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Scintillation Techniques for the Detection of Natural Radiocarbon

Naturevolume 175pages10421043 (1955) | Download Citation



THE development of liquid scintillators of high pulse-height efficiency has made possible a new technique for the determination of natural radiocarbon. If the carbon content of the sample can be incorporated into a liquid scintillator, a detector of high sensitivity and excellent geometry is inherently present, and the detector volume is reduced considerably in comparison with that of the screen-wall counter1, thus lowering the background counting-rate. The synthesis of a suitable compound which can function directly as solvent or diluent is necessary for this method.

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  1. Department of chemistry

    • B. L. FUNT
    •  & S. SOBERING
  2. Department of Physics, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg

    • R. W. PRINGLE
    •  & W. TURCHINETZ


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