Journal of the Mass Spectrometry Society of Japan
Online ISSN : 1880-4225
Print ISSN : 1340-8097
ISSN-L : 1340-8097
牧嶋 昭夫
ジャーナル フリー

1990 年 38 巻 4 号 p. 165-173


Tanaka and Masuda1) first applied lanthanum-cerium isotope systematics to geochronology in 1982, using β-decay of 138La. In this systematics, it is necessary to measure cerium isotope ratio (ex. 138Ce/142Ce) with precision better than 0.01% because of long half life and low abundance of 138La. Many studies have been done to improve the precision and accuracy of the Ce isotope analysis. But there are some problems in the analysis, such as long data acquisition time and requirement of large amount of cerium. When the La-Ce systematics is used as a geochemical tracer or in geochronology, β-decay constant of 138La is a very important factor. However, the decay constant is still in controversy so that age dating results using the La-Ce isotope systematics are less convinced compared with those of Sm-Nd and Rb-Sr systematics.
In this paper, precise measurements of cerium isotope ratios and geochronological applications are reviewed and their problems are pointed out.

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