Radiation dating

In a 704-million-year-old rock, 235U is at its half-life and there will be an equal number of 235U and 207Pb atoms (the Pb/U ratio is 1).

In a rock twice as old there will be one 235U atom left for every three 207Pb atoms (Pb/U = 3), and so forth.

Lead atoms created by uranium decay are trapped in the crystal and build up in concentration with time.

If nothing disturbs the grain to release any of this radiogenic lead, dating it is straightforward in concept.

A spur created by such low-LET radiation is a small spherical region in which the energy deposit is localized in isolation.

The temperature rise, Δ, of the spur above the surrounding temperature has a space-time dependence that, by hypothesis, has a statistical distribution, called Gaussian, because of random superposition of events leading to the heating process.

It is particularly notable that the actual temperature rise is smaller than that estimated here because part of the deposited energy is invariably utilized in ionization, dissociation, and similar processes.

This part of the energy resides in the potential form and is not completely available for heating.

In such a case, a large amount of energy is deposited per unit path length, resulting in cylindrical tracks (rather than spherical spurs).

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Because of the high local temperature, however, the reaction time of the radiation-produced intermediates is also very small.

In an intermediate substrate ( second, a time that compares favourably with the duration of the temperature pulse.

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