Accelerator mass spectrometry

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Accelerator mass spectrometry
Mass spectrometry technique in which atoms and molecules from a sample are ionized, accelerated to MeV energies and separated according to their momentum, charge, and energy, allowing high discrimination for measurement of isotope abundances.
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Y.-F. Liu, Z.-Y. Guo, X.-Q. Liu, T. Qu, J.-L. Xie. Pure Appl. Chem. 66, 305 (1994). (DOI: 10.1351/pac199466020305)

From Definitions of Terms Relating to Mass Spectrometry (IUPAC Recommendations 2013); DOI: 10.1351/PAC-REC-06-04-06 © IUPAC 2013.

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IUPAC. Analytical Division. Compendium of Analytical Nomenclature (the Orange Book). Definitive Rules, 1979.

Accelerator mass spectrometry

An ultra-sensitive technique using tandem accelerators employed mainly for the study of long-lived radioisotopes, and stable isotopes at very low abundances (10-12 - 10-15).

IUPAC 1997 Orange Book Chapter 12
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