Richard J; Ali, Guleed A H; Walsworth, Ronald L


    Zircon crystals offer a unique combination of suitability for high-precision radiometric dating and high resistance to alteration. Paleomagnetic experiments on ancient zircons may potentially constrain the earliest geodynamo, which holds broad implications for the early Earth interior and atmosphere. However, the ability of zircons to record accurately the geomagnetic field has not been fully demonstrated. Here we conduct thermal and room temperature alternating field (AF) paleointensity experiments on 767.1 thousand year old (ka) zircons from the Bishop Tuff, California. The rapid emplacement of these zircons in a well-characterized magnetic field provides a high-fidelity test of the zircons intrinsic paleomagnetic recording accuracy. Successful dual heating experiments on nine zircons measured using a superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) microscope yield a mean paleointensity of 46.2 +/- 18.8 microtesla (1sigma), which agrees closely with high-precision results from Bishop Tuff whole rock (43...

  12. Local thermal ablation of renal cell carcinoma

    Purpose: With evolving local thermal ablation technology, the clinical application of thermal ablation has been actively investigated in the treatment for renal cell carcinoma. We review the evolution and current status of radiofrequency ablation and microwave ablation for renal cell carcinoma. Materials and methods: All articles published in English on radiofrequency ablation or microwave ablation as a treatment for renal cell carcinoma were identified with a MEDLINE® and PubMed® search from 1990 to 2010. Results: Local thermal ablation has several advantages, including keeping more normal renal units, relatively simple operation, easy tolerance, fewer complications, a shorter hospitalization and convalescence period. Long-term data has determined radiofrequency ablation is responsible for poor surgical candidates with renal cell carcinoma, however, tumor size, location and shape might affect the efficacy of radiofrequency ablation. Microwave ablation can induce large ablation volumes and yield good local tumor control. Associated complications appear to be low. Conclusions: Local ablative approaches seem to represent an attractive alternative to extirpative surgery for the treatment of small renal neoplasms in select patients. Potential developments include concepts to improve the accuracy and effectiveness of thermal ablation by improving the guiding, monitoring capabilities and detection capacity of multi-center lesions to provide at least equivalent cancer control to conventional surgery.

  13. U-Pb dating by zircon dissolution method using chemical abrasion

    Lucy Takehara


    Full Text Available Chemical abrasion was carried out on zircons grains of the Temora II standard for U-Pb dating prior to analyses using in situ Laser Ablation-MultiCollector Ion Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (LA-ICPMS followed by the Isotope Dissolution Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometer (ID-TIMS method. The proposed methodology was herein applied in order to reduce primarily the effects of secondary Pb loss, the presence of common lead and/or silicate impurities. Nine Temora II zircon grains were analyzed by the laser ablation method yielding an age of 418.3±4.3 Ma. Zircon grains of a same population were separated for chemical abrasion before dissolution and mass spectrometry analyses. Six fractions of them were separated for isotope dissolution using 235U-205Pb mixed spike after we have checked and assured the laboratory conditions of low blank values for total Pb of less than 2 pg/g. The obtained U-Pb zircon age by the ID-TIMS method was 415.7±1.8 Ma (error 0.43 % based on four successful determinations. The results are consistent with the published ages for the Temora diorite (Temora I – 416.75±1.3 Ma; Temora II – 416.78±0.33 Ma and established as 416±0.33 Ma. The technique is thus recommended for high precision U-Pb zircon analyses (error Este trabalho apresenta a técnica de abrasão química em zircões do padrão Temora II aplicada em datação de U-Pb por Dissolução Isotópica e Espectrometria de Massa por Ionização Térmica, método DI-ESIT. O emprego deste método tem como princípio diminuir os efeitos da perda secundária de Pb radiogênico antes da dissolução. Em primeira instância, os zircões foram analisados pelo método in situ com uso de Microssonda Laser acoplada a um Espectrômetro de Massa Multicoletor com Plasma Acoplado Indutivamente (MC-ICP-MS, cujo objetivo foi identificar os grãos de zircão de fase de cristalização simples sem sobrecrescimento. Nove cristais de zircão analisados com microssonda a

  14. Chemical characteristics of zircon from A-type granites and comparison to zircon of S-type granites

    Breiter, Karel; Lamarão, C. N.; Krás Borges, R. M.; Dall'Agnol, R.

    1192/195, April (2014), s. 208-225. ISSN 0024-4937 Institutional support: RVO:67985831 Keywords : zircon * A-type granites * S-type granites * Wiborg batholith * Brazil * Krušné hory/Erzgebirge Subject RIV: DD - Geochemistry Impact factor: 4.482, year: 2014

  15. Surgical Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation.

    Ramlawi, Basel; Abu Saleh, Walid K


    The Cox-maze procedure for the restoration of normal sinus rhythm, initially developed by Dr. James Cox, underwent several iterations over the years. The main concept consists of creating a series of transmural lesions in the right and left atria that disrupt re-entrant circuits responsible for propagating the abnormal atrial fibrillation rhythm. The left atrial appendage is excluded as a component of the Maze procedure. For the first three iterations of the Cox- maze procedure, these lesions were performed using a surgical cut-and-sew approach that ensured transmurality. The Cox-Maze IV is the most currently accepted iteration. It achieves the same lesion set of the Cox- maze III but uses alternative energy sources to create the transmural lesions, potentially in a minimally invasive approach on the beating heart. High-frequency ultrasound, microwave, and laser energy have all been used with varying success in the past. Today, bipolar radiofrequency heat or cryotherapy cooling are the most accepted sources for creating linear lesions with consistent safety and transmurality. The robust and reliable nature of these energy delivery methods has yielded a success rate reaching 90% freedom from atrial fibrillation at 12 months. Such approaches offer a significant long-term advantage over catheter-based ablation, especially in patients having longstanding, persistent atrial fibrillation with characteristics such as dilated left atrial dimensions, poor ejection fraction, and failed catheter ablation. Based on these improved results, there currently is significant interest in developing a hybrid ablation strategy that incorporates the superior transmural robust lesions of surgical ablation, the reliable stroke prevention potential of epicardial left atrial appendage exclusion, and sophisticated mapping and confirmatory catheter-based ablation technology. Such a minimally invasive hybrid strategy for ablation may lead to the development of multidisciplinary "Afib teams" to

  16. Microwave ablation of hepatocellular carcinoma


    Although surgical resection is still the optimal treatmentoption for early-stage hepatocellular carcinoma(HCC) in patients with well compensated cirrhosis,thermal ablation techniques provide a valid nonsurgicaltreatment alternative, thanks to their minimalinvasiveness, excellent tolerability and safety profile,proven efficacy in local disease control, virtuallyunlimited repeatability and cost-effectiveness. Differentenergy sources are currently employed in clinics asphysical agents for percutaneous or intra-surgicalthermal ablation of HCC nodules. Among them, radiofrequency(RF) currents are the most used, whilemicrowave ablations (MWA) are becoming increasinglypopular. Starting from the 90s', RF ablation (RFA) rapidlybecame the standard of care in ablation, especially inthe treatment of small HCC nodules; however, RFAexhibits substantial performance limitations in thetreatment of large lesions and/or tumors located nearmajor heat sinks. MWA, first introduced in the FarEastern clinical practice in the 80s', showing promisingresults but also severe limitations in the controllabilityof the emitted field and in the high amount of poweremployed for the ablation of large tumors, resultingin a poor coagulative performance and a relativelyhigh complication rate, nowadays shows better resultsboth in terms of treatment controllability and of overallcoagulative performance, thanks to the improvementof technology. In this review we provide an extensiveand detailed overview of the key physical and technicalaspects of MWA and of the currently available systems,and we want to discuss the most relevant published dataon MWA treatments of HCC nodules in regard to clinicalresults and to the type and rate of complications, both inabsolute terms and in comparison with RFA.

  17. Microwave ablation of hepatocellular carcinoma.

    Poggi, Guido; Tosoratti, Nevio; Montagna, Benedetta; Picchi, Chiara


    Although surgical resection is still the optimal treatment option for early-stage hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in patients with well compensated cirrhosis, thermal ablation techniques provide a valid non-surgical treatment alternative, thanks to their minimal invasiveness, excellent tolerability and safety profile, proven efficacy in local disease control, virtually unlimited repeatability and cost-effectiveness. Different energy sources are currently employed in clinics as physical agents for percutaneous or intra-surgical thermal ablation of HCC nodules. Among them, radiofrequency (RF) currents are the most used, while microwave ablations (MWA) are becoming increasingly popular. Starting from the 90s', RF ablation (RFA) rapidly became the standard of care in ablation, especially in the treatment of small HCC nodules; however, RFA exhibits substantial performance limitations in the treatment of large lesions and/or tumors located near major heat sinks. MWA, first introduced in the Far Eastern clinical practice in the 80s', showing promising results but also severe limitations in the controllability of the emitted field and in the high amount of power employed for the ablation of large tumors, resulting in a poor coagulative performance and a relatively high complication rate, nowadays shows better results both in terms of treatment controllability and of overall coagulative performance, thanks to the improvement of technology. In this review we provide an extensive and detailed overview of the key physical and technical aspects of MWA and of the currently available systems, and we want to discuss the most relevant published data on MWA treatments of HCC nodules in regard to clinical results and to the type and rate of complications, both in absolute terms and in comparison with RFA. PMID:26557950

  18. Femtosecond laser ablation of dentin

    The surface morphology, structure and composition of human dentin treated with a femtosecond infrared laser (pulse duration 500 fs, wavelength 1030 nm, fluences ranging from 1 to 3 J cm-2) was studied by scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The average dentin ablation threshold under these conditions was 0.6 ± 0.2 J cm-2 and the ablation rate achieved in the range 1 to 2 µm/pulse for an average fluence of 3 J cm-2. The ablation surfaces present an irregular and rugged appearance, with no significant traces of melting, deformation, cracking or carbonization. The smear layer was entirely removed by the laser treatment. For fluences only slightly higher than the ablation threshold the morphology of the laser-treated surfaces was very similar to the dentin fracture surfaces and the dentinal tubules remained open. For higher fluences, the surface was more porous and the dentin structure was partially concealed by ablation debris and a few resolidified droplets. Independently on the laser processing parameters and laser processing method used no sub-superficial cracking was observed. The dentin constitution and chemical composition was not significantly modified by the laser treatment in the processing parameter range used. In particular, the organic matter is not preferentially removed from the surface and no traces of high temperature phosphates, such as the β-tricalcium phosphate, were observed. The achieved results are compatible with an electrostatic ablation mechanism. In conclusion, the high beam quality and short pulse duration of the ultrafast laser used should allow the accurate preparation of cavities, with negligible damage of the underlying material. (paper)

  19. Transhemangioma Ablation of Hepatocellular Carcinoma

    Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a well-established treatment modality in the treatment of early hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) [1]. Safe trajectory of the RFA probe is crucial in decreasing collateral tissue damage and unwarranted probe transgression. As a percutaneous technique, however, the trajectory of the needle is sometimes constrained by the available imaging plane. The presence of a hemangioma beside an HCC is uncommon but poses the question of safety related to probe transgression. We hereby describe a case of transhemangioma ablation of a dome HCC.

  20. Transhemangioma Ablation of Hepatocellular Carcinoma

    Pua, Uei, E-mail: [Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Department of Diagnostic Radiology (Singapore)


    Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a well-established treatment modality in the treatment of early hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) [1]. Safe trajectory of the RFA probe is crucial in decreasing collateral tissue damage and unwarranted probe transgression. As a percutaneous technique, however, the trajectory of the needle is sometimes constrained by the available imaging plane. The presence of a hemangioma beside an HCC is uncommon but poses the question of safety related to probe transgression. We hereby describe a case of transhemangioma ablation of a dome HCC.

  1. Soft thrombus formation in radiofrequency catheter ablation

    Demolin, JM; Eick, OJ; Munch, K; Koullick, E; Nakagawa, H; Wittkampf, FHM


    During RF catheter ablation, local temperature elevation can result in coagulum formation on the ablation electrode, resulting in impedance rise. A recent study has also demonstrated the formation of a so-called soft thrombus during experimental ablations. This deposit poorly adhered to the catheter

  2. Ablation of Solid Hydrogen in a Plasma

    Jørgensen, L. W.; Sillesen, Alfred Hegaard


    Several hydrogen pellet ablation models based on the formation of a shielding neutral cloud have been reported by different authors. The predicted ablation rates are shown to follow almost the same scaling law and this is used to explain the authors' ablation experiment....

  3. Laser ablation at the hydrodynamic regime

    Gojani Ardian B.


    Laser ablation of several metals and PVC polymer by high energy nanosecond laser pulses is investigated experimentaly. Visualization by shadowgraphy revealed the dynamics of the discontinuities in ambient air and ablation plume above the target surface, while surface profiling allowed for determination of the ablated mass.

