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TitleHistory of Radiocarbon Dating
Author(s)Libby, W. F.
Publication DateAugust 15, 1967
Report NumberIAEA-SM--87/40
Unique IdentifierACC0336
Other NumbersOSTI ID: 20895301
Research OrgDepartment of Chemistry and Institute of Geophysics, University of California, Los Angeles, CA (United States)
Sponsoring OrgInternational Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna (Austria); Joint Commission on Applied Radioactivity of the International Council of Scientific Unions, Paris (France)
Other InformationIn Conference Proceedings: Symposium on Radioactive Dating and Methods of Low-level Counting, Monaco (Monaco), 2-10 Mar 1967; Publisher: IAEA, Vienna (Austria)
Subject58 Geosciences; Biosphere; Carbon 14; Carbon Dioxide; Combustion; Cosmic Radiation; Fallout Deposits; Fossil Fuels; Half-life; Isotope Dating; Low Level Counting; Seas
Related Web PagesWillard Libby, Radiocarbon, and Carbon Dating
AbstractThe development is traced of radiocarbon dating from its birth in curiosity regarding the effects of cosmic radiation on Earth. Discussed in historical perspective are: the significance of the initial measurements in determining the course of developments; the advent of the low-level counting technique; attempts to avoid low-level counting by the use of isotopic enrichment; the gradual appearance of the environmental effect due to the combustion of fossil fuel (Suess effect); recognition of the atmosphere ocean barrier for carbon dioxide exchange; detailed understanding of the mixing mechanism from the study of fallout radiocarbon; determination of the new half-life; indexing and the assimilation problem for the massive accumulation of dates; and the proliferation of measurement techniques and the impact of archaeological insight on the validity of radiocarbon dates. (author)
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