Carbon dating radioactive isotopes
An isotope is what scientists call two or more forms of the same element.
Fossil fuels have no carbon content, and the burning of those fuels over the past years has diluted the carbon content. The best estimate from this dating technique says the man lived between and BC. Accelerator techniques for carbon dating have extended its range back to aboutyears, compared to less than half that for direct counting techniques.
Various tests of reliability have confirmed the value of carbon data, and many examples provide an interesting range of application. On the other hand, atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons in the s and s increased the carbon content of the atmosphere.
One can count atoms of different masses with a mass spectrometerbut that is problematic for carbon dating because of the low concentration of carbon and the existence of nitrogen and CH 2 which have essentially the same mass. Cyclotrons and tandem accelerators have both been used to fashion sensitive new mass spectrometer analyses.
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