Accelerator Mass Spectrometry at the 1 MV Tandetron

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Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS)

AMS is today’s most sensitive isotopic and elemental analysis method known. Using a particle accelerator, usually a Tandem type, the AMS spectrometer measures one by one the ions of the investigated species.

Measurement sensitivity can reach 10 -15 isotope / element, in other words, AMS allows determination of the existence of a single atom in torrent of one million billion other foreign atoms.

Due to its exceptional sensitivity, this method has opened a very wide range of applications in various fields: medicine, archeology, paleogeomorfology, geology, atmospheric physics, paleoclimatology, astrophysics, nuclear physics, nuclear pollution tracking, etc.