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About one carbon nucleus in a trillion contains two extra neutrons, giving a mass of 14.
This carbon-14 is radioactive and decays with a half-life of 5730 years.
These methods relied on the observation of a decay of the radioactive carbon atoms.
It was recognized that direct measurement of the number of C atoms in the sample would greatly enhance the sensitivity, and several unsuccessful attempts were made in this direction using conventional mass spectrometry.
Libbys measurements on C, using samples of several grams of carbon-black powder (see Anderson et al., 1946).
Subsequent developments made this method obsolete, and more accurate methods using gas-proportional counters and liquid-scintillation counters were developed.
This creates an error in the "raw" age of about 2 percent.
Since nearly all applications where the precise age is needed require calibration, this difference is removed in the calibration process].
Fluctuations in the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere can also affect the concentration of . 2, which shows the increasingly large difference between radiocarbon and true age from 7000 to 15000 years BP.