Welcome to PRIME Lab

  • Visitors Touring The PRIME Lab Purdue PRIME Lab
    Visitors Touring The Lab.
  • Visitors Touring The PRIME Lab Purdue PRIME Lab
    Visitors Touring The Lab.
  • Construction of the Purdue Nuclear Lab Purdue Nuclear Lab
    Construction of the Purdue Nuclear Lab.
  • Layout of the AMS System AMS System
    Layout of the AMS System.
  • A view of PRIME Lab Accelerator PRIME Lab Accelerator
    A view of PRIME Lab Accelerator.
  • New Fast Switching Ion Source PRIME Lab Accelerator
    A view of the New Fast Switching Ion Source.
  • A view of the Low Energy Beam Line of the PRIME Lab Accelerator PRIME Lab Accelerator
    A view of the Low Energy Beam Line of the PRIME Lab Accelerator.
  • An image from the Accelerator Tank opening in 2003 Accelerator Tank
    An image from the Accelerator Tank opening in 2003.
  • A view of the High Energy Beam Line of the PRIME Lab Accelerator PRIME Lab Accelerator
    A view of the High Energy Beam Line of the PRIME Lab Accelerator.
  • A view of the Transmission Section of the PRIME Lab Accelerator PRIME Lab Accelerator
    A view of the Transmission Section of the PRIME Lab Accelerator.
  • A view of the Transmission Section of the PRIME Lab Accelerator PRIME Lab Accelerator
    A view of the Transmission Section of the PRIME Lab Accelerator.
  • A view of the Switching Magnet of the PRIME Lab Accelerator PRIME Lab Accelerator
    A view of the Switching Magnet of the PRIME Lab Accelerator.
  • A view of the Right 45 (NASA Beam Line) of the PRIME Lab Accelerator PRIME Lab Accelerator
    A view of the Right 45 Beam Line of the PRIME Lab Accelerator.
  • A view of the Right 45 Gas Filled Magnet of the PRIME Lab Accelerator PRIME Lab Accelerator
    A view of the Right 45 Gas Filled Magnet of the PRIME Lab Accelerator.
  • A view of both Target Beam Lines of the PRIME Lab Accelerator PRIME Lab Accelerator
    A view of both Target Beam Lines of the PRIME Lab Accelerator.
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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.

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.

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.