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Operation of the NSF-Arizona Accelerator Facility for Radioisotope Analysis and Results from Selected Collaborative Research Projects

  • T W Linick (a1), A J T Jull (a1), L J Toolin (a1) and D J Donahue (a1)

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Radiocarbon dating at the Arizona accelerator facility has improved substantially in the last three years. Since starting to use graphite targets (see Jull et al, 1986), we have been able to obtain routinely a precision of ca ± 1% (ca 80 yr) for relatively modern material. Our routine technique of tuning and operating the tandem accelerator mass spectrometer (TAMS) and our method of calculating 14C results are discussed in detail. Data on activity ratios of oxalic acid-II/oxalic-I are presented. Examples of the wide variety of projects on which we have collaborated are given. Brief discussions of three such projects are presented for our colleagues who were unable to attend this conference: an Arizona Indian archaeologic project, a study of megafaunal extinctions, and a study of the growth of phosphorite nodules on the sea floor off the Peruvian coast.

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Operation of the NSF-Arizona Accelerator Facility for Radioisotope Analysis and Results from Selected Collaborative Research Projects

  • T W Linick (a1), A J T Jull (a1), L J Toolin (a1) and D J Donahue (a1)

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