In fact, the experiments cited by the creationists appear to be attempts to establish the measurement error of there equipment.Older carbon dating techniques directly detected decays of C14 atoms. The most common contaminant is nitrogen, 0.1% in gem-quality diamonds.We’ve traveled to the Carnegie Institution of Washington—more specifically the Institution’s Department of Terrestrial Magnetism—to document Dr.Shirey’s work on determining the age of diamonds from many mines around the world by analyzing the tiny mineral inclusions preserved within them. Steven Shirey, a senior scientist at the Carnegie Institution of Washington’s Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, has a special interest in diamond—it’s his best method of glimpsing the unimaginable pressures and temperatures of the deep earth’s interior. -14-dating The issue is: How does one detect C14 in objects? There is some background radiation from other sources, which fluctuates a bit.Given the nature of the material being covered, this will be a , something that creationists prefer to avoid at all costs, I shall first begin with a discourse on the underlying physics of radionuclide decay, the precise mathematical law that this process obeys, and how that law is derived, first derived empirically, courtesy of a large body of work by scientists such as Henri Becquerel, Marie Curie, Ernest Rutherford and others.The ICR (Institute for Creation Research) recently spent eight years on a project known as RATE (Radioisotopes and the Age of The Earth).
However, the underlying physics had to wait until the advent of detailed and rigorous quantum theories before it could be elucidated, and is based upon the fact that the nuclei of radionuclides are in an excited state with respect to the sum total of the quantum energy states of the constituent particles (which, being fermions, obey Fermi-Dirac statistics, and consequently, Pauli's exclusion principle applies).Willard Libby discovered radiocarbon dating in the late 1940s.He received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for this discovery in 1960.C14 has a half life of 5730 years and is only good to date objects to 50,000 years or so.Although I can find any number of references to this seemingly vital finding on the creationist sites, I can find almost no attempt to refute or explain this anomaly on serious science sites. There seem to be some unsubstantiated references to the possibility of neutrons generated by uranium decay resulting in an anomalously high presence of C14.