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Welcome to PRIME Lab

The Purdue Rare Isotope Measurement Laboratory (PRIME Lab) is a dedicated research and user facility for accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS). AMS is an ultra-sensitive analytical technique for measuring long-lived radionuclides. Our mission is to provide measurements of long-lived radionuclides for researchers at Purdue University, at other universities, at national laboratories, and at agencies providing measurements of environmental levels of long-lived radionuclides in the U.S. and throughout the world.

PRIME Lab facilities include the AMS system, based on a tandem electrostatic accelerator, and those laboratories needed for physical preparation of samples and the chemical separation and purification of long-lived radionuclides.

Information On Sample Submission

  • New users are welcome to browse our web pages to obtain information about the scientific basis for the applications of these radionuclides and obtain pricing information. Users must have an ID before samples can be submitted. Returning users may login at any time with their existing ID.

  • To request an account in our system, please complete the New User Account Request Web form.

  • To send us samples, please complete the Sample Submission Web Form. Also, please include a copy of this form with your samples. Please do this each time you submit samples to us.
  • To load target materials, simply use our Online Holder Request Form and we will send holders (cathodes) to you.

  • We routinely run 10Be, 14C, 26Al, 36Cl, 41Ca, and 129I. The run times for each nuclide are scheduled several months in advance; the schedule is updated regularly.

For questions email: The Sample Management Team (primelab-samples@purdue.edu)