Articles | Volume 5, issue 1
Short communication/technical note
13 Jan 2023
Short communication/technical note |  | 13 Jan 2023

Technical note: A software framework for calculating compositionally dependent in situ 14C production rates

Alexandria J. Koester and Nathaniel A. Lifton

Model code and software

CD14C N. Lifton and A. Koester

Short summary
In situ 14C’s short half-life (5.7 kyr) is unique among cosmogenic nuclides, making it sensitive to complex exposure and burial histories since 25 ka. Current extraction methods focus on quartz, but the ability to extract it from other minerals would expand applications. We developed MATLAB® scripts to calculate in situ 14C production rates from a broad range of mineral compositions. Results confirm O, Si, Al, and Mg as key targets but also find significant production from Na for the first time.