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Accelerator Mass Spectrometry

Ultrasensitive Analysis for Global Science, 1st Edition

By Claudio Tuniz, W. Kutschera, D. Fink, Gregory F. Herzog, John R. Bird

CRC Press

400 pages

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Hardback: 9780849345388
pub: 1998-03-25
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This extensive undertaking, Accelerator Mass Spectrometry, conducts an elaborate and comprehensive summary of one of the foremost catalysts of progress in scientific research. Accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS), an innovative analytical technique, measures rare atoms at unprecedented levels of sensitivity, revolutionizing the science of radiocarbon dating and accessing new natural radioisotopes as environmental tracers and chronometers. This book demonstrates how AMS is applied in the studies of extraterrestrial materials, the earth sciences, the future of the global environment, and the history of mankind.

This compendium also highlights the significant impact of AMS on several fields of scientific investigation, spurring remarkable studies in global climate change, ancient artifacts, pollution, nuclear safeguards, geochronology, and materials characterization. The myriad of sample types and variety of applications in this examination include:

  • Meteorites from Mars

  • Ancient air trapped in Antarctic ice

  • The Shroud of Turin

  • The dating of human bones

  • The colonization of the Americas and Australia

  • Ancient rock art

  • The crown of Charlemagne

  • Cancerogenic effects of cooked meat

  • The consequences of the Chernobyl accident

  • The role of aluminum in Alzheimer's Disease

    This unique edition has compiled the diverse set of scientific literature into a single volume, suitable as a text or resource on the major AMS-related outcomes, issues, and methods.

  • Table of Contents

    The Technique of Accelerator Mass Spectrometry


    Performance of AMS Systems

    Experimental Apparatus

    Sample Preparation

    Production and Distribution of Radioisotopes

    Cosmic Rays

    Extraterrestrial Production Rates

    Terrestrial Production of Radionuclides

    Terrestrial Radioisotope Distributions

    Applications of Accelerator Mass Spectrometry

    Extraterrestrial Applications of Accelerator Mass Spectrometry

    Environmental Science Applications

    Geoscience Applications


    Physics and Materials Science

    Life Sciences


    Appendix A1. Ion Source Data

    Appendix A2. Ion Interactions with Matter

    Appendix A3. AMS Facilities

    Appendix A4. Data Reduction and Interpretation

    Subject Categories

      BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
      SCIENCE / Chemistry / Analytic