In summer 2004, we extended our sample preparation lines. This expansion significantly increased our throughput and reduced our turnover time.

Due to a large demand for 14C dating in our laboratory, we extended our lines for sample preparation. In detail, our vacuum lines for production of CO2 and graphitisation have been doubled.

Decision on extension was made in February 2004, the new lines were assembled in May-June, commissioned in July-August, and have been in routine use since the beginning of September 2004.

The extension significantly increased our throughput.

At both pictures: the 3-yr old (left side of pictures) and the new (right-hand side) vacuum lines for graphitisation. At the background of the right picture, the lines (left-old and right-new) for sample combustion are visible.

The new lines were assembled in an express time of six weeks.

The pictures show the graphitisation line in 15th May, 30th May and 15th June 2004.

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New home of the Poznań Radiocarbon Laboratory

From the onset of July 2013 on, extended Poznań Radiocarbon Laboratory operates in a new location. Decision on the extension was induced by getting by the Adam Mickiewicz Uniwersity of grant to purchase a new AMS 14C spectrometer. In this issue  Foundation of the A. Mickiewicz University decided to construct a new building, allowing for installation of the new spectrometer and for extenstion of the Poznań Radiocarbon Laboratory. The new home is situated next to the building, where our lab has operated for 11 years.

In the new home, Radiocarbon Laboratory is equipped with lines for parallel preparation of 30 samples (in the former home, there were 20 such lines).

The new hall with vacuum lines…

…is directly adjacent to the spectrometer’s room…

… and next we have a large room for chemical preparation of samples.

Ultimately, our lab will posses lines for parallel preparation of 40 samples. This will allow us to increase our throughput and in future, should distinctly shorten our turnover time.

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Moving the Laboratory to the new home

Decision on situating new home of the Laboratory, was reached by the Foundation at the end of 2011. The new, 3-floor building (E) of the Poznań Park of Science and Technology has been constructed in a very short period of 8 months, between March and November 2012.

The photographs below show the building “E” in March, April, June and September 2012.

Rooms of the new home, on the first floor of building E”, were put into operation at the end of 2012. A part of the main hall, with a specially concreted floor, has been devoted to space for the new 14C spectrometer, and after its installation, was encased with a glass wall.

Before moving the equipment from the old home, in the new hall we launched new lines for preparation of 10 samples.

Next, we were gradually moving the old vacuum lines from the old building, and installing them in the new home.

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