AuthorBeukens, Roelf P.
Geological Survey of Canada
Australian National University
University of Washington
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CitationBeukens, R. P. (1990). High-precision intercomparison at IsoTrace. Radiocarbon, 32(3), 335-339.
DescriptionFrom the International Workshop on Intercomparison of Radiocarbon Laboratories.
AbstractI conducted a high-precision comparison at the 0.2% to 0.3% level with samples supplied by the radiocarbon laboratory of the Quaternary Research Center at the University of Washington (QRC). Four samples with ages ranging from modern to > 50,000 BP were dated in a blind test. The absence of cosmic-radiation background in AMS dating is a major advantage for dating samples > 35,000 BP. The reliability of AMS dates > 35,000 BP depends entirely on understanding the contamination processes. By comparing results with laboratories capable of sample enrichment, such as QRC, it is possible to identify and estimate the intrinsic 14C in the background samples as well as the contamination introduced by sample preparation.