The new MICADAS (MIni CArbon DAting System) device can deal with much smaller samples of material than the Oeschger counter, and is so much simpler to operate that about ten times more measurements can be made in the same amount of time.
ACCELERATOR MASS SPECTROMETRY AMS counts atoms instead of counting decays.
The researchers at the Oeschger Centre use MICADAS among other things to date samples, monitor environmental radioactivity and analyze CO emissions.
But LARA does not work exclusively for the groups from the Oeschger Centre.
From its first radiocarbon measurement in 1951 to the installation of a new compact AMS in 2010 this facility has been at the forefront of radiocarbon analysis. We provide a full radiocarbon dating service for research and commercial clients worldwide.
In just the past 10 years over 25,000 samples have been measured from clients in New Zealand and throughout the world.