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Studies Towards a Method for Radiocalcium Dating of Bones

  • Walter Kutschera (a1), Irshad Ahmad (a1), P J Billquist (a1), B G Glagola (a1), Karen Furer (a1), R C Pardo (a1), Michael Paul (a2), K E Rehm (a1), P J Slota (a3), R E Taylor (a3) and J L Yntema (a1)...

Abstract

We made preliminary AMS measurements of 41Ca/Ca ratios in bone and limestone specimens with the Argonne Tandem-Linac Accelerator System (ATLAS). We were able to avoid pre-enrichment of 41Ca used in previous experiments due to a substantial increase in Ca-beam intensity. Most of the measured ratios lie in the 10-14 range, with a few values below 10-14. In general, these values are higher than the ones observed by the AMS group at the University of Pennsylvania. We discuss possible implications of these results. We also present the current status of half-life measurements of 41Ca and discuss 41Ca production processes on earth.

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