accelerator mass spectrometry

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accelerator mass spectrometry

A specialised form of mass spectrometry used for low-level analysis of 14C isotopes in radiocarbon dating and biological tracer studies, in which atomic ions are formed from the sample by charge-stripping in a very high-voltage source, typically coupled to a Van de Graff accelerator.
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The facilities of iThemba Labs Gauteng have been improved with the addition of a new Accelerator Mass Spectroscopy Facility (AMS) which will contribute significantly to research in the areas of Biomedicine, Diagnostics, Agriculture and Minerals, Materials and Chemicals and from which the South African universities will benefit greatly.
But White says he will remain skeptical of Bischoff's findings until the same dating technique -- known as accelerator mass spectroscopy (AMS) radiocarbon dating -- is applied to other Aurignacian sites.