Rubidium dating

Rb half-life and decay constant, there is still no consensus on the absolute values. Even the more accurate determinations of the last 30 years have resulted in discrepancies. This has resulted in suggested values of the Rb decay rate has thus not been accurately determined, the Rb-Sr dating method is certainly not absolute and therefore cannot be used to discredit the young-earth creationist timescale. However, further study is warranted to explore any potential significance in this discrepancy in half-lives and decay constants between earth materials, and meteorites and lunar rocks.

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The thing that makes this decay process so valuable for determining the age of an object is that each radioactive isotope decays at its own fixed rate, which is expressed in terms of its half-life.

For example, an object with a quarter of its original amount (2x1/2) should be roughly 11,460 years old.

In all radiometric procedures there is a specific age range for when a technique can be used.

He was employed at Caltech's Division of Geological & Planetary Sciences at the time of writing the first edition.

He is presently employed in the Space & Atmospheric Sciences Group at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.