A Multiple Proportional 14C Counter System for Milligram-Sized Samples
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CitationHut, G., Keyser, J., & Wijma, S. (1983). A multiple proportional 14C counter system for milligram-sized samples. Radiocarbon, 25(2), 547-552.
PublisherAmerican Journal of Science
DescriptionFrom the 11th International Radiocarbon Conference held in Seattle, Washington, June 20-26, 1982.
AbstractA system of 10 proportional 14C counters has been designed. The counters have a volume of 35ml and are operated with CO2 at a pressure of 1 bar and a voltage of 3300V. The amplified signals of the counters are fed through an analog multiplexer to the inputs of three discriminators. The Geiger signal is fed to a separate discriminator. A logic circuit selects from these discriminators the alpha, beta, muon, and purity counts which are then stored in a microcomputer (ITT 2020 with 48K RAM), where the necessary calculations are also performed. The purity of the gas sample is monitored by counting a part of the muon spectrum. The alpha and beta pulses are stored during 95% of the measuring period; the remaining 5% is used for registration of the muon and purity pulses. The overall accuracy of the system for modern carbon samples is 2% after a counting period of 6 days.