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Knowing the level of activity of a sample of organic material enables us to deduce how much C-14 there is in the material at present.
Since we also know the ratio of C-14 to C-12 originally, we can find the time that has passed since carbon exchange ceased, that is, since the organic material "died".
This is because there is carbon dioxide (CO exchange, and so the ratio of C-14 to the far more common carbon isotope, C-12, will begin to decrease as the C-14 atoms decay, yielding nitrogen (N-14) with the emission of an electron (or "beta particle") plus an anti-neutrino.
The ratio of C-14 to C-12 in the atmosphere's carbon dioxide molecules is about 1.3×10, and this value is assumed constant for the main part of archaeological history since the formation of the earth's atmosphere.
Note that that the domain of F is the interval from zero to 1, which corresponds to the interval of time from zero to infinity.
Plotting t against F with a value of l=1 gives the graph on the right. The equivalent thickness for the medium in radiation attenuation is known as "half-value thickness".
Let's take a look at an example of how dates are calculated using Libby's method.
Here isotopes with longer half lives are used, which enables dating of geological formations and rocks. For example, in lava form, molten lead and Uranium-238 (standard isotope) are constantly mixed in a certain ratio of their natural abundance.
Once solidified, the lead is "locked" in place and since the uranium decays to lead, the lead-to-uranium ratio increases with time.
Exactly the same treatment can be applied to radioactive decay.
However, now the "thin slice" is an interval of time, and the dependent variable is the number of radioactive atoms present, N(t). If we have a sample of atoms, and we consider a time interval short enough that the population of atoms hasn't changed significantly through decay, then the proportion of atoms decaying in our short time interval will be proportional to the length of the interval.