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  1. Thermal annealing of fission tracks in synthetic apatites

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    Carpena, J.; Lacout, Jean-Louis

    2010-01-01

    Synthetic analogues of poor-silicated natural apatites have been doped with uranium. These minerals have been irradiated with a thermal neutron dose in the aim to induce the 235U fission and to obtain a fission track population. Thermal annealing experiments have been performed on the fission track population and allow us to compare the ability of the synthetic minerals to anneal such nuclear damages with their natural analogues. The thermal of the fission tracks in the synthetic minerals nee...

  2. Fission-track dating of apatite from deep borehole ATK-1 at Atikokan, Ontario

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    Fission-track age and lengths have been determined on apatite separated from core recovered from the ATK-1 deep borehole at Atikokan, Ontario. The apatite ages decrease down the borehole, from 515 ± 72 Ma at the top to 376 ± 46 Ma at a depth of 993 m. The mean confined track length for fossil fission tracks in the apatite is 12.4 μm. Within the limits of the measurement the track lengths are the same for all the samples. The results of this study indicate that the rocks found currently at the surface have never been heated above ∼100C since Upper Cambrian time

  3. Preliminary Apatite Fission Track Thermochronology of Wrangel Island, Arctic Russia

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    Dumitru, T. A.; Miller, E. L.

    2010-12-01

    Wrangel Island is part of a regional structural high that forms the continuation of the offshore Herald Arch and Chukchi Platform of Alaska. It is flanked on the north by the deep North Chukchi Basin, which in addition to Paleozoic strata, is inferred to contain up to 12 km of Beaufortian and Brookian (Late Jurassic to Tertiary) sediments (Dinkelman et al., 2008). To the south, ~E-W trending faults bound the Longa Basin that separates Wrangel from mainland Chukotka. This basin lies along strike of the early Tertiary Hope Basin in the Alaskan offshore. Wrangel Island itself exposes a broad, doubly-plunging anticlinorium-like structure cored by Neoproterozoic basement and flanked by Paleozoic shelf successions and a thick section of Triassic turbidites, representing about 5-7 km of structural section. The structural geology of Wrangel Island has been interpreted to represent a north-vergent Mesozoic fold and thrust belt linked by seismic reflection to the Herald Arch and then to the Lisburne Hills and the Brooks Range foreland fold and thrust belt (e.g. Kos’ko et al., 1993). However, deformation differs considerably from typical foreland fold-thrust structures of the Brooks Range as it is penetrative, involves large strains, and occurred under greenschist facies metamorphic conditions. Parts of the sequence exhibit mylonitic fabrics. Apatite fission track thermochronology of rocks from Wrangel Island can establishes the age of cooling to temperatures below ~ 100° C, providing temporal constraints on the uplift and erosional history of rocks that form this regional structural high. We analyzed seven fission track samples from a 9-km long N-S transect along the Kishchnikov River, from Triassic strata on the southern flank of the anticlinal structure to Devonian(?)-Mississippian feldspathic grits, conglomerates, and underlying Neoproterozoic igneous basement rocks in its core. All samples yielded statistically indistinguishable fission track ages averaging about 95

  4. Naturally etched tracks in apatites and the correction of fission track dating

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    Naturally etched tracks have been found in apatites from the rapid cooled, high-level Kunon pluton in the Zhangzhou Igneous Complex, SE China. This is manifested by the fact that the apatite fission track (FT) age derived from conventional counting of spontaneous and induced tracks yields a result of 140.6±6.5 Ma, which is much older than the ages determined using other methods on different minerals from the same rock. When tracks are observed after etching the polished inner sections of the apatite grains, the naturally etched tracks characterized by having hazy boundaries can be distinguished from the normal tracks with sharp boundaries. The age obtained by omitting these fading-resistant hazy tracks, 76.5±4.0 Ma, indicates the time of the Kunon pluton cooling down to ∼100 deg. C. The corrected peak age (73.8 Ma) is consistent with the other apatite FT peak ages (79.2 to 70.2 Ma) of the nearly contemporaneous plutons in the same igneous complex

  5. Naturally etched tracks in apatites and the correction of fission track dating

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    Tien, J L

    1999-01-01

    Naturally etched tracks have been found in apatites from the rapid cooled, high-level Kunon pluton in the Zhangzhou Igneous Complex, SE China. This is manifested by the fact that the apatite fission track (FT) age derived from conventional counting of spontaneous and induced tracks yields a result of 140.6+-6.5 Ma, which is much older than the ages determined using other methods on different minerals from the same rock. When tracks are observed after etching the polished inner sections of the apatite grains, the naturally etched tracks characterized by having hazy boundaries can be distinguished from the normal tracks with sharp boundaries. The age obtained by omitting these fading-resistant hazy tracks, 76.5+-4.0 Ma, indicates the time of the Kunon pluton cooling down to approx 100 deg. C. The corrected peak age (73.8 Ma) is consistent with the other apatite FT peak ages (79.2 to 70.2 Ma) of the nearly contemporaneous plutons in the same igneous complex.

  6. Inverse modelling of thermal histories with apatite fission tracks

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    The problem of modelling thermal histories lies in the exploration of a time-temperature space, usually so broad, in order to identify the optimal paths. For overcoming this difficulty, many approaches were proposed, using linear and non-linear optimisation algorithms. Generally, these approaches do not take into account the experimental data (fission track age [FTA] and fission track length distribution [FTLD]) to better aim the search strategy. The present work shows that experimental data hold some precious information, for which it should be known how to extract it. In fact, it allows us to tighten the time-temperature space of search, supposed to contain the optimal solutions. A genetic algorithm is also used in this work to perform the search for these optimal solutions. (authors)

  7. The thermal history of the Bowen Basin: a comparison of apatite fission track analysis and vitrinite reflectance

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    Vitrinite reflectance and apatite fission-track analysis (AFTA) are two techiques widely used to assess paleotemperatures of the order of 20-120 deg.C. in sedimentary basins. Whereas vitrinite reflectance is essentially a qualitative technique that gives an integrated measure of the entire thermal history, AFTA can reveal information on the variation of paleotemperatures through time because fission-tracks in apatite are continually produced throughout geological time. An apatite fission track study of the Upper Permian units of the Bowen Basin has offered the opportunity to compare the two paleotemperature indicators and place constraints on the timing of maximum paleotemperatures. The regional pattern of apatite fission-track ages closely coincides with the vitrinite reflectance indicating that maximum paleotemperatures have varied across the Basin with the central region of the Bowen Basin experiencing highest paleotemperatures. The reduction in apatite reflectance fission-track age with increasing reflectance represents the progressive annealing at temperatures around 60-120 deg. C. of those fission-tracks formed prior to the time of maximum temperatures. In those samples giving the youngest apatite fission-track ages all tacks were totally annealed at this time, and the fission-track age in these samples, in the range 90-120 Myr, indicate the time of cooling from the thermal maximum in the Early Cretaceous. 1 ref

  8. Thermal annealing of fission tracks in fluorapatite, chlorapatite, manganoanapatite, and Durango apatite: experimental results

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    It is well known that the optically measured lengths of fission tracks in apatite crystals are a function of etching conditions, crystallographic orientation of the track, composition of the crystal, and the state of thermal annealing. In this study we standardize etching conditions and optimize track length measurability by etching until etch pits formed at the surface of each apatite crystal reached widths of about 0.74 μm. Etching times using 5M HNO3 at 21oC were 31 s for Otter Lake, Quebec, fluorapatite; 47 s for Durango, Mexico, apatite; 33 s for Portland, Connecticut, manganoanapatite; and 11 s for Bamle, Norway, chlorapatite. An etching experiment using two etchant strengths (5M and 1.6M HNO3) revealed that, despite significant differences in etch pit shape, fission-track length anisotropy with respect to crystallographic orientation of the tracks is not a chemical etching effect. A series of 227 constant-temperature annealing experiments were carried out on nuclear reactor induced tracks in oriented slices of the apatites. After etching, crystallographic orientations of tracks were measured along with their lengths. The 200-300 track lengths measured for each slice were ellipse-fitted to give the major (c crystallographic direction) and minor (a crystallographic direction) semi-axes used to calculate equivalent isotropic lengths. The equivalent isotropic length is more useful than mean length for thermal history analysis because the variation caused by anisotropy has been removed. Using normalized etching procedures and equivalent isotropic length data, we found that the fluorapatite anneals most readily, followed by Durango apatite, manganoanapatite, and lastly chlorapatite. (author)

  9. Fission-track dating of apatite and zircon: An interlaboratory comparison

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    Naeser, C.W.; Zimmermann, R.A.; Cebula, G.T.

    1981-01-01

    Apatite and zircon separates from the Fish Canyon Tuff (K-Ar age, 27.9??0.7 Myr), San Juan Mtns., Colorado, have been given to over 50 laboratories for fission-track dating. Nineteen laboratories have reported fission-track ages that they have determined for apatites. Nine laboratories have reported their analysis of the zircons. The principal difference between the results reported by the laboratories reflects their choice of the decay constant. The laboratories which use a value of ??f ??? 7.0 ?? 10-17 yr-1 for the spontaneous-fission decay constant of 238U, report an average age for the apatite of 28.5??0.7 Myr, and those using ??f ??? = 8.4 ?? 10-17 yr-1 report an average age of 23.6??1.0 Myr. The average fission-track age for the zircons is 28.4??0.7 Myr. Only laboratories which use ??f ??? 7.0 ?? 10-17 yr-1 reported zircon data. ?? 1981.

  10. Meso-Cenozoic tectonics of the Central Kyrgyz Tien Shan (Central Asia), based on apatite fission track thermochronology.

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    Glorie, Stijn

    2008-01-01

    Apatite fission track thermochronology on the Kyrgyz Tien Shan basement revealed a polyphased thermal history of the study-area. We interpret the Mesozoic and Cenozoic cooling-events as periods of tectonic reactivation.

  11. Confined fission track lengths in apatite: A diagnostic tool for thermal history analysis

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    A compilation of the lengths of confined fission tracks in a wide variety of apatites from different geological environments has shown that the distribution of confined track lengths can provide unique thermal history information in the temperature range below about 1500C over times of the order of 106 to 109 years. The continuous production of tracks through time, coupled with the fact that the length of each track shrinks to a value characteristic of the maximum temperature it has experienced, gives a final length distribution which directly reflects the nature of the variation of temperature with time. Most distinctive of the myriad possible forms of the final distribution are the bimodal distributions, which give clear evidence of a two-stage history, including high and low temperature phases. The study of confined length distributions therefore offers invaluable evidence on the meaning of any fission-track age, and bears the potential of providing rigorous constraints on thermal history in the temperature regime below about 1500C. The results of this study strongly suggest that any apatite fission-track age determination should be supported by a confined track length distribution. (orig./RB)

  12. Apatite fission track study of Taibai Mountain uplift in the mesozoic-cenozoic

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    The apatite fission track results of 14 samples from Taibai Mountain suggest that Taibai Mountain underwent two episodic uplifts. These two uplifts occurred at about 100-80 Ma and 40 Ma, respectively. These are consistent with the conclusion that Qinling Mountain changed to a new tectonic evolution phase since about late Cretaceous, and this evolution resulted in the basic tectonic geomorphologic pattern of Qinling Mountain. (authors)

  13. Mesozoic-Cenozoic thermal history of Turpan-Hami Basin: apatite fission track constraints

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    ZHU Wenbin; WAN Jinglin; SHU Liangshu; SUN Yan; GUO Jichun; WANG Feng

    2005-01-01

    Apatite fission track dating is carried out on nine samples collected from the central part (Lianmuqin section) and from both northern and southern margins of Turpan-Hami Basin. The fission-track ages of seven Jurassic samples are distinctly younger than depositional ages. In contrast, the fission-track ages of two Cretaceous samples are older than, or as old as depositional ages. These observations indicate that the Jurassic samples have been annealed or partially annealed, whereas the Cretaceous samples have not been annealed.The further thermal modelling results show that Turpan-Hami Basin experienced a Late Cretaceous period (120-100 Ma) of tectonic uplift with rapid cooling and exhumation of sediments. The samples underwent a Cenozoic period of reburial and re-heating and were exhumed again at 10-8 Ma.

  14. Combining apatite fission track and He thermochronology to constrain thermal histories

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    Persano, C.; Stuart, F.; Bishop, P.

    2003-04-01

    Apatite fission track thermochronometry (AFTT) has proved an invaluable tool for determining the cooling histories of rocks in the shallow crust. Quantitative models for the time and temperature dependence of the fission track annealing process in apatite demostrate that the combination of fission track apparent age and track length distribution provides a continuous record of the thermal history of the samples from 120 to 60^oC, and possibly, to lower temperatures. However the sensitivity of the technique is poorly constrained below 70-80^oC because annealing rates are slow. The apatite (U-Th)/He system is sensitive to temperatures between 80 and 40^oC irrespective of apatite chemistry, and presents a way to test the ability of AFTT to determine thermal histories below 80^oC. Here we present a novel way of combining apatite fission track and (U-Th)/He data that narrows the number of possible thermal histories and provides better constraints on the landscape evolution of a particular region. We use as an example the southeastern Australia passive margin in NSW, an area where post break-up landscape evolution is poorly resolved despite an extensive fission track database. Fission track and (U-Th)/He ages have been measured on 16 apatite samples from two coast perpendicular traverses across the coastal plain, up the escarpment onto the plateau. The fission track data are modelled using AFTSolve and the individual thermal histories which fit the data are used as parameters for forward modelling the apatite He ages. Only the thermal histories that produce the measured He age, within uncertainty, are considered. For each sample, the choosen time-temperature paths show the same peculiar characteristics, narrowing considerably the number of possible cooling scenarios. This combination shows that the AFT/derived thermal histories for temperatures between 60 to 40^oC may be inconsistent with the (U-Th)/He ages, suggesting that the annealing process at this temperatures

  15. Emplacement time of Salai Patai carbonatite, Malakand, Pakistan, from fission track dating of zircon and apatite

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    Qureshi, A.A.; Khan, H.A. (N.E.D., Nilore, Islamabad (Pakistan). SSNTD-Lab.); Butt, K.A. (Atomic Energy Minerals Centre, Lahore (Pakistan))

    1991-01-01

    Based on fission track dating of zircon and apatite, the emplacement history of Salai Patai carbonatite has been traced. It has been estimated that the carbonatite was emplaced along the thrust plane associated with the Indian-Eurasian plate collision during the Oligocene period followed by some thermal/tectonic episode during Early Miocene. This negates the previous proposal that all carbonatites found in Pakistan are a part of a 200 km long alkaline province associated with the rifting of Peshawar Valley during Late Cretaceous or early tertiary. (author).

  16. Absolute dating of the youngest sediments of the Swiss Molasse basin by apatite fission track analysis

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    A set of ash layer samples within the uppermost Upper Freshwater Molasse (OSM) sediments (N and E of Frauenfeld, Switzerland) was dated by apatite fission track (FT) means. The ages indicate an early Tortonian (perhaps latest Serravallian) eruption and sedimentation age of 11.5 ± 0.3 Ma. The age is in agreement with time constraints by Mammalian relicts which point to MN7-8. Due to the position of the ash layers close to the erosional gap and overlying Quaternary cover, the age represents a maximum age for the cessation of OSM sedimentation in the Swiss Molasse Basin. However, the end of Molasse sedimentation in this region had not stopped before the cover of OSM sediments by volcanic ash layers at the Hoewenegg volcano (southern Germany), an event further constrained by an apatite FT age of 9.8 (-0.7/+0.8) Ma from a hornblende-bearing ash layer at Hoewenegg. An isolated bentonitic ash layer occurring 25 km to the WSW of the main set of dated ashes (near Humlikon) has an age component identical to the OSM ash layers near Frauenfeld. The age suggests a source for this material within the Hegau, but is too young to be related to the volcanic activity at the Kaiserstuhl. The apatites from the ash layer samples show two distinct compositional populations, one very close to a Cl end member and one with apatites of equal proportions of Cl and OH end member. These populations are interpreted to have possibly originated from at least two distinct igneous sources for the ashes, separated by their eruption site or eruption time or both. The distinct compositional data on the volcanic apatites may provide a basis to clarify their origin in future work. (author)

  17. The KTB apatite fission-track profiles: Building on a firm foundation?

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    Wauschkuhn, B.; Jonckheere, R.; Ratschbacher, L.

    2015-10-01

    Deep boreholes serve as natural laboratories for testing thermochronometers under geological conditions. The Kontinentale Tiefbohrung (KTB) is an interesting candidate because the geological evidence suggests that approximate isothermal holding since the last documented exhumation in the Late Cretaceous to Palaeocene is a reasonable assumption for the thermal histories of the KTB samples. We report 30 new apatite fission-track ages and 50 new mean confined track lengths determined on cores from the 4 km deep pilot hole. The ϕ- and ζ-external detector ages are consistent with the population ages from earlier studies and together define a clear age profile. The mean track lengths from this and earlier studies reveal the effects of experimental factors. The measured age and length profiles are compared with the predictions of 24 annealing models for isothermal holding. There are clear discrepancies between the measured and calculated profiles. Down to 1.5 km depth, the measured mean track lengths are shorter than the predicted. The balance of methodological evidence indicates that this is due to seasoning, i.e., a shortening of the fossil confined tracks without attendant age reduction. From 2.5 to 4.0 km depth, the mean track lengths are longer than the predictions. This suggests that the bias model that weights the probabilities of observing tracks of different length and which is based on experiments relating surface track densities to mean track lengths is not appropriate for confined tracks. Experimental and methodological factors are sometimes difficult to disentangle, but present a sufficient margin for there to be no need to go against the independent geological evidence. Unknown geological events cannot be ruled out but their existence cannot be inferred from the fission-track data alone, much less can the nature or magnitude of such events be specified.

  18. Rate of erosion and exhumation of crystalline rocks in the Hunza Karakoram defined by apatite fission track analysis

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    Kořínková, Dagmar; Svojtka, Martin; Kalvoda, J.

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 11, č. 3 (2014), s. 235-253. ISSN 1214-9705 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30130516 Institutional support: RVO:67985831 Keywords : apatite fission -track analysis * erosion * exhumation of rocks * Karakoram Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy Impact factor: 0.389, year: 2014

  19. Apatite fission track analysis on tectonic activities and paleotopography in southern Altai region, Xinjiang, China

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    This work engages apatite fission track evidences on thermotectonic history, rock uplift rate, denudation extent southeastern Altai region. Fission track ages of 14 samples range from (59.4±5.8) Ma to (109.7±8.1) Ma and the length is between (12.0±2.5) μm and (13.7±1.5) μm. Thermal modeling reveals that the samples have a three-stage of uplift-cooling history. The first stage is in an overall initial uplift before 108 Ma, the second stage from 108 Ma to 28 Ma experiences a slow cooling phase, and the last stage through a rapid-cooling process since 28 Ma with a cooling rate 1.25 1.61 ℃/Ma and denudation amount 1.17-1.50 km, the fast exhumation period in the area. The sample ages could be divided into 4 age groups, reflecting multiple tectonic events with different uplift rates. The paleotopography altitude changes from 3895 m to 821 m, 2250 m to 762 m etc., and the amplitude of changes reaches to 3300-1400 m since 90 Ma. The phenomenon of Alpine turning to valley and valley uplifting is visible in the studied area, indicating various stages of paleotopography. Based on inversion of ancient landforms and equilibrium correction, the equilibrium rebound would play an important role in the rock uplift during the Altai post-orogenic period. (authors)

  20. Constraining the stepwise migration of the eastern Tibetan Plateau margin by apatite fission track thermochronology

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    2007-01-01

    Granites sampled from Garzê-Litang thrust, Longmen Shan thrust, Garzê and Litang strike-slip faults in the eastern Tibetan Plateau have been analyzed with apatite fission track thermochronological method in this study. The measured fission track apparent ages, combined with the simulated annealing mod- eling of the thermal history, have been used to reconstruct the thermal evolutionary histories of the samples and interpret the active history of the thrusts and faults in these areas. Thermal history mod- eling shows that earlier tectonic cooling occurred in the Garzê-Litang thrust in Miocene (~20―16 Ma) whereas the later cooling occurred mainly in the Longmen Shan thrust since ~5 Ma. Our study sug- gests that the margin of eastern Tibetan Plateau was extended by stages: through strike-slip faults deformations and related thrusts, the upper crust formed the Garzê-Litang margin in the Miocene epoch and then moved to the Longmen Shan margin since ~5 Ma. During this process, the deformations of different phases in the eastern Tibetan Plateau were absorbed by the thrusts within them and conse- quently the tectonic events of long-distance slip and extrusion up to hundreds of kilometers have not been found.

  1. Constraining the stepwise migration of the eastern Tibetan Plateau margin by apatite fission track thermochronology

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    LAI QingZhou; DING Lin; WANG HongWei; YUE YaHui; CAI FuLong

    2007-01-01

    Granites sampled from Garzê-Litang thrust, Longmen Shan thrust, Garzê and Litang strike-slip faults in the eastern Tibetan Plateau have been analyzed with apatite fission track thermochronological method in this study. The measured fission track apparent ages, combined with the simulated annealing modeling of the thermal history, have been used to reconstruct the thermal evolutionary histories of the samples and interpret the active history of the thrusts and faults in these areas. Thermal history modeling shows that earlier tectonic cooling occurred in the Garzê-Litang thrust in Miocene (~20―16 Ma) whereas the later cooling occurred mainly in the Longmen Shan thrust since ~5 Ma. Our study suggests that the margin of eastern Tibetan Plateau was extended by stages: through strike-slip faults deformations and related thrusts, the upper crust formed the Garzê-Litang margin in the Miocene epoch and then moved to the Longmen Shan margin since ~5 Ma. During this process, the deformations of different phases in the eastern Tibetan Plateau were absorbed by the thrusts within them and consequently the tectonic events of long-distance slip and extrusion up to hundreds of kilometers have not been found.

  2. Multikinetic modeling for tectonic evolution of Hefei Basin by apatite fission-track (AFT) analyses

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    Apatite fission-track (AFT) analyses of Jurassic sandstones from Yuantongshan Formation (J2y) at Dazitang area of Feixi County in the central part of Hefei Basin suggested that its fission-track (FT)age is (32.5±2.4)Ma (the average of 22 grains) which is apparently younger than the strata age (176∼168 Ma), their mean confined track length is (12.43±0.18)μm (the average of 126 tracks length), and displays a unimodal distribution. The modeling thermal history can be divided into five stages: 176∼152 Ma before present with the cooling rate of -21.4 degree C per million years, 152∼85 Ma before present with the cooling rate -0.1 degree C per million years, 85∼32 Ma before present with the cooling rate 1.4 degree C per million years, 32∼10 Ma before present with the cooling rate 1.6 degree C per million years, and 10 Ma to present with the cooling rate 5.0 degree C per million years. Five stages are corresponded respectively to the rapid subsidence and heating of sediment, the stable tectonic and thermal evolution, rapid basin uplifting and cooling. The rapid subsidence of sediment (176∼152 Ma) means that Hefei Basin is controlled by compression of Late Dabie Orogeny and subsided rapidly. The stage of stable sedimentary tectonic evolution (152∼85 Ma) shows that Hefei Basin is mainly controlled by dome extension and magmatism of Dabie Orogeny. The cooling stage of (85∼25 Ma) is controlled by the strike-slipping of Tanlu Fault and regional extension. The last stage (since 25 Ma) is characterized by compression, uplift and rapid erosion of Hefei Basin. (authors)

  3. Possible secondary apatite fission track age standard from altered volcanic ash beds in the middle Jurassic Carmel Formation, Southwestern Utah

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    Kowallis, B.J.; Christiansen, E.H.; Everett, B.H.; Crowley, K.D.; Naeser, C.W.; Miller, D.S.; Deino, A.L.

    1993-01-01

    Secondary age standards are valuable in intra- and interlaboratory calibration. At present very few such standards are available for fission track dating that is older than Tertiary. Several altered volcanic ash beds occur in the Middle Jurassic Carmel Formation in southwestern Utah. The formation was deposited in a shallow marine/sabhka environment. Near Gunlock, Utah, eight ash beds have been identified. Sanidines from one of the ash beds (GUN-F) give a single-crystal laser-probe 40Ar/39Ar age of 166.3??0.8 Ma (2??). Apatite and zircon fission track ages range from 152-185 Ma with typically 15-20 Ma errors (2??). Track densities in zircons are high and most grains are not countable. Apatites are fairly common in most of the ash beds and have reasonable track densities ranging between 1.2-1.5 ?? 106 tracks/cm2. Track length distributions in apatites are unimodal, have standard deviations <1??m, and mean track lengths of about 14-14.5 ??m. High Cl apatites (F:Cl:OH ratio of 39:33:28) are particularly abundant and large in ash GUN-F, and are fairly easy to concentrate, but the concentrates contain some siderite, most of which can be removed by sieving. GUN-F shows evidence of some reworking and detriaal contamination based on older single grain 40Ar/39Ar analyses and some rounding of grains, but the apatite population appears to be largely uncontaminated. At present BJK has approximately 12 of apatite separate from GUN-F. ?? 1993.

  4. Understanding the uplift pattern in Mesozoic and Cenozoic,, eastern Dabie area, China using fission track dating of apatite

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    By using the fission track dating technique, a preliminary study was carried out on the fission track ages (FTA) of apatite, their distribution patterns and hints over the tectonics activities during Mesozoic and Cenozoic in the east Dabie area. Attempts were also made to improve the conventional statistical method for the tracks. Ranging from 59.4 +- 3.4 Ma to 105.6 +- 9.8 Ma, the FTA results of apatite spread in the wide range and increased rapidly from the east to the west area. Sine 95 Ma, the uplift rate has been quite slow and asymmetry. The FTA value in the middle area of Xiaotian-Mozitan Fault may imply its uplift in Cretaceous. The faulting should be the main control factor for the uplift of this area

  5. The transantarctic mountains: A natural laboratory for apatite fission-track analysis. Results from Italian antarctic expeditions

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    Apatite fission-track analysis has been applied to samples collected during the 1991/1992, 1993/1994 and 1996/1997 campaigns of the Italian Antarctic Project in the Transantarctic Mountains. Samples from the first two campaigns, collected in the area between the Mariner and the David Glaciers (northern Victoria Land), reveal that a Late Cretaceous uplift - denudation phase already identified in other sectors of the chain took place also in this region. They also confirm the occurrence of a more recent phase starting in the Late Paleocene. Offsets in apatite age profiles regarding samples collected further north during the third campaign reveal Cenozoic normal faulting with variable sense of offset

  6. Apatite fission track implications for timing of hydrothermal fluid flow in Tertiary volcanics of the Bohemian Massif

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    Filip, Jiří; Ulrych, Jaromír; Adamovič, Jiří; Balogh, K.

    2007-01-01

    Roč. 52, 3-4 (2007), s. 211-220. ISSN 0449-2560 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA3013403 Grant ostatní: OTKA(HU) T060965; OTKA(HU) M41434 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30130516 Keywords : Bohemian Massif * fission tracks * apatite * K-Ar dating * volcanic rocks * thermal events * stress field Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy

  7. Thermal modeling and geomorphology of the south border of the Sao Francisco Craton: thermochronology by fission tracks in apatites

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    Recent developments in Fission Track thermochronology associated to mesozoic-cenozoic erosion and tectonic presented trough thematic maps (isotemperature), permit to model the landscape evolution in the southern border of the Sao Francisco craton, southeastern Brazil. Paleotemperature, obtained by fission track analysis in apatite, is closely related to geomorphologic interpretations. The area suffered a complex imprint of endogenous and exogenous processes resulting diversified and differentiated relieves. The landscape is strongly controlled by exhumation between Jurassic and Lower Cretaceous, uplift with tectonic denudation related to crustal heating at the Upper Cretaceous and reactivation of faults until the Miocene. This scenario is a result of reactivations of different brittle structures that accommodate the deformation in the southern border of the Sao Francisco craton. The landscape reflects denudations of up to 3 km with preserved remains of erosive surfaces in the topographical tops and chronocorrelates deposits in the basins of the region. (author)

  8. Apatite Fission-Track Analysis of the Middle Jurassic Todos Santos Formation from Chiapas, Mexico.

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    Abdullin, Fanis; Solé, Jesús; Shchepetilnikova, Valentina; Solari, Luigi; Ortega-Obregón, Carlos

    2014-05-01

    The Sierra de Chiapas (SCH), located in the south of Mexico, is a complex geological province that can be divided on four different lithological or tectonic areas: (1) the Chiapas Massif Complex (CMC); (2) the Central Depression; (3) the Strike-slip Fault Province, and (4) the Chiapas Fold-and-thrust Belt. The CMC mostly consists of Permian granitoids and meta-granitoids, and represents the basement of the SCH. During the Jurassic period red beds and salt were deposited on this territory, related to the main pulse of rifting and opening of the Gulf of Mexico. Most of the Cretaceous stratigraphy contains limestones and dolomites deposited on a marine platform setting during the postrift stage of the Gulf of Mexico rift. During the Cenozoic Era took place the major clastic sedimentation along the SCH. According the published low-temperature geochronology data (Witt et al., 2012), SCH has three main phases of thermo-tectonic history: (1) slow exhumation between 35 and 25 Ma, that affected mainly the basement (CMC) and is probably related to the migration of the Chortís block; (2) fast exhumation during the Middle-Late Miocene caused by strike-slip deformation that affects almost all Chiapas territory; (3) period of rapid cooling from 6 to 5 Ma, that affects the Chiapas Fold-and-thrust Belt, coincident with the landward migration of the Caribbean-North America plate boundaries. The two last events were the most significant on the formation of the present-day topography of the SCH. However, the stratigraphy of the SCH shows traces of the existence of earlier tectonic events. This study presents preliminary results of apatite fission-track (AFT) dating of sandstones from the Todos Santos Formation (Middle Jurassic). The analyses are performed with in situ uranium determination using LA-ICP-MS (e.g., Hasebe et al., 2004). The AFT data indicate that this Formation has suffered high-grade diagenesis (probably over 150 ºC) and the obtained cooling ages, about 70-60 Ma

  9. Thermal evolution of inverted basins: Constraints from apatite fission track thermochronology in the Cuyo Basin, Argentine Precordillera

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    Apatite fission track thermochronology (AFTT) was applied to derive the thermal history of formation and inversion of the oil-bearing Triassic-Cretaceous Cuyo Basin, Argentine Precordillera. The obtained central fission track ages range from 13 to 163Ma, and the mean track lengths from 8.2 to 13.1μm. Based on the integration of AFTT, stratigraphic and structural data, five evolutionary phases are here proposed for the studied area: I-Late Permian cooling related to the extrusion of basement volcanics, and initial extensional regime responsible for the Cuyo Basin formation, II-Triassic-Jurassic heating linked with the filling, and consequent burial, of the Cuyo Basin, III-Jurassic-Paleogene tectonic stabilization, IV-Early Miocene heating related to the load of foreland sedimentation, V-Late Miocene rapid cooling related to the Cuyo Basin inversion. During the Late Miocene, rock units formed in different crustal levels were juxtaposed through thrust, reverse and normal faulting, resulting in contrasting old and very young central fission track ages in closely spaced samples

  10. Multiple cooling episodes in the Central Tarim (Northwest China) revealed by apatite fission track analysis and vitrinite reflectance data

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    Chang, Jian; Qiu, Nansheng; Song, Xinying; Li, Huili

    2015-09-01

    Apatite fission track and vitrinite reflectance are integrated for the first time to study the cooling history in the Central Tarim, northwest China. The paleo-temperature profiles from vitrinite reflectance data of the Z1 and Z11 wells showed a linear relationship with depth, suggesting an approximately 24.8 °C/km paleo-geothermal gradient and 2700-3900 m of erosion during the Early Mesozoic. The measured apatite fission track ages from well Z2 in the Central Tarim range from 39 to 159 Ma and effectively record the Meso-Cenozoic cooling events that occurred in Central Tarim. Moreover, two cooling events at 190-140 Ma in the Early Jurassic-Early Cretaceous and 80-45 Ma in the Late Cretaceous-Paleocene revealed by measured AFT data and thermal modeling results are related to the collisions of the Qiangtang-Lhasa terranes and the Greater India Plate with the southern margin of the Eurasian Plate, respectively. This study provides new insights into the tectonic evolution of the Tarim Basin (and more broadly Central Asia) and for hydrocarbon generation and exploration in the Central Tarim.

  11. Multiple cooling episodes in the Central Tarim (Northwest China) revealed by apatite fission track analysis and vitrinite reflectance data

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    Chang, Jian; Qiu, Nansheng; Song, Xinying; Li, Huili

    2016-06-01

    Apatite fission track and vitrinite reflectance are integrated for the first time to study the cooling history in the Central Tarim, northwest China. The paleo-temperature profiles from vitrinite reflectance data of the Z1 and Z11 wells showed a linear relationship with depth, suggesting an approximately 24.8 °C/km paleo-geothermal gradient and 2700-3900 m of erosion during the Early Mesozoic. The measured apatite fission track ages from well Z2 in the Central Tarim range from 39 to 159 Ma and effectively record the Meso-Cenozoic cooling events that occurred in Central Tarim. Moreover, two cooling events at 190-140 Ma in the Early Jurassic-Early Cretaceous and 80-45 Ma in the Late Cretaceous-Paleocene revealed by measured AFT data and thermal modeling results are related to the collisions of the Qiangtang-Lhasa terranes and the Greater India Plate with the southern margin of the Eurasian Plate, respectively. This study provides new insights into the tectonic evolution of the Tarim Basin (and more broadly Central Asia) and for hydrocarbon generation and exploration in the Central Tarim.

  12. Zircon and apatite fission track analyses on mineralization ages and tectonic activities of Tuwu-Yandong porphyry copper deposit in northern Xinjiang, China

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    2007-01-01

    The mineralization ages reported in the past in the Tuwu-Yandong copper district not only are different, but also fall into the Hercynian epoch. This study has achieved 9 zircon and 7 apatite fission track analysis results. The zircon fission track ages range from 158 Ma to 289 Ma and the apatite ages are between 64 Ma and 140 Ma. The mineralization accords with the regional tectonics in the copper district. We consider that the zircon fission track age could reveal the mineralization age based on annealing zone temperature of 140-300℃ and retention temperature of ~250℃ for zircon fission track, and metallogenetic temperature of 120-350℃ in this ore district. Total three mineralization epochs have been identified, i.e., 289-276 Ma,232-200 Ma and 165-158 Ma, and indicate occurrence of the mineralization in the Indosinian and Yanshan epochs. Corresponding to apatite fission track ages, the three tectonic-mineralizing epochs are 140-132 Ma, 109-97 Ma and 64 Ma, which means age at about 100℃ after the mineralization. The three epochs lasted 146 Ma, 108 Ma and about 100 Ma from ~250℃ to ~100℃ and trend decrease from early to late. It is shown by the fission track modeling that this district underwent three stages of geological thermal histories, stable in Cretaceous and cooling both before Cretaceous and after 20 Ma.

  13. The thermal history of the Miocene Ibar Basin (Southern Serbia: new constraints from apatite and zircon fission track and vitrinite reflectance data

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    Andrić Nevena

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available The Ibar Basin was formed during Miocene large scale extension in the NE Dinaride segment of the Alpine- Carpathian-Dinaride system. The Miocene extension led to exhumation of deep seated core-complexes (e.g. Studenica and Kopaonik core-complex as well as to the formation of extensional basins in the hanging wall (Ibar Basin. Sediments of the Ibar Basin were studied by apatite and zircon fission track and vitrinite reflectance in order to define thermal events during basin evolution. Vitrinite reflectance (VR data (0.63-0.90 %Rr indicate a bituminous stage for the organic matter that experienced maximal temperatures of around 120-130 °C. Zircon fission track (ZFT ages indicate provenance ages. The apatite fission track (AFT single grain ages (45-6.7 Ma and bimodal track lengths distribution indicate partial annealing of the detrital apatites. Both vitrinite reflectance and apatite fission track data of the studied sediments imply post-depositional thermal overprint in the Ibar Basin. Thermal history models of the detritial apatites reveal a heating episode prior to cooling that began at around 10 Ma. The heating episode started around 17 Ma and lasted 10-8 Ma reaching the maximum temperatures between 100-130 °C. We correlate this event with the domal uplift of the Studenica and Kopaonik cores where heat was transferred from the rising warm footwall to the adjacent colder hanging wall. The cooling episode is related to basin inversion and erosion. The apatite fission track data indicate local thermal perturbations, detected in the SE part of the Ibar basin (Piskanja deposit with the time frame ~7.1 Ma, which may correspond to the youngest volcanic phase in the region.

  14. The thermal history of the Miocene Ibar Basin (Southern Serbia): new constraints from apatite and zircon fission track and vitrinite reflectance data

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    Andrić, Nevena; Fügenschuh, Bernhard; Životić, Dragana; Cvetković, Vladica

    2015-02-01

    The Ibar Basin was formed during Miocene large scale extension in the NE Dinaride segment of the Alpine- Carpathian-Dinaride system. The Miocene extension led to exhumation of deep seated core-complexes (e.g. Studenica and Kopaonik core-complex) as well as to the formation of extensional basins in the hanging wall (Ibar Basin). Sediments of the Ibar Basin were studied by apatite and zircon fission track and vitrinite reflectance in order to define thermal events during basin evolution. Vitrinite reflectance (VR) data (0.63-0.90 %Rr) indicate a bituminous stage for the organic matter that experienced maximal temperatures of around 120-130 °C. Zircon fission track (ZFT) ages indicate provenance ages. The apatite fission track (AFT) single grain ages (45-6.7 Ma) and bimodal track lengths distribution indicate partial annealing of the detrital apatites. Both vitrinite reflectance and apatite fission track data of the studied sediments imply post-depositional thermal overprint in the Ibar Basin. Thermal history models of the detritial apatites reveal a heating episode prior to cooling that began at around 10 Ma. The heating episode started around 17 Ma and lasted 10-8 Ma reaching the maximum temperatures between 100-130 °C. We correlate this event with the domal uplift of the Studenica and Kopaonik cores where heat was transferred from the rising warm footwall to the adjacent colder hanging wall. The cooling episode is related to basin inversion and erosion. The apatite fission track data indicate local thermal perturbations, detected in the SE part of the Ibar basin (Piskanja deposit) with the time frame ~7.1 Ma, which may correspond to the youngest volcanic phase in the region.

  15. Mesozoic and Cenozoic uplift and exhumation of the Bogda Mountain, NW China:Evidence from apatite fission track analysis

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    Wenhao Tang; Zhicheng Zhang; Jianfeng Li; Ke Li; Zhiwen Luo; Yan Chen

    2015-01-01

    Apatite fission track (AFT) analysis on samples collected from a Paleozoic series is used to constrain the cooling history of the Bogda Mountain, northwest China. AFT ages range from 136.2 to 85.6 Ma and are younger than rock depositional ages and the mean confined track lengths (11.0e13.2 mm) mostly showing unimodal distribution are shorten, indicating significant track-annealing. Thermal histories modeling based on the distribution of fission-track lengths combined with the regional geological data show that two rapid cooling phases occurred in the latest Jurassiceearly Cretaceous and the OligoceneeMiocene. Those new data together with previous published data show that the AFT ages become younger from the southwest to northeast in the western Bogda Mountain and its adjacent areas. The fission-track ages of the southwest area are relatively older (>100 Ma), recording the earlier rapid uplift phase during the late JurassiceCretaceous, while the ages in the north pied-mont of the Bogda Mountain (namely the northeast part) are younger (<60 Ma), mainly reflecting the later rapid uplift phase in the OligoceneeMiocene. The trend of younger AFT ages towards the northeast might be explained by post-Cretaceous large-scale crustal tilting towards the southwest. In the thrust fault-dominated northern limbs of the Bogda Mountain, AFT ages reveal a discontinuous pattern with age-jumps across the major fault zones, showing a possible strata tilting across each thrust faults due to the thrust ramps during the Cenozoic. The two rapid uplift stages might be related to the accretion and collision in the southern margin of the Asian continent during the late Jurassic and late Cenozoic, respectively.

  16. Multiphase cooling and exhumation of the Krkonoše Piedmont Basin during Mesozoic - Cenozoic basin inversion based on apatite fission track analysis

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    Martínek, K.; Svojtka, Martin; Filip, Jiří

    2008-01-01

    Roč. 34, 4/6 (2008), s. 1353003-1353003. ISSN 0161-6951. [International Geological Congress /33./. 06.08.2008-14.08.2008, Oslo] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR KJB3111305 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30130516 Keywords : fission track * apatite * Krkonoše Piedmont basin Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy

  17. Provenance and post-sedimentary low-temperature evolution of the James Ross Basin sediments (Antarctic Peninsula) based on zircon and apatite fission-track analysis

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    Svojtka, Martin; Murakami, Masaki; Nývlt, D.; Macáková, J.; Filip, Jiří; Mixa, P.

    2007-01-01

    Roč. 71, 15 S1 (2007), A990-A990. ISSN 0046-564X. [Annual V. M. Goldschmidt Conference /17./. 19.08.2007-24.08.2007, Cologne] R&D Projects: GA MŠk 1K05030 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30130516 Keywords : fission -track * zircon * apatite * James Ross, * Antarctica Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy

  18. Cooling and erosion history of the Krkonoše Piedmont Basin (Bohemian Massif, Czech Republic) interpreted from apatite fission-track analysis

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    Svojtka, Martin; Filip, Jiří; Martínek, K.

    2005-01-01

    Roč. 7, - (2005), s. 4925-4926. ISSN 1607-7962. [European Geosciences Union, General Assembly. 24.04.2005-29.04.2005, Wien] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR KJB3111305 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30130516 Keywords : Krkonoše * apatite * fission-track Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy

  19. Thermal History of Rocks in the Shiwandashan Basin, Southern China: Evidence from Apatite Fission-Track Analysis

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    Wang Xinwei; Wang Xinwen; Ma Yongsheng

    2005-01-01

    Based on interpretations of the apatite fission-track analysis data for 10 outcrop samples and forward modeling of confined fission-track length distributions, the thermal history of rocks in the Shiwandashan basin and its adjacent area, southern China, has been qualitatively and semi-quantitatively studied. The results reflect several features of the thermal history. Firstly, all the samples have experienced temperatures higher than 60-70 ℃. Secondly, the time that the basement strata (T1b) on the northwestern side of the Shiwandashan basin were uplifted and exhumed to the unannealed upper crust (with a paleogeotemperature of below 60-70 ℃) is much earlier than the basement rocks (γ15) on the southeastern side of the basin. Thirdly, the thermal history of samples from the basin can be divided into six stages, I.e., the fast burial and heating stage (220-145 Ma), the transient cooling stage (145-135 Ma), the burial and heating stage (135-70 Ma), the rapid cooling stage (70-50 Ma), the relatively stable stage (50-20 Ma) and another rapid cooling stage (20 Ma to present).

  20. Phanerozoic polycyclic evolution of the southwestern Angola margin: New insights for apatite fission track and (U-Th)/He methodologies

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    Venancio da Silva, Bruno; Hackspacher, Peter; Carina Siqueira Ribeiro, Marli; Glasmacher, Ulrich Anton

    2016-04-01

    The low-temperature thermochronology has been an important tool to quantify geological process in passive continental margins. In this context, the Angolan margin shows evidence of a polycyclic post-rift evolution marked by different events of uplift, basin inversion and changes in sedimentation rates to the marginal basins, which have controlled the salt tectonics and the hydrocarbon deposits (1,2,3,4). To understand the post break-up evolution of the southwestern Angola margin, it were collected outcrop samples for apatite fission track (AFT) and (U-Th)/He analysis ranging in elevation from 79 m to 1675 m from the coast toward the interior plateau in a profile between Namibe and Lubango cities. The area lies on the edge of Central and Southern Atlantic segments a few kilometers northward the Walvis ridge and encompasses the Archean and Proterozoic basement rocks of the Congo craton. The AFT ages ranging from 120.6 ± 8.9 Ma to 328.8 ± 28.5 Ma and they show a trend of increasing age toward the Great Escarpment with some exceptions. The partial mean track lengths (MTLs) vary between 11.77 ± 1.82 μm to 12.34 ± 1.13 μm with unimodal track length distributions (TDLs). The partial (U-Th)/He ages ranging from 104.85 ± 3.15 Ma to 146.95 ± 4.41 Ma and show the same trend of increasing ages landward, little younger than the AFT ages, which could be interpreted as a fast exhumation episode in Late Jurassic - Early Cretaceous times. The thermal histories modelling has been constrained with the kinetic parameters Dpar (5) and c-axis angle (6) by the software Hefty (7). Both AFT and (U-Th)/He thermal histories modelling indicate three episodes of denudation/uplift driven cooling: (a) from Late Jurassic to Early Cretaceous, (b) a smallest one in the Late Cretaceous and (c) from Oligocene-Miocene to recent, which are compatible with geophysical data of the offshore Namibe basin that estimate the greater thickness of sediments formed in the first and third episodes

  1. Determination of the uranium concentration in apatite by the fission - track registration technique

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    The feasibility of using the fission-track registration technique to determine the uranium content in the phosphate rock beneficiation steps carried on by CompanhiA Arafertil, Araxa, Minas Gerais, Brazil is studied. This determination is of considerable interest to the environmental control of the Arafertil installations as well as of its surroundings or of the areas where these products will be used. The so called wet method was adopted and a 10 μm polycarbonate foil, fabricated by Bayer under the trade name Makrofol KG was used as detector. From the calibration curve obtained, it was possible to determine uranium contents in sample solutions ranging from 21 to 212 μg U/1 with an accuracy of 8 to 14.7%, respectively. The results obtained demonstrated that the technique used is appropriate to the purposes previously aimed at. (Author)

  2. Apatite fission-track data from upper Cretaceous formations in the Yuan'an Graben (China): Constraints on the timing of synsedimentary fault activity

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    Apatite fission-track signatures of upper Cretaceous Formations in the Yuan'an Graben are made to constraint on the timing of the Yuan'an and Tongchenghe synsedimentary fault activity. The apatite fission-track ages range from 102.0 ± 14.6 to 84.1 ± 3.7 Ma with P(χ2) >0.05; the mean confined track lengths of 14.18 ± 0.09 and 14.16 ± 0.08 μm with mean Dpar values of 2.25 ± 0.02 and 2.26 ± 0.03 μm, respectively. These data are interpreted as dating their source-area exhumation, recording the exhumation and cooling of the footwall during major normal faulting. The results indicate that the timing of the Yuan'an and Tongchenghe synsedimentary fault activity occurred at 117–82 Ma and the intensive movement at 100–82 Ma; the onset time of extension in Jianghan Basin is ca. 117 Ma, which is related to the lithospheric extension associated with the subduction of the Pacific Plate beneath the Asian Plate. - Highlights: ► Apatite fission-track dating is used to constraint on the timing of fault activity. ► The onset time of extension in Jianghan Basin is ca. 117 Ma. ► Combination of AFT and ESR to determine a Graben evolution

  3. Mesozoic-Cenozoic tectonic evolution and its relation to sandstone-type uranium mineralization in northern Tarim area--Evidence from apatite fission track

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    The apatite fission track dating and inversion result of geological thermal history of four rock specimens from Sawafuqi area and Talike area in northern Tarim Basin show that two areas uplifted at different ages. The apatite fission track ages of Sawafuqi range from 3.5 to 3.9 Ma, while the ages of Talike range from 53 to 59 Ma. The thermal history recorded by rock samples reveals that there are at least three prominent cooling phases since Late Cretaceous epoch. Detailed study was made on the division of uplifting stages during Mesozoic and Cenozoic tectonic evolution with the existing data in northern Tarim area. And new ideas on tectonic evolution and sandstone-type uranium mineralization have been put forward by combining with the sandstone-type uranium mineralization ages in this area.(authors)

  4. Zircon and apatite fission-track dating of the James Ross Basin sediments (Antarctic Peninsula)

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    Svojtka, Martin; Nývlt, D.; Murakami, M.; Macáková, J.; Filip, Jiří; Mixa, P.

    Teplá: Czech Geological Survey, 2007. s. 84-84. [CzechTec 07. Meeting of the Central European Tectonic Studies Group (CETeG) /5./ and Meeting of the Czech Tectonic Studies Group (ČTS) /12./. 11.04.2007-14.04.2007, Teplá] R&D Projects: GA MŠk 1K05030 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30130516 Keywords : zircon * apatite * James Ross Island Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy

  5. Apatite fission track analysis for revealing tectonic events of the Bayinguole area in the west section of Eastern Kunlun Mountains, northern Qinghai-Tibet Plateau

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    Background: Qimantage is an important tectonic metallogenic belt in western part of East Kunlun Mountain. It has experienced complex geological evolution, and significant mineralization. However, because of the plateau climate and inaccessibility, fewer research works have been done on this area, especially after Indo-sinian epoch. Purpose: Our work is to research tectonic activity, thermal history and uplifting around Bayinguole river in Qimantage belt. Methods: The apatite fission-track method was applied to research the tectonic setting, simulate the thermal history and calculate the uplift size and uplift speed. Results: A series of apatite fission track ages from granitoid samples in Bayinguole area of Eastern Kunlun Mountain were obtained, ranging from 120 Ma to 47 Ma that might be divided into three groups': 120-100 Ma, 67 Ma and 54-47 Ma. These ages reflected tectonic events in this area very well. Conclusions: The 120-100 Ma and 67 Ma ages present collision-convergences of Gangdese terrane and Himalayan terrane with their north-side terranes in Early Cretaceous and Late Cretaceous respectively. The ages of 54-47 Ma reflect post-orogenic stretching events in Eocene. Three stages of thermal evolution history are revealed by apatite fission track modeling in this area. Stage one 180-140 Ma is in the bottom temperature of apatite fission track anneal zone. Stage two 140-13 Ma records slow cooling. The last stage after 13 Ma records rapid cooling with temperature dropped 50℃. The uplifting ranges for these three stages are 1.0 km, 0.6 km and 1.4 km, respectively. The cumulative amount of uplift is about 3.0 km. The formula calculations for the 3 samples have their rock uplifts of 3623 m, 3317 m and 3769 m, respectively, averaging 3570 m, in accordance with the results based on the 3 stage thermal history. (authors)

  6. Permo-Carboniferous Krkonoše Piedmont Basin inversion: cooling and exhumation during Mesozoic – Cenozoic based on apatite fission track analysis

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    Martínek, K.; Svojtka, Martin; Filip, Jiří

    Wroclaw: WIND ;, 2008 - (Wojewoda, J.). s. 14-14 ISBN 978-83-922330-2-2. [Polska Konferencja Sedimentologiczna (POKOS) /3./. 15.09.2008-21.09.2008, Kudowa Zdroj] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR KJB3111305 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30130516 Keywords : fission -track * apatite * Krkonoše Piedmont Basin Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy

  7. Late Mesozoic Thermotectonic Evolution of the Jueluotage Range,Eastern Xinjiang, Northwest China: Evidence from Apatite Fission Track Data

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    ZHU Wenbin; WAN Jinglin; SHU Liangshu; ZHANG Zhiyong; SU Jinbao; SUN Yan; GUO Jichun; ZHANG Xueyun

    2008-01-01

    Although many authors have emphasized the Cenozoic history of deformation, exhumation and cooling in the Tiaushan area related to the India-Asia collision, very little is known about the Mesozoic history of compression and uplift within the Tianshan. In order to obtain information about the Mesozoic exhumation history and processes of cooling in eastern Tianshan, fission track methods on apatite were used. Sampling was made in the Jueluotage Range. Three samples (Z001-Z003) were taken from granite in borehole ZK6301 of Yandong pluton; the ages range from 97.0 to 87.6 Ma that are much younger than the pluton age which was dated by U-Pb zircon at 334±2 Ma. Two samples in northern piedmont of the Jueluotage Range were collected from Jurassic strata in Dikaner (DK001) and Dananhu (D001) whose ages are 91.5 and 93.4 Ma respectively. The average apparent exhumation rate is 0.039 mm/a calculated by extrapolation on the basis of Yandong samples, indicating an extremely slow exhumation in the Jueluotage Range since the Late Cretaceous. Two Jurassic samples reached the maximum depths after deposition and experienced the maximum temperatures of ca. 105 and 108℃ until the late Early Cretaceous before a period of cooling and exhumation occurred at 114 and 106 Ma.

  8. Phanerozoic polycyclic evolution of the southwestern Angola margin: New insights for apatite fission track and (U-Th)/He methodologies

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    Venancio da Silva, Bruno; Hackspacher, Peter; Carina Siqueira Ribeiro, Marli; Glasmacher, Ulrich Anton

    2016-04-01

    The low-temperature thermochronology has been an important tool to quantify geological process in passive continental margins. In this context, the Angolan margin shows evidence of a polycyclic post-rift evolution marked by different events of uplift, basin inversion and changes in sedimentation rates to the marginal basins, which have controlled the salt tectonics and the hydrocarbon deposits (1,2,3,4). To understand the post break-up evolution of the southwestern Angola margin, it were collected outcrop samples for apatite fission track (AFT) and (U-Th)/He analysis ranging in elevation from 79 m to 1675 m from the coast toward the interior plateau in a profile between Namibe and Lubango cities. The area lies on the edge of Central and Southern Atlantic segments a few kilometers northward the Walvis ridge and encompasses the Archean and Proterozoic basement rocks of the Congo craton. The AFT ages ranging from 120.6 ± 8.9 Ma to 328.8 ± 28.5 Ma and they show a trend of increasing age toward the Great Escarpment with some exceptions. The partial mean track lengths (MTLs) vary between 11.77 ± 1.82 μm to 12.34 ± 1.13 μm with unimodal track length distributions (TDLs). The partial (U-Th)/He ages ranging from 104.85 ± 3.15 Ma to 146.95 ± 4.41 Ma and show the same trend of increasing ages landward, little younger than the AFT ages, which could be interpreted as a fast exhumation episode in Late Jurassic - Early Cretaceous times. The thermal histories modelling has been constrained with the kinetic parameters Dpar (5) and c-axis angle (6) by the software Hefty (7). Both AFT and (U-Th)/He thermal histories modelling indicate three episodes of denudation/uplift driven cooling: (a) from Late Jurassic to Early Cretaceous, (b) a smallest one in the Late Cretaceous and (c) from Oligocene-Miocene to recent, which are compatible with geophysical data of the offshore Namibe basin that estimate the greater thickness of sediments formed in the first and third episodes

  9. Late stage thermal history of the Songliao Basin and its tectonic implications: Evidence from apatite fission track (AFT) analyses

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    2007-01-01

    Apatite Fission Track (AFT) data from the Songliao Basin indicates that the late stage tectonic movements in the Songliao Basin have zoning in space and episodes in time. The late stage tectonic movements started from the east part of the basin and migrated westward. AFT ages in the east part of the basin are older than those in the west part of the basin, suggesting that the uplift occurred earlier in the east than in the west. The denudation thickness in the east part of the basin is significantly greater than that in the centre and west. The thermal history evolved two episodes of rapid cooling and subsequent slow cooling processes. Age-depth relationship derived from the AFT data indicates a four-episode denudation history. Further Monte Carlo random simulation of the AFT data reveals the four changing points of the thermal evolution at 65 Ma, 43.5 Ma, 28 Ma and 15 Ma, respectively. The uplifting and denudation rates from different episodes of evolution are proportional to the plate convergence rate. Based on the above analyses and the regional geologic background, it is concluded that the late stage thermal events in the Songliao Basin are the far field response to the subduction of the Pacific Plate under the Eurasian Plate. The first episode of the rapid cooling probably started at the end of the Nenjiang Formation, climaxed at the end of the Cretaceous and ceased at the Late Eocene. The subsequent slow cooling lasts another 15 Ma. The first episode of the evolution is the far field response to the major episode of the Yanshan Movement and subsequent series of the tectonic reorganization, especially the directional change of the Pacific Movement and also the subduction of the Indian Plate underneath the Eurasian Plate. While the second episode of the evolution is the far field response to the extension and closure of the Sea of Japan. Extension led to the migration and converging of the mantle heat flow to the Sea of Japan and resulted in the rapid cooling

  10. Mesozoic exhumation in the coastal region of NW Iberia: Preliminary constraints from apatite fission-track cooling ages

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    Alvarez-Marrón, Joaquina; Barbero, Luis; Menéndez-Duarte, Rosana; Fernández, Susana

    2013-04-01

    Apatite fission-track (AFT) ages from the Iberian Massif, along the northern coastal region in Galicia are presented. The study aims at unravelling the exhumation history of this higher topography coastal region, the so-called Rías Altas region, next to the northern Iberian margin. The rough topography region is bound to the south by the WNW-ESE trending As Pontes dextral strike-slip fault zone. This fault was active since ca. 30 Ma (Rupelian) up to ca. 21 Ma (Aquitanian). The area comprises mainly Late Proterozoic to Paleozoic metamorphic and igneous rocks from the hinterland of the Variscan orogen. A N-S AFT ages profile from the coast to the southern block of the As Pontes fault reveal progressively younger ages toward the south with the oldest ages (242 ± 12 Ma) located near the coast and the youngest age being 124 ± 7 Ma. The AFT ages at both sides of the As Pontes fault in samples taken at the same elevation are similar within error (124 ± 7and 127 ± 7 Ma) indicating that this strike-slip fault did not cause significant differential exhumation during Oligocene-Early Miocene times. Another important feature shown by these data is that the age-elevation relationship (AER) is negative, the youngest ages being located at the highest elevation (ca. 1000 m. a. s. l). This agrees with recent published data from the easternmost part of the present study area and is an indication of Post-Early Cretaceous long residence time within the upper 2 or 3 km of the crust at temperatures lower than those of the apatite partial annealing zone (60 to 120°C). We interpret the registered exhumation history as mostly related to rifting processes in Pre-Early Cretaceous times. Possibly recording surface processes associated to the two stage rifting episodes in the Triassic and in the Late Jurassic-Early Cretaceous that culminated with formation of the north Iberian Margin. The negative AER suggests that since Early Cretaceous times the whole area underwent topographic changes

  11. Phanerozoic burial and exhumation history of southernmost Norway estimated from apatite fission-track analysis data and geological observations

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    Japsen, Peter; Green, Paul F.; Bonow, Johan M.; Chalmers, James A.; Rasmussen, Erik S.

    2016-04-01

    We present new apatite fission-track analysis (AFTA) data from 27 basement samples from Norway south of ~60°N. The data define three events of cooling and exhumation that overlap in time with events defined from AFTA in southern Sweden (Japsen et al. 2015). The samples cooled below palaeotemperatures of >100°C in a major episode of Triassic cooling as also reported by previous studies (Rohrman et al. 1995). Our study area is just south of the Hardangervidda where Cambrian sediments and Caledonian nappes are present. We thus infer that these palaeotemperatures reflect heating below a cover that accumulated during the Palaeozoic and Triassic. By Late Triassic, this cover had been removed from the Utsira High, off SW Norway, resulting in deep weathering of a granitic landscape (Fredin et al. 2014). Our samples were therefore at or close to the surface at this time. Palaeotemperatures reached ~80°C prior to a second phase of cooling and exhumation in the Jurassic, following a phase of Late Triassic - Jurassic burial. Upper Jurassic sandstones rest on basement near Bergen, NW of our study area (Fossen et al. 1997), and we infer that the Jurassic event led to complete removal of any remaining Phanerozoic cover in the region adjacent to the evolving rift system prior to Late Jurassic subsidence and burial. The data reveal a third phase of cooling in the early Miocene when samples that are now near sea level cooled below palaeotemperatures of ~60°C. For likely values of the palaeogeothermal gradient, such palaeotemperatures correspond to burial below rock columns that reach well above the present-day landscape where elevations rarely exceed 1 km above sea level. This implies that the present-day landscape was shaped by Neogene erosion. This is in agreement with the suggestion of Lidmar-Bergström et al. (2013) that the near-horizontal Palaeic surfaces of southern Norway are the result of Cenozoic erosion to sea level followed by uplift to their present elevations in a

  12. Uplift and denudation history of the eastern Dead Sea rift flank, SW Jordan: Evidence from apatite fission track thermochronometry

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    Feinstein, S.; Eyal, M.; Kohn, B. P.; Steckler, M. S.; Ibrahim, K. M.; Moh'd, B. K.; Tian, Y.

    2013-09-01

    Dead Sea rift (DSR), developed along the Dead Sea transform plate boundary, is characterized by salient flanks and morphotectonic asymmetry. Apatite fission track thermochronology (AFT) along ~1200 m high vertical profiles in Neoproterozoic basement and overlying Cambrian sandstone in southwestern Jordan is used to reconstruct timing, magnitude, and rate of uplift and denudation of the eastern DSR flank and examine its relationship to rift development and its flank landscape. Time-temperature models based on AFT data suggest three major Phanerozoic heating and cooling episodes, Late Paleozoic, Early Cretaceous, and Oligocene. The latest episode, on which this study focuses, indicates uplift of ~3.8±0.3 km under a moderate paleogeothermal gradient. About 40% of the uplift was tectonically driven with the remainder attributed to isostatic rebound in response to denudation and erosion. Models suggest that uplift commenced in the Oligocene with a considerable part occurring prior to development of the DSR, despite being ~200 km from the Red Sea-Gulf of Suez rift margin. Uplift is probably part of a regional rearrangement along the western Arabian platform margin occurring at the time of Red Sea rift initiation. Transition from primarily sedimentary layer stripping, most likely by scarp retreat, to one of dominantly incision of the underlying crystalline basement occurred in Late Miocene-Pliocene time following enhanced subsidence and development of a low base level in the DSR. Consequently, the magnitude of uplift by isostatic rebound due to incision exceeded lowering by surface truncation and increased summit elevation and riftward flexing of the flank.

  13. Apatite fission track dating and long-term landscape evolution of the South Atlantic passive continental margin in the region of the Sierras Septentrionales in eastern Argentina

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    Pfister, S.; Glasmacher, P. A.; Kollenz, S.

    2013-12-01

    To understand the evolution of the passive continental margin in Argentina apatite fission track dating is an appropriate method, which will lead to new conclusions in this area. The Tandilia System, also called Sierras Septentrionales, is located south of the Río de la Plato Craton in eastern Argentina in the state of Buenos Aires. North of the hills Salado basin is orientated whereas the Claromeó basin is located south of the mountain range. In contrary to most basins along the southamerican passive continental margin the Tandilia-System and the neighbouring basins trend perpendicular to the coast line. The topography ranges between 50 and 250m within the study area and is therefore fairly flat. The igneous-metamorphic basement is pre-proterozoic in age build up of mainly granitic-tonalitic gneisses, migmatites, amphibolites, some ultramafic rocks and granitoid plutons and is overlain by a series of Neoproterozoic to early Paleozoic sediments (Cingolani, 2010). The aim of the study is to evaluate the long-term landscape evolution of the passive continental margin in eastern Argentina in terms of thermal history and exhumation. For that purpose samples were taken from the Sierra Septentrionales basement analyzed for the apatite-FT method. The results so far indicate apatite fission track ages between 146.2 (10.1) Ma and 200.4 (12.7) Ma, which shows all samples have been reseted. Still ongoing length measurements will lead to 2D thermo kinematic Hefty (Ketcham, 2005; Ketcham et al., 2009; Ketcham, 2007) models. This will leads to further more insights on the cooling history and tectonic activities in the research area. References: Cingolani C. A. (2010): The Tandilia System of Argentina as a southern extension of the Río de la Plata craton: an overview. Int. J. Earth Sci. (Geol. Rundsch.) (2011) 100:221-242, doi 10.1007/s00531-010-0611-5. Ketcham, R. A. (2005): Forward and inverse modeling of low-temperature thermochronometry data, in Low

  14. Mesozoic and Cenozoic Cooling History of the Qiangtang Block, Northern Tibet, China: New Constraints from Apatite and Zircon Fission Track Data

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available This study used a new set of zircon and apatite fission track ages to quantitatively document the tectonic evolution and cooling histories of the Qiangtang block of the central Tibetan Plateau. The results indicate that the Qiangtang block underwent three cooling stages at ~148 - 73, ~50 - 20, and ~20 - 0 Ma. The three-stage cooling history and tectonic exhumation were controlled by the closure of the Bangong-Nujiang Suture during the Late Jurassic-Late Cretaceous, the India-Asia collision in the Paleogene, and the underthrusting of the India Plate during the Late Cenozoic. In addition to revealing the Late Jurassic-Late Cretaceous cooling events, the annealing patterns of the zircon fission track samples indicate different burial depths, which may help identify the Jurassic basin characteristics of the Qiangtang block. The apatite fission track (AFT ages range from 60 _ 5 Ma to 26 _ 3 Ma, with a mean age of 44 Ma. These ages indicate that the Cenozoic exhumation of the Qiangtang block may have started in the Eocene. Inverse modeling of the AFT data shows that the Qiangtang block had a relatively slow cooling rate of approximately 0.5 - _ Myr-1 from 50 to 20 Ma. After ~20 Ma, most of the samples show evidence for a rapid cooling stage with a cooling rate of 4 - _ Myr-1.

