Study of the 14C-Contamination Potential of C-Impurities in CuO and Fe
accelerator mass spectroscopy
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CitationVandeputte, K., Moens, L., Dams, R., & van der Plicht, J. (1998). Study of the 14C-contamination potential of C-impurities in CuO and Fe. Radiocarbon, 40(1), 103-110.
DescriptionFrom the 16th International Radiocarbon Conference held in Gronigen, Netherlands, June 16-20, 1997.
AbstractThe carbon concentration in CuO and iron was determined by isolating C. The values were in agreement with results reported in other studies. Contaminating carbon from CuO and Fe was transformed to AMS targets and measured for 14C. C-traces in CuO were shown to be the major contribution to the 14C sample processing blank. In addition, there is a significant variability in the 14C content of CuO observed between different production batches. The combined contamination potential of CuO and Fe was found to be 4.47-8.92 micrograms recent carbon, whereas the more realistic estimate for AMS-target preparation conditions ranged between 1.63 and 3.24 micrograms recent carbon, depending on the 14C level in CuO.