Zircon M127 - A Homogeneous Reference Material for SIMS U-Pb Geochronology Combined with Hafnium, Oxygen and, Potentially, Lithium Isotope Analysis
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In this article, we document a detailed analytical characterisation of zircon M127, a homogeneous 12.7 carat gemstone from Ratnapura, Sri Lanka. Zircon M127 has TIMS-determined mean U-Pb radiogenic isotopic ratios of 0.084743 ± 0.000027 for 206Pb/238U and 0.67676 ± 0.00023 for 207Pb/235U (weighted means, 2s uncertainties). Its 206Pb/238U age of 524.36 ± 0.16 Ma (95% confidence uncertainty) is concordant within the uncertainties of decay constants. The d18O value (determined by laser fluorination) is 8.26 ± 0.06‰ VSMOW (2s), and the mean 176Hf/177Hf ratio (determined by solution ICP-MS) is 0.282396 ± 0.000004 (2s). The SIMS-determined d7Li value is -0.6 ± 0.9‰ (2s), with a mean mass fraction of 1.0 ± 0.1 µg g-1 Li (2s). Zircon M127 contains ~ 923 µg g-1 U. The moderate degree of radiation damage corresponds well with the time-integrated self-irradiation dose of 1.82 × 1018 alpha events per gram. This observation, and the (U-Th)/He age of 426 ± 7 Ma (2s), which is typical of unheated Sri Lankan zircon, enable us to exclude any thermal treatment. Zircon M127 is proposed as a reference material for the determination of zircon U-Pb ages by means of SIMS in combination with hafnium and stable isotope (oxygen and potentially also lithium) determination.
This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Nasdala, L. and Corfu, F. and Valley, J. and Spicuzza, M. and Wu, F. and Li, Q. and Yang, Y. et al. 2016. Zircon M127 - A Homogeneous Reference Material for SIMS U-Pb Geochronology Combined with Hafnium, Oxygen and, Potentially, Lithium Isotope Analysis. Geostandards and Geoanalytical Research. 40 (4): pp. 457-475., which has been published in final form at http://doi.org/10.1111/ggr.12123. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving at http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-820227.html#terms
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