Radio carbon dating calibration

d14C represents the per mille depletion in sample carbon 14 prior to isotopic fractionation correction and is measured by: D14C represents the 'normalized' value of d14C.'Normalized' means that the activity is scaled in relation to fractionation of the sample, or its delta C13 value.

The ratio of the activity of sucrose with 0.95 Ox was first measured by Polach at 1.50070.0052 (Polach, 1976b:122).

In order to make allowances for background counts and to evaluate the limits of detection, materials which radiocarbon specialists can be fairly sure contain no activity are measured under identical counting conditions as normal samples.

Background samples usually consist of geological samples of infinite age such as coal, lignite, limestone, ancient carbonate, athracite, marble or swamp wood.

Should the activity of the sample be indistinguishable from the background activity at 1 standard deviation, it is released as background.

Samples whose age falls between modern and background and are given finite ages.

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