The Noble Gas Geochronology and Geochemistry Research Group conducts research in the fields of 40Ar/39Ar geochronology and combined noble gas and halogen geochemistry.
Current 40Ar/39Ar research projects include the inter-calibration of 40Ar/39Ar mineral standards, development of high precision 40Ar/39Ar methods for dating of young (basaltic) volcanoes, geochronology of kimberlites and related rocks, and the timing of ore deposition (e.g. gold) events.
Current noble gas geochemistry projects include the nature and source of fluids associated with ore deposits, the evolution and cycling of crustal fluids into mantle rocks via subduction zones and the nature of fluids in the sub-continental mantle lithosphere.
VIEPS Noble Gas Laboratory
Our research Ggroup also manages and maintains the Victorian Institute of Earth & Planetary Sciences (VIEPS) Noble Gas Mass Spectrometer Laboratory. The laboratory includes three mass spectrometers for 40Ar/39Ar geochronology (including the world's first multi-collector ARGUSVI system) and a MAP215-50 instrument for noble gas and halogen analyses. The laboratory undertakes collaborative and commercial 40Ar/39Ar and noble gas & halogen analyses for VIEPS partners, universities, government institutions and industry. For more information, contact Prof David Phillips.
We are currently offering several PhD projects related to the above research areas.
For further information, contact Prof David Phillips.