  15. The thermal history of the Miocene Ibar Basin (Southern Serbia): new constraints from apatite and zircon fission track and vitrinite reflectance data

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    Andrić Nevena; Fügenschuh Bernhard; Životić Dragana; Cvetković Vladica

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    The Ibar Basin was formed during Miocene large scale extension in the NE Dinaride segment of the Alpine- Carpathian-Dinaride system. The Miocene extension led to exhumation of deep seated core-complexes (e.g. Studenica and Kopaonik core-complex) as well as to the formation of extensional basins in the hanging wall (Ibar Basin). Sediments of the Ibar Basin were studied by apatite and zircon fission track and vitrinite reflectance in order to define thermal events during basin evolution. Vitrin...

  16. Spatial variation in exhumation rates across Ladakh and the Karakoram: New apatite fission track data from the Eastern Karakoram, NW India

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    Wallis, David; Carter, Andrew; Phillips, Richard J.; Parsons, Andrew J.; Searle, Michael P.

    2016-03-01

    Characterization of low-temperature cooling histories and associated exhumation rates is critical for deciphering the recent evolution of orogenic regions. However, these may vary significantly over relatively short distances within orogens. It is pertinent therefore to constrain cooling histories and hence exhumation rates across major tectonic boundaries. We report the first apatite fission track ages from the Karakoram Fault Zone in the Eastern Karakoram range, which forms part of the western margin of the Tibetan Plateau. Ten samples, from elevations of 3477-4875 m, have apatite fission track dates from 3.3 ± 0.3 Ma to 7.4 ± 1.1 Ma. The ages correspond to modeled average erosional exhumation rates of 0.67 + 0.27/-0.18 mm/yr across the Eastern Karakoram. The results are consistent with a trend northward from the Indus suture zone, across the Ladakh terrane and into the Karakoram, in which tectonic uplift associated with crustal thickening increases toward the north, raising elevation and promoting glaciation and generation of extreme relief. As a result, erosion and exhumation rates increase south to north. Present-day precipitation on the other hand varies little within the study area and on a larger scale decreases southwest to northeast across this portion of the orogen. The Eastern Karakoram results highlight the diverse patterns of exhumation driven by regional variations in tectonic response to collision along the western margin of Tibet.

  17. Preliminary calibration of fission-track zeta constant for NBS SRM 962a using fish canyon tuff apatite age standard

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    The Zeta method for the calibration of fission-track dating against other radiometric dating techniques has been described by Hurford and Green (1983). In this paper, the data for the Zeta calibration were obtained using 4π -Conversion Procedure (Suzuki et. al., 1984). The preliminary Zeta value determined from this work was found to be 224.52 ± 38.73, showing significant difference from values obtained by workers elsewhere using equivalent standard glass dosimeter. Factors that might have contributed to such discrepancy are discussed. From this study and work done by other fission-track workers, it is obvious that a wide range of Zeta values are in common use. However consistency in track-counting remains the prime factor for getting reliable ages for unknown samples

  18. Track shapes, etching characteristics and track density distribution on different planes of apatite

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    Studies concerning track shapes, etching characteristics and track density of fission particle tracks due to the spontaneous fission of uranium along various crystallographic planes of apatite are presented. The studies were carried out on large complete crystals as well as on small grains of apatite belonging to various geological origins. Three track types (hexagonal, pyramidal and needle type) have been identified along various crystallographic planes. (author)

  19. Long-term landscape evolution of the South Atlantic "passive" continental margin in Eastern Argentina using apatite fission-track thermochronology

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    Pfister, Sabrina; Kollenz, Sebastian; Glasmacher, Ulrich A.

    2015-04-01

    To understand the evolution of the "passive" continental margin in Argentina low temperature thermochronology is an appropriate method, which might lead to new insights in this area. The Tandilia System, also called Sierras Septentrionales, is located south of the Río de la Plato Craton in eastern Argentina in the state of Buenos Aires. North of the hills the Salado basin is located whereas the Claromecó basin is situated south of the mountain range. In contrary to most basins along the South American "passive" continental margin, the Tandilia-System and the neighbouring basins trend perpendicular to the coast line. The topography is fairly flat with altitudes up to 350 m. The igneous-metamorphic basement is pre-Proterozoic in age and build up of mainly granitic-tonalitic gneisses, migmatites, amphibolites, some ultramafic rocks and granitoid plutons. It is overlain by a series of Neoproterozoic to early Paleozoic sedimentary rocks (Cingolani 2011), like siliciclastic rocks, dolostones, shales and limestones (Demoulin 2005). The aim of the study is to quantify the long-term landscape evolution of the "passive" continental margin in eastern Argentina in terms of thermal, exhumation and tectonic evolution. For that purpose, samples were taken from the basement of the Sierra Septentrionales and analyzed with the apatite fission-track method. Further 2-D thermokinematic modeling was conducted with the computer code HeFTy (Ketcham 2005; Ketcham 2007; Ketcham et al. 2009). Because there are different hypotheses in literature regarding the geological evolution of this area two different models were generated, one after Demoulin et al. (2005) and another after Zalba et al.(2007). All samples were taken from the Neoproterozoic igneous-metamorphic basement. Apatite fission-track ages range from 101.6 (9.4) to 228.9 (22.3) Ma, and, therefore, are younger than their formation age, indicating all samples have been thermally reset. Six samples accomplished enough confined

  20. Cenozoic evolution of tectono-fluid and metallogenic process in Lanping Basin,western Yunnan Province, Southwest China: Constraints from apatite fission track data

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    LI Xiaoming; SONG Yougui

    2006-01-01

    Since the Mesozoic, abundant metal and salt deposits have been formed in the Lanping Basin, western Yunnan Province, Southwest China, constituting a well-known hydrothermal ore belt in China. Most of the deposits are meso-epithermal hydrothermal deposits. This paper preliminarily deals with the mineralization ages of hydrothermal deposits in the Lanping Basin by using the apatite fission track method, and integrates the spatial distribution of the deposits and their regional geological backgrounds, to give the preliminary viewpoints as follows: (1) the apatite fission track ages acquired range from 19.9 Ma to 52.8 Ma, much younger than those of their host strata, so they may be considered to be mineralization ages, which represent the late mineralization period; (2) the apatite fission track ages tend to become younger from the west to the middle of the basin, indicating that the latest evolution of tectono-fluid and/or metallogenic processes of the middle basin ended later than that in the west; (3) in the Paleogene, most of the Cu deposits were formed in the western part of the basin; (4) the major metallogenic processes occur between the Paleogene and the Neogene, because the eastern and western edges of the basin were subducted into and collided with its bilateral continental blocks, respectively, and the central fault was strongly activated, which led to the processes of large-scale ore-forming fluids, and their differentiation and transport because of the variation of their physical and chemical properties. Having been squeezed and uplifted, the Lanping Basin became an intermontane basin that contains many kinds of fluid traps resulting in the formation of different types of ore deposits (for example, Pb-Zn, Cu, Ag) of different scales in the middle of the basin. Simultaneously, the fluids with volatile elements such as Hg, Sb and As were transported upwards along the central fault system and diffused into its subordinate fractures, thus leading to the

  1. The post-orogenic evolution of the Northeast Greenland Caledonides constrained from apatite fission track analysis and inverse geodynamic modelling

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    Pedersen, Vivi Kathrine; Nielsen, S.B.; Gallagher, Kerry

    2012-01-01

    than 350 Ma, and the length distributions are predominantly narrow unimodal, with c-axis projected mean track lengths between 13.3 and 15.0 μm. The passive margin of Northeast Greenland differs from other studied passive margins in terms of AFT age trends, as we observe no correlation with elevation or...... deposition, and thermal histories are found by solving the one-dimensional transient conduction–advection heat equation. These thermal histories are used with the observed fission track data to constrain acceptable strain rate histories and exhumation paths. The results suggest that rifting has been focused...... flexural isostatic response to erosional unloading, we find no need for introducing post-rift related uplift mechanisms....

  2. Low-temperature exhumation history of Variscan-age rocks in the western Cantabrian Mountains (NW Spain) recorded by apatite fission-track data

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    Grobe, René W.; Alvarez-Marrón, Joaquina; Glasmacher, Ulrich A.; Menéndez-Duarte, Rosana

    2010-06-01

    This paper presents the first regional study of apatite fission-track (AFT) thermochronology to be undertaken in the western termination of the Cantabrian Mountains (NW Spain). The mountains reach elevations of over 2600 m along the northern coast of Spain and are comprised of a Variscan crustal section uplifted due to Cenozoic shortening along the northern Iberian Plate. The study constrains the pattern and history of exhumation within the Paleozoic bedrock over the past c. 240 Ma. Twenty-one apatite fission-track samples range in age from 246.7 (± 26.9) Ma to 78.1 (± 3.7) Ma, with mean track lengths between 10.4 (± 1.8) µm and 12.4 (± 1.4) µm. Time-temperature path modelling of the data indicates that different rates of continuous cooling took place during the three main tectonic events that affected the area. A rapid cooling event that ended by the Late Jurassic corresponds to topographic decay during unroofing of the Variscan orogen and the break-up of Pangea, and is responsible for the largest amount of exhumation. Westernmost samples cooled coinciding with rifting in the North Atlantic and Bay of Biscay during the Late Jurassic to Early Cretaceous. By about 100-80 Ma most samples had reached, or passed through, the upper boundary of the apatite partial annealing zone, which indicate that regional denudation has not exceeded c. 1.7 km since then, for geothermal gradients ≥ 27 °C/km and a surface temperature of 15 °C. Only three samples next to fault escarpments in the west cooled below 70 °C since 80 Ma, reaching below 65 °C before initiation of incipient subduction along the northern Iberian Margin by 46 Ma. An average cooling rate of ≤ 1 °C/Ma reflects latest denudation as the new mountainous relief developed since then due to shortening and incipient subduction associated with convergence along the northern Iberian Plate. The Cantabrian Mountains are one of the few natural examples of a coastal orogen in a juvenile stage of evolution.

  3. Post pan-african denudation history of southwestern Madagascar during the complex rift-drift evolution of the island: new aspects from titanite and apatite fission track analyses

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    Emmel, B.; Jacobs, J.

    2003-04-01

    Titanite and apatite fission track (FT) thermochronology from 53 basement outcrops in southwest Madagascar reveal a protracted post Pan-African history of extensional tectonism, denudation and sedimentation. The titanite FT ages range between 276 ± 14 Ma and 379 ± 38 Ma. Apatite FT ages vary between 117 ± 26 Ma and 379 ± 19 Ma with mean track length scattering between 11.7 ± 0.59 μm and 13.74 ± 0.21 μm. Combined titanite and apatite FT data were used to calculate denudation rates. Samples from the paleo western margin of Madagascar along the N-S striking Pan-African Ejeda shear zone give above-average denudation rates (100-205 mMa-1) during Carboniferous times. The shear zone was probably reactivated during this times. In contrast the calculated denudation rates for samples from the interior of the island are moderate (25-120 mMa-1). Vitrinite reflectance data from the Sakoa coal area as well as titanite and apatite FT data imply that during the Permo-Triassic rifting, the areas along the paleo western margin that previously underwent fast denudation were buried by a sedimentary cover of up to ˜4.5 km. At this time, a graben developed further inland along the NW-SE striking transcontinental Bongolava-Ranotsara shear zone (BRSZ). Modelled time-temperature paths indicate that the area within the BRSZ remained cool and unaffected since Carboniferous times whereas the samples northeast and southwest of the BRSZ suggest phases of differential cooling during Permian-Triassic times. Seismic data from the Morondava basin indicate that during the Middle Jurassic drift between Madagascar and East-Africa a rift jump towards the west occurred. Modelled time-temperature histories of basement units from the paleo western margin, buried during Permo Triassic times, were exhumed during Jurassic times. This is most probably related with the modified rift kinematics and the associated southwest migration of the margin. Modelled time-temperature paths of all samples from

  4. Multi-phase Uplift of the Indo-Burman Ranges and Western Thrust Belt of Minbu Sub-basin (West Myanmar): Constraints from Apatite Fission Track Data

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    Zhang, P.; Qiu, H.; Mei, L.

    2015-12-01

    The forearc regions in active continental margins are important keys to analysis geodynamic processes such as oceanic crust oblique subduction, mechanism of subduction zone, and sediments recycling. The West Myanmar, interpreted as forearc silver, is the archetype example of such forearc regions subordinate to Sunda arc-trench system, and is widely debated when and how its forearc regions formed. A total of twenty-two samples were obtained from the Indo-Burman Ranges and western thrust belt of Minbu Sub-basin along Taungup-Prome Road in Southwestern Myanmar (Figure 1), and five sandstone samples of them were performed at Apatite to Zircon, Inc. Three samples (M3, M5, and M11) collected from Eocene flysch and metamorphic core at the Indo-Burman Ranges revealed apatite fission track (AFT) ages ranging from 19 to 9 Ma and 6.5 to 2 Ma. Two samples (M20 and M21) acquired from the western thrust belt of Minbu Sub-basin yielded AFT ages ranging from 28 to 13.5 Ma and 7.5 to 3.5 Ma. Time-temperature models based on AFT data suggest four major Cenozoic cooling episodes, Late Oligocene, Early to Middle Miocene, Late Miocene, and Pliocene to Pleistocene. The first to third episode, models suggest the metamorphic core of the Indo-Burman Ranges has experienced multi-phase rapidly uplifted during the early construction of the forearc regions. The latest episode, on which this study focused, indicated a fast westward growth of the Palaeogene accretionary wedge and a eastward propagation deformation of folding and thrusting of the western thrust belt of Minbu Sub-basin. We argued that above multi-phase uplifted and deformation of the forearc regions were results of India/West Burma plate's faster oblique convergence and faster sedimentation along the India/Eurasia suture zone.

  5. Exhumation and erosion rates in southern Africa from apatite fission track and (U-Th)/He analysis: state of research, ongoing work and future perspectives

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    Wildman, M.; Beucher, R.; Brown, R. W.; Persano, C.; Stuart, F.

    2011-12-01

    .8 and 5 km. Up to now, five of these boreholes have been dated using (U-Th)/He on apatite. This borehole approach allows constraints to be placed on timing and amount of erosion even if the area experienced very little erosion, and critically to also obtain estimates of the palaeothermal gradient We present a first insight of the new U-Th/He ages obtained from these samples together with fission track ages and track length distributions. Modeling using QTQt is also presented and allows the T-t histories enable conclusions about the uplift history of the plateau to be drawn. New surface transects have also been sampled and are currently being processed for Fission-Track and (U-Th)/He analysis. Here we present a detailed summary map of all current available thermochronometry data and new samples available from south-Africa together with the key hypothesis to be tested.

  6. Application of fission track analysis to hydrocarbon exploration

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    The temperature range over which fission tracks in apatite show observable annealing effects coincides with that responsible for the maximum generation of liquid hydrocarbons. Work is currently in progress in a number of Australian and overseas sedimentary basins, applying Apatite Fission Track Analysis (AFTA) to investigate the thermal evolution of these hydrocarbon prospective regions

  7. Deciphering Past and Present Tectonics of the Rio Grande Rift in New Mexico Utilizing Apatite Fission Track Thermochronology, Geochronology, Quaternary Faulting, and Cross-Section Restoration

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    Ricketts, J. W.; Karlstrom, K. E.; Kelley, S. A.; Priewisch, A.; Crossey, L. J.; Asmerom, Y.; Polyak, V.; Selmi, M.

    2011-12-01

    The Rio Grande rift provides an excellent laboratory for understanding styles and processes of extensional tectonics, and their driving forces. We apply apatite fission track (AFT) thermochronology, geochronology, fracture analysis, and cross-section restoration to decipher past and present tectonics of the Rio Grande rift. AFT data has been compiled from rift flank uplifts along the Rio Grande rift in an attempt to recognize long wavelength spatial and temporal patterns. AFT ages record time of cooling of rocks below ~110°C and, when cooling is due to exhumation, age elevation traverses can record upward advection of rocks through paleo 110°C isotherms. The relatively passive sides of half-grabens (e.g. Manzanos and Santa Fe Range) preserve Laramide AFT ages ranging from 45-70 Ma, indicating they were cooled during the Laramide Orogeny and have remained cooler than 110°C since then. Rift flanks on the tectonically active sides of half-grabens, (e.g. Sierra Ladrones, Sandias, Taos Range, and Sierra Blanca) have AFT ages that range from 35 Ma to Mexico, indicates that it was rapidly unroofed between 20-10 Ma. Preliminary apatite helium data gives a similar age vs. elevation trend, but apatites have highly radiogenically damaged lattices and hence have corrected closure temperatures tens of degrees higher than AFT ages. The style of faulting at Ladron Peak is unusual because it is bounded by the anomalously low-angle (~15°) Jeter fault. In order to understand the evolution of faulting in this region, a balanced cross-section was constructed and restored to its pre-rift geometry. Our working hypothesis is that the low angle of the Jeter fault is most adequately explained by a rolling hinge model, where isostatic uplift causes progressive rotation of an initially steep (~60°) normal fault to shallower dips. Thirty km north of Ladron along the west side of the rift, Quaternary extensional faulting is evident in large travertine deposits at the Belen Quarry

  8. Thermal history and age of geological regions obtained by applying the fission track method in apatite samples; Historia termica e idades de regioes geologicas obtidas atraves de tracos de fissao em apatita

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    Soares, Cleber J.; Tello Saenz, Carlos A.; Balan, Ana M. Osorio A.; Dias, Airton N.C.; Novaes, Felipe P.; Oliveira, Roger D.; Barra, Beatriz C., E-mail: pccj13@yahoo.com.b, E-mail: amoa@fct.unesp.b [UNESP, Presidente Prudente, SP (Brazil). Dept. de Fisica, Quimica e Biologia

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    The objective of this work is dating apatite samples using the Fission Track Method (FTM). Samples were collected from different altitudes in Serra da Mantiqueira (Brazil): High Mantiqueira (above 1,000 m) and Low Mantiqueira (below 1,000 m). Data obtained for the ages and thermal history of the samples via FTM have been interpreted and, according to the geological point of view, can be associated with the uplifting of Serra da Mantiqueira after the opening of the Atlantic Ocean

  9. Thermal history from Pocos de Caldas alkaline massif, SP/MG , Brazil and dyke rich margins using apatite fission track analysis

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    The South American Platform in southeastern Brazil records a long history of tectonic magmatic and uplift events, which resulted from the opening of the South Atlantic Ocean, Cretaceous reactivation and epirogeneic processes. Specific manifestations include the basic magmatism of the Serra Geral Formation of the Parana Basin and alkaline magmatism of Pocos de Caldas - Cabo Frio Lineament, as well as the uplift of the Serra da Mantiqueira and Serra do Mar mountain ranges. Thermo tectonic and geochronological studies using the K-Ar method and apatite fission track analysis in samples of the Pocos de Caldas alkaline massif show an initial evolution beginning 89 Ma related to a tectonic uplift, interpreted as related to the intrusion's doming. This was followed by an important episode of rapid cooling related to the formation of the massif. At the same time, the mountains that surround the massif record heating events in response to the alkaline intrusion, between 70 and 50 Ma. Periods of slow uplift, probably related to the South American Erosion Cycle (between 50 and 30 Ma) and Velhas Erosion Cycle (from 25 Ma), indicate a strong manifestation of denudation in this area. (author)

  10. Thermal history of the Jurassic Strata in the Northern Tianshan and its geological significance, revealed by apatite fission-track and vitrinite-reflectance analysis

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    Zhang, Z.C.; Guo, Z.J.; Wu, C.D.; Fang, S.H. [Peking University, Beijing (China)

    2007-07-15

    Apatite fission track (AFT) dating is carried on 18 samples collected from Shichang-Manas, Anjihai river and Sikesu area of the Northern margin of Tianshan. Vitrinite reflectance (R{sub o}) data of 10 samples from the Triassic to Jurassic coal seam were obtained to provide maximum paleotemperatures for the stratigraphic strata experiencing. The data suggest that maximum burial and thermal maturity of the Triassic and lower Jurassic rocks occurred at Late Jurassic to Early Cretaceous, and then retained at the same depth till Miocene. This history is consistent with the AFT modeling result of the underlying granite. The cooling of Late Jurassic to Early Cretaceous can be typically interpreted as the result of decreasing of paleothermal gradient at the Cretaceous. The burial and heating of the Middle Jurassic rocks preserved for a long time until late Oligocene. All AFT samples show evidence for Miocene rapid cooling, beginning at about 10 Ma. This cooling is typically interpreted as the result of uplift and erosion of overlying strata. Miocene cooling of Mesozoic and Paleozoic granite suggests that uplift of the northern Tianshan occurred significantly later than previously proposed and is consistent with timing of intense deformation in the southwestern Junggar basin.

  11. Denudation and uplift of the Mawson Escarpment (eastern Lambert Graben, Antarctica) as indicated by apatite fission track data and geomorphological observation

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    Lisker, F.; Gibson, H.; Wilson, C.J.; Läufer, A.

    2007-01-01

    Analysis of three vertical profiles from the southern Mawson Escarpment (Lambert Graben) reveals apatite fission track (AFT) ages ranging from 102±20 to 287±23 Ma and mean lengths of 12.2 to 13.0 μm. Quantitative thermal histories derived from these data consistently indicate onset of slow cooling below 110°C began sometime prior to 300 Ma, and a second stage of rapid cooling from paleotemperatures up to ≤100°C to surface temperatures occurred in the Late Cretaceous – Paleocene. The first cooling phase refers to Carboniferous – Jurassic basement denudation up to 5 km associated with the initial rifting of the Lambert Graben. The presence of the ancient East Antarctic Erosion Surface and rapid Late Cretaceous – Paleocene cooling indicate a second denudational episode during which up to 4.5 km of sedimentary cover rocks were removed, and that is likely linked to the Cretaceous Gondwana breakup between Antarctica and India and subsequent passive continental margin formation.

  12. Mesozoic exhumation history and palaeolandscape of the Iberian Massif in eastern Galicia from apatite fission-track and (U+Th)/He data

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    Grobe, R. W.; Alvarez-Marrón, J.; Glasmacher, U. A.; Stuart, F. M.

    2014-03-01

    Apatite fission-track (AFT) and (U+Th)/He (AHe) data, combined with time-temperature inverse modelling, reveal the cooling and exhumation history of the Iberian Massif in eastern Galicia since the Mesozoic. The continuous cooling at various rates correlates with variation of tectonic boundary conditions in the adjacent continental margins. The data provide constraints on the 107 timescale longevity of a relict paleolandscape. AFT ages range from 68 to 174 Ma with mean track lengths of 10.7 ± 2.6 to 12.6 ± 1.8 μm, and AHe ages range from 73 to 147 Ma. Fastest exhumation (≈0.25 km/Ma) occurred during the Late Jurassic to Early Cretaceous main episode of rifting in the adjacent western and northern margins. Exhumation rates have decreased since then and have been approximately one order of magnitude lower. Across inland Galicia, the AFT data are consistent with Early Cretaceous movement on post-Variscan NE trending faults. This is coeval with an extensional episode offshore. The AHe data in this region indicate less than 1.7 km of denudation in the last 100 Ma. This low exhumation suggests the attainment of a mature landscape during Late Cretaceous post-rift tectonic stability, whose remains are still preserved. The low and steady rate of denudation prevailed across inland Galicia despite minor N-S shortening in the northern margin since ≈45 Ma ago. In north Galicia, rock uplift in response to NW strike-slip faulting since Early Oligocene to Early Miocene has caused insufficient exhumation (<3 km) to remove the Mesozoic cooling signal recorded by the AFT data.

  13. Phanerozoic brittle tectonics in the South American Continental Platform, Southeast Brazil: new insights from fission track studies on apatite in reactivated fault zones

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    Apatite Fission Track Method (FTM) studies were performed on samples coming from two different fault domains in the Precambrian basement of southeast Brazil in order to evaluate subsequent Phanerozoic tectonic movements in that part of the South American Platform. The samples studied were collected along brittle faults in the Mantiqueira mountain range and in the Jundiai upland plain (Braganca Paulista and Extrema), approximately 100 km northeast of Sao Paulo, Brazil. The results of paleostress analysis, as well as the presence of as pseudotachylyte material in the reactivated fault zones, indicates a rapid strain rate and high frictional temperature along these faults. The recognition of deformation related to this brittle tectonic regime is of key importance for the reconstruction of Paleozoic and Mesozoic tectonic evolution of the South American Platform. The causal effects of these tectonic readjustments of cratonic rocks during the breakup of West-Gondwana during the Cretaceous and also in younger geological history, are some of the key parameters for understanding the Phanerozoic evolution of the Mantiqueira mountain range. Our FTM data shows the oldest regional thermal histories are recorded in the Jundiai upland plain beginning in the Upper Triassic (∼190 Ma) at 50 deg C, indicating a rapid cooling that is coincident with the tectonic subsidence of the Parana Basin and, probably, the uplift and preservation of Gondwana surface. These data also show slow linear heating (between 50 to 90 deg C) of the southeastern Brazilian margin up to the Lower Cretaceous (∼120 Ma). This phenomenon could either be related to migration of the Trindade plume, or extensional/compressional movements. At ∼120 Ma a structural inversion occurred and the previous slow linear heating was replaced by slow linear cooling (from 90 to 25 deg C) that has persisted up to the present time. Locally, in the younger fault domain, in the Mantiqueira Range near Extrema, fission tracks

  14. Phanerozoic brittle tectonics in the South American Continental Platform, Southeast Brazil: new insights from fission track studies on apatite in reactivated fault zones

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    Ribeiro, Luiz Felipe Brandini; Hackspacher, Peter Christian [UNESP, Rio Claro, SP (Brazil). Inst. de Geociencias e Ciencias Exatas]. E-mail: lfbrv@yahoo.com.br; Saenz, Carlos Alberto Tello; Iunes, Pedro Jose; Hadler Neto, Julio Cesar [Universidade Estadual de Campinas, SP (Brazil). Instituto de Fisica Gleb Wataghin; Paulo, Sergio R. [Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso, Cuiaba, MT (Brazil). Inst. de Ciencias Exatas e da Terra. Dept. de Fisica

    2005-06-15

    Apatite Fission Track Method (FTM) studies were performed on samples coming from two different fault domains in the Precambrian basement of southeast Brazil in order to evaluate subsequent Phanerozoic tectonic movements in that part of the South American Platform. The samples studied were collected along brittle faults in the Mantiqueira mountain range and in the Jundiai upland plain (Braganca Paulista and Extrema), approximately 100 km northeast of Sao Paulo, Brazil. The results of paleostress analysis, as well as the presence of as pseudotachylyte material in the reactivated fault zones, indicates a rapid strain rate and high frictional temperature along these faults. The recognition of deformation related to this brittle tectonic regime is of key importance for the reconstruction of Paleozoic and Mesozoic tectonic evolution of the South American Platform. The causal effects of these tectonic readjustments of cratonic rocks during the breakup of West-Gondwana during the Cretaceous and also in younger geological history, are some of the key parameters for understanding the Phanerozoic evolution of the Mantiqueira mountain range. Our FTM data shows the oldest regional thermal histories are recorded in the Jundiai upland plain beginning in the Upper Triassic ({approx}190 Ma) at 50 deg C, indicating a rapid cooling that is coincident with the tectonic subsidence of the Parana Basin and, probably, the uplift and preservation of Gondwana surface. These data also show slow linear heating (between 50 to 90 deg C) of the southeastern Brazilian margin up to the Lower Cretaceous ({approx}120 Ma). This phenomenon could either be related to migration of the Trindade plume, or extensional/compressional movements. At {approx}120 Ma a structural inversion occurred and the previous slow linear heating was replaced by slow linear cooling (from 90 to 25 deg C) that has persisted up to the present time. Locally, in the younger fault domain, in the Mantiqueira Range near Extrema

  15. Constraining the age and magnitude of uplift in the northern National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPRA)-apatite fission-track analysis of samples from three wells

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    Houseknecht, David W.; Bird, Kenneth J.; O'Sullivan, Paul

    2011-01-01

    A broad, post-mid-Cretaceous uplift is defined in the northern National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPRA) by regional truncation of Cretaceous strata, thermal maturity patterns, and amounts of exhumation estimated from sonic logs. Apatite fission-track (AFT) analysis of samples from three wells (South Meade No. 1, Topagoruk No. 1, and Ikpikpuk No. 1) across the eastern flank of the uplift indicates Tertiary cooling followed by Quaternary heating. Results from all three wells indicate that cooling, presumably caused by uplift and erosion, started about 75-65 Ma (latest Cretaceous-earliest Tertiary) and continued through the Tertiary Period. Data from South Meade indicate more rapid cooling after about 35-15 Ma (latest Eocene-middle Miocene) followed by a significant increase in subsurface temperature during the Quaternary, probably the result of increased heat flow. Data from Topagoruk and Ikpikpuk include subtle evidence of accelerated cooling starting in the latest Eocene-middle Miocene and possible evidence of increased temperature during the Quaternary. Subsurface temperature perturbations related to the insulating effect of permafrost may have been responsible for the Quaternary temperature increase at Topagoruk and Ikpikpuk and may have been a contributing factor at South Meade. Multiple lines of geologic evidence suggest that the magnitude of exhumation resulting from uplift and erosion is 5,000-6,500 ft at South Meade, 4,000-5,500 ft at Topagoruk, and 2,500-4,000 ft at Ikpikpuk. The results from these wells help to define the broad geometry of the uplift, which increases in magnitude from less than 1,000 ft at the Colville River delta to perhaps more than 7,000 ft along the northwestern coast of NPRA, between Point Barrow and Peard Bay. Neither the origin nor the offshore extent of the uplift, west and north of the NPRA coast, have been determined.

  16. Post break-up tectonic inversion across the southwestern cape of South Africa: New insights from apatite and zircon fission track thermochronometry

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    Wildman, Mark; Brown, Roderick; Watkins, Ron; Carter, Andrew; Gleadow, Andrew; Summerfield, Michael

    2015-07-01

    The south-west African margin is regarded as an example of a passive continental margin formed by continental rifting following a phase of lithospheric extension and thinning. Recent attention focused on this margin has included theoretical modelling studies of rift processes, plate kinematic studies of the opening geometry and timing, and empirical studies focused on documenting the crustal structure and offshore sedimentary record. Here, we examine the onshore geomorphic and tectonic response to rifting and breakup, with a specific focus on the SW Cape of South Africa. We present 75 new apatite and 8 new zircon fission track analyses from outcrop samples and onshore borehole profiles along the western margin of South Africa. The data are used to derive robust thermal histories that record two discrete phases of accelerated erosional cooling during the Early Cretaceous (150-130 Ma) and Late Cretaceous (100-80 Ma), respectively. Both periods of enhanced erosion are regional in extent, involved km-scale erosion, and extend well inland of the current escarpment zone, albeit with spatially variable intensity and style. The Late Cretaceous episode is also expressed more locally by tectonic reactivation and inversion of major faults causing km-scale differential displacement and erosion. The new AFT data do not exclude the possibility of modest surface uplift occurring during the Cenozoic, but they restrict the depth of regional Cenozoic erosion on the western margin to less than c. 1 km. The inferred pattern and chronology of erosion onshore is consistent with the key features and sediment accumulation patterns within the offshore Orange and Bredasdorp basins. It is suggested that the Late Cretaceous event was triggered by a combination of regional dynamic uplift augmented along the western margin and in the SW Cape by local tectonic forces arising from dextral displacement of the Falkland Plateau along the Falkland-Agulhas Fracture Zone.

  17. Apatite fission-track evidence for regional exhumation in the subtropical Eocene, block faulting, and localized fluid flow in east-central Alaska

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    Dusel-Bacon, Cynthia; Bacon, Charles R.; O'Sullivan, Paul B.; Day, Warren C.

    2016-01-01

    The origin and antiquity of the subdued topography of the Yukon–Tanana Upland (YTU), the physiographic province between the Denali and Tintina faults, are unresolved questions in the geologic history of interior Alaska and adjacent Yukon. We present apatite fission-track (AFT) results for 33 samples from the 2300 km2 western Fortymile district in the YTU in Alaska and propose an exhumation model that is consistent with preservation of volcanic rocks in valleys that requires base level stability of several drainages since latest Cretaceous–Paleocene time. AFT thermochronology indicates widespread cooling below ∼110 °C at ∼56–47 Ma (early Eocene) and ∼44–36 Ma (middle Eocene). Samples with ∼33–27, ∼19, and ∼10 Ma AFT ages, obtained near a major northeast-trending fault zone, apparently reflect hydrothermal fluid flow. Uplift and erosion following ∼107 Ma magmatism exposed plutonic rocks to different extents in various crustal blocks by latest Cretaceous time. We interpret the Eocene AFT ages to suggest that higher elevations were eroded during the Paleogene subtropical climate of the subarctic, while base level remained essentially stable. Tertiary basins outboard of the YTU contain sediment that may account for the required >2 km of removed overburden that was not carried to the sea by the ancestral Yukon River system. We consider a climate driven explanation for the Eocene AFT ages to be most consistent with geologic constraints in concert with block faulting related to translation on the Denali and Tintina faults resulting from oblique subduction along the southern margin of Alaska.

  18. Tectonic and thermal history of the western Serrania del Interior foreland fold and thrust belt and Guarico Basin, north central Venezuela: Implications of new apatite fission track analysis and seismic interpretation

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    Perez de Armas, Jaime Gonzalo

    Structural analysis, interpretation of seismic reflection lines, and apatite fission-track analysis in the Western Serrania del Interior fold and thrust belt and in the Guarico basin of north-central Venezuela indicate that the area underwent Mesozoic and Tertiary-to-Recent deformation. Mesozoic deformation, related to the breakup of Pangea, resulted in the formation of the Espino graben in the southernmost portion of the Guarico basin and in the formation of the Proto-Caribbean lithosphere between the diverging North and South American plates. The northern margin of Venezuela became a northward facing passive margin. Minor normal faults formed in the Guarico basin. The most intense deformation took place in the Neogene when the Leeward Antilles volcanic island arc collided obliquely with South America. The inception of the basal foredeep unconformity in the Late Eocene-Early Oligocene marks the formation of a perisutural basin on top of a buried graben system. It is coeval with minor extension and possible reactivation of Cretaceous normal faults in the Guarico basin. It marks the deepening of the foredeep. Cooling ages derived from apatite fission-tracks suggest that the obduction of the fold and thrust belt in the study area occurred in the Late Oligocene through the Middle Miocene. Field data and seismic interpretations suggest also that contractional deformation began during the Neogene, and specifically during the Miocene. The most surprising results of the detrital apatite fission-track study are the ages acquired in the sedimentary rocks of the easternmost part of the study area in the foreland fold and thrust belt. They indicate an Eocene thermal event. This event may be related to the Eocene NW-SE convergence of the North and South American plates that must have caused the Proto-Caribbean lithosphere to be shortened. This event is not related to the collision of the arc with South America, as the arc was far to the west during the Eocene.

  19. Thermal modeling and geomorphology of the south border of the Sao Francisco Craton: thermochronology by fission tracks in apatites;Modelagem termica e geomorfologia da borda sul do Craton do Sao Francisco: termocronologia por tracos de fissao em apatita

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    Hackspacher, Peter Christian [UNESP, Rio Claro, SP (Brazil). Inst. de Geociencias e Ciencias Exatas; Godoy, Daniel Francoso de; Franco, Ana Olivia Barufi [UNESP, Rio Claro, SP (Brazil). Pos-Graduacao em Geologia Regional; Ribeiro, Luiz Felipe Brandini [NUCLEARGEO, Rio Claro, SP (Brazil); Hadler Neto, Julio Cesar [Universidade Estadual de Campinas (IFGW/UNICAMP), SP (Brazil). Inst. de Fisica Gleb Wataghin

    2007-12-15

    Recent developments in Fission Track thermochronology associated to mesozoic-cenozoic erosion and tectonic presented trough thematic maps (isotemperature), permit to model the landscape evolution in the southern border of the Sao Francisco craton, southeastern Brazil. Paleotemperature, obtained by fission track analysis in apatite, is closely related to geomorphologic interpretations. The area suffered a complex imprint of endogenous and exogenous processes resulting diversified and differentiated relieves. The landscape is strongly controlled by exhumation between Jurassic and Lower Cretaceous, uplift with tectonic denudation related to crustal heating at the Upper Cretaceous and reactivation of faults until the Miocene. This scenario is a result of reactivations of different brittle structures that accommodate the deformation in the southern border of the Sao Francisco craton. The landscape reflects denudations of up to 3 km with preserved remains of erosive surfaces in the topographical tops and chronocorrelates deposits in the basins of the region. (author)

  20. The complex post-rift evolution of the South Atlantic margin, South Africa: new insights from joint inversion of apatite (U-Th)/He and fission track thermochronometry.

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    Wildman, Mark; Brown, Roderick; Persano, Cristina; Beucher, Romain; Stuart, Finlay

    2013-04-01

    The continental edge of southwestern Africa has long been seen as a type example of a high elevation passive margin, with its characteristic topography forming during or shortly after rifting (c. 130 Ma). Recent work along the South Atlantic passive margin has highlighted the importance of interactions between rift-tectonics, mantle flow and dynamic topography on controlling margin evolution, however, the temporal relationship between these processes is still poorly understood. There is now increasing evidence from satellite imagery, onshore field observations (e.g. Viola et al., 2012) and offshore sedimentary basin analysis (e.g. Hirsch et al., 2010) that suggests that these processes have resulted in a much more complex structural and thermal history along the margin than previously thought. A critical step towards developing a better understanding of the post-rift evolution of this margin is to quantify the surface response (i.e. uplift and erosion) to these major structural and thermal events. Apatite fission track analysis (AFTA) has been used world-wide as a powerful means of extracting quantitative constraints on the timing and rate of major episodes of onshore denudation. Previous AFTA studies in SW Africa have identified two distinct cooling events occurred during early and late Cretaceous, respectively. However, in places AFT ages vary significantly over relatively short distances and this has been interpreted to indicate local differential erosion levels controlled by tectonic displacements related to fault reactivation. A limitation of the AFT system is that it is sensitive to a temperature range of c. 120-60°C and therefore is unable to evaluate the magnitude of denudation episodes where the amounts are less than c. 1.5-2 km. So while the Cretaceous history of erosion is well established from existing AFTA data, the details of the timing and amount of erosion occurring during the Cenozoic remain relatively poorly constrained. The apatite (U

  1. The chronology and tectonic style of landscape evolution along the elevated Atlantic continental margin of South Africa resolved by joint apatite fission track and (U-Th-Sm)/He thermochronology

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    Wildman, Mark; Brown, Roderick; Beucher, Romain; Persano, Cristina; Stuart, Fin; Gallagher, Kerry; Schwanethal, James; Carter, Andrew

    2016-03-01

    Atlantic-type continental margins have long been considered "passive" tectonic settings throughout the entire postrift phase. Recent studies question the long-term stability of these margins and have shown that postrift uplift and reactivation of preexisting structures may be a common feature of a continental margin's evolution. The Namaqualand sector of the western continental margin of South Africa is characterized by a ubiquitously faulted basement but lacks preservation of younger geological strata to constrain postrift tectonic fault activity. Here we present the first systematic study using joint apatite fission track and apatite (U-Th-Sm)/He thermochronology to achieve a better understanding on the chronology and tectonic style of landscape evolution across this region. Apatite fission track ages range from 58.3 ± 2.6 to 132.2 ± 3.6 Ma, with mean track lengths between 10.9 ± 0.19 and 14.35 ± 0.22 µm, and mean (U-Th-Sm)/He sample ages range from 55.8 ± 31.3 to 120.6 ± 31.4 Ma. Joint inverse modeling of these data reveals two distinct episodes of cooling at approximately 150-130 Ma and 110-90 Ma with limited cooling during the Cenozoic. Estimates of denudation based on these thermal histories predict approximately 1-3 km of denudation coinciding with two major tectonic events. The first event, during the Early Cretaceous, was driven by continental rifting and the development and removal of synrift topography. The second event, during the Late Cretaceous, includes localized reactivation of basement structures as well as regional mantle-driven uplift. Relative tectonic stability prevailed during the Cenozoic, and regional denudation over this time is constrained to be less than 1 km.

  2. Titanite and apatite fission track analyses on basement rocks of central-southern Madagascar: constraints on exhumation and denudation rates along the eastern rift shoulder of the Morondava basin

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    Emmel, B.; Jacobs, J.; Razakamanana, T.

    2004-03-01

    Titanite and apatite fission-track (FT) thermochronology from basement rocks in central-southern Madagascar reveals a protracted post Late Neoproterozoic/Early Cambrian history of extensional tectonism, denudation and sedimentation. Titanite FT ages range between 379 ± 38 and 276 ± 17 Ma and apatite FT ages vary between 379 ± 19 and 150 ± 8 Ma. Combined titanite and apatite FT data from the western palaeo margin of Madagascar suggest denudation rates of ˜200-100 mMa -1 during Carboniferous times. The Late Neoproterozoic/Early Cambrian Ejeda shear zone was probably reactivated during this time. In contrast, for the same period denudation rates inland are ˜110-25 mMa -1. During Permo-Triassic rifting, areas that previously underwent fast denudation were buried by sedimentary cover up to ˜4.5 km. At this time, a graben developed along the transcontinental Bongolava-Ranotsara shear zone (BRSZ). Graben faults are exposed at the northeastern graben shoulder. Identical titanite and apatite FT ages close to the BRSZ indicate rapid cooling associated with fluid circulation during Early Permian times. The initial Gondwana break-up during Middle Jurassic times and the drift of Madagascar along the Davie transform fault did not significantly influence the FT data and had only minor geomorphic impact in the study area. Only the far southwestern part of the island is characterised by a higher degree of denudation (max. ˜3.5 km) during Early Jurassic times. Early Cretaceous and Cenozoic volcanic activity affected the apatite FT data from southern Madagascar. Modelled time-temperature ( T- t) paths argue for a reheating of samples from southern Madagascar to temperatures of ˜60-80 °C during the times of magmatism, before final cooling to surface temperatures.

  3. Dynamic of an intra-continental orogenic prism: thermo-chronologic (apatite fission tracks) and tectonic evolution of the axial zone and the piedmont of the west-central Pyrenees

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    This work illustrates the application of thermo chronology to the study of the following geologic issue: the tectonic evolution of the Pyrenean oncologic prism. Thermo-chronology gives information on the vertical movements at the scale of geological eras. Thermo-chronology is based on the following principle: the decay of a nucleus gives birth to a daughter nucleus. Above a specific temperature named closure temperature, the daughter element can diffuse outside the system while below the closure temperature, diffusion is not possible. Consequently thermo-chronology can be considered to date the moment when a mineral goes below a a specific closure temperature. Minerals have different closure temperatures and so by using a suite of thermo-chronometers on a single sample, its cooling path through the crust can be reconstructed. This work focuses on apatite fission track (AFT)analysis which is a low temperature thermo-chronometer. In apatites the temperature range between 60 and 120 Celsius degrees corresponds to the partial annealing zone. The spontaneous fission of one U238 nucleus entails the formation of one fission track. The determination of the initial quantity of U238 is based on the natural steady ratio U238/U235 which equals 137.88. The initial quantity of U235 is determined through the neutron irradiation of the sample. The knowledge of the initial quantity of U238 and the number of tracks in the sample allows the dating of the sample. In this work we combine AFT thermo- chronology with a detailed structural analysis to describe vertical movements related to the thrusting system evolution, and to determine the influence of the latter on the sedimentation/burial/exhumation cycle of the syn-orogenic deposits of the southern fore-land basin

  4. Fission-track ages from the Precambrian of Shropshire.

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    Naeser, C.W.; Toghill, P.; Ross, R.J., Jr.

    1982-01-01

    Four samples of Longmyndian and Uriconian strata from S of Shrewsbury, England have been processed for apatite and/or zircon fission-track ages. The resultant ages illustrate how depth of burial may affect fission-track ages. The analytical procedures followed were as described in Naeser (1979).-from Authors

  5. Apatite fission-track thermochronological constraints on the pattern of late Mesozoic-Cenozoic uplift and exhumation of the Qinling Orogen, central China

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    Chen, Hong; Hu, Jianmin; Wu, Guoli; Shi, Wei; Geng, Yingying; Qu, Hongjie

    2015-12-01

    The Qinling Orogen of central China was formed by intracontinental collision between the North and South China Blocks. The orogen comprises several micro-blocks bounded by sutures and faults, and has undergone long-term intracontinental deformation since the Late Triassic. The micro-blocks include the southern margin of the North China Block (S-NCB), the Northern Qinling Belt (NQB), the Southern Qinling Belt (SQB), and the northern margin of the South China Block (N-SCB). Under a uniform tectonic setting in late Mesozoic-Cenozoic, these micro-blocks have been subjected to a range of deformation styles, as demonstrated by their structural deformation, history of magmatism, and the development of sedimentary basins. To investigate the differences among the micro-blocks and to quantify their uplift and exhumation, we obtained 45 rock samples from eight Mesozoic granites in these micro-blocks, and conducted apatite fission-track (AFT) thermochronological modeling. The results reveal that the Qinling Orogen underwent four distinct stages of rapid cooling histories during the late Mesozoic-Cenozoic, and showed variation in uplift and exhumation whereby the intracontinental deformation started in the south (the N-SCB) and propagated to the north (S-NCB). In the first stage, during the Late Jurassic-Early Cretaceous (ca. 160-120 Ma), rock cooling occurred mainly in the N-SCB, attributed to the clockwise rotation and northward subduction of the South China Block beneath the Qinling Orogen. In the second stage, compression- and extension-related uplift was initiated during the late Early Cretaceous-early Late Cretaceous (ca. 120-90 Ma) in the SQB, consistent with the southward subduction of the North China Block and broadly extensional deformation in the eastern China continent. In the third stage, a gentle regional-scale cooling event that occurred during the latest Cretaceous-Paleocene (ca. 90-50 Ma) started in the NQB and became widespread in the Qinling Orogen. This

  6. Evolution of the South Atlantic passive continental margin and lithosphere dynamic movement in Southern Brazil derived from zircon and apatite (U-Th-Sm)/He and fission-track data

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    Krob, Florian; Stippich, Christian; Glasmacher, Ulrich A.; Hackspacher, Peter C.

    2016-04-01

    Passive continental margins are important geoarchives related to mantle dynamics, the breakup of continents, lithospheric dynamics, and other processes. The main concern yields the quantifying long-term lithospheric evolution of the continental margin between São Paulo and Laguna in southeastern Brazil since the Neoproterozoic. We put special emphasis on the reactivation of old fracture zones running into the continent and their constrains on the landscape evolution. In this contribution, we represent already consisting thermochronological data attained by fission-track and (U-Th-Sm)/He analysis on apatites and zircons. The zircon fission-track ages range between 108.4 (15.0) and 539.9 (68.4) Ma, the zircon (U-Th-Sm)/He ages between 72.9 (5.8) and 427.6 (1.8) Ma whereas the apatite fission-track ages range between 40.0 (5.3) and 134.7 (8.0) Ma, and the apatite (U-Th-Sm)/He ages between 32.1 (1.52) and 92.0 (1.86) Ma. These thermochronological ages from metamorphic, sedimentary and intrusive rocks show six distinct blocks (Laguna, Florianópolis, Curitiba, Ilha Comprida, Peruibe and Santos) with different evolution cut by old fracture zones. Furthermore, models of time-temperature evolution illustrate the differences in Pre- to post-rift exhumation histories of these blocks. The presented data will provide an insight into the complex exhumation history of the continental margin based on the existing literature data on the evolution of the Paraná basin in Brazil and the latest thermochronological data. We used the geological model of the Paraná basin supersequences (Rio Ivaí, Paraná, Gondwana I-III and Bauru) to remodel the subsidence and exhumation history of our consisting thermochronological sample data. First indications include a fast exhumation during the early Paleozoic, a slow shallow (northern blocks) to fast and deep (Laguna block) subduction from middle Paleozoic to Mesozoic time and a extremely fast exhumation during the opening of the South Atlantic

  7. Fission tracks - clock and thermometer for rock formations

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    The age of fission tracks and the thermal history are closely related. In addition, fission tracks have different sensitivities on different minerals (apatite, zirconium, titanite), and slight thermal alterations of the minerals can be detected by this method. The technique of fission track dating (Rb/Sr and K/Ar dating) is described and applied to the folding of the Alpine region and the heat-up of the Noerdlinger Ries region as a result of a meteorite impact. Fission track dating is a valuable aid in hydrocarbon prospecting. (DG)

  8. Meso-Cenozoic Uplifting of South Taihang Mountains:Constraints from Apatite Fission Track Data%南太行山中新生代隆升过程:磷灰石裂变径迹证据

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    李庶波; 王岳军; 张玉芝; 张立敏; 梁浩; 邱惟

    2015-01-01

    南太行山地区地处华北陆块中部,是研究华北岩石圈减薄、克拉通活化期间山脉隆升与剥露机制的理想场所。本文对太行山南麓的中生代岩浆岩和元古宙变质岩开展了磷灰石裂变径迹低温热年代学研究,获得了相关样品的磷灰石径迹年龄和径迹长度。研究表明,南太行山地区磷灰石裂变径迹表观年龄集中在75~32 Ma 之间,峰值径迹长度在11μm以上,为宽带单峰分布。综合考虑裂变径迹反演,南太行山地区初始隆升始于100 Ma 前,晚白垩世以来的剥蚀去顶量在3 km 以上。100~50 Ma 的构造抬升相对平静,50~40 Ma 及10 Ma 左右以来隆升速度加快,是太行山地区的主要隆升期。南太行山区域上表现为北早南晚的倾伏式差异隆升格局,其新生代隆升与华北东部同期的快速沉降相耦合。以上资料有利于更好认知华北陆块中–新生代冷却史及岩石圈减薄地表响应。%The South Taihang Mountains, tectonically located in the center of the North China Craton, was a stable tectonic zone during Paleoproterozoic and Early Mesozoic, but significantly reactivated since Late Triassic. It is an ideal area for better understanding of the mountain uplifting and unroofing during the Mesozoic lithospheric thinning of the North China Craton. This paper presents the results of our field investigations, apatite fission track dating, track length analysis and tectonothermal modeling of the Paleoproterozoic gneisses and Cretaceous diorite samples. The apatite fission track apparent ages of our samples range from 32 Ma to 75 Ma, significant younger than their corresponding ages of formation. The lengths of the fission tracks for each sample show a broad and unimodal pattern with the peak value of 11 μm. In combination with thermal simulation results and other geological observations, it is inferred that at least 3 km thick superficial materials of the South Taihang Mountains have been unroofed

  9. Detrital zircon and apatite fission track data in the Liaoxi basins: Implication to Meso-Cenozoic thermo-tectonic evolution of the northern margin of the North China Craton

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    Yi Yan; Xiaoqiong Hu; Ge Lin; Weiliang Liu; Zhengjiang Song

    2010-08-01

    Detrital zircon and apatite fission track (ZFT and AFT) data of the sandstones collected from the Liaoxi basins served as a significant probe to study the Meso-Cenozoic thermo-tectonic reactivation events in the northern margin of the North China Craton. All sandstones show wide ZFT and AFT age spectrum and most of ZFT and AFT ages are younger than depositional age of respective host rocks, which suggest widespread track resetting of the host rocks in the Liaoxi basins after deposition. This hot geothermal status in the Liaoxi basins deduced from ZFT and AFT data is temporal consistent with the lithospheric evolution of the North China Craton, which implies that the lithosphere under the northern margin of the North China Craton underwent similar thermo-tectonic destruction process as the intracratonic Bohai Sea. The young ZFT peak age, which ranges from ∼50Ma to 20 Ma, to some extend, provides a temporal constraint on the time that lithosphere significantly thinned and following reverse of the Liaoxi basins and uplift of the eastern part of the Yan-Liao Orogenic Belt. Exhumation of 1.5–2 km can be estimated in the eastern part of the Yan-Liao Orogenic Belt since ∼30Ma to 10 Ma.

  10. SAXS study on the morphology of etched and un-etched ion tracks in apatite

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Natural apatite samples were irradiated with 185 MeV Au and 2.3 GeV Bi ions to simulate fission tracks. The resulting track morphology was investigated using synchrotron small angle x-ray scattering (SAXS measurements before and after chemical etching. We present preliminary results from the SAXS measurement showing the etching process is highly anisotropic yielding faceted etch pits with a 6-fold symmetry. The measurements are a first step in gaining new insights into the correlation between etched and unetched fission tracks and the use of SAXS as a tool for studying etched tracks.

  11. A refinement of the chronology of rift-related faulting in the Broadly Rifted Zone, southern Ethiopia, through apatite fission-track analysis

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    Balestrieri, Maria Laura; Bonini, Marco; Corti, Giacomo; Sani, Federico; Philippon, Melody

    2016-03-01

    To reconstruct the timing of rift inception in the Broadly Rifted Zone in southern Ethiopia, we applied the fission-track method to basement rocks collected along the scarp of the main normal faults bounding (i) the Amaro Horst in the southern Main Ethiopian Rift and (ii) the Beto Basin in the Gofa Province. At the Amaro Horst, a vertical traverse along the major eastern scarp yielded pre-rift ages ranging between 121.4 ± 15.3 Ma and 69.5 ± 7.2 Ma, similarly to two other samples, one from the western scarp and one at the southern termination of the horst (103.4 ± 24.5 Ma and 65.5 ± 4.2 Ma, respectively). More interestingly, a second traverse at the Amaro northeastern terminus released rift-related ages spanning between 12.3 ± 2.7 and 6.8 ± 0.7 Ma. In the Beto Basin, the ages determined along the base of the main (northwestern) fault scarp vary between 22.8 ± 3.3 Ma and 7.0 ± 0.7 Ma. We ascertain through thermal modeling that rift-related exhumation along the northwestern fault scarp of the Beto Basin started at 12 ± 2 Ma while in the eastern margin of the Amaro Horst faulting took place later than 10 Ma, possibly at about 8 Ma. These results suggest a reconsideration of previous models on timing of rift activation in the different sectors of the Ethiopian Rift. Extensional basin formation initiated more or less contemporaneously in the Gofa Province (~ 12 Ma) and Northern Main Ethiopian Rift (~ 10-12 Ma) at the time of a major reorganization of the Nubia-Somalia plate boundary (i.e., 11 ± 2 Ma). Afterwards, rift-related faulting involved the Southern MER (Amaro Horst) at ~ 8 Ma, and only later rifting seemingly affected the Central MER (after ~ 7 Ma).

  12. Apatite fission track evidence for the Cretaceous-Cenozoic cooling history of the Qilian Shan (NW China) and for stepwise northeastward growth of the northeastern Tibetan Plateau since early Eocene

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    Qi, Bangshen; Hu, Daogong; Yang, Xiaoxiao; Zhang, Yaoling; Tan, Chengxuan; Zhang, Peng; Feng, Chengjun

    2016-07-01

    Apatite fission track (AFT) data from hinterland of the Qilian Shan at the northeastern margin of the Tibetan Plateau suggest this range has experienced northeastward propagation of surface uplift since early Eocene and that crustal shortening occurred in the Qilian Shan before the late Miocene. Thermochronometry data indicate that the Qilian Shan experienced a three-stage cooling history, including: (1) rapid initial cooling during Cretaceous; (2) a stage of slow cooling during late Cretaceous-early Eocene; and (3) rapid stepwise cooling in a southwestern-northeastern orientation since early Eocene. Cretaceous rapid cooling may be a record of the Lhasa block and Eurasian collision. Early Cretaceous denudation was followed by tectonic and quasi-isothermal quiescence that continued until early Eocene. Early Eocene rapid cooling in the South Qilian Shan may be the first far-field response in the Qilian Shan to the collision and convergence of the Indian and Eurasian continents. From late Eocene to middle Miocene, crustal shortening propagated into the Central Qilian Shan and North Qilian Shan and produced surface uplift of the entire Qilian Shan region before the late Miocene. This study provides a better understanding of the tectonic evolution of the Qilian Shan and when the far-field stress from the India-Eurasia collision into the northeastern Tibetan Plateau began.

  13. Fission-track dating using object-based image analysis

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    Full text: Geological dating with the help of fission track analysis is based on a time-consuming counting of the spontaneous and induced tracks in the minerals. Fission tracks are damage trails in minerals caused by fast charged particles, released in nuclear fission. In this study the 950;-method is used for fission-track dating. In order to determine the age, spontaneous tracks in the apatite and induced tracks in the muscovite external detector have to be counted. The automatic extraction and identification would not only improve the speed of track counting and eliminate the personal factor. Pixel values alone are not enough to distinguish between tracks and background. Traditional pixel based approaches are therefore inefficient for fission track counting. Image analysis based on objects, which include shape, texture and contextual information is a more promising method. A procedure for automatic object - based classification is used to extract the track objects. Resolving the individual tracks in a multi-track object is based on morphological operations. The individual track objects are skeletonized and the number of individual tracks in the object is counted by processing the skeletons. To give the right fission track age, there has to be a calibration of every single user manually counting the tracks. We calibrate the automatic approach for counting in the same way. Durango apatite standard samples are used to determine the 950;- and Z-calibration factor. The automatic approach is useful for counting tracks in apatite standards and induced tracks in muscovite external detectors where the quality and quantities of the etched tracks is high. Muscovite detectors irradiated against glasses can also be used to determine the thermal neutron fluence, which is necessary to determine an absolute age. These images are of high quality and free of disturbing background irregularities. Here the automatic approach is a practical alternative. However for natural samples

  14. Fission track studies of tektites

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    The fission track analysis method was used for the age determination of tektites. The tektite samples were obtained from Hainan Island and Leizhou Peninsula. The method consists in cutting and polishing two sections of a sample, irradiating one of these with a known thermal neutron flux (5.90 x 1015/cm2), etching each section identically with hydrofluoric acid, and then comparing the fission track densities in two cases with a microscope. Their fission track age is found to be around 0.7 Ma

  15. Surface fission tracks in diamond

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    Scanning Probe Microscope (SPM) images reveal important fingerprint features of latent tracks induced in diamond by fission fragments from a californium source. Collimated fission fragments with a binary distribution of the predominant energies of 79.4 and 103.8 MeV, are assumed. Cavities, reticular formations around these cavities, and black spots of graphite were found. A brief discussion on the possible track formation mechanism is given on the basis of the explosion spike theory; an attempt to determine latent track core and halo parameters is included

  16. Age of the Serra do Martins Formation, Borborema Plateau, northeastern Brazil: constraints from apatite and zircon fission track analysis; Idade da Formacao da Serra dos Martins, Planalto da Borborema, nordeste do Brasil: analise de tracos de fissao em apatia e zircao

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    Morais Neto, Joao Marinho de [PETROBRAS, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). E e P. Gerencia de Interpretacao], e-mail: jmarinho@PETROBRAS.com.br; Green, Paul Frank [Geotrack International Pty. Ltd., Brunswick West, Victoria (Australia)], e-mail: mail@geotrack.com.au; Karner, Garry David [ExxonMobil Upstream Research Co., Houston TX (United States)], e-mail: garry.d.karner@exxonmobil.com; Alkmin, Fernando Flecha de [Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto (UFOP), MG (Brazil). Escola de Minas], e-mail: alkmin@degeo.ufop.br

    2007-11-15

    Results of apatite and zircon fission track analysis of samples from the Serra de Santana mesa provide quantitative constraints on the depositional age of the nonfossiliferous Serra do Martins Formation. This unit consists of sedimentary remnants preserved at high elevations on the Borborema Plateau and its distributions and age are considered important in understanding the geomorphological evolution and denudation history of northeastern Brazil following the early Cretaceous breakup. We also report apatite fission track results from post-rift units of the Potiguar Basin (Acu and Tibau formations). Apatite fission track analysis (AFTA) of samples from the Serra do Martins Formation suggests that they reached maximum paleotemperatures around 60 deg C, from which they began to cool some time between 30 and 0 Ma. Due to the high thermal gradients related to the prolonged Cenozoic volcanism in the study area, we hypothesize that the paleotemperatures modeled for those samples may be related dominantly to an anomalous heat flow, rather than to significant burial. Zircon fission track analysis (ZFTA) in two samples of the Serra do Martins Formation yields ages of 135 {+-}18 Ma and 165{+-}40 Ma, but both samples show a significant spread in the data, and the youngest population of grains in these samples are characterized by ages of 83{+-} Ma and 65{+-} Ma, respectively. As the AFTA data show that these ages have not been reset after deposition, the zircon fission track ages must represent inherited provenance ages, demonstrating that those sediments can be no older than Paleocene. Independent lithological observations provide additional support to reject a stratigraphic correlation between the Serra do Martins and Acu formations. Combining the AFTA and ZFTA results, and integrating available geological evidence, we suggest that the Serra do Martins Formation was deposited some time between 64 and 25 Ma (Paleocene-Oligocene). Modeled thermal history solutions from AFTA in

  17. The latest progress of fission track analysis

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    Fission track analysis as a new nuclear track technique is based on fission track annealing in mineral and is used for oil and gas exploration successfully. The west part of China is the main exploration for oil and gas. The oil and gas basins there experienced much more complicated thermal history and higher paleotemperature. In order to apply fission track analysis to these basins, following work was be carried out: 1. The decomposition of grain age distribution of zircon fission tracks. 2. Study on thermal history of Ordos basin using zircon fission track analysis. 3. The fission track study on the Qiang Tang basin in tibet

  18. Fission track dating and thermal history of Habahe rock body in Altai

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    The fission track ages (FTA) of several apatite and zircon samples from Habahe rock body in Altai were determined. The FTA of apatites were 51.1-76.9 Ma, and FTA of zircons were 141-149 Ma. Modelling of the palaeo-temperature evolution [T(t)-path] of rock body relies on confined track length measurements and the annealing equations of Laslett et al. (1987). The thermal and uplift history of this region was discussed

  19. 山西吕梁山地区中-新生代隆升剥露过程:磷灰石裂变径迹证据%Mesozoic-Cenozoic Uplift-exhumation History in Luliangshan Area of Shanxi:Evidences from Apatite Fission Track

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    任星民; 朱文斌; 朱晓青; 王玺; 罗梦

    2015-01-01

    运用磷灰石裂变径迹热年代学方法研究了华北克拉通吕梁山地区前寒武系杂岩体及其周边盆地的构造热演化过程,这对于进一步探讨和认识华北克拉通演化和破坏等科学问题有重要意义.结果表明:山西吕梁山地区磷灰石裂变径迹年龄分布于40~138 Ma,记录了吕梁山地区早白垩世以来的冷却事件;裂变径迹年龄与海拔高程呈正相关关系,线性相关系数为0.789;磷灰石颗粒的围限径迹长度范围为10.62~12.99μm,远小于其初始长度(16.3μm),表明样品经历了长期的退火过程.磷灰石裂变径迹时间-温度模拟结果表明吕梁山地区经历了两期快速隆升:第1期冷却事件对应晚侏罗世—早白垩世吕梁山山体发生的剧烈冷却抬升,该事件使得样品进入部分退火带,随后长期处于部分退火带;第2期则表现为渐新世以来吕梁山地区出现伸展造山运动,与山西地堑系形成盆山耦合,山体快速隆升剥蚀.此外,中新世末(约9 Ma)以来,青藏高原快速隆升向东扩展的远程效应对吕梁山地区构造的影响不明显.%Tectonic-thermal evolution processes of Precambrian complex in Luliangshan area of North China Craton and its peripheral basin were studied by the means of apatite fission track thermochronology in order to further discuss and recognize the evolution and breakup of North China Craton.The results show that the apatite fission track ages in Luliangshan area of Shanxi are 40-138 Ma,recording the cooling events since Early Cretaceous;fission track ages are positively correlated with the altitudes,and the correlation coefficient is 0.789;the confined track lengths of apatite particles (10.62-12.99 μm)are much shorter than the original length (16.3μm),indicating that the samples suffer a long annealing process.The time-temperature simulation results of apatite fission track show that there are two rapid uplifts in Luliangshan area.For the

  20. The shape of ion tracks in natural apatite

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    Schauries, D., E-mail: daniel.schauries@anu.edu.au [Department of Electronic Materials Engineering, Research School of Physics and Engineering, The Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200 (Australia); Afra, B.; Bierschenk, T. [Department of Electronic Materials Engineering, Research School of Physics and Engineering, The Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200 (Australia); Lang, M. [Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (United States); Rodriguez, M.D. [Department of Electronic Materials Engineering, Research School of Physics and Engineering, The Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200 (Australia); Trautmann, C. [GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research, Planckstrasse 1, 64291 Darmstadt (Germany); Technische Universität Darmstadt, 64287 Darmstadt (Germany); Li, W.; Ewing, R.C. [Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (United States); Kluth, P. [Department of Electronic Materials Engineering, Research School of Physics and Engineering, The Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200 (Australia)

    2014-05-01

    Small angle X-ray scattering measurements were performed on natural apatite of different thickness irradiated with 2.2 GeV Au swift heavy ions. The evolution of the track radius along the full ion track length was estimated by considering the electronic energy loss and the velocity of the ions. The shape of the track is nearly cylindrical, slightly widening with a maximum diameter approximately 30 μm before the ions come to rest, followed by a rapid narrowing towards the end within a cigar-like contour. Measurements of average ion track radii in samples of different thicknesses, i.e. containing different sections of the tracks are in good agreement with the shape estimate.

