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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Blood from the slab, dated with an advanced technique called accelerator mass spectroscopy radiocarbon dating (SN: 12/16/89, p.
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