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The gas counter detects the decaying beta particles from a carbon sample that has been converted to a gas (CO, methane, acetylene).
A liquid scintillation measurement needs the carbon to be converted into benzene, and the instrument then measures the flashes of light (scintillations) as the beta particles interact with a phosphor in the benzene.
This brings us to two reasons why a radiocarbon date is not a true calendar age.
The true half-life of 14C is 5730 years and not the originally measured 5568 years used in the radiocarbon age calculation, and the proportion of 14C in the atmosphere is not consistent through time.
The radiocarbon age is determined by the equation where -8033 represents the mean lifetime of 14C (Stuiver and Polach, 1977), Asn is the activity in counts per minute of the sample and Aon is the counts per minute of the modern standard.
A scientist from the Netherlands (Hessel de Vries) tested this by radiocarbon dating tree rings of know ages (de Vries, 1958).
These newly formed 14C atoms rapidly oxidize to form 14CO..
Photosynthesis incorporates 14C into plants and therefore animals that eat the plants.
Hereafter these isotopes will be referred to as 12C, 13C, and 14C.
14C is radioactive and has a half-life of 5730 years.