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The AMS Radiocarbon Laboratory Erlangen will cease operations in the summer 2015 after 20 years of successful radiocarbon dating. In order to measure all the samples still present in the laboratory before the closure we will accept no more dating projects. We thank all our users for their good and trustful cooperation!
„Beyond the historiography only radiocarbon datings enlighten the darkness of the past.”
The 'AMS C14-Labor Erlangen' is part of the department of physics of the University Erlangen-Nürnberg. We accomplish age determinations by the 14C method since 1995.

The accelerator-mass-spectrometry (AMS) has been existing world wide since 1978. It is applied for the measurement of very low isotope concentrations (down to 10-15) of various elements. The AMS-facility in Erlangen is used for age-determinations of carboneous samples by the radiocarbon method. AMS completes and replaces the conventional beta-counting method, especially in measurements of very old and very small samples. The measurement of the 14C/13C ratio is the basis on age determination by the radiocarbon method. The main advantage of AMS is the possibility to measure very small sample sizes in shorter measurement times.

The Erlangen AMS Lab dates samples (e.g. wood, bones or textiles), which contain at least 1 mg of carbon after chemical sample preparation. The actual dating then takes place in an ultra-sensitive mass spectrometer, a so-called AMS-facility.