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When the wall energy is less than the self energy, we are in the two domain field. As the width to length decreases the particle gets longer , the stability field for SD magnetite expands. Of course micromagnetic modelling shows that there are several transitional states between uniform magnetization SD and MD, i. It is worth pointing out however, that the size at which domain walls appear in magnetite is poorly constrained because it depends critically on the exact shape of the particle, its state of stress and even its history of exposure to past fields.
Estimates in the literature range from as small as 20 nm to much larger up to nm depending on how the estimates are made. Nonetheless, it is probably true that truly single domain magnetite is quite rare in nature, yet more complicated states are difficult to treat theoretically. Therefore most paleomagnetic studies rely on predictions made for single domain particles. Assume that the magnetization of magnetite is about 4.
Using values for other parameters from the text, write a Python program to calculate the following:. Also, remember the difference between energy and energy density! Explain why the demagnetizing factor along the long axis of the rod is about zero while that across the long axis is about one half.
Use this plot to estimate the aspect ratio at which shape anisotropy will be equal that of magnetocrystalline anisotropy use a value of K 1 at room temperature K of Coercivities are more commonly reported in units of T so provide this corresponding value as well. The ease with which particles can be coerced into changing their magnetizations in response to external fields can tell us much about the overall stability of the particles and perhaps also something about their ability to carry a magnetic remanence over the long haul.
The concepts of long term stability, incorporated into the concept of relaxation time and the response of the magnetic particles to external magnetic fields are therefore linked through the anisotropy energy constant K see Chapter 4 which dictates the magnetic response of particles to changes in the external field. This chapter will focus on the response of magnetic particles to changing external magnetic fields. Magnetic remanence is the magnetization in the absence of an external magnetic field.
In the absence of a magnetic field, the moment will lie along one of these two directions. There is a competition between the anisotropy energy tending to keep the magnetization parallel to the easy axis and the interaction energy tending to line the magnetization up with the external magnetic field.
Assuming that the magnetization is at saturation, we get the total energy density of the particle to be:. When a magnetic field that is large enough to overcome the anisotropy energy is applied in a direction opposite to the magnetization vector, the moment will jump over the energy barrier and stay in the opposite direction when the field is switched off.
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Microscopic coercivity is the maximum flipping field for a particle. There is no other applied field value for which this is true see, e. In this section we will develop the theory for predicting the response of substances to the application of external fields, in experiments that generate hysteresis loops.
We will define a number of parameters which are useful in rock and paleomagnetism. Let us begin by considering what happens to single particles when subjected to applied fields in the cycle known as the hysteresis loop. From the last section, we know that when a single domain, uniaxial particle is subjected to an increasing magnetic field the magnetization is gradually drawn into the direction of the applied field.
If the flipping condition is not met, then the magnetization will return to the original direction when the magnetic field is removed. If the flipping condition is met, then the magnetization undergoes an irreversible change and will be in the opposite direction when the magnetic field is removed. Imagine a single domain particle with uniaxial anisotropy. Because the particle is single domain, the magnetization is at saturation and, in the absence of an applied field is constrained to lie along the easy axis.
Before we go on, it is useful to consider for a moment how hysteresis measurements are made in practice. Measurements of magnetic moment m as a function of applied field B are made on a variety of instruments, such as a vibrating sample magnetometer VSM or alternating gradient force magnetometer AGFM. In the latter, a specimen is placed on a thin stalk between pole pieces of a large magnet.
There is a probe mounted behind the specimen that measures the applied magnetic field. There are small coils on the pole pieces that modulate the gradient of the applied magnetic field hence alternating gradient force. The specimen vibrates in response to changing magnetic fields and the amplitude of the vibration is proportional to the moment in the axis of the applied field direction. The vibration of the specimen stalk is measured and calibrated in terms of magnetic moment.
In the hysteresis experiment, therefore, the moment parallel to the field m is measured as a function of applied field B. In rocks with an assemblage of randomly oriented particles with uniaxial anisotropy, we would measure the sum of all the millions of tiny individual loops. If the field is increased beyond the flipping field of some of the magnetic grains and returned to zero, the net remanence is called an isothermal remanent magnetization IRM.
