The University of Arizona

A Simple Way to Upgrade a Compact Radiocarbon AMS Facility for 10Be

Arnold Milenko Müller, Martin Suter, Dongpo Fu, Xingfang Ding, Kexin Liu, Hans-Arno Synal, Liping Zhou


A simple way to upgrade the Peking University 500kV NEC radiocarbon facility (CAMS) for 10Be measurements is presented. In a first phase, a silicon nitride foil as passive boron degrader was mounted in front of the electrostatic deflector near the focal plane of 10Be. The Si detector at the end of the beam line was replaced with a high-resolution DE-Eres gas ionization chamber. In addition, a Faraday cup for the measurement of 9Be1+ was installed. Tests with this arrangement showed promising results: a 10Be/9Be background level of 3.4 × 10–14 and an overall transmission for 10Be of 2.2% were obtained. Measurements of standards showed very good stability and reproducibility. In the next step, it is planned to add a second magnet to reduce the background and to partly compensate losses due to energy and angular straggling in the degrader foil by the energy and angular refocusing effect of a magnetic sector field. With this final arrangement, a performance with 10Be/9Be background levels at 10–15 and 10Be overall transmission of 6–7% can be expected. The design proposed in this paper has the advantage that the modifications can be realized in a rather inexpensive way and that the measurement performance for 14C will not be affected.

DOI: 10.2458/azu_js_rc.55.16249


CAMS; Degrader method; 10Be

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