AMS is distinct from conventional Mass Spectrometry (MS) because it accelerates ions to extremely high energies (millions of electron volts) compared to the thousands of electron volts in MS (1ke V=1.6×10C present a challenge to conventional MS due to their low natural abundance and high background levels.Researchers were challenged by isobaric interference (interference from equal mass isotopes of different elements exemplified by ) with energies of 2-3 ke V focused on the surface of a solid sample in order to transfer enough energy to the target material to produce free atoms and ions of the sample material.
Follow the links in this post to learn more about radiocarbon dating.
Stripping is the process in which two or more electrons are removed.
The Van de Graaff accelerator removes at least four electrons.
In The Cosmic Story of Carbon-14 Ethan Siegel writes: The only major fluctuation [in carbon-14] we know of occurred when we began detonating nuclear weapons in the open air, back in the mid-20th Century.
If you ever wondered why nuclear tests are now performed underground, this is why.