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The SHRIMP instruments have applications in both research and in economic geology, as well as paleo-environmental analysis of oxygen isotope levels. Specific economic geological applications include oil exploration, in which the SHRIMP can provide data on sediment provenance as well as timing of fluid inflows into reservoir rocks. These are described in more detail in the SHRIMP IIe and SHRIMP IV papers here.
The Alphachron™ has been developed in response to a demand for an automated means of determining the thermal history of sediments. It has applications in both research and economic geology, particularly in determining the history of secondary ore deposits, location of kimberlite pipes for diamond exploration and in analysis of hydrocarbon sediments. The Alphachron™ can determine if a sediment has exceeded the retention temperature for gas or for oil, and hence whether a potential reserviour is prospective. The Alphachron™ provides a highly productive and cost-effective alternative to fission track dating of minerals such as zircon and apatite, with researchers adding to the range of applicable minerals.
The RESOchron extends the capabilities of the Alphachron, allowing rapid double dating of samples which allows 'hot zircons' to be rapidly identified in large sample sets.
Technical notes on the application of the Alphachron to diamond exploration, assessment of sites for nuclear repositories, petroleum exploration and tectonic research are provided on the Download page.
ASI manufactures leading-edge instrumentation for geochemistry, including the SHRIMP IIe and SHRIMP IV ion microprobes, the Alphachron automated thermochronology instrument, and the RESOchron double dating instrument. The instruments are based on research undertaken at the Research School of Earth Sciences (RSES) at the Australian National University (ANU), the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Curtin University, the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and elsewhere. » Learn More