14C and 14C-10Be terrestrial age dating system for meteorites—New data for four recently fallen meteoritesOPEN ACCESS 

Mohammad Tauseef, Ingo Leya, Jérôme Gattacceca, Beda Hofmann, Sönke Szidat, Régis Braucher, ASTER Team

MAPS, Version of Record online: 03 February 2024


“We perform a systematic and detailed study of the 14C and 14C-10Be dating systems for meteorite terrestrial ages. Physical model calculations indicate that neither the 14C production rates nor the 14C/10Be production rate ratios are constant enough to be reasonably approximated by average values. By using simple averages, one introduces a significant size-dependent bias into the database for meteorite terrestrial ages. By combining modeled 14C production rates and 14C/10Be production rate ratios with (22Ne/21Ne)cos ratios and assuming ~80% ablation losses, relatively easy to use correlations of 14C production rates and 14C/10Be production rate ratios as a function of (22Ne/21Ne)cos are established. The new correlations enable the determination of terrestrial ages that are more accurate than ages based solely on average values for 14C and/or 14C/10Be. We validate the model predictions by measuring 14C activity concentrations, 14C/10Be production rate ratios, 21Necos concentrations, and (22Ne/21Ne)cos ratios in four recently fallen meteorites: Mt. Tazerzait, Boumdeid (2011), Bensour, and SaU 606. The experimental data confirmed the model predictions, although the available data are insufficient to be conclusive. More data from freshly fallen meteorites are needed for validating the model predictions for different chondrite sizes and chondrite types.”