Radiogenic Isotope Geology

By Prof. R. Anand   |   IIT(ISM) Dhanbad
Learners enrolled: 250
Radiogenic isotope geology course will cover fundamental aspects of nucleosynthesis, radioactive decay and growth, and introduce the enrolled candidates to geological applications of various isotopic systematics such as U-Pb, Sm-Nd, Lu-Hf, U-disequilibrium series, cosmogenic radionuclides etc. for studies ranging from petrogenesis, crust-mantle evolution to ore genesis. This course will provide a complete learning of geochronological methods as applicable to geological as well as extraterrestrial studies.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Students of Geology/Earth Sciences

PREREQUISITES: Students should have a sound understanding of Geochemistry

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Mineral Exploration companies
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Postgraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 14 Oct 2022
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 29 Oct 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1: An introduction to nucleosynthesis and the distribution of elements in the Solar System;
Fundamentals of radioactive decay and growth
Week 2: Geochronometry; Mass spectrometry: Techniques and Applications; Sampling strategy and processing
Week 3: K-Ar and Ar-Ar methods of dating and their applications
Week 4: Rb-Sr and Sm-Nd methods of dating and their applications
Week 5: Re-Os and Lu-Hf methods of dating and their applications
Week 6: U-Th-Pb geochronology
Week 7: Isotope Geology of Pb
Week 8: Processing and presentation of raw isotope geochemical data
Week 9: Application of Sr, Nd, Pb and Hf isotopes in petrogenetic studies
Week 10: Fission Track method of dating; U-disequilibrium methods of dating
Week 11: Cosmogenic radionuclides and their applications
Week 12: Extinct radionuclides and cosmochronology

Books and references

  1. Faure, G. (1977). Principles of Isotope Geology. Wiley, 464 pp.
  2. Faure, G. and Mensing, T.M. (2009). Isotopes Principles and Applications. Wiley, 896 pp.
  3. Dickin, A.P. (2005). Radiogenic Isotope Geology. Cambridge University Press, 492 pp.

Instructor bio

Prof. R. Anand

IIT(ISM) Dhanbad
Prof. R. Anand is presently working as an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Geology, Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines), Dhanbad. His research interests are in applying isotopic systematics in better understanding petrogenetic and crustal evolution processes primarily during Archaean. He regularly teaches courses on Igneous Petrology, Isotope Geology, Stratigraphy and Mathematics for geoscientists. He has over 8 years of teaching experience and prior to taking up his current teaching position he worked in the Geological Survey of India for 5 years. He has extensive experience in handling mass spectrometers for isotope analysis.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 29 October 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kharagpur .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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