• Direct Bone Dating in a Small CO2 Counter

      Berger, Rainer (American Journal of Science, 1983-01-01)
      A small 200ml capacity CO2 proportional counting system has been developed which uses only 100mg of carbon for complete filling. Thus, with respect to the small quantities needed, it compares favorably to dedicated accelerators at significantly lower cost. The performance of this equipment is demonstrated using a variety of samples including some human bone fragments from La Jolla which had been estimated to be 28,000 years old by aspartic acid racemization analysis.
    • Radiocarbon Measurements of Particulates in Smog

      Berger, Rainer; Johnson, R. M.; Holmes, J. R. (American Journal of Science, 1983-01-01)
      In recent years in California, smog aerosols have been observed in metropolitan and rural areas. We wondered what the relative contribution is from sources such as fossil fuel combustion (eg, cars, factories) and emissions from trees and other plants. Pollution produced by fossil fuel combustion can be distinguished from biological sources using radioactive carbon. Carbon in fossil organic materials is radioactively dead whereas carbon in living plants contains 14C. Smog particles were collected on clean glass or quartz fiber paper and analyzed in a small volume CO2 proportional counter for 14C content. Results are given for sampling locations at UCLA, El Monte, Riverside, and Lake Tahoe showing the relative contributions of fossil and modern carbon sources ranging from 0 to 74% and 26 to 100% respectively.