  1. Fission - track age of the Marjalahti Pallasite

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    Full text: Investigation of fossil charged-particle tracks in various mineral phases of extraterrestrial samples is a powerful method for research the early stages of the solar system. Over geological time, meteorites crystals have accumulated a record of tracks produced by heavily charged energetic particles from both internal (spontaneous fission of 238U and some other extinct isotopes) and external sources (galactic cosmic rays with Z>20). The fortunate fact that meteorite grains can accumulate latent and very long-lived tracks since soon after the end of nucleosynthesis in the solar nebula enables one to decode their radiation history and to detect any thermal events in the meteorite cosmic history by revealing these tracks through suitable etching procedures. Only a few minerals in meteorites (mainly phosphates) contain small amount of uranium; the fact that 238U undergoes fission with fission-decay constant λf∼8.2x10-17 yr-1 allows one to use this isotope as a chronometer. By measuring the U concentration in the crystals (by reactor irradiation) and the density of the spontaneous-fission tracks it is relatively easy to calculate the 'fission-track age' if 238U is the main source of fission tracks. However the fission-track dating of extraterrestrial samples compared with the terrestrial ones has some peculiar features due to presence of a number of other potential track sources except the spontaneous fission of 238U, such as the spontaneous fission of presently extinct 244Pu, heavy nuclei of cosmic rays and induced fission by cosmic ray primaries. Only tracks from the spontaneous fission of U and Pu are suitable for fission-track dating. The competing effects of these fissioning elements, whose half-lives differ by a factor of ∼50, form a basis for a fission-track chronology for samples older than ∼ 4.0 Gyr. Over small intervals in time (∼ few x108 yr ) the track density from spontaneous fission of 238U is nearly constant. However, the contribution

  2. Sensitivity of Makrofol fission track detectors

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    Neutron fluence can be determined by means of fission track detectors consisting of fission foils in contact with suitable dielectrics (Makrofol E plastic was used in this case). Fission fragments emitted from the fissionable material into the plastic sheet generate permanent damage trails which can be made visible by an etching process. These tracks are then counted by means of an optical microscope or other methods and the number of tracks is proportional to the neutron fluence. The efficiency is defined as the ration of the number of tracks counted to the number of fissions in the fissionable layer. It is calculated from the mean range of the fission products in the fissionable material and in the plastic. The loss of very flat tracks with a small penetration angle caused by etching a certain bulk layer from the plastic foil is also taken into account. The formulas for the efficiency are deduced for thin fission layers and for thick fission foils. These calculations are made on the basis of the experimentally confirmed assumption that the ratio V of the track etching rate to the bulk etching rate is at least equal to 200. These high values for this ratio V are valid if an adequate period (several days) of oxygen influence to the damage trails is guaranteed. The calculated values of the efficiency are compared with experimental values and the uncertainty is discussed. (orig./HP)

  3. Application of apatite fission tract analysis to problems of Mississippi Valley-type Pb-Zn ore genesis

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    Epigenetic, carbonate-hosted Pb-Zn mineralization of the Mississippi Valley-Type (MVT) is considered to form from warm basinal brines in the temperature range 50-200 deg.C. A variety of genetic fluid flow models have been proposed to explain MVT mineralization, but all suffer from a lack of constraint concerning the timing of ore formation. Fission tracks in apatite resulting from the spontaneous decay of trace amounts of 238U are thermally unstable over the range of temperatures proposed for MVT ore formation, and may therefore record thermal events related to Pb-Zn mineralization provided sufficient time is allowed for track annealing to occur. Zinc mineralization in Devonian carbonates of the Lennard Shelf, northwest Australia is also considered to be of the Mississippi Valley-type. Mean apatite ages from Precambrian basement and from Devonian carbonates generally average 300Ma. Studies of well sequences indicate a period of uplift for the Lennard Shelf area around the Late Triassic/Early Jurassic. For carbonate outcrop samples, a thermal history is proposed involving burial in the Late Paleozoic/Early Mesozoic followed by uplift and cooling from peak temperatures around 70 deg.C. No difference in apatite annealing effects are observed in the vicinity of zinc mineralization. Coupled with other evidence, this suggests that the mineralizing episode was of short duration given temperatures of ore formation in the range 70-110 deg.C indicated by fluid inclusion homogenization temperatures. 3 refs

  4. Fission track dating of zircon: a multichronometer

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    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

  5. Is channeling of fission tracks taking place?

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    1999-01-01

    A single crystal of natural zircon which is sliced to have (010) basal plane and thinned by ion thinning is electron microscopically observed after slow neutron irradiation to ascertain whether channeling of the nuclear fission fragments is taking place or not. A fairly large number of the induced fission tracks are recognized at low magnification images where a considerable number of them are parallel to low-index lattice planes such as 100, 001, 101, 301, 103 though their directions changed some time up to several degrees. High resolution images of fission tracks often show a variety of zigzag passing of the tracks along low-index lattice planes in atomistic level. The rate of the tracks which are parallel to these low-index lattice planes is fairly high as about 45%, which strongly suggests that channeling of the fission tracks is taking place.

  6. An improved technique for fission track dating

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    The necessity of improving the fission track dating (FTD) technique both at home and abroad is illustrated. The ways of making such improvement are also proposed. It is suggested to calibrate the constant b value of the uranium standard glass by using the method of fission products activity. The 3 kinds of uranium standard glass which have been calibrated are NBS SRM962a, UB1 and UB2. An established new method σ·Φ ρd/b, to measure neutron fluence, avoids the influence of the varying neutron spectrum on measuring neutron fluence. The improved etching technique for fission tracks in zircon adopted a two-step method which includes the molten alkali system etching using NaOH + KOH and the mixed acid system etching using HNO3 + HF; this technique results in adequate track etching, increased track clarity and less interference. In this way the intensity of tracks is authentically reflected. Dividing angular zone in accordance with the angular distribution of spontaneous fission track on the crystal surface of minerals to count the tracks and using the improved etching technique to remove the non-uniform angular distribution of spontaneous fission tracks in zircon, ensure the accuracy of tracks count. The improved FTD techniques were used to finish Laboratory Standardized Calibration. The tests using international FTD age standards samples have proved that above mentioned techniques are reliable and practical in obtaining the accurate FTD data. (8 tabs.; 3 figs.)

  7. Thermal history from Pocos de Caldas alkaline massif, SP/MG , Brazil and dyke rich margins using apatite fission track analysis; Historia termica do macico alcalino de Pocos de Caldas (SP/MG) e adjacencias atraves da analise de datacao por tracos de fissao em apatitas

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    Franco, Ana Olivia Barufi; Godoy, Daniel Francoso de [UNESP, Rio Claro, SP (Brazil). Pos-Graduacao em Geociencias. Dept. de Petrologia e Metalogenia]. E-mail: aobf@rc.unesp.br; Hackspacher, Peter Christian; Ribeiro, Luis Felipe Brandini [UNESP, Rio Claro, SP (Brazil). Dept. de Petrologia e Metalogenia; Guedes, Sandro [Universidade Estadual de Campinas, SP (Brazil). Instituto de Fisica Gleb Wataghin

    2005-09-15

    The South American Platform in southeastern Brazil records a long history of tectonic magmatic and uplift events, which resulted from the opening of the South Atlantic Ocean, Cretaceous reactivation and epirogeneic processes. Specific manifestations include the basic magmatism of the Serra Geral Formation of the Parana Basin and alkaline magmatism of Pocos de Caldas - Cabo Frio Lineament, as well as the uplift of the Serra da Mantiqueira and Serra do Mar mountain ranges. Thermo tectonic and geochronological studies using the K-Ar method and apatite fission track analysis in samples of the Pocos de Caldas alkaline massif show an initial evolution beginning 89 Ma related to a tectonic uplift, interpreted as related to the intrusion's doming. This was followed by an important episode of rapid cooling related to the formation of the massif. At the same time, the mountains that surround the massif record heating events in response to the alkaline intrusion, between 70 and 50 Ma. Periods of slow uplift, probably related to the South American Erosion Cycle (between 50 and 30 Ma) and Velhas Erosion Cycle (from 25 Ma), indicate a strong manifestation of denudation in this area. (author)

  8. 滇西石鼓杂岩南部早白垩世以来剥露隆升的锆石和磷灰石裂变径迹证据%The exhumation and uplift of the southern Shigu complex since Early Cretaceous evidenced by zircon and apatite fission track

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    陈小宇; 刘俊来; 吴文斌

    2016-01-01

    石鼓杂岩位于青藏高原东南缘经历了多期变质变形作用叠加。为了揭示杂岩体的低温热演化与浅部剥露历史,采集了石鼓杂岩南段石鼓镇-拉巴支村剖面变质岩中的锆石和磷灰石,开展裂变径迹分析。结果表明,石鼓杂岩从早白垩世(133~145Ma)到渐新世(31Ma)经历了一次缓慢的剥露(1.08℃/Ma),而从渐新世开始,其南部经历了较快速的剥露过程(3.23℃/Ma)。磷灰石热史模拟也反映出第二阶段较为快速的冷却过程。结合区域构造分析认为,拉萨与羌塘板块碰撞的远程效应影响早白垩世以来藏东地区地壳结构的调整,导致石鼓杂岩南部出现了第一阶段的剥露作用;而印度与欧亚板块碰撞与后碰撞过程对于石鼓杂岩的新生代剥露具有重要影响。%The Shigu complex lies on the southeastern margin of the Tibetan Plateau, and is mainly distributed in Shigu and Zhongdi⁃an areas. The complex has experienced polyphase superposition of metamorphism and deformation. In order to reveal the low tem⁃perature thermal evolution and exhumation history at the shallow crustal level of the complex and correctly understand the exhuma⁃tion and tectonic evolution of the metamorphic dome in eastern Tibet, the authors collected zircon and apatite fission track samples for the fission track analysis along the Shigu Town-Labazhi section. The analytical results show that the Shigu complex firstly experi⁃enced a slow cooling and exhumation from Early Cretaceous (133~145Ma) to Oligocene (31Ma), and a relatively rapid cooling pro⁃cess started from Oligocene. Time-temperature history simulated by inverse modeling of apatite fission track also reflects a relatively rapid cooling process at the second stage. From regional structural analysis, it is suggested that the far-field effects of the collision be⁃tween the Lhasa and Qiangtang plates may have strongly affected the Early Cretaceous

  9. Application of the fission track method to determination of temperature aging and of uranium concentrations

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    In part I fission track counting has been applied to a) age determination of apatite and titanite from Sweden and an estimation of their initial temperatures b) determination of uranium content of waters from droplets evaporated on plastic foils. In part II absorption spectrometry was used to investigate the recovery from radiation defects in natural apatite. Conclusions are drawn on the radiations defect healing mechanism during annealing. Part of the content of this work has already been published in journals and conference papers. (G.Q.)

  10. Xe- and U-tracks in apatite and muscovite near the etching threshold

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    Ion irradiation of a wedge-shaped Durango apatite backed by a mica detector allows investigating ion track ranges and etching properties at different points along the tracks. Transmission profiles obtained by irradiation with 2 × 106 cm−2 11.1 MeV/amu 132Xe and 2 × 106 cm−2 11.1 MeV/amu 238U parallel to the apatite c-axis correspond to ranges calculated with SRIM (Xe: 76.3 μm; U: 81.1 μm). However, the measured profiles show much greater etchable track-length variations than the calculated longitudinal straggles. The probable cause is that the length deficit exhibits significant variation from track to track. The measured length deficit in muscovite is in agreement with most existing data. In contrast, the length deficit in apatite appears to be close to zero, which is in conflict with all earlier estimates. This probably results from the etching properties of the apatite basal face, which permit surface-assisted sub-threshold etching of track sections in the nuclear stopping regime. These sections are not accessible from the opposite direction, i.e. by etching towards the endpoint of the tracks or in the direction of the ion beam. This conclusion is supported by the fact that linear dislocations are revealed in apatite basal faces and by the observation of imperfect etch pits that are separated from the etched ion track channel by a section that appears unetched under the microscope

  11. Application of fission track and other new technics in the study of geothermal history for Liaohe Basin

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    Mainly based on the study of fission track of the apatites, as well as geochronology, stable isotope composition and inclusion analysis, the principle and method of studying the geothermal history of sedimentary basin have been expounded systematically, and the source of sediment materials, and the geothermal characteristics of five section areas in Liaohe Basin were determined. The results of apatites and zircons U-Pb dating indicate that the materials of Shahejie Group in Liaohe Basin derived from the Shanhaiguan old land, and the record time of fission track of the apatites started at 172 Ma ago. On the basis of the studies of fission track characters of 100 apatite samples, stable isotopes and inclusion analysis, the annealing zone of fission track, oil generation zone and the old geothermal gradient were determined respectively in the western slope, southern part of western depression, Niuju area, Huangjindai area of eastern depression and Shallow sea area. It has provided the important scientific basis of reevaluating oil resources in Liaohe Basin. (2 tabs.)

  12. 相山铀矿田成矿后隆升剥露的磷灰石裂变径迹分析%A study on fission track of post-ore uplifted and exhumed apatite in Xiangshan uranium ore field

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    张万良

    2012-01-01

    The current landscape of Xiangshan uranium orefield is characterized by the typical eroded low mountain area. The erosion distribution clearly shows that the orefield are still in the stage of surface erosion. Themochronological dating was used to studing the uplift processes of the orefied. Fission track age of apatite from 7 porphyroclastic lava samples are (78. 7 ± 7. 1) -(34. 5 ± 4.1) Ma, the elevation weighted average age 61. 1 Ma. Cooling rate of the porphyroclasts lava is 7. 6℃/Ma during 140. 3 - 61. 1 Ma period, and 1. 2℃/Ma, 54 m/Ma in 61.1 Ma-modern period. It is inferred that thickness about 3. 3 km have been eroded away from the the orefield in Cenozoic. Era.%相山铀矿田现今的地貌以典型的低山侵蚀区为特征,侵蚀区的分布规律清楚地表明相山矿田目前仍处于地表侵蚀阶段.7个碎斑熔岩样品的磷灰石裂变径迹年龄为(78.7±7.1)~(34.5±4.1)Ma,高程加权平均年龄61.1 Ma,碎斑熔岩在140.3~61.1Ma间,冷却速率7.6℃/Ma;从61.1Ma至现代,冷却速率为1.2℃/Ma,隆升速率为54 m/Ma,即新生代以来相山矿田剥蚀了的厚度约3.3 km.

  13. Scanning force microscopy of 129Iodine surface impact structures in muscovite, zircon and apatite as proxies for damage of simulated fission fragments in solids

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    Using artificially created swift, heavy ions of 129I with a typical fission-fragment mass and specific energies which are common during the spontaneous fission of 238U, the response in minerals commonly used in geochronological dating such as muscovite, zircon and apatite, has been evaluated by the means of Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). The surface impact structures form hillocks with greater diameters but smaller heights for low-energetic ions and smaller diameters but greater heights for high-energetic ions. The observed hillock widths range from 22 ± 2 nm for low-energetic ions to 17 ± 1 nm for the highest energy in mica. Furthermore, the dimensions formed in apatite for low and high-energy ions range from 53 ± 2 nm to 27 ± 2 nm and from 64 ± 3 nm to 28 ± 1 nm in zircon. With increasing 129I particle energy hillock heights increase, but diameters decrease regardless of mineral orientation. The crystallographic orientation of apatite and zircon also seems to have no effect on hillock dimensions, which are identical for perpendicular and parallel to the c-axis oriented mineral grains. The results support the “Compound Spike” track formation model of Chadderton (2003), which combines the Coulomb ion explosion model with a thermal spike model. - Highlights: ► Swift, high energy 129I ions were implanted in mica, apatite and zircon. ► Atomic Force Microscopy was applied to study ion impact structures on the nanoscale. ► 129I impacts form hillocks which vary in dimension depending on deployed ion energy. ► Mineral orientation has no affect on hillock dimensions. ► Surface ion track formation in zircon supporting the “Compound” spike model

  14. Fission track dating: methodology and thermo-chronological applications in alpine and continental margin contexts

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    The fission track dating method has proved to be unique in thermo-chronology by its capability to describe the final phases of the cooling history and denudation of metamorphic massifs, like the thermal history of sedimentary formations or the dating of some volcanic materials. In this work we describe this method and present a series of new analytic techniques and calibrations which we realised in the aim of further use in geology. We discuss a few examples of such applications. In the french Occidental Alps, the analysis of fission track on apatite samples from the granites of the Sept Laux (Belledonne massif), in the Eau d' Olle valley, suggests that this method could bring a contribution to the actual discussion about the origin of some alpine valleys. The fission track method suggests that the opening of this valley could be the consequence of an active faulting from the middle Miocene until the present. The characterization of fluvial deposits through their detrital apatites fission tracks record could eventually be used to study river captures related to changes tectonic regimes. Therefore we studied the apatites of a paleo-delta located in the Isere middle valley at the sub-alpine 'sillon' level, and of two valleys, those of the Arc and of the Breda, located up the delta. The distribution of the fission track ages of those mineraIs has not confirmed a previously suggested model, which proposed that the studied paleo-delta could be associated with a paleo-Arc rather than a paleo-Breda. In the Moroccan Occidental Meseta, three granitic massifs located in the Rehamna have been selected for a thermo-chronological study. The analysis of the fission track in zircons and apatites of these granites recorded the thermo-tectonic events which have affected the Meseta ever since the opening of the Central Atlantic Ocean some 200 Ma ago. We show how a numerical simulation model recently (1994) proposed for the analysis of fission track in apatites allows us to specify

  15. High temperature annealing of fission tracks in fluorapatite, Santa Fe Springs oil field, Los Angeles Basin, California

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    Naeser, Nancy D.; Crowley, Kevin D.; McCulloh, Thane H.; Reaves, Chris M.

    1990-01-01

    Annealing of fission tracks is a kinetic process dependent primarily on temperature and to a laser extent on time. Several kinetic models of apatite annealing have been proposed. The predictive capabilities of these models for long-term geologic annealing have been limited to qualitative or semiquantitative at best, because of uncertainties associated with (1) the extrapolation of laboratory observations to geologic conditions, (2) the thermal histories of field samples, and (3) to some extent, the effect of apatite composition on reported annealing temperatures. Thermal history in the Santa Fe Springs oil field, Los Angeles Basin, California, is constrained by an exceptionally well known burial history and present-day temperature gradient. Sediment burial histories are continuous and tightly constrained from about 9 Ma to present, with an important tie at 3.4 Ma. No surface erosion and virtually no uplift were recorded during or since deposition of these sediments, so the burial history is simple and uniquely defined. Temperature gradient (???40??C km-1) is well established from oil-field operations. Fission-track data from the Santa Fe Springs area should thus provide one critical field test of kinetic annealing models for apatite. Fission-track analysis has been performed on apatites from sandstones of Pliocene to Miocene age from a deep drill hole at Santa Fe Springs. Apatite composition, determined by electron microprobe, is fluorapatite [average composition (F1.78Cl0.01OH0.21)] with very low chlorine content [less than Durango apatite; sample means range from 0.0 to 0.04 Cl atoms, calculated on the basis of 26(O, F, Cl, OH)], suggesting that the apatite is not unusually resistant to annealing. Fission tracks are preserved in these apatites at exceptionally high present-day temperatures. Track loss is not complete until temperatures reach the extreme of 167-178??C (at 3795-4090 m depth). The temperature-time annealing relationships indicated by the new data

  16. A numerical model for the thermal history of rocks based on confined horizontal fission tracks

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    Jensen, Peter Klint; Hansen, Kirsten; Kunzendorf, Helmar

    1992-01-01

    A numerical model for determination of the thermal history of rocks is presented. It is shown that the thermal history may be uniquely determined as a piece-by-piece linear function on the basis of etched confined, horizontal fission track length distributions, their surface densities, and the...... measured in transmitted light are biased favouring short tracks compared with measurements in reflected light. Testing of the model is performed on apatites from a tuffaceous sandstone from Bornholm (Denmark) yielding an estimate of the thermal history for the period of about 280 Ma back in time....

  17. Emplacement time of the Loe-Shilman carbonatite from NW Pakistan: Constraints from fission-track dating

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    Khattak, N.U. [National Centre of Excellence in Geology, University of Peshawar (Pakistan)], E-mail: nimat_khattak@yahoo.com; Akram, M. [Physics Division, PINSTECH, P.O. Nilore, Islamabad (Pakistan); Khan, M.A. [National Centre of Excellence in Geology, University of Peshawar (Pakistan); Khan, H.A. [COMSATS Headquarters, 4th Floor, Shahrah-e-Jamhuriat, G-5/2 Islamabad 44000 (Pakistan)

    2008-08-15

    The Loe-Shilman carbonatite complex is situated in the extreme west of the Peshawar Plain Alkaline Igneous Province (PAIP), near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. It comprises sill-form bodies emplaced along an E-W trending and N dipping fault zone in Paleozoic to Precambrian metasedimentary rocks of Khyber Agency. Fission-track dating studies on the apatite crystals using the external detector method and age standard approach (the {zeta} method) yielded an age of 30.0{+-}1.5Ma for the Loe-Shilman carbonatite. Close agreement between the previously determined radiometric ages from the same as well as the neighboring carbonatite complexes of the PAIP and the fission-track apatite age of this study indicates that the Loe-Shilman carbonatite was emplaced at relatively shallow crustal level and quickly cooled to low temperatures (<60{sup 0}C) required for the complete retention of fission tracks in apatite and that the fission-track age of this study is the emplacement age of the Loe-Shilman carbonatite.

  18. Preliminary constraints on paleotemperature and landscape evolution in and around Araripe Basin, northeastern Brazil, using apatite fission track analysis; Abordagem preliminar sobre paleotemperatura e evolucao do relevo da Bacia do Araripe, Nordeste do Brasil, a partir da analise de tracos de fissao em apatita

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    Morais Neto, Joao Marinho de [PETROBRAS S.A., Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). E e P. Gerencia de Interpretacao e Avaliacao da Margem Equatorial], E-mail: marinho@uq.edu.au; Hegarty, Kerry; Karner, Garry David

    2005-11-15

    The Araripe Basin, located in the Borborema Province, northeastern Brazil, developed through a sequence of distinct events related to the opening of the South Atlantic. Its geological history is recorded in the preserved stratigraphy, which ranges in age from Paleozoic to Middle Cretaceous. The most conspicuous feature associated with the Araripe Basin is the Araripe Plateau, a large mesa capped by Cenomanian- Albian non-marine sandstones (Exu Formation). At the plateau base, gray to black shales ('Batateiras layers') represent deposition in a large lake system covering part of northeastern Brazil during Early Aptian. Previous researchers have used the preserved geological section in the basin to infer the landscape evolution of the Araripe Plateau, and they have suggested that its uplift and exhumation were caused by widespread epeirogenic movements associated with post-break-up events in the Borborema Province. Independent constraints on the timing and magnitude of uplift in the Araripe Plateau area can now be introduced by this preliminary study using apatite fission track analysis. A series of samples along a N-S transect of the Araripe Basin and its neighboring basement provide clear evidence of heating in the past. Results from all samples also show evidence of Late Cenozoic cooling commencing sometime in the last 40 Ma. Maximum paleotemperature associated with this event are very similar (70 deg - 90 deg C) between samples, consistent with little differential movement across the sampled region. Fission track results from the Aptian sandstone sample (Rio da Batateira Formation) indicate an earlier event (pre-40 Ma). However, interpretation of data suggests that any paleo-heating between sediment deposition (112 Ma) and 40 Ma must be associated with paleotemperature less than {approx}100 deg C, pointing to minor paleo burial during the Late Cretaceous in this area. The timing of these various events are broadly consistent with the timing of events

  19. 乌江流域中—新生代以来构造运动的碎屑磷灰石裂变径迹证据%The Detrital Apatite Fission-track Evidence for Tectonic Processes since Mesozoic— Cenozoic in Wujiang River Catchments

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    张君; 李长安; 孙习林

    2013-01-01

    通过对乌江河漫滩现代沉积物中碎屑磷灰石裂变径迹年代学分析,得到3个峰值年龄:P1——5.9Ma;P2——27.6Ma:P3——82.3Ma.分析认为,各峰值年龄分布主要受阶段性的构造活动影响,并与中—新生代以来乌江流域发生的重大构造事件的时限相吻合,指示裂变径迹年龄峰值记录了云贵高原东部中—新生代以来构造演化的重大事件.其中,P3峰值年龄主要受控于晚白垩世隆升作用,P2峰值年龄主要受晚渐新世缓慢隆升和断裂构造作用控制,P1峰值年龄主要受控于中—上新世之交发生的区域性构造抬升作用.P1峰值年龄的颗粒数占总颗粒数比重最大,高达40.7%,指示在5.9Ma发生了大规模的区域性构造隆升事件,在如此大规模的地表抬升运动和气候变化的共同作用下,河流的侵蚀能力得到增强,乌江流域的深切河谷地貌应该形成于5.9Ma以后.%Based on the detrital apatite fission-track analysis on the modem sediment from flood plain in the Wujiang River,we plotted out 3 peak values:P1 —— 5.9Ma; P2 —— 27.6Ma; P3 —— 82.3Ma,all the peaks resulted from the periodical tectonic events occurred in the Wujiang River catchments.The consistency between a series of important tectonic events and experimental results reveals that the fission-track ages recorded important tectonic events in the eastern Yunnan —Guizhou Plateau since Mesozoic —Cenozoic.The main control factors of P3,P2 and P1 are uplift movements in the Late Cretaceous,slowly uplifting as well as faulting in the late Oligocene and regional quickly uplift events in the Miocene —Pliocene respectively.Among the results,the large-scale regional tectonic uplift events as indicated by P1 associated with climate change accelerated significantly erosion process,which implies that deep gorgecutting by the Wujiang River most likely formed after 5.9Ma.

  20. Xe- and U-tracks in apatite and muscovite near the etching threshold

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    Wauschkuhn, Bastian, E-mail: wauschku@geo.tu-freiberg.de [Geologie, Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg (Germany); Jonckheere, Raymond [Geologie, Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg (Germany); Mineralogie en Petrologie, Geologie en Bodemkunde, Universiteit Gent (Belgium); Ratschbacher, Lothar [Geologie, Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg (Germany)

    2015-01-15

    Ion irradiation of a wedge-shaped Durango apatite backed by a mica detector allows investigating ion track ranges and etching properties at different points along the tracks. Transmission profiles obtained by irradiation with 2 × 10{sup 6} cm{sup −2} 11.1 MeV/amu {sup 132}Xe and 2 × 10{sup 6} cm{sup −2} 11.1 MeV/amu {sup 238}U parallel to the apatite c-axis correspond to ranges calculated with SRIM (Xe: 76.3 μm; U: 81.1 μm). However, the measured profiles show much greater etchable track-length variations than the calculated longitudinal straggles. The probable cause is that the length deficit exhibits significant variation from track to track. The measured length deficit in muscovite is in agreement with most existing data. In contrast, the length deficit in apatite appears to be close to zero, which is in conflict with all earlier estimates. This probably results from the etching properties of the apatite basal face, which permit surface-assisted sub-threshold etching of track sections in the nuclear stopping regime. These sections are not accessible from the opposite direction, i.e. by etching towards the endpoint of the tracks or in the direction of the ion beam. This conclusion is supported by the fact that linear dislocations are revealed in apatite basal faces and by the observation of imperfect etch pits that are separated from the etched ion track channel by a section that appears unetched under the microscope.

  1. Fission track dating of the Richat annular structure (Mauritania). Datation par traces de fission de la structure circulaire des Richat (Mauritanie)

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    Netto, A.M. (Centre de Recherches sur la Geologie de l' Uranium (CREGU), 54 - Vandoeuvre-les-Nancy (France) Comissao Nacional de Energia Nuclear (CNEN), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)); Fabre, J.; Poupeau, G. (Grenoble-1 Univ., 38 (France)); Champenois, M. (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), 54 - Nancy (France). Centre de Recherches Petrographiques et Geochimiques)

    1992-05-21

    Fission track dating of apatites from a filonian carbonatite suggests an Upper Cretaceous age for the Richat (Central Mauritania) eroded dome. The carbonatite vein, dated at 85 {+-} 5 Ma, seems later on to have been affected by a mild (<130 deg C) thermal event. The cooling below (75 {+-} 15) deg C subsequent to this event (of igneous origin) would have occurred 49 {+-} 10 Ma ago.

  2. Contribution of the fission-track method to the study of the Alpine chains: relationship between tectonics and metamorphism

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    The fission-track method allows geologists to date rocks and to get information on the thermal history of rocks. Fission tracks in minerals are essentially due to the spontaneous fission of uranium 238. The knowledge of the density of tracks and the concentration of uranium 238 lead to the determination of the age of the rock. The irradiation in a neutron flux of a sample of the rock allows the determination of the concentration of uranium. The age obtained is in fact an apparent age that does not take into account possible geological annealing process that may erase fission tracks, some corrections are then necessary. The first part of this work details the fission-track method, its scope and limitations. It is shown that fission-track method on apatites can reveal the thermal evolution of the rock and that the same method used on zircons can give information of the setting of volcanic rocks. The second part is dedicated to the contribution of the fission-track method to a both dating and thermal evolution study of a french-italian part of the Alpine chain

  3. Fission track evidence on thermal history of Jiama polymetallic ore district, Tibet

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    袁万明; 侯增谦; 李胜荣; 王世成

    2001-01-01

    It is a new attempt to study thermal evolution related to mineralization using the fission track (FT) method. Apatite and zircon fission track data are reported for 6 samples collected from Jiama ore district as well as its periphery. The FT ages of apatites in the ore district are (16.1±0.9) Ma and (18.8±1.1) Ma and reflect the age of late period of hydrothermal mineralizing event. Apatite FT age of (22.0±4.3) Ma and zircon FT age of (20.9±2.0) Ma are related to the early period of mineralization. Another zircon FT age of (341.6±79.1) Ma, inheriting mineral source characteristic, has no connection with the mineralization. Based on the thermal history analysis, the mineralization began before 25-22 Ma. Cooling rate in the ore district is 5-6℃/Ma averagely, in which a slow cooling occurred at 90-80℃. About 2.7 km has been denuded and the denudation rate is higher than the uplifting rate.

  4. Experimental study of a methodology for Fission-track Dating without neutron irradiation

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    Hadler, J.C., E-mail: hadler@ifi.unicamp.b [Instituto de Fisica Gleb Wataghin, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, UNICAMP, 13083-970 Campinas, SP (Brazil); Iunes, P.J. [Instituto de Fisica Gleb Wataghin, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, UNICAMP, 13083-970 Campinas, SP (Brazil); Tello, C.A. [Departamento de Fisica Quimica e Biologia, Universidade do Estado de Sao Paulo, UNESP, 19060-900 Presidente Prudente, SP (Brazil); Chemale, F.; Kawashita, K. [Instituto de Geociencias, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, UFRGS, 91509-900 Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil); Curvo, E.A.C.; Santos, F.G.S.; Gasparini, T.E.; Moreira, P.A.F.P.; Guedes, S. [Instituto de Fisica Gleb Wataghin, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, UNICAMP, 13083-970 Campinas, SP (Brazil)

    2009-10-15

    To carry out the dating by the Fission Track Method (FTM) the international community that works with this method employs methodologies in which the mineral to be dated must be irradiated with neutrons. Such irradiation, performed in a nuclear reactor, demand a relatively long waiting time so that the activity of the sample attain a proper level for handling. The present work aims to establish a methodology that makes possible the dating by FTM using a mass spectrometer instead of a nuclear reactor. This methodology was applied to apatite samples from Durango, Mexico.

  5. Uranium fission track length distribution modelling for retracing chronothermometrical history of minerals

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    Spontaneous fission of uranium 238 isotope contained in certain minerals creates damage zones called latent tracks, that can be etched chemically. The observation of these etched tracks and the measurement of their characteristics using an optical microscope are the basis of several applications in the domain of the earth sciences. First, the determination of their densities permits dating a mineral and establishing uranium mapping of rocks. Second, the measurement of their lengths can be a good source of information for retracing the thermal and tectonic history of the sample. The study of the partial annealing of tracks in apatite appears to be the ideal indicator for the evaluation of petroleum potential of a sedimentary basin. To allow the development of this application, it is necessary to devise a theoretical model of track length distributions. The model which is proposed takes into account the most realistic hypotheses concerning registration, etching and observation of tracks. The characteristics of surface tracks (projected lengths, depths, inclination angles, real lengths) and confined tracks (Track IN Track and Track IN Cleavage) are calculated. Surface tracks and confined tracks are perfectly complementary for chrono-thermometric interpretation of complex geological histories. The method is applied to the case of two samples with different tectonic history, issued from the cretaceous alcalin magmatism from the Pyrenees (Bilbao, Spain). A graphic method of distribution deconvolution is proposed. Finally, the uranium migration, depending on the hydrothermal alteration, is studied on the granite from Auriat (France)

  6. Uranium content of petroleum by fission track technique

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    The feasibility of the fission track registration technique to investigate the natural uranium concentration in petroleum is examined. The application of this technique to petroleum is briefly described and discussed critically. The results obtained so far indicate uranium concentrations in samples of Brazilian petroleum which are over the detect ion limit of fission track technique. (Author)

  7. Provenance and post-depositional low-temperature evolution of the James Ross Basin sedimentary rocks (Antarctic Peninsula) based on fission track analysis

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    Svojtka, Martin; Nývlt, D.; Murakami, Masaki; Vávrová, J.; Filip, Jiří; Mixa, P.

    2009-01-01

    Roč. 21, č. 6 (2009), s. 593-607. ISSN 0954-1020 R&D Projects: GA MŠk 1K05030 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30130516 Keywords : James Ross Island * Seymour Island * Cretaceous–Palaeogene succession * fission track dating * zircon * apatite Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy Impact factor: 1.496, year: 2009

  8. Spontaneous 238U fission half-life measurements based on fission-track techniques

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    In the last recommendation of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (I.U.P.A.C.) on spontaneous fission half-lives for ground-state nuclides, a number of measurements of 238U based on fission-track techniques were discarded. The arguments given by the authors are not clear. A more detailed discussion of these determinations is given, considering the possible systematical errors inherent in fission-track approaches. (author)

  9. Radiation effects in zircon and apatite

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    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

  10. Preparation of uranium containing particles and measurement of fission track

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    In this study, we discussed results of the preparation of uranium containing particles and measurement of fission tracks for the uranium particles. Uranium-doped silica bead and uranium oxide particles were prepared by uranium sorption onto silica bead and laser ablation method, respectively. Fission tracks for the uranium metal, uranium-doped silica bead, and uranium oxide particles were detected on Lexan detector. Correlation of uranium particle diameter with fission track radius were also discussed. Results of the correlation were applied for the calculation of critical angle

  11. Thermoluminescence and fission track impact features of rocks

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    Results of thermoluminescence (TL) measurement of quartz sandstone before and after impact using a two-stage light gas gun pressure apparatus indicate that, the TL of quartz sandstone decreases as the impact pressure increases, there exists a TL gradient from the outside to the inside around the impacted area, and the induced TL at the same location also has a TL gradient. Impact experiments were conducted under pressures of 12.4, 28.9, 37.8, 51.8, 64.6 and 77.6 GPa, respectively, and fission track density and fission track length before and after the impact were measured. Results demonstrate that the fission track density is decreased and the fission track length is shortened as the impact pressure is increased.

  12. Radiometric dating of sediments using fission tracks in conodonts

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    The possibility of counting fission tracks in conodonts and of computing reasonable age estimates from these data has been investigated. Fission tracks counted in thermal neutron irradiated, thermally unaltered (as indicated by colour alteration indices) middle Palaeozoic conodonts indicate typical uranium concentrations of approximately 1 part in 109, with some samples higher. A single specimen of Siphonodella from the Lower Mississippian yielded an age estimate of 380 +- 140 Myr consistent with conventional interpolations. (U.K.)

  13. Improvement of track counting accuracy and efficiency in the fission track method

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    In the fission track method, the counting of fission track is performed with the naked eye using a microscope, and the researcher experiences intense eye strain when examining a large number of samples. As a result, counting errors are more likely to occur, requiring more time to complete the work. The present study has been undertaken with the aim of increasing the accuracy and efficiency of track counting in order to solve the above-mentioned problems associated with the fission track method. The following conclusions were obtained. The accuracy of track counting in the fission track method can be improved by introducing photomicrography to the conventional method of track counting with the naked eye. A digital counter that displays track numbers automatically has been made, but it requires further improvement of accuracy for practical application. (author)

  14. Uranium Distribution in Some Carbonate and Phosphate Rocks Using Fission Track Registration

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    An integrated geochemical and petrological procedure was used to investigate the controls on uranium distribution in some carbonate, phosphate and other sedimentary rocks. The fission track registration technique, along with geochemical analysis of uranium was applied to effectively locate, evaluate and identify the patterns of uranium distribution within these rocks and their constituents. Differences in the density of the tracks were found in isotropic and anisotropic grains of coprolite, ovulite, glauconite, calcite and cellophane, as well as, apatite and other phosphatic particles. The variations in uranium concentrations seem to be related to more than one type of uranium incorporation mechanism, particularly caused by syngenetic and epigenetic processes. It was concluded that the obtained variations in U content are due to a combination of sedimentological, textural, geochemical, physiochemical and a few other controls and mechanisms

  15. Determination of the uranium content in phosphate fertilizers by the fission track registration technique

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    The application of fission track registration technique (SSNTD) to determine the uranium contents in phosphate fertilizers is dealt with. Samples were prepared by the wet method and the detector used was Makrofol Kg 10μm thick. The determination of uranium in phosphate fertilizer industry is of considerable interest in environmental control. The roots of vegetables tend to absorb and accumulate uranium form soil and so the human body could be contaminated. The phosphate fertilizers were originated from the phosphate-rich apatite deposits located in the high naturally radioactive areas of Araxa and Tapira in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. The results obtained ranged from 11.1 to 100ppm of uranium with a total error from 8.2 to 15.7%. The thorium contributions to the total track counting were discounted, though the actual concentrations of thorium in the samples were not determined. (Author)

  16. Apatite Fission Track Analysis of Tectono-thermal History in the Northeast of Ordos Basin%鄂尔多斯盆地东北部构造热演化史的磷灰石裂变径迹分析

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    丁超; 陈刚; 李振华; 毛小妮; 杨甫

    2011-01-01

    Apatite fission-track analysis offers the opportunity to reveal Meso-cenozoic tectono-thermal history of different sections and different sequences in the Northeast of Ordos Basin, and to provide new constraints on forecast and prospect oil, gas and other mineral. Simulation results show that : the temperature of stratum slowly rose at the rate of 0. 9 ℃/Ma during 250 - 150 Ma; and rapidly rose at the rate of 2.1℃/Ma dunng 150 -120 Ma in the northeast of Ordos Basin. At this time, all temperatures that are higher than 130 ℃ reach the highest. After that, strata of the north margin in the northeast of Ordos Basin rapidly uplift and cool at the rate of 1. 3 ℃/Ma during 120 - 65 Ma and slowly uplift and cool at the rate of 0. 4 ℃/Ma during 65 - 10 Ma; and strata of the south margin and subsidence of basin slowly uplift and cool at the rate of 0. 9 ℃/Ma during 120 -30 Ma and rapidly uplift and cool at the rate of 1. 5 ℃/Ma during 30 - 10 Ma. The northeast of basin rapidly uplift and cool at the rate of 6. 5 ℃/Ma since at least 10 Ma. Therefore, it is considered that ( 120±l0) Ma is the key time of Mid-Yanshan tectonic thermal event, which brought about the mature hydrocarbon generation and the large-scale petroleum accumulation in the northeast of Ordos Basin. The north margin passed the 110 ℃closed temperature in the 65 Ma ± , and the south margin and subsidence area passed 10℃ closed temperature in the 30 Ma ± , which were beneficial to the proto-petroleum enrichment and preservation. Since Paleogene late (30 Ma) , especially Neogene late ( 10 Ma) , the rapid uplift-cooling process has most probably become the key factor of the proto-petroleum adjustment and the secondary reservoir formation.%运用磷灰石裂变径迹(AFT)分析的构造热年代学研究方法,系统探讨鄂尔多斯盆地东北部不同区段中新生代以来的热演化历史,为盆地东北部石油和天然气等多种沉积能源矿产的勘探预测提供新的约

  17. Probing the secret lives of rocks - the next 25 years of fission track thermochronology

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    Gleadow, A. J.; Kohn, B. P.

    2011-12-01

    Much has been achieved over ~40 years to realize the dream of using the annealing record of fission tracks in minerals to reconstruct the thermal histories of rocks. The technology of fission track analysis stabilised about 25 years ago based on neutron-irradiation, the external detector method (EDM) for uranium estimation, zeta calibration against independently-dated age standards, measurement of horizontal confined track lengths, and estimation of compositionally-controlled kinetic parameters. This approach has produced consistent data sets useful for thermal history modeling with increasingly sophisticated fission track annealing algorithms. Among the major limitations of this conventional approach, however, are the labour-intensive character of analysis, which limits data quality and quantity, individual-specific calibrations, and very long sample turn-around times. Important technical innovations now underway, however, are likely to transform the technology of fission track analysis over the next few years. The first is substitution of Laser Ablation ICP-MS for the EDM to estimate sample U [1]. This approach is still limited to a small number of laboratories, but is likely to accelerate with the proliferation of suitable instruments. The advantages for fission track analysis are rapid sample turnaround times and probably, improved analytical precision. The second is the emergence of new methods for autonomous image capture and automatic image analysis of fission tracks based on a new generation of high-precision, motorised microscopes, coupled with new software systems [2]. This approach can work with the conventional EDM, but particularly lends itself to automated LA-ICP-MS analysis. In minerals, such as apatite, automated recognition and counting of fission tracks dramatically reduces microscope time compared to manual measurements. This has the potential to improve counting statistics, data quality and calibration. Track length measurements are no longer

  18. Comparison through fission-track analysis of portions of Australia and Antarctica adjacent prior to continental drift

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    Australia and Antarctica have been reconstructed by the matching of three terranes in western Victoria with three terranes in northern Victoria Land. Apparent fission-track ages from granitic rocks of these matched regions are compared. In western Victoria, Australia, data reflect a history of slow cooling following intrusion in early to middle Paleozoic time. In northern Victoria Land, Antarctica, a complex history of cooling and uplift is indicated, with uplift of the present-day mountains commencing approximately 50 Ma. Fission tracks in apatites from most samples from northern Victoria Land were completely re-set to zero by the thermal effects of Jurassic tholeiitic magmatism. Apatite in three samples however, predate the Jurassic and were only partially re-set by this event. Apparent sphene fission-track ages indicate that the three terranes in northern Victoria Land have shared a common thermal history since the Devonian. With the exception of one small area in western Victoria, neither western Victoria nor northern Victoria Land data show a clear influence of rifting and breakup in the late Cretaceous. Overall, the data indicate that once the breakup of Australia and Antarctica had occurred, their thermal and tectonic histories evolved independently along differing paths. (author)

  19. Fission track dating of the obsidians from pyroclastic flow deposits

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    It is well known that Volcano Aso is a caldera due to the depression after over 160 km3 pyroclastic flow in late Pleistocene. The fission track ages of the obsidians in the Aso Pyroclastic flow deposits due to four main extrusions (Aso-1, -2, -3 and -4) have been measured in order to bring some light to the history of activity of the volcano. The induced fission-track density of the obsidians was uniform, hence the uranium distribution is regarded as uniform also. The samples were divided into a group for fossil track measurement and another group for induced track measurement. For the latter, thermal neutron irradiation was made with a reactor. As the diameter of fission tracks was considerably shortened by annealing, the correction of the age was made using the results of the annealing examination. The fission track ages of the obsidians from the Aso pyroclastic flow deposits were as follows: Aso-4 0.29 +- 0.14, Aso-3 1.03 +- 0.42, Aso-2 1.54 +- 0.60, and Aso-1 2.60 +- 0.76 and 3.58 +- 0.72, in 105 years. (Mori, K.)

  20. Chrono-thermométrie par traces de fission : une perspective nouvelle pour la prospection pétrolière Chronothermometry by Fission-Track Dating: New Means for Petroleum Prospection

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    Full Text Available La propriété caractéristique des traces de fission d'enregistrer les paléotempératures offre la possibilité unique de caler des événements thermiques dans leur contexte géologique et donc de modéliser quantitativement les histoires thermiques des roches. Le thermomètre traces de fission-apatite enregistre les paléo-températures dans un intervalle compris entre 30 et 170°C, domaine qui inclut les températures généralement retenues pour la genèse optimale des hydrocarbures liquides. La formation, la maturation et la destruction des hydrocarbures, de la même façon que la guérison des traces latentes, sont fonction des deux paramètres temps et températures; en conséquence, l'étude détaillée de l'effacement progressif des traces latentes fossiles dans les apatites en fonction de leur profondeur dans un puits, conduit à des indications précises sur les variations de la température en fonction du temps à l'intérieur de la fenêtre à huile. Ces deux informations sont obtenues en combinant la datation traces de fission-isochrone et les analyses de longueurs des traces de fission. Le potentiel de la méthode des traces de fission dans son application à la reconstitution de l'histoire thermique des bassins sédimentaires est illustré à partir de l'analyse d'apatites détritiques provenant des bassins intérieur et côtier du Gabon d'une part et du bassin d'Otway en Australie du Sud d'autre part. The characteristic property of fission tracks to record paleotemperatures provides a unique possibility of setting thermal events in their geological context and hence of quantitatively modeling the thermal histories of rocks. The fission track apatite-thermometer records paleotemperatures in the interval between 30 and 170°C, a range that includes the temperatures generally considered to be required for the optimum formation of liquid hydrocarbons. The formation, maturation and destruction of hydrocarbons, as well as the

  1. Determination of fission cross-section and absolute fission yields using track-cum gamma-ray spectrometric technique

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    The fission cross-section of 233Pa(2nth, f) using fission track technique has been determined for the first time using thermal neutron flux of the reactor APSARA. This is important from the point of view of advance heavy water reactor (AHWR), which is to be described. On the other hand, the yields of fission products in the fast neutron induced fission of minor actinides are important from the point accelerator driven sub critical system (ADSS). In view of that, absolute yields of fission products in the fast neutron induced fission of 238U, 237Np, 238,240Pu, 243Am and 244Cm have been determined using the fission track-cum gamma-ray spectrometric technique. The total number of fission occurring in the target was estimated by track technique, whereas the activities of the fission products have been determined using gamma-ray spectrometric technique. Detailed procedure and its importance are to be discussed. (author)

  2. A fission track pilot study of the thermal effects of rifting on the onshore Nova Scotian margin, Canada

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    The onshore flanks of the Nova Scotian passive margin record a complex thermal history of Acadian (Devonian) plutonism with an Alleghanian/Hercynian overprint, followed by two phases of mafic dike intrusion in southern Nova Scotia at ca. 230-220 Ma and 195-185 Ma, the latter event accompanied by basaltic volcanism along the Fundy Basin to the west. Preliminary calculations based on new apatite fission track apparent ages and etchable track length data from throughout central and southern Nova Scotia indicate that some apatites appear to contain fission tracks that formed after the Alleghanian/Hercynian thermal disturbance but prior to rift-related igneous activity at about 195-185 Ma, whereas others may have experienced complete annealing during this latter event. This difference may have been due to either an areal effect of the thermal pulse associated with rifting, or the effect of differential erosion, or both. If the geothermal gradients were not strongly affected by thermal events, approximately 4.5 km of erosion may have occurred over the entire Nova Scotian margin since the Permian. (author)

  3. The changing face of fission track dating: recent advances

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    Fission Track Dating has undergone something of a renaissance in recent years. What began as a rather unreliable method of geochronology has now become a rigorous and dependable means of measuring not only geological time but also paleotemperatures. Developments such as the zeta calibration technique, rigorous satistical data analysis, investigation of confined track lengths and detailed studies of annealing behaviour have all contributed to advances in the technique

  4. Characteristics of diallyl phthalate resin as a fission track detector

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    Diallyl phthalate (DAP) resin plates were irradiated with fission fragments, and then etched in aqueous solution of KOH. Etched tracks were observed and counted by using an optical microscope. The detection efficiency of fission fragments was about 100% for both perpendicular and random incidence. DAP plates were insensitive to alpha particles and fast neutrons. These characteristics are suitable for detecting selected fission fragments, which coexist with alpha particles or fast neutrons. DAP plates are valuable for quantitative analysis of fissionable materials and neutron dosimetry. DAP and allyl diglycol carbonate (CR-39) were formed into copolymers in various ratios. The copolymers showed intermediate characteristics between DAP and CR-39. The fabrication of the copolymers made it possible to control the discrimination level for detection of heavy charged particles.

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

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    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

  6. Fission track age of granite batholith from Southern Tibet: implications for the plateau uplift

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    ZHAO Zhidan; MO Xuanxue; GUO Tieying; ZHANG Shuangquan; ZHOU Su; DONG Guochen; WANG Liangliang; ZHANG Fengqin; WAN Jinglin

    2003-01-01

    Fission track (FT) ages of apatite and zircon from four granite batholiths from Lhasa and Shannan areas are measured. The FT ages of apatite range from 3.2 to 8.3 Ma, corresponding to the uplift rates of 0.12 to 0.20 mm*a-1 during this period. The uplift height is 580 m, showing that there is not large-scale rapid uplifting in southern Tibet from 3.2 to 8.3 Ma. The zircon FT ages of Lhasa batholith are 25.9±1.7 and 32.7±2.8 Ma, yielding an uplift rate of 0.08 mm*a-1 between 26 and 33 Ma. Combining this work with other studies, it is suggested that the average uplift rate in southern Tibet is low from the time of collision between India and Asian continents to ~3 Ma. The uplift of Tibetan Plateau seems to have finished in multi-stage processes with varied rates.

  7. Radiometric dating of sediments using fission tracks in conodonts

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    Sachs, H.M.; Denkinger, M.; Bennett, C.L.; Harris, A.G.

    1980-01-01

    Conodonts are microfossils which are commonly found in marine rocks of Cambrian to Triassic age. Although their biological affinities are difficult to assess, conodonts are valuable stratigraphical indices for much of their geological range1. Recent work has also established that conodont colour alteration indices (CAI) are useful guides to diagenetic temperatures and hence burial depth2. Fission tracks3 in conodonts allow measurement of uranium concentrations and estimates of 'age' to be made using isotopic methods4. We report here that fission tracks counted in irradiated, thermally unaltered (as indicated by CAI) middle Palaeozoic conodonts indicate typical uranium concentrations of ???1 part in 10 9, with some samples higher. A single specimen of Siphonodella from the Lower Mississippian yielded an age estimate of 380??140 Myr consistent with conventional interpolations. This method may also allow the unroofing of deeply buried sediments to be dated. ?? 1980 Nature Publishing Group.

  8. Fission track ages of some Himalayan muscovites (Kathmandu valley, Nepal)

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    The fossil fission track technique has been used for dating of Himalayan muscovites of Kathmandu valley, Nepal. The mean ages obtained for different locations range from 2.5 +- 0.6 m.y. to 23 +- 3.3 m.y. The uranium concentration has been estimated to be 10-10 atom/atom. The experimental results confirm that the Himalayan orogeny belongs to the tertiary era. (author)

  9. Obsidian ages from Ecuador by the fission track dating

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    Fission track dating was applied in order to study obsidian samples originated from Mullumica and Callejones flows, Oyacachi, Ecuador. Preliminary data show that the ratio between the mean diameter os spontaneous and induced tracks is about 0.9, an indication that the analysed samples were submitted to small fading during their geological histories. Ages were obtained around 0.2 x 106a, in agreement with Miller and Wagners's results. Ages ranging from 0.17 x 106a up to 0.23 x 106a were obtained correcting the apparent ages by means of the plateau method. (author)

  10. Etude de la migration thermique des produits de fission molybdène, technétium et iode dans les apatites

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    2000-01-01

    Dans l'optique d'un stockage en site géologique des déchets nucléaires à vie longue, les apatites sont envisagées, d'une part comme matrice de confinement d'actinides ou de produits de fission à vie longue, et d'autre part, comme matériaux incorporés dans les barrières ouvragées. Nos travaux consistent à étudier la migration dans les apatites des produits de fission en fonction de la température. Nous avons choisi d'étudier l'iode 129, de période 16 millions d'années et le technétium 99, de p...

  11. Igneous rocks emplacement and exhumation of sedimentary basement. Fission track age determination on the Osuzuyama volcano-plutonic complex and surrounding rocks, Miyazaki prefecture, Southwest Japan

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    Fourteen fission track apatite ages and thirteen zircon ages are measured for the Osuzuyama volcano-plutonic complex (OVPC) and the surrounding Hyuga unit in Kyushu, Southwest Japan. The average apatite OVPC age is 12.6±0.9 (±1σ) Ma, slightly younger than the average zircon age of 15.2±0.5 (±1σ) Ma which is consistent with K-Ar ages reported before. Apatite ages of the nearby Hyuga unit are more or less older than the average apatite OVPC age, suggesting that the OVPC age would represent time of slow cooling after intrusion rather than the time of exhumation. Compared to the previously reported apatite data from the Shimanto accretionary complex at the north of the studied area, the age here is older and indicates less exhumation of the studied region. Given reasonable assumptions, the difference in the amount of exhumation since Miocene is estimated being larger than ∼1 km, probably controlled by the material to be exhumed and local geological setting. (author)

  12. Uranium trace analysis in human blood using fission track technique

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    Fission track technique makes the measurement of the content of uranium in human blood. By choosing solid state nuclear track detectors of the high sensitivity, uranium can be determined using U(n,f) reaction. Blood samples are directly taken from finger and irradiated in a nuclear reactor at a thermal neutron flux of 3.5 x 1016 n/cm2. In normal human blood, the uranium contents varied from 2.43 to 3.80 x 10-10 g/ml, the average of the values is (3.06 ± 0.10) x 10-10 g/ml. In U-exposed workers blood, it varied from 3.07 to 5.57 x 10-10 g/ml, the average value is (4.53 ± 0.12) x 10-10 g/ml. In leukemia patients blood, 3.90 to 12.07 x 10-10 g/ml, the mean U-content is (7.74 ± 0.15) x 10-10 g/ml, which is 2.5 times higher than the mean of normal human blood. These results show a possible relation between the leukemia and the uranium content in the blood. If there is such a relationship, the Nuclear Fission Track Technique will be an important diagnostic tool in medicine

  13. Automatic registration of fission fragment tracks with a spark gap counting system

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    The theoretical aspects of fission track production in polycarbonate foils are briefly discussed. An automatic counting system for fission tracks based on a spark gap chamber is described. A linear response for low fission track density, typical of environmental and biological samples, was obtained with a 252Cf source using an electrode of 33.2 mm2. The system also functions with electrodes of larger and smaller areas without any major changes in the instrument. (author) 23 refs.; 6 figs

  14. Development of nuclear microfilters using the fission tracks registration technique

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    Nuclear microfilters with mean pores diameter in the range from 1.9 to 10.6 μm have been produced using the fission tracks registration technique in Makrofol KG (8 μm thickness). Fluctuations around 11% and 10% were obtained respectively for the pores size and pores uniformity in the analysis of a typical sample of microfilter. The essential features of the microfilters were similar to those ones, commercially known as Nuclepore and thus they may be routinely employed in the several applications areas of the Industry and Biology. (author)

  15. Thorium determination in water and biological materials by fission track

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    As a segment of a research programme on the study of bioaccumulation of radionuclides, in animals and vegetables from Morro do Ferro, Pocos de Caldas, MG, a fission track method for the determination of low levels of thorium in environmental samples was developed as an alternative for alpha spectroscopy. The study was carried out in early alpha spectroscopy samples, containing high levels of 228 Th activity, which makes difficult the 232 Th determination. A dry way method for thorium evaluation was developed. Pieces of membrane filters, containing La F3 (Th), coupled to Makrofol detectors, were irradiated in the core of a research reactor, IEA-R1 (IPEN). (author)

  16. Determination of uranium on tubers by fission track registration technique

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    The fission track registration technique was used to determine uranium in tubers. The uranium concentration was measured in samples from Pocos de Caldas and Rio de Janeiro vegetable market. In the ashes of Pocos de Caldas' carrots 2,8 ± 0,1 mg U/Kg. The Pocos de Caldas's samples had about seven times the uranium concentration compared with the Rio de Janeiro ones. These results shown the necessity of a continuous control in the surroundings of nuclear installations, including uranium mines, and considering not only tubers but all others vegetables. (author)

  17. Thermal annealing effect on fission fragment track recording properties of polycarbonate

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    Polycarbonate Track Detector is a commonly used Solid State Nuclear Track Detector (SSNTD) to identify the fission fragment. The phenomenon of spontaneous fission was discussed in papers. The most useful polycarbonate track detector Makrofol-N for recording fission tracks was used. This detector is insensitive to detect the light particles background such as alpha particle, proton etc. The present paper deals with the study of thermal annealing and the mass distribution of 252Cf fission fragments using unannealed and annealed Makrofol-N detectors

  18. Fission track dating of the Cenozoic uplift in Mabian area, southern Sichuan Province, China

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    AN YanFen; HAN ZhuJun; WAN JingLin

    2008-01-01

    The apparent ages of samples are obtained from fission track dating of apatite samples collected from the fault zones in Mabian area, southern Sichuan Province.In addition, thermal history is simulated from the obtained data by applying AFTSolve Program, to acquire the thermal evolution history of the samples.The result shows that tectonically the Mabian area was relatively stable between 25 and 3 Ma, compared to the inner parts and other marginal areas of the Tibetan Plateau.The studied area had little response to the rapid uplift events that occurred for several times in the Tibetan Plateau during 25-3 Ma.The latest thermal event related to the activity of the Lidian fault zone (about 8 Ma) is later than that of the Ebian fault zone (18-15 Ma ) to the west, indicating to some extent that the evolution of fault activity in the Mabian area has migrated from west to east.The latest extensive tectonic uplift occurred since about 3 Ma.As compared with the Xianshuihe fault zone, the Mabian area is closer to the eastern margin of the plateau, while the time of fast cooling event in this area is later than that in the southeast segment of the Xianshuihe fault zone (3.6-3.46 Ma).It appears to support the assumption of episodic uplift and stepwise outward extension of the eastern boundary of the Tibetan Plateau in late Cenozoic.

  19. Fission track evidence for the Mesozoic-Cenozoic tectonic uplift of Mt. Bogda, Xinjiang, Northwest China

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    SHEN Chuanbo; MEI Lianfu; PENG Lei; ZHANG Shiwan; LIU Lin; TANG Jiguang

    2006-01-01

    Fission-track dating evidence from 5apatite samples and 4 zircon samples, and modeled time-temperature thermal history indicate that since Late Jurassic-Cretaceous (150 -106 Ma), the uplift process of Mt. Bogda can be divided into four stages of thermal evolution: 150 - 106, 75 -65, 44 -24and 13 -9 Ma. Before 44- 24 Ma, the cooling rate and uplifting rate of the southern and northern segments of Mt. Bogda are almost the same, showing that the uplifting of Mt. Bogda is an overall process.Since 44 - 24 Ma, the uplifting of the southern and northern segments of Mt. Bogda has shown differences. During 42 - 11 Ma, the northern segment of Mt. Bogda was at a steady stage, with the cooling rate being 0.03℃/Ma and the uplifting rate being 0. 001 mm/a. From 11 Ma to the present, the northern segment of Mt. Bogda was at a rapid cooling and uplifting stage, with the cooling rate being 5.72℃/Ma and the uplifting rate being 0.19 mm/a. However, the southern segment of Mt. Bogda has been at a rapid cooling and uplifting stage since 26 Ma, with the cooling rate being 1.24℃/Ma and the uplifting rate being 0.041 mm/a during 26 -9 Ma; 4.88℃/Ma and 0. 163 mm/a from 9 Ma till now.

  20. Fission Track Geochronology of Xiaonanchuan Pluton and the Morphotectonic Evolution of Eastern Kunlun since Late Miocene

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    Apatite fission track (AFT) thermochronology of seven samples from the Xiaonanchuan(小南川) pluton in the Kunlun (昆仑) pass area was carried out, for the purpose of determining the timing of cooling and the relation between the exhumation and the morphotectonic processes. The AFT ages yield low denudation rates of 0.020-0.035 mm/ a during the late Miocene, which correspond to a stable geomorphic and weak tectonic uplifting environment. The low denudation rates can be considered as the approximate tectonic uplifting rates. The AFT geochronology shows paroxysmally rapid cooling since the Pliocene and an apparent material unroofing of more than 3 km in the Xiaonanchuan area. This was not the result of simple denudation. The rapid cooling was coupled with the intensive orogeny since the Pliocene, which was driven by tectonic uplifting. The accelerated relief building was accompanied by a series of faulting, which caused the basin and the valley formation and sinking. The space pattern of the AFT ages also shows differential uplifting, which decreases northwardly. This trend is supported by the regional AFT data, which indicate that the exhumation decreases northwardly in eastern Kunlun. This trend also exists in east-west orientation from the western Kunlun range to the eastern. The uplifting trend is also supported by geomorphic characteristics including the elevation and the relief differences as well as the distribution of the Late Cenozoic volcanism.

  1. Cenozoic pulsed deformation history of northeastern Tibetan Plateau reconstructed from fission-track thermochronology

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    Wang, Xiuxi; Song, Chunhui; Zattin, Massimiliano; He, Pengju; Song, Ai; Li, Jijun; Wang, Qiangqiang

    2016-03-01

    The synorogenic basin deposits and bedrocks of their source terranes within and along the Tibetan Plateau contain fundamental information regarding the spatiotemporal evolution of the largest orogenic plateau on Earth. The Guide-Xining region is located on the northeastern portion of the Tibet and its Eocene-early Pleistocene basin succession is well preserved. By integrating apatite fission-track thermochronology from sedimentary and basement samples, with heavy minerals and paleocurrent data, we decipher an almost complete sequence of exhumation and depositional events during the Cenozoic. Our data indicates that the initial deformation along the Guide-Xining region occurred since the Eocene, with the reorganization of the regional tectonomorphology and the formation of a broad basin. Thereafter, this single large basin was disrupted by multiple episodes of exhumation and deformation. Our study illuminate that the multiple-stage active processes (occurred at 49-42, 36-32, 23-19, 16-13 and 8-4 Ma) work together to produce the current NE Tibetan Plateau.

