Each sample type has specific problems associated with its use for dating purposes, including contamination and special environmental effects.More information on the sources of error in carbon dating are presented at the bottom of this page.
Ionization Inverse Square Law Interaction of RT/Matter Attenuation Coefficient Half-Value Layer Sources of Attenuation -Compton Scattering Geometric Unsharpness Filters in Radiography Scatter/Radiation Control Radiation Safety Radio-carbon dating is a method of obtaining age estimates on organic materials.
The word "estimates" is used because there is a significant amount of uncertainty in these measurements.
The method was developed immediately following World War II by Willard F.
Libby and coworkers and has provided age determinations in archeology, geology, geophysics, and other branches of science.
Radiocarbon dating estimates can be obtained on wood, charcoal, marine and freshwater shells, bone and antler, and peat and organic-bearing sediments.