We begin the collaborative process by discussing your samples, goals, geologic setting, expectations, and budget. Together, we create a thorough, well-defined analytical plan. Send AIRIE your samples once an actionable analytical plan is agreed upon.
After sample receipt, AIRIE photo-documents each sample, extract targeted mineral via drilling under a binocular microscope or by crushing and hand-picking. Post-extraction photos are taken providing clean linkage between the determined age and geological context.
Targeted sample extracts are analyzed following established, reproducible Re-Os and/or Hg geochemical methods. Certified standard material and background analyses (blanks) ensure robust, reliable data. Correction for background contributions (blanks) are applied.
Re, Os, and/or Hg concentrations are reported with fully propagated errors. Re-Os model ages or isochrons provide geochronological information. A full analytical report, data tables, relevant plots and figures, photo-documentation, and interpretations are provided.