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  1. New constraints on interacting dark energy from cosmic chronometers

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    Nunes, Rafael C.; Pan, Supriya; Saridakis, Emmanuel N.

    2016-01-01

    We use the latest compilation of observational Hubble parameter measurements estimated with the differential evolution of cosmic chronometers, in combination with the local value of the Hubble constant recently measured with 2.4% precision, to constrain the cosmological scenario where dark energy interacts directly with the dark matter sector. To diminish the degeneracy between the parameters we additionally consider standard probes, such as Supernovae Type Ia from joint light curves (JLA) sa...

  2. New constraints on interacting dark energy from cosmic chronometers

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    Nunes, Rafael C.; Pan, Supriya; Saridakis, Emmanuel N.

    2016-07-01

    We use the latest compilation of observational Hubble parameter measurements estimated with the differential evolution of cosmic chronometers, in combination with the local value of the Hubble constant recently measured with 2.4% precision, to constrain the cosmological scenario where dark energy interacts directly with the dark matter sector. To diminish the degeneracy between the parameters we additionally consider standard probes, such as supernovae type Ia from joint light-curve analysis samples, baryon acoustic oscillation distance measurements (BAO), and cosmic microwave background data from Planck 2015 estimations. Our analysis shows that the direct interaction between dark energy and dark matter is mildly favored, while the dark energy equation-of-state parameter is w <-1 at a 3 σ confidence level.

  3. New constraints on interacting dark energy from cosmic chronometers

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    Nunes, Rafael C; Saridakis, Emmanuel N

    2016-01-01

    We use the latest compilation of observational Hubble parameter measurements estimated with the differential evolution of cosmic chronometers, in combination with the local value of the Hubble constant recently measured with 2.4% precision, to constrain the cosmological scenario where dark energy interacts directly with the dark matter sector. To diminish the degeneracy between the parameters we additionally consider standard probes, such as Supernovae Type Ia from joint light curves (JLA) sample and Baryon Acoustic Oscillation distance measurements (BAO). Our analysis shows that the direct interaction between dark energy and dark matter is mildly favored. This result is in qualitative agreement with the results of other observational works, and the fact that it has been extracted using novel observational data acts as an additional argument in favor of interacting dark energy.

  4. Galactic Confinement Time of Iron-Group Cosmic Rays Derived from the 54Mn Chronometer

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    The β -decay half-life of 54Mn is needed to employ this isotope as a cosmic ray chronometer. We have determined the partial half-life of 54Mn for positron emission by counting a highly purified 35-μCi source of 54Mn in GAMMASPHERE to search for the astrophysically interesting β+ decay branch through the observation of coincident positron-annihilation γ rays. A careful analysis of 97hours of source counting and 61hours of background shows a net signal of 24±10 back-to-back 511-511keV coincident events. Based on this result, the branch for this decay mode is (2.2±0.9)x10-7% . The implications of this result for the 54Mn cosmic-ray chronometer problem are discussed. copyright 1997 The American Physical Society

  5. Galactic Confinement Time of Iron-Group Cosmic Rays Derived from the {sup 54}Mn Chronometer

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    Zaerpoor, K.; Dragowsky, M.R.; Krane, K.S. [Physics Department, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon 97331 (United States); Chan, Y.D.; Isaac, M.C.; Larimer, R.M.; Macchiavelli, A.O.; Macleod, R.W.; Norman, E.B. [Nuclear Science Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California 94720 (United States); DiGregorio, D.E. [Laboratorio TANDAR-Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica, Buenos Aires, 1429 (Argentina); Hindi, M.M. [Physics Department, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, Tennessee 38505 (United States); Miocinovic, P. [Physics Department, University of California, Berkeley, California 94720 (United States)

    1997-12-01

    The {beta} -decay half-life of {sup 54}Mn is needed to employ this isotope as a cosmic ray chronometer. We have determined the partial half-life of {sup 54}Mn for positron emission by counting a highly purified 35-{mu}Ci source of {sup 54}Mn in GAMMASPHERE to search for the astrophysically interesting {beta}{sup +} decay branch through the observation of coincident positron-annihilation {gamma} rays. A careful analysis of 97hours of source counting and 61hours of background shows a net signal of 24{plus_minus}10 back-to-back 511-511keV coincident events. Based on this result, the branch for this decay mode is (2.2{plus_minus}0.9){times}10{sup {minus}7}{percent} . The implications of this result for the {sup 54}Mn cosmic-ray chronometer problem are discussed. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  6. The Light Elements Be and B as Stellar Chronometers in the Early Galaxy

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    Beers, T C; Yoshii, Y; Beers, Timothy C.; Suzuki, Takeru K.; Yoshii, Yuzuru

    2000-01-01

    Recent detailed simulations of Galactic Chemical Evolution have shown thatthe heavy elements, in particular [Fe/H], are expected to exhibit a weak, orabsent, correlation with stellar ages in the early Galaxy due to the lack ofefficient mixing of interstellar material enriched by individual Type IIsupernovae. A promising alternative "chronometer" of stellar ages is suggested,based on the expectation that the light elements Be and B are formed primarilyas spallation products of Galactic Cosmic Rays.

  7. Constraining the time evolution of dark energy, curvature and neutrino properties with cosmic chronometers

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    Moresco, Michele; Verde, Licia; Cimatti, Andrea; Pozzetti, Lucia; Maraston, Claudia; Thomas, Daniel

    2016-01-01

    We use the latest compilation of observational H(z) measurements obtained with cosmic chronometers in the redshift range $0chronometers are independent of the assumed cosmological model, we are able to provide constraints on the parameters that govern the expansion history of the Universe in a way that can be used to test cosmological models. We show that the H(z) measurements obtained with cosmic chronometer from the BOSS survey provide enough constraining power in combination with CMB data to constrain the time evolution of dark energy, yielding constraints competitive with those obtained using SNe and/or BAO. From late-Universe probes alone we find that $w_0=-0.9\\pm0.18$ and $w...

  8. New observational constraints on f(T) gravity from cosmic chronometers

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    Nunes, Rafael C.; Pan, Supriya; Saridakis, Emmanuel N.

    2016-08-01

    We use the local value of the Hubble constant recently measured with 2.4% precision, as well as the latest compilation of cosmic chronometers data, together with standard probes such as Supernovae Type Ia and Baryon Acoustic Oscillation distance measurements, in order to impose constraints on the viable and most used f(T) gravity models, where T is the torsion scalar in teleparallel gravity. In particular, we consider three f(T) models with two parameters, out of which one is independent, and we quantify their deviation from ΛCDM cosmology through a sole parameter. Our analysis reveals that for one of the models a small but non-zero deviation from ΛCDM cosmology is slightly favored, while for the other models the best fit is very close to ΛCDM scenario. Clearly, f(T) gravity is consistent with observations, and it can serve as a candidate for modified gravity.

  9. Influence of nuclear physics inputs and astrophysical conditions on Th/U chronometer

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    Niu, Zhongming; Meng, Jie

    2009-01-01

    The productions of thorium and uranium are key ingredients in $r$-process nucleo-cosmochronology. With the combination of improved nuclear and stellar data, we have made detailed investigations on the $r$-process abundance pattern in the very metal-poor halo stars based on the classical $r$-process approach. It is found that the results are almost independent of specified simulations to observed abundances. The influence from nuclear mass uncertainties on Th/U chronometer can approach 2 Gyr. Moreover, the ages of the metal-poor stars HE 1523-0901, CS 31082-001, and BD +17$^\\circ$3248 are determined as $11.8\\pm 3.7$, $13.5\\pm 2.9$, and $10.9 \\pm 2.9$ Gyr, respectively. The results can serve as an independent check for age estimate of the universe.

  10. New observational constraints on f(T) gravity from cosmic chronometers

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    Nunes, Rafael C; Saridakis, Emmanuel N

    2016-01-01

    We use the local value of the Hubble constant recently measured with 2.4% precision, as well as the latest compilation of cosmic chronometers data, together with standard probes such as Supernovae Type Ia and Baryon Acoustic Oscillation distance measurements, in order to impose constraints on the viable and most used f(T) gravity models. In particular, we consider three f(T) models with two parameters, out of which one is independent, and we quantify their deviation from $\\Lambda$CDM cosmology through a sole parameter. Our analysis reveals that for one of the models a small but non-zero deviation from $\\Lambda$CDM cosmology is favored, while for the other models the best fit is very close to $\\Lambda$CDM scenario. Clearly, f(T) gravity is consistent with observations, and it can serve as a candidate for modified gravity.

  11. New observational constraints on $f(R)$ gravity from cosmic chronometers

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    Nunes, Rafael C; Saridakis, Emmanuel N; Abreu, Everton M C

    2016-01-01

    We use the recently released cosmic chronometer data and the latest measured value of the local Hubble parameter, combined with the latest joint light curves of Supernovae Type Ia, and Baryon Acoustic Oscillation distance measurements, in order to impose constraints on the viable and most used $f(R)$ gravity models. We consider four $f(R)$ models, namely the Hu-Sawicki, the Starobinsky, the Tsujikawa, and the exponential one, and we parametrize them introducing a distortion parameter $b$ that quantifies the deviation from $\\Lambda$CDM cosmology. Our analysis reveals that a small but non-zero deviation from $\\Lambda$CDM cosmology is slightly favored, with the corresponding fittings exhibiting very efficient $AIC$ and $BIC$ Information Criteria values. Clearly, $f(R)$ gravity is consistent with observations, and it can serve as a candidate for modified gravity.

  12. Quiescent Luminous Red Galaxies (LRGs) as Cosmic Chronometers: on the Significance of the Mass and Environmental Dependence

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    Liu, Gaochao; Xie, Lizhi; Chen, Xuelei; Zhao, Yongheng

    2016-01-01

    Massive luminous red galaxies (LRGs) are believed to be evolving passively and can be used as cosmic chronometers to estimate the Hubble constant. However, different LRGs may locate in different environments. The environmental effects may limit the use of the LRGs as cosmic chronometers. We aim to investigate the environmental and mass dependence of the formation of "quiescent" LRGs selected from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Date Release 8 and to pave the way for using the LRGs as cosmic chronometers. Using the population synthesis software STARLIGHT, we derive the stellar populations in each LRG through the full spectrum fitting and obtain the mean age distribution and the mean star formation history (SFH) of those LRGs. We find that there is no apparent dependence of the mean age and the SFH of quiescent LRGs on their environment, while the ages of those quiescent LRGs weakly depend on their mass. We compare the SFHs of the SDSS LRGs with those obtained from a semi-analytical galaxy formation model, and fin...

  13. Evidence for a Lower Value for $H_0$ from Cosmic Chronometers Data?

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    Busti, Vinicius C; Seikel, Marina

    2014-01-01

    An intriguing discrepancy emerging in the concordance model of cosmology is the tension between the locally measured value of the Hubble rate, and the 'global' value inferred from the cosmic microwave background (CMB). This could be due to systematic uncertainties when measuring $H_0$ locally, or it could be that we live in a highly unlikely Hubble bubble, or other exotic scenarios. We point out that the global $H_0$ can be found by extrapolating $H(z)$ data points at high-$z$ down to $z=0$. By doing this in a Bayesian non-parametric way we can find a model-independent value for $H_0$. We apply this to 19 measurements based on differential age of passively evolving galaxies as cosmic chronometers. Using Gaussian processes, we find $H_0=64.9 \\pm 4.2$ km s$^{-1}$ Mpc$^{-1}$ $(1\\sigma)$, in agreement with the CMB value, but reinforcing the tension with the local value. An analysis of possible sources of systematic errors shows that the stellar population synthesis model adopted may change the results significant...

  14. Turbulent Mixing of Metal and Silicate during Planet Accretion – and interpretation of the Hf-W chronometer

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    Dahl, Tais Wittchen; Stevenson, David

    2010-01-01

    In the current view of planet formation, the final assembly of the Earth involved giant collisions between protoplanets (N1000 kmradius), with theMoon formed as a result of one such impact.At this stage the colliding bodies had likely differentiated into a metallic core surrounded by a silicate...... mantle. During the Moon-forming impact, nearly all metal sank into the Earth's core. Weinvestigate towhat extent large self-gravitating iron cores can mix with surrounding silicate and howthis influences the short-lived chronometer, Hf–W, used to infer the age of the Moon. We present fluid dynamical...... to the last major metal–silicate re-equilibration, believed to coincide with time of the Moon-forming impact. However, we show that large cores have limited ability to reset the Hf–W systemin the silicate Earth. Excess 182W in bulk silicate Earth is more sensitive to early core formation processes than...

  15. Age Gradients in the Stellar Populations of Massive Star Forming Regions Based on a New Stellar Chronometer

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    Getman, Konstantin V; Kuhn, Michael A; Broos, Patrick S; Townsley, Leisa K; Naylor, Tim; Povich, Matthew S; Luhman, Kevin L; Garmire, Gordon P

    2014-01-01

    A major impediment to understanding star formation in massive star forming regions (MSFRs) is the absence of a reliable stellar chronometer to unravel their complex star formation histories. We present a new estimation of stellar ages using a new method that employs near-infrared (NIR) and X-ray photometry, AgeJX. Stellar masses are derived from X-ray luminosities using the Lx - Mass relation from the Taurus cloud. J-band luminosities are compared to mass-dependent pre-main-sequence evolutionary models to estimate ages. AgeJX is sensitive to a wide range of evolutionary stages, from disk-bearing stars embedded in a cloud to widely dispersed older pre-main sequence stars. The MYStIX (Massive Young Star-Forming Complex Study in Infrared and X-ray) project characterizes 20 OB-dominated MSFRs using X-ray, mid-infrared, and NIR catalogs. The AgeJX method has been applied to 5525 out of 31,784 MYStIX Probable Complex Members. We provide a homogeneous set of median ages for over a hundred subclusters in 15 MSFRs; me...

  16. Evaluating the potential of foraminiferal Beryllium-10 as a marine sediment chronometer in sub-tropical Australia

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    Davies, M. H.; Fifield, L. K.; Abrajevitch, A.; Heslop, D.; De Deckker, P.; Roberts, A. P.

    2012-12-01

    Measurements of meteoric 10Be (half-life of ~1.5 My) incorporated in the calcium carbonate tests of foraminifera have the potential to provide useful chronological control for marine sediment records. However, complications arise associated with varying terrigenous inputs and poorly-constrained production rates. Here we present 10Be/9Be results from a ~42 m-long sediment core collected off the NW coast of Australia (MD00-2361: 113°28.63‧E, 22°04.92‧S, 1805 m water depth). Measurements of δ18O on Globigerinoides ruber, supported by magnetostratigraphy, indicate that the record extends back >1.5 Ma. This independent chronology, in conjunction with the excellent carbonate preservation at this site, allows for a preliminary evaluation of foraminiferal 10Be as a chronometer. We also evaluate cosmogenic isotope production rate changes associated with geomagnetic excursions and reversals, as well as the influence of varying terrigenous input as reconstructed from high-resolution XRF scanning profiles.

  17. Age gradients in the stellar populations of massive star forming regions based on a new stellar chronometer

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    Getman, Konstantin V.; Feigelson, Eric D.; Kuhn, Michael A.; Broos, Patrick S.; Townsley, Leisa K.; Luhman, Kevin L. [Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, 525 Davey Laboratory, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802 (United States); Naylor, Tim [School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Exeter, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QL (United Kingdom); Povich, Matthew S. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, California State Polytechnic University, 3801 West Temple Avenue, Pomona, CA 91768 (United States); Garmire, Gordon P. [Huntingdon Institute for X-ray Astronomy, LLC, 10677 Franks Road, Huntingdon, PA 16652 (United States)

    2014-06-01

    A major impediment to understanding star formation in massive star-forming regions (MSFRs) is the absence of a reliable stellar chronometer to unravel their complex star formation histories. We present a new estimation of stellar ages using a new method that employs near-infrared (NIR) and X-ray photometry, Age {sub JX} . Stellar masses are derived from X-ray luminosities using the L{sub X} -M relation from the Taurus cloud. J-band luminosities are compared to mass-dependent pre-main-sequence (PMS) evolutionary models to estimate ages. Age {sub JX} is sensitive to a wide range of evolutionary stages, from disk-bearing stars embedded in a cloud to widely dispersed older PMS stars. The Massive Young Star-Forming Complex Study in Infrared and X-ray (MYStIX) project characterizes 20 OB-dominated MSFRs using X-ray, mid-infrared, and NIR catalogs. The Age {sub JX} method has been applied to 5525 out of 31,784 MYStIX Probable Complex Members. We provide a homogeneous set of median ages for over 100 subclusters in 15 MSFRs; median subcluster ages range between 0.5 Myr and 5 Myr. The important science result is the discovery of age gradients across MYStIX regions. The wide MSFR age distribution appears as spatially segregated structures with different ages. The Age {sub JX} ages are youngest in obscured locations in molecular clouds, intermediate in revealed stellar clusters, and oldest in distributed populations. The NIR color index J – H, a surrogate measure of extinction, can serve as an approximate age predictor for young embedded clusters.

  18. Age gradients in the stellar populations of massive star forming regions based on a new stellar chronometer

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    A major impediment to understanding star formation in massive star-forming regions (MSFRs) is the absence of a reliable stellar chronometer to unravel their complex star formation histories. We present a new estimation of stellar ages using a new method that employs near-infrared (NIR) and X-ray photometry, Age JX . Stellar masses are derived from X-ray luminosities using the LX -M relation from the Taurus cloud. J-band luminosities are compared to mass-dependent pre-main-sequence (PMS) evolutionary models to estimate ages. Age JX is sensitive to a wide range of evolutionary stages, from disk-bearing stars embedded in a cloud to widely dispersed older PMS stars. The Massive Young Star-Forming Complex Study in Infrared and X-ray (MYStIX) project characterizes 20 OB-dominated MSFRs using X-ray, mid-infrared, and NIR catalogs. The Age JX method has been applied to 5525 out of 31,784 MYStIX Probable Complex Members. We provide a homogeneous set of median ages for over 100 subclusters in 15 MSFRs; median subcluster ages range between 0.5 Myr and 5 Myr. The important science result is the discovery of age gradients across MYStIX regions. The wide MSFR age distribution appears as spatially segregated structures with different ages. The Age JX ages are youngest in obscured locations in molecular clouds, intermediate in revealed stellar clusters, and oldest in distributed populations. The NIR color index J – H, a surrogate measure of extinction, can serve as an approximate age predictor for young embedded clusters.

  19. Assessment of the 187Re decay constant by cross calibration of Re Os molybdenite and U Pb zircon chronometers in magmatic ore systems

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    Selby, David; Creaser, Robert A.; Stein, Holly J.; Markey, Richard J.; Hannah, Judith L.

    2007-04-01

    The past decade has seen renewed interest in 187Re- 187Os geochronology using a variety of matrices including sulfide minerals, shales and meteorites. The most widely used value of the 187Re decay constant ( λ187Re) is 1.666 ± 0.005 × 10 -11 a -1 (±0.31%), which is based on cross calibration of Re-Os and Pb-Pb chronometers for certain meteorites [Smoliar M. I., Walker R. J., and Morgan J. W. (1996) Re-Os isotope constraints on the age of Group IIA, IIIA, IVA, and IVB iron meteorites. Science271, 1099-1102]. However, other recent studies have yielded alternate values of λ187Re, based upon either direct counting experiments or analysis of meteorites. Here, we provide an independent assessment of λ187Re, using methodology, sample materials, and preparation of Os standard solutions different from those of Smoliar et al. (1996). Combining Re-Os age data for molybdenite formed in magmatic ore deposits, with the U-Pb zircon age of the magmatic rocks, a refined λ187Re value is determined by averaging 11 individual cross-calibration experiments spanning ca. 2700 Ma of Earth history. Using the U decay constants of Jaffey [Jaffey A. H., Flynn K. F., Glendenin L. E., Bentley W. C., and Essling A. M. (1971) Precision measurement of half-lives and specific activities of 235U and 238U. Phys. Rev.4, 1889-1906], a value for λ187Re of 1.6668 ± 0.0034 × 10 -11 a -1 is determined. Using the λ238U value of Jaffey et al. (1971) and λ235U value of Schoene [Schoene B., Crowley J. L., Condon D. J., Schmitz M. D., and Bowring S. A. (2006) Reassessing the uranium decay constants for geochronology using ID-TIMS U-Pb data. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta70, 426-445], a value for λ187Re of 1.6689 ± 0.0031 × 10 -11 a -1 is determined. These values are nominally higher (ca. 0.1 and ca. 0.2%) than the value determined by Smoliar et al. [Smoliar M. I., Walker R. J., and Morgan J. W. (1996) Re-Os isotope constraints on the age of Group IIA, IIIA, IVA, and IVB iron meteorites. Science271

  20. R-Process Abundances and Chronometers in Metal-Poor Stars

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    Cowan, J J; Kratz, K L; Thielemann, F K; Sneden, C; Burles, S M; Tytler, D; Beers, T C; Cowan, John J.; Sneden, Christopher; Burles, Scott; Tytler, David; Beers, Timothy C.

    1998-01-01

    Rapid neutron-capture (i.e., r-process) nucleosynthesis calculations, employing internally consistent and physically realistic nuclear physics input (QRPA beta-decay rates and the ETFSI-Q nuclear mass model), have been made. These calculations are compared with ground-based and HST observations of neutron-capture elements in the metal poor halo stars CS 22892--052, HD 115444, HD 122563 and HD 126238. The elemental abundances in all four metal-poor stars are consistent with the solar r-process elemental distribution for the elements Z >/= 56. These results strongly suggest, at least for those elements, that the relative elemental r-process abundances have not changed over the history of the Galaxy. This further suggests that there is one r-process site in the Galaxy, at least for elements Z >/= 56. Employing the observed stellar abundances of stable elements, in conjunction with the solar r-process abundances to constrain the calculations, predictions for the zero decay-age abundances of the radioactive elemen...

  1. U-Pb dating of speleogenetic dolomite: A new sulfuric acid speleogenesis chronometer

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    Victor Polyak

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available The 1100-meter Big Room elevation level of Carlsbad Cavern, New Mexico USA, formed 4 Ma by hypogenic sulfuric acid speleogenesis (SAS. The age of the Big Room level of 4.0 ± 0.2 Ma was previously determined by dating alunite, a byproduct of speleogenesis, using the 40Ar/39Ar method. Duplication of these results is possible by radiometric dating of other byproducts interpreted to be speleogenetic (a byproduct of speleogenesis such as calcite and dolomite in certain settings. XRD and TEM analyses of sample 94044, a piece of crust collected within the Big Room level of SAS just below Left Hand Tunnel indicate that this dolomite sample we interpret to be speleogenetic is as well-ordered crystallographically as the Permian bedrock dolomite, possibly reflecting its SAS origin. Three U-Pb analyses were performed on subsamples A1, A2, and A3 of sample 94044, and two, A1 & A2, produced out-of-secular equilibrium results due to the presence of authigenic quartz and/or later re-distribution of uranium in the dolomite crust, which prevented the calculation of an isochron age. Because subsample 94044-A3 exhibited δ234U and 230Th/238U values consistent with secular equilibrium, we were able to generate a 238U/204Pb-206Pb/204Pb model age of 4.1 ± 1.3 Ma on the dolomite crust (94044 that we interpret to be reliable. The 4.1 Ma age of the speleogenetic dolomite crust agrees with the 4 Ma 40Ar/39Ar age for the timing of speleogenesis of the Big Room level. While 40Ar/39Ar-dating of speleogenetic alunite- and jarosite-group minerals remains the primary way to determine absolute timing of hypogenic SAS, here we demonstrate that U-Pb dating of speleogenetic dolomite can be used to compliment or independently measure the timing of SAS. This method of dating SAS could be applicable in caves where the more soluble SAS-indicator minerals such as gypsum, alunite, and jarosite have been removed.

  2. Cosmic-ray history derived from the 54Mn, 56Ni and 144Pm chronometers

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    Sources of 54Mn, 56Ni, and 144Pm were placed at the center of the Gammasphere array and searches were made for the astrophysically interesting β+ decay modes of these isotopes. The results of these searches are presented and the implications for cosmic-ray physics are discussed

  3. Cosmic chronometers: constraining the equation of state of dark energy. I: H(z) measurements

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    Stern, Daniel [Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Mail Stop 169-506, Pasadena CA-91109 (United States); Jimenez, Raul; Verde, Licia [ICREA and Institute of Sciences of the Cosmos (ICC), University of Barcelona, Barcelona 08028 (Spain); Kamionkowski, Marc [California Institute of Technology, Mail Code 350-17, Pasadena, California 91125 (United States); Stanford, S. Adam, E-mail: stern@thisvi.jpl.nasa.gov, E-mail: raul@icc.ub.edu, E-mail: licia@icc.ub.edu, E-mail: kamion@tapir.caltech.edu, E-mail: stanford@physics.ucdavis.edu [University of California, Davis, CA 95616 (United States)

    2010-02-01

    We present new determinations of the cosmic expansion history from red-envelope galaxies. We have obtained for this purpose high-quality spectra with the Keck-LRIS spectrograph of red-envelope galaxies in 24 galaxy clusters in the redshift range 0.2 < z < 1.0. We complement these Keck spectra with high-quality, publicly available archival spectra from the SPICES and VVDS surveys. We improve over our previous expansion history measurements in Simon et al. (2005) by providing two new determinations of the expansion history: H(z) = 97±62 km sec{sup −1} Mpc{sup −1} at z ≅ 0.5 and H(z) = 90±40 km sec{sup −1} Mpc{sup −1} at z ≅ 0.9. We discuss the uncertainty in the expansion history determination that arises from uncertainties in the synthetic stellar-population models. We then use these new measurements in concert with cosmic-microwave-background (CMB) measurements to constrain cosmological parameters, with a special emphasis on dark-energy parameters and constraints to the curvature. In particular, we demonstrate the usefulness of direct H(z) measurements by constraining the dark-energy equation of state parameterized by w{sub 0} and w{sub a} and allowing for arbitrary curvature. Further, we also constrain, using only CMB and H(z) data, the number of relativistic degrees of freedom to be 4±0.5 and their total mass to be < 0.2 eV, both at 1σ.

  4. Chronometer for the radiodiagnostic exposure time using phototransistors as radiation detector

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    Based on the performance of phototransistors on the detection of diagnostic X-rays beams, it was developed a instrumentation for the measurements of the exposure time which a patient is submitted when executing a X-ray diagnostic. This time is one of the parameters to be monitored by the public health regulatory organisms. In the system calibration a relative error less than 0.5 % was obtained in all measurement range. For verification of the radiation beam system, a Siemens typical hospital equipment was used. Some variation of the X-ray tube parameters (kV and m A) has been done vor evaluation of some variations occurred on the estimation values

  5. Optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) as a chronometer for surface exposure dating

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    Sohbati, Reza; Murray, Andrew S.; Chapot, Melissa S.;

    2012-01-01

    We pioneer a technique of surface-exposure dating based upon the characteristic form of an optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) bleaching profile beneath a rock surface; this evolves as a function of depth and time. As a field illustration of this new method, the maximum age of a premier examp...

  6. Constructing a cosmological model-independent Hubble diagram of type Ia supernovae with cosmic chronometers

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    Li, Zhengxiang; Yu, Hongwei; Zhu, Zong-Hong; Alcaniz, J S

    2015-01-01

    We apply two methods to reconstruct the Hubble parameter $H(z)$ as a function of redshift from 15 measurements of the expansion rate obtained from age estimates of passively evolving galaxies. These reconstructions enable us to derive the luminosity distance to a certain redshift $z$, calibrate the light-curve fitting parameters accounting for the (unknown) intrinsic magnitude of type Ia supernova (SNe Ia) and construct cosmological model-independent Hubble diagrams of SNe Ia. In order to test the compatibility between the reconstructed functions of $H(z)$, we perform a statistical analysis considering the latest SNe Ia sample, the so-called JLA compilation. We find that, while one of the reconstructed functions leads to a value of the local Hubble parameter $H_0$ in excellent agreement with the one reported by the Planck collaboration, the other requires a higher value of $H_0$, which is consistent with recent measurements of this quantity from Cepheids and other local distance indicators.

  7. Cosmic Chronometers: Constraining the Equation of State of Dark Energy. II. A Spectroscopic Catalog of Red Galaxies in Galaxy Clusters

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    Stern, Daniel; Jimenez, Raul; Verde, Licia; Stanford, S. Adam; Kamionkowski, Marc

    2009-01-01

    We present a spectroscopic catalog of (mostly) red galaxies in 24 galaxy clusters in the redshift range 0.17 < z < 0.92 obtained with the LRIS instrument on the Keck I telescope. Here we describe the observations and the galaxy spectra, including the discovery of three cD galaxies with LINER emission spectra, and the spectroscopic discovery of four new galaxy-galaxy lenses in cluster environments.

  8. Pre-Main sequence Turn-On as a chronometer for young clusters: NGC346 as a benchmark

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    Cignoni, M; Sabbi, E; Nota, A; Degl'Innocenti, S; Moroni, P G Prada; Gallagher, J S

    2010-01-01

    We present a novel approach to derive the age of very young star clusters, by using the Turn-On (TOn). The TOn is the point in the color-magnitude diagram (CMD) where the pre-main sequence (PMS) joins the main sequence (MS). In the MS luminosity function (LF) of the cluster, the TOn is identified as a peak followed by a dip. We propose that by combining the CMD analysis with the monitoring of the spatial distribution of MS stars it is possible to reliably identify the TOn in extragalactic star forming regions. Compared to alternative methods, this technique is complementary to the turn-off dating and avoids the systematic biases affecting the PMS phase. We describe the method and its uncertainties, and apply it to the star forming region NGC346, which has been extensively imaged with the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). This study extends the LF approach in crowded extragalactic regions and opens the way for future studies with HST/WFC3, JWST and from the ground with adaptive optics.

  9. Cosmic-ray history derived from the {sup 54}Mn, {sup 56}Ni and {sup 144}Pm chronometers

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    Zaerpoor, K.; Chan, Y.D.; DiGregorio, D.E.; Dragowsky, M.R.; Hindi, M.M.; Isaac, M.C.P.; Krane, K.S.; Larimer, R.-M.; Macchiavelli, A.O.; Macleod, R. W.; Miocinovic, P.; Norman, E.B.; Robinson, S.J

    1999-07-26

    Sources of {sup 54}Mn, {sup 56}Ni, and {sup 144}Pm were placed at the center of the Gammasphere array and searches were made for the astrophysically interesting {beta}{sup +} decay modes of these isotopes. The results of these searches are presented and the implications for cosmic-ray physics are discussed.

  10. Probabilistic HR Diagrams: A New Infrared and X-ray Chronometer for Very Young, Massive Stellar Clusters and Associations

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    Maldonado, Jessica; Povich, Matthew S.

    2016-01-01

    We present a novel method for constraining the duration of star formation in very young, massive star-forming regions. Constraints on stellar population ages are derived from probabilistic HR diagrams (pHRDs) generated by fitting stellar model spectra to the infrared (IR) spectral energy distributions (SEDs) of Herbig Ae/Be stars and their less-evolved, pre-main sequence progenitors. Stellar samples for the pHRDs are selected based on the detection of X-ray emission associated with the IR source, and the lack of detectible IR excess emission at wavelengths ≤4.5 µm. The SED model fits were used to create two-dimensional probability distributions of the stellar parameters, specifically bolometric luminosity versus temperature and mass versus evolutionary age. We present first results from the pHRD analysis of the relatively evolved Carina Nebula and the unevolved M17 SWex infrared dark cloud, which reveal the expected, strikingly different star formation durations between these two regions. In the future, we will apply this method to analyze available X-ray and IR data from the MYStIX project on other Galactic massive star forming regions within 3 kpc of the Sun.

  11. The use of long-lived radionuclides in antarctic ice as tracers and chronometers in global climate change studies

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    This collaborative project between the Physics Division at ANSTO, the CSIRO Division of Atmospheric Research [DAR], the Australian Antarctic Division [AAD] and the Antarctic Cooperative Research Centre is focused upon the record found in the ice and firn from Law Dome, Antarctica. The combined physical and intellectual resources of these organisations result in a potent and effective mix for climate change research which has already been demonstrated in a successful collaborative study entitled 'Determination of the Age and Age Spread of Air in Ice Cores', funded under a National Greenhouse Advisory Committee [NGAC] Grant. The broad objectives of this collaboration are to determine the global atmospheric methane and carbon dioxide budget and to correlate the variability in solar activity and historical climate change in the southern hemisphere. The aim is to define the levels of 'natural' variability in global climate change in the Holocene and to identify the mechanisms controlling the variations, with the emphasis on species which force or reflect global environmental change. Clearly answering all of these questions is beyond the scope of a short project, however we hope to develop the techniques and abilities which will allow us to investigate these matters in future studies. The combined effort by the collaborating organisations will result in a precise, high-time resolution, multi species record from Antarctic ice cores which will complement other southern hemisphere palaeo records throughout the Holocene and into the last Glacial. ANSTO's role is the examination of cosmogenic and bio-geochemical forcing of the atmospheric radionuclides 14C and 10Be in Antarctic ice. Specifically, we are using the ANTARES AMS facility for the measurement of 14C in carbon dioxide and methane contained in air extracted from the porous firn layer overlying the ice and from bubbles trapped within the ice. We are also using AMS to measure 10Be from the firn and ice. An indication of the use of these measurements in climate research is given in this presentation, which describe the three main strands of the project. (author)

  12. Chronometer for the radiodiagnostic exposure time using phototransistors as radiation detector; Cronometro do tempo de exposicao em radiodiagnostico utilizando fototransistores como detector de radiacao

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    Santos, Luiz Antonio P. dos; Rizzi, Camila A. [Centro Regional de Ciencias Nucleares do Nordeste (CRCN-NE/CNEN-PE), Recife, PE (Brazil)], e-mail: lasantos@cnen.gov.br

    2003-07-01

    Based on the performance of phototransistors on the detection of diagnostic X-rays beams, it was developed a instrumentation for the measurements of the exposure time which a patient is submitted when executing a X-ray diagnostic. This time is one of the parameters to be monitored by the public health regulatory organisms. In the system calibration a relative error less than 0.5 % was obtained in all measurement range. For verification of the radiation beam system, a Siemens typical hospital equipment was used. Some variation of the X-ray tube parameters (kV and m A) has been done vor evaluation of some variations occurred on the estimation values.

  13. Cosmic-ray history derived from the sup 5 sup 4 Mn, sup 5 sup 6 Ni and sup 1 sup 4 sup 4 Pm chronometers

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    Zaerpoor, K; Di Gregorio, D E; Dragowsky, M R; Hindi, M M; Isaac, M C P; Krane, Kenneth S; Larimer, R M; Macchiavelli, A O; MacLeod, R W; Miocinovic, P; Norman, E B; Robinson, S J

    1999-01-01

    Sources of sup 5 sup 4 Mn, sup 5 sup 6 Ni, and sup 1 sup 4 sup 4 Pm were placed at the center of the Gammasphere array and searches were made for the astrophysically interesting beta sup + decay modes of these isotopes. The results of these searches are presented and the implications for cosmic-ray physics are discussed.

  14. {sup 210}Pb and {sup 137}Cs as chronometers for salt marsh accretion in the Venice Lagoon - links to flooding frequency and climate change

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    Bellucci, L.G. [Istituto di Scienze Marine - Sede di Bologna - Geologia Marina, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Via P. Gobetti 101, 40129 Bologna (Italy)], E-mail: luca.bellucci@ismar.cnr.it; Frignani, M. [Istituto di Scienze Marine - Sede di Bologna - Geologia Marina, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Via P. Gobetti 101, 40129 Bologna (Italy); Cochran, J.K. [Marine Sciences Research Center, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York 11794-5000, NY (United States); Albertazzi, S. [Istituto di Scienze Marine - Sede di Bologna - Geologia Marina, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Via P. Gobetti 101, 40129 Bologna (Italy); Zaggia, L. [Istituto di Scienze Marine, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche - S. Polo 1364, 30125 Venezia (Italy); Cecconi, G. [Consorzio Venezia Nuova - S. Croce 505, 30135 Venezia (Italy); Hopkins, H. [Marine Sciences Research Center, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York 11794-5000, NY (United States)

    2007-10-15

    Five salt marsh sediment cores from different parts of the Venice Lagoon were studied to determine their depositional history and its relationship with the environmental changes occurred during the past {approx}100 years. X-radiographs of the cores show no disturbance related to particle mixing. Accretion rates were calculated using a constant flux model applied to excess {sup 210}Pb distributions in the cores. The record of {sup 137}Cs fluxes to the sites, determined from {sup 137}Cs profiles and the {sup 210}Pb chronologies, shows inputs from the global fallout of {sup 137}Cs in the late 1950s to early 1960s and the Chernobyl accident in 1986. Average accretion rates in the cores are comparable to the long-term average rate of mean sea level rise in the Venice Lagoon ({approx}0.25 cm y{sup -1}) except for a core collected in a marsh presumably affected by inputs from the Dese River. Short-term variations in accretion rate are correlated with the cumulative frequency of flooding, as determined by records of Acqua Alta, in four of the five cores, suggesting that variations in the phenomena causing flooding (such as wind patterns, storm frequency and NAO) are short-term driving forces for variations in marsh accretion rate.