  4. Finite lattice distortion patterns in plastically deformed zircon grains

    E. Kovaleva


    Full Text Available This study examines finite deformation patterns of zircon grains from high-temperature natural shear zones. Various zircon-bearing rocks were collected in the Western Tauern Window, Eastern Alps, where they were deformed under amphibolite facies conditions, and in the Ivrea-Verbano Zone (IVZ, Southern Alps, where deformation is related with granulite-facies metamorphism. Among the sampled rocks are: granitic orthogneisses, meta-lamprophyres and paragneisses, all of which are highly deformed. The investigated zircon grains ranging from 10 to 50 microns were studied in situ using a combination of scanning electron microscope (SEM techniques, including secondary electron (SE, backscattered electron (BSE, forward scattered electron (FSE, cathodoluminescence (CL imaging, and crystallographic orientation mapping by electron backscatter diffraction analysis (EBSD, as well as micro-Raman spectroscopy. Energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDS was applied to host phases. Microstructural analysis of crystal-plastically deformed zircon grains was based on high-resolution EBSD maps. Three general types of finite lattice distortion patterns were detected: Type (I is defined by gradual bending of the zircon lattice with orientation changes of about 0.6° to 1.4° per μm without subgrain boundary formation. Type (II represents local gradual bending of the crystal lattice coupled with the formation of subgrain boundaries that have concentric semicircular shapes in 2-D sections. Cumulative grain-internal orientation variations range from 7° to 40° within single grains. Type (III is characterized by formation of subgrains separated by a well-defined subgrain boundary network, where subgrain boundaries show a characteristic angular closed contour in 2-D sections. The cumulative orientation variation within a single grain ranges from 3° to 10°. Types (I and (II predominate in granulite facies rocks, whereas type (III is restricted to the amphibolite facies

  5. Detrital zircon geochronology by LA-ICP-MS of the Neoarchean Manjeri Formation in the Archean Zimbabwe craton- the disappearance of Eoarchean crust by 2.7 Ga?

    Sawada, Hikaru; Maruyama, Shigenori; Sakata, Shuhei; Hirata, Takafumi


    For the ca. 2.7 Ga (Neoarchean) clastic rocks in the Belingwe greenstone belt (Manjeri Formation), U-Pb age of detrital zircon grains were analyzed by Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS). The Manjeri Formation, composed of sandstone, quartzite, and limestone with stromatolites, was deposited in a shallow marine setting along the ancient passive continental margin of the Zimbabwe craton. Nearly 100 detrital zircon grains, for each from two sandstone samples in central Zimbabwe, were separated for U-Pb dating. Age spectra of detrital zircon grains of two analyzed sandstones of the Manjeri Formation show more or less the same multiple age clusters: i.e., ca. 2.9 Ga, ca. 3.15 Ga, ca. 3.3 Ga, and ca. 3.5 Ga. These age spectra reflect nature of the provenance of proto-Zimbabwe, which was considerably different from that of the modern Zimbabwe craton. The age clusters of ca. 2.9 Ga, ca. 3.3 Ga, and ca. 3.5 Ga are correlated with those of extant basement rocks of the present Zimbabwe craton, whereas the ca. 3.15 Ga cluster has no corresponding unit within the craton, except for detrital zircons from the 2.65 Ga Shamvaian Group in a neighboring area of the Zimbabwe craton. The extremely old (3.85 Ga; Eoarchean) detrital zircon grains, previously reported from the ca. 2.9 Ga and ca. 3.4 Ga sandstones elsewhere in the craton, were not detected at all in the present two analyzed samples. As no Eoarchean (>3.8 Ga) basement rocks remain in the Zimbabwe craton at present either, the present study confirmed that the Eoarchean crustal rocks once occurred in the proto-Zimbabwe craton but they had been removed secondarily from the provenance of Neoarchean and younger basins prior to 2.7 Ga. Possible geologic processes for such disappearance of older crusts may include the physiological separation by continental rifting, subduction erosion, and/or other crustal recycling processes.

  6. Radiofrequency ablation of liver metastases

    The liver is the second only to lymph nodes as the most common site of metastatic disease irrespective of the primary tumor. Up to 50% of all patients with malignant diseases will develop liver metastases with a significant morbidity and mortality. Although the surgical resection leads to an improvement of the survival time, only approximately 20% of the patients are eligible for surgical intervention. Radiofrequency (RF) ablation represents one of the most important alternatives as well as complementary methods for the therapy of liver metastases. RF ablation can lead in a selected patient group to a palliation or to an increased life expectancy. RF ablation appears either safer (vs. cryotherapy) or easier (vs. laser) or more effective (percutaneous ethanol instillation [PEI]), transarterial chemoembolisation [TACE] in comparison with other minimal invasive procedures. RF ablation can be performed percutaneously, laparoscopically or intraoperatively and may be combined with chemotherapy as well as with surgical resection. Permanent technical improvements of RF systems, a better understanding of the underlying electrophysiological principles and an interdisciplinary approach will lead to a prognosis improvement in patients with liver metastases. (orig.)

  7. Modern Advances in Ablative TPS

    Venkatapathy, Ethiraj


    Topics covered include: Physics of Hypersonic Flow and TPS Considerations. Destinations, Missions and Requirements. State of the Art Thermal Protection Systems Capabilities. Modern Advances in Ablative TPS. Entry Systems Concepts. Flexible TPS for Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerators. Conformal TPS for Rigid Aeroshell. 3-D Woven TPS for Extreme Entry Environment. Multi-functional Carbon Fabric for Mechanically Deployable.

  8. The anatectic effect on the zircon Hf isotope composition of migmatites and associated granites

    Chen, Yi-Xiang; Gao, Peng; Zheng, Yong-Fei


    Zircon Hf isotope composition is widely used to trace the growth and evolution of continental crust. However, it is controversial whether the Hf isotope composition of magmatic zircons can faithfully reflect that of their sources, especially for S-type granites. In order to provide an insight into this issue, we have revisited the published Lu-Hf isotope data of zircons from well-studied migmatites and associated granites in the Sulu orogen and the Cathaysian terrane, respectively. The results show greatly elevated 176Hf/177Hf ratios (by more than 10ε units) for newly grown zircon domains compared to the relict zircon domains. This indicates considerable contributions from non-zircon Hf to anatectic melts during crustal anatexis and subsequent magmatism. Furthermore, this more radiogenic Hf isotope signature was not erased during magmatic processes such as crystal fractionation during melt ascent and emplacement. The budget of Hf isotopes in source rocks with respect to mineral Lu/Hf ratios suggests the involvement of Hf-bearing major minerals in anatectic reactions by dissolving Hf-bearing major minerals into the anatectic melts. The significant Hf isotope variations in some anatectic and magmatic zircon domains from the migmatites and granites suggest not only the source heterogeneity but also the variable non-zircon Hf contributions. As such, the Hf isotope compositions of anatectic and magmatic zircons are substantially dictated by the mass balance between the non-zircon Hf from anatectic reactions and the zircon-Hf from the dissolution of protolith zircons into the anatectic melts. They are primarily controlled by P-T conditions and mechanism of crustal anatexis, and the magmatic processes during melt evolution. The present study highlights the important contribution of non-zircon Hf to the anatectic and magmatic zircon domains. In this regard, the greatly elevated 176Hf/177Hf ratios for newly grown zircon domains in the migmatites and granites cannot reflect

  9. A numerical simulation of ablation controlled arcs

    Godin, D.; Trepanier, J.Y. [Ecole Polytechnique, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Montreal, PQ (Canada); Eby, S.D. [Ecole Polytechnique, Centre de Recherche en Calcul Applique, Montreal, PQ (Canada); Robin-Jouan, P. [GEC-Alsthom T and D, Villeurbanne, (France)


    An approach to model the ablation phenomenon of ablation controlled arcs using computational fluid dynamics was presented. Ablation controlled arcs are found in high voltage electrical equipment such as fuses and circuit-breakers. A qualitative prediction of the ablation level is critical from an industrial point of view because deliberate use of ablation is made to increase the pressure in a circuit-breaker chamber to allow for an efficient extinction when the current returns to zero. The numerical model was validated by comparing results of published experimental data. 7 refs., 10 figs.

  10. Comment on''Large Swelling and Percolation in Irradiated Zircon''

    A recent model for the large radiation-induced swelling behavior in irradiated zircon (ZrSiO4) is partially based on results of molecular dynamics simulations of the partial overlap of two collision cascades that predict a densified boundary of polymerized silica and the scattering of the second cascade away from the densified boundary (Trachenko K, Dove M T and Salje E K H 2003 J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 15 L1). These MD simulations are based on an atomic interaction potential for zircon (Trachenko K, Dove MT and Salje EKH 2001 J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 13 1947) for which, according to our analysis, only reproduces some of the crystallographic properties at equilibrium and do not adequately describe the scattering physics for zircon, and on simulation methodologies for which the standard procedures for boundary conditions of energetic events are ill-defined. In fact, the interatomic potential model used by Tranchenko et al yields a significantly more rigid structure, with very high Frenkel defect formation energies and extremely low entropy and specific heat capacity. The synergy of all these unphysical properties for zircon, naturally leads to highly localized collision cascades. Consequently, the reported results of the cascade simulations, which are events far from equilibrium, may be artifacts of both the potential model and simulation methodologies employed. Thus, the structural changes predicted by the simulations must be viewed cautiously, and these simulations results cannot be taken as confirmation of a new scattering physics process that is the basis for the proposed swelling model. In this comment, the deficiencies in the atomic interaction potential and methodologies employed by these authors are critically reviewed, and the validity of the cascade overlap simulations and proposed physics is discussed

  11. Plasma Sprayed Zircon Deposits Modified by Laser Treatment

    Kolman, Blahoslav Jan; Neufuss, Karel; Jančárek, A.; Dubský, Jiří; Chráska, Pavel

    Tallinn, 2003 - (Ugaste, U.), s. 69-78 ISBN 9985-58-276-4. ISSN 1736-0633. [Dense Plasma Interaction with Materials.. Tallinn (EE), 09.10.2003-11.10.2003] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA106/01/0094 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z2043910 Keywords : plasma, spraying, zircon Subject RIV: JK - Corrosion ; Surface Treatment of Materials

  12. Zircon decomposition with dolomite in the presence of fluxes

    The process of direct preparation of zirconium dioxide from zircon using natural dolomite as well as effect on the process and quality of the prepared dioxide of the fluxes-calcium salts (CaCl2, CaF2) is investigated. Distribution of the zirconium, silicon and calcium oxides by the products of the reaction depending on ratio of the using reagents is studied

  13. Application of mineral binders during briquetting of zircon concentrate

    The paper studies a possibility to use mineral binders for briqueting zircon-blaring concentrates subject to chloride treatment in shaft furnaces. The effect of chloride treatment time and carbon content in the brickets on concentrates component break-down is investigated. Efficiency of mineral binder (bentonite and sodium silicate) application is confirmed: power consumption and treatment time decrease 8-10 times, a high level of concentrate break-down is achieved

  14. Feasibility of infrared analysis of iron in zircon

    A feasibility study has concluded that quantitative infrared analysis can be employed to determine the concentration of iron in zircon. The spectral transmission curves have shown that the iron absorption band is located at 1.15 microns. These curves also revealed a second absorption band at 1.49 microns. The source of this second peak is not known; but it exhibits some features which suggest its dependance on natural α-recoil damage. 23 references, 14 figures, 2 tables

  15. Study of natural zircon-xenotime assemblages for estimation of the actinide waste forms stability

    In order to estimate compositions and structural stability of YPO4-ZrSiO4-USiO4-ThSiO4 solid solution, natural specimens of (U, Th)-enriched zircon-xenotime assemblages were studied. The samples were picked from granitic pegmatites of North Karelia of about 1,850 Ma age. TEM data show that amorphization of the zircon structure is not complete. Xenotime has typical crystal structure. ASEM and EPMA results indicate that zircon and xenotime are micro-heterogeneous in there compositions. Numerous micro-inclusions (3+ vs. Zr4+ and P5+ vs. Si4+). Data on high amounts of rare earth elements and phosphorus in natural zircons are result from REE-phosphate inclusions in analyzed zircons. Content of U in the zircon allowed the estimation of the solubility of coffinite end member to be no less than 5 mol.% USiO4