  2. Fission-track thermochronology of the Wind River Range and other basement-cored uplifts in the Rocky Mountain foreland

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    Fission-track analysis of apatites from basement rocks of the Laramide foreland provides information about the timing, magnitude, and apparent rate of uplift of the mountain ranges in this area. One hundred thirty-five samples were collected from various mountain ranges in the Wyoming and northern Colorado foreland, with special emphasis on the Wind River Range. Apatite ages from the flanks of the range indicate that uplift may have initiated in the Wind Rivers by about 85 Ma, but was definitely occurring by 75 Ma. Weaker evidence suggests that uplift had commenced by 100 Ma. Data from Green River Lakes and Fremont Peak in the northern part of the range indicate that uplift/cooling was occurring around 62 Ma, and was most rapid between 60 and 57 Ma. Apparent uplift rates vary from 94 m/m.y. to 246 m/m.y. in this section of the Wind Rivers. Samples from a drill hole in the central Wind Rivers have apatite ages ranging from 37 Ma to 86 Ma, confirm the rapid uplift event at 60 Ma, and suggest a significant cooling event at approximately 42 Ma involving nearly 2 km of the rock column. Ages from the Medicine Bow and bighorn ranges suggest possible uplift as early as 100 Ma. Evidence confirm that uplift was definitely occurring by 75 Ma throughout the foreland, and continued through at least 58 Ma. Data from the Beartooth Range, Park Range, and Laramie Range suggest a rapid uplift/cooling event at about 62 Ma. Data collected from Precambrian/Cambrian boundary localities throughout Wyoming indicate that the basement surface was largely within a zone of partial track annealing prior to the Laramide orogeny, and has been uplifted no more than about 5-6 km relative to the present day surface

  3. The registration-temperature dependence of heavy-ion track-etch rates and annealing sensitivity in crystals: Implications for cosmic ray identification and fission track dating of meteorites

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    Etch rates and etchable lengths of cosmic ray tracks in meteoritic crystals have been used by several workers to derive the charge spectrum of ancient cosmic rays. This is done by comparing the fossil cosmic ray track record with fresh accelerator-produced calibration tracks. These calibration tracks are generally produced at room temperature, while meteorites spend a high proportion of their lifetimes orbiting at large distances from the Sun (≅ 3-5 AU) and are, consequently, at much lower temperatures (typically ≅ 100-150 K) during most of their cosmic ray exposure ages. We have irradiated crystals of apatite, olivine, enstatite and diposide held at 77, 293, 473 and 573 K, with 2 MeV/nucleon 81Br ions, and then etched them. We find that their track etching properties are dependent upon the temperature of the mineral during registration. The track etch velocity generally increases with registration temperature up to ≅ 300 or 500 K (the upper limit depending upon the type of crystal). Our results also indicate that the annealing sensitivity of fission tracks in fluorapatite may be influenced by the registration temperature. This temperature dependence has important implications not only for cosmic ray particle identification but also for fission track dating of meteorites in view of the fact that the meteorite parent bodies were at elevated temperatures at the beginning of their life when 244Pu fisson tracks were being generated abundantly. (orig.)

  4. The evidence of fission-track data for the study of tectonic thermal history in Qinshui Basin

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    Ren, Z.L.; Xiao, H.; Liu, L.; Zhang, S.; Qin, Y.; Wei, C.T. [North West University of Xian, Xian (China)

    2005-12-15

    The thermal history of the Qinshui Basin has been studied by using the fission-track analysis of apatite and zircon, integrated analysis of tectonic evolution, magmatic activity and other palaeogeothermal analysis data. Results indicate that the palaeogeothermal gradient between the late-Paleozoic era and the mid-Mesozoic era is relatively low and the palaeogeothermal gradient in the late-Mesozoic is up to 5.56 {sup o}C/100 m in the middle, and the values are relatively higher in the north and south margins of the basin, reaching over 8.00{sup o}C/100 m, which indicates that there was an anomalous tectonic thermal event in the thermal history of Qinshui Basin. This event happened in 110 - 140 Ma, and the main peak value was between 120 and 140 Ma. This anomalous tectonic thermal event is controlled by the strengthening thermal mobility of the lithosphere and magmatic intrusion. The maturity of the Permo-Carboniferous coal series mainly was controlled by this anomalous thermal field. The apatite fission track date of samples across the basin shows that a rapid tectonic uplifting with cooling existed 26.2-11.5 Ma ago and the upliftings in the north and south of the basin happened earlier than that in the middle. The Permo-Carboniferous strata had been completely annealed in the early 50 Ma, palaeotemperature over 125{sup o}C. Since then, especially from Oligocene-Miocene epoch, the strata which experienced large-scale tectonic upliftings with rapid cooling have been kept out of the annealing belt (70-125{sup o}C) in a relative low temperature environment. The late Mesozoic tectonic thermal event control hydrocarbon production peak (late Jurassic to early Cretaceous period) of Permo-Carboniferous strata in Qinshui Basin. When the strata experienced upliftings with rapid cooling since Oligocene-Miocene epoch, the hydrocarbon generation of coal series had stopped.

  5. Apatite fission track dating of the post-magmatic apatite + hematite + carbonate assemblage from the Jumilla lamproites (SE Spain)

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    Barbero, Luis; Martínez Monasterio, E.; Domínguez Bella, S.

    1999-01-01

    En este trabajo se presentan los resultados de la datación mediante la técnica de huellas de fisión en apatito de las venas incluidas dentro de las lamproitas de la localidad de Jumilla (Murcia). Los resultados obtenidos están de acuerdo con las edades K-Ar obtenidas en sanidinas y K-richterítas de la roca lamproítica. Estudios de inclusiones fluidas han revelado que la temperatura de cristalización de las venas debió ser de unos 630-700°C y que por lo tanto éstas son de carácter tardi-magmát...

  6. Effect of α-damage on fission-track annealing in zircon

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    Kasuya, Masao; Naeser, Charles W.

    1988-01-01

    The thermal stability of confined fission-track lengths in four zircon samples having different spontaneous track densities (i.e., different amounts of ??-damage) has been studied by one-hour isochronal annealing experiments. The thermal stability of spontaneous track lengths is independent of initial spontaneous track density. The thermal stability of induced track lengths in pre-annealed zircon, however, is significantly higher than that of spontaneous track lengths. The results indicate that the presence of ??-damage lowers the thermal stability of fission-tracks in zircon.

  7. Dating by fission tracks in archaeology. 1. Principles and experimental methods

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    The principles of dating method by uranium fission tracks are shortly exposed. The conditions of application to the archaeology are discussed, in particular for the volcanic glasses, where the fossil fission tracks are often affected of a beginning of effacement. (L.C.)

  8. Automatic counting of fission fragments tracks using the gas permeation technique

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    Yamazaki, I M

    1999-01-01

    An automatic counting system for fission tracks induced in a polycarbonate plastic Makrofol KG (10 mu m thickness) is described. The method is based on the gas transport mechanism proposed by Knudsen, where the gas permeability for a porous membrane is expected to be directly related to its track density. In this work, nitrogen permeabilities for several Makrofol films, with different fission track densities, have been measured using an adequate gas permeation system. The fission tracks were produced by irradiating Makrofol foils with a 252Cf calibrated source in a 2 pi geometry. A calibration curve fission track number versus nitrogen permeability has been obtained, for track densities higher than 1000/cm sup 2 , where the spark gap technique and the visual methods employing a microscope, are not appropriate for track counting.

  9. Automatic counting of fission fragments tracks using the gas permeation technique

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    An automatic counting system for fission tracks induced in a polycarbonate plastic Makrofol KG (10 μm thickness) is described. The method is based on the gas transport mechanism proposed by Knudsen, where the gas permeability for a porous membrane is expected to be directly related to its track density. In this work, nitrogen permeabilities for several Makrofol films, with different fission track densities, have been measured using an adequate gas permeation system. The fission tracks were produced by irradiating Makrofol foils with a 252Cf calibrated source in a 2π geometry. A calibration curve fission track number versus nitrogen permeability has been obtained, for track densities higher than 1000/cm2, where the spark gap technique and the visual methods employing a microscope, are not appropriate for track counting

  10. Dating by fission track method: study of neutron dosimetry with natural uranium thin films

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    Fission track dating is described, focalizing the problem of the decay constant for spontaneous fission of 238 U and the use of neutron dosimetry in fission track analysis. Experimental procedures using thin films of natural uranium as neutron dosimeters and its results are presented. The author shows a intercomparison between different thin films and between the dosimetry with thin film and other dosimetries. (M.V.M.). 52 refs, 12 figs, 9 tabs

  11. Detection efficiencies of solid state nuclear track detectors for fission fragments

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    Detection efficiencies of solid state nuclear track detectors (SSNTDs) for fission fragments have been calibrated with the help of Au-Si surface barrier detector and fission chamber. The results obtained for thin fission source are given for muscovite mica; polycarbonate foil; polyester; phosphate glass; silicate glass; and quartz. Corrections have been made for the effect of backscattering of fission fragments by Au-Si surface barrier detector on the detection efficiencies with a special designed arrangement using SSNTD. The effects of backscattering of fission fragments on detection efficiencies range from 0 for silicate glass to 2.6% for polycarbonate foil (Chaoyan) for using Au-Si as backing material. A discussion was given to the effect of critical angles of SSNTDs on the correction for self absorption of fission fragments in thick fission sources. A formula is given to calculate the detection efficiency of SSNTDs for fission fragments from fission sources of various thickness. (author)

  12. Cretaceous—Quaternary tectonic evolution of the Tatra Mts (Western Carpathians: constraints from structural, sedimentary, geomorphological, and fission track data

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    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available The Tatra Mts area, located in the northernmost part of Central Western Carpathians on the border between Slovakia and Poland, underwent a complex Alpine tectonic evolution. This study integrates structural, sedimentary, and geomorphological data combined with fission track data from the Variscan granite rocks to discuss the Cretaceous to Quaternary tectonic and landscape evolution of the Tatra Mts. The presented data can be correlated with five principal tectonic stages (TS, including neotectonics. TS-1 (~95-80 Ma is related to mid-Cretaceous nappe stacking when the Tatric Unit was overlain by Mesozoic sequences of the Fatric and Hronic Nappes. After nappe stacking the Tatric crystalline basement was exhumed (and cooled in response to the Late Cretaceous/Paleogene orogenic collapse followed by orogen-parallel extension. This is supported by 70 to 60 Ma old zircon fission track ages. Extensional tectonics were replaced by transpression to transtension during the Late Paleocene to Eocene (TS-2; ~80-45 Ma. TS-3 (~45-20 Ma is documented by thick Oligocene-lowermost Miocene sediments of the Central Carpathian Paleogene Basin which kept the underlying Tatric crystalline basement at elevated temperatures (ca. > 120 °C and < 200 °C. The TS-4 (~20-7 Ma is linked to slow Miocene exhumation rate of the Tatric crystalline basement, as it is indicated by apatite fission track data of 9-12 Ma. The final shaping of the Tatra Mts has been linked to accelerated tectonic activity since the Pliocene (TS-5; ~7-0 Ma.

  13. Cosmic history of the Bragin pallasite: evidence from the fission-track analysis

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    Chronology is rather a weak point in the investigation of pallasites, the stony-iron meteorites. No chronological data are known for the Bragin pallasite. Our attempt to reconstruct its cosmic history was based on the interpretation of fission-track analysis data. To apply this method only uranium-rich phosphates can be used. Extremely rare grains of stanfieldite were extracted from the silicate sawing residue and from the pallasite sample directly. The researches pursued by us made it possible to find two populations of fossil tracks in stanfieldite grains. The tracks of these populations strongly differed both in size, shape and character of distribution. The first population, consisting of short (L∼2-6 μm instead of L∼8-12 μm for induced fission tracks), round-shaped tracks irregularly distributed, as we suppose, suffered an intense heating process, which caused a significant amount of partial annealing. The second population, consisting of longer (L∼8-12 μm), rhombic-shaped tracks homogeneously distributed, occurred after this thermal event. Only the second population track density was used for the fission-track age calculation. After correction of the fossil track density, consisting of the second population tracks, for other possible track sources, the revealed tracks were unequivocally identified as those due to the spontaneous fission of 244Pu and 238U. The largest part of them was attributed to the spontaneous fission of 244Pu; ρPu/ρU∼3. The model fission-track age of the studied pallasite turned out to be 4.20 Gyr. This value fix the time of the last shock/thermal event in the cosmic history of the Bragin pallasite, which had caused the partial annealing of tracks presented to that time and 'fission-track clock' reset

  14. Dating of zircons by the fission track method

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    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 et.al., 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

  15. Varying Track Etch Rates along the Fission Fragments' Trajectories in CR-39 Detectors

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    We determine the behavior of track etch rate VT along the tracks in CR-39 detectors exposed to fission fragments from 252Cf source. CR-39 detectors are etched at 70°C in different concentrations of Na2CO3-mixed 6M NaOH solutions for different etching time intervals of 5–10 min starting from 15 min up to 210 min. Two values of track etch rate are determined along the fission fragment trajectories. The variation in VT is correlated with the energy loss rate of the fission fragment in the detector material

  16. Polyphase evolution of Pelagonia (northern Greece revealed by geological and fission-track data

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    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available The Pelagonian zone, between the External Hellenides/Cyclades to the west and the Axios/Vardar/Almopia zone (AVAZ and Rhodope to the east, was involved in late Early Cretaceous and in Late Cretaceous-Eocene orogenic events whose duration are still controversial. This work constrains their late thermal imprints. New and previously published zircon (ZFT and apatite (AFT fission-track ages show cooling below 240°C of the metamorphic western AVAZ imbricates between 102 and 93–90 Ma, of northern Pelagonia between 86 and 68 Ma, of the eastern AVAZ at 80 Ma and of western Rhodope at 72 Ma. At the regional scale, this heterogeneous cooling is coeval with subsidence of Late Cretaceous marine basin(s that unconformably covered since 100 Ma the Early Cretaceous (130–110 Ma thrust system. Thrusting restarted at 70 Ma in the AVAZ and migrated across Pelagonia to reach the External Hellenides at 40–38 Ma. Renewed thrusting in Pelagonia is attested at 68 Ma by abrupt and rapid cooling below 240°C and erosion of the basement rocks. ZFT and AFT in western and eastern Pelagonia, respectively, set at 40 Ma the latest thermal imprint related to thrusting. Central-eastern Pelagonia cooled rapidly and uniformly from 240 to 80°C between 24 and 16 Ma in the footwall of a major extensional fault. Extension started even earlier, at 33 Ma in the western AVAZ. Post-7 Ma rapid cooling is inferred from inverse modeling of AFT lengths. It occurred while E–W normal faults were cutting Pliocene-to-recent sediment.

  17. Disintegration constant of uranium-238 by spontaneous fission redetermined by glass track method

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    The disintegration constant of U238 by spontaneous fission using glass as fission fragment detector was redetermined. A film of natural uranium (UO3) prepared by chemical methods on the glass lamina was used in a long time experience of exposure (about 16 years). The good conditions of sample preparation and storage allow to observe, after chemical etching, fission fragment tracks. (M.C.K.)

  18. Development of uranium standard glass for fission tracks technology calibration

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    The uranium standard glass is developed to meet the need of application of fission tracks technology. It's main composition are SiO2, Na2O, CaO, Al2O3, etc. Tests indicate that uranium in the glass is well-distributed; the content (mass fraction) of element B is smaller than 3 μg/g, Cd smaller than 2.1 μg/g, and Th smaller than 0.3 μg/g. The acid-resisting property reaches the level of the first class optical glass; and the moist-resisting property reaches the level of the second class optical glass. The contents of uranium in UB1 and UB2 uranium glass determined by several laboratories are (1.89 +- 0.05) μg/g and (11.2 +- 0.2) μg/g respectively; the stability test after a year indicates that its properties are stable. (11 tabs., 1 figs.)

  19. Measurement of fission cross sections and fragment angular distributions using solid state track detectors

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    Fission cross sections and angular distributions of fission fragments from fissions induced by 14.1 and 15.8 MeV neutrons, respectively, in 232Th, 231Pa, 233U, 235U, 238U, 237Np, 239Pu and 241Am have been studied using Lexan plastic track detectors. A novel experimental set-up evolved from considerations of neutron economy allows simultaneous measurement of angular distribution of fission fragments from five independently fissioning nuclides at a time. The data on angular anistropy were analysed in the perspective of different chances of fissions taking place simultaneously in this energy region. Third-chance fission thresholds for 231Pa and 241Am were estimated from the measured anisotropy values to be 13.2 and 11.1 MeV, respectively. (author)

  20. Dating by fission tracks in archaeology. 2. Characterization and dating of obsidian artefact

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    The ways of obsidian characterization presently used in archaeology are presented. The possibilities of the fission track method are more specially discussed, with two examples of works done in Japan and on any samples of andine America. (L.C.)

  1. The application of apatite fission track analysis to hydrocarbon exploration of Yanqi basin

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    The author introduces the method and principle of AFTA, i.e. annealing characteristics. Through analysing the AFT data of the six Jurassic samples from the Well Bonan-1 and the Well Yancan-1 in the Yanqi Basin, the authors conclude that in the north sag, the thickness of Cenozoic group was generally more than 2000 meters, the north sag was situated in Cenozoic compensation geothermal district, and the maximum palaeo-temperature of the middle-lower Jurassic was about 70-110 degree C in late Cenozoic; while in the south sag, the thickness of Cenozoic group was generally less than 1500 meters, the south sag was situated in Cenozoic deficient geothermal district, and the maximum palaeo-temperature of the lower middle lower Jurassic was about 80-110 degree C in latest Jurassic. The AFT ages show that in the north sag, the uplift event took place in late Cretaceous, while in the south sag, the uplift event took place in early Cretaceous. Therefore the main uplift event of the Yanqi Basin took place in Cretaceous period, and the uplift of the south was earlier than that of the north

  2. Thermal evolution of the Miers Bluff Formation from apatite fission track (Livingston Island, Antarctic Peninsula region)

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    Sell, I.; G. Poupeau; J.M. González Casado; López Martínez, Jerónimo

    2000-01-01

    El análisis de las trazas de fisión en apatitos procedentes de los metasedimentos de bajo grado metamòrfico de la Formación Miers Bluff (Península Hurd, Isla Livingston, Islas Shetland del Sur) muestra que el enfriamiento posterior al pico metamòrfico comenzó hace unos 28 Ma. Este momento coincide con el fin de la actividad magmatica en este arco volcánico. Probablemente, el metamorfismo puede estar relacionado con la actividad magmàtica de este arco volcánico (140-30 Ma). La modelización de ...

  3. Comparative Study of Miocene Fission-Track Chronology and Magneto-Biochronology

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    Kasuya, Masao

    1987-01-01

    Fission-track ages of zircon crystals from 15 Miocene tuff layers in central and northeast Honshu, Japan have been determined. Ten of the sample horizons are controlled by biostratigraphic data of either calcareous nannoplankton or planktonic foraminifera, or both. A comparison between the fission-track ages and the magneto-biostratigraphic constraints shows that the Anomaly 5-Chron 11 correlation is better than the Anomaly 5-Chron 9.

  4. Quantitative determination of uranium in soil samples of Bihar using fission track method

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    Soil samples collected from Barharwa region of Bihar have been analysed for trace uranium concentration using the fission track method. Lexan polycarbonate was used as detector for fission tracks. The uranium in the soil samples were found to vary from 107.11 ng/g to 998.70 ng/g. The data were also compared with the data of soil samples of other Indian states. As reactor neutron spectra is associated with both thermal and fast neutron fluxes, corrections to the uranium data due to fast neutron fission of 232Th present in soil were also applied. (author)

  5. Axial shortening of fission tracks to response thermally driven volume diffusion of lattice vacancies

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    Fission track analysis is a well established analytical methodology used by geologists to determine the range of temperatures a rock has experienced in the past. The technique has been calibrated against an extensive suite of empirical data on the kinetics of fission track annealing. However, despite the techniques widespread use within the earth sciences, there is still no quantitative physical description of the phenomenon of thermally driven track shortening. We have developed a preliminary physical model of fission track annealing based on thermally driven bulk diffusion of vacancies within the crystal lattice. The model is based on current understanding of ion track formation in solids. The initial distribution of lattice defects along the ion trajectory is predicted using current ion-lattice interaction models

  6. Thermo chronology by the fission track method of a passive marge (Ponta Grossa dome in south-eastern Brazil) and within a collision chain (external zone of the alpine arch in France)

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    The dating method by counting fission tracks on apatite (this rock is a geo-thermometer sensitive to weak temperature changes below 150 Celsius degrees) is an efficient tool for the thermal history of rocks. We have used this method in 2 different geological contexts: the Ponta Grossa dome in south-eastern Brazil and the alpine mountain in France. This dating method is based on the fact that some rocks like mica keep fossil remains of the passage of the fission products emitted during the simultaneous fission of uranium 238 present in the rock. This method requires the irradiation in a slow neutron flux of the sample because the initial quantity of uranium is unknown. The age t of the sample is given by the formula: t=(1/l1)*ln[1+(rs/ri)*(l2/l1)*F*σ*I] where: l1 is the alpha decay constant of U238; l2 is the simultaneous fission decay constant of U238, rs is the number of fission tracks in the sample before the irradiation; ri is the number of fission tracks induced by the irradiation; F is the thermal neutron flux; σ is the thermal fission cross-section of U235; and I is the isotopic rate U235/U238. This document is divided into 4 chapters. The first chapter presents the general principle of the method, the mechanisms capable of producing fission tracks and the techniques used to make these tracks visible with an optical microscope. The second chapter deals with the conditions of the irradiation and the calibration of the method. The 2 last chapters are dedicated to the applications to the 2 geological contexts. (A.C.)

  7. Double treeing phenomenon of fission fragment tracks in plastic detectors

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    Several possible theories that explain the formation of double tree observed while detecting 235U fission fragments in plastic detectors have been presented. Two likely explanations have been given: First, 235U fission and the emission of long range alpha 8Be particles, and the second is the spontaneous emission of 4.4 MeV alpha particles from 235U. The assumption backed with appropriate range calculations in Lexan. three less likely causes of the double tree phenomenon are : the recoil of the detector atoms as a result of the collision with fission fragments, the fission fragments themselves being reflected off the stainless-steel sample holder, and some mechanical and physical defects in the detectors at the production or utilization stage. We have made some suggestions related to experimental design that might prove these theories. (Author)

  8. Investigation on 252Cf Fission Fragment Tracks in Polycarbonate Detectors

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    1992-10-01

    Full Text Available Registration and development of fission fragments emitted from /sup 252/Cf source have been carried out in three different polycarbonate detectors. The detectors have been characterised in terms of bulk etch rate and its behaviour. Maximum etchable cone lengths have been compared with the theoretically computed values. Identification of the fission fragments in terms of their mass and charge has been done with the help of the computer programme 'FFR'.

  9. Fission distribution measurements of Atucha's fuel pellets with solid state track detectors

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    Distribution of fissions in a UO2 rod has been measured by means of solid state detectors. Mica muscovite and Makrofol-N detectors were used in the experiment. The merits of mica muscovite relative to the Makrofol-N for the detection of fission fragments have been verified. However both fission track detectors closely agree (0,5%) in the final fission distribution of the UO2 rod. Sensitivity of the detectors shows to be linear in the range between 50.000and 360.000 fission tracks per square centimeter. Due to the high spatial resolution this method is better than any other technique. Determination were made in UO2 pellets similar to the fuel element of the Atucha reactor. The average fission rate in the rod has been measured within 0,8% error, and provides an accurate determination for the distribution of fissions in the rod wich is needed for the determination of energy liberated per fission in the natural uranium rod.(author)

  10. PIXE analysis and fission track dating of obsidian from South American prehispanic cultures (Colombia, Ecuador)

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    In the present work we have coupled PIXE with fission track dating to characterise obsidian artefacts from about 40 archaeological sites of Colombia and Ecuador. PIXE analysis, carried out with the external beam line of the AGLAE tandem accelerator, yields the content in about 15 elements with Z>8, whereas fission track dating is applied to ages in excess of about 10,000 years. About 120 artefacts were investigated by PIXE, of which 50 were dated by fission tracks. Ages and compositions were compared to those of obsidians from all known geological sources of the region. We show that this double characterisation allows us to determine the number of obsidian sources exploited in an ancient past and to give some insight into obsidian circulation

  11. Determination of the uranium concentration in soil solutions by the fission track registration technique

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    The fission tracks registration technique was used to determine the uranium concentration in soil solutions. The Makrofol KG, a synthetic plastic manufactured by Bayer, was used as a detector and the wet method was applied. From the calibration curves obtained, it was possible to determine uranium concentrations in soil solutions, from 90 to 320 μg U/l, with an error between 9.4% and 4.0%, respectively. The method was applied to a few soil samples from Pocos de Caldas, Minas Gerais in Brazil. The uranium concentrations in the sample and residues were also determined by other methods to compare the results obtained; only one sample showed deviation from the results obtained by the fission tracks method. And this discrepancy was explained in a reasonable way. It was shown that the fission tracks technique can be used with sucess for application in soil solutions. (Author)

  12. Fission-track-age records of the Mesozoic tectonic-events in the southwest margin of the Ordos Basin, China

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    Based on the analysis of apatite and zircon fission track (FT), the FT age distribution and the peck-ages of the Mesozoic tectonic events in the southwest margin of the Ordos Basin (OB) were discussed. (1) The early event mainly occurred at 213-194 Ma with a peck-age of 205 Ma, and corresponded to the tectonic uplift and the mega-clastic deposit in the southwest OB during the Late Triassic. (2) The middle event included at least two episodes. One was at 165-141 Ma with a peck-age of 150 Ma, and the other was at 115-113 Ma with a peck-age of 114 Ma, corresponding to the over-thrusting and the mega- clastic deposits in the southwest OB during the Late Jurassic to the Early Cretaceous. (3) The late event mainly demonstrated the regional uplifting and included at least two episodes. One was at 100-81 Ma with a peck-age of 90 Ma, and the other was at 66-59 Ma with a peck-age of 63 Ma. Additionally, the relationship analysis of the tectonic event and the mineralizing chronology revealed that the extreme environment of the peck-age event and the subsequent moderate activity could be the key factors of the multiple resources coupling and coexistence in the OB.

  13. Geochronologic (K-Ar/Fission track) east-west profile of the Rio Grande do Sul shield

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    An E-W sampling was executed from Pelotas to Dom Pedrito, Rio Grande do Sul state, for K-Ar and Fission-track (FT) dating. Within the Dom Feliciano Orogenic Belt, from pelotas to Pinheiro Machado, K-Ar in biotites increase from 530m.y. to 655 m.y., with a discontinuity at the level of the approx.10Km wide Cangacu cataclastic Zone. In two samples from the Rio de La Plata Craton, at the western end of our profile, hornblendes present K-Ar ages of 1.555m.y. and 1.594m.y. FT ages in apatites record cooling of these minerals below 120 + - 200C. From Pelotas to Pinheiro Machado, four sample present concordant ages at 270 + - 10m.y., whiel western most sample records a later event at 216 m.y. From the structure of plateau-ages it is suggested that the events dated are two positive tectonic pulses. Examination of the sedimentary of the Parana Basin confirms this interpretation. We therefore dated isotopically, for the firts time in Rio Grande do Sul basement, the ages of the two tectonic pulses wich affected the sedimentation in the Parana Basin. (Author)

  14. Geochronologic (K-Ar/Fission Track) east-west profile of the Rio Grande do Sul shield

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    An E-W sampling was executed from Pelotas to Dom Pedrito, Rio Grande do Sul State, for K-Ar and fission-track (FT) dating. Within the Dom Feliciano Orogenic Belt, from Pelotas to Pinheiro Machado, K-Ar in biotites increase from 530 m.y. to 655 m.y., with a discontinuity at the level of the 10 km wide Cangacu cataclastic Zone. In two samples from the Rio de La Plata Craton, at the Western end of our profile, hornblendes present K-Ar ages of 1.555 m.y and 1.594 m.y. FT ages in apatites record the cooling of these minerals below 120+- 200C. From Pelotas to Pinheiro Machado, four samples present concordant ages at 270+ -10 m.y., while the western sample records a later event at 216 m.y. From the structure of plateau-ages it is suggested that the events dated are two positive tectonic pulses. Examination of the sedimentary of the Parana Basin confirms this interpretation. We therefore dated isotopically, for the first time in Rio Grande do Sul basement, the ages of the two tectonic pulses which affected the sedimentation in the Parana Basin. (Author)

  15. 裂变径迹定年的过渡方法——Zeta法%Transition Method in Fission Track Dating—Zeta Method

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    李小明

    2001-01-01

    本文对裂变径迹Zeta法定年及应用现状作了简单的介绍。采用国产的铀标准玻璃UB2标定了磷灰石的Zeta常数,并对Zeta法的过渡性进行了分析探讨。最后对Zeta法过渡到绝对法提出了粗浅的看法。%A brief introduction about Zeta method in fission track dating and the present status of application are given, and Zeta value of apatite is calibrated with UB2 uranium standard glass. Then the transition of Zeta method is analyzed and discussed. Finally simple views on Zeta method transition to absolute method is put forward in this paper.

  16. Determination in soils of soluble uranium fraction in acid medium by fission tracks registration techniques

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    The fission tracks registration technique was used to determine the concentration of uranium in soil solutions. The Makrofol KG, a synthetic plastic manufactured by Bayer, was used as a detector and the wet method was applied. The method was applied to a few samples of soils from Pocos de Caldas, Minas Gerais in Brazil. The concentrations of uranium in the samples and residues were also determined by other methods to compare the results obtained; only one sample showed deviation among the results obtained by the fission tracks method. (author)

  17. Obsidian dating by fission track method; Datacao de obsidianas com o metodo dos tracos de fissao

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    Araya, A.M.O.

    1990-12-01

    The fission track method was employed to obtain the age of twelve obsidian sample from Ecuador. By using the plateau-age correction method, we obtained the true age of each sample and were able to identify four groups of ages in the studied area. Thereafter we studied the fading of fission tracks in two obsidian samples with different origins: Yanaurcu, Ecuador and Monte Arci, Italy. We constructed Arrhenius plots and calculated activation energies for both samples. The results from thermal annealing experiments were compared with theoretical curves obtained by integrating an equation proposed by Shukolyukov et al (1965). (author). 43 refs, 20 figs, 10 tabs.

  18. Detection of fissile materials in smeared or air filter samples by fission track registration technique

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    The fission track registration technique was investigated for the detection of fissile materials in smeared and air filter samples. The filters taken directly from the nuclear facilities were applied onto the surface of Lexan plate for neutron irradiation in the HANARO research reactor. The fission tracks in the Lexan plate were observed under optical microscope. The optimal conditions for the neutron irradiation and chemical etching were established, where the total neutron irradiation dose was 300x1013n/cm2 and the chemical etching was done in 6.25 M-NaOH solution for 10 min., respectively

  19. The quantitative determination of uranium in human hair by fission track measurements

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    Human hairs containing a uranium burden were placed in contact with a mica sheet as the recording matrix and irradiated in a thermal neutron flux. The fission fragment tracks penetrating the mica were etched and counted. Calculations have been made to show the losses due to the fission fragment range being less than the diameter of the hair and for the variation of track density with distance from the line of contact between the hair and the mica. Experimental data from 50 μm diameter hair and those derived by calculation were compared. (author)

  20. Preparation of two uranium glass reference materials for fission-track dating of geological samples

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    The European Commission produced and certified uranium glass for fission-track dating in 1996 (Reference Material IRMM-540). This material is now out of stock and a project for the preparation of two new reference glasses is underway. The new glasses, containing nominally 15 and 55 mg kg-1 uranium, were prepared from blended oxide powder, and cast using an improved method, which minimised micro-scale defects and optimised the yield. Glass rods were produced which were then cut into discs of 2 mm thickness and 15 mm diameter and subsequently polished. Uranium homogeneity and fission-track stability are critical properties of the glass. An extensive study was carried out to verify the homogeneity by fission-track counting, investigating both within-disc and between disc effects, and to investigate potential track fading due to thermal annealing. No evidence of uranium heterogeneity was detected. The stability study, using an 'isochronous' method, in which all measurements are made at the end of exposure to artificial ageing, is still underway. The reference material will be certified for isotopic composition (natural), uranium mass fraction and neutron fluence (one disc out of each set of three will be irradiated, together with a mica foil, to induce fission tracks in a certified fluence). The reference materials will be released as IRMM-540R (15 mg kg-1 U) and IRMM-541 (55 mg kg-1 U)

  1. Age and uranium content of soil micas from Antarctica by the fission particle track replica method

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    A replica method was developed for fission particle track age dating and determination of uranium content of micas in a Wright Valley, Antarctica, soil and parent rock. The mica particles in the soil were relatively small, fragile, and easily dissolved by chemical etchings. Muscovite mica flakes were therefore used as a replicating substrate to register induced fission tracks of the soil mica. The micas from three soil horizons (0 to 10, 10 to 30, and 30 to 50 cm depths) and parent rock, in four size fractions (100 to 500, 2 to 5, 0.2 to 2, and <0.2μm) were examined to illustrate use of the method. The fission track age of the soil mica particles was 4.1 +- 0.2 million years (MY), slightly older than the minimum landscape (glacial bench) age of 3.7 +- 0.2 MY obtained previously by K-Ar dating of a volcanic cone formed after the glacial valley was formed. The ages of the 2 to 5, 0.2 to 2, and <0.2μm fractions were the same as for the 100 to 500 μm flakes, when the spontaneous track density was calculated from that of the latter, in proportion to the U content. The fission track age of parent rock mica was 151 million years. The U content of the soil mica was 0.5 to 1.6 ppM which is 20 to 50 times higher than that of mica from the parent rock (0.03 ppM). The mica in the soil appears from age and petrographic thin-section results to be of pedogenic origin, formed by replacement in feldspars after the bench was carved. The fission particle track replica method is useful for age-dating of micas in soils, for determining trace amounts of uranium in micas, and for study of soil genesis in the Antarctic cold desert

  2. The kinetics of alpha-decay-induced amorphization in zircon and apatite containing weapons-grade plutonium or other actinides

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    Zircon and apatite form as actinide host phases in several high-level waste forms and have been proposed as host phases for the disposition of excess weapons-grade Pu and other actinides. Additionally, closely-related structure types appear as actinide-bearing phases among the corrosion products of spent nuclear fuel and high-level waste glasses. Self-radiation damage from α-decay of the incorporated Pu or other actinides can affect the durability and performance of these actinide-bearing phases. For both zircon and apatite, these effects can be modeled as functions of storage time and repository temperature and validated by comparison with data from natural occurrences. 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. Models for α-decay effects in zircon and apatite are developed that show α-decay of Pu and other actinides will lead to a crystalline-to-amorphous transformation in zircon, but not in apatite, under conditions typical of a repository, such as the Yucca Mountain site. (orig.)

  3. Thorium content of a mineral ore from Morro do Ferro by fission track technique

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    The feasibility to determine thorium concentrations by fission track technique in samples of mineral ore has been demonstrated. The literature registers only the application of the fission track technique to mineral ore in the case where the fissionable element is uranium. The technique was applied to determine the thorium concentration of an ore sample from Morro do Ferro, taking advantage of the high thorium to uranium ratio in that mineral. The sample analysed presented a thorium concentration of 2467 +- 400 mg Th/Kg ore. The so called wet method was adopted by using the Bayer made Makrofol KG 10μm thick, as the detector foil, immersed in the thorium solution. The technique is also useful to determine thorium concentrations in environmental samples because of the following aspects: high sensitivity; fast chemical separation of interfering elements; low cost; and operational simplicity. (Author)

  4. Estimation of U content in coffee samples by fission-track counting

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    Because coffee is consumed in large quantities by humans, the authors undertook the study of the uranium content of coffee as a continuation of earlier work to estimate the U content of foodstuffs. Since literature on this subject is scarce, they decided to use the well-established fission-track-counting technique to determine the U content of coffee

  5. Thermal history of Tattapani area (Narmada-Son lineament) as revealed by fission-track technique

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    Fission-track ages of core samples from boreholes penetrating basement of Tattapani geothermal area reveal a mean age of 36,796 years. The age records the last thermal impulse due to influx of hot meteoric water. (author). 20 refs., 3 figs., 1 tab

  6. A numerical model for the thermal history of rocks based on confined horizontal fission tracks

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    Jensen, Peter Klint; Hansen, Kirsten; Kunzendorf, Helmar

    1992-01-01

    A numerical model for determination of the thermal history of rocks is presented. It is shown that the thermal history may be uniquely determined as a piece-by-piece linear function on the basis of etched confined, horizontal fission track length distributions, their surface densities, and the...

  7. Zircon fission-track analysis of sediments from the James Ross Island and Seymour Island, Antarctica

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    Murakami, M.; Svojtka, Martin

    -: Japan Geoscience Union, 2006. s. 152-152. [Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2006. 14.05.2006-18.05.2006, Chiba] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30130516 Keywords : zircon * fission-track * Antarctica Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy

  8. A quantitative assessment of geometry factors for use in fission track studies

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    Various reasons are analysed for finding values of the geometry factor G in fission track dating (i.e. the ratio of track density in an 'external' to that in an 'internal' surface) to be greater than the 'ideal' value of 0.5. It is shown that revelation of 'new' tracks by prolonged etching is a minor effect, and that the effects of the minimum observable track length and differing distributions of etched track length in different surfaces are the major causes of values of G much greater than 0.5. It is also shown experimentally that with modern equipment, which allows tracks of approximately 0.5 μm length to be resolved, it is possible to obtain values of G approximately 0.5, and the use of this 'ideal' value introduces little error in the final analysis. The behaviour of some other geometry ratios is also discussed. (author)

  9. Unroofing history of the Sillai Patti granite gneiss, Pakistan: constraints from zircon fission-track dating

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    A group of alkaline igneous rocks is exposed in the north of the Peshawar Plain, extending from Tarbela in the east up to Loe-Shilman near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in the west. The alkaline rocks consist mainly of granites, syenites, gabbros, ijolites and carbonatites. Granitic gneisses of Paleozoic age are exposed at the Malakand and further westward at Sillai Patti. However, the fission-track dating studies on zircon, based on the present work, indicate that the age of the Sillai Patti granite gneiss is less than the absolute age of granite gneisses. Therefore, the zircon fission-track age of 24.28±2.97 Ma of the Sillai Patti granite gneiss, represents a time of post-metamorphic denudation history of the area, when these rocks passed through the 210 deg. C isotherm, corresponding to a depth of about 6.7 km inside the earth's crust from their present position if a paleogeothermal gradient of 30 deg. C/km is assumed to have prevailed. Our average fission-track zircon age of 24.28±2.97 Ma is very similar to the average fission-track zircon age of 25.4±0.7 Ma of Mansehra granites. Average cooling rates of the Mansehra and Sillai Patti granite gneisses have been computed to be (8.00±0.22) deg. C/Ma and (8.00±0.98) deg. C/Ma, while the average denudation rates of the Mansehra and Sillai Patti granite gneisses have been computed to be (0.262±0.007) and (0.274±0.034) mm/yr, respectively, on the basis of zircon fission-track ages for the period between 25 Ma and the present time. This indicates that the two complexes have experienced similar average cooling/uplift-induced denudation histories during the last 25 Ma or so

  10. Fission track astrology of three Apollo 14 gas-rich breccias

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    Graf, H.; Shirck, J.; Sun, S.; Walker, R.

    1973-01-01

    The three Apollo 14 breccias 14301, 14313, and 14318 all show fission xenon due to the decay of Pu-244. To investigate possible in situ production of the fission gas, an analysis was made of the U-distribution in these three breccias. The major amount of the U lies in glass clasts and in matrix material and no more than 25% occurs in distinct high-U minerals. The U-distribution of each breccia is discussed in detail. Whitlockite grains in breccias 14301 and 14318 found with the U-mapping were etched and analyzed for fission tracks. The excess track densities are much smaller than indicated by the Xe-excess. Because of a preirradiation history documented by very high track densities in feldspar grains, however, it is impossible to attribute the excess tracks to the decay of Pu-244. A modified track method has been developed for measuring average U-concentrations in samples containing a heterogeneous distribution of U in the form of small high-U minerals. The method is briefly discussed, and results for the rocks 14301, 14313, 14318, 68815, 15595, and the soil 64421 are given.

  11. Measurement of uranium in human teeth and kidney stones with the fission track technique

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    The measurement of uranium in human teeth and in kidney stones was carried out using the fission track activation technique. In this determination 2759 and 2205 absolute counts of tracks for teeth samples and 1689 tracks for kidney stone samples were performed, respectively. The results are as follows: xsub(tooth) (1)=(0.227+-0.006) ppm, xsub(tooth) (2)=(0.143+-0.007) ppm and xsub(kidney)=(0.568+-0.020) ppm. The experimental method is described and the results are discussed. (author)

  12. The detection of tracks of fission fragments on one-sided aluminized polyester

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    The polymeric or solid state nuclear track detectors are able to detect and register the tracks of high energy charged particles such as alpha, proton and neutron, by chemical or electrochemical etching processes under particular conditions. In this paper, the tracks of fission fragments are studied on polyester film with six micron thickness which is coated by a thin Al. layer at one side. A chamber with two cells are used for chemical etching where the film is inserted as the wall between two isolated cells. The cell which faces to Al. side is filled with etchant and the other cell filled with liquid dielectric. The etchant reaches Al. layer whenever each track etching process completes, then traces of etched tracks on Al. layer may be counted even by naked eye. The optimum parameters of etching time, electric field, etchant and liquid dielectric are determined and the magnification of Al. layer in development of tracks of fission fragments are studied. It is also found that there is a linear relationship between counted tracks density and exposure time, until the saturation occurs

  13. Effects of radiation damage on infra-red and thermoluminescence properties of natural apatites

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    Thermoluminescence (TL) and infra-red (IR) spectra from various natural crystals of apatite have been examined. All naturally damaged samples (the amount of damage being monitored by their fossil fission track density) were found to exhibit a reduced contribution in the thermoluminescence glow intensity relative to that of undamaged one. Annealing the samples for 1 hour at temperatures above 500oC resulted in an increase in TL sensitivity. The investigation shows strong evidence that radiation damage is responsible for the reduced TL sensitivity. High uranium content in apatite sample shows an increasing IR peak intensity at 740 cm-1 with increasing annealing temperature. (Author)

  14. Fission track thermochronology of Neogene plutons in the Principal Andean Cordillera of central Chile (33-35°S): Implications for tectonic evolution and porphyry Cu-Mo mineralization Termocronología mediante trazas de fision de plutones neógenos en la Cordillera Principal Andina de Chile central (33-35°S): Implicancias para la evolución tectónica y mineralización de pórfidos de Cu-Mo

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    Víctor Maksaev; Francisco Munizaga; Marcos Zentilli; Reynaldo Charrier

    2009-01-01

    Apatite fission track data for Miocene plutons of the western slope of the Principal Andean Cordillera in central Chile (33-35°S) define a distinct episode of enhanced crustal cooling through the temperature range of the apatite partial annealing zone (~125-60°C) from about 6 to 3 Ma. This cooling episode is compatible with accelerated exhumation of the plutons at the time of Pliocene compressive tectonism, and mass wasting on the western slope of the Principal Andean Cordillera in central Ch...

  15. Shaping the Australian crust over the last 300 million years: insights from fission track thermotectonic imaging and denudation studies of key terranes

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    Apatite fission track thermochronology is a well-established tool for reconstructing the low-temperature thermal and tectonic evolution of continental crust. The variation of fission track ages and distribution of fission track lengths are primarily controlled by cooling, which may be initiated by earth movements and consequent denudation at the Earth's surface and/or by changes in the thermal regime. Using numerical forward-modelling procedures these parameters can be matched with time-temperature paths that enable thermal and tectonic processes to be mapped out in considerable detail. This study describes extensive Australian regional fission track datasets that have been modelled sequentially and inverted into time-temperature solutions for visualisation as a series of time-slice images depicting the cooling history of present-day surface rocks during their passage through the upper crust. The data have also been combined with other datasets, including digital elevation and heat flow, to image the denudation history and the evolution of palaeo-topography. These images provide an important new perspective on crustal processes and landscape evolution and show how important tectonic and denudation events over the last 300 million years can be visualised in time and space. The application of spatially integrated denudation-rate chronology is also demonstrated for some key Australian terranes including the Lachlan and southern New England Orogens of southeastern Australia, Tasmania, the Gawler Craton, the Mt lsa lnlier, southwestern Australian crystalline terranes (including the Yilgarn Craton) and the Kimberley Block. This approach provides a readily accessible framework for quantifying the otherwise undetectable, timing and magnitude of long-term crustal denudation in these terranes, for a part of the geological record previously largely unconstrained. Discrete episodes of enhanced denudation occurred principally in response to changes in drainage, base

  16. Measurement of the energy spectra of fission fragments using nuclear track detectors and digital image processing

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    Energy spectra of fission fragments were determined using a Nuclear Track Methodology (NTM) supported by digital image analysis and numerical data processing using a standard personal computer. The analysis of a californium (252Cf) spectrum with this approach shows improvement compared with the values reported previously using the standard procedure, in terms of resolution and accuracy. This new method adds full automation to the technical advantages and cost effectiveness of an NTM.

  17. Determination of uranium concentration in domestic water samples by fission track method

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    The sensitive and simple fission track detection technique using a dry method with Melinex-0 plastic track detector was applied for the determination of uranium concentration in samples of domestic water supply plants collected from different states of India, namely West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab and Delhi. The analyses show that uranium concentration of water samples collected from different types of domestic water supply plants varies from 0.6+-0.02 to 19.2+-0.6 μg/l. The present investigations may be useful from the point of view of radiation hygiene. (author) 15 refs.; 1 tab

  18. Natural uranium impurities in fission track detectors and associated geocronological parameters

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    A technique, based in counting neutron induced fission tracks, has been developed for the measurement of uranium impurities in mica. Uranium concentrations of 10-10 and 10-9 (U atom/mica atom) have been measured. As a part of the development of this technique, the mica geological age was also measured, by fossil and induced track detection. The agreement obtained by this method, T = (472+-52) x 106 years with that of (450+-15) x 106 years obtained by the Ar-K technique is satisfactory and is an indirect test of the fission track technique used. A careful analysis of the neutron field parameters and nuclear data used in the age determination was made. This analysis is useful for applications in geocronology. According to this analysis a value of lambdasub(f)=(7.1+-0.1) x 10-17 years-1 is recommended for the spontaneous fission of U238. However, in order to compare the results, the quoted age, T=(472+-52) x 106 years, was obtained with the generally accepted value of lambdasub(f)=(6.85-0.20) x 10-17 years-1 (Fleischer and Price 1964). (author)

  19. Raman spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy characterizations of fission track method datable zircon grains.

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    Resende, Rosana Silveira; Sáenz, Carlos Alberto Tello; Curvo, Eduardo Augusto Campos; Constantino, Carlos José Leopoldo; Aroca, Ricardo F; Nakasuga, Wagner Massayuki

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    Spectroscopic and morphological studies, designed to improve our understanding of the physicochemical phenomena that occur during zircon crystallization, are presented. The zircon fission track method (ZFTM) is used routinely in various laboratories around the world; however, there are some methodological difficulties needing attention. Depending on the surface fission track density observed under an optical microscope, the zircon grain surfaces are classified as homogeneous, heterogeneous, hybrid, or anomalous. In this study, zircon grain surfaces are characterized using complementary techniques such as optical microscopy (OM), micro-Raman spectroscopy, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), both before and after chemical etching. Our results suggest that anomalous grains have subfamilies and that etching anisotropy related to heterogeneous grains is due to different crystallographic faces within the same polished surface that cannot be observed under an optical microscope. The improved methodology was used to determine the zircon fission track ages of samples collected from the Bauru Group located in the north of Paraná Basin, Brazil. A total of 514 zircon grains were analyzed, consisting of 10% homogeneous, about 10% heterogeneous, about 20% hybrid, and 60% anomalous grains. These results show that the age distributions obtained for homogeneous, heterogeneous, and hybrid grains are both statistically and geologically compatible. PMID:25014598

  20. Extrapolation of zircon fission-track annealing models

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    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

  1. The determination of age of the fault activities of Shougou Hill, Guangzhou by thermoluminescence dating and nuclear fission track dating

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    The age of the fault activities had been determined by TL dating and nuclear fission track dating. The results show that the fault of Shougou Hill had large and intense activities in mid-cenozoic era, however, intense activities still occurred in early pleistocene and mid-pleistocene. The last activity of the fault occurred 430 000 years ago. The data of TL dating are conformable with data of nuclear fission track dating

  2. Determination of low levels of uranium impurity by fission track registration using mica and polycarbonate detectors

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    A first attempt to determine low levels of uranium by fission track registration was made by optical counting over wide fields in mica and polycarbonate detectors under high magnification. A homogeneous distribution of fission tracks was achieved by registrations using liquid ampoules and powder pellets. An extremely low uranium concentration in twofold distilled water was determined to be 0.039±0.002 ppb (i.e. ng g-1). Low levels of uranium in solids were determined well by mica and Lexan detectors, viz., 1.42±0.27 ppm (μg g-1) in a photoelectric semiconductor; 0.11±0.03 ppm and 0.06±0.02 ppm in different types of toothpaste. The background uranium content of track detectors and binding material were estimated primarily to be 1.18±0.01 ppb in annealed muscovites (Brazilian Clear Ruby Mica), 1.02±0.23 ppb in Lexan polycarbonate, and 2.20±0.93 ppb in methyl cellulose. Repeated results of uranium determination by duplicate detection, using mica and Lexan on identical samples irradiated at different neutron fluences, were seen to be very consistent. These homogenized track registration techniques can be applied reliably to the determination of low concentrations of uranium impurity, between 10-2 ppb and 10 ppm. (author)

  3. Studies on the Th biodistribution in internal contamination by the fission track method using animals

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    In our previous studies on the U internal contamination, qualitative and quantitative results were obtained by using the fission track methods. In order to obtain complete data on the fissionable element internal contamination using animals, we started a similar study using Th as contaminating element and Wistar London breed rats as laboratory animals. Different ways to obtain internal contaminations were investigated: ingestion, inhalation, absorption by skin and through wounds. In this stage, Wistar-London breed rats of the same sex, weight and age were internal contaminated by 1 ml Th solution ingestion for each rat corresponding to an Annual Limit Intake.The animals were kept in normal life conditions and under permanent medical surveillance up to their sacrifice. Also, their evacuations where sampled every 24 hours. They were sacrificed at different time intervals after their contamination: 2 days (RAT 1), 7 days (RAT 2) and 14 days (RAT 3). After sacrifice, their vital organs were sampled, weighed, calcined, reweighed and finally analysed by track detection using the fission track micromapping technique. This technique was used in the following conditions: - mica-muscovite as track detector pre-etched for fossil tracks 18 h in HF; - the neutron irradiations were performed in the nuclear reactor VVR-S Bucharest at the neutron fluences of 3x1015 - 2x1016 fast neutrons/cm2. In order to check whether there is any U contribution to the fission track densities obtained in track detectors, U existing in the rat body due to food and water, the neutron irradiations of the ensembles were performed with and without 1 mm Cd shielding; - the visualization of the Th induced fission tracks were obtained by chemical etching in HF, 3 h at room temperature; - the Th track micromappings obtained in track detectors were studied by optical microscopy using a stereomicroscope WILD M7S for ensemble study (X6-X31) and a binocular ZEISS JENA microscope for qualitative and

  4. The morphotectonic history of the Atlantic continental margin of South Africa: insights from combined (U-Th)/He and fission track thermochronometry

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    Wildman, M.; Beucher, R.; Brown, R.; Persano, C.; Stuart, F.; Roelofse, F.

    2012-04-01

    The morphotectonic evolution of the South African continental margins and the interior plateau remains unresolved, with the crux of the debate being whether the present day topography represents an eroded remnant of a Cretaceous elevated interior or if the topography is much younger, developed as a result of Miocene epeirogenic-style uplift. In recent years, advances in the understanding of mantle dynamics have led to an appreciation of its importance as a major controlling factor on the evolution of the South African plateau since the break-up of Gondwana. However, constraints on the timing and amount of uplift derived from geodynamical models are still controversial due to a lack of tight constraints on mantle viscosity and density structure and because of differences in the way the plate motions at the surface are incorporated into the different models. It is therefore essential to obtain more directly relevant empirical observations that can be used to test these models. Low temperature thermochronology (LTT) is a powerful tool well able to address this question by providing constraints on the time-temperature history of rocks, denudation, landscape evolution and tectonic history. Over the past two decades, the main focus of LTT analysis in South Africa has been on Apatite Fission Track Analysis (AFTA) which generally supports a dominant Cretaceous (c. 90Ma) uplift event with km-scale erosion, but spatially as well as temporally variable, in the interior of the plateau. However, AFTA data is unable to provide robust constraints on the Tertiary cooling history due to the temperature range covered by the fission track system (e.g. 60-110°C). The (U-Th)/He method with a lower temperature range (c. 40-75°C) will therefore be more sensitive to more recent and smaller amounts of erosion offers a new opportunity to evaluate the magnitude of Cenozoic denudation in southern Africa. Here we present the first (U-Th)/He ages from SW South Africa, obtained from a transect

  5. 233Pa(2nth, f) cross-section determination using a fission track technique

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    The 233Pa(2nth, f) cross-section has been experimentally determined for the first time using a fission track technique. It was found to be 4834 ± 57 b, which is significantly high and thus is very important for 232Th-233U-based fuel in advanced heavy-water reactors (AHWR) and accelerator-driven sub-critical systems (ADSs). This is because the 233Pa is an important intermediary in the thorium-based fuel cycle and thus its fission cross-section is a key parameter in the modeling of AHWR and ADSs. The 233Pa(2nth, f) cross-section was calculated theoretically using the TALYS computer code and found to be in good agreement with the experimental value after normalization with respect to 241Am(2nth, f). (orig.)

  6. Fission track estimation of uranium concentrations in liquid homeopathic medicine samples

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    The ingestion of excessive amount of uranium in homeopathic medicines can damage human's kidneys by preventing normal elimination of urea and other waste products and can cause renal dysfunction. Quantitative determination of uranium in medicines is, therefore, very important. Fission track technique has been applied for the estimation of uranium concentration in homeopathic medicine samples collected from local market. The technique involved simultaneous irradiation of medicine samples and a standard, in contact with track detectors, with thermal neutrons and counting of the fission tracks produced in the detectors as a result of (n, f) nuclear reaction. Uranium concentration in the medicine samples varied from (0.003±0.001)mgL-1 to (0.297±0.010)mgL-1 with an average value of (0.020±0.001)mgL-1. The observed concentrations were less than the permissible intake level of uranium. So, general public is at no risk while using these medicines for treatment purposes

  7. Study on the technical feasibility of Fission-Track dating at two irradiation positions of the RA-6 research reactor

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    The method of Fission-Track dating is based upon the detection of the damage caused by fission fragments from the Uranium contained in geological samples.In order to determine the age of a sample, both the amount of spontaneous fissions occurred and the Uranium concentration must be known.The latter requires the irradiation of the samples inside a reactor with a well-thermalized flux, so that fissions are induced over 235U targets only. Therefore, the Uranium concentration may be determined.The main inconvenient presented by the irradiation sites at the RA-6 MTR-type reactor is that neutron flux is not completely thermal there, which means that fissions due to epithermal and fast neutrons will not be negligible.In the same way, tracks due to fissions of 238U and 232Th will be detected. In order to know the corrections that must be applied to those measurements performed in this reactor, it is necessary to characterize fast flux.Because of it, this laboratory's gamma spectrometry equipment had to be calibrated. After that, several activation detectors were irradiated and results were analyzed. Finally, it was determined that it is feasible to Fission-Track date at the I6 position. However, limitations associated to this method were analyzed for the values of flux measured in the different sites

  8. Fission Track Dating of Authigenic Quartz in Red Weathering Crusts of Carbonate Rocks in Guizhou Province

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    LIU Xiuming; WANG Shijie; ZHANG Feng

    2004-01-01

    The Cenozoic evolution history of Guizhou Province, which is located on the southeastem flank of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, is unclear because of the lack of sedimentation records. The red weathering crusts widespread on the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau may bear critical information about their evolution history. This work firstly determined the ages of four red weathering crusts in eastern, central and northern Guizhou. The material used in fission track dating is well-crystallized quartz occurring in many in-situ weathering crusts of carbonate rocks. The results showed that the fission track ages of quartz vary over a wide range from 1 to 25 Ma in the four profiles, significantly younger than the ages of the Triassic and Cambrian parent rocks. In combination with the evolution history of the regional geology during the period from 25 to 1 Ma, the ages of quartz can exclude the possibility that the origin of quartz has nothing to do with primary clastic minerals in parent rocks, authigenesis during diagenesis and hydrothermal precipitation or replacement by volcanic activities. It is deduced that the well-crystallized quartz was precipitated from Si-rich weathering fluids during the weathering process of carbonate rocks. The recorded ages of quartz from the four profiles are consistent with the episodes of the planation surfaces on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, the forming stages of red soil in the tropics of South China, the tectonically stable periods in Guizhou, and the ages of weathering in other parts of the world during the Cenozoic era. That is to say, the ages of authigenic quartz dated by the fission track method are well feasible and credible.

  9. Fission track dating of authigenic quartz in red weathering crusts of carbonate rocks in Guizhou province

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    The Cenozoic evolution history of Guizhou Province, which is located on the southeastern flank of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, is unclear because of the lack of sedimentation records. The red weathering crusts widespread on the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau may bear critical information about their evolution history. This work firstly determined the ages of four red weathering crusts in eastern, central and northern Guizhou. The material used in fission track dating is well-crystallized quartz occurring in many in-situ weathering crusts of carbonate rocks. The results showed that the fission track ages of quartz vary over a wide range from 1 Ma to 25 Ma in the four profiles, significantly younger than the ages of Triassic and Cambrian parent rocks. In combination with the regionally geological evolution history during the period from 25 Ma to 1 Ma, the ages of quartz can exclude the possibility that the origin of quartz has nothing to do with primary clastic minerals in parent rocks, authigenesis during diagenesis and hydrothermal precipitation or replacement by volcanic activities. It is deduced that the well-crystallized quartz was precipitated from Si-rich weathering fluids during weathering processes of carbonate rocks. The recorded ages of quartz from the four profiles are consistent with the episodes of planation surfaces on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, the stages of red soil in the tropics of South China, the tectonically stable periods in Guizhou, and the ages of weathering in other parts of the world during the Cenozoic era. That is to say, the ages of authigenic quartz dated by the fission track method are well feasible and credible. (authors)

  10. Paleomagnetism and fission-track ages of Keno and Kogashira pyroclastic flow deposits, Kagoshima City

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    Keno and Kogashira pyroclastic flow deposits in the Kagoshima City, South Kyushu, have been correlated with the Blake event in the Brunhes normal epoch by Sasajima et al. (1980). Paleomagnetism and fission-track ages of zircons on these deposits have been reexamined. The ages of zircons determined by the external detector method on them are as follows: Keno, 0.9 - 1.0 +- 0.1 m.y.; Kogashira, 1.0 +- 0.3 m.y. The new ages obtained on these deposits with the reversed magnetizations indicate that these deposits should be correlated with the younger part of the Matuyama reversed epoch. (author)

  11. FISSION-TRACK DATING OF A TEPHRA LAYER IN THE ALAT FORMATION OF THE DANDIERO GROUP (DANAKIL DEPRESSION, ERITREA

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    Full Text Available Attempts to date a biotite separate from a tephra layer recognized near Buia (Danakil Depression, Eritrea in the liwer part of the Homo remains – bearing Dandiero group (formerly attributed to the Danakil Formation using the 39Ar/40Ar method failed because of xenocrystic contamination. For this reason it was applied the fission-track method on glass, since no other phases datable with this technique were present. The quality of glass was very poor for fission-track dating, because of the small size of grains. In addition, after polishing only few glass shards showed useful surfaces for track counting and only 25 spontaneous tracks were counted. The determined fission-track age - 0.75 +/- 0.16 Ma - is a rejuvenated age due to the presence of a certain amount of annealing of spontaneous tracks. An attempt to apply the plateau method for correcting this apparent age failed. A corrected age of 1.3 +/- 0.3 Ma was computed using the size-correction method. In spite of its low precision, this fission-track age represents a significant result, since it corroborates the attribution to Jaramillo Subchron of the normal magnetozone near the base of which the tephra is located. 

  12. Fission track-secondary ion mass spectrometry as a tool for detecting the isotopic signature of individual uranium containing particles.

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    Esaka, Fumitaka; Lee, Chi-Gyu; Magara, Masaaki; Kimura, Takaumi

    2012-04-01

    A fission track technique was used as a sample preparation method for subsequent isotope abundance ratio analysis of individual uranium containing particles with secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) to measure the particles with higher enriched uranium efficiently. A polycarbonate film containing particles was irradiated with thermal neutrons and etched with 6M NaOH solution. Each uranium containing particle was then identified by observing fission tracks created and a portion of the film having a uranium containing particle was cut out and put onto a glassy carbon planchet. The polycarbonate film, which gave the increases of background signals on the uranium mass region in SIMS analysis, was removed by plasma ashing with 200 W for 20 min. In the analysis of swipe samples having particles containing natural (NBL CRM 950a) or low enriched uranium (NBL CRM U100) with the fission track-SIMS method, uranium isotope abundance ratios were successfully determined. This method was then applied to the analysis of a real inspection swipe sample taken at a nuclear facility. As a consequence, the range of (235)U/(238)U isotope abundance ratio between 0.0276 and 0.0438 was obtained, which was higher than that measured by SIMS without using a fission track technique (0.0225 and 0.0341). This indicates that the fission track-SIMS method is a powerful tool to identify the particle with higher enriched uranium in environmental samples efficiently. PMID:22405310

  13. Concentration of uranium in human cancerous tissues of Southern Iraqi patients using fission track analysis

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    The technique of nuclear fission track analysis with solid state nuclear track detectors CR-39 has been applied to determine concentrations of uranium in cancerous samples of human tissues that excised from patients in the three key southern Iraqi governorates namely, Basrah, Dhi-Qar, and Muthanna. These provinces were the sites of intensive military events during the Gulf Wars in 1991 and 2003. The investigation was based on the study of 24 abnormal samples and 12 normal samples for comparing the results. These samples include four types of soft tissues (kidney, breast, stomach and uterus). The results show that uranium concentrations in the normal tissues ranged between (1.42-4.76 μg kg-1), whereas in the cancerous tissues ranged between (3.37-7.22 μg kg-1). The uranium concentrations in the normal tissues were significantly lower than in the abnormal tissues (P < 0.001). (author)

  14. Application of fission track technique for estimation of uranium concentration in drinking waters of Punjab

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    Drinking water samples were collected from four different districts, namely Bhatinda, Mansa, Faridkot and Firozpur, of Punjab for ascertaining the U(nat.) concentrations. All samples were preserved, processed and analyzed by laser fluorimetry (LF). To ensure accuracy of the data obtained by LF, few samples (10 nos) from each district were analyzed by alpha spectrometry as well as by fission track analysis (FTA) technique. For FTA technique few μl of water sample was transferred to polythene tube, lexan detector was immersed in it and the other end of the tube was also heat-sealed. Two samples and one uranium standard were irradiated in DHRUVA reactor. Irradiated detectors were chemically etched and tracks counted using an optical microscope. Uranium concentrations in samples ranged from 3.2 to 60.5 ppb and were comparable with those observed by LF. (author)

  15. Individual neutron dosimetry by means of fission track detectors and albedo in the nuclear power plants

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    A system based on fission fragment tracks has been developed for individual neutron dosimetry. The dosemeter detects both fast neutrons by means of the 232Th(n,f) reaction, and thermal and albedo neutrons by means of the 235U(n,f) reaction. The fission tracks produced in a plastic foil are chemically etched and counted by spark discharges. On the other hand two albedo dosimetric systems have been made operational. They are based on the detection, by thermoluminescence, of neutrons thermalized and backscattered by the wearer's body. The sensitivity of these individual dosemeters has been investigated in 36 different neutron fields: monoenergetic beams, reference fields near isotopic sources, radiation fields encountered in a variety of situations inside nuclear power plants. The results obtained have been compared to those computed by convolution of the neutron spectra with the energy response functions of the dosemeters. The whole set of data constitutes a consistent basis, prerequisite to the use of the systems for neutron individual dosimetry. In practical situations, it is essential to know the shape of the neutron spectrum, approximately at least, in order to perform an accurate dose evaluation. For that purpose, the neutron fields encountered inside nuclear power plants have been grouped into four categories, for which algorithms for dose evaluation have been developed. Concerning the neutron equivalent dose, the residual error associated to this approach does not exceed a factor of 2, which represents a significant improvement in the field of individual neutron dosimetry. (author) figs., tabs., 91 refs

  16. Fission-track and K-Ar ages of the Muro Volcanic Rocks, southwest Japan

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    In recent years, paleomagnetic studies demonstrated that southwest Japan has undergone clockwise rotation at around 15 Ma through as much as 50 degrees. The rotation has been ascribed to the back-arc opening of the Japan Sea. Age assignments of the rocks used for the paleomagnetic studies give an important constraint in defining the timing and duration of the rotation. New age data from the Muro volcanic rocks (MVR) are reported. Samples MR-304 and MR-502 yield 15.3 ± 0.6 Ma and 15.7 ± 0.7 Ma, respectively, by fission-track method. K-Ar age of sample MR-10 is 17.5 ± 0.9 Ma, slightly older than the fission-track ages. MVR have characteristic easterly deflected paleomagnetic direction, stratigraphically regarded as one of the youngest records of pre-rotation paleomagnetism. The data from MVR should be one of the keys to estimate the precise timing and duration of the rotational movement of southwest Japan. (Mori, K.)