When the field is reduced to zero, the moments relax back to their individual easy axes, many of which are at a high angle to the direction of the saturating field and cancel each other out. The net remanence after saturation is termed the saturation remanent magnetization M r and sometimes the saturation isothermal remanence sIRM. For single domain grains, the dashed curve would be parallel to the lower curve the ascending curve.
If the field is then turned off, the magnetization will return again to zero. But as the field increases passed the lowest flipping field, the remanence will no longer be zero but some isothermal remanence. In order to estimate the saturation magnetization and the saturation remanence, we must first subtract the high field slope. In the case of equant grains of magnetite for which magnetocrystalline anisotropy dominates, there are four easy axes, instead of two as in the uniaxial case see Chapter 4. A random assemblage of particles with cubic anisotropy will therefore have a much higher saturation remanence.
In fact,. Because of its inverse cubic dependence on d , B 90 rises sharply with decreasing d and is hundreds of tesla for particles a few nanometers in size, approaching paramagnetic values. The exact threshold size is still rather controversial, but Tauxe et al. So we have:. Moving domain walls around is much easier than flipping the magnetization of an entire particle coherently. The reason for this is the same as the reason that it is easier to move a rug by lifting up a small wrinkle and pushing that through the rug, than to drag the whole rug by the same amount. From this, we get:.
By a similar argument, coercivity of remanence H cr is suppressed by the screening factor which gives coercivity so:. Putting all this together leads us to the remarkable relationship noted by Day et al. For a single mineralogy, we can expect M s to be constant, but H c depends on grain size and the state of stress which are unlikely to be constant for any natural population of magnetic grains.
There are several possible causes of variability in wall energy within a magnetic grain, for example, voids, lattice dislocations, stress, etc. The effect of voids is perhaps the easiest to visualize, so we will consider voids as an example of why wall energy varies as a function of position within the grain. When the void occurs within a uniformly magnetized domain left of figure , the void sets up a demagnetizing field as a result of the free poles on the surface of the void.
There is therefore, a self-energy associated with the void. When the void is traversed by a wall, the free pole area is reduced, reducing the demagnetizing field and the associated self-energy. Therefore, the energy of the void is reduced by having a wall bisect it. Furthermore, the energy of the wall is also reduced, because the area of the wall in which magnetization vectors are tormented by exchange and magnetocrystalline energies is reduced. The wall energy E w therefore is lower as a result of the void. There are four LEMs labelled a-d.
Domain walls will distribute themselves through out the grain in order to minimize the net magnetization of the grain and also to try to take advantage of LEMs in wall energy. As the field increases, the domain walls move in sudden jerks as each successive local wall energy high is overcome. At saturation, all the walls have been flushed out of the crystal and it is uniformly magnetized.
The difference in nucleation and denucleation energies was called on by Halgedahl and Fuller to explain the high stability observed in some large magnetic grains. Day et al. This paper has been cited over times in the literature and the Day plot still serves as the principle way that rock and paleomagnetists determined domain state and grain size. The problem with the Day diagram is that virtually all paleomagnetically useful specimens yield hysteresis ratios that fall within the PSD box.
In the early 90s, paleomagnetists began to realize that many things besides the trend from SD to MD behavior that control where points fall on the Day diagram. Tauxe et al. Moreover, coercivity of remanence remains unchanged, as it is entirely due to the non-SP fraction. Deriving the relationship of coercivity, however, is not so simple.
In his simplified approach, Dunlop could only use a single small grain size, whereas in natural samples, there will always be a distribution of grain sizes. It is impossible that these would all be of a single radius say 10 or 15 nm ; there must be a distribution of sizes. Moreover, Dunlop a neglected the complication in SP behavior as the particles reach the SD threshold size, whereas it is expected that many if not most natural samples containing both SP and SD grain sizes will have a large volume fraction of the larges SP sizes, making their neglect problematic.
Dunlop a derived the theoretical behavior of such mixtures on the Day diagram.
