Geochronology/Argon–argon dating

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The age of a sample is given by the age equation:

where λ is the radioactive decay constant of 40K (approximately 5.5 x 10−10 year−1, corresponding to a half-life of approximately 1.25 billion years), J is the J-factor (parameter associated with the irradiation process), and R is the 40Ar*/39Ar ratio. The J factor relates to the fluence of the neutron bombardment during the irradiation process; a denser flow of neutron particles will convert more atoms of 39K to 39Ar than a less dense one.

One problem with argon-argon dating has been a slight discrepancy with other methods of dating.[1] A correction of 0.65% is needed.[2]

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  1. Renne, P. R. (1998). "Absolute Ages Aren't Exactly". Science 282 (5395): 1840–1841. doi:10.1126/science.282.5395.1840. 
  2. Kuiper, K. F.; Deino, A.; Hilgen, F. J.; Krijgsman, W.; Renne, P. R.; Wijbrans, J. R. (2008). "Synchronizing Rock Clocks of Earth History". Science 320 (5875): 500–504. doi:10.1126/science.1154339. 
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