  17. Thermo chronology by fission tracks of the conjugated rift margins of the Liguro-Provencal basin: Corsica and the Maures-Tanneron Massif

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    We have employed apatite fission-track (AFT) thermo-chronology on granitic and metamorphic samples taken from Corsican and Maures-Tanneron basement rocks as well as alpine 'schistes lustres' units in Corsica, in order to constrain the cooling histories and the tectonic evolution of the Liguro-Provencal basin margins. The AFT data indicate that: -) the Tanneron massif (AFT ages 145- 150 My) appears to record the earliest cooling history, reflecting thermal relaxation related to opening of the Tethys; -) the Maures basement (AFT ages 20-25 My) clearly records a thermo- tectonic evolution associated with Liguro-Provencal rifting; -) the island of Corsica, which was the main focus of this work and which shows a complex geomorphology and a poly-phased tectonic evolution. shows a remarkable zoning in the distribution of AFT ages, reflecting the signature of at least two post-Oligocene thermal events. Those events are related to the opening of Liguro-Provencal basin (20-25 My) in the west, and exhumation of the Hercynian basement related to Tyrrhenian extension (12- 16 My) in the east. In the east-Tenda shear zone, which forms the contact between the alpine units and Hercynian basement in northern Corsica, our results indicate that the Tenda Massif was being exhumed from about 21 Ma onwards. (author)

  18. Polysomatic apatites

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    Baikie, Tom; Pramana, Stevin S.; Huang, Yizhong; Ahmad, Zahara [Nanyang Technological Univ., Singapore (Singapore). Div. of Materials Science and Engineering; Ferraris, Cristiano [Museum National d' Histoire Naturelle, UMR-CNRS, 75 - Paris (France). Lab. de Mineralogie et Cosmochimie; Kendrick, Emma [Surrey Univ., Guildford (United Kingdom). Chemical Sciences; Knight, Kevin S. [Appleton Lab., Chilton, Didcot (United Kingdom). ISIS User Office; White, T.J. [Nanyang Technological Univ., Singapore (Singapore). Div. of Materials Science and Engineering; Australian National Univ., Canberra, ACT (Australia). Centre for Advanced Microscopy

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    Certain complex structures are logically regarded as intergrowths of chemically or topologically discrete modules.When the proportions of these components vary systematically a polysomatic series is created, whose construction provides a basis for understanding defects, symmetry alternation and trends in physical properties. Here, we describe the polysomatic family A{sub 5N}B{sub 3N}O{sub 9N+6}X{sub N{delta}} (2{<=}N{<=}{infinity}) that is built by condensing N apatite modules (A{sub 5}B{sub 3}O{sub 18}X{sub {delta}}) in configurations to create B{sub n}O{sub 3n+1} (1{<=}n{<=}{infinity}) tetrahedral chains. Hydroxyapatite [Ca{sub 10}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}(OH){sub 2}] typifies a widely studied polysome where N=2 and the tetrahedra are isolated in A{sub 10}(BO{sub 4}){sub 6}X{sub 2} compounds, but N=3 A{sub 15}(B{sub 2}O{sub 7}){sub 3}(BO{sub 4}){sub 3}X{sub 3} (ganomalite) and N=4 A{sub 20}(B{sub 2}O{sub 7}){sub 6}X{sub 4} (nasonite) are also known, with the X site untenanted or partially occupied as required for charge balance. The apatite modules, while topologically identical, are often compositionally or symmetrically distinct, and an infinite number of polysomes is feasible, generally with the restriction being that an A:B = 5:3 cation ratio be maintained. The end-members are the N=2 polysome with all tetrahedra separated, and N={infinity}, in which the hypothetical compound A{sub 5}B{sub 3}O{sub 9}X contains infinite, cornerconnected tetrahedral strings. The principal characteristics of a polysome are summarized using the nomenclature apatite- (A B X)-NS, where A/B/X are the most abundant species in these sites, N is the number of modules in the crystallographic repeat, and S is the symmetry symbol (usually H, T, M or A). This article examines the state-of-the-art in polysomatic apatite synthesis and crystallochemical design. It also presents X-ray and neutron powder diffraction investigations for several polysome chemical series and examines the prevalence of

  19. The Chemical Etching of Fission Tracks in the Thin Polycarbonate Film using Sodium Hydroxide Solution

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    The thin 15 μm Polycarbonate film was irradiated by fission fragments of uranium-235 in thermal column tube at the TRR-1/M1 (Thai Research Reactor-1/Modification 1) for 30 seconds that producing the latent tracks on the PC film. Tracks in the irradiated film was etched in the chemical etchant by sodium hydroxide (NaOH) solution in the condition of 6N at 70oC for 30, 60 90 and 120 minutes. Track diameters are 1.14, 3.73, 4.02 and 4.62 micron respectively when etched in 6N sodium hydroxide solution at 70oC for 30, 60, 90 and 120 minutes. At pressure 111.11 kPa, the flow rate of water are 1.9x10-4, 1.12 x 10-4 and 2.39 x 10-4 L/min.cm-2 at 60, 90 and 120 minutes, respectively. Water cannot penetrate for 30 minutes etching time

  20. Preliminary study of geotectonic evolution of the southern region of Sao Francisco (MG, Brazil) craton: an interpretation based on Rb-Sr, K-Ar, Pb-Pb and fission track data

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    The results obtained from isotopic dating techniques (Rb-Sr, K-Ar, Pb-Pb and fission tracks) applied to samples from the southern region of Sao Francisco craton (Mg, Brazil) are discussed. Rb-Sr and Pb-Pb ages, in total rock, allowed the determination of crust enlargement, with eventual modifications of the pre-existing crust, during the Late Archean period (3000 to 2600 million years) and the Inferior Proterozoic period (2400 to 2100 m.y.). Three main cooling periods of time were determined by K-Ar dating of mica, amphiboles and total rock at the craton border: 2200 to 1700 m.y., 1300 to 1100 m.y. and 900 to 400 m.y. related, respectively, to superposition of three cycles: Transamazonico, Uruacuano and Brasiliano. Cooling below 1100C, detected by the fission track method applied to apatites, pointed out an age of 850 m.y. at the internal parts and 550 m.y. at the craton periphery, thus showing a progressive action of Brazilian marginal movable zones in the studied region. The application of these two techniques together enabled the evaluation of the rocks cooling shape. Cooling of these samples was complex between 2700 and 2200 m.y. and slow from 2000 m.y. onwards. The integrated treatment of data from the various dating techniques is of great importance to know the geotectonic evolution of ancient polycyclic sites. (C.L.B.)

  1. Studies on pre-cambrian granites and sedimentary rocks by means of the fission track method and alpha spectrometry

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    Samples of granites and sedimentary rock from the Kaap Valley in South Africa were studied for the microdistribution of U and Th by means of fission track mapping and α spectrometry. A Ra 226 anomaly was found which could not be explained by a strong loss of U. New findings were gained when studying U distribution patterns in the granites. (DG)

  2. The discovery of nuclear fission - good solid chemistry got things on the right track

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    An outline of the history of fission is given covering the period between spring 1934, when for the first time uranium was fissioned by irradiation with neutrons but the fission products were erroneously attributed to transuranium elements, and winter 1938/1939, when fission was discovered by a radiochemical experiment and confirmed world-wide with a variety of methods. (orig.)

  3. Gem-bearing basaltic volcanism, Barrington, New South Wales: Cenozoic evolution, based on basalt K-Ar ages and zircon fission track and U-Pb isotope dating

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    Based on basalt K-Ar and zircon fission track dating, Barrington shield volcano was active for 55 million years. Activity in the northeast, at 59 Ma, preceded more substantial activity between 55 and 51 Ma and more limited activity on western and southern flanks after 45 Ma. Eruptions brought up megacrystic gemstones (ruby, sapphire and zircon) throughout the volcanism, particularly during quieter eruptive periods. Zircon fission track dating (thermal reset ages) indicates gem-bearing eruptions at 57, 43, 38, 28 and 4-5 Ma, while U-Pb isotope SHRIMP dating suggests two main periods of zircon crystallisation between 60 and 50 Ma and 46-45 Ma. Zircons show growth and sector twinning typical of magmatic crystallisation and include low-U, moderate-U and high-U types. The 46 Ma high-U zircons exhibit trace and rare-earth element patterns that approach those of zircon inclusions in sapphires and may mark a sapphire formation time at Barrington. Two Barrington basaltic episodes include primary lavas with trace-element signatures suggesting amphibole/apatite-enriched lithospheric mantle sources. Other basalts less-enriched in Th, Sr, P and light rare-earth elements have trace-element ratios that overlap those of HIMU-related South Tasman basalts. Zircon and sapphire formation is attributed to crystallisation from minor felsic melts derived by incipient melting of amphibole-enriched mantle during lesser thermal activity. Ruby from Barrington volcano is a metamorphic type, and a metamorphic/metasomatic origin associated with basement ultramafic bodies is favoured. Migratory plate/plume paths constructed through Barrington basaltic episodes intersect approximately 80% of dated Palaeogene basaltic activity (65-30 Ma) along the Tasman margin (27-37 deg S) supporting a migratory plume-linked origin. Neogene Barrington activity dwindled to sporadic gem-bearing eruptions, the last possibly marking a minor plume trace. The present subdued thermal profile in northeastern New South

  4. The etching property of the surface of CR-39 and the track core radius of fission fragment

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    The etch pits of fission fragments in CR-39 detector have been observed carefully using an atomic force microscope (AFM) after extremely short chemical etching in stirred 6N KOH solution kept at 70degC. It was found that there existed a thin layer where the bulk etch rate is relativity from large the etch-pit growth curve for the etching duration between 10 and 1800 seconds. The track core radius of fission fragment was evaluated to be about 6 nm from the extrapolation of the growth curve in a thinner region. (author)

  5. The thermal column. A new irradiation position for fission-track dating in the University of Pavia Triga Mark II nuclear reactor

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    In the present paper a new irradiation position arranged for fission-track dating in the Triga Mark II reactor of the University of Pavia is described. Fluence values determined using the NIST glass standard SRM 962a for fission-track dating and the traditional metal foils are compared. Relatively high neutron thermalization (cadmium ratio of 85.3 for gold and 643 for cobalt) and lack of significant fluence spatial gradients are very favorable factors for fission-track dating. Finally, international age standards (or putative age standards) irradiated in this new position yielded results consistent with independent reference ages. (author). 9 refs., 2 figs., 4 tabs

  6. Thermotectonic history of the Andes, South Ecuador : evidence from fission-track dating

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    A partir de 14 échantillons de roches, prélevés dans le socle et dans des intrusions granitiques, 12 échantillons d'apatites et 11 de zircons ont pu être séparés. Les zircons sont d'âge crétacé à miocène ; les apatites, d'âge paléocène à miocène. Pour les apatites, les traces confinées ont des longueurs moyennes de 13 à 14 mm et les distributions sont unimodales, évoquant une histoire simple d'exhumation tertiaire, à partir d'une profondeur de 3 à 4 km. (Résumé d'auteur)

  7. Application of fission track technique for the analysis of individual particles containing uranium in safeguard swipe samples

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    An effective method for isotope ratio analysis of individual particles containing uranium in safeguard swipe samples was developed by using a fission track (FT) technique combined with thermal ionization mass spectrometry (TIMS). The particles in the sample were directly recovered onto a polycarbonate membrane filter, which was set in a filtration system. After the particle recovery, the filter was dissolved to form a non coated FT detector film containing the particles. Individual particles containing uranium were then identified by the observation of fission tracks created by thermal neutron irradiation. By combining the FT technique with TIMS, isotope ratios of uranium for individual particles in the swipe sample prepared from a uranium standard reference material could be effectively determined. (author)

  8. Assessment of plutonium exposures in Rongelap and Utirik populations by fission track analysis of urine

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    A nuclear device, code-named Bravo, detonated at Bikini Atoll at 6:45 a.m. on 1 March 1954, unexpectedly released a large amount of radioactivity. Over 40 years after this incident, the study of its impact on the radiological health and environmental safety of the residents of Rongelap and Utirik Atolls continues. In 1987, researchers at Brookhaven National Laboratory established a fission track analysis (FTA) method for low-level 239Pu urinalysis. Two years later, a new shipboard protocol was developed for collecting 24-h radiologically clean urine samples. The purpose of this paper is to update information on the FTA method for measuring low-levels of plutonium, and to summarize results on the distribution of 239Pu in the populations of Rongelap and Utirik between 1981--1991. Plutonium detection levels (99% confidence level) in these samples were 2--3 μBq, which is equivalent to 0.2--0.3 mSv effective dose equivalent (EDE) to age 70 for Marshallese. The latest 1991 FTA data indicate average EDE of 0.62 mSv and 1.6 mSv for the people of Rongelap and Utirik, respectively, which both are the highest values since 1988

  9. Distribution of uranium in dental porcelains by means of the fission track method

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    Porcelain teeth, some of which contain uranium compounds for aesthetic purpose, have been widely used in dental clinics. Hazardous effects due to uranium radiation have been suggested by recent publications. In the previous study, the authors reported the uranium content of porcelain teeth and radiation dose by it. In this study, using the fission track method, the authors examined spatial distribution of uranium in dental porcelain teeth (4 brands) which were marketed in Japan. From each sample of porcelain tooth, a 1-mm-thick specimen was sliced, and uranium content was measured at every 0.19 mm from labial side to lingual side for making a uranium distribution chart. Higher uranium concentration was found in Trubyte Bioblend porcelain teeth (USA) and they showed almost uniform distribution of uranium, while those of the Japanese three brands indicated, in most case, comparatively lower concentration and found to be non-uniform distributions. Range of uranium concentration in these brands were N.D. -- 5.2 ppm (Shofu-Ace), N.D. -- 342 ppm (Shofu-Real), N.D. -- 47 ppm (G.C. Livdent) and N.D. -- 235 ppm (Trubyte Bioblend), respectively. (author)

  10. Identification of the source of manufacture of obsidian through the dating with the method of fission track

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    Identification of the source of manufacture of obsidian through the dating with the method of fission track. After a brief description of fission track dating method and of the problems related to its application to volcanic glasses, we show and discuss data about obsidians of geological origin from Mediterranean basin and Latin America and of archaeological origin found in prehistoric sites from Italian peninsula. The analysis of the results shows the excellent performance of fission track method to identify the provenance of obsidians of archaeological origin, provided important constributions both from the methodological pointo of view-excellent agreement between the two correction techniques of apparent ages, size-correction technique and plateau age -, as from the archaeological point of view - we could identify four possible sources of provenance in Italy, the obsidian from Monte Arci, Sardinia, the obsidian from Pahnarola island, the obsidian from Gabelloto, Lipari island and the obsidian from Balata dei Turchi, Pantelleria island; and it ca be shown that Lipari obsidian began to be used at a very antique phase of neolithic period. The data about Latin American samples, though fragmented, constitute in an inicial study promissing perpectives as it can be observed by the comparisions made with the data published by others authors about geologic and archaeologic samples from the same area. (Author)

  11. Bias in detrital fission track grain-age populations: Implications for reconstructing changing erosion rates

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    Naylor, Mark; Sinclair, Hugh D.; Bernet, Matthias; van der Beek, Peter; Kirstein, Linda A.

    2015-07-01

    The sedimentary record is our principal archive of mass transfer across the Earth's surface in response to tectonic and climatic changes in the geologic past. The thermochronology of individual sediment grains (detrital thermochronology) has emerged as a critical tool to infer erosion rates and track mountain belt evolution. Such inferences are reliant upon the statistical inversion of detrital grain ages to unbiasedly approximate the cooling history of the source areas from which the sediment originated. However, it is challenging to critique the reliability and consistency of modelled ages. These arise both from fundamental measurement uncertainties and the assumptions we employ in inverting the data. For detrital fission track modelling of young detrital samples, this problem is particularly acute since the uncertainty on the track counts produces uncertainty in the age estimates. We apply Monte-Carlo modelling to generate synthetic detrital data conditioned on known closure age models, and then invert the grain data to assess the reliability of different inversion schemes. The results clearly demonstrate that existing practice can be subject to large uncertainty, to systematic bias and to non-uniqueness of interpretation. We then show how to map such regions of systematic bias in the population modelling as a function of the true closure ages, and how this bias propagates through into the lag-time modelling. Applying the method to real data from the Siwalik group sediments in western Nepal, we find no evidence for a change in the underlying climate or tectonic processes, since the apparent change in lag coincides with a thresholded change in the resolution of the population modelling. This paper shows how to map regions of systematic bias in the population modelling as a function of the true closure ages, and how this bias propagates through into the lag-time modelling and can be applied retrospectively to existing studies. However, it is equally applicable to

  12. Dating by fission tracers of some metamorphic rocks within the city of Rio de Janeiro

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    Fission-Track (FT) ages were measured in apatites from metamorphic rocks outcropping within the city of Rio de Janeiro. One apatite presented a 'substraction age' of 124 + - 10 my (2σ) and a second one a 'plateau age' of 117 + - 5 my. These ages are supposed to be related to the isostatic uplift related to the opening of the South-Atlantic Ocean. A younger plateau age of 85 + - 5 my might possibly be related to a later readjustment phase. Based on these and Fonseca et al. (1984) results, a cooling history for the rocks in Rio de Janeiro city is proposed. (Author)

  13. A novel room temperature-induced chemical etching (RTCE) technique for the enlargement of fission tracks in Lexan polycarbonate SSNTD

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    Chavan, Vivek; Kalsi, P. C.; Manchanda, V. K.

    2011-02-01

    The chemical or electrochemical etching is an essential step to enlarge the ion-induced latent tracks in solid state nuclear track detectors (SSNTDs). In these methods, above ambient temperatures (˜60 °C) and moderately high concentrations of alkali are required for about 1-2 h to enlarge the latent tracks. Microwave induced chemical etching method is reported to reduce the etching time for alpha tracks from 3 to 4 h to 25 min for CR-39 detector. In the present work, a room temperature-induced chemical etching employing ethanolamine as a new etchant has been investigated for the first time to enlarge the fission tracks in Lexan polycarbonate SSNTD. The tracks developed in the Lexan detectors etched at room temperature using ethanolamine are compared with those etched with routinely used chemical etching (CE) technique in 6 N NaOH at 60 °C. The bulk etch and track etch rates are also reported. The detection efficiency of RTCE method is determined and compared with that of CE method. The RTCE technique is found to be simple, fast and convenient.

  14. A novel room temperature-induced chemical etching (RTCE) technique for the enlargement of fission tracks in Lexan polycarbonate SSNTD

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    Chavan, Vivek [Radiochemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India); Kalsi, P.C., E-mail: pckalsi@barc.gov.i [Radiochemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India); Manchanda, V.K. [Radiochemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India)

    2011-02-11

    The chemical or electrochemical etching is an essential step to enlarge the ion-induced latent tracks in solid state nuclear track detectors (SSNTDs). In these methods, above ambient temperatures ({approx}60 {sup o}C) and moderately high concentrations of alkali are required for about 1-2 h to enlarge the latent tracks. Microwave induced chemical etching method is reported to reduce the etching time for alpha tracks from 3 to 4 h to 25 min for CR-39 detector. In the present work, a room temperature-induced chemical etching employing ethanolamine as a new etchant has been investigated for the first time to enlarge the fission tracks in Lexan polycarbonate SSNTD. The tracks developed in the Lexan detectors etched at room temperature using ethanolamine are compared with those etched with routinely used chemical etching (CE) technique in 6 N NaOH at 60 {sup o}C. The bulk etch and track etch rates are also reported. The detection efficiency of RTCE method is determined and compared with that of CE method. The RTCE technique is found to be simple, fast and convenient.

  15. U-Th-He dating of apatite: A potential thermochronometer

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    The authors found a gem quality crystal of Durango fluorapatite to have a 4He content consistent with complete retention of radiogenic helium since its formation at about 31 Ma. Isothermal heating and step-heating analysis reveal 4He loss to occur systematically by volume diffusion at low temperatures. The linear, low-temperature portion of the diffusion data yields an activation energy of 38.5 ± 8.1 kcal/mol and a frequency factor of 1n (D0/a2) = 16.4 ± 2.8 sec-1, corresponding to a closure temperature of 105 degree C ± 30 degree C (cooling rate 10 degree C/m.y.). It appears that U-Th-He dating of apatite might represent a useful new thermochronometer with a range similar to that of fission-track dating of apatite. From these results, they infer that a number of the too-young U-Th-He dates reported in the literature on minerals such as zircon and magnetite may in fact represent valuable records of the low-temperature thermal history of their host rocks

  16. The stratigraphic significance of fission-track ages on volcanic ashes in the marine Late Cenozoic of southern California

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    Fission-track dates and planktonic microfossil datum levels provide a revised chronology for the marine Late Cenozoic of southern California. In southern California, the Pliocene/Pleistocene boundary has been placed at the first appearance of Globorotalia truncatulinoides within the Pico Formation, Balcom Canyon, Ventura County. A fission-track age on glass shards from the Bailey Ash close to this level yields a result of 1.12 +- 0.36m.y.B.P. (millions of years before present). In tropical deep-sea cores, however, G. truncatulinoides has been shown to evolve within the Gilsa Paleomagnetic event with an estimated age of 1.8 m.y.B.P. Thus, the appearance of G. truncatulinoides in southern California is cryptogenic and probably related to the delayed migration into this region of water-mass conditions suitable for this species. Two volcanic ashes from the upper part of the Malaga Formation, Malaga Cove, Los Angeles County, yielded fission-track data on glass shards of 4.42+- 0.57 m.y.B.P. (lower ash) and 3.364 +- 0.69 m.y.B.P. (upper ash). These dates in addition to inferred paleomagnetic ages of planktonic microfossil datum levels suggest that the Delmontian Stage of California ranges in age from approximately 6 to approximately 3 m.y.B.P. Therefore, the Miocene/Pliocene boundary considered by Berggren and Van Couvering to be approximately 5 m.y.B.P. must lie in the lower Delmontian Stage but paleontologic criteria for its recognition in California are not yet available. (Auth.)

  17. Study of uranium mineralization in rock samples from marwat range bannu basin by fission track analysis technique

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    The Geophysics Division, Atomic Energy Minerals Centre (AEMC), Lahore has planned a uranium exploration program in Marwat Range, Bannu Basin. In this connection 30 thin sections of rock samples, collected from four areas; namely, Darra Tang, Simukili, Karkanwal and Sheikhillah from Marwat Range, and one from Salt Range were provided to Nuclear Geology Group of Physics Research Division, PINSTECH for the study of nature and mechanism of uranium mineralization These studies are aimed to help in designing uranium exploration strategy by providing the loci of uranium sources in the Marwat and Salt Ranges. The samples have been studied using fission track analysis technique. (author)

  18. Comparison of 233Pa(2nth, f) cross-section determined by fission track technique with TALYS 1.2

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    In the last decade, an appreciable amount of work has been done in the new concepts of advanced heavy-water reactors (AHWR) and accelerator-driven sub-critical systems (ADSs) in the field of nuclear energy. In AHWR, 232Th - 233U is the primary fuel for power generation in AHWR and ADS. In the 232Th - 233U cycle, the fissile nucleus 233U is generated by two successive β-decays after a neutron capture of the fertile nucleus 232Th. The isotope 233Pa (T1/2 = 26.9 days) governs the production of 233U. Therefore, the neutron induced fission reaction with 233Pa greatly influences the production of 233U. The present work is carried out with the objective to study the 233Pa(2nth, f) reaction cross-section using the well known fission track-technique. The fission cross section has been experimentally found to be 4834 ± 57 barns, which is significantly high and thus is very important for 232Th-233U based fuel in advanced heavy water reactors (AHWR) and accelerator driven sub-critical systems (ADSs). In the present work, the 233Pa(2nth, f) cross-section has also been calculated theoretically using nuclear reaction model based computer code TALYS 1.2. The theoretically calculated 233Pa(2nth, f) cross-section found to be in good agreement with the experimental value after normalization with respect to 241Am(2nth, f). (author)

  19. The eroded pit that coming from the tracks of nucleus's fission and its meaning

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    The traditional method of studying nucleon tracks is to erode the samples, which contain nucleon tracks, by erosive liquid so that the tracks will be enlarged into micron quantity level. Observing through microscope, these tracks look like little pits. In this paper, the authors also find out the same pits in samples, although these samples have not been eroded. The authors analyze the causation of these eroded pits, and point out the geologic effect of these pits. (author)

  20. New fission-track ages of mio-pliocene tuffs in the Sierras Pampeanas and Precordillera of Argentina

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    Fission-track dates were determined for 18 volcanic tuff horizons located in nine Neogene foreland basin sequences distributed throughout the Precordillera and Sierras Pampeanas of Northwestern Argentina, an area of nearly horizontal subduction. These and other data indicate that a lower age limit for the sedimentary sequences studied is approximately 17 Ma. Therefore these fission-track dates constrain both the history of volcanic activity and the time of deposition in several foreland basins from the middle Miocene to Recent. Although the dates range from 3.6±0.8 Ma to 17.0±1.9 Ma, there is a marked increase in the number of ashes younger than 9 Ma. This implies that two distinct episodes of volcanic activity affected the region. The source of some of these tuffs is unknown but they are probably limited to the 'flat-slab' region between 27 deg and 32 deg S. Tuffs at Rio Blanco and Santa Florentina that are spatially associated with the Mogotes dacite domes of the Famatina Range represented magmatism bracketed from about 7 to 4 Ma in the region underlain by the flat-subducted plate. The stratigraphic relations in the basins show that the faulting that uplifted Sierra de Famatina was contemporaneous with the volcanism which reached the surface along the bounding faults. (Author)

  1. Exhumations- und Hebungsgeschichte der zentralen Anden in Südbolivien (21°S) durch Spaltspur-Thermochronologie an Apatit

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    2010-01-01

    The Tertiary formation of the Altiplano-Puna plateau at the active continental margin of South America resulted in the doubling of the crust and surface uplift by about 4000 m. The aim of this study is to reconstruct the Tertiary cooling and exhumation history by apatite fission track thermochronology (AFT) and hence to characterise the processes which produced plateau uplift. The study area follows a transect at 21°S in Southern Bolivia across the plateau and the eastern flank of the Andes. ...

  2. $\\bar{p}$-Induced Fission Studies with Plastic Track Detectors Using 4$\\pi$-Geometry

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    % EMU20 \\\\ \\\\ The annihilation of a stopped antiproton on the surface of a target nucleus produces on the average five pions with a mean energy of 230~MeV. The high excitation of the nuclei with low angular momentum transfer can also be achieved by direct pion-nucleus interactions. The fission probabilities of highly excited nuclei can be explained on the basis of high energy limit of statistical theory. Previously the binary fission and higher multiplicity break-up of various nuclei caused by the absorption of pions has been studied by our group. The mechanism of nuclear excitation may still be the same when an antiproton annihilates in a nucleus and produces pions. It would be interesting to see whether the $\\bar{p}$ annihilation produces high enough excitation energies for nuclear phase-transition to take place. If so, then the fragmentation would overwhelm binary and ternary fission process. \\\\ \\\\The use of a highly sensitive plastic detector, CR-39, was made by our group in a number of studies involving ...

  3. Determination Of Uranium Concentration In Teeth Female Samples Using Fission Tracks In CR-39 From Different Countries

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    The present study was under taken to measure the uranium concentration in female teeth samples collected from different nationalities.The determination of uranium concentration in these samples has been done by using CR-39 track detector.The nuclear reaction is used as a source of nuclear fission fragments is (n, f) obtained by the bombardment of U-235 with thermal neutrons with flux (5*103 n/cm2 .s) was used from (Am-Be) neutron source.The obtained results show the concentration is ranging from (0.58±0.7ppm) in Oman and Uae to (0.35±0.03ppm)in Iraqi for male, the uranium concentration was the highest in Oman and Uae for female

  4. Uranium content of coal ashes from Southern Brazil coal fueled power stations, by the fission track registration technique

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    The feasibility of the application of the fission track registration technique for the determination of uranium in coal ashes was shown. The wet method was employed using as detector the Makrofol KG=10 μm, manufactured by Bayer. The coal ashes were originated from coal-fueled power stations localized in Southern Brazil. The results obtained ranged from 10 to 27 mg U/kg. Since the total error variation was from 18,4% to 23,8%, the method used was considered excellent. The determination of the uranium content in coal ashes is of considerable interest in environmental control in power stations, in their vicinity and wherever these ashes are used or stored. The technique used is the work proved to be very appropriate for the purpose aimed at. (Author)

  5. Zircon fission-track technique: a laboratory procedure adopted at the Institute of Geology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, v.v.i

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    Murakami, M.; Svojtka, Martin

    2007-01-01

    Roč. 20, - (2007), s. 13-19. ISSN N R&D Projects: GA MŠk 1K05030 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30130516 Keywords : fission -track * zircon * Institute of Geology AS CR, v. v. i. Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy

  6. Discovery of Naturally Etched Fission Tracks and Alpha-Recoil Tracks in Submarine Glasses: Reevaluation of a Putative Biosignature for Earth and Mars

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    Full Text Available Over the last two decades, conspicuously “biogenic-looking” corrosion microtextures have been found to occur globally within volcanic glass of the in situ oceanic crust, ophiolites, and greenstone belts dating back to ~3.5 Ga. These so-called “tubular” and “granular” microtextures are widely interpreted to represent bona fide microbial trace fossils; however, possible nonbiological origins for these complex alteration microtextures have yet to be explored. Here, we reevaluate the origin of these enigmatic microtextures from a strictly nonbiological standpoint, using a case study on submarine glasses from the western North Atlantic Ocean (DSDP 418A. By combining petrographic and SEM observations of corrosion microtextures at the glass-palagonite interface, considerations of the tectonic setting, measurement of U and Th concentrations of fresh basaltic glass by ICP-MS, and theoretical modelling of the present-day distribution of radiation damage in basaltic glass caused by radioactive decay of U and Th, we reinterpret these enigmatic microtextures as the end product of the preferential corrosion/dissolution of radiation damage (alpha-recoil tracks and fission tracks in the glass by seawater, possibly combined with pressure solution etch-tunnelling. Our findings have important implications for geomicrobiology, astrobiological exploration of Mars, and understanding of the long-term breakdown of nuclear waste glass.

  7. Distinction between the Youngest Toba Tuff and Oldest Toba Tuff from northern Sumatra based on the area density of spontaneous fission tracks in their glass shards

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    Westgate, John A.; Pearce, Nicholas J. G.; Gatti, Emma; Achyuthan, Hema

    2014-09-01

    Determination of the area density of spontaneous fission tracks (ρs) in glass shards of Toba tephra is a reliable way to distinguish between the Youngest Toba Tuff (YTT) and the Oldest Toba Tuff (OTT). The ρs values for YTT, uncorrected for partial track fading, range from 70 to 181 tracks/cm2 with a weighted mean of 108 ± 5 tracks/cm2, based on 15 samples. Corrected ρs values for YTT are in the range of 77-140 tracks/cm2 with a weighted mean of 113 ± 8 tracks/cm2, within the range of uncorrected ρs values. No significant difference in ρs exists between YTT samples collected from marine and continental depositional settings. The uncorrected ρs for OTT is 1567 tracks/cm2 so that confusion with YTT is unlikely. The ρs values of the Toba tephra at Bori, Morgaon, and Gandhigram in northwestern India indicate a YTT identity, in agreement with geochemical data on their glass shards, the presence of multiple glass populations, and a glass fission-track age determination. Therefore, the view of others that OTT is present at these sites - and thereby indicates a Lower Pleistocene age for the associated Acheulean artifacts - is incorrect.

  8. Late cenozoic tectonic and geomorphic evolution of the Patagonian Andes between 42oS and 52oS, southern Chile assessed using fission-track thermochronology

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    Fission-track (FT) analysis has been applied in the Patagonian Andes of southern Chile to assess the late Cenozoic geomorphic and tectonic response of the overriding plate to subduction of the Chile rise active oceanic spreading centre (Thomson et al., 2001). The timing and nature of tectonic uplift and denudation along the southern parts of the major transpression intra-arc Liquine-Ofqui fault (LOF) system have also been investigated (Thomson, 2001, submitted). Results from 130 FT ages (72 zircon and 58 apatite ages) and 39 apatite track length measurements reveal initiation of rapid cooling and denudation at ca. 30 Ma at the western margin of southern continental South America. This was followed by a ca. 200km eastward migration of the locus of maximum denudation to the position of the present day topographic divide between ca. 30 Ma and ca. 12 to 10 Ma. East of the Andean divide less than 3 km of denudation has occurred since the Late Cretaceous. Enhanced denudation is interpreted to be the result of increased tectonic uplift driven by a large increase in convergence rates at ca. 28 to 26 Ma that triggered orographically enhanced precipitation on the west-side of the Patagonian Andes allowing increased erosion by fluvial incision and mass transport processes. The eastward migration of the locus of maximum denudation can be related to either coeval eastward migration of the retro-arc deformation front, the effects of subduction erosion in the overriding plate at the Peru-Chile trench or shallowing of the angle of subduction. Away from the influence of the LOF the process of spreading centre subduction and collision itself coincides with an overall slow-down in denudation rates in the overriding plate most likely caused by a major reduction in the main tectonic force driving tectonic uplift in the upper plate to subduction. In contrast to the Andes south of ca. 46oS, increased cooling and denudation related to transpression induced rock uplift and erosion along

  9. Laboratory-Scale Bismuth Phosphate Extraction Process Simulation To Track Fate of Fission Products

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    Recent field investigation that collected and characterized vadose zone sediments from beneath inactive liquid disposal facilities at the Hanford 200 Areas show lower than expected concentrations of a long-term risk driver, Tc-99. Therefore laboratory studies were performed to re-create one of the three processes that were used to separate the plutonium from spent fuel and that created most of the wastes disposed or currently stored in tanks at Hanford. The laboratory simulations were used to compare with current estimates based mainly on flow sheet estimates and spotty historical data. Three simulations of the bismuth phosphate precipitation process show that less that 1% of the Tc-99, Cs-135/137, Sr-90, I-129 carry down with the Pu product and thus these isotopes should have remained within the metals waste streams that after neutralization were sent to single shell tanks. Conversely, these isotopes should not be expected to be found in the first and subsequent cycle waste streams that went to cribs. Measurable quantities (∼20 to 30%) of the lanthanides, yttrium, and trivalent actinides (Am and Cm) do precipitate with the Pu product, which is higher than the 10% estimate made for current inventory projections. Surprisingly, Se (added as selenate form) also shows about 10% association with the Pu/bismuth phosphate solids. We speculate that the incorporation of some Se into the bismuth phosphate precipitate is caused by selenate substitution into crystal lattice sites for the phosphate. The bulk of the U daughter product Th-234 and Np-237 daughter product Pa-233 also associate with the solids. We suspect that the Pa daughter products of U (Pa-234 and Pa-231) would also co-precipitate with the bismuth phosphate induced solids. No more than 1 % of the Sr-90 and Sb-125 should carry down with the Pu product that ultimately was purified. Thus the current scheme used to estimate where fission products end up being disposed overestimates by one order of magnitude the

  10. Laboratory-Scale Bismuth Phosphate Extraction Process Simulation To Track Fate of Fission Products

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    Serne, R. JEFFREY; Lindberg, Michael J.; Jones, Thomas E.; Schaef, Herbert T.; Krupka, Kenneth M.

    2007-02-28

    Recent field investigation that collected and characterized vadose zone sediments from beneath inactive liquid disposal facilities at the Hanford 200 Areas show lower than expected concentrations of a long-term risk driver, Tc-99. Therefore laboratory studies were performed to re-create one of the three processes that were used to separate the plutonium from spent fuel and that created most of the wastes disposed or currently stored in tanks at Hanford. The laboratory simulations were used to compare with current estimates based mainly on flow sheet estimates and spotty historical data. Three simulations of the bismuth phosphate precipitation process show that less that 1% of the Tc-99, Cs-135/137, Sr-90, I-129 carry down with the Pu product and thus these isotopes should have remained within the metals waste streams that after neutralization were sent to single shell tanks. Conversely, these isotopes should not be expected to be found in the first and subsequent cycle waste streams that went to cribs. Measurable quantities (~20 to 30%) of the lanthanides, yttrium, and trivalent actinides (Am and Cm) do precipitate with the Pu product, which is higher than the 10% estimate made for current inventory projections. Surprisingly, Se (added as selenate form) also shows about 10% association with the Pu/bismuth phosphate solids. We speculate that the incorporation of some Se into the bismuth phosphate precipitate is caused by selenate substitution into crystal lattice sites for the phosphate. The bulk of the U daughter product Th-234 and Np-237 daughter product Pa-233 also associate with the solids. We suspect that the Pa daughter products of U (Pa-234 and Pa-231) would also co-precipitate with the bismuth phosphate induced solids. No more than 1 % of the Sr-90 and Sb-125 should carry down with the Pu product that ultimately was purified. Thus the current scheme used to estimate where fission products end up being disposed overestimates by one order of magnitude the

  11. Hanford Apatite Treatability Test Report Errata: Apatite Mass Loading Calculation

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    Szecsody, James E.; Vermeul, Vincent R.; Williams, Mark D.; Truex, Michael J.

    2014-05-19

    The objective of this errata report is to document an error in the apatite loading (i.e., treatment capacity) estimate reported in previous apatite treatability test reports and provide additional calculation details for estimating apatite loading and barrier longevity. The apatite treatability test final report (PNNL-19572; Vermeul et al. 2010) documents the results of the first field-scale evaluation of the injectable apatite PRB technology. The apatite loading value in units of milligram-apatite per gram-sediment is incorrect in this and some other previous reports. The apatite loading in units of milligram phosphate per gram-sediment, however, is correct, and this is the unit used for comparison to field core sample measurements.

  12. Evaluating methods used for fission track dating of tephras: examples from the Afar Depression, Ethiopia, and the Denali fault zone, Alaska

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    Blythe, A. E.; Warfel, T. S.; Phillips, D. J.

    2015-12-01

    Although fission track geochronology has been successfully used to date volcanic glasses and tephras in several studies, a variety of approaches have been used (see Westgate et al., 2013), and no consensus for a standardized methodology has emerged. As a result, this technique is rarely employed, despite having the potential to date tephras and glasses that cannot be dated by other methods, such as K-Ar dating. We have been evaluating the various approaches used to address the technical issues in fission track dating of tephras, by applying them to standards of known ages, including Moldavite tektite, and Huckleberry and Bishop Tuffs. Some of these issues include track etching and counting protocol, and corrections for the effects of track fading at low temperatures. Track etching is generally done in 24% HF for 75 or more seconds, but the time necessary for optimal etching appears to vary according to sample composition and grain size. To correct for track fading, we are using the diameter correction technique of Sandhu and Westgate (1995). We have obtained tephra samples from two regions, the Afar Depression in Ethiopia, an area with significant early hominid fossils, and the Denali fault zone in Alaska, an area with a complicated tectonic evolution. For both of these regions, we have samples that have been dated by other methods for calibration purposes, and we will explore the application of a Zeta correction to the technique. This underutilized technique can provide powerful constraints on studies of timing in diverse geologic environments.

  13. U-Pb, 40Ar-39Ar and fission track geochronology of the Early Cretaceous Caleu pluton and its volcanic envelope, Coastal Range of central Chile: tectonic and metamorphic implications

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    The Caleu pluton is emplaced into a thick Early Cretaceous volcano-sedimentary succession deposited in a subsiding basin (Vergara et al., 1995). This succession includes the Ocoite Group (Aguirre et al., 1989) and the Las Chilcas Formation. At the latitude of Santiago (33oS) the Ocoite Group is represented by a c. 10 km thick pile, whose lower third corresponds to the volcanic-sedimentary Lo Prado Formation (Valanginian - Hauterivian). The central part of the pile corresponds to the Veta Negra Formation (Barremian - Albian), which is made up of continental porphyritic basalts and basaltic andesites and continental flow breccias. The Las Chilcas Formation (Mid-Albian) consists of a succession of limestones, red sandstones, rhyolitic tuff, and thick strata of coarse-grained conglomerates. The Early Cretaceous basalts and basaltic andesites of the Veta Negra Formation and the granitoids of the Caleu pluton are rocks derived from one of the most isotopically (Sr-Nd) depleted source identified in Andean history (cf. Vergara et al., 1995; Parada et al., 2001). These rocks exhibit high-K to shoshonitic affinity, and are associated with a regional extensional regime (Levi et al., 1989; Vergara et al., 1995), probably triggered by asthenospheric upwelling after a lithospheric delamination (Parada et al., 1999). As a consequence of the extensional regime, low-grade burial metamorphism developed in the rocks of the volcano sedimentary sequences. The aim of this study is to provide evidence from U-Pb (zircon), 40Ar-39Ar (hornblende, biotite and plagioclase), and apatite fission track dating of the Caleu pluton, and from 40Ar-39Ar (plagioclase, sericite and adularia) ages of the spatially related mafic volcanic rocks of the Veta Negra Formation, about the timing of magmatism, subsolidus cooling of the pluton and metamorphism, and the tectonic processes that took place during a key period of the Andean geological evolution in central Chile (au)

  14. Trace quantities of uranium in some indian chewing tobaccos as determined by fission track analysis

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    The sandwiched pellet technique using Makrofol-E plastic track detectors has been employed to determine trace quantities of uranium in nine brands of flavored chewing tobaccos consumed by the Indian population. In this technique the nuclear reaction, 235U(n,f), is used for the quantitative estimation of uranium. The maximum value of uranium (1.88 ppm) has been found in raw tobacco leaves (Surti), while the minimum (0.13 ppm) in Tulsi (Double Zero brand). Other seven brands showed intermediate values of U-contents which are also reported in this paper. These values are compared with the U-contents reported in the literature for other forms of tobaccos. (author). 9 refs., 2 figs., 1 tab

  15. Fission- and alpha-track study of biogeochemistry of plutonium and uranium in carbonates of bikini and enewetak atolls. Final report

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    Results of the analysis of uranium concentrations in the 8 coral heads sampled from the Bikini and Enewetak lagoons lead to the following conclusions: (1) no parallel increase in uranium concentration was found in the corals contaminated by Pu and Am; (2) in the noncontaminated corals, the fission track analysis shows wider ranges of uranium concentrations (1.8 to 3.1). Thus, in the corals not contaminated by Pu and Am, uranium concentrations similar to the uranium concentration in the contaminated corals were found; (3) uranium content in all corals analyzed was rather homogeneously distributed, i.e., no hot spots, stars, or areas differing in concentration by more than a few percent were detected by the fission track analyses

  16. Determination of the uranium concentration in samples of raw, retorted and spent shale from Irati, Parana-Brazil, by the fission track registration technique

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    The feasibility of the determination of uranium in oil shale, by the fission track registration technique is studied. The wet and dry methods were employed, using a Bayer policarbonate, Makrofol KG, as detector. It was created a new variant of the dry method. The fission track registration technique was used in samples of raw, retorted and spent shale from Irati, Parana in Brazil, 16 μg U/g, 20 μg U/g and 20μg U/g were found, respectively, with a total error ranging from 19% to 20%. Some experimental results were included for illustration and comparison. The feasibility of the determination of uranium in oil shale from Irati was verified. (Author)

  17. Pb, U, Ti, Hf and Zr distributions in zircons determined by proton microprobe and fission track techniques

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    A proton microprobe has been used to determine Pb, Tl, Hf and Zr distributions across four single zircon crystals separated from a 'rapakivi' granite. The Pb and Zr data are quantitative: Pb and Tl concentrations were below the measurable limits for determinations in situ by most other techniques. The distribution of U in the same crystals was determined by the fission track technique. Limits on precision of U allow only a qualitative correlation of U and Pb, whereas the Tl and Pb correlation is more exactly determined. Zircons with distinct cores and overgrowths exhibited uniform Zr and Hf concentrations across the crystals, whereas the high U rims and 'inclusions' (domains) also had high Tl and Pb contents. Since almost all the Pb in these zircons is derived by radioactive decay of U, the Tl substitution has paralleled that of U. The results indicate that the high U domains are 'hot spots' rather than a separate mineral phase. The strong positive correlation of U and Pb indicates that there is little U daughter product migration relative to U, within the crystal. However, for the zircon population investigated here, the data are equivocal on the question of whether U addition to zircon crystals is associated with new zircon growth or not. In either case, the heterogeneous U and Pb distributions complicate any interpretations of U-Pb isotopic analysis for such zircon populations. (author)

  18. Estimation of uranium levels in water samples around high background regions of South India using fission track detection technique

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    Uranium is the ubiquitous heaviest radioactive element found in all terrestrial substances in different level and is important because of its chemical and radioactivity properties. Water comes into contact with minerals under the earth's surface and uranium is transferred into water due to its leaching property. Studies on levels of uranium in water bodies will help to understand the mobilization of the tracer amount of uranium in the ecosystem. Water samples from various water sources distributed around the high background region of South India were collected and analyzed for uranium, using dry fission track registration technique, capable of determining the uranium levels even in sub-ppb (particles per billion). It is observed that the concentration of uranium is high in sea water as compared to that in tap water. Paper discusses the methods of measurements and the results obtained in detail. Obtained results are compared with the levels measured around India by several research workers as well as reported from different countries in literature. (author)

  19. Thermochronological and structural evolution of the Huaibei coalfield in eastern China: Constrains from zircon fission-track data

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    Tan Jingqiang, E-mail: tanjingqiang@gmail.co [College of Earth Science, Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, 19 A Yuquan Road, Beijing 100049 (China); GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam, Telegrafenberg, Potsdam 14473 (Germany); Ju Yiwen, E-mail: juyw03@163.co [College of Earth Science, Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, 19 A Yuquan Road, Beijing 100049 (China); Yuan Wanming [State Key Laboratory of Geological Processes and Mineral Resources, China University of Geosciences, Beijing 100083 (China); Hou Quanlin [College of Earth Science, Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, 19 A Yuquan Road, Beijing 100049 (China); Pan Jienan [College of Earth Science, Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, 19 A Yuquan Road, Beijing 100049 (China); Institute of Resources and Environment, Henan Polytechnic University, Jiaozuo 454000 (China); Fan Junjia [College of Earth Science, Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, 19 A Yuquan Road, Beijing 100049 (China)

    2011-02-15

    Zircon fission-track (ZFT) analysis was performed on 12 samples, which were collected at the depths between 300 m and 1133 m in different structural units of the Huaibei coalfield in eastern China. The ZFT dating and decomposition results indicate the age populations can be divided into three periods, which are 213 {+-} 21 Ma-230 {+-} 21 Ma, 252 {+-} 32 Ma-304 {+-} 21 Ma and 378 {+-} 39 Ma-933 {+-} 16 Ma. These periods are less than, close to and greater than the depositional age, respectively. The continental collision between the north and south China plates impacted on its thermal and structural evolution strongly, but it is possible the burial and magmatism merely resulted in partial annealing on ZFT. Obvious differences of structural and thermal evolution exist in both the EW and NS directions. And the differences in the EW direction were mainly resulted from the tectonic movements in late Indosinian and Yanshanian, but the NS direction differences were on account of the magmatic activity in Yanshanian.

  20. Exhumation history of the NW Indian Himalaya revealed by fission track and 40Ar/39Ar ages

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    Schlup, M.; Steck, A.; Carter, A.; Cosca, M.; Epard, J.-L.; Hunziker, J.

    2011-01-01

    New fission track and Ar/Ar geochronological data provide time constraints on the exhumation history of the Himalayan nappes in the Mandi (Beas valley) - Tso Morari transect of the NW Indian Himalaya. Results from this and previous studies suggest that the SW-directed North Himalayan nappes were emplaced by detachment from the underthrusted upper Indian crust by 55. Ma and metamorphosed by ca. 48-40. Ma. The nappe stack was subsequently exhumed to shallow upper crustal depths (<10. km) by 40-30. Ma in the Tso Morari dome (northern section of the transect) and by 30-20. Ma close to frontal thrusts in the Baralacha La region. From the Oligocene to the present, exhumation continued slowly.Metamorphism started in the High Himalayan nappe prior to the Late Oligocene. High temperatures and anatexis of the subducting upper Indian crust engendered the buoyancy-driven ductile detachment and extrusion of the High Himalayan nappe in the zone of continental collision. Late extrusion of the High Himalayan nappe started about 26. Ma ago, accompanied by ductile extensional shearing in the Zanskar shear zone in its roof between 22 and 19. Ma concomitant with thrusting along the basal Main Central Thrust to the south. The northern part of the nappe was then rapidly exhumed to shallow depth (<10. km) between 20 and 6. Ma, while its southern front reached this depth at 10-5. Ma. ?? 2010 Elsevier Ltd.

  1. A study of the effect of natural radiation damage in a zircon crystal using thermoluminescence, fission track etching and X-ray diffraction

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    The natural radiation damage in zircon caused by the decay of uranium and thorium, present as impurities, is studied. The radiation damage is first gauged by etching the fission tracks. It is found that thermoluminescence (TL) sensitivity (defined as light output per unit test-dose) decreases as the radiation damage increases, suggesting a destruction of TL centers. The spacing d of the (112)-plane is also measured. It is also found that the d-value increases with radiation damage, suggesting the displacement of atoms from their normal lattice sites. However, as the track density increases beyond ≅ 3x106 tracks/cm2, the d-value remains at ≅ 2.52 A. By annealing the crystal, the displaced atoms are found to return to the original lattice sites, and this is followed by a reduction in d-value as well as the recovery of TL sensitivity. The fission track density also decreases and all the tracks disappear at the annealing temperature of ≅ 8000C. (orig.)

  2. From natural to synthetic apatites: the use of apatites as conditioning material for separated nuclear wastes

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    The minerals with an apatite structure formed two billion years ago during natural nuclear reactions in Oklo (Gabon) are phospho-silicate apatites called britholites. In the lattice, they contain as substitutions or inclusions radioactive elements or the fission products. They remain totally stable and appear to be excellent to be excellent nuclear waste conditioning materials. From these observations, the study of synthetics britholites was carried out. The optimal chemical composition was determined, solid/solid synthesis was performed and the stability under radioactive, thermal conditions was studied in relation to geological observations. The first results indicating resistance to radiation and leaching open a supplementary way for the preparation of conditioning material for separated nuclear waste. (authors)

  3. Chronology of Pliocene and Quaternary bioevents and climatic events from fission-track ages on tephra beds, Wairarapa, New Zealand

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    Shane, Phil; Froggatt, Paul; Black, Tasha; Westgate, John

    1995-02-01

    High-resolution Pliocene and Pleistocene sequences exposed on land in New Zealand are some of the few detailed records of widepread marine bioevents and paleoclimatic changes in the Southern Hemisphere. Marine biostratigraphy calibrated in deep-sea cores by paleomagnetic reversals has been the primary basis for the chronology of these sequences. We have determined ages for several tephra beds which now provide an independent numerical age calibration for a well-studied marine and terrestrial section in Wairarapa. By using the isothermal plateau fission track (ITPFT) method on volcanic glass we have overcome the problems of partial track fading and detrital mineral contamination, which hindered earlier studies, to reveal a new chronology extending back to nearly 5 Ma. Our ages for the Hikawera Tuff (4.91 ± 0.25 Ma) and Spooner Tuff (3.44 ± 0.13 Ma) are consistent with the appearance and disappearance of many early Pliocene foraminiferial species, validating their age calibration in New Zealand. However, some fossil occurrences, including coccoliths, differ temporally by as much as 0.55 Ma, perhaps due to local tectonic-induced recycling. Four Pleistocene tephra beds (Potaka tephra (1.00 ± 0.03 Ma), Kaukatea tephra (0.87 ± 0.05 Ma), Rangitawa tephra (ca. 0.35 Ma) and Kawakawa tephra (ca. 0.22 Ma)) are now recognised in the Wairarapa sequence via stratigraphic and new geochemical and age data. These beds allow direct correlation to other marine and terrestrial basins, as well as volcanic regions in New Zealand, and will ultimately aid in a regional paleoenvironmental reconstruction where bioevents are absent. The tephra ages indicate that the marine sediment accumulation rates varied from 90 to 250 m/Ma between different sections of the Pliocene and reached ca. 350 m/Ma in the last 2.4 Ma, when the sequence displays pronounced glacioeustatic cyclic deposition. In the terrestrial realm, the oldest loess in New Zealand is now constrained to between 1.00 and 0.87 Ma.

  4. Air target tracking algorithm based on elite dominant fission%基于精英占优裂变算法的空中目标跟踪

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    王其华; 张思维; 邵明省; 张玉国

    2012-01-01

    针对粒子群对空中目标跟踪的早衰现象,采用精英占优裂变算法.首先对大权值粒子进行裂变处理逐次增加数目,为了避免粒子陷入过度裂变,增设裂变控制因子;接着选取其中非劣解粒子作为“精英占优集”,通过小生境技术分配粒子适应度值,裂变粒子群中的每个粒子分配一个标识码组,每个解根据相应的识别数组判断跟踪结果优劣;然后给出了算法评价标准和目标跟踪流程;最后给出了空中目标运动模型.实验仿真得出,跟踪结果在位置分量和速度分量上的滤波均方误差小,空间状态转向跟踪中精英占优裂变接近目标真实状态.%Aiming at the particle swarm to the air target tracking premature aging phenomenon,the elite dominant fission algorithm is proposed. The algorithm firstly makes fission processing to the particles with high weighted values. In order to avoid excessive fission, fission control factors are set up. Then select the non-inferior solution particles as "elite dominant set". Through the niching technology,particle fitness values are set. Each particle in fission swarm is assigned an identification mark,tracking results can be judged according to the relative solutions of each group. Evaluation standard is set up and target tracking process is given out. Lastly,air target moving model is obtained. The simulation shows that the result of the elite dominant fission is close to the true target state.

  5. Study of damage and helium diffusion in fluoro-apatites

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    This work lies within the scope of the study of the radionuclides containment matrices. The choice of the fluoro-apatites as potential matrices of containment was suggested by the notable properties of these latter (thermal and chemical stability even under radioactive radiation). By irradiations with heavy ions and a helium implantation we simulated the effects related to the alpha radioactivity and to the spontaneous nuclear fission of the radionuclides. Thanks to the study of Durango fluoro-apatite single crystals and fluoro-apatite sintered ceramics, we evidenced that the damage fraction as well as the unit cell deformations increase with the electronic energy loss and with the substitution. These effects are followed at high fluences by a phenomenon of re-crystallization. The study of the helium diffusion points out that the thermal diffusion process improves with the substitution and strongly increases with heavy ions irradiation. (author)

  6. Application of the dating by fission tracks to determine thermicity of basins within petroleum potentialities: example of Sbaa and Ahnet-North basins located in Western Saharan platform, Algeria

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    The interpretation of old fundamental research works and the results obtained by this study based on: the analysis of apatite fission tracks (AFT), the burial evolution curves and the sequential analysis of outcrop section, as well as the curves of signal of gamma ray (GR) analysis from drilling wells, allow to precise that the geodynamic evolution of the studied Algerian sedimentary basins (Ahnet and Sbaa) have been occurred principally in the Paleozoic era. The analysis of burial evolution curves shows that during the Paleozoic period, the sedimentation is controlled by the tectonic subsidence, particularly at the end of Carboniferous in the favor of Ougarta folding. The curves indicate an uplift from the Permian to middle Jurassic, expressed by an important erosion of sedimentary series and is considered as a response of thermal convection of the Saharan platform followed by thermal subsidence. This can be explained by the halt motion of rift extension caused by the opening of the Atlantic Ocean. To bring the sequential analysis out, it appears that Ahnet and Sbaa basins present contrasted stratigraphic recordings, so much in time than in space, indicated the different effects from subsidence and erosions according to their sectors. In thermal point of view, temperatures are still moderate in Sbaa depression and favorite the preservation of organic matter and might generate hydrocarbons until now. However, these conditions are not similar to ones in the case of Ahnet basin. In the North part of Ahnet basin (MRS-1, MSL-1), the ages are around 50 Ma, attested that sedimentary layers have been sustained a post-Hercynian thermal phase. This phase could be estimated probably more than 100 C. This is also produced during the regional extension of the Triassic-Jurassic rifting. This episode could also be responsible of disappearance (total?) of pre-existence fission tracks in the Devonian layers of the well MSR-1, which exhibits at the depth 505 m under the Hercynian

  7. Zircon fission-track analysis on modern sands shed from the Alps: notes on separation procedures and state of the art

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    Limoncelli, M; Malusà, MG; Garzanti, E

    2009-01-01

    Detrital zircon fission-track analysis on modern sands is a valuable approach to constrain the pattern of erosional exhumation in orogenic source areas (e.g. Bernet et al., 2004). In order to constrain the short-term and long-term erosion pattern in the Alps-Apennines orogenic couple, we have collected samples of modern sands in selected sites of the Po River Delta, as well as along the Po River main trunk and in most of its tributaries. Zircon concentrates were separated according to a sp...

  8. Fission-track and K-Ar dating of pegmatite and associated rocks of Nellore Schist Belt, Andhra Pradesh: evidence of middle-to late proterozoic events

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    Fission-track and K-Ar dating of minerals from pegmatitic rocks of the Nellore Schist Belt (NSB) coupled with critical appraisal of all available isotopic age data suggest episodic nature of pegmatitic activity at ca.1600 Ma.,ca.1000 Ma and 600 ± 100 Ma. The episodic pegmatitic activity in the NSB are synchronous with known phases of thermal rejuvenation in the eastern part of Cuddapah basin and in the eastern ghats mobile belt. (author). 30 refs., 2 figs., 3 tabs

  9. Summary of theory and techniques, sample selection and project organization for potassium-argon, rubidium-strontium and fission track dating and strontium isotope studies

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    A brief outline is given of the theory and techniques of the potassium-argon, rubidium-strontium and fission-track dating methods and related isotope studies which are currently in use at the Institute of Nuclear Sciences, DSIR. Some limitations of each technique are set out in terms of age range and materials for dating, and the appropriate choice of various mineral and rock types and subsequent age interpretations are discussed. The organisation of project proposals and categories is described and procedures for sample submission and documentation are given

  10. Temporal constraints on the tectonic evolution of Sierra De Famatina, northwestern Argentina, using the fission-track method to date tuffs interbedded in synorogenic clastic sedimentary strata

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    Tabbutt, K.D. (Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH (USA))

    1990-07-01

    Fission-track dates from seven volcaniclastic units allow time constraints to be placed on synorogenic clastic strata exposed along the flanks of Sierra de Famatina, northwest Argentina. Four formations are exposed along the western margin of Sierra de Famatina. The El Abra conglomerate is composed of clasts eroded from the basement exposed just to the west of Cadena de Paiman. The El Buey Formation contains sediments probably derived from the Precordillera fold and thrust belt to the west. Fission-track dates give a maximum age of 6 Ma for the deposition of both of these formations. The El Durazno Formation, deposited between 6 and 4 Ma, contains proximal volcaniclastic and other clastic rocks derived from the core of Sierra de Famatina. The Santa Florentina conglomerate was derived from the rising Sierra de Famatina and deposited in the past 4 m.y. Sierra de Famatima probably became a positive topographic feature approximately 6 Ma. Prior to that time this region was receiving fine-grained sediments from a distal fold and thrust belt and conglomerates from local basement uplifts. Minor extrusive events (Mogote Formation) coincide both spatially and temporally with deformation along the major reverse faults that control the uplift of Sierra de Famatina. Minimum mean uplift rates calculated for Sierra de Famatina are 0.8 {plus minus} 0.1 mm/yr over a 6.8 m.y. interval.

  11. Potentialities and practical limitations of absolute neutron dosimetry using thin films of uranium and thorium applied to the fission track dating

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    Bigazzi, G; Hadler-Neto, J C; Iunes, P J; Paulo, S R; Oddone, M; Osorio, A M A; Zúñiga, A G

    1999-01-01

    Neutron dosimetry using natural uranium and thorium thin films makes possible that mineral dating by the fission-track method can be accomplished, even when poor thermalized neutron facilities are employed. In this case, the contributions of the fissions of sup 2 sup 3 sup 5 U, sup 2 sup 3 sup 8 U and sup 2 sup 3 sup 2 Th induced by thermal, epithermal and fast neutrons to the population of tracks produced during irradiation are quantified through the combined use of natural uranium and thorium films. If the Th/U ratio of the sample is known, only one irradiation (where the sample and the films of uranium and thorium are present) is necessary to perform the dating. However, if that ratio is unknown, it can be determined through another irradiation where the mineral to be dated and both films are placed inside a cadmium box. Problems related with film manufacturing and calibration are discussed. Special attention is given to the utilization of thin films having very low uranium content. The problems faced sugg...

  12. Track 4: basic nuclear science variance reduction for Monte Carlo criticality simulations. 3. Fission Source Algorithms and Monte Carlo Variances

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    Nuclear criticality safety and other neutronics analyses usually require a converged fission source for accurate eigenvalues and spatial distributions. While convergence may be rapid for compact systems, it can be either slow or erratic (or both) if a system contains loosely coupled multiplying components. This work is aimed at understanding the influence of Monte Carlo fission source algorithms on estimated fission rate distributions in two simple cases. The results show that sampling of fission sites should be avoided to the extent possible and that eliminating unnecessary sampling can reduce reaction rate estimate variances substantially and accordingly reduce the computational effort for reaction rate estimation. The fundamental purpose of Monte Carlo neutronics is to simulate faithfully the effects of fission on the neutron population. The methods employed vary among codes, but they must not generate biases or underestimates of uncertainties, and they ought to be computationally efficient. For example, a code may produce a potential fission either when a neutron collides or at absorption. The site weight can be the probability either of producing a fission neutron or of causing fission and may be adjusted by keff or some similar constant to keep the site population roughly constant. Potential sites are somehow selected for the site bank, and the starting neutrons for the next generation are then picked from the bank, perhaps re-sampled in some way to control the neutron population. The daughter neutron may be emitted with weight nu-bar or one. Using the VIM code, we have analyzed the fission site behavior of a simple system consisting of two thick homogeneous slabs of aqueous fissile solution separated by a thick slab of water in a symmetrical arrangement using 2000 histories/generation. Yamamoto et al. reported fluctuations of 75% in the instantaneous fission site populations in each slab, which is much larger than one expects in a Monte Carlo calculation

  13. Fission Fragments Discriminator

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    Nuclear fission reaction between Uranium-235 nucleus and thermal neutron caused the high energy fission fragments with uncertainly direction. The particle direction discrimination was determined. The 2.5 x 3.0 mm2 polyethylene gratings with 1-6 mm thickness were used. The grating was placed between uranium screen that fabricated from ammonium-diurinate compound and polycarbonate nuclear track film recorder irradiated by neutron from Thai Research Reactor (TRR-1/M1) facility. The nuclear track density was inversely with grating thickness. It's only fission fragments normal to uranium screen pass through film recorder when grating thickness was 4-6 mm

  14. Determination of uranium content in dental porcelains by means of the fission track method and estimation of radiation dose to oral mucosa by radioactive elements

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    Porcelain teeth, some of which contain uranium compounds for aesthetic purpose, have been widely used in dental clinics. Hazardous effects due to uranium radiation have been suggested in recent publications. In the present study uranium concentrations were determined in four major brands of porcelain teeth marketed in Japan using the fission track method, and the absorbed doses to oral tissued were calculated. Average uranium concentrations of the brands studied were determined to be 3.6 ppm (0.33-10 ppm, Japan), 18 ppm (0.69-81 ppm, Japan), 9.4 ppm (2.5-14 ppm, Japan) and 82 ppm (11-205 ppm, U.S.), respectively. The corresponding dose equivalents at the surface of oral mucosal membrane were 2.9 rem yr-1. 14 rem yr-1, 7.6 rem yr-1 and 66 rem yr-1. (author)

  15. Determination of uranium content in dental porcelains by means of the fission track method and estimation of radiation dose to oral mucosa by radioactive elements

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    Porcelain teeth, some of which contained uranium compounds for aesthetic purpose, have been widely used in dental clinics. Recently, the hazardous effects by uranium radiation were suggested. In the present study, the authors carried out the determination of uranium concentrations of four major brands of porcelain teeth marketed in Japan using the fission track method, and the absorbed doses of oral tissues were calculated by the authors' introduced formula for calculation of alpha radiation. Average uranium concentrations of the brands studied were determined 3.6 ppm (0.33 - 10 ppm, Japan), 18 ppm (0.69 - 81 ppm, Japan), 9.4 ppm (2.5 - 14 ppm, Japan) and 82 ppm (11 - 205 ppm, U.S.A.), respectively. The corresponding dose equivalents at the surface of oral mucosal membrane were 2.9 rem y-1, 14 rem y-1, 7.6 rem y-1 and 66 rem y-1. (author)

  16. Comparisons of fission track age-determination and radioactivation analysis among radiation fields. Characteristic values for pneumatic tube, JRR-3M PN2

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    Suzuki, Tatsuro [Kagoshima Univ. (Japan). Faculty of Education; Tomura, Kenji

    1996-01-01

    It is necessary for Fission track age determination and radioactivation analysis to define the energy spectrum of a reactor neutron as the basis for calculating the nuclear reaction rate. This study was made aiming to define the spectrum for PN2 pneumatic tube of No. 3 plant of Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI). Characteristics such as conventional flux, cross reaction, neutron temperature and integral fast flux were examined for 3 facilities; JRR-2, JRR-4 and JRR-3M. And the neutron spectrum for each facility was estimated based on the assumptions; Maxwell distribution for thermal neutrons, 1/E for intermediate neutrons and Watt`s formula for fast neutrons. The present results showed that the spectrum for JRR-3M, PN2 was discontinuous in the range from the intermediate to the fast neutron, whereas those for other facilities were found considerably improved. (M.N.)