  16. Diffuse x-ray scattering from weakly metamict zircon

    Diffuse x-ray (Cu K1α) scattering from α-decay radiation-damaged natural zircon has been investigated at room temperature. Huang scattering around Bragg reflections was observed in samples with radiation doses between 0.06 and 2x1018 α-decay events g-1, but none in a highly crystalline natural zircon sample (18 α-decay events g-1). Huang scattering (∼q-2) dominates for small wavevectors, while Stokes-Wilson scattering (∼q-4) is observed at larger values of q from the Bragg reflection. The displacement field produced by α-decay radiation damage is shown to correspond to transverse shear waves. The unit-cell expansion observed in zircon is thus interpreted as originating as a consequence of the shear waves propagating in the crystal, rather than from simply longitudinal expansion waves. A cluster size between 70 and 140 A, depending on the degree of damage, characterizes the defect accumulation. (author)

  17. Radiological safety assessment in zircon sand handling plant

    In addition to the application of the zircon in nuclear field, there are other non-nuclear applications of zirconium where different grades of zircon sands are micronised to manufacture zirconium silicate to be used in ceramic tiles, sanitary wares etc. The zircon sand is either obtained locally or imported from two agencies abroad. The production of different grades of silicate involves specific physical and chemical processes and the quality of product changes with chemical compositions used, density of slurry and the particle size. A radiological protection survey was conducted at the plant where zirconium silicate (ZIRCOSIL) is being produced on commercial scale. Air monitoring carried out at this plant has shown radiation levels within the permissible limits. However the exposures rates, at the places where raw and finished products were stored, were found in the range of 0.35 - 1.96μ Sv/h. The final product has the specific concentration of 3.53 ± 0.03 kBq/Kg of 238U and 0.67± 0.008 kBq/kg of 232Th. (author)

  18. Extrapolation of zircon fission-track annealing models

    One of the purposes of this study is to give further constraints on the temperature range of the zircon partial annealing zone over a geological time scale using data from borehole zircon samples, which have experienced stable temperatures for ∼1 Ma. In this way, the extrapolation problem is explicitly addressed by fitting the zircon annealing models with geological timescale data. Several empirical model formulations have been proposed to perform these calibrations and have been compared in this work. The basic form proposed for annealing models is the Arrhenius-type model. There are other annealing models, that are based on the same general formulation. These empirical model equations have been preferred due to the great number of phenomena from track formation to chemical etching that are not well understood. However, there are two other models, which try to establish a direct correlation between their parameters and the related phenomena. To compare the response of the different annealing models, thermal indexes, such as closure temperature, total annealing temperature and the partial annealing zone, have been calculated and compared with field evidence. After comparing the different models, it was concluded that the fanning curvilinear models yield the best agreement between predicted index temperatures and field evidence. - Highlights: ► Geological data were used along with lab data for improving model extrapolation. ► Index temperatures were simulated for testing model extrapolation. ► Curvilinear Arrhenius models produced better geological temperature predictions

  19. Perfect zircon for rock dating no fairy tale

    The scheme used to date rocks is based on the radioactive decay of uranium. Minute traces of uranium locked inside the zircon crystals have been decaying over aeons, producing lead. Scientists know that the decay occurs at a fixed rate and how quickly it happens. By measuring the relative amounts of uranium and lead encased in the crystals, scientists can determine how old the rock is. But sometimes lead is lost from zircon crystals via processes such as weathering (if the rocks were exposed on the surface) or deformation and metamorphism (if the rocks had crystallised deep in the earth and been subjected to high temperatures and pressure). Hence the special nature of the Temora rocks- a 417 million years old zirconium-containing rock which have been partially exposed in recent times in a remote paddock in NSW, Australia. SHRIMP dating was used for initial tests on the Temora rocks. Then, in December last year, the sample was sent to the world-recognised authority, Canada's Royal Ontario Museum, for independent analysis and dating via chemical decomposition. The museum confirmed the near perfect quality of the zircon and its age

  20. The metamictization of zircon: Radiation dose-dependent structural characteristics

    A suite of gem zircon samples from Sri Lanka has been studied using infrared (IR) spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and chemical analysis. The degree of metamictization of the zircon, as indicated by unit-cell parameters, increases systematically with U-Th content up to the point of total metamictization. The appearance of IR spectra also varies as a function of metamictization. The appearance of IR spectra also varies as a function of metamictization; bands related to Si-O bonds and disappearance of bands related to Zr-O bonds indicates that the structure of metamict zircon consists of distorted and disoriented isolated silica tetrahedra with few if any undisplaced Zr cations. All spectroscopic indicators of crystalline order show that total metamictization is reached at an accumulated radiation dosage of ∼ 4.5 x 1015 alpha decay events per mg. Hydrous components enter the structure only after total metamictization, but the amounts are not correlated with U-Th content. In all cases OH was the only hydrous species detected

  1. Study on roasting process of zircon-silica sol ceramic mould

    Zhang Yeming; Zeng Ming; Hu Li


    Dry stock of silica sol ceramic mould was prepared by using of colloidal moulding technique with an optimized vacuum drying process. Effect of roasting process on the shrinkage rate and compressive strength of zircon-silica sol ceramic mould, and the relationship between the roasting temperature and microstructure of zircon-silica sol ceramic mould were studied. The optimum roasting temperature of zircon-silica sol ceramic mould gained by the experiments is 900℃ and the holding time is 2 h. T...

  2. The significance of zircon characteristic and its uranium concentration in evaluation of uranium metallogenetic prospect

    Zircon characteristic and its relation to uranium metallogenetic process have been studied on the basis of physics properties and chemical compositions. It is indicated that the colour of zircon crystal is related to uranium concentration; on the basis of method of zircon population type of Pupin J.P., the sectional plan of zircon population type has been designed, from which result that zircon population type of uranium-producing rock body is distributed mainly in second section, secondly in fourth section; U in zircon presents synchronous increase trend with Th, Hf and Ta; the uranium concentration in zircon from uranium-producing geologic body increases obviously and its rate of increase is more than that of the uranium concentration in rock; the period, in which uranium concentration in zircon is increased, is often related to better uranium-producing condition in that period of this area. 1785 data of the average uranium concentration in zircon have been counted and clear regularity has been obtained, namely the average uranium concentrations in zircon in rich uranium-producing area, rock, geologic body and metallogenetic zone are all higher than that in poor or no uranium-producing area, rock, geologic body and metallogenetic zone. This shows that the average uranium concentration in zircon within the region in fact reflects the primary uranium-bearing background in region and restricts directly follow-up possibility of uranium mineralization. On the basis of this, the uranium source conditions of known uranium metallogenetic zones and prospective provinces have been discussed, and the average uranium concentrations in zircon from magmatic rocks for 81 districts have been contrasted and graded, and some districts in which exploration will be worth doing further are put forward

  3. Microwave Ablation Compared with Radiofrequency Ablation for Breast Tissue in an Ex Vivo Bovine Udder Model

    Purpose: To compare the effectiveness of microwave (MW) ablation with radiofrequency (RF) ablation for treating breast tissue in a nonperfused ex vivo model of healthy bovine udder tissue. Materials and Methods: MW ablations were performed at power outputs of 25W, 35W, and 45W using a 915-MHz frequency generator and a 2-cm active tip antenna. RF ablations were performed with a bipolar RF system with 2- and 3-cm active tip electrodes. Tissue temperatures were continuously monitored during ablation. Results: The mean short-axis diameters of the coagulation zones were 1.34 ± 0.14, 1.45 ± 0.13, and 1.74 ± 0.11 cm for MW ablation at outputs of 25W, 35W, and 45W. For RF ablation, the corresponding values were 1.16 ± 0.09 and 1.26 ± 0.14 cm with electrodes having 2- and 3-cm active tips, respectively. The mean coagulation volumes were 2.27 ± 0.65, 2.85 ± 0.72, and 4.45 ± 0.47 cm3 for MW ablation at outputs of 25W, 35W, and 45W and 1.18 ± 0.30 and 2.29 ± 0.55 cm3 got RF ablation with 2- and 3-cm electrodes, respectively. MW ablations at 35W and 45W achieved significantly longer short-axis diameters than RF ablations (P < 0.05). The highest tissue temperature was achieved with MW ablation at 45W (P < 0.05). On histological examination, the extent of the ablation zone in MW ablations was less affected by tissue heterogeneity than that in RF ablations. Conclusion: MW ablation appears to be advantageous with respect to the volume of ablation and the shape of the margin of necrosis compared with RF ablation in an ex vivo bovine udder.

  4. Paragneiss zircon geochronology and trace element geochemistry, North Qaidam HP/UHP terrane, western China

    Mattinson, C.G.; Wooden, J.L.; Zhang, J.X.; Bird, D.K.


    In the southeastern part of the North Qaidam terrane, near Dulan, paragneiss hosts minor peridotite and UHP eclogite. Zircon geochronology and trace element geochemistry of three paragneiss samples (located within a ???3 km transect) indicates that eclogite-facies metamorphism resulted in variable degrees of zircon growth and recrystallization in the three samples. Inherited zircon core age groups at 1.8 and 2.5 Ga suggest that the protoliths of these rocks may have received sediments from the Yangtze or North China cratons. Mineral inclusions, depletion in HREE, and absence of negative Eu anomalies indicate that zircon U-Pb ages of 431 ?? 5 Ma and 426 ?? 4 Ma reflect eclogite-facies zircon growth in two of the samples. Ti-in-zircon thermometry results are tightly grouped at ???660 and ???600 ??C, respectively. Inclusions of metamorphic minerals, scarcity of inherited cores, and lack of isotopic or trace element inheritance demonstrate that significant new metamorphic zircon growth must have occurred. In contrast, zircon in the third sample is dominated by inherited grains, and rims show isotopic and trace element inheritance, suggesting solid-state recrystallization of detrital zircon with only minor new growth. ?? 2009 Elsevier Ltd.

  5. Recrystallization of zircon and its effect on U-Pb dating

    Zircon is the most preferred mineral for U-Pb geochronology to obtain high precision mineral growth ages of crystalline rocks. In this work, a suite of discordant zircons from a leucosome of a garnet biotite gneiss from the Kerala Khondalite Belt, India were investigated by a combination of back-scattered electron imaging and SHRIMP analyses to ponder over the pattern of Pb-loss in recrystallized zircon. Previous attempts for U-Pb zircon dating of this rock type in the area have all resulted highly discordant ages

  6. Nuclear microprobe (PIXE) analyses of zircons as indicators of granite type

    Petrochemical investigation of the Cape Granite Suite illustrated that three major granitoid types exist namely S-, I-and A-types. Studies of zircon typologies of these granites confirmed that the three major types and their subtypes could be distinguished with relative ease. Using the typological classification as a base, zircons from the three granite groups were analysed by proton microprobe. The proton microprobe was utilized to enable the detection of elements normally present in low quantities in zircon. The results clearly illustrated that PIXE analyses may readily be used to discriminate zircons from S-, I- and A-type granites using the elements Th, Y and Yb

  7. Metamorphic zircon from Xindian eclogite, Dabie Terrain: U-Pb age and oxygen isotope composition


    Detailed CL image, U-Pb age and oxygen isotope composition in situ analyses for two metamorphic zircons from ultra-high pressure Xindian eclogite, Southern Dabie Terrain were carried out. There are two kinds of zircon in eclogite. The major subpopulation is podgy and isometric, and interpreted as protolith magmatic zircon with partial recrystallization. Its formation age is 811±22 Ma.The less abundant one is euhedral prismatic with core-rim structure and the rim being metamorphic overgrowth and formed at 221 -217 Ma. Zircon CL image strength is mainly controlled by U and Th contents. The magmatic zircon has its Th/U ratio around 1.3 and decreasing with recrystallization,whereas metamorphic zircon has Th/U ratio of lower than 0.1. Magmatic and metamorphic zircon domains all show very low oxygen isotopic compositions with average δ8O values of 1.8‰ and 2.8‰,respectively. The low δ18O values in protolith zircon indicated meteoric water involvement in their magma source region. It may correlate with snowball earth event during Neoproterozoic. It also indicates that protolith zircon could survive its oxygen isotope signature during Dabie eclogite facies UHP metamorphism.

  8. A Zircon U-Pb Study of the Evolution of Lunar KREEP

    Meyer, Charles; Nemchin, A.; Pidgeon, R.; Whitehouse, M.; Vaughan, J.


    SIMS U-Pb analyses show that zircons from breccias from Apollo 14 and Apollo 17 have essentially identical age distributions in the range 4350 to 4200 Ma but, whereas Apollo 14 zircons additionally show ages from 4200 to 3900 Ma, the Apollo 17 samples have no zircons with ages <4200 Ma. The zircon results also show an uneven distribution with distinct peaks of magmatic activity. In explaining these observations we propose that periodic episodes of KREEP magmatism were generated from a primary reservoir of KREEP magma, which contracted over time towards the centre of Procellarum KREEP terrane.

  9. Peculiarities of accessory zircon from the carter seamount tuffs (Sierra Leone Rise in the East Atlantic)

    Petrova, V. V.; Skolotnev, S. G.; Chistyakova, N. I.


