Vienna Environmental Research Accelerator (VERA)
Core Data
Hosting Legal Entity
University of Vienna
Waehringer Str. 17, Wien, PO: 1090 (Austria)
Type Of RI
Coordinating Country
Current Status:
Operational since 1996
Being upgraded since 2007 to 2007
Being upgraded since 2001 to 2001
Scientific Description
Mission and objectives
The Vienna Environmental Research Accelerator (VERA) is a state-of-the-art facility for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) based on a 3 MV tandem accelerator. Established in 1996 by the University of Vienna, it was upgraded for heavy ions in 2001; in 2007 a second injector was installed. VERA makes it possible to measure radioisotopes all across the nuclear chart, e.g. 10Be, 14C, 26Al, 36Cl, 41Ca, 129I, 182Hf, 236U, 239-244Pu and even superheavy elements. Research projects focus on the exploration of our world by means of the "isotope language", utilizing both natural and anthropogenic long-lived radioisotopes. We pursue fundamental physics experiments and a large variety of interdisciplinary research programs. The applications touch almost every issue of our environment at large, from archaeology to climate research. Special emphasis is put on AMS applications within physics, i.e. Astrophysics, Nuclear Physics, and Atomic and Molecular Physics. One focus of our technical developments is pushing the limits of the AMS method, e.g. of accuracy, reliability, and sample size for the most important AMS isotope 14C. Further emphasis is on the detection of the heaviest radioisotopes (236U, 244Pu). VERA's sensitivity for 236U/238U of better than 10–14 is a world record.

RI Keywords
AMS, Accelerator mass spectrometry
RI Category
Analytical Facilities
Scientific Domain
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Physics, Astronomy, Astrophysics and Mathematics
ESFRI Domain
Physical Sciences and Engineering
Access and measurements

Access to laboratory, AMS measurements of 10Be, 14C, 26Al, 36Cl, 41Ca, 129I, 182Hf, 236U, 239-244Pu.

Accelerator Mass Spectrometry

Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) based on an 3 MV tandem accelerator.