9th AMS Conference at Nagoya University Center for Chronological Research
Japanese participation into AMS studies is not late. Both tandem facilities of the University of Tokyo and Kyoto University started their research on AMS in 1980. The studies were aimed to detect 3H, 10Be, 14C. Finally, routine 10Be measurements were started at the University of Tokyo in 1982. In addition, a GIC Tandetron was installed at Nagoya University in 1981-1982, and routine 14C dating was started in 1983. As the result of the 20-year-long history, more and more members in AMS application researches are enjoying wonderful fruits of AMS technology in Japan. AMS facilities in Japan now are including two 3MV HVEE Tandetron based laboratories at Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute in Mutsu, Aomori and Nagoya University, and three 5MV NEC Pelletron based laboratories at National Institute of Environmental Studies in Tsukuba, the University of Tokyo and Tono Geoscience Center in Toki, Gifu, as well as three facilities that are modifying their old tandem accelerators for AMS purposes: the University of Tsukuba, Kyoto University, and Kyushu University in Fukuoka.
Eight previous AMS conferences were held in USA, Switzerland, Canada, France, Australia, and the latest one in Austria. No AMS conference has been hosted in Asia before, so it may be normal to organize the next AMS conference in Japan, and it would be a good opprtunity for the Japanese teams to present their achievements. We, the Japanese AMS research groups, would be honored to propose to host the AMS-9 in Japan.
The purpose of the Conference is to assess, exchange and share our most recent development of AMS techniques, both AMS machines and the preparation of samples, as well as new findings in a variety of application fields. To achieve this objective, in addition to the main Conference that will cover all kinds of subject, pre- and post-conference workshops will be organized, in which several topics will be discussed in detail. Some of the workshops can possibly be hosted by AMS groups in China and Korea.
Dates and Locations
The Conference will be held for 5 days from Monday to Friday in autumn, preferably in September, 2002. The main venue for the Conference is Nagoya, about 450 km west from Tokyo, almost 2 hours by the bullet train (shinkansen), and about 200 km east from Kyoto, less than one hour by the bullet train.
The possible satellite venues for workshops and laboratory tours are Kyoto University, Tono Geoscience Center, University of Tokyo, and National Institute for Environmental Studies.
Visits will be organized to several traditional memorial places (for example, Nagoya Castle, Tokugawa Art Museum, Meiji Mura Museum Park, Magome Memorial Village (an ancient traditional town with hotels along a main road connecting Tokyo and Kyoto in Edo Period of 17th-19th century), as well as modern shopping areas in down town. A conference tour will be organized to visit them. (http://www.u-net.city.nagoya.jp/ncvb/index_e.htm)
More than two million people are living in Nagoya and a variety of hotels are available at reasonable prices. Good subway system is available for your movement between hotels and the Conference venue.
In September, it is usually sunny and the temperatures are moderate. You will enjoy possibly warm sunny days after hot summer days. September is still warm, but brings very nice refreshing feeling.
Eating and Drinking
Normally every different kind of meal is available. A stop at Yakitori shops (grilled chicken with beer or Sake) is recommended after every academic discussion during the Conference days.
The access to Nagoya through the Nagoya International Airport is possible from many big cities around world.
Useful web links
Visits to Japanese AMS laboratories are possible through the following web links.