  17. Tectonic interpretation of an inverse gradient of zircon fission-track ages with respect to altitude: Alpine thermal history of the Gran Paradiso basement

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    Extensive sampling along vertical and north-south cross-sections in the Gran Paradiso basement (internal crystalline massif, Western Alps) reveals an inverse gradient of zircon fission-track ages with respect to altitude, which is explained by an ''inverted metamorphism'' during Eocene time. Subsequent to the obduction of the Schistes Lustres nappe (high pressure Eoalpine phase), the Gran Paradiso massif cooled down 90-80 Myrs ago. The Austro-Alpine nappe of Monte Emilius - Dent Blanche overthrust the Gran Paradiso massif 38-40 Myrs ago, inducing in its basement an inverted metamorphism or, more precisely, a ''nappe emplacement metamorphism'' (greenschist facies). The last cooling below 1000C occurred as early as 35-40 Myrs ago in the southern Gran Paradiso massif; in the northern part, this last cooling occurred 20 Myrs ago, accompanied by an important uplift phase (2 mm/year). (orig.)

  18. The Carboniferous to Jurassic evolution of the pre-Alpine basement of Crete: Constraints from U-Pb and U-(Th)-Pb dating of orthogneiss, fission-track dating of zircon, structural and petrological data

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    Romano, S. S.; Brix, M. R.; Dörr, K.; Fiala, Jiří; Krenn, E.; Zulauf, G.

    2006-01-01

    Roč. 260, - (2006), s. 69-90. ISSN 0375-6440 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30130516 Keywords : tectonic-evolution * Carboniferous * Jurassic * uranium-lead-dating * orthogneiss * fission-track-dating * zircon * structural-geology * petrology * metamorphism * high-temperature Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy

  19. Mesozoic cooling history of the “Bachu Uplift” in the Tarim Basin, China: Constraints from zircon fission-track thermochronology

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    We applied zircon fission-track analysis to outcrop and borehole samples to study the Mesozoic cooling history of the Bachu Uplift, the Central Uplift of the Tarim Basin. Zircon fission-track (ZFT) ages of 182 Ma – 249 Ma are younger than the sample depositional ages indicating substantial post burial thermal annealing and can effectively reveal cooling events in the Bachu Uplift. The strong correlation between single grain ZFT age and U content indicates that most of the zircon grains represent ages that have been partially annealed and so the age is not directly indicative of the time of cooling. The youngest ZFT age populations with modal peak ages of 151 ± 8 Ma (Well HT1 samples), 126 ± 6 Ma (Well T1 samples) and 192 ± 10 Ma (Xiaohaizi Reservoir profile samples) from the decomposition of the ZFT single-grain ages represent the onset of cooling events in the Bachu Uplift, which were related to the collisions of the Qiangtang Terrane and Lhasa Block with the southern margin of the Eurasia continent, respectively. This study provides new insights into the tectonic and sedimentary evolution of the Tarim Basin and even Central Asia by constraining the higher temperature (c. 250–180 °C) part of the basin thermal history. - Highlights: • ZFT were firstly used to study Mesozoic cooling events of the Tarim Basin, China. • ZFT data revealed cooling events of 192 Ma, 151 Ma and 126 Ma. • Cooling events were related to the collisions in the Eurasia southern margin

  20. Calibration of a special neutron dosemeter based on solid-state track detectors and fission radiators in various neutron fields

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    The calibration of a personnel neutron dosemeter in different neutron fields is described. The badge-like dosemeter contains 5 detectors: polycarbonate foil (10 μm, Makrofol KG), 232Th, natural uranium, natural uranium with boron, and natural uranium with cadmium. Detector sensitivity and calibration factors have been calculated and measured in radiation fields of 252Cf fission neutrons, WWR-S reactor neutrons with and without Cd and Fe shielding, 3-MeV (d,t) generator neutrons, and 238PuBe neutrons. Measurement range and achievable accuracy are discussed from the point of view of applying the dosemeter in routine and emergency uses

  1. Dikes and mineralization in uraniferous apatite deposits

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    The problem of the age relationships between dike bodies and the mineralization in deposits of uraniferous apatites in carbonate rocks is reconsidered. The post-ore history of apatite mineralization reveals a combination of polygenic mineral associations

  2. Method of photo-etching and photogravure using fission fragment and/or alpha ray etch tracks from toned photographs

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    The formation of images on non-photo-receptive surfaces is described. In the past the reproduction of images has involved the initial step of screening the image. The present method does not require such screening and the image produced bears a quantitative and positional relationship to the silver grains present in the photograph from which the image is being produced. The method consists of reproducing a photographic image on a normally non-photo-receptive surface comprising the steps of toning the photograph with substances which combine with or replace the silver grains so that the photograph emits either spontaneously or indirectly fission fragments or alpha particles in amounts related to the distribution of the silver grains in the photograph, and placing the toned photograph contiguous with the surface on which the image is to be reproduced, for sufficient time for the emissions from the photograph to reproduce the image as a radiation-damage image on the surface, the damage areas having a close positional relationship to the silver grains in the original photograph

  3. Application of the dating by fission tracks to determine thermicity of basins within petroleum potentialities: example of Sbaa and Ahnet-North basins located in Western Saharan platform, Algeria; Application de la datation par traces de fission a l'analyse de la thermicite de bassins a potentialites petrolieres: exemple de la cuvette de Sbaa et du bassin de l'Ahnet-Nord (plate-forme saharienne occidentale, Algerie)

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    Akkouche, M

    2007-05-15

    The interpretation of old fundamental research works and the results obtained by this study based on: the analysis of apatite fission tracks (AFT), the burial evolution curves and the sequential analysis of outcrop section, as well as the curves of signal of gamma ray (GR) analysis from drilling wells, allow to precise that the geodynamic evolution of the studied Algerian sedimentary basins (Ahnet and Sbaa) have been occurred principally in the Paleozoic era. The analysis of burial evolution curves shows that during the Paleozoic period, the sedimentation is controlled by the tectonic subsidence, particularly at the end of Carboniferous in the favor of Ougarta folding. The curves indicate an uplift from the Permian to middle Jurassic, expressed by an important erosion of sedimentary series and is considered as a response of thermal convection of the Saharan platform followed by thermal subsidence. This can be explained by the halt motion of rift extension caused by the opening of the Atlantic Ocean. To bring the sequential analysis out, it appears that Ahnet and Sbaa basins present contrasted stratigraphic recordings, so much in time than in space, indicated the different effects from subsidence and erosions according to their sectors. In thermal point of view, temperatures are still moderate in Sbaa depression and favorite the preservation of organic matter and might generate hydrocarbons until now. However, these conditions are not similar to ones in the case of Ahnet basin. In the North part of Ahnet basin (MRS-1, MSL-1), the ages are around 50 Ma, attested that sedimentary layers have been sustained a post-Hercynian thermal phase. This phase could be estimated probably more than 100 C. This is also produced during the regional extension of the Triassic-Jurassic rifting. This episode could also be responsible of disappearance (total?) of pre-existence fission tracks in the Devonian layers of the well MSR-1, which exhibits at the depth 505 m under the Hercynian

  4. 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

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    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)

  5. Fission track analysis and evolution of mesozoic-paleozoic hydrocarbon resource-rocks headed in Northern Jiangsu-South Yellow sea basin

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    Fission track data of different geologic epoches from Binhai salient, Yancheng sag, Haian sag, Baiju sag, Gaoyou sag, Hongze sag and Jinhu sag of northern Jiangsu basin and seismic data from Laoshan uplift in South Yellow Sea basin and evolution of Paleozoic hydrocarbon resource-rocks headed in the Northern Jiangsu-South Yellow Sea basin were studied. Results indicate that Binhai salient uplifted in 38-15 Ma, forming 'structure uplifting model', Paleozoic hydrocarbon resource-rocks have the appearance of 'different layers but identical mature, different layers but identical temperature' with Laoshan uplift. All sags have the characters of 'long time heating model', and sedimentations in Cenozoic were exploited by 2 km. Mesozoic-Paleozoic hydrocarbon resource- rocks of Laoshan uplift get ahead of 10 km. Structure evolution was compared with Binhai salient. According to the modeling results of secondary hydrocarbon generation, Mesozoic-Paleozoic hydrocarbon resource-rocks of Laoshan uplift have the good reservoir potentiality and probably become an important new window for sea oil and gas exploration. (authors)

  6. Modelling of low-temperature exhumation rate in Dabie Mountain based on (U-Th)/He and fission-track thermochronological data

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    DING; Ruxin; ZHOU; Zuyi; XU; Changhai; LIU; Yuzhu; CHENG; Hao; XU; Fei

    2006-01-01

    While the high-temperature exhumation process in the Dabie Mountain has been well documented, the low-temperature exhumation of this area since Cretaceous, especially since Late Cretaceous, is relatively less studied. Low-temperature thermochronology provides one of the important approaches to solve this problem. Based on the data of fission track and (U-Th)/He analysis of apaptites and zircons from the granitoid and metamorphic rocks in the Dabie Mountain, this paper applies Mancktelow's and Braun's methods to estimating the exhumation rates and to drawing the regional differential exhumation pattern since Cretaceous, especially since Late Cretaceous by taking into consideration factors such as heat transport, heat advection, topography and heat production,which could influence geothermal field in the shallow crust. Since Cretaceous, the exhumation rate (0.08-0.10 km/Ma) in the region around Tiantangzhai and in the south of Tanlu fault zone is larger than the rate (0.04-0.07 km/Ma) in other areas of the Dabie Mountain. The regional differential exhumation pattern might be related to the push-up effect caused by differential strike-slip movement along NNE-trending faults.

  7. Intercomparison study of inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, thermal ionization mass spectrometry and fission track analysis of μBq quantities of 239Pu in synthetic urine

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    Even today, some Marshall Islanders are looking forward to permanently resettling their islands after five decades. The U.S. Department of Energy and the resettled residents require reasonable but cost-prudent assurance that the doses to resident from residual 239Pu will not exceed recognized international standards or recommendations, as estimated from the excretion of 239Pu in urine. The goal of this study was to evaluate the bias, uncertainty and sensitivity of analytical techniques that measure 3-56 μBq 239Pu in synthetic urine. The analytical techniques studied in this work included inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, thermal ionization mass spectrometry and fission track analysis. The results of the intercomparison demonstrated that all three techniques were capable of marking the measurements, although not with equal degree of bias and uncertainty. The estimated minimum detectable activity was 1 μBq of 239Pu per synthetic urine sample. This exercise is also the first effort to certify test materials of plutonium in the nBqxg-1 range. (author)

  8. Zircon fission track and U–Pb dating methods applied to São Paulo and Taubaté Basins located in the southeast Brazil

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    Zircon samples from the Cenozoic São Paulo and Taubaté Basins and Mantiqueira Mountain Range (southeast Brazil) were concomitantly dated by zircon Fission Track Method (FTM) and in situ U–Pb dating method. While FTM detrital-zircon data are ideally used to provide low-temperature information, U–Pb single detrital grain ages record the time of zircon formation in igneous or high grade metamorphic environments. This methodology may be used to study the possible sources of the basins sediments. The results suggest that the São Paulo Basin is composed of sediments from just one source, the Mantiqueira Mountain Range. On the other hand, the Taubaté Basin presents further sediment sources besides the Mantiqueira Mountain Range. - Highlights: ► Zircons from São Paulo and Taubaté Basins were dated by FTM and U–Pb. ► The zircon ages were compared with ages from the Mantiqueira Mountain Range (source). ► Results suggest the Mantiqueira is the source of sediments for the São Paulo Basin. ► The Taubaté Basin presents further sediment sources besides the Mantiqueira

  9. Delayed fission

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    Delayed fission is a nuclear process that couples beta decay and fission. In the delayed fission process, a parent nucleus undergoes beta decay or electron capture and thus populates excited states in the daughter nucleus. This review covers experimental methods for detecting and measuring delayed fission. Experimental results (ECDF activities and beta-DF activities) and theory are presented. The future prospects for study of delayed fission are discussed. 50 refs., 8 figs., 2 tabs

  10. Ternary Fission

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    The fission process in which heavy nuclei fragment into three large charged panicles, in place of the usual two, has been studied in the case of thermal-neutron-induced fission of U235 and the spontaneous fission of Cf252. Solid-state detectors, a fast triple coincidence system and a three-coincident-parameter analyser were used to measure the three fission fragment energies parallel with the detection of each ternary fission event. Experimental evidence is presented supporting the existence of ternary fission by specifically excluding recoil phenomena and accidental events as contributing to the observed three-fold coincidence events. Mass-energy-angular correlations of ternary fission have been determined and are summarized as follows: The total kinetic energy release in ternary fission appears to be slightly higher (by approximately 10 MeV) than that for binary fission. In the case of the spontaneous ternary fission of Cf252, the frequency of occurrence is observed to be greater than 2.2 x 10-6 ternary fission events per binary fission event. Tripartition of Cf252 results preferentially in division into two medium mass particle (one of which has a mass number near 56) and one larger mass. In the case of thermal-neutron-induced fission of U235, the frequency of occurrence is observed to be greater than 1.2 x 10-6 ternary fission events per binary fission event. Ternary fission of U236: results in the formation of one light fragment (near mass 36) and two large fragments or, as in the case of Cf252, two medium fragments and one large one. These results indicate that axially asymmetric distortion modes are possible in the pre-scission configurations of the fissioning nucleus. A description is given of experiments designed to radiochemically detect the light fragment resulting from ternary fission. (author)

  11. Stable carbon isotope analysis of bone apatite

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    The application of stable carbon isotope analysis to bone apatite is investigated. Bone apatite was prepared from 28 samples of 5 species of modern browsing herbivores, and their 13C/12C ratios measured. The δ13C values for bone apatite of the modern specimens shows a mean enrichment of +12 o/oo relative to the C3 dietary mean of -26.5o/oo. The values for T. strepsiceros (kudu) suggest that it is not a consistent browzer, as was formerly believed. Seven fossil bone apatite browzer samples gave δ13C values which fell within the range for the modern samples. It is concluded that the 13C/12C ratio in modern bone apatite accurately reflects diet, but data for fossil samples was insufficient to allow a firm conclusion about the reliability of bone apatite dietary tracing in archaeological contexts

  12. Measurements of the uranium concentration and distribution in a fossil equid tooth using fission tracks, TIMS and laser ablation ICPMS: Implications for ESR dating

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    Hoffmann, D.L. [Bristol Isotope Group, School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol, University Road, Bristol BS8 1SS (United Kingdom)], E-mail: dirk.hoffmann@bristol.ac.uk; Paterson, B.A. [Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, Wills Memorial Building, Queen' s Road, Bristol BS8 1RJ (United Kingdom); Jonckheere, R. [Geologisches Institut, Technische Universitaet-Bergakademie Freiberg, Bernhard-von-Cotta-Strasse 2, 09599 Freiberg (Germany)

    2008-01-15

    Combined ESR/U-series dating of tooth enamel is important for obtaining chronological constraints on archaeological sites. The precision and accuracy of this method depend on the uncertainties associated with the equivalent dose and the dose rate. The precision of the dose rate calculation, in turn, depends on a number of parameters such as the internal radionuclide concentrations and distributions in the enamel, dentine and cementum and in the surrounding sediments as well as on the cosmogenic dose rate. Furthermore, teeth are open systems for U and therefore constraints on the U-uptake model are needed. The combination of all the uncertainties results in uncertainties of {approx}10% on the age at 95% confidence level. This can, however, be improved by reducing the uncertainties on the internal radionuclide concentrations and distributions. We present a comparison of three methods for measuring the U concentrations in dental tissue of a 40 ka old equid tooth. Fission tracks are used to map the U distribution with high spatial resolution. The U and Th concentrations and isotopic compositions were measured with high precision but poor spatial resolution using TIMS. It is demonstrated that in situ LA-ICPMS provides an effective method for precise measurements of the U concentration at high spatial resolution. This method also has high potential for isotopic U-series measurements using MC-ICPMS. The results of the U measurements are used to constrain the effective alpha- and beta-dose rates in enamel sampled for ESR analysis. The TIMS U-Th isotope concentrations and in particular the {sup 230}Th concentrations are used to constrain the U uptake for combined ESR/U-series dating.

  13. Double dating of detrital zircon by fission-track and LA-ICPMS U/Pb analysis: new perspectives in decomposing mixed provenance signatures

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    Mikes, Tamás.; Jeffries, Teresa E.; Dunkl, István.; Tolosana-Delgado, Raimon; von Eynatten, Hilmar

    2010-05-01

    A novel approach combining fission track (FT) and in-situ LA-ICPMS U/Pb isotopic analyses in single detrital zircon grains is used to trace the exhumed sources of Tertiary synorogenic sediments in the Dinarides. Grains were dated by the FT method, and their interiors were imaged by SEM-CL to avoid ablation of inherited or other unsuitable domains. U/Pb isotopic compositions were determined by an instrument setup of a 213 nm Nd:YAG laser source coupled to a quadrupole-based ICP-MS, and an analytical protocol providing a cost-effective sample throughput (70-100 grains per day) while maintaining high analytical precision and accuracy. CL-control and a good spatial resolution helped suppressing age bias, as justified by a notably high proportion (>90%) of concordant (±5%) grain ages. Finally, the FT and U/Pb ages were integrated for each grain using a bivariate statistical algorithm that takes the different precisions permitted by the two dating techniques into account. The zircon double dating approach yields valuable insights into the thermal history of source terrains of synorogenic sediments both in the Outer Dinaride foreland basin and in the Dinarides-Tisza collisional zone. We can isolate several clusters of characteristic pairs of crystallization/cooling ages, which pin-point Alpine tectonostratigraphic units with a confidence that could not be achieved by using the two dating techniques separately. The Adriatic basement of the Dinarides affected by the major Jurassic-Early Cretaceous cooling event was not the exclusive source for the siliciclastic fill of these Tertiary basins. The distributary systems involved much detritus from Ordovician and Late Permian magmatic units affected by a Late Cretaceous thermal event; such units are not typical in the Dinarides. A major sediment input from the Austroalpine, Tisza and Pelagonian Units in the Tertiary is the most likely scenario for the evolution of the Dinaride basins.

  14. Fission-track age of a bentonitized ash bed and mammalian fauna from Nagrota formation (Upper Siwalik) of Jammu District, J and K, India

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    Fission-track age of a bentonitized volcanic ash bed occurring in the middle part of Nagrota Formation. Upper Siwalik, north of Uttarbaini, Jammu district, Jammu and Kashmir, has been determined to be 1.6 ± 0.2 m.y. B.P. The radiometric age obtained for the sample roughly coincides with the Olduvai Event (1.6-1.8 m.y.). However, the lithological and paleoclimatic changes in the Upper Siwalik success ion are indicated at the contact between Parmandal Sandstone and Nagrota Formation, i.e. about 1100 m below the 1.6 ± 0.2 m.y. datum line in this part. Vertebrat e fauna was studied from 16 sites beneath and 12 above the volcanic ash bed to interpret the biological and palaeoenvironmental aspects of the Nagrota Formation. The assemblage represented in the collection is similar to that of the Pinjor Biozone (Villafranchian) and is assigned a probable age ranging from about 2.9 m.y. to 1.0 m.y. B.P. The stratigraphic interval from the base of Nagrota Formation (approx. 2.9 m.y. B.P.) to the 1.6 ± 0.2 m.y. datum is characterise d by predominance of advanced elephants along with other mammalian groups suggesting the climate to be probably warm and mildly arid. Above this level, until about 1 m.y. B.P., the elephants are rare and dry landforms predominate indicating incoming of more arid conditions. The faunal changes are attributable to the environmental changes which were gradually brought in by the Himalayan tectonism . (author). 8 refs., 6 figs

  15. Genesis of Daba arcuate structural belt related to adjacent basement upheavals:Constraints from Fission-track and (U-Th)/He thermochronology

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    GUILLOT; Franois

    2010-01-01

    Fission-track, (U-Th)/He thermochronology, and cooling properties indicate that the southern Daba arcuate zone (SDBAZ) underwent a distinctive phase of rapid cooling in 153-100 Ma at a rate of 1.44-1.90°C/Ma. This rapid uplifting strongly contrasts with (1) the previous, rapid foreland subsidence during Early to Middle Jurassic in response to late-orogenic compression from the Qinling belt, (2) the succeeding long, slow cooling phase and relative thermal stability that occurred during the 100-45 Ma period. This rapid cooling event in the SDBAZ parallels those experienced by two adjacent upheavals of Huangling (HLUZ) and Hannan-Micang (HMUZ), with cooling rates of 2.22-3.17°C/Ma for the HLUZ in 160-126 Ma, 4.91°C/Ma for the southern HMUZ in 150-125 Ma, as well as 2.11°C/Ma for the northern HMUZ in 150-105 Ma. Comparing thermal histories among the SDBAZ, the HLUZ, the HMUZ, and the Wudang metamorphic zone (WDMZ), we infer that the Daba arcuate structural belt formed in 153-100 Ma. The combined dating data support a correlation with a low-angle arcuate south-thrusting of the Qinling orogen triggered by northward convergence of the Yangtze Craton, contemporaneously encountering rigid basement obstructions from the HLUZ and the HMUZ, respectively. Both the SDBAZ and neighboring domains additionally underwent a comparatively fast cooling and uplift since about 45 Ma.

  16. New constraints on the origin of the Sierra Madre de Chiapas (south Mexico) from sediment provenance and apatite thermochronometry

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    Witt, C.; Brichau, S.; Carter, A.

    2012-12-01

    The timing and source of deformation responsible for formation of the Sierra Madre de Chiapas (south Mexico) are unclear. To address this, apatite fission track and U-Th-He thermochronometry, combined with zircon U-Pb dating, were performed on bedrock and sedimentary samples of the Sierra Madre de Chiapas to discern timing of exhumation and identify sediment source areas. The U-Pb results show that Paleocene-Eocene terrigenous units outcropping at the northern section of the Sierra were mostly derived from Grenville (˜1 Ga) basement whereas the internal sections of the chain yield mainly Permian to Triassic ages (circa 270-230 Ma) typical of the Chiapas massif complex. Grenville-sourced sediments are most probably sourced by the Oaxacan block or the Guichicovi complex and were deposited to the north of the Sierra in a foreland setting related to a Laramide deformation front. Other possibly source areas may be related to metasedimentary units widely documented at the south Maya block such as the Baldi unit. The apatite fission track and U-Th-He data combined with previously published results record three main stages in exhumation history: (1) slow exhumation between 35 and 25 Ma affecting mainly the Chiapas massif complex; (2) fast exhumation between 16 and 9 Ma related to the onset of major strike-slip deformation affecting both the Chiapas massif complex and Chiapas fold-and-thrust belt; and (3) a 6 to 5 Ma period of rapid cooling that affected the Chiapas fold-and-thrust belt, coincident with the landward migration of the Caribbean-North America plate boundaries. These data suggest that most of the topographic growth of the Sierra Madre de Chiapas took place in the middle to late Miocene. The new thermochronological evidence combined with stratigraphic and kinematic information suggests that the left-lateral strike-slip faults bounding the Chiapas fold-and-thrust belt to the west may have accommodated most of the displacement between the North American and

  17. Nuclear fission

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    The nuclear fission process is pedagogically reviewed from a macroscopic-microscopic point of view. The Droplet model is considered. The fission dynamics is discussed utilizing path integrals and semiclassical methods. (L.C.)

  18. Resolving the chronology of the South African landscape through joint inverse modelling of AFT and apatite (U-Th)/He data

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    Wildman, Mark; Brown, Roderick; Beucher, Romain; Persano, Cristina; Stuart, Finlay

    2013-04-01

    Application of Low temperature thermochronometry (LTT) is a powerful method of constraining thermal history information on samples as they pass through isotherms in the upper crust. Inverse modelling of LTT data generates thermal history information which can then be correlated with independent datasets to infer geological processes that are responsible for producing the observed thermal history held in the thermochronometry record. A critical consideration when choosing which LTT method to use are the closure temperatures associated with each system. In order to generate more complete and robust thermal histories a single sample can be analysed using multiple low temperature thermochronometers that are sensitive over different but complimentary temperature ranges. The main focus of LTT work in South Africa has been on apatite fission track (AFT) analysis which is a world renowned method of constraining thermal history information between c. 60 and 110±10°C. The general conclusions that have been drawn from the South African AFT dataset is that the present day regional topography represents an eroded remnant of an elevated interior that experienced a significant uplift event with km-scale erosion in the Cretaceous following the break-up of Gondwana [1]. The exact nature of Cretaceous uplift and erosion varies both spatially and temporally, especially in south western Africa where at least two distinct denudation events are recorded at c. 130Ma and 90 Ma [2]. There are, however, alternative views suggesting significant epeirogenic-style uplift and subsequent erosion throughout the Cenozoic [3]. A key aspect of this debate which is yet to be fully resolved is the influence of mantle dynamics on the evolution of the overlying topography. To further investigate the timing and amount of Cenozoic uplift and erosion and to what degree this can be ascribed to dynamic topography, efforts have been made to complement the existing AFT record with Apatite (U-Th)/He analysis

  19. Nuclear fission

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    V.M. STRUTINSKY's semi-classical method is the most precise to determine the energy of the different states along the fission way. The double-humped fission barrier explains fission isomerism. V.M. STRUTINSKY's barrier explains the ''intermediate structure'' observed in the cross section under the threshold; it provides also the observed effect of ''vibrational resonances'' with an interpretation. Taking an asymmetry parameter in consideration, a triple-humped fission barrier seems to be essential now for the light actinides. There is still a microscopic fission barrier to be explained

  20. Bioactivity of mica/apatite glass ceramics

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    2007-01-01

    The bioactivity of mica/apatite glass ceramic composites, including the in vitro behavior in simulated body fluid and the histological appearance of the interface between the mica/apatite glass ceramics and the rabbit mandible defect in vivo under a dynamic condition. The results show that biological apatite layer forms on the surface of the mica/apatite glass ceramics after 1 d of immersion in the simulated body fluid, and becomes dense after 14 d. In vivo tests indicate that bone formation occurs after implantation for 14 d, and strong bonding of bone to the implant occurs after 42 d. No aseptic loosening occurs during 42 d of implantation. The finding shows that mica/apatite glass ceramics have good bioactivity and osteoconductivity for constructing bone graft, and can be promising for biomedical application.

  1. U-Pb Ages of Lunar Apatites

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    Vaughan, J.; Nemchin, A. A.; Pidgeon, R. T.; Meyer, Charles

    2006-01-01

    Apatite is one of the minerals that is rarely utilized in U-Pb geochronology, compared to some other U-rich accessory phases. Relatively low U concentration, commonly high proportion of common Pb and low closure temperature of U-Pb system of apatite inhibit its application as geochronological tool when other minerals such as zircon are widely available. However, zircon appear to be restricted to certain type of lunar rocks, carrying so called KREEP signature, whereas apatite (and whitlockite) is a common accessory mineral in the lunar samples. Therefore, utilizing apatite for lunar chronology may increase the pool of rocks that are available for U-Pb dating. The low stability of U-Pb systematics of apatite may also result in the resetting of the system during meteoritic bombardment, in which case apatite may provide an additional tool for the study of the impact history of the Moon. In order to investigate these possibilities, we have analysed apatites and zircons from two breccia samples collected during the Apollo 14 mission. Both samples were collected within the Fra Mauro formation, which is interpreted as a material ejected during the impact that formed the Imbrium Basin.

  2. Spontaneous fission

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    Recent experimental results for spontaneous fission half-lives and fission fragment mass and kinetic-energy distributions and other properties of the fragments are reviewed and compared with recent theoretical models. The experimental data lend support to the existence of the predicted deformed shells near Z = 108 and N = 162. Prospects for extending detailed studies of spontaneous fission properties to elements beyond hahnium (element 105) are considered. (orig.)

  3. Apatite-Melt Partitioning at 1 Bar: An Assessment of Apatite-Melt Exchange Equilibria Resulting from Non-Ideal Mixing of F and Cl in Apatite

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    McCubbin, F. M.; Ustunisik, G.; Vander Kaaden, K. E.

    2016-01-01

    The mineral apatite [Ca5(PO4)3(F,Cl,OH)] is present in a wide range of planetary materials. Due to the presence of volatiles within its crystal structure (X-site), many recent studies have attempted to use apatite to constrain the volatile contents of planetary magmas and mantle sources. In order to use the volatile contents of apatite to precisely determine the abundances of volatiles in coexisting silicate melt or fluids, thermodynamic models for the apatite solid solution and for the apatite components in multi-component silicate melts and fluids are required. Although some thermodynamic models for apatite have been developed, they are incomplete. Furthermore, no mixing model is available for all of the apatite components in silicate melts or fluids, especially for F and Cl components. Several experimental studies have investigated the apatite-melt and apatite-fluid partitioning behavior of F, Cl, and OH in terrestrial and planetary systems, which have determined that apatite-melt partitioning of volatiles are best described as exchange equilibria similar to Fe-Mg partitioning between olivine and silicate melt. However, McCubbin et al. recently reported that the exchange coefficients may vary in portions of apatite compositional space where F, Cl, and OH do not mix ideally in apatite. In particular, solution calorimetry data of apatite compositions along the F-Cl join exhibit substantial excess enthalpies of mixing. In the present study, we conducted apatite-melt partitioning experiments in evacuated, sealed silica-glass tubes at approximately 1 bar and 950-1050 degrees Centigrade on a synthetic Martian basalt composition equivalent to the basaltic shergottite Queen Alexandria Range (QUE) 94201. These experiments were conducted dry, at low pressure, to assess the effects of temperature and apatite composition on the partitioning behavior of F and Cl between apatite and basaltic melt along the F-Cl apatite binary join, where there is non-ideal mixing of F and Cl

  4. Spontaneous Fission

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    Segre, Emilio

    1950-11-22

    The first attempt to discover spontaneous fission in uranium was made by [Willard] Libby, who, however, failed to detect it on account of the smallness of effect. In 1940, [K. A.] Petrzhak and [G. N.] Flerov, using more sensitive methods, discovered spontaneous fission in uranium and gave some rough estimates of the spontaneous fission decay constant of this substance. Subsequently, extensive experimental work on the subject has been performed by several investigators and will be quoted in the various sections. [N.] Bohr and [A.] Wheeler have given a theory of the effect based on the usual ideas of penetration of potential barriers. On this project spontaneous fission has been studied for the past several years in an effort to obtain a complete picture of the phenomenon. For this purpose the spontaneous fission decay constants {lambda} have been measured for separated isotopes of the heavy elements wherever possible. Moreover, the number {nu} of neutrons emitted per fission has been measured wherever feasible, and other characteristics of the spontaneous fission process have been studied. This report summarizes the spontaneous fission work done at Los Alamos up to January 1, 1945. A chronological record of the work is contained in the Los Alamos monthly reports.

  5. Thorium-uranium fission radiography

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    Haines, E. L.; Weiss, J. R.; Burnett, D. S.; Woolum, D. S.

    1976-01-01

    Results are described for studies designed to develop routine methods for in-situ measurement of the abundance of Th and U on a microscale in heterogeneous samples, especially rocks, using the secondary high-energy neutron flux developed when the 650 MeV proton beam of an accelerator is stopped in a 42 x 42 cm diam Cu cylinder. Irradiations were performed at three different locations in a rabbit tube in the beam stop area, and thick metal foils of Bi, Th, and natural U as well as polished silicate glasses of known U and Th contents were used as targets and were placed in contact with mica which served as a fission track detector. In many cases both bare and Cd-covered detectors were exposed. The exposed mica samples were etched in 48% HF and the fission tracks counted by conventional transmitted light microscopy. Relative fission cross sections are examined, along with absolute Th track production rates, interaction tracks, and a comparison of measured and calculated fission rates. The practicality of fast neutron radiography revealed by experiments to data is discussed primarily for Th/U measurements, and mixtures of other fissionable nuclei are briefly considered.

  6. Mechanisms of Mitochondrial Fission and Fusion

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    van der Bliek, Alexander M.; Shen, Qinfang; Kawajiri, Sumihiro

    2013-01-01

    Mitochondria continually change shape through the combined actions of fission, fusion, and movement along cytoskeletal tracks. The lengths of mitochondria and the degree to which they form closed networks are determined by the balance between fission and fusion rates. These rates are influenced by metabolic and pathogenic conditions inside mitochondria and by their cellular environment. Fission and fusion are important for growth, for mitochondrial redistribution, and for maintenance of a hea...

  7. Search for β-delayed fission of 228Ac

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    Radium was radiochemically separated from natural thorium. Thin 228Ra→β-228Ac sources were prepared and exposed to mica fission track detectors, and measured by an HPGe γ-ray detector. The β-delayed fission events of 228Ac were observed and its β-delayed fission probability was found to be (5±2)x10-12

  8. Fission reproduction particle filter-based track-before-detect algorithm%基于裂变繁殖粒子滤波的检测前跟踪算法

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    樊玲

    2011-01-01

    针对粒子滤波检测前跟踪( PF TBD)算法存在采样枯竭现象的缺点,提出基于裂变繁殖粒子滤波的检测前跟踪算法.该算法结合检测前跟踪问题的特点,根据代表目标有无的存在变量将粒子分为死亡、新出生和继续存活三类粒子集,其中对继续存活的粒子集进行裂变繁殖操作.裂变繁殖操作增加了粒子的多样性,有效克服了采样枯竭现象.仿真实验验证了所提算法检测性能稳定可靠,跟踪精度高.%Since the Particle Filter-based Track-Before-Detect (PF TBD) is subject to severe sample impoverishment, the fission reproduction PF TBD algorithm was proposed. To incorporate TBD problem, the particles were divided into three types according to an existence variable which indicates the presence/absence of a target in the data. Three types of particles were death, birth and survival, respectively, and the survival particles were processed by the fission reproduction. The process increases the diversity of particles, and overcomes sample impoverishment. The simulation results demonstrate that, compared to the PF TBD, the proposed algorithm can provide stable and reliable detection as well as accurate tracking.

  9. Chemical Production using Fission Fragments

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    Some reactor design considerations of the use of fission recoil fragment energy for the production of chemicals of industrial importance have been discussed previously in a paper given at the Second United Nations International Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy [A/Conf. 15/P.76]. The present paper summarizes more recent progress made on this topic at AERE, Harwell. The range-energy relationship for fission fragments is discussed in the context of the choice of fuel system for a chemical production reactor, and the experimental observation of a variation of chemical effect along the length of a fission fragment track is described for the irradiation of nitrogen-oxygen mixtures. Recent results are given on the effect of fission fragments on carbon monoxide-hydrogen gas mixtures and on water vapour. No system investigated to date shows any outstanding promise for large-scale chemical production. (author)

  10. Minerogenetic Age of Local Gold-deposit District in Jiapigou Gold Belt, Northeastern China Based on Zi rcon Fission Track Dating%应用锆石裂变径迹方法研究夹皮沟本区金矿成矿时代

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    冯云磊; 袁万明; 曹建辉; 郝娜娜; 陈小宁; 段宏伟

    2015-01-01

    由于锆石裂变径迹封闭温度与吉林省夹皮沟金矿的成矿温度相近,相比其他年代学分析技术,锆石裂变径迹技术具有更好的适用性,其年龄恰可反映金矿成矿年龄,因此本文应用锆石裂变径迹技术探讨夹皮沟本区成矿时代。通过实验获得了8个样品的锆石裂变径迹年龄测试结果,其年龄值在(78±8)~(190±2) M a之间变化,并可分为2组:190~153 M a和106~78 M a。两组年龄揭示了中生代以来区内主成矿时代以及后期叠加成矿年龄,体现出夹皮沟金矿田具有多期次成矿作用。同时,两组年龄还分别体现了太平洋板块与欧亚板块对研究区共同影响的地质事件,并为此提供了年代学的新证据。%T he minerogenetic epoch of local district in Jiapigou gold deposit in the meth‐od of zircon fission track was researched .Zircon fission track is the most suitable dating method to study the mineralization ages in Jiapigou ,as the metallogenetic temperature of gold deposit in this area is close to the closure temperature of zircon fission track . Therefore ,the zircon fission track ages are able to be treated as the metallogenetic ages of gold deposit .In this paper ,8 zircon fission track dating data were achieved and the ages can be divided into two groups :190‐153 Ma and 106‐78 Ma .These two groups reveal the main minerogenetic epoch in Mesozoic ,as well as the age of later metalloge‐netic processes . The wide range of zircon fission track ages unveils the existence of multiple period of mineralization .The evidences of fission track ages confirm that the mineralization in Jiapigou gold deposit is intensely influenced by the movement of Pacific plate and Eurasian continent .

  11. Osteoclastic resorption of bone-like apatite formed on a plastic disk as an in vitro assay system.

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    Matsuoka, H; Nakamura, T; Takadama, H; Yamada, S; Tamura, J; Okada, Y; Oka, M; Kokubo, T

    1998-11-01

    We have investigated the applicability of a simple and inexpensive osteoclastic assay system using bone-like apatite-coated polyethyleneterephthalate (PET) disks. A 1 microm thick apatite layer, uniform and homogeneous bone-mineral-like with no organic components, was made on PET disks using a biomimetic process. As substrates for an osteoclastic assay, these coated disks were compared with dentine as well as with bone-like or heat-treated apatite of various thicknesses on apatite- and wollastonite-containing glass ceramic (A-W GC) disks. The unfractionated bone cells, including osteoclasts, of a neonatal rabbit were seeded onto these substrates. By scanning electron microscopic examination, the resorption lacunae of the thick bone-like apatite clearly showed track-like shapes at various depths, similar to those of dentine although the border between the A-W GC and the apatite was unclear. In contrast, those of heat-treated apatite showed small and shallow shapes with irregular margins, quite different from those of dentine. By reducing the thickness of bone-like apatite to 1 microm as well as using PET as its substrate, the margins of the resorption lacunae became quite clear, and with the use of phase-contrast microscopy during culture, osteoclasts and resorption pits could be precisely observed. The resorbed area, easily measured with the aid of bright-field microscopy and an image analyzer, was found to have increased in a time-dependent manner and at the end of 4 days of culture was not statistically different from that of dentine. PMID:9773824

  12. Ternary fission

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    M Balasubramaniam; K R Vijayaraghavan; C Karthikraj

    2015-09-01

    We present the ternary fission of 252Cf and 236U within a three-cluster model as well as in a level density approach. The competition between collinear and equatorial geometry is studied by calculating the ternary fragmentation potential as a function of the angle between the lines joining the stationary middle fragment and the two end fragments. The obtained results for the 16O accompanying ternary fission indicate that collinear configuration is preferred to equatorial configuration. Further, for all the possible third fragments, the potential energy surface (PES) is calculated corresponding to an arrangement in which the heaviest and the lightest fragments are considered at the end in a collinear configuration. The PES reveals several possible ternary modes including true ternary modes where the three fragments are of similar size. The complete mass distributions of Si and Ca which accompanied ternary fission of 236U is studied within a level density picture. The obtained results favour several possible ternary combinations.

  13. Preparation, characterization and in vitro evaluation of nanostructured chitosan/apatite and chitosan/Si-doped apatite composites

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    Solis, Yaimara; Davidenko, Natalia; Carrodeguas, Raul G.; Cruz, Jeny; Hernandez, Andy; Tomas, Miriela; Cameron, Ruth Elizabeth; Peniche, Carlos

    2013-01-01

    Chitosan/apatite composites are attracting great attention as biomaterials for bone repair and regeneration procedures. The reason is their unique set of properties: bioactivity and osteoconductivity provided by apatite and resorbability supplied by chitosan among others. Thus, in this work chitosan/apatite and chitosan/Si-doped apatite composites were prepared and characterized. Particle size, surface area, in vitro physiological stability, enzymatic biodegradation and bioactivity were evalu...

  14. Benchmarking Nuclear Fission Theory

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    G. F. Bertsch(INT, Seattle, USA); Loveland, W.; Nazarewicz, W.; Talou, P.

    2015-01-01

    We suggest a small set of fission observables to be used as test cases for validation of theoretical calculations. The purpose is to provide common data to facilitate the comparison of different fission theories and models. The proposed observables are chosen from fission barriers, spontaneous fission lifetimes, fission yield characteristics, and fission isomer excitation energies.

  15. Fission Spectrum

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    Bloch, F.; Staub, H.

    1943-08-18

    Measurements of the spectrum of the fission neutrons of 25 are described, in which the energy of the neutrons is determined from the ionization produced by individual hydrogen recoils. The slow neutrons producing fission are obtained by slowing down the fast neutrons from the Be-D reaction of the Stanford cyclotron. In order to distinguish between fission neutrons and the remaining fast cyclotron neutrons both the cyclotron current and the pusle amplifier are modulated. A hollow neutron container, in which slow neutrons have a lifetime of about 2 milliseconds, avoids the use of large distances. This method results in much higher intensities than the usual modulation arrangement. The results show a continuous distribution of neutrons with a rather wide maximum at about 0.8 MV falling off to half of its maximum value at 2.0 MV. The total number of netrons is determined by comparison with the number of fission fragments. The result seems to indicate that only about 30% of the neutrons have energies below .8 MV. Various tests are described which were performed in order to rule out modification of the spectrum by inelastic scattering. Decl. May 4, 1951

  16. Singlet Fission

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    Smith, M. B.; Michl, Josef

    2010-01-01

    Roč. 110, č. 11 (2010), s. 6891-6936. ISSN 0009-2665 Grant ostatní: Department of Energy(US) DE-FG36-08GO18017 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40550506 Keywords : solar energy conversion * photovoltaics * singlet fission Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry Impact factor: 33.033, year: 2010

  17. Ideological Fission

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    Christiansen, Steen Ledet

    materialisation of an ideological fission which attempts to excise certain ideological constructions, yet paradoxically casting them in a form that is recognizable and familiar. The monstrous metonomy which is used shows us glimpses of a horrid being, intended to vilify the attack on New York City. However, it is...

  18. Sulfur evolution of the 1991 Pinatubo magmas based on apatite

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    Van Hoose, Ashley E.; Streck, Martin J.; Pallister, John S.; Wälle, Markus

    2013-05-01

    Using electron microprobe (EMP) and laser-ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) to collect major and rare-earth elements (REE), respectively, from apatites from the 1991 Mt. Pinatubo juvenile eruption products, we have determined that two statistically distinct populations of apatite exist. One population crystallized from the juvenile basaltic melt (basalt apatites) and the other population crystallized from the main dacitic magma body (silicic apatites). Both populations contain high-S apatites (> 0.7 wt.% SO3). Apatite has previously been shown to be a potential monitor for magmatic sulfur contents via numerous proposed coupled substitutions of P5 + for S6 +. However, simple apatite/melt partitioning cannot account for high-S silicic apatites, which grew from a silicic melt with an apparent maximum S concentration of ~ 80 ppm. Disparate apatite morphology (i.e. skeletal and acicular for basalt apatites and euhedral for silicic apatites) as well as compositional evidence reveal that high-S silicic apatites were not inherited from the juvenile basalt during mingling/mixing prior to eruption. Sulfur gain from neighboring anhydrite phenocrysts can also be ruled-out as a source of high sulfur. EMP sulfur mapping of silicic apatites shows highly irregular patterns of sulfur enrichment that do not correspond with adjacent anhydrite and can be found within apatites hosted by other minerals (e.g. hornblende and Fe-Ti oxides). With these data in mind, we propose high-S silicic apatites from Pinatubo and other sulfur-rich systems achieved elevated sulfur concentrations during high sulfur fluxing events that originated from underplated basalt during degassing of a SO2-rich fluid phase. That basalts were indeed sulfur rich and oxidized is here indicated by high S contents of apatites growing in basalt. The predominant location of S-rich areas of silicic apatite is crystal interiors of apatite inclusions in other mineral phases, while large apatite

  19. Fission meter

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    Rowland, Mark S.; Snyderman, Neal J.

    2012-04-10

    A neutron detector system for discriminating fissile material from non-fissile material wherein a digital data acquisition unit collects data at high rate, and in real-time processes large volumes of data directly into information that a first responder can use to discriminate materials. The system comprises counting neutrons from the unknown source and detecting excess grouped neutrons to identify fission in the unknown source.

  20. Study of damage and helium diffusion in fluoro-apatites; Etude de l'endommagement et de la diffusion de l'helium dans des fluoroapatites

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    Miro, S

    2004-12-15

    This work lies within the scope of the study of the radionuclides containment matrices. The choice of the fluoro-apatites as potential matrices of containment was suggested by the notable properties of these latter (thermal and chemical stability even under radioactive radiation). By irradiations with heavy ions and a helium implantation we simulated the effects related to the alpha radioactivity and to the spontaneous nuclear fission of the radionuclides. Thanks to the study of Durango fluoro-apatite single crystals and fluoro-apatite sintered ceramics, we evidenced that the damage fraction as well as the unit cell deformations increase with the electronic energy loss and with the substitution. These effects are followed at high fluences by a phenomenon of re-crystallization. The study of the helium diffusion points out that the thermal diffusion process improves with the substitution and strongly increases with heavy ions irradiation. (author)

  1. β-delayed fission from 230Ac

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    ThO2 is irradiated with 60 MeV/u 18O beams. 230Ra is produced via the multi-nucleon transfer and dissipative fragmentation reactions of the target. 230Ra is radio-chemical separated from ThO2 and the other reaction products. The thin Ra sources are prepared. The mica fission track detectors are exposed to the Ra sources. γ-rays of Ra decay in the sources are measured by a HPGe detector. The mica foil is etched in HF solution. The etched mica foil is scanned with an optical microscope. The fission tracks that should come from β-delayed fission of 230Ac are observed. The β-delayed fission probability of 230Ac is determined to be (1.19 +- 0.85) x 10-8

  2. Observation of β-delayed fission from 230Ac

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    β-delayed fission for 230Ac was searched. 230Ra was produced via multinucleon transfer reaction by 60 MeV/u 18O ion irradiation of 232Th target. Thin 230Ra→230Ac sources of 108 atoms were acquired through radiochemical separations. The mica track detectors were used to record the fission events. The β-delayed fission nucleus 230Ac was identified via the observed two fission events and the measured γ-ray spectra. Its β-delayed fission probability was obtained to be (1.19 +- 0.85) x 10-8

  3. Immobilizing hydroxycholesterol with apatite on titanium surfaces to induce ossification

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    Chen, Cen; Yang, Hyeong Cheol; Lee, In-Seop

    2014-01-01

    Background Immobilizing bioactive molecules and osteoconductive apatite on titanium implants have investigated direct ossification. In this study, hydroxycholesterol (HC) was immobilized with apatite on titanium through simply adsorption or sandwich-like coating. Three kinds of hydroxycholesterol were chosen to induce ossification: 20α-hydroxycholesterol (20α- HC), 22(S)-hydroxycholesterol (22(S)-HC) and 25-hydroxycholesterol (25-HC).The effects of HC/apatite coating on ossification abilities...

  4. Reactive backfills in radioactive waste disposal selenium sorption on apatite

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    Apatites are investigated as possible high performance material for reactive backfills in radioactive waste disposal. An experimental study showed an excellent selenite retaining rate and established the main characteristic of this element sorption on natural and synthetic apatites. Thermodynamical parameters have been calculated and integrated in a geochemical computer code in order to demonstrate the excellent potentialities of the apatite as a trap mineral for the selenium. (A.L.B.)

  5. Fission cross section measurements for minor actinides

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    Fursov, B. [IPPE, Obninsk (Russian Federation)

    1997-03-01

    The main task of this work is the measurement of fast neutron induced fission cross section for minor actinides of {sup 238}Pu, {sup 242m}Am, {sup 243,244,245,246,247,248}Cm. The task of the work is to increase the accuracy of data in MeV energy region. Basic experimental method, fissile samples, fission detectors and electronics, track detectors, alpha counting, neutron generation, fission rate measurement, corrections to the data and error analysis are presented in this paper. (author)

  6. Fission- and alpha-track study of biogeochemistry of plutonium and uranium in carbonates of Bikini and Enewetak atolls. Summary report, 1 July 1974--31 August 1977

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    Alpha emitters of pCi/g amounts have been detected with a resolution of a few micrometers using a solid state track detector (cellulose nitrate) to map the activity in a coral sample from Bikini. Calibration methods used include: a Pu source of 0.15 μCi in conjunction with polycarbonate and CaCO3 absorbers of different thicknesses (2 to 30 micrometers), and a powdered coral sample which had been analyzed previously for alpha emitters by chemical methods in conjunction with an alpha spectrometer. 0.04 mm3 can be measured routinely; lower concentrations can be determined but with less resolution. The alpha emitter concentration in CaCO3 of the coral Favites virens from Bikini lagoon was analyzed by placing the detector directly on the slab sample for thirty days. Analyses of sections and thin sections of this coral slab cut perpendicular to one another, but parallel to the direction of coral growth, give very different concentrations and distributions of alpha emitters

  7. Chitosan/apatite composite beads prepared by in situ generation of apatite or Si-apatite nanocrystals.

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    Davidenko, Natalia; Carrodeguas, Raúl G; Peniche, Carlos; Solís, Yaimara; Cameron, Ruth E

    2010-02-01

    The objective of this work was to develop nanocrystalline apatite (Ap) dispersed in a chitosan (CHI) matrix as a material for applications in bone tissue engineering. CHI/Ap composites of different weight ratios (20/80, 50/50 and 80/20) and with CHI of different molecular weights were prepared by a biomimetic stepwise route. Firstly, CaHPO(4).2H(2)O (DCPD) crystals were precipitated from Ca(CH(3)COO)(2) and NaHPO(4) in the bulk CHI solution, followed by the formation of CHI/DCPD beads by coacervation. The beads were treated with Na(3)PO(4)/Na(5)P(3)O(10) solution (pH 12-13) to crosslink the CHI and to hydrolyse the DCPD to nanocrystalline Ap. This new experimental procedure ensured that complete conversion of DCPD into sodium-substituted apatite was achieved without appreciable increases in its crystallinity and particle size. In addition, composites with silicon-doped Ap were prepared by substituting Na(3)PO(4) by Na(2)SiO(3) in the crosslinking/hydrolysis step. Characterization of the resultant composites by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), thermal analysis and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy confirmed the formation, within the CHI matrix, of nanoparticles of sodium- and carbonate-substituted hydroxyapatite [Ca(10-x)Na(x)(PO(4))(6-x)(CO(3))(x)(OH)(2)] with diameters less than 20nm. Relatively good correspondence was shown between the experimentally determined inorganic content and that expected theoretically. Structural data obtained from its XRD patterns revealed a decrease in both crystal domain size and cell parameters of Ap formed in situ with increasing CHI content. It was found that the molecular weight of CHI and silicate doping both affected the nucleation and growth of apatite nanocrystallites. These effects are discussed in detail. PMID:19632363

  8. RBS and RNRA studies on sorption of europium by apatite

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    Ohnuki, Toshihiko; Kozai, Naofumi; Isobe, Hiroshi [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Tokai, Ibaraki (Japan). Tokai Research Establishment; Murakami, Takashi; Yamamoto, Shunya; Aoki, Yasushi; Naramoto, Hiroshi

    1997-03-01

    The sorption mechanism of europium, alternative of trivalent TRU has been studied based on the depth profiles of elements obtained by Rutherford Backscattering Spectroscopy (RBS) and Resonant Nuclear Reaction Analysis (RNRA). The positive peak for Eu and the negative peak for Ca were observed in the subtracted RBS spectra of the apatites on which Eu was sorbed from that of the fresh apatite. This indicates that Eu was sorbed on apatite, while a fraction of Ca was released from apatite. The peak height for Eu in the RBS spectrum of the apatite obtained at 75degC was higher than that of the apatite at 40degC. The depth profile of hydrogen of the apatite on which Eu was sorbed was similar to that of the fresh apatite. The concentration of Eu in the solution decreased with increasing temperature. On the contrary, the concentration of Ca increased with increasing temperature. Thus, it is concluded that a fraction of Eu is exchanged for Ca in the structure of apatite. (author)

  9. Fission fragment angular distributions and fission cross section validation

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    The present knowledge of angular distributions of neutron-induced fission is limited to a maximal energy of 15 MeV, with large discrepancies around 14 MeV. Only 238U and 232Th have been investigated up to 100 MeV in a single experiment. The n-TOF Collaboration performed the fission cross section measurement of several actinides (232Th, 235U, 238U, 234U, 237Np) at the n-TOF facility using an experimental set-up made of Parallel Plate Avalanche Counters (PPAC), extending the energy domain of the incident neutron above hundreds of MeV. The method based on the detection of the 2 fragments in coincidence allowed to clearly disentangle the fission reactions among other types of reactions occurring in the spallation domain. I will show the methods we used to reconstruct the full angular resolution by the tracking of fission fragments. Below 10 MeV our results are consistent with existing data. For example in the case of 232Th, below 10 MeV the results show clearly the variation occurring at the first (1 MeV) and second (7 MeV) chance fission, corresponding to transition states of given J and K (total spin and its projection on the fission axis), and a much more accurate energy dependence at the 3. chance threshold (14 MeV) has been obtained. In the spallation domain, above 30 MeV we confirm the high anisotropy revealed in 232Th by the single existing data set. I'll discuss the implications of this finding, related to the low anisotropy exhibited in proton-induced fission. I also explore the critical experiments which is valuable checks of nuclear data. The 237Np neutron-induced fission cross section has recently been measured in a large energy range (from eV to GeV) at the n-TOF facility at CERN. When compared to previous measurements, the n-TOF fission cross section appears to be higher by 5-7 % beyond the fission threshold. To check the relevance of n-TOF data, we simulate a criticality experiment performed at Los Alamos with a 6 kg sphere of 237Np. This sphere was

  10. Geochemistry of Apatite from the Apatite-rich Iron Deposits in the Ningwu Region, East Central China

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    2007-01-01

    Four types of apatite have been identified in the Ningwu region. The first type of apatite is widely distributed in the middle dark colored zones (i.e. iron ores) of individual deposits. The assemblage includes magnetite, apatite and actinolite (or diopside). The second type occurs within magnetite-apatite veins in the iron ores. The third type is seen in magnetite-apatite veins and (or)nodules in host rocks (i.e. gabbro-diorite porphyry or gabbro-diorite or pyroxene diorite).The fourth type occurs within apatite-pyrite-quartz veins filling fractures in the Xiangshan Group. Rare earth elements (REE) geochemistry of apatite of the four occurrences in porphyry iron deposits is presented. The REE distribution patterns of apatite are generally similar to those of apatites in the Kiruna-type iron ores, nelsonites. They are enriched in light REE, with pronounced negative Eu anomalies. The similarity of REE distribution patterns in apatites from various deposits in different locations in the world indicates a common process of formation for various ore types, e.g.immiscibility. Early magmatic apatites contain 3031.48-12080 ×10-6 REE. Later hydrothermal apatite contains 1958 ×10-6 REE, indicating that the later hydrothermai ore-forming solution contains lower REE. Although gabbro-diorite porphyry and apatite show similar REE patterns, gabbro-diorite porphyries have no europium anomalies or feeble positive or feeble negative europium anomalies,caused both by reduction environment of mantle source region and by fractionation and crystallization (immiscibility) under a high oxygen fugacity condition. Negative Eu anomalies of apatites were formed possibly due to acquisition of Eu2+ by earlier diopsite during ore magma cooling.The apatites in the Aoshan and Taishan iron deposits yield a narrow variation range of 87Sr/86Sr values from 0.7071 to 0.7073, similar to those of the volcanic and subvoicanic rocks, indicating that apatites were formed by liquid immiscibility and

  11. Tectonomorphic evolution of the Eastern Cordillera fold-thrust belt, Colombia: New insights based on apatite and zircon (U-Th)/He thermochronometers

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    Ghorbal, B.; Stockli, D. F.; Mora, A.; Horton, B. K.; Blanco, V.; Sanchez, N.

    2010-12-01

    along both sides of the orogen in the latest Miocene to early Pliocene, with recent to active deformation again concentrated along the frontal-most faults of the EC. These detailed new apatite and zircon (U-Th)/He thermochronometric data elucidate the progressive deformation, thermal history, and along-long strike variation (Mora et al., 2010) of the fold-thrust belt in the EC of Colombia and provide important new insights into the complex interplay between hydrocarbon maturation and temporal and kinematic evolution of the frontal fold-thrust belt. References [1] Mora, A., M. Parra, M. R. Strecker, A. Kammer, C. Dimaté, and F. Rodriguez, 2006, Cenozoic contractional reactivation of Mesozoic extensional structures in the Eastern Cordillera of Colombia: Tectonics, v. 25, TC2010. [2] Mora, A., Horton, B.K., Mesa, A., Rubiano, J., Ketcham, R.A., Parra, M., Blanco, V., Garcia, D. and D.F. Stockli, 2010, Cenozoic deformation patterns in the Eastern Cordillera, Colombia: Inferences from fission track results and structural relationships. AAPG Bulletin, in press.

  12. Carbon isotope analysis of fossil bone apatite

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    The feasibility of using bone apatite for stable carbon isotope analysis of ancient bone for palaeodietary studies has been the subject of much controversy, and attempts to determine whether isotopic signatures are stable over time have produced contradictory results. We have tested this stability by measuring the δ13C values of chemically treated bone or tooth mineral of herbivores of known diet (browsers), in a temporal series. The results indicate that diagenesis of biogenic carbonates in the mineral over time is unexpectedly limited, and that chemical pretreatment further reduces diagenetic alteration of the biogenic signal. Enough biogenic carbonate remains to distinguish clearly between browsers and grazers, even after 3 million years

  13. Fission Research at IRMM

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    Al-Adili A.; Fabry I.; Borcea R.; Zeynalov S.; Kornilov N.; Hambsch F.-J.; Oberstedt S.

    2010-01-01

    Fission Research at JRC-IRMM has a longstanding tradition. The present paper is discussing recent investigations of fission fragment properties of 238 U(n,f), 234 U(n,f), prompt neutron emission in fission of 252 Cf(SF) as well as the prompt fission neutron spectrum of 235 U(n,f) and is presenting the most important results.

  14. Rare earth elements materials production from apatite ores

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    Anufrieva, A. V.; Andrienko, O. S.; Buynovskiy, A. S.; Makaseev, Y. N.; Mazov, I. N.; Nefedov, R. A.; Sachkov, V. I.; Stepanova, O. B.; Valkov, A. V.

    2016-01-01

    The paper deals with the study of processing apatite ores with nitric acid and extraction of the rare earth elements. The rare earth elements can be successfully separated and recovered by extraction from the nitrate- phosphate solution, being an tributyl phosphate as extraction agent. The developed scheme of the processing apatite concentrate provides obtaining rare earth concentrates with high qualitative characteristics.

  15. Energy released in fission

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    The effective energy released in and following the fission of U-235, Pu-239 and Pu-241 by thermal neutrons, and of U-238 by fission spectrum neutrons, is discussed. The recommended values are: U-235 ... 192.9 ± 0.5 MeV/fission; U-238 ... 193.9 ± 0.8 MeV/fission; Pu-239 ... 198.5 ± 0.8 MeV/fission; Pu-241 ... 200.3 ± 0.8 MeV/fission. These values include all contributions except from antineutrinos and very long-lived fission products. The detailed contributions are discussed, and inconsistencies in the experimental data are pointed out. In Appendix A, the contribution to the total useful energy release in a reactor from reactions other than fission are discussed briefly, and in Appendix B there is a discussion of the variations in effective energy from fission with incident neutron energy. (author)

  16. Thermal annealing of fission fragment radiation damage in CR-39

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    The annealing behavior of fission fragment tracks in CR-39 has been studied at different temperatures for various time intervals. Experimental data, obtained in isothermal and isochronal annealing experiments carried out on CR-39 irradiated with fission fragments of 252Cf, has been analyzed on the basis of different annealing models. It has been attempted to find out the validity of these models, developed on the basis of annealing data in minerals and other detectors, to the annealing data of fission fragment tracks in CR-39

  17. Mitochondrial Fusion, Fission and Autophagy as a Quality Control Axis: The Bioenergetic View

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    Twig, Gilad; Hyde, Brigham; Shirihai, Orian S.

    2008-01-01

    The mitochondrial life cycle consists of frequent fusion and fission events. Ample experimental and clinical data demonstrate that inhibition of either fusion or fission result in deterioration of mitochondrial bioenergetics. While fusion may benefit mitochondrial function by allowing the spreading of metabolites, protein and DNA throughout the network, the functional benefit of fission is not as intuitive. Remarkably, studies that track individual mitochondria through fusion and fission foun...

  18. Fission Mass Yield Studies

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    Mass yields from fission induced by a span of neutron energies up to 18 MeV have been measured for Th232, U235 and U238 target nuclei. Particular attention has been given to the dependence of symmetric fission yields on energy. To study the effect of angular momentum, fission yields from the U236 compound nucleus formed by alpha-particle irradiations of Th232 were also studied over the same span of excitation energies. A standard set of Pd109, Ag111, Pd112 and Ag113 symmetric fission yields was generally measured for all irradiations. In addition, yields of Eu156, Cs136 and 2.3-d Cd115 were measured for some selected combinations of projectile, energy and target nucleus. Assays for Zr97 and sometimes also Ba139 served as fission monitors. Altogether 150 fission yields were measured for these combinations of target nucleus, projectile and incident energy. About one-third of these were checked by replicated irradiations. At highest energies for the U236 compound nucleus the symmetric fission yield from alpha-particle-induced fission is about 13% higher than for neutron-induced fission. Dips in symmetric fission yield were observed at the energy onset of third-chance fission for each target and projectile. Some indication of a small central peak in the mass distribution was observed in the yields from U236 compound nucleus fission, but not from the Th233 compound nucleus fission. Detailed mathematical methods have been developed to separate the effects of fissions preceding and following neutron emission. These methods were used to remove the effects of second- and third-chance fissions from the measured symmetric fission yields. These calculated yields for first-chance fission show no dips with energy. The calculations also show that perhaps half the difference between symmetric yields for alpha- particle-induced fission of Th232 and neutron-induced fission of U235 is attributable to angular momentum effects. Both calculated first-chance yields and measured yields

  19. Fission Research at IRMM

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    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Fission Research at JRC-IRMM has a longstanding tradition. The present paper is discussing recent investigations of fission fragment properties of 238 U(n,f, 234 U(n,f, prompt neutron emission in fission of 252 Cf(SF as well as the prompt fission neutron spectrum of 235 U(n,f and is presenting the most important results.

  20. Complex fission phenomena

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    2005-01-01

    Complex fission phenomena can be studied in a unified way. Very general reflection asymmetrical equilibrium (saddle-point) nuclear shapes, may be obtained by solving an integro-differential equation without being necessary to specify a certain parametrization. The mass asymmetry in cold fission phenomena can be explained as the result of adding a phenomenological shell correction to the liquid drop model deformation energy. Applications to binary, ternary, and quaternary fission are outlined. Predictions of two alpha accompanied fission are experimentally confirmed.

  1. Investigation on the nuclear track techniques for the screening of the fissile nuclides in swipe samples

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    Nuclear track techniques were investigated for the screening of fissile nuclides in swipe samples. The characteristics of fission and alpha track analysis for the uranium particles were investigated in this study. The estimation of 235U enrichment for the uranium particles was performed by the fission track analysis. After identifying the uranium particles with fission track analysis in swipe samples, the 235U enrichment of the uranium particles was measured by thermal ionization mass spectrometry (TIMS).

