Radiocarbon Dating with Electrostatic Accelerators: Dating of Milligram Samples

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Science  28 Jul 1978:
Vol. 201, Issue 4353, pp. 345-347
DOI: 10.1126/science.201.4353.345


The recently developed direct counting technique for radiocarbon atoms has been used to measure the relative numbers of such atoms in various geological samples which had earlier been dated by the beta-ray counting method. Sample weights ranged from 3.5 to 15 milligrams. The dates determined by the two methods are consistent with each other. Further experience with the new method is also reported.