Pan, Y-X., Liu, Q-S., Deng, C-L., Qin, H-F. and Zhu, R-X.
Thermally induced inversion of Al-substituted titanomagnetite in basalts: evidence for partial self-reversal
Journal of Geophysical Research, 111, (B12), . (doi:10.1029/2006JB004576).
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We report properties of laboratory-induced thermoremanence combined with detailed rock magnetic experiments on basaltic samples which contain aluminum-substituted titanomagnetite (Fe2.24Ti0.64Al0.12O4). Prior to Thellier-Coe paleointensity experiments, specimens were first demagnetized using an alternating field with a peak field of 90 mT and were then imparted an anhysteretic remanent magnetization (ARM) to represent a natural remanent magnetization (NRM). Results show that the partial thermal remanent magnetization (pTRM) gain and ARM remaining are linearly correlated up to 300°C. Between 300 and 460°C, specimens acquire thermoremanence with a direction antiparallel to the external field direction, leading to intensity decreases. This coincides with the onset of the mineral transformation from Al-titanomagnetite to a magnetic phase with higher Tc. Our results support that phase interaction with distinct Tc values in partially oxidized titanomagnetite can produce partial self-reversal thermoremanence in rocks.
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