Milestones achieved in the framework of the FRST programme ''Sustaining ion-beam and mass-spectrometry capabilities (IMS) for the period July 2007-June 2008

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Zondervan, A.; Claymore, V.; Kennedy, J.V.; Purcell, C.R.; Markwitz, A. 2008 Milestones achieved in the framework of the FRST programme ''Sustaining ion-beam and mass-spectrometry capabilities (IMS) for the period July 2007-June 2008. Lower Hutt, N.Z.: GNS Science. GNS Science report 2008/27 9 p.

Abstract: The performance of three facilities at the National Isotope Centre is presented and compared against a set of milestone achievement measures that were contracted through the FRST programme “Sustaining ion-beam and mass-spectrometry capabilities (IMS)”. These facilities are (i) ion beam analysis & nanotechnology, (ii) stable isotope laboratory, and (iii) accelerator mass spectrometry. The first two facilities have performed well as instruments for research during the period July 2007-June 2008: facility equipment was kept in good shape and all capabilities have been maintained, if not improved. In cases where a performance score was lower than expected, as outlined in the IMS contract, some explanation and a path for remedy are given. The AMS facility has suffered two periods of prolonged downtime due to component failure and variable performance, but has recovered since. (auth)