  15. Elektronická časomíra pro sportovní účely

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    Filip, Tomáš

    2013-01-01

    This thesis presents design and implementation of electric chronometer for sport use, specifically for Olympic rope climbing without legs helping. It is divided into four parts. "General description of the microcomputer for the application in the system.", "Choice of the microcomputer and its peripheral circuits with respect to chronometer´s system requirements.", "Implementation of the chronometer´s system" and "Software equipment". First part deals with basic components of the microcomputer...

  16. Humboldt der Seefahrer und sein Marinechronometer Ein Beitrag zur Geschichte der Nautik und Meereskunde

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    Gerhard Kortum

    2001-10-01

    Full Text Available Article in German, Abstracts in English, Spanish and German. HUMBOLDT the Navigator and his ChronometerA Contribution to the History of Navigation and OceanographyHUMBOLDT acquired a remarkable precision time-keeper instrument shortly before he left Paris for his Journey to the Neotropics (1799-1804. This chronometer was made by the famous Swiss-French watchmaker Louis BERTHOUD (1753-1813 with the series number 27. It had belonged to "the celebrated BORDA", as HUMBOLDT stated in his "Personal Narrative". Jean Louis BORDA (1733-1799 was a 18th century French navigator, mathematician and cartographer, who invented or improved a number of geomagnetic instruments. HUMBOLDT used this pocket chronometer for his routine astronomic and geomagnetic observations and to fix the longitude of his position while on board a vessel in the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean. Until John "Timekeeper" HARRISON developed his famous "H 4" chronometer in 1773, a strategic invention for a maritime power as Great Britain, the longitude was a major navigational problem. HUMBOLDT, who confessed that he had a "peculiar predelication for the sea", developed great nautical skills, and his findings were much better than those of the pilots. Furthermore he used the chronometer to observe and calculate ocean currents and to improve the geographical coordinates and thus the maps for many places in Latin America. So, beside his thermometer and barometer, the chronometer certainly was a very basic instrument in the state-of-the-art collection of scientific equipment he bought before leaving Europe.

  17. EFFECTS OF THREE FEEDBACK CONDITIONS ON AEROBIC SWIM SPEEDS

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    Pedro Pérez Soriano

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was twofold: (a to develop an underwater chronometer capable to provide feedback while the athlete is swimming, as well as being a control tool for the coach, and (b to analyse its feedback effect on swim pace control compared with feedback provided by the coach and with no feedback, in 25 m and 50 m swimming pools. 30 male swimmers of national level volunteer to participate. Each swimmer swam 3 x 200 m at aerobic speed (AS and 3 x 200 m just under the anaerobic threshold speed (AnS, each swam repetition with a different feedback condition: chronometer, coach and without feedback. Results (a validate the chronometer system developed and (b show that swimmers pace control is affected by the type of feedback provided, the swim speed elected and the size of the swimming pool

  18. Cell Phones and Sun Shadows: Exploring the Equation of Time

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    Madden, Sean P.

    2010-01-01

    For thousands of years before the invention of reliable clocks, humans measured their days by the motion of the sun. Astronomically, one day was the length of time it took for the sun to return to the same position in the sky. With the advent of precise mechanical chronometers such as Harrison's timekeepers (Sobel and Andrewes 1998), which ran at…

  19. A refined astronomically calibrated 40Ar/39Ar age for Fish Canyon sanidine

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    Rivera, T.A.; Storey, M.; Zeeden, C.; Hilgen, F.J.; Kuiper, K.

    2011-01-01

    Intercalibration between the astronomical and radio-isotopic dating methods provides a means to improving accuracy and reducing uncertainty of an integrated, multi-chronometer geologic timescale. Here we report a high-precision 40Ar/39Ar age for the FishCanyon sanidine (FCs) neutron fluence monitor,

  20. High-precision 27Al/24Mg ratio determination using a modified isotope-dilution approach

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    Paton, C.; Schiller, Martin; Ulfbeck, D.;

    2012-01-01

    The precision of the Al- Mg system - one of the most widely used chronometers for constraining the relative timing of events in the early solar system - is presently limited by methods for the determination of Al/ Mg ratios, which have seen little improvement in the last decade. We present a nove...

  1. Hf-182-W-182 age dating of a Al-26-poor inclusion and implications for the origin of short-lived radioisotopes in the early Solar System

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    Holst, Jesper Christian; Olsen, Mia Bjørg Stolberg; Paton, Chad;

    2013-01-01

    Refractory inclusions [calcium–aluminum-rich inclusions, (CAIs)] represent the oldest Solar System solids and provide information regarding the formation of the Sun and its protoplanetary disk. CAIs contain evidence of now extinct short-lived radioisotopes (e.g., 26Al, 41Ca, and 182Hf) synthesized...... in one or multiple stars and added to the protosolar molecular cloud before or during its collapse. Understanding how and when short-lived radioisotopes were added to the Solar System is necessary to assess their validity as chronometers and constrain the birthplace of the Sun. Whereas most CAIs formed...... provide a unique window into the earliest Solar System, including the origin of short-lived radioisotopes. However, their chronology is unknown. Using the 182Hf–182W chronometer, we show that a FUN CAI recording a condensation origin from a solar gas formed coevally with canonical CAIs, but with 26Al/27Al...

  2. Plutonium age dating (production date measurement) by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry

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    This paper describes rapid methods for the determination of the production date (age dating) of plutonium (Pu) materials by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) for nuclear forensic and safeguards purposes. One of the presented methods is a rapid, direct measurement without chemical separation using 235U/239Pu and 236U/240Pu chronometers. The other method comprises a straightforward extraction chromatographic separation, followed by ICP-MS measurement for the 234U/238Pu, 235U/239Pu, 236U/240Pu and 238U/242Pu chronometers. Age dating results of two plutonium certified reference materials (SRM 946 and 947, currently distributed as NBL CRM 136 and 137) are in good agreement with the archive purification dates. (author)

  3. Analysis of two dead time correction methods for precise half-life determination

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    Oliva, Jefferson W.M.; Zahn, Guilherme S.; Genezini, Frederico A., E-mail: fredzini@ipen.b [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2011-07-01

    In this paper two different dead time correction methods are applied to the determination of the half-life of short-lived radioisotopes {sup 28}Al, {sup 52}V and {sup 66}Cu; in the first, the mathematical non-paralyzable model correction is applied to the decay data, and in the second a {sup 60}Co source, counted together with the radioactive samples, was used as a 'livetime chronometer'. Both methods delivered compatible results for two of the radioisotopes, but not for {sup 52}V; also, while the results obtained with the mathematical correction are closer to the tabulated values from ENSDF, the data obtained with the {sup 60}Co chronometer are more consistent. These results indicate that the added dead time due to the additional {sup 60}Co source may not be negligible. (author)

  4. The age of the elements

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    The paper is devoted to nuclear cosmochronology. The age of the Universe is estimated with the aid of radioactive nuclear-nuclear chronometers (NC). For calculations it is required that the proportion in which the appropriate pair of NC is at present ('relative abundance') and the proportion for the moment of their formation ('relative production') should be known. A short description is given of production of elements in the process of star evolution. The 'relative production' is calculated theoretically. The relative abundance is determined from experiments, mainly from meteorites. Recentl Lunar rocks have been also coming into use. The following elements are chosen as pairs of chronometers: Th-232/U-238; U-235/U-238; Pu-244/Th-232; J-129/J-127. Using this method the authors have determined the age of elements from 7 to 15 billion years, the best estimate being approximately 10 billion years. This age is quite in an agreement with calculations made by other methods

  5. 182Hf–182W age dating of a 26Al-poor inclusion and implications for the origin of short-lived radioisotopes in the early Solar System

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    Holst, Jesper C.; Olsen, Mia Bjørg Stolberg; Paton, Chad;

    2013-01-01

    , FUN CAIs may provide a unique window into the earliest Solar System, including the origin of short-lived radioisotopes. However, their chronology is unknown. Using the 182Hf–182W chronometer, we show that a FUN CAI recording a condensation origin from a solar gas formed coevally with canonical CAIs......Refractory inclusions [calcium–aluminum-rich inclusions, (CAIs)] represent the oldest Solar System solids and provide information regarding the formation of the Sun and its protoplanetary disk. CAIs contain evidence of now extinct short-lived radioisotopes (e.g., 26Al, 41Ca, and 182Hf) synthesized...... in one or multiple stars and added to the protosolar molecular cloud before or during its collapse. Understanding how and when short-lived radioisotopes were added to the Solar System is necessary to assess their validity as chronometers and constrain the birthplace of the Sun. Whereas most CAIs...

  6. The learning of the evolution and temporary characteristics of the decay nuclei 14C, 238U, 232Th, 40K, 87Rb

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    Quantum-mechanical method, which was proposing earlier for the theoretical description of the resonance scattering of the γ-quantum, was generalizing with Doppler effect using. New algorithm for the definition of the characteristic functions for the energy distribution, decay probability and decay functions elaborated. It gives possibility more precise estimate temporary characteristics of the nuclei chronometers and to define a number of the steps of the γ-absorption γ-emission in the decay process. It is give the quantum- mechanical ground of the necessity of revision of the temporary characteristics of the nuclei-chronometers. The calculations have been doing for the concrete case decay of exited nuclei 14C, 238U, 232Th, 40K, 87Rb under room temperature taking into account Doppler effect and without it. 4 refs., 1 tab., 6 figs

  7. Non-parametric reconstruction of cosmological matter perturbations

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    Gonzalez, J. E.; Alcaniz, J. S.; Carvalho, J. C.

    2016-01-01

    Perturbative quantities, such as the growth rate ($f$) and index ($\\gamma$), are powerful tools to distinguish different dark energy models or modified gravity theories even if they produce the same cosmic expansion history. In this work, without any assumption about the dynamics of the Universe, we apply a non-parametric method to current measurements of the expansion rate $H(z)$ from cosmic chronometers and high-$z$ quasar data and reconstruct the growth factor and rate of linearised densit...

  8. The Physics of crystallizing white dwarfs

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    Isern, J.; Mochkovitch, R.; García--Berro, E.; Hernanz, Margarita

    1997-01-01

    White dwarfs can be used as galactic chronometers and, therefore, provide important information about galactic evolution if good theoretical models of their cooling are available. Consequently, it is natural to wonder if all the sources or sinks of energy are correctly taken into account. One of these sources is partial differentiation of the chemical components of the white dwarf upon crystallization. In this paper we use a new formalism to show that if there is a redistribution of the eleme...

  9. Search for the β+ decay of 54Mn

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    We have performed a search for the β+ decay of 54Mn by looking for back-to-back 511-keV γ rays in two high-purity Ge detectors. No excess of events above background was observed, and a limit of 5.7x10-7% has been established for the β+ branch. The significance of this result for the use of 54Mn as a cosmic ray chronometer is discussed

  10. Plutonium age dating (production date measurement) by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry

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    Varga, Zsolt; Nicholl, Adrian; Wallenius, Maria; Mayer, Klaus

    2015-01-01

    This paper describes rapid methods for the determination of the production date (age dating) of plutonium (Pu) materials by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) for nuclear forensic and safeguards purposes. One of the presented methods is a rapid, direct measurement without chemical separation using 235U/239Pu and 236U/240Pu chronometers. The other method comprises a straightforward extraction chromatographic separation, followed by ICP-MS measurement for the 234U/238Pu, 235U...

  11. Disturbance versus preservation of U-Th-Pb ages in monazite during fluid-rock interaction: textural, chemical and isotopic in situ study in microgranites (Velay Dome, France)

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    Didier, A.; Bosse, V.; Boulvais, P.; Bouloton, J.; Paquette, J.-L.; Montel, J.-M.; Devidal, J.-L.

    2013-06-01

    Monazite is extensively used to date crustal processes and is usually considered to be resistant to diffusive Pb loss. Nevertheless, fluid-assisted recrystallisation is known to be capable of resetting the monazite chronometer. This study focuses on chemical and isotopic disturbances in monazite grains from two microgranite intrusions in the French Central Massif (Charron and Montasset). Petrologic data and oxygen isotopes suggest that both intrusions have interacted with alkali-bearing hydrothermal-magmatic fluids. In the Charron intrusion, regardless of their textural location, monazite grains are sub-euhedral and cover a large domain of compositions. U-Pb chronometers yield a lower intercept age of 297 ± 4 Ma. An inherited component at 320 Ma is responsible for the scattering of the U-Th-Pb ages. The Montasset intrusion was later affected by an additional F-rich crustal fluid with crystallisation of Ca-REE-fluorocarbonates, fluorite, calcite and chloritisation. Pristine monazite is chemically homogeneous and displays 208Pb/232Th and 206Pb/238U concordant ages at 307 ± 2 Ma. By contrast, groundmass monazite shows dissolution-recrystallisation features associated with apatite and thorite precipitation (Th-silicate) and strong chemical reequilibration. 208Pb/232Th ages are disturbed and range between 270 and 690 Ma showing that the Th/Pb ratio is highly fractionated during the interaction with fluids. Apparent U-Pb ages are older due to common Pb incorporation yielding a lower intercept age at 312 ± 10 Ma, the age of the pristine monazite. These results show that F-rich fluids are responsible for Th mobility and incorporation of excess Pb, which thus strongly disturbed the U-Th-Pb chronometers in the monazite.

  12. Selected issues at the interface between nuclear physics and astrophysics as well as the standard model

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    2011-01-01

    The density functional theory (DFT) with a minimal number of parameters allows a very successful phenomenological description of ground state properties of nuclei all over the periodic table. The recent developments on the application of the covariant density functional theory as well as its extensions by the group in Beijing for a series of interests and hot topics in nuclear astrophysics and nuclear structure are reviewed, including the rapid neutron-capture process, Th/U chronometer, and isospin corrections for superallowed β transitions.

  13. Pb-Pb dating of individual chondrules from the CBa chondrite Gujba

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    Bollard, Jean Francois André; Connelly, James; Bizzarro, Martin

    2015-01-01

    with a weighted mean age of 4562.49±0.21Myr, consistent with its origin from the vapor-melt impact plume generated by colliding planetesimals. Formation in a debris disk mostly devoid of nebular gas and dust sets an upper limit for the solar protoplanetary disk lifetime at 4.8±0.3Myr. Finally, given the well......-stage impact origin. Here, we report high-precision internal isochrons for four individual chondrules of the Gujba chondrite to probe the formation history of CB chondrites and evaluate the concordancy of relevant short-lived radionuclide chronometers. All four chondrules define a brief formation interval...

  14. Isotopic composition ([delta][sup 18]O) of the upper stalagmitic floor of Lazaret cave at Nice. Analyse de la composition isotopique ([delta][sup 18]O) du plancher stalagmitique superieur de la grotte du Lazaret a Nice

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    Rousseau, L.; Lumley, H. de; Bahain, J.J.; Falgueres, C. (Institut de Paleontologie, 75 - Paris (France)); Robert, F. (Museum National d' Histoire Naturelle, 75 - Paris (France))

    1994-03-17

    Radiochronological and mineralogical studies of the stalagmitic floor 'Ensemble E' of the Lazaret cave at Nice revealed that its formation has been continuous during the climatic period corresponding to 'stage 5'. In addition, biochemical analyses of this floor showed that the crystals behave as a closed system with respect to organic compounds (sterols). Oxygen isotopic compositions have registered variations which are qualitatively in agreement with those ascribed to stage 5. Therefore, these oxygen isotopic variations may be used as an independent geochemical chronometer. (authors). 15 refs.

  15. Production cross sections from the bombardment of natural Mo with 1.85-GeV protons

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    91Nb has been recently suggested as a candidate for a cosmic-ray chronometer. To use 91Nb as such, the relative production cross sections of 91Nb and 91Nb in the cosmic rays must be known. These isotopes are produced in the cosmic rays by spallation reactions of Mo and heavier elements on interstellar hydrogen. We have bombarded a natural Mo target with 1.85-GeV protons from the LBL Bevatron. The cross sections for the production of 91,92Nb and 29 other isotopes with 75 ≤ A ≤ 97, 35 ≤ Z ≤ 42 will be presented and compared with theoretical calculations

  16. Hypervariable spacer regions are good sites for developing specific PCR-RFLP markers and PCR primers for screening actinorhizal symbionts

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    Rajani Varghese; Vineeta S Chauhan; Arvind K Misra

    2003-06-01

    While the ribosomal RNA like highly conserved genes are good molecular chronometers for establishing phylogenetic relationships, they can also be useful in securing the amplification of adjoining hyper-variable regions. These regions can then be used for developing specific PCR primers or PCR-RFL profiles to be used as molecular markers. We report here the use of ITS region of rrn operon of Frankia for developing PCR-RFL profiles capable of discriminating between closely related frankiae. We have also made use of the ITS1 region of the nuclear rrn operon of Alnus nepalensis (D Don) for designing a PCR primer for specific amplification of nuclear DNA of this tree.

  17. FeII/MgII, [Fe/Mg] Ratios and High-z Quasars

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    Korista, K; Corbin, M R; Freudling, W; Korista, Kirk; Kodituwakku, Nalaka; Corbin, Michael; Freudling, Wolfram

    2003-01-01

    It has been suggested in the literature that the (Fe/alpha) abundance ratio may be used as a chronometer, due to a delay in this ratio reaching its solar value as predicted by galactic chemical evolution models. Using grids of photoionization models along a sequence of the (Fe/Mg) abundance ratio vs.\\ metallicity with time in a giant elliptical starburst scenario, we investigate the relationship between the (Fe/Mg) abundance ratio and the FeII/MgII emission line flux ratio under the assumption that these lines originate in photoionized clouds within the broad emission line regions of quasars.

  18. I-Pu-Xe dating and the relative ages of the earth and moon

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    Swindle, T. D.; Caffee, M. W.; Hohenberg, C. M.; Taylor, S. R.

    1986-01-01

    The ages of the earth and moon as determined by various chronometric systems are discussed with primary emphasis placed on the development of an I-Pu-Xe chronometer. Data on excess fission xenon are reviewed with attention given to the strengths and weaknesses of the assumptions required for lunar I-Pu-Xe chronometry. Using I-Pu-Xe dating, it is estimated that the retention of excess fission xenon in lunar samples began no more than 63 + or - 42 m.y. after the time of primitive meteorite formation.

  19. Applications of ICP magnetic sector multicollector mass spectrometry to basic energy research. Final report for period December 1st, 1993 - May 31st, 2000

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    Halliday, A.N.

    2002-05-01

    The primary aims of this research were threefold: to develop and utilize the new technique of multiple collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry and apply it to problems in the earth, ocean, and environmental sciences; to develop new chronometers and improve existing chronometers to allow the accurate determination of the ages of geological features and processes; and to study natural fluid-mediated mass transfer processes and source of components in the crust and the oceans. This technique has now become the preferred method for the determination of the isotopic compositions of a variety of elements in the periodic table. The prototype instrument was used to explore a vast array of isotopic systems and demonstrate applicability to problems as different as the origin of the solar system and smelting methods in the Bronze Age. Highlights of the program are briefly summarized under the following topics: tungsten isotopes and the early solar system; trace siderophile and chalcophile element geochemistry; hafnium isotopes and the early development of the continents; evolution of lead isotopic compositions of the oceans; the isotopic composition and residence time of Hf in seawater; the isotopic compositions of Sr, Hf, Pb, and Nd in dust; U-Th disequilibrium dating of carbonates and soils; in situ U-Th disequilibrium dating of opal.

  20. Instrumentation development for planetary in situ 40Ar/39Ar geochronology

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    Davidheiser-Kroll, B.; Morgan, L. E.; Munk, M.; Warner, N. H.; Gupta, S.; Slaybaugh, R.; Harkness, P.; Mark, D. F.

    2015-12-01

    The chronology of the Solar System, particularly the timing of formation of extraterrestrial bodies and their features, is a major outstanding problem in planetary science. Although various chronological methods for in situ geochronology have been proposed (e.g. Rb-Sr, K-Ar), and even applied (K-Ar, Farley et al., 2014), the reliability, accuracy, and applicability of the 40Ar/39Ar method makes it by far the most desirable chronometer for dating extraterrestrial bodies. The method however relies on the neutron irradiation of samples, and thus a neutron source. We will discuss the challenges and feasibility of deploying a passive neutron source to planetary surfaces for the in situ application of the 40Ar/39Ar chronometer. Requirements in generating and shielding neutrons, as well as analyzing samples are discussed, along with an exploration of limitations such as mass, power, and cost. Two potential solutions for the in situ extraterrestrial deployment of the 40Ar/39Ar method will be presented. Although this represents a challenging task, developing the technology to apply the 40Ar/39Ar method on planetary surfaces would represent a major advance towards constraining the timescale of solar system formation and evolution.

  1. The initial abundance and distribution of 92Nb in the Solar System

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    Iizuka, Tsuyoshi; Akram, Waheed; Amelin, Yuri; Schönbächler, Maria

    2016-01-01

    Niobium-92 is an extinct proton-rich nuclide, which decays to 92Zr with a half-life of 37 Ma. This radionuclide potentially offers a unique opportunity to determine the timescales of early Solar System processes and the site(s) of nucleosynthesis for p-nuclei, once its initial abundance and distribution in the Solar System are well established. Here we present internal Nb-Zr isochrons for three basaltic achondrites with known U-Pb ages: the angrite NWA 4590, the eucrite Agoult, and the ungrouped achondrite Ibitira. Our results show that the relative Nb-Zr isochron ages of the three meteorites are consistent with the time intervals obtained from the Pb-Pb chronometer for pyroxene and plagioclase, indicating that 92Nb was homogeneously distributed among their source regions. The Nb-Zr and Pb-Pb data for NWA 4590 yield the most reliable and precise reference point for anchoring the Nb-Zr chronometer to the absolute timescale: an initial 92Nb/93Nb ratio of $(1.4 \\pm 0.5) \\times 10^{-5}$ at $4557.93 \\pm 0.36$ Ma, ...

  2. Lu-Hf and Sm-Nd garnet geochronology

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    Smit, Matthijs Arjen; Scherer, Erik E.; Mezger, Klaus

    2013-01-01

    are similar among grains having radii larger than 1.3 mm (weighted mean: 2714±6 Ma2714±6 Ma; 2 s.d.) and up to 20 Myr younger for finer fractions. In contrast, Sm–Nd dates are equal to or younger than the 2641–2637 Ma age of peak metamorphism. The roles of concurrently digested inclusions and core–rim Lu......To investigate the systematics of the 176Lu–176Hf and 147Sm–143Nd garnet chronometers, we performed REE and isotope analyses on garnet crystals of different size (0.55–3.1 mm radius) from a single granulite specimen (Archean Pikwitonei Granulite Domain, Manitoba, Canada). The Lu–Hf dates....../Sm fractionation are quantitatively evaluated and excluded as causes for the observed age heterogeneity. Instead, the isotope dates are interpreted to reflect partial loss of radiogenic 176Hf and 143Nd, and are used to constrain the systematics of the garnet chronometers at high temperature. The data constrain...

  3. [WORKLOAD OF PASSENGER TRAIN DRIVER AT DIFFERENT ROADS AND DRIVING REGIMES].

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    Kaptsov, V A; Kuzmin, V A; Zhivaev, A S

    2016-01-01

    There was performed a chronometer study of the workload of passenger train drivers in the work in the areas of circulation differing in the complexity of the track profile and in working in various modes of conducting the train. As a result of the chronometer study of the workload of passenger train drivers in the work in the areas of circulation differing in the complexity of the track profile there was determined the structure of the workload of the operational activity of drivers and revealed the dependence of the increase in the number of control actions in the complication of the track profile. Analysis of data obtained as a result of the study of patterns of the activity in the manual mode and with the use of the automatic driving system showed a marked decrease in active control actions, but also revealed the growing problem of physical inactivity among train drivers. In addition, the issue of the preservation of movement and motor skills when working with systems of automatic driving trains requires a more detailed study. PMID:27430068

  4. Molybdenite Re-Os dating of Mo-Th-Nb-REE rich marbles: pre-Variscan processes in Moldanubian Variegated Group (Czech Republic

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    Drábek Milan

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available In an effort to contribute to the discussion concerning the age of rocks of the Moldanubian Variegated Group, we have undertaken Re-Os dating of molybdenite of banded carbonatite-like marbles (CLM from the graphite mine Václav at Bližná (Southern Bohemia, which belong to the metamorphic sequence of this group. The Re-Os model ages for the molybdenites range between 493 and 497 Ma and apparently correspond to the early stages of metamorphism connected with pre-Variscan rift-related tectono-metamorphic events, which affected and recrystallized sedimentary CLM material rich in Mo-Th-Nb-REE. The molybdenite bearing carbonatite like marbles situated in the footwall of Bližná graphite mine have been interpreted as carbonates with a large share of volcano-detritic material derived from contemporaneous primitive alkaline (carbonatite-like volcanism deposited in a shallow marine lagoonal environment. There is no geological evidence for the participation of fluids mobilized from host rocks in the formation of the CLM. Because the Re-Os chronometer in molybdenite is demonstrably stable through later Variscan facies metamorphism, the molybdenite chronometer has not been affected by subsequent thermal overprints associated with the Variscan orogeny.

  5. Early planetesimal melting from an age of 4.5662 Gyr for differentiated meteorites

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    Baker, J.; Bizzarro, Martin; Wittig, N.;

    2005-01-01

    Long- and short-lived radioactive isotopes and their daughter products in meteorites are chronometers that can test models for Solar System formation. Differentiated meteorites come from parent bodies that were once molten and separated into metal cores and silicate mantles. Mineral ages for thes......Long- and short-lived radioactive isotopes and their daughter products in meteorites are chronometers that can test models for Solar System formation. Differentiated meteorites come from parent bodies that were once molten and separated into metal cores and silicate mantles. Mineral ages...... for these meteorites, however, are typically younger than age constraints for planetesimal differentiation. Such young ages indicate that the energy required to melt their parent bodies could not have come from the most likely heat source-radioactive decay of short-lived nuclides (Al and Fe) injected from a nearby...... supernova-because these would have largely decayed by the time of melting. Here we report an age of 4.5662 ± 0.0001 billion years (based on Pb-Pb dating) for basaltic angrites, which is only 1 Myr younger than the currently accepted minimum age of the Solar System and corresponds to a time when Al and Fe...

  6. The Hamburg/ESO R-process Enhanced Star survey (HERES) XI. The highly $r$-process-enhanced star CS 29497-004

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    Hill, V; Beers, T C; Barklem, P S; Kratz, K -L; Nordström, B; Pfeiffer, B; Farouqi, K

    2016-01-01

    We report an abundance analysis for the highly r-process-enhanced (r-II) star CS 29497-004, a very metal-poor giant with Teff = 5013K and [Fe/H]=-2.85, whose nature was initially discovered in the course of the HERES project. Our analysis is based on high signal-to-noise, high-resolution (R~75000) VLT/UVES spectra and MARCS model atmospheres under the assumption of local thermodynamic equilibrium, and obtains abundance measurements for a total of 46 elements, 31 of which are neutron-capture elements. As is the case for the other 25 r-II stars currently known, the heavy-element abundance pattern of CS 29497-004 well-matches a scaled Solar System second peak r-process-element abundance pattern. We confirm our previous detection of Th, and demonstrate that this star does not exhibit an "actinide boost". Uranium is also detected (log e(U) =-2.20+/-0.30), albeit with a large measurement error that hampers its use as a precision cosmo-chronometer. Combining the various elemental chronometer pairs that are available...

  7. Advances in obsidian hydration dating by secondary ion mass spectrometry: World examples

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    Liritzis, I. [University of the Aegean, Dept. of Mediterranean Studies, Laboratory of Archaeometry, 1 Demokratias Ave., Rhodes 85100 (Greece)], E-mail: liritzis@rhodes.aegean.gr; Laskaris, N. [University of the Aegean, Dept. of Mediterranean Studies, Laboratory of Archaeometry, 1 Demokratias Ave., Rhodes 85100 (Greece)

    2009-01-15

    Since 1960 the potential of obsidian as a chronometer in archaeology has been subjected to several drawbacks and studies. While economical, simple and fast, obsidian hydration dating today is generally unreliable. A novel approach towards obsidian hydration dating, named SIMS-SS, has recently been initiated based on modelling the hydrogen profile acquired by secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), following Fick's diffusion law, and the rationale of surface saturation (SS) with water molecules. The new nuclear method is presented with significant refinement regarding numerical calculation of age parameters, the suitability criteria of the sampling area and the spectral shape of the concentration dependant H{sup +} profile. A reappraisal is applied to thirteen obsidian specimens from all over the world ranging some 100's to 30,000 years old. The results reinforce the precision and reliability of the SIMS-SS method, enhancing its wide applicability.

  8. Complexities in the Use of Bomb-Curve Radiocarbon to Determine Time Since Death of Human Skeletal Remains

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    Ubelaker, D H; Buchholz, B A

    2005-04-26

    Atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons during the 1950s and early 1960s doubled the level of radiocarbon ({sup 14}C) in the atmosphere. From the peak in 1963, the level of {sup 14}CO{sub 2} has decreased exponentially with a mean life of about 16 years, not due to radioactive decay, but due to mixing with large marine and terrestrial carbon reservoirs. Since radiocarbon is incorporated into all living things, the bomb-pulse is an isotopic chronometer of the past half century. The absence of bomb radiocarbon in skeletonized human remains generally indicates a date of death before 1950. Comparison of the radiocarbon values with the post 1950 bomb-curve may also help elucidate when in the post 1950 era, the individual was still alive. Such interpretation however, must consider the age at death of the individual and the type of tissue sampled.

  9. Progress in the Early Solar System Chronology: A Sketch of an Ever-Changing Landscape

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    Amelin, Yuri; Yin, Q.-Z.; Krot, A. N.; Bouvier, A.; Wadhwa, M.; Kleine, T.; Nyquist, L. E.

    2011-01-01

    The years since the Workshop on the Chronology of Meteorites and the Early Solar System, are marked with ongoing progress in cosmochronology. Rapid improvements in techniques, discovery of new meteorites unlike any previously known, and findings that what was deemed well established constants are actually variables, will be reflected in an updated review of the solar system chronology we are currently preparing. Along with updating the database of meteorite ages, it will involve development of a set of criteria for evaluation of accuracy and consistency of isotopic dates across the entire range of meteorite classes and isotope chronometer systems. Here we present some ideas on what we think is important in meteorite chronology, and invite the cosmochemistry community to discuss them.

  10. Radioactive Clocks and Thermometer in S-type Stars

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    Van Eck, S.; Neyskens, P.; Jorissen, A.; Goriely, S.; Siess, L.; Plez, B.

    2015-12-01

    Direct probes of the temporal evolution of stars are rare. We derive the time spent by S-type stars since the onset of the first thermal pulse, from the 99Tc - 99Ru and 93Zr - 93Nb chronometers. Zirconium and niobium abundances constrain as well the nucleosynthesis temperature, supporting 13C(α,n)16O as the s-process neutron source. Niobium abundances are used, for the first time, to efficiently separate stars with active nucleosynthesis from binary stars with fossil overabundances resulting from a previous mass transfer. The abundances of Tc, Nb, and Zr thus give access to the nucleosynthesis chronology and temperature, and provide a diagnostic of possible external pollution from a companion star.

  11. Thermal history modeling of the H chondrite parent body

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    Henke, Stephan; Trieloff, Mario; Schwarz, Winfried H; Kleine, Thorsten

    2012-01-01

    The cooling histories of individual meteorites can be empirically reconstructed by using ages from different radioisotopic chronometers with distinct closure temperatures. For a group of meteorites derived from a single parent body such data permit the reconstruction of the cooling history and properties of that body. Particularly suited are H chondrites because precise radiometric ages over a wide range of closure temperatures are available. A thermal evolution model for the H chondrite parent body is constructed by using all H chondrites for which at least three different radiometric ages are available. Several key parameters determining the thermal evolution of the H chondrite parent body and the unknown burial depths of the H chondrites are varied until an optimal fit is obtained. The fit is performed by an 'evolution algorithm'. Empirical data for eight samples are used for which radiometric ages are available for at least three different closure temperatures. A set of parameters for the H chondrite pare...

  12. Redshift remapping and cosmic acceleration in dark-matter-dominated cosmological models

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    Wojtak, Radosław

    2016-01-01

    The standard relation between the cosmological redshift and cosmic scale factor underlies cosmological inference from virtually all kinds of cosmological observations, leading to the emergence of the LambdaCDM cosmological model. This relation is not a fundamental theory and thus observational determination of this function (redshift remapping) should be regarded as an insightful alternative to holding its standard form in analyses of cosmological data. Here we present non-parametric reconstructions of redshift remapping in dark-matter-dominated models and constraints on cosmological parameters from a joint analysis of all primary cosmological probes including the local measurement of the Hubble constant, Type Ia supernovae, baryonic acoustic oscillations (BAO), Planck observations of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation (temperature power spectrum) and cosmic chronometers. The reconstructed redshift remapping points to an additional boost of redshift operating in late epoch of cosmic evolution, bu...

  13. Early mantle dynamics inferred from Nd-142 variations in Archean rocks from southwest Greenland

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    Rizo, Hanika; Boyet, Maud; Blichert-Toft, Janne;

    2013-01-01

    The composition and evolution of the silicate Earth during Hadean/Eoarchean times are widely debated and largely unknown due to the sparse geological record preserved from Earth's infancy. The short-lived Sm-146-Nd-142 chronometer applied to 3.8-3.7 Ga old mantle-derived amphibolites from the Isu...... the compositional evolution and dynamic workings of Earth's primordial mantle. (C) 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved....... domains of the ISB, accompanied by their corresponding Sm-147-Nd-143 and Lu-176-Hf-176 systematics. The 3.8 Ga suite yields Nd-142 excesses comparable to those detected previously in 3.7 Ga old ISB amphibolites, indicating that Eoarchean mafic ISB Iavas originated from sources with similar differentiation...

  14. Model independent analysis on the slowing down of cosmic acceleration

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    Zhang, Ming-Jian

    2016-01-01

    Possible slowing down of cosmic acceleration has attracted more and more attention. However, most analysis in previous work were commonly imposed in some parametrization models. In the present paper, we investigate this subject using the the Gaussian processes (GP), providing a model-independent analysis. We carry out the reconstruction by abundant data including luminosity distance from Union2, Union2.1 compilation and gamma-ray burst, and Hubble parameter from cosmic chronometer and baryon acoustic oscillation peaks. The GP reconstructions suggest that no slowing down of cosmic acceleration is approved within 95\\% C.L. from current observational data. We also test the influence of spatial curvature and Hubble constant, finding that spatial curvature does not present significant impact on the reconstructions. However, Hubble constant strongly influence the reconstructions especially at low redshift. In order to reveal the reason of inconsistence between our reconstruction and previous parametrization constra...