  2. To fission or not to fission

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    Pomorski, Krzysztof; Ivanyuk, Fedir A

    2016-01-01

    The fission-fragments mass-yield of 236U is obtained by an approximate solution of the eigenvalue problem of the collective Hamiltonian that describes the dynamics of the fission process whose degrees of freedom are: the fission (elongation), the neck and the mass-asymmetry mode. The macroscopic-microscopic method is used to evaluate the potential energy surface. The macroscopic energy part is calculated using the liquid drop model and the microscopic corrections are obtained using the Woods-Saxon single-particle levels. The four dimensional modified Cassini ovals shape parametrization is used to describe the shape of the fissioning nucleus. The mass tensor is taken within the cranking-type approximation. The final fragment mass distribution is obtained by weighting the adiabatic density distribution in the collective space with the neck-dependent fission probability. The neck degree of freedom is found to play a significant role in determining that final fragment mass distribution.

  3. Development of Tributyl Phosphate Apatite for Uranium Removal

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    The FTIR results showed that main peaks were shown at 3570 cm-1 in all materials. The band around at 3570 cm-1 indicates the stretching hydroxyl group from HA. Phosphate functional group was observed around at 1040 cm-1. The C-H containing functional group (3000-2950 cm-1) was found only in the TBP-apatite prepared at pH=10 condition. Uranium removal was evaluated under different reaction times, initial U concentrations, and background solution using synthesized HA and TBP-apatite. As NaHCO3 concentration increased, U removal decreased. In the same condition, TBP-apatite showed better U removal than HA, which indicates TBP-apatite can be used as U removal sorbent

  4. Development of Tributyl Phosphate Apatite for Uranium Removal

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    Kim, HyunJu; Kang, Jaehyuk; Kim, Jungjin; Uma, Wooyong [POSTECH, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-05-15

    The FTIR results showed that main peaks were shown at 3570 cm-1 in all materials. The band around at 3570 cm-1 indicates the stretching hydroxyl group from HA. Phosphate functional group was observed around at 1040 cm-1. The C-H containing functional group (3000-2950 cm-1) was found only in the TBP-apatite prepared at pH=10 condition. Uranium removal was evaluated under different reaction times, initial U concentrations, and background solution using synthesized HA and TBP-apatite. As NaHCO{sub 3} concentration increased, U removal decreased. In the same condition, TBP-apatite showed better U removal than HA, which indicates TBP-apatite can be used as U removal sorbent.

  5. EPR dosimetry with synthetic A-type carbonated apatite

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    Synthetic A-type carbonated apatite prepared in reproducible conditions were irradiated at room temperature with 60 Co γ rays. The EPR spectrum is associated to axial CO2- and orthorhombic CO3- species. Radicals used as dose marker in biological apatite are long live paramagnetic species. The stability of the post-irradiation signal of A-type apatite was investigated for more than one year. Measurements showed variations in the spectra attributed to unstable CO3- species, which can be eliminated by thermal treatments at 100 deg C for 24 hours. The CO2- spectrum can be identified in samples irradiated up to 0.2 Gy. All results indicate the A-type apatite as an appropriate material for radiotherapy dosimetry. (author)

  6. On the fractal nature of carbonate and apatite rocks

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    Small angle neutron scattering experiments were performed to investigate the porous structure of the basic components of the apatite-carbonate ores. It is shown that the surfaces of carbonate mineral grains taken from various sorts of ores are the Euclidean fractals with fractal dimensions 2< D < or approx. 2.25. Preliminary results for apatites show their more developed fractal porosity. 19 refs.; 4 figs.; 1 tab

  7. Biomimetic Fabrication of Hydroxyapatite Microcapsules by Using Apatite Nuclei

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    Yao, Takeshi; Yabutsuka, Takeshi

    2010-01-01

    When the pH or the temperature of SBF is raised, fine particles of calcium phosphate are precipitated in the fluid. It was found that these particles are very active for forming hydroxyapatite from SBF and these particles were named Apatite Nuclei. By the discovery of Apatite Nuclei, it became possible to develop various multifunctional biomaterials possesing high bioaffinity in micron or nano scale by using biomimetic method. The authors have successfully encapsulated Ag, PLA and silicagel m...

  8. Insight into Biological Apatite: Physiochemical Properties and Preparation Approaches

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    Quan Liu

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Biological apatite is an inorganic calcium phosphate salt in apatite form and nano size with a biological derivation. It is also the main inorganic component of biological hard tissues such as bones and teeth of vertebrates. Consequently, biological apatite has a wide application in dentistry and orthopedics by using as dental fillers and bone substitutes for bone reconstruction and regeneration. Given this, it is of great significance to obtain a comprehensive understanding of its physiochemical and biological properties. However, upon the previous studies, inconsistent and inadequate data of such basic properties as the morphology, crystal size, chemical compositions, and solubility of biological apatite were reported. This may be ascribed to the differences in the source of raw materials that biological apatite are made from, as well as the effect of the preparation approaches. Hence, this paper is to provide some insights rather than a thorough review of the physiochemical properties as well as the advantages and drawbacks of various preparation methods of biological apatite.

  9. Fission neutron statistical emission

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    The statistical model approach FINESSE (FIssion NEutronS' Statistical Emission) for the description of fission neutron multiplicities, energy spectra and angular distributions is described. Based on an extended Weisskopf ansatz and on a realistic temperature distribution it provides a fragment mass number dependent description of fission neutron data. Model parameters (optical potential, n/γ competition) were fixed on the basis of the 252Cf(sf) (nuclear data standard). Combined with a phenomenological fission model for predicting relevant fragment data as function of asymmetry. FINESSE can be applied to any fission reaction of actinides in the Th-Cf region without further parameter adjustment. Results are presented for 252Cf(sf) and neutron induced fission of 235U, 239Pu, 232Th. Effects of multiple-chance fission are discussed for 232Th(n,xnf) reacation. (author). 46 refs, 11 figs

  10. Micro- and Nanoengineering with Ion Tracks

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    Trautmann, Christina

    In nature, particle tracks are formed over millions of years whenever radioactive elements decay by fission processes, producing energetic fragments of sufficiently large mass (˜ 100 u) and energy (˜ 100 u).

  11. Detrital-zircon fission-track geochronology of the Lower Cenozoic sediments, NW Himalayan foreland basin: Clues for exhumation and denudation of the Himalaya during the India-Asia collision

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    Jain, A.; Lal, N.; Suelmani, B.; Awasthi, A. K.; Singh, S.; Kumar, R.

    2007-12-01

    Detrital-zircon fission-track geochronology of the synorogenically-deposited Subathu-Dagshai-Kasauli-Lower Siwalik Formations of the Sub-Himalayan Lower Cenozoic foreland basin reflects progressive effects of the Himalayan tectonometamorphic events on the Proterozoic-Paleozoic source rock as a consequence of the India-Asia collision. The oldest transgressive marine Subathu Formation (57.0-41.5 Ma) contains a very dominant 302.4 ± 21.9 Ma old detrital zircon FT suite with a few determinable 520.0 Ma grains. This old suite was derived by mild erosion of the Zircon Partially Annealed Zone (ZPAZ) of 240-180 oC, which affected the Himalayan Proterozoic basement and its Tethyan sedimentary cover as a consequence of first imprint of the collision. In addition, 50.0 Ma old detrital zircons in this formation were derived possibly from the Indus Tsangpo Suture Zone and the Trans-Himalayan Ladakh Batholith. Sudden source rock changes and unroofing are manifested in the overlying fluvial Dagshai (~30-20 Ma) and Kasauli (20-13 Ma) molassic sediments, which are characterised by dominant 30.0 and 25.0 Ma old youngest zircon FT peaks, respectively. A distinct unconformity spanning for about 10 Myr gets established between the Subathu-Dagshai formations on the basis of detrital- zircon FT ages. Molassic sedimentation since ~30 Ma coincides with the depletion of detritus from the suture zone, and the bulk derivation from the main Higher Himalayan source rock, which has undergone sequentially the UHP-HP-amphibolite facies metamorphism (53-40 Ma) in the extreme north and widespread Eo- and Neo-Himalayan tectonothermal events in the middle. Strength of the Pre-Himalayan Peaks (PHP) >50 Ma in these younger sediments gradually decreases with the intensification of the Himalayan thermal events till the end of the Kasauli sedimentation. Widespread Eo- and Neo-Himalayan metamorphic events (40.0-30.0 and 25.0-15.0 Ma) have almost remobilised the provenance and obliterated most of the

  12. Apatite trace element and halogen compositions as petrogenetic-metallogenic indicators: Examples from four granite plutons in the Sanjiang region, SW China

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    Pan, Li-Chuan; Hu, Rui-Zhong; Wang, Xin-Song; Bi, Xian-Wu; Zhu, Jing-Jing; Li, Chusi

    2016-06-01

    The abundances of trace elements including Sr, Ga and rare earth elements (REE) and halogens in apatite crystals from four intermediate-felsic plutons in the Zhongdian terrane in the Sanjiang region have been determined using electron microprobe and laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry to evaluate the potential of apatite as a petrogenic-metallogenic indicator. The selected plutons include one that is not mineralized (the Triassic Xiuwacu pluton, or the TXWC pluton), one that hosts a porphyry-type Cu deposit (the Pulang pluton, or the PL pluton), one that hosts a porphyry-type Mo deposit (the Tongchanggou pluton, or the TCG pluton), and one that hosts a vein-type Mo deposit (the Cretaceous Xiuwacu pluton, or the CXWC pluton). Except for the CXWC pluton, the other three plutons have adakite-like trace element signatures in whole rocks. The results from this study show that REE, Sr and halogens in apatite can be used to track magma compositions, oxidation states and crystallization history. Apatite crystals from the adakite-like plutons are characterized by much higher Sr/Y and δEu than the non-adakite-type pluton. This means that apatite, which is not susceptible to alteration, is a useful tool for identifying the adakite-like plutons that no longer preserve the initial Sr/Y ratios in whole rocks due to weathering and hydrothermal alteration. Based on apatite Ga contents and δEu values, it is inferred that the parental magmas for the two adakite-like plutons containing porphyry-type Cu and Mo mineralization are more oxidized than that for the non-adakite-type pluton containing vein-type Mo mineralization. Apatite crystals from the vein-type Mo deposit have much lower Cl/F ratios than those from the porphyry-type Cu and Mo deposits. Apatite crystals from the adakite-like pluton without Cu or Mo mineralization is characterized by much lower Cl/F ratios than those from the adakite-like plutons that host the porphyry-type Cu and Mo deposits. The

  13. UV photofunctionalization promotes nano-biomimetic apatite deposition on titanium

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Makiko Saita,1 Takayuki Ikeda,1,2 Masahiro Yamada,1,3 Katsuhiko Kimoto,4 Masaichi Chang-Il Lee,5 Takahiro Ogawa1 1Division of Advanced Prosthodontics, Weintraub Center for Reconstructive Biotechnology, UCLA School of Dentistry, Los Angeles, CA, USA; 2Department of Complete Denture Prosthodontics, Nihon University School of Dentistry, Yokosuka, Japan; 3Division of Molecular and Regenerative Prosthodontics, Tohoku University Graduate School of Dentistry, Sendai, Miyagi, Japan; 4Department of Prosthodontics and Oral Rehabilitation, 5Yokosuka-Shonan Disaster Health Emergency Research Center and ESR Laboratories, Kanagawa Dental University Graduate School of Dentistry, Yokosuka, Japan Background: Although biomimetic apatite coating is a promising way to provide titanium with osteoconductivity, the efficiency and quality of deposition is often poor. Most titanium implants have microscale surface morphology, and an addition of nanoscale features while preserving the micromorphology may provide further biological benefit. Here, we examined the effect of ultraviolet (UV light treatment of titanium, or photofunctionalization, on the efficacy of biomimetic apatite deposition on titanium and its biological capability.Methods and results: Micro-roughed titanium disks were prepared by acid-etching with sulfuric acid. Micro-roughened disks with or without photofunctionalization (20-minute exposure to UV light were immersed in simulated body fluid (SBF for 1 or 5 days. Photofunctionalized titanium disks were superhydrophilic and did not form surface air bubbles when immersed in SBF, whereas non-photofunctionalized disks were hydrophobic and largely covered with air bubbles during immersion. An apatite-related signal was observed by X-ray diffraction on photofunctionalized titanium after 1 day of SBF immersion, which was equivalent to the one observed after 5 days of immersion of control titanium. Scanning electron microscopy revealed nodular apatite deposition

  14. Fast fission phenomena

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    Experimental studies of fast fission phenomena are presented. The paper is divided into three parts. In the first part, problems associated with fast fission processes are examined in terms of interaction potentials and a dynamic model is presented in which highly elastic collisions, the formation of compound nuclei and fast fission appear naturally. In the second part, a description is given of the experimental methods employed, the observations made and the preliminary interpretation of measurements suggesting the occurence of fast fission processes. In the third part, our dynamic model is incorporated in a general theory of the dissipative processes studied. This theory enables fluctuations associated with collective variables to be calculated. It is applied to highly inelastic collisions, to fast fission and to the fission dynamics of compound nuclei (for which a schematic representation is given). It is with these calculations that the main results of the second part can be interpreted

  15. Complex fission phenomena

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    Poenaru, Dorin N.; Gherghescu, Radu A.; Greiner, Walter

    2005-01-01

    Complex fission phenomena are studied in a unified way. Very general reflection asymmetrical equilibrium (saddle point) nuclear shapes are obtained by solving an integro-differential equation without being necessary to specify a certain parametrization. The mass asymmetry in binary cold fission of Th and U isotopes is explained as the result of adding a phenomenological shell correction to the liquid drop model deformation energy. Applications to binary, ternary, and quaternary fission are ou...

  16. Intermediate energy nuclear fission

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    Nuclear fission has been investigated with the double-kinetic-energy method using silicon surface barrier detectors. Fragment energy correlation measurements have been made for U, Th and Bi with bremsstrahlung of 600 MeV maximum energy. Distributions of kinetic energy as a function of fragment mass are presented. The results are compared with earlier photofission data and in the case of bismuth, with calculations based on the liquid drop model. The binary fission process in U, Yb, Tb, Ce, La, Sb, Ag and Y induced by 600 MeV protons has been investigated yielding fission cross sections, fragment kinetic energies, angular correlations and mass distributions. Fission-spallation competition calculations are used to deduce values of macroscopic fission barrier heights and nuclear level density parameter values at deformations corresponding to the saddle point shapes. We find macroscopic fission barriers lower than those predicted by macroscopic theories. No indication is found of the Businaro Gallone limit expected to occur somewhere in the mass range A = 100 to A = 140. For Ce and La asymmetric mass distributions similar to those in the actinide region are found. A method is described for the analysis of angular correlations between complementary fission products. The description is mainly concerned with fission induced by medium-energy protons but is applicable also to other projectiles and energies. It is shown that the momentum and excitation energy distributions of cascade residuals leading to fission can be extracted. (Author)

  17. Fission product yields

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    Data are summed up necessary for determining the yields of individual fission products from different fissionable nuclides. Fractional independent yields, cumulative and isobaric yields are presented here for the thermal fission of 235U, 239Pu, 241Pu and for fast fission (approximately 1 MeV) of 235U, 238U, 239Pu, 241Pu; these values are included into the 5th version of the YIELDS library, supplementing the BIBFP library. A comparison is made of experimental data and possible improvements of calculational methods are suggested. (author)

  18. A Time Projection Chamber for High Accuracy and Precision Fission Cross Section Measurements

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    Heffner, M; Baker, R G; Baker, J; Barrett, S; Brune, C; Bundgaard, J; Burgett, E; Carter, D; Cunningham, M; Deaven, J; Duke, D L; Greife, U; Grimes, S; Hager, U; Hertel, N; Hill, T; Isenhower, D; Jewell, K; King, J; Klay, J L; Kleinrath, V; Kornilov, N; Kudo, R; Laptev, A B; Leonard, M; Loveland, W; Massey, T N; McGrath, C; Meharchand, R; Montoya, L; Pickle, N; Qu, H; Riot, V; Ruz, J; Sangiorgio, S; Seilhan, B; Sharma, S; Snyder, L; Stave, S; Tatishvili, G; Thornton, R T; Tovesson, F; Towell, D; Towell, R S; Watson, S; Wendt, B; Wood, L; Yao, L

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    The fission Time Projection Chamber (fissionTPC) is a compact (15 cm diameter) two-chamber MICROMEGAS TPC designed to make precision cross section measurements of neutron-induced fission. The actinide targets are placed on the central cathode and irradiated with a neutron beam that passes axially through the TPC inducing fission in the target. The 4$\\pi$ acceptance for fission fragments and complete charged particle track reconstruction are powerful features of the fissionTPC which will be used to measure fission cross sections and examine the associated systematic errors. This paper provides a detailed description of the design requirements, the design solutions, and the initial performance of the fissionTPC.

  19. Thermal fission rates with temperature dependent fission barriers

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    2016-01-01

    The fission processes of thermal excited nuclei are conventionally studied by statistical models which rely on inputs of phenomenological level densities and potential barriers. Therefore the microscopic descriptions of spontaneous fission and induced fission are very desirable for a unified understanding of various fission processes. We propose to study the fission rates, at both low and high temperatures, with microscopically calculated temperature-dependent fission barriers and collective ...

  20. Microscopic modeling of mass and charge distributions in the spontaneous fission of 240Pu

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    Sadhukhan, Jhilam; Nazarewicz, Witold; Schunck, Nicolas

    2016-01-01

    We propose a methodology to calculate microscopically the mass and charge distributions of spontaneous fission yields. We combine the multidimensional minimization of collective action for fission with stochastic Langevin dynamics to track the relevant fission paths from the ground-state configuration up to scission. The nuclear potential energy and collective inertia governing the tunneling motion are obtained with nuclear density functional theory in the collective space of shape deformations and pairing. We obtain a quantitative agreement with experimental data and find that both the charge and mass distributions in the spontaneous fission of 240Pu are sensitive both to the dissipation in collective motion and to adiabatic fission characteristics.

  1. Tissue response of apatite-filled resin cement and titanium-reinforced apatite dental implants in dogs.

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    Ogiso, M; Tabata, T; Nakabayashi, N; Yamashita, Y; Borgese, D

    1993-01-01

    Abutment and root portion divided two-piece dental implants were designed to modify the one-piece dense hydroxyapatite (D-HAP) implant. The initial placement of the root portion endosseously ensured an aseptic environment and physical stability for the implant during the bone healing period. The outer D-HAP shell of the root portion was fortified by an inner titanium cylinder and cemented with an adhesive resin cement containing 4-methacryloyoxyethyl trimellitate anhydride (4-META) and reinforced by fine apatite filler. Upon attaining integration of the bone and implant, the abutment was screwed and fixed into the screw hole of the root portion. The tissue response of both the apatite-filled resin cement and root portion of the two-piece implant was studied by animal canine experiments. Light and electron microscopic examination of specimens taken from experimental animal tissue showed bone contacted directly not only the exposed apatite filler at the surface of the apatite-filled resin cement, but also the resin portion. These findings of direct bone contact suggested that the tissue response of apatite-filled resin cement was approximately similar to the usual D-HAP. Because most of the surface of the outer D-HAP shell of the root portion came in contact with bone, it prevented the deposition of contamination on the D-HAP surface during the manufacturing procedures of the root portion. PMID:10148567

  2. Lanthanum containing silicates and germanates as halogen apatites and oxyapatites

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    Halogen apatites M4La6(XO4)6Z2 and oxyapatites M2La8(XO4)6O2 have been prepared: M = Sr, Pb, Ba; X = Si, Ge, and Z = F, Cl. The lattice parameters are discussed. The i.r. active internal vibrations of the silicate ion are assigned. A translational vibration of the 'free' oxide ions in the oxyapatites causes an intense absorption at about 400 cm-1 (silicates) and 350 cm-1 (germanates), respectively. The products 'M3La6(XO4)6' and 'M4La6(XO4)6O' are mixtures of various phases. Their respective apatite phase is a solid solution between M2La8(XO4)6O2 and the defect apatite M4La6(XO4)6Osub(vacant). Its composition mostly approximates to M2La8(XO4)6O2, however. (author)

  3. Isotropic radical CO{sub 2}{sup -} in biological apatites

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    Rudko, V.V. [Institute of Semiconductor Physics of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 45, pr. Nauky, Kiev 03028 (Ukraine)], E-mail: vv_rudko@yahoo.com; Ishchenko, S.S.; Vorona, I.P.; Baran, N.P. [Institute of Semiconductor Physics of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 45, pr. Nauky, Kiev 03028 (Ukraine)

    2007-10-15

    The isotropic CO{sub 2}{sup -} EPR spectrum at g{approx}2.0006 for {gamma}-irradiated powders of dental enamel annealed at different temperatures up to 320{sup 0}C is studied. The signal intensity is found to increase with the growth of annealing temperature up to 240{sup 0}C. This finding contradicts to the existing model of isotropic CO{sub 2}{sup -} radical in apatites. The possible models of the radical in biological apatite are analyzed and discussed. On the basis of the results obtained it is suggested that in tooth enamel apatite the isotropic CO{sub 2}{sup -} radical is the bulk radical localized in structural voids of hydroxyapatite lattice, which occur in the vicinity of a carbon radical in position B.

  4. Electrochemical Studies of Paraquat Adsorbed onto Crystalline Apatite

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    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available The carbon paste electrode (CPE has been used to analyze the electrochemical behavior of paraquat (PQ adsorbed onto synthesized hydroxyapatite phosphocalcique (HAP in K2SO4 (0.1M. The cyclic voltammetry results obtained corrobate with square wave voltammetry. The influence of variables such as the concentration of paraquat adsorbed onto apatite (PQ/HAP, and the potential scan rate was tested.X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD, Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy (FTIR analysis and inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectrometry (ICP, AES were used for characterization of the apatite.

  5. Alkaline glass as induced fission fragment detectors

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    The slide glass, registered trade marks INLAB, INVICT and PERFECTA were compared. For the three kinds of glasses the following studies were done: chemical composition; general dissolution rate for hydrofluoric acid solutions of concentrations between 1 and 10M, at 300C and ultrasound shaking; relative efficiency for recording fission fragment tracks from 252Cf. The INLAB glass was selected due to the better quality of its surface after chemical etching. The HF concentration 2.5M was determined for chemical etching of INLAB glass, and the optimum etching time was chosen between 8 and 10 minutes. The thermal attenuation of latent tracks in the environmental temperature was observed for intervals uo to 31 days between the detector exposure to the fission fragment source and etching of tracks. Several methods were used for determining the detector parameters, such as: critical angle, angle of the cone and efficiency of etching. The effects of gamma irradiation from 60Co and reactor neutrons in material properties as track detector were studied. Attenuation of latent tracks and saturation of color centers were observed for doses over 100M Rad. Since this kind of material contains uranium as impurity, uniformely distributed, slide glass were calibrated to be applied as a monitor of thermal neutron flux in nuclear reactor. (Author)

  6. Depressing effect of sodium hexametaphosphate on apatite in flotation of rutile

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    Hao Ding; Hai Lin; Yanxi Deng

    2007-01-01

    The separation of mtile from apatite by flotation and the mechanism of depressing the apatite of sodium hexametaphosphate were studied. The results showed that rutile and apatite could be separated by using alkyl-imino-bismethylene phosphoric acid and sodium hexametaphosphate as a collector and a regulator, respectively. Sodium hexametaphosphate could selectively dissolve calcium ions on the apatite surface, and make calcium ions break away from lattice binding through combining.

  7. Separation of apatite ores and discrimination of oxidation zones using nuclear logging in the Khibiny apatite fields

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    The problem of the correlation relationship between the P2O5 content and the apatite-nepheline ores density is solved. With a P2O5 content being the same as in apatite nepheline ores, the sphene-apatite ores are characterized by an excessive density Δrho(>=)0.11 g/c3. Oxidized ores can be defined by the value of the ratio eta=Na2O/K2O. Accuracy of Na2O determination by point measurements of NAK=N24 and K2O through a continuous spectrometric GK equals approximately 8%, whence it appears that the determination accuracy of eta is approximately 11-12%

  8. Muon-induced fission

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    A review of recent experimental results on negative-muon-induced fission, both of 238U and 232Th, is given. Some conclusions drawn by the author are concerned with muonic atoms of fission fragments and muonic atoms of the shape isomer of 238U. (author)

  9. Fission gas detection system

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    Colburn, Richard P.

    1985-01-01

    A device for collecting fission gas released by a failed fuel rod which device uses a filter to pass coolant but which filter blocks fission gas bubbles which cannot pass through the filter due to the surface tension of the bubble.

  10. Fission Xenon on Mars

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    Mathew, K. J.; Marti, K.; Marty, B.

    2002-01-01

    Fission Xe components due to Pu-244 decay in the early history of Mars have been identified in nakhlites; as in the case of ALH84001 and Chassigny the fission gas was assimilated into indigenous solar-type Xe. Additional information is contained in the original extended abstract.

  11. Thermal fission rates with temperature dependent fission barriers

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    2016-01-01

    \\item[Background] The fission processes of thermal excited nuclei are conventionally studied by statistical models which rely on inputs of phenomenological level densities and potential barriers. Therefore the microscopic descriptions of spontaneous fission and induced fission are very desirable for a unified understanding of various fission processes. \\item[Purpose] We propose to study the fission rates, at both low and high temperatures, with microscopically calculated temperature-dependent fission barriers and mass parameters. \\item[Methods] The fission barriers are calculated by the finite-temperature Skyrme-Hartree-Fock+BCS method. The mass parameters are calculated by the temperature-dependent cranking approximation. The thermal fission rates can be obtained by the imaginary free energy approach at all temperatures, in which fission barriers are naturally temperature dependent. The fission at low temperatures can be described mainly as a barrier-tunneling process. While the fission at high temperatures ...

  12. Carbon and oxygen isotopes in apatite CO2 and co-existing calcite

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    Carbon and oxygen isotopes were analyzed in carbonate apatite CO2 and in co-existing calcite. Both C and O in apatite CO2 are enriched in the respective light isotopes relative to calcite. These results confirm the proposition that carbonate is part of the apatite structure

  13. Tracking objects, Tracking agents

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    Animals and humans have to keep track of individuals in their environment, both in perception (sensorimotor tracking) and in cognition (e.g., spatio-temporal localization and linguistic reference via memory, communication and reasoning). Items that are typical targets for tracking are things such as stationary physical objects (e.g., rocks, plants, trees, buildings, or attached artifacts), moving physical objects (e.g., animals, certain artifacts) and human beings. All such items are located ...

  14. Fission 2009 4. International Workshop on Nuclear Fission and Fission Product Spectroscopy - Compilation of slides

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    This conference is dedicated to the last achievements in experimental and theoretical aspects of the nuclear fission process. The topics include: mass, charge and energy distribution, dynamical aspect of the fission process, nuclear data evaluation, quasi-fission and fission lifetime in super heavy elements, fission fragment spectroscopy, cross-section and fission barrier, and neutron and gamma emission. This document gathers the program of the conference and the slides of the presentations

  15. Paleotemperature Determination Based on Fluid Inclusion Study and Apatite Fission Track Analysis: A Case Study of the East Depression, Liaohe Basin%应用流体包裹体和磷灰石裂变径迹研究古地温--以辽河盆地东部凹陷为例

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    纪玉峰; 聂占福; 韦忠红; 李扬; 魏小红

    2006-01-01

    以太阳岛构造和大平房构造为例,利用流体包裹体显微测温和磷灰石裂变径迹分析方法恢复了辽河盆地东部凹陷第三系的古地温.流体包裹体研究表明,32 Ma和25 Ma时研究区两期排烃运移高峰均发生于高的地温场.磷灰石裂变径迹分析得到太阳岛构造古地温梯度为3.79℃/hm,大平房构造古地温梯度为3.24℃/hm.古地温梯度均高于现今地温梯度,且呈现古地温梯度由早到晚降低的趋势.这些研究结果与辽河盆地的区域地质背景相一致.

  16. Apatite-structured compounds: Synthesis and high-temperature investigation

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    Knyazev, Alexander V.; Chernorukov, Nikolai G. [Nizhny Novgorod State University, Gagarin Prospekt 23/2, 603950 Nizhny Novgorod (Russian Federation); Bulanov, Evgeny N., E-mail: bulanoven@yandex.ru [Nizhny Novgorod State University, Gagarin Prospekt 23/2, 603950 Nizhny Novgorod (Russian Federation)

    2012-02-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer 25 Apatite-structured compounds of different composition were synthesized. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Phase transformations of them in wide temperature interval were investigated. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer For the first time polymorphic transitions were observed on 6 apatites. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Thermal expansion coefficients of all studied phases were calculated. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The direct communication between thermal stability and expansion anisotropy was observed. - Abstract: The phase transitions and thermal expansion of apatite-structured compounds with the general formula M{sup II}{sub 5}(A{sup V}O{sub 4}){sub 3}L (M{sup II} = Ca, Sr, Cd, Ba, Pb; A{sup V} = P, V, Cr, Mn; L = OH, F, Cl, Br, I) have been studied by high-temperature X-ray diffraction and differential thermal analysis. Polymorphic transition nature was explained on the basis of the structure data. Connection between thermal stability and peculiarities of thermal expansion, which were explained in assumption of composition and structure of apatites was ascertained.

  17. Laser and spectroscopic properties of Yb-doped apatite crystals

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    Favorable spectroscopic and laser properties were measured in several Yb-doped apatite crystals: Ca5(PO4)3F, Sr5(PO4)3F, and Ca5-xSrx(PO4)3F (x=1-3). The properties included absorption and emission spectra, and laser pumping (slope efficiency)

  18. Apatite: a new redox proxy for silicic magmas?

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    Miles, Andrew; Graham, Colin; Hawkesworth, Chris; Gillespie, Martin; Bromiley, Geoff; Hinton, Richard

    2015-04-01

    The oxidation states of magmas provide valuable information about the release and speciation of volatile elements during volcanic eruptions, metallogenesis, source rock compositions, open system magmatic processes, tectonic settings and potentially titanium (Ti) activity in chemical systems used for Ti-dependent geothermometers and geobarometers. In this presentation we explore the use of Mn in apatite as an oxybarometer in intermediate and silicic igneous rocks. Increased Mn concentrations in apatite in granitic rocks from the zoned Criffell granitic pluton (southern Scotland) correlate with decreasing Fe2O3 (Fe3+) and Mn in the whole-rock and likely reflect increased Mn2+/Mn3+and greater compatibility of Mn2+ relative to Mn3+ in apatite under reduced conditions. Fe3+/Fe2+ ratios in biotites have previously been used to calculate oxygen fugacities (fO2) in the outer zone granodiorites and inner zone granites where redox conditions have been shown to change from close to the magnetite-hematite buffer to close to the nickel-nickel oxide buffer respectively[1]. This trend is apparent in apatite Mn concentrations from a range of intermediate to silicic volcanic rocks that exhibit varying redox states and are shown to vary linearly and negatively with log fO2, such that logfO2=-0.0022(±0.0003)Mn(ppm)-9.75(±0.46) Variations in the Mn concentration of apatites appear to be largely independent of differences in the Mn concentration of the melt. Apatite Mn concentrations may therefore provide an independent oxybarometer that is amenable to experimental calibration, with major relevance to studies on detrital mineral suites, particularly those containing a record of early Earth redox conditions, and on the climatic impact of historic volcanic eruptions[2]. [1] Stephens, W. E., Whitley, J. E., Thirlwall, M. F. and Halliday, A. N. (1985) The Criffell zoned pluton: correlated behaviour of rare earth element abundances with isotopic systems. Contributions to Mineralogy and

  19. Development of Biomimetic Needle-like Apatite Nanocrystals by a Simple New Method

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    Jie WEI; Yubao LI; Yi ZUO; Xueling PENG; Li ZHANG

    2004-01-01

    A new method of calcium nitrate and sodium phosphate as reactants was employed to prepare biomimetic apatite nanocrystals by a simple heating treatment in water. The structure and properties of the apatite crystals were investigated by TEM, XRD, IR, ICP and TG. It is found that the apatite nanocrystals contain OH-, CO32-, Na+ and HPO~- ions in their crystal structure. The crystal water is removed during heating from 200℃ to 400℃. CO32-and HPO~- are decomposed at 600℃ to 800℃, also there is lattice water lost at this temperature stage. The morphology of the apatite nanocrystals is needle-like with a length less than 80 nm. The size and crystallinity of the apatite nanocrystals increase with water treatment temperature and time. Compared to the apatite crystals sintered at 800℃, water treated apatite nanocrystals are poorly crystallized apatite. The results indicate that the apatite nanocrystals have similarity in composition, structure, morphology and crystallinity to that of bone apatite crystals. It can be used to make apatite crystals/polymer biomimetic bone repair materials or for other biomedical applications.

  20. MDD法和裂变径迹法相结合模拟样品的低温热历史——以柴达木盆地北缘赛什腾山中新生代构造演化为例%MODELING THERMAL HISTORY DURING LOW TEMPERATURE BY K-FELDSPAR MDD AND FISSION TRACK:EXAMPLE FROM MESO-CENOZOIC TECTONIC EVOLUTION IN SAISHITENGSHAN IN THE NORTHERN MARGIN OF QAIDAM BASIN

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    万景林; 郑德文; 郑文俊; 王伟涛

    2011-01-01

    MDD法和裂变径迹法是2种最常用的低温热年代学方法.通过对它们的测试结果的模拟,揭示出样品经历的热历史,可以有效地延伸这2种方法的研究范围.但是由于模拟的多解性,使得如何制约模拟过程,获得合理的模拟结果显得尤为重要.通过柴达木盆地北缘的模拟过程,展示了模拟中可能存在的问题及提高模拟结果的方法.同时揭示了柴达木盆地北缘中新生代可能存在的3次冷却事件,分别发生在距今约130~150、30~40和5~10Ma.%K-Feldspar MDD( Multiple Diffusion Domain)and fission track are two commonly-used methods in low closure temperature thermal chronometry. By modeling both the feldspar 39Ar/40Ar data and the fission track age and track-length data, the thermal history that sample underwent can be revealed and the effective temperature range of both feldspar 39Ar/40Ar method and fission track method is extended.Because of the multiple resolution of modeling, it is important to restrict the modeling process to gain a reasonable result, though it seems difficult. The possible problem in modeling thermal history is presented in this paper, and the helpful method that can be used to improve the result is illustrated by the sample collected along Saishitengshan in the northern margin of Qaidam Basin. Three rapid cooling events, occurring at 130 ~ 150Ma,30 ~ 40Ma and 5 ~ 10Ma respectively, in northern margin of Qaidam Basin are revealed by feldspar MDD method and fission track method.

  1. Fission fragment rocket concept

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    A new propulsion scheme is outlined which may permit interstellar missions for spacecraft. This scheme is based on the idea of allowing fission fragments to escape from the core of a nuclear reactor. (orig.)

  2. Fission Systems for Mars Exploration

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    Houts, Michael G.; Kim, T.; Dorney, D. J.; Swint, Marion Shayne

    2012-01-01

    Fission systems are used extensively on earth, and 34 such systems have flown in space. The energy density of fission is over 10 million times that of chemical reactions, giving fission the potential to eliminate energy density constraints for many space missions. Potential safety and operational concerns with fission systems are well understood, and strategies exist for affordably developing such systems. By enabling a power-rich environment and highly efficient propulsion, fission systems could enable affordable, sustainable exploration of Mars.

  3. Biomimetic synthesis and biocompatibility evaluation of carbonated apatites template-mediated by heparin

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    Deng, Yi [Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Laboratory of Interdisciplinary Studies, School and Hospital of Stomatology, Peking University, Beijing 100081 (China); Center for Biomedical Materials and Tissue Engineering, Academy for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Sun, Yuhua [Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Laboratory of Interdisciplinary Studies, School and Hospital of Stomatology, Peking University, Beijing 100081 (China); Chen, Xiaofang [Center for Biomedical Materials and Tissue Engineering, Academy for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Zhu, Peizhi, E-mail: pzzhu@umich.edu [Center for Biomedical Materials and Tissue Engineering, Academy for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Department of Chemistry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1055 (United States); Wei, Shicheng, E-mail: sc-wei@pku.edu.cn [Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Laboratory of Interdisciplinary Studies, School and Hospital of Stomatology, Peking University, Beijing 100081 (China); Center for Biomedical Materials and Tissue Engineering, Academy for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China)

    2013-07-01

    Biomimetic synthesis of carbonated apatites with good biocompatibility is a promising strategy for the broadening application of apatites for bone tissue engineering. Most researchers were interested in collagen or gelatin-based templates for synthesis of apatite minerals. Inspired by recent findings about the important role of polysaccharides in bone biomineralization, here we reported that heparin, a mucopolysaccharide, was used to synthesize carbonated apatites in vitro. The results indicated that the Ca/P ratio, carbon content, crystallinity and morphology of the apatites varied depending on the heparin concentration and the initial pH value. The morphology of apatite changed from flake-shaped to needle-shaped, and the degree of crystallinity decreased with the increasing of heparin concentration. Biocompatibility of the apatites was tested by proliferation and alkaline phosphatase activity of MC3T3-E1 cells. The results suggested that carbonated apatites synthesized in the presence of heparin were more favorable to the proliferation and differentiation of MC3T3-E1 cells compared with traditional method. In summary, the heparin concentration and the initial pH value play a key role in the chemical constitution and morphology, as well as biological properties of apatites. These biocompatible nano-apatite crystals hold great potential to be applied as bioactive materials for bone tissue engineering. - Highlights: • Heparin was used as a template to synthesize needle-shaped nano-apatite. • Changing the pH value and concentration led to different properties of apatite. • Apatite prepared by heparin was more favorable to the osteogenic differentiation. • Possible synthesis mechanism of apatite templated by heparin was described.

  4. Biomimetic synthesis and biocompatibility evaluation of carbonated apatites template-mediated by heparin

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    Biomimetic synthesis of carbonated apatites with good biocompatibility is a promising strategy for the broadening application of apatites for bone tissue engineering. Most researchers were interested in collagen or gelatin-based templates for synthesis of apatite minerals. Inspired by recent findings about the important role of polysaccharides in bone biomineralization, here we reported that heparin, a mucopolysaccharide, was used to synthesize carbonated apatites in vitro. The results indicated that the Ca/P ratio, carbon content, crystallinity and morphology of the apatites varied depending on the heparin concentration and the initial pH value. The morphology of apatite changed from flake-shaped to needle-shaped, and the degree of crystallinity decreased with the increasing of heparin concentration. Biocompatibility of the apatites was tested by proliferation and alkaline phosphatase activity of MC3T3-E1 cells. The results suggested that carbonated apatites synthesized in the presence of heparin were more favorable to the proliferation and differentiation of MC3T3-E1 cells compared with traditional method. In summary, the heparin concentration and the initial pH value play a key role in the chemical constitution and morphology, as well as biological properties of apatites. These biocompatible nano-apatite crystals hold great potential to be applied as bioactive materials for bone tissue engineering. - Highlights: • Heparin was used as a template to synthesize needle-shaped nano-apatite. • Changing the pH value and concentration led to different properties of apatite. • Apatite prepared by heparin was more favorable to the osteogenic differentiation. • Possible synthesis mechanism of apatite templated by heparin was described

  5. Review of Fission Theory

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    A survey of the present state of fission theory is attempted. The basic requirements of a theory of a physical process are outlined and against this background the state of fission theory is summarized, with special emphasis on developments in the past few years. An attempt is made to bring out the most important outstanding problems to be settled by future experiments and theory. (author)

  6. Fission product detection

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    The response of photovoltaic cells to heavy ions and fission products have been tested on beam. Their main advantages are their extremely low price, their low sensitivity to energetic light ions with respect to fission products, and the possibility to cut and fit them together to any shape without dead zone. The time output signals of a charge sensitive preamplifier connected to these cells allows fast coincidences. A resolution of 12ns (F.W.H.M.) have been measured between two cells

  7. Efficiency calibration of solid track spark auto counter

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    The factors influencing detection efficiency of solid track spark auto counter were analyzed, and the best etch condition and parameters of charge were also reconfirmed. With small plate fission ionization chamber, the efficiency of solid track spark auto counter at various experiment assemblies was re-calibrated. The efficiency of solid track spark auto counter at various experimental conditions was obtained. (authors)

  8. Fission gas release (FGASRL)

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    During irradiation of water reactor fuel rods, gaseous fission products are produced in the fuel and are slowly released to various voipd volumes in the fuel rods. The released fission gases degrade the initial fill gas thermal conductivity and thus change the thermal response of the fuel rods. Moreover, fuel rod internal pressure is increased so that the cladding mechanical response is affected. The fission gas release subcode FGASRL is intended for use in analytical codes which predict water reactor fuel pin behavior. The development effort was directed primarily at improving code predictions of the gas release model used in FRAP-S3 which overpredicts release of fuels irradiated at relatively low operating temperatures and therefore small gas release fractions. The fission gas release subcode (FGASRL) presented in the report describes a two-step gas release process: (a) fission gas release from fuel grains to the grain boundaries, and (b) fission gas release from the grain boundaries to internal free volume of the fuel pin

  9. On the use of Makrofol KG to study fission fragment angular distributions

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    Makrofol KG nuclear track detector processing and analysis is carefully regulated and assessed to reveal fission fragments' tracks and their angular distributions. For this purpose, foils of this detector are irradiated by a thin 252Cf source and are subjected to chemical etching followed by a two-step sparking process. The detector efficiency as a function of fission fragment incidence angle and different etching parameters is carried out with a good reproducibility

  10. Slab track

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    Golob, Tina

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    The last 160 years has been mostly used conventional track with ballasted bed, sleepers and steel rail. Ensuring the high speed rail traffic, increasing railway track capacities, providing comfortable and safe ride as well as high reliability and availability railway track, has led to development of innovative systems for railway track. The so-called slab track was first built in 1972 and since then, they have developed many different slab track systems around the world. Slab track was also b...

  11. Prompt Neutrons from Fission

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    A survey is given of the present state of knowledge of the spectrum, angular distribution and number of prompt fission neutrons, as functions of incident neutron energy and individual fragment mass, for low-energy fission. The energy spectrum of prompt neutrons has been found to be of the same form (nearly Maxwellian) for many different types of fission. It has been shown that this type of spectrum is to be expected on the basis of evaporation from moving fragments, and theoretical predictions of the spectrum agree very accurately with experimental data. Some data are now available on the variation of the neutron spectrum with fragment mass and angle of emission. Only recently has it become possible to take accurate data on the angular distribution of the neutrons. It appears that the neutrons have the angular distribution to be expected if emitted almost isotropically from the moving fragments, with a possibility that some small fraction are not emitted in this way, but directly from the fissioning nuclide. Much work has been done on the variation of fission neutron number v with incident neutron energy for neutron-induced fission. The neutron number increases roughly linearly with energy, with a slope of about 0.15 n/MeV. There is now evidence that this slope changes somewhat with energy. This change must be associated with other changes in the-fission process. The most interesting recent discovery concerning fission neutrons is the strong dependence of neutron number on individual fragment mass. The data are being rapidly improved by means of the newer techniques of determining fragment mass yields from velocity and pulse-height data, and of determining neutron yields from cumulative mass yields. There is evidence of similar dependence of neutron yield on fragment mass in a number of cases. It has been suggested that this property is directly connected with the deformability of the fragments, and in particular with the near-spherical shapes of magic

  12. Determination for β-delayed fission probability of 230Ac

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    袁双贵; 杨维凡; 徐岩冰; 肖永厚; 罗亦孝

    2002-01-01

    The 230Ra has been produced via 232Th-2p reaction induced by 60 MeV/u 18O ion irradia-tion of natural thorium. The radium was radiochemically separated from the mixture of thorium andreaction products. Thin Ra sources in which 230Ac was got through 230Ra β- → 230Ac were pre-pared for observing fission fragments from β-delayed fission of 230Ac. The sources were exposedto the mica fission track detectors and measured by the HPGe γ detector. The precursor 230Ac wasidentified by means of observed two fission events as well as γ spectra, and the β-delayed fissionprobability of 230Ac was obtained to be (1.19±0.85) × 10-8.

  13. Laser-SNMS analysis of apatite formation in vitro

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    Dambach, S.; Fartmann, M.; Kriegeskotte, C.; Brüning, C.; Wiesmann, H. P.; Lipinsky, D.; Arlinghaus, H. F.

    2004-06-01

    We have applied nonresonant laser secondary neutral mass spectrometry (Laser-SNMS) to examine different states of biomineralization in vitro. Primary osteoblast-like cells derived from bovine metacarpals were cultured for 5 weeks on clean smooth silicon substrates. For mass spectrometric investigations, the cells and newly formed mineral were cryofixed, freeze-fractured, and freeze-dried. The results indicate that in the vicinity of single osteoblasts, extracellular enrichment of potassium typically occurs during the initial stages of mineralization. Potassium may interact with matrix macromolecules and prevent an uncontrolled apatite deposition. However, apatite biomineral formation is correlated with a potassium release. In conclusion, potassium seems to be involved in the process of extracellular matrix biomineralization.

  14. Influence of tracks densities in solid state nuclear track detectors

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    When Solid State Nuclear Track Detectors (SSNTD) is employed to measure nuclear tracks produced mainly by fission fragments and alpha particles, it is considered that the tracks observation work is performed under an efficiency, ε0, which is independent of the track density (number of tracks/area unit). There are not published results or experimental data supporting such an assumption. In this work the dependence of ε0 with track density is studied basing on experimental data. To perform this, pieces of CR-39 cut from a sole 'mother sheet' were coupled to thin uranium films for different exposition times and the resulting ratios between track density and exposition time were compared. Our results indicate that ε0 is constant for track densities between 103 and 105 cm-2. At our etching conditions track overlapping makes impossible the counting for densities around 1.7 x 105 cm-2. For track densities less than 103 cm-2, ε0 , was not observed to be constant. (authors). 4 refs., 2 figs

  15. Formation of Ultrafine Apatite Fibers by Sol-gel/Electrospinning

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    DING Ya-mei; YUAN Xiao-yan; ZHAO Jin; GUO Wan-chun; WANG Xiu-kui

    2007-01-01

    Ultrafine apatite fibers were prepared by electrospinning of sol-gel precursor/poly(vinyl pyrrolidone)(PVP) solutions followed by subsequent calcination. The as-electrospun and calcinated fibers were observed under a scanning electron microscope and an optical polarizing microscope. Results show that the morphology and the diameter of as-electrospun fibers strongly depend on the viscosity and the surface tension of sol-gel precursor/PVP solutions. After calcination, the smooth as-electrospun fibers shrink and the fiber diameter decreases because of the removal of the polymer. The chemical evolution upon the transformation of the precursor from a gel to the final apatite fibers was investigated by thermogravimetric-differential thermal analysis, X-ray diffraction, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. It is thus suggested that the crystalline structure of the calcined fibers is largely influenced by the calcination temperature. After being calcined at 600 ℃, the apatite fibers with a diameter of about 280 nm containing β-tricalcium phosphate were obtained.

  16. Spatial distribution of thorium fission rate in a fast spallation and fission neutron field: An experimental and Monte Carlo study

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    The Energy plus Transmutation (EpT) set-up of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR), Dubna, Russia is composed of a lead spallation target surrounded by a blanket of natural uranium. The resultant neutron spectrum is a combination of spallation and fission spectra, modified by a reflective external layer of polyethylene and an internal absorbing layer of cadmium. The EpT set-up was irradiated with a beam of 4 GeV deuterons from the Nuclotron Accelerator at JINR. The spatial distribution of thorium fission rate within the assembly was determined experimentally, using a fission track detector technique, and compared with Monte Carlo predictions of the MCNPX code. Contributions of neutrons, protons, deuterons, photons and pions to total fission were taken into account. Close agreement between the experimental and calculated results was found.

  17. Fission waves can oscillate

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    2016-01-01

    Under the right conditions, self sustaining fission waves can form in fertile nuclear materials. These waves result from the transport and absorption of neutrons and the resulting production of fissile isotopes. When these fission, additional neutrons are produced and the chain reaction propagates until it is poisoned by the buildup of fission products. It is typically assumed that fission waves are soliton-like and self stabilizing. However, we show that in uranium, coupling of the neutron field to the 239U->239Np->239Pu decay chain can lead to a Hopf bifurcation. The fission reaction then ramps up and down, along with the wave velocity. The critical driver for the instability is a delay, caused by the half-life of 239U, between the time evolution of the neutron field and the production of 239Pu. This allows the 239Pu to accumulate and burn out in a self limiting oscillation that is characteristic of a Hopf bifurcation. Time dependent results are obtained using a numerical implementation of a reduced order r...

  18. Microscopic modeling of mass and charge distributions in the spontaneous fission of 240Pu

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    Sadhukhan, Jhilam; Schunck, Nicolas

    2016-01-01

    In this letter, we outline a methodology to calculate microscopically mass and charge distributions of spontaneous fission yields. We combine the multi-dimensional minimization of collective action for fission with stochastic Langevin dynamics to track the relevant fission paths from the ground-state configuration up to scission. The nuclear potential energy and collective inertia governing the tunneling motion are obtained with nuclear density functional theory in the collective space of shape deformations and pairing. We obtain a quantitative agreement with experimental data and find that both the charge and mass distributions in the spontaneous fission of 240Pu are sensitive both to the dissipation in collective motion and to adiabatic characteristics.

  19. Structural studies of synthetic calcium and lead apatites

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    Full text: Hydroxyapatite, Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2, is a major mineral component of calcified tissues, including bones and teeth. It is a good model system for natural apatites, having a structure which can easily accommodate a great variety of anionic and cationic substitutions. It acts as a natural sink for heavy metals, especially Pb and Cd, in biological systems. The hydroxyl ion can be replaced by other anions and one aim of the present work is to establish how such substitutions influence the ability of apatites to sequest and immobilise heavy metals. Environmentally speaking, there is still a lot of industrial use for Pb and the halide substituted apatite as lead chlorapatite, Pb10(PO4)6Cl2, which is found in Pb contaminated soils. This leads to interest in looking at the ability to release Pb encapsulated in mineral bodies and to develop methods that can selectively remove Pb from contaminated sites. We have used a combination of synchrotron X-ray diffraction and high resolution powder neutron diffraction methods for our structural studies of some substituted apatites. We have refined the structures of eight apatites M10(PO4)6X2, where M = Pb, Ca and X = OH, F, Cl, Br, using the Rietveld method. In these there are two cation sites, a channel of M-I atoms and a triangle of M-II atoms. The anion interacts most strongly with the M-II atoms at (↓, deg , 1/4). For the Ca compounds, the F ion sits within the triangles at (0, 0, 1/4), while the larger OH and Cl anions are disordered above and below the M-II triangles. The Br is at (0, 0, 1/2). Despite the larger size of the isostructural Pb compounds, no anions are found in the triangles. The F, Cl and Br ions are at (0, 0, 1/2) and the OH ion is disordered at (0, 0, z). This difference in behaviour is possibly related to the stereochemical activity of the Pb 6s electrons. While synchrotron X-ray methods have been important in determining the positional parameters of the heavy elements (eg. Pb, Ca), neutron scattering

  20. Current position on fission product behavior

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    The following phenomena are treated and modeled: fission product release from fuel, both in-vessel and ex-vessel; fission product deposition in the primary system, fission product deposition in the containment, and fission product revolatization

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

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    Fujimaki, H.

    1986-01-01

    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.

  2. Fission modelling with FIFRELIN

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    Litaize, Olivier; Serot, Olivier; Berge, Léonie

    2015-12-01

    The nuclear fission process gives rise to the formation of fission fragments and emission of particles (n,γ , e-) . The particle emission from fragments can be prompt and delayed. We present here the methods used in the FIFRELIN code, which simulates the prompt component of the de-excitation process. The methods are based on phenomenological models associated with macroscopic and/or microscopic ingredients. Input data can be provided by experiment as well as by theory. The fission fragment de-excitation can be performed within Weisskopf (uncoupled neutron and gamma emission) or a Hauser-Feshbach (coupled neutron/gamma emission) statistical theory. We usually consider five free parameters that cannot be provided by theory or experiments in order to describe the initial distributions required by the code. In a first step this set of parameters is chosen to reproduce a very limited set of target observables. In a second step we can increase the statistics to predict all other fission observables such as prompt neutron, gamma and conversion electron spectra but also their distributions as a function of any kind of parameters such as, for instance, the neutron, gamma and electron number distributions, the average prompt neutron multiplicity as a function of fission fragment mass, charge or kinetic energy, and so on. Several results related to different fissioning systems are presented in this work. The goal in the next decade will be i) to replace some macroscopic ingredients or phenomenological models by microscopic calculations when available and reliable, ii) to be a support for experimentalists in the design of detection systems or in the prediction of necessary beam time or count rates with associated statistics when measuring fragments and emitted particle in coincidence iii) extend the model to be able to run a calculation when no experimental input data are available, iv) account for multiple chance fission and gamma emission before fission, v) account for the

  3. Fission modelling with FIFRELIN

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    Litaize, Olivier; Serot, Olivier; Berge, Leonie [CEA, DEN, DER, SPRC, Saint Paul Lez Durance (France)

    2015-12-15

    The nuclear fission process gives rise to the formation of fission fragments and emission of particles (n,γ, e{sup -}). The particle emission from fragments can be prompt and delayed. We present here the methods used in the FIFRELIN code, which simulates the prompt component of the de-excitation process. The methods are based on phenomenological models associated with macroscopic and/or microscopic ingredients. Input data can be provided by experiment as well as by theory. The fission fragment de-excitation can be performed within Weisskopf (uncoupled neutron and gamma emission) or a Hauser-Feshbach (coupled neutron/gamma emission) statistical theory. We usually consider five free parameters that cannot be provided by theory or experiments in order to describe the initial distributions required by the code. In a first step this set of parameters is chosen to reproduce a very limited set of target observables. In a second step we can increase the statistics to predict all other fission observables such as prompt neutron, gamma and conversion electron spectra but also their distributions as a function of any kind of parameters such as, for instance, the neutron, gamma and electron number distributions, the average prompt neutron multiplicity as a function of fission fragment mass, charge or kinetic energy, and so on. Several results related to different fissioning systems are presented in this work. The goal in the next decade will be i) to replace some macroscopic ingredients or phenomenological models by microscopic calculations when available and reliable, ii) to be a support for experimentalists in the design of detection systems or in the prediction of necessary beam time or count rates with associated statistics when measuring fragments and emitted particle in coincidence iii) extend the model to be able to run a calculation when no experimental input data are available, iv) account for multiple chance fission and gamma emission before fission, v) account for

  4. Fission modelling with FIFRELIN

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    The nuclear fission process gives rise to the formation of fission fragments and emission of particles (n,γ, e-). The particle emission from fragments can be prompt and delayed. We present here the methods used in the FIFRELIN code, which simulates the prompt component of the de-excitation process. The methods are based on phenomenological models associated with macroscopic and/or microscopic ingredients. Input data can be provided by experiment as well as by theory. The fission fragment de-excitation can be performed within Weisskopf (uncoupled neutron and gamma emission) or a Hauser-Feshbach (coupled neutron/gamma emission) statistical theory. We usually consider five free parameters that cannot be provided by theory or experiments in order to describe the initial distributions required by the code. In a first step this set of parameters is chosen to reproduce a very limited set of target observables. In a second step we can increase the statistics to predict all other fission observables such as prompt neutron, gamma and conversion electron spectra but also their distributions as a function of any kind of parameters such as, for instance, the neutron, gamma and electron number distributions, the average prompt neutron multiplicity as a function of fission fragment mass, charge or kinetic energy, and so on. Several results related to different fissioning systems are presented in this work. The goal in the next decade will be i) to replace some macroscopic ingredients or phenomenological models by microscopic calculations when available and reliable, ii) to be a support for experimentalists in the design of detection systems or in the prediction of necessary beam time or count rates with associated statistics when measuring fragments and emitted particle in coincidence iii) extend the model to be able to run a calculation when no experimental input data are available, iv) account for multiple chance fission and gamma emission before fission, v) account for the

  5. Characteristics of Coulomb fission

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    Oberacker, Volker; Greiner, Walter; Kruse, Hans; Pinkston, William T.

    2006-01-01

    Within an extended semiquantal theory we perform large-sized coupled-channel calculations involving 260 collective levels for Coulomb fission of 238U. Differential Coulomb fission cross sections are studied as a function of bombarding energy and impact parameter for several projectiles. In the Xe + U case, total cross sections are also given. We find a strong dependence on projectile charge number, PCF(180°)∼(Zp)6 in the region 50≤Zp≤92 for a fixed ratio E/ECoul, which might...

  6. Phosphorus removal by apatite in horizontal flow constructed wetlands: kinetics and treatment reliability

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    Harouiya, N.; Molle, P.; Prost Boucle, S.; Liénard, A.

    2008-01-01

    Phosphorus removal in constructed wetlands have received particular attention last decades by using specific materials promoting adsorption/precipitation mechanisms. Recent studies have shown interest in using apatite materials to promote P precipitation onto the particle surface. As previous trials were mainly done by lab experiments, this present study aims to evaluate the real potential of apatites to remove P from wastewater in pilots and a full-scale plant. Two different apatites have be...

  7. Resorption of apatite-wollastonite containing glass-ceramic and beta-tricalcium phosphate in vivo.

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    Teramoto, Hidefumi; Kawai, Akira; Sugihara, Shinsuke; Yoshida, Aki; Inoue, Hajime

    2005-10-01

    Apatite-wollastonite containing glass ceramic is considered to be difficult to resorb, but we experienced the disappearance of the porous type of Apatite-wollastonite glass ceramic particles . In this study, the resorption of porous apatite-wollastonite glass-ceramic implanted in the femurs of rabbits was investigated, and the process was compared with beta-tricalcium phosphate, a resorbable ceramics. Porous apatite-wollastonite glass-ceramic (70, 80, and 90% porosity) and beta-tricalcium phosphate (75% porosity) were implanted in the femurs of Japanese white rabbits. Samples were harvested and examined 0, 4, 8, 12, 24 and 36 weeks after implantation. Quantitative analysis of the radiographic and histologic findings was performed with NIH Image software. Radiographic examination demonstrated that the radiopacity and size of the porous apatite-wollastonite glassceramic cylinders decreased gradually after implantation. Histologic examination revealed that the surface area of the apatite-wollastonite glass-ceramic cylinders decreased continuously, and approached 20% of the original area 36 weeks after implantation. However, the resorption rate of porous apatite-wollastonite glass-ceramic was slower than that of beta-tricalcium phosphate. Toluidine blue staining showed abundant new bone formation on the surface of the apatite-wollastonite glassceramic matrix. Considering its mechanical strength, gradual resorption characteristics, and good osteochonductive activity, porous apatite-wollastonite glass-ceramic appears to be a suitable artificial bone substitutes. PMID:16286959

  8. Resorption of apatite-wollastonite containing glass-ceramic and beta-tricalcium phosphate in vivo.

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    Teramoto,Hidefumi

    2005-10-01

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    Apatite-wollastonite containing glass ceramic is considered to be difficult to resorb, but we experienced the disappearance of the porous type of Apatite-wollastonite glass ceramic particles . In this study, the resorption of porous apatite-wollastonite glass-ceramic implanted in the femurs of rabbits was investigated, and the process was compared with beta-tricalcium phosphate, a resorbable ceramics. Porous apatite-wollastonite glass-ceramic (70, 80, and 90% porosity and beta-tricalcium phosphate (75% porosity were implanted in the femurs of Japanese white rabbits. Samples were harvested and examined 0, 4, 8, 12, 24 and 36 weeks after implantation. Quantitative analysis of the radiographic and histologic findings was performed with NIH Image software. Radiographic examination demonstrated that the radiopacity and size of the porous apatite-wollastonite glassceramic cylinders decreased gradually after implantation. Histologic examination revealed that the surface area of the apatite-wollastonite glass-ceramic cylinders decreased continuously, and approached 20% of the original area 36 weeks after implantation. However, the resorption rate of porous apatite-wollastonite glass-ceramic was slower than that of beta-tricalcium phosphate. Toluidine blue staining showed abundant new bone formation on the surface of the apatite-wollastonite glassceramic matrix. Considering its mechanical strength, gradual resorption characteristics, and good osteochonductive activity, porous apatite-wollastonite glass-ceramic appears to be a suitable artificial bone substitutes.

  9. Molecular functionalization of tantalum oxide surface towards development of apatite growth

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    We have studied the apatite growth dynamics on tantalum oxide surfaces. This nucleation is obtained via an organosilane intermediate layer between the apatite and the substrate surface. Four organosilane layers (differing by their terminal functionality) were investigated. Their characterization with atomic force microscopy and other techniques such as X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and wetting measurements highlighted the influence of the organosilane terminal groups on the apatite growth rates. Results revealed that apatite is indeed growing faster on phosphate terminal groups than on the three other groups studied (vinyl, hydroxyl and carboxyl).

  10. Apatite as probe for the halogen composition of metamorphic fluids (Bamble Sector, SE Norway)

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    Kusebauch, Christof; John, Timm; Whitehouse, Martin J.; Engvik, Ane K.

    2015-10-01

    Halogen composition of replaced apatite formed during a regional metasomatic event (Bamble Sector, SE Norway) reveals information about the composition and evolution of the hydrothermal fluid. Infiltration and pervasive fluid flow of highly saline fluids into gabbroic bodies lead to scapolitization and amphibolitization, where magmatic Cl-rich apatite reacts with the hydrothermal fluid to form OH- and/or F-rich apatite. Apatite from highly altered samples adjacent to the shear zone has highest F (up to 15,000 µg/g) and lowest Br (4-25 µg/g) concentrations, whereas apatite from least altered samples has very low F (30-200 µg/g) and high Br (30-85 µg/g). In addition, individual replaced apatite grains show a zonation in F with high concentrations along rims and cracks and low F in core regions. Iodine concentrations remain rather constant as low values of 0.18-0.70 µg/g. We interpret all observed compositional features of replaced apatite to be the result of a continuous evolution of the fluid during fluid-rock interaction. Due to its high compatibility, F from the infiltrating fluid is incorporated early into recrystallized apatite (close to shear zone and rims of individual apatite grains). In contrast, Br as an incompatible halogen becomes enriched in the fluid and is highest in the most evolved fluid. Using experimental partition data between replaced apatite and fluid, we calculated F concentrations of the evolving fluid to decrease from 60 to correlated with OH-rich zones of replaced apatite, whereas low δ 37Cl values are measured in F-rich zones of replaced apatite and in Cl-apatite of probably magmatic origin. Though apatite δ 37Cl values follow the general bulk trend, the individual δ 37Cl signature seems to reflect the highly localized composition of interfacial fluid at the reaction front. Our observations suggest that apatite can be used as a fluid probe for F, Br, and I to detect a compositional evolution of the fluid, which can be quantified by

  11. Characterization of antiseptic apatite powders prepared at biomimetics temperature and pH

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    Soumia Belouafa

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available Antiseptic apatite-based calcium phosphates were prepared as the single-phase powders. Phosphocalcic oxygenated apatites were synthesized from calcium salts and orthophosphate dissolved in oxygenated water solution at 30%, under the biomimetic conditions of 37 °C and pH 7.4. The characterization and chemical analysis of the synthesized biomimetic apatite powders were performed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM, powder X ray diffraction (XRD, Fourier-transformed infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR and chemical analysis. The obtained materials are a calcium deficient apatites with different morphologies.

  12. Fission dynamics of hot nuclei

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    Santanu Pal; Jhilam Sadhukhan

    2014-04-01

    Experimental evidence accumulated during the last two decades indicates that the fission of excited heavy nuclei involves a dissipative dynamical process. We shall briefly review the relevant dynamical model, namely the Langevin equations for fission. Statistical model predictions using the Kramers’ fission width will also be discussed.

  13. Discoveries of isotopes by fission

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    M Thoennessen

    2015-09-01

    Of the about 3000 isotopes presently known, about 20% have been discovered in fission. The history of fission as it relates to the discovery of isotopes as well as the various reaction mechanisms leading to isotope discoveries involving fission are presented.

  14. Microscopic Description of Induced Fission

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    Schunck, N

    2013-01-01

    Selected aspects of the description of neutron-induced fission in 240Pu in the framework of the nuclear energy density functional theory at finite temperature are presented. In particular, we discuss aspects pertaining to the choice of thermodynamic state variables, the evolution of fission barriers as function of the incident neutron energy, and the temperatures of the fission fragments.

