Carbon-14 Dating with the Liquid Scintillation Counter: Total Synthesis of the Benzene Solvent

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Science  09 Sep 1960:
Vol. 132, Issue 3428, pp. 668-669
DOI: 10.1126/science.132.3428.668


Samples are analyzed for natural radiocarbon content by a total synthesis of benzene from their organic constituents. The benzene is employed as the solvent in a liquid scintillation counter. The instrument used permits 15grams of carbon to be counted with an efficiency of 40 percent and a background of 13 counts per minute.

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