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C atoms, rather than the conventional counting of radioactive disintegrations.The result is that samples up to 1000 times smaller can be handled.Radiocarbon dating by accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) is an important analytical method utilized in climate change, land use change, ecosystems and natural hazards research. R., 2014, Evidence of repeated wildfires prior to human occupation on San Nicolas Island, California: Monographs of the Western North American Naturalist, v. As a chronology tool, C dating can provide ages for samples as old as 50,000 years. Because small samples can be mobile in the soil, careful sample selection strategies and procedures are required.The full impact of the technique can be assessed only through the rapid and comprehensive publication of archaeological results.Bone is an ideal material for the new technique, since amino acids can normally be isolated and purified from gram-size samples.
The high throughput of samples and the accuracy of the results obtained by AMS will prove to be of increasing importance in agriculture and hydrology.
AMS is distinct from conventional Mass Spectrometry (MS) because it accelerates ions to extremely high energies (millions of electron volts) compared to the thousands of electron volts in MS (1ke V=1.6×10C present a challenge to conventional MS due to their low natural abundance and high background levels.
Researchers were challenged by isobaric interference (interference from equal mass isotopes of different elements exemplified by ) with energies of 2-3 ke V focused on the surface of a solid sample in order to transfer enough energy to the target material to produce free atoms and ions of the sample material.
AMS requires a particle accelerator, originally used in nuclear physics research, which limits its widespread use due to high costs and technical complexity.
Fortunately, UC Davis researchers have access to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (CAMS LLNL), one of over 180 AMS research facilities in the world.