  15. Cosmic-ray half-life of 144Pm

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    In order to test the possibility of using 144Pm as a clock to measure the mean cosmic-ray confinement time in the Galaxy, we counted a highly purified 1.4 μCi source of this isotope in GAMMASPHERE and searched for its astrophysically interesting β+ decay branch through the observation of positron-annihilation γ rays in coincidence with the characteristic 697-keV γ ray. Analysis of 57 h of source counting and 15 h of background shows no net signal and results in an upper limit of 3.7 of 511-511-697 keV coincident events. From this result we establish a 90% confidence level upper limit on the branch for this decay mode to be 7.4x10-6%. The implications of this result for the 144Pm cosmic-ray chronometer problem are discussed. copyright 1998 The American Physical Society

  16. 知识发现及其应用研究回顾%An Overview of Knowledge Discovery and Its Application

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    黄绍君; 杨炳儒; 谢永红

    2001-01-01

    This paper first introduces the background of knowledge discovery and depicts the development of it as well as the knowledge type and database used in knowledge discovery. After that it introduces the application of knowledge discovery in various areas: agriculture, medicine, environmental protection, chronometer, finance, retail, military and Internet.%介绍了知识发现的背景,描述了知识发现的发展过程、知识类型、所使用的数据库,重点介绍了知识发现在各个领域的应用如:农业、医学、环保、天文、金融、零售、军事、Internet等。

  17. Developing 226Ra and 227Ac age-dating techniques for nuclear forensics to gain insight from concordant and non-concordant radiochronometers

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    The model age or 'date of purification' of a nuclear material is an important nuclear forensic signature. In this study, chemical separation and MC-ICP-MS measurement techniques were developed for 226 Ra and 227Ac: grand-daughter nuclides in the 238U and 235U decay chains respectively. The 230Th-234U, 226Ra-238U, 231Pa-235U, and 227Ac-235U radiochronometers were used to calculate model ages for CRM-U100 standard reference material and two highly-enriched pieces of uranium metal from the International Technical Working Group Round Robin 3 Exercise. In conclusion, the results demonstrate the accuracy of the 226Ra-238U and 227Ac-235U chronometers and provide information about nuclide migration during uranium processing

  18. Toward sufficient reduction of radio-impurities for 32Si sediment age dating

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    This project is focused on developing a geochronology tool enabling age dating of coastal marine sediments in the 100-1000 year age range. The technique employs the 32Si/32P radio-chronometer with an ultra-lowbackground gas proportional beta detector with a background count rate approaching 10 counts per day (cpd), which will require significant decontamination of radiogenic nuclides present in the original sediment samples. This paper describes the multiple physical and chemical separation methods employed to maintain a high final chemical yield of P while reducing the radiogenic contributions. The final purified 32P samples had, on average 100 ± 7 % chemical yields with no quantifiable gamma emissions present. (author)

  19. Developing 226Ra and 227Ac age-dating techniques for nuclear forensics to gain insight from concordant and non-concordant radiochronometers

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    The model age or 'date of purification' of a nuclear material is an important nuclear forensic signature. In this study, chemical separation and MC-ICP-MS measurement techniques were developed for 226Ra and 227Ac: grand-daughter nuclides in the 238U and 235U decay chains, respectively. The 230Th-234U, 226Ra-238U, 231Pa-235U, and 227Ac-235U radiochronometers were used to calculate model ages for CRM-U100 standard reference material and two highly-enriched pieces of uranium metal from the International Technical Working Group Round Robin 3 Exercise. Results demonstrate the accuracy of the 226Ra-238U and 227Ac-235U chronometers and provide information about nuclide migration during uranium processing. (author)

  20. Towards consistent chronology in the early Solar System: high resolution 53Mn-53Cr chronometry for chondrules.

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    Yin, Q; Jacobsen, B; Moynier, F; Hutcheon, I D

    2007-05-02

    New high-precision {sup 53}Mn-{sup 53}Cr data obtained for chondrules extracted from a primitive ordinary chondrite, Chainpur (LL3.4), define an initial {sup 53}Mn/{sup 55}Mn ratio of (5.1 {+-} 1.6) x 10{sup -6}. As a result of this downward revision from an earlier higher value of (9.4 {+-} 1.7) x 10{sup -6} for the same meteorite (Nyquist et al. 2001), together with an assessment of recent literature, we show that a consistent chronology with other chronometers such as the {sup 26}Al-{sup 26}Mg and {sup 207}Pb-{sup 206}Pb systems emerges in the early Solar System.

  1. Description of sunspot cycles by orthogonal functions

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    Teuber, D. L.; Reichmann, E. J.; Wilson, R. M.

    1984-10-01

    Based on the principal component analysis technique and evidence for a 22-yr double-sunspot cycle periodicity. The time series of sunspot numbers is represented as a sum of mutually orthogonal eigenvectors in the time domain. It is shown that the first two eigenvectors account for about 90 percent of the cumulative 'signal power,' and that this is sufficient for reconstruction of the raw data curve. It is also noted that the second eigenvector behaves as the time derivative of the first, and that a phase-plane plot of these eigenvectors (i.e. a plot of a variable vs. its rate of change) suggests that the sun's sunspot cycle is driven by an oscillator; the implication is that, embedded within the sun, a chronometer is at work (e.g. Dicke, 1979).

  2. A 6% measurement of the Hubble parameter at $z\\sim0.45$: direct evidence of the epoch of cosmic re-acceleration

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    Moresco, Michele; Cimatti, Andrea; Jimenez, Raul; Maraston, Claudia; Verde, Licia; Thomas, Daniel; Citro, Annalisa; Tojeiro, Rita; Wilkinson, David

    2016-01-01

    Deriving the expansion history of the Universe is a major goal of modern cosmology. To date, the most accurate measurements have been obtained with Type Ia Supernovae and Baryon Acoustic Oscillations, providing evidence for the existence of a transition epoch at which the expansion rate changes from decelerated to accelerated. However, these results have been obtained within the framework of specific cosmological models that must be implicitly or explicitly assumed in the measurement. It is therefore crucial to obtain measurements of the accelerated expansion of the Universe independently of assumptions on cosmological models. Here we exploit the unprecedented statistics provided by the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS) Data Release 9 to provide new constraints on the Hubble parameter $H(z)$ using the em cosmic chronometers approach. We extract a sample of more than 130000 of the most massive and passively evolving galaxies, obtaining five new cosmology-independent $H(z)$ measurements in the reds...

  3. Hydrocarbons dating by Re-Os method: experimental study of the Re-Os couple geochemical behaviour in oils during the evolution of a petroleum system

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    The Re-Os radiogenic system is well adapted to the dating of oils and bitumen. However the meaning of the obtained age is ambiguous. This is mainly due to gaps in our knowledge of the geochemical behavior and the speciation of Re and Os in oils. Specifically, use of the Re-Os geo-chronometer requires an understanding of how Re-Os behavior can lead to the fulfillment of the conditions necessary for the development of an isochron. These conditions are: i) the isotopic homogenization of oils at the scale of a petroleum field ii) the fractionation of Re from Os so as to obtain samples with various Re/Os ratios iii) the closure of the system during the period of radiogenic ingrowth of the daughter isotope, that is, from the time of the event of interest to the present day. Experimental investigation of the organic geochemical behavior of Re and Os in oils under various conditions, designed as analogs of the different stages of petroleum generation and evolution, were performed in order to evaluate the use of the Re-Os system as a geo-chronometer in the context of a direct use on petroleum. The possibility of Re-Os fractionation resulting from asphaltene loss during oil evolution was investigated by sequential asphaltene precipitation in the laboratory. This study determined that Re and Os are mainly located in the most polar asphaltene fractions, that is, in the first to precipitate. This study also demonstrated that Re/Os ratios are not disturbed by asphaltene loss during the evolution of oils, unless this loss is unrealistically large. Thus asphaltene precipitation during migration and emplacement is not responsible for the Re/Os fractionation required for the use of the geo-chronometer. The possibility of metal transfer from formation waters to petroleum was studied by performing contact experiments between oils and aqueous solutions of Re and Os of various concentrations over a wide range of temperatures and for varying periods of time. This study demonstrated a

  4. High resolution optically stimulated luminescence dating of a sediment core from the southwestern Sea of Okhotsk

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    Sugisaki, S.; Buylaert, J. P.; Murray, A. S.;

    2012-01-01

    Optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating is now widely accepted as a chronometer for terrestrial sediment. More recently, it has been suggested that OSL may also be useful in the dating of deep-sea marine sediments. In this paper, we test the usefulness of high resolution quartz OSL dating...... in application to a 19 m marine sediment core (MR0604-PC04A) taken from the southwestern Sea of Okhotsk, immediately to the north of Hokkaido, Japan. Fine-grained quartz (4 to 11 mu m) was chosen as the dosimeter, and a single-aliquot regenerative-dose protocol was used for the determination of equivalent dose...... (D-e), with stimulation by both infrared and blue light. The suitability of the measurement procedure was confirmed using dose recovery tests. A high resolution record (similar to 2 OSL ages/m) identified clear sedimentation rate changes down the core. The OSL ages are significantly dependent...

  5. 182Hf-182W age dating of a 26Al-poor inclusion and implications for the origin of short-lived radioisotopes in the early Solar System.

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    Holst, Jesper C; Olsen, Mia B; Paton, Chad; Nagashima, Kazuhide; Schiller, Martin; Wielandt, Daniel; Larsen, Kirsten K; Connelly, James N; Jørgensen, Jes K; Krot, Alexander N; Nordlund, Ake; Bizzarro, Martin

    2013-05-28

    Refractory inclusions [calcium-aluminum-rich inclusions, (CAIs)] represent the oldest Solar System solids and provide information regarding the formation of the Sun and its protoplanetary disk. CAIs contain evidence of now extinct short-lived radioisotopes (e.g., (26)Al, (41)Ca, and (182)Hf) synthesized in one or multiple stars and added to the protosolar molecular cloud before or during its collapse. Understanding how and when short-lived radioisotopes were added to the Solar System is necessary to assess their validity as chronometers and constrain the birthplace of the Sun. Whereas most CAIs formed with the canonical abundance of (26)Al corresponding to (26)Al/(27)Al of ∼5 × 10(-5), rare CAIs with fractionation and unidentified nuclear isotope effects (FUN CAIs) record nucleosynthetic isotopic heterogeneity and (26)Al/(27)Al of Solar System, including the origin of short-lived radioisotopes. However, their chronology is unknown. Using the (182)Hf-(182)W chronometer, we show that a FUN CAI recording a condensation origin from a solar gas formed coevally with canonical CAIs, but with (26)Al/(27)Al of ∼3 × 10(-6). The decoupling between (182)Hf and (26)Al requires distinct stellar origins: steady-state galactic stellar nucleosynthesis for (182)Hf and late-stage contamination of the protosolar molecular cloud by a massive star(s) for (26)Al. Admixing of stellar-derived (26)Al to the protoplanetary disk occurred during the epoch of CAI formation and, therefore, the (26)Al-(26)Mg systematics of CAIs cannot be used to define their formation interval. In contrast, our results support (182)Hf homogeneity and chronological significance of the (182)Hf-(182)W clock.

  6. A 6% measurement of the Hubble parameter at z~0.45: direct evidence of the epoch of cosmic re-acceleration

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    Moresco, Michele; Pozzetti, Lucia; Cimatti, Andrea; Jimenez, Raul; Maraston, Claudia; Verde, Licia; Thomas, Daniel; Citro, Annalisa; Tojeiro, Rita; Wilkinson, David

    2016-05-01

    Deriving the expansion history of the Universe is a major goal of modern cosmology. To date, the most accurate measurements have been obtained with Type Ia Supernovae (SNe) and Baryon Acoustic Oscillations (BAO), providing evidence for the existence of a transition epoch at which the expansion rate changes from decelerated to accelerated. However, these results have been obtained within the framework of specific cosmological models that must be implicitly or explicitly assumed in the measurement. It is therefore crucial to obtain measurements of the accelerated expansion of the Universe independently of assumptions on cosmological models. Here we exploit the unprecedented statistics provided by the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS, [1-3]) Data Release 9 to provide new constraints on the Hubble parameter H(z) using the cosmic chronometers approach. We extract a sample of more than 130000 of the most massive and passively evolving galaxies, obtaining five new cosmology-independent H(z) measurements in the redshift range 0.3 < z < 0.5, with an accuracy of ~11–16% incorporating both statistical and systematic errors. Once combined, these measurements yield a 6% accuracy constraint of H(z = 0.4293) = 91.8 ± 5.3 km/s/Mpc. The new data are crucial to provide the first cosmology-independent determination of the transition redshift at high statistical significance, measuring zt = 0.4 ± 0.1, and to significantly disfavor the null hypothesis of no transition between decelerated and accelerated expansion at 99.9% confidence level. This analysis highlights the wide potential of the cosmic chronometers approach: it permits to derive constraints on the expansion history of the Universe with results competitive with standard probes, and most importantly, being the estimates independent of the cosmological model, it can constrain cosmologies beyond—and including—the ΛCDM model.

  7. Mars chronology: assessing techniques for quantifying surficial processes

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    Doran, Peter T.; Clifford, Stephen M.; Forman, Steven L.; Nyquist, Larry; Papanastassiou, Dimitri A.; Stewart, Brian W.; Sturchio, Neil C.; Swindle, Timothy D.; Cerling, Thure; Kargel, Jeff

    2004-01-01

    Currently, the absolute chronology of Martian rocks, deposits and events is based mainly on crater counting and remains highly imprecise with epoch boundary uncertainties in excess of 2 billion years. Answers to key questions concerning the comparative origin and evolution of Mars and Earth will not be forthcoming without a rigid Martian chronology, enabling the construction of a time scale comparable to Earth's. Priorities for exploration include calibration of the cratering rate, dating major volcanic and fluvial events and establishing chronology of the polar layered deposits. If extinct andor extant life is discovered, the chronology of the biosphere will be of paramount importance. Many radiometric and cosmogenic techniques applicable on Earth and the Moon will apply to Mars after certain baselines (e.g. composition of the atmosphere, trace species, chemical and physical characteristics of Martian dust) are established. The high radiation regime may pose a problem for dosimetry-based techniques (e.g. luminescence). The unique isotopic composition of nitrogen in the Martian atmosphere may permit a Mars-specific chronometer for tracing the time-evolution of the atmosphere and of lithic phases with trapped atmospheric gases. Other Mars-specific chronometers include measurement of gas fluxes and accumulation of platinum group elements (PGE) in the regolith. Putting collected samples into geologic context is deemed essential, as is using multiple techniques on multiple samples. If in situ measurements are restricted to a single technique it must be shown to give consistent results on multiple samples, but in all cases, using two or more techniques (e.g. on the same lander) will reduce error. While there is no question that returned samples will yield the best ages, in situ techniques have the potential to be flown on multiple missions providing a larger data set and broader context in which to place the more accurate dates.

  8. 182Hf-182W age dating of a 26Al-poor inclusion and implications for the origin of short-lived radioisotopes in the early Solar System.

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    Holst, Jesper C; Olsen, Mia B; Paton, Chad; Nagashima, Kazuhide; Schiller, Martin; Wielandt, Daniel; Larsen, Kirsten K; Connelly, James N; Jørgensen, Jes K; Krot, Alexander N; Nordlund, Ake; Bizzarro, Martin

    2013-05-28

    Refractory inclusions [calcium-aluminum-rich inclusions, (CAIs)] represent the oldest Solar System solids and provide information regarding the formation of the Sun and its protoplanetary disk. CAIs contain evidence of now extinct short-lived radioisotopes (e.g., (26)Al, (41)Ca, and (182)Hf) synthesized in one or multiple stars and added to the protosolar molecular cloud before or during its collapse. Understanding how and when short-lived radioisotopes were added to the Solar System is necessary to assess their validity as chronometers and constrain the birthplace of the Sun. Whereas most CAIs formed with the canonical abundance of (26)Al corresponding to (26)Al/(27)Al of ∼5 × 10(-5), rare CAIs with fractionation and unidentified nuclear isotope effects (FUN CAIs) record nucleosynthetic isotopic heterogeneity and (26)Al/(27)Al of Solar System, including the origin of short-lived radioisotopes. However, their chronology is unknown. Using the (182)Hf-(182)W chronometer, we show that a FUN CAI recording a condensation origin from a solar gas formed coevally with canonical CAIs, but with (26)Al/(27)Al of ∼3 × 10(-6). The decoupling between (182)Hf and (26)Al requires distinct stellar origins: steady-state galactic stellar nucleosynthesis for (182)Hf and late-stage contamination of the protosolar molecular cloud by a massive star(s) for (26)Al. Admixing of stellar-derived (26)Al to the protoplanetary disk occurred during the epoch of CAI formation and, therefore, the (26)Al-(26)Mg systematics of CAIs cannot be used to define their formation interval. In contrast, our results support (182)Hf homogeneity and chronological significance of the (182)Hf-(182)W clock. PMID:23671077

  9. Estimation of ground water residence times in the Critical zone: insight from U activity ratios

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    Chabaux, Francois; Ackerer, Julien; Lucas, Yann; viville, Daniel

    2016-04-01

    The use of radioactive disequilibria as tracers and chronometers of weathering processes and related mass transfers has been recognized since the 60'. The development, over the last two decades, of analytical methods for measuring very precisely U-series nuclides (especially, 234U, 230Th and 226Ra) in environmental samples has opened up new scientific applications in Earth Surface Sciences. Here, we propose to present the potential of U activity ratios in surface waters as chronometer of water transfers at a watershed scale. This will be illustrated from studies performed at different scales, with the analysis of U activity ratios in surface waters from small watersheds (Strengbach and Ringelbach watersheds in the Vosges Mountain, France) but also from watersheds of much more regional extension (e.g., the Upper Rhine basin or the Ganges basin). These various studies show that variations of U activity ratios in surface waters are mainly associated with 234U-238U fractionations occurring during the water transfer within the bedrock, which intensity depends on two main parameters: the petro-physical characteristics of the aquifer, principally the geometry of water-rock interfaces and the duration of the water-rock interactions. This readily explains why different U activity ratios (UAR) can be observed in the different aquifers of a continental hydrosystem and hence why UAR can be used to trace the source of river waters. For a hydrological system developed on a substratum marked by fairly homogeneous petro-physical characteristics, the main parameter controlling the UAR in waters draining such a system would be the duration of the water-rock interactions. Variations of UAR in stream or spring waters of such a system can therefore be modeled using simple reactive transport model, which allows the estimation of both the dissolution rate of the bedrock and the residence time of the waters within the aquifer.

  10. 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

  11. Radium and radium-daughter nuclides in carbonates: a brief overview of strategies for determining chronologies

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    Schmidt, Sabine, E-mail: s.schmidt@epoc.u-bordeaux1.f [CNRS, UMR5805 EPOC, Avenue des Facultes, F-33405 Talence Cedex (France); Universite de Bordeaux, OASU, UMR5805 EPOC, F-33405 Talence Cedex (France); Cochran, J. Kirk [Marine Sciences Research Center, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York 11794-5000 (United States)

    2010-07-15

    Radium isotopes have been used extensively to trace the movement of groundwater as well as oceanic water masses, but these radionuclides (and their daughters) are also useful chronometers for the determination of the time scales of other Earth and environmental processes. The purpose of this overview is to present the application of Ra and Ra daughters in the dating of carbonates. We show that the choice of dating method (decay of excess radionuclide or ingrowth of daughter) depends strongly on the parent/daughter activity ratios in the water in which the carbonate was precipitated. Thus freshly precipitated carbonates uniformly show excesses of {sup 226}Ra relative to its parent {sup 230}Th, and {sup 226}Ra decay can provide ages of carbonates over Holocene time scales. In contrast, carbonates are precipitated in waters of greatly varying {sup 210}Pb/{sup 226}Ra. Corals, deep-sea hydrothermal vent clams and the shelled cephalopod Nautilus live in waters with significant dissolved {sup 210}Pb and all show excesses of {sup 210}Pb in their carbonate. Bivalve molluscs from nearshore and coastal waters, and carbonates deposited from groundwater environments (e.g. travertines) in which {sup 210}Pb is efficiently scavenged from solution, show deficiencies of {sup 210}Pb relative to {sup 226}Ra. In contrast, fish otoliths strongly discriminate against {sup 210}Pb regardless of the environment in which the fish lives. Deficiencies of {sup 228}Th relative to {sup 228}Ra are common in all carbonates. Useful time ranges for the {sup 210}Pb/{sup 226}Ra and {sup 228}Th/{sup 228}Ra chronometers are {approx}100 y and {approx}10 y, respectively.

  12. K-Ca Dating of Alkali-Rich Fragments in the Y-74442 and Bhola LL-Chondritic Breccias

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    Yokoyama, T; Misawa, K.; Okano, O; Shih, C. -Y.; Nyquist, L. E.; Simon, J. I.; Tappa, M. J.; Yoneda, S.

    2013-01-01

    Alkali-rich igneous fragments in the brecciated LL-chondrites, Krahenberg (LL5) [1], Bhola (LL3-6) [2], Siena (LL5) [3] and Yamato (Y)-74442 (LL4) [4-6], show characteristic fractionation patterns of alkali and alkaline elements [7]. The alkali-rich fragments in Krahenberg, Bhola and Y-74442 are very similar in mineralogy and petrography, suggesting that they could have come from related precursor materials [6]. Recently we reported Rb-Sr isotopic systematics of alkali-rich igneous rock fragments in Y-74442: nine fragments from Y-74442 yield the Rb-Sr age of 4429 plus or minus 54 Ma (2 sigma) for lambda(Rb-87) = 0.01402 Ga(exp -1) [8] with the initial ratio of Sr-87/Sr-86 = 0.7144 plus or minus 0.0094 (2 sigma) [9]. The Rb-Sr age of the alkali-rich fragments of Y-74442 is younger than the primary Rb-Sr age of 4541 plus or minus 14 Ma for LL-chondrite whole-rock samples [10], implying that they formed after accumulation of LL-chondrite parental bodies, although enrichment may have happened earlier. Marshall and DePaolo [11,12] demonstrated that the K-40 - Ca-40 decay system could be an important chronometer as well as a useful radiogenic tracer for studies of terrestrial rocks. Shih et al. [13,14] and more recently Simon et al. [15] determined K-Ca ages of lunar granitic rocks, and showed the application of the K-Ca chronometer for K-rich planetary materials. Since alkali-rich fragments in the LL-chondritic breccias are highly enriched in K, we can expect enhancements of radiogenic Ca-40. Here, we report preliminary results of K-Ca isotopic systematics of alkali-rich fragments in the LL-chondritic breccias, Y-74442 and Bhola.

  13. Accounting for Recoil Effects in Geochronometers: A New Model Approach

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    Lee, V. E.; Huber, C.

    2012-12-01

    A number of geologically important chronometers are affected by, or owe their utility to, the "recoil effect". This effect describes the physical displacement of a nuclide due to energetic nuclear processes such as radioactive alpha decay (as in the case of various parent-daughter pairs in the uranium-series decay chains, and Sm-Nd), as well as neutron irradiation (in the case of the methodology for the 40Ar/39Ar dating method). The broad range of affected geochronometers means that the recoil effect can impact a wide range of dating method applications in the geosciences, including but not limited to: Earth surface processes, paleoclimate, volcanic processes, and cosmochemistry and planetary evolution. In particular, the recoil effect can have a notable impact on the use of fine grains (silt- and clay-sized particles) for geochronometric dating purposes. This is because recoil-induced loss of a nuclide from the surfaces of a grain can create an isotopically-depleted outer rind, and for small grains, this depleted rind can be volumetrically significant. When this recoil loss is measurable and occurs in a known time-dependent fashion, it can usefully serve as the basis for chronometers (such as the U-series comminution age method); in other cases recoil loss from fine particles creates an unwanted deviation from expected isotope values (such as for the Ar-Ar method). To improve both the accuracy and precision of ages inferred from geochronometric systems that involve the recoil of a key nuclide from small domains, it is necessary to quantify the magnitude of the recoil loss of that particular nuclide. It is also necessary to quantitatively describe the effect of geological processes that can alter the outer surface of grains, and hence the isotopically-depleted rind. Here we present a new mathematical and numerical model that includes two main features that enable enhanced accuracy and precision of ages determined from geochronometers. Since the surface area of the

  14. Uranium-series dating of fossil coral reefs: Extending the sea-level record beyond the last glacial cycle

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    Stirling, Claudine H.; Andersen, Morten B.

    2009-07-01

    Absolutely dated records of past sea-level change are extremely important for understanding the advance and retreat of the large ice sheets. When combined with other complementary climate archives and climate models, such records offer the potential to gain an improved understanding of Earth's natural climate cycles, providing a firmer basis for assessing the role of anthropogenic effects, such as greenhouse gas emissions, in modifying climate. The U-series dating of fossil coral reefs has been widely utilized to provide absolutely dated records of past sea-level change and numerous observations now exist for the past 130,000 years spanning the last glacial cycle. Despite this, controversies still exist regarding the exact timing and character of sea-level events within this time interval, and extending the sea-level history further back in time on the basis of robust and independent age constraints for older fossil reefs remains very elusive. This is primarily due to a progressive loss in the resolution of the U-series chronometer as one goes further back in time, coupled to a lack of well-preserved, dateable coral in older fossil reefs. To overcome these limitations, the primary challenges are three-fold. First, new analytical protocols are required to improve the resolution of the U-series chronometer. Enhanced analytical precision must be coupled to accuracy through continued refinement of the U-series decay constant determinations and via the implementation of rigorous inter-laboratory calibration exercises. Second, efforts should continue to be focussed on gaining an improved understanding of the mechanisms controlling open-system exchange of the U-series isotopes in fossil reef systems. This will allow the number of 'reliable' U-series observations to be extended. Third, alternative dateable archives of past sea-level change must continue to be emphasized to further complement the coral reef database. These limitations are discussed in the context of current

  15. Garnet geochronology: improvements and application in studying India-Asia collision

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    Smit, Matthijs; Scherer, Erik; Mezger, Klaus; Lee, Jeffrey; Ratschbacher, Lothar; Kooijman, Ellen; Stearns, Michael

    2016-04-01

    Garnet enables constraints on all parameters relevant to lithosphere studies: pressure, temperature, strain, and time. This aspect, in combination with its widespread occurrence in metamorphic rocks, make the mineral a prime target in research into the dynamics of mountain belts. Our ability to obtain and interpret precise age constraints from garnet Lu-Hf and Sm-Nd data has greatly improved over the years. This contribution highlights recent enhancements in garnet geochronology and demonstrates the versatility of this method in two case studies set in the India-Asia collision zone. To enable a more effective use of garnet geochronology, we investigated the retentiveness of Lu-Hf and Sm-Nd isotope signatures in naturally metamorphosed garnet. A grain-size dependent Lu-Hf and Sm-Nd analysis of garnet was done on a sample of a slowly cooled Archean granulite from the Pikwitonei Granulite Domain, Canada. Comparison of the apparent ages to the known thermal history of this rock allowed constraints on chronometer systematics at high temperature. Diffusive re-equilibration is shown to occur to a small (Sm-Nd) to minor, if not insignificant (Lu-Hf), extent during high temperature metamorphism, thus firmly establishing the Lu-Hf and Sm-Nd chronometers as reliable, well-characterized dating tools. Garnet Lu-Hf chronology was done to show that mid-crustal flow and 'Barrovian-type' metamorphism of rocks now exposed in the North Himalayan Gneiss Domes in Central Tibet commenced in the early Eocene. This result is the first to confirm that crustal thickening and contraction in the Tibetan Himalaya was broadly synchronous with the collision between Greater India and Eurasia. Garnet dating and thermometry, and rutile U-Pb thermochronology on granulites from the Pamir (an exposed segment of deep Asia) revealed a history of heating to 750-830 °C, commencing at 37 Ma in the South Pamir and occurring progressively later northward. The data advocate a causal link between Indian slab

  16. Beryllium-7 and lead-210 chronometry of modern soil processes: The Linked Radionuclide aCcumulation model, LRC

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    Landis, Joshua D.; Renshaw, Carl E.; Kaste, James M.

    2016-05-01

    Soil systems are known to be repositories for atmospheric carbon and metal contaminants, but the complex processes that regulate the introduction, migration and fate of atmospheric elements in soils are poorly understood. This gap in knowledge is attributable, in part, to the lack of an established chronometer that is required for quantifying rates of relevant processes. Here we develop and test a framework for adapting atmospheric lead-210 chronometry (210Pb; half-life 22 years) to soil systems. We propose a new empirical model, the Linked Radionuclide aCcumulation model (LRC, aka "lark"), that incorporates measurements of beryllium-7 (7Be; half-life 54 days) to account for 210Pb penetration of the soil surface during initial deposition, a process which is endemic to soils but omitted from conventional 210Pb models (e.g., the Constant Rate of Supply, CRS model) and their application to sedimentary systems. We validate the LRC model using the 1963-1964 peak in bomb-fallout americium-241 (241Am; half-life of 432 years) as an independent, corroborating time marker. In three different soils we locate a sharp 241Am weapons horizon at disparate depths ranging from 2.5 to 6 cm, but with concordant ages averaging 1967 ± 4 via the LRC model. Similarly, at one site contaminated with mercury (HgT) we find that the LRC model is consistent with the recorded history of Hg emission. The close agreement of Pb, Am and Hg behavior demonstrated here suggests that organo-metallic colloid formation and migration incorporates many trace metals in universal soil processes and that these processes may be described quantitatively using atmospheric 210Pb chronometry. The 210Pb models evaluated here show that migration rates of soil colloids on the order of 1 mm yr-1 are typical, but also that these rates vary systematically with depth and are attributable to horizon-specific processes of leaf-litter decay, eluviation and illuviation. We thus interpret 210Pb models to quantify (i) exposure

  17. The role of grain boundaries and transient porosity in rocks as fluid pathways for reaction front propagation

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    Jonas, Laura; John, Timm; King, Helen E.; Geisler, Thorsten; Putnis, Andrew

    2014-01-01

    The pseudomorphic replacement of Carrara marble by calcium phosphates was used as a model system in order to study the influence of different fluid pathways for reaction front propagation induced by fluid-rock interaction. In this model, grain boundaries present in the rock as well as the transient porosity structures developing throughout the replacement reaction enable the reaction front to progress further into the rock as well as to the center of each single grain until transformation is complete. Hydrothermal treatment of the marble using phosphate bearing solutions led to the formation of hydroxylapatite and β-TCP; the formation of the latter phase was probably promoted by the presence of ∼0.6 wt.% Mg in the parent carbonate phase. Completely transformed single grains show a distinctive zoning, both in composition and texture. Whereas areas next to the grain boundary consist of nearly pure hydroxylapatite and show a coarse porosity, areas close to the center of the single grains show a high amount of β-TCP and a very fine porous microstructure. If fluorine was added as an additional solution component, up to 3 wt.% of F were incorporated into the product apatite and the formation of β-TCP was avoided. The use of the isotope 18O as a chronometer for the replacement reaction makes it possible to reconstruct the chronological development of the calcium phosphate reaction front. Raman analysis revealed that the incorporation of 18O in the PO4 tetrahedron of hydroxylapatite results in the development of distinct profiles in the calcium phosphate reaction front perpendicular to the grain boundaries of the marble. Through the use of the 18O chronometer, it is possible to estimate and compare the time effectiveness of the different fluid pathways in this model system. The results demonstrate that the grain boundaries are an effective pathway enabling the fluid to penetrate the rock more than one order of magnitude faster compared to the newly developing channel

  18. The role of electron microprobe mapping and dating in tectonic geochronology

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    Williams, M. L.; Jercinovic, M. J.; Dumond, G.; Mahan, K. H.; Flowers, R. M.

    2007-12-01

    Electron microprobe geochronology occupies a special niche within the spectrum of geochronological techniques and may be particularly relevant to the question, "What are we dating?" The technique was originally envisioned to be a low-cost, reconnaissance dating tool, opening low-resolution geochronology to a large number of researchers. However, more than a decade of research has shown that, when used in a reconnaissance fashion (i.e. using major-element analytical techniques for trace-element analysis) uncertainties are unsuitably large (several 10s of m.y. or more) for solving most tectonic problems. Using trace element analytical techniques (background modeling, interference correction, highly conductive coating, multi-analysis measurement, etc.) precision and accuracy are dramatically increased, but analysis time and cost are also increased, challenging the "quick, cheap, and easy" description. The power of microprobe geochronology comes from the spatial resolution and the natural integration with compositional data. High-resolution compositional mapping is valuable for all in-situ geochronology. Large area maps provide petrologic and textural context for chronometer phases; small scale maps illuminate the history of the chronometers themselves. Compositional maps associated with monazite are particularly informative, but examples from the East Athabasca granulite terrane using zircon, titanite, and rutile will be discussed. Most monazite crystals are 30μ or less and most have several compositional domains. Rim compositions and dates are particularly critical because they can commonly be tied to reactions and to matrix texture and fabric. Commonly, rims and internal sub domains are several microns in width and can only be analyzed by electron probe. Y has been widely used to tie monazite to Grt growth or breakdown, but current studies use a suite of trace and REE (Y, Sm, Nd, Ca, Eu, Gd, etc) to tie monazite into chemical reactions. A rapidly growing

  19. Software para análise quantitativa da deglutição Swallowing quantitative analysis software

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    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Apresentar um software que permita uma análise detalhada da dinâmica da deglutição. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: Participaram deste estudo dez indivíduos após acidente vascular encefálico, sendo seis do gênero masculino, com idade média de 57,6 anos. Foi realizada videofluoroscopia da deglutição e as imagens foram digitalizadas em microcomputador, com posterior análise do tempo do trânsito faríngeo da deglutição, por meio de um cronômetro e do software. RESULTADOS: O tempo médio do trânsito faríngeo da deglutição apresentou-se diferente quando comparados os métodos utilizados (cronômetro e software. CONCLUSÃO: Este software é um instrumento de análise dos parâmetros tempo e velocidade da deglutição, propiciando melhor compreensão da dinâmica da deglutição, com reflexos tanto na abordagem clínica dos pacientes com disfagia como para fins de pesquisa científica.OBJECTIVE: The present paper is aimed at introducing a software to allow a detailed analysis of the swallowing dynamics. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The sample included ten (six male and four female stroke patients, with mean age of 57.6 years. Swallowing videofluoroscopy was performed and images were digitized for posterior analysis of the pharyngeal transit time with the aid of a chronometer and the software. RESULTS: Differences were observed in the average pharyngeal swallowing transit time as a result of measurements with chronometer and software. CONCLUSION: This software is a useful tool for the analysis of parameters such as swallowing time and speed, allowing a better understanding of the swallowing dynamics, both in the clinical approach of patients with oropharyngeal dysphagia and for scientific research purposes.

  20. New Abundance Determinations of Cadmium, Lutetium, and Osmium in the r-process Enriched Star BD+173248

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    Roederer, Ian U; Lawler, James E; Cowan, John J

    2010-01-01

    We report the detection of Cd I (Z = 48), Lu II (Z = 71), and Os II (Z = 76) in the metal-poor star BD+173248. These abundances are derived from an ultraviolet spectrum obtained with the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph on the Hubble Space Telescope. This is the first detection of these neutron-capture species in a metal-poor star enriched by the r-process. We supplement these measurements with new abundances of Mo I, Ru I, and Rh I derived from an optical spectrum obtained with the High Resolution Echelle Spectrograph on Keck. Combined with previous abundance derivations, 32 neutron-capture elements have been detected in BD+173248, the most complete neutron-capture abundance pattern in any metal-poor star to date. The light neutron-capture elements (38 <= Z <= 48) show a more pronounced even-odd effect than expected from current Solar system r-process abundance predictions. The age for BD+173248 derived from the Th II/Os II chronometer is in better agreement with the age derived from other chronome...

  1. Neutron cross section measurements using the ORELA: 86Kr(n,x), 40Ca(n,x), 22Ne(n,γ), 189Os(n,n'), 186187188189Os(n,x), 189Os(n,γ), 148149150Sm(n,γ), 179Ta(n,γ), 868788Sr(n,x), 40Ar(n,x), the stable tellurium isotopes (n,γ) and 205Tl(n,x). Progress report, September 1, 1983-August 31, 1984

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    The research performed during this reporting period has resulted in (1) publication of two papers dealing with the optical model and with 187Os(n,n') for astrophysics; (2) preparation and submission of two papers describing measurements of 148149150Sm(n,γ) and 60Ni(n,x) cross sections; (3) mesurement of the 189Os(n,n') cross sections at energies of astrophysical interest; (4) measurement of the 189Os(n,γ) cross sections over a range of energies pertinent to astrophysical interest; (5) extraction of the tantalum target from an ORELA target assembly and arranging shipment of the radioactive tantalum to Kernforschungszentrum, West Germany, in preparation for a measurement of the 179Ta(n,γ) cross sections; and (6) acquistion of a smart terminal computer workstation. Preliminary results from our 189Os measurements are consistent with the cross sections calculated using the same optical model reported by Hershberger et al. for 187Os. Hence the effect of the first excited state in 187Os on the use of the Re/Os beta decay as a stellar nucleosynthesis chronometer is very nearly as estimated by Woosley and Fowler. The duration of galactic nucleosynthesis is now estimated from the Re/Os chronmeter as approx. 11.3 byr. and the age of the universe as approx. 17 byr. 19 references

  2. Zach's instruments and their characteristics

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    The astronomically interested Duke Ernst II von Sachsen-Gotha-Altenburg (1745-1804) hired Baron Franz Xaver von Zach (1754-1832) as court astronomer in 1786. Immediatedly Zach started to make plans for instrumentation for a new observatory. But first they travelled with their instruments (a 2-foot Ramsden transit instrument, the Sisson quadrant, three Hadley sextants, two achromatic refractors and chronometers) to southern France. In Hyàres a tower of the wall around the town was converted into an observatory in 1787. For the building of the new observatory Zach had chosen a place outside of Gotha on the top of the Seeberg. The three main instruments were an 8-foot transit instrument made by Ramsden, a northern and southern mural quadrant made by Sisson and a zenith sector made by Cary, in addition an 8-foot circle made by Ramsden. By analysing the whole instrumentation of Gotha observatory, we can see a change around 1800 in the kind of instruments, from quadrants and sextants to the full circles and from the transit instrument to the meridian circle. The decline of the Gotha observatory started with the early death of the Duke in 1804 and the subsequent departure of Zach in 1806.

  3. Special Feature: Constraints on nebular dynamics and chemistry based on observations of annealed magnesium silicate grains in comets and in disks surrounding Herbig Ae/Be stars

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    Hill, Hugh G. M.; Grady, Carol A.; Nuth, Joseph A., III; Hallenbeck, Susan L.; Sitko, Michael L.

