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PHYS 461: Principles of Radioactive Dating

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Radioactive decay, Types of radioactive clocks: decay clock accumulation clock. Fundamental requirements of radiometric dating, Useful radioactive decay schemes. Analytical techniques – fundamental mass spectrometry, Isotope dilution, analytical errors. Typical radiometric dating methods – K-Ar, Ar40/Ar39, Rb-Sr, U-Pb, Sm-Nd. Fission Track method of dating