Xenon in early Earth

This challenging project attempts to characterise noble gas, including xenon, compositions in early Earth by studying Archean sedimentary rocks. In conjunction with radiogenic isotopes, this study will constrain processes and mechanisms responsible for early differentiation of the Earth, including its atmosphere.

The student will be involved with isotopic analysis of noble gases in Archean sedimentary rocks by utilising a state-of-the-art noble gas analytical facility at ANU, including a new generation multi-collector noble gas mass spectrometer, Helix-MC.