    2001-02-01

    Understanding dynamic conditions in the Solar Nebula is the key to prediction of the material to be found in comets. We suggest that a dynamic, large-scale circulation pattern brings processed dust and gas from the inner nebula back out into the region of cometesimal formationextending possibly hundreds of astronomical units (AU) from the sunand that the composition of comets is determined by a chemical reaction network closely coupled to the dynamic transport of dust and gas in the system. This scenario is supported by laboratory studies of Mg silicates and the astronomical data for comets and for protoplanetary disks associated with young stars, which demonstrate that annealing of nebular silicates must occur in conjunction with a large-scale circulation. Mass recycling of dust should have a significant effect on the chemical kinetics of the outer nebula by introducing reduced, gas-phase species produced in the higher temperature and pressure environment of the inner nebula, along with freshly processed grains with "clean" catalytic surfaces to the region of cometesimal formation. Because comets probably form throughout the lifetime of the Solar Nebula and processed (crystalline) grains are not immediately available for incorporation into the first generation of comets, an increasing fraction of dust incorporated into a growing comet should be crystalline olivine and this fraction can serve as a crude chronometer of the relative ages of comets. The formation and evolution of key organic and biogenic molecules in comets are potentially of great consequence to astrobiology.

  4. Constraints on nebular dynamics and chemistry based on observations of annealed magnesium silicate grains in comets and in disks surrounding Herbig Ae/Be stars.

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    Hill, H G; Grady, C A; Nuth, J A; Hallenbeck, S L; Sitko, M L

    2001-02-27

    Understanding dynamic conditions in the Solar Nebula is the key to prediction of the material to be found in comets. We suggest that a dynamic, large-scale circulation pattern brings processed dust and gas from the inner nebula back out into the region of cometesimal formation-extending possibly hundreds of astronomical units (AU) from the sun-and that the composition of comets is determined by a chemical reaction network closely coupled to the dynamic transport of dust and gas in the system. This scenario is supported by laboratory studies of Mg silicates and the astronomical data for comets and for protoplanetary disks associated with young stars, which demonstrate that annealing of nebular silicates must occur in conjunction with a large-scale circulation. Mass recycling of dust should have a significant effect on the chemical kinetics of the outer nebula by introducing reduced, gas-phase species produced in the higher temperature and pressure environment of the inner nebula, along with freshly processed grains with "clean" catalytic surfaces to the region of cometesimal formation. Because comets probably form throughout the lifetime of the Solar Nebula and processed (crystalline) grains are not immediately available for incorporation into the first generation of comets, an increasing fraction of dust incorporated into a growing comet should be crystalline olivine and this fraction can serve as a crude chronometer of the relative ages of comets. The formation and evolution of key organic and biogenic molecules in comets are potentially of great consequence to astrobiology. PMID:11226213

  5. U-series dating of Zhangkou Cave in Yiliang, Yunnan Province: Evidence for human activities in China during 40-100 ka

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    SHEN Guanjun; LI Jiankun; JI Xueping

    2005-01-01

    The cultural deposits at pits T1 and T2 in Zhangkou Cave are intercalated with several flowstone layers. U-series dates show that the capping and 2nd flowstone layers are Holocene of age. The 4th and 5th flowstone layers are ca. 55 and 110 ka old respectively. The lithic artifacts bracketed by them provide unequivocal evidence for hominid presence during this time interval. The "temporal gap" of hominid fossil, widely quoted as in support of the out-of-Africa hypothesis, is most probably an artifact due to systematic errors of dating techniques. The infillings under 6th flowstone layer date to >300 ka, much older than the previous estimate at 15 ka based on classical 14C dating of fossil bones, providing one more example of the limited reliability of this chronometer. With rich relics and favorable conditions for precise dating, this site is promising for further multidisciplinary studies to address issues concerning recent human evolution in China.

  6. Paleoenvironmental implications of high-density records in Co-rich seamount crusts from the Pacific Ocean

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    2008-01-01

    Co-rich seamount crusts have been shown to possess great potential for providing information on paleoceanographic and paleoclimatic changes. High resolution data are essential to decipher and correctly understand such high-density records. With the development of modern microprobe techniques, detailed sampling of crusts can be performed and it is possible to retrieve detailed information about envi- ronmental changes recorded in the seamount crusts. We report here geochemical results of more than 40 elements (including all rare earth elements) of four Co-rich seamount crust samples, which were collected from seamounts in the central and western Pacific Ocean. These data were obtained with two micro-probe techniques: Electron Probe Micro Analyzer and Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry. The chronological framework of the seamount crust samples was determined using the cos- mogenic 10Be and the Co-chronometer. Records of elemental composition, P, and Al/(Fe + Mn) and Y/Ho ratios across the sections of the four samples are used to identify paleoceanographic and paleoclimatic events over the past ~30 Ma. These data show that: (1) Al/(Fe + Mn) in the western Pacific seamount crust is a useful proxy for the assessment of changes of source materials related to the variability of the Asian monsoon; (2) P and Y/Ho can be used as proxies to infer biogenic episodes. Finally we discuss the methodology related to dating and micro-probe analysis used in crust study.

  7. Paleoenvironmental implications of high-density records in Co-rich seamount crusts from the Pacific Ocean

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    WANG XiaoHong; ZHOU LiPing; WANG YiMin; ZHANG XueHua; LIU XiaoMing; FAN XingTao; LIU KeXin; ZHOU JianXiong

    2008-01-01

    Co-rich seamount crusts have been shown to possess great potential for providing information on paleoceanographic and paleoclimatic changes. High resolution data are essential to decipher and correctly understand such high-density records. With the development of modern micro-probe techniques, detailed sampling of crusts can be performed and it is possible to retrieve detailed information about environmental changes recorded in the seamount crusts. We report here geochemical results of more than 40elements (including all rare earth elements) of four Co-rich seamount crust samples, which were collected from seamounts in the central and western Pacific Ocean. These data were obtained with two micro-probe techniques: Electron Probe Micro Analyzer and Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry. The chronological framework of the seamount crust samples was determined using the cosmogenic 10Be and the Co-chronometer. Records of elemental composition, P, and Al/(Fe + Mn) and Y/Ho ratios across the sections of the four samples are used to identify paleoceanographic and paleoclimatic events over the past -30 Ma. These data show that: (1) AI/(Fe + Mn) in the western Pacific seamount crust is a useful proxy for the assessment of changes of source materials related to the variability of the Asian monsoon; (2) P and Y/Ho can be used as proxies to infer biogenic episodes. Finally we discuss the methodology related to dating and micro-probe analysis used in crust study.

  8. Optimized Chemical Separation and Measurement by TE TIMS Using Carburized Filaments for Uranium Isotope Ratio Measurements Applied to Plutonium Chronometry.

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    Sturm, Monika; Richter, Stephan; Aregbe, Yetunde; Wellum, Roger; Prohaska, Thomas

    2016-06-21

    An optimized method is described for U/Pu separation and subsequent measurement of the amount contents of uranium isotopes by total evaporation (TE) TIMS with a double filament setup combined with filament carburization for age determination of plutonium samples. The use of carburized filaments improved the signal behavior for total evaporation TIMS measurements of uranium. Elevated uranium ion formation by passive heating during rhenium signal optimization at the start of the total evaporation measurement procedure was found to be a result from byproducts of the separation procedure deposited on the filament. This was avoided using carburized filaments. Hence, loss of sample before the actual TE data acquisition was prevented, and automated measurement sequences could be accomplished. Furthermore, separation of residual plutonium in the separated uranium fraction was achieved directly on the filament by use of the carburized filaments. Although the analytical approach was originally tailored to achieve reliable results only for the (238)Pu/(234)U, (239)Pu/(235)U, and (240)Pu/(236)U chronometers, the optimization of the procedure additionally allowed the use of the (242)Pu/(238)U isotope amount ratio as a highly sensitive indicator for residual uranium present in the sample, which is not of radiogenic origin. The sample preparation method described in this article has been successfully applied for the age determination of CRM NBS 947 and other sulfate and oxide plutonium samples. PMID:27240571

  9. Genetic variation of Leptospira isolated from rats catched in Yogyakarta Indonesia

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    Hadi; Sumanta; Tri; Wibawa; Suwarno; Hadisusanto; Anik; Nuryati; Hari; Kusnanto

    2015-01-01

    Objective: To detect genetic variations among pathogenic Leptospira isolated from rats using 16 S r RNA gen as chronometer. Methods: This is an observational study with cross sectional design. Rats saples were taken in Yogyakarta Special Region of Indonesia. Leptospira in the rats was detected by two methods ie. real time PCR(q PCR) by using primers correspond to16 S r RNA gene of Leptospira, and standard PCR by using dif erent set of primer correspond to the 16 S r RNA gene of Leptospira. The standard PCR amplicon then subjected for DNA sequencing. Analysis genetic variation was performed using MEGA 6.2. Software. Results:There were 99 DNA samples from rats included in this study. Detection of Leptospira by using q PCR revealed 25 samples positive for pathogenic Leptospira, while only 6 samples were able to be detected using standard PCR. The new primer set correspond to 16 S r RNA gene was able to detect specii cally pathogenic Leptospira in the rats. Sequencing analysis of 6 PCR amplicons showed that the Leptospira which infect the rats catched in Yogyakarta genetically close related with pathogenic Leptospira which were isolated from human, animal, rodents, and environment. Conclusions: It can be considered that rats are the most important vector and reservoir of Leptospira.

  10. Handbook of environmental isotope geochemistry

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    Baskaran, Mark (ed.) [Wayne State Univ., Detroit, MI (United States). Dept. Geology

    2011-07-01

    Applications of radioactive and stable isotopes have revolutionized our understanding of the Earth and near-earth surface processes. The utility of the isotopes are ever-increasing and our sole focus is to bring out the applications of these isotopes as tracers and chronometers to a wider audience so that they can be used as powerful tools to solve environmental problems. New developments in this field remain mostly in peer-reviewed journal articles and hence our goal is to synthesize these findings for easy reference for students, faculty, regulators in governmental and non-governmental agencies, and environmental companies. While this volume maintains its rigor in terms of its depth of knowledge and quantitative information, it contains the breadth needed for wide variety problems and applications in the environmental sciences. This volume presents all of the newer and older applications of isotopes pertaining to the environmental problems in one place that is readily accessible to readers. This book not only has the depth and rigor that is needed for academia, but it has the breadth and case studies to illustrate the utility of the isotopes in a wide variety of environments (atmosphere, oceans, lakes, rivers and streams, terrestrial environments, and sub-surface environments) and serves a large audience, from students and researchers, regulators in federal, state and local governments, and environmental companies. (orig.)

  11. Improved lead and bismuth (n,{gamma}) cross sections and their astrophysical impact

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    Domingo-Pardo, C.; Abbondanno, U.; Aerts, G.; Alvarez, H.; Alvarez-Velarde, F.; Andriamonje, S.; Andrzejewski, J.; Assimakopoulos, P.; Audouin, L.; Badurek, G.; Baumann, P.; Becvar, F.; Berthoumieux, E.; Calvino, F.; Calviani, M.; Cano-Ott, D.; Capote, R.; Carrapico, C.; Cennini, P.; Chepel, V.; Chiaveri, E.; Colonna, N.; Cortes, G.; Couture, A.; Cox, J.; Dahlfors, M.; David, S.; Dillmann, I.; Dridi, W.; Duran, I.; Eleftheriadis, C.; Embid-Segura, M.; Ferrant, L.; Ferrari, A.; Ferreira-Marques, R.; Fujii, K.; Furman, W.; Goncalves, I.; Gonzalez-Romero, E.; Gramegna, F.; Guerrero, C.; Gunsing, F.; Haas, B.; Haight, R.; Heil, M.; Herrera-Martinez, A.; Igashira, M.; Jericha, E.; Kiappeler, F.; Kadi, Y.; Karadimos, D.; Karamanis, D.; Kerveno, M.; Koehler, P.; Kossionides, E.; Krticka, M.; Lampoudis, C.; Leeb, H.; Lindote, A.; Lopes, I.; Lozano, M.; Lukic, S.; Marganiec, J.; Marrone, S.; Martinez, T.; Massimi, C.; Mastinu, P.; Mengoni, A.; Milazzo, P.M.; Moreau, C.; Mosconi, M.; Neves, F.; Oberhummer, H.; O' Brien, S.; Pancin, J.; Papachristodoulou, C.; Papadopoulos, C.; Paradela, C.; Patronis, N.; Pavlik, A.; Pavlopoulos, P.; Perrot, L.; Pigni, M.T.; Plag, R.; Plompen, A.; Plukis, A.; Poch, A.; Praena, J.; Pretel, C.; Quesada, J.; Rauscher, T.; Reifarth, R.; Rubbia, C.; Rudolf, G.; Rullhusen, P.; Salgado, J.; Santos, C.; Sarchiapone, L.; Savvidis, I.; Stephan, C.; Tagliente, G.; Tain, J.L.; Tassan-Got, L.; Tavora, L.; Terlizzi, R.; Vannini, G.; Vaz, P.; Ventura, A.; Villamarin, D.; Vincente, M.C.; Vlachoudis, V.; Vlastou, R.; Voss, F.; Walter, S.; Wiescher, M.; Wisshak, K

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    A series of (n,{gamma}) neutron capture measurements on the lead isotopes and bismuth have been carried out at the CERN n-TOF installation in the neutron energy range from 1 eV up to 1 MeV. At n-TOF, contaminations due to scattered neutrons were reduced down to a negligible level by using improved {gamma}-ray detectors with very low neutron sensitivity. The background level has been determined precisely from a complementary measurement. Other experimental effects related to the electronic threshold in the detectors and the angular distribution of the prompt {gamma}-rays were investigated via Monte Carlo simulations and could be taken into account in the analysis of the capture data. With this set of measurements the energy differential (n,{gamma}) cross sections of {sup 204,206,207}Pb and {sup 209}Bi have been determined with good accuracy. The information obtained in this work becomes of interest for constraining r-process calculations and in particular for the Th/U cosmo-chronometer. (authors)

  12. Tungsten diffusion in olivine

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    Cherniak, D. J.; Van Orman, J. A.

    2014-03-01

    Diffusion of tungsten has been characterized in synthetic forsterite and natural olivine (Fo90) under dry conditions. The source of diffusant was a mixture of magnesium tungstate and olivine powders. Experiments were prepared by sealing the source material and polished olivine under vacuum in silica glass ampoules with solid buffers to buffer at NNO or IW. Prepared capsules were annealed in 1 atm furnaces for times ranging from 45 min to several weeks, at temperatures from 1050 to 1450 °C. Tungsten distributions in the olivine were profiled by Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry (RBS). The following Arrhenius relation is obtained for W diffusion in forsterite: D=1.0×10-8exp(-365±28 kJ mol/RT) m s Diffusivities for the synthetic forsterite and natural Fe-bearing olivine are similar, and tungsten diffusion in olivine shows little dependence on crystallographic orientation or oxygen fugacity. The slow diffusivities measured for W in olivine indicate that Hf-W ages in olivine-metal systems will close to diffusive exchange at higher temperatures than other chronometers commonly used in cosmochronology, and that tungsten isotopic signatures will be less likely to be reset by subsequent thermal events.

  13. Radioisotope yields from 1.85-GeV protons on Mo and 1.85- and 5.0-GeV protons on Te

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    Radioisotope yields from 1.85-GeV proton interactions in a natural isotopic composition Mo target and those from 1.85- and 5.0-GeV protons in natural Te targets were measured at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory close-quote s Bevatron. The radioisotope yields were determined by γ-counting the targets using 100-cm3 coaxial Ge detectors following the irradiations. Cross sections were determined for the production of 36 radioactive nuclides, ranging from Z=35, A=74 to Z=43, A=97, from the Mo target and for 43 radioactive nuclides, ranging from Z=35, A=75 to Z=53, A=130 from the Te targets. The average deviations of the experimental cross sections from those predicted by the semiempirical isotopic cross sections of Silberberg and Tsao were 53% for p+Mo at 1.85 GeV, 66% for p+Te at 1.85 GeV, and 35% for p+Te at 5.0 GeV. These deviations are higher than those found previously for medium and heavy targets and for elemental cross sections. The minimum production cross section of 91Nb, which may be of interest as a cosmic-ray chronometer, was found to be 18±3 mb for the p+Mo reaction. copyright 1997 The American Physical Society

  14. Radioactive Ages of Metal-Poor Halo Stars

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    Ji Li; Gang Zhao

    2004-01-01

    The abundances of long-lived radioactive elements Th and U observed in metal-poor halo stars can be used as chronometers to determine the age of individual stars, and hence set a lower limit on the age of the Galaxy and hence of the universe.This radioactive dating requires the zero-decay productions of Th and U, which involves complicated r-process nucleosynthesis calculations. Several parametric rprocess models have been used to calculate the initial abundance ratios of Th/Eu and U/Th, but, due to the sharp sensitivity of these models to nuclear physics inputs, the calculations have relatively large uncertainties which lead to large uncertainties in the age determinations. In order to reduce these uncertainties, we present a simple method to estimate the initial productions of Th and U, which only depends on the solar system abundances and the stellar abundances of stable r-process elements.From our calculations of the initial abundance ratios of Th/Eu and U/Th, we reestimate the ages of those very metal-poor halo stars with published abundances of Th and U. Our age estimates are consistent, within the errors, with the other age determinations derived from r-process models, and offer useful constrains for r-process theoretical calculations. The advantages and limitations of our simple method of radioactive dating are discussed.

  15. Uncertainty propagation in nuclear forensics

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    Uncertainty propagation formulae are presented for age dating in support of nuclear forensics. The age of radioactive material in this context refers to the time elapsed since a particular radionuclide was chemically separated from its decay product(s). The decay of the parent radionuclide and ingrowth of the daughter nuclide are governed by statistical decay laws. Mathematical equations allow calculation of the age of specific nuclear material through the atom ratio between parent and daughter nuclides, or through the activity ratio provided that the daughter nuclide is also unstable. The derivation of the uncertainty formulae of the age may present some difficulty to the user community and so the exact solutions, some approximations, a graphical representation and their interpretation are presented in this work. Typical nuclides of interest are actinides in the context of non-proliferation commitments. The uncertainty analysis is applied to a set of important parent–daughter pairs and the need for more precise half-life data is examined. - Highlights: • Uncertainty propagation formulae for age dating with nuclear chronometers. • Applied to parent–daughter pairs used in nuclear forensics. • Investigated need for better half-life data

  16. Recovering a redshift-extended VSL signal from galaxy surveys

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    Salzano, Vincenzo

    2016-01-01

    We investigate a new method to recover (if any) a possible varying speed of light (VSL) signal from cosmological data. It comes as an upgrade of [1,2], where it was argued that such signal could be detected at a single redshift location only. Here, we show how it is possible to extract information on a VSL signal on an extended redshift range. We use mock cosmological data from future galaxy surveys (BOSS, DESI, \\emph{WFirst-2.4} and SKA): the sound horizon at decoupling imprinted in the clustering of galaxies (BAO) as an angular diameter distance, and the expansion rate derived from those galaxies recognized as cosmic chronometers. We find that, given the forecast sensitivities of such surveys, a $\\sim1\\%$ VSL signal can be detected at $3\\sigma$ confidence level in the redshift interval $z \\in [0.,1.55]$. Smaller signals $(\\sim0.1\\%)$ will be hardly detected (even if some lower possibility for a $1\\sigma$ detection is still possible). Finally, we discuss the degeneration between a VSL signal and a non-null s...

  17. New phase diagrams for dense carbon-oxygen mixtures and white dwarf evolution

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    Althaus, Leandro G; Isern, Jordi; Córsico, Alejandro H; Bertolami, Marcelo M Miller

    2011-01-01

    Cool white dwarfs are reliable and independent stellar chronometers. The most common white dwarfs have carbon-oxygen dense cores. Consequently, the cooling ages of very cool white dwarfs sensitively depend on the adopted phase diagram of the carbon-oxygen binary mixture. A new phase diagram of dense carbon-oxygen mixtures appropriate for white dwarf interiors has been recently obtained using direct molecular dynamics simulations. In this paper, we explore the consequences of this phase diagram in the evolution of cool white dwarfs. To do this we employ a detailed stellar evolutionary code and accurate initial white dwarf configurations, derived from the full evolution of progenitor stars. We use two different phase diagrams, that of Horowitz et al. (2010), which presents an azeotrope, and the phase diagram of Segretain & Chabrier (1993), which is of the spindle form. We computed the evolution of 0.593 and 0.878M_sun white dwarf models during the crystallization phase, and we found that the energy released...

  18. High-Resolution Magnetic Susceptibility Stratigraphy Spanning Late Devonian Global Change from a New Scientific Drillcore in Canning Basin, Northwest Australia

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    Diamond, M. R.; Raub, T. D.; Kirschvink, J. L.; Playton, T. E.; Hocking, R. M.; Haines, P.; Tulipani, S.

    2010-12-01

    New shallow scientific drillcore has been recovered through the Frasnian-Famennian extinction boundary in northwest Australia’s Canning Basin. Previous work in the McWhae Ridge outcrop belt has identified patterns of turnover in trilobites and other fauna, change from sponge- and coral-dominated reefs to post-extinction microbial-dominated reefs, apparent sea level changes, and carbon isotopic evidence of late Devonian crisis. Continuous magnetic susceptibility (MS) stratigraphy yields highly structured oscillations spanning ~42 m of reef-slope carbonate. These oscillations appear to identify late Frasnian “Kellwasser” events and they may record sedimentary response to orbital variations, establishing a high-resolution relative chronostratigraphy of late Devonian global change. Magnetic susceptibility stratigraphy has been proposed as a generally useful chronometer for late Devonian time. Most of fifteen published MS stratigraphies crossing the Frasnian-Famennian boundary appear to share major excursions with the new McWhae Ridge result. Although upland tectonism in Canning Basin may be a caveat to straightforward eustatic interpretation of magnetic susceptibility variations, we suggest the higher-resolution and fresh drillcore context of this result prioritizes it as a standard for Frasnian-Famennian magnetic susceptibility variation.

  19. The loading history of trace metals and nutrients in Altata-Ensenada del Pabellon, lagoon complex, northwestern Mexico

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    This paper summarizes the geochemical investigations about the origin and loading history of some trace metals (Ag, Cu and Zn) and nutrients (N and P) in the coastal lagoon complex of Altata-Ensenada del Pabellon, Mexico, by using the radioactive chronometers 210Pb and 228Th and the stable isotopes of C and N. The examination of sediment cores collected at different locations in the lagoon system identified a slight enrichment in metals and nutrients in some points, which was mainly associated to organic matter accumulation. Stable C and N isotope ratios revealed wastewater inputs to the lagoon system and the 210Pb geochronology showed that anthropogenic impact started 50 years ago, with the beginning of the agriculture development and the associated urban growth of the surrounding area. Several atypical 210Pb and 228Th/232Th profiles demonstrated that biological and physical disturbances are common phenomena in these environments, that frequently mask the pollution records; and therefore, considering that the contaminated sediments at some locations in the lagoon system are frequently resuspended and re-oxygenated, the pollutants will continue to be easily remobilized in the food chain

  20. Cosmic-ray half-life of {sup 144}Pm

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    Zaerpoor, K.; Dragowsky, M.R.; Krane, K.S. [Physics Department, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon97331 (United States); Chan, Y.D.; Isaac, M.C.; Larimer, R.M.; Macchiavelli, A.O.; Macleod, R.W.; Norman, E.B. [Nuclear Science Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California94720 (United States); DiGregorio, D.E. [Laboratorio TANDAR-CNEA, Buenos Aires, 1429 (Argentina); Hindi, M.M.; Robinson, S.J. [Physics Department, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, Tennessee38505 (United States); Miocinovic, P. [Physics Department, University of California, Berkeley, California94720 (United States)

    1998-04-01

    In order to test the possibility of using {sup 144}Pm as a clock to measure the mean cosmic-ray confinement time in the Galaxy, we counted a highly purified 1.4 {mu}Ci source of this isotope in GAMMASPHERE and searched for its astrophysically interesting {beta}{sup +} decay branch through the observation of positron-annihilation {gamma} rays in coincidence with the characteristic 697-keV {gamma} ray. Analysis of 57 h of source counting and 15 h of background shows no net signal and results in an upper limit of 3.7 of 511-511-697 keV coincident events. From this result we establish a 90{percent} confidence level upper limit on the branch for this decay mode to be 7.4{times}10{sup {minus}6}{percent}. The implications of this result for the {sup 144}Pm cosmic-ray chronometer problem are discussed. {copyright} {ital 1998} {ital The American Physical Society}

  1. Absolute timing of sulfide and gold mineralization: A comparison of Re-Os molybdenite and Ar-Ar mica methods from the Tintina Gold Belt, Alaska

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    Selby, David; Creaser, Robert A.; Hart, Craig J. R.; Rombach, Cameron S.; Thompson, John F. H.; Smith, Moira T.; Bakke, Arne A.; Goldfarb, Richard J.

    2002-09-01

    New Re-Os molybdenite dates from two lode gold deposits of the Tintina Gold Belt, Alaska, provide direct timing constraints for sulfide and gold mineralization. At Fort Knox, the Re-Os molybdenite date is identical to the U-Pb zircon age for the host intrusion, supporting an intrusive-related origin for the deposit. However, 40Ar/39Ar dates from hydrothermal and igneous mica are considerably younger. At the Pogo deposit, Re-Os molybdenite dates are also much older than 40Ar/39Ar dates from hydrothermal mica, but dissimilar to the age of local granites. These age relationships indicate that the Re-Os molybdenite method records the timing of sulfide and gold mineralization, whereas much younger 40Ar/39Ar dates are affected by post-ore thermal events, slow cooling, and/or systemic analytical effects. The results of this study complement a growing body of evidence to indicate that the Re-Os chronometer in molybdenite can be an accurate and robust tool for establishing timing relations in ore systems.

  2. Radiometric dating of marine-influenced coal using Re–Os geochronology

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    Tripathy, Gyana Ranjan; Hannah, Judith L.; Stein, Holly J.; Geboy, Nicholas J.; Ruppert, Leslie F.

    2016-01-01

    Coal deposits are integral to understanding the structural evolution and thermal history of sedimentary basins and correlating contemporeous estuarine and fluvial delatic strata with marine sections. While marine shales may readily lend themselves to Re–Os dating due to the dominance of hydrogenous Re and Os, the lack of a chronometer for near-shore sedimentary environments hampers basinwide correlations in absolute time. Here, we employ the Re–Os geochronometer, along with total organic carbon (TOC) and Rock–Eval data, to determine the timing and conditions of a marine incursion at the top of the Matewan coal bed, Kanawha Formation, Pottsville Group, West Virginia, USA. The observed range for hydrogen index (HI: 267–290 mg hydrocarbon/gram total organic carbon) for these coal samples suggests dominance of aliphatic hydrocarbons with low carbon (age of 325±14 Ma (Model 3; MSWD = 12; n=19; 2σ ). This is the first Re–Os age derived from coal samples; the age overlaps a new composite Re–Os age of 317±2 Ma for the immediately overlying Betsie Shale Member.

  3. Co-Chairs’ Summary of Technical Session 2E. Experiences in Laboratory Analyses and Data Interpretation

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    Due the variety of nuclear material and other radioactive material encountered in the nuclear fuel cycle, a challenge for nuclear forensics is the need to potentially analyse milligram to gram sized quantities of uranium, plutonium and transuranics, as well as sealed and unsealed radioactive source materials. Spent nuclear fuel can be analysed through reactor modelling codes to determine different types of candidate fuel and reactor. National laboratories in South Africa and the United States of America are collaborating on the analysis of a uranium rich sample recently seized in Durban, South Africa, in a coordinated operation. An aliquot of the seized material was transferred from South Africa to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), United States of America, following protocols and procedures outlined in Nuclear Forensics Support, IAEA Nuclear Security Series No. 2. Investigation of actinide microparticles (micrometres in size) using nuclear forensic methods can provide examiners with very specific information about material characteristics. Material characteristics include the age of the material, homogeneity, as well as insight into the formation of the particles to potentially link perpetrators to unauthorized acts. The sizes, shapes and surface characteristics, as well as elemental composition (including impurities) of particles, the isotopic composition of uranium, plutonium and other radioactive elements, and a variety of isotope chronometers are all determined as part of the characterization of the particulate material using mass spectrometry, fission track detectors and secondary ion mass spectrometry

  4. Ablative stereotactic surgery improves manual performance time in Parkinson's disease.

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    Balás, I; Llumiguano, C; Dóczi, T P

    2006-05-01

    The objective of this study was to determine the influence of stereotactic ablative surgical interventions on the time required for the performance of manual tasks (i.e. performance time) in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). We studied 28 patients after pallidotomy and pallido-thalamotomy who were evaluated at four time: before the operation, and 2 days, 3 and 6 months postoperatively. The speed of performance of handwriting and drawing were assessed by means of a chronometer using certain parts of an international standard scale (modified by Fahn). The patients were also assessed according to the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS) part III. The patients were divided into two groups. Those in group A had relief of all main Parkinsonian symptoms after pallidotomy including tremor. The patients in group B had no relief of tremor straight after pallidotomy. For them the pallidotomy was completed with thalamotomy in the same sitting, which had resulted in cessation of tremor. The time of performance of the manual tasks diminished significantly in all cases in both groups (Student's t-test: phandwriting and drawing in both groups, but pallido-thalamotomy was accompanied with complications. PMID:16549384

  5. Is Q for Quantum? From Quantum Mechanics to Formation of the Solar System

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    Wilson, T. L.; Mittlefehldt, D. W.

    2006-01-01

    The realization in 1985 that fullerenes exist in nature [1] as a third form of carbon-carbon clustering, continues to inspire new areas of research. In particular, the study of closed-cage endohedral fullerenes [2-6] is of scientific interest because of its potential application in a number of promising fields from medical imaging to astrophysics. One of these is to provide a possible chronometer for studying the age and origin of certain astromaterials in the solar system. Fullerenes are closed carbon cages that are fundamentally related to a long-standing debate over the "Q-Phase" origin of planetary noble gases in carbonaceous chondrites [7]. Although Q-phase has been identified as the carrier of planetary noble gases [8- 10], its physical nature has not been explained. Our limited understanding of it is based primarily on the laboratory chemical processing which it survives as well as the fact that it must have been widely distributed in the solar nebula [11]. Yet as important as it might be while preoccupying some 30 years of research, the question of what actually is Q-phase remains unresolved.

  6. The I-Pu-Xe age of the Moon

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    Swindle, T. D.; Caffee, M. W.; Hohenberg, C. M.

    1984-01-01

    The Rb-Sr analyses of some lunar samples which indicate that the Moon is close to the age of primitive meteorites are only reliable to within about 100 m.y. A potentially more precise chronometer is the I-Pu-Xe system. I129 has a 17 m.y. halflife and decays to Xe129; Pu244, with an 82 m.y. halflife, produces Xe131 to Xe136 in fission. The I129/Pu244 ratio has a halflife of 21 m.y. Xenon retention for the Earth could have begun as late as the event that gave birth to the Moon. For the Moon, it is hard to imagine that xenon retention could have begun before re-accretion of the fissioned (and initially dispersed?) material, particularly if that material got hot enough to account for the depletion of the volatile elements. Thus, if fission model are correct, xenon retention in the Earth certainly began no later than in the Moon, and possibly began earlier. Therefore, the I-Pu-Xe system is only marginally consistent with a fission origin. If further study confirms that the I/U ratio of the Moon is .01 or less, or if gas-rich lunar highland breccias with higher ratios of I129 to Pu244 are found, it would be difficult to explain the results in an earth-fission model of lunar origin.

  7. Energetic expenditure of the referee and the assistant soccer referee

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    Alberto Inácio da Silva

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this work was to estimate the energetic expenditure of the soccer referee and the assistant soccer referee during a soccer game. Fourteen soccer referees from Curitiba city were observed, 9 acting as referees (mean age of 36.3 years and body mass of 82 kg and 5 as assistant referees (mean age of 30 years and body mass of 77 kg. They were filmed during official state and national games. The time spent by the referees in each motor action was chronometered by watching the tapes. The energetic expenditure was estimated determining oxygen consumption through the equation suggested by the ACSM (1980 for running and sprinting and the equation suggested by Bubb, Martin and Howley apud Vivacqua e Hespanha (1992 for walking and jogging. The oxygen consumption is a function that depends on the intensity of the realized work and on the dislocated mass. The value of consumed O2 was transformed in kcal multiplying it by 5 (constant kcal per liter of O2. A mean energetic expenditure of 740.42 kcal and 494.64 kcal were observed as results for the referees and assistants, respectively. In conclusion, their physical activity is of moderate intensity, as the performance of the referee and the assistant represented an oxygen consumption equal or less than 16.17 ml/kg/min in 73.98% and 89.97% of the total game time, respectively.

  8. A Comparative Analysis of the Supernova Legacy Survey Sample with {\\Lambda}CDM and the $R_{\\rm h}=ct$ Universe

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    Wei, Jun-Jie; Melia, Fulvio; Maier, Robert S

    2015-01-01

    The use of Type~Ia SNe has thus far produced the most reliable measurement of the expansion history of the Universe, suggesting that $\\Lambda$CDM offers the best explanation for the redshift--luminosity distribution observed in these events. But the analysis of other kinds of source, such as cosmic chronometers, gamma ray bursts, and high-$z$ quasars, conflicts with this conclusion, indicating instead that the constant expansion rate implied by the $R_{\\rm h}=ct$ Universe is a better fit to the data. The central difficulty with the use of Type~Ia SNe as standard candles is that one must optimize three or four nuisance parameters characterizing supernova luminosities simultaneously with the parameters of an expansion model. Hence in comparing competing models, one must reduce the data independently for each. We carry~out such a comparison of $\\Lambda$CDM and the $R_{\\rm h}=ct$ Universe, using the Supernova Legacy Survey (SNLS) sample of 252 SN~events, and show that each model fits its individually reduced data...

  9. Early Solar System Alkali Fractionation Events Recorded by K-Ca Isotopes in the Yamato-74442 LL-Chondritic Breccia

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    Tatsunori, T.; Misawa, K.; Okano, O.; Shih, C.-Y.; Nyquist, L. E.; Simon, J. I.; Tappa, M. J.; Yoneda, S.

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    Radiogenic ingrowth of Ca-40 due to decay of K-40 occurred early in the solar system history causing the Ca-40 abundance to vary within different early-former reservoirs. Marshall and DePaolo ] demonstrated that the K-40/Ca-40 decay system could be a useful radiogenic tracer for studies of terrestrial rocks. Shih et al. [3,4] determined 40K/40Ca ages of lunar granitic rock fragments and discussed the chemical characteristics of their source materials. Recently, Yokoyama et al. [5] showed the application of the K-40/Ca-40 chronometer for high K/Ca materials in ordinary chondrites (OCs). High-precision calcium isotopic data are needed to constrain mixing processes among early solar system materials and the time of planetesimal formation. To better constrain the solar system calcium isotopic compositions among astromaterials, we have determined the calcium isotopic compositions of OCs and an angrite. We further estimated a source K/Ca ratio for alkali-rich fragments in a chondritic breccia using the estimated solar system initial Ca-40/Ca-44.

  10. I-Xe Dating: The Time Line of Chondrule Formation and Metamorphism in LL Chondrites

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    Pravdivtseva, O. V.; Hohenberg, C. M.; Meshik, A. P.

    2005-01-01

    Refractory inclusions, considered to be the oldest solids formed in the solar nebula. (4567.2 0.6 Ma) [1], are common in many carbonaceous and in some ordinary and enstatite chondrites. High-precision Pb- Pb ages for CAI s and chondrules (from different meteorites) suggested that chondrule formation appeared to have started about 2 Ma later than that of CAIs [1]. However, recent 26Al/26Mg data suggest simultaneous formation of CAI s and chondrules in Allende [2]. The I-Xe ages of CAI s in Allende are about 2 Ma younger than the I-Xe ages of Allende chondrules [3] but, like all chronometers, the I-Xe system records closure time of its particular host phase. In the case of Allende CAI s, the major iodine-bearing phase is sodalite, a secondary phase presumably formed by aqueous alteration, so I-Xe reflects the post-formational processes in these objects. In chondrules the iodine host phases vary and can reflect formation and/or alteration but, to put chondrule ages on a quantative basis, some problems should first be addressed.

  11. Neutron-Rich Silver Isotopes Produced by a Chemically Selective Laser Ion-Source: Test of the R-Process " Waiting-Point " Concept

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    The r-process is an important nucleosynthesis mechanism for several reasons: \\begin{enumerate} \\item It is crucial to an understanding of about half of the A>60 elemental composition of the Galaxy; \\item It is the mechanism that forms the long-lived Th-U-Pu nuclear chronometers which are used for cosmochronolgy; \\item It provides an important probe for the temperature (T$ _{9} $)-neutron density ($n_{n}$) conditions in explosive events; and last but not least \\item It may serve to provide useful clues to and constraints upon the nuclear properties of very neutron-rich heavy nuclei. \\end{enumerate} \\\\ \\\\With regard to nuclear-physics data, of particular interest are the T$ _{1/2} $ and P$_{n-} $ values of certain$\\,$ "waiting-point"$\\,$ isotopes in the regions of the A $ \\approx $ 80 and 130. r-abundance peaks. Previous studies of $^{130}_{\\phantom{1}48}$Cd$_{82}$ and $^{79}_{29}$Cu$_{50}$. $\\beta$-decay properties at ISOLDE using a hot plasma ion source were strongly complicated by isobar and molecular-ion c...

