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Carbon-dating, a technique which allows archaeologists and geologists to determine precisely how old an object or sample like bone is, will become easier with the first facility being set up in Mumbai University in collaboration with the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research TIFR.
The facility, known as Accelerator Mass Spectrometry, will be useful in dating miniscule samples from objects of archaeological ificance. To carbon-date each sample, the current cost is approximately euros. Further, we estimated how many samples India needs to carbon-date. Scientists conventionally use radioactivity to determine the age of objects, most notably carbon dating. It is used in dating things such as bone, cloth, wood and plant fibres. The Accelerator Mass Spectrometry technique, however, enables one to use small amount of samples and determine the date precisely within one hour, which radioactive-dating technique would have taken few years.
According to Kothari, who is the principle investigator of the project, the facility being set up in Mumbai will enable researchers to determine the existence of a samples for up to 50, years BC. If we need to know how many centuries ago something was living, we need high-precision instruments, which currently do not exist in the country. Besides its importance from the archaeological and astronomy-archaeological points of view, the facility is critical for geologists and can also be used for pharmaceutical applications in drug development.
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