Development of an AMS method to study oceanic circulation characteristics using cosmogenic 39Ar

Collon, Ph.; Bichler, M.; Caggiano, J.; DeWayne Cecil, L.; El Masri, Y.; Golser, R.; Jiang, C.L.; Heinz, A.; Henderson, D.; Kutschera, W.; Lehmann, B.E.; Leleux, P.; Loosli, H.H.; Pardo, R.C.; Paul, M.; Rehm, K.E.; Schlosser, P.; Scott, R.H.; Smethie Jr., W.M. and Vondrasek, R. (2004). Development of an AMS method to study oceanic circulation characteristics using cosmogenic 39Ar. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms, 223-224, pp. 428-434. Elsevier 10.1016/j.nimb.2004.04.081

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Initial experiments at the ATLAS facility [Nucl. Instr. and Meth. B 92 (1994) 241] resulted in a clear detection of cosmogenic 39Ar signal at the natural level. The present paper summarizes the recent developments of 39Ar AMS measurements at ATLAS: the use of an electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) positive ion source equipped with a special quartz liner to reduce 39K background, the development of a gas handling system for small volume argon samples, the acceleration of 39Ar8+ ions to 232 MeV, and the final separation of 39Ar from 39K in a gas-filled spectrograph. The first successful AMS measurements of 39Ar in ocean water samples from the Southern Atlantic ventilation experiment (SAVE) are reported.

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08 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute > Climate and Environmental Physics

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Lehmann, Bernhard and Loosli, Heinz Hugo


500 Science > 530 Physics








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