ISOTOPIC RATIO MEASUREMENT AT ABUNDANCE SENSITIVITIES GREATER THAN 1: 10**1**5: A COMPARISON BETWEEN MASS SPECTROMETRY AT keV AND MeV ENERGIES.

K. H. Purser, Peter Williams, A. E. Litherland, J. D. Stein, H. A. Storms, H. E. Gove, C. M. Stevens

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Abstract

The mass abundance sensitivities of the best conventional mass spectrometers are about 10** minus **1**0 in the uranium region and 10** minus **1**1 for low masses. This is about five orders of magnitude below several measurements that have been made using the new accelerator-centered mass spectrometry technique. The reasons for this dramatic increase in sensitivity are discussed. As an example, a tandem accelerator-centered double mass spectrometer is analyzed. It is pointed out that with suitable ion sources the accelerator-centered technique has the potential of unambiguously detecting a single atom of specific mass and atomic number for many elements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research
Pages487-498
Number of pages12
Volume186
Edition1-2
StatePublished - Jul 1 1980
Externally publishedYes
EventElectroman Isot Sep and Tech Relat to their Appl, Proc of the Int Conf, 10th, Zinal -
Duration: Sep 1 1980Sep 6 1980

Other

OtherElectroman Isot Sep and Tech Relat to their Appl, Proc of the Int Conf, 10th, Zinal
Period9/1/809/6/80

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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