Radiocarbon Protocols and First Intercomparison Results from the Chronos 14Carbon-Cycle Facility, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

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Chris Stewart MacGregor Turney , Lorena Becerra-Valdivia , Adam Sookdeo, Zoë Thomas, Jonathan Palmer, Heather Haines, Haidee Cadd, Lukas Wacker, Andy Baker , Martin Andersen, Geraldine Jacobsen, Karina Meredith, Khorshed Chinu, Silvia Bollhalder, Christopher Marjo


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 and results of radiocarbon and stable isotope measurements undertaken on a wide range of sample types. Measurements on international standards, known-age and blank samples demonstrate 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.



Physical Sciences and Mathematics


Climate-Carbon Cycle Dynamics, Earth System Science, Archaeological Science


Published: 2020-11-12 08:23

Last Updated: 2020-11-12 16:23


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