Fission track laboratory

Low Temperature Thermochronology Laboratory

The low temperature thermochronology laboratory at the University of Glasgow has the capability and expertise in both fission track and (U-Th)/He analysis. This enables us to fully exploit the power of low temperature thermochronology to understand rates and timings of a range of shallow to mid-crustal processes.

  • Specific areas of current research in the GES Low Temperature Thermochronology laboratory include:
  • determining long term erosion rates
  • deciphering the role of tectonics and climate in long term landscape evolution
  • identifying sediment yields over a range of temporal and spatial scalesdeciphering the role of tectonics and climate in the long term landscape evolution

We have two Zeiss Axioplan microscopes for fission track analysis, and a range of optical microscopes for the preparation of apatite, zircon and other minerals for (U-Th)/He analysis. Our (U-Th)/He analysis is performed at the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre.

We can undertake the full range of sample preparation, separating minerals from host rocks, preparing samples for an array of analytical techniques including thermochronology, geochronology, isotope geochemistry, cosmogenic isotope techniques and microscopic determination.

Our mineral separation laboratory is equipped with an array of microscopes.

We can also provide training for visitors on all aspects of acquisition, interpretation and modelling of fission track and (U-Th)/He data. Please contact Dr Cristina Persano for further information.