Performance of new technology liquid scintillation counters for 14C dating
Polach, H., Calf, G., Harkness, D., Hogg, A. G., Kaihola, L., & Robertson, S. (1988). Performance of new technology liquid scintillation counters for 14C dating. Nuclear Geophysics, 2(2).
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The results are presented of an investigation comparing the performance of commercially available liquid scintillation spectrometers claiming 'low-level' radioisotope detection abilities. Determination of ¹⁴C at naturally occurring concentrations was carried out in both old and new technology liquid scintillation counters using a ¹⁴C labelled benzene sample with butyl-PBD as scintillant. The signal to noise ratio and the ¹⁴C detection efficiency were evaluated. The results show a wide range of merit for radiocarbon dating of so called 'low-lever instruments.
This is an author’s pre print of an article published in the journal: Nuclear Geophysics. © 1988 Elsevier.