The History of AMS, its Advantages over Decay Counting: Applications and Prospects

  • H. E. Gove

Abstract

Accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS), almost from its inception, involved the use of existing tandem Van de Graaff electrostatic accelerators, normally employed in nuclear physics research, and later, small tandem accelerators specifically designed for AMS, to directly detect long-lived cosmogenic radioisotopes in the presence of vastly larger quantities of their stable isotopes. Some early work was carried out using cyclotrons and even combinations of accelerators capable of accelerating heavy ions to energies of hundreds of MeV per nucleon but, except for special cases, tandem electrostatic accelerators are now the ones of choice for reasons that will be touched on below.

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Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Terminal Voltage Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Tandem Accelerator Nuclear Instrument 
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