Title Radiocarbon Dating: Applications of Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Publication Date

Berkeley Scientific Journal, Sean Purcell
At this very moment, cosmic rays are penetrating the Earth's atmosphere and colliding with atoms in the stratosphere to form secondary cosmic trays of highly energetic neutrons . These energized subatomic particles then collide with the nitrogen-14 that in large part makes up our atmosphere; the subsequent neutron capture produces both hydrogen and radioactive carbon-14 atoms (subsequently referred to as C-14). These radioactive carbon atoms go on to form carbon dioxide molecules that are
more » ... ed by plants, and eventually consumed by humans. This, however, should not be cause for alarm, but rather reason to