Accelerator mass spectrometry

To achieve the highest possible accuracy, repeatability and quality, VILNIUS RADIOCARBON using only accelerated mass spectrometry technology (AMS). Today it is the most advanced and worldwide recognized technique for archaeological and geological samples age determination, and also for identification of biobased carbon content in the products. We run 240 kV Single Stage AMS manufactured by National Electrostatics Corporation (USA), and Low Energy AMS manufactured by Ionplus AG (Switzerland).

Accelerator mass spectrometry advantages

High Sensitivity: Can detect tiny amounts of isotopes with high precision.
Versatility: Can measure a wide range of isotopes in various materials. Can be used for radiocarbon dating of ancient artifacts and fossils.
High accuracy: Results are precise and accurate.

Is AMS radiocarbon dating perfect?

No, as any other technique, it has several sources of error, including: Sample contamination: Samples can be contaminated with more recent carbon, affecting the results.
Instrumental error: The precision and accuracy of the measurements can be affected by instrumentation and measurement error.
Calibration uncertainty: The radiocarbon dating results must be calibrated using a calibration curve based on tree-ring data, which has inherent uncertainty.
Sample age range limitations: AMS radiocarbon dating is limited to dating materials that are less than about 50,000 years old.
These limitations should be considered and accounted for in the interpretation of radiocarbon dating results. Despite these limitations, AMS radiocarbon dating is still a most powerful tool for dating materials of archaeological, geological and environmental interest.

 

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