Radiocarbon dating calibration involves

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The mass spectrometer operates by generating a beam of ionized atoms from the sample under test.There are two versions, one where you have a single age and just want to get a quick look up of the 14C age, and another where you have the full distribution of the calibrated age and want to estimate both the 14C age and its associated error The simple version can be run with, e.g.: Unsurprisingly the places where the calibration curve is flat (or reverses) leads to ‘clumps’ of calendar ages. The more complicated version is run by providing it with a (preferably large) sample of ages which form a calibrated date. 18.3.1 Uranium-Lead Dating Method A Concordia diagram as used in uranium-lead dating, with data from the Pfunze Belt, Zimbabwe.All the samples show loss of lead isotopes, but the intercept of the errorchron (straight line through the sample points) and the Concordia (curve) shows the correct age of the rock.

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