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MICADAS: Routine and High-Precision Radiocarbon Dating

L Wacker, G Bonani, M Friedrich, I Hajdas, B Kromer, N Nemec, M Ruff, M Suter, H-A Synal, C Vockenhuber


The prototype mini carbon dating system (MICADAS) at ETH Zurich has been in routine operation for almost 2 yr. Because of its simple and compact layout, setting up a radiocarbon measurement is fast and the system runs very reliably over days or even weeks without retuning. The stability of the instrument is responsible for the good performance in highest-precision measurements where results of single samples can be reproduced within less than 2‰. The measurements are described and the performance of MICADAS is demonstrated on measured data.

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