    In volcanic tuffs, dredged during Cruise 23 of the R/V Akademik Nikolaj Strakhov, accessory zircon was found; except for the mineral-forming components, there were ˜2% of ThO2 and 0.75% of Ce2O3 in zircon. During rapid uplift of magmatic masses to the ocean bottom surface, admixture elements isolated into specific minerals. As a result, destruction structures were formed in the rim parts of primary zircon crystals, and the new-formed association of zircon + thorite + cerite + thoriante + baddeleyite appeared.

  10. Morphology versus U-Pb systematics in zircon: A high-resolution isotopic study of a zircon population from a Variscan dike in the Central Alps

    U/Pb isotopic measurements on individual zircon crystals combined with morphological analyses permit the identification of three distinct components within the zircon population of the Saedelhorn diorite, a Variscan dike from the western Gotthard (Central Alps, Switzerland): (i) 94% of the grains in the zircon population are elongate crystals with pronounced skeletal morphology indicative of rapid growth from a supercooled melt. (ii) 5% of the population consist of turbid, mostly subhedral zircons frequently showing D-type morphology and elevated uranium contents compared to the skeletal variety. Single-crystal and multi-grain U-Pb isotopic data of group (i) and (ii) zircons define an intrusion age of 293 + 5/ -4 m.y. for the dike. (iii) Rare, transparent zircon crystals (< 1% of the zircons population) yield apparent U-Pb ages in the range of 370-490 m.y. and display morphological and isotopic characteristics closely resembling those of a Caledonian orthogneiss intruded by the dike. This implies presence of assimilated wall-rock components in the macroscopically homogeneous dike sample. (orig./WB)

  11. Characterization of tracked radiofrequency ablation in phantom

    In radiofrequency ablation (RFA), successful therapy requires accurate, image-guided placement of the ablation device in a location selected by a predictive treatment plan. Current planning methods rely on geometric models of ablations that are not sensitive to underlying physical processes in RFA. Implementing plans based on computational models of RFA with image-guided techniques, however, has not been well characterized. To study the use of computational models of RFA in planning needle placement, this work compared ablations performed with an optically tracked RFA device with corresponding models of the ablations. The calibration of the tracked device allowed the positions of distal features of the device, particularly the tips of the needle electrodes, to be determined to within 1.4±0.6 mm of uncertainty. Ablations were then performed using the tracked device in a phantom system based on an agarose-albumin mixture. Images of the sliced phantom obtained from the ablation experiments were then compared with the predictions of a bioheat transfer model of RFA, which used the positional data of the tracked device obtained during ablation. The model was demonstrated to predict 90% of imaged pixels classified as being ablated. The discrepancies between model predictions and observations were analyzed and attributed to needle tracking inaccuracy as well as to uncertainties in model parameters. The results suggest the feasibility of using finite element modeling to plan ablations with predictable outcomes when implemented using tracked RFA

  12. Percutaneous thermal ablation of renal neoplasms

    Due to modern examination techniques such as multidetector computed tomography and high-field magnetic resonance imaging, the detection rate of renal neoplasms is continually increasing. Even though tumors exceeding 4 cm in diameter rarely metastasize, all renal lesions that are possible neoplasms should be treated. Traditional treatment techniques include radical nephrectomy or nephron-sparing resection, which are increasingly performed laparoscopically. Modern thermal ablation techniques such as hyperthermal techniques like radiofrequency ablation RFA, laser induced thermal ablation LITT, focused ultrasound FUS and microwave therapy MW, as well as hypothermal techniques (cryotherapy) may be a useful treatment option for patients who are unfit for or refuse surgical resection. Cryotherapy is the oldest and best known thermal ablation technique and can be performed laparoscopically or percutaneously. Since subzero temperatures have no antistyptic effect, additional maneuvers must be performed to control bleeding. Percutaneous cryotherapy of renal tumors is a new and interesting method, but experience with it is still limited. Radiofrequency ablation is the most frequently used method. Modern probe design allows volumes between 2 and 5 cm in diameter to be ablated. Due to hyperthermal tract ablation, the procedure is deemed to be safe and has a low complication rate. Although there are no randomized comparative studies to open resection, the preliminary results for renal RFA are promising and show RFA to be superior to other thermal ablation techniques. Clinical success rates are over 90% for both, cryo- and radiofrequency ablation. Whereas laser induced thermal therapy is established in hepatic ablation, experience is minimal with respect to renal application. For lesions of more than 2 cm in diameter, additional cooling catheters are required. MR thermometry offers temperature control during ablation. Microwave ablation is characterized by small ablation volumes

  13. Sm-Nd and zircon SHRIMP U-Pb dating of Huilanshan mafic granulite in the Dabie Mountains and its zircon trace element geochemistry

    HOU; Zhenhui; LI; Shuguang; CHEN; Nengsong; LI; Qiuli; LIU


    The mafic granulites from Huilanshan are outcropped on the center of the Luotian dome in the northern Dabie Mountains. The Sm-Nd isochron defined by granulite-facies metamorphic minerals (garnet + clinopyroxene + hypersthene) yields an age of 136(±)18 Ma indicating the early Cretaceous granulite-facies metamorphism. The cathodoluminescence (CL) images of zircons from the granulite show clearly core-mantle-rim structures. The zircon cores are characterized by typical oscillatory zoning and highly HREE enriched patterns, which suggests their magma origin. Some zircon cores among them with little Pb loss give SHRIMP U-Pb ages ranging from 753 to 780 Ma, which suggests that the protolith of Huilanshan granulite is Neoproterozoic mafic rocks. The zircon mantles usually cut across the oscillatory zone of the zircon cores have 3―10 times lower REE, Th, U, Y, Nb and Ta contents than the igneous zircon cores but have high common Pb contents. These characteristics suggest that they were formed by hydrothermal alteration of the igneous zircons. The part of zircon mantles with little Pb loss give a similar SHRIMP U-Pb age (716―780 Ma) to the igneous zircon cores, which implies that the hydrothermal events occurred closely to the magmatic emplacement. In view of the strong early Cretaceous magmatism in the Luotian dome, consequently, the Huilanshan mafic granulite was formed by heating of the Neoproterozoic mafic rocks in mid-low crust, which caused the granulite-facies metamorphism underneath the Dabie Mountains. The similarity between the granulite metamorphic age (136±18 Ma) defined by Sm-Nd isochron and K-Ar age of 123―127 Ma given by amphible from the gneiss in Luotian dome suggests a rapid uplifting of the Luotian dome, which may result in further exhumation of the ultrahigh pressure metamorphic rocks in the Dabie Mountains.

  14. The origin of high δ18O zircons: marbles, megacrysts, and metamorphism

    Cavosie, Aaron J.; Valley, John W.; Kita, Noriko T.; Spicuzza, Michael J.; Ushikubo, Takayuki; Wilde, Simon A.


    The oxygen isotope ratios (δ18O) of most igneous zircons range from 5 to 8‰, with 99% of published values from 1345 rocks below 10‰. Metamorphic zircons from quartzite, metapelite, metabasite, and eclogite record δ18O values from 5 to 17‰, with 99% below 15‰. However, zircons with anomalously high δ18O, up to 23‰, have been reported in detrital suites; source rocks for these unusual zircons have not been identified. We report data for zircons from Sri Lanka and Myanmar that constrain a metamorphic petrogenesis for anomalously high δ18O in zircon. A suite of 28 large detrital zircon megacrysts from Mogok (Myanmar) analyzed by laser fluorination yields δ18O from 9.4 to 25.5‰. The U-Pb standard, CZ3, a large detrital zircon megacryst from Sri Lanka, yields δ18O = 15.4 ± 0.1‰ (2 SE) by ion microprobe. A euhedral unzoned zircon in a thin section of Sri Lanka granulite facies calcite marble yields δ18O = 19.4‰ by ion microprobe and confirms a metamorphic petrogenesis of zircon in marble. Small oxygen isotope fractionations between zircon and most minerals require a high δ18O source for the high δ18O zircons. Predicted equilibrium values of Δ18O(calcite-zircon) = 2-3‰ from 800 to 600°C show that metamorphic zircon crystallizing in a high δ18O marble will have high δ18O. The high δ18O zircons (>15‰) from both Sri Lanka and Mogok overlap the values of primary marine carbonates, and marbles are known detrital gemstone sources in both localities. The high δ18O zircons are thus metamorphic; the 15-25‰ zircon values are consistent with a marble origin in a rock-dominated system (i.e., low fluid(external)/rock); the lower δ18O zircon values (9-15‰) are consistent with an origin in an external fluid-dominated system, such as skarn derived from marble, although many non-metasomatized marbles also fall in this range of δ18O. High δ18O (>15‰) and the absence of zoning can thus be used as a tracer to identify a marble source for high δ18O

  15. Laser Ablation Molecular Isotopic Spectrometry

    Russo, Richard E., E-mail: [Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States); Applied Spectra, Inc., 46661 Fremont Boulevard, Fremont, CA 94538 (United States); Bol' shakov, Alexander A. [Applied Spectra, Inc., 46661 Fremont Boulevard, Fremont, CA 94538 (United States); Mao Xianglei [Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States); McKay, Christopher P. [NASA-Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA 94035 (United States); Perry, Dale L.; Sorkhabi, Osman [Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States)


    A new method of performing optical isotopic analysis of condensed samples in ambient air and at ambient pressure has been developed: Laser Ablation Molecular Isotopic Spectrometry (LAMIS). The technique uses radiative transitions from molecular species either directly vaporized from a sample or formed by associative mechanisms of atoms or ions in a laser ablation plume. This method is an advanced modification of a known atomic emission technique called laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS). The new method - LAMIS - can determine not only chemical composition but also isotopic ratios of elements in the sample. Isotopic measurements are enabled by significantly larger isotopic shifts found in molecular spectra relative to atomic spectra. Analysis can be performed from a distance and in real time. No sample preparation or pre-treatment is required. Detection of the isotopes of hydrogen, boron, carbon, and oxygen are discussed to illustrate the technique.

  16. Laser Ablation Molecular Isotopic Spectrometry

    Russo, Richard E.; Bol'shakov, Alexander A.; Mao, Xianglei; McKay, Christopher P.; Perry, Dale L.; Sorkhabi, Osman


    A new method of performing optical isotopic analysis of condensed samples in ambient air and at ambient pressure has been developed: Laser Ablation Molecular Isotopic Spectrometry (LAMIS). The technique uses radiative transitions from molecular species either directly vaporized from a sample or formed by associative mechanisms of atoms or ions in a laser ablation plume. This method is an advanced modification of a known atomic emission technique called laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS). The new method — LAMIS — can determine not only chemical composition but also isotopic ratios of elements in the sample. Isotopic measurements are enabled by significantly larger isotopic shifts found in molecular spectra relative to atomic spectra. Analysis can be performed from a distance and in real time. No sample preparation or pre-treatment is required. Detection of the isotopes of hydrogen, boron, carbon, and oxygen are discussed to illustrate the technique.

  17. Tumor Ablation with Irreversible Electroporation

    Al-Sakere, Bassim; André, Franck,; Bernat, Claire; Connault, Elisabeth; Opolon, Paule; Davalos, Rafael V.; Rubinsky, Boris; Mir, Lluis M.


    We report the first successful use of irreversible electroporation for the minimally invasive treatment of aggressive cutaneous tumors implanted in mice. Irreversible electroporation is a newly developed non-thermal tissue ablation technique in which certain short duration electrical fields are used to permanently permeabilize the cell membrane, presumably through the formation of nanoscale defects in the cell membrane. Mathematical models of the electrical and thermal fields that develop dur...

  18. Caries selective ablation: the handpiece

    Hennig, Thomas; Rechmann, Peter; Holtermann, Andreas


    Caries selective ablation is fixed to a window of fluences predicted by the ablation thresholds of carious and healthy dentin, respectively. The aim of the study was to develop a dental handpiece which guarantees homogeneous fluence at the irradiated tooth surface. Furthermore the point of treatment should be cooled down without energy losses due to the cooling system. We suggest the direct coupling of the laser radiation into a laminar stream of liquid, which acts in turn as a lengthened beam guide. The impacts of the laser radiation and of the cooling medium fall exactly into the same point. Hot ablation debris is removed out of the crater by the flush of the water jet. Fluences are constant if the handpiece is used in contact mode or at a distance. Normally the surface of a bare fiber working in contact mode is destroyed after a few shots. Coupling the laser radiation into a stream of liquid prevents this destruction. Putting together the benefits of this special handpiece short overall treatment times seem to be possible. High average power can be applied to the tooth without the threat of thermal damage. Furthermore no time consuming cutting of the fiber prolongs the treatment time.

  19. Mechanisms of radon loss from zircon: Microstructural controls on emanation and diffusion

    Eakin, Marty; Brownlee, S. J.; Baskaran, M.; Barbero, L.


