In his article in the Analytical Scientist, “Seeing Through the Sham With AMS,” NEC VP of Sales Michael Mores provides background on the original use case for accelerator mass spectrometry: cracking down on fraudulent activity in valuable and vulnerable products, like wine, whiskey and essential oils.
Mores breaks down how AMS detects and measures the amount of carbon-14 in a sample to verify authenticity in various food and environmental applications. But it doesn’t stop there. He also describes the environmental opportunity that leveraging AMS poses.
“AMS can measure iodine, plutonium, aluminum, and more. For example, following the devastating 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and resulting nuclear meltdown in Japan, NEC’s AMS-based systems were able to detect the plumes of iodine and other harmful chemicals in the air in Seattle a few days later,” explained Mores. “From an environmental monitoring and protection perspective, this application is vital.”
In the rest of the article, Mores shifts focus to start answering an important question: How do we expand this niche science to better support our world’s environmental goals and reduce fraud?
Read the full article to learn more.