Services (U-Pb)

U-Pb dating is possible for a range of accessory minerals (zircon, baddeleyite, perovskite, titanite, monazite, rutile, apatite, garnet, ilmenite) in terrestrial and extraterrestrial samples. The CCIM U-Pb facility has the capability of analysing the age of minerals and rocks using state-of-the-art isotope dilution and in situ techniques. The highest precision U-Pb dates are obtained by Isotope Dilution Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometry (ID-TIMS) and CCIM has the unique capacity in Canada to measure ultra-high precision Pb isotopic compositions on <20 picograms of Pb using a newly installed Triton Plus equipped with 1012Ω Faraday amplifiers. In addition, in situ U-Pb dating can be conducted using either Laser Ablation Multi Collector Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (LA-MC-ICPMS) or Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS) on isolated mineral grains secured in an epoxy mount or directly in a petrographic thin section. The CCIM U-Pb facility is the only laboratory in Canada that offers combined U-Pb and Sr/Nd isotopic analyses of kimberlitic perovskite, an important technique in tracing the origin of primary diamond deposits, and bioapatite, important for tracing the evolution of life.


Fee Structure

  Internal External
Rock Crushing/Mineral Separation (per sample) $800 $1000
Mount Preparation/Imaging (per mount) $200 $300
U-Pb TIMS (per analysis) $500 $625
U-Pb MC-ICPMS (per day) $500 $1000