    Understanding how radon escapes from minerals is important for many fields in Earth science, yet few studies have focused on the mechanisms for radon escape. We measured radon emanation rate and radon loss upon heating for crushed aliquots of three large zircon crystals from three localities: Mud Tank (Australia), Bancroft (Canada), and Malawi (Africa). Our study, in conjunction with published data, shows that the room temperature radon emanation coefficient (REC) varies over 5 orders of magnitude in zircon. For low U zircon, Mud Tank, there are variations in REC that appear to be related to annealing at different temperatures, possibly due to annealing of fission tracks, however, all REC values for Mud Tank zircon are within error of one another. Bancroft and Malawi zircons have higher U content and do not show any systematic relationship of REC to annealing temperature. Results from Mud Tank zircon suggest that partial annealing of fission tracks decreases REC, but when all fission tracks are annealed REC reaches a maximum. REC in zircons with high U content, Bancroft and Malawi, is slightly higher than in zircon with lower U, although results are within error. Results of measurements of radon loss upon heating suggest that radon diffusion is slow, ∼30% of the radon is lost during heating at 975 °C for 48 h. Samples heated a second time yield less fractional radon loss, ∼10%, suggesting that diffusion parameters are changed during heating at temperatures ⩾975 °C, which is likely the result of annealing of radiation damage. Diffusion parameters calculated from the fractional loss experiments reflect diffusion in highly radiation damaged or metamict zircons. Our results indicate that internal microstructures in zircon, such as fission tracks and alpha-radiation damage, influence radon escape for diffusion and recoil mechanisms, and hence if these effects can be further characterized, measurements of 222Rn escape have the potential to be useful for probing

  20. Phosphorus-controlled trace element distribution in zircon revealed by NanoSIMS

    Yang, Wei; Lin, Yangting; Hao, Jialong; Zhang, Jianchao; Hu, Sen; Ni, Huaiwei


    To better understand the origin of oscillatory zoning in zircons, distributions of REEs (represented by Ce, Sm, Dy and Lu), Y, Ti, Li and P in the igneous zircons (QH) from a felsic syenite in the Qinghu alkaline complex and metamorphic zircons (DMP06-14) from a banded granulite xenolith from Hannuoba basalts have been investigated with NanoSIMS. The NanoSIMS analyses reveal well correlation between the trace element distributions and the cathodoluminescence dark-bright zonings of zircons. The QH zircons with oscillatory zonings display large trace element variations within single grains by a factor up to 13.5, with Y and P ranging from 574 and 227 ppm in the bright zones to 7754 and 2464 ppm in the dark zones, respectively. By contrast, the DMP06-14 zircons without oscillatory zonings show much smaller trace element variations by a factor of 1.4, with Y ranging from 477 to 636 ppm and P from 331 to 467 ppm. Such large trace element variations in oscillatory zonings cannot be produced by compositional fluctuation in the magma chambers. The correlations between P and Y, REEs (Ce, Sm, Dy and Lu) ( R 2 > 0.97) indicate xenotime substitution in zircons. The oscillatory distribution of P in zircon could be formed by the fluctuation of P in the melt adjacent to the mineral-melt boundary, either because P diffuses slower than Zr in the melt or due to surfacial interaction of melt with crystals. Such a zoned distribution of P in turn controls the substitution types of phosphates in zircon, developing oscillatory distributions of Y and REEs. Our results indicate that apparent partition coefficients of Y and REEs between zircon and melt are controlled by P contents, which may result in the large discrepancy in zircon partitioning data.

  1. Explosive character of the atheroma plaques ablation

    At the present time, ischemia (heart disease) is a main cause of the death in the world; a promising method for its treatment is the use of the technology of the laser light of raised power for the ablation of the atherosclerosis plaques. In this paper, the thermodynamic processes will be studied at the beginning and during atheroma ablation using Nd-YAG (10-50 w) and Argon (4-10 w) lasers of a theoretical point of view. The spatial distribution of the temperature during the ablation has been modelated by the method of finite volumes. The manifestation of the raised temperature of the tissue at the threshold of the ablation, which describes the explosive nature of the ablation by laser (popcorn effect), is observed and discussed. The results indicate the quantitative differences in the ablation behavior between the two used lasers, which can have important clinical implications particularly in the reduction of thermal damages to surrounding normal tissue. (author)

  2. Transient Ablation Regime in Circuit Breakers

    Alexandre, Martin; Jean-Yves, Trepanier; Marcelo, Reggio; Guo, Xueyan


    Nozzle wall ablation caused by high temperature electric arcs is studied in the context of high voltage SF6 circuit breakers. The simplified ablation model used in litterature has been updated to take into account the unsteady state of ablation. Ablation rate and velocity are now calculated by a kinetic model using two layers of transition, between the bulk plasma and the ablating wall. The first layer (Knudsen layer), right by the wall, is a kinetic layer of a few mean-free path of thickness. The second layer is collision dominated and makes the transition between the kinetic layer and the plasma bulk. With this new coupled algorithm, it is now possible to calculate the temperature distribution inside the wall, as well as more accurate ablation rates.

  3. Textures and geochemistry of zircons in ODP holes 735B and 1105A, Atlantis Bank, SWIR

    John, B. E.; Cheadle, M. J.; Rioux, M. E.; Wooden, J. L.; Baines, G.


    Zircon is a common accessory mineral in ocean crust, and an important chronometer for studying the timing and duration of crustal accretion. Here, we present a comprehensive textural/geochemical study of zircon in 25 samples from the length of ODP Hole 735B (1508m) and adjacent Hole 1105A (158m) at Atlantis Bank, South West Indian Ridge (SWIR). Two zircon-bearing rock suites include i) a dioritic suite comprising amphibole granodiorite, quartz diorite and diorite dikes/veins, and ii) a suite of oxide gabbro segregations/veins. Combined TIMS U/Pb dating (Rioux et al, this meeting) and SIMS REE and other trace element (TE) chemical analyses of these zircons provide constraints on the growth and thermal history of ocean crust, and melt evolution. Zircons from both drill holes vary in morphology, but are typically pristine, colorless euhedral to anhedral grains from ~50-1000 μm in the long dimension. Over 90% show weak sector zoning, and ~50% show oscillatory zoning in CL. Additional textures include: 1. resorbed rims in two dioritic veins; 2. high U rims in two additional dioritic veins; 3. internal resorption/recrystallization boundaries in one diorite dike and one oxide gabbro; 4. a sub-population of high U grains hosting mottled/spongy interiors, possibly indicative of disequilibrium/reaction, in one diorite dike; and 5. mineral/melt inclusions in zircons in most of the dioritic veins, and in ~50% of oxide gabbros. SIMS analyses of 390 zircons (>750 spot analyses) confirm that the zircons have TE concentrations (including U/Yb vs Hf) typical of those from ocean crust. U ranges from 800 ppm in zircons from the dioritic veins (mean 123 ppm), and 5 to >500 ppm in zircons from the oxide gabbros (mean 59 ppm). All analyzed zircons have steep positive REE slopes with distinct positive Ce and negative Eu anomalies (Ce/Ce* and Eu/Eu*), similar to other oceanic zircons. Zircons from dioritic veins are REE-enriched (ΣREE = 216-15670; mean 3000 ppm) and have significant

  4. Radiofrequency Ablation of Hepatic Cysts : Case Report

    Radiofrequency ablation has been frequently performed on intra-hepatic solid tumor, namely, hepatocellular carcinoma, metastatic tumor and cholangio carcinoma, for take the cure. But, the reports of radiofrequency ablation for intrahepatic simple cysts are few. In vitro experiment of animal and in vivo treatment for intrahepatic cysts of human had been reported in rare cases. We report 4 cases of radiofrequency ablation for symptomatic intrahepatic cysts

  5. Computer-aided hepatic tumour ablation

    Voirin, D; Amavizca, M; Leroy, A; Letoublon, C; Troccaz, J; Voirin, David; Payan, Yohan; Amavizca, Miriam; Leroy, Antoine; Letoublon, Christian; Troccaz, Jocelyne


    Surgical resection of hepatic tumours is not always possible. Alternative techniques consist in locally using chemical or physical agents to destroy the tumour and this may be performed percutaneously. It requires a precise localisation of the tumour placement during ablation. Computer-assisted surgery tools may be used in conjunction to these new ablation techniques to improve the therapeutic efficiency whilst benefiting from minimal invasiveness. This communication introduces the principles of a system for computer-assisted hepatic tumour ablation.

  6. Photoacoustic Characterization of Radiofrequency Ablation Lesions

    Bouchard, Richard; Dana, Nicholas; Di Biase, Luigi; Natale, Andrea; Emelianov, Stanislav


    Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) procedures are used to destroy abnormal electrical pathways in the heart that can cause cardiac arrhythmias. Current methods relying on fluoroscopy, echocardiography and electrical conduction mapping are unable to accurately assess ablation lesion size. In an effort to better visualize RFA lesions, photoacoustic (PA) and ultrasonic (US) imaging were utilized to obtain co-registered images of ablated porcine cardiac tissue. The left ventricular free wall of fresh ...

  7. Moderne Technologien in der Ablation des Vorhofflimmerns

    Haegeli, L; Duru, F.; Lüscher, T F


    Catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation has become an accepted therapy. The arrhythmia affects around 6% of the population over the age of 65 years. Electrical isolation of the pulmonary veins from the left atrium is the central strategy in catheter ablation for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. However, procedural outcomes and efficacy using sequential “point-by-point” radiofrequency lesion creation with a conventional ablation catheter are operator-dependent and time-consuming. Moreover, re...

  8. Aromatic Thermosetting Copolyesters for Ablative TPS Project

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Better performing ablative thermal protection systems than currently available are needed to satisfy requirements of the most severe crew exploration vehicles, such...

  9. Cardiac Remodeling After Atrial Fibrillation Ablation

    Li-Wei Lo, MD; Shih-Ann Chen, MD


    Full Text Available Radiofrequency catheter ablation procedures are considered a reasonable option for patients with symptomatic, drug refractory atrial fibrillation (AF. Ablation procedures have been reported to effectively restore sinus rhythm and provide long-term relief of symptoms. Both electrical and structural remodeling occurs with AF. A reversal of the electrical remodeling develops within 1 week after restoration to sinus rhythm following the catheter ablation. The recovery rate is faster in the right atrium than the left atrium. Reverse structural remodeling takes longer and is still present 2 to 4 months after restoration of sinus rhythm. The left atrial transport function also improves after successful catheter ablation of AF. Left atrial strain surveys from echocardiography are able to identify patients who respond to catheter ablation with significant reverse remodeling after ablation. Pre-procedural delayed enhancement magnetic resonance imaging is also able to determine the degree of atrial fibrosis and is another tool to predict the reverse remodeling after ablation. The remodeling process is complex if recurrence develops after ablation. Recent evidence shows that a combined reverse electrical and structural remodeling occurs after ablation of chronic AF when recurrence is paroxysmal AF. Progressive electrical remodeling without any structural remodeling develops in those with recurrence involving chronic AF. Whether progressive atrial remodeling is the cause or consequence during the recurrence of AF remains obscure and requires further study.

  10. Plasma-mediated ablation of biofilm contamination

    Guo, Zhixiong; Wang, Xiaoliang; Huang, Huan


    Ultra-short pulsed laser removal of thin biofilm contamination on different substrates has been conducted via the use of plasma-mediated ablation. The biofilms were formed using sheep whole blood. The ablation was generated using a 1.2 ps ultra-short pulsed laser with wavelength centered at 1552 nm. The blood contamination was transformed into plasma and collected with a vacuum system. The single line ablation features have been measured. The ablation thresholds of blood contamination and bare substrates were determined. It is found that the ablation threshold of the blood contamination is lower than those of the beneath substrates including the glass slide, PDMS, and human dermal tissues. The ablation effects of different laser parameters (pulse overlap rate and pulse energy) were studied and ablation efficiency was measured. Proper ablation parameters were found to efficiently remove contamination with maximum efficiency and without damage to the substrate surface for the current laser system. Complete removal of blood contaminant from the glass substrate surface and freeze-dried dermis tissue surface was demonstrated by the USP laser ablation with repeated area scanning. No obvious thermal damage was found in the decontaminated glass and tissue samples.

