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­ ­As soon as a living organism dies, it stops taking in new carbon.The ratio of carbon-12 to carbon-14 at the moment of death is the same as every other living thing, but the carbon-14 decays and is not replaced.Three isotopes of carbon are found in nature; carbon-12, carbon-13 and carbon-14.Carbon-12 accounts for ~99.8 % of all carbon atoms, carbon-13 accounts for ~1% of carbon atoms while ~1 in every 1 billion carbon atoms is carbon-14.Measuring 14C To obtain the radiocarbon age of a sample it is necessary to determine the proportion of 14C it contains.Originally this was done by what is known as “conventional” methods, either proportional gas counters or liquid scintillation counters.The half-life is the time taken for an amount of a radioactive isotope to decay to half its original value.Because this decay is constant it can be used as a “clock” to measure elapsed time assuming the starting amount is known.

Production and decay 14C atoms are produced in the upper atmosphere where neutrons from cosmic rays knock a proton from nitrogen-14 atoms.

The main limitation of these techniques is sample size, as hundreds of grams of carbon are needed to count enough decaying beta particles.

This is especially true for old samples with low beta activity.

This means that it can be difficult to effectively clean the samples and remove enough contaminating carbon to obtain an accurate date.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s the dating of small samples became possible using Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS; Muller, 1977; Nelson et al., 1977).

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