  12. Spatio-temporal problems of locomotion control

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    The problem of the spatio-temporal construction of legged movements involves structural freedoms due to the multi-link structure of the extremities, kinematic freedoms of the stepping cycle, and interextremity coordination freedoms, whose purposive organization is established by means of appropriate synergies, i.e. additional functional links the brain's control system forms. The main focus of attention in this work is on the kinematic and coordination synergies of the legged movements of humans and animals. The comparative historical analysis of experimental data and modelling metaphors concentrates on obtaining a unified description, whereas the ultimate mathematical metaphor reduces to space-time geometry, with base step synergies as its invariants. Thus, the concept of a synergetic organization for biomechanical movement freedoms is transformed to the geochronometry concept, actually a modification of Minkowskian geometry. To determine the spectrum of possible geochronometries, the consequences of a generalized 'postulate of a constant speed of light' are studied and different models of wave chronometers compared. (reviews of topical problems)

  13. Nucleosynthesis of $^{92}$Nb and the relevance of the low-lying isomer at 135.5 keV

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    Mohr, Peter

    2016-01-01

    Background: Because of its half-life of about 35 million years, 92Nb is considered as a chronometer for nucleosynthesis events prior to the birth of our sun. The abundance of 92Nb in the early solar system can be derived from meteoritic data. It has to be compared to theoretical estimates for the production of 92Nb to determine the time between the last nucleosynthesis event before the formation of the early solar system. Purpose: The influence of a low-lying short-lived isomer on the nucleosynthesis of 92Nb is analyzed. The thermal coupling between the ground state and the isomer via so-called intermediate states affects the production and survival of 92Nb. Method: The properties of the lowest intermediate state in 92Nb are known from experiment. From the lifetime of the intermediate state and from its decay branchings, the transition rate from the ground state to the isomer and the effective half-life of 92Nb are calculated as a function of the temperature. Results: The coupling between the ground state and...

  14. New frontiers in coral geochronology: advancing the state of the art

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    Thompson, William G.

    2010-05-01

    New developments in mass spectrometry and a better understanding of open-system processes are ushering in a new era of precision and accuracy in coral geochronology. An effort is underway to develop a uniform set of reference materials and reporting standards to assure age comparability between laboratories and eliminate inter-laboratory and age interpretation biases. PALSEA is a PAGES/IMAGES working group that aims to extract information about ice sheet response to temperature change by examining the history of sea during past interglacials. As reef-building corals are one of the primary archives of past sea levels, the U-series coral dating community is well represented in this group. During workshop discussions, it became clear that further progress on the sea level problem requires engaging the coral dating community in a cooperative standardization effort. Improvements in analytical precision continue to extend the potential precision and range of the U-Th chronometer. As a result, assuring comparability of ages reported by different labs becomes a crucial issue. Ideally, all measurements should be traceable to the same set of reference standards. Unfortunately, internationally recognized standards are not currently available. A widely used U/Th uraninite standard, HU-1, is no longer be suitable, as different aliquots have different isotope ratios and the assumption of radioactive equilibrium no longer appears valid when measured at current levels of precision. The time is ripe for the development of new reference standards. A strategy for their production and distribution has been initiated in collaboration with the NERC Isotope Geosciences Laboratory, UK, and drawing on the experiences of the EARTHTIME initiative (http://www.earth-time.org). Quaternary sea level data is presently scattered across the scientific literature with widely varying reporting formats, screening and correction criteria, and decay constants. Stratigraphic information is often

  15. U-series dating of pillow rim glass from recent volcanism at an Axial Volcanic Ridge

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    Thomas, L. E.; van Calsteren, P. W.; Jc024 Shipboard Party

    2010-12-01

    short enough to retain the U-Th characteristics from the garnet zone. The rheology of the deep mantle is such that melt generation should be in ‘steady state’ and U-Th characteristics should be constant. On that assumption, measured differences in collected samples can be used to calculate model ages relative to the ‘youngest’ sample, thus allowing the construction of a relative eruption timescale. However, significant fractional crystallisation is taking place in the oceanic crust, as testified by the frequent presence of plagioclase crystals up to mm-size in the glass samples. A ‘magma chamber’ on a scale larger than the magma channels is not required and we aim to assess the rate of plagioclase crystal growth using a 226Ra chronometer. This chronometer requires the assumption that Ba-Ra fractionation is constant and can then also be used to calculate a relative model age timescale, provided that not all samples are >8000 y old, which we consider unlikely. 1Searle, RC et al, EPSL in press, 2010 2Standish, JJ & Sims, KWW. Nature Geoscience V3, 2010 3Murton, BJ et al, in prep, 2010 4Williams, RW and Gill, JB, GCA 53, 1989 5Spiegelman, M and Elliott, T, EPSL 118, 1993 6Richardson, C and McKenzie, D, EPSL 128, 1994

  16. Influence of luting agents on time required for cast post removal by ultrasound: an in vitro study

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    Janir Alves Soares

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: This in vitro study evaluated the influence of luting agents on ultrasonic vibration time for intraradicular cast post removal. MATERIAL AND METHODS: After endodontic treatment, 30 roots of extracted human canines were embedded in resin cylinders. The post-holes were prepared at 10 mm depth and their impressions were taken using autopolymerizing acrylic resin. After casting procedures using a nickel-chromium alloy, the posts were randomly distributed into 3 groups (n=10 according to the luting material: G1- zinc phosphate (SS White (control group, G2 - glass ionomer cement (Vidrion C; SS White, and G3- resin cement (C&B; Bisco. In G3, the adhesive procedure was performed before post cementation. After 24 h, the cement line was removed at the post/tooth interface using a fine diamond bur, and the ST-09 tip of an Enac ultrasound unit was applied at maximum power on all surfaces surrounding the posts. The application time was recorded with a chronometer until the post was completely dislodged and data were analyzed by ANOVA and Tukey's test (p<0.05. RESULTS: The roots were removed from the acrylic resin and inspected to detect cracks and/or fractures. The means for G1, G2, and G3 were 168.5, 59.5, and 285 s, respectively, with statistically significant differences among them. Two G3 posts resisted removal, one of which developed a vertical fracture line. CONCLUSIONS: Therefore, the cement type had a direct influence on the time required for ultrasonic post removal. Compared to the zinc phosphate and glass ionomer cements, the resin cement required a longer ultrasonic vibration time.

  17. Duration of inverted metamorphic sequence formation across the Himalayan Main Central Thrust (MCT), Sikkim

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    Cioldi, Stefania; Moulas, Evangelos; Tajcmanová, Lucie; Burg, Jean-Pierre

    2016-04-01

    Collision between the Indian and Eurasian plates since the Eocene (50 Ma) caused the closure of the Neo-Tethys and the underthrusting of India beneath the Tibetan Plateau, generating the 2500 km extended Himalayan belt. The Main Central Thrust (MCT) marks the boundary of the underlying Midland Lower Himalaya metasediments zone (LH) in the south from the overlying high grade metamorphic Higher Himalaya (HH) in the north. Several models considering petrochronology, geothermobarometry and structural geology have been discussed to explain the inverted metamorphic gradient in the LH metasediments without reaching a common agreement. This study investigates the tectonic setting and the timescale of inverted isograds related to crustal-scale thrusting at the MCT in the Sikkim region, northeast India. The aim is to contribute to the understanding of the link between mechanical and thermal evolution of major thrust zones and to clarify the nature and the origin of orogenic heat applying garnet geospeedometry. Garnets provide a sensitive record of metamorphic conditions and are potential chronometer. Their compositional zoning is used as a gauge for rate estimates of element diffusion within the mineral and allows estimating the absolute time of the thermal evolution. Inverse-fitting numerical model considering FRactIonation and Diffusion in GarnEt (FRIDGE) calculates garnet composition profiles by introducing P-T-t paths and bulk-rock composition of a specific sample. P-T conditions were estimated by convectional geothermobarometry supported by phase equilibria modelling and measured garnet chemical compositions. Simulation were compared with measured garnet profiles. Simple step function and FRIDGE preliminary results of Fe-Mg - Ca - Mn garnet fractionation-diffusion modelling indicate very short timescale (between 3 and 6 Ma) for peak metamorphic conditions in the northeast Himalayan collisional system. This duration does not allow thermal re-equilibration. It is an

  18. Newly combined 40Ar/39Ar and U-Pb ages of the Upper Cretaceous timescale from Hokkaido, Japan

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    Gaylor, J. R.; Heredia, B. D.; Quidelleur, X.; Takashima, R.; Nishi, H.; Mezger, K.

    2011-12-01

    The main targets for GTS next project (www.gtsnext.eu) are to develop highly refined geological time scales, including the Upper Cretaceous. The Cretaceous period is characterised by numerous global anoxic events in the marine realm, rich ammonitic fossil assemblages and specialised foraminifera. However, lack of age diagnostic macro and micro fossils in the North Pacific sections has made it difficult to link these with global sections such as the Western Interior Basin (North America). Using advances with terrestrial C-isotope and planktic foraminifera records within Central Hokkaido we are able to correlate these sections globally. The Cretaceous Yezo group in Central Hokkaido comprises deep marine mudstones and turbidite sandstones interbedded with acidic volcanic tuffs. Using various sections within the Yezo group, we radiometrically dated tuffs at the main stage boundaries in the Upper Cretaceous. The samples derive from the Kotanbetsu, Shumarinai, Tiomiuchi and the Hakkin river sections, spanning the time from the Albian-Cenomanian up until the Campanian-Santonian boundaries, and were dated using 40Ar/39Ar, K/Ar and U-Pb techniques. Recent age constraints in the Hokkaido counterparts (Kotanbetsu sections) show good coherence between radiometric chronometers on the various Upper Cretaceous stage boundaries. These additional ages together with our isotope ages from the different sections around the Hokkaido basin are well linked by the various faunal assemblages and C-isotope curves. The combined radio isotope ages contribute to previous attempts (such as those focused in the Western Interior Basin) supporting the synchronicity of events such as global oceanic anoxic events. Finally, the ages obtained here also compliment the previous C-isotope and planktic foraminifera records allowing for a more precise climatic history of the Northwest Pacific during the Cretaceous. The research within the GTSnext project is funded by the European Community's Seventh

  19. Iodine-xenon studies and the relax mass spectrometer

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    Gilmour, J. D.; Ash, R. D.; Lyon, I. C.; Johnston, W. A.; Hutchison, R.; Bridges, J. C.; Turner, G.

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    RELAX combines a resonance ionization ion source with a cryogenic sample concentrator to achieve ultrasensitivity. Gas is extracted from samples using either a continuous wave laser microprobe based on an argon-ion laser or a filament microfurnace. Recent refinements in the operating procedure have resulted in optimum sensitivities such that detection rates of 1 cps are achieved from fewer than 500 atoms. A Xe-128 spike reservoir has also been added and characterized, allowing accurate determinations of absolute amounts of gas. We have completed a preliminary study of the iodine-xenon system in samples from the Bjurbole and Parnallee meteorites. Bjurbole chondrules ranging in mass from 5.45 mg to 260 micrograms were analyzed by laser microprobe. The results from these samples are consistent with an effectively uniform formation age, suggesting that the use of Bjurbole chondrules for calibration of this chronometer can be extended to samples in this size range. Samples from two chondrules from the Parnallee meteorite have been analyzed to date. An alpha-cristobalite-bearing chondrule (designated CB1) was found to have a formation age 4.62 +/- 0.44 Ma after Bjurboele, while a porphyritic olivine macrochondrule appears to have been reset after the decay of I-129(t1/2 17 Ma). Consideration of these results alongside Ar-Ar data from the macrochondrule and whole rock samples suggests that Parnallee has a complex history: The macrochondrule underwent an early postcrystallization degassing event but appears to have been essentially unaffected by the later (1.9 Ga) partial resetting of the bulk meteorite.

  20. Extremely rapid cooling of a carbonaceous-chondrite chondrule containing very 16O-rich olivine and a 26Mg-excess

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    Yurimoto, Hisayoshi; Wasson, John T.

    2002-12-01

    We describe a phenocryst in a CO-chondrite type-II chondrule that we infer to have formed by melting an amoeboid olivine aggregate (AOA). This magnesian olivine phenocryst has an extremely 16O-rich composition Δ 17O (=δ 17O - 0.52 · δ 18O) = -23‰. It is present in one of the most pristine carbonaceous chondrites, the CO3.0 chondrite Yamato 81020. The bulk of the chondrule has a very different Δ 17O of -1‰, thus the Δ 17O range within this single chondrule is 22‰, the largest range encountered in a chondrule. We interpret the O isotopic and Fe-Mg distributions to indicate that a fine-grained AOA assemblage was incompletely melted during the flash melting that formed the chondrule. Some Fe-Mg exchange but negligible O-isotopic exchange occurred between its core and the remainder of the chondrule. A diffusional model to account for the observed Fe-Mg and O-isotopic exchange yields a cooling rate of 10 5 to 10 6 K hr -1. This estimate is much higher than the cooling rates of 10 1 to 10 3 K hr -1 inferred from furnace simulations of type-II chondrule textures (e.g. Lofgren, 1996); however, our cooling-rate applies to higher temperatures (near 1900 K) than are modeled by the crystal-growth based cooling rates. We observed a low 26Al/ 27Al initial ratio ((4.6 ± 3.0) · 10 -6) in the chondrule mesostasis, a value similar to those in ordinary chondrites (Kita et al., 2000). If the 26Al/ 27Al system is a good chronometer, then chondrule I formed about 2 Ma after the formation of refractory inclusions.

  1. Testing a luminescence surface-exposure dating technique

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    Gliganic, Luke A.; Meyer, Michael; Gehring, Sebastian

    2016-04-01

    Recent work has shown that the relationship between the luminescence signal (optically stimulated [OSL] and infra-red stimulated [IRSL]) and depth into a rock surface can be used to estimate the length of time since that rock surface has been exposed to sunlight (Sohbati et al., 2012), thus serving as a means for surface-exposure dating. Despite the potential of this new dating tool, few published studies have tested or used this technique. Here, we present the results of two tests of the method. First, we perform laboratory bleaching experiments using two unexposed bedrock samples of different lithologies (granite and quartzite). Sub-samples were bleached for various durations (0 to 100,000 s) in a solar simulator, and IRSL/OSL-depth profiles were measured and fitted using the model of Sohbati et al. (2012). Results of fitting for each sub-sample were then compared. Second, we used a granite boulder from a known age moraine (1850 CE) to test the reproducibility of bleaching depth curves. Multiple cores were collected from the same ~5 cm2 surface area of the boulder, and IRSL-depth profiles were measured and modelled. While our systematic tests confirm the general physical basis of luminescence surface-exposure dating method, we found unexpected scatter in both adjacent bleaching depth curves and the fitting parameters of isochronous rock surfaces for some of our samples. Potential sources of error, including small-scale lithological variabilities and implications for accuracy and precision of the method are discussed. Sohbati, R., Murray, A.S., Chapot, M.S., Jain, M., Pederson, J. (2012) Optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) as a chronometer for surface exposure dating. Journal of Geophysical Research 117 (B9), B09202. doi.org/10.1029/2012JB009383.

  2. Daily to decadal patterns of precipitation, humidity, and photosynthetic physiology recorded in the spines of the columnar cactus, Carnegiea gigantea

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    English, Nathan B.; Dettman, David L.; Sandquist, Darren R.; Williams, David G.

    2010-06-01

    Isotopic analyses of cactus spines grown serially from the apex of long-lived columnar cactuses may be useful for climatological and ecological studies if time series can be reliably determined from spines. To characterize the timescales over which spines may record this information, we measured spine growth in saguaro cactus over days, months, and years with time-lapse photography, periodic marking, and postbomb radiocarbon dating and then analyzed isotopic variability over these same timescales and compared these measurements to local climate. We used daily increments of growth, visible as transverse bands of light and dark tissue in spines, as chronometers to develop diurnally resolved δ13C and δ18O records from three spines grown in series over a 70 day period. We also constructed a 22 year record of δ13C variations from spine tips arranged in chronological sequence along the side of a 4 m tall, single-stemmed saguaro. We evaluated two mechanisms potentially responsible for daily, weekly, and annual variability in δ13C values of spines; both related to vapor pressure deficit (VPD). Our data suggest that stomatal conductance is unlikely to be the determinant of δ13C variation in spines. We suggest that either VPD-induced changes in the balance of nighttime- and daytime-assimilated CO2 or mesophyll-limited diffusion of CO2 at night are the most likely determinant of δ13C variation in spines. Intra-annual and interannual variability of δ18O in spine tissue appears to be controlled by the mass balance of 18O-depleted water taken up after rain events and evaporative enrichment of 18O in tissue water between rains. We were able to estimate the annual growth and areole generation rate of a saguaro cactus from its 22 yearlong isotopic record because VPD, rainfall, and evaporation exhibit strong annual cycles in the Sonoran Desert and these variations are recorded in the oxygen and carbon isotope ratios of spines.

  3. The high-z quasar Hubble Diagram

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    Melia, Fulvio, E-mail: fmelia@email.arizona.edu [Department of Physics, the Applied Math Program, and Steward Observatory, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721 (United States)

    2014-01-01

    Two recent discoveries have made it possible for us to begin using high-z quasars as standard candles to construct a Hubble Diagram (HD) at z > 6. These are (1) the recognition from reverberation mapping that a relationship exists between the optical/UV luminosity and the distance of line-emitting gas from the central ionizing source. Thus, together with a measurement of the velocity of the line-emitting gas, e.g., via the width of BLR lines, such as Mg II, a single observation can therefore in principle provide a determination of the black hole's mass; and (2) the identification of quasar ULAS J1120+0641 at z = 7.085, which has significantly extended the redshift range of these sources, providing essential leverage when fitting theoretical luminosity distances to the data. In this paper, we use the observed fluxes and Mg II line-widths of these sources to show that one may reasonably test the predicted high-z distance versus redshift relationship, and we assemble a sample of 20 currently available high-z quasars for this exercise. We find a good match between theory and observations, suggesting that a more complete, high-quality survey may indeed eventually produce an HD to complement the highly-detailed study already underway (e.g., with Type Ia SNe, GRBs, and cosmic chronometers) at lower redshifts. With the modest sample we have here, we show that the R{sub h} = ct Universe and ΛCDM both fit the data quite well, though the smaller number of free parameters in the former produces a more favorable outcome when we calculate likelihoods using the Akaike, Kullback, and Bayes Information Criteria. These three statistical tools result in similar probabilities, indicating that the R{sub h} = ct Universe is more likely than ΛCDM to be correct, by a ratio of about 85% to 15%.

  4. A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF THE SUPERNOVA LEGACY SURVEY SAMPLE WITH ΛCDM AND THE R{sub h}=ct UNIVERSE

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    Wei, Jun-Jie; Wu, Xue-Feng; Melia, Fulvio [Purple Mountain Observatory, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing 210008 (China); Maier, Robert S., E-mail: jjwei@pmo.ac.cn, E-mail: xfwu@pmo.ac.cn, E-mail: fmelia@email.arizona.edu, E-mail: rsm@math.arizona.edu [Department of Mathematics, The Statistics Program, and Department of Physics, The University of Arizona, AZ 85721 (United States)

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    The use of Type Ia supernovae (SNe Ia) has thus far produced the most reliable measurement of the expansion history of the universe, suggesting that ΛCDM offers the best explanation for the redshift–luminosity distribution observed in these events. However, analysis of other kinds of sources, such as cosmic chronometers, gamma-ray bursts, and high-z quasars, conflicts with this conclusion, indicating instead that the constant expansion rate implied by the R{sub h} = ct universe is a better fit to the data. The central difficulty with the use of SNe Ia as standard candles is that one must optimize three or four nuisance parameters characterizing supernova (SN) luminosities simultaneously with the parameters of an expansion model. Hence, in comparing competing models, one must reduce the data independently for each. We carry out such a comparison of ΛCDM and the R{sub h} = ct universe using the SN Legacy Survey sample of 252 SN events, and show that each model fits its individually reduced data very well. However, since R{sub h} = ct has only one free parameter (the Hubble constant), it follows from a standard model selection technique that it is to be preferred over ΛCDM, the minimalist version of which has three (the Hubble constant, the scaled matter density, and either the spatial curvature constant or the dark energy equation-of-state parameter). We estimate using the Bayes Information Criterion that in a pairwise comparison, the likelihood of R{sub h} = ct is ∼90%, compared with only ∼10% for a minimalist form of ΛCDM, in which dark energy is simply a cosmological constant. Compared to R{sub h} = ct, versions of the standard model with more elaborate parametrizations of dark energy are judged to be even less likely.

  5. Bomb-curve radiocarbon measurement of recent biologic tissues and applications to wildlife forensics and stable isotope (paleo)ecology

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    Uno, Kevin T.; Quade, Jay; Fisher, Daniel C.; Wittemyer, George; Douglas-Hamilton, Iain; Andanje, Samuel; Omondi, Patrick; Litoroh, Moses; Cerling, Thure E.

    2013-07-01

    Above-ground thermonuclear weapons testing from 1952 through 1962 nearly doubled the concentration of radiocarbon (14C) in the atmosphere. As a result, organic material formed during or after this period may be radiocarbon-dated using the abrupt rise and steady fall of the atmospheric 14C concentration known as the bomb-curve. We test the accuracy of accelerator mass spectrometry radiocarbon dating of 29 herbivore and plant tissues collected on known dates between 1905 and 2008 in East Africa. Herbivore samples include teeth, tusks, soft tissue, hair, and horn. Tissues formed after 1955 are dated to within 0.3-1.3 y of formation, depending on the tissue type, whereas tissues older than ca. 1955 have high age uncertainties (>17 y) due to the Suess effect. 14C dating of tissues has applications to stable isotope (paleo)ecology and wildlife forensics. We use data from 41 additional samples to determine growth rates of tusks, molars, and hair, which improve interpretations of serial stable isotope data for (paleo)ecological studies. 14C dating can also be used to calculate the time interval represented in periodic histological structures in dental tissues (i.e., perikymata), which in turn may be used as chronometers in fossil teeth. Bomb-curve 14C dating of confiscated animal tissues (e.g., ivory statues) can be used to determine whether trade of the item is legal, because many Convention of International Trade of Endangered Species restrictions are based on the age of the tissue, and thus can serve as a powerful forensic tool to combat illegal trade in animal parts.

  6. Uranium age determination: Separation and analysis of 230Th and 231Pa

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    In this work we focused on the age determination of uranium materials of different uranium enrichment. The radioactive decay of the uranium isotopes provides a chronometer that is inherent to the material, in particular the mother/daughter pairs 234U/230Th and 235U/231Pa can be advantageously used. Due to the relatively long half-lives of 234U (2.46 · 105 years) and 235U (7.04 · 108 years) only minute amounts of daughter nuclides are growing in, therefore both separation of Th and Pa from uranium must be of high chemical recovery and must afford large decontamination factors. Analytical methods for the age determination of uranium samples using the parent/daughter relations 234U/230Th and 235U/231Pa is demonstrated. Thorium is separated from bulk uranium using extraction chromatography and subsequently quantified using square-spectrometry, thermal ionisation mass spectrometry (TIMS) and inductively coupled mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Protactinium is separated by highly selective sorption of protactinium to silica gel followed by square-spectrometric quantification. The methods were tested and validated using uranium reference materials of different uranium enrichment and of known ages. The experimental results obtained with both methods were found to agree with the assumed ages of the reference materials within the combined uncertainty of the measurement. The analysis exploiting the parent/daughter pair 235U/231Pa exhibits a slightly larger combined uncertainty and bias than the thorium method but is found valuable in validating the experimental results by means of a second, independent analysis

  7. Timing of Deformation in the Central Metasedimentary Belt Boundary Thrust Zone (CMBbtz), southern Ontario, Canada, from Electron Microprobe Dating of Monazite

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    Markley, M. J.; Dunn, S. R.; Peck, W. H.; Jercinovic, M. J.; Williams, M. L.

    2015-12-01

    In the Grenville Province of Southern Ontario, the Central Metasedimentary Belt boundary thrust zone (CMBbtz) is a crustal-scale tectonic boundary between the older, granulite-facies Central Gneiss Belt to the NW and the younger, amphibolite-facies Central Metasedimentary Belt to the SE. Although there are a range of tectonic models for the CMBbtz, most workers agree it is a major tectonic boundary that accommodated ductile thrusting and crustal shortening during the Ottawan phase of the Grenville Orogeny (~1080-1020 Ma). Some studies suggest that ductile thrusting in the CMBbtz was roughly synchronous with synorogenic extensional collapse below an orogenic lid. Previous geochronological studies also provide evidence of earlier deformation and/or metamorphic events in the CMBbtz, although the relation between deformation in the CMBbtz to the Elzeviran (~1230 Ma) and Shawinigan (~1180 Ma) orogenies is unclear. Our study is the first to report in situ electron microprobe monazite (mnz) dates from amphibolite-grade ortho- and para-gneisses of the CMBbtz. Our results are broadly consistent with other chronometers. We present dates from 132 age-domains within 83 mnz grains in 14 samples. Although our data provide strong evidence for deformation and metamorphism along the length of the CMBbtz during the Ottawan (1080-1020 Ma), we also report two other clusters of ages: 1140-1110 Ma and 1230-1170 Ma. The latter cluster falls between the widely accepted ranges for the Elzeviran and Shawinigan orogenies. In addition, some individual outcrops, particularly those in Killaloe and Minden, show mnz ages spanning over 200 m.y., and the setting and compositions of individual monazite domains allow us to link mnz growth to episodes of garnet growth during multiple events. Together these data indicate an unexpectedly continuous and long-lived period of deformation and metamorphism in the CMBbtz.

  8. Upper mantle temperature and the onset of extension and break-up in Afar, Africa

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    Armitage, John J.; Ferguson, David J.; Goes, Saskia; Hammond, James O. S.; Calais, Eric; Rychert, Catherine A.; Harmon, Nicholas

    2015-05-01

    It is debated to what extent mantle plumes play a role in continental rifting and eventual break-up. Afar lies at the northern end of the largest and most active present-day continental rift, where the East African Rift forms a triple junction with the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden rifts. It has a history of plume activity yet recent studies have reached conflicting conclusions on whether a plume still contributes to current Afar tectonics. A geochemical study concluded that Afar is a mature hot rift with 80 km thick lithosphere, while seismic data have been interpreted to reflect the structure of a young, oceanic rift basin above mantle of normal temperature. We develop a self-consistent forward model of mantle flow that incorporates melt generation and retention to test whether predictions of melt chemistry, melt volume and lithosphere-asthenosphere seismic structure can be reconciled with observations. The rare-earth element composition of mafic samples at the Erta Ale, Dabbahu and Asal magmatic segments can be used as both a thermometer and chronometer of the rifting process. Low seismic velocities require a lithosphere thinned to 50 km or less. A strong positive impedance contrast at 50 to 70 km below the rift seems linked to the melt zone, but is not reproduced by isotropic seismic velocity alone. Combined, the simplest interpretation is that mantle temperature below Afar is still elevated at 1450 °C, rifting started around 22-23 Ma, and the lithosphere has thinned from 100 to 50 km to allow significant decompressional melting.

  9. Lactobacillus insicii sp. nov., isolated from fermented raw meat.

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    Ehrmann, Matthias A; Kröckel, Lothar; Lick, Sonja; Radmann, Pia; Bantleon, Annegret; Vogel, Rudi F

    2016-01-01

    The analysis of the bacterial microbiota of retain samples of pork salami revealed an isolate (strain TMW 1.2011T) that could neither be assigned to typical genera of starter organisms nor to any other known meat-associated species. Cells were Gram-stain-positive, short, straight rods occurring singly, in pairs or short chains. Phylogenetic analysis of the 16S rRNA gene sequence and specific phenotypic characteristics showed that strain TMW 1.2011T belonged to the phylogenetic Lactobacillus alimentarius group, and the closest neighbours were Lactobacillus nodensis JCM 14932T (97.8 % 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity), Lactobacillus tucceti DSM 20183T (97.4 %), 'Lactobacillus ginsenosidimutans' EMML 3041 (97.3 %), Lactobacillus versmoldensis DSM 14857T (96.9 %) and Lactobacillus furfuricola JCM 18764T (97.2 %). Similarities using partial gene sequences of the alternative chronometers pheS, dnaK and rpoA also support these relationships. DNA-DNA relatedness between the novel isolate and L. nodensis JCM 14932T, L. versmoldensis DSM 14857T and L. tucceti DSM 20183T, L. furfuricola JCM 18764T and 'L. ginsenosidimutans' EMML 3041 were below 70 % and the DNA G+C content was 36.3 mol%. The cell-wall peptidoglycan type is l-Lys-Gly-d-Asp. Based on phylogenetic, chemotaxonomic and physiological evidence, strain TMW 1.2011T represents a novel species of the genus Lactobacillus, for which the name Lactobacillus insicii sp. nov. is proposed. The type strain is TMW 1.2011T ( = CECT 8802T = DSM 29801T).

  10. The genus Cecropia: a biological clock to estimate the age of recently disturbed areas in the Neotropics.

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    Paul-Camilo Zalamea

    Full Text Available Forest successional processes following disturbance take decades to play out, even in tropical forests. Nonetheless, records of vegetation change in this ecosystem are scarce, increasing the importance of the chronosequence approach to study forest recovery. However, this approach requires accurate dating of secondary forests, which until now was a difficult and/or expensive task. Cecropia is a widespread and abundant pioneer tree genus of the Neotropics. Here we propose and validate a rapid and straightforward method to estimate the age of secondary forest patches based on morphological observations of Cecropia trees. We found that Cecropia-inferred ages were highly correlated with known ages of the forest. We also demonstrate that Cecropia can be used to accurately date disturbances and propose twenty-one species distributed all over the geographical range of the genus as potential secondary forest chronometer species. Our method is limited in applicability by the maximal longevity of Cecropia individuals. Although the oldest chronosequence used in this study was 20 years old, we argue that at least for the first four decades after disturbance, the method described in this study provides very accurate estimations of secondary forest ages. The age of pioneer trees provides not only information needed to calculate the recovery of carbon stocks that would help to improve forest management, but also provides information needed to characterize the initial floristic composition and the rates of species remigration into secondary forest. Our contribution shows how successional studies can be reliably and inexpensively extended without the need to obtain forest ages based on expensive or potentially inaccurate data across the Neotropics.

  11. The relation between in hand manipulation skills,and visual-motor integration skills with hand writing skills of students of grade one of primery schools in Tehran

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    Minoo Kalantari

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    Full Text Available Background and Aim: Hand writing is one of the most important abilities that children can gain and use as one part of their duties during their schooling. Students should write fluently and fast to have good connection with school works and gain good grades in exams. It is clear that hand writing problems can influence on children’s other abilities, because this skill is declared often as a reflection of intelligence and although what they write is the same, students with bad hand writing gain lower grades than students with nice hand writing. Recognition of sub base items in this problem will be affective in assessment, intermediation and prevention programs for children who are suffering from this problem. This study is designed to appoint the relation between in hand manipulation skills and visual-motor integration skills with hand writing skills of students of grade one of primary schools in Tehran.Material & Methods: This study was a descriptive-analytic (sectional investigation. 139 students had been chosen by accident. Instruments which had been used in this study consisted of visual-motor integration test, hand writing quality checklist, chronometer and nine hole PEG test. After data collection, the results were analyzed.Results: The results indicate that visual- motor integration and in hand manipulation skills both are affective in children’s hand writing skills. Grades of girls and boys in visual-motor integration were significantly different. Mean grade of girls in this test was higher than boys, but these variants in hand manipulation skills were not significantly different. Also there was no significant different in handwriting speed and quality between boys and girls.Conclusion: The results indicate that by assessment of visual- motor integration skills and in hand manipulation skills we may be able to find more exact ways to prevent and treat children who are suffering from hand writing problems.

  12. Short Term Effects of Mobilization Techniques on Neck Pain and Deep Neck Flexor Muscle Endurance in Patients with Mechanical Chronic Neck Pain

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    Kılınç, Hasan Erkan; Harput, Gülcan; Baltacı, Gül; İnce, Deniz İnal

    2014-01-01

    Objectives: The aim of the study was to investigate short term effects of cervical and scapular mobilization techniques on neck pain and deep cervical muscles endurance in chronical mechanical neck pain patients. Methods: 22 chronical mechanic neck pain patients four male 18 female (mean age: mean±sd 35.59± 15.85) were included. Before treatment, neck pain level (visual analog scale) and deep neck flexor muscles endurance (in supine position with digital chronometer) of all patients were evaluated. Cyriax cervical mobilization for 10 minutes and scapular mobilization for 10 repetition 10 sets were performed to patients as treatment protocol. After treatment, 24 hours after and a week after evaluations of neck pain and deep cervical muscles endurance were repeated. Results: Before treatment Neck pain Visual Analog Scale scores was 5.78±1.43 point, 2.80±1.99 point after treatment, 24 hours later 3.36±2.12 point, one week later 3.91±2.24 point. This alteration was found significant statistically (p<0.01). Before treatment deep cervical flexor muscle endurance score was 27.25±17.74 sec, after treatment 39.46±25.20 sec, 24 hours later 38.67±28.43 and one week later 40.11±27.82 sec. This alteration was also found significant statistically (p=0.01). Conclusion: Initially neck pain scores in our subjects decreased quickly, after 24 hours these scores increased but last scores were below first neck pain level in a week follow-up. Deep neck cervical flexor muscles test scores also increased quickly, after 24 hours later this scores were stable along a week. Mobilization techniques are effective methods on neck pain and endurance in chronical mechanic neck pain patients.

  13. Comparison of the time required for removal of intraradicular cast posts using two Brazilian ultrasound devices

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    Manoel Brito-Júnior

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this in vitro study was to compare the time required for removal of intraradicular cast posts cemented with zinc phosphate (ZF or glass ionomer cement (GIC, using two Brazilian ultrasound devices (BUD. Seventy two human inferior premolars with single root canals were sectioned transversally at the cementoenamel junction. In each specimen, the root canal was endodontically treated, the post space was prepared to a depth of 9 mm and the canal was molded to obtain a post impression. After the casting procedures, the posts were randomly distributed into 2 groups (n = 36 according to the luting material used: G1 - ZF and G2 - GIC. The tooth and luted post set was then embedded in an acrylic resin block. The groups were then divided into 3 subgroups (n = 12 according to the ultrasound device used: A - Enac (Osada Electric, Japan, used as a control group; B - Profi II Ceramic (Dabi Atlante, Brazil and C - Jet Sonic Satelec (Gnatus, Brazil. The posts were submitted to the vibration process with maximum power set on all surrounding surfaces. Time of application was recorded with a chronometer until complete post dislodgment, and the data were analyzed by the ANOVA test (p < 0.05. The averages required for post removal in G1 and G2 were respectively 41.42 and 92.03 seconds, with significant statistical difference (p = 0.001. No statistical difference was observed among the three ultrasound devices (p = 0.088, and the BUD presented a performance similar to that of the international gold standard device (Enac. Moreover, the type of luting agent had a greater influence on the time required for post removal than the origin of the ultrasonic unit.

  14. Investigation of Cosmic Ray Transport and Search for Exotic Matter

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    Picot-Clemente, Nicolas

    Precise multi-messenger measurements extending to TeV energies provide the means to confirm or refute much of the existing data, in particular, the observed high-energy positron enhancement, which may constitute evidence for dark matter particle annihilations. The proposed analysis effort would focus on galactic cosmic-ray spectra, element abundances, and measurements of cosmic-ray isotopes. A ring imaging Cherenkov detector and Monte Carlo simulations to reduce the signal selection uncertainties enable precise measurements of the radioisotope 10Be, which serves as a chronometer for cosmic-ray propagation models, in addition to secondary-to-primary ratios of B/C and sub-Fe/Fe up to 10 GeV/nucleon. The ratio of radioactive 10Be to stable 9Be is sensitive to the propagation lifetime of the cosmic rays. Ultra- precision detectors now measure these particles with accuracy for the coordinates to 10 micron, the travel time to 100 ps, and the velocity to 0.1%. A powerful magnet with a suite of particle detectors of large geometrical acceptance on the Space Station forms a magnetic spectrometer with resolving power capable of distinguishing an antihelium nucleus among ~10^10 background particles. The possible presence of cosmological antimatter and the nature of dark matter in the universe are fundamental physics questions of modern astrophysics and cosmology. The existence (or absence) of antimatter nuclei in space is tied to the theoretical foundation of elementary particle physics: CP-violation, baryon non-conservation, Grand Unified Theory, etc. Our fundamental research project addresses NASA s 2010 Science Plan for SMD s Science Goal for Astrophysics, specifically, the objective to "Understand the origin and destiny of the universe, and the nature of black holes, dark energy, dark matter, and gravity."

