A Preliminary Determination of the Absolute 14C/12C Ratio of OX-I Academic Article uri icon


  • A preliminary determination of the absolute 14C/12C ratio of the oxalic acid I standard (NBS SRM 4990B) has been made. Using an accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) system, a known number of radiocarbon ions were implanted in a thin copper foil. The foil was then combusted with the addition of 14C-free carrier material. This resulting gas (which had a known 14C/12C ratio) was graphitized and compared to OX-I material. This comparison yielded an absolute 14C/12C ratio of OX-I. The absolute 14C/12C ratio of OX-I, coupled with knowledge of the specific activity of OX-1, provides an alternative determination of the 14C half-life.

publication date

  • 2007