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44 (0)1355 229829 Email address Head of NRCF (East Kilbride) Application of radiocarbon for:- Long AJ, Strzelecki MC, Lloyd JM, Bryant CL (2012) Dating High Arctic Holocene relative sea level changes using juvenile articulated marine shells in raised beaches.

Quaternary Science Reviews 48: 61-66 AE, Slater GF (2011) Sources of n-alkanes in an organic-rich, urbanized estuary: Insights from molecular distributions and compound-specific stable and radiocarbon isotopes.

Radiocarbon, or carbon 14, is an isotope of the element carbon that is unstable and weakly radioactive. Carbon 14 is continually being formed in the upper atmosphere by the effect of cosmic ray neutrons on nitrogen 14 atoms.

It is rapidly oxidized in air to form carbon dioxide and enters the global carbon cycle.

Research has been ongoing since the 1960s to determine what the proportion of in the atmosphere has been over the past fifty thousand years.

The resulting data, in the form of a calibration curve, is now used to convert a given measurement of radiocarbon in a sample into an estimate of the sample's calendar age.

direct 44 (0)1355 270022, general 44 (0)1355 260037, fax.A mass spectrometer is an instrument that uses a series of magnets to bend a beam of ions and then physically count how many there are, so with AMS radiocarbon dating, we can measure a carbon-12, 13 and 14 beam, and we measure the ratio of 14 to 13, and from that, we can tell how much C-14 is in the sample.So the most important things about AMS radiocarbon dating as opposed to conventional is that the sample size is much, much smaller. The method was developed by Willard Libby in the late 1940s and soon became a standard tool for archaeologists.Libby received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work in 1960.

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