These were measured empirically for the MV1H bacterial magnetosomes see Chapter 6 and commercial magnetite of Wright Company by Dunlop and Carter-Stiglitz and shown in Table?? If a population of SD particles are so closely packed as to influence one another, there will be an effect of particle interaction. Finally, the PSD box could be populated by pseudo-single domain grains themselves. In an attempt to explain trends in TRM acquisition Stacey envisioned that irregular shapes caused unequal domain sizes, which would give rise to a net moment that was less than the single domain value, but considerably higher than the very low efficiency expected for large MD grains.
The modern interpretation of PSD behavior is complicated micromagnetic structures that form between classic SD uniformly magnetized grains and MD domain walls such as the flower or vortex remanent states see, e. Taking all these factors into account means that interpretation of the Day diagram is far from unique. The simple calculations of Dunlop a are likely to be inappropriate for almost all natural samples. In the FORC experiment, a specimen is subjected to a saturating field, as in most hysteresis experiments.
If the particles are single domain, the behavior is reversible and the first FORC will travel back up the descending curve. In the simple single domain, non-interacting, uniaxial magnetite case, the FORC density in the quadrants where H a and H b are of the same sign must be zero. Indeed, FORC densities will only be non-zero for the range of flipping fields because these are the bounds of the flipping field distribution. Consider now the case in which a specimen has magnetic grains with non-uniform magnetizations such as vortex structures or domain walls.
Walls and vortices can move much more easily than flipping the moment of an entire grain coherently. If a structure nucleates while the field is decreasing and the field is then ramped back up, the magnetization curve will not be reversible, even though the field never changed sign or approached the flipping field for coherent rotation. This is defined as:. The total energy can be written:. In this problem, we will begin to use some real data. The data files used with this book are part of the PmagPy distribution, which you should have already downloaded and installed.
The file hysteresis. Note that the units are as measured: H Oe , moment emu and it is fine to leave them in these units. A general least squares polynomial fit numpy. The coercivity of remanence H cr for this sample was estimated at Oe. An essential part of every paleomagnetic study is a discussion of what is carrying the magnetic remanence and how the rocks got magnetized. For this, we need some knowledge of what the important natural magnetic phases are, how to identify them, how they formed, and what their magnetic behavior is.
In this chapter, we will cover a brief description of geologically important magnetic phases. Iron is by far the most abundant transition element in the solar system, so most paleomagnetic studies depend on the magnetic iron bearing minerals: the iron-nickels which are particularly important for extra-terrestrial magnetic studies , the iron-oxides such as magnetite, maghemite and hematite, the iron-oxyhydroxides such as goethite and ferrihydrite, and the iron-sulfides such as greigite and pyrrhotite.
We are concerned here with the latter three as iron-nickel is very rare in terrestrial paleomagnetic studies. The minerals we will be discussing are mostly solid solutions which the American Heritage dictionary defines as:. A homogeneous crystalline structure in which one or more types of atoms or molecules may be partly substituted for the original atoms and molecules without changing the structure.
In iron oxides, titanium commonly substitutes for iron in the crystal structure. As the temperature decreases, the thermodynamic stability of the crystals changes. Exsolution is inhibited if the crystals cool rapidly so there are many metastable crystals with non-equilibrium values of titanium substitution in nature. Exsolution is important in paleomagnetism for two reasons. First, the different compositions have very different magnetic properties. Second, the lamellae effectively reduce the magnetic crystal size which we already know has a profound influence on the magnetic stability of the mineral.
Every point on the triangle represents a cation mixture or solution that adds up to one cation hence the fractional formulae. In earlier chapters on rock magnetism, we learned a few things about magnetite. The oxygen atoms form a face-centered cubic lattice into which cations fit in either octahedral or tetrahedral symmetry.
For each unit cell there are four tetrahedral sites A and eight octahedral sites B.
As discussed in Chapter 3, each unpaired spin contributes a moment of one Bohr magneton m b. The A and B lattice sites are coupled with antiparallel spins and magnetite is ferrimagnetic. Titanomagnetites can occur as primary minerals in igneous rocks. Magnetite, as well as various members of the hemoilmenite series, can also form as a result of high temperature oxidation. In sediments, magnetite often occurs as a detrital component. It can also be produced by bacteria or authigenically during diagenesis.