  11. Extreme lithium isotopic fractionation in three zircon standards (Plešovice, Qinghu and Temora).

    Gao, Yu-Ya; Li, Xian-Hua; Griffin, William L; Tang, Yan-Jie; Pearson, Norman J; Liu, Yu; Chu, Mei-Fei; Li, Qiu-Li; Tang, Guo-Qiang; O'Reilly, Suzanne Y


    To understand the behavior of Li in zircon, we have analyzed the abundance and isotopic composition of Li in three zircon standards (Plešovice, Qinghu and Temora) widely used for microbeam analysis of U-Pb ages and O-Hf isotopes. We have mapped Li concentration ([Li]) on large grains, using a Cameca 1280HR Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometer (SIMS). All zircons have a rim 5-20 μm wide in which [Li] is 5 to 20 times higher than in the core. Up to ~20‰ isotopic fractionation is observed on a small scale in the rims of a single zircon grain. The measured δ(7)Li values range from -14.3 to 3.7‰ for Plešovice, -22.8 to 1.4‰ for Qinghu and -4.7 to 16.1‰ for Temora zircon. The [Li] and δ(7)Li are highly variable at the rims, but relatively homogenous in the cores of the grains. From zircon rim to core, [Li] decreases rapidly, while δ(7)Li increases, suggesting that the large isotopic variation of Li in zircons could be caused by diffusion. Our data demonstrate that homogeneous δ(7)Li in the cores of zircon can retain the original isotopic signatures of the magmas, while the bulk analysis of Li isotopes in mineral separates and in bulk-rock samples may produce misleading data. PMID:26594042

  12. Strontium zirconate as silicon and aluminum scavenger in yttria stabilized zirconia

    Andersen, Thomas; Hansen, Karin Vels; Chorkendorff, Ib;


    Here we report on strontium zirconate as a getter for silicon dioxide and aluminum oxide in yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) single crystals for cleaning purposes. YSZ single crystals were covered with strontium zirconate powder and heat treated at 1450°C in water vapor. After treatment the YSZ...

  13. Prediction of thermodynamic property of Pu-zircon and Pu-pyrochlore

    Xu, Hulfang; Wang, Yifeng


    Due to its high durability, zircon is often present as a heavy mineral in natural environments and is the oldest mineral that has been dated on the earth. There are four zircon structure phases of M4+SiO4 occurring in nature: zircon (ZrSiO4), hafnon (HfSiO4), thorite (ThSiO4), and coffinite (USiO4). These phases may form solid solution. Recent interest in zircon minerals stems from the study of highly durable radioactive waste forms. Crystalline phases of M4+SiO4 with zircon structure have been proposed as a durable ceramic waste form for immobilizing actinides such as Pu, Np, and U. To predict the behavior of zircon-based waste forms in a geologic repository environment as well as to optimize the fabrication of those waste forms, the thermodynamic and kinetic properties for zircon mineral phases have to be determined. In this paper, we use a linear free energy relationship to predict the Gibbs free energies of formation of Pu-bearing phases (Xu et al., 1999). The calculated results show that the PuSiO4 phase with zircon structure is unstable with respect to oxides of PuO2 and quartz. However, the PuSiO4 phase will be stable with respect to oxides of PuO2 and silica glass at low temperature.

  14. Discordance of the U Pb system in detrital zircons: Implication for provenance studies of sedimentary rocks

    Nemchin, Alexander A.; Cawood, Peter A.


    Provenance studies involving U / Pb analysis of detrital zircons have become increasingly popular through the application of microanalytical techniques. Adopted one-dimensional methods for the presentation of detrital zircon data, such as probability density distribution plots, generally require various degrees of filtering of discordant analyses. However, a uniform approach for filtering does not exist, making comparison of data from different samples and sedimentary units, as well as different studies of detrital populations, extremely difficult. The problem is further complicated by the need to switch from 207Pb / 206Pb based ages to 206Pb / 238U ages when zircon populations within a sample show a range of ages from Archean to Proterozoic or even Phanerozoic. Ion probe analysis of multiple spots within a single zircon crystal and calculation of an internal isochron can potentially eliminate problems associated with discordance, but this is a time consuming approach. Comparison of internal isochron ages for zircons generated by multiple ion probe intra-grain zircon analyses from a sample of psammite within the Dalradian Supergroup of Scotland with a data set from the same sample based on single grain ion probe analysis using various filtering methods suggests good agreement between the two approaches particularly when filtering is based on the probability of concordance. However, when precise information is required, such as the age of the youngest zircon grains so as to accurately constrain the maximum depositional age of the strata, then multiple analyses of individual zircon grains may be required.

  15. Analysis of iodinated contrast delivered during thermal ablation: is material trapped in the ablation zone?

    Wu, Po-hung; Brace, Chris L.


    Intra-procedural contrast-enhanced CT (CECT) has been proposed to evaluate treatment efficacy of thermal ablation. We hypothesized that contrast material delivered concurrently with thermal ablation may become trapped in the ablation zone, and set out to determine whether such an effect would impact ablation visualization. CECT images were acquired during microwave ablation in normal porcine liver with: (A) normal blood perfusion and no iodinated contrast, (B) normal perfusion and iodinated contrast infusion or (C) no blood perfusion and residual iodinated contrast. Changes in CT attenuation were analyzed from before, during and after ablation to evaluate whether contrast was trapped inside of the ablation zone. Visualization was compared between groups using post-ablation contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR). Attenuation gradients were calculated at the ablation boundary and background to quantitate ablation conspicuity. In Group A, attenuation decreased during ablation due to thermal expansion of tissue water and water vaporization. The ablation zone was difficult to visualize (CNR  =  1.57  ±  0.73, boundary gradient  =  0.7  ±  0.4 HU mm‑1), leading to ablation diameter underestimation compared to gross pathology. Group B ablations saw attenuation increase, suggesting that iodine was trapped inside the ablation zone. However, because the normally perfused liver increased even more, Group B ablations were more visible than Group A (CNR  =  2.04  ±  0.84, boundary gradient  =  6.3  ±  1.1 HU mm‑1) and allowed accurate estimation of the ablation zone dimensions compared to gross pathology. Substantial water vaporization led to substantial attenuation changes in Group C, though the ablation zone boundary was not highly visible (boundary gradient  =  3.9  ±  1.1 HU mm‑1). Our results demonstrate that despite iodinated contrast being trapped in the ablation zone, ablation visibility

  16. Lead zirconate titanate cantilever for noncontact atomic force microscopy

    Miyahara, Y.; Fujii, T.; Watanabe, S.; Tonoli, A.; Carabelli, S.; Yamada, H.; Bleuler, H.


    Noncontact atomic force microscopy with frequency modulation detection is a promising technique for surface observation with true atomic resolution. The piezoelectric material itself can be an actuator and sensor of the oscillating probe simultaneously, without the need for additional electro-mechanical transducers or other measurement systems. A vertical resolution of 0.01 nm rms has been achieved using a microfabricated cantilever with lead zirconate titanate thin film in noncontact mode frequency modulation detection. The cantilever also has a sharpened pyramidal stylus with a radius of about 10 nm for noncontact atomic force microscopy.

  17. Vertical zonality of fractionated granite plutons reflected in zircon chemistry

    Breiter, Karel

    s. l : Universidad d Salamanca ; Escuela politécnica superior de Avila ; Universidad de Granada, 2011 - (Molina, J.; Scarrow, J.; Bea, F.; Montero, P.). s. 25-25 ISBN 978-84-694-5253-0. [Hutton Symposium on Granites and Related Rocks /7./. 04.07.2011-09.07.2011, Avila] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30130516 Keywords : zircon * granite geochemistry * granite zonality * Cínovec * Beauvoir Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy,_posters,_Lithos_Special_Issue_files/abstracts_book_Hutton_ISBN.pdf

  18. Microstructural and analytical analysis of plasma dissociated zircon

    The investigation of the microstructure and distribution of impurities was carried out on plasma dissociated zircon (PDZ). The morphology of the PDZ and crystalline nature of the zirconia was determined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) while energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDS) provided compositional information. The SEM and TEM results indicate that the morphology and crystalline nature of the zirconia varies as a result of the existence of a thermal gradient. The EDS results show that the majority of the impurities segregates to the silica phase of the PDZ.

  19. Teaching material for radiation education using zircon sand

    In this paper, we introduced safe and inexpensive student experiment using zircon and containing a uranium series, as well as a similar experiment using several chemicals and foods containing potasium 40. In practice, our experiments were confirmed to be available in classes of Chemistry and/or Earth Science. It should be noted here that they are also expected to be useful in many places other than senior high school because they do not need any dangerous chemicals or special techniques, and can make younger students more interested in radioactivity in their environment. (J.P.N.)

  20. Microwave-assisted hydrothermal synthesis of lead zirconate fine powders

    Apinpus Rujiwatra


    Full Text Available A rapid synthesis of lead zirconate fine powders by microwave-assisted hydrothermal technique is reported. The influences of type of lead precursor, concentration of potassium hydroxide mineraliser, applied microwave power and irradiation time are described. The synthesised powders were characterised by powder X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopic microanalysis and light scattering technique. The merits of the microwave application in reducing reaction time and improving particle mono-dispersion and size uniformity as well as the drawbacks, viz. low purity of the desired phase and increasing demand of mineraliser, are discussed in relation to conventional heating method.

  1. Hydrothermal processing method of producing zirconia from Malaysia zircon

    Zircon is the major source for zirconium and it is available in Malaysia as an associated mineral from the tin mining industry. Zirconium chemicals especially zirconia has found wide applications especially as advanced materials and in high technology industries. Production of high purity zirconia normally requires the used of very high temperature. Hydrothermal process provides an alternative to this aspect by incorporating low temperature technique. In this paper characteristics studies were performed on product obtained from this method to ascertain its crystalline phases, purity and also particle size. Study was also done to determine the effect of temperature on these characteristics. (Author)

  2. Characterization and microstructure of porous lead zirconate titanate ceramics

    B Praveenkumar; H H Kumar; D K Kharat


    Porous lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramics are widely used because of their low acoustic impedance, high figure of merit and high hydrostatic sensitivity. In the present work, porous PZT ceramics were fabricated by incorporating polyethylene oxide (PEO) as pore-forming agent. Both PZT powder and PEO were mixed with a binder at different ratios and compaction was carried out. The samples were slowly heated to remove the pore-forming agent and binder without cracks, followed by controlled sintering and electrode forming. Samples were poled using corona poling technique. The ferroelectric properties and microstructure of the prepared ceramics were characterized. The correlation of porosity with microstructure and ferroelectric properties were discussed.

  3. Cosmogenic and nucleogenic ^3He in apatite, titanite, and zircon

    Farley, K. A.; Libarkin, J.; Mukhopadhyay, S; Amidon, W.


    Cosmogenic ^3He was measured in apatite, titanite, and zircon and cosmogenic ^(21)Ne in quartz at 13 depth intervals in a 2.7-m long drill core in a Miocene ignimbrite from the Altiplano of Bolivia. All three ^3He depth profiles as well as the ^(21)Ne profile attenuate exponentially with depth, indicating that both of these isotopes are cosmogenic in origin with no significant contribution from other sources. The attenuation lengthscale for ^3He production of Λ = 180 ± 11 g/cm^2 is consistent...

  4. Colloidal stability of aqueous suspensions of barium zirconate

    Boschini, Frédéric; Rulmont, André; Cloots, Rudi; Moreno, R.


    In this article, the colloidal behaviour of aqueous suspensions of barium zirconate is investigated. The variation of zeta-potential as a consequence of changing the pH and the concentration of an anionic polyelectrolyte is studied, the isoelectric point occurring at pH 5.3. The IEP shifts down on calcining the powder and also when anionic polyelectrolytes are added. Rheological studies have been made on suspensions prepared to a solids loading of 27 vol.% (72 wt.%). Optimum dispersing condit...

  5. Detrital Zircon Geochronology of Cretaceous and Paleogene Strata Across the South-Central Alaskan Convergent Margin

    Bradley, Dwight; Haeussler, Peter; O'Sullivan, Paul; Friedman, Rich; Till, Alison; Bradley, Dan; Trop, Jeff


    Ages of detrital zircons are reported from ten samples of Lower Cretaceous to Paleogene metasandstones and sandstones from the Chugach Mountains, Talkeetna Mountains, and western Alaska Range of south-central Alaska. Zircon ages are also reported from three igneous clasts from two conglomerates. The results bear on the regional geology, stratigraphy, tectonics, and mineral resource potential of the southern Alaska convergent margin. Chugach Mountains - The first detrital zircon data are reported here from the two main components of the Chugach accretionary complex - the inboard McHugh Complex and the outboard Valdez Group. Detrital zircons from sandstone and two conglomerate clasts of diorite were dated from the McHugh Complex near Anchorage. This now stands as the youngest known part of the McHugh Complex, with an inferred Turonian (Late Cretaceous) depositional age no older than 91-93 Ma. The zircon population has probability density peaks at 93 and 104 Ma and a smattering of Early Cretaceous and Jurassic grains, with nothing older than 191 Ma. The two diorite clasts yielded Jurassic U-Pb zircon ages of 179 and 181 Ma. Together, these findings suggest a Mesozoic arc as primary zircon source, the closest and most likely candidate being the Wrangellia composite terrane. The detrital zircon sample from the Valdez Group contains zircons as young as 69 and 77 Ma, consistent with the previously assigned Maastrichtian to Campanian (Late Cretaceous) depositional age. The zircon population has peaks at 78, 91, 148, and 163 Ma, minor peaks at 129, 177, 330, and 352 Ma, and no concordant zircons older than Devonian. A granite clast from a Valdez Group conglomerate yielded a Triassic U-Pb zircon age of 221 Ma. Like the McHugh Complex, the Valdez Group appears to have been derived almost entirely from Mesozoic arc sources, but a few Precambrian zircons are also present. Talkeetna Mountains - Detrital zircons ages were obtained from southernmost metasedimentary rocks of the

  6. Partition coefficients of Hf, Zr, and REE between zircon, apatite, and liquid

    Fujimaki, H.


