Error Paradox in the Radiogenic Age Determination

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Abstract

The relative error in the determined radiogenic age is less than the relative error in the measured amount of a decay product, which always occurs in age determination experiments. This can be confirmed by calculating the error for the case when there is an error in the measured amount of the decay product while there is no (or negligible) error in the measured amount of the decay precursor at the present time. This is a paradox because the relative error in the radiogenic age would always be larger than that in the measured amount of the decay product, when we assume that there was no (or negligible) error in the initial amount of the decay precursor.

Journal

  • Journal of the Mass Spectrometry Society of Japan

    Journal of the Mass Spectrometry Society of Japan 55(6), 375-377, 2007-12-01

    The Mass Spectrometry Society of Japan

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  • NII Article ID (NAID)
    10020014128
  • NII NACSIS-CAT ID (NCID)
    AN0010555X
  • Text Lang
    ENG
  • Article Type
    NOT
  • ISSN
    13408097
  • NDL Article ID
    9298490
  • NDL Source Classification
    ZP4(科学技術--化学・化学工業--分析化学)
  • NDL Call No.
    Z17-213
  • Data Source
    CJP  NDL  J-STAGE 
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