In order to maintain charge balance, another trivalent iron ion turns into a divalent iron ion. The end members of the solid solution series are:. When x is between 0 and 1, the mineral is called a titanomagnetite. There is also a slight increase in coercivity not shown.
Nonetheless, aspects of the magnetocrystalline anisotropy provide useful diagnostic tests. The magnetocrystalline anisotropy constants are a strong function of temperature. Identification of the Verwey transition suggests a remanence that is dominated by magnetocrystalline anisotropy. It should be noted that natural titanomagnetites often contain impurities usually Al, Mg, Cr. These impurities also affect the magnetic properties.
Substitution of 0. It is rhombohedral with a pseudocleavage perpendicular to the c axis and tends to break into flakes. It is antiferromagnetic, with a weak parasitic ferromagnetism resulting from either spin-canting or defect ferromagnetism see Chapter 3. Below the Morin transition, spin-canting all but disappears and the magnetization is parallel to the c axis.
This effect could be used to demagnetize the grains dominated by spin-canting: it does not affect those dominated by defect moments. Most hematites formed at low-temperatures have magnetizations dominated by defect moments, so the remanence of many rocks will not display a Morin transition. Hematite occurs widely in oxidized sediments and dominates the magnetic properties of red beds. It occurs as a high temperature oxidation product in certain igneous rocks. Depending on grain size, among other things, it is either black specularite or red pigmentary. For small amounts of substitution, the Ti and Fe cations are distributed equally among the cation layers.
Titanohematite particles with intermediate values of y have interesting properties from a paleomagnetic point of view. For certain initial liquid compositions, the exolution lamellae could have Ti-rich bands alternating with Ti-poor bands. If the Ti-rich bands have higher magnetizations, yet lower Curie temperatures than the Ti-poor bands, the Ti-poor bands will become magnetized first. When the Curie temperature of the Ti-rich bands is reached, they will become magnetized in the presence of the demagnetizing field of the Ti-poor bands, hence they will acquire a remanence that is antiparallel to the applied field.
Because these bands have higher magnetizations, the net NRM will also be anti-parallel to the applied field and the rock will be self-reversed. This is fortunately very rare in nature. Many minerals form under one set of equilibrium conditions say within a cooling lava flow and are later subjected to a different set of conditions sea-floor alteration or surface weathering.
They will tend to alter in order to come into equilibrium with the new set of conditions. The degree of oxidation is represented by the parameter z. This form of oxidation is known as deuteric oxidation. There is also a loss in magnetization, a shrinkage of cell size and, along with the tightening unit cell, an increase in Curie Temperature. The titano maghemite structure is metastable and can invert to form the isochemical, but more stable structure of titano hematite, or it can be reduced to form magnetite.
Also, it is common that the outer rim of the magnetite will be oxidized to maghemite, while the inner core remains magnetite. It is antiferromagnetic with what is most likely a defect magnetization. It occurs widely as a weathering product of iron-bearing minerals and as a direct precipitate from iron-bearing solutions.
It is metastable under many conditions and dehydrates to hematite with time or elevated temperature. These are ferrimagnetic and occur in reducing environments. They both tend to oxidize to various iron oxides leaving paramagnetic pyrite as the sulfide component. The composition and relative proportions of FeTi oxides, crystallizing from a silicate melt depend on a number of factors, including the bulk chemistry of the melt, oxygen fugacity and the cooling rate.
The final assemblage may be altered after cooling. FeTi oxides are generally more abundant in mafic volcanic rocks e. Titanomagnetites in tholeiitic lavas generally have 0. The range of rhombohedral phases dashed red lines crystallizing from silicate melts is more limited, 0. The final magnetic mineral assemblage in a rock is often strongly influenced by the cooling rate and oxygen fugacity during initial crystallization. As mentioned before, FeTi oxides in slowly cooled igneous rocks can exhibit exolution lamellae with bands of low and high titanium magnetites if the oxygen fugacity remains unoxidizing.
This reaction is very slow, so its effects are rarely seen in nature. The typical case in slowly cooled rocks is that the system becomes more oxidizing with increasing differentiation during cooling and crystallization. For example, both the dissociation of magmatic water and the crystallization of silicate phases rich in Fe will act to increase the oxidation state. This process is known as oxyexsolution.
