AMS Radiocarbon Dating

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This section summarizes the use of accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) for radiocarbon dating measurements. It expands on the principles already laid out in the sections on 'Principles of Radiocarbon Dating' and 'Conventional Radiocarbon Dating.' The great advantage of AMS is that it allows dating of very small, submilligram (<0.5. mg C) samples of carbon to routine precisions of about 0.3% (±24 radiocarbon years). Higher precisions, down to about 0.2%, can be obtained by longer counting times or multiple measurements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Quaternary Science
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780444536433
ISBN (Print)9780444536426
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013


  • Accelerator mass spectrometry
  • Age calculation
  • Age determination
  • Atom counting
  • Radiocarbon dating
  • Sample preparation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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