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Title: The new Chronos 14carbon-Cycle Facility, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
Authors: Turney, C
Thomas, Z
Becerra-Valdivia, L
Palmer, JG
Haines, HA
Cadd, H
Wacker, L
Baker, AA
Andersen, MS
Jacobsen, GE
Meredith, KT
Chinu, K
Hiscock, W
Vohra, J
Marjo, CE
Keywords: Carbon 14
New South Wales
Mass spectroscopy
Stable isotopes
Earth planet
Issue Date: 17-Nov-2021
Publisher: Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
Citation: Turney, C., Thomas, Z., Becerra-Valdivia, L., Palmer, J., Haines, H., Cadd, H., Wacker, L., Baker, A., Andersen, M., Jacobsen, G., Meredith, K., Chinu, K., Hiscock, W., Vohra, J., & Marjo, C. (2021). The new Chronos 14carbon-Cycle Facility, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Paper presented to the 15th International Conference on Accelerator Mass Spectrometry. ANSTO Sydney, Australia. November 15th – 19th, 2021. (pp. 182). Retrieved from:
Abstract: The Chronos 14Carbon-Cycle Facility is a new radiocarbon laboratory at the University of New South Wales, Australia. Built around an Ionplus 200 kV MIni-CArbon DAting System (MICADAS) Accelerator Mass Spectrometer (AMS) installed in October 2019, the facility was established to address major challenges in the Earth, Environmental and Archaeological sciences. Here we report an overview of the Chronos facility, the pretreatment methods currently employed (bones, carbonates, peat, pollen, charcoal, and wood) and results of radiocarbon and stable isotope measurements undertaken on a wide range of sample types. Our measurements on international standards, known-age and blank samples demonstrate that the facility is capable of measuring 14C samples from the Anthropocene back to nearly 50,000 years ago. Future work will focus on improving our understanding of the Earth system and managing resources in a future warmer world.
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