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Atmospheric Bomb Radiocarbon as a Tracer in Human Beings

  • Rainer Berger
  • W. F. Libby
  • G. V. Alexander
  • J. F. Mead
  • J. F. Ross

Abstract

The level of radiocarbon in atmospheric carbon dioxide has risen to almost double the natural or reference level of 1890 (about 14 dpm per gram of carbon) as a result of the testing of fission and fusion bombs. It has reached a concentration that can be measured in living tissues by low-level carbon-14 counting equipment.

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© New England Nuclear Corporation 1966

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rainer Berger
    • 1
  • W. F. Libby
    • 1
  • G. V. Alexander
    • 2
  • J. F. Mead
    • 2
  • J. F. Ross
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryInstitute of GeophysicsUSA
  2. 2.Department of Biophysics and Nuclear Medicine Laboratory of Nuclear Medicine and Radiation BiologyUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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