ETH Zürich, Switzerland

The ETH Laboratory of Ion Beam Physics serves as a national and international center of competence for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) and Ion Beam Analysis (IBA) applications. Numerous scientific groups are working in close relationship with the laboratory and rely on the measurements performed at its six accelerator facilities at ETH Zurich. AMS is used for the detection of ultra-low levels of long-lived radionuclides. The method is applied to radiocarbon dating, climate research, geology, and life sciences. IBA is applied to materials analysis by nuclear techniques such as Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry (RBS) or Elastic Recoil Detection Analysis (ERDA).

In addition, the laboratory represents a worldwide leading group in developing new instrumentation for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry. A strong emphasis is put on studying the physics of atomic ions at low energies in order to develop new compact facilities for AMS and IBA.


ETHZ’s main areas of competence:

  • AMS
  • LEI

Role in RADIATE:

    • providing 1500 hours of transnational access to users
    • task leader for “versatile high-brightness-sources”