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ICOS ATC/CAL 14C Release
The ICOS Central Radiocarbon Laboratory (CRL) central task is the high-precision measurement of the ¹⁴C content in atmospheric CO₂. The ¹⁴CO₂ activity is determined for grab samples (flask) as well as for two-week integrated ambient air samples. Two ¹⁴CO₂ analytical techniques are applied in the CRL: Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) in collaboration with the CEZA laboratory in Mannheim, Germany (Lux, 2019), and Low-Level gas proportional Counting (LLC) (Kromer & Münnich, 1992). The comparability of both measurement techniques is continuously monitored and was documented in Hammer et al. (2017)
Lux, J. T. (2018). A new target preparation facility for high precision AMS measurements and strategies for efficient ¹⁴CO₂ sampling (Doctoral dissertation). DOI:
Kromer, B., & Münnich, K. O. (1992). CO₂ gas proportional counting in radiocarbon dating—review and perspective. Radiocarbon after four decades, 184-197. DOI:
Hammer, S., Friedrich, R., Kromer, B., Cherkinsky, A., Lehman, S. J., Meijer, H. A., ... & Uchida, M. (2017). Compatibility of Atmospheric ¹⁴CO₂ Measurements: Comparing the Heidelberg Low-Level Counting Facility to International Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) Laboratories. Radiocarbon, 59(3), 875-883. DOI:
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