  15. Status of fission yield measurements

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    Fission yield measurement and yield compilation activities in the major laboratories of the world are reviewed. In addition to a general review of the effort of each laboratory, a brief summary of yield measurement activities by fissioning nuclide is presented. A new fast reactor fission yield measurement program being conducted in the US is described

  16. Hard error generation by neutron-induced fission fragments

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    The authors observed that neutron-induced fission of uranium contaminants present in alumina ceramic package lids results in the release of fission fragments that can cause hard errors in metal-nitride-oxide nonvolatile RAMs (MNOS NVRAMs). Hard error generation requires the simultaneous presence of (1) a fission fragment with a linear energy transfer (LET) greater than 20 MeV/mg/cm/sup **2/ moving at an angle of 30 degrees or less from the electric field in the high-field, gate region of the memory transistor, and (2) a WRITE or ERASE voltage on the oxide-nitride transistor gate. In reactor experiments, they observe these hard errors when a ceramic lid is used on both MNOS NVRAMs and polysilicon-nitride-oxide (SNOS) capacitors, but hard errors are not observed when a gold-plated kovar lid is used on the package containing these die. They mapped the tracks of the fission fragments released from the ceramic lids with a mica track detector and used a Monte Carlo model of fission fragment transport through the ceramic lid to measure the concentration of uranium present in the lids. The authors' concentration measurements are in excellent agreement with other's measurement of uranium concentration in ceramic lids. The authors' Monte Carlo analyses also agree closely with their measurements of hard error probability in MNOS NVRAMs

  17. Fission product data library

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    A library is described of data for 584 isotopes of fission products, including decay constants, branching ratios (both burn-up and decay), the type of emitted radiation, relative and absolute yields, capture cross sections for thermal neutrons, and resonance integrals. When a detailed decay scheme is not known, the mean energies of beta particles and neutrino and gamma radiations are given. In the ZVJE SKODA system the library is named BIBFP and is stored on film No 49 of the NE 803 B computer. It is used in calculating the inventory of fission products in fuel elements (and also determining absorption cross sections for burn-up calculations, gamma ray sources, heat generation) and in solving radioactivity transport problems in the primary circuit. It may also be used in the spectrometric method for burn-up determination of fuel elements. The library comprises the latest literary data available. It serves as the basis for library BIBGRFP storing group constants of fission products with independent yields of isotopes from fission. This, in turn, forms the basis for the BIBDN library collecting data on the precursors of delayed neutron emitters. (author)

  18. Fission yields in the thermal neutron fission of plutonium-239

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    Fission yields for 27 mass numbers were determined in the thermal neutron fission of 239Pu using high resolution gamma ray spectrometry and radiochemical method. The results obtained using gamma ray spectrometry and from the investigations on the fission yield of 99Mo using radiochemical method were reported earlier. These data along with fission yields for 19 mass numbers determined using radiochemical method formed a part of Ph.D. thesis. The data given here are a compilation of all the results and are presented considering the neutron temperature correction to 239Pu fission cross-section which is used for calculating the total number of fissions in these studies. A comparison is made of the resulting fission yield values with the latest experimentally determined values and those given in two recent compilations. (author)

  19. Evaluation of apatite silicates as solid oxide fuel cell electrolytes

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    Marrero-Lopez, D. [Dpto. de Fisica Aplicada I, Laboratorio de Materiales y Superficies (Unidad Asociada al C.S.I.C.), Universidad de Malaga, 29071 Malaga (Spain); Dpto. de Quimica Inorganica, Universidad de La Laguna, 38200 La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain); Martin-Sedeno, M.C.; Aranda, M.A.G. [Dpto. de Quimica Inorganica, Universidad Malaga, 29071 Malaga (Spain); Pena-Martinez, J. [Dpto. de Quimica Inorganica, Universidad de La Laguna, 38200 La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain); Instituto de Energias Renovables, Parque Tecnologico, Universidad de Castilla La Mancha, 02006 Albacete (Spain); Ruiz-Morales, J.C.; Nunez, P. [Dpto. de Quimica Inorganica, Universidad de La Laguna, 38200 La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain); Ramos-Barrado, J.R. [Dpto. de Fisica Aplicada I, Laboratorio de Materiales y Superficies (Unidad Asociada al C.S.I.C.), Universidad de Malaga, 29071 Malaga (Spain)

    2010-05-01

    Apatite-type silicates have been considered as promising electrolytes for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC); however studies on the potential use of these materials in SOFC devices have received relatively little attention. The lanthanum silicate with composition La{sub 10}Si{sub 5.5}Al{sub 0.5}O{sub 26.75} has been evaluated as electrolyte with the electrode materials commonly used in SOFC, i.e. manganite, ferrite and cobaltite as cathode materials and NiO-CGO composite, chromium-manganite and Sr{sub 2}MgMoO{sub 6} as anode materials. Chemical compatibility, area-specific resistance and fuel cell studies have been performed. X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD) analysis did not reveal any trace of reaction products between the apatite electrolyte and most of the aforementioned electrode materials. However, the area-specific polarisation resistance (ASR) of these electrodes in contact with apatite electrolyte increased significantly with the sintering temperature, indicating reactivity at the electrolyte/electrode interface. On the other hand, the ASR values are significantly improved using a ceria buffer layer between the electrolyte and electrode materials to prevent reactivity. Maximum power densities of 195 and 65 mWcm{sup -2} were obtained at 850 and 700 C, respectively in H{sub 2} fuel, using an 1 mm-thick electrolyte, a NiO-Ce{sub 0.8}Gd{sub 0.2}O{sub 1.9} composite as anode and La{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}Co{sub 0.8}Fe{sub 0.2}O{sub 3-{delta}} as cathode materials. This fuel cell was tested for 100 h in 5%H{sub 2}-Ar atmosphere showing stable performance. (author)

  20. Thermal expansion of solid solutions in apatite binary systems

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    Knyazev, Alexander V.; Bulanov, Evgeny N., E-mail: bulanoven@gmail.com; Korokin, Vitaly Zh.

    2015-01-15

    Graphical abstract: Thermal dependencies of volume thermal expansion parameter for with thermal expansion diagrams for Pb{sub 5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}F{sub x}Cl{sub 1−x}. - Highlights: • Solid solutions in three apatitic binary systems were investigated via HT-XRD. • Thermal expansion coefficients of solid solutions in the systems were calculated. • Features of the thermal deformation of the apatites were described. • Termoroentgenography is a sensitive method for the investigation of isomorphism. - Abstract: High-temperature insitu X-ray diffraction was used to investigate isomorphism and the thermal expansion of apatite-structured compounds in three binary systems in the entire temperature range of the existence of its hexagonal modifications. Most of the studied compounds are highly expandable (α{sub l} > 8 × 10{sup 6} (K{sup −1})). In Pb{sub 5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}F–Pb{sub 5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}Cl system, volume thermal expansion coefficient is independence from the composition at 573 K. In Pb{sub 5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}Cl–Pb{sub 5}(VO{sub 4}){sub 3}Cl, the compound with equimolar ratio of substituted atoms has constant volume thermal expansion coefficient in temperature range 298–973 K. Ca{sub 5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}Cl–Pb{sub 5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}Cl system is characterized by the most thermal sensitive composition, in which there is an equal ratio of isomorphic substituted atoms.

  1. Science and technology with nuclear tracks in solids

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    Buford-Price, P

    2005-01-01

    Fission track dating has greatly expanded its usefulness to geology over the last 40 years. It is central to thermochronology—the use of shortened fission tracks to decipher the thermal history, movement, and provenance of rocks. When combined with other indicators, such as zircon color and (U–Th)/He, a range of temperatures from C to C can be studied. Combining fission track analysis with cosmogenic nuclide decay rates, one can study landscape development and denudation of passive margins. Technological applications have expanded from biological filters, radon mapping, and dosimetry to the use of ion track microtechnology in microlithography, micromachining by ion track etching, microscopic field emission tips, magnetic nanowires as magnetoresistive sensors, microfluidic devices, physiology of ion channels in single cells, and so on. In nuclear and particle physics, relatively insensitive glass detectors have been almost single-handedly responsible for our knowledge of cluster radioactivity, and plastic ...

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

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

    2006-01-01

    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...

  3. Fission modes of mercury isotopes

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    Warda, M; Nazarewicz, W

    2012-01-01

    Recent experiments on beta-delayed fission in the mercury-lead region and the discovery of asymmetric fission in $^{180}$Hg [1] have stimulated renewed interest in the mechanism of fission in heavy nuclei. Here we study fission modes and fusion valleys in $^{180}$Hg and $^{198}$Hg using the self-consistent nuclear density functional theory employing Skyrme and Gogny energy density functionals. We show that the observed transition from asymmetric fission in $^{180}$Hg towards more symmetric distribution of fission fragments in $^{198}$Hg can be explained in terms of competing fission modes of different geometries that are governed by shell effects in pre-scission configurations. The density distributions at scission configurations are studied and related to the experimentally observed mass splits.

  4. Dynamical features of nuclear fission

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    Santanu Pal

    2015-08-01

    It is now established that the transition-state theory of nuclear fission due to Bohr and Wheeler underestimates several observables in heavy-ion-induced fusion–fission reactions. Dissipative dynamical models employing either the Langevin equation or equivalently the Fokker–Planck equation have been developed for fission of heavy nuclei at high excitations (T ∼1 MeV or higher). Here, we first present the physical picture underlying the dissipative fission dynamics. We mainly concentrate upon the Kramers’ prescription for including dissipation in fission dynamics. We discuss, in some detail, the results of a statistical model analysis of the pre-scission neutron multiplicity data from the reactions 19F+194,196,198Pt using Kramers’ fission width. We also discuss the multi-dimensional Langevin equation in the context of kinetic energy and mass distribution of the fission fragments.

  5. Roundness of heavy minerals (zircon and apatite) as a provenance tool for unraveling recycling: A case study from the Sefidrud and Sarbaz rivers in N and SE Iran

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    Zoleikhaei, Yousef; Frei, Dirk; Morton, Andrew; Zamanzadeh, S. Mohammad

    2016-08-01

    In order to improve techniques for provenance studies, and especially to address the question of sediment recycling, morphological changes of two minerals with contrasting durability (zircon and apatite) were tracked during both fluvial transport and littoral reworking. The Sefidrud river system in northern Iran, which drains the Alborz volcano-sedimentary range into the Caspian Sea, and the Sarbaz river system in southeastern Iran, which drains the Makran Accretionary Prism into the Oman Sea, were chosen for this study. To determine source rocks of the grains, and thus their nature in terms of sedimentary cycles, zircon geochronology was conducted on both rivers. The zircon data indicate that most of the Sefidrud sediments are first cycle, derived from crystalline rocks, and the Sarbaz sediments are generally recycled from older wedges of the Makran. Results from SEM analysis show significant differences between the roundness of associated zircon and apatite grains. Zircon grains remain unrounded through several cycles, while apatite grains show abrasion from the early stages of their first cycle.

  6. Biological effectiveness of fission neutrons

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    Human peripheral blood lymphocytes were exposed to the uranium fission neutrons with different energy spectra, and the effects of changing pattern of energy spectrum on the relative biological effectiveness (RBE) were studied by analyzing dose-response relationship of chromosome aberrations. When the contribution of contaminated gamma-rays was subtracted, the efficiency of chromosomal response to the neutron dose was found to be refractory to the difference in the energy spectrum while the mean energy ranged from 2 MeV to 27 keV. This chromosomal refractoriness to energy spectrum may be explained by the similarity of energy spectrum for kerma contribution; most of the doses being given by neutrons with energy above 50 keV. Small doses given by short tracks may be less efficient. A comparison of these observations with chromosome aberration frequencies in lymphocytes of A-bomb survivors leads to somewhat higher estimate of neutron dose in Hiroshima than the estimate by the recently revised dosimetry system, DS86. (author)

  7. Historia del levantamiento tectónico de la Sierra de Cameros (Cordillera Ibérica, España): restricciones en base a cronología mediante huellas de fisión y (U-Th)/He en apatitos

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    Río, Pablo del; Barbero, Luis; Stuart, F.

    2006-01-01

    In this work, we present new fission track and (U-Th)/He data of in apatites in order to reconstruct the exhumation of Sierra de Cameros, in the northwestern part of Iberian Range (Spain). Apatite fission track (AFT) data show that samples were reset during the metamorphic peak because they present more than one age population and all of them are younger than their stratigraphic age. Chemical compositional differences between apatite grains may explain the wide range in AFT age po...

  8. Diallyl phthalate (DAP) solid state nuclear track detector

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    Koguchi, Y; Ashida, T; Tsuruta, T

    2003-01-01

    Diallyl phthalate (DAP) solid state nuclear track detector is suitable for detecting heavy ions such as fission fragments, because it is insensitive to right ions such as alpha particles and protons. Detection efficiency of fission tracks is about 100%, which is unaffected under conditions below 240degC lasting for 1h or below 1 MGy of gamma-ray irradiation. Optimum etching condition for the DAP detector for detection of fission fragments is 2-4 h using 30% KOH aqueous solution at 90degC or 8-15 min using PEW-65 solution at 60degC. DAP detector is useful in detecting induced fission tracks for dating of geology or measuring intense heavy ions induced by ultra laser plasma. The fabrication of copolymers of DAP and CR-39 makes it possible to control the discrimination level for detection threshold of heavy ions. (author)

  9. Fission of intermediate mass nuclei by photons of stopping radiation in the maximum energy range 0,8 - 1,8 MeV

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    The fission of intermediate mass nuclei in Al - Ta interval, induced by stopping radiation phtons of maximum energies between 0,8 and 1.8 GeV is studied. Nd and Sm thin targets and Al, Ti, Co, Zr, Nb, Ag, In and Ta thick targets were used, considering all peculiarities inherent to absorption of fission fragments in the target. The samples were exposed into the 2.5 GeV Electron Synchrotron in Bonn Univerity. The fission fragment tracks were registered in foil type detectors using mica muscovite for Sm and Nd, CR-39 for Al and Ti and makrofol for Co, Zr; Nb, Ag, In, Nd and Ta. The track length and track depth angle distributions were measured for determining fission efficiencies. The fission cross sections and nuclear fissionable of the studied elements were evaluated. (M.C.K.)

  10. In vitro apatite formation on polyamide containing carboxyl groups modified with silanol groups.

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    Kawai, Takahiro; Ohtsuki, Chikara; Kamitakahara, Masanobu; Hosoya, Kayo; Tanihara, Masao; Miyazaki, Toshiki; Sakaguchi, Yoshimitsu; Konagaya, Shigeji

    2007-06-01

    Modification of organic polymer with silanol groups in combination with calcium salts enables the polymer to show bioactivity, that is, the polymer forms apatite on its surface after exposure to body environment. However, how modification with silanol groups influences ability of apatite formation on the polymer substrate and adhesive strength between polymer and apatite is not yet known. In the present study, polyamide containing carboxyl groups was modified with different amounts of silanol groups, and its apatite-forming ability in 1.5SBF, which contained ion concentrations 1.5 times those of simulated body fluid (SBF), was examined. The rate of apatite formation increased with increasing content of silanol groups in the polyamide films. This may be attributed to enhancement of dipole interactions. A tendency for the adhesive strength of the apatite layer on the polyamide film to be decreased with increasing content of silanol groups was observed. This may be attributed to swelling in 1.5SBF and having a high degree of shrinkage after drying. These findings clearly show that modification of organic polymers with the functional groups induces apatite deposition, and also determines the adhesive strength of the apatite layer to the organic substrates. PMID:17243002

  11. Study of Thermal Activated CO2 Extraction Processes from Carbonate Apatites Using Gas Chromatography

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    V.N. Kuznetsov

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available The study of carbonate in the structure of carbonate-containing apatites (CCA is an actual problem due to the similarity of such systems to natural apatites of mammalian bone tissue. The search of the optimal synthesis procedures was also carried out in order to obtain carbonate apatites with the highest rate of carbonate ions incorporation into the apatite structure. The analysis of carbonate-group temperature behavior in apatites of various origin helps to understand their structural and functional roles in biologically relevant apatite materials. The thermal extraction and accumulation of CO2 from biogenic and geological apatites is also of interest for the further carbon isotope analysis with accelerating mass-spectrometry. X-ray diffraction analysis, infrared spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy as well as self-proposed gas chromatography method with thermo-programmed probe extraction were used for carbonate temperature behavior study. This new method allows determining CO2 concentration released from CCA during annealing. The defined changes in carbonate apatite structure depending on synthesis procedure were observed.

  12. Mineralogical studies of apatites of Gara-aghaj deposit from mineral processing viewpoint

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    Gara-aghaj deposit located 36 km northwest of urumieh is one of the titanium phosphorous resources in Iran. The previous exploration studies indicated that there is 102 Mt phosphorous ore deposit with average grading of 2.3percentP2O5. In this research, the mineralogical studies of collected representative samples were performed by XRD, XRF, optical microscopy and SEM equipped by EDX. These studies indicated that ilmenite, magnetite and apatite are the main valuable minerals. The gangue minerals consist of the silicate minerals such as pyroxene, olivine, plagioclase and some secondary minerals. Analysis of apatite by EDX showed the presence of fluor-apatite in the ore. From textural viewpoint, apatites is mainly interlocked with ilmenite, magnetite and some gangue minerals with 60 microns liberation degree but there are some inclusions of apatite inside ilmenite and magnetite. The heavy liquid separation tests indicated that the first type of apatites, with density of 3, is mainly concentrated in tailing of gravity separation methods. This type of apatites is recoverable by flotation method. So, apatite concentrate can be obtained as a by-product of ilmenite concentration process by gravity methods.

  13. Pion-Induced Fission of 209Bi and 119Sn:. Measurements, Calculations, Analyses and Comparison

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    Rana, Mukhtar Ahmed; Sher, Gul; Manzoor, Shahid; Shehzad, M. I.

    Cross-sections for the π--induced fission of 209Bi and 119Sn have been measured using the most sensitive CR-39 solid-state nuclear track detector. In experiments, target-detector stacks were exposed to negative pions of energy 500, 672, 1068, and 1665 MeV at the Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA. An important aspect of the present paper is the comparison of pion-induced fission fragment spectra of above mentioned nuclei with the spontaneous fission fragment spectra of 252Cf. This comparison is made in terms of fission fragment track lengths in the CR-39 detectors. Measurement results are compared with calculations of Monte Carlo and statistical weight functions methods using the computer code CEM95. Agreement between measurements and calculations is fairly good for 209Bi target nuclei whereas it is indigent for the case of 119Sn. The possibilities of the trustworthy calculations, using the computer code CEM95, comparable with measurements of pion-induced fission in intermediate and heavy nuclei are explored by employing various systematics available in the code. Energy dependence of pion-induced fission in 119Sn and 209Bi is analyzed employing a newly defined parameter geometric-size-normalized fission cross-section (χfg). It is found that the collective nuclear excitations, which may lead to fission, become more probable for both 209Bi and 119Sn nuclei with increasing energy of negative pions from 500 to 1665 MeV.

  14. Fission approach to heavy particle radioactivities

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    Since 1980, as reported in our paper published with A. Sandulescu, we employed two kinds of approaches in order to predict new nuclear decay modes by spontaneous emission of heavy ions intermediate between alpha-particle and fission fragments. Either fission theories were extended to the extremely large mass asymmetries, or alpha-like theories were applied to heavier particles. Particularly useful at that moment, and in the next years, was the analytical superasymmetric fission (ASAF) model with which we could produce comprehensive tables to guide the experiments. In this workshop we shall present some important results obtained within fission approach and compare with experimental data. The first confirmation came from Oxford University in 1984, when Rose and Jones reported the successful experiment on 14 C radioactivity of 223 Ra. This experiment was performed by using standard electronics methods to identify with a Si ΔE-E telescope the 14 C particles. Only eleven events were obtained in a run of about 6 months. The main experimental difficulty comes from the strong competition of α-decay. An elegant method was used later by Hourany and Hussonnois in Orsay and by Henning and Kutschera in Argonne in order to get rid of these unwanted alpha particles; they were deviated by the magnetic field of SOLENO and Enge split pole magnetic spectrometers, respectively. In this way a stronger source of 223 Ra could be used and in 5 days the same number of events could be observed. The solid state track detectors (plastic foils or glasses) which are not sensitive to α-particles were employed by experimentalist groups like that of Price at Berkeley, Tretyakova and Ogloblin in Dubna and Moscow, Bonetti and Guglielmetti in Milan, Qiangyan Pan in Beijing, etc. (authors)

  15. On the development of an apatitic calcium phosphate bone cement

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    Manoj Komath; H K Varma; R Sivakumar

    2000-04-01

    Development of an apatitic calcium phosphate bone cement is reported. 100 Particles of tetracalcium phosphate (TTCP) and dicalcium phosphate dihydrate (DCPD) were mixed in equimolar ratio to form the cement powder. The wetting medium used was distilled water with Na2HPO4 as accelerator to manipulate the setting time. The cement powder, on wetting with the medium, formed a workable putty. The setting times of the putty were measured using a Vicat type apparatus and the compressive strength was determined with a Universal Testing Machine. The nature of the precipitated cement was analyzed through X-ray diffraction (XRD), fourier transform infrared spectrometry (FTIR) and energy dispersive electron microprobe (EDAX). The results showed the phase to be apatitic with a calcium–to–phosphorous ratio close to that of hydroxyapatite. The microstructure analysis using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) showed hydroxyapatite nanocrystallite growth over particulate matrix surface. The structure has an apparent porosity of ∼ 52%. There were no appreciable dimensional or thermal changes during setting. The cement passed the in vitro toxicological screening (cytotoxicity and haemolysis) tests. Optimization of the cement was done by manipulating the accelerator concentration so that the setting time, hardening time and the compressive strength had clinically relevant values.

  16. Fission product revaporization

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    One of the major developmental advances in severe accident analysis since the Reactor Safety Study relates to the accounting for radionuclide retention in the reactor coolant system (RCS). The retention is predicted to occur as materials released during core heatup and degradation are transported through the RCS to the break (broken pipe, relief valve, etc.). For accidents involving relatively long RCS-transit times (e.g., station blackout in PWRs), the fraction of released material predicted to remain in the RCS can be large. For example, calculations for the Surry station blackout sequence showed retention of approximately 80% of the cesium and iodine species. Factors affecting fission product revaporization are post-vessel-failure thermal hydraulics, heat loss through vessel and pipe walls, and revaporization chemistry. The accident conditions relevant to this issue range from those present immediately after vessel failure to those present after containment failure. The factors that affect fission product revaporization are discussed

  17. Fission fragment angular distributions

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    Recently a Letter appeared (Phys. Rev. Lett., 522, 414(1984)) claiming that the usual expression for describing the angula distribution of fission fragments from compound nuclear decay is not a necessarily valid limit of a more general expression. In this comment we wish to point out that the two expressions arise from distinctly different models, and that the new expression as used in the cited reference is internally inconsistent

  18. Statistical theory of fission

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    In nuclear reactions where a compound nucleus is formed at high excitation energies, one is forced to use a statistical theory to explain the observables of the reaction. The statistical theory of fission of Weisskopf-Ewing-Newton and Ericson is applied to binary spallation of 16O, 20Ne, and 14N by protons in the proton energy range of 20 to 150 MeV, 0 to 105 MeV, and 0 to 41.9 MeV, respectively. The capture cross section of the incident proton is calculated from the reaction cross section using appropriate optical model potentials. The differential and total cross sections for binary fragmentation into near symmetric mass nuclei are calculated which are in reasonable agreement with experimental results. The kinetic energy spectrum and decay widths in the final channels are also calculated, however these have not been measured experimentally for comparison. All of these calculations are done using three different ion-ion optical potentials suggested by others. One then reformulated the statistical theory to include the second law of thermodynamics. Both theories are applied to neutron induced fission of 239Pu, 235U, 233U, 229Th, and 226Ra at several different neutron and alpha energies using the recently proposed external barrier between the saddle and the scission point. The transmission functions are calculated using a set of coupled equations in the exit channels. The computed results indicate that the model can account for the observed variation of the percentage mass yield spectra. Furthermore one calculated the most probable kinetic energy in the fission in all cases and found it to agree with the observation. The spontaneous and isomer fission half lives are calculated giving good agreement with experimental data. The kinetic energy spectrums are also computed for some representative daughter pairs. The inclusion of the second law of thermodynamics improves the agreement between theory and experiment

  19. Solid state track recorder measurements in the poolside critical assembly

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    Fission rate measurements using solid state track recorders (SSTR) have been performed at the PCA. A schematic representation of a cross-section of the PCA is shown. Fission rates were measured in the pressure vessel simulator at the T/4, T/2 and 3T/4 positions and in the void box (VB). SSTR measurements were carried out with 232Th, 235U (bare and cadmium covered), 238U and 237Np fissionable deposits. Midplane only measurements were carried out for 235U and 237Np, while 5 axial locations at 1/4T and 1/2T and 3 axial locations at 3/4T and in the VB were sampled for 232Th and 238U. The HEDL SSTR fission rate measurements reported herein for both configurations together with NBS and CEN/SCK fission chamber measurements will be used to establish absolute and relative fission reaction rates, and ratios for the PCA pressure vessel Benchmark Facility

  20. Extended optical model for fission

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    Sin, M.; Capote, R.; Herman, M. W.; Trkov, A.

    2016-03-01

    A comprehensive formalism to calculate fission cross sections based on the extension of the optical model for fission is presented. It can be used for description of nuclear reactions on actinides featuring multi-humped fission barriers with partial absorption in the wells and direct transmission through discrete and continuum fission channels. The formalism describes the gross fluctuations observed in the fission probability due to vibrational resonances, and can be easily implemented in existing statistical reaction model codes. The extended optical model for fission is applied for neutron induced fission cross-section calculations on 234,235,238U and 239Pu targets. A triple-humped fission barrier is used for U,235234(n ,f ) , while a double-humped fission barrier is used for 238U(n ,f ) and 239Pu(n ,f ) reactions as predicted by theoretical barrier calculations. The impact of partial damping of class-II/III states, and of direct transmission through discrete and continuum fission channels, is shown to be critical for a proper description of the measured fission cross sections for 234,235,238U(n ,f ) reactions. The 239Pu(n ,f ) reaction can be calculated in the complete damping approximation. Calculated cross sections for U,238235(n ,f ) and 239Pu(n ,f ) reactions agree within 3% with the corresponding cross sections derived within the Neutron Standards least-squares fit of available experimental data. The extended optical model for fission can be used for both theoretical fission studies and nuclear data evaluation.

  1. Endogenous Lunar Volatiles: Insights into the Abundances of Volatiles in the Moon from Lunar Apatite

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    McCubbin, Francis

    2016-01-01

    At the time of publication of New Views of the Moon, it was thought that the Moon was bone dry with less than about 1 ppb H2O. However in 2007, initial reports at the 38th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference speculated that H-species were present in both apatites and pyroclastic volcanic lunar glasses. These early reports were later confirmed through peer-review, which motivated many subsequent studies on magmatic volatiles in and on the Moon within the last decade. Some of these studies have cast into question the post-Apollo view of lunar formation, the distribution and sources of volatiles in the Earth-Moon system, and the thermal and magmatic evolution of the Moon. The mineral apatite has been one of the pillars of this new field of study, and it will be the primary focus of this abstract. Although apatite has been used both to understand the abundances of volatiles in lunar systems as well as the isotopic compositions of those volatiles, the focus here will be on the abundances of F, Cl, and H2O. This work demonstrates the utility of apatite in advancing our understanding of lunar volatiles, hence apatite should be among the topics covered in the endogenous lunar volatile chapter in NVM II. Truncated ternary plot of apatite X-site occupancy (mol%) from highlands apatite and mare basalt apatite plotted on the relative volatile abundance diagram from. The solid black lines delineate fields of relative abundances of F, Cl, and H2O (on a weight basis) in the melt from which the apatite crystallized. The diagram was constructed using available apatite/melt partitioning data for fluorine, chlorine, and hydroxyl.

  2. Apatite precipitation on a novel fast-setting calcium silicate cement containing fluoride

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    Ranjkesh, Bahram; Chevallier, Jacques; Salehi, Hamideh; Cuisinier, Frédéric; Isidor, Flemming; Løvschall, Henrik

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Aim: Calcium silicate cements are widely used in endodontics. Novel fast-setting calcium silicate cement with fluoride (Protooth) has been developed for potential applications in teeth crowns including cavity lining and cementation. Objective: To evaluate the surface apatite-forming ability of Protooth compositions as a function of fluoride content and immersion time in phosphate-buffered saline (PBS). Material and methods: Three cement compositions were tested: Protooth (3.5% fluoride and 10% radiocontrast), ultrafast Protooth (3.5% fluoride and 20% radiocontrast), and high fluoride Protooth (15% fluoride and 25% radiocontrast). Powders were cap-mixed with liquid, filled to the molds and immersed in PBS. Scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray analysis, and Raman spectroscopy were used to characterize the precipitations morphology and composition after 1, 7, 28, and 56 days. Apatite/belite Raman peak height indicated the apatite thickness. Results: Spherical calcium phosphate precipitations with acicular crystallites were formed after 1-day immersion in PBS and Raman spectra disclosed the phosphate band at 965 cm−1, supporting the apatite formation over Protooth compositions. The apatite deposition continued and more voluminous precipitations were observed after 56 days over the surface of all cements. Raman bands suggested the formation of β-type carbonated apatite over Protooth compositions. High fluoride Protooth showed the most compact deposition with significantly higher apatite/belite ratio compared to Protooth and ultrafast Protooth after 28 and 56 days. Conclusions: Calcium phosphate precipitations (apatite) were formed over Protooth compositions after immersion in PBS with increasing apatite formation as a function of time. High fluoride Protooth exhibited thicker apatite deposition. PMID:27335901

  3. Incorporation of iodine into apatite structure: a crystal chemistry approach using Artificial Neural Network

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    Wang, Jianwei

    2015-06-01

    Materials with apatite crystal structure provide a great potential for incorporating the long-lived radioactive iodine isotope (129I) in the form of iodide (I-) from nuclear waste streams. Because of its durability and potentially high iodine content, the apatite waste form can reduce iodine release rate and minimize the waste volume. Crystal structure and composition of apatite was investigated for iodide incorporation into the channel of the structure using Artificial Neural Network. A total of 86 experimentally determined apatite crystal structures of different compositions were compiled from literature, and 46 of them were used to train the networks and 42 were used to test the performance of the trained networks. The results show that the performances of the networks are satisfactory for predictions of unit cell parameters a and c and channel size of the structure. The trained and tested networks were then used to predict unknown compositions of apatite that incorporates iodide. With a crystal chemistry consideration, chemical compositions that lead to matching the size of the structural channel to the size of iodide were then predicted to be able to incorporate iodide in the structural channel. The calculations suggest that combinations of A site cations of Ag+, K+, Sr2+, Pb2+, Ba2+, and Cs+, and X site cations, mostly formed tetrahedron, of Mn5+, As5+, Cr5+, V5+, Mo5+, Si4+, Ge4+, and Re7+ are possible apatite compositions that are able to incorporate iodide. The charge balance of different apatite compositions can be achieved by multiple substitutions at a single site or coupled substitutions at both A and X sites. The results give important clues for designing experiments to synthesize new apatite compositions and also provide a fundamental understanding how iodide is incorporated in the apatite structure. This understanding can provide important insights for apatite waste forms design by optimizing the chemical composition and synthesis procedure.

  4. Immobilization of fission products in phosphate ceramic waste forms

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    Chemically bonded phosphate ceramics (CBPCs) have several advantages that make them ideal candidates for containing radioactive and hazardous wastes. In general, phosphates have high solid-solution capacities for incorporating radionuclides, as evidenced by several phosphates (e.g., monazites and apatites) that are natural analogs of radioactive and rare-earth elements. The phosphates have high radiation stability, are refractory, and will not degrade in the presence of internal heating by fission products. Dense and hard CBPCs can be fabricated inexpensively and at low temperature by acid-base reactions between an inorganic oxide/hydroxide powder and either phosphoric acid or an acid-phosphate solution. The resulting phosphates are extremely insoluble in aqueous media and have excellent long-term durability. CBPCs offer the dual stabilization mechanisms of chemical fixation and physical encapsulation, resulting in superior waste forms. The goal of this task is develop and demonstrate the feasibility of CBPCs for S/S of wastes containing fission products. The focus of this work is to develop a low-temperature CBPC immobilization system for eluted 99Tc wastes from sorption processes

  5. Immobilization of fission products in phosphate ceramic waste forms

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    Singh, D.; Wagh, A. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States)

    1997-10-01

    Chemically bonded phosphate ceramics (CBPCs) have several advantages that make them ideal candidates for containing radioactive and hazardous wastes. In general, phosphates have high solid-solution capacities for incorporating radionuclides, as evidenced by several phosphates (e.g., monazites and apatites) that are natural analogs of radioactive and rare-earth elements. The phosphates have high radiation stability, are refractory, and will not degrade in the presence of internal heating by fission products. Dense and hard CBPCs can be fabricated inexpensively and at low temperature by acid-base reactions between an inorganic oxide/hydroxide powder and either phosphoric acid or an acid-phosphate solution. The resulting phosphates are extremely insoluble in aqueous media and have excellent long-term durability. CBPCs offer the dual stabilization mechanisms of chemical fixation and physical encapsulation, resulting in superior waste forms. The goal of this task is develop and demonstrate the feasibility of CBPCs for S/S of wastes containing fission products. The focus of this work is to develop a low-temperature CBPC immobilization system for eluted {sup 99}Tc wastes from sorption processes.

  6. A precursor of β-delayed fission:230Ac

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    2002-01-01

    The 230Ra has been produced via multinucleon transfer and dissipativefragmentation of heavy target in the 60 MeV/u 18O ion reaction with natural thorium.The radium was radiochemically separated from irradiated thorium targets. 230Acwas obtained by 230Ra β-→ 230Ac. Thin Ra sources were prepared for observing fissionfragments from β-delayed fission of 230Ac. The sources were exposed to the micafission track detectors and measured by a HPGe γ detector. The two fission eventswere obtained and could been assigned to theβ-delayed fission of 230Ac. The β-delayedfission probability of 230Ac was determined to be (1.19+0.85) × 10-8.

  7. Search for spontaneous fission emitters in Atlantis II. Pt. 2

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    In this paper we describe an attempt to isolate superheavy elements from Atlantis II hot brine deposits. Volatile, sulfidic elements (Cd,Pb) were isolated and investigated for spontaneous fission events with a mica-plastic solid state track detector sandwich. During nearly two years exposure time no spontaneous fission activity was observed. The upper limit for the concentration of superheavy elements (following this chemistry) in the Atlantis II-material is found to be 1.4 x 10-14 g/g. This limit is more than one order of magnitude lower than the concentration of a spontaneous fission activity in material from the Cheleken hot brine, as observed by Flerov and coworkers. (orig.)

  8. Tracking and back-tracking

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    Lorenzo Pigueiras, Eduardo; Narvarte Fernandez, Luis; Muñoz Cano, Javier

    2011-01-01

    This paper presents a review of back-tracking geometry not only for single axis but also for two-axis tracking and analyses the corresponding energy gains. It compares the different back-tracking strategies with the ideal tracking in terms of energy yield concluding, on the one hand, that back-tracking is more useful for single horizontal axis than for the single vertical one, and on the other hand, that back-tracking is more efficient when applied in the primary axis of a two-axis tracker

  9. Efficiency measurement for solid track spark auto counters

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    The theory of solid track spark auto counters was introduced. The best etch condition was explored. Efficiency for spark auto counters was measured. The ameliorating-factor for the hull's thickness and etch-thickness was measured. The measurement for ameliorating factors and efficiency makes solid track detect system, can be used for absolute fission rate measurement. (authors)

  10. Low-energy ternary fission

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    With the detector system DIOGENES thermal neutron induced and spontaneous α particle associated fission and spontaneous nuclear tripartition into three fragments of similar masses has been investigated. DIOGENES is a concentric arrangement of toroidal angular position sensitive ionization chambers and proportional counters to measure the kinetic energies and relative angular distributions of the three reaction products of ternary fission. For α-particle accompanied fission some of the many possible α particle fission-fragment parameter correlations will be discussed. For nearly symmetric low-energy nuclear tripartition new upper limits are presented. Former experimental results which pretended evidence for so called true ternary fission could be explained by charged-particle associated fission with a light particle in the mass range of 13 < A < 23

  11. Biomimetic magnesium–carbonate-apatite nanocrystals endowed with strontium ions as anti-osteoporotic trigger

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    Iafisco, Michele, E-mail: michele.iafisco@istec.cnr.it; Ruffini, Andrea; Adamiano, Alessio; Sprio, Simone; Tampieri, Anna

    2014-02-01

    The present work investigates the preparation of biomimetic nanocrystalline apatites co-substituted with Mg, CO{sub 3} and Sr to be used as starting materials for the development of nanostructured bio-devices for regeneration of osteoporotic bone. Biological-like amounts of Mg and CO{sub 3} ions were inserted in the apatite structure to mimic the composition of bone apatite, whereas the addition of increasing quantities of Sr ions, from 0 up to 12 wt.%, as anti-osteoporotic agent, was evaluated. The chemical–physical features, the morphology, the degradation rates, the ion release kinetics as well as the in vitro bioactivity of the as-prepared apatites were fully evaluated. The results indicated that the incorporation of 12 wt.% of Sr can be viewed as a threshold for the structural stability of Mg–CO{sub 3}-apatite. Indeed, incorporation of lower quantity of Sr did not induce considerable variations in the chemical structure of Mg–CO{sub 3}-apatite, while when the Sr doping extent reached 12 wt.%, a dramatically destabilizing effect was detected on the crystal structure thus yielding alteration of the symmetry and distortion of the PO{sub 4}. As a consequence, this apatite exhibited the fastest degradation kinetic and the highest amount of Sr ions released when tested in physiological conditions. In this respect, the surface crystallization of new calcium phosphate phase when immersed in physiological-like solution occurred by different mechanisms and extents due to the different structural chemistry of the variously doped apatites. Nevertheless, all the apatites synthesized in this work exhibited in vitro bioactivity demonstrating their potential use to develop biomedical devices with anti-osteoporotic functionality. - Highlights: • Biomimetic nanocrystalline apatites co-substituted with Mg, CO{sub 3} and Sr were prepared. • Biological-like amounts of Mg and CO{sub 3} were inserted to mimic the composition of bone apatite. • The addition of increasing

  12. Experiments With Mass-Spectroscopically Separated Fission Product Ions

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    After a short description of the fission product mass spectrograph installed at the reactor at Garching (Munich) a survey is given of the experiments done with it. Some of these concern the interaction of the swift separated fission product ions with matter. Exact distributions of ion charge numbers were obtained for particles having almost their initial kinetic energies and for those slowed down more or less in thin foils. Their multiple scattering in such foils was also measured. It is hoped that in addition their single scattering on gas atoms can be examined. The energy losses in foils will be studied exactly. The pulse-height defects observed in counting fission particles with surface barrier counters were measured extensively. Other experiments are concerned with features of the fission process and decays of the fission products. In nuclear emulsions the number of β-particle tracks emerging from the ends of the tracks of fission particles of definite mass numbers were counted. From the distributions of these numbers conclusions can be drawn on the distributions of the initial nuclear charges in the decay chains. In addition to this the β- decays of the particles of definite mass numbers are examined directly with a 4π counter. The distributions of the initial kinetic energies of the particles of different mass numbers are also studied. The possibility is discussed of measuring in coincidence with the help of two such spectrographs, both particles of the fission processes travelling in opposite directions. It might also be of advantage to use a mass spectrograph in connection with a large accelerator to study the products of spallation and fragmentation processes. For experiments on the interaction of fission particles with matter the intensity of our spectrograph is sufficient in most cases. In studies of the fission process and the β decays often a-much higher rate of separated particles would be desired. Therefore plans have been made for a new

  13. Fission in Rapidly Rotating Nuclei

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    A. K. Rhine Kumar

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available We study the effect of rotation in fission of the atomic nucleus 256Fm using an independent-particle shell model with the mean field represented by a deformed Woods-Saxon potential and the shapes defined through the Cassinian oval parametrization. The variations of barrier height with increasing angular momentum, appearance of double hump in fission path are analysed. Our calculations explain the appearance of double hump in fission path of 256Fm nucleus. The second minimum vanishes with increase in angular momentum which hints that the fission barrier disappears at large spin.

  14. Hidden systematics of fission channels

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    Schmidt Karl-Heinz

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available It is a common procedure to describe the fission-fragment mass distributions of fissioning systems in the actinide region by a sum of at least 5 Gaussian curves, one for the symmetric component and a few additional ones, together with their complementary parts, for the asymmetric components. These components have been attributed to the influence of fragment shells, e.g. in the statistical scission-point model of Wilkins, Steinberg and Chasman. They have also been associated with valleys in the potential-energy landscape between the outer saddle and the scission configuration in the multi-channel fission model of Brosa. When the relative yields, the widths and the mean mass-asymmetry values of these components are fitted to experimental data, the mass distributions can be very well reproduced. Moreover, these fission channels are characterised by specific values of charge polarisation, total kinetic energy and prompt-neutron yields. The present contribution investigates the systematic variation of the characteristic fission-channel properties as a function of the composition and the excitation energy of the fissioning system. The mean position of the asymmetric fission channels in the heavy fragment is almost constant in atomic number. The deformation of the nascent fragments at scission, which is the main source of excitation energy of the separated fission fragments ending up in prompt-neutron emission, is found to be a unique function of Z for the light and the heavy fragment of the asymmetric fission channels. A variation of the initial excitation energy of the fissioning system above the fission saddle is only seen in the neutron yield of the heavy fragment. The charge polarisation in the two most important asymmetric fission channels is found to be constant and to appreciably exceed the macroscopic value. The variation of the relative yields and of the positions of the fission channels as a function of the composition and excitation energy

  15. Fission yield measurements at IGISOL

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    Lantz M.

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The fission product yields are an important characteristic of the fission process. In fundamental physics, knowledge of the yield distributions is needed to better understand the fission process. For nuclear energy applications good knowledge of neutroninduced fission-product yields is important for the safe and efficient operation of nuclear power plants. With the Ion Guide Isotope Separator On-Line (IGISOL technique, products of nuclear reactions are stopped in a buffer gas and then extracted and separated by mass. Thanks to the high resolving power of the JYFLTRAP Penning trap, at University of Jyväskylä, fission products can be isobarically separated, making it possible to measure relative independent fission yields. In some cases it is even possible to resolve isomeric states from the ground state, permitting measurements of isomeric yield ratios. So far the reactions U(p,f and Th(p,f have been studied using the IGISOL-JYFLTRAP facility. Recently, a neutron converter target has been developed utilizing the Be(p,xn reaction. We here present the IGISOL-technique for fission yield measurements and some of the results from the measurements on proton induced fission. We also present the development of the neutron converter target, the characterization of the neutron field and the first tests with neutron-induced fission.

  16. Fission yield measurements at IGISOL

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    Lantz, M.; Al-Adili, A.; Gorelov, D.; Jokinen, A.; Kolhinen, V. S.; Mattera, A.; Moore, I.; Penttilä, H.; Pomp, S.; Prokofiev, A. V.; Rakopoulos, V.; Rinta-Antila, S.; Simutkin, V.; Solders, A.

    2016-06-01

    The fission product yields are an important characteristic of the fission process. In fundamental physics, knowledge of the yield distributions is needed to better understand the fission process. For nuclear energy applications good knowledge of neutroninduced fission-product yields is important for the safe and efficient operation of nuclear power plants. With the Ion Guide Isotope Separator On-Line (IGISOL) technique, products of nuclear reactions are stopped in a buffer gas and then extracted and separated by mass. Thanks to the high resolving power of the JYFLTRAP Penning trap, at University of Jyväskylä, fission products can be isobarically separated, making it possible to measure relative independent fission yields. In some cases it is even possible to resolve isomeric states from the ground state, permitting measurements of isomeric yield ratios. So far the reactions U(p,f) and Th(p,f) have been studied using the IGISOL-JYFLTRAP facility. Recently, a neutron converter target has been developed utilizing the Be(p,xn) reaction. We here present the IGISOL-technique for fission yield measurements and some of the results from the measurements on proton induced fission. We also present the development of the neutron converter target, the characterization of the neutron field and the first tests with neutron-induced fission.

  17. Fission approach to cluster radioactivity

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    D N Poenaru; R A Gherghescu

    2015-09-01

    Fission theory is used to explain decay. Also, the analytical superasymmetric fission (ASAF) model is successfully employed to make a systematic search and to predict, with other models, cluster radioactivity. The macroscopic–microscopic method is illustrated for the superheavy nucleus 286Fl. Then a few results of the theoretical approach of decay (ASAF, UNIV and semFIS models), cluster decay (ASAF and UNIV) and spontaneous fission dynamics are described with Werner–Wheeler and cranking inertia. UNIV denotes universal curve and semFIS the fission-based semiempirical formula.

  18. Study on the effect factor of the absolute fission rates measured by depleted uranium fission chamber

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    The absolute fission rates was measured by the depleted uranium fission chamber. The efficiency of the fission fragments recorded in the fission chamber was analyzed. The factor influencing absolute fission rates was studied in the experiment, including the disturbing effect between detectors and the effect of the structural material of the fission chamber, etc

  19. 基于碎屑锆石裂变径迹记录的下扬子构造热演化史研究%Thermotectonic evolution history of the lower Yangtze area based on detrital zircon fission-track analysis

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    王丹萍; 许长海; 焦若鸿; 周祖翼

    2011-01-01

    It is difficult to acquire a corresponding relationship between temperature and time u-sing reflectance of vitrinite as a major geothermometer. In order to reveal characteristics of the tectonothermal evolution of the outcrops of south Lower Yangtze area and its regional controls, detailed zircon fission track analysis (ZFT), which can depict a good corresponding relationship between temperature and time, on fifteen Palaeo-Mesozoic clastic rocks was carried out. The results show that the Palaeo-Mesozoic clastic rocks have zircon fission-track ages ranging from 214 to 75 Ma. These ZFT ages (pooled ages or central ages) coupled with ZFT grain ages show characteristics of regional thermal variation, corresponding to the difference of tectonothermal reconstruction and differential ZFT annealing properties. The ZFT ages domtnant-ly concentrate on the period of 157 to 95 Ma, as a magnificent feature, according with the time of 160 - 100 Ma for large-scaled magmatism that ocurred in the Lower Yangtze and Southeast China. It follows that this magmatism is considered to exert appreciable influence upon sample ZFT thermochronology. Two younger ZFT results (ZFT10 and ZFT11) of 75 and 76 Ma fromthe Nanhua Series are associated with faulting of the NW-SE structural zone.%为了揭示下扬子南部露头区中、古生界地层的构造热演化特点及其控制环境,本文应用刻画温度与时间关系较好的锆石裂变径迹技术(ZFT),对苏皖下扬子15个中、古生界碎屑岩进行热演化分析.研究结果表明:中、古生界碎屑岩表现出214~75 Ma的ZFT年龄特点,这些ZFT年龄及其颗粒年龄的变化,主要与后期差异热改造以及不同碎屑锆石的裂变径迹抵制退火的难易程度不同有关.这些碎屑岩ZFT年龄的一个显著特点是集中在157~95 Ma,这一时限与下扬子乃至中国东部160~100 Ma时期广泛的岩浆活动时间是一致的,可见岩浆热改造对于碎屑岩ZFT热年

  20. Biomimetic synthesis of calcium-strontium apatite hollow nanospheres

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    2010-01-01

    In this work,calcium-strontium apatite (Sr-HA) hollow nanospheres were synthesized by a facile biomimetic method.The structure and property of Sr-HA were characterized by FESEM,TEM,HRTEM,XRD and FT-IR spectroscopy.The influences of different ratios of calcium and strontium on the morphologies of the Sr-HA products were investigated.The experimental results revealed that the hollow spherical Sr-HA,with a size of 30-120 nm in diameter,could be synthesized when the molar ratio of Ca/Sr was 1:1.The possible formation mechanism of the hollow Sr-HA was proposed.The drug release experiments indicated that the hollow spherical Sr-HA had the property of sustained release.

  1. Radionuclide Incorporation and Long Term Performance of Apatite Waste Forms

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    Wang, Jianwei [Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge, LA (United States); Lian, Jie [Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst., Troy, NY (United States); Gao, Fei [Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (United States)

    2016-01-04

    This project aims to combines state-of-the-art experimental and characterization techniques with atomistic simulations based on density functional theory (DFT) and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. With an initial focus on long-lived I-129 and other radionuclides such as Cs, Sr in apatite structure, specific research objectives include the atomic scale understanding of: (1) incorporation behavior of the radionuclides and their effects on the crystal chemistry and phase stability; (2) stability and microstructure evolution of designed waste forms under coupled temperature and radiation environments; (3) incorporation and migration energetics of radionuclides and release behaviors as probed by DFT and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations; and (4) chemical durability as measured in dissolution experiments for long term performance evaluation and model validation.

  2. Magnetic apatite for structural insights on the plasma membrane

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    The iron oxide-hydroxyapatite (FeOxHA) nanoparticles reported here differ from those reported before by their advantage of homogeneity and simple preparation; moreover, the presence of carboxymethyldextran (CMD), together with hydroxyapatite (HA), allows access to the cellular membrane, which makes our magnetic apatite unique. These nanoparticles combine magnetic behavior, Raman label ability and the property of interaction with the cellular membrane; they therefore represent an interesting material for structural differentiation of the cell membrane. It was observed by Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and fluorescence microscopy that FeOxHA adheres to the plasma membrane and does not penetrate the membrane. These insights make the nanoparticles a promising material for magnetic cell sorting, e.g. in microfluidic device applications. (paper)

  3. Fast fission phenomenon

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    In these lectures we have described two different phenomena occuring in dissipative heavy ion collisions : neutron-proton asymmetry and fast fission. Neutron-proton asymmetry has provided us with an example of a fast collective motion. As a consequence quantum fluctuations can be observed. The observation of quantum or statistical fluctuations is directly connected to the comparison between the phonon energy and the temperature of the intrinsic system. This means that this mode might also provide a good example for the investigation of the transition between quantum and statistical fluctuations which might occur when the bombarding energy is raised above 10 MeV/A. However it is by no means sure that in this energy domain enough excitation energy can be put into the system in order to reach such high temperatures over the all system. The other interest in investigating neutron-proton asymmetry above 10 MeV/A is that the interaction time between the two incident nuclei will decrease. Consequently, if some collective motion should still be observed, it will be one of the last which can be seen. Fast fission corresponds on the contrary to long interaction times. The experimental indications are still rather weak and mainly consist of experimental data which cannot be understood in the framework of standard dissipative models. We have seen that a model which can describe both the entrance and the exit configuration gives this mechanism in a natural way and that the experimental data can, to a good extend, be explained. The nicest thing is probably that our old understanding of dissipative heavy ion collisions is not changed at all except for the problems that can now be understood in terms of fast fission. Nevertheless this area desserve further studies, especially on the experimental side to be sure that the consistent picture which we have on dissipative heavy ion collisions still remain coherent in the future.

  4. The SPIDER fission fragment spectrometer for fission product yield measurements

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    The SPectrometer for Ion DEtermination in fission Research (SPIDER) has been developed for measuring mass yield distributions of fission products from spontaneous and neutron-induced fission. The 2E–2v method of measuring the kinetic energy (E) and velocity (v) of both outgoing fission products has been utilized, with the goal of measuring the mass of the fission products with an average resolution of 1 atomic mass unit (amu). The SPIDER instrument, consisting of detector components for time-of-flight, trajectory, and energy measurements, has been assembled and tested using 229Th and 252Cf radioactive decay sources. For commissioning, the fully assembled system measured fission products from spontaneous fission of 252Cf. Individual measurement resolutions were met for time-of-flight (250 ps FWHM), spacial resolution (2 mm FHWM), and energy (92 keV FWHM for 8.376 MeV). Mass yield results measured from 252Cf spontaneous fission products are reported from an E–v measurement

  5. The SPIDER fission fragment spectrometer for fission product yield measurements

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    Meierbachtol, K.; Tovesson, F. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States); Shields, D. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States); Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO 80401 (United States); Arnold, C. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States); Blakeley, R. [University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131 (United States); Bredeweg, T.; Devlin, M. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States); Hecht, A.A.; Heffern, L.E. [University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131 (United States); Jorgenson, J.; Laptev, A. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States); Mader, D. [University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131 (United States); O' Donnell, J.M.; Sierk, A.; White, M. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States)

    2015-07-11

    The SPectrometer for Ion DEtermination in fission Research (SPIDER) has been developed for measuring mass yield distributions of fission products from spontaneous and neutron-induced fission. The 2E–2v method of measuring the kinetic energy (E) and velocity (v) of both outgoing fission products has been utilized, with the goal of measuring the mass of the fission products with an average resolution of 1 atomic mass unit (amu). The SPIDER instrument, consisting of detector components for time-of-flight, trajectory, and energy measurements, has been assembled and tested using {sup 229}Th and {sup 252}Cf radioactive decay sources. For commissioning, the fully assembled system measured fission products from spontaneous fission of {sup 252}Cf. Individual measurement resolutions were met for time-of-flight (250 ps FWHM), spacial resolution (2 mm FHWM), and energy (92 keV FWHM for 8.376 MeV). Mass yield results measured from {sup 252}Cf spontaneous fission products are reported from an E–v measurement.

  6. Fission mechanisms of 0.2 TeV uranium beams

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    In this paper we examine first the contributions of various reaction mechanisms to ''clean'' fission of /sup 238/U projectiles incident on nuclear emulsion at E/A≅1 GeV. ''Clean'' fission designates events in which fission occurs but no other charged particle tracks are observed. The examined reaction mechanisms are able to account for only about half of the observed cross section for clean fission. Evidently, charged-particle emission is more strongly suppressed in grazing collisions than our modified soft spheres model can account for. Also examined are the mechanisms for F1-type events in which fission is accompanied by a small-angle singly or doubly charged particle. We present results of a Monte Carlo code yielding angular and linear momentum distributions following hot-spot nucleon emission or following a nucleon-nucleon quasielastic collision in the grazing passage of the heavy nuclei

  7. In vitro effect of magnesium inclusion in sol-gel derived apatite

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    Magnesium-containing apatite coatings were prepared on Ti6Al4V substrates by sol-gel dip coating method. Standard simulated body fluid (SBF) was used to evaluate the bioactivity of the coatings. A series of the coatings according to the composition (Ca10-xMgx)(PO4)6(OH)2, where x = 0 to 2, is synthesized and immersed in the standard SBF for periods of 7 to 35 days for direct deposition of apatite layer from the SBF solution. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used to examine the morphology changes of the SBF apatite layer that occurred during in vitro immersion. X-ray diffractometry, Fourier Transformation Infra-Red Spectroscopy and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy were used to analyse the phases, chemical groups and composition of the sol-gel coating. Results show that as the sol-gel coating contains magnesium, this promotes deposition of apatite layer from SBF. As x ≤ 1, SBF immersion gives rise to a dense apatite layer. However, as x >> 1, selected dissolution of the deposited layer takes place, which results in serious pitting on the surface. Also, Mg ions from the dissolution of the sol-gel coating during immersion in the SBF apparently played a role in the subsequent deposition of apatite o the coating, evidence of Mg was found in the apatite layer

  8. Energy from nuclear fission(*

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    Ripani M.

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The main features of nuclear fission as physical phenomenon will be revisited, emphasizing its peculiarities with respect to other nuclear reactions. Some basic concepts underlying the operation of nuclear reactors and the main types of reactors will be illustrated, including fast reactors, showing the most important differences among them. The nuclear cycle and radioactive-nuclear-waste production will be also discussed, along with the perspectives offered by next generation nuclear assemblies being proposed. The current situation of nuclear power in the world, its role in reducing carbon emission and the available resources will be briefly illustrated.

  9. Mineralogical and geochemical studies on apatites and phosphate host rocks of Esfordi deposit, Yazd province, to determine the origin and geological setting of the apatite

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    Mohammad Ali Rajabzadeh

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Introduction Iron-apatite ore deposits well known as Kiruna iron type formed in association with calc-alkaline volcanism from Proterozoic to Tertiary (Hitzman et al., 1992. Liquid immiscibility in an igneous system was proposed to explain the formation of the iron oxides accompanying apatite in mineralized zones (Förster and Jafarzadeh, 1994; Daliran, 1999. The mode of ore formation however, is a matter in debate. Bafq region in Central Iran is one of the greatest iron mining regions in Iran with 750 million tons of reservoir. The majority of the iron deposits contains apatite as minor mineral and underwent metamorphism-alteration in varying degrees. The mode of formation and geological setting of Esfordi iron-apatite deposit in this region with an average of 13.9 wt% apatite are discussed using geochemical and mineralogical data along with field description. Materials and methods Fifty-three samples of mineralized zones and host rocks collected from 7 cross sections were studied by conventional microscopic methods. Seven representative samples were determined by XRD at Department of Physics, Shiraz University. Fifteen and six samples were also analyzed for major and trace elements using XRF at Binaloud Co. Iran, and ICP-MS at Labwest Minerals Analysis, Australia, respectively. Microprobe analyses were carried out on apatite in Geo Forschungs Zentrum Telegrafenberg at Potsdam University, Germany. Results Field observation shows that igneous host rocks in Esfordi were intensively altered by hydrothermal fluids. The ores are surrounded by wide altered halos. Petrographic investigation indicated that the most important alterations are of potassic, carbonatitic and silicification types. Magnetite and apatite occur as major minerals, accompanied by minor hematite and goethite in the mineralized zones. Rare Earth Element (REE minerals are present as minor phases in the ores. Three apatite mineralization types (vein, massive, and disseminated were

  10. Fission Fragment Angular Distributions measured with a Time Projection Chamber

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    Kleinrath, Verena [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)

    2015-04-28

    The subject is presented in a series of slides with the following organization: Introduction (What is anisotropy? Relevance (Theory and ratio cross section), Previous measurements); Experiment (Particle tracking in the fissionTPC, Neutron time of flight, Data analysis & uncertainty calculation, Preliminary result for 235U); and Future Work (Refine 235U result, Process 239Pu data).

  11. Observation of cold fission in 242Pu spontaneous fission

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    Coincidence γ-ray data from the spontaneous fission of 242Pu were collected at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory high purity Ge (HPGe) array, GAMMASPHERE. Data from several cold-fission (0 neutron emission) isotopic pairs were observed and are presented. An interesting trend in the fractional population of cold-fission events was observed and is discussed. Relative yields of Zr-Xe, Sr-Ba, and Mo-Te pairs were measured. The Zr-Xe system has the most complete data set. Some speculations on the trend in the number of neutrons emitted as a function of the mass of the Xe isotope populated are presented. Comparisons between the yields from the spontaneous fission of 242Pu and the yields from thermal-neutron-induced fission of 241Pu are also presented. copyright 1996 The American Physical Society

  12. Adsorption of nucleotides on biomimetic apatite: The case of adenosine 5‧ monophosphate (AMP)

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    Hammami, K.; Feki, H. El; Marsan, O.; Drouet, C.

    2015-10-01

    This work investigates the interaction between the nucleotide adenosine 5‧ monophosphate molecule (AMP) and a biomimetic nanocrystalline carbonated apatite as a model for bone mineral. The analogy of the apatite phase used in this work with biological apatite was first pointed out by complementary techniques. AMP adsorption isotherms were then investigated. Obtained data were fitted to a Sips isotherm with an exponent greater than one suggesting positive cooperativity among adsorbed molecules. The data were compared to a previous study relative to the adsorption of another nucleotide, cytidine monophosphate (CMP) onto a similar substrate, evidencing some effect of the chemical nature of the nucleic base. An enhanced adsorption was observed under acidic (pH 6) conditions as opposed to pH 7.4, which parallels the case of DNA adsorption on biomimetic apatite. An estimated standard Gibbs free energy associated to the adsorption process (ΔG°ads ≅ -22 kJ/mol) intermediate between "physisorption" and "chemisorption" was found. The analysis of the solids after adsorption pointed to the preservation of the main characteristics of the apatite substrate but shifts or enhancements of Raman bands attributed to AMP showed the existence of chemical interactions involving both the phosphate and adenine parts of AMP. This contribution adds to the works conducted in view of better understanding the interaction of DNA/RNA and their constitutive nucleotides and the surface of biomimetic apatites. It could prove helpful in disciplines such as bone diagenesis (DNA/apatite interface in aged bones) or nanomedicine (setup of DNA- or RNA-loaded apatite systems). Also, the adsorption of nucleic acids on minerals like apatites could have played a role in the preservation of such biomolecules in the varying conditions known to exist at the origin of life on Earth, underlining the importance of dedicated adsorption studies.

  13. Entrance-channel dependence of fission transients

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    Charity, R. J.

    2004-01-01

    Fission transients describe the fission rate as it evolves towards the quasistationary value given by Kramers' formula. The nature of fission transients is dependent on the assumed initial distribution of the compound nuclei along the fission coordinate. Although the standard initial assumption of a near-spherical object leads to a transient suppression of the fission rate (fission delay), a moderate initial fissionlike deformation can reduce the magnitude of this suppression. For still large...

  14. Search for β-delayed fission of the heavy neutron-rich isotope 230Ac

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    The 230Ra has been produced via multinucleon transfer reaction and dissipative fragmentation by 60 MeV/u 18O ion irradiation of 232Th targets. The radium was radiochemically separated from the mixture of thorium and reaction products. Thin Ra sources were prepared and exposed to the mica fission track detectors, and measured by a HPGe gamma detector. It is likely that the β-delayed fission of 230Ac was observed for the first time and the β-delayed fission probability of 230Ac was tentatively found to be (1.19±0.40) x 10-8. (orig.)

  15. Search for {beta}-delayed fission of the heavy neutron-rich isotope {sup 230}Ac

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    Shuanggui Yuan; Weifan Yang; Yanbing Xu; Qiangyan Pan; Bing Xiong; Jianjun He; Dong Wang; Yingjun Li; Taotao Ma; Zhenguo Yang [Academia Sinica, Lanzhou, GS (China). Inst. of Modern Physics

    2001-01-01

    The {sup 230}Ra has been produced via multinucleon transfer reaction and dissipative fragmentation by 60 MeV/u {sup 18}O ion irradiation of {sup 232}Th targets. The radium was radiochemically separated from the mixture of thorium and reaction products. Thin Ra sources were prepared and exposed to the mica fission track detectors, and measured by a HPGe gamma detector. It is likely that the {beta}-delayed fission of {sup 230}Ac was observed for the first time and the {beta}-delayed fission probability of {sup 230}Ac was tentatively found to be (1.19{+-}0.40) x 10{sup -8}. (orig.)

  16. Structure and Phase State of Bone Apatite of Calcified Aortic Fragments with Osteoporosis

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    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available The paper represents the results of the study on the structure and phase composition of bone apatite and fragments of calcified aorta of the same experimental animal with model osteoporosis. Examination by the X-ray and electron diffraction, electron microscopy and infrared spectroscopy reveals that pathological calcification of rabbit aorta with model osteoporosis in crystal-chemical terms is the imperfect calcium apatite Ca10(PO46(OH2. Temperature growth of ectopic apatite crystals during annealing at 900C is similar to bioapatite of bone.

  17. Fission throughout the periodic table

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    The dualistic view of fission and evaporation as two distinct compound nucleus processes is substituted with a unified view in which fission, complex fragment emission, and light particle evaporation are seen as different aspects of a single process. 47 refs., 22 figs

  18. Fission fragment driven neutron source

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    Miller, Lowell G.; Young, Robert C.; Brugger, Robert M.

    1976-01-01

    Fissionable uranium formed into a foil is bombarded with thermal neutrons in the presence of deuterium-tritium gas. The resulting fission fragments impart energy to accelerate deuterium and tritium particles which in turn provide approximately 14 MeV neutrons by the reactions t(d,n).sup.4 He and d(t,n).sup.4 He.

  19. Fission at high angular momenta

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    By studies on the system 40Ar+165Ho by means of selected measuring methods which made a differential selection of certain angular momentum ranges and by this a discrimination between ''fast fission'' and compound-nucleus fission possible the validity of fundamental predictions of the model of the ''fast fission'' hitherto experimentally no yet confirmed was studied: 1) At the turning point of the trajectory for ''fast fission'' calculated by Gregoire the corresponding shape of which must be responsible for the angular distribution the centers of the two fragments must be separated by about 11 fm. 2) The widths of the mass distributions after ''fast fission'' and compound-nucleus fission must be different by a factor 2. The measurements of the angular dependence showed that both prediction cannot be simultaneously brought into accordance with the experimental results. The results of coincidence measurements between fission fragments and alpha particles confirmed the assumption mentioned under topic 2. The analysis of the angular dependence then yielded for the shape of the nuclear complex leading to ''fast fission'' a more compact shape than that indicated by Gregoire, namely with a distance of the fragments of about 7 fm. (orig.)

  20. Fission throughout the periodic table

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    Moretto, L.G.; Wozniak, G.J.

    1989-04-01

    The dualistic view of fission and evaporation as two distinct compound nucleus processes is substituted with a unified view in which fission, complex fragment emission, and light particle evaporation are seen as different aspects of a single process. 47 refs., 22 figs.