Under even more oxidizing conditions, these phases may ultimately be replaced by their more oxidized counterparts e. Weathering at ambient surface conditions or mild hydrothermal alteration may lead to the development of cation deficient titano maghemites. Igneous and metamorphic rocks are the ultimate source for the components of sedimentary rocks, but biological and low-temperature diagenetic agents work to modify these components and have a significant effect on magnetic mineralogy in sediments. As a result there is a virtual rainbow of magnetic mineralogies found in sediments.
Titano magnetite coming into the sedimentary environment from an igneous source may experience a change in pH and redox conditions that make it no longer the stable phase, hence it may alter. Also, although the geochemistry of seawater is generally oxidizing with respect to the stability field of magnetite, pronounced changes in the redox state of sediments often occur with increasing depth as a function of the breakdown of organic carbon. Such changes may result in locally strongly reducing environments where magnetite may be dissolved and authigenic sulfides produced.
Indeed, changes down sediment cores in the ferrimagnetic mineral content and porewater geochemistry suggest that this process is active in some most? The sizes and shapes of bacterial magnetite, when plotted on the Evans diagram from Chapter 4, suggest that magnetotactic bacteria form magnetite in the single domain grain size range — otherwise extremely rare in nature.
It appears that bacterial magnetites are common in sediments, but their role in contributing to the natural remanence is still poorly understood. Based on your knowledge of Curie Temperatures, what is the likely magnetic mineralogy for each sample? The data in demag. After each treatment step, the magnetic vector was measured. Ferromagnetic minerals in two rock samples are known to be FeTi oxides and are found to have the properties described below. Using this information and looking up the properties of FeTi oxides described in the text, identify the ferromagnetic minerals.
For titanomagnetite or titanohematite, approximate the compositional parameter x. Subjecting the specimen to increasingly larger fields to measure successive isothermal remanences see Chapter 5 reveals a coercivity spectrum with a coercivity of less than mT. What is this ferromagnetic mineral? Accordingly, there is much uncertainty in the Fe 2 O 3 :FeO ratio indicated by the microprobe data.
With this information, identify the ferromagnetic mineral. The key to the acquisition of magnetic remanence is magnetic anisotropy energy, the dependence of magnetic energy on direction of magnetization within the crystal see Chapter 4. It is magnetic anistotropy energy that controls the probability of magnetic grains changing their moments from one easy direction to another.
Anisotropy energy controls relaxation time, a concept briefly introduced in Chapter 4 where we defined it as a time constant for decay of the magnetization of an assemblage of magnetic grains when placed in a null field. Relaxation time reflects the probability of magnetic moments jumping over the anisotropy energy barrier between easy axes.
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In the following, we will go through the bare bones of statistical mechanics necessary to understand natural remanence. We live in a world that is in constant motion down to the atomic level. The state of the things is constantly changing, but, looking at the big picture, things often seem to stay the same. Imagine for a moment a grassy field full of sheep and a fence running down the middle.
The sheep can jump over the fence at will to get flowers on the other side and occasionally they do so. Over time, because the two sides of the fence are pretty much the same, the same number of sheep jump over in both directions, so if you were to count sheep on either side, the numbers would stay about the same. Now think about what would happen if it were raining on one side of the fence. The sheep would jump more quickly back over the fence from the rainy side to the sunny side than the other way around. If you are still awake after all this sheep counting, you have begun to understand the concept of dynamic equilibrium.
For the purpose of this discussion, let us consider the case of uniaxial anisotropy, in which there are only two easy directions in each magnetic grain. Therefore, it may be that at a certain time, a particular magnetic grain has enough thermal energy for the electronic spins to overcome the energy barrier and flip the sense of magnetization from one easy axis to another.
In the introduction to this chapter, we suggested that the mechanism which controls the approach to magnetic equilibrium is relaxation time. In the sheep analogy this would be the frequency of fence jumping. Relaxation time is controlled by the competition between anisotropy energy Kv and thermal energy, so will be constant at a given temperature with constant Kv.
