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Fission Track Laboratory


Fission Track Laboratory


Dr David Chew


Museum Building, TCD


Carl Zeiss AxioImager Z1m microscope with an Autoscan stage system coupled to an IDS uEye high-resolution digital colour camera.


 Apatite fission track mounts (typically mounted in 1.5 to 2 cm diameter epoxy resin discs)

Additional information:

The system is equipped with the Autoscan Track Studio Suite Version 3 software.  It enables counting on screen and incorporates an image acquisition module that automatically acquires a series of reflected and transmitted light images at each area selected for counting. These can be archived and a separate automated counting and review module can also be used offline to analyse the data.

Selected lab. publications

  • Cogné, N., Doepke, D., Chew, D., Stuart, F.M., Mark, C. (2016). Measuring plume-related exhumation of the British Isles in Early Cenozoic times. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 456, 1-15.
  • Fernandes, P., Cogné, N., Chew, D.M., Rodrigues, B., Jorge, R.C.G.S., Marques, J., Jamal, D., Vasconcelos, L. (2015) The thermal history of the Karoo Moatize-Minjova Basin, Tete Province, Mozambique: an integrated vitrinite reflectance and apatite fission track thermochronology study. Journal of African Earth Sciences, 112, 55-72.
  • Cogné N., Chew, D.M. and Stuart, F.M. (2014) The thermal history of the western Irish onshore. Journal of the Geological Society, London, 171, 779-792.