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Volume 33 Issue 1
Feb 2022
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Wenhao Zhao, Qiuli Li, Yu Liu, Guoqiang Tang, Xiaoxiao Ling, Jiao Li, Xianhua Li. Long-Term Reproducibility of SIMS Zircon U-Pb Geochronology. Journal of Earth Science, 2022, 33(1): 17-24. doi: 10.1007/s12583-021-1549-1
Citation: Wenhao Zhao, Qiuli Li, Yu Liu, Guoqiang Tang, Xiaoxiao Ling, Jiao Li, Xianhua Li. Long-Term Reproducibility of SIMS Zircon U-Pb Geochronology. Journal of Earth Science, 2022, 33(1): 17-24. doi: 10.1007/s12583-021-1549-1

Long-Term Reproducibility of SIMS Zircon U-Pb Geochronology

doi: 10.1007/s12583-021-1549-1
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  • Corresponding author: Qiuli Li,
  • Received Date: 10 Aug 2021
  • Accepted Date: 18 Sep 2021
  • Publish Date: 28 Feb 2022
  • Secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) zircon U-Pb dating has been widely used to confine the absolute ages of the magmatic or metamorphic events and to distinguish multiple events. Here, a data set consisting of the zircon standards dating data (~15 000 Plešovice and ~8 000 Qinghu items) accumulated for more than 8 years using the CAMECA IMS 1280HR of the Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IGGCAS) is compiled to evaluate the long-term external reproducibility. With Plešovice zircon as the calibration standard and Qinghu zircon as an unknown sample, the analytical uncertainties for single-spot (n=7 723) and session analyses (n=691, with more than 7 single spot analyses in one session) are 2.6% and 0.9% (2RSD, relative standard deviation), respectively. It means that single-spot U-Pb dating for a standard-level zircon sample could vary 5.2% at 95% confidence level, while the average value (n>7) for each session may vary 1.8%. Thus, these values should be considered as the minimum uncertainty when comparing single spot and individual session analysis results for multiple dating works on a certain geological event.


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