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Physical Foundations of Rhenium-Osmium Method - A Review

Józef Dąbek1 / Stanislaw Halas1

Mass Spectrometry Laboratory, Institute of Physics, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Plac Marii Curie-Skłodowskiej 1, 20-031 Lublin, Poland1

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Citation Information: Geochronometria. Volume 27, Issue -1, Pages 23–26, ISSN (Online) 1897-1695, ISSN (Print) 1733-8387, DOI: 10.2478/v10003-007-0011-4, May 2007

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2007-05-01

Physical Foundations of Rhenium-Osmium Method - A Review

A newly acquired mass spectrometer MI 1201 by the Mass Spectrometry Laboratory will be adapted to determine rhenium and osmium isotope concentrations using negative thermal ionization mass spectrometry (NTIMS). We describe the principle of the Re-Os dating technique and the thermal ionization phenomena which lead to high precision isotope analysis on NTIMS.

Keywords: Re-Os dating; negative ions; thermal ionization; mass spectrometry; 187Re decay

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