Arizona radiogenic helium dating laboratory
IMAGE: In Utah State University's Microscopy Core Facility, USU geologist Alexis Ault, right, explains to students from Perry, Utah's Promontory School for Expeditionary Learning how a scanning electron microscope is used...
"When an earthquake occurs, the primary byproduct is heat," says Ault, who joined USU's faculty in 2014.
"These middle schoolers will be participating in cutting-edge research relevant to their daily lives." To pursue this project, she's assembled a team of interdisciplinary experts, including researchers from the U. Geological Survey and multiple universities across the country.
Graduate student Rob Mc Dermott, a USU Presidential Doctoral Research Fellow, provided pilot data for the project.
Our capacity for Ar F excimer laser depth profiling of experimental charges also permits us to evaluate the extent of crystallographically controlled variations in diffusivity.
paper, Cécile Gautheron and colleagues noted that alpha particles from U and Th decay interact with 18O to produce 21Ne and envisioned the potential for a (U-Th)/Ne thermochronometer.