Laboratory CapabilitiesThe Sample Preparation Lab at NOSAMS has facilities to process almost any carbon containing material. In addition to solid inorganic and organic carbon samples, we are equipped to process DIC and DOC in water samples. There is also a well equipped lab for the separation and collection of compounds for compound-specific radiocarbon analysis (CSRA). Ancillary measurements of δ13C and δ18O are provided by two stable isotope mass spectrometers.
After conversion to graphite, samples are analysed either on our 3MV tandetron AMS or our 500kV pelletron AMS. The pelletron is equipped with a microwave plasma gas ion source interfaced to various inlet technologies, including a gas bench for analysis of carbonates, and a gas chromatograph for compound-specific analysis.