  15. Age determination and validation studies of marine fishes: do deep-dwellers live longer?

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    Cailliet, G M; Andrews, A H; Burton, E J; Watters, D L; Kline, D E; Ferry-Graham, L A

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    Age determination and validation studies on deep-water marine fishes indicate they are difficult to age and often long-lived. Techniques for the determination of age in individual fish includes growth-zone analysis of vertebral centra, fin rays and spines, other skeletal structures, and otoliths (there are three sets of otoliths in most bony fish semicircular canals, each of which is made of calcium carbonate). Most have regular increments deposited as the fish (and its semicircular canals) grows. The most commonly used otolith for age determination is the largest one called the sagitta. Age validation techniques include: (1) tag-recapture, often combined with oxytetracycline injection and analysis in growth-zones of bone upon recapture; (2) analysis of growth-zones over time; and (3) radiometric approaches utilizing a known radioactive decay series as an independent chronometer in otoliths from bony fishes. We briefly summarize previous studies using these three validation approaches and present results from several of our radiometric studies on deep-water, bony fishes recently subjected to expanding fisheries. Radiometric age validation results are presented for four species of scorpaenid fishes (the bank, Sebastes rufus, and bocaccio, S. paucispinis, rockfishes, and two thornyhead species, Sebastolobus altivelis and S. alascanus). In addition, our analysis of scorpaenids indicates that longevity increases exponentially with maximum depth of occurrence. The reason that the deep-water forms of scorpaenid fishes are long-lived is uncertain. Their longevity, however, may be related to altered physiological processes relative to environmental parameters like low temperature, high pressures, low light levels, low oxygen, and poor food resources.

  16. Time Scale Optimization and the Hunt for Astronomical Cycles in Deep Time Strata

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    Meyers, Stephen R.

    2016-04-01

    A valuable attribute of astrochronology is the direct link between chronometer and climate change, providing a remarkable opportunity to constrain the evolution of the surficial Earth System. Consequently, the hunt for astronomical cycles in strata has spurred the development of a rich conceptual framework for climatic/oceanographic change, and has allowed exploration of the geologic record with unprecedented temporal resolution. Accompanying these successes, however, has been a persistent skepticism about appropriate astrochronologic testing and circular reasoning: how does one reliably test for astronomical cycles in stratigraphic data, especially when time is poorly constrained? From this perspective, it would seem that the merits and promise of astrochronology (e.g., a geologic time scale measured in ≤400 kyr increments) also serves as its Achilles heel, if the confirmation of such short rhythms defies rigorous statistical testing. To address these statistical challenges in astrochronologic testing, a new approach has been developed that (1) explicitly evaluates time scale uncertainty, (2) is resilient to common problems associated with spectrum confidence level assessment and 'multiple testing', and (3) achieves high statistical power under a wide range of conditions (it can identify astronomical cycles when present in data). Designated TimeOpt (for "time scale optimization"; Meyers 2015), the method employs a probabilistic linear regression model framework to investigate amplitude modulation and frequency ratios (bundling) in stratigraphic data, while simultaneously determining the optimal time scale. This presentation will review the TimeOpt method, and demonstrate how the flexible statistical framework can be further extended to evaluate (and optimize upon) complex sedimentation rate models, enhancing the statistical power of the approach, and addressing the challenge of unsteady sedimentation. Meyers, S. R. (2015), The evaluation of eccentricity

  17. Short and long-term delivery rates of meteoric 10Be to terrestrial soils

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    Graly, Joseph A.; Reusser, Lucas J.; Bierman, Paul R.

    2011-02-01

    Well-constrained, long-term average meteoric 10Be deposition rates are important when meteoric 10Be is used as a chronometer or tracer of Earth surface processes. To constrain meteoric 10Be delivery to terrestrial soils, we estimate time-integrated 10Be deposition rates from meteoric 10Be inventories measured in dated soils and compare these results to a new synthesis of short-term measurements of 10Be in precipitation. Comparison of these long-term rates to short-term measurements suggests that short-term measurements likely predict long-term meteoric 10Be deposition rates within uncertainties of ~ 20%. In precipitation measurements, it is possible to deconvolve the contribution of atmospherically-produced "primary" meteoric 10Be from "recycled" meteoric 10Be delivered by terrestrial dust if a second isotope is measured that quantifies either the recycled or primary components of meteoric 10Be deposition. We use dust-concentration dependent differences between 7Be and 10Be measurements to make new estimates of the recycled contribution to total meteoric 10Be flux delivered to the Earth's surface. These dust-corrected data show a strong linear dependence between precipitation amount and primary meteoric 10Be flux. Concentrations of primary meteoric 10Be in mid- and low-latitude precipitation vary predictably by latitude between 0.63 · 10 4 and 2.05 · 10 4 atoms/cm 3 of precipitation, providing a first-order estimate of primary meteoric 10Be deposition for a given latitude and precipitation rate.

  18. Drivers of foraminiferal and bulk-sedimentary 10Be/9Be ratios in a marine sediment record offshore of sub-tropical Australia

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    Davies, M. H.; Abrajevitch, A.; Srncik, M.; Fifield, L. K.; De Deckker, P.; Heslop, D.; Roberts, A. P.

    2013-12-01

    Meteoric 10Be (half-life of ~1.5 My) is produced in the atmosphere via cosmic ray spallation of 16O, following which it is quickly transported to Earth's surface by precipitation. This process concentrates 10Be in the ocean, where it is thought to remain with a residence time of ~500-1000 years prior to export to the marine sedimentary record largely associated with sorption to the surface of settling clay particles. The bulk beryllium isotopic composition of marine clays hence reflects the convoluted factors of 10Be production and varying scavenging efficiency/terrigenous input. However, measurements of meteoric 10Be/9Be incorporated in the calcium carbonate tests of foraminifera (and hence presumably isolated from the dilution effects of sediment-bound terrigenous 9Be) may have the potential to provide useful chronological control for marine sediment records. Here we present 10Be/9Be results from a ~42 m-long sediment core collected off the NW coast of Australia (MD00-2361: 113°28.63‧E, 22°04.92‧S, 1805 m water depth). Measurements of δ18O on Globigerinoides ruber, supported by magnetostratigraphy, indicate that the record extends back >1.2 Ma. This independent chronology, in conjunction with excellent carbonate preservation at this site, allows preliminary evaluation of foraminiferal 10Be as a chronometer. We also evaluate the relationship between sedimentary 10Be/9Be ratios, regional surface ocean conditions as inferred from the δ18O stratigraphy and low-resolution Globigerinoides ruber Mg/Ca ratios, as well as large-scale changes in regional fluvial input as reconstructed from high-resolution XRF scanning profiles.

  19. Bomb-curve radiocarbon measurement of recent biologic tissues and applications to wildlife forensics and stable isotope (paleo)ecology.

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    Uno, Kevin T; Quade, Jay; Fisher, Daniel C; Wittemyer, George; Douglas-Hamilton, Iain; Andanje, Samuel; Omondi, Patrick; Litoroh, Moses; Cerling, Thure E

    2013-07-16

    Above-ground thermonuclear weapons testing from 1952 through 1962 nearly doubled the concentration of radiocarbon ((14)C) in the atmosphere. As a result, organic material formed during or after this period may be radiocarbon-dated using the abrupt rise and steady fall of the atmospheric (14)C concentration known as the bomb-curve. We test the accuracy of accelerator mass spectrometry radiocarbon dating of 29 herbivore and plant tissues collected on known dates between 1905 and 2008 in East Africa. Herbivore samples include teeth, tusks, soft tissue, hair, and horn. Tissues formed after 1955 are dated to within 0.3-1.3 y of formation, depending on the tissue type, whereas tissues older than ca. 1955 have high age uncertainties (>17 y) due to the Suess effect. (14)C dating of tissues has applications to stable isotope (paleo)ecology and wildlife forensics. We use data from 41 additional samples to determine growth rates of tusks, molars, and hair, which improve interpretations of serial stable isotope data for (paleo)ecological studies. (14)C dating can also be used to calculate the time interval represented in periodic histological structures in dental tissues (i.e., perikymata), which in turn may be used as chronometers in fossil teeth. Bomb-curve (14)C dating of confiscated animal tissues (e.g., ivory statues) can be used to determine whether trade of the item is legal, because many Convention of International Trade of Endangered Species restrictions are based on the age of the tissue, and thus can serve as a powerful forensic tool to combat illegal trade in animal parts. PMID:23818577

  20. The timing of sea-level high-stands during Marine Isotope Stages 7.5 and 9: Constraints from the uranium-series dating of fossil corals from Henderson Island

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    Andersen, Morten B.; Stirling, Claudine H.; Potter, Emma-Kate; Halliday, Alex N.; Blake, Steve G.; McCulloch, Malcolm T.; Ayling, Bridget F.; O'Leary, Michael J.

    2010-06-01

    Direct dating of fossil coral reefs using the U-series chronometer provides an important independent test of the Milankovitch orbital forcing theory of climate change. However, well-dated fossil corals pre-dating the last interglacial period (>130 thousand years ago; ka) are scarce due to, (1) a lack of sampling localities, (2) insufficient analytical precision in U-series dating methods, and (3) diagenesis which acts to violate the assumption of closed-system U-series isotopic decay in fossil corals. Here we present 50 new high-precision U-series age determinations for fossil corals from Henderson Island, an emergent coral atoll in the central South Pacific. U-series age determinations associated with the Marine Isotope Stage (MIS) 9 interglacial and MIS 7.5 interstadial periods are reported. The fossil corals show relatively little open-system U-series behaviour in comparison to other localities with fossil coral reefs formed prior to the last glacial cycle, however, open-system U-series behaviour is still evident in most of the dated corals. In particular, percent-level shifts in the [ 230Th/ 238U] act composition are observed, leading to conventional U-series ages that are significantly younger or older than the true sample age. This open-system U-series behaviour is not accounted for by any of the open-system U-series models, indicating that new models should be derived. The new U-series ages reported here support and extend earlier findings reported in Stirling et al. (2001), providing evidence of prolific coral reef development on Henderson Island at ˜320 ka, most likely correlated with MIS 9.3, and subsequent reef development at ˜307 ka during MIS 9.1, while relative sea-level was potentially ˜20 m lower than during MIS 9.3. The U-series ages for additional well-preserved fossil corals are suggestive of minor reef development on Henderson Island during MIS 7.5 (245-230 ka) at 240.3 ± 0.8 and 234.7 ± 1.3 ka. All U-series observations are consistent with

  1. Dating the emergence of the Africa Superswell: a window into mantle processes using combined (U-Th)/He and AFT thermochronology

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    Dobson, Katherine J.; McDonald, Rhona; Brown, Roderick W.; Gallagher, Kerry; Stuart, Finlay M.

    2010-05-01

    Southern Africa contains the second largest elevated plateau on Earth, however despite decades of study the evolution of the "African Superswell" remains poorly understood. The mantle anomaly beneath Southern Africa provides a mechanism that can account for both the distribution and the amount of uplift observed, however the timing of uplift cannot be constrained from models of mantle flow because of uncertainties in density and viscosity parameters in the convection models. In order to improve the models of topographic evolution in response to mantle convection, and improve our understanding of the coupling between mantle flow and dynamic topography at the surface we require better quantitative constraints on relatively modest (~1 km) long wavelength surface uplift. Efforts to provide the necessary temporal constraints from geomorphic and stratigraphic evidence in southern Africa have led to the development of three competing evolutionary models: A) the major phase of uplift occurred in the late Cretaceous [1], B) the major phase of uplift occurred at ~30 Ma [2], and C) that ~ 900m of the modern topography being generated rapidly 100m/Ma in the Plio-Pleistocene (c. 3 Ma) [3]. The aim of the current study is to provide better quantitative information in order to distinguish between these models. Apatite fission track thermochronology has been widely used to constrain the onset and evolution of the South African passive margin [e.g. 4, 5], but used alone it is relatively insensitive when trying to resolve the small amounts of uplift predicted for the onset of the African Superswell. Recent advances in the combined interpretation of fission track and (U-Th)/He data sets now enables us to provide preliminary quantitative constraints on the pattern of denudation through the Cenozoic. We present apatite fission track and (U-Th)/He data from a suite of deep boreholes from the high elevation plateau. When integrated with published fission track data and multi-chronometer

  2. The Effect of Radioactive Lantern Mantle Powder and Bentonite-Zeoloite Minerals on the Volume of Blood Loss, Bleeding and Clotting Time

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    M Atefi

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Introduction & Objective: Over the past decade the US army has widely studied new technologies for stopping sever hemorrhages and has introduced an effective Zeolite based hemostatic agent. On the other hand, Mortazavi and his colleagues previously reported the bio-stimulatory effects of the topical application of radioactive lantern mantle powder on wound healing. Their subsequent studies showed significant changes in some histological parameters concerning healing. In this light, here the bio-stimulatory effect of burned radioactive lantern mantles powder as well as two minerals bentonite and zeolite are presented. Materials & Methods: This experimental study was conducted in the center for radiological studies, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences in 2008. Fifty male Wistar rats were divided randomly into 5 groups of 10 animals each. Following anesthesia, animals’ tails were cut at a thickness of 5 mm by using a surgical scissor. No intervention was made on the animals of the 1st group. The 2nd to 4th group received topical non-radioactive lantern mantle powder, radioactive lantern mantle powder, Bentonite mineral or a mixture of Bentonite-Zeoliteat minerals respectively. After treatment with above mentioned agents, the volume of blood loss was measured using a scaled test-tube. The bleeding time and clotting time were also measured using a chronometer. SPSS software was used for statistical analysis. ANOVA was used for comparing the means of each parameter in the 5 groups. Results: The the volume of blood loss, bleeding and clotting times in control animals were 4.39±1.92 cc, 112.10±39.60 sec and 94.9±54.26 sec, respectively. In the 5th group in which the animals were treated with a mixture of Bentonite-Zeoliteat minerals, the volume of blood loss, bleeding and clotting times were 1.31±0.60 cc, 34.50±4.65 sec and 24.2±4.61 sec, respectively. Conclusion: This is the 1st investigation that studied the alterations of bleeding

  3. Influence of deformation and fluids on Ar retention in white mica: Dating the Dover Fault, Newfoundland Appalachians

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    Kellett, Dawn A.; Warren, Clare; Larson, Kyle P.; Zwingmann, Horst; van Staal, Cees R.; Rogers, Neil

    2016-06-01

    White mica 40Ar/39Ar analyses may provide useful constraints on the timing of tectonic processes, but complex geological and thermal histories can perturb Ar systematics in a variety of ways. Ductile shear zones represent excellent case studies for exploring the link(s) between dynamic re-/neo-crystallization of white mica and coeval enhanced fluid flow, and their effect on 40Ar/39Ar dates. White mica 40Ar/39Ar dates were collected from compositionally similar granites that record different episodes of deformation with proximity to the Dover Fault, a terrane-bounding strike-slip shear zone in the Appalachian orogen, Newfoundland, Canada. 40Ar/39Ar data were collected in situ by laser ablation and by step heating single crystals. Results were compared to each other and against complementary U-Pb zircon and monazite, and K-Ar fault gouge analysis. Although step-heat 40Ar/39Ar is a widely applied method in orogenic settings, this dataset shows that relatively flat step-heat 40Ar/39Ar spectra are in contradiction with wide spreads in in-situ40Ar/39Ar dates from the same samples, and that plateau dates in some cases yielded mixed dates of equivocal geological significance. This result indicates that the step-wise release of Ar from white mica likely homogenizes and obscures spatially-controlled Ar isotope reservoirs in white mica from sheared rocks. In contrast, in situ laser ablation 40Ar/39Ar analysis preserves the spatial resolution of 40Ar reservoirs that have been variably reset by deformation and fluid interaction. This study therefore suggests that laser ablation is the best method for dating the timing of deformation recorded by white mica. Final interpretation of results should be guided by microstructural analysis, estimation of deformation temperature, chemical characterization of white mica, and complementary chronometers. Overall the dataset shows that granitic protoliths were emplaced between 430 and 422 Ma (U-Pb zircon). High strain deformation along the

  4. U-Pb and Al-Mg systematics of the ungrouped achondrite Northwest Africa 7325

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    Koefoed, Piers; Amelin, Yuri; Yin, Qing-Zhu; Wimpenny, Josh; Sanborn, Matthew E.; Iizuka, Tsuyoshi; Irving, Anthony J.

    2016-06-01

    Northwest Africa (NWA) 7325 is a unique ungrouped gabbroic achondrite which has characteristics consistent with a possible link to the planet Mercury. In order to understand the origin of this meteorite and the nature of its parent body, we have determined its crystallisation age using the long-lived U-Pb and short-lived Al-Mg chronometers. An internal Pb-Pb isochron defined by six acid leached pyroxene fractions yields an age of 4563.4 ± 2.6 Ma, assuming that the 238U/235U ratio for NWA 7325 is identical to the bulk Earth and Solar System value of 137.794. The Al-Mg isotope analyses of seven fractions (four plagioclase, one pyroxene, one olivine and one whole rock) define a regression line corresponding to 26Al/27Al0 = (3.03 ± 0.14) × 10-7 and an initial δ26Mg∗ of 0.093 ± 0.004‰. When anchored to the D'Orbigny angrite, this initial 26Al/27Al yields an age of 4563.09 ± 0.26 Ma. The Pb-Pb age of 4563.4 ± 2.6 Ma and Al-Mg age of 4563.09 ± 0.26 Ma are in complete agreement, but the low U concentrations of NWA 7325 resulted in a relatively low precision Pb-Pb age. The observed excess in initial δ26Mg∗ can be explained by 27Al/24Mg fractionation and subsequent Mg isotopic evolution after planetary differentiation. Furthermore, the parental magma of NWA 7325 most likely formed within 1.72 Ma after calcium-aluminium rich inclusion (CAI) formation. NWA 7325 formed near simultaneously with quenched angrites and a number of ungrouped achondrites at ∼4563 Ma, suggesting that a multitude of planetary bodies had formed and differentiated by ∼4-5 Myr after CAI formation. This ancient age may be interpreted as an argument against NWA 7325 originating from Mercury, however it does not completely rule it out.

  5. Modeling Wave Driven Non-linear Flow Oscillations: The Terrestrial QBO and a Solar Analog

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    Mayr, Hans G.; Bhartia, P. K. (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    The Quasi Biennial Oscillation (QBO) of the zonal circulation observed in the terrestrial atmosphere at low latitudes is driven by wave mean flow interaction as was demonstrated first by Lindzen and Holton (1968), shown in a laboratory experiment by Plumb and McEwan (1978), and modeled by others (e.g., Plumb, Dunkerton). Although influenced by the seasonal cycle of solar forcing, the QBO, in principle, represents a nonlinear flow oscillation that can be maintained by a steady source of upward propagating waves. The wave driven non-linearity is of third or odd order in the flow velocity, which regenerates the fundamental harmonic itself to keep the oscillation going - the fluid dynamical analog of the displacement mechanism in the mechanical clock. Applying Hines' Doppler Spread Parameterization (DSP) for gravity waves (GW), we discuss with a global-scale spectral model numerical experiments that elucidate some properties of the QBO and its possible effects on the climatology of the atmosphere. Depending on the period of the QBO, wave filtering can cause interaction with the seasonal variations to produce pronounced oscillations with beat periods around 10 years. Since the seasonal cycle and its variability influence the period of the QBO, it may also be a potent conduit of solar activity variations to lower altitudes. Analogous to the terrestrial QBO, we propose that a flow oscillation may account for the 22-year periodicity of the solar magnetic cycle, potentially answering Dicke (1978) who asked, "Is there a chronometer hidden deep inside the Sun?" The oscillation would occur below the convection region, where gravity waves can propagate. Employing a simplified, analytic model, Hines' DSP is applied to estimate the flow oscillation. Depending on the adopted horizontal wavelengths of GW's, wave amplitudes less than 10 m/s can be made to produce oscillating zonal flows of about 20 m/s that should be large enough to generate a significant oscillation in the magnetic

  6. Understanding Re-Os systematics and model ages in metamorphosed Archean ultramafic rocks: A single mineral to whole-rock investigation

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    Coggon, Judith A.; Luguet, Ambre; Fonseca, Raúl O. C.; Lorand, Jean-Pierre; Heuser, Alexander; Appel, Peter W. U.

    2015-10-01

    is vital to establish a complete sample history before interpreting Re-Os isotope data and the validity of model ages, as the Re-Os system is sensitive to disturbance. It is feasible that in some cases single chromite grains or chromite mineral separates may offer a more robust and meaningful isotopic record than silicates, because Re is preferentially hosted in silicates relative to chromite. Alternatively, the 190Pt-186Os decay system, applied to whole-rock samples, may provide a more reliable chronometer than 187Re-187Os model ages in samples that have experienced crustal contamination and/or metamorphic disturbance.

  7. Subduction / exhumation dynamics: Petrochronology in the Glacier-Rafray slice (Western Alps, Italy)

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    Burn, Marco; Lanari, Pierre; Engi, Martin

    2014-05-01

    Petrochronology is the combination of in situ age-dating, geothermobarometry and structural geology and aims to unravel Pressure-Temperature-deformation-time (P-T-ɛ-t) paths. To link P-T conditions to deformation stages is daily business for metamorphic petrologists, but recent micro-mapping techniques (XMapTools program) provide an additional tool to achieve this goal. Absolute age is often difficult to assess in metamorphic rocks, as it is challenging to link specific P-T conditions to most of the mineral chronometers. Allanite is a common accessory phase in high-P metamorphic rocks and is a potential target to determine Th(-U)/Pb ages. Allanite from a leucocratic gneiss of the Glacier-Rafray slice in the western Alps consists of several chemically different zones: one major zone can be linked to a first high-P phengite generation. To determine the age of this high-P growth zone we used La-ICP-MS in situ techniques, which allowed us to date an appropriate growth rim per grain. Even so particular care was required when evaluating the isotope signals laser ablation leads to the excavation of a volume, which potentially can be chemically and/or age-zoned. We have developed a new method to track changes in the plasma during the ablation. This method aims to identify discrete age zones. La-ICP-MS spectra have been modeled so as to reproduce the shape of the spectra measured. These results indicate that high-P allanite first grew in equilibrium with phengite at 84 ± 4 Ma, whereas a second growth event occurred at ~40 Ma. A final epidotic rim grew at greenschist facies conditions, but this stage could not be dated. These findings have implications for our interpretation of several units in the Western Alps: In the Sesia Zone (former Adriatic margin), the earliest high-P metamorphism occurred at 85 Ma (Regis et al., 2014), precisely as the first high-P peak we discovered in the Glacier-Rafray slice. Austroalpine klippen such as this are commonly seen as extensional

  8. Botryoidal hematite from the Schwarzwald (Germany): heterogeneous uranium distributions and their bearing on the helium dating method

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    Wernicke, Rolf S.; Lippolt, Hans J.

    1993-01-01

    hematite has the potential to be a prolific chronometer for the helium method on Mesozoic hematite-bearing mineralizations.

  9. Toward Improvements in Inter-laboratory Calibration of Argon Isotope Measurements

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    Hemming, S. R.; Deino, A. L.; Heizler, M. T.; Hodges, K. V.; McIntosh, W. C.; Renne, P. R.; Swisher, C. C., III; Turrin, B. D.; Van Soest, M. C.

    2015-12-01

    It is important to continue to develop strategies to improve our ability to compare results between laboratories chronometers. The U-Pb community has significantly reduced inter-laboratory biases with the application of a community tracer solution and the distribution of synthetic zircon solutions. Inevitably sample selection and processing and even biases in interpretations will still lead to some disagreements in the assignment of ages. Accordingly natural samples that are shared will be important for achievement of the highest levels of agreement. Analogous improvements in quality and inter-laboratory agreement of analytical aspects of Ar-Ar can be achieved through development of synthetic age standards in gas canisters with multiple pipettes to deliver various controlled amounts of argon to the mass spectrometer. A preliminary proof-of concept comes from the inter-laboratory calibration experiment for the 40Ar/39Ar community. This portable Argon Pipette Intercalibration System (APIS) consists of three 2.7 L canisters each equipped with three pipettes of 0.1, 0.2 and 0.4 cc volumes. The currently traveling APIS has the three canisters filled with air and 40Ar*/39Ar of 1.73 and canister 2 has a 40Ar*/39Ar of 40.98 (~ Alder Creek and Fish Canyon in the same irradiation). With these pipettes it is possible to combine them to provide 0.1, 0.2, 0.3 (0.1+0.2), 0.4, 0.5 (0.1+0.4), 0.6 (0.2+0.4), and 0.7 (0.1+0.2+0.4) cc. The configuration allows a simple test for inter-laboratory biases and for volume/pressure dependent mass fractionation on the measured ratios for a gas with a single argon isotope composition. Although not yet tested, it is also possible to mix gas from any one of the three canisters in proportions of these increments, allowing even more tightly controlled calibration of measurements. We suggest that ultimately each EARTHTIME lab should be equipped with such a system permanently, with a community plan for a traveling system to periodically repeat the

  10. Sm-Nd systematics of lunar ferroan anorthositic suite rocks: Constraints on lunar crust formation

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    Boyet, Maud; Carlson, Richard W.; Borg, Lars E.; Horan, Mary

    2015-01-01

    We have measured Sm-Nd systematics, including the short-lived 146Sm-142Nd chronometer, in lunar ferroan anorthositic suite (FAS) whole rocks (15415, 62236, 62255, 65315, 60025). At least some members of the suite are thought to be primary crystallization products formed by plagioclase flotation during crystallization of the lunar magma ocean (LMO). Most of these samples, except 62236, have not been exposed to galactic cosmic rays for a long period and thus require minimal correction to their 142Nd isotope composition. These samples all have measured deficits in 142Nd relative to the JNdi-1 terrestrial standard in the range -45 to -21 ppm. The range is -45 to -15 ppm once the 62236 142Nd/144Nd ratio is corrected from neutron-capture effects. Analyzed FAS samples do not define a single isochron in either 146Sm-142Nd or 147Sm-143Nd systematics, suggesting that they either do not have the same crystallization age, come from different sources, or have suffered isotopic disturbance. Because the age is not known for some samples, we explore the implications of their initial isotopic compositions for crystallization ages in the first 400 Ma of solar system history, a timing interval that covers all the ages determined for the ferroan anorthositic suite whole rocks as well as different estimates for the crystallization of the LMO. 62255 has the largest deficit in initial 142Nd and does not appear to have followed the same differentiation path as the other FAS samples. The large deficit in 142Nd of FAN 62255 may suggest a crystallization age around 60-125 Ma after the beginning of solar system accretion. This result provides essential information about the age of the giant impact forming the Moon. The initial Nd isotopic compositions of FAS samples can be matched either with a bulk-Moon with chondritic Sm/Nd ratio but enstatite-chondrite-like initial 142Nd/144Nd (e.g. 10 ppm below modern terrestrial), or a bulk-Moon with superchondritic Sm/Nd ratio and initial 142Nd/144Nd

  11. Coral Skeleton Density Banding: Biotic Response to Changes in Sea Surface Temperature

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    Hill, C. A.; Sivaguru, M.; Fried, G. A.; Fouke, B. W.

    2010-12-01

    Density bands in the CaCO3 (aragonite) skeleton of scleractinian corals are commonly used as chronometers, where crystalline couplets of high and low density bands represent the span of one year. Isotopic analysis of these density bands provides a sensitive reconstructive tool for paleoclimatology and paleoecology. However, the detailed biotic mechanisms controlling coral skeleton aragonite nucleation and crystallization events and resulting skeletal growth rate remain uncertain. The coral tissue organic matrix, composed of macromolecules secreted by the calicoblastic ectoderm, is closely associated with skeletal precipitation and is itself incorporated into the skeleton. We postulate that density banding is primarily controlled by changes in the rate of aragonite crystal precipitation mediated by the coral holobiont response to changes in sea surface temperature (SST). To test this hypothesis, data were collected from coral skeleton-tissue biopsies (2.5 cm in diameter) extracted from four species of Montastraea growing on the fringing reef tract of Curacao, Netherlands Antilles. Annual mean variation in SST on Curacao range from 29o in mid-September to 26o C in late February. Samples were collected at strategic time periods spanning the 3o C annual variations in SST. Our nanometer-scale optical analyses of skeletal morphology have revealed consistent changes between high- and low-skeletal density bands, resulting in an 11% increase in the volume of aragonite precipitated in high-density skeletal bands. The re-localization and/or change in abundance of mucus, carbonic anhydrase (a molecule that catalyzes the hydration of carbon dioxide), calmodulin (a calcium-binding protein) and the change in density of gastrodermal symbiotic dinoflagellates has permitted estimates of seasonally-fluctuating carbon allocation by the coral holobiont in response to changing environmental conditions. This digital reconstruction of over 2000 images of one-micron-thick histological

  12. A Comparative Analysis of the Supernova Legacy Survey Sample With ΛCDM and the Rh=ct Universe

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    Wei, Jun-Jie; Wu, Xue-Feng; Melia, Fulvio; Maier, Robert S.

    2015-03-01

    The use of Type Ia supernovae (SNe Ia) has thus far produced the most reliable measurement of the expansion history of the universe, suggesting that ΛCDM offers the best explanation for the redshift-luminosity distribution observed in these events. However, analysis of other kinds of sources, such as cosmic chronometers, gamma-ray bursts, and high-z quasars, conflicts with this conclusion, indicating instead that the constant expansion rate implied by the Rh = ct universe is a better fit to the data. The central difficulty with the use of SNe Ia as standard candles is that one must optimize three or four nuisance parameters characterizing supernova (SN) luminosities simultaneously with the parameters of an expansion model. Hence, in comparing competing models, one must reduce the data independently for each. We carry out such a comparison of ΛCDM and the Rh = ct universe using the SN Legacy Survey sample of 252 SN events, and show that each model fits its individually reduced data very well. However, since Rh = ct has only one free parameter (the Hubble constant), it follows from a standard model selection technique that it is to be preferred over ΛCDM, the minimalist version of which has three (the Hubble constant, the scaled matter density, and either the spatial curvature constant or the dark energy equation-of-state parameter). We estimate using the Bayes Information Criterion that in a pairwise comparison, the likelihood of Rh = ct is ˜90%, compared with only ˜10% for a minimalist form of ΛCDM, in which dark energy is simply a cosmological constant. Compared to Rh = ct, versions of the standard model with more elaborate parametrizations of dark energy are judged to be even less likely. This work is dedicated to the memory of Prof. Tan Lu, who sadly passed away 2014 December 3. Among his many achievements, he is considered to be one of the founders of high-energy astrophysics, and a pioneer in modern cosmology, in China.

  13. Age validation of quillback rockfish (Sebastes maliger) using bomb radiocarbon

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    Kerr, L A; Andrews, A H; Munk, K; Coale, K H; Frantz, B R; Cailliet, G M; Brown, T A

    2005-01-05

    Rockfishes (Sebastes spp.) support one of the most economically important fisheries of the Pacific Northwest and it is essential for sustainable management that age estimation procedures be validated for these species. Atmospheric testing of thermonuclear devices during the 1950s and 1960s created a global radiocarbon ({sup 14}C) signal in the ocean environment that scientists have identified as a useful tracer and chronological marker in natural systems. In this study, we first demonstrated that fewer samples are necessary for age validation using the bomb-generated {sup 14}C signal by emphasizing the utility of the time-specific marker created by the initial rise of bomb-{sup 14}C. Second, the bomb-generated {sup 14}C signal retained in fish otoliths was used to validate the age and age estimation methodology of the quillback rockfish (Sebastes maliger) in the waters of southeast Alaska. Radiocarbon values from the first year's growth of quillback rockfish otoliths were plotted against estimated birth year producing a {sup 14}C time series spanning 1950 to 1985. The initial rise of bomb-{sup 14}C from pre-bomb levels ({approx} -90 {per_thousand}) occurred in 1959 {+-} 1 year and {sup 14}C levels rose relatively rapidly to peak {Delta}{sup 14}C values in 1967 (+105.4 {per_thousand}), with a subsequent declining trend through the end of the record in 1985 (+15.4 {per_thousand}). The agreement between the year of initial rise of {sup 14}C levels from the quillback rockfish record and the chronometer determined for the waters of southeast Alaska from yelloweye rockfish (S. ruberrimus) otoliths validated the ageing methodology for the quillback rockfish. The concordance of the entire quillback rockfish {sup 14}C record with the yelloweye rockfish time series demonstrated the effectiveness of this age validation technique, confirmed the longevity of the quillback rockfish up to a minimum of 43 years, and strongly supports higher age estimates of up to 90 years.

  14. New dates reignite human evolution debate

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    Australian research into the Asian fossil record is unearthing controversial evidence with implications for the evolution of humans. Dr Jian-xin Zhao and Prof Ken Collerson from the University of Queensland's Department of Earth Sciences have been studying the fossil record in East Asia for clues to the early migration of hominids out of Africa in collaboration with Chinese archaeologists Dr Kai Hu of Nanjing University and Hankui Xu of Nanjing Institute of Palaeontology, Academia Sinica. Together they have been studying the remains of Nanjing Man, the name given to two Homo erectus skulls and the tooth of a third individual discovered in Tangshan Cave 250 km north-west of Shanghai. Dr Zhao and Prof Collerson have now employed more accurate dating techniques and materials, using a mass spectrometer to analyse the amounts of thorium-230 and uranium-234 in a calcite flowstone above the Nanjing Man fossil bed. Unlike fossil teeth, uranium and thorium became locked into the flowstone's crystal lattice when the calcite became crystallised. Because of this, the U-series decay in the calcite reliably records when the calcite crystallised. Taking into account the half-lives of uranium-234 and thorium-230, Dr Zhao and Prof Collerson determined the age of the calcite flowstone to be 577,000 years old (+44,000/-34,000 years). As the flowstone overlies the fossil bed, this date only defines the minimum age of the Nanjing Man fossil bed. For comparison, the dentine and enamel components of one fossil deer tooth collected from the Nanjing Man fossil bed yielded discordant mass spectrometric U-series ages of 388,000 and 130,100 years, respectively. Dr Zhao says that this 'strongly demonstrates the unreliability of fossil teeth as a chronometer'. Other evidence in the sediments surrounding the fossils has been the presence of flora and fauna that are typical of a glacial period. Dr Zhao therefore believes that the skulls could have been deposited during a glacial period

  15. Moonrise: Sampling the South Pole-Aitken Basin to Address Problems of Solar System Significance

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    Zeigler, R. A.; Jolliff, B. L.; Korotev, R. L.; Shearer, C. K.

    2016-01-01

    A mission to land in the giant South Pole-Aitken (SPA) Basin on the Moon's southern farside and return a sample to Earth for analysis is a high priority for Solar System Science. Such a sample would be used to determine the age of the SPA impact; the chronology of the basin, including the ages of basins and large impacts within SPA, with implications for early Solar System dynamics and the magmatic history of the Moon; the age and composition of volcanic rocks within SPA; the origin of the thorium signature of SPA with implications for the origin of exposed materials and thermal evolution of the Moon; and possibly the magnetization that forms a strong anomaly especially evident in the northern parts of the SPA basin. It is well known from studies of the Apollo regolith that rock fragments found in the regolith form a representative collection of many different rock types delivered to the site by the impact process (Fig. 1). Such samples are well documented to contain a broad suite of materials that reflect both the local major rock formations, as well as some exotic materials from far distant sources. Within the SPA basin, modeling of the impact ejection process indicates that regolith would be dominated by SPA substrate, formed at the time of the SPA basin-forming impact and for the most part moved around by subsequent impacts. Consistent with GRAIL data, the SPA impact likely formed a vast melt body tens of km thick that took perhaps several million years to cool, but that nonetheless represents barely an instant in geologic time that should be readily apparent through integrated geochronologic studies involving multiple chronometers. It is anticipated that a statistically significant number of age determinations would yield not only the age of SPA but also the age of several prominent nearby basins and large craters within SPA. This chronology would provide a contrast to the Imbrium-dominated chronology of the nearside Apollo samples and an independent test of

  16. Ar-Ar_Redux: rigorous error propagation of 40Ar/39Ar data, including covariances

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    Vermeesch, P.