    Concentration ratios of Hf, Zr, and REE between zircon, apatite, and liquid were determined for three igneous compositions: two andesites and a diorite. The concentration ratios of these elements between zircon and corresponding liquid can approximate the partition coefficient. Although the concentration ratios between apatite and andesite groundmass can be considered as partition coefficients, those for the apatite in the diorite may deviate from the partition coefficients. The HREE partition coefficients between zircon and liquid are very large (100 for Er to 500 for Lu), and the Hf partition coefficient is even larger. The REE partition coefficients between apatite and liquid are convex upward, and large (D=10-100), whereas the Hf and Zr partition coefficients are less than 1. The large differences between partition coefficients of Lu and Hf for zircon-liquid and for apatite-liquid are confirmed. These partition coefficients are useful for petrogenetic models involving zircon and apatite. ?? 1986 Springer-Verlag.

  7. A Further Investigation of the Exceptional Zircon Aggregate in Lunar Thin Section 73235,82

    Pidgeon, R. T.; Nemchin, a. A.; Meyer, C.


    Introduction: Smith et al. described an exceptional zircon assemblage in thin section 82 from lunar breccia 73235 which, in transmitted light, resembles a cluster of pomegranate seeds, situated in a clast dominated by bytownite (Fig.1). They reported that high-contrast back-scattered electron (BSE) images of the zircon assemblage clearly show an overgrowth around most of the crystals. Most significantly these authors reported that the age of the rims of ca 4.18Ga is 120 million years younger than age of the interiors, dated at ca 4.31Ga. Smith et al. concluded that ca 4.31 billion years ago a relatively large (500+micron) zircon crystallized within a clast of Ca rich plagioclase. The zircon was fractured into numerous smaller crystals and was subsequently overgrown by a second generation of zircon at approximately 4.18Ga.

  8. Phase quantification of mullite–zirconia and zircon commercial powders using PAC and XRD techniques

    The short range technique of the Perturbed Angular Correlation (PAC) and x-ray diffraction (Rietveld) methods have been employed to determine the phase content in commercial mullite–zirconia and zircon raw materials that are ordinarily used to produce ceramic materials. The PAC technique, which probes zirconium-containing compounds at nanoscopic level, showed that zircon contains crystalline ZrSiO4 and an important amount of a structurally distorted zircon, which is also observed accompanying monoclinic zirconia in mullite–zirconia. This particular zircon phase was not detected by the long range x-ray diffraction–Rietveld technique. After an annealing treatment, important changes in crystalline contents of the powders allow confirming, by the x-ray diffraction–Rietveld method, the preexistence of this particular zircon phase. This fact must be taken into account when preparing multicomposites based on the present raw materials.

  9. Trace elements in zircon from rocks of the Katugin rare-metal deposit

    Levashova, E. V.; Skublov, S. G.; Marin, Yu. B.; Lupashko, T. N.; Ilchenko, E. A.


    The Katugin deposit of economic Ta, Nb, Zr, U, REE, Y, and cryolite (Na3AlF6) ores is located in the Kalar district of the Chita region and classified as unique in Nb, Ta, and Y reserves hosted in rare-metal alkali granite. The distribution of trace elements (including REE) in zircon was studied for ore-bearing arfvedsonite-aegirine, biotite-riebeckite rocks, and zones of late recrystallization with nodular zircon clusters. The outer rims and marginal zones of zircon grains are depleted in almost all trace elements except for hafnium as compared with cores and central zones. Compositional features of zircon cores indicate their magmatic origin and do not prove metasomatic nature of the deposit. The similar REE patterns of zircon rims and cores, as well as other attributes assume postmagmatic or metamorphic origin of the rims.

  10. Phase quantification of mullite-zirconia and zircon commercial powders using PAC and XRD techniques

    Rendtorff, Nicolas M.; Conconi, Maria S.; Aglietti, Esteban F. [Centro de Tecnologia de Recursos Minerales y Ceramica (CETMIC: CONICET-CIC) (Argentina); Chain, Cecilia Y.; Pasquevich, Alberto F. [Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Departamento de Fisica, IFLP, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas (Argentina); Rivas, Patricia C. [CONICET (Argentina); Martinez, Jorge A., E-mail:; Caracoche, Maria C. [Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Departamento de Fisica, IFLP, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas (Argentina)


    The short range technique of the Perturbed Angular Correlation (PAC) and x-ray diffraction (Rietveld) methods have been employed to determine the phase content in commercial mullite-zirconia and zircon raw materials that are ordinarily used to produce ceramic materials. The PAC technique, which probes zirconium-containing compounds at nanoscopic level, showed that zircon contains crystalline ZrSiO{sub 4} and an important amount of a structurally distorted zircon, which is also observed accompanying monoclinic zirconia in mullite-zirconia. This particular zircon phase was not detected by the long range x-ray diffraction-Rietveld technique. After an annealing treatment, important changes in crystalline contents of the powders allow confirming, by the x-ray diffraction-Rietveld method, the preexistence of this particular zircon phase. This fact must be taken into account when preparing multicomposites based on the present raw materials.

  11. Single-zircon dating by stepwise Pb-evaporation constrains the Archean history of detrital zircons from the Jack Hills, Western Australia

    Pb isotope analyses have been carried out on 42 zircon grains from a Western Australian metaconglomerate using stepwise Pb-evaporation directly in the ion source of a thermal ionization mass spectrometer. The metaconglomerate is from the Archean Jack Hills Metasedimentary Belt, and is known from ion microprobe (''SHRIMP'') analyses to contain a complex zircon population with ages between 4.2 Ga and 3.1 Ga. The same complex pattern of ages is found by the Pb evaporation studies. Five grains yielded minimum crystallization ages from 4.17 Ga to 4.07 Ga. The main population appears significantly younger, having been generated at about 3.55-3.3 Ga. The agreement between the two analytical approaches confirms the SHRIMP results and demonstrates the value of the stepwise-evaporation technique in determining the age patterns of mixing zircon populations. In many of the evaporative Pb isotope records the 207/206 ratios remained constant for all evaporation steps, which we interpret as evaporation from concordant zircon phases. However, for the majority of zircons 207/206 ratios increased with increasing evaporation temperature, and usually approached constant values during evaporation at the highest temperatures. This can be attributed to mixing of different radiogenic Pb components from either crystalline zircon phases of different ages or from domains of isotopically disturbed metamict zircon. Present results confirm > 4 Ga zircon ages in the metaconglomerate from the Hack Hills and substantiate formation of crust at a very early stage in the evolution of the earth. Results also confirm a major crust-forming event 3.55-3.3 Ga ago. (orig.)

  12. Lengthy Ultrahigh-Pressure Metamorphism demonstrated by laser ablation split-stream ICP-MS

    Kylander-Clark, A. R.; Hacker, B. R.; Ginsburg, A. A.; Spencer, K.


    There is much disagreement about the maximum duration of ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) events. Some have argued for >20 Myr timescales based on geochronology, whereas others have countered that such conclusions are unsound because of the likelihood of inherited age components or because the long reach of thermal conduction is likely to induce melting and assimilation of the UHP terrane into the mantle. To assess these two possibilities we analyzed accessory minerals from eclogites and HP gneisses in the Western Gneiss Region of Norway using laser ablation split-stream (LASS) ICP-MS. LASS allows concurrent collection of trace, rare-earth element (REE), and U-Th-Pb data to directly link metamorphic conditions with the age of each spot analysis. Zircons from eclogite yield garnet-stable U-Pb ages (as shown by depressed HREE signatures) from as early as ~450 Ma, to as late as ~400 Ma; the bulk of these ages span 425-402 Ma. Monazites from grt-ky gneisses yield U-Pb and Th-Pb ages from 425-386 Ma and HREE, Eu*, Y and Sr contents that imply garnet growth and feldspar breakdown from 425-405 Ma, similar to the data of eclogite zircons. Monazite ages younger than 400 Ma contain elevated HREE and lower Sr contents, implying garnet breakdown and feldspar growth. The age and element data of the youngest, retrograde monazites are consistent with zircon LASS data from late-stage leucosomes, dikes, and stocks, which have U-Pb ages of 407-392 Ma and elevated HREEs. Titanite data complement the late-stage, garnet-poor zircon and monazite ages (~400-380 Ma), indicating up to 20 Myr of exhumation from the most profound depths. In summary, these LASS data force the interpretation that subduction of the Baltica craton was well underway by 425 Ma and reached its maximum depth prior to the onset of exhumation and rise to amphibolite-facies depths at ~405 Ma. Exhumation, melting, and metamorphic growth continued through at least 386 Ma.

  13. Increase in Volume of Ablation Zones during Follow-up Is Highly Suggestive of Ablation Site Recurrence in Colorectal Liver Metastases Treated with Radiofrequency Ablation

    Kele, Petra G.; de Jong, Koert P.; van der Jagt, Eric J.


    Purpose: To test the hypothesis that volume changes of ablation zones (AZs) on successive computed tomography (CT) scans could predict ablation site recurrences (ASRs) in patients with colorectal liver metastases treated by radiofrequency (RF) ablation. Materials and Methods: RF ablation was perform

  14. Therapeutic efficacy of percutaneous radiofrequency ablation versus microwave ablation for hepatocellular carcinoma.

    Lei Zhang

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to investigate the therapeutic efficacy of percutaneous radiofrequency (RF ablation versus microwave (MW ablation for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC measuring ≤ 5 cm in greatest diameter. From January 2006 to December 2006, 78 patients had undergone RF ablation whereas 77 had undergone MW ablation. Complete ablation (CA, local tumour progression (LTP and distant recurrence (DR were compared. The overall survival curves were calculated with the Kaplan-Meier technique and compared with the log-rank test. The CA rate was 83.4% (78/93 for RF ablation and 86.7%(91/105 for MW ablation. The LTP rate was 11.8% (11/93 for RF ablation and 10.5% (11/105 for MW ablation. DR was found in 51 (65.4% in the RF ablation and 62 (80.5% in the MW ablation. There was no significant difference in the 1-, 3-, and 5-year overall survival rates (P = 0.780 and the 1-, 3-, and 5-year disease-free survival rates (P = 0.123 between RF and MW ablation. At subgroup analyses, for patients with tumors ≤ 3.0 cm, there was no significant difference in the 1-, 3-, and 5-year overall survival rates (P = 0.067 and the corresponding disease-free survival rates(P = 0.849. For patients with tumor diameters of 3.1-5.0 cm, the 1-, 3-, and 5-year overall survival rates were 87.1%, 61.3%, and 40.1% for RF ablation and 85.4%, 36.6%, and 22% for MW ablation, with no significant difference (P = 0.068. The corresponding disease-free survival rates were 74.2%, 54.8%, and 45.2% for the RF ablation group and 53.3%, 26.8%, and 17.1% for the MW ablation group. The disease-free survival curve for the RF ablation group was significantly better than that for the MW ablation group (P = 0.018. RF ablation and MW ablation are both effective methods in treating hepatocellular carcinomas, with no significant differences in CA, LTP, DR, and overall survival.

  15. Air abrasion experiments in U-Pb dating of zircon

    Goldich, S.S.; Fischer, L.B.


    Air abrasion of zircon grains can remove metamict material that has lost radiogenic Pb and zircon overgrowths that were added during younger events and thereby improve the precision of the age measurements and permit closer estimates of the original age. Age discordance that resulted from a single disturbance of the U-Pb isotopic decay systems, as had been demonstrated by T.E. Krogh, can be considerably reduced, and, under favorable conditions, the ages brought into concordancy. Two or more events complicate the U-Pb systematics, but a series of abrasion experiments can be helpful in deciphering the geologic history and in arriving at a useful interpretation of the probable times of origin and disturbances. In east-central Minnesota, U.S.A., Penokean tonalite gneiss is dated at 1869 ?? 5 Ma, and sheared granite gneiss is shown to have been a high-level granite intrusion at 1982 ?? 5 Ma in the McGrath Gneiss precursor. Tonalite gneiss and a mafic granodiorite in the Rainy Lake area, Ontario, Canada, are dated at 2736 ?? 16 and 2682 ?? 4 Ma, respectively. The tonalitic phase of the Morton Gneiss, southwestern Minnesota, is dated at 3662 ?? 42 Ma. ?? 1986.

