• Recent 14C Measurements with the Chalk River Tandem Accelerator

      Brown, R. M.; Andrews, H. R.; Ball, G. C.; Burn, Neil; Davies, W. G.; Imahori, Yoshio; Milton, J. C. D.; Workman, Wayne (American Journal of Science, 1983-01-01)
      The Chalk River Tandem Accelerator Mass Spectrometry System has reached a state of reliable measurement of 14C using 2 to 5mg elemental carbon prepared by Mg reduction of CO2. For two comparisons of a near-modern unknown with the NBS oxalic acid standard we obtain a total error of ∼ +/- 4.5%, consisting of a random system error of about +/- 3.5% combined with the statistical counting error. Measurements have been made on 70 samples in 30 days of running time during the past year. Samples included deep rock carbonates, cosmogenic 14C in meteorites, charcoal from earthquake fault zones, collagen of bone artifacts and fossil beetle-fragments.