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A Suitable procedure for preparing of water Samples used in Radiocarbon Intercomparison

  • H A Takahashi (a1), M Minami (a2), T Aramaki (a3), H Handa (a1), Y Saito-Kokubu (a4), S Itoh (a5) and Y Kumamoto (a6)...


We studied a suitable procedure for preparing of water samples used in radiocarbon intercomparisons involving dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC). The water samples must have inter-batch consistency and stable 14C concentrations and no sterilizing agent (e.g., HgCl2) should be added, in order to avoid the production of hazardous material. Six water samples, containing widely different amounts and types of salts, DIC, and 14C concentrations (1–100 pMC), were prepared in order to assess the procedure. Sample consistency was investigated through δ13C and chemical compositions; their low variabilities indicate that our procedure can be applied to radiocarbon intercomparison. A specific sample preparation protocol was developed for this kind of applications.


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Selected Papers from the 23rd International Radiocarbon Conference, Trondheim, Norway, 17–22 June, 2018



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A Suitable procedure for preparing of water Samples used in Radiocarbon Intercomparison

  • H A Takahashi (a1), M Minami (a2), T Aramaki (a3), H Handa (a1), Y Saito-Kokubu (a4), S Itoh (a5) and Y Kumamoto (a6)...


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