Radiometric and radiocarbon dating

Radiometric dating--the process of determining the age of rocks from the decay of their radioactive elements--has been in widespread use for over half a century.

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The lab also provides stable isotope analyses on a standalone basis.

Aside from radiocarbon dating, ISO/IEC 17005-accredited Beta Analytic also provides biobased/renewable carbon content testing to manufacturers, product distributors, and researchers worldwide for biobased products, biofuels, waste-derived fuels and their combustion emissions (CO2 gas).

The lab also uses Carbon-14 analysis for natural product source testing on materials such as flavors, fragrances, essential oils, cosmetics and supplements to identify petrochemicals.

Advantages of AMS Radiocarbon Dating over Radiometric Analysis by LSC:(a) small sample size needed (as little as 20 mg) thus it is recommended for radiocarbon dating of blood particles, grains, seeds, small artifacts, or very expensive or rare materials;(b) takes less time than radiometric method (less than 24 hours);(c) higher precision than radiometric techniques.

AMS dating is an advanced method compared to radiometric analysis using liquid scintillation counters (LSC). Samples submitted for radiometric dating will be reported as Radiometric PLUS, which combines large sample handling techniques with particle detection.

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