  16. Zircons reveal magma fluxes in the Earth's crust.

    Caricchi, Luca; Simpson, Guy; Schaltegger, Urs


    Magma fluxes regulate the planetary thermal budget, the growth of continents and the frequency and magnitude of volcanic eruptions, and play a part in the genesis and size of magmatic ore deposits. However, because a large fraction of the magma produced on the Earth does not erupt at the surface, determinations of magma fluxes are rare and this compromises our ability to establish a link between global heat transfer and large-scale geological processes. Here we show that age distributions of zircons, a mineral often present in crustal magmatic rocks, in combination with thermal modelling, provide an accurate means of retrieving magma fluxes. The characteristics of zircon age populations vary significantly and systematically as a function of the flux and total volume of magma accumulated in the Earth's crust. Our approach produces results that are consistent with independent determinations of magma fluxes and volumes of magmatic systems. Analysis of existing age population data sets using our method suggests that porphyry-type deposits, plutons and large eruptions each require magma input over different timescales at different characteristic average fluxes. We anticipate that more extensive and complete magma flux data sets will serve to clarify the control that the global heat flux exerts on the frequency of geological events such as volcanic eruptions, and to determine the main factors controlling the distribution of resources on our planet. PMID:25056063

  17. Interaction of Bi, Pb(2223) precursors with metal zirconates

    The new technique of oxide barriers has significantly increased the transverse resistivity of the sheath material and reduced the ac losses in Ag/Bi, Pb(2223) multifilamentary tapes. In order to find a suitable oxide barrier material and to understand the effects of the barrier on the superconducting filament, we have studied the interaction of Pb-doped Bi(2223) with five different zirconates: BaZrO3, SrZrO3, CaZrO3, PbZrO3 and Sr0.5Ca0.5ZrO3, from different sources. The interaction is studied in three different ways: by directly adding the zirconate to the Bi, Pb(2223) powder, by studying the interactions in diffusion couples and by fabricating Bi, Pb(2223) tapes with these barrier materials and measuring their transport properties. Ultrafine commercial SrZrO3 powder has been found to be a very suitable and low-cost barrier material. (author)

  18. Testing and evaluation of light ablation decontamination

    This report details the testing and evaluation of light ablation decontamination. It details WINCO contracted research and application of light ablation efforts by Ames Laboratory. Tests were conducted with SIMCON (simulated contamination) coupons and REALCON (actual radioactive metal coupons) under controlled conditions to compare cleaning effectiveness, speed and application to plant process type equipment

  19. Laparoscopic Radiofrequency Thermal Ablation for Uterine Adenomyosis

    Scarperi, Stefano; Pontrelli, Giovanni; Campana, Colette; Steinkasserer, Martin; Ercoli, Alfredo; Minelli, Luca; Bergamini, Valentino; Ceccaroni, Marcello


    Background and Objectives: Symptomatic uterine adenomyosis, unresponsive to medical therapy, is a challenging condition for patients who desire to preserve their uterus. This study was an evaluation of the feasibility and efficacy of laparoscopic radiofrequency thermal ablation of symptomatic nodular uterine adenomyosis. Methods: Fifteen women with symptomatic nodular adenomyosis, who had no plans for pregnancy but declined hysterectomy, underwent radiofrequency thermal ablation. Ultrasonogra...

  20. Attitudes Towards Catheter Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation

    Vadmann, Henrik; Pedersen, Susanne S; Nielsen, Jens Cosedis;


    BACKGROUND: Catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF) is an important but expensive procedure that is the subject of some debate. Physicians´ attitudes towards catheter ablation may influence promotion and patient acceptance. This is the first study to examine the attitudes of Danish...

  1. Time-stepping for laser ablation

    Harihar Khanal; David Autrique; Vasilios Alexiades


    Nanosecond laser ablation is a popular technique, applied in many areas of science and technology such as medicine, archaeology, chemistry, environmental and materials sciences. We outline a computational model for radiative and collisional processes occurring during ns-laser ablation, and compare the performance of various low and high order time-stepping algorithms.


    Laser ablation was investigated as a means of removing radioactive contaminants from the surface and near-surface regions of concrete from nuclear facilities. We present the results of ablation tests on cement and concrete samples using a pulsed Nd:YAG laser with fiber optic beam...

  3. High Heat Flux Block Ablator-in-Honeycomb Heat Shield Using Ablator/Aerogel-Filled Foam Project

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Ultramet and ARA Ablatives Laboratory previously developed and demonstrated advanced foam-reinforced carbon/phenolic ablators that offer substantially increased...

  4. Oxidation of zirconium diboride-silicon carbide ceramics under an oxygen partial pressure of 200 Pa: Formation of zircon

    The formation and evolution of zircon during oxidation of ZrB2-20 vol.% SiC ceramics under a low oxygen partial pressure of 200 Pa is studied. The formation mechanism of zircon is proposed according to experimental results and thermodynamic consideration. And the main reason to the formation of zircon can be attributed to the active oxidation of SiC. Two steps can be divided for the formation and evolution of zircon: (1) nucleation from silica glass; and (2) crystal growth into prism like particles. Furthermore, the emergence of zircon significantly improves the oxidation resistance performance.

  5. New Technologies in Atrial Fibrillation Ablation

    John Rickard, MD, MPH; Saman Nazarian MD, PhD


    Full Text Available Atrial fibrillation (AF is a major public health issue worldwide the incidence of which is likely to continue to rise. With the birth of pulmonary vein isolation(PVI, cardiac ablation has emerged as key strategy for the treatment of AF. PVI using traditional point by point radiofrequency ablation is time consuming and technically challenging. Refining patient selection for PVI also remains an important goal. New ablative strategies using catheter-based balloon technologies, such as cryothermy and laser-based systems, may simplify PVI. In addition, new MRI-based techniques offer the hope of refining patient selection prior to ablation. Lastly, FIRM mapping represents an entirely new approach to AF ablation via the targeting of mechanisms that perpetuate AF rather than simply targeting triggers alone.

  6. Phased RF ablation: results and concerns

    Alexandra Kiss, MD, PhD; G�bor S�ndorfi, MD; Edina Nagy-Bal�, MD, PhD; Mihran Martirosyan, MD; Zoltan Csanadi, MD, PhD


    Full Text Available reatment of atrial fibrillation (AF with catheter ablation has proven to be a safe and effective treatment modality which is offered to an increasing number of patients in many centers. Pulmonary vein isolation (PVI is an established cornerstone of AF ablation strategies. Athough the isolation of the pulmonary veins (PVs with irrigated focal radiofrequency (RF catheters using a point-by-point method is considered as the gold standard, it can be challenging to create contiguous lesions, time consuming, and require advanced three dimensional (3D mapping and navigational systems. The phased RF ablation system was designed to address many of these challenges associated with conventional focal RF ablation. In this review, we describe the main features of phased RF ablation and summarize the data available on clinical outcome with this technology.

  7. Tumor ablation with irreversible electroporation.

    Bassim Al-Sakere

    Full Text Available We report the first successful use of irreversible electroporation for the minimally invasive treatment of aggressive cutaneous tumors implanted in mice. Irreversible electroporation is a newly developed non-thermal tissue ablation technique in which certain short duration electrical fields are used to permanently permeabilize the cell membrane, presumably through the formation of nanoscale defects in the cell membrane. Mathematical models of the electrical and thermal fields that develop during the application of the pulses were used to design an efficient treatment protocol with minimal heating of the tissue. Tumor regression was confirmed by histological studies which also revealed that it occurred as a direct result of irreversible cell membrane permeabilization. Parametric studies show that the successful outcome of the procedure is related to the applied electric field strength, the total pulse duration as well as the temporal mode of delivery of the pulses. Our best results were obtained using plate electrodes to deliver across the tumor 80 pulses of 100 micros at 0.3 Hz with an electrical field magnitude of 2500 V/cm. These conditions induced complete regression in 12 out of 13 treated tumors, (92%, in the absence of tissue heating. Irreversible electroporation is thus a new effective modality for non-thermal tumor ablation.

  8. A detrital zircon provenance study of the Lower Carboniferous sequences in the East Fife section of the Midland Valley of Scotland

    Murchie, Sean; Robinson, Ruth, ,, Dr; Lancaster, Penelope, ,, Dr


    Detrital zircons from the Lower Carboniferous clastic rocks of the Midland Valley of Scotland have been dated using U-Pb laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICPMS) to determine which source areas contributed sediment to the basin during its development, and to investigate whether provenance changed during deposition of these units. Specific provenance detection using U/Pb dating of zircons has never been attempted in these rocks, and there are uncertainties remaining about the regional paleogeographic setting for the Midland Valley. Four samples from the Dinantian Strathclyde Group have been analysed, and the units are locally known as the Fife Ness, Anstruther, Pittenweem, Sandy Craig, and Pathhead formations. The formations are composed of shallow marine, deltaic, fluvial and floodplain deposits and these predominantly siliciclastic sedimentary rocks are interbedded with thin fossiliferous carbonate bands. The samples are quartz arenitic, sub-arkosic and lithic arkosic medium-grained sandstones, predominantly from a fluvial origin. The British Geological Survey developed a lithostratigraphy which is the most used framework for the Strathclyde Group (Browne et al., 1997), but a different biostratigraphical framework based on palynology has been proposed by Owens et al. (2005). In addition to identifying provenance, the zircon age populations for each formation are compared to test which stratigraphic framework is correct. More broadly, the provenance data provides a way to improve the regional palaeogeographic setting for the Midland Valley. Zircon ages in the Strathclyde Group are dominated by Late Mesoproterozoic to Late Palaeoproterozoic (0.9 - 2.0 Ga) and Early Palaeozoic (350 - 450 Ma) ages which reflect Caledonide (Laurentian-Baltica margin including Scotland, Scandinavia, Greenland, Newfoundland), Grampian and internal Midland Valley source areas. Notable peaks occur at 400 Ma, 1.0 --1.1 Ga, 1.3 Ga, 1.6 - 1.7 Ga, and 2.7 Ga, and

  9. Surface characteristics and bioactivity of a novel natural HA/zircon nanocomposite coated on dental implants.

    Karamian, Ebrahim; Khandan, Amirsalar; Motamedi, Mahmood Reza Kalantar; Mirmohammadi, Hesam


    The surface characteristics of implant which influence the speed and strength of osseointegration include surface chemistry, crystal structure and crystallinity, roughness, strain hardening, and presence of impurities. The aim of this study was to evaluate the bioactivity and roughness of a novel natural hydroxyapatite/zircon (NHA/zircon) nanobiocomposite, coated on 316L stainless steel (SS) soaked in simulated body fluid (SBF). NHA/zircon nanobiocomposite was fabricated with 0 wt.%, 5 wt.%, 10 wt.%, and 15 wt.% of zircon in NHA using ball mill for 20 minutes. The composite mixture was coated on 316L SS using plasma spray method. The results are estimated using the scanning electron microscopy (SEM) observation to evaluate surface morphology, X-ray diffraction (XRD) to analyze phase composition, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) technique to evaluate the shape and size of prepared NHA. Surfaces roughness tester was performed to characterize the coated nanocomposite samples. The maximum average R a (14.54 μm) was found in the NHA 10 wt.% of zircon coating. In addition, crystallinity (X c ) was measured by XRD data, which indicated the minimum value (X c = 41.1%) for the sample containing 10 wt.% of zircon. Maximum bioactivity occurred in the sample containing 10 wt.% of zircon, which was due to two reasons: first, the maximum roughness and, second, the minimum crystallinity of nanobiocomposite coating. PMID:24822204

  10. Zircon synthesis via sintering of milled SiO2 and ZrO2

    The formation of zircon (ZrSiO4) via sintering of milled SiO2 and ZrO2 powders was studied, and the effects of slurry vs dry milling, sintering time, and particle size on zircon yield were examined. It was found that very high zircon yields could be obtained via slurry milling, cold pressing, and sintering of the oxide precursors. The controlling factor in determining zircon yield was found to be the particle size of the SiO2 and ZrO2 powders. Zircon yield as a function of sintering time was examined, and found to be similar to previous studies in which sol-gel precursors seeded with zircon were used. SEM studies reveal a homogeneous product with particle sizes on the order of 1--5 microm. It was found that complete reaction to zircon can be achieved from a once-through milling, pressing, and sintering process of SiO2-ZrO2 powders