Each of these mechanisms represents a different mode of remanence acquisition thermal, viscous, and chemical remanences respectively. Naturally acquired remanences are generally referred to as natural remanent magnetizations or NRMs. In this chapter we will introduce these and other forms of NRM and how they are acquired. We will also introduce useful unnatural remanences where appropriate. It is also true that the energy barrier for magnetic particles to flip into the direction of the applied field H requires less energy than to flip the other way, so relaxation time must also be a function of the applied field.
High blocking energies will promote more stable magnetizations. We learned in Chapter 4 that K for uniaxial shape anisotropy, K u , is related to the coercivity H c the field required to flip the magnetization by:. By definition, superparamagnetic grains are those grains whose remanence relaxes quickly. Effective paleomagnetic recorders must have relaxation times on the order of geological time. We will now consider various mechanisms by which rocks can become magnetized. Later, we will explore the role of temperature and grain volume in blocking of thermal and chemical remanences.
We will finish this chapter with other remanences which are either rare or non-existent in nature but are nonetheless useful in paleomagnetism. Because of the energy of the applied field E m , the energy necessary to flip the moment from a direction with a high angle to the external field to the other direction with a lower angle is less than the energy necessary to flip the other way around. Therefore, a given particle will tend to spend more time with its moment at a favorable angle to the applied field than in the other direction. Moreover, the Boltzmann distribution law tells us that the longer we wait, the more likely it is for a given magnetic grain to have the energy to overcome the barrier and flip its moment.
That is why over time the net magnetization of assemblages of magnetic particles will tend to grow or decay to some equilibrium magnetization M e. Let us place an assemblage of magnetic grains with some initial magnetization M o in a magnetic field. In a given assemblage of blocking energies shown as the contours , some grains will be tending toward equilibrium with the external field those to the left and below the blocking energy line while some will tend to remain fixed those to the right of the line.
As the time span of observation increases, the critical blocking energy line migrates up and to the right moving from s, to 1 Myr, and so on and whatever initial magnetic state the population was in will be progressively re-magnetized in the external field. Conversely, if a specimen with zero initial remanence is put into a magnetic field, the magnetization M t will grow to M e by the complement of the decay equation:.
The magnetization that is acquired in this isochemical, isothermal fashion is termed viscous remanent magnetization or VRM and the equilibrium magnetization M e is a function of the external field B. The general case, in which the initial magnetization of a specimen is nonzero and the equilibrium magnetization is of arbitrary orientation to the initial remanence, the equation can be written as:.
S log t behavior can generally only be observed over a restricted time interval and closely spaced, long-term observations do not show linear log t -behavior, but are all curved in log t space. When under-sampled, these time series can appear segmented, leading to interpretations of several quasi-linear features multiple values of S , when in fact the time series are not linear at all. VRM is a function of time and the relationship between the remanence vector and the applied field. When the relaxation time is short say a few hundred seconds , the magnetization is essentially in equilibrium with the applied magnetic field hence is superparamagnetic.
Because relaxation time is also a strong function of temperature, VRM will grow more rapidly at higher temperature. In the next section, we consider the magnetization acquired by manipulating relaxation time by changing temperature: thermal remanent magnetization TRM.
Raising temperature works in two ways on these grains. First, the relaxation time depends on thermal energy, so higher temperatures will result in lower blocking temperatures. Second, anisotropy energy depends on the square of magnetization Chapter 4. Elevated temperature reduces magnetization, so the anisotropy energy will be depressed relative to lower temperatures. In the diagram, this means that not only do the relaxation time curves move with changing temperature, but the anisotropy energies of the population of grains change as well.
In order to work out how relaxation time varies with temperature, we need to know how saturation magnetization varies with temperature. We found in Chapter 3 that calculating M s T exactly is a rather messy process. At room temperature, a 25 nm ellipsoid of magnetite length to width ratio of 1. The sharpness of the relationship between relaxation time and temperature allows us to define a temperature above which a grain is superparamagnetic and able to come into magnetic equilibrium with an applied field and below which it is effectively blocked.
