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The Application of ICELS Systems for Radiocarbon Dating

  • Konrad Tudyka (a1), Anna Pazdur (a1), Páll Theodórsson (a2), Adam Michczyński (a1) and Jacek Pawlyta (a1)...

Abstract

Liquid scintillation counting (LSC) for radiocarbon dating is a less expensive method than accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS), provides a high degree of accuracy, and is less prone to contamination due to the larger sample sizes. However, to obtain high precision, a long counting time is needed. The Gliwice Radiocarbon Laboratory is seeking to obtain an increased counting capacity with 2–3 mL benzene samples than we presently can achieve with our 2 Quantulus systems. We are therefore investigating the possibility of using a simple, single-phototube LS system (ICELS) for dating samples younger than 5000 yr. We present the first results of this investigation, including the measurement of 3 VIRI and 3 FIRI intercomparison samples.

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Corresponding author. Email: konrad.tudyka@polsl.pl.

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