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technology columnist David Pogue explores how isotopes of carbon can be used to determine the age of once-living matter. The difference between them is the number of neutrons in the nucleus.
Learn how variations in atomic structure form isotopes of an element and how the three natural isotopes of carbon differ from each other. Neutrons are electrically neutral particles that act as glue to hold atoms together. And that rare version of carbon has proven to be a crucial tool for unlocking the past.
Radiocarbon dating (usually referred to simply as carbon-14 dating) is a radiometric dating method.
It uses the naturally occurring radioisotope carbon-14 (14C) to estimate the age of carbon-bearing materials up to about 58,000 to 62,000 years old.
Radiocarbon dating can be used on samples of bone, cloth, wood and plant fibers.
The half-life of a radioactive isotope describes the amount of time that it takes half of the isotope in a sample to decay.
The amount of carbon-14 in the atomosphere is, on an average, relatively constant.
Plants take in carbon-14 through the process of photosynthesis.
The stable form of carbon is carbon 12 and the radioactive isotope carbon 14 decays over time into nitrogen 14 and other particles.Unlike the other natural isotopes of carbon, carbon-14 is unstable. One of its neutrons turns into a proton and spits out an electron.