School of GeoSciences

Cosmogenic Nuclide Laboratory

The University of Edinburgh's Terrestrial Cosmogenic Nuclide Laboratory prepares samples for the measurement of cosmogenic isotopes by Accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS).

These samples are taken to the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre for measurement by accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) and noble gas mass spectrometry. The process and applications can be found in this poster:


The lab is located in central Edinburgh near Old College in purpose-built laboratories, refurbished in 2016.

Most activity focuses on 10 Be and 26 Al AMS targets from quartz samples, and 36 Cl from whole-rock and mineral separates. The lab also produces mineral separates of olivine and clinopyroxene for measurement of He and Ne isotopes by noble gas mass spectrometry.