At or above the blocking temperature, but below the Curie Temperature, a grain will be superparamagnetic. Cooling below T b increases the relaxation time sharply, so the magnetization is effectively blocked and the rock acquires a thermal remanent magnetization or TRM. Now let us put some of these concepts into practice.
Upon meeting the chilly air or water , molten lava solidifies quickly into rock. While the rock is above the Curie Temperature, there is no remanent magnetization; thermal energy dominates the system and the system behaves as a paramagnet. As the rock cools through the Curie Temperature of its magnetic phase, exchange energy becomes more important and the magnetic minerals become ferromagnetic. The magnetization, however, is free to track the prevailing magnetic field because anisotropy energy is still less important than the magnetostatic energy. The magnetic grains are superparamagnetic and the magnetization is in magnetic equilibrium with the ambient field.
So from the Boltzmann distribution we have:. The magnetization of such a population, with the moments fully aligned is at saturation, or M s. So it follows that:. Now imagine that the process of cooling in the lava continues. However, the more elongate and the larger the particle, the more non-linear the theoretically predicted TRM behaves. This non-linear behavior has been experimentally verified by Selkin et al. The exact distribution of blocking temperatures depends on the distribution of grain sizes and shapes in the rock and is routinely determined in paleomagnetic studies.
By heating a rock in zero field to some temperature T , grains with relaxation times that are superparamagnetic at that temperature become randomized, a process used in so-called thermal demagnetization which will be discussed further in Chapter 9. Thermal demagnetization allows us to determine the portion of TRM that is blocked within successive blocking temperature intervals. The total TRM can be broken into portions acquired in distinct temperature intervals.
This is the law of additivity of pTRM. Another useful feature of pTRMs in single domain grains is that their blocking temperatures are the same as the temperature at which the remanence is unblocked, the so-called unblocking temperature T ub. This is the law of reciprocity. While it may seem intuitively obvious that T b would be the same as T ub , it is actually only true for single domain grains and fails spectacularly for multi-domain grains and even grains whose remanences are in the vortex state.
As an example of the laws of additivity and reciprocity of pTRM, again consider our lava flow. If the magnetic field was constant during the original cooling, all pTRMs would be in the same direction. Now consider that this rock is subsequently reheated for even a short time to a temperature, T r , intermediate between room temperature and the Curie temperature and then cooled in a different magnetizing field.
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This ability to strip away components of magnetization held by grains with low unblocking temperatures while leaving the higher T ub grains unaffected is a fundamental element of the thermal demagnetization technique to be discussed in later chapters. Perhaps the most severe simplification in the above model of TRM acquisition is that it considers only single-domain grains. Given the restricted range of grain size and shape distributions for stable SD grains of magnetite or titanomagnetite see Chapter 4 , at most a small percentage of grains in a typical igneous rock are truly SD. The question then arises as to whether larger grains can acquire TRM.
This observation is the source of the term pseudo-single domain PSD; see also Chapter 5 which characterizes the behavior of grains that are too large to be truly single domain, yet do exhibit stability unexpected for grains with domain walls MD grains. For grains larger than a few microns, the acquisition of TRM is very inefficient. In addition, TRM in these larger grains can be quite unstable; they are prone to acquire viscous magnetization.
Rapidly cooled volcanic rocks generally have grain-size distributions with a major portion of the distribution within SD and PSD ranges. Also deuteric oxidation of volcanic rocks can produce intergrowth grains with effective magnetic grain size less than the magnetic grains that crystallized from the igneous melt. Thus, volcanic rocks are commonly observed to possess fairly strong and stable TRM. Because grain size depends in part on cooling rate of the igneous body, rapidly cooled extrusive rocks are frequently preferable to slowly cooled intrusive rocks.
However, exsolution processes can break what would have been unsuitable MD magnetic grains into ideal strips of SD-like particles see Chapter 6 so there is no universal rule as to which rocks will behave in the ideal single domain manner. Chemical changes that form ferromagnetic minerals below their blocking temperatures which then grow in a magnetizing field result in acquisition of a chemical remanent magnetization or Chemical reactions involving ferromagnetic minerals include a alteration of a pre-existing mineral possibly also ferromagnetic to a ferromagnetic mineral CRM.
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