    2015-12-01

    Rigorous data reduction and error propagation algorithms are needed to realise Earthtime's objective to improve the interlaboratory accuracy of 40Ar/39Ar dating to better than 1% and thereby facilitate the comparison and combination of the K-Ar and U-Pb chronometers. Ar-Ar_Redux is a new data reduction protocol and software program for 40Ar/39Ar geochronology which takes into account two previously underappreciated aspects of the method: 1. 40Ar/39Ar measurements are compositional dataIn its simplest form, the 40Ar/39Ar age equation can be written as: t = log(1+J [40Ar/39Ar-298.5636Ar/39Ar])/λ = log(1 + JR)/λ Where λ is the 40K decay constant and J is the irradiation parameter. The age t does not depend on the absolute abundances of the three argon isotopes but only on their relative ratios. Thus, the 36Ar, 39Ar and 40Ar abundances can be normalised to unity and plotted on a ternary diagram or 'simplex'. Argon isotopic data are therefore subject to the peculiar mathematics of 'compositional data', sensu Aitchison (1986, The Statistical Analysis of Compositional Data, Chapman & Hall). 2. Correlated errors are pervasive throughout the 40Ar/39Ar methodCurrent data reduction protocols for 40Ar/39Ar geochronology propagate the age uncertainty as follows: σ2(t) = [J2 σ2(R) + R2 σ2(J)] / [λ2 (1 + R J)], which implies zero covariance between R and J. In reality, however, significant error correlations are found in every step of the 40Ar/39Ar data acquisition and processing, in both single and multi collector instruments, during blank, interference and decay corrections, age calculation etc. Ar-Ar_Redux revisits every aspect of the 40Ar/39Ar method by casting the raw mass spectrometer data into a contingency table of logratios, which automatically keeps track of all covariances in a compositional context. Application of the method to real data reveals strong correlations (r2 of up to 0.9) between age measurements within a single irradiation batch. Propertly taking

  17. Water Delivery and Giant Impacts in the 'Grand Tack' Scenario

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    O'Brien, David P.; Walsh, Kevin J.; Morbidelli, Alessandro; Raymond, Sean N.; Mandell, Avi M.

    2014-01-01

    A new model for terrestrial planet formation has explored accretion in a truncated protoplanetary disk, and found that such a configuration is able to reproduce the distribution of mass among the planets in the Solar System, especially the Earth/Mars mass ratio, which earlier simulations have generally not been able to match. Walsh et al. tested a possible mechanism to truncate the disk-a two-stage, inward-then-outward migration of Jupiter and Saturn, as found in numerous hydrodynamical simulations of giant planet formation. In addition to truncating the disk and producing a more realistic Earth/Mars mass ratio, the migration of the giant planets also populates the asteroid belt with two distinct populations of bodies-the inner belt is filled by bodies originating inside of 3 AU, and the outer belt is filled with bodies originating from between and beyond the giant planets (which are hereafter referred to as 'primitive' bodies). One implication of the truncation mechanism proposed in Walsh et al. is the scattering of primitive planetesimals onto planet-crossing orbits during the formation of the planets. We find here that the planets will accrete on order 1-2% of their total mass from these bodies. For an assumed value of 10% for the water mass fraction of the primitive planetesimals, this model delivers a total amount of water comparable to that estimated to be on the Earth today. The radial distribution of the planetary masses and the dynamical excitation of their orbits are a good match to the observed system. However, we find that a truncated disk leads to formation timescales more rapid than suggested by radiometric chronometers. In particular, the last giant impact is typically earlier than 20 Myr, and a substantial amount of mass is accreted after that event. This is at odds with the dating of the Moon-forming impact and the estimated amount of mass accreted by Earth following that event. However, 5 of the 27 planets larger than half an Earth mass formed in

  18. Radiometric dating of marine-influenced coal using Re-Os geochronology

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    Tripathy, Gyana Ranjan; Hannah, Judith L.; Stein, Holly J.; Geboy, Nicholas J.; Ruppert, Leslie F.

    2015-12-01

    Coal deposits are integral to understanding the structural evolution and thermal history of sedimentary basins and correlating contemporeous estuarine and fluvial delatic strata with marine sections. While marine shales may readily lend themselves to Re-Os dating due to the dominance of hydrogenous Re and Os, the lack of a chronometer for near-shore sedimentary environments hampers basinwide correlations in absolute time. Here, we employ the Re-Os geochronometer, along with total organic carbon (TOC) and Rock-Eval data, to determine the timing and conditions of a marine incursion at the top of the Matewan coal bed, Kanawha Formation, Pottsville Group, West Virginia, USA. The observed range for hydrogen index (HI: 267-290 mg hydrocarbon/gram total organic carbon) for these coal samples suggests dominance of aliphatic hydrocarbons with low carbon (

  19. Time Restored - The Harrison Timekeepers and R.T. Gould, the Man Who Knew (Almost) Everything

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    Betts, Jonathan

    2006-09-01

    This is the story of Rupert T. Gould (1890-1948), the polymath and horologist. A remarkable man, Lt Cmdr Gould made important contributions in an extraordinary range of subject areas throughout his relatively short and dramatically troubled life. From antique clocks to scientific mysteries, from typewriters to the first systematic study of the Loch Ness Monster, Gould studied and published on them all. With the title The Stargazer, Gould was an early broadcaster on the BBC's Children's Hour when, with his encyclopaedic knowledge, he became known as The Man Who Knew Everything. Not surprisingly, he was also part of that elite group on BBC radio who formed The Brains Trust, giving on-the-spot answers to all manner of wide ranging and difficult questions. With his wide learning and photographic memory, Gould awed a national audience, becoming one of the era's radio celebrities. During the 1920s Gould restored the complex and highly significant marine timekeepers constructed by John Harrison (1693-1776), and wrote the unsurpassed classic, The Marine Chronometer, its History and Development . Today he is virtually unknown, his horological contributions scarcely mentioned in Dava Sobel's bestseller Longitude. The TV version of Longitude, in which Jeremy Irons played Rupert Gould, did at least introduce Gould's name to a wider public. Gould suffered terrible bouts of depression, resulting in a number of nervous breakdowns. These, coupled with his obsessive and pedantic nature, led to a scandalously-reported separation from his wife and cost him his family, his home, his job, and his closest friends. In this first-ever biography of Rupert Gould, Jonathan Betts, the Royal Observatory Greenwich's Senior Horologist, has given us a compelling account of a talented but flawed individual. Using hitherto unknown personal journals, the family's extensive collection of photographs, and the polymath's surviving records and notes, Betts tells the story of how Gould's early life, his

  20. Certified reference materials and reference methods for nuclear safeguards and security.

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    Jakopič, R; Sturm, M; Kraiem, M; Richter, S; Aregbe, Y

    2013-11-01

    have therefore reached high level of attention for safeguards authorities. Furthermore, IRMM initiated and coordinated the development of a Modified Total Evaporation (MTE) technique for accurate abundance ratio measurements of the "minor" isotope-amount ratios of uranium and plutonium in nuclear material and, in combination with a multi-dynamic measurement technique and filament carburization, in environmental samples. Currently IRMM is engaged in a study on the development of plutonium reference materials for "age dating", i.e. determination of the time elapsed since the last separation of plutonium from its daughter nuclides. The decay of a radioactive parent isotope and the build-up of a corresponding amount of daughter nuclide serve as chronometer to calculate the age of a nuclear material. There are no such certified reference materials available yet. PMID:23507450

  1. Molybdenum mineralization at Alpeiner Scharte, Tyrol (Austria): results of in-situ U-Pb zircon and Re-Os molybdenite dating

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    Vein-type Mo mineralization at Alpeiner Scharte occurs in the Penninic units of the western Tauern Window in the Eastern Alps. Three types of previously undated metagranitoids (central gneisses) are distinguished and preserve intrusive contacts with pre-Alpine metamorphosed supracrustal rocks. The granitic protoliths represent fractionated late to post-orogenic, calc-alkaline, I-type magmas with minor S-type components. The Mo veins are restricted to a biotite and alkali feldspar-rich gneiss variety and occur in E-W trending normally sub-vertical quartz veins with adjacent thin discontinuous garnet- and biotite-rich zones; the latter are interpreted as metamorphosed vein selvages. Prior to this work the age of the intrusive host rocks as well as the age of Mo mineralization were unknown. The pre-Alpine Mo deposit and its host rocks were affected by four Alpine deformation events (D1-D4) and Young-Alpine regional metamorphism. The P-T conditions of this metamorphic event were ∼ 550 oC and ∼ 8 kbar and are in agreement with results of previous regional studies. Zircon grains from two orthogneiss samples were dated with the U-Pb method using ion probe techniques. Zircons from the metagranitic host rock of the Mo-veins yielded an emplacement age of 306.8 ± 3.8 Ma (2σ). A second sample from a more leucocratic gneiss lacking Mo-veins gave 305.0 ± 6.6 Ma (2 σ). Re-Os dating of molybdenite from the veins yielded an age of 306.8 ± 3.1 Ma in good agreement with the U-Pb zircon ages. This study confirms one of two alternative hypotheses discussed in the literature. lt supports the idea that vein-type Mo-mineralization in the western Tauern Window is genetically related to Late Carboniferous (Westphalian) granitoids that were emplaced during the late to post-orogenic stage of the Variscan orogeny. They do not constitute an Alpine metamorphic-hydrothermal deposit. This study further confirms the strength of the Re-Os molybdenite chronometer, in that it was unaffected

  2. Trace Elements in Molybdenite as Indicators of Tectono-Metallogenic Settings

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    Beitscher, B. A.; Stein, H. J.; Hannah, J. L.; Zimmerman, A.

    2008-12-01

    Molybdenite serves as a robust Re-Os geochronometer for directly dating ore formation in a wide range of ore systems. Previous work has shown a strong relationship between Re concentrations, tectonic setting, and ore-forming processes (Stein et al. 2001; Stein, 2006; Zimmerman et al. 2008). Preliminary rare earth element analyses of molybdenites indicate a correlation between REE patterns and tectonic setting. As molybdenite is widespread and occurs in a variety of ore deposit types its trace element chemistry may prove a promising exploration tool. An inexpensive sampling method was used to determine if there is a direct link between molybdenite minor/trace element chemistry and commodity enrichment, ore-forming process, and tectonic setting. Through the analysis of over 110 molybdenite (and one rheniite) samples from different ore systems around the world, trends in minor and trace element enrichments were found. Polytype was determined for most samples using XRD, and for each sample a suite of 64 elements was determined using solution ICP-MS. In addition to geographically localized enrichments of specific trace elements, the REE profiles of the molybdenites have a signature which appears to correspond to the associated magmatic setting. Furthermore, molybdenites are generally enriched in trace elements specific to the commodity being mined at any given deposit. We are working toward using these ICP-MS trace element data to predict commodity associations so that trace element geochemistry in molybdenite might prove an inexpensive tool for mineral exploration. Stein, H.J., Markey, R.J., Morgan, J.W., Hannah, J.L., and Scherstén, A. (2001) The remarkable Re-Os chronometer in molybdenite: how and why it works: Terra Nova, v. 13, no. 6, p. 479-486. Stein, H.J. (2006) Low-rhenium molybdenite by metamorphism in northern Sweden: recognition, genesis, and global implications: Lithos, v. 87, p. 300-327. Zimmerman, A., Stein, H.J., Hannah, J.L., Kozelj, D., Bogdanov, K

  3. A rapid top-down response of the ocean carbon system at the onset of the Paleocene/Eocene Thermal Maximum from stable isotopes and first principal carbon cycling

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    Schaller, M. F.; Wright, J. D.

    2013-12-01

    We present the largest carbon isotope excursion (CIE) yet identified for the onset of the Paleocene/Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) from shallow-water shelf localities on the Atlantic Margin, exceeding those of any other marine or terrestrial record. The excursion observed on the shelf at multiple localities is contained by the rhythmically bedded Marlboro Clay, which provides a powerful and precise chronometer sequencing the onset of the CIE. The magnitude of this excursion at the shallowest shelf sites suggests that the total atmospheric excursion was much larger than previously estimated. Furthermore, the magnitude of the observed δ13C anomaly is strongly correlated to site water depth along a shelf transect with deep sites showing the smallest excursions and shallow sites showing the largest. Such a response is only expected from a top-down propagation of a carbon isotope anomaly, and using our corrected timescale for the onset, is identical to the invasion of bomb-produced radiocarbon into the surface water system. Further, we use the observed difference between the δ13C and CaCO3 responses on the shelf, combined with first principal carbon cycling from the surface water invasion of bomb radiocarbon, to estimate the size of the initial atmospheric pulse over it's decadal invasion time. Unlike shelf sites, open ocean surface water localities are hopelessly overprinted by old carbon, due to the constant mixing between the surface and deep carbon reservoirs. A simple relationship with oceanographic parameters, such as water depth, carbon reservoir size and age shows a tight correlation with the total magnitude of the CIE at each site. However, this relationship is only quantitatively meaningful in light of our new data, which constrain the most extreme marine end-member. Only a rapid carbon injection, propagating from the atmosphere into the oceans, can explain the observed trends with reservoir size and age. The total magnitude of the carbon anomaly is

  4. NanoSIMS results from olivine-hosted melt embayments: Magma ascent rate during explosive basaltic eruptions

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    Lloyd, Alexander S.; Ruprecht, Philipp; Hauri, Erik H.; Rose, William; Gonnermann, Helge M.; Plank, Terry

    2014-08-01

    The explosivity of volcanic eruptions is governed in part by the rate at which magma ascends and degasses. Because the time scales of eruptive processes can be exceptionally fast relative to standard geochronometers, magma ascent rate remains difficult to quantify. Here we use as a chronometer concentration gradients of volatile species along open melt embayments within olivine crystals. Continuous degassing of the external melt during magma ascent results in diffusion of volatile species from embayment interiors to the bubble located at their outlets. The novel aspect of this study is the measurement of concentration gradients in five volatile elements (CO2, H2O, S, Cl, F) at fine-scale (5-10 μm) using the NanoSIMS. The wide range in diffusivity and solubility of these different volatiles provides multiple constraints on ascent timescales over a range of depths. We focus on four 100-200 μm, olivine-hosted embayments erupted on October 17, 1974 during the sub-Plinian eruption of Volcán de Fuego. H2O, CO2, and S all decrease toward the embayment outlet bubble, while F and Cl increase or remain roughly constant. Compared to an extensive melt inclusion suite from the same day of the eruption, the embayments have lost both H2O and CO2 throughout the entire length of the embayment. We fit the profiles with a 1-D numerical diffusion model that allows varying diffusivities and external melt concentrations as a function of pressure. Assuming a constant decompression rate from the magma storage region at approximately 220 MPa to the surface, H2O, CO2 and S profiles for all embayments can be fit with a relatively narrow range in decompression rates of 0.3-0.5 MPa/s, equivalent to 11-17 m/s ascent velocity and an 8 to 12 minute duration of magma ascent from ~ 10 km depth. A two stage decompression model takes advantage of the different depth ranges over which CO2 and H2O degas, and produces good fits given an initial stage of slow decompression (0.05-0.3 MPa/s) at high

  5. Variable microstructural response of baddeleyite to shock metamorphism in young basaltic shergottite NWA 5298 and improved U-Pb dating of Solar System events

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    Darling, James R.; Moser, Desmond E.; Barker, Ivan R.; Tait, Kim T.; Chamberlain, Kevin R.; Schmitt, Axel K.; Hyde, Brendt C.

    2016-06-01

    The accurate dating of igneous and impact events is vital for the understanding of Solar System evolution, but has been hampered by limited knowledge of how shock metamorphism affects mineral and whole-rock isotopic systems used for geochronology. Baddeleyite (monoclinic ZrO2) is a refractory mineral chronometer of great potential to date these processes due to its widespread occurrence in achondrites and robust U-Pb isotopic systematics, but there is little understanding of shock-effects on this phase. Here we present new nano-structural measurements of baddeleyite grains in a thin-section of the highly-shocked basaltic shergottite Northwest Africa (NWA) 5298, using high-resolution electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) and scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) techniques, to investigate shock-effects and their linkage with U-Pb isotopic disturbance that has previously been documented by in-situ U-Pb isotopic analyses. The shock-altered state of originally igneous baddeleyite grains is highly variable across the thin-section and often within single grains. Analyzed grains range from those that preserve primary (magmatic) twinning and trace-element zonation (baddeleyite shock Group 1), to quasi-amorphous ZrO2 (Group 2) and to recrystallized micro-granular domains of baddeleyite (Group 3). These groups correlate closely with measured U-Pb isotope compositions. Primary igneous features in Group 1 baddeleyites (n = 5) are retained in high shock impedance grain environments, and an average of these grains yields a revised late-Amazonian magmatic crystallization age of 175 ± 30 Ma for this shergottite. The youngest U-Pb dates occur from Group 3 recrystallized nano- to micro-granular baddeleyite grains, indicating that it is post-shock heating and new mineral growth that drives much of the isotopic disturbance, rather than just shock deformation and phase transitions. Our data demonstrate that a systematic multi-stage microstructural evolution in

  6. Community-based Approaches to Improving Accuracy, Precision, and Reproducibility in U-Pb and U-Th Geochronology

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    McLean, N. M.; Condon, D. J.; Bowring, S. A.; Schoene, B.; Dutton, A.; Rubin, K. H.

    2015-12-01

    The last two decades have seen a grassroots effort by the international geochronology community to "calibrate Earth history through teamwork and cooperation," both as part of the EARTHTIME initiative and though several daughter projects with similar goals. Its mission originally challenged laboratories "to produce temporal constraints with uncertainties approaching 0.1% of the radioisotopic ages," but EARTHTIME has since exceeded its charge in many ways. Both the U-Pb and Ar-Ar chronometers first considered for high-precision timescale calibration now regularly produce dates at the sub-per mil level thanks to instrumentation, laboratory, and software advances. At the same time new isotope systems, including U-Th dating of carbonates, have developed comparable precision. But the larger, inter-related scientific challenges envisioned at EARTHTIME's inception remain - for instance, precisely calibrating the global geologic timescale, estimating rates of change around major climatic perturbations, and understanding evolutionary rates through time - and increasingly require that data from multiple geochronometers be combined. To solve these problems, the next two decades of uranium-daughter geochronology will require further advances in accuracy, precision, and reproducibility. The U-Th system has much in common with U-Pb, in that both parent and daughter isotopes are solids that can easily be weighed and dissolved in acid, and have well-characterized reference materials certified for isotopic composition and/or purity. For U-Pb, improving lab-to-lab reproducibility has entailed dissolving precisely weighed U and Pb metals of known purity and isotopic composition together to make gravimetric solutions, then using these to calibrate widely distributed tracers composed of artificial U and Pb isotopes. To mimic laboratory measurements, naturally occurring U and Pb isotopes were also mixed in proportions to mimic samples of three different ages, to be run as internal

  7. High-Resolution Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometry for (234)U/(238)Pu Age Dating of Plutonium Materials and Comparison to Sector Field Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry.

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    Krachler, Michael; Alvarez-Sarandes, Rafael; Rasmussen, Gert

    2016-09-01

    Employing a commercial high-resolution inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (HR-ICP-OES) instrument, an innovative analytical procedure for the accurate determination of the production age of various Pu materials (Pu powder, cardiac pacemaker battery, (242)Cm heat source, etc.) was developed and validated. This undertaking was based on the fact that the α decay of (238)Pu present in the investigated samples produced (234)U and both mother and daughter could be identified unequivocally using HR-ICP-OES. Benefiting from the high spectral resolution of the instrument (Pu were selectively and directly determined in the dissolved samples, i.e., without a chemical separation of the two analytes from each other. Exact emission wavelengths as well as emission spectra of (234)U centered around λ = 411.590 nm and λ = 424.408 nm are reported here for the first time. Emission spectra of the isotopic standard reference material IRMM-199, comprising about one-third each of (233)U, (235)U, and (238)U, confirmed the presence of (234)U in the investigated samples. For the assessment of the (234)U/(238)Pu amount ratio, the emission signals of (234)U and (238)Pu were quantified at λ = 424.408 nm and λ = 402.148 nm, respectively. The age of the investigated samples (range: 26.7-44.4 years) was subsequently calculated using the (234)U/(238)Pu chronometer. HR-ICP-OES results were crossed-validated through sector field inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (SF-ICPMS) analysis of the (234)U/(238)Pu amount ratio of all samples applying isotope dilution combined with chromatographic separation of U and Pu. Available information on the assumed ages of the analyzed samples was consistent with the ages obtained via the HR-ICP-OES approach. Being based on a different physical detection principle, HR-ICP-OES provides an alternative strategy to the well-established mass spectrometric approach and thus effectively adds to the quality assurance of (234)U/(238)Pu age

  8. Method for purification of Kr from environmental samples for analysis of radiokrypton isotopes

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    Yokochi, R.; Heraty, L. J.; Sturchio, N. C.

    2008-12-01

    Two extremely low-abundance radioactive isotopes of Kr ((81Kr and (85Kr) are produced by cosmic-ray induced spallation (81Kr /Kr = 10-12, t½ = 229,000 yr) and by a nuclear fission (85Kr /Kr = 10-11, t½ = 10.8 yr). Radiokrypton chronologies are potentially important in diverse studies of hydrology and paleoclimate and the inertness of Kr, being a noble gas, makes radiokrypton-based chronometers superior to other hydrological tracers for many such applications (e.g., 3H-He, 14C, 36Cl, CFCs, SF6). The analysis of 81Kr in naturally occurring gases of interest, e.g. dissolved gases in hydrological reservoirs, using Atom Trap Trace Analysis (ATTA) requires an extraction of ppm-level Kr from chemically air-like bulk gas. A newly developed Kr purification system is based on conventional cryogenic distillation and gas chromatography to which continuous monitoring of gas effluent composition using quadrupole mass spectrometer brings significant advantages. Simple cryogenic distillation is controlled based on the evolution of N2/Ar ratio that is relatively constant in naturally occurring, inorganic gas. Gas chromatographic separation of ppmv-level Kr from up to a few liter of bulk gas can be achieved by concentrating the Kr under the tails of major components. The system described here is capable of extracting Kr from 5-125 lSTP of bulk gas with >90% yield within several hours. Gas samples have been taken at several hydrological and geological settings: shallow groundwater at Locust Grove, MD, gas emanation from Cheaspeake Crater, VA, mid-continental saline groundwater (KS, MO), deep and shallow groundwater from northern Chile (Atacama desert), and the hydrothermal system at Yellowstone National Park, WY. Our new method was used successfully to purify microliter amounts of Kr from all of these samples, an important step en route to routine application of ATTA in hydrological studies. This work was supported by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Postdoctoral Program in

  9. Meteoric cosmogenic Beryllium-10 adsorbed to river sediment and soil: Applications for Earth-surface dynamics

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    Willenbring, Jane K.; von Blanckenburg, Friedhelm

    2010-01-01

    further, this approach allows calculation of catchment-wide erosion rates from river sediment, similar to the approach using 10Be produced in situ. In contrast to the in situ10Be approach, however, these analyses can be performed on any sample of fine-grained material, even where no quartz minerals are present. Therefore, this technique may serve as a tool to date sediment where no other chronometer is available, to track particle sources and to measure Earth-surface process rates in soil, suspended river sediment, and fine-grained sedimentary deposits.

  10. C-isotopic data from some critical sections in NW and central India and their implications on the Vendian-Tommotian transition

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    chronometer. However, the C-isotopes can be used to offer reliable stratigraphic correlation for unmetamorphosed and undeformed Phanerozoic sedimentary sequences. As compared to the O-isotopes that are susceptible to post-depositional alteration through circulating fluids, the C-isotopes are more robust, being generally unaffected by most of the crustal processes including low-grade metamorphism. We present the C-isotopic data from some critical sections in peninsular India, which are by and large undeformed and show well-preserved sedimentary characteristics (au)

  11. Geochronological Constraints on Neoproterozoic Glaciations, the first appearance of Metazoans, and the Cambrian Explosion.

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    Bowring, S.; Condon, D.; Ramezani, J.; Myrow, P.; Landing, E.

    2004-05-01

    Studies of Neoproterozoic climate fluctuations, plate reconstructions, biological evolution and their interrelationships have been hindered by a lack of high-precision geochronological constraints. The correlation and estimates of duration for Neoproterozoic glaciations has relied on physical/chemo-stratigraphy, and thermal subsidence models respectively. New geochronological constraints from Neoproterozoic successions worldwide have sharpened the debate as to the number, synchroneity, and duration of glacial episodes and the relationship, if any, between Metazoan evolution and global glaciation(s). Crucial to the debate are correct interpretation of geochronological data that range from U-Pb zircon studies of intercalated volcanic ash-beds, U-Pb detrital zircon studies, Re-Os from black shales, Rb-Sr from clay-rich rocks, U-Pb and Pb-Pb from carbonates and phosphates, and Lu-Hf from phosphates. Development of a highly resolved Neoproterozoic timescale will require integration and cross-calibration of multiple dating techniques and consideration of what is actually being recorded by each chronometer. A review of available geological and geochronological data indicate that there were at least three and perhaps as many as five periods of Neoproterozoic glacial deposition including rocks from United States (Idaho and Virginia), Newfoundland and the Northwest Territories of Canada, Namibia, and Oman. What must be evaluated is how the paleogeographic distribution of glaciated regions varied with time during the Neoproterozoic. Do Neoproterozoic glacial successions distributed worldwide record a small number of globally synchronous, long-lived glaciations, or numerous diachronous glacial epochs, or a combination of both? At present, the duration of only one glacial deposit, the ca 581 Ma Gaskiers Formation (Newfoundland), is known and it is on the order of 1 Ma, at odds with a long-lived global glaciation predicted by the snowball Earth hypothesis. Other major issues are

  12. Nucleosynthesis of 92Nb and the relevance of the low-lying isomer at 135.5 keV

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    Mohr, Peter

    2016-06-01

    Background: Because of its half-life of about 35 million years, 92Nb is considered as a chronometer for nucleosynthesis events prior to the birth of our sun. The abundance of 92Nb in the early solar system can be derived from meteoritic data. It has to be compared to theoretical estimates for the production of 92Nb to determine the time between the last nucleosynthesis event before the formation of the early solar system. Purpose: The influence of a low-lying short-lived isomer on the nucleosynthesis of 92Nb is analyzed. The thermal coupling between the ground state and the isomer via so-called intermediate states affects the production and survival of 92Nb. Method: The properties of the lowest intermediate state in 92Nb are known from experiment. From the lifetime of the intermediate state and from its decay branchings, the transition rate from the ground state to the isomer and the effective half-life of 92Nb are calculated as functions of the temperature. Results: The coupling between the ground state and the isomer is strong. This leads to thermalization of ground state and isomer in the nucleosynthesis of 92Nb in any explosive production scenario and almost 100% survival of 92Nb in its ground state. However, the strong coupling leads to a temperature-dependent effective half-life of 92Nb which makes the 92Nb survival very sensitive to temperatures as low as about 8 keV, thus turning 92Nb at least partly into a thermometer. Conclusions: The low-lying isomer in 92Nb does not affect the production of 92Nb in explosive scenarios. In retrospect this validates all previous studies where the isomer was not taken into account. However, the dramatic reduction of the effective half-life at temperatures below 10 keV may affect the survival of 92Nb after its synthesis in supernovae, which are the most likely astrophysical sites for the nucleosynthesis of 92Nb.

  13. Spatial variability of initial 230Th/ 232Th in modern Porites from the inshore region of the Great Barrier Reef

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    Clark, Tara R.; Zhao, Jian-xin; Feng, Yue-xing; Done, Terry J.; Jupiter, Stacy; Lough, Janice; Pandolfi, John M.

    2012-02-01

    The main limiting factor in obtaining precise and accurate uranium-series (U-series) ages of corals that lived during the last few hundred years is the ability to constrain and correct for initial thorium-230 ( 230Th 0), which is proportionally much higher in younger samples. This is becoming particularly important in palaeoecological research where accurate chronologies, based on the 230Th chronometer, are required to pinpoint changes in coral community structure and the timing of mortality events in recent time (e.g. since European settlement of northern Australia in the 1850s). In this study, thermal ionisation mass spectrometry (TIMS) U-series dating of 43 samples of known ages collected from living Porites spp. from the far northern, central and southern inshore regions of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) was performed to spatially constrain initial 230Th/ 232Th ( 230Th/ 232Th 0) variability. In these living Porites corals, the majority of 230Th/ 232Th 0 values fell within error of the conservative bulk Earth 230Th/ 232Th atomic value of 4.3 ± 4.3 × 10 -6 (2 σ) generally assumed for 230Th 0 corrections where the primary source is terrestrially derived. However, the results of this study demonstrate that the accuracy of 230Th ages can be further improved by using locally determined 230Th/ 232Th 0 values for correction, supporting the conclusion made by Shen et al. (2008) for the Western Pacific. Despite samples being taken from regions adjacent to contrasting levels of land modification, no significant differences were found in 230Th/ 232Th 0 between regions exposed to varying levels of sediment during river runoff events. Overall, 39 of the total 43 230Th/ 232Th 0 atomic values measured in samples from inshore reefs across the entire region show a normal distribution ranging from 3.5 ± 1.1 to 8.1 ± 1.1 × 10 -6, with a weighted mean of 5.76 ± 0.34 × 10 -6 (2 σ, MSWD = 8.1). Considering the scatter of the data, the weighted mean value with a more

  14. On the Existence of Threshold States in Aluminum -26 and Their Contribution to its Production at Low Stellar Temperature.

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    Champagne, Arthur Ernest

    Certain meteoritic inclusions have been shown to have an abundance of ('26)Mg which is in excess of the solar system abundance by as much as 40%. These observations further suggest that this excess has resulted from the in-situ decay of ('26)Al (T(, 1/2) = 7.2 x 10('5) years), an important astrophysical chronometer. It appears that a likely site for the synthesis of ('26)Al responsible for the observed abundance anomaly is in the hydrogen-burning zone of a supernova (characterized by temperatures near 1 x 10('8)(DEGREES)K). Accordingly, detailed knowledge of the behavior of the ('25)Mg(p,(gamma))('26)Al reaction at such low temperatures is clearly necessary. A candidate for a low energy resonance in the ('25)Mg + p system has been discovered, through study of the ('25)Mg(('3)He,d)('26)Al reaction, at an excitation energy E(,x) = 6343 keV, which corresponds to an incident proton energy E(,c.m.) = 37.2 keV. The shape of the angular distribution for this state is characteristic of l = 0 + 2 angular momentum transfer and therefore a spin-parity J('(pi)) = (2,3)('+). Measurements on the ('25)Mg(d,p)('26)Mg reaction indicate that the 6125-keV state in ('26)Mg is the analog to this ('26)Al state; s-wave spectroscopic factors S (TURNEQ) 0.14 are determined for both cases. Studies on the ('26)Mg((alpha),(alpha)')('26)Mg reaction indicate that the 6125-KeV ('26)Mg state possesses unnatural parity, and so J('(pi)) = 3('+) is indicated for the analog pair. The gamma-ray branching ratios for the 6343-keV ('26)Al state have been measured using the ('27)Al(('3)He,(alpha)(gamma))('26)Al reaction and have established that the decay of this state ultimately populates the ground state 57% of the time. As a result, a resonance strength (omega)(gamma) = 5.7 x 10(' -16)eV is determined for this state. Similarly, an upper limit (omega)(gamma) (LESSTHEQ) 1.0 x 10('-11) eV is found for the possible, but un-observed resonance at E(,x) = 6400 keV, studied via the ('24)Mg(('3)He,p(gamma))('26

  15. 用于 CCD 立靶的双光幕触发系统研究%Dual-screen triggering system for CCD vertical target

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    董涛; 华灯鑫; 李言; 倪晋平

    2014-01-01

    On the request of the stable and reliable trigger required in charge-coupled device (CCD) vertical target measurement system in the condition of firing range ,a dual-screen trig-ging system was presented .The trigging detecting screen was composed of lens-type screen detector ,working with the high-intensity LED slow-scattering light ,and the velocity-measur-ing system consists of two identical screen detectors working together with chronometer ,and then it judged whether the projectile passing through the screen was real based on the measured velocity and whether to output the trigging signal or not .The time for projectile flying from impacting screen to detecting screen was achieved according to the velocity value V and the dis-tance between impacting screen and detecting screen ,and then the triggering signal was output while the projectile was approaching to CCD detecting screen .The proposed scheme can im-prove the stability of the system ,prevent the system from being interfered by unreal targets , and can transmit trigging signal at the precise time to follow-up CCD image-acquisition system . It has been proved by experiment that the speed measurement error of the designed dual-screen triggering system is not more than 0 .4% ,fully meeting the demand of the stable and reliable trigger requirement of the CCD vertical target .%针对靶场测试当中CCD立靶测量系统需要稳定可靠触发的需求,提出一种双光幕触发系统。采用镜头式光幕探测器配合高亮度L ED慢散射光源组成触发探测光幕,利用2个同样的光幕探测器配合测时装置组成区截测速系统,根据测得的速度值判定飞越探测光幕的目标是否为真实弹丸,并决定是否输出触发信号。根据速度值V 和触发光幕至CCD探测光幕的距离计算出弹丸飞越至探测光幕的时间,然后在弹丸飞越将近至探测光幕的时刻输出触发信号。该方案不但可以提高系统的稳定性,避免非真

  16. Características do processo de ingestão de forragem por novilhas holandesas em pastagens de capim-mombaça Forage intake characteristics on mombaçagrass pastures grazed by Holstein heifers

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    Ana Luisa Palhano

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available Para avaliação da influência da estrutura do dossel de pastagens tropicais sobre o processo de ingestão de forragem por bovinos, cinco alturas de dossel (60, 80, 100, 120 e 140 cm de uma pastagem de capim-mombaça (Panicum maximum, Jacq. foram estabelecidas, em um delineamento inteiramente casualizado, com duas repetições. Quatro novilhas da raça Holandês Preto e Branco com coletores de fezes e urina foram utilizadas em testes de pastejo de 45 minutos. O número de bocados e o tempo de alimentação foram registrados com o uso de contadores e cronômetros. A massa de forragem total consumida foi obtida pela técnica de dupla pesagem. Com o aumento na altura do dossel, observou-se aumento linear na massa de bocado. O aumento do comprimento das lâminas foliares expandidas e em expansão resultou em consumo quase que individual de folhas, refletindo em aumento linear no tempo por bocado e em redução linear na taxa de bocados. Uma vez que o aumento no tempo por bocado foi proporcionalmente maior que o aumento da massa de bocado, a massa de forragem total consumida e a taxa de ingestão estabilizaram-se nas maiores alturas da pastagem. As limitações físicas impostas pela estrutura do dossel levaram a menor eficiência de captura de forragem pelos animais nas maiores alturas do dossel. O consumo de forragem foi maximizado à altura de 109,3 cm.In order to evaluate the influence of tropical grass sward structure on the intake of grazing cattle, five sward heights (60, 80, 100, 120, and 140 cm of Panicum maximum Jacq. were established, in a completely randomized design with two replications. Four black-and-white coat Holstein heifers, carrying feces and urine bags, were used in grazing tests of 45 minutes each. Number of bites and feeding time were registered by counters and chronometers. Total herbage mass consumed was obtained by double sampling technique. Increasing sward height increased bite mass, followed by an increase in chewing

  17. The consuming time of 3D virtual treatment planning in orthognathic surgery%3D模拟手术计划性治疗在正颌外科手术的应用研究

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    黄圣元; 吴小玮; 张力; 杨涛

    2015-01-01

    目的:通过临床病例评估3D模拟手术计划性治疗在正颌外科手术中的应用。方法:对51例需要正颌矫正畸形的临床病例进行完整3D模拟手术计划性治疗,将流程中每步所耗费的时间进行精确记录,最后得出不同种类正颌手术所需的平均时间;并通过实际临床病例分析3D模拟手术计划性治疗的优缺点。结果:双侧矢状劈开截骨术耗时平均为29:29 min;双侧矢状劈开截骨术和颏部截骨术耗时平均为29:56 min;Le-FortⅠ型截骨术和双侧矢状劈开截骨术耗时平均为39:17 min;Le-FortⅠ型截骨术、双侧矢状劈开截骨术和颏部截骨术耗时平均为40:57 min。结论:将3D模拟治疗计划作为一种新的工具应用在正颌外科正颌畸形手术中,可以使临床医生的手术方案同时兼顾功能和美学的设计。通过标准的设计流程(3D-VPS1-5),3D模拟治疗计划可以作为一种更高效的工具应用在正颌外科手术中。%Objevtive:To assess the timing of 3D virtual treatment planning of orthognathic surgery. Method:51 con-secutive orthognathic patients were included in this study. Each step of 3D virtual treatmrnt planning was recorded with a digital chronometer,recording the overall results of 3D virtual treatmrnt planning and made a strength and weakness analyse 3D virtual treatment planning based on the clinical patients. Result:The overall mean orthognathic treatment planning time (VPS1-5) was 29:29min for BSSO;29:56min for BSSO and chin osteotomy surgical procedures;39:17min for Le FortⅠand BSSO;40:57min for combined Le FortⅠ,BSSO,and chin osteotomy surgical procedures. Conclusion:3D virtual treat-ment planning of orthognathic surgery provides a potential new routine tool toward the clinician to improve both functional and aesthetic treatment outcomes in patients with maxillofacial deformity. By standardizing the different virtual planning steps(VPS1-5),the

  18. 10Be, OSL/IRSL Luminescence and 14C Cross-Dating of a Series of Abandoned Alluvial Surfaces Laterally Offset by the Dead Sea Fault, Jordan

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    Le Beon, M.; Jaiswal, M.; Al-Qaryouti, M.; Moumani, K.; Burr, G. S.; Chen, Y.; Klinger, Y.; Abdelghafoor, M.; Suppe, J.

    2010-12-01

    Active tectonics studies are often limited by the uncertainties in accurately and precisely dating Late Quaternary deposits, especially alluvial deposits that often lack organic matter datable by 14C method. This is the case along the Wadi Araba Fault (WAF), the southernmost segment of the Dead Sea Fault, which delineates the 1000-km long plate boundary between the Arabia plate and the Sinai sub-plate. Geodetic, geomorphic and geologic studies converge to a fault slip rate of 5 ± 2 mm/a. Yet, long-term Late Pleistocene slip rates cover a wide range due to large uncertainties, mostly related to the dispersion of 10Be cosmogenic radionuclide (CRN) ages. The maximum slip rate since ~100 ka is up to a value of 11 mm/a, possibly suggesting significant variations in fault activity with time. In order to reduce the uncertainty on the Late Pleistocene slip rate and draw further conclusions regarding the seismic behavior of the WAF, we targeted one of the sites previously investigated for detailed morphotectonic analysis and 10Be CRN dating and we apply other chronometers, such as Optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating on quartz and feldspar minerals, and 14C dating when possible. The site consists in an abandoned bajada composed of four alluvial surface levels, offset by the WAF. We extensively sampled the terraces F2 and F4, which are offset by 160 ± 8 m and 626 ± 37 m, respectively. Our samples are collected from ~50-cm deep pits on the top of the terraces. On F2, we collected one OSL sample downstream from the fault and two upstream, where land snail shells were also found. Preliminary OSL ages agree on ~8 ± 2 ka upstream, also consistent with a 14C date, whereas the OSL age downstream is much older, ~41 ± 4 ka. On F4, we collected three samples downstream from the fault and two upstream. Preliminary OSL ages cluster between ~32 ± 4 ka and ~46 ± 5 ka. Five of the OSL samples have been collected at a similar location to surficial cobbles for 10Be, both on

  19. Tungsten isotope analysis of meteorite samples using electrothermal vaporization (ETV)-MC-ICPMS technique

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    Okabayashi, S.; Sakata, S.; Hirata, T.

    2013-05-01

    Hf-W chronometer is based on the decay of 182Hf to 182W with a half-life of 8.9 ± 0.1 Myr. Hf is strongly lithophile elements, whereas W is moderately siderophile elements. Thus, the Hf-W age can provide critical information about the timing of metal-silicate differentiation (core formation) processes at the early stage of the planetary formation. Moreover, both the Hf and W is strongly refractory elements, the Hf-W age can reflect the timing of condensation or segregation of the metallic nuggets from chondritic reservoir at the early sequence of the solar system. The thermal ionization mass spectrometry (TIMS) is widely used for W isotope analysis. However, a micro-gram amount of W is desired for Hf-W chronological studies in this technique. The ICP-MS technique coupled with the conventional nebulization technique is also used for W isotope measurement. With this technique, total amount of W required for the isotopic ratio measurements could be 50 - 100 ng. On the other hand, typical ion transmission efficiency from sample to ion collector would be introduction using the nebulizer. This suggests that the sample introduction efficiency (i.e., high transmission efficiency) can be dramatically improved when the loss of sample mist could be minimized. To achieve this, we have developed a sample introduction technique using the electrothermal vaporization (ETV) technique for W isotope analysis. In this study, W sample in 2% HNO3 solution is loaded on the Re filament located in a small volume ETV chamber to achieve minimum loss of W vapor and also to reduce the memory of W within the chamber. Temperature of the Re filament is controlled by the incident current (0 - 4 A). The W evaporation is carried out under the two different ambient gasses, Ar or He. We found that W signal intensity profile obtained under the Ar carrier gas is spiky and unstable, and this is not suitable for the precise isotopic analysis. In strike contrast, the signal intensity profile obtained

  20. Dating of polyhalite and langbeinite: preliminary results from German Zechstein

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    Neubauer, Franz; Schorn, Anja; Leitner, Christoph; Genser, Johann

    2013-04-01

    Evaporite mélanges often form decollément surfaces of major extensional and contractional allochthons because of the very low shear resistance of halite. Due to the deposition of evaporites during an early stage of passive continental margin formation, evaporites are commonly overlain by thick successions of carbonates and/or siliciclastic rocks deposited during the main thermal subsidence stage of the passive margin formation. The most common cases of evaporite mélanges are such (1) at passive continental margins, where they are deformed during gravity-driven extension, commonly raft tectonics, in an extensional geodynamic setting, (2) in external foreland fold-thrust belts within a convergent geodynamic setting, and (3) in salt diapirs. In all these cases, halite is strongly deformed by late-stage deformation and only sulphate lenses composed of anhydrite and gypsum preserve early deformational stages. Dating of K-sulphates may allow the recognition of early stages of deformation although this method is poorly applied (Renne et al., 2001). Knowledge of the limitations of K-sulphate chronometers of langbeinite and polyhalite may allow, therefore, dating of full history of evaporite mélanges (for polyhalite, see Leitner et al., 2012). Polyhalite has the chemical formula [K2Ca2Mg(SO4)4?2 H2O] and commonly occurs in sedimentary evaporite successions. The mineral can be synthesised under laboratory conditions by a reaction of gypsum with appropriate solutions in the ternary system K2SO4-MgSO4-H2O at temperatures above 70 ° C (Freyer and Voigt, 2003). At lower temperatures, polyhalite crystallisation slows down (Wollmann, 2010). In nature, polyhalite, which is stable between ~ room temperature (0-25 ° C) and 255-343 ° C (Wollmann et al., 2008) or 285 ° C (Fischer et al., 1996), most commonly forms early-diagenetically or secondarily (Warren, 2006 and Leitner et al., 2012 and references therein). The secondary mineral langbeinite [K2Mg2(SO4)3],whose lower

  1. X-Ray Micro-Computed Tomography of Apollo Samples as a Curation Technique Enabling Better Research

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    Ziegler, R. A.; Almeida, N. V.; Sykes, D.; Smith, C. L.

    2014-01-01

    . These scans show the clast to be approx.4.5 g, however (assuming a density of approx.3.5 g/cc). This is large enough for detailed studies including multiple geo-chronometers. This basalt clast is of particular interest as it is the largest Apollo 16 basalt, and it is the only mid-TiO2 basalt in the Apollo sample suite. By identifying the location of interesting clasts or grains within a sample, we will be able to make more informed decisions about where to cut a sample in order to best expose clasts of interest for future study. Moreover, knowing the location of internal defects (e.g., fractures) will allow more precise chipping and extraction of clasts or grains. By combining micro-CT scans with compositional techniques like micro x-ray fluorescence (particularly on sawn slabs), we will be able to provide even more comprehensive information to scientists trying to best select samples that fit their scientific needs.

  2. Uranium age determination - Separation and analysis of 230Th and 231Pa

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    Full text: In recent years several incidents involving illicit trafficking and smuggling of nuclear material, radioactive sources and radioactively contaminated materials have raised growing public concern about criminal acts involving nuclear materials. Consequently, research efforts in nuclear forensic science have been intensified in order to develop and improve methods for the identification of the nature and origin of seized materials. Information obtained from the analysis of unknown nuclear materials is of key importance in order to aide authorities that are in charge of developing fast and appropriate response action. For the identification of nuclear materials various sample characteristics are of relevance, including isotopic composition, the content of chemical impurities, material properties and the date of production. Information on the production date, respectively the 'age' of nuclear materials, will also be of key importance in other fields of nuclear science, i.e. for the verification of a Fissile Materials Cut-Off Treaty (FMCT) in order to distinguish freshly produced materials from 'old' excess weapons materials. The age of nuclear materials may also be of relevance under a strengthened safeguards regime to reveal clandestine production of weapons usable materials, i.e. the separation of plutonium or production of highly enriched uranium (HEU). The age dating of plutonium samples has been described in detail for bulk samples as well as for particles. In this work we focused on the age determination of uranium materials of different uranium enrichment. The radioactive decay of the uranium isotopes provides a chronometer that is inherent to the material, in particular the mother/daughter pairs 234U/230Th and 235U/231Pa can be advantageously used. Due to the relatively long half-lives of 234U (2.46·105 years) and 235U (7.04·108 years) only minute amounts of daughter nuclides are growing in, therefore both separation of Th and Pa from uranium must

  3. Dating Amazonian laterites through the novel geochronometers kaolinite and iron oxides

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    Allard, Thierry; Bressan Riffel, Silvana; Gautheron, Cécile; Fernandes Soares, Bruna; Pinna-Jamme, Rosella; Morin, Guillaume

    2016-04-01

    Soils on Earth's surface are in constant interaction with climate. As a matter of fact, soils cannot only produce greenhouse effect gases, such as NO2 and CH4, but also behave as sinks for CO2, especially by silicate weathering. Major processes of silicate weathering are known and exhibit climatic zonation at the global scale. Laterites are particularly relevant because they are ancient and deeply weathered soils of major significance. They occupy 30 % of the continental surface and can keep records of past climates and landscape modifications (paleosurface) through specific mineral markers. These formations reach several tens of meters and are mainly composed of kaolinite, iron and aluminium oxides as well as relicts of parent minerals such as quartz and ancillary minerals. Once the major processes of laterite formation are known, their age will allow a growth of researches, owing to the implementation of various chronometers. Moreover, it is fundamental to date laterites in order to improve our understanding of soil formation related to paleoclimates, and to build predictive models of their evolution. In this study, we focus on comparing kaolinite ages with the still unknown ages of lateritic duricrusts from the central Amazon region (Brazil), where strong weathering processes were developed from the early Tertiary, after the Andean uplift. The central Amazon region displays flat areas and dissected plateaus (100-180 m a.s.l.) sustained by weathered clastic sedimentary rocks and latosols. The region contains horizons of duricrusts, relatively continuous layers of Fe-cuirasses, stratified lateritic profiles, and kaolin deposits. Here we employed two methods to date ubiquitous secondary minerals of laterite, which are consistent with geological time-scale. The corresponding geochronometers are the following: (i) radiation-induced defects in kaolinite (trapped in duricrusts) analysed by electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy (EPR) (Balan et al., 2005), and (ii

  4. Nanoscale variations in 187Os isotopic composition and HSE systematics in a Bultfontein peridotite

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    Wainwright, A. N.; Luguet, A.; Schreiber, A.; Fonseca, R. O. C.; Nowell, G. M.; Lorand, J.-P.; Wirth, R.; Janney, P. E.

    2016-08-01

    Understanding the mineralogical controls on radiogenic chronometers is a fundamental aspect of all geochronological tools. As with other common dating tools, it has become increasingly clear that the Re-Os system can be impacted by multiple mineral formation events. The accessory and micrometric nature of the Re-Os-bearing minerals has made assessing this influence complex. This is especially evident in cratonic peridotites, where long residence times and multiple metasomatic events have created a complex melting and re-enrichment history. Here we investigate a harzburgitic peridotite from the Bultfontein kimberlite (South Africa) which contains sub-micron Pt-Fe-alloy inclusions within base metal sulphides (BMS). Through the combination of the focused ion beam lift-out technique and low blank mass spectrometry we were able to remove and analyse the Pt-Fe-alloy inclusions for their Re-Os composition and highly siderophile element (HSE) systematics. Six repeats of the whole-rock yield 187Os/188Os compositions of 0.10893-0.10965, which correspond to Re depletion model ages (TRD) of 2.69-2.79 Ga. The Os, Ir and Pt concentrations are slightly variable across the different digestions, whilst Pd and Re remain constant. The resulting HSE pattern is typical of cratonic peridotites displaying depleted Pt and Pd. The Pt-Fe-alloys have PUM-like 187Os/188Os compositions of 0.1294 ± 24 (2-s.d.) and 0.1342 ± 38, and exhibit a saw-tooth HSE pattern with enriched Re and Pt. In contrast, their BMS hosts have unradiogenic 187Os/188Os of 0.1084 ± 6 and 0.1066 ± 3, with TRD ages of 2.86 and 3.09 Ga, similar to the whole-rock systematics. The metasomatic origin of the BMS is supported by (i) the highly depleted nature of the mantle peridotite and (ii) their Ni-rich sulphide assemblage. Occurrence of Pt-Fe-alloys as inclusions within BMS grains demonstrates the genetic link between the BMS and Pt-Fe-alloys and argues for formation during a single but continuous event of silicate melt

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

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

    2012-12-01

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

  6. Determination of the Rubidium Decay Constant by Age Comparison Against the U-Pb System

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    Nebel, O.; Mezger, K.; Scherer, E. E.; Davies, G. R.

    2006-12-01

    by analysing SRM-607, which is often used as a standard for Rb-Sr spike calibration, using a model isochron for this standard, which allows inter-laboratory spike calibration [6]. The Rb-Sr isochrons of the Klokken Intrusion, Greenland, the Bolgokthokh Intrusion, Siberia, and the Phalaborwa Carbonatite, South Africa, yield a weighted mean λ87Rb of 1.398±0.003x10-11yr-1. This is 1.6% lower than the currently accepted value from [1], but in agreement with those of [4] and [7]. If further work confirms this lower value, Rb-Sr cooling or emplacement ages calculated with the value of 1.42 x 10-11yr-1 are 1.6% too low and need to be reconsidered in terms of their geologic interpretation. The decay constant from our study has a precision of ±0.2%, allowing the precision of Rb-Sr ages to approach that attainable with other chronometers such as U-Pb and Lu- Hf. Further investigations on two additional samples are currently underway to improve the precision and verify the accuracy of the newly proposed decay constant. References: [1] Steiger and Jaeger (1977), EPSL 36(3), p.359; [2] Begemann et al. (2002); GCA 65(1), p.121; [3] Rotenberg et al. (2005) GCA 69(10); A326; [4] Kossert et al. (2003) Ap.Rad. & Isot. 59(5-6) p.377; [5] Nebel et al. (2005) Int.Jour.Mass.Spec.246 p.10; [6] Nebel and Mezger, ChemGeol, in press; [7] Minster et al. (1982) Nature 300 p.414.

  7. Measurement of the irradiation of generating lamps of radiation ultraviolet type A used in tan equipment Sportarredo model Ringo 1200; Medicion de la irradiancia de lamparas generadoras de radiacion ultravioleta tipo A usadas en equipo de bronceado Sportarredo Modelo Ringo 1200

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    2010-09-15

    In the last years has been developed in the cosmetology market the application of ultraviolet radiation (UV) in known equipment s as cameras or tan beds to obtain a change in the pigmentation of the skin. In Mexico, this fashion has entered without the appropriate recommendations of prevention against the risks of the adverse effects from the disproportionate exhibition to such non ionizing energy form; which is electromagnetic radiation in the interval of 400 nm to 100 nm of wave longitude, classified in near UV-A of 400 nm to 315 nm, and distant: UV-B of 315 nm to 280 nm and UV-C of 280 nm to 100 nm. Therefore, they have not been included in the national normative the necessary regulations regarding the operation parameters of the tan cameras for the E irradiation levels. The level E is defined as the incident radiation power in a receiver surface to a specific localization and relative orientation to the radiant surface expressed in units of the International System, W/m{sup 2} or MW/cm{sup 2}. The objective of this work is to show the measurement results for the E of a camera that contains two emitters arrangements, a first to whole body that consist of 8 lamp pairs model B17L of 160 Watts, which will have a nominal E of 358 W/m{sup 2} (35.8 MW/cm{sup 2}) for UV type A and 3.3 W/m{sup 2} (0.33 MW/cm{sup 2}) for UV type B; one second to face of 8 lamps model KALFASUN 630, with an E of 568 W/m{sup 2} (56.8 MW/cm{sup 2}) for UV type A and 2.97 W/m{sup 2} (0.297 MW/cm{sup 2}) for UV type B. The E measurements are carried out for UV-A with the body and face lamp, respectively; with two instruments: photometer mark Sportarredo, model BF01, series E009, and radiometer mark Ets without specified model. Additional the treatment time is verified with the chronometer of the digital screen of the equipment comparing it with a digital meter with resolution of 0.001 s. Conclusion: the lamps do not fulfill the E nominal values reported by the manufacturer, being minors 3.2 to

  8. Fuel consumption, labour requirement and capacity on reduced tillage and direct seeding; Braendstofforbrug, arbejdsforbrug og kapacitet ved reduceret jordbearbejdning og direkte saening

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    Nielsen, V.; Mortensen, H.; Soerensen, K. [Danmarks JordbrugsForskning. Afd. for Jordbrugsteknik (Denmark)

    2004-06-01

    A project which is partly financed by the Danish Energy Agency, was initiated in the autumn of 2001 with the objective of investigating the energy saving potentials involved with the establishment of crops by use of the latest technology. Most of the findings were made at test farms, where fuel meters and chronometers were mounted on the tractors. In addition to this, the tractor drivers would note down digures for area, working depth, soil type, ground and weather conditions, etc. Besides that, technicians from research Centre Bygholm have made a few time studies and measurements on fuel consumption. The following machine types were used for the studies: Single disc coulter drills; Hoe tine drills; Stubble cultivators with wing sweeps; Finnish rotary harrow; Disc harrow; Straw spreader. Results from previous surveys on traditional crop establishment where rotary and compact harrow units were used are also included in the survey. In the case of reduced tillage, the fuel consumption can be reduced by 33-64%, depending on the method and technique used. In the case of direct drilling, the fuel consumption can be reduced by about 70%. The labour requirement and the CO{sub 2} emission can be reduced by nearly the same rates per cent. The fuel consumption is not uniquely lower on sandy soil than on clay soil. Contrary to what would be the case when seeding with Horsch hoe coulter drill with duet wing sweeps, the differences involved with seeding with Vaederstad single disc coulter drill and Koeckerling hoe tine drill with wing sweeps will not be determined by the soil type. When a single disc coulter drill (Kulti-Seeder or Vaederstad) is use for seeding, it is quite common to plough the soil in advance. However, no significant differnces in the fuel consumption were seen, whether or not the soil had been ploughed or harrowed prior to seeding. Significantly lower fuel consumption on seeding was seen for the Dublet Record Kulti-Seeder than for the other seed drills. No

  9. Efecto de la posición inicial sobre la respuesta de reacción en las acciones de ataque en esgrima. [Effect of the initial position on the reaction response in the actions of attack in fencing].

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    2013-10-01

    competition of more than five years participated in this study. Two force platforms, operating to 500 Hz, a video camera, to 210 Hz and an electronic chronometer adapted to the system of wired up of the sword were used to record data. An electronic signal was used to synchronise all the recording systems mentioned. For the experimental situation where the CM was moving towards the back foot (backward, the fencer adopted the position of "en garde" with a vertical force on the back foot, between 65 % and 75 % of the corporal weight, and between 45 % and 55 % for the experimental situation of equidistant (equidistant distribution of both supports. In a third situation, the fencer adopted his/her habitual position of "en garde". The results indicated that, the backward position increases the time of movement and the speed of the CM decreases during the movement initiation of the lunge attack.http://dx.doi.org/10.5232/ricyde2013.03406

  10. BOOK REVIEW: "...eine ausnehmende Zierde und Vortheil"

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    Duerbeck, H. W.; Luehning, F.

    This book comprises the habilitation thesis submitted by F. Lühning to the Faculty of Mathematics of Hamburg University in 2004. Due to financial support from various organizations, it was issued in a very attractive form as a special publication of the Society for the history of the city of Kiel. The nice layout, the graphical sketches of buildings, instruments, and astronomical connexions, often designed by the author, and the scientifically precise text, written with a sense of humor, make a pleasant reading, in spite of sometimes quite extensive descriptions of architectural details or 'operating instructions' for meridan circles etc. I have rarely read such an appealing text on astronomical history. The single chapters deal with the beginnings of astronomy in Kiel (1770-1820), Schrader's giant telescope from the late 18th century, Altona Observatory (1823-1850), the first years of the Astronomische Nachrichten, the last years of Altona Observatory (1850-1872), Bothkamp Observatory (1870-1914), the genesis of Kiel Observatory (1874-1880), the era of Krueger (1880-1896), the Kiel Chronometer Observatory (1893-1913), the era of Harzer (1897-1925), the era of Rosenberg (1927-1934), the decline of Kiel Observatory (1935-1950), and the Astronomische Nachrichten under Kobold (1907-1938). The book is concluded with a glossary of technical terms, biographical sketches of known and unknown dramatis personae, as well as a list of references. The author outlines lively sketches of people that were astronomically active in Altona, Kiel and its surroundings over a time interval of 200 years. To achieve this task, he has studied many files from the Secret State Archive Preussischer Kulturbesitz (Berlin), the Schleswig-Holsteinisches State Archive (Schleswig) and the Hamburg State Archive, from which he quotes extensively. He also has evaluated private documents and has interviewed surviving witnesses of the 1930s and 1940s. He has located remote sources: for example, the

  11. Testing the U-Th/4He dating method on carbonates I. Helium diffusion

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    Pinti, D. L.; Ghaleb, B. G.; Sano, Y.; Blanchette, S.; Mathouchanh, E.; Takahata, N.

    2012-12-01

    Corals and other carbonates, such as speleothems, are important climatic-change proxies which need to be precisely dated for paleoclimatic reconstructions. Yet, U-Th disequilibrium method is applicable up to ca. 500 ka old carbonates. Calcite is difficult to date precisely by U-Pb method because of the low U amounts often found and difficulties in correcting for the common lead. Radiogenic 4He produced by decay of 238U and 235U incorporated into carbonates is a potential chronometer of Quaternary, and possibly Tertiary, corals and speleothems. However, several limitations exist for this method, related to the few data on the He diffusion [1] and on the alpha recoil effect in carbonate minerals. We decided to measure 4He by step heating in carbonate samples dated previously by U-Th disequilibrium: a coral (Scleractinia) from Cape Verde dated at 125 ka; a stalagmite from Patagonia dated at 128 ka; and two hydrothermal travertines from the Ziz Valley in Morocco with ages ≥ 500 ka. A one cm3 of each sample was cut by saw, crushed, washed and sieved to 80-100μm and 100-125μm fractions. Crushed samples (0.5 to 1 gram) were loaded in a vacuum crucible and 4He extracted by step heating. Previous step heating experiments on a sub-Arctic flowstone suggested that 4He is mainly released between 400 and 600°C [2]. However, the first coral sample heated at 100°C steps, showed a release pattern profile with 4He mainly released between 200 and 400°C. Measured 4He amount of 2.05 x 10-8 (±0.03% 1σ) ccSTP/g and U content of 2.7 ppm yield a U-4He age of 62.5 ka, lower than that obtained by U-Th disequilibrium. Data were not precise enough to calculate diffusion parameters using the Arrhenius diagram. The second step-heating pyrolysis of the coral using 50°C-steps indicated that all 4He is released between 250 and 350°C. The measured 4He amount was 2.27 x 10-8 (±0.04% 1σ) ccSTP/g, yielding an age of 83 ka, again lower compared to that obtained by U-Th disequilibrium. The

  12. 187Re- 187Os Nuclear Geochronometry: Dating Peridotitic Diamond Sulphide Inclusions

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    Roller, Goetz

    2015-04-01

    only minor disturbance of the 187Re/188Os nuclear production ratio assigned to the outer core. It cannot be excluded that a major change in oxygen/sulfur fugacitiy across the core - mantle boundary (CMB), coincident with the GOE, is responsible for the 187Re/188Os fractionation of the EL50 sample. Because of its minor degree of fractionation, EL50 can still be used as a so-called fractionated chronometer for dating those Ellendale peridotitic diamond sulphide inclusions, which do not show open system behaviour. Whether the ˜ 1.4 Ga to 1.5 Ga fractionation events are due to an even more pronounced change in oxygen and/or sulfur fugacities across the CMB, within the mantle or, alternatively/additionally, reworking of the mantle because of mantle convection and/or subduction of oceanic crust, remains an open question. This question will be addressed in future studies. [1] Roller (2014), GSA Abstr. with Programs, 46, 323. [2] Roller (2014), Abstract S51B-4444, Fall Meeting, AGU 2014. [3] Burbidge et al. (1957) Revs. Mod. Phys. 29, 547 - 650. [4] Birck et al. (1994), EPSL 124, 139 - 148. [5] Smit et al. (2010) GCA 74, 3292 - 3306.

  13. Efeitos do Método Mãe Canguru nos sinais vitais de recém-nascidos pré-termo de baixo peso Effects of Kangaroo Mother Care on the vital signs of low-weight preterm newborns

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    2007-02-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar as freqüências cardíaca e respiratória, a pressão arterial média, a temperatura e a saturação periférica de oxigênio dos recém-nascidos pré-termo (RNPT de baixo peso, antes e após a aplicação do MMC. MÉTODOS: Foram avaliados 22 RNPT de baixo peso, saudáveis, de ambos os sexos, não portadores de deficiências neurológicas, cardíacas e/ou respiratórias. A avaliação foi realizada após trinta minutos de permanência do RNPT em berço comum e após trinta minutos de aplicação do MMC, por 3 dias consecutivos. Para a avaliação, foram utilizados monitor cardíaco com dispositivo para medida da pressão arterial média de forma não invasiva e sensor para a oximetria de pulso, termômetro e cronômetro. RESULTADOS: Os resultados não mostraram alterações significativas quanto à pressão arterial média (p> 0,05 e freqüência cardíaca (p> 0,05 após a aplicação do MMC, mas, por outro lado, houve aumento significativo da temperatura axilar (pOBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the heart and respiration rates, mean arterial pressure, temperature and peripheral oxygen saturation of low-weight preterm newborns, before and after the application of kangaroo mother care. METHOD: Twenty-two healthy low-weight preterm newborns of both sexes were studied. None of them had neurological, cardiac and/or respiratory deficiencies. Assessments were made after the newborn had been left in an ordinary cot for 30 minutes and after 30 minutes of kangaroo mother care, on three consecutive days. For these evaluations, a heart monitor with a device for non-invasively measuring mean arterial pressure, a sensor for pulse oximetry, a thermometer and a chronometer were utilized. RESULTS: There were no significant changes in mean arterial pressure (p> 0.05 or heart rate (p> 0.05 after applying kangaroo mother care. However, there were significant increases in axillary temperature (p< 0.05 and peripheral oxygen

  14. Uranium geology and chemistry, programme and book of abstracts

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    This meeting of the French Geological Society (SGF) was organized with the joint contribution of Areva, CNRS-INSU, PACEN, GUTEC, IDES, and Paris-Sud University. This document gathers the abstracts of the following 40 presentations: 1 - Uranium deposits of 'Intrusive'-type; 2 - U deposits beneath discordance: analogy with F-Ba-Pb-Zn(Ag) 'Basin Hosted'-type deposits?; 3 - Clays and related minerals as guides for uranium deposits prospecting: status of recent advances; 4 - Hudsonian Uranium mineralizations in the Western part of the Trans-Hudsonian orogen (Saskatchewan, Canada): a source for the formation of discordance-type deposits?; 5 - U-Th elements mobilization during the Panafrican metamorphism: implication on the formation of Cu-Co-(U) deposits, Solwezi dome, NW Zambia; 6 - Fractures network characterization by seismic and electrical anisotropy; 7 - study of uranyl speciation by Raman spectroscopy in chlorinated solutions (LiCl = 0.5 to 15 M) up to 350 deg. C. Metallogenic consequences and perspectives; 8 - Experimental weathering of natural monazite in the conditions of formation of Oklo and discordance-type uranium deposits; 9 - Disturbance of the U-Th-Pb chronometers during the low temperature weathering of monazite: synergy between irradiation damages and dissolution-precipitation; 10 - U(VI) interaction with humic substances: speciation and application to independent data; 11 - Preparation and characterization of Th1-xUxSiO4 solid solutions: towards the understanding of coffinite formation?; 12 - A new geochemical tool for the study of U deposits: the anions in uraninite; 13 - Tectonics in the Unegt basin (E-Gobi, Mongolia): deformation stripes, hydrocarbons migration and U mineralizations; 14 - Study of U sources in the Erlian Basin (China); 15 Thermodynamic data acquisition for uranyl phosphates and vanadates: from synthetic analogues to natural samples; 16 - U speciation in Nopal I opals: geochemical consequences for the end of the deposit genesis; 17

  15. Nuclear fuel cycle and marine environment. Behavior of the Rhone river effluents in the mediterranean sea and of wastes dumped in the northeast atlantic; Cycle du combustible nucleaire et milieu marin. Devenir des effluents rhodaniens en mediterranee et des dechets immerges en atlantique nord-est

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    Charmasson, S

    1998-07-01

    Man-made radionuclides released into the marine environment by the installations from the nuclear fuel cycle are used as tracers of various bio-geochemical processes. Several installations belonging to the whole nuclear fuel cycle, except the uranium mining, are set up on the Rhone River Banks. The sea disposal of low and intermediate level radioactive waste has never been authorized in the Mediterranean sea but several sites have been used in the North-East especially in abyssal waters. Radionuclides released by the Rhone river installations are used in order to study the dynamics of the Rhone inputs into the Mediterranean Sea. In the river, freshwater samples reflect quite accurately the discharge composition with a predominance of {sup 106}Ru, a radionuclide mostly released by the spent nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in Marcoule. Conversely, at the Rhone mouth, in the sediment compartment {sup 106}Ru yields to caesium isotopes ({sup 134}Cs and {sup 137}Cs) in importance. As these two isotopes demonstrate very different half-lives (30,2 and 2,1 years respectively), the temporal evolution of their ratio acts as a chronometer enabled to date sediment accumulation near the river mouth. Mean accumulation rates greater than 35 cm y{sup -1} have been determined in the pro-deltaic zone near the Roustan buoys over the period 1983-1991. Accumulation rates decrease rapidly with distance from the mouth and therefore most of the {sup 137}Cs inventory in this part of the Gulf of Lions is limited to the pro-deltaic area. A first study about the part the different {sup 137}Cs sources in the Mediterranean Sea play in this inventory has been carried out. Direct (atmospheric) and indirect (fluviatile) inputs due to fallout from both past nuclear tests and the Chernobyl accident could contribute to this inventory at the highest to 40 % while the industrial releases could contribute at the lowest to 60 %. The last site used for the dumping of low and intermediate level radioactive

  16. Nuclear fuel cycle and marine environment. Behavior of the Rhone river effluents in the mediterranean sea and of wastes dumped in the northeast atlantic; Cycle du combustible nucleaire et milieu marin. Devenir des effluents rhodaniens en mediterranee et des dechets immerges en atlantique nord-est

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    Charmasson, S

    1998-07-01

    Man-made radionuclides released into the marine environment by the installations from the nuclear fuel cycle are used as tracers of various bio-geochemical processes. Several installations belonging to the whole nuclear fuel cycle, except the uranium mining, are set up on the Rhone River Banks. The sea disposal of low and intermediate level radioactive waste has never been authorized in the Mediterranean sea but several sites have been used in the North-East especially in abyssal waters. Radionuclides released by the Rhone river installations are used in order to study the dynamics of the Rhone inputs into the Mediterranean Sea. In the river, freshwater samples reflect quite accurately the discharge composition with a predominance of {sup 106}Ru, a radionuclide mostly released by the spent nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in Marcoule. Conversely, at the Rhone mouth, in the sediment compartment {sup 106}Ru yields to caesium isotopes ({sup 134}Cs and {sup 137}Cs) in importance. As these two isotopes demonstrate very different half-lives (30,2 and 2,1 years respectively), the temporal evolution of their ratio acts as a chronometer enabled to date sediment accumulation near the river mouth. Mean accumulation rates greater than 35 cm y{sup -1} have been determined in the pro-deltaic zone near the Roustan buoys over the period 1983-1991. Accumulation rates decrease rapidly with distance from the mouth and therefore most of the {sup 137}Cs inventory in this part of the Gulf of Lions is limited to the pro-deltaic area. A first study about the part the different {sup 137}Cs sources in the Mediterranean Sea play in this inventory has been carried out. Direct (atmospheric) and indirect (fluviatile) inputs due to fallout from both past nuclear tests and the Chernobyl accident could contribute to this inventory at the highest to 40 % while the industrial releases could contribute at the lowest to 60 %. The last site used for the dumping of low and intermediate level radioactive

  17. Variation of precipitation in Langtang Valley,Himalayas

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    ZHANG; Xinping

    2001-01-01

    vapor origin, Chinese Science Bulletin (in Chinese), 1991, 36(20): 1570-1573.[24]Zhang, X. P., Yao, T. D., Tian, L. D., A study on spatial and temporal distribution of δ18O in precipitation in the Tibetan Plateau. Cryosphere, 1995, 1:27-31.[25]Cole, J. E., Fairbanks, R. G., Shen, G. T., Recent variability in the Southem Oscillation: isotopic results from a Tarawa Atoll coral, Science, 1993, 206: 1790-1793.[26]Gagan, M. K., Chivas, A. R., lsdale, P. J., High-resolution isotopic records from corals using ocean temperature and mass-spawning chronometers, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 1994, 121: 549-558.

  18. Nuclear fuel cycle and marine environment. Behavior of the Rhone river effluents in the mediterranean sea and of wastes dumped in the northeast atlantic

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    Man-made radionuclides released into the marine environment by the installations from the nuclear fuel cycle are used as tracers of various bio-geochemical processes. Several installations belonging to the whole nuclear fuel cycle, except the uranium mining, are set up on the Rhone River Banks. The sea disposal of low and intermediate level radioactive waste has never been authorized in the Mediterranean sea but several sites have been used in the North-East especially in abyssal waters. Radionuclides released by the Rhone river installations are used in order to study the dynamics of the Rhone inputs into the Mediterranean Sea. In the river, freshwater samples reflect quite accurately the discharge composition with a predominance of 106Ru, a radionuclide mostly released by the spent nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in Marcoule. Conversely, at the Rhone mouth, in the sediment compartment 106Ru yields to caesium isotopes (134Cs and 137Cs) in importance. As these two isotopes demonstrate very different half-lives (30,2 and 2,1 years respectively), the temporal evolution of their ratio acts as a chronometer enabled to date sediment accumulation near the river mouth. Mean accumulation rates greater than 35 cm y-1 have been determined in the pro-deltaic zone near the Roustan buoys over the period 1983-1991. Accumulation rates decrease rapidly with distance from the mouth and therefore most of the 137Cs inventory in this part of the Gulf of Lions is limited to the pro-deltaic area. A first study about the part the different 137Cs sources in the Mediterranean Sea play in this inventory has been carried out. Direct (atmospheric) and indirect (fluviatile) inputs due to fallout from both past nuclear tests and the Chernobyl accident could contribute to this inventory at the highest to 40 % while the industrial releases could contribute at the lowest to 60 %. The last site used for the dumping of low and intermediate level radioactive waste in the North-East Atlantic has been

  19. Medida da espessura do segmento uterino inferior em gestantes com cesárea prévia: análise da reprodutibilidade intra- e interobservador por ultra-sonografia bi- e tridimensional Lower uterine segment thickness measurement in pregnant women with previous caesarean section: intra- and interobserver reliability analysis using bi- and tridimensional ultrasonography

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    Daniela de Abreu Barra

    2008-03-01

    interferir na conduta do obstetra ou antecipar o parto, foi feito por medidas bidimensionais abdominais da espessura total.PURPOSE: to compare the intra and interobserver reproducibility of the total thickness measurement of the inferior uterine segment (IUS, through the abdominal route, and of the muscle layer measurement, through the vaginal route, using bi and tridimensional ultrasonography. METHODS: the IUS thickness measurement of 30 women, between the 36th and 39th weeks of gestation with previous caesarean section, done by two observers, was studied. Abdominal ultrasonography with the patient in both supine and lithotomy position was performed. In the sagittal section, the IUS was identified and four bidimensional images and two tridimensional blocks of the total thickness were collected through the abdominal route, and the same for the muscle layer, through the vaginal route. Tridimensional acquisitions were manipulated in the multiplanar mode. The time was measured with a chronometer. Reproducibility was evaluated by the computation of the absolute difference between measurements, the ratio of differences smaller than 1 mm, the intraclass coefficient (ICC, and the Bland and Altman's concordance limits. RESULTS: the average bidimensional measurement of IUS thickness was 7.4 mm through the abdominal and 2.7 mm through the vaginal route, and the tridimensional measurement was 6.9 mm through the abdominal and 5.1 mm through the vaginal route. Intra- and interobserver reproducibility of vaginal versus abdominal route: smaller absolute difference (0.2-0.4 mm versus 0.8-1.5 mm, greater ratio of differences (85.8-97.8% versus 48.7-72,8%, with p0.05[A1] and similar lower concordance limits (-38 to 3.4 versus -3.6 to 4 mm for tridimensional ultrasonography and ICC (0.6-0.9 versus 0.7-0.9. CONCLUSIONS: from the above, we came to the conclusion that the measurement of the IUS muscle layer, through the vaginal route using tridimensional ultrasonography is more reproducible