Ultra-precise dating in Earth, planetary and archaeological science

  • Phillips, David (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Jourdan, Fred (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Matchin, Erin (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Gleadow, Andrew J W (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Li, Zheng Xiang (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Bland, Philip (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Norman, Marc (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Honda, Masahiko (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Cawood, Peter (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Weinberg, Roberto (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Vasconcelos, Paulo Marcus (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Herries, Andrew Ian (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Fiorentini, Marco (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Wingate, Michael Thomas David (Partner Investigator (PI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

An advanced facility incorporating next generation, multi-collector mass spectrometer and ultra-clean gas line systems, capable of ultra-precise dating of Earth, planetary and archaeological material. This joint Melbourne-Curtin facility seeks to generate ultra-precise age data from ever smaller and younger samples, such as minute particles from space return missions and tiny inclusions in diamonds. The facility is expected to revolutionise noble gas dating techniques, resulting in new knowledge on solar system genesis, hominid evolution, indigenous migrations, palaeo-climate change, natural hazards and ore deposit formation, while further enhancing Australia’s international leadership and competitive advantage in the discipline.
Effective start/end date24/05/2123/05/22


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD905,654.00