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CitationKirner, D. L., Taylor, R. E., & Southon, J. R. (1995). Reduction in backgrounds of microsamples for AMS 14C dating. Radiocarbon, 37(2), 697-704.
AbstractVogel, Nelson and Southon (1987) determined that the total-system 14C background values in catalytically reduced graphitic carbon samples of 500 mg or less were inversely proportional to their weights. We have used wood reportedly of Pliocene age (i.e., 14C "dead") to further examine this relation. Our observations are consistent with the conclusions of Vogel, Nelson and Southon (1987). It appears that contamination can be characterized as if a constant level of modern carbon is being added. We also report a significant overall net reduction in total system background values ca. 45% for combusted samples from levels previously reported by Vogel, Nelson and Southon (1987).