1st Edition

Accelerator Mass Spectrometry
Ultrasensitive Analysis for Global Science



ISBN 9780849345388
Published March 25, 1998 by CRC Press
400 Pages

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Book Description

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
    Overview
    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
    Archeology
    Physics and Materials Science
    Life Sciences
    Appendices
    Appendix A1. Ion Source Data
    Appendix A2. Ion Interactions with Matter
    Appendix A3. AMS Facilities
    Appendix A4. Data Reduction and Interpretation

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