Research

The Accelerators

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Radio Frequency Quadrupole Linac (RFQ) ↓

The Radio Frequency Quadrupole Linac (RFQ) is a 100 µs pulse accelerator that boosts ions accelerated by the 6 MV Tandem. Ions can be accelerated to 1.92 times their amu.The RFQ is typically used for radiation effects testing.

Capabilities: • Radiation Microscopy • Radiation Physics

HVE 6 MV Tandem ↓

The HVE 6 MV Tandem can accelerate most elements from hydrogen to gold. It is used for in-situ electrical testing, optical testing, and mechanical testing to determine the response of materials to radiation damage at various temperatures from -230°C to 1200°C. There is also a microbeam with a spot size of ~1µm spot size.

Capabilities: • Radiation Microscopy • Defect Physics
  • Nuclear Microscopy • Materials Analysis
  • Radiation Physics • Fission/Fusion Materials Research
  • Support Manufacturing  • Metallurgy

NEC 1 MV Tandem (”Baby Tandem”) ↓

The NEC 1 MV Tandem (”Baby Tandem”), accelerates ions from a source of negative ions by cesium sputtering (SNICS). It is used to implant ions into the transmission electron microscope. Also, a 6 inch implant line is available.

Capabilities: • Defect Physics • Corrosion Science
  • Materials Analysis  • Metallurgy
  • Fission/Fusion Materials Research • Nano Science

NEC 3 MV Pelletron ↓

The NEC 3 MV Pelletron  accelerates most gases. It is used for ion beam  channelling, radiation effects microscopy and ion implantation. The  Pelletron has a microbeam with a ~150nm spot size.

Capabilities: • Nuclear Microscopy • Fission/Fusion Materials Research
  • Support Manufacturing  • Nano Science
  • Materials Analysis  

High Voltage Engineering Europa (HVEE) Implanter ↓

The 350 kV High Voltage Engineering Europa (HVEE) Implanter can accelerate most ions from hydrogen to lead. It is used for broad beam and single ion implantation from -230-800°C, and has a microbeam  with a spot size of ~1 µm. 2 and 14 MeV neutrons can be generated,  the primary calibration standard for neutron detection.

Capabilities: • Plasma – Surface Interactions • Corrosion Science
  • Radiation Detectors    • Metallurgy

A&D 100 kV NanoImplanter ↓

The A&D 100 kV NanoImplanter, a focused ion beam (FIB) uses an E×B filter to select specific ion species and energies from a liquid metal alloy ion source (LMAIS) to perform implantation, sputtering, milling, lithography, and Ion Beam Induced Charge (IBIC). It has a spot size of ≤ 50nm.

Capabilities: • Plasma – Surface Interactions   • Nano Science

10 kV Colutron ↓

A low energy accelerator, the 10 kV Colutron can implant hydrogen and helium simultaneously. Both the Colutron and the 6 MV Tandem are connected to a transmission electron microscope allowing for in situ observation of triple beam irradiation.

Capabilities: • Defect Physics  • Metallurgy
  • Fission/Fusion Materials Research  • Nano Science
  • Corrosion Science  

Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) ↓

Not actually an accelerator, the Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) system uses laser ablation to deposit thin films of metals, ceramics, alloys, etc on a wide variety of substrates.

Capabilities: • Corrosion Science • Metallurgy
  • Nano Science