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267128 PR Laboratory Nuclear and Isotope Physics - 14C dating with Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (2021W)

for teacher students

10.00 ECTS (6.00 SWS), SPL 26 - Physik
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 4 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Update 15.09.2021:
The preliminary meeting as well as all sessions will take place on site, access and participation is only possible with 3G proof: vaccinated (fully immunized), recovered or tested (validity PCR 48h, antigen 24h). FFP2 masks are mandatory in all labs throughout the practical sessions. After successful registration you can participate in the free PCR test program of the Faculty of Physics (Covid-19 employee testing).

Dates by arrangement, 7 days a semester (5 of which are blocked in one week).

Tuesday 12.10. 12:00 - 13:00 Victor-Franz-Hess-Hörsaal, Währinger Straße 17, Hoftrakt, 1. Stk., 1090 Wien (Kickoff Class)


Aims, contents and method of the course

This lab offers the opportunity to learn the technique and application of Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) by performing a 14C dating experiment at the Vienna Environmental Research Accelerator (VERA). In this way you experience working at a large scientific instrument, which is used for ultrasensitive mass spectrometry.

The course consists of intoductory presentations by the students, an intense week of beam time at the accelerator, data evaluation, summary talks, preparation of a protocol, an a protocol discussion. The scheduling is fixed in the opening meeting.

Assessment and permitted materials

Course with immanent character

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The participants will gain experience with a large scientific instrument through the performance of an AMS radiocarbon age determination. Further by the selection of this specific AMS application, the students will learn the basic principles of the 14C dating method as well. Students also learn to evaluate, to interpret and to present scientific data. The grade is composed equally of the presentations, the participation during the practical work and the protocol.

Examination topics

Practical training, literature search, presentation.

Reading list

A selection of appropriate literature is available on Moodle prior to the start of practical work.

Association in the course directory


Last modified: Fr 01.10.2021 13:49