fission-track dating

fission-track dating
fission-track dating noun
Gauging the date of a mineral by counting tracks made in it by uranium fission products
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  • fis|sion-track dating — «FIHSH uhn TRAK», a method of determining age of rocks and other geological formations by counting the characteristic tracks left by spontaneous fission of uranium 238 during the lifetime of each sample. The number of tracks is proportional to… …   Useful english dictionary

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  • Spontaneous fission — (SF) is a form of radioactive decay characteristic of very heavy isotopes, and is theoretically possible for any atomic nucleus whose mass is greater than or equal to 100 u (elements near ruthenium). In practice, however, spontaneous fission is… …   Wikipedia

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  • Ion track technology (introduction) — Intro   Tasks   Materials   …   Wikipedia

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