|author(s)||F. Ritterbusch, S. Ebser, J. Welte, T. Reichel, A. Kersting, R. Purtschert, W. Aeschbach-Hertig and M. K. Oberthaler|
|title||Groundwater dating with Atom Trap Trace Analysis of 39Ar|
|Keywords||First dating of groundwater with Atom Trap Trace Analysis of Argon-39 Argon-39-ATTA has the potential for Argon-39 analysis of small water and ice samples|
|source||GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS, Vol. 41, 6758-6764, 2014|
We report on the realization of Atom Trap Trace Analysis for 39Ar and its first application to dating of groundwater samples. The presented system achieves an atmospheric 39Ar count rate as high as 3.58 ± 0.10 atoms/h allowing for the determination of the 39Ar concentration in less than a day. We demonstrate that the measured count rates are proportional to the 39Ar concentration by intercomparison with Low-Level Counting results and by measurements on prepared argon samples with defined concentration. For a geophysical application, we degas three different groundwater samples and gas chromatographically extract the argon. The 39Ar ages inferred from the count rates extend over the accessible dating range and are in agreement with the Low-Level Counting results as well as with complementary isotope data.