CAMS is a place where a new postdoc can come in and use a world-class instrument and "he or she will be on the top of their field in 18 months," Davis said.
He said more than 200 students did their thesis work at CAMS."CAMS is well appreciated as a unique organization whose creative and innovative staff play a role in multiple research areas and programs," Bench said.
Ted Ognibene loads a sample in the NEC 1 MV Tandem Accelerator at the Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (CAMS).
This accelerator is used mainly for biological research.
In 2001, ESS/CGECR researchers Ellen Druffel, John Southon and Susan Trumbore were awarded million by the W. Keck Foundation for the development of an accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) facility – the Keck-Carbon Cycle AMS facility - for radiocarbon measurements in support of carbon cycle research at University of California, Irvine.
(Download Image)From developing the first accelerator mass spectrometer for use in the biology field to tracking radionuclides from the Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster, the Laboratory's Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (CAMS) has spent 25 years in the spotlight of not only dating ancient artifacts but solving global challenges.
In fact, CAMS actinide capabilities include a suite of isotopes of uranium, neptunium and plutonium relevant to national security and biological studies.
CAMS was the first AMS facility to do biological work.
"It's like a sack of marbles that has just a few black marbles that you want to